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over to ascertain what happened. one of the things we want to point out as the summit is wrapping up, president trump is not expected to hold a news conference as he leaves the g20 summit. that's breaking with a precedent that american presidents have shown in the last several years, president obama would typically hold an end of g20 summit news conference. he is not doing that. i don't know if you can see this over my shoulder right now, there's a big monitor behind me that shows the german chancellor, angela merkel giving a news conference to the world press as we speak. we expect to have one from vladimir putin as a matter of fact, he's expected to also hold a news conference as well as the french president, emmanuel macron. so president trump, not really in keeping with the company here, his colleagues here at the g20 from what we understand vladimir putin is holding his own news conference as we speak. so, guys, as all these questions are swirling around president trump in terms of what was said behind closed doors, in that
meeting with vladimir putin, the president's decision not to hold a news conference at the end of the summit and vladimir putin holding this news conference right now is essentially giving the russians the opportunity to sort of put their spin out there in terms of what went on in this meeting. we do believe that perhaps there might be a gaggle of some sort with reporters on air force one, as reporters are traveling with the president back to washington. but i just want to make sure we emphasize to viewers, that this is unusual for president of the united states to go to a g20 summitnd not have the president himself or at least top officials brief reporters on what happened overall at the summit. one other final thing, the g20 summit has put out one of these joint statements, communique's, whatever folks call them. as they're leaving the summit. it does take note on the part of the g20, does take note of the fact that the u.s. is pulling out of the paris climate accord. and so that was also big subject
of conversation here between these world leaders. >> jim acosta, at the g20, over your shoulder there. the monitor that shows angela merkel speaking. we want to go to nic robertson as well. nic, what are we hearing from angela merkel as we wrap up the g20 here? we know this was set initially as interconnectivity being part of the theme. and the headline of potentially the isolation of the u.s. in the multilateral deals that have been struck. what are we hearing from angela merkel? >> angela merkel is the host here, and she does the sort of final big wrap-up. to jim's point about president trump not speaking, president putin able to define his message, to a degree, angela merkel was able to put a cap on everything that was agreed and disagreed here. the very important and big-ticket items here, trade there was a huge concern going
into this. a difference over the u.s. position, and the other juntcy members' positions on trade. president trump said free trade is okay, but it must be fair trade. angela merkel, the big-ticket item on trade said there's an agreement that keeps markets open, fights protectionism, so that's very much if you will taking a position that's against a position where president trump has really been. some language in there that will make president trump feel a little better. it says that they agree to fight unfair trade. again president trump has said free trade, yes, but it must be fair trade this is a win for the other members of the g20. this is one, if you will, that president trump will have to take on the chin. excess steel in the global market, now that's something that angela merkel was talking about. that was a concern of president trump, is a concern of president trump. that was a big fear that he
might put tariffs onnas of steel. there was talk that that could spark a trade war. that seems to be headed off. the way that it's headed off is there does seem to be an agreement to form an international body to look at the, at steel production and sales across the world. to present a paper by november later this year. so there is something in that for president trump, absolutely. that he will get an accounting of where the world thinks things are on steel. but on climate change, angela merkel gets her way, she wanted to be able to say in the communique', she said at the very beginning, that it is important that we can say that we differ on certain issues. and she said, on climate change, she said it was deplorable, deplorable that the united states under president trump is backing out or appears to be backing out of the paris climate agreement. she said all other 1 members here agree to, agree to enforce
that. >> thank you so much, nic robertson, we appreciate it. want to get back to jim acosta. we were talking to jim about the fact that president trump was not going to speak to the media. but jim, you did hear from him, is that correct? >> that's right. in one of these bilateral sprays where the press is allowed in momentarily. to capture a few moments between these two leaders. not sure exactly whether this was in response to a question or whether he just volunteered comments. president trump, but in the meeting with president xi, when the press was in the room on north korea said something has to be done about it. president trump said that eventually there will be a success, when dealing with pyongyang. the regime in north korea. and a quote here, maybe longer than i like. talking about how long this is going to take. more than you like. there will be a success, one way or the other. so the president, they're talking in general terms how he
would like to see some kind of progress when it comes to dealing with north korea. not the sort of saber-rattling statements we heard from the president, in the initial readout, getting just at this moment. i want to caution viewers, but it does appear he is saying in this brief moment with president xi where the cameras were in the room, something has to be done about north korea. of course people around the world feel the exact same way. the question obviously is what exactly can be done about north korea. and a lot of critics of what's been going on over the last several months in terms of the u.s.' dealings with north korea, china's dealings with north korea, that there aren't a lot of great options in terms of dealing with the regime in pyongyang and trying to curb its nuclear program. but the president saying with president xi, that something has to be done about it. not sure if that was in response to a number of questions or this was just something he volunteered at that moment. but again as we were saying
earlier, he's not going to be giving us a chance to be asking him questions. he's leaving hamburg shortly to head back to washington. guys? >> jim acosta, nic robertson as well, thank you both. do stay with us, we're continuing to watch what happens at the g20 summit as they wrap things up there today. also, looking at some of the crowds that have been there today. so far, peaceful. but that was not the case overnight. >> they were gathering all day outside of the g20 summit. the time day of the summit. german police we know are prepared and have already called in reinforcements from across the country. more than 100 demonstrators have best arrested. we know that more than 200 officers have been injured. let's go to cnn senior international correspondent fred pleitgen i see there. tell us, what are we seeing as it's compared to what we saw last night. >> good morning, guys this is one of the biggest demonstrations we've seen so far, since the g20 started.
the organizers say that it's well over 20,000 people who are marching at this point in time. it seems to us like it might actually be even more than that. we sort of marched along this demo. this is one of the anti-g20 demos. its motto is g20, not welcome. they want to tell the world leaders who are gathering here that they're not okay with some of the things that have been decided and generally with some of the policies of some of the leaders and heads of state that have been here. this march is completely peaceful. more like a festive gathering than anything else. trying to bring across a political message. and certainly one that is be heard here. what happened last night, i've been covering demonstrations in this country for a long time and it's been a long time since i've seen anything like what happened here last night. a lot of firecrackers being sent off. and violence in the streets as well. and the german police really had a lot of problems coming to terms with the situation on the ground there. had to call in reinforcements as you mentioned.
that was something, even the folks who are organizing some of these demonstrations against the g20 said that's not something that they want to see, victor and christi. >> fred, we hear that new york mayor bill de blasio was there, that he was speaking at some of these protests. can you tell us how he was received there? >> he was received very well, he also declared his solidarity with the city of hamburg. it was a different none strags than this one. even though it went parallel to this one. it was borderless solidarity. cities showing solidarity with one another. you had mayor bill de blasio there, he was very well received. and i think he made a point of showing the solidarity between new yorkers and the folks here in hamburg. they have had a very, very tough time here with the summit. of course the disruptions that have been happening to daily life here as well as the g20 is
wrapping up. guys? >> fred pleitgen, we appreciate it, thank you. it's been a full day on president trump's agenda already as he navigates policy among the world leaders here. i want to talk to you about what you may have missed thus far this morning. >> most of the leaders at the g20 summit appear to be at an impasse over trade and climate change. just moments ago we heard from german chancellor angela merkel. she spoke about how crucial the paris climate deal is. watch? >> the one crucial issue was climate and energy. and what came out of this meeting was what i had already said at the beginning of this meeting, wherever there is no consensus that can be achieved, disagreement has to be made clear. you are familiar with the american position, you know that unfortunately, and i deplore this, the united states of america left the climate agreement or rather said, announced their intention of doing this. so so when it becomes clear in
this declaration is the dissenting view of the united states. but i am very gratified to note that the other 19 member states of the g20 say that the paris agreement is irreversible. >> meanwhile, president trump appears to be hopeful about a new potential trade deal with the uk. sitting there with the british prime minister. announced a new agreement, he said it could come very, very quickly. but as the president tries to focus on trade, he cannot escape those questions about russia's interference in the 2016 election. watch this exchange. >> prime minister may and i have developed a very special relationship and i think trade will be a very big factor between our two countries. so i want to thank you very much. >> mr. president. [ inaudible ] >> i want to show you this tweet, president trump's daughter ivanka briefly took a role at the g20 summit as the
president stepped away. svetlana lukash who identifies herself as a g20 russian sherpa. a name given to people who help large sell gagss at the summit. she took this picture of ivanka. a senior trump administration official is dismissing a suggestion that this was improper. >> president trump weighed in on his daughter's success, making a bit of a joke here. >> i'm very proud of my daughter, ivanka. always have been, from day one. i have to tell you that. from day one. she's always been great. she's a champion. she weren't my daughter, it would be so much easier for her. it might be the only bad thing she has going, if you want to know the truth. >> we are getting word that president putin has spoken as well. let's take a listen to what he had to say just moments ago.
>> translator: put this question on the agenda, we discussed it. and it wasn't just one question, there was a lot of questions and we debated a lot of time. our position is well known and we kept to it. i think there is absolutely no grounds for suggesting that russia was involved in the u.s. elections. but what's important is that we came to an agreement that the situation of uncertainty, particularly towards the future, must be absent. we cannot have this uncertainty. and incidentally, i said this at the last meeting. we have a common internet cyberspace. and we agreed with the u.s. president that we would set up an expert working group and work on how we can collectively together safeguard this
cyberspace. and we have to have guidelines, world global guidelines for this. and how we can prevent other states actually intervening. >> and that was an agreement obviously just between the u.s. and russia. but we hope very much if we manage to put that scheme in place, then there will be far less speculation, so as far as personal relations are concerned, then i think that they are certainly established. i don't know how this is going to sound. but this is how i look at it. trump on tv is very, very different from the trump in person that i saw. absolute big difference. he is very good interlocutor, he responds to the question which
arise in discussion, new elements, so it seems to me that we will be able to build future relations on the kind of meeting we had yesterday. and we will be able to actually get to the level that we need. >> so you have there, russian president vladimir putin speaking about his meeting with president trump. expressing some optimism after this meeting that happened yesterday, lasted for more than two hours. first you heard from the russian president talking about this upcoming bilateral working group on many things, including cybersecurity. now of course that comes in the context of the discrepancy between the descriptions from the russian foreign minister, lavrov, and from secretary tillerson, about the acceptance of the russian denial of interference in the election. >> uh-huh.
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it wasn't just one question, there was a lot of questions. and we debated a lot of time trait, our position is well known and we kept to it. i think there's absolutely no grounds for suggesting that russia was involved in the u.s. elections. what's important is that we came to an agreement that the situation of uncertainty, particularly towards the future, must be absent. we cannot have this uncertainty. and incidentally, i said this at the last meeting.
we have a common internet cyberspace. and we agreed with the u.s. president. that we will set up an expert working group. and work on how we can collectively together, safeguard this cyberspace. and we have to have guidelines, world global guidelines for this. and how we can prevent other states actually intervening. >> so there's president putin taking questions, well not taking questions, but certainly addressing the media there at the g20, just a couple of moments ago, ivan watson, senior international correspondent is in moscow right now. ivan, talk to us about what you heard from president putin just a couple of moments ago. he's still speaking, might add,
he did say, talked about this historic face-to-face, 2:18 meeting he had yesterday with the u.s. president donald trump. and one of his conclusions was that the trump you see on tv is not the trump you meet in person. he said this is an effective interlocutor, who answers questions and responds. logically. he was asked specifically, vladimir putin was, whether or not he felt that president trump had accepted vladimir putinen's denials of russian involvement and hacking of the november 2016 u.s. presidential election. and he said that he believed that president trump did accept this. but you have to ask him yourself. why is that coming up? that's because in the moments after the meeting in hamburg russia's foreign minister came out and paraphrased president trump in a press conference and said quote, president trump mentioned that certain groups in
the u.s., even though they can't prove it, are still trying to fan the topic of russian interference in the elections and he he went on to say that president trump accepted vladimir putin's denial of any meddling in the u.s. election. shortly after that, a senior trump administration official told cnn that's not true, president trump did not accept the denial. so that's where this controversy is stemming from. of course from the much bigger controversy that the u.s. intelligence agencies concluded that russia did in fact meddle in the 2016 presidential election. christi? >> ivan watson, thank you so much. we appreciate it. that was a very interesting take that stood out when he said that president trump that we see on television is not the same president trump that he sees behind closed doors. in a face-to-face meeting. >> there's also the headline as ivan just told us, that you'll have to ask him yourself,
talking about the president, we now know that the president will not hold a news conference at the end of the g20, something that his predecessors did after their attendance. we know right now the big meeting today is the meeting with the chinese president, xi jinping, happening right now. you see on the left of your screen, president trump and the u.s. delegation sitting across from president xi and the chinese delegation, north korea at the top of the list. also trade on the list. the islands in the south china sea all of it up for discussion, we're following this breaking news, we'll talk more after the break. and planning birthday parties, nobody does it better. she's also in a rock band. look at her shred. but when it comes to mortgages, she's less confident. fortunately for maria, there's rocket mortgage by quicken loans. it's simple, so she can understand the details and be sure she's getting the right mortgage. apply simply. understand fully. mortgage confidently.
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a topping the list of issues -- north korea. >> let's talk about it with eugene scott, cnn politics reporter and rebecca burg, cnn political analyst and national political reporter at real clear politics. we're getting a note here as i said, president trump is in the meeting right now. with chinese president xi. and he, apparently president trump just said to president xi, i appreciate the things you've done relative to the very substantial problem we all face in north korea. they are at an impasse here. going into this meeting as we understand it. eugene, what do you make of that line that the president just gave to president xi? perhaps offering an olive branch. perhaps saying look, we appreciate what you've done, but we need you to do more. >> i think it's as we move forward, some are saying that the trump administration has to figure out how it feels about china. i mean within a given week you can hear the president make
statements that seem very frustrated with the government in china and how they're handling north korea. and then just minutes ago saying something more positive and praise-worthy. and the people in the administration are wondering why perhaps they could be having such a reaction from china that doesn't seem to be consistently on the same page as they would like. perhaps they can look back actually at the 2016 campaign when president donald trump repeatedly cast china as an enemy. and i would imagine that some of the challenges they have now stem from that relationship earlier on. >> a lot of people say things as a candidate that are very different once they get into the white house and they learn more about some of the information that they're talking about, that they didn't know prior. but this is interesting. rebecca. we know that as eugene pointed out, the president seems to have been conflicting issues a bit on
china. but secretary of state tillerson said earlier, no, we have not given up hope when it comes to working with china. he said i call it the peaceful pressure campaign. this is a campaign to lead us to peaceful resolution, because if this fails, we don't have very many good options left that right there indicates how critical this meeting is with, with president xi right now. so this peaceful pressure campaign, is that what is surrounding the statement that we just heard from president trump? >> well absolutely. i think what secretary tillerson expressed is a very pragmatic, very sort of realistic view of the u.s. relationship with china. and our objectives in our relationship with china. look, i think president trump understand understands some of our differences, policiwise. and that was reflected in the fact that he invited the chinese
president to mar-a-lago earlier this year. worked hard in that setting to try to forge a positive working relationship with china when it comes to things like trade, when it comes to things like working with them against north korea. clearly the president felt after that meeting in the weeks following that meeting, that china didn't really follow through or deliver on some of what they accomplished in that meeting. and i think that was reflected in some of his more frustrated tweets about china and about the chinese president. so this could be viewed as a sort of reset with china. and one that is very much needed. because as much as the u.s. and china have been at odds on a number of things, there is i think a recognition on both sides that the north korea conflict can't be solved by just the u.s. alone or just china alone so they're going to be very important partner in this. >> we know that china does not want a regime change in north korea, eugene. but the president has said if we have to, we'll go it alone.
what does "going it alone" mean? and do you think he's had a change of heart when it comes to that perspective? >> i'm not quite sure that the president understands the severity of the situation regarding north korea and what "going alone" could actually entail. the reality of getting what it is that american conservatives and people supportive of donald trump's view on north korea would take, would require some level of collaboration and cooperation with china. and going it alone is actually not exactly like literal. the reality is that there will be people who will partner with the united states. and whatever approach perhaps the president takes. but i think they would be wise to figure out how to get china involved in that method as well. >> rebecca, quickly, we're looking at these pictures of the meeting there. we see rex tillerson, we see jared kushner at the table with the president. and the president as we said, said while i greatly appreciate
the efforts of president xi and china to help with north korea, it has not worked out. at least i know china tried that was earlier in the last week or so but now we hear this other statement from him telling him that he, telling us that he, president trump said to xi, he appreciates the things relative to the very substantial problem that they face in north korea. and what china has already done. where do, where do they go from here? knowing that they had a great meeting in april? back in mar-a-lago? how do they keep, if they can come back out of this meeting with that kind of unity or that kind of perspective that is some sort of commonality, how do they keep that going? because once they separated after april, things did seem to fall apart? >> it's very difficult. because china has a set of incentives that is very different and objectives that is very different than united states. they do have trade with north korea in some cases, that's very
important to their economy. to their growth as a country and that's something that for the united states, of course we would reject. and have been warning china against continuing to pursue. so it's unclear where this goes from here. clearly for the united states, it would be better, especially looking at north korea, if we and the administration could be working productively with china. if they could be taking some of our advice on that issue. and following some of our guidance. but the president is clearly hedging his bets here. he had a meeting earlier this week at the g20 with the japanese prime minister and the south korean president, sending a very clear message to china, that fer f they're not going to work with us on this issue, that we're going to try to find other partners. >> rebecca burg, eugene scott, your input is always appreciated. thank you. the battle for the final blocs of mosul. u.s.-backed forces approaching the final isis fighters left in the city and preparing to take the town from isis control.
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nuclear tests what type of pressure should the u.s. put on china? >> well, the u.s. is going to have the opportunity to continue to work with china, pressure can be brought about through looking at the trade deals, looking at what china is seeking to accomplish. china wants to be a market economy. they want to be considered to be a big player. should they be helping us with north korea? of course we think so. i will tell you this, if you look at the asean nations as a whole, there are many that think that china should be doing more to help with getting the situation in north korea under controlling. >> but if they do not what should be the degree of pressure that the u.s. places on china? should there be currency manipulation declaration? >> this is something that we need to take as a step-by-step process. let's look at where the president and the secretary of
state can get in these negotiations. let's look at what the other countries in the region are going to bring to bear. and let's begin to make those decisions, let's give them the opportunity to come to the table. these meetings are taking place, let's see what kind of fruit they're going to bear. and what type relationship china wants to have with the united states. i do think it's important to realize that as you work, with the chinese government, as you're working with the representatives of that government, the mpc's, et cetera, they are very relational and they want to be thought well of. we come from different places as far as what our expectations are. >> i understand. >> so think let's see if they get with this and i'm very hopeful that with the positive start that they've had, that we're going to see something
come forward that will be deliverable. >> i need to move on to russia. we just heard from the russian president, vladimir putin, who says that in his exchange with president trump, he believes that the president accepted russia's denial of meddling in the 2016 election. we heard from secretary tillerson that during the meeting the president pressed russia several times on interference. however the last thing that the american people heard from the president about russian meddling was this -- >> i remember when i was sitting back listening about iraq. weapons of mass destruction. how everybody was 100% sure that iraq had weapons of mass destruction. guess what? that led to one big mess. they were wrong. and it led to a mess. so it was russia, and i think it was probably others also. >> the president saying it was russia, it could have been other
countries as well. why is it that the president as firm in public as secretary tillerson said he was in private face-to-face, don't the american people need to hear that? >> the american people are going to hear more about this not only from congress but from the special council and from the administration. here's the deal. russia has always been a bad actor. russia does not wish us well. russia has always tried to meddle in our affairs, so people ought not to be surprised that they utilize technology. >> but the president is not saying that outside, outside of that room. if he indeed pressed vladimir putin several times, why couldn't he say that one day earlier when he was in war saw? >> let's allow these negotiations and these visits to take place. i do think one of the things that concerns many individuals including myself, is the relationship that russia has. with iran with, north korea, with china.
looking at the utilization of some of the technologies. and i hope that as we go through this process, that doing a deep dive if you will on russian interactions, that we will look at that utilization of technology and how, how they are interfacing with some of the other countries that do not wish us well. >> they will have the opportunity as we know, that there's this potential working group between the u.s. and russia on many things, including cybersecurity. representative marsha blackburn, thank you for being with us. >> good to be with you. still to come, the battle for mosul. it may be ending as u.s.-backed iraqi forces close in on the remaining isis-controlled areas. we get an exclusive look. stay close.
here's cnn's senior international correspondent, nick paton walsh. >> it does appear from statements from the iraqi army they feel confident they're getting to the final stage of the final stage of kicking isis out of the old city of mosul. the last population center of size they control in iraq. now it's been torturous going for iraqi special forces, moving through that dense, rabbit warren of alley ways that is the old city of mosul. much of it reduced to rubble, progress slowed by isis booby-traps, human shields, civilians trapped in the midst of isis. we understand from people on the ground there's 150 to 200 meters left between the iraqi special forces and the river that runs through mosul. that marks the back end of isis territory. so it is literally days, as
we've heard before, but it does appear to be days now until the task is complete. a lot of political impatience in baghdad for this to be over. we've heard repeated speeches that the end is near. it may be soon that that is the truth that in fact mosul is pacified to some degree there will always be a lower-level insurgency of isis survivors enduring on. it marks one more milestone for the slow demise of isis in the middle east. i'm standing here in syria, where we've just been to raqqah. to the old city there, into which a combination of syrian, kurdish and arab fighters, but a lot of american ground and air support have pushed past the over 1,000-year-old city walls, into territory which frankly nobody thought they would be in quite so fast. the fight ahead is dense and urban, could take longer. but also, too, it comes at a time of changing geopolitical dynamics, we have just heard from the last meeting, first meeting between donald trump and his counterpart in russia,
vladimir putin. for the first time the white house and the kremlin appear to meet and have much in common. they agree on a deescalation deal in southwestern syria. hardly the biggest flash-point in that war-torn beleaguered country but one where regime forces and syrian rebels backed by the u.s. have come occasionally into clashes. we don't know the details. it may calm things down. but more importantly it has the white house and the kremlin singing off the same script for the first time in a while. remember the obama administration wanted bashar al assad, the syrian president gone. russia is the key backer. we don't know what it means going forward. but times are changing fast. isis is in its final stages, we're looking at a different geopolitical dynamic that may reshape these war-torn countries. nick paton walsh, cnn, syria.
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