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about how to handle this at the state department. all of this as we wait to hear from president obama. a live news conference in laos. any second from now. how will he respond to the latest back and forth in the u.s. presidential election? we will know and bring it to you live. it is exactly 5:00 in the east. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is great to see you. thursday, september 8th. 5:00 in the east. breaking overnight. hillary clinton and donald trump gave surprising answers on national security to surprising questions and non-questions at the national security forum here in new york. donald trump offered new compliments for vladimir putin. he issued new claims about information and impressions that he got from inside his national security briefings he just started getting. hillary clinton faced tough questions about e-mails and some of her foreign policy decisions.
>> do you know more about isis than they do? >> i think under the leadership of president obama and hillary clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. >> i think that the decision to go to war in iraq was a mistake. we must learn what led us down that path so that it never happens again. i'm asking to be judged on the totality of my record. >> when referring to a comment that putin made about you. he called you a brilliant leader. >> when he calls me brilliant, i'll take the compliment. he is a brilliant leader. the man has very strong control over a country. this is a different system and i don't happen to like the system. certainly within that system, he is a strong leader. >> were some the e-mails sent about the drone program or covert drone program?
>> yes. every part of our government had to deal with questions and the secretary of state's office was first and foremost. there are ways of talking about the drone program. >> cnn's brianna keilar has the latest on all of this for us. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. much of hillary clinton's actions were surrounding the secretary of state. she parsed her words about she did not endanger national security because there were not e-mails with classified headers transmitted. the type that would be on the classified system certify obvio the different types of e-mails without a header. >> you know and i know, classified material is designated. it is marked. there is a header so that there
is no dispute at all that what is being communicated to or from someone who has that access is marked classified. and what we have here is the use of an unclassified system by hundreds of people in our government to send information that was not marked, there were no headers, there was no statement top secret, secret or confidential. i communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system. i took it very seriously. >> reporter: it was a surprising approach considering clinton herself said recently that when she tries to explain herself, it sounds like she is making excuses. then donald trump who is struggling mightily in the polls with women when he doubled down on this tweet. >> in 2013, on this subject, you tweeted this,
unreported sexual assaults in the military. only 238 convictions. what did the geniuses expect when they put men and women together? unquote. >> it is a correct tweet. there are many people that think that is absolutely correct. we need to have a strength. >> it should be expected and the only way to fix it is to take women out of the military? >> and it has gotten worse since. right now, part of the problem is nobody gets prosecuted. you have reported and the gentlemen can tell you. you have the report of rape and nobody gets prosecuted. there are no consequences. >> reporter: trump claimed he did not support the iraq war which is untrue. as the nation went to war, he did support it. it was later he spoke out against the war at the time many people who had been in support of the iraq war changed their
minds. >> thank you, brianna. let's see about the forum. we have eugene scott here. eugene, something he said yesterday, donald trump at the forum caught a lot of people's attention. talked about the intelligence briefing. without giving away substance, he had a remarkable interpretation of what happened there. listen. >> what i did learn is that our leadership, barack obama, did
not follow what our experts and our truly, when they call it intelligence, it is there for a reason, what our experts said to do. i was very, very surprised. in almost every instance. i am pretty good with the body language. they were not happy. our leaders did not follow what they were recommending. >> is it possible donald trump had an intelligence briefing and was told that barack obama is
not following the intelligence community advice? >> i think that is what he heard. we don't know if that is what was said. he wants to communicate he will make decisions based off wise counsel from the smartest minds possible and he has ability to lead. >> did he also say he knows more about isis than all the generals? he knows more himself than the intelligence community? >> he did. this was before he had intelligence briefing. how he went about that is unclear. he made a reference he understands body language. there are questions about whether or not that is enough to move forward with how best to respond to the challenges we are facing. >> i'm not sure you are supposed to say what went on in the briefing. even to suggest what the community recommended and the president did or not do. that could be valuable to adversaries. donald trump last night made a claim once again about his support for the iraq war.
i want to play it for you. >> i think the main thing is i have great judgment. i know what's going on. i called so many of the shots. i happen to hear hillary clinton say i was not against the war in iraq. i was totally against the war in iraq. you can look at "esquire" magazine from '04. you can look before that. i was against the war in iraq because it will totally destabilize the middle east. it has. it has been a disaster war. >> "esquire" magazine 2004. donald trump knows the iraq war began in 2003. the discussion to launch the invasion was actually in 2002. the fall and winter of 2002. in 2002, he gave this radio interview to howard stern where he said flat out he was supportive of the invasion. let's listen. >> are you in favor of invading iraq? >> i guess so.
i wish the first time it was done correctly. >> so when donald trump says he opposed war, it is a lie. he is on the record saying he supported the invasion. after it was a year old, he was on record of changing it. also interesting when donald trump made that claim matt lauer on stage, there was no effort to correct it right there. you know, donald trump continues to peddle this. >> i think at the debates, given response that matt lauer received, moderators will be on it to fact check because social media is on it. this is fascinating. we have people respond immediately to things the candidates say that have been inconsistent with what they said in the past. >> it is interesting. trump called putin more of a leader than president obama. that was crystal clear. interesting to me that it happened on the same day you
have the report of a russian fighter jet coming within ten feet of an american plane. 19-minute ordeal. tell me a bit about the optics about that. a republican candidate for president saying vladimir putin is more of a leader than the united states president. at the very time clearly rattling happening between the two countries. >> this election has been unique in many ways. we have not seen a leading candidate praise a russian leader like the way we have seen trump talk about putin. it is interesting especially considering the recent situation regarding suspected hacking from the russian government into the dnc regarding e-mails and leaks. it just seems as if this is not the direction one wants to go regardless where you praise and paint the leader of russia. putin as a better leader than the president of the united states. >> eugene, stick around for a second here. major world figure will get a chance to respond all of this
and weigh in on the presidential forum. the current president barack obama is due to hold a news conference any minute now. he is in laos. you are looking at the stage. we are waiting for it to happen. let's bring in white house correspondent michelle kosinski live for us in laos. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: john, you know, we will go for weeks and weeks without hearing from president obama. not in this forum of the press conference. on the foreign trip, this is the second big press conference in two days. the last was about pressing world events and foreign policy. especially all that was given last night, he is likely to get question after question on what's going on in the united states. sometimes he will weigh in to a large extent. he will go on the rants as he called it one time on donald trump. other times he will say that's ground i have covered.
i will let the american people decide. white house sources tell us he is eager to get back on the campaign trail. he sees the enormous stakes and he sees the poll numbers. he wants his voice heard in favor of hillary clinton. his schedule hasn't allowed it. we expect to see and hear much more of him on the trail starting next month. one more thing we expect him to weigh in on is likely president duerte. this is the guy who cursed president obama and threatened to curse him again. in a rare move, the white house canceled the meeting they were supposed to have. we hear they exchanged pleasantries. one white house source says he doesn't think duerte apologized. there should be a range of topics a lot about the american elections. john. >> michelle kosinski for us in laos. we will get back there quickly when the president starts speaking. let's get an early start on
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it is about 17 minutes past the hour. we are waiting for president obama to begin his news conference among other things, we expect questions about national security summit and philippine's leader insulting language at president obama. we will bring that to you live the very moment it begins. you can see the empty podium there. >> we just got the two--minute warning. eugene scott is sitting here with us waiting for the president to speak. no doubt he will be asked about the summit. we learned how much the president will involve himself in the election before november 8th. the answer is a lot. particularly in october. >> we heard he will hit the campaign trail. he won north carolina in 2008. she is banking on him to help her this time. he is eager to get back out
there. >> it is interesting he will be on the campaign trail. both of these candidates have high unfavorables. the president now seven years in the economic recovery. he does have a lot of unfinished business in asia. tpp. >> it will be interesting to see how he responds, especially with the leader of the philippines. >> i was speaking to a republican strategist this week. just send president obama to philadelphia. go there and lock it down. have him speak. he can help win the african-american vote there. also the suburbs with college educated whites. extremely popular. go there and lock it down. shuttle back and forth between
philadelphia and north carolina. >> it would seem like it. he is doing well with the communities. the question is who can donald trump bring on that would be the equal for him. >> is there a risk for president obama to address the leadership gap that donald trump claims this president has? he called last night in the national security forum, he said the president of russia was a better leader than the president of the united states. >> he is risking making this election about him. it is not. he needs to realize hillary clinton is the better person to lead the country. >> there he is. let's listen in. >> i want to thank the government and people of laos for their hospitality and leadership for the hosting of asean summit. i want to express my gratitude
as the first u.s. president to visit the nation. it has been memorable and at times a very moving visit. we're here because as a region with more than 600 million people, several fast growing economies, some vibrant democracies, but also countries transitioning to democracies. and given the strateic location along a vital trade route, the ten nations of asean are critical to peace to the world. the united states and asean are among each other's top trading partners. the largest investors in the region and asean is the largest export. supporting hundreds of thousands of american jobs. this fuels jobs and prosperity across our countries. that is the reason why part of
my rebalance of the asian pacific, deepen the engagement with asean. as the first u.s. president to meet with all ten asean countries, i sustain cooperation throughout my presidency. i was happy to host the first asean summit in the united states. our meeting here in laos was our eighth meeting. this marks my ninth to the asean region. together, the united states and asean forged a partnership guided by key principles. including asean will remain central to peace, prosperity and progress in the asian pacific. the united states is firmly part of the asia summit and we worked to make the organization the leading forum for maritime
security. we are guided by the shared vision we put forward. open, dynamics and competitive economies. mutual security and peaceful resolution to disputes and human rights where all nations play by the same rules. that is the vision we advanced here. we are stepping up efforts to increase trade and investment as part of the initiative i announced, u.s./asean connect. so it is easier to start new ventures together. more to connect entrepreneurs in the digital economies. more to connect clean energy projects as we pursue a low carbon future. all of which will reinforce the region's continued economic integration through the asean community. given four asean nations are
part of the trans-pacific partnership, i will do all i can to increase that. our nations reaffirmed commitment where international rules and norms are upheld. recognition of importance of the international arbitration ruling in july which is legal and binding and which clarified maritime claims by the philippines and china in the south china sea. we discussed the importance of climates to the steps which they already agreed. respecting international law and not occupying uninhabited islands and reefs and shoals.
the united states and asean continue to deepen the trans national challenges. we discussed the importance of continuing the sharing of information. given the threat of climate change to all our nations, we agreed on the importance of bringing the paris agreement into force as soon as possible. we agree to cooperation in the fight against human trafficking, including sharing more information on smugglers and cooperation of law enforcement. and the asean summit, the 18 nations expressed concerns about the missile rocket launches and called on north korea to uphold international obligations. finally, i'm especially pleased we continue to deepen connections with asean and america. particularly our young people. inspiring young men and women i met at the town hall yesterday.
our young southeastern leaders nation is 100,000 strong. the women's leadership academy i announced yesterday will support women leaders in business and government and civil society through asean. we will help increase language skills among students and teachers through our english for all program. in closing, i'm mindful this is the last day of my last trip to this region as president. when i think back to the time i spent here as a boy, i can't help but be struck by the extraordinary progress made across the region in the decades since. even though there is a lot of work to be done. it means a great deal to me as president and over the past eight years, we increased cooperation between asean countries in the united states. it is unprecedented the breadth and departmeth of our relations.
we made it clear that the united states will continue to stand with the people of this region in advancing security and prosperity and dignity. including human rights. i'm very optimistic that the ties with our young people in the room we saw yesterday will bring us closer in the years to come. so with that, i'll take a couple of questions and i will start with kathleen hennesy of ap. >> thanks very much, mr. president. there's been a lot of talk back at home and here about how you were received on this trip. your last asia trip. donald trump said you were humiliated. i suspect you think that was overblown. >> yes. >> maybe you can talk about whether or not you think your reception was limited to some of
the or related to the limits and challenges of the asian policy. while we are talking about legacy items, if i could ask another quick one on guantanamo bay. you have four months left. 60 prisoners left. at this point, are you willing to acknowledge the prison will be open by the time you leave office? >> in terms of my reception here. as far as i can tell, it has been terrific. i don't know if you have gone and talk to people in laos. they seem pretty happy about my visit. everywhere we have gone, we've had a great reception. just as earlier when we went to vietnam. we got a great reception. you will recall there were millions of people lining the streets. so if this theory about my reception and my rebalance
policy is based on me going down the short stairs in china, yes. i think that is overblown. i think that any reasonable person certainly any person in the region would be puzzled as to how this became somehow indicative of the work that we've done here. if you look at the remarks of leaders and you look at the remarks of ordinary people, if you look at the concrete work that we've gotten done on everything from economic programs to development programs to legacy of war issues to promoting civil society in young people. the concern that i've heard is not that what we've done hasn't been important and successful. the concern i heard is will it continue. almost uniformly, the question i
get from other leaders is we hope that america's interests and presence and engagement is sustained. and my hope and expectation is my successor will in fact sustain this kind of engagement because there is a lot happening here. you have countries here that have taken off. you have one of the most dynamic and youngest populations in the world. this is where the action's going to be when it comes to commerce and trade and ultimately creating u.s. jobs by being able to sell to this market. that's the only feedback that i've received. that's not just based on what leaders tell me. if you read local newspapers or you talk to people, that's been
the same commentary we received generally. with respect to guantanamo bay. i am not ready to concede that it may still remain open because we're still working diligently to contie to shrink the population. i continue to believe that guantanamo is a recruitment tool for terrorist organizations. that the clouds and sours some of the counterterrorism cooperation we need to engage in. it is not necessarily and it is expensive for u.s. taxpayers. is there strong resistance in congress? absolutely. but as we continue to shrink the population to the point where
we're looking at 40 or 50 people and are maintaining a multimillion dollar operation to house these people, the american people are asking why should we spend this money on this when it could be spent on other things. there is no doubt that because of the politics in congress right now, it a tough road to hoe. you know, i expect to work really hard over the next four months, five months. four and a half months. margaret brennan. >> thank you, mr. president. can you tell us if last night philippine president duerte offered his apology to you and you said to him the u.s. will continue to help push back against china?
last night, sir, donald trump said vladimir putin has been more of a leader than you and he said you reduced american generals to rubble. do you care to defend your legacy? >> do i care to defend? okay. okay. respond. i get it. i did shake hands with president duerte last night. it was not a long interaction and what i indicated to him is that my team should be meeting with his and determine how we can move forward on a range of issues. as i said when i was asked about this in china, i don't take these comments personally because it seems as if this is a phrase he's used repeatedly including directed at the pope and others. so, i think it seems to be just,
you know, a habit. a way of speaking for him. but as i said in china, we want to partner with the philippines on the particular issue of narco traffickers which is a serious problem in the philippines and it is a serious problem in the united states and around the world. on that narrow issue, we do want to make sure that the partnership we have is consistent with international norms and rule of law. so we're not going to back off our position that if we're working with a country whether it is on anti-terrorism or whether it is on going after drug traffickers, as despicable as these networks may be and as
much damage as they do, it is important from our perspective to make sure that we do it the right way. because the consequences of when you do it the wrong way is innocent people get hurt and you have a bunch of unintended consequences that don't solve the problem. it has no impact on our broader relationship with the philippine people, on the wide range of programs and security cooperation that we have with this treaty ally and it certainly has no impact in terms of how we interpret our obligations to continue to build on the longstanding alliance that we have with the philippines. however that may play itself out. you know, my hope and expectation is that as president
duerte and his team get acclimated to his new position that they are able to define and clarify what exactly they want to get done and how that fits in with the work that we're already doing with the philippine government and hopefully it will be on a strong footing by the time the next administration comes in. as far as mr. trump, i think i already offered my opinion. i don't think the guy's qualified to be president of the united states. and every time he speaks that opinion is confirmed. and i think the most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and follow-up and ask questions about what appear to
be either contradictory or uninformed out right petty is hhe is. there is a process over somehow behavior in normal times we would consider completely unacceptable and outrageous becomes normalized. people start thinking behavior that in normal times we would consider completely unacceptable and outrageous becomes normalized. and people start thinking that we should be grading on a curve. but i can tell you from the interactions i have had over the last eight or nine days with foreign leaders that this is
serious business. you actually have to know what you are talking about and you actually have to have done your homework. when you speak, it should actually reflect thought out policy you can implement. and i have confidence that if, in fact, people just listen to what he has to say and look at his track record or lack thereof, they will make a good decision. >> second, is it time for a fundamental rethink of north korea policy given all of the years of condemnations and increased sanctions have not led to a desired outcome? >> those are good questions. in my meeting with president xi, we emphasized the importance of full implementation of the u.n. sanctions that have been put forward. i can tell you that based on not
only their presentations, but actually intelligence and evidence we have seen, china has done more on sanctions implementation than they have on some of the previous u.n. security council sanctions. you are absolutely right. there are still places where they need to tighten up. we continue to indicate to them the importance of tightening those up. you may have noted that china continues to object to thaad deployment in the republic of korea. one of the things i said to president xi, we cannot afford a situation to defend ourselves or treaty allies against provocative behavior by the north koreans. i indicated to him if that bothered him, particularly since
it has no purpose other than defensive and does not change the strategic balance with the united states and china, that they need to work with us more effectively to change pyongyang's behavior. when it comes to changing pyongyang's behavior, it's tough. it is true that our approach, my approach since i have been president, is to not reward bad behavior. and that was based on the fact that before i came into office, you had a pattern in which north korea would engage in some provocative action and as a consequence of the equivalent of throwing a tantrum, countries would try to placate them by
giving them humanitarian aid or engaging in dialogue which would relieve some of the pressure and they would go back to the same provocative behavior later. and so our view was that wasn't working. let's try something else. it is entirely fair to say that they have continued to engage in the development of their nuclear program and these ballistic missile tests. we are constantly examining other strategies we can take. in close consultations with the republic of korea and japan and other interested parties. we do believe that if there are any signs and any point that north korea is serious about dialogue around denuclearization
in the korean peninsula, we will be ready to have those conversatio conversations. it is not as if we are looking for a problem or avoiding a willingness to engage diplomatically, but diplomacy requires that pyongyang meet its international obligations and not only is it failing to meet the international obligations, it is not suggesting that they have any intention to do so anytime in the future regardless of the inducements put on the table. but what we are deeply disturbed by what's happened. we are going to make sure we put our defensive measures in place so that america is protected and allies are protected. we will continue to put some of
the toughest pressure that north korea has been put under as a consequence of the behavior. can i guarantee it works? no, but it is the best option we have available to us right now and we will continue to explore with all parties involved, including china, other potential means by which we can bring about a change of behavior. bob woodward. >> thank you, mr. president. i want to let you know we have a more personal question for you. we are almost the same age. i'm two weeks younger than you. >> you know, i noticed that when we were in the gym together. you were working out a little harder than me. those two weeks are clearly making a difference. >> i want to ask you about some of your thoughts all those years ago. since we were living in the age of the vietnam era. what were your thoughts of the vietnam war and certainly as time when on and the secret war
when you found out about that and as time went by. given what you learned about that and what you see now and witnessed when you are here, do you think you should apologize fully to the country of laos? one other very important thing, too, for the american veterans that did serve in the secret war, especially ops, cia, certainly pilots that dropped the bombs, those are the ones that targeted known enemies in a war they did not create. would you be comfortable in laos calling them heroes as we do those who served in iraq and afghanistan? >> well, because we're the same age, you'll recall that at the peak of the war, we were still too young to fully understand the scope of what was taking place. it was the tail end of the war
where we're in high school and starting to understand the meaning of it. at that point, it was -- i think the debate had raged even those who had been strong supporters of the war recognized there needed to be a mechanism to bring it to an end. i can't say i was so precocious that i thought about it at the time. although we saw it on television. standing here now in retrospect, i think what i can say is that you know, the united states was on the right side of history when it came to the cold war. there may have been moments, particularly in southeast asia
and our singular focus on defeating an expansionist and very aggressive communism that we didn't think through all the implications of what we did as policymakers. certainly when you see the dropping of cluster bombs and trying to figure out how that was going to be effective, particularly since part of the job was to win over hearts and minds how that was going to work. i think with the benefit of hindsight, you know, we have to say that a lot of those consequences were not ones that necessarily served our interests. having said that, and i said this before, regardless of what
happens in the white house and decisions made by policymakers, when our men and women in uniform go into action and put their lives on the line and appearing out of their duty, my attitude is they are always heroes because they are saying that i am willing to do whatever it takes, what my commander if chief has ordered to keep my country safe. by definition, their job is to put their lives on the line and make sacrifices both seen and unseen. have longstanding ramifications and that act of sacrifice is heroic. and one of the things that when i think about in terms of legacy
and i think reflect back on my presidency as it comes to an end is the degree to which i came in respecting and honoring our men and women in uniform. i leave here even more in awe of what they do. and it also is one of the reasons why i take so seriously the decisions i make about war and peace because i know whatever decision i make there are men and women out there who will carry out my decision even if they think it's wrong. even if they didn't vote for me. even if they have completely different ideas abo s about wha required for our national security. that's heroism. that's service. that's the definition of it.
that puts a special burden of the occupant in my office to get it right or at least as right as you can. hopefully when people look back 20 years from now or 30 years from now, the decisions i made, they will say he did pretty good. all right? thank you very much, everybody. let's go home. >> president obama just finishi finishing up a news conference in laos. he opened with a statement there. i think what caught everyone's attention is when was asked about the u.s. election. specifically the comments made by donald trump. that vladimir putin is a better leader than barack obama. the president had a stark response to that. >> he said i don't think he is qualified to be president of the united states. he said every time you listen to him speak, that opinion is confirmed. basically saying that the level
of discourse in the presidential election season, he says we start to grade on the curve where the more outrageous or outlandish the candidate says is reported and discussed in normal times would not be uttered. >> joining us now is eugene scott. eugene, he called on the american people to listen to donald trump and make their own decisions, but he called on the public discourse of the press, really, to question donald trump on some of the things he said. >> it seems like the president is tired of having to repeat some of the same things and the same arguments he made before about donald trump not being qualified for the position. the president seems to be clear based on the evidence that has been laid out before that the best person to carry on his legacy and move the country forward is hillary clinton. it seems nothing will change that between now and november. >> comment about grading on the
curve was interesting. in normal times, you would not have the conversation. do you think the president was kind of blaming the press for indulging in donald trump set the parameters for polite discussion in politics? >> i think we have seen in the past the current president has not had the smoothest relationship with the press in what he thinks the media should cover when and where. i think he would like us to be more difficult and tougher on donald trump. i'm not sure that voters will respond differently and would see different outcomes based on what we do see. >> i think eugene is right. the president is tired of answering questions like this. when he is in a formal setting like this or perhaps in the white house at a formal setting. we know he is eager to get out on the campaign trail. he was happy and eager to go after donald trump at the
convention. he was chomping at the bit to do this in a more direct way. maybe not right here and right now. >> very much so. when he first hit the trail in north carolina, i believe, campaigning for hillary clinton. he seemed exuberant and full of life about hillary clinton. >> he met with the philippine president. they shook hands after the philippine president called him a couple of terrible things. >> son of a whore. >> you can say it. the question that was asked to the president, did you tell the philippine president that you will continue to be the ally with the philippines and help thwart the will of china or the influence of china in the region. the president said we did shake hands. >> it will be interesting to see future interactions between this president and whoever takes over the country after this election
given how this was received internationally in the media and even by citizens of both countries. i was involved in conversations on social media with people from the philippines who were embarrassed by the interaction. >> president obama said he did not get an apology directly from the president of philippines. barack obama said the phrase, son of a whatever, is something the philippine president says a lot. we did turn around some sound of president obama responding to donald trump's claim that vladimir putin of russia is a better leader than president obama. let's listen to that. >> donald trump said vladimir putin has been more of a leader than you and he said you reduced american generals to rubble. do you care to defend your legacy? >> do i care to defend -- okay. okay.
respond. i got it. i don't think the guy's qualify to be president of the united states and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed. >> you can see the president there laughing derisively at the comments. >> it seems as if president obama has comments about his legacy, they are not from trump. he has not brought anything to the attention of voters that he needs to rethink. >> the thing is donald trump is the republican nominee. the president -- a lot of criticism out there of president obama. his approval rating is high, but still 47% of the country does not approve of his job. he just can't dismiss the criticism that's out there. >> very much so. how he dismisses the criticism,
it significant. trump is speaking for the american people who agree with him. >> he also talked about guantanamo bay. he has four and a half months left in office. that early campaign promise years ago that he would close guantanamo bay. a thorny issue. he has been unable to do it. let's listen to the president. >> with respect to guantanamo, i am not ready to concede that it may still remain open because we're still working diligently to continue to shrink the population to the point where we're looking at 40 or 50 people and are maintaining a multimillion dollar operation to house these handful of individuals. i think the american people should be asking the question why are we spending this kind of
money that could be spent on other things when it is not necessary for our safety and security. >> thorny issue for this president, guantanamo bay, has been. >> he is trying to communicate he is still president and he is not walking away from the promises he made even in his first term. we will see. >> he didn't close guantanamo bay. it was a campaign promise. he did not close the prison there. it seems unlikely that it will happen in the next four and a half months. this is a criticism, when he is criticized from this, this is a criticism from the left. this is the left that says he did not do what he said he would do here. it is the same wing of the party that occasionally criticizes him for drone strikes. and sometimes a more aggressive military policy. it is the bernie sanders wing of the party. for hillary clinton, this is part of the party she needs before november 8th.
>> right. it will be interesting to see how she responds to those demands and requests from that wing of the party if there will be more competence in her to honor those. from bernie sanders supporters and people left of him, i don't think i can imagine there will be more confidence. that will not stop the requests. >> the political headline from the president in laos. donald trump is not qualified to be president. that is the view of the president. donald trump said vladimir putin is a better leader than the president of the united states. i wonder if you think the president on the campaign trail in the coming weeks before the election, do you think the birther issue will come up? will you have the president of the united states and donald trump still talking about the birther issue? reporters have been asking if donald trump is apologizing for comments? >> i think that is one of the
issues that probably has resonated worse with a lot of black voters who donald trump meets. he questions the americanism of the president. how donald trump responds to that remains to be seen. >> mike pence said president obama was born in hawaii. something that donald trump has yet to say. eugene scott, thank you for being here with us to share the morning. a big morning. barack obama responding to donald trump. saying donald trump is not qualified to be president. "new day" picks it up right now. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning. welcome to "new day." we begin with breaking news. president obama just minutes ago on an international stage saying last night's forum makes clear donald trump is not qualified to be president. >> the president warning voters about trump hours after donald trump criticized the foreign policy.
cnn's michelle kosinski is traveling with the president and she joins us live from >> reporter: you know, after what was said last night, let's put this in perspective. another press conference two days ago. the president was not asked a single question about donald trump. this time it was the first thing out of the gate. asked about donald trump's comments on generals, that obama has reduced them to rubble. asked about what donald trump said about president obama being humiliated on this trip to asia. we heard president obama respond in a way similar to how we've heard -- things we've heard him say before. he started off by saying donald trump is unqualified to be president of the united states, and the president said he confirms that every time he speaks. but then he took it a step further, saying that you need to listen to some of the things donald trump says. listen. >> i don't think the guy's qualified to be president of the united states.
and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed. and i think the most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and follow up and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or -- there is this process that seems to take place over the course of the election season where somehow behavior that in normal times we would consider completely unacceccepte and outrageous becomes normalized. people start thinking behavior that in normal times we would consider completely unacceptable