tv CNN Newsroom With John Berman and Poppy Harlow CNN June 20, 2017 7:00am-8:01am PDT
good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. poppy is off today. to celebrate the fact the white house is holding an on camera briefing and to watch the excitement in georgia, the most special, special election and. at any moment, the republican, karen handel will cast her ballot. john ossoff can't vote which has been an issue, one of the many issues, the biggest issue the trump presidency, this race seen as a referendum on the president and the margins, razor, razor thin at the polls. jason carroll live from marietta, what are you seeing? >> reporter: you say razor thin, it is too close to call at this
point. just to give you an indication of how much interest there has been in this race, 140,000 votes have been cast. they are the types of numbers you would normally see during a presidential campaign. you talked about how expensive this race has been. the most expensive of its kind in history. $50 million spent between most candidates if you factor in the pac spending as well. when you look at the lay of the land in terms of what's happened here in the sixth congressional district, this is a district that has been reliably republican for decades. donald trump narrowly carried it. john ossoff got in here, started running his race. early on, made it a race about donald trump. karen handel, for her part, has been going after ossoff on a number of issues, saying he doesn't have the experience and he is a quote, unquote, typical
liberal. both of the candidates had a lot to say about the race. both of them trying to down play the national implications here. >> i'm sure there are national implications. it's not my place to assess them. i leave it to pundits and commentators. i'll do the best job possible representing georgia. they want representation focused on them, not this partisan, politic politic political circus. >> it's not about the national implications, who is suited to represent them in washington. it's me, someone who has the experience and the relationships in this community. my husband and i have lived here almost 25 years. that's longer than my opponent, pretty much has been alive. >> reporter: handel is cracking
a joke about ossoff, i want to talk about handel herself, casting her vote in rozwell. she's getting that under way. ossoff is not 25 years old, he is 30 years old. even though both candidates, john, are trying to down play the national implications here, look at the reality. the president was down here fund raising for handel. you have top democrats down here stumping for ossoff. the reality on the ground pretty much speaks for itself. let's talk about the implications here if there are national implications. if ossoff pulls out a win -- if handel is able to pull out a win, this is a symbolic push for gop lawmakers, as well, who are trying to get the president's agenda through whether it reform or health care or tax reform in d.c. for both sides, the race is too close to call.
john? >> the candidates may claim it's not national. 50 million dlarls doesn't appear in the suburbs of georgia because people suddenly care about the suburbs of georgia. thank you so much, appreciate it. big news on capitol hill. what could be an important meeting. the president of the united states goes behind closed doors with republicans who have been working out a health care bill behind closed doors. what is in the health care bill? we don't know because the meetings have been secret. the details have been secret and democrats don't like that one bit. they took to the senate to complain about it. joined by suzanne at capitol hill. >> reporter: you are right. we have been speaking to senators. i spoke to dick durbin who said we need three republicans to say no on this vote and that vote will not take place and republicans are really kind of banking on the fact they need every single vote.
every single vote will count. the critical luncheon that is going to happen with the vice president where they get an idea where they are. john, you might recall last month was the big celebration with the president in the rose garden. literally, they had been bussed there to pat each other on the back, if you will. far from complete with the process. that was earlier. since then, we have heard from the president behind the scenes. a meeting with senate republicans calling this a mean version. the house version. house speaker paul ryan weighing in this morning saying, yes, the president is still on board. >> many, many times, he's excited on what we did in the house. >> you are saying he's on board then? >> he's on board. the senate has their own process. they are going to take their amendments and change the bill. big legislation like this doesn't go through the house or
senate with no changes. >> john, one of the frustrating things for democrats is they are feeling like they are shut out of the process and they have been shut out of the process. there's a big no to public hearings for debate. a very big push from the majority leader saying they want a vote on this by next week. john? >> watching the senate for us on capitol hill. in the house this morning, new questions over fired national security adviser, michael flynn, specifically trips he made to the middle east. what was discussed there? more importantly, where did he stay? what hotel he stayed in doesn't exist. we have the details and the questions. >> reporter: that's right, john. that hotel he claimed he stayed there was in october of 2015. it was a trip to saudi arabia. he did reveal this trip, in some details about the trip in 2015
to defense department investigators. but, his answers about this trip were very, very vague and now congressional investigators, some of the leaders on the hill want to know exactly why he was there. some of the things that he has told investigators, some of the things he said publicly are not adding up. there's also another trip that congressional leaders believe he may have taken in the summer of 2015, maybe in june, that he publicly talked about and "newsweek" reported on where he was in saudi arabia, working on a deal, a nuclear energy deal between russia and the u.s. they want to know exactly who he was meeting with. on his security clearance form, fs-86 form, that he needed to fill out when he came back into office, when he came back to the white house as national security adviser for his security clearance.
he needed to fill out this form. on that form, you are required to list all foreign contacts. the congressional leaders are saying he didn't list any of his foreign contacts. they want to know why. they have sent a multiple page letter to his lawyer asking questions about all the meetings he has had across the world, the country, foreign leaders, who he's talked to and what his business dealings with. the fbi is continuing its investigation of his business dealings and still a lot of answers that are, you know, we are waiting for a lot of answers. a lot of questions that haven't been answered. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. i want to discuss this with the panel. betsy woodrough for the daily beast and david gurgen cht i want to start with the georgia race. the georgia special election is either a, the most important
election ever, b, the most important of all time, c, the most important in history or d, all the above? >> d. this is the most important election in history and the most important election happening this day. >> it may not be living up to all the hype, but it is important, why? >> look, special elections predict, you cant extrapolate whoever wins means their party wins. you know, the house of representatives at midterms, but it gives momentum. it's better to win than to lose. if democrats fail, that is the second. they failed in montana and now it would be georgia. that takes the wind out of your sails. if you are a democratic donor who wants to take back the house and you have lost twice, you could be motivated. yes, it matters. >> i'm being anti-spun by both sides on this race. i have never sensed so much
fear. either side wants to play expectation games, neither side wants to declare victory. they are terrified to lose the race. >> they both understand from a messaging perspective, the stakes are high. another important component for the race where it could add value is the direction that georgia is moving as a state. for years, national democrats have been saying they think georgia's statewide races could be competitive because of the hispanic population. that is growing. it is becoming younger across the board. democrats are hoping clinton could have been more competitive there in 2016. they spent a lot of money trying to win a senate race in 2014. if ossoff pulls off a surprising win, that could indicate the dem strategy for turning georgia. >> democrats are the same demographics for years. if they can't win, it's not as good of a friend as they are
hoping. on the other hand, is it safe to say this race would not even be close, not talking about it if not for president trump? >> oh, yes. this has everything to do with trump. the republicans maintaining control. they come out of this with a victory. they maintain their moe monment. on the other hand, if they get beaten, it's a set back. it could stir moderates the other way. it could pull them the other way. john, i must say, a lot depends on the size of the victory. if it's a one or two-point victory, the winner will have a statement, a symbolic message. i think it will be fairly soon. on the other hand, if it's a victory of five to ten points, that would be meaningful. i will be watching the turnout levels, too. the size of the victory matters. >> if i could shift gears because we are getting breaking news out of the white house.
i was joking it should be neither breaking nor news. they are going to hold a meeting for the first time in a week. >> isn't that news? >> that's my point. this is something that would happen without question. it hasn't been happening. what do you make about how the white house is handling its communications right now? the fact that they decided to do this today, what does that mean and the future of sean spicer, if he's moved up into a different roll or moved out. do you think that would change the way things go? >> john, my experience has been that a white house is always better when it's more transparent, when it has a trusting relationship, the information flow is steady. people know they are professionals. a mike mccurry type in the white house. everybody looks at that with respect. this chaotic, now we do it, now we don't. the attitude toward briefings and telling people things. this is damaging this white
house. itis obviously causing problems inside, but it's also eroding the trust and the president's capacity to build support beyond his base. i find it astonishing they have gotten into this. when jim acosta walked out saying we are being stone walled, the briefings are useless, we have hit a new low. it's really bad for democracy. press briefings are a way to hold people accountable for their actions. i think regular press briefings force the white house and the whole administration to up the quality of their game. they are online every day. every day, they are held accountable. i think it makes things better in the white house and they govern more effectively. >> you were nodding your head in affirmation? >> absolutely. avoiding the press is not a solution, it's what is to come, an act of desperation. it's not something -- it's not a
strategy. the fundmental problem isn't the press briefings, it's that the press secretary doesn't know what's happening, cannot communicate, probably doesn't talk regularly to the president. the president is freelancing, changing things on the fly. how do you fix that? well, i don't think that donald trump could bring in a mike mccurry. i don't think someone of that stature is going to come to the white house. number two, i don't think donald trump might listen to. who might donald trump listen to? a laura ingram. any of circumstance it would be crazy. she is somebody who is famous, vry tough and has been around a while. i think she could go to trump and say, no, i'm going to go out there. you have to tell me what's going on. >> we'll see. betsy, if i can, go to michael flynn. questions about travel, he answered the least questions.
more and more questions about michael flynn. you know, i have to think, if i'm the president's lawyer or political adviser now, they are looking at the fired national security adviser as, perhaps what could be. >> it points to broader concerns in the white house. muellers investigation into it moves beyond a narrow question of whether or not the campaign staff colluded with russian leaders. flynn's travel to the middle east, the fact he went to a hotel doesn't exist. that's not necessarily russia related. it indicates all these questions, all these investigations could go into areas, into focuses that could be troubling for the administration. in the white house, that's the biggest concern. that over the course as the investigation plays out, things will turn up that aren't on the radar right now. particularly the financial dealings go, now the flynn news is an indicator that the dragnet that mueller is pulling across
the associates could get some surprises. >> matt lewis, i have time for a ten-second question. do you think there will be a vote on health care before july 4th resen? >> yes. >> david? >> yes. >> betsy? >> yes. but i can't say if it will pass. >> very interesting. a lot of faith in mitch mcconnell to get a vote. thanks so much for being with us. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> other major news. the question this morning, how will the white house act. plus, we have heard all the analysis. what do the voters inside this georgia congressional district think other than i want it all to end. too hot to fly. extreme heat. airlines grounded dozens of flights. last year, he said he was going to dig a hole to china. at&t is working with farmers to improve irrigation techniques.
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senate bill to replace obamacare. mike pence is headed to capitol hill to meet the senators. senator, thanks for being with us. >> thank you. appreciate the opportunity. >> senator, what can you tell us about how this senate bill deals with people with pre-existing conditions. >> every discussion we have includes provisions to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions. that is they maintain coverage in force. they have a plan to maintain it, whether it be through medicaid or a private carrier or a group carrier. the plan is, there has to be some message to keep people convinced they need to keep coverage in force so when they are healthy, they contribute premiums. >> do you know how the senate bill addresses those needs? >> as z i say, all the provisions, i don't know which final provision with we'll end
up with, but most of them, they recognize if you have pre-existing conditions, you have coverages today, the coverages remain in effect. the place where it varies is what is the penalty if you decide you are healthy and going to skip making premium payments. that's where i think we have some changes that will make from what it is right now. that is, i think we'll look at a time delay before your coverage is effective again. >> i understand that's what you hope is in the bill. do you know that's what's in the senate version? have you seen it? >> no. we talked about several investigation that is could be included in it. there was a proposal that was a financial team involved in it. most of us have been lobbying for the time delay. >> are you concerned you haven't seen the senate version of the bill, yet you might be asked to vote on it within the next seven days? >> i think we would all like a
chance to look at the completed version. all the segments of the bill, we talked about. we want to keep the medicaid plan in place, but stabilize the market conditions that are out there right now. the reason we are trying to do that is because we are looking at 40% increases in obamacare next year, if we are not careful. >> health care is one sixth of the economy. it is an important thing, which is why it needs to be discussed and in the open. one of the people that thought it needs to be discussed in open is john cornyn. that is republican whip john cornyn. of course he wrote it back in 2010. do you think he is living by the standard that is he set back then? >> look, in 2009 and 2010, republicans were criticizing obamacare as being done in secret. today, you will hear democrats
talking about our plan to reform obamacare, repeal and replace it in the same fashion. we understand the politics involved in this. let me share with you, we have a committee of 52 members meeting three times a week to go through the process to put together the bits and pieces to create national health approach, better than what it is today. we recognize, look, if we all came out and had a bunch of ideas and started throwing them at the board, some would stick and some wouldn't. the american people would say, gee, we don't like this and we don't like that. >> when you at least say there's a touch or irony? >> no question about it. i think there is. you know, look, if we could do this according to traditional, regular business, that is the preference for most of us in the united states senate. run it through a committee. doing that takes a huge amount of time.
we are running out of time because by next year, we are going to have -- >> it's a sixth of the economy. people will say take the time. if it takes time to get it right, take the time. >> the amount of time it is going to take is defined by two things. number one, whether or not we can get 50 votes in the united states senate. republicans and democrats combined. everybody agrees, it's going to be republicans. 50 out of the 52. the vice president president has to be in town. that's the critical issue on this one. >> you may need to entertain mike pence every day for the next 30 days, senator. last question here, on the special council, robert mueller, you said he has a job to do, let him do his job. you think it would be a big mistake for the white house or president to move to fire bob mueller. from what you are seen over the last week, are you pleased with the way the white house associates and allies addressed the issue of the special council? >> i think the fact that council
has at least suggested to the president it would not be wise. once again, speculation on our part that he considered it. based upon press reports, there was a consideration. we think the fact that key members got in, sat down and said, look, this isn't the right thing to do. that's an important thing to have happen. moving forward, allow him the opportunity to do his job. it's the most appropriate way to move forward. >> always a pleasure to speak to you, thanks. newton dies after being released after 17 months in north korea. senator john mccain calls itd murder. there's pressure on the president to take action. moms know their kids need love,
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warmbier died days after being released by north korea. >> it's a brutal regime and we'll be able to handle it. >> this, as secretary of state, rex tillerson, james mattis meet with china. i'm joined by miguel marquez and michelle kaczynski. miguel, first to you. the family response and also some of the strong language we are hearing from u.s. senators. >> two powerful republican senators, john mccain and marco rubio on the senate intel committee. both calling this murder. the administration, itself stopping short of that. the president calling it a brutal regime and we'll handle it. the secretary of state said this is unjustified imprisonment of mr. warmbier.
a very different nuance in the reactions. there are three u.s. american citizens still in north korea, held by the north koreans. the administration does not want to upset that. >> the family response? >> the family was heart broken. it was hard to see him come off that plane, in that state. it was clear this was a young man who was not going to have a normal life. the family, after not knowing what his situation was for over a year and a half find out he is coming home, essentially, in a coma. the awful, torture received ensured no other outcome was possible. we thank everyone around the world who kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. we are at peace and at home, too. they said that basically, once he got home, they saw him go from being agitated to at peace. >> michelle kaczynski, miguel
noted the administration is not calling it murder, yet. they say they will hold the north korean's accountable. any sense of how they will? >> they want to find out as much as they can through intelligence forces, what went on here. they want to know the situation before there's any kind of response. what we initially heard from the state department was their pleas that he's released and home. now that he's passed away, that statement gets stronger. here is what secretary of state tillerson said, we hold them accountable for warmbier's death. we know that the state department has, through representative, seen and met with those other three. they are not saying much about their conditions, how they are doing and one of them, a businessman, has been held for nearly two years. that sets the stage for how delicate a situation it is.
now comes time and the world is going to be watching for how the u.s. responds to this. there's not a proportional response. it's likely to start incrementally, maybe with the u.s. banning all travel by americans to north korea. possibly by increased sanctions. actions don't necessarily have a huge impact on such a closed economy and society as north korea, but it is a start. as you mentioned, john, tomorrow, there's this dialogue between the u.s. and china that's been established, not because of this, but it's to discuss diplomatic matters. the u.s. is going to be continuing that pressure, now more than ever, for china to stop doing its business with north korea because that's where the impact really could be. >> miguel marquez, we appreciate it. new questions in the deadly u.s.
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the polls are finally open in georgia's sixth district. for voters it means the polls will finally close. this has been the most expensive house race in the country's history. money pouring in from all over the country. interest from all over the country. what has it been like to be in this district and living there and making a decision who to vote for. joining us now, two voters, trisha goating for the democrat, john ossoff. trisha, to you. have you seen a house race like this? >> no, i haven't. it's been intense here in the district. >> adam, has anything been on tv the last two months other than political ads? have you been able to see anything? >> i don't watch too much tv. when i am, it seems like most of the ads are political between them. it seems to be consuming much of
the air waves. >> a lot of democrats are looking at this as a referendum on the president. you are supporting karen handel. does your support or lack of support for the president figure into that at all? >> it doesn't. especially in this race, we need to look at local politics. karen handel, someone with the success in the sixth district. as americans, we should hope the country as a whole succeeds. in this election, we need to focus on what each candidate can do for the sixth district. >> will you consider yourself a trump voter? >> absolutely. >> trisha, to you, how much of your vote for john aossoff is against president trump? >> it is against president trump and the policies he has proposed
and trying to enact. as a person of faith, i base my vote on issues that i believe our faith has something to say about like immigration and stewartship of the environment, health care, civil rights. on all those issues, no party and no candidate is perfection but i believe that the democratic party's platform and john ossoff's candidacy move us in the right direction on those issues. >> trisha, do you think national democrats, i'm sure you watch every day, whether in the papers, online or tv, what democrats are saying about the administration. do you think democrats are focused too much on the president, himself, and the russia investigation? >> i think that if the russia investigation is an issue that matters to me. the democrats i know are very involved in other issues in health care, in working on the environment. on immigration and so, i don't
think it's one or the other. i think it's all those things. >> adam, what about you? has this tempered your support for the president at all? has there ever been something in the last five months of this administration that caused you to pause and say, hey, wait a minute, i need to learn more about this, it is making me rethink things? >> it's important to learn as much as you can about the issues. i feel confident if you ask the voters of the sixth district what is important to them, russia is nowhere near the top of the list or the other investigations. i think what people care about are education, health care, the economy. those are the issue that is are important to the voters of the sixth district. they are being largely ignored or overshadows by the other investigations including what is going on with russia. >> what is the most important issue to you? >> the economy. >> trisha?
>> health care. >> interesting. they are issues being discussed. it is of importance right now. we had an interview with the senator on that. the economy is important to everyone. it seems as if, adam, the issues are the central factor in your vote. >> absolutely. i think, like i said, the issue is not russia, but things like health care, education and the economy. the reason i mentioned the economy is not that i feel health care and other issues are not important, without a healthy economy, how are we going pay for teachers and get georgia out of the bottom tier of public schools. how are we going to provide health benefits for others. >> i think trisha agrees with that, but a different view of how to address it. 30 years old, you know, a young guy, doesn't live in the district. are either of those causes of
concern to you? >> no, they are not. he grew up in this area. he knows the issues of this area. he's young, but he's enthusiastic, has energy and is very intelligent. his age does not bother me at all. >> scale of 1-10, adam, how glad are you this will be over tonight? >> i'm excited to see what happens. i'm excited for it to be over to move forward and achieve things for the district instead of the fighting and bickering. >> trisha, adam, thank you. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> 200 million u.s. register voters has been leaked. the data was accidentally exposed after a security setting was not installed correctly. the leaked information or the
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dozens of flights have been canceled today. passengers stranded. not because of computer problems or pilot strike. it's too hot. temperatures expected to top 120 degrees in some places today, creating dangerous conditions for planes to take off. meteorologist chad myers, who can explain anything is here to explain this to us. what's going on?
>> there's not as much there there. there's not as much air there when the temperature is 120. it's like a hot air balloon. you don't have the density or the thrust out of the jets or the lift on the wings of some of these crjs, the regional jets. the big planes are just fine. when you get to 120 in vegas or 118, to be official, you cannot take the rjs. you can take them with a half full of gas and half full of passengers and get them in the air, but why take the risk. from vegas to tucson, that's where the heat index is bay above normal. remember, we don't get to summer until tomorrow. we are talking about the temperatures here that will still be very hot all the way through the week. vegas to 116. i have been at vegas at 112 and it was oppressive. 116 is worse than that.
you can't go outside. the good news is at least we are not in monsoon season where the humidity is much, much higher. it will be hot, but not that oppressive heat when you get into the summer months when it thunderstorms in the afternoon. let's get to the airplane. the airplane comes out here, taxis out and all of a sudden temperature, because of the asphalt, 118 or greater. the air heats up and is less dense. if you can't get the density in your jet engine to blow out the back, you get less thrust. there's not as much air to make the thrust and not as much air, not as many air particles to get other the wings of the rjs to make the lift. you need high pressure above the wing. my wife said, i don't understand how these fly. i don't either. it will fly from noon to 3:00 and after 7:00.
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♪ for those who create their own path. always unstoppable. tiger woods updating his fans following his arrest three weeks ago. we have more in the breacher report. >> he is receiving professional help to manage his problems. woods was charged with driving under the influence after found sleeping at the wheel of the car. he told officers. was unexpected reaction to prescribed medication. no alcohol was found in his system. in a span of two months, dodgers rookie, cody went from minor leaguer to making history in the major leaguers.
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i'm john berman. at this hour with kate bolduan starts right now. thank you, john. hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. a critical 24 hours for a president who is growing more frustrated, more agitated by the day. first, his agenda and his popularity being tested in the biggest race of his presidency so far. plus, the best kept secret in washington right now, it appears. senate republicans under new pressure to reveal their health care bill. negotiated in secret, behind closed doors. one senator in the know, says there are signals that michael flynn has been secretly cooperating with the fbi and the pressure mounting on president trump after the death of american student, otto warmbier, who senator john mccain says was murdered by north korea. all of that, we have ahead. first, the race is close, like