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president obama and putin meeting face-to-face for the first time in two years. at odds with how to win the war on isis. donald trump losing his lead for president. a poll reveals a troubling trend. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. happy monday. >> i'm christine romans. it is monday, september 28th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. happening today, president obama meets with russian president vladimir putin on the first day of the year's united nations
general assembly in new york. the surprise announcement that russia, iraq, iran and syria reached a deal aimed to share information to isis. this is among the build up in syrian. for the latest, let's bring in cnn's matthew chance live in moscow. good morning, matthew. >> reporter: good morning, christine. it is hard to see that vladimir putin hasn't seized the diplomatic initiative in the crisis or getting the community to talk about it. it has economic interests and built issues on the ports. vladimir putin is casting the efforts and bolstering forces in syria against the drive against international terrorism and calling on the international community to join him. see what he had to say on cbs's
"60 minutes" over the weekend. >> translator: we support the government of syria and it is my deep belief in order to destroy the government will destroy the situation which you can witness in the other countries of the region or other regions. >> reporter: vladimir putin saying we have to back the governments of syria. the only defense against the other rebel groups and islamic state. christine, what this is all about is vladimir putin and russia trying to boost or bolster its international clout. it sees syria as the main stronghold in the middle east. >> what about the hedge, if you will, they are worried of the assad regime holding on to power. >> reporter: there are worries in russia in assad holds on to power. the economic and military
interests and real concern when it comes to the spread of radical islam. it is inviting insurgency in russia. they genuinely do see the prevention of the spread of islamic as a worry for them. they choose to do it backing the assad government. >> thank you, matthew. donald trump thinks having russia take the lead is not a bad idea. the frontrunner saying on "60 minutes" it may work to american advantage to let isis and assad regime fight it out and we pick up the remnants. fighting isis in iraq was a different problem that might require different u.s. troops. >> if you look at syria, russia wants to get rid of isis. we want to get rid of isis. let them do it. >> that is syria.
what do you do with iraq? >> you have to knock them out. >> how do you do that? >> you have to fight them. if you need, you have to do that. yes. >> donald trump discussing his tax plan. he is set to unveil that at 11:00 a.m. and the poll now reveals that carson and trump are neck and neck. athena jones has more. >> reporter: donald trump says his tax cuts will be for middle class and hikes for hedge fund managers. he says it will be long on policy and specific. this is a new nbc/wall street journal poll showing trump leading the pack, but carson is right behind him. this poll is proof that the
debates matter. look at carly fiorina. another outsider. she is tied with marco rubio at 11% in third place. both of them were seen as standouts in simi valley. they both made big gains, especially fiorina. the rest of the gop field, including the establishment favorite jeb bush is languishing in single digits. ben carson is still facing questions on muslims fit to serve as president. take a look at the exchange with jake tapper. >> if you are a member of the church with a lot of misinformation, you are an african-american, you know what it's like for people to make false assumptions about you and you seem to be doing the same thing with muslims. >> which way? >> you assume that
muslim-americans put their religion ahead of america. >> if you assume the tenets, you do not abide by the constitution sdplch . >> that interview was cut short, but the discussion was continuing. we will see if it hurts with voters. >> thank you, athena. here is what we know about trump's tax plan. he revealed that his plan would mean zero taxes for some americans. >> there would be a large segment of our country that will have a zero rate. a zero rate. that's something i have not told anybody. people in the low income brackets that are supposed to be paying taxes. many of them don't anyway. >> you are talking about making them exempt. >> he would maintain tax revenue
by raising taxes on some of the riche richest. he wants to eliminate the loopholes. trump plans to cut corporate taxes. he says that will prevent companies from moving overseas. he wants to bring back the money that companies are stashing overseas. and hillary clinton's lead over bernie sanders is fast disappearing with joe biden in the race, clinton leads 42% to 35%. and she says her e-mail questions are a trip down memory lane. she compares that to the controversies that dogged the clintons in the white house in the '90s. >> it is like a drip, drip, drip. that is why i said there is only
so much i can control. i will provide more transparency. i'm happy to do that. i want these questions to be answered. i can't predict to you what the republicans will come up with or what kind of charges or claims they might make. i have no control over that. i can only do the best i can to try to respond. >> clinton called the republican suggestions she used the private e-mail server for information for requests totally ridiculous. and john boehner blasting conservatives as false prophets. boehner speaking on "face the nation" two days after his shocking announcement he is stepping down at the end of october. he lashed out at conservative groups and lawmakers who quote whip people into a frenzy and promising things they know are never going to happen.
>> the bible says be aware of false prophets. there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done. this idea we will shutdown the government to get rid of obamacare in 2013. this plan never had a chance. over the course of the august recess in 2013 and over the course of september, a lot of my colleagues knew it wasn't viable. >> boehner passing a funding bill before wednesday's deadline that does not meet conservatives demands to cut off funding for planned parenthood. the near term risk of a government shutdown pushed to december now. still lots of work to do. >> always hanging over. pope francis confronting sexual abuse in the church. his message next.
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rome following his historic trip to cuba and three u.s. cities in six days. the pope departing philadelphia last night following the outdoor mass. hundreds of thousands filing into the benjamin franklin parkway to see the people's pope one final time on american soil. cnn's rosa flores traveled on the pontiff's jet back to rome where she joins us on the phone. rosa, i would say the pope is exhausted or still running on adrenaline. >> reporter: probably both, alison. it has been a restless night for all of us. about 70 journalists just landing with pope francis in rome. he worked all night long. as soon as we took off, pope francis came to the back of the plane and answered questions. i can't tell you what was
discussed because there is an embargo on that information because of technicalities as to how information is disseminated. most of us don't have internet, some folks need to get to a filing center. with that said, there is an embargo on what was actually discussed. that embargo lifted at 6:00 a.m. just in time for "new day." i will be live from the cnn rome bureau with the information from the press conference. it was an eight-hour flight. no one on the plane has slept hopefully pope francis did get some sleep because he is probably exhausted. overall, we landed safely. we are here in rome. i can tell you now i'm on a bus and i'll get my bag to head to the cnn bureau and continue
reporting on pope francis' trip to the u.s. and cuba. >> you certainly sound excited and that is perfectly understandable. what sense are you getting from them about how successful this trip was? >> reporter: about the success of the trip? the vatican is pleased. that is what pope francis mentioned and fr. lombardi. his spokesperson. one of the things that the pope journalists for our hard work. he says i know it is a lot of work and you are exhausted. here we are on the home stretch to come back to rome. i feel they are very pleased. of course, pope francis probably needs a little rest after this nine--day tour through cuba and the united states.
>> what a whirlwind trip for the pope and journalists. we will be watching "new day" to hear what the pope said on that flight. rosa, thanks so much. before celebrating his final mass on sunday, pope francis met with victims of clergy of sex abuse. he promised the abusers will be held accountable for their actions. cnn's delia gallagher has the story. >> reporter: it was a private meeting that lasted just over 30 minutes. the vatican says pope francis told survivors he was profoundly sorry for the crimes committed against them and for the times they tried to speak out, but were not believed. the holy father hears you, the pope said, and believes you and deeply regrets that some bishops
failed in their responsibility to protect children. the pope told survivors that bishops and clergy will be held accountable. this is important for the survivor groups. bishops that may have known be brought to justice by the vatican. the pope went and met with his bishops and had strong words about clergy sex abuse. >> translator: god weeps for the children. i commit to oversight to ensure the children are protected. >> reporter: this is the second time that pope francis has met with survivors of clergy sex abuse. christine and alison. >> thank you for that. federal safety investigators say the seattle duck boat involved in the fatal crash last week failed to get an axle repaired that was recommended in 2013.
op officials say it is not clear if the owners of ride the ducks was aware of the warning. new details emerging about freddie gray's arrest. the baltimore sun reporting that one officer reports that gray asked for medical help and did not get it. gray died from the spinal injury while being in custody. a judge ordered separate trials for six officers charged in his death. the tsa is saying a record number of firearms turned up in recent airport searches. 67 guns were found in luggage in one week in september alone. 56 of them were loaded and 26 had a round in the chamber. the new head of the tsa says his
goal is to close the security gaps. asians will out number hispanic in the united states within 50 years. it found that immigration from mexico and other latin american countries has slowed down over the last several years. right now, 14% of the u.s. population was born in another country. pew says there will be no majority group in the u.s. by 2065. a rare sight in the sky across the world. this was taken in gilbert, arizona. it takes place when the eclipse and full moon coincide. when it happens, the moon is bigger and brighter than usual. it has a reddish hue there. >> i did not see it.
let's go to cnn's saima mohsin live in beijing. >> reporter: the president expected to talk about climate change. president obama hailing that trip as a success and going green and china, the world's biggest polluter. expected to talk about the south china sea. issues that he is not likely to touch on, human rights and women's rights. on the sidelines of the u.n. on sunday, china jointly hosted a women's summit where president xi laid out a proposal. he said women should be brought into the economic and society prosperity and we should advance the position as far as the economy. he said there should be less
prejudice and discrimination against women and women's rights should be protected. a little ironic given the united states is running a free the 20 campaign. free 20 women from china. hillary clinton responding to that speech on sunday saying president xi is shameless. we have not had a response from the chinese camp yet. those are the thorny issues he is not likely to address that people want to see him address. i met a woman who was a lawyer turned activist here in beijing. she started being an activist during the beijing olympics when her and other homes were knocked down. she was imprisoned and detained for three months. where she said she was tortured by police. she has to use a wheelchair now, christine. these issues are still prominent here in beijing and not likely
to be addressed at the u.n. >> not likely to be addressed. saima, president xi has a big facebook page with all kinds of video and photos of his trip to the united states and trying to get it viral in the u.s. you won't see that in china because of the censorship there. that is a sub text of that. and a tense meeting with president obama and vladimir putin. face-to-face for the first time in years. ready to take on new controversy. we are live next.
president obama set to meet with russia president vladimir putin in hours. face-to-face for the first time in two years. from the war on isis to the conflict in ukraine. donald trump losing his lead in the race for president. the new poll showing trump now neck and neck with his closest competitor. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. 30 minutes past the hour. happening today, president obama meets with russia president vladimir putin on the first day of the united nations general assembly in new york. the surprise announced that russia, iraq, iran and syria reached a deal to share intelligence aimed at defeating isis. that news comes amid u.s.
concerns of russia military build up in syria and kremlin efforts to expand in iraq. for the latest, let's bring in matthew chance in moscow. how concerned is the u.s.? >> reporter: i should imagine concerned, alison. it shows russia is seizing the issue when it comes to solving the conflict there. already russia has been bolstering the military footprint in syria with tanks and weapons. it has a number of reasons for doing that. it says it has military bases on the ground it wants to protect as well as economic interests. vladimir putin is casting the effort and military effort in terms of the fight against international terrorism. he is calling the other countries to join russia in the battle. take a listen to what he said on
"60 minutes." >> translator: we support the government of syria. it is my belief that any actions to the contrary in order to destroy the government will create a situation which you can witness in other countries of the region. >> reporter: so the fight against international terrorism is the number one priority says vladimir putin. the suspension is it is something broader. an attempt to bolster rush's standing and clout on the international stage. alison. >> how awkward is this meeting with vladimir putin and president obama? how awkward do you think this meeting will be knowing the white house is frozen out putin over the better part of the year after russia's military takeover of crimea? >> reporter: i think not very much in terms of what vladimir putin's actions are going to be.
the russian leader says despite what the united states and others can throw at russia, they will pursue their policy objectives no matter what. there are sanctions from the u.s. and eu on russia over the alleged activities inside ukraine. that hasn't led the kremlin to flinch in that part of the world. i suppose it would be a little embarrassing or awkward for president obama because he very well understands now that vladimir putin as i mentioned is setting the diplomatic agenda. the united states has little to do. >> it will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes out of the meeting. and russia takes the lead of getting rid of isis in syria is
not a bad idea says donald trump. he says it might work to american advantage to let isis and assad regime fight it out and as trump put it, pick up the remnants. fighting isis in iraq was a different problem that might require different combat troops. >> if you look at syria, russia wants to get rid of isis. we want to get rid of isis. let russia do it. >> syria. what do you do with isis? >> with isis in iraq, you have to knock them out. you have to fight them. you have to send in. if you will have to do that. >> donald trump discussing his tax plan. trump is set to unveil the details on the plan at news conference at 11:00 a.m. as the poll shows trump losing his lead over ben carson. the two candidates are neck and neck. cnn's athena jones has more on that from washington.
>> reporter: good morning, christine and alison. today is the day trump will unveil the tax plan. he will call for a middle class tax cuts. he says it is long on policy and specific. this is coming as a new wall street journal poll shows trump is leading the gop, but barely. ben carson is right up there with him. one percentage point apart. this poll is proof that debates matter. look at carly fiorina. she is tied with florida senator marco rubio at 11% in third place. both were seen as standouts in the debate and they are being rewarded. they made big gains, especially fiorina. the rest of the gop field, including the establishment favorite jeb bush is languishing in single digits. meanwhile, ben carson is facing
questions on muslims being fit to serve as president. listen to his comments with jake tapper. >> you are a member of the church where there is a lot of misinformation about. you are an african-american. you know what it is like for people to make false assumptions about you and you seem to be doing the same thing with muslims sdplchmusli muslims? >> in which way? i'm assuming if you accept all the tenets of islam that you will have very difficult time abiding under the constitution of the united states. >> reporter: although that interview was cut short by the carson campaign, the discussion continues. we will see if it hurts with voters. christine. thank you for that. here is what we know about trump's tax plan. he revealed in that interview his plan means zero taxes for
some. >> there will be a large segment of our country that will have a zero rate. a zero rate. that's something i haven't told anybo anybody. we are talking about people in the low income brackets. >> you are talking about making part of the population exempt. >> yes. >> his plan would increase or maintain tax revenue by raising the taxes on richest americans. hedge fund managers are a tar t target. he plans to cut corporate taxes to keep corporations from moving overseas. he estimates it could bring back $2.5 trillion that businesses are stashing abroad. and on the democratic side, hillary clinton's lead is fast disappearing. if joe biden were to get in the
race, clinton leads sanders by 7%. in the meantime, the stream of questions about use of the e-mail server are a trip down memory lane. she compares that to the controversies that dogged the clintons in the white house in the '90s. >> it is like a drip, drip, drip. that is why i said there is only so much i can control. what i have tried to do in explaining this is to provide more transparency and more information than anybody that i'm aware of who has served in the government. i'm happy to do that. i want these questions to be answered. i can't predict to you what the republicans will come up with and what charges or claims they might make. i have no control over. that i can only do the best i can to try to respond. >> clinton called the suggestions she used a private e-mail server to avoid freedom of information requests
ridiculous. and blasting white wing republicans in congress as false prophets like government shutdowns they know they cannot win. john boehner speaking on "face the nation" two days after his announcement he is stepping down at the end of october. he lashed out at conservative groups and lawmakers who quote whip people into a frenzy promising things they know will never happen. >> there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done. this whole idea we will shutdown the government to get rid of obamacare. this plan never had a chance. over the course of the august recess and the course of september, you know, a lot of my republican colleagues who knew it was a fool's issue, were getting a lot of pressure from home. >> boehner vowed to avoid the
next possible shutdown passing a wednesday deadline that does not cut off funding for planned parenthood. interesting to see him come clean here. >> it will be interesting. december is our next big deadline. 40 minutes past the hour. pope francis meeting with sex abuse survivors in the church. that's next.
now following his historic trip to cuba and three u.s. cities in six days. the pope capping his visit with a huge outdoor mass in philadelphia sunday. hundreds of thousands of people filled the benjamin franklin parkway to see the pope one last time on american soil. cnn's miguel marquez has more. >> reporter: many people here in philadelphia were unable to get to the magnetometers to see him. did you like it? i think it is fair to say this crowd loves papa francisco. you are from kentucky. you live in kentucky but from spain. what did you think? >> i think the pope is elevating the message of jesus christ to the 21st century. he is speaking with words that really get to our hearts and we
respond with the message of love. >> reporter: i find it amazing a 78-year-old man can connect with people like that. what is it about this guy? >> he has charisma. i think at this age he can renew that. >> reporter: has he strengthened your love for the church or faith? >> he has. >> reporter: thumb's up or down on the visit? a giant thumb's up in philadelphia. i think the point that many will remember here, especially in philadelphia, so many issues with sexual abuse, not only abuse, but the cover up, is what the pope said god weeps for the children sexually abused. >> thank you for that, miguel. before celebrating the final mass in philadelphia on sunday, pope francis met with victims of clergy sex abuse and addressed
the issue with the bishops from around the world. the pope promised they will be held accountable for their actions. cnn's delia gallagher has more. >> reporter: it was a private meeting that lasted over 30 minutes. pope francis told survivors he was profoundly sorry for the crimes committed against them and for the times they had tried to speak out, but were not believed. the holy father hears you, the pope said, and believes you and deeply regrets that some bishops failed in responsibility to protect children. the pope told survivors that bishops and clergy would be held accountable. this is an important point. bishops who may have known about the cases be brought to justice by the vatican. the pope immediately following the meeting and met with his bishops and had strong words
about clergy sex abuse. >> translator: god weeps for the sexual abuse of children. i commit to a careful oversight to ensure the youth are protected and all responsible will be held accountable. >> reporter: this is the second time the pope met with survivors of sex abuse since being elected in 2013. christine. thank you. the seattle duck boat involved in the crash on the bridge last week failed to get an axle repair that was recommended in 2013. this is not clear if the owner of ride the ducks was aware of the warning. a fifth student died on sunday. more than a dozen others are still hospitalized. new details emerging of freddie gray's arrest and transportation. one officer told investigators gray asked for medical help, but
did not get it because they thought he might be faking his injuries. gray died from a spinal injury sustained in custody. the report says some police statements providing differing accounts of what happened. the judge orders trials separately. the tsa reported a record number of firearms turned up recently. agents found 67 guns in one week in september alone. officials say 56 were loaded. 26 had a round in the chamber. the new head of the tsa has said his top priority is closing security gaps at check points. china's president set to speak before the united nations. plenty of controversial topics on the agenda. we are live next.
nations today? >> reporter: there will be a giant sign for the free the 20 campaign which will be run by ambassador samantha power. that is for 20 women around the world imprisoned and three of them from china. so, he might not like to see that as he enters. he will focus on climate change. the big meetings with president obama, of course, toward the paris conference. cap and trade system implemented there. china is the world's largest polluter. anything on climate change from china will be hugely positive to talk about at the unga. he is expected to talk about a peace initiative and touch upon china's expansion in the south china sea. that is controversial in the united states.
and u.s. pushing japan for the security bill to see japan move into the military arena trying to bring in some kind of equal militarily in the region. human rights issues not likely to be touched upon, but a concern for many around the world. i met with a lawyer turned activist. she has been an activist for ten years now who was imprisoned. she said she was tortured by police. he will not likely be touching on that. alison. >> thank you, saima. china's president is in the united states hanging out in silicon valley and visiting the white house and updating his facebook. how xi jinping is breaking his own social media rules next.
interest rates? and questions about the government shutdown and debt ceiling. that pushed stocks lower. dow is down 8.5% this year. volkswagen problems are piling up since the epa revealed it cheated on emission tests. most of those lawsuits are filed by owners. it could cost vw hundreds of millions of dollars. another lawsuit has been filed since the stock has lost 30% of the value. chinese president xi jinping broke his own rule by signing up for facebook. you can see status updates and videos from the first official visit to the u.s. there xi is strolling with the president at the white house. and none of the 1.3 billion
people back home can see it. that is because facebook is one of the many sites blocked in china. so having a facebook page which is censored back home. "early start" continues right now. president obama and vladimir putin meeting for the first time in two years. and donald trump losing his lead in the race for president. a new poll reveals a troubling trend for the republican frontrunner. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. president obama meets with russian president vladimir putin on the first day of this year's united nations general assembly in new york. sure