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she's there to study painting. it's a conference that takes place every year on the shore for like five days, and the people who participate treat it as a kind of summer camp for grown-ups. >> great book "who is rich?" thanks for that writing and the recommendations for the other two books. can't wait to read them all. >> thank you. i'm jim sciutto. have a good fourth of july. we're going to the situation room. a missile powerful enough to reach alaska. in time for the holiday to send a message to president trump and testing him with a major policy crisis. commander in tweet. president trump responds to north korea on twitter saying of kim jong-un, does this guy have anything better to do with his life? meantime, the leaders of russia and china hash out a plan of their own to deal with the
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russia threat without any input to the u.s. face to face, president trump and russia's president vladimir putin will sit down at a formal meeting at the g20 summit on friday. this is their first face-to-face meeting. is the president ready to negotiate? states push back. 44 states have refused the trump administration's success for private voter information. why did the administration request it in the first place? you're in the situation room. north korea has crashed america's july fourth party with fireworks of its own, successfully launching a missile it claims can hit anywhere in the world. anywhere is an exaggeration and there is no indication that kim jong-un's missile can deliver a nuclear warhead yet, but the latest u.s. assessment suggests this was a more advanced missile, traveling farther than any previous test.
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experts say the missile could reach alaska, and the launch sent u.s. oe firnfficials into meetings to assess the growing threat for responding. president trump's initial response was to fire back in a tweet, asking, does this guy have anything better to do with his life? we're waiting for a picnic for military families, but the north korea tweet comes as he prepares for a critical overseas trip. it includes talks with japan and china and his first face-to-face meeting with vladimir putin. it has been elevated to a formal bilateral sit-down meeting and trump and putin met in moscow, calling on a freeze for north korea nuclear tests but also on tests with south korea. i'll talk to tom swazi, foreign
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affairs committee, and our guests standing by with full coverage of today's top stories. north korea's missile launch has set off a major u.s. effort to thwart off the missile threat and come up with a response. it has chilling implications. we'll start with barbara starr. barbara, what are you learning? >> reporter: good morning, brianna. the trump family spending its time in meetings. increasing increasingly, it looks like it was an intercontinental ballistic missile. these are the first images of the north korean missile launch the u.s. never wanted to see. u.s. officials calculate this is likely a two-stage intercontinental ballistic missile, an icbm, that could someday hit parts of the united states. u.s. spy satellites for days had picked up imagery of a potential
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kn-17 missile launch, like this one launched in may being ready. now the latest assessment suggests the new launch was a more advanced missile that traveled farther than any previous missile test. the south korean and u.s. military estimates the missile traveled more than 580 miles in 37 minutes. based on this, experts calculate the missile could have a maximum range of roughly 4,160 miles, long enough to reach all of alaska but not the rest of the u.s. >> you have to remember the missile technology has been around for a long time, so there are no particular secrets. a lot of it is just figuring out how to do the hard engineering and basically get everything to work at the same time, which is not always easy to do. >> reporter: the new launch comes as north korea also continues to pursue the development of a nuclear warhead.
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>> providing nuclear warheads with ballistic missile technologies in the hands of kim jong-un is a recipe for disaster. i must take him at his word. i must assume that his claims are true. i know hiss operati aspirationsy not. >> top officials in the pentagon and white house held meetings throughout the july fourth holiday. announcing diplomacy, but with tensions rising, everything is on the table. >> i think everyone agrees and i think the trump administration agrees as well that there are no good military options. if you take the military option off the table, you come back to sanctions. we've seen in the past it's not going to solve the problem. >> the russian and chinese presidents offering up another solution at their meeting in moscow, announcing the work together to freeze the north korean program but demanding the stop to u.s.-south korean military exercises and an end to
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the thaad defense deployment no south korea, both non-stafrters f for the u.s. >> translator: there is, of course, the whole question of the peninsula, the building of peace and stability. it is important to build our initiative on selling the korean problem on obliterating the missile strikes and also dealing with the weapons in south korea. >> reporter: u.s. military commanders recently had updated military options specifically to be able to give president trump some ideas about what he could do for a rapid response to ending north korean action. tonight commanders tell us there is no contemplation of any kind of conflict, but they are ready to up the u.s. presence on the peninsula if they are asked to by the white house. brianna? >> barbara starr at the pentagon. we are standing by live waiting
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for president trump. he is going to be there, along with some military families, on the south lawn of the white house, and we expect him to speak live. you can see him there at the lectern and we'll bring that to you as soon as he begins speaking. meantime, north korea's missile launch has sent officials in emergent huddles on this holiday as to how to respond. this comes as president trump is preparing for a crucial overseas trip that includes his first meeting with russia's president putin. i want to turn now to cnn ryan nobles. he is at the white house. this is a lot for the president to juggle this week as north korea is sending a loud message, ryan. >> that's right, brianna. now we know this is an official bilateral event. that means it will get much greater public focus, and it could mean that both sides are open to cooling off diplomatic ties. as donald trump prepares for the second overseas trip of his presidency, rising tensions around the globe are raising the
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stakes for his meetings with world leaders at the g20 summit in germany. from yet another missile launch by north korea to ongoing conflicts in syria and ukraine. and the growing international threat from isis and terrorism. but nothing will likely get as much attention as trump's face-to-face meeting friday with russian president vladimir putin, an encounter that will now be a formal bilateral discussion, the first among the countries' two presidents in two years. >> if putin likes donald trump, i consider that an asset, not a liability. because we have a horrible relationship with russia. >> reporter: but the trump administration is hopeful for a breakthrough. >> a relationship with russia is not different from any other country in terms of us communicating with them where our concerns are, where we see problems with the relationship but also opportunities. >> reporter: the meeting comes amid an ongoing contemplation over russia's meddling in the
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u.s. election. it's not clear if the issue will be raised when the leaders meet. instead, the administration says trump plans to focus the meeting on ukraine and syria. also sanctions against a bank for aiding north korea. >> the regime participations with north korea has failed. for many years it's failed. frankly, that patience is over. >> reporter: trump signalled his kbashs wi impatience with the regime a week ago. last night on twitter he went a step further, specifically calling on the leaders of the region to do more. writing, quote, north korea has just launched another missile. does this guy have anything better to do with his life? hard to believe south korea and japan will put up with it much longer. perhaps china will put a move on
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north korea and end this nonsense once and for all. >> of course, this all comes on the heels of otto warmbier who was imprisoned by the north koreans and returned to the states being in a coma. and president obama warned president trump that north korea would be his biggest challenge. this was a request made by the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley. i want to get more information from cnn national correspondent jim sciutto. jim, what does it tell you that the u.s. is calling this a probable ibcm that certainly makes it sound like this is very serious and there is a high state of alarm? >> no question. the u.s. may not believe that north korea is there today with being able to put a nuclear
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weapon at the tip of an icbm. that is, a missile that could cross couldnntinents and hit th crucial united states. they believe they're making progress virtually every day, every week with all these missile tests you've seen, all these nuclear tests and crucially miniaturizing a nuclear weapon. a key question for this test today is what condition is that vehicle when it came down to earth. it's called the reentry vehicle. that's the thing that would carry the nuclear weapon if they were able to put it on a target, if they were able to launch this very high up, send it a great distance, and if it splashed down and made it back to earth what condition it would be in. that's an open-ended question. there is no question that russia -- north korea is making progress every day and that's what the government said they would never let happen and that's become a nuclear power. >> the president tweeted, jim,
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he said he thinks the united states should put, quote, heavy movement on north korea. >> he also tweeted maybe china will do something. this is different when he was campaigning and he said, when i'm president, i'll take care of this, i'll be tougher. that tweet seems to place the onus not on the u.s. but on china, south korea and japan. and, of course, south korea and japan doesn't have the military capability that the -- kind of questionable allegiances here in that they are a north korean, but sometimes that pressure is not as great as the u.s. or other western powers want. >> it did seem odd that he was saying maybe south korea and japan won't put up with this considering they do rely so much on the u.s.
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jim sciutto, thanks so much for that. joining me now to talk more about this is democratic congressman tom swazi of new york. i do want to let you know, sir, we are awaiting president trump who is going to be at the white house. if he does speak, we're going to jump out, go listen to what he said and have you react to that as well. i do want to ask you, though, about something the president said, actually before he took office in january. he tweeted north korea just stated that it is in the final developments of nuclear missiles. >> it's happening and it's gotten a lot more serious over the past six months as we've seen more and more tests every single week. the president has always told us that his philosophy is he doesn't want to share his strategy and he's going to be
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tough. we need to know what the strategy is as to how we're going to deal with this, not only. >> it seems like the options are evaporating in a way. is there anything that can be done to stop north korea at this point? i heard military experts say you may have to think about a diplomatic solution and going farther on relations than the u.s. would have ever stomached before. >> obviously japan and south korea have a huge self-interest in making sure that north korea doesn't become nuclear capable more so than they are now. china and russia don't want to see the korean peninsula ever become unified again. they don't want to see the united states have. they're talking themselves out of self-interest here. north korea is a bad actor. they're not going to do any
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favors for here. they won't respond just because the president to our allies and grends and we'll try to focus on those that aren't oural leez. and what they can get away with at a negotiating table. >> is there anything the u.s. can do diplomatically or militarily? it sounds like so many are saying the military solutions aren't going to fly. but the idea of maybe options that you see? >> we've always known that china and russia, we thought, they wouldn't want to see a
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nuclearized north korea. we always believed that was in their self-interest. >>. our clearly. weaver been there for 50 years. now we hear taublg of trying to get us to stop our military operations in south korea and. it would be very detrimental, i believe, to our great ally. >> congressman, i'm going to interrupt you so we can listen to donald trump. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the singing of our national anthem by master
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sergeant devin benier and the united states states army band. ♪ oh say can you see ♪ by the dawn's early light ♪ what so proudly we hailed ♪ at the twilight's last gleaming ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ through the perilous fight ♪ oer the ramparts we watched ♪ were so gallantly streaming ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air ♪ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ oh say does that star-spangled
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banner yet wave ♪ oer the land of the free ♪ and the home of the brave [ cheers and applause ] what a fantastic voice. wow. thank you very much. welcome, everyone. the rain stopped just as we came out. i don't know what that means, but it's not bad. and happy fourth of july. great honor to have you with us.
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melania and i truly appreciate and celebrate america's independence with those who courageously defend our country, the men, women and families of the united states military. it is because of you that well over 300 million american citizens can live in freedom. there is one military family here today i am especially excited to recognize, our great vice president mike pence and our second lady -- never heard that term before but that's what they say -- and she is some lady, that i can tell you -- of the united states, karen pence are here along with their son, marine first lieutenant michael pence. where is michael? [ cheers and applause ] >> that's great, michael.
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michael, not only are your parents proud of you, not only am i proud of you, but america, michael, is very proud of you. thank you. and america is proud of all of the brave men and women who serve in every branch of our great military. we have outstanding representatives of each service, each branch, they're with us today. we have army, we have navy, we have air force, we have marines, we have coast guard. we love our coast guard. representing the united states army is captain jean guan. she served 14 years and today she is company commander in support of old guard where she oversees the 120 soldiers who
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protect the tomb of the unknown soldier. it's beautiful. captain guan is joined today by her husband captain james falwell. thank you both for your service and thank you to every soldier here with us today and serving our nation and serving us all around the world. you're truly the army of the free. from the marines we have marine sergeant yanek tunokundi. he's with squadron 1, a company i've come to know very much since arriving at the white house. sergeant tunokundi is senior technician and the sole chief martial arts instructor and trainer for the entire squadron. thank you, and thank you for being here, and also we lay
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claim to a very special title. you are a united states marine. that is a special title. thank you, sergeant. from the navy, we have lieutenant commander allison y maybury. a navy oceanographer. what she does is so incredible having to do with sensing, monitoring and predicting the electronic warfare capability of various countries. hopefully we won't be thinking about too much, but she's there and she's got the information like nobody has. we thank allison and her husband, lieutenant commander michael maybury here with their children, emma, lily and amelia. our incredible sailors embodying
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the navy credo not for ourselves but for our country. from the navy we have lieutenant sergeant banel. he is responsible for leading security personnel that protect the president, the vice president and visiting foreign heads of state. a big job, a very important job. we want a thank you to ralph and your wife patricia, and thank you to every member of the air force that gives our nation total superiority in the air, striking fear into the hearts of our enemies and inspiring hope in the hearts of our friends all around the world. finally, representing the coast guard, we have petty officer first class tony franklin. tony is a gunner's mate and is directly responsible for the m armament of 17 units.
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he has led countless gunnery and pyre pyrotechnic demonstration, so i don't think the fireworks will impress him very much, but i can tell you they'll impress you. i want to thank the coast guard. i was at the coast guard academy this year and gave the commencement address, and it was an amazing group of people and a really great day. thank you, tony, so much. each of you here today represents that patriotism, virtue and courage that our citizens have always, and i mean always, admired and that our enemies have always feared. at this moment, your brothers and sisters in arms are posted around the globe, fighting our enemies and standing near what is our nation. they're fighting for us. we are thanking them, praying for them and saluting them for their selfless sacrifice.
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there could be no greater privilege than to serve as your commander in chief. i pledge any unwavering support for you, for your families and your missions. i will always have your back. i will always, under all circumstances, you'll be coming back here and i will always have your back. i want to just tell you that our country is doing really, really well. no matter where you look, the economy is blazing, and on every front we're doing well, and we do have challenges, but we will handle those challenges, believe me. you're part of a new and a truly great generation. two days ago i spoke with lieutenant colonel dick ko who served as the coe-pilot of the
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lead bomber and led by pilot jimmy dolittle during the 1942 raid after the attack on pearl harbor. lieutenant colonel cole and the rest of the raiders laurcnched their aircraft into the sky knowing they would not have enough fuel to return to friendly territory. that's not a good feeling. that's a lot of courage. our servicemen and women are preserving the legacy of courage and selfless service that they inherited from lieutenant colonel dick cole and so many others. may god bless you all. may god bless our military. may god bless forever the united states of america. thank you very much for being
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here. happy fourth of july. thank you very much. thank you. happy fourth of july, everybody. thank you very much. >> president trump hosting military families there at the white house ahead of the fireworks, telling them that he will always have their backs. i want to bring back congressman tom swazi. now, he is a member of the foreign affairs committee. so you're also a member of the armed services committee. so in that light, as you look at this event and you hear the president's message to military families, what's your reaction? >> well, you know, the president has done a great job giving a very simple, straightforward message throughout his campaign and now as president that he supports our military. and i think that that is not a partisan thing, that's not democratic or republican, and we need to always make clear in a bipartisan way that we need to support our men and bwomen in
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uniform. >> as you look forward on this holiday and you look at some of, certainly, the concerns and we have these added challenges, just even when you think about what's going on with north korea today and in syria and all these pressing foreign policy issues, a different message or more reassurance to military families that you would like to go over that you think government officials should be giving? >> i think when it comes to the military and it comes to veterans and it comes to every single issue in this country, everybody is sick and tired of the politics. these are life and death issues, people putting their life on the line whether it's afghanistan and terrorism or north korea and russia or it's here at home with health care and jobs. these are life and death issues for people, and we need to stop politics from being so small and so petty, and on this fourth of july, we need to really raise it up a notch and take our jobs seriously, try to work together
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across party lines to try and actually try and solve these problems and make people's lives better. >> i also want to go back to some of what we're talking about, some of these foreign policy challenges, and just in light of on july fourth, north korea launching what appears to be in intercontinental ballistic missile. you now have the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley requesting a u.n. security council meeting to deal with the issue. what are you hoping comes with that? >> north korea, i don't believe, would have acted without having actually discussed it with the russians and the chinese. and, you know, they're acting in a very concerted fashion. and we need to recognize that in this global world that we live in today, it's essential that we are continuing to build friendships with more allies of ours and demonstrate the so lidty of a relationship with our allies. >> can i ask you real quick, just because you think they --
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do you think north korea discussed it with the russians. do you think, assuming that happened, there was coordination with north korea and russia and china? >> i have no specific information. i just don't believe north korea would act on its own in such a serious way with the g20 summit coming up. it just so happens that we're going to have this bilateral discussion with the russians now. this is fourth of july, g20, america, russia. it's a little too convenient. we have to recognize that we have to build relationships with our allies. that's why it's so important that the president demonstrate its commitment to our nato alliances. i understand why he wants to get money from the different nato members to participate more and carry their weight and pay the bills, but he has to demonstrate clearly a solid relationship with our allies. think of all going on now with
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terrorism, between iran, between russia, what's going on with cutter, with yemen. the famine in africa. think of all the different pieces going on in the international chess board right now. america has to make sure we're making more friends and trying to reduce our enemies. this is what the president needs to do. i think a clearer job of articulating how he's going to foser those relationships. >> congressman tom swazi, we do appreciate your time on this fourth of july. happy fourth to you. >> same to you. the trump administration requests following what appears to be a north korea missile launch. we're back in just a moment. itar over 75 years!
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breaking news. the trump administration is asking for an emergency session of the u.n. security council in the wake of north korea's ballistic missile launch. the meeting likely will be tomorrow afternoon. i want to bring in our specialists to talk about this, josh rogan, jackie and when you
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hear this, how do you take it? >> this does not surprise me. this is the normal course of things when you have something like this, you want to get the international community behind some sort of movement forward, and the u.n. security council is the right venue to do that. i'm not surprised by this. i think it's a good move. >> what comes out of it, josh? >> basically they have two options. they can press for more sanctions, more pressure. they say they're at maximum pressure, but they're not, they're at medium pressure. if they can get maximum pressure, we might see something. >> what is maximum pressure? >> that's where you start threatening all the chinese companies, the north korea compani companies. you need the chinese and the russians to go along with that. we're not there yet. if you're not going to do that, there's only one thing you can do which is make a deal. and the terms of that deal, as it stands, would not be something the trump administration is going to like. >> china already, jackie, is increasingly irritated with the u.s.
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there seemed to be a little bit of an olive branch between president xi and president trump as they visited, and then you've seen sanctions against one chinese bank that was helping out north korea, and things have soured, not only the arms sales to taiwan that really bothered china. where does that stand right now, that relationship, and how that could be helpful or maybe not? >> well, they seem committed to keeping things cordial between president trump and president xi because they have this foundation that they started to build very early. that said, china is upset about talks of tariffs. there is likely going to be -- trump is still pushing for those. we'll have to see what comes out of the meetings in the next couple days, because they were consequential to begin with, but after this test they're even more consequential because trump really wants china to get a little more skin in the game here when it comes to north korea. >> i was going to say to josh's
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point before, part of this is china has not uniformly implemented the sanctions that have been in place. josh is right. could there be more, could they be tougher? yeah. they're already the toughest regime in 20 years and china still won't do it. >> china doesn't have the same goals and objectives as we do, and what trump keeps saying, they're testing the chinese, they're testing the chinese. at some point they have to realize china failed the test. they're almost there. they're not quite there yet but we're getting there pretty fast. >> it seems like, admiral, you now have this increased urgency because of this test which seems to be an intercontinental ballistic missile. you look at the map here and this takes you into alaska. this moves as we move along in time, people on the west coast are starting to worry. so this increased urgency and yet decreased options as north korea becomes increasingly dangerous, right? i mean, just sort of drill down
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for us the options that are disappearing. >> there's certainly some within reach. some military options obviously harder to put in place and to implement. nobody wants to see this get into open conflict. this is a bargaining chip for him, and the more capable he is, the longer his reach is, the more powerful he'll be if and when negotiations ever start again. so it makes diplomacy much harder it makes military options much more difficult, too. >> we have more to talk about. stay with me. we're going to talk about just the stakes for president trump. this is his first meeting with russia's vladimir putin. are the potential rewards worth the risks?
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yeah, and i can watch thee bgame with directv now.? oh, sorry, most broadcast and sports channels aren't included. and you can only stream on two devices at once. this is fun, we're having fun. yeah, we are. no, you're not jimmy. don't let directv now limit your entertainment. xfinity gives you more to stream to more screens. we're back with our specialists as we folsom breaking news. the trump administration asking for a meeting with the u.n. security council because of north korea's ballistic missile launch. this is a meeting likely to take place tomorrow, the same day president trump leaves for europe and is looking for his
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high stakes economic summit in a one-on-one meeting with russian president vladimir putin. this is going to be, panel, a fascinating meeting. we don't know how this will turn out. all eyes will be on this, and because we look toward that, because we believe this is the first face-to-face meeting between president trump and vladimir putin, it's important to note he has a previous relationship with vladimir putin. >> have you ever met the guy? >> i do have a relationship and i can tell you he's very interested in what we're doing today. we just left moscow. he could not have been nicer. he was so nice and so everything. i was in moscow recently and i spoke indirectly and directly with president putin who could not have been nicer. >> you think you would be able to get along with vladimir putin. have you had any contact with him? >> yes. >> explain. >> so i was there two years ago. we had a tremendous success with the miss universe contest. i own miss universe, miss usa,
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all of that, and it does great. it's on nbc but that's okay. it does fantastic. two years ago we had it in moscow and it was a tremendous success and i got to meet everybody. i got to meet -- >> i got to know him very well because we were both on "60 minutes." we were stable mates and we did very well that night. >> okay, but it's sort of -- you chuckle at it because they appear to never actually be in the same place at the same time. but i wonder what you think it indicates. i wonder if it indicates a desire on his part, admiral, to have some sort of relationship, or is it just a scene of import? do you think he has a desire to have a genuine relationship with him? >> i have no idea. i have no idea. whether he did or he didn't, i think having a better bilateral relationship with russia is something we should be pursuing. it's going to be very tough, if not dang near impossible to get there given all the tensions between us right now.
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but the administration wants to try to forge something going forward, i think, is commendable, i just think they need to do it to a sense of pragmatism and hope that their interests go where we want them to. >> we perceive that president trump had a good relationship with him but that president obama had a very bad relationship with him. he said during the campaign, he was so nice to me, what's the problem with these other people? now when it didn't serve his purpose, when the russia investigation was going on, he said, i never met the guy, i don't know what you're talking about. i think that's why you heard him say that, because it suited a purpose at the time, frankly. >> what we're seeing so far is the president meeting with the
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russian foreign minister. he gave up some top secret israeli intelligence, called comey a nut job. he wants to be friends with these guys. he sees a kinship. he sees a leader who he sort of sees in his own image, a strong guy, a tough guy, a guy in control, a guy who leads a big power. these are the types of leaders that trump likes to interact with, okay? then you have the real need to improve u.s.-russia relations. the problem is when he has this meeting, it's not going to be two chess masters sitting down. one guy is playing chess, one is playing hungry hippos. if the president doesn't know exactly what he wants to get out of vladimir putin, there is a chance this meeting could go very badly not only for the country but for the president of the united states. >> does knowing that the president wants to come out of this looking good, looking strong may have had him staying
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on script in what is a more formal meeting? >> hopefully for the sake of the country that he does stay on script. it is good that it's more of a formal meeting than something that's a little bit less formal and free-wheeling. >> off the cuff like that oval office meeting with the russians? >> right. we wouldn't want to read about something the next day where he accidentally revealed classified information to vladimir putin. that would not bode well. that said, i'm sure that the white house has been prepping him for this for some time at this point. and now that it is a more formal setting, it does seem to be a better setting for the president. >> two real things. >> real quick. we got to go. >> ukraine. we need to make progress on ukraine and syria. things are getting very dangerous there. if they can talk about things in a constructive way, then it will be a good meeting. >> they say they're going to. we will see. josh, admiral, happy fourth to you as well. more on the u.s. and the response to this global missile
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a top official of president trump's voter fraud commission
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is defending its controversial request for the personal information of every registered voter. most state officials are saying no. the rejection count in fact is up to 44 states. cnn's tom foreman here with us now. tom, tell us why some of the arguments for cooperation are raising new questions. >> because they're not answering the old questions, brianna, the questions of how can this be legal when many states do not feel it is. how can they do it while protecting the privacy of citizens out there, and because there is still not a credible study showing there was ever widespread voter fraud out there. why is the white house pursuing this so doggedly? >> reporter: 4th of july and states coast to coast are showing their independence in the face of the sweeping presidential request for voter information. all but a handful are either flat out refusing to share data, offering only some of it or saying the white house needs to go through other channels to obtain it. many are citing privacy concerns
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and legal barriers while others are openly questioning the administration's motives. >> it's not really clear what the stadata is going to be used for, a witch hunt of some kind. >> reporter: the president argued massive voter fraud occurred in last year's election involving millions of ballots. >> so many things are going on. >> reporter: but even some states willing to provide some information don't necessarily buy that. >> i do not believe that vote fraud occurred on the scale that's been described. i do believe that vote fraud occurs and it is important to take steps to prevent it. >> reporter: the electronic privacy information center the privacy advocacy group here in d.c. has asked a federal court to temporarily block the white house effort. meanwhile, the point man on the president's commission, kansas secretary of state chris kobak, is die fending the request for info. >> there is skepticism it is essentially trying to validate
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what the president said or could lead to voter suppression. >> so, let me answer your questions. first of all, the commission's purpose is not to prove or disprove what the president speculated about back in january. the purpose of the commission is to find facts and put them on the table. >> reporter: but the facts are already being twisted. as many states have looked at the white house shopping list and noted their own laws forbid releasing some of that data, especially any portion of a voter's social security number, kobak penned an op-ed on breitbart, a far-right website saying, the commission didn't request that information. really? look at his letter to the states. while he noted some laws might prevent it, he did indeed ask for the last four digits of social security number if available. now, this whole dispute could be moot if the court sides with that privacy group. a ruling could come on that this week. either way it's hard to see how this effort will move forward effectively with so many states
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raising red flags about their willingness or legal ability to cooperate and, brianna, that includes many, many stalts that voted for donald trump. >> yeah, and many officials who are republican as well. tom foreman, thank you so much for that great report. coming up, as president trump prepares for a crucial meeting with russia's vladimir putin, he gets a new challenge from north korea testing a missile powerful enough to reach alaska. truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. ♪
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happening now, breaking news. testing trump, a disturbing new missile test by north korea prompts the trump administration to request an emergency united nations meeting. the kim jong-un regime claims it now has a missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon that could hit the united states. how will the u.s. respond? heavy move, president trump takes to twitter saying, quote, perhaps china will put a heavy move on north korea and end this nonsense. he says, he's already lost patience with pyongyang. is he now losing patience with beijing as well? first meeting, new details tonight of president trump's upcoming encounter with russian president vladimir putin.

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