tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN September 16, 2016 1:00am-2:01am PDT
i'm glad you could join us this evening. i'll be right back here tomorrow. breaking overnight. a big admission from the trump campaign. saying once and for all president obama was born in the usa. but it came hours after trump himself refused to concede that fact. what will trump say today? in the meantime, hillary clinton back on the campaign trail after a bout with pneumonia. why she says that time was useful. now what she will do to try to stop the back slide. welcome to "early start." i'm george howell. >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east.
breaking overnight. trump's campaign saying that trump believes president obama was born in the united states. it is a reversal for the candidate. just yesterday, trump told the washington post, i'll answer that question at right time. i don't want to answer it yet. that was yesterday to "the washington post." hours later, trump's campaign was crediting him for ending the controversy years ago while blame the hillary clinton for bringing it up in the 2008 primary race. in 2011, in trump was able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling president obama to release his birth certificate. mr. trump did a service to the people by bringing the closure to the issue that hillary clinton's team first raised.
it is no worthy that the statement came from the campaign and not trump himself. we may hear from him when he visits the republican headquarters. hillary clinton is back on the campaign trail. we have brianna keilar with more. >> reporter: good morning, christine and george. spokesman for the trump campaign released a statement having successfully obtained president obama's birth certificate when others could not, mr. trump believes president obama was born in the united states. this is something that we have heard from top campaign officials before. we have not heard this from donald trump himself. this is a spokesman. for years, trump questioned the birth place or dodged when asked to give a definitive answer on the topic. that is what we are waiting for. does the candidate repeat what his campaign is saying. the timing is significant. the statement came hours after
trump's comments to "the washington post" were published. the post asked him if obama was answered in the united states. he said i'll have the question at the right time. still he has not. hillary clinton jump on what he said. she said this while addressing the congressional hispanic caucus institute at the annual gala. >> today, he did it again. he was asked one more time. where was president obama born? and he still wouldn't say hawaii. he still would not say america. this man wants to be our next president? when will he stop this ugliness? this bigotry? >> reporter: this playing out as trump is making a play for
african-american voters or some see it as a play for voters turned off by what they believe is a belated and ineffective reach to the community. hillary clinton has been losing ground to third party candidates. she was quick to seize on trump's misstep. these birther comments, but off-putting to black voters. it is seen to delegitemize the president. and a pastor of the flint, michigan church, stopped his address once he criticized hillary clinton. george and christine. >> brianna keilar. >> clinton's campaign is trying to make it as hard as possible
to walk away from the birther controversy. the chief spokesman tweeting trump needs to say it himself on camera and admit he was wrong for trying to delegitemize the first african-american president. hillary clinton acknowledged her brush with pneumonia. >> it is great to be back on the campaign trail. it turns out having a few days to myself was actually a gift. the campaign trail doesn't really encourage reflection and it is important to sit with your thoughts every now and then and that did help me reconnect with what this whole campaign is about. >> clinton saying she took time to reconnect. on the republican side, trump
had a rally in new hampshire. the traveling press corps almost missed the event all to trump's delight. >> i have really good news for you. i just heard that the press is stuck on their airplane. they can't get here. i love it. so they're trying to get here now. they will be about 30 minutes late. they called us and said could you wait. i said absolutely not. let's get going. >> all this coming after trump unveiled details to the economic plan. made very bold optimistic predictions. claiming his proposals would return america to the big growth days of the 1990s. >> in working with my economic team, we have a plan to put us on goal to achieve that in the next ten years. under our plan, the economy will average 3.5% growth and create a
total of 25 million new jobs. >> he says that 4% growth may be larger. he boasted. it is obtainable. that hasn't happened since bill clinton was in office. fueled by a technology revolution. driven by computers and internet. before that, people did not have computers or e-mail. there were two recessions on the chart. one under george w. bush and the great recession which started in december of 2007 and lasted until the summer of 2009. as for the jobs market, trump can create 25 million jobs. under president obama, there have been 9.7 million net new jobs in office after a brutal start. the red bar is when hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost.
trump says this is the biggest jobs loss since the depression. he is right. this is no garden variety recession. how does he plan to reach the 3.5% to 4% growth? he will lower taxes and removing what he calls destructive regulations. he will negotiate new trade deals. that sounds great, but no president can walk in the us what and flip a switch. it will take time for any of the programs to be established and passed by congress which could prove difficult. a very optimistic plan here, george. 40 minutes talking about the economy and economists immediately sort of sharpening pencils and saying on paper this looks good. how do you do it? in the meantime, donald
trump jr. is under fire for a reference to the holocaust he used to defend his father. in his interview with the philadelphia radio station on wednesday, listen here to the comment that has the anti-defamation league calling for retraction. >> the media has been her number one surrogate. without the media, this would not be a contest. the media built her up and slide on every lie and every dnc game trying to get bernie sanders out of the thing. if republicans were doing that, they would be warming up the gas chamber. >> he claims he was referring to capital punishment, not the holocaust. on the matter of his father's tax returns, trump jr. insists it would be wrong to release them because it would create
questions and distract from the campaign. speaking at a dinner for the hispanic caucus institute, the president warming up the crowd saying the bitterness of the campaign threatens to alienate voters. >> if we're going to fix this broken system, then we're going to have to push back against bluster and falsehoods and promises of higher walls. look, throughout the political season, the talk is cut deeper than in years past. it is more personal. it's a little meaner. uglier. >> he told the crowd his successor will need to get meaningful immigration past. no matter how tough she is. on the frontlines in syria. thousands of people desperately
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the united states and russia accusing each other of violating a shaky cease-fire in syria. the violence continuing in pockets. 23 civilians killed by air strikes thirursday in a provinc not covered by the truce. human rights observers say it is unclear who is behind the attacks. the four-day old cease-fire is holding in aleppo, but hum humanitarian aid has yet to arrive there. frederik pleitgen picks up the story on what is called death row. >> reporter: good morning. it was a quiet night, george and christine, in aleppo. the cease-fire is pretty much
holding. we saw airplanes over the sky and we heard artillery shells and mortars fired as well. the big question on this friday is aid finally going to reach the eastern parts of the besieged city? that is something the united nations is working on. at this point, the trucks are still stuck between turkey and syria. there is a chance it could happen today, but there are still administrative hurdles. permissions from the syrian government and safety guarantees of free passage by rebel organizations to make it to that area. the u.n. says it is going its best. the route that aid is going to take is called the castello road. it seems there are preparations to allow that aid to get through. very difficult in the very
complex battle field to put a timeframe. we have been traveling around the city. i can tell you the destruction in aleppo is epic. we visited families in a frontline district and many living in the ruins of the houses. after so many years of war, they say just having that calm for a couple of days and cease-fire in place is something that they truly cherish. george and christine. >> fred, thank you so much for that. president obama's effort to close the prison in guantanamo bay suffering another setback. the house passing legislation to prevent the transfer of any remaining detainees to the u.s. homeland or third party countries. the vote comes a day after the intelligence report found two more prisoners had returned to terrorist activities since release. 17 minutes past the hour. back to politics after a wild day, donald trump taking his
campaign to "the tonight show." we have the highlights next. "hey! you get that memo too?" "it's just an alert from credit karma. they help me with this whole--being an adult thing." "credit karma seriously helped you feel like an adult?" "yeah." "free credit monitoring?" "i feel like it's working all ready." "credit karma. give yourself some credit."
donald trump letting his hair down sort of. during the appearance of "the tonight show." he played with jimmy fallon who was just itching to do something. >> thank you for giving us the material we're doing. it's been amazing to follow and exciting because you say some shocking things. i can't even believe. >> i'm trying not to anymore. >> you said before you never really apologized unless you
feel the need to apologize. >> i don't love apologizing. i'm not thrilled about apologizing, but i'll apologize if i'm wrong. >> have you played the board game sorry? >> i sort of like monopoly better. >> i read you eat fast food all the time. >> i eat it when we're traveling because we're on the plane. they have a name to preserve. mcdonald's or wendy's. i don't want to go into a restaurant and say mr. trump would like a hamburger to go. i don't know what they will do to that hamburger. if they like me, i'm happy. >> the next time i see you, you could be the president of the united states. i wonder if we could do something that is not
presidential. i want to do something while we are both civilians. >> like what? i'm not liking the sound of it. >> can i mess your hair up? >> go ahead. >> yes! >> he has pretty good comic timing. monopoly is a good answer. >> image of his hair messed up. >> you don't see that. good sport. donald trump's campaign now says president obama was born in the united states, but here's the question. will trump himself say those actual words? more on the birther drama and latest in the race for the white house next. ♪ day a rider made a.
breaking overnight, the trump campaign trying to set the record straight saying president obama was born in the united states. the problem is the candidate himself has not said those words directly. the question is will he say it? hillary clinton responding to the drama as she gets back on the trail after battling pneumonia. how will she try to stop her slide in the polls in the key battle ground states? welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm george howell. and donald trump's campaign says trump believes barack obama was born in the united states. this would be a major reversal for the candidate who rode the birther movement to prominence five years ago. he told the post i'll answer the question at the right time. i don't want to answer it yet. hours later, trump's campaign
was crediting him for ending the controversy years ago and blaming hillary clinton for bringing it up during the 2008 primary race. the statement says quote in 2011, mr. trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to conclusion by successfully compelling president obama to release his birth certificate. mr. trump did a great service by bringing closure to the issue that hillary clinton and her team first raised. now there are two note worthy things about that statement. first, it is factually untrue that hillary clinton raised doubts about whether barack obama was born in hawaii. that never happened. second, the statement came from the campaign, not from trump. what will we hear from him this morning with the visit to the republican headquarters this morning? as for hillary clinton, she back on the campaign trail trying to
stop the back slide she experienced in the polls while sidelines with pneumonia. cnn's brianna keilar has more. >> reporter: good morning. christine and george, a spokesman released a statement that says having successfully obtained president obama's birth certificate when others could not, mr. trump believes that president obama was born in the united states. now, this is something we have heard from top campaign officials before. we have not heard this from trump. in the statement, we are not. this is a spokesman. for years, donald trump has questioned president obama's birth place or dodged when asked to give a definitive answer on the topic. that is what we are waiting for. in the timing here is significant. the statement came hours after trump's comments to "the washington post" were published. the post asked him if obama was
born in the united states. still he has not answered that question. hillary clinton jumped on what he said. she said this while addressing the congressional hispanic caucus institute at the annual gala. >> today, he did it again. he was asked one more time. where was president obama born. and he still would not say hawaii. he still would not say america. this man wants to be our next president? when will he stop this ugliness. this bigotry. >> reporter: this playing out as donald trump is making a play for african-american voters or as some see it as a play for voters turned off by what they believe is a very belated and ineffective attempt to reach out
to the black community. hillary clinton has been losing ground here, not to trump, but third party candidates. she was quick to seize on trump's misstep with this c constituenc constituency. this is seen as an effort to delegitimize the first african-american president. and insulting the black pastor at the flint, michigan church. he called a mess the day after she calmly interrupted him. george and christine. >> brianna. the campaign seems to make it as hard as possible to walk away from birther campaign. trump needs to say it himself on camera and admit he was wrong for trying to delegitimize the
first african-american president. hillary clinton on stage in north carolina. clinton acknowledged her brush with pneumonia, but painted it as not all bad. >> it is great to be back on the campaign trail. it turns out having a few days to myself was actually a gift. you know, the campaign trail doesn't really encourage reflection. it's important to sit with your thoughts every now and then. that did help me reconnect with what this whole campaign is about. >> she used her sick days as a launch pad for talking about what we should give in the country for sick days. working parents cannot take a day off sick. they don't have that safety net. she used it as a launching pad for programs. >> focus in on those. on the republican side, donald
trump held a rally in new hampshire last night. the state where he won the nation's first primary. the traveling press corps almost missed the entire event. >> i have really good news for you. i just heard that the press is stuck on their airplane. they can't get here. i love it. so they're trying to get here now. they will be about 30 minutes late. they called us and said could you wait. i said absolutely not. let's get going. >> donald trump making major changes to his tax plan in the big economy speech. he said the plan will cut taxes by $4.4 trillion over ten years. >> by lowering rates, stream lining deductions and simplifying the process, we will add millions and millions of new jobs. in addition because we have strongly capped deductions for the wealthy and closed special
interest loophole, the tax relief will be focused on the middle class taxpayer. they will receive the biggest benefit. >> it is a plan he revised here to look more like paul ryan's plan. he would cut the seven tax brackets to three. houses making more than $225,000 would pay 33%. he promises more low and middle income americans would have no tax burden at all. he would limit itemized deductions. he would raise the standard deductions. the child care deductions and savings accounts for dependent care. companies could write off the entire expense of factories and manufacturing. trump said this would unleash an
economy by high regulation. the claim here from team trump is this is deficit neutral. more defense spending and don't touch the safety net. that doesn't cost anything? $2.6 trillion over ten years. the economy would grow so fast, people and businesses would make more money and may more taxes. he calls the penny plan to cut 1% from all non safety net and non military spending. those programs are 19% of the u.s. budget. social security and medicare are more expensive. he is putting budget cuts on the part of the budget which is the least part that needs to be trimmed. economists take issue with that of areas that don't need to be trimmed. it is just 1% a year and not a big deal. a lot to talk about on the tax front. there is so much in there.
you are finally getting meat on the bones about the plan. >> based in ideals here. >> you know, i say all budget and all tax plans are obviously aspirational. you need congress to get through. it shows you where the candidate is. overnight, he did not say his name, but president obama took unmistakable aim at trump's immigration rhetoric while speaking at the hispanic caucus. he said the bitterness of the campaign threatens to alienate voters. >> if we're going to fix this broken system, then we're going to have to push back against bluster and falsehoods and promises of higher walls. look, throughout the political season, you know, the talk around the issues is cut deeper than in years past. it is a little more personal.
a little meaner. little uglier. >> president obama there also telling the crowd that his successor will need the support of congress to get meaningful immigration reform passed no matter how tough she is. the president said. plenty of political headlines. we have not gotten to trump on "the tonight show." we will have that and more when brian stelter joins us. he is coming up next. wahhhh... right. in. your. stomach! watch this!... >>yikes, that ice cream was messing with you, wasn't it? try lactaid, it's real ice cream, without that annoying lactose. lactaid. it's the milk that doesn't mess with you.
>> who's counting? >> the official statement that the president of the united states is actually an american and born in the united states. it brings back the whole birther movement again. i want to read this statement because i'm going to be honest. journalists were laughing out loud when they read this when it came across. in 2011, mr. trump was able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling president obama to release the birth certificate. mr. trump did a great service to the president and country by bringing closure to the issue that hillary clinton and her team first raised. brian, i'll let you tell me what that statement says. >> birtherism was the original sin of the trump campaign. five years ago before he was campaigning, he rose to political fame by bringing up the notion of the president not being an american citizen. this is really an conspiracy
theory election because of birtherism. we heard trump bring up other ideas. this is the first one. this is the foundation. the fact it is september and we're still talking about whether trump believes our current president is an american citizen speaks volumes of the corrosive nature of the campaign. >> he didn't want to talk about that yesterday. >> that is what he said all year long. in june, he said i don't talk about that anymore. i would love to, but if i talk about that, that's all the press will cover. >> and now the press anxiously awaiting to see what trump says today about birtherism. >> it is curiosity because so many african-americans have been offended by this notion. many others as well, but especially in the african-american community. obamas is an historic figure and have his credibility questioned. it has been a problem for years. >> it is suggesting racist.
trying to delegitimize the first black president of the united states. >> that is the framework that trump is butting before african-american voters. that is a focus reaching out to african-americans. he will need the voters to win. >> right now, we know trump will have an event later today. it is now being called a campaign event. we will see if he takes questions or not and if he engages on this topic or not. we know some of his aides have wanted him to speak out and try to put it to rest. kellyanne conway and mike pence said trump briefs mr. obama is an american. the statement overnight and going a step further. it is not in trump's name. there will be doubts. >> it still throws bombs. he put it to rest and blaming hillary clinton saying she was the one who first accused the president. that is not true. >> the truth is back in 2004,
well before clinton and obama were running against each other. this idea spread early on in illinois. this discredited idea in 2004. in 2008, some hillary clinton supporters did seize on this idea. no evidence that clinton herself was promoting or suggesting. for trump to take credit for putting it to rest is laughable. it is the white house who released the birth certificate and have the president talk about it. it was president obama attacking on this issue that was note worthy in 2011. >> it will be interesting to see if he says it. >> i don't think this is a made up press issue. this is a real issue. it was a foundation issue for trump's campaign and rise to political prominence. we are talking about something that is elemental. if we can't agree on the fact on where the president was born.
we cannot have a debate. >> the most notable thing is what didn't happen. >> no stumble. no cough. no drama. she was showing and telling that she is feeling better after this bout of pneumonia. she did not seem 100%. she is still recovering. if she stumbled or trouble, that is all we would talk about today. it is note worthy to have a fine day on the campaign trail. >> came out on the stage to "i feel good" by james brown. at the same time, seizing on the birther issue. keep in mind, clinton is back sliding in the polls. this is seen as an opening for her to return. >> one of the rules is whoever we're talking about is losing. whoever we're not talking about is winning. when clinton tried to put it back on trump and seized on it. when trump said to "the washington post" said he would not talk about it, clinton talked about the refusal to talk about the issue. she is putting the pressure back on trump.
who is the focus is the person that slips in the polls. >> what was your favorite moment on "the tonight show?" >> the hair was wonderful. also fallon said what's changed in the election for you. he said the press is more and more vicious. >> listen. do we have a bite of it? monopoly one. >> you said on our show you never really apologize unless you really feel the need to apologize. >> i don't love apologizing. i'm not thrilled about apologizi apologizing. i'll apologize if i'm wrong. >> have you ever played the board game sorry? >> no, i sort of like monopoly better. >> you know, i tell you what -- >> you could be president of the united states. i just wanted to note there is
something we could do that is just not presidential really or something that we can do now we're both civilians like -- >> like what? i'm not liking the sound of this. go ahead. >> can i mess your hair up? >> go ahead. >> yeah! >> i tell you, this is the donald trump the hillary clinton has to fear at the debates. this is the donald trump that is compelling on television. he seems almost, dare i say, humble? between dr. oz and fallon, donald trump is a master of television. clinton needs to watch the clips. >> clinton has been criticized for being wonkish.
do facts matter here or feelings? >> a playfulness and like ability to the candidate. we heard of the khcharacteres o trump and clinton. >> clinton said i will never been a greatest showman as trump. she knows she cannot play the game as well. >> come back. get a cup of coffee. following the situation in syria. the civil war where thousands in aleppo desperately wait for humanitarian aid. how the officials can get it there before the cease-fire runs out. cnn is inside aleppo next.
welcome back to "early start." i'm george howell. the united states and russia accusing each other of violating a shaky cease-fire in syria. the violence continuing in pockets. 23 civilians killed by air strikes thursday in a province not covered by the current truce. human rights observers say there is still uncertainty as to who was behind the attacks. in the meantime, the four-day old cease-fire is holding in aleppo, but humanitarian aid has still yet to arrive there. cnn's frederik pleitgen reports the only way the aid can get to the towns that need it is by navigating an area called death road. that is where fred picks up the story. >> reporter: george and christine, it was a quiet night
in aleppo. we heard airplanes circling and occasional artillery shells firing and what appeared to us as mortars fired as well. the big question on this friday is aid finally going to reach the besieged eastern parts of the city. it is something the united nations has been working on, but at this point in time, trucks are stuck on the border between turkey and syria. we are hearing here on the ground is there is a chance it could happen today, but there are administrative hurdles. permissions from the syrian government and on the other hand, safety guarantees by rebel organizations to actually make it to that area so the u.n. says it is doing its best. the route that aid is going to take is called the castello road. i was able to go there yesterday and it seems as though there are preparations under way there to try to allow that aid to get through. again, very difficult and this
very complex battle field to put a timeframe on when that would be. we have been traveling the city and the destruction is epic. we visited families and many were living in the ruins of destroyed houses. for them, of course, after so many years of war, they say just having that calm for a couple days and cease-fire in place is what they cherish. >> fred, thank you. investors unsure about when the fed will raise interest rates. it is causing a see-saw. all three indices rallied. the dow lost 400 points and this week is back and forth. the fed meets next week and could give the market stability. donald trump slamming ford saying it will cut jobs when it
moves small car production to mexi mexico. now ford's ceo is saying trump is dead wrong. he tells poppy harlow his company is committed to making cars in the u.s. >> what we will be doing is replacing those products with two very exciting new products so not one job will be lost. most of our investment is here in the u.s. and that's the way it will continue to be. >> so mr. trump is wrong, is that correct, mark? >> that is correct. >> remarkable. a company facts checking a presidential candidate. earlier in the day, ford put a statement out saying it would be in the u.s. quote forever. the point ford is making, it has 80,000 employees in the u.s. 8,000 in mexico. it is moving production of small cars entirely to mexico. that wayne, michigan, plant, ford says, where the small car
jobs are will make two bigger cars there. better selling cars there. this is what a globalized north american market looks like. trump is dead wrong according to ford. >> it takes a company now to fact check a presidential candidate. "early start" continues right now. breaking overnight. a big admission from the trump campaign saying once and for all, president obama was born in the usa, but it came hours after trump once again refused to concede that fact. what will donald trump say today at rnc headquarters? and hillary clinton back on the campaign trail after her brush with pneumonia. why she says the time off was useful and now what she will do to stop the slide in the polls. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >>