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donald trump building on his already commanding lead in the race for president. but a new poll could show problems for the republican frontrunner. and were the san bernardino shooters planning a bigger attack? new information surfacing as investigators search the bottom of the lake for clues. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm christine romans. fear of terror boosting donald trump in the polls.
a new york times survey puts donald trump 20 points ahead of ted cruz. america's most important problem is quadrupling. look at that poll there. that may not matter in the primary. the poll finds the republican electorate evenly divided on the musl muslim exclusion plan. tough on his crime credentials as he gets a police union endorsement. let's get the latest from sara murray on donald trump. >> reporter: primary voters are sharply divided on the call to ban muslims here in the u.s. his supporters here in new hampshire are sticking by him if they don't agree all of the details of his proposal. >> bring us your huddled masses
and poor yearning to be free. it did not say bring in radical terrorists trying to kill us. we should close our borders until we figure that out. we need to do internal repairs. >> reporter: donald trump spoke here in portsmith, new hampshire. he got the police association endorseme endorsement. he is cast as the toughest republican in the field calling for a mandatory death penalty convicted of killing a police officer. >> anybody killing a police officer, death penalty. it's going to happen. we can't let this go. >> reporter: donald trump is back on the campaign trail today. he will hold an event in iowa. we are sure to get a better sense of that on how the ban of muslims will get a shake in
other states. back to you. thank you for that. there are new signs the republican party may be more worried of donald trump. top officials discussing the possibility of the broken republican convention. this week, planning for a contested convention in case no candidate earns enough to win the nomination. this was not aimed at trump in particular. most of the opponents have been criticizing him for days over the muslim ban. ted cruz knocking trump for the first time at a private fund-raiser. cruz pointed to worries over terror attacks in paris and san bernardino. cruz says the question of judgment is a challenging question for both trump and ben carson. >> both of them i like and respect donald and ben. i do not believe either one of
them will be our nominee. i don't believe either one will be our president. both of them, their campaigns have a natural arc. with both of them, gravity is pulling them down. we have seen that. carson is further in that. >> overnight, hillary clinton saying she no longer finds donald trump very funny. appearing on nbc's late night. telling seth myers that the proposal is no laughing matter as far as she's concerned. >> i have to say, seth, i no longer think he's funny. >> yes. >> you know, i think for weeks, you and everybody else, we are just bringing folks to hysterical laughter. now he has gone way over the line. what is he saying now is not only shameful and wrong, it's
dangerous. >> clinton will layout other strategy next week in minnesota. the plan will have a special focus on fighting domestic radicalization. the next republican debate five days away with how the next president will keep america safe. tuesday night here on cnn. divers are searching a lake in san bernardino looking for evidence the terrorists killed 14 people. the fbi believes syed rizwan farook has ties to the local jihadists. four of the men arrested in 2012 were trying to join al qaeda in afghanistan. farook was in the social circle of one man, a jihadist recruiter serving 25 years to life in prison. there is new information about some of the guns used in the attacks. federal sources tell the l.a. times that farook asked his
neighbor marquez to buy the rifles because farook would not pass the background check. they were purchased around the same time they were considering a different after attack. more from cnn's kyung lah in san bernardino. >> reporter: alison and christine, fbi dive teams have been searching this lake bit by bit. there is a report that the two killers were spotted here at this park on the day of the massacre. the fbi not specifying whether that report was before or after the massacre, but they say they will search this lake looking for any evidence. a law enforcement source telling cnn what they are looking for are any missing items. items not in the apartment that they are curious about. specifically a hard drive that is missing. that is one item they are looking for. they spent several hours here
expected to resume the search at daybreak. alison and christine. the governor of connecticut will sign executive order today banning the sale of guns. the measure needs federal approval. governor dan malloy will revoke gun permits from people's whose names turn up on terror watch lists. members of a muslim group on capitol hill say they are living in fear after someone sent a letter containing white powder to the headquarters. the council on american islamic relations said the letter read die a painful death muslims. an office in california had to be evacuated on thursday after receiving a letter with white power. time for an early start on your money. markets lower around the world.
the low price of oil really a concern now. here in the u.s., stock futures are slightly lower. yesterday, stocks broke a three-day losing streak. the dow climbed 82 points. the u.s. is going after isis money. the money machine is fueled by farming and mining and extort n extortion. it has worked with the iraqi government to shutdown banks. next, sanctions cuts off the group's access to financial channels. and sealing the borders. cnn money investigation found isis raked in more than $2 billion in revenue last year. amazing. >> terror alert in switzerland. police searching for five radicalized people believed to have ties to the paris attacks. we're live next.
swiss authorities raising the terror alert after a tip of a potential terror attack. police patrols ramped up in geneva this morning. a source close to cnn tells us the tip came from u.s. intelligence. searching for isis operatives. let's bring in alexandra field monitoring the latest from london. alexandra, are these suspects linked to the attacks in paris? >> reporter: that is what investigators fear. they say that the known isis recruiter who recruited the bataclan attackers could be linked to these suspects. this was received by u.s. authorities. what they say they found they monitored conversations among extremists in geneva, chicago, toronto. that information was key to officials in switzerland who
raised the threat level there because of other pieces of information they received around the same time. they learned that salah abdeslam, the suspect wanted in connection to the paris attacks. swiss authorities learned his associate crossed into swiss territory. they are trying to identify where that person is. that is a key piece of information. along with the information passed along by u.s. authorities. they say these are people who had likely travelled to syria to work with isis and then returned to europe. we know that is the same path that many of the paris attackers took also raising concerns for authorities in switzerland. alison. >> looking at the pictures from geneva there seeing heavily armed officers. how is it on the streets for those who live there? >> reporter: similar to those in
belgium and france. you have to ferret out anyone who is detecticonnected to the attacks. we are told that there is more security equipment there for the security officers who work at the complex. it is something they will keep a close eye on. remember, as authorities are hunting for the five suspects, who they believe were plotting something in switzerland, there are others they are looking for in connection to the paris attacks. there was someone seen with salah abdeslam two days before the attacks. there were men seen with him two months before the attacks. police are trying to track these people down. when it comes to those who may have been plotting an attack in geneva, they cannot say whether those suspects are on swiss territory. >> it is good to see the intelligence sharing is happening. alexandra field.
bowe bergdahl speaking out for the first time for his decision to walk away from the post in afghanistan. speaking with filmmaker mark bowl. he was trying to reach another outpost to report a failure in leadership in his outfit. he admits he was trying to be something of a super soldier. >> what i was deemed from my first unit all the way up into afghanistan, all i was seeing was basically leadership failure to the point that the lives of the guys standing next to me were literally, from what i could see, in danger of something seriously going wrong and somebody being killed. >> doing what i did was me saying i am like jason bourne. >> the character in a book or whatever. >> yeah. >> bergdahl was captured by the
taliban 20 minutes after leaving post. he is facing desertion. it has not been determined if he will face court martial. former police officer daniel holtzclaw found guilty of rape. holtzclaw weeping openly in court when the verdict was read. he was accused of assaulting or raping 13 women, all black, while on the job. louisiana police officer who witnessed two other officers shoot an autistic boy and his father says he did not open fire because he did not fear for his life. two city marshals are charged in the shooting death last month of the boy and his father. court documents reveal a body cam worn by the cop shows the father christopher few with his hands raised.
and increased security will greet students at arkansas state university this morning after a man drove on campus armed with propane and a shotgun. 47-year-old bradley bartlet was placed in custody after pouring gasoline on his truck on thursday. no one was injured. authorities credit the active shooter training for deescalating the situation. a helicopter crashed killing all four people aboard. it went down among heavy rain and fog in bakersfield. a spokesperson says the pilot, a nurse, paramedic and patient all died in that crash. could donald trump be banned from enter be muslim countries? the ceo with a new warning for the republican frontrunner. that's next. i've smoked a lot
more repercussions from overseas facing donald trump. this week, he has powerful muslim allies who support his proposal to ban muslims from the united states. one of his middle east friends says trump's brand will take a hit. he will not be welcome in muslim countries going forward. cnn's sara sidner is live in ice st istanbul with the latest. >> reporter: it is not just the iraqi prime minister who came out and said trump's comments are extreme in and of itself. it is that ideology that fuels
for extremism. we are hearing from trump's friends. this is one of his friends who considers trump a friend and is muslim and happens to be the ceo of the airline. here is what he said about donald trump. not agreeing with him. >> he will not be welcome there any more. i think what he is saying is not in the best interest of the relationship between him and the muslim world. >> reporter: now we also heard from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who decried trump's statements. we are hearing from people in a big way in the u.k. there was a petition to ban trump from entering the united kingdom. that petition now has 500,000
signatures which may force the u.k. parliament to have to discuss and debate it. there is a global reaction to this. although we are not hearing country from country to country, not hearing this on an official basis. a lot of countries look at trump and say he is a presidential candidate. they do not like the sentiment. he does not officially represent the united states. >> it is interesting, sara. donald trump and his daughter, who is a very high level executive in his organization have been traveling the world to expand the trump brand. the gold standard brand of hotels and condos and golf courses around the world. had been making in-roads in the middle east. you have to wonder what this means for all of the efforts the company has made over the past few years, sara. >> reporter: it's absolutely true. a huge dubai retailer said they
are going to suspend the sale of trump brand products. that was a huge in-road. there is also trump towers here in istanbul. we have not heard from the owner of that building. we have heard people question his name on that building and questioning the owner. is this the person you want to represent on your building in a predominately muslim country? it could have serious business repercussions. certainly people cannot vote here. it is up to the american people. >> in those cases, developers are paying money to license his name because that name was the gold standard of luxury. now you wonder if the name is starting to mean something else to people and not necessarily luxury and top of the line. thank you for that, sara sidner. so interesting. >> he is losing friends and losing business. >> he is gaining in the polls. he is gaining new friends. there are new signs this morning that gop leaders could
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donald trump on top in a new poll, but his proposal to ban muslims from entering the u.s. putting him at odds with voters. were the san bernardino shooters planning an even bigger terror attack? the fbi turning its attention now to the bottom of a lake this morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. it is 30 minutes past the hour. fears of terrorism boosting donald trump in the polls. a new survey putting trump nearly 20 points ahead of ted cruz. the personal of people calling terrorism the most important problem. trump soaring although most americans disagree with the proposal to bar muslims from
entering the u.s. the same nbc/wall street journal poll is evenly divided on the plan. trump campaigning late into the night on thursday boosting his tough on crime credentials as he accepted a police union endorsement. the latest from cnn's sara murray in new hampshire. >> reporter: the polls show republican primary voters are divided on whether they support or oppose trump's call on banning the muslims in the united states. his supporters are sticking by him if they do not agree with everything. >> the statue of liberty says bring us your huddled and masses. it did not say bring in your terrorists to kill us. we should close our borders. we were here first. we need internal repairs.
>> reporter: donald trump spoke at an event that is different than others we have seen. he got the endorsement of the police union benevolent association. he is calling for a mandatory death penalty on anyone found guilty of killing a police officer. >> anybody killing a police officer, anybody killing a police officer, death penalty. it will happen, okay? we can't let this go. >> reporter: donald trump is back on the campaign trail. he will hold an event in iowa. we are sure to get a better sense of how the proposal to ban muslims playing out in other states. back to you christine. thank you. new signs the republican party is worried about donald trump. officials discussing the brokered republican convention. the party leaders planning for a contested convention in case no one earns enough to win the
nomination outright. one source telling cnn the concern was not named at trump in particular, not the only topic of conversation. the republican leaders and most of his opponents have been criticizing him for days over his muslim exclusion plan. now ted cruz knocking him at a private fund-raiser. he is speaking about the paris attacks and san bernardino. the question of judgment, quote, is a challenging question for both trump and ben carson. >> both of them i like and respect both donald and ben. i do not believe either one will be our nominee. i don't believe either will be our president. both campaigns have a natural arc. with both of them, i think gravity is pulling them down. carson is further in that
descent. we heard from hillary clinton saying she no longer finds donald trump funny. clinton telling seth myers that the muslim exclusion proposal is no laughing matter. >> i have to say, seth, i no longer think he's funny. >> yes. i will say i started to realize that. >> you know, i think for weeks, you know you and everybody elsewhere just bringing folks to hysterical laughter. now he has gone way over the line. what he is saying now is not only shameful and wrong, it's dangerous. >> and clinton would layout her own counterterrorism strategy next week in minnesota. her campaign says the plan will have a special focus on fighting domestic radicalization. the next republican debate less than five days away with the focus sure to be on how
america's next president will keep the country safe. that is right here on cnn next tuesday night. this morning, divers resume searching the lake after the terror attack killed 14 people. now syed rizwan farook had ties to a local group of jihadists. four of those men arrested in 2012 for trying to join al qaeda in afghanistan. officials tell cnn that farook was in the social circle of one of men. the jihadist recruiter is now serving 25 years in prison. farook asked his neighbor marquez to buy the assault rifles because farook feared he would not pass the background check. the rifles were bought around the same time he and farook were considering a different terror attack. let's get more from cnn's kyung
lah in san bernardino. >> reporter: alison and christine, fbi dive teams have been painstakingly searching this lake bit by bit. there is a report that the two killers were spotted here at the park on the day of the massacre. the fbi not specifying whether that report was before or after the massacre, but they say they will search this lake looking for any evidence. law enforcement source telling cnn what they are looking for are items not in the apartment that they are curious about. specifically a hard drive that is missing. that is one item that they are looking for. they spent several hours here expected to resume the search as daybreak. alison. thank you for that. the governor of connecticut will sign executive order today banning the sale of guns in his state to people on government watch lists. the measure needs federal
approval. governor dan malloy's order would tie that to terrorism. it would revoke gun permits from people whose names turn up on terror watch lists. muslims of a group on capitol hill say they are living in fear after someone sent a hate letter containing white powder to the headquarters. the building had to be evacuated, but the substance is harmless. the group c.a.i.r. said the letter read die a painful death. the office in california had to be evacuated on thursday after receiving the envelope with white powder. time for an early start on your money. stock futures are lower this morning. low oil prices weighing down markets. opec says it pumped more oil last month than any month in the last three years. that's sent oil prices lower.
the barrel of crude now below $37. stocks managed to break a three-day losing streak. watch oil is the big driver here in markets these days. flying international and want more legroom? american airlines adding more to the international flights. wider seats that recline. bigger tv screens and better meals. how much it will cost? american will not say. a new choice for you american frequent flyers. >> i like how they come up with the combination. premium economy. it puts the sparkle in economy. a manhunt happening now for terrorists who may have played a role in the paris attacks. we are live with the search next.
welcome back to "early start." swiss authorities raising the terror attack. police patrols in geneva this morning. a source close to the investigation say this tip came from u.s. investigators. i want to bring in cnn's alexandra field live from london. nice to see the international authorities speaking to each other. talking about what they are seeing. what do we know about how deep this threat goes that they are looking at right now? >> reporter: the intelligence was shared as you pointed out, christine, helped to make important decisions. elevate their alert level. there are five suspects they are looking for that appear to be part of a network that also includes a well known isis recruiter who is believed to have recruited the bataclan attackers. they believe the five people
travelled to syria at some point and returned to europe. it was u.s. intelligence that intercepted communications. during the conversations, there were talks about attacks in geneva, toronto and chicago. that was passed on to the swiss authorities who are looking at a few other pieces of information which led them to put the country in the city of geneva on the higher alert level. associate of salah abdeslam, the missing paris attacker, a suspected paris attacker, had an associate who crossed into swiss territory. officials do not know where that person is. that is one other piece of information that raised red flags. what is not clear is one of the five people remain in swiss territory or left the country. christine. >> alexandra field, thank you. bowe bergdahl speaking out
for the first time about his decision to walk away from his outpost in afghanistan. bowe bergdahl speaking with mark bohl with the popular podcast "serial." he was trying to reach another outpost to report a failure in leadership in his outfit. he admits he was trying to be something of a super soldier. >> what i was seeing from my first unit all the way up into afghanistan, all i was seeing was basically leadership failure to the point that the lives of the guys standing next to me were literally from what i could see in danger of something seriously going wrong and somebody being killed. >> doing what i did was me saying i am like jason bourne. >> right. a character in a book or whatever. >> yeah.
>> bergdahl was captured by the taliban 20 minutes after leaving his post. he is facing charges. it still hasn't been determined if he will face court martial. daniel holtzclaw found guilty of rape. he was convicted of 18 of 36 counts against him. he was weeping openly in court as the verdict was read. an accused of raping 18 women, all of them black, while on the job. a louisiana police officer who witnessed two other officers shoot an autistic boy and his father says he did not open fire because he did not fear for his life. two marshals are facing murder with shooting the boy. the father, christopher few, was wounded. a body cam worn by the cop who
witnessed shooting saw the father with his hands raised. increased security will greet students this morning after a man drove on campus with propane and a shotgun. bradley bartlet was placed in custody. authorities credit active shooter training for deescalating that situation. breaking news this morning. a chopper crashing overnight in central california killing all four on board. the sky life air ambulance went down among heavy rain and fog on the way to the hospital in bakersfield. the spokesperson for the company, a pilot, nurse and medic and patient died in the crash. the severe weather hammering the pacific northwest. the area is hit with flooding, landslides and the streets here gone. it was the same story in washington state. you can see crews cleaning up a
landslide. a tornado touched down. fortunately no serious injuries reported. >> amazing pictures. will washington and oregon get a break? let's get to meteorologist derek van dam. >> good morning, alison and christine. we know the severe weather season is april and may. we did not know we would experience a tornado this late in the year. the u.s. experiences 24 tornadoes and it is more rare to experience a tornado in washington itself. in fact, they normally see about three per year. yesterday alone, they experienced two with several reports of hail and wind damage. we have a complex storm across the country. it will spread snowfall from montana, idaho and utah through the rockierockies. it is setting up the possibility of severe weather. here is the timeline.
late saturday night from dallas moving eastward into jackson and birmingham and montgomery by late sunday afternoon. we are talking about above average temperatures along the east coast and nation's capital. upper 60s. the warming trend will continue for the big apple as well. enjoy the warmth. back to you. we will. thank you. marissa meyer giving birth to two girls. we will have the latest on the maternity leave next. i have asthma...
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week he has powerful muslim allies who support his proposal to ban muslims from entering the u.s. now one of his influence middle eastern friends says he will take a hit and will not be welcome in muslim countries moving forward. cnn's sara sidner is live in istanbul with the latest. we are seeing donald trump upsetting just about everybody here in the u.s., except his supporters, but biting the hand that feeds him in the middle east. the trump brand which expanded overseas. >> reporter: that's a really good way to put it. he is not just being hit politically overseas, but he is being hit where it hurts in the wallet for his trump brand and business. we are now hearing from one of the people who considers himself a friend of donald trump who is muslim and happens to be the ceo of qatar airways.
he talked about the fact we are friends. pictures of the two together. they spent time together and done business deals together. you hear the reaction from him. he certainly does not agree with trump's idea of temporarily suspending all muslim foreign nationals from coming into the united states. >> he is not realizing he has investments in the muslim countries and will not be welcome there any more. what he is saying is not in the best interest of the relationship between him and the muslim world. >> reporter: you know, it is not often that you get agreement across the middle east. we are talking about israel through to pakistan. there is a condemnation of this idea. the iraqi prime minister has come out and said his comments are extreme in and of itself. it is the kind of thing that fuels a group like isis.
a lot of people are hearing that. in the u.k., you are hearing from the citizens who are trying to ban trump from coming into the united kingdom. if you are going to ban muslims, we think that is hate speech. now because there are 500,000 signatures, it is possible that the u.k.'s parliament may have to debate this because of the laws there in britain. this is certainly galvanized a lot of people and upset a lot of people. this is one comment online and someone said, you know, maybe it is our fault as muslims. maybe mr. trump doesn't know what a real muslim is and how a real muslim thinks. these extremists are not represent of us. maybe we need to reach out to him and teach him. he is uneducated about who we are. >> trump's statements are met by
the ceo of qatar airlines. how enforceable is this and maybe a threat about trump's safety if he travels overseas? >> reporter: i'm not sure it is a threat about his safety. this is a ceo of qatar airlines. it is possible it is hate speech and work toward keeping him out. any country has the right to do that. you have to think about some of the trump properties. trump property here. trump towers here which has his name on it. it is not owned by donald trump. it is licensed. his name is licensed to the person who owns the building. he has properties all around. he is trying to make a mark in the middle east. there is big money in dubai and abu dhabi. he has gone into those areas with his home items. you know this hurts the sentiments of customers here in
the middle east. they perhaps would suspend sales of all trump items. this could hurt his business. a business he is trying to interject in the middle east. as far as people go when they hear these comments, there is absolute reaction calling him all sorts of names. probably the number one name we have heard is fascists. >> he will continue to make the extraordinary statements. sara, thank you. let's get an early start on your money. markets lower around the world. u.s. stock futures taking their lead. low oil prices weighing down global stock market. opec pumped more monoil last mo than the last three years. oil is below $37 a barrel. the central bank could raise rates next week. it is twin girls for marissa
mayer and her husband. she worked from home during the leave and went back to the office two weeks after giving birth. mayer says she will do the same this thing. here is for work/life balance. "early start" continues right now. donald trump increasing his lead in the race for president, but a new poll could show problems for the republican frontrunner. were the san bernardino shooters planning an even bigger attack? new information as investigators comb the bottom of a lake for new clues. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. it is friday, december 11th. if fear is boosting donald trum