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>> north korea is pursuing programs that would allow them to present a clear threat to the continental united states. all options are on the table. >> he went undetected on the south side ground for 16 minutes before finally being caught just below the president's bedroom. news this morning, we have a special guest. i'm christi paul. >> i'm martin savidge. a lot going on in politics as christi said. including president trump unapologetic. as he stands by his claims he was wiretapped as a report says ois. >> but first this is cnn breaking news. the french government says this a man has been shot dead at the airport in paris after he grabbed a soldier's gun.
melissa bell joins us on the line. melissa? >> martin, i'm at the airport outside the south terminal. it was an hour and a half ago where a man managed to take a weapon. france remains in a state of emergency. airports are heavily patrolled by armed soldiers. this man managed to take the weapon after one of the soldiers before seeking ref unl in one of the shops. the man was shot by security services. the airport has been evacuated and closed for an hour and a half. this is as close as we can get. martin, there's been a lot of activity. more policemen rushing in there as an operation under way to make sure there were no explosives in the building and try to get to the bottom of whether he was acting alone or whether anyone else was involved. as you can see, the terminal
remains evacuated. chaos all around as people are trying to make it to the other terminals in the hopes of getting their flights and flights from the other terminals. an inquiry has been open trying to find out whether this man was acting alone and what his motivations were, martin. >> thank you for the report from paris. we'll follow this through you. >> meanwhile, back to politics. president trump is waking up at his luxury resort in florida but he's still sticking to his claims that president obama wiretapped trump tower during the 2016 campaign. helped by a british spy agency. this as u.s. officials tell cnn a classified doj report to congress did not have any evidence to support this claim. >> evidence, no evidence that the president is not apologizing to president obama nor to the uk. cnn's white house correspond depth athena jones walks us thu all of it now. >> good morning, christi and
martin. in the two weeks sense the allegations were made against his predecessors claiming that president obama had his quote wires tapped in trump tower, white house officials avoided answering any questions whether the president has evidence he can provide to back up the claims. spent days ducking and dodging about the issue over the last couple of tase, we've heard various explanations from sean spicer. he's argued that the president did not mean that his phones were tapped. literally, wiretapped in trump tower when he spoke about wiretapping or tweeted about wiretapping. despite the fact that two of the tweets specifically mentioned his phones being tapped. press secretary spicer says that the president believes he will ultimately be vindicated by evidence. most recently press secretary spicer argued citing a fox news commentator that british
intelligence helped tap -- it's an erroneous claim that they've denied and spicer -- >> he was also asked specifically about this charge that british intelligence were involved in tapping his communications in trump tower. here's what he had to say. >> as far as wiretapping, this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps. [ laughter ] and just to finish your question, we said nothing. all we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. i didn't make an opinion on it. that was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on fox. so you shouldn't be talking to
me. you should be talking to fox, okay? >> there you hear the president making a reference to the fact that a national security agency was at one point surveilling angela merkel's phone. much to the anger and consternation of the german. you heard the president say that his administration did nothing wrong when it comes to the fox news commentator suggesting that british intelligence played a role in tapping the communication in trump tower saying that they were simply citing the commentator on fox news. fox anchor came out after that and said fox cannot substantiate that commentator's remarks. all of this comes as two government officials told cnn on friday night that the classified report delivered from the justice department, the house and senate investigators who asked for evidence regarding the wiretapping claims does not confirm president donald trump's
allegations that president obama wiretapped him. so the question now is will there be any retraction or apology from the president. back to you guys. let's bring in sara west wood, the white house correspondent for the examiner and the cnn political -- trump isn't apologizing to british intelligence. of course, they are pretty upset about all of this, calling the claim nonsense. i guess the question right now is, how does this perhaps damage or impact maybe is a better word sara the relationship between the u.s. and the uk? >> certainly, this could have been avoided if the trump administration had been more precise with their language. but the british and the trump administration or the incoming trump administration have had dust-ups before that don't seem to have lasting implications. trump made suggestions about who should serve as -- prime minister teresa may shot back
and said we make our own diplomatic personnel decisions. that didn't have a lasting effect when prime minister may then came over to the u.s. everything was fine. i think that there's a certain amount of expectations built in that there are going to be unusual wrinkles to the relationship between the british an the u.s. a lot of our allies are probably calibrating their expectations on how interactions are going to go. this could have been avoided had the trump administration just been more careful with what they choose to project as fact. >> right. tom let me ask you this. continuing wiretapping theme, you've got this press conference with angela merkel. it seemed exceedingly awkward. on top of that, you have this statement brought up by the president when she says hey we have something in common, we were both wiretapped. that shows you the difficult
relationship, i would say president trump is having with world leaders. >> right. i mean, kind of brought up a sore point that it's been patched over after years of diplomatic work there. brought it up as a joke, which was a little odd. and it appears based on everything that we know, that it's also wrong. i mean, he again repeated something that appears to be inaccura inaccurate. our reporting is that the justice department told congressional investigators that there was no wiretap. you know, it's a little odd for him, especially going into this big hearing that we're going to have on monday where jim comb i is going to testify, it's odd for the president at odds with the justice department. >> there is a bit of i guess you
could say intrigue in the sense that there is the president saying well, the obama administration did wiretap a leader of state, in this case germany. in some ways he may be trying to say, it can happen to her, it can happen to me. let's move forward. you talk about monday, you talk about the hearing that's going to take place. the congressional hearing on the alleged russian influence on the u.s. election and we talk about comey, sarah, are we going to learn a lot about this? >> comey has been reluctant to confirm or deny on the inappropriate ties between trump contacts and russian officials during the campaign. with that being said, i think he's going to be under enormous pressure to give -- in regards to the russia investigation for all these months. this is something that needs to be put to rest. there's a lot of speculation and innuendo in the absence of real
information. i think we'll get some information where the fbi stands. i don't think we'll see a whole lot of detail because the influence, at least into russian cyber attacks on democrats during the election, that is still ongoing to the best of our knowledge. that, i don't think if it's a pending investigation, we're not going to see a whole lot of the blanks filled in. >> tom, do you agree with that, we won't see real proof or a lot of talk? >> how much will the fbi director reveal in public. it appears he would like to on some of these problems, especially on the wiretap allegations. as to the rest of it, senators lindsey graham and others said they had requested this week, earlier this week that he would tell them specifically whether or not there is an investigation into this. our reporting says they have been looking into this, but they want a very strong public
declaration one way or another. the fbi has not given that. as sarah pointed out, you have to think that's going to be one of the big questions from the democrats and republicans. we're hoping to find out a fair bit more. this isn't just a briefing that's going on. he's done close to a half dozen briefings on the hill about this so far. this is a public hearing. this is going to be very big. >> i agree. it's going to be a huge week for the president. there is a lot of proof that people are hoping to hear. sarah westwood, tom lo by ank owe. thanks for joining us. the secret service under fire. not just the one but three potential oversights here. one involves the president's grandson. so the question, are the men and women who protect the nation's leader being much to thin right now. (vo) this is not a video game.
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16 minutes past the hour. the man accused of jumping the white house fence was on grounds for at least 16 minutes before he was caught. >> it's a detail that set off serious alarms for one lawmaker in charge of government oversight. jason chaffetz from utah. >> secretary kelly told me this person was on the ground for 17 minutes, went undetected, was able to get up next to the white house, hide behind a pillpillar look through a window, rattle the door handle. it's beyond comprehension. >> the intruder is one of several mishaps trouble the secret service. brynn gingras lays out more. >> a stolen laptop potentially compromising the security at
trump tower in new york is the latest setback for the secret service. a senior law enforcement source confirms an agent's computer was stolen out of her car in new york city. floor plans and evacuation protocols for trump tower. sources say it was highly encrypted but can't be traced or erased remotely. a spokesman says there's no classified information on it. >> had a really bad week. >> two agents are the subject of an internal investigation after being accused of photographing the president's grandson. the entire trump family and their children receive protection and sources say the agents took pictures of donald trump jr.'s son sleeping being driven around new york city. this comes as we're learning new details about a security breach at the white house where an intruder spent at least 15 minutes evading security on white house grounds while inching closer to the president. according to a secret service source, 26-year-old jonathan
tran scaled a treasury department fence last friday and set off several alarms. but still managed to sneak past a secret service security post before being caught in the inner portion of the white house grounds. a criminal complaint shows he was carrying two cans of mace and walking close to the exterior walls of the white house while the president was home. trump praised the secret service's response. >> secret service today, fantastic job. it was a troubled person. very sad. >> but former secret service agent jonathan back row says it's disturbing. >> he was able to breach the security measures. the human capital and the human guards. that's very alarming. >> now a house oversight committee wants it investigated. writing "if true, the allegations raise questions about whether the security protocols are adequate." all the they're all embarrassments to the secret
service. compounding that problem is that there's no director of the secret service right now. joe clancy has retired and there's no acting director. the onus is on dhs. >> brynn gingras, cnn, new york. in that piece you just so, jonathan back row, he's a former secret service agent with the obama white house and tom fuentes. thank you for being with us. jonathan, want to start with you. everything we're hearing this morning, the three particular mistakes being made, is there any one that bothers you more than the others? >> the breach at the white house is disturbing. to have an individual defeat the multiple layers of the security at one of the most fortified locations in the country is absolutely unacceptable. in the amount of time that he was on the white house complex, 16 minutes, is just stunning. >> tom, can you see this as
being lack of execution or a lack of manpower? >> christi, i think there's a failure at a number of levels. i'd like to say i'm very sympathetic to the secret service in this case. here's why. my nearly 30 years in the fbi, my last 11 as a senior executive. each when problems are identified and already given to congress to be fixed, nothing happens or they delay it or talk about it and the inactivity doesn't get it done. we've talked about extending that fence to make it almost impossible for a fence jumper to get over the top of it unless he's an olympic athlete and yet, that's not been changed and that's going back from the last jumper two years ago. as far as the manpower, we don't know. i seriously doubt that there's been any significant improvement in that or the technology deployed as far as the cameras and sensors and other perimeter
technological security. in this case, it's easy to say the secret service screwed up and it's all their fault and they're no good. but every solution that's been talked about and recommended, i don't know of any that have been followed yet. >> jonathan, what do you say to that? where do you go? if you are a part of secret service and saying we need this help, what do you do when you're not getting it? >> i agree with tom. back in 2014, all of the incidents that occurred last week were identified in 2014. the perimeter fencing, the technological means, the physical human capital. they were all found to be deficient back in, not only 2014 but also again in 2015. >> and '16. >> and now here we are again having the exact same conversation after another shocking breach of the white house. congress, dhs, they have to
appropriate the money now and start acting mitigating the vulnerabilities that have been identified year after year. >> jonathan, what kind of conversations are being had behind closed doors with secret service agents? >> right now, it's figuring out how did this happen? how did this incident occur? what were the points of failure from the physical security and technological means? how did this individual circumvent what has been widely regarded as one of the safest locations in the country? >> can you theorize what it is based on the information we know right now? >> listen, i think part of it comes down to there could have been complacency with way they reacted to the alarms? this is a developing situation. i think dhs is leading the charge with secretary kelly going town to the white house to actually hear what happened. as more facts come to light, we'll get a much clearer picture
of what those faults were. >> tom, real quickly, the laptop stolen in new york, your reaction. >> i think that's another sad tale. those things happen. it's going to be hard to have agents operating in new york city with their vehicles with their laptops much there's going to be times they leave the car an the laptops in them. we would hope the encryption is secure enough. that's very difficult to prevent the loss of weapons or the loss of laptops, especially in a place like manhattan. >> is there no way to control that laptop in the sense of being able to shut it down remotely, though, in cases like this? >> well, we're hearing no. i'm not expert enough in that to know the answer to that. it sounds like in this case they're unable to. >> tom fuentes, jonathan
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good to see you on a saturday morning. i'm christi paul. >> i'm martin savidge in for victor blackwell. the last stop of his three-country tour of asia. he's there to rein in north korea and lay the groundwork for the chinese president's meeting with president trump next month. some are calling that meeting the most important bilateral sit-down in the world. joining us from beijing international correspondent matt rivers. how is the visit by the secretary of state going so far?
>> the secretary of state going to be on the ground in beijing for a little under 4 hours meeting with some of china's top diplomats. two meetings have taken place today. including one with the foreign minister here. this comes at a time at the top of the agenda will be north korea. frankly, in this part of the world things are tense. north korea tested dozens of ballistic missiles since the start of 2016, conducted two different nuclear tests. china and the united states both want that to stop. where they disagree is how best to make them stop doing what they're doing. the united states says that china, as the major ally of north korea. that is the message that secretary of state tillerson brought here. you saw donald trump tweet about it within the last 24 hours. the president tweeted that china has done little to help this situation. at a brief press availability, the secretary of state did not specifically mention that tweet. he kept it pretty general saying only that the united states and china want to work together.
>> foreign minister wong and i had a very extensive exchange on north korea and foreign minister wang affirmed again, china's long-standing policy of a denuclearized korean peninsula. we exchanged views and i think we share a common view and a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather dangerous level. we've committed ourselves to do everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out. >> the trump administration has said it wants to take a different approach to north korea. but so far no specifics offered as to how to solve this problem. no administration over the past 20 years has been able to do. on top of this agenda is setting up the final details on a tentatively scheduled meeting between president trump and the ping scheduled for next month in
florida. >> matt rivers from beijing, thank you very much. during his previous stop, secretary of state tillerson staked out a hard line on north korea saying that the u.s. has run out of patience. what exactly did that mean? pentagon correspondent barbara -- >> with north korean soldiers at his back on the dmz, rex tillerson used his visit to south korea to unveil his doctrine on the dangerous -- days are the gone -- to make kim stop his weapons program. >> let me be clear, the strategy of strategic patience has ended. we're exploring a new range of diplomatic security and economic measures. all options are on the table. >> u.n. ambassador nikki haley
leaving no room for doubt in an interview with erin burnett. >> this is number one priority for the united states. >> ruling out old negotiating strategies that would have allowed the north to freeze its current program. critics say a clear policy is now critical. >> if you say strategic patience is no longer our policy, that's great. but what has replaced it? >> north korea is accelerating its nuclear and missile effort according to the latest u.s. intelligence analysis. >> north korea is now pursuing programs that would allowing lou them to present a clear threat to continental united states. >> the potential for military response by the u.s. is very real. tillerson not ruling out a preemptive strike. >> if they elevate the threat of their weapons programs to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table. >> satellites overhead north korea's underground nuclear test
sites are showing two areas on the surface that have been cleared out of rocks and dirt. a new nuclear test could happen at any time. engines for intercontinental ballistic missiles also appear ready for testing. the threat, how soon can north korea put together all the pieces. a nuclear tip intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the united states. because so much of the nuclear and missile program is hidden underground or constantly -- the u.s. is continuing to send -- to help detect any north korean tests that may be coming. >> but privately, u.s. commanders say a preemptive strike against north korea may be very difficult that the north is likely to retaliate with an artillery barrage on seoul,
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realization. >> the guy next to me is terrified. dude, it will be all right. hold my hand. i'll help you. >> vice president mike pence is going to be in jacksonville, florida, today. he'll be joined by governor rick scott in a small business listening session. to advance the president's economic agenda and promote the american health care act. the fate of the gop bill is hanging in the balance and increasing opposition within the republican party. >> changes have been made and the president -- >> we met with 12 pretty much -- in congress a while ago and went from all noes to all yes, sirs. we have a lot of yeses coming in. we're going to have great health care. it's going to be passed, i believe, i think substantially
pretty quickly. it's coming together beautifully. >> how about the leaders plan to vote next thursday. take a look there. 25 house republicans have said they will vote no or they're leaning no. >> speaker paul ryan putting his reputation on the line as he expressions the gravity of the situation. >> this moment is a moment that may not come back around again. the moment of a republican president, a republican senate and republican house, yeah, it's a razor-thin republican majority. i get that. if we do not see this moment in history for what it is, shame on us. >> some in michigan are ready to put obamacare on the chopping block. they're not going to be unhappy to see it go away. they have been struggling with health care affordability. they welcome the gop overhaul. i sat down with those who are trump supporters and talk about
why they think the president's proposal is going to be a better man. >> in this part of michigan, breakfast is big. >> this is a city, this is a town that just about every american knows mainly because of breakfast. >> yes. >> kellogg. >> hi, i'm tony the tiger! >> battle creek, a city that frosted flakes, froot loops. home to kellogg and post. while these international companies are holding strong, other parts of battle creek, like many parts of michigan have seen better days. from cuts to production lines to jobs shifting out of state to finding affordable health care. >> it's been depressed. >> he owns the griffin grill. he want d to provide health care coverage for 30 employees but couldn't afford it. heck, he could barely afford his own. he didn't enroll in obamacare claims the health care law still took a toll on his premiums. >> just so i'm clear, you didn't
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republican plan forward so far? >> i know what's in the headlines. i don't know details. >> a lot of trump supporters admit they really don't know the details of the republican plan to replace obamacare. >> do they know what the change is going to be? >> they don't know what the change is. i don't know if they really understand what trump is proposing and frankly, i don't either. >> yeah. it's overload because that's all they're talking about. i turn it on, i turn it off. >> do you think it will be better? >> well, i do. >> another recurring theme among trump voters. in their minds anything is better than obamacare, especially if trump is behind it. >> i really, in my heart feel that trump cares about the american people and when he says he wants to make america great again, i think he has the best intentions to get people healthy. >> donald trump has implied. i know that he uses simplistic
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there is a major manhunt under way for a former teacher accused of kidnapping a student. >> we're showing you new images that police released. thd tad cummins now on tennessee's most wanted list. the victim, a 15-year-old student who was at the school war cummins was just fired from. as reported, the suspect's own wife is begging for him to do the right thing now. >> days after a tennessee teenager and her former teacher went on the run, a wife pleads for him to return. >> tad, this is not you. this is not who you are. please do the right thing and turn yourself in to the police and bring beth home. >> 50-year-old tad cummins is believed to be traveling with
15-year-old elizabeth thomas last seen monday morning. they've issued a nationwide alert for the pair. they've received a shocking lilo number of leads. >> we've received about 175 tips into the tbi. but none at this point has produced a credible sighting. >> on friday, cummins was added to the top ten most wanted list. investigators say he may have groomed the girl abusing his position as a teacher and possibly sexually exploiting her while carefully planning the disappearance. the pair is thought to be traveling in a silver nissan rogue with tennessee tags. cummins who is wanted for aggravated kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a minor is believed to be armed with two hand guns. >> our amber alert is ongoing and it has been several days since anyone has seen elizabeth thomas or tad cummins. our concern is growing by the moment. we want her home. we want him in custody.
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>> andy is here. give us -- >> i don't think cinderella is coming to the ball. >> upsets have been hard to come by. this is the first time in ten years that every seeded team 4 and higher has advanced to the second round. first time in ten years. south carolina fans got to do something they haven't done in 44 years, celebrate a tournament win. last time the gamecocks made it past the first round, 1973. richard nixon was president at the time. they beat marquette 93-73. they played in greepville, only about 100 miles from campus. check out the celebration in the locker room after the game. gamecocks having some fun. they have to take on duke tomorrow. >> keeping up with the alma mater. rhode island. former nba star giving the rams good luck. they upset creighton.
first tournament win for rhode island in two decades. 12:10 eastern. throughout the afternoon, northwestern, star power in the stands as they take on number one seed gonzaga. julia louis-dreyfus, her son charlie is on the team. steveville mer and the xavier's cheering section. his son an assistant for the musketeers. in case you're wondering. 200 perfect brackets remaining according to ncaa.com. 200 people still alive for the perfect bracket. >> thank you. the next hour of new day starting right now. the report that was submitted to congress does not confirm what president trump and the white house has been saying that he was wiretapped under the