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hi, everyone. you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm poppy harlow in new york. we begin with this tonight. the father of a fallen muslim-american soldier is calling on republican leadership to reject their presidential candidate, donald trump, immediately. speaking today on cnn, khizr khan says that donald trump has a, quote, black soul, and now trump is firing back, putting this feud front and center exactly 100 days before the nation elects its next president. house speaker paul ryan, senator lindsey graham and now jeb bush all weighing in on the controversy that started earlier this week. it began with this moment at the democratic national convention. >> donald trump, you're asking americans to trust you with their future. let me ask you, have you even read the united states constitution?
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i will -- i will gladly lend you my copy. >> today donald trump tweeted this. captain khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero, but this is about radical islamic terror and the weakness of our leaders to eradicate it. also, he tweeted, i was viciously attacked by mr. khan at the dreamt convention. khan delivered an indictment of the billionaire and presidential candidate, even holding back tears when he spoke about khan's wife was not allowed to speak. listen. >> she said you know my condition. when i see my son's picture, i cannot hold myself together. for this candidate for presidency to not be aware of the respect of a gold-star
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mother standing there, and he had to take that shot at her, this is height of ignorance. this is why i showed him that constitution. had he read that, he would know what status a gold-star mother holds in this nation. this country holds such a person in the highest regard, and he has no knowledge, no awareness. that is height of his ignorance. she is ill. she had high blood pressure. people that know her looked at her face, and she said, i may fall off the stage. and i told her that you have to assemble yourself and stand for the beauty of this tribute that is being paid. this person is total incapable of empathy. i want his family to counsel him, teach him some empathy. he will be a better person if he could become, but he has a black soul, and this is totally unfit
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for the leadership of this beautiful country, the love and affection that we have received affirms that our beliefs, our experience in this country had been correct and positive. the world is receiving us like we have never seen. they have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul, that he is void of recognizing, empathizing with people. >> so the short time ago, the republican house speaker paul ryan came out and issued a statement. i want to read you part of that statement. it says, many muslim-americans have served valiantly in our military and made the ultimate sacrifice. captain khan was one such brave example. his sacrifice and that of khizr khan should always be honored, period. let's talk about all of it with the founder of american muslims for trump and the associate editor for alt muslim.com.
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let's take a moment and listen to what donald trump said this morning on abc when george stephanopoulos asked him about why he made the comments about khan's wife not saying anything at the podium. >> his wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. she had nothing to say. she probably -- maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. you tell me, but plenty of people have written that. >> so does a truas a trump supp me go to you first. what does he mean by that? >> first of all, thank you, poppy, for having me. i have said earlier, i salute captain khan's supreme sacrifice and all the sons and daughters that have given the supreme sacrifice our freedom. from the beginning, donald trump has not said a single nasty
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thing or anything to criticize captain khan's sacrifice. but criticizing -- >> i just want your answer to that, that statement. what did he mean by that, about gazala khan? >> gazala khan, first of all, he didn't know her medical conditions. and if she was that sick, why they brought her on the stage to begin with? this politicizing is not fair. this is showing -- >> sir, donald trump said -- donald trump said -- sir, donald trump said maybe she wasn't allowed to speak. >> yeah. at the same time, you can assume that the state of the islamic countries right now, most of the countries, the women are very oppress oppressed, they are not allowed to talk or even drive or even leave their homes. >> that's just not the case that most muslim countries, women are not allowed to talk. but i want to get wajad in here. what's your reaction to that? >> typical of an orange thin-skinned bully who takes the
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bait and beats up on a gold-star mother who, in her silence, had more dignity, more power, more pas passion than the man currently running for president. i love that there is a supreme brown car mick justice that a muslim pakistani immigrant couple with funny accents and multisyllabic names right now are body slamming donald j. trump left and right and they are the couple reminding all americans, republicans and democrats, about our constitution, about our freedoms, about our values, about our core values that are under threat in a demagogue like donald j. trump is elected. i love it. >> sajid, i want to get your reaction to what the wife wrote in an op-ed to "the washington post." donald trump asked why i did not speak at the democratic convention. he said he would like to hear from me. here's my answer to donald trump because without saying a thing,
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all the world, all america felt my pain. i am a gold-star mother. whoever saw me felt me in their heart. how do you think donald trump should respond to this? he did call their son a hero in a statement his campaign issued. do you want to hear him come out and say that in person? >> two things. first of all, "the washington post," the most liberal newspaper on a national level -- >> this is an opinion piece. >> no, let me finish. >> this is an opinion piece. those were her words, not "the washington post's" words. >> please allow me to finish it. plus at the same time, not in a single times that donald trump has not accepted his sacrifice. he has not. ghazala, nor his mother, and he has said -- and he didn't know her medical conditions. what's the big deal out of it to be honest with you? it's the liberal media trying to -- i think they are scared. they are -- hillary clinton is
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confused. she is nervous because bernie sanders and all these liberals are just so panicked. this is the sign of panic, and that's what is going on. there's not a single time that donald trump has not accepted the sacrifice or not appreciated captain khan's sacrifice. donald trump has repeated it, and they are just making a show out of it like dnc was, like alice in wonderland. they are just living in a fiction. who's going to fight this isis? barack obama? >> so senator jeff sessions -- [ overlapping voices ] >> let me jump in here. senator jeff sessions, a supporter of donald trump, came out this morning on "state of the union, and i want you to respond to what he said in reaction to this as a trump supporter. let's play it. >> i don't think anybody that says that we ought to slow down and be more careful about bringing in immigrants from countries that have terrorist tendencies and can't be vetted
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properly -- i don't believe that that's a person that lacks a soul. in fact, millions of americans, a majority of americans favor that kind of policy with regard to immigration from countries that have histories of terrorism. >> your response to that? >> what a shocking surprise. jeff sessions supports donald trump's anti-muslim, bigoted call to ban 1.6 billion muslims from entering this country. and then the muslims who are here, including sajid by the way, would under go extreme vetting to make sure they were safe and apparently neutered. sajid, i think respectfully you're confused because you were invited to the republican national convention as an american muslim for trump. what happened? his base booed you for simply being an american-muslim. that tells you everything you need to know. donald j. trump -- >> no, you are misinformed. >> 91% of his comments according to politifact --
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>> one at a time. >> can i just finish? look, donald j. trump's opinion of khizr khan is shared by isis. apparently donald j. trump is in good company with extremists. >> sajid, final word. >> yeah, let me tell him, rnc, first of all i wanted to ask him, there was not a single person -- she told me there was one delegate who booed. i didn't listen. >> we saw them. we saw them booing you. >> no. you have to go and revisit it again. plus at the same time, that was my sole purpose to go there and show that all of american-muslims, they are not terrorists. i wanted to portray a picture of it, a muslim american who is in love with this country, who is not jihadi and who want to fight -- >> leave the dark side. we want you back. we want you back, sajid. >> thank you very much. we'll have you back.
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appreciate it. as we mentioned, khan's comments really the focus of the democratic national convention right now. hillary clinton is responding to it on the campaign trail. here's what she said. >> nothing to do with -- i've never spoken to him. i don't know anything about him. i was in russia. i was in moscow recently and i spoke directly and indirectly with putin, who could not have been nicer. >> obviously that was not hillary clinton. that was donald trump weighing in on the relationship or not a relationship between him and vladimir putin. we're going to dive into all of that straight ahead. stay with us. es creeping up on you. fight back with relief so smooth and fast. tums smoothies starts dissolving the instant it touches your tongue. and neutralizes stomach acid at the source. tum-tum-tum-tum-tums smoothies, only from tums.
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welcome back. you're live in the cnn newsroom, and we are continuing to follow a story that has got the whole political world talking tonight, that's for sure. the parents of a u.s. military officer killed in iraq say donald trump has, quote, sacrificed nothing and no one when it comes to america's wars overseas. today donald trump responded and said they are wrong. listen. >> how would you answer that, father? what sacrifice have you made for the country? >> i think i've made a lot of sacrifices. i've worked very, very hard. i'm created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs. >> those are sacrifices? >> oh, sure. i think they're sacrifices. i think when i can employ thousands and thousands of
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people, take care of their education, take care of so many things, even in the military, i mean, i was very responsible along with a group of people for getting the vietnam memorial built in downtown manhattan which to this day people thank me for. i raised and i have raised millions of dollars for the vets. i'm helping the vets a lot. >> all right. let's bring in our political panel, tara set mire is republican strategist. boris epshteyn is a surrogate. anyw reverend lee daughtry is a clinton supporter. thank you all for being here. tara, to you. it's interesting, you tweeted recently that you're not going to the polls for trump or for clinton. so i should just put that out there. but do you think that this back and forth, this controversy, really moves the needle for any -- for a significant bloc of voters, or does it just make those who are not supporting
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donald trump like him even less, or does this actually flip some republicans away from him? >> i think it remains to be seen. the people who are strongly in the trump side, they're going to stay there. i mean we've seen him make outrageous statements before. this has been going on for a year, and it hasn't really moved the needle. the only time we really saw that was during the judge curiel mexican judge comments back in june where even speaker ryan came out and called it racist. so but i think this is such a missed opportunity tore the trump campaign. donald trump can't help himself. instead of coming out and hammering hillary clinton on her record and what she's done. we just found out 1.2% gdp, the worst growth for an economic recovery, and these are the issues that people really care about is their pockets and their families and the economy. donald trump is picking a fight with a gold-star family. i stand with the khan family, and i applaud them, and i absolutely agree with them
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calling out speaker ryan and mitch mcconnell to repudiate donald trump, which they haven't done. what do we stand for as the republican party if we continue to allow someone like donald trump to make a mockery of the process, of these families, of service, of the constitution? i mean this is unbelievable, and this is part of the reason why people like me will never cast a ballot for donald trump. >> so donald trump came out -- his campaign came out and issued a statement calling humayun khan, the khans' son who died in 2004 in iraq, a hero, making that very clear. he hasn't come out in person and said it. to you, boris, as a trump surrogate, what should your candidate do here? should he come front and center? should he come on the morning shows tomorrow and just say, this man is a hero, war hero skbr, and it should be about him and his service to the country? >> the campaign has made a clear statement. it speaks for donald trump, that donald trump and the whole country is unbelievably thankful to captain khan for his
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sacrifice, for the duty that he served, for his service and to his family. so that is a fact, and we stand behind that 100% as a campaign and representatives of donald trump. so that issue should be put to bed. to tara's point, 14 million republicans voted for donald trump in the primaries, more than ever in the history of the republican party. so that is why the republican party has nominated donald trump, because it's the voice of the people that has brought him there. tara -- >> what do you make of the fact that leadership, that house speaker paul ryan felt on a sunday evening that he should come out, needed to come out with this statement making very clear the party support, his support for this family? >> he did not repudiate donald trump by the way. that was a mischaracterization by tara. >> he came out in defense of this family very clearly. >> what he said is that, again, he said the same thing that donald trump's statement said, is that donald trump and the campaign are unbelievably thankful and respectful to captain khan for his service and to the family for that sacrifice. everything else is pl-- we shou
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be talking about how we're going to keep americans safe. >> reverend, as a clinton supporter, as ceo of the democratic national convention, a, i'm interested in whether you knew the extent to which khizr khan would go after donald trump when he took the stage and if you expected this -- i mean he wasn't even in prime time as ryan lizza pointed out. if you expected this buildup after it as a result of his remarks. >> well, we certainly did not expect this buildup. i mean who would think that anyone would attack the family, a gold-star of a fallen american hero who died in service to his country? we believed and the reason we brought the khan family on was to talk about their experiences, the experiences of their son, and the fact that donald trump has made their religion a point of -- an issue during this campaign. it's really beyond the pale that this has even become this sort of brouhaha. and i would think that he went
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on twitter to make these statements, he would go back on twitter to repudiate them or correct him skpself and apologio this family. he has completely ignored their pain and sacrifice. this mother who cannot even look at a picture of her son. he should use the same forum he started with to acknowledge their pain and sacrifice. >> as a dnc platform committee member, i wonder what you think the best response is long-term here from the clinton campaign. she's talked about it on the trail today, but you also walk that line between, you know, what's respectful of this family in terms of putting them so in the spotlight. they've come out and spoken publicly on the shows, but i wonder how much you think that hillary and her campaign should focus on this. >> i think what's important to keep in mind here -- and excuse my voice -- is that she has made the right statement so far about the khan family, respecting a fallen soldier, respecting a muslim family.
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has come out onstage and spoken on behalf of their son -- >> there is a risk of politicizing it too much and capitalizing too much on it. >> i agreed. i think if there were some sort of political argument to make, it would be that donald trump does have his own drip, drip, drip effect. this time he's not running against 17 people. he's running against one person, one person who was secretary of state, one person who respects the muslim community. not respecting the muslim community is a national security issue. when you said you wanted to focus on national security, this is exactly what you should be focusing on. when you start to ostracize the muslim community and your own soldiers, that puts you in a position of weakness. if hillary clinton wants to reinforce the message she's the strongest person in this race when it comes to national security, that is it, without politicizing it. >> thank you very much. reverend, thank you as well. and, tara, as always. coming up next, we're going to dive into this. lingering questions about trump's ties or no ties to russia. what is it?
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donald trump today pronouncing that russian president vladimir putin will not make any move into ukraine. he said that in an interview with abc's george stephanopoulos, who quickly reminded trump that putin has already invaded ukraine and seized the crimean peninsula. >> i have my own ideas. he's not going to go into ukraine. you can mark it down. you can put it down. >> he's already there, isn't he? >> he's there in a certain way, but i'm not there yet with obama there. and frankly that whole part of the world is a mess under obama. with all the strength that you're talking about and all of
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the power of nato and all of this, in the meantime, he's going -- he takes crimea. he's sort of, i mean -- >> you said he might recognize that. >>. i'm going to take a look at it. the people of crimea, from what i've heard, would rather be with russia than where they were. >> this comes as questions persist over exactly what trump's relationship is with the russian president, vladimir putin, and frankly whether the two of them have ever even met. trump insists they have no relationship. >> what exactly is your relationship with vladimir putin? >> i have no relationship with putin. i have no relationship with putin. >> if you have no relationship with putin, why did you say in 2013, di do have a relationship. in 2014 -- >> because he has said nice things about me over the years. i remember he said something many years ago, he said something very nice about me. i said something good about him when larry king was on. this was a long time ago. >> yeah, you said for three years, 13, 14, and 15, that did you have a relationship with him. >> no. look, what do you call a
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relationship? i mean he treats me -- >> i'm asking you. >> -- with great respect. i have no relationship with putin. i don't think i've ever met him. >> you would know it if you did, wouldn't you? >> i think so. >> let's bring in cnn political analyst and washington post columnist josh rogin. thank you, sir. you have been front and center on this story. you've written extensively about it. let's just remind our viewers the significance of this when it comes to the shift in the republican party platform and what happened at the rnc. >> sure. as i reported first in "the washington post," during the platform committee, an amendment was offered to give -- to support lethal arms for ukraine as it fights an ongoing russian intervention. and the trump staffer in the room intervened in that process and negotiated out the language that would have provided ukraine with lethal defensive weapons and changed it to appropriate assistance. it was the one thing that the
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trump campaign really fought about in the national security part of the platform, and it worked, and they got their way. now the gop platform does not support arming ukraine, which is exactly the position that trump has espoused publicly even though today paul manafort denied -- >> right. so chuck todd asked manafort about this a few times on "meet the press" this morning, and manafort said he and the entire campaign had nothing to do with that. >> yeah, i mean it's just -- i mean it's a lie. there's no real other word to say. you know, i spoke to three people in the room, two of whom were on the record, plus it's very odd that they would even deny it considering the fact that this is the public position of donald trump and of paul manafort. it's what they agree, and it's what they've been saying. in other words, they have this position that the united states shouldn't be militarily involved in ukraine. it's what they've been saying the whole campaign. why he would deny it after it's already been reported and acknowledged to me privately by trump's staffers is a total
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mystery actually. >> let's talk about big picture here when it comes to crimea, which has been annexed, seized, call it what you want by the russians. the united nations general assembly when they had a vote on this, voted 100-11, calling on countries not to recognize crimea as part of russia. donald trump has said in interviews like with stephanopoulos this morning and other interviews that he would, quote, look at it, look at potentially recognizing crimea as russian. the significance of that coming from the party's candidate? >> i mean he's contradicting not only long-standing u.s. policy that borders should not be changed with military interventions, especially in europe -- that's been u.s. policy going back to world war ii, also the policy of all of our allies. it just so happens he's trumpeting what is essentially a russian propaganda line which is the people of crimea supported the russian takeover of their peninsula and would prefer not
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to be in the ukraine. there were elections. the elections were held at the point of a gun. no one could claim those were free and fair elections. this sort of reinforces the sort of russian version of events, which doesn't comfort with reality. he said there are no russian troops in ukraine. there are russian troops not only in crimea but -- it's well documented. we have two issues. trump seems to be getting his facts from the russian propaganda machine, which is troubling by itself. then there's the other shoe, which is that he generally believes that u.s. policy in that region should be oriented towards a more russian perspective, and that's a fine position to take. it just happens not to be the position of his party or the democratic party or the administration or our allies. >> jeff roggin, something tells me this is not the end of this discussion and you'll keep pressing hard on it. we'll have you back. thank you very much. coming up, have you heard about the debate over the debate? yep, coming up, the nfl calls a personal foul on donald trump.
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welcome back. in a heated election cycle, it should come as no surprise that there is now a debate over the debate. that's right. the trump campaign is complaining that two of the three presidential debates take place on the same night as televised nfl games. the first one is september 26th. that coincides with monday night football. the second one on october 9th coincides with a sunday game. we should note two nfl games also aired on the same nights as debates back in 2012. listen to what trump said this morning on abc. >> well, i'll tell you what i don't like. it's against two nfl games. i got a letter from the new hampshire saying this is ridiculous. the nfl doesn't want to go against the debates. >> all right.
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the nfl spokesperson, brian mccarthy, has come out and said that no such letter was ever sent to trump. he tweeted this. well, we'd obviously wish the debate commission could find another date, we did not send a letter to donald trump. so who better to talk to about this than this guy, cnn senior media correspondent, host of reliable sources, brian stelter. when you first started reporting this yesterday, i mean there was so much buzz about it, and it continues because trump said the nfl sent me a letter. they're saying they didn't. >> right, right. now the trump campaign says actually it wasn't a letter. it was a phone call from a source close to the league who told trump about this scheduling conflict. this conflict was obvious, though, about a year ago when the commission set the dates. it's really hard to schedule four presidential and vice presidentle debates. >> it's bipartisan. >> they decided this a year ago before we knew who the candidates would be. >> the trump campaign is right that there are two nfl games tlmp have been lots of nfl games
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scheduled in the past as well. i just checked with the league. he says no new comment today. there's no chance we're going to see a game rescheduled. the commission came out this afternoon and said we've been doing this for years. it's very hard to schedule these debates. we're doing the best we can, and we've never moved a debate before. so it's unlikely they would do it now. but the trump campaign told me today they are going to try to get these dates changed. so we'll see. >> to be clear, the nfl did not send a letter to donald trump? >> that's right. that's right. no letter. >> even the campaign admits that now. ? >> that's right. >> you interviewed cnn from the campaign this morning. >> the senior communications adviser, and he focused on the idea that these are highly rated football games, which they are. i do think in 2016, especially compared to 2012 or 2008 or 2004, there's more ways than ever to watch both. i woke up every morning after the convention and rewatched some of the speeches right on my phone, right on youtube. people have so many options now for how to consume both sports and news -- >> you're not encouraging people
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not to fully listen to the presidential candidates, are you? >> listen, that's another argument here entirely which is forget about football for the night and tune into democracy. >> for the push back, why not put the debate on a completely different night? and i know there are a thousand games. >> for example, the commission likes to have different debates on different nights of the week so if you work on monday night during monday night football, that way you can see a debate on tuesday. they try to avoid religious holidays, other conflicts that are kind of esoteric. they try really hard to spread these out, but the trump campaign i think understandably does not want these to happen on the same day as football games, especially given trump's audience. you think about some of his big ef supporters, middle aged white guys, people like me or my dad who always watch football, and are going to be unwilling maybe to turn the channel to the debates. i have three tvs at home so i can watch all at the same time.
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>> still, though, when you look at this, we're seven weeks away from the first debate. >> that's right. >> is this going to go on for seven weeks? when are we going to get some resolution? >> this is where it gets interesting. the behind the scenes negotiations have kind of oh officially started now. this happens every four years between the campaigns and the commission. they try to haggle over everything, even the air-conditioning in the room. we haven't heard about the moderators yet, about the topics yet. there's a lot for the campaign to negotiation with the commission, and i think what we're seeing this weekend is the trump campaign starting that negotiation process. what's different about the trump campaign though is they're doing it in public. normally this happens privately. the clinton campaign will have a lot of things to haggle about privately, but the trump campaign is doing it in public. >> this gives you more to talk about on your show, reliable sources. coming up next live in the cnn newsroom, the clinton bus tour steps on the gas. 100 days to go until the election. clinton speaking out against donald trump while campaigning in a battleground state of ohio, a must-win there. we'll bring it to you next.
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welcome back. the clinton kaine rust belt tour wrapped up its campaign stops today in columbus, ohio. brianna keilar traveling with the bus, and she shows us how hillary clinton is weighing in now on this ongoing feud between trump and khizr khan. >> reporter: poppy, hillary clinton's approach to the khizr khan, donald trump controversy really seemed to evolve over the last day. during her first stop yesterday in pennsylvania, there was a line in her teleprompter and she skipped over it. it wasn't until last night at about 11:00 p.m. that she even mentioned it and even this it was a passing reference. fast forward to this morning. she went to church. she talked about it. when she talked to reporters, and she had some pretty sharp words. >> he called mexicans rapists and criminals.
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he said a federal judge was unqualified because he had mexican heritage, someone born in the neighboring state of indiana. he's called women pigs. he's mocked a reporter with a disability. >> ridiculed a p.o.w. >> that's right. >> john mccain. >> any one of those things is so offensive. and then to launch an attack as he did on captain khan's mother, a gold-star mother who stood there on that stage with her husband, honoring the sacrifice of their son, and who has in the days since spoken out about the overwhelming emotion that any mother would feel as her son was being honored. and then to have trump do what he did, i don't know where the
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bottom is. >> there seemed to be a receipt sense yesterday for clinton to wade in and perhaps make this even more political than it's become. but what may have changed the calculus between last night and today were a couple of things. donald trump's reaction that the campaign views that statement that was put out, the campaign viewing it as donald trump sort of continuing to dig a hole on this issue. and then ohio governor john kasich condemning these things that donald trump has said. the clinton campaign actually re-tweeting what kasich had said, hoping that it will play well for those she is hoping to court here in ohio, poppy. >> brianna, thank you on the campaign trail there with clinton and kaine. coming up next, five days -- five days -- until rio. with the olympics right around the corner, our nation is taking extra steps to protect its athletes from zika. uniforms treated with mosquito repellent. we'll explain. our sanjay gupta joins us live next.
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welcome back live in the "cnn newsroom." in just five days, the summer olympic games begin in rio. the zika virus is a major concern weighing on the minds of the athletes and visitors as well. they will be wearing uniforms specifically designed to help protect them from mosquitos that might be carrying the zika virus. our paula hancocks reports. >> reporter: the national flag, the team logo and enkucouraging
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messages sewn into the lining. there's something else that makes this outfit unique. it is apparently zika resistant. but aside from the long sleeves and the long trousers keeping skin off limits to mosquitos, the rest remains a bit of a mystery. the zika resistant parts of this you know perform uniform is top secret. they're shipped off to an unknown company and they're coated. we are not allowed to film that part. we're told it works. no lab results or footage available. the designer says she was going for protection and comfort and something truly korean. i wanted our athletes to look classy and stylish, she says, as they're on a global stage. next, i wanted it to be in the unique korean style. lastly, it had to be fashionable
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and comfortable. so far, no athlete has dropped out because of the zika virus, but insect repellant and mosquito nets are being prepared. as a result, leaving nothing exposed for the mosquitos to bite. paula hancocks. >> let's bring in dr. sanjay gupta. you were in salvador when we spoke with you last night. you're in rio where these games are held, opening in five days. so many headaches pour them, a lot of talk about whether the construction is done, are they ready, but zika is front and center as a concern. is the media making more of it than the people feel? or do you get the accesense on ground that mare there is a maj concern. >> reporter: you can understand the fear with something like this. it's a relatively new virus, and it has association with these birth defects in babies.
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have be said that, i think there's a couple things to keep in mind. first of all, the weather's cooler now than it was several months ago. it's their winter, and you have fewer mosquitos. and if you look at the studies, there was a stud thry that came of the university of cambridge. you're going to have some 500,000 tourists. one in five is what they predict. it's just not likely. you can understand if somebody were to get the zika infection if they were pregnant. but for the vast majority of people, i think it's not a concern, and we're not hearing about that concern a lot from the people on the ground here. >> and sanjay, now that the state of florida has identified these four cases of zika from local mosquitos in florida, how does that heighten the concern in the united states, especially as you'll have americans traveling back from brazil to the states.
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and about 80% of those infected with zika are asymptomatic. >> reporter: that's right. if 80% are asymptomatic, they don't know they have the veers -- virus in their system and could be travel beiing around. the type of mosquito exists in many tropical climates. so i think it's a bigger concern there right now given that the weather, the time of the year that mosquitos will actually start being more active, but, i think, you know, in the united states, simple things as i'm learning in salvador, they don't have screens on the windows. they don't have climate control in some of these favelas, the slum-like areas. simple sanitation is a big concern. in many of the areas for example in florida, those aren't as big
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a concern. you have public buildings that have climate control, screens on windows. i don't think it will spread rapidly or widely. we have an idea of how this mosquito's going to behave. and the news is sort of good in that regard. it may get worse than obviously four people now, but i don't think it's something we'll see across the united states. >> which is very good to hear, but sanjay, when you think back to ebola and our discussions then as you covered that, the fact that there weren't vaccines, there wasn't a cure. there wasn't enough readily available. for zika, same issue. fights over funding for getting a vaccine and getting the cure for zika. >> reporter: no doubt. and i think that now that there are locally transmitted cases within the united states that may change the debate around funding. usually when things hit home people tend to be more likely to
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actually start to fund them. but, you know, to be clear. a vaccine for this type of virus is necessary, just like there's a vaccine for the flu. and we're still learning what it does to the body and the birth defects. we don't know all the answers to those questions yet. it does take time. it does take money and resources to be able to study that. but still, i just, my caution in my voice is that, you know, 80% of people will have no or few symptoms. you know, i don't want to suggest otherwise. and even within the united states, because of the way this mosquito behaves, the way it travels not very far, i don't think it's something that travels very far north. it's not to diminish the concerns of people who live in those areas. but what happened here in brazibrazil will happen in the united states. >> thank you, dr. sanjay gupta, he will be there all week
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leading up to the olympic games. coming up next, a pause to remember the sacrifice of so many families in this country. ♪ ♪ for a limited time get some of our best offers of the year at the lexus golden opportunity sales event. this is the pursuit of perfection.
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welcome back. a big focus in the political world today is the feud between donald trump and casir khan. their grief once private is now very public. let's step away from the politics and remember what matters most. those who have served this country and continue to serve. 472,045, that is the number of families listed in the national gold star database. each of those families has lost someone in conflict or in
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support of certain military operations. as the national gold star family registry says, the strength of our nation is our army. the strength of other army is our soldiers. the strength of our soldiers are our families. it is a sacrifice made by so many to keep all of us safe. i'm poppy harlow in new york. goodnight. as a former fbi agent and chairman of the house intelligence committee, i had oversight of all 16 of our nation's intelligence agencies. my name is mike rogers. i had access to classified information gathered by our operatives. people who risked everything for the united states and our families. you don't know their faces or their names. you don't know the real stories from the people who lived the fear and the pressure.

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