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pleitgen, one of the first reporters on the scene, live for us in london. fred, an all-too-familiar reaction from the folks there in london. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. unfortunately, something like this is all too familiar with the folks in london, but one of the things you can really see about london is that the people here are extremely defiant, you know. there's a lot of people who are out here. morning commutes are going for people exactly as they had planned before. so, certainly, this is a city that's showing that it will not be derailed by terrorism. at the same time, the investigation continues to go on. you mentioned there's about a dozen people who are still in custody. what the authorities are trying to find out right now, dave, is whether or not the attackers had links to some sort of wider network or whether or not they were mostly acting on their own. that's why there are a lot of these raids currently taking place, especially in the east london area. at the same time, as you mentioned, theresa may saying there will be a review of this country's counterterrorism policies and strategy. she said she believes in general
in the fight against terrorism four things need to change. one, pluralistic british values must defeat islamic extremism. democratic governments must regulate cyberspace. cyberspace, of course, very, very important in the debate about this. military action to destroy isis abroad. less tolerance of extremism in the united kingdom. that's a big point she made. and she's also saying they will review counterterrorism strategy so police have all the powers they need. again, the brits are saying they feel that the response of this attack was adequate and very fast. of course, the attackers gunned down within about eight minutes of the police officers receiving the first call that something was going on, but they are saying that there will be another review to try and make things even more efficient, dave. >> fred, we mentioned the elections will go on thursday. is terror the central issue? >> reporter: yeah, i mean, it's one of the central issues, but it's becoming a more central issue. before these attacks took place, the one in manchester and
especially now the one in london as well, of course, brexit was the major issue and how britain was going to move forward with that. of course, we have to keep in mind that the reason why this election was called was because theresa may feels that she needs a stronger mandate in the brexit negotiations, but now with these events taking place, of course, terror has become one of the central themes. and one of the things that the man running against theresa may, jeremy corbyn of the labor party, said it was a fight between democratic values. that's the way the political party sees it. they're suspending campaigning today but it will continue this week and the election coming up very shortly as investigators continue to investigate this crime and, of course, try to prevent further plots in the future. >> and the polls surprisingly tight ahead of thursday elections. frederik pleitgen, thanks. let's bring in cnn analyst james galliano, adjunct
professor at st. john's university. we're glad to have you here to look at the law enforcement aspect of this. breaking news overnight, isis claiming responsibility. not really a surprise, is it? when something like this happens, whether they have any knowledge of this or not, they're going to take responsibility. >> not surprising at all. again, it's that centralized intent that they put out there and then that decentralized execution. so, anybody who reads their material or hears a radicalized speech can go out there and execute. what i'm struck with is if you look at this from a military perspective, as the united states strategy in the middle east changes, instead of pushing isis back or containing them, under the new secretary of defense, their tactics are to encircle and destroy isis, which is causing isis to have less territory to have to occupy. >> right. >> that is allowing more of these folks now become a part of the propaganda push and in helping radicalize these terror
threats here in the united states and in britain. >> theresa may, a former home secretary there in the uk, said things need to change. "there's far too much tolerance for extremism in the uk." she wants to regulate cyberspace, but how do you begin to do that? >> that's a dicey call, dave. i thought her words were measured, resolute, defiant -- >> absolutely. >> so completely -- >> striking a perfect tone again. >> she reminds me of margaret thatcher and churchill during the bombing in britain in the '40s. i think that she set the right tone and the right course going forward. the devil's always in the details. you know, we have programs here in the united states -- stellar wind, the patriot act, fisa -- and we always have to balance how much civil liberty do we want to take away from folks to keep us safe, and she's in the same position. >> you mentioned our programs. they have what's called prevent there in the uk, but it's very controversial. what is it? what's the backdrop of it? what are they designed to do?
>> the controversy there is the collection of metadata. americans and the brits are a little uncomfortable with the fact that the government might collect and store data. they don't look at that data unless it has a link to someone that has been determined to be in terrorist channels, but we're uncomfortable with that, as are the brits. >> right. the other thing we're uncomfortable with is this idea of some kind of international confab regulating information, you know? and that's something -- honestly, information and free speech is the oxygen of democracy, but that's been weaponized by the terrorists. that's a really fine line to walk here. you know, how do you prevent all of this, you know, terrible terrorist ideology from spreading like wildfire online without actually then having the terrorists win by shutting down some free speech? >> what is one of the dearest tenants to americans? and it's first amendment. and where is that appropriate line where you say free speech now goes into the realm of being dangerous? and that's kind of where we are right now is making that determination on allowing free
speech, allowing people to express themselves, to read what they want, listen to what they want, but when does it border into this could potentially turn into an attack? >> the macro level is where this would be fought, but on a micro level, you often see london police officers unarmed. should something happen differently? they responded perfectly to this, eight minutes after the call. >> eight minutes! >> but should more police officers be armed in the uk? >> britain's history being what it is, that is a tough call. from my perspective, we have to give law enforcement in the united states every tool available. and i know when we come down and look at things like what happened in ferguson, we say we don't want our law enforcement militarized. >> right. >> we don't want armored personnel carriers and grenade launchers, but the problem is, when you do need them againstconsistent and existential threat that the terrorists are, we need to have them -- >> and armed police officer versus a truck mowing down -- so this is another vehicle attack.
we've had many, stockholm, of course, the christmas market in berlin, that terrible episode in east france, just the pictures of the crushed strollers. how do we in this country protect against vehicle attacks? in new york, there was just an attack in new york. it wasn't a terrorist, but still, there were fatalities. >> the average consumer vehicle in the united states weighs 4,000 pounds, 2 tons. unless we want to regulate it to the point where we're going to go in and make sure that that vehicle can't go above 10 miles an hour, which is not going to happen -- >> what about pedestrian safe zones? for london bridge, for example, maybe is there something they could have done? there was another bridge attack in westminster two weeks ago. >> look at new york. i used to work at 26 federal plaza in lower manhattan, right in the shadow of the towers. look at how every major building, whether an iconic building like the empire state building, or the federal building, have concrete barriers placed around it and layered security. layered security is the secret. what happened in nice, france,
where you had 86 people killed, was that long, unending thoroughfare where that driver was able to wreak maximum havoc. in a city like new york, i don't think you could drive that far. you look at what happened in times square. it definitely is a threat, but unless we want to start making so it's impossible for us to get around in our day-to-day -- >> terrorism makes us live in a police state, basically. >> look what happens with tsa and getting on a plane nowadays, how frustrating that can be for us, but this is the age of isis. >> all right, well, three terror attacks in two weeks in the uk. what is it about this target? we'll get more from james next hour. president trump shifting his tone on the terror attack. his response, he retweeted the drudge report and need for a travel ban.
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protect the united states and its allies from a vial enemy that has waged war on innocent life, and it's gone on too long. this bloodshed must end. this bloodshed will end. >> there is the president, president trump sounding a bit more diplomatic last night after heavy criticism for his initial response to the london terror attack. the first reaction from the president, he retweeted a "drudge report" headline, and then he used the attack to call for reinstatement of his travel ban, now blocked by the courts -- "we need to be smart, vigilant and tough. we need the to give us back our rights. we need the travel ban as an extra level of safety." to help us understand the politics unleashed on this side of the atlantic by the london attack, political commentator joining us. you heard the president sounding more presidential, if you will. and you heard him, ultimately he did say god bless the uk and our
thoughts and prayers are with the victims, but before that, it was more about him, wasn't it? >> yeah, his initial reaction was typical. it was about him, it was to justify his policies. i didn't hear him initially express condolences to the victims and their families. that's trump being trump. i think you've got to say, christine, that the last week or so has represented a real turning point with people in the uk, people on the continent of europe really turning against trump and the u.s., and a new alliance forming, an alliance of the uk, france and germany with macron becoming a big star, as the u.s. really diminishes as a force. >> all right, so, of particular criticism is the way the president responded to the london mayor, sadiq khan. and here's what he tweeted -- "at least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and the mayor of london says there is no reason to be alarmed!" now, sadiq khan was talking about the extreme, the added police force in the streets of london. he wasn't saying there was no
reason to be alarmed by this terror attack. here's how the spokesman to sadiq khan responded -- "the mayor is too busy working with police and government to coordinate the response to this cowardly terror attack. has he more important things to do than respond to donald trump's ill-informed tweet." was it ill-informed or did he deliberately take it out of context? >> regardless of the motivation it was not presidential. on instance after instance, he needlessly injects himself in a way that doesn't do the u.s. any good. and you know, i travel all around the country, guys, and i talk to a lot of trump supporters who are still fiercely loyal to him, but they all say, boy, i wish he'd tone down the tweeting. >> yeah, i hear that a lot, too. you know, that's one consistent complaint. but what about the hearings? we have comey hearings this week. the president today is going to try to launch his trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. talk to me a little bit about the president's domestic agenda.
it has been overshadowed by his own self-inflicted twitter wounds. >> yep. >> and by the drama still over the russia investigation. >> those two are big factors, but i'd add a third, christine, and that is, once again, he's unveiling a big, new initiative without any details. there's not going to be any details on how he'd pay for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending. so, congress got a one-page piece of paper on tax reform. i think there will be an equivalent of a one-page piece of paper this week on infrastructure that really infuriates congress. >> well, the president on friday made the remark, thursday or friday, made the remark that his bill, his tax bill was moving through congress. there is no tax bill, is there? >> there isn't a bill, unless i missed something. it's early in the morning, but i don't think there is a tax bill, and that's a big problem with infrastructure. i think maybe a year from now, a year and a half from now, we'll get something, but it certainly isn't imminent, but it may deflect attention away from this
big comey story coming on thursday. >> how pivotal are those -- is that testimony from james comey at the end of this week? >> i think, dave, by friday morning, we may be talking once again about obstruction of justice. i think schumer and the democrats will try to make that case. the republicans will resist. the bottom line still to me is this -- i do not see the votes in the house or the senate to indict and then convict. i don't think the votes are there, but i do think it's going to be damaging for the president, because comey is a pretty good witness. >> let's talk about the business angle here, the civil liberties of the business angle. you had theresa may calling on increased regulation of cyberspace. you have the tech companies coming out and saying, facebook said it's going to be hostile to terrorism. law enforcement officials privately say it's not very hostile to terrorism. are we going to see a civil liberties move here, do you think? >> absolutely, christine. i do think that, you know, as john kerry said yesterday on one of the talk shows, that this
goes against our values to intrude, but i would argue that desperate times require desperate measures. and i do think there's going to be an increased scrutiny by intelligence officials on who is logging on to these websites that urge jihadists to kill people. >> a lot of folks urging the tech companies, they should self-regulate more aggressively or they will be regulated by someone else. >> yep. >> you never want that. greg valliere, nice to see you bright and early this morning, 4:18 in washington, d.c. we love that. thank you. prime minister theresa may says tougher rules online will prevent terrorism. >> we need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning. >> so, how are tech companies responding? that story is next. care parts a and b and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window.
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facebook vows to be "hostile to terrorists" after the uk prime minister blames tech companies for helping foster terrorism. >> we cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. yet, that is precisely what the internet and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide. >> especially all the encrypted channels that are offered. she wants tougher regulations for cyberspace, and many governments criticize tech companies for how they handle terrorist threats, especially in their encrypted messaging services. investigations show terrorists use online tools from your favorite social media companies
to coordinate attacks. and law enforcement wants access, but facebook, google and apple lobby against giving authorities a peek. they say it hurts the privacy of customers, not terrorists. facebook and twitter also, of course, condemn terrorist content on their sites, telling cnn they're working to curb terrorism and warn of attacks. however, they offer no specific plans. all right, a strong response from the british prime minister after yet another terror attack on her soil. >> they are bound together by the single, evil ideology of islamist extremism. >> the prime minister laying out what needs to change to bring this terror spree to a stop. we are live in london next on "early start."
in our country. >> british prime minister therese may calling for major changes to the uk's anti-terror strategy, this after three men drive a van into pedestrians on london bridge, then draw knives, attacking civilians in a nearby market. we are live with more in london, straight ahead. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. 29 minutes after the hour. this morning, a major reset in london's war on terror as prime minister theresa may calls for a sweeping review of britain's counterterrorism strategy. her vow to ramp up the country's terror response comes in the wake of a deadly, new attack in the uk, the third in three months, the second in as many weeks. overnight police conducting new raids in east london on top of earlier raids on sunday. they say 11 people are now in custody, a huge amount of forensic material to go through. >> all right, at least 7 people were killed, 48 others injured in this rampage. isis has claimed responsibility
but offered no evidence to back that up. britain's general election will go on as scheduled on thursday, now against the backdrop of heightened concern over terrorism. cnn's frederik pleitgen was one of the first reporters on the scene, there again now bringing us up to speed on all of the developments. good morning, fred. >> reporter: hi there, christine. yeah, one of the things with this investigation that's going on where you mentioned several people are in custody, a lot of forensic evidence that's already been collected, is the authorities want to find out whether or not there was some larger group behind this attack or whether it was these three attackers acting mostly on their own. that's why several people are in custody and that's why those people are being questioned. the brits at this point are saying they're more concerned with homegrown terrorism, rather than any sort of plot that may have been steered from abroad, but of course, this investigation is still ongoing. at the same time, theresa may did, indeed, say that there will be a review of this country's
counterterrorism policies and the strategy as well. she said she believes four things specifically need to change -- pluralistic british values must defeat islamic extremism, she said. democratic governments must regulate cyberspace. of course, cyberspace is a major issue right now, especially dealing with communications ahead of these attacks. military action to destroy isis abroad, less tolerant of extremism in the uk. that was an interesting point she brought up, where she thought there was too much tolerance for extremist values in the uk. and also a review of the counterterrorism strategy so police have all the powers they need. again, the government here is saying, guys, that they believe that the response was very quick and adequate, but at the same time, they want to make sure that they keep reviewing their counterterrorism policies and strategies to make sure that the police have everything they need at all times to get the intelligence right so these things don't happen in the future, but then when they do happen, to be able to respond quickly and in force. >> wow. eight minutes. that's remarkable.
i know you've got an election coming up there in the uk. how do you think this is going to play? >> reporter: well, i think that this is becoming a very important topic in the run-up to the election. both major political parties have said that there is no way this election would be derailed by an incident like this. in fact, the man who is running against theresa may, jeremy corbyn, said he likened this to a battle between terrorism and democratic values. at the same time, you know, originally, this election was called because of brexit, because theresa may felt that she needed a stronger majority in the brexit negotiations with the european union, but now, of course, with these incidents taking place, the one in manchester just a couple of days ago and then, of course, the one here, it really is that terrorism and security, internal security, have become major, major issues here for voters, and that's certainly something that is going to play into the election that's happening in just a few days. >> all right, frederik pleitgen for us in london. thank you so much. >> all right, let's bring in cnn law enforcement analyst, james
galliano, retired fbi supervisory special agent and adjunct professor at st. john's university. good morning to you, sir. >> good morning. >> let's start with isis taking credit for this attack. your instinct is to not give them credit because there is no proof to show they had anything to do with this attack. >> sure. it has followed the typical kind of template for isis. they typically wait 18 to 24 hours before they make their announcement. and a lot of folks are concerned because they say there's no proof, there's no forensic evidence to date. and we don't know if the british don't have something right now that definitively ties it back to isis. we've got to be careful. and i think what your viewers need to understand is we're in this big debate right now about control of information, and you even go back in this country, in 1971, when "the anarchist cookbook" was published. >> that's right. >> and people screamed about that because you could go to the new york metropolitan library and pick it up. we want free speech. we want people to read and listen to what they want, but this is how isis does it. they are propaganda masters.
>> and it's so much easier now than 1971 because someone can just send it to you, it can pop up on your feed. there are all kinds of ways that people are exposed to this. let's talk about the whole cyberspace regulation issue because theresa may said that we need to do a better job of regulating the safe spaces where this ideology grows. we don't know what inspired these three people. we don't even know anything about these people right now as this investigation is under way. what about that jihadist ideology and how it just, it just blossoms online? >> absolutely. and what isis is doing is they're taking a page out of the al qaeda playbook. al qaeda came up with an online magazine called "inspire," and smear khan, anwar al awlaki, these are guys that put out information through that, and it was a means to take disaffected youngsters who wanted to be martyred and gave them the impetus to go do that. what isis does is theirs is different. theirs is basically videoography
and taking gruesome pictures of people being beheaded and put that online. how do we regulate that, though? i know gruesome videos can be pulled off of youtube. it usually takes a while for that to happen, but in the age of being able to share information easily and quickly through smartphones, it literally is a game of whac-a-mole trying to keep these things from the wrong hands. >> but as people sit here in the united states and say, all right, that is three attacks in ten weeks in the uk, what is it about the uk that makes them vulnerable to this type of attack or this type of radicalization? >> they're friends of the u.s. and for many in the jihadi world, the globalized jihadi world, we are the great satan. and anyone that stands with us is part of that, too. so, i think that this is part and parcel because they hate western democratic values and they see britain as standing resolutely with us. >> sometimes these people are just like sort of lost, you know? i mean, the profile of some of these guys is so frightening --
>> misguided. >> because they're radicalized in prison or lost souls who somehow just turn evil here. i want to talk about the mode here, a van on a bridge, three guys with fake suicide belts or suicide vests, depending on what you hear from the witnesses, foot-long hunting knives. it looks like the barrier of entry here pretty low. what do you make of how this attack was conducted? >> sure. and i think when we describe it as a van, it's almost too benign a term. you know, you look at the physics application, force equals mass times acceleration. the mass of that van, which probably weighed 6,000 pounds, going 50, 60, 70 miles an hour, it's a missile. and the most dangerous part of this is anybody can buy a vehicle, anybody can buy a machete -- >> or rent a vehicle. >> exactly, and it's not tracked. if you go out and try to buy tatp or c-4 or even fertilizer and diesel fuel, you're on our
radar in the fbi. you go buy a machete or you go buy a van, no one's watching. >> that van in the nice attack i think was stolen, too. >> but eight minutes from the time the first emergency call went in to the time these three gunmen were put down. what can you say about the police response? >> as a former member of the fbi's hostage rescue team, my hat is off to the first responders. it was amazing how quickly they were able to resolve that situation. again, we grieve the seven deaths, and the death toll may rise. >> 21 in critical condition. >> 21 are critical, right. >> but the way they kept it under control and were able to annui neutralize those three folks in eight minutes, i applaud them. >> all right, james, we appreciate your insight. emotional stories of survival following this latest attack. next, we speak to a man who escaped the attackers. his defiant response. you don't want to miss that, next.
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londoners running for their lives as a rental van mows down pedestrians and attackers go on a stabbing spree. richard angel says even after witnessing the carnage saturday night, he won't let the terror threat change his routine. >> richard joins us live from london. good morning to you, sir. >> good morning. >> if you could just retell your story in the moments -- >> good morning. >> -- as this all took place. >> i was having dinner with a group of friends not behind me in borough market. we were sitting at the table nearest the door, and suddenly, it became clear that the market security were telling us to lock the door and duck and cover. a young, brave man from the restaurant, one of the waiters, put his foot behind the door and his weight behind it to close it down so nobody could get in, and
people turned over tables, got under chairs, and rightly and understandably panicked but did what they could to get away from the danger. i was able to take a look around and see what was happening. i was somebody in the restaurant opposite throw a table at someone. i was unclear what that was at the time, but it turns out to be this wonderfully heroic man who was witnessing, who was witnessing these barbaric, vial, evil, but cowardly people stabbing a young woman. he threw glasses at them, bottles, a bike and a table to try and make them stop. he was one of the heroes of that night. i was unable to look up and i saw a guy who was holding his chest or his throat, absolutely covered in blood as he walked away and meandered through the market. and i just hope that guy and the other woman in the same situation found the medical help that they needed. we have some order to the restaurant we were in, got people safely upstairs and stopped the fire escape,
shutting down that route, which would have been very dangerous, and we stopped and waited. and we saw the police arrive within seconds, it felt. within minutes, they had done a sweep of the place, gunshots went off. they did two more sweeps. they had an armed guard outside our restaurant. more gunshots went off. it felt like an age, but these wonderfully professional people did it all in eight minutes. >> it's remarkable to me in just eight minutes that they were -- well, the three suspects were shot dead just eight minutes after that first call. it is remarkable to me how quickly the police responded, and it's also just the idea, you know, of the patrons. it must be so shocking to see someone with a foot-long knife coming into -- >> and what looked like a suicide vest. >> right. but to have the wherewithal to fight back. what is it about londoners that there were so many people fighting back? >> i don't know. i didn't see these cowardly people do what they did, but i saw those acts of defiance. the guy that gave us a heads-up when he could have run away, the
guy that was throwing stuff at these cowardly people, the guy who put himself in the glass door to make sure it was bolted closed before they found the key. the emergency officers and the first responders that were there and kept us safe. the paramedics who, maybe i knew this before, but for the first time realize, they run at danger. they then turn their back on the danger to put the life in front of them together while the rest of us are running for our lives. they're the heroes of london. manchester showed the best of britain two weeks ago, and londoners are doing the same now. and i am proud to be a londoner, proud to be part of this city and proud to be the response that says we will not be victims of these people. they shall not, cannot, will not win, and we will not change our way of life. >> and richard, in the wake of this attack, there was an increased police presence in london. we can see it behind you, ongoing as we speak. and sadiq khan, your mayor, said there is no reason to be alarmed about that increased police presence. president trump then went on the attack on twitter of your mayor.
you took exception to that. why? and what's your message to president trump about londoners? >> because sadiq khan speaks for our great city. he is the one that is bringing people together. when they hate our pluralism, our democracy, our diversity, and crucially, our unity, donald trump should not have delivered them a victory in seeking to divide us in attacking a mayor that got over a million votes and is somebody that we are proud of and stood up for all of us on that day. he is a great guy, and you know, all politicians in many ways are floored. but he was doing what was right by his city, and donald trump should back off our mayor and stop giving these terrorists a victory, because that's what they want. and we refuse to have our way of life changed by them. if me having a gin and tonic with my friend, flirting with handsome men and hanging out with strong women offended people that much, i'm going to do it more, not less.
and the fact that there are men and women who show up to work every day in a uniform, are a target themselves, have family at home who don't know if they're going to come home, they're the remarkable people and people we should do a service to and donald trump did a disservice to in his pathetic and snide tweets. >> three attacks in two weeks. there are people who would be afraid living in a country where there have been three attacks in ten weeks. you're not afraid? >> of course people will be afraid, and that's an understandable reaction, but we must make sure for those of us, where it can, life goes on. the seven families that have lost someone, the people sitting by a hospital bed right now, we understand for them that they're in mourning and it is a time for them to reflect, and they will be deeply upset. and of course some people will be scared. but to be scared and to not go back to the fabulous restaurant i was at where my duck dinner is still sitting and has yet to be
finished, would be to give these people a victory. we live in the best city in the world. sorry for those great cities in america, but we live in the best city in the world. and it's because we have those brilliant bars, the great diversity, people coming together, the melting pot that is london, and i'm not going to let that change for a second, and other people shouldn't give them victories on my behalf, because i and others survived that evening, and i'm going to tell the best of london's story, not go to the worst of humanity's cynicism. >> you mentioned your mayor, but your prime minister with another strong response, but in her comments saying things need to change, theresa may said there is far too much tolerance for extremism in our country. do you get that sense, richard? >> i don't know what she means by that. she'd been home secretary for six years and prime minister for a year, so i don't know if she's been part of the problem or the solution for that time, but i think politics on that level is for another day. i'm somebody who is coming out of this and trying to tell a story about how london's being
united and defiant. and you know, i am keen to go back to that restaurant to pay the bill to tip the staff who bravely fought when their lives were at risk. if people more clever than me, more thoughtful, and can take the time to figure out how to prevent things like this, they should and i don't know how they do that but i don't think this is time for bickering or for that level of politics. british people go to the polls on thursday this week. >> that's right. >> and i have a view about how they should vote, but i don't want to share it. i want to share that they should go and vote in large numbers. >> richard angell, very nice to meet you this morning under these terrible circumstances. thank you very much for telling us your story this morning. >> i think the spirit of london in richard angell, right there. >> mm-hmm. >> eloquent response. moments after the london attack, president trump retweeted "the drudge report" and used the incident to renew calls for his travel ban. more on that next here on "early start." baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? no sir, no sir, some nincompoop stole all my wool sweaters,
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we renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the united states and its allies from a vial enemy that has waged war on innocent life, and it's gone on too long. this bloodshed must end. this bloodshed will end. >> president trump sounding more diplomatic last night after heavy criticism for his initial response to the london terror attack. initially, the president retweeted a "drudge report" headline about terror in london, then used the attack to call for the reinstatement of his travel ban, now blocked by the courts -- "we need to be smart, vigilant, and tough. we need the courts to give us back our rights. we need the travel ban as an extra level of safety!" >> let's turn to political
comment mist greg valliere, chief strategist with horizon developments. the president after weeks being at odds with the international community uses a terror attack on british soil, the third in ten weeks, to talk about his own domestic agenda. is he still at odds with the rest of the world? >> who could summarize that better than that chap you just had on? what a spectacular interview that was, and i think he and others in england resent this, resent being used as a foil for donald trump to talk about his initiatives, his feud with the mayor of london, all of these things that remaally i don't thk were appropriate in the hours following this tragedy. >> there's appropriate. there's also his agenda. >> right. >> where is the president on his agenda right now? we're going to hear him talking infrastructure, unveiling infrastructure, but in terms of domestic agenda, whether it's tax cuts, health care, or infrastructure, he's been overshadowed, hasn't he? >> you would think so. and i look at the big three, health reform has stalled in the senate. even if the senate did pass it,
i don't think the house would agree. tax reform is just a one-page piece of paper fop my knowledge, there's no bill. and third, you've got now starting today an infrastructure initiative, a great photo op, but no details, no explanation on how you pay for it. >> yeah, sarah huckabee sanders will speak to the media. it will be hard to turn the page to infrastructure with mr. comey testifying on capitol hill this week. >> right. >> how consequential is what the former fbi director is about to say? >> it will be a big deal. i recall tom wolf in "bonfire of the vanities" wrote about how every crisis like this has a predictable result. so you're going to have comey with more bombshells, you'll have trumpagely tweeting about comey, you'll have schumer talking about impeachment, you'll have the republicans saying it's not warranted, and you'll have the markets probably still doing well. >> yeah, that's my question, because you advise wall street on what's happening in
washington. and ceos, we hear they don't want to be tarnished with brand trump. >> right. >> but they still have really profited under the trump presidency. >> yeah. >> i mean, square that for me. >> well, the regulatory environment clearly has been less adversarial than it was during the last eight years. so i think business leaders like that knowledge that things are a little more friendly for them. and i still think they're hoping down the road that we're going to get really significant tax reform. unfortunately, i think that tax reform could be a year away before it gets enacted. >> a year away. there's a lot of work to do. >> yeah. >> we hear there's a bill, but there's no bill. i mean, the president said there's a bill, but there's no bill. >> yeah, the process, though, is still alive. if we woke up two weeks from now and it looked as though tax reform were totally dead, that would be a bad story for business, and i think the markets. but as long as the process is alive, very glacial progress, i think the markets could live with that. >> all right. >> greg valliere appreciate you joining us extra early here on a
monday. >> thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. "new day" starts right now. [ sirens ] >> there was sirens everywhere. people screaming, the glasses smashing. >> it's time to say enough is enough. when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change. >> people just kept running down the street. like this one girl saying that they're stabbing everyone. >> we will never let them win, nor will we allow them to cower our city or londoners. >> this bloodshed must end. this bloodshed will end. >> i don't think that the major terrorist attack like this is a time to criticize a mayor. >> don't continue to call for this travel ban, which in many ways might actually incite more incidents. >> i will do what is necessary to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores. >> this is "new day," with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> good morning. welcome to your "new day."
it is monday, june 5th, 5:00 in the east, and we do have breaking news. our starting line has isis claiming responsibility for saturday night's terror attack in london. seven people lost their lives. 48 others injured. london police have not released the identities of the three attackers, but they say they have seized a huge amount of forensic material after several raids. 11 people are in custody at this hour, and the police chief just seemed to indicate that they're dealing with a homegrown terror problem. >> president trump being criticized for stoking fear after the weekend attacks in london as part of an ongoing feud with london's mayor. so, all eyes are on washington at the same time, because fired fbi director james comey is going to testify this week. meanwhile, tens of thousands of people uniting to honor the victims of the manchester terror attack two weeks ago. ariana grande bringing a message of defiance in a moving concert tribute. so, cnn has every angle covered. let's begin with senior
international correspondent clarissa ward, live in london for us. what's the latest, clarissa? >> reporter: hi, alisyn. well, we're here near the site of one of the attacks in borough market. you can see behind me there is still a large police presence. and yesterday the police were saying they did not believe there was any larger network involved with this attack. today they seem to be dialing that language back a little bit, saying that they are still investigating whether or not there is a larger network. 11 people have been arrested so far, and we do not yet know, or i should say, the police have not yet given out publicly the identity of those three attackers. take a look. [ sirens ] >> clear the area now! >> reporter: british authorities are scrambling to determine if the three attackers are connected to a foreign terror network. london's metropolitan police carrying out a number of raids and arrests as isis claims responsibility for saturday's attack.