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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 president denied that charge
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and calling the process open and transparent. he seemed most anxious to discuss donald trump's recent claim that the presidential election in november could somehow be rigged. listen. >> i don't really 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 across the country, they are the one whos who set ue voting systems and 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
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not democrats in charge of voting booths, that's ridiculous. >> as for that $400 million cash payment, the u.s. made to iran, the president says there was no ransom and no scandal. insisting his administration has been transparent all along. we have cnn's michelle kosinski with the latest. >> reporter: the cash transfer was going to come up. the president sounding annoyed and wanted to put it to rest. >> 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's interesting to me how
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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 already know. he is right. the administration announced this transfer of money back in january. everybody reported on it then. it is 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 and the answers have not been completely clear. was there urgency? did the money need to get there then? and does it bother the president that the timing of this 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. >> donald trump is back on the
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trail and on message at a rally in maine. he focused his attacks on hillary clinton. 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 has made everybody less safe. those 33,000 e-mails are potentially a danger to our country. we're both supposed to be briefed in the not too distant future. i am saying you can't brief her. let's protest. >> so trump did stumble. claims he has seen video of the cash payment made by the u.s. to iran. although his campaign admits that video does not exist. listen to trump. >> you know it was interesting
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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. >> let's bring in greg, the chief strategist and brian stelter. greg, great to see you. we hear trump saying you have seen the picture of the video of the plane. nice plane. the campaign admits there is no such thing. is trump more disciplined and focused on the attack here? are they managing their candidate? >> one day does not make a trend, christine. he sounded a little more presidential in the last day or so. i don't want to get too
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premature this morning. i think people will start talking about the "l" word. landslide. the polls are shocking in the last 48 hours. one by you showing hillary clinton is way ahead. i'm not sure she is ahead by double digits, but it is starting to feel like she is pulling into a substantial lead. one other point. this has real implications for the house and especially the senate. if she wins overwhelmingly, i think the senate will flip back to the democrats. >> we have seen him focusing on hillary clinton and president obama. hillary clinton, she is the founder of isis. the president's approval rating is the highest of his presidency. >> reagan-esque in fact. >> he looks like winston churchill. she is mainly helped by the extraordinary gaffes and miscalculations by trump. >> it is not here as an
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excellent candidate, it is trump's self destruction. >> more of the latter than the former. >> why so many people are choosing against rather than for somebody. you see the polls that have come out. clinton has about seven points ahead of trump. some about 15 points. all of the polls have her outside the margin of error. >> let's bring up the list of polls. we show the battle ground states. you see how far ahead hillary clinton is right now. this is a snapshot. look at that. up 15 points. 9 points. 6 points. >> as always, these matter more than the national polls. we get distracted by the national polls. these battle ground states are where the election is decided. >> brian, we heard trump talk about the possibility of a
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rigged election. i just want to play president obama's response to that. listen here. >> i have never heard somebody complain about being cheated before the game was over. or before the score's even tallied. my suggestion would be, you know, go out there and try to win the election. if mr. trump is up 10 or 15 points on election day and ends up losing, then, you know, maybe he can raise some questions. that doesn't seem to be the case at the moment. >> that is the president's response to the possibility of the rigged election. the polls are what they are. we saw the snapshot. brian, this question to you, this concept of a rigged election that trump is suggesting. >> i think we have to be careful talking about it. it is so pre-poster us.
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we know that donald trump by all the current polls is not ahead. we know that donald trump is a conspiratorial thinker. think five years ago. he was talking about obama's citizensh citizenship. he embraced the birther movement five years ago. that put him on the national stage as a political figure. he needs to be careful talking about his idea of a rigged election. there is nothing to back it up. by talking about it, he might be trying to delegitmize. >> other countries who have questionable elections can say donald trump said that about your system. >> greg. >> here is the most amazing thing. by him saying that, it is an implicit concession he will lose. in this town, everyone already on august 5th is starting to talk about the postmortem.
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who lost the election? paul ryan? ted cruz? already within the republican party, people are conceding they will lose and looking at who they should blame. >> interesting. >> we have 95 days? >> a lot can happen. >> greg, all this drama over donald trump is overshadowing hillary clinton's vulnerabilities. >> i'm sure julian assange will be heard from again. he has more e-mails. the economy looked weak last friday. we get another big number at 8:30 today. there are numbers where she is vulnerable. i think this race has turned in the last week. it will be awfully tough. >> every man for himself. that is what the gop is right now. you say that the inside scoop in the gop is do what you got to do to get reelected in november. >> if you are kelly ayotte in
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new hampshire, you do what you have to do. if you have to throw him under a bus, you'll do it. >> thank you. greg and brian, thank you. thank you for getting up early on friday morning. global markets higher this morning after the bank of england rolled out a stimulus package to offset brexit. brexit is something that the government can kill 250,000 jobs and 50/50 chance of recession. government jobs report here. what can we expect? a forecast of 182,000 jobs added. 4.8% unemployment rate. may added 11,000 jobs and a boom in june. july's prediction is more in line with the average. solid, but weaker than the previous two years when the u.s. regularly added 200,000 jobs each month. is job growth slowing in as the unemployment rate drops and wages are picking up.
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wage grow has been edging up this year. cheap gas and cheap oil has been blamed for 195,000 job cuts since prices started falling in 2014. >> we were talking about vulnerabilities in the clinton campaign. that will definitely play a role. dangerous weather to talk about tearing through the south. what's in store for the weekend? details next. the earth needed to find a new waytury, to keep up with the data from over 30 billion connected devices. just 30 billion? a bold group of researchers and computer scientists in silicon valley, had a breakthrough they called... the machine. it changed computing forever. and it's been part of every new technology for the last 250 years. everything? everything! this year, hewlett packard enterprise will preview the machine and accelerate the future.
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there were also stronger storms out west that created damage. this is coming from phoenix, arizona. strong downbursts are associated with the thunderstorms. thanks to the southwest monsoon that forms across the region. by the way, another chance of storms today. and flash flooding exists across the four corners and as far as nevada as well. as we look to the deep south, temperatures starting to soar with the humidity levels 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 degrees in new york. back to you. >> derek, thank you. they are getting ready for gold in rio. the final countdown to the start of the summer olympics, but the question is are they ready? coy wire has the bleacher report from brazil next.
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welcome back to "early start." i'm george howell. >> i'm christine romans. 30 minutes past the hour. president obama firing back at critics suggesting he paid $400 million in ransom for hostages. he delivered a troubling assessment on the war on isis and he seemed anxious to discuss donald trump's claim that the november election could be rigged. listen. >> i never heard of somebody complain of cheating before the game was over or before the score was tallied. my suggestion would be, you know, go out and try to win the election. if mr. trump is up 10 or 15 points on election day and ends up losing, then, you know, maybe he can raise questions.
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that doesn't seem to be the case at the moment. >> as for the $400 million cash payment the u.s. made to iran, the president said there is no ransom and no scandal. he says the administration has been transparent all along. we get more from michelle kosinski. >> reporter: george and christine, this was a wide ranging press conference. the transfer of that cash to iran was going to come up and 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 and it is interesting to me how this suddenly became a story again. we do not pay ransom for
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hostages. >> reporter: the president didn't tell us anything we didn't already know. he is right. the administration announced the transfer of money back in january. everybody reported on it then. it is just 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. >> interesting when you think of the optics of swiss francs
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loaded on the plane. this was according to the administration and they said this at the time, this is the first in a series of payments to settle an arms dispute that goes back to the '80s. >> as you mentioned, the two had no banking relationship. the optics seem like something from a spy novel. >> the timing is interesting. it is the moment the two different things. that is what is causing the scrutiny. >> it is interesting. important to put that in context. donald trump on the campaign trail and back on message at a rally in maine. he focused his attacks on hillary clinton blasting his democratic rival for what he calls a dangerous and weak position on immigration. listen. >> hillary clinton wants to have them come in by the hundreds of thousands. just remember. this has nothing to do with politics, folks.
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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. >> trump stumbled again claiming he has seen video of the cash payment made by the u.s. to iran although his campaign admits that video does not exist. >> let's bring in greg vallient and host of "reliance sources" brian stelter. gentlemen, nice to see you. let's listen to the sound from donald trump, if we can. the sound where he is saying he has seen this video with the nice plane full of money. listen to it. >> you know, it was interesting because a tape was made, right?
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you saw that with the airplane coming in. nice plane. the airplane coming in. 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. >> greg, what do you make of this? his campaign is saying there is no video. donald trump hasn't seen a video. when he potentially has something he can hammer hillary clinton on, then he gets in the way of it. >> what can you say? he steps on his own lines. this is similar to him saying that muslims were dancing in the streets after 9/11. that he saw it on tv. there's no tape. he makes these outrageous claims. i understand it motivates his supporters and gets them excited. you have to back it up. if you can't back it up, that becomes the story. >> so the question now comes down to judgment for both candidates, frankly.
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the question about is donald trump just making it up as he goes along on the stump and also the question for judgment with hillary clinton and the e-mail situation. president obama talked about the fact that both of these candidates will now receive briefings. let's listen to what he had to say and we can talk about it on the other side. >> if you are the nominee, republican nominee for president, they need to get security briefings so if they were to win, they are not starting from scratch in terms of being prepared for this office. they have been told these are classified briefings. if they want to be president, they have to start accountitinga president. that means being able to receive the briefings and not spread them around. >> again, we're talking about two candidates with the highest disapproval ratings we have seen
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in a political cycle. is the concern with republicans and democrats alike, is it valid for these two candidates, brian? >> you see hillary clinton fact check that she was truthful on her e-mail scandal. and driving story today, a former cia director and veteran. he is out with an op-ed saying donald trump is a poor candidate. he says trump is damaging our security. he is the latest example of the elite establishment support for hillary clinton reacting to what they fear in donald trump about his security credentials or lack the thereof. >> let's look at the polls. a poll is a snapshot. i don't like to get too wound up in polls, especially three months out from election. polls here, greg.
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let's talk about the marist poll, august 1 through 3. well above the margin of error. 48% to 33%. clinton over trump. then you look at pennsylvania, michigan and florida. polls at this stage, again, three months ahead of time. you never saw -- gosh in the last election, i cannot remember mitt romney down that much. >> he was never down more than 9%. >> greg. >> i would say it is still august 5th. i don't believe that 15-point poll. i think that is an outliar. we have to point out to be fair that most polls show by 2 to 1, the american public doesn't trust hillary clinton. she still has vulnerability. she still could lose. here we are at a point where i think she is now the clear favorite. >> you know, we have a short time left here. you talk about the issue of trust and issue of judgment. yesterday, reporters also asked
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the president about whether donald trump could be trusted with the nuclear codes. listen to this exchange. >> 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. >> greg, the president saying it there without really having to say it. >> right. this really will come down to temperament more than anything else. there is still stuff to come. i think the julian assange wikileaks stories will come out in the fall. there are still pot holes for her. if this is an assessment on temperament, that means she is still the favorite. >> greg and brian, thank you. let's get an early start on your money. global markets are higher after
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the bank of england rolled out stimulus package designed to offset brexit. u.s. futures are higher. is the u.s. government making money off student loans? that is something 43 million americans talk about this. now you are hearing it on the campaign trail. is it true? the congressional budget offices estimate says the student loan program could make $1.6 billion this year. but consider it lends about $100 billion each year. it is a small profit on the lending. the other estimate which accounts for risk like defaulting. that estimate says the government would lose $20 billion this year. just really hard to get an accurate gauge. you have to follow the loans over a lifetime to do that. it is hard to know. two things we know. one, under grad loans always lose money. the government taxpayers lose money on under grad loans because of low interest rates.
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welcome back. dangerous weather to tell you about. a tornado ripping through parts of new orleans. look at the video. debris there flying toward that car. the twister touched down on thursday afternoon. it had winds up to 80 miles an hour. the force of the tornado causing the roof of the home you see to cave in. officials say several communities were hit hard by the storm. no word on injuries or deaths.
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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 actually tore the roof off some of the buildings across the region. that is a picture from phoenix, arizona. we have the strong pacific moisture in the four corners region today. that allows for thunderstorms and flash flooding. be on the lookout for that if you are near the four corners and west to nevada. albuquerque to south and west of denver. 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 out and lower the humidity levels. comfortable weekend in terms of
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the humidity into the east coast. the daytime highs will still be warm. back to you. derek, thank you. >> still hot, but cooling down a little bit. >> let's see what is coming up on "new day." poppy harlow joining us. >> good morning. major polls released showing a consistent troubling trend for the trump campaign. we will have the latest numbers for you and the battle ground states. critical. what are they showing in ahead on "new day." you have seen the video of the plane exploding when it landed in dubai. we will speak with two americans on board that plane and how they escaped. you will see the video they shot as 300 people rushed to get off the plane as it quickly filled with smoke. a lot ahead. >> thank you, poppy. talk to you soon. could donald trump's campaign be hurting his business? we will take a look with an early start on your money next.
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coy. >> good morning, george. less than 24 hours from the opening ceremony. you have hundreds of athletes dreaming of the moment for years and not knowing if they will be able to pursue that dream of olympic gold. 389 russian athletes entered the games and nearly 1/3 not able to compete. it sounds bad, but it is as you mentioned, a win of sorts for rush why. the world anti-doping agency blasting russia uncovering the state-doping program. agencies around the world were calling for the blanket ban. 2/3 of the russian athletes still able to compete here in rio. you have the full boxing team from russia. volleyball, judo teams and others all cleared. 20 russian gymnasts competing. including an olympic champ. they will have 40% fewer athletes from the london games. they will be here and all eyes on them no doubt. the opening ceremony is tonight.
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it is going to be hyped. 3 billion people expected to tune in from around the world. it will be like the carnival celebration we all heard of and seen images of in rio, but on a worldwide stage. unforgettable night of music, dancing, passion. start time at 7:00 a.m. eastern. i want to catch you up. nigerian men's soccer team made it to brazil seven hours before the match with japan and they get the win, 5-4. despite the drama, congrats to them. we are looking forward to the opening ceremony in rio. guys. >> coy wire with the sun and beach behind him. i'm with the suit and tie. let's get an early start on your money. global markets higher after the bank of england rolled out a stimulus package designed to offset brexit. brexit will kill 250,000 jobs.
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now a 50/50 chance of recession. right now, u.s. futures higher ahead of the jobs report in two hours. what am i expecting for july? a cnn money survey forecasts 182,000 jobs added. 4.8% unemployment rate. i'll watch wage growth and under employment. tune in at 8:30 a.m. we'll have those live. donald trump's make america great may be bad for business. his casinos and golf courses have less foot traffic. why the decline? the report says trump's properties are overwhelmingly in blue states where consumers are more likely to take issue with his policies and rhetoric. new york city tops the most expensive cities over london. for the past few years, london had topped the list.
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no more. the falling pound after the brexit vote knocked it down to number three. >> interesting. trump claims there could be a rigged election. what does that mean? "new day" picks up coverage right now. >> $400 million in cash flown to iran. i wonder where that money goes. >> we did not pay ransom. >> a tape was made. you saw them. that was given to us by the iranians. >> trump is not qualified to be president. >> we are running against a rigged system. >> all eyes on rio. >> 10,000 athletes ready to compete. >> part of the legacy. now we need to do everything we can to continue that legacy. >> the opening ceremony just hours away. >> this has to be one of the coolest things i've ever done. >> this is "new day" with chris
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>> good morning, everyone. welcome to your "new day." it's friday, august 5th. chris and alisyn are off today. i'm john berman here with poppy harlow. first, president obama unloading on donald trump anew. donald trump, he believes, is unfit to hold the nation's highest office. the president dismissed trump's claim that the november election will be rigged. the president called that ridiculous. >> the president also facing tough questions about whether or not that $400 million payment to iran was indeed ransom in exchange for those four u.s. prisoners. this as trump repeats and repeats a false claim about actually seeing a video of that cash transfer in tehran without any evidence of it actually existing. we begin our coverage this morning with phil mattingly. he's doubling down, tripling down on that video. >> yeah, no question about it. first and foremost, this has really been the week that barack obama, the president of the united states, has dropped all pretense about his true feelings when it comes to donald trump. and that was on

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