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president obama pulling no punches. his final media event of the summer and he is talking donald trump and isis and his response on trump's claim the election is rigged. donald trump looking to get back in the driver's seat. another questionable accusation has critics pouncing. christine, i'm excited. the games of the xxxi olmpiad.
cnn is live in rio. welcome to "early start." i'm george howell. >> i'm christine romans. let's begin with president obama taking one last parting shot at donald trump before taking off on summer vacation. in a news conference, the president delivered a troubling assessment on isis and shot down the allegations that the u.s. paid $400 million to iran for four hostages. he spoke about the claims that the election is rigged. >> i don't know where to start on answering this question. of course the elections will not be rigged. what does that mean? the federal government doesn't run the election process. states and cities and communities all across the country, they're the ones who set up the voting systems and voting booths. if mr. trump is suggesting there
is a conspiracy theory that is being propagated across the country including in places like texas where typically it's not democrats in charge of voting booths, that's ridiculous. >> now that $400 million cash payment the u.s. made to iran, the president says there was no ransom and no scandal there. he says his administration has been transparent all along on that. we have more from michelle kosinski. >> reporter: george and christine, this is a wide ranging press conference. the transfer of that cash to iran was going to come up. the president sounding annoyed. clearly wanted to put it to rest. listen. >> we announced these payments in january. many months ago.
there wasn't a secret. we announced them. to all of you. josh did a briefing on them. this wasn't some nefarious deal. we were completely open with everybody about it. it is interesting to me how suddenly this became a story again. we do not pay ransom for hostages. >> reporter: the president there did not tell us anything we didn't know. the administration announced the transfer of money back in january. everybody reported on it then. the recent release of the details seem to convey a sense of urgency that the plane load of cash had to get to iran just before the prisoners were released. it reminds us of the questions, the answers to which have not been completely clear. was there urgency? did that money need to get there just then? does it bother the president that the timing of this then allowed iran to call it a
ransom? if that money hadn't been there on time, would those prisoners then have been released? that may not be something we ever learn the answer to, george and christine. >> michelle, thank you. the president offering a sobering assessment of the fight against isis. after meeting with the national security council, the president told reporters he will continue the escalation of air strikes of isis in libya. despite driving the terrorists out of several key cities in syria and iraq, the president warns isis is shifting tactics and the group is a significant threat. >> we have to do a better job of disrupting networks and those networks are more active in europe than they are here, but we don't know what we don't know. it's conceivable there are networks here that could be
activated. >> president obama admits isis continues to launch attacks and its ability in 18 different countries. after a week of high profile missteps, donald trump back on message for now. at a rally in maine, he focused his democratic rival for a dangerous and weak position on immigration. >> hillary clinton wants to have them come in by the hundreds of thousands. just remember. this has nothing to do with politics, folks. this has to do with pure raw stupidity. she made everybody less safe. those 33,000 e-mails are potentially a danger to our country. we are both supposed to be briefed in the not too distant future. i'm saying you can't brief her.
let's protest. >> trump getting a lot of attention for the claim he made again now. acclaimed yesterday he has seen video of the cash payment made by the u.s. to iran although his campaign admits the video does not exist. more from jason carroll. >> reporter: george and christine, what we saw out here in portland was a much different version of a donald trump. different from in the past. he was focused on the issues and less name calling and less rhetoric. that could be because of the controversy he is dealing with and he is now trailing in the polls in key states like michigan and pennsylvania. whatever the reason, it seems to be working. more focus on the issues. there was one point, however, when he raised questions about the $400 million payment to iran and continued to paint this false narrative that he talked about before. seeing the video in exchange of money between the united states
and iran. that video does not exist. so no clear understanding in terms of why he continues to repeat that false narrative. for the most part, donald trump staying on point. continuing to attack hillary clinton on a number of issues and it seemed to resonate with many of the people we spoke to here. they say this is the donald trump we need to see going forward. in terms of going forward, later today, he will appear with mike pence. they will be holding a joint rally in wisconsin. house speaker paul ryan's home state as you know. he has not endorsed, trump has not endorsed ryan, for his part, pence has endorsed ryan. for a number of reasons, that rally will be interesting to watch. george and christine. >> jason, thank you. that reminds me of the gaffe many would say about seeing the
visuals of new jersey and celebrating after 9/11. the same thing we're seeing at this rally. he saw a video of a plane going to iran. >> he describes it as a nice plane. the campaign says there is no video. last week, he said the nfl sent him a letter. it is like he is on stage spinning tales. it is an interesting counter point to try to stay on message. >> a fact is a fact. those things don't exist. donald trump and his vp pick mike pence are breaking ranks again. pence supports republican senators mccain and ayotte in their re-election bids although donald trump will not. this is also a moment that happened. an 11-year-old boy put pence on the spot during a rally thursday in north carolina. listen. >> to run and serve as the next vice president of the united states of america and we could not be more honored and humbled.
>> is this your administration? >> sometimes things don't always come out like you mean. donald trump and i are absolutely determined to work together. we have different styles. you might have noticed that. >> pence insisted their difference in style and he and donald trump have the exact same goals and vision. hillary clinton coming under fire for repeating a debunked claim of the fbi. she said the bureau said she was truthful about the private e-mail server and that claim is false. at a rally in vegas, secret service rushing to join her on stage after animal rights activists screen her on stage and demand she take a stronger position for raising and killing
for food. listen. >> keep talking. >> okay. here we are. >> we'll keep talking and apparently these people are here to protest donald trump because trump and his kids have killed a lot of animals. thank you for making that point. >> the animal rights group direct action calling for an end to government subsidy in the meat industry. the same group that disrupted the bernie sanders rally. let's get an early start on your money. global markets mostly higher after the bank of england rolled out a stimulus package to offset brexit. and the monthly jobs report is in four hours. what can we expect for july? a forecast of 182,000 jobs added
with a 4.8% unemployment rate. jobs are volatile. may added 11,000 jobs followed by a boom in june. july's prediction is more in line with the average which is solid, but weaker than the prior two years when the u.s. regularly added 200,000 jobs. is job growth slowing? wages pick up? economists say cheap oil is blamed for 195,000 job cuts since prices started falling in 2014. set your watch four hours and 19 minutes. let's talk about dangerous weather. a situation that we're following and we'll have that coming up. also, hillary clinton under fire for repeating a debunked claim about the fbi. clinton saying the fbi was
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welcome back. 15 minutes past the hour. egypt claims it killed the leader of the isis in the sinai peninsula. nearly four dozen insurgents were killed. the egyptian army is not specifying how they know the isis leader is dead. there has been no response. israel is accused of a charity to cover for hamas funding. the point man for world vision in the gaza strip managed $50 million by creating fake humanitarian projects. world vision is shocked by the allegations and it plans to take appropriate action based on the evidence. a north carolina man in custody accused of trying to get people for isis inspired
attacks. er ik hendricks is linked to the failed attack on the prophet muhammad cartoon contest in texas last year. and dylann roof was on the way to the shower when an inmate attacked him. no weapons were involved in the attack. roof is accused of killing nine african-american parishioners in charleston, south carolina. filing charges of 15 month old twin girls. officers responded to a 911 call in georgia and the girls were emersed in a kid pool with the father trying to revive them. police seized a car at scene and charged the father.
the mayor of stockton, california, now facing charges involving minors. mayor anthony silva arrested at the youth camp he runs for inner city kids. it comes after a year-long fbi investigation. prosecutors allege silva supplied alcohol to the minors and recorded young people playing strip poker in his bedroom at the camp. a tornado ripping through parts of new orleans. you can see debris flying toward this car. the twister touched down wednesday afternoon. half a dozen homes and buildings were damaged. the force caused the roof of this home to cave in. so far, no word of injuries or deaths. let's get the forecast now from meteorologist derek van dam. >> there were seven tornadoes in total on wednesday across the united states. one of which happened to be near the city center of new orleans.
can you believe that? they only average one tornado through the month of august. it happened to be yesterday. there were stronger storms out west that created damage as well. this is from phoenix, arizona. strong down bursts that are associated with the thunderstorms thanks to the southwest monsoon that forms across the region. another chance of stronger storms later today and potential of flash flooding across the four corners especially across nevada. to the deep south, temperatures are starting to soar. especially with the humidity in arkansas and louisiana and alabama and parts of tennessee and kentucky. breaking the 100-degree mark in dallas today. if you are in the nation's capital, 87. 83 in new york. back to you. >> thank you for that. they are ready for gold in rio. the final countdown to the start of the summer olympics is now under way. the question is rio ready? a live report next.
the official start of the 2016 summer olympics in rio just hours away. on the eve of the opening ceremony, the ioc banned 118 russian athletes for doping. it was a victory for russia. we have cnn's christina mcfarlane live in rio this morning. >> reporter: good morning, christine. the shadow that has been cast over the olympics came to some conclusion here on thursday with the final result of the ioc's
report that long awaited report. 217 agents at athletes banned and now russia has less athletes competing than 11 other countries. there is a feeling that any athlete who steps on the podium in rio will have questions asked over credibility. we must say we are in the final build-up to the opening ceremony here in brazil. excitement is building. the organizer calling the opening a somber opening. we can expect 6,000 volunteers in the stadium. we will see a 12-year-old rapper and dancers from 12 schools and supermodel gisele bundchen performing. it has a 1/10 of the budget from
the london games. we hope that the torch which is winding to the maracana will come off without incident. we have seen clashes with protesters and riot police. a couple hours ago, it passed by our live location here. there were thousands of people lining the streets cheering it on. for the first time in the olympic games, it has felt like an olympic moment. >> we'll watch that tonight. thank you for that, christina. we were talking earlier. the venues from up above looks cool. >> when the sun comes up, it will be beautiful there. donald trump, national security and isis and iran. president obama is tackling these topics and more before he heads off for vacation. you don't want to miss what he had to say as "early start" continues.
president obama responding forcefully to donald trump's allegation that the election is rigged. the commander in chief's response and his take on other key issues. and donald trump turning his fire back to hillary clinton as he looks to revive his struggling campaign, but will another debunked allegation prove too much for him to overcome? we will tell you what he said. and they are ready to rumble in rio. the summer olympics getting under way tonight. preview of the opening ceremony and what to expect the next few weeks. live from rio later this hour. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm george howell. it is 4:31 this hour. first up, president obama firing back at critics who suggest he paid a ransom for iran for the release of four american hostages. in a news conference, the president denied that charge calling the entire process open and transparent. he delivered a troubling assessment on the war on isis. he seemed to want to discuss the
claim that trump's claim of the presidential election in november could be rigged. >> i don't know where to start on answering this question. of course the elections will not be rigged. what does that mean? the federal government doesn't run the election process. states and cities and communities all across the country, they are the ones who set up the systems and voting booths. if mr. trump is suggesting that there is a conspiracy theory that is being propagated across the country, including places like texas, where typically it's not democrats who are in charge of voting booths, that's ridiculous. >> now as for that $400 million
cash payment, the u.s. made to iran, the president says there was no ransom and there is no scandal insisting his administration has been transparent all along. we have more from cnn white house correspondent michelle kosinski. >> reporter: this is a wide ranking press conference. the transfer of the cash to iran was going to come up. the president sounding annoyed and wanted to put it to rest. listen. >> we announced the payments in january. many months ago. there wasn't a secret. we announced them to all of you. josh did a briefing on them. this wasn't some nefarious deal. we were completely open with everybody. it is interesting to me how this suddenly became a story again. we do not pay ransom for hostages. >> reporter: the president there didn't tell us anything that we
didn't already know. he is right. the administration announced this transfer of money back in january. everybody reported on it then. it is just the recent release of the details seem to convey maybe a sense of urgency that the plane load of cash had to get to iran just before the prisoners were released. it reminds us of the questions the answers to which have not been completely clear. was there urgency? did that money need to get there just then? does it bother the president that the timing of this then allowed iran to call it a ransom? and if that money hadn't been there on time, would those prisoners then have been released? that may not be something we ever learn the answer to, george and christine. >> thank you for that. after a week of high profile missteps, donald trump is back on the trail and on message at a rally in maine.
blasting his democratic rival for a dangerous and weak position on immigration. >> hillary clinton wants to have them come in by the hundreds of thousands. just remember. this has nothing to do with politics, folks. this is a whole different level. this has to do with pure raw stupidity. she made everybody less safe. those 33,000 e-mails are potengly a dangpoteng potentially a danger to our country. they want to brief us in the near future. you can't brief her. >> acclaimhe claimed again he h the video of the cash payment to iran although his campaign says the video doesn't exist. let's bring in the host of
"sources" brian stelter. let's show you the video. watch. >> you know, it was interesting because a tape was made. you saw that with the airplane coming in. nice plane. the airplane coming in and the money coming off, i guess. right? that was given to us, has to be, by the iranians. you know why the tape was given to us? because they want to embarrass our country. >> brian stelter, what is he talking about? >> i think the people in his campaign are unclear on that. there are people that say donald trump did not see the tape because the tape did not exist. there are other tapes in and out of iran that the time that the americans were released, but to the what he is describing. the democrats are now seizing on this as the latest example of trump playing loose with the facts. tim kaine said i have no idea
what he is talking about. this tape doesn't exist. kaine and clinton will seize on this. >> he will get intelligence briefings that will be sensitive. i think they will portray this as he doesn't have a grasp of what is real and not real. >> a question mark of when he receives intelligence briefings is will he slip up and share something he learned with the general public. will he say something that is classified or say it at a rally or interview? it is a fear that is far fetched, but it is an issue. >> let's take a snapshot of the campaigns. the latest marist poll. showing hillary clinton up 48% ahead of donald trump's 33%. if we can look at the battle ground states. various states. clinton ahead in new hampshire. ahead in pennsylvania. ahead in so many key states here. that's the snapshot of the race
right now. we are looking at donald trump, a candidate who is back on message, but at the same time making the big gaffe like the video that doesn't exist. >> we can view some of the comments, some of the messaging from donald trump as a reaction to the polls. he is saying he is not worried about the polls. that is a change from the primary season. he pointed out how well he was doing in various states. the swing states, it is important to know they are beyond the margin of error. to see national polls with clinton anywhere 9 points to 15 points ahead. that is enormous ground to make up. we are in the post-democratic bounce period. i think the viewers are thinking what about a couple of weeks after the convention period passes? that is what the clinton campaign is saying. they want to tamp down
expectatio expectations. they believe the polls will tighten. >> trying to get him back on message. attacking hillary clinton and attacking president obama. the president has the highest approval ratings in his presidency. >> higher his rating, the better it benefits hillary clinton. >> and "the new york times" the former director of the cia, he voted for democrats. he voted for republicans. he kept his preference for president until now private. he says i used to run the cia. now i'm endorsing hillary clinton. >> one of the quotes in the op-ed, says trump is a threat for our job. he believes hillary clinton is the safer choice to be president. the fact this is a long time government official doesn't identify as democrat or republican. the latest to throw his weight behind clinton.
>> you are a trump supporter. this is the man who sat behind george w. bush on 9/11. he was in the room when osama bin laden was taken out. and isis is a threat today. if you are part of the security establishment, he is running against the people in power. >> this is an opportunity that the trump supporters have not seen before in their lifetimes to reset and start over and light a fire and bring in fresh perspectives. they will bring in morale as another elite reaction to trump. >> in the president's briefing to reporters the other day, one thing that was a critical question is do you trust donald trump with the nuclear codes. let's listen. >> what is your assessment today as you stand here about whether donald trump can be trusted with
america's nuclear weapons? >> just listen to what mr. trump has to say and make your own judgment with respect to how confident you feel about his ability to manage things like our nuclear triad. >> the question of trump's judgment. how does that play with the nuclear codes with trump's steadfast supporters? >> this is the ground the clinton campaign can be on. whether he be trusted. he has repeatedly in the past flirted with the potential of using nuclear weapons. something we have not seen from past presidents, republican or democrats. barack obama is her greatest ally by talking about this. saying to the viewers at home and the journalists at home, don't take my word for it, but
make up your own mind. clever. >> a lot going on this friday morning. brian, come back next hour. time for an early start on your money. global markets higher after the bank of england with a stimulus package to offset brexit. is the government making money off student loans? it is something 43 million americans have heard. is it true? according to the congressional budget office, the federal student loan program could make $1.6 billion this year. it lends about $100 billion each year. it accounts for the risk. it says the government would lose $20 billion this year. the answer is not system. there are two things we know. on under grad loans, the government is losing money.
you can't refinance. unlike other loans, you cannot refinance. that's one thing that people can legitimately complain about. you have heard that so many times. i do radio shows. people call in and they say it is a crime that the government is making money off the back of my student loans. it is not that clear. >> that is good to get the facts. a tornado touches down in the south leaving a path of destruction behind it. the damage report and the weekend forecast ahead. ♪
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specifying how they know the isis leader is dead. there has been no response from the terror group. israel's accusing the head of a charity of siphoning aid to the terror group hamas. the point man for the charity in gaza doctored documents. the world charity is shocked by the allegations and will take appropriate action. in north carolina, a man in federal custody accused of trying to recruit people for isis inspired attacks in the u.s. erick hendricks is arrested. and he is linked to a failed attack in garland, texas last year on the prophet muhammad cartoon contest. dylann roof was beaten by another inmate in the jail on thursday. roof was out of his cell in
protective custody unit and on the way to the shower when an inmate attacked him. they say no weapons were involved. the 22-year-old roof is accused of killing nine at the historic emanuel ame church. police filing charges of 15 month old girls who died in a hot car. officers responded to the 911 call at the home in carrollton, georgia and the girls were emersed in the pool after the father revived them after taking them out of the car. the girls did not survive at the hospital. the police charged the father with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. a sad story. a mayor in stockton, california charged with minors. anthony silva was arrested at a youth camp he runs for kids.
silva supplies alcohol to minors and recorded a group of kids playing strip poker in his bedroom. there is severe weather to tell you about. a tornado ripping through parts of new orleans. you can see debris flying toward the car. that twister touched down thursday afternoon with winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour. at least half a dozen homes and buildings were destroyed. the force of the twister caused the roof of this building to cave in. several communities were hit hard by the storm. so far, no word of injuries or death. a lot to talk about in weather for sure. let's get the latest from meteorologist derek van dam. >> seven tornadoes in total yesterday, george and christine. one of which happened to be in new orleans. just outside of the city center. louisiana only averages one tornado through the month of august. it happened to be yesterday. out west, they had stronger storms that created downburst winds that tore the roof off
some of the buildings across the region. that was a picture taken from phoenix, arizona. we also have the strong pacific moisture streaming in the four corners region today. that allows for thunderstorms and flash flooding. be on the lookout for that in the four corners. elsewhere across the u.s., a cold front will bring thunderstorms on saturday to new york city and the nation's capital. by sunday, we clear things out and lower humidity levels. a comfortable weekends in terms of the humidity into the east coast. although the daytime highs will be warm. back to you. >> thank you, derek. could donald trump's campaign be hurting his business? take a look at that during an early start on your money next.
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the rio olympics hours away from the official start and on the eve of tonight's opening ceremony, the ioc banned 118 russian athletes from competing because of doping. the committee's ruling was actually a victory for the russian team. cnn's christina mcfarlane is live in rio. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, george. the sun is rising on the opening day of the olympic games. the end of the turbulent week for the russian doping crisis. on thursday night, we had confirmation from the international olympic committee that 271 athletes had been cleared to compete here in rio for russia. 118 have been banned and will be sent home. that means russia now have fewer athletes competing in rio than 11 other countries. there is a feeling this is not the end of the story.
there will certainly be questioned asked after any athlete who steps on the podium at the rio games as to credibility. it will be fascinating to see what reception they get at opening ceremony later tonight. speaking of which, the organizers are calling this a somber sensation event that we're looking forward to. here is what we can expect. 6,000 volunteers. a 12-year-old rapper and 12 samba school dancers out on parade. this has 1/10 of the budget of the 2012 games in london. we hope, of course, the olympic torch will continue the journey to the maracana this evening without incident after violent protest in the streets in the past couple days. in the past few hours, the torch passed by our live position here. thousands of people came out to meet it. they were happy. a very important moment for them to see it pass by.
it is beginning to feel like now an olympic event and something we can all look forward to. >> it promises to be an exciting time. christina mcfarlane covering the olympics. thousa thank you. time for an early start. global markets higher after the bank of england rolled out a stimulus package designed to f offset brexit. it will shrink the economy and kill 250,000 jobs and a chance of a recession in england. right now, u.s. futures are higher ahead of the government jobs report. what can we expect from that? a cnn money survey forecasts 182,000 jobs. 4.8% unemployment. tune in at 8:30 eastern. donald trump's campaign to make america great again may be bad for his businesses. trump branded golf courses and hotels and casinos have seen a
clear decline in foot traffic since he entered the presidential race. that is data released from foursquare. traffic was steady year over year prior to the race. the foursquare report says that trump's properties are in blue states. a new york city now tops london as the most expensive cities to live and work. for the past few years, london has topped the list. now it is new york. the falling pound after the brexit vote knocked it to number three. in the top five, hong kong, tokyo and paris. more "early start" right now. >> president obama pulling no
punches. he is talking about donald trump, isis and iran and more on his final media event of the summer. what did he say about trump's claim of a rigged election? donald trump looking to reset his campaign launching new attacks on hillary clinton. he is firing salvos as hillary clinton. another questionable accusation has critics pounding. eyes of the world on rio. the games of the xxxi olympiad just hours away. we will talk about the opening ceremony and beyond. we are live in rio. i guess it is at 8:00 eastern. they will delay it by an hour to curate. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm george howell. first up, the issue over president obama paying iran $400 million for the release of hostages. the