Trump Faces Protests, Dissent as President

ABC News' Cokie Roberts analyzes the dissent letter from State Department employees, push back against Trump on Capitol Hill and the protests erupting across the country.
1:55 | 02/01/17

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Let's bring in cokie Roberts to get more on this. Cokie, okay, this is pretty remarkable there at the state department. At least 800 people signing that dissent letter but it's part of one of many sort of growing wave of resistance across government bureaucracies. That's true. Inside the government and outside. I think we're kind of at a moment of inflection here where we're seeing resistance, that's the right word, it's not objection, it's resistance to the administration and to the president's policies and all of these demonstrations, we haven't seen this in decades of people really showing up and saying, we object, we want to do something about it. And it's going to put a lot of pressure on Democrats in congress to certainly to obstruct and maybe more. In some ways those protests out ahead of the elected Democrats in Washington. Oh, absolutely. Very much so. I think a lot of it harks back to Bernie Sanders in the primaries saying we don't like what's going on in Washington. It wasn't just trump voters saying that and so I think that there's a tremendous pressure on the elected officials to stand up to this administration. And, cokie, inside the administration you're already seeing some pushback, as well, on this executive order on this temporary ban. Because the people inside the administration as Martha was just saying are the career professionals who have been dealing with these issues, and particularly on the immigration issues and refugees these have been very difficult issues that lots of people in the government have been trying to work their way through and they thought they had gotten to a place where they could safely bring women and children into the country and now all those people are stuck in limbo. Cokie Roberts, thanks very much.

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