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>> wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. >> oh, my god! >> that's not making the best of a bad situation, i don't know what is. thank you for watching us. cnn tonight is next. >> announcer: this is "cnn breaking news." >> breaking news, need to tell you people are in need of being rescued right now. down in texas. along the, the gulf, and what is happening with the hurricane. we are going to, going to join us in desperate need of help. water is rushing into her apartment there with a 1-year-old. water rising in east texas. thousand trapped. nor rain on the way. president trump promises help from the federal government as he prepares to travel to the flood zone tomorrow. this is cnn tonight. i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. the stories that are coming in are harrowing and heartbreaking. this is an absolutely stunning
number. texas already hit with at least 15 trillion gallons of rain, and the storm its far from over. the national weather service warns, life threatening flooding is continuing. the coast guard, getting more than 1,000 rescue calls every hour. 1,000 rescue calls every hour. tonight, we are going to have the stories from some of the people who narrowly escaped the raging floodwaters and, some, who are still trapped. and the forecast, as the storm gathers, strength tonight. look at that. still lots of rain. lots of ak tifr tee. reporters all over the flood zone. cnn correspondent is tracking the path of the storm in the weather center for us. so, again, good evening, thank you for joining us. we'll be carrying all these stories of, of rescue and how people are coping down there. but i want to get right to our correspondent, trapped with her 1-year-old baby and cousin. floodwaters are rising. she is a frayed timing is running out. joins us by phone. are you there?
can you hear me? this is don lemon? are you there? >> yes, can you hear me? >> yes, i can hear you. >> where are you now? who its with you? >> yes, i am on the eastside of houston. 5915, across the street from with my 1-year-old baby and my cousin. >> give me your address again, 595 what -- 5915 uvaldi road, apartment 409, houston, texas. >> so you are there, you said with your 1-year-old cousin. worried the water is going to come in right now? on the first floor? >> yes, yes. i am on the first floor right now. water is rising very fast. it is in the front of my house and the back of my house. also on the side of my house too. it is all over. really nobody can really leave out the apartment complex.
awe mav y have you called for help? yes, we have. everybody called for help. we tried walking down the street for help. we hadso some pass us by, and rl down the window. we saw, passers-by, they couldn't stop. >> yeah. >> i can hear your baby crying in the background. don't worry about that. we understand that you are in a very traumatic situation right now. >> yes, sir. >> have you heard anything from authorities? are they telling you anything? >> no. no. sir. >> have you been able to contact anyone. >> no, sir all calls, the numbers they gave out. it is like one out of, out of all the numbers really works. >> do you have electricity? >> yes, i do. >> have your neighbors been evacuated? >> no, sir. >> there are people still in your apartment comb sfleks. >> yes, sir, it is still, mostly majority of my apartment complex
are still in, in their homes. >> uh-huh. >> you are in, called forest creek apartments, correct? >> yes, right across the street from the college. >> you talked with producers, you said that you tried to flag down the, campus police or college police, of the college across the street from you? >> yes, yes we have tried to flag him down. he told us there is really nothing we can do. he doesn't see any bets nearby to come help us. >> how quickly is the water rising? >> it's really aby the second. minutes. it its rising fast. >> do you have food or supplies or anything? >> yes, we are running. so my baby. we have a little bit more milk. >> yeah. >> listen, if authorities, anybody watching that can help. you don't mind me putting your address on television, right? >> no, sir. no, sir.
5195 uvaldi road, apartment 409 in houston. >> yes, sir. >> how its your cousin. how old is your cousin? >> 24. >> she is 24. you are there, both there with the baby. how is the baby doing? >> she is all right. she really doesn't understand much. i am trying to stay strong for her and my cousin. i am really the only person that can swim. so, i'm any just trying to, help her, before anything will get worse than what it is before. >> can you go upstairs? are you on a single level apartment or go upstairs to a neighbor's place? >> yes, i can go upstairs to a neighbor's house. >> have they invited you up or do you know them? >> no. >> really everybody is, like, well, we have, i had talked to one lady earlier today. because her apartment its flooded out on this area. she asked, can she come
upstairs. the lady tell her she had to pay her $300. >> wow. >> yes. >> what are you going to do? >> sir, the only thing i can really do right now is pray. and hope somebody can come rescue me, my cousin and my baby most of all. >> well, let us know if we can help. we hope that can get to you. we will try to got to you. trapped in the apartment with her 1-year-old baby and 24-year-old cousin. how old are you? >> yes, i am 21 years old. >> 21. >> yes. >> yeah, good luck. please keach ep in touch. we will check back. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> be safe. >> boy. there you go. what do you dupe with that? cnn's reporter out with rescuers all day. and he is in the area tonight. you have been witnessing these amazing rescues.
you have heard stories, sure like the one that we had on the line. you spent the day with the national guard. take us there, tell us what you are seeing? awe we have been flooded with messages like that from people around the country. trying to share addresses. of, of loved ones that they're concerned about. so those types of calls, and those, tie it of information, just flowing all over the place tonight here, don. we spent, the afternoon with a -- with a uniit of the national guard from the dallas area. they call themselves the wolfpack. and they went through varpous neighborhoods, trying to assist especially the boertz that were coming into these neighborhoods, and, and going into the neighborhoods and pulling people out of homes that were, that were flooded out or that they were worried about becoming traptd in their homes here over the course of the next couple days. then moving those people in these big trucks through, through the flood waters out into, into, shelters. what really struck me today, don, as we picked up, a group of people, from an apartment
complex. hit me quickly that a lot of the people have been stuck in their homes for the belter part of the last three days. they have seen some images of the flooding, across the city. but they haven't really witnessed on a grand scale, or a big picture. what has the been going on around them. when we got in the truck. through the floodwaters. there was a gasp inside the truck. people, one woman, we were standing, oh, my god, this its so crazy. hi hit me. haven't seen what is unfolding in their own city today. so that was, rather, a breathtaking moment with the people, as they were being moved to a shelter. >> you know, ed, we sought stunning video of you and producer jason morris, your cameraman, joel del rosa helping an elderly couple escape from their home. tell us about that.
>> we have been overwhelmed by the response. a little disconnected. didn't realize exactly, how, how people had reacted, to that video. we were -- you know, as you have seen in the clip, if you have watched it. we were -- really kind of wrapping up a chance to -- to -- tour that neighborhood. that had been, flooded, and so devastated. and, on our way out we were with the young man by the name of austin seth, a college student. picked up his own boat. decided to go out there and help. i had been watching him through out the course of the day. go out and bring back some people. he was, he was kind of wrapping up. he offered to, to take us out. and it was, unbelievable. we had passed that particular house a number of times. then it was the last pass. we were on the way out of the neighborhood. we heard pam jones cry out for help. and asked us to stop. what really struck me was, this kind of speaks to what many paem are going through, and i have heard from other first responders. they're going out to calls. but on their ways to certain calls they're being stopped,
two, three, four five times from people seeking help. so, the demand is just simply overwhelming. >> ed, heck doing a fantastic job down there. thank you so much. want to turn to cnn's brian todd live at houston convention center where thousands of residents have been evacuated. they're taking refuge there tonight. brian, watching you all day. doing a fantastic job as well. what are you seeing on the ground. tell whults us what is going ons she shelter? >> don, the number of people in the houston center, surpassed 5,000. from an official in there speaking to us. roughly lly 8,000 take shelters the area. that number will grow. we just saw a number of people who were bused here from one of the hard hit neighborhoods. stream in here. and, of course, one of the questions that is on everyone's mind is, twlan look at a large convention center with thousand.
taking shelter from a hurricane is it going to be a repeat of katrina. a repeat of the super dome situation. and the chaos that took place there. i can tell you, my team and i went in here, not long age talked to a lot of people. it its not that situation, don. it is very come posed. orderly. it is very organized. there are a lot of people in here who are stressed. devastated. and exhausted. but they are, just, you know they're really acting in a very, graceful manner. and there are a lot of police officers and volunteers helping to shepherd people in the right direction. give them meals so. far, what we have seen. pretty impressive, don. >> talk to me, brian, about some of the rescues you witnessed earlier today. >> just incredible scenes. we went out to an area in the northeastern section hufston. lakewood. a poor section of town, a lot of single family homes, these houses had water up to past the window levels. and when we were there with a
group of private rescue teams, these are guy whose dropped everything, who lived several hours away, brought boats here, and just, got into these neighborhood, and got to these people, on their own, no prompting. we got, we went with the team, led by a gentleman named seth roberts. basically doing this now for the last 48 hours with no rest. we got to this neighborhood. and there were people waiting on their cars, on the hoods of their cars, we rescued two families like that. one across the street from the other. and they said they had been there for a couple of nights on the hoods of their cars, with the water by the way, basically at the hood. so, if you can imagine sleeping on the hood or the roof of your car with the rain pouring done look it is here. on the water right below you all night long. they said they called. 911. tried to get people to come. they were basically saying where is the cavalry. they were relieved when our boat got there. they were thanking us, the news team. we said, hey, not us. these guys here. who were doing it.
incredible to watch. i heard ed, a short time ago, tell you that, when he was going out with his rescue teams, that a lot of people would come up and ask them to be rescued. asked to be rescued by them. they couldn't rescue all of them. that happened to us several times. when weep were in th were on th. can go where no water craft can go. go everywhere. we were approached by people needing to get on the boat. wanting to get on the boat. we couldn't take all of them. would have been a dpan jer russ situation if we had. so, that, it is just tess per racing out there, don. tens thousands of people. according to a congressman. tens of thousands more people are in need of crisis tonight, don. >> unbelievable. looking at one of the air bets. fan bets as well. a moment ago on your screen. brian todd, thank you. i appreciate you joining us as well. brian, stay safe, continue the good work down there. all across the flood zone, families are risking everything to escape the rising walter. joining me now is brother and
sister, with an incredible survival story. thank you both for joining us. you had to evacuate. how are you doing? >> we are doing fine now. can you hear me well by the way? >> i can hear you very well. >> we are doing fine now. we are back at the place. i never thought i would be come back for a reason. this is the high school. we are at the high school now. where i graduated from two years ago. >> i go here right now. >> she is a saw more right now. i mean we, didn't expect to have to evacuate. we, we thought, like we have a two-story house. we should be able to at least stay on the second floor. we didn't think the water would get to our first floor. they told us, canyon gate, cinco
ranch. calling our neighborhood out, since last saturday before the floods started. they said hey you might have to do -- a, a voluntary evacuation. so, whoelt time they have been telling us, voluntary evacuation for the past come of, come of dates, couple of hours. even today, too. and then, justen a matter of a second, they changed it to a mandatory evacuation. in a maerlt of a second. because me and my dad. we expected that we would be able to stay upstairs. then suddenly told us no you have how to get out of the house. >> you lad to get out right away without any warning. >> yes. right. >> we had how to. >> how many people were there. was it your family? there? >> our entire family. when we got out. like the water just started to seep into our house. we got out. all our neighbors were out there. evacuating together. my neighbor, neighbor, took a rope, and about like, then it was like 15 people. tied each other with ropes. all tied on a represent together. walking in a line together. so we didn't float away.
and -- we got to the main road. >> let me show some of the video. i will let you talk a little more. incredible video. then let you talk on the other side. let's watch it. this is yours. >> guys, this is scary. guys, please take care. please pray for us. please. >> with all of these people. oh, my god. >> i mean that must have been frightening, neck high water you had to walk through. >> and the thing was that we were tied with ropes, right. if somebody got left behind, the rope would tie in to the point where you couldn't breathe. se circulation was cut off. i was praying the whole time. it was so bad. kept thinking why did this happen to? how could this happen to us? >> water started speeching into
your house, right? >> yes, yes, we had made a barricade to be able to keep it as long as it would be able to. by the time we started leaving our house, the water was about -- i foot and a half in our backyard like up against our patio door. the water was already -- to our door in our garage. our front doors where i made the barricade with bricks. that was the last place for water to start coming through. but out of nowhere they told us that we have to we, have to get out. once we started walking, when weep fwe first started walking it was watt r er to our knees. and the second to the main road of the neighborhood. the neighborhood is canyon gate. we live on the last street. the neighborhood is a straight line. all the way back to the neighborhood. like branches, stems. going out to each side. so from the tip of our house to the front of our neighborhood, is exactly one mime.
we had to walk. shin deep. then knees. neck deep into the water. while families carrying babies. families carrying, dogs, we have, floats where the dogs are, on top. getting scared. never been like, they don't, don't now how to swim. and stuff. we had the women, children. tie rope around their waist. they could stay together. there was an electric pole that fell. and they had the kids put one arm over, so they can float. because the kids, definitely like it was not any way they would stand in the water. the video you first saw. that was me. and, a lot more behind for my parents. because they had evacuated. the fire marshals came up to our door. told us hey, this is mandatory evacuation. you need how to gout of your house right now? >> so you were eventually rescued by boat, right, where
were you finally rescued? >> in front of the neighborhood. >> we had to walk a mile from the back of our nabbed to the front of our neighborhood. which took about two hours with everybody -- keeping everybody together. >> while well ore on the main road of the neighborhood. people, more people. >> adding on. people were just joining with us. >> we had how to get them. couldn't leave them there. it was just, took a long time. and it was freezing cold walter. and like, when we, like, got to like dry area, like my hands were shaking. and it was look frozen. like i couldn't feel my fingers. >> what are you going to do now? >> sorry? >> what do you do next? >> right now we take shelter. every day telling us on the news. hey slow down. this could go on a couple days. >> at least till thursday. going to continue to rain until thursday. >> untim thul thursday. the reason it flooded in our neighborhood is because we live right next to the barker
reservoir. what they did they had to let some of the water out before, the gate actually broke. what they did. they let a little walter out. they knew it would eventually flood our houses. ,000 they had to do it. it didn't break. and go everywhere. the thing is the rain is coming a lot faster than, than water is leaving. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> listen. awe aub that's the thing that is scary. we keep oechi ihoping it will s raining. when you think it will stop it rains harder than before. >> got to till you. we are glad you are okay. everybody in your family is fine, right? >> yes, yes. >> luckily. and we, we, and i mean the thing is that we walk two hours to the front of our neighborhood. i feel so, like, grateful right now. bah t because the area and school we are in. we have clothes, foextra, walte anything that they need. they have shelter here. i mean the thing is that, that we, nobody expected this to happen in houston.
because the we don't go to these kinds of things in houston. so the fact that this is, more than last year's flood. and then the fact that this is more than 2001, allison's, the allison storm. this is, what its coming so much of a shock. nobody is ready for this. because the it came so quick. >> well, thank you. we are glad that you are okay. again, glad your family is okay. take care. >> you are welcome. >> we'll be thinking about you as well down there. got to get to the break. we got so many stories we need to tell. there is so much to cover, with this huge storm that is hitting texas and louisiana right now. when we come back, a man who took his own boat, out to katy, texas to rescue stranded people. plus more rain headed to texas. more rain headed to texas and into louisiana. what could be ahead for this flood zone. our meteorologist will join us next. coming up. oh really? thank you clients? well jd power did just rank them highest in investor satisfaction
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look at this live picture. in the block before this, beginning of the show. wasn't sure if it was a live picture. this is sugarland, texas. look at the rain there. look at the truck. still raining. going to get worse. forecasters saying that it is going to rain at least until thursday. we are going to check in with our meteorologist in moments. but, harvey is regaining strength tonight. poised to strike houston, a second time. that as thousand of people are still stranded. want to go live in the weather center. that picture we saw, unbelievable. and, again, water gigs to get higher. gaining strength. people are stranded in their homes. the cars. you heard at the beginning of the show. the young lady is stranded in her first floor apartment with her 1-year-old. and her, her cousin. 24-year-old cousin. she is 21 years old. what is going to happen for the next few dates? >> well, we hear the coast guard is getting 1,000 calls an hour. it is amazing. the computer models have handled this beautifully since the
beginning. an unfortunate end. what you see in colors of purple. 10 inches white. 2, 3 feet. the size of south carolina. a year's worth of rainfall falling in a couple days. totals approaching 40 inches. in harris county alone, we had 40 locations picked up over 30 inches. records in houston. go back to 1930. the two wettest days in history from saturday, sunday. center is not offshore. that means it is gig to intensify. not hurricane status. but going to act as a vacuum. pick this moisture up from the gulf. drop it into houston. looking at another 10, 15, inches. isolated amounts. over 17. the severe weather threat slides, and parish of louisiana where already we have had 200 tornado warnings. the path looks like this. i think we have 30 hours before a second landfall. the predawn hours, wednesday morning. do not expect a big wind event. tropical storm. intensifying. more rainfall. notice the distance between the points here. it is going to pick up speed. but not until after it drops.
another 10, 20, 25 inches. this time tip is north of hus tochb houston. east of houston. more resources needed. more rescues in the region. it extends to the north. new orleans. 4 to 6 inches. we could see 6 to 10 inch totals. central arkansas pints to the north, southeast missouri. western kentucky. ironic, don, we are doing all comparisons with hurricane katrina. rightfully so. 12 years ago that's. tonight. hurricane katrina, reached its monstrous stage of category 5. the rain is coming down. in sheets. going to intensify in houston. and areas to the south. to the east for the overnight period. it is going to be a long couple days. well, weeks, months. >> as the you know. as the is the case. the storm surge, that rain, walter, flooding. always causes major, major problems. probably the most deaths. thank you so much. really appreciate, you will be checking back with meteorologist, throughout the broadcast. throughout the next couple hours here on cnn.
joining me on the phone. he owns an air boat company, travel off to the flood zone to help with the rescues. captain. first of all. thank you so much. thank you so much for what you -- have been doing. i understand that you hatch been rescuing a lot of folks in katie, texas. west of houston. tell me what you have been seeing throughout day and how many people you think you rescued. >> thanks for having me, don. we decided to come up late last night. knowing how people were in need, we were tuned in to the -- to the cajun maiden. we were told listening to them. and how many people they needed. we got on? line on our phones. and through the app. it was just, it was crazy, the number all calls they were trying to answer. so, me and a good friend of mine, james slowed, we loaded up a group of guys that we jumped in the truck and got here about midnight last night. >> yeah, we started outen the harlem area.
off the 99. and the amount of people that were, just in that one neighborhood. i mean we couldn't even get -- probably not even the half of them. with two air boats running. today, we moved over to the old katy road area. and we, we, you know, they had a lot more help there. so we didn't stay as long. but then we came back, around the road area, by, the junior high. i can tell you,y probably are going to try to get back in the area tomorrow morning. because there was, there was hundreds of people in there. that were needing help. we were bringing out loads of eight, ten people at a time. >> tell also but the need there. captain. >> the need. more than anything, just more volunteers. we can get more volunteers out here to help the people. these people, they're devastated in the areas that they are. and, and one bit of advice. i would have. it was, bizarre to me how many houses we would pull up to and
ask them if they wanted to leave. so many people gave us the thumb thousands up. and, as we continued to go around the houses, some of the people would then, stop us, because they would notice the water was still rising. and for all of the listeners out there. i know a lot don't have electricty. it is, or tv's, but, it's, if they see somebody coming to, you know, rescue them, please, please, take advantage of it. get out of the, the water. >> yeah. and what about at night? tell also but, what happens at night there? >> well we started last night. you know, a little after midnight. and you know, the people, at night, are, are much more panicked and terrified. that we can see, i mean -- they were, they were opening up. they would be on the second story, screaming out loud at us. we could hear them over the loud motors of the air boats. and trying to get to these people. you know, you could just, seat panic. in their eyes. and -- going to, going to today, you
know, we, we worked all night last night. going to today, this morning, just to see the more relaxed look imtheir eye. compared to right before dark this evening. this evening, all during the day. they would ask you, please, please, can you go help us. go help my mom. go help my sister. and then, tonight, getting close to dark. they were just, demanding, so much of us to go and help them. and we did as much as we could. and, believe me there, several. i mean hundreds of people just in this area around, around, the county that are still in need. >> yeah. cam tin chad peterick, one of the good guys. thank you so much. rescuing people on air belts. two air boats. he and his friend. james schroeder went out. cap captain, appreciate it. good luck. >> thank you for having me. >> thank you very much. absolutely. can we get the live picture of the truck back up right now. this is live, corpus christi, sugarland texas.
look at that. still rising. i mean if that doesn't tell you what is going on there. people in imagine in your home. walt water is rising. the young woman we had at the beginning of the show. as i understand. i believe she lost power with her 1-year-old child and cousin there, home all alone. going to see if we can get her back on the phone. joini ining me now, fema direct under president bill clinton. thank you for joining us. sure you have been hearing the stories, we have been doing on this broadcast. that have been told, all weekend, on this network and others. feel fema, i want you to talk ta bout what you think is the need? how the government is responding? how long do you thing the resources will last for this. >> well, don, tell you what. i don't know if you walked the
neighborhood of the flood. horrendous. and the reality. lose everything you worked all your life for. it is very tough. the administer of fema is doing a great job. putting all their resources they can to help support state and local governments. and they'll continue doing that. it is going to be a massive recovery effort. no doubt about that. you have so many infrastructure problems you. think of all the small businesses homes. it is just going to, going to take years. two young people had to go. walk in the water. and the video they have. in neck high water. they said for a mile. how long do you see this going
on? >> hopefully not long. get more out of there. and get resources to get them out. waters are dangerous. you have sewers leaking into the waters. it is nasty walter. soef it is going to maybe, you know, over the next few days they can get everybody out of there. coachfully. with more rain coming. water getting higher. going to be schalen jes. no doubt about it. there are things in the water. grew up. dangerous things in water. animals, so on. talk to us about that. well you have snakes. and i heard earlier. eight inches over the high fence. there 'tis, there is, mock sans, i saw a guy catching catfish in his living room the other night. so it's -- it's just a dangerous situation for people wading through the water. >> you got waste, chemicals as well. >> absolutely.
when that walter goes down. and you start tearing stuff out of the homes. and you got hazardous materials in the homes. sure, some of that in water as well. >> fema doing a good job? >> i think fema is doing a very good job. and the director from alabama. and take fema to the next level. and the eight years i was there. the fema crew, employees were dedicated. and we had a great team. i think, brock will lead them to success. >> james lee witt. thank you so much. we are going to tell people how they can help. thank you so much. we appreciate it, sir. >> thank you, don. >> for ways to help those affected by hurricane harvey. go to cnn.com/impact. and when we come back, much more on the storm, still pummeling the flood zone tonight. plus why president trump's personal attorney, reached out to the kremlin during the
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live pictures, sugarland texas. breaks news from the flood zone. continue to follow the devastation from the flood zone in a moment as harvey continues to inundate texas. with breaking news on another front that i have to tell you about. learning president trump's attorney reached out to the kremlin for assistance in building a trump tower in moscow during the presidential campaign. want to bring in now, senior congressional reporter, manu raju. good evening. thank you for joining us. the president, person attorney, what can you tell us? >> the developments undercut the president's claims of having no business dealings in russia. we are learning that the president on three separate occasions discussed this hotel and condominium project in moscow with his attorney michael cohen. jane 2016, cohen wrote an e-mail to one of vladamir putin's trusted aides, to note that the talks between the two over this
project had stalled. the man trying to broker the deal. felix sader russian/american businessman associate of the president. sader says in a 2015 e-mail obtained by the new york times to "our boy can become president of the usa we kaine gyp near it saying he would get the putin team buy in for the project." cohen did downplay the matter in a statement to cnn saying in late january 2016 i abandoned the moscow proposal i lost confidence that perspective licensee would not bring the proposal to fruition. the e-mail didn't go anywhere either. trying to downplay it though it seemed to undercut the president's claims. don >> you learned of an effort to set up a meeting between trump campaign officials and russians. tell us. >> right. last week, cnn rormted an e-mail from a top trump aide, rick
deerborn, relaying a message west virginia individual. wanting to set up a meeting. the west virginia man its a 54-year-old contractor, rick clay who informed republican senator shelley markcapito wanted to talk to the campaign. capito did pass his information to the campaign. clay did tell me that he told rick deerborn he was frying to relay his message who works with christian organizations and wanted the campaign to talk with the russians about shared christian val use. don, told, dearborn rejected this request said it should go through the state department. intelligence officials say wart of a practice of russian intelligence agencies trying to build alliances with conservative groups. uncertain the case, what happened here. one of the things the investigators are going to look at in the coming weeks ahead. >> manu, appreciate that. let's talk now. want to bring in, christopher ruddy, ceo of newsmax, newsmax
tv. friend of president trumps. thank you. you heard manu's reporting abut the president's company looking to build trump tower in moscow well into the presidential campaign and his conversation as the but it with his atoerchlt what's your reaction to it? >> i hate to pop your balloon and pop manu's balloon. >> just asking the question. >> no balloon. >> it is total bs. this, actually i like this story. because it proves that there was no collusion. some intermediary, approached the trump organization, not any one from trump said i will reach out and get this building, built in moscow. no building was built. no deal was ever done. so when the president says, i never did any deal in russia. it's true. he is accurate. somebody approached. everybody loves the trump brand. a global brand. he does buildings all over the world. and somebody approached him said, we would like to do a building in moscow.
michael cohen said let's engage and see if we can do a building. and this guy said a. but put-in. this guy, not part of the trump organization. end of the day no building was ever built. nothing was ever done. what's the story here? why is this a big story? trump organization, a global name. you know that. a global celebrity. before he became president >> you started christopher with all due respect. hate to pop your bubble. there is no bubble to pop. >> your balloon. >> hate to pop your balloon. >> just by asking a question about a contact. when everyone in the trump campaign said. i have had no contact with russians. even michael cohen. e-mails. contacts with russians. he never said i have no contract
with russians. making an accusation against the president. if you had a legitimate accusation. i would be all ears. i am a journalist. like you are. never tried to use leverage. no deal with russia, no loan, no nothing. and then he -- they assumed, not a career, government oligarchs. be there, 30, 40 year. and donald trump its a business guy. doing business here. there is noth wrong with doing business. he has been pretty open. a lot of this business, stuff has been out there. so, hasn't been pretty open. no one knows who he has business with. his sons. >> lexus-nexus.
>> if he released tax returns. everybody would know whuchlt he has done business with. >> i think he should release the tax returns. the american public voted on that issue. and it is not a riermt in the constitution. the public knew he wasn't releasing it. he said he would release it. after the audit was done. and i don't believe that, that, just because the press says he should do something, that, that -- >> the founding fathers. >> the majority of american people. >> it's not the press. it is the majority of the american people. if you look at the polling. the majority. >> should release. >> talk about polling. >> i don't want to get off this. >> you don't want to talk good polling. you look to talk about bad polling. >> i don't want to get off topic. >> what's the off topic.
so, that's part of the international global real estate. people all over the world. want his buildings. remember that story, collusion. >> there is no argument. >> agreeing with the russians. no, not in an argument. >> don lemon agrees. >> don't say. sit here and do that. >> what i am saying, asking questions. you are saying. that i have some, that i have some sort of plan that there was asserting there was collusion. there is not. >> the media is supposed to ask the questions. what we are supposed to do. >> not questions. it's constant bias. it is constant, for press. i believe. >> bias, how is it constant bias
to ask a question. >> let's go back. q 2 of this year. 100% increase in gdp. >> i don't want to get off topic. stock market is up. >> you don't look to talk abit. >> for months. >> unemployment going down for months. >> his approval rating. much in line with what, obama had most of his -- any modern day president. >> very consistent with what obama -- >> chris, you run newsmax. first thing is news. and you are going to sit here and tell me, that obama and, and trump have the same approval ratings. >> they did for most. look at the data. >> chris, that is not factual. >> because you are listening to your show on cnn all the time. >> i'm not listening to my show. >> i'm listening to people. these are facts. >> i would say.
and pick and choose the stories you want -- you never do the good stories you. never do the good stories. you got to do both sides. and -- >> i think a lot of the viewers on cnn are fair-minded, independent. unlike some of the other networks. that's one of the reasons. >> some one was talking. >> other networks. >> start your, start over again. what did you say? >> other networks, the viewers have decided their political opinion. i think people that, that tune in to your show, other shows, on cnn, they're more in penned enlt minded. they're open minded. >> why the president hits us, right? he things our viewers can be swayed. ones on the other networks have made up their minds. >> well, i think the -- >> our viewers are more
fair-minded. you said it. >> i think the president is disappointed. he is expecting a higher standard from some one look you. >> others expect a higher standard from some one like him. who is in the highest office in the land. and who should conduct himself. so we chatted today, early this morning, i chatted with the president. he had a lot of things to say about you. i won't repeat any of them because i don't want to repeat your night. >> do you think that would upset my night? he said it about me publicly. let me finish this and i promise i'll let you finish. the thing is, is that the president will say to you and to other people things about me behind my back. i will say it to the camera in front of everyone. here's the thing, he won't come on, he won't come on this network or he won't do an interview with me because. >> i'm not sure if he will get a fair shake. >> the president can't handle himself with a cable news anchor. >> last week you were saying he
was mentally something. >> i said nothing about the president having a mental issue. i did not say that. go back and look at the tape. >> i saw some of the quotes. they were really. >> i said he was -- >> i know you're upset with the election results. >> that's your assumption. >> i think this man is really trying for the country. >> by the way, i was one of the first people in news that said he had a possibility of winning. did you know that? that he could possibly win that. the results are the results. that's a big assumption. i have to ask you, let me ask you, i want to ask the president this. there are lots of people on this network and others who don't look like me who are harder on this president and who say disparaging things about this president. but he doesn't get as upset with them as he does with me. why is that? >> i think he's upset with a lot of other media. >> and his people. >> i think generally he thinks cnn should be more the gold standard. >> he's not running cnn. he's supposed to be running the
country. why is he concerned about cnn. >> why is so many stories -- we just did a cover story how he is reforming the whole veterans administration. he picked an obama appointee to run the agency. >> okay. >> he brought in mayo, kaiser permanente do you ever report that on cnn. >> of course. do you ever read cnn.com? cnn is a lot bigger than just what you see on the air. >> you never report good stuff. >> there's cnn.com, cnn espanol, cnn mexico, there's all kinds of cnn. you don't want cnn international. you don't know what we report on everything. there are things that go to cnn.com. if you're interested, go on there and click on it. are you okay with joe arpaio? >> i think the president did the right thing on the pardon. 85-year-old guy, has health issues. he served the country for 50 years. it seems like a political
vendetta at end of the obama years. >> that was started under the bush administration, right? >> usually a guy in a local agency, if he doesn't comply, they fine the agency. they do some sanctioning. > do you know is the investigation into arpaio was started in the bush administration, don't you? >> the real federal comes with obama. i think the president -- i'm not in favor -- i think that arpaio with the profiling, i'm not so much in favor of that. i'm pro immigration. i think the country prospers under immigration. i think we -- i think even illegals in this country we should create a pathway for them for restitution to create citizenship. >> i got to go. i love it when you come. tell the president to come here and voice his concerns with me. >> you should tell him. he watches. >> tell him to come on. >> ask melania to come on with him. >> all of them. more storms. we'll be right back. d to create a better visitor experience. improve our workflow.
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breaking news, the city of houston and neighborhoods for miles around underwater tonight embracing for harvey to strike again. jamie baxter joins us now by phone. stranded in his apartment with neighbors tonight. jamie, are you there? no, okay. let's go to claudia instead. i think we lost jamie. claudia lasagno. are you there? claudia was rescued and his family, just their neighborhood, as the neighborhood was going underwater. claudio, can you hear me? >> yes, sir. >> we're having some technical difficulties because of the storm. thank you for joining us. you made it to the convention center. how did you get there? >> we got here by bus. we were at a school. we were there for three or four hours just to wait for a bus to get here. that's the way we got here. >> uh-huh.
and so that's your family there, right? . tell us how old your kids are. >> this is my two kids and my wife. the main priority, that's why i left my house. it was flooded completely. i couldn't get out. i couldn't drive no more. this morning i woke up, it was, the street was flooded. i tried to walk around. see how things were going to move. but the water was rising pretty fast. and by the time i knew, the water was already reaching my house. so the water raised because they were going to open the flooding doors for to empty them out. tonight they're going to open another one. they told us it was a mandatory evacuation because it was going to get flooded or worse. we're going to get from two to three feet of water and that was
going to go and get inside the water. get us flooded. >> yeah. >> you're a first time homeowner, right? >> yes, sir. >> yeah. i've been here for a year, and this is my experience right now. monday solar eclipse. today we're in the middle of a hurricane with this situation. >> what are you guys going to do now, claudio? >> we're going to stay here, find shelter. because we've. hearing the news that it's going to come back and hit us again. and would have had nobody -- would have had nowhere to go. so we're going to stay here and try to protect ourselves. try to protect my kids. and try to -- try to last
through this storm. i don't know if it's going to get worse or not. but we want to be safe. i want my family to be safe. so i guess we're going to stay here until everything is over. >> claudio, we're glad you're okay. hug your kids and wife for us. thank you so much for joining us here on cnn. good luck to you. best of luck. >> all right, thank you, sir. >> thank you. jamie baxter, we've got jamie by phone again. technical issues, storm, he's stranded in his apartment with neighbors tonight. i understand you're trapped in your apartment right now. how are you? ? what's the situation? >> the situation around us at the current moment, probably about two hours or so ago, we tried to head to the story. everything around us is flooded. they keep telling us i guess now that there's a mandatory evacuation around the area. all roads are closed. there's no way to get out. they're telling us that the floodwaters are supposed to rise.
two feet per hour. so we don't know what to expect here over the next coming two hours and for the rest of night and morning. >> have you. >> basically just sitting tight. >> you're sitting tight. have you called anyone, authorities? are they responding to you? >> i have had a few people that have reached out due to my facebook posts and have offered to come out this way with boats. and start helping anybody that needs it. haven't really tried the police because i know that they've been swamped and the red cross is warmed, as we swamped, as well. we you the out the word for help and sit here and kind of wait and see what happens. >> anybody else rescued from your area? >> all i know is that they have sent the national guard out.
i know there's been people riding around in boats. we've seen some helicopters earlier today. there's a lot of people in boats heading out. people telling me they're coming from new york city and colorado, a group is coming in from chicago with their own personal stuff. basically just trying to get the word out to make sure that nobody else has to lose their life or anything in this storm. because it's getting a lot worse than what everybody expected to be. >> absolutely. jamie, i want to tell the viewers what was on their screen. you were watching live pictures from our affiliate ktrk. that's people being rescued. you see the reporter in the shot. behind him people being rescued, live pictures just coming in. ktrk as we talk to jamie baxter who is in his apartment now trapped in his apartment right now. do you have power, jamie?
>> as of right now, we do. the lights have been fluttering. we don't know if we will for the rest of the night. but as of right now, yeah, we do. >> you got food or supplies? >> we had some food and supplies. have family that are -- neighbors. so we are holding up. we are pine here. just bracing for what might be coming in the next few hours overnight. >> jamie baxter, thank you. if you need us, let us know. keep in touch. good luck. thank you, sir. >> all right. thank you, sir. this is cnn breaking news. >> here's our breaking news. the waters rising. thousands trapped. and more rain on the way in texas. president trump heading to the flood zone in a matter of hours. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. things are really bad in texas tonight and expected to get much worse. the state already hit with at least 15 trillion