suspicions is they're not coming up with this on their own. >> right, so you know, we're not casting stones at anybody, but you know, typically in the past, iran, pakistan, have been known to help with nuclear programs around the world. but this time, it is difficult to say intelligence community officials believe, because north koreans are making steady progress. right now, they don't care if the world sees their failures. they are putting the am he messt there, we're testing, and we are going to have a nuclear missile that can attack the united states some day. >> really troubling stuff. we'll look forward to more of your reporting. >> clear indication why national security is so important and playing out in the white house right now. donald trump standing by his praise for vladimir putin. even did it on russian state tv. his comments, of course, coming
under fire from hillary clinton, but also within his own part. clinton now backing more -- getting more members of the military to back her as a result. cnn washington correspondent, jeff zeleny, is following all of the developments for us. jeff. >> good morning. the praise donald trump is showering on vladimir putin is a traditional break from american politics. it is outraging democrats and making republicans uneasy about the plurblurred lines of countr versus party. hillary clinton says this is the latest sign that donald trump is not fit for the presidency. >> he is really very much of a leader. >> amid ongoing criticism of his praise for vladimir putin. >> donald trump in an interview on a television station funneled by the kremlin, telling larry king, he thinks it is unlikely the russian government is meddling through hacking. >> i think it is probably
unlikely. maybe the democrats are putting that out. if they are doing something, i hope that somebody will be able to find out, so they can end it. because that would not be appropriate at all. >> trump's team, telling cnn they did the interview as a favor, claiming they had no idea it would end up on russia today. his running mate, governor mike pence, defending trump's comments. in a cnn interview with dana bash earlier in the day. >> it is in arguable that vladimir putin has been a stronger leader than barack obama has been in this country. that's going to change the day that donald trump becomes president. >> hillary clinton, highlighting trump's continued praise of putin. she says it is the latest example of how her opponent is unfit to be president. >> that is not just unpatriotic. it is not just insulting. to the office and the man who holds the office. it is scary. it is dangerous. we have never been threatened as
much by a single candidate running for president as we have been in this election. >> clinton also casting trump as a divider in this new ad, hitting the airwaves in swing states this morning. >>
donald trump says he alone can fix the problems we face. i don't believe that's how we get things done in our country. it takes democrats and republicans working together. >> this, as both candidates trying to paint themselves as the better commander in chief. >> i opposed going in, and i did oppose it. despite the media saying no, yes, no. >> trump, sticking by his false claim that he opposed the iraq war early on, despite evidence from 2002 that proves otherwise. >> are you for invading iraq? >> i guess so. >> as clinton qualifies the language around her pledge to never put troops back on the ground in iraq. >> we are not putting ground troops into iraq ever again. and we're not putting ground
troops into syria. >> isn't a, that ignoring ground forces that are there, and b, boxes yourself in. >> there is no path forward to ground troops that would be in our interest. >> clinton is showcasing her commander in chief credentials by rolling out the endorsements now of 110 retired generals and admirals. she is convening a bipartisan meeting of homeland security experts later in new york today. including david petraeus and michael cherthoff. >> another heat on the birther conspiracy. rudy giuliani saying trump now does believe that president obama was born in the u.s., despite trump's years of gining up this conspiracy. >> as you know, donald trump has said repeatedly that he does not
want to talk about the birther issue. his running mate, mike pence, said he believes the president was born in the united states. former new york city mayor and trump surrogate, rudy giuliani, says he also believes obama was born here in the states. but so far, still nothing from trump. for years, trump was one of the most outspoken backers of the birther movement. one that supported the false claim that president obama was not born in the united states. guiliani now says they were wrong. >> i want to know whether you believe your candidate for president believes he would succeed or not? >> yes. >> does he believe he would succeed a legitimate president? >> donald trump believes now that he was born in the united states. but that issue was -- >> when he is going to say it. >> that issue was raised originally -- >> when he is going to say this president is legitimate? this is a fundamental question,
mr. mayor. is it legitimate or not? if you believe it, why doesn't your candidate state it. >> i believe it, he believes it. we all believe it. >> in word from trump admitting he was wrong or what he believes. many in the african-american community view the birther movement as racist. trump, as you know, has been trying to court the african-american vote. hillary clinton, putting pressure on trump to admit his mistake, addressing the issue at a baptist convention last night. >> we are facing a candidate with a long history of racial discrimination in his business. who traffics in toxic conspiracy theories like the lie that president obama is not a true american. if he doesn't even respect all americans, how can he serve all
americans. >> chris, clinton also taking aim at trump for another false claim. trump continues to say he was against the war in iraq before it started, despite that interview, trump did with howard stern back in 2002, where he said he was in favor of it, chris. >> jason, there are two challenges put to the trump campaign this morning. own some things in the past, and explain some things going on in the present. let's see if we can do that now with trump campaign manager, kellyanne conway. kellyanne, thank you for joining us, as always. >> good morning, chris. >> these will be familiar questions to you. let's see if we can make progress on them, though. the birther comment we were talking about, rudy giuliani goes on and he says donald trump now will say that he believes that president obama was born in hawaii. he doesn't say it himself. why not? >> you have to ask him. but i find the entire topic really amazing, i guess because the new cnn polls shows us
beating her by three points. >> why would you want to jeopardize that lead by going at the exact issue that you used against clinton, which is transparency and honesty. you say ask him. you are his campaign manager. that's why i'm asking you. you speak for him. >> yes, he believes -- >> why doesn't he own that position, yes, president obama was born here. was wrong to go with the birthers? >> he believes president obama was born here. i was born in camden, new jersey. he was born in hawaii. point is, what kind of president has he been. so he is born in the united states. no question, he was born in the united states. he has not been a particularly successful president. that's what this campaign is about, on our side. if you look your own cnn polling, chris, show me where birtherism is a top, burning issue. i see ethics certainly. >> the highest negative numbers that he has are on trust and honesty, just like clinton. that's why it goes to that. that's why it also brings up the
iraq war. he doesn't want to own that he wasn't against it before it started. why not? why not just own it, and as you like to say, he was a private citizen. say, yeah, i was for it and then i was against it, but i was a private citizen. it's different. why not say that? >> because he knows how he felt and he was against the iraq war. he thinks it was a disaster. he is willing to say as a private citizen, you're playing the clip, your network keeps playing this clip on the howard stern interview, do you want to invade iraq, yeah, i guess so, literally. where hillary clinton, united states senator, went to the senate and proudly cast her vote in favor of the war in iraq. so the comparison to the american people is ridiculous. there is no equivalence running unsuccessfully for the president. she owns that vote. >> she does own it.
that's the right way to say it. >> people want to blame matt lauer, i think that's a disgrace. i think he did a fabulous job, because he didn't cast her vote. he didn't put her e-mail server, he didn't build a private e-mail server. it is her who is left explaining these votes. >> why don't you apply the same standard to trump? we both know there is no different standard for telling the truth when you're private citizen this en when you're public official. that's absurd. >> that means -- >> why doesn't he own what he said in the past? why doesn't he own what he said? >> he owns it plenty. why don't you look at the full compliment what he said about the iraq war over time. and look at the esquire magazine interview. look at her other statements. he said he was against it. when senator obama said he had been in the united states senate during the iraq war vote, he would have been against it. everyone took him at his word. >> no, they didn't. you can't see it, because you are on the cheat monitor. i have a speech from 2002 when
he was a state rep. he gave a speech saying he was against the war. that's what people do when -- >> he was an elected official. look, i want to go back to the original point. if cnn and anybody else thinks this campaign will come down to what donald trump said in ten words or less to howard stern 14 years ago -- >> it is about the truth telling. >> i know everybody is getting nervous, the polls are tightening, we see the stories hillary clinton will shift her strategy, fight her voice yet again, 30 years of this, stop talking about donald trump, start talking about herself. really? you just played clips where she is obsessed about talking about donald trump. >> kellyanne, let me ask you something. are you suggesting i'm asking you hard questions because i'm worried that hillary clinton is going to lose? >> no. >> you're not suggesting that? >> no, not you. no. >> given what the campaign has done in the past, where it takes me out of context, i want to make sure we're clear where you're coming from in. >> no, chris, i think everybody
descending on matt lauer, like he did something wrong, if people didn't have questions about her e-mail server, her vote in iraq, the russia reset, her failures in libya, syria, benghazi, if they didn't have these questions, this woman would be at 65% of the vote. she has had everybody helping her, all the kings horse, all the kings men, all the data, mainstream media, and she just can't do it. she can't put them away. now the polls are tightening, and shifting their strategy again. >> let me ask you something that has come up about the forum. there is an idea that one of the reasons that donald trump is seen as a commander in chief is because he is a man. one of the reasons that hillary clinton had her feet held to the tire disproportionately in that forum is because she is a woman, some of the resistance to her is to being a woman. does that resonate with you at all as a professional, who has worked so hard to make it in a man's world of polling, and
risen to the top as you have, good for you? does that issue resonate with you? do you see that at lplay here? >> no, it does not. especially because she runs on her d.c. political resume, having been the first lady of the united states senator and secretary of state. she is using those achievements, chris, to show, to say that she is qualified to be commander in chief. so you can't have it both ways. you can't run basically for eight years now, for president of the united states, on those credentials and then turn around and say everybody is being unfair to me, they're picking on me because of my gender. i mean, i actually think if they go there and i saw another comment just this morning in another news, different newspaper, chris, suggesting that matt lauer's questions were sexist to her, i mean, this is -- what are they doing over there? why not just continue saying, look, i'm got the credentials, classic d.c. resume, it doesn't seem like that's what americans want. they want change. but you know, screaming about
sexism when you're running as the first female president of the united states with two months to go seems desperate. >> well, both can be true. she could be running as the first one and still feel it plays, which is why she is the first one. let's move onto the present. he goes on russia tv with larry king, and he talks again about the u.s. in an unflattering way to a russian audience. i want to play somewhat of he said about the u.s. foreign policy. >> we should have never gone into iraq, period. >> that was bush. >> but once we went in, larry, we shouldn't have gotten out the way we got out. the way they got out really caused isis, if you think about it. let's look to the future. it has been a catastrophe. the middle east has been a total catastrophe. >> what is the virtue of criticizing the united states to a russian audience? >> well, first of all, as you know, former cnn superstar, larry king, has a podcast and mr. trump went on his podcast.
nobody said it would be on russian tv. that aside, does america not agree with donald trump that the iraq war was a mistake that we lost thousands of american lives, that we lost trillions of dollars, and i just want to honor the sacrifice of those families who will never have their loved ones back with them again. but most of america believes that did not go well for us. then he talks about how the middle east is a disaster. the president of the united states has been over in asia, and he has been criticizing donald trump. it is bizarre. leave american politics in america. >> criticizing donald trump is different than criticizing america. it used to be a big part of the republican playbook to go after president obama for being too apologetic about america. now you have trump -- >> he is not -- >> opening saying that the russian president is a better leader than the president of the united states. >> if you want to play the full
clip of what he said, chris, which i think would be great and definitely qualifies as breaking news on cnn, the full clip, he said that's not a system i agree with, but he is a strong leader there. nobody wants to play the full clip. as if he agrees with -- >> mike pence said -- >> let's be clear. what is his slogan. >> context of a poll, no question, that putin has been a better leader than obama, and that will change the day that trump takes office, suggesting what, we're going to more like russia? >> he doesn't agree with the system of government. putin has been a strong leader within his system of government. if you think donald trump is the only person in this country who believes ha we've had a anemic foreign policy in the last aetd years, that's just not true. if they didn't agree with that, the former secretary of state, former united states senator, former first lady, the whole nine yards, she would be at 65%
among women, 58, 60% in the polls. the polls are going the other way. they don't like her record. they don't like what has happened with her foreign policy. if anybody can say with a straight face, that the russian reset, syria, libya, benghazi, the middle east are better now, it defies -- people aren't smart enough to know this. the americans are very engaged in this election and paying attention to policy. that's why my candidate, donald trump, is out there every single day talking about policy. you can disagree with the policies, but you sure the heck can read them. she is out there talking about him. it is bizarre. you can't run a campaign talking about your opponent and do right by the american people. they deserve and expect a conversation on defeating radical islamic terrorism. on law enforcement, ongoing into communities of color. >> kellyanne. >> this guy has been presidential at the forum in louisiana, helping people going down to the mexican president, giving his immigration speech. >> all right. >> this is what leader does. >> kellyanne, as you know, mr.
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we just spoke to trump campaign spokeswoman, kellyanne conway about the state of the race and donald trump's latest comments about hillary clinton. let's get some reaction from democratic congressman javier ba becerra. she seems to be reading from the same playbook that donald trump is. they're going to hit hillary clinton hard over her e-mails. let's play the new issues this week that donald trump says have cropped up with the e-mails. here is donald trump. >> she gets a subpoena from the united states congress. and she delets and bleaches. she also, and her staff, destroyed some of her 13 different phones, but this time, with a hammer. i've never done that. she claims she couldn't remember
important events 39 times. >> congressman, let's talk about that. are these things that hillary clinton is going to respond to, should she respond to these? if not, how does she put the e-mail controversy to bed? >> well, first, let's remember that donald trump is very loose and slippery with his words. if you take his words at face value, you get in trouble. you should not take the words that you just showed him uttering, because they are inaccurate and untrue. and so if you take a look at the words of an investigator that's not partisan, like donald trump or the republicans doing this witch hunt in the house of representatives against hillary clinton, then you'll see what is true. the fbi, which is an impartial body, which i think most of us would agree, tries to do investigations for the american people, not for a party, came out and told us what we should know about her e-mails.
we will continue to see the trump campaign talk about the e-mails, because they have nothing else to use to try to bring hillary clinton down and to keep americans from voting for her. they also probably wish to distract from the fact that donald trump continues to lie about his own record. as he just did in the last week about his role in the iraq war, and being supportive of it at first and now saying he is against it. he can't deny his own words. he does try, but he can't. >> we should mention that hillary clinton is not accused of deleting the e-mails. it bass an it guy. she is not accused of taking a hammer to the blackberry. it was an aide and she didn't authorize or know about it. with all of this stuff happening on the campaign trail this week, all of the inflammatory things that donald trump has been saying from vladimir putin is strong, the birtherism, stuff has cropped up again, it was interesting to hear our reporters this morning saying
hillary clinton will try a new strategy, a new tact, she is going to be concentrating on the positive. her positives as opposed to his negatives. we even have an example this morning that has been released of a in you campaign ad. let me play
ha. >> donald trump says he alone can fix the problems we face. well, i don't believe that's how you get things done in our country. it takes democrats and republicans working together. that's how we got health care for 8 million kids. rebuilt new york after 9/11. and got the treaty cutting russ russia's nuclear arms. we got to bring people together. that's how you solve problems and that's what i'll do as president. >> what do you say about that strategy? pollsters always tell us that negative is actually more effective in getting people out to vote than positive messages? >> sad but true. i'm glad that the secretary is going out there and talking to
folks and saying that things that are positive about her record, her accomplishments, but how she'll lead this country forward. that's all important, because at the end of the day when she becomes president, people will want to know how we're going to move forward. i do find it interesting that you were gracious in trying to correct donald trump's record for him. it is unfortunate journalists have to help him correct his own words. but that's what we're left with. a guy running for president who continues to be gracious and -- continues to misspeak about his own record, and then lies about his opponent's record. i'm glad hillary clinton is talking positively about her accomplishments, and about this country's feature. but let's not forget that all we have to do is use donald trump's words to show how negative he has been, and how negative the future with him would be. >> look, with 60 days look, it is incumbent upon journalists to highlight facts and call out discrepancies and hypocrisy
where we see it and we try to do the same with hillary clinton. so back to the e-mail stuff. what is she going to say to put it -- look, it keeps bubbling up. every week, we learn new information. the hammering was new information. so what is her plan in terms of speaking about it now? >> so let's be clear. it was maybe new information the way donald trump presented it, but it wasn't new information that the fbi and others who investigated this didn't already know. it is just that republicans have decided to sort of dlib and drab out information a so they can make you believe there is new information and maybe there is something that we have not been told. this is all been investigated. let's be clear about that. so there is nothing new in terms of what we'll learn. but it doesn't surprise me. we have in this house of representatives at a time when we're three weeks away from a government shut down by republicans again, because they haven't passed a budget, because republicans have failed to fund
zika virus prevention moneys, and to combat zika virus who have contracted the zika virus, we haven't done anything for flint, michigan, residents who are drinking contaminated water, that's what republicans have decided to focus on. an investigation of the investigators, of the fbi. i get it. it is an election year. they're going to do it. that's not the way most americans want to proceed. does it surprise me hillary clinton is doing positive ads, no. that's the only thing they can hang their hats on. we'll hear about this until election day. i hope hillary clinton will talk about the positive things about what she is doing and what she has done and she will become the next president. >> thanks so much for being on "new day." so which one of these candidates will keep you safe? that's a fundamental question in this election.
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it is ugly and it is urgent. that would be the battle between hillary clinton and donald trump. now focused on national security. donald trump is taking heat for defending russian president putin during an interview a aired on russian tv. his running mate doubling do you know which made be even more odd. let's discuss with david axelrod, cnn political commentator and senior advisor to president obama. ax, we're all familiar with the play, which is to say obama is weak, putin is strong. that comes with heat. usually pence, the governor from indiana, would play the role saying here is what he means. but not this time. here is what he said. >> i think it is inarguable that vladimir putin has been a stronger leader than barack obama has been in this country. that's going to change the day
that donald trump becomes president of the united states of america. >> what can that mean that would be effective for their campaign? >> well, i don't know. it may be that their ideas to rally republicans. donald trump is so fond of quoting polls, you think he would read the ones where the president has a majority getting him high marks for his presidency. he has a positive approval rating, one of the few people on the current scene who can boast that. so you know, i think that most americans were kind of scratching their heads about what trump said, because as has been pointed out ad nauseam, putin is a dictator, a ruthless leader. nobody in america, or few people in america thinks that's the direction we ought to go.
the thing that was so odd with pence is not that he just defended the comment, because that's the role he has assumed for himself, but did it at the reagan library, where you know, when you think back to ronald reagan, he called russia the evil empire. he was so fundamentally at that time anti-soviet, as a leader and was very clear with the difference in our systems. so really awkward stagecraft for the trump campaign there. >> but is mike pence supposed to be the defender? is that his role? is he is supposed to be the clean-up guy? donald trump says something, and mike pence, you know, explains it. >> it is hard to explain this one. i do think that there is a reflex of notion on the part of republicans, mike pence comes out of house republican caucus to go to anti-obama rhetoric to rally the base, and perhaps that's what he thought he was doing. he is walking a really
interesting line here, because a lot of the allies that he had who promoted him for the vice-presidential nomination, including speaker ryan, walked away from those remarks of donald trump, and he is left there to defend them. it is a tough spot to be in. it will be interesting to see if trump doesn't win, what pence's status is at the end of the campaign. >> ax, you had to deal with this in 2008 and it is here again now getting discussion and rightly so. the idea that hillary clinton is held to a different standard, and whether or not that has anything to do with gender, this was teed off this particular round of conversation by reince priebus of the rnc, saying she didn't smile, you know, he was talking about her demeanor why she didn't do well at the forum. what is your experience in running against clinton? what is the reality about the coverage? >> i think that in this particular case, i do think that
she got the short end of the stick in the forum. i think that she was treated differently than trump was treated, whether or not it was because she is a woman, i think it is another question. i don't think that it is helpful to her if her supporters beat that drum too loudly each time she is criticized. i thought that priebus was foolish to use that formulation. she did look irritated in that particular half hour, and she had a reason to be irritated, because so much of it was devoted to one issue. but you know, to put it in those terms, probably was a misjudgment on his part. he opened himself up to that kind of criticism. >> so david, how do you explain what we're seeing in the polls, the national polls show a dead heat, and now the battleground state polls, which arguably are more important, show the margin narrowing between the two? >> look, let me say two things.
we are a deeply divided country politically and we've known that for a long time. closely divided country politically. secondly, battleground states are called battleground states because by definition, they are closely contested states. the things that's been surprising is that a number of states that we considered battleground states in the past, colorado, virginia, new hampshire, have become less so in this campaign, because of the peculiar dynamics of this campaign. but i would just caution all of us not to react to any specific group of polls or polls on -- at a given moment and extrapolate from there. i would look at the average of these polls. she is probably ahead by a few points nationally and she is ahead in all or most of the battleground states. she is in a stronger position than donald trump right now, and she has the apparatus to deliver the vote at the end of this
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i come in with you. i want to come in with you. he says yes. come in with me. never leave my side. i hear screams and right to my right, there was two people on fire, burning. i just didn't want to film it. it was like no one, no one should see this. >> joining us now, the executive producers of "9/11" 15 years later, the brothers are with us here. thank you very much for being with us. a day that certainly you will never forget as well. take us through why you think it is important 15 years later for people to keep in their minds what happened that day. >> well, i think, you know, the day defined that kind of new era in a way for a lot of people, for a new generation. they don't know terrorism before
9/11. and to be reminded of the courage that happened on that day, the first responders, the victims, everyday new yorkers, bonded together. i think that's something we need to continue to honor. the problem also as we see is that it was 15 years ago, but sometimes it feels like yesterday. we hear another friend, a firefighter passes away from cancers. here we are, 15 years later, and 9/11 still kills. people don't know that. i think it is important to continue to honor the memory of the people that perished, but also the people who did fantastic things that day, and keep it in our hearts, and remember. >> there were so many striking vivid memories from that day. you guys are the only people to get video from inside the towers when this was all happening. you didn't know you were going to be doing a documentary. you were shadowing a firefighter. what sticks with you today from
that day, gedeon? >> definitely, we have two choice. all we can remember, how horrible the day was and be completely depressed about it. and just stay home and not want to leave. or we can remember the extraordinary courage that the firefighters and all the first responders, and as jules said, civilians showcased on this. and this, for me, whenever i'm afraid, doubting, i'm depressed, that's what i remember. the courage of the first responders, and that lift me up. still 15 years later. >> such a good reminder. >> it is so confusing for people. you can't have one without the other. and that's why there is so much torment, even 15 years later. and for the collective community, that's what makes 9/11 different. it affected everyone in america certainly, you could argue well beyond our borders.
like nothing else ever has. do you think there could ever be another 9/11? not from a terror perspective? i'm saying from an event that would mean so much to the people at the time it happened? >> well, probably. you see, we have cyclical events, whether it was jfk was shot, or you know, now it is 9/11. there might be, we all wish they wouldn't, but life is such. things always come back. who knows. i hope not, but. >> to update this, your documentary, you went back and re-visited the families of the firefighters and the victims, and what did you learn 15 years later with where they are? >> well, it is very interesting, because you notice that among firefighters, many who were married for example, at that time went through some tough psychological trauma. >> of course. >> and unfortunately, many got divorced. it is interesting to see that many firefighters and first
responders who were single at that time got married since. >> and many of their children want to follow in their footsteps and have become firefighters and first responders. >> one of the amazing stories that we tried to show is they're called the legacy kids. these are children of firefighter whose died either in the towers or due to the cancers of 9/11, and have made the incredible choice of becoming firefighters themselves. >> everyone will see that. jules, gedeon, cnn film presents, "9/11, 15 years later." one of the people we like to celebrate here on the show every friday. a first responder who went beyond the call of duty. next. get back to great. this week 50% off all backpacks. office depot officemax.
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firefighter steven silver was heading home when he heard a plane hit the twin towers. he raced to the scene, not knowing he would make it out alive. john berman has this week's beyond the call of duty. >> we believe that he was in the south tower. he was never recovered. there is another, you know, another great person that died that day. >> it was a near perfect september morning.
firefighter steven silver finished his overnight shift with squad one, elite union trained to rescue other firefighters. he was headed to play golf with his three brothers. >> we were pumped up because we have four brothers, getting together to play golf. everybody, very busy. steven, already with five kids. you know, heard on the scanner what happened and he turned his truck around. >> the golf date would never happened. steven, who dreamed of being a firefighter since he was a teen, turned his truck to the twin towers, but could only get as close as the brooklyn battery tunnel. it was blocked. but it didn't stop him. >> it came to a halt, got out calmly, and started running through the tunnel. that tunnel is nearly two miles long. >> that heroic run, loaded down with 630 pounds of gear became the driving force of the foundation created by his family in steven's honor. >> wanted his kids to know his
dad was a hero. we didn't have a great lofty goals when we started the foundation, when his friend came up with the idea, running through the tunnel like he did, i was like, you know the right thing when you hear it. >> the race called tunnel to towers is part of the nationally recognized steven siller foundation, and raised more than $70 million. >> the whole day is just a great celebration of everybody's life that was lost that day. >> steven will be turning 50 in november. >> november 15th, would he have been turning 50, yes. >> what kind of 50-year-old do you think steven would have made? >> i think he would have been a very young 50-year-old. loved been a firefighter, so he would still definitely be a firefighter. he would have had over 20 years already. would he have been able to retire. but there is no way he would have retired. he loved the challenge of being able to save people. knowing steven, he probably liked the fear factor involved. you know, he had guts. he loved the brotherhood.
>> you could talk to steven one more time, what would you tell him? >> i'm provide of you. all your siblings are, your wife, your kids, the whole community is. you did something special, steve. >> john berman, cnn, new york. >> gosh, that's beautiful. what an important story to remember, and just one of the thousands from that day. >> have a good weekend everyone. time for "newsroom" with carol costello. >> thanks so much. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," north korea hits the button and could be the most powerful nuclear test ever. world leaders outraged. oh how the u.s. is responding. plus praising putin. controversy comments from donald trump and his running mate. >> vladimir putin has been a stronger leader in his country than barack obama has been in this country. sc hillary clinton, calling it