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The White House says it's not a ban, it's a pause.
Immigration officials insist that they were well prepared
and only a few hundred people have been denied access to the US.
The Trump administration in damage-control mode,
putting national security officials and the head of Homeland
Security out to explain the controversial ban.
This is not, I repeat not, a ban on Muslims.
The Homeland Security mission is to safeguard
the American people, our homeland, our values,
and religious liberty is one of our most fundamental
Out of a job, the acting Attorney General Sally Yates is sacked.
She'd questioned the legality of the ban.
Also on the programme, Donald Trump and the state visit.
The UK Government still taking plenty of flack over the invite,
and the travel ban the President introduced.
The Home Secretary concedes the ban provides a "potential propaganda
Isil and Daesh will use any opportunity they can to make
difficulties to make the environment they want to radicalise people.
And decision made - but is Britain any closer to leaving the EU?
Parliament begins the debate on triggering the formal exit process.
I'm Katty Kay in Washington, Christian Fraser's in London.
The message from the White House to American civil servants -
if you don't agree with President Trump's agenda,
And the first to go was the Attorney General Sally Yates,
who refused to enforce the President's temporary ban
on refugees and visa holders from seven majority
In her place, Mr Trump named this man - Dana Boente.
until Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the Senate.
In the past couple of hours, the Secretary for Homeland Security,
John Kelly, has been taking questions
about the President's immigration order.
He insisted it is not a ban on almost than is coming to the United
States. The vast majority of the 1.7 billion Muslims that live on this
planet, the vast majority of them, all other things being equal, have
access to the United States, and a relatively small number right now
are being held up for a period of time until we can take a look at
what the procedures are. I would be less than honest if I told you that
some of those countries that are currently on the list may not be
taken off the list any time soon. They are countries that are in
various states of collapse, as an example. But ultimately we would
like to see all those countries taken off the list.
John Kelly, the man in charge of American borders. Jon Sopel is with
us, are we right to say this looks like damage control from the White
House? There are accusations that this is chaos, confusion, amateur
hour. It is day four since the announcement, and they are still
putting up spokesman to explain what the ban is, what it isn't, but it is
a pause, and that was raised at the briefing with the White House
spokesman. Donald Trump tweeted it was a temporary. That was pointed
out to a spokesman, who said, no no, the president was using the words
that you use. So we can't choose his own? He has called it a temporary?
The Secretary of Homeland Security has called a day polls. They seem to
be at sixes and sevens, and the extraordinary drama of last night,
the acting Attorney General accused of betrayal, what a word to use,
extraordinary! I still think they are trying to get it sorted out,
they are trying to get people on board, and there was a profound lack
of consultation. Leave aside whether you agree with the policy or not,
the manager of its implementation was shambolic. The Speaker of the
House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said it was regrettable that the
roll-out was so confusing, wish it had not been catching out dual
nationals and Iraqis working for the US Government, but is the GOP more
broadly on board with the President here? I'm not sure, let's wait and
see how this plays out. If this is seen to be an example of Donald
Trump relying on a very small coterie of White House appointees
who don't know what they are doing, then I think the GOP will strike
back and say, you can't run government like this, you have to do
it differently, and if it turns out right, maybe they will sit on hands
and be quiet. Christian? I can tell you that the Europeans consider it a
ban, some interesting comments denied from one of the most senior
figures in Brussels, Donald Tusk, the European Council president. He
says this puts into question the last 70 years of American foreign
policy and the transatlantic bond. How will Washington respond to that?
Well, I think that Washington won't be too worried, frankly, about what
Donald Tusk is saying. I don't think there is any great attachments to
the European Union in a way that Barack Obama made it absolutely
plain when he was president that it was in the strategic interests of
the United States to have a very strong European Union. Christian, I
just dug out what Donald Trump said to me the day after Brexit, and I
questioned him at his golf course in Scotland on one of my more surreal
reporting assignments! I asked him, would you support the break-up of
the European Union? He replied, it looks like it is on its way, and we
will see what happens. It's hardly sounded like a ringing endorsement
of the EU by the man who is now the President of the United States. Jon
Sopel, thanks for coming in. The President is clearly frustrated
that some of his cabinet members Among his latest tweets was
this message: "The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks
for purely political reasons." "They have nothing
going but to obstruct." That was around the time
he was sacking her. "When will the Democrats
give us our Attorney General "They should be ashamed
of themselves!" A lot of people might agree with
that, by the way! I've been speaking to
Senator Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic Senator
for Minnesota, and started by asking why she's objecting
to Mr Trump's immigration ban. Well, I think the first thing,
of course, You have refugees all over
the world that have played by the rules, that have waited,
sometimes for years, to get in, and they were just ready to get
on a plane either the next day or a week later, and they've
been denied access. Then you have people with
work visas, students on visas. You have people frozen in travel
that can't go for a visit The second piece of this
is a security one, and I think that was best articulated
by Republican Senators McCain and Graham, who said this
is a self-inflicted wound when it comes to fighting terrorism
and trying to work positively This does not bode well for us
in terms of trying to reach out to moderate elements, when we
basically shut down our doors, and that is what, I think,
is the result of this, and it's certainly how it's been
perceived around the world. But as you know, Senator,
the majority of Americans, two opinion polls in January
point this out, do seem to like the idea
of tightening America's borders. You come from a state, Minnesota,
that has a lot of Muslim immigrants, I'm sure people there
have concerns too, and even since last Friday
we repeatedly hear from Trump voters that they like what
the President is doing. I think first of all,
in my state we are very proud of our Somali population,
100,000 strong. We have the second biggest Hmong
population, and depending
on how you ask these questions, if you couch them as security,
people do get concerned. But when you couch them are saying,
this is someone who is working in the hospital, they've worked
there for ten years, should they be allowed to go home
and visit their mom, you're going to get
a lot different answer. And I think part of this
is that the effect of this is brand-new people are starting
to see what it means, and I think there is universal
agreement from a number of Republican Senators that,
as Rob Portman said, And if anything, no matter if you're
a Trump voter or a Clinton voter, and we're not going to relegislate
that, one must agree that this wasn't done right and that governing
by tweet and a quick resolution where you don't consult with law
enforcement result in havoc, OK, Senator, while I have you here,
let me ask you about Sally Yates, the deputy Attorney General
who was fired last night. The White House has the law
on its side on this one, doesn't it? They were in their right
to have the executive order, and they are in their rights to fire
Sally Yates for what she did. but let's step back
and talk about if it is right. First of all,
if they had consulted with her, with her vast experience,
30 years as a prosecutor, maybe this order would have
been different. Maybe it wouldn't have been delayed,
maybe they could have done some of these technology changes they may
want to do without hurting people Secondly, the way he did it,
to vilify the woman, Sally Yates, who literally has been a prosecutor
for Republican, Democratic Presidents, she prosecuted
the Olympic Park bomber case. I worked with her
on human trafficking. She has been very popular
in all the jobs that she has held. She is not some kind
of liberal activist, she's a career prosecutor,
and then to say that she betrayed the Department of Justice,
betrayed, in effect, her country, when she was dismissed, I think
that just went a step too far that we've seen coming out
of the White House. OK, let me ask you about
the Supreme Court pick, finally, As a Democrat, in the Senate,
who is on the judiciary committee, are you going to oppose
whoever President Trump nominates? Well, this is a solemn
responsibility for someone on the judiciary committee,
and we will have a hearing, obviously scheduled
by the Republicans. We will have a hearing,
and that will be our opportunity that influence Americans
in their everyday lives. And so one of the most important
things to remember here is while all these nominations,
whether it is the Secretary of State or the Attorney General,
are on a 51-vote majority margin, the Supreme Court, by the US Senate
rules, is a 60-vote margin. So that means that you need
Democratic and Republican votes, and I think that is very important
for your viewers to understand - And it better be someone
in the mainstream to have Democrats
even consider voting for them, but I think right now people
are waiting to see who it is. I'm a former prosecutor -
you look at the evidence, waiting to see who it is,
having the hearing and making decisions.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, thank you. We will talk about that nomination
in a second. Mr Trump's new immigration
policy may be setting off protests at home and abroad,
but it is worth remembering that a large portion of the electorate
is behind the president. And of course the man sent out every
day to defend the President's policy is White House Press Secretary
Sean Spicer. He has been speaking in the last few
minutes and was questioned about how much dissent
the President would tolerate The President was very clear
during the campaign, whether it was economic security
or national security, but he has an agenda
that he articulated very, very clearly
to the American people. And that...
Hold on, thank you. And that it is his job to lay
that vision out and the people that he appoints and nominates
and announces as staff members or cabinet level
members or agency heads, and if they don't like it,
then they shouldn't take the job. But it is the President's agenda
that we are fulfilling here. Sean Spicer speaking a few moments
ago. Let's talk to Councilman
Joe Borelli, who served as co-chair
of Mr Trump's campaign in New York. Let me ask you about this idea of
dissent, do you agree with Sean Spicer that if civil servants, for
example in the State Department, don't agree with this immigration
ban, then they should simply leave the State Department? Well, let's be
clear about the acting AJ's position, it is not a protected
position... I wasn't asking about the Attorney General, I was asking
about civil servants in the State Department. Well, look, they should
work under the direction of their bosses. The only way we can
effectively measure a president and vote for them based on actions is
whether their agenda is able to be carried out. If we allow dissension
in the ranks of executive agencies, how can we effectively judge whether
the President's agenda was good or bad and vote accordingly in the
future? Let me ask you about the immigration ban, what Paul Ryan said
about it this morning, whether you agree with it or not, whether you
think it will make America safer or not, do you agree with Paul Ryan
that it was rolled out in a way that was regrettable and at times
chaotic? Well, yeah, and I think you pointed it out earlier, anything
that has to be explained for a number of days after it has been
rolled out, certainly, you could find probably half a dozen faults.
It doesn't take away from the ultimate policy, but when you have
this much confusion regarding this implementation, and some of it
actually leads to the protests and some of the anger amongst the
population, I think it is safe to say that the roll-out was done
poorly. I am sure you are aware of the protests outside the country,
1.7 million people in Britain have signed a petition objecting to the
invitation that has been extended to the President, this state visit, and
there is a debate slated for next week in the parliament - are you at
all concerned about some of the protest you have seen among allies
like the UK? I'm not terribly, and I think the meeting between Prime
Minister May and Donald Trump last week went fairly well. I hope that
the British public does not sort of idea or bends to the will of the
people who signed that petition. I think it is in both country's best
interests going forward. We are both in a transformative stage, facing
fundamental changes, and I think we can do it better together. So I
don't see why the British public would be so outraged, but we
shouldn't be surprised - this was a debate that was happening in
Parliament when Mr Trump was a candidate. Maybe they are outraged
because the Prime Minister has made clear she does not support the AG,
Home Secretary Amber Rudd was talking about it earlier today.
Isil and Daesh will use any opportunity they can to make
difficulties to make the environment they want to radicalise people,
to bring them over to their side, so it is a propaganda opportunity
A propaganda opportunity for so-called Islamic State, an own
goal. There is a propaganda opportunity with drone strikes, a
propaganda opportunity with anything. To say that if Donald
Trump of the American government didn't go through with this ban,
somehow Isis would pack up and take up fishing or something is
preposterous. This is not a problem that is going to go away, and it is
not going to go away by bending to the desires or appease the people
that wheel to be fighting against. So I certainly disagree with the
Home Secretary. Good to get your thoughts, stay with us, we want to
get your thoughts on some other things in the programme.
Katty, one of the more important decisions Donald Trump will make
in his first 100 days will be his pick for
The ninth chair has been empty for a year since the death
of the conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
So this is the current line-up in the court.
If we were to divide them on the issue of Roe v Wade,
five are pro choice, three are against.
So whoever Trump picks might not make an immediate difference
But if we put the oldest judges on the top row,
three of them are around 80 years old.
who was one of President Clinton's picks, is 83.
So it's not beyond possibility, Katty, that at some point
in the next four years Mr Trump will get another pick,
and that could tip the balance decisively.
Well, the issue of abortion is certainly important
to the Vice President, Mike Pence, a practising Christian
with conservative values and a key influence over the social policy
And the Supreme Court Justices are possibly the nine most powerful
people in this country, and they are there for life. President Trump will
leave neither four years or aide years' time, and all of these
executive orders could potentially be overturned by the next president.
These justices are there for life, and as you pointed out, one has been
a there for 30 years. They will have a huge impact on American social and
political life for decades to come. Antonin Scalia was a Reagan pick, so
it shows you how long they have been on the bench. Mike Pence is
certainly a key influence on this administration.
Our correspondent Jeremy Cooke went to his home state of Indiana,
to speak to his critics - and supporters - to find out more.
It's morning in middle America, and the pro-life lobby
Pray for the closing of this abortion clinic
Every woman arriving at this abortion clinic is approached
Did you say you came for birth control? No.
Abortion is still illegal under US federal law,
Mike Pence was committed to restricting access.
I think the reason that you see Donald Trump in power
with Mike Pence is because of the pro-life movement.
For believers like Jodie Smith, abortion is not a key issue -
Mike Pence, you think, will be steadfast?
He will be steadfast, we know he will.
He is very committed to life and always has been.
This is not anything new for Mike Pence.
It was victory in the communities of heartland America
which helped propel Donald Trump into the White House.
Famously, he had never held elected office,
but Mike Pence had, and that may mean that the new Vice President
has rare power and influence in the game of national politics.
For many here, Mike Pence is a hometown hero,
a key player in the state's political arena.
Now, though, he's taken the Indiana playbook
Standing now at President Trump's right hand, Mike Pence has always
taken strongly conservative positions on issues
including LGBT rights and sex education.
Faith, he says, is central to his life and to his politics.
For me, the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief
where God says, "Before you were formed in the womb,
I knew you," and so from my first time in public life,
I've sought to stand with great compassion for the sanctity of life.
I'm afraid we're going to get rained on today...
Before she had them, she had an abortion.
There were so many things wrong with her that there was
no waiting to see if she would survive or get better,
there was only waiting for her to die.
Victoria insists it was right to terminate a non-viable pregnancy
and warns women across America to beware of Mike Pence.
While he himself may seem mild-mannered and calm
and not like a threat, what he symbolises for activists
who would like to limit our rights is that now is the time.
In a funeral home on the edge of town, hundreds of women gathered -
How many of you believe that it is important that women
in this country have access to safe and legal abortion?
Here, the raised voices are the other women of the Midwest.
The only way we're going to go forward is if we are involved.
This is the other side of the mass protest marches.
means the nature of American government is changing.
Here, it feels like the nature of American opposition
who served as co-chair of Mr Trump's campaign in New York.
There are several very Christian conservatives in this
administration, as well as Mike Pence, but 70% of Americans do not
want Roe v Wade to be overturned. Whoever is nominated to the Supreme
Court, should we be taking that off the table? Well, I don't think Roe v
Wade is a decision that can be overturned easily, nor do I think it
is President Trump's direct intention to directly overturned
that decision. Washington has always been... -- abortion been a
controversial issue in this country, and the question is going to be
whether the taxpayers, whether the government should be funding
abortions, and that seems to be what Donald Trump has focused on with his
executive order, reinstating the Mexico City policy which bans
foreign non-governmental organisations from receiving funds
to perform abortions. That is the future of the debate in the country,
I think Donald Trump will appoint someone tonight he was pro-life. Joe
Borelli in New York, thanks very much. We will bring you news on that
appointment tomorrow. First, it was Silicon Valley,
then Ford, then Goldman Sachs, now 21st Century Fox is criticising
Mr Trump's travel ban. An internal memo from
Rupert Murdoch's sons, the company chiefs James
and Lachlan, told employees, "We deeply value diversity
and believe immigration is an essential part
of America's strength." because Rupert Murdoch
has close ties to Mr Trump. Murdoch is also chairman
of the conservative-leaning Fox News, whose anchor Bill O'Reilly
had this to say last night. We don't want to tarnish the message
the Statue of Liberty sends. Also, the administration must be
willing to grant exceptions and, above all, should help refugees
survive in the terror zones abroad, Protecting Americans is
obviously priority number one, demands we help suffering,
helpless people if we can. On Capitol Hill,
the Senate committee has approved Betsy Devos
as Education Secretary, and her nomination will now go
before the full Senate. But there were empty chairs
at other votes today as Democrats blocked
the nomination of delaying their confirmation
even further. Democrats are demanding more
information about Tom Price, and Steve Mnuchin,
Mr Trump's Treasury nominee. There won't be a vote on Jeff
Sessions until tomorrow now. The head of the UN and programmer saying
as many 20,000 people could have been resettled in the US during the
travel ban. He added that, in this week alone, 800 refugees were set to
make America their home. He says they now face an uncertain future
because of the executive order that postpones the refugee programme for
120 days. And I was telling you about the petition, more than 1.7
million people have signed it, calling for the cancellation of Mr
Trump's state visit to Britain. But there is also a counter petition,
over 100,000 people have signed that document, not as many, and the
subject is due to be debated in the UK Parliament on Monday the 20th of
February. I expect that will be a very feisty debate. You think?!
You're watching One Hundred Days from BBC News.
Still to come for viewers on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News,
with Donald Trump's election energising far-right parties
gauging the strength of support for the far-right AfD party.
And as British MPs debate the Brexit Bill,
the Government warns against frustrating the will of the people.
That's still to come on 100 Days from BBC News.
Hello, good evening. All our weather is going to be coming in from the
West for the start of February, we can see it all queueing up out in
the Atlantic, today's cloud still bringing rain and drizzle. This
cloud arriving in the south-west on Wednesday, or significant cloud
arriving on Thursday, and this cloud that at the moment is towards New
York may bring stormy conditions by the end of the week. If you are
wondering what the sunshine looks like, we eventually got some in
Northern Ireland, but for many parts of the UK, weather to forget, a lot
of low cloud, rain and drizzle, turning wetter over the past few
hours across England and Wales. That rain will creep eastwards, lifting
temperatures in eastern England, becoming drier later out towards the
West, a few breaks in the cloud across north-west Scotland and
Northern Ireland, so it touched surely here, otherwise not a
particularly cold night, but not pleasant all in all. The land down
for most of us on Wednesday to start, rain and wrestle mainly
across England. -- dull and damp for most of us one Wednesday to start,
rain and drizzle mainly across England. A milder day than the last
few, but eastern England and Scotland. As we head into Thursday,
this is the first big area of low pressure that is getting close to
our shores, the centre tracking to the west of Ireland, the biggest
impacts are likely to be felt in island, but in the UK gales, may be
severe around Western and southern coastal areas, some rain from time
to time, not much left by the afternoon, but a mild and windy day.
That wet and windy weather moves away, and this is the next one, the
headache towards the end of the week. Low pressure approaching our
shores, but what is going to happen to it? Is it going to develop? Some
computer models push it to the south of us, less impact, that scenario is
less likely. The more likely scenario is that the low pressure
will deepen, will develop, turn towards the UK, and that will leave
us with more impact. Some wet weather, but also very windy,
particularly towards the south-west of the UK, gusts of up to 80 mph,
wet and windy weather moving northwards.
Welcome back to 100 Days with Katty Kay in Washington
National security officials rally to the defence of President Trump's
controversial immigration order, the new Secretary
of Homeland Security denying that it's a "ban on Muslims".
Small business leaders speak out and a group of technology companies are
supporting a challenge to Trump's travel ban. I will have more...
The move to the political ride goes beyond the borders of the US. Donald
Trump's election has in fact emboldened your's far right parties
ahead of elections this year in France and the Netherlands. --
political right. In Germany Alternative fur Deutschland is
putting its candidate up against Angela Merkel.
Our correspondent has been to the Northern region of Germany to find
out who is voting for Alternative fur Deutschland and why.
Europe's right promises a patriotic spring.
In communities like this they are warming to the idea.
It can be hard to make a living in Germany's north
coast and it feels a long way from Berlin.
They've little trust here in Angela Merkel.
After all, they say, she has little time for them.
TRANSLATION: They just look after the big cities.
Good news for Germany's right-wing party Alternative
Polls suggest one in every ten voters supports AFD.
In this region it's even more popular.
TRANSLATION: The other parties avoid the real problems.
Merkel just sticks to her views even though
If she hadn't brought those people into this country, the victims of
the Berlin Christmas market would still be alive. And AFD has
ambition. This form and radio presenter is standing directly
against Angela Merkel in her own constituency. He is unlikely to take
her seat but it isn't impossible. TRANSLATION: We have a big problem
with radical Islam. We need to talk about it. It has been taboo in
Germany. The AFD have broken that taboo. Thank god people now talk
about their fears. Just look at who is carrying out terror attacks in
Europe, they are all Islamists. 2017 may yet be the year Europe's
political landscape shifts beyond recognition. There are elections in
France and the Netherlands, too. The real election battles will be fought
in communities like this where people feel forgotten by their
national governments, left behind by the political establishment. If
Europe's leaders really want to stop the rise of the right they must meet
this challenge, reconnect with those voters, and we gained their trust. A
recent display of right-wing solidarity in the German -- in this
German city. AFD shares views and a platform of the French presidential
candidate Marine Le Pen and the far right Dutch politician. -- regain
their trust. They are emboldened by Brexit and Donald Trump's victory.
AFD's bid for election glory already divides this country.
So interesting. Left behind, forgotten, it is exactly what we
heard here during the course of the American presidential election
campaign. We know how that turned out. How does this work in Europe?
Does Donald Trump emboldened these far right parties, or does he bring
out voters in the centre who say, we don't want to go the way America
went? That will be an interesting question, particularly for the
French, because they have politicians on the right. And the
person running against Marine Le Pen is in all sorts of trouble. I want
to bring up this picture, this meeting that Jenny was talking about
in Koblenz. These are the populist parties of you. Four of these -- two
of these will have elections this year. Marine Le Pen, we know all
about. The Italian separatist party leader in the middle. The
Netherlands will also have elections. And on the end is a
politician from the Freedom Party in Austria. They nearly snatched the
presidency just at the end of last year. We can see how popular these
parties are. While Donald Tusk is talking today about the existential
threat from America, China and Russia, it is within their mist. It
is the rise of these populist parties which is the threat. And
many are having arguments which are similar to the once Donald Trump has
had about jobs, about immigration, about youth unemployment. -- ones.
These arguments are the same in Europe and that is why they are
proving so popular. One argument which is different and something
that divides Trump and his party and those parties in Europe, and that is
their belief in government and the state. Trump came to power largely
on a rejection of government and the idea of state intervention. Many of
those parties are not running on that. Marine Le Pen is not running
against the French state or the intervention of French government.
That idea, we are still Europeans, we still like government and we
still like the state. That's find out what is happening in Europe and
the Brexit negotiations. British politicians have begun
debating their views on Brexit ahead of a crucial vote
on the issue tomorrow. A Bill which would give
the government the authority to trigger Article 50 -
the formal notice to quite the EU. All eyes here on the size
of the opposition to the bill. The Brexit Secretary David
Davis says Parliament must honour the wishes of the people,
who voted to leave We asked the people
of the UK if they wanted to leave the European Union
they decided they did. So, at the core of this bill lies
a very simple question, The electorate voted
for a government to give Parliament then voted
to hold the referendum. And we are now honouring
the result of that referendum. Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer
made it clear that Labour's official position is to support the bill,
even though he personally wished the referendum result
had gone the other way. Had the outcome being to remain
we would have expected A decision was made on the 23rd
of June last year to leave the EU. Two thirds of Labour MPs represent
constituencies that voted to leave. One third represent constituencies
that voted to remain. This is obviously
a difficult decision. I wish the result had
gone the other way. But as democrats, our party has
to accept the result. We have spoken about this before,
America's populist revolution is moving at a dizzying speed. From
this side of the Atlantic it looks like Britain is moving at a snail's
pace with Brexit. Will that vote in parliament tomorrow finally speed up
the process? David Davies says he isn't amending decision that has
already been made. The people took the decision last June. The delay
has been in the legal battles that finished just the other week. We
reported on it last week. It was at the Supreme Court. They said
Parliament had to be given a vote on triggering this formal process.
That's begun today. They will probably tomorrow night a deal from
the nationalist parties. So we will see this convoluted process which
I'm sure is familiar with people who follow bills through Congress. What
matters to people in the UK and outside the UK is the timetable.
What I understand from my colleagues at Westminster tonight is that there
will be three tight days of debate next week. Then it will proceed to
the Lords. There will be Parliamentary ping-pong as they try
to amend this bill. But they feel they can get it through Parliament
by the 7th of March. That is important for Theresa May, because
she wants to go to the European summit in Brussels on the 9th of
March and the 10th of March, she wants to be able to say, this is it,
this is the official start of Pat -- that Brexit process. That means they
will then start to get the process going. And that will take a great
deal of time. I will hold you to that.
Businesses have had a lot to say about Trump's travel ban.
Big tech companies including Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia have
been some of the most vocal critics, and are now helping Washington state
Michelle Fleury is on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange -
how have markets reacted to this Michelle?
When you consider silicon valley, it is really in their DNA, not just
because these companies were founded by immigrants or where the
descendants of immigrants, but also because it is one of their key
resources today. Many of their workers, many of the brightest
engineers, Best software developers, come from other parts of the world.
They fear they will see a brain drain if Donald Trump expands from
this immigration and starts targeting, for example, work visas,
which they rely on. The other thing is it goes against their core
values. If you think back to Google and its inception, one of the things
they said from the beginning was we will do no evil. The founder of
Google has been protesting at the airports over the weekend in San
Francisco and on Google's campus there was huge protests. I think
that is what you are starting to see CEOs from this particular industry
being the most outspoken compared to the many other companies who have
also taken a stand on this. Of course, it isn't just silicon
valley. Ford has been there, Goldman Sachs have come out against this and
so has GE. Many have celebrated the amazing stock market rally we've
seen on Wall Street. But there were also concerns about the immigration
ban and competency in Washington in the White House, and whether this
rally might be coming to an end, what are you hearing? That's
absolutely right. It was only a few days ago people were wearing the
caps saying down 20,000 to mark a huge milestone in that index's
history. -- DOW 20,000. It has fallen back in the last couple of
days, essentially since the travel ban. Companies are re-evaluating the
risk. They like a steady atmosphere. They don't like what is
unpredictable. They are starting to say, hang on, we want a lower
corporate tax rate, we like what we are hearing on less regulation, but
there are also risks they are starting to price into the cost of
business. There is the risk of a trade war, rising protectionism, and
these are the things we are hearing more and more right here on the
stock exchange. Thanks very much. That is One Hundred Days,
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