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closer to putting that on the ballot. from what i was reading this morning. and now this would be another reason, outside of the lockdowns and everything else. emily compagno, family member, welcome. everybody, thanks for watching. here's sandra and john with "america reports." >> [crowd chanting] >> john: protests against police breaking out in tacoma, washington, after video showing an officer driving into a crowd and hitting at least one person. hello, everyone. welcome to a brand-new week of "america reports." i'm john roberts in washington. hi, sandra. see eight day one of week two. great to be with you, john. i'm sandra smith. demonstrators seen smashing windows, setting fires, and damaging businesses as they marched through the downtown area. some yelling "free them all,"
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and demanding the release of inmates from a local jail they are. police declared an unlawful assembly and ordered that crowd to leave. the former assistant u.s. attorney, andy mccarthy, warned that chaos could continue to overwhelm authorities. >> the police can maintain law and order as long as you haven't lost order in the first place. when order has been lost, conventional police departments don't have either the resources or the tactical expertise to restore it. >> sandra: dan springer on the ground reporting live from seattle. it could have been a lot worse. >> yeah, sandra, it was a volatile situation last night in tacoma. you are right, it could have been worse, but police responded very quickly to what they thought was a break-in nearby, and that may have prevented bloodshed. they did make two arrests last night of people who were allegedly trying to pick locks at a building near these protests. police say it appears they were trying to get on the roof where
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they could monitor the police response. they were dressed in all black with tactical riot year ski masks on. one had a gun, the other had knives and batons. during the riot, people broke the windows of cars and buildings including a candy building. which houses the 911 call center. seven people had to be evacuated for their safety. at least one fire was set. the anarchists were demanding the police officer involved in the incident saturday night be sired. they also demanded that all inmates at the county jail released. the spark was a night earlier when a tacoma police officer who had responded to a large group of street racers ended up surrounded as some people pounded on his patrol car. after moving slowly at first, he gunned it and ran over at least one person. a statement from the two, police said the officer feared for his safety and went on to say the officer had his lights and sirens activated while trying to extricate himself from an unsafe
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position. the officer drove forward, striking when individual, and may have impacted others. this follows other riots in portland and seattle over the last five days. the democratic politicians in those cities have not condemned the violence, and neither has president biden. >> and biden is calling for unity, boy, it is falling on deaf ears when he fails to address the lawlessness we are seeing on our streets today as people are violated. what we've seen this year as a result of these socialist-type democrats not condemning the violence among us as we are seeing the defunding of the police. >> one person remains hospitalized from that incident saturday night, the other person taken to the hospital is released. the officer is on paid leave while the incident is being investigated. sandra? >> sandra: dan springer lives in seattle for us. thank you. >> john: and just moments now white house pescatore jen psaki
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begins, each day bringing a new focus for the administration. today is buy american monday. peter doocy live in the briefing room at the white house. what is the president looking to accomplish today? >> president biden talked about buying american products that he's going to tweak the policy with an executive order of his son, and we saw him sign a reversal of the pentagon policy that banned transgender service members. >> all qualified americans will serve the country in uniform, and essentially restoring the situation before with transgender personnel, if qualified in every other way, can serve the government in the united states military. >> biden's pledge as a candidate was to repair relationships with allies, and his very first foreign leader call was with
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prime minister justin trudeau, who had it with some bad news. our neighbors to the north are upset that biden pulled the plug on the permit for the keystone xl pipeline which canada was hoping to keep going. the white house tells us this about that call. the president acknowledged prime minister trudeau's disappointment regarding the decision to rescind the permit for the pipeline and reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining an active bilateral dialogue and to further deepen cooperation with canada. remember, last week on his way out, president trump tried to lift covid-related travel restrictions on people coming into this country from the u.k., the e.u., and brazil. they are supposed to be lifted tomorrow but the biden administration is pointing out that joe biden is now president, they don't want that, so they're going to keep those restrictions in place in their signaling they might actually strengthen. we will hear from press secretary jen psaki in about 5 minutes. >> john: you've got what is called the letter a seat, not quite center rail, but we know that you will be representing us well
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there today. peter do you see, thank you so much sandra? >> sandra: let's bring in former reagan economic advisor art laffer, former obama economic advisor robert wolf. welcome to both of you. we love having each on. i don't know if he ever had you on together, so this'll be fun. take this on first, buy american strategy. it sounds awfully familiar to what we've heard from president trump. the first 10 minutes of president trump's inaugural address back in 2017, he uttered the words "buy american and higher american." how is this different? >> hello, robert, how are you connected to see you, sandra. it's not different. it has been done by presidents from eisenhower on. to buy american is supposedly to create u.s. jobs. the point is that buy america is not a very good policy. if you can get quality products at lower cost from abroad, that makes the text.
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i'll go further. but also what you need to know is that americans export in order to gain the wherewithal to buy imports. if you prohibit the imports, he will cause export job losses in the u.s. it's a lose-lose situation. every president has done it, republican and democrat, and there's no holding joe biden at risk. it's a normal procedure. >> sandra: that it was a central pillar to his campaign, wright, robert can he planned to revive domestic manufacturing. does this policy get us there? >> every president does this. buy american is a good thing. when you get into the deep dive of policy, to art's point, we can have debates to whether it is truly job-creating or not. that said, the idea that the president will take federal tax money, $400 billion that goes to the government, and use it for american procurement, that's a good thing. it's good that we are buying american made with u.s. taxpayer
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money. it lowers the cost on things. to art's point, they are a consumer-driven country. we have to make sure we pass on these goods and services, that we are pressing it right. i think overall this is not a surprise to anyone. the president comes in, buy american is a good tagline. >> sandra: let's take on the $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal. it's a big number, art. we hope that it helps struggling americans. you look what's in it, $1400 direct stimulus checks, $400 weekly unemployment benefits extended to reopen the schools, $350 billion to assist state and local governments, but this florida rep, carlos gimenez, has been bemoaning the "hidden stuff" and that massive plan. listen. >> everything he sang, if that's all that's in that covid-19 package, i think you're going to find broad bipartisan support. again, it's the other hidden stuff in there that adds billions and billions of dollars
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that has nothing to do with covid-19. it is somebody's pet project or somebody's agenda, that they are really trying to put in under the guise of covid-19. >> sandra: knowing we know today to mechanic at the bipartisan support it needs? >> i don't know if it can get it. it should not get it. to be very honest, government doesn't create resources, it redistributes them. whatever it gives to one group of people, it takes from another. it's just a plain old tax, especially if you have an appointment benefits. to pay people more for being unemployed i think is an economic mistake of the first order. when you look at some of these other things that go on in this program, these programs, they are counterproductive. i will take you back to fdr's secretary of the treasury. at the end of all of fdr's. not, they added billions of dollars to the national debt and the economy has not improved at all. this is not a stimulus plan, this is a redistribution plan that will hurt the economy over
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the long haul. >> sandra: robert come to that point, even republicans will admit people need these checks. they need help now. but where is the talk when we hear biden revealing these plans about rio being the economy? that would help more people than all of this. >> first, we have all agreed that there is no economic health without public health. this release plan, not a stimulus plan, it says it making sure we attack the pandemic. vaccine, distribution. i think there's like $400 billion going right to the pandemic. so we should be clear. for us to open the economy, we have to get control of the pandemic. i would say secondly it is helping small businesses. art and i are both big supporters of small businesses. one in every five or six small businesses -- >> sandra: we've got everything you're laying out. the concern is the hidden stuff that gets packed in there. >> that's fair. by the way, i'm not saying the
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$1.9 trillion should pass. my point is that it should be about $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion. it should be purely for covid relief arendlief and those who n impacted the most. my guess is it'll pass but not at $1.9 trillion. they'll be a argument especially on the minimum wage. >> sandra: we will learn more today -- >> sandra, can i just say, i agree with robert on that totally. i just want to make sure -- the covid relief part is wonderful. >> sandra: absolutely. we will have you both back. thank you. john? >> john: good discussion, sandra. today marks the start of former president trump second impeachment trial. the impatient managers are said to deliver the articles of impeachment to the senate around 7:00 p.m. in a formal procession. democrats are united to convict, but republicans are divided. >> there's no question that the articles impeachment sent over by the house suggests impeachable conduct. >> i think the trial is stupid and counterproductive. we already have a flaming fire in this country and it's like
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taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. >> john: we expect the child to begin february 9th. it would take a two-thirds majority, 67 senators, to convict former president trump. now, sandra, there is question over who is going to preside over all of this. looks like it's not going to be the chief justice john roberts. it could be kamala harris, the vice president, or senator patrick leahy of vermont, the president pro tem of the senate. that is in question right now. >> sandra: we will talk to senator cornyn about that at the top of this hour. lawmakers calling for an investigation into parler's role in the capital, expansion right. they say facebook and twitter deserve a look, too. plus, senator josh hawley sounding the alarm over cancel culture. why he says america is inching close to the chinese communist party. our own howie kurtz joins us on all of that, next. ♪ ♪ >> they are losing faith and trust, and this is not a new sudden development.
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>> john: republican senator josh hawley of missouri slamming so-called "cancel culture" in "the new york post" op-ed. he warns that the united states could end up like communist china on this conservatives unite against the growing trend. the op-ed is titled, "it's time to stand up against the muzzling of america." howard kurtz joins us, fox news media analyst and a host of "media buzz." howie, good to see a pit in the op-ed he writes, "social credit scores at the latest corporate import from communist china where the government and big business monitor every citizen's
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social view and statements." hawley claiming this the latest manifestation of so-called "cancel culture." >> l, i don't like cancel culture, and i understand why josh hawley is ticked off after he led the senate tried not to accept the electoral college results. & schuster canceled his book, loews hotel canceled a planned fund-raiser. his book has been picked up, he has this op-ed in one of america's biggest newspapers, he's got a twitter account, he can speak out on the floor, and he can give interviews and hold news conferences. >> john: so not exactly stifling free speech, but at the same time, howie, if he's getting his book pulled by simon & schuster, he mentioned it's being published by another publisher. but if corporations are taking actions against people, that certainly sounds like cancel culture. >> sure, but the first amendment battle is not quite right,
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because corporations are private, companies that have the right to support or not support anybody in public life. josh hawley take certain actions, a publishing company or hotel says, "we don't want to associate with this guy," you have that right. america says he can support lawmakers. this is smart politics from josh hawley. he wasn't that well known, he is said to be eyeing a white house run in 2024, he energizes the republican base by promoting the idea he is being unfairly punished for fighting with donald trump against president biden being formally accepted as the 46 president, and that is good politics in the republican party where trump still holds considerable sway. >> john: we should point out that while hawley was canceled, if you will, there are a number of democrats who fought the election results, none of whom have been canceled. after him because the briefing
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is getting underway in the brady briefing room at the white house. let's go to jen psaki now. >> secretary psaki: about the pandemic and the work our whole of government team is doing every day. you will all be able to participate within those, as well. finally, i think finally, this morning president biden issued an executive order saying the policy that all americans who are qualified to serve in the armed forces of the united states should be able to serve. today's action revokes the presidential memorandum of marce revocation of the presidential memorandum of august 25th, 2017. today's action fills another campaign promise. no one will be separated or a discharge from the military or denied reenlistment on the basis of gender identity, and for those transgender service members who are discharged or separated because of their gender identity, their cases will be examined. president biden believes that gender identity should not be a
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bar to military service, and america's strength is found in its diversity, america is stronger at home and around the world when it is inclusive. a lot going on here, this afternoon the president will sign an executive order that takes an important step to support american manufacturing. with this buy american executive order, the president is already making good on his commitment to build a future made in america by all of america's workers. through the buy american executive order, the president will put to work the nearly $600 billion in taxpayer dollars that goes toward federal contracting and support of american manufacturing and good paying jobs for america's workers. it directs agencies to close loopholes and how made in america products are measured. close loopholes and ensure to increase the amounts for it to be made in u.s. to qualify under american law. you also appoint a senior white house official to oversee this policy to ensure it is
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actually enforced and that all agencies are seeking small and medium-sized american businesses to make the products they need. the eo will also tighten and make public the waiver process of american workers and manufacturers can see how federal dollars are being spent and where they are going. i will start their pay why don't you kick us off? >> reporter: two topics for you, please. one foreign or domestic. overseas first pit over the weekend there were dozens of significant protests in russian cities over the rest of alexei navalny. what response is being considered? actions or sanctions that could occur? connect when does then-president brandis speak to president couldn't? >> secretary psaki: first i would like to point a to a statement that was released this weekend by the state department, strongly -- these continued efforts to suppress russian's rights rights peacefully protest and assemble and the frf
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expression, and an arrest of opposition figure alexei navalny, and the protests are troubling indications of further restrictions on russian civil society. i will reiterate our call from here, on russian authorities to release all those detained for exercising the universal rights and for the immediate and unconditional release of alexei navalny. he also urged russia to fully cooperate with the international community investigation is the placing of alexei navalny and the use of a chemical weapon on its soil. we announce to the president issued a tasking to the intelligence community for a range of activities including, of course, the solar winds cyber breach, the russian interference in the 2020 election, the use of chemical weapons against alexei navalny and the alleged bounties on u.s. villages in afghanistan. that is ongoing. that is a 100-day review so we will have an update on that when it concludes. let me ask, i may have misstated
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that. i don't have a timeline for the review. it is something that is ongoing. it is a parody, of course. >> reporter: is there a call scheduled with president putin? >> secretary psaki: i don't have any calls at this point, but the president is picking up the phone and engaging with a range of foreign leaders, europeans and others. there is more planned in the next couple days and we will have readouts as those occur. >> reporter: and here at home, the president has repeatedly stressed the urgency of the covid relief package, they need to get something done now. with that in mind, concerning the reaction of republican lawmakers to over the weekend, should they be more narrow focus on the vaccine that could be done sooner? while we know these white house officials have talked to the hill, can you please speak to the president's personal involvement? who has he spoken to? >> secretary psaki: the president has been personally engaging the democrats and republicans. we are not going to read out all those calls for you because those are private conversations, and we feel that is the most effective way to get this
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package moving forward. as you know, there was a call that occurred yesterday that we did a brief read out on from that call. part of our ongoing engagement to talk with democrats and republicans. i will convey that this is how, in the presence of you -- and we talked about this this morning -- that this process should work. he puts his policy forward, his vision forward, and democrats and republicans can engage and give their input and feedback on what they think is going to work and how to move the passage forward. this is working exactly as it should work. >> reporter: is their concern that democrats themselves and their standards, as speaker pelosi has suggested, that reconciliation should be considered now? that there isn't time for this sort of back and forth? >> secretary psaki: the president himself has convey the urgency of moving this package forward and that is something he has also conveyed privately to democrats and republicans. it is not just him, there is urgency to the american people for this package to move
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forward, because we are going to hit a cliff, and unemployment cliff, and unemployment insurance cliff, i should say, in march. where millions of people will be able to have access to an employment insurance. we are going to hit a point where you won't have enough funding for vaccine distribution. nobody wants to have the conversation, no member of congress in may or june, we don't have the funding to reopen schools, i should say. there is an urgency he has conveyed. i will say, as it relates to reconciliation, just to take a step back, everybody watching is not as in the weeds on the senate process as all of you, so let me take a moment to explain. reconciliation is a means of getting a bill passed. there are a number of means of getting bills passed. that does not mean regardless of how the bill is passed that democrats and republicans cannot both vote for it. the president obviously wants to make this bipartisan. hence he is engaging with members of both parties and remains committed to that moving forward. go ahead, caitlin.
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>> reporter: you are talking about marge, does he think it'll get passed by march? >> secretary psaki: there is an urgency moving forward and he thinks there needs to be progress in the next couple weeks. >> reporter: so by march it to get past? >> secretary psaki: i don't want to give a deadline on it, caitlin, but we are all mindful and look at that time line in march as to when it'll hit the implement cliff, and it's vital to get things done quickly and rapidly as quickly as possible. >> reporter: he said he wanted to be bipartisan. of course we've already seen republicans pushing back on the price tag, the $15 minimum wage, and who is qualifying for the stimulus checks. is he willing to come down on any of that? >> secretary psaki: i'm not going to negotiate from here, not that you are expecting me necessarily to do that, but again, the president feels this is working as it should. he proposed his package, he is getting feedback, we are having conversations, we don't expect the final bill to look exactly the same as the first bill he proposed. i will remind you, though, that
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the bipartisan package that passed in december had the same threshold for the checks. $150,000, proximately that amount. for families, about $75,000. for individuals, in terms of who have access to that. that is vital to get us to his. lack of time. that is how the president look at the package, that each of them are essential, not just vaccine distribution money, but funding to ensure that people make sure they are putting food on the table and that their kids are eating, that they have the bridge needed to get to the other side of the pandemic. >> reporter: yesterday the cdc director said she could not say how much vaccine there was left to go out. i know it's come a kitty what's being shipped and distributed and actually injected, but is there at least a ballpark amount that officials are aware of as how much vaccine there is? >> secretary psaki: our team is working right now, we've been
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here five days so they can release a maximum amount while ensuring that everyone can get the second dose on the fda recommended schedule. the confusion around this issue, which we acknowledge there is some confusion, speaks to a larger problem. which is what we are inheriting from the prior administration, which is much worse then we could have imagined. we are assessing that we have access to and ensuring that we have more of the rapid engagement with states so they have more of the heads up on what to expect in the weeks ahead. >> gus perna still works here, right? and he's in charge of the logistics. can he say a much vaccine that is if he's in charge of where it's going? >> secretary psaki: again, there is a new cdc director in charge, hence who spoke to this, and what we are trying to do now is fully ss we have access to, what the status is of the vaccine supply, and ensure that we are communicating that accurately and effectively.
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>> reporter: acknowledging the confusion around the lack of clarity about the vaccine availability, give us a sense of how that revelation is. what was president biden's reaction to learning that? >> secretary psaki: i will say that i've sat in a lot of meetings with president biden about covid and his efforts to get the pandemic under control. he asks a lot of detailed questions about the status of supply, the status of distribution, the status of states when there is reporting from all of you on states not having the information they need. those are specific issues he raises. our eyes are wide open, all of us, including the president, with the knowledge that we are not walking into a circumstance where there was going to be a concrete assessment or plan presented to us when we walked in. and there wasn't. that is why he put forward his 200 page vaccine distribution plan last week and that is why he hired an experienced and talented team to get to the bottom of exactly what we are
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looking at, so that we can have that assessment moving forward. >> went as the administration expect to have a better sense of the available inventory? >> secretary psaki: as we noted at the top, you're going to be doing regular briefings, three times a week. he will start those on wednesday. i don't know what assessment they will have by wednesday, but what are objectivists is to be providing clear and accurate information to the public. >> reporter: what is the white house message democrats? to reporters who take him at his word and say, as it relates to covid relief, we are in a national emergency and we should act like it, and they want action now? they don't want any sort of delay, they don't want the opportunity cost that might come from a delay in waiting for republicans to get on board. >> secretary psaki: emailed with the covid package? he agrees, he doesn't want there to be delay, either. i would say that 70% of the republic is easily said, according to the ipsos poll this weekend.
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ensuring people can apply for under unemployment insurance, te public supports that. we anticipate that the public will be conveying to the leaders who are elected to represent them exactly that. >> reporter: i want to clarify the travel and testing requirement. that applies to all people boarding planes including u.s. citizens? anyone getting on a plane needs to get a test? >> secretary psaki: from overseas, yes. >> reporter: i also want to ask a couple things that the trump administration did in the final stages, wondering whether you folks are going to intervene. one is they issued a license to an israeli billionaire to allow licenses through the end of january 2022. will the biden administration intervene at all? where does that stand connect another one is the delisting or executive order that triggers the delisting of several chinese companies, do you plan on
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tweaking or rescinding that order? in other words, stopping the process for these chinese telecom companies. >> secretary psaki: on the first question, there are about to have a treasury secretary confirmed and i would send you to them to speak to any reviews they may overtake, undertake, i should say. and the sanctions review. on the chinese, i know there was some reporting, perhaps from your outlet this morning, on that particular issue. as we've noted here previously, there are a number of reviews, complex reviews, interagency reviews, i should say, we are going to undertake as it relates to a range of -- sorry, they start again. a range of regulatory actions and a range of relationships with companies as it relates to chinese investments. and other issues, as well. this complex reviews are just
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starting. as i noted, they will need to go through the interagency. the state department, the treasury department, a number of others who will review how we move forward, we are starting from an approach of patience as it relates to our relationship with china, so that means we are going to have consultations with our allies, consultations with democrats and republicans, and allow the interagency process to work its way through to review and assess how we should move forward with our relationship. >> reporter: is it possible those reviews could lead to a change in the process down the road? >> secretary psaki: i don't want to get ahead of any review, but certainly we are taking on overarching looks at all of it, and as we have more to report we will report back to you. reporting back finally, can i ask broadly what president biden relieves president trump's legacy is coming particularly around the tariffs? they remain in place, on chinese
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goods. is that under review at all or are those appropriate at the time? >> secretary psaki: as is the case with other areas of our relationship with china, he will take a multilateral approach to engaging with china. that includes evaluating the tariffs currently in place. he wants to ensure that we take any steps in coordination with our allies and partners, and with democrats and republicans in congress, as well. nothing to report at this point in time, but we are committed -- the president is committed to stopping china's economic abuses on many fronts, and the most effective way to do that is through work in concert with our allies and partners to do exactly that. go ahead. >> reporter: i want to follow up a little bit on some of the china issues. i know there was an requiring the sale of u.s. business, and their plans to revoke it or enforce it. what is the current thinking on
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that? >> secretary psaki: it's a great question, i haven't had the opportunity to speak to the national security team. something more specific. go ahead. >> reporter: thank you so much. two questions for you. the first is stepping back for a minute, what the administration goals are. unity is something that president biden spoke about quite a bit on the campaign trail, talked about it during the transition. could you talk a little bit more specifically about what unity will mean to this administration? whether there are any kind of benchmarks that you've identified, to show that unity has been achieved? in the coronavirus task force, of course you have gotten detailed benchmarks about what you want to achieve, moment by moment. with unity, are you talking about bipartisanship? something that is wildly popular in the united states? can you go through what biden is thinking about when he says he wants to achieve unity?
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>> secretary psaki: sure. the president came into lead the country, obviously, at a time of great division. where there was a great need for healing, and he spoke about that in his inaugural address just last week. unity to him means, of course, approaching our work on legislative issues through a bipartisan lens. working with democrats and republicans, trying to find a path forward on how we can work together to address the problems of the american people, and that's part of it. but it also means predicting that he is going to govern for all people, and address all the issues that the american people are facing. for example, that means talking about how the covid pandemic impacts not just democrats but republicans, not just blue states that red states. ensuring that he is reaching out to democratic and republican governors, democratic and republican mayors, and conveying at every opportunity he has that this is a problem that we are all facing together. i think it's a little bit different than how you can mark,
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of course, achieving 100 million shots in the arms of americans in the first 100 days, that unity is about the country feeling that they are in it together. i think we'll know that when we see it, but it's going to be working on that, committed that, and every opportunity he has to speak to the public. >> reporter: i have one other question. the obama administration initially wanted to put harriet tubman on the $20 bill. the trump administration dragged their feet on that. i wanted to see if the biden administration has a view of the timeline on whether or not she should be on the paper currency. >> secretary psaki: i was here when we announce that, and it was very exciting. it hasn't moved 48, which we would have been surprised to learn of the time. the treasury department is taking steps to put harriet tubman on the front of the new $20 notes. it is important that our notes, our money, if people don't know what a note is, reflect history
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and diversity of our country. harriet tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that. you are exploring ways to speed up the effort, but any specifics but of course come to the department of treasury. go ahead. >> reporter: another one on china, china spoke earlier today, i'm wondering if there's any official white house reaction to his comments. he talked about unity, as well, and also about cooperation on current affairs and other. is that kind of statement today likely to change or affect the stance the biden administration has toured china on trade and technology? >> secretary psaki: no, i think our approach to china remains what it has been for the last months if not longer. they are in serious competition with china, strategic competition with china is the defining feature of the 21st century. china has engaged in contact will not conduct that hurts
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american workers, threatens our alliances and what we've seen over the last few years is that china is growing more authoritarian at home and more assertive abroad, and beijing is changing, counting in significant ways that require a new u.s. approach. this is one of the reasons we are talking about a little earlier that we want to approach this with some strategic patience. we want to conduct reviews internally for our interagency, even though i stumbled over that. i needed a little more coffee before i cannot hear, i guess. we wanted to engage more with rs and democrats in congress to discuss, and more importantly we want to discuss this with allies. the comments don't change anything, this moment requires a strategic approach forward. we will go to you next your next. >> reporter: i was going to pile on a little more on china
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while we are on this topic. i wondered, why we've been on the list for two years now, just before the trump administration left office they initiated the new policy to basically revoke an issue intent to deny licenses for even more innocuous items that u.s. companies were selling to huawei. does the biden administration plan to keep while away on the entity list and continue to enforce this much more stringent blanket ban on u.s. good sales? >> secretary psaki: technology, as i just noted, is at the center of the u.s. china competition. china has been willing to do whatever it takes to gain a technological advantage, stealing intellectual property, in gauging an espionage, and weo play better defense, which much dumb i don't like which must include holding china accountable for illegal and unfair practices and making sure american technologies are not facilitating chinese and a table that.
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they're firmly committed to making sure chinese companies cannot misappropriate and infuse american data. we need a copy of the strategy, as i said. a more systematic approach that addresses the full range of these issue. there's an ongoing review of a range of these issues. we want to look at them carefully and we will be committed to approaching them through the lens of ensuring they are protecting u.s. data and america's technological edge. i don't have more for you on it. as we do, they are happy to share that with all of you. >> reporter: president biden condemned protests and violence on the far left and far right before he was president. why haven't we heard anything directly from him about the riots in portland and the pacific northwest since he was inaugurated? >> secretary psaki: well, he is taking questions later this afternoon. perhaps he will. i will say from here that president biden condemns any violence in the strongest possible terms. peaceful protests are a cornerstone of our democracy.
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smashing windows is not protesting, and neither is looting. actions like these are totally unacceptable, and anyone who committed a crime should it prosecuted to the fullest extent. our team is monitoring it very closely. >> reporter: as he pushes for federal help, should we expect to see any kind of assistance for these businesses affected by covid and riots? >> secretary psaki: again, i think you know, because we've had this conversation and he already a few times since i joined the team, that his focus is on getting the american people through this period of time. pushing forward on a relief package that will get them the assistance they need as it relates to the pandemic and the impact of the pandemic. i don't have anything more for you on that. report and not just one more about the travel restrictions. when president trump was addressing travel restrictions and march on china candidate biden called it xenophobic and
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fearmongering. now president biden is putting travel restrictions on people coming in from other countries. what word to be used to describe that? >> secretary psaki: i don't think that is quite a fair articulation. the president has the kind he felt the muslim ban was xenophobic. he overturned that ban. he also, though, has supported -- and he himself -- or we did, i should say -- even before he was inaugurated, we stepped up travel restriction is to keep the american people safe, to ensure that we are getting the pandemic under control. that's been part of his policy. but he was critical of the former president for having a policy that was not more comprehensive than travel restrictions. he conveyed at the time, and more recently, the importance of having a multifaceted approach. mass squaring, vaccine dissipation, sunday to get shots in the arms of americans in the first 100 days, not just traveler stations. go ahead come in the back. speak out two questions, linda
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messick in foreign. the congress and from new jersey just about an hour ago suggested firing the entire postal board of governors, and he sent a letter to the president to that effect. is there any plan to make changes given what happened at the post office over the last couple of years, to try and remove the postmaster general? >> secretary psaki: it's an interesting question. we all of the madman and mailwoman. i don't have anything for you on that. i'm happy to check and see if you have specifics. we will circle back with you. >> foreign policy question, it's my understanding that the previous administration did notr powers act resolution report before they left office. is there any plans -- i know there's a new secretary of defense. >> secretary psaki: as of
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friday. >> reporter: is there any plan to either release the trump administration letter on the troop level in various countries overseas, or to update that more quickly than might be required by the statute? >> secretary psaki: i would send you to the department of defense, and my old friend, john kirby come home sure would be happy to answer questions. go ahead in the back. with the mask and paid flamingos, we are getting creative with masks. >> back to russia, given the many unsolved debts over the years of president putin's opponents, or near deaths, in the case of navalny, it will president biden be holding president putin personally accountable for the continued health?
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one of the things is related, what position -- [indistinct] what is going on and what is your position? thank you. >> secretary psaki: let me take the second question and talk to the national security team and get you something will come pensive. we don't plan to follow the same pattern of the last administration. on the first question, i would say this is that the reason why the president test his national security team, his intelligence team, with assessing a range of issues as it relates to our relationship with russia. including the solar wind breach, including the poisoning of alexei navalny, which we have been quite outspoken about from a national security advisor to the state department, and we'll continue to be. we wanted to see that included. the president reserves the right to respond in the time and
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manner of his choosing. i'm not going to take options off the table from here. go ahead. >> can ask a question for one of my colleagues that shouldn't be here? >> secretary psaki: sure. putter i'll start with my question. new york city mayor bill de blasio announced that the city is delaying the opening of large covid-19 vaccination sites at yankee stadium, and citi field. governor, said the state has the capacity to vaccinate up to 100,000 folks a day if there was supply. as the administration is analyzing and reconfiguring its distribution plan, how heavily is infrastructure? does new york get first dibs because it has the capacity to do this right away? and on the second question would be kind of on the same covid note. there are seniors who don't have access to websites, don't have folks vouching for them.
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is there anything the administration is doing to ensure that seniors who don't have anybody to assist them with scheduling disappointments, that they don't fall through the cracks? and then i have a second question from another reporter. >> secretary psaki: sure. on the first question, this is an important one. infrastructure is pivotal. it's not just by the science. medical experts, but they've done over the last year, living this vaccine forward, it's been a herculean effort. but now it is about ensuring there are more vaccinate areas and more places to actually distribute the vaccine. clearly, scenarios where there are large facilities, whether their football fields or others to do that, it can be quite efficient. there are other places around the country where we see developments and we are encouraging that. but this is a multifaceted challenge. it's not about having supply, which is pivotal. it is about having people who physically put the shots into
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the arms of americans. we have places that will be done. i don't have anything for you on the prioritization. that is something that our team is working through, and we want to ensure that we are working closely with governors across the country to effectively do that. your second question again? and he had one after this. >> reporter: will there be any federal assistance to support reaching out to seniors who may not have access to internet or even phones, to schedule these appointments? that's been a complaint that has emerged a lot. >> secretary psaki: that's a really important question. what we have discovered and what our team has discovered that the fight and you get into vaccinating americans, the harder it becomes paid for a couple of reasons. one is vaccine hesitancy, which dr. fauci talked about as an issue that was of great concern to him and some other health and medical experts, and it is more predominant in communities of color. as you noted, there is also an
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issue with communicating with a range of people in the public. some in rural communities, for different reasons, but also seniors and others who aren't picking up the phone and looking at information on instagram every day, not receiving information the same way that young adults would be. part of our effort is to use across-the-board public communications campaign at an effort to meet people where they are. certainly thinking about how to reach seniors, doing in a way where it's being done locally by trusted authorities and trusted figures locally. we have found it to be a key effective approach to that, but we will continue to be working on that. at seven and one of the challenges we are facing. >> reporter: this question is from abc in south florida. florida governor ron desantis has blasted part of the president's covid plan that fema camps are not necessary in florida. has or will the president be reaching out to
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governor desantis? what is his reaction to comments like these? >> secretary psaki: the president is a pretty even-keeled guy, so i would say that he doesn't have much of a reaction of the event he wants to ensure that the vaccine is distributed to people across the country, including, of course, the millions of people living in florida. i will note because we are facts first here that they've only distributed about 50% of the vaccines that they have been given in florida. clearly they have a good deal of the vaccine, that supply will need to continue to increase as they are able to effectively reach people across the state. that part of the challenge, as we were talking about, is not just having supply. that's pivotal, but also having to vaccinate areas vaccine distribution places, doing it in a way that is reaching people where they are and meeting local communities. the president is going to be focused on that in a bipartisan manner, regardless of what any elected official may have to
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say. go ahead, all the way in the back. and then we will come to you. >> reporter: in an executive order that the president signed last week, he also suspended a trump administration executive order that was particularly aimed at keeping poor countries, specifically china, from interfering in the u.s. power grid. he suspended that for nine days. given what you said about china today, why did he do that? especially related to something so critical to our national security. >> secretary psaki: i think the president's view on our relationship with china, i tried to do my best to convey to all of you, i'll have to check on that specific piece and we will circle back with you directly. go ahead. >> reporter: thank you. the administration remained in mexico policy from the prior administration, will not be enforced? there are thousands of people as
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a result of that policy and the administration does not know what they will do with them. and how to process. what is the answer to that? >> secretary psaki: in terms of migrants at the border? >> reporter: the people who are stuck -- [indistinct] thousands of people. >> secretary psaki: i think there's a couple of steps that we are working to convey, more effectively to people directly living in many of the countries who have large populations, who are coming to the border. one is that it's not the right time to come. we have proposed a number of policies that we are working to implement, including a pause on deportation. as you know, for people in the united states, that is something the department of homeland security would be working to implement. he has also proposed an immigration bill, something the president put forward on day one. we've also proposed funding to help address the circumstances and the challenging conditions that are on the ground in a
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number of these countries. >> reporter: i'm talking about those people who are in limbo at the moment. not applying it to new people, that those people specifically turned away by the trump administration. >> secretary psaki: i would send you the department of homeland security on that for a more specific assessment. >> reporter: i wanted to press you a little harder, you said earlier that the president has been speaking with members of the senate. but you didn't say who they were and anything about those conversations because they were private. presumably they were discussing the people's business. why should this be private? might not be more revealing of who the president is speaking with in government? >> secretary psaki: what i said is that the president is speaking with democrats and republicans, as are a number of senior officials from the current white house. and we will continue to do that. what i meant business conversations, getting their feedback about what they think
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about bills and legislation, how they feel about the covid package that the president put forward, where they have concerns, where they have agreements, that some of those conversations are private. they can speak publicly about their conversations, as many of them have done. but i was confirming is that he personally is involved and will continue to be involved, in moving this package forward. >> reporter: when i release the names of the people to president he speaking with to negotiate on this bill? i know you want to have more transparency in this administration. he talked about it a lot already. why not make that part of the transparency effort? >> secretary psaki: again, he is speaking with members of both parties, a number of them would like to have this conversations private, as well. a number of them have also spoken publicly about conversations they've had with the administration, so that is perfectly fine by us. to go ahead. >> reporter: going back to covid, do you know when americans will be able to be widely vaccinated? >> secretary psaki: of course we defer to our health and medical experts, as you all
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know, and dr. fauci spoke to this briefly last week. i expect it is something that our health and medical experts who will be doing a briefing later this week will be able to speak to her specifically. we have set out our goal of 100 million shots in the arms of americans in the first 100 days. we'll build from there and we are looking forward to building from there. but i don't have an assessment, a new assessment for you, >> anybody can get it when they want that, right? midyear. >> secretary psaki: from our team, they have given assessments, leaning towards the summer and fall, but i don't have a new assessment for you from here, but that is why we are putting them out to answer questions to all of you. >> the trump administration, has the president directed a moratorium on capital
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punishment? >> secretary psaki: about president's position, i think you are probably familiar. others may not be. he is opposed to the death penalty. >> you said that briefings are going to start. president trump did not attend a lot of those at the end. is president biden going to attend meetings? >> secretary psaki: he will be briefed regularly, i suspect far more regularly than the past president was briefed on covet, and thus developments and progress of the team is making. he expects and requires regular briefings on the team. go ahead. >> the whole point of impeaching somebody is basically to get rid of them, and trump is already gone. would president biden support centering him so that lawmakers
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can move on with the people's business. >> secretary psaki: i really appreciate your creative way of asking this question. the president was in the senate for 36 years, has gone out. he is no longer in the senate, and he will leave it up to members of the senate. democrats and republicans to determine how they will hold the former president accountable. go ahead. go ahead. >> i just wanted to ask really briefly on afghanistan, further troop reductions there, and what kind of numbers would we be talking about? >> secretary psaki: excellent question. we are on day five, so i don't have anything specifically, but hoping to get sullivan out to the briefing room seemed to answer. thank you, everyone. all right, one more. i'm sorry about that. we don't want to leave you hanging. >> foreign policy issue on china and the u.k.
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china, -- says he hopes for -- is not what the white house is looking for, and you just mentioned this comprehensive strategy. when can we expect that? >> secretary psaki: i appreciate all of those questions. i don't have any preview for you on when we will have more specifics on our strategy. i tried to convey overarching, the president's overarching approach, but again, this is our relationship that we are going to be communicating with and working with partners and allies on. there are a number of calls that will happen over the coming weeks with key partners and allies. i am sure that this will be a topic of discussion, as well as democrats and republicans on the hill, and we are going to approach it with patients. >> the u.k., over the weekend,
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president biden had a phone call with prime minister boris johnson. mr. johnson said that they talked about the free trade deal. however, from the white house, does the president support the free trade deal with a u.k.? >> secretary psaki: i haven't talked to him or jake sullivan about that. i will venture to do that and see if i can get more for you on that. thanks, everyone. thank you. >> thank you. because thank you. >> sandra: all right, you've been listening to that white house press briefing. jen psaki answering questions. our own peter doocy asking a couple of those, asking if president biden would support centering the president, rather than moving forward with an impeachment trial in the senate, to which she responded he is no longer in the congress. she will leave it up to members of congress to move forward without. peter doocy also asking why the biden administration and president biden himself has not
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come out with a statement or has said himself that he personally condemns the rioting that we have seen in cities over the pacific northwest over the weekend. dozens of arrests have been made. she said that the president will be taken questions later. somehow hinting that perhaps we will hear from him specifically on that, but meanwhile, no specific statements to nap your john, i know you hurt a bit of other news when it comes to covid, asking if there will be regular covid briefings. featuring public health officials three times a week. so we will anticipate those as well. >> john: yeah, wasn't clear if those were actually public briefings are president biden who is going to get briefed. i think it might be the latter. let's bring in howard kurtz. he still with us. he has been watching all this. host of "media buzz." how he, these briefings, still very cordial affairs. certainly not as contentious as though everything that we saw
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during then trump administration, but jen psaki getting pushed to a greater degree by some reporters in the briefing room that she was earlier. >> that's what really struck me, john deere and much more aggressive questions, particularly about the size of the covid-19 relief package. nearly $2 trillion, bipartisan push back against the cost. some families making as much as $300,000 being eligible. some wishlist elements in there, such as $15 minimum wage. the range of questions about relationship with china, why hasn't president biden spoken out about the demonstrations in russia, and also, most of that was not -- and of course, peter doocy's questions about the demonstrations on the west coast. there was very little mention of donald trump, except for the question about you now, would he support a censure instead of an impeachment? we all knew jen psaki was not going to answer that. you can say the last
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administration left sms. right now, these are all on biotin. biden. >> john: once the honeymoon. mike is over questions will get more poignant. thank you for joining us today. >> sandra: in the meantime, i was away from sending over the impeachment articles against former president donald trump to this end. the living trial is trying to overshadow president biden's new agenda. john, as we begin a brand-new hour here, and sandra smith. >> john: and i'm john roberts. this will be the second impeachment trial for former president trump. this time, it will come -- one republican senator wanting the new majority leader chuck schumer of the potential consequences of this unprecedented move. senator john cornyn of texas saying it opens the door for republicans to try a similar
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move when they are back in power. we'll talk with senator cornyn in just a moment about the upcoming impeachment proceedings, but we begin with jacqui heinrich on more about how impeachment could sense his plans. that afternoon, jacqui. >> good afternoon. mitch mcconnell an upper hand in power-sharing negotiations, would have to happen before any of these big bills can get to the floor. it democrats will agree not to eliminate the filibuster, things can get started, but if they want, mcconnell could make things very difficult for chuck schumer. he may not have the votes to kill the filibuster, with one moderate democrat voicing opposition, but if he doesn't try to announce big change by, the progressive left will come for him, and if he does, republicans will weaponize in the midterms. assuming the filibuster holds, big bipartisan majority to move forward, that means covid and the economy, also that party
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cooperates often, but republicans are leery of the size of the country's debt, so they may need to put back expectations, and that may not sit well with progressives. >> there are some issues that democrats want to take action on that are simply not going to happen. the political majority is not going to be there. the price tag is going to be too high, or just the left to take action will not be there. so, that will be their problem facing president biden. to become more contentious issues like gun control and immigration reform, always dividing the parties, so that filibuster could kill high hopes for big change, but still house speaker nancy pelosi indicated that immigration could be president biden's next big focus. >> lee also way pleased to see the president come forward, the administration come forward with an immigration proposal. it had the basic principles that we talked about all along, and
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we will see what the timetable is on that. >> this weekend, dick durbin said that the party should consider in limiting the filibuster that is going to get in the way of big change. but said that the party should have some bipartisan dialogue to start. john. see my jacqui heinrich, march 4th on capitol hill. thank you so much. >> sandra: let's bring in john cornyn of texas. he joins us now. senator, really appreciate your time. thank you for joining us. democrats need a high bar at 17 republicans to join them for impeachment. we know that the articles of impeachment go over to the senate tonight. what can you tell us? >> well, the problem is, sandra, that this is unprecedented. we know that there have been three impeachment during american history, and the rules were laid out in the constitution. the rules of the senate, but there are no rules. there is no constitutional provision permitting the impeachment for the sole purpose of removing them from running
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for office in the future, somebody who is no longer present, who is a private citizen, and so that has begun to reveal itself in the fact that a family that chief justice of the supreme court of the united states has declined to come over and preside. as the constitution requires when you're impeaching a president of the united states. and then there is the issue that john brought up, this can happen any time a political party has a majority, and there is no time limit, no statute of limitations, that would mean that the new precedent set is that the next time republicans are in power, they could reach back and impeach a former democratic president. i think that would be profoundly disruptive and a big mistake. >> john: in terms of support, senator cornyn, there seem to be a lot of momentum following the january riots up on capitol hill to potentially convict the president if the house were to hand over articles of impeachment. i guess it stands that that has dissipated somewhat, that many
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republican senators are coalescing around this idea of it being unconstitutional, and you alluded to. and there was also a conference call last thursday in which a lot of g.o.p. senators, we understand, so that they were coming under a lot of pressure from constituents to not convict president trump. what can you tell us about that? >> impeachment is no different in this respect. factual scenario, and we were literally witnesses to not appear to be the shocking events of january 6th. but there is also less air process. due process of law, where both sides get a fair shot to examine witnesses, and then the burden is on the impeachment manages to present the case. it seems to me that nancy pelosi and the impeachment manager is are relying strictly on having experienced the events of january 6th as the sole basis upon which to impeach president trump, even though he is a private citizen, so there
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are two parts of that. one is a factual scenario that we all experience ourselves, and the other is simply the fact that this has never happened before. there is no clearly marked path for navigating and impeachment trial for somebody who is no longer president longer president. >> sandra: center, you described democrats and those who do support moving forward with the impeachment of the president as being vindictive in nature. what did he mean by that? >> what it used to be that when he lost an election, and i was punishment enough from a political standpoint, but here, our democratic colleagues are going a step further and saying well, you can run for public office again. that's really a hypothetical situation. in the meantime, it seems very much counterproductive if you are president biden to say we are going to take the precious few first days of the new administration, and we are going to squander it on this impeachment trial. i just think it's shockingly bad judgment.
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i think what you want is for this administration to get off on a strong foot and develop some momentum. >> john: senator cornyn, let me come back to something he said at the beginning of this, and it looks like that chief justice john roberts will not be presiding over this trial. it could either be the vice president, kamala harris, or senator patrick lee of vermont. here is what senator rand paul said about that on "hannity" last night. speak of the story is not the chief justice is not going to be asked, but the reason is has privately said he is not supposed to, unless it is an impeachment of the president. so this is an illegitimate procedure. >> john: when you go that far, senator cornyn, to say that it is illegitimate if it is not presided over by the chief justice? >> we don't see a road map and the constitution itself. only provide for the chief justice in an impeachment trial of the president. no mention about former
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president, which ought to give us pause. but i would say too, john, if senator leahy, in the senate, for he basically is operating as a judge and jury. he's got a conflict of interest. that ought to cause people semiskepticism about whether this is a path that we should go down. >> sandra: really interesting here "new york post" cover up on the screen here. what is happening to your colleague, josh hawley, he advanced in peace in "the new york post" this morning, calling for an ethics investigation of the democrats who have filed a complaint against him. in that, here is "the complaint against me, pennsylvania is on tomorrow votes was illegal and improper. now senator should make such a suggestion with a straight face. but all i expressly senators to object to usa's electoral votes were not regularly given."
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he is claiming that cancel culture is coming after him. he has had about canceled. what are your thoughts on your colleague as he goes to this and speaks out about it? >> well, unfortunately, this is another manifestation of the politics of personal destruction. it is not uncommon. it's actually frequent, where senators have different points of view, and i'm i think that the plaintiff is wrong and i'm right, but that doesn't mean it is improper for them to make the argument. as long as we abide in the body of the senate and follow the law when it came to the certification of these laws, i supported president trump. i wish he had one, but he didn't win, and i don't think senator hawley or senator cruz should be penalized in any way for making an argument that maybe he didn't carry today, but i think they have every right to make the argument. >> john: we are seeing democrats who are trying to make this argument again senators chris and hawley.
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we are using harvard ask for their degrees back in a petition. maxine waters, stephanie tubbs jones, barbara lee, jim mcgovern. these are all democrats who stood up to challenge the election results in 2001, 2005, and 2017. and i might have missed it, but i don't wreck on any of them going through what senators hawley and cruz r. >> obvious double standard. barbara boxer did this and i think it was 2005. as you pointed out, others that had previously done. it is within their rights, but also their responsibility to except the ones that has been decided, and that is what we should all do, and move on. >> john: senator john cornyn. really appreciate your time. thanks for joining us on "america reports." >> thanks a lot. >> john: california governor gavin newsom facing
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allowing them to serve customers outside. in a press release ahead of governor newsom's expected conference, california health and human services directors said "california is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic at, which is all light at the end of the tunnel we have been hoping for. our hospitals and frontline medical workers were stretched to their limits, but california has or the urgent message to
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stay home when possible, and are surge after that december holidays did not overwhelm the health care system to the degree we had feared. now, that changes want to take effect, and injection numbers, while still very high, had downwards from the mid-january p, but the anger felt by many toward the governor over the lockdown remains on an upward trajectory with the potential re increasingly possible as the number of statewide signatures backing such a move hits 1.2 million of the required 1.5 million. you may remember this l.a. restaurant owner. she is among those backing every call. an angry and tearful video she made went viral in december when newsom shut down after dining for businesses like hers, while allowing outdoor catering for tv production right across the street. >> they show people out of safe places and basically put them back into their homes right
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before the holidays. >> now california officials including governor newsom have also faced criticism for it being less than completely open about the numbers and science they are basing decisions on here governor newsom due to speaking about 45 minutes. safe to say he will insist he is guided only by those numbers, only by that science, not the fear of her recall about. john. >> john: all right, we we look forward to hearing about governor newsom here jonathan hunt, thank you. sandra. >> sandra: one of the country's largest school districts meanwhile, taking steps to bring kids back to you in person learning after the number of student suicides has doubled. clark county, nevada, which covers las vegas, has an early warning system that monitors students mental health. more than 3100 alerts to district officials since school shut their doors back in march. the school board this month voted to bring back some elementary school children and
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students who may be struggling. >> john: lawmakers in virginia pushing to require schools to open for in person learning in order to continue to receive state funding. take a look at this funding from an op-ed in the richmond times dispatch. "it is time to open virginia schools." this is led by two democrats and one republican. one of those democrats joins us now. senator peterson, good to see you today. appreciate you coming on. what, to your mind, are the effects of the lingering pleasures of schools in the state of virginia? >> well, first of all, thank you for having me. as a parent of four children, it's really been devastating having ten and a half months shut down so far from the mental health standpoint, from the physical well-being standpoint, from the academic standpoint, and really most importantly, from the socialization standpoint. children need to be around each other, not around their parents all the time. not around grandparents all the
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time. and just for all of those reasons, i feel it is urgent that kids be at least given the option at a minimum, the option to return to class. >> john: we should point out too, that your acting as your own camera present today. you are doing this over your phone there in the hall, so i appreciate you taking the trouble to do that. the governor is looking for money to increase the teacher salaries, looking to keep up the level of school setting, despite the fact that some schools have law students. you are saying you can have the money, but you can have it with the condition. with the condition? >> well, you've got to have accountability, and the bottom line is right now, our systems are losing students because parents are pulling their students out of public schools. we have lost almost 10,000 students in the semester, and if you want the money, listen, we have money, but there has to be accountability on the back end, and again, we have to get kids back in the classrooms. we have to get families the options. we can't just throw money at
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what is effectively an online system right now because they want to spend money on school counselors and physical education and all these other programs that aren't even being offered. it doesn't make any sense. so we've got to have accountability, and that is why, you know, myself and the other senators put in this budget, at its core, you have got to reopen and give them the option of in-person education before you can keep accepting state funds. >> john: we saw fairfax county school bus and some of the pictures we were showing. full disclosure, my and my wife's twins were in fairfax county schools until recently. here's what they found. students with f grades in two or more fairfax county schools, and 83% increase and all middle and high schoolers, 92% increase in hispanic students. 106% increase among english learners and students with disabilities. 111% increase and having f's
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into armor classes. i mean, it's obviously affecting all students but disproportionately affecting minority students and students with disabilities. it's just it -- it's a tragedy. >> well, there's no doubt about it. myself and my wife -- for as well, i went up and went to public schools in 1986. i am very familiar. i have had four kids that have been in the school system. my wife and i, we are in a position, we can hire tutors for your kids. we can give them the special attention that they need, but i can't even imagine single-parent households, households where moms, typically moms -- moms or dads have to leave the kid in front of the computer and then got to work all day. you may have a grandparent. you may not, who comes over, monitors. i just can't imagine the stress. it's not right. and again, the people who are least able to protect
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themselves. public education encompasses lots of things. make sure that they are fed, accounted for, that they get physical exercise, and that they learn. it makes sure they are tested. and we are not doing any of these things right now. so, it's just really, very tragic. we want full disclosure too, my wife and i are fortunate enough that we can get our kids into the local catholic school where they have been back in school since august 26. it's a shame because we have a new principal at the locals whether they are going to. we had a lot of promise with her, but she has not been able to get kids back in class. senator chad peterson, thank you so much. sandra, this is something that parents and students across the country are wrestling with, and for some, it just keeps going on and on and on. >> sandra: kids are our future. great coverage of that story. we will continue to cover that here on "america's newsroom,", d meanwhile, not even a week and for the new administration, and taking president biden to court.
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♪ ♪ >> sandra: three top stories we are watching for you. indianapolis please have arrested on minor. they say that they do not believe anyone else was involved. the mayor of indianapolis says that the arrest is the first step for justice. >> john: folks across the united states are preparing for wintry weather this week. it is already called here in washington. massive pile up in on sunday. no word on if anyone was injured. >> sandra: the national park
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service, meanwhile, investigating after the lights of the washington monument went out on sunday. news on twitter, calling this "creepy and strange." download the fox news app, scan the qr code on your screen, or go to >> john: one of president biden's executive art is now the subject of a lawsuit. texas is suing the administration over his 100 day pause on deportations, calling the move flat-out illegal. ken paxton joins us stop you and mr. attorney general, you're claiming that the department of homeland security is breaking the law by implementing this moratorium. make that argument for us. how do you make that case? >> so, a couple of arguments that we had, when we had an agreement that for the next six months, now priorities which change on immigration. nothing would change, so we have relating to that, specifically,
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even without that, it is clearly a violation of federal law, statutory law, and the constitution for the executive branch to decide that they are no longer going to enforce immigration law. that is not up to the president. if the president wants a change, he has a democratic congress, and he can change immigration law. >> john: you are claiming harm in your last out, saying "when dhs fails to remove illegal aliens, texas faces significant cost. higher number of illegal aliens leads to budgetary harms, including higher education and health care cost," and this, on sunday morning, from the former dhs secretary, acting secretary chad wells. speak i'm afraid that some of the actions they have taken is going to youth because of the border security crisis on our southwest border, and that is something we don't need right now. >> john: how do you band up with a crisis on the southern border? >> former secretary wells is
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right. we already see this coming our way. it seems to have been curtailed and like the government had gone it under control with the trump administration, and now suddenly, there is much more talk about people coming across the border, and we had our initial concerns. we have to educate these people. we have to incarcerate them if they committed crimes, but on top of that, with the covid crisis, we run health care risks that we didn't have to deal with in previous years. >> john: you're also claiming, mr. attorney general, that this could lead to an even greater crisis. "if left unchallenged, dhs could reassert the suspension power for a longer period back or even indefinitely, effectively granting a blanket amnesty to illegal aliens. congress has refused to pass time and time again." with this really amount to an amnesty? >> at least initially. our concern is how do we now, if
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we sit by and let this go on for 100 days, how do we know that i won't continue? we are sort of passively agreeing to it by not doing anything, so we decided we can't afford this in texas. we need federal law, benefit to our citizens. so we felt like this was the time to try to go to court and stop it. >> john: you have another federal lawsuit pending, and it has been, deferred action for childhood arrivals, program which president biden has just taken steps to reinforce the program. you say that constitutionally, president obama was not able to do this. but it seems that after four years of trying, president trump couldn't undo it. he was told by the supreme court that he had to go back and try again and never did, so, does it -- is it even worth it? continuing to challenge this? >> absolutely. we think we are very close to
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having success in this case. it always takes time. significant court cases, but we think the president at the time, president obama did not have the authority to just change immigration law, much like we are talking about here. there is a process that really does matter, and congress has to be one. if congress doesn't, that's permissible. the executive branch doesn't, it's not. these processes have always matter to our country. and it matters to people today. >> john: mr. attorney general, really quickly, if you would, where do you come down on a path to citizenship for the so-called "dream is?" ?" because i'm open to that process. i just wanted to be debated. i won't be able to consider the cost of it, the benefits of it, and what the best process would be to allow people to come over. i like immigrants. i think it's a good thing for america, but it has to be in a way that is the most effective and efficient and best for our country. we can't let 5 billion people come to america.
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it wouldn't work. that's come up with the best possible process. that needs to be debated by congress. >> john: we will be following your challenges closely. thank you for joining us. >> sandra: disney plus now blocking some of its classics, like peter pan, from the accounts of young kids. we will explain why, next. ♪ ♪ it's time to refi. but if you're a veteran homeowner and need cash, here's big news. introducing refiplus from newday usa. it lets you refi at all-time low rates plus you could take out $50,000 or more. money for security today, money for retirement tomorrow. refiplus. it's only for veterans and it's only from newday usa.
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speed to the classic disney found, "dumbo" and a few others now blocked from kids on disney plus. the video on demand service previously added content advisory team some of its classics for what was calling "negative depictions of people and cultures." michael, hi. good to have you this afternoon. you see this, and you think -- disney plus, by the way, it is incredibly popular with families of young children. a lot of people do look to this,
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south what did you think of disney making this decision? >> this is i really, really bad call by them. there is this new trend of corporate virtue signaling, and that's all this is. this is just disney pretending to show how much they care. really, slapping warning label on "peter pan" and "dumbo"? that's your top priority? how about you worry about important stuff, like how to make the park affordable for me and my family. how can i get in my taking out a second mortgage? but no, they are going to slap a warning label on the beginning of "dumbo." how about you explain to me how is it that because he a dog but pluto is a dog, only because he can drive a car? >> sandra: that is a mystery, isn't it? there is a lot of response to this friend families, paid users of their products. they say "as part of our ongoing
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commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures, rather than removing this content, we see an opportunity to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects all of us." , is not important, though, michael? they didn't remove it. it's still there. and it's price conversations, like that when we are having now. >> right. and nobody wants that. this is entertainment. they are cartoons. listen, an american family, you just want to sit down with your 5-year-old and be entertained. i don't want to have to have a discussion beforehand. i want to watch "peter pan." i don't want to give an hour and a half lecture on critical race theory before we jump in. who can understand that? "daddy, what's the matter with
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peter pan? he will never experience real meaningful left?" "no, son, it's because he's white." it's a cartoon. it's not that important. elephants can't fly. cans can talk. they can use chopsticks. >> sandra: i suppose if you are under the age of seven, you should probably have permission from your parents to watch anything. just blocking this if you are seven and under, so i want to make sure i point that out. 1953, he looked back at some of these classics. "peter pan," for example. anybody under the age of seven, you have to ask permission to log on and watch if you have got to ask you, michael, you are very familiar with disney movies. do you have a favorite? >> oh, my goodness. i can't watch "dumbo" without crying. to this day, i can't handle it. people need to understand this is just entertainment. it's art. there cartoons. there is no deep, hidden
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meaning. let me know -- let me know when a talking cat sees disney for being misrepresented. >> sandra: it's really interesting, when you go down the list of what they have taken issue with. "swiss family robinson" was on the list, made back in 1960. it was criticized. you also have to seek additional permission. really interesting. for some parents, they don't even know these things are happening, but it's out there. michael, thanks for joining us on that. >> thanks for having me. >> john: telling fox news that patrick leahy he, he will preside over a farmer president trump second impeachment trial. earlier this hour about the potential for who might sit because it looks like john roberts, the chief justice of the united states is not going to be the one who presides over this trial. according to a source, not the current president of the
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anyone catching you up on the breaking news. again, instead of the chief justice of the united states, john roberts presiding over the impeachment trial, it will be the senate president pro tempore, senator patrick lahey of vermont. let's bring in our panel now. matt schlapp and richard fowler. first of all, matt, let's get to you. it will be the oldest democrat in the senate, senator pat leahy of vermont. rand paul has suggested that anybody other than that chief justice would mean that this is an illegitimate procedure. how do you see it? >> yeah, i do you think the optics of it for the democratic party are mistaken. how they heat, long-standing democratic lion of the senate. and it certainly won't look like if there is any close calls i have to go to the chair, nobody on the republican side is going to view it as a nonpartisan
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observer. >> john: richard, what do you think about that? >> i think the senate has to conduct this by the rules, and because donald trump is not a sitting president, the rules apply, so this is where the oldest member of the united states senate, and the leading party, pat leahy, will take the chairmanship and lead this trial. i think there is no partisanship here. this is about getting accountability for what took place on january 6, 2021, when donald trump and his allies and cited an insurrection the united states capitol. >> john: senator leahy he released statement, "impeachment trials of nonpresidents. the president pro tempore takes an additional special oath to do impartial justice according to the constitution.
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it is an oath that i take extraordinarily seriously. i consider holding the office of president pro tempore and the responsibilities to be one of the most serious things on my career. when i preside over the impeachment, it will not waver from my sworn obligations to administer the trial with fairness in accordance with the constitutions and the laws." the question was raised by senator cornyn as to whether or not pat leahy he could be impartial because he would be a juror, and he would preside over the trial. seems like he may take himself out of them, but just the fact that they are saying impeachment trials of nonpresidents, there has never been a president who has had a trial after they have left office. they have been people who hold lesser office. >> yeah, and you don't use impeachment for people out of office. you definitely don't use it for presidents who are out of office. that's why this whole thing is going to be viewed as a waste of time by most people with common
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sense out there in the country. huge problem, donald trump and his team were able to bring in rapid-fire vaccine to the american people, but quite frankly, on the up and a lot of blue states. we are reading every day about the problems with the vaccine. the problem with going forward with impeachment in the senate is everything else stops. there's all this analysis about how they can walk and chew gum and multitask, but according to the rules of an impeachment court case, everything else stops. the senators must sit in those chairs and go through this, and we are talking about weeks of time spent on stopping -- >> john: so, richard, what about the idea, richard, and a trial that is likely to come up with an acquittal if we see republicans moving away from the idea of convicting, is this something that country should be doing right now? >> there's a couple points here.
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point number one, this is unprecedented as a nonsitting president being impeached, but it's also unprecedented that the president of the united states when he was a sitting president, incited a riot on the united states capitol. number one and number two, i think we learn from donald trump's first impeachment that the senate can walk and chew gum at the same time. there were a lot of other things that happened when the impeachment happened in january, so i don't think -- >> john: we will find if the senate can in fact walk and chew gum at the same time he had lots to talk about, gentlemen, but unfortunately, not a lot of time to do it. we will be right back. stay with us.k real piece of mind. refiplus from newday usa can make it happen. refiplus lets you refinance at the lowest mortgage rates in history plus get an average of $50,000 cash for the financial security you and your family deserve. refiplus, only from newday usa.
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>> tom brady leading the bucs to the super bowl. if patrick mahomes wants to win back-to-back, he has to bet by
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the goat. it was a good football week. what did you think, john? >> john: amazing. i didn't see the kansas city game. i saw the other one. the old guard against the new guard in two weeks, it will be one heck of a matchup. >> that's it for us. trace is in for martha. >> good afternoon. i'm trace gallagher in for martha maccallum. this is "the story." president biden a short time away from signing another executive order. this is one on american manufacturing. he will take questions. he has not needed approval for his blitz of executive orders and actions. there's the tally on day one alone. he does need it for the $1.9 trillion covid relief plan. the bipartisan deal that he promised is off to a rough start with senators reportedly asking


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