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i wish i could say thanks to the bulls but the bulls are running out of strength here. [closing bell rings] as we hear the closing bell, david and melissa, it is almost the same as yesterday, a big swing to the, at least close to the flat line. melissa: all right, stocks losing steam in the final hours of trading. i'm melissa francis. david: and i'm david asman. glad you could join us today on "after the bell." we've got you covered with the big market movers but first here is what else we have for you in a very busy, very historic moment. first of all, this meeting with president trump arriving at mar-a-lago for a key diplomatic test with the chinese president and the stakes couldn't be higher. the two leaders will address growing threat of north korea and its growing nuclear program. republican senators souping you the harry reid rule change in 2013 to include supreme court nominees. this change will fundamentally alter the way the supreme court justices are chosen.
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the senate currently is in 30-hour debate period before voting on supreme court nominee neil gorsuch. melissa: back to the markets, the dow pulling back in the final hours of trading. lori rothman is on the floor of the new york stock exchange. lori, what is behind the downturn? reporter: politics, melissa, summing it up. markets broke 2:30 p.m. eastern that steps are underway to remove bashar al-assad in syria, in response to the chemical attack earlier this week. that changed sentiment. we saw a pretty significant reversal. the dow gave up 200 points. today it was about 85 points. the dow managed to hold on to 15 of those points. some of the gainers were the banks also. politics, the chief economic advisor gary cohn says that he does back the separation of the big wall street banks and commercial banking from investment banking, so-called glass-steagall which was originally repeal in 1999. he is in favor of doing that but
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no real firm commitments to it, so banks did hold on to the gains today. let's shift gears to talk about amazon. curious to see how it closed because it did open up higher. amazon, it did lose about $11 or 1.21%. it would have been a seventh straight record close for amazon but not to be today. u w the retailers, l brands, disappointing sales but better than expected. down 10%. they're shifting their focus, the owner of victoria secret, they will not worry about swim war as much as under garrments. that is the leisure fad paying off. that had nice effect on department store retailers which have been beaten down a whole lot. david: good time for retailers. lori, thank you. oil in the green for the third straight day, ending the day up more than 1% at 51-point0 a barrel. this marks the highest settle in a month. year-to-date oil is down nearly 4%. melissa. melissa: investors keeping a
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close eye on the president's meeting with the chinese president and wide range of crucial global issues. fox business's blake burman in west palm beach, florida with the latest. a lot to cover today, blake. reporter: yes, indeed, melissa. both leaders are here on the ground at this hour. president xi xinping, president trump here in florida as they expect to kick things off officially couple hours from now as both families sit down for a dinner at mar-a-lago. this was billed by senior officials throughout the week as 24 hour get together for the governments, for these two leaders really to set a framework going forward on some of the big issues. not to mention top issues, trade among the two nations and north korea which president trump put into the forefront here over these last couple month as he has been in office. as all of this is settling in today, there is also the other big story, melissa, that you were referring to there, that being syria. the president is expected to be meeting with his top members of
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his staff, the national security advisor, h.r. mcmaster, the secretary of defense general james mattis, among other members of his admination here to cht a way going forward. the administration has taken a couple different position this is past week how to go about it with the president most recently saying aboard air force one that, quote, something needs to happen. syria on the forefront with chinese president here next 24 hours or some a lot to talk about in florida upcoming days. melissa. melissa: absolutely, blake. thank you. david: dealing with the chinese, president trump is trying to do something i says has never been done before. listen. >> it will be very interesting. nobody really knows. we have not been treated fairly on trade for many, many years. no president has taken care of that the way they should have. david: the way they should have. joining me is scott martin of kingsview asset management, charlie hurt of "the washington times." both fox news contributors. charlie, when he says the way they should have, speaking to
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previous presidents what is he talking about? >> going back decades since we began robust trading with china, we've had chinese, they steal things whether making furniture or making computers. david: we know what they have done bad against us but how should we now deal with them that they have never been dealt with before? >> priorities set by the president have prevented us from going after them for doing these sorts of things. and you know, global trade is one of those things where, the sort of the deal behind it was, that yes, we're going to trade with people and workers, you know, the blue-collar workers who put trump in the white house, they're going to be either retrained and we're going to enforce these rules. and when you don't enforce these rules, these people, they lose their jobs and there is nowhere for them to turn. david: scott, there is virtually nothing that we have doesn't in some way have something saying made in china on it. virtually every part of every
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piece of machinery, some piece of clothing you're wearing, wall street is afraid, if you begin to put in punishment against china, you begin to hurt u.s. consumers and a lot of retailers. >> yeah, isn't that the truth, david? over the years we've had tough talk on china. one of my favorites, paul o'neill, treasury secretary back in the day, going over to china talking tough on currency which probably charlie hurt was mentioning. they manulated currency and ste ideas and it was allowed to go on for yea and yrs. this is the middle ground. both countries need each other. they need us to consume and we need them to lend. you have to find common ground here. the fact that trump's policies addressed that to some degree thus far are a good start. david: all right, good. melissa: the house is getting ready to leave washington for easter break without a new health care bill but speaker ryan is remaining optimistic that americans will see a new health care system in the near future. >> while we have work to do to
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get all the way there we have made some real progress this week. this is a step in the right direction. it is closer toward the final goal and agreement and we'll keep talking, working on it until we get it right. melissa: scott, what do you think? are you buying it? >> well look, the market doesn't seem to be buying it.that is tht interesting thing, melissa. we've seen interest rates come down quite a bit. we've seen bond prices that the market is starting to doubt the possibility of us coming together here in d.c., which is a shame, that was a lot of greatness trump got elected upon, ran upon, so far a lot of talk and a little action. melissa: charlie, we heard they're putting together sidecar vehicle. getting the risk pool together, kind of only way to get this thing done. tough remove expensive people, put them together. we'll all end up paying for it. that is the boat we're in at this point but will that plan work? >> remains to be seen, obviously. this is washington, washington is the one place where
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principles are always for sale. melissa: that's true. >> they are willing to negotiate on absolutely anything. that is why we often see these giant deals that seem to be, you know, two sideseem to be unbridgeable gap between the two of them. ey g in therhey have a deadline. going home is always a very good incentive for these people. since only their principles at stake they're more than happy to negotiate on it. i'm not particularly hopeful they actually come together. because i've seen far bigger deals come from far bigger distances here, and end up working at least passibly well so both sides can claim victory. melissa: okay. david: i like the way he called it a sidecar deal. it is kind of a sidecar. melissa: side pocket. david: very nice. speaker ryan is saying while progress is being made on a health care replacement he is setting a very different tone on taxes. take a listen.
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>> we were actually closer in agreement on health care than we were on tax reform. the house has a plan but the senate doesn't quite have one yet. they're working on one. the white house hasn't nailed it down. even the three entities don't, aren't on the same page yet on tax reform. david: well, charlie, what i'm wondering is, how much faith president trump has in speaker ryan after what happened with health care? i know that speaker ryan has been talking about tax reform for years. he dealt with it even in his 20s, like 30 years ago, but having had problems he had with health care, is president trump worried he will have the same if not more with taxes? >> i think he is very worried. he has big reason to be worried. health care was obviously the number one thing that the politicians here on capitol hill wanted to get done but tax reform is something that donald trump, he knows about it. it is something he has talked about, you know from the very beginning of his campaign. i would argue it's a perhaps,
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perhaps the biggest thing in his, in his campaign, in terms of what congress can actually get done. and if he doesn't, if they don't come together on this and come up with something and get something tangible done on taxes, it will, it will be devastating for the trump administration. david: scott, there is nothing about which the market cares more than taxes right now. i mean, yes they're interested in health care reform and regulations. those are good, to getone but taxes, my god, if they don't get something on taxes, what happens to the market? >> oh, david, i think you start to see a preyou view of coming attractions we've already seen -- preview. the market tends to pull back. charlie is right, if we can't come together on tax reform which i thought was a more of a bilateral agreement, if the democrats still want to stay on their own side and not help the republican side and donald trump with his initiatives here, gosh is the division so big in d.c.,
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i want to give these guys a pepsi. david: democrats, charlie, seems clear will not help at all. i would put forth, charlie, there has already been a bipartisan tax reform plan done under democratic president called simpson-bowles. it was organized by president obama. it did not, it was very simplified version of tax reform. it lowered tax rates tremendously and didn't add nye new taxes on the border tax. trump say, hey, we have bipartisan plan, here its is. >> that is very smart thing to do, but david, around here there are so many things both sides agree on 90% or 80% of things like tax reform. democrat could come along with it, but the problem neither side wants to give other side a victory. david: that's right. >> democrats on the sidelines. they don't want to cooperate on anything that gives donald trump something that he can passibly claim as victory.
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david: everything will have to be done with "nuclear option," everything. scott, charlie, good to see you both. >> thanks, guys. melissa: nuclear showdown on capitol hill. the histic change paving the weigh for neil gorsuch to fill an empty seat on the nation's highest court. david: pivotal meeting between the world's biggest superpowers, will they up pressure to respond to the threat of north korea? gillian turner and gordon chang will weigh in. melissa: everything is nuclear. outcry over chemical weapons attack in syria. dozens of civilians killed including children. how the trump administration is preparing to take a tougher stance coming up. retired lieutenant colonel ralph peters responds. you can't predict the market. but through good times and bad... ...at t. rowe price... ...we've helped our investors stay confident for over 75 years. call us or your advisor. t. rowe price. invest with confidence.
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melissa: supreme showdown on capil hillbreaking the filibuster, effectivy clring the path for supreme court nominee neil gorsuch. adam shapiro with all the details. reporter: expected to take late friday afternoon, possibly friday evening. the senate changed decades of precedence earlier today, when it invoked what every juan calls the "nuclear option." this is simple parliamentary procedure. not simple actually, but lowered threshold to end debate on the filibuster, on the supreme court nominee, like the democrats were using to prevent a vote on judge gorsuch. leader mitch mcconnell said democrats forced that issue. >> our democratic colleagues have done something today unprecedented in the history of the senate. unfortunately it has brought us to there point.
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we need to restore the norms and traditions of the senate and get past this unprecedented partisan filibuster. reporter: not so fast said senate minority leader democrat charles schumer. he blames republicans for destroying sinatra digs when they refused to consider president obama's nominee, merrick garland to the high court. schumer questions if the ability to filibuster legislation will be the next sinatra digs to fall? senate tradition. >> instead of forces us to change, senators decided to change the senate, and i worry a great deal about what that means for our future. i hope we can get together, to do more in future months to insure that the 60-vote threshold for legislation remains. reporter: several senators are critical of what's happened today like john mccain, who by the way voted essentially for
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the "nuclear option" but they acknowledge it is historic and era of bipartisan if it ever existed in the last few years no longer does. senators eager to go home for the two-week easter recess are expected to confirm judge gorsuch to the supreme court sometime around 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night. melissa: when was this era of bipartisanship? i must have followed fallen asleep and missed it. reporter: you were out on the prairie at the time. david: oh. melissa: somethings because i certainly haven't seen it. adam shapiro, well-pyed. thank you. david: here to talk about all this, lessry rutledge, she is the arkansas attorney general. general rutledge good to see you. orrin hatch on "after the bell," former head of the judiciary committee. now a member of it. i think he kind of summed it up well. i want to play that tape and get your reaction. >> i think the democrats just so bitter about having lost the election to donald trump that they're just pouting all over the place and, i think it is stupid on their part.
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they look like idiots. here is one of the finest judges in the country, one of the most winning personalities, he has a tremendous reputation. he is a wonderful lawyer, and a wonderful jurist and you know, they're treating him like he shouldn't even be given a chance. david: only somebody who is ready to retire can be that frank, but do you think he flailed it? >> well, i certainly agree with senator hatch on so many things, particularly with regard to how qualified judge gorsuch is and it is absolutely astounding to see that the democrats in the united states senate are handling this with such vitriolic partisanship they forced the republicans to use the "nuclear option," however, senator schumer, the hypocrisy in his words could not be more evident when talking about how, the republicans should have confirmed president obama's nominee in merrick garland when it was in 2007 that senator schumer himself said, you know, this was 16 months before the 08
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election, that said that he would tell his colleagues, encourage them not to confirm a supreme court nominee. it would not have mattered who donald trump had nominated. david: that's right. >> even as leader mcconnell said, if donald trump had nominated ruth bader ginsberg these democrats were having none of it. david: we should remember, by the way, we hear the phrase "nuclear option" a lot, but that phrase was first used to describe what harry reid did back in 2013 when he changed the rules. it wasn't on supreme court justices but everything but. here is what dianne feinstein wrote at the time. first she was against the "nuclear option," she was in favor of it. i sat on the judiciary committee for 20 years, and has never ever been like this. you reach a appointment where your frustration overwhelms and things have to change. i think the level of frustration on the democratic side has just reached a point where it is worth the risk. now, you change the party affiliations and that is exactly, exactly, what
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republicans are saying right now. >> certainly. ands a you just pointed out, david, that it was senator harry reid in 2013 that changed it with regard to the, affirming an confirming the lower court judges. and now, senator feinstein changing her mind. certainly the republicans in the united states senate are extraordinarily frustrated and the democrats refusing to join with them to confirm a man in judge gorsuch who is a fair judge, who stated time and again, who has a record of being fair and impartial on the bench, someone needs to be on the supreme court and i believe by the end of the day tomorrow, he will be. david: he will be. they have got a big back load of cases. the supreme court has cases on everything from the president's immigration order, that is going to be coming up to the supreme court. there are cases on abortion, affirmative action, the rights of religious objectors,
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presidents powers on immigration which was initiated by some of president obama's moves. how soon do you think they will be able to clear the decks of these cases that have been waiting for over a year in some cases because there were only eight members of the court? >> that's right. with the court going into recess end of june, we will see how quickly they will be able to move through their docket they have remaining in this term. i'm hopeful that with then justice gorsuch on the bench, starting this weekend on monday, they will be able to get so work and the supreme court will be able to clear out that docket and to, we will see the old administration's rules being put to rest by the court finally. we'll be able to move forward with this administration. david: arkansas attorney general rutledge, thank you very much for being here. really appreciate it. >> thank you. melissa: breaking news right now. twitter is suing the u.s. government over an attempt to unmask an anti-trump account.
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the company is saying in a lawsuit that it had received a demand from u.s. u.s. officials that records that could reveal the user behind an account opposed to president trump. the lawsuit over the anonymous account was filed in federal court in san francisco which is of course where twitter is based. very interesting. i want to watch that one. david: indeed, stepping aside from a key investigation, why the top lawmaker on the intel committee is bowing out of the probe with russia's involvement in the 2016 election. what is really going on inside of the trump administration. all changes afoot coming up. fox news's ed henry, the man who knows everything being said inside the beltway, joining us here. ♪ ♪ predictable. the comfort in knowing where things are headed. because as we live longer... and markets continue to rise and fall... predictable is one thing you need in retirement to help protect what you've earned and ensure it lasts.
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you take over this russia intel probe? >> it is a lot of, it is, the scope is big. a lot of things going on, a lot of issues to get to the pot of. this will take a while. we'll get it done expeditiously as we can but we intend to get to the bottom of all these issues. reporter: this afternoon president trump said he thinks nunes is a high-quality person who must have stepped away for his own reasons. speaker of the house paul ryan says he doesn't think nunes did anything wrong but he did admit it would be a little bit of a sideshow if the ethics investigation was happening while he was at helm of the russia investigation. kong adam schiff has been very critical of unmasking information he got from a white house source had a nice word for nunes on his way out. >> i just want to express my appreciation for what the chairman decided to do. i'm sure it was a very difficult decision for him. but as he mentioned, i think it
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is in the best interests of the investigation. reporter: i also had a chance to ask the new head of this russian probe, congressman mike conaway, if susan rice will be called in to testify before the house intel committee about these allegations she was unmasking trump officials for political reasons? conaway would not confirm or he deny an invitation to rice. he did not want to be conducting committee business through the press. melissa. melissa: there you go. all right. we'll keep an eye on it, peter, thank you. david: a lot of people think he you should have stayed on. historic meeting between world leaders. will president trump and president xi leave this meeting on the same page? gillian turner, gordon chang are both here to weigh in next. melissa: plus ivanka in the spotlight in china! can the first daughter improve relations with china? you might be surprised. at fidelity, trades are now just $4.95.
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melissa: breaking news. in two hours president trump will have dinner with china's president at mar-a-lago. the two world leaders hold a formal meeting tomorrow. at the top of the agenda, the growing threat from north korea. >> we have a big problem with north korea. we'll see what happens. >> the hope to get them to bring leverage on the issue with north korea? >> we'll see what happens, pete. we'll be in there pitching, and i think we'll do very well.
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melissa: joining us gillian turner, former member of the national security council. also a fox news contributor, along with gordon change, the author of the coming he collapse of china. gordan let me start with you. what do you think his best approach is? >> the best approach for trump is to talk about trade. chinese economy is stumbling. they need access to the u.s. market and u.s. investment. they need things more than they have the last 20 years. i would start out where we have the most leverage. melissa: gillian, can you parlay that, do you think getting them to help you with north korea? >> if this was back during the campaign, trade would be absolutely the first thing on the agenda, but given heightened security concerns, geostrategically going on this week, i think that the defense, the defense framework is something that really needs to get set up at the summit. it is unclear which way this,
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the wind es going to blow here when it coming to north korea. i think both these leaders, president xi, president trump have a lot to prove during the summit to their domestic constituencies who are kind of their primary audience here. melissa: gordon -- i'm sorry. >> i was going to say that is what is foremost in their minds. president trump will probably want to bring up trade, the financials, economic relationship, that sort of plays to his interests right now. but i don't know that it does to mr. xi. melissa: gordon, is it, in was so much rhetoric on the campaign trail. a lot of people have said that it is going to be harder as a result of the tough talk. is that true, or does china's president recognize that's the campaign trail, you know, that is sort of how people talk to get elect, or would he be offended by some of the things president trump said? >> i'm sure he was offended by many things that president trump said during the campaign and
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after the election. that tough talk served a purpose. for stancewe have the chinese president flyi all the way to mar-a-lago. by the way he arrives there before trump does. melissa: i noticed that. >> very important from a chinese protocol point of view. it shows that xi xinping wants to talk to him. there are a lot of issues there for the chinese. melissa: that's a great point. gillian, that wasn't lost on me. we were live during that hour watching it happen. the fact that president trump arrived second and wasn't there to greet the chinese president, that is not an accident, right? >> no, of course not. incredibly complex sort of protocol rules and procedures going to have a reighead of state visit like this. it was definitely something sought out in advance. this trip was something that happened at the suggestion of the chinese which is another interesting thing. this is not as simple as an invitation going from the white house to their government.
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so the whole thing is a little bit unconventional. the choice of mar-a-lago signals a little bit of thinking. don't want to read too much into it. but it indicates the president is kind of looking to get up close and personal very quickly. that he is extending, you know, they're meeting at mar-a-lago which is his kind of personal recognize dense in the sense that camp david would not be his personal residence. that is owned by the federal government, signals that he wants to socialize with the foreign leader and get to know him and his wife a little bit. i don't know that the chinese will be flexible here. by all accounts this is not a leader who is interested in that. he is not interested -- he is interested in the optic being seen with president trump. he he is more in the optic having been victorious and having the upper hand. what we see the next few hours and next few days is really important. melissa: you guys are a great team on this. i hope you come back and talk to us. very interesting.
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david: growing headache for ride-sharing companies uber and lyft. their drivers are being pulled off the road by the thousands after failing ckground checks in massachusetts. fox business's hillary vaughn as the details on why this is happening. kind of frightening to think your driver getting in trouble like this, hillary? reporter: it is scary because you really don't know who is behind the wheel. like you said, thousands of uber and lyft drivers were given the thumbs up after their companies vetted them but when the state of massachusetts did their own record check, they found thousands of drivers with bad backgrounds, many who have been on the road for years. massachusetts looked at criminal and driving records for over 71,000 drivers and decided that 8,000 of them should not be on the road. hundreds were disqualified because of serious crimes on their record. crimes that include, violent or sexually-based offenses and driving-related crimes such as drunk driving. the department that conducted the review rejected 51
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applications from sex offenders and blocked 350 drivers for incident related to sex abuse and exploitation on their records. but most drivers were blocked because of the driversse status. many had suspended licenses or hadn't been driving long enough to qualify as a driver. drivers can appeal the state's decision however. i spoke with a dribber that works for uber and lyft. he is a veteran won his appeal after he was unfairly banned and he is back on the road today. >> i feel like they're violating the law trying to knock off as many drivers as possible just to pease their taxi dving friends. reporter: i spoke with an uber representative today who tells me no background check is perfect. you can't predict what a person will or will not do based on the results. they say the new requirement unnecessarily punishes drivers with a past, looking for a second chance but some critics of ride-sharing the results are proof that passengers are at
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risk because drivers like uber and lyft drivers don't submit to the same requirements as cab drivers. cabbies in boston have to be fingerprinted but uber and lyft drivers do not. david: i had to laugh. i have gotten in the back seat of the cab in new york and you look at the guy's picture, you get a little nervous. i don't know, drivers in taxis in new york, not necessarily better than uber drivers, but who knows. i'm glad they're doing something to check their backgrounds. hillary, thank you very much. medical list. melissa: i like that uber lyft, you have the nice black u or pink moustache. didn't seem comparable. day 77 of the trump administration, the white house is rife with controversy to say the least. we'll talk to a man who knows what is going on behind closed doors. fox news's ed henry joins us next. ♪ ttom line is, for your goals, this is a strategy i'd recommend.
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david: new details on the latest shake up at the white house. growing scrutiny over president trump's top advisors. of course that includes steve bannon the right and jared kushner. raising concerns about the president's path forward and in whom he places this trust. for insideco on all ings white house related, ed henry, fox news chief national correspondent, author of the new book, 42 faith, the rest of the jockey robinson story, more in a moment. first on bannon, how important was that move yesterday? >> i think the move himself, taking him off the national security council frankly is pretty symbolic. a lot of people friendly to bannon, advisors to the president, telling me and others he was only put on the national security council to be a check on general flynn, who the president and vice president had some concerns about, maybe those turned out to be true. maybe some of that is spin after the fact. david: the bannon forces are spinning has in fact nothing to do with the president's loyalty with bannon.
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>> he still has power and influence. he has an office steps from the oval office. david: he was also at one of the security meetings? >> he went anyway, after being taken off officially. he can still pop in. here is bottom line. what i'm hearing from the advisors to the president, there is, broader changes coming. i don't want to call it a shake-up because that exaggerates it, there is a crisis. you hear that in the mainstream media. this president is still frustrated about the health care failure. he, people -- david: which means i assume he is frustrated with paul ryan shepherding that through. >> whether the president personally or not you but people around the president are certainly frustrated that he hadn'tcations from close ally, reince priebus, that they thought they had the votes. david: losing confidence in ryan, that mean he loses kids in in -- losing confidence in priebus? >> he has been on the hot seat
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from day one. i think you will continue to hear about other changes. david: here is the big point about donald trump. everybody thought he would come in like gangbusters. maybe like lbj. kind of a forceful, one man dynamo, who would corner people in the hallway of congress you have to do this. so far we haven't seen it. is it because it is early on and trying to feel his way through? >> i think he tried. he got his hands dirty more than barack obama, having both parties over to pull them along. as president obama found out, there are limits to that. not the days of lbj, you grab them by the lapel and threaten them with pork barrel projects. they wiped a lot of that stuff out. david: this is donald trump. he knows how to pressure into a situation. >> to be fair and balanced, he raised expectations that is the great negotiator whether grabbing by the lapels or cajoling. as you say it is not even 80 days yet so give the man more time. david: what he has done, where
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he can do it as a one-man force, all the regulatory changes, all the appointment he made, top of which isorsuch. >> the confidence in the economy ll help give him running room on health care failure and other things because people are happy about the economy. david: more to talk about 42 faith, jackie robinson story. on so many levels, you have the word faith. talk about faith of jackie but branch ricky, he is the businessman that took a chance. he owned the brooklyn dodgers. >> yeah. david: because of his faith made that decision. >> there's a business angle because some people who do this day believe branch ricky was motivated in part, not mostly, not black or white but green. he that he would bring in more money to ebb bets field and dodgers and dodgers. there were african-american fans were not going to the games but wanted to see jackie play. saw that not only brooklyn but every city he visited. all of sudden new groups of fans boeing through turnstiles.
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i think the bigger issue, ricky was motivated by faith. new information at the last minute he almost didn't sign jackie. he had concerns, second thoughts and he had doubts t was a secret meeting with a minister in brooklyn helped put him at the top. they were bound together, jackie robinson, branch ricky, different races and generations. they were bound by basebal and had faith in god. david: you had an example you brought to jackie robinson's widow, 94 years old. still alive. >> very strong. david: you were able to tell her something she didn't know? >> this story about the minister, she hadn't heard before but she, certainly heard about faith. she said look, both she and jackie throughout their lives. david: guarding the book because all the crew wants it. >> i will get more. david: appreciate it. melissa. melissa: discussing military options in the wake of the deadly chemical attack.
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melissa: the white house considering a change in approach when it comes to syria. defense secretary jim mattis, national security advisor h.r. mcmaster briefing president trump on military options at mar-a-lago this afternoon. this is according to senior military officials. this coming on the heels of a deadly chemical weapons attack in the arab country. the president weighing in on the situation moments ago on air force one. >> what assad did is terrible. i think what happened in syria
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is one of the truly egregious crimes. and it should, and it should be -- [inaudible] melissa: here now is lieutenant colonel ralph peters. he is a fox news strategic analyst. thank you, sir for joining us. >> hi, melissa. melissa: i don't know if you caught secretary of state rex tillerson speaking maybe it was about an hour ago, saying they do have a strategy for syria and it was a three-fold plan. he started with destroying isis, number stablizing the country, and number three removing assad. what do you think about that order? >> that is complete reversal of what he said less than a week ago. melissa: yeah. >> i think the administration is scrambling but the good news is, you have got jim mattis sec-def, knows the area, knows what he is doing. the military is plan planning for all contingencies. if the president gave e order
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could whack assad tonight. a what ther of the president deciding what to do. the mattis and h.r. mcmaster will not pressure the president. they will present him with a range of options. he has to make the decision. he is the commander-in-chief. for me personally, separate -- it is not even about syria. it is about the use of chemical weapons. it can not be tolerated. protocols of their use with horrors of first world war. there were uses by japan and china. we let saddam get away with it using it an iranians. by and large the prohibition the of use of these weapons has held. if we do not respond targeting syrian air force an arms depots, the next stip at some point, some rogue state will use them, chemical weapons on your troops. melissa: what is the first step
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you would take? you said targeting military installations? what would you do if you responded to night what would that be? what would you suggest? >> we know, we have really good visibility over syria. we know which airbase the planes took off from that conducted the chemical attack. we track the flight routes. if it were up to me, i would about 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, i would use our cruise missiles and fixed-wing aircraft, standoff mode to destroy every syrian fighter, helicopter on that base. and i would simultaneously hit any chemical depots, chemical weapons depots we know they have. this has to be hard enough. it can't be a bill clinton fake strike throwing a couple missiles in the desert. assad has to feel the pain for heinous and unfor giveable and unacceptable war crime. melissa: the question, what is russia's response? we'll tackle that next.
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>> russia, putin is a bully. russia won't fight us. melissa: interesting, colonel peters, thank you for that. >> thank you. david: the charmer in chief. one member of america's first family has a growing fan base, in china of all places. more on that to come.
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melissa: soft spot for america's first daughter, dubbed a goddess on social media, ivanka is china's new sweat heart. david: despite all of the criticism here in the u.s., ivanka is widely adored in china for her business experience, success and lavish life style. you know steve forbes pointed out something before the election, he said that the biggesten from the of donald trump around the world from outside of u.s. is in china. they feel they can negotiate
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not only with donald trump but with the family. melissa: that was a funny video. they think she is beautiful, smart, ayman woman -- a businesswoman and a beautiful familis. david: risk risk starts right now. >> two of world's most powerful leaders, president trump and xi jinping to meet, senate democrats filibuster president trump's nominee neil gorsuch. >> and this just in, sweater of state rex tillerson announcing steps that are underway to tomorrow an international coalition to remove syrian dictator

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