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drama. republicans are looking to unite around paul ryan. his predecessor, john boehner, just a couple of minutes ago giving donald trump this advice. >> if you really want to get big things done, you've got to have a real relationship with the congress. and that means democrats and republicans on capitol hill. >> and wait until you see more of that interview with the former house speaker. democrats delaying their own nomination for house leadership. not a good sign for leader nancy pelosi. we've got reporters across washington and capitol hill. kasie hunt and peter alexander and kelly o'donnell. kasie, what do we expect to see on the republican side? >> reporter: hallie, speaker paul ryan really expected to waltz right back in to being speaker again and has donald trump to thank for that. it's one of the spots of unity
here on capitol hill. and ryan earlier today was leading what was really quite the show of unity today from the house conference when members went down into the basement here at the capitol building to talk about what's going to happen over the next couple of years. every seat had a red make america great again hat sitting on it and after their meeting, ryan talked to reporters and said welcome to the dawn of the new united republican congress. of course, this show, some division they are going to be wrestling with primarily between the congress and conservative republicans who have governed the house here and the new president-elect who, quite frankly, ran on a platform that went against a lot of the ideas that conservatives here in washington have been pushing forward for a while. donald trump was populist where this has been a republican congress that has pushed cutting the size of government, backing away from those things, cutting
debts and deficits. they are going to have to grapple with some of those things and i think you're starting to see the beginning of that. one particular sticking point, steve bannon who of course has been installed in the trump white house as a senior adviser, equal to reince priebus in stature, the transition tells us. he of course has made remarks over the years and given people pause and many of the articles published on breitbart, the website that he runs, some of those remarks are anti-semitic. that's some of the questions that republicans have been getting in the days that they have been back up here on the hill. paul ryan said, you know what, bannon helped win this election for donald trump and he wants to look forward. republicans have also said that they have often been talking to priebus. he's really somebody who, as boehner talked about their building that relationship with congress, he's going to be a guy who really knows what's going on here on capitol hill and, of course, mike pence, another piece of that. so i think you're seeing an
effort here -- >> chris collins, too, will be part of that effort to build bridges that's just coming out? >> reporter: yes. and in collins, he's part of the transition team. he's going to stay in congress to play that very role. i asked, are the republicans who are nervous about donald trump as president, we didn't see a lot of getting on the bandwagon. collins said to me, hey, i supported donald trump from the very beginning and i said, okay, collins -- it was a pretty lonely place to be. just chris collins there for a while. but he's in a very good place now, hallie. >> that's for sure, kasie. i want to head over to peter alexander. we have watching that john boehner interview. he said he was surprised but not shocked that donald trump won. boehner voted for trump. he said he would voting for the president-elect. as we talk about the role that congressman collins will play,
there's somebody else not playing as much of a role anymore and that's chris christie. we've been chatting about this. what do you want to call it? a purge of christie folks from the campaign? >> they have been off to a slow start, bogged down by the abrupt resignation of the former representative mike rogers. this is a man that many people thought would be considered as a potential cia director. he was overseeing the transitions national security efforts but we've learned from two sources close to rogers that he is basically out as a result of what they describe as a, quote, stalinesque purge taking place with those with close ties to the new jersey governor, chris christie. it's unclear who else is affected by that. how does that impact the plans in terms of cia and others going forward? we're told that the republican from california, the 22nd disstrict, his name is devon nunez, he's being considered
right now. he's also the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee, a man familiar with the way intelligence works. but the bottom line here is, this sort of fight among loyalists versus those who have not been sufficiently loyal within the trump campaign and the bottom line being chris christie who, of course, prosecuted jared kushner's father. anyone associated it with him may be pushed aside. >> peter, hang site. i want to bring in kelly o'donnell. vice president-elect mike pence is meeting with president-elect in the trump tower. the two are discussing some of these names for the next administration, some cabinet names. there's a possibility we may get a more thorough readout from that in the next few hours and they may also be getting the so-called presidential daily briefing. talk to us about your reporting on this. >> reporter: this is something that is available to the president-elect once he won the office and it is sort of notable
that it's now a week later and our sourcing tells us that it will happen today and this will be an opportunity for both president-elect, vice president-elect pence to receive this information identical to what is delivered to barack obama each day and contains intelligence summaries of the hot spots around the world, the sources and methods. essentially, it's a file of the government's secrets and the threats that are imminent on a daily basis. this is, of course, to help a leader shape their view of where their attention must be dealing with the world and at this time of trans six, it's critical because there are jobs to fill that will relate to some of these hot spots. think of secretary of defense, think of secretary of state. it's notable that this is happening today and requires top secret clearance which trump and pence get by virtue of winning the election and they are doing it in new york and this is something that will be a regular
part of their lives going forward. but because the gears of this transition have been slow to get going, it took a week for this to take place. hallie? >> you're in washington and following simultaneously this house democratic leadership battle. what sdus this mean going forward? >> it's the stages of grief. they saw what happened across the board and voters are sending them a message and need time to process this. the original plan was to hold the leadership elections this week. that is now being put off until tuesday, november 30th. this will give the caucus time to see if they want to go in a new direction, will they stay with leader pelosi who's been in charge with democrats for many years now and some of this is part of sort of the spasm of what happens when there is
unexpected defeat. democrats thought there would be a lot of coat tails behind hillary clinton assuming she would become president and they would benefit in congress and that did not happen and so they feel that they've got to look at the impressive party of the leadership. this is in some ways behind the scenes macinations that go on and democrats trying to assess how are they and how they will go forward. we'll see democrats struggling with this what he is the right answer and what should they learn from this for days to come. they will step behind leadership but will there be new faces? that's what we'll have to watch. >> and kelly and peter, something interesting popped into my e-mail here that trump place in new york is in the process of changing thnames to their street addresses and we are assuming a more neutral building identity that will
appeal to all current and future residents. so peter, i'm throwing this to you as a curveball but one thing we have talked about is sort of the business brand of president-elect and the effect the election could have on those. >> more specific to this particular property, this is one which the trump branding on the outside of it but inside of it, a lot of people who opposed donald trump. we were there not too long ago when this petition was first created that said they wanted to remove his name from it because they said donald trump didn't represent the values of so many of the tenants at that property right there. that shows you one indication of this right now. we've reported over the course of the last several months it remains to be seen, even as america tries to unite behind this new president to give him a chance in the words of president obama that even at properties like the trump property in chicago, the hotel there, major
league baseball players for the los angeles dodgers refused to stay there with his team earlier in the year. the team on a future visit to chicago chose to go elsewhere. the bottom line is, it's still not just a divided country but there are divided opinions about donald trump widely and how that plays not just in his role at the white house but in the brand more broadly is still something we can pay attention to closely. >> peter alexander, kelly o'donnell, kasie hunt before that, thank you for joining us here at the 1:00 hour. i want to go back to capitol hill. congressman israel, also a former chair of the committee in charge of re-electing house democrats. thank you for joining us. >> great to be with you. thank you. >> let's talk about this house leadership -- i don't know if you want to call it a fight but the drama unfolding on that side. does this delay now a signal a threat to leader nancy pelosi's
role within the party? >> i don't think it signal as threat. it's a healthy conversation. we need to do some soul searching and tap into the anxieties of middle class voters throughout the country. this is a necessary conversation. i do not want it to become an unnecessary distraction. we need to be fighting against donald trump right now. we need to be stopping him from bringing into the white house white nationalists at the far end of the political spectrum and so we need to unite, to fight what trump is doing and not devour ourselves right now. >> i would ask you, congressman, house leadership lost the majority and gained a net of six seats this cycle. so why would she deserve to remain in power? >> there's nobody who could have led house democrats who would have had a different outcome. this is not about nancy pelosi. this is about a national
democratic strategy and message that did not tap into the anxieties of middle class voters and so to suggest for a moment that we would have had a different outcome under anybody other than nancy pelosi i think is short-sided and unwise. at the same time, i know that leader pelosi understands the importance of doing this assessment and empowering other people in our caucus who have some good ideas and some sound strategies to resecure those middle-class voters. that's what she's going to do. >> what do you make of the potential challenge from tim ryan? >> you know, i know tim ryan very well. i've traveled with him, he's a good friend of mine and i think he would agree with me, he have to learn how to win elections in youngstown, which he represents. but the way to win elections in youngstown is to talk about the concerns and the anxieties of those voters and not get too bogged down into a leadership battle. tim makes an important contribution to our caucus but
do we want to spend the next several weeks on a process argument or talk about what solutions we have for middle class voters and blocking donald trump from really tough things. >> congressman, talking about those anxieties, you in this interview talked about needing to tap into or democrats tapping into the middle class anxiety. president obama appeared to suggest going to more fish fries in small towns for secretary clinton might have helped her in the long run. how do you reframe the messaging? clearly that kind of messaging is not getting through should hillary clinton have gone to those rural town fairs and how do democrats push that going forward? >> we can second-guess from today until next year. the fact of the matter is this. whether you're left of center, right of center of the democratic party, you know one thing. we failed to constructively tap into the middle-class anxieties. we didn't talk enough about infrastructure and embracing those fears and anxieties. we didn't really understand the
unique and unprecedented tensions facing the middle class. we've got to listen. we've got to do more listening, whether it's going to a fish fry or rotary, i have no comment on that. when we listen, we can begin to construct solutions and win back their votes. i'm going to devote a good part of my time to that project going forward. >> congressman, thank you. i want to go to today's microsoft's pulse question. do you think president obama holds any responsibility for creating an atmosphere that allowed donald trump to win last week's election? head over to polls.msnbc.com. coming up, a lot more show for you. paul ryan defending donald trump's choice of steve bannon as a senior adviser today but is a controversial washington outsider the best pick to head up the white house? we're going to ask a former aide
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pick for chief strategist. another, donald trump's children. today, paul ryan was asked about them potentially getting security clearance as well as potential conflicts of interests. i want to share how the house speaker framed it. listen. >> he is a man who has made great successes, created tens of thousands of jobs because he gets good advice from people around him in his life? what's wrong with that? that's a good thing. >> all right. here to talk everything transition, joe watkins, republican strategist who served in the george bushed a handwriting and then surrogate for the second president bush. let's talk about what the house speaker was just referring to, this firewall potentially between the trump white house and the business interests. do you think that should happen? should there be a blind trust and are you concerned if there's not? >> there should be a blind trust. >> how is it blind if it's his kids, jared kushner? is it really a blind trust?
>> he needs to be removed from it so he can tend to the business of the country and not have any distractions. being president of the united states is a huge job and it's important that the president not be distracted and listen to the people closest to him and his children are bright kids. they probably went to the best university in the country, university of pennsylvania. i'm an alum. they are well-trained and able to handle the business and lots of other people there can do that. >> that's not a concern for you. let me talk about steve bannon. you have advocacy groups concerned about his -- >> african-americans, too. >> where are you on that spectrum? >> i worked in the white house and in the transition and i know what matters is who the president listens to ultimately. for the most part, the president has the ability to keep and discard what he wants to believe and what he wants to do and not
to do. i think donald trump is a very shrewd man. he has a keen understanding of americans and where americans are because he was able to defy all of the pundits, including me, to win the presidency of the united states. i think steve bannon is a smart guy. with regard to his background, that's something that a lot of people are concerned about. >> are you worried about it? >> i don't know him personally to know if he's a person who would judge me based on the color of my skin and discount me because i'm black or if he has love in his heart for everybody. but at the end of the day, what really matters are the decisions that the president makes. he has the chief of staff and reince priebus who will manage the white house and all of the personalities around the white house and then everybody will be fighting for access to the president's ear and the president will make a decision
as to who he listens to. >> i want to talk about elliott cohen who tweeted this this morning. "after exchange with trump transition team, changed my recommendation, stay away. they are angry arrogant screaming you lost" will be ugly. does this represent a bigger concern? >> no. there's going to be a lot of elbowing. people are fighting right thousand. the pie is being sliced and everybody wants a piece of the pie so people are scrambling to see what they can get. this is the nature of transitions. >> you talked about the jockeying which always happens. do you think there's more that is happening? we've heard infighting and drama with peter alexander talking about chris christie purge. >> people are going to be in and out and people who lose favor and --
>> so this is normal? >> this is normal stuff. people come and go and fight and lose. there are people who do not support donald trump who are working the transition, people who support him but don't have government experience and may not know how to play in this game. you've got all of that in play right now and donald trump is making the final decisions. >> joe watt continues, thank you very much. coming up, more on the so-called transition turmoil or at least the potential for it. we talked about mike pence huddling with president-elect trump in new york. reports about these big disagreements, the infighting over who should end up in these key roles in the president-elect's administration. we're going to talk to nick after the break. keeping an eye on capitol hill warehouse republicans are meeting behind closed doors for their leadership elections. we'll bring you the very latest as soon as it happens.
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right now in new york, donald trump is meeting with his vice president-elect who is also heading his transition team. we have new pictures here of mike pence walking in to trump tower heading to those elevators. the two said to be talking about candidates for potential candidate and senior white house cabinet in a trump administration. i'm joined by "new york times" political reporter. nick, you're also an msnbc contributor. thank you for being with us. talk to me a little bit about what you're hearing. i hear every news outlet in the world is going after who is going to end up in these top cabinet positions. what are you hearing and what do you know? >> it's not actually clear because all of these different parties are leaking to their own
interests. we have ben carson saying he doesn't want to be at the education secretary. we asked about rumors about huckabee being in the running for hss. we have rudy giuliani possibly as secretary of state or john bolton who is in some ways the opposite of the foreign policy that donald trump campaigned on. so right now it's about as craye as a mixed martial arts fight. >> do any of those names seem surprising or maybe not surprising to you? >> i think the bolton one is surprising because he's closely associated with bush's foreign policy that trump ran against. as i said, the go it alone, pull out of alliances, you know, invade countries that we don't like part of the foreign policy. obviously, he's also a tempermental fit in some ways and fits with some of the things that john has been saying about our alliances. but that one stuck out. for the most part, what i'm
seeing here, hallie, which is fascinating, the people who cast their lot with trump early in the campaign and stuck with him. pretty much anybody who was close to trump in the last part of the campaign is being offered something except for a chris christie who was pushed off the team because of his class with jared kushner, trump's son-in-law. >> right. chris christie seems to be one of the exceptions to that. let me talk about capitol hill for a minute because within the last 45 minutes or so, former house speaker john boehner did an interview. he talked about his relationship with donald trump. listen. >> we'll golf together and texting buddies. when i was speaker and having a rough week, i could always count
on donald calling me up, patting me on the back. he's a good guy. >> what conversations have you had since he won? >> not much. a little. >> did you reach out to him? >> yes, congratulated him. >> by text or by phone? >> by text. close enough. >> so president-elect and john boehner, texting buddies. it's different than what we've seen between president-elect and the current house speaker. do you see that being a problem with either donald trump moving forward? >> i would say that john boehner would want to have good relations with the president-elect but the new senior counselor, steve bannon, has waged a jihad against paul ryan, has tried to get him pushed out of speaker. there are memos from when he was first vaulted to that job about trying to take him out. there's a lot of opportunity for working together there but the question is whether the bannon version of trump and his
politics overpower or find some peace with the ryan version of gop politics. and i just can't tell you. >> "the wall street journal" reported that during his meeting with president obama, president-elect trump seemed perhaps that the entire presidential staff in the west wing would need to be replaced. we saw kellyanne conway push back on that saying that wasn't the case. when you look at the experience levels of the staff moving in to the west wing, how concern should folks be? or is this something we see every time, inexperience and then figuring it out on the fly? >> it's impossible to prepare being president but this is the most prepared team we've seen in modern history. i think there's a basic misunderstanding of what it takes to fill the appointments and it does matter. you know, if he had not run
against his own party, i think you would see sort of help from the statesmen or however you wanted to see it. but he's hostile to those people so there's this uneasy mixing of people trying to make it work for him. if you care about trump and want him to succeed, it should concern you that they can't seem to sort this out, mike pence had not signed paperwork required to get the transition going. it's actually a problem for trump. >> nick, very, very quick before i let you go, barbara boxer, the california senator, is introducing legislation that would eliminate the electoral college altogether. curveball for you. your thoughts on that? does that have any chance at all getting through? >> it's not going to happen. it's a good talking point for democrats but the very party in power in washington at the state
level and many places around the country, it's not in their interest to entertain them. >> nick, thank you very much for being with us. with that, we want to go over to our pulse question of the day. we want to know whether or not you think president obama is responsible for creating an atmosphere for donald trump to win the election last week? the results so far at pulse.msnbc.com, 81% of you saying no but almost 20% say yes, is he responsible for creating that atmosphere. interesting stuff. keep voting. get at me on twitter, facebook and snapchat, too. coming up, harry reid expected to deliver a scathing speech in two or three hours from now attacking steve bannon on the senate floor this afternoon. we'll preview what he might say
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trump to stand by what he has said he plans to do, which is to unify the country. a lot of democrats saw this move to put steve bannon in the top position as a very divisive move. let me read you a little bit from the statement that harry reid released. it's a preview. "the facts are stark and shocking, since trump was elected, acts of hate against muslims, jews, women and people of color have spiked dramatically. the kkk sees trump as their champion". now, harry reid, of course, very different tone than what we're hearing from president obama who has largely stayed away from criticizing this pick of steve bannon and criticizing donald trump saying we've got to give him space to form his white house, to appoint the staffers that he sees fit and to fill out his cabinet. so you're seeing a little bit of good cop, bad cop here. of course, there are some politics involved as well.
democrats have started the fight for the midterms, right? they are trying to create an ideological divide here. so i wouldn't be surprised if this is part of a line we hear over the next few years as they head into the next round of elections. the challenge for harry reid, does he overplay his hand because they have to work with republicans moving forward. >> kristen, that's exactly the question i wanted to get to you. does harry reid see this as politically advantageous and run the risk, like you said, of overplaying his hand? >> and harry reid has never shied away from that, hallie. we've seen him throw bombs in the past, that's for sure. but he does, i think. and that's why you will see good cop, bad cop going on within the halls of congress as well. harry reid will undoubtedly be one of the more unspoken people in this regard. remember, he's not going to be there for the duration. but i don't think all of the democrats are going to sort of
tote this line. you'll see a lot of folks try to take the strategy that president obama has taken. let's give him some space because we've got a lot of big battles and debates along the horizon before we really engage on this level. i don't expect harry reid to let up. this is what he's known for. one more thing i'd point out, hallie, we heard president-elect address some of the criticism about this in that interview with "60 minutes," a lot of people said that's a good step but we want to hear more from him, we want a more robust statement directed at the people engaging in this type of hatred. i think it's putting the pressure on him to engage more and we'll have to see whether it pays off. >> kristen welker, thanks. >> thanks. can you believe it's only been one week since election? it seems like a lifetime.
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we are back here live at independence hall where here in philadelphia i'm taking part in this year's think fest. you can see it on the screen. a lot of people coming together to talk about interesting things. i'm fortunate to be along with it. we're talking on this panel about how to get over the post-election hangover, if you will. someone tweeted to me, it might not even be possible. when we look at a week ago, it
was election day and i posed the question, what happened? where did everyone go so wrong? how do we figure out why and what to do next time? >> i think we are months away from having good answers. it takes a few months for states to update their voter files, which is a list of who actually voted, who cast a ballot, which will allow us to understand what the electorate looked like. >> that's step one. >> that's step one. did pollsters fail to pick up on the opinions of people who voted or polling people who didn't actually vote? that will take a while. the sort of, you know, reasonable hypotheses about what went wrong, people lied to pollsters and -- >> which is what the trump campaign said all along. >> yes. the clinton campaign is coming around to the idea that people
may have been understating their support for trump or maybe women saying they would vote against the first women candidate when misogyny became involved in the campaign. and then there was some sort of rural surge in support for trump and some places where hillary clinton failed to basically mobilize the obama electorate, pollsters looking at the wrong people. and then the other question, was their late movement. a lot of things are happening with the comey letter in the last few days and came out 36 hours before election morning. >> it wasn't just independent pollsters. it was folks looking at internally at the data within both parties. so as i talked to somebody last week who said we're doing soul searching, do you see one of the parties having an inherent advantage to getting it right for the next time? >> they are using generally the same types of tools and so much
of the predictive analytics is based on people's past behaviors. and so when people predict turnout, it's thought that the biggest predictor of turnout is your history of voting. if you're a regular voter, you're highly likely to vote the next time. if we had a significant shift in who voted this time, rural white voters who may not have voted in 2012 now feeling motivated to vote for trump, the obama coalition not to turn out the way way for hillary clinton, we'll see that those types of models are not predicted with future behavior and if that's the case, everybody suffers, republicans, democrats, public researchers trying to make sense of this, too. >> one of the things you got involved in was looking at realtime data as news outlets we don't do. you caught some flack for not getting it right early on. >> we caught some movement later in the day. we're sorting through our data
and we'll do a fairly exhaustive report figuring out where we went wrong and right. >> do you feel like you failed? >> no. i think the biggest challenge for us was collecting all of that data from the field and we had hundreds of people at polling locations in seven states feeding the data in and we matched it and by the end of the day we had trump ahead in pennsylvania, had him closing in florida. we were picking up on movement. we need to sort of do a deeper look at what went right and what went wrong. we were also relying on survey data. if people were lying to pollsters, that's going to trap us as much as it traps the internal campaign research of the public polls. >> if people weren't telling the truth to pollsters, that's not going to change next time around, right? >> the trump candidacy may have made people -- we know situations in the past where there are sensitive issues of race where, you know t. is seen
as soecially desirable to give one answer. this was the case in brexit as well. it's possible in 2020 ted cruz is running against tim kaine that voters might not have the incentive to lie to a pollster the way they did this last que you. if we're talking about a post-election hangover, how do you get over it? what's the advice to people who feel like they're just, you know, hurt after everything they went through? >> god, i -- i'm still trying to get over like 1896. i didn't see that realignment coming. this one could take a while. >> sashaizen berg from bloomberg politics. see you in a little bit. coming up, we have a lot more ahead on msnbc. we're keeping an eye on capitol hill where we talk about house republicans meeting behind closed door to elect their leadership up. see the podium where we expect to hear from some of those leaders later on today. we'll head back to capitol hill for a quick update next.
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we have a little breaking news for you here. coming into us from our capitol hill producer, saying house republicans have unanimously re-elected paul ryan as their nominee for speaker. i want to go to kelly o'donnell, who is on capitol hill. kelly, fill us in on what's happening behind closed doors. >> well, this really, hallie, is a sign of how donald trump's influence is sweeping the republican conference. we know that paul ryan, as speaker of the house, was distant to trump during the campaign, critical of him at times, and then fully embraced him to be a leadership partner going forward. and there was a rumbling that there would be the most conservative members who had hoped to see speaker ryan be more forcefully endorsing trump during the campaign who might challenge him. all of that has washed away with donald trump saying he wants speaker ryan to remain in that
position and this unanimous decision of the house reference conference is notable. there will, of course, be the proper speaker election, which involves all the new members going forward as a formal part of the new congress. but today this is a very powerful sign that speaker paul ryan, who will have a partner in his friend, reince priebus as the chief of staff to donald trump, and a republican senate. the building blocks are lining up, hallie, for a united republican front for them to try to get some things accomplished. so, for paul ryan, he had said he wanted this job and now he will have it. hallie? >> can kelly o'donnell on capitol hill, thank you very much. interesting to note, too, congressman chris collins, one of the first to back donald trump, is one of the ones who gave the nominating speech for paul ryan. a lot more ahead. ordinary tissues left dakota's nose sore and red.
an atmosphere that allowed donald trump to win the election last week. that's our microsoft pulse question. do you think he is responsible for that? here are the results. 16% of you say yes, but the majority of you, 84% of you, say no. the pulse is open for another hour here on msnbc. head to pulse.msnbc.com. let us know what you think. we've been following a lot over this past hour. we watched the house republican leadership conference unanimously nominate paul ryan to continue on as house speaker. as kelly o'donnell has been reporting, a show of unity in the republican-led house with donald trump set to take the white house in, what, less than -- fewer than 70 days from now. we also have been following some drama within the democratic party, delaying their own leadership elections. you heard one of the former chairs of the conference charged with helping to he election democrats weigh in on that. lots to follow up on. coming up with my colleague, thomas roberts, who's in new york, where we'll be headed in a
few hours from now. see you tomorrow. >> safe travels. a lot of fast-moving developments going on. we'll update you about what's taking place on the hill and what's happening in new york city as president-elect trump and his transish team try to get themselves in high gear. we have the vice president-elect mike pence and donald trump hovering at trump tower. sources telling nbc news that trump's transition team is purging people close to governor chris christie. meanwhile, house republicans are standing solidly by trump. now we have the newly re-elected paul ryan refusing earlier today to criticize the controversial choice of steve bannon as chief strategist of a trump white house. >> i'm not looking backwards. i'm looking forward. i'm looking to the future and how we make this work for the american people, how we help president-elect trump be the most successful president in our lifetime. >> meanwhile, president obama