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donald trump expecting a warm welcome in warsaw. what he is planning to say about american foreign policy. on north korea, america's ambassador to the u.n. signaled action is an option. russia and china have other ideas. a congressman apologizes after posting a selfie video from a nazi gas chamber. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm hannah vaughn jones in london, and this is "cnn newsroom." donald trump is set to ascend the world stage once more
on his second visit to europe as the u.s. president. only this time the meetings will be higher profile and the stakes even greater. mr. trump will start with what's expected to be a friendly audience in warsaw, poland. then he travels to germany for the g20 summit and his first face-to-face meeting with russian president vladimir putin. cnn's live in warsaw now. this is a big, big deal for poland having the u.s. president there in their capital. the u.s. president used to positive relations with poland. should we expect anything different with donald trump? >> no. and there is no surprise donald trump has chosen poland to make his first pit stop on this second foreign trip, hannah. it is after all a government whose mirrors many of his own. its nationalist populist sentiment is something donald trump responds. he is being receive bade
friendly government and all too happy to be welcoming him here in warsaw before london or paris or berlin have had the biggest opportunity to do the same. and they've been offering free bus rides to poles so they can come aattend that crucial speech later today in a show of support for the american president. the sequence of the next few days is interesting because what donald trump will be expected to make in his speech here in warsaw today is his commitment to commitment of mutual defense among nato members. and we've had the confirmation already from this morning from poland's defense after a night of negotiations the united states is going to be selling patriot missile defense systems to the polish government. both of those things will come just ahead of his meeting with vladimir putin. this meeting, this speech here today is being watched very closely by nato. it is also being watched
extremely closely from russia as well. and so these things, both the speech he is likely to make later today reinforcing that support, if indeed he chooses to do it more clearly than he has in the past, as the polish government hopes he will, and the announcement of those defense sales will do nothing to help his relationship with vladimir putin. it's likely to add tension to what was already looking set to be a fairly awkward meeting, hannah. >> you mentioned this big speech that is coming up. he is also going to be meeting regional leaders as well. and that is set to ruffle a few russian feathers with a possible polish pivot towards america for its energy needs. >> that's right. it isn't just about security and nato and the strength of that particular alliance, it's also about energy, which is a crucial question here in eastern europe. donald trump before making the speech will be attending a summit of regional nations who are hoping to decrease their dependence on russia for things
like natural gas. donald trump hoping to increase the united states' supply of liquefied natural gas to poland in particular. this is about security. this is about energy. and on both fronts, there is the potential for donald trump to upset russia just ahead of that crucial meeting. the other thing to look out for, of course, will be crowd sizes, hannah, at that meeting. later today at this speech in particular, how many poles have the polish government managed to attract to donald trump to give him the welcome that he hopes to receive here, which is expected to be warmer than the one he is likely to get in hamburg. how many people will have made the trip on the free transport that is being provided by the polish government to welcome the american president. they've been offered a great patriotic picnic after there has been some sign of dissent in poland. overnight greenpeace projected into one of the main buildings in warsaw a sign that read "trump, no, paris, yes.
a reminder of the american withdrawal from the paris climate agreement. >> we've heard reports president trump is being promised a significant crowd size when he addresses the polish people later on. we'll come back when we hear and see from the u.s. and polish president. thank you. and now north korea's latest missile launch is likely to dominate discussions at the g20 summit in hamburg, germany. the pentagon now says the missile is one the u.s. has not seen before. a two-stage rocket that could possibly hit alaska. the u.s. is turning up pressure on pyongyang at the united nations. cnn's michelle kosinski reports. >> reporter: an emergency meeting at the united nations. >> i must say that today is a dark day. it is a dark day because yesterday's actions by north korea made the world a more dangerous place. their illegal missile launch is
not only dangerous, but reckless and irresponsible. >> reporter: kim jong un has been undaunted despite the unprecedented sanctions the u.n. imposed a year ago on the already isolated nation. the latest launch of new technology heralded as a fourth of july gift to the american bastards. an intercontinental ballistic missile that flew more than 500 miles, one that could be capable of reaching the united states. >> reporter: 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. >> reporter: and the u.s. issuing a strong warning to other countries, especially china that continue to feed the north korean regime with steady and even increased trade. >> 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 arrangements with the united states. that's not going to happen.
time is short. action is required. the world is on notice. >> reporter: china and russia, though have, been resistant to putting the clamps on. >> translator: we are against any statements or actions that could lead to an escalation and hardening of antagonism. we call for all interested states to act with restraint rather than provocation and warmongering. >> reporter: and it's no secret why. >> president trump's challenge is going to be to really get china and russia to help box in north korea. but so far there is basically no leverage because the chinese want to keep north korea exactly the way it is. >> reporter: and now china and russia have agreed to work together on the matter, putting out a statement yesterday that was essentially a rebuke of the u.s.'s methods. calling for the u.s. and south korea to stop working together on missile defense and end their joint military exercises.
the pentagon's response, a rebuke of its own. video showing missile defense exercises in action, which it plans to continue. today south korea released yet another defiant visual, simulating an attack on the north. as the trump administration amps up its rhetoric, it remains unclear how far the u.s. will go to stop north korea. >> 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. >> reporter: so on the one hand, you have russia and china in there advocating for dialogue first. even without preconditions, which the u.s. has been against, saying that you need to be creative with diplomacy. they oppose the kind of rhetoric and stance that the u.s. has put out there. but in response, the u.s. says because nothing has worked, it
is time to do more. telling the security council that if you're going to sit there and not vote for additional sanctions against north korea, then you are holding hands with kim jong un. michelle kosinski, cnn, the state department. well we have new reaction to north korea's latest missile test, this i'm out of seoul. cnn's paula hancocks joins me live from the south korean capital. paula, the u.s. not ruling out at least military action. but where does that leave the south koreans? >> reporter: well, hannah, we've had a reaction from the south korean president, moon jae-in. he is in germany at this point, meeting with angela merkel early on. he said he was calling for stronger sanctions. he was calling for more international pressure on north korea, which is a bit of a departure from where he started just a few months ago. he has always been pro engagement, pro dialogue with north korea. but now after this icbm launch, he is moving closer to the u.s. line and pushing for more
sanctions. we also heard from the defense minister as well, saying yesterday he was concerns this coupled with the icbm once fully working in north korea. since then that means they have that capability to be able to hit mainland united states with a nuclear-tipped icbm. this is what is the stated goal of north korea. we also heard from the defense minister he thinks the sixth nuclear test may not be too far away. hannah? >> and we know that the u.s. wants china to do more to clamp down on pyongyang. that also what the new south korean president is looking for, for china the take the lead in terms of regional stability? >> it's what he has been saying over the past week or so. certainly not so much earlier. but his position is really aligning itself more with the position of the u.s. president
donald trump. also what we're seeing here as well -- there is a divide between what the u.s. and south korea want in their policy with north korea and how to deal with the country. and then what china and russia wants. certainly this is something that is being played out here in south korea. media is focusing quite heavily on this perceive d divide betwen the two sides, them versus us, how to deal with north korea. china and russia asking that there is a halt in the u.s.-south korea military drills in return for a halt or freezing in north korea's nuclear weapons program. it's been rejected in the past. china has suggested this in the past. but it is a divide that is concerning some here in south korea. hannah? >> paula hancocks, thank you very much. in seoul, south korea. well, moscow is urging washington to end its joint military drills that it conducts with south korea. matthew chance is with us now
live from the russian capital, moscow. the u.s. and russia at loggerheads again over what to do about north korea. just listen first though to this exchange between the u.s. and the russian representatives at the u.n. security council yesterday. >> but it is -- makes no sense to not join together on this threat against north korea. they have not had any care for russia or china in this. they have not listened to anything that you've said. they're not going to listen to anything that you say. and so it's time that we all stand together and say we will not put up with this action. to sit there and oppose sanctions or to sit there and go in defiance of a new resolution means you're holding the hands of kim jong un. >> translator: the situation to the situation on the korean peninsula we think can only be found by calibrating regional and international efforts. sanctions with not be a cure-all. this has been demonstrated by history. here what we need is to seek a political solution and be
creative in our diplomacy. >> so nikki haley there for the u.s. saying that all the countries need to stand together and to take a unilateral approach. russia seemingly has a different stance. what's behind that? >> well, i think russia's stance is that they want to stand together with the rest of the international community, but with a view to getting the north koreans into a process of diplomacy and negotiation. the russian foreign minister spoke about this issue just yesterday as saying he does not believe that the task of denuclearizing the peninsula should be a pretext for regime change. and of course that talks to much broader concern in russian foreign policy, the idea that russia-backed regime change is a fallback position. they've witnessed it, the russians have, in iraq, in libya, in the neighboring country of ukraine as well. and they've been strenuously resisting it ever since. they said you don't want to see it in your asian backyard in north korea. the other reason the russians i
think are pushing for negotiations is because even any negotiations when it comes to the future of north korea and what to the there, they would be front and center in those talks. and that again talks to a broader issue in russian foreign policy. they want a seat at the top diplomatic table. and military intervention doesn't give them that. diplomatic efforts to be korean peninsula puts them again at the focus of that crisis. >> and we saw that effort with the russian and chinese leaders meeting just the other day as well. it does certainly seem that if it's america first as far as trump is concerned, then russia and china will step in, fill a void and take that lead in terms of global dominance. >> yeah. this partnership, this alliance between russia and china is very significant. and we've seen them rally again around this issue of north korea and the crisis on the korean peninsula. again, another one of the concerns that is shared by russia and china is a bid or a
need to try and curtail u.s. power in their respective backyards in the european theater in the russian side, and in asia as well when it comes to the chinese. but also with the russians. they combine forces again to try to provide a counterpoint, a counterbalance as to what they would see as u.s. power, u.s. ambitions in that asian region. >> matthew, great to talk to you as always. and no doubt we'll speak to you later in the hour when we can discuss in more detail this meeting between donald trump and vladimir putin. thank you. president trump's stop in poland is expected to be perhaps the easiest part of his day. coming up, his agenda there. the full report ahead between germany and the g20 summit. plus isis is losing the grip on its two biggest cities. but what should be a resounding victory is soured by questions of what happens next.
welcome back to "cnn newsroom." we're going to return straight to poland. these are live pictures. you can see there u.s. president donald trump is on his way to the royal castle in warsaw, the polish castle to meet with his polish counterparts. the two leaders are quite similar, really. president duda himself came to power just two years ago on a populist wave of anti-immigrant sentiment. they are both skeptical of
international organizations like the european union and also nato. however, in just a few hours' time, president trump once he has held these bilateral talks with president duda, he is expected to deliver a speech on his transatlantic policy, focusing in particular on nato. everyone will be listening to hear if he says anything about that mutual defense clause, that crucial clause in the nato alliance, which means that an attack on one is an attack on all. president trump of course in the past has been slightly disparaging about nato. once calling it obsolete, and then saying it no longer is obsolete, but certainly all of the nato members are very, very close to watching everything that president trump has to say and of course all of the body language between these two leaders. poland very proud, though, that the u.s. president has decided to stop off in their country before then heading off to hamburg, germany for that g20 summit.
melissa bell joins me live from warsaw with the latest. remind us why the wording of donald trump's speech is just so critical. >> well, because as you were just reminding viewers, hannah, this is really all about nato. you really need only to look at the geography of poland, to look at its 20th century history to understand why perhaps for this country, more than any other in europe, the idea of that famous article 5 clause within the nato trea treaty, which essentially means when one country is under attack, the others come to help it, you can understand why it matters more here than it does in many other countries. we are hear in warsaw, after all, only 300 kilometers from the russian border. as you alluded to, donald trump has not been terribly forth coming in his support, in his clear recommitment to that article 5 clause, failing to mention it at all when he was at
nato headquarters for the first foreign trip back in may. he did commit the united states to it by talking about it from the rose garden. and this is a couple of weeks later alongside his romanian counterpart. but to hear him commit to it on polish soil will be extremely important to the polish government, but also to other nato countries. his words, though, hannah, will also be very closely watched from across the boarder in russia. and this just ahead of that meeting between donald trump and vladimir putin. so the sequence of events over the course of this second foreign trip for donald trump has been extremely interesting. you can understand why he accepted the polish government's invitation of a pit stop here. this is after all a government that he has much in common with. a government that has through its policies, through its apparent attacks on the free press here in poland attempts to rein in the independent judiciary over the course of the last couple of years since the
law and justice party came to power here in november 2015, its populist instincts extremely worrying to the wider european union. so you can understand that donald trump might have chosen to visit a country where a government is in charge that he has a certain affinity with. after all, the law and justice party has made anti-immigration a central plank, also suspicious of organizations like the european union. coming to warsaw ahead of what will be a bilateral meeting with vladimir putin presents a fresh set of challenges. and amongst those how to carefully show his support for nato. we also learned overnight that his visit has led to the sale and agreement of the sale of patriot missile defense system to poland. that's been confirmed by poland's defense and two things that are like toy to make an awkward meeting with vladimir putin more awkward still. but as you say, the words of the speech that will be delivered later today will be extremely
important. the fact that he sticks to the words they will have been carefully thought through will also be extremely important. if for mo other reason, hannah, that the whole world is waiting to hear what role donald trump intends the united states to play on the international stage. >> and melissa, as you're battling obviously the morning russia traffic and the noise behind you we are still showing our viewers these live pictures of the cavalcade making its way towards the royal castle there in the polish capital as well. no doubt a massive security presence in and around this city whilst president trump of the united states is in town as well. melissa, u.s. presidents have long received a warm welcome in poland. and particularly republican presidents. just remind us a little bit of the history of the relations between the two countries. >> that's right. one of the most interesting aspects of this particular trip, hannah is not so much that it's new. it has traditionally been an
important stop for american presidents, both democrats and republicans. but perhaps with a greater affinity for republican presidents who have really chosen to come here over the years a great deal. and that is because until now really, the values that bound the two countries, poland to the united states was an ideological tie. the idea that poland really represented through its solidarity movement, through its recent history in the lead up to 1989 this determination to shake off the shackles of community and proclaim itself a free country. it's something american presidents have come here time and time again to pay their respects, to pay tribute to that desire for freedom of the polish people. this is a very different american president visiting a very different polish government. this time the common values are not so much the ones that have bound them so far. rather these are two populist governments essentially meeting at a time when the rest of the
world is perhaps unconvinced by their position. certainly the european by their positions on things like immigration. so there is a slight shift in both administrations. you're watching there the motorcade of donald trump making its way towards the royal castle in the old part of warsaw, what is left of old warsaw. and there he will be meeting with president duda, saying he has perhaps a more in common with than many of the leaders he is going to be meeting in hamburg immediately after this trip after he has met with president duda. and still inside that castle, he is going to be attending a initiative summit. this is a summit of 12 nations, hannah, that lie between the baltic, adriatic and black seas, and that are essentially worried about eastern european country, about being worried to create greater infrastructure amongst themselves and to lessen their energy depends on russia. a big problem here in eastern
russia. many countries feeling they depend too much on moscow. it is another important part of president trump's visit here. he wants to make the united states the net export over things like liquid gas. these are countries all too keen to accept that offer. but, again, another element that will be likely watched closely from moscow with a great deal of suspension about the american government's intentions. once that three cs initiative meeting is over, donald trump will be heading to pay tribute alongside his polish counterpart for the failed 1944 warsaw uprising against nazi occupation. that had been a very brave but ultimately doom aid tempt to shake off the nazi occupation. but it had led to the killing of 200,000 poles. this is an extremely important memorial here in poland. and after that, donald trump will be making that speech which will be so carefully watched not only from the west, and in particular from the rest of the european union, but also from
the east and crucially by vladimir putin. >> melissa, stay with us if you can. i want to bring in nick nic robertson. donald trump expected to receive a warmer welcome, shall we say, whil whilst he is in poland. but things might shift when he gets to germany. >> there is a lot of challenges for him here, not the least that first meeting with president putin of russia. and we understand from overnight last night, poland has now signed a military agreement with the united states to have and station u.s.-made patriot missiles there in poland that is sure to angle president putin. so that from not knowing about that to this meeting that was going to be about ukraine and syria, i think we can be sure that that's going to come up. president putin has written in a newspaper here how much he is
against sanctions. that sanctions don't work. of course that will be part of his narrative about his position on ukraine although the kremlin has briefed that they don't think president putin has quite enough time to give president trump a full understanding of ukraine, which reading between the lines seems to imply they don't expect president trump to shift on the ukraine issue. but key to that is sanctions and president putin already putting out on the public record now. that's a big issue for him sanctions. he doesn't want them. he doesn't like them. he doesn't think that they work. but they are having an economic impact on his country nevertheless. so that's one part of what president trump is going to arrive to face here. so perhaps acrimony that we didn't know was on the cards over these patriot missiles being positioned in poland. but of course there are many other things, trade and climate change are big among them. talking about people of britain in the newspapers. angela merkel, the german chancellor has been quoted in a very popular weekly political paper here saying that united
states and germany in particular, something echoed by the european union, differ massively on globalization. that the german chancellor believes that globalization should be a win-win. that unlike she said in the united states where there are winners and losers, where only a few profit, the view here in europe is that globalization should benefit everyone. you might argue she would say that going into elections this year. however, trade and the matter of free trade or protectionism is a big issue here. and on the eve of president trump arriving in hamburg and brussels today, you had the japanese prime minister meeting with the european union. >> can i interrupt you for a moment? we are showing live pictures at the moment of donald trump and his polish counterpart and president duda shaking hands there inside the royal capital in warsaw. the two men firm handshake
there. smiling for the cameras. all seemingly very friendly indeed. they will now go off for their bilateral talks. they will be talking about security, about trade, about regional stability as well. and nic, donald trump we know is a president who doesn't particularly like sticking to script. but given the gravitify of the diplomatic tensions at play at the moment, do you think we might see donald trump more on message than ever before when he delivers this speech later today? >> there will be a hope here that he doesn't distance himself from the sort of economic heart of europe, a europe, you know, a germany, and a france and a european union that has significant differences on immigration policy, for example. with poland that has differences over terms on who should have
the final say on law, european union or poland looking more towards its own sovereignty there. so there are differences that could be amplified or could be bridged. of course angela merkel, president macron of practice will all be here at the g20. we'll be looking to that speech to see if president trump commits to supporting article 5 of the nato alliance, which is a strike against one is a strike against all. mutual defense. which he notably didn't say when he was at the nato headquarters in brussels in may earlier this year. so there will be a lot to see if he is building bridge there's. but an idea that he may come out and be too warm in his embrace of poland will play negatively here on the bigger stage.
i think you can expect people to look for that. for president trump, when he gets here, at least, trying to stay on script here is going to be important of course. the big issue of north korea, the big push by the united states, the united nations last night for increased sanctions on korea. we have heard what president putin has to say about sanctions already. but it will be meeting with president xi jinping when donald trump does that here, he'll have to try and convince the chinese leader of the u.s. position and to try to get their support, or at least not have theirs and russia's vetoed by the u.n. on any vote on increase in sanctions in north korea. so staying on script on that topic alone, if he wants that resolution to pass at the united nations, that will be hugely important. again, all those other issues we talked about, trade, globalization, climate change as well. if they differentiate right now between president trump and many others at the g20, hannah. >> nic, thank you.
melissa bell still standing by. we have seen the two leaders shake hands. and they have gone off for their talks now. what will the polish president be looking for specific to his country from donald trump? >> definitely security and energy. a commitment of the united states will help poland feel safe in the face of russia. clearly president duda will be looking to hear specifically a strong signal, a strong commitment on both those questions. but already, of course, as we were just hearing, the fact that this patriot defense missile system negotiation has led to a deal according to poland's defense ministry will be an important signal really to be drawn from this meeting, a signal that poland will be capable of defending itself. now we've been talking about why donald trump should have accepted this particular meeting with the president that he shares a lot in common with. those talks now under way. we are expecting, by the way,
hannah, to hear from both presidents would be about half an hour once those talks are done. it will be the first time we'll have heard from donald trump on this, the second leg of his meeting. beyond the natural sympathy there's might be given to president, they're equally nationalistic and populist platforms, there is also the question, of course, of what president duda can expect from donald trump. and clearly those two questions will be extremely important. and from donald trump's point of view, poland is precisely the kind of nation that he believes represents what nato members should. it is one of the five nato countries that actually spends 2% of its gdp on its military. this is the kind of thing that donald trump believes sets an example to other nato members who perhaps don't go far enough, as far as he is concerned in their military spending in terms of their nato commitments. so these are two men who share a lot in common. but as nick was just saying, once donald trump rises to speak
later this morning, once he makes that speech, not only to the polish people, but also to the wider world, it will be a very difficult balancing act really between giving his host what his host wants to hear. telling nato what nato wants to hear. but not going so far as to ruffle too many russian feathers ahead of that meeting, of course later on. and it will all be about sticking to that script, hannah. >> melissa in warsaw, poland. thank you very much. i want to bring in matthew chance who is standing any the russian capital moscow. of course all eyes will be on this vladimir putin and donald trump face-to-face meeting the first time. these two haven't met, on the side lanes of the g20 summit in germany as well. matthew, your response or what you think the kremlin's response might be to this news out of poland that a deal has been struck, a missile deal between the united states and poland?
>> well, it's interesting because this isn't the subject that gets many headline these days. but it's still one of the main issue, if not the main issue that russia has with its -- what it would call its western partners, the deployments of missile defense in eastern europe. russia believes threaten its own strategic balance. they threaten its own strategic deterrence. they basically say they could be aimed at russian nuclear missiles. and it's been a major sore point between russia and relations between the west. i suspect this news will be greeted with very negatively shall we say by moscow, though we haven't had a statement in reaction to it yet. but i expect there will be a statement regarding it soon. you're right. it's also likely to be raised, i would say, or it could be raised. and during this first face-to-face meeting that is
widely anticipated, between donald trump, u.s. president and vladimir putin. of course, that i have a whole range of issues which they could possibly talk about. and it's extraordinary, really, that for a meeting of this importance, there is very little comment been made on either side about the agenda will be. i think the russians are prepared to take the lead from the united states on that. for the russians they want the try to emphasize the idea of cooperation between the united states and russia in the area of international terrorism. it's an issue that they've raised before. they want the united states to work with russia particularly in war zones like syria to combat what they call international terrorism. and the kremlin says they'll be raising that issue. but this new deal with poland, they won't change that calculation. >> we will have to wait and see. matthew chance, live in moscow. thank you. i want to go back to nic robertson who is live for us in
hamburg, germany. donald trump will be fighting many fires on many fronts as he embarks on this diplomatic mission. how crucial is the next few days for donald trump diplomatically? not just in terms of america's standing on the world stage, but also of his own position in the oval offensives? >> you know, the europeans to a degree have already made their mind up about president trump. and there is a feeling they need to be more united and that they need to take the place on the world stage that the united states seems to be vacating. whether you're talking about syria, where the united states doesn't seem to have a firm, clear political idea of whether it's going. it does militarily to take down isis. we have secretary of state rex tillerson in the past in the past 12 hours or so talk about the importance of stabilizing syria. but beyond that, there is a general sense that the united states is more absent from the world stage.
and that is typified, if you will, at that situation at the g7 meeting, a group of seven meeting just the end of may, beginning of june where president trump didn't support the global climate change agreement in paris. was actually, you know, if you read between the lines, criticized by the -- his italian host there, the prime minister, who during that meeting said look, we need to negotiate here professionally if we're able to have concrete agreements. and there is a real sense that on the world stage there, at the last big global summit that he attended that president trump perhaps didn't measure up. so there will be additional scrutiny here. and you were talking before about the need to be on script. there are so many pressing issues here. let's see what is happening in the middle east of course with t the situation with qatar. it's striking neither the saudi team nor the crown prince. but as we understand here, the
expected representative from saudi arabia will be a former finance minister. so significant downgrade from a leadership position. so you have the qatar standoff is one thing. the very delicate and pressing issue of north korea. you have syria. you have ukraine. you have the first meeting with president trump. if you want to achieve something and ostensibly on the world stage president trump does want the u.n. support over north korea. this is his chance to try to win support. for that he'll be meeting with the japanese prime minister, with the south korean president as well to try to do that. so that's going to take some diplomatic, careful footwork that president trump hasn't really shown himself very deft at doing. and of course the other expectation here is what is his messaging going to be on global trade. he is sort of an outlier compared to the rest of the world, or at least certainly
many of his partners in europe on that issue. is he going to lean towards protectionism and have trade te tariffs or is he going to be open to free trade. so-so much at stake. everything is interconnected. and every step, you know, determines part of the track you run on the next part of your talks. it's a very difficult situation he is faced with here. hannah? >> much to watch over the coming hours, the coming days as well. nic robertson in hamburg. matthew chance in moscow. melissa bell live in war saw. my thanks to you all. it's a busy couple of hours, a busy morning for us at cnn. we are of course monitoring president trump's second trip to europe as president of the united states. he then heads off to the g20 in germany. that takes place tomorrow. plenty more coming up on this story and all the rest of the global headlines after the break.
polish counterpart. next up he will head to the g20 summit. but his biggest challenge could be on the sidelines of the summit when he meets the president vladimir putin. u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson says the situation in syria will be one of the main topics the two leaders discuss. >> this is where we've begun an effort to begin to rebuild confidence between ourselves and russia at the military level. but also the diplomatic level. so i think it is an effort that serves both of our interests as well as the broader interests of the international community. >> well, in a statement, rex tillerson added that cooperation with russia could come in several forms such as establishing no-fly zones and enforcing ceasefires. in other news, u.s. republican congressman clay higgins is apologizing for a video he made about the auschwitz concentration camps. the piece is now off his social
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critics. as world leaders gather for the g20 summit, the u.s. president's 140 carat opinions are being skrut niayzed with more detail. >> reporter: as the president left for europe, he fired off a series of tweets that cast a chill over one of america's most important relationships, implying that china is working against the u.s. in trying to rein in north korea. world leaders often use twitter to lay out their thoughts on foreign affairs, but none like this, and noun with greater potential consequences. >> it certainly is true that any given tweet you got to be nervous about it. it might box president trump in. it might give away some information. it might get him into a dynamic with some other leader who fires back verbally with some risk of it escalating to military conflict. >> reporter: around the world trump's tweets have been met with fascination and amusement, but also nervousness and also
outright anger. south korea was reportedly so concerned that they assigned a foreign affairs officer just to monitor his tweets. trump has often used twitter like a traditional president to offer support and sympathy to friends. but also with those same friends in unorthodox and undiplomatic ways, like attacking the mayor of london following june's deadly terror attack. a spokesman for mayor sadiq khan responding khan has more important things to do than to respond to donald trump's ill informed tweet. the ambassador to the uk then trying to calm the waters saying i commend the strong leadership of the mayor of london as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack. >> you don't have to take every tweet equally seriously. sometimes you're better off letting it be like water off a duck's back. and frankly, sometimes mr. trump will revise his own opinion the next day. >> reporter: one other american diplomat found herself so frustrated she used the president's favorite method of communication to vent.
increasingly difficult to wake up to seas from gnome dana shell tweeted, knowing i will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions. she has since stepped down. trump's tweets often confuse, contradicting what he and his administration have previously said. weeks after calling qatar a crucial strategic partner, he seemed to side with saudi arabia against them. frustrating the state and defense departments who view qatar as a key ally. >> i think 90% of his tweets, however much i may not like them are not so dangerous. they're more or less harmless. but that last 5 or 10% could ultimately get us into trouble. so i really hope he takes more care with them than sometimes seems to be the case. >> well we will have full coverage as president trump prepares to deliver that speech in warsaw, poland. thanks for your company. "early start" is coming up next after a short break.