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happening now. general confusion. donald trump says he will give military leaders a month to draft a new strategy against isis after claiming he already had a secret plan. i'm ask lindsey graham for his take on trump's battle plan. taxing questions. trump insists voters don't care about his taxers and he keeps refusing to make his i.r.s. forms public. this hour, a closer look at what we know and don't know about trump's taxes and why he keeps them under wraps. seeing red. hillary clinton wins a key endorsement in one traditionally republican state and makes new gains in another. we'll have more on clinton's electoral bid to change the map.
photos show nuclear sites, they are falling apart. it's a national security nightmare. how did the u.s. government happen? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." donald trump is trying to bolster his image as the potential commander in krechief promising to beef up his military might. there's growing pressure to release his tax returns as his running mate prepares to go public with his i.r.s. forms. trump has said for months he can't release the tax information because he's under audit. now trump is suggesting that he would share his tax returns if hillary clinton agreed to an unlikely deal and released
thousands of her controversial e-mails. another story we're following. new photos reveal extensive damage at america's nuclear sites. a national security risk that the next president will face. the images released by congress shows some decades over facilities. they are leaking and they have rotted. i'll talk about america's security and the presidential race with senator and former president candidate, lindsey graham. our correspondents, analysts and guests will have full coverage of the day's top stories. in a moment we'll go live to philadelphia where trump gave his national security peach. jim acosta is on the seat for us. p what's the latest? >> donald trump will be speaking here shortly in his hometown in front of the new york conservative party. it's expected he will keep up the heavy national security message. part of trump campaign's big push this week to attend to some
of the doubts if he's ready to be commander in chief. tonight, donald trump is making the case he's better suited to be commander if chief than hillary clinton. >> she's trigger happy and very unstable whether we like it or not. she's also reckless. >> reporter: trump said he will give military leaders one month to present to him with a plan to defeat isis. >> i'll ask my generals to present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy isis. this will require a military warfare but also cyber warfare, financial warfare. >> reporter: that after trump earlier in the campaign said he had plan to con front the terrorist organization but was keeping it a cigarette. >> i have a great plan. it's going to be great. what is it? i'd rather not say. i want to be unpredictable. >> reporter: the new 30-day request is drawing scrutiny. >> it's a sophomoric approach to
elements of national security policy. >> reporter: in his philadelphia remark, trump said he would push lawmakers to get rid of the military sequester. across the board budget cuts adopted in 2013 and increase defense spending. >> as soon as i take office, i'll ask congress to fully eliminate the defense sequester and submit a new budget to rebuild our military. it's so depleted. >> reporter: three years ago he suggested the spending cuts didn't go far enough. >> it's a very small percentage koufts that should be made. i think it's being overexaggera overexaggerated. a lot of things are not going to happen that people think will happen. >> this as trump's taxes remain in the spotlight with mike pence preparing to release his tax returns this week. >> he clearly has something to hide. we don't know exactly what it is, but we're getting better guesses. >> reporter: in response, trump is offering this challenge to clinton. >> she has 33,000 e-mails that she deleted. when is she going to release her
e-mails. she probably knows how to find it. let her release the e-mails and i'll release my tax returns. >> reporter: not so immediately. adding his usual caveat that he isn't going to release while under audit. >> i have no problem with it when the audit is completed. >> reporter: that only applies to his return from 2009. his returns from 2002 to 2008 have been closed administrativ administratively with the i.r.s. that meaning that those years could be released. we do expect mike pence's tax returns to be released in the next 24 to 48 hours for trump will only keep the issue very front and center. >> thank you. tonight a key member of donald trump's inner circle is publicly breaking with him on the birther controversy. for years trump stoked false
claims that president obama was born in kenya. now mike pence is declaring, i'm quoting him now. i believe barack obama was born in hawaii. i accept his birth place. let's bring in jim acosta. >> has donald trump addressed this issue that he once was so vocal about? >> reporter: he has not, wolf. this is one of the remaining questions of this campaign. does donald trump still believe that president obama was not born in the united states. he's famously questioned this over the years and said he sent investigators to hawaii to find out if president obama was born in that state. now mike pence is saying he believes the president was born in hawaii. when you ask donald trump about this and he's been asked a couple of times. he says i do not want to answer the question. considering how he answered this question last night on fox news. >> you think your birther position has hurt you among
african-americans? >> i don't know. i have no idea. i talk about it anymore. >> i know. it's there. it's on the record. >> i don't know. i guess with maybe some. i don't know why. i really don't know. i don't think -- you're the first one that's brought that up in a while. >> reporter: bill is not the first person to bring this up in a while. he was asked by a local station just a few days ago. as donald trump was trying to reach out to african-american voters, he tried to do that here in philadelphia. he tried to do that out in detroit. i just asked the trump campaign earlier today whether or not donald trump still believes this, still holds onto this controversial bogus belief that the president was not born in this country. they have not gotten back to us. the president did produce the birth certificate. they posted it in the white house briefing room. he was born in hawaii, for it to be anything but that, the entire state of hawaii would have to be
in on the conspiracy. the only person that still hangs onto this appears to be donald trump. >> let's talk more about donald trump's vision for america's national security. joining us is lindsey graham. very critical over this past year and a half of donald trump on a whole range of issues. thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> he gave a detailed salespeoplspeech. what did you think? >> some of it i liked. if sequestration goes into effect, we'll have 420,000 people in the army. 278 ships in the navy and the smallest ships in history. he says we need 540,000 people in the army. 36 marine battalions and about 1200 fighters planes. that's the right answer. we got to pay for it but we need to rebuild the military and set
aside sequestration. the fbi is under sequestration. the cia and nsa. these are national security components. not only do you need to replace sequestration for the defense department, you also need to do it for other agencies that are involved in the fight. >> sounds as if you liked that speech. >> i liked that part. here is what i didn't like. he called secretary clinton trigger happy. i would say she's more naive. she was right to want to go into libya to help the libyan people. the mistake the obama administrati administration made was not following up. in 2010 i wrote a piece with senator mccane, kirk and rubio saying we need to help this government. the libyan people are not radical people but the vacuum created by not following up was deposed by its own people have led to a fractured libya.
>> do you believe the united states has not destroyed isis because the u.s. does not have enough troop, war plane, not tanks or equipment? >> the reason is the ground component is not capable. >> which ones? >> the kurds. the kurdish fighters. they will never take raqqah back from isil. our strategy is fatally defected. >> the only way to do it is if the u.s. deployed thousands of troops? >> the only way is to have sunni arabs. >> they're not showing up. >> they'll never show up unless you take a side out. you're not going to have people in syria fight isil alone. >> he's got the support of the ru russians, iranians.
how do you destroy isis in raqqah, syria? >> h it's going to take thousands of u.s. ground troops. >> what did i say in the campaign? i finished in the top 17. i said we need about 10,000 u.s. forces to help the iraqi security forces to take land bag from isil. >> it's been two years. they haven't done anything. >> we have 7500 people on the ground. >> in iraq? >> yes. >> i applaud the president for putting ground forces on the ground in iraq that food fallujah away. mosul is a town of almost a million people. we need more american troops to help the forces liberate mosul. >> it used to be a town of two million people. whose plan is better based on everything you know? hillary clinton's plan or donald
trump's plan? >> i like hillary clinton's idea of a safe haven inside of syria. the thing i about to about donald trump is he said he wants to leave assad in power. you'll never end the war in syria if you leave assad in power. the arabs will not accept him as the leader. the people of syria who have been brutalized are not going to accept him as their leader. mr. trump, your view that you can solve the war in syria and end it but leaving assad in power is fatally flawed. >> you're also in the u.s. air force. >> i just retired. >> you spent years and years in the u.s. air force as a air force officer. >> i was lawyer. i don't want to oversay. >> who would be a better commander in chief, hillary clinton or donald trump? >> i really don't know. >> you must have an idea. >> at the end of the day, if you're not worried about donald
trump and hillary clinton being president of the united states, you're crazy. look at both of them. >> who would be worse? >> i don't know. i don't know what clinton would do about assad. i don't know what -- let me tell you this. here is why i think she's naive. she reset the button with russia not understanding what russia was all about. she brags about an iranian nuclear deal not understanding what the iotolla is all about. i think her judgment is very much flawed. donald trump believes it's better for dictators to be in power rather than support people who want more social justice and have more of democratic life. i think mr. trump, quite frankly, doesn't understand that the young people in the mideast will not live in dictatorships for our convenience anymore and this idea of leaving assad this power, leaving kadafi in power, saddam hussein in power, that model will not work. >> he said the region was better
off with those dictators. >> you go live there yourself. >> libya, he said under kadafi was bad but look at isis. >> here's what he doesn't understand. this is my problem with him. there's two things going on in the mideast. the fight for the heart and soul of islam between radicals and the vast majority of muslims and desire by young people not to live in kadafi's libya. these uprising came from the people. >> he said since 9/11, the u.s. taxpayers have shelled out $6 trillion in military operations. >> where does he get that? >> he says $6 trillion and look at the region. he said that money was a waste. >> i'll tell you this. if you disengage from the reason, you'll have another 9/11. on september 10th, 2001, we didn't have one soldier in afghanistan and not penny of aid going to the taliban.
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we're back with republican senator, former republican presidential candidate, lindsey graham. we're talking about donald trump's vision for husecurity a attacks on hillary clinton. she has a new ad. it hits home very closely to you. listen. >> i know more about isis than the generals do. >> john mccain a war hero. >> he's not a war hero. >> he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured, okay. >> john mccain is one of your best friends in the u.s. senate. you hear donald trump saying that. does he owe john mccain and other p.o.w.s an apology? >> no. he endorsed him. >> but does he owe him an apology? >> i don't think john feels like owes him an apology. i think it would help himself. i think it would help him if he says barack obama was born in hawaii.
i think most americans understand their grandmother who is here illegal he and a drug dealer. i think that would help him on the immigration issue. president obama has done is not working in the region. the answer is to put together coalitions in the region that have more effective than they are today. for hillary clinton, i think her big sin is not being trigger happy, but being naive. not really understanding what russia was all about under putin. the money we're giving him in sanctions relief is not building -- >> does he owe the president an apology on the birther issue? >> i think so. i've had a lot of differences with barack obama. i think he's been weak, indecisive when it comes to foreign policy. i think he's misjudged the region horribly. i think he presided over the s dismantling of the military. i don't dislike the man. i think he's a good man. he's been a good role model. i don't think he's a kenya.
if you can't say that's right then people question your judgment. if you really believe this president was born in kenya, then i'm not so sure i want you to be my president. >> what would it take for you to vote for donald trump? >> he's doing much better. he's general flynn is great guy. the idea he will have the generals come up with the plan rather than some secret plan of his own, making me feel a lot better. he's articulating rebuilding the military in fashion that i agree with. he's talking about immigration more realistically, i think. what would it take for donald trump to win this election? for people to believe he's got the judgment, the background and experience and temperament to be president. they don't want to vote for hillary clinton unless donald trump makes them. the way he would win this election, in my view, is to up his game when it comes to the issues about where president obama was born. realize we're not going to deport 11 million illegal
immigrants and we shouldn't try. a family here that's done nothing but violate the immigration law is one situation. a criminal gang member is another. >> and release his tax returns? >> i think he should. ever president since 1980 has done so. why should we have an exception for donald trump? what is so unique that he should not be required to release his tax returns? if he did that, what hillary clinton done with this e-mail is offensive to me. everything she told the american people about the e-mail situation is proven to be a lie. >> except fbi director, today, wrote laa letter to all fbi employees saying he stands by his decision. it wasn't a close call. it was the right decision not to recommend criminal charges. >> i didn't say that i thought she should be prosecuted even though i've got concerns about destruction of evidence, obstruction of justice, people under her charge destroying instrument, technology that may had relevant information to
investigation. she told us all that i've turned all over work related e-mails and i never sent or received classified information. either she didn't know what she was talking about or tried to deceive us. that's where the public has problems with her. >> did comey make the right decision in the end? >> all i can say is it's perplexing to me that she's not being held more accountable. i can tell you this as a military member, if you did exactly what hillary clinton did regarding classified information, you would be reprimanded and court-martialed. >> he did. >> i don't want to set a standard for the rest of the government and have a different standard for somebody in government. if you're a rank and file member, the fbi and you did this, you'd be in a world of hurt. >> you were a lawyer in the u.s. air force. talk to me a bit about this latest incident, this russian
fighter jet. for 20 minutes harassing a u.s. navy plane and international air space. very, very dangerous according to the pentagon. what are the russians up to now? >> i don't understand. what is the purpose here. is it just to shove it in obama's face. i don't know. i don't know what's the end game for putin here. what does he achieve by this? something bad can happen. if there's a conflict between russia and the united states. we win. it's a symptom of a greater problem. i think the red line being drawn by president obama against assad and not being enforced once assad crossed it. he's using chemical weapons today. it's a symptom of a greater problem. >> is the senate and the house going to fund the money necessary to deal with zika in florida right now? are you going to hold that hostage? >> we're going to make a huge mistake if we don't. >> have a separate bill, just
the fund the battle against zika. >> get it done. we have differences with democrats and republicans. >> are you ready to leave that charge? >> i am ready to vote tomorrow for a stand alone bill that passes, sends the money, no strings attached. what i'm asking harry reid and mitch mcconnell is having the fbi brief us about what the russians may have done regarding our election. the plain insignificane instant. if they've been using proxies to interfere with the democratic election of 2016 in the united states, if that is true, then congress should impose sanctions on this regime like you've never seen. >> do you believe they're doing that? >> i don't know. my suspicions that they are doing it. if they are, how does the congress and this president not push back? it's mind boggling to believe
that russian intelligence surfaces or hacking into the democratic national committee and other instruments of politics and trying to effect our election by turning potentially -- >> supposedly they want trump to be president. >> at the end of the day t every republican should want the russians to be punished for this. there is no short term gain for us as republicans. if the russians are manipulating and cyber attacking the democratic party to create upheaval in our election, every republican should stand with every democrat to tell the russians this is going to stop. >> thanks very much. >> thank you. just ahead, a closer look at donald trump's refusal to release his tax returns. is he hiding something as hillary clinton claims? we'll look for clues in the information about trump's finances, information that's already public. we're learning more about a huge concern for the next president. america's nuclear weapons manufacturing sites are in serious disrepair. we have new photos just released
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been keeping taxes under wraps opinion clinton is claiming he has something to hide. our political team is standing by the talk about this. you've been looking closely at this issue. what do you know about his finances opinion what he's hiding? >> that's the refrain we're hearing over and over again. donald trump is bucking nearly four decades of major party tradition. we wanted to know. here is what we found. donald trump refuses to release his tax returns. >> nobody cares about it except some of the folks in the media. >> reporter: trump claims he can't release while under routine audit. even as the i.r.s. made clear there's no legal requirement for trump to with hold them. >> just so you understand, i'm under a routine audit. when it's complete, i'll release my returns. >> reporter: even as hi own lawyers note the own review that 2002 to 2008 returns is complete.
even his own running mate, mike pence, preparing to release his taxes this week. >> i'll give mine to y'all this week and he'll provide his after a routine audit is done. >> reporter: the refusal has drawn sharp attacks from hillary clinton. >> clearly his tax returns tell a story that the american people deserve and need to know. >> reporter: and despite trump's contention, a series of polls show voters do, in fact, care about trump's tax returns. what exactly aren't voters seeing? >> voters could see the type of taxable income that he has whether it's ordinary income or capital gains. voters can learn how much candidate has given to charity. >> reporter: a cnn review shows four potential areas that may shed light on his reluctance. take his charitable giving. it's raised major questions of what trump has actually given.
despite trump's bold claims to the contrary. >> this is my check for a million dollars. >> reporter: or take trump's tax rate. an issue that dogged the republican party's 2012 nominee for months. trump has made clear, as a businessman, he's done everything in his power not to pay more tax than necessary. >> i pay as little as possible. i use every single thing in the book. >> reporter: his involvement with real estate raises the possibility he pays nothing at all. >> an obvious benefit is a taxpayer who owns property, real estate, a building, can trade that property for another building and as long as that property is going to be used for investment purposes or in business, the taxpayer won't pay tax on the gain at all. >> reporter: in fact, cnn has identified three years, 1978, 1979 and 1984 where he paid zero
dollars in federal income tax. 1991 and 1993 where trump likely paid little to no income tax as well. when asked about it during the campaign, he's been hardly forthcoming. >> what is your tax rate? >> it's none of your business. >> reporter: then there's the issue of trump's total net worth. to be clear, a few years of tax returns wouldn't shed light on whether trump is actually worth the 10 plus billion dollars he claims, but it would show his net income and adjusted gross income. providing more detailed insight than the financial disclosure form filed by trump in may. perhaps most importantly for trump's opponent, a detailed release would provide a window into trump's business connections. >> maybe he doesn't want people to see that he's got some connections. >> reporter: trump's own lawyers making it clear that trump is the sole or principal owner in approximately 500 separate entities. they engage in hundreds of
transaction, deals and new enterprises every year. there's little indication that his returns will be revealed before election day. trump appears willing to make a deal. >> in the meantime, she has 33,000 e-mails that she deleted. when is she going to release her e-mails? let her release her e-mails and i'll release my tax returns immediately. >> wolf, i asked a clinton official whether or not they liked trade and got a chuckle on phone. i don't think that's going to happen any time soon. there is a political calculation in what the trump campaign is doing. as one advisor said, we just don't see the upside right now of releasing the returns. it's up to the campaign. it's up to donald trump. he can release them when ever he wants or when the audit ends, if that happens before election day. >> you saw that poll. people do care about his tax returns. they'd like to see all the
specifics. he's giving the clinton team, if you will, ammunition by not releasing that information. i guess he feels he's better off by doing that. the excuse of theawe did does not hold water. it's a pure political al cuelation. it's interesting what you say about giving hillary clinton an opening. it gives her an opening on a line of attack that they are trying to prosecute of hiding hillary and she's not revealing everything and to expose yourself like this on the very same line of attack you're going against your opponent with weakens your argument. >> every presidential candidate since nixon has done it. from a political standpoint, what's he most worried about? >> that needs to be answered by donald trump. looking at the personal rate, his level of charitable
contributions, i don't think he wants to subject himself to that scrutiny. >> this notion he'll release, if hillary clinton releases her e-mails, is that realistic? >> no. i think it undermines his statement. he can't release it because of his audit but now he's suggesting that he can. clearly there's a calculation that if these are released, it could leez ad to dozens and doz of stories about his business connections. much better for him to have this process agent than one over the substance. >> mike pence will release tomorrow or friday. he said he's going to do it. that's going to keep this issue alive. >> i think it's safer for pence. i'm going to guess he has a more typical tax return. donald trump is probably worried about the way he made his money. also whether he has a lower
effective tax rate than the average person. that doesn't look good in this kind of a campaign. >> on the national security issue speech today, he used to say he had a secret plan to destroy isis. he wasn't going to tip off the terrorists, what it was. now he said if he's elected, the first 30 days he will ask the general to come up with a specific plan to destroy isis. there seems to be a contradiction there. >> there is. donald trump has to figure out how to balance really not having a policy on isis in the past to sounds like he does now have a policy on isis. it's not unusual for a presidential candidate to come out and say i will trust my generals on this issue. the real problem for donald trump is that ultimately the president has to make a decision based on the input he or she gets from their generals and the information that they have available to them. donald trump still needs to show voters that he understands this issue fundamentally. just day ago when he did this
town hall with general flynn, obviously, someone who supports him in this campaign and was feeding him friendly questions about the issues. he asked him about the specifics of his plan. instead of giving him any specifics, donald trump lawn und into about how he will be strong and used big league. he pivoted and started talking about his polling in the recent cnn poll. i think voters are looking for a little more detail from donald trump when he's not speaking in a scripted environment. >> a lot of that republican base like what had they heard from donald trump today. you heard lindsey graham said he liked a lot of it. >> that's true. look at our most recent poll. on the issue of terrorism, that's a slight donald trump advantage now. i think that today's speemp plays into that advantage that he has. i would imagine we'll hear several thergss of that speech from now until the debate.
>> mike pence also said on the birther issue, he believes the president of the united states was born in hawaii. case closed. donald trump still refuses to say that. do you see any chance that he might acknowledge that in the days, weeks ahead? lindsey graham wants him to do it as well. says it would add to his credibility. >> perhaps. especially if he needs to get african-american voters. he's doing very, very poorly with that voting block. maybe can get up from 1% to 5 or 7% by talking more openly about it or acknowledging that he shouldn't have have said that. clearly, mike pence doing donald trump no favors by saying that. mike pence also correctly believes that barack obama was born in this country. mike pence doesn't want to look like he's on this birther fringe. >> dr. ben carson goes one step further. he told jake tapper that not only was president obama born in the united states but that
donald trump should apologize to the president for spiraling, keeping that issue going for so long. >> he probably should apologize. i don't think he will because it was a source not only of putting him into the political spotlight but also a source of humiliation for him. back in 2011 at the end of april 2011, he went to new hampshire and gave a press conference and said i forced the president to give up his birth certificate. a few days later was that white house correspondence dinner where he was shredded by the talk of president. that was the end of any talk of donald trump running in 2012. i don't see how he can bring it off and back off. >> is it personal? >> seems like it's personal for donald trump, at least at this stage. i think david is right. this is a source of embarrassment for him. if he were to go back on what he said. this was a very big, drawn out fig for donald trump to try to get the president to release his
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the clinton's are wrapping up their defense of family charity while escalating attacks on donald trump. let's bring in our senior political correspondent. hillary clinton has been out of campaign trail so far today. her family members have been very active. >> that's right. bill clinton has been very active today. he's seen political opportunity in donald trump's illegal contribution to a public official who later decided to drop consideration of an investigation into the now embattled trump university. after months spent fighting allegations of influence peddling between the clinton foundation and hillary clinton's state department. >> this is like watergate only
it's worse. >> reporter: the clinton campaign sees an opening to turn the tables on donald trump with the revelation that he made an illegal contribution through his nonprofit foundation to a group backing the re-election of florida attorney >> the next president of the united states of america donald trump. >> reporter: four days after bondi said publicly she was weighing an investigation of the defunct trump university now at the center of two federal class action cases, the trump foundation made a donation of $25,000. bondi never investigated trump university. >> good morning, orlando. in her home state bill clinton on the attack for his foundation and his wife. >> her opponent attacked my foundation. i think that's because they knew they were about to report that he used his foundation to give money to your attorney general which is not legal. >> reporter: as clinton and running mate tim kaine take a
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errors are plainly in a different universe than her opponents and in arizona where a democrat hasn't won since bill clinton was victorious in 2006 a new poll shows clinton and trump neck and neck, though they're not sure who they'll vote for. >> now that, of course, is a border state with an eye toward immigration policy and looking at a new cnn/orc poll it might show you why trump is having struggles there because even when voters say when they answer the question who do they trust more on the immigration and you have a sizeable majority that do not like the plan for a border wall and 2 to 1 say they don't like trump's previously stated plan for a deportation force. >> thank you. crumbling nuclear womeapons plans. the new crisis facing the next commander in chief.
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they're some of the oldest and most vital parts of america's defense capability and now, new photos reveal key nuclear weapons sites across the country are falling apart. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is working this story for us. some of these facilities are crumbling. >> they really are, wolf. it's pretty shocking. nothing is more important than america's nuclear security and today we saw a look at the reality. >> whether it's donald trump or hillary clinton, the next commander in chief is going to inherit a major nuclear national security nightmare, crumbling nuclear weapons plants.
some facilities dating back to the manhattan project. >> because it's more difficult today to bring new facilities online, we must continue to operate existing facilities longer than we had anticipated than when they were originally built. >> they're still in operation. photos show a leaking ceiling, crumbling conk ret and rotting floors at some of the nation's most critical nuclear sites at the y-12 uranium facility officials acknowledge there is crumbling concrete and poorly maintained facilities. at the pentax in amarillo, texas, rotting ceilings and walls and at the los alamos nuclear laboratory in new mexico, tarps are catching water from a leaking roof. >> los alamos today we have trailers that were put into service 30 years ago, and in some of those trailers we have problems with ceilings, water damage falling in, we have
problems with rodents in them. >> it's just one of the national security and intelligence challenges. the obama administration is getting ready to hand off to the next president. across the pentagon and the intelligence agencies, briefing bookses are being assembled on every topic. >> the nation's top intelligence officer cautioning with the wide ranging terror and cyber threats in the world, this presidential transition season will be a vulnerable time. >> i know a lot of people have been feeling uncertainty about what will happen with this presidential transition, a lot of catastrophizing if i can use that term. it will be okay. >> what officials are saying some of these facilities are so old, so crumbling it is almost impossible to properly maintain them at this point. wolf? >> barbara starr, they have to do something and fix that and do
it quickly. thanks very much. good work. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." erin burnett "out front" starts right now. >> out front next, flip-flopping on his plan to beat isis. what does trump really want to do? the fbi director saying we don't play games on the clinton investigation. the debut of the iphone 7 will customers turn a deaf ear to apple's newest idea? let's go "out front." ♪ ♪ and good evening. i'm erin burnett. "out front" tonight, donald trump attacking hillary clinton in a major speech outlining his plan to vamp up military ships and trump charging that clinton is