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all right. let's get a check on cnn "money" stream this morning. global stocks are following up on another record day on wall street. futures down a little bit. yesterday bank stocks were the star. encouraged by the words of fed chief janet yellen. she said the u.s. economy is strong. she hinted at auto interest rate were hike later this year. she said she can is unwind a decade of emergency stimulus. the fed thinks the economy will remain strong and unemployment low. investors liked it. the dow is up 13% this year. and warren buffet predicts the dow could reach over a million in 100 years. that's roughly 45 times its current level. and i won't be around to see that. sheryl sandberg said she is disgusted by anti is essential etic ad targeting.
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they can put jew hater in their profile. we never intended this functionality to be used in this way and that is on us. it was discovered last week. facebook will add more human reviewers to oversee its ad system. a real fail there. thank you for joining us. >> new day starts right now with the latest from the anyone can and puerto rico. the most devastating storm in modern history. >> looking at four to six months without electricity. >> epic expectations. >> mexico rescuers are working goodness the clock to find earthquake survivors trapped in the rubble. >> a young girl they believe is still alive. >> mueller's team requesting
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information surrounding the dismissals of michael flynn and fbi director james comey. >> they are doing everything they can to see what evidence there is of obstruction of justice. >> clearly mr. manafort had a series of relationships with the folks in washington. we're going to want to bring him in at some point. >> this is new day with chris cuomo and alyson camerota. >> this is new day. sit is thursday, september 21st. 6:00 in new york. we begin with ebg breaking news you. hurricane maria knocking out power to millions of americans. the entire island of puerto rico is in the dark. the governor says it could be months before power is restored. hurricane maria is blamed for at least one death in puerto rico. rescuers in mexico are
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racing against time. the sounds of cracking metal is raising fears of of another collapse. the 7.1 earthquake killing at least 250 people. please know that that number is not final. there is this fran sick search ongoing right now for a young girl buried in the rubble on of her school in this earthquake-ravaged part of the country. it has all of our attention. emergency crews working around the clock in the rain to get to her. she may have been wiggling fingers and giving other information to the diggers. there could also be two other kids trapped alive in the debris near that girl. to be honest, there could be dozens of people still in that structure and others. we have the global resources of cnn covering both of these disasters. let's begin with cnn's nick paton walsh live in san juan, puerto rico. nick? >> reporter: chris, every dawn brings a new series of
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discoveries and tragedies for the people of puerto rico. they will be without power for months ahead. they were still bracing themselves after hurricane you ma left 46,000 people without electricity then. and even right now as we speak, the city of san juan is under an emergency flash flood warning. we saw the devastation as we traveled yesterday from the eye of the storm where we were with you yesterday to here, san juan. puerto rico ravaged. after taking its first direct hit from a category 4 hurricane in nearly a century. the governor imposing a curfew each night for puerto rico's 3.4 million residents. the entire island in the dark after the power grid was completely knocked out. >> we're looking at four to six months without electricity. >> reporter: roofs ripped off buildings. homes reduced to rubble. streets swallowed by
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floodwaters, littered with debris. gas stations under water. the aoeyisland's already fragi n infrastructure decimated. >> this is the most devastating storm in a century quite frankly in modern history. >> reporter: hurricane maria unleashing punishing winds up to 155 miles per hour. pelting torrential rain side ways and breaking trees in half. as residents rode out the storm, some in shelters, others in stairwells. i have never seen anything like this. the ferocity powering through. it is pulling off the awnings and pulling out the trees, too. this is the road of destruction we encountered on our drive from the east coast in palma del mar, forcing us to evacuate our
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hotel. the devastation staggering. the highway littered with downed trees, downed cables and telephone professionals, propellers snapping off wind turbines. the closer we got to san juan, the more dangerous the drive came. water inundating the roadways as we tried to pass. storm surges upwards of five feet, turning streets into rivers and parking lots into swimming pools. the monster storm devastating much of the caribbean. the worst of it captures in these aerial images on the island of dominica. at least 14 people are dead, many others still missing. officials estimating about 70% of the island's buildings damaged or destroyed. you saw there the damage of the storm itself and the devastation
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it leaves behind. hopefully when the rain subsides, the incredibly pain staking and emotional plight of trying to are build here. these are people down to the last tank of water in their homes. hoping the water will retain. wondering if they can get back to their jobs, if that will continue. really this capital city of san juan, every morning waking up to a completely new world they hadn't imagined was possible a few days ago. >> yes, nick. life as they know it has changed. and this is just the beginning. thank you very much for the reporting. we will check back with you through the program. hurricane maria is battering the anyone can republic. paul sandoval is in punta cana. what is the situation? >> reporter: all night long we have been monitoring. winds have been whipping and
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relentless. keep in mind the actual eye of coast here.ere is well off the - but those outer bands are what have been hammering the island of the dominican republic. torrential rains. this precipitation what we are seeing. what we are likely to see will definitely pose a threat. the island here of course is in a delicate state. we have seen irma. we have seen jose. the streams are swollen. the ground is saturated. the precipitation we are likely to see will pose a serious threat. as for the people here in the dominican republic, there are plenty of tourists. thousands of them, many of them hoping for an opportunity to make their way back home when the airports could open late this afternoon. as for the locals, they are waiting for day break when they will be able to assess the damage. >> polo, i know we're slow on saying they will get a break on
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that island. i've been where you are. there are a lot of buildings near the water's edge. the winds get the headlines, but it's the water that kill people in these hurricanes. be safe. we'll check back in a little bit. this storm, where is it headed next? could it impact the u.s.? cnn meteorologist chad myers. i'm sorry to parrot the wisdom of chad, but i have learned how truitt is, and i'm passing it along to others. >> chris, it is a big storm. i know you have seen what irma did. this will be a devastating event offshore for the dr, the dominican republic. more rain on to puerto rico today. flash flood warnings in effect for the entire early. we will see it gain more strength. we're back up to a category 3. likely stronger by the time it works its way through the turks and caicos. this is the new model track. it does not approach the u.s. today. now, yesterday it made kind of a
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run, especially at north carolina. for now the new model tracks take the storm and keep the storm offshore. that's good news. not good news for the turks and caicoss, and not good news for the battering erosion that is taking place across the east coastment for now u.s. in the clear. we will keep you advised. that can always change. this is warm water. at times hurricanes can do what they want. chris? >> it's amazing how the eastern shore of long island, which has nothing to worry about in terms of the path. the beaches have changed almost overnight. >> they have been battered. there are homes and even harbors just been battered by this unrelenting wind from jose. this isn't even from marimaria. >> thank you very much. millions of americans are waking up without power in puerto rico. they are not going away any time soon. yesterday we had the resident commissioner jennifer gonzalez riding out in a closet.
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let's check in with her now. jennifer, can you hear us? >> yes. good morning. how are you doing? >> good to hear your voice. how is your family? what is the situation like around you? >> right now it is the first time it is not raining here. we are going to see when the power is coming up. i know it will be difficult. the governor estimated it could take a month or more to reestablish the power to the whole island. one of the problems is once you don't have power, the homes that need it for the running water will be out too. secretary thing, the rescue and research began this morning for so many areas that are flooded. some families have been rescued. others, still searching for them. a lot of the communication towers are offline.
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so the people in the mainland that are trying to call their relatives or family or friends here on the island, get desperate.
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it has devastated the island, at least what i can see from my home. i went out with my neighbors to see how far we can reach. there's a lot of power lines. the rivers are over the bridges. the whole infrastructure is damaged. i know today the government is going to be doing the assessment of the damage at the airport and of all ports seeing when we can reestablish flights between puerto rico and the mainland i have a flight for tomorrow that is being canceled. it will take long until we can recover. but we're going to go strong. and we will rise and be strong
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again. >> looking at the pictures of what happened down there and knowing what happened in dominica, it is amazing there is not more of an accounting of loss of life. that may be a blessing in the situation. everything else can be fixed with money, time, and effort, and cooperation from the federal authorities. we will stay on the story. we will stay on the need of the people in puerto rico. jennifer, good to hear your voice. stay safe. >> thank you for the opportunity. again, we're going to need a lot of help to recover and restart the island. the main problem will be how to reestablish the power grid. >> when mother nature is at her worst, human nature has to be at its best. be well. stay safe. >> thank you. another urgent story we need to tell everybody out. a frantic search right now for survivors in mexico after the deadliest earthquake to hit in decades. rescuers are working around the clock to save a 12-year-old girl who is buried under the rubble
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at her collapsed school. rosa, what's happening at this hour? >> reporter: well, alyson, there is a tireless fight to save this little girl. hundreds of resources have been dedicated to this. but it is a very delicate dance these rescuers have to do. imagine this. there is a school that is collapsed. they used their hands so they can delicately remove a lot of that debris as to not to make that building collapse further. and then you've got rescuers using beams to try to shore up the building. imagine a building of tunnels through this collapsed building to try to get to this little girl. we have been receiving some conflicting reports. some have said they have seen the wiggling of fingers, they have seen signs of life.
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officials do tell us they are trying to get to this little girl, accessing her through two different points. it's unclear exactly, according to officials, where this little girl is. but, again, they are trying to get to her by shoring up the building, by creating tunnels and sending rescuers in the tunnels to try to find signs of life. they also have people that are also like spotters, if you will, that are looking at the building to make sure if there is new sign of movement they can get those rescuers out safely as to not create more havoc is and perhaps take more life. so, chris, it's a very delicate dance here. but the efforts to try to save this little girl and perhaps others who are in this building trapped since tuesday are tireless. people have been working around the clock. you can see people behind me. resources arrive by the minute to try to get this little girl
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to safety. chris? >> rosa, it's just so heart wrenching. can you imagine? her parents. she's alive. they can communicate with her. but not knowing at this moment if they will be able to get her out. >> the emotional component is obvious. the practical component is a bigger concern because they have the frustration of seeing her, of knowing what's going on. i was talking to the structural engineers last night. well, if you can see her, why can't you pull her out. they are so worried about a domino effect of what will happen to the structure and they believe there are other people in the building. that's why i it is taking so long. they are so worried that wrong move can turn a triumph into an incredible tragedy. another big story back here at home, this latest twist in the russia investigation. special counsel bob mueller is targeting the president's actions. this could mean one of two things. we'll take you through both, next.
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the direction you look will dictate what you will find. we have major developments in where this special counsel is looking. mueller has requested white house documents linked to the president's own actions. this is the "washington post" reports former campaign chairman paul manafort offered a russian billionaire "private briefings"
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on the 2016 election. j joins us with more. >> reporter: clearest evidence that they are looking up the food chain. the president is gearing up for a high-profile meetings related to the north korean threat and the fight against isis. but new developments about the russian probe are sure to be top of mind for the white house. special counsel robert mueller turning his attention toward president trump himself. sources tell cnn mueller is requesting documents and information from the white house related to a range of events, including the president's firings of former national security adviser michael flynn and former fbi director james comey. >> regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey. when i decided to do it i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. >> reporter: sources say mueller's team is seeking information about the oval office meeting with russian officials the day after comey
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was fired in may. according to the "new york times", in that meeting mr. trump called comey a nutjob before noting firing him relieved great pressure he was facing because of russia. president trump's personal attorney telling cnn out of respect for special counsel and the process the white house does not comment but is fully cooperating with special counsel. a reporter from the "new york times" overheard cobb and a colleague discussing in public last week the friction within the white house about handling investigators's demands. sours tell cnn that mueller is also interested in speaking with a number of former and current staffers. in addition to aides who were on board air force one during the creation of the initial response to news of donald trump jr.'s trump tower meeting with a russian lawyer in june 2016. >> the president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information he had.
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>> reporter: all of this coming as the "washington post" reports form or campaign chairman paul manafort offered briefings on the race closely aligned with the kremlin just two weeks before trump accepted the republican nomination. the post reports while there is currently no evidence that the meeting took place, he profited from his role in the trump campaign. he said the e-mails were innocuous. you'll remember they raided paul manafort's home in a no-knock pre-dawn raid. mueller's team appears to be putting legal pressure on manafort, warning he could be charged with possible tax and financial crimes. cnn also reported earlier this week that u.s. investigators wiretapped manafort under a secretintelligence court order both before and after the election, including early this year when manafort was known to talk with the president.
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chris and alyson. >> joe, thank you very much for all of that information. let's bring in our panel. we have john avalon, cnn senior legal analyst, jeffrey toobin and adam antos. we'll get to manafort in a second. let's talk about what cnn is reporting about the documents that we know mueller is interested in. it seems they are interested in the may oval office meeting that the president had with russian officials in which it was reported that the president bragged about the firing of james comey. so no surprise that mueller would want to know a little bit more about that meeting. >> absolutely. and that's part of the whole obstruction of justice chapter of mueller's investigation. was the firing of james comey and all the related events an attempt to shut down or interfere with the investigation of the president himself? in that meeting with the russians he essentially admitted that he had fired comey to get
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rid of him because of the on russia investigation not as the white house initially said because comey had miss behaved during the hillary clinton investigation. >> i mean the quote, according to the times at the times, is the president said i faced great pressure because of russia. that's taken off. >> the obstruction of justice has always seemed a promising avenue, and they're pursuing it. >> but you don't think that line is evidence of of obstruction of justice? >> well, it is evidence of intent. >> but it is possible. >> well, possible but not probable. >> well, i don't know. when you put it together and you say he -- >> i hear you slapping the table. >> we have talked about this before on the show. what do you think they would need to show in order to have a legitimate claim of obstruction of justice here as a crime?
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>> that he fired mueller in order to prevent him from being further investigations on on matters related to russia. >> you will hear a lot about this. we should discuss what is going to come back. just because you ignore it doesn't mean it exists. i fired him because i don't like him. i think he's two-faced. he does a lousy job. and he was launching a witch-hunt against me. >> and grandstander and nutjob. >> how would you ever distinguish between the two? >> to jeff's point, the inept seems clear. he wanted to stop the investigation. he's basically bragging to the russian officials that a lot of pressure is off. and he also makes comments that undercut the official white house line. it is related to the russia investigation. it is related to the investigation of flynn. and he wanted that irritant off his back because he couldn't get
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sufficient loyalty. he is saying it to foreign powers. that does not mack it criminal in and of itself. but you would be foolish not to investigate it. >> let me bring in adam. this tees you up. he is doing this for one of two reasons. one is, boy, i think i may have something here. this really looks like it could have been criminal activity. or it's, i have to cover all of my bases. i want to have this as wide as possible so when you do come forward with any findings or nonfindings, nobody can criticize my efforts. >> right. what you have to see is there are several data points at the center of this investigation of possible obstruction. in addition to the comments that he made with the russians in the oval office, he directed -- he asked his national security agency head, director of
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national intelligence to go out and say there was no collusion. there was a pattern of him trying to dispute any evidence of collusion. now we have these e-mails, this latest batch of e-mails which you can understand if you're at the intelligence branch, the counterintelligence branch of the fbi and you're reading these e-mails by manafort, it sounds like he is being an informant o dariposka. you can understand piece by piece if you pull together all the evidence we're seeing, including the latest batch of e-mails, why the investigators thought there was something here. and you realize when the president is telling people there is no collusion, go out there and tell the world there is no collusion, this is fake, you realize the spoke as we were calling it for so long, you can testimony why there was fire under the smoke with these
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e-mails. >> manafort had offered to give this russian billionaire private briefings. >> yeah. >> this was right before donald trump accepted the nomination. this is interesting. it is also interested. david reminded us yesterday or two days ago that paul manafort worked for the campaign for free. he offered himself to the campaign for free. it is either selflessness or it's access. >> let's assume it is not selflessness. look, manafort was ascendant in the campaign. a has a shady pass with the ukrainian party that was close to putin who later sought refuge in russia. he is oefd a lot of money by dariposka. he can't get a u.s. visa with the russian mob.
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he clearly offered to do something highly unusual. private meetings with the russians. he seems to be pursuing a grift. he is trying to see if he can get made whole and get more cash out of the deal. he is a grifter trying to use his leverage in the campaign, or is it yet another sign of a presidential campaign that has an unusual obsessive amount of contact with russia, whether they're initiating or whether they are being cased. >> let's remember what else is going on at the same time. at the same time as he is offering these special benefits to a russian oligarch, he is hurting the hillary clinton campaign and helping the donald trump campaign. >> but hold on. just a couple of facts. one, we don't know that he knew about any of that. two, they asked him to be part of the campaignment i kn.
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i know that for a fact. why he did it for no money, he's not hurting for cash. his investment and investment strategies and what happened with his house here in new york ci city, that's all fine for looking at. the speculation is all good. we do the audience a disservice of what may come the other way. collusion does not exist in the law. they keep throwing that word around. it means nothing to the law. you have to show there is a crime that is in furtherance of these types of efforts. it is a high bar. that's all i'm saying. >> george washington's farewell address -- >> 6th tomb you slap the table, i get nervous. >> as well you should. the people who wrote the constituti constitution, if you're an originalist, this is an original sin. >> sin isn't a crime. >> what do you have to add to this debate? >> i think, you know --
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>> fascinating? >> a close read of these e-mails, i think you can put yourself in the shoes of the counterintelligence investigators at the fbi when they were seeing this. now, we don't know when they were seeing it. obviously the nsa, the fbi, i'm sure they're targeting dariposka. they were seeing some of this. of even if they weren't, if and when they might have been up on monfort, they were seeing this on the other end. you can totally get why they were interested. >> they would be negligent if they didn't go down these roads, no question about it. >> a lot of reporting, daily the daily beast, and here show the russian-backed facebook and twitter accounts were actively pushing pro-trump meetings, right? and in some faces convening rallies in loose coordination with campaign volunteers. you have the preponderance of
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the evidence. it was backed by russia and russian entities on facebook and social media. they can't be entirely coincidental. >> that's why we have the investigation. that's why they're looking. i'm just trying to provide -- we will move on to health care. one has to lead to the other. otherwise, you will have a lot of disappointment for people who think there is something there. >> clock is ticking. september 30th deadline. where are we with mccain, murkowski? >> yesterday mcmcconnell's office met with lindsey graham. they feel like they will get a vote. it is is not clear the requisite
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number is there. they are scramble to go get the votes. tight margin. they can't afford to lose murkowski. a alaska has pushed back. they feel like this is their last-ditch effort. they don't have the votes yet. this is a real-time invite. >> it is. at the end of the month they're going to lose -- look, the point of purpose here is you can't even get 50 plus? you know what i mean? and this is your signature promise. that's what is weighing on is and why this could pass. the bill could be a stink or by anybody. you have nobody on the other side. no major medical group. no group understands the advocacy of this issue has come forward in favor of this bill. but it is a signature promise. >> it is a signature promise but sometimes the merits matters. sometimes the fact that millions of people, we don't know how many millions because they are rushing so much that the cb on o will not do a full estimate. how many people will lose insurance. how many people with pre-existing conditions will no
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longer be able to get insurance. how much insurance rates will go up because the federal government is putting fewer dollars in. i think we focus so much on the poll tux and how many votes. but the merits of the bill, and that is what jimmy couple el was talking about. unlike a lot of other people, kimmel is actually talking about what's in the bill. >> and he really stepped it up last night. we will talk about it later in the show. gentlemen, thank you very much. appreciate it. hurricane maria knocked out power to all of puerto rico. we will look at where the monster storm is headed next. it's not a quick fix. it's my decision to make beauty last. roc® retinol, started visibly reducing my fine lines and wrinkles in one week. and the longer i use it, the better it works. retinol correxion® from roc. methods, not miracles.™
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cnn meteorologist chad myers has the latest forecast. where is it tracking now? >> it is tracking into the atlantic. yesterday it was kind of bending toward the u.s. that has changed overnight in some of the computer models, european and the american model. look at the eye of the storm, just hitting hard the north coast of the dominican republic and ill pushing rain into the puerto rico west coast where more flash flooding is expected today. 115-mile-per-hour storm. it has gained strength overnight. the eye is large, but it is also looking healthy. which means it is breathing preponderance of the evidence which means the storm could get stronger. westerly winds may pick it up and push it away from the u.s. that is the best news, as long as it doesn't push into the bermuda. >> pay attention to your local
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advisories. the rip tides, erosion at the beach, the waves. be careful. we had someone die where i live because they misunderstood the strength of the water. chad, appreciate it. president trump, the iran deal, this is a very big moment. and the president says he has made a decision. what is it? when will he reveal it? what might it lead to? a lot of big questions. let's take them on, next. it's not just a donation.
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have you decided to stay or leave? >> i have decided. >> can you tell us? >> i'll let you know. i'll let you know. >> a dicey proposition. it has topl global iso many glo implications. has he made a decision? he says yes. but you will have to wait and see. he warns the u.s. will pay a high cost if trump pulls out. let's discuss what's going on
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with this deal and what the implications are in both directions. we have john avlon and security analyst david sanger. tack us through the math on this. >> so the math is pretty basic here. within the four corners of the agreement, which iran has taken most of its stockpile and shipped it out of the country, 98% of it. it's implying with that. so the tkpheupb station can't argue. and rex tillerson, when he met a group of us last night, didn't argue that they are violating the agreement. he said they are violating the spirit of the agreement, what it was supposed to lead to, which is better relationship, not messing around in the middle east. not supporting terrorism, which iran is certainly doing. and the difficulty they're running into here is the agreement was nephew intended to cover that. if you're confronting iran, you
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are not confronting a nuclear-armed iran. >> britain, france, china, russia, germany, this all want to stay with this agreement. they like this agreement. it is president trump that has a beef with it. if his big reveal is that the u.s. is going to get out of this or not refi it, then what? >> well, the current reporting by the "new york times" and others on this is that they are going to try to amend the deal. because there is not technically in compliance, they want to see if they can add to it. this is trump saying, look, i'm a deal makic make a better deal. particularly not sponsoring terrorism. can they be added? mack r macron indicated a willingness to do that. not only does it impact the credibility with our allies but any hope of convening a coalition against north korea.
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>> let's dig down as to why. you pull out. allies are upset about a waste of time and effort. what does it mean to the north korean situation if the president makes a negative move on the iran deal? >> i wrote a little bit about this in the "times" today. and the core concept here is if you're kim jong-un and you're sitting in pyongyang and you're thinking to yourself, i don't really want to do a deal with these guys anyway. i want to build my nuclear weapons until i can make sure i pre preserve the regime, if he were to go in and try to strike the deal and just saw the president upended one that the president made two years ago, he would say i'm not going in this one. the fact of the matter the current administration wouldn't
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have been wildly lucky to get anything out of north korea similar to iran. if north korea had been forced to ship most of its nuclear material out of the country we wouldn't be looking at the situation we're in today. >> i want to stick with you for a second because you met with tillerson. surely the people around the president understand the repercussions of all of this. what do they say? >> tillerson has been arguing against pulling out of this. as we hear, this phrase the addend addendum. what happens if you rip up the deal and open it up? the iranians, as president rouhani said yesterday, okay, if you rip it up we can go back to producing and enriching uranium now. we don't have to wait 15 years to go down tko this. and you're right back where you are. you are with two nuclear confrontations simultaneously. >> this has been offered up by better minds than mine. if what you are concerned about
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is the externalities, what are you doing in the middle east, what are you doing with north korea, what are you doing with us? do the a different deal. do a deal that deals specifically with that. if that's what the trump administration wants to put as a priority, it is not the sum and substance. create a new deal. leave this one alone. >> i think you just nailed the point. this is not about the sum and substance. this is largely domestic politics. this is trump campaigning against the deal. i'm the dealmaker. obama was weak. this is the deal. the responsible thing to do is see if you can expand the scope. things have changed. iran is more involved in places it hadn't been. it's always been a sponsor of terrorism. it's not a great regime for the world. can trump actually deliver on a better deal? there has been a lot of res rick. we haven't seen it on capitol hill or the world stage. >> thank you very much. >> the president would tell you, john, wait and see.
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he would also say other things. >> i'm sure he would. coming up, trump's national security adviser h.r. mcmaster will join us to talk about the iran deal and a whole host of national security issues on the president's desk in the 8:00 hour. >> and we are still covering hurricane maria. it has obliterated the area of dominica. all of it is heart wrenching, especially what is happening in puerto rico. we'll talk a closer look, next. your insurance company
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so we're now getting our first look of what little is left of the island of dominica. fourteen people are dead after hurricane maria slammed into the island. >> reporter: hurricane maria hit dominica full category 5 strength and showed no mercy, plowing through villages towns and the capital rosa. not a tree untouched. thousands slept in two. no greenery left. there were spectacular rain forests here. no more. this is as close as we or anyone can get to dominica, at least for now. the airport shut downment they are hoping to open in the hours ahead to see how bad things are. we can see from up here this
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island has been hit and hit hard. we pass low. our pilot unable to land before on the ground safety checks deemed the runway safe. the damage is island-wide. where there is a town or village, debris is covering the landscape like confetti. houses ripped open, be torn apart, roofs gone. we saw some cars moving but no people. we did see evidence of numerous landslides on this mountainous island. the usually blue-green sea rendered brown in places from the earth swept into it. dominica has an agriculture-based economy. it is sugar cane, citrus, banana plantation. most is exported. from what he can see up here, that is gone. and the loss of those resources and that income is going to be devastating for this island and its people. of course the immediate concern is the 73,000 residents here
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making sure aid gets in and quickly. medical treatment, power, freshwater, and shelter, the immediate priorities. regional officials planning for eight flights and voyages to again in force thursday from the nearby island of st. lucia. michael holmes, over dominica, in the caribbean. >> our thanks to michael for giving us that look. you have st. croix, the u.s. virgin islands, puerto rico. there is also a breaking situation in mexico after that earthquake. right now crews are still searching, off by hand, to get through buildings and look for survivors. right now they have made contact with a 12-year-old girl trapped in the debris from her collapsed school. there could be other kids in there as well. we have a live report, next.
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this is the most devastating storm in modern history. >> we're looking at four to six months without electricity. >> it is epic expectations. >> mexico rescuers racing against the clock to find earthquake survivors trapped beneath the rubble. >> rescue workers have made contact with a young girl who they believe is still alive. mueller's team looking at dismissals of flynn and comey. >> clearly mr. manafort had a series of relationships with folks in russia. at some point we're going to want to bring him in. >> this is new day with chris cuomo and alyson

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