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hello. i'm martin savidge in for brooke baldwin. this just into cnn and involves the most important ally the united states has, israel. we learned netanyahu has suspended working ties with the 12 nations, countries including britain, france, russia, all voted for a united nations resolution that condemned israel settlements in west bank and east jerusalem. netanyahu blames the obama administration for allowing that vote, which the united states chose to abstain from. let's go to cnn's oren liebermann in jerusalem. explain for us what netanyahu
just ordered and what's the impact. >> reporter: martin, more than anything else, this is a statement. it doesn't have any real practical effect but it is a statement met by the israeli government, by prime minister benjamin netanyahu to talk about his deep -- from meeting with heir counterparts from other minister. it doesn't affect ambassador who is are already in those countries, so there still are working relationships. this is essentially a temporary move meant to show disappointment. it's a big statement. netanyahu who is still angry about the security council counts who voted and upset with president obama. it's a statement to convey anger, a statement he's been putting forward now for quite a few days. >> thank you for sort of putting that into perspective. palestinian officials now applaud the united nations resolution. here's more from senior adviser
to palestinian president mahmoud abbas. >> it's a victory for peace. if mr. netanyahu wants two-state resolution, he should be celebrating. it's a victory tore internationalism and international responsibility to bring about peace and security worldwide. this is not a resolution against israel. in is a resolution against israel's expansion. >> for analysis of all we're talking about, i want to bring in cnn global affairs analyst, aaron david, who has advised six nations on mideast peace. let me get your reaction to hearing netanyahu has suspended working ties with the 12 nation who is condemned the settlements. are you there? >> yeah. largely symbolic, but i think it reflects deep disappointment and anger on the part of the prime minister. also a sense on his part of frustration. as he tried to mobilize the president-elect, he tried to mobilize egyptian president cici, and he did not succeed.
let's be clear, egypt voted for that resolution as well. i guarantee you, the israelis are not going to risk damaging and undermining that functional relationship with the egyptians and to whom they have become much closer in recent years. >> and just so there is no misunderstanding, this is not like he's cut off diplomatic relations with any of these nations, correct? >> no. and i think that's an important point. i think oren had it right. the risk here is clear. in two respects. number one, the more the israelis -- the louder they complain and the louder they object, the more satisfaction, clearly, they'll give to the palestinians. and they're going to encourage the mrins to believe they actually have won. this is an arguable proposition, a significant victory. the other thing is in creating this symbolic but clear temporary waushlgs israelis don't want to wall themselves in, which i think is a key consideration here. you don't want to bring about
the very consequence that you seek to avoid, which is greater international isolation and cutting yourself off from the international community, which the resolution clearly lays the basis -- a basis for action on the part of the international community in the future. >> so, we've been hearing a lot, of course, from the israeli leader there. how do you think the united states should respond to this? what's the proper way? >> i mean, look. we have supported and abstained on -- >> all right. we're having a bit of a connection problem internetwise. we'll get back to aaron david miller in just a minute. oren liebermann, let me bring you back into this conversation. when we talk about how the current obama administration, only three weeks left, how do
you think they should respect or what do you expect? >> reporter: ben rhodes did an interview with israeli channel 2 here and he laid out a continuation of what samantha powers said, and made it clear why they voted for this resolution. ben rhodes like samantha powers, condemned glorification, central part of his message. they brought the focus back to settlements. they made it clear that's why they voted for this resolution. and they're going to keep making that east, to try to convince those who doubt them about that. they'll also point out why it is that the obama administration claims it's one of the most pro-israel administrations in american history. they'll point out the $38 billion deeshlgs the military deal, signed between the u.s. and israel. that's the biggest military aid deal in history. they'll also point out, and we've heard this a couple times before, and i suspect we'll hear it said quite a few times again, that this wasn't the preferred choice. obama vetoed every u.n. security council resolution about the
conflict until now. they didn't want to do a resolution, but they made it clear they felt there was no other option with settlement -- the settlement population growing and settlements expanding. >> let me ask you this. it's clear, and we've known this for a long time, the relationship between president obama and prime minister netanyahu, the two have never seemed to have gotten along. and it's been very, very rocky. is this just a continuation of the sort of personal falling out? >> reporter: it's kind of almost an explosion of that personal falling out. we knew it was strained. i don't know we knew it was this bad but now we're seeing this go from something diplomatic, which it-s to say the u.s. decision to abstain to something that feels, especially on this end with prime minister netanyahu lashing out at obama, this feels like something personal. almost as if the prime minister is getting a weight off his chest. it's no secret here that obama and netanyahu didn't get along. but that also leads us to another point. netanyahu has made it clear he's
very excited to work with president-elect trump. netanyahu has been in power for a long time. he was elected back in 2009. he was also in power from '96 to '99. he's never worked with a republican president, right? he's had obama and he's had clinton. now finally, netanyahu, considered a right-wing lawmaker, will have a republican president to work with. that i think, is part of the relief he sees in just a few weeks. >> lastly, before i let you go, how is all this being taken in by, say, the average israeli on the street, if that's the way to put it? how are they reacting to the dust-up between these two great allies? >> reporter: i'd say many side with netanyahu on this one. obama is not a particularly popular president in israel. this certainly didn't score him any points even if some of his advisers, some of his staff are going on israeli tv to make the case pipts unlikely to score him any points with the israelis. they believe the u.s. should have, once again, protected israel at the security council.
they believe obama should have vetoed this and not let it go through. in that sense, i don't know if they're using the same language as netanyahu but on a whole they're still pretty angry about this. >> thanks very much. coming up, president obama has a new message for donald trump. he says he could have beaten him if he were allowed to run for a third term. we'll hear his new interview and how he says the democrats need to change, right after this. ♪ i got to have faith i got to have faith ♪ ♪ because i got to have faith faith faith i got to have faith faith ♪ >> the loss of an icon. more on the life and legacy of pop star, superstar, george michael. plus, a heart-warming story of twins conjoined at the head now separated by surgeons. our dr. sanjay gupta talks with their parents as the two begin a whole new life.
in just 25 days obama's presidency will be committed to the history books. the president sitting down for a lengthy interview with his former senior adviser and cnn senior political commentator david axelrod and they talked about the 2016 election. obama had a pretty surprising assessment. he believes he could have beaten donald trump if he had run for a third term. >> in the wake of the election and trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow it really was a fantasy. what i would argue is, is the culture actually did shift. the majority does buy into the
notion of a one american that is tolerant and diverse. i am confident in this vision because i'm confident that if i -- if i had run again and articulated it, i think i could have mobilized a majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> joining me now, cnn athena jones. what else did we learn about how the president is now looking back at his time in office and also about the future of his party? >> reporter: hi, martin. what's interesting here is you're listening to two friends have a conversation. tease are two people who have known each for for a very long time, more than two decades. you heard a very relaxed, contemplative president obama reflecting not just on his office but going back further. one interesting thing is david axelrod asked him about the 2004
then-senator gave at the democratic national convention. that's the speech that put him on the map. that's the speech where he laid out this optimistic vision saying there's not a red united states of america or blue united states of america. there's one united states of america. there's more than unites us than divides us. given the rhetoric, the harsh rhetoric we heard throughout the campaign, axelrod asked him, how is that working out for you? the president says he still believes in that vision. they have to do a better job communicating it to all voters. here's more of what he had to say on that. >> if we can't find some way to break through what is a complicated history in the south and start winning races there and winning back southern white voters without betraying our commitment to civil rights and diversity f we can't do those things, then we can win elections but we will see the same kinds of patterns that we
saw during my presidency, a progressive president but a gridlocked congress that can't move an agenda for us. >> reporter: and so that is the challenge he laid out for the democratic party, being able to communicate, not just with the people who have already been won over. not just with that so-called obama coalition, but with a lot of other voters. he has talked about how he was able to do that during his run for the senate. obviously, during his two runs for president. it's a point he's made over and over again. an implicit criticism, i should say, of the campaign that hillary clinton ran. he's been very complimentary of that campaign but one point he's making is democrats have to compete everywhere. they have to talk to everyone. they cannot be seen as these coastal elites, latte-sipping politically correct folks. they have to talk to farmers and factory workers, people in rural america and cities. he put it this way at that press conference he held right before departing here for hawaii, he
said that we have to make sure we can rebuild the party as a whole so there's not a county in any state, i don't care how red, that we don't have a presence in and we're not making the argument because i think we have a better argument. i think we're going to hear this from the president going forward. martin? >> thank you very much for the insight. joining me now, dana bash, cnn chief political correspondent and author of "the raising of a president." dan nashgs when you hear the president saying that his hope and change vision f he had run again and articulated this vision, i would have been able to get a majority of the american people to rally behind me. do you think he's right? >> who knows. if you look at the data, as we know from recent history is a very dangerous prospect, his approval rating is very, very high. especially for someone who has been in office for two terms.
he certainly does have a different dynamicism than hillary clinton did. hillary clinton even admits she's a better person putting her head down and working than campaigning, than the art of campaigning. i also think that he i haven't listened to the entire thing. i've listened to parts of it. at least the parts you played, it seems as though his focus is too much on the whole question of us versus them and, you know, questions of tolerance. this was an economic election, just like every other one was before. maybe a little less so when he won because it was an anti-war election. but it was an economics election. it was the people who have been life-long democrats, union members in the midwest, in the rust belt who were drawn towards donald trump because they weren't hearing what they wanted
to hear on the message and the substance from hillary clinton. was there some tinges of racism? maybe, but it really wasn't about that. and i think that's the whole point of everybody who wasn't out there at trump rallies and looking at data but not talking to people missed. >> right. and something i found covering many key swing states is you had voters they would basically say, am i better off four years later? many felt they were not. doug, what do you make of president obama kind of saying, if i could have run for third term, i would have won? >> it reminds me of michael jordan who said, my body can withstand the crutches but my mind cannot stand staying on the sidelines. i think he can see there were some boxes she hadn't checked. the catholics are a big example of that. these resident just white rust belt voters. they happen to be catholics.
she did a great job at the al smith dinner but president obama urged her to speak at notre dame on st. patrick's day and she wouldn't do it. when the leaked e-mails came out about the catholic spring, it wasn't discussed widely in the news but that was a hot topic. >> you're exactly right. >> all she had to do is say, no, no, we're not doing that, that's wrong, but she didn't check that box. there were several boxes like that left unchecked. and i think that's what obama's seeing from the sidelines. >> keeping with the theme of legacy here, we heard newt gingrich who told fox news yesterday that president obama's legacy is, quote, like one of those dolls that as the air comes out of it, it shrinks and shrinks. he says the president is in a desperate frenzy, that's the word he used to, quote, try to save his legacy. from a nonpartisan perspective, do you think history is going to be kind to president obama? >> i think that the election of
barack obama transcends all discussion of his presidency. the idea that an african-american would be elected in a country where the authors of these documents creating all men are created equal that had slaves, it was so trance transcend antd, such a moment that i don't think historians will nilt pick what happened on his watch. >> i think that's the overwhelming attitude. dana, take a listen to what the president said about his post-white house future. >> i have to be quiet for a while. and i don't mean politically. i mean internally. i have to still myself. now, that doesn't mean that if a year from now or a year and a half from now or two years from now there is an issue of such moment, such import, that isn't just a debate about a particular
tax bill or a particular policy but goes to some foundational issues about our democracy, that i might not weigh in. >> we know he's still going to be in washington because their daughter will be graduating from high school. >> exactly. >> he's sticking around. what does that kind of involvement look like a year-plus from now? >> it's so unclear because we have such a different example in the most recent history. george w. bush, whom i covered when he was in the white house, he left and he said he wasn't going to get involved and wasn't going to muck up a very, very difficult job. that oe knew how hard it was to succeed at. and he was true to that. i mean, there were very, very few times, maybe one or two times where he engaged. it was more about the political campaigning and the process where you could have more of an obvious partisan engagement of a former president. not about the governing of the country. and the fact that he says he wants to give himself to maybe
have some eat, pray, love time, to be still inside, is understandable. but idea he might engage in a year, hopefully he would do what, again, his most recent predecessor did, which is if he's going to do that, pick up the phone, call. if i do this, am i going to mess things up? what's happening that i might not know about? because it could be the same problem that we're having -- that his own aides are complaining about as we speak, which is they're supposed to be one president at a time. >> right. could very well be that kind of a problem. doug, how do you think obama will try to shape, i don't want to say his legacy, but he has 25 days left in office. do you try not to rock the boat? we already see this issue with israel. do you try to keep things calm and hand it over quietly? >> you remember when bill clinton left, there was that mark rich pardon and barack obama spoke to that.
he -- that was outrageous to him. he publicly talked about it, so i'm sure he has that in mind that he knows that even though all the attention is on trump right now, he's not going to get away with do something unethical right now. why ruin a great presidency? what i cherish for him is he be transcendent and be this great historical figure that can have impact on the world. i think he could be the greatest former president in all of american history and could impact many nations around the world and have great impact in africa and some places of the world that are forgotten. my fear is that like a ramsey clark or other people we've had in government for a brief period of time, he was attorney general, that they become somewhat radicalized by their sociopolitical demographic base. i hope that doesn't happen to him. i hope he remains a hero of all the people and assumes some real
stature as a former president. >> yeah. well, we'll have the two of you to rely on to follow up on. dana bash, doug, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank you. next, is donald trump starting to untangle himself from those potential conflicts of interest? ahead of inauguration day? the president-elect announcing plans to shut down the trump foundation but turns out dissolving the charity may not be that easy. plus, the legacy of george michael. where does he stand in music history? we'll talk to an editor of rolling stone. ♪ wake me up before i go go this is my body of proof. proof of less joint pain. and clearer skin. this is my body of proof that i can fight psoriatic arthritis
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superstar george michael who was found inside his home outside london on christmas day, age 53. elton john said, george michael was the kind oes friend, kindest, most generous soul and brilliant artist. ellen degeneres expressed her sadness on twitter, also calling michael a brilliant talent. then this poignant message who said, quote, rest with the glittering stars, george michael. you found your freedom. your faith, it was your last christmas. we shall miss you. cnn's ian lee is in london. ian, have we learned any more about the circumstances surrounding how george michael died? >> reporter: well, martin, the only thing we really know is coming from his manager, saying that they believe he died from heart failure.
the police saying that it was unexpected but not suspicious. there will be an autopsy. they will get down to what was the cause of his death, but he was looking forward to producing a new album. he had a documentary coming out. so, this was really unexpected, not by the police but also his fans, who i spoke with who said they just couldn't believe it. >> i was waiting to hear from some of them. let me get further into that. standing outside the house, as you were, was it a gathering point now, are people coming there to just reflect back on his marvelous musical career? >> martin, they brought flowers, they had candles, they had personal messages. this is a community that really was rocked by this news. he sold over 100 million albums. he had fans around the world. when i was talking to some people there, they've known him
in the community. said he was very approachable, very kind, very generous. and so you do have this community devastated. you know, he had a rough past. he rose to fame in the '80s, as we know. a mega star. then into the '90s and 2000s struggled with drug addiction. had a few run-ins with the law. in 2011, he came down with acute pneumonia. he said there for a while it was really touch and go, which really transformed his life. and he was, as we said, planning another album coming out with music producer naughty boy and was looking forward to putting out some new music. >> as were all of his fans. ian lee, thank you for that insight. george michael's success was both swift and even jaw-dropping. he had already sold more than 25 million records with wham before breaking off so-o a solo career that brought him more fame and fortune. michael also had his
embarrassing controversies along the way. let's take a closer look at his career and legacy. anthony is a contributing editor for "rolling stone" magazine. thank you for being with us today. >> thank you. >> george michael, you know, clearly resonated with the pop music crowd, but his sound appealed to a very broad audience. i was a very big fan. he just had that way of reaching many people. >> i think you had somebody who kind of started out as a teen pop idol but who had a classic, very soulful voice. and, yeah i mean, as he -- he called one of his albums "older." the idea that he was going to mature and be an artist with a long career is something he aspired to and something that he certainly had the talent to achieve. >> do you think in some ways because he was known initially as this pop artist, that he felt limited in the minds of fans, that somehow he -- no, i'm a much more serious artist and i can prove it to you? >> yeah, i think that was true. i think he struggled with that.
there was a sense early on, you know, wham was a great, you know, kind of teen pop band, but i think he made a real effort to prove that he could stand out on his own as a singer. there were moments with wham even when somebody was of a mind to dismiss them. i think as soon as you heard a song like "careless whisper" or "father figure," these balanlad he you knew he was in the presence of a great performer. >> and he's also a songwriter. >> that's true. he would essentially play all the instruments on his albums and write the songs and produce. i think that level of, you know, being a kind of 360 artist, you know, a fully dimensional artist was something that was meaningful to him. he very much wanted to be more than just a kind of pin-up. >> because i think that is -- when you say pop artist, that's
the feeling people might have. the songs were written for him, the music was performed for him, just a pretty face that stood up there and had to mouth the words. no, he was a true artist. >> yes. when he was rising up, you know, he was at that moment of kind of mtv powerhouse fame, where that level of visibility was really something that shook him. he wanted his fame to rest on something substantial, which is to say his singing ability and talent as a writer and musician. you know, he did achieve that. but i don't know that it ever necessarily satisfied him. he was the kind of person who was haunted by self-doubt. >> he was also one who liked to use his music to bring attention to serious issues of the time. aids being one of the most deadly. so, he often would put his music out there for free but encourage people to give or contribute to various causes, right? >> yeah, exactly. he struggled with his sexual
identity, certainly, early on in his life. you know, there was a famous arrest for public lewd behavior that he confronted head-on and talked about in interviews and eventually came out as gay. that was an important moment for the gay community. i think it's one of the reasons why you hear a lot of other important figures in the gay community speak out in sorrow because he was inspirational. inspirational beyond that community as well. for anyone to stand up for their beliefs and what their life is like. >> right. courageous is a word that comes to mind. again, it's not something when somebody says pop artist you think of, but he was courageous. >> that's right. you know, a lot of times pop artists are made to pay a heavy price for things like that. he kind of came in and out of focus as far as his fame was concerned. i don't think it was something
that sat comfortably with him, even as it came to him to a very high degree. i think he -- he accepted it and, obviously, valued his fans, but i think the kind of focus on his life made him very uncomfortable. that led to some of his other problems, perhaps, with drugs and things like that. >> still, a remarkable, remarkable talent. anthony, thanks very much. >> my pleasure. thank you. one of several music icons we lost in 2016. we also said good-bye to prince, david bowie, glenn frey and a handful of other legends. ♪ i miss you like crazy i miss you like crazy ♪ ♪ ever since you went away every now and every day ♪ ♪ 100,000 miles i'm feeling very scared ♪
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historic moment is about to get under way between the u.s. and japan. we're waiting for the arrival of japan's prime minister in hawaii. shinzo abe departed japan a few hours ago and he will pay a visit to pearl harbor. now, his visit comes 75 years after japan's attack in 1941. he's not the first japanese prime minister to visit pearl harbor, but he will be the first to visit the memorial dedicated to those killed in the world war ii attack. abe's visit comes just months after president obama became the first american president to visit hiroshima, the site of the u.s. atomic bombing that led to the end of the war. obama's now in hawaii with his family for the holidays. abe will meet with the president tomorrow. 25 days from now, donald trump will be sworn into the office of president. right now, the president-elect
says he plans to shut down his charitable organization, the trump foundation, to avoid possible conflicts of interest. but doing that might be a bit more complicated because of an investigation of new york's attorney general. let's bring in cnn's politics reporter eugene scott. eugene, it's not just that simple. trump can't just declare that i'm shutting it down. there are others involved here. >> that is true, martin. as you mentioned earlier, the charity is currently under investigation from the new york state attorney general's office concerning some violations in the past regarding donations and the irs. whether or not he will be able to move forward in the direction he's hoping to as soon as possible is unclear. >> so, can the new york attorney general actually demand that he not do this? in other words do, they fear that, perhaps, the trump organization might be, i don't know, trying to hide something by shutting it down? >> whether or not the trump organization is trying to hide
something or not, that won't stop the investigation from revealing what it is that it's hoping to find and get clarity on before everything comes to a close. the charity, from what we understand, cannot be officially closed until the investigation is complete, which is why the trump transition team said they intend to dissolve as opposed to immediately shutting down. >> i understand. thanks for the clarification. trump got into some other issues. this one involving the united nations and the israel situation. he was tweeting ahead of the vote on friday that the u.s. should veto the anti-israel resolution at the u.n. security council, it was actually on thursday. he got a lot of criticism about this. because it raises the issue of, wait a minute, one president at a time, right? i mean, i think that was sort of the idea. >> that is very true. we've seen donald trump receive quite a bit of criticism since being elected regarding taking steps that we usually do not see a president-elect take so early.
president barack obama is still very much involved in foreign policy issues related to israel and the united nations to see donald trump speak out so quickly and so defensively or opposed to what it is that president barack obama's administration seems to support has received quite a bit offing intive feedback. >> although his supporters would say, that's exactly the guy i voted for. i want you to listen to this from president obama. when he was sktd about his campaign promise of hope. >> in the wake of the election and trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow it really was a fantasy. i am confident in this vision because i'm confident that if i -- if i had run again and
articulated it, i think i could have mobilized a majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> we should point out it would be against the law for the president to run again. but he says he could have beaten trump if he had. any indicators that that really is the case? >> i imagine the president is responding to his high favorability numbers and the support he has received from voters as he ends his time in the white house. whether or not he would have been able to effectively convince many of the people who supported him in previous elections to get on board a third time remains to be seen -- or doesn't remain to be seen, because there won't be another election, another opportunity for people to vote for the president. but he has been very vocal in his belief that the people he got to back him, clinton and her team, were not as successful in doing so. >> right. it just perpetuates the what-if kind of talk.
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russian authorities say it appears there are no survivors from a military plane that went down in the black sea with 92 people aboard, christmas. a massive search operation is still under way. cnn's senior international correspondent matthew chance has more from moscow. >> reporter: russian officials have stressed terrorism is not being considered as a likely cause for the crash of this tupolev tu-154 aircraft which plunged into the black sea shortly after takeoff on sunday morning, on christmas day, killing all 92 passengers and crew on board. the russian transport ministry
says mechanical failure or pilot error are the most likely causes. before the crash investigation has been completed, in fact, recovery teams are still working to recover all pieces from the aircraft so they can piece together exactly what went wrong. what we know is this is an aircraft operated by russian defense ministry. it took off from a military outside moscow en route to syria and stop on sochi to refuel. it was transporting 64 members of the official choir of the russian military, the so-called red army choir, internationally famous for their performances. they were meant to be holding a new year concert in syria for russian troops who were stationed there. russia held a day of mourning for the victims of the tragedy with entertainment programs on television channels cancelled and church services held across the country. meanwhile, that huge recovery operation continues around the deep water crash site with
ships, submersibles and teams of naval divers working around the clock to locate what human remains they can and so salvage the wreckage of the aircraft so investigators can finally determine why this aircraft plunged fatally out of the skies. back to you, martin. thank you, math thee. we have an update on the twins who have captured the hearts of so many jayden and anias are now separated. dr. sanjay did you wanta catching up with the mcdonald family as the long rehabilitation journey begins. at clorox 2 we've turned removing stains into a science. now pre-treat with clorox 2! watch stains disappear right before your eyes. remove 4 times more stains than detergent alone.
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kick up. obviously the blizzard conditions in the north, rain in seattle, in portland, snow in the merchandise. some high records were just broken yesterday on christmas from tallahassee to paducah, but the colors of purple and blue, this is it. blizzard conditions have shut down highways in north and september september all way to the womenling line. power lines are down. it's just too icy, so stay hungered down. winds will be picking up. sprinkling of sleet will quickly change to rain. all of the warnings in the northern tier states, we do want to give a big thank you and holiday wishes to the tens of thousands of road crews and power crews working in about 26 states right now. blizzard conditions still in effect parts of north and south dakota, again travel is advised
against. look for the winds to kick up causing some air delays in minneapolis as well. feels like 2, but chicago it feels like 50. the records will continue to be set on the east coast, maybe looking at another 32, all in all, travel is getting much better. >> good to hear. tom sater, thank you very much. 15-month-old twins have cap kurd the two hearts. the two brothers were born conjoined at the head. this holiday season, the family celebrates of success of the surgeries that separated them. dr. sanjay gupta has been following the surgery exclusively, from surgery, to separation, not on to rehab. >> reporter: jayden means got has hard, anias, goed has answered. for mom and dad, nicole and christian mcdonald, their prayers have been heard and
answered. >> i never doubt that they are a miracle. not just that they were miraculously separated, it's been the miracles that took place every step of the way. >> reporter: miracles like jayden's first tastes of peas. >> are you excited for peas? hey, we're learning. there we go. >> reporter: or first words. >> da-da-da. >> reporter: and the simple miracle of the entire mcdonald family -- mom, dad, 3-year-old aza, and his two brothers spending time together as a family. conjoined tess head, they were born sharing 1.5 cent mears of brain tissue fused together, but they have endure four different
operations, the most recent lasting 27 hours to separate the two of them. i came to visit them one last time at the hospital before they moved to a children's rehab facility. >> hi, guys. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. you guys have changed a lot already, just a few weeks. so jayden was starting to talk, babble before the operation, i remember you mentioning anias liked liked to look at the read books. do you think they're back at that sort of level before the operation? >> yeah. anias has been my talking. he talks all day. >> reporter: it is two months to the day they've been separated. does that surprise you? did you have any expectations as to how long that part was going to take? >> i didn't have any expectation, you know?
i knew it was going to depend on them and god. the doctor said they have, you know, came back from this quicker than any set of twins. they have recovered quicker. they said they have defied all the textbooks. they said thankfully they didn't read the book. so, you know, they are doing -- they're flying. >> are you nervous to leave? >> yes. >> i'm excited. a new set of people to teach their nuances. i have to reinforce the trust with a whole new group of people. >> and now this. separated, doing well, breathing, interacting. >> poke each other in the eye. >> they're going to be true brothers. i love how jayden smiles after he gives a big poke.
>> can i pick you up? >> reporter: don't tease me, mommy. >> reporter: they would take them for rides around the hospital in a red wagon. now they're leaving side by side in another red wagon. all right. for the mcdonls, good-bye is bittersweet. >> thanks for everything. i'm sure we'll see you again, but it's been great. >> reporter: the whole world is watching. i know that for a fact. >> hi, hi little jayden. >> now it's time to say good-bye to the adopted family and adopted home. >> are you ready to go for a ride? it's also hello to a new home,
and hopefully new miracles. >> what do you see? >> look. your eyes are everywhere. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, new york. that's a marvelous story to end on. itis martin savidge "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. thanks, martin. i guess it's safe to say that president obama's hanukkah gift got lost in the mail. "the lead" starts right now. seething benjamin netanyahu slamming president obama after the u.s. looked the other way to a u.n. security council resolution. after months of questions into how it raised money and where the money went, president-elect trump says he's dissolving his charitable foundation, but can he? plus flight risks, the first female pilot in the modern air force says she'sfr