tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN August 9, 2017 6:00pm-7:00pm PDT
. the breaking news this hour, a new and specific threat to north korea, a day after the president warned any threat would be met by fire and fury that the world has never seen. it's a statement from the commander of kim jong-un's strategic forces making reference to president trump, saying sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute
force can communicate with them. kim jong-un tonight seemed to cross the line drawn in the sand. jim sciuto, the statement from north korea, jim, also references that the president is at his golf club. >> we have to talk about how the u.s. monitors north korean state and media associations to see what that says about their intentions, clearly north korea watching national media about its coverage of the president, references his frequency of golf outings, in their statement saying that president trump, the american president in the words of the north koreans, the u.s. president at golf links again let out a load of nonsense about the fire and fury, failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation. but let's be frank here as well, north korea made a specific and direct threat, targeting a
specific island, guam, and the intercontinental ballistic missile. i spoke to a senior military official in the pentagon tonight, he says when an adversary like that, particularly a nuclear adversary makes a threat like that, they take it very seriously. >> secretary of state rex tillerson spoke while he stopped briefly in guam, he's trying to calm the rhetoric a little bit. >> perhaps the president's comments yesterday about fire and fury in reference to any north korean threat. you saw rex tillerson bringing that statement back more in line to senior officials of his administration and previous administrations. listen to what he had to say. >> i think what the president's doing is sending a strong message to north korea in language that kim kim jong-un
would understand. that the u.s. will defend itself and it's allies and i think it's important that he send that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part. >> the president also made a point of saying that he didn't believe that any of the rhetoric heard in the last 24 to 48 hours should alarm americans. he didn't specify that it's just rhetoric coming out of north korea, he said any of the rhetoric should not make america in his words not sleep at night in reference to the potential for military conflict. this was a very strongly worded statement, and you have to take this all together, as the defense secretary, you have the secretary of state, but mattis' strongly worded statement, but bringing it back again to the
previously stated positions of the u.s. in other words if in order korea acts and attacks, there's going to be an overwhelming response, we're along the lines of saying, the dprk, that is the democratic republic of north korea should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people. that is, if you attack the u.s., you're going -- but they bring it back in line with previously stated u.s. policy. which is you attack the u.s., the u.s. is going to strike back and by the way, u.s. military power, greatly by an order of magnitude outweighs north korean military power. that's a standard u.s. statement delivered frankly, but, again, something of a reinterpretation of what the president said, fire and fury in response to any
threat. >> jim, thanks very much. this latest threat against guam and the island with 165 people already on notice is on guam for us, what has been the reaction there? >> reporter: when we landed shortly after midnight local time, i understand a u.s. border and customs officer joked welcome to ground zero, a little bit of gallows humor. i don't know if you can see over my shoulder, but there's a beach here with people frolicking and playing on the water. so there's no concern on the beaches here. eddy calvo has taken care to try and reassure the population that the threat's not been ratcheted up verbally in statements from north korea. i just spoke to his office and he says he has been briefed in
the last couple of hours about this latest threat coming out of north korea, about some four ballistic missiles that would land 20 miles off the coast of guam. no formal response to that yet, when you talk to ordinary people, the reactions are mixed. we saw a bride in a wedding dress in the lobby of our hotel in the last hour, presumably going to a photo shoot. there is some anxiety. one woman says she has some acquaintances who are sleeping in their clothing and there are others who are saying they're going to put their faith in god. >> in terms of their overall military preparedness, what's the level? >> well, avenue threats in 2013, the u.s. military deployed that thaad missile defense system, in the context of being deployed in
south korea. that's supposed to be a protective measure against missiles. this is an island that one of its main economic activities is the two big military bases here, the navy base and andersen air force base. and that's part of what has so frustrate and irritated the north koreans, the fastball that b-1 bombers flew out of here in the last couple of days, they linked up with fighter jets s japan and south korea. and japan singled that out as a reason for why it would want to target guam. but it has been written about in the past by north korea, which i might add has put out statements, i have seen dozens of statements, i think, where north korea has pledged to reduce washington, d.c. to fire and destruction. and we haven't seen that yet and that's perhaps why some people here are taking this threat again guam with a grain of salt.
>> shortly before north korea made its latest threat, i talked to retired nsa director, michael hayden who's now national security analyst. the fact that the president drew a line in his statement yesterday and targeted the threats coming from north korea, he just said threats, i don't know if that means verbal threats or actual movement. should the president be drawing red lines on threats at this time? >> oh, god, absolutely not, anderson. and given all the commentary he's given on his -- his unartful statement, clearly not precise. really does draw a red line, and within about 90 minutes, kim jong-un crosses the red line and threatens the island of guam. >> we're getting mixed signals
from the president and the secretary of state. i don't know if more rational is the right way,or a statement deescalating things or trying to ratchet things down several days before this. >> there may be an actual strategy here, i think it's a very dangerous and not a high probability strategy, but fundamentally, the administration has drawn a line, i think the obama administration had, but the donald trump administration will not accept a nuclear armed north korea with an armed icbm. and to put pressure more on the chinese than the north koreans, so that the chinese who really do have the leverage here, put pressure on the north koreans to enter into some negotiated solution. look, the chinese haven't been all that willing, fundamentally, i have used the metaphor that
china is a tooth ache and they would rather go through the pain than go through the root canal. i think our strategy now is to reduce t reduce -- increase the pain on north korea. north korea has been on this arc, creating these weapons systems for a while, what's new is our rhetoric and our response democracies and i think we're fundamentally frying to make the chinese less comfortable with the status quo, to do the kinds of things we want to do. but to get to your question, we're not doing that very artfully, we're getting messages that are coming out of the president, that is very frightening. and then rex tillerson trying to calm the waters and i think that general mattis was somewhere in the middle. so i think you have these mixed messages, and this is so
innately hard to do, you're making a difficult task even harder. >> the president's remarks yesterday were even harder, the last statement about more power than the world has ever seen, that's actually a line that he has used repeatedly not only during his presidency, but he also used it in the opiod conference that he used this statements is, he was using the same line for power on the boarder. >> it's very dangerous for a president of the united states to speak in language that could be misinterpreted, misunderstand. >> you consider them a rational actor? >> i do consider them a rational actor. but this rational actor believes in its heart of hearts, that the united states constitutions a real and present danger to them and all of their actions proceed
from that premise rationally. again, open to interpretation. >> we spoke to sergeant baucus, if there was actually a military action, he thought the chinese would actually enter north korea, do you think that's a possibility as well? >> i spent a long time, it's a long time ago now in south korea planning for the collapse of that country. and we did take into account what the chinese would do, not a repeat of november/december 1950, but moving in to re-establish order, to perhaps keep refugees on the southern side of the river, rather than in china. so i think the ambassador has a real point there, the chinese for their own interests and without intending to be aggressive, may be forced to intervene, coffmplicating our
calculations. and i had one thought, we're yelling at the north koreans over the head of 50 million south koreans. when we say these kinds of things to the north koreans, what must our south korean allies be thinking? >> just as a reminder, you're talking got going through the war games or exercises that you went through, can you give us a sense of the scope of the fallout from a conflict like this? just the loss of life in terms of the difficulty of anything in that area? >> yeah, first of all, at the end of the day, anderson, we went. and one of the reasons that the north is putting so much emphasis on their nuclear forces, is that their conventional forces are eroding and the conventional balance grows more in the south korean and american favor favor every day, so we went, but we went at great cost in human life, i don't want to be overly dramatic here, but we're talking about hundreds of thousands of
casualties if we go to war in the -- on the korean peninsula. >> general michael hayden, appreciate it. >> we're going to talk more about the president's decision making and how the white house is coping with the blow back. later with the domestic war of words, senator mitch mcconnell battling over the health care legislation and the gop's failure to pass it. ♪ ♪ award winning interface.
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tonight's threat to north korea includes the president's tough talk that was improvised at some point yesterday to some kind of unified message going forward. sarah murray joins us now, do we expect a response from the white house on these latest remarks and threats from north korea? >> we have asked repeatedly of course as to how the president might respond and we have not gotten it. but we have seen the way the president's behaved over the last couple of days and that's a pretty aggressive posture. earlier the president said my first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal and it's now stronger and more powerful than ever before, hopefully we will not have to use this power, but there is never a time when the united states is not the most power line nation in the world.
obviously between the u.s. and south korea, there's been some concern about that. but it gives you an idea of the level of relahetoric on the hee of these threats by north korea. >> the fire and fury that the world has never seen, at when he leeri looked down on that paper, it wasn't anything about north korea, it was his opiod response. >> we were told that the papers in front of the president had to do with the opiod epidemic, the fire and fury, they said he discussed the tone of the statement with his new chief of staff, john kelly and other national security council
officials, but when it came to the rhetoric, those words stuck out to many people who were watching, those were the president's
own words, they came extensively in that moment, and they were not words prepared ahead of time. >> which have retired general, paul page, matt whitaker, carl. jon kelly was surprised but not shocked by what the president said yesterday. >> but i think one reason the white house has been eager to say this wasn't scripted, this wasn't vetted, was so the north koreans don't take this seriously, you know, many people in washington, including senators, voters across the country, know that there are times when you take donald trump very seriously, every word, and there are times when you don't. and i think the white house is trying to make the case, you do
not dissect every word of this, because if you did -- >> don't take him literally. >> don't take him literally, we have had a lot of debate about this. but this was extemporaneous. don't dissect it too deeply. >> general mattis and rex tillerson all coming out with variations of a more moderate statement. >> they want to try to scale this down, and the problem -- i think that's a terrific strategy for them now, now that the president has kind of messed up. say well he didn't mean that literally. but especially in a international crisis, you need to go carefully. president kennedy used the word
quaranti quarantine. his generals cannot allow him to go out unscripted on things like this. >> the president tweeting that the nuclear arsenal is more powerful than ever. >> there's been no change. >> when i heard the statement yesterday, thank you, paul, for mentioning the book. i thought to myself, okay, wait, is the president trying to deter the north koreans from being something? or is he trying to compel them to do something. the reason the cuban missile crisis was so dangerous, was that kennedy was telling them tory move missiles. yesterday one got the idea that the president was trying to propel north korea to denuclearize. we're trying to deter them from future action.
a threat to try to propel them to action is very dangerous. that means unless you want to loses your credibility as a world power, you're going to have to react. >> when the north koreans talk, as they did in this latest segment, four ballistic missiles being fired toward guam, that will fall short of guam, i guess is a threat of some sort, how likely is it, how possible is it that that will really happen. if north korea fires missiles, how does the u.s. know that they're going to fall 20 miles away from guam. >> they can't be backed up with any logic or science, they haven't reached that point. and we have noticed on some of the missile launches, they really subscribe to the notion,
big sky, little bullet, and they're not concerned about where it falls. you know, anderson for years, guam is the target that north korea talks about, they want to bring some type of destruction, only because it's united states territory, it's not something on the peninsula, and it is something they can reach. upon launch, we don't know where missiles go, they literally go vertically, and you have to start looking at preliminary data. and then you start reading the telemetry data. when you go after a ballistic missile, you want to go after it a few minutes after launch. it's low, it's close to the ground, ow how do we do that very, very well? we can pick up the burn, how do we engage that, right now we don't have the ability to do that. >> the president's statement, he had just had this opiod meeting
and one of the things he said was the u.s. power on the southern 3w0border of mexico, somewhere more powerful than the world has ever seen and he used the same statement in this threat with north korea, that it will be fire and fury that the world has never seen. a lot of people interpret it as a nuclear response, and the world has seen a nuclear response in 1952. he's tweeted a lot, but here he is just in speechies using that phrase. >> it will be fire and fury on the southern border and the likes of which the world had never seen before. >> a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. >> the movement the likes of
which, actually, the world has never seen before. >> a movement like the world has never seen before. >> actually business enthusiasm is about as high as they have ever seen. we're unleashing a new era of american prosperity, perhaps like we have never seen before. >> i don't know how many ways he can deliver that line. but in this incredibly -- >> all those words were fine with me. he's our first president in american history that has no prior governmental or military experience. and the american people knew that and they liked that about him, i didn't, i lost. he's a real estate salesman, he's trying to get you to buy his condo, the greatest condo the world has ever seen, i think it's fine in other contexts, but when you're talking about nuclear war, and your trigger, your red line is a threat not
action, then that kind of bellicosity is really dramatic. >> then we want to play that tape to north korea and say don't take the president so seriously. but the next time the president makes a statement that everyone wants to see north korea take seriously. >> we also say the president's credibility, the vast majority of americans, do not believe the words that come out of the white house. >> and if you do believe these words, he took it to aing number 10. i think people are trying to walk it back by these examples that he didn't really mean to be a level 10. but for 30 years, the united states from reagan on fried to deal with north korea, by trying to pay them off or some other negotiated solution. and that's where we need to get
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their words, a missile strike towards guam. here's what the president said yesterday. >> north korea best not make anymore threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. he has been very threatening, beyond a normal statement. and as i said, they will be met with fire, four and frankly power, the likes of which this world had never seen before. >> in fa >> and back now with the panel. you used to be the president of the nixon library, and this looks like a good cop/bad cop, general mattis somewhere in the
middle. what do you think of the the idea that this is a so-called mad man theory. >> the mad man in nixon's cabinet was henry kissinger, more than richard nixon. think the bad man theory is the worst possible approach in a nuclear world. we know frhe wanted to put pressure afternoon the united states by creating crises around the world. he create vietnam and south korea amount nobody thinks it's a smart idea for a superpower to talk about nuclear unpredictability. >> we have had this nuclear condition for 70 plus years, so
it seems like we're trying to learn some lessons that are obvious. >> why don't we just say that north korea can have nuclear weapons and then they have to play by the rules and we deter them. deterrence has worked in the 70-plus years that nuclear weapons have existed. and north korea then, we could test the theory, that north korea is a puffer fish, they are afraid of being swallowed and they need to show they have more power than they really are. but right now, they seem to be acting as if their existence is at stake, but tell them, your existence is not at stake, you can keep a very small nuclear program. >> and north korea looks around and sees enemies in all different directions. >> absolutely, they have always been oppressed.
if you go back and you look at the peninsula, what has hatched over history, japanese invaded china through the peninsula, what happened when japan came through china, the japanese has been aggrieved and the demarcation occurred after we dropped the nukes in the japan, suddenly we had a crisis in korea that we weren't prepared for. i think what has happened is that the north koreas used to be signatories to the nonproliferation treaty, they backed out of that, they have a history of trying to play by the rules, our intelligence estimate is that they have a nuke and they're capable of launching that. now you're playing with the big guys, you got to play by the rules. >> an fbi raid into paul manafort's resz dense.
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according to one source it rattled some cages in the inner circle. mattis was firmly in the nuclear deterrence, time and time again. >> no, there are not, it's absurd and there's no basis to it. >> why is it so far fetch to explain to north korea and say that the motive wud to help you. >> it's just absurd. >> malt just from a little standpoint, north to execute a search warrant to raid manafort's house, they have to get a search warrant from a judge, they have to show probable cause. this is a constitutional requirement, because in our history they had a problem with government warrants and the fbi to be able to go into anybody's house and take whatever they wanted. so we had to have a sworn
affidavit from a law enforcement officer. first of all while manafort says he is cooperating, it's not in a sense that i'm talking to the feds and spilling my guts. so that's actually good for the trump team. and in these kinds of investigations, search warrants a and. >> if he was cooperating in handing over all the documents, would the fbi actually get pr mission to go and raid his home? >> he's trying to be helpful, but they are not using him as a source. >> don't they have to convince the judge that there's ed of a crime or an ongoing commission of crime. >> probable cause. >> but this is his home.
>> which is a big deal, actually entering someone's home is a whole other deal. >> it was a no-not warrant where the door was kicked down, which was very concerning which meant they thought he was going to destroy evidence or offer up is that kind of behavior. >> number one, this is not going away, mueller is focused. and there's now this focus on political crimes, so we go from political to national. bob mueller has been hiring attorneys that specialize in climbs and corruption. and he's emerging as a central figure, this isn't carter page who they can claim was an advisor. >> they have to distance themselves from paul manafort.
politically i think it's better if it's focused on financial crimes rather thans political crimes. as long as they are just committed by people in his only. i don't think that anybody on this panel would be surprised if they heard that paul manafort did something illegal in the course of his dealings with the ukraine. sure, they found this issue, but it wasn't relevant to me, and it doesn't prove a thing about russian collusion, hillary leaks and so on. no argument trump is going to make in this context his ideal. but in terms of doing what he has to do to keep his base with him and keep republicans on side, paul manafort accused of financial shenanigans, is much better than the don jr. story. >> it does nothing else but
plays with trump's psyche. he wants to call it a witch hunt, and every day we see more evidence. >> there was never a predawn raid on a home. never. >> never, and i heard it never happened in watergate. but actually for me as an observer of these things, the most important thing is that this happened july 26, and we're only learning about it now, robert mueller does not leak. we knew everything starr was doing because they leaked in real time. that's astonishing to me. the other thing is, if you track back the president's tweets, on that day, he attacked the director of the fbi andy mccabe and tried to smear him. maybe donald trump didn't know, the white house says they were shocked to hear about it, but it was an interesting co-incident
tall attack. >> this is just not paul manafort but everyone who is in the trump only and could be mulled into the investigation by how thorough mueller is going to be. if you got your hands on some financial shenanigans, what ask you do to tie him to political ties. if we have financial crimes and there isn't -- and it doesn't lead elsewhere, donald trump will come out and say, this is not what this investigation was supposed to be about, they found one of my exfriends who did something wrong, that 's terrible, he's a bad guy, i'll never speak to him again. >> and this is consistent with what we heard rod rosenstein say on sunday. is that bob mueller knows what the targets of this
investigation are. and i don't think it's necessary to go very far to say that they're looking at whether he has foreign bank accounts, because that's some of the reporting, and they're seeing that those bank account records are at home. it make sense from a law enforcement having done this before. >> from a political perspective, i think it makes it that much harder for donald trump to try to fire bob mueller. it's going to be a scandal. it's going to be a disaster for republicans, they really should figure out how to pass, vote on that bill that lindsay graham put on to protect bob mueller from whatever might be happening. >> mitch o'c ...it starts a chain reaction... ...that's heard throughout the connected business world.
except that the expectations of how quickly things happen in the democratic process. and so, part of the reason i think people feel like we're under performing is because too many kind of artificial deadlines. >> this morning fox "no, zoesenator, you are a weak spineless leader who does not keep his word and you need to retire." then he tweeted senator mitch mcconnell said i have excessive expectations but don't think so. after seven years of hearing repeal and replace why not done? there again he's blaming leader mcconnell and senate republicans for the failure to repeal obamacare, something he's done before. white house social media director tweeted more excuses, senate leader must have needed four more years in addition to the seven years to repeal and replace obamacare. excuses he says. fox news and the west wing are
attack the top republican in the senate. certainly an interesting strategy right now. the white house will need him to get tax reform and the border wall through congress. have you ever seen anything like this from a president with a top leader of his own party? >> never. i mean, it's a good thing that he doesn't have -- that mitch mcconnell doesn't have nuclear weapons or we'd have nuclear war on two fronts. all he said was excessive expectations. it's not like he, you know, challenged his fundamental qualities as a leader and a president. i've never seen anything like this. and it's -- he'll need friends -- president trump will need friends in the senate soon. like with keeping the government open next month by passing a funding bill. and over the long term, over the term of his presidency he's going to need to go back to these same republican senators who he's now -- >> but in fairness to president trump he's not wrong in that -- >> he's completely right. >> that after seven years of talking about this they haven't done anything. >> mcconnell's right too. >> mcconnell's -- no. in this specific instance i think trump has the better of the arguments.
both because, one, look, republicans pretended to have a plan to replace obamacare throughout the obama administration and you could say that trump shouldn't have believed them. that's i think a fair criticism. but this was the congressional republican claim, that we have a plan that can unite our party. >> president trump also claimed to have a plan. >> he said he had a plan. >> and paul ryan and mitch mcconnell convinced donald trump that they should start with health care. you think donald trump really wanted to start with obamacare? he would have liked to start with an infrastructure bill or something. they said do health care first and they couldn't do it. >> mitch mcconnell is the majority leader and mitch mcconnell has stuck with donald trump this entire time, that's looked the other way the entire time when donald trump has said or tweeted something crazy. if this is a criticism what he said, excessive expectations, i mean, really, at this point it's going to be easier to keep track of the republicans he has not attacked than those he has. >> donald trump's a bad president. but sometimes he's right.
>> i'm sorry, go ahead. >> somebody that is in this movement and understands not only sort of the trump voter but republicans generally is, listen, for -- this is our fear of how washington works. is you send all these republicans including the president, the house and the senate, and they still can't get done what they've promised you. and i think what you're looking at is maybe -- if it all of a sudden becomes a division in the party where trump starts going after mcconnell's senators that he needs in 2018, that could be a real problem. >> he is doing that. >> i do know from research and going out and talking to folks, trump voters hate the republican establishment more than they hate the democrats. so this is music to their ears. when he picks a fight with paul ryan and mitch mcconnell. that's trump playing to his base. the problem is that's all he seems to be able to do. mitch mcconnell gave him his only important accomplishment, which is justice neil gorsuch. he did it by i think almost breaking the senate, unfairly denying president obama the nomination of judge merrick
garland. but whatever. the only important accomplishment trump has is because of mitch mcconnell's insider expertise of the senate. they're going to -- he's going to need mitch to get him a budget, to get him a debt deal, and yet he has to attack these guys, ryan and mcconnell especially. >> the week before he was attacking murkowski. he's -- you know, his people, his trump world has advertised against heller in a swing state in nevada. they are raising money in a primary against flake in a swing state of arizona. so at some point you begin to ask yourself, do you actually want a republican majority? or do you want to be able to say -- >> he only needs 34 to be kept from being removed in the impeachment trial to come. >> but they've also read nate silver's analysis where it essentially says 2018's the best year for republicans if you look at how the map is drawn and how these congressional seats sit. you know, even as unpopular as he is, there's still a chance that republicans could pick up seats. >> the map looked great for democrats in the senate last
year. and you know what happened, they didn't do anything. the problem for trump is he may be right, that republicans should have delivered on this long-term promise but we've got a two-party system and that's his party. democrats aren't going to come to his side. he's got that third-party movement going for him. if he wants to govern on anything, these are the folks he needs. >> my question as a republican, though, to republican elected officials, is why do you keep sticking your neck out for this guy and why do you keep hanging with this guy when he is so quick at throwing you under the bus whenever he wants to and needs to? so i think if you're a republican leader watch your own back. >> but what should mcconnell do to watch his own back that he isn't doing? >> look, i think he needs to be strong with donald trump. i think donald trump if he sees you in a position of weakness takes advantage of you. so i think being confrontational at some points works better with donald trump than just pretending that something he said is troubling or disturbing. i mean, they use the most mushy words i have ever heard. >> what we're seeing is really what the founding fathers wanted.
you know, at the transition for president clinton coming in i went and saw john sununu who'd been president bush sr.'s chief of staff. he said you'll find before you realize it that the disputes are not republican versus democrat it's article 1 versus article 2. here's mitch mcconnell, theoretically of the same party as our president, criticizing him but more importantly matt and i were talking about this during the break, is holding the session -- the senate in pro forma sessions during this recess so the president of his own party cannot make a recess appointment and run the senate. you're seeing these institutional pressures which i think are amazing and wonderful, mr. madison would be
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one that keeps you connected to what matters most. thanks for watching "360." time to hand things over to don lemon. "cnn tonight" starts now. north korea steps right over president trump's red line. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. president trump warned north korea of fire and fury if they threatened the u.s. and tonight kim jong un is doing exactly what the president warned against. threatening the u.s. north korea's state news agency mocking the president for being "at a golf range" and putting out what it calls a load of nonsense about fire and fury. failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation. but there's more. the north korean army says it's "seriously examining the plan for