Transcript for Trump faces fading GOP support in Congress
later today. Mary, thank you. George. Let's talk more about it with Matthew dowd and Cecilia Vega and, Matt, let's talk first, you said yesterday the president will rely on this solid wall of Republican support in the congress in order to keep his agenda moving. Now, he lost some Republicans on the puzder nomination yesterday but overall on the big issue, Republicans are holding firm with him. Yeah, there seems to be two dominant strategies in the Republican congress using an old west analogy, there is the circle the wagon, we'll get too a defensive crouch and not allow anybody in and protect the president but then there's a series of scouts we'll say going out saying we need to find out what the danger and concern is. So you're seeing some, some Republican senators and even beginning to see some Republican house members, but that's the two dominant thing, circle the wagons approach and some saying let's find out what's going on. Cecilia, when you watch the white house and the president and his staff, you've got the tweets from the president this morning going after the leakers saying the failing "The New York Times" has to apologize. In some ways they seem to see the press more as an opposition than Democrats. No different than the campaign. It's definitely playing out in realtime. I was in that press conference yesterday around reporters in the middle of the pack mainstream reporters who were clearly not happy with the fact that in this press conference for perhaps the third time in -- with a visit from a foreign leader did not call on mainstream news organizations, is leaning heavily on calling on conservative outlets. The reason this matters, it's not because we're complaining as journalist, George. This is a huge departure from past administrations who traditionally presidents have called on the associated press, wire services, but they're cherry-picking the questions basically and not getting tough questions in these press conferences on basically the news of the day. We didn't see any real questions on Flynn and that's a problem when there are real answers this administration knows about who knew what, when. To me it's not whether Cecilia Vega gets to ask a question or Jon Karl gets to ask a question but no one with an antagonistic question gets answered. There is a full frontal assault on the first amendmentment we see in autocratic countries, not what is going on, subtle undermining and that is you call everything fake news that disagrees with you and don't call on any reporters that might ask you a question that is at all aggressive and might point out factual deficiencies. Cecilia, they seem pretty determined to think this will work for them and it will be effective. Well, it might be for the base and it has been up until now. I don't know how long you can sustain it. I don't know, frankly, how much longer a lot of reporters and media in these briefings and press conferences will tolerate this. What you're seeing now is reporters standing up and shouting questions at the president trying to get his attention. I don't know how much longer he can refuse to answer them. Cecilia Vega, Matthew dowd, thanks very much.
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