Face in the News: Donald Trump and Chris Christie square off on tracking and profiling Muslims; Bernie Sanders discusses ISIS and gun control

WASHINGTON (CBS News) - In the wake of the San Bernardino attack, this week's broadcast of "Face the Nation" focused on terrorism and gun control. We spoke with the current 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, about his support for profiling and tracking Muslims and how he would prevent domestic terrorist attacks by homegrown extremists. We also spoke to Republican candidate, and New Jersey governor, Chris Christie about his approach to combat terrorism. On the Democratic side we spoke with Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about his counter-ISIS strategy and gun control legislation. At the top of Sunday's broadcast, Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, asserted that profiling and tracking Muslims in the United States could have prevented last week's San Bernardino attacks. The businessman said political correctness is stopping people from reporting suspicious behavior. "People are dead. A lot of people are dead right now. So, everybody wants to be politically correct. And that's part of the problem that we have with our country." Trump said. Host of "Face the Nation," John Dickerson, asked the real estate mogul where he stands on Muslims being tracked in this country and Trump responded saying, "you have people that have to be tracked. If they're Muslims, they're Muslims. But you have people that have to be tracked." Trump also called on the United States to go after the families of terrorists. Mentioning the families of the terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks, Trump stated, "Those wives knew exactly what was going to happen. And those wives went home to watch their husbands knock down the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and wherever the third plane was going," he said adding, "I would certainly go after the wives who absolutely knew what was happening." Donald Trump said President Obama's refusal to blame radical Islamic terrorism is a problem but added that, "the problem will get solved when he gets the Continue Reading

Face in the News: Donald Trump gives first sit-down interview of 2016

WASHINGTON (CBS News) - This week on "Face the Nation," we spent our first broadcast of 2016 sitting down with the Republican party's presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. The businessman spoke to host of "Face the Nation," John Dickerson, about the recently released recruitment video from the ISIS and Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, that featured Trump's remarks about banning Muslims from entering the United States. During the broadcast Trump also attacked the Democratic presidential frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, saying that she constantly plays the "woman card" and criticized her time in public office. He also spoke about his plans to begin spending money on campaign ads, stating that he feels "almost guilty" that he has not had to spend anything so far. Donald Trump was not concerned by a terrorist organization using one of his campaign speeches in the recent recruitment video. During Sunday's broadcast, the Republican frontrunner brushed the video off, and stood by his comments calling for a temporary ban of Muslims entering the country. "What am I going to do?" Trump asked and added, "I have to say what I have to say." Trump went further and said that his comments helped identify a problem that the world is facing and that something must be done. "One of the things I have done is: I brought the problem out. The world is talking about what I have said. And now big parts of the world are saying, Trump is really right at least identifying what's going on. And we have to solve it." During our interview with the real-estate mogul, Donald Trump also attacked The Democratic front runner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. When asked what he meant by saying that Clinton is constantly playing the "woman card," Trump responded by saying that she has been "pandering." "She's pandering to the public and she's pandering to women." Trump said and also stated that, "It's the only way she may get elected, I mean, frankly. I don't think anybody -- Continue Reading

Face in the News: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders gain momentum heading into Iowa

WASHINGTON (CBS News) - This week on "Face the Nation," Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shrugged off the prospect of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg entering the race. Democratic presidential candidate, Sen Bernie Sanders (D-VT) responded to criticisms that his campaign was too "idealistic," and showed optimism about his chances in South Carolina. CBS News Elections Director, Anthony Salvanto also appeared on the broadcast to give analysis on the newest CBS News' Battleground Tracker. During Sunday's broadcast Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump was asked by host, John Dickerson, about the prospect of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg entering the race. "I would love it." Trump said adding that, "He's very opposite on me with guns and he's opposite on pro-life and he's opposite on a lot of things, so I would love to have Michael get in the race." Trump also defended the comments that he made at a recent campaign stop where he said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and would not lose any voters. "I have people that are so loyal," he said, "These are people that just won't leave, they will not leave. I love my people. And it's a great thing. I mean, it's a great thing. Far greater loyalty than any other candidate." On the Democratic side, we spoke with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders who responded to criticisms that his campaign was too "idealistic," calling the critique unfair. "To say that we should make public colleges and universities tuition-free and do what many other countries around the world already are doing and pay for that on a tax on Wall Street speculation, that's not a radical idea." The Vermont senator also spoke about his optimism in his campaign showing confidence in his chances in states like South Carolina, where Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a demanding lead. "I feel confident that if we can win here in Iowa, if we can win in New Hampshire and those are going to be Continue Reading

CBS News Logo World leaders react to Donald Trump’s inauguration

Last Updated Jan 20, 2017 8:06 PM EST WASHINGTON -- World leaders congratulated Donald Trump on Friday on his inauguration. In a series of tweets, Mexico’s president congratulated the new U.S. president -- sworn in on Friday as the 45th President of the United States -- and said “we will work to strengthen our relationship with shared responsibility.”“We will establish a respectful dialogue with the government of @realDonaldTrump to benefit Mexico,” President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a tweet. “Sovereignty, the national interest and the protection of Mexican citizens will guide our relations with the new U.S. administration,” he tweeted.Pope Francis also extended his congratulations, and urged Mr. Trump to show concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who “stand before our door.” Francis said in a message that he’s praying Mr. Trump’s decisions will be guided by the “rich spiritual and ethical values” that have shaped America’s history. “Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need,” the pope said. In Russia, Trump’s promises to fix ravaged relations with Moscow have elated the country’s political elite.“We are ready to do our share of the work in order to improve the relationship,” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook.Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov voiced hope that Mr. Trump will work with Russian President Vladimir Putin on solving the Ukrainian crisis and other problems, but warned against expectations of quick progress. “Difficulties will remain,” he said.Whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was in his office behind the Kremlin walls on Friday or at home, he made no comment, CBS News correspondent Continue Reading

Beyond the alt-right, is Donald Trump’s America really about anarchy?

Thanks to the rise of Donald Trump, the world was introduced to the seamy, repugnant and downright creepy underbelly of the fringe-right, known to many as the alt-right. What many nervous conservatives knew was boiling under the surface — a putrid bouillabaisse of anti-Semitic, bigoted, misogynist and conspiratorial impulses — got ground-level attention as Trump allowed the alt-right to attach itself to him undisturbed. From coyly pretending not to know about David Duke and his endorsement, to lifting an anti-Semitic meme from an alt-right website, to routinely trafficking in evidence-free conspiracy theories, Trump played to the alt-right base in winks and nods throughout the election. He went from flirting to full-on fornication when he announced head of the alt-right website Breitbart.com, Steve Bannon, as his chief strategist. You can blame the alt-right for a lot. But they didn’t single-handedly elect Trump. I’d wager most Trump supporters repudiate alt-right bigotry even if they do feel economically and socially dismissed by political elites from both parties. The Trump voters I’ve met have no familiarity with alt-right symbols, like Pepe the Frog, a once-innocent-turned anti-Semitic white nationalist cartoon, or the subversive uses of the numbers 14 and 88. But in the dangerous rise of the alt-right, we may be missing another storyline swirling around the zeitgeist, and it’s one that explains our current political climate just as convincingly: the rise of anarchism. Disruption is, without a doubt, the running theme of this election. Disruption of the political parties, the elite establishment, the media, the Internet, our electoral process — the urgency for Change with a capital C was ubiquitous. And the change “to what” needn’t be answered in many cases. How Trump or Bernie Sanders were going to disrupt the systems mattered less than that they were going to disrupt the systems. Continue Reading

Readers sound off on the News, Donald Trump and Charles Krauthammer

Time to bury  Trump? Or Hillary? Massapequa Park, L.I.: Friday’s front cover and six full pages on how bad Donald Trump is, and you call yourself a “news” paper (“Bury Trump in a Landslide, Oct. 21”). I am not a big fan of Trump, but I am very much against Hillary Clinton. Her track record does not hold one accomplishment with almost 30 years in “public” service. When the Clintons left the White House they claimed to be “flat broke” leaving with nothing but the clothes on their backs (and a lot of furniture from the White House which had to be returned). Now some 15 years later, she is worth half a billion dollars. Sounds pretty shady to me for public service. Raymond P. Moran Kailua, Hi.: I am moved to thank you and congratulate you for your wonderful editorial. Thank you for the energy, commitment and courage that it took to write that. I hope everyone takes your advice and does indeed bury that monster. Lisa Kelso The Greatest Flushing: The “Bury Trump in a landslide” special editorial (Oct. 21) will rank as one of the greatest moments in the long history of the newspaper. It will no doubt anger some, but since it is rife with indisputable facts, it is an important read for everyone who cares about democracy and the future of the nation. It is yet another reason why newspapers remain so essential, even in a digital world. Bob Smith Bravo, News Manhattan: Good for you, Daily News. When faced down by bully Donald Trump, accusing The News of unfair bias, you didn't cower, you didn’t shirk, you didn't offer platitudes. The News stood up to the bully and said yes, world, we don’t like Trump and here’s why.Well done. This New York City Republican is proud to call the Daily News my paper. And Mr. Trump, I’m voting — because I can. Susan A. Stark Who’s the nastiest Charleston, S.C.: I don't think anyone can be more disgusting than Hillary Clinton. I read Continue Reading

Pro-Trump RNC speaker Michael Mukasey once warned Donald Trump presidency would ‘imperil’ national security

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey once warned the world a Donald Trump presidency would “imperil” national security, but on Tuesday, he stumped for the Republican nominee. The Bush administration appointee calmly railed against Hillary Clinton during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, citing her mishandling of government secrets as a word of caution. “Hillary Clinton is asking the people of the United States to make her the first President in history to take a constitutional oath of office after already violating it,” Mukasey said on stage in Cleveland. He focused exclusively on controversies surrounding the presumed Democratic nominee — the Benghazi embassy attack and her emails — believing Clinton should have been charged for sharing confidential files on private email servers. During his speech, Mukasey failed to mention Trump and his campaign. His appearance alone at the convention, however, conflicts with a statement published in the National Review in January casting doubt on Trump’s White House bid. He cited Trump's over-the-top approach to terrorism. “We will need a president who summons our strength with a reality-based strategic vision,” Mukasey wrote in an article titled “Conservatives Against Trump.” “Not one who summons applause with tantrums and homicidal fantasies.” Mukasey wasn’t alone in ignoring the GOP frontman. House speaker Paul Ryan also chose to keep his historically ill opinion of Trump in check to bash Clinton in solidarity — painting his weariness to another progressive White House term. “We offer a better way for dealing with persistent poverty in this country, a way that shows poor Americans the world beyond liberal warehousing and check-writing, into the life everyone can find with opportunity and independence, the happiness of using your gifts Continue Reading

King: Donald Trump, of all the candidates, most embodies America’s violent, bigoted soul

The United States is very much like The Matrix. In the fictional version of this country, wonderful prayerful people set sail for a place to practice their peaceful faith and stumbled across this fertile land. When they found indigenous people, they ate turkey and dressing with them and held glorious costume festivals full of feathers and fun. They called it Thanksgiving because they were all so thankful to have such great food and great company. The founding of this country was principled, kind, and full of wonder. The truth is that Christopher Columbus was a monster of a human being. American settlers and colonial powers slaughtered hundreds of thousands of indigenous people, forced them out of the lands they called home, and then built the economy on the backs of millions of Africans forced into a lifetime of slavery and free labor for hundreds of years. The founding and growth of early America was about as brutal, bigoted, violent, and inhumane as the founding of any country in modern world history. Donald Trump, more than I ever imagined, is the full embodiment of the ugly truth of who and what America is. KING: BEN CARSON'S DECLARATION THAT OBAMA CAN'T IDENTIFY WITH BLACK AMERICA IS ABSURD AND INSULTING He is a violent, bigoted, sexist, xenophobic capitalist. He does not lean on the beautiful dreams or unfulfilled possibilities of this place, but instead, with a heavy hand, awakens the deep demons of this nation. He is not the president we need, but his popularity as the clear frontrunner of the Republican Party, reveals to us that he is very much the president millions of American's desire. And I get it. No presidential candidate of the modern era has been a better representation of the bigoted soul of this place. His presence and his words resonate, not because they are new or strange or different, but because he has the courage to be a bigot not just behind closed Continue Reading

Donald Trump’s cowardly debate performance: Kirsten Powers

Just a few weeks ago, Trump’s son Eric was praising his father for pulling his punches regarding Bill Clinton’s personal life. "I think that took a lot of courage” to not confront Hillary Clinton about allegations against her husband, Eric Trump said. “In so many regards [he took] the high ground and kept the high road.”Not so tonight. At the second presidential debate — a town hall forum moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and CBS’s Martha Radditz — Trump plunged into the gutter with elan.Trump did what he had only a week prior said was too cruel to do: he made an issue of sexual assault claims against Bill Clinton. There was a press conference with the women, front row seating for them in the debate hall followed by verbal broadsides against Hillary, who he asserted had enabled her husband’s bad behavior.Never mind that, according to ABC news, Donald Trump “once called Bill Clinton's accusers 'terrible,' 'unattractive' and former president 'terrific.'“Never mind that approximately five minutes ago Trump was patting himself on the back for not “going there” in the first debate. “I did hold back. I thought it was just inappropriate to say what I was really thinking I would say,” he said in a town hall on Thursday night in Sandown, New Hampshire. “I’d much rather have it be on policy and I don’t like getting into the gutter.”Yet to the gutter he went.Eric Trump had previously said the reason his father didn’t bring up the 42nd president's alleged behavior was because he saw Chelsea Clinton sitting in the front row. That didn’t stop him tonight.What changed? Simple: Trump’s campaign is in a free fall. After a lewd tape was released showing a 59-year-old Trump talking about grabbing “p---y” and kissing women against their will (also known as sexual assault) Trump opted for a slash and Continue Reading

From Donald Trump to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, more memories of George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner was laid to rest Saturday in Tampa, but his memory lives on in just about every way you can think of and from all corners of The Boss' universe. From Ron Guidry's description of the Bronx Zoo to Willie Randolph's account of becoming the first African-American Yankee captain to Diana Munson's poignant remembrance of Steinbrenner's compassion in the wake of her husband Thurman's tragic death, the Yankee owner's friends and foes, players and managers, associates, acquaintances and, of course, his fans share their favorite Steinbrenner stories with the Daily News.DONALD TRUMP: Real estate mogul & reality TV starThe Apprentice' five or six years ago and it hadn't been on TV yet, and nobody knew it was going to be this big hit that it turned out to be. When I called George he said please come right down, and this was during the World Series. I thought he was going to talk to [the contestants] for 15 minutes, but he spoke about winning for an hour and a half. They will never forget it. George was willing to do this for a friend. And 'The Apprentice' became the No. 1 show. Everything he touched turned to gold. He was a great believer in the star system, but more importantly he recognized talent." BOB GUTKOWSKI: Former president of MSG and MSG NetworkI remember one Yankee game in particular. We had an executive producer, Pete Silverman, who absolutely was totally frightened of George Steinbrenner. His biggest fear was that George was going to come in (the production truck) and yell at him.We were up at a Yankee game and I was sitting with Marty Brooks (an MSG executive). And I told Marty we should have some fun with Pete. I went into George's office. He was sitting in his big chair and I said, 'George, I want you to do me a favor, I have an executive producer who is so frightened that some day you're going to call him and yell at him. I want to have some fun with him. Will you play along?'George said, 'Yeah, what do you want me to do?'I said, 'In Continue Reading