tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN June 20, 2017 2:00am-3:01am PDT
the holidays. it will charge retailers extra fees to deliver packages. the company's volume doubles during the holiday shipping season. that forces u.p.s. to hire additional workers and extra delivery vehicles. but this year it will add a surcharge to offset the cost including 27 cents for ground shipments, 97 cents for two-day delivery. the fees start thanksgiving week. this move will force retailers to decide if they'll eat the cost or pass them on to consumers. >> all right. "early start" continues right now. otto warmbier has just passed away. he spent a year and a half in north korea. it's a brutal regime. and we'll be able to handle it. >> "we'll be able to handle it," but how? the u.s. holding north korea accountable after a student has died. otto warmbier's family in
mourning. lawmakers are seething. how will the white house respond? senate democrats vowing to bring business to a crawl. this is over the republican secrecy on health care. now gop leadership demanding a vote by late next week. and a big special election in georgia today. polls open in two hours. this is seen as a referendum on the first months of the trump presidency. can democrats nab a seat that's been reliably republican since 1979? tape players -- the last time there was a democrat in office there. >> don't remember those all that well. polls open in two hours. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. nice to see you, tuesday, june 20th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. first, north korea facing outrage over the death of otto warmbier. the american college student has died less than a week after his release by pyongyang. his family believes he was tortured into a coma while being held in captivity for 17 months.
warmbier's passing quickly sparking anger in washington. senator john mccain, a former prisoner himself, making his anger very clear saying, "let us state the facts plainly. otto warmbier, an american citizen, was murdered by the kim jong-un regime." >> high-level talks between the u.s. and china begin tomorrow in washington. and there is growing pressure on president trump to take a harder line with beijing to rein in north korea. listen to the president's reaction to warmbier's death. >> otto warmbier has just passed away. he spent a year in north korea. a lot of bad things happened. at least at least we got him home to be with his parents where they were so happy to see him even though he was in tough condition. he passed away a while ago. that's a brutal regime, and
we'll be able to handle it. >> what does the president mean by "we'll be able to handle it?" paula hancocks is on the other side of the world, the other side of the clock for us this morning. let me ask you this -- succesuccess -- other administrationses have tried for years to isolated north korea. we have an american citizen, a 22-year-old student, who is dead after being held for a really stupid, unfair reason by the regime. this is a new low. it puts pressure on this administration to try to find a new way to deal with north korea, doesn't it? >> reporter: the problem is, christine, that there is no new way to deal with north korea. the options that are available to president trump now are the exact same options that were available to him yesterday before this news came. of course there are sanctions. as you said, there's going to be high-level talks between the u.s. and china in washington. and when it comes to sanctions, they can't work without china's
cooperation. without china pushing north korea and trying to isolate them as well as the rest of the world. china's the main ally. the main trading partner. that certainly is an option. could washington decide to have a more hard-line approach and try and put more pressure on china to put more pressure on north korea. it's still a tricky situation for china when you learn there are three american detainees in north korea. two academics, one businessman who's accused of being a spy. he's already been convicted and sentenced to many years hard labor. and of course, washington does not have diplomatic relations with pyongyang. it relies on the swedish embassy to try to gain any access to those prisoners and to have any kind of chance of being able to negotiate their release. that clearly is going to be one of the crucial factors now going forward. just last week, in fact, the u.s. secretary of state tillerson saying it's a delicate situation. we are working on it. when asked about what would
happen to the three americans detained in north korea. when it comes to the tour groups, the one group that otto warmbier was traveling with has now said it will no longer accept u.s. citizens when going to north korea. >> the state department advises against traveling to north korea for american citizens, right? >> reporter: that's right. there are more calls for a full ban. >> paula hancocks for us in seoul. thank you very much. the family of otto warmbier releasing a statement in the hours after their son's passing which reads, "it would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost, future time that won't be spent with warm, engage, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. when otto returned to cincinnati late on june 13th, he was unable to speak, unable to see, unable to react to verbal commands. he looked very uncomfortable,
almost anguished. although we would never hear his voice again, within a day, the countenance of his face changed. he was at peace. he was home, and we believe he could sense that." funeral arrangements for warmbier have not been announced. look, this is an outrageous issue. marco rubio echoing the words of john mccain saying north korea murdered this young man. options aren't many, unfortunately, for the president. >> and the president says we will handle it. we will have to see what that exactly means and what kind of pressure he can put on beijing. want to turn to our cnn politics reporter live in washington. and to say on the subject here the president is really faced with an international crisis here. an american dead after 17 months of captivity in north korea. how much pressure is he under to do something? >> there's certainly a tremendous amount of pressure. i mean, as we've been talking about, a terribly tragic story. this administration was able to
bring otto warmbier home. i think that that is something that they feel good about, but you know, keep in mind, president trump really made being harsh on north korea part of his campaign. he made being harsh on china part of his campaign. certainly we have not seen the level of aggressiveness toward china that he pledged now that he's in office because as we've been discussing, the situation is incredibly delicate. it's not that straightforward. there's a lot going on both between our relations with china and threats from north korea that go beyond this one young man. and so i think we're seeing the trump administration realizing how complex this issue is. he made a pledge to get hard on china in order for china to crack down on north korea, and this puts extra pressure for him to live up to that pledge. >> you're hear something in the house talking about a travel ban. would that have much impact? it's not clear. let's turn now to the polls in georgia. in about two hours, opening for
this huge congressional race. it's the most expensive house race in u.s. history. whether it's ossoff or handel, who needs a win in this special election more? >> reporter: i feel like we're in a sports segment. it's such a difficult question, right? you know, democrats really need this win in the sense that they have brought a few elections very close. the pouring of fund-raising into this election, the hopes that have been placed on ossoff. if democrats don't come away with a win here, it's hard for them to argue that they're going to make any sort of dent in the house this, you know, this next election cycle. at the same time, for republicans, even though they are sort of defending a seat you would expect them to win, if they lose the seat it's going to be a tremendous shockwave for republicans. they're going to be extremely concerned about midterms. both sides need this a whole lot is the answer. >> i wonder, though, is it really that much of a proxy for
anti-trump sentiment? are we all putting way too much into one race here? >> reporter: you know, i think that's always a risk. and certainly every election is a local election. certainly we tend to gloss over that sometimes when we talk about. it you know, i don't know that it's necessarily a proxy barometer for exactly what's going to happen in november, 2018. at the same time, this is the only bellwether we have at the moment. >> right. >> so you know, it is going to have an impact on the tone, the fund-raising, the momentum, all those factors. it's going to have an impact going into midterms. even if it's not necessarily a perfect indicator, it's not something that has no bearing at all. >> in a sense, this district has ruled on their feelings toward trump because romney won in 2012 by 23. tom price won in november by 23. trump won by just over 1%. in is not a trump district by any means, though it is reliably
republican. i want to shift now to the health care battle going on right now in the senate. it's one we don't know much about. everything has been held in secret. no public hearings on this. democrats are trying to gum up the works by taking to the senate floor and speaking until midnight last night. here's chuck schumer. >> when you do a bill in the dark of night, things happen that no one knows about. there are unintended consequences that only a thorough vetting can reveal. when you do things in the dark of night, there are individual accommodations that are made that are going to look ugly when they become public. so the only consolation we on this side have, small consolation that it is, is the political blunder that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle are making. >> one could argue in this environment, this highly
political, flammable environment, this is the only way to get health care done. anything that leaks out, interest groups explode, democrats ramp up the rhetoric. the question is, can they possibly do all this in secret and then get a vote and pass it through in a week's time? >> reporter: in a week's time is the key there. there is sort of a self-imposed july 4th deadline by mitch mcconnell. certainly a study in contrasts, right? the senate runs a tight ship. the leaders there have a little more control over their party. whereas when this was under development in the house, we got updates regularly from members who were talking about it. and it definitely added more hurdles in the process, as you mentioned, every time something would leak. people would react. you know, this is a bit of an exercise in playing to the base. democrats can speak into midnight all they want. it's not actually slowing the bill. it's sort of putting extra pressure on the republican colleagues and speaking directly to their democratic base,
showing that they're doing something. it's little bit for show. certainly it puts them on the record complaining about the process, making these statements, accusing the republican colleagues of doing it in the dead of night. and that's going to hang over their heads. >> meanwhile, paul ryan saying that transformative tax reform could happen this year. >> has to happen this year he says. >> has to happen this year. there's a lot of work happening apparently behind the scenes. all right. thank you very much for that. he's the president's secretary of everything. the secretary of everything. and now we know what his voice sounds like. >> for the first time. >> we are here to improve the day-to-day lives of the average citizen. that's a core promise, and we are keeping it. >> that's jared kushner with his voice right let it. what he told technology leaders next. once upon a time hansel and gretel came upon a house made out of gingerbread. being quite hungry, they started eating the roof. the homeowner was outraged.
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north korea. a brutal regime. and we'll be able to handle it. >> the u.s. vowing to hold north korea accountable after the death of an american detained for more than a year. otto warmbier's family is in mourning. lawmakers are seething. how will the white house respond? senate democrats vowing to bring business to a crawl. this over republican secrecy on health care. now gop leadership is demanding a vote by late next week. and a big special election in georgia today seen as a referendum on the first months of the trump presidency. can democrats nab a seat that's been republican since 1979? polls open in about 90 minutes. a big day down there. >> it is. >> welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. 32 minutes past the hour. first, north korea facing american outrage over the death of otto warmbier, the american college student.
he's died less than a week after his release boy pyongyang. his family -- release by pyongyang. his family believes he was torched while in captivity for 17 months. his passing quickly sparking anger in washington. senator john mccain, a former prisoner himself, making his anger very clear. he says, "let us state the facts plainly -- otto warmbier, an american citizen, was murdered by the kim jong-un regime." >> high-level talks between the u.s. and china begin tomorrow in washington. there's growing pressure on president trump to take a harder line with beijing to help rein in north korea. listen to the president's reaction to warmbier's death. >> otto warmbier has just passed away. he spent a year in north korea. a lot of bad things happened. at least we got him home to be with his parents where they were so happy to see him even though he was in very tough condition. he just passed away a little while ago.
that's a brutal regime, and we'll be able to handle it. >> what does the president mean by "handle it"? let's bring in paula hancocks from seoul. what are the options for the white house? >> reporter: dave, the options today are exactly the same as the options were yesterday. partly sunny n -- it is not an ideal situation. we could see the white house and u.s. officials meeting with chinese officials in washington pushing for more help from beijing. donald trump has insisted all along that it's beijing that holds the key to this problem, that they can pressure north korea into dismantling the nuclear missile program and potentially helping with detainees in north korea. there is a problem -- there are still three americans being held in north korea at this time. there are two academics who are working at the pyongyang university of science and technology, and one businessman
who north korea claims was a spy, and they have already tried and convicted him of many years of hard labor. it's a difficult and tenuous situation. the secretary of state rex tillerson saying last week when asked about the detainees it is a delicate situation, and we are working on it. we know that the tour group that took otto warmbier into north korea has now this tuesday decided it will no longer accept u.s. citizens when traveling to north korea. other tour groups are reviewing their options. the state department saying they strongly advice against, but there is no full ban at this point. dave? >> thank you. the family of otto warmbier releasing a statement in the hours after his passing. it read, "it would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost -- future time that won't be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. when otto returned to cincinnati
late on june 13th, he was unable to speak, unable to see, and unable to react to verbal commands. he looked very uncomfortable, almost anguished. although we would never hear his voice again, within a day, the countenance of his face changed. he was at peace. he was home, and we believe that he could sense that." tragic. >> it is indeed. we turn to cnn politics reporter tom copen live in washington. good morning to you. the white house clearly concerned about this, john mccain, marco rubio making clear north korea murdered this young, american college student. what are the options for the trump white house? >> reporter: as paula was saying, there aren't many. that's part of the problem here. there are many things that haven't changed including the fact that north korea is pursuing a missile program that could do damage to the u.s. also potentially do damage to some u.s. allies that are next door to north korea. you know, the citizens that are
still there and still detained, it's a delicate situation here as many presidents have discovered. and the president, president trump, ran on a platform that he was going to get real tough on china. part of that was going to be to deal with the problem in north korea. we've already seen him be less aggressive than advertised against china to begin with. and now, this is sort of a moment where his campaign talk is being put to the test a little bit. and there's certainly pressure from those in washington to be a little tougher. unfortunately for the administration, there's very little that can be changed here. >> but this -- there is a change in that we have an american student, an american citizen, who is dead. we've had 15 -- i think 15, a dozen or 15 imprisoned. there are still three in prison now who are there now, american citizens, who are still there. but this changes the game. this is someone who was a healthy young man who went to this country, spent months and months maybe in a coma there. and has passed away.
that takes it to a new level, i would think. i'll be interested to see how the white house responds. meantime, we've got this health care fight going on behind closed doors in the senate. we know the house had pretty stringent rules and expectations for what they wanted, demands. you know, they wanted to end federal funding for new states to expand medicaid. they wanted to get rid of those essential health benefits. they had a long list of things that were important for the house. now the senate behind closed doors is trying to craft legislation that if it doesn't contain all of these may not pass the house. where are we in terms of an impasse between trying to put the house and senate here together? >> reporter: we're in a very difficult spot, if you are republican lawmakers in the senate and house. like i mean negotiations are continuing. last we heard from some of our colleagues who report on this every day is that the senate bill was moving closer to conservative demands. but of course, that's a bit of a problem in the senate because you have moderate senators on the republican side of the aisle
who aren't necessarily comfortable with that. and there's a very small margin for republicans in the senate. they can't lose three members of their caucus to get that 50 votes they need to pass in. negotiations are very delicate at this moment. and you know, keep in mind they still need a congressional budget office score on this bill before they vote on it. >> right. >> and that's going to take time once they finalize what they're trying to do. and so despite continued optimism from leadership that we'll have a decision before july 4th, it's looking exceedingly unlikely. >> and a report that republicans will take a harder line on medicaid, tough when president trump called the house bill mean. let's move now to georgia. polls open in less than 90 minutes. it is clearly tight between karen handel and jon ossoff. the most expensive race in u.s. history. a win by the democrats means what? >> reporter: a win by the democrats would put so much wind in their sails at this point.
and it's almost that a win is better because what a loss would mean. if the democrats lose this race, they have nothing to show for the special elections after a lot of attention was thrown into these races. there will be a tremendous amount of second-guessing -- were we too progressive, too mort. you know, the -- too moderate. you know, the massive amount of money that came in, honestly the candidates couldn't spend it all. the media market is such that advertising doesn't even cost that much. so the questions of how did we campaign, did we turn out the base, was money spent effectively, you know, it would go from democrats potentially having a momentum giving win going into midterms to yet another loss and more soul searching and, you know, continuing to be on your back foot going into midterms. >> the house speaker, paul ryan, is expected to give a big speech today where he's going to say transformational tax reform is achievable this year. we can do it. when you talk to republican
business leaders in particular, and folks around the trump administration and advising the trump administration, they've been saying maybe short-term tax cuts is what we should be talking about here to goose business and get our 3% growth. big, transformational tax reform is not possible. sounds like paul ryan is going to try to sell the big enchilada today. realistically, is work being done, consensus being done? they're running out of time. >> you ask two questions -- is work being done, sure. there are people working on this. is consensus being achieved? it doesn't sound like it. paul ryan has continued to push the notion of a border adjustment tax that plenty of republicans have signaled are -- is doa. you know, there's still lines in the sand. i think that the conversation you've seen changing to tax cuts even from the white house, it's been slipping in that direction more and more. that's incredibly telling. republicans, even some republicans are frustrated.
they don't want pure cuts that could increase the deficit. they really want some sort of reform. but it -- it's really hard it's doable this year. it's not impossible technically. but it's really hard to believe it gets -- >> and you hear them talking about, you know, it would only be able to pass it with republicans. so they have to do a reconciliation. would it be tax cuts that expire after ten years? would you leave middle-class tax r relief out of it to try to do it later? it looks like a slippery slope that looks like a giveaway for business -- >> who knew taxes could be so complicated? >> guess what, they are. all right. '86 was the last time they were able to reform it because no one can do it. thank you very much. >> thank you. it may be the largest leak of voter information in history. the data of almost 200 million americans was exposed. that's more than half the u.s. population. the source -- republican national committee contractor. the info. was accidentally made public during a security upgrade. it was left unprotected for two days. the data include names,
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we have more on the timing and sequence of events here in this terrible accident. >> reporter: christine, there are a couple of investigations going on into why this crash happened. one carried out by the japanese coast guard and one by the u.s. navy. reaching that answer could take months if not longer. already there's a question of when the crash happened. initially you had authorities on both sides agreeing it happened around 2:20 on saturday morning. the japanese coast guard said that assessment was based on the fact that that's when they got the distress call from the container ship involved in the crash. they say after interviewing the crew on board, they believe the crash happened nearly an hour earlier and say it isn't unusual that the crew didn't phone it in, calling that distress call earlier. they say they could have been employing other emergency procedures at that time. there is a sdrdiscrepancy here. both sides will certainly want to look into the movements of the two ships that were
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communication line which is designed to do just that. they don't want to see any direct conflict with the u.s. over the skies in syria which this de-confliction line it's called were designed to prevent. at the same time, you have a very different situation to what happened last time that line was severed. now you have pro-regime assad forces moving toward raqqah as they're trying to push isis out of raqqah. they all have a view to the post-isis carve-up of southeeas syria. there's a question of how much control the kremlin has over assad's forces. whether as the u.s. said you need to calm down the situation, whether the kremlin would be able to. of course, you have iran also flicksing -- flexing its muscles on the border sending in ballistic missiles over the weekend. it is a very, very volatile situation. and it is one that russia, too, knows that it is better to talk rather than threaten the united states about.
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polls open in georgia in one hour. a lot of people watching today's special election including the president. he's already tweeting about it. democrat jon ossoff who wants to raise your taxes to the highest level in -- and he's weak on crime and security and doesn't live in the district. an hour until the polls open. "new day" has more on that right now. i feel really, really good. optimistic. >> a big special election in georgia today. >> i think it's almost like a referendum for trump. >> it is the homestretch, y'all. you can feel it. >> this is go time on the battle to save american health care. >> american health care to continue on its edwardownward tragecotry -- >> the republicans are writing the health care bill in the darkness because they're ashamed of it. >> a lot of broken hearts for
the warmbier famili. >> we're not going to stand by while they do this to our citizens. >> it's a brutal regime, and we'll be able to handle it. this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day." tuesday, join 20th, 6:00 in new york. we have a lot to get to. here is your starting line -- all eyes on georgia today. a special congressional election there could be a referendum on the trump presidency. democrats hope for a big win in the most expensive house race in history. the implications of that race could have consequences for the president's agenda. and senate republicans are pushing for a vote on their secretive health care bill as dems tie up the senate floor in protest. meanwhile, president trump comments on north korea after a potential homicide involving american student otto warmbier who died just days after they released him from 17 months of captivity. the president's response was more measured than muscular.
and new questions about fired national security adviser michael flynn. why did he fail to disclose trips to the middle east on security clearance forms? we have it all covered. let's begin with cnn's jason carroll live in marietta, georgia. the president already tweeting about that race this morning. >> reporter: you knew he would be. when you see about how important this race has been and how many people have been paying attention to it. the most expensive race of its kind so far. $50 million spent by both of these candidates. any indication of how important it is, the president was tweeting about it yesterday. he tweeted about it again this morning. here's what you have here in the sixth congressional district -- this has been a district that has been reliably republican for decades. trump narrowly carried the district in 2016. so democrats saw an opening here. enter jon ossoff, a political novice. just 30 years old.
he early on made this campaign very much about donald trump. that's why he got so much attention. some of his supporters say so much momentum. he's running against a political name she said jon ossoff is just your typical liberal. here's what this race means for both sides. if ossoff is anyone to pull out here, it would be a huge symbolic victory for democrats going forward to the midterm elections. if the republicans were able to pull off a win, that would give the gop lawmakers a mandate going through trying to push through the president's agenda. the issue is it's so close, too close to call. it's going to be a nail biter for both sides. >> thanks so much for that. so is it a race against the clock on health care. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell pushing for a vote before the july 4th