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♪ it is customary to have a you president along with other leaders to attend these summits hold a press conference, president trump did not do that. >> there is no basis for thinking that russia interfered in the election process. >> do you not want to respond to that and correct the record if it is wrong? >> president trump will be happy to make statements himself. >> we know russia is going to keep doing this and why just sit there like an impotent weak president. >> he kroventconfronted presiden
and made at the time first thing he wanted to talk about and we will have to see where it goes from here. >> congressional republicans have been waiting for years for their opportunity to overturn obamacare and now with it sitting in front of them, they can't figure out how to get it done! >> i think we got to get the job done but we have got to do it right. >> announcer: this is "new day weekend" with victory blackwell and christi paul." >> good morning to you. secretary of state rex tillerson is ukraine. they say he intend to reaffirm america's commit to territorial integrity and they will speak to reports next hour and we will bring that to you live. congress is getting back to work after the fourth of july break. the gop hoping to repeal and
replace obamacare. a lot of gop senators got an earful from their constituents when they went home. fbi director nominee christopher ray will likely face tough questions into fbi's probe into russia's election meddling in his confirmation hear that is scheduled for wednesday. >> the u.s. russia, jordan, all agreeing to establish a deescalation zone in the southwest part of the country. >> secretary of state tillerson say a sign the u.s. and russia can work together to end the bloody syrian war. u.s. advisers are not accepting clarity this morning that there was no russian interference in the 2016 russian election. >> reporter: much of the focus leading up to the g-20 sum knit and afterward has been on the
first face-to-face meeting between president trump and russia's president vladimir putin, and the competing and contradictory read-outs from the two sides that the two discussed. the meeting lasted two hours and 15 minute soor so. we know that both sides agreed that president trump brought up the meddling last year's election. tillerson said the two had a lengthy exchange on the subject. but here is where the read-outs diverge. qorti according to the russians, they say that president trump took putin at his word when he denied any russian involvement or russian meddling in last year's election. a senior administration official told my colleague jim acosta friday night that is not how it went down, but given the opportunity multiple times to correct the record during a briefing with reporters aboard air force one on the flight
home, administration official declined to do. here is an exchange with treasury secretary. take a listen. >> reporter: another country making a statement about the president of the united states, do you not want to respond to that and correct the record if it is wrong? >> i will not make comments about what other people say. president trump will be happy to make statements himself about that, but president trump handled himself brilliantly. it was very clear he made his position pelt and after he is substantive dialogue on this they agreed to move on to other discussions and i think it's very clear that they have opened a dialogue, that it's important to have a dialogue. as we had, they focused on a cease-fire on syria, focused on making sure that we have a cyberunit to make sure that russia and nobody else interferes in any democratic elections, and we focus on the issue of north korea, which is a major concern to us and all our
arthur allies jo you heard secretary mnuchin dodging that question and president trump will be happy to make statements himself about this issue but the president did not make such a statement before leaving europe. he did not hold a customary press conference that presidents have held at every g-20 summit in the last several years. the last time we heard directly from the president on this issue of russian meddling was on thursday in poland when he gave not a very definitive statements on his beliefs about that issue. he thought russia could be involved but other people and other countries but not the definitive statement that many people want to hear from president trump. >> athena jones at the white house, thank you. let's discuss this with errol louis and princeton professor
jim sciut julian zeleny. friday night a senior administration told cnn that the president did not accept putin's denial and three times on air force one, three administration officials declined to say that the president, indeed, accepted putin's denial. what is the assessment here? well, my sense of it is that some of this is the growing pains of a new administration. we will keep in mind that neither of the two cabinet secretaries nor the president, himself, has ever worked in the field of international diplomacy, so they are kind of doing this for the first time. i think they are going to learn some of the small things that they should pick up on, thing like it's important to have a press briefing right after the fact in order to make sure that you don't have this kind of confusion. the fact that you should do it on camera as the russians did, not this strange sort of audio and not letting any pictures be taken of them as they answer questions. then, finally, getting their stories straight. look. my sense of it is that there is absolutely no reason to believe that the president changed from his last statement in poland the
day before this meeting took place, sxck place. the fact that none of the administration secretaries will give us an answer tells you what you need to know. the russian version is closer to the truth than the haze of ambiguity that is coming from the administration. >> to be fair, the treasure secretary steve mnuchin and h.r. mcmaster and gary cohl were not in the president and telling you what they were told. the president has to answer this. what is your take on why there has not been clarity on? >> this is where the president matters both on specific issues or on allish. the president has sent mixed messages when, at a press conference the day before the meeting, he vacillated and hesitated to say that the russians had intervened in the
2016 election, he set up the kind of speculation that now exists since no one else was in the room other than these men. and so when unfortunate those contradictions, when you have questions of credibility and then the president doesn't follow-up by directly addressing the issue, it shouldn't be a surprise that many people are skeptical about which side of the account is actually true. >> errol, u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley will be on "state of the union" later this morning and she was asked about this exchange with president putin and here is what she said. >> everybody knows that russia meddled in our elections and everybody knows they are not just meddling in the united states elections but doing this across multiple continents and in a way they are trying to cause chaos within the country. >> errol, ambassador haley has spoken clearly and skils when the president has not.
you'll remember the white house refused to believe climate change is real and she came out and said he does. is her role just to affirm what is obvious so the administration can move on or is there a strategy here? >> i don't know if there is is a strategy. this is a skilled political veteran, somebody who has run for election and stood before people momentum times understands you have to be very direct. in addition to what julian mentioned which is absolutely correct, had you a false statement in effect from the president in the form of his tweet saying everyone here at the g-20 is talking about john podesta and the dnc not taking seriously threats -- >> i'm sure that is what the president of argentina was talking about. >> yeah. i mean, it's -- you know, it's kind of crazy to sort of think that out of that sort of blanket of ambiguous statements you're
going to get a clear policy. nikki haley understands you have to be clear and direct. she may get a call from the white house but they should probably be listening to her more than the other way around. >> julian, the narrative we heard from secretary tillerson was that the president pressed vladimir putin on election meddling. if he accepted the denial, how firm could that press have been? >> well, if he did accept the denial or he didn't follow through on what happens next, then will there be continued sanctions for the russian interference? then he didn't really press them. he just talked about it and he almost did his duty to try to get some of the pressure off. that is not really pressure. you know? there has been much effort to actually create pressure on the russians. not simply for what happened, but to make sure there isn't more intervention in 2018 and 2020. the pressure is not simply
saying something to the russian leadership but imposing sanctions or taking other measure. look. when president trump wants to be clear and his attacks on the media and his attacks on democrats, he can be very clear. so i think many people are wondering why he doesn't have that clarity here. it might not just be an experience, it might be his unwillingness to do. >> this topic could be cleared up in 140 character. you could say i did not accept the denial from president putin. you could do that in probably 80 characters. stick with us both. we will talk about health care later in the show. >> thank you. hear the entire interview with u.n. ambassador nikki haley on cnn's "state of the union" with dana bash this morning at 9:00 a.m. people in corner california are in a predicament with the raging wildfires that are forcing people out of hatheir homes now.
official in santa barbara county. this alamo fire tripled in size yesterday and stretching 30 miles wide and still growing. >> more than 1,000 firefighters are battling this one and only 10% contained at this hour so a lot still to do and all of this a result of the deadly heat wave that has already claimed nearly 60 lives in arizona. temperatures in phoenix hit a new record high. imagine this. 118 degrees! heat advisory still in effect today. >> all of you take good care if you're in those areas. the senate is back in business this week picking up where they left off in the ballots over health care. can the republicans turn this thing around in their bid to repeal and replace bill clint--u to hear one lawmaker's proposal as the congress proposes a military service for space. are you done yet?
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take a look at the capitol. sun coming up. gorgeous morning in washington. >> 16 minutes after the hour. >> you know it's now or never for senate republicans this week as they are back from their july fourth recess tomorrow and health care is the first thing on their agenda. >> majority leader mitch mcconnell tells their party they can either pass their health care plan this week or be forced to work on a bipartisan effort with democrats. our tom foreman explains. >> reporter: congressional republicans have been waiting for years for their opportunity to overturn obamacare and now with it sitting in front of them, they just can't figure out how to get it done. from the republican-controlled senate, a stunning change of direction. majority leader mitch mcconnell will prop your obamacare if his own party can't pass a plain. >> everything is going up. we have to solved the current
kr crisis and i think repealing and delaying the process doesn't work. >> tonight i am also calling on this congress to repeal and replace obamacare. >> reporter: cnn has learned the white house was caught off guard by mcconnell's comments coming less than a week after the president's own surprise move when he tweeted if republican senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately repeal and then replace at a later date, but that has gained no traction even as the republican bill has continued spinning its wheels. some senator in their home districts for the july fourth recess face tough questions from constituents. >> i still am a no unless the bill is dramatically changed. >> reporter: so bipartisan support, limited as it may be, is swirling around mcconnell's idea. >> senator mcconnell is correct in that we need to make sure that the individual market is a
stronger market than it is today. >> i believe what mitchell mcconnell is the right path to take. >> reporter: each amid furious pushback from conservative quarters. and on it goes. with various republicans offering their own solutions how to end the impasse, unite the party, and somehow turn the turmoil into triumph. >> i think we got to get the job done but we have got to do it right. the results matter. it's not just passing a bill. we have to do something that fixes the problem. >> reporter: watching the republicans twist themselves into knots trying to to deal with the health care riddle was a wonderful recess for democrats and less like independence day and more like christmas in july. joining us is errol louis
and julian zeleny. thank you both for sticking with us. julian, i want to start with you and ask how much will what legislators heard this past week drive what they do this week when it comes to trying to how to figure out how to reconcile health care? >> it's very important. many senators were back in their states and they were hearing from constituents saying this bill was not something they wanted. some states expand medicare and fearful about losing their money. senators have continue to heard that their colleagues are not all on board. so the new about division is very important as they go back to capitol hill and make a decision, do we vote for one of the most unpopular legislative
proposals in recent years and do we do so with a president they are not certain will have their backs? that is a difficult decision to make. >> which brings me to my next question. where does president trump fall in all of this in term of trying to get this passed? >> he is going to have to figure out where what he wants intersects what the senate can do. what he wants is anything that can be interpreted as a victory. one of the quotes we just heard from senator cruz saying that as far as he is concerned it's nooting to have a bill that is titled repeal that cannot be repealed. anything that can be palmed off on the public as appeal whether it does or not will serve the president's point on the one hand. we should keep in mind in the backdrop of all of this is finding the money that would fund the tax cut that is the major priority of the congressional leadership and the
white house. that is really what this is about to a certain extent. so as long as they can get those savings, whether it's called repeal, whether it's not called repeal, whether it's a narrow party line vote doesn't mat as finding the savings to get on to the next big thing. >> you find the savings but, julian, the democrats have said there have been some democrats who have said, look. we know that obamacare isn't perfect. we know there are changes that need to be made to it. what has been the obstacle that has taken republicans so long to try to craft a bill that work? >> well, it seems that the crafting of the bill was not carefully done. the proposal they have now floated when they have united government in front of them is so punitive to so many americans that it's hard to sell that. so they are not selling a bill that stabilizes health care markets or lowers premiums.
they are trying to sell a that strips away health care benefits from millions of americans and they assume there would be republican cooperation on that and there is not. and, be at the same time, some of the flame has to fall on the shoulder of the president whose job it is to sell bills, whether popular or unpopular, and i think that the tweeting and the inconsistency here has had a big cost for the gop. >> errol, no doubt, according to republicans, something has to be done because those individual markets, as they say, are on the verge of collapse. so things are going to get worse for the american people they say any way. >> i'm not so sure something has to be done to be honest with you. the poll in mid june by the kaiser family foundation found something like 8% of republican voters think that repeal should be the top priority for congress. i believe that they probably got an earful of that in their travels over this holiday weekend. hence, susan collins walking
down main street shaking hand with people up in maine, i don't think she heard over this weekend something has to be done for a relatively small group of insured who are having a very hard time paying for this. there is a much bigger and broader group of people who are benefiting from the medicaid expansions and other provisions of obamacare. i'm sure they didn't have the votes to get mcconnell's bill passed in the first place. >> thank you both. >> thank you. >> president trump's pick for fbi director will face confirmation hearing this week. christopher ray will appear before the senate judiciary committee on wednesday. the president fired james comey in that position in may. who is he christopher wray? he worked as a federal prosecutor for decade and nominate by george w. bush.
he now work as a litigation partner at a law firm representing defendants in white collar cases. wray counseled chris accuracy throughout the bridgegate scandal and given more than 50th,000 to republican candidates and committees and law firm since 2007. the questions will be tough this upcoming week but bipartisan support for his nomination. up next, two foreign trips in two months and still no news conferences from president trump, even as leader from nation not known for their press freedoms take the podium. when will we hear from the president? we may be moving closer to the day the u.s. troops are stationed in space to guard the galaxy. you have to hear about this one. an astronaut weighs in on that idea.
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29 minutes past 6:00 on a sunday morning. you're up early and we are glad for it. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. good morning to you. secretary of state rex tillerson is meeting soon with ukraine president. >> he was greeted in kiev with a bread and salt ceremony. president trump is back in washington and back to trying to make some progress on his domestic agenda. first up, health care reform. also confirming a new fbi director. >> and this, of course, as his advisers are tout ago successful g-20 summit but here is something that is unique about this. a lot of people were waiting for a press conference. that is something both president bush and president obama did after each attended the g-20 summit in the past. >> but not president trump. instead, the narrative was
shaped by the other leaders at the summit. uk, germany, france, russians leaders as well more strict of press freedoms than the u.s. held press conferences. the question does it matter that president trump did not? let's talk about it with brian stelter cnn media correspondent for cnn and host of "reliable sources" on cnn. the president did not hold a news conference and has not held one for several months in his administration. does it matter he didn't? >> it is it matter because other countries are able to lead the way, setting the narrative about this, this summit. it's been described, of course, as the g-19 as you all were talking about. the president made some statements, even with what he was wearing, lapel win for the united states and not a g-20 lapel pin a lot of other foreign leader were taking and take from the americans the last few days he was there to say america is first, that he is trying to
priori prioritize that and so forth. you don't hear the president's voice often these days. he didn't give interviews or hold press conferences. one interview in poland reporters asked a couple of questions and he used the opportunity to bash cnn and msnbc. i thought it was notable. you showed a sound bite from steve mnuchin hold ago briefing for reporters afterward in air force one saying we are not making comments about that. president trump would be happy to make comments about that. that would be wonderful if he did make statements. nikki haley later on "state of the union" one of her statements is the president will speak on that issue. but the president is not asking the questions that his aide or cabinet officials are kicking over to him. >> this is a president who said
he was going to do things differently. he definitely is doing that, no doubt about it. do you think that we need to accept this is the way it is and we are not going to hear from the president in times like these until ill guess he is ready to talk? i'm wondering what the detriment to that, though, is, brian. >> right. certainly, he has the social media accounts and we all talked about his use of twitter. but twitter and facebook are not a placement freplacement of bac from the public that want questions asked. this is a different presidency but it's worth noting when thing are normal and abnormal. this is an abnormal presidency when you look back at bush or clinton or bush again or obamacare. you mention the g-20 events, there are press conferences by all leaders afterwards.
for the first time 2004 a president has not had a press conference after these summits. they have the upper hand when it came to setting the narrative about what happened there. >> brian stelter, appreciate your waking up early for us. thanks for being here and stick around, you'll see more of brian on "reliable source" at 11:00 a.m. eastern today on cnn. get this headline. it reads like a billboard for a summer blockbuster. send forces into space to save the world from potential "star wars." an astronaut is puzzled by the real life plan to send american forces into space. our conversation with him up next. ♪
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the house of representatives. now as you can imagine, not everybody is on board here. the air force has already launched an effort to stop the proposal, in fact, but leroy chow is a former astronaut and flew several subtle missions and aboard the u.s. space station. i asked him about his thoughts on this proposed space force. leroy, i understand that you're part of a small group of people who spent time in space. first of all, your reaction to this proposal. >> well, it's a little puzzling. i guess i'm wondering what itch is being scratched. neither the secretary of the air force or the chief of staff of the air force think this is a good idea. what is wrong with the current structure of space command in the air force. i guess it's got everybody a little bit puzzled as to why these congressmen are asking for this creation. >> they are described as needing combat ready space force.
what is the threat in space? this might come as a surprise to a lot of people. what is the threat that a combat-ready space force could tackle? >> well, i think that already exists under space command in the air force where, of course, they are operating military satellites, reconnaissance satellites and presumably assets that could shoot down enemy satellites so all of that stuff is already in place. by making this new space corps, you know, i don't know what they have in mind. these congressmen, whether they think we will have troops in space? we don't have any bases in space so it's a little bit puzzling what they are trying to create. >> so do you have any ideas as to whether astronauts will be able to give some input how they craft this? >> well, i mean, it depends on what their intention is. you know, currently space command of the air force operates all of these military assets but none of them include
any astronaut warriors fighting that are going to be fighting wars in space. so i don't foresee that in the scenario or the immediate future so it's a little bit puzzling. >> as spb who has been in space what would you want the how to know before they vote on this bill? despite what we don't know about it, what do you think is imperative for them to understand from your perspective? >> i think what we need for them to understand is what caused the idea that we need this. is there a shift in some kind of policy or, you know, is there some -- do they envision a base in space we need military bases in space? if not, then it's puzzling as to why they would say, hey, we need to create this new space corps when things seem to be operating just fine, the space command under the air force or within the air force. >> on thursday, vice president mike pence said the u.s. will return to the moon and put
american boots on mars. so this administration, obviously, very supportive of more investments for space exploration. do you think that they need to be spending more money in this realm as opposed to that aspect of space exploration? >> right. absolutely. and those words are very encouraging and i'll be waiting to see if they back it up with the funding commitments. frankly, a lot of good thing have been said by this administration, but, you know, the -- you've got to get the money and the support in order for these things to happen. >> all righty. leroy chiao, thank you for being bus and thank for your input. >> good to be with you. thank you. any minute now, secretary of state rex tillerson and a ukrainian official will speak. president trump's two-hour meeting with russian president vladimir putin. >> a deadly heat wave and what
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state rex tillerson is in ukraine meeting with president poroshenko and will hold a news conference in a few minutes and we will bring it to you if it happen. president trump spent more than two hours meeting with vladimir putin at the g-20 summit. >> reporter: ivan watson is live in moscow for us now. >> after president trump described this meeting as tremendous, what does that mean to those in kiev. how do they receive that? >> reporter: well, they are going to be a bit insecure because, of course they view russia as their enemy.
they have been fighting russian-backed separatist ins east of the country of ukraine for years. a conflict has claimed more than 10,000 lives and they have watched russia invade, occupy, and annex the ukrainian peninsula of crimea in 2014 so they are very concerned that warming of relations between washington and moscow means potentially a loss of support for ukraine. it is worth noting, though, that president trump met with ukrainian president poroshenko in washington on june 20th, before he sat down with president putin in germany, and secretary tillerson is arriving in kiev and he is bringing along a newly appointed envoy who is a former nato ambassador who is now being charged with helping deal with the ongoing ukrainian crisis. >> ivan watson for us in moscow,
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really rough one for the folk in arizona. >> it has. you kind of sort of joked about it being already 87 in atlanta. do you know that phoenix never even got that cold yesterday in the morning? >> oh, yeah. >> they stayed above that throughout the day. that is one of the problem that they are having to deal with these on fires because those temperatures have been so incredibly hot out there. right now 39 active large fires. this does not count the nearly 100 tiny or smaller fires you'd see out in some of those locations. when we are talking about these fires, we think about winds intraefg a increasing and an issue for some of them. you talked about dry thunderstorms. meaning it's going to rain but that rain evaporates before it reaches the surface. you get the lightning along with it. what we are going to be seeing food. the afternoon and into the evening hours, some showers and thunderstorms begin to fire up. most of the rain are evaporate but you have the problem with the lightning that could end up, in turn, triggering more
wildfires. then you also talk about the heat being a concern. because look at some of these numbers. las vegas yesterday making it to 113 and 104 in salt lake city and helena, montana, 102. a few of the 40 record high temperatures that were set yesterday across portions of the west. stretching from southern california all the way into northern montana, practically canada at that point. the heat will continue. heat advisory and excessive heat warning out for portions of the west. the good news is it's not going to be as hot as yesterday. with that said, we are only talking about a difference of maybe two or three degrees cooler. that is enough to prevent some of these areas from getting record high temperatures today, but still triple digits for boise, idaho, and place like vegas. that heat is going to shift further off to the east so place like des moines and kansas city and chicago will see their temperatures warming up.
boston has had more 0e890-degre days this year than knoxville, tennessee. washington, d.c. has had double the amount of 90-degree days that anderson, south carolina has. minneapolis has actually had more 90-degree days than we have here in atlanta. >> really? >> so we shouldn't feel that badly is what you're saying? i feel bad now for the people in minnesota! >> that is the thing. you feel bad for them but maybe take it on the good note that maybe we haven't had quite as many this year. >> thank you, allison. high note, i suppose. >> it's what you choose to see. there is truth to that. thank you. >> the 1990s. let's talk about them. great decade for the family sitcom. a lot of good television. >> that's true. >> there were. cnn's new original series "the 90s" they really look remembering the wholesome iconic shows that define that decade.
about a family in chicago and their genius nerdy neighbor. take a look. >> lookout! get down! >> get down with your bad self! get all the way down! >> all the way down! >> oh, yeah! yea! >> did i do that? >> cnn's brook baldwin sat down with actor jahlil white also known as urkel from "family matters." talked about that part and what he miss most about the '90s. >> reporter: tell me about the audition. do you remember your dad's glasses? >> i remember it very well. my dad was running late as usual and i wanted the glasses with the tape in the middle. he handed me the glasses that he uses at his dental practice to keep particles from flying into his eyes and it was supposed to be a one-shot deal. may he rest in peace. the robin williams effect took place. >> reporter: what was it like when you would not be wearing the nerdy suspenders and tape
our glasses walking down the street? was it tough for people to see you, especially in that time and not think, did i do that? >> it's funny you say that, though. people fail to realize that was my publicerterty. when i go back to martha's vineyard 1995 what was i doing? i was driving my little red jeep in the vineyard listen to "gimme one more chance." i was a very '90s kid and he miss that time. >> what do you miss the most? >> it was a big upswing in african-american film at that time. john singleton was my hero and made "boyz in the hood." i miss baggy jeans and people would dance until they sweat! >> yes. >> you know? now everybody is cool. >> explore the decade that broad us urkel and "friend" and disks
that gave you a thousand hours for months. "the 90s" starts tonight at 9:00 eastern. >> because you're not a sitting president doesn't mean you could stop and get a cute picture. this baby was too cute to resist for barack obama. >> her mom says they were at anchorage international airport before the president walked he and said who is this pretty baby? ed, i'm taking your baby. but he didn't. it is customary to have a u.s. president, along with other leader who attend these summits hold a press conference. president trump did not do that. >> there is no basis