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colluded with russian officials. a few headlines coming out of that briefing. let's talk about them with mark preston. again, the question about whether the tweets from president trump, are they official statements? here is how sean spicer answered that question. >> this obsession with covering everything he says on twitter and very little of what he does as president -- >> that's his preferred method of communication with the american people. >> that's not true. >> of course it is. >> it's social media. >> it's not social media. it's his words, his thoughts. >> it's not policy. it's not an executive order. it's social media. please understand the difference. >> the president is the most effective messenger on his agenda and i think his use of social media is used as a collective total of 110 million people across different platforms and gives him an opportunity to speak straight to the american people which has proved to be a very effective
tool. >> using it and using it wisely can be two different things. >> the same people critiquing his use of it now critiqued it during the election and it turned out pretty well for him now. >> and then he was asked straight up, are those official white house statements? and let me read you the quote. he said the president is the president of the united states so they're considered official statements of the president of the united states, mark preston. this is a complete reversal from what we heard yesterday from his other aides. >> i don't even understand why this is a discussion, the fact that president trump can put out a tweet and it's not considered official. it's directly from the president. it's unfiltered and really does provide us a greater insight into his thinking and why he actually makes decisions. when you see sebastian gorka on our air and kellyanne conway trying to explain it away, they were backed into a corner. his aides are having to go out
and defend the indefensible. when i say that, it's because president trump has shown that he has no filter. as we just saw from his spokesperson right there from the lectern, acknowledging it, we should just freeze frame that and play it over and over again. he's the president of the united states. whenever he says something, it matters. >> philip rucker is here with us. i'm looking at a handful of tweets in the last 24 hours, some of them going after his own justice department, philip. and now we're hearing, does he have confidence in his attorney general jeff sessions, sean spicer can't answer that question, saying he hasn't had a discussion with the president about it. >> it's one of the things that trump's aides have not been able to answer. aides have been asked if he
believes that climate is a hoax and he hasn't answered. the president let's out frustrations and speaks his truth through these tweets and we can expect he'll do some of that on thursday, even, to counterpunch the comey testimony. >> sabrina siddiqui, do you read into that nonanswer as to whether he has confidence in jeff sessions as meaning something more than what he said? >> it's remarkable that the white house press secretary is incapable of simply stating whether or not the president is confident in his own attorney general and it speaks to a lack of communication often between top aides and the president and the inability to keep up with the many distractions that he brings upon himself. and a quick discussion around the tweets, one could argue that
they are more official statements than those statements put out by the white house press shop because they are trump's own unfiltered thoughts and they have drawn him into these self-inflicted wounds certainly with respect to the escalation of the probe into russian irnt feerns. i don't think the white house has many good answers when sean spicer other sarah huckabee sanders get behind the podium. >> and remember, the last time james comey took the stand to testify, that huge bombshell testimony that happened in march, trump was tweeting throughout that testimony. when he was asked what is president trump going to be doing on thursday when james comey is testifying once again, he said he has a very full day packed with sfeechs and every day is a busy day and he'll be working on getting his agenda passed. do you buy it? >> no. and i don't fault sean spicer
for that but the president for that. it's obviously been floated out through "the washington post" that, in fact, he may be tweeting during the hearing. now, if you're his lawyer, you ought to be saying to yourself, will you please stop? you've got to stop doing this. because you're making our job harder. but when you put your spokesperson out there and he can't answer the question because quite frankly nobody can answer that question except president trump, he may not be able to answer it until in the moment but i think he answered the question by not answering the question and that's about jeff sessions. when he said, i have not had a discussion with the president about that, that is saying something. sometimes when you don't want to give an answer, you don't go to the president and ask him for an answer or he knows what is going to be the answer so he's trying to get over this dark dlcloud tt donald trump has put over his
top aides. >> you were in that briefing room a few moments ago. what did it indicate to you? >> one of the big unanswered questions is will he or won't he tweet and what is it going to be about? we've heard throughout the day that the president speaks for himself. they have attempted to pack thursday has a big day full of major events that deal with infrastructure, religious voters to try to keep the narrative at the white house's direction. but the bottom line is that the white house doesn't exactly know how the president is going to handle itself on thursday and they are trying to preserve his lane to do that. >> and speaking of thursday, this came in also during the press briefing. senator john mccain, he's not a member of the senate intelligence committee but he has been invited to be one of
the senators to question james comey during this committee hearing. again, in front of the senate intel committee. we know senator mccain is on the senate armed services committee. phil, what do you make of this? >> well, that's very interesting. i have not seen that news. assuming that that is true, it would be an interesting development for the hearing. i think john mccain is a real independent in the senate. he's not somebody who will likely get up there and parrot a bunch of talking points. i think he's going to want to ask independent questions and get to the heart of the question here and really find out what the president told comey, when and all of the details of that ramifications. >> sabrina, what is your take of john mccain now becoming part of the testimony hearing? >> it's certainly an interesting development, as philip points out. i think senator mccain has been one of the more vocal critics of russia and also really escalated concerns over the extent to which russia was able to
interfere in the u.s. election. i think talking to some lawmakers today on capitol hill, they really do view thursday's hearings as a clarifying moment, given the events of the last few weeks following comey's dismissal. they want a clear understanding of what transpired between the president and jim comey. did he get the sense that the president was trying to obstruct justice. he's focusing more on facts than offering his opinion. i expect him to be very couch sha cautious. at capitol hill, certainly if comey says he walked away with a feeling that trump was trying to interfere with the investigation, that would call for subsequent hearings and you can fully expect the democrats to raise at least the impeachment word. >> and we know the memos from
james comey are likely to come up and yet we won't have the memos before congress, it sounds like, before the hearing. >> no. but we'll certainly know what he wrote in the memos and whatever says during this public testimony has got to match what he has written in the memos because that will come back to bite him. but this is somebody who understands -- and when i say that, i mean james comey. when you take a meeting like this, it's pretty important that you take diligent notes. guess what, it's appeared to have come to this situation. it's a he said versus he said moment on thursday in the sense that you'll hear james comey very likely give his account of what happened and then we could see president trump come out on twitter and rebut that. now, if that's the case, to the point where we said earlier, this is not a one hearing day. this is going to lead into multiple hearings and there will be questions to james comey, why didn't you say this earlier?
why did you wait until now? and even democrats, for that matter, why didn't you bring this up? >> all right. mark preston, philip rucker, sabrina siddiqui, thank you. let's bring in barbara starr with some breaking news from the pentagon. what are you learning? >> good afternoon, ana. this is an air strike very much worth watching. it was done in specifics to protect u.s. troops on the ground in southern syria. this is an area where the pentagon is calling them pro regime forces but behind the scenes, these are a iranian-backed militias in southern syria that had been on the move towards an area where u.s. forces had been operating. they had been warned several times to keep their distance, to steer clear. the warnings were specific and multiple.
but apparently earlier today, they began to move closer in and the u.s. moved against them conducting air strikes. there were about 60 of these militia forces. the u.s. striking some anti-artillery pieces, a tank and some other anti-aircraft weapons that these troops had on the ground in this area of southern syria. it is also believed that there are potentially russian-backed forces nearby. so what this is telling us, this area of eastern syria is becoming a very complex battle space you have a lot of different troops on the ground with different loyalties. some to the regime and some potentially to russia and u.s. teams are operating to train and advise some of the opposition forces that they are backing. that is why the u.s. moved against these forces today. they got too close to the u.s. forces. they had been warned to back off. and this is the second time that
they've been struck by the u.s. last month, there was an initial air strike and that really led to this effort to warn them to stay away but apparently today they move forward and the u.s. moved against them. ana? >> but again, also close to some of those russian forces in the area it could become a greater situation, a developing story at this hour. barbara starr, thanks for that reporting. >> sure. up next, more breaking news. this time out of paris. what we're learning about an attack that happened at the n e notre-dame cathedral. we're back with that in a moment. ...positive role in what was going on in the world. there's a jacket that's reflective for visibility... ...a sleeping bag jacket, jackets that turn into tents. i usually do my fashion sketches on the computer. i love drawing on the screen. there's no lag time at all. it feels just like my markers. with fashion, you can dress people and help people. it's really cool to see your work come to life.
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>> we were walking in the notre-dame plaza and we were trying to get back on our tour bus and a video was shot about 30 feet from where i was when we saw probably five french police officers vousurrounding a guy o the ground. i don't know exactly what happened before that. i guess he was attacking someone with a hammer and they shot him. >> i want to bring in senior international correspondent jim bittermann live for us in paris. this happened a few hours ago. what are you learning about the attacker? >> reporter: well, some pretty strange things. he was carrying an i.d. card that he was and algerian student but according to police forces, he was 40 years old. so that doesn't quite square.
he was reportedly on a mission, a fundamentalist and islamic mission with this cry of "this is for syria," which immediately led the prosecutors here to open a terrorism investigation, branding this as a terrorist incident. the police officer who was hit was a 22-year-old young police officer, only just starting with the police department. he was with two other police officers on patrol around notre-dame and they were supposed to provide the assurances for all of the tourists on a day like today and they became the target themselves. another police officer pulled out his handgun and shot the attacker twice and hit him once in the thorax. they think he'll survive and they can find out what was behind his actions and if he had any accomplices. ana. >> jim bittermann, thank you. meantime, in london, police
are searching for a french national who they believe was a victim of saturday's terror attack at london bridge. 45-year-old xavier thomas' girlfriend is fighting for her life and their fears are that xavier may have been thrown into the river. three other people are still missing. >> our pain will never diminish. it's important to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who would try to destroy us and remember their hatred is of small-minded individuals. this is not the course we will follow despite our loss. >> so heartbreaking. as for the investigation, sources are telling us now that british authorities believe the alleged ringleader was one of the most dangerous extremists in the uk but they did not find any
evidence that he was plotting an attack before this all unfolded. a british police spokesperson identified the third attacker. they say he was placed on the italian police watch after attempting to travel to syria and having extremist material on his phone. joining us now, alexandra, what can you tell us about this third person that they've identified? >> reporter: his name is youssef zaghba, a 22-year-old italian of moroccan origin. he was on a watch list last year after he tried to fly from bolognia to istanbul. that's been a major place and they found extremist materials on his phone. he was not arrested. that is not a cause for arrest in italy but he was placed on a terror watch list and then made his way to england and it's
unclear what, if anything, the italian authorities told the british authorities. we know from the british side that he was not a person of interest. the only person really on the radar among these three attackers was khuram butts, the british national of pakistani origin. he had been investigated in 2015 because of his affiliation with a pro isis group and had even been featured in a group called "the jihadis next door" but there was no evidence that he was going to carry out an attack. that investigation was lowered. he no longer became a person of priority. of course, the question now is what could have been done to prevent this attack. prime minister theresa may expects a review from the domestic intelligence services to see what could have happened and what can be done going
as the senate, the gop. let's listen in. >> with the republican leadership house and senate including speaker ryan, leader mcconnell, mccarthy, senator cornyn, thank you all for being here. i greatly appreciate it. in just a short time, since the election, we have achieved truly incredible gains for the american people. we've already added more than 1 million new jobs and it's going up very fast. you see these new reports coming out, going up very, very fast. and approved a historic increase in military spending. we have increased the stock market values and values of corporations on the public markets by $3.4 trillion since november 8th. i've signed 36 bills into law and repealed one job-crushing regulation after another. in fact, the house and senate
have sent a record number of resolutions that will eliminate regulations to my desk for signature saving our economy many billions of dollars annually. and based on the numbers we just got, the actual number is approximately $18 billion we've saved annually with all of the bills that i've signed. so that's a great job. great job, mitch and everybody, paul. together, we'll fight for promise measures on the border and we have fought very successfully. we have tough policies to keep deadly drugs and the vicious gangs out of the country. ms-13 is being taken care of at a very rapid clip by general, now secretary kelly. he's done a really incredible job and we're down reduction on people pouring through our border. we're down 78% as of now. it used to be if you got down 1%
that was a great job. that's before we have the wall. the wall will be a great help. and it will happen, believe me. my administration is also working with congress to rebuild our infrastructure. we'll be discussing that in great depth next week with gary cohn and steve mnuchin and with mike pence and everybody else working on it. and to pass a massive tax cut which will be the biggest tax cut in our country's history if it's passed the way we'd like to have it passed. it will be the biggest tax cut in our country's history and it will spur business like never before. at the core of this agenda, it's repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. average obamacare premiums have more than doubled from 2013 to 2017, including an increase of 203% in alaska. wow. that's a new one. i always used arizona at 116.
now we're at 203. that's pretty big. 123 in louisiana. these are the new numbers, folks. i think after a year of talking about 116% in arizona, you'll be happy to hear we have new numbers. and 176% in north carolina. a great state. insurance carriers are fleeing and leaving many americans with only one insurer or even no insurers to choose from and that's been happening now in numerous states and just this afternoon we learned the last statewide insurer in the great state of ohio is leaving so they don't have any insurers. that means another 20 counties in the state of ohio will have no health care plan. if congress doesn't act to save americans from this democrat-inflicted catastrophe, next year is only going to get worse. it's going to get a lot worse.
i don't know how it can get worse than 203%. but i'm sure the democrats will find a way. almost every major insurer has pulled out for 2018. the house took an important first step to rescue americans from this calamity when, paul, you and your group, steve, everybody, passed the american health care act. and that was a very, very long and difficult negotiation but it really gives a great print and a great concept to mitch and now the senate i'm sure will follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer that will be great health care for americans. and i'm looking forward to seeing it. so looking forward to seeing it. so we're working very hard on massive tax cuts and we're working very, very hard on the health care and i think we're going to have some very pleasant
surprises for a lot of people. so i'd like to thank the leadership for being with us. mike pence, you've been great. i appreciate you being here. steve, great. i appreciate everybody. jared has become much more famous than me. i'm a little upset about that. so i want to thank everybody very much for being here and let's get to work. we're going to get to work and get it done. thank you all very much. thank you, everybody. thank you all very much. >> thanks, guys. all right. let's bring in jim acosta who is standing by at the white house. jim, we just heard there at the end, a reporter fired off a quick question unrelated to the agenda and the things he wanted to talk about. what does he have to say ahead of the comey testimony tomorrow or thursday and he said, i wish him luck. >> reporter: right. and if you believe, that we have
a bridge to sell you. that's what you heard the president say there in the meeting with republican congressional leaders and another interesting moment happened towards the end, ana. i don't know if you noticed that but at one point the president refers to his son-in-law jared kushner who has been in the headlines lately and said he's become more famous than me and i'm a little upset at that. the president ribbing his son-in-law a little bit there in the roosevelt room as he's meeting with congressional leaders about health care. obviously this is something that is on the president's mind, this comey testimony happening on thursday. it's becoming something of a mini super bowl here in washington. there are bars that are opening up early to bring customers in to watch on tv. it sounds like something out of the o.j. simpson trial, ana, honestly. but having said all of that, this white house is still scrambling somewhat in terms of how to deal all of this and how to manage all of this. there have been reporting, including ours in the last couple of weeks, that the white
house, along with its outside loyalists, were preparing to prop up this war room effort. it's been stymied somewhat but the president's loyalists are outside the white house and i'm sure it will take place within the white house as well. they are mounting a rapid response effort that we will see unfold on thursday. you're going to hear surrogates out there with talking points. that will be somewhat organized before all of this happens on thursday. you may even see the president tweeting that morning. remember the last time james comey testified, the president was tweeting that the russia collusion business was, quote, fake news. and so you may see a return of that from the president as well. but it's just an indication that this is obviously very much on the president's mind as we head into thursday, ana. >> let me ask you real fast about marc kasowitz. he's the outside attorney who will be representing the president in all things russia and now we've heard sean spicer and others within the
administration who say if you have a question about the russia investigation, then you need to ask marc kasowitz about that. based on his history, will he even speak out on this issue and have you tried to ask him any questions yet? >> reporter: we've tried to contact his office. part of the issue, from what i'm hearing from sources and my colleagues are hearing from sources, is that the president is looking to expand his outside counsel team. he is looking for representation here in washington. marc kasowitz, while he has a very good reputation, is based out of new york, in large part, and so the president is said to be seeking outside counsel in washington. having said all of that, there are a number of story lines here that are almost popping up like whack-a-mole. the fact that the president couldn't say wheth cannot say whether he has
confidence in jeff sessions, and the white house when you talk to the folks here, they feel as though they have a lid on all of this and the truth will be told on thursday whether they indeed have the lid on things because at this point it appears that it's overwhelming everything, including the president's agenda. although, you saw the president trying to make a public face that his agenda is doing just fine. >> indeed. he's meeting with these folks for the agenda at this hour. thanks so much, jim acosta. the major focus in the meeting with the senate and house republicans was to be health care. let me bring in the president of the american health policy institute and former deputy secretary of health and human services in the bush administration. also with us, john, a former chief of staff for max baucus. guys, listen to what we heard senator lindsey graham say earlier today on the issue of health care. >> in all honesty, i think it's
a stalled congress. we led off with health care which i think was a mistake. we'll probably have a vote but the chance of the house and senate reconciling their positions on health care is pretty limited. you can't blame the president for that. that's just lack of coordination on health care within the party. but we do need presidential leadership. he's meeting today. hopefully this meeting will result in a more unified approach to health care and taxes. if we fail on both, we're in trouble. so the president is going to have to lead and tweeting doesn't help but congress is more broken than just his tweets. >> is the senator right? is the gop's agenda stalled and what needs to happen to get it back on track? >> i think he was right in terms of the need for presidential leadership. i think it's very important for presidents to show leadership, to work with the hill, to bring members of congress in and to have those conversations.
president obama was famously reluctant to do it. george w. bush liked doing it. bill clinton used to do it. i think it's an important part of the president's role and it's a way to break through some of these logics. >> john, is it a mistake that they started with health care? >> it's a problem that they started with this bill. they are having a very hard time nofg legislation through because it's an atrocious piece of legislation. it would eliminate 23 million people from health care across the country and it would sell policies that don't really cover important things, people that -- things that people think should be covered by insurance, like hospitalization and pregnancies. so i think it was a mistake to start with legislation like this. in order to make the affordable
care act better and the insurance market stronger, they've been working to do that. mccain wrote a letter to the president early on this year saying just that. so i think it was a mistake to start the way that they started. >> but why don't you think there were any democrats in these meetings with the president? ze hasn't made an effort to reach out to democrats at all and clearly they've decided to go down a partisan road. from the outset, they've decided to do reconciliation, a budget procedure where democratic votes are not required because it only requires 50 votes in the senate. and they wanted to appeal to the right-wing base rather than the center, which is where most americans are. >> so tax reform is something that is also on agenda but also kind of relies on what happens with health care, doesn't it? >> i think if they can pass
health care reform, they can show that they have a process for getting through some of these difficulties and challenges and it makes it much easier to go forward with things like tax reform. they are not going through the reconciliation process because it's more fun to do it that way. it's clear that democrats don't want to work with the president. you saw chuck schumer voted against the wife of mitch mcconnell to be the secretary of transportation. she's a very talented person confirmed to multiple spots before. a lot of indications are that the democrats don't want to work with the president and that's why they have to go through this reconciliation now. >> wait a minute. republicans can't even seem to work together themselves. >> i think that's what we're trying to do in terms of looking at -- the house did pass a bill. it took a while but they made some changes and it took the democrats a while to pass the affordable care act.
these things take time. you can't just snap your fingers and legislate. that's a good thing. i don't think our founding fathers wanted us to wake up in the morning and have new legislation out there. >> tevi, do you think the president is getting in his own way when it comes to his agenda with all of these tweets and focusing energy and everyone else talking about other -- the hottest fire, the russia investigation, his feud with the mayor of london, his travel ban and going after his own justice department? >> well, it's not the approach i would take. the tweets did work for him in the general election campaign, to some degree, and i actually wrote a book about the president and use of culture. he's very innovative in his use of twitter but as president you have to be more careful about what you say and so i think it's something i'd be wary about. >> guys, got to leave it there, jon, i owe you a question when you come back another day. thank you to both of you. new details of the 25-year-old woman leaking classified nsa documents and the
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we're getting new information that a federal contractor leaked information to the media. cnn has learned that 25-year-old reality winner criticized president trump and posted about leaks on her public twitter account. she's accused of mailing top secret information about a 2016 russi russian cyberaback to "the intercept" an online news publication. diane, some call her a leaker and others accuse her of a being
a whistle blower. what is she being accused of doing? >> mailing a classified report to the online publication, "the intercept." the document detailed how they attempted to hack into the voting system and they gave us new details about how they went after russian election officials and the prosecutors claim that "the intercept" sent a copy of the document to the government to verify the authenticity and there was a crease, indicating that it had been printed and folded, which was visible in the copy. investigators determined that only six people had actually printed the document. that winner was the only one with previous e-mail contact with a reporter from "the intercept" and when confronted, she admitted that she leaked it. they don't know who leaked the document to them and the attorney general has said people trusted with classified information must be held accountable when they violate that obligation but winner has
not entered a plea yet. at this point, she hasn't really made a statement on it. >> what are you learning about her and her social media history? >> ana, she's a 25-year-old air force veteran originally from texas. she started working in this particular position as a government contractor in february of this year. she was attached to the nsa when with the air force before. she was a linquist in the air force for six years. her mother says her daughter is an athlete, loves animals and she's not known to be wildly political. she only follows 50 people, edward snowden, anonymous and other accounts that operate as alt government agencies. several of her tweets are anti-trump and she even tweeted directly at him calling him an orange fascist. if convicted, she could face up to ten years in prison. >> interesting. diane gallagher, thank you. mike baker is joining us and
captain gail harris. she was chosen to be the department of defense lead for the developing intelligence policy for cyber warfare. captain, does winner have an argument here to say she's a whistle blower and why or why not? >> not really. when you're assigned security clearances as part of the training, pretty intense training, you are told that you are not authorized to share that information with people who don't have security clearances or outside organizations without permission. and the punishment for that can be pretty strict. for instance, in my first assignment, not only are you not supposed to share it, but if you have custody, in my first assignment, i had a classified library and we're getting ready to do an operational deployment, my squad drron and when you com back you do the same thing. as fate would have it, i was in the hospital having surgery and
so i did not conduct the initial inventory and when i came back i was missing several documents. i was looking at jail time. but the investigation said that the only thing they decided was that some people had destroyed as authorized some of the information that they had received but hadn't documented it. >> that was the case for you and otherwise it would have been alarming because of the serious consequences. but mike, one of the reasons that people say the leaks are so concerning is because some of these have national security consequences. do you see that as the case in this one? >> well, yes. and here's why. there's so many troubling aspects to this. she released a document that now gives the russians insight into what we know about their activities and details and provides insight into how we know and the things we're doing to uncover what the russians were engaged in.
so think about that. it doesn't take a rocket science or someone involved in intelligence work to understand the importance of that. that's why the document is classified top secret, because we're engaged in and all of those people out there in viewer land would like to have this investigation go forward to understand what the russians were doing during this past election. >> right. there's some value to the information. >> and now it tells the russians things that they will use to their advantage. the russians are very good to this. next to the chinese, they are the number one perpetrator. so this is a real problem. there's another problem here, which is, look, she's 25 years old and she's a contractor. so she's working for somebody -- a company, whose job is to make money by putting bums in seats because they have clearances and can staff these government jobs for contractors. she has no investment in that agency. she's not someone who has worked there for 20, 25 years. >> so you're saying she's not
loyal? >> well, there's a problem there, obviously. and the other problem is the background vetting and the fact that oftentimes with contractors or even employees, we vet them when they first go in which is fairly intensive but then they slip through the cracks and then we don't go back and say it's been two years, four years, if they had simply vetted the person on a regular basis, they would have seen the social media. >> i was going to say, i wonder if that includes the social media. >> and possibly moved her off of the access that she had. >> because she had the access to the classified information to begin with, which is your concern. it's interesting, captain harris, that any vote was actually affected, that it changed the voting in some way. but is this more evidence of russia hackers ultimately succeeding in that they make people question the vote, undermining our democratic election process? >> well, that was part of the
aim of the russian pack in the first place. but i'd like to kind of piggyback on something that mike said, a very important reason that is you don't want to get in the way of how you collect information. the only way you make something classified is how you collect it. there's a lot of information that you see in classified reports that you would also see in unclassified reports. just as the press has their sources. so does the intelligence community, and it's fitting that we're having this discussion on the 55th anniversary of the battle of midway. the important point is we have so few navy ships left that we knew exactly where the japanese were going to attack and the intelligence community at that time had been able to read about just less than 20% of the japanese naval code, and based on just that small amount of information they were able to allow the add miller to position
the naval forces for victory that turned the tide. >> and there shows -- there shows the real life consequences. i don't mean to step on you there. we're running short on time here, but thanks so much for joining us, also our thanks to mike baker for being here. up next, cnn's exclusive reporting as coalition forces try to take back key territory from isis. heart harrowing stories of a former american special d.a. ops soldier helping to save lives on the front line. ooooooh snap!! every truck guy has their own way of conveying powerful. yeeaaahhh boy. kind of looks like a monster coming to eat ya. holy smokes. that is awesome. strong. you got the basic, and you got the beefy. i just think it looks mean. incredible. no way. i'm getting goosebumps. get 17% below msrp on all
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there are stories that make us want to turn away, and i have to warn you this next one is difficult to watch, but it's important. cnn is on the front lines in mosul, iraq, where isis has the city under siege. unicef estimates nearly 100,000 children will trapped there, some of them surviving by hurricane floyding among -- by hiding among the dead. cnn's arwa damon is in mosul. again, a warning. these pictures are disturbing. >> reporter: they stumble toward the iraqi troops. they are breathless and their voices are shaking from fear and shock. >> reporter: they use single sentences that seem to hardly
encompass the scope of what it is that they have actually just been through. >> reporter: and as isis is squeezed into even smaller territory, civilians they are holding hostage are running are out of food. it was only enough to feed the children, to try to keep them from crying out. she and her husband, they went hungry. on the front line helping the iraqi army is dave eubanks.
he have's american ex-special forces and with his team of free burma rangers volunteer medics. just days earlier, isis massacred dozens of people who were just trying to make a run for it, and dave was called to the scene. >> we saw these 13 bodies and saw movement. here they are. look at that wall. >> reporter: a man alive, and a little girl who creeps out from under her dead mother's hijab where she had been hiding for two days, hugging her mother's corpse. they use the tank for cover to move out, dragging those they just saved past the corpses of those who perished.
the little girl, she has not yet spoken, not a single word. no one even knows her name. the next morning they spotted even more movement. >> we ran and got across the road and went through rubble like this, and isis is on three sides of us. we could hear them talking, crawled through and up the street isis is shooting. she tied herself, three days, no sleep, no water, wounded. much of western mosul, that's already apocalyptic and the fight for the last square kilometers is going to be so much worse than anything we've seen before. there's no past blueprint for this kind of warfare. no one has fought an enemy like isis holding civilians hostage in a dense urban battlefield. we go to a clinic that's further back from the front line.
there's an old man who can't speak from the shock. and a little girl. her name is marie and she's 10 and there with her older sister. they say a mortar hit their house just as they were trying to make a run for it. one sister they know is dead. they saw her lifeless body. the others are buried under the rubble of their home, but isis still controls the area. the reality of what she's just said perhaps not quite sinking in, or maybe she's just looking for any distraction from a loss that she cannot yet fully comprehend. arwa damon, cnn, mosul, iraq.
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