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did president trump dictate the initial response to his son's meeting with a russian lawyer? a major new report this morning that could spell further trouble for the commander in chief. well, it didn't take long for the new chief of staff to make his mark. anthony scaramucci is out as communications chief, and john kelly putting a quick end to a whirlwind 11 days. good morning, and welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik in for christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it's been an extraordinary day in news, and it's only tuesday, august 1st.
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4:00 a.m. in the east. we begin with new reporting that suggests president trump himself personally dictated the initial misleading statement about don jr.'s meeting with the russian lawyer during the campaign. according to the "washington post," the president insisted on a change in strategy after advisers planned to issue a truthful statement to get ahead of the original story before it broke in "the new york times." the "post" citing people with knowledge of the deliberations say the president dictate a statement saying his son and the russian lawyer discussed the program about the adoption of russian children. the statement was worked out on air force one. on the flight home from the g-20 summit in germany where, mind you, the president just met with vladimir putin for several hours. >> so the adoption claims were later shown to be misleading, trump jr. eventually acknowledged he took the meeting because he was promised damaging information on hillary clinton from the russian government. president trump's lawyer already on the record denying the president had anything to do
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with crafting the statement. >> he didn't have anything to do with the statement that don jr. put out, that was being worked on with his team? >> that's -- no. the statement that don jr. put out -- you talking about yesterday's, chris? >> the one over the weekend that the president's team was helping -- >> no, that was written by donald trump jr. in consolidation with his lawyer. >> the "new york times" is reporting that the president ok'd the statement. >> they're incorrect. >> the "new york times" is wrong? >> i know. is that shocking that sometimes they make a mistake? >> the extent of the president's personal intervention adding to a series of actions trump has taken that advisers fear could place him and some members of his inner circle in legal jeopardy. there's concern that his direct involvement leaves him vulnerable to allegations of a cover-up. we should also note here, cnn was first to report concern that white house aides involved in the trump jr. response may have exposed themselves to special counsel scrutiny. >> the president's son-in-law and top adviser, jared kushner,
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offering up a new defense to knock down claims that members of the trump election team colluded with russia. monday kushner spoke privately to a group of congressional interns and told them collusion could not have occurred because trump campaign staffers were barely talking to each other. "they thought we colluded, but we couldn't even collude with our local offices." >> we know what kushner told the interns because a source provided a copy of his written notes to the publication "foreign policy." he downplayed his failure to report more than 100 instances of travel and contacts with foreign officials on a security clearance form which he had to update twice to include meetings with russian officials. now kushner claims he didn't track those meetings because he didn't expect to get into politics. >> the days of tolerating b.s. in the white house are over. that from a source close to the trump white house. if you don't believe it, just
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ask anthony scaramucci. his tenure as communications director ending before it really ever began. scaramucci lasting exactly 11 days. a white house statement say, "mr. scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff john kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team." >> sources kay kelly delivered the news -- say kelly delivered the news in a meeting with scaramucci after being sworn in. they say the retired marine journal thought scaramucci lacked discipline and severely damaged his credibility after a profanity-laced tirade in "the new yorker." president trump apparently agreed. >> look, the president certainly felt that anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position. i don't think that it's complicated to understand that the president felt the comments were inappropriate. i can't explain it any further. i'm not sure what's hard. >> sarah huckabee sanders telling reporters that all white house staff will now report to
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kelly. the president had no official comment on scaramucci's departure. but here's what he tweeted last night -- "a great day at the white house." earlier mr. trump tweeted, "no chaos at the white house." >> no! >> funny. in the morning -- and by the evening, everything had changed. >> smooth sailing. new chief of staff john kelly so upset with how president trump handled the firing of fbi director james comey in may he called comey afterward and told him he, too, was considering resigning. that's according to two sources familiar with the conversation between the two men. they tell cnn it's not clear how serious kelly was about stepping down from his post as secretary of homeland security. he's described, though, as "angry and hurt by the way comey was treated." >> the former fbi director learned he was fired from tv reports as he was addressing staffers at the los angeles -- the agency's los angeles office. comey took a call from kelly while traveling back to
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washington and told him not to step down. comey has declined to comment. the white house and the department of homeland security have not responded to cnn's request for a comment. and just when you thought it couldn't get more bizarre, there's this -- cnn has learned a prankster in the united kingdom tricked several white house officials into e-mail exchanges with the prankster posing as other top aides to the president of the united states. among the highlights, the prankster convinced a white house homeland security official tasked with cybersecurity that he was jared kushner. that conversation started with the fake kushner inviting tom bossert to a party with the real bossert responding he'd be there and offering up his private e-mail address unsolicited. >> okay. then there's the prankster masquerading as reince priebus, getting into a tense exchange with the real anthony scaramucci the day after priebus' resignation was announced. the fake priebus wrote this --
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"at no stage have you acted in a way that's even remotely classy. general kelly will do a fine job. i'll even admit he will do a better job than me. the way in which that transition has come with about has -- come about has been i do bookal and hurt -- diabolical and hurtful." >> and "rest assured, we were prepared a man would apologize." >> then the fake priebus responds, "i can't believe you are questioning my ethics. the so far moods -- you can't manage his first week in the white house without leaving upset in his wake. i have nothing to apologize from." >> and finally, "read shakespeare, othello. are you right there. my family is fine and will thrive. i know what you did. no more replies from me." white house officials acknowledged the incidents and say they're taking the matter seriously. the prankster has fooled folks
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from goldman sachs and citigroup. all of us subject to white house hacking. these are top white house officials. one would think -- especially those in charge of cybersecurity -- you would be a little more on it. #greatdayatthewhitehouse. several opposition leaders in venezuela taken from their homes in the dark of night. is an emboldened nicolas maduro responsible? at blue apron, we work directly with more than a hundred family farms. so instead of spending on costly middlemen and supermarkets, we can invest in the things that matter most: making farmland healthier. cutting down on food waste. and bringing you higher quality, fresher ingredients for less than you pay at the store. because food is better when you start from scratch. get $30 off at blueapron.com/cook
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exactly where lopez is, why he was taken into custody, what the reason is behind his detention. those things remain unanswered. most of the information right now coming out comes from the family, tweeting about this news that happened overnight. we have reached out to government officials. we're still waiting to find out what their response will be. you know, not only leopold oh -- leopoldo lopez, under house arrest, the government citing health reasons. we're waiting to find out why he was taken back in. he was one of two taken in overnight. the former mayor of caracas was also taken into custody. so we're starting to see perhaps the beginning of a pattern of the opposition leaders being taken into custody overnight. still so many questions as to where they may be, which will add to the uncertainty that his
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come after the election this week -- excuse me, on sunday, of a new assembly that could really take over quite a bit of power of the government here and give president maduro even more power than he already has. so on the streets of caracas yesterday, as many talked about what will happen next after the new constituent assembly that was established, many people are talking about the uncertainty waiting to find out when exactly the government will move forward with rewriting this new constitution, what the impact will be to the opposition. all of that still in the air at this moment as people wait to just find out how this will impact their daily lives. >> maduro moving closer to dictatorship by the moment. laila santiago live for us in caracas, thanks. the u.s. is slapping sanctions on venezuelan president maduro demonstrating the trump administration's opposition to his regime.
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>> yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the venezuelan people. >> that's treasury secretary steve mnuchin yesterday. the u.s. is freezing all of maduro's u.s. assets in response to a vote that allows him to further consolidate his power. now it's unclear what u.s. assets maduro actually owns. the treasury says what this will do is impose real costs. u.s. sanctions often prohibit international business deals. maduro joins a handful of world leaders sanctioned by the u.s. including syria's bashar al assad, north korea's kim jong-un, and zimbabwe's robert mgabe. these sanctions aren't the ones as severe as the ones officials previously hinted at. many expected sanctions on venezuela's oil industry, what everybody thought would happen. oil special report are the country's -- oil exports are the country's top income.
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it's not clear if the u.s. is considering further sanctions but all options are on the table. the u.s. military picking up highly unusual and unprecedented levels of submarine activities being conducted by north korea. also detected evidence of an ejection test. these activities coming just days after north korea's second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month. if the trump administration is countying on raining in north korean -- counting on reining in north korea's missile tests soon, it's not happening. we have more from seoul. good morning, alex. >> reporter: hey, there. everyone is pointing fingers at one another. what we're seeing most recently is the increased submarine activity and the ejection test. what does that mean? u.s. intelligence says that the development of the missile program aboard north korea's submarines is still in its early
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stages. this test does represent an effort to further develop a piece of the system that is critical to launching those missiles. that, of course, a component of north korea's strategy to threaten not only regional but global security. it comes on the heels of not one but two icbm tests in the month of july, raising global alarm, frankly. you heard from president donald trump that the u.s. will handle it, we'll handle it, that's what he's saying. he isn't saying how. does that mean that the u.s. will move away from its position that has so closely relied on china to rein in the north korean regime. of course, the trump administration believes that with china's economic leverage over north korea they have the power to stop this program. the question now, though, is whether china is willing to do that or whether they even want to. we are seeing pushback from china to donald trump's statements that china has failed to do more, that they haven't done enough. the ministry of foreign affairs saying china didn't create this problem. and now china's ambassador to the u.n. saying that both the u.s. and north korea can be
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doing more to deescalate the tension on the peninsula. there have been condemnations of the icbm test from north korea. the chinese are also saying that the u.s. needs to stop raising the level of tension on the korean peninsula with responses that threaten things like all options are on the table. dave? >> indeed, alexandra field in seoul, 35 miles from the border. thanks. the olympics are coming back to the u.s. but where and when? whoa that's amazing...
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new jersey state assembly passing a bill to prevent the governor from using a state-owned beachhouse during any government shutdown. two guesses why. you might remember chris christie faced major backlash during the july 4th holiday after he and his family were spotted sunning on a public beach closed during a state shutdown. the bill still needs to be debated in the state senate and would not need the stamp of approval from the governor himself. so don't hold your breath. >> what do you think? >> i think not. los angeles is going to be hosting the summer olympics again in 2028. the announcement clearing the way for paris to get the 2024 games. the ioc broke with tradition by awarding two summer games at once. but members did not announce which city would host which year. details will be finalized next month. this is the first time an american city will host a summer olympics since atlanta in 1996. the los angeles planning committee estimates the event will cost $5.3 billion.
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historically those estimates wind up being low. l.a. last hosted the summer games in 1984. get going that mass transit, l.a. a special gesture from the chicago cubs. the team's most infamous and vilified fan. who could forget steve bortman. the fan who tipped the foul ball in the 2003 playoffs crushing the cubs' post-season hopes. it was the play that crushed hopes. revisionist history. it extended the world series curse. after winning the series last year for the first time in 108 years, the cubs are trying to make amends for all the anguish bartman has enduringed by giving -- endured by giving him his only personalized world series ring. they hope it brings an end to the unfortunate chapter to history. >> bartman's been in hiding for most of the last 14 years. he put out a statement saying, "although i do not consider myself worthy of such an honor,
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i am deeply moved and sincerely grateful. i am fully aware of the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring represents on multiple levels. my family and i will cherish it for generations." bartman added he still will not be conducting interviews. you wanted an interview with him -- >> look, a world series ring seems -- theo epstein, the greatest leader in the world according to "fortune," i would not disagree. a world series ring -- bill buckner did not get a ring. he played baseball. we digress. >> okay. let's digress to the next thing. the president's lawyer was crystal clear -- >> i wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all. nor was the president. to put this on the president i think is just absolutely incorrect. >> but did the president change the response when it was revealed his son met with a russian lawyer? and could doing so land the president in trouble? what if we could bring you better value by having better values? at blue apron, we work directly with more than a hundred family farms. so instead of spending on costly middlemen and supermarkets,
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did president trump dictate the initial response to his son's meeting with a russian lawyer? a major new report this morning that could spell further trouble for the commander in chief. and it didn't take long for the new chief of staff to make his mark. anthony scaramucci is out as communications chief john kelly putting a quick end to a whirlwind 11 days and a whirlwind 24 hours it was at the white house. welcome back to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> good morning, i'm alison kosik sitting in for christine romans. 30 minutes past the hour. and we begin with new reporting that suggests president trump himself personally dictated the initial misleading statement about don jr.'s meeting with a russian lawyer during the campaign. according to the "washington post," the president insisted on a change in strategy after advisers planned to issue a truthful statement to get ahead of the original story before it broke in "the new york times." the "post" citing people with
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knowledge of the deliberations says the president dictated a statement saying his son and the russian lawyer discussed a program about the adoption of russian children. the statement was worked out on air force one on the flight home from the g20 summit in germany. >> the adoption claims were later shown to be misleading. trump jr. acknowledged he took the meeting because he was promised damaging information on hillary clinton from the russian government. president trump's lawyer already on the record denying the president had anything to do with crafting this statement. >> he didn't have anything to do with the statement that don jr. put out that was being worked on with his team? >> no, it was the -- the statement that don jr. put out, you talking about yesterday's chris? >> the one over the weekend that the president's team was helping with -- >> that was written -- no. that was written by donald trump jr., i'm sure in consultation with his lawyer. >> the "new york times" is commenting the president ok'd the statement. >> they're incorrect. >> the "new york times" is right? >> i know.
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is that shocking that sometimes they make a mistake? >> the extent of the president's intervention adding to a series of actions that trump has taken that advisers fear could place him and members of his inner circle in legal jeopardy. there's concern that his direct involvement leaves him vulnerable to allegations of a cover-up. we should note cnn was the first to report concern that white house aides involved in the trump jr. response may have exposed themselves to special counsel scrutiny. son-in-law and top adviser jared kushner offering up a new defense to knock down claims that members of the trump election team colluded with russia. on monday, kushner spoke privately to a group of congressional interns and told them colousion could not have -- collusion could not have occurred because staffers were barely talking to each other. "they thought we collided," kushner told the interns, "but we couldn't even collude with our own local offices." >> we know what kushner told the
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interns because a source provided a copy of his notes to the publication "foreign policy." he failed to report more than 100 instances of travel and contacts with foreign officials on his security clearance forms which he had to update twice to include meetings with russian officials. kushner claims he didn't track the meetings because he didn't expect to get into politics. the days of tolerating b.s. in this white house are over, end quote. that from a source close to the trump white house. if you don't believe it, just ask anthony scaramucci. his tenure as communications director ending before it really began. technically his start day was august 15th. scaramucci lasting exactly 11 days. a white house statement saying, "mr. scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff john kelly a clean slate and ability to build his own time." >> kelly delivered the news to anthony scaramucci after being sworn in. the retired marine general thought he lacked discipline and
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severely damaged his credibility after a profanity-laced tirade in the new yorker. and president trump apparently agreed. >> look, the president certainly felt that anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position. i don't think that it's complicated to understand that the president felt the comments were inappropriate. i can't really explain it any further than that. i'm not sure what's hard. >> sarah huckabee sanders also telling reporters that all white house staff will now report to kelly. the president had no official comment on scaramucci's departure but tweeted last night, "a great day at the white house." earlier, mr. trump had also tweeted, "no chaos at the white house." nothing to be seen here. >> if that was a great day, i would hate to see what a not-so-great day looks like. >> that's funny, the word great. if you're making america great again, what are we making by that if that was a great day yesterday? new chief of staff john kelly was so upset with how president trump handled the
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firing of fbi director james comey in may that he called comey afterward and told him he was considering resigning. that's according to two sources familiar with a conversation between the two men. they tell cnn it is not clear how serious kelly was about stepping down from his post as secretary of homeland security. he's described as angry and hurt by the way comey was treated. >> the former fbi director learned he was fired from tv news reporters as he was addressing staffers at the agency's l.a. office. comey took a call from kelly while he was traveling back to washington and told him not to step down. comey has declined to comment. the white house and department of homeland security have also not responded to cnn's request for a comment. obamacare's outlook in 2018 just got a little brighter in ohio at least. insurers agreed to sell policies in 19 of the 20 counties that had zero options next year. that's according to the state's
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department of insurance. regulators are working to bring coverage to the last county. this cuts the number of so-called bare counties in half, ones who lack insurers on the obamacare exchange. 18 counties in nevada and indiana are still at risk of having zero obamacare providers next year. but the deadline is coming soon. carriers have until late september to commit to participating in 2018. roughly 11,000 ohio residents were at risk after anthem and paramount health care exited the exchanges this year. the insurers blamed huge losses and uncertainty of the future of obamacare, including the continuation of federal subsidies that helped pay for low-income americans. however, the president is currently threatening to end those payments as he pushes for the repeal of obamacare. >> yeah. the key word there that you said is uncertainty. that's what's facing the entire health care system in the united states until we see some leadership on this issue. >> yes. ahead, friends of anthony scaramucci aren't the only ones sad to see him leave the white house.
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much of it over tv and much of it over social media as the family of leopold oh lopez is tweeting that they are still waiting to find out where he is, why he was detained. to put this into context, this is one of the leaders really of the opposition, of this movement that has been so critical of the government. oftentimes when you're out at protests, you'll see his face on t-shirts of those speaking out against the government. and that is one person that has been detained overnight -- taken from his home overnight. the other person who was also taken, also on house arrest, the former mayor of caracas, antonio ledesma. so many questions out there now as to where they are, why they were taken. i have reached out to the government of venezuela to ask those two questions. at this point, much of the information is coming from
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surveillance video or cell phone coverage showing they were taken by individuals in a car that was marked by the intelligence officers. that video being watched and shared over social media again and again. many wonder if this is part of the uncertainty that is now playing out on the streets of venezuela. many wondering what else will happen today. this is two opposition leaders, two very critical people of the government that were on house arrest. and now nobody knows where they are at this moment and why. where and why. those are two key questions that have yet to be answered for these families or by our questions to the government. >> and all of this, of course, happening as the u.s. slaps sanctions on venezuelan president nicolas maduro. and it's questioning whether sanctions will get things under control in venezuela. all right. cnn's laila santiago live in
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caracas, thank you very much. the u.s. military picking up "highly unusual" and unprecedented levels of submarine activities being conducted by north korea. also detected evidence of an ejection test. these activities coming just days after north korea's second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month. >> and if the trump administration is counting on china to rein in kim jong-un, it's not happening any time soon. chinese officials suggesting the burden for finding a peaceful solution to the crisis on the korea peninsula is on the u.s. and south korea. let's bring in cnn's alexandra field live from seoul. it's interesting, you see what president trump said yesterday saying we will handle north korea. we are going to be able to handle them. it will be handled. we will handle everything. are you getting a sense of confidence where you are that this will be handled? >> reporter: this is an incredibly complex situation that certainly hasn't been
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handled before, despite the messages you've heard from washington over the last few months. what has been clear is that north korea has rapidly accelerated its program in terms of missiles and its nuclear program. you've seen 12 ballistic missile launches since the start of the year. now two icbm tests. you're seeing a flurry of submarine activity and further testing of a component critical for missile launches from submarines. the missile launch program aboard submarines is still in its early stages, according to u.s. intelligence estimates. but certainly north korea has defied the expectations of the world before in terms of working to advance faster than a prescribed timeline given from the rest of the world. you do hear president trump coming out and saying things like we'll handle north korea. the question remains how. and he didn't expound when he said this is something that the u.s. would take care of. is the u.s. still looking at china to solve this problem? that has been the trump administration's policy. lately you have seen an incredible venting of frustration from washington geared toward beijing. they say that beijing hasn't done anything to rein in north
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korea. and of course they see china as having the economic leverage over north korea in order to curb the regime's intentions to accelerate both the missile and the nuclear program. now you've had criticism from washington, d.c. you're also now getting some pushback from beijing. the ministry of foreign affairs saying frankly about the north korea problem that they did not create it. that china didn't create it. and now you've got the chinese ambassador to the u.n. saying that the u.s. and north korea both need to do more in terms of deescalating the growing tension on the peninsula. they have condemned pyongyang's missile launches, but they also say the rhetoric coming from washington, d.c., this response that we've heard over and over again that all options are on the table, is not helping to deescalate the tension. so they're looking at both pyongyang and the u.s. while washington is looking squarely at beijing. >> right. beijing is saying not in my back yard. all right. alexandra field, thank you very much. vice president mike pence overseas in georgia this morning reassuring baltic leaders of
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u.s. support and delivering a warning to the kremlin. and now the process is underway, evicting hundreds of personnel from u.s. diplomatic properties in russia after retaliatory measures following american sanctions. cnn's claire sebastian following developments. she's live for us in moscow this morning. good morning to you, claire. no comment from the president on the russian retaliation. he's also not signed the sanctions bill. what's the latest there? >> reporter: good morning, dave. another strong tirade against russia from the vice president, mike pence, this morning in georgia on russia's southern border. a former soviet state that nine years ago this month talked about a wall with russia. the vice president speaking in estonia on russia's western bored, saying the u.s. stands with georgia against russian aggression. he reaffirmed that president trump does intend to sign that sanctions bill and they hope
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this will cause russia to alter its path when it comes to the situation in ukraine and supporting rogue nations like syria and iran. now president trump, as you say, has not yet signed that sanctions bill. but the issue of russian retaliation against that, those two measures that they undertook confiscating two diplomatic properties and cutting the size of the u.s. diplomatic mission in russia by about 60%, that is playing out before our eyes. the confiscation of the properties is effective today. we've already seen trucks moving out of one of them, a country house outside moscow. and that even as the state department and the u.s. embassy here continue to assess the impact of that very large cut to their diplomatic mission here. 755 people will be cut. the u.s. gets to decide who. it seems to all be shaking out. mike pence saying he hopes relations with russia may improve in the future. taking this together, dave, is difficult to see a path to that
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right now. >> indeed that is. all right. claire sebastian live in moscow. thanks. teas la just released -- tesla just released its first mass-market car. new information about the electric car is sending the stock plummeting. cnn "money stream" next. what if we could bring you better value
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new white house chief of staff and grandpa who doesn't do hugs, general john kelly. kelly let the mooch go because he wanted more structure, less of "game of thrones." [ laughter ] that's not fair. >> wow. >> that's not a fair comparison. with "game of thrones," you have to wait a whole week for a new beheading. at 8:30 a.m. this morning, donald trump tweeted that there was "no white house chaos." [ laughter ] six hours later, scaramucci is out. evidently no chaos wasn't bragging, it was complaining. [ laughter ] and in the white house press briefing today, sarah huckabee sanders spoke, i think, for many americans. >> what's happening? [ laughter ] looks good. >> man, that was fast. if scaramucci was viagra, it wouldn't even be time to call your doctor yet. [ laughter ] >> trump removes scaramucci at
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the request of incoming chief of staff john kelly. and when he heard that, reince priebus laughed for the first time in 18 months. [ applause ] >> yeah, who knows, maybe there's a blessing in disguise for him. >> remember, it was a great day at the white house, folks. you keep that in perspective. meanwhile, a special gesture from the chicago cubs to the team's most infamous and vilified fan. who could forget steve bartman, the young fan who tipped the foul ball in the 2003 playoffs crushing the cubs' post-season hopes at least in the eyes of fans that failed to see everything that followed after that. and the team's world series curse kept going. after winning the series last year for the first time in 108 years, the cubs trying to make amends for all the anguish bartman has endured by giving him his own personalized world series ring. the team hopes it brings closure to an unfortunate chacpter in is history. >> bartman's been heighting for -- hiding for last 13 years.
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he put out a statement, "although i do not consider myself worthy of such an honor. i am moved and grateful. i am aware of the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring represents on multiple levels. my family and i will cherish it for generations." bartman added he still will not be conducting interviews. wah-wah. >> theo epstein can do no wrong, but maybe we need to educate fans on what happened after that. >> let me do that -- if you have the time -- >> it wasn't the deciding moment in the loss. we don't have time. only a two-hour program. meanwhile, los angeles will host the summer olympics again in 2028. the announcement clearing the way for paris to get the toy 24 games -- the 2024 games. the ioc broke tradition awarding two games at once. they did not announce which city would host which year. this is the first time an american city will host the summer olympics since atlanta in 1996. the los angeles planning committee estimates the event will cost $5.3 billion. historically, though, estimates
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wind up being very low. let's get a check on cnn "money stream" this morning. global markets are higher this morning after the dow hit yet another record high. we did see the nasdaq andipeis fall after a -- and s&p fall after facebook, google, alphabet, as well, dropped. you look at the three major indices, they closed the month with the best gains we've seen since february. strong earnings, that is what is keeping stocks close to their records. in fact, you look at the s&p 500, profits are expected to rise 11% for the second quarter. that will mean 2017 had the best two consecutive quarters in six years because there was a 15% return in the first quarter. >> huge. more earnings today. apple, the most valuable company in the world, it is reporting. we're going to keep an eye on that. tesla stock dropping 3.5% after founder elon musk is warning about manufacturing hell. the electronic -- electric carmaker is ramping up production of its new mass-market car, the model 3.
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tesla already has a half million reservations. but musk is already saying that plukz will be challenging -- production will be challenging. that's worrying investors. as the company loses cash, wall street is betting on the model 3's success, propelling the stock up 53% this year. two lifestyle cable channels are coming together. discovery communications which owns tlc and animal planet is buying scripps networks. the parent of the food network and hgtv. the deal is worth almost $12 billion. together, they make up 20% of cable viewers. combined, the two will have more muscle in negotiations with tv distributors and streaming services. so that's necessary as the cable biz faces increasing pressure from online video. a lot to get to because, again, it was a great day at the white house and a chaotic one. "early start" continues right now. did president trump dictate
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the initial response to his son's meeting with a russian lawyer? a major report this morning that could spell further trouble for the commander in chief. and it didn't take long for the new chief of staff john kelly to make his mark. anthony scaramucci is out as coms chief. john kelly putting a quick end to a whirlwind 11 days. boy, the new york tabloids are having a field day. "va-mooch" reads the "new york post," "adios mooch-cacho" another. two down. >> i love that. >> what a day it was. it is tuesday, hard to believe. good morning, welcome to "early start" iem'm dave briggs. >> i'm alison kosik in for christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. new reporting suggesting president trump himself personally dictated the initial misleading statement about don jr.'s meeting with a

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