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hi, everyone. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world, we're live in atlanta. i'm cyril vanier. >> and i'm robyn curnow. this is "cnn newsroom." >> now donald trump is about to embark on a busy first week as president of the united states. he is going to meet with congressional leaders on monday to discuss key issues on his legislative agenda, like tax reform and replacing obamacare. >> on monday he is also big for two of mr. trump's two cabinet nominees. the sfat will likely vote to confirm mike pompeo, though some democrats disagree with him on surveillance and other issues and they'll also vote on the rex
tillerson for secretary of state. there had been concerns about his past dealings with russia. meanwhile, the white house says president trump will also work on reversing many of barack obama's executive orders this week. >> i think this week we're going to talk about trade. i think we're going to talk about that a little bit more tomorrow. i think we're going to talk about immigration this week, and we're going to have a time of national security, a conversation about that. obviously with general mattis. >> will he undo some of the obama executive orders? >> i think you're going to see more of that coming, perhaps this week, executive orders. on those three topics. >> however, president trump still has some hurdles to overcome. an ethics watchdog plans to file a lawsuit against him on monday. a group claims he is violating the constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments through his business empire. his lawyers would not comment on the suit, but they repeatedly said he has done everything necessary to avoid conflicts of interest. >> and president trump's top
adviser kellyanne conway said he will not release his tax returns, even after the irs ordered he has often talked about is completed. conway walked back those remarks has not been advised and has been advised not to release his returns. with great promises comes great responsibility. mr. trump says he is going to start working on a major campaign promise, renegotiating the north american free trade agreement, or nafta. that's part of his protectionist message to of america first. he'll soon meet with the leaders of canada and mexico on nafta experts say striking a deal more beneficial to the lust be a challenge. 6 million jobs in the u.s. depend on trade with mexico. >> we will be meeting with the president of mexico, and we're going to start some negotiations having to do with nafta. anybody ever hear of nafta? i ran a campaign somewhat based on nafta.
but we're going to start renegotiating on nafta, on immigration, and on security at the border. >> the world is watching as donald trump's presidency begins in the hours ahead, we're going to our correspondents around the world to bring you the global reaction to president trump's first week in office. stay with us. and mr. trump is moving quickly to reach out to israel. he spoke with prime minister benjamin netanyahu by phone on sunday and invited him to visit the u.s. next month. well, let's go to jerusalem. ian lee is standing by. what more do we know about this conversation. ian? >> well, during the conversation, robyn, trump reiterated his unprecedented level of support for israel. it was a very nice conversation, according to president trump. there were three major issues, though, that prime minister netanyahu wanted to get across that is the neighboring civil war in syria, the
palestinian-israeli conflict as well as the iran deal, which he describes as a bad deal. they -- prime minister netanyahu also got an invitation to visit the president next month. >> we're also hearing about cautious plans, early plans to move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem. what do we know about that? and more importantly, what are the repercussions for the region if that goes ahead? >> well, what we heard from the white house press secretary sean spicer saying that they are at the beginning stages of even discussing this subject. but here in jerusalem it is the talk of the town, and local headlines on newspapers. you have one saying "heading towards jerusalem." you another saying "trump invites netanyahu to visit in washington ♪ . and then the jerusalem post
saying the trump administration in the very beginning stages of talks moving the embassy. we heard from the mayor of jerusalem who has welcomed president trump's announcement that they are going to move it. but it is going to be probably a slow process, not something you'll see overnight. and there has been strong reaction coming from the palestinians. we heard from the chief negotiator saab saying if this does go forward, went to jordan to talk to king abdullah. king abdullah said he doesn't want to see this unilateral move, that should it go through negotiations. he is going to rally not only international partners, but regional partners to help prevent this move. so it is a very thorny issue.
not only here amongst the israelis and the palestinians, but also for the region as a whole. >> thank you so much. ian lee coming to us there from jerusalem. thank you. let's go to the uk. mr. trump's first meeting with a world leader since he took office will be on friday with british prime minister theresa may, and that will be in washington. for more on that cnn london correspondent max foster joins us now from there. max, both sides apparently feeling very positive about that relationship there has been talk even of reprising the almost symbiotic relationship between margaret thatcher and ronald reagan. >> the default position for uk leaders is to cozy up any u.s. leader. that's always been the case, whatever party you're from, whatever part of the political spectrum you're from. so there were democrats and conservatives, for example, idealogically different but they often worked together in the past. will they do the same in this case? it's kind of different this time around simply because donald trump is such a controversial figure. a lot is being made in this country of the fact that theresa
may is a woman. he has made derogatory remarks about women. she said she finds them unacceptable, many of these comments he has made. but her job is to continue this relationship. so she is talking about discussing nato, the north american alliance, of course, the transatlantic alliance and also talking about the syrian civil war. but really the most important thing going into this meeting is getting some sort of trade deal to allow her to appease the british public in relation to the fact that she is going to pull out of the european single market as a result of brexit. so that's the main thing that she is going to want out of this. it's an absolute priority, and it means more than anything else. she is perhaps going to ignore some of the more controversial issues perhaps while saying they're unacceptable. but also, brexit is a big deal for donald trump as well. if he can make it look like brexit is part of trumpism, then that fits into his narrative. and perhaps that's what he is thinking about with this trip this week. >> to your point you made a moment ago, max, theresa may
needs a strong relationship with the u.s. perhaps now more than ever. >> she does. and she's got a few things to offer there is that brexit narrative. and there also is this idea that donald trump is very interested in what, you know, the one thing that billionaires can't buy, and that's a visit to buckingham palace. so a few questions about that yesterday. would he be making a state visit to the united kingdom? there are hints perhaps he could be coming over later on this year. these are things that theresa may can offer donald trump to boost his position on the international stage. and it's something britain can always offer, the pomp and ceremony that comes with that but she desperately needs a trade deal that she can offset the economic concerns about leaving the european union on. so that's very important to her. but also, she was perhaps picked to the post in meeting donald trump, because the first political leader to meet donald trump wasn't the british prime minister, it was the leader and opposition party. so she is having to get past that. she wants to show that she is in charge of this relationship.
so this is a very important moment for both donald trump and theresa may this week. >> all right. max foster reporting live from london. thank you very much. and the trump white house is doubling down on press secretary sean spicer's claims that friday's inaugural audience was the largest ever. however, aerial photos contradict what spicer said. on the right you see trump's inauguration on friday just minutes after he was sworn in. sections of the national mall are vacant, showing white protective ground cover. >> compare that with barack obama's inauguration eight years earlier on the left. even though there is no white ground cover for contrast, the mall was clearly filled with people. on sunday kellyanne conway defended spicer's comments. take a listen. >> i don't think ultimately presidents are judged by crowd sizes at their inauguration. i think they're judged by their accomplishment. >> why put him out there for the very first time in front of that podium to utter a provable falsehood? >> we're going to keep referring to our press secretary in those types of terms, i think that we're going to have to rethink
our relationship here. >> you did not answer the question of why the president asked the white house press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood. why did he do that? it undermines the credibility of the entire white house on day one. >> no it doesn't. don't be so overly dramatic about it, chuck. you're saying it's a falsehood, and they're giving sean spicer, our press secretary gave alternative facts to that. but the point remains -- >> wait a minute, alternative facts? >> conway told cnn that it was mr. trump who directed spicer to go to the white house briefing room and talk about the size of the inauguration crowd. well, let's bring in our political strategist max silver. he joins us now from los angeles. listening to that exchange, i also want to play sean spicer. he has spoken about truth and his job. take a listen. and then i want to get your comments on the other side. >> the one thing that whether
you're republican, democrat, independent, you have your integrity. i may tell a reporter i can't comment on something or, you know, i'm not able to discuss that, but i've never lied. and i don't intend -- i would argue anybody who is an aspiring communicator adhere to that. because if you lose the respect and trust of the press corps, you've got nothing. >> what do you make of that? >> well, i guess sean spicer's got nothing. look, i think that cnn and "the new york times" made the right call on how they covered sean spicer's press conference yesterday, which was essentially we're not covering you until whether what we see what you said is true. and afterwards, in our hard news stories we're going say he uttered untrue statements. he went after the press for quoting accurate facts. the reality is the white house is a fake news source until proven otherwise. i think we should go beyond not
airing sean spicer's press conferences live. and kellyanne conway should not be invited on any news shows until she has proven to be an accurate source. >> but they are employed by the white house, and they have a job to do. and that is no matter you're a democrat, you can criticize him, but they're being paid to do what mr. trump wants them to do essentially in this white house. certainly everyone tried to find their feet. do you agree with many people who feel like this is just a sideshow, that this conversation that has been taking place over the weekend is just a sideshow, and they should be more focused really on day one that is monday. >> i don't think that the reliability of the white house is a sideshow at all. look, when you are paid by someone to be a spokesperson for them, you still have certain responsibilities to tell basic levels of truth. this new incoming white house has shown that it's unwilling to even reach the basic levels of reality that a dot gov website
would have true fax. on day one they put false stats on their website. when children in school quote a dot gov and know the facts are right, that's a crisis. until that's rectified, the press should treat this white house the way that it would trade a paid sponsored ad on a website, and, you know, trust but verify. verify before publishing. >> that's easy to say. but this is the white house. and facts that come out of the white house aren't just viewed by local press and the u.s., but they are studied by governments and world leaders all around the world. so the implications of an alternative fact white house or a post fact world you say are going to play very much into the foundations of how this white house does business. >> absolutely. i would say the apt comparison is when china releases new gdp numbers, our press doesn't report china's gdp grew 10% this quarter. we say china's government claim their government grew 10% this
quarter and economists say otherwise. we're unfortunately going to have to do a heck of a lot of that over the next four years, otherwise the tail is going to be wagging the dog and people are going to having to be constantly report and retract when trump, spicer and conway come out and state falsehoods. >> these conversations that we're having, and you talk about cnn and "the new york times," this is certainly be watched this argument around the world. the fact of the matter is that many trump voters do think this is a sideshow, and that they are really concerned about mr. trump delivering on his election promises which is jobs, jobs, jobs. is this going to also need to be part of the sort of conversation that that's going to be his focus, and many of the people who voted for him say this stuff doesn't matter. >> sure. well, and that's been his appeal from the start, right, is that he says all of the things that i'm saying, you shouldn't take them at literal face value. i'm trying to convey an emotion.
that's sort of what he claims. now, for as long as we go back to woodrow wilson where the white house was actively engaging in the press, the notion is that when the white house issues a statement, it's policy and should it have some factual basis behind it. if we move away from that, that's a dramatic break. as far as trump following through on his promise, he has done virtually nothing in the first 72 hours in office. and he has actually said his first 100 days start monday, which almost no prior president has said. so whether he follows through on his promises, the fact is he spent his first few days in the office largely just warring with the press. >> let's talk about what we saw on saturday. crowds across the u.s., across the world. is this -- how do the democrats as a political party harness that energy? is that a once off? is that going to be a coordinated effort? is that going to be a focus? how do you manage what was -- what we saw on saturday? >> well, you don't manage a movement. but what you need to do is tap
into it and find out what really sparked it. i think it's clear that the democratic party has had the support of a plurality of americans for the last 25 years this has only been one presidential election where republicans got the most votes. that being said, how do we capture these people and make sure they're registered, make sure that they're showing up every weekend and making calls into swing districts, make sure they're getting involved. i think it's incumbent on the establishment of the democratic party to listen to the message of these grassroots folks, to come to them and ask them what their needs are, rather than just trying to get them to show up at a local democratic headquarters and put them into the existing part of the program. >> okay, thank you so much. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. and they praised each other from afar. now donald trump and vladimir putin will speak to each other as world leaders. what the kremlin is saying about their upcoming phone call. that's next. plus some chinese state newspapers say u.s. president donald trump's america first
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welcome back. u.s. president president trump will hear from russian president in the coming days. putin says the call to trump is a diplomatic necessity. >> there has been speculation about closer ties between u.s. and russia. but saying u.s. sanctions on the country will likely last for a long time. >> okay. so let's go straight to moscow. cnn's matthew chance is there with the view from russia as mr. trump begins his first week. matthew? >> robyn, thanks very much. that's right. a couple days ago the kremlin said there would be a telephone call after the inauguration of donald trump within the next few days. the contents of that call or when it's going to happen is not clear to us. but obviously there is a whole range of issues between the two countries that they would need to discuss, not least of which the sanctions that the u.s. has imposed on russia over its involvement in ukraine, the issue of syria and the conflict there. both countries are on opposite
sides and have been up until now, and the issue of nato expansion, which russia has repeatedly expressed its concern over. and so there is a whole range of issues they can discuss. they're also undoubtedly going to discuss when that first face-to-face meeting is going to be between donald trump and president putin of russia. there has been a great deal of anticipation here in russia about that meeting, one leading lawmaker here alexei pushkov says the first meeting could be a defining moment in history, such is the sense of anticipation at the start of the trump era here in russia, at least. the kremlin, for its part has been playing down that expectation. it's been saying essentially that donald trump is not russia's man, which is what it said to us a few days ago, and saying that the expectations are overplayed. that there can be only dramatic turnaround in the rocky relationship between these two countries. that's the public position of
the kremlin. behind the scenes, many russian lawmakers and people, ordinary people are quietly confident that the situation between the two countries is going to improve. >> you said the kremlin in many ways is managing expectations. and we see that with the prime minister saying u.s. sanctions on the country will likely last a long time still. >> that's right. dmitry medvedev, the russian prime minister when he talks about russia saying we shouldn't be looking to foreign elections to foreign leaders to be turning around these sanctions. again, it's part of this campaign of expectation management as you call it. the kremlin and high officials are engaged in at the moment there is such a lot of speculation, expectation that we're at this pivotal moment between the u.s. and the united states and russia. but obviously it could go very, very wrong. >> and there is a history of that. in many ways, previous u.s. presidents have all tried to reset this relationship in different ways. and both sides have been left
disappointed. >> yeah. when president obama came, in of course, he attempted in his administration to reset the relationship. george w. bush before him attempted to effectively reset the relationship as well. and all of those attempts ended in failure. and actually, attend of each of those terms, the relationship was even worse than it was at the beginning. there is a sense in which that could also be true of donald trump. these are very complex issues. as you say, it's gone wrong for other president sis. it could go wrong for donald trump as well. >> matthew chance in moscow, thank you so much. after russia, let's see what the expectations are in china. several state-run newspaper there's say things could get messy quickly between the u.s. and beijing if mr. trump uses taiwan as a bargaining chip in trade talks. cnn's david mckenzie joins us live from beijing. david, are chinese officials afraid of a trade war? >> well, they definitely are afraid of a trade war, cyril. they're taking this wait and see approach right now.
the editorials have largely been holding back a little bit, not necessarily pushing the envelope when it comes to donald trump, the new u.s. president who has in the campaign and in the lead-up to his inauguration threatened at least to raise tariffs substantially on chinese goods going into the u.s. it's the most important bilateral trade agreement on earth. and any kind of trade war say economists could severely affect the economies of both countries. i spoke to someone inside government meetings in the lead-up to the inauguration who said there is serious concern of that here in china. they say they are happy to have negotiations on trade. there have been trade spats before between the two countries. what they're not happy with is if there is any sense that the trump administration will bring taiwan into that discussion, they say the two things should be kept separate. otherwise you really could see the sparks fly. cyril?
>> all right, david mckenzie reporting live in beijing. thank you very much. and a new lawsuit against donald trump. coming up, a group is arguing the new president is already violating the constitution. but trump's lawyer denies the allegation. >> reporter: also after the break, a closer look at what is on trump's agenda for his first full week in office. stay with us. for partners in health, time is life. we have 18,000 people around the world. the microsoft cloud helps our entire staff stay connected and work together in real time to help those that need it. the ability to collaborate changes how we work. what we do together changes how we live.
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minister in a primary runoff on january 29th. whoever wins will be the french social party's candidate in the french presidential election this spring. opinion polls suggest the socialists do not have much chance after francois hollande's popular presidency. u.s. airlines resumed flights after a glitch. they're apologizing to passengers for any inconvenience. the syrian peace talks set to begin shortly in syrian's capital. but ambassador to kazakhstan will be an observer at the talks organized by russia and turkey. they're bringing together delegates from the government of bashar al assad and representatives from rebel groups. the work truly begins for u.s. president donald trump. the coming days include meetings with at least one foreign leader, and with top u.s. lawmakers. >> president trump starting his first full week as president with a full list of items on his
desk. he is going to potentially look at executive actions, executive orders ranging from immigration to trade to other matters. he is also keeping a close eye on capitol hill where he is going to try to start enacting his agenda and keep an eye on the confirmation hearing. but tonight at the white house, he is going to invite over speaker paul ryan, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and other republican leaders of congress to start building those relationships and start talking about how indeed he will try and repeal and replace health care and other matters like tax reform and other things. he is trying to build these relationships. and there is certainly a different tone on sunday from donald trump at the white house than he took earlier in the weekend when he was expressing so many grievances. listen to what he said in the east room on sunday. >> and as i said during my inaugural address, this is not about party. this is not about ideology. this is about country, our country.
and it's about serving the american people. we will prove worthy of this moment in history. and i think it may very well be a great moment in history. so be proud. be very proud. [ applause ] >> with president trump saying we will be worthy of this moment in history, that certainly is his charge to his senior advisers there in that room, many of whom were seen in public out front for really the first time. steve bannon, his chief strategist here at the white house is almost never in public. but he was standing there next to kellyanne conway. reince priebus, the chief of staff and jared kushner. now they all have the task here, these competing power centers to enact the president's agenda. this week will be packed with meetings, ending with his first meeting with a foreign leader, british prime minister theresa may will be here at the white house on friday. president trump will also take his first trip as president that will be to philadelphia on thursday to meet with congressional leaders there, the
house and the senate to start enacting their agenda. >> joining us now is ron brownstein, cnn's senior political analyst. ron, i'd like you to look ahead to this week. donald trump has repeated many times that he considered monday, this monday as his first real day of work. so one of the first orders of business for him is he is going to be meeting on monday. the leaders of congress from both parties, republicans and democrats. now this is going to be an important meeting. what has he got to say to them to sort of pave the way for good relationship with him going forward? >> i think the first point is the first 72 hours of the trump presidency has shown us that just as the campaign and the transition, there is going to be very little about this presidency that fits in the normal parameters. we see so many extraordinary things happen already. and it's going to be a tumultuous ride. the question for donald trump as he works through congress, think
about donald trump's agenda and the republican congressional agenda as two diagrams as where they overlap and there are places where they overlap, repealing obamacare, cutting taxes, rolling back federal regulation. you're going to see a lot of forward movement, particularly where they can use the so-called reconciliation technique to defang the ability of democrats to hold things up with a fill buster in the senate. the challenge is there is a lot else that is kind of outside of that diagram. his protectionism, infrastructure, some of the more edgy proposals on the immigration side where it's not clear that republicans are going to come along. so this is a relationship i think that is going to be a work in progress. don't forget very few republican members of congress supported him during his campaign. not a lot of deep loyalty on either side. a marriage of convenience at the beginning. we'll see how far that can extend. >> you're mentioning republicans. how much does he need to reach out to democrats, if at all? >> well, he needs -- on many of the core things they want to do, they're going to try to do that
through the reconciliation process in the senate that does not require him to reach out to democrats that can be passed with 51 votes. 50 votes even and the support of the vice president, mike pence. where he will need democrats is pretty much anything that doesn't have a fiscal implication and cannot be stuffed into that reconciliation process. for all of that he needs 60 votes. he has one big asset. he has ten democrats in the senate in 2018 will be running in states that donald trump won. they will be looking over their shoulder at trump voters. but it's not going to be easy on many of these fronts. infrastructure, perhaps, some of the trade initiatives, perhaps. but for example, on obamacare, the direction that he is going, it's not going to have a lot of appeal to many senate democrats in part because almost all would raise prices on older and sicker that are concentrated in the blue states that senators are running in 2018. >> ron, i want your take on some
of the back and forth coming out of the white house particularly on kellyanne conway regarding the tax returns of donald trump. earlier in the day, this is what she had to say. we're going to play you a short clip. >> the white house response is that he is not going to release his tax returns. we litigated this all through the election. people didn't care. they voted for him. and let me make this very clear. most americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while president trump is in office, not what his look like. and you know full well that president trump and his family are complying with all the ethical rules, everything they need to do to step away from his businesses and be a full-time president. >> later in the day on sunday, kellyanne conway said this. "our position from the campaign has not changed. he, donald trump is under audit and has been advised by accountants and lawyers not to release. she didn't say whether or not he would release his returns at the conclusion of the audit.
is this an issue where donald trump has perhaps had his finger on the pulse of americans more than the media, or is this something that is going to come back and bite the white house some time down the road? >> first, if you can have the standard of the result of the election being whether any issue still has relevance post-election, the fact is most people -- he lost the popular vote by almost as -- by nearly three million votes and didn't win by more than john f. kennedy or jimmy carter did. if that's the standard it's hard to say that most people were not concerned. certainly in polling most people have said they want to see the taxes. i think where this becomes an issue for donald trump is because the second half of her statement is also very debatable. most ethics analysts and experts do not believe the fact that he has gone as far as necessary to really clean up the potential of conflicts of interest around his varied business interests and around the world with his son running the company. and the taxes become relevant in
understanding exactly what is the web of financial relationships in which he is involved as he is pursuing these momentous decisions as president of the united states. >> ron brownstein, thanks very much for your unsights. >> thank you. now to more questions about the new president and conflicts of interest. a liberal ethics watchdog group is planning to file a lawsuit on monday against donald trump. the lawsuit will argue mr. trump is violating the constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments through his business empire. the president's lawyer denies the allegation and says he has taken the necessary measures to avoid any conflicts of interest. >> the executive director of the nonprofit group known as crew says we did not want to get to this point. we hoped that president trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the constitution before he took office. he did not. so we were forced to take legal action. former u.s. president george
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united states. they have killed at least 14 people in central georgia. cnn's paulo sandoval went to a central georgia neighborhood that was hit very hard by the weather. >> reporter: authorities have now been able to complete the search-and-rescue efforts yet because of the ongoing threat of severe weather. as a result, what is perhaps the hardest hit neighborhood that you may be able to make out behind me remains closed off. because of the darkness, because of the distance, you might not be able to see too much. take a look at some of the pictures shot. you can see the widespread devastation. the sunshine acres neighborhood, a mobile home park, according to authorities is where at least seven people lost their lives. the owner and the manager of that property are posting a statement online for his residents saying, quote, it is with deep sorrow that i write this. the majority of sunshine acres is no more due to a tornado, the majority of sunshine acres was destroyed. most everyone is okay. there are still some missing. that manager referring to what are at least five people that are still unaccounted for.
so there is concern and the death toll could rise. and i know we're hearing some of the remarkable stories of survival, including a 24-year-old husband and father that i spoke to here who said after i rode out the storm, he joined rescue efforts and helped rescue at least three children from the rubble. polo sandoval, cnn, adele, georgia. >> thanks for that report. let's get the latest on this deadly weather. pedram javaheri joins us now. this is all unusual, isn't it? >> it, absolutely. this time of year we're climatologically this third week of january is what it should be the coldest time of the year across north america. and of course the temperatures have been well above normal, spawning numerous tornadoes. you take a look. january averages 36 tornadoes for the month. it is among the quietest times of the year. you take a look at the perspective, 94 tornadoes is what we've seen so far across the united states. and in fact, that's over 260% of what is considered normal for this time of year. so of course the concern remains very high. the storm system so impressive. we were looking at some of the
observations coming in from the storm reporters and the officials on the ground. and one person spoke to an official there at a grocery store who is reporting that once the tornado came through, they actually had the biscuit there's, they get cans of biscuits were beginning to drop because of the pressure drop within the storm in that vicinity of southern georgia that kind of speaks to the significance of the storm. and still very active. 800 mile stretch there from places such as key largo out north off the carolinas where we're seeing thunderstorms left and right. when you work your way towards southern florida, almost 7 million people underneath a tornado watch at this hour. we do have a tornado warning in effect right now with radar-indicated rotation right there. palm beach gardens northwest of palm beach on into jupiter. we know it's in the very early morning hours, and we often say tornadoes of course very deadly. but when you put them into the overnight hours they're about twice as likely to kill than the daytime hours for obvious reasons. we're watching that threat very carefully across florida at this hour. i want to show you how these tornadoes spawned significant damage over parts of the united
states. we talk about the number of tornadoes that we saw across the southern united states. and that number in the past three days alone sat somewhere around 41 reports of tornadoes. you can see where they're scattered about the southeast. climatologically we should be into the 30s for the entire month. and we see that number. and you compare that to what has occurred with these storms we know of at least 22 fatalities now, and you compare to 2016 which was in fact one of the quietest years in terms of fatalities for tornadoes. in fact, the quietest in 30 years where only 17 live were lost. you notice what happened a couple of years ago with the you break across alabama where over 500 lives were lost. it speaks to the significance of an event that is taking place in the heart of the winter season across parts of the southern united states. the storm is migrating to the north and east. as it sets up across this area, very heavy rainfall around the carolina on into parts of the eastern united states. wind gust around philadelphia could be anywhere from 50 to 60 miles per hour over the next 24
hours. it's certainly going to impact travel across this region. and we know any time you get into densely populated cities with tall buildings, and specifically we look at winds to really begin to funnel and intensify even more. so again, something worth noting here with wind damage potential over the next day or so around the northeastern u.s., guys. thank you so much. folks need to stay safe. pedram, appreciate that update. >> thank you. all right. and like many of our viewers across the u.s., robyn curnow is watching sunday football before coming to work. >> it was great. we're in atlanta, and we now know who will play in super bowl li. >> two high-powered defenses and one team looking for their first ever title. we'll have the action from sunday just ahead. don't pay hundreds more for taxes and fees. introducing t-mobile one. now with taxes and fees included. 4 lines. 40 buck each. all unlimited. all in.
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welcome back. so the waiting is over. now we know who is headed to the super bowl. the atlanta falcons and new england patriots. the patriots reached the nfl championship by beating the pittsburgh steelers on sunday. >> and the falcons crushed the green bay packers right here in atlanta. a lot of people celebrating in the streets. well, cnn's world sport's patrick snell has more on that. >> well, for the second time in
franchise history, the atlanta falcons have reached the super bowl. on sunday, they produced a dominant display to see off the green bay packers for a championship win in what was a truly emotional occasion at their own georgia dome, which after 25 years was hosting its last ever game before the team moves to a new state of the art home right next door. led by their inspirational quarterback, matt ryan, the falcons who were the nfl's highest scoring team this season meant business right from the star. ryan doing his talking with his feet this time as he runs it in for the 14-yard touchdown score. continuing to dominate going into the halftime break. julio jones outstanding as he fends off to would-be tacklers on his way up the sideline for the 73-yard touchdown. no one is going to stop him there. this triumph meaning so much to these atlanta players who steal a resounding victory, 44-21. >> i'm happy.
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standing. i'm happy we're one of them. that's what our goal is. it's nice to be able to achieve that. >> proud of the team, happy for the team, happy for all these guys. they all deserved it. it's a good, hard-working group. you know, we're excited to move on. >> so super bowl li is set as the falcons look to win it for the first time in their 51-year history. they'll be facing four-time victors, the patriots, in houston on sunday, the 5th of february. patrick snell, cnn, atlanta. u.s. president donald trump dominated the news headlines this weekend, but his alter ego got most of the night off on "saturday night live." instead, viewers got a shirtless vladimir putin played by beck bennett, and this putin had some opinions on the inauguration. take a look. >> donald, let's talk as friends. you're not off to a great start, man. i thought you'd be better at this. however, i'm glad to see so many
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