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options. on the list of lousy options, that is the one i have to pick. >> fareed, thank you. >> thank you. that does it for us. "early start" with john berman and alison kosik starts now. donald trump tapping an ally of big oil. someone who has questioned the science behind climate change to head up the epa. the president-elect with other key picks. and indianapolis union boss claims he is receiving threats after accusing donald trump of lying. now the president-elect is piling on with a new twitter tirade. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm john berman. great to see you. it is thursday, december 8th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. breaking overnight. donald trump in a remarkable back and comfortabforth with th
leader on twitter. this played out with chuck jones. claiming savings more than 1,000 jobs at carrier is inflated. we will get to all of this in a moment. the president-elect meets with the short list pick for secretary of state. no word about the meeting is he was vetted as a possible vice presidential pick for hillary clinton. overnight, the trump team announced picks for head of the epa. oklahoma attorney general scott pruitt. this is a controversial nomination. he is a fierce critic of the agency he would now run. for the latest on the transition, let's bring in cnn's sara murray. >> reporter: good morning. the donald trump transition barrels on.
while as a candidate on the campaign trail, trump may have said dismissive things about the generals. he is relying on them. he chosen john kelly to be the next head of homeland security. it is one of a number of staffing issues taking shape this week. another one the team made official is linda mcmahon. the former wwe leader. and a source tells me that donald trump is impressed with her business experience. that is the reason he felt she is the right pick for the job. he won't spend all day thursday in trump tower. he will head to ohio to meet victims and first responders in columbus around the ohio state attack and then on to des moi s moines, iowa. that is a state that helped him win the white house. part of the victory tour. also an opportunity to reveal at one of his staff picks.
that is donald trump's choice to be the next u.s. ambassador to china. thank you, sara. one reason trump picked the ambassador to china is the decades long relationship with xi jinping. offering background with the friendship of the governor and communist president, let's bring in matt rivers live in beijing. one thing that came to mind when i saw the nomination is trump hasn't been too kind to china. maybe branstad will clean up the mess? >> reporter: it seems to be an olive branch, if you will, to the president-elect to china after what is a week of tense relations with the president-elect and counterparts here in china. this is a relationship with president xi jinping in china and governor branstad.
president jinping has a 31-year-old bureurocrat at the time and he said that visit helped shaped his visit of what america is. fast forward to 2012, jinping is the vice president getting to be president in 2013. he went back to iowa. governor branstad was in charge of the state visits. the two men both say they have a close relationship with one another. that is something you don't always see with ambassador picks. at a time when the u.s. and china have a lot to and a half g navigate. governor branstad can oversee corn and soy beans from iowa to
china. it has been a friendly relationship. one you can expect both sides will count on moving forward at the time when the president-elect doesn't shy away from challenging his chinese counterparts. >> he does not. matt rivers, thanks. and now to donald trump lashing out at a union leader as the promise halfway deliver in the carrier deal. >> we have a lot of the members when the word was coming out of 1,100. they thought they would have a j job. then they find out the next day they most likely were not. 550 would lose their jobs. >> just a few minutes after that live interview, donald trump went into a tweet rampage saying quote chuck jones, president of united steel workers 1999 has done a terrible job representing
workers. to wonder companies flee country. then an hour later, if they were any good, they would have kept the jobs in indiana. let me give you the facts. carrier planned to move 1,400 jobs to mexico. carrier and trump struck a deal to save 1,100. in total, 800 factory workers who would have lost their jobs are saved. carrier is still shifting 600 jobs to mexico some time next year. >> united technology plant nearby is sending 700 jobs to mexico. >> he is doing what he should do. representing the workers. >> he points out that 800 jobs are saved. he is grateful.
a day after the president-elect threatened to cancel a boeing jet, he said the aircraft maker will work to control costs. now the president-elect's tweet on tuesday said the costs are out of control. that tweet ended cancel order. after boeing ceo and president-elect spoke on the phone, boeing said it would work with the administration. president-elect said we will work it out. a federal judge halted the recount for the president in michigan. one of three battleground states where donald trump narrowly beat hillary clinton. lawsuits in michigan, pennsylvania and wisconsin were filed by green party candidate jill stein. mark goldsmith said the suit raised issues, but she offered no evidence of tampering or mistakes. the vice president appears to throw cold water on the hot water he created about a possible 2020 white house bid.
the outgoing vice president raised eyebrows this week when he said or just joked he planned to run for president in four years. he told stephen colbert never say never. yesterday, he seemed to walk those comments back. he told reporters i have no intention of running. i guess i could say i have no intention of eating breakfast and then change my mind. >> it is all about mincing those words. >> he didn't say no. he said no intention. okay. two arrests in tennessee in the aftermath of the deadly wildfires. two teenagers charged with arson. new details when "early start" continues.
are not releasing their names. they are being held in the juvenile detention center. the case could be moved to the adult court and more charges filed. we have more from cnn's polo sandoval. >> reporter: the officials in tennessee say the two are juveniles, but not from sevier county. the two juveniles arrested yesterday according to investigators working the case. the district attorney say they believe the other charges are possible. according to him, they are keep all of the options on the table. that includes seeking the transfer of the cases to an adult criminal court. you recall, 14 people lost their lives. nearly 1,400 structures in tennessee damaged or destroyed after this fire. we had an opportunity to travel to gatlinburg, tennessee, to see
the devastation for ourselves. you see smoldering rubble of what is left of a picturesque scene in tennessee. heavy rains helped the firefighters extinguish the flames and residents are beginning to rebuild their lives and access the region. the general public will access gatlinburg come friday as the investigation presses forward with two juveniles behind bars. thank you. disturbing details in the oakland warehouse fires that killed 36 people. the officials said the warehouse had not been inspected for 30 years. records show there were complaints over the years about the warehouse. many about trash piling up in the empty lot nextdo found the warehouse had a makeshift stairwell and no
sprinklers or no exits to the street from the second floor. a dramatic day in court as the dylann roof heard case gets under way. he murdered nine people last year at the ame church in charleston, south carolina. prosecutors are painting him and cold and cal tu laculatincalcul. one called him evil in tearful testimony. we have more from nick valencia. >> reporter: john and alison, the court started with 67 prospective jurors whittled down to 12 jurors and 6 alternates. we heard opening statements. dylann roof sat emotionless and expre express expressionless. earlier, i spoke to state senator about his reaction to what he saw in wednesday's courtroom. >> it is sad. what we have to do is not just
cry about it. we have to do something about it. he's a ninth grade drop out. very little hope. basis his whole life existence on racism. as odd as that seems to you and i, there are people in the country who are dylann roofs. there are more dylann roof out there. what we have to do is recognize the next one early on. >> reporter: according to the source in the courtroom, dylann roof's mother collapsed in the courtroom and transported to the hospital. and the first witness was called to the stand, the survivor of the attack, she had to take a break as well. some of the heart wrenching testimony we heard. john and alison. thank you, john glenn is in the hospital. a spokesperson confirmed he was admitted more than a week ago to the hospital on the campus of
ohio state university. at this point, it is not clear of his condition or illness. senator glenn suffered a stroke in 2013 after heart value replacement surgery. you throw on the term american hero. this guy is the he pepitome of . what is important contribution he made over a long time. >> 95 years young. john boehner. ask him who the biggest winner of the election season really was and he will tell you it is him. >> he means it. >> why the former house speaker is feeling especially grateful right about now. that's next on "early start."
most of aleppo is now back in the hands of the syrian regime. neighborhoods in the eastern part evof the city have now bee flattened. the remaining opposition forces are proposing a five-day cease-fire. the rebels are begging for a truce according to bashar al assad. cnn's jomana karadsheh has the latest for us. secretary of state kerry and foreign minister lavrov. where do they stand? >> reporter: on wednesday, john, kerry and lavrov met in germany for 45 minutes. they are scheduled to meet again today. it is unlikely we will see a cease-fire coming out of the talks. we heard the russian position on this. we heard the syrian regime's position on this from president
assad himself yesterday. the syrian regime and allies are on the verge of recapturing most of aleppo. they won't agree to a truce. what we may see is agreement on the humanitarian on eastern aleppo with medical evacuations and aid. the idea that the united states floated last week that would allow for the safe passage providing that option to the rebels in eastern aleppo to have passage to other parts of the country that are rebel held. we hear from state media russia agrees to the idea. what seems right now, john, the rebels are on the verge of defeat, but how will this defeat look like in eastern aleppo? will they make a last stand fight until the end or will they reach sort of agreement like they have seen in other parts of
the country by allowing them safe passage? >> what it means for the tens of thousands of people caught in the middle of it all. jomana, thank you. the death toll rising to 102 following the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked indonesia. the governor has declared the state of emergency in aech province. the earthquake has displaced more than 3,200 people. search and rescue operations are still under way. at least one person is still unaccounted for. at least 136 people were injured. it appears donald trump's rise to the presidency is triggering a surge for u.s. citizenship because of the immigration rhetoric we are told. a lot of legal u.s. residents say they fear deportation and need an insurance policy. there are more than 1 -- i'm sorry. more than 718,000 applications
filled from october 2015 to june 2016. 25% increase over the previous year. that's according to the federal numbers. john boehner. he's back. sort of. he is commenting on how things are going politically. he is thankful this holiday season. topping his list is being on the sidelines of the presidential race. listen to the former house speaker respond to a reporter who asked him if he wishes he could have been more involved in the process. >> oh, my god, no. really? every day i watch and i think thank god i'm not in the middle of this. it was the most bizarre political year that we have seen in 100 years. >> that's the pot calling the kettle black. >> john boehner. he is happily retired. >> yes. he has no regrets about walking away from congress 14 months ago. he is feeling like he is sitting
pretty. >> he wants to mow his lawn and drink his merlot. team trump is growing. the president-elect has tapped someone who questions his science behind climate change to head up the epa. scott pruitt has a long history of visuing the agency he may no bei be running. we will have a look at trump's picks coming up. and right now get four lines and 20 gigs for only $40 per line. and, just for the holidays, get the samsung galaxy s7 edge for only $15 per month. no trade-in required. i love you in that, no, i love you in that. no, i love you in that! (vo) hurry, these offers end soon. get the best deals and the best network, only on verizon.
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welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm alison kosik. president-elect blasting out of the union boss who claims he is not truthful of how many jobs he saved at the factory. and the president-elect is sitting down with james sta stavirdiss. note worthy is that he was vetted as a possible vice president pick. and then scott pruitt for the pick for the epa. this is a controversial nomination. pruitt is a denier of climate science. for the latest on the transition, let's bring in sara murray at trump tower.
>> reporter: good morning, john and alison. the trump transition barrels on. as a candidate on the campaign trail, trump may have said dismi dismissive things about the generals as he builds his white house team. trump has chosen john kelly to be the next head of the department of homeland security. it is one of a number of staffing announcements that appear to be taking shape this week. yet another one that the trump team made official is linda mcmahon, the former ceo of the wwe. the pick for the small administration. trump is impressed with her business skills. he won't be spending all day thei thursday in trump tower. he will meet victims and first responders of the ohio state attack in columbus, ohio. then on to des moines, iowa. a state he won to help win the
white house as part of the victory tour. and an opportunity to reveal another staff pick. iowa governor terry branstad. the choice to be the next ambassador to china. >> thank you. let's talk about governor branstad. he is known to have a close relationship with china and decades long relationship with xi jinping. believe it or not, he has long ties to iowa. this really is seen as an olive branch to china from the incoming trump administration. let's bring in matt rivers live in beijing. i saw china refer to governor branstad as an old friend of china. that is loud praise from that nation. >> reporter: that's absolutely right. being called an old friend is actually a sign of really even dearme endearment here. you heard that before.
it is odd for chinese officials to comment on specific individuals. this is high praise from the chinese government. governor branstad has known xi jinping since 1985. a 31-year-old xi jinping went to iowa as part of the agriculture fact finding mission. he met governor branstad. then fast forward to 2012. jinping goes back to iowa and back to the roots saying his time in iowa shaped his vision of america. for governor branstad, he was in china last month on a special trade mission. these two men know each other. they call each other old friends. that is something that could come handy moving forward. given the propensity to go after china on issues of currency manipulation and military expansion in the south china sea. the relationship with the united states and china is one that is fraught with challenges and the
personal relationship that you see between president jinping and governor branstad may make it easier for the governments to negotiate differences. >> the president-elect offering the carrot and the stick to china. interesting to see. matt, thank you. let's dig in a little bit on the donald trump tweeting fest of him lashing out at union leader who criticized the carrier deal as a promise halfway delivered. >> we had a lot of our members when the word was coming out of 1,100. they thought that they would have a job. then they find out the next day that most likely they weren't. 550 would still lose their jobs. >> just after a few minutes after the interview, trump tweeted chuck jones, president of the steel workers 1999 is doing a terrible job
representing workers. no wonder companies leave country. and if the union was any good, they would have kept those jobs in indiana. here are the facts. initially carrier planned to move 1,400 jobs to mexico. carrier and trump, yes, they struck a deal. they said would save 1,100 jobs. 3 lunz a 300 are administrative that are never at risk of moving to mexico. if you count in total. 800 factory workers would have lost their jobs. those are saved. carrier is still shifting 600 jobs to mexico some time next year. trump saved 800. there are others that are moving. that is what the steel workers president is upset about. >> and now people are talking about the fact that donald trump called out this man by name overnight. chuck jones, he said he is now
receiving death threats as a result. a very interesting back and forth. carrier deal is a fascinating thing. it raise as lot of questions of successes donald trump will have and at what cost. it is an important discussion. >> and interestingly enough, a lot of people in the union, meaning the members, those were some of the people who voted for him. >> he did save 800 jobs, but not all the jobs he said he did. a day after the president-elect threatened to cancel the order of air force one jets, boeing says they will work to control costs. the costs of the new air force one is out of control. he also said cancel order. he spoke to the press and said boeing shouldn't make as much money. after boeing ceo and president-elect trump spoke on the phone, he said he would work with the administration and the president-elect said we will work it out. a federal judge has halted
the recount of votes for president in michigan. one of three battleground states where trump narrowly beat hillary clinton. recounts in michigan and pennsylvania were filed by green party candidate jill stein. stein's suit raises serious issues, but she offered no evidence of tampering or mistakes. and the vice president appears to be throwing cold water on the hot water he created over a possible 2020 white house bid. joe biden raised eyebrows when he said or just joking he planned to run for president in four years. he even told stephen colbert never say never. yesterday, he seemed to walk those comments back. maybe. he told reporters, i have no intention of running. now, i will just say, no intention is not know. it is i don't intent to. >> he is floating the idea. >> joe biden says you never know
what will happen. you don't know where i will be in four years. >> politicians never close the door. before the elections, stock market experts predicted the drop on the dow if donald trump won the election. now the opposite is happening. the dow is up more than 1,200 points or 7% since the election. it is now less than 500 points away from the 20,000 mark. some traders say it will get there by the end of the month. almost 300 of those coming yesterday with the dow closing at a record high. the s&p 500 also hitting a high. the nasdaq is a small gain an w away from its own record. investors think a trump presidency will mean faster growth and less taxes. even trump told "time" magazine, he wants to bring down prescription drug prices.
that sent pharmaceutical company prices lower. including these three yesterday. you know what? it had little impact on the broader market which is insistent upon charging forward. >> a lot of positive signs in the economy right now. which is contributing to that and what a lot of investors think donald trump will do with infrastructure spending and tax cuts and deregulation. they like that for now. adding -- well in the aftermath of the deadly tennessee wildfires, prosecutors now say the flames did not start by accident. new details when "early start" continues.
. this case could move to an adult court and more charges could be filed. let's get the latest from polo sandoval. >> reporter: officials in tennessee will only say the two are juveniles that are from tennessee, but not from sevier county. the region scorched by the wildfires that started two weeks ago. eventually spread to the nearby town of gatlinburg, tennessee. the juveniles arrested yesterday as part of the arson case that is worked by local, state and federal investigators. local district attorney says they believe other charges are possible. according to him, they are keeping all of their options on the table. that includes seeking transfer of the cases to the adult criminal court. 14 people lost their lives. nearly 1,400 structures in tennessee either damaged or destroyed by the fire.
we traveled to gatlinburg to see the damage for ourselves. you see the smoldering rubble of the very picturesque region of tennessee. heavy rains helped the firefighters extinguish the flames and now residents are rebuilding their lives and accessing the region for self d several days. the general public will access on friday as the investigation presses forward with two juveniles behind bars. thank you. disturbing details in the warehouse fire in oakland. the city said the warehouse had not been inspected for 30 years. there were repeated complaints over the years about the warehouse. many of them about trash piling up in the empty lot next door. this comes as the warehouse had
a makeshift stairwell and no sprinklers and no exits to the street from the second floor. dramatic day in court in the dylann roof murder case. the 22-year-old is accused of killing nine people last year during bible study last at ame church in charles, south carolina. prosecuto prosecutors described him as cold and calculating. one witness described him as evil. nick valencia has more. >> reporter: the court started with 67 prospective jurors whittled down to 12 jurors and 6 alternates. dylann roof sat emotionless. his hands clasped in his lap as the portirosecution laid out th case. earlier, i spoke to the state senator about his reaction over what he saw in wednesday's court. >> it is sad.
what we have to do is not just cry about it, we have to do something about it. he is a ninth grade dropout. very little hope. basis his life existence on racism. as odd as that may seem to you and i, there are people in this country who are dylann roofs. there are more dylann roofs out there. what we have to do is recognize the next one early on. >> reporter: according to the course in the courtroom, roof's mother collapsed and had to be transported to the hospital. wednesday's proceedings had the first witness called to the stand. one of the survivors of the attack. she had to take a break after some of the heart wrenching testimony. john. thank you, nick. u.s. senator john glenn is in the hospital this morning. a spoke person confirmed the
95-year-old as admitted to the ohio state university hospital last week. he suffered a stroke in 2013 after heart valve replacement surgery. what a life he led. he went back up in the space shuttle as the oldest person to go to space after being the first american to orbit the earth. a true american hero. we wish him the best. all right. switching gears. delta airlines may bring back an old staple of air travel. how will customers respond? >> i don't want to give away the tease. >> we will tell you what they will be testing after this break. >> it is a radical motion. generosity is its own form of power.
you can handle being a mom for half an hour. i'm in all the way. is that understood? i don't know what she's up to, but it's not good. can't the world be my noodles and butter? get your mind out of the gutter. mornings are for coffee and contemplation. that was a really profound observation. you got a mean case of the detox blues. don't start a war you know you're going to lose. finally you can now find all of netflix in the same place as all your other entertainment. on xfinity x1. most of aleppo is back in
the hands of the seyrian regime. bodies can be seen lying in the streets and remaining opposition forces are now proposing a five-day cease-fire. bashar al assad says those rebels and the united states are quote begging for a truce. cnn's jomana karadsheh is tracking the latest. jomana, we say john kerry and sergei lavrov trying to negotiate a ficease-fire? what is happening? >> reporter: they did meet in germany for 45 minutes. nothing was agreed to. they are scheduled to met this morning. it is unlikely we will see a truce or cease-fire from this. it is more of a humanitarian agreement or longer term aid situation in aleppo. you look at the position of the
syrian regime and russian allies, they are not likely to agree to a truce. they feel they are on the verge of capturing the rest of eastern aleppo. they are negotiating from a position of strength here. this sort of agreement is something humanitarian vac sag s evacuations and allowing aid in the country. and providing safe passage for the rebels to be moved out to other parts of the country that are rebel held. we hear from the russians they agree to this proposal. it seems at this point, alison, the rebels are on the verge of defeat. it is a question of how will this defeat look? will they surrender and move out of eastern aleppo or make a last stand and fight until the end. >> humanitarian aid and humanitarian agreement.
those civilians would take it. jomana karadsheh. thank you. isis released a new propaganda video featuring one of the last known western hostage hostages. john cantlie standing in front of a camp. he describes how allies have been harming the issue. he was taken captive four years ago with fellow u.s. journalist james foley. let's get a check on cnn money stream. the dow and s&p 500 have never been higher. hitting records at wednesday's close. futures are up slightly. stocks in europe are rising. shares in asia posted solid gains overnight. since the election, the dow has surged 1,200 points. that is 7%. that is incredible when you consider all of the predictions were for a huge drop if trump
won. that did not materialize. the dow is up more than 12% for the year. if something happened to you or your job, could you come up with $2,000 to pay for it? research shows the average american aged 40 or under, say there is a 47% chance they would not be able to come up with $2,000 next month. that is if there is an emergency. that is the lowest level this year. this is according to the new york federal reserve. it shows the divide in the economy. the economic numbers are positive. unemployment is low. consumer confidence is high. the economy is growing. many younger americans are just not feeling it. delta could bring back a marge or perk and it is radical. are you sitting? free meals in coach. the airline is testing the service flying between new york and san francisco. what is on the menu? honey maple breakfast sandwich.
for afternoon travelers, a turkey sandwich. am i making you hungry? or a whole grain vegetable. delta will decide to make the meals standard next year. they have been coming back as airlines try to lure more flyers back on planes and boost profits. earlier this week, interestingly, united airlines started charging passengers to use the overhead bins. >> take the free food and put it in the overhead bin. i think the free food is great. it is nice not to have to pay for it on the longer flights. the meals are pretty good. they should give us free overhead. "early start" continues right now. >> donald trump tapping an ally of big oil and climate change denier to head up the epa and
making other key picks. indiana union leader claims he is receiving death threats after accusing donald trump of, you know, baking the books over how many jobs he saved at carrier. now the president-elect has very harsh words for this man. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm alison kosik. it is thursday, december 8th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. breaking overnight. the battle between the next leader of the free world and the leader of united steel workers 1999. president-elect trump rips the blue collar boss who said trump exaggerated the number of jobs saved at the indiana air conditioning plant. we will have more on that and the numbers coming up. also today, the president-elect gets ready to sit down with john stavridis who is said to be on the short list for secretary of state. note worthy about that meeting is that stavridis was vetted as
a possible vice presidential pick for hillary clinton. overnight, the transition team announces the pick for the head of the epa. oklahoma attorney general scott pruitt. this will be a controversial nomination. he is a denier of climate science and critic of the agency he would actually now run. for the latest on the transition, let's bring in sara murray at trump tower. >> reporter: good morning, john and alison, the transition barrels on and while as a candidate on the campaign trail, trump may have said dismissive things about the generals. he is relying on them as he builds his team. trump has chosen retired general john kelly to be the head of the homeland security. it is one of a number of staffing announcements that appear to be taking shape this week. another one of the trump tra transition team made official is linda mcmahon. that