hello, i'm wolf blitzer and it is 1:00 p.m. here in washington, and 9:00 p.m. in moscow, a nd wherever you are watching from around the world, thank you very much for joining us. we begin with the breaking news. the u.s. secretary of homeland security jeh johnson has just issued a new order for security measures pending the results of that crash over the sinai. and now we have the latest of what the homeland security has just announced. tell us about it, rene marsh. >> well, this is the first time
that we have been hearing from the secretary of homeland security since this plane came down. this is the headline coming from the statement. we will see changes specifically at overseas airports with direct flights to the united states. the department of homeland security jeh johnson saying they are expanding the screening of items on aircraft, they plan on assessing foreign airport security structures, security measures, and then they go on the say that there will be other measures seen and unseen. so not a lot of detail in this statement here. not hearing very dramatic changes, but nonetheless, they are making changes, security changes, enhancing what is already in place at overseas airports. although they don't give a lot of detail, but what can expect most likely more random checks at those overseas airport, and also, perhaps more canines and
more officers and hand swabbing, and looking for residue, and in many cases, these measures are truly intended to deter people and that is why they go with so many random measure, and so nobody knows exactly what to ebs pebt when th-- what to expect a the airports. again, wolf, we are hearinging in from the homeland security department and one of the key items at thech to the list, they are expanding the screening of items and assessing the security structure at foreign airports with overseas flights flying directly into the united states. we know there are some 275 airports worldwide with direct flights to the united states. so all of them will be getting scrutiny to make sure that they are, that they have tsa-level screening measures in place, because of course, we know that is a requirement if you have flights flying directly into the
united states, you must have tsa-level screening measures in pla place, and abide by the tsa rules. if you do not, you cannot fly to the united states, wolf. >> and one line specifically jumped out to me, rene, in the statement from jeh johnson, and he writes this time the security enhancements are intended only for certain foreign airports in the region. suggesting, it is not all foreign airports, but certain foreign airports, and they did not specify which ones would get this extra scrutiny, did they? >> they did not. i mean, one would imagine that perhaps these are middle eastern airports, but you are right. they are a very light on details, and this is usually the case when we get the statements from the department of homeland security and they usually say because of the security reasons they don't want to reveal too much, but you are absolutely right, one could only guess that
it ha as to be a lot of focus being spent on those airports within the middle east, but it does not specifically say that at this point, wolf. so of course, we will have to dig the out and find out more specifics, but you are right, we don't have that specific at this hour >> and get a list of the airport and the certain airports and the foreign airports in the region to get enhanced scrutiny is going to point out directly that there are no direct commercial flights from sharm el sheikh to the united states. but there are direct commercial flights from kay cairo's international airport, and so that cairo airport is going to get immediate scrutiny. >> yes, jfk has a direct flight from egypt air flying directly from cairo to jfk, and that flight goes four times a day. so, there is concern there, even if not a u.s. carer y, it is concern, because it does fly
directly into the united states, so yes, cairo does fall into the list of airports to get the intense scrutiny, this enhanced screening, this enhanced look from dhs and tsa, and again, as we point out. all airport security is not the same, but however, when you have an airport that flies directly to the united states, they do have to abide by the tsa rules. so tsa has a certain standard for screening, and that applies at the airports. sharm el sheikh for example, they don't have direct flights to the united states, so they don't have to follow tsa-level screening measures. so because cairo is having that the direct flight to airports like jfk, they will be affected by this announcement that just came out from dhs. >> yes, they will be. and major announcement by the department of homeland security. thank you very much, and we will get back to you, rene, with much more coming up on the story this
mour, including russia's latest moves to suspend flights to egypt as well. now, another major story that we are following. following a seven-year political fight and huge political fight p pitting the oil companies against each other, and republicans and democrat, it looks like the battle of the keystone xl pipeline done for no now. >> several years ago the state department began a review process for the proposed construction of a pipeline to carry canadian crude oil through our heartland to the ports of gulf of mexico and out into the world market. this morning, secretary kerry informed me that the after extensive public outreach and consultation with other cabinet agencies, the state department has decided that the keystone xl pipeline would not serve the national interests of the united states. i agree with that decision. the proposed pipeline would span 1,200 meiles across six u..
states and 6,000 barrels of oil would move from the sands to the gulf coast. we will go to our correspondent elise labott who has been following this for the past six years. exhaustive hearings, but the president reare jekting it. it is not a huge surprise, but an important decision. >> that is right, wolf. this exhaustive process was widely thought to come to this conclusion. secretary kerry and president obama committed to longstanding climate change prevention, and we are just going through the determination right now of secretary kerry, and he says that the pipeline would have a negligible effect on the economy, on the u.s. oil security, and basically not a lot of jobs created, which a lot of the proponents, and particularly the oil companies suggested, and it all came down
to the fact that secretary kerry and president obama feel that the u.s. needs to continue to voice leadership on the climate change issue, and this announcement is ahead of a very big u.n. summit on climate change next month where president obama wants to broker an international agreement to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions. this is is a bold statement in advance of that summit, wolf. >> hillary clinton opposes the keystone pipeline, but when she was secretary the of state, she said that she was inclined to support it, and bernie sanders strongly opposes the keystone pipeline and so does martin o'malley, and the republicans support it by and large, and presumably if a republican is elected this decision could be reversed? >> that is right, wolf. transcanada, the company that proposed the pipeline and has spent $2 billion on this project was expecting this and asked the
state the department to push back the decision, and with drau the permit request and wait for more studies, and the charge by the white house was that this is politics and betting that perhaps a republican president could come in and vote in favor of the project, the state department denied the request, and secretary kerry said that a lot of work has gone into the study, and they decided to go ahead. certain areally, the people in favor of the pipeline and particularly the canadian government, and the new prime m minister was in support of it, and so there is a thought that perhaps a republican president will be elected and the project will go ahead. >> to today, the president formally rejecting the keystone xl pipeline. >> when we come back, much more on the breaking news of the egyptian airline crash. tod today, a dramatic move by the russian president vladimir putin to suspend russian air traffic
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let's get to the race for the white house. dr. ben carson is getting increasingly assertive now in rejecting the questions raised about his violent teenager years. cnn reporters including our own maeve reston has attempted to corroborate the incidents that car sop -- carson describes vividly in his book "gifted hand s. "but then he launched into an attack on the media. here is part of the interview with cnn's alisyn camerota. >> well, it is pathetic and what the media does is try to get you distracted about all of the stuff so you won't talk about the things that are important, and we have so many important things. i am not proud of the fact that i had these rage episodes, but i
am proud of the fact that i was able to get over them. >> look, of course. >> my message has been that you can escape from that angry. >> yes, people are resonating with that message. >> and members of my family, i understand that, and i will not let them be victimized again by the media, and if you choose to believe that i am incapable of these act, that is a kind of compliment to me. >> look. people believe it is fascinate ing to hear about your story of transformation a how you went to the angry young man to the soft spoken doctor and the renowned surgeon that we see today, but what is interesting is that our reporter did go to your campaign to say, did we talk to the people? and your cap pain was not wil g willing to make it available, and this is the seminole moment of your youth. >> and how is that important, and re-victimizing them? >> well, the story is well well
documented a n if ed a ed edes not fit your narrative, fine. >> but the story has changed. you say that bob was your close friend that you almost killed and then yesterday you said that his name was not bob, because i changed the name, and that is fine, and people do that all of the time in the memoirs. >> i have changed the names throughout all of the books, even of patient, because, and unless i have specific permission from them to use their names, that is inappropriate thing to do. >> of course. and people change the names in the memoirs all of the time, but they note it. they note it in the beginning if they say that fictitious names are going to be used. but never theless, you say that he was not a close friend, because family member. >> he was a family member. >> okay. >> and, you know, i don't really want to expose him further. i have talked to him. and you know, he would prefer to stay out of the media. and i think that i want to
respect that. what i really want to do is help people, american people although they seem to understand it a lot already that one of the tactics that is used by you guy s s in media, particularly when somebody is doing very well is to let's find a way to get them the distracted and get all of the people distracted so that we can get away from the real issues. i'm simply not going to allow that to occur. >> and dr. carson, i know you call it tactic, but it is called vet i vetting in politics, and you know it well just in the short time that you are -- >> san diego is that what you guys did with the current president. >> yes, as a matter of fact -- >> no, you didt? >> president obama's book "dreams of my father" was also vet vetted. >> give me a break. you are kidding. >> and now, let's bring in maeve reston and nia-malika henderson.
and in that interview, dr. carson was asked about some of the incidents when he was 13, 14 years old, and what are some of the discrepancies? >> well, he has described, bob by the first name of bob, which he recently said was a fictionalized name, and described him as a friend and classmate and now he is describing him as a close relative. that is new information. and it is information that would have been helpful to us when we went to the campaign initially in a very transparent way and said that we were reporting on the incidents and asked for their help in identifying some of the people. there is another incident regarding an attack on his mother. he writes in "gifted hands" about having an argument with her about what clothe s s to we and attempting to attack her when his brother intervenes and stops that from happening. he is subsequently spoken spoken about an argument over clothes where he attempts to the attack
her with a hammer and the brother intervenes. now i don't know if they are two separate incidents in which he attempted to attack her in an argument over clothes, but we have asked for the clarification on, that and are they two incidents or one? things off this fay chur, and dr. carson has said that we have not talked to people from various points of his life, and said that the rock throwing incident that we had written about occurred when he was 7 or 8, and we have spoken to people from earlier periods in his life, but with due respect, it is in some ways beside the point, because he said that he committed various acts as a teenager including hitting people with rocks and bricks and the stabbing event happened in this time, and the attack on his mom happens around then. we have certainly talked to people who knew him as a young teenager and the people next door to him. and again, nobody is directly challenging what he said, but they are saying that they don't
recognize him as that person. >> maeve, what he does say, and told alisyn is that he changed the book's names, and not only with whom he had encounters, but also the patients to protect the privacy and the identity wouldn't be disclosed. when you were researching this article for cnn.com, did the campaign tell you, which is not that uncommon in autobiographies, because people will change the names to protect their privacy or the identity, and had they told you that? >> no, they had not. and as scott just said, we sent them a list of questions more than a week ago saying that we had contacted jerrys and bobs that went to school with dr. carson and could they give us the last names, et cetera. they refused to provide any information at all, but they certainly didn't say that the names at that time were fictitious, and the same when we went to them with the findings
before we published the story on cnn.com. again, no mention of these being fictitious names, and i will note that in "gifted hands" that authors do try to protect the n- identity of people in their books, that dr. carson's book does have some notations in it. for xexample at one point in th introduction, he changes the blood type of a patient that he is talking about. there an asterisk there changing the blood type to protect this person's identity. we did not see any stars next to bob or jerry's names, and so that is why we are asking for further clarification on from the campaign. >> he also says that these people, and he spoke to one of them as recently as yesterday if they want to go public, that is their prerogative, but he is not going to share their identity, because they want their privacy. all right. standby, and we have much more coming up on this. and another part of surfacing
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there's another explosive story today and this one in politico with the headline ben carson admits fabricating west point skcholarship. armstrong williams is ben carson's close friend and minist minister, and he is joining us on the phone right now. and armstrong, thank you very much for joining us. i know that you had a chance to speak with dr. carson about the politico story, and i'd like you to walk us through what dr. carson says about it. >> well, you know, it is in his book -- first off. the campaign barry bennett spoke with politico, and if you read
the entire politico story, there are contradictions in the story, and if you read below, barry makes it clear that dr. carson was at an event, and he can't recall where the event was, but one of the highpoints is that general westmoreland or somebody associated with him were there and they were honoring someone, and afterwards there was a meet ing where where they discussed the fact that he had very good grades as an rotc person, and he should apply for west point. because all of us knows that if you are accepted to west point, it is an automatic scholarship, and because he was flattered and never followed through or applied, because he knew that medicine was his calling. >> in the book, and this is book "gifted hands" he writes about the meeting that he had with general westmoreland who was the top general in the vietnam war.
it is a meeting that he had with his own sergeant hunt who was his high school rotc director, and he said that i had dinner with general westmoreland and i was offered an appointment to west point. all of the cadets there at west point get a full scholarship and they don't pay tuition clearly, but he does not say in the book who offered him that skcholarshp to west point. >> you know, wolf, he has been telling the story for a long time, and it has been in his books. this is so long ago, all he knows is that he was encouraged to apply for the scholarship to apply for admission to west point. he never applied. so, it was a big moment for him in terms of boosting his c confidence. you know, as a kid, he remembered that as one of the pivotal moments in his life. >> and it is certainly, and in
fairness to dr. carson, he was one of the top the rotc cadets in the detroit area. he was a student at southwestern stude high school, and he was active in the rotc, and became the top cadet in that program in detroit, and that is why he was invited to the congressional medal of honor dinner in detroit when general william westmoreland came to detroit. how did politico come up with the headline from your perspective that he fabricated this west point scholarship, and the politico, and the lead of story, and will read it to the viewer, ben carson admitted in an inquiry from politico that an inspirational story was fabricate and his acceptance into the military academy at west point n. this particular case, there was no application, and no acceptance, and a a discussion presumably that he
had with general westmoreland and who encouraged him to apply. is that your understanding? >> yes, and it is clearly in the book, and clearly his recollection, and obviously, you know, sometimes people like to print headlines to get people to read. as i said earlier, if you read the article in its entirety, there is clearly a contra ddictn from what politico is alleging from the campaign to what dr. carson's campaign manager barry bennett actually said there. is no fabrication, and he made it clear that it happened and while you cannot recall the detal details, and i as a long time friend have been hearing the stories, and you tell the sto stories so often it is different variations of the story, and the story changes, and you tell the story as a kid, and you will tell it differently and sometimes you cannot recognize the details of the story, but i nknow that dr. carson told the story and a pivotal point in his life in terms of trying to recall all of the details that i can tell you that for a fact, dr. carson has always been clear that he never applied.
he gracefully had to let them know that his calling was medicine, and he had every intention of pursuing it. >> in the article, which you have read, armstrong, bennett said that he, referring to carson, was introduced to folks from west point by his rotc supervisors and told him he could get an appointment based on the grades and so it seems that bennett says in the article that he never sought admission. >> yes. it is clear in the article that the politico writer what he was trying to gain with the headlines was not substantiated by mr. bennett's comments in the article. >> so the bottom line is that either someone in the rotc program or general westmoreland or someone at the dinner
honoring warriors if you will when he was only 17 years old said that maybe you should go to west point and he thought about it, and flattered and honored, but decided to be a doctor, physician and not a military officer and as result never applied and never sought admission to west point. is that right? >> that is absolutely correct. >> well, let's talk a little bit, armstrong on the cnn story. one of the interesting thins following alisyn camerota's interview this morning, michael smerconish one of the contributors suggested that maybe some of the individuals on background without releasing their identity, and without make it known if they want the privacy known or honor the privacy, maybe they should speak to privately some of the reporters to confirm the stories that dr. carson told in the autobiography, and what do you make of that idea? >> well, i think that dr. carson addressed it with alisyn clear
on the air this morning with cnn that my of the people, he protected their names if they wanted to come forward, he would do nothing to come stand in their way, but it would be their decision to come forward. he was forthright with that, but it a has to be something that they want to do, because obviously dr. carson says he does not understand that the media onslaught is not going to stop with cnn's investigative reporters investigating their living, and if they want to come forward to be transparent with the issues dr. carson spoke to some of the people, and i spoke to them also, and it is clear with my conversation with this person yesterday afternoon, clearly, they were frightened and did not want to be a part of it. and so, dr. carson just came to the conclusion, i am just going to leave it alone. if they decide that is what they want to do, let it be their decision, and their decision alone. >> and i will end the interview,
armstrong, by saying that we would certainly protect the privacy of this individual, if they wanted to speak to us. you know, and just we wouldn't release that person, and we do it all of the time as you know, and we would be more than pleased to protect the privacy of this individual, the individual that you spoke with yesterday, and the individual that the dr. carson spoke with yesterday, and think about it, and if you want do that, we will do that and move on from this story for once and for all. and anything else, armstrong, before i let you go. >> if i may say this. >> yes, please. >> and dr. carson had every reason not to come on with a alisyn this morning, and he feels important to address it with transparency. and while it seemed combative, there were issues like syria and the issues that the american people care about and he understands when you are a candidate for the president of
the united states, and you are the top tier candidate and while he may feel it is unfair to the ask these types of questions, he has to continue to understand that it is part of the process and these questions are going to be asked, and this is the price you pay as a frontrunner when you decide to put your name in the hat. he doesn't have problems with the issues being vetted. i think that it is the process of being vetted. all he is saying is yes, i don't have a problem of them coming forward, alisyn and wolf, but let it be their decisions. and we are not saying behind the scenes, do come forward or not, and we would welcome them to come forward to do what you said, but again, it has to be thaur decision and not through our encouragement. >> that is a fair point, and armstrong, thank you very much, and i thank you, and you are absolutely right, he did not have to spend a half hour speaking with alison cammarata, and he did it, and when you are
go ing to run for president, you have to go through every aspect of your life when you run for candidacy, and especially the frontrunner, and he and donald trump are the front runners the republican party. so right now, we will continue our analysis of the race for the white house. thank you, armstrong. >> thank you. >> much more when we come back. woman: my mom and i have the same hands. same eyes. same laugh. and since she's had moderate alzheimer's disease, i've discovered we have the same fighting spirit, too.
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the russian president vladimir putin agreeing to the recommendation from the national anti-terrorist committee to halt the flights until it is clear what brought down the passenger jet. recently, the russian and e egyptian authority tis have been discounting the british and other investigator's reports that it was a bomb that brought down the plain. they say that security, perts say that someone with access to the cargo department placed a destris prior to de paparture. and now, over to sharm el sheikh we go the our international correspondent, and also joined by our senior international correspondent matthew chance. and matthew, walk us through the
decision to suspend all flights to egypt from russia? >> well, yesterday they said they would not make a move until the investigation had been completed. yesterday, there was a tersely-worded statement that said they were shocked when the united states and the united king dom had a bomb that could have caused the jet's demise, they were quite upset that it had not been passed on. and then the successor to the kgb agency a appearing on tv to advising the russian president to suspend all flights and not just to sinai peninsula, but to egypt in general. and then the russian president acknowledging that and accepting it, and imposing the ban. so it is a dramatic u-turn for the russians. they have also got a lot of people in country, in egypt, and particularly in the sinai peninsula which is a favored destination for tourists from russia at this time of the year to catch a little bit of the
winter is sun at the start of the russian winter. estimates from the russian travel agency authority are that there are some 50,000 russian citizens in egypt right now, and they obviously have to be evacuated back to russia before this suspension of flights can be really set out in force. >> and you are there at sharm el sheikh at the airport, and what can you tell the us about the bbc reports suggesting that someone at the airport may have put this explosive device in the cargo hold just before take off? >> well sh, the fact that many british carriers are now saying that they will not allow any luggage into the hold of their planes is really giving a lot of people here pause for thought. it is definitely a sense that there is credence to the bbc report that the head of the ports an airports here in the sinai peninsula told cnn that they are giving the british personnel on the ground the here
ak ssz to all of the planes. they are allowing them to go through what they need to go through and whatever they need to go through to feel comfortable, but in spite of that, they are not going to be allowing hold luggage. you have a sense that the officials are reeling, a a nd ft the bbc report and then a statement from putin and the fsb, and none of that, the egyptians say was communicated to them bilaterally before it was announced. there is a real worry that you feel storm cloud gathering in the country of a country seen as a real partner in terms of the security cooperation and the broader issue of terror around the world is blind sided in its own backyard and the backdrop of all of this is the confusion among t amongst the tourists. if they could not handle the tense of thousands of brits and europeans that should have been out ohere nowadays, how do they handle the tens of thousands of russians on top of it. people are worried and they are starting to feel quite scared.
>> they were supposed to have today, nima a dozen flights to take citizens home from sharm el sheikh, and only a few of the flights took the off. what happened? >> well, it was supposed to be 29, and two left. some of the flights were returned after they had left british air space and on the way here. we absolutely don't know. we are not getting any answers. but more importantly, it is not just us who are not getting the answers, the passengers themselves, they are not getting answers. we have seen busload after busload of british tourists brought here and then taken back. that is worrying, because when you speak to the brits they say that are egyptians are not blocking the plane, and the egyptians say they the expect the planes to leave, but they are just not leaving, wolf. >> and you know, nima elbagir and matthew chance, standby and we will have much more on this. we will talk more about the
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world. joining us is our terrorism analyst and aviation analyst. paul, you have been closely following the case. is there new information about the investigation? >> there's all this chatter of intercepted communications that they were picking up in the aftermath of this crash. those relate d to isis in the sinai peninsula. they appear to be bragging about the crash to a certain degree. the most significant terrorist attack since 9/11. it's all fed into intelligence that it might be isis that they might have got inside the airport to put a bomb inside the r cargo hold potentially of the aircraft. >> at the top of the hour, the u.s. secretary of homeland security issued a statement that the u.s. will now boost security
for all commercial flights bound for the united states from certain airports in the region. so what does this mean specifically on travelers around the world? >> they are going to be facing r more delays in getting on their flights. you can't blame secretary johnson. there was a massive amount of krilt schism prior to 9/11 about not connecting the dots. we're never not going to connect the dots when they are staring right at us. >> the russian president vladimir putin agreed to a recommendation for his intelligence services to suspend traffic until the cause of the crash can be determined. this reverses what we were getting from the russians only the day before. this represents a significant move of russia towards what the
uk and the u.s. have apparently concluded. >> i think it does represent a significant move. this may be more than just an abundance of caution. this may be something to do with the analysis of the black boxes. this may be something to do with the forensics on the ground testing for explosives and that kind of thing. i think we're going to hear more answers as this day progresses. it's very, very fast moving right now. >> there's always been suspicion that one of the weak links at airports not necessarily the passengers going on board or even their luggage for that matter, but an insider at an airport who could smuggle a bomb on a plane whether in the cargo hold or through the catering. that's always been seen as a weak link. >> there's no question about it. seen as a weak link here in the u.s. as well. many of the jobs inside the security perimeter of the united states airports are minimum wage r or slightly above minimum
wage. there are high turnovers. and the kinds of background checks that you would want with people with access to secure areas simply aren't done because there's not enough time. >> as you know the president obama came out with a strong statement that there is certainly a possibility that the bomb was on board even as the investigation continues. but a president of the united states or prime minister of britain wouldn't be making these kind of statements unless they had hard intelligence pointing in that direction. >> i absolutely agree with you, wolf. there does seem to be significant intelligence pointing towards the idea that isis in sinai carried out this attack, this potent, aggressive affiliate in sinai. this is a group, wolf, that's had a track record of recruiting insiders inside the egyptian
police inside the egyptian military. a senior police colonel helped them with an attack in january of 2014 against the security airport in cairo. so they could have recruited an insi insider, a bagger handler, some kind of worker and then they would just need explosives and put it on board the plane. that's been the holy grail for all these terrorist organizations. perhaps it's this isis affiliate that's finally achieve canned it. >> and i assume you agree with me that when the secretary of homeland security say this is time these enhanced securities are intend ed only for certain foreign airports in the region. wub one of those airports would be cairo. >> i would guess there's no question about that. and they are going to look very carefully at airports in the middle east to make sure that
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here we go. top of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. news just into us. u.s. airport security everseas is about to get a massive shakeup as the tsa is reacting to growing suspicion that someone may have planted a bomb on board that russian plane that broke up over the sinai peninsula over egypt killing 224 people on board. this is coming into us today as moscow is making a surprise move suspending flights from russia. not just