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early start continues right now. president trump standing by his attorney general hours after jeff sessions said he would recuse himself from matters regarding the election. will this be enough to quiet critics who say sessions lied about meeting the russian ambassador? cnn's covere of all the developments from washington continue right now bright and early this friday morning. good morning and welcome to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. >> and i'm dave briggs. >> did you talk to the russians last year? >> i did not. >> i cannot deny or confirm anything. donald trump stepping forward with a defense of jeff sessions hours after he recused himself from any investigations into the
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trump campaign. there's a growing call from democrats that sessions resign that he met with the russian ambassador during the campaign. sessions denied any wrongdoing saying that he told senators he never spoke with russian officials about the trump campaign. >> i was taken aback a little bit about this brand new information, that allegation that surrogates and i had been called a surrogate for donald trump had been meeting continuously with russian officials and that's what struck me there and that's what i focused my answer on, an -- and retrospect if -- i should have slowed down and said but i did meet one russian officials a couple of times. that would be the ambassador. >> all right.
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sessions telling reporters he plans to mention his meeting with the russian ambassador in a statement to supplement his congressional testimony, essentially amending that testimony with details of the meaning. potentially new trouble. the campaign finance record show his sip to the russian ambassador, was paid with campaign funds, not senate funds and that undercuts meeting as a surrogate and not as senator. even so the president is standing by his attorney general. more now from jeff zell any. >> reporter: president trump hoped to end the week on a high note carrying momentum from the speech to congress but he's ending it on anything but. he's under fire here at the white house all over allegations of links to russia yet again. we saw yesterday attorney general jeff sessions talking
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about an investigation involving congress being fully involved in an investigation and president trump is flying down to his resort in mar-a-lago later today. he's going to take a bit of a weekend off and try and think about some of these things and having a republican fund-raiser there this evening as well. he is standing by his attorney general jeff sessions, but take a look at this statement he released last night. very interesting language in here. it says this. jeff sessions is an honest man. he did not say wrong. he could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional. this whole narrative is a way of saving face for democrats losing the election that everyone thought they were supposed to win. the democrat are overplaying their than. they lost their election and now they have lost their grip on reality. the real story all the illegal los angeles of classified and other information. it is a total witch-hunt. republicans on capitol hill in congress are concerned about. they say they will investigate
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and get to the bottom of this, so as the trump administration heads into the end of another week here, there are certainly more questions being raised about moscow and they are not just about from democrats, from republicans as well. that's what donald trump is facing as he heads off to florida later today. christine and dave. >> thank you, jeff. with the attorney general recused for now, acting deputy attorney general dana bente will oversee any prosecutions related to the trump campaign but that may not be the end of it. he may have to bring in a special perreaultor at some point. we're also learning more about one of the meetings that sessions had with the ambassador and how it could impact the battle over sessions' job. joining us to explain, cnn us? tis reporter laura jarrett in washington. good morning to you, laura. what else have we learned about the september meeting that sessions had with the russian ambassador? >> good morning, dave. we now know it took place in
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sessions' office and he was accompanied by two of his staffers saying they talked about normal things, like a visit sessions had taken with a church group in the '90s and he didn't recall any political discussions taking place. we don't yet know whether anyone took any notes at this motoring or recorded it or who has that recording at this point. dave? >> so what do we know about the purpose of that meeting, and does it even matter what the purpose was? >> reporter: well, sessions was kind of -- i should say he was holding back on this a little bit, right. he was asked yesterday why he believes the russian ambassador wanted to meet with him, and he was very careful in his answer. he was saying i don't remember a lot of it, and on the critical question of whether the to you men discussed president trump or the campaign, he said i do not recall, but the white house yesterday said, look, there's no there there. >> he did say he was not
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necessarily a believer, that sessions is a believer and he talked that ukraine was brought up so he certainly remembered some color to this meeting, but sessions doesn't recall some of the details of the september meeting. does that rebuke the allegations from some democrats of perjury here? >> reporter: well, it certainly helps protecting him from boxing himself in on a story going forward so in the event new details emerge about that september meeting, but there's still the issue of the original testimony in front of the senate judiciary committee last january and whether that was truthful because some democrats say he needs to come back and explain to the committee what happened there. but as you mentioned sessions told fox news last night he plans to supplement his testimony in the record with a new response to the questn about the meetings with russia. so we'll have to wait and see whether that will suffice for everyone. dave, christine. >> laura, thank you. let's bring in zach wolf, the managing editor of cnn politics digital. good morning to you, zach. >> good morning. >> all right. so broad terms here.
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is this thing over in the democrats don't have many moves now. >> well, i mean, this is kind of the third aide or, you know, member of the trump administration. we had paul manafort back during the campaign and we had michael flynn, both of whom had to low of. there's no indication that sessions will have to resign or leave but the hits keep on coming, i guess. >> russians officials and the russian ambassador goes to the nominating convention for the gop and, you know, meets with important people? >> yeah.
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i saw that, too, and thought it was interesting that the russian ambassador was at the republican convention, sort of meeting with people on the sidelines. but, you know, in talking to people, these are ambassadors who are here to -- to forward their country's agenda and they were dealing with an agenda and a platform at the convention, so i don't think it's totally unheard of for that kind of thing to happen. >> there's also the speech on tuesday night, but good luck getting a meeting with anyone in the trump administration in the year
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>> when you lock at the front "the daily news, recuse me and look at the number of democratic senators who are calling for his resignation. i mean, the number continues to grow. it's hard to believe it can be over if you still have headlines and so many -- you know, so many democrats still jumping on board. >> well, i think sessions had to do something and recusing himself yesterday sort of might quiet some of the concerns within republican ranks, and that's really what's most important for him because they are the ones who control capitol hill, et cetera. you know, i think something else would have to happen for this to
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get to the level of him having to resign. so i don't think we're there yet. democrats, rather, are going to be sure to keep it in the news and -- and keep the drum beat going but i'm not sure that -- that the there is there yet. >> all right. zach. it's 510:00 in the east. caffein is always on the minds of christine and myself, and i'm sure you as well. tom hanks wants to caffeinate the white house press corps, is that right? >> reporter: yeah. he sent his third espresso machine to the white house and attached a note telling them how important it was to, you know, journalism. so people were passing that around yesterday. >> nice to know the worker bees in journalism at the white house got a little treat from him. >> mr. hanks is watching this morning, we could use one, too. just saying, we got up a little earlier than them. >> go get a cup of coffee and come back and see us in a few minutes. it's the first known move stemming from the deadly raid in
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and natural flavors from the very beginning. give kind a try. the u.s. taking action for the first time based on intelligence recovered on the january raid in yemen that killed a navy s.e.a.l. sources telling cnn the u.s. is looking to track and locate hundreds of people with ties to al qaeda. some of these people believed to be in the west, though not in the united states. cnn national security reporter ryan brown has more from washington. good morning, ryan. >> reporter: good morning, dave. u.s. officials are telling cnn that they have uncovered information pertaining to hundreds of contacts with links to al qaeda, some of them living in europe. now it's not clear whether these are operatives or sympathizers, but it's a real concern to u.s. officials because al qaeda and the arabian peninsula, the yemen official is considered al qaeda's most capable affiliate and has carried out attacks in europe before, including the
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2015 "charlie hebdo" massacre in paris. u.s. officials are saying additional intelligence was uncovered pertaining to safe havens, terror groups tactics and its bomb-making it can nbc as well as its training operations. they say that additional action will be taken based on that intelligence down the road. now, there were over 20 air strikes carried out against the terror group yesterday targeting what u.s. officials say were al qaeda, infrastructure al qaeda militant. now, they are saying that that strike group was not related to the intelligence gathered in the raid. that had been in the planning for some time, but we're now hearing local reports of even additional strikes being carried out overnight. the pentagon has yet to confirm those, but we're going to be following this closely. now, we're seeing a real uptick of actions by the military against the terror group. this is part of these kind of expanded mission sets that the military has pursued in the early days of the trump presidency. of course, this raid is proving
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controversial, resulting in the death of a navy s.e.a.l. and civilian casualties. donald trump said that vital intelligence was obtained, and we're now starting to learn a little bit more about what that intelligence actually contained. dave. >> likely have not heard the last from that raid. thank you, my friend. details still scarce on president trump's border walls but 300 companies are putting in bids to build it. the agency of department of homeland security says companies have expressed interest. they will be asked for their designs and they will have to eventually build a prototype wall or structures neither border. the firms include large construction companies, small fencing companies and security firms. dozens of interested companies say in their paperwork that they are own by hispanics, but even these companies know almost nothing about the plans they will build on. there's not like a specific model yet. the dhs expects to award initial
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contracts in april and the other issue is how the government is going to pay for it. the preut cites a $10 billion cost. he got that from a concrete association during the campaign and senate majority leader said it would cost $12 billion to $15 billion and other independent estimates put the cost as high as $25 billion. there's been an attempt to make a virtual wall, a big push a few years ago for virtual walls and had cameras and sensors an all these problems from the get-go. a lot of money because a virtual wall just didn't walk. for example, jack rabbits setting off sensors instead of people, kind of a mess. >> a slam dunk as a campaign line but far more difficult than anyone ever imagined. >> we'll see how it works out. one of the best catch ease you'll ever see, and it was made off the field by a new york mets prospect. he wasn't even wearing a golf. andy scholes has more this morning on this morning's bleacher report. >> you've got to be kidding me. ♪
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one of the biggest story lines from the nfl last season was colin kaepernick, of course, taking a knee during the national anthem. according to multiple reports, kaepernick will end his protest and begin standing next season. >> andy scholes has this morning in this morning owes "bleacher report." andy scholes has more. >> colin kaepernick will soon be a free agent and has decided to stand for the national anthem. his action of kneeling through the anthem to protest social injustice started a movement in the nfl and across the sports world over the past year. according to espn kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created. kaepernick has also donated more
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than $1 million to community organizations helping underprivileged people. the golden state warriors playing their first game since kevin durant suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of action for at least a month and it did not go well against the bulls. steph curry and klay thompson were ice cold from three-point land and warriors coach steve kerr got so frustrated during this game he broke another clipboard. golden state scores just 87 points, their lowest total of the season. they lose back-to-back games for the first time since 2015. elsewhere in the nba, thunder and blazers squaring off and check out taj gibson right here. he intercepts this pass and heaves it the length of the court almost and it goes in at the buzzer and take another look. look at how high he threw that basketball. what a shot, but that was not the most impressive shot from that game. he took the half court shot to
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win a car and he nails it. look at that. perfect rotation. mets and marlins and spring training. echeverria throws his bat on the swings and heads straight to the mets dugout but don't worry. a prospect with cat-like reflexes catches the bat out of mid-air. take another look this guy here decides to run for cover but the prospect sticks his arm out and snatches it, guys. i don't think i've ever seen someone stick an arm out and snatch a bat that was flying through the air and there are two people in this scenario. there's the guy like we saw right there that will run for cover and then there's the guy that will play the hero. obviously guillorme is the hero. dave, what would you do, if there's a foul ball coming your way or bat, which role do you think you will play? >> i'll try it. dave briggs. >> i was there with my son and a foul ball came at us and i missed the ball but i did take
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it's friday morning. >> which means it's mar-a-lago time. >> 30 minutes past the hour. breaking overnight president trump stepping forward with a force full defense of his attorney general jeff sessions just hours after sessions recused himself from any investigations into mr. trump's presidential campaign. the move comes amid growing calls by democrats for the attorney general to resign over those revelations sessions met with the russian ambassador at the same time he was serving as a trump campaign surrogate and then failed to disclose that at his senate hearing. sessions recusing himself at a news conference just two hours after the president said he should not do so. sessions denied any wrongdoing saying that he told senators he never smoke with russian officials about the trump campaign. >> i was taken aback a little bit by about this brand new information, this allegation that surrogates and i had been called a surrogate for donald trump had been meeting continuously with russian
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officials, and that's what i -- what struck me there and that's what i focused my answer on, and -- and in retrospect i should have slowed down and said but i did meet one russian official a couple of times. that would be the ambassador. >> sessions telling reporters he plans to mention his meeting with the russian ambassador in a statement to supplement his congressional testimony. and potentially new trouble for the attorney general. campaign finance records show sessions trip to the republican convention where he met the ambassador was paid for with sessions campaign funds, not senate funds. that undercuts sessions argument he met with the ambassador in his capacity as a senator rather than a surrogate. reached out to sessions's office for comment and even though with all the controversy the president standing by his attorney general. we turn to cnn's jeff zell any at the white house. >> reporter: christine and dave, president trump hoped to end the week on a high note carrying
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that momentum from his speech to congress earlier in the week but he's ending it on anything but. he's under fire here at the white house all over allegations of links to russia yet again. we saw yesterday attorney general jeff sessions recusing himself from any campaign investigation involving russia. congress is fully involved in an investigation and the intelligence committees, both the house and the senate. now president trump is flying down to his resort in mar-a-lago later today. he's going to take a bit of a weekend off and try and think about some of these things. he'll be having a republican fund-raiser there this evening as well. boy, he's standing by his attorney general jeff sessions but take a look at this statement he released last night. very interesting language in this. it says this. jeff sessions is be a honest man. he did not say anything wrong. he could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional. this whole narrative is a way of saving face for democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win. the democrats are overplaying their hand. they lost the election, he says, and now they have lost their
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grip on reality. the real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. it is a total witch-hunt. a witch-hunt perhaps, but a bipartisan one at that. republicans on capitol hill in congress are concerned about this. they say they will investigate and get to the bottom of this, so as the trump administration heads into the end of another week here, there are certainly more questions being raised about moscow and they are not just about from developments, from republicans as well. that's what donald trump is facing as he heads off to florida later today. >> jeff zeleny filing that. >> reporter: the acting attorney general dana bente will oversee any prosecutions or investigations related to the campaign. he may have to bring in a special prosecutor and we're learning about one of the meetings that sessions had with the ambassador and how it will affect the battle over sessions' job. joining us to explain all of this cnn justice reporter laura
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jarrett live with us bright and early this morning in washington. laura, good morning. what else have we learned about the september meeting that sessions had with the russian ambassador? what do we know about it? >> reporter: well, we now know, christine, that it took place in sessions' office, and he was accompanied by at least two of his staffers. sessions said they talked about, quote, normal things, like a visit sessions had taken to russia with a church group in the '90s and though he couldn't recall any specific political discussions, he said it did get testy at one point. now, importantly what we don't know here is whether anyone took any notes or recorded the meeting, and if so who has that recording, christine. >> so what do we know, laura, about the purpose of that meeting and really does it matter? well, sessions was asked yesterday why he believes the russian ambassador wanted to meet with him in the first place, and he was very careful in his answer, very measured. he said i don't remember a lot of it, and on the critical question of whether the two
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discussed the president trump and the campaign, he said i don't recall here, and that was -- that was the heart of it. that was the heart of what the senators were driving at in their testimony. now, the white house yesterday said, look, there's just no there there. this is a political witch-hunt essentially. >> yeah, and the president saying the democrats are overplaying their hand here. you know, sessions says, okay, so he didn't recall some of the details of the september meeting. he talked about the 1990s, you know, this trip to russia. but does that essentially rebut the allegations from the democrats of perjury? >> reporter: what it does do is helps protect him from boxing himself on a story going forward in the event that new details emerge from the september motoring but there's still the issue of the original testimony in front of the senate judiciary committee last january and whether that was fruit truthful because some senate democrats say he needs to come back and explain himself a bit more but sessions told fox news last night that he plans to supplement his testimony in the record with a new response to
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that critical question about meetings with russia, so we'll have to wait and see whether that's going to suffice for the senators. dave, christine. >> laura jarrett in washington, have had a thighs weekend. thanks for bringing us up to speed. let's bring in zach wolf, manager of cnn politics digital. you heard laura say how he was on fox news and let's listen to something he told fox news about what he talked about with the russian ambassador. >> i don't recall any discussion of the campaign in any significant way. it was in no way some sort of coordinating of an effort or doing anything improper, and i don't believe anybody that was in that meeting would have seen or believed i said one thing that was improper or unwise. >> you have to wonder if from the russian perspective after, you know, months, not years, of a tough relationship with the u.s. administration, this was an ambassador who was lobbying for a different role or a different
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relationship. what do we know about what went on? >> reporter: well, i don't think we know a lot about what went on inside his meetings as laura said because, you know, they weren't recorded or we don't know that they were recorded so we'll have to see there. jeff sessions used to say that he had not met with the russian ambassador and then they were saying they hadn't discussed the campaign and now he's sayg he didn't discuss the campaign in any sort of meaningful way so the story has changed a little bit if you kind of put the dots together with -- with jeff sessions there, and i don't think that's the kind of position any sort of attorney general wants to be in where you have members of your own party calling for you, you know, to recuse. he's done that now, an i think that that will probably, you know, get -- put out this fire somewhat, although a lot of democrats are calling for him to resign. that's the partisan split there that you kind of expect. >> chuck schumer and nancy pelosi calling on him, of course, to resign and not just recuse himself. but do they have any move here
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politically? they certainly need some central cause to rally around without a central message to unite the party but do they have anything to use here to force any further action? >> reporter: i don't think there's much they can do to force the action. they would have to get republicans agreeing with them to really put enough pressure to get say a special prosecutor appointed from the justice department or, you know, chuck schumer was talking about reviving the old independent -- office of the independent counsel, the very same office that nearly brought down bill clinton. there's an irony for you, a democrat calling for that to come back. he was talking about that yesterday, but that would take cooperation from the republicans too. >> i started my journalism career during that independent counsel era and i twist whenever i hear that. it was a moment in time, wasn't it, that whole -- that whole political world. let's talk a little bit about the obamacare and maybe some concerns by some -- some folks that they want to see what it looks like and it's under lock and key somewhere on capitol
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hill. it almost became a little bit of a farce yesterday. >> it was a bit silly yesterday. >> well, what happened? >> reporter: yeah, it was silly. rand paul, the kentucky republican sort of made this big show of marching across the capitol from the senate into the house and banging on the door of the room where the house committee was trying to hash out an alternative to obamacare. rand paul has his own alternative that he wants people to focus on. this i think would be a more moderate version that they are coming up with, you know, trump said earlier this week, who knew how complicated this was going to be. well, you know, it turns out quite complicate asked, and just like democrats came under huge criticism when they passed the obamacare bill for doing it in secret for all these back door deals that they had to do to get it over the finish line, it turns out they are going to maybe have to do some of that stuff, not necessarily the back door deals, but certainly the private crafting of the law. republicans are now going to
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have to do that, so they will have to take their licks, too, i guess. >> well, to be fair about rand paul's some say stunt. bipartisan support for political stunts because steny hoyer, the minority whip took to facebook live and led a search throughout the capitol looking for a bill and then had a conversation, yes, a real conversation, as you can see, with a bust of abe lincoln. there was no rebuttal from former president abe lincoln to what steny hoyer was talking about, but let's get to the meat of this. is there any indication when we might actually see some sort of bill crafted? >> right. >> reporter: well, trump had said an alternative would come this month. he's not really in charge of coming up with that bill. it seems like all the action there is happening on the house side. these things are going to take a while to -- to figure out. you've also seen i would note two former republican, you know, members, john boehner who knows a thing or two about crafting legislation saying repeal and
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replace, which is what republicans have promised, he says it's just not going to happen and you saw jim demint, you know, a conservative former senator, saying they wouldn't be able to do it concurrently, so you have these sort of people who used to be on the inside looking in now looking in from the outside saying i don't see how this is going to happen. now, yesterday paul ryan was pretty specific that it is going to happen and they are going to do it, you know, at the normal order, but it's -- it's going to take a little while. >> paul ryan will be out with vice president pence talking about the future of health care in this country today in wisconsin. >> zach wolf, thank you, sir. have a great weekend though i think you have more work to do so i don't want to start your weekend too soon. nice to see you. >> thank you, zach. the u.s. is taking action against al qaeda based on the deadly raid in yemen. who are they tracking and where? we're live in washington next. e. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin®.
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the u.s. taking action for the first time based on intelligence recovered in the january raid in yemen that killed a navy s.e.a.l. sources telling cnn the u.s. is now looking to track and locate hundreds of people with ties to al qaeda. some of these people are believed to be in the west though hand not in the united states. cnn national security reporter ryan brown has more from washington this morning. good morning, ryan. >> good morning, dave. as you said, u.s. officials are telling cnn that these hundreds of people that they have identified from information, they are working to identify and working to track from intelligence gathered during this january raid. now they say many of these individuals do live in the west and our particular concern is the threat they may pose to europe. al qaeda in the arabian peninsula has carried out attacks in europe, most notorious lit 2015 office attack against the "charlie hebdo" newspaper. now, the officials are saying a lot of additional intelligence was gathered from this raid,
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including information pertaining to safe havens, pertaining to training techniques, bomb-making techniques and al qaeda targets. now, president donald trump has said that vital intelligence was gathered during the raid, but the raid has continued to court political controversy, particularly with regards to the death of a navy s.e.a.l. and civilian casualties that the pentagon admitted has occurred. u.s. officials say that additional actions will be taken based off of the intelligence that was obtained in the raid, but the u.s. also conducted 20 air strikes against al qaeda last night in yemen. targeting what they said were al qaeda militants and al qaeda infrastructure. now a u.s. defense official tells us that those strikes were not related directly to the intelligence carried out in the raid, and we're now hearing that also additional air strikes were carried out overnight last night, friday, in yemen, potentially targeting additional al qaeda strikes. all of this comes as the u.s. military is expanding its mission set against the terror group which it considers al
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qaeda's most capable and most dangerous affiliate. dave? >> ryan, thanks for being up early. we appreciate. it always up early for us. allison cammarata on new year's day. did you talk to the russians last year. >> i don't want to deny nor confirm. >> thank you. >> whether or not i had those conversations. we'll doing a deeper dive this morning on new year's day about exactly who in the trump campaign did have meetings with this russian ambassador and what the explanations are for having these meetings and is this normal protocol and also something sort of amusing happened on capitol hill. stenny hoy her and rand paul went on a scavenger hill around the capitol looking for the new republican replacement plan for obamacare. >> yes. >> and we're going to show you what happened on their scavenger hunt. are people just wandering around
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behind me? oh, chris is just looking. he's looking for the replacement plan. >> let us know if he has any luck. >> good luck to you, chris. >> oh, my god. that's really funny. it's friday and we're all losing our minds. the mystery that broke the internet earlier this week has been solved and amazon says it was not a computer glitch. oh, this was human error, that's right. someone almost shut down did the internet. that can happen. details next. >> yikes. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin®. because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. try zyrtec®. muddle no more®.
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. president trump's call for another $54 billion in defense spending is reverberating in
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russia. $54 billion would be just a 10% spike for the pentagon, but it's more than the entire defense budget in moscow. now, generals there asking the kremlin for more cash. cnn's diplomatic editor nic robertson live in moscow. nic, what's the russian reaction here? >> reporter: dave, the perspective from here is certainly for the generals and russian military, for the last few years they have been going through a massive overhaul and spending more an new tanks and aircraft and on new cruise missile systems so what we had last week in the state duma, the parliament, you had the defense minister standing up in front of all the parliamentarians asking for another $200 billion to help fund the military over the next few years. he had a commitment of about 200 billion from the finance minister, but he wants double that, so there'a -- right n there's a tussle betwe the finance minister, the defense ministryo get that extra money for the military so when
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president trump is calling, you know, for a 10% increase in the united states military for the generals hear, that's music to their ears and the defense minister also in the speech let slip a detail that hasn't been talked about a lot by military officials here and that's the information war far forces, that's part of the military here that are dedicated over the past calm of years. they dedicated a unit to essentially cyber warfare, to trolling and hacking and creating fake news. this the defense minister laying out why he should get more money and part of it is to beef up that information warfare forces as well. >> that's the new battle front. thank you, appreciate it. >> let's get a friday edition check of cnn money stream, incredible demand for snapchat. the stock soaring during its wall street debut. the ipo surged to 44 for share
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after starting at 17 a share. there were 30 million shares trading hands in just the first minutes of trading. snap has a market valuation right now of $35 billion. its ipo one of the bright spots yesterday as stocks pulled back and could see more losses. it's been a huge, huge, 2,500-point dow real since the eviction and now you're seeing a bit of a pause. that's what global markets are doing right now. finally on this friday a reminder as you head to work that typos have consequences. amazon said that the incident that made some popular websites inaccessible this week was a result of human error. an employee on the web services team was working on a billing system and this person meant to take a small number of servers offline and incorrectly entered a command and removed a much larger set of servers that caused file-sharing issues for companies like slack and hit get hub and the clan rate side trello and venmo and some news organizations couldn't publishing stories. amazon owns 40% of the cloud
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services market so when it goes down it takes a whole lot of companies with it. so much grumbling this week. >> was in. >> we were in political land on monday and tuesday. >> in the weeds. >> people complaining about the slow internet and now it turns out it was just one fast finger. one human error. >> that's a lot of power for one person to really have to totally upset the morning. >> a lot of people asked me this morning about snap. the professionals got snap at $17 a share so the little joes like us and go out and buy it at $24 a share and we'll watch and see what happened. >> and they lost 500 million last year. >> not making any money but had a really good ipo. >> i love that. >> i'm christine romans. >> and i'm dave briggs. "new day" starts right now.
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>> that's not true. democrats are lighting their hair on fire. >> total. >> what we've seen so far is scary, very scary. >> mr. kislyak is a well known world class diplomat. two more high level aides saying they met with sergei sillsiac. >> i'm not going to deny that i talked with them. >> in order for us to do the investigation we'll need the fbi to really cooperate and at this point the director is not willing to do that. >> we want to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. this is "new day," friday march 3rd, 6:00 here in new york and up first president trump is back on twitter and off his unity kick, attacking democrats and standing by attorney general jeff sessions. sessions recusing himself from any iestigation involving russia and the presidens campaign. he is facing a five storestorm
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criticism for failing to disclose he met with the russian ambassador twice during the 2016 race. >> this as we learn about more trump campaign aides who met with that very same russian ambassador so why does russia continue to loom over >> let's try to get some answers. we begin with sarah. >> jeff sessions may have recu serks d himself but the questions about the president's ties to russia don't end there. it wasn't just jeff sessions that met with the russian ambassador. it wasn't just jeff sessions and michael flynn that met with the russian embassy but also donald trump's own son-in-law also met with him in december. >> i have recused myself in the matters that deal with the trump campaign. >>

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