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>> to see how she gives officers caught in the crossfire escape go to cnn.com. that's it for us. thanks for watching. appreciate it. hope you enjoyed a nice long weekend. see you back here tomorrow night. good night. the white house trying to carve out a foreign policy blueprint it says america first can also help strengthen global allies but will skittish foreign leaders buy what this courthouse is selling. >> michael flynn to cooperate with subpoenas in the russian investigation. white house tight lipped on back channel overtures to the kremlin. huge explosion in kabul killing 100 people. as the president weighs deeper
troop deployment in afghanistan. we're monitoring fast-moving developments in kabul. it is wednesday, may 31st, 4:00 a.m. in the east. people in the united states, australia, france, all trying to figure out what this means. white house taking new steps to reclaim the narrative on two big stories. first the president's foreign trip and russian investigation. first, on the foreign trip. two top aides looking to puncture the idea that the president left foreign leaders nervous. national security adviser h.r. mcmaster and economic adviser gary cohen out with a new op-ed this morning. titled america first doesn't mean america alone. >> both were on the overseas trip with fortunate. they offered a staunch defense of his global outlook. they said in part the president
embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear-eyed outlook that the world is not a global community but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage. >> we bring unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and moral strength. they are message keep america first. >> sean spicer gave this less than measured take on the president's trip. >> it was an unprecedented first trip abroad. four months into this administration and it shows how quickly and decisively the president is acting to strengthen alliances to build new partnerships. we've never seen before at this point in the presidency sweeping reassurance of american interest and inauguration of a r foreign
policy strategy designed to bring back the world from growing dangers and perpetual disasters brought on by years of failed leadership. >> it looks like a diplomatic feud between the president and german chancellor angela merkel. was there a rist? it depends who you ask. angela merkel said europe must take our fate into our own hands. >> the president back into the value office after his european trip escalating the rhetoric with a tweet. he wrote we have a massive trade deficit with germany, plus they pay far less than they should on nato and military. very bad for u.s., this will change. >> adding a third view, spicer then down played any clash between these two leaders. >> i think the relationship that the president has had with merkel he would describe as fairly unbelievable. they get along very well.
he has a lot of respect for her. they continue to grow the bond that they had during the talks at the g7. >> unbelievable. the latest now on how this is going on with european allies. i want to bring in fred pleitgen. that could be read a lot of different ways. that could be positive or a very big negative. >> i think that's the way the germans see pinpoint they would say very unbelievable but in a different sense of the word. if we go back to that op-ed by h.r. mcmaster he said american first signals american leadership. since president trump has come back from his first foreign trip these european leaders are say we can't rely on american leadership any more. angela merkel says europe needs to take their own destiny in their own hands and doubling
down on those marks and people running against her in the election forcefully standing behind her look we support our chancellor against the u.s. president. you have the italian prime minister who came out yesterday and said we also don't believe we can rely on america any more. they have a big issue with the currents white house's stance on climate policy. they say it's something that's central to the italians and many other european countries as well. therefore they are not sure whether or not they see eye to eye with the u.s. at this point in time. if you look at that op-ed by h.r. mcmaster which outlines the positives of the trip that the president took he really doesn't ever mention that the u.s. is committed to the european union which is something that a lot of eu leaders wanted to hear and why you're hearing these leaders in the european union, angela merkel, macron of france and italians we need to strengthen europe because we don't believe the u.s. believes the european union is a good thing.
he doesn't mention climate policy at all. those are two very big things where leaders don't see things eye to eye and there's a rift and american leadership is being called into question. >> a rift on climate change but there's a rift between american business and president on climate change. business including oil companies say we need to stay in the paris accord. one quick follow up for you, fred. part of the really remarkable thing to me about that op-ed in the "wall street journal" is this idea we're no longer a global community. but that we're in an arena where everyone is competing. tell me if i'm overstating that, that's a rejection of post-world war ii policy that has guided the relationship between major economies, isn't it? >> well, you know, towards europe i think it certainly is because one of the things that i think the relationships between the united states and european allies has been in the past decades, it's been more really than a competition of different ideas or different strategies it
really has been a big community and one of the things was that collective defense which many europeans feel is being called into question. h.r. mcmaster had a paragraph where he said look he told leaders of the european union u.s. wants to get rid of unfair business practices. these are business practices set up, free trade set up between u.s. and european leaders in very long negotiations and something where both sides believed they could benefit from this. so it was the case that there was more than just an arena of competing interests over the past couple of decades between the eu and the united states and i think that's one of the reasons that new start of being in the white house why so many european leaders are so alienated now. >> the world is not a gobble community. remarkable thing on hear from representatives for the white house. fred pleitgen, thank you so much. president trump trying hard to change narrative but he seemed to run into a glitch finding his own.
take a look at this tweet from just after midnight. the president writing despite the constant negative press covfefe appears to be an unfinished tweet. no one seems to be noticing at the white house it has not been taken down tweets or a matter of official presidential record. by the way, cov french f erc oc around the world. more than 100,000 retweets at this junk you're the. >> you could assume he misfired a tweet and went to bed. >> we wait with baited breath. now to the russian investigation. press secretary sean spicer back behind the podium but short on
answers about the latest developments. he wouldn't confirm whether jared kushner tried to set up a back channel to the kremlin during the transition. spicer would not confirm whether the president knew about kushner doing so but he endoorsd recent comment by top administration officials that supported the notion of back channels. >> secretary kelly and mcmaster discussed in general terms back channels are appropriate part of diplomacy. former national security adviser michael flynn says he will provide documents. a source says he'll deliver the first batch by june 6th. flynn had refused to comply with a broader subpoena. >> breaking news, a huge explosion rocking kabul. afghan official describing it as a suicide attack near the german embassy. cnn ian lee has the latest and
the casualties here are mounting. >> reporter: that's right. 80 people so far have been killed in this attack. 300 injured. expect that number to continue to increase. we've been watching it all morning as it's ticked up quite rapidly. the bomb considered to be a large vehicle packed with explosives, going off right during rush hour traffic where people were trying to get to work on one of kabul's main roads. this bomb felt across the capital, near the german embassy. we're told that parts of the french embassy were damaged. this comes as president trump really contemplates one of the main foreign policy decisions of his presidency, whether to spend more blood and treasure inside afghanistan. the pentagon has a plan that would increase the number of u.s. troops up to five additional thousand troops and increasing the number of air
strikes against the taliban and also putting more u.s. financial assistance into that country. the taliban and other insurgents control right now 40% of the country. >> all right. keep us posted as we continue to monitor developments after that huge explosion near the diplomatic quarter. advance to counter nuclear threat from north korea. pentagon announcing it shot down mock intercontinental ballistic missile. the test using an upgraded ground intercept system conducted over the ocean. the u.s. has a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat. let's get more from paula hancock who joins us live from seoul with this significant development. good morning to you, paula. >> reporter: well, hello, dave. u.s. officials have described
this as high-speed effort to hit one bullet with another bullet, specifying just how difficult it is to take out even a mock up icbm in mid-flight. they say it was a success. we heard from the pentagon and also the missile defense agency saying it's not just because of north korea that they are making sure this intercept missile is successful but the fact is north korea is pretty much the only sovereign state around the world at this point that's threatening the united states. we heard at the beginning of the year the north korean leader, kim jong-un saying he was close to test launching an i c.w. m. he wants to be able to hit mainland united states with a nuclear hit icbm. clearly this is the concern when the u.s. is thinking about these kind of programs, $40 billion program. experts saying it's still not perfect, success rate of two out of five in recent years and certainly moving forward but they need to do more.
we also know as well in this region at this point two u.s. aircraft carriers, the "uss carl vinson" and uss "reagan". they are expected to carry out military drills as early as today as this wednesday, in waters just off the korean peninsula. we haven't had a reacson from north korea at this point but it's clear they will not be happy with this. they mentioned both of those aircraft carriers by name in recent days saying the u.s. is pushing tensions on the korean peninsula. so success is at 40% but significant advance. a mea culpa from kathy griffin. >> i went too far. i made a mistake and went too wrong. that follows a controversial photo shoot that got attention from the secret service.
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17 minutes past the hour. president trump mysterious replacement health care bill will be more affordable than obamacare but many americans don't agree. half of consumers think costs will be worse according to a new poll from the kaiser family foundation and it's an increase from foundation's last survey in december. also up significantly concerns over quality of care. more than one-third of those polled think access to care will get worse under the new bill. respondents gave a few reasons for that belief. provisions such as cutting essential benefits, raising costs for older consumers and those with pre-existing conditions. and a report that found the bill leaves 51 million americans without insurance by the year 2026. president trump has said this bill would be better than obamacare and even though senate republicans are currently overhauling the house version, most in this kaiser survey still preferred obamacare. 49% gave obamacare a favorable
rating over the gop bill. kathy griffin apologizing this morning after facing major backlash for taking part in a despicable photo shoot that showed her holding up a blooding head of that representing president trump. >> i sincerely apologize. i have seen the reaction. i'm a comic. i moved the line and then crossed it. untilage is too disturbing. i understand how it offends people. it wasn't funny. i get it. i made a lot of mistakes in my career. i ask your forgiveness. >> griffin asked the photographer to take down the picture which has already spread virally. >> cnn is not showing that gruesome image. griffin has partnered with cnn for a new year's eve special for several years. cnn in a statement says it found the photo disgusting and offensive mirroring what all of
us here think. it's been taken down. the network is evaluating the new year's eve coverage with kathy griffin. the photo was meant to be shocking. it was no question it crossed the line. >> for those of you wondering about anderson cooper's opinion he tweeted he's april palled by this photo shoot. clearly disgusting and completely appropriate. i think echoing the sentiments of everyone here at the net work. an angry outburst in court by the man accused in a deadly stabbing spree in portland. >> you call it terrorism i call it patriotism. you hear me. >> that's not all. more of what he said at his arraignment next. the future isn't silver suits and houses on mars,
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disgust in a portland, oregon courtroom as a suspect in a fatal train stabbing makes his first appearance. jeremy joseph christian is accused of stabbing three men, killing two of them. victims were coming to the aid of two women target by hate speech. one woman was wearing a hijab. >> free speech or die, portland. this is america. get out if you don't like free speech. death to the enemies of america. leave this country if you hate our freedom. death. you call it terrorism i call it patriotism. you hear me. >> two men came to the aide of women he was screaming and yelling at and telling them to
move back to saudi arabia. two men coming to the defense of those women were stabbed to death. federal authorities are deciding whether to prosecute him for hate crimes. department of homeland security signalling it's open to alternatives to expanding an electronics ban on commercial flights. airline sources telling cnn random passenger screening is one measure that could be considered. they say talks with european officials may have given the trump administration pause about a proposed ban on laptops from the cabins of flights between the u.s. and europe. officials say the move remains on the table as they examine intelligence about terror threats. >> one of the issues is all those batteries in the laptops in the hold of the plane, what if something goes wrong. >> more terrifying. >> trying to figure out what is the safest way to address this but clearly there's an intelligence link that has concern. >> can president trump put america first without leaving the rest of the world behind? the president's top aides saying
the white house trying to map out a foreign policy blueprint. the president sees the world not as a global community but an arena of competitors. the white house remains tight lipped on reports of back channel overtures to the kremlin. but the president's former national security adviser is ready to respond to sons the russia probe. and deadly attack in kabul's diplomatic quarter. hundred are dead. hundreds more hurt. it comes as the president weighs more troops in afghanistan. welcome back to "early start," everyone. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it's 31 minutes past the hour and if there's one thing you read today "wall street journal" editorial america first doesn't
mean america alone by h.r. mcmaster and gary cohen it's the world view of this white house. >> people are searching for a trump foreign policy. this is essentially it. and we'll break it down for you. >> white house taking new steps to reclaim narrative on these two big stories. president's foreign trip and the russian investigation. first on the foreign trip two top aides look puncture the idea that the president left foreign leaders nervous. national security advice or and economic adviser. "wall street journal" op-ed america first doesn't mean america alone. >> both were on the overseas trip with the president and offer a staunch defense his global vision and now we're figuring out what that is. they say in part the president embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear-eyed outlook that the world is not a global community but an arena where nations nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage.
we bring to this forum unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and more strengthen. rather than deny this leaptal nature of international affairs, we embrace it. >> they suggested president trump reaffirmed article 5 which is essentially we have your back, you have ours. most say that did not happen anywhere on this foreign trip. >> as an aside they say and, of course, after affirming our commitment to article 5. >> which many wonder if that actually happened. this comes hours after white house press secretary sean spicer gave this take on the president's nine day trip. >> it was an unprecedented first trip abroad. just four months into this administration. it shows how quickly and decisively the president is acting to strengthen alliances, to form new partnerships and to rebuild america's standing in the world.
we've never seen before at this point in the presidency such sweeping reassurance of american interest and inauguration of a foreign policy strategy designed to bring back the world from growing dangers and perpetual disasters brought on by years of failed leadership. all this comes amid what looks like a diplomatic feud between the president and the german chancellor angela merkel. whether there's a rift between the u.s. and germany that seems to depend on whom you ask. for the third day in a row, chancellor merkel hammered her view europe must as she put it take our fate into our own hands. >> the president back in the oval office escalating the rhetoric with a tweet. he wrote this. we have a massive trade deficit with germany plus they pay far less than they should. this will change. sneading a third view, sean spicer then down played any clash between the two leaders. i think the relationship
that the president has had with merkel he would describe as fairly unbelievable. they get along very well. he has a lot of respect for her. they continue to grow the bond that they had during their talks at the g7. >> for the latest how this is going on, let's bring in fred pleitgen live for us this morning in london. great to have you on. we talk a lot about this "wall street journal" piece because we're trying to figure out what the trump foreign policy is. among the things that stand out they say he did affirm article 5 of nato and essentially that we will treat other countries as they treat us. how it is playing overseas? >> i think you're right. that's one of the big questions that many european leaders are asking. first and foremost the germans where exactly did he reaffirm article 5. one of the things many european leaders felt lacking in the speech that president trump gave in among old that criticism of
the european countries was a firm commitment to article 5 and to saying look we have your back as far as security is concerned especially in this very difficult time right now where you have a sort of russia really on the eastern fringe of europe. so that's something a lot of european leaders were lacking. one of the other things that was also in this article by h.r. mcmaster is there really wasn't any sort of affirmation the u.s. believes the european union is very important and very critical to relations between the u.s. and europe and that's something that many europeans were looking for because there was so much criticism by the president himself on the eu. these european leaders were trying to hold the eu together and now feel the eu is stronger. they believe that america should make a commitment to a unified europe and something that many of them were missing. then finally, you know, one of the things h.r. mcmaster wrote in that article and sean spicer
said something similar he said america first signals the restoration of american leadership. yet after this president's first trip to europe you have a lot of leaders in europe questioning america's leadership and whether they can rely on it from angela merkel to the prime minister of italy to a certain extent also the french president as well. really doesn't seem as though a lot of european countries and the u.s. really see eye to eye on this trip. >> to your point earlier no mention of the paris climate agreement. fred pleitgen, thanks so much. we'll continue to parse this. >> the president said there's a massive trade deficit with germany. $67 billion trade deficit. so that means u.s. does import more from germany than it exports. apparently driving that literally are german cars, americans like german cars and buy them. but it's not as simple as a one
to one here because also germany has plants in the united states that build german cars, german companies have plants in the united states and that supports 100,000 workers at least. american workers are paid to build german cars here and export them. >> bmw our largest export he of cars as well but this foreign policy you can tell is transactional in nature. that's how the president views things. that's why gary cohen involved when it comes to our foreign policy. >> president trump trying hard to change the narrative but seemed to run into a glitch. look at this tweet from just after midnight. the president writing despite the constant negative press covfefe -- that appears to be an unfinished tweet with a typo. we don't know for sure. he may be trying to write coverage. if it's a mistake nobody is noticing at the white house. this is still up on the
president's at real donald trump feed. covfefe is trending number one on twitter overnight. >> it's been retweeted more than 110,000 times. urban dictionary defines covfefe when you say coverage but your hands are too small to hit all the letters on your keyboard. that's what your ban dictionary says. to the russian investigation. sean spicer back behind the podium but short on answers about the latest developments. he would not confirm whether top trump advice jared kushner tried to st. back channel to the kremlin during transition. spicer would also not confirm whether the president knew about kushner doing so but he did endorse a recent comment by top administration officials that supported the notion of back channels. >> secretary kelly and mcmaster discussed in general terms back channels are appropriate part of diplomacy. former national security adviser michael flynn says he
will provide documents. they were subpoenaed by the intelligence committee. a source says he'll deliver the first batch by june 6th. flynn had refused to comply with an earlier broad are subpoena that included more of his personal documents. more on that and what's hide for the president today. we want to bring in sara murray. >> reporter: good morning. well another relatively light day at least on president trump's public schedule. he'll be meeting with his secretary of state rex tillerson and then he's slated to hold a bilateral meeting with the prime minister of vietnam. so far that bilateral meeting will not come with a press conference. sean spicer said he's not expected to brief reporters. this comes as the russia probe appears to be expanding. a source close to michael flynn the ousted national security adviser said flynn will provide documents to the senate intelligence committee related
to their russian investigation and now the probe appears to be touching two other aides close to the president. one is his personal lawyer michael cohen and another a surrogate for the campaign. both have been contacted by investigators on capitol hill who want to know more about them. just another indication that this cloud, this controversy about russia just is not leaving this white house any time soon. back to you. >> trump attorney michael cohen said he's not been subpoenaed by congress but if he is he will gladly testify. cohen telling cnn he has nothing to hide and there is quote no shred of evidence that implicates him. as for spokesman sean spicer not holding a briefing today, instead the white house is offering up a briefing with veterans affairs secretary. it's not clear what he'll be discussing. >> a day after the announcement the white house communications director south. he was brought in by spicer as
an outside voice. a departure is a sign how difficult it is to penetrate the president's inner circle. staffers have been told spicer isn't going anywhere. breaking news. a huge explosion rocking kabul. afghan official describing it as a suicide attack near the german embassy. cnn ian lee has the latest and he's in its stan ball. >> reporter: this attack took place at the height of rush hour traffic when people were going to work. a large truck packed with explosives detonated killing over 80 people and we've been watching that number rise quite rapidly over the course of the morning, hundreds of people injured in this attack. the explosion taking place just hundreds of yards from the german embassy. no word on the damage to that embassy. we're hearing the french embassy was injured but chaos in the
aftermath, carnage every where, burnt out cars, people bloody, walking away. one of the largest attacks bin a year to take place in kabul. this also comes as president trump considers one of the most major foreign policy decisions of his presidency, whether to spend more blood and treasure inside afghanistan by ramping up the number of troops there. some reports that it could be up to 5,000 troops, increasing the air strikes against the taliban are also just more financial assistance to the afghan government. so a major decision there at the heels of this massive explosion. we're also hearing from a u.s. watchdog, government watchdog saying that the taliban and other insurgents control 40% of the country. significant advance in u.s. efforts to counter nuclear
threat from north korea. fepg shot down a mock intercontinental ballistic missile. the test using an upgraded ground-based interceptor system. conducted over the pacific owing. now defense officials expressing confidence the u.s. now has a capable credible deterrent against a very real threat. let's get more from paula hancock. she joins us live from seoul. some observers say it's not 100%. some of these tests before have failed. good morning. >> reporter: that's right. the last two have been successful. this is a massive program. it's effectively a high-speed effort to try to hit one bullet with another bullet, specifying just how difficult it is to take out even a mock up icbm in mid-flight. the pentagon specified it's not only about north korea but the fact is north korea is the country that is verbally
threatening the united states at this point. kim jong-un the north korean leader at the beginning of this year saying he's close to test launching an icbm. he's made it clear he wants to hit mainland united states with an icbm that has a nuclear war head on it. so clearly a big concern. north korea has not reacted to that intercept missile. we've heard from the state-run media a message towards the u.s. president donald trump in the last hour or so, from one of the commentaries saying trump administration would be well advised to choose the right option mindful that it's standing at the crossroads of life and death. now, this is the sort of language natural we have become accustomed to from north korea, particularly when talking about the united states saying because the united states is hostile towards north korea that is why they are continuing with their nuclear missile program. thank you so much for that. 45 minutes past the hour. a mea culpa from comedian
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career. i ask your forgiveness. >> griffin asked the photographer to take down the picture which has already spread virally. >> we won't show the image. it's gruesome. it's inappropriate. trying to get publicity but going way too far. we should note griffin has partnered with cnn for a new year's eve special for several years. cnn found that photo disturbing, disgusting and offensive and pleased the photo has been taken down and cnn the network is evaluating new year's eve coverage. another day another bad headline for uber, the company firing an executive. we'll tell you next.
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white house tight lipped on back channel overtures to the kremlin. huge explosion in kabul diplomatic corridor killing 100 people. hundreds more injured. it comes as the president weighs deeper troop doe employment in afghanistan. it is the last day of may, everybody. wednesday may 31st. that went fast. 5:00 a.m. in the east. this morning the white house taking new steps to reclaim the narrative on two big stories the president's foreign trip and russian investigation. let's start with the global view here. two top aides looking to puncture the idea that the president left foreign leaders nervous. if you read nothing else this morning before you head into work this is the piece to read. the title "america first doesn't mean america alone."