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Trump Leaving New York, Making Florida His Primary Residence; NY City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Discusses Trump Moving Residence to Florida, Taxes, Tax Returns, NYC Investigations of Trump; Trump Campaign Pitches to Voters That He's Not a "Nice Guy"; Presidential Candidate & Former Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) Discusses Presidential Race, Impeachment; Trump Slams Chicago Crime Rate Amid Feud with Police Superintendent; New Wildfires Erupt as Homes Burn in California. Aired 1:30-2p ET
Aired November 1, 2019 - 13:30 ET
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BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN HOST: It appears President Trump does not want to be a New Yorker anymore. According to court documents, the president and the first lady, Melania Trump, both changed their permanent address to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
In a series of tweets, the president said he was leaving New York because he's been, quote, "treated very badly by politicians there."
Corey Johnson is joining us. He's the speaker of the New York City Council.
Mr. Speaker, you do not seem sad to see the president go, to say the least.
COREY JOHNSON (D), SPEAKER, NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL: No. I would say adios, sayonara.
We are the most diverse city in the United States. We are a city of immigrants. And we are happy to see the president go. Maybe one day, he will return to be tried for his high crimes, misdemeanors and illegalities.
But he has not been a friend in New York City. Even when he lived here, when the Central Park Five were wrongly accused and he said they ought to be executed.
I am glad President trump, who doesn't pay his taxes, will finally go to the state of Florida that doesn't have personal income taxes.
New York doesn't want him. Goodbye. Don't come visit us. We're the greatest city in the United States. We don't need you.
KEILAR: There you have it. You're very clear about how you feel. You have to admit this makes financial sense, though, right? You're a
New Yorker. You know in New York and New Jersey, there people who move to Florida all the time for financial reasons. Is this any different than that?
JOHNSON: Well, this president and the Republican Congress are the ones that eliminated our state and local tax deductions, which hurt New Jersey and New York and Connecticut and other states. They're the ones that made it more difficult for us to keep people here.
But President Trump, in a "New York Times" investigation a couple years ago, showed he doesn't pay his taxes. So I'm not sure. He's never revealed his tax returns. Congress has tried to get them through other methods. So we don't even know if he's going to pay his taxes in Florida, the ones he will have to pay.
So he's a baby. You saw how he was treated when he went to the World Series game and people were booing hissing him. He will be treated 10 times worse in New York City.
We're a city of immigrants, we're a city of LGBTQ people, we're a city of color, all these people that the president has vilified, demonized and spoke out against in a hateful way for the last three years.
KEILAR: I think the story you're talking about shows he didn't pay his taxes because he didn't have any to pay because he had such significant losses, right? That there were years he didn't have to pay taxes. I just want to be clear about the details there.
JOHNSON: Yes. He's a very successful businessman.
KEILAR: New York state is suing the Trump by the Manhattan district attorney to see his tax returns. Do you think that's going to go forward?
JOHNSON: I hope it goes forward. We know the president was not happy about the Manhattan district attorney bringing that lawsuit, seeking subpoenas to gain his tax returns.
There have been multiple lawsuits against him. The number of investigations has mushroomed both before he was in office, and since he's been in office, from the New York state attorney general to the district attorney. We've seen the Southern District of the Justice Department look into Trump-related matters.
I hope that lawsuit is successful because the president is hiding something. He keeps saying he's under audit. We don't know if that's true.
We want to see his tax returns because we think that working-class Americans are probably paying more in taxes than this failed businessman, failed president.
KEILAR: Mr. Speaker, thank you for joining us. JOHNSON: Thanks, Brianna, for having me.
Bye, Trump. Don't come back.
KEILAR: Selling toughness. How the Trump campaign is betting on the president not being a nice guy to win over voters on impeachment.
KEILAR: Go big or go home. With his new re-election pitch, President Trump goes big against impeachment with an audacious message.
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AD NARRATOR: The Democrats would rather focus on impeachment and phony investigations, ignoring the real issues. But that's not stopping Donald Trump. He's no Mr. Nice guy, but sometimes it takes a Donald Trump to change Washington.
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KEILAR: Former Illinois congressman and current Republican presidential candidate, Joe Walsh, is joining me to discuss this.
Joe, what does it say that the -- essentially, it's like, hey, I'm going to be a jerk. What does it say that that campaign could actually be a very smart strategy?
JOE WALSH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Hey, Brianna. Very good to be with you.
I think it says he's got nothing else.
Look, you know, I was a conservative talk radio host for a number of years. And on impeachment, the folks who listened to FOX News, watched FOX News, and the people that listen to conservative talk radio, they're going to be fed an alternative reality, void of the facts and the truth. And that's a damn shame.
Trump has Hannity and he's got Levin and he's got Laura Ingraham feeding their listeners lies to defend this president. But, Brianna, it's almost pathetic because that's all he's got. He's got a shrinking pile of supporters.
KEILAR: I want you to listen to what some people in Washington County in Pennsylvania said. CNN's Miguel Marquez spoke to them. This is just south of Pittsburgh. And they were talking about impeachment in this county where Trump won easily in 2016. Here are some of their concerns.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't think, at this point, that there's a reason to impeach him. You get some hard evidence that the people in the country can see, that's a different story.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, we've already gone pretty far into this presidency. Do we really want to spend the last time of it impeaching someone who may or may not be elected again?
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KEILAR: What do you say to that? Those voters have a very different take on this. What do you say to voters like that?
WALSH: Brianna, it's interesting. As I go out campaigning in New Hampshire, Iowa and elsewhere, I do get -- because I do get some resistance from some of Trump's supporters, the 30 to 35 percent that would support him, right, if he shot somebody in the middle of Fifth Avenue.
But more and more and more, Brianna, I hear from Republicans who say, I'm exhausted, I'm tired of his bullshit, I'm tired of the drama.
Look, even when it comes to impeachment, you look at the latest numbers -- I think it was the "Washington Post" this morning came out with a number, 74 percent of Republicans, only 74 percent support him on impeachment. That's down like 17 points. And 18 percent of Republicans believe he should be impeached.
I've got to emphasize this, Brianna. His support shrinks by the day and he knows that. That's why he gets uglier by the minute.
KEILAR: I want to talk about the Minnesota primary next year. Your name along with two other presidential challengers will be left off the ballot. In a statement, the Republican Party of Minnesota's chairwoman, Jennifer Carnahan, said it was her job to deliver the state's 10 electoral votes to the president.
How are you going to compete if your name isn't even on the ballot?
WALSH: Brianna, think about that. We're going to fight Minnesota. We're going to sue Minnesota. Again, like the other states around the country, canceling primary elections, we're going to go right to the voters in Minnesota.
But, Brianna think about what just happened in Minnesota yesterday. One person, the chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, one person in one state just disenfranchised every Republican voter in that state. They're not canceling the primary. They're only allowing Trump's name on the ballot. Most Republicans, Brianna, think this is utter bull and it's un-American.
I just have to get out there as much as I can to let Republicans know that this is going on.
And, Brianna, why are they doing it if this president is so strong? He's not strong. KEILAR: You recently said -- I want to ask you about this because you
recently said it would be a good idea for a Republican to choose a Democratic running mate. Who would you choose?
WALSH: I don't know yet. Honest answer, I don't know. I think whoever replaces this president, job one is going to be to try to unite this country. Because this president has divided this country like no other --
KEILAR: You must have some idea of who you would not want and who might still be a possibility. Would you think, of the current field, for instance?
WALSH: I would think of anybody in the current field. I think it would be a wonderful idea to have a Republican/Democrat ticket to try to begin to unite this country because that's the most important thing Trump's successor is going to have to do.
I've honestly, Brianna, I've thought about some people but I don't have a name yet and I don't want to doom anybody by putting a name out there.
KEILAR: Fair enough.
Joe Walsh, thank you so much. We really appreciate it, Congressman.
WALSH: Have a good weekend, Brianna. Thank you.
KEILAR: It's a topic that got everyone talking. Former President Obama getting bipartisan support by taking on the, quote, "woke culture" in America.
Plus, as a 7-year-old girl clings to life after getting shot trick or treating in Chicago, President Trump is picking a fight with the city's police superintendent over crime. And he just responded. We'll have that next.
KEILAR: Caught in the crossfire and clinging to life. A 7-year-old Chicago girl was shot in the neck while trick-or-treating last night. Police believe it was a fight that broke out between two gangs that led to the gunfire.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're (EXPLETIVE DELETED) kidding!
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KEILAR: The intended target appeared to be a 31-year-old man who was shot in the hand. This happened in the little village neighborhood on Chicago's west side. And officers have identified a person of interest in this case.
President Trump tweeted in part today, he said, "Chicago will never stop its crime wave with the current superintendent of police. It just won't happen."
I want to bring in CNN national correspondent, Ryan Young, from Chicago.
Ryan, we should point out, clearly violence is a major issue in Chicago. The Chicago P.D. has seen a historic drop in murders and shootings this past month. Tell us about the tension between the president and the superintendent. All of this is happening as we see this terrible crime.
RYAN YOUNG, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A lot to unpack. First things first. Talk about the 7-year-old girl. Any parent can understand, you have a child, dressed at a bumblebee on Halloween, trying to get treats and, all of a sudden, that gang shooting happens on the street.
I can tell you, so far, people have been coming in with tips. We have that video already.
We know police developed a person of interest. And police say it's a good sign, showing the community is working with them to try to catch the offender. And folks plan to go visit that young girl a little later this afternoon.
Talk about that tweet, look, this all started last week when the superintendent said he was not going to hear President Trump talk at the International Police Chiefs Convention. Then, Trump got onstage and started going after the police chief.
But we've seen crime drop. In fact, in 2016, think about this, there were 638 murders. Now, there's only 428 murders. This is after the police chief had taken over with all these new initiatives trying to change the crime narrative in the city.
I went one-on-one with the superintendent this afternoon to talk to him about not only Trump but the crime issues the city faces.
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EDDIE JOHNSON, SUPERINTENDENT, CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT: You know what -- I ignore people that don't think facts matter. I say to the people of Chicago, hour work is here. Let's not focus on -- things that don't matter for us to reduce our crime fight. Let's focus on what we need to do here and that way we'll be able to get this crime down.
If people that really want to help, show us by helping and not by talking.
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YOUNG: The superintendent tells me he does not want to get in a back and forth with the president. But the numbers don't lie so far. You've seen a drop, 11 percent of crime dropped across the city.
His main focus right now is that 7-year-old girl and trying to find out who did it and how fast they can get that person into custody.
This is a conversation we've had for years and one he's very passionate about. The whole idea though, he says if Trump wants to help, instead of tweeting, he should send more money to Chicago.
KEILAR: We are certainly thinking of that little girl.
Ryan Young, thank you so much, reporting live from Chicago.
Wildfires and a lot of uncertainty. The new normal for families in California as firefighters worked tirelessly to extinguish at least a dozen fast-moving wildfires. One after another, new fires are popping up. They're destroying homes and forcing thousands to leave.
CNN's Omar Jimenez is in Santa Paula, California, where the Maria Fire broke out just last night.
Omar, some of these hurricane-force winds that are fueling these fires are expected to slow down. What else can you tell us?
OMAR JIMENEZ, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's what crews are hoping for today, that they'll get at least some sort of break. These winds that have just been wreaking havoc across southern California over the course of this week. Fires popping up seemingly everywhere across this region.
Look no further than where our crew is. It started with the Getty Fire in Los Angeles. Then went to deal with the Easy Fire here in Ventura County. The one threatening the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Yesterday, in San Bernardino dealing with the Hillside Fire. And here on the site of the Maria Fire smoldering now in the background.
People were out trick-or-treating when the fire blazed across the horizon forcing familiars to run back to their homes and trying to evaluate if they'd have to run for their lives. And 7,500 people were in the mandatory evacuation zone.
Talk about those winds, yes, hurricane-force winds at points this week. Crews have been working day and night flying these helicopters at night because crews say they cannot afford to let these burn just because the sun goes down.
They've been making night flights but had to do pauses this morning because people were flying drones, believe it or not, forcing the flights to be delayed and postponed until they could locate these. Actually, police coming around trying to find who was flying these. [13:55:11]
And this just gives an indication of the urgency crews have trying to get the more than 11 blazes burning under control as quickly as possible.
KEILAR: Drones, as if they don't have enough to worry about there.
Omar, thank you so much for brining that report to us from Santa Paula, California.
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