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is awesome. the x1 voice remote. xfinity. the future of awesome. breaking news, people are so in need of being rescued right now down in texas, along the gulf and what's happening with this hurricane. someone's going to join us in just moments who's in desperate need of help, water rushing into her pardon me she's there with her 1-year-old. thousands trapped. more rain on the way. president trump offers federal help from the government as he prepares to travel to the flood zone tomorrow.
this is "cnn tonight" i'm don lemon. this is an absolutely stunning number, texas already hit with at least 15 trillion gallons of rain and this storm is far from over. the national weather service warns, life threatening flooding continues. the coast guard get 1,000 rescue calls an hour. tonight we'll have the story from some people who escaped the flood waters and some who are still trapped. as the forecast as the storm gathers strength tonight. look at that, still lots of rain and activities. cnn tom saider is tracking the path of the storm in the weather center for us. good evening. thanks for joining us. we'll be carrying all the stories of the rescue and people coping down there. i want to get to i.c.e. brad. she's trapped with her
1-year-old baby. isis are you there, can you hear me? this is don lemon. isis are you there? >> yes, can you hear me? >> yeah i can hear you. where are you now and whose with you? >> yes, i'm on the east side of houston, i'm across the street from san jack. i'm with my 1-year-old baby and my cousin. >> give me your address again? >> 5915 yew value deroad, apartment 409, houston texas, 77049. >> and so you're there you said with your 1-year-old with your cousin and your worry it had water's going to come in right now? you're on the first floor. >> i'm on the first floor the water is rising really fast in the front and back of my house and also on the side of my house
too. it's all over around. nobody can really leave out the apartment complex. >> and have you called for help isis? >> yes, we have, everybody has called for help. we even tried walk down the street for help. we had some people pass us by, laugh, roll down if window. we've seen eight charter trucks pass us by and they couldn't even stop. >>ky hear your baby crying in the background, don't worry about that we understand you're in a traumatic situation right now. >> yes, sir. >> have you heard anything from authorities have you been able to contact anyone? >> no, sir. all the calls and numbers they gave out is busy. one out of all numbers really work. >> do you have electricity? >> yes, i do. >> you do. have your neighbors been evacuated? >> no, sir. >> there are people still in
your apartment complex? >> yes, sir. mostly majority of my apartment complex are still in their homes. >> you're it's called the forest creek apartments correct? >> yes, it's right across the street from a college. >> as i understand you talked with producers and you said although tried to flag down the campus police and college police, san jacinto college is across the street from you? >> yeah we has tried to flag him down he said there's nothing he can do and he don't see any folks coming to help us. >> how quick is the water rising isis? >> it's really about a second or minute, it's rising fast. >> do you have any food or supplies or anything? >> yeah we're running out. for my baby we have like a little bit more milk. >> yeah. listen if authorities or anyone watching that can help.
and you don't mine me putting your address on television right? >> no, sir. >> 5145 yew value deroad in houston right? >> yes, sir correct. >> how old is your cousin? >> she's 24. >> and both of you are there with the baby. >> yes. >> how's the baby doing? >> she's already she really doesn't understand match. but i'm trying to stay strong for her, and my cousin she can't swim either i'm the only one that can swim. i'm trying to be helpful for anybody get better than we were before. >> how -- can you go upstairs to a neighbor's place? >> yeah 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 i talked to one later earlier today because her apartment is already flooded out
on this area and she asked the lady can she come upstairs and the lady told he she had to pay her $300. >> wow. >> yes. >> what are you going to do? >> man, sir the only thing i can really go right now and hope somebody can come rescue me, my cousin and my baby most of all. >> well, isis let us know if we can help, we hope that authorities can get to you and we'll try to get to you. isis drag trapped in an pardon me with her 1-year-old baby and her 24-year-old cousin. how old are you isis? >> yes, i'm 21 years old. >> 21? credit yes. >> isis please keep in touch with us and weal check back. thank you so much. be safe. >> thank you. >> cnn's darren has been live
out all day and he's in galveston, texas area tonight. you have been witnessing these amazing storying, i'm sure like isis like we just had on the line. you spent the day with the national guard. what have you seen? >> we've been flooded with messages like that around the country trying to share addresses with loved ones their concerned about. those types of calls and information flowing all over the place here don. we spent the afternoon with a unit of the national guard in the dallas area, they called themselves the wolf back and they went through variesuous neighborhoods trying to assist the boaters that's coming into these neighborhoods. and going into neighborhoods and pulling people out of homes that are flooded out our that you are worried about being traps in their homes the next couple of days. and moving the people through big trucks through flood waters
out into shelters. what struck me today, don as we picked up a group of people from the apartment complex, hit me a lot clearly a lot of these folks have been stuck in their homes for the last three days. they've season images of flooding across the city but haven't witnessed on a grand scale or picture themselves on what's been going on around them. when we got in the truck and making our way through the flood waters, there was a gasp inside the truck as one woman we were standing to just said oh my god oh my god this is so crazy. hits me right then and there they really haven't seen it with their own eyes what has been unfolding in their city here today. that was a breath taking moment with these people as they were being moved into a shelter. >> we saw that stunning video of you and your producer ross and
de la rosa helping people out of their homes. tell us about that? >> we didn't realize actually how people had reacted to that video. you know, as you've seen in the clip, if you've watched it westerly really kind of wrapping up a chance to tour that neighborhood that had been flooded so devastated. and on our way out we were with the a young man by the name of austin seth who was a schedule student who picked up his own boat and decided to go out and help. i've been watching him throughout the course of the day go back and bring in some people. he wrapped it up and offered to take us out. unbelievable, we passed that house more than one time. we were on the way out of the neighborhood when he heard pam jones cry out for help and asked us to stop. what struck me was people are
going out to calls, but on their way to certain calls they're being stopped two, three, four, five times from people seeking help. the demand is so overwhelming. >> you're doing a fantastic job down there. thank you so much. i want to turn to cnn's brian todd live for us at the convention center where thousands of residence have been evacuated and is there tonight. what are you seeing on the ground? tell us what's going on at this particular shelter. >> well, don, we're told the number of people in the houston convention center has surpassed 5,000. roughly 8,000 according to the mayor has been taking shelters all over the area, that number will certainly zbrou. we just saw a number of people who were bussed here from one of the neighborhoods. one of the questions that's on
everyone's mind is when they look at a large convention center from thousands of people who are taking refuge from the hurricane scht going to be a compete of the super zoem situation and the chaos that took place there. my team and i web in and talked to a lot of people, it's not that situation. it's composed, orderly and organized. there are a lot of people who are stressed and exhausted. they're acting in a grateful manner in there and there are a lot of police officers here helping to sheppard people in the right direction. so far what we've seen has been pretty impressive. >> talk to me brian about some of the rescues you witnessed earlier today? >> just incredible scenes. we went out to an area in the north eastern section called lake wood. poor section of town, sing
family homes. these towns had water up to window levels. we were there with private rescue teams. these are guys who dropped everything, brought boats here and got into these neighborhoods, got to people on they're own, no prompting. we were led by a team name seth reason son who has been doing this for 24 hours, no rest. we got to people who are were on the roof of their cars. we rescued families and several others that i have been there for several nights with the water there. if you can imagine sleeping on the roof of your car with the water pouring down and the water below you all night long. they said they called 911, they basically tried to get people to
come. they were relieved when we got there. they thought it was if news team. i said it's not us it's these guys who are doing it. i heard lander roe tell you a short time ago when he was going out with his rescue team there were a lot of people asked to be rescu rescued by them and they couldn't rescue them. that's happened to us several times. we were on this airboat that could go with other crafts couldn't go. we were approached by a lot of people but we couldn't take them. it would have been a zang rus situation if we had. tens of thousands of people according to a congressman who represents this area, tens of thousands of more people are in need of rescue don. >> absolutely, you're looking at one of those fan boats just a moment ago on the screen. bryan todd thank you for joining us. stay safe and continue to good
work. all across the flood zone families are trying to escape the flooding. we're joined by a brother and sister. guys thank you for joining us. a mean you had to evacuate how are you doing? >> we're doing fine by the way. we're back at the place i never thought i would be coming back for any reason. this is a high school i graduated from two years ago. >> i go here right now. >> yeah she's a sophomore right now and we -- i mean we honestly didn't expect to have to evacuate. we thought like, we had a two-story house. we should be able to stay on the second floor. we didn't think the water would get to our first floor. and then they put out, they told us since saturday night, they've been calling out our
neighborhood by itself for a while since last saturday before the flood full when i started actually. and that he said, hey you might have to do a voluntary i evacuation. so the whole time they been telling us voluntary evacuation for the last couple of days, hours and today too. in a matter of second they suddenly change it to a mandatory evacuation like in a matter of seconds. me and my dad we expected we'd be able to stay upstairs and they told us know you have to get out of the house. >> so you had to get out fast? >> right. >> and how many people were there, was it your entire family there? >> it was our entire family. then when we got out the water just started seeping in our house and we got out. all of our neighbors are out there we started evacuating together. my neighbor tony he took a rope,
then it was 15 people, you're all tied together on a rope together and you're talking together so we done flood away. >> highway, kari ya let me show some of that video and you can talk more. let's watch it. this is yours. >> guys this is scary. guys please take care. please pray for us, please. this is -- >> all the people, oh my god. >> i mean that must have been frightening -- that was neck high water you guys had to walk through right? >> and the things that we were tied to the rope right, and somebody was left behind. the rope was tied so tight you couldn't breathe. i was praying the whole time,
tears streaming down my face i was so scared. >> when water started seeping into your house right? >> yeah. we made a barricade so it will keep it as long as it could to. by the time we left our house the water was up 3.5 up toward our patio door. our front door is where i made the barricade with bricks, that was the last place for the water to start coming through. i mean just out of nowhere they told us we had to get out. when we first started walking it was water to our knees. the second we got out to the main road of our neighborhood, i think the zsh the neighborhood he leave in it's called inin gate. we live in the last area, so the way the neighborhood is, it's a straight line to the back of the neighborhood. it's branchs like stems going
out so from the tip of our house to the front of our neighborhood is exactly one mile. we had to walk, which was at first shin deep and to your knees. eventually we were neck deep into the water while there's families that are carrying babies, and dogs, we have not for t floats for the dogs and they're getting scared because they done know how to swim and stuff. we had all the women and children tied a rope around their waist so they could stay together. there was an electric rick poll that fell and there was nothing connected to it and it was floating. they had the kids put one arm over to float because the kids harass no way they could stand in the water. the video that you first saw it was me that i took. i was a lot behind from my parents. they had already evacuated. the marshals came up to our door and told us, hey this is a
mandatory evacuation you need to get out of your house right now. >> so, you were eventually rescued by boat right? wlrp you first rescued. >> in the front of neighborhood. >> we had to walk from the back to the front of our neighborhood which took two hours. >> while we were on the main road of our neighborhood people were sadding on. >> more people joined with us. >> they were elderly. we couldn't leave them there. it took a long time. it was freezing cold water. when we got to a dry area, my hands were shaking and i was frozen. >> what do you guys do next? >> right now we take shelter. i mean the thing is every single day they keep telling us on the news it should slow down and suddenly it can go on for the income couple of days. >> they're saying at least until thursday. >> until thursday, but the thing is they're eventually going to
have to -- the reason it flooded in our neighborhood is because we live right next to a reservoir. they had to let some of the water out -- the gate actually broke so they let a little bit of water out too, and they knew it would be able -- it would eventually flood our houses but they'd have to do that so it wouldn't break all at once. the rain is coming a lot faster than the water is leaving. >> yeah. >> we just keep hoping, oh it's going to stop raining. the second you think it's going to top it rains harder than it did before. >> we're glad you're okay. everybody in your family's fine right? >> yes. luckily. the thing is we walked two hours of the front of our neighborhood and i feel like so grateful right now. the area and school that we're in we have extra clothes, food. >> water. >> anything that they feed they have shelter here.
the thing is that we -- nobody expected this to happen in houston because we don't go when you these kind of thing in houston. so the fact this is more than last year's flood and the fact it's more than 2001's alison storm, this is becoming so much of a shock and nobody is ready for it. >> well guys thank you. we're grad you and your family are okay. >> you're welcome. >> you guys take care and we'll be thinking about you as well down there. we got to get to the break because we have so many stories to tell and there's so much to cover with this huge storm that's hitting texas and louisiana right now. a man that took his own boat out to katy texas to help people. more rain headed to texas and into louisiana. what could be ahead for this flood zone. our meteorologist joins us next coming up.
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i want you to look at the live picture, this is our breaking news. we were in the block before on this at the beginning of the show. this is in sugar land, texas. look at the rain there. look at the truck, it's still raining and going to guess worst. it's going to rain at least until thursday. we'll check in with our meteorologist in moments.
harvey is regaining strength tonight, poised to strike houston a second time. going to cnn's tom saider live for us in the newsroom. tom, the picture we just saw unbelievable. the water is going to get higher. you heard at the beginning of the show this young lady is stranded if her first-floor apartment with her 1-year-old and her 24-year-old cousin. she's 21 years old. what's going to happen for the next couple of days? >> the commuter models have handed this beautifully to an unfortunate end. what you see in the color of purple that's over 10 inches. the white, 2,000 feet. that's the size of south carolina. we're getting a years worth of rainfall in the next couple of days. we have 40 location that have picked up 30 inches.
records in houston goes back to 1930s. the -- going to act as a vacuum and pick the moisture up from the gulf and drop it back into houston. we're looking at another 10 to 15 inches isolated amount in over 13. in louisiana we've had over 200 tornado warnings. the path looks like this. i think we got 30 hours before her second landfall in the re-dawn hours of wednesday morning. do not expect a big wind event. notice the distance between these points here, it's going to pick up speed. not until after it drops another 10, 20, 25 inches. this time it's north and east of houston. more resources will be needed. then it extends to the north. new orleans tonight, 4-6 inches but we could see 6 to 10-inch total getting to arkansas and
western kentucky. 12 years ago, hurricane karina reached a monster stage of 35. it's going to be a long couple of days, weeks, months. >> as the case is that storm surge, the rain, water and flooding always causes major major problems and probably the most deaths tom. thank you so much. we appreciate it. joining me now on the phone is captain chad. he owns a boat and traveled to help with the rescues. captain, first of all thank you so much for what you have been doing. i understand you have been rescues a lot of folks to do in katy, texas which is west of
houston. tell me what you've seen and how many people you've rescued? >> thank for having me, don. we decided to come up late last night knowing how many people were in need. we were told about listening to them and how many people they needed. we got online on our phones through the app, it was crazy the number of calls we were trying to answer. me and a good friend of mine, james schroeder we jumped in the truck and got her midnight. we started off the harlem area, the 199, just the am of people in that neighborhood. we couldn't even get probably not in have half of them with two air boats running. today we moved over to the old katy road area, they had more help there so we didn't stay as
long as. we came back around the area around by mac junior high. we're probably going to try to get back into that area tomorrow morning because there were hundreds of there that needed help. we were bringing out eight to 10 people at a time. >> tell us about the need there captain. >> more than anything it's just more volunteers. if we can get more volunteers out here to help these people. these people are devastated in the areas that they are. one bit of advise i'd ask. it was bizarre to me with how many houses we'd pull up to and actually asked them if they wanted to leave. so many people gave us the thumb's up. as we continue to go around those houses some of the people would stop us because they'd notice the water was still rising. for all of the listeners out there, and i know a lot of them don't have electrical, if they
see somebody coming to rescue them please take advantage of it and get out of this water. >> yeah. and what about at night? tell us about what happens at night there. >> well we started last night, a little after midnight. you know, the people at night are much more panicked and terrified that had we can see. they were opening up -- they'd be on the second story screening out all of a sudden at us. we can hear them over the motors of the air boats and trying to get to these people. you could just see the panic in their eyes. going to the day -- we worked all fight last night -- going to the day this morning, just to see relaxed look in their eye, expired to right before dark this evening. this evening all during the day they'd ask please please can you go help us, go help my mom, help my sister. and tonight getting close to
dark they were just demanding so much oftous go and help. we did as much as we could. there's hundreds of people in this area that are still in need. >> captain chad pet rick one of the good guys. thank you so much. rescues people on two air boats. he and his friend james schroeder went out. captain good luck to you. thank you okay. >> thank you for having me. >> absolutely. can we get that live picture of that truck back up. this is sugarland, texas. look at that, still rising. if that doesn't tell you what's going on there. imagine if you were in your home and the water is rising like that and it's that high. like the young lady we had at the beginning of the show. as we understand i believe she has lost power now with her 1-year-old child and her cousin there home alone. we'll see if we can get her back
on the phone. joining me now is james lee wit, he's a fema director under bill clinton. thank you so much for joining us, i'm sure you've been hearing the stories we have been doing on this broadcast and that have been told on weekend on this show and others. i want you to talk to me about what you think is a need, how the government is responding and what do you think the resources will last for this. >> don, i tell you what i don't know if you ever walked the neighborhoods of a flood, i've walked many of them, and the smell is ho rent does. and particularly when that water goes down it's just awful, and facing that you lost everything you worked for i think it's tough. i think the administer of fema is going a great job and putting all the resources in there they can to help the local governments, and they'll continue doing that.
it's going to be a massive massive recovery effort, there's no doubt about that. you go so many infrastructure problems and you think about all the small businesses and homes, it's going to take years, it's not going to happen over night. >> we had these two young people on earlier that had to walk in this water. that's their video now they have up. in neck high water they said for a mile or so to get out and so many people have these stories. what's a normal life for texas moving forward? how long do you see this going on? >> well, hopefully not for long. those waters are dangerous, you go suer leaking in those waters and it's just nasty water. it's going to -- maybe over the next few days they can get everybody out. because with more rain come requesting water getting high it's going to be challenges.
>> listen, and there are thing in the water. if you can tell us, i grew up in louisiana and texas, there's dangerous things in that water, animals and so on. talk to us about that. >> well, you got snakes. i heard earlier there's an alligator farm, 8 inches going over a fence. there's moccasins, and i saw a guy catching catfish in his living room the other night. it's a dangerous situation for people waiting through that water. >> you got waste and chemicals as well. >> absolutely. when that water goes down and you start tearing stuff out of those homes, you got hazardous materials in those homes and i'm sure some of that getting in the water as well. >> fema doing a good job? >> i think they're doing a great job. i think the lineup wileadership
will take fema to the next level. the eight year i was there the fema employees were very dedicated. we had a great team and i think brock will lead them to success. >> james le whit thank you so much. we're going to tell people how they can help. we appreciate it sir. for ways to help those effected by hurricane harvey go to cnn.com/impact. when we come back, much more on the storm still punishment pummelling houston. plus why president's attorney reached out to the kremlin. more on that when we come back. let's see, there are the wildcats 'til we die weekenders. the watch me let if fly. this i gotta try weekenders. then we've got the bendy...
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continues to inundate texas. we're learning president trump's attorney reached out to kremlin to build housing many moscow during the campaign. i want to bring in manu raju. thank you for joining us. the president's personal person michael cohen discussed this moscow housing with president trump. what can you tell us? >> yeah, don this seems to undercut the president saying he had no business with russia. we're learning the president on three separate occasions discussed this hotel and ko condominium complex in moscow with michael cohen. he tried to restart the talks. the man who tried to broker this moscow deal is a
russian/american businessman. he says in the "new york times" today our boy could become president of the usa and we could engineer it saying he could get the putin team's body in for the project. cohen did downplay this matter saying i abandoned the proposal because i lost confidence the prospected licenses would not bring the project to fruition. >> okay manu, you also learned about another effort to set up another meeting with trump campaign officials and russias. tell us about that. >> yeah that showed him relying a message from an individual from west virginia who wanted to set up a meeting with the trump campaign and vladimir putin. we've learned this west virginia man is a 54-year-old contractor name rick clay who informed
republican member who talked to talk through the campaign last year. capito did pass long his information to the campaign. he told rick he was simply trying to relate his own message from friends who worked with christian organizations and wanted the campaign to talk with the runners about quote, sure christian values. intelligent officials say this is part of a practice russian intelligent agencies trying to build alliance with conservator group t it's uncertain that's what happened here but that's one of the thing that investigators will look at in the coming weeks ahead, don. >> all right manu i appreciate that. i want to bring in christopher ruddy. he's a friend of president trump. christopher thank you so much. you heard manu's reporting there about the president's company looking to build a trump tour in moscow well into the campaign
and his conversations with his attorney. what's your reaction to it? >> i hate to pop your bo lon and pop manu's balloon. >> i'm just asking a question there's no balloon. >> it's total bs. i like this story because it proves there's no collusion. some meed area who approached the trump administration not necessarily to trump saying i'm going to reach out to putin and get this building built in moscow. no business was ever done. so, when the president said i never did any deal in russia, it's true. everybody love the trump brand it's a global brand, he does buildings all over the world. somebody approached him said we'd like to do a building in moscow. michael koppen, who i've known for years, said okay let's engage and see if we can do a building. this guy said to putin, it
wasn't so this guy slater who was not part of the trump organization. at the end of the day no building was ever built no deal done so why is the story? >> you started christopher with all due respect saying i hate to pop your bubble but there's no bubble to pop -- >> your balloon. >> no boo loan. but just by asking a question in context everyone has said it even president trump, i've had no context with russians, even michael cohens and you find e-mails of contact with russians -- >> okay let's go through. he never said i have no contract with russians because donald trump -- i want to answer because you're making an accusation against the president. if you have a legitimate access against the president i want to hear it i'm a journalist like
you are. >> i'm just repeating the president. russia has never tried to use leverage over me i had nothing to do with russia, no deal no loan no nothing. >> no contact is what you said he said but that's not what he said. he does global business -- the constitution when the founding father did this people they assumed business people would be running the country not a career government ole docs that would come in and be there for 30 or 40 years. donald trump is a business guy, and everybody's like well, he's doing business here and doing business -- there's nothing wrong with doing business. he's been pretty open -- >> he hasn't been pretty open because no one knows who he has business with. >> you can do a search and find -- >> if he release tax returns everybody would know. >> i personally think he should
release the tax returns, but everybody voted on that, it's not a requirement of constitution. >> should it be a requirement of the constitution? >> i don't believe so, no. i also don't believe just because the press says he should do something. >> it's not the press it's majority of the more than people. >> the founder father -- >> hold on. it's the majority of the more than people. >> let's talk about po land. >> i don't want to go back. >> you don't want to talk about poll. >> no i don't want to get off topic. i want to talk about this. federal investigators looking at the possible financial ties to rush involving with the president's attorney michael cohen and conversations he had with the president. so that's -- >> had an international global -- people all of the world want his buildings. he doesn't actually build the
building it's local partner. somebody approached him in russia and said -- >> he doesn't foe what's going on in his own country. >> it brows apart the idea you had with with collusion -- >> can you please stop there's no argument i had -- you agree with me. >> no i'm not agreeing with you. >> don lemon's agreeing with me there was collusion. >> please don't do that. you're sitting here saying there was some plan i had some sort of collusion it's not. >> the media was sitting here -- >> the media's suppose to ask those question. >> it's constant bias. >> how is it constant bias to ask the question. >> let's go back q2. >> i don't want to get off topic. >> to be market's up.
>> unemployment has been going down for months even before this president. >> there's approval ratings -- >> that is not true he has the lowest approval rates than any common day president. >> they're most consistent with obama -- >> they are not. chris, chris you run newsmax, first thing is news and you're going to sit here and tell me obama and trump had the same approval rating. >> they did for most of -- >> that's not factual. >> because you're listening to your show on cnn. >> i'm not listening to people on kwn it's facts. >> you pick and chose the stories -- >> no you pick and chose the stories -- you want only positive stories about the
president. >> go to the max right now we'll have stories on both sides. >> you just said you identify as a conservator -- >> you never do the good stories. >> i think a lot of the viewers on cnn are very fair-minded and independent, unlike some of the other networks. and that's one of the reasons i come on your show. other networks. >> start over again. what did you say? >> well, other networks, the viewers have basically decided their political opinion. i think people that tune into your show, other shows on cnn, they're more independent-minded. >> that's why the president hits us, you knowment he thinks our viewers can be swayed. he already knows the ones on the other networks have made up their mind. >> it's strategy. our viewers are more fair-minded. you said it. >> i think the president is disappointed because he is expecting a higher standard from someone like you. >> a lot of people are disappointed because they expect a higher standard from someone like him who is in the highest
office in the land and who should conduct himself as such. >> 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. >> i am not 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. i'm not upset at the results. the results are the results. that's a big assumption. by the way, i have to ask you -- let me ask you this. i want you 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. totally. he picked an obama appointee to run the agency. >> okay.
>> he brought in mayo, kaiser permanente. do you guys ever report that on cnn? >> of course. >> no. >> 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 turk, there is cnn mexico. there's all kinds of cnns. you don't watch 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. i got to ask you about joe arpaio. are you okay with that? >> well, 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. >> you know 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?
>> yeah, but the real federal stuff comes at the end 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 listens to you. he watches. >> tell him to come on. >> ask melania to come on with him. >> melania can come on. all of them. thank you. more storms. we'll be right back. it's time for the biggest sale of the year with the new sleep number 360 smart bed. it senses and automatically adjusts on both sides. the new 360 smart bed is part of our biggest sale of the year where all beds are on sale. and right now save 50% on the labor day limited edition bed.
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turns out, it's californians it's me and it's you. don't stop now, it's easy to add to the routine. join energy upgrade california and do your thing. breaking news. the city of houston and neighborhoods for miles around in southeast texas under water tonight, bracing 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 claudio instead. i think we lost jamie. claudio lazano.
claudio, are you there? claudio 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 channelview 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. >> yes, sir, this is my family. my two kids and my wife. the main priority, that's why i left my house. it was flooded completely. my car, 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 home buyer, right? first-time homeowner? >> yes, 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.