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north korea showing no sign of stepping back from its nuclear program, test doing f-- test firing another ballistic missile. this as the u.s. president hits 100 days in office. we look at how president trump differs from candidate trump. and pope francis in egypt bringing comfort to christians and visiting churches attacked by isis just a few weeks ago. live from our cnn world headquarters, welcome. i'm george howell. >> i'm natalie allen. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. on donald trump's 100th day
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in office, north korea fired another ballistic missile. there have been multiple attempted launches since mr. trump became u.s. president in january. >> the latest act of defiance comes as a u.s. navy strike group led by the "uss carl vinson" was spotted off the coast of japan. a north korean diplomat said this, "the irony is that the u.s. which is chowholly to blam push staging the largest ever joint aggression miller drills on the tprk in months." >> donald trump tweeted, "north korea disrespected the respects of china and its respected president when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today." fair to say we have a lot to talk about. the latest from will ripley, the only u.s. television correspondent currently in pyongyang with this report. >> reporter: you can hear the music that plays almost hourly here in pyongyang, reminding citizens of the sacrifices of
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their late leaders. the outside world may view this missile launch as a failure, but inside north korea, most people will never hear about it. and north korea's rocket scientists may not see it as a failure because with each launch, whether it's a success or not, they gain valuable intelligence. this particular missile they were trying to launch is the kind that someday could be used to attack a u.s. aircraft carrier like the "carl vinson," approaching the waters off the korean peninsula. overshadowing the launch itself is the strong message north korea is sending to its enemies. north korea attempting to launch its ninth ballistic missile since president trump took office. a u.s. official tells cnn the land-based ballistic missile exploded over lapd shortly after launch -- land shortly after launch. a defiant response to mounting international pressure. it's clear this is a regime with something to prove. the korean people's army calling
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tuesday's live fire drill their largest ever. long-range artillery by the hundreds, submarines, bombers. earlier this month, staging this massive military parade. unveiling what north korea says are new missiles, trying and failing to launch one the very next day. on the ground, it's clear to us this is an attempt to look tough. all of it choreographed for the world and regular north koreans. state tv defiantly threatening to strike back against the u.s. with force. north korea furious about ongoing joint military exercises between the u.s. and south korea, just miles from the demilitarized season that separates the two countries. exercises always infuriate the regime, but tensions are at the
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highest levels in years. north korea uncertain about the trump administration's next move. gvernment officials in pyongyang telling cnn there's an imminent and growing threat of an all-out war with the united states. state mouthpiece kcna warning, in case a war breaks out on the peninsula, the u.s. will b held wholly accountable for it, no matter who made the preemptive attack. >> there's a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea. >> reporter: the president telling reuters the u.s. won't rule out the military option, but "we'd love to solve things diplomatical diplomatically." also expressing a degree of empathy for north korea's supreme leader, kim jong-un. >> lease 27 years old. his father -- he's 27 years old. his father dies. took over a regime. say what you want, but that's not easy, especially at that age. >> reporter: the president later clarifying he's not praising the
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north korean leader. kim has ramped up north korea's nuclear and missile programs, launching more missiles than the two previous leaders combined. the growing threat of a nuclear north korea the focus of a special meeting of the united states skoucouncil chaired by r tillerson. >> failing to act on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences. >> reporter: north korea says it's only a matter of time before they test more nuclear weapons and launch more missiles. also insisting they're more than ready for what happens next. there's always a lot of confusion in the early hours of these launches. initially the u.s. thought the missile traveled 15 minutes, then they changed that and said that it exploded over north korean territory. in south korea, military analysts say it's still reaching an altitude of 71 kilometers, around 44 miles, showing that north korea was able to get the
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ballistic missile up and they will work to perfect the distance for the next go. will ripley, cnn, pyongyang, north korea. before pyongyang launched the missile, the u.s. led a meeting on north korea at the united nations security council. two sharply opposing views emerged, first from china, then the u.s. >> translator: i want to reiterate that china firmly -- has undermined countries in the region and has damaged trust and cooperation among parties to the korean peninsula issue. it will neither help push forward the denuclearization of the korean peninsula, nor help ensure the long-term stability on the peninsula. we call on relevant parties to stop the deployment immediately. >> for the past 20 years, well intentioned diplomatic efforts to stop these programs have failed. it is only by first dismantling them that there can be peace,
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stability, and economic prosperity for all of northeast asia. with each successive detonation and missile test, north korea pushes northeast asia and the world closer to instability and broader conflict. threat of a north korean north korea attack on seoul or tokyo is real. it is likely only a matter of time before north korea develops the capability to strike the u.s. mainland. >> let's get the latest from seoul, south korea. cnn's alexandra field is following the story this hour. we just heard mentioned the thad missile defense system. it's created a rift between china and south korea. how is that playing into this dynamic? >> reporter: yeah, there are issues of security, of politics, and also of economics. look, this is a system that the u.s. designed, the u.s. has continued to say, as you heard, secretary rex tillerson talking
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about there, that is critical to the defense of the region and also part of a wider system of defense that is being created in order to potentially protect the continental united states from a threat from north korea. you had u.s. and south korean officials who seem to be very much in lockstep about the deployment of the system. this week they were telling the public about the incredible urgency of deploying the system. they wanted it operational as quickly as possible. we received word that it will be operational, capable of intercepting missiles in days. they say they are rushing to deploy it because of the grave and advanced missile threat from north korea. they've been plowing ahead with this deployment despite the repeated and insistent objection of neighboring countries like russia and china who have protested by saying the advanced radar system that is part of thaad could be used to spy on other countries in the region. they've opposed it. there have been allegations from the south koreans that the chinese are retaliating against them for agree for -- them for
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agreeing to the deployment of thaad. china denying allegations and repeatedly calling on the u.s. and south korea to stop the deployment. the deployment going full steam ahead. a new wrinkle in the whole thing. u.s. president trump now saying that south korea should pay for the billion-dollar defense system. this has not been received well in south korea. it seems to have stunned people here. they say the agreement, as they understand it, is that the u.s. pays for the deployment and operation of their defense system, and that south korea provides the site and infrastructure for the installation of thaad. again, george, the thaad system itself is even controversial domestically right here in south korea. you've got about 40% of voters who say they're opposed to thaad. it's been an issue in the upcoming presidential election with the front-runner, a democratic party candidate, saying this was a decision that was rushed, that should have been put before the national assembly, and should be left to south korea's next president.
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george? >> a lot of drama around that. obviously china and south korea and now with the united states and the seemingly random question from the u.s. president. though, as you point out, this is an agreement that is an agreement. that's already been made and decided. what more can you tell us about the reaction there in the region from south korea, from japan, about the failed missile launch again, thaad designed to protect south korea from such a missile launch. >> reporter: right. and the argument for thaad has been because of the fact that all parties believe that they'll continue to see test launches from north korea. and they fear they could see more than that from north korea. what you are seeing is the third ballistic missile launch just this month. these are three failed attempts, according to both the u.s. and south korea. this is the sixth time since the start of the year that north korea has pulled off such a provocative measure. let's not discount the timing either. it came just hours after that special meeting of the u.n.
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security council led by secretary of state rex tillerson in which he said that there could be a catastrophic outcome here if other parties did not work together right now to try and rein in north korea and its nuclear missile ambitions. you have had quick reaction, of course, as is common in these cases, from south korea and from japan. south korean officials saying that further provocations will warrant a response. japanese officials calling a meeting of their security council, and also something we haven't seen before, george, they even stopped the subway trains for about ten minutes once word of the launch reached japan. they then quickly restored service. does seem to underscore the mounting concerns here in the region. george? >> alexandra field live in seoul, south korea. thank you. we'll stay in touch with you. the trump administration does reach 100 days. we'll talk about what the president has and hasn't accomplished by his first big milestone coming up. plus, a look back at the high and low points of mr. trump's foreign policy ventures
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our jeff zeleny has that. i don't think anybody has done what we've been able to do in our 100 days. we're very happy. >> reporter: president trump may say he's happy as he crosses the symbolic threshold of his first 100 days in office. >> i don't think there's ever been anything like this. >> reporter: there's a lingering feeling at the white house that he's longing for the days of trump tower and surprised by the challenges of the oval office. >> i do miss my old life. i like to work, so that's not a problem. but this is actually more work. >> reporter: he's hardly the first president frustrated by the ways of washington. at the 100-day mark of a new presidential term, new leaders often offer a rare look into the growing pains of the most powerful position in the world. president obama put it like this -- >> the typical president, i think, has two or three big problems. we've got seven or eight big problems. >> reporter: during his primetime news conference in 2009 when the president and white house correspondents looked younger, mr. obama
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conceded that governing is harder than he thought >> i can't just press a button and suddenly have the bankers do exactly what i want. [ laughter ] or turn on a switch and suddenly congress falls in line. >> reporter: despite all of the attention paid to the first 100 days, the defining moments of most presidencies come far later. >> i can hear you -- >> reporter: for president bush, the terror attacks of september 11th and the iraq war still months away. >> i know we always don't agree, but we're beginning to get a spirit here in washington where we're more agreeable. we're setting a different tone. >> reporter: president clinton may have been frustrated by gridlock. >> i learned that things can't be obtained as fast as i want it to. >> reporter: but still intent on changing washington. >> it may be that we can only do one thing at a time in this town. that may be. but i'm not prepared toa
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acknowledge that. >> reporter: for president trump serving his first time in elected office, his frustration set him apart from recent predecessors. it's not clear he likes his new job, which seems far more difficult than he so often described. >> we're going to start winning again. we're going to win so much that you people are going to be angry at me. >> reporter: there is anger at this president, probably not the kind he was thinking about back on the campaign trail. at this point of his presidency, he has the lowest approval ratings of any president dating back to eisenhower when modern polling began. as for all those promises of winging, in his first term he has more than 1,360 days left to deliver on those promises. jeff zeleny, cnn, the white house. let's bring in leslie majamorie, professor of international relations at suez university in london. good to have you with us to talk about the president's first 100 days in office. >> thank you. >> let's look at this most recent poll. a cnn/orc poll conducted april
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22nd through 25th. showing 44% of people approve of the president's time in office so far. 54% disapprove. this poll certainly a snapshot of a divided nation. look, you have some people who disapprove of him. you have those who say let's give him some time, it's just 100 days in office. what are your thoughts here? >> yeah. remember that this 44%, this is the lowest approval rating of any president in the post-war period. it's quite a remarkable number. usually what we see in the first 100 days is relatively high approval rating. remember that obama, who at that point in america's history, the unemployment was 8.5%. yet, obama hit 65% approval rating in the first 100 days. this is remarkably low. and it does suggest that trump has been very effective at holding on to his base, but he's lost a lot of people. having said that, the polls showing that if there was an election today, most people who voted for donald trump would
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still vote for him. that has to do with that there is no obvious alternative in town. nonetheless, it's been a difficult period. he hasn't managed to push through any of his major proposals on the legislative front domestically, failed miserably on health care reform. and so i think there's a lot of dissatisfaction with what he's doing which isn't to say people would vote him out of office. >> let's talk about the wins and the losses. so the president did successfully put a new supreme court justice on the bench. again, failed to pull together enough support at the last minute to vote on trump care. >> reporter: that's right. i think that most people would say that his number-one success so far has been the confirmation of the supreme court justice gorsuch, undoubtedly. a number of people, certainly his base, strongly approving of some of the measures that he's taken to move to deregulate the economy. and i think that we've seen some psitive changes in terms of his appointments, his high-level
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aspoip appointmen appointments, getting rid of flynn and appointing mcmaster. national security adviser. certainly gave many a degree of reassurance that foreign policy was going to be in much better hands. but in terms of -- and then i guess the other notable dimension is if you look at foreign policy, many of the things that he said he was going to do, which would have been harmful to america's interests, he hasn't done. he's reversed course. we saw that just now, he's supported nato, he's taken a different line with respect to japan, south korea, and china. he understands now how difficult the north korea situation is. a number of things that could have gone very wrong haven't gone wrong because he's changed his positions. but not very many successes in domestic politics. i think one of the most worrying things is that we now have 475 important appointments across the government that simply haven't been made. we have a government that can't really function at a daily
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level, the level of programs. we have 100 people who haven't been appointed to very serious positions in the state department. we have a president threatening to cut the state department budget by 30%. so even though at the grand level some things seem more intact, at the level of making this government work, there's a lot of work left to be done. it doesn't look very good. >> let's touch that. you take about vacancies at the -- cuts at the state department, vacancies, positions that have not yet been filled. this is happening at a time of high tensions on the korean peninsula. north korea and south korea, tensions there, both nations conducting military exercises. we saw this failed missile attempt. there is no u.s. ambassador there in south korea at this point. how important is it for the united states and the president to basically fill these vacancies and have a full infrastructure to deal with foreign policy? >> reporter: it's tremendously important. it's always important, but i would say it's even more
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important in this administration where we have a secretary of state, rex tillerson, who's had no government experience and who needs to be able to draw on the deep expertise that exists across the u.s. foreign policy establishment, certainly on the question of north korea. we have extraordinary expertise in washington waiting to serve. so not to have an ambassador in japan, south korea, china, not to have these key positions filled across the region, but also in the state department, at the senior level. it's critical in terms of managing that day-to-day diplomacy, sending up the right analysis to the secretary of state, having those very considered and deliberate conversations, that's the process. policymaking at the level of process. we haven't seen in the administration. many of the measures that donald trump has taken, if we go back to the raid on yemen, the attacks on syria, they seem to have been taken very quickly,
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very abruptly. the raid on yemen was allegedly, the decision taken over dinner. and without broad consultation, the kind of consultation that is absolutely critical to thinking through the potential unintended consequences of the use of military force, sanctions, any number of things. that's really what we're going to be looking for in the next 100 days if this is going to be a successful foreign policy presidency. >> live for us with context from london. thank you very much. >> thank you. context from london. and now around the world. as promised, trump has been unconventional in his approach to the white house. nowhere is that more apparent than on the world stage. >> nic robertson has the plus/miplus plus/minus of his hits and misses. that all changes starting right here and right now. >> reporter: for president trump, the first 100 days in office has been full of
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surprises. >> nato is obsolete. >> reporter: such as discovering he likes nato. >> mr. president, i think you confirmed that you're 100% behind nato. >> reporter: although it was several months before he was able to say it for himself. >> i said it was obsolete. it's no longer obsolete. china, a currency manipulator. >> reporter: and discovering enemies can be friends, that china is more than a currency manipulator. >> i have great respect for the president of china. >> reporter: it can be an ally against even worse enemies like north korea. another discovery -- enemies will pick the worst time to act up like while you're hosting the japanese prime minister at your favorite club. north korea testing multiple missiles. side lesson here, don't do the national security on a public patio between the salad and main course. and then perhaps his toughest discovery. >> if putin likes donald trump,
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i consider that an asset, not a liability. >> reporter: that would-be friends turn to enemies fast. >> it crossed a lot of lines for me. when you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies -- >> reporter: to wit, smacking down assad for killing babies with nerve agents prompted a show of u.s. strength. but it turned assad's sponsor, putin, to a foe. indeed trump has not been idle, hosting leaders, israeli prime minister, jordanian king, saudi royals, egyptian president, canadian prime minister, to name just a few. but still some nuances of hosting big shots need finessing like shaking hands when asked. >> thank you. >> reporter: and not saying stuff that embarrasses your guest. >> wiretapping, i guess, by this past administration -- at least
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we have something in common perhaps. [ laughter ] >> reporter: still better than his first few days in office, hanging up the phone on the australian prime minister, a big ally. or twitter spatting with the mexican president that shot down his visit over a border wall that neither says they'll pay for. the first 100 days has not all been meetings and missteps. dropping the mother of all bombs fulfilling a campaign pledge to -- >> bomb the [ bleep ] out of them. >> reporter: so what was his number-one overseas campaign pledge? >> my number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with iran. [ applause ] >> reporter: on iran, not much. trump's biggest surprise -- it's a complicated world, more than he might have imagined. nic robertson, cnn, london. >> i think nic robertson got it summed up there.
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the first 100 days. ahead on "cnn newsroom," russia and mexico have both been key parts of the president's first 100. how is the trump presidency being viewed in moscow and mexico city? we'll have the story. also, pope francis celebrates mass in egypt. he's there right now. we'll tell you the message he's sharing. >> "cnn newsroom" coming to you live from atlanta, georgia, on our networks both in the united states and around the world. this hour, you're watching cnn. [fbi agent] you're a brave man, mr. stevens.
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a warm welcome back to viewers in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." it is good to have you with us. i'm george howell. >> i'm natalie allen. the headlines this hour -- >> north korea launched another
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ballistic missile early saturday. south korea says it blew up several minutes later. the u.s. president donald trump tweeted," the north korea disrespected the wishes of china and its highly respected president when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today," he says, "bad!" just hours ago the u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson led a u.n. security council meeting urging world leaders to use diplomacy, financial leverage, and even military power if needed to stop north korea's nuclear program. >> south korea called the north's missile launch reckless and provocative and says it constitutes a serious threat to peace and security. seoul warns it will respond if pyongyang carries out additional provocative acts. japan also launched a protest through diplomatic channels in beijing and says it is gathering intelligence, analysis, and surveillance. in cairo, egypt, pope francis celebrated mass for worshippers. his visit is meant to show
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solidarity with the christian community which isis targeted in deadly attacks recently. the vatican leader says all faiths should work toward ending religious violence. protesters in brazil burned buses, clashed with police, and marched in solidarity during a nationwide strike friday. workers are angry at the president's efforts to push austerity measures that would weaken labor laws. the government says the reforms are necessary to pull the country out of a recession. we're following the president's first 100 days in office. he is touting his accomplishments. it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing. still, mr. trump insists he is off to one of the best starts ever. >> our jim acosta looks back on everything leading up to trump's first big milestone. ♪ >> reporter: just as president trump is about to hit 100 days in office, he sounds as if he's gearing up for four more years. >> we'll build the wall. don't even think about it. >> reporter: in a speech to the national rifle association, the president returned to some of
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his signature divisive rhetoric in the campaign, vowing to build a wall on the u.s./mexico border and crack down on illegal immigration. warning repeat borders crossers will be locked up in prison. >> you'll be caught, and you'll be returned to your home. you're not staying any longer. [ applause ] and if you keep coming back illegally, after deportation, you will be arrested, prosecuted, and you will be put bhind bars. >> reporter: the president could not resist taking swipes at some of his old adversaries from his former gop rival ted cruz -- >> like, dislike, like. >> reporter: to one of his favorite targets for incendiary remarks elizabeth warren suggesting she may run for president. >> it may be pocahontas, remember that. [ dos ] and she is not big -- [ boos ]
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>> and she is not big for the nra. >> citing the nomination of the new supreme court justice. >> neil gorsuch sits on the bench of the united states supreme court. for the first time in a modern era we have confirmed a new justice in the first 100 days. >> reporter: even as he painted a dark picture of american life. >> these are horrible times for certainly obvious reasons, but we're going to make them great times again. >> reporter: at the 100-day mark, the white house is celebrating what it seeings as wins on executive orders, striking down regulations from the obama administration. the president has seen serious setbacks, with his travel ban frozen in court, and attempts to repeal obamacare a signature campaign promise stymied in congress. >> it is our duty to serve with character and integrity and to support president trump. >> reporter: something sources
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say white house chief of staff reince priebus was aggressively chasing before the 100-day mark. >> the joint resolution has passed without objection. >> reporter: even as republican leaders in congress were trying to avoid a government shutdown. the president of the united states admitted to reuters the job is tougher than he thought. >> this is more work than my previous life. i thought it would be easier. i thought it was more of -- i'm a details-oriented person, i think you would say that. i do miss my old life. i like to work so that's not a problem. this is actually more work. >> reporter: sensing the mounting public frustration with mr. trump's first 100 days in office, democrats drew up their own report card for the president. >> it's an f. he has not kept his propises. he has not -- promises. he has not accomplished much. he compares it to like franklin d. roosevelt is astounding. >> reporter: the president spent part of the day talking up karen handel, a gop candidate locked in a tight race for congress in
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georgia, in a special bellwether election that could spell trouble for the upcoming midterms if the democrats win. >> she's totally for the nra, and she's totally for the second amendment. so get out and vote. >> jim acosta reporting there. late friday president trump averted a government shutdown signing a short-term spending resolution that gives him and congress another week to figure out a long-term plan to fund federal operations. allegations russia interfered in the u.s. presidential election have overshadowed the president's first 100 days. >> mr. trump also has yet to fulfill one of his major campaign promises to build a border wall between the united states and mexico. our correspondents have a view on the trump presidency from moscow to mexico city. take a look. >> reporter: i'm matthew chance in moscow where the view of president trump has undergone a dramatic transformation. he entered the white house promising to improve relations
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with russia, even speaking of cooperating on international terrorism, joining forces in syria. 100 days on, none of that has come to pass. trump officials criticizing russia for fueling conflict in ukraine, even ordering u.s. missile strikes on russia's syrian ally. part of the problem, lingering suspicions of russian interference in the u.s. presidential election. there's also a sense that russia and the u.s. even under president trump have very different priorities. >> reporter: i'm laila santiago in mexico city where tensions remain after a rocky start between trump and mexico. since the election, president trump has yet to meet face to face with mexico's president nato. a big part of that, the wall. the president promised they would fund a wall within 100 days of his presidency, but it hasn't happened yet. trump has asked congress to fund
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a small portion of the wall and maintains that mexico will pay for it eventually. mexico hasn't paid for it, maintains it never will. now to the next big topic -- nafta. the free trade deal between the u.s., mexico, and canada. president trump says it's a one-sided deal, bad for the u.s. mexico says it's willing to renegotiate, but if it's not a good deal for mexico, they'll walk away, and they'll take their business to another country. to egypt now where pope francis has been celebrating mass for christian worshippers in cairo. his trip is trying to motivate more religious tolerance. something he talks about quite often. isis has targeted coptic christians recently there, and the pope says it is time for all faiths to fight such violence. vatican correspondent delia gallagher joins us now live from cairo. it's unusual for a pope to visit egypt. what's his message to muslims
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there, delia? >> reporter: you know, the pope was invited here by the grand imam of alexad. alexad is the center of learning and teaching for sunni islam. the vatican thinks that it is an important partner in dialogue. they are the ones that give an authoritative interpretation of the koran. they set the curriculum that is taught in schools. and so the pope spoke to them about the importance of education for future generations on a path for peace. and interestingly, at the mass which was with 30,000 or so, small community of catholics in egypt, the pope said the only fanaticism of believers is a fanaticism of charity, and he does not believe in any form of
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fanaticism. his message has been one against any using violence in god's name, to the muslim communities, to the christian communities that suffer from that here. but in a positive tone. and he's encouraging all of these groups to show solidarity with one another in order to fight terrorism. >> yeah. a message particularly important considering terrorism happened april 9th, on palm sunday. people sitting on pews, worshipping in peace, were killed. has that caused extra security concerns for the trip? >> reporter: absolutely. there was a lot of security concerns going into this trip. obviously the egyptians have put out all of their military, closed off the streets, helicopters surveying from up above, the vatican has said that the pope is traveling in a normal, unarmed car. he went around this morning's mass in a golf cart.
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and obviously for pope francis, his personal security comes second to the ability to be with people. and again, show his solidarity and give the message don't be afraid. that's the undergird of the trip, and being here is the message. >> beautiful day there, too, for his visit. thank you. coming up this hour, a hiker from taiwan says he never gave up hope after he and his girlfriend lost their way in a remote part of nepal. they were missing for several weeks. we'll have the details ahead. also, millions of people are at risk from flash flooding in the central u.s. our meteorologist derek van dam will have more. want all our rooms to be tv rooms. because those are the best rooms. because they have tvs in them. and, when we're not in those rooms, we want our shows to go with us. anywhere? you got that right, kid show thing.
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." a hiker from taiwan is recovering in a hospital in kathmandu after a terrifying ordeal. he and his girlfriend went missing in earl march while hiking in a meet area of northwestern nepal. they lost their trail in a snowstorm. >> they subsisted on snow, water, and salt they were carrying. but 19-year-old lu chinchon starved to death. three days later, her boyfriend was rescued after missing for seven weeks. he turned 21 friday and began walking again on his birthday. >> wow. turning to the u.s. now, plenty of extreme weather to go around large parts of the u.s. >> our meteorologist derek van dam is here to tell us about the highs and lows, extremes. >> extremes, amazing to see what's happening across the central u.s. full-on snowstorm for parts of colorado and the plains, we've got flash flood warnings in place for many locations.
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on top of that, we're setting record highs along the coast. check out what they had to deal with during the commute in salt lake city. the calendar says april, but we think january -- snow. a nice juxtaposition with the cherry blossoms in the foreground and mountains in the background with the whites. i like that shot. let's talk about the serious stuff. we've got to discuss what's happening from oklahoma city through parts of missouri and into arkansas and southern illinois, heavy rainfall. in fact, over 30 million americans impacted by flash flooding at the moment. flash flood watches, flash flood warnings in place. he's a look at the forecast rainfall going forward. we've already seen several inches. we have the potential for another six to eight inches of additional rainfall. and already saturated environment. flash flooding certainly a possibility. remember, it only takes a half a foot of rushing water to lift a car or small suv and float it down a roadway.
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so do not attempt to cross flooded roads by any means. turn around, don't drown. this is the storm system responsible for all the wild weather. on the back side, it's cold enough to snow. we'll highlight the snowstorm in one second. here's the severe potential for today. large hail, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes. south central texas through louisiana, parts of arkansas and missouri, stretching toward indianapolis area. we have a slight to enhanced risk of severe weather. look at the satellite. very busy across the central u.s. and i mentioned that there's enough cold air behind the system where it's a full-on winter storm. the calendar almost says may already, believe it or not. we have winter storm warnings in effect for denver and the plains. look at this -- we have the potential for a foot to a foot and a half of snowfall. that will certainly impact travel across the region. interstate 80, for example, look at that. north platte toward the albuquerque region getting in on some of the heavy snowfall, as well.
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take a look at the temperatures we'll be working with for the day today. 30 record high temperatures potentially being shattered for the eastern seaboard and into the mid-atlantic states. at one point today, we do believe that there will be nearly a 70-degree temperature difference in the state of texas from the panhandle where they'll be experiencing snowfall, all the way to the rio grande where they're anticipating temperatures in excess of 100 degrees fahrenheit. that is a just thxtaposition of. in d.c., this is ironic. today they'll hit their first 90-degree temperature of the season. they are marching against climate change, taking a stand on the nation's capital today when temperatures will reach record-breaking territory. they should be about 71 degrees. don't you find that kind of ironic? >> yes, i think it is. >> i think mother nature's trying to tell us something. >> we'll have to wait and see the signs they make as they march. >> and hopefully we listen. >> thanks. still to come, how donald trump may be using the skills he learned during his reality tv days to his new reality at the
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>> reporter: from reality tv to the white house -- >> you're fired. >> reporter: from the boardroom to the campaign trail and into the oval office, donald trump, the former star of "the apprentice," brings the skills he learned in reality to have his new reality in washington. >> donald trump lives by being unpredictable. he likes the element of surprise. he likes the element of shock, and he employs that shock value in his communications strategy. >> your team won -- >> reporter: shock, surprise, and strategy. where have we seen that before? >> rebecca, you're outstanding. randall, you're hired. >> reporter: remember the drama around choosing the secretary of state? would it be rudy giuliani? that dinner with mitt romney? a twitter tease. "whether i choose him or not for state, rex tillerson, chairman and ceo of exxonmobil, is a world-class player and dealmaker," ending with, "stay
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tuned." or when he narrowed his supreme court choices to a two-person finale -- >> the potential supreme court pick? >> reporter: saving his pick for primetime. >> he is very much trying to mastermind his presidency, market his presidency with that sort of reality television sensibility. >> reporter: tv trump and president trump love grand entran entrances. boasts -- >> i won. we had such great success. i think it's the best job that we've done thus far. there's a great day for american workers. it's going to be great. make america great again. >> reporter: and readings. he bragged to the a.p. about giving a network morning show its best ratings since 9/11 and defended press secretary sean spicer after calls to fire him over comments about the holocaust saying, "that guy gets great ratings. everyone tunes in." just this week, a made-for-tv bus trip of senators to the white house to discuss north korea, but the dramatic showcasing isn't exclusive to
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trump. president obama held a beer summit. in 2004, george w. bush landed on an aircraft carrier. so what's different about trump? >> i don't think he runs the white house like a reality show. he has taken from his reality show days, and his new york tabloids press days, is the understanding of how to capture attention through being a captivating personality. i think he uses that more to his benefit than not from inside the white house, as well. >> reporter: cnn, new york. >> first 100 days, well, there are a few more days to go for him. we'll wait and see what happens next. thanks for joining us. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. for viewers in the united states, "new day" is next. for others, "amanpour" starts in a moment. thank you for watching cnn. >> see you. [fbi agent] you're a brave man, mr. stevens.
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