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News on The 700 Club: April 28, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," April 28: Trump: 100 days of working to 'make America great again'; Benny Hinn Ministries responds to government raid on headquarters, and more. Read Transcript


Welcome, folks, to this edition of the "700 Club."

You know, back in 1932, America elected a president.

We were in the midst of a terrible depression.

Hundreds of people or thousands of people

were out of work, breadlines, suffering, sorrow,

and the country elected a overwhelming majority

of Democrats to the Congress.

So when President Franklin Roosevelt was sworn into office

as president, he enjoyed a powerful maybe 40 or 50-vote

majority in the House and then 20 voters,

so the majority of the Senate.

I mean, he just had everything.

And he had a depression, and the people clamoring for something.

So he started something called the New Deal.

And the first hundred days was a flurry of activity.

They started all kinds of government programs.

They had people out in the boonies trying to get ready.

They had to bring electricity to the farmers and all

the rest of it.

And those hundred days were extraordinary.

Well, we don't have anything like that.

We built a razor thin majority in the Senate,

a relatively small majority in the House for Donald Trump.

He's just come in on a very narrow vote.

And this, to start talking about the first hundred days

and comparing to Roosevelt is insane.

So we're not doing that.

But nevertheless, everybody said, well,

what did he do in the first hundred days?

This is not the New Deal.

It is not the deficit or depression.

It's none of those things.

But now, so far the president has started on plans

to jump-start the economy by cutting both taxes

and government red tape.

And his widely praised nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch,

has been confirmed to the Supreme Court.

But what else has he done?

Terry.

Well, Trump has also made a strong mark in foreign affairs

with his missile strike on Syria and now

needing to deal with a nuclear North Korea.

Jennifer Wishon has the story from the White House.

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JENNIFER WISHON: Whether it's the subject of one

of his many executive orders, buy American,

hire American, actions to reconsider trade deals

that benefit other countries at the expense of the US,

or working to strengthen the military and the nation's

position in the world, at 100 days

in, President Donald Trump is working

to live up to his campaign slogan,

make America great again.

From now on, it's going to be America first.

JENNIFER WISHON: He seems to enjoy demonstrating

his blue-collar bona fides, [TRUCK HORN]

despite his billionaire status.

Did you ever think you'd see a president who

knows how much concrete and rebar

you can lay down in a single day?

JENNIFER WISHON: He's outraged by the 70,000 US factories that

have closed, the once great American industries that

have faded, and is particularly bothered by federal regulations

he says strangle the economy.

If you want to build a highway in the United States,

these are some of the permits that you need.

JENNIFER WISHON: Trump is changing that.

For every new federal regulation,

two existing ones must be eliminated.

AUDIENCE: [APPLAUSE]

JENNIFER WISHON: He's already created a legacy

by elevating Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

He reinstated the Mexico City policy,

which keeps taxpayer dollars from funding abortions

overseas.

He's signed legislation that removes

a requirement that states spend tax money on Planned

Parenthood.

And he's surrounded himself with evangelical Christians,

and calls on them for advice.

Members of his cabinet hold weekly Bible studies,

and Trump tells CBN News he's relying

on God now more than ever.

The office is so powerful that you need God even more.

JENNIFER WISHON: He's also letting the world know

that a strong America is back.

He dropped the mother of all bombs

on an ISIS tunnel network in Afghanistan,

ordered cruise missiles launched against Syria,

and is taking on what the White House sees

as the greatest threat facing America, North Korea.

As a businessman, Trump is used to taking unilateral action

in the boardroom.

As president, what's eluded him is a major victory in Congress.

In the coming days, he'll ask the legislature

to pass tax reform, a plan to massively rebuild the nation's

infrastructure, and budget bills that

allow him to rebuild the nation's military.

Still, he's signed 28 bills into law,

including 13 Congressional Review

Acts, which erased last minute regulations issued by the Obama

administration.

Quiet, quiet, quiet.

JENNIFER WISHON: The President's relationship with the press

often makes news.

I think that we have worked very

hard to build a constructive relationship with the Trump

White House.

JENNIFER WISHON: And Mason says reporters are getting one

of the things they want most.

I actually think the access has been quite good.

JENNIFER WISHON: So for Trump, what's

different about being president after decades in business?

He says that since everything a president does affects people,

you have to show heart.

Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, the White House.

But with us now from Washington

is our CBN News political correspondent David Brody.

David, I know it's a mistake to compare anybody

to Franklin Roosevelt during the death of the depression,

but how does the White House view these first hundred days?

Well they put out a long exhaustive list

of saying everything is peachy keen.

Everything is doing-- everything's just wonderful.

But here's part of the problem with that, Pat.

You've got the media out there saying hundred days, hundred

days, hundred days, and so there is

a belief inside the White House that they

want to play that game as well.

They understand that the headlines are

going to be about a hundred days,

and so they feel compelled to play along if you will.

But they also understand that, look,

this is going to be a long slog through when it comes to taxes

and health care reform.

And they understand there's a lot of work

to be done that they believe that President

Trump, with that executive order pen, has been doing very well.

I think right now they understand

that he has to learn a little bit more

of the legislative art of the deal.

He's got the executive order art of the deal down just fine.

PAT ROBERTSON: All right, the two big things

that could symbolize his presidency, tax reform

and health care reform, repeal, replace,

how do you think any of them are going?

There was some talk about actually doing that health care

thing before the week was out.

Is there any possibility of that?

Not going to happen this week, possibly next week.

But here's the bottom line.

They've got 17 no votes from the Republicans

on this health care bill already, 17 hard nos.

They can only afford 22 or they're going to lose.

And so they've got about 10 to 20 or so folks leaning no.

This is all in the Republican caucus,

so they've got problems with this health care bill still.

And remember Mark Meadows, and the Freedom Caucus,

and all those folks, they've come to an agreement

with the White House.

They've washed their hands of the whole thing.

They say, look, we've done our job.

We've got an agreement with the White House.

Now it's on the Tuesday group, that was moderate Republicans

to come through on health care for the Republicans,

and right now that's not happening.

And I think what we're finding now,

Pat, is that we hear a repeal and replace Obamacare, which

sounds great to the base, and the base wants it,

and the conservative Freedom Caucus wants it,

the White House wants it.

Here's the problem.

Moderate Republicans, dirty little secret,

don't really want it, because you're

taking an entitlement away from folks in their districts,

and they're more concerned about losing power than repealing

and replacing Obamacare.

So that's a big problem in health care,

and then taxes is a whole 'nother kit and caboodle

if you will.

And the sense on taxes though is that there will be something

done by the end of the year.

I would not expect this to be done

at all by the end of August.

I think they're going to take their time on this,

and I'm thinking by the end of the year, Pat.

All right.

Well, the game they play is kick the can down the road.

They've got this budget thing coming up here.

You know, they've got to have a balanced budget,

and they have to do all this other.

Are they going to have a continuing resolution

to keep the government open?

They will.

In essence it's become politics as usual for now up here.

It's a one-week continuing resolution most likely

being signed later today in the House,

and Senate Friday, Saturday.

It could just be a roll call vote.

So, yes, we're looking at one week.

And guess what?

Maybe we'll do another live shot, Pat, next week

talking about a government shutdown,

because that's all it'll last, one week.

OK.

Now he had a hundred senators together,

buses wheeled up to the Executive Office Building,

to talk about North Korea.

What's your take on that?

Yeah.

It's a big deal.

Pat.

And it's been a big deal since day one.

You know, President Obama told President Trump

that the number one issue in the entire world,

you know, we've got ISIS, we've got all the, North Korea.

That's what he told the president.

And I can tell you that Jennifer Wishon and I have

been in meetings with senior administration officials who

say North Korea is the big one.

This is the one they're most concerned about.

They've been concerned about it since day one.

One senior administration official telling both of us

at the time that, look, "This is a crazy guy," that's a quote,

"This is a crazy guy with nuclear weapons."

This is a major problem.

So what you're hearing today, we're relating to North Korea,

and that President Trump says there

could be a major strike or some sort of major conflict

with North Korea is very real, more than very real, Pat.

David, we've moved up a nuclear submarine

with all kinds of missile capability,

as well as the flotilla, the flotilla of Naval ships.

Is that going to be enough to deter that crazy man in North

Korea, do you think?

Well, probably not.

And part of the reason for that is,

if you talk to Pentagon experts and some military experts,

they'll say, look, they can't shoot down

some of what's coming from North Korea potentially there.

So there's some actual logistical problems.

It's a show of strength for sure that America

is doing what they're doing over there in that region.

But the reality is, is some of what they have cannot from

those Navy ships actually shoot some of those missiles down.

So there's going to be some issues as it relates to that

from a military perspective.

Last question.

Gorsuch was a real win for Trump.

He's a great man.

He's one of the most qualified candidates

we've ever had to the Supreme Court.

Any talk of some of the other justices stepping down?

There is anticipation that there will be a Supreme Court

nomination again this summer.

There is a sense that Anthony Kennedy

will be the one to step down.

He's 80 years old.

And, of course, that Neil Gorsuch pick,

we've talked about before.

You know, Neil Gorsuch had, you know, clerked

for Anthony Kennedy, and that was

a sign I think by the White House

to say to Anthony Kennedy, hey, you're

in good hands with Allstate or at least with Donald Trump

to say we're going-- you're going to be OK

if you step down.

We're going be just fine picking someone new.

And so the anticipation is that Anthony Kennedy

will leave this summer.

If that is the case, some of the names,

Brett Kavanaugh is out there, Diane Sykes

if it's going to be a female.

Though the sense is Ruth Bader Ginsburg,

if she decides to retire, and I don't see that happening

based on the fact that she's not the biggest Donald

Trump fan in the world, but Diane Sykes

might be a possibility.

And then there's Thomas Hardiman on the Third Circuit.

Thomas Hardiman coming approved by Donald Trump's sister,

Maryanne, who also sits on that Third Circuit.

So those are three to definitely watch out for this summer

OK, well, we'll look at that, and a simple majority

is all it's going to take to confirm.

They have done the nuclear option the Democrats voted

on themselves.

Well, and I just want to say, Pat, real quick.

Everybody's talking about, oh, this

is going to be the big fight if Anthony Kennedy le--.

No, it won't be a big fight.

You're right.

They've gone nuclear.

It's over.

51 and they're done.

The only thing they'd have to be concerned about,

the White House that is, is if some

of those moderate Republicans, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski,

decide to go off the reservation then they're at 49,

and then that becomes a problem.

David, thank you very much.

David Brody, ladies and gentlemen.

We've got some more coming up.

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