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your next getaway? connecting with family and friends? a big night out? or maybe your everyday shopping. whatever it is, aarp member advantages can help save you time and money along the way. so when you get there, you can enjoy it all the more. for less. surround yourself with savings at and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. president-elect donald trump kicks off a victory lap tour today thanking voters for his stunning up set and revelling in a campaign promise already delivered. trump will travel to indiana to celebrate a deal that will keep about 1,000 jobs from being moved to mexico. trump had targeted carrier on the campaign trail, and vowed to keep american jobs from moving abroad. that fired up voters in the rust
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belt and tonight trump kicks off his thank you tour in the battleground state that clinched his victory. a campaign rally in downtown cincinnati. cnn's jessica schneider is live outside of trump tower at the transition headquarters and suzanne malrow is outside the carrier plant in indianapolis, let's begin with you, jessica. hi. >> hi, carol, you said it. today is a return to those rallies that fuelled donald trump's victory. he'll be setting aside job meetings and interviews at trump tower to go back to those crowds who fuelled his improbable run. president-elect donald trump heading back into campaign mode embarking on a thank you tour in swing state that won him the white house. trump will hold a rally in cincinnati tonight, after taking a victory lap in indiana, celebrating a deal with carrier to keep at least 1,000 manufacturing jobs from moving to mexico. carrier offering limited details on terms of the deal, receiving
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unspecified incentives from the state, run by trump's vp mike pence. this as trump's cabinet continues to take shape. the search for secretary of state narrowed down to these four candidates. close trump adviser newt gingrich hammering mitt romney after his high-profile dinner with trump tuesday night. >> you have never, ever in your career seen a serious adults wealthy, independent, been a presidential nominee suck up at the rate that mitt romney is sucking up. >> reporter: trump also facing blistering criticism from the left over his newly appointed economic team. elizabeth warren slamming trump's pick for treasury secretary, former goldman sachs executive steve mnuchin, who headed a firm that made big money off the 2008 housing crisis. >> he promised when he was running for president that he would break the connection between wall street and this congress. and then what does he do? he turns around and picks a guy
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who had actually been one of the people who helped do all of those lousy mortgages. >> reporter: the president-elect's team defending the pick. >> take someone like steve who understands how the system works and how can we go make it more fair and help american workers to get in there and actually change it. >> reporter: capitol hill also reacting to trump's announcement that he will separate himself from his billion dollar empire. >> you've got to be very, very careful on conflicts of interest. sooner or later this had to happen. he's probably not very happy about it but one of the things that had to be done. >> reporter: the office of government ethics sending out an unusual series of tweets applauding trump's pledge and encouraging the president-elect to divert his assets, a commitment that trump has not yet made. and since donald trump is hitting the road, expected to leave here around 10:00 this morning his transition team telling us we shouldn't expect any more personnel or cabinet announcements this week.
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however, a short list is now emerging for the director of national intelligence position. on that list includes the krr senator from indiana, dan coates, as well as former homeland security adviser fran townsend. and admiral mike rogers, also another time that's surfacing, sarah palin. sources telling us that she has thrown her name into the mix, es pressing interest for the secretary of veterans affairs position. carol? >> all right. jessica schneider reporting live outside of trump tower this morning. thank you so much. now let's head to indianapolis, and the carrier plant, where mr. trump and mr. pence will meet with workers. cnn's suzanne malveaux is there. good morning. >> good morning, carol. well we expect around 2:00 is when they're actually going to be at the plant. they're going to be touring on the floor. it is an amazing moment. it was ten months ago the owners made the announcement to the employees that their jobs were all going to mexico and you had one of those workers pick up his cell phone and actually tape that moment and put it up on
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youtube. it went viral, and donald trump noticed that, and really made it a centerfees for his jobs campaign. so it is coming full circle. there are some things in this deal, it is kind of murky but there are a lot of things that people are talking about. why would this big company do it? their parent company united technologies, well, many incentives. one of those could be an easing of regulations. also, tax incentives by the state of indiana as well as the possibility, the threat that we heard from trump during the campaign about tariffs on goods that would be imported from mexico. very steep tariffs. this company, as well, united technologies, has big business with the pentagon, and it's 10% of its revenue. so of course they would want to have a good relationship with the trump administration. carol, i had a chance to talk to a lot of folks yesterday. one of them is chuck jones, he's with united steelworkers, one of the people intimately involved in negotiations between the workers and the owners of this company to try to keep their
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jobs and it was very interesting what he had to say about trump and pence and why he believes this is happening. take a listen. >> you were no trump supporter. you were pretty tough on him during the campaign. what do you think of him now? you think he's responsible for this? >> yeah, i'm going to give him 100% of the credit. i wasn't a trump supporter. in fact i hammered him pretty good and when i see him tomorrow i'm going to tell him, you know, i hammered you -- i hammered your ass pretty good but i'm going to give you credit, because what you said you was going to do, you fulfilled that promise. and i appreciate it. >> carol, there are a lot of critics this morning, as well, who are speaking out about this saying this is no economic policy. this is not the way to do business. one of those people bernie sanders in an op-ed in "the washington post" saying this essentially opens the floodgates for other company ceos to threaten, and say they're going to take their jobs offshore and to essentially look for some
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benefits, tax benefits, things that they, incentives that they think they can get from the government in exchange to keep those jobs here. carol? >> yeah, i'm just reading that -- that op-ed by bernie sanders it's in "the washington post" this morning. and you know, carrier is staying in indianapolis supposedly because they're going to get state tax incentives, which, of course, the taxpayers will, right, they'll pay, right, so i'm just going to read a bit of -- bit more of bernie sanders op-ed here. he said in and i quote instead of a tax the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. wow, how's that for standing up to corporate greed? how's that for punishing corporations that shut down and move abroad. i want to go back to suzanne because she talked with the union people there workers though, do they really care how this is accomplished? >> you know, that's a very good question carol because i talked to a guy. he is with another company, this is called rexnord, right down the street.
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they're losing their jobs. they're going to mexico. he wants to talk to trump now. he wants to get involved in negotiations and say, how do you save our jobs? they don't care. they don't care if it's trump, they don't care if it's the governor pence, they don't care if it's a tax break that's coming from taxpayers. they want their jobs, they want to keep their jobs, and for them it's very personal. they're talking about anywhere like $25 an hour. and the guy i talked to, he's got three grown kids, two of them that he's trying to put through college, he's a new grandfather. they don't care where this is coming from. they want their jobs saved. it's a very local issue. but when you broaden out nationally, it is not an economic policy. >> okay we'll see what happens going forward. because i am sure other companies will come forward and say hey, president-elect trump, how can you help us stay in the united states and do business? suzanne malveaux reporting live from indianapolis. this morning. so let's talk about that and more. i'm joined by cnn political commentator and assistant ed for
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for "the washington post" david swerdlick and senior editor for npr ron elbe. what do you make, bernie sanders publishes this op-ed in "the washington post" slamming mr. trump's efforts in indianapolis. in the meantime, workers in indianapolis couldn't be happier. >> yeah, carol, so that's a piece that actually ran in my section of "the washington post." "the post" everything section, and i think it's a strong piece by senator sanders showing essentially that he's going to be out there, as the loyal opposition to the way that president-elect trump is doing business. he makes his economic case that this is a way essentially for businesses to hold up the government for tax incentives in order to not shift their jobs overseas. on the other hand as you said, carol, right, there are 1,000 people who according to the details we have so far, are going to have jobs in indiana because of this deal and i think that the administration may be more so governor pence, or vice
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president-elect pence, as the sitting governor of indiana, more so than maybe president-elect trump himself should be able to take credit for negotiating with the company to stay and provide indiana state tax incentives. there's two ways to see it. >> so, ron, do you think that president-elect trump will reveal the details of negotiations between himself and carrier? >> probably not. but we may learn more from indianapolis. we may learn more as we find out what governor pence, who is, after all, still the governor of indiana, may have been able to offer here. to carrier, to united technologies, the parent company that suzanne malveaux just mentioned. they're witt cal in all of this. they make $5 billion, $6 billion in revenue from the federal government every year. maybe cutting this $2,000 job -- or 2,000 job move to mexico in half, which is approximately what they've done, still moving 1,000 or so to mexico, but by doing that, that's going to cost them about $65 million a year. what's that up against their relationship with the federal
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government? and what's that up against the pr value for them, and of course, for the trump team. >> all right. we're going to talk more about carrier because i have two economists in -- that are going to come on my show after the break so i want to turn our attention now to this thank you tour. later tonight donald trump will be in cincinnati. he's going to -- he's going to hold his thank you tour in this big arena that seats 17,000 people. you can still get tickets online, which is unprecedented, david, but you know, what else can you expect from donald trump? >> yeah, carol, again i think this is something that you can see in a couple of different ways. on the one hand, you shouldn't be able to punish or criticize president-elect trump for doing what democrats maybe should have done at earlier stages throughout the obama administration, other politicians, maybe haven't availed themselves of. the idea of keeping this bond with their supporters, with their voters out in the states. he's really going out there and trying to keep this connection. it's smart politics. on the other hand, you have a
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situation where last week my colleagues had reported that president-elect trump has not sat for all of his intelligence briefings, has not done all of the things that some folks are saying he should do to prepare for taking the reins of government on january 20th. and you can -- you can see where it could be worrisome if he spends too much time politicking during the next month or two and not preparing for the task at hand. he's going to be the leader of the free world in just over about six weeks. >> i was wondering, too, ron, whether this could somehow unify the country. that terms out and about in america right but then i thought well maybe it depends on how you look on this tour. is it a victory tour or a thank you tour and i suspect democrats and republicans might think of it differently. >> or is it a bring us all together tour? as you suggest, it's all going to depend on what he has to say. if he goes out and has a rally in cincinnati, in which he says a lot of things that sound a lot like the campaign, especially
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the primary, especially the republican primary, then it's going to be more divisive, one suspects, than united. but if he goes out and talks about all the things he wants to do for all americans, if he really, radically changes the message that he was pretty much putting out there throughout the primary a year ago, and six months ago, if he changes, that could really make a difference and that could make this something other than just victory tour, just in your face tour. it could be a thank you, ohio, thank you, america, let's go forward together. >> well, david, i do wonder if his speech will be on prompter. will he be free wheeling and will he play his campaign song, you can't always get what you want? >> yeah, that i don't know. but i think ron made a great point, yeah, president-elect trump has the opportunity to either do sort of a rub it in your face tour, i won this election, let me remind you of that, or as ron said, you know, try -- a time to take a moment out and say, look, i'm going to govern everybody, the election's
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over, i want to thank americans for their support, and i'm going to try to represent both the people that supported me, and the people that didn't support me. that opportunity is there for him. and it really does depend on what he says today and in some of these other speeches. >> all right. david swerdlick, ron elving thanks for being with me this morning. still to come, donald trump delivering on his vow to save carrier's jobs and his economic team says it will deliver a lot more but at what cost. i'm victoria alonso and i'm an executive producer at... ...marvel studios. if my office becomes a plane or an airport the... ...surface pro's perfect. fast and portable but also light. you don't do this 14 hours a day, 7 days a week... ...if you don't feel it in your heart.
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it will be a big day for carrier employees. in just a few hours, donald trump and mike pence will celebrate a win for workers at indianapolis. but, not everyone is ready for a tickertape parade. state lawmakers don't know exactly what mr. trump promised carrier to make it stay. or exactly how it might affect taxpayers. let's talk about all this. i'm joined by chief business correspondent christine romans.
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former obama white house chief economic adviser austin goolsbee and former director of the nonpartisan congressional budget office douglas holt eken. okay i'm going to start with you christine. carrier is owned by united technologies. united technologies makes aircraft parts. the unknown here is this. did donald trump threaten to pull federal defense contracts from united if it didn't save those carrier jobs? >> it didn't even have to. you have the president-elect of the united states calling the ceo of united technologies. united technologies had some almost $6 billion of contracts with the federal government, and on the campaign trail donald trump has said i'm going to put a tax on that company. i'm going to tax them for sending jobs overseas, and then bringing the product back to the united states. so if you're the ceo of united technologies, what do you do? you play ball with donald trump at this point. that's what's so remarkable at this point. we haven't had a ceo or a president rather who's been able to make a company keep jobs in the u.s. what were the sweeteners here?
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why did they do it? united technologies says it was state incentives that were a very big factor here. but many are presuming that donald trump has said look this is going to be a business friendly environment for big companies, i'm going to be cutting taxes, you should see what kind of policies i'm going to have that's going to be good for you, do this for me. we'll find out more details i hope today. >> so austin what if mr. trump did threaten united carrier? who cares if it saves jobs? >> look, my view is, nobody hides numbers that are favorable to them. so the fact that they will not release publicly what was offered to carrier to get them to keep the jobs in indiana probably suggests that it was more generous to the company that threatened to leave than the american people would be comfortable with. but, you know, we're going to have to see. i think with the announcement of the economic team, and with the announcement of this carrier deal, you have the same dynamic
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play out which is donald trump promising a certain thing in the campaign, i'm going to be tough, i'm going to bust down on wall street, i'm going to go to carrier and i'm going to tell them they have to stay, and then now that he's actually going to be in office, instead of threatening them, he just paid them to stay. and instead of trying to drain the swamp, you know, the joke is, yes, he's draining the swamp right into the west wing. he's hiring people straight from wall street that he said he was going to -- >> okay so you sound a lot like bernie sanders because as we mentioned in the first block of this show bernie sanders wrote an op-ed in "the washington post" and this is part of what he wrote quote trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the united states. why? because he has signaled to every corporation in america that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business friendly tax benefits, and incentives. do you think that's what happened, douglas? >> well, i think any president should be nervous about engaging in one-on-one contract
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negotiations, or bully pulpiting with a corporation. it makes sense for a president and his team to change the tax code, change the regulatory environment, improve the capacity of the business community to do what it does. but if you do this, two things happen. number one you put in place incentives for other companies to see what they can get. that's a real phenomenon. number two at some level he now has ownership of the success of the indiana operations of carrier. and that's nothing that he should have any particular incentive in. and it leads to further down the line, the possibility he might try something more to make sure it works out. so, i'm not a big fan of this kind of a negotiation and i think the more limited it is the better. >> carol, i'll point out that the company said in a press release that it still believes in free trade, and it still believes in the effects of globalization and the forces of globalization. you know in mexico, $3, $5 an hour for some of these jobs, in indiana you're talking about $20 for some of these longer-term
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people employees that have been there for 10, 15, 20 years. so that is a big pay differential. what are the big policies that donald trump and his team are going to enact that are going to level that playing field? that is the bigger policy prescription now that -- >> here's the other thing austan, state lawmakers in the state of indiana, they had nothing to do with this. so, if -- if carrier was offered these big time tax incentives, and the state lawmakers have no say in the matter, and they represent the taxpayers in the state of indiana, isn't that a slippery slope? austan? that's -- >> oh, yeah, look, i think it is a slippery slope. my point is, there's one thing to say i'm going to be a tough negotiator, and i'm going to get them to agree to my position. and if what had happened was it was all of that threat of the federal government, and the contracts, that would be one thing. that was, in a way, what he
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campaigned on. but to just turn around and pay them to stay, i think raises a bunch of questions, and i think it also raises the question, if hillary clinton had done exactly what donald trump and mike pence did here, if she did exactly the same thing, do you not think donald trump would be condemning the action and saying this was corruption, she paid this company to stay there, i just think this is a weird -- it's a weird way to do it. i'm happy those people got to keep their jobs but this is a very weird way to do it. >> well, well the other thing, a lot of jobs but in the grand scheme of the number of jobs moving to other countries which is somewhere around 250,000, it's a drop in the bucket. so, what do you do for other companies who have many more employees, right, that donald trump would like to remain in the united states? >> so, look, i think it's a mistake to focus in on one company. it's not the president's job. it's not a big number in the
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u.s. labor market. it's a different thing i think as austan and christine said to have the state of indiana say it's worth it for us, as taxpayers, and as the elected officials in indiana to keep these operations here. and we are willing to make up the difference so that carrier is willing to do it. that makes perfect sense and that could have happened without the involvement of the president-elect. so i think going forward the real issue is, will this president and his team, who are businessmen by background, take a different path, which is to look at the overall performance of the labor market, and of the economy, and leave the date-to-day decision making, individual companies to the ceos, and the people who are running it? >> well hopefully we'll find out more information around 2:00 eastern. we'll see. but christine actually before you go, we are minutes away from the opening bell, so how might the market react to this? >> well you know we're seeing higher here, we're getting auto sales, ford auto sales very strong again that's a good sign in the economy. that stock is up. so we keep seeing these strong
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readings on the economy a good tail wind for donald trump and his economic team as they come in here. so we're watching futures are higher here and you know it was a great month of november for stocks, the best month since march almost 1,000 points on the dow. the dow up almost 1,000 points since this election really remarkable, big move in oil. be watching how that will play out in the stock market this morning but i'm expecting you're going to see a rise in the dow when it opens in about four minutes. watch those auto stocks, and again a very good month for stocks in november and december the first trading day today. >> many thanks to you, and also douglas and austan. the new cnn money stream app is here your favorite business topics all in one feed every story video and tweet hand picked for you download it now on your iphone or android device.
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and good morning, i'm carol costello. me.nk you so much for joining president-elect trump is a tough talker but pakistan's prime minister experienced a kinder, gentler mr. trump. although critics call mr. trump's tone reckless. during a phone call with pakistan's prime minister, mr. trump reportedly said to mr. sharif, quote, you have a very good reputation. you are a terrific guy. you are doing amazing work which is visible in every queue and i'm ready and willing to play any role you want me to play. feel free to call me any time even before the 20th of january, that is before i assume my office. end quote. and this wording comes from the pakistani prime minister's office. trump's team will not confirm
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those comments. but describe the conversation as, quote, productive. but here's the thing. as you know, words matter. and the u.s. relationship with pakistan is crucial. it is one of the most sensitive in the world. it's also quite complicated. in recent years pakistan has come under fire for not doing enough to fight terrorism within its borders. after the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. raid that killed osama bin laden inside pakistan, then-cia director leon panetta slammed pakistani officials and their possible knowledge about bin laden's whereabouts. he said quote either they were involved or incompetent. neither place is a good place to be. let's talk about pakistan and the united states and mr. trump and with me is the cnn global affairs analyst and national security investigations editor for reuters. welcome. so, first of all, is it strange that pakistan would leak this phone call between mr. trump, and its prime minister? >> it is very strange. but i think it's an effort by pakistan to sort of curry favor with donald trump, and to be blunt, sort of play to his ego.
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you're going to see a lot of countries doing this. a lot of them are going to think the more they interact with him, the more they praise him, the better for relations. >> from what i understand the pakistan prime minister called mr. trump and here's some more of the conversation. um, this is what the pakistani information services said was said on the phone by mr. trump, trump, as i'm talking to you, prime minister, i feel i'm talking to a person i have known for a long time. your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. i'm ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems. the thing is, is this is quite different from what mr. trump has said in the past about pakistan. it's not been very flattering. >> now he's criticized between in tweets in the past. pakistan is one of the most vexing countries the u.s. has faced over the last decade. to be fair to trump maybe this dealmaker business experience and you hear that you know, if the transcript's correct in what he's saying to the leader of pakistan, the problem is what is
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he going to do? is it a fantastic place? are we going to open up -- >> or when he says in 2011 -- 2012 and 2015 i'm going to read the tweets because in 2011 mr. trump tweeted this. get it straight, pakistan is not our friend. in 2012, he tweeted this, when will pakistan apologize to us for providing safe sanctuary to osama bin laden for six years? some ally. and in 2015, mr. trump said this, it is probably the most dangerous because of the fact that it has the nukes, and you might you made add north korea to that group because there you have a total mad man. at least in pakistan you have some semblance of sanity at this moment. but it could go rogue. you have to get india involved. india's the check to pakistan. and you have to get india involved. >> so, maybe when you become president of the united states, you have to say, really nice things to these leaders, and, and they'll kind of understand the terrible things you've said about them in the past?
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>> well, it's -- it's what policy are we going to adopt? one of his main platforms is to stop issuing visas to immigrants from countries that back terrorism. almost all of them are muslims. you know, muslim countries. he talked already about banning muslims before. are we going to now not issue visas to pakistan. does he keep that promise to his voter base? what is the message to pakistan? it's a very dangerous country. it does have nuclear weapons. and the real, immediate issue he'll face is afghanistan. pakistan has sheltered the taliban. not just al qaeda the taliban are making huge gains in afghanistan we still have thousands of troops there. within weeks of him being in office he's going to have to make decisions about do we keep u.s. troops in afghanistan and frankly those troops are on a fool's mission as long as pakistan keeps sheltering -- >> india is a great american ally. india's kind of mad at pakistan right now because it says pakistan allows terrorism to flood into its borders.
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>> if he invokes india and uses india as a threat in pakistan, that will play to the pakistani right, that will make them hostile to the u.s., that will make pakistan even more aggressive in afghanistan. it's a real crisis there things are not going well in afghanistan, and this will be one of his immediate challenges. a consistent message, pakistan ally or enemy. >> okay. so make a -- make us feel like the glass is half full like put this in perspective for us. >> he may, he has these tremendous communication skills. he may have surprised the pakistani prime minister and he may be able to use that effectively diplomacy around the world. but the key thing again is the policy. keep u.s. troops in afghanistan. bock all visas to all pakistanis. what decision is he going to make? >> i guess we'll have to see. thank you so much. still to come in the "newsroom," no charges, new protests, clashes with police, after a police shooting death is called jufd. justified. our mission is to produce programs and online content
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a tense standoff in washington state ends with a suspected cop killer dead. police in tacoma ending the standoff just two hours ago. officials say the man barricaded himself inside this home yesterday afternoon after fatally shooting that officer. the officer was responding to a domestic dispute. two children were found inside the home but they were unhurt. the decision not to charge the officer who fatally shot keith lamont scott sparking protests in north carolina overnight. [ chanting ] >> the crowd of about 100 remaining mostly peaceful, chanting through the streets, but at times tensions did escalate. police arresting four people in all. this morning, an attorney for the scott family vowing their work isn't over. cnn's nick valencia live in charlotte. good morning. >> good morning, carol. this is a decision that keith lamont scott's family dreaded but it is a decision many people
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in the charlotte community anticipated. the scott family says that they are continuing to process this news, sort of caught off guard by it. but the family attorney saying they're leaving all avenues open to pursue justice for keith lamont scott. protesters taking to the streets of charlotte, some clashing with police during demonstrations that remained mostly peaceful. authorities confirming that four arrests were made. the protests in response to a district attorney's decision not to charge officer brentley vinson in the september shooting death of keith lamont scott. >> it is a justified shooting based on the totality of the circumstances. >> reporter: the d.a. confirming that scott did have a loaded weapon in his hand. >> his gun a colt 3880 semiautomatic was recovered at the scene. it had one round in the chamber. the safety was off and the gun was cocked. >> reporter: this contradicts what scott's family says happened, that he was holding a
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book inside the car. a claim now proven untrue. >> drop the gun! >> he doesn't have a gun. >> chief, chief, don't you do it! >> did you shoot him? >> reporter: scott's wife also heard on video telling officers that her husband has a traumatic brain injury. after police confronted him while searching for another person wanted on an outstanding warrant. >> when officers come he draws the gun. he doesn't keep it in his holster or put it on the floor, he draws the gun. he's told numerous times to drop the gun. he then gets out and doesn't turn to run away from officers. he turns towards them. >> reporter: scott's family attorney reacting to the d.a.'s decision. >> we still have real questions about the decisions that were made that day in terms of how they confronted keith. >> reporter: the shooting and this video of keith's daughter that went viral shortly after his death. >> the police just shot my daddy four times for being black. >> reporter: set off several days of violent protests that destroyed several downtown businesses.
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a stark contrast to last night. protesters peacefully demanding answers. police on the streets meeting and talking with those marching, hoping to build trust in the community. the district attorney went to great lengths yesterday to show that keith lamont scott was armed at the time of the shooting. they talked about physical dna evidence being on the gun, as well as eyewitness testimony. they also showed some surveillance video that showed scott showing up to a convenience store wearing an ankle holster. the family attorney for the scott family finally acknowledged yesterday that a gun was on scott but he says none of the video shows that it was distinctively in his hand at the time of the shooting. carol? >> nick valencia reporting live from charlotte, north carolina. thanks so much. in tennessee, search and rescue teams are working right now, trying to find several people who are still missing after wildfires raced across the great smoky mountains. seven people now confirmed dead. including alice hagler, a
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grandmother last heard from on monday. a son talked with "new day" earlier. >> she had a lot of love in her heart. she loved those kids. she loved my brother very much. my brother lived with my mom, in the house that's now gone. everything my brother has is gone, as well. and so, you know, to lose someone like that who loved us and loved our family very much and have to go through something like this as well. you know, we ask for prayers for him. we ask for prayers for the people that are still trying to figure out how to put this thing all back together. >> officials say the fires have burned roughly 15,000 acres, and was likely caused by humans. still to come in the "newsroom," intense fighting and food shortages in eastern aleppo as thousands flee. why the situation on the ground is described as a descent into hell. (vo) when i brought jake home, i wanted him to eat healthy. so i feed jake purina cat chow naturals indoor, a nutritious formula with no artificial flavors. made specifically for indoor cats. purina cat chow. nutrition to build better lives.
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mourners are gathering in brazil as more than 20,000 soccer fans come together to remember the players killed in a plane crash. an emotional' scene as the teammates not aboard the doomed flight walked on to the field. fans holding up signs with the names of those killed. the memorial coming as audio from moments before the crash surfaces. crew members sent an urgent message to air traffic control before the crash, saying they were in total electrical and fuel failure. 71 people died. the situation in east aleppo getting worse by the day. one u.n. official calling it quote, a descent into hell. more than 27,000 people have been displaced as syrian forces continue bombing rebel strongholds. many of the refugees now
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hunkered down in an old factory for shelter. this as food shortages continue to grip the area with only small amounts of rice, beans and grain left to feed thousands of people. cnn's senior international correspondent frederick pleitgen is following the story live in beirut. >> reporter: yeah, certainly it is a devastating situation in aleppo which really seems to be getting worse by the day. the u.n. also saying they believe the people who are internally displaced, the ones you were talking about in aleppo, are among the most vulnerable people in the world. that is indeed a quote. you mentioned they say it's around 27,000 people that they believe are displaced and that's just inside those besieged rebel-held areas. that means those people have virtually no electricity, they have no food or water. their supplies really running short. one of the things the united nations has been saying is they haven't been able to run any sort of aid convoys into the eastern part of aleppo for
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months. there's barely food left and no way to grow food because it's an urban area and on the other hand, the regime air strikes make it all but impossible. mean meanwhile, syrian government forces say they are continuing to advance on that enclave in the eastern part of aleppo. there have been really heavy air strikes. yesterday was more of a lull because of bad weather that was going on over aleppo which hampered air operations by the syrian military, but dozens of people killed and of course, many many more people wounded, in bad need of aid. one of the things the united nations told me is they say it's not only about getting people food, it's first and foremost also about getting people medical attention because of course, there are so many people, many of them children, who are wounded and some have medical conditions who will now have a very very hard time as this offensive rolls on.
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he wasn't a celebrity chef but chances are you sank your teeth into one of his most prized inventions, the big mac. the man who created mcdonald's iconic burger has died but his legacy lives on much like the catchy jingle that immortalized his creation. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: the creator of the big mac did not die from a big mac attack. >> it's not really that
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unhealthy. >> reporter: big mac's maker lived to the age of 98. it was nearly 50 years ago that he first served a big mac at his mcdonald's franchise near pittsburgh. it was an instant success, went national, immortalized by the jingle -- where is the special sauce? there's the special sauce. the original big mac sold for -- >> 49 cents at the time. >> reporter: now it's as much as five bucks and sold worldwide, though in paris -- >> they call the big macla big mac. >> reporter: they say only one out of five millenials has even ever tasted a big mac. mcdonald's didn't lower its flag to half staff but it did tweet jim, we thank and will forever remember you. fans posted big mac tribute photos. one suggested to honor his
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legacy, why not return the big mac to its former size? it's become so small it's pathetic. not true, says mcdonald's. it's been the same size since inception. another fan suggested if they cremate him, they should put him in a big mac box. i love big macs. but even the guy who invented it in 1967 jumbled the jingle. >> two all beef patties, special sauce, r lettuce, pick les -- >> reporter: his family still owns and operates 21 mcdonald's in pennsylvania. the big mac itself was there. jeanne moos, cnn. new york. >> amazing how that jingle never leaves your head. i have known that for a long time. that was for you. the next hour of "cnn
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newsroom" starts now. and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. president-elect trump hits the road for a victory lap today. he's thanking voters for his stunning upset and celebrating a campaign promise that he's already delivered. mr. trump traveled to indianapolis where he's brokered a deal that will keep about 1,000 factory jobs from moving to mexico. trump had targeted carrier on the campaign trail and vowed to keep american jobs from moving abroad. that pledge mobilized voters in the rust belt and tonight, trump kicks off his thank you tour in the battleground states that clinched his victory. first stop, at a campaign style rally in downtown cincinnati, ohio. but let's head live to indianapolis for a moment. first let's get the latest on the trump team's efforts to form his cabinet. cnn's jessica schneider is outside trump tower. good morning. >> reporter:


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