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because there was a recognition that both sides would be represented last night. and they were. follow me on twitter. i'll see you next week. good to have you with us this morning. >> 10:00 here on the east coast. "cnn newsroom" begins right now. president donald trump, busy day. in less an an hour he will be speaking with german leader angela merkel. he's also going to be speaking with french and australian leaders as well. vladimir putin on the list today a well. >> his call is putin is being welcomed by russia. one official calling it, quote, the most important one of the day. it is sparking concern among other world leaders, though. we have this just in. nationals of the seven muslim countries temporarily banned by
president trump's executive order are being turned away at airports across the u.s. two iraqis who arrived in new york despite having valid visas are kwifiling a lawsuit againste u.s. government. >> we have international correspondents in moscow and berlin and in paris. nic robertson in white house. athena jones at the white house. that's where we'll begin. athena, what is president trump expected to discuss with the world leaders today? a lot of issues on the table. >> reporter: good morning. there are a lot of issues on the table. we expect a lot of these conversations to be somewhat preliminary, sort of untro du introductory conversations. this is the first opportunity for him to really begin to develop the beginning of a relationship with these world
leaders. of course, the conversation that's getting the most attention is the noon phone call, the phone call scheduled for noon with russia's vladimir putin. this is someone that president trump for a long time has been calling smart and strong. the big concern on the table among some is the concern about sanctions, whether the president will choose to left sanctions on russia for its incursion into ukraine. here's what he had to say about that when asked about it yesterday during the press conference. >> as far as the sanctions, very early to be talking about that. but we look to have a great relationship with all countries ideally. that won't necessarily happen. unfortunately, probably won't happen with many countries. >> so indicating that he's going to remain -- going to continue to take a somewhat unpredictable approach to relations a broad. but if he were to decide to lift those sanctions, that would anger not only some u.s. allies,
for instance we already heard from the british prime minister theresa may that they would like to see those sanctions remain in place until russia changes its actions. he would also risk angering people in his own party like arizona senator john mccain who has already said that if sanctions were to be lifted, he would take steps to bring le legislation that codify those sanctions. we don't expect huge steps. this is in many ways just the beginning of his relationship with these leaders. >> athena there at the white house for us. thank you. >> bring in matthew chance now. help us understand how russia is characterizing this call. >> reporter: well, i mean, you're getting different strengths. first of all, the kremlin is trying to play down all these expectations that are running so high. that this phone call is going to be pivotal. that this phone call is going to include a commitment by donald
trump, the u.s. president, to lift sanctions. they're saying they don't believe any substantial issues are necessarily going to be covered. but while the kremlin told us yesterday when they were talking about the phone call is let's wait and see, we'll tell you what happened. you get the impression they're kind of wondering what the subject matter of this conversation is going to be as well. certainly others in the russian authorities are being less coy about this. a senior senator and former head of the international foreign relations committee russian parliament saying this conversation between trump and putin could give a new beginning to the fight against islamic state, a solution to the crisis in syria and u contain. merkel referring to the german chancellor only has old solutions. all the conversations that trump is having today, he's having a number of them with shin -- say
this one with putin is by far the most important one. >> matthew chance, thank you so much. we appreciate it. live for us from moscow. >> let's go to germany next where berlin's mayor has some strong words for president trump. what is the mayor saying? >> reporter: well, what the mayor put out a statement last night saying berlin more than any other city knows what suffering has caused when a wall is used to divide a continent. of course, the berlin wall cut straight through divided east and west germany. so he said essentially at the end of the statement mr. president, you know, listen to the words of former president ronald reagan, tear down this wall and please don't build this new wall. it was a very dramatic statement from from the berlin mayer. ? terms of what we expect to hear
from other officials, they've been tight lipped about this president call with donald trump. we do expect if a few hours after the call just a quick summary of what was said. it's more likely to be an introductory call, a way to develop a working relationship which will be pretty tough given the strained start. >> atika, thank you so much. we also understand we're about four hours away from the president's call with fran say a lond. joining us from paris, jim, what are you hearing this morning? >> christi, it's about the same thing as atika reported. it's being characterized here as a get to know you kind of phone call between president trump and president allone that's about four hours from now. washington is almost certain to get some pushback from the french and probably the germans as well on a couple of issues. brexit and europe being one of them because donald trump was in favor of brexit. he said that several times during the campaign.
whereas the europeans like germany and france are much more in favor of holding the european union together. have it pushed back on nato for example and the idea of lifting sanctions with russia, the foreign minister here said this morning the sanctions are related to the process as far as the french foreign minister and the german american minister, anything releasing sanctions of the pull back from troops of eastern ukraine. >> jim, thank you so much. >> for some analysis now, let's bripg bring in our panel. ron brown steen, cnn contributor and worldworld, and cnn diploma can editor nick robinson. nick, i want to start with you. although world leaders are keeping expectations low for these conversations, we know that one of the issues that's likely to come up with nato.
during their joint news conference yesterday, we heard from british pressure theresa may about president trump's feelings about nato. let's listen to how she characterized it. >> on defense and security cooperation, we're united in our recognition of nato. as the bull work of our collective defense. today we've reaffirmed our unshakeable commitment to this alliance. mr. president, i think you confirmed that you're 100% behind nato. >> during the campaign donald trump said it was obsolete. he's changed his tune a bit. i expect that the leaders of france and germany will want to hear that from the president itself. >> theresa may said it for him and president trump didn't really follow-up. he didn't deny it of course. but the point that they will be making will very likely be the point that theresa may was making as well. yes, there may be issues with the nato alliance. yes, only five out of the 28 member nations pay the 2% of gdp
that they're supposed to pay and that is supposed to be spent on developing new and larger systems rather than august menting a -- there's likely to hear some new ones if there's time in the conversations through the tranlatitra translation into what nato is important today and how it could be in the future. combatti combatti combatting terrorism. there will also be talk about cyber warfare. all these nations share that concern and about how nato can play an increased role there. i think he'll only hear words of encouragement, that he should, whatever he says to them on the phone and behind closed doors to theresa may, there will be encouragement. it's not entirely broken, let's address issues if we have them,
but let's keep this important institution. >> let's discuss this conversation that's coming up with vladimir putin. the president said yesterday that it's too soon to discuss lifting those sanctions, but a federal official says the white house has requested information about both syria and the sanctions before the call. do you expect they will go there? >>, my suspicion is they will talk about all these things, but donald trump has to be very, very careful trading eading on relationship is russia. the american people don't usually pay a whole lot of attention to foreign policies, but the controversies that have clouded the campaign, that everything that we have heard about hacking by russians, the report from american intelligence agencies, those items received a great deal of attention among the american people and so everything that trump does with regards to putin, with regards to russia, is going to be watched very, very carefully. so it's -- he's going to be
sprpsing spr experiencing a great deal of pressure from many, many sides. there will political risk and pressure from allies in europe and a great deal of concern from eastern european countries, from the neighbors of russia who are extremely worried about how trump is going to handle this relationship >> we've talked about germany and russia and france. let's not forget australia and japan. ar the executive order withdrawing the u.s. from the trans pacific partnership ship trade is going to be at the top of the list. >> the tpp had a dual function. it was both an economic and diplomatic initiative. it was part of their pivot towards a shsia. it was seen as a way of bounding chinese tlns chinese influence in the region. china has begun their own
alternative trade pack. one thing that will be striking about these calls is that donald trump in recent weeks has -- there are critical presidential -- critical nshl elections coming up in both germany and france this year in 2017. donald trump has echoed and essential endorsed the arguments the far rights parties will be making. the party in germany is running against chancellor merkel's decision to admit so many syrian refugees and he has called that repeatedly a disaster. similarly in france where you have la pen in the national front where their argument is better off outside the european union and in his interview with both british and german papers right before he took office, donald trump again essentially endor endorsed those arguments. that's going to make uncomfortableness on the calls with the leaders where they have been given validation of their
koe core arguments by the american president. >> the order that was signed by the president banning people coming from in seven countries for a period and indefinitely for syrian refugees. there was a joint statement released by the u.n. and the international organization for migration in which they say we strongly believe refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance and opportunities for resettlement regardless of their religion, nationality or race. beyond the u.s. and the borders of the seven countries which this ban applies, what is the impact we're seeing? >> it has a lot of reverbrations on many different levels. it puts the united states in conflict with its own stated principles. it gives extremists and terrorist groups arguments to bolster their position that the united states is their enemy. is the enemy of islam, which is
a terrible conclusion to draw from this. it separates the united states from its allies, from the liberal block of the western world. it creates a number of complications. it bolsters trump's position with his base. this after all was one of his campaign promises. but it's not one without controversy and fortunately it has a term and an end point for most of it, but it's also potentially in conflict with the u.s. constitution. >> ron, quickly to you, on the domestic front, we've heard from democratic senators, chuck schumer, said the statute of liberty is crying now. we've heard from members of congress, the democrats. is this strictly on party lines? we know there were some
evangelicals when blasted the muslim ban. >> not only that but the house speak speak speaker paul ryan. peril a peep of protest and a lot of words surrounding it. whatever you think of donald trump, he is a student of power. so far what he is seeing is republicans have raised objections to initiatives that he pursued during the campaign by and larmg age are falling in line. many republicans questioned building the wall. now they are making much more gr agreeable noises. you had them raise questions about appointing rex tillerson. you are seeing that objection melt away. here on the muslim ban which this is a variation there of, the objections we heard during the campaign are not nearly as loud today. by and large, republicans have decided their shared interest with president trump on things like repealing obamacare, rolling back regulation and cutting taxes are enough to hold
their objections on other front. i don't think that message has been lost on the man in the oval office. >> thank you all. more about the fall out over president trump's executive order banning millions of people from entering the u.s. travelers we're learning are now being turned away from airports. back in a moment. if you're searching other travel sites to find a better price... ...stop clicking around... the lowest prices on our hotels are always at hilton.com. so pay less and get more only at hilton.com.
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this is in response to an executive order signed by the president. it bars millions of people from seven terror prone countries as they're described from entering the u.s. for 90 days. according to a white house official it's iran, iraq, syria, sudan, libya, yemen and somalia. >> it also suspends the u.s. refugee admissions program for 120 days and indefinitely suspends admissions for syrian refugees. it puts a cap on the total number of refugees admitted at less than half of the current level. so about 50,000. it calls for new screening procedures. also canceling the visa sb interview waiver program for repeat travelers. >> cnn correspondent ben weedis joining us from istanbul. you've already found people that
are affected by this order. explain what you're hearing. >> we're hearing from a friend of mine in baghdad, he served with the u.s. military as a translator, a front line translator under fire with american service personnel. he has applied for refugee state us in the united states. he's been waiting for years. of course, he woke up this morning to find that whatever hopes he has of getting out of iraq where he's under death threat from isis have evaporated or at least are temporarily suspended. and obviously it's a source of great distress. he tells me his marriage is on the rocks. his wife needs to take medication because she now has a nervous disorder. really they're running out of hope and increasingly fearing for their lives. i've spoken with refugees who live here in turkey. he tells me that he sees this
order, this executive order as shameful and racist. basically slamming the door on people who are caught between a rock and a hard place. between the brutal regime and the mad terrorist of isis. now they really see no way out. and so certainly it's being meet with despair, frustration and anger. >> thank you so much. >> the aclu is reacting to this executive order. in a statement executive director says this. extreme vetting is a -- identifying specific countries with muslim majorities and carving out exceptions for minority religions flies in the face of the constitutional principle principle that bans the ghost from favoring or discriminating against particular religions. runs afoul of the first amendment. >> still to come, the fight to
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undocumented immigrants. miami-dade county was the first sta city or area i should say to comply with trump's call to action. >> the move has riled up democratic mayors across the country. bring in the attorney general of massachusetts. you've blasted president trump's decision. you've called it irresponsible. what are you most fearful of losing by way of federal funds, first of all? >> well, christi, there's several things wrong with what donald trump has done. the first thing is it actually is going to harm public safety. it's going to hurt law enforcement efforts. let me tell you what i mean. for years what has worked and worked well is letting local police chiefs, local law enforcement and mayors determine what is best in terms of thou keep their communities safe. what donald trump proposes to do is to actually come in and have
the federal government take over that responsibility by com man dearing our local law enforcement. that's not a good idea. it's the folks on the ground locally who know what is best in terms of keeping their communities safe. the other thing he's done is square away a lot of people potentially from coming forward and reporting crime to local law enforcement. every day all of us in law enforcement rely on people coming forward, including immigrants, to report crimes. i'm afraid that what donald trump has done is actually going to square away people from reporting crimes. as a result, public safety is going to be harmed. third -- >> go ahead and finish. >> the other point is that donald trump is essentially holding our cities hostage. he is threatening to take away serious economic funding for our cities. funding that's going to support things like schools and the building of roads and bridges, health care centers and the like. and that's going to hurt an awful lot of people.
he has no right to do that constitutionally. remember, it is not the president who controls funding. it is control congress. it is not the president who can put continues on funding. it is congress. so there are serious constitutional issues with what donald trump is proposing to do. it's a wrong-headed in . it hurts public safety. day in and day out, those of us in law enforcement are already working with the federal authorities. >> may i ask you, what is the threshold of the decision making as to when you will turnover an undocumented immigrant to federal authorities? what is the flesh hold? a sanctuary city is a city not known to do so. >> i think what donald trump has tried to do is mischaracterize the way actually it works when it comes down to the efforts of
local law enforcement and immigration officials. >> i think people don't understand what -- at what point, what does the offense need to be before you will alert federal authorities that you have somebody in your custody? >> it's a great question. here's the way it works, christi. when somebody is apprehended, caught for a crime, when they are arrested and their fingerprints taken, that information is already shared with federal authorities. and if somebody is flagged as having an immigration detainer out on them, the flederal authorities will let states and local tees know that and they have the opportunity to have those folks turned over. we regularly assist and cooperate with them. that system is already working. so donald trump's order doesn't change that. >> well, there is one case in particular that a lot of people have honed in on and that's the case of katie steinly.
all rights contend she was killed by an undocumented immigrant who had come back into the country and had been deported five times. i talked with mayor marty walsh. he said it's the policies that are the problem. he wouldn't have been able to come back in the city. couldn't you argue that sanctuary cities give somebody hope to come back into the country because they know they have a safe place to fall? >> well, that's just false. as i say, if you are somebody who has done something illegal or you are somebody who has engaged in criminal conduct, you're not welcome back in a sanctuary city. people may return to this sea for all sorts of reasons but not because a sanctuary city is in place. i think what that show system how much work we need to do on a federal level. the fact of this matter is this person is somebody who was deported five times and was allowed back into the country.
the federal government controls the immigration situation. if i were trump donald trump. >> so you think a wall would work? >> excuse me? >> will a wall work? >> no. here's what would work. what would work is if donald trump put energy and effort into working with the republican controlled congress right now on meaningful immigration reform. that's what would work. in the meantime, what i say to donald trump is let us on the local level do our job. don't try to take over local law enforcement resources. don't tell us what to do. don't threaten us with the reremoval of important federal funding. he has no right to threaten the removal of that important funding for economic centers across this state. in the meantime, let us in law enforcement do our job. >> attorney general of massachusetts. we appreciate you taking the time to talk with us today. thank you, ma'am.
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countries, here's the map. it has already sparked a lawsuit in new york after two were detained in the airport after arriving from iraq on friday. talk with congressman williams who serves texas. >> good morning to you guys. >> thank you for coming on. i want to read for you part of a statement from your col leak former marine and massachusetts congressman seth mol ton. he says president trump is leet -- leading our country out of fear instead of fact. his executive order banning refugees and immigrants from some muslim majority countries to the united states is playing right sbinto the hands of our enemies. >> he's dead wrong on. that we got attacked on 9/11. we're still under atactack.
we've got things happening that has never happened before. what i've seen in executive orders is what he's doing. this is a challenging time for our country and we've got to respond and we haven't seen a response the last eight years through the obama administration. >> when you say we were attacked on 9/11, it references 9/11, however not one of the seven countries highlighted where these nationals were banned is the country of origin of any of the 9/11 attackers, so should this list be extended? to egypt, to sawed dlebanon? >> let's talk about ft. hood and san bernardino and little rock. >> how about if it were americans? >> i'm telling you a lot of this was driven by the dislike for america by the muslim community. not all miss limuslims are bad
we've got to get a hand around this and defend our country. >> how does this executive order get to any of the specific cases you're naming, ft. hood, san bernardino? these were americans. >> what is does is it begins to understand who comes across our borders. i know being from texas, we ent have a clue who's coming in. we have people coming between the ports of entry. we've got to stop. that we don't allow our border patrol beyond the border. we need to get a handle on who's coming in and go from there. that's what we're beginning to do here. the law says that. the law says you come in here, play the rules of the game and come in legally. that's all we're doing. >> but the 70 countries that we -- seven countries that were highlighted, those seven countries that were part of the ban are highlighted as countries of concerned and removed from
the visa waiver program to go through that vetting process. that was already in place. how does that get to know the people who are coming in by banning them? they were already going through the process? >> look, i don't know that the process has been used as it should be. this begins to restart the process. it begins to -- as i said, it's very simple. we've got to know whose coming into our country. you need to know who's coming into our house. we've got a serious issue right now. i think this restarts the program and begins to use the program as it should and good people will be able to get in here. bad people won't. we do not need bad people in america. a lot of the people from the countries have said let's wipe america off the face of the map. that's not the kind of folks we want in here. >> let me get to another issue because we could go back and forth on that for another 25 minutes. but let me get to what california senator harris
tweeted. she said on holocaust memorial day trump restricted refugees from -- make no mistake, this is a muslim ban. the president during the campaign did propose a ban on all non-neamerican muslims. he walked that back. for people who receive this as a muslim ban, what do you have to say that? >> i don't think it's a ban on muslims. the fact of the matter is we've got extremists that are out there that want to hurt our country. it's time to find out who these people are and make sure they don't get in here. send a message if you want to come to america and do it the right way you can come. if you don't want to do it the right way and you don't like this country and you don't want to understand the laws of this country then you're not wanted here. i think that we're seeing some strength by president trump. and i support him. we're not banning people, but we also want to know who's coming in this country. >> this is a ban. i mean, it uses the word ban.
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the speaker has said 12 to $15 billion and then mexico will reimburse. will you endorse to spend 12 to $15 billion to build that wall? >> i'm very concerned in the way i want to spend money. this all gets back to being a security issue. i will support the wall. let me tell you, when i was secretary of state of texas i talked a lot about this. we do need as i said earlier, we need to have people come through the ports of entry, not between. a wall to me is not necessarily brick and mortar. it could be boots on the ground. but bwe do need to secure our border and i will support the funding. i think at the end of the day we'll have our neighbors to the south will have paid for some of it at least. >> let's talk about -- that's two different directions. you said what the wall will be. you said drones. there's fencing there already.
let's listen -- we don't have the sound bite. he said a wall, not a fence and then he said there is some fencing. are the american people going to get the wall that many of them thought they were going to get, not an extension of the 700 miles of fence? >> i don't think you can build a physical brick wall for 1,200 miles but you can use drones. you use more enforce fement on ground. that to me is a wall. it deters and tells people do the right thing, come through the ports of entry. >> there's already the fence we're showing. by that logic an extension of the fence would be enough. but let me get to the -- >> no. a fence does not work. we've seen that. >> so then what happens to the 700 miles of feps? do you demo that and the american people have to pay for that too to replace it with the wall? >> i don't think the american people end up paying for it in
the long run. america want to be skuecure. if they do, it has to be replaced. >> so you say the american people don't way for the wall in the long run. how will the u.s. get the mexico people to pay for the wall? >> there's a lot of ways. i'm a business guy. there's a lot of ways to get people to pay for it. i i know president trump says a tariff will pay for it. we might owe the mexico government some money. we might deduct some of what we owe them. there's all kinds of ways. we need to send a message that we want you to come to america and abide by the laws. >> you say you're going to get the money back from mexico and woo you'll vote for this 12 to $15 billion. you have a car dealership, right? >> right. >> i've been reading up on you. let me put it in that context.
>> that's good. you want to buy a car, do you? >> let me just get the question out here. the president is asking congress to build this wall and he promises that mexico's going to come along and pay. if a person came into your dealership and said give me the keys to a car, i promise the bank is going to give you the money, wouldn't you require some proof that there's financing behind that? >> well, of course we would. but it's not the same thing. >> then why would you be willing to vote with the assurance that mexico's going to pay you back with no proof and no plan that's on paper on how that money is going to be recouped? >> it's not the same thing. there's a real issue down there. there's an issue of not necessarily them coming here wanting to get a job. how about the drug war? how about narcotics coming over here and killing our kids and terrorists coming here and killing us. if we can save that from
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in the open era. with today's win serena also returns to number one in the world tennis rankings. we joined espn world sport center this morning. >> this was a lot different. it was for so much. there was so much riding on both our ends. venus was trying to get her eighth and me trying to get to 23. but also we're both in our -- we're both 31. >> i like that. >> itty's a big moment for us. >> first time the sisters have met in a grand slam final since 2009. i give them credit to be as close as they are and finish each other. >> you put all that aside when you get on the court. >> isn't that the truth. >> so much more ahead with fredericka whitfield coming up after a short break. if you're searching other travel sites to find a better price...
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