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making the case, the five remaining u.s. presidential hopefuls talk to cnn. >> in a rare moment cuba's leader is questioned about his country's human rights issues. >> hello and welcome to viewers on the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. thanks for joining our two-hour block. "cnn newsroom" begins right now.
now, it is being dubbed western tuesday. there's a different name for each of these things. in the coming hours voters in arizona, uterus and iowa will have their say. >> on the eve of tuesday's electoral contest all five candidates appeared on cnn, republican front-runner donald trump told wolf blitzer the u.s. should rethink its involvement in nato. >> we're paying disproportion e disproportionately and frankly it's a different world when we originally conceived of the idea and everybody got together. i think we have to reconsider -- keep nato but maybe we have to pay a lot less towards the nato itself. >> trump is looking to extend his lead over cruz and kasich. both insisted there is no chance they would consider becoming trump's running mate. >> the lie behind donald's campaign is he will stand up to
washington. he is the system. donald trump and hillary clinton are flip sides of the same coin. donald trump has made billions buying influence in washington. hillary clinton has made millions selling influence in washington. >> are you open to being his vice presidential running mate. >> i have zero interest whatsoever in this. listen, if donald trump is the nominee, it's a disaster. hillary wins. >> there is zero chance i would be vice president with either of them. secondly, no chance, zero. below zero, actually. >> the way he's presented himself to the country over the last many months, you know, calling mexican immigrants, rapists and criminals saying john mccain was not a war hero, being reluctant to denounce the ku klux klan and david duke and the list goes on and so for me, i think you have to take him at his word at how he's behaved and what he has said and if you do that, then i think people have questions that deserve answers.
>> democratic presidential candidate barnett appeared on cnn from salt lake city where he is campaigning ahead of tuesday's caulks there. he called for the u.s. to work with both palestinians and israelis on the middle east peace process. >> if we are going to have lasting peace, we have also got to work with the palestinians. the united states time and time again has looked aside when israel has done some bad things. i think, for example, that the growth of settlements in palestinian territory is not acceptable to me and not conducive to the peace process. >> now, beyond speaking to cnn, all of the presidential hopefuls also spoke to one of the largest pro-israel lobby groups in the u.s. on monday. only sanders didn't attend saying his campaign schedule prevented him from doing so. but take a look at this. donald trump continues to be
republican voters' top choice with the field narrowed to three candidates, the latest cnn poll shows what you see there, 47% of republicans support trump. 31% back cruz and 17% are fulling for john kasich. we've gathered supporters for each of the presidential front-runners here at cnn center. aaron johnson a democratic strategist supporting secretary clinton and republican amy kramer is the chairwoman of great america pac 2016 supporting donald trump. welcome to you both. thanks for being here. >> great to be here. >> amy, i want to start with you, because we heard from all five presidential candidates for the cnn special, and we heard john kasich say that republicans would go to the july convention, it will be an open multiballot convention. donald trump said, no, he will have enough del toros to go to this. what is going to happen if they get to that convention and he doesn't get the nomination, what
will he do then? >> well, i think he is going to get the nomination. i think he will have enough delegates and joahn kasich is part of the establishment's strategy to keep him from getting the delegates but how can joanhn kasich has won one state. hard to think he'll have an impact here. i think donald trump will have the delegates needed. i think he'll wrap it up in california and go to the convention. >> what will he do if he doesn't. >> i can't speak to that because i'm not part of his campaign. i don't know what they're thinking but i know that the american people will be very upset because if the republicans try to -- if they try to vote and change the rules before the convention, it's subverting the will of the people and that's a problem. >> for all the division on the republican side of the fence you have a similar situation for the democrats. barnett hasn't dropped out of the race, at half of the del toro count of hillary clinton but what about his supporters,
they too are very enthusiastic about a bernie presidency, the democrats headed toward an issue at their convention? >> absolutely not. i mean, it's pretty much a done deal on the democratic side. right now hillary clinton has a 800-de 80 80 800-delegate lead and trying to make sure we have good public education for our kids. now, you got to be very careful in this election to not be arrogant like we are seeing on the republican side but continue to show grace and respect to the bernie sanderscampaign. it is true bernie has a voice and a great deal of people supporting him so what you'll see when we get to our convention you will see a united democratic party and we'll be ready to go on and take care of the republicans in november. >> what's interesting, aaron, we heard from donald trump saying
that hillary clinton and you're a hillary clinton supporter. >> absolutely. >> she sdobts hadoesn't have thh to be president. how do you counter that, once if they do go head-to-head and looking at a competition between trump and clinton, what will they discuss once the personal issues are out of the way? how will that go? >> that's very disingenuous to say he would beat hillary clinton in a november contest. every poll that i've seen, cnn released a poll today shows donald trump loses to hillary clinton if the election was held today. the challenge will be this, you announce him attempt for him to be port of a statesman when he spoke at the aipac and the most scripted messaged we've ever seen but the problem is we've had almost a year of just very divisive and destructive
rhetoric from donald trump. what the clinton campaign will do is remind the american people this is a man who disrespects women, he doesn't want muslims and thinks they're all terrorists and calls mexicans rapists an calls them criminals so this is the type of divisiveness he'll have to be prepared to answer to the american people. she was the former secretary of state. she has the most foreign policy experience of anyone in this race. >> but look at the foreign policy right now. it's a mess. >> but you got -- >> this world is a mess. >> you got a guy like donald trump never held elected office. >> that's a good thing. >> and switched his position three times when he asked does he support the palestinian and israeli truce of the government so basically he said he would be neutral then wednesday he said he would support israel and -- sdmres's always been an israeli supporter. he has been -- >> despite many of the things you said the enthusiasm for donald trump on the republican side is huge. we have a cnn/orc poll showing
70% are enthusiastic about donald trump and none of the other candidates have come close. donald trump has this unique situation where he'll come into the convention with the enthusiasm and probably the highehigh e highest delegate count and a series of violent events. how will he -- how should he control that and temper that heightened anger we see? >> look, he has said he does not condone the violence. i don't think any of us condone the violence but the fact of the matter is there are some professional agitators out there doing this and they're doing it intentionally because they're afraid of donald trump. they are afraid of how high he is in the polls and, look, donald trump is speaking for millions of americans. he is having democrats, independents vote for him. it's across party lines and bernie's candidacy shows this too, the american people are fed up with washington. it has become the ruling class
versus the working class. and regardless of if hillary clinton wins or one of these republicans win, that are already in office, or have been in office, it's still the establishment. so, and nothing is going to change, nothing is going to change. they're all run by lobbyists and that's what the -- it's hillary too. it's hillary too. >> the problem with donald trump is this, he missed a unique opportunity to be a statesman and be presidential. he could have come out after we saw what happened in chicago where peaceful protesters were taunted, yelled, racial slurs and escorted out of the building. he could have repudiated those events, instead he landed his big plane in the next state and basically encouraged his supporters to be more and more radical but i want to go back -- >> that's not true. >> the point you made earlier, hillary clinton right now has the most votes out of any person that's running for president right now. she has 8.6 million voters. that's more than donald trump. that's more than kasich.
>> and people don't trust her. >> but to say that she has -- doesn't have momentum i think that's inaccurate. again she's got the most votes. >> it's because of the super delegates and that's sub -- >> we have to wrap it here, amy kramer, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> aaron, thank you so much. for both of you, a lot to discuss. >> definitely. >> on the final day of his historic visit to cuba u.s. president barack obama will deliver his human rights speech and raul castro hosted him at a state dinner and followed an awkward news conference where the issue of political detainees came out? an activist said 20 dissidents were arrested monday but as jim acosta reports mr. castro denies he's even holding political prisoners. ♪
>> reporter: it's a sign that decades old enemies can one day change their tune. that's the u.s. national anthem being played on cuban soil. as president obama joined the island's ruler raul cast to in havana to close out this final chapter of the cold war. >> no longer president and i don't have so many obligations -- i'll have to come back. >> reporter: mr. obama signed a book to remember shjose marti a said to begin respecting basic human freedom. >> we continue to have very serious differences including on democracy and human rights and president castro and i have had very frank and candid conversations on these subs. >> reporter: but castro had his own set of grievances, at the top the u.s. embargo strangling the economy still stands but he did not answer the question on why his country holds political dresser -- prisoners.
>> translator: give me a list of the political prisoners so i can release them. give me the names. what political prisoners? >> reporter: the president is going around congress to weaken the embargo loosening travel restrictions on americans who want to see the island and bringing with them big hotel company's ceos who want to turn cuban mojitos no money. jose for remember, i former political prisoner says the president's visit can give them a much needed push. he's calling on the president to think of reagan. >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall. >> reporter: and demand that age old barriers start coming down in cuba. >> translator: we have to tear down many calls so that the cuban people can live with dignity. >> reporter: castro tried to hold up president obama's hand to show off their budding
friendship but mr. obama didn't seem to share the same enthusiasm. next the president will deliver an address to the cuban people and meet with cuban dissidents. the white house says mr. obama will once again call for an expansion of human rights in cuba and try to wind down his trip enjoying a pastime shared by both the u.s. and cuba, a baseball game between the cuban national team and the tampa bay rays. jim acosta, cnn, havana. a u.s. official says 53 prisoners were released after normalization talks. >> u.s. deputy national security adviser ben rhodes says the real issue is cuba does not consider its prisoners to be political. but washington believes whenever someone is detained for a n nonviolent political offense they are inherently unjustly imprisoned. we'll have more on this coming up. president obama says u.s. tourism will be good for ordinary cubans but not everyone is convinced. that's next. plus, a major hearing in the
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well now to a possible turning point in the legal saga between apple and the u.s. government. they were set to face off in court tuesday, but the judge has postponed the hearing at the justice department's request. >> the doj has been demanding that apple unlock an iphone belonging to the san bernardino shooter but apple has repeatedly refused now officials say an outside party is offering to open up the phone without the tech giant's help. french and belgium police are looking for a new suspect in connection with the paris terror attacks identified as najim lashwahri they believe he traveled with salah abdeslam. >> abdeslam was captured and they believe he was preparing for fresh attacks and had a large network of supporters helping him.
>> we had reasons to be worried about that. i don't know if we will know what they want to two. what they wanted to do. that depends on the various statements we will have in the case. >> president obama is stressing the business benefits of american capitalism arriving in cuba. benefits he says will reach everyday cubans. >> more americans coming to cuba means more customers for your businesses. more americans using the dollar will mean that they will spend more, as well. there will be more channels for you to import supplies and equipment. more americans will be able to buy your arts, craft, food, cuban origin software. >> but critics say the prosperity won't go any further than the cuban government.
>> republican presidential candidate ted cruz who is of cuban descent said the visit legitimizes a corrupt and oppressive regime. >> joining me now to talk more about the impact of president barack obama's historic visit to cuba and what it means for the reena is jorge benitez, a u.s. national security expert in washington, d.c. thank you, sir, for being with us. >> thank you. >> now, you are against the easing of restrictions against cuba and the normalizing of relations, why? >> i think there are several reasons for it. one, i think it is still morally wrong for us to be siding with the oppressive regime in havana and to providing them with political legitimacy through this kind of efforts. i also think it's bad economic sense because, unfortunately, the castro regime is a deadbeat dictator. he does not pay his debts. he has no money to buy goods from other countries so instead he relies on debt. but he can continues to not pay them and he defaults on them.
he's defaulted on hundreds of millions of debts to mexico to the eu, to canada and because he's defaulted on so many of them, the cuba's credit rating in the international market is at the junk bond status. >> president obama says it's time to change the policy that hasn't worked for decades and he put president raul castro on the spot by taking questions from reporters and insisting, mr. castro do the same. isn't that a move in the right direction? it also exposed the cuban leader's approach to political prisoners. >> i think it was very telling, though, that it was the american press and the journalists that asked the hard questions about human rights to raul castro and it was not president obama himself who addressed this important issue. >> isn't the fact this opening up, this maybe this legitimizing in a sense but the lifting of the embargo. we know that most people inside and outside cuba want to see this normalization. it should be good for the
country, good for the people there and for the region. what do you say to them when they say we want to see this happen? >> i agree with you. it should be good for the people and for the region. but, unfortunately, what you have in cuba is corrupt trade, not free trade. the europeans, the canadian, the mexicans, 99% of the world trades with cuba but it trades with the castro government on the castro government's terms. the only one they allow. if the united states participates in this what would happen is for, say, example your wages were $100 a month, the foreign investors cannot pay you directly. they'd have po pay the cuban government $100 and the cuban government would pay you in 100 cuban pace esos so it's roughly. you're only getting 10% and i don't think we should participate in that and the only kind of trade that the castro government allows because that's what they've done with everybody
else. >> we'll watch very closely to see what happens in the days, weeks and month as head. jorge benitez, thanks so much for joining us and sharing your perspective. >> thank you. >> president obama will wrap up his cuba visit with nine innings of baseball diplomacy. you see the leadoff hitter for the tampa bay rays defebruaried and feared he wouldn't see his family for decades. aar erin burnett spoke to him. >> reporter: 28-year-old verona has gone to bat many times but he never dreamed he'd be the leadoff hitter for an american major league baseball team playing against the cuban national team. wow, he tells me, it's amazing to be back here. this morning cuban fans showed up to watch verona practice. the tampa bay rays only cuban player. he left on a 12-hour boat ride
with only four other people. "it was a decision i made," re voen that says" "and i got to the u.s. an emotional verona seeing his sister for the first time since he defected. when i asked his sister what it was like to see her kid brother again, she lost control. i can't. i'm sorry. i can't. baseball is a national obsession here, more than 50,000 people fit in havana's main stadium but there's a dark side. players like dayron verona end up defecting to the united states and often they do it under incredibly dangerous circumstances even smuggled in by drug cartels. the players are leaving cuba and giving up citizenship in exchange for opportunity. verona who once made about $4 a month playing baseball in cuba reportedly signed a multimillion dollar deal with the rays but in a major breakthrough the u.s. and cuba have scened a new agreement one that means players will no longer have to defect in order to play ball in america.
verona's teammates told us they're proud to be part of this moment in history. >> he's great. you can tell he is a great teammate. real passionate. real enthusiastic out there and you can tell he loves the game. >> reporter: james loney predicts there will be a lot of emotion in this stadium when verona walks on to the field. >> with will you have a tear in your eye when they stand up for him. >> i think so. >> reporter: verona says he won't stay away. >> do you think you will a ever come home if this is home? "yes, i think i will," verona says. "when it's a possibility, yes, i will come back." >> more news for you now from the world of sport. just few hours we found out tennis executive raymond moore is stepping down as tournament director at the bnp paribas. you remember we told you about him yesterday.
>> women players ride on the coat tails of men, he said and that roger federer and rafael nadal have carried the sport. it drew sharp criticism from serena williams and billie jean king. the final five. the democratic and republican white house hopefuls make their case to the voters right here on cnn. don't go anywhere. man 1: [ gasps ]
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welcome back. all five u.s. presidential candidates spoke to cnn on monday. >> they addressed a wide range of issue, everything from nato to cuba to the protests at donald trump's rallies and even hillary clinton being told to smile more. >> not interested in playing the media got you game. >> my message of hope is a vital message. >> he has been engaging in
bigotry and bluster and bullying. >> i'm the least racist person you'll ever meet. >> this guy will not be elected president of the sdmrudz whenever i have a job, i really work hard to do it to the best of my capacity. >> secretary clinton and i look at foreign policy in very different ways. >> now, you don't want any violence to emerge, right? >> of course, i don't. they say it all the time. >> you used the words riots twice? >> i didn't -- >> i think it raises very serious questions. >> do you think the united states needs to rethink u.s. involvement in nato? >> yes, because it's costing us too much money. >> that's silly. no, no, we're going to have to strengthen -- >> have some good things been done in cuba? yes. should the united states go around overthrowing governments we don't like, i don't think so. >> nobody respects women like i do and they take care of me. >> i see people say you should smile more. is that sexist? >> let me say i don't hear
anybody say that about men. >> is it at all realistic if you get the nomination you could call on this man, lying ted to be your presidential running mate. >> crazier things have happened. >> i have zero interest whatsoever. >> this is like a big giant job interview. >> just a little taste there and we will bring you much more from the final five presidential candidates talking to cnn. international viewers can catch a special highlight show at 7:00 p.m. hong kong time, 11 a.m. in london right here only on cnn. now, four of the u.s. presidential candidates addressed one of the country's largest pro-israel lobbying groups. >> each candidate courted israeli supporters and spelled out how they would support the alliance between the two countries. >> we will never allow israel's adversaries to think a wedge can be driven between us. [ applause ]
when we have differences, as he any friends do, we will work to resolve them quickly and respectfully. >> we can best advance stability in the region by providing israel our 100% support and make sure they have what it needs to defend itself with weapon, information, technology, political solidarity and working quietly to facilitate palestinian and israeli efforts at reconciliation. >> in palestinian textbooks and mosques, you've got a culture of hatred that has been fermenting there for years and if we want to achieve peace they've got to go out and they've got to start this educational process, they have to end education of hatred. they have to end it and now. >> in a mockery of this iran nuclear deal, iran has continued with missile tests including launching a missile with the
words printed on it in both hebrew and farsi, israel should be wiped from the earth. hear my words, ayatollah khomeini, if i am president, and iran launches a missile test, we will shoot that missile down. >> democrat bernie sanders said he could not attend the conference due to scheduling issues but while campaigning in utah, the only jewish candidate did weigh in on the middle east. >> to be successful, we have also got to be a friend, not only to israel, but to the palestinian people. [ cheers and applause ] but when we talk about israel and palestinian areas, it is important to understand that today there is a whole lot of suffering among palestinians and that cannot be ignored. you can't have good policy that
results in peace if you ignore one side. >> now, of course, israelis have been closely listening to what all the candidates have to say. cnn cnn has that angle of this story. orin, what's the response to most of the presidential candidates backing israel on monday and senator sanders, the only jewish candidate, openly criticizing the country? >> reporter: well, in terms of what was said at aipac and what sanders says i don't think there was much of a surprise from the israeli response. the republicans came out, said they would move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem. that's what the public and american jewish public expected to hear. nobody on this side really expects that to happen but that's the message they wanted to get across. sanders is viewed as the candidate most willing to be critical of israel and he was so, again, no surprise there. also perhaps no surprise that trump made most of the headlines
here but not for what he said at aipac. there the message was very much what was expected. trump here made headlines for what was said before aipac when he suggested that israel should pay back some of that military aid it gets from the u.s. that totals $ $3 billion a year. the public will pick up on that quickly because it is central to american/israeli relations. hillary clinton made some headlines here but, again, her message was what was expected. a strong pro-israel message right at the top. she seemed to distance herself from the iran deal. it's what israelis expected to hear from the candidates. so no surprises there perhaps, trump making most of the headlines, hillary making a few, cruz and kasich as has been the case not figuring into the israeli opinion of the race, errol. >> it would seem as if the front-runners, hillary clinton and donald trump are absorbing most of the attention. yesterday you were telling me
economic issues are really the most important subject american israelis care about. which candidate then do they think is best in that regard? >> reporter: and you're right, that is sort of the irony speaking in front of the american-jewish audience pitching yourself as the most pro-israel candidate yu they vote on the economy, on health care, on security are what are considered the normal issues everybody votes on. that didn't come across at aipac and i think to some extent it won't shift american jewish votes on these issues because of that. there clinton still does well. american jews overwhelmingly vote democrat. i suspect we won't see that change because of these aipac speeches. >> despite donald trump rolling back his comments, the fact that he even suggested israel pay back to the u.s. some of the billions of dollars it gets in aid will surely be remembered by folks there for a long time. oren liebermann live in jerusalem. thanks, oren.
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mali officials say one attacker killed and two arrested after an assault on a hotel in the capital city. >> the target was the european union's military training mission which is headquartered in that building. the mission says no one was hurt. >> this is the second attack bamako. 19 were killed last november at a terror attack at another hotel. australian police have arrested two people suspected of
transferring money to isis. >> the 20-year-old man and 16-year-old girl were arrested west of sydney in an ongoing counterterror operation. the charge of financing terrorism can carry a maximum of 25 years in prison. >> a prominent imam is taking on isis recruiters even though he says he may be risking his life. >> he tells cnn why he has to stand up and speak out in our exclusive series "frontline belgium." >> reporter: residents winding their way home. a night like this, it's easy to forget this is a country facing very real threats. we've come here to meet with a potential interviewee. he agrees only to a neutral location. this imam is one of belgium's most outspoken anti-radicalizati anti-radicalization, anti-isis figures and arrives with a
bodyguard but determined to speak. >> we live in an era where everybody who tries to speak out and stand up for the truth, that he will find people trying to stop him and refraining him from doing so. >> people who speak out are dangerous extremist trends, subjected to some very credible threats from isis. and that is horrifying. >> i believe that it's a part of our islam that we protect the country that we were raised in and that we try to make the country that we lived in prosper and the problem is the misunderstanding of this youth that they think when i ab tri bute myself to a country it makes me a non-muslim. it doesn't make sense. >> reporter: through 2015 an average of 5 to 6 belgians a month left to join isis and it's a pipeline that flows both ways.
with some of that number successfully retracing their steps home. for the families and the communities they return to, it only exacerbates the fear. these two are from the mother's collective, both have sons who left belgium to join isis. geraldine's was 18 1/2. to her, still a boy but old enough to die fighting in syria. she received the news in a text from the syrian front line. both are trying to weave their pain into something bigger than their loss. trying to keep other parents from experiencing their suffering. >> translator: every sign, every case is different. when you look at them separately they don't look like signs of radicalization. when you look at the whole picture you realize these are signs of radical sailgs, they're part of the recruitment process. >> reporter: in the aftermath of
the horror that swept through the streets of paris late last year, the brussels suburb of mol mollebeek where they're working with a deradicalization center. the counselor describes some of their work but asks we conceal her identity. the youngest patient that you see is 12 years old. and her parents have given you permission to share her story with us today. >> translator: almost overnight she started wearing the veil. it's three weeks wearing the veil with a long skirt and everything. i tried to understand her motivations. is someone telling her to do this? not so long ago, one of her sisters left for syria and since then this little girl feels completely overwhelmed. she is so young the mother is devastated with worry.
>> reporter: geraldine has a stark warning for the parents that come to her. >> translator: we need to make people realize that if you do not act right away, it can very quickly be too late. >> reporter: since the paris attacks the ministry interior says the laws have been changed to give police greater power overs minors seeking to travel and those over 18 already on watch lists but the families and the communities at the heart of this is a, ultimately they know this is their battle. in spite of the threats, that vic a reality of life here. >> translator: is there anything else i can lose? i've already lost my son so there is nothing else they can do to me. >> reporter: cnn, molenbeek. >> on wednesday nima has the story of a man who lost his brothers to isis and the hunt for home grown terrorists has
gone too far. >> reporter: ali's brothers were among the first wave to travel to syria. why do you think your brothers went to syria? >> translator: honestly, i always asked them but i never understood why. but it is as if they felt rejected. the belgian state rejected children and young people. they say we're all foreigners, why should we give them a job. >> reporter: 18-year-old yasim says he was surrounded by police officers at a local supermarket and pushed to the ground at gunpoint. >> first i was in shock, what's happening. what's happening. but i already commanded me, get on your knees now and i went to my knees. >> these stories and more are part of our special coverage "frontline belgium" only on cnn and nima joins us live next hour. jurors in the hulk hogan sex tape case are awarded an additional $25 million in punitive damages to the former
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now it happens to most presidential candidates sooner or later, they end up having to show their dance moves. >> yes, so it's no surprise republican front-runner donald trump is getting lots of attention for his moves during a campaign event sunday. cnn's jeanne moos reports. >> reporter: if having people sing "happy birthday" to you. >> all: happy birthday -- >> reporter: makes you squirm put yourself in donald trump's shoes. ♪ donald stand by me >> reporter: standing and swaying on stage at mar-a-lago with dr. ben carson as they were
serenaded by singer beau davidson. ♪ the crumountains crumble intoe sea ♪ >> reporter: they called it toe cu curling dad-dancing, a cringe fest. there is nothing easy about standing by someone singing "stand by me" to you. and clapping. come on, y'all. put your hands together for mr. trump. clapping in unison is even more challenging. ben carson's hand movements are already under intense scrutiny. by the folks at "snl." at one point the donald sang along mouthing his own name. ♪ so donald, donald stand by me ♪ >> reporter: maybe this wasn't as uncomfortable as it must have been for hillary to have a hillary imitator serenading voters. ♪ i can't make you love if you
don't ♪ >> reporter: the donald was a good sport. >> used to call me on the cell phone. >> reporter: "snl" called on him to dance to drake's hot line bling. when it comes to politicians doing their thing, we all dance to the beat of a different drummer or make their own beat. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> good to see them listening. >> always good to see them in an awkward moment. we've all been there. >> we love the awkward moments. a british organization may be regretting a public relations decision. >> yeah, they had the bright idea to let the internet have a voice in naming a new ship. well, what a great thought there. as jeremy roth explains they got a bit more than they expected. >> reporter: this is why we can't have nice things. the uk's national environment research council or nerc is asking for name suggestions for that newest research vessel, a
$288 million ship years in the making. and if the internet gets its way it will be called boaty mcbo mcboatface. the council is learning the hard way when you ask the internet for something serious you will get something snarky in return. mcboatface including "the rss" "its bloody cold here." they said they're suggests only so there is a chance it will be named something boring which earn a collecting [ ship horn ] >> and the man who came up with boaty mcboatface has said he's sorry for the fuss. i like the name. >> he also stands by the brilliance of the name and so do we, sir. boaty mcboatface. i like "hussein boat." speaking of the web, remember to reach out to us on social media any time. always good to hear you. >> next hour we will discuss sexism in tennis with a guest from australia.
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comcast business. built for business. final pitches. the five remaining presidential candidates make their case ahead of western tuesday right here on cnn. airing their differences, barack obama and raul castro differ over human rights and trade, during an occasionally awkward news conference in havana. and an about face? perhaps. the government says it may not need apple's help cracking a terrorist cell phone after all. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm rosemary church, welcome as we begin our second hour of "cnn newsroom."
in just a few hours, voters in parts of the western united states will weigh in on the race for the white house. on deck, a primary in arizona and caucuses in utah, idaho and american samoa. donald trump hopes to increase his lied among the republicans. in the latest poll he has the support of 47% of republican voters, almost half. ted cruz has 31%, while john kasich is in third place with 17%. >> hillary clinton has a comfortable licomfort able lead at 51%. bernie sanders has 44%. now ahead of the voting in the western u.s., all top five presidential candidates sat down with cnn. >> they discuss ted a wide rang of issues, and even hillary clinton being told to smile more. >> not interested in playing the
media gotcha game. >> my message of hope is a vital message. >> he has been engaging in bigotry and bluster and bullying. >> and the least -- >> this guy will not be elected president of the united states. >> whenever i have a job, i really work hard to do it to the best of my capacity. >> secretary clinton and i look at foreign policy in very different ways. >> now you don't want any violence to emerge, right? >> of course i don't. i say it all the time. >> you used the word riots twice. >> i think his incitement of violence raises very serious questions. >> do you think the united states needs to rethink u.s. involvement in nato? >> yes, because it's costing us too much money. >> that's silly. >> no, we' having to have to strengthen. >> have we done some good thins in cuba? yes. should the united states go around overthrowing governments, i don't think so. >> nobody respects women more
than me. >> i hear that you should smile more, is that sexist? >> i don't hear anybody say that about men. >> if you get the nomination, you could call on lying dead? >> i have zero interest whatsoever. >> this is like a big giant job interview. >> gathered supporters for each of the candidates. aaron johnson is a democratic strategist supporting secretary clinton, and republican amy cramer is the chairman of great america pact 2016, supporting donald trump. welcome to you both. thanks for being here. >> great to be here. >> now amy, i want to start with you, because we heard from all five presidential candidates for the cnn special. and we heard john kasich say that republicans would go to the july convention, it will be an open, multi-ballot convention. donald trump said no, he will have enough delegates to go to this. >> right.
>> what is going to happen if they get to that convention and he doesn't get the nomination? what will he do then? >> well, i think he is going to get the nomination. i think he will have enough delegates, and john kasich, i think is part of the establishment's strategy to keep him from getting the delegates, but how can john kasich, he's won one state, one state, and not even by double digits. so it's hard to think he's really going to have an impact here. >> what's interesting is that we heard from donald trump saying that hillary clinton, and you are a hillary clinton supporter. >> absolutely. >> that she doesn't have the strength. she lacks the strength to be president. how do you counter that? because that is going to keep coming out. and if they go head to head. if we are looking at a competition between trump and clinton, what will they discuss once the personal issues are out of the way? how will that go? >> i think that's very disingenuous for donald trump to say that he would beat hillary clinton in a november contest.
every poll i've seen, even cnn released a poll that shows that donald trump loses to hillary clinton if the election were today. you now see a sort of attempt by him to be more of a statesman, when he spoke at the ai pac, he had teleprompters. this is the most scripted donald trump we've ever seen. but the problem is we've had almost a year of very divisive and destructive rhetoric from donald trump. and what the clinton campaign's going to do is to remind the american people, that this is a man who basically disrespects women, he doesn't want muslims. he calls mexicans rapists and criminals. this is the type of divisiveness that he's going to have to be prepared to answer to the american people when it comes to the general election. one thing i was so proud about hillary clinton is that she shows a jovial, authentic, personal side of her. when asked the question about why doesn't she smile more.
she said listen, you wouldn't ask a man that. i think what she's got to continue to do is be strong and not runaway from that. listen, she was the former secretary of state. she has the most foreign policy experience of anybody in this race. >> look at the foreign policy, it's a mess. >> but you've got a guy like donald trump who's never held elective office. >> that's a good thing. >> who switched his position three times when asked does he support iran, i mean the palestinian and israeli truce. basically he said he would be neutral. then on wednesday he said he would support israel. and who knows what he's going to say. >> he's always been an israeli supporter. >> despite many things you said, the enthusiasm for donald trump on the republican side is huge. we had a cnn poll showing that 40% of republicans are enthusiastic about donald trump. none of the other candidates come close. and to you, amy, donald trump has this unique situation where he's going to come into the convention with the enthusiasm,
with probably the highest delegate count. >> absolutely. >> however, we have seen a series of violent events at his rallies. how will, how should he control that and temper that heightened anger we see? >> well, look, he has said he does not condone the violence. i don't think any of us condone the violence, but the fact of the matter is, there are professional agitators out there doing this. and they're doing it intentionally, because they're afraid of donald trump. they're afraid of how high he is in the polls. and donald trump is speaking for millions of americans. he is having democrats, independents vote for him. it's across party lines. and at the end of the day, what it comes down to, and bernie's candidacy shows this too. the american people are fed up with washington. it has become the ruling class versus the working class. and regardless of if hillary clinton wins or one of these republicans win, that are. >> reporter: in office or have been in office, it's still the
establishment, and nothing's going to change. nothing's going to change. they're all run by lobbyists. and that's what the, it's hillary too. it is hillary too. >> the problem with donald trump is this. he missed a unique opportunity to be a statesman and be presidential. he could have come out after what we saw in chicago, where peaceful protesters were taunted, were yelled at, racial slurs, and escorted out of the building. he could have come out and repudiated those events that happened in chicago. instead, he landed his big plane in the next state and encouraged his supporters to be more and more radical. >> that's not true. that's not true. >> hillary clinton right now has the most votes out of any person that's running for president right now. she has 8.6 million voters. that's more than donald trump, more than kasich. >> people don't trust her. >> but to say that she doesn't have momentum, i think that's inaccurate. >> it's because of the super delegates, and that is -- >> we have to wrap it here,
unfortunately, amy, cramer, thank you so much. thank you to both of you. a lot to discuss. >> definitely. and we'll bring you much more from the final five presidential candidates talking directly to cnn. international viewers can catch a special highlights program at 7:00 hong kong time, that's 11:00 for those of you in london, only here on cnn. it's the final day of the u.s. president's historic visit to cuba, and barack obama's agenda includes a televised speech to the cuban people and a meeting with dissidents. his cuban counterpart, raul castro hosted him at a state dinner. the ceremonial evening followed a somewhat testy news conference where the issue of political detainees came up. >> dissidents were arrested hours before mr. obama's arrival sunday. and about 20 more were detained
on monday. but as jim acosta reports, mr. castro denies holding any political prisoners. >> reporter: it's a sign that decades old enemies can one day change their tune. that's the u.s. national anthem being played on cuban soil as president obama joined the island's ruler raul castro in havana to close out this final chapter of the cold war. >> when i'm no longer president and don't have so many obligations. >> reporter: mr. obama signed a boat in memory of jose marti. >> we continue as president castro indicated, to have some very serious differences, including on democracy and human rights. and president castro and i have had very frank and candid conversation on these issues. >> reporter: but castro had his
own issues, the u.s. embargo. but he did not answer the question on why his country holds political prisoners. >> why you have cuban political prisoners. >> translator: give me a list right now of the political prisoners so i can release them. what political prisoners? give me the names. >> reporter: the president is going around congress to weaken the embargo. loosening travel restrictions on americans who want to see the island and bringing with them, big hotel company ceos who want to turn cuban mojitos into money. jose, a former political prisoner says the president's visit can provide a much-needed push. freed under the obama administration's diplomatic break through, he's calling on the president to think of reagan. >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall! >> reporter: and demand that age-old barriers start coming down in cuba. >> translator: we have to tear down many walls, he tells me, so
that the cuban people can live with dignity. >> reporter: at the end of the news conference, castro tried to hold up mr. obama's hand to show off their budding friendship, but mr. obama didn't seem to share the same enthusiasm. next, he will deliver a speech to the cuban people. mr. obama will once again call for a discussion of human rights and wind down the trip enjoying a baseball game between the cuban national team and the tampa bay rays. jim acosta, cnn, havana. the much-anticipated showdown between apple and the u.s. government has been postponed just the day before. we'll explain why. next. and sexist comments cost a high-ranking tennis executive his job. we'll discuss this and the impact on the sport at large. and european authorities are on the hunt for a new suspect in
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the department of justice says it won't need apple's help to access the phone belonging to the san bernardino gunman after all. so a judge agreed to postpone tuesday's courtroom showdown with the company. >> pretty incredible. the government made that request, saying an outside party offered to unlock the phone. that's troubling news for the tech giant and its push for unhackable security. but so far, there's no evidence of who this third party is or if they even exist. >> apple's ceo tim cook surprised his audience on monday when he started a company event by addressing its fight with the government. >> we did not expect to be in this position, at odds with our own government. but we believe strongly that we have a responsibility to help you protect your data and protect your privacy. we owe it to our customers.
and we owe it to our country. this is an issue that impacts all of us. and we will not shrink from this responsibility. [ applause ] >> shelly farmer is a technology expert who joins us now from new york to talk about all of this. shelly, the big news here is the averted showdown, really, between apple and the fbi which was set for tuesday. here is exactly what the department of justice said in their monday court filing. quote, on sunday, march 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the fbi a possible method for unlocking syed farook's iphone. if the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from apple inc. what does that mean? did a hacker show how to break into this iphone over the weekend? >> yes, basically, this has never been in question. the phone is an iphone 5c.
because of the operating system it's running and the way it's manufactured, that phone can be hacked, if you will. what they're really going to do is generate another key and open the phone. there are many hackers who said they could do this. there are many security experts who said they could do this, that apple was not required in this particular endeavor. so we've dodged a bullet for a little time. but over time this is going to be the most important question of our age, which is where is the line between security and privacy and more importantly, can the government of the unit force a company to give the key. in history, so far, that's never been true. and that's really what's at stake here. this one phone, it's never been a question that it can be hacked. it's always hackable. >> why did this blow up to such a big issue in this past month? was it more about apple positioning itself from a
product standpoint and simply saying we want to make an announcement about our products being safe and encrypted? or was there really a need for the department of justice to force apple to produce software to allow them to break in. what was this all about in the end? >> i think if you'll go back in history, law enforcement would really like the ability to eavesdrop on encrypted tools, and i think they chose this as an opportune moment. there was a terrorist attack, and they had an opportunity to ask for something they hadn't asked for in the past. if you go carefully to shelly palmer.com, we've gone through a history of how the fbi and department of justice came to ask apple this particular thing and how the court ordered it. it's not what people think it is. it's not about a terrorist's phone. it's about a much larger question, and it's not, by the way, about your private security. people always answer back and say, well, i have nothing to hide. you don't. but you do have a bank account,
and hardware should not be looked at as the only thing this company does. it's far from it. if you're just judging them on hardware innovation, sure, we could have a little bit of a talk about maybe they're not where they should be, but in practice, the iphone 7 will be out in a now months. and we'll see if it's not a little bit better, a little bit brighter, a little bit happier. at the end of the day, they just need a consumer end point that satisfies their customers. >> very good point to make there as you wrap things up. shelly palmer, joining us from new york. thanks for your time today. >> my pleasure. this is cnn breaking news. >> all right, we go to this breaking news here on cnn. reports of explosions heard at brussels airport. at this point, we understand several people injured. but let's get more from brussels. what are you learning about this? what do we know about the explosions and what's happening in the aftermath? >> reporter: well, details are
still scant, rosemary. local media are quoting the airport police that there have been two explosions at brussels airport, that it was a very loud noise. there appear, images on social media show smoke rising from the brussels airport building. the understanding is that some people appear dazed. it's unclear whether anyone is hurt. we have confirmed it, we can say that cnn has confirmed explosions at brussels as airport. the source is yet unclear, rosemary, and we're heading there shortly ourselves. >> i know you'll stay on top of that story. want to cover another one. we've been reporting this manhunt for a new suspect,na jeep laachraoui. what do we know about the role he played in the paris attacks and where this investigation is right now? >> reporter: it is in essence an
intensifying of the man hunt, because his alias was already in the public domain, and back in january belgian counter terror officials told cnn that they intercepted phone conversations between him and the paris ringleader, abaaoud who was giving the orders. that he was more senior. so this is really someone they believe to be key in the conspiracy. but prior to this, they hadn't had a sense of what his realize at this was. so that's what intensifying this manhunt. they now know his name to be najim laachraoui. they are warning the public that he is dangerous, and they are asking people to be very vigilant and to call in if they see him with any information that could lead to his arrest. this comes, of course, as interpol is warning european countries to be very aware about movements across their borders. there is a concern that this new network that authorities believe
was built up around abdeslam that was planning new attacks here in belgium and really, the tension here, the sense of people being very alert, it's very real. it's very palpable, rosemary. so when you have someone like najim laachraoui out there, it gives you a reflection perhaps of the picture that's coming together here in belgium. >> and the turning point was the raid on that apartment, what ended up as a raid. of course no expectation that people would be there. and the capture of suspect salah abdeslam. do they expect to get more information from him? >> reporter: well, they say that he is cooperating. his prosecutor said he's or his lawyer, i should say, says he's only got and limited amount of time with his client, but he is also stressing that his client
is cooperating. and definitely, from what prosecutors are releasing in the public domain, they're giving the sense that he is talking, but they also caution that what he is saying should be treated very, very carefully. this is a man who has told prosecutors that he simply changed his mind from being amongst those attempting to detonate that suicide belt in france, whereas prosecutors believe perhaps there was another target. so while think are very much following up on any and all leads, they're also cautioning that they're treating it very, very, well, with a lot of concern, rosemary. >> yeah, indeed. we have been joined live from belgium, and that breaking news story, we're learning two explosions, we can confirm that on cnn, two explosions at the brussels airport. we'll stay on top of that and bring you more details as they
welcome back to those of you watching here in the states and all around the world, this is "cnn newsroom." i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. we do want to check the headlines for you, and we also have breaking news of two explosions at the brussels airport. cnn affiliate vtm says there were two blasts at the airport and there are reports of injuries. we will, of course, bring you more on this story as the
details come in to us. now a prominent imam in brussels is taking on isis recrites r recruite recruiters, even though he may be risking his life. he tells why he has to stand up and speak out on our exclusive series. >> reporter: residents winding their way home through the streets of a quiet belgium suburb. on nights like this, it's easy to forget, this is a country facing very real threat. we've come here to meet with a potential interviewee. he agrees only to a neutral location. the imam is one of belgium's most outspoken anti-radicalization, anti-isis figures. he arrives with a bodyguard but determined to speak. >> we live in an era that everybody who tries to speak out and stand up for the truth, that he will find people trying to stop him and refrains him from
doing so. >> reporter: people in a european capital city who speak out against what they believe are dangerous, extremist trends are being, yourself included, subjected to some very credible threats. from isis. >> mm-hm. >> reporter: and that is horrifying. >> i believe it's a part of our islam that we protect the country that we were raised in, and that we try to make the country that we lived in prosper. and the problem is, the misunderstanding of this youth that they think when i attribute myself to a non-muslim country, it makes me a non-muslim. that makes no sense. >> reporter: belgian security forces tell cnn, that through 2015, an arm of five to six belgians a month left to join isis. and it's a pipeline that flows both ways. with some of that number successfully retracing their steps home. for the families and the communities they return to, it only exacerbates the fear.
these women are from the mothers collective. both have sons who left belgium to join isis. hers was 18 1/2. to her, still a boy, but old enough to die fighting in syria. she received the news in a text from the syrian front line. both women are trying to weave their pain into something bigger than their loss. trying to keep other parents from experiencing their suffering. >> translator: every sign, every case is different. when you look at them separately, they don't look like signs of radicalization, but when you look at the whole picture, you realize that these are signs of radicalization, they're part of the recruitment process. >> reporter: in the aftermath of the horror that swept through the streets of paris late last year, the brussels suburb of mollen beak arrived as the
nexus. it's here that the mothers work with the de-radicalization center. the councilseling agreed to spe with us but asked that we conceal her identity. the youngest patient that you see is 12 years old, and her parents have given you permission to share her story. >> almost overnight she started wearing the full islamic veil. it's been three weeks now wearing the long veil with the skirt and everything, so i tried to understand her motivations. is someone telling her to do this? not so long ago, one of her sisters left for syria, and since then, this little girl who's completely overwhelmed, she's so young. the mother is devastated with worry. >> reporter: she has a stark warning for the parents that come to her. >> translator: we need to make people realize that if you do not act right away, it can very be quickly too late. >> reporter: since the paris
attacks, the minister of interior says the laws have been changed to give police greater powers over minors seeking to travel, and those over 18 on the watch list. but the families say ultimately, they know this is their battle, in spite of the threats that have become a reality of life here. >> translator: is there anything else i can lose? i've already lost my son, so there's nothing else that they can do to me. >> reporter: cnn, molenbeek. >> now wednesday we are introduced to a belgian man who lost his brothers to isis and to others who say that the hunt for home-grown terrorists has gone too far. >> reporter: ali's brothers were among the first wave of belgian jihad eyes is to travel to syri. why do you think they went to
syria? >> i always asked them, but i never understood why. it is as if they felt rejected. the belgian state rejected foreign young people. they said we're all foreigners, why should we give them a job. >> reporter: he says he was surrounded by police officers at a local supermarket and pushed to the ground at gunpoint. >> first i was in shock, what's happening, what's happening? they already commanded me like get on your knees now, and i went to my knees. >> these stories and more are part of are your special coverage "frontline belgium." you can sigh mosee more through wednesday. and we are following breaking news of explosions at the brussels airport. cnn affiliate says there were two blasts at the airport and other reports of injuries. this is a still picture from a twitter user, a news executive seems to show smoke rising from the airport a few minutes ago,
this is cnn breaking news. we are following the breaking news of explosions at the brussels airport. cnn affiliate vtm says there were two blasts there at the airport. and, as of this moment, there are a number of injuries reported. this image you're seeing now is from someone, cnn has been in contact with who is at the airport. they've taken these images which show windows blown out, smoke rising from the airport from just moments ago. we'll continue to get more details from witnesses there, and our correspondent is on the way to the scene. so do stay with cnn for more details on this breaking story. for now, though, we turn to this. four of the u.s. presidential candidates spoke to one of the
country's largest pro-israel lobby groups. >> in front of a crowd of 18,000 people, hillary clinton, donald trump, ted cruz spoke out. >> israel's security is non-negotiable. [ applause ] we need steady hands. not a president who says he's neutral on monday, pro-israel on tuesday and who knows what on wednesday, because everything's negotiable. some things aren't negotiatable. if you see bigotry, oppose it. if you see violence, condemn it. if you see a bully, stand up to him. >> when i become president, the days of treating israel like a
second-class citizen will end on day one. my number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with iran. iran is the biggest sponsor of terrorism around the world, and we will work to dismantle that reach, believe me. believe me. >> passionate statements there. israel has been listening closely to what all the candidates have to ieberman joi israel. >> reporter: in terms of what israelis think, israelis, what their opinion is, not too much of a surprise. criticizing the iran deal, touting your pro-israel credentials, very much expected. the spotlight was, as it often is, on trump, saying he would be the neutral guy in the palestinian conflict, the
american jewish leaders wanted to see where he came out on it. he stayed on message. he had a prompter and stayed on it. that was a resounding success for him. there were no mistakes there, nothing he'll be called out on. most of the headlines in the israeli press today focussing on trump, but not at aipac. it was what he said about israel may having to pay back some of the military aid that made most of the headlines here in israel. so in terms of aipac not too much of a surprise. trump walked back those comments about paying back the military aid and did well at the convention staying on message. >> and you're telling me last hour that for the most part, donald trump and hillary clinton are the candidates legallies i familiar with. i'm wondering which candidate american domestically, in the u.s.,
hillary clinton has issues with trust. but internationally, i gone der how trustworthy donald trump is when he says one thing about israel and sticks to the script when he's addressing aipac. >> reporter: israelis are curious about that. his mistakes have played big in the media, especially when he talks about registering muslims. memories from 70 years ago, registering people of a specific religion. hillary clinton has an easy time with the israel crowd. and that's because bill clinton is so popular here. he was here speaking on the anniversary of yitzhak rabin's assassination. the crowd went wild for him. and although there are differences between him and hillary clinton, she carries a lot of that popularity. where do the candidates stand, for israelis, hillary clinton is always on top.
and john kasich barely registering. trump trailing. >> and just as far as momentum, and as we look at what may change in the weeks ahead, is it likely, is it possible for a candidate, donald trump, to gain in popularity there in a place like israel at a time like this, based on the things he's been saying? >> reporter: that's actually an excellent question. he could make a trip here. some candidates before presidential elections have made a trip to israel. we'll see how that plays in the political eye here. i wouldn't ventura guee a guesse could gain. but trump trying to establish, trying to tout his pro-israel credentials, frankly, we'll see how he does on this end. >> oren lieberman live for us on that end. thank you, we'll see you soon. we are following the breaking news of explosions at the brussels airport.
cnn affiliate vtm says there were two blasts at the airport. witnesses are telling another affiliate there are several wounded people, and at least one of the explosions happened in the departure hall. they described blown-out windows. and this photo, we showed it to you earlier, this is from a person cnn has been in touch with. it shows smoke rising from the airport. just a few moments ago. and we've now got anthony barrett on the line now. he is an eyewitness. anthony, talk to us about what you're seeing there. what you've witnessed so far at the airport in brussels. >> caller: okay, well, about 8:00 local time, i heard a couple of loud crumps, sounded like somebody moving furniture room in the hotel room above me. when i opened the curtains and looked out, i could see people fleeing the terminal building. the hotel is opposite of the building. i'm currently overlooking the side of the terminal building.
so far i've seen about 18 or 19 stretchered casualties. there's more coming as i look out the window now, so we're probably up to 19 or 20. >> where are you? they've evacuated the area, is that right? and where have they got people? at a safe distance, presumably? because from watching this, no one knows if this is the end of the matter right now, do they? >> caller: no. i think initially, lots of people were just standing around. i i'm in the hotel directly opposite the terminal building. there's only a road between us. we haven't been evacuated from the hoy tetel. initially after the explosions there were lots of people out of the hotel with their trolleys who clearly fled the building. the security forces cleared everybody away. and now all i can see are
actually casualties being taken to ambulances, not just on stretchers, but on luggage trolleys. lots of ambulances, lots of security forces around. >> and the authorities, have they talked to people and described what they need to do? or have they given you any guidance at all in this situation? or is it just all hands on deck trying to bring this situation to some sort of conclusion? >> caller: yeah, it certainly is an awful lot of activity. and as i'm talking to you now, i can see another five people on stretchers being carried out. i haven't had any information from the hotel about what's going on. i guess i'm not surprised by that. and it's, it's, it's clearly a very serious incident. >> and what about, what are you seeing in terms of other people there? you're seeing, you initially saw 18 people on stretchers. now you're seeing five more
people, that's a lot of people who've been hurt. and wounded in the aftermath. of these two explosions. what else are you seeing there? >> caller: well, as i'm talking to you now, literally, i can see another four people being taken away on stretchers. clearly, they're coming from the main part of the terminal building and coming past the side of the terminal, and i can see them from my hotel room. >> and you were departing, were you? you were departing from the airport? so this happened in the departure hall, right? that's what we're hearing. >> caller: yeah, i don't know. i've been in the hotel. i've been attending a conference. i'm due to fly home today. i guess that probably won't be happening. and the hotel is very close to the terminal. it's directly opposite. there's only a road in between. so i'm very close to see what's going on. there are still some passengers.
i've just seen a couple with a child walk past down in front of the hotel. i'm not sure if they know where they're going or whether they're being evacuated. from where i am now, i can see a man carrying somebody. who looks very injured. >> anthony barrett, thank you so much for joining us on the line there from the brussels airport. you're at the hotel there. we do appreciate your eyewitness report on the situation there at the airport. we'll continue to follow this. many thanks to you. we want to bring in now our senior international correspondent. we understand she is on her way to the brussels airport. just describe to us the climate that these two explosions are taking place within. we know the details are elusive right now. but the country of belgium is in the middle of a huge terror investigation at this moment. >> reporter: it is. it is in the middle of a very
intense manhunt. they're trying to track down the remnants of the key conspirators involved in the paris attack. the threat level has been at level three, which is the second highest. but throughout the last few days, even after the capture of salah abdeslam, what authorities have stressed to us repeatedly is that this isn't over yet. they maintain that there is a network that they believe salah abdeslam, a new network that they believe he was able to build around him, and as early as sunday the belgian foreign minister was warning about the intent of the new network to carry out attacks here in belgium. and it's within that climate, it's in that context now that we're seeing these two explosions. we still have no confirmation from authorities that it is an attack. but it absolutely ratchets up the fear, the tension, and the confusion here in brussels, that this is happening in a major european capital city.
the authorities at the airport we understand have now initiated the emergency plan. passengers are being evacuated aunl to runways. the pictures we're seeing show real heartbreaking devastation. smashed glass, injured people. we are on our way there. we'll update you as soon as we get on the scene. >> and just moments ago we were speaking with a witness, a passenger, who was at a hotel there at the airport just describing in these past 20 minutes, dozens of casualties, dozens of people being carried past him on stretchers. he says there are ambulances there, security forces. considering there is this massive terror investigation under way, what's likely to happen next here? what entity or entities may take over jurisdiction of investigating this incident? >> reporter: well, the next move will be the security meetings, which will decide whether or not, if this is an attack, then they will be deciding whether or
not to push the threat level up to four. i, if it is an attack, then that would be the logical conclusion. that would be the next step, because it would give the belgian authorities the ability to move soldiers onto the streets to ask the general public -- and we were here when that happened the first time, the first time since the second world war, when it happened in the aftermath of the paris attacks. i have to tell you, errol, it was a very, very difficult time for the belgian people. the streets were empty. people were very afraid. and authorities were gin cyinsi they stay indoor. if it was an attack, we will see that again here. >> talk to us about the mood there. you have your special series of reports we're focusing on this week. but you've been there a number of times, and we've underscored how terrifying it must be for people technically in the molenbeek region to know that
there could be active terrorists on the move. and now this past week we realize that the main suspect was there all along. to see something like this happen and again, to remind our viewers, we do not know what caused these two blasts, but for people in belgigium and general in europe, how are they likely to respond and feel to an incident like this happening? >> caller: there is already a tension happening here people go about their daily lives and live them out, but there is a background tension i guess is the best way of describing it. and a mistrust and confusion as to how salah abdeslam, one of europe's most wanted men, if not the most wanted imagine in euro -- man in europe at the time was able to hide just a street away from his childhood home, and the mistrust in these communities and the mistrust it engendered, reality where people in this community didn't feel able to
come forward to authorities, for whatever reason with heis presence amongst them. this home-grown terror problem has plagued belgium, and the lack of integration on which the radical networks have fed for so many years, and these are the bigger questions that belgian society and belgium's government are asking themselves, why belgium, again and again. >> and we are getting confirmation from the brussels airport authorities that indeed, there were these two explosions. we don't know the cause at this point. but we do know that a disaster plan is in place and people have been evacuated. it seems that it took a little while to get that evacuation in place, but talk to us about how well equipped authorities are there to deal with this. >> reporter: well, the reality
is the threat level being at the second highest has meant that authorities have been very much on stand by. so that will -- >> all right, clearly having some problems there with our communication with our correspondent who is bringing us up to date on the latest on this breaking news. these two explosions at the airport there in brussels. and confirmation from the brussels airport, a disaster plan is in place. people are being evacuated. you're looking at some still shots that we have on this. we do not know the cause of these two explosions at this point, but of course cnn will continue to follow this. i'm rosemary church. >> and there's a number of injuries and casualties there. we will stay with that story. i'm errol barnett. the coverage of this breaking news continues after this short break.
this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news this morning. explosions at a major airport in brussels, belgium. several people injured. i'm miguel marquez. welcome to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. welcome to the viewers in the u.s. and around the world. let's begin with breaking news. two explosions rocking the main terminal at brussels airport. this comes one day after belgium identified a new suspect in the paris terror attacks. here's what