tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN September 22, 2017 1:00am-2:00am PDT
. hurricane maria still a dangerous category 3 bearing down now on turks and caicos after leaving a path of devastation in puerto rico. >> tragedy in mexico as the death toll climbs. rescue crews racing against time to find earthquake survivors. >> rocket man, vowing retaliation against u.s. after the president trump's speech. >> a hydrogen bomb test over the
a civic ocean. >> live to both shortly but this feels like a massive excalation. a nuclear stare down. >> china is going to step up ets efforts to help starve the north koreans. >> we're live in seoul just ahead but first, hurricane maria heading straight for turks and caicoss, deadly and potentially catastrophic storm surge expected as much as 12 feet above normal. that could submerge the already battered island chain. the devastation left behind in puerto rico stunning. homes, car, under water. block and block, the flooding described as harvey-like with
over 40 inches of rain in some places, additional rain on the way. >> rescues are ongoing in the hardest hit areas. entire towns in ruins with fallen trees and downed power lines. army reserve is on the ground and reporting massive destruction and nonexistent communications. let's go live to cnn's nick valencia. >> reporter: it's unbelievable here. here we are on friday morning and it's still pouring rain. over the last hour it has picked up steadily, lightning strikes followed by thunder. it does not let up. every inch, it seems of this island territory has been affected somehow and some way and a big issue rite now throughout the island is flooding. it's something the governor of
puerto rico talked about extensively before the hurricane made landfall. it has become a big issue. we just heard from a local paperer at least eight people died in a town here because of drowning. flooding continuing to be an issue. people living in the darks and yesterday i had a conversation with the mayor of san juan and she told me residents should expect to live without power for the next four to six months. >> wow. just a real tragedy. keep us posted and we'll check in very soon. also heart breaking images out of dominique ca. you can see houses buildings, ripped to shreds, entire towns flattened. officials say at least 15 people died there. the prime minister describing the scene as heart-wrenching.
he says the country as agriculture has been completely washed away and recovery may take up a two years. >> bananas and sugar cane. >> these other island nations where tourism is their sole economy, which is going to be wiped out. >> all right. hurricane maria, meteorologist karen mcguinness is trucking the storm. >> in the short term it's going to move past turking and caicos. the heavy bands of rainfalls. storm surge. they're going to get battered by the wind. one of those areas, we have seen those images. time and time again. it's just how delawavastating i. hurricane maria moves past turks
and take koess, they are going to see tremendous rainfall maybe on the order of what we saw in puerto rico. these are tiny islands. everything they have they have to bring in. what about the bahamas? a very popular tourist spot. maybe not a direct landfall from hurricane maria but we will see the -- the computer model the now just kind of turning marie more toward the north. we've been tricked before. here's the comparison. but this is still a long way out. the blue area, that's the european model. that's the one that's kind of the gold standard. it has a lot more information. and then we have the gff, the mort american model keeping it
well off shore. but the impacts along the eastern seaboard will be possibility of erosion. >> now to the other natural disaster still unfolding in mexico. those are rescue team the pausing to sing the national anthem to honor the dead. the death toll rise to go 286 three days after 7.1 magnitude earthquake dev stated the country. volunteers and first responders still racing to save survivors who may be trapped under rubble. cnn's rosa flores live with the very latest. >>reporter: good morning, dave. the building that you see behind me is one of dozens of buildings that turned to rubble on tuesday when this terrible earthquake
hit mexico city. now, according to the president of this country, they believe that there are people trapped in at least ten of these buildings. the one you're looking at live, that is one of them. from talking to families of the people who are believed to be trapped inside, they tell me ta there is renewed hope this morning because rescuers have told them they have used sophisticated equipment, temperature gauges, and that there appears to be signs of life in this building. the if you looked at that building momentarily you can see the front of the building almost looks like it's leaning forward. that is giving these families hope, because according to these family, rescue workers told them that there are areas in the back of the building that are encapsulated so they believe these individuals that are believed to be alive are almost can captured in these capsules. it's a very delicate process
what they are doing to try to get to those capsules because they believe this building crumbled in about eight seconds. so it didn't give people very much time. they're hoping people tried to go to the back of the building, because that's where the emergency exit is, and if most people did that in those eight seconds, and that means that those survivors are in the back of the building, but it's a very delicate dance, dave, to try to get to them, because, as you know, as these rescue workers begin to take these pieces of debris by hand, carefully, they're worried or fear that they could collapse the building further and hurt the people. >> it took a moment just to realize that was a building behind you. heart breaking scene. holding out hope. rosa flores live for us. fresh over russian's meddling, facebook will now give
all russian-linked ads to congress. special counsel robert mueller only received copies with a search warrant but now facebook is changing. part of the new plan, according to ceo mark zuckerberg. >> we are in a new world. it is a new challenge for internet communities to have to deal with nation states attempting to subvert eelections, but if that's what we must do, we are submitted to rising to the occasion. >> a new strategy after a lot of criticism. they will also beef up how it reviews political ads. the company's been criticized for spreading fake news. it's not just facebook. two democratic senators want transparen transparency. the new bill will require sites
to keep ad buys exceeding $10,000. it has been seen as kind of a libertarian facebook. they just provide the tools. all right now we're going to tell you who's using the tools. >> are you skeptical that's going to solve the problem? >> two things that people were saying yesterday. this is too little too late. the election is already over and this could be the tip of the icebe iceberg. mark zuckerberg said in that, look, if we find more -- and we might find more -- we will release those to congress as well. american people should be able to have a full accounting of who was spreading misnvgs to american voters. >> ahead another story. kim jong-un says the u.s. will pay dearly after president trump's threats.
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the united states has great strength and patience but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> the sill leens from pong yaung shattered. vow vowing to retaliate with the highest level of hard line measure in history. also he warned he will pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the dprk. whatever he might have expected he will face results beyond his expectation. >> when the north korea foreign
minister was asked what the highest level retaliation be, replied this could probably be the strongest hydrogen bomb test in the pacific ocean. let's go in and bring in paula hancocks. dhooin making some unprecedented actions wharks can you tell us this morning? >> reporter: well, dave, that executive order from the u.s. president donald trump was to make sure that anyone who does business with north korea is penalized. it was to make sure any companies, individuals, financial insz tugs that is were helping pyongyang get cash or revenue that could then be funneled through into the nuclear missile program will be penalized. there won't be much trade in that respect. another interesting thing that has happened today is we have seen a response, a direct first person response from the north
korean leader to the u.s. president. in my rex thcollection this is first time we heard from in kim jong-un slamming the u.s. president for what he sees as a very aggressive address about general general assembly when he threatened to destroy north korea, calling him mentally de ranged. saying there was going to be the hardest counter mess measure in history. it is almost a direct response to donald trump. it is a leader to leader response from kim jong-un, and you simply don't see that from him. that shows just how affected pyongyang certainly was when it came to that address. >> the stakes have definitely changed. thanks so much. >> nine days left for republicans to pass the plan to repeal and replace obamacare. they're facing more pushback from the national association of medicaid directors which
represent all 50 states. le it's warning the republicans quote the bill would have the largest -- >> republican leaders is it ill dot have the votes to pass the bill but lindsay graham feeling awfully confident. >> if you want money and power out of washington and want to end the march to headaclth care. this is federalism versus socialism. i think we're glg to get 50 republicans to vote and i make a prediction a couple of democrats are going to come on board. i like new york, california and massachusetts and maryland, but i don't want to give them all the money. >> socialism versus federalism clearly the line the republican leaders are now taking. not everyone is so optimistic this will pass. more from capitol hill.
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but, she's back in alaska, i'm told the trump administration officials are reaching out to her making sure she knows they're available at all times. also on capitol hill we're seeing a series of draft proposals about ways to make alaska end up better in this bill. the big question is will it actually work. if it doesn't they won't have the votes. if it does, next week, show time. >> the politics of this are just so fascinating. the policy every single group that represents the people who provide or consume medical care are against this bill for the politics keep moving forward. be sure to tune in cnn monday night. for the debate on health care. they're going to take questions from the audience on this bill. our own jake tapper and dana bash moderate. i just think it's going to be a wonderful time to talk about
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yes. up to 40%. 55% disapprove. what's behind the bounce? solid 64% of americans approve of the way the president is managing the hurricane response when it comes to fixing the health care crisis, the numbers not so positive. 59% disapprove and only 31% approve. it's a slight bump. >> four for the first number is certainly welcome for this white house. there are also those who say the onslaut of weather news has taken some of the white house news off the front page. see what i mean? a news sickle that has not been trump driven. >> perhaps a part of that, a poll found more than 70% liked the bipartisan deals he made with chick auck and nancy. >> head of tuesday's election, he and the former supreme court
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tragedy in mexico. rescue crews racing against time to find survivors. >> revenge. rocket man. north korea's vowing revenge threatening a hydrogen bomb test over the pacific ocean. this game has changed dramatically in the last 24 hours. >> sure has. 30 minutes past the hour. and the chinese central bank whether it really will crack down on the financial flows to punish the north korean regime. let's begin with hurricane maria. deadly and potentially catastrophic storm surge expected as much as 12 feet above normal. that could submerge the already battered island nation. the devastation left behind is simply stunning.
homes and cars under water, block after block. the flooding described as harvy-like. an additional four to eight inches of rain on the way. >> rescues ongoing. take a look at this coast guard hercules airplane crew from clear water florida and a british water fleet saving a woman and two children from a vessel near puerto rico. wow. right now, over 4,000 members of the u.s. army reserve are on the ground in puerto rico. the they report massive destruction. nonexistent communications. let's go live to san juan and bring in cnn's neick valencia. what are you seeing now? >> reporter: good morning, dave. i'm not sure if it translates from the camera, but it is just pouring rain down on us now. we're covered by a balcony.
but if you can see behind us, lightning strikes, thunder, this rain has not stopped. there's another lightning strike. where is this rain going to go? roads flooded, neighborhoods flooded. we tried to get out of san juan and were stopped because the roads were inundated. we saw gas stations under water. metal billboards mangled. the winds are not an issue, but the water remains so, two days since the landfall of hurricane maria. it's an issue and concern government officials have had since the beginning. the governor saying this is the number one cause of death after hurricanes like this make land fall and we're learning a local newspaper is reporting at least eight people have drowned in a nearby township outside of san juan. a lot of desperation with the local mayor telling residents
they have expect to be without power for perhaps up to six months. dave? >> boy, devastating. all right. live for us in san juan. >> it does not stop there. we have heart breaking images out of dominique ca. cnn gathering the images. you can see houses and buildings simply ripped to shreds. officials say at least 15 people died there. dominica's prime minister describing it as heart-wrenching. recovery may take up to two years. >> hurricane maria still a threat. what's ahead here? >> we'll show you the computer model the. i wanted to say to nick valencia and the crew that yes, along that western and north central edge of pouerto rico we are seeing a band of rainfall.
i do think it is going to start to taper off. maybe not entirely but we're not going to see that 20 to 40 inches of rainfall we saw in some areas. the path is splitting the difference between bur mud da and the eacoast of the united states. five days might be a little bit of a stretch. we go beyond that period of time, the computer models just aren't going to be that reap liable. here's the latest information national hurricane center supporting winds with maria now 125 miles per hour. the that makes it a strong category 3. this is the wind field. watch these white shaded areas. that's where we're going to see the highest concentration of the wind gusts. right now the position puts it just about 45 miles to the east of grand turk island. and it continues to move towards the north, although in the last few references and updates from the national hurricane center,
it has slowed down a little bit. each time we get an update, it is slower. just by one mile an hour, but that's only bad news for areas that continue to get battered by this savage track of hurricane maria. national hurricane center will update at 5:00. so we'll have new information then. back to you guys. all right. karen thank you. >> now to the disaster unfolding in mexico. rescue teams pausing to sing the national anthem to honor the dead. the death toll rising to 286 three days after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake devastated mexico volunteers and first responders still racing to save survivors. cnn's rosa flores live for us in mexico city. i know those crews have been working round the clock hand by hand, digging hand fulls of
dirt, moving pebble by pebble to try to save people. >>reporter: it's a very delicate process, christine. you're exactly right. and these rescue workers take the work so seriously. not only are they doing this to save other lives, but they have very much a lot of pride in the work that they're doing. take a look at the building behind me. this is one of dozens of buildings that collapsed after the earthquake on tuesday. now, according to the president of this country, about 10 buildings still have people trapped inside. this is one of them. i talked to family members who have been here for days waiting for news. the and they say that they have received some good news and some bad news from rescuers. the bad news, they say, is that they believe that the structure of this building is very delicate, which makes the work very dangerous, which makes it extremely difficult for them to work in those conditions. the good news is they believe --
this is according to family members -- they've been told buy rescuers that they have used heat sensors and that they believe there are capsules in the back of this building with people who are alive because these heat sensors gave them positive readings. that's renewed hope for these famili families that have been here since tuesday, some refusing to eat. others saying i have to eat. i have to sleep. to make sure i can stay here to support the rescue workers and let them know that the people that they're fighting for, the lives they're fighting for inside that building, that they're loved and cared for by the people who are waiting out here for good news. >> i can't imagine that kind of anguish. thank you for your reporting there. 40 minutes past the hour. it's what wall street has been waiting for.
the gop releasing tax frame next week. how deep those cuts will be, and how they'll be paid for, if they'll be paid for. here's what we know. president trump wants to slash the corporate rate to 15%. the gop plan may propose we think around 20% instead. for individuals he wants to cut rates across the board but recently said that may not include tax cuts for p richest americans contradicting what the administration said so far. what about tax deductions? secretary mnuchin said only three are safe. of course eliminating traks breaks is easier said than done. one reason it hasn't had real reform. more importantly how will big tax cuts be paid for? sh the administration insists economic growth will pay for it.
an argument many economists aren't buying. one thing they're looking at, would they get rid of the ability to write off your state taxes from your federal return? that's something that would hit big blue states in particular. >> hit the housing market perhaps? >> it might put a damper. you could still write off the mortgage interest, but it makes it less attractive to live in those markets. >> they try to force through health care. ahead, kim jong-un vowing the u.s. will pay dearly after threats by president trump. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. >> a north korean official threatening a nuclear test over the pacific. my name is jeff sheldon,
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the united states has great strength and patience, but if ifs forced to defend itself or its allies we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> the silent from pyongyang shattered by kim jong-un, the north korean leader lashing out in response to the president's address at the u.n. general assembly. he's vowing to retaliate with the hardest level of hard line measure in history. >> also warning president trump will pay dearly for his speech. the north korean leader says whatever trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation. when north korea's foreign minister was asked what the highest level retaliation would be, he replied this could probably mean the strongest bomb
test in the pacific ocean. >> let's talk a little bit about that because what's key here is will the chinese central bank really do what the president says it's going to do and starve north korea of the funding it needs to keep the program going? >> reporter: that's right, christine. we've heard it from some reports. heard it from the u.s. president as well that the chinese central bank has demanded its bank do abide buy these international sanctions. but we don't have it from the directly from the central bank at this point. we're waiting to see whether or not it is actually brought into being, whether or not it is fully implemented. that's the key. because if it's not fully implemented, if it's just lip service, obviously those ash reserves and resources will not be stopped to north korea. but what the u.s. president is trying to do is he is obviously targeting the companies,
individuals, financial ins ti s institutions that are allowing north korea to continue with its nuclear and missile program. hoping with these sanctions and order they can stop the regime of cash. we also heard rex tillerson say we believe the cap on crude oil going into the country is having an impact. one other thing we're focusing it on is this reaction to the u.s. president, kim jong-un saying he thought the u.s. president was mentally de ranged. that the interesting fact is in the first person. the this is the kind of direct response from the north korean leader that we simply don't see. >> give pea a little perspective. when you look at the words, it sounds just colorful and kind of off the wall. i will surely definitely tame the mentally de ranged dotted
with fire. we should remind our viewers this sort of bella koes and filed language is not really that unusual from the north korean regime you're saying specifically president trump is. >> it's the fact that the kim jong-un, we have a photo of him. he's looking into the camera, holding the statement and he is directly talking to the u.s. president, donald trump. that is new. >> that is it new. all right. thank you so much. >> i had to google it. now people are learning what that means. >> just nine days left for republicans to pass the plan to repeal and replace obamacare. they are facing more pushback this morning, this time the national association of medicaid directors which represent the all 50 states. it's warning republicans their bill will quote e constitute the largest intergovernmental
transfer of financial risk from the federal government to the states in our country's history. >> isn't that what they want? federalism? >> yes. that's the chief argument. >> the medicaid directors are saying wait a minute. that's what it would do. republican leaders still don't have the vote the but senator lindsey graham is feeling confident. >> if you want money and power out of washington and you want to end the march to single pair health care, this is your last best chance. this is the biggest change in health care in my lifetime this. is federalism versus socialism. i think we're going to get 50 republicans to vote for federalism and i make a prediction a couple of democrat the are coming on board because their state does so well. i like the states but i don't want to give them all the money. >> not everyone is so optimistic. cnn's phil mattingly has more. >>reporter: when it comes to the future of repeal and replace, it's very much so up in the air right now. obviously republican leaders want to have that vote next
week. they have to have that vote if they want to be able to move forward on this. the big question is will they ever get the votes? you break down who is actually in play right now and everybody comes back to the same two people. murkowski of alaska and joskbr mccain. we've asked senator mccain a couple times he says that's not regular order. i want more than that. of note, lindsey graham, working on him. the other person, lisa murkowski. i spoke to her early on. she said i'm not going to be bought off. i if she sticks to that policy going forward, it's going to be tough to see her get to yes. but, she's back in alaska. i'm told the trump administration officials have been reaching out to her repeatedly making sure she knows
they're available at all times. i can also tell you on capitol hill we're seeing a series of draft proposals going back and forth about ways to make alaska better in the bill. the big question is will it actually work. because it it doesn't, they most certainly won't have the votes. if it does, in ex-week show time. >> all right. >> not "dancing with the stars," folks. >> all right. answers from equifax? so does congress. heading to capitol hill. why did it take them so long? what in the world is going on behind there? details neck.
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let's go check on cnn money stream. global stockmarkets lower after north korea threatened to test a nuclear weapon. the dow ended a nine-day winning streak. in in fact all three were lower. lower rates have fuelled the market's rally. also these concerns about north korea and the situation there. the a tech stocks were the biggest losers, apple dropping
almost 2%. they've lost 4.6% since debuting it latest slate of products. we should remind you the stockmarkets are really very close to record highs. a couple of down days no the a surprise. do you want answers from equifax? so does congress. richard smith will testify on capitol hill on october 4th. they nas a huge backlash for how is handled the leak. you can expect the congress members to grill him on the time line of the hack, stock sales by three executives after the hack, but before it became available to the public, and initially asking customers to waive near right to sue in exchange for free credit monitoring. toys 'r' us may be bankrupt or filing for bankruptcy, but still hiring for the holidays.
it's a sign they will try to use the busy holiday season to help with the bankruptcy. they filed on monday after struggling with nearly $5 billion in debt. the new iphone 8 and 8 plus are on sale today. you customers have to wait until november for the apple x. >> all right. ahead. we'll have the latest on devastation in puerto rico and mexico and the north korean nuclear threat as "early start" continues right now. hurricane maria still a dangerous category 3 bearing down on the turks and caicos islands after leaving a path of devastation in puerto rico. >> tragedy in mexico. rescue crews racing against time to find earthquake survivors 62 hours