tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN May 24, 2016 1:00am-2:01am PDT
the newest ripple in the race for president. bernie sanders with a new warning about what could happen at the democratic convention. it could get messy as donald trump and hillary clinton fire off against each other. and we're live with what the president had to say. happening now, u.s. forces helping iraq take back a key city from isis. we have the latest from the battle field. it will be a complicated battle. good morning. welcome to "early start."
i'm george howell. >> i'm alison kosik. this morning, bernie sanders vowing to stay in the race. sanders defiance coming as hillary clinton looks right past her primary challenger toward donald trump and the general election. as she pulls out of the debate planned for may. sanders blasting clinton's decision. cnn's sunlen serfaty was there. >> reporter: she is calling for democrats to unite, but bernie sanders is digging in more. renewing his promise to take his fight to the convention floor. in an interview, he was asked about the potential for the convention to get messy. he replied, so what, democracy is messy. he will condemn and any all forms of violence. as he barnstorms the state of
california, he seems to be taunting hillary clinton a bit. saying he believes she is getting nervous at his chances going forward. the campaign will not participate in the debate before the california primary in two weeks. a debate bernie sanders signed on for and he brought that up in the rally in santa monica. >> i was disturbed, but not surprised to hear a few hours ago that secretary clinton has backed out of the debate. i think it is a little bit insulting to the people of california. our largest state. that she is not prepared to have a discussion with me about how she will help the californians address the major crises that we face. >> reporter: the clinton campaign clearly turning focus to the general election. again, saying they believe their time is better spent campaigning and talking to voters and
preparing for the general fight. george. the war between hillary clinton and donald trump is intensifying with donald trump firing off a low blow releasing an instagram ad on monday. hillary clinton for her part not responding to the personal attacks. instead blasting donald trump from the campaign trail. saying if he becomes president, he could bankrupt the country. >> he is a recipe for lower wages and more debt. he could bankrupt the country like he has bankrupted his companies. i mean ask yourself, how can anybody lose money running a casi casino, really? >> donald trump back on the campaign trail. kicking off a four--day tour of the west.
new mexico had the highest proportion of hispanics. we will see what his past remarks have on mexicans and what his reception is like. breaking overnight. donald trump clarifying his position on whether guns should be allowed into schools after hillary clinton accused him of mandating that he wants every school in classrooms. he said i would end gun free zones in some cases. like the way clinton said every student should carry a gun. and we have political reporter sara murray with the latest. >> reporter: trump had down with tennessee governor bob corker. he is a bit of a foreign policy
expert. donald trump and corker met to speak with foreign policy. corker brushed aside they may have been talking about something else. perhaps the veepstakes. >> i have no reason to believe i am being considered for that. i'll say that until i'm blue in the face. this was a meeting between two people who didn't know each other except over phone calls. >> reporter: although senator corker has no reason to believe he is in the running for vp, it is still early. a number of trump allies say corker is the one to bring gravitas. polls show him neck and neck with hillary clinton and a tighter race for the general than many predicted. happening right now, president obama is continuing
the asia pivot in saigon. the president just finished a speech in hanoi. he tried to heal old wounds that is have divided the u.s. and vietnam for decades. following it all is alexandra field. alex, it is good to have you here. the focus on security and economic ties. the president did not shy away from speaking about human rights there. >> reporter: he has been addressing the past and the future as it continues to he val evolve in the u.s. and vietnam. he is the first president who came of age in that era. he took time to talk about the progress these nations have made in advancing a new relationship
with one another. listen to the crowd that gathered to hear him speak in hanoi this morning. >> at a time as this they will never end, we have shown that hearts can change and that a different future is possible when we refuse to be prisoners of the past. we've shown how peace can be better than war. >> reporter: president obama will continue on the second leg of his trip to vietnam arriving in ho chi man city today. he is talking about the issues this morning, he is raising the concerns about the human rights records. jail disdents and called political reforms. the president did take some time
to address the freedom of speech and expression. he said that causes job creation and leads to economic growth. >> freedom of thought. freedom of speech. we are talking about a nation known for censorship of the media. as the president gets into the issues, how is he being received there in vietnam by people? >> reporter: there were 2,000 people who showed up to hear the speech today. it was a mix of government officials and politicians, diplomats and students. you know, the vast majority of the speech was about heaping praise on vietnam. one for economic growth and one saying the countries will continue the security cooperation. that is something else that is met by people in vietnam positively. there was time that the
president was focusing on the go good relations on the two countries. he credited the combat veterans for leading to the trip today. he named senator john mccain. he said these are the people that worked hard to repair the human relations with the countries. >> alexandria, thank you for your reporting today. the tsa's top chief is out. the house oversight committee announcing that kelly hogan has been replaced. he faced criticism at the hearing last month with witnesses testifying he had no experience in the intelligence
field, but received a $90,000 bonus although security lines at airports were getting worse. and bob mcdonald is downplaying the wait times at v.a. hospitals. he said delays for veterans are a lot like delays for guests at disneyland waiting to get on rides. mcdonald would rather have satisfaction with the experience rather than time spent waiting. several republicans, including donald trump, are blasting him this morning. corporate america is hoarding cash in bank accounts overseas. u.s. companies held $1.6 trillion in cash last year. that is up from 2014 and more than double the corporate stockpile in 2007. that is according to moody's. who is leading the pack?
tech companies. apple, microsoft, cisco and oracle. they hold $504 billion overseas. financial companies were not included in the survey. 72% of the cash pile is held overseas. multinational corporations argue that 40% tax rate makes bringing the money back too expensive. that is the appeal with what a lot of what donald trump is saying. he is saying i'll offer a corporate tax rate that is more appealing. >> to going elsewhere. still ahead, iraq claiming major victories. we are live with the very latest on the battle field next.
the battle for fallujah is raging on this morning. iraqi forces backed by u.s. air strikes in a fierce struggle to take back the city from isis. fallujah is the last major stronghold for the terrorists in iraq. liberating that city is expected to take time and cost many lives. our correspondent ben wedeman is following developments from rome this morning. ben, good to have you. as we talk about the fighting there, what about the residents? how are the plans to get the residents out of harm's way? >> reporter: according to the iraqi government, george, as many as 70,000 people still stuck inside the city. isis apparently doesn't want them to leave. clearly wants to use them as human shields. the iraqi government has dropped tens of thousands of leaflets on the city telling people what routes to take to leave, but of course that may be very difficult because of isis stopping them and it is an
active war zone. if they can't leave, they have been instructed to stay in their homes and raise white flags. it's an open war zone and of course we have u.s. air strikes and iraqi air forcetillery barr the city. there will be a large number of civilian casualties. we are already hearing from forces inside fallujah that as many as ten civilians have been killed since hostilities began midnight sunday. there is additional concern because of the government siege in place around fallujah for several months, not much in the way of food and medicine has been getting in either. regardless of what these people are going to do, the situation is already dire to say the least. george. >> ben, the coalition that is
going there into fallujah is complicated. many of them shi'a fighters heading into a sunni city. how is that come kplatiplicatin matters? >> reporter: of course, the support from iraq comes from the fact that the large part of the sunni population deeply resents the actions of the government in baghdad. what we have seen in the past two years there have been operations which were led by shi'a militias that resulted in revenge killings and looting and destruction of property. this time the government is trying to be very careful making sure the units going inside the city where civilians live and there is civilian property will be sunni tribesmen who have been armed and trained by the baghdad
government and elite golden brigade that is multisectarian and considered to be well trained and disciplined. those excesses we have seen in past can be avoided and the civilian population will not be alienated as has happened elsewhere in iraq during this war against isis. >> our senior international correspondent ben wedeman following it from rome. ben, thank you. the pentagon says president obama ordered the assault that took out monsour because the taliban leader was plotting new attacks on americans. monsour was killed on saturday along pakistan's border. mansour posed specific threats. bill cosby and his accuser could come face-to-face this
week. the hearing is scheduled in philadelphia at 9:30 to see if there is sufficient evidence to take the case to trial. andrea constand accuse cosby of drugging and assaulting her when she visited his home in 2004. time is ticking down to find the black boxes of egyptair flight 804. what caused the plane to crash into the sea? we're live next. if you have medicare parts a and b and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply. that means now may be a great time to shop for an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. medicare doesn't cover everything. and like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, these help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. so don't wait. call now to request your free decision guide. it could help you find the aarp medicare supplement plan
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belonging to egyptair flight 804 before the batteries run down on the pinger to help crews find them. france joining the search as egypt rejects a claim by greece that the aircraft swerved moments before it vanished. let's go to ian lee in cairo. ian, you have greek investigators and egyptian investigators with different ideas of what happened before the crash. is that complicating things on the ground there? >> reporter: it is. we are seeing these two different theories, alison. two different claims. egyptians are saying the plane was flying normally at 37,000 feet. was a minute into egyptian air space when it disappeared. there was no swerving. it will be determined when they find those data recorders. they do have two submersibles looking for them. the french have one that can go
to about 3,000 feet. that is not as deep as they believe the wreckage is which is more around 10,000 feet. it will be able to detect that ping from the black boxes. the egyptians have one as well which can go that deep. it has cameras and claws to manipulate the area around it. that is going to really be the crucial piece of evidence to figure out what exactly did happen because not only do they record what's happening in the cockpit, but records what the instruments are reading at the time of the crash. these are all very crucial pieces that they hope to find. as you mentioned, this is a ticking clock. they have about 30 days until the battery dies on the black boxes. it is crucial that they get to it quickly. right now, that is the main focus of the search. >> so much area to cover. ian lee with latest from cairo.
the race for president getting uglier. hillary clinton and donald trump unleashing stinging new attacks as bernie sanders delivers a new warning about what could happen at the democratic convention. happening now, president obama pushing for better trade in asia overnight touching on old wounds that divided the world for decades. we are live with what the president had to say. iraqi forces claiming early victories in a major assault on isis. u.s. forcing backing them in the battle. welcome back to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm george howell. 31 minutes past the hour. bernie sanders is vowing to stay
in the race even if it means a messy democratic convention. defiance comes as hillary clinton looks past her primary challenger toward donald trump and toward the general election. pulling out of a debate in california planned for may. sanders blasting clinton's decision. cnn's sunlen serfaty is there. >> reporter: bernie sanders calls for democrats to unite and bernie sanders is digging in more. he is renewing his promise to take the fight to the convention floor. he was asked about the potential for the philadelphia convention to get messy to which he replied. so what? democracy is messy. he added he will condemn any and all forms of violence. as he barnstorms the state of california. he seems to be taunting hillary clinton a bit. saying she is getting nervous at
his chances going forward. at the meantime, the clinton campaign will not participate in the california debate in two weeks. this is something he brought up here in santa monica. >> i was disturbed, but not surprised to hear a few hours ago that secretary clinton has backed out of the debate. i think it is a little bit insulting to the people of california. our largest state. that she is not prepared to have a discussion with me about how she will help the californians address the major crises that we face. >> reporter: the clinton campaign clearly turning their focus to the general election. again saying they believe their time right now is better spent campaigning and talking to voters and prepare for the general fight ahead. thank you, sunlen.
the war with hillary clinton and donald trump intensifying with trump releasing an instagram ad on monday where you hear the voices of two women who once accused bill clinton of sexual assault. hillary clinton for her part respondsi responding to the personal attacks. she instead said if he becomes president, he could bankrupt the country. >> he is a recipe for lower wages and more debt. he could bankrupt america like he's bankrupted his companies. i mean ask yourself, how can anybody lose money running a casino, really? >> so the war of words continues. donald trump back on the campaign trail kicking off a tour of the west in new mexico. he holds a rally tonight in albuquerque. new mexico has the highest proportion of hispanics in the
country. 48%. we will be watching to see what his past remarks about mexicans has on his reception there. breaking overnight. donald trump clarifying his position on whether guns should be allowed in schools after hillary clinton accused him of wanting to quote mandate that every school in america allow guns in classroom. trump telling cnn, i would end gun free zones in some cases. meantime on monday, trump met with a senate republican who many are calling a potential running mate. cnn's sara murray has more. >> reporter: donald trump took one more step toward uniting the party on monday sitting down privately here at trump tower with bob corker. he is one of the top ranking senate republicans and a foreign policy expert. donald trump and corker met to speak about foreign policy and
corker brushed aside they may have been talking about something else. perhaps the veepstakes. >> i have no reason whatsoever to believe i'm considered for a position on that. i'll say that until i'm blue in my face. this was a meeting between two people who didn't know each other except over phone calls. getting to know each other. >> reporter: now even though corker says he has no reason to believe he is in the running for the trump vp, it is still early and there are a possibilities. a number of allies say corker could add gravitas to the ticket. all that comes when polls show trump neck and neck with hillary clinton and in a tighter race than many predicted. >> thank you, sara. happening now, president obama continuing asia pivot in
ho chi minh city. the president just finish ee ee speech in hanoi. he tried to heal old wounds that divided the u.s. and vietnam for decades. we have alexandra field following this for us. we saw president obama focusing on issues like security and pushing better trade. he did not shy away from vietnam's horrible human rights record as well. >> reporter: he was expected to take that on because that is part of the back drop of the trip. the president did spend a lot of time talking about shared values between the united states and vietnam. freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. he went on to say it is freedom of thought that fuels innovation
and job creation and boosts economies. we know this trip is about boosting the economic cooperation with the u.s. and vietnam. so the president did speak on a wide range of topics in hanoi. he addressed the conflict in the south china sea. concerns in neighboring countries about china's claims of the territory there. the president laid out his position this morning. listen to this. >> is not a claimant in current disputes. we will stand with partners in upholding core principles like freedom of navigation and overflight and lawful commerce that is not impeded. and peaceful resolutions in accordance with international law. as we go forward, the united states will continue to fly,
sail and operate wherever international laws allow. >> reporter: those remarks come after the day of the banner moment of the historic trip when president obama announced the u.s. would plan to drop its ban on arms sales to vietnam. some suggested that is about countering china's growing strength in the region. he said it is about bolstering security cooperation between vietnam and the u.s. that was another key point made in the speech. he did not mention china, but mentioned the conflict in the south china sea. he talked about climate change and human rights and also vietnam's economic growth. he spent a lot of time speaking personally about what he termed to be the remarkable evolution with vietnam and the u.s. in the post war era. he reflected on the fact he is not the first president from the u.s. to visit. he is the first president to come of age in this era.
thank you, alexandra field. >> the tsa's top intelligence chief is out. the white house oversight committee announcing kelly hogan has been replaced. he faced criticism at the hearing when three witnesses testifying he had no experience in the intelligence field, but received a $90,000 bonus although security lines at the nation's airports were getting worse. the secretary of veterans affairs bob mcdonald under fire for downplaying patient wait times at v.a. hospitals. he said delays seeking medical care are a lot like delays facing guests at disneyland waiting to get on rides. mcdonald said he would emphasize satisfaction with experience rather than time spent waiting. certainly republican, including donald trump are lasting mcdonald. >> no one likes to wait. the head of the irs is
declining an invitation to testify on capitol hill today for a hearing on whether he should be impeached over allegations he misled congressional investigators. in a statement, commissioner denies his agency prevented anyone from gathering information about irs treatment or mistreatment of conservative groups. koskinen says the claims are quote without merit. he is too busy to testify today, but is willing to appear in the future. time to look at your money. dow futures are in the green. shares in asia closing with losses this morning. oil is below $48 a barrel. are you looking to buy a house? zillow says home prices are up 4.9% over the past year. $187,000 is the median value.
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welcome back. the battle for fallujah is raging this morning. iraqi forces backed by u.s. air strikes engaged in a fierce struggle to take back isis. liberating the city is expected to take time and lives. cnn's correspondent ben wedeman is tracking the latest for us live from rome. what are the advances iraqi forces are making into fallujah? >> reporter: we understand the forces have surrounded fallujah. now, we understand that in the town of garma, outside of fallujah, they have been able to make progress toward it. we are hearing this morning from baghdad that iraqi air force f-16 managed to bomb what they
call a factory for the production of car bombs. car bombs have been a problem in baghdad. certainly in the last several weeks, as many as 200 people killed by car bombs in the iraqi capital which officials believe are indeed manufactured in fallujah. it will be a long hard battle keeping in mind fallujah has been controlled by isis. they had two and a half years to build fortifications and tunnels and other ieds and other booby traps. according to officials, there are 500 to 700 isis fighters in fallujah. they have that local advantage and they know the terrain and they had the time to prepare for
this offensive which everybody knew was coming. the only question was when it would happen. it will be a hard battle. >> ben, how much confidence is there if and when iraqi forces get control of fallujah that they can actually hold on to it? as you said, isis has held on to fallujah for more than two years. . >> reporter: once the iraqi military and associated forces are able to take control of the city, there will probably inevitably be surprise attacks and skirmishes. look at ramadi. the iraqi army said it was able to take control of the city in december. late december. it took weeks for them to really get control to put an end to attacks on iraqi forces. this takes time. we're talking weeks, if not
months before the iraqi army can say with finality that they have been able to crush isis in the city. keep in mind, there are iraqi sunnis for a number of reasons would prefer isis to the iraqi government. it is not just a battle. it is a battle for hearts and minds as well. that is a long term struggle. >> a complicated situation there. cnn's ben wedeman. thank you. the governor of virginia terry mcaullife is under investigation looking into the campaign donations to see if laws were broken. cnn has learned investigators are examining mcauliffe's time with the clinton global initiative. that was set up by former president bill clinton, who is not accused of wrongdoing.
a not guilty verdict in the freddie gray trial. officer nero sobbing in court after the charges were ruled against him. nero was one of the three cops on bikes who arrested gray 13 months ago. he put out a statement saying he and his family were elated by the verdict. the attorney for the gray family said the judge followed the law. bill cosby and his accuser could come face-to-face this morning. a pre-trial hearing is scheduled
for 9:30 in philadelphia to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to take the felony sexual assault case to trial. andrea constand claims cosby drugged and assaulted her when she visited his home in 2004. stocks are quiet yesterday. stuck in neutral. will investors push the market out of the slump today? we will have an early start on your money next.
crews are up against the clock to locate the black boxes belonging to egyptair flight 804 before the batteries run out on the pinger. now france is joining the under water search as egypt rejects claim by greece that it swerved moments before it vanished. we have cnn's ian lee in cairo with us. ian, greece claiming the jet swerved, but egypt rejecting
that claim. what more can you tell us about that and why? >> reporter: they were focusing, george, on the final minutes of the flight where the greek defense minister said that radar was detecting the plane made a 90 degree turn and a 360 degree turn in the final moments as well as descending thousands of feet. the egyptian officials and aviation official came out and said that wasn't the case. in fact, the plane was cruising at 37,000 feet. it was into egyptian air space for a minute and things disappeared. it is up to finding the black boxes to determine what actually happened. there is a ticking clock here because the battery lasts about a month on the black boxes to send out the ping. they do need to find those quickly. egyptian officials are also asking greek and french officials to hand over information about the flight as the investigation moves forward and try to determine what exactly happened. we are also hearing as well from
egyptian officials and from family members that egyptian officials have asked them to present themselves so they can take dna testing because that is going to be the way that probably a lot of the bodies are identified and handed over to the loved ones for burial. >> and what do you think of the investigations and many times one group says one thing and another one says another. when it comes to the families, they want the information and accurate and precise. you imagine it is difficult for them to hear the twists and turns. ian lee. thank you. let's get an early start on your money. dow futures are higher right now. following gains in europe. asian markets closing lower overnight. we are watching oil slip at $48 a barrel. after lows in february, the market rallies.
now it is stuck in neutral around the 17,500 level. where the average began the year. oil has rebounded. worries of slow growth in china subsided. the concerns about the federal reserve's next interest rate hike have been priced into the market. there is not much out there to move stocks any higher. united kingdom's vote next month to leave the eurozone is the next mover for stocks. hard work and family values. a new survey from family trust found ambition and hard work and family upbringing were the three most important factors for success among high net worth individuals. the influences were much more important than connections or inate talent. 77% say they grew up in families that were middle class or lower.
19% say they were poor. i like this survey. it is a shoutout to the strict parents who say do your homework and get your education. 80% said they had firm discipline in their life. not a bad thing. "early start" continues right now. >> the race for president getting messing. bernie sanders with a new warning about what could happen at the democratic convention as donald trump and hillary clinton release stinging attacks. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm george howell. tuesday, may 24th. it is 5:00 a.m. on the east coast. bernie sanders vowing to stay in the race even if it means a messy democratic convention. sanders defiance comes as hillary clinton looks past the challenger and toward the general election and pulling out of the debate in california which was pla