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not an abstract discussion, but the daily business of life. it pays to be in the back of the queue. >> the back of the queue. tough words from president obama. warning of consequences if the uk leaves the eu, but those campaigning pour exit are hitting back. plus, still no clear word on why music legend prince died as the world honors and mourns. and he is the first man trying to run a marathon if space. it's hard enough to do on the ground. live from cnn headquarters in atlanta, welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world.
i'm george howell, "cnn newsroom" starts right now. a good day to you. we begin this hour in the united kingdom. the u.s. president is there, and facing some backlash for his thoughts on the debate over britain leaving the eu. it's called a brexit. and he warns there are consequences to consider. barack obama was very blunt saying britain would be, quote, at the back of the queue, if for the trades deal if it leaves the eu. in a few hours, president obama will speak at a town hall there to talk about the importance of the uk relationship. indeed it's been considered a very special relationship between these two nations. we are live in london, cnn's athena jones is there following developments. as a president, he should offer an opinion but there are those
who say he should quite frankly butt out. >> reporter: that's true. those in the campaign say the president of the use is meddling in the affairs of the united kingdom. something they wouldn't allow others to do. and the u.s. wouldn't allow, for instance, totally open borders as the case in the european union. you heard there mentioned ted top, the brexit issue, the issue of the uk leaving the eu dominated with prime minister david cameron. the president also spoke about the topic even before leaving, and a clear point that he wanted to make this case strongly to voters ahead of that june 27th refer rend up that she think carefully about leaving the european union. we heard him think that many on the leave campaign no problem if the uk leaves the eu. we'll just negotiate a separate
individual trade deal, with the u.s. he spoke on that. take a listen to what he had to say. >> i think it's fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a uk/u.s. trade agreement but it's not going to happen anytime soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the european union to get a trade agreement done. and uk's going to be in the back of the queue. >> reporter: so that is one of the president's economic argument, that he's asking british voters to consider. he said, i'm offering my opinion as a friend. i'm not trying to fix a vote, i'm not tasking a vote. i'm just trying to tell the 54s what the u.s. president thinks of the issue. another part of the argument, we've heard a lot of talk between the special relationship between the uk and u.s. and the president says, look, a want my closest ally to have a
voice. a voice in the issues now facing europe which are a multitude of issues including migrants flowing into europe. so, he's made it clear how the u.s. feels about this position in his talks yesterday. and we expect him to do the same today, if asked at his town hall later today, george. >> athena, no doubt, the british prime minister david cameron welcomed his opinion from his friend across the pond which has been quite a contentious debate there in the uk. what can you tell us, also, just about the president's schedule while he's still there? >> reporter: well, after a very big day filled with royals, following the bilateral meeting with the prime minister, and he also had dinner with will and kitt and even met little prince george. today, heel have the town hall. before that town hall, he's going to tour the globe theater which is of course the theater
where many of william shakespeare's plays were originally performed. he'll meet later today with the opposition leader jeremy corbin. another full day here on the second day in london. >> very busy. did a theenia jones live in london. as athena mentioned a moment ago, the president has a very busy schedule and we will stay on top of it and continue to watch it on cnn. ♪ now, to the death investigation of prince. it could be weeks from now before we know exactly how he died. the medical examiner in minnesota has completed an autopsy. and now prince's body has been released to his family. on thursday, paramedics discovered prince unresponsive at his estate outside of minneapolis, minnesota.
prince was 57 years old. the sheriff says there was no sign of obvious trauma or suicide. prince has had medical scares over the past few weeks. a spokesperson positive the medical examiner is saying everyone is respecting the investigation. listen. >> this is something that we remember and we take very, very seriously. and we appreciate the respect and dignity and outpouring of support that everyone has shown not only to his family but to the law enforcement officers working on this. to the state of minnesota that so proudly claimed him and adored him. >> and in the meantime, prince's last days are the main focus of this investigation. cnn's kyung lah had more now on his final weeks. >> reporter: investigators here in minnesota say they're still working to try to piece together an accurate time line what was prince doing in the days and
weeks leading up to his untimely death. and while this is happening, cnn has obtained exclusively this video from a strip mall right near where he lives. a woman captured this video. he appeared healthy enough just five days before he died to be riding a bicycle, to be doing something that any normal, healthy person would do. the woman said he looked quite healthy. yes, thin, but healthy enough to ride a bicycle. investigators say what they've been able to concretely learn is that the night before prince died he was dropped off here at his home at 8:00 p.m. he wasn't discovered again by staff until he stopped picking up calls. they found him unresponsive, collapsed in an elevator. cpr did not revive him. investigators say now they have conducted an autopsy. results are expected to come in in days, if not weeks. they also want to try to talk to
as many people that prince had contact with. they want to know what doctors was he seeing, where did he go. was he on any medications. kyung lah, cnn, chanhassen, minnesota. >> there have been so many tributes pouring in. perhaps the most touching may have come in stevie wonder. let's listen. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> it is beautiful how he plays the piano. that was how he chose to remember his friend and fellow musical genius prince, playing
his own distincti ivive renditif "purple rain" with our anderson cooper. earlier, anderson asked if he would play that song, that was his reaction. >> yeah, i think i would probably play that, if i do a song right now but, you know, he was incredible. and i'm just glad that i was able to say to him, i love you, the last time i saw him. >> and he wrote a lot of songs for other artists over the years. and he was also a philanthropist, donated instruments for young musicians. he did a lot of things with charity and didn't necessarily get his name associated with that. he did a lot of things anonymously. >> well, i think his spiritual commitment was far bigger than
him having to say he did this and he did that. his commitment was in the action that he did. not with the satisfaction of letting people know that he did it. >> how do you -- i don't know if i should even ask this question, it's maybe too soon to figure this out, and certainly, we'll always have the music, how do you hope people remember him? >> just a great musician. a great producer. a great songwriter. someone that allowed himself to be himself. and encouraged others to be themselves. and he was very free. to do what he did, without fear. it was a wonderful thing. >> the artist stevie wonder remembering his friend prince. >> still ahead here on "cnn newsroom" -- it has been one month now since the devastating
terror attacks in belgium. and for the first time now, we're seeing the reconstruction of the brussels airport. plus, the growing trend of green burials. how people take their efforts to preserve the earth literally to their graves. you're watching "cnn newsroom." "why are you checking your credit score?"
♪ welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. now, back to a story that we're following from bangladesh. police there say a university professor was hacked to death near his home in western bangladesh along the indian border. the 58-year-old siddiqui was wait for a bus as two or three assailants attacked him from behind. the reason for that assault, though, is still unclear. it's all still under investigation. earlier this month, blogger was murdered when they hacked him with machetes and shot him. that was one of a string of killings in bangladesh targeting secular writers.
we are now learning more about the terrorists who attacked the city of brussels a month ago. one of the two that blew himself up at the airport on march 22nd. and we know he worked at the airport for 11 days in 2011 and for a week in 2012. he was contracted by a company there to do general cleaning. meanwhile, an attorney representing former isis hostages says her clients have also identified him as the jailer in syria. four former say a brussels man guarded them. . that man happens to be in jail for the theft of a museum. the metro station targeted set to reopen on monday, and for the first time, we're getting to see the reconstruction at the brussels airport which is to
resume full operations in june. our erin mclaughlin reports. >> reporter: this is the first time we've been able to access the departure hall at robin town national airport. a month ago, this was a scene of complete and utter devastation. but now as you can see, it's very much a construction site. it's surreal standing here. knowing the chaos that unfolded that tragic day. surveillance footage shows the three alleged attackers wheeling their luggage trolleys through his hall. the first suicide blast. happening just seconds apart. the third bomb was detonated by authorities once the hall had been evacuated. it was a scene of terror. the sounds of people running for their lives. the image of a flight attendant sitting shocked. her face covered in blood. the sound of a child crying.
he's will be the images covered forever. now as you can see, they're working to get this airport back up and running. they're still not operating at full capacity. they set up a temporary check-in facility. passengers are scened before and after they check in. military is also present as authorities are taking no chances. erin mclaughlin, cnn. brulss. two of the world's biggest polluters the united states and china are promising to formally adopt an historic climate change accord before the year is completed. they were among the 175 nations at the signing ceremony for the paris agreement. it took place at the united nations on friday, coincidentally happening on earth day. secretary of state john kerry had a special guest with him, as you see there, it was his
granddaughter, isabel. she was one of 197 children there. u.s. secretary-general pak moon was there. >> we have made change for future. the children here reminded us of our responsibility to them and for future generations. your promise, our future. today's signing is a vote of confidence in a due approach to climate change. it is imperative there's a thought of momentum that continues to grow. >> very poignantly said, your promise, our future. the paris agreement aims to keep the average global warming below two-degree rise from preindustrial levels.
it even strives to curb it to 1.5 degrees and rapidly reduce greenhouse gases. and it also requires all countries to implement their proposed action plans. leaders have one year to sign the document which is meant to take in effect in 2012. but it could start sooner, once 55 countries representing 55 global emissions sign on. several climate milestones have occurred since the paris agreement was established back in december of last year. meteorologist derrick van damme has been following this. it's very important this happens? >> it is important this happens. unfortunately, these milestones are more ominous, let's say, they're just highlighting urgency that this paris agreement needs to be adopted as quickly as possible. so it's good that we finally have over 178 countries putting pen to paper and promising that they will start to take action.
what i'm about to show you and everyone at home watching are pretty astounding milestones. ominous. mother nature not waiting around for governments to come together. 2015 was the warmest year on record. that was a very well advertised situation. but i want to show you on this graph just what we're working with here. these are temperatures above pretreel averages, 20102013 and 2015. the three highest temperatures above-average that have been recorded. and then you look at 2016, we've far surpassed that. that's milestone number one. here's milestone number two, we had february 2016 as the warmest month recorded. well, guess what, march has now become the warmest month ever recorded. that son the heels of ten consecutive months warmest. these are ominous. what do scientists do to gauge
this climate change, this global warming. well, we look for barometers, let's say. this is more a symbol here but giving you an indication what it mean to have a warming planet. we look at arctic sea ice, for instance, we compare it to where it should be and where it actually is. you see the spring and summer month, we have the maximum ascent of optic sea ice and we see the square mileage or the square kilometer and it's roughly 1.2 million square miles below average. and that about is the size of spain and france. that really puts it in perspective. you add the arctic sea ice reduction, as well as melting glacial ice. you have the potential for sea invasion and coastal interruption across the coastal cities. this is an artist rendition of london with a two-degree warming
world. we correlate extreme weather events with climate change. something that we've seen a 50% increase in disaster, weather disaster, since 1985 to 1995 decade. so they're on the increase. and we start to see that human imprint with climate change clearly visible in our weather. >> it's serious stuff. if the numbers don't get you, the images, artist rendition there, london, miami. new york, the list goes on and on. >> that's correct. >> derrek, thank you so much. and tim casserly from our news affiliate westchester explains. >> reporter: more than 200 miles north of the hudson valley just south of ithaca sits nature at its best. thousands of acres of protected forests surrounding meadows
dotted with evergreen groves. >> this is where she is. >> reporter: but it's what's beneath this landscape where this stone lies. in september 2014, ken's stepmother made a final wish to sleep eternally among this beauty. without embalm, without a casket, without a headstone. >> he had been wrapped in irish blanket because she was irish. and so, we lowered her into the grave. and people of green springs had cut these beautiful green branches which we laid on her because this is all about the earth. >> reporter: the green burial was offered here at green springs natural cemetery preserve here. this is a burial. this is jennifer. she chose just to put her first name on the name plate. and that's really what these green cemeteries are all about. they're simple, they're more
affordable, they're environmentally friendly. >> completes that cycle of life. >> reporter: jen johnson is the coordinator. >> i don't think there's ever been a burial where people didn't come up to me and say this is exactly where they belong. >> there's no coffin. >> more natural this way. >> reporter: in 2004, hbo's "six feet under" was the first program to examine the option. carrie potter kotecki is looking to bring a green cemetery to rockland county. >> it's the best way to return to the earth. >> reporter: kotecki point os the fact that the land is not cleared. in fact, a wedding just took place here at green springs. >> land preservation has been a
challenge in our community. it hasn't been a priority but this could be an answer, as well as providing an option for environmentally conscious people. >> reporter: kotecki's voice could be more than most. she uses her weekly radio program to show that they have a choice. like the ecopod where your body becomes the root of a new tree. also available, the green suit. those believe the green choice just makes sense. >> when you think about how much effort we put into teaching our kids about recycling soda cans. your drive and more environmentally friendly car. why stop there? >> okay. see you later, pat. >> reporter: because of his stepmother's decision, ken, his wife and father will also be buried at greensprings. >> just more natural. >> reporter: here they follow
welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world, you are watching "cnn newsroom." it is good to have you with us i'm george howell. the headlines we're following this hour. the u.s. president is advising british voters to stay in the european union. barack obama says that leaving the bloc could hurt future trade deals with the u.s.
mr. obama is in england where he met prime minister david cameron also meeting with members of the royal family. in the state of minnesota, the death investigation of prince. the sheriff there handling the investigation says no stone will be left unturned. prince died on thursday morning at his estate in minnesota. the medical examiner's office has completed its autopsy on the legendary artist. but the results could take weeks. prince was 57 years old. climate change. u.n. secretary ban ki-moon says that the world is, quote in a race against time to curb it. he spoke friday as 175 nations signed on to an historic accord to slow global warming. the next step, ratification. the u.s. and china are pledging to formally adopt the paris agreement this year. in the united states, the three remaining republican
presidential candidates have some very different ideas about the race for their party's nomination. the front-runner donald trump believes that it should already be over. but challengers ted cruz and john kasich are holding on to the hope that they can keep donald trump from stealing that deal early. and instead, to take their chances at a contested convention. cnn's jim acosta has more. >> i like that. let's have some fun. >> reporter: with donald trump closing in on the gop nomination -- >> i was really, really hard. and if i didn't hit them back really, really harder i wouldn't be here. >> reporter: one of his top adviser paul mena ford spent time wooing people in florida making the case that there's more to the typhoon than his brash image on the front. >> when he's talking about the kinds of things he's talking about, he's projecting an era.
and you'll start the see the two come to course in the next several months. >> reporter: in this report, he can be heard behind closed-doors that much of the rhetoric which has savaged the party's delegates over the days - it's such a crooked distance, it's disgusting. >> reporter: will cool down over time. >> the part that he's been playing is evolve into the part that now you've been expecting. >> donald's campaign is now run by a washington lobbyist who has been a lobbyist for 40 years. >> reporter: ted cruz seized on m manafort's remarks. >> if it's lying ted cruz. >> reporter: -- is telling smir whoppers of own. >> they were meeting and saying all of is this just for show.
that he doesn't believe anything he's saying he's just trying to fool gullible voters. he's not going to do any of it. he's not going to build a wall. he's not going to deport anyone. he's telling us he's lying to us. >> reporter: cruz is arguing trump is also already on the transgender restrooms. >> a couple months ago donald trump told us he could be the most politically correct person on earth. but we're beginning to see what that looks like. >> reporter: trump voters say cruz and kasich are wasting their time. caught in the cross fire, rnc chair reince priebus is asking to stand united. >> now, i know our candidates are going to say things that
attract attention. that's part of politics. we all need to get behind the nominee. >> that was our jim acosta reporting for us. donald trump needs to hit 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination before the convention in july. and he's just about 400 away from that at the moment. his opponents are far behind. they're playing the long game with the delegate count. both cruz and kasich hope to turn the matter around when it comes to the convention. in the meantime, the democratic front-runner hillary clinton is also trying to seal up her party's nomination but rival bernie sanders isn't showing any indication that he intends to bow out. clinton is trying to convince voters that she is better prepared to handle republicans. but mr. sanders is making sure he stays in the picture relentlessly attacking hillary clinton. our ryan nobles has this report for us. >> reporter: hillary clinton is
looking past bernie sanders focusing her attention to november. >> i am hoping if i'm fortunate to be president and break that highest and hardest glass ceiling that it will send a message- >> reporter: after months of battling with sanders, she's signaling it has to come to a close. >> we've got to turn the country around. >> reporter: clinton touching on a rain of topics outside of philadelphia including online bullying. >> if i am the nominee, we could very well have a campaign that is exactly all about that. >> reporter: the democratic front-runner saying when trump goes after her, she won't take the bait. >> it isn't really about me. and i'm not going to respond to what he says about me. i'm going to respond to what he has said about women in general. i'm going to respond to what he's said about immigrants. >> reporter: she's also taken a stance on earth day.
>> this whole global warming hoax. >> it's a theory that's not proven. >> reporter: but sanders is showing no sign of surrender. going after clinton for her position on reforming social security. >> time after time after time she was waffled, not given a straightforward answer. secretary clinton, join us. >> reporter: the vermont senator also highlighting new comments from vice president joe biden, comparing sanders campaign style to clinton. telling "the new york times," quote, i don't think any democrat has ever won saying we can't think that big. we ought to down size here because it's not realistic, biden said. come on, man, this is the democratic party. i'm not part of a party that says well we can't do it. a point sanders fully embraced thursday night. >> and i think the vice president, born and raised in scranton, i think the vice president is exactly right. that is what this campaign is about. >> all very fascinating.
that was ryan nobles reporting for us. now like donald trump, hillary clinton has a sizable lead in the delegate count. she is more than 400 delegates shy at the moment. the democrats magic number, 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination. clinton's big win this week in the new york primary gives her extra breathing room for many. from the standpoint if halted the series of wins that bern sy sanders had who was closing in. other news we're following in united states, people in a small ohio town are on edge after eight members of one family were killed on friday. they were all shot in the head execution style, most of them while they were asleep. only three young children survived. the sheriff said the family was specifically targeted. and that surviving members of the family could still be in danger. you're watching "cnn
newsroom"-after a massive earthquake in ecuador there is little hope of finding more survivors. and aid is barely reaching the most isolated villages. plus, a british astronaut is set to become the first marathon man in outer space. how he's preparing for an out of this world race, you could say, as "newsroom" continues. stay safe. fall in love. but tonight johnson's can help with a bedtime routine clinically proven to help them fall asleep faster. and stay asleep longer. there will be things to keep us up. but tonight, we sleep.
♪ welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. ecuador is struggling to recover after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck there a week ago. it was the worst quake to hit latin america answer the caribbean since the haiti earthquake. 602 people died in the earthquake and 700 aftershocks have since been reported. ecuador was already hurting economically. the president there says the recover will cost up to $3 billion. so the government is now raising taxes on people. but experts say that will simply
not be enough to cover the costs of all of the damage and devastation there. aid is barely reaching most isolated villages. thousands of people are destroyed. people are homeless and many more desperate to find food and water. laura sanchez has this report for us. >> reporter: these volunteers are dedicating their time sorting thousands of pounds of donated clothing. some of them are students some are unemployed figuring this is the best way to spend their time. there's a real fear of people looting and coming to donation centers and taking advantage of stealing goods for people in dire need of help. we left for the relief center about four hours ago. it took five hours to get to the province, one of the small rural towns badly hit bit earthquake. hours spent outside this police
station waiting for trucks carrying relief packages since well before dawn. as the sun begins to set, they have watched the trucks come and go with a plea for food and water, many are still empty-handed. how many trucks have passioned by since 6:00 a.m. and were still with nothing? military officials here asking people to remain calm because there's an air of desperation here. a lot of people rushed to the truck when it first stopped handing out water. sbrk speaking foreign language ] this woman says she's been waiting two days for water simply because there isn't any portable water around her to drink. this woman says she's been pushed around by people cutting the line all day. she calls the relief effort disorganized. and says her complaints have fallen on deaf ears. down the street, others are looking for each piece of
debris. several families live in this multistory building. neighbors tell us five people were killed when it collapsed including a young child. here we so the performers occupying young children's minds, as they watch their faces as they watch the world seemingly fall apart there's a moment when they can be kids. i asked a woman what she was telling her own children at these difficult moments. she said she had no words for the child. she didn't know what to tell them. with aid reaching only a fraction of what they need, the people of ecuador trying to move forward while living in the shadow of catastrophe. >> nn's boris sanchez reporting for us there. now, we move on to northeast india. 16 construction workers have been killed in a landslide there. a district official says it was caused by heavy rain over the past few days. two people have been rescued. the indian prime minister sent
his condolences to the family. as the world mourns the loss of prince, he was well-known for his musical talent. and also known for the women in his life who inspired many of those songs. up next, we explore that as "newsroom" continues. to keep us up at night. will they find happiness? reach their potential. stay safe. fall in love. but tonight johnson's can help with a bedtime routine clinically proven to help them fall asleep faster. and stay asleep longer. there will be things to keep us up. but tonight, we sleep.
about a race in space. that is what one british astronaut is planning to do this weekend. cnn's jonathan mann has the story of the first man to run a marathon while orbiting high above the earth. ♪ even before he was an astronaut, tim peake was a runner. competing in cross country as a teenager and running the london marathon in 1999. on sunday, the british astronaut will do it again. only this time from onboard the international space station. >> so this is what keeps me strapped to the treadmill when i run. >> reporter: peake will wear a special harness keeping him tethered the treadmill while he
runs the full 26 miles in zero gravity. >> i'm comfortable i can get on the map on sunday but i'm sure there will be more points that i wish i had done more training. >> reporter: while peake will be orbiting 250 miles from earth, peake will be running it using an app that allows him to see the actual course and interact with others. >> i'll be actually looking at the route and running alongside everybody else running the digital version of the london marathon. i'll be able to see what's going on with the real race in london which will be a huge boost to me knowing i'm running alongside everyone there. >> reporter: back in 1999, peake ran the london marathon it just under 3 hours 19 minutes. he says he won't be that fast on sunday. his goal is to finish in 3 1/2 to 4 hours. that's still pretty fast for a race in space.
jonathan mann, cnn. ♪ the death of prince, when it comes to many of his songs, it's no secret that many of them were inspired by some of the women in his life. in fact, some of his biggest hits were the result of some of those relationships. his two ex-wives say they're absolutely devastated by his death. cnn's randi kaye tell us about the women prince loves. >> reporter: she was his drummer then eventually his fiancee. as sheila e. told to the daily news, somewhere during the tour, prince mouthed to her during a song marry me and the answer was yes. >> i was walking backstage to enter introduce myself. he was in the mirror. he shook my hand, i know who you are.
i went huh? >> reporter: he said, i've been following your career. prince oversaw her first album "the glamorous life." ♪ without love is it ain't much. >> reporter: another of prince's loves his protege denise matthews. jet magazine said she later claimed prince was the only man she ever truly loved. prince called her vanity. and built the group vanity six around her. encouraged her to be sexy and recording such songs as "nasty." after she and prince split. when she died earlier this year, he dedicated a song to her on tour. madonna also had a relationship of sorts with prince. the two dated.
he helped produce "like a prayer" which he was featured on. and then "love song." years later the friendship soured. though just last fall, madonna attended one of prince's famous late night jam sessions at paisley park in minnesota. after her own concert, she grabbed a vip seat as prince took the stage for the 2:00 a.m. show. prince met the stunning carmen electra, they dated for a while and prince proud a rap album to her. it was prince who decided she should change her name to karmin. she recalls to oprah. >> the name of the song was called carmen on top. my name is tara. i loved the song. he said, huh-uh, you're not tara. you're carmen. >> reporter: prince's first wife
mayte called him her first crush. >> i got married when i was 22. i can't pinpoint a time when it became romantic. i just think it evolved through >> reporter: as she tells it, they first met when he asked her backstage of one of his concerts. she was 16. they married on valentine's day 1986. mayte garcia was her full name. prince was smitten. it's no surprise she inspired a lot of his songs including "most beautiful girl in the world." ♪ >> reporter: but the marriage wasn't meant to be. the couple lost two children. one son lived for only a week. the other was a miscarriage. mayte told reporters it was hard to move forward as a couple after that. they split in 1988 and divorced in 2000. prince tried marriage again in
2001. "people" magazine reported the two met while working for his charitable organization. he was 43. she was just 24. when they tied the knot, the magazine reported his new wife took his name nelson which the singer never used. this marriage lasts five years after which she filed for amicable divorce. >> prince died at 57 years old. thank you for being with us, i'm george howell at the cnn center. i'll be back with another hour. you're watching cnn, the news leader.
the u.s. president starts a new day on his trip to london, while some accuse barack obama of meddling in british politics. plus the world mourns and searches for answers. cnn learns more about the final days of prince. and honoring the life of one of the best writers to ever take pen -- pick up the pen, i should say, people mark 400 years since the death of williams shak shakespeare. live around the world, welcome to cnn headquarters, i'm george howell. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. we begin this hour in london,
the u.s. president is there and nation thoughts about britain leaving the eu. a brexit as it's called. and the president's visit comes there as some say mr. obama has been meddling after he weighed in on this touchy debate. he urged britton stay in the eu and warned that leaving it would do the british and american relationship more harm than good. let's go live to london. athena jones is there following developments. these two nations have what is a special relationship. there are those who offer the opinion but those instead who say he should butt out. >> reporter: hi there, george. a lot of folks on the leave campaign, who want the european union to leave europe. the way the u.s. would never
accept another country telling their money voter what is they should do, you can imagine during his political season there are opinions if other countries about what american voters should do. as you say, the president says, look, there's no closer friend to the u.s. than the uk. and as a friend, i'm offering my opinion. i'm not going to cast a vote. i'm not trying to fix a vote. but in a democracy, people should want more information, and i'm here to provide the u.s. perspective. you talked about the special relationship. you heard talk about the u.s. and uk being kindred spirits and no closer ally, and the u.s. wants its closest and strongest ally to remain in europe. to have a voice in the debates and affairs affecting europe at the time of turmoil. at the time when the migrants are flowing across the european borders with conflicts in the middle east, and other issues, of course. one of the main arguments being
made an economic one. that the uk is stronger in europe. some arguing if the uk were to leave the eu, they could just negotiate a separate trade deal directly with the u.s. the president said not so fast. that's not something that would happen very quickly. take a listen to what you had to say after that. >> i think it's fair to say that maybe some point down the line, there might be a uk/u.s. trade agreement. but it's not going to happen anytime soon, our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc the european union to get a trade agreement done. and uk's going to be in the back of the cuqueue. >> reporter: so the back of the queue, that say warning, more or less, from president obama, to uk voters approaching this big vote in union just a few weeks away. economic argument unless on security, they believe the uk is stronger in europe and
securitywise and economicwise as a part of the european union, george. >> athenia, though, that comment, back of the queue. a lot of people did not like that on twitter. twitter just blew up over that. i know the british prime minister david cameron did not mind the frank talk from the friend chiming in on his. what power tell us about the president's schedule while in the uk? >> reporter: well, he just now wrapped up a visit to the globe theater -- it's a replica of the theater actually which burned down centuries ago but it was rebuilt in the spot. this is the theater, of course, where many of william shakespeare's plays were performed. the president made a stop at the globe theater. and he should be arriving any minute now at the town hall he's going to be having with young people in the uk. he has the town halls
oftentimesen 0 toftentimes on the trips so he can speak with the folks. we expect this brexit issue to come up on other issues. later in the day, he'll meet with the opposition party leader, jeremy corbin. so a jam-packed day here in london. tomorrow morning, he heads to germany, to hanover, to take part in this international trade fair. the biggest trade fair in the world. george. >> cnn correspondent athena jones live for us in london this hour. thank you for your reporting. so, again, that comment about the back of the queue. and the possibility of the uk leaving the eu. london's mayor boris johnson hit back about the president's comments. >> i do think it's perverse that we're being urged by the united states to embroil ourselves ever more deeply in a system where our laws, 60% of them now are
emanating from the eu. when the united states would not dream of subjugating itself in any way in that jurisdiction. >> the biggest partner is the european union. max foster tells us more about the relationship. >> reporter: what is the eu? the european union say group of companies that work together to create several markets that allows services and goods and people to move along the member state as long as they follow the rules and pay the entry fees. but we're getting ahead of ourselves. to start this story, we need to go back to world war ii. after six years of fighting europe was decimated. economies were collapses and mistrust was ripe as old enemies faced the prospect of re-creating trade tice. france and germany faced the difficult task of creating a unity for profit so they started
talking. mainly about steel and coal. in 1951, a total of six countries, france, belgium, west germany, italy, luxembourg and the netherlands reaches their first accord creating the european coal and steel community or the ecsc. they later introduced the european economic community eec in 1958. these two organizations are seen as the origin of the european union that wouldn't adopt its new name until 1993. more than six decades later, the european union now represents more than 500 million people. across 28 countries and common currency are the euro which generates an estimates 14 trillion euros into the gdp per year. countries are less likely to have conflicts but it isn't is a totally happy marriage for many
countries as some are affected differently on world events. there have been arguments on financial regulations, bailouts and different approaches to migration. this has given rise to anti-eu parties with many calling to withdraw from arguably the world's most powerful union. max foster, cnn, london. >> those who support a brecket as it's called argue that britain would be better off economically if it were to leave but experts are not so sure. the think tank open europe present ace worst case scenario that the gdp would rise 1.6% over the same period. on the flip side, the uk currently contributes 5.8% of the eu's operating budget second
only to germany. and one-third of all foreign direct investment. experts say if the british exit is approved, the european union stands to lose 15% of its gdp. ♪ the death investigation of prince, medical examiners in minnesota have completed their autopsy. but they say it could take weeks before we know exactly how this music legend died. paramedics found prince unresponsive thursday on his estate. he was 57 years old. the sheriff says there's no obvious sign of trauma or s suici suicide. prince had some scares in the past weeks. a spokesperson thanked everyone for respecting the investigation. did this is something that we remember and we take very, very
seriously. and we appreciate the respect and the dignity and outpouring of support that everyone has shown not only to his family, but to the law enforcement officers working on this. to the state of minnesota that so proudly claimed him. and adored him. >> our kyung lah takes us through prince's last week including exclusive video we're seeing of the artist riding his bike days before the death. here's her report. >> i looked outside and saw a gentleman riding a bike and noticed it was prince. >> reporter: kelly collins seeing what she and others saw as heir famous neighbor. although he indicated he didn't want to be filmed. >> i couldn't believe it after hearing was not feeling well. >> reporter: that video taken on saturday, just five days before prince's death. prince had not been feeling well
for weeks. anxious fans in atlanta with tickets learned two shows that night were postponed. according to the fox theater. prince is ill, battling the flu. one week later, april 14th, prince takes the stage in atlanta. the makeup concert. two shows. two sets. no sign of illness, he finishes to a standing ovation. prince seems to relish the moment. tweeting i am transformed. the next day, april 15th, prince is flying home to minneapolis. his private jet makes an unexpected detour. an emergency landing in moline, illinois. rushed to the hospital. but prince doesn't stay long instead continuing his flight home to minneapolis. the next day is when kelly collins said she sees prince on that bike ride. he didn't look ill at all? >> he looked like prince.
yeah, he looked really good. >> reporter: did anything appear wrong with his health? >> no, i was actually shocked to see him riding his bike after learning just the day before his plane had landed and he wasn't doing well. >> reporter: that same day prince posts this announcement. an impromptu dance party at his residence. michael holtz who has deejayed two times for his intimate parties went to the gathering. prince speaks to a small crowd for about 22 minutes. >> he addressed the crowd, if you hear any news, give it a couple days before you waste any prayers. >> reporter: how did he look saturday versus any time? >> just the same. always healthy looking. always energetic. he was definitely a worker. he had that worker mentality. nothing was going to keep him down. i thought we're going to be seeing prince long that his 80s.
>> reporter: the next day april 17th, prince tweets #feelinged were rejuvenated. feeling well enough that he heads tout a live spot. tuesday night, prince came to this club. he talked to the staff. they say nothing was out of the ordinary. >> he was here for that show on tuesday? >> reporter: and everything seems fine and normal? >> well, it's like any other night that he would come. >> reporter: the sheriff's department says prince is dropped off at 9:00 p.m. he spends the night alone. no one is concerned until employees can't reach him. they find him collapsed in an elevator. then a panicked call to 911. >> person down. >> reporter: cpr fails. he was pronounced dead 10:07 thursday morning. there remains gaps in prince's
last days. did he visit any doctors? did he take any prescriptions? >> that is part of the investigation. that would be our normal protocol. >> reporter: kyung lah, cnn, chanhassen, minnesota. >> an investigation we'll continue to follow tching "news" it's been a month now since the devastating belgium terror attacks. plus an historic change accord is one step closer to taking effect. what this could mean for the air you and your children breathe as "newsroom" continues. unlimited data from at&t means you can stream it all. like that anthony michael hall movie where he fights with the girl. the one where he gets rejected by the girl. even stream the one where he creates the girl. with unlimited data, you can stream all the anthony michael hall movies you want. i wonder what he's up to these days maybe he's shopping in an at&t store? get unlimited data and your fourth line free when you have at&t wireless and directv.
absolutely ageless® night cream with active naturals® blackberry complex. younger looking skin can start today. new absolutely ageless® from aveeno®. welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. police say that a university professor was hacked to death near his home in western bangladesh along the indian border. investigators say 58-year-old rezaul karim siddiqui was waiting for a bus when two or three assailants attacked him from behind. the reason for that assault is still unclear, but it's all under investigation. earlier this month, blogger nasr karim hashma was targeted.
we are learning more information now about one of the terrorists who attacked the city of brussels one month ago. najim laachraoui was one of the two suicide bombers who blew himself up at the brussels airport on march 22nd. now, we've learned that he actually work ted airport for 11 days in 2011 and then for a week in 2012. he was contracted by a company there to do general cleaning. in the meantime, an attorney representing former isis hostages says her client had also identified laachraoui as their jailer in syria. four former french hostages say the brussels bomber guarded them alongside another man. that man happens to be in custody at the moment for an attack on a jewish museum in 2014. in belgium, the nation is still trying to recover from the attacks that killed 32 people there. on friday, the victims were
remembered at a metro station that was targeted. it's set to reopen monday. and then we see the brussels airport set to resume full operations in june. erin mclaughlin has this report. >> reporter: it's a construction site. it's surreal standing here knowing the chaos that unfolded that tragic day. surveillance foodage showing the three alleged attackers wheeling their luggage through this hall. the first blast happening just seconds apart. the third bomb was detonated by authorities one the hall had been evacuated. it belies what was a scene of terror. the sounds of people running for
their lives and the image of a flight attendant sitting shocked. her face covered in blood. the sound of a child crying. he's will be the images covered forever. now as you can see, they're working to get this airport back up and running. they're still not operating at full capacity. they set up a temporary check-in facility not far in here. there's multiple layers of security there. passengers are screened before and after they check in. military is also present as authorities are taking no chances. erin mclaughlin, cnn. brussels. in syria, isis claims it shot down a syrian air force jet and took the pilot prisoner. a news agency affiliated with the terror group said the warplane was down east of damascus on friday. video reportedly shows the wreckage in flames. cnn has not confirmed its
authenticity. isis claims the pilot parachuted from the aircraft and was captured alive. hundreds of migrants apparently are making their way to greece once again and it's happening despite the recent deal betwe the eu and turkey aimed at reducing the flow of asylum seekers. the international organization for migration says about 150 migrants are arriving in greece each day by boat from turkey. it says the number may be rising again because smugglers are getting more creative. or it may simply be that weather there is improving. talking about weather and climate change is taking center station at the united nations. 175 countries signed on to an historic pact that is aimed at slowing down global warming. the next step is ratification with participating countries. secretary of state john kerry held his 2-year-old granddaughter isabel as he signed the accord.
196 other children were also there. after leonardo dicaprio an official u.n. messenger who spoke on climate change told world leaders they're giving future generations hope. >> an upheaval, a massive change is required right now. one that leads to a new collective consciousness. a new collective evolution of the human race inspired by a sense of urgency from all of you. we all know that reversing the course of climate change will not be easy, bit the tools are in our hands if we apply them before it it is too late. >> the paris agreement aims to keep the average global warming before a two-degree rise from preindustrial levels. it even strives to curb it towards a 1.5 degree mark. and to rapidly reduce greenhouse emissions and gases. leaders have one year to sign on
to the document which is meant to take effect in 2020. but that could start sooner, once 55 countries representing 55% of global emissions, sign on. climate change and the milestones may have occurred since that paris agreement was actually established back in december. meteorologist derek van dam is here to tell us about it. >> george, it's ironic there's this rather ambition goal of wanting to curb that to 1.5 degrees celsius because what i'm about to show you you on the latest graph is astounding, we're actually reaching 1.2 degrees above 2016. we're blowing records away. mother nature probably not wanting to wait along too much for us, meaning us collect civil as a whole, trying to get our act together. but get news is we have had over
170 country, world leaders coming together to put that ink to paper, to sign a legal agreement binding us to certain carbon reductions and so forth. this is astounding, the top three years, 2010, 2014, 2015. and then we got 2016. on top of that, we've also got these other ominous milestones that have occurred recently. the warmest ever month records march 2016. that is on the heels of ten consecutive months that were also record setting in terms of heat. that started in may 2015. we're also starting to correlate with climate change as well. stronger evidence pointing towards heavy rain events. coastal flooding. heat waves and to a lesser extent hurricanes and tornadoes. you can actually see on this particular graph. we've actually seen an increase
in weather disasters by about 50%. at least in the past decade scared to 1985 and 1995. a significant uptick in the amount of weather disasters. now, speaking of weather disasters, we have the potential for severe weather. this is just giving our viewers in the united states a heads up on what's to come at least for sunday and working into monday and tuesday of next week. we have the potential for a multiday severe weather setup. we've got a ridge bringing in warm weather. we've got strong gulf of mexico moisture. and a trough that's going to drop across the rockies and have a lot of energy associated with it. . here's the potential of severe weather. omaha, nebraska, damaging winds and large hail. that's our concern but then we start to focus our concern over the strong upper level energy that will center over the four corners and that's going to set the jet stream. the upper level winds potential
for severe weather and large superstorms and potential for tornadoes. look out for that potential weather. this monday and tuesday right around the oklahoma city region. that's something that the cnn weather center, george, will be monitoring very closely. >> and right there in oklahoma, a hot bed for -- >> tornadoes. >> tornadoes. yes, we'll certainly stay in touch with you, derek, thank you so much. donald trump is trying to ensure that he is the republican nominee in november. we'll tell you how he might be changing his public persona to try to help his chances for that. plus, 400 years since shakespeare's death. we'll show you how the world is celebrating its most famous playwright. live across the united states and the world this hour, you're watching "cnn newsroom." ke @you8 for instance. he writes, "as commissioner of my fantasy league, i'm thinking about moving the draft up... to next week.
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this town hall. today is the 400th anniversary of shakespeare's death. and as once wrote, brevity is the soul of wit, i will try to be brief on the front end so we have time for a conversation. these are the favorite thing ice do when i travel around the world just to have a chance to meet with young people and hear from them directly. it's aspiring to me. it gives me new ideas and i think underscores the degree to which young people are rising up. in every continent. to seize the possibilities of tomorrow. now, whenever i get together with leaders in the united states and uk, you hear a lot about the special relationship and the shared values and interest that bind us together and the way the cooperation makes the world safer and more
secure and more just and prosperous place. all of that is true. we go back a pretty long way, we go back, the u.s., and the uk. we've had our quarles. there's that whole tea thing. the british burned my house down. but we made up. [ laughter ] ultimately, we made up and ends up spilling blood on the battlefield side by side. against fascism and tyranny for freedom and democracies. and from ashes of war we led the charters to create the initiatives that sustained prosperous peace. nato, brenton woods. the marshal plan. the eu.
the joint sacrifices that previous generations of americans and brits are a big part of why we've known decades of peace and prosperity in europe. and that in turn has helped to spread peace and prosperity around the world. and think about how extraordinary that is, for more than 1,000 years, this continent was darkened by war and violence. it was taken for granted. it was assumed that that was the fate of man. now, that's not to say that your generation has had it easy. both here and the united states, your generation has grown up at the time of breathtaking change. you've come of age through 9/11. and 7/7. we've had friends go off to war. you've seen families endure recession. the challenge is another time.
economic equality, climate change, terrorism, migration, all of these things are real. and in the age of instant information where tv and twitter can feed us a steady stream of bad news, i know that it can sometimes seem like the order that we've created is fragile. maybe even crumbling. maybe the center cannot hold. and we're seeing new calls for isolationists. or axenophobia. we've seen those who would call for rolling backs the rights of people. people hunkering down from their own point of view and unwilling to engage in democratic debate. and those are impulses i think we can understand. they are reactions to changing times and uncertainty. but when i speak to young
people, i implore them and i implore you to reject those calls to pull back. i'm hear to ask you to reject the notion that we're gripped by forces that we can't control. and i want you to take a longer and more optimistic view of history and the part that you can plan on. i ask you to embrace the view of one of my predecessors, president john f. kennedy who once said "our problems are man-made, therefore they can be solved by man, and man can be as big as he wants." that's how since 1950 the global average life expectancy has grown by 25 years. since 1990, we've hut extreme poverty around the world in half. that's how over the past hundred years, we've come from the world where only a small fraction of women could vote from one where almost every woman can. and from the year 2000, we've
come to a world without marriage equality, where to now it's a reality to more than 200 countries, here and the united states. in a few months i speak with a group of white house interns. they're roughly your age. they come in for six months. they're assigned to various aspects of the white house. and i often talk to them about the fact that if you could choose one moment in history, in which to be born. and you didn't know ahead of time what you were to be, you didn't know whether you were a man or woman, what nationality, what ethnicity, what religion, who your parents were, what class status you might have. if you could choose one time in history where the chances that you led a fulfilling life were most promising, you'd choose right now. this moment.
because the world for all of s travai travails, for you of its challenges has never been healthier, more talented, less violent, more attentive to the rights of all people than it is today. that doesn't mean we don't have problems. it's not a cause for complacency, but it's a cause for optimism. you are standing in a moment where work capacity to shape this world is unmatched. what an incredible privilege that is. and you've never had better tools to make a difference to forge a better uk. and a better europe. and a better world.
so, my primary message today is going to be reject pessimism, and cynicism. know that progress is possible. that our problems can be solved. congress requires the harder path of breaking down barriers and building bridges and standing up for the values of tolerance and diversity that our nations have worked to sacrifice and secure and defend. progress is not inevitable and it requires struggle and perseverance and discipline and faith. but that's the story of how we won voting rights and women's rights, and immigration rights, and gay rights. because of those who came before us often risked their lives to give us a chance to know something better. that's what gives me so much hope about your generation. so many of you are driven by that same impulse. you are a generation that has
seen integration and globalization, not as threats but as opportunities. for education and exploration and employment and exchange. you're a generation that sees differences of pluralism, diversity, as a great gift. that's why united states has invested in young initiatives around the world in africa, southeast asia and right here in the uk. last year, we launched young leaders uk and it's grown from four students in plymouth. and group of age 15 to 20 from ngos and private sectors. to many of you here today, the ambassador has worked with more than 100 high schools. he's worked to create more of the u.s. embassy exchange
programs that have graduated alumni like margaret thatcher and tony blair. because we want you to have the tools to make yourselves change agents. the change that you're looking for in the world. your sung leaders like michael sonny. where is michael? there he is, michael was inspired by america's rock the vote initiative. he started his own bite the bullet -- bite the ballot, excuse me. commissioned it here in the uk. he spent time in greensboro, north carolina, where he learned about our civil rights movement. and he said, i have a new understanding of the meaning of perseverance, resilience and delayed gratification. about fighting for change that you may not live to see, but your children may live to see. planning for change that you may
not live to see but your children will live to see. that's what this is all about. that's what this we are all about. whether cold war, world war movements for economic and social justice, efforts to combat climate change. ma miriam is here today. where are you? that impulse that compels a young leader to say i may have grown up one of eight in a small west london house but i'm going to use the education i got at oxford to help any child have the same opportunity ice had. ali, where's ali -- right there. the same impulse that led ali to say i may have fled syria as a child.
but now that i'm elected office, i'm going to use my power to help other refugees like mean and bekaa is here today. that impulse that compels a young leader like bekaa to say as a woman with a disability i may have fallen down in times but people who believed in me picked me up. and i'm going to pay it forward by fighting for people with disabilities against violence and against women. because i believe the world can be a better place. you can't help but be inspired by the stories of young people like this, both in the united states and in the united kingdom. and think of all of the good we can do together. think of all the good we have yet to accomplish. there's not a challenge on this planet that our two countries don't take on together. as long as your generation nurtures that special relationship and learns from one
another and stands with one another. i'm confident that our future is brighter than the past and our best days are ahead of us. so, with that, let's have a conversation. all right. you guys were ready. here's what we're going to do. i am going to go boy/girl/boy/girl, to make sure it's fair. i'll try to get as many questions as i can. introduce yourself, we have mike right there. and tell me who you are and where you're from. and then try to keep your question or comment relatively brief so i can get as much as possible. we will start right here. >> mr. president, my name is keyon mccarney from northern ireland. the situation is stronger in northern ireland where america has played an important role in
our peace process. how will your predecessor is and those who come after you help to foster that? >> well, northern ireland is a story of perseverance, and the fact that your generation -- how old are you now? >> 21. >> 21. i mean, your experience has been entirely different than your parents. they're still huge problems there. some of them political. some of them economic. but every year we have on st. patrick's day folks from ireland come. and we had both your first prime minister and deputy prime minister come. and folks are working these issues through. and what's interesting is the degree to which the example of peace making in northern ireland is now inspiring others. so in colombia, latin america right now, they're trying to undergo a peace process.
and they've actually brought people from northern ireland to come and describe how do you overcome years of emenity. and violence. you know this better than i do. one of the things you see in northern ireland that's most important is, the very simple act of recognizing the humanity of those on the other side of the argument. having empathy and a sense of section to people who are not like you. that's taken time. but you're now seeing that, i think among young people who are interacting more. you're seeing that. it requires also forging a new
identity that is about being from northern ireland as opposed to being unionist. you know, sinn fein, or just deciding the country as a whole is more important than any particular faction or any particular flag. but this is -- this is a challenging time to do that. because there's so much uncertainty in the world right now. because things are changing so fast. there's a temptation to forge identi identities, travel identities that give you a sense of certainty. a buffer against change. and that's something that our young people, we have to fight against. whether you're talking about africa or the middle east or northern ireland or burma.
the forces that lead to the most violence and the most injustices typically spring out of people saying i want to feel important by dividing the world into us and them. and them threatens me. and so, i've got to make sure my tribe strikes out first. and fighting that mentality and that impulse requires us to begin very young with our kids. one of the most encouraging things i've seen in northern ireland is children starting to go to school together and having a sense of -- that we're all in this together, as opposed to it's us against them.
but it's going to take some time. it will depend on leaders like you to make it happen. no pressure, you're going to be fine. you're going to do it. good question. so, a gentleman's turn. that gentleman right there. yes, you. oh, yeah, there's nobody behind you. right there. no, no, no. you. hold on a second, i was pointing down here. go ahead, i'll call on him next. >> peter from london. >> hi, peter. >> thank you. so, i always imagined in the future if your successor comes to you and she says, so -- [ laughter ] i suppose it could be bernie. and says oh, he's prioritized education and the budget.
what's your priority? what would you like to see as your correspoe priorities there? >> for the next president? >> and for yourself as well. >> well, you know, one of the things that i've learned as president is i don't always have the luxury of just choosing one or would thitwo things. turns out how well we do in the united states and how well the globe does depends on a lot of things. my first priority is to keep the american people safe, just like i'm sure prime minister cameron, if you asked him what is your first priority, it's keeping the united kingdom safe. so security is always going to be a top of the list item. and the threats from isil and transnational terrorism are
absolutely critical to address. but how we address them is important. and recognizing that security is not just a matter of military actions, but is a matter of the messages we send. and the institutions that we build. and the diplomacy that we engage in. and the opportunities that we present to people. that is going to be important for the next president of the united states and any global leader. to recognize. and i am in awe of our respective militaries, the men and women in uniform, who serve their country and make such extraordinary sacrifices. but we do them a disservice if we think that the entire burden
of keeping the world safe is just placed on those who are in uniform. that's where diplomacy comes from. you look at something like iran, where obviously, the united states and iran has had a terrible relationship since 1979. the theocracy has engaged in very dangerous behaviors and they were on path to obtain a nuclear weapon. the hard diplomatic work that we did along with the uk and the eu, and members the security council to forge an agreement where they are no longer on the path to get a nuclear weapon, we never engaged in a military strike to do it. but it resulted in a much safer world. and the same is true when you think about development.
in sub-saharan africa. an organization like boca haram is ideologically driven and we have to help countries like nigeria fight against the brutality and the rape and pillage that they engage in. but if there are communities where children can't read or feed themselves, they are much more vulnerable to fostering these kinds of demeanted ideologies. so, i think it's -- it's not an either/or question. and it's important for young people, very many thoughtful young people, i think, instinctively are suspicious of military action because too often it's been used as a knee-jerk as a response to problems as opposed to a part of a broader solution. but we have to do both.
and we can do both. in terms of the united states right now, i would love to see a focus on early childhood education agency the next step in filling out our social safety net. we don't yet have institutions that are fully adapted to the fact that guess what, women work and support families. and then need things like paid family leave. and high-quality child care. and we know when we invest in children between the ages of zero and 3 that the outcomes in terms of them getting effective educations and having thriving lives are enormous. we end up saving huge amounts of
money from reduced crime and poverty. if we just make that early investment. that's something that some countries do better than others. and we can learn from other countries along those lines. across the board, across the developing world right now, i think we have to attend to issues of inequality. and one of the places to start addressing these issues of inequality is making sure that every child is getting a decent education. and a lot of our countries are not doing as well as they should on that front. all right. who's next? all right. young lady right there. you. yes, you. >> thank you. hi, my name is bettsma, do you
think signing an agreement will have an impact on the eu regulation enforced? >> for those of you who are not aware. t-tip is the deal that's being negotiated between the united states and europe. we haven't gotten it done yet. it's truth is, we already have enormous amounts of trade. but there are still barriers that exist that prevent businesses and individual that are providing services to each other to be able to do so seamlessly, and if we are able to get this deal done, it's estimated that it will create millions of jobs and billions of dollars of benefits on both sides of the atlantic. but getting trade deals done is tough.
because each country has its own parochial interests. and factions and in order to get a trade deal done, each country has to give something up. so, it's a time consuming process. and people, right now, are especially suspicious of trade deals because trade deals feel as if they are as accelerating some of these globalizing trends that have weakened labor unions and allow for jobs to be shipped to low-wage countries. and some of the criticism in the past of trade deals are legitimate. sometimes, they have served the interests of large corporations and not not necessarily of workers in the countries that participate in them.
but we've just gone through this exercise with united states and asia where we organize a trade deal with 11 countries. part of the statement i'm making in the united states the answer to globalization and income equality and lack of wage growth is not to try to pull up the draw bridge and shut off trade. the idea is to make sure that in these trade deals we are embedding standards and values that have help lift works rights. and help lift environmental standards. and help fight against things like human trafficking and child labor. and our values should be embedded in how countries trade with each other. so, for example, vietnam is one of the countries that is part of this transpacific partnership. we said to vietnam.
if you want access to our markets, we understand you have a different political system than us, but if workers have no rights and there's no possibility of organizing labor unions, we're not going to let you sell a bunch of sneakers and t-shirts into our country. because by definition, you're going to be undercutting the standards of living of folks in our country. so, for the first time, the government of vietnam has started to change its laws to recognize labor unions. now, they're still suppressed. their standards are not where they are in the united states or the uk. but it gives us a lever by which to begin to raise standards all around the world. now, that's less of an issue between the united states and europe. the main thing between the united states and europe is trying to just break down some
of the regulatory differences that make it difficult to do business back and forth. plus, making sure those light sockets are all matched up. [ laughter ] i mean, those light sockets are really irritating. [ laughter ] let's see. i promised i was going to call on this gentleman back here. yes, sir. no, no. you keep passing by this poor guy. [ laughter ] >> my name is elijah ebow and i'm from london. after eight years what would you say you want your legacy to be? >> hmm, well, i still have a few more months. [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> no, no, no -- [ applause ] >> actually, eight months and 52 days. not that i'm counting.
i just made that up. i actually don't know. it's roughly -- something like that. yeah, you know, it's interesting when you're in the job, you're not thinking on a day-to-day basis about your legacy. you're thinking about how do i get done what i'm trying to get done right now. and i don't think that i'll have a good sense of my legacy until ten years from now. and i can look back with some perspective and get a sense of what worked and what didn't. there are things i'm proud of. the basic principle that a country as wealthy as the united states, every person should have access to high quality health care that they can afford. [ cheers and applause ] >> that's something that i'm proud of. i believe in. saving the world economy from a great depression.
that was pretty good. [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> the first time i came to london -- the first time i came to london was april 2009. and the world economy was in a free fall. in part, because of the reckless behavior of folks on wall street. but in part, because of reckless behavior of a lot of financial institutions around the globe. for us to be able to mobilize the world community, to take rapid action, to stabilize the financial markets, and then in the united states, to pass wall street reforms that make it much less likely that a crisis like i'm proud of that. i think on t stage the work that we did to get the possible nuclear weapons that iran was developing out of iran and doing so without going to war is something i'm very
proud of. there are things that people don't pay a lot of attention to now, but the response to the ebola crisis, for about three weeks everybody was sure that everybody was going to die. we're all going to get ebola! we're all going to die! there was sort of a hysteria about it, and then everybody forgot about it. and the reason everybody forgot about it was because we mounted the one of the best public health responses maybe in the history of the world. i don't know. i'll look at a scorecard at the end. and i'm proud about