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breaking news overnight. ten sailors are missing after a u.s. navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship near singapo singapore. the latest on the search. plus, president trump will outline the path forward for the u.s. in afghanistan tonight. what it means for america's longest war. and a total solar eclipse that sweeps from coast to coast. what you can expect from this once-in-a-lifetime event and
when it will look best for you. it starts about 9:00 a.m. on the pacific time zone. people are jacked up for this from coast to coast. >> i guess -- it is once in a lifetime. last time it was a total eclipse that you could see east coast to the west coast across the country. it was 99 years ago. >> exciting. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. monday, august 21st, eclipse day. 4:00 a.m. in the east. we begin with breaking news. ten navy sailors are still missing after the guided destroyer "uss john s. mccain collided with a merchant vessel near singapore. five crew members were injured. the "mccain" was headed for a routine port visit in singapore. >> it's the fourth incident this year involving a u.s. ship based in japan. that includes the fatal collision involving thek"uss
fitzgerald" in which seven sailors died. we have the latest from tokyo. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dave. we're just get flooding update from the u.s. seventh fleet. we're hearing that the "uss john mccain" has made it back to port in singapore. earlier we did watch as the mccain made it slowly across the water. you see the giant, gaping hole in its side. that is the point of impact where there was a collision with the oil tanker. according to the seventh fleet, the mccain took on some flooding, the crew compartments, machinery rooms. we are hearing from malaysian authorities. the malaysians say they are conducting an exhaustive search over an area of 100 nautical miles. they are looking for ten missing sailors. they believe that during the collision, they may have gone overboard. as far as the conditions of the water, the waves are about two to three feet high, according to
the malaysian an authorities. the -- malaysian authorities. the seas are quite rough. five other soldiers were injured. four were airlifted, taken to a singaporean hospital. their injuries are considered non-life-threatening. one did remain aboard. it's too early to know as to exactly why in occurred. they -- why this occurred. they point out that this particular channel is quite busy. 80,000 vessels go through this. >> a tanker more than three times the size of the "mccain." >> the reaction to the news from president trump being -- president trump being criticized for his initial reaction. listen to the commander in chief respond to a reporter's question about the incident after arriving back at the white house last night. >> that's too bad. >> he made the comment at 8:34
p.m. it is not clear whether the president had been briefed before making his initial remark. shortly after 11:00 p.m. last night, he did tweet, "thoughts and prayers are with our u.s. navy sailors aboard the "uss john s. mccain" where search and rescue efforts are underway." our other big story, president trump set to unveil the new u.s. military strategy in afghanistan. he'll do it in a primetime address tonight. the president has a lot of options on the table. the speech after a review in which white house and pentagon officials considered a more aggressive role for u.s. military. u.s. forces have been engaged in afghanistan since 2001, making it america's longest war. we get more from cnn's boris sanchez. >> reporter: we are set to hear from president trump tonight at 9:00 p. he'll be addressing the nations from ft. meyer in virginia on the strategy moving forward in afghanistan. this is something that the
president tweeted about over the weekend on saturday, writing that after a very important meeting with top military brass in camp david, they came up with the strategy. secretary of defense james mattis was asked about this on sunday. he gave no indication except to say that he wanted to allow the president to explain the decision to the american people himself. here's secretary mattis. >> i was not willing to make significant troop lifts until we made certain what was the strategy, what was the commitment going in. in that regard, the president has made a decision, as he said. he wants to be the one to announce it to the american people. so i'll stand silent until then. until that point. >> reporter: it will be interesting to see what the president emphasizes moving forward. this is something that the white house has been working on for months. finally tonight, we will get to know what the president has decided to do with that war that has gone on for so long and cost
so many lives. >> boris sanchez, so many lives. in afghanistan, 2,216 service members killed. 20,049 injured in the longest war. as boris mentioned, the president has many options on the table. the plan for moving forward in afghanistan has been a long time coming. cnn's elise labbot with more on what is being considered. >> reporter: well, on friday the president met at camp david to review his options with his national security aides, including secretary mattis, secretary of state rex tillerson, national security adviser h.r. mcmaster, and vice president mike pence. the white house has been taking an exhaustive months' long review of u.s. policy toward afghanistan and has been accused by many in congress of dragging its feet. in february, the commander of u.s. troops in afghanistan requested a few thousand troops to break what he said was essentially a stalemate with the taliban.
now defense secretary mattis said all options are on the table, ranging from a surge in troops to a complete withdrawal. one proposal former white house strategist chief bannon argued for involves a shifting of responsibilities to private contractors or mercenaries, if you will. we're hearing a bump of about 4,000 troops, mostly advisers that would embed with local units of the afghan national army is probably likely. not a major departure from the current strategy being pursued in afghanistan. a decision on troop levels is just one component of the strategy. secretary mattis noted this was a full south asia strategy including the need to pressure pakistan to stop providing safe haven to the taliban and other extremist groups operating in another country. >> thanks. cnn will have special, live coverage of the president's address at 9:00 eastern time tonight. that's followed by an exclusive
town hall with house speaker paul ryan hosted by cnn's jake tapper. people wondering if he'll call out the president by name given his charlottesville response. >> tune in. one of the biggest names in business is quitting on president trump. this time it's not over charlottesville. billionaire investor carl icahn is stepping down as an adviser for regulatory reform. it is with the president's blessing. stating in a letter that he doesn't want partisan bickering over him to cloud the administration. democrats have long bickered over him, criticized his role as a conflict of interest. he still runs his business, and for months icahn has called all of these claims absurd. it's unclear what prompted his decision to leave now. it is another crack in the uneasy alliance between america's ceos and the president. corporate america disagrees with trump on climate change, nafta, immigration. but it was the president's response to charlottesville that caused the collapse of his business councils and top executives distancing themselves from trump. wall street worries what it
means for president trump's economic agenda. corporate america is a powerful ally to push for tax reform and infrastructure. there's a lot of buzz on the street now after a 20% rally in the dow sips election day. >> yeah -- dow since election day. >> yeah. >> if the president so isolated can he get tax reform or just plain tax cuts. >> what about icahn -- we've heard from him daily, weekly since the campaign. is it a coincidence that this comes at the same time when advisory boards bail? >> he said he regretted the two hadn't had more time to speak about regulatory reform. sounds as though i'm not sure how much back and forth there was between the president and carl icahn. the timing is interesting. >> all right. the united states and south korea set to start joint military drills today. it's got north korea furious, lashing out. we're live from seoul with the latest next. pain used to shut me down during pick-up games.
rhetoric once again in the response to military exercises by the united states and south korea which begin today. the kim jong-un regime threatening a merciless strike. the official government newspaper warning the joint exercises are "driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war." u.s. officials say that ten-day military drills are proceeding as scheduled. paula hancocks live in seoul with the latest. these are not typical in terms of how they will appear, correct? >> reporter: well, these particular military drills are very different to what we see in the springtime between the u.s. and south korea. there you have thousands of troops landing on south korean beaches. you have massive live-fire drills which are extremely dramatic, very dramatic pictures that north korea is provoked by. this time the ones in the autumn, in the fall, are a computer simulation. you have, according to the u.s.
military, around about 17,500 u.s. troops involved alongside south korean soldiers, alongside soldiers from seven other countries of the u.n. command, as well. according to the u.s. secretary of defense james mattis, effectively soldiers sitting over a computer. so we're not going to see those dramatic pictures that we often do with these military drills. now of course north korea is still reacting to them. they have said, as you said, that they think it's reckless behavior. it's pushing the peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war. something they have said many times before. dave? >> paula hancocks live in seoul, thank you. 15 minutes past the hour. an international manhunt underway now. police scouring rubble for clues. all of this part of an investigation into deadly terror attacks in spain.
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welcome to the party. introducing gig-speed internet from xfinity. finally, gig for your neighborhood too. an international manhunt is underway for the driver of a van who ran over and killed 13 people in barcelona last week. police pouring over the wreck angel from a suspected bomb -- wreckage from a suspected bomb factory for any clues about the terror cell behind the attack. they're looking for this man. a 22-year-old more okay an national. the -- moroccan national. the ministry confirming, that man there, is the suspected driver. again, he is on the loose. cnn's isa soares joins us live from barcelona. building us up to speed, isa. >> reporter: very good morning to you. that's right.
in the last few hours, the interior ministry confirming to cnn that the man on the run is 22 years old, considered to be from morocco. he's the man behind the white van that plowed into the area where we are and killed more than 14 and continued on to la rambla, plowing people down. pleat tightening the -- police tightening the net on him, saying they are looking for him, they are reenforced the border with france. they also cannot say whether perhaps he already escaped into france. a lot of attention looking into his whereabouts. also, police circling one man in particular, that is an imam. an imam from an area north of barcelona. the city had eight of the suspected 12 attackers. now they want to know whether he, the imam, was a suspected
ringleader. >> interesting. all right. trying to piece all of that together for us this morning. thank you, isa. the world of showbiz and the nation mourning the death of jerry lewis this morning. police best known for slapstick comedy and commitment to fund rising as a telethon host for the muscular dystrophy association. he died sunday after a brief illness at 91. we look back at his life and legendary career. >> reporter: he was born joseph levit kc levitch in 1926. he became known to the world as jerry lewis, famous for "the nutty professor." he hit had big at age 20 when he teamed up with another young entertainer, dean martin. >> dean was the virile, macho, and i was the monkey. and i knew we had lightning in a barrel. >> reporter: martin and lewis became one of the most popular comedy teams in history. thousands of soldout
performances, 16 hit movies, and dozens of radio and tv appearances. on his own, lewis signed a seven-year, $10 million contract with paramount in 1959. at that time, it was the largest contract ever between a studio and performer. lewis went on to act in or direct shows and movies for several decades. he later offered this advice to fellow entertainers -- >> be a hit. score. get the audience laughing and happy. that's the secret of success in this business. >> reporter: he didn't just make audiences laugh. lewis used his fame to make a difference, taking up the fight against muscular dystrophy. for more than four decades, his annual labor day telethons helped raise more than $1 billion for research and treatment and almost always ended with his signature song, "you'll never walk alone." ♪ walk alone with hope in your
heart ♪ ♪ and you'll never walk alone >> reporter: lewis struggled with his own health problems over the years including prostate cancer, type-one diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis, and heart disease. >> it's been a long, long, grueling ride. i've ingested more than 24,000 pills. >> reporter: through it all, he kept his sense of humor. >> you better laugh at it because the alternative is not funny. [ laughter ] >> good stuff. raised more than a billion dollars for muscular dystrophy. unreal. what a legacy it is. so will the weather cooperate today for a little tiny event being called the eclipse of the century? a big day, guys. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri. the big day here. and we're watching the forecast very carefully because easy to see what's going on at least across the northwestern corner of the country, oregon, idaho into wyoming, generally clear
skies. some wildfires across the region. making it pretty hazy across the region. incredible that could enhance the colors when it approaches totality in the last few minutes before the sun is completely obscured. notice the central portion of the country, plenty of cloud cover. some storms, some of which could be severe. once again toward the southeast, namely around, say, portions of south carolina, around charleston, also looking at cloud cover. maybe 80% of the sky could be covered by clouds across charleston. watching that carefully, as well. really interesting to think about the light and the complete totality. if you think, say, you're in an area that has 95%, 96%, 97% of coverage of the sun, it's going to get pretty dark. really not so the case. in fact, even at 99%, it is still about 10,000 times brighter than once the sun is completely covered at 100%. an analogy, think of a hotel with a blackout curtain. if a little bit is open, you let
a tremendous amount of light in. once you cover it completely, that could be the case with the 100% totality. >> wow. you can see the planets during the day -- >> 2:45 eastern time -- >> something like 71% eclipse. i'm trying to figure out where to take the kids. >> take them to oregon -- >> too late. breaking news this morning, ten sailors missing in the pacific after a u.s. navy destroyer collides with an oil tanker. the latest on the search on "early start." if you have medicare
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his explanation to the american people tonight in primetime. and get your special glasses ready or your homemade shoebox. what you need to know about today aets today's total solar eclipse. good morning, i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. 30 minutes past the hour. we'll be live from tokyo, seoul, and barcelona ahead. we start with breaking news as ten navy sailors are still missing after the guided missile destroyer "uss john s. mccain" collided with a merchant vessel near singapore. naval officials say five crew members were injured. the damaged destroyer arriving at port in singapore overnight. >> yeah. that's the latest development is that it has gotten back to port here. this is the fourth incident this year involving a u.s. ship based on japan. that includes the fatal collision involving the "uss fitzgera fitzgerald." seven tailors died there. search and rescue -- seven sailors died there. search and rescue efforts are
underway. we have the latest. we know that the vessel is back in port? >> reporter: it is back in port, and that's where they hope to learn just a little bit more about exactly what happened. they're going to try to figure out looking at the actual point of impact. and you see it in the video that we saw as the "mccain" was making its way back to port. there is a giant, gaping hole. that is the point of impact where it collided with the oil tanker. let's talk about what's happening as a result of that. ten sailors are missing. there is a large search area happening now at sea. 100 nautical miles, according to malaysian authorities, they're trying to find the sailors. it is the u.s. authorities, malaysians, singaporeans trying to sort of comb that water to see if they can find anybody. the waves are about three feet high. five were injured, three transported by helicopter to
hospitals with nonthreatening injuries. this is the fourth incident this year alone. if you look at the timeline here, what just happened with the "uss john s. mccain," then you look at the "fitzgerald" two months ago, another in may and one in january. that ship in january did go aground. it was not a collision. the incidents at sea are considered rare. this year has been unusually bad. christine? >> keep us up to speed if you hear any developments on the search for the missing sailors. thank you. criticism this morning for president trump after his initial reaction to the "uss john s. mccain" collision. listen to the president respond to a reporter's question about the incident after arriving at the white house last night. >> what do you think about the "uss john s. mccain"? >> "that's too bad." he made the statement at 8:34
p.m. the navy released details 28 minutes later. it's not clear whether the president had been briefed before making his initial remark. shortly after 11:00 p.m. last night, he did finally tweet, "thoughts and prayers are with our u.s. navy sailors aboard the "uss john s. mccain" where search and rescue efforts are underway." our other top story -- president trump set to unveil the new u.s. military strategy in afghanistan. he'll do it tonight in a primetime address. the president has a lot of options on the table. the speech coming after an extensive review in which white house and pentagon officials considered a more aggressive role for the u.s. military. u.s. forces have been engaged in afghanistan since 2001. this is america's longest war. we get more this morning from boris sanchez. >> reporter: we are set to hear from president trump tonight at 9:00 p.m. he'll be addressing the nation from ft. meyer in virginia on the strategy moving forward in
afghanistan. this is something that the president tweeted about over the weekend on saturday writing that after a very important meeting with top military brass in camp david, they came up with the strategy. secretary of defense james mattis was actually asked about this on sunday. he gave no indication except to say that he wanted to allow the president to explain the decision to the american people himself. here's secretary mattis. >> i was not willing to make significant troop lifts until we knew what was the strategy, what was the commitment going in. in that regard, the president has made a decision, as he said. he wants to be the one to announce it to the american peoplement so i'll stand -- people. so i'll stand silent until then, until that point. >> reporter: so it will be interesting to see what the president emphasizes moving forward. this is something that the white house has been working on for months. and finally tonight, we will get to know what the president has decided to do with that war that has gone on for so long and cost
so many lives. >> more than 2,200. thanks. as boris mentioned there, over 2,200 deaths, 20,000 wounded. the plan for moving forward in afghanistan has been a long time coming. cnn's elise labbot with more on what's being considered. >> reporter: well, on friday the president met at camp david to review his options with his national security aides, including secretary mattis, secretary of state rex tillerson, national security adviser h.r. mcmaster, and vice president mike pence. the white house has been taking an exhaustive months' long review of u.s. policy toward afghanistan and has been accused by many in congress of dragging its feet. in february, the commander of u.s. troops in afghanistan requested a few thousand troops to break what he said was essentially a stalemate with the taliban. now defense secretary mattis
said all options are on the table, ranging from a surge in troops to a complete withdrawal. one proposal former white house strategist chief bannon argued for involves a shifting of responsibilities to private contractors or mercenaries, if you will. we're hearing a bump of about 4,000 troops, mostly advisers that would embed with local units of the afghan national army is probably likely. not a major departure from the current strategy being pursued in afghanistan. a decision on troop levels is just one component of the strategy. secretary mattis noted this was a full south asia strategy including the need to pressure pakistan to stop providing safe haven to the taliban and other extremist groups operating in another country. >> thanks. cnn will have special, live coverage of the president's address at 9:00 eastern time tonight. that's followed by an exclusive
town hall with house speaker paul ryan hosted by cnn's jake tapper. one would assume paul ryan will weigh in on the president's response to charlottesville. treasury secretary mnuchin has a message for his yale classmates -- "i stand by president trump." mnuchin releasing a strong defense of the president over the weekend. it's a response to a letter from nearly 300 of his former yale classmates asking him to resign in protest to the president's charlottesville response. mnuchin calls their concerns misconceptions. he assures them that he in no way believes neo-nazis are equivalents to those who protest in peaceful and lawful ways. mnuchin and economic adviser gary cohn face intense pressure to resign over the president's remarks. both are jewish. both were standing behind the president when he made the controversial remarks. while the white house denies rumors from last week that cohn will leave, mnuchin says he's staying put, writing that "highly talented men and women surrounding the president should be reassuring to all the
megan's smile is getting a lot because she uses act® mouthwash. act® strengthens enamel, protects teeth from harmful acids, and helps prevent cavities. go beyond brushing with act®. north korea ramping up the rhetoric again in response to military exercises by the u.s. and south korea. those exercises beginning today. the kim jong-un regime threatening a "merciless strike." the official government newspaper warning the joint exercises are "driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war." u.s. officials say the ten-day military drills are proceeding as scheduled. cnn's paula hancocks live in seoul with the latest. maybe the imagery of these
routine exercises will bea -- will be a little bit different this time. >> reporter: absolutely. these are very different drills from what we saw in the springtime where you saw massive live fire drills. you saw thousands of u.s. troops landing on a south korean beach. this time around, this freedom guardian, they are computer simulated for the most part. working on communication, on command posts to make sure that everyone can get to where they need to and communicate with weather they need to. there's -- communicate where they need to. there's a different feel to this, you're not going to find the pictures that north korea finds provocative. you still have the reaction from north korea. the fact that the drills are going ahead, they say they are reckless and it is reckless behavior. we have heard from the secretary of defense james mattis, and he says they're defense 95 nature, wholly -- defensive in nature,
wholly defensive. a similar thing we heard from the south korean president, saying in though way are they to increase tensions on the north korean peninsula. the fact that we don't see dramatic pictures, whether or not that will implicate north korea we'll have to see. drills go on for the next ten days. >> thank you very much. an international manhunt underway for the driver of the van who ran over and killed 13 people in barcelona last week. police pouring over wreckage from a suspected bomb factory for any clues about the terrorist cell behind the attack. they're looking for this man, 22-year-old moroccan national younes abouyaaqoub. the interior minister of catalan confirming he is the suspected driver. isa soares with more. >> reporter: that's right. the interior minister confirming
to cnn that younes abouyaaqoub, the 22-year-old moroccan national, is the man on the run. still on the loose. he's the man behind the white van that plowed into 13 people here in catalonia that leads to la rambla. police also looking and questioning one man, an imam. the city north of barcelona, believed eight of the 12 attackers, suspected attackers, were from the area. police want to know what was the imam's role in this operation? was he the mastermind? focusing on him, focusing, of course, on the manhunt, the man who they say perhaps could have gone into france but critically in the house where they found traces of explosives. dave? >> thank you. the scope of mystery sonic attacks against diplomats in cuba much greater than was initially reported. cnn has learned more than ten
american diplomats and family members were treated for push that, headaches, and hearing loss -- nausea, headaches, and hearing loss. five diplomats and their family also had symptoms consistent with the attacks. >> in some cases an inaudiblea tick weapon was -- inaudible automatic weapon was deployed. despite the staffing changes, the u.s. embassy in havana is fully operational. u.s. officials suspect a third country is involved, possibly as part of an effort to drive a wedge between the u.s. and cuba. four confederate statues removed from the university of texas campus in austin overnight. the moments depicting robert e. lee, albert sitd sidney johnson, and general reagan will be removed. a picture that is part of the display, although not a confederate, has been pulled.
the deadly violence in charlottesville prompted the move saying "they're symbols of white confederacy and neo-nazis." a group protested when the statues came down. elon musk says killer robots are not sky few, they -- sci-fi, they are a real possibility. cnn "money stream" next. these days families want to be connected 24/7.
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a total eclipse of the heart s. that like when your lungs go over? what is that exactly? >> i have long wondered that question. >> i've wondered what a total eclipse of the heart is. >> we may never get the answer. that song never more fitting than it is now. we're hours away from the total eclipse of the sun. the sun will disappear for a short time all across america today. the last time there was a total eclipse of the sun cross the united states, 99 years ago. people from tennessee to oregon will be in the path of totality, as they're calling it. miguel marquez is in salem gearing up for this once-in-a-lifetime event. >> reporter: it is countdown to total totality, totality is that shadow of the moon, about 70 miles wide. it will race across the u.s. 12 states in all will see the eclipse. the total eclipse. you cannot stare at the sun directly, of course, unless you have solar filters on your
binoculars or those special glasses everyone's talking about. i want to show what they look like. kind of like mirrored sunglasses except when you try to see through them, literally, you can't see a thing. complete black unless you are staring at the sun. now people from around the world are pouring in to this path of totality that this eclipse will take. it is the first time since 1918 that we've had an eclipse cross through the u.s. continent coast to coast. it's even more interesting -- it's the first time since 1257, about 200 years before christopher columbus was born, that an eclipse only hit the u.s. so one for the record books here, towns across the country, little towns, we went to independence, oregon. they are preparing for their size of population, 9,200, to maybe quadruple overnight, basically turning this into an
astronomic astronomic astronomical festival for this once-in-a-lifetime event. i will see you guys at the eclipse. dave, christine? >> totality. >> good look. nashville right in the path. they're not concerned -- the small towns, but millions of people live within driving distance of nashville. could be an interesting experience there. will the weather cooperate? let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri. it's the big day, and here's the national map. very easy to pick out the northwest. looks to be the place to be, especially around wyoming into idaho. outside of the coastal region of oregon looks good, as well. once you get toward the central portion of the country, some isolated storms, some of which could be severe just north of that 100% line. and then working toward the carolinas. charleston on into coastal south carolina. looks a little unsettled, as well. here's what it looks like for nashville. we think into the early morning hours where the eclipse begins, approaching noon at least. fair visibility. mostly sunny skies. as you approach max eclipse, potentially could see clouds
scattered about the region. again, as you go toward the afternoon, you see isolated clouds, not bad. good visibility expected to return. fascinating to think about the distance and also the difference it makes with the sun. the sun is about 400 times wider than the moon. at the same time, it's 400 times farther away. from an earthling's perspective, it looks the exact same ties and perfect coverage -- same size and perfect cover kufoccurs on s like today. be safe and enjoy it. >> we will, my friend. if you can't get out to see the eclipse, we'll be broadcasting on air, live on facebook and the mobile app and virtual reality. head to cnn.com for the details. remember, don't look directly at the sun. >> it's true. >> or with regular glasses -- >> make the shoebox. you can go to the boy scouts of america pang and make your -- page and make your own shoebox p. in cnn "money stream," global stocks lower.
following wall street's leads, global stocks closed lower friday. the second week in a row down despite a slight rebound after news broke that steve bannon was leaving the administration. markets have soared to records for months. has business leaders break ties with the president, investors worry an isolated president trump has an economic agenda in peril. investors tuning in this week for the end of earnings season, retailers lowe's, staples, cities, all report. and the federal reserve's annual jackson hole conference begins thursday. watch to see if fed chief janet yellen says anything about future policy especially interest rate hikes. the first round of nafta talks just wrapped up. that was quick, right? some issues already signal tough bargaining in the future. for example, the trump administration proposal requiring substantial portions of auto parts be made in the u.s. and negotiators expect a great deal of effort and negotiation especially since they aim to rewrite nafta by the end of this year. that is a blinding pace for trade negotiations. it just doesn't happen that fast. but again, this is an
administration that's trying to rewrite the way we do business here. negotiating nafta was a core campaign promise for this president. he blames nafta for the loss of u.s. manufacturing jobs. round two of talks begins september 1st. elon musk sounding the alarm on killer robots. the tesla founder along with 116 artificial intelligence experts are asking the u.n. to ban autonomous weapons warning in an open letter that once developed they will allow an armed conflict to develop at a scale greater than ever and ask be hacked to behave in undesirable waves. unlike other forms of a.i., autonomous weapons are close to being developed. more than a dozen countries including the u.s., china, israel, south korea, russia, and britain are currently working on autonomous weapons. artificial intelligence weaponized. wow. >> he's the only one really sounding this alarm. >> he's talking about getting the u.n. and getting global organizations to start to talk about a framework for this kind
of stuff. you know, he's right in there and says it's happening quickly. >> let's get him on cnn, talk about it. "early start" continues right now with the latest out of singapore. breaking news, ten sailors missing after a u.s. navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship near singapore. the latest on the search. plus, president trump will outline the path forward for the u.s. and afghanistan tonight in primetime. what it means for america's longest war. and a total eclipse of the sun. it will sweep from coast to coast, what you can expect from this once-in-a-lifetime event. no pressure, but what are you doing this afternoon? good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> we do have to have plans, you can't just hang out. i'm dave briggs. monday, august 21st, 5:00 a.m. in the east. 5:00 p.m. in singapore. that's where we're following breaking news this morning.
ten navy sailors are still missing after the guided missile destroyer "uss john s. mccain" collided with a merchant vessel near singapore. naval officials say five crew members were injured, the damaged destroyer arriving at port in singapore overnight. >> it's the fourth incident this year involving a u.s. ship based in japan. you'll recall the fatal collision involving the "uss fitzgerald" in which seven tailors -- seven sailors died. the top commanders were removed from their duties in the fallout of the collision. as for the "mccain," a massive search and rescue operation is underway now. kyung lah is live in tokyo with the latest. they've pulled that or it has steamed into port. what is the status of the ten missing sailors? >> reporter: well, what's happening at sea right now, christine, is becoming a race against time. you mentioned it's 5:00 in singapore. there's