tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN November 23, 2016 1:00am-2:01am PST
♪ the trump transition team keeping america in suspense. who will be next to land a cabinet position? curious comments on conflicts of interest. why the president-elect says the laws are on his side. and a strange trend uncovered in three battleground states. why some say hillary clinton should demand a recount. >> nice to see you boris. i'm christine romans. it's 4:00 a.m. in the east. good morning, everyone. we'll get an update from the trump transition team when they hold a conference call with
reporters. he is set to release a thanksgiving day message from mar-a-lago. a sit-down with "the new york times" reporters and columnists among the newsmaking highlights, trump backed off his promise to prosecute hillary clinton. this as sources tell cnn mitt romney is thinking hard about taking the job of secretary of state if trump should offer it to him. let's bring in cnn's jim acosta for all the latest. >> boris and christine, cnn has learned that mitt romney is seriously considering joining donald trump's transition team as secretary of state. he'll be likely be consulting with the family over the thanksgiving day holiday. it will send a message that trump is open to moderating the situation. trump is looking at toning down the situation in a wide interview with "the new york times." urging the prosecution of hillary clinton, something he vowed to do during the campaign.
and top advisers say it's a signal that trump is ready to move on. >> look, there's tradition in american politics after you win an election to sort of put things behind you, and if that's a decision he reached, it's perfectly consistent with kind of an historical pattern of things come up. we say a lot of things. even some bad things might happen and you can sort of put it behind you to reunite the administration. >> as for the prospect of romney joining the administration, that will not be made until next week. >> trump's 75-minute with "the new york times" yesterday it wasn't tell vievised. on whether climate change is man made or not, trump said, quote, i think there is some connectivity.
some something. it depends on how much. on conflict in the middle east, he said, quote, i would love to be the one who made peace with israel and the palestinians. that would be such a great achievement. trump was fuzzy on how exactly how to do that, he did suggest his jewish 35-year-old son-in-law jared kushner could help. >> and asked if it's not group i want to energize. and if they are energized, i want to to look into it and find out why. >> and finally, trump put aside any questions of conflictses of interest with his far-flung business empire. say, quote, the law's totally on my side. the president can't have a conflicts of interest. >> that raised a lot of questions, yes in legal circles.
also in that "the new york times" meeting, donald trump said selling his assets will be difficult because most are his holdings are real estate properties. in theory, i could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly. there's never been a case like this. federal law does not prohibit the president from holding assets. trump does not have to set up a blind trust but he is turning his businesses over to his adult children. he said his hotel is hotter. yesterday, boris, all three closing at record highs for a second day in a row. the dow cracked above 19,000 for the first time ever. since trump was elected the dow jones average would be up 700. it's as if people around the world are not taking donald
trump literally. they don't think he's going to be tough on mexico. they don't think he's going to be tough. they think he's going to cut infrastructure and small stocks are doing great. president-elect trump tweeted out that he's seriously considering dr. ben carson for secretary of housing and urban development. the femur rivals met tuesday. he's honored by trump's insistence that he take a cabinet post and that he's going to spend the next few days thinking it over. he said he would actually prefer to advise trump from outside the administration. michele rhee said she would not be pursuing education secretary post. on tuesday, she tweeted i have appreciated the opportunity to share my thoughts on education with the president-elect of the united states. our job as americans is to want
him to succeed. jared kushner revealing he played a pivotal role for his father-in-law by setting up a secret data operation. he called some friends in silicon valley and they helped him develop a social mediaia targeting strategy that involves a 100-person team for fund-raising, messaging and voter targeting. it's one of the most fascinating things about the campaign. if you look at how much money and the democrats spent, versus how much donald trump spent, a lot more bang for the buck. >> absolutely. with the clinton campaign, and super pacs affiliated with the clinton campaign spent on advertising. election gurus are saying he's not spending enough money on advertising -- well, guess what. a computer scientist is urging hillary clinton to demand a recount. voter levels in wisconsin,
michigan, and pennsylvania may have been hacked. they say clinton performed 7% worse in counties that use electronic voting than in counties that use paper ballots. they have not found evidence that proves hacking, but they say this is a pattern that needs to be investigated. clinton would have to take all three states to change the results of the election. the deadline to file in wisconsin is friday. >> election officials have maintained it's almost impossible to hack these voting machines, but it's interesting to look at the data. federal investigators are on the scene of a tragic school bus crash in chattanooga where five children were killed. they're focusing on the driver's record. should he have been behind the wheel? so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan,
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city of chattanooga last night. mourners released dozens of balloons into the night sky. neighbors and friends try to make sense of this unimaginable tragedy. we get more from cnn's martin savidge. >> reporter: good morning, christine, good morning, boris. investigators will be going over the crash site itself trying to determine not just what happened, but also why it happened. a lot of the focus of their investigation is on the bus driver, 24-year-old johnthony walker. it turned out he only had this commercial driver's license since april. and was involved in a crash as recently as september. he's continuing to cooperate with authorities and another facet here. and that is the treatment of those children still injured. there are six that are in critical condition. the focus there are trying to heal a very severe spinal cord as well as possible head injuries. there were a lot of children
when they came in, the fact that they were so young, they had no way to identify them. and many of these children couldn't say who they were, and their telephone numbers. how did they reunite them? parents came in with photographs. most of them carry them on their cell phones. that worked out well. that's enough of the photographs that parents have. when they realize there were parents showing up with photographs that children were not back in the e.r. boris and christine. >> oh, my, a terrible story. thank you. a kansas city water park tearing down a slide linked to the death of a young boy. caleb schwab suffered a fatal injury. authorities found the 10-year-old boy dead at the bottom of the shrine. officials of the slide will be
rebuilt and replaced. the suspect in connection with the shooting of a wayne state university police officer. officials say officer colin rose was shot in the head while stopping a man on a bicycle on campus. the officer is now in surgery, in critical but stable condition. to the fight against isis now, entering a new phase in and around mosul. shia-led rebels, in the major hub around isis. phil. >> good morning, christine, boris. iraqi forces are continuing a slow but difficult advance through the neighborhoods of eastern mosul. every day, they are taking new ground, but then they're having to fight to clear and hold it. and it seems they're paying a price. iraqi officials won't reveal the casualty figures while the
operation is still under way. but the reports we're hearing from inside the city and surrounding hospitals indicate the casualties are high. the waves of suicide car bombs. the narrowing streets, the commitment of the isis fighters resisting themselves fiercely, are all making progress slow but difficult. west of the city in the region between mosul and the syrian border, that's where paramilitary groups are working to clear ground. but also cut isis off from that territory below syria. the paramilitary groups are working to surround the city of tal afar. we're told these paramilitary groups are now getting ready to move into the city of tal afar. this is potentially a real concern. the population of tal afar is around 50,000. all of the sunni muslims,
paramilitary groups are predom nents predominantly shia. the real concern is that tal afar could become the scene of the terrible bloodletting this has become so famous for. what happens there could define the credibility of of the entire military operation against isis in northern irrake. christine, boris, back to you. >> phil black, thank you. president obama has reduced the sentences of 79 more federal prisoners. a milestone for his record setting efforts to reduce sentences. the president says he hopes to bring the existing sentences more in line for nonviolent drug crimes. a growing number of democrats are hoping joe biden will head up the dnc once he leaves office. what does the vice president
the crisis in aleppo growing nor dire by the hour. the rebel-held city reduced to rubble by the heaviest syria are regime since 2011. more than 300 people killed since last week. 275,000 civilians are trapped without access to medical care. both sides are now accusing each other of using chemical weapons. it's a terrible, offing broken record here, this city reduced to rubble. people trapped in here. and really no end in sight. what you can tell us here?
>> absolutely no end in sight at this point, christine. to this violence that seems to be escalating in and around the aleppo, a lot of concern about ground movement, the ground incursion in aleppo by regime, this is what you hear from people that we speak to on the ground in eastern aleppo. now, when it comes to claims of use of chemical weapons, very dangerous escalations on both sides in this conflict. and issue that now accusing each other of using chemical weapons in the past few weeks. we've heard from the syrian regime and allies saying that the rebels have used chemicals in attacks on regime-held aleppo. they say they have proof of this. they have fragments of cells that campaign chemicals like
chlorine and white fophosphorou. and last night, we heard from the opcw saying that the situation is really dangerous on the ground. they're not able to investigate this on the ground. and they're asking officials to provide them whatever samples they have to investigate this. now at the same time, we're seeing videos month, allegations coming from eastern aleppo. medical stafl activists and residents saying that the regime have been dropping barrel bombs infused with chlorine gas. that has led to one case, they claim to the killing of one family, and several other incidents including last night, where they say there had been another incident. four barrel bombs containing chlorine gas allegedly dropped on a neighborhood. yet again in this conflict, it's not the first time that we hear allegations of use of chemical weapons and these red lines being crossed again and no one accountable for it. >> jomana, thank you so much for
covering that difficult story for us. back to the u.s., north carolina governor pat mccrory has filed papers claiming a recount. cooper has declared victory calling himself govern-elect. his campaign manager says mccrory's last-ditch effort offers no path to victory. >> vice president biden shooting down the idea of becoming the head of the dnc. an election will be held in the spring to precede interim chairwoman donna brazile. a lot of people getting ready to travel. but the snow is moving through the upper midwest. one of the year's busiest travel
days. meteorologi meteorologist pedram javaheri joins us. >> clear conditions generally speaking, mild temperatures across alabama, mississippi, georgia and parts of florida remain mild. parts of texas, some severe weather, a report a tornado, the first of the month, actually, yesterday afternoon. that could spark a few isolated strong storms. that same front takes you all the way to the upper midwest. that's when the major headaches could be in place when it comes to wet weather but winter weather as well. chicago, 43 degrees. north of chicago, minneapolis, should be just cold enough to mix in snow across the early morning hours and certainly could accumulate a few inches off of this. that storm impacts the northeast and could impact parts of the macy's thanksgiving day parade. and about 2 to 4 inches of
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transition team scheduled to have a conference call with reporters. he's set to release a thanksgiving day message from mar-a-lago where he's spending the rest of the week. trump flew down to florida after a wide ranging interview with "the new york times" editors and columnists. sources tell cnn that mitt romney is thinking hard about taking the job as secretary of state in offered to him. >> boris and christine, cnn has learned mitt romney is seriously considering the possibility of joining donald trump's administration as secretary of state-a source familiar with transition discussion says it's likely that the 2012 nominee will be consulting with his family over the thanksgiving day holiday. a decision for trump. and trump revealing he's hoping to toning down the
administration and top advisers say it's a signal trump is ready to move on. >> look, there's a tradition in american politics, that after you win an election, you sort of put things behind eye, if that's the decision he reached, that's perfectly consistent with sort of an historical pattern of things come up. we say a lot of things. even some bad things might happen. and then you can sort of put it behind you in order to unite the nation. as for romney joining the trump administration sources say a decision is not expected until next week. boris and christine. >> a lot to mull over. the interview with "the new york times" was not televised or live streamed. instead, reporters blasted the remarks live on twitter. 140 characters at a time. in many case trump's statements came in in contrast to remarks that he made on the campaign trail of whether climate change is man made.
trump said i think there's some connectivity. some something, it depends on how much. on conflict in the middle east. he said, i would love to be the one who made peace with israel and the palestinians. >> and with the alt-right celebrating his election, trump disavowed them. and said it's not a group i want to energize. if they are energized i want to look and see why. keep in mind, bannon is the former head of breitbart news. bannon himself called the platform for the alt-right. and finally trump swept aside any conflict of interest with his business empire. he said, quote, the law is totally on my side.
the conflict canpresident can't conflict of interest. and according to a recent federal income tax filing obtained by cnn a nonprofit watchdog. on the return, a foundation checked the yes box when asked did the foundation transfer any income or assets to a disqualified person or make any other available for the benefit of a use of a disqualified person. disqualified person is irs speak for someone related to those people. the file diagnose not disclose who that person was. the trump team did not respond to our request for comment. donald trump, the president-elect is making history in the stock market. the dow jones industrial average cracks above 19,000. closes above there for the first time ever on tuesday. the dow now up 9% this year, a 3% rally. boris, it's up almost 700% since donald trump was elected.
records now on the s&p 500 and russell 2000. it's small cap stockings. all four of those averages moving higher together. that hasn't happened since 1999. looking bright again, the stock markets in europe have just opened. they are mixed in asia. and the u.s. stock market is closed tomorrow for thanksgiving. >> unexpected by almost any measure. >> absolutely. people kept saying donald trump if you took him at his word, his policies for trade administration, had could be disastrous for the global economy. it looks as if global investors are not taking him at his word. they think the governing president-elect is going to be. and the former rivals met at trump tower on tuesday. the retired neurosurgeon is lowered by trump's insistence
that he take a cabinet post and that he's going to spend the thanksgiving holiday thinking it over. and also made it clear that he would prefer to advise trump outside of the administration. michelle rhee said she will not be pursuing the post of education secretary. on tuesday, she tweeted i have appreciated 9 opportunity to share my thoughts on edition with the president-elect of the united states. our job as americans is to want him to succeed. jared kushner revealing he played a pivotal role in the election of his father-in-law by setting up a secret data operation. that involved a 100 person team in san antonio working on fund-raising, voter messages and targeting to get the most out of a lean budget. >> you remember all of that, donald trump is not spending
enough on television commercials. donald trump is spending too much on nontraditional ways of getting voters. and a computer expert is urging hillary clinton to demand a recount. they might voting in wisconsin, michigan and pennsylvania may have been hacked. in counties using electronic voting than paper ballots or scanners. scientists have told officials they have not found evidence that proved hacking, but they say this pattern is suspicious. it needs to be investigated. clinton would have to take all three states, by the way, to change the election. the deadline is friday. we've been following this heart wrenching story out of tennessee. five kids killed in a school bus crash. there are new questions this morning about the man who is behind the wheel. should he have been driving that bus? who says i shouldn't have a soda every day?
grief and anxiouser gripping the city of chattanooga. tears were flowing last night at a viging for five young children killed in a gruesome bus crash. mourners released dozens of balloons in the sky. >> neighbors and friends trying to make sense of this unimaginable tragedy. we get more from martin savidge. >> reporter: good morning, boris, good morning, christine. ers investigators will be trying to determine what happened, but why it happened. a lot of the focus on the investigation is on the bus driver, the 24-year-old john anthonyny walker. it turns out he only had his commercial driver's license since april. and he was involved, paerchtsly, in a bus crash as recently as september. he is continuing to cooperate with authorities.
and another facet here. that is, the treatment of those children still injured. there are six said to be in critical condition. the focus there is trying to heal very severe spinal cord as well as possible head injuries. there were a lot of children when they came in. one of the things unexpected was the fact they were so young. they had no way to identify them. they couldn't say who they are. where they lived. they didn't even know their telephone numbers. how did they reunite them, parents came in with photographs, most of us carry them on our cell phones. that worked out well. they were able to find out what children they have in the e.r. and matched them up with photographs that parents have. until one poignant moment when they were showing up with photographs and children were nut back in the e.r. boris and christine. a kansas city water park will be tearing down a slide linked to the death of a young boy.
caleb schwab suffered a fatal injure. they found the 10-year-old dead at the bottom of the slide. officials say the water slide will be replaced once the investigation over caleb's death is complete. and police have arrested a suspect, officer collin rose was shot in the head while stopping a man on a bicycle off campus. the officer is in substantial condition officials say he faces, quote, a tough road to climb. shiite-led units are launching a fresh military operation west of that area trying to fully surround tall far. a major hub for isis. cnn phil black speaks on the larger efforts to bring down the terror group. iraqi forces are continuing a slow but difficult advance through the neighborhoods of
eastern mosul. every day, they are taking new ground, but then they're having to fight to clear and hold it. and it seems they're paying a price. iraqi officials won't reveal the casualty figures while the operation is still under way. but the reports we're hearing from inside the city and surrounding hospitals indicate those casualties are high. the waves of suicide car bombs, the narrow streets, the commitment of the isis fighters who are resisting fiercely, it's all making progress very slow and difficult. now, there is also important fighting taking place west of the city in the region between mosul and the syrian border. that's where paramilitary groups are working to clear ground. but also cut mosul off from that isis-controlled territory across the border in syria. the paramilitary groups are now working to surround the city of tal afar. they are backed up by the iraqi air force which says it killed ten isis fighters in recent air
strikes. and we're told the paramilitary groups are now getting ready to move into the city of tal afar. and this is a real concern. the population of tal afar, remaining population is around 50,000. all the sunni militants and paramilitary groups are predom nentsly shia. they have a reputation of conflingting, terrible retribution against sunnis who have collaborated with isis. so, the real concern now is tal afar could become the scene of the terrible bloodletting this country has become so famous for. what happens there, could define the credibility of the entire military operation against isis. in northern iraq. christine, boris, back to you. >> phil, thank you for that. president obama has reduced the sentences of 79 more federal prisoners. that now marks his 1,000th commutation, a milestone for record-setting efforts to reduce harsh sentences. the president says he hopes to bring the existing sentences of inmates more in line with
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the crisis in aleppo is growing more dire by the hour. the rebel-held city reduced to rubble by the heaviest regime strikes since 2011. over 300 people have been killed since last week. and 275,000 civilians are trapped without access to medical care. both sides are now actually accusing each other of using chemical weapons. cnn's jomana karadsheh is tracking developments live. good morning, jomana. now the accusations, both sides using chemical weapons, certainly not a surprise, but what do we know about the rebels using these? >> well, boris, these are
allegations that are coming from the syrian regime and their allies, the russians. over the past couple of weeks, we've heard the claims, they're saying that the rebels have used chlorine gas and used white phosphorous in attacks in aleppo. we do know from observers, west aleppo has come under bottom bartment by rebel forces this month, where 60 people were killed, including women and children. but these allegations, the russians say they have fragments of these shells they say contain traces of these chemicals. and they've asked the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to investigate, and to look into the so-called evidence that they have. last night we heard from the opcw saying they have received a request. and asking them to deliver the evidence either to the hague
where the headquarters of opcw are on to around aleppo. at the same time, we're seeing videos or claims of gas attacks in eastern aleppo. these are by, you know, videos that have come out from activists. we've heard this from medical staff on the ground. they say there's been several cases over the past week, including last night where the barrel bombs, infused with what they claim to be chlorine gas dropped by the regime. they say in one incident, allegedly a family of six has been killed. now, we're not on the ground. it is very difficult to verify these claims. but at the end of the day, it is the civilians who are caught in the middle of this conflict who seem to be the victims who are continuing here, while we're just hearing these allegations from both sides, boris. >> and many of them saying they have nowhere to go, not trusting that the humanitarian corridors that may provide an avenue to escape are safe? >> absolutely.
that is one of the biggest issues. as you're talking about a population of about 275,000 people in eastern aleppo, understand siege since july by the regime and allied forces. now, why they can't leave, some say they don't have anywhere else to go, aleppo is their home. and again, some saying, as you mentioned they do not trust the regime when it comes to leaving but also reportedly rebel groups and these are groups, we have not verify because it's so dangerous on the ground and we do not have access to aleppo, but they say it's the rebel groups that are stopping civilians from leaving. very difficult to know what is going on. at the end of the day, 275,000 people facing this onslaught and military crisis of food running out and critical supplies in eastern aleppo about to run out. >> unbelievable, seeing the images, children caught in the middle of that. reporting live, thank you.
north carolina republican governor pat mccrory has filed papers claiming widespread election fraud. roy cooper is ahead in the state's unofficial vote count by more than 6,000 votes. he's declared victory and started calling himself governor-elect. koorm's campaign manager says mccrory's last-ditch effort offers no path to victory. >> the presidential medal of honor at the white house came to a complete standstill. that's because some of the honorees took part in a mannequin challenge. bruce springsteen, diana ross and michael jordan, tom hanks all turning into a mannequin for a few second, more light harded news. president obama getting set to carry out a classic white house tradition on thanksgiving. >> one final time, his final
turkey pardon. he will commute the sentence for one of two birds, tater and tot worth the same day in july. there can be no accusations of ages. fortunately, neither will end up on your thanksgiving table. both birds will be sent to their new home at virginia tech. >> one of the odder white house traditions, no question. from turkeys to bowls. let's get a check. donald trump making history. the dow closing at 19,000 on tuesday. the dow is up 9% this year. up 3% since trump was elected. that's about 700 points of a trump rally there in the dow. the nasdaq, the s&p 500, record highs there. russell 2000. small cap stocks, record high ther and it looks again today for more gains. u.s. stock futures are up again.
stock markets in europe are up slightly in early trading. they just opened an hour or so. shanghai mixed overnight. millions of workers about to get a raise thanks to new overtime rules pass by the white house. not anytime. a federal judge in texas suspended that rule from going into effect. it's a major blow to a really important goal of the obama administration to raise wages for working americans. ruling findings it's overreached its authorities by raising the overtime limits. here's what would have happened on december 1st. the salary threshold was set to increase from $450 per week to $914. to nearly 47,500. the labor department said it would protect overtime for 2.4 million workers. >> get ready for the highways
traveling for thanksgiving. aaa forecasts 54 million americans will take the road. one of the big residence for the increase, low gas prices. 11 states have prices below $2 a gallon. the national average, $2.13. down 9 centers. prices were lower this time last year, that's when that crude oil crash began. >> certainly good news for travelers. >> more business news, check out the cnn money app. download it now at the app store. go, go. >> get to work on that. >> you're taking three days to do that! >> "early start" continues right now. the trump transition team keeps america in suspense. who will be next to land a cabinet position? curious comments on conflicts of interest. why the president-elect says the laws are on his side. and a strange trend uncovered in three battleground states. why some computer scientists say
hillary clinton could demand a recount. good morning, everybody. welcome to "early start" this thanksgiving eve. i'm christine romans. >> always a pleasure to be here. i'm boris sanchez. it's wednesday, november 23rd. 5:00 a.m. in the east coast. we start with the update we're expecting on the latest we're expecting from the trump transition team when they hold a conference call with reporters. we're also set to hear from the president-elect himself. he's set to release a thanksgiving message from mar-a-lago where he's spending the rest of the holiday week. trump through down to florida after a wide raining sitdown with "the new york times" editors, reporters and columnists, trump backing off his promise to prosecute hillary clinton. and this after mitt romney said he's thinking hard on taking the job as secretary of state. >> boris and christine, cnn has learned mitt romney is seriously considering the possibility of
joining donald trump administration as secretary of state. a source familiar said it's likely the 2012 nominee will be consulting with his family over the thanksgiving day weekend. it would send a message that trump is open to moderating his situation. in a wide ranging interview with "the new york times." the president-elect told the "times," he's leaning against urging against the prosecution of hillary clinton. >> look, there's a tradition in american politics. american politics after you win an election to sort of put things behind you, and if that's a decision he reached, it's perfectly consistent with kind of an historical pattern of things come up. we say a lot of things. even some bad things might happen and you can sort of put it behind you in toward unite the administration. >> as for the prospect of romney joining the administration, that will not be made until next week.