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News on The 700 Club: January 12, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," January 12: Tough times ahead for White House-media relations?; Christian leaders descend on nation's capital to take a stand for Israel, and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome to the "700 Club."

It was meet the press for Donald Trump,

and the President-elect made it clear he won't put up

with quote, "fake news."

He took on the media over a totally unproven report

about his supposed ties to Russia.

Well, Mr. Trump is also getting

ready to fulfill one of his primary responsibilities,

naming a new justice to the Supreme Court.

Jennifer Wishon brings us the story from New York.

JENNIFER WISHON (VOICEOVER): For President-elect Donald Trump,

his relationship with the media is complicated at best.

It's very familiar territory, news conferences,

because we used to give them on an almost daily basis.

I think we probably maybe won the nomination because

of news conferences.

JENNIFER WISHON (VOICEOVER): He awoke

to learn Buzzfeed had published an unverified report

full of errors that suggest Moscow has incriminating

evidence against him.

Team Trump piled on.

SEAN SPICER: The fact that Buzzfeed and CNN

made the decision to run with this unsubstantiated claim

is a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks.

You know, I have long been a supporter

of a free and independent press, and I always will be.

But with freedom comes responsibility.

It's a sign of the relationship

to come between the future president and the press.

Trump doesn't believe the mainstream media treats him

with respect.

He thinks they're in the tank for Democrats

and don't appreciate the American movement

he's tapped into.

REPORTER: Mr. President-elect.

Go ahead.

REPORTER: Mr. President-elect, since you are attacking--

No, not you, not you.

REPORTER: Can you give us a chance?

Your organization's terrible.

REPORTER: You're attacking our news organization.

Your organization's terrible.

REPORTER: Can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir.

Go ahead.

REPORTER: Sir, can you--

Quiet, quiet.

JENNIFER WISHON (VOICEOVER): His staff

has promised to shake up the White House briefing room.

Despite this love-hate relationship,

Trump wasn't rattled at his first press conference

since winning the election.

He says Russia is responsible for the cyber hack of the DNC

but says that's not where all the focus should

be since other countries like China hack the US, too.

He's appointing a special committee

to come up with ways to make America's cyberspace more

secure in his first 100 days.

Trump also answered how he'll separate himself

from his vast business holdings.

Dozens of folders hold documents he's

signed to turn his companies over to a trust

to be managed by his two sons.

I hope at the end of eight years I'll come back,

and I'll say, oh, you did a good job.

Otherwise, if they do a bad job, I'll say you're fired.

JENNIFER WISHON (VOICEOVER): While in office,

Trump will also donate profits from his international hotels

to the US Treasury.

The President-elect is also moving forward

with one of the greatest responsibilities

of his new job, appointing a new justice to the Supreme Court.

It will be a decision which I very strongly believe in.

I think it's one of the reasons I got elected.

I think the people of this country

did not want to see what was happening with the Supreme

Court.

JENNIFER WISHON (VOICEOVER): Now he's

looking forward to his inauguration

and celebrating with the Americans who

put him in office.

Because we have a movement.

It's a movement like the world has never seen before.

It's a movement that a lot of people didn't expect.

JENNIFER WISHON (VOICEOVER): Jennifer Wishon, CBN News,

Trump Tower, New York.

Well, our CBN News political correspondent David Brody

was in New York for the Trump press conference.

And David, what do you think we can

expect with the media and the White House

over the next four years?

What's in the offing?

Well, we've heard this word before, Pat, Armageddon.

I think that's what we're going to see the next four years.

It's going to be nasty, and it's going

to be rated R, maybe not some language but a lot of adult

content for sure, Pat.

This is, there's no doubt it's going to be problematic.

And sources inside the Trump administration, or at least

the incoming Trump administration,

tell me that indeed there are going

to be some changes in the briefing room.

There are going to be some changes in how

in essence this entitlement media,

this entitlement mainstream media gets treated.

They don't want this entitlement mainstream

media to start driving the narrative every single day.

And Donald Trump is determined to put an end to it.

Now I have to tell you, it was interesting being at that press

conference in New York with Jennifer, as well,

yesterday, on Wednesday, he started

with some very nice things to say about the media at first.

He talked about how he appreciated

how some of the media didn't run that story that CNN

ran about Russia.

But then all of a sudden, it turned worse.

So he's trying to kind of play both sides here

a little bit because he also knows he needs positive media

attention, as well.

That reporter from CNN was so rude.

He kept yelling, I mean, good grief, I

mean, who does he think he is?

Well, I know Jim Acosta over at CNN.

And typically, he's a pretty, he's a pretty solid reporter

and has never really gotten into shouting

matches at all, whether it be with presidents

or some other folks.

I see him all the time.

But clearly, he was frustrated because let's face it,

Donald Trump's been piling on CNN.

And CNN's been piling on Donald Trump

as well for a very long time.

So that was a lot of animosity in the making there, Pat.

Well, you know, those hearing, Rex Tillerson, I thought,

comported himself very well.

But Marco Rubio was coming out with,

will you label Putin a war criminal.

Well, you can't start off a relationship

as Secretary of State calling somebody a war criminal.

What was wrong with Rubio?

It doesn't make sense.

Well, this may be a little bit--

I don't want to use this word lightly-- but revenge.

I'm using the word lightly, but the reality

is that Marco Rubio has always been frustrated

not only obviously with what happened during the campaign

with Donald Trump, but in addition he

has also been frustrated with Russia and Putin.

He's been very outspoken about this for a very long time.

He's kind of in that John McCain and Lindsay Graham

camp of saying Putin is not just a bad actor

but just literally a war criminal and a really, really

bad guy.

And so this was a chance for him to really make that case.

Now, Marco Rubio's vote is going to be

very important on that committee, you know this, Pat.

If Tillerson doesn't get Rubio's vote,

Tillerson probably won't make it out of committee.

And if that's the case, then his nomination

is dead in the water.

Well, they could take it to the full Senate

and get a vote up there without the committee, couldn't they?

Or are they going to try that?

Well, they could.

And under a Trump administration that's coming in now,

you would sense that Trump would say, hey, then

let's forget that.

Let's make sure this guy is confirmed.

I mean, I think eventually Tillerson will be confirmed.

But Rubio is making it awfully difficult.

Well, you know, it looked like John McCain

is the one who leaked that nasty stuff to Buzzfeed.

I mean, that was a terrible thing to do.

Well, John McCain admitting that he leaked it.

Now he's saying he gave it to Comey, who somehow, some way,

some intelligence official, somehow

it got to Buzzfeed from maybe a source within the intelligence

community.

And I think this is going to be a real issue going forward,

Pat, as it relates to how Donald Trump and the intelligence

community gets along.

He needs the intelligence community.

He has to have confidence in the intelligence community.

America, Americans need to have confidence in the intelligence

community.

But let's be honest, there was a real big issue

with that dossier, if you will, that

two-page unsubstantiated allegations

about Donald Trump being included

in an official intelligence report.

I mean, you know, Donald Trump, you really

get a sense that he has reason to be frustrated here

because why is the intelligence community putting

in a two-page unsubstantiated rumor document attached

to a classified briefing about Russia?

It makes you wonder, Pat, and it's got Trump very frustrated.

Well, we're all hoping he'll get in there

and we can stop this.

What about Jeff Sessions?

I think he did a terrific job, as well.

Yeah, you can really tell Jeff Sessions has been in the Senate

for a while.

He knows how it goes down.

He's been on the other side, obviously,

in terms of the one asking questions.

He's been a cool cucumber, as they say.

I guess that's what they say.

I don't know.

Is that still a term?

Who knows.

But Jeff Sessions, for sure, will be confirmed.

There's not even a question about that.

He's got the support of Tim Scott, Senator Tim

Scott, African-American from South Carolina.

That will help him on some of those,

on some of the racial tension pushback that the Democrats are

trying to make hay with.

So I think it's pretty much smooth

sailing for this new attorney general coming in.

That rant by Cory Booker was so over the top

that you kind of think, let me turn this television off.

I can't stand it anymore.

What do you, I mean, that was unprecedented, wasn't it?

You know, it was unprecedented.

First time a sitting United States senator

has testified against another senator, and in this case,

obviously, an attorney general nominee.

But let's be honest here, Pat.

That's Cory Booker looking at 2020.

I mean, he's looking at running for the president.

And that's a way to play to the base and say,

hey, I stood up to Jeff Sessions.

And so there's a lot of politics being going on with that.

I don't think he helped himself

with some of the others.

That's his call.

I'm not running his campaign.

Well, the Senate moved last night

to start repealing Obamacare.

Tell me what they did and what this maneuvering

will amount to.

Well, there are going to be a lot of different potholes

along the road here, Pat.

And there's going to be some different timelines.

But let me try to boil this all down in 30 seconds or so.

It looks like there's probably going to be a repeal

and replace strategy on President Trump's desk sometime

in February.

That's the plan, at least.

January 27th, about a week after Donald Trump takes office,

is when there is going to be the repeal portion of this that

starts to, in essence, ferment.

But then the question becomes what's

going to happen with the replace strategy?

Now Donald Trump, as we know at the press conference,

said the replace will happen simultaneously

or least in the same day, hour, week of the repeal.

Paul Ryan is trying to make that happen.

Paul Ryan says we're going to somehow figure out

a way to replace this thing piecemeal.

And I think that's the key.

If you listen to Donald Trump, it's not a full replace.

It's not a full repeal and replace.

It's a full repeal, but the replace

is going to be in stages.

And that's what you're going to see at the same time.

You'll see parts of this being replaced

but not the full thing all at once.

Last question, are they treating our news team

with respect?

Are they doing, have we got good access up there?

We've got really great access.

As a matter of fact, we were up for, how

do we say, some behind-the-scenes meetings

in Trump Tower yesterday, Pat.

Why did I whisper like that?

I don't know.

I'm on live national television.

But yes, we have, it looks like we're going

to have some great access.

But I think that the larger issue here, Pat,

is that Donald Trump, Sean Spicer, the folks in the press

shop want to change the narrative.

They have no desire to see the mainstream

media and the Associated Press and ABC, NBC, and CBS dictating

and having soliloquies from the first two

rows of the White House press briefing

room as to how the day's news are going to unfold.

And that's why CBN, some others are

going to be really included much more heavily in the day's news

out of the briefing room.

And behind the scenes, Pat, we've got some access.

Stay tuned, Pat.

I'll be here.

I'll stay tuned.

I will hang on every word, David.

God bless you.

Well, and Jennifer Wishon, of course,

at the White House will have primo access, yeah.

Congratulations.

Terry, it's fun.

Well, it's--

It's fun.

There's an element of it.

It's like all the rancor and all that haranguing,

it's refreshing that somebody is trying to change

what has existed for too long.

Well, the biggest thing is that 82% of the evangelicals

voted for Trump.

And he knows it.

He appreciates it.

And he says I'm going to give you what you're asking for.

And we haven't had anybody do that in a long time.

So he's, I mean, it's a whole new world, folks.

And I mean, I just can't wait for the days to go by,

till we get to the 20th, where we can see him inaugurated

and get on with it.

Because this sniping that's going on

now makes you sick at your stomach.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yeah.

And we wish we had a president who didn't quite tweet as much.

He took over on Meryl Streep and said she

was kind of a failed actress.

Well, she's got more honors and awards than any actors

in history.

And you've got to get your facts right

if you're going to come out that way.

Anyhow, but the people love him.

And he's our president.

And so I'm all for him.

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