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>> it's so amaze that he can memorize these let alone the reason that he's doing it. he writes the names in the order the individuals passed awe way in order to keep their memory alive. it was a good reminder for memorial day that just went by that we remember those who lost theirs lives. >> what a beautiful effort. time now for "newsroom" are carol costello. >> hi. have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," after months of delay, donald trump will tell the nation exactly how much he's raised for veterans. and just one hour later, internal trump university documents unsealed. what will they reveal? plus, pardon the interruption. secret service ats jump in after animal rights activists rush the stage at a sanders event. and a change in plans. hillary clinton launching a
last-minute campaign blitz in california one week before the primary. let's talk, live in the "cnn newsroom." and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. donald trump facing big questions this morning and promising complete answers later today. he's run a wildly successful campaign based on getting things done. but can he deliver on a more immediate challenge, proving true his own that he rayed $6 manile in military veterans in a single night? how much money was raised, where did it go? in just a couple of hours trump promises a full accounting of the fund-raiser. new developments in the fraud lawsuits against trump university. documents that show how the defunct school did business, what the students got after paying as much as $35,000. those documents unsealed later this morning. but let's begin with the veterans fund-raiser and cnn's
drew griffin, what do we expect to find out? >> we will find out where $6 million raised on that night that we all remember, the night he ditched the fox news debate and said he raised $6 million. we already know from our earlier report that 27 different veterans groups did, in fact, get $3 million. we've been asking the trump campaign for the rest of the money and also if he was going to put in any money. last week he did. he wrote a $1 million check to a pretty good group that raises money for fallen marines kids. but we want to see where the rest of the money is. and you know, trump says he's getting unfair treatment in all this. part of that, i think, carol, is true but this is also a creation of his own making. he made such a huge deal out of this he had to have known as a presidential candidate we would be scrutinizing every dime he says he raised. >> he's blaming the media for asking unfair questions. are they unfair questions?
>> i don't think they're unfair questions but the question is would we have chosen to go after any other fund-raiser to see exactly if they raised the same amount of money that they said the night they raised the money? i don't think the answer is true. all right? i don't think we would. however, this guy is running for president. and he got huge media play out of the fact that what many have considered to be a stunt that he was going to do this and ditch the debate. he had to know there would be scrutiny. it's easy math as i've asked the trump campaign. it's money in and money out. the fact of the matter is last week over the phone trump told me he had a little trouble getting all the money in. some people pledged didn't remember they pledged, he said. he had to call and remind them. now hopefully today we'll get a final accounting. in the end, 6 million bucks going to charity for vets, that's very positive. >> that is positive. drew griffin, thanks so much with me now, katrina pierson. thanks for being here this morning. >> great to be here.
good morning. >> good morning. will mr. trump say he's raised $6 million for veterans later this morning? >> sure. look, at 11:00 there's going to be a press conference and mr. trump will go into details about this fund-raiser that, by the way, was put to the within 24 hours and we said from the beginning, these types of fund-raisers can take up to six weeks to six months to bring in the money and get it distributed you'vically. and there were 22 care charities released that have been vetted that this money was going to be disbursed to but the media are not reporting several other charities that applied for these funds and had to go to the vetting to be distributed. >> that's good because here's the thing and here's the controversy. and i just want to review for our viewers. mr. trump said in january he raised $6 million. and then his campaign came out and said, well, $5 million was raised and that mr. trump would contribute an additional $1
million from his personal fortune. then in may according to the "washington post" cory lisaid $5 million was raised and then mr. trump told cnn that was actually an incorrect number. a few days ago mr. trump said he raised almost $6 million. so can you understand why the media and perhaps some out there are kind of confused? >> no, not necessarily. mainly because this was an event that was put together within 24 hours and initially this was pledged money. so of course they had to put work into bringing the money in to get those numbers distributed. but i will tell you that the media should be talking about is the clinton foundation money because there are a ton of questionable numbers with regard to the clinton foundation, where their money is coming from, where it's going, and if political favors were returned in the process. >> and i understand that -- >> that's important to the american people. >> we will ask those questions. but this morning we're talking
about mr. trump because he's holding a news conference. >> but we're not asking those questions. we've been in this campaign for a very long time and almost every week we're talking about the spontaneous fund-raiser that donald trump had to get money to the veterans. which he had and has been distributed but we're not hearing every single week about the tens of millions of dollars that the clinton foundation has been rooting through its organization. so we don't have the same kind of scrutiny and that's unfairness of mr. trump is talking about. >> let me say why we're asking mr. trump about raising these funds. there. trump says he's a savvy businessman with fabulous organization aal skills. routinely handled multibillion dollar deals so why has this deal been in his own words a lot of work? >> because, again, it was put together within 24 hours. we told everyone this takes six weeks to three to six months to get completed. and this is where we are today. this has been a very tough situation considering mr. trump is also running for president.
and these things aren't easy. we're not talking about a $10,000 fund-raiser. 5 or $6 million. >> we just wanted straight answers and it appears we weren't getting straight answers because his campaign didn't know the answers. >> because it's a changing number. if you're talking about the number of funds raised and the number of funds disbursed, the number of charities that have applied and received the funds already, this is a rolling process which now has been completed and mr. trump is going to release that information. but he's still talking about the unfairness considering how we have hillary clinton and the clinton foundation with tens of millions of dollars in question. this was a fund-raiser for veterans, mr. trump rolled out. this wasn't political favors for other countries. hostile countries to the united states. this is something that is just what mr. trump wanted to do out of the goodness of his heart and he's been criticized almost daily for doing something nice. >> the money to where it was promised to go that we're asking
these questions because mr. trump says he's a man who can get things done right now. he can make america great again right now. he can solve the isis problem right now. and it appears that to us at least because of the -- so it appears to us when his campaign is confused about even how much money was raised in that single night or what organizations that money would go to or if those organizations were vetted properly, like it causes you to pause and say, maybe he can't get things done right away. >> but i think it's -- but i think it's the media really that's confused because there were 22 charities released almost immediately that the money was going to go through. what happened is other charities wanted to be a part of it. and so they said, yes. and missed your amp my indication, we'll get you vetted. this is the type of things that occur when you talk about putting together a charity within 24 hours. this is not in place for 25 years like hillary clinton. >> i get it was a spontaneous
events and -- >> that's the point. that's the point. >> mr. trump should have articulated that. >> well, we did. we articulated that very early on. >> no. >> i was on cnn several times saying it could take up to six months to get these charities vetted and processed. and here we are ahead of schedule just like mr. trump gets things done. >> you're saying it's ahead of schedule now? >> absolutely. it could take up to six months. >> six months from this time to get the money to these veterans organizations that have now been vetted? is that what you're telling me? >> no, the 22 charities we've released which have already been reported on have received funds. what we're talking about are the other charity that have applied that are having funds disbursed that went through the process. within 24 hours $6 million pledged. it takes time to get that money in, to get those processed to those charities and it depends on how those charities are set up as well. this is not oh we there's not a paypal transaction you can do
for this type of thing. it could take up to six months and now it's done in may. >> all right. and at great thing that donald trump has raised millions of dollars for charities. >> so let's focus on that. >> okay. we will. in the 10:00 hour of "newsroom," in the next hour of "newsroom" we're going to talk to two of the charities receiving money from mr. trump and we will focus on that. katrina pierson, thank you for being here. hillary clinton's team is preparing to use trump's record on veterans against him. deploying surrogates to key states. all in a bid to blunt the momentum of her likely general election opponent. all of it as clinton also deals with the momentum of bernie sanders ahead of next week's critical california primary. clinton revamping her schedule and heading west as part of a multi-day push to get out of the volt the sanders facing a frightening scene in oakland as he barn stormed that state. secret service agents springing
into action when animal rights protesters tried to rush the stage as sander addressed a crowd in oakland. joe johns has more on all of this. good morning. >> good morning. there's a lot worth watching today. the back and forth between the clinton and trump campaigns. on the issue of support for veterans, the hillary clinton campaign now starting to test methods to challenge donald trump's domination of what is known as earned or free media. the kind of attention a candidate gets through things like public appearances and interviewss opposed to advertising. cnn's jeremy diamond reporting this morning that the clinton campaign is going after trump on multiple fronts on veterans affairs to avert the message trump is expected to push on the news conference on fund-raising today at trump tower in new york. on the west coast today bernie sanders continues his push to get a big win in california after a secure at this time scare last night in oakland. dramatic moments at bernie
sanders rally in downtown oakland, california. secret service agents jumping on stage pulling the presidential candidate away from the microphone. at least four protesters leaped over barricades, yelling and attempting to rush the podium. secret service detailing apprehending the individuals. one of the protesters appeared to be hit by a security member's baton while another was carried out of the venue by his arms and legs. grass roots group and animal activist direct action everywhere taking responsibility for disrupting the event. this latest squirmish on the 2016 campaign trail only one of several incidents this year causing the secret service to jump on stage. commotion breaking out at a trump rally in ohio in march when a protester tried to rush the stage. >> i was ready. i don't know if i would have done well but i would have been out there fighting, folks. >> reporter: in april, trump's motorcade stopping along a highway in california after protesters blocked the hotel
entrance where a gop convention was being held, forcing the republican candidate to exit the vehicle and cross the freeway on foot. sanders uninjured and seemingly unfazed by this incident. >> we don't get intimidated easily. >> reporter: the senator cheering on the golden state warriors later in the night, continuing to barnstorm california. >> does this guarantee me the california primary? >> reporter: before june 7th delegate rich primary in the state. his attempt to rest the democratic nomination from hillary clinton. bernie sanders got his secret er is vision detail in february when the primary season was just getting started. at that time aides said privately the candidate was reluctantly asking for and accepting protection. carol? >> all right, joe johns reporting for us this morning. thank you. still to come in the "newsroom," iraqi forces try to storm the center of fallujah and
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north korea makes another taercht at launching a missile. according to a u.s. defense official, intermediate missile was tested and flu for two or three seconds before it exploded. attempt by north korea is is the latest in the string of tests as the country tries to advance its weapons program. isis forces s is in falluj using snipers and suicide bombers to try to repel iraqi forces. even worse, the u.n. says the militants are using civilian families as human shields. iraqi forces have surrounded the isis stronghold. they're now trying to storm the center of the city to drive the militants out. but isis is mounting a strong counter attack. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is here with more. hi, ben.
>> hello, carol. this offensive to retake fallujah from isis is now in its tenth day in the battle started nasty. it's getting nastier. there was a four-hour battle to the south of fallujah as iraqi forces tried to enter, penetrate the defenses of the city. there is a counter attack by isis. according to the iraqi army they were able to repulse that attack and inflict heavy casualties on isis. no word about casualties among iraqi forces themselves. but as you mentioned, the unhcr says they believe hundreds of civilians are being held as human shields in central fallujah. we've heard reports of summary executions of young men and boys who refuse to join the ranks of isis to fight off the iraqi army. we're also hearing from the unhcr that around 3,700
civilians have been managed to leave the city. however, also according to the u.n., 500 men and boys above the age of 12 have been separated from those families among those who are fleeing fallujah for what's called security screening by iraqi intelligence which is clearly very worried about the possibility that isis is infiltrated among those fleeing the city. now, the situation in fallujah itself dire, very little in the way of food, water, medicine. in fact, the u.n. is worried because of the lack of clean drinking water. there now could be a cholera outbreak in the city. >> ben wedeman reporting live for us this morning. thank you. russia denying claims it led multiple air strikes on the city in syria. t strikes destroying a hospital. this is new video we just got in
of the aftermath. it's unclear how many people were injured. here's an image of one survivor. a little boy who is seen crying as he was carried away from the scene. air strikes in syria have escalated in an attempt to push outer reporter groups there. fred pleitgen is following this. >> in this area it is an escalation taking place. it's interesting because idlib is a place where you do have a large contingent of al qaeda's wing in syria. and the area even though they were there, was fairly quiet for a long period of time but now it appears as though that quiet is over. now, the russians were saying that they would escalate their air war against them only a couple days ago. as you said, they denied being behind the air strikes but offered no clue oz to actually no might have conducted the air strikes. nevertheless, they were devastating.
the information we're getting there from the ground is it was between seven and ten air strikes that hit that area including very close to that one hospital in that city. just seeing that aftermath of course is something that's really heartbreaking to see the people scouring there through the debris there, trying to get to people, to save them out of that. unclear again who is behind that air strike but 23 people killed. ev seven of them, women around children. it seems as though any inkling of a cease-fire in syria seems to be falling apart as we speak, carol. >> frederik pleitgen reporting live, thank you. a bit of breaking news to pass along to you now. the governor of california jerry brown has endorsed hillary clinton for president of the united states. i have the letter here that he posted for his constituents to read. he said although he's deeply impress we'd how bernie sanders has done, hillary clinton, he says, has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity
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and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. just a short time ago i said the california governor jerry brown has endorsed hillary clinton for president. you me in california, the intrigue is certainly heating up for the democrats. 475 delegates up for grabs in next tuesday's primary. recent poll showing bernie sanders and hillary clinton running neck and neck. now clinton is overhauling her schedule, scrapping an event in new jersey on memorial day to head west and she announced a five-day swing through
california starting this thursday. so here to talk about this and more is errol louis, political anchor. does jerry brown's endorsement help clinton? >> certainly doesn't hurt. it will make a much bicker difference if jerry brown mobilizes people. throughout the primary season, carol, endorsements have come with or without a little extra gas. a little extra push. way become in the south carolina primary jim clyburn's endorsement meant a lot because he had an organization on the ground. we are remains to be seen what jerry brown has that he can mobilize. and it especially matters in california not just because it's a huge state that takes up half of the west coast, but because the primaries actually decided congressional district by congressional district. so it's not enough to be hugely popular in berkeley or in los angeles. you've got to sort of spread the activity around quite a lot and it's quite an organizational feat. >> with the interesting thing about this is you would think
that governor brown might endorse bernie sanders because they have similar messages, right? >> well, it's certainly was possible. and he makes -- he takes pain, i think, if you read between the lines, of his letter of endorsement to say that bernie sanders has run a great race. bernie sanders is a very nice guy. and that's in order to, i think, you know, sort of make clear to his liberal base that he hasn't completely abandoned all of his principals just to enforce hillary clinton out of practicality. he respects and understands it. here again, he gets to the core of the argument. he takes great pains to say that donald trump if elected has said that climate change is a hoax. has said the paris climate agreement would be scrapped if he becomes president. he's trying to scare the environmentalists who are very potent force in california into sort of making a practical decision as opposed to, say, going with bernie sanders who happens to be more anti-fracking than hillary clinton in some ways are better on the environmental issues. jerry brown saying, look, it's too important. we've to to the g it practical. let's go with hillary clinton.
>> okay. so hillary clinton decided to change her schedule and go back to california to campaign. doing this five-day swing around the state. >> it says to me they have probably seen numbers suggest that they are looking at maybe a worse performance than they want. they don't want to get blown out in california. if they don't win the state it doesn't necessarily change very much because on that same night, in fact, she is much favored to win in new jersey. neighboring state to her as a former u.s. senator from new york. and it would also put her over the top. it will sort of give her the kind of delegate count that she can go to the convention and win essentially on a first ballot. the business of getting nominated is essentially over. but the optics could be really bad if she takes a really bad loss in california. >> let's talk specifically about how she will campaign in california because it seems to me that bernie sanders is getting all of the media attention because of the kinds of -- because of the kind of campaign events he holds. they're big, they're exciting,
right? >> that's right. in some ways -- >> a lot of times you don't know where hillary clinton is. >> in some ways this is bernie's kind of a state because it's multiple media markets. essentially if you're not picked up either -- if you're not running ads and neither of them have enough money to spend very much on a very expensive state. if you're not on the 6:00 news or 11:00 news it is very much as if you hadn't been there and you've got to do that in northern california, southern california, the inland empire, you've got to get up. so, yeah, bernie sanders is doing the kind of thing that is guaranteed to get media attention. hillary clinton it he maremainse seen. at night she's probably doing big money fund-raisers. she's been try for weeks now to make the pivot into the general election. she thinks the nomination is essentially hers. she has said as much on cnn. now she's trying to sort of get her ducks in a row for november. >> errol louis, thanks for
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cincinnati zoo officials say they would shoot and kill a rare gorilla all over again to save a little boy's life. the video is still terrifying to watch, right? 450-pound silverback drag that 3-year-old boy. the gorilla staff igniting a social media fire storm of parent shaming post, even death threats. one people tweeting the cincinnati "enquirer," quote, shoot the mother. another post, quote, i had much rather see her dead than the gorilla. hundreds of thousands now signing a petition calling for the parents to be criminally charged. cnn's jessica schneider is live in cincinnati with more on this. good morning, jessica.
>> reporter: good morning, carol. you saw it in those comments. the debate and the controversy raging online. people are questioning the zoo's decision and the parents' action or potential inaction, but the zoo's director says he refuses to cast blame. he refuses to point fingers. and is also calling out the monday morning quarterbacks. >> we did not take the shooting of harambe lightly but that child's life was in danger arer the cincinnati zoo standing behind their call to kill the gorilla named harambe. after a 3-year-old boy fell roughly 10 feet into this moat saturday, coming face to face with the 450-pound 17-year-old silverback. >> this child was being dragged around. his head was banging on concrete. this is not a gentle thing. >> reporter: outrage continues to grow over the decision to shoot. the anger spreading online. a change.org petition now garnering nearly 300,000
signatures demanding authorities investigate the little boy's parents for not watching their child. the #justiceforharambe trending on twitter. don't take your kid to the zoo if you ro not able to keep your eye on them at all times. the barriers were breached. that's now under review by officials. officials who claim the rails and wires the boy crawled through meet all safety requirements and have been in use for 38 years without incident. >> you can lock your car, you you can lock your house. but if someone really wants to get in they can. >> reporter: p child's. parents thanking the zoo in a statement saying we know that this was a very difficult decision for them and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla. the boy's mother works at a child care center for toddlers and preschoolers in cincinnati. one of harambe's former caretakers emotional when recounting the silverback's fate. >> he was in a situation where here's this strange thing here that i don't know what -- what do i do?
and do i fight it? do i love it? do i run from it? what do i do? and unforeseen circumstance was born and he had to lose. >> reporter: a spokesman for the cincinnati police says he is not aware of any intention to charge the parents or the mother at this time. as for the zoo they say they hope the reopen the gorilla world exhibit this weekend after they've had a chance to adequately assess all those barriers. carol? >> jessica schneider reporting live from cincinnati. thank you. my next guest is now speaking out against what she calls the viral mob attacking the boy's mother. with me now is the opinion editor at the "cincinnati "enquirer" and cincinnati.com. welcome, cindy. >> good morning. thank you, carol. >> thanks for being here. thousands of people are calling for the parents of this little boy to be charge with the crime. are you surprised by that? >> i guess i'm surprised at how
the number of people, yes. although, then again, we have also seen with social media how quickly what opinion here or there can snowball into, you know, what i called in my column a virtual mob. >> a mob mentality, right. you wrote in that op-ed, quote, raising a child to age 18 means maneuvering him or her safely through more than 567 million seconds. and it only takes one of those seconds for something to go terribly awry. a lot of parents surely realize this. why are we so quick to judge? >> you know, i think social media just has made it so easy. it's -- you know, as i suggest in my column, it's hard to mourn, to just simply sit and hurt and feel bad for the loss of this magnificent animal. and it's easier to create a meme and to lash out and i think you
can sense that we feel we've solved the problem if we can say, okay, it's the parents' fault. if parents simply do better this won't happen again. >> and as you point out in our column, nothing like this has ever happened at this particular zoo. and this exhibit has been there for many, many years. so why aren't people considering that? >> absolutely. it's 38 years is what the zoo says that exhibit has been there. you know, my family, i didn't mention this, but my family -- in the column, but my family are members of the zoo. we love going there. and it's a zoo that is one of the highest rated in the country that we're very proud of. so this is hard in a number of ways. you know, i think, again, i think people just react and they feel before they stop to think sometimes. and when you hear somebody else on social media agreeing with you, then it just becomes this
piling on affect and the level of vitriole ramps up. >> some people calling the killing of this gorilla a murder. holding vigils for this gorilla. seems that some are putting the value of this life of this gorilla over a child. >> absolutely. and i've gotten some e-mails to that effect. you know, seeing posts that, you know, the gorilla was innocent. you know, i had an e-mailer or a comment this morning that the gorilla was innocent and the child was at fault. you know, that seems a little bit extreme. but you do have that animal rights and i certainly consider myself an animal lover but you have that animal rights contingent that absolutely is putting -- placing more value on the endangered gorilla than the child. >> so last question. what kind of backlash have you
gotten online? >> you know, very little. very little. you know, i did have an e-mail calling me a terrible writer and, you know, implied, i think, terrible person. but i've gotten a ton of support and so many parents have reached out to say -- to tell me about their one moment, just as i described my one moment of, you know, failure to safely control the child. and, you know, where they've lost a child in a crowd or in water or, you know, it stuck something into an electric outlet. you know, it's -- i think parents are less quick, especially as we stop to reflect, i think parents are less quick to blame because we have all been there at one moment or another. >> cindi andrews, thanks for stopping by. >> absolutely.
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men and women who traveled to zika-hit areas should wait even longer if they're planning on having a baby. the world health organization is issuing new guidance saying a woman should wait eight weeks and a man should wait six months if showing symptoms of zika before trying to conceive. this comes after months of debate in congress over funding to fight the zika virus. joining me now is infectious
disease and public health specialist. thanks so much. okay. so, this is probably going to freak a lot of people out. eight weeks? >> eight weeks. yeah, carol, with h.o., world health organization, guidelines are really just aligning themselves with our what our centers for disease control and prevention have been saying for a few months now. so anybody who has traveled to a zika virus effected area should wait eight weeks before trying to conceive so they need to be having protective sex in the meantime. if you're a male and you had symptoms of the disease during travel the advice is six months. the reason is that the virus can actually linger much longer in the semen, so for that reason if you're a man and you've had symptoms it's really important that you abstain or use >> protection. >> even with this knew guidelines i would expect would want to wait longer. is this a guaranteed period of time? >> to quote tony fauci, never
say never. but based on the data we've seen so far the men that have sexually transmitted the zika to women have had the disease and have had other symptoms like bloody semen and so on. part of the reason the national institutes of health and the cdc want funding from congress is so we can do the research to provide better advice. the long they're money gets held up, the longer that research is going to take to get done. >> and there are many people frustrated about that and two of them were on my staff. not about congress funding the money but they're scared of the zika virus because they have destination weddings in the caribbean. they're wondering should we have our wedding there? because you have a lot of guests going. should they cancel? like how long should they wait? >> well, it's very likely that the zika virus will continue to be an issue in latin america, the caribbean, the gulf coast, probably for the next year or two at least, so for that period of time i would certainly be very cautious about having women
who might want to get pregnant, you know, likely among the wedding party guests, traveling to that kind of area. >> so no amount -- i guess you could have bug spray at your wedding, right, mosquito repellent, but even then you're taking a chance, right? >> you may be. i think there are certain things we can do. if you're not a woman who is trying to get pregnant or who is pregnant, for the vast majority of us, using mosquito repellent, wearing the long sleeves and long pants, stay indoors as much as possible, you can treat your clothes with a repellent, those are very reasonable measures. for the vast majority of us, the risk is very low, but it's really for those women who could be pregnant or trying to get pregnant for whom their pregnancies could be affected by the zika virus that we really need to be concerned about. >> while we await congress funding research, i'm going to ask you a question concerning research, right? so how long might we have to worry about this? it's going to go on one year, two years, five years, ten
years? >> well, looking at what's happened with similar viruses, so cousin viruses like dengue, which are transmitted by the same species of mosquito, you see flare-ups and then it dies down for quite a while. we saw that with dengue in brownsville, texas. it's been ten years since we've seen an issue. so probably we'll see some cases, scattered cases in the southern united states, but i would predict in another year or two it is going to die down. but it will take at least that long to get a vaccine in the meantime. >> thank you for stopping by. still to come in the "newsroom," it's a rematch. what the golden state warriors had to do to make it back to the finals. they'll face off against lebron and the cleveland cavaliers.
checking some top stories for you at 56 minutes past. new calls to extradite film director roman polanski to the ♪ . poland says it will appeal a judge's decision not to extradite him stemming from a 1977 child sexual abuse case. he pled guilty to having sex with a minor four decades ago but he fled the united states before he could be sentenced. the polish-born polanski lives in france but sometimes visited poland. we now know that kidnapp ep mexican soccer car polito is free. during his escape, the 25-year-old scuffled with one of his captors and injured his hand when he broke a glass pane. the city where he was kidnapped is a brutal battleground for some of mexico's most violent drug cartels. a 92-year-old world war ii
veteran burt waldron threw the first pitch at last night's seattle mariners' game. what an awesome ep transto the field. he didn't walk, he ran, and guess what? check out this throw. yeah. it's so awesome. waldron began his military service in pearl harbor back in 1943. he retired from the service in 1946, and, yeah, he's still got it. the epic rematch is now set for the nba finals. the defending champion golden state warriors will now face the cleveland cavaliers in the nba finals, but reaching the nba championship took some heroics from golden state. coy wire joins me now live. hi, coy. >> hi, carol. what a comeback. the defending champs were down three games to one at one point. only two teams had ever come back from that great of deficit in conference finals history. make that three now. last night down at halftime, but then it's alive. steph curry comes to life.
five three-pointers in the second half including this one right here. money. that one tied the game in the third. curry brought more splash than a puppy getting a bath. 36 points in all. warriors come back-kids, y'all. he had to come back in this game, did the warriors. they had to come back in this series. 86-98 repeating as western conference chachs and after the game curry talked about just how big that game seven win was. >> you appreciate how tough it is to get back here. that's the one thing i've learned is just you can't take anything for granted because it's such a grind, it's such a battle against a great thunder team that, you know, pushed us to the brink. so you got to be appreciative of this accomplishment, and now i look forward to getting four more wins. >> cool jacket, steph. watch your back. check out this cool feature from cnn money. the new player return on
investment money feature. find it at cnnmoney.com and if you're looking for an unsung hero this is where you will find him. harrison barnes scores as a good bargain last night. five points, seven rebounds against a relatively low nba salary. barnes was money. you can follow that feature throughout the nba finals too. next up for the warriors, lebron james and the cavs. a rematch of last year's finals. tip-off is thursday night at 9 c9:00 eastern. >> i can't wait. lebron james is going to do it this time, i know it, for cleveland. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," after months of delay, donald trump will tell the nation exactly how much he's raised for veterans. and just one hour later, internal trump university documents unsealed. what will they reveal? plus, pardon the interruption. >> step away right there. >> secret service agents jump in
after animal rights activists rush the stage at a sanders' event. and a change in plans. hillary clinton launching a last-minute campaign blitz in california one week before the primary. let's talk live in the cnn "newsroom." and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. donald trump facing big questions this morning, promising complete answers. very soon now trump has scheduled a news conference. he promises a full accounting for a january fund-raiser for military veterans. the campaign has given conflicting numbers and spotty updates in the four months since trump shared this boast. >> we just cracked $6 million, right? $6 million. and we have outside a list of the organizations and folks that are going to be getting this money we were very careful in selecting because we want to
make sure that the costs are down, that the people are really doing it with the parheart. the heart is so important, and we have picked out some really amazing, amazing veterans organizations. >> also today new developments in the fraud lawsuits against trump university. some students say they got virtually nothing after paying as much as $35,000, and in a couple hours a judge unseals internal documents from the defunct business on how it did business and exactly what it delivered. we're covering all the angels. jim acosta is awaiting the news conservatives at trump tower. drew griffin is here with his investigative reporting. let's begin with you, jim. set the stage. >> reporter: carol, that's right. donald trump has no shortage of questions to answer this morning, but he's going to try to answer some of them, at least about this initiative he launched in january. he did not want to participate in the gop debate just before the iowa caucuses. he said instead he was going to
hold this veterans event and had a couple presidential candidates with him. mike huckabee and rick santorum were with him. over the course of the last several months, we've been getting conflicting stories as to how much money was being raised, who was getting it's money. there were veterans groups saying we haven't gotten the money, and in just the last few weeks, corey lewandowski, said the money was near $4.5 million, $5 million and then donald trump himself said, no, no, no, it's between $5.5 million and $6 million. we hope to find out in the next hour when donald trump hold his news conference inside trump tower, how much money was raised, where did it come from, who is getting the money, and so on. we expect to have those details. donald trump has said he will give us the details in the coming minutes. but, carol, as you mentioned at the top of the hour, there are other questions for donald trump to answer this morning. hopefully we'll get those answers. over the weekend bill kristol, the noted neoconservative in
washington, he floated out the idea that he's going to have details and there will be more details coming shortly about a third-party bid. potentially a top name republican might be announcing in the coming days he's running for president or she's running for president. bill kristol floated that idea and then donald trump went after bill kristol. and then this other matter of trump university. you're right, the documents are scheduled to be released, and donald trump has been hitting the judge and his surrogates have been hitting the judge handling that trump university fraud case. trump mentioned the judge's ethnicity. the judge is mexican-american from chicago, from illinois, but donald trump felt compelled to mention the judge's ethnicity and so that is something that may be asked about as well, carol. >> all right. jim acosta reporting live from trump tower this morning. thank you. i want to go now to drew griffin
because you're one of the reporters who has been posing questions to donald trump about where is the money, et cetera, et cetera. what have you found out? >> this is a controversy of his own making really because theus are easy questions to answer. money in, money out, no problem. what we've seen over the last four months now is all this confusion. if you take a look on the night of the event, $6 million pledged. very soon after that the campaign came out and said, no, it's $5 million. and then trump said he added an additional $1 million. we kept asking carol, where, where, where is the money going. then in may corey lewandowski said it's going to be closer to $4.5 million, then tells cnn that, no, that's incorrect what i just said. and then on sunday trump says now he raised number $6 million. we have been asking, okay, where? where is the money? it would be easy to find out. we did track down at least half of it, and half of it did go to 27 different organizations. some of them have confirmed
this. many of them will not talk to cnn or will not disclose the amount of money, but this is the money that we believe has already gone out. the $3.1 million. another $1 million went to a very good charity from donald trump himself last week, and now we're expecting a full accounting and perhaps putting this minor but very distracting issue to rest. >> donald trump also said the reason it's been taking so long is because he had to vet all of these organizations. so is he giving money to organizes that are not established that would take a long period of time to vet? >> well, what he did, he did everything very fast. and he got a list of organizations, and then he learned as we have learned duridoing our own charity investigations, some are better than others. the other thing is he was having trouble getting the pledges in. he told me that last week. he said some people need to be reminded of their donation. so i imagine he was on the phone strong arming some of these
people who said they were going to donate money and they didn't. but he does need to vet where the money is going because if he sends it to a bad charity, we're going to be all over that. >> absolutely. drew griffin, thanks so much. my next two guests say their organizations have both received contributions from mr. trump. with me now on the phone is james colstrum who serves as chairman of the board for the marine corps law enforcement foundation. i'm also joined by dick troum from achilles international. thanks to both of you for being with me this morning. >> hi, carol. how are you doing? >> i'm doing good. james, i'm start with you. mr. trump pledged $1 million of his own money to one organization. is it your organization? >> yeah, we did get $1 million from donald. he's been a big supporter of veterans groups for close to four decades now, carol. >> when did you find out? >> well, i knew for some time we
were going to be the recipient. i didn't know the actual amount, but i guess it was about a week ago. don't hold me to that, a week ago, ten days ago when we actually received the money. >> okay. so i was just wondering if you found out in january shortly after the event if your organization would be a beneficiary. >> well, there were hints in that direction, and he's always been a big supporter of us. we give 98% of the money donated, which is a very high number that we're very proud of, we have one part-time employee, and basically all the money goes to the children of those who have lost their life in the line of duty. >> oh, that's just terrific. tell me how difficult it is for donors to vet organizations. is that a lengthy process? >> well, it's pretty easy with ours because we're, you know, we're a 501(c)(3) and everything
is laying out there for the public to look at and we put a lot of information on our website. there are some charities that you cannot find a whole lot of information easily, so it's a mixed bag, carol. >> and just, you know, before you sign off, tell me what that million dollars will be used for. >> that million dollars is going to be used for children that have lost a parent. we have since january of this year we've granted $1.1 million and we have a number of tragic cases in the pipeline where that money will satisfy. >> james kallstrom, thanks for joining me. now i'll move on to you, dick. welcome and thanks so much for being here. you got several checks from mr. trump. can you tell us how much? >> yes, recently, since february, we received $200,000. >> since february. so you knew shortly after that january event that your organization was going to get
some money. >> yes, but i want you to understand that we have been receiving money from the trump foundation for several years. >> so your organization didn't need to be vetted then. >> that's correct. >> because it was vetted previously by the trump foundation, correct? >> yes. going back to 2011, the foundation has contributed to achill achilles. >> will you appear at mr. trump's news conference later this morning? >> no. >> no. did he ask you to appear? >> he did not. >> okay. and tell us what the money will be used for and a little about your organization. >> well, it's called the freedom team, and what i have had the honor of doing since 2004 is going to walter reed and meeting veterans who were recently disabled and inviting them to join achilles and to prepare for
a marathon, and, you know, if you've been hurt, it's a wonderful, wonderful thing to think that at some point in the near future you're going to be getting into shape and you're going to be running marathons, and what we're doing is we're introducing many of these athletes to achievement, getting them back to doing things that they were great at before they were wounded. >> some local veterans plan to hold their own news conference right after mr. trump's, and they're going to complain that veterans organizations are being used as political props. would you -- i mean, how would you characterize this? >> as far as we're concerned, it's absolutely totally untrue. donald has met with our soldiers long before he started thinking about running for president, and what he's done is he's inspired
these soldiers. it's like the greatest days of their life to meet him and to talk with him, and they bond. >> do you hope he'll stop by soon? >> i'm sure he will. >> all right. dick traum, thank you so much for joining me this morning. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. still to come in the "newsroom," as donald trump looks to put a veteran controversy behind him, hillary clinton's team hopes to keep it alive. we'll give you the details of her campaign's next move next. . but only one network is giving you more than just great coverage. t-mobile! only t-mobile's lets you stream video and music - for free! not only that, but we doubled our lte coverage in the last year. that's right! our coverage now stacks up with anybody. including verizon and at&t. so now you can get rid of the other guys and get great coverage from t-mobile. we got you covered. and we won't stop!
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hillary clinton in a battle for next week's california primary getting the endorsement of governor jerry brown this morning. brown says clinton is the only way to stop donald trump and urges the party to come together saying, quote, this is no time for democrats to keep fighting each other. the general election has already begun. joining me now with more on this is cnn's joe johns. hi, joe. >> reporter: ghorng good morning, carol. jerry brown of california seen as a progressive governor which may suggest he's more in line with the thinking of bernie sanders but apparently that's not the case. this morning he threw his
support behind hillary clinton. brown cited his concern that the stakes are so high because donald trump is the republican standard bearer. worth watching today, the back and forth between the clinton and trump campaigns on the issue of support for veterans. the hillary clinton campaign now starting to test methods to challenge donald trump's domination of what is known as earned or free media, the kind of attention a candidate gets through things like public appearances, interviews, press conferences as opposed to advertising. cnn's jeremy diamond reporting this morning that the clinton campaign is going after trump on multiple fronts on veterans affairs today in an attempt to subvert the message trump is expected to push at that highly anticipated news conference on fund-raising today at trump tower in new york. meanwhile, on the west coast, as we've been reporting, bernie sanders continues his push to get a big win in california after that security scare last night in oakland. carol? >> joe johns reporting live.
thank you. hillary clinton will be on "the lead" with jake tapper at 4:00 p.m. eastern time. jerry brown's full-throated endorsement for hillary clinton as president is interesting in part because bernie sanders' run today has been compared to brown's presidential bid in 1992. one of brown's opponents in 1992, bill clinton. listen to this. >> he is funneling money to his wife's law firm for state business. y >> you ought to be ashamed of yourself for jumping on my wife. >> oh, how times have changed. cnn politics executive editor mark preston. >> i got to tell you what, carol. you know, that feud from 1992, which some would say was probably the ugliest when it came to the democratic primary between bill clinton and jerry brown, both governors at the time, both seeking the democratic nomination, both
trying to claim that liberal/progressive mantle back at that time. bill clinton defeated jerry brown in his home state of california by seven points but that feud went all the way to 2010 when gavin newsom was running against jerry brown when brown was trying to run to reclaim his seat as governor of california, brown would go on to win it, but bill clinton had endorsed brown's opponent. we know bill clinton had met with jerry brown just a few weeks ago to talk politics. they had met in the mansion up in sacramento. they discussed politics. of course, they discussed domestic. si and, of course, as we have seen today jerry brown has decided to endorse hillary clinton. in many ways you might have to say it's because he thinks she has the best chance of defeating donald trump. he describes trump's run for the republican nomination as a dangerous candidacy. so there you have it. i guess what is old is not always new and enemies can
become friends, at least in politics, carol. >> i guess that often happens. every time you hear it, it kind of like makes you step back and say wow. can you believe anything anybody says? how much will governor brown's endorsement mean? he's a very popular governor in california. >> very popular governor. as joe had just said earlier, known as one of the leading progressive voices in the democratic movement. he's had some issues where he's had to work on some tax issues, but the question is jerry brown says he's going to vote for hillary clinton. does that mean that he is going to campaign for hillary clinton? does that mean that he is going to try to mobilize any of his supporters to go out and vote for hillary clinton? and those are questions we don't have abandnswered quite yet but think we will see that unfold over the next 24 or 48 hours. >> after hillary clinton sits down with jake tapper she's going to fly to california to campaign for five days. that's a change in plans. why isn't she doing as well in
expected as california. what is bernie sanders doing that is so effective? >> well, i mean, i think you discussed this earlier in the program. bernie sanders does very well with trying to excite the liberal base at this point. when you get to california and you get to some of these college towns, whether it's berkeley or other state universities, brerne sanders does a very good job of exciting the liberal base on issues they feel the democratic party has moved away from. bernie sanders, of course, is trailing hillary clinton not only in the popular vote but also in delegates, which is what really matters, and then when it becomes june 7th as we have a slew of states that will be holding contests, including california, hillary clinton will clinch the democratic nomination when it comes to delegates, carol. >> mark preston, thanks so much. still to come, we are waiting on donald trump's announcement on veteran donations. but first, inside the trump university lawsuit. the moment one student sabres he
checking some top story are at 26 minutes past. more than 800 migrants reported dead in the last week after a series of shipwrecks in the mediterranean sea. the united nations says they saw more migrants crossing this past week than any other time of the year and says 2016 has been, quote, particularly deadly with at least 2,500 deaths. that's a big jump from this time last year. migrants are leaving war-torn countries, oppression, and poverty. since last week 14,000 were
rescued. north korea makes another attempt at launching a missile. according to a u.s. defense official, an intermediate missile was tested. it flew for two or three seconds before it exploded. it's not clear if the missile made it over water. this attempt is the latest in a string of tests as the country tries to advance its weapons program. a close call at chicago's o'hare airport. travelers jump out of the way as a taxi hops the curb, then slams into a terminal door. it shattered the glass. the cab driver got a ticket and amazingly, no one was hurt. and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. at the top of the hour donald trump promising a full accounting of his january fund-raising for veterans. then at noon eastern a judge unseals internal documents on how trump university did business. students paid up to $35,000 for
real estate secrets, but some have filed suit claiming fraud. the so-called playbooks will detail the operation and marketing of the program. cnn's drew griffin talked to students who say they were bilked. >> reporter: this man loved donald trump. this retired veteran of 40 years thought trump was a great american success story. >> at trump university we teach success. >> reporter: and attending a free introductory real estate seminar, he bought not idea that this billionaire, donald trump himself, really wanted to help make him a success too. this is what you signed. >> yeah, i signed. >> reporter: not only signed but allowed trump university to swipe his credit cards. >> and the receipt for both of these $10,000, $10,000. >> reporter: in total he paid more than $26,000 for a real
estate course. he and his wife elaine would attend them but what did he get? for the five days, he says, he got useless information. and instructors constantly pressuring him to pay even more. >> what are you talking about? more money? and i'm not learning anything. >> reporter: you didn't learn anything in that class? >> no. >> reporter: there were no real estate secrets for techniques taught, he says, except for the one that finally made him realize he'd been had. an instructor detailed the benefits of paying off unpaid tax debts of elderly people keeping them in their homes until they die but then taking ownership of the property. >> when i saw that, teaching you how to steal somebody's house, this is not right. that moment i said, babes, let's go home. >> reporter: this is thousands of people who were taken for millioning of dollars. new york's attorney general is
leading one of three lawsuits. the lawsuits all basically say the same thing, that almost everything about trump university was a lie starting with the name. >> action is what trump university is all about. >> reporter: it wasn't a university. and its teachers didn't teach any donald trump secrets according to new york's attorney general. >> these are all people who are hand picked by me. >> reporter: and none of trump university's experts who taught at the seminars were picked by donald trump. >> there wasn't one piece of his pitch that was actually true, and they weren't donald trump secrets. the president of trump university admitted trump never had anything to do with writing the curriculum. >> reporter: it's all admitted in a 2012 deposition, portions of which were recently released and reviewed by cnn. the president of trump university, michael sexton, stated under oath none of our instructors at the live events were hand picked by donald trump. sexton was asked did anybody at trump organization work on the curriculum for the three-day
workshops? his answer, no, they did not. as for the trump secrets of success that were supposed to be caught, sexton testified mr. trump has made investments with foreclosures. we cover investing with foreclosures. bob, who is suing donald trump for his $35,000 paid in tuition, says there were other so-called secrets that really weren't. >> for example, they would put up a slide, and they would say if you want to know about your tax deductions as a business, go to irs.gov. >> that was a tip. >> that was a tip. if you want to go to find property, go to trulia.com -- >> another great tip. >> another website like that. and i just was shaking my head all the time, and i kept hoping that the next retreat that i would take that i would get some knowledge that i never had
before, but never did. >> it was a scam. the extent they had any expertise, it was at suckering people into spending more money. >> reporter: a review of trump university presenters and so-called real estate experts revealed questionable credentials and inflated resumes. documents filed in the says show many instructors had little real estate experience. trump university background checks on some instructors couldn't even determine if they graduated from high school. in a statement to cnn trump's lawyer insists mr. trump not only met with the instructors and professors who designed the course but also contributed to the curriculum and added, the vast majority of trump university instructors were real estate experts. wow. this is a lot of books. >> a lot of books, but believe me it's a lot of money i spent. >> this man who paid $26,000 to trump's school says he has at least learned one lesson. he no longer believes what anyone tells him, even a
billionaire. >> cnn's drew griffin reporting. with me now, eric schneiderman, the attorney general for the state of new york representing students who claim they were defrauded by trump university. welcome, sir. >> good to be here. >> so among the documents released later today will be this sales playbook. this is the only document that trump's attorneys did not want released. why? >> they actually resisted getting to trial. they resisted disclosing documents. it's very hard to keep documents in a fraud case secret. there's a public interest in having this out there. part of the point of suing someone like donald trump for a phony university and committing fraud against thousands of people is deterrence, is to get it out there is people have warnings and other fraudsters are discouraged so you have to make a pretty strong argument to withhold anything. their claim appears to be based on the idea that they want to revive this fraudulent university scheme some day in the future which will be of great interest to the new york state department of education
which was chasing them around for years trying to shut them down because they were claiming to be a new york university when they weren't. >> because trump's lawyer says these sales playbook would release trade secrets, right? >> you are not allowed to protect the trade secrets of a three card monte game. sections of the playbooks have been laid out in our papers that we've submitted in the new york court. it is clearly just a motivational speech to try to sell people at their weekend seminar that you can't possibly learn everything about real estate in three days. you got to spend $10,000, $20,000 on what were called the trump elite program, so the playbook just shows it was a pitch up to try to dupe these people into spending more money. >> something that, you know, i didn't find it confusing but it was conflicting information in drew's package, there was a deposition that you took that said mr. trump never met any of the professors or teachers that worked at trump university and then mr. trump's lawyers came back with a statement saying he
did personally meet with the professors and instructors at trump university so which is true? >> well, there's no evidence, and trump's lawyers, i'm not sure what they're talking about, but both mr. trump and michael sext sexton, have testified he did not pick the instructors, did he not meet the instructors. so the whole pitch, my hand-picked experts will teach you my personal secrets, was a lie. this was a fraud from top to bottom. he's using every trick he can do to delay the release of documents, attacking the judge for his ethnicity, attacking me and accusing me of conspiring with the president of the united states. >> let me ask you about that because mr. trump did intimate that this was maybe politically motivated by a judge who has a bias against him. he called the judge a hater and he said he was mexican and any other judge would have dismissed the case. >> no judge dismissed any of the cases. there are three cases. on march 1st we got a ruling in the new york case and there are two cases in california that ruled in our favor and against mr. trump on every contested
legal issue in essence. so his defense -- his strongest defenses have been dismissed, he's taking it to new york's highest court for one more round of appeals but no judge has dismissed this. every judge has said these are valid fraud claims. you defrauded people out of money. they're entitle to their day in court. he keeps saying it's an easy case to win but he keeps losing. all he's doing is delaying. >> well, he also says that this is a civil lawsuit, this is much different and far less important than hillary clinton's e-mail investigation because, of course, there's a federal investigation going on. in your mind is this a case of ultimate importance? >> oh, this is a hugely important case. if you look at the facts of this case, this shows someone who was absolutely shameless in his willingness to lie to people, to say whatever it took to induce them into his phony seminars. telling people who are in hard economic times, we're talking about 2008, 2009, people desperate to hold onto their homes, to make some money, convincing them that he will
teach them his entrepreneurial secrets. they would get them to raise credit limits and then use that extra credit to make thim buy more trump seminars with their krads. they bilked people. it was shameless and heartless. it's important information to get out there and i think that between the judge releasing these records and other things, i hope all the facts will get out that can between now and the election. i think it's important public policy. >> i'm sure drew griffin will be reviewing the documents. eric schneiderman, thank you for stopping by. still to come. turmoil gripping the 2016 summer games. scandals, crime, and zika. can rio possibly be ready? >>yikes, that ice cream was messing with you, wasn't it? try lactaid, it's real ice cream, without that annoying lactose. lactaid. it's the milk that doesn't mess with you.
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back in 2009 when rio deja no jen nar row was selected to host the op games it was supposed to be the perfect picturesque backdrop for the games but the problems are now mind blowing from zika to gun battles, economic despair. with 66 days left, athletes and fans are getting worried. here is more now from cnn's ivan watson. >> reporter: it's hard not to be seduced by rio de janeiro. this spectacular city soon to be the host of the 2016 summer olympics. two months before the start of the games, construction crews are putting in the final touches at the olympic venues. >> everything is going to be ready on time. we're going to deliver the park fully commissioned the 24th of july. >> reporter: despite the beauty,
the city and ba zril razil as a are facing some daunting challenges. a series ever unexpected setbacks leading some to wonder are rio's olympics somehow cursed. doctors calling for the games to be postponed or moved because the zika virus could threaten an expected half a million foreign visitors. that view rejected by the world health organization which does advise pregnant women to avoid the olympics entirely because of the risk of severe deformities to unborn children. and then there's the political and economic crisis. turmoil after congress suspended brazil's elected president in an impeachment process last month and high-level corruption scandals during the worst economic recession in
generations which has left more than 10 million brazilians unemployed. the economic hardship aggravating rio's endemic problems with violent crime. daily gun battles between police and drug gangs in the city's impoverished areas as well as a surge in robberies. this month members of the spanish olympic sailing team mugged at gunpoint. >> and we just turn around to see what was happening and we saw the pistols. >> reporter: olympic sailors also worried about rio's notoriously polluted bay. a dumping ground for much of the city's raw sewage. >> we don't want to swim in it. >> reporter: rio's mayor warns this isn't a first-world city. >> don't come here expecting that everything will be, you know, perfect. we live in a country that has an economic crisis, a country with lots of inequality with all the
problems we've seen concerning corruption, bribes, but the city will be much better than it was when we got the games. >> reporter: but even one of the mayor's new infrastructure projects is now a deadly failure. this brand new spectacular cliffside bike path was supposed to be a showcase project for the olympics. instead, it became a tragic setback when the waves took out part of the trail killing two people last month. in the turbulent run up to the olympics, a virtual storm of bad news that leaves you wondering what could possibly happen next? ivan watson, cnn, rio de janeiro. still to come in the "newsroom," just as iraqi forces start gaining ground against isis they face a fierce counterattack. militants using booby traps and human shields. and the stock market is back open after a long weekend. now trading down just about 45
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i used to like that song. russia denying claims it led multiple air strikes on the city ofi idlib in syria. 23 people were killed, including women and children. it's unclear how many people were injured. air strikes have escalated in an effort to push out terror groups. militants using snipers, booby traps, and even human shields to beat the iraqis back in fallujah, but the iraqi forces say they stopped that attack and inflicted heavy casualtie casualties. ben wedeman has more for you now. hi, ben.
>> reporter: hi, carol. yes, this battle is now into its tenth day and clearly it's only just beginning. you have this battle. you mentioned at the southern end of fallujah. this was the first attempt by the iraqi military to really penetrate the city itself, and you see what happened. they also used apparently car bombs as well. now, the iraqi army, some officers are claiming they killed as many as 75 members of isis. however isis for its part says that they killed 25 iraqi soldiers and destroyed several military vehicles, but clearly this is going to be a long, hard fight. intelligence officers say there's anywhere between 500 and 2,000 isis fighters in this city, and, of course, many of them are from fallujah. they have experience fighting the americans and now, of course, they're fighting the iraqi army. it's home turf. they are using their knowledge
of the terrain to maximum advantage. they've dug trenches and tunnels as we've seen elsewhere, so it's going to be a hard fight and extremely hard tat the moment fr the civilians trapped in the city and the u.n. claims are being used as human shields by isis. isis is also reported to have executed young men who have refused to fight on their behalf. apparently some isis members are angry that the people of fallujah don't really want to die in this battle. not surprisingly so. now, the situation in terms of the humanitarian situation, it's been difficult for months since the city has been cut off by the iraqi army, but wee hearing reports that people are subsisting on dry dates and drinking dirty water from the river which is leading the u.n. to worry there could be an outbreak of cholera.
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all right. let me take you out to trump tower. you see them checking the microphone there. at any moment now donald trump will be behind that microphone and he will be detailing the amount of money he's collected for veterans and he will also tell reporters where those donations will go, to what organizes. reporters are already assembled and we're just awaiting donald trump. when he takes the stage we'll bring you back to trump to youer in new york city. checking some other top stories. baylor university names an acting football coach in the cake of a sexual assault
cover-up. jim grobe will take over for art briles who was recently suspended. baylor says its athletic director resigned. the president of the school, kenneth starr, was also moved to a new role. blink and you missed it. the penguins beating the sharks in game one. pittsburgh winning 3-2. game two tomorrow. the golden state warriors are on their way back to the nba finals beating the oklahoma city thunder, 96-88. earlier in the series the warriors were down three games to one. they are only the third team to ever come back from that big of a deficit. the warriors were losing at halftime, then steph curry stepped up scoring 36 points in last night's game. yeah, we've all run out of gas before, so can you believe rookie indianapolis 500 winner alexander rossi ran out of gas before he crossed the finish line on sunday?
you've heard that. he remembered those tense moments on "new day." >> we ran out of gas kind of out of turn four coming down to the start/finish line and it was obviously the longest time that it took for me the entire month of may to get there, but also it was the most stressful obviously because i knew there was cars coming at probably 100 miles an hour quicker than i was going and i was constantly looking in my mirror and it was just like when i finally crossed and there was no one to my right, it was just like relief. >> so nice he travels with that big trophy, right? it's awesome. rossi went the final 36 lapse without refueling. a long time in a track like indianapolis, but, man, it's an awesome story and what an awesome guy. the new champion for america, right? thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts now.
i raised almost $6 million for the veterans, including putting up $1 million of my own money. millions and millions of dollars. i didn't have to raise ten cents. >> where is the money? >> whatever money came in, donald trump has distributed to worthy causes. >> hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. >> and i'm john berman. donald trump is about to show us the money or so he says. we're waiting on a news conference that's set to begin any minute at trump tower here in new york city. i think we have a picture of the podium. do we, the magic of television? there it is. a live picture from inside the room where donald trump will speak at any moment. this all has to do with a january fund-raiser that he held for veterans groups in iowa. that was where the fund-raiser was. he went there instead of attending a debate there. >> so these