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>> good-bye, wayne. do not mitts css cnn's new orig series, t"the nineties." 9:00 eastern here on cnn. we continue on, top of the hour. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. i'm brooke baldwin. here's what's happening now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com this meeting came at the request of the united states as the president is on his way to europe for the g20 summit, which takes on an even greater urgency now, and we have this new video of that missile test by north korea. this is what kim jong un is calling, "a basket of gifts for american bastards." experts say the missile could reach alaska. and in a cnn exclusive, u.s. defense officials say that the two-stage missile is a brand-new weapon that has not been seen
before. so, let's begin this hour. michelle is standing by for us, our cnn senior diplomatic correspondent and first just on this emergency meeting, what are we expecting to hear from ambassador haley. >> reporter: this is going to be big. it's an emergency session called by the united states in the midst of a crisis. it's not just after yet another missile launch by north korea. it's them ramping it up and now testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially strike the united states. so, the pressure is on here. i think this is going to be one of the strongest rebukes and warnings that we've heard so far against north korea. but it gets to a point where what really more can be said at this point. over the last few months, we've heard the united states and others talk about the potential of military action that all options are on the table, there's a thought of the u.s. going it alone and trying to
counter north korea if necessary, calling on other nations to do more. so the administration now is feeling that this is the time for action. what does that mean exactly? well, it means more calling on nations, especially china, to cut off north korea and to really tighten the screws and try to get them to act before they ramp up their program even more. you know, china has been resistant to that. they're not ready to take the kind of action that the u.s. is calling for. so i think this is also going to be some of the strongest language we've heard so far, urging china to do that. but then we go back to what's already said, and it's been, you know, the u.s. using words like complicit and aiding and abetting, talking about china in allowing so much trade with north korea to continue. so, this could be a day where there is an agreement to condemn north korea. we'll see if that can be unanimous, because at the same time, we're seeing now china and russia teaming up.
yesterday, putting out a statement together that was essentially a rebuke of how the u.s. has handled this so far. so, we'll see if any action, even if it's something symbolic like a condemnation, is taken today. what's really important, though, is what this spurs nations like china to do from here on out, brooke. >> i know you'll be listening. we'll be listening for ambassador haley. we'll take her life. michelle kosinski, we'll say good-bye for now, and just a short time from now, the president will be touching down in poland for his second international trip since taking office. so, let's go to warsaw to our senior white house correspondent, jeff zeleny who is there. and jeff, he is facing a number of foreign policy tests the second he hits the ground. >> reporter: brooke, no question about that. i mean, the north korea situation that michelle was just explaining, of course, is the most urgent threat the president is facing but so many more are also waiting for him here as he
arrives back within the hour or so on this continent for the second overseas trip of his presidency. really some six weeks after he critted the first time, brooke, and i can tell you that the relationships and the tensions across the board are pretty fraught but it is still that meeting on friday with the president of russia, vladimir putin, that is the most high stakes moment of this presidential trip. but you may be wondering why he is coming here to poland before going to germany for the g20 tomorrow. that is because the white house intentionally selected poland as a place to begin this, and the president is going to be giving the biggest overseas speech of his presidency here tomorrow in the square here to some potentially 15,000 people or so, and brooke, we are seeing on social media and talking to other folks here, they are essentially bussing people in from across poland to come and listen to this president. now, his populist rhetoric, his populist agenda is similar to what is going through the strains here in poland and it's
one of the things that separates poland from the rest of the eu or other parts of the eu. the president will also be holding a press conference, at least a short one, with the president of poland, having a couple questions on each side. that comes tomorrow morning, brooke, but the high-stakes trip, of course, concludes on saturday when he flies back to the u.s. but so much business to be done between now and then. >> but again, noteworthy that tomorrow morning he will be taking questions. jeff zeleny, thank you for all of that in warsaw. with me now, john park, the director of the korea working group at harvard and joe, the author of "nuclear nightmare." so joe and john, thank you so much for being with me and let's just initially, i really want to drill down on this icbm. so, joe, we know that this brand-new missile has not seen before, according to our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, the first stage of the missile is believed to be a kn
17 liquid fueled missing which u.s. satellites had seen evidence was being prepared for launch, it's well known to u.s. intel but at some point, the north koreans attached a second stage atop the missile. what does that tell you about how advanced their program is. >> this is a very serious weapon. this is a sophisticated two-stage mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that from north korea can strike singapore, australia, or alaska. it's a mobile missile, meaning it was brought to a pre-fixed launch pad, quickly erected, filled with fuel and then fired. it traveled farther than any u.s. experts expected to see by this stage in north korea's development. we don't know whether the reentry vehicle survived all the way to the target. we don't know how accurate it was, did it hit the spot they were intending to, but this is a formidable capability and we haven't seen the end of it.
there are at least two other icbm prototypes i would expect to see tested. these guys are on a tear. >> john, you say because of what he just outlined, this particular launch crosses a red line. >> it is a red line. i think when you look at it from the icbm, the intercontinental ballistic missile red line, this is something that has been discussed for a while. but what's catching everyone by surprise is how quickly north korea's crossed this line. and a lot of it, i think, points to the notion that north korea is getting good at what they have proclaimed that they would do, eventually develop a nuclear icbm. so those are developments that are happening at a very startling pace. >> the obvious question is, what do we do about it. i understand there's a couple options on the table, joe. let me run through some. shooting down the missiles before they come anywhere near the u.s., bolstering the american presence off the korean peninsula, step up sanctions and up cyber warfare to sabotage missile launches. of all those and many more, joe, what is the most realistic
option? t >> the negotiations are really the best of the bad options. there is no real military option. >> do we like best of the bad? >> best of the bad. negotiations are tough and there's no guarantee they'll work. but what is guaranteed is if you just keep doing what we have been doing, this is going to get a whole lot worse. pressure has failed. sanctions have failed. ignoring the problem has failed. hoping the regime will collapse has failed. the only thing that has slowed down north korea's program has been negotiations. about an eight-year pause in the plutonium production program beginning in 1994, an eight-year pause in their ballistic missile program from 1998 to 2006 because of talks but those talks collapsed, the agreements collapsed and it's been off to the races ever since. it's time to do what our allies are saying, south korea, japan, even china and russia are urging us to go back to the table to discuss without preconditions whether we can get a freeze on
north korea's program. that would be in u.s. national security interests. >> let me just remind everyone what secretary mattis said in june about north korea. the regime's nuclear weapons program is a clear and present danger to all. it would be a war like nothing we have seen since 1953, and we would have to deal with it with whatever level of force was necessary. it would be a very, very serious war." i mean, john, i feel like the secretary hammered it home perfectly in how he said it but explain to us, unlike any other war we've ever experienced. this is like in a totally different stratosphere. >> absolutely. if you look at it, the korean peninsula is a very small land mass in the sense if there were military operations you're looking at civilian populations that are intermingled. >> forgive me. let's listen to u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley here at the emergency meeting. >> their illegal missile launch
was not only dangerous but reckless and irresponsible. it showed that north korea does not want to be part of a peaceful world. they have cast a dark shadow of conflict on all nations that strive for peace. yesterday's act came from the same vicious dictator who sent a young college student back home to his parents unresponsive and in a coma. for americans, the true nature of the north korean regime was painfully brought home with the images of two guards holding otto warmbier up as they transported him from a prison he should never have been in. otto warmbier is but one person out of millions who have been killed, tortured, or deprived of their human rights by the north korean regime. to americans, the death of one innocent person can be as powerful as the death of millions. because all men and women are created in god's image. depravity toward one is a sure sign of willingness to do much
more harm. the nature of the north korean regime is clear. only the scale of the damage it does could become different. that's why yesterday's escalation is so alarming. if north korea will treat an innocent young student the way it treated otto warmbier, we should not be surprised if it acts barbarically on a larger scale. the united states does not seek conflict. in fact, we seek to avoid it. we seek only the peaceful denuclearization of the korean peninsula and an end to the threatening actions by north korea. regrettably, we're witnessing just the opposite. make no mistake, north korea's launch of an icbm is a clear and sharp military escalation. the north korean regime openly states that its missiles are intended to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the united states, south korea, and japan. and now, it has greater capacity
to do so. in truth, it is not only the united states and our allies that are threatened. north korea's destabilizing escalation is a threat to all nations in the region and beyond. their actions are quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution. the united states is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies. one of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. we will use them if we must. but we prefer not to have to go in that direction. we have other methods of addressing those who threaten us and of addressing those who supply the threats. we have great capabilities in the area of trade. president trump has spoken repeatedly about this. i spoke with him at length about it this morning. there are countries that are allowing, even encouraging, trade with north korea in
violation of u.n. security council resolutions. such countries would also like to continue their trade -- such countries would also like to continue their trade arrangements with the united states. that's not going to happen. our attitude on trade changes when countries do not take international security threats seriously. before the path to a peaceful solution is entirely closed, however, there remains more that the international community can and must do, diplomatically and economically. in the coming days, we will bring before the security council a resolution that raises the international response in a way that is proportionate to north korea's new escalation. i will not detail the resolution here today, but the options are all known to us. if we are unified, the international community can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the north korean regime. we can restrict the flow of oil to their military and their weapons program.
we can increase air and maritime restrictions. we can hold senior regime officials accountable. the international community has spoken frequently against the illegal and dangerous actions of the north korean regime. for many years, there have been numerous u.n. sanctions against north korea. but they have been insufficient to get them to change their destructive course, so in order to have an impact, in order to move north korea off its military escalation, we must do more. we will not look exclusively at north korea. we will look at any country that chooses to do business with this outlaw regime. we will not have patience for stalling or talking our way down to a watered down resolution. yesterday's icbm escalation requires an escalated diplomatic and economic response. time is short. action is required. the world is on notice.
if we act together, we can still prevent a catastrophe, and we can rid the world of a grave threat. if we fail to act in a serious way, there will be a different response. much of the burden of enforcing u.n. sanctions rests with china. 90% of trade with north korea is from china. we will work with china. we will work with any and every country that believes in peace. but we will not repeat the inadequate approaches of the past that have brought us to this dark day. we cannot forget the multiple missile tests this year or yesterday's escalation. we cannot forget otto warmbier and others north korea continues to hold. we cannot forget the threats to our friends and allies around the world. we will not forget. and we will not delay. thank you. >> that is ambassador nikki haley there.
this is this emergency session that was called at the u.n. security council all because of this icbm test over north korea, which has alarmed a lot of people, as we were just talking with my panel. let me bring these two guys back. joseph and john, we were just talking about, quoting secretary mattis's words on what sort of war this would look like. but hearing her very strong rebuke there, saying time is short, action is required, we must do more. john, on the we must do more point, we were talking about the best of the worst, you know, solutions. where do you stand on that? >> so, there are two points from ambassador hailey just said, brooke. one is the notion of trying to stop north korea regime's ability to make more money. one of the inconvenient facts is that north korea regime has amassed large funds from their coal trade in the 2000s. those are the funds that are on shore inside of china. the ability to draw on those funds, to finance the proliferation, that is a target priority, i think, and one area
that some of these measures don't get at directly. >> secretary mnuchin in the last week, saying that they would be sanctioning that one chinese bank, precisely for that reason. are you still with me? >> oh, my apologies. i thought we were going to -- >> my point being they're actively laying down the law, at least with regard to one bank. sorry, continue. >> sure. there is that effort. but my point is that these funds currently reside inside of china, where is specifically unclear but using chinese national laws, their domestic law enforcement capabilities is something we haven't looked at. if they can do things like redistrict their anti-corruption campaign apparatus, this is a massive machinery that is going after corrupt party officials in china. if we know the facts here and the very clear one, the private chinese companies are linked to corrupt party officials.
to break up that part of the equation and working with north korean clients is a huge area that i think we can get more of the chinese cooperation on. that's an area that we can further explore in greater detail, and that can slow down the procurement process for north korea's further development of their nuclear as well as ballistic missile programs. >> what about the leader, joe? just kim jong un. what is his mindset through all of this? >> well, that was a very powerful speech. i agree with you. but kim jong un's not going to see it that way. empty words as far as he's concerned. he's looking at this -- that military exercises, the powerful military might that the ambassador spoke about, it's aimed at him. he thinks the u.s. is coming after him. both from his megahello maniac view of the world and because he looks at recent history and he believes that if he looks at iraq, he looks at libya and iran, and he thinks if he gives up his weapons, america will kill him. they see that he was just concluded a deal with iran, and yet there's increased talk of going to war with iran.
so, that's why he's not -- he's going to be very reluctant to give up his weapons. can he freeze the weapons? can he pause the program? yes, i think. i think he can. and that's where sanctions can come in. china's willing to put the screws on, even russia's willing to put the screws on, but they see the sanctions as a tool to get to the bargaining table. i'm afraid the administration here is looking at it as an answer, as if sanctions can coerce north korea into compliance or collapse. that's never happened in history. it's not going to happen here. >> but what about otto warmbier? i thought it was noteworthy. ambassador haley led with him off the top. looped back to him at the end, the american student who was sent back by north korea who passed away days later. john, why do you think she led with him? >> it's a very tragic story, and i think when we think about the north korean nuclear and ballistic missile threat, it's become background noise for some. the threat has been elevated for a number of years now.
but i think the sad fate of otto is a part of it that puts a different aspect to the regime and how personal, how directly connected it is to the united states through this very sad story. and i think that's a part of the narrative that ambassador haley used for her speech at the u.n., to make it different from previous statements. >> i agree. and it embodies the brutality of this regime. you saw how they dealt with one person. they deal with tens of thousands of their own citizens just this way. that's why it makes it so difficult for americans to think about negotiating with this odious regime but that's what you have to do in order to stop an even greater threat. >> and we know otto's story. there are several other americans being held in north korea as we speak. john and joseph, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> and listening to ambassador haley with me. we do have more on the breaking news, though, including president trump's arrival, soon arrival in warsaw, poland. we have that. also, vladimir putin stepping up his gamesmanship ahead of this
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minutes from now, president trump will be arriving in warsaw, poland, for his high-stakes overseas trip. his second as being president. in which he'll have his first face-to-face with vladimir putin. after months of controversy and information leaks surrounding russia's meddling in the u.s. election, and possible ties to the trump campaign, president trump will shake hands with the russian president on friday, and the world will be watching. joining me now is ben juda, the
author of "fragile empire." ben, you know a lot about putin. the man, his character, his personality, his power moves. i was -- there was a former national security official who says he expects, quote, an olympian level of macho posturing. what's putin's first move behind those closed doors? >> well, typically, when vladimir putin first meets western leaders, he likes to see how vulnerable they are to intimidation or how vulnerable they are to charm. for example, when he first met angela merkel, he knew that frightened of dogs and he brought along one of his pet labradors to sit next to him during the meeting to see how vulnerable she was to that form of intimidation. when he met the former french president, sarkozy, for the first time, his aides say that putin, for the initial first part of the meeting, went into a
very aggressive power move, saying that he could destroy him, he could rip him apart politically and frustrate all of his political ambitions but then said, if you cooperate with me, i'll make you the king of europe. when he's met former british prime ministers, putin has tried to really throw them off their balance by reminding them that britain is a shadow of its former self, internationally. so, when putin first meets trump, he'll either be sea seeing how vulnerable he is to charm or intimidation and likely a mixture of both. >> wonder what that thing would be with president trump. what, ben, do you think -- what's the one thing that he could do that the president president trump could do to really set president putin off? >> well, vladimir putin's greatest weakness is that the russian system, the relationships between oligarchs, their cash flows, the ties that
bind between the putin oligarchy and the elites of the mugs military industrial complex and the successor agencies of the kgb is the money and all of their money is laundered or located in western financial jurisdictions within the west. it's located in luxury apartments in london, it's laundered through the british virgin islands, a lot of it is hidden in off-shore shell companies in delaware or in other american states. and if president trump wanted to do a real power move that would unnerve president putin, he could say that the united states was going to radically move toward financial transparency and they were going to end the process where clep to accurates worldwide can hide their money behind anonymous shell companies in the united states. these anonymous shell companies can be set up within 15 minutes online and are practically impenetrable to law enforcement both here and internationally. >> so you outlined the power
move, the counter-power move. what about just straight up respect. we don't know what the rapport would be like between both t presidents. we have this video from may when president putin was asked about -- it was a moment some weeks or months ago in the oval office, president trump was with sergey lavrov and ambassador kislyak and revealed some classified information. so here is president putin's response to talking about that. [ speaking foreign language ] >> ben, i mean, do you think it's possible that president putin could charm president
trump into talking more than he should? >> the thing to remember about vladimir putin is as far as western leaders are concerned, he's seen it all. he first started meeting them when they visited s st. petersburg, when he was the deputy mayor of st. petersburg and he's now seen four u.s. presidents. he's seen a lot more european leaders. and he's really immune, at this point, to sweet talk, sweet nothings about russia's greatness, and for putin, the most important things in the world are money, how secure my money, how influential is my money, and military grit, military girth. like how many divisions do i have, how far advanced -- >> well, in a sense, the two would have that in common. >> well, i don't think that putin is going to be very vulnerable to trump talking up russia's sort of role in the world. but from what we've seen about
president trump, he does appear to be very vulnerable to flattery. now, if trump wanted to be really, really, really brilliant, what would he do? what he would do is he would have a look at the initial kgb assessment of vladimir putin's character. this was done when he did the initial test to admit him into the kgb. now, this test said that vladimir putin was not vulnerable in the slightest to women or alcohol or flattery, but he was vulnerable to a lowered awareness of danger. >> what's that supposed to mean? >> it's supposed to mean that vladimir putin wouldn't realize how dangerous the situation would be, that he would charge ahead. he could be foolhardy, that he wouldn't appreciate the risks associated with certain power moves, with certain operations, and that he would behave in a rather more boyish way, not thinking ahead at the risk this
could entail and not being sufficiently frightened of them. >> do you think just at a very base level, does putin respect trump? >> i think that the people that vladimir putin respects the least are ideological hypocrites, people who are very blinded by the talk of the 1990s, and those people are, a lot of them, middle tier officials and the middle tier leaders in the european union. that's something they'll both have in common, that they will not have a great deal of respect for. is trump high on putin's list of respect? i think we can safely say no. is he at the bottom? definitely not. because, as trump would remind us, he has indeed been very successful in achieving power in the united states and that's something that putin will be impressed by. >> the meeting is friday. the world will be watching. ben judah, you have been
new york police are calling a brutal attack against a fellow officer an assassination. she was officer miosotis familia, a 12-year vet who was on patrol in the bronx, a vet of the police department, and a mother of three. she was shot in her head early this morning. authorities say she was just sitting inside her command mobile -- mobile command vehicle with her partner when the gunman walked up and fired through the
window. >> shots fired! 10-85! >> what's your location. >> give me a [ bleep ] bus. give me a [ bleep ] bus. my partner is shot! >> based on what we know right now, it is clear this was an unprovoked attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this great city safe. >> the gunman here was later shot and killed by police. his motive is not clear, but with me now, vanessa gibson, new york city council woman representing the bronx. she also chairs the public safety committee. she was at the hospital until the wee hours of the morning. vanessa, thank you so much for coming in. my heart weeps for the community, for this family she leaves behind. tell me about her family. let's talk about her in that sense first. three children. >> three children a 20-year-old and two wtwin 12-year-olds. a loving single mother, loved
her family, loved her children, vibrant, energetic, loved life. all the officers are devastated because they all knew her and they knew the work she had done and she was just doing her job. you shouldn't be killed in cold blood anywhere in this country just for doing your job. >> from how it was explained to me from a friend of mine that she was sitting in this mobile command vehicle, this massive vehicle there at the corner, guy walks out of the deli where there had been a triple shooting some months before, one bullet. >> right. >> cold good, assassinated. there was an officer who took her to the hospital. tell me about that person. >> she had a partner that was sitting in the mobile command center with her. that is the officer that made the 911 call that really is really hard to listen to, to hear her cries. it's really hard to listen to that because she was calling out for help for her partner and two officers that were in the area that got the radio call immediately ran to the mobile command center and raced her to st. barnabus hospital and the
doctors there, experienced, professional, trauma center worked on her as much as they could, but ultimately her damages were just too extensive and she was later on pronounced dead a few hours later at the hospital. >> you left the hospital at 4:15. >> yes. >> in the morning. >> yes. >> how crowded, how many people, how somber was that scene? >> it was packed. unfortunately, as the chair of public safety and the city council, i've been to the hospital one too many times when too many officers have been killed in the line of duty. and this morning was no exception. the nypd came out in numbers, officers from the 46 all over the borough, all of the top brass were there responding, praying. we had members of our nypd chaplain there. we were praying because we knew her condition was serious. we knew that she was shot in the head and her chances of survival were very minimal so we were praying for a miracle and officers there were just heartbroken, a lot showed
emotion but some didn't. they were just sitting there, very stoic, waiting for just some glimmer of hope. i watched as her family walked in. it was devastating to get a phone call at that early hour in the morning to tell you that your loved one has been shot. so, it was one of the hardest things that i've ever had to do, and i've done it before. but it never, ever gets easier. >> vanessa, our condolences to the children, to the bronx community, thank you so much for taking the time and rearranging your time to talk about her. let me say her name again. miosotis familia. >> may she rest in peace. >> may she rest in peace. thank you. and let's also take a moment right now to share this name of an american soldier just killed in afghanistan. we are told private first class hanson can i recolle hanson kirk patrick died from his wounds. he was a member of the first armored division out of fort bliss. hanson was from wasilla, alaska.
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holiday inn express, be the readiest. he was once a rising political star. republicans begged for him to run for president, and now, chris christie is sunbathing with a 15% approval rating as the governor of new jersey. that number, by the way, is the worst for any governor in any state ever surveyed. chris christie, of course, pictured relaxing on a beach a couple of days ago, a beach he himself closed because of the budget crisis in new jersey. so joining me now, the man who literally wrote the book on the governor, author and syndicated columnist bob engel.
what happened? what went so wrong in his career? >> sometimes politicians get so full of themselves, they start believing their own press releases. and then they think they can do no harm and that's what happened. >> in the "washington post," you said that the photo of chris christie sitting on that empty beach with his family was essentially him giving the people of new jersey, to quote you, you chuckle, it's pretty good, the giant middle finger. >> well, you know, new jersey people are used to doing that in traffic and other places, so it means a great deal more if you happen to live in the garden state. but that's exactly what it was. he wanted to show them how little he cares that he's at 15%, and he's governor, he can do whatever he wants to. but i tell you, i really think it does matter to him. i think this is a lot of put-on for show. i think it matters to him. i think he would like to be at least 20%.
>> well, what's interesting to me, and i realize new jersey is not a microcosm for the rest of the country, but what's interesting to me is when you look at, say, president trump versus governor christie. being blunt, i'm going to tell it how it is. plu president trump, similar, the whole let trump be trump worked for him. why do you think it didn't work for chris christie? >> because when he started started running for president, u he was out of the state a lot. that's one of the things that irked people. the other thing that happened was bridge gate. there are a lot of people who believe that if he had gone for the nomination in '12, he might have gotten it. but he wanted to have a little more experience, he wanted to hang on a little longer. and then bridgegate happened and it was all downhill from there. >> bob, he's out of the governor's seat in a couple of months. what do you think he does next? >> i think that he would love to work for the trump administration, except he's got one problem.
he put jared kushner's daddy in prison. so, that's -- >> right, that. >> can you imagine thanksgiving at the kushner house if trump had hired christie on for something? the other thing he likes to do is get together with one of my former radio colleagues in new york, craig carton, he does a morning sports show, and i think he would like to do sports radio if anybody would hire him. >> maybe we'll listen for him. >> yes. >> bob ingle, thank you so much. >> you bet. coming up next, what began as a warm relationship between president trump and the chinese president seems to have cooled off a little as the world struggles with how to deal with a nuclear north korea. we'll discuss where the relationship goes from here. choicehotels.com. badda book. badda boom. that's it? he means book direct at choicehotels.com for the lowest price on our rooms guaranteed. plus earn free nights and instant rewards at check-in. yeah. like i said. book now at choicehotels.com
north korea has launched a missile that could reach the u.s. it has put a lot of pressure on the relationship between the president and xi jinping. if we look back in april, the president got to know president xi after a visit down to mar-a-lago and said this after their get-together. >> china came to the united states, the president who i have developed a real good relationship with. i think he's a terrific person. i got to know him really well over a two-day period. we were together hours and hours and hours by ourselves. we had a 15-minute scheduled meeting and it lasted for three hours. the same thing happened yesterday. we have a good chemistry together. he knows there is a problem. he's working on it. >> reporter: just last week china signed up for an arms sale with japan and imposed sanctions on the china bay for doing business with north korea.
plus president trump said this. >> we've had a very good relationship with china, in all fairness, and i do like president xi. i wish we would have a little more help with respect to north korea from china, but that doesn't seem to be working out. but i do like the president a lot. >> let's go to david mckinsey who is live in seoul, south korea. what do you make of it, david? what is your read on the relationship between president xi and president trump? >> reporter: well, brooke, it was one of those big surprises of the trump presidency. going into the presidency, trump wasn't particularly keen on china. he often bashed the country and then subsequently had this almost kind of chummy relationship with the chinese president after lengthy meetings with him at his resort in florida. but now north korea again seems to be kind of the thorn in the side of this china-u.s. relationship, and after saying that china held the key or holds
the key to sobering north korea, perhaps it's getting a little bit complicated for the u.s. president and his diplomatic call. brooke? >> what about china and russia, david? they met this week. they said they would work together to solve the north korea icbm crisis. what sort of sway may china or russia have with north korea versus the u.s.? >> reporter: well, certainly china and russia have a much more direct way of north korea. china is the biggest trader of north korea, so it holds the key to this issue. but it has a different calculation to the u.s. you don't see pyongyang directly threatening china. it's the only ally in the region, like it does the u.s. you heard the ambassador nikki haley saying the u.s. still wants to work with china, but
said that countries that do significantly trade or break u.n. sanctions against north korea will be in the diplomatic firing line of the u.s. so you have this difficult two-step that the trump administration will have to try to play with china to get them on board to tacki itightening t screws on north korea. but they don't seem to be putting tougher sanctions on the environment. we'll have to see what happens. now they're heading to the critical g20 summit. we'll take you there live. stand by.
missile launched through busy air space and it's nothing they've ever seen before from kim jong-un, as the u.s. fires back warnings. breaking news. president trump landing in europe this hour for a key summit and the most anticipated meeting of his presidency. will he confront vladimir putin over russian hack attacks during the 2016 race? plus -- >> officer shot! the chilling emergency call after a security officer and a mother of three is killed in what police call an assassination. welcome to "the lead." i'm pamela brown in for jake tapper. we begin today on world lead and north korea's first ever intercontinental ballistic missile launch. they're telling cnn the missile was brand new and