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a possible shameup in the trump administration. nbc news learned a white house planned to replace secretary rex tillerson. unclear when or if it will happen. plus the tax bill republicans have been working on for weeks. finally comes to a head. number of gop holdouts expressing concern over how it would affect america's deficit. verdict in the case of katherine steinlye. convicted a homeless immigrant of murder.
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good morning. it's friday. november 1. i'm ayman mohyeldin. alongside yasmin vossoughian and louis burgdorf. trump administration is considering a plan to replace rex tillerson with cia director mike pompeo. tillerson has recently begun discussing a year end departure. also reports per senior administration officials developed a plan something state department spokeswoman responded to yesterday. >> he remains as i have been told committed to doing this job. he does serve at the pleasure of the president. this is a job that he enjoys. what i can tell you is that chief of staff kelly called our department this morning. and said that the rumors are not true. that those reports are not true. >> president and press secretary sarah huckabee sanders both addressed the reports. do you want rex tillerson on the job, mr. president. >> he's here. rex is here.
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>> do you want him to stay in his job. >> as we've said many times before, when it comes to questions like this of senior staff and cabinet secretaries. when the president loses confidence in somebody, he'll no longer be here. i think the future right now is to continue working hard as secretary of state. continue working with the president to carry out his agenda. >> pompeo and trump have reportedly developed a close relationship. some of the community refer to pompeo as the trump whisperer. tillerson and trump reportedly bumped heads stemming from july when tillerson called trump a moron. before the end of the year, his ten your would be the shortest in nearly 120 years for secretary of state whose time did not end by change in voting presidents. this as the gop leadership hopes to pass the bill last
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night after new analysis from a nonpartisan congressional joint committee said the bill's growth projections fall short of paying for itself by $1 trillion. a trigger mechanism to raise rates in response to the deficit ran afoul of parliamentary rules causing republicans to search for savings of $400 billion. the situation is complicated by senator ron johnson's demand for deeper cuts for small businesses and senator's bob corker and jeff blake's deficit concern. republicans are deciding whether to walk back the plan for a permanent reduction of the corporate tax rate to 20%. from 35%. there was consternation in the ranks. pat roberts said he'll probably call another meeting along with or people who won't be here very long to determine the fate of the rest of us. as the senate works on the tax bill, there are still some mystery as to what exactly is in
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the bill and the impact it will have. this after treasury secretary departments office of tax policy said they were now working on an analysis of the bill. elizabeth warren asked the department general to investigate. the allies we know about will cut the corporate tax rate to 20%. reduce marginal rates for individuals. expanding the child tax credit. doubling the standard deduction. it will also eliminate popular deductions for student loans. state and local taxes and medical care. repeal it will individual maintain date which could mean higher premiums and 10 million fewer with health care. also trigger spending cuts to programs like medicare, subsidies and more. switching gears a moment away from taxes. america's special relationship with the uk. under increased strain after the president's decision to share the islamic videos from an
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extremist group in britain. president trump was scheduled for a working visit to open the u.s. embassy in london next month. that is no longer happening. a senior u.s. diplomat tells the paper, quote, the idea of a visit has obviously been floated, but not december and not january. i would not expect a trump visit in january. there's also a report that the state department warned the white house that the president's own tweets could put u.s. embassies overseas at risk. in the face of all criticism from theresa may and other british leaders, the white house continues to dig in. >> the fact we work together does not mean we're afraid to say when we think the united states have got it wrong and we very clearly do and i'm very clear retweeting from britain first is the wrong thing do to. >> this is the president of the united states shares with millions inflammatory and
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divisive content. by sharing it, he is either racist, incompetent, unthinking or all three. >> we cannot roll out a red carpet and give a platform for the president of the united states to also so discord in our communities. >> i think what he's done is elevate the conversation to talk about a real issue and a real threat. that's extreme violence. extreme terrorism. something we know to be very real and something the president felt strongly about and talking about and making sure we bring up as an issue every single day. looking at the best way to protect american sgls d. >> did you know who britain first are before you tweeted them. if you did not, why do you know. please undo your retweets. this is a very big deal for my country. let's talk about this. reporter for the hill. molly, you hear sarah huckabee
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sanders say the president is trying to elevate the conversation. also strong reaction from the uk with the retweets and anti-muslim videos. what's the reaction in washington, especially on the hill. >> sigh, oh sigh. i think behind the scenes you're hearing lawmakers say thing similar to what the british parliament members were saying and it's just frustration. you know, this is a time when there's so much going on up on capitol hill. tax reform needs to pass. you know, we're coming to the end of the year. there's a lot of issues on spending. is there going to be a government shutdown. this is one of those moves that some privately tell me, is this trying to misdirection? is he trying to commit a controversy so we can get other things done? it's just unclear because you know again, there's that concern you know, which organization is this?
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that he's retweeting and so it's a bit of frustration. >> there is the question as to why he was either following them or aware of them in order to retweet. no one has explained that at the white house. let's turn to taxes quick molly and ask you about the senate tax bill. how heavy of a lift to find the revenue to appease the deficit hawks on the republican side and nail down 52 republican senators on board. they didn't get it done yesterday. do you think they can get it done today. >> it's like doing crossfit for legislation. oh, my goodness. it's like trying to do these -- >> coming with the sinkers today. >> trying to find that much money in a period of less than 24 hours is going to be very difficult. one republican senator grumbled to our reporter that it's a pretty heavy lift and it's too much to promise to one or two
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single senators who as pat roberts said will not be here next go round. basically putting the fate of a lot of the gop senators who are up for re-election in the hands of the people who again aren't running for re-election. so it is a big heavy lift. we can see this going next week. which would be okay, but again, there's that special election in alabama that they wanted to make sure was ironed out before it could get out. the murder trial that galvanized anti-immigration activists in the u.s. jose garcia a homeless mexican immigrant who had been deported multiple times was found guilty of murdering -- not guilty of murdering kate steinle an american would fatally shot in 2015. steinle was killed by a bullet that ricochetted off a concrete
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walkway. garcia remained the shooting was an accident was found not guilty of being a possession in the firearm. president trump seized on the case during the 2016 election. people are siting at as a reason to implement stricter immigration policies and building a wall. trump tweeted the following. disgraceful verdict in the kate steinle case. no wonder the people in our country are so angry with immigration. >> we somehow or another amazingly got caught up in immigration and trump and we have our views on immigration and we have our views on trump, but this is the death of my daughter. using her death as impetuous for immigration review and sanctuary city. nothing has happened. nothing has changed except kate is not here.
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>> just want to make it clear here, he was actually found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. just to be clear about that. >> louis. switching gears, something you don't hear every day. magnitude 4.1 earthquake in delaware was felt around the east coast. catching residents from virginia to new york off guard. occurred at 4:47 p.m. centered about six miles east of dover and five miles deep. u.s. geological survey gave varying estimates of the magnitu magnitude. one time reading as high as 5.1 on the richter scale. no reports of damage or injuries. i didn't feel it. i know there are people in new york that say they felt tremors. releases new campaign ad as president trump plans rally near state lines. later top democrats calling on john conyers to step down in
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the wake of misconduct allegations. not the only lawmaker facing backlash this morning. those stories and a check on the weather when we come back. ( ♪ ) more people shop online for the holidays than ever before. (clapping) and the united states postal service delivers more of those purchases to homes than anyone else in the country.
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is expected to hold a campaign style rally in pensecola florida next friday. advisers to the president tell "the washington post" that trump is likely to attack democrats, including doug jones in his speech. it's unclear if he's going to praise moore. pensecola is about 20 miles outside of alabama and shares media market. giviing trump the ability to reach alabama voters without crossing state lines. meanwhile, beverly young expressed fears for her safety and why she waited to come forward. >> has anything happened to you. >> i've been followed. i'm being really careful wherever i go. you do not know how many times i watched him when an election could come up. my husband of 13 years would say you need to do something. you have got to do something. i told him i'm the only victim.
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at that point in time, i thought i was. when these other four girls came before me, i knew at that point i needed to stop this. >> joining us now from birmingham, alabama, msnbc vaughn hillyard. vaughn, good to have you here this morning. nearing the final week of the campaign. a lot of people probably saying thank god for that. how are voters down in alabama fe feeling. >> reporter: good morning. i think it comes down to i'm glad you played the two sound bites you did t. advertisement with donald trump's words: and beverly young nelson. you have two types of republicans that need to come out if you are roy moore on december 12. republicans that will vote for you because party first. republican is needed in the senate is donald trump. seems to be arguing. and then you've got the second one, a constituency that he needs to ultimately convince that these allegations are part of a smear campaign, which he's
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gone on an allout offense here. defensive this last weekend making that case to voters. i want to play a sound bite. this was from two nights ago. last two nights he appeared at two different churches and made the case this is a concoction of conspiracy on the other side with an agenda. this is what he said two nights ago. >> not only am i being posed by the democrats who want to push a liberal agenda. i'm being posed by the washington establishment who don't want to change what's going on in washington, d.c. i'm still leading. they tried unsuccessfully they tried unsuccessfully to change that. they've done everything. when i say they, who are they? they are liberals. don't want conservative values. lesbian, gay, transjentder who want to change our culture.
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socialist who want to change our way of life. >> now, this is a candidate that ever since the initial allegations came out more than three weeks ago, has not been willing to answer a single question from the press about these allegations and instead he is trying to convince base that as you just heard him say that these are the other sides, the others coming out. he later went on in the speech. he outright called it a conspiracy. >> vaughn, quick question here, are these charges packing it in when roy moore shows up. is it a big crowd for him there? >> there's been about 100 people both nights. these are remote towns. town last night is just over 200 people. targeting very rural. republican friendly confines if you say. if he's able to turn out those voters across rural alabama, that should be just good enough for him to win. >> seems like he's rebounding in the polls as well. >> see how it turns out with the
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voter turnout. >> vaughn, thank you. let's get a check on the weather with meteorologist bill karins. other than 4.1 earthquake in delaware. >> that was interesting. >> pretty mundane weather forecast. >> no earthquakes. i didn't feel it. a lot of people said they did. 4.1 very shallow. usually not high of intensity. as far as what happened last night. light rain moved through areas of the northeast. now clearing cape cod. northern maine got a little bit of snow. that's about it. forecast clearing out in boston during the day. sunshine this afternoon. gorgeous new york and d.c. philadelphia. perfect travel friday. no issues. southeast a little fog to deal with. once that fog burns off, perfect start to december. as far as mild whether goes into the weekend. cross country. no location that's below average
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temperatures. everyone is above normal. this time of year we should be in the 30s. areas like minneapolis at 49 today. 60s this areas like springfield. saturday business mark up to 52 degrees. denver 63. you get the picture. this is going to be it. dramatic cool down after this week. here's how it will play out. sunday. by the time we get to next week. jet stream dips down. areas in the 60s and 70s drop to the 40minneapolis. once the cold arrives next week, it's here to stay for december. no signs of big snowstorms. it will be colder. dallas tries to stay afloat. all eyes on the bahamas as tiger woods makes return after a year away from the sport. sports is next. honey? can we do this tomorrow? (grunts of effort) can we do this tomorrow? if you have heart failure symptoms,
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welcome back, everybody. i'm yasmin vossoughian. along with ayman mohyeldin and louis burgdorf. calling for conyers to resign mount. nancy pelosi joining the conyers who continue to deny the allegations against him hospitalized yesterday for stress after flying home to began on monday. his team says the 88-year-old is resting comfortably in an area hospital and doing okay. meanwhile pelosi's remarks yesterday on the allegations against conyers come after several days of internal party wrestling over his future in the
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house. less than a week he called him an icon and appeared to question his accusers on meet the process. >> the allegations against conyers since we have learned more since sunday. are serious, disappointing and very credible. it's very sad. the brave women who came forward are owed justice. i pray for congressman con yyer and his family and wish them well, however congressman conyers should resign. >> many joined in. a fellow congressional black caucus member echoed that sentiment. >> i thought it was time. i thought it was time three days ago. i talked with him in person and told him then i thought it was in his best interest to step away from this body. that he had given us over 50
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years of great service, but this was not going to get any better. in fact, i can see it getting worse. >> we're also hearing from one of conyers accusers for the first time. mary brown broke her silence on an interview yesterday. while conyers' lawyer refuted her allegations. >> he invited me in the hotel. he has undressed, you know, down to his underwear. again, it was the proposition of sexually satisfying him. >> what did do you? in that moment? >> i was frozen. shocked. and i -- you know, i didn't know what to do, but one thing i didn't want to lose my job. i didn't want to upset him. and i just -- and then also he asked me to find other people that would satisfy him.
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so i just tried to escape. >> she had an opportunity 15 years ago to come out and he didn't. she is jumping on the band wagon now. sexual harassment again, is wrong in any form or fashion. let me be clear. that is the congressman's view. and any sexual harassment should be eliminated with all due deliberate speed. >> republican congressman joe barten of texas announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2018. this comes days after a nude photo of barton along with suggestive messages he had written appeared on social media. barton apologized for what he described as consensual sexual relationships with multiple women while he was married. told the dallas news yesterday he was not guilty of sexual harassment and reiterated the relationships were consensual.
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first elected to congress in 1984. longest serving member of the texas delegation. al franken, ethics committee has formerly launched investigation. accusations mount against the minnesota democrat. an army veteran told cnn franken groped her as she posed with him for a photo after a uso show back in 2003. franken's office responded yesterday saying the senator has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct. is committed to cooperating with the ethics probe. earlier this week, he said he was embarrassed and ashamed by his behavior. he has vowed not to resign. at least two fellow democrats, congressman joe crowley and tim ryan are calling on franken to step down. in separate private conversations this year. trump urged the republicans to end the russia investigation.
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according to burr, it was something along the lines as i hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible. burr said he replied it would end when the committee finished. lawmakers and aide said trump told senate majority leader mitch mcconnell to end the investigation quickly. aboard the air force one when he found himself being lobbied by the president to wrap up this investigation. according to republican official familiar with the conversation. though the official said the conversation did not bear a sinister motive. >> an anonymous republican senator said trump also called other lawmakers over the summer with request that push burr to finish the inquiry. told the times trump made several calls to senators without senior staff president. senators and other republicans familiar with the conversations said trump would begin to talk
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on a different topic and eventually drift towards the russian investigation. >> the white house responding it has been cooperative and the president has at no point tried to put influence on committee members. say he reit rate ereiterated wh publicly. investigations must come to fair and appropriate completion. back again, capitol hill reporter for the hill, molly cooper. good to have you back with us. let's go back a moment and talk about the sexual harassment allegations against both john conyers and al franken. more allegations of inappropriate conduct against these two politicians. growing calls for them to resign. even within their own party. do you see either of them stepping down in the immediate future. >> reporter: they both seem to be sticking to their guns. part of the reason you'll see democrats wanting them to resign, now that the ethics process is started respectively on the house and senate side, the ethics committee is going to
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gather background, going to do their own closed door investigation. once the reports come out that could recommend expulsion, that report goes to the house and senate floors for the entire senate and the house to vote on. so democrats could be put in a position, could be forced to be put in a position where they vote on a resolution recommending say john conyers is expelled. they want this to go away. they don't want this to be an issue. they don't want to vote on expelling their fellow colleague because of sexual harassment matters. the same for franken. just creates a huge problem in the senate. in addition to which, it takes away attention to what's going on in alabama with roy moore. the more of these allegations you have sitting out there and the longer that these congressman conniers and franken are in office, the more difficult it is for them to call for roy moore not to be seated. >> right. >> and that's part of the problems that democrats are facing.
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>> let's talk about roy moore. it's looking more and more likely he could win this thing. let's say he does and he makes it to the senate. how are republicans preparing to deal with roy moore in the senate and b, sort of a theory i've heard being thrown around out there. would this be good for the republicans and go with me on this for one second in that it could sort of be a moral win for them. they decide to leave the charge on this and unseat him once he is elected to the senate. >> there goes and i hate to use this phrase. there's a slippery slope. if you're in the senate and a state elects a senator, sends them to washington, d.c. and you decide as a body not to seek that member or expel them, that doesn't create a lot of friends among the folks down in alabama. that ticks the off a lot of
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people in the country who have problems going on in washington, d.c. the only thing you can get done is to expel members or senators that the citizens of the state send to washington, d.c. you can do that. that creates a political problem for the republican party. they don't want to deal with. there's other issues. in addition it's an election year next year. these issues will be front and center in terms of voters going to the ballots and casting votes on who to hire. >> molly hooper, live in washington, d.c., thank you. let's turn to business in the market rally in the u.s. keeps going. dow closing above 24,000 for the first time ever. s&p 500 also hitting new all-time high. cnbc joins us live from london. what are analysts crediting this latest surge in the markets? >> reporter: yes, another milestone for the dow jones.
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24,000 certainly a big number. to be honest, analysts say because of optimism the tax reform bill would be passed by senate republicans. it looked good going into yesterday. this morning things are looking a little less rosy because senate republicans have hit a number of stumbling blocks. seeing futures pulling back a little bit. last i checked the dow was at 30 points at the start of trading session. major health care deal is in the offing. yes, nearing a deal to buy aetna for $66 billion in cash and stock. the companies are in advanced stages of negotiating a deal according to the journal. that deal could be announced as early as next monday. if it is, it will be the biggest deal signed so far this year. finally, interesting news coming out of south australia. yes, elon musk has been very busy once again. the state of south australia
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announcing it powered up the world's biggest battery ahead of schedule. this battery is the size of american football field. has the capacity to power some 30,000 homes once again, thanks to elon musk. >> it's funny. in some of those images of the trading floor saw the traders actually smiling with hats that said 24,000 on them. that's funny. you never see those guys cracking a smile. i guess it's a good change for once. >> that's true. >> carolyn. >> how quickly can you get those hats and change them again. still ahead, president trump set to hold a rally just miles from alabama border days from the special election. what the president's visit could mean for roy moore's chances in that contest. plus, bill karins is back with us. quick check on weekend forecast straight ahead.
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welcome back. roy moore has released a new
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campaign ad in the final weeks of alabama senate race. includes president trump's comments hitting moore's comments outside the white house last week. the white house has said trump would not campaign for moore in alabama. trump is expected to hold a campaign style rally in pensecola florida next friday. >> advisers to the president tell "the washington post" that trump is likely to attack democrats including jones in his speech, but it is unclear if he's going to mention roy moore. pensecola by the way just 20 miles outside of alabama. share as media market with mobile. giving trump a chance to reach alabama voters without having to cross state lines. joining us from birmingham, alabama, vaughn hillyard. as i just mentioned. president trump expected to be in florida next friday. his proximity to alabama expected to have some sort of impact on the race. talk to us about that.
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so who knows what will come up when it comes to pensecola. he'll be coming a few days after steve bannon. former white house chief strategist coming this next tuesday to fair hope alabama. voters here in final 11 days are going to have plenty of sound bites to be listening to. plenty of tv commercials to be listening to. you just saw we played earlier this hour, new ad released by roy moore with donald trump's own words. this is all out offensive to make a case to voters he has been part of a conspiracy against him by what he calls washington establishment. even mentions socialist and lgbt individuals and liberals. setting this up as him against
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the world in final 11 days. who are you going to decide. the conservative that you've known or a democrat, doug jones. >> very trump of him. if moore wins, he'll say, i was there. if he doesn't, he'll say i didn't campaign for him. very much a trump move. let's get a check on weather with meteorologist bill karins. you keep saying the cold weather is coming. i don't see it anywhere. >> not yet. so now we're wrapping up fall season. we consider fall to be september, october, november. for 92 cities, little chickenpox marks here. top five warmest falls we had on records. a bunch in the area of the northeast. a few along the gulf coast and a few in the desert southwest.
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vermont warmest ever recorded. desert southwest, some of the records too. tuscan number one. today officially into winter season with december arriving, there's no signs of any of that cold air. i mean, it is very warm. 57 in st. louis today. 56 washington, d.c. even minneapolis even with the clouds at 48. down along the coast, early morning fog and that will be it. the travel weather looks really nice. take you to the weekend forecast. saturday we continue with a widespread warmth. pacific northwest stormy area with rain, mountain snow. some getting to northern portions of california. by the time we get to sunday, get snow intermountain west. once the cold air does arrive tuesday or monday. lake affect snow. still no snowstorm anywhere in site. got work to do for white christmas forecast. only three and a half weeks away. >> anchorage, it's cold there. >> still ahead, british prime
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. is donald trump and should he still be at the state visit be allowed to go ahead she a sick person to neat queen? >> an invitation for a state
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visit has been extended and has been send. we have yet to saturday date. >> welcome back. no matter the controversy, british prime minister teresa may has been steadfast in her response to the growing calls across the pond for president trump's state visit to be cancelled there as you heard in that clip. another telegraph cites a senior u.s. diplomat and reports a scheduled visit by the president to open the u.s. embassy in london 2018 is no longer actually happening. joining us now live from london is editor for digital constant cal perry. glad to have you with us. you hear there the prime minister under increasing pressure that they should really cancel that state visit. she is holding fast to it. let's hold to the relationship between the u.s. and the uk. >> that is more strained when she is put into positions to defend or criticize what the president is doing? >> reporter: no, absolutely. you hear about the special relationship between the united states and the united kick dom.
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everyone here is saying we will hear how close that relationship is as things are now strained. we had this series of tweets from the u.s. president, at first propagateing and spreading anti-muslim videos, i guess it would be kind to say this far right wing group in the kingdom and teresa may con demd those tweets. he responded to unfortunately a random woman who lives on the coast of england, the wrong teresa may first. then responded to the prime minister in which he said he was very unhappy about what he had said this whole thing is quite of ridiculous. >> i am sure she got flooded with a lot of messages. >> enjoying my time here on the coast. >> the whole thing has gotten so ridiculous. you had a deba it in parliament here yesterday whether or not donald trump should be forced to shut his twitter down. all of this is about formality. when you meet the queen, you talk about a river ride along
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the river tems. it's been paired down as you said to a potential working visit that may more anot happen here. >> the irony is a president who knows how well, he knows social media. >> there is no filter. >> he doesn't know you can have a verified account before you tweet that out. interesting. cal peri, thank you very much. >> compared to a handful of politicians. coming up next, secretary of state rex tillerson and his future in the trump administration, near reports suggesting he may be replaced within weeks. plus, house minority whip stenny hoyer what if anything republicans can stop the tax bill from being a reality. morning joe just minutes away. more people shop online for the holidays than ever before. (clapping) and the united states postal service delivers more of those purchases to homes
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good questions lead to good answers. our advisors can help you find both. talk to one today and see why we're bullish on the future. yours. you . our president, president trump and his wife moldavia took place in the final national christmas tree lighting. it was beautiful, here we go. 8, r7x 6, 54321.
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>> oh, well, that's not festive at all. you don't know if that was real or not. do you? >> you don't know if it was real or not. >> that's good. i looked. he was like, what? obviously, jimmy kimmel there giving us late night laughs. before we toss it over to morning joe everybody, let's talk about the stories you will be hearing about in the day ahead. we look at president trump's day, nbc news' jeff bennett has more. >> reporter: hi, yasmin. it's crunch time for the republican tax plan. today could be the day senate republicans pass their tax overhaul legislation, with congress inches closer to getting a bill on his desk for a signature by the end of the year. also today the president is expected to meet over lunch with defense secretary jim mattis and his secretary of state, rex tillerson, there's lots of intrigue there, of course, given reports that the trump administration is considering a plan to replace tillerson with
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cia director mike pompeo, among a few other people. it's unclear when da will happen or if it will happen, but tillerson's fate has been the subject of much speculation for months, amid reports of tension between me and president trump. tillerson was at the white house yesterday, but the president wouldn't answer questions whether he wanted tillerson to stay on the job. >> thank youoff benefgeoff benn for that report tensions between the u.s. and north korea, today's test comes days after north korea fired a nuclear capable intercontinental pliska missile that some observers believe could reach the u.s. mainland. >> president obama is in india, he is addressing a summit of young leaders in the country. his foundation says the goal of the event is to expand the conversation about what it means to be an active citizen making an impact. >> that does it for us, have a fantastic weekend, morning joe
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starts right now. >> good morning, it's friday, december 1st. welcome to morning joe. with us we have national affairs analyst for nbc news and msnbc john heilemann, washington anchor for bbc world news america catty kay, morning joe economic analyst steve ratner, white house reporter for "usa today" heidi pryzbilla. >> we got it right this time. >> awesome. >> we take a crack at it. did you see that christmas tree lighting last night? >> the one in d.c. that everyone showed up to. >> talk about that. >> a beautiful, balmy evening on d.c., no excuse not to get outside? >> yeah. >> you go to the christmas tree lighting. except not many people came. i never seen it this empty. never seen it. >> oh my god! >> low


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