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thank you so much, brianna. great to be with you on this tuesday. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. first up, donald trump is expected to make a stop in milwaukee in the next hour to meet with members of law enforcement there and veterans in that particular community. keep in mind, this is the backdrop of this visit here. racial tensions, violent protests gripping the city after the shooting death of what police say was an armed black man by a black officer. after mr. trump's meeting this afternoon, he will then be holding a rally there later tonight. critics say the meeting is polarizing, inflaming the growing divide between police and the african-american community. others calling it a surprising move politically considering the latest polling. has trump at just 1% approval.
let me say that again. 1% approval among black voters in this country. meantime, hillary clinton. she's facing problems all on her own. she is speaking at a rally in philadelphia. we are learning that any minute now the fbi is expected to accepted congress a copy of the report explaining why it did not recommend charges in the clinton e-mail investigation, why the doj said ultimately there was not enough evidence to pursue and this report will include interview notes taken during the clinton investigation. but first let's begin in milwaukee with my colleague, ana cabrera who is there. beginning with the crime tape behind you. give me more on the backdrop. figuratively speaking and about mr. trump's visit today. >> reporter: first let's talk about what's happening behind me. atf investigators, local arson investigators are on scene here at this bp gas station. this is 1 of 6 buildings that were burned down on saturday night at the really heart of the unrest in a neighborhood just a couple of blocks from where the
shooting took place that seemed to spark the beingainger, outrad emotional overflow in this community. donald trump is not necessarily expected to come to the ground zero, so to speak, of where those protests happening. we are learning he is coming somewhere to this area in the next couple of hours to meet with law enforcement members as some event. the campaign holding pretty close to the vest about what we can expect from that event but we are working to get more information on that. it comes as he has a whole day of events here in wisconsin. started his day in lacrosse. he'll come to milwaukee this afternoon after that meeting with law enforcement, with veterans, he has a couple of other events, a fund-raiser as well as a town hall with fox news in downtown milwaukee before he ends his day at an 8:30 rally in west bend, wisconsin, which is about 45 minutes from here in milwaukee. i had a chance to talk to some of the residents here in this
community that has been so affected and ask them what they thought about donald trump's visit. there was a sense of apathy on their end saying they don't really see how he might be able to make their lives any different. but they would welcome anybody who can help them get on the track of opportunity for the future. >> we'll talk more about that apathy and about how perhaps never too late with my panel here in just a an. a cabrera, thank you. sources telling cnn that roger ailes, recall forrer fox news chief who resigned last month over allegations of sexual harassment, is helping donald trump with debate preparation. let's go straight to dylan buyers who has the scoop. our senior media and politics reporter. tell me exactly what your sources are telling you and what you are also hearing from the trump campaign.
>> sure. there is no formal role or formal title for roger ailes in terms of how he is helping or advising donald trump as the presidential debates approach late next month. what we do know is the two of them are long time friends and they speak frequently. we've learned from one of our sources that one of the things that's come up during one of their many conversations is how of course donald trump will handle hillary clinton on the debate stage, what sort of tact he should take. roger ailes and donald trump have spoken frequently so this is not the only thing that they talk about. roger ailes is an expert political media strategist going back to advising richard nixon, ronald reagan, george h.w. bush. this is really his bread and butter. in that regard for donald trump especially at a time when donald trump is lagging in the polls and facing a worst case scenario come november his advice here is truly invaluable. they've had these conversations, they've had these discussions but it stopped short of a formal row. meanwhile donald trump's
campaign has issued a full-throated denial saying he has no formal or informal role. is he not vidz iadvising, he's helping. according to our course, we know that isn't the case. he is indeed helping donald trump prepare for these formal debates. >> helping, not a formal role. let me bring in my panel, jackie kucinich, eugene scott is here today, david catanese, and also with us on the clinton e-mails and what's been given to congress today, evan perez, our justice correspondent. david, begin with you on this notion that even broadly talking about mr. ailes giving mr. trump some help when it comes to these upcoming debates. is that like the pr move ever or
is that brilliant given roger ailes' political chops? >> look, i don't think it is the best pr move right now for donald trump given the cloud that is hanging over roger ailes. but this is plausible denightability. he can say he is talking to him but not getting formal or informal advice. right? they can have this sort of both ways. trump has been out there and called ailes a friend in the midst when that story was breaking, in the midst of controversy, he stood by him. he has said that he's had a long-time relationship to him. we know that trump -- just from my own reporting, we know that trump goes to ulterior sources to talk about his campaign. he goes outside and talks to a lot of people that he's had relationships with. but for a guy who is underwater with his own party, underwater with every demographic group, women, minorities, the -- this news i don't think is helpful to him in the short term or the long term, no matter how
brilliant a piece of advice is that ailes could dispose. >> this doesn't seem like a terribly good move. yes, he has a lot of experience, but so do a lot of people that don't have this scandal hanging over their heads. donald trump has defended roger ailes throughout this scandal so it is not necessarily surprising that he would bring him in. >> they go way back, with rudy giuliani and his failed bid in the late '80s. so they've been in communication, who knows how long though. >> no. that's absolutely true and they've probably been talking for quite a while. but again, formal/informal, there is no real difference there. maybe he's not on the payroll but having roger ailes associated with his campaign considering the problems he's having with women, donald trump, women aren't flocking to donald trump's campaign right now. having roger ailes sort of as a presence there can't help with those numbers. >> yeah. i think something we see both with donald trump and with hillary clinton is that they both have a high view of loyalty. if you are good to them and faithful to them they will stand
by you, probably sometimes their critics say beyond when they should. this could be an example of it. for someone who's having the trouble that he's having with women voters, this is perhaps not the best look considering can the options. >> you mentioned women voters. pivot to milwaukee. david, if you read this "new york times" piece, it talks about there is like a 1% approval with -- 1% of the black vote in this country. nbc news/"wall street journal"/marist. 1%. "times" points out in the last year he hasn't been to a single event aimed at black communities, hasn't been to historical black churches, colleges, barber shops, salons, you name it. what can he, what does he say given the back droup of milwaukee to help start? >> well, this could be a presidential moment for donald trump if he is able to grasp it, to go in there and sort of be a healer, for once. not inflame the tensions already on the ground that the visuals
are there are again horrible. look, regardless of the facts in this particular case, this doesn't look like the same incidents that we had in ferguson or other areas. trump is probably going to go back to his law and order pitch which is a pitch, frankly, to white male voters. the question is does he surprise us in this meeting. does he try to elevate the debate. does he try to acknowledge the pain and in the african-american community with these events, but also praise police and law enforcement. does he have that ability for uniting a community in a time of strife. we haven't seen that from him. we've seen more often than not him try to inflame the situation. i just don't think that is smart -- it's not good for the country, and it is also not smart politically. >> let's talk about hillary clinton. to do that first, evan perez, to you on your reporting today on what congress has been handed,
this investigative material from the fbi on a case that was then found not enough evidence. what's the news today? >> well, brooke, it's kind of like ground hog day with this investigation. right? the fbi had concluded that it wouldn't bring any charges. in its testimony last month in front of congress, director james comey of the fbi was asked if he would provide some of the investigative material to members of congress who want to see exactly how the fbi came to make the decision that there were no charges to be brought in this case. so that's exactly what's happening. i got to tell you though, i've done this for a long time, covered the fbi. this is almost without precedent. the idea that an investigation in which you don't bring any charges -- typically the fbi would never turn over that type of material, especially if it is a politically charged investigation, an investigation that really could affect the outcome of this election but obviously this is not a normal investigation that has happened here.
and so what we expect to happen in the next, frankly, probably right as we speak that report is being sent over to members of congress. it is going to be provided in a classified format. they'll have to go read it in a basically a secure room so they can see exactly how the fbi came to its decision including the 302s, the notes that the fbi took from their 3 1/2 hour interview with hillary clinton and all of her aides. >> so the politics then of this, eugene and jackie, now we know this is classified. he have been just said this is classified. yet we've just heard now that hillary clinton and her campaign, they want this material made public. i don't know if there is any chance in -- you know where -- that that would ever, ever happen since this is material coming from the fbi. what do you think? >> i think one thing critics are going to harp on is that the clinton campaign seems to be very selective when they want to be transparency and with what they want to be transparency. there have been calls for her to release speeches, and to release -- >> that she's cherry-picking.
>> -- that she's cherry-picking. while she may want this release, some may be glad to see she is willing to be more open but others will say there are other things that you have not commented on at all. >> you agree? >> the clinton campaign doesn't want this drip, drip, drip with these e-mails. even though the public is sick of it, we'll see what leaks out of it honestly. because if something is in there that may draw pause or the republicans can have some kind of political -- >> political red meat? >> yeah. you can imagine they'll make hay of it. >> i was just handed this piece of paper. love always getting lots of news here, 24/7. donald trump will receive his first classified intelligence briefing tomorrow in new york. that's two sources telling cnn, which is, david, par for the course. we've talked to other people who have been part of these briefings. it is not like he's receiving any sort of mega classified state secrets, correct? it's just bits and pieces of what exactly?
>> well, it's bits and pieces of intelligence that's being collected at high levels. i think this is what committee chairman of the united states senate get. the question is can he keep his mouth shut about it coming out of there. because again, it is a question -- it will be a question of presidential temperament. is he briefed on something that he feels like he will then go at a rally and use as against hillary clinton or the obama administration rather than taking the information to try to form a policy. i think that's the big question for this trump briefing. it is not really what he gets in private. we probably should never find out what he gets. the question is can he keep that concealed and to himself and not release it to the masses. >> he have been, what kind of information will he be getting and how often will he get these briefings? >> it is really just one briefing, brooke. i think it is a little bit -- this story is a bit overblown, frankly. because the type of stuff that they give him is not operational. there's really nothing here that
is going to put operational details of intelligence matters in danger. it's really mostly a primer of the situational awareness of where things stand in the world and so obviously it is valuable to the candidates. it helps them sort of make sure that their messages are in line with u.s. u.s. policy, foreign policy. but he is not going to get the keys to the kingdom. neither will hillary clinton in her briefing when that happens. we expect that that one will follow on shortly after trump's. they want to make sure that they give both candidates the same type of briefing so there is no favori favoritism shown to either side. >> appreciate all of you. a quick note to you -- tomorrow night, don't miss your chance to get to know the green party candidates, jill stein and ajamu baraka.
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strikes today. there is now word from moscow that russia and the u.s. may join forces to end the fighting in that particular part of syria. that is not the day's only major development concerning this five-year-old conflict. russian warplanes bound for syria are now taking off from bases in iran. i have fred pleitken standing by with developments out of berlin, and also retired air force lieutenant colonel rick francona, a military analyst. fred, specifically first on iran, no major power has been allowed to use its territory for a military staging ground since the iranian revolution back in '79. why now? >> well, because the ryan yans really need that russian air power. one of the things we've seen in the past couple of days, past couple of weeks with those rebel advances around aleppo, you've seen that even with iranian forces on ground, with hezbollah forces on ground and the syrian military that is simply wasn't enough to hold the rebels back.
now it seems as though the russians are really upping the ante. these aren't regular jets. those are heavy long-range strategic bombers that the russians are flying there out of iran. one thing that i think you'll see in the next couple days is possibly a real escalation of the russian air campaign not only against isis but also against other rebel groups, some of them actually allied with the u.s. as well. it could even go further than that. the iranians have also announced that there is an understanding between the russians and the iranians that military facilities in iran will be shared by the two sides and the russians have also asked the iranians to fly cruise missiles over their territory to hit targets in syria. looks like it could be a major escalation and also a real alignment between the russians and the iranians. both of them have been supporting bashar al assad but they haven't us a been on the same page as far as how to move conflict forward. >> colonel, first, what do you make of iran's role here?
>> i think this is a smart thing to do. if you are a russian you want to limit the amount of flight time you've got between your base and your targets. this is very similar with what we do with incirlik. it cuts down flight time and more importantly allows you to carry a much larger payload. russians have been able to triple the payloads on those strategic bombers. they've used them in the past in syria but now they are carrying three times the weapon load and they're doing one-third the flight distance. as fred says, they are really upping the ante. cruise missiles are yet an added part of that, we saw earlier on launching missiles out of tfof caspian sea. they are really at a disadvantage in aleppo. i think we will see additional russian power because now you have the prestige of the russians and the syrian government cannot let the rebels take aleppo. >> fred, we know russia's defense minister says that his country may join forces with the
u.s. to end the conflict there. the u.s. state department, they won't confirm that. what are you hearing? what might that entail? >> well, i think it is still a pretty long ways off. i think there are discussions that are going on. i'm not close how they are to actually reaching an agreement. russians certainly seem to think it is closer than the americans actually think that it is. the big issue that the u.s. has of course has with the russian air strikes that are going on in and around the aleppo region is the large number of civilian casualties. a lot of people say they believe the russians are specifically targeting a civilian areas, the russians are denying that but at the same time, those casualties make it so difficult for the u.s. to go into any sort of agreement with the russians and to work together more closely with the russians. there are certain areas where the two countries have the same interests. for instance, fighting organizations like the former al
nusra which was in line with al qaeda, also fighting isis as well. but specifically in aleppo it still seems as though an agreement is pretty far off, at least from the american point of view. >> if it could be fa ar off, i suppose it is possible it could happen. colonel, how would you see that playing out militarily for the u.s.? >> well, for right now we are doing some deconfliction. in other words, we're going to fly here, you can fly there, just so you don't have the same pilots in the same airspace at the same time. but i don't see it going much further than that. fred's right, the united states, especially the defense department, does not want to be seen partnering with the russians. i think it goes much further than just civilian casualties. we see almost what looks like deliberate targeting of these civilian areas, hospitals in particular, bakeries, mosques and schools. >> by the russians. >> it's very problematic for us to be involved with the russians. >> colonel francona, thank you.
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welcome back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. let's talk about the breaking news out of louisiana. just absolute catastrophe there. the deadly flooding sweeping through the state capital of baton rouge. the scenes you see right here, eerily similar to the destruction left behind by hurricane katrina. thus far, at least eight people have died. right now rescuers are still searching the water for any signs of possible survivors. more than 20,000 people have been rescued from those floodwaters. many of their homes gone. nearly two feet of rain has already put the city under water and more could be on the way. the governor of louisiana declaring baton rouge and surrounding cities federal disaster areas. rosa flores is with me now. i've seen you out today in some of those boats. extraordinary pictures. talk to me about the people you've talked to. >> reporter: you know, brooke, the water rose so quickly late
last night that those people, the pictures that you are looking at right now, people living in those homes had to evacuate very quickly. we went with first responders as they knocked door to door checking for people, asking if they were okay, also asking if they needed provisions because some people decided not to evacuate. they decided to stay inside their homes. so these first responders, aside from checking welfare, they also ask if people need food, if they need water. we were on the boat and in one of these areas when we started -- the first responders in the boat that we were in started getting water from other first responders, from national guardsmen that were also distributing water. why? because they were in a tall water truck and we were in boats. we were able to get into some of those areas further in. so we're seeing a lot of that,
first responders going in and distributing supplies for people who don't want to leave because they don't want to leave their homes. we're live right now. this is the command center. this is the actual boat that we were on earlier today. the first responders that we were out with are here. they're actually in these trucks and in this command center rind me. because here's what happens, brooke. the calls come in here if someone needs to be rescued, if someone needs supplies, if they lose power or their cell phone dies all of a sudden. these calls come in here and then they respond. so my team is actually on stand-by. if those calls come in, if a call comes in, then we'd be able to go with them and capture that for our viewers and for the world to see as to what's going on here in louisiana. >> now let me ask you a question for first responders who are passing out supplies and actually are able to check on people, they're not able to go into the homes yet.
do we know when they'll be able to do that, rosa? >> they will be doing that tomorrow. today all they are doing is knocking on doors, asking if people are there. they call their name. but a lot of just neighbors are helping neighbors. a lot of people here in south louisiana have boats. some of these neighbors have been taking their neighbors out to higher ground in their boats. first responders at this time are only going by and checking on people. tomorrow they will be actually knocking on doors and if those people do not respond, they'll be kicking in the door to see if people are still inside, if they're okay. and, unfortunately, also to see if they're not. >> rosa flores, we'll stay in close contact with you. if you get the call, we'll pop you back on tv and share those pictures with the viewers. our thoughts with the folks in baton rouge and beyond. still ahead on cnn, donald trump is expected to make a stop in milwaukee to meet with police
and veterans a couple minutes from now. all of this is the backdrop of the visit in the wake of the shooting over the weekend. we'll take you live to milwaukee for that. and next, did you see the end of the woman's 400 meter final in rio? the runner from the bahamas, who was behind, falls on the finish line so she wins apparently. does that count? we have the ruling next. that's why you drink ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. for the strength and energy to get back to doing... ...what you love. ensure. always be you.
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olympian and heartbreak for an american sprinter. dramatic photo finish happened during the women's 400 meter race. just as allyson felix neears th finish last, until this last-second lunge by the bahamian clinching the gold. the teary-eyed american stun, taking silver. photo finish showing felix lost by half a body length. a devastated felix lay on the track for 20 minutes. >> it was tough. i was just trying to dig deep and find another gear. >> the emotion of not coming here and getting what you wanted, how are you dealing with that? >> it's going to be tough. you know? i'm just going to try to pick myself up. >> so with me to discuss that is cnn's sports analyst, christine brennan. we'll get to that in just a second but we have some news just in. let me wave my arms, spoiler
alert. mute me if you don't want to hear about this. don't turn the channel. hit mute. spoiler alert involving women's gymnastics. simone biles has won the women's gymnastics floor exercise. she got the gold at the olympics. four career gonzalez. this is a tough cookie. >> she came back from the disappointment of the balance beam yesterday. if anyone doubted how strong this woman is as an athlete, her brain, her mind, all the talent, the body, everything, she had to throw it back in to today and she won the gold medal in the floor exercise, one of her key events. this means simone biles, the 19-year-old, has won four gold medals at these olympic games. that's history. first american to ever win four golds in a sing olympics. she joins only three other women from other countries in winning four golds in an olympic games. a master full performance and a terrific ending for simone
biles. >> outstanding. love her. she's got some sass. but let's talk about that photo finish. throw that picture back up on the screen. my question is, how is that legal to dive, thus win? >> first of all, we're not sure that she meant to dive. track and field, history of track and field is littered with stories of at least who stumble, trip, fall, get back up, literally crawl across the finish line. that is obviously not something you want to do. than means you are usually out of the medals if you do that. gail devers, tripped over the last hurdle in 1992 and literally crawled to seventh place. when your torso crosses the finish line. if you look at those pictures, as crazy as it is with arms flailing and whatever, miller's torso, the bahamas woman's torso
crosses the finish line before allyson felix's torso. rest assured, if this were illegal, if this were unfair, if some unjustice hinjustice had b allyson felix would have protested and would have that gold medal today. so you can trust the result as it is for allyson felix. >> she sat there on that track for 20 minutes. can you blame her? christine brennan, thank you so much. simone, go simone. thank you. meantime, back to politics today. all eyes on milwaukee. donald trump is set to attend an event there with members of law enforcement, also some veterans within that community. all of this comes after days of violence and racial tension in the city streets in the wake of that shooting over the weekend. we'll take you live to milwaukee coming up. also ahead cnn learning more about roger ailes, the former head of fox news and what he is doing behind the scenes for the trump campaign to prepare for the upcoming all-important
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just talking to my next guest here. we are live. it is election year. one priority for a number of americans is health care. that's been the priority. jordan thomas at age sf w16 wasa boating accident, lost both of his legs. >> reporter: the family's annual boating trip wen terribly wrong. just hours after these photos were taken, jordan jumped into the ocean to test the waters. >> the wake pushed me behind the boat. i remember just being underneath the boat and hearing the motor go. i knew immediately what had happened. i looked down, my blackfins were all i gone. all i saw was just red everywhere. >> spent a about the of time with jordan and his family back in 2009 telling his story how at age 16 he made had his mission to help kids whose parents just couldn't afford to bri pruy
prosthetics. he started at 16 the jordan foundation. we traveled to capitol hill together as he pounded on the doors, demanding change. he went on to be honored as a cnn hero. i haven't seen this guy in nine years, he just sat down next to me. being honored tonight by the yankees! so good to see you! first of all, we'll get to more of your story. what is a southern boy doing at a yankees game? >> that's a good question. i grew up a braves fan my entire life. now i switched over to the dark side, so to speak. now i am a yankees fan. they heard about the foundation. they just called and said can you send some logos so joe girardi can wear them. i said i'd rather come. >> ice cube came and he brought three. you're rolling deep today. >> we roll deep. >> i saw you in 2000 u9. i remembered we talked to senator corker, your senator in
tennessee. you really cared. you visited the wing in the hospital when you lost your legs in the accident. you saw kids whose parents couldn't afford it and you wanted to do something about it. where have you been since? >> absolutely. i've been all over world. right now i'm absolutely devoting my life to this. i'm committed to this to give kids access because i know what that can do for humanity and fired up. i'm committed to it. >> i was reading something you told me when we were on capitol hill in 2009. again, here we are on the press tis. this is a mega election and health care is a key piece of that. the said at the time it is not a red state issue or blue state issue. it is an ethical issue. >> absolutely. i mean it absolutely is. that's something that there is bipartisan support. children desoev access to quality health care. i don't think anyone can refeet that. prosthetics is a huge component of that. i see that every day in my
foundation. i see the impact. it is such a gift for me to give back to them and see them grow and become happy, productive members of society that are joyful, productive people. if that's not something you can get behind, then i don't know what is. >> when it comes to health care. this was way pre-obamacare when we were in d.c., are you paying close attention to the election and how hillary clinton and donald trump are talking health care? >> yeah, not really. i actually tend to stay away from the election. it is so vitriolic and charged. but it is something that's imperative. it is something that we have to address especially in the amputee community because obviously the insurance industry is why my foundation exists because of the way the industry is. >> my first pair of legs are $24,000 and kids are outgrowing them every 18 to 24 months. imagine the burden on families.
right now is to start to address that. >> beyond the yankees game tonight, you're going global with the jordan thomas foundation. what's the next thing? >> continue to make an impact in the lives of others and continue to do that and blow it up on a global scale. it is not just about the u.s. anymr for me. it is about impact the lives globally. >> final question. i remember when we first met and went out to some area of tennessee. i remember this little boy was showing me off his leg. he was so excited because it was bending. i think it was above the knee. just tell me a story. what's the best thing any young person has ever said to you when they realize you've been able to help them and their family? >> that's tough. just that tim's their hero. that like -- to really allow that and let that sink in for someone to say you're their hero? it is completely reciprocated for me. i feel like i'm the one given the gift to help them and get them through difficult times. we just paid for noah to take
hip-hop dance classes. he's on to big are around better things. >> go, no withah, and go you. since 2009. you look good. jordan thomas foundation if you want more information. back to politics in a couple of minutes. donald trump is set to attend this police event, also with some veterans in milwaukee. also in to cnn the fbi has now turned over a number of documents related to their investigation into then secretary clinton's use of her personal e-mail server. more on that in just a moment. i just wish it had been for a better reason. me, too, but the eulogy that frank's daughter gave was beautiful. i just feel bad knowing they struggled to pay for the funeral, especially without life insurance. i wish they would've let us help. but, it did make me think, though. about what? well, that i could leave you in the same situation. i don't have life insurance, either. if something were to happen to me tomorrow,
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engineer at facebook. he's the company's first. when a billion people are watching viral videos and reading messages that blind users can't see. how does the social network resonate with those who are blind? that is king's job. here is cnn's laurie siegel with more. >> when i first signed up for facebo facebook, trying to get into my account, trying to find my list of things felt like work. >> reporter: king is facebook's first blind engineer. you are helping to bring this experience to so many folks that don't have that ability. what exactly are you doing here that's helping that if. >> i've been working a lot on our messenger product. another thing thattive's been helping with is the system for describing photos to people who are blind. >> reporter: with over a billion users, facebook now has a team focused on building accessibility tools. that team built an empathy lab
to show different ways people use the product. the implications for someone like matt are far reaching. >> the steps that we're taking today and the direction of being able to describe photos to people who are blind by using artificial intelligence, that's baby stuff. it is moving in the direction of a world where nobody's left out. it is like you are telling people who are blind, look, we care about you, we want you to be part of the global community. we want you to -- excuse me -- sorry. we want you to be -- you matter. your life matters. and being connected with other people matters. and we're going to do everything we can to make that possible. we continue on. top of the hour, you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. any minute, donald trump, the man who calls himself a law
and order candidate, is expected to make a stop in milwaukee to attend an event with law enforcement. but it is the backdrop of in entire meeting that's upsetting a lot of people. this city, milwaukee, wisconsin, gripped by racial divisiveness, violent protests after the shooting death of what police say was an armed black man by a black police officer. at least six businesses burned and cars torched. critics say the meeting today is polarizing, inflaming this growing divide between police and the african-american community. others call it a surprising move politically considering the latest polling has mr. trump at just 1% approval among black voters. that's was an nbc news/"wall street journal"/marist poll. we have learned donald trump's first intelligence briefing occurs tomorrow. to our colleague jason carroll in milwaukee, talk to me more
first about this visit with law enforcement and veterans. >> reporter: well, first let me set the stage of where we are. we are actually now in west bend. we're about 40 minutes or so from milwaukee. in terms of this meeting that you are talking about, brooke, this meeting in terms of some of the details had been kept sort of private by the trump campaign. i can tell you that we have reached out to both the milwaukee police department and the milwaukee sheriff's county, county sheriff's department. nothing seems to be officially on the calendar there. in fact just a few moments ago when i spoke to the milwaukee county sheriff's department they said, there is nothing officially on our calendar with trump but that would not prevent our sheriff from doing something on his own. as you know, this man, milwaukee county sheriff, david clark, was -- has been very outspoken in his support of donald trump. he spoke at the rnc. he's been outspoken against the black lives matter movement. this is an african-american law
enforcement official who was solidly on the side of trurl. trump. perhaps he will be one of those people meeting with trump later on this afternoon. in terms of here in the state of wisconsin, lot of ground to make up here in the state, not just with african-americans but with the electorate at large. recent polling, one out just last week shows hillary clinton at 52%. donald trump at 37%. you'll also remember that here in the state of wisconsin, he lost this state during the primary to senator ted cruz. so he really has a lot of ground to make up here. but if he can do it, perhaps he can do it through the law enforcement community. as trump has said many times, he has billed himself as the law enforcement candidate. we'll have to see how that goes over here given what just happened in milwaukee just over the weekend. brooke? >> thank you for setting all of that up, jason. thank you. let me now talk to wisconsin democratic state representative
david bowen. representative bowen, first of all, welcome. thank you for joining me. >> brooke, thank you for having me. >> first just help me, help this country who not as familiar with milwaukee, understand. racial issues. from what i've read, been simmering for a long, long time. >> absolutely. when it comes to seville smith and his friends that live in this neighborhood, they have been impacted by mistreatment. when it comes to them having access to living wage jobs that are growing on the outskirts of this county and surrounding counties, they don't have transportation. they don't have the public infrastructure to get there. when it comes to education, they have not been given the well-funded public education that they deserve. these neighborhoods are dealing with huge deficits from the last recession that negatively
impacted homeowners who tried as hard as they could to keep their homes in this neighborhood but a lot of them fell into foreclosure due to the unregulation and the practices that have allowed the recession to negatively impact their lives and so many other hard working americans to deserved an opportunity. >> i hear you paint this picture, it's been tough for these folks you just described. you add in what happened over the weekend and protests and pieces of the city burning. then you add in the news today. mr. trump will be holding an event -- or part of an event this evening in milwaukee. he's meeting with the officers and the veterans any minute now. but is there anything in your opinion that donald trump can say? he speaks so strongly about supporting law enforcement. to just help your city mend? >> well, this is the problem with donald trump's method.
right? he wants to come here and only engage the law enforcement community and trick them into thinking that they do not have a place in standing up for black lives in this country. in this community. >> why do you think he's tricking them? forgive me for jumping in, but why the word "trick"? >> because he's playing in to the racial fears that have been stereotyped on this community and the people that live here for quite some time. that they are not law abiding, that they are doing things that put the blame on them to be in the situation that they are in. when you look at the statistics, when you look at the numbers, real life situations that they are going through, a lot of them are systemic, a lot of them are dealing with situations when, even when they do everything right, are still getting the short end of the stick. law enforcement has a chance to step up, to treat black communities with respect and dignity, and it should be a
priority for them. it should not be hidden or whispered that accountability is a good thing. it should be loud and proud that our law enforcement entities need to treat these communities with respect and dignity and ensure that when they practice serving the community, that they actually get to know the community that they live in the community, that they are building authentic relationship with the community. those are things that don't happen. they want you to expect that those things should not be expected, as happens with white communities all the time. >> let me just jump in. forgive me. jason carroll, our correspondent, just pointed out as we are watching for trump to meet with these members of law enforcement, watching to see if he meets with the milwaukee county sheriff, david clark, who is this sort of firebrand, who's made controversial comments,
famously outspoken against the administration, famously called black lives matter "black lies." here he is at the convention. >> ladies and gentlemen, i would like to make something very cle clear. blue lives matter in america. >> i bring that up, representative, just to see if he will be present at this meeting. but can you, final question, can you give donald trump any credit -- some credit for coming to your city in such a state of unrest to speak? >> the only credit that i will give trump is coming here to play into the fears that continue to make this situation look like it is the fault of people when it is not the fault of their own. they are dealing with situations where they actually need donald trump and the law enforcement partnership and their empathy at this point to make sure that they actually address the
concerns that they have. what he is coming here to do is to play politics with a situation that is something that should not be happening in the united states of america, a country that is full of people from different backgrounds. whenever you have a situation where you allow individuals in our community, in our country, where their concerns go ignored, where they are supposed to stay silent on the things that affect them and nobody reaches out to help them. it is clearly unfortunate that our politics are not put in the position to actually help people. but it is put in the position to play them. and those on both sides, on the law enforcement side and the community are being played by donald trump. >> i appreciate your voice, state representative david bowen there for us from milwaukee, wisconsin. thank you somebody which are somebo . van jones is with me, cnn political commentator, boris epstein, senior advisor to the trump campaign. gentlemen, welcome.
i'm sure you were both listening to my conversation. boris, to be fair, i want to make sure you can respond. i was jotting notes as i talked to him, referring to tricking law enforcement, mr. trump being there tonight, not speaking to the community. that's a concern among many, that he is playing politics in milwaukee. your response. >> donald trump is going to milwaukee to talk about the issues that face a lot of cities in this country. mostly actually sheriff talked about it, it is the crippling poverty that's facing the inner cities of this country. donald trump's been talking about this for a long time. >> which is what the representative was just outlining. >> of course. donald trump has been at the front lines of wanting to combat that. you heard statements after dallas he talked about it after -- to the shootings in minnesota. >> but will he talk to the communities and not just speaking in supportive police? >> he will be talking to all the folks out there, the folks who are experiencing these lives which neither you or i would want to live, frankly. the awful lives, awful
situations that force people into the desperate moves, desperate decisions you are seeing out there. you look at examples like the city of detroit, strides are being made because of investments by people. that's being done because of re-investment into those cities. donald trump wants that to be an actual situation that happens. something that is a reality in these cities like milwaukee, like detroit, like chicago. and all over this country where the inner cities are struggling to a degree which frankly is being ignored by the mainstream media. i think van will agree with me. >> van jones, jump in. obviously the state representative was giving donald trump no credit for taking time to go to milwaukee. we heard from boris. what do you think looking ahead to him today. >> as is often the case, donald trump's surrogates are better spokespersons often than he is. if donald trump was running a campaign that boris just described he would have 70% black support. unfortunately, though, his surrogates often get it, i have
not heard from donald trump anything except for law and order and sticking up for the police. now i'm from a law enforcement family. nobody wants law and order more than the communities that don't have it. but you have to have a balanced approach. i miss jack kemp. boris said donald trump has been on the front lines. he may have been there rhetorically. but jack kemp, wonderful republican leader, now deceased, he was physically in those communities so he had the moral authority has a white guy, as a republican, to say, listen, i'm going to be tough on you young people, i want you to do better, but i'm going to be tough on the grown people, too. we have to do good by these kids. we lack leadership on these issues and people want to go to one side or another and throw rhetorical bombs at each other. these are very tough issues and i don't think donald trump has yet met that jack kemp or bobby
kennedy standard. >> i have an entire segment dedicated to criticism of mr. trump not going into black churches and historically black colleges and barber shops. that's missing. he has 1% approval rating among african-americans in this country. quick response then i want to move on. >> the response is in his statements you have seen publicly including after the dallas shooting, donald trump has been very specific about what he sees as a resolution to a lot of these issues. the police versus inner cities trouble we are seeing. to resolve the horrible poverty. i think folks all over this country, no matter what party you are of would agree if you resolve the crippling poverty of the inner cities a lot of this tension between police and urban communities will ease. >> let me move on. i promise we'll look back to that. let me ask about roger ailes. because the reporting we have, the ousted fox news chief embroiled in allegations of sexual harassment, just the
beginning. the report we have is that roger ailes has been talking with donald trump about debate preparation and other campaign matters according to sources to us. who picks the spokesperson for trump says this is not accurate, he is not viadvising mr. trump helping with debate prep. they're long-time friends. he has no formal or informal role. but it does sound like like there has been some communication. obviously mr. ailes has excellent political jobs from nixon, '68, to h.w. bush, vice president, and reagan in those debates. the question is, bad pr move? or brilliant? >> it's not a move. right? the premise -- there is no move. they have known each other for a long time. >> they've been in contact. >> how much they are in personal contact i'm not going to speak to. they've known each other for a long time. mr. ailes is neither a formal or informal part. neither formal nor informal. that doesn't leave a lot.
he is not a part of this campaign. >> so they're not having conversations about debate prep because according to our sources they are. >> do those sources want to come on the record? >> would you want him to give him debate prep given his chops? >> that's up to donald trump. but again, mr. ailes is not a part of this campaign, either formally or informally which leaves not a lot of room. he's not a part of the campaign. >> i hear you. i also have our reporting. >> the reporting, there is no one on record. you don't have anyone on the report from the campaign or from the trump organization -- >> i don't know who our sources are but we have some sources. let me just tell you that. sources have said mr. ailes has been talking to donald trump about debate prep. >> brooke, i think it becomes a problem. >> go aheaahead. >> i think it becomes a problem that just compounds his existing problems. obviously the kinds of things that mr. ailes has been accused of are despicable. to be using his position to push women into, you have to have sex with me. people have been pulled off the
air they felt because they wouldn't go along with it. even if this is your friend you might want to say, go get some help. talk to me once you're better. i'm running for president, i don't have time to be playing in the playground with people who are act being the way you are acting. if there is an ongoing relationship here, unless it is trump advising him to get help, it is very disturbing. >> listen, we should be talking about kathleen -- >> let me move on to hillary clinton. i like you, but i'm going to drive this. okay? van, i'm going to you. on hillary clinton, cnn confirms the fbi has turned over a number of documents related to their investigation of former secretary's use of a private e-mail server. house oversight staff currently reviewing the information that's classified secret. no further details at the time. although, forgive me, language matters, hillary clinton's top aides are making it clear that they would like the notes, van,
to be released publicly. but it is classified information. is that just bluster? i got to ask. >> well, it could be. i think for democrats as proud as we are of hillary clinton and what she's been able to do and, frankly, her command over every issue is so extraordinary, this is just a source of continued heartburn and rugburn for this campaign. the reality is she's apologized again and again for judgment. but it was bad judgment. we're now having to pay a cost in the campaign. i'd say it is a strike against hillary clinton that she chose to use that e-mail server. it is a strike against her that she's handled it in this weird way going forward. that's two strikes against her. reality is that donald trump, unfortunately, strikes out every day, multiple times. day after day, week after week. so you're dealing with two candidates that have made some mistakes. donald trump has never apologized for one of his. hillary clinton's made serious set of mistakes here, she's at least apologized. i wish this could go away. it is not going to go away.
congress will probably investigate. we'll probably keep talking about this. nobody regrets it more than hillary clinton that she chose the server, but dad gum it, she did. >> that's exciting. another large issue is the three fbi field offices want to pursue a criminal investigation against the clinton foundation which is also related to these e-mails that are now coming out about things like a convicted -- convicted money launderering with had to pay $60 million to get away with it. the nigerian-lebanese businessman give away a billion on, with a "b," to the clinton global initiative. these are really bad people that have been influencing the clintons for a long time. the clintons are still hiding it. there's 33,000 e-mails. state department erased 100 meetings in your calendar book. the assumption is they were with
clinton foundation donors or people related to the clinton foundation or the clinton global initiative. talk about strikeouts, she's already striking out so much, she shouldn't even be a candidate. she should be in jail. but here we are still talking about it. >> lock her up, lock her up. >> we're not doing that. >> van, you're chanting "lock her up" now, too? >> that's not playing out well for you guys. you guys overshoot the runway every time. she makes some mistakes. she apologized for the mistakes. all democrats made them. but you guys overshoot the runway every time. by the way, i haven't heard any republicans talking about the literally hundreds of thousands of e-mails that dick cheney -- actually millions of e-mails that and those guys cleated off the government servers with no consequence from you guys or from the democrats. >> isndick cheney isn't runningr president. >> my point is simply this. sometimes with these electronic records people do not handle them the way that you and i wish that they would. but you guys make a big deal
with a couple hundred from hillary clinton and you said nothing about millions from dick cheney. it just seems opportunistic. >> to be fair, it was over 60,000 from hillary clinton. >> you just said couple hundred. millions from dick cheney. nothing from you guys. >> still an issue. >> good times. >> boris epstein and van jones, gentlemen, thank you so much. i appreciate it. how many days we have to go? >> 84 days. >> 84 days. it is going to be so much fun. coming up next, a republican senator in a tough re-election fight. she says she will stand up to donald trump but she will also vote for him. can you have it both ways? hear how new hampshire's kelly ayotte says she is walking that fine line. and breaking news. an up-close look at the absolute devastation in baton rouge, louisiana with louisiana, where thousands of people are staying in shelters after floodwaters destroyed their homes. we'll take you there live. this is cnn. ticles to different parts of the screen is so convenient. i draw my notes in class. the pen makes it so much easier.
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in new hampshire, incumbent republican senator kelly ayotte is trying to hang on to her seat while distancing herself from donald trump. ayotte now says she will vote for trump but will not endorse him. critics say she is trying to have it both ways. senior political reporter manu raju joins us live. manu, you spoke with her and you also talked to her democratic oppone opponent, governor hassan. what do they say? >> reporter: this presidential race having a significant down ticking impact here in new hampshire. governor hassan is trying to align herself closely with hillary clinton but also struggling with questions over hillary clinton's honestly and trustworthiness. kelly ayotte is running away from donald trump but at the same time she needs donald trump supporters to come out in november. six years ago new hampshire senator kelly ayotte wrote --
rode an anti-obama wave into office. >> you are saying you support donald trump but you do not endorse him. >> i've actually said that i'm going to be voting for him but i do have significant disagreements with him which i've been very clear on so i won't be endorsing him. so that's my position. >> what's the distinction between endorsing and voting? >> there's actually a big distinction. because everyone gets a vote. i do, too. but an endorsement is one where i'm out campaigning with someone. so while he has my vote, doesn't have my endorsement and i'm going to continue to focus on really my race. >> so you won't be campaigning with donald trump if he comes out here. >> listen, i'll be campaigning in the senate race. >> thanks for volunteering today. that was excellent. >> reporter: she is aggressively campaigning up and down the state, key for saving her seat and helping republicans hang on to the senate majority.
with democrats only needing a handful of senate seats to take back power, they're seizing on trump's growing unpopularity in battleground states like new hampshire where the gop nominee is down 15 points in a recent poll. that has democratic senate candidate maggie hassan linking ayotte to trump. >> she says she's voting for him but she's not going to endorse him. >> i think people should hear that statement for what it is. she is trying to have it both ways. i don't think any elected leader who is supporting donald trump for the presidency should hold office. >> reporter: meantime, ha hand who has served the state's governor since 2013 is eager to align herself with the top of her ticket. >> onward to victory in november. >> reporter: speaking this weekend at a rally in this manchester for clinton's running mate, tim kaine. yet 64% of voters in a recent cnn/orc poll believe clinton is not honest or trustworthy and asked three times, hassan would
not give her opinion. >> you think she is honest and trust worthy? >> i support hillary clinton for the presidency because her experience and her record demonstrate that she is qualified to hold the job. >> you think she's honest? >> she has a critical, critical plan, among others, for making college more affordable. >> but do you think that she's trust worthy? >> i think that she has demonstrated a commitment us a to something beyond herself bigger than herself. >> reporter: after this interview, hassan's campaign clarifying that she does believe clinton is honest. for her part, when asked, ayotte won't say if she trusts trump with his finger on the nuclear button. >> what worries me, what i don't trust is continuing the foreign policy that we've been under, under this administration, and that will be continued by hillary clinton. >> reporter: ayotte has sparred periodically with trump on issues like his call for a muslim travel ban and his fight with the gold star family. so much so that trump recently called ayotte "weak," only to
backtrack and announce his support for her a few days later. >> hey, listen. i call it like i see it. when he criticized me, i just said very clearly, which i'm going to continue to do, whether i have his endorsement or not, it is going to be about calling it like i see it for the people of new hampshire. whether it's my own party or the opposite party. if they're doing something that i don't agree with, that i don't think is right for new hampshire, i'll stand up to them. but i'll also work with them to get things done. >> reporter: and suggesting trump should release his tax returns. >> i think that it is really -- it is in the presidential race, it is better to release them but he's got to make that call. >> is there anything he could do to force you to not vote for him? >> like anyone, you constantly re-evaluate. so i can say that for any position. the election is in november. so of course. >> you can work with secretary clinton if she became president? >> absolutely. i'll work with anyone.
>> reporter: now republicans are leaders are growing increasingly nervous about their chances to keep the senate majority. last week majority leader mitch mcconnell actually called the prospebts diccts dicey for keep majority. mcconnell-linked super pac released an ad campaign in missouri, $1 million ad campaign, to prop up an incumbent, roy blunt of missouri, a sign that the landscape is shifting in no small part because of donald trump. >> great, great job, manu raju. we're also watching louisiana very closely. look at these pictures. 20,000 people have been rescued from this deadly floodwater. lot of them forced to stay in shelters. we'll talk live actually to the red cross about what can be done to help families who have lost everything.
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just past the bottom of the hour. you are watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. donald trump has a big problem when it comes to african-american voters. when you look at polling, it shows him getting barely 1% of the black vote. that was the recent nbc news/"wall street journal"/marist poll. to turn that around, republicans have brought in some heavy hitters. one of them is ashley bell, now the senior strategist and national director of african-american engagement for the republican national committee. also here with me, republican strategist joe watkins, a former white house aide to president george h.w. bush. so welcome to both of you. >> good to see you.
>> thanks, brooke. >> ashley, you have a big job when we're talking 1%. you laugh, but i mean this is a major, major problem. how do you fix it? who are you reaching out to? >> i don't trust the polls but let's just say if they are true, we have nowhere to go but up, right? this is a big country but i'm going to tell you we have a great strategy to engage african-americans where they are. where you'll see the rnc investing resources is in battleground states dealing with historically black colleges for the next generation of thought leaders are there. where there is evangelicals and dealing with black evangelicals in churches or whether it is dealing with black entrepreneurs an dealing with the people who create jobs every day. so we have a strategy. the engagement is under way and i'm proud of this chairman, reince priebus, for doubling down. i can tell you if most people saw that 1%, they'd just quit and walk away. but the rnc didn't. they're doubling down and are going to go after it. >> i appreciate the optimism and the fact that you can go up from
1%. yes. truth. joe, he just laid out all these excellent places to go, black colleges, churches, barber shop, lots of venues where mr. trump, when you read, he atlanta been. it's august. is it too late, joe? >> well, it's going to be very, very hard. ashley well is working very hard, but he works for the republican national convention. that's very, very different than working for trump campaign for president. in every cycle that i've seen where you've had a successful -- at least a competitive candidate for the presidency, that person has had his or her own staff, their own campaign team on ground in all the key battleground states. they've got their own staff people, their own people who are prepared po reach out to the various constituencies in their behalf. this campaign has not yet done so. i know ashley bell will do a great job working for the rnc trying to get their message out but you have to have a message to share with black voters to get black voters to vote with
republicans. that means certainly the candidate at the top of the ticket, as well as the down ballot candidates. so far that hasn't yet happened. >> ashley, what's your best pitch to black voters? >> joe brings up a good point. he is a leader if our pear and someone that's well respected. i definitely look up to him. when i look to pastor am r omar she's running outreach. that is her job. her job is to get out there and beat the bushes. i think she needs to recruit good friends like joe. >> joe hasn't been reached out to. joe, you haven't been reached out to. am i correct? >> that's correct. nobody's called me. >> joe, guess what? we fixed that. you're going to get a call. >> i'm not so much it sha-- reao me is if you are running for president of the united states, talk to me in my community. if you go to milwaukee, talk to me to make sure no more black men or black women for that
matter are killed by police officers. tell me that you care. talk to people in the community that look like me. have people on staff that are paid staff that look like me and not just to reach out to black people. because black people can do more than just reach out to other black people. colin powell was secretary of state. condoleezza rice was secretary of state. i mean susan rice is national security advisor. you've got african-americans in both parties who are able to do more than just reach out to african-americans. but you clearly at the very least have to have people in place who are paid staff, full time, who know what they're doing, who have been at this before, who understand how these campaigns work and who understand what it takes to move numbers from 1% to 2% to 5% in all these key places to get that done. >> final question. i'm glad you brought up milwaukee. because yes, i was just talking to a trump advisor, i said will he be addressing the community, not just police? he said of course we are addressing the economics of the situation. but the piece of the pie is the fact that, does the trump campaign not need to, ashley,
address what seems to be a perception among some law enforcement against communities of color? >> well, milwaukee is a very sad situation, mainly because you had a person lose their life which is always tragic when they don't have a chance to see a jury and be convicted of a jury of their peers. but it is also sad because you had a black officer against another black person. it is not really a racial issue here. there are underlying issues in milwaukee you need to address. unemployment is one of them so you will hear donald trump talk about those things today. but at the end of the day the campaign does not make decisions on the policies. >> ashley well, joe watkins -- joe, we'll see if you get a call after this chat. thanks, gentlemen, so much. i appreciate it. coming up next here, 19 people killed in air strikes in aleppo, syria today. all of this as russia is launching a bombing campaign with jets taking off from inside iran. what this rare move means in the
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>> i got this. i know i can do it. i did it once. i sure can do it again. and i will do it again. for all the families out there, man, i know what you're going through. keep your head up. keep god in your heart and understand you will get through. try not to take it out on each other. >> that raw emotion echoed by thousands in the area after nearly two feet of rain put the city -- you see it -- underwater, and more could be on the way. the governor declaring baton rouge and surrounding communities federal disaster areas. with me now, craig cooper, national spokesman for the red cross. craig, i appreciate you being with me. i saw the water behind you. i have numbers. nearly 9,000 people and as many as 55 shelters. you have seen your own
volunteers run out of the shelters to help people. tell me some of the stories. [ inaudible ] >> craig, craig, forgive me, if you can hear me. i know we are on skype. there is a delay. could you do me a favor and put the phone up to your ear because i am having a tough time with the wind? there you go. forgive me. keep going. i'm listening. >> it's quite all right. so last night we stopped off at a local tv station just to do a quick report to them. just standing there with one of the engineers from the tv station, he had brought his wife to work. he had 7 1/2 feet worth of water in the house. all they were thankful for is that somehow their two cats had managed to squeeze in to the upper six inches of the room, found something to stand on and the cats survived when nothing else did. that's all that mattered to
them. >> my goodness. what with these shelters, craig? are you having overcrowding issues yet? >> absolutely not. we are fortunate enough in this area to work with our emergency partners around the state to make sure we know where we can put shelters, large and small. the state of louisiana in baton rouge have opened up two very large shelters that are hold egg more than a thousand people each. we have several dozen shelters around different parts of the state. even some of those shelters, as the floodwaters have changed in direction and started to rise, by surprise we've had to relocate shelters. but at this point we feel very confident we have the number of buildings we need and now we just to to make sure they are safe enough to occupy. >> you said people are losing everything in a moment. it's like that -- and the floods rise. >> it certainly seems to be the case, brooke. what's happening here is, people
are used to seeing flooding after hurricanes. but what we're hearing from so many people is areas that have flooded this time are areas that haven't flooded ever, or in 30 years in some cases. so people become complacent. they never expect that they're going to be flooded. with the 20, 30 inches of rain that areireas have had, they're literally leaving with the shirts on their backs. >> how can people help you out? >> it is very easy. text the words lafloods to 90999. that will make a $10 doe nation to t to the red cross. call us at 1-800-redcross. we also have an amazing emergency app you can get for your android or i phone right off the typical app store. it is a very useful tool to keep people informed of what's going on. >> craig cooper, incredible job. we are thinking about everyone in baton rouge and the
surrounding area. appreciate your time. now to this. russian fighter jets launching bombing raids from inside of iran. what that says about russia's expanding influence in the region and how the u.s. and russia could be working together. also, he calls himself the law and order candidate. donald trump expected to meet with members of law enforcement right now in milwaukee. this comes after days of violence, protests, racial tension on those city streets. we will take you there coming up.
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clarissa ward has also seen the devastation firsthand. here she was in march as she usested strongest terms possible to describe the suffering. here is part of what she told the u.n. last week. >> what has been killed in syria is trust. there is no trust. no trust in the assad regime. no trust in the russians, and no trust in you, by the way, in us, in the international community that have been ringing their hands on the sidelines while hospitals, bakeries, and schools have been bombed while bombs have killed countless civilians. >> such respect for you, clarissa ward for your words and your praif ri. besides the air strike, iran is
now allowing russia to launch war plains, what do you make of that? >> i think it is one of these things where everybody knew from at least the past few years that the russians and the iranians were coordinating on some level, working together to prop up the dictatorship of bashar al assad. so to see it so clearly now that russia is essentially developing this military relationship with iran, now flying bombing missions out of iran. having fighter jets moving in and out of that country. and there is historical context for the relationship between russia and ian. russia has been working with iran to build a nuclear reactor. certainly this is something new. this is something significant. this shows us the level and the depth and the scope and the
cooperation between those two. it is a response to a massive rebel rebellion against the siege of aleppo. all of the rebel groups came together, islamists or other, they came together, the regime didn't appear to see that coming. this is likely a show of force on behalf of the russians and the irans. it shows that america doesn't have much say. and when they say you have to stop bombing hospitals and schools, it doesn't have the same level of skin in the game that russia and iran does. >> you said it was an