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President-elect Donald Trump, the real estate businessman and political novice whose election campaign made the entire world take notice, has been selected as TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year. "To be on the cover of Time as Person of the Year is a tremendous honor," Trump told Matt Lauer in an interview after the reveal. "When you say 'divided states of America,' I didn’t divide them," Trump said. "They’re divided now, there’s a lot of division. And we’re going to put it back together."

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TIME Person of the Year for 2016 is President-elect Donald Trump

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President-elect Donald Trump, the real estate businessman and political novice whose election campaign made the entire world take notice, has been selected as TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.

The magazine revealed its choice Wednesday on TODAY.

"To be on the cover of Time as Person of the Year is a tremendous honor," Trump told Matt Lauer in an interview after the reveal.

The president-elect did however take issue with the magazine's choice to refer to him as "President of the Divided States of America."

"When you say 'divided states of America,' I didn’t divide them," Trump said. "They’re divided now, there’s a lot of division. And we’re going to put it back together."

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Every year, TIME editors select the person — or idea — who has most influenced the news and the world in the past year, for good or ill.

"So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer," TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs wrote in a magazine essay.

Trump beat out 10 other finalists, including his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. TIME declared Clinton their runner-up, and she was also the top pick among TODAY viewers.

This will be Trump’s 10th time on the magazine’s cover, and all but one have been since August 2015. His first appearance on TIME was in 1989.

"For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year," Gibbs wrote.

Last year’s recipient was German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump was a runner-up. The year before that, 2014, the Person of the Year were the Ebola fighters.

The magazine has made the designation every year since 1927, when aviator Charles Lindbergh was chosen as the first Man of the Year. The title was amended to Person of the Year in 1999.

Over its history, TIME has bestowed the title to many presidents, political leaders and industry trailblazers who often view the designation as an honor. However, the magazine also has selected notorious recipients in the past, including Adolf Hitler in 1938, Joseph Stalin in 1939 and 1942, and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, because of the impact they had on the world at the time.

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Donald Trump: Mitt Romney is still in the running for secretary of state

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Mitt Romney is still in the running to become secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump revealed Wednesday during a live phone interview on TODAY.

"Yes he is," Trump said in his first TODAY interview since winning the presidential election last month.

"No, it's not about revenge. It's about what's good for the country. And I'm able to put this stuff behind us," he said when asked if the delay was meant to punish Romney, a man with whom he often sparred.

Trump has been busy filling in members of his Cabinet. He has nominated candidates for half of the positions, including Treasury, Defense Secretary and Attorney General, but still is weighing individuals for other key roles, particularly to lead the State Department.

Earlier in the broadcast, TIME revealed Trump as its Person of the Year for 2016.

The cover will be Trump’s 10th time on TIME. All but one have been since August 2015. His first appearance on TIME was in 1989.

"It's a great honor. It means a lot," Trump said, although he took issue with the magazine calling him "President of the Divided States of America" on its cover.

"I think putting divided is snarky. I’m not president yet, so I didn’t do anything to divide," he said.

In the wide-ranging interview, Trump addressed his views on free trade and recent criticism of Boeing’s pricing for its jets. When asked about his campaign promise to be more restrained on social media if he were to win the election, Trump insisted he has shown more control — despite targeting the Broadway cast of “Hamilton,” the New York Times, the media and "Saturday Night Live."

“I think I am very restrained, and I talk about important things,” he said.

Trump said because of the tens of millions of people who follow him on both Twitter and Facebook, expressing his opinions on social media is an efficient way to express himself.

“That’s a modern day form of communication. I get it out much more faster than a press release. I get it out much more honestly than dealing with dishonest reporters,” he said.

Trump also took to his favorite punching bag, Saturday Night Live, describing the show’s portrayal of him “mean spirited” and the criticizing the overall quality of the program.

“I hosted SNL when it was a good show but it’s not a good show anymore,” he said, referring to his appearance just last year on the program.

When asked by TODAY's Matt Lauer why he can't simply stop watching the show, Trump continued to disparage the program's work.

“The way the show is going now and you look at the kind of work they’re doing, who know how long that show is going to be on. It’s a terrible show," he said.

Lauer, in a reference to the history of "SNL," which actually has enjoyed some of its most favorable ratings and reviews recently, responded by telling Trump: "I think it’s going to do okay."

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Donald Trump criticizes Alec Baldwin's impression of him, calls 'SNL' a 'terrible show'

BY TODAY

Donald Trump just can’t look away when it comes to “Saturday Night Live.”

Although the president-elect hosted the program only a year ago, he has blasted the show recently in a series of tweets taking aim at the way he's been portrayed by Alec Baldwin.

On Wednesday, during an interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer, Trump even suggested the long-running program's days may finally be numbered.

“I hosted 'SNL' when it was a good show but it’s not a good show anymore,” he said. "Nothing to do with me, there’s nothing funny about it. The skits are terrible.”

Most recently, Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to call out the program as “unwatchable.”

He also specifically targeted Baldwin’s pouty, bumbling take on him.

 

“I like Alec but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good,” he said on TODAY.

“I like him as an actor but I don’t think his imitation of me gets me at all, and it’s meant to be mean-spirited, which is very biased. And I don’t like it.”

 

When Lauer suggested it might be better for him to just stop watching the program, Trump continued to disparage the show’s work and even suggested it faces cancellation.

“The way the show is going now and you look at the kind of work they’re doing, who knows how long that show is going to be on,” he said. “It’s a terrible show.”

SNL premiered on NBC in 1975 and has been a weekly staple for the network ever since.

“I think it’s going to do okay,” Lauer replied before 

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TRANSCRIPT

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we are joined now by time's person of
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the year president-elect Donald Trump
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mr. Trump good morning good morning
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last year when time did not choose you
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as person of the year and chose angle
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Merkel you said Time magazine will never
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pick me as person of the year they
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proved you wrong how do you feel about
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this
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well it's a great honor it means a lot
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especially me growing up reading time
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magazine and that's very important
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magazine and I've been lucky enough to
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be the cover many times this year so at
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last year but I consider this a very
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very great honor
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well i'm interested to hear you say that
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because it's Nancy Gibbs has said in
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this year and in the past the magazine
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has always been willing to say it was a
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person who influenced events for better
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or for worse so just confirming you see
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this as a compliment not some kind of
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condemnation well as an example when you
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say divided States of America I didn't
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divide them get divided now there's a
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lot of division and we're going to put
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it back together and we're going to have
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a country that's very well-heeled and
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we're going to be a great economic force
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and we're going to build up our military
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and safety and we're going to do a lot
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of great things and it's going to be
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something very special but to be on the
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cover of Time magazine as the person of
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the year is a tremendous honor you are
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now 30 days into your transition you've
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made a lot of news last night you made
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it official the general mattis is your
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choice for Secretary of Defense still
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open his secretary of state probably the
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premier position in any administration
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how close you two making that call
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I think fairly close i think next week
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will be the time that i announce it and
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have some other big announcements coming
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up today and actually tomorrow but we've
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had some we've been met with you know
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really very good reviews of the people
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that I've chosen i think i think that
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general mattis is going to be terrific
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he's going to be absolutely terrific a
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little bit outside the box
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he's a tough cookie we need to write
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he's smart he's brilliant actually and
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as a tactician is Britt and I really
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look forward to is also very
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high-quality band i flew with herb last
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night the North Carolina where we really
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introduced in front of a tremendous
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crowd
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and update the crowd loves it let me go
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back to secretary of state for a second
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i want to read off some of the names
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it's been reported you're considering
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for that position
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Mitt Romney Rudy Giuliani David Petraeus
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bob corker and Ambassador John Bolton
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have you now crossed any of those names
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off your list
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well i think i have in my own mind i
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don't want to say which ones but i think
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i have in my own minds and there's some
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other we have a great great gentleman he
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had the boss over at over at exxon and
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you know listen these built a tremendous
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company over a period of years with
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great style let me go back to MIT Romney
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is he still under consideration and he
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does he have a chance to become
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Secretary of State yes he does i mean
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i've spoken to a lot and we've come a
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long way together we had some tremendous
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difficulty together and now I think
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we've come a long way but the answer is
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yes he does so this isn't about some
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case of stringing him along as a as
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revenge being a dish best served cold
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for the comments he made during the
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campaign now it's not about revenge it's
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about what's good for the country and
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I'm able to put this stuff behind us and
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I hit him very hard also you know which
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is very nice at the press doesn't cover
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that are very happy about that anywhere
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you'd like to fight 24 hours ago with
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Boeing about a new air force one project
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in the cost of that project which you
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cited it over four billion dollars and
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you went on to say this I think boeing
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is doing a little bit of a number now I
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read that as as you saying that you
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think boeing is perhaps taking advantage
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of the american taxpayer do you have any
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proof of that
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well I think the player too expensive i
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spoke to a very good man yesterday they
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had a boeing terrific guy and we're
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gonna work it out but you know that's
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what I'm here for I'm going to negotiate
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prices and it's the planes are too
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expensive and we're gonna get the prices
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down and if we don't get the prices down
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we're not going to order we're going to
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stay with what we have you mentioned the
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heads of Boeing that you spoke to your
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comments about bowing by the way shortly
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after you made those comments the market
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value of Boeing dropped about a billion
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dollars in a matter of minutes before
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rebounding later in the day
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but your comments on Boeing came just a
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short while after an article came out
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where the CEO of Boeing was critical of
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your trade policies so was this in the
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end about the price of those planes or
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was this about retribution will only the
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place because i didn't see an article
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where he was critical of trade policies
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and my trade policies are going to be
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terrific
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uh oh and by the way we're lowering
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taxes in this country we're getting rid
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of ninety percent maybe eighty five
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percent of the regulations which is
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stifling business that boeing is going
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to be a tremendous beneficiary of that
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and maybe even mostly regulations I mean
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people are more happy about the
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regulations even though were massively
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cutting taxes and reduces after you
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criticize Boeing of the washington post
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as a headline today saying corporations
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are unnerved in this country
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let me go on to another site i think
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it's just I think that's just the
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Washington Post because no matter what
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you do they'll never say good and what
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happens is this so unnerved that the
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stock market is set at all-time record
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since I've been elected and since I've
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been since I won the nomination number
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one we did well and after I won the
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election you see what happened I mean in
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the history of our country there's never
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been up this big after an election so I
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don't have somebody said this to the you
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know people are nerves that's just the
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opposite and frankly I think we're going
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to go up we have tremendous room
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tremendous bargain in our country but we
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have to do things right now and i
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believe in free trade but I don't
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believe in stupid trade and super trade
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is when our companies or move out of our
5:56
country fire their workers and then come
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back in matte and sell their product
6:02
back in with the retribution what you
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say very simply if they want to fire
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their workers moved to Mexico with some
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other country and sell their product
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into our country they're going to be
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paying attack your transition team made
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some news yesterday on a conference call
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where it was announced and I want to get
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your take on this that you sold all of
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your stock holdings and you did it back
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in June is it true and why are we just
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hearing about this now
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well I've never been a big person for
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the stock market frankly but over the
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years i bought stock and I bought him
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when they were low i saw what was going
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on with interest rates are so low it
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almost seemed that it was like very easy
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to predict what's going to have life
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some of your holdings in june because i
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felt that i was very much going to be
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winning at i think i would have a
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tremendous a really a conflict of
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interest holding all of these days so
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why not announce it back in June when
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you are under fire for a lack of
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financial transparency so I let
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everybody know and i'm not i was never
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big stockholder but it brought a lot of
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different stocks and I had a lot of
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stocks before then do and what I did is
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I sold that might just don't i don't
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think it's appropriate for me to be
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owning stocks when I'm making deals for
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this country that maybe will affect one
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company positively and one company
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negative leaking and I just felt there
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was a constantly thinking of things that
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are appropriate shortly after winning
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the election you gave an interview and
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you talked about your use of Twitter and
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you said that you were going to be much
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more restrained as the president because
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you seem to understand that perhaps
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having fights on Twitter would not be
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appropriate for the president I have not
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seen you backing off fights on Twitter
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in the time since you're elected you've
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targeted the cast of Hamilton the New
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York Times China Boeing the media and
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SNL is this proving to be a habit that
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you're finding a difficult time breaking
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no i think i am very restrained and I
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talk about important things I talk about
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you-know-who as you know recently china
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and the fact that we talked about the
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devaluation we talked about their
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building this massive military fortress
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in the middle of the South China Sea
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which are not supposed to be doing and
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other things and frankly it's a
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modern-day form of communication between
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when you're picking fights matter
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between facebook and twitter i have i
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guess more than 40 million people and
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that's a bottle and a form of
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communication i get out much faster than
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a press release I get it out much more
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honestly than dealing with this honest
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report on that off on that caters a
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dishonor on that subject but on a
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lighter note can we agree president
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elect Trump that at this stage it would
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be better for you to simply stopped
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watching SNL as opposed to watching it
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and then complaining about it
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well I hosted SNL what it was a good
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show but it's not a good show anymore
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official
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nothing to do with me there's nothing
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funny about it this gets a terrible so
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what do you mean how much I like Alec
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but his invitation of B is really being
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spirited and not very good i don't think
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it's good and I do like it i like to
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visit actor but i don't think that his
9:00
invitation of B gets be at all and it's
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meant to be very mean-spirited which is
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very biased and I don't like it don't
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you can't bring yourself to stop
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watching and don't look frankly the way
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the show is going now and you look at
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the kind of work they're doing who knows
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how long that shows gonna be on it's a
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terrible show i think it's going to do
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okay let me end where we started Time
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magazine i mentioned to you that it says
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person of the year it's got your picture
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and then the sub headline is president
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of the divided States of America you
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reference that little while though what
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would you have written as a sub-headline
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well I think putting divided Starkey but
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again it's divided I am NOT president
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yet so I didn't do anything to divide
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and i will say this I've now gotten to
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know President Obama i really like him
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we have I think i can say at least for
9:53
myself I can't speak for him but we have
9:55
a really good chemistry together we
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talked he he loves the country he wants
10:01
to do right by the country and for the
10:03
country and i will tell you we obviously
10:05
very much disagree on certain policies
10:08
and certain things but you know I really
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like him as a person i was the best
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night away to read in your interview
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that you say you actually talked to
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President Obama about some of your
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possible appointments you and the people
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you would surround yourself in the White
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House can you tell me specifically who
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you mentioned to President Obama that
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you're considering appointing well I
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don't think that would be fair to him
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but I have asked what he would think of
10:32
this weather that what I've asked him
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what he thinks are the biggest problems
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of the country what are some of the
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greatest assets going forward and we
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have a very good dialogue and and I must
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tell you you know I never met him before
10:45
this and I never spoke to him before
10:47
this i really i do like a just I love
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getting his ideas and I'm a difference
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in medications I different very
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greatness real quickly
10:56
opposite in one of those cases where you
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went with him went to him with a
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specific person you had in mind for an
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appointment
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did you go with his recommendation I
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would say that yes I take his
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recommendations very seriously and there
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are some people that i will be
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appointing and in one case have
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appointed where he thought very highly
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of that person yes
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president-elect Donald Trump time
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