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small local businesses that rely totally on tourists. >> absolutely. it's hard to imagine based on the pictures we're looking at, but i do know you're right about pigeon forge and the other areas. thank goodness they're okay. john madewell, we're thinking about you and the community. thank you so much. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. "the lead" starts right now. they warned everyone. they said if more of you voted for hillary clinton goldman sachs would end up running the country. critics accused him of building a foreclosure machine to pick the bones of the great recession. what could donald trump's pick for treasury secretary mean for his promise to drain the swamp? out of business? donald trump making a vow to leave his empire to his kids while he presidents for a while. but does that make everything legit on the questions of conflicts of interest? plus, donald trump once said you have to give credit to kim jong un. today a warning from a former
president that north korea could pose one of the greatest and earliest challenges for the next president. good afternoon, everyone. i am jake tapper. the trump team says there are four candidates left for the position of secretary of state. we are told that mitt romney and rudy giuliani are still in contention, with observers suggesting the other two are likely retired general david petraeus and senator bob corker. possibilities to run the department of defense remain up in the air. but we definitely know more about what president-elect trump's economic team will likely look like, and you would be forgiven for mistaking it would be a backroom gathering at the new york economic club. the nominee for treasury secretary is donald trump's former finance director for his campaign. steve mnuchin, a former executive of goldman sachs turned hedge fund manager turned hollywood film financeseer. wilbur ross is a turn-around specialist meaning he buys up failing companies and quote-unquote restructures them.
ross' likely future top deputy. tod ricketts the co-owner of the chicago cubs and ceo of an investment bank. trump's choices and their backgrounds are important because during the campaign he promised to stop letting wall street get away with murder, the kind of business practices that trump said left the middle class behind. one way the incoming trump administration is trying to show results for the middle class, even before taking office, has to do with these american workers in indiana. see if you remember them. >> the best way to stay competitive and protect the business for long term is to move production from our facility in indianapolis to monterrey, mexico. >> remember that viral video? workers at an indianapolis carrier plant finding out their jobs would be shipped to mexico? now carrier says it has struck a deal with the incoming trump administration to keep 1,000 or so of the jobs, not all of them
but some, in the united states. we don't know how it was struck. was it tax cuts, a threat of lost contracts or new tariffs. trump is tweeting about this deal and tweeting that he'll finally hold a news conference. >> reporter: he's assembling a cabinet of the wealthy and well connected. i'm told the dinner with mitt romney was a net positive according to one source. the president-elect is making some moves that could counter some of the optics with a major announcement that he plans to make the presidency his full-time job. under growing pressure to sever ties with his real estate empire, donald trump took to twitter, not to start a new controversy but to try to end one announcing i will be holding a major news conference in new york city with my children on december 15th to discuss the fact that i'll leave my great
business in total in order to fully focus on running the country. that comes one week after he pointed out presidents are technically exempt from government conflict of interest laws. >> in theory i don't have to do anything. but i would like to do something. i'd like to try to formalize something because i don't care about my business. >> reporter: still, after pledging to defend the working class as a candidate, the president-elect is assembling the team that's a lot like himself, rich. tapping steve mnuchin to be treasury secretary. billionaire wilbur ross for commerce. todd ricketts, and betsy devos at education. mnuchin along with steve bannon, both worked at goldman sachs. >> it's a global power pressure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class -- >> reporter: the same wall street powerhouse whose ceo was featured in trump's closing campaign ad on the special
interests harming american workers. mnuchin is highlighting his past as a banker. >> let me first say, what i have really been focused on is being a regional banker for the last eight years. i know what it takes to make sure that we can make loans to small and mid-market companies. >> reporter: elizabeth warren blasted out a statement slamming mnuchin as the forrest gump of the financial crisis. he spent two decades at goldman sachs helping the bank peddle the same mortgage products that blew up the economy. trump is considering another well-known millionaire, 2012 gop nominee mitt romney for secretary of state. cnn observed the two men as they appeared to put their bitter pasts behind them. >> president-elect, you're looking at the next secretary of state right here? we're going to see what happens. >> reporter: after once calling trump a fraud, romney was singing the president-elect's praises. >> it's not easy winning. i know that myself. he did something i tried to do and was unsuccessful in accomplishing. he won the general election.
>> reporter: trump boasting his deal to deep carrier jobs from fleeing to mexico. >> here we have a trade victory before we even come into office. >> reporter: it was a promise delivered for trump, who had threatened to punish the manufacturer as a candidate. >> carrier, congratulations, enjoy your stay in mexico. every unit you make, 35% tax. have a good time. >> reporter: so far the trump transition team is not sharing details of the deal with carrier but the president-elect will get an up-close look at the indiana factory he worked to save tomorrow. then it's off to ohio for a fund-raiser and a rally in cincinnati, jake. that's where he will thank americans once again for making him the next president. >> jim acosta, thank you so much. president-elect trump has so many businesses all over the world, the "wall street journal" editorial board suggested he liquidate his assets. he said he'd remove himself from
business operations but if he turns the empire over to the adult children, would that be a complete removal in christine alesci offers in our latest installment of conflict of interest watch. >> reporter: since he won the election trump has faced sharp crimp for his conflicts of interest. it's almost a bailey barrage of experts calling him to reassure americans that his decisions won't be clouded by the potential to gain or lose money personally. his actions over the last several weeks has not helped to address those concerns. this morning, a donald trump tweet storm. trump writing that it is visually important to in no way have a conflict of interest. his solution, handing his business over to his children. the same plan he touted during the campaign. >> run the company. kids, have a good time. i'm going to do it for america.
>> reporter: will it erase the conflicts? with a business that spans 25 countries, experts say there would be plenty of opportunity in the white house for the trump family to enrich itself if it chose to. for example, in argentina, a paper exposed the details of a phone call between trump and argentinian president. it claims trump raised permitting issues he was having with a project in the country. both trump and the president denied the permits came up in conversation. in turkey, trump's name is on an istanbul shopping mall and condo complex. in an interview last year with his now chief strategist steve bannon, trump himself acknowledged the conflict. >> i have a conflict of interest because of a major, major building in istanbul. >> reporter: the partner was a company the turkish government fined for $2.5 billion in 2009
over tax issues. the company was locked in a battle with turkish president erdogan. that year president erdogan called for a boycott of dogan a part owner of cnn turk. this week a turkish journalist revealed that trump and erdogan recently spoke on the phone. during the call, trump reportedly tried to mend the relationship between erdogan and dogan. when cnn asked about the call trump's spokespeople declined to comment. in the philippines trump's business partner was named by his government as the official filipino trade enjoy to the united states. he partnered with the trump family on a project in manila. >> it's great working with century properties and the antonio family. >> reporter: antonio flew to new york right after the election. who did he meet with? the trump children. his son told the "new york times" the post-election trip was a business meeting, not a
diplomatic one. but since the election trump has made a concerted effort to include his children in the transition, even while preparing them to take over the company. jake, even if trump creates the wall between himself and his children running the business he is not talking about selling his assets and having an auditor place them in a blind trust, which is the standard. he still knows what properties he owns and the allies are. if you have a ferrari and give the kids the keys, you don't forget you have a ferrari. >> let's bring in our panelists. molly hemmingway, let me start with you. do you have concerns about these potential conflicts of interest? do you think the president-elect should heed the advice of the "wall street journal" editorial page and others saying you need to separate yourself from this?
>> this is one of the things that is true. there are conflicts everywhere. people, friends and critics are saying he needs to take this seriously. donald trump needs to take it seriously. i think we have to wait and see what his plan is before deciding to freak out so much, but it will be a huge issue throughout his administration. >> do you think, ruth, that if he does what we expect he'll do, which is announce that he is severing all the ties but his adult children, don jr., eric and ivanka will be in charge, is that enough? >> i think it will create continuing problems for him. this is a sentence i don't often say but the "wall street journal" editorial board is correct here. trump has made that problem worse. if he was going to decide not to divest, he should have done three things. figure out how to handle this right away, not create extra problems for himself by seeming to raise business questions in conversations with world leaders or foreign officials. and keep his children on either
one side of the wall or the other. either they can advise him on the transition in government or they're going to work on his business. they can't do both. >> let's talk about the carrier deal, if we can, carol. we all want american jobs to stay in the united states but it seems on its face to be somewhat of a win for the incoming administration. >> he promised to do this. it's hard to hear when you hear the indianapolis star, folks who work there, saying, i was expecting a baby. now i'm going to be laid off. that's a good story for donald trump. question is whether he has a broader strategy to apply this to the manufacturing sector at large. the white house took a dig at him and says if he does it 804 more times he'll match president obama's record for reviving the manufacturing industry. it's not clear that this is a broad strategy or whether it's a one-off. i think the details we don't know as many of the details as
maybe perhaps we'll learn in the coming days. i think it's -- yes, on its face, it looks like a very good win, but the devil is in the details. >> what do you think? >> exactly right. we know a little bit about it. we know there were tax incentives. we also know there was a bit of a stick to go with the carrot, which is loss of federal contracts. it certainly works to keep companies that have large federal contracts. that's not a broad plan. we have had sluggish growth for a few years. we need larger changes that will help everybody. tax cuts and other incentives should be universally applied not on an ad hoc basis. >> earlier today nancy pelosi survived a challenge. tim ryan was running against her for the position as leader. one third of the caucus voted for him. still a big win for nancy pelosi, but that's the biggest vote talley that any challenger to her has gotten since denny hoyer ran against her.
kellyanne conway's response. what a relief. i was worried that the democrats had learned from the elections and might be competitive and cohesive again. is she right? >> well, it wasn't going to make the democrats competitive and cohesive again to oust nancy pelosi. but that will -- there was never any doubt that she was going to win reelection. but the -- >> it was a secret ballot, right? >> it was a secret ballot. she is a very canny politician. she told us she was going to win, and she was right. but it is a signal. and the size is surprisingly strong as a signal that she has a restive caucus. they're tired of being in the minority. they're tired of basically being bossed around by -- nothing personal to the older folks -- by a group of old folks. they want new blood and a path to power and they don't see it right now. >> the leaders of the democratic party will be a new york liberal and a san francisco liberal. chuck schumer and nancy pelosi. >> yes. and i think, to go to the
election day for nancy pelosi. she did say that she would be looking to bring more young people, more midwesterners into leadership. this is certainly a shot at her a little bit, and she is going to have to produce some sort of changes. tim ryan ran -- he had a specific platform of what he was going to do. so it will be interesting to see not only what she does but also what chuck schumer does in the senate. >> one of the undercover races -- under covered races is for the democratic national committee chairman. keith ellison, congressman from minnesota, who used to be allied with the nation of muslim hasn't gotten the scrutiny steve bannon has gotten for some of the things he's said. a lot of conservatives have noted, molly, that there are a lot of strange and unusual affiliations that ellison has had. >> this is appeal. he is a salt of the earth guy. he has been a good read. he has read the situation that we're in pretty well. it's not that she has ancient
associations. they're quite recent. he failed to disclose the trip paid for by a muslim brotherhood affiliated trip to mecca. there were reports he met with a bank who funds terrorists and a cleric who kills u.s. soldiers. this is exactly the wrong message to send. the democrats need to understand this stuff does not play well with the part of the country that they are not representing in congress right now. >> what do you think, ruth? >> i think those are totally legitimate questions. the other question is what's the alternative? and you already saw senator schumer lining up behind congressman ellison. and so who -- who else is in there who can bring the democrats out of this wilderness that they seem to be in after eight years of losing seats in the obama administration. across the country. >> ellison said like a year and a half ago he thought trump would be the nominee and could even win. thank you so much.
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director for the trump transition team, jason miller. jason, good to see you. i don't think you've been on the show since your victory. congratulations. >> thank you, jake, appreciate it. thank you for having me on. >> today president-elect trump announced steve mnuchin, a banker and hedge fund manager who pursued aggressive foreclosu foreclosure policies to run the treasury department. look at something from your closing ad that your campaign ran right before the election. >> the establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election. for those who control the levers of power in washington and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don't have your good in mind. it's a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth, and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political
entities. >> now, as i know you know, one of the companies highlighted in the ad is goldman sachs. you see the ceo shaking hands with hillary clinton at the end. now the president-elect is installing a former goldman banker as his treasury secretary and reportedly considering goldman president gary cohen to run the office of management and budget. he attacked ted cruz's wife for ties to goldman sachs. what do you say to the critics who say the appointment of steve mnuchin is putting the same people he accused of robbing the working class in charge of the treasury department? >> i would say steve mnuchin is the perfect pick for treasury. he was one of the architects and one of the folks who worked tirelessly with the president-elect to put together this tax plan, helping to take the economic populism message to all americans. as we talk about lowering the tax code -- lowering tax rates, how do we make sure we free up
more money for hard-working americans. so really, steve was the one who got in there and helped develop the plan. it's really -- it takes someone like steve, who understands how the system works, how we can go make it more fair and help american workers to get in there and actually change it. the other thing i would say, too, is that it's been well over a decade since steve mnuchin was with goldman sachs. i would say steve has been a winner at everything he's done in life. he has been a successful financier, banker, he has even been a successful movie producer and financer. this is someone who has really been a success with the economy, and he is someone we think could help get our growth going. it hasn't been, quite frankly. >> and one of the things that he said in the piece that we ran earlier in the show, steve mnuchin talked about how he was more focused on being a banker for the last eight years. as you know, during the confirmation hearings democrats will talk about the 34,000,
35,000 individuals whom his bank foreclosed upon during the housing crisis. how are you going to respond to that? >> we're going to talk about how we're going to improve the economy for all americans. we'll talk about our tax plan and the vision that we have. we're going to talk about the fact that our economy has seen sluggish growth, the fact that we're only 1.5% gdp for the year, what we have to do to get that moving. i would say, in addition to steve mnuchin for the treasury secretary position, we are also talking about wilbur ross for commerce secretary. mr. ross is someone who has been -- when you talk about the art of the deal, he is someone who has made some of the best deals, someone who has really helped american manufacturing and taken companies that were struggling and helped them turn around. he will work hand in hand with the president-elect and with the treasury secretary to make sure we're getting the right type of trade deals to actually help american workers. the tag-team of steve mnuchin, wi wilbur ross and todd ricketts as deputy commerce secretary today, these are some of the folks who
will be leading and they have folks have been successful across the board. this is part of a broader pattern for the administration, taking people who have been successful whether on the battlefield like with mike flynn, or public policy and governing like mike pence or south carolina governor nikki haley and bringing the dream team together. >> i guess the point is goldman sachs was cast by your campaign as the bad guy, the people who robbed the middle class, and now you are putting a lot of these same types of people, former goldman sachs executive, a turn-around specialist, an investment banker, you are putting them in charge of the economy. what is your message? forget spinning or messages or whatever to me. what's your message to a person out there on a street who voted for mr. trump thinking, you know, he understands that goldman sachs is a bad guy. what's your message to them when you say, hey, what are you doing? you're putting the same characters -- you're not draining the swamp. you're putting a whole bunch of critters in it.
>> i couldn't disagree more. we'll tell them that the same folks who helped to craft the president-elect's tax plan have taken the message of economic populism, the same people who helped craft the president-elect's trade plan, where we start putting together deals to help american workers, the exact same people who helped to put together the plans for the president-elect are the people he is now putting in to implement them. this is the exact same message president-elect trump was talking about on the campaign trail and now we're actually going to get it accomplished in washington. >> i want you to listen to newt gingrich, one of the president-elect's closest allies throughout the campaign, vice chair of the transition, weighing in on what he feels has been trump's biggest mistake since winning. >> i think the worst thing he did was the tweet the other night about illegal votes. i mean, you know, presidents of the united states can't randomly tweet without having somebody check it out. i mean, it's just -- it makes you wonder about whatever else he's doing. and it undermines much more than just a single tweet.
>> what's your response to speaker gingrich? >> i love speaker gingrich and obviously he is free to express his opinion. i like the fact that president-elect trump is -- feels free to go and tweet and get his views out there and talk directly to people. i think that's part of the reason why folks have appreciated him. that he is not some poll-tested and blow dried politician from washington. he tells you exactly what he things. he is not shy about doing it. now, when we talk about the issue of the recount and, you know, the nonsense with jill stein, i think that's, you know -- if we're going down that road, we should spend time talking about actual concerns with voting irregularities and things like that. the real focus for today is coming out and talking about these positive announcements we've made for treasury and commerce and the carrier deal that's coming together. both the president-elect and the vice president-elect will be in indianapolis tomorrow. i mean, this is an administration that hasn't even been sworn in yet that's already helping to save over 1,000 jobs. >> yep. >> this is positive action that we are seeing from this
administration. >> we're looking forward to hearing more details about how exactly that carrier deal came about. thank you, jason miller, we appreciate it. from brexit to trump's win. why monday can be a key indicator of just how far the wave of nationalistic populism is spreading throughout the globe. just in to cnn, the death toll tragically rising in the tennessee wildfires, as a husband and father clings to hope that his wife and two daughters made it out alive. ♪ tomorrow's the day
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described the rise of trump as being part of a global phenomenon of nationalism, a wave of economic populism, an anti-immigration sentiment, some of it marred by bigotry, sweeping across the united states and parts of europe. voters in italy and austria will hed to the polls sunday where the frustrations could bring similar electoral change. bringing in cnn's international editor nic robertson. this trend started with the british exit from the eu in june, the brexit. >> reporter: you're right. it shot the political establishment in britain and energized all the people who were angry with the system, angry with the politicians. it appears to sort of have spread a message among populations in europe looking at austria, italy, france, potentially germany, that their anger and frustration can actually translate into change. first farage, and then trump did
the unexpected. rode a tide of populism to electoral triumph. how did it happen, and what could come next? anger at the establishment over immigration and the economy. bottled up since the financial crash of 2008. the feeling for many europe is flooded with migrants from syria and other wars, jobs tough to find, wages slow to rise, politicians tone-deaf to it all. trump used farage's brexit success to help oxygenate his own presidential campaign. combined, they could spark a chain reaction and blow the lid off europe's increasingly fragile 28-member union. in the next 12 months, 75% of the euro area voters will go to the polls. populism will be tested. austria's nor bert hoffer took
35% of the first round presidential vote. since then uk/u.s. results buoyed his second-round chances. the italian pm called a referendum on political reforms. has seen his party's popularity plunge to anti-eu leftishes. the pro eupm says he'll quit in he loses. in germany chancellor's angela merkel is riding the storm. her economic bailouts for some members have deepened european divisions. for now she is 50% declaring she'll run for leadership in 2017. and in france, front national leader and presidential candidate marine le pen claims trump's victory is energizing her own populist message. le pen's popularity is on an upswing. now expected to win the first
round presidential vote next year. if she wins the 2017 elections, she'll take france out of the eu. frexit, likely collapsing the 23-year-old institution. where to from here? in a europe awash with uncertainty. one sernt hcertainty has risen top. farage and trump have shaken up the establishment. no telling yet if it will all boil over. perhaps it's the marine le pen vote in france that could be the most significant. italy also could have a similar impact. if one of those countries pulls out of the european union you effectively collapse the european union. it could very well happen. it would change the political map in europe. brexit. the vote of president-elect donald trump. these are signals to the european electorate that they can make things different, change the systems up. jake. >> all right, nic robertson, thanks so much.
vowing to stay put. not even mother nature could deter the north dakota pipeline protesters. the governor weighing in once again. sara sidner is live in north dakota. sara. >> reporter: we'll explain to you why people are staying here in the frigid, difficult temperatures and also have the governor says that this appears to be a stalemate. that's coming up. but then i realized there was. so, i finally broke the silence with my doctor about what i was experiencing. he said humira is for people like me who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief. and many achieved remission. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure.
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fires are burning. all we know about the victims right now is that three were adults. search crews are going through charred structures trying to account for as many missing people as possible. cnn's jennifer gray joins me live in gatlinburg, tennessee, where the fires are burning. jennifer, sadly overnight rain wasn't enough to stop the fires from destroying even more homes. >> reporter: it wasn't. and it's shocking that the fires are still burning considering the amount of rain that we have gotten over the last 24 to 36 hours. we got a lot of rain last night. we got significant rainfall today. but we are still having a problem with those fires. along with the rain you have to remember comes very strong wind as well as the cloud-to-ground lightning. it almost counteracts each other sometimes when you have the strong winds ahead of the rain. it will help to spread the fires. one other thing to mention, too, is that, because of all the rain, we have had a couple mudslides and small rockslides also taking it unsafe for people to return to their homes. we also heard of a crew that
went up to the mountains and were walking through areas that the fires were no longer there but they could feel the heat underneath their feet. so, just because on the surface the fires are no longer burning, it's still smoldering underneath the ground, so that's why it is so unsafe for people to return back to their homes. i can tell you, jake, it has been a painstaking process for these people here at these evacuation centers who have been here for 48 hours, do not know when they will be able to return home and don't even know if they have a home when they return. >> jennifer, explain to the viewers why it's so challenging for crews to even come up with an estimate as to how many people are missing. >> reporter: because the fires are still burning, they're still not able to get to some of those areas. and so, without being able to get to the areas, they're not even able to get a full count of how many people possibly are missing. and so it's just a waiting game for a lot of people here. so we have to wait until all the
fires are put out before they are able to get back there. we did have one note of excellent news, though. today they actually rescued three people that were trapped because of the fire, and they were treated and released and safe and sound, jake. >> thank you so much. stay safe. in north dakota, protesters continue to hold ground and fight construction of the dakota access pipeline. hundreds if not thousands are camped out in cars and tents defying mother nature and the governor's evacuation orders to vacate the site just south of bismarck, north dakota. members of the standing rocks sioux tribe saying the pipeline threatens their sacred land and water supply. sara sidner is live at the site. the sheriff's office says they're going to start issuing fines to the trespassers on the land? have you seen that happen? >> reporter: we have not seen it happen. we've also heard from the
sheriff's department yesterday that they were going to start -- and stop people from coming and going from the camp and also stop supplies, but then they changed their mind saying, wait a minute, this was a misunderstanding. now we are hearing from the governor about that very issue. i want to let you listen to what the standing rocks sioux have said about this idea and this threat that they're going to try to cut off supplies to literally thousands of people, including the animals that live here as well. and here is the response to that from one of the tribal members. >> the governor issued his with threats of cutting off our food supplies. we responded by saying that is an act of war. that is genocide. and our lawyers have been on them. so the lawyers said they're backing off. >> reporter: apparently the lawyers have been battling this out. and the governor has come out and said, actually, we are not going to be stopping supplies. he said the evacuation order was
a safety concern as if there was going to be, for example, great flooding. that's the same thing he would do in a major disaster, trying to warn that this is a dangerous place. but the army corps of engineers has also said that they want people out of here by december 5th. but then they added, we will not forcibly remove people. are people going to leave because they have asked or because they have made this evacuation order? i can answer that for you. the people that we've talked to, the answer is absolutely not. the only thing that is going to make them leave, make them take their horses and teepees and lives and go back to where they were is if the pipeline is stopped. full stop. >> sara, the camp site, we're told may be getting more people in the coming days. we're told of some military veterans who are planning to join the protest? >> reporter: that's right. there is word that there are some 2500 or so military veterans who are planning to come into this camp. there are already some folks here. some of the native americans are
military veterans, who are already here, but there is an expectation of a bunch more veterans coming here. their plan is to kind of be a buffer between the army corps of engineers and law enforcement and the tribes and those supporting them as they try to fight this pipeline, jake. >> sara sidner, thank you. stay warm. new satellite images from north korea. will another nuclear test greet president-elect trump? that's next. [burke] at farmers, we've seen almost everything, so we know how to cover almost anything. even a rodent ride-along. [dad] alright, buddy, don't forget anything! [kid] i won't, dad... [captain rod] happy tuesday morning! captain rod here. it's pretty hairy out on the interstate.traffic is literally crawling, but there is some movement on the eastside overpass. getting word of another collision. [burke] it happened. december 14th, 2015. and we covered it. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪
we're back with more on our world lead today. in the united nations security council unanimously approved tougher sanctions against newsroom for continuing its nuclear weapons development. president-elect trump has heard from both his immediate predecessors that the nuclear threat from north korea should be one of his top priorities. south korean media is reporting that kim jong un is playing war games, using limited resources to hold a top gun style military drill to gear up for any real-life war time scenario. bringing in jim sciutto. all this is going on and we're
told north korea is also preparing for another missile launch? >> there is evidence that there are many u.s. surveillance satellites are trained in on north korea 24 hours a day looking for just this kind of activity. and new satellite photos are showing activity at what is a known north korean nuclear test site. activity that could be preparations for another nuclear test. this would be north korea's sixth, to welcome the incoming u.s. president. tonight the u.s. military finding new evidence north korea could be preparing for another nuclear test. u.s. surveillance satellites capturing digging at a tunnel that is part of pyongyang's underground nuclear test site, a potential signal the north koreans may use the site again. a u.s. defense official tells cnn. the renewed activity comes as the united nations security council voted unanimously to tighten economic sanctions. >> the resolution will slash by
$800 million per year the hard currency the drk has to fund its weapons programs. >> the measures imposed five months after the regime carried out its fifth nuclear test. this despite already crippling sanctions. north korea experts are skeptical the new measures will have significant effect. >> it will make it harder for them to develop their programs, but a little less cash in their pocket will not fundamentally change their objective, which is to be a nuclear weapons state. >> reporter: president obama has advised president-elect trump on the grave threat to u.s. national security presented by a nuclear north korea. mr. obama's predecessor, george w. bush, issued a similar warning yesterday. >> north korea represents and grave security threat. it shows how the proliferation of a deadly technology can allow small leaders, failed, cruel and criminal leaders, to threaten and disrupt the world on a grand
scale. >> reporter: and now, new evidence of a growing crisis inside north korea. a human rights advocacy group released photos highlighting north korea's growing prison camp system which is thought to confine up to 120,000 men, women and children. this image detailing one of the camp's perimeters, and numerous guard shacks. >> north korea also presents the greatest sustained humanitarian challenge of our time. the whole country is a prison. run by a sadistic warden. >> reporter: a nuclear north korea has been a nightmare scenario for multiple administrations and both parties. now, sadly, it is a reality, what mr. trump has not laid out are his plans for how to deal with it differently if at all from president obama. a key with north korea is always china. it has the most influence on it economically and politically et cetera.
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welcome back to "the lead." sticking with our world lead, cockpit audio may explain how the charter plane crashed in colombia on monday killing members of a brazilian soccer team. two sources who have listened to the recordings that the pilot repeatedly told air traffic control that the aircraft had experienced a total electrical failure and had run out of fuel. a person familiar with the investigation says a lack of apparent fire damage among the wreckage could point to fuel being cut from the plane's engines. 71 of the 77 people on board
were killed. the victims will be honored this evening at the soccer stadium where they were supposed to play tonight. be sure to follow me on facebook and twitter @jake tapper or tweet the show @the lead cnn. that's it for the "the lead." i turn you over to my friend wolf blitzer who is in "the situation room." happening now breaking news. no charges. prosecutors in charlotte declare a police shooting caught on camera justified saying there is evidence keith lamont scott was carrying a gun. will the city see a repeat of the violence that followed the deadly encounter. tracking the attacker. cnn learned the student who went on a rampage at ohio state university bought a knife in washington, d.c., the week before. why was he in the nation's capital? the billionaire's club. president-elect trump adds more tycoons to his cabinet. as trump makes good on a