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News on The 700 Club: November 30, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," November 30: Trump to leave business empire to focus on 'making America great again'; Smoking and cancer: Why there's more at risk than your lungs, and more. Read Transcript

Well welcome to The 700 Club.

It does seem that Goldman Sachs alumni have

a way of coming out on top.

There was Robert Rubin and there was Hank Paulson

and now there is Mr. Mnuchin.

He's going to be the new Secretary of Treasury.

And it's an important job.

He's a good friend of Donald Trump.

And we think he'll do an excellent job.

Interestingly enough, he did financing in Hollywood.

And one of the movies he financed

was that blockbuster called Avatar.

So, I mean, he knows his way around both coasts.

He's got a place out in California and one in New York.

And he's worth a lot of money.

But anyhow, the selection picks continue from Donald Trump.

Another major announcement.

He said he's leaving his business empire

to focus on being president.

He believes that's far more important than to stay involved

with his businesses.

How he's going to accomplish that, I don't know.

He's got to have some money to live on.

He's used to living high and wide

and I think he still will continue to do that, Wendy.

Yeah, that move came as Trump is

naming more members of his cabinet including

the very important position of Secretary of the Treasury.

Heather Sells has more on the Trump transition.

HEATHER SELLS: A steady stream of visitors at Trump Towers

this week provides a glimpse of the high-powered auditions

for cabinet posts.

Among the latest selections, Steven

Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary.

Confirmed by the Senate, Mnuchin will play a key role

in shaping Trump's tax policy.

Also, Wilbur Ross, a Wall Street financier

for Commerce Secretary.

And Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation.

She served as Labor Secretary under the second President Bush

and she's the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch


Trump also apparently offered a post to Robert Johnson,

the founder of Black Entertainment Television.

Johnson declined saying that as entrepreneur, he

didn't want to go into government bureaucracy

but also said he never thought Trump is a racist or anti

African American.

For now, the biggest question is who

will get the nod as Secretary of State.

For days, Trump has been meeting with potential candidates.

The Secretary of State's role is so important to a president.

He needs to choose someone that he's very comfortable with.

HEATHER SELLS: In addition to talking with Senator Bob

Corker, Trump enjoyed an elegant dinner with Mitt Romney Tuesday


Romney, despite calling Trump a phony and fraud

during the campaign, now praising

Trump for his victory in the election.

And his quote, "message of inclusion."

I have to tell you I've been impressed by what I've

seen in the transition effort.

HEATHER SELLS: Also up for consideration

for top diplomat, former CIA director David Petraeus.

Trump created a bit of a firestorm on Twitter

Tuesday, tweeting that nobody should be allowed

to burn the American flag.

If they do, there must be consequences.

Perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail.

The Supreme Court has ruled that flag burning

is constitutionally-protected speech.

Even so, many Americans agree with Trump.

And Hillary Clinton also once tried

to criminalize flag burning.

One big win for Donald Trump.

Word of a deal on a campaign promise

to keep jobs in America.

This time, the Indiana air conditioning company Carrier.

Believe me, if I were in office right now,

Carrier would not be leaving Indiana.

That I could tell you.

HEATHER SELLS: Carrier had said it would lay off 1400 workers

and move to Mexico.

Now it says it will keep nearly 1,000 jobs in the Hoosier


It's a sign that Trump does intend to deliver quickly

on his key campaign promises.

Others that top his list: repealing Obamacare,

fixing the immigration system, and strengthening the economy

by cutting taxes and government regulations

and bringing back jobs.

Heather Sells, CBN News.

So far, I've been very supportive of the choices

that he's made for various positions.

He's picking some super guys and women.

And he's getting a balance.

He's got African Americans.

He's got Asians.

He's got all kinds of people, men women and so forth,

from various backgrounds.

It's an incredible array of talent.

And he's going to hit the ground running.

And I think his biggest obstacle is

going to be these people who will say, well, look,

if you really are going to govern for all the people,

you've got to accede to the Democrats' demands.

You've got to make them happy and bring them under the tent.

And the answer is no.

We're not going to give you anything.

We won the election and we're going to put in the policies

that the people want.

And then after they're in, then we'll get together

and we'll talk about what's going to happen next.

But anyhow, he's doing a terrific job.

And the thing about the Secretary of State,

I still think Petraeus is the best man for the job.

Although, Rudy Giuliani is a good friend and he's

had enormous experience overseas.

We just don't know what deals he's made that might hold him

up on confirmation.

I think that's the problem.

Otherwise, he'd been a shoo-in for the job.

Donald Trump has also spoken out about another story.

The deadly attack at Ohio State.

John Jessup has that.

Thanks, Pat.

ISIS is calling the OSU attacker a quote,

"soldier of the Islamic State."

And Trump tweeted in response saying quote,

"ISIS has taken credit for the terrible stabbing attack

at Ohio State by a Somali refugee who should not

have been in our country."

JOHN JESSUP: The deceased attacker, Abdul Razak Ali

Artan, was an immigrant from Somalia.

Investigators said they hadn't found evidence

that ISIS was involved, but one of Artan's Facebook posts

said the US should make peace with ISIS if it wanted Muslims

to stop carrying out lone wolf attacks.

He also praised a radical Islamic leader,

Anwar Al-Awlaki, Pat.

It's very hard to make peace with somebody

that says he wants you dead.

And it's part of his religion to kill you.

How do you make peace with something like that?

But this young man was brought to this country.

He was given all the benefits of our great land.

I think he was subsidized by the government.

They paid him a stipend.

Paid his way at Ohio State.

And he comes out and says, you've

got to start treating Muslims fairly.

I mean, how fairly can you be treated?

And it's this mixed thing.

But Anwar Al-Awlaki was one of the most vicious terrorists.

He was American-born but he went on the dark side.

And he was killed by a drone strike, I think, in Yemen.

He was terrible.

He advocated all kinds of violence

against the citizens of America and against this nation.

These people want to kill us.

And unfortunately, the only way to get rid of them,

you say we have a superior ideology.

We have a superior ideology value

but they are not buying it.

So the other alternative is to end their lives

and send them on to those 72 virgins they talk about, John.

Pat, armed forces in Iraq are still fighting against ISIS,

trying to force the terror group out of the city of Mosul.

And as Chris Mitchell reports, the offensive

to liberate the city has resulted in another movement:

an exodus of refugees.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Already, thousands of refugees

have tried to escape the ISIS rampage across Iraq.

It's a trickle that could become a flood.

Behind me, is one of the many refugee

camps throughout northern Iraq.

20,000 people live in this one alone, with another 30,000

in the vicinity.

But experts warn when the city of Mosul falls,

it could represent the greatest refugee crisis in decades.

There's a lot of potential for this

to be catastrophic on the human scale.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Matthew Nowery leads Samaritan's Purse

in northern Iraq.

He says the internally displaced persons, or IDPs, coming out

of Mosul today are different from the refugees who fled ISIS

in the summer of 2014.

The IDPs that are going to be coming out of Mosul have lived

two-plus years under the control of ISIS.

And so they've seen, what I believe,

is the worst terrorism the world has ever seen.

And they have been influenced by ISIS.

CHRIS MITCHELL: He says that makes this humanitarian effort

far more dangerous.

When you talk about a million-plus people being

displaced all over the desert here in Iraq,

it doesn't take long for you to understand that there will be

ISIS cells in those groups of people, in those groupings,

which brings in a whole new set of challenges.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Despite the danger,

he sees the crisis as an opportunity for the church.

Especially with the young people.

MATTHEW NOWERY: These youth have been watching

ISIS for the last two years.

And they know what they're being taught by ISIS.

And they're about to be displaced into the region.

And they're going to be watching to see who receives them.

And who serves them.

And so we have taken it upon ourselves as an organization.

And we believe that Jesus commands

us to give a glass of cold water to our enemy.

And to serve.

And so we want to be there.

We want to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

Win these children and win these are adults whether it

is cells of ISIS or not.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Nowery says what's

needed most now is prayer.

MATTHEW NOWERY: The situation is incredibly complex.

And I'd ask the church, back in America in the west,

first and foremost, to pray.

We don't have all of the answers.

We don't know how to remain completely secure.

This is a dangerous calling.

But I'd ask for prayers for the people

themselves that are going to be displaced.

That God would soften their hearts now.

That they'd be receptive to the message that so many

of Jesus' followers are going to be out in the desert here

in Iraq trying to provide.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Chris Mitchell, CBN News, northern Iraq.

Thanks, Chris.

Well back here at home, raging wildfires and hurricane force

winds covering around 15,000 acres sent

people fleeing for their lives in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

JOHN JESSUP: The fires have killed at least three people,

sending over a dozen others to the hospital with burns

or smoke inhalation.

And Dollywood, one of the area's largest tourist attractions,

was forced to close temporarily.

Officials say they haven't seen a fire like this in years.

There were times last night that we had wind gusts

in excess of 87 miles an hour.

That is hurricane force.

That is nowhere to be when trying to fight a fire.

JOHN JESSUP: The fire has destroyed at least 150

buildings including churches.

Rains have helped, but firefighters

have braced themselves for quite a long fight ahead.

Well by now, you'd know, or should know,

cigarettes are bad for your health.

But as Lorie Johnson reports, shocking new statistics

reveal just how deadly tobacco use really is.

LORIE JOHNSON: Most of us understand cigarette smoking

can lead to lung cancer.

Turns out, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Disturbing new data shows smoking or chewing tobacco

also leads to an astounding 11 other types of cancer:

of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus,

stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon

and rectum, and a type of leukemia.

Tobacco use is so harmful, the CDC tells us

that it's responsible for 40%, nearly half,

of all cancer diagnoses.

And a third of all cancer deaths,

making it the number one preventable cause

of cancer and cancer deaths.

LORIE JOHNSON: Despite these ominous statistics,

the good news is tobacco use in America is at an all-time low.

Currently, 36 million Americans smoke.

That's about 15%.

The fewest since the CDC began collecting data in 1965.

Smoking rates remain highest among men,

people living below the poverty level,

and people without a high school diploma.

Lorie Johnson, CBN News.

Thanks, Lorie.

Pat, back to you.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I've spoken on this many times.

I'll say it again.

The United States government, at least it's what I understand,

even today, is subsidizing the growing of tobacco.

We have quotas.

We have set-asides.

We have federal crop loans to people who grow tobacco.

And then all the way down the line.

There's clearly a 40% of all cancers

in America is caused by tobacco.

Not just lung cancer, but all those other cancers

that Lorie talked about.

It's time to ban it.

I figured once they got below 50% of the population smoking,

then we could hit it hard.

And that's exactly what's been happening.

Little by little, by little, the percentage of the Americans

who smoke has gone down, down, down, down, down.

And to a point where they are no longer a major block in terms

of voting.

Now what should we do?

It's so simple.

But it would take some creative thinking

like Donald Trump does.

We've got to say, look, you guys are in business.

You farmers are good people.

You're out there growing tobacco and that's your livelihood.

So we understand that.

And for the next seven or eight years,

we will not take any taxes from you at all.

And you can grow any crop you want to as long as its legal

except tobacco.

And we will take away the subsidies.

But at the same time, we will charge you no taxes.

Same thing with the cigarette companies.

You'll say for seven years, you have a tax holiday.

You can build up all the money you want to

during that period of time.

Build up your reserves and redeploy it

into something that's more wholesome.

And there are other things that people can do.

They can produce fertilizer.

They can grow corn.

They can grow wheat.

They can grow soy.

They can grow all kinds of things.

But then at the end of that time, you say from that moment

on, the production and the sale of tobacco in America

is going to be illegal.

And in addition to that, we're not

going to allow you to export this

to countries like Indonesia and hook those kids over there

which is what we're doing right now.

Little children overseas in Indonesia

and these populous countries are being hooked on tobacco

because that's the next generation of smokers.

There's no question, it is an evil thing

and it must be stopped and we must

have a law that prohibits it.

But instead of just cold turkey, we say,

I will give you a tax incentive and over the period of time,

you can build up enough money to begin to do something else.

And these farmers in North Carolina and Kentucky

and so forth, who are growing tobacco

will now have an alternative and enough funds to get

into something more productive.

And ladies and gentlemen, it's got to be done.

If 40% of all the cancers in America are caused by tobacco,

it's time we say no more.


You know, I was just in New York the last couple of days.

And you're out on the sidewalk and you're constantly

dodging plumes of smoke.

It seems like everyone on the streets of New York is smoking.

I know that's not true but it seems like it is.

It's 7 bucks a pack up there.

They've got so many taxes but It doesn't seem to stop.

Doesn't seem to stop, I know.

I even took the subway.

Are you proud of me?

I am.

I used to ride the subway back and forth,

back and forth, back and forth.

I worked in Wall Street and I lived up around 82nd street,


It's still the greatest city.

It's a lot of fun.

It's a very exciting city.

It really is.

And with Trump in, I mean, hey.


Did you visit?

We didn't do a drive by of Trump Tower.

So we figured it'd be pretty busy around there.

It's terribly busy.

I tell you, it's a wonderful place at Christmas time.

The whole city lights up and they sing.

And the stores.

It's gorgeous.

I walked by Macy's and they have this huge, huge sign

lit up that just says, believe.

And so, it was great to be up there right now.


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