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Welcome to your special live coverage of President Trump's 100th day in office. I'm Ana Cabrera in Washington. And we are grateful you are with us.

And we begin with rounds (ph) of protesters against President Trump within sight of his front door. They are gathering outside the White House to protest his environmental policies. The protests happening as the President get set to leave Washington for a friendlier crowd. He will soon takeoff for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he is holding a campaign-style rally tonight in Pennsylvania. Four of the state, he won back in November, turning it red for the first time since 1988.

Now the Trump rally will get underway about the same time, the first jokes are told at the annual White House Correspondents dinner in Washington. This is a time on our tradition, Trump's predecessors have played along with it for decades. But tonight, Trump will become the first President since Richard Nixon to skip this event altogether.

CNN's Athena Jones is joining us live from the White House now. And Athena, protesters literally are on the Trump's doorstep, but the President is going to be out to a more receptive crowd tonight.

ATHENA JONES, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Hi Ana, that's right. I can still them lined up in front of the White House. But the President, about an hour from now will be departing for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. That is where he is having this big rally tonight. He is calling it a make America great again rally at about 7:30. p.m. And as soon as he gets to Harrisburg, he is going to tour a local company and he is going to sign yet another executive order. This will be his 31st executive order. It's going to review U.S. involvement and organizations like the World trade organization and also NAFTA looking at whether there has been any violations or abuses under the same trade deal.

And he is touting his administration's accomplishments so far. He did so in his weekly address, the first line of which was I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country's history. That's similar to what we heard from him a few weeks back when he said his first 13 weeks or so were the most successful in history.

He goes on that n that video to tick through some of what he sees as his big accomplishments. Things like approving the keystone excel pipeline, the Dakota access pipeline. That's exactly the sort of move these protesters are protesting. He also talked about saving a lot of money on the f-35 program fighter jet program. Removing the U.S. from the transpacific partnership trade deal. That was a big campaign promise. He also talked a lot about having slashed voters and regulations. And of course, perhaps the biggest accomplishment so far, their success and confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. We can probably expect him to touch on all those things tonight at that rally -- Ana.

CABRERA: Athena Jones at the White House for us. Thank you.

Let's bring in our political panel now. Our experts who are with us.

Chris Cillizza, let's bring you in first. The President also tweeted this this morning. Let me read it to you. Mainstream fake media refuses to state our long list of accomplishments including 28 legislative signings, strong borders and great optimism. Do you think what he just wrote is fair? Have we failed to recognize all of the accomplishments?

CHRIS CILLIZZA, CNN POLITICAL REPORTER: No. I think we probably failed to put them in the exact light that he would like them in, which is not the media's job. I think his biggest accomplishments which he hasn't mentioned was getting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. That is one that you cannot - no matter how you look at it, no matter what side you are on, Democrat Republican, neither, that is a huge deal and a big accomplishment that you have to give him credit for.

A lot of the other things he has done in a major way are rolling back things, regulatory things that President Obama did not. For the people who voted for him that's a big accomplishments. He has had a couple of high-profile failures, the most obvious is healthcare. It's not dead but they are now tried to make it live twice and it hasn't.

So that is the thing that I think for the eight years of the Obama administration or seven once they passed the affordable care act, that was the big idea. The idea was if we get into power, if you elect Republicans into the presidency, the Senate and the House this is what we will do. And you know, it's somewhat the nature of the beast which is governing is harder than campaigning. It looks easier to do than it actually is,

CABRERA: Jeffrey Lord, let's talk about some of his big legislative agenda items that frankly have not been accomplished just yet, even though they are part of his contract with the American people. I'm holding up here. And there are ten specific agenda items that he said he would introduce legislatively to start working with Congress. He has introduced the Obamacare repeal replace on this list, but this is the second page that we are talking about here. The rest of them on taxes, infrastructure, immigration, and education he hasn't gotten to. And yet he has a complete Republican Congress. So who is to blame?

[16:05:29] JEFFREY LORD, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Yes. You know, I have to say, this is, and he mentioned this just in passing the other day, I think he said something that he thought it would be a little more done when he got here in terms of healthcare. Not being President I can say this, I am just appalled that the Republican Congress did not have their act together on this. I mean, to talk about this for seven years, they should have had this all ready to go so that the day after the day of inauguration, they could have stand there on the capitol steps and say there he is. They didn't do it. Why? I don't know. But they didn't do it.

CABRERA: Did he start on the wrong place then and that kind of bogged up the rest of his agenda?

LORD: No. I think he felt he had to start there. And I think he will get it. I think there is no question he will get it. He is very relentless. But I do think that that was a problem, and that was a problem with the Congress.

CABRERA: I see you shaking your head, Ana.

ANA NAVARRO, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: But I think they did start in the wrong place. Look. If you ask me, one of the biggest mistakes of George W. Bush made was, he went with immigration which failed before Social Security. Probably if it had been the other way around it would been totally different.

When the Congress says to President that they can run away from the president or from their leadership with no consequence it is a very bad President to set for the next, you know, remainder of his term and that's where we are right now. A significant amount of Republicans on the right, and moderate Republicans both said a flat no and continue to say a flat no on healthcare to President Trump and to the Republican leadership and they are not paying a price for us. If anything they are very well liked in their own districts.

CABRERA: Brian, Do you think the President underestimated what it would take to accomplish things and to governor?

BRIAN FALLON, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Definitely. And I think you can talk about the absence of legislative accomplishments and that's true. But I think the largest problem for President Trump is he has failed so far to translate Trumpism into a coherent government philosophy. You say him campaign as a populous and he won, upset us and places in the upper Midwest. We never suspected we were vulnerable in because he campaigned as a populist.

But since coming to the White House, his first 100 days, the sort of face of the populous philosophy, Steve Bannon has sort of receded and influence. And you have seen him supplemented (ph) by the likes of Gary Cohn who is a very Wall Street Republican insider. You have seen him align on healthcare with the speaker of the house, Paul Ryan, who is the quintessential of the establishment Republican and sort of reject initially the anti-establishment wing of the Republican caucus, the tea party.

So I think he is actually going against the sort of populous anti- establishment ethos that grounded his campaign. He hasn't figured how to apply that to governing and I think that's going to make a lot of those white working class voters the he won over in the campaign susceptible to being persuaded back to support Democrats in 2018.

NAVARRO: It haven't been so far, though. I mean, one of his accomplishments I would say that his base has stuck with him despite all the failures, one of his failures is that he has done nothing to grow beyond that base.

CABRERA: At what point, Sarah, what point does that base start to erode if he doesn't get to some of these big promises?

SARAH WESTWOOD, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, WASHINGTON EXAMINER: There are certain issues that are sacred to Trump voters. That's immigration that renegotiating this trade terms so that maybe the manufacturing industry can rebound or at least stop the bleeding in the manufacturing industry.

There are other things that Trump voters don't care about as much. They didn't seem to care as much when President Trump moved away from this more non-interventionist foreign policy. They won't care as much if he moves around a little bit on the ins and outs of tax reform. But if he goes back on those core promises, then he will risk losing some of his base. But so far he hasn't budged on the things that were, you know, the slogans, the bumper stickers, build the wall, you know, make America work again those things he stayed strong on.

CILLIZZA: I'm not sure -- not to disagree because I don't know, is the honest answer. But I'm not sure his base -- the hard core base will ever leave him. I think he showed thing, he flip-flopped during the campaign on issues, he changed his mind. It really didn't -- there was a number of fact checks in which there were things he said just weren't true, it didn't really change much.

I think he probably has, if the campaign is indicative of the presidency, a 40-ish, 41, 42 percent. The question I have, and Ana mentioned this, how does he get beyond that? How does he get -- the speech tonight people will cheer. The speech at the NRA, people cheered. They are going to cheer at those speeches. Those people are for him. I think will always be for him. The problem is he did win in the upper Midwest, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, not just Republicans, right? Because if you just win Republicans --?

[16:10:08] CABRERA: We have interview many of those who voted for President Obama the last two elections and then flipped and denied vote for President Trump.

But let me just throw a couple of other numbers out there because you have talked about how is base is with him. We saw the "the Washington Post"/ABC poll, 96 percent of those who voted for President Trump said they would vote for him again.

But yet, you know, on issues in our new CNN/ORC poll this week, in issues of immigration, on healthcare, 57 percent and 61 percent respectively disapprove of how the President have handled those issues.

Paris, those are issues that are big base issues right?

PARIS DENNARD, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Right. But at the end of the day what we are not talking about is why people voted for President Trump. It wasn't just the fact he was going to build the wall, it was for his leadership. It was for - he was going to bring something different to D.C. He was going to change the way things are done and that is what they stay with him. That's why we still support him. And so, when you look at issues like immigration and the other things where it didn't go quite the way he wanted to it's because he is not a monarch. He can't do it all on his own. If he could have taken that pen and signed it away and made it happen, he would have. But he can't because he has to work with a Congress. And when you work with this Congress, Republican and Democrat alike, you are going to face in this case obstruction. And we said a lot more obstruction in the Democrat side. But even with the freedom caucus when it came to --

CABRERA: Well, the bottom line is the Republicans are breaking down --

DENNARD: Exactly - when it came to Obamacare.

FALLON: To Chris' point, you do see a lot of patients for Donald Trump. His (INAUDIBLE) off-color comments during the campaign and even now through the first 100 days. But I agree with Paris, a big part of what was beneath that understanding in that long leash that his supporters gave him, was the understanding that eventually he was going to be able to get things done. He was getting shake things up in Washington and actually be the doer because he had this track record as businessman. If he combines this sort of in temperate approach with the failure to get things done and affectless-ness that has been the story of this first 100 days, then you might see some erosion in that core.

LORD: Remember when he haven't mentioned --

MAEVE RESTON, CNN NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER: I mean, everybody get so obsessed with this 96 percent number. And we have to remember that that is people who voted for Trump who are voting, many of them against Hillary Clinton. And that was like, a very singular election. So I think that, you know, in some respects, I think he does have a lot to prove to a lot of those voters out there that are awaiting -- giving him more time, having patients and you know knowing that there is a lot of obstruction in Washington to begin with. CABRERA: Lots to discuss as we look forward the next 100 days or


Thanks to everyone. Stay with us.

Up next Trump's biggest campaign pledge may have been his simple as three words, build that wall. So can he make that happen and do the Americans living on the border believe he will build it? That's coming up.

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[16:17:18] CABRERA: President Trump told a crowd of NRA members yesterday that his plan to build a southern border wall is still on track. In fact, to him it's not even a challenge. Listen.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We will build a wall. Don't even think about it. Don't even think about it. Don't even think about it. That's an easy one. We are going to bill the wall. We need the wall. I said to General Kelly, how important is it? He said very important. It's that final element, we need the wall.


CABRERA: The President is also taking credit for a sharp drop in border detention saying potential illegal immigrants are not trying to reach the border now because they know they won't get across.

CNN correspondent Polo Sandoval is joining us now.

Polo, I know you spent a lot of time along the border. Is it pretty cut and dry that we have seen this dramatic decrease on the rest of the border because of the tough talk by the new American President?

POLO SANDOVAL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: And Ana, it may not be that simple. Of course, we have heard President Trump say time and time again that he promises to change the state of the southwest border from building that physical barrier to cutting down illegal immigration. And when you look at the numbers, and it might suggest that possibly may have happened, especially if you ask the White House.

For example, there are about 12000 apprehensions along the southwest border in the month of March. You compare that February, that is about 35 percent drop. If you compare March of 2016, that is nearly 65 percent decrease. And undocumented apprehension along the southwest border.

The White House again says that this is President Trump's agenda at play here. That this is clearly working. But then you hear from other individuals who say not so fast, including by the name of Tim Cane. He is a senior fellow at staff ford university and recently wrote a piece for, actually about two days ago in which he says another possibility could be that some of these families that may have made their way to the southwest border last fall simply sped up their trip. In fact we saw that when we traveled to the southwest border last November during an uptick before this decrease, and I had an opportunity to speak to some of these undocumented families myself. And many of them told me that they were trying to make it into the United States before Donald Trump would take that oath of office because of that concern.

So again, this is that other possibility here is that simply families that typically would have traveled in during the spring would have sped up their travel, at least moved it forward and done it last fall. So that's the question, is that the case or is this Donald Trump's immigration policy at work? Ana that depends on who you ask.

CABRERA: Polo, the --


RUPERTO ESCOBAR, BORDER LANDOWNER: My country and its part of my property. I would be willing to give it up so we can continue to be land of the brave and the home of the free like it always has been. For immigrants from all over the world that come here seeking to be a part of this country in a legal way.


[16:20:17] SANDOVAL: And Ana, we just heard from Ruperto Escobar. He is a rancher that I met along the southwest border only about a month- and-a-half ago. He is highly conservative here. And what is a predominantly democrat of region out south Texas. And he, not only is willing to support Donald Trump and his efforts to build this wall on the southwest border, but he is also willing to give up some of this 600 acres of land here. And that goes on the question I think you were going to ask here is what have we seen along the border. We have seen individuals like Ruperto Escobar. We have also seen some of and those individuals who continue to take a stance against that. Many of those people that are Mr. Escobar's neighbor for example, do not want to see this wall built.

But here we are 100 days in, still no actual progress here that has been made when it comes to breaking ground on this wall. So a lot of people like Mr. Escobar asking, will this happen especially if Donald Trump had their vote.

CABRERA: All right, Polo Sandoval reporting. Thanks so much.

I want to bring back out panel now to discuss the fast forward for President Trump. We have talked about the border wall. We talked about healthcare. Obviously, there's a lot that he wants to accomplish still.

So let's do a lightning round. Let's talk about your advice for this President and his next 100 days. And I'm going to start with you Mark Preston. What's your one piece of advice? MARK PRESTON, CNN POLITICS EXECUTIVE EDITOR: I think you should meet

together the populous that Brian was talking about earlier. The ability to work closer with those in the middle to try to get some things done. And quite frankly, you can do that while appealing to your base because as have been discussed on this he is definitely going to have a little room to navigate to get things done.


WESTWOOD: The wall is one of the promises that is most endangered by delay. It's not like tax reform or healthcare where once he signs a bill it's done. This is something that's going to take years to build. And if a new Congress or a new President comes in they could easily stop construction. And if we know anything about the government leading infrastructure and building projects, delays and cost overrun will probably be a part of this. And so, the longer he waits the more endangered the promise of the wall is.

CABRERA: Maeve, what is your advice?

RESTON: I think that the more collaborative approach he clearly has a personality even with some Democrats that he talks to where he wins them over on the phone and charms them. And there are a lot of things that the Democrats want to accomplish here that they have absolutely no power to accomplish. So I think he has an opportunity there to actually work with them particularly on things like infrastructure, to give people a reason to believe in Congress again.

CABRERA: So reaching across the aisle it sounds like you are saying?

RESTON: Yes why not. I don't know.

CILLIZZA: Mine is sort of like of Maeve which is just trying away to get a quick win. The tax reform is not going to be a quick win. I mean, it's going to take a significant amount of time if it goes. The wall, to Sarah's point, it's just not going to be quick in terms of funding or in terms of building it.

WESTWOOD: Why not?

CILLIZZA: I hesitate having him to introduce something else into Congress. But in my opinion, and this goes to Maeve's point, find something even if it's a small bored infrastructure bill something that puts the onus on Democrats to be against something as they have in the past.

CABRERA: Infrastructure will obvious be a big win in terms of generating our jobs, right.

CILLIZZA: It would put the burden on the Democratic Party I think more than what we have seen on healthcare and even tax reform. It is sort of the story is why Republicans are divided among themselves and Democrats are opposed. Force Joe mansion in West Virginia or Joe Diamond (ph) in Indiana or (INAUDIBLE), these standards who were up in 2018 that states Donald Trump won by double digits, force them to make a call, do you want to oppose Donald Trump all the time or on something that you express support for the past, and if some other person that oppose to be private for it, can you be for it? That was not exactly a light advice -

CABRERA: All right we are keeping track of your time.

CILLIZZA: Yes, sorry.

CABRERA: You used the rest of your allotment -- Jeffrey.

LORD: The back and forth her is something that I think he is going and he needs to continue to do. Work the phones, get these people to the White House, have these private conversations with them which he is great at doing. And then do as he is doing tonight in my home - adopted hometown.

CABRERA: Is he listening though in those conversations?

LORD: Sure. I think he is a very good listeners. He is very, very good at this. He is the showman in public, in private he really does listens to people. You know, he spends a lot of time doing this. But you have to keep doing this. President Reagan, you know, I would bring that up. You love to go back and put the heat on people. He go into their districts. He campaign in their districts and finally, you know, we were getting information from irate Republicans that Democratic candidates for Congress were putting Reagan on their literature, you know, to show that they are getting along with them. That's the kind of heat that he has to build.

[16:25:03] CABRERA: And Ana?

NAVARRO: You know, mine is much more general. I would say stop lying, stop exaggerating and stop misleading. There was a report yesterday in one of the newspaper. They had tracked it and he said something like 452 false and misleading statements in the last 100 days.

CABRERA: Those are in the "Washington Post."


NAVARRO: That's' four-and-a-half a day. That's a lot of lie. And I think his base may not mind alternative fact, but I think that those of us who are not his base still wants a White House that represents credibility. He has got to be responsible about what he said and for what he said. And the people around him who are saying have got to stop enabling him including his surrogates who then go on TV and try to justify and try to re-enforce the misleading things he has said. There are not 3.5 million - three to five million illegals who voted for Hillary Clinton.

CABRERA: He says the vice president is still going to lead out of commission too.

NAVARRO: These are just such stupid lies to blow up so much time and political capital on that. Just doesn't seem to me to be the most productive. CABRERA: Brian.

FALLON: I agree with that and everything else that has been said. Mine would be very simple straightforward tactical and get off twitter. I think it is ability to actually change news cycle as sort of winged (ph) because the media's cut off and they are not as willing to go along with it. And secondly, I think it will be a huge symbolic step in showing that he is growing into the role and actually being more serious and how he is approaching it. And all this 100-day polls of this Trump supporters, a lot of them say that bother two-thirds of them that say their bothered by (INAUDIBLE).

CABRERA: And very quickly, Paris.

DENNARD: Stay on twitter, ignore Brian.


DENNARD: Keep fighting for the American people. Keep talking to the American people. Be the people's president. Ignore Congress. Do what you can do to make America great again for all people. Do things like infrastructure. Do things like (INAUDIBLE). Take it to the people. Forget about these things.

CABRERA: He needs Congress though right? And you said keep doing what you are doing for a lot of people. There are a lot of people we are seeing out there who don't like what he is doing right now, like the protest we saw today, right?

DENNARD: I think the protesters, that is a separate organized thing. I'm talking about things that really matter to the American people. Average American sit around the table are more concern about year- round pale. And the cost education and infrastructure who are (INAUDIBLE) bridges and roads. Those are the things, the bread and butter issues --.

CABRERA: We got to go.

LORD: 1,341, the number of days after this.

CABRERA: All right.

NAVARRO: Exactly 1,361 because 2020 is leap year.

CABRERA: OK go after it. Thank you all. Anna Navarro is all about the facts today, so she knows what she is talking about.

Coming up, President Trump will hold a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania tonight. Up next, we will talk to Congressman Mike Kelly, one of President Trump's allies in Congress about the 100 day agenda. He is from the great state of Pennsylvania.

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(COMMERCIAL BREAK) [16:32:04] CABRERA: Just a few hours from now President Trump will mark his 100th day in office with a campaign style rally in Pennsylvania. This is a chance for him to get a boost from his staple supporters in a state he won unexpectedly back in November.

Republican congressman Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania is at the President's rally. He is joining us live from Harrisburg. Of course, that really doesn't really kick off for a few more hours.

But congressman, what do you see as the purpose of this event? Is this the President doing something more than just trying to get positive reinforcement?

REP. MIKE KELLY (R), PENNSYLVANIA: You know what, I think this is a President that realize you have to connect with every day people because if you don't connect with people then you become that insider that only is concern with what happens inside Washington.

The fact that he is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania today says so much about him. I was with him Ambridge. I was with him in Erie, Pennsylvania. He connects with blue collar people. And he has such strong energy and strong leadership values. People flood to see him.

It's electric here, Ana. People were standing in line. They have been here for hours. They started -- they left their homes last night to come here to see President Trump, to hear President Trump and to continue on that mission to make America great again. And he is so good at that message. And it really gets to blue collar people. When people like me to come from a steel meal time and cold area and a rare roads on, he connects with people like that because they have been left behind so long.

CABRERA: What has he done in the first 100 days that has impacted the people you speak of like those in your district?

KELLY: Yes. Well, of course, everybody has a right. Well, look. We got Neil Gorsuch confirmed in the Supreme Court. And I got to tell you, that was a big issue with a lot of people.

The other issue, I would just tell you this. Our position in the world, when the world looks at us now as a country that would lead and not lead from behind but by out front and lead boldly, and doing things that restore the confidence that the rest of the world had in America before. And they kind of walked away from it because they wasn't sure where's America.

And you know, the President says we got to make America great again. We got to make America strong again because, you know, if America is in fact, we don't have anybody else's back. So what has he done more than anything else has raised the optimism that people have, the faith that people have. That we have a strong leader, not just a lecture, but a leader who is taking us in the right direction and is proving to the world that America is the strongest. America is the country that's going to be there when you need them the most, that's the most incredible story about the first 100 days. CABRERA: So I hear what you are saying in terms of the attitude

morale and boost that people are getting. But I'm trying to figure out how have the lives of the people who you just spoke of those blue colors folks who are there in Pennsylvania who helped switch the state red, how have their lives changed?

KELLY: Wait a minute, well you know, attitude controls your altitude. And for years people have felt downtrodden and they felt that no longer with America some place that was exceptional. You can't have that type of leadership at the top and think that people somehow are going to have faith and confidence in that.

How has he helped everyday people? Because they believe in him. They believe that what he has done so far is positive. It taking then in the right direction. This idea that it is a 100 days, and that is your whole presidency, that is foolish. I have watched for eight years our country in decline. I have watched this man in 100 days turn America around a 180 degrees where people believed, Ana. Believe, they believe in their hearts. They believe in their head. They believe in the President in the United States.

So all these other things like what has he done? What has he done? Through his executive orders, he has stop the war on coal. He is doing things of the (INAUDIBLE). He has helped them. The steel people, he has helped them. But more than anything else he has restored the belief that America is great and America will be great again.

[16:35:43] CABRERA: And we witnessed a lot of people though protesting in Washington today right at the President's doorstep specifically talking about his climate change policies. And the President has promised to quote "heal the wounds of division." What do you see he has done in the first 100 days to do just that?

KELLY: Well, listen. You are going to have different groups that no matter what President Trump does they are going to find something wrong with it. He has opened his door at the White House, not just to the Muslim brotherhood but all those folks in America that have been closed out for so many years.

So again, going back to this. If you are looking for an exact thing, a policy, a one thing that's turned the people you are not going to find that. But what you are going to find is people who believe in this man. I wish you should be here with me. This is like the steel rally. This is like being in a penguin rally. This is like being in Notre Dame rally or Penn State or Pit rally. And I got to tell you I said it earlier on, attitude determines your also attitude. And so we start to look of what he has done and not yet -- 100 days Ana. He has tried to make up for eight years of leading from behind and by shutting down the coal industry, by shutting down manufacturing, by shutting down all those jobs in a 100 days, he is being held accountable. We are not turning around in minutes versus years of what he was fighting.

Listen, he is back. America is back. If you could be here with me today you could feel it. You can see it in his eyes. You can hear it in their voices. They are excited to be here. Are there other groups that will protest? Yes, there will be. But I tell all my friends out there. Give it a little bit of time. It didn't happen overnight. It is not going to get better overnight. But we are headed in the right direction. I wish you could be here. It is electric and this is the man that's responsible for turning that around.

CABRERA: Well, we know that it was the President himself who made this 100 day contract with the American people. He was the one who set that expectation. But to your point, he has a lot of time to continue to work on these big agenda items and his goals that he has put before all of the country.

Representative Mike Kelly, thank you for being with us. We appreciate it.

KELLY: Thanks so much, Ana.

CABRERA: Coming up, we just spoke to a Republican leader, so up next we will speak to a Democratic leader. Colorado went for Hillary Clinton in 2015 but the governor says it is still a swing state. John Hickenlooper joins live to talk about how his state is changing under the Trump administration.

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[16:42:03] CABRERA: Denver is one of several U.S. cities holding a climate march today. Protesters turning out in the snow and the cold, very different from the heat and humidity here in Washington D.C. The weather is just one of the ways. Colorado is world apart from Washington.

I want to bring in Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat in a purple state and a region that is getting more red with the recent election.

Dome Democrats would like to see you, governor, as the future of the Democratic Party. One hundred days into the Trump administration, what is the top thing you hope he will be able to work on with Democrats?

GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D), COLORADO: Well, clearly, we got to find some ways to get people working together. And I think there are a lot of Democrats that want to bring back jobs to the top (INAUDIBLE) and want to find ways especially with people with middle skills. A lot of the factory workers who have lost their jobs to outsourcing, how do we get them back engage and get them into, not just jobs, but jobs , the better jobs, get them back into the professions and careers.

CABRERA: Well, the president will say he is doing just that with some of these regulations rollback that he has enacted. Do you see those helping the folks in Colorado?

HICKENLOOPER: No, not so much. I mean, Colorado, we know our unemployment is 2.6 percent. So we are the - right now, we are the lowest unemployment in the entire country. And I think is the lowest we ever had in the history of the state. So we are doing great. I don't think those regulations, even nationally, I think they may help an isolated case. But long term, we have to worry about there could be, you know, unacceptable unexpected consequences from, you know, pull back regulations too far. What you want to get rid of is some of bureaucracy and the unnecessary kind of (INAUDIBLE), you know, red tape.

But regulations play a valuable role both for business and protecting the people. And I want to make sure that this process is measured and responsible and there is not going to lease in the more cause at here out economy down the road.

CABRERA: I know you spoke with two members of the Trump administration in just the past several days, secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke, attorney general Jeff Sessions. What are you learning or hearing from them?

HICKENLOOPER: Well, both of them were very straightforward and very direct which I really appreciate. You know, attorney General Sessions very clearly, I mean, he wants -- he thinks that there are any kind of increase in drug use in the United States is not good for the country. And this legalizing marijuana he really can't understand. And he is not going to do anything that allows people to think that this is a good idea to go into or save time to open a marijuana growing operation or retail store or something like that. He is very clear on that.

I think in the same way he is very focused on immigration. I don't think he is going to come and deport everybody. But he really wants to send a message that people need to obey these laws, and that immigrants who don't have documentation better be very -- should be truly a model -- model citizens.

[16:45:13] CABRERA: So with the growing Hispanic population in Colorado, governor, do you feel that he is receptive to some of the fear that they may be feeling? And what I'm hearing from you is he wasn't maybe as harsh in some of the rhetoric as we have heard publicly when it comes to immigration?

HICKENLOOPER: Well, his rhetoric wasn't harsh. But I wouldn't say he is overly empathetic. I mean, he is a fairly high contrast person where people, you either playing by the rules or you are not play by the rules. And he thinks that, you know, undocumented -- immigrants who don't have popular documentation are not playing by the rules.

You know, Secretary Zinke is also very direct. And I think that in similar ways, he wants to get to the real, the major issues and the major problems. And I think he is - at the reason he made a decision that in the next 120 days you are going to look at a lot of this, you know, (INAUDIBLE) act designations as kind of national monuments and re-evaluate those - I think the once who are more controversial, I think respects. What he wants to get to is more local control, better relationship and a better partnership and the federal government in states. And I think that that is his focus, at least with the rest governors, both Republicans and Democrats, there will be some avenues by which we can work together.

CABRERA: I want you to listen to what Nancy Pelosi said this week about the President.


REP. NANCY PELOSI (D), MINORITY LEADER: He has succeed in one way, he has succeed in mobilizing the American people against what he is about. He has been proven to be one of the best organizers the Democratic Party ever had.


CABRERA: Does your party offer anything more to voters than a party opposed to Trump?

HICKENLOOPER: I think that Democrats offer a lot of answers. I think Colorado is a good model. And U.S. news reporter called our economy the number one economy in the country couple weeks ago. And yet we hold ourselves with the highest environmental standards, the highest ethical standards.

You can have regulations that work. We have passed methane regulations to capture any fugitive emission, any escaping methane which is much more damaging greenhouse gas and even CO2. And we got the environmental community and the oil and gas industry to work together to create those regulations in a collaborative environment where both sides took credit, that's sort of the role that I think Democrats provide, is we can have a strong economy -- we don't have to sacrifice jobs in the economy to have cleaner air and cleaner water.

CABRERA: All right governor John Hickenlooper, we have to leave it there. Thanks for joining us.

HICKENLOOPER: Yes. And nice talking to you.

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[16:52:30] CABRERA: CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta describes how reading a book or listening to an audio book even may improve your longevity in the latest, living to 100.


DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: When you think about reading, just the idea of being able to focus on something in particular that's not a big screen, not a device can really be a benefit. There have been studies that have shown that it can help reduce your stress levels, help improve your attention levels and possibly going to be overall good for your mental functions. You can reduce your rates of cogitative (ph) decline but up to 32

percent. This is significant. It's fascinating to see how the brain respond even if the body is sitting still looking at those pages. So for example, if there's a scene that you are reading that's a very active scene, there is in the brain that are called the motor cortex that are responsible for movement they may start to light up. If it's particularly stimulating part of this book that you are reading, your sensory cortex which actually allows you to see, that may start to light up.

There have been so much and study showing that you don't have to read book, I recommend this one by the way, you can actually hear books. You can listen to an audio book, for example, and that can have some of the same beneficial effects that we are talking about.

So just keep in mind, the more you read, the more you know, the more you learn, the further you will go. That was a different doctor, Doctor Seuss. But regardless, it will help you live to 100.


CABRERA: Climate science activists are making their voices heard on this 100th day in Donald Trump's presidency. Thousands of people from across the country marched towards the president's front door to speak out against his environmental agenda.

Actor Leonardo Decaprio led the people climate march on Washington today, holing a handwritten sign that read climate change is real. Activists also protested in the president's hometown of New York outside Trump Tower.

Up next, more of our extensive coverage of the President's 100th day in office. At 7:30, the President's rally in Pennsylvania. And at 8:30, the White House correspondents dinner.

But stay with us this special Saturday edition of the sit room with Wolf Blitzer is next. And don't forget tomorrow night, comedian W. Kamau Bell believed uncomfortable conversation to create change. It is a subject of his season premiere of "UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA."