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small wore wars are going to subside by nauseous day in the united states. a challenge for the next president. wolf? >> all right, barbara, thanks very much. barbara starr reporting for us. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, donald trump tonight refusing to release his tax returns. is he hiding a bombshell. plus, bernie sanders' huge win, 19th states. he says he can get more delegates than hillary clinton. he's right. a cool superstar. you've got to see this. let's go "outfront." ♪ good evening, i'm erin burnett. and "outfront" this evening, breaking news. a firestorm over donald trump's taxes tonight. trump tonight still refusing to release his tax returns. but the presumptive nominee is on the defense, after the associated press reported that
trump did not expect to release his returns before november. so in a tweet late today, trump responded, opening the door to releasing his returns earlier. hillary clinton seizing on the issue, late today. >> and what about his taxes? my husband and i have released 33 years of tax returns. we've got eight years on our website right now. so you've got to ask yourself, why doesn't he want to release them? >> jim acosta is "outfront" tonight. and jim, donald trump is under a lot of pressure on this issue this evening. >> reporter: absolutely, erin. ahead of his big meeting tomorrow with house speaker paul ryan, trump is trying to set the record straight, insisting they will be released but the last gop, mitt romney is not buying it and demanding trump release his returns, saying a failure to do so would be disqualifying. donald trump just gave gop lawmakers a new reason to worry.
defying campaign tradition in saying he will refuse to release his tax returns before the november election, citing an ongoing audit. telling the associated press, there is nothing to learn from them. it's a shift from his earlier comments, when he seemed to leave the door open to making his tax information public. >> i will absolutely give my returns. of but i'm being audited now for two or three years. so i can't do it until the audit is finished. obviously. >> reporter: but last week, trump started to dig in his heels, suggesting the irs could be out to get him. >> i say to friend of mine, how often are you audited? very wealthy people. >> do you think it's political? they're aiming at you? >> i would say yeah. >> reporter: the irs is doing this? >> i don't know. >> reporter: trump has deflected the issue for years. consider how he answered the question in 2011 when he was considering a white house run then. >> maybe i'm going to do the tax returns when obama does his birth certificate. >> but trump is tweeting there is no controversy, saying, "i told ap that my taxes are under
routine audit and i would release when audit is complete. not after election." if he did wait until after november, trump would become the first presidential candidate to fail to release his returns since 1976. even richard nixon released his taxes while he was under audit. mitt romney, who faced pressure to make his tax information public four years ago, is demanding that trump release his returns. saying in a post, "tear down that tax wall." an echo of his call to the likely gop nominee back in march. >> i predict there are more bombshells in his tax returns. >> reporter: democrats are pouncing with a progressive super pac launching the website, "trump release your returns.com." hillary clinton has latched on to the issue with a preview of what she has in store for trump. >> my husband and i have released 33 years of tax returns. we've got eight years on our website right now. so you've got to ask yourself, why doesn't he want to release them? yeah, well, we're going to find out.
>> now, as mitt romney noted on his facebook page, an audit does not preclude trump from releasing his returns, but one trump aide told me, the campaign is not concerned, noting the real estate tycoon's business dealings are known, good and bad. but this comes one day before the meeting with house speaker paul ryan. as one capitol hill source told me earlier today, members are all over the place right now on whether to back trump. >> all right. jim acosta, thank you very much. and it is such a crucial question. ahead of that meeting. one reason trump's tax returns are such a big deal, they would give voters some insight, possibly, into how much trump is actually worth. you don't get that in one year, but over time you can. phil mattingly is "outfront" from a major conference in las vegas, where a lot of incredibly wealthy people, potential don s donors, backers, big republicans are. trump has been a big topic of conversation. and phil, there, people are also discussing trump's bank account. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, erin. probably one of the premier
hedge fund conferences in the entire world. no shortage of skepticism. maybe a few chuckles when you asked attendees how much do you think donald trump is worth. and not among people uncomfortable with his candidacy. supporters, as well. take a listen to one of his most recent t. boone pickens, who i spoke to a while ago. >> he is successful. but not as big as donald sees himself. i think the guy is going to be president. >> reporter: and erin, one of the interesting things with boone pickens, he said one of the reasons he's backing donald trump, not necessarily because of his business acumen but the temporary ban on muslims entering the united states. that's not necessarily a universally appealing policy here at the conference, but more republicans than democrats. and the group of people not unlike jim was talking about at capitol hill, just trying to get their head around what has happened over the last couple weeks. if anything, they expect to
support donald trump. but massive endorsements, questions about his business practices, all of those things still very real here, still very much a part of the conversation. conference, with some of the is more successful business people in the country, donald trump, the overarching theme of just about every conversation you're hearing. >> i am sure. phil mattingly, thank you very much. very significant when phil talked to t. boone pickens, one of the most successful in the country. his quote that he doesn't think donald trump is as big as donald sees himself when it comes to his finances. "outfront" tonight, vice president of the trump organization, special counsel to dump, michael cohen and editor of the weekly standard. to anyone who is following this campaign, they know where you stand. michael, mitt romney tonight tweeting, mr. trump, tear down that wall. t. boone pickens, i'm going to support him but he's not as big as he sees himself when he talks about his finances. why doesn't donald trump just release the returns? >> mr. trump made it crystal clear he is right now under an
ordinary audit and he's been advised by counsel, and i'm thankful, being counsel, though not his tax counsel, that he takes advice. and he will not release it until the audit is concluded. plain and simple. >> so bill crystal, i did speak to a former special counsel for department of justice tax division. he did say, by the way, he would give the same advice donald trump's lawyers are giving, he would advise not to release under audit. and as you know, there is no law that precludes him from releasing, so he's running for president, would be the first since 1976 not to release. so why not? >> well, he should release, obviously. and he can release the older returns, if he doesn't want to release the last two or three years. but he's not released any tax returns. i don't believe he's going to. because i don't know what's in them. i don't think it's about how much he's worth. that's a silly parlor game among billionaires. but mitt romney released his 2010 return in january of 2012. and then he waited until the 2011 return was completed and released that in september.
i don't -- the delegates who ran as trump delegates or other delegates all thought they were going to have a look at these returns to make sure there wasn't going to be some nasty explosion in the fall. and now they're not going to know when they vote for him in july. i think that's a real problem. >> and michael, why can't he be more direct? now he's opening the door he might release, if the audit is finished. >> if the audit is done, mr. trump said he will -- >> these audits, though, last three years. they can last up to ten, if the irs gets extensions. so that seals a little bit disingenuous. that doesn't sound like he's planning to release before the election. >> you know, what's interesting, when bill broad up about mitt romney, you know, great. so mitt romney goes out on his twitter. that the last go-round. done - but instead he decides he wants to be relevant now. instead of actually backing the guy who backed him, so kind of tells you a little bit about mitt romney. but going back to these taxes, what doesn't make any sense is there's no constitutional requirement at all within which to turn around and tory lease your tax returns. this started back in the -- you
know, 45 some odd years ago, 50 years ago. if it there is one thing mr. trump has shown, he's not going to play the establishment rules. he's going to play it the way he wants to. and no tax attorney worth anything who is not looking for a malpractice action is going to ever turn around and tell their client to release their tax returns, bill, when they have an audit pending. no matter what you say or the liberal media. >> bill, why do you think he's not -- >> he can release -- i don't know. why don't you ask donald trump? he won't say why he's not doing it. their audits were completed on previous returns. he could release those. this is all ridiculous. i mean, he knew -- look, i totally agree. donald trump has every right not to release his tax returns. other people have every right. mitt romney has a right -- >> mitt romney got forced to do it. in all fairness. >> that's not true. mitt romney released his 2000 -- i'm sorry -- >> harry reid put pressure on him. >> i'm sorry, that's not true. mitt romney -- michael, michael. if you would just -- if you would stop being -- if you --
i'm sorry. this is a fact. it's called a fact, michael. maybe you're aware of those things. mitt romney released his 2000 return in january of 2012. if you don't want to say he didn't -- say it. but i believe that's the case. that's what mitt romney says in his facebook post. and unlike -- >> oh, my god, he said it on his facebook post. >> mitt romney is an honest man. he's a man of character. >> you're under a lot of pressure. i recall leading this program many nights saying where are the tax returns. >> there was never an issue that the republican nominee or the nominee of either party wouldn't release. donald trump is free not to do it and other people are free to say, gee, that's one of many, many, many worrisome things about donald trump. >> and michael, to bill's point, what about -- hillary clinton and bill clinton have released they say 33 years of tax rush returns. on a simple level, okay, let's say we give you -- you don't have to release the ones under audit. is he being audited for the past 20 years? he could release tax returns. >> yeah, but he at this point in time, as he said, while he's under audit, he is not going to
do it. i don't know why the liberal media -- >> even if the years for which he is not under audit. >> there is no reason for him to do it. absolutely no reason. >> except for every nominee -- >> there's no constitutional requirement to release it. all right? the bottom line is, you're not going to find out a guy's net worth. you're not going to see his charitiesable givings. it's a basic income versus expenses. that's what your tax return talks about. and all the liberal media wants out of this is something so they can have more things to talk about so they can bring on guys like bill to sit there and to sort of, you know, comment about, you know, mr. trump. let me tell you, millions of people -- >> i'm not -- michael, i'm not for trump -- >> we know you're not for trump. >> i don't care. >> i thought when you said -- hold on one second. i just want to interrupt. his story on why -- >> wait, erin. this tax return issue does absolutely nothing to help to put food on the table of the americans that are left alone. >> okay. but his story on it -- his story on it, michael --
>> are you saying donald trump is not rich? >> all i'm saying -- now he's saying it's because of an audit. before he's given different reasons and let me play them for you. >> i have no objection to certainly showing tax returns. getting any closer to releasing your tax returns? >> i'm thinking about it. i'm thinking about maybe when we find out the true story on hillary's e-mail. >> i can't do it until the audit is finished. obviously. >> he has no problem. it's hillary's e-mails. the audit. what is the real reason? i think the question people have -- >> right. so i'm going to say it to your audience. look into the camera for you. donald trump is not going to release his tax returns because his counsel has advised him that he should not release it. something that even as you said his gentleman -- the gentleman's name was, bob cove achef who you acknowledge is an expert. says i would not ever advise -- >> michael -- >> my client to release tax returns while under audit. >> counsel often advised people
to take the fifth amendment. counsel advise people to do lots of things. that doesn't mean that's a good position to be in if you're running for president of the united states. >> all right. we'll leave it there. thank you both very much. look forward to our viewers' opinions on this conversation. of course, going to have many more times here as this does not get resolved. "outfront" next, house speaker paul ryan under pressure to endorse donald trump. the breaking details on that meeting after this. and bernie sanders now winning 19 states against hillary clinton. ahead, how he says he can still win the nomination. we've got the math. and one of donald trump's top targets, china. guess what? went to trump tower and we met some chinese tourists. they're flocking to trump tower and saying things like this. >> i think that trump is nice to china. i think so.
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i'm back. aleve pm for a better am. breaking news. hours away from the crucial meeting for the future of the republican party. paul ryan's face-to-face with donald trump. and we can confirm tonight the house speaker met with some top supporters in the house tonight. the pressure building for ryan to endorse the presumptive nominee. but ryan insists he is in no rush. >> to retrend unified without actually unifying, we go into the fall at half strength. this election is too important to go in at half strength. >> manu raju is nouf"outfront." you know, it's hard to have it both ways. i know you're hearing from lawmakers, you've been talking to, that ryan's refusal to back trump is making things worse. >> yeah, that's right, erin. today was the first day that paul ryan met with house republicans since he made that announcement last week he's not ready to support the presumptive
nominee. donald trump. and in this closed door meeting, i'm told paul ryan made it very clear he does want the party to unite. but a lot of members said, look, the voters have chosen donald trump and it's time to get behind our presumptive nominee. >> speakers endorsement. how much harder does that make the party to unite? >> it doesn't look like we're on the same page, does it? what's the matter with saying, guess what, i disagree on this, this and that. but we're all wearing the same jersey so we want to win the game. and if we have a fight in the locker room occasionally, that's life. >> that's what bothers you. >> yes. >> now ryan is making moves to try to show that the party will get -- be a united front in november. he met with a handful of supporters on capitol hill earlier today and i'm told the meeting went particularly well, both sides feeling confident they could get to a place where there would be a comfort level between the trump campaign and ryan's office.
the speaker wants to continue this dialogue going forward. he does not expect to make an endorsement tomorrow. but think think this is the beginning of a process in which both sides can work together and hopefully communicate united invitation for their party. >> manu, thank you very much. "outfront" now, donald trump supporter, caylee mcenemy, and doug high and cnn politics, mark preston good to have you all. doug, is it final for paul prooin to get on board and endorse trump? they're saying, okay, you can have disagreements. but ultimately, you guys have got to get in bed together. >> sure. it's about disagreeing or that issue. for paul ryan, it's necessarily which position he takes on the minimum wage or on tax returns or whatever. it's more attitudinal. and what we have seen so often from trump, things that give members pause. and that's why he wants to sit down, have a meeting. i don't think there will be a lot of fireworks, news out of the meeting. >> is this is about looking in the eye, about character. >> it's about character --
>> emotion, personal. >> how do we make amends from a divisive primary. get conservatives back in the tent. trump isn't necessarily the biggest conservative we have seen. how do we get ted cruz back in this process? i think paul ryan is someone who can work to bring folks together. >> so caylee should donald trump then negotiate, be humble? apologize? >> i think he has signaled he wants unity, that's his intent, goal going into it. i think that's going to happen coming out of it. and i think paul ryan will come to the center as well and do what mitch mcdonnell has done and dick cheney and embrace donald trump. because there are a lot of people, voters, a lot of congressmen on the hill who care far more about beating hillary clinton and stopping donald trump. there are a lot of these members who think that four more years of obama is an unacceptable alternative and embracing trump is the only way to stop that. >> for a lot of republicans, trump is an anathema to them no. about a policy here or there, it
is a deep-seated sense of who they are. you know, donald trump and paul ryan may not see eye-to-eye on a lot of issues. and paul ryan says it doesn't matter at all. here's how he puts it. >> this is a big tent party. there is plenty of room for different policy disputes in this party. we come from different wings of the party. the goal here is to unify the various wings of the party around common principles so we can go forward unified. >> they don't even agree on the most basic things, right? trump's tax plan, $10 trillion. paul ryan wants to cut debt, change social security. donald trump says he won't touch it. really, how does paul ryan endorse him with a straight face? >> let's look at the situation we're in right now. does this work for both of them? donald trump, this works for him because he's able to say i'm fighting the establishment. let me tell you, the trump guys are okay with going into this meeting and not having that endorsement right away. this play its into your hand. so for paul ryan who took the speakership on his own terms to go out and draw a line in the sand and say i'm the speaker of
the house. remember, i'm third in line for the presidency. remember, i run a coequal branch of government. this is how i'm going to do it. that helps paul ryan establish himself and it also helps republicans who have concern about donald trump have the safe haven to go into. they're both winners and guess what, he's going to back him in the end. he will be with donald trump. >> do you think he will back him in the end, though? >> at the end, i hope that's where he gets. but i think paul ryan did something smart. >> because you're the one who said on this show, your words, donald trump was like an abortion to the republican party. >> yeah, i think that's what the party will do. >> but you're saying you hope paul ryan -- >> i hope paul ryan does what he thinks is the best interest of the party. i think what paul ryan did over the past couple weeks was very smart what he said if donald trump wants me to step aside as convention chair, i'll step aside that removes an important leverage trump had. he removed one of the consequences. and if you talk to senators and you talk to members of congress, they're concerned not about nafta or the wall or this or
that. they're concerned with what we see every week coming out of trump or his campaign this week in the hill. a headline that said trump nominates white nationalist to be a delegate. we see these things all of the time. it's not about a particular issue. that's why people have fears and concerns about trump as a nominee. >> i don't think those fears are real. i look at someone like john mccain, who is completely opposite of donald trump. i'd logically, he was the subject of one of the disputes that trump had in the very beginning. but john mccain, to his credit, came and said, we would be foolish as a party to not listen to the voters. they sent a clear message. and every exit poll and every election, it showed that voters felt betrayed by the party. so why don't people do what john mccain does and see it would be foolish not to listen to the people. >> i think because they see john mccain getting attacked. and kelly ayotte being attacked on the air waves. just for saying not they support trump but support the nominee. luke warm statements like that hurt republicans. >> final word to you in this context. do you really think paul ryan is
going to come out with a full-throated endorsement of donald trump? >> it depends what you think is a full-throated endorsement. here's the deal. donald trump is going to be at the top of the ticket. if republicans don't get behind donald trump, he will drag down the ballot races from the senate and house. they need to be united. they don't all have to be kum ba yah, because they have to be united. money has to go towards the party in order for republicans to win the white house. >> thanks to all. good to see you. next, donald trump hammering china. just about as often as he slams hillary clinton and some others. so why does he have so many admirers in the country? we have a report you just don't want to miss. tonight on our show. and bernie sanders, after winning his 19th state says he is still in it to win it. >> we have an uphill climb ahead of us. but we are used to fighting uphill climbs. allergies distracting you?
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tonight, bernie sanders in it to win it. coming off another win, beating hillary clinton by double digits in west virginia. the 19th state sanders has won so far. clinton is still ahead with delegates. but if sanders wins 67% of the remaining delegates at stake, he will push past clinton in pledged delegates before the convention. those delegates, of course, are the ones determined by voters. sanders says if that happens, those crucial superdelegates now backing hillary clinton. but have a choice. will then turn to him to back the voters' popular will. tom foreman is "outfront." >> reporter: hillary clinton clearly wants to steer toward the middle ground where general elections are won. but bernie sanders keeps yanking her left. >> this is the future of america, the future of the democratic party. >> reporter: the democratic
social evident from vermont has won 19 states to clinton's 23, and he trails in delegates. >> show me what democracy looks like! >> reporter: but liberals love him, prompting donald trump to tweet, i don't want to hit crazy bernie sanders too hard yet, because i love watching what he is doing to crooked hillary. >> so how is she counter punching? sanders wants a nationwide increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour. >> i favor a $12 an hour -- >> reporter: last year, she was talking about $12 and encouraging local governments to maybe make it more. but now listen. >> i have supported the fight for $15. i am proud to have the endorsement the of most of the unions that have led the fight for $15. >> sanders has sharply criticized many trade deals that clinton has supported, including the transpacific partnership. now she is dead set against the tpp. >> and in looking at it, it didn't meet my standards. >> reporter: sanders raged against the keystone xl pipeline
as a potential environmental disaster. clinton stayed mum on it until the campaign heated up and then turned it down. and while clinton has repeatedly said refining the affordable care act is the best plan for health care, sanders has pushed for a government-backed single payer system. and just this week, she took a step his way. >> i also am in favor of what's called the public option so people can buy into you know, medicare, above a certain age. >> reporter: exit polls show sanders has significantly outperformed her in winning over white men and young people. suggesting in addition to her policies, she may need to adjust her approach to some voters. like it or not, all of this may just be smart politics. a study by pugh this year found that in the democratic party, people who call themselves moderates or conservatives for the past 15 years have been in retreat, and democrats who self
identify themselves as liberals now are the dominant faction in the party. erin? >> tom, thank you very much. and "outfront" now, sanders supporter sally cohen, hillary clinton supporter maria car doano, also a superdelegate and mark preston with me. maria, reince priebus tweeted last night, it is nothing short of embarrassing hillary clinton has been defeated 20 times by a socialist from vermont. reince error, it's only 19 times. maria, 19 times is a lot of times. >> you know what, reince has got to distract from the complete debacle going on in his party. i actually feel bad for him. and by the way, reince, be careful what he wishes for. that 74-year-old democratic socialist from vermont is actually cleaning trump's clock on a lot of the polls we're seeing. now, going back to bernie's win and he should be congratulated. i have said always i think it's great for the democratic party, great for our debate and it's
going to make the democratic nominee stronger. i happen to believe that person will still be hillary clinton. >> 16 double digits wins over secretary clinton. and yet everyone talks about her as the de facto nominee. >> because they're looking at the numbers. the numbers that matter. the pledge delegates. she is ahead by 300. three times more than what barack obama was ahead of her in 2008. she's also ahead by 3 million votes. so at the end of the day, it's -- that is what matters. >> sally, donald trump weighed in earlier today and i wanted to play it for you. >> please do. >> i just see he wins, wins, wins and then everybody sits around the stable of table saying he can't win. >> did i just find, sally cohen, something upon which you and donald trump agree? >> oh, believe it or not, we can find a couple things like trade deals, we both like taco bowls. i don't know. so listen -- here's the thing. first of all -- and i don't mean to like a broken record.
bernie sanders has won. not -- >> but he's saying if he wins 67% of the pledge delegates, he will go into the convention with more pledged delegates than hillary clinton. >> right -- i want to say, first of all, he has won in moving the debate and shifting the debate and we see this on health care and that is right. and she is more in line not only with the democratic base but the majority of the country and where they want to move. so that's trade deals, number one. number two, the fact we're having this conversation. i recall a few months ago when we would talk about the delegate count on the democratic side, talk about the total and wouldn't make the distinction between pledge and superdelegate. and now everyone in the media is careful to say, look, she's ahead by this many and that is important. and i think that whatever happens in this election, he is going to change the way the democratic party thinks about these superdelegates who really should be called stupor gats. >> i want to ask about that. >> clinton machine. you know. >> this whole question about hillary clinton, this kind of de facto suassumption she's the
nominee. a third of democrats in west virginia say they would support donald trump in november if bernie sanders is not the nominee. a protest vote. and key swing states show that bernie sanders does better against donald trump than hillary clinton does. >> does better in these swing states where they don't have a diverse coalition that has done very well, certainly for hillary clinton in the south. we have 11 more contest left. bernie sanders has a very good chance of winning 5 of the 11 and i'm not counting california, okay? that is not going to change the delegate count. bernie sanders has no shot at get 67% of the delegates. that is not going to happen. but what he does have a shot at is continuing to help control the agenda over the next couple months. >> maria, bernie sanders is saying it's an outside shot, is the way he describes it. mark saying he doesn't think it can happen. but if he does really well, as he says in new jersey, in california, he gets there. he walks into the convention with one more pledge delegate than hillary clinton. what to you do? you've been open about your support for hillary clinton.
you are a superdelegate. do you say the will of the people is bernie sanders, i switch? >> i think a lot of the super gats will have to take a look at that. because let's letter, for all the criticism superdelegates have gotten, they have never overturned the will of the people. if he walks in there with one more pledge delegate than hillary clinton, then i do think the superdelegates are going to have to take another look at that. but right now, it's highly ichl probable that is going to happen. >> one final thing. vice president joe biden today not doing any favors for hillary clinton. here he is, mark. >> look, i -- i had planned on running. it's an awful thing to say. i think i would have been the best president. >> here's the deal. i want to remove politics from this at all. i've known joe biden for a long time as have many of us. he is one of the nicest guys in politics. he has gone through a horrific -- incidents in his life. and you know what? if he wants to say that he was going to be the best president, i think we just step back and let him say he deserves that.
and here's the thing about joe biden. this is not the -- joe biden still has many years left. he could still serve in an administration. he could serve in a trump administration as an end boy on foreign policy matters. >> there you go. you gave donald trump an idea. that would be fascinating. >> he'll continue to be an important voice in the democratic party. or the country. >> thank you all very much. and "outfront" next, donald trump on the attack. >> china has absolutely -- it's been one of the great thefts of all-time what they have done to the united states. >> but we found that does not stop some chinese from living him. our special report from trump tower and beijing, next. you do not want to miss this one. and breaking news, the focus of the investigation into the death of prince. now shifting to a doctor who treated the singer in his final days. dr. sanjay gupta, "outfront." l, unless you have allergies. flonase is the first and only nasal spray approved to relieve both itchy, watery eyes and congestion.
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money, our base, you are our manufacturing. >> china has been one of the great thefts and what they have done to the united states. >> so why does trump have such loyal chinese fans? matt rivers is "outfront." >> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country. and that's what they're doing. it's the greatest theft in the history of the world. >> tough talk about trade from the republican presumptive nominee against one of his top targets. yet here in china, there is respect and even admiration for donald trump. >> i think donald trump has the guts to say everything that normal people in the rest of society feared to say. >> reporter: he is a young chinese tech entrepreneur, part of a vocal group of chinese fans of the billionaire businessman. one social media user on china's twitter equivalent says hillary clinton just makes empty promises while trump is the king of doing what he says. another calls him sharp and pragmatic. one person even said they would
vote for him because he is so handsome. ♪ a guys chinese audiences got to know from his days on "celebrity apprentice" a hit in china. >> you're fired. >> reporter: "the art of the deal" is found in bookstores across beijing. his success is no doubt part of his appeal as a politician. some chinese see a rich billionaire and want to be just like him. like the owner of trump consulting, a chinese real estate firm named after the candidate himself. the irony? the owner tells cnn, donald trump is a political clown. but i wouldn't change my company name for that. he's a real estate tycoon, after all. his feelings shared by the media here. in march, "the global times" called trump a rich narcissist and a clown for statements like this. >> negotiating with china, when these people walk in the room, they don't say, oh, hello, how is the weather.
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new details about prince's death. investigators are looking closely at the doctor who treated prince in his final days and was at his home the morning prince died. we're also learning that authorities are focusing on the possibility of drug runners who may have been obtaining drugs for the performer. we are going to show now, this is an unrelated video, but it is the doctor we are talking about, dr. schulenberg.
what more can you tell us about him? >> reporter: from what we have been able to find out, dr. schulenberg is a family medicine doctor, does not have history of criminal complaints, there's no disciplinary record on him. what we have learned thanks to a search warrant executed at his office, the clinic he used to work at, his last day was tuesday, the search warrant details how he did have two visits with prince in the weeks leading up to his death. he saw him twice. he conducted tests. he was here at paisley park the day that prince was found unresponsive in the elevator. the reason why is he was dropping off test results. what investigators are trying to figure out is exactly how these opioid prescription pills made their way to paisley park. there were pills found on the property after prince died, they don't have a valid prescription yet. they're looking into the possibility of a relationship between this doctor, prince, prince's inner circle, trying to
figure out, erin, how the pills came into prince's possession. >> whether others were perhaps getting prescriptions in their name, procuring drugs for prince. what are you learning about prince's possible addiction to painkillers, which of course seems like is likely the case? >> reporter: the d.a. executed some search warrants on the property. they want to figure out how long, where, when, what pharmacies, what doctors. and you're right, erin, right now it doesn't appear this was doctor shopping, but it may have been others getting for him. >> thank you very much. dr. sanjay gupta is outfront with me now. this is the breaking news, they're looking at the doctor, prince's inner circle because they didn't have a valid prescription to get opioids. is it possible others were getting it for him? >> it is called diversion. it happens. there are different ways it happens. you mention doctor shopping.
pharmacies can't always keep up with where you get pain pills from. the other thing is that somebody else gets the pain pills and you take them from that person. this is not surprising that the d.a. found this doctor. they're going to try to match the prescriptions to either prince or other people around him. i think what will be interesting is to figure out was he getting these from this inner circle. >> right. >> was there a pattern of enabling happening. because that's frightening. >> what else is terrifying, when you look at this. a week, few days before prince was on a plane that had to do an emergency landing, there were reports that was to give him a shot because of overdose. 95% are able to get another prescription often from the same doctor. >> it is a horrifying, shameful statistic. no two ways about it, erin. i saw that. as much as we think we are trying to go in the right
direction, what we are talking about is the number one cause of preventable death, accidental overdoses from opioids. then to learn after someone survives an overdose, there's no mechanism in place to prevent that person getting more pills from the same doctor, it is crazy. it doesn't mean we are going the right direction, we are turning a blind eye to what's in front of us. >> 5% of americans, 75% of opened users. >> we don't have 75% of the world's pain, yet we take that much, and we are paying the price dearly. >> sanjay is hosting a town hall, prescription addiction, made in the usa. the number one cause of preventable death. up next, jeanne moos, on why hillary clinton is being called the et candidate.
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for instance, wednesday. >> i have to admit i don't have a tab for area 51 today. >> reporter: and hillary clinton has been answering ufo questions. >> there are enough stories out there that i don't think everybody is in the kitchen making them up. >> reporter: she's sounding like an expert. >> there's a new name, unexplained aerial phenomenon. uap. >> reporter: it is unidentified aerial phenomenon. putting some distense between ufo. hillary said she would try to open government files. i think we may have been visited already, we don't know for sure. for many believers worldwide. who is the best candidate from your point of view? >> hillary is definitely. no question. it's nice they're making the
subject respectable, but i also know that presidents don't always gain access to stuff they're interested in. >> reporter: many moons ago, weekly world news mocked hillary with alien baby cover, current campaign chairman john poe did he say at that is a proponent of opening government files. >> the american people can handle the truth. >> reporter: some self described et hunters oppose hillary. >> my candidate is donald trump because he is not a politician. >> reporter: ufo obviously gists that prefer hillary worry. >> waiting for trump to say hillary is some kind of nut, she believes in flying saucers. >> reporter: maybe aliens are looking for signs of intelligent life on the campaign trail. jeanne moos, cnn. >> do you believe? >> i don't know. >> reporter: new york. >> a lot of voters might warm up to that. the professor thinks maybe they'll think she's crazy. a lot of people think we have been visited before than you
might think. thanks as always for joining us. have a great night. ac 360 begins right now. frds. good evening. thanks for joining us. a special night, a 360 town hall, a problem that is largely hidden from view. addiction to opioids, tens of thousands of deadly overdoses that follow every year, going to meet families with lost loved ones, recovering addicts, including doctors with a duty to relieve pain and yet also preserve life. prescription addiction, made in the usa. that's the topic of the next hour. we begin with donald trump, the possibility we may not see his taxes until after election day, if ever. he is building a giant, beautiful wall between america and his tax returns. it touched off political uproar, late day push back from trump. and we should mention h