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international condemnation and concern after north korea says its new long-range missile can carry a nuclear war head. donald trump's highly anticipated face-to-face with vladimir putin. and america's evolving role on the world stage. plus 4 american states in the showdown with the federal government, why they're the rfrzing to cooperate with the voter fraud commission. hello and welcome to viewers in the united states and all around the wormed. i'm hand awe vaughan jones live in london and this is "cnn newsroom."
north korea says it as developed a nuclear-capable missile that could strike the u.s. mainland. the pyongyang tested the missile on tuesday pop the it's confirmed as a icbm. it traveled 930 kilometers, about 40 minutes in flight and landed in the sea possibly inside japan's exclusive economic zone. the u.s. and south korea reacted as swiftly with a rapped response military exercise. seoul says the precision missile drill is meant to send a warning to pyongyang and showcase its ability to target the north mace leadership. u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson responded to missile test saying global action is required to stop a global threat. any country that hosts north korean guest workers, provides any economic military bifurcates or fails to fully implement u.n.
security council advantages is aid and abetting. let's bring in cnn andrew stephen in hong kong and the journalist kari kary in tokyo. we saw throughout this missile test kim jong un proudly overseeing it all. implications this could be the start of more to come from pyongyang >> yeah, it's more like the middle because we have seen significant wrapping up of the missile testing and the nuclear testing under kim jong un's regime. and kim was present at the launch yesterday hannah. in fact the kcna news report be the news agency of north korea, saying he feasted his eyes upon the newly built missile and said that the -- the fight against the u.s. was coming to a final phase. and kim also is very, very clear in what happens next. he described that missile launch as a gift to the united states
on their independence day. and he urged his scientisting to send many more gifts big and small to the yankees in his own words over the period ahead. so making it very clear north korea intends to continue the missile program. don't forget of course there is a nuclear program as well. the next key issue now that there is an icbm -- that technology is proven at least by the north korean say it's proven, is whether they can get a nuk pay load and how long that will take for them to get it on the missile. the kcna report saying the specifications that were -- we're looking into how the missile would perform. and it performed as they say to -- beyond their expectations. they say they are continuing to miniaturize a war head and have the technology to put a war head on a missile.
the west things that's a few years away. but the key, the moment today, the fact is that north korea it looks like can have a missile reach alaska, a american territory. that's why rex tillerson has been so outspoken in his condemnation considering just in april when north korea launched of an intermediate range missile tillerson virtually ignored it. >> over in tokyo for us now and all the talk about of course a missile being able to reach the u.s. mainland. it's the japanese mainland at immediate risk. >> absolutely. japan's vulnerability in this is plain and clear to see and has been for quite some time. the prime minister who has just left on a trip to -- first to brussels then to hamburg for the g20 made brief remarks before getting on the plane saying he is going to use the opportunities, meeting with the eu leaders and also the g20
leaders to try and craft a stronger international policy response, to try and rein in on north korea. years and years of sanctions and trade embargoes have careerly not been able to do so. but at the same time he reiterated that he needs to engage not only with the u.s. and south korea in in coordinated response but also try to bring china and russia to the table. and to get enethem to make some kind of constructive action. but i think japan's hands are tied in what it can do on its own. an immediate military response is not possible for japan, upping the defense system is going to stoke the ire of other regions in the region particularly china. so i think pursuing a diplomatic response approach to north korea is really all it can do at this point. but it acknowledge that is the -- the fear and the threat from north korea is escalating. and i think those are very clear
in the prime minister's remarks and also in the swiftness of the response this time after the missile was launched because it was just ten minutes -- it took just ten minutes for the government to first issue the statement. because that's how long people say it would take for a missile to hit japan. although in general the public view this is more of a nuisance than as an immediate threat to their lives i think it's fairly clear that the japanese government feels the stakes are much higher now than before. >> and back to you in hong kong andy, the operative word is china of course. the rex tillerson very strongly worded response from him. he is putting the on us on china to change its course and to be the one to bring about some course of change in pyongyang? >> well the u.s. administration appear to be -- using this tactic recently. in fact just after that launch yesterday we had the tweet from donald trump saying perhaps
china would make a huge move on north korea to stop this nonsense once and for all, in donald trump's words. so it's clear the u.s. wants china to do more. it's equally clear at this stage that china is not going to do more. china has said repeatedly it says the best way forward is for negotiation, not with further economic sanctions. so options on the table at the moment are more sanctions and the u.n. security council are going to be meeting in day, wednesday, that will be discussed obviously, the possibility of more sanctions. there is military option which looks highly unlikely and most analysts will say that is not -- not a -- the right way to go. which leaves talking and that's what china says. we're complying with all the u.n. regulations or the u.n. restrictions and sanctions at the moment we've already stopped coal imports from north korea coming to china that's the biggest source of north korean
foreign currency. the time has come to talk. to set preconditions for the talk u.s. and south korea have to stop the military drills and north korea has to put a moratorium a freeze on the missile and nuclear development. and at this stage neither of those things look like they're happening. >> leader andrew stevens in honk conand carrie in tokyo. our military expert at kings college in london joins me in the sod studio. it's an intercontinental ballistic missile. that we think has been confirmed. is it nuclear capable will it be soon. >> well what we know for certain and see the north koreans can deliver a ballistic missile, very long range. while they may not be able to hit the lower 48 states of the united states yet they will do so in their next few years. i mean, the missile program is moving at a relentless pace. alongside a nuclear program. the key question is -- nef a
nuclear weapon can they fit it to a ballistic missile? possibly they can. whether it would survive the riggers of an intercontinental journey, a reentry into the atmosphere at the other ended when it reaches target that's hard to see. but they will get there and soon. >> you say they will get there so we have to look at missile defense systems in place given the fact that might be donald trump the u.s. and japan as well the only protection from this kind of threat. the thaad system is in place in south korea not japan what does america have as far as. >> americans have a number of systems they have to it thaad system in south korea and parts of the pacific. they have missile systems on boats in -- in the pacific as well. and they have a defense system in california and alaska. but to rely on missile defense to shoot down a ballistic missile is very dangerous thing.
. it's like schutting a bullet with a bullet. the tests up until now have not been 100%. okay. so if you're going to rely on these kind of systems you are taking a risk. and that is of great concern to the american defense officials. >> it begs the question what are the other ogss on the table diplomatically or perhaps economically as well. china has been under considerable pressure to cut its economic life line to north korea is china doing enough. >> sno i don't think they're doing enough they're not going to do america's bidding on this matter. the chinese have a range of interests. the general strategic goal is to remove the united states from the pacific and from asia. and there is no doubt there is good authority in beijing says if the north koreans have a ballistic missile that's capable of hitting the continental united states this will be a qualitative complaining in the unls strategic position that would contrain the american actions in the pacific and would be of benefit to china. no. if the americans are going to do
something about it they're going to have it to it did you know laterally they cannot rely on moscow has been the intimatation here what they're going to have to do is negotiate reach some kind of deal, grand bargain with kim jong un. i believe such a thing is possible if you have realistic objectives. and those realistics objectives would not include the denuclearization of north korea. they won't give that up. all it can involve is putting a freeze on north koreans to ensure the missiles and nuclear capability cannot reach the united states. >> where is the capability come from? where is the intelligence coming from to create theses missiles and the materials needed >> the north korean missile program the nuclear program has gone back for decades. originally they received support from mcfrom countries in the middle east that provided them with ballistic missiles. but they are now reaching a point of auto arky they are not
enough supply chains we can constrain that can will ultimately bring it to a halt the oem way to do is reach some kind of agreement and if all that fails will ultimately military considerations will come to the table. but we're not there yet. >> not there quite yet. >> martin we appreciate your coming in. >> thank you. >> the u.s. and south korea have a forceful answer to north korea's missile launch, their message just ahead and president trump leaves for europe in just a few hours time. coming up the key meeting that he will have at the g20 summit. we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by
welcome back. the north korean missile launch, the latest one comes as u.s. president trump is about to embark on the second foreign trip of his presidency. his reception on his first stop in poland is specked to be much warmer than what he'll face at the g20 summit in germany. michelle kucinski reports on one planned stop that will be closely watched. >> president trump will meet
vladimir putin face-to-face on friday while in for the g20 summit. it could have been a simple pull aside meeting a short chat but the russians want more and now trump agrees it's time. the last time the u.s. met this way with putin was two years ago. and the last time obama spoke to obama in person that a was a blunt warning it better stop meddling. trump has had plenty to say about the russian president zblp i've already said he is very much of a leaderer. >> if putin likes donald trump i consider that an assets not a liability. i hope we have a fantastic relationship zb. >> but the relationship has been anything but fantastic. sanctions on russia have not loan loosened more has its hold on crimea. . assad ace fl forces still supported by russia attacked with sarin gas. now trump and putin are looking
for common ground in fighting isis. >> there is a lot to talk about and russia is an adversary of the united states and they should talk about ukraine. they should talk about syria. the president should find the opportunity to speak about nato. he should speak about the -- the activity of russian meddling in the united states election as well as other elections. >> for now the white house says there is no specific agenda. which worries some even within trump's own national security team over his potential for distraction and distaste for extensive preparation. concerns that putin will steer the ship. that trump may not broach the subject of russian cyberattacks. >> the united states needs to arrive in hamburg and send a clear message that it will not tolerate direct attacks on u.s. soil against the united states and also send a message that the united states stands with allies. its important for u.s. credibility that president trump makes all those things clear. >> at trump's request the white
house has been preparing options of things to offer russia in exchange for cooperation for a change in russia's behavior. possibly some sanctions relief or the return of russian diplomatic properties in the u.s. seized at the end of the obama administration. russia has repeatedly threatened retaliation if those aren't returned. but in the meantime, food putin met with chinese president xi. and talked of the two of enemy weissinger together on the north korean threat. calling for dialogue and a change in u.s. behavior on the issue. in as skeptical european allies and others stunned over some of trump's statements and moves including the u.s.'s pull out from the paris climate deal increasing speak of america as turning inward, the need for others to take the lead. >> the fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear
and sovereign course. >> michelle kucinskiky reporting there for the perspective brine clause joins me he is a flo at the london school of economics thanks for joining us. let's talk about america's evolving role on the world stage. america first seems to suggest now it's america alone. >> i think that's absolutely right. and trump is willfully destroying american global leadership not in the sense he is alienating allies we've seen the pew research survey cmoing a lots of leadership 70% in france. 57% here in the uk but beyond that trump is willfully understachg the state department tch dismanhattaning 5:30ing, not stachg positions six months into his presidency 94 positions are vacate with no nominee not be
obstructed they're not being nominated that's something we need to watchful how trump is retreating from the global stage which kwo destabilize longstanding relationships including with nature p.o. and the g 0. >> he has the crucial speech coming up when everyone every nato member will be looking to see whether he reinforces this mutual protection clause that's in that nature of agreement. and the rest -- if the rest of the world will be looking at that saying if you don't say anything about nato and the commitment to it we are looking elsewhere for leadership. >> absolutely. article 5 is the foundational principle of nato it's a no brainer for the u.s. president to clearly and firmly state that they stand behind that principle of mutual defers. it would be the largest gift to vladimir putin you could possibly imagine to not just retreat from that principal but continue to sow division in the nato alliance. which is a lange sfang russian
policy np president trump it already delivering pennsylvania explainered nato to vladimir put. >> they've the bilateral talks and trump as we know is not a man who likes scripts particularly what are the key things we should be looking out for in the aftermath of this meeting when he they have presumably a press conference and talk about it. >> we need to know if trump sent a clear message to putin on a few key things. one is meddling in the united states election and meddling in elections around western europe. >> which there is no suggestion he is going to address that. >> and all indications suggests he barely accepts this principal unless 80s it's of an avenue to attack barack obama. i'm not hopeful if there is not a clear sbigs on that issue he needs to send a clear message on ukraine, a clear deterrent on syria say there needs to be a way forward without assad in power. he needs to build bridges around the divides we cannot constantly be attacking russia.
we need lines in sand that say u.s. interests are key in these fronts and are vladimir putin is acts chief adversary to the american goals and interests on the stage. >>. there is energy provision as well russia the main source of energy provision for much of eastern europe and the rest of the world as well now america come up saying well you know we actually want a piece of the pie here. >> yes and this is again where the deferral is in the details in in negotiation. and trump is new to it. trump is not someone who has got the finer points of not only diplomacy but actually the agenda and that's where i'm worried about the lack ever being scripted is that if trump is ill prepared for in meeting vladimir putin will come out much more ahead. because he is a seasoned veteran who knows how to not just get his wishes done on the global stage but he knows how to play people and donald trump i think is a pretty easy mark on this because he is not listening to advisers. the people around him are not seasoned experts on russian foreign policy and he doesn't know a lot of the agenda he is talking about. >> if he is listening to
advisers most of them many of them could be yes people telling him exactly what he wants to hear anyway. we appreciate it thank you for joining us and melissa bell is now joining us from the polish capitol war saw of course the first stop on donald trump's european visit. melissa we know he is likely to get a bit of a rough ride in germany and all eyes will be on his meeting with vladimir putin. but first stop of course is poland where you are. what are the polls -- the polish people expecting to hear from him. >> clearly the fact that he has made war saw his first step ahead of paris berlin for this his trip abroad. this is a pop ewe lift government been criticized by brussels. trying to get its hand hon the independent judiciary. a populist in nature shares views with donald trump.
worried about international organizations there is a lot in common between donald trump and leaders here in poland. but you were talking a moments ago hannah about the problem of script and sticking to the script and of carefully thought through words and no where will they matter more than here in poland. you need only to look at the country's geography. you need only to look at its relatively recently history in the 20th century to understand why the question of what words donald trump will choose to make clear his commitment or not no article 5 of nato's treaty that question of mutual defense you need only look at those things to understand how closely those words will be watched here in poland with all the potential that could -- donald trump could have over the course of his short stop here to roughle feathers either in brussels by cozying up too closely to that bruisele worries about or within the broader nato aliens or indeed with russia because as you were saying a moment ago security will be crucial. nato will be crucial in what he has to say here.
the other question is energy. what matters to polls is the idea of being able to pursue an energy policy that will lessen depends on moscow. trump expected to go in the direction on that sense. those will be the two things security, energy that everyone will be looking for here. but there is a great deal of potential hannah to roughle feathers one way or the another either to the west or the east. >> okay melissa bell life in war saw which of course is the first stop on donald trump's european tour when he sets off in a couple of hours. >> stay with you here on cnn newsroom. north korea is keeping itself in the global spotlight with a strategically timed launch. the latest is just ahead. plus, a london hospital is expected to take a terminally ill baby off life support this week and move his parents are still fighting now. pope francis has stepped in. these days families want to be connected 24/7.
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mellow welcome back heim hannah vaughan jones in lond opinion. half past 8:00 local time in. we'll get the latest for you now on north korea's latest missile launch. the u.s. and south korea have confirmed that pyongyang test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile. the u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson called the launch of an escalation. well these are new pictures of that test firing. north korea claims it has developed a, quote, nuclear-capable long range missile. it also says it won't stop developing the weapons program until the u.s. ends hostile policy against the north. meanwhile south korea and the u.s. are responding to pyongyang
with a show of force. they held a joint military drill firing missiles into the waters along south korea's east coast. the ukraine security council will hold an emergency meeting on north korea this wednesday after a request from the u.s. ambassador. the north korea's missile launch has of course increased tensions in the region and turned global attention now towards pyongyang. here is cnn paul la hancocks with more. >>reporter: celebrated as an historic event in north korea, raising alarm bells among neighbors and foes. pyongyang says this was a successful icbm, an intercontinental ballistic missile. >> an excited news anchor spoke of the shining success in a special broadcast on north korean television. a clearly delighted kim jong un surveyed the scene. a test launch he promised since the start of the year. but concerns in the south a
national security councils meeting a warning from president moon calling on the north not to cross the bridge of no return warning of a red line without specifying what the red line was. china called for reare strant from all sides urging north korea to refrain from isolating u.n. security council resolution zploos as always, with north korea it's strategic timing. i mean here you get a missile test. and you get a wide audience. focused on supposed to be on the g20 summit about trade and cooperation now all the party leaders from around the world will be talking about north korea, north korea, north korea. >> an official assessments of the law firm are worriesing for the u.s. >> according to my calculations they can reach all of alaska. they cannot reach the lower 48 states or the large hawaiian islands. but they have the ability to reach alaska. >> a july 4th celebration for north korea that the united states does not want. paula hancocks cnn seoul.
russia and china are working together to try to deescalate the tension trying reported of course by pyongyang missile program. let's bring in ivan watson from the russian capitol moscow. the two leaders of russia and china have met recently have they come up with a plan? >> yeah, they put out a joint plan what they call a step by step plan to try to deescalate tensions on the korean peninsula. in that the two governments -- they express concern about north korea's ballistic missile launch or possible icbm launch. but they stopped short of condemning it outright. what they propose to try to deescalate tensions was what they described as a double freeze in which north korea would spunld its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile development program and simultaneously the u.s. would have to stop joint -- conducting joint military exercises with its south korean ally.
that is a plan that china has floated in the past. in the joint document they took a couple further steps. they raised objections to the presence of essentially of u.s. forces in south korea and argued that this latest missile launch and the nuclear weapons program of north korea should not be used as a pretext for deploying more weapon systems to south korea. both moscow and beijing oppose the recent deployment of u.s. antimissile system known as thaad. they see the deployment as a threat to their own national security. both moscow and beijing have signed on to numerous united nations security council resolutions which restrict which ban pyongyang from developing nuclear weapon. as you can see from in document they are also very concerned about u.s. actions on the korean peninsula and argue that the u.s. is helping contribute to
the tensions there on the peninsula. hannah. this is all about power play who has geopolitical upper hand in the reenl. putin and donald trump are meeting in the next few days. is the russian president expected to raise north korea with the u.s. president? >> yeah, presumably that would be one of the topics of conversation we haven't had a formal agenda yet. but clearly other conflict areas or hot spots that would be discussed would include presumably syria where you have u.s. and russian forces and war planes both on the ground and in the sky in close proximity tensions escalating there. ukraine as well. it's just a couple of weeks ago that washington imposed fresh sanctions on dozens of russian entities and in response russia cancelled the diplomatic talks, a round of talks with u.s. diplomats. there is an awful lot there to discuss. and russian u.s. tensions to try
to sort through, hannah. >> ivan we appreciate it ivan watson live for us in moscow. thank you. other news a canadian man served ten years at gaumt o bay in after fighting in afghan is reportedly get an $8 million settlement appear 30-year-old omar sued his country claiming canada failed to protect his rights under a international law under a 2010 .plea deal with uts he admitted to hurling a grenade in afghanistan when he was 15 years old killing a u.s. special forces member back in 2002. his critics say he deserves nothing because he is a killer supporters say he was coerced into being a child soldier. >> a heart breaking story of one terminally ill british baby has drawn worldwide attention and sympathy including from the
vatican. the pope's pediatric month in rome saying it is willing to take in kmarly gard so the parents are decide the fate. . the president of the hospital has been in act contact with the mother. the londened is hospital is refusing to transfer the baby. >> the hospital has told us that the board for legal reasons cannot transfer the baby to us. therefore this is now the sad note of this event. he will wait there for the mother pan if scientific evidence can be shone this treatment can do something -- i don't know we will continue to dig on the subject and our scientists when they have news they'll speak directly with the mother. >> a court ruled the london hospital in charge of charlie's care can turn on his life support expected to happen on friday. diane mack nay has more for us sfl this is a painful story with
an incredibly rare genetic disorder. just a handful of cases in the wore world. two parents desperate to try anything. and doctors who feel that any therapy would be futile. in the uk when you have a situation where doctors and parents disagree on a clield's care it goes to the courts. charlie's parents wanted to take him to the u.s. for a treatment called nuclear side bypass therapy and the courts on advice of medical experts and concluded it would not be in dharly's best interests to be tested on it might benefit medical science but not kmarly. therefore it would be in his best interests given his limited quality of life for treatment to be withdrawn. donald trump has offered to help. a vatican owned hospital offered to take him in. but the decision of the supreme court is final. the life support machine was meant to be turned off friday. but what is likely happening is the hospital is trying to develop an end of life plan that
the parents can bare that does not give the child additional distress but makes the final few mours as comfortable as possible. the parents said last week the last wish was for him to die at home and they said that the hospital had rfrzed. well that may be because they consider charlie too fragile to move that they can care for him best at this stage in the hospital. diana magnay cnn london. >> the heart breaking story of charlie. a trump commission wants u.s. states to hand over certain information about everyone on their voter roles, all but a handful are refusing to cooperate. saying some of the data is too private pch plus qatar makes the first move to try to lift the diplomatic blockade by arab neighbors. what to expect, next.
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>> dubai ace emirates airlines says the ban on large electronic devices for flights to united states has been levitred. the u.s. has banned many devices but not smartphones from the cabins of several airlines flying from the middle east. that happened in march. the turkish announced the bans lifted earlier one of its flights took off with the new rules in place a few hours ago. the ban was lifted on dubai's airlines just last week. now qatar has sent its official response to a list of demands made by the saudi led coalition but cut tie was doha about a month ago. what is the official response from the qatarys? >> well, we still don't know the exact contents of the letter sent by the qatary has to kuwaitis who are the immediateiators that was done on monday. . in the last few hours we heard
from the saudi led alliance saying they have received qatar qatar as response they are reviewing it and will respond. they say yesterday speaking at a joint press conference with his german counterpart, the qatary foreign minister said he didn't want to go into details. he said it was up to kuwaitis to make the response public. but he said that their response was within the context of international law and preserving qatar's sovereignty, a hint that we won't likely seeing qatar agreeing to the conditions of that list of demands. now, he also reiterated what you've heard from the qatary since they received the demands about the list. take a listen to what he had to say. >> any set of demands should be realist iks and actionable. and what we have seen, that the list is unrealistic and we -- it
can't be actioned. and it's not talking about terrorism. mainly it's talking about shutting the freedom of speech, infringing the sovereignty of the country, interviewing in its affairs. >> reporter: and hannah he reiterated what we heard from them in recent days saying qatar is open for dialogue, saying that the only way a crisis like this can be resolved according to the foreign minister is if everyone gets to the negotiating table. and also, he said, right now he feels that qatar has done its part and the ball is in the court of the saudi led bloc, the foreign ministers meeting today in cairo we have to see what comes out that have. >> one wonders what happens next could we see escalation of the tensions across the region or perhaps extension of the diplomatic impasse? >> reporter: right now, hannah,
no one really knows, especially the the qatarys and that was asked of the foreign minister yesterday what is the expectation was of the meeting what could happen next? and he said the whole situation abthe whole crisis has been unpredictable, so the next steps ins his words would be unpredictable too. but also we've heard from senior officials in the united arab emirates who said we're not going to see any sort of escalation, no big bang after that deadline expires. more likely it's going to be in the words of one senior official, the grandual turning of the financial screws. and that in crisis can go on for a very long time. so perhaps we are going to see more financial sanctions, perhaps more of the same. . they've also said there will be parting of ways with qatar. and wave heard from qatarys saying they know there will be consequences and they are ready. >> live in doha where it's
coming up to 11:00 in the morning. thank you. >> the noil noy state senate has approved a new budget package bringing the states closer to resolving current financial crisis. this is the third straight year noifrl has failed to have a complete budget. the new budget package would boost the individual income tax rate to just under 5%. it passed in the illinois house in on sunday with bipartisan support about but the governor says he will veto the plan because of that tax hike. illinois owes $15 billion in unpaid bills. a top official on president trump's voter fraud commission is defending the panel's controversial request for the personal information of every registered u.s. voter. most states 44 at this stage are rejecting all or part of the question. cnn tom foreman examines why some of the arguments for cooperating raise new questions. >> fourth of july and states coast to coast are showing
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 siting prifcy concerns and legal barriers others openly question the administration motive. >> it's not clear what the data will be used for. seems to be a fishing expedition or a witch hunt of some kind. >> it's the president has argued with no proof that massive voter fraud occurred. >> so many things are going on. >> 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's important to take steps to prevent it. >> the electronic privacy information center, a 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 commission kansas secretary of state chris koback is steadily defending the request for info. >> there is a lot of skepticism it's essentially trying to validate 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. >> but the facts are railroad 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 pennsylvania vote areas social security number koback penned an op ed and breitbart a far right website saying the commission didn't request that information. really? look at his letter to the states. while koback snoeted some laws mieft prevent he did indeed ask for the last four digits of
social security number if available. all this could be moot if the court sides with that privacy group and we could have a ruling this week. but either way it seems difficult for in effort to move forward effectively with so many states raising red flags. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> tom, thank you. more cnn newsroom after this very shoert break. do stay with us. 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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storm is now threaten the caribbean. meteorologist joins from us the international weather kernt with all the details tell us more. >> hannah it's the kind of mother nature set up for the light show here talking about the thunderstorm, area of thunderstorms across portions just west of the cape verdict islands off the coast of africa. this is area watching since late last weekend. when you look at in carefully look at the model depiction of in where typically storms end up in that region end up the prevailing track on the normal fringe take it to the dominican republic, out towards the eastern united states. now we have had three named storms in the tlanic ocean. this would be tropical storm don. forming in the next couple of day. . every model wants to bring it to the west. there is some disagreement where it ends up. it looks like it wants to favor more of a turn to the north. potentially bermuda could be an area of interest going into
early in -- early this weekend potentially into next week as well. here the perspective yoos the western united states. look at this. 27 large active fires burning across poerkss of the western oouns united states. bits been very dry here in region. it has the rained in three to four months across the southwest. we had a lot of lawful across california. the beg time heat wave middle 90s, 37, 40 droegs celsius in a few spots. phoenix gets up to the one teens big time heat with the fire threat. >> we appreciate it thank you. and thank you for joining us. i'm hannah vaughan jones live in land london. early start is it for you in the united states i will be back with plenty more new us in the 9:00 hour here in london. stay with us here on cnn.
four hours from now, president trump, a high stakes trip to europe. the north korea missile launch, the vladimir putin meeting and much more on the agenda at a highly anticipated j 20 summit. welcome to "early start." >> it is wednesday, july 5th. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. good morning, everyone. just a few hours from now president trump departs on his second international trip, one that is loaded with consequence after a stop in poland the presidentra