that we have reached. >> former energy center, thank you very much for your expertise. we are following a lot of news this morning. so let's get right to it. i'm pissed. i supported donald trump and it's annoying to me. >> to say get that son of a bitch awful field. >> use that platform to divide us even more is not something i can stand for. >> right now they don't have my vote. i want to get there. >> gop leaders hoping to win over holdouts with a new version of the health care bill. >> republicans have campaigned on repeal and replace. it's going to be very close. this is the biggest ka as s catastrophe for puerto rico. >> thousands at rick for another threatening situation. >> take a lot of support.
poor puerto rico -- >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to your "new day." it is monday, september 25th. chris is off this morning. john berman joining me. we have a lot of news. >> let's go. >> a war on the nfl by president trump. tweeting now this morning about players getting booed for kneeling during the national anthem, and once again insists that his criticism has nothing to do with race. owners and athletes were united this weekend in defying the president, kneeling and locking arms on the field. >> there are plenty of other pressing issues facing the president. maybe not a coincidence. the administration unveiling new travel restrictions targeting eight countries including venezuela and north korea. revising the health care bill hoping to win over skeptic senators. and we begin with joe johns live at the white house. >> reporter: john, the president doubling down on his rhetoric condemning pro athletes for
taking a knee during the national anthem. the president's critics questioning why he had harsher words for nfl players and gays in peaceful protests than for white supremacists in those violent protests in charlottesville, virginia, earlier this year. the president says, it has nothing to do with race. >> i think it's very disrespectful to our country. i certainly think the ownership needs to do something about it. >> reporter: president trump exasperating a culture war with an unexpected rant friday night. >> wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners, when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now? out? he's fired? >> reporter: despite a day of widespread backlash the president calling for a boycott and for players who kneel during the national anthem to be fired or suspended. >> you're the leader of the free world. this is what you are talking about? >> our leader of this country
is, is acting like a jerk. >> i think it's very unbecoming of the office of the president of the united states to talk like that to the great people like that. >> reporter: dozens of nfl playerers taking a knee or sitting during the national anthem, coaches and others standing side-by-side on the sidelines interlocking arms. >> no it disrespect. we locked arms in unity. >> reporter: the majority of steelers' players choosing to stay in the locker room until after the anthem was over and taking solidarity taking a knee age along with players. the president responding saying standing with locked arms is good. kneeling, not acceptable. nfl commissioner roger goodell sounding off in a statement saying divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the league and the players. even prominent trump backers finding it hard to defend the president.
>> i'm pissed off. i'll be honest with you, because i supported donald trump. i'm reading these comments, and it's -- it's appalling to me. >> new england patriots owner robert kraft, mr. trump's friend, who gave $1 million to the presidential inaugural fund is deeply disappointed by the tone of mr. trump comments. >> i like bob very much. he has to take his ideas and go with what he wants. >> reporter: president trump adding fuel to the fire by publicly rescinding a white house invitation to the nba champion golden state warrior steph curry after he said he would not go. >> i don't know, you know, why he feels the need to target certain individuals. it's not what leaders do. >> reporter: curry's longtime rival lebron james criticizing the president's response. >> for him to try to use this platform to divide us even more is not something i can stand for. >> i hate you! >> reporter: the president's attacks on players pinning fans against each other at sunday's games. [ chanting ]
>> reporter: and the president picked up on the theme this morning, but with a slightly different perspective, praising professionals and saying, so proud of nascar and supporters and fans. they won't put up with disrespecting our country or flag, said it loud and clear. and this tweet apparently on the nfl. many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday, which is a small percentage of total. these are fans who demand respect for our flag. and, just a few minutes ago, reiterating something on twitter that he said yesterday. the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. it is about respect for our country, flag and national anthem. nfl must respect this. so the president all-in on the culture war this morning, alisyn and john. >> thank you for the update. joining us, bob costas, great to have you here on this morning. you've seen it all in this business. what's your reaction to what
happened this weekend? >> the reaction is so universal. including from prominent nfl owners who have supported and donated to trump's campaign and to his inaugural committee. >> bob kraft -- >> bob kraft -- across the board. you have not heard a single person within the nfl raise a voice in support of what trump said. rex ryan says he's appalled, and now ashamed, that he once introduced trump at a rally in buffalo where he then was the coach. what's happened here is that what was already an issue raised primarily by colin kaepernick expanded beyond the specific point that kaepernick was trying to make, which was a very valid point and now has become near universal disgust with the president's insulting remarks. >> your friend peter king noted last week there were fewer than ten nfl players who kneeled and did some kind of protest. depending how you count it this year, 250, including entire teams. how specific is that to see a
movement like that. i can't think of anything like that in the nfl? >> no. but the president galvanized players of all backgrounds and beliefs. drew brees in his complete says he never would feel not comfortable standing for the national anthem but would stand locking arms with foley oh plel players, black and white. with a hand on a shoulder of a black player expressing his point of view and pointedly said he found the president's remarks inappropriate. which is kind. >> what's interesting, the president could have used this as a teachable moment, to say, here's why i believe we should stand for the national anthem. here's what i believe it stands for, but he took a different tact. and it has -- look, we saw what was happening with just the fans yelling at each other. you know, there is something contagious about divisiveness. >> yeah. and it plays in certain quarters. you stir people's resentment,
that's actually a business plan in certain quarters of the internet or cable television. it's a business plan and it's the way president trump, for better or worse, approached his campaign and approaches his presidency. to give him the extreme benefit of the doubt, extreme benefit of the doubt, you'd say he's insensitive to the racial implications to make comments like this at a rally in alabama. all right? he likes cheap applause lines. >> which has no football team. >> and delivered them. >> well -- their rabbitt football fans down there. do you want a president of the dwri united states who is so tone death to the racial implications of this? >> interesting. the president writes, the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. it's an respect for our country. flag and national anthem.
nfl must respect this. your tact, extreme benefit of the doubt, maybe for him the extreme benefit of doubt isn't about race, but for the players, initially to say it's not about race, that's not true. >> 70% of the players in the nfl roughly are african-american. virtually every player who knelt in the initial stages of this was black, and the initial impetus from it or for it came from colin kaepernick and it was about police brutality and mistreatment of african-americans. you can't separate those two things. if you want to make the point that the national anthem is about something more than the nation's flaws and shortcomings, it's also about its ideals and that people can see some texture to what the national anthem means, and you might prefer that people protest or make their point outside of the national anthem, that's something that can be argued. the idea this doesn't have
something to do with race is prepostero preposterous. michael steel, was unsparing in his remarks about what trump had that say. bob kraft, who contributed to the inaugural committee. you're not going to find many voices of support outside his base, his extreme base, for these remarks. >> tom brady. i mean, tom brady, the quarterback said this morning, just this morning, i certainly disagree with what he said. i thought it was divisive. have we heard from colin kaepernick? >> i don't expect we will. >> why not? >> he's been quiet for a long, long time. sometimes he tweets some things out. i think it's a good thing this that gone beyond colin kaepernick. tell you why. we have to give colin kaepernick credit. first of all, taking a knee. the first game he sat. it occurred to him, maybe sitting seems contemptuous. kneeling is be an act of grace. tim tebow knelt at times. it can be an act of grace and
respect. kaepernick, whether people know it or not, has raised and donated millions to worthy causes, he's walking the walk, involved in the community. but kaepernick himself was an imperfect messenger. giving to saying things like i don't vote because the oppressor will never let you vote your way out of oppression. it doesn't matter to him who wound up being president of the united states. it doesn't matter when he first knelt barack obama was president an now someone who many of his fellow african-americans and importantly many of is fellow citizens of all races and backgrounds object to. it doesn't matter to him. sometimes what colin says when he does speak makes it sound as if, and i say this with great respect for his intentions, and for what he has done beyond kneeling on the field. sometimes he sounded like someone who took one semester from radical professor when a freshman and that's all he knows
about the world. so i think it's better that additional voices here from multiple backgrounds weigh in, because colin kaepernick, despite what some people want to say, is not the natural heir to muhammad ali or arthur ashe or to karim abdul-jabbar, continues to be a public intellectual. he's not. i don't know if these equipped to carry that baton. >> and being punished. no question he has talent to play football and is not because of this. >> he's better than some starters and better than most backups. >> let me ask you again about what a lot of the debate is about. you hear it from the president, his cabinet and i'm not sure about steve mnuchin. the president went on tv this weekend and said this isn't about race. it's about respect for the military and first responders, and when you kneel you're disrespecting the military and first responders? >> part of what's happened is
that sports and patriotism and the flag have been conflated to such an extent that people can't separate out any nuance. if you go to see "hamilton," which is about the founding of the republic, no one said, wait a minute. don't raise the curtain until we hear the national anthem. went to see "saving private ryan" no one said turn off the projector until we've had the national anthem. it's in sports where this stuff happens. sometimes movingly, sometimes i submit cynically, because wrapping yourself in the flag and honoring the military is something which no one is going to object to. we all respect their sacrifice. we all honor their sacrifice, and yet what it has come to mean is that the flag is primarily and only about the military. this is no disrespect to the military. it's a huge part of the narrative, but martin luther king was a patriot. susan b. anthony was a patriot.
dissidents are patriots. schoolteachers and social workers ar patriots and yet at yankee stadium, shift sports, not only play the national anthem before the game but "god bless america" at the seventh inning stretch every year and say, please rise as the yankees honor a military guest. i have no problem with that. i stand every time i'm in the ballpark no matter what it is, i stand. and certainly respect the military person they bring out there. but never a schoolteacher, or social worker. patriotism comes in many forms, and what has happened is that it's been conflated with -- with kind of a bumper sticker kind of flag waving, and with the military only. so that people cannot see that in his own way, colin kaepernick, however imperfectly, is doing a patriotic thing and so, too, are some other players. >> what do you think this does this season for football? will it hurt rating? >> no. increases interest.
yesterday every telecast including sunday night football on nbc showed the national anthem. generally speaking, and this is interesting. generally speaking, be it baseball, football, whatever, the networks try to cover the national anthem. try to be in commercial. i've heard it in my ear, producer says, wait a minute. they may still be in the anthem when we come out of this commercial and sometimes they are. you're quiet the last few notes and note that the anthem concluded. now people want to see the anthem. they're interested in it. how long it lasts, we'll have to wait and see. by the way, this is not as important. but in his comments in alabama, trump went on to say that they're ruining the nfl. there's not enough hitting. they're, i says, sisifying the game. you wonder how many times people who believe that have themselves been hit in the head? the science is clear, and the more that science emerges, the more it will become clear that football and brain trauma are
linked. it doesn't matter how much you like the game. they are linked. and to deny that is to live in a fantasy world. >> when you hear people say sports is about entertainment. sports is about distraction. sports is about something other than politics. politics shouldn't be in sports. >> largely true, but sometimes they intersect. inevitably. to ignore it is to ignore the elephant in the room. when i commented about various issues, only occasionally on nbc, be it on football, or during the olympics, it was never during the action. never at the expense of the action and the drama. always in a little niche carved out when nothing else was going on in terms of the game itself. but you have to acknowledge these things, and you have to address them. they're important, and very often because sports appeals across demographic lines, like nothing else. we live in a niche world. but the one thing that draws not only a large audience but a
varied audience, outside of the academy awards and emmys, i guess. the one thing that draws that across the board interest is big sports events and often that's where these issues play themselves out. >> i heard relevant history yesterday i think is important to reiterate. before 2009, the players often weren't on the field for the national anthem. something changed and patriotism became a larger component of all of this. sometimes paid patriotism. so yesterday what did you think of the teams that stayed in the locker room for the national anthem? released statements saying we believe in patriotism, the flag, first responders but stayed in the locker room. what did you think? >> i was okay with it and what mike tomlin said, coach of the steelers said a lot of sense. we don't want our players to have to choose. they may feel one way, feel the other, feel apolitical. we'll stay off.
villanueva, an army soldier came out of the locker room, stood on the edge of the field, sort of at the lip of the runway leading to the field with his hand over his heart. that was his decision to make and i would rb thespect that, t >> what crossed the line, broke the dam here? >> when you call people "sons of bitches" across the board, that offends everybody. white and black. they've stood shoulder to shoulder on those fields, in those locker rooms. what kind of a statement is that to make? and i don't think it's irrelevant that clearly the president had more passion and conviction for those remarks than he did when he finally got around, after equivocating, to distancing himself to some extent from white nationalists and neo-nazis. he clearly had more fervor for this than for that. >> what about those owners that were so poignant, actually? just the visual itself. just seeing the owners locking
arms with the players, the owners, most of them white, locking arms there on the field. do you think that this is a tipping point? will bob kraft still support donald trump after this? will these owners say different things now? >> i can't read bob kraft's mind, but it's very clear there's almost no one in the nfl who wants to support or rationalize the tone and content of president trump's remarks. so -- where it goes from here, i'm not sure. where i hope it goes, though, is that it's one thing to take a knee or raise a fist. it's your right, and there's a point here to be made. but i hope others follow kaepernick's lead. not in some of the naive political statements he's occasionally made, but in getting involved in the community, and actually doing things. which many nfl players already do, but it's just not spotlighted. it's not just the nfl. nba, major league baseball. whatever it may be. and i think it would -- the
reason why kaepernick is an imperfect messenger is that you think about muhammad ali. a different time, of course, a transcendent figure, sorry entertaining even when polarizing people couldn't take their eyes off him. so charismatic and magnetic, but you need people out there articulating, as few did this weekend, out there articulating, we love our country. we support the military. we know that most policemen not only are not guilty of misbehavior but many heroic and dedicated. many are themselves african-american or hispanic and dedicated to protecting and serving people of all backgrounds. we get that, but there is still a problem. and that problem of police brutality specifically is real, it's true, it's urgent, and because it's connected, historically, to the mistreatment of african-americans by government, by the justice system, and by the police, because it's connected, it resonates all the
more. if people can make those distinctions and voice those distinctions rather than just kneeling or raising a fist, then the conversation's really on. and i hope it goes there. >> it's hard to say all of what you just said on twitter, i think one of the problems right now. >> yeah. that's right. >> for leadership in this country. a complicated discussion. >> a world that plays its discussions out on social media is not a world of texture and nuance. >> bob costas, thank you for being part of the conversation with us. great to talk to you. >> thanks, bob. we'll be right back. kevin, meet your father. kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin trusted advice for life. kevin, how's your mom? life well planned. see what a raymond james
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president trump standing by his criticism of the nfl this morning. this is what he wrote a short time ago. so proud of nascar and its supporters and fans. they won't put up with disrespecting our country or flag and said it loud and clear. many people bood the players who kneeled yesterday. it has nothing to do with race. it is about respect for our country, flag and national anth anthem. nfl must respect this. with so much on the president's plate, north korea, hurricanes, earthquakes, why hammer this issue, why now? the bottom line with cnn political correspondent and others. >> i'm not sure why this started
and continued in the last few days. you know he likes to punch back. steph curry says he wasn't coming to the white house i wasn't surprised it was said, you can't -- disinvited him. how trump behaves normally. i think it's an odd time to take these issues on when so much else is going on. on the other hand, look, health care reform doesn't look to be moving much. tax reform stuck right now as well. it's not as if trump's agenda is moving quickly. nor as if he can, he was more involved in health care, wouldn't necessarily pass. the president's getting involved as health care at times throughout the year and it hasn't unstuck the bill. i think trump is playing on an issue he probably has more political strength and more political support versus the health care bill that is very unpopular and knows he can't move that issue as much. >> how about that? the art of distraction at work here? >> look, he's a highly distracted person in general. and has been for a long time and now is president of the united states.
so he can't resist kind of moving in to the limelight, moving towards that light of controversy and division. really loving, it seems, to be in the middle of a fight that can tear the social fabric of the country. to get into race relations, issues of hate, of police brutality. to get right in the middle of that and trike to stoke it in a way that is so counterproductive that not only united states the nfl, and in all of its diversity against what he did, but also is just so counterproductive to trying to tamp down some of the controversy involved in all of it. it's what he does. he did it in alabama. at a political rally. which has a double meaning, because he's also there on behalf of an establishment or republican candidate who may very well lose, which would further hurt the president as he's perhaps going to lose on a health care fight yet again and is having so many other difficulties. i think all he knows is how to really, to kind of stoke the
factional divide in the country. >> you work at 538. math is politics and politics is math. hard for me to see how the president adds to his support from this. when you watched the nfl yesterday, shows like "nf today," "nfl prime" were speaking out against him. shows at least tacitly would be supportive of him in the past. terry bradshaw, cris collinsworth, a guy who introduced him at a rally, now speaking out against him as the president. >> and look at the math, trump is between 35% and 40%, has been there a while, gradually going down. i would say this has been a base presidency. i say that from the beginning, from january 20th forward, trump has done very little to reach out to independents, reach out to democrats. the people who voted for hillary clinton. in that sense, his behavior was not surprising and trump seems to prefer as a political strategy to make appeals to his base, to ramp up his base, even
if those things are going to irritate everyone else. i don't think donald trump is surprised that, you know, his tweets the last few days have irritated democrats, irritated independents, athletes. i think that is sort of a feature, not a bug, of what he's doing. >> also -- >> go ahead. >> i want to say, look, the other thing, there's always got to be accountability. if the president wants to take on these fights he has to be accountable for his own words and action. says it's not about race. he doesn't have a good record on that. this guy rode to national political prominence on the back of a racist lie against barack obama. he wants to honor the flag and the military, this man as a candidate impugned the heroism of john mccain. a war prisoner, a prisoner of war in the vietnam war. he has to be accountable for things he's done and said, and takes a self-righteous stand and recognize the hollowness of it. >> david set it up perfectly. the president says this isn't
about race, it's about patriotism. how does that wash with you? >> i think bob costas said it really well in your interview. this whole thing started because colin kaepernick was protesting about police shootings and police brutality. if you looked yesterday a lot of the athletes kneeling are black. 70% of the people in the nfl are black. it's hard to say. i think what donald trump is saying, because he doesn't say i'm not bringing black athletes to the white house, therefore, it's not about race, but the people he's in contest with, kaepernick, steph curry, are black people in majority black sports. of course, it's about race. >> look, and even if he says, and you can debate it, because it is debatable, whether or not his comments are about race, he cannot say the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. the kneeling issue began, colin kaepernick did it out of a racial protest. i mean, it's just factually true. this is about race from the beginning. maybe he doesn't think so, but that's what it is, david. >> no question about it. same time, look, president obama
was drawn in to this debate as well and made the point that it is going to be a divisive issue. colin kaepernick and other players cannot take this step and cannot take a stand and expect that everybody is going to embrace them. their first amendment right should be appreciated and respected, but not everybody's going to applaud, because there are going to be people who see it as very painful, if they have loved ones who died for the flag, for what the anthem stands for. so that's going to be part of it, and, again, a political leader, our president, has an obligation in these moments to try to bring some people together over this instead of to keep dividing people and to be a lightning rod that keeps dividing people. >> interesting. in 2013, then donald trump, not yet president, sent out a tweet saying that president obama shouldn't be weighing in on the debate over the redskins name. you know, basically saying, presidents, focus on -- here
kwhap he says. our country has far bigger problems. focus on them. not nonsense. well, fast-forward four years, and, of course, his weighing in on this culture war, but it does seem -- seems impossible, frankly, now that any president wouldn't have to weigh in on things like this. these are such a part of the national conversation, seems almost naive to suggest the president could float above it. >> i think that's right. that the president has to get involved in a lot of issues that maybe are not political and it's lard to sort of stick to politics or stick to sports or what have you. i would argue that i don't think this weekend if jeb bush or marco rubio or hillary clinton or bernie sanders were president, would it have happened this way exactly like this. not should you weigh in, but a way to weigh in that is unify g ing and not divisive or doesn't
inchris divisiveness. and hard to believe other presidents would uninvite steph curry or -- not controversial figures. the idea donald trump is first to disinvite from the white house, something i don't think you'd have seen with another person in the oval office. >> david gregory, all happening in spite of or maybe because of this health care battle that continues to be waged in washington right now. that doesn't look promising at least right now for the republicans. one vote away from the latest version of the repeal measure being killed. what changes over the next three days, do you think? >> incidents like this just, i think, deprive the president of yet more political capital, because this is where he's putting his energy. but i think he's in many way as bystander in the political fight over health care as he's been throughout. there are republicans trying to make this work. it appears to be hanging on by a thread. and even if it were to prevail it would not get over that bar
of -- of being a unified bipartisan piece of legislation, just as the democrats moved on it in a way that there were no republican votes. i think, you know, this is a difficult time and a lot of american wos like to see the president focused on diffusing a crisis with north korea rather than wading this far into sports. >> david, perry, tranche very much. great to talk with broeth of ot and north korea and venezuela, on a list replacing president trump's controversial executive order. live in washington, we have the details. >> reporter: hi, alisyn. this ban a permanent replacement to what we saw over the summer beginning october 18th. new restrictions and in cases all-out ban on travelers from eight different countries. there as follows -- chad, iran, libya, north korea, somalia,
syria, venezuela and yemen. there are notable new nations on this list. in particular, north korea as well as chad and venezuela, added. so the administration may use those additions to bolster its argument this is not a muslim ban as the past two executive orders were criticized as. these travel restrictions are taking effect after the department of homeland security spent the summer reviewing the way countries around the world vet their travelers, and those that don't have sufficient screening are now on that list. president trump weighing in, talking about this and tweeting overnight in part saying, "we will not admit those into the country we cannot safely vet." of course, civil rights groups are crying foul, saying even this, this new ban, is one part of the administration's "ugly white supremacist agenda." the legality of this latest version of the travel ban could take center stage october 10th, when the supreme court is hearing arguments about the
temporary travel ban that took effect over the summer. right now the doj is urging parties in the case to file additional briefs to address this latest travel ban, but it is important to note that this ban does not take effect until mid-october, and the restrictions will vary country by country and, john, people with valid visas or green cards from those eight countries will still be allowed in this country. >> jessica snyder in washington. thanks so much. and hurricane maria still churning in the atlantic, coming uncomfortably close to north carolina. watches and warnings up now. the latest forecast, next. nning is pushing the finger lakes forward. we're the number one dairy and apple producers in the eastern united states. supported by innovative packaging that extends the shelf life of foods. and infrastructure upgrades that help us share our produce with the world. here and all across new york state, we're building the new new york. to grow your business with us in the finger lakes,
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time now for the five things to know for your "new day." president trump defending his criticism of the nfl in a string of tweets this morning. nfl players, coaches and team owners defying the president in a show of solidarity kneeling, locking arms or staying in the locker room during the national anthem. the white house revealing new travel restrictions for travelers from eight nations. north korea, chad and venezuela now on the list. the rules vary from country and take effect october 18th. senate republicans making revisions to their health care
bill in hopes of winning over holdout senators. republican leaders cannot afford to lose another vote. and a gunman killed one parishioner and wounded others due in court wednesday. he used to attend the parish. no word on a motive. angela merkel winning a fourth term as chancellor. a far right alternative for germany's party winning a surge of support. for more on the five things to know go to cnn.com/new day for the latest. and hurricane maria is churning in the atlantic. check in with allison chinchar for the latest forecast. where is it now and what is it doing? >> the latest forecast winds decreased slightly down to 75 miles per hour. this still means it is a category 1 hurricane pushing off to the north. it's expected to continue to weaken. but because of how close it's expected to get to the east coast, we have tropical storm
watches and tropical storm warnings out for the east coast of north carolina. the track of this will take it due north, just where it gets right about the level of hatteras north carolina and then will take a sharp turn to the right and move away from the u.s. coast. however, just because this means we won't get a direct landfall doesn't mean we won't have impacts from this. we've got a high pressure system out to the east. believe it or not, it's hurricane lee that's going to break this high down and allow maria to push off towards the east as the jet begins to get close. john, the thing i want people to understand is dangerous rip currents will stretch from north carolina to massachusetts and then more locally for north carolina, you'll deal with coastal flooding and tropical storm force winds. >> are very careful with that. allison chinchar thanks so much. federal officials say search and rescue efforts will continue for weeks in earthquake ravaged mexico. cnn's ivan watson is live in mexico city with the latest.
>> reporter: john, that's right. the search continues at this location. before dawn it was pouring rain. it stopped the hard work the international team, and dangerous work, the international team of rescue workers have been doing here. there have also been aftershocks, strong earthquakes, throughout the weekend forcing them to suspend their work. meanwhile, relatives waiting for at least 40 missing people in this collapsed six-story building in an agonizing vigil camping out day and night here. on sunday an adult woman, the body of an adult woman was recovered from a collapsed school where at least 19 children were killed, and 7 other adults were killed. the death toll growing over the course of the weekend. the dome of an old church collapsed. our lady of angels children here in mexico city. as far as the recovery efforts, well, the government says it's
trying to reopen schools now. it says 103 schools have been inspected and deemed safe for kids to go back to school, but there's still more than 9,000 still closed. it shows you what a hard road the city has ahead of it for overcoming this natural disaster. >> alisyn? >> ivan, thank you for the update from mexico. meanwhile, latin music superstars are raising money to hem puerto rico recover from her caan maria. among them, singer, rapper, daddy yankee, he is here, speak with him live about all of the relief efforts in puerto rico. p. but on the inside, i feel chronic, widespread pain. fibromyalgia may be invisible to others, but my pain is real. fibromyalgia is thought to be caused by overactive nerves. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i'm glad my doctor prescribed lyrica. for some, lyrica delivers effective relief for moderate to even severe fibromyalgia pain.
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>> reporter: right. saying they are closely monitoring that today, and i've got to tell you, john, we actually were able to get over that area yesterday to kind of see what kind of water levels we're talking about, and when we landed our helicopter in that area, in a community that has seen no one since hurricane maria passed through puerto rico, the people there were telling me that if that dam breaks, that could be worse han the hurricane itself. when we landed, one woman embraced me, not even knowing who i was, because she said i was the first person to come in to that area and they have no power. they have no communication and aren't able to reach. they did tell me they have water and for now food as well, but they hadn't even evacuated from the area where the government says more than 70,000 people need to evacuate. as we went to some other areas that are pretty remote as well, areas where i actually had to climb to get to homes where we
were told there were people, it was the same thing over and over. no. we haven't seen any hurricane aid come in. we haven't seen any government officials here. and so i asked the governor about that this morning. he tells me, he said, look, these are hard areas to get in to. which is why we, and i say "we," us as cnn decided to go in. so he's saying those are the challenges of the day. that dam on the northwestern part of the island, and figuring out how to get to these remote areas, where the neighbors themselves are finding ways to clear out roads that are flooded that have debris so that help can get there. but right now, within the last 24 hours, that's the big takeaway. that the aid has arrived. fema has brought in supplies, but it's not necessarily getting to those areas that are remote that right now have no power, no communication, no way of knowing
what's going on. in some cases beyond their very own home. >> leyla, it's so heartbreaking. thank you very much for the update from there. of course, we all know the record-breaking song of the summer. filmed in san juan's laferla neighborhood. that location now destroyed by hurricane maria. what it looks like today. daddy yankee is trying to help his native country puerto rico by raising hundreds of thousands for the recovery and daddy yankee joins us now here. great to have you here in studio. >> thank you for having me. >> everyone knows the smash hit of the summer and you look at that video. you're in it, filmed it there in this neighborhood. maybe we can show it to everybody again. what is it like for you when you see what it looks like? this is it today versus that day that you filmed it. >> oh, my god. i was born and raised in puerto rico, and i still live in puerto rico. so i know the struggle that we're going through right now.
>> how dire is the situation? when you talk to your friends and relatives at home, what do they tell you is heappening? >> it's devastation. we've never seen nothing like this before. no power, no communications. the hospitals are running out of fuel. the passions -- i just talked to the first lady, and, [ speaking in foreign language ] she told me the insulin. they're running out of insulin. we're facing a major catastrophic scene. >> as desperate as you could ever imagine. the good news, we spoke to the governor who says now relief flights are landing with food and water. >> wow. thank you. >> slowly. i know your effort is getting more in there. last night a big fund-raiser for the red cross. what are you trying to do? >> doing as much as i can. just donated $100,000 to the red cross and matched $100,000 to feed america, because there's a strong structure there in puerto
rico and i match another $100,000 for them. we're being very aggressive. j. lo donated $1 million. i have $1 million to donate as well to puerto rico, for different scenarios to rebuild the island i know it's going to be a long way. >> if we could just play the video again. tell us what that day was like and what it has meant to you that this has taken off so much. that that, this video and this song is such a smash hit worldwide? >> the song, it did a lot to puerto rico. the tourism went up, because of the video and the song. and right now looking at the video and i know that -- the paredon i knew yesterday is no longer there. it's touchy. we are struggling right now. >> i know your fans are bringing food and supplies so that you can try to distribute it to puerto rico, because everybody's heart is so broken. we have new drone video i want to show you. maybe you can walk us through
what we're seeing here. this is the, the drones sent up. look. these are neighborhoods. look at -- they're swamped. this is san juan. >> oh, my god. i was born and raised in san juan. we never seen something like this before. i mean, it's -- it's catastrophic. total deserve stravastation wha seeing right now. i talk to my mother, my wife are and my daughters. they told me they fine but never saw something like this. >> they're there? >> my wife. my family, my friends. i live in puerto rico and got to come back this week. >> so what -- how -- if this is san juan, where they live, how are they coping with all of this? >> honestly, i don't know. i don't know. because there's no communication. there's no power. i don't know. it's overwhelming. i'm stressed out right now, because i got my neighbors. i got my family there. and -- we're suffering. and we need help. we need -- the federal
government to be more active in this. >> how hard has it been to get ahold of your family? >> text messages and a couple of minutes. that's how i talk to them. just like that. >> yeah. we have people on our staff having this same experience and it's so unsettling when you can't get ahold of your friends and loved ones. so what is your plan? i know you're raising money. how are you going to get back to the puerto rico that you knew? >> we got to understand one thing. puerto rico before hurricane maria hit, puerto rico, we had 46% of poverty. >> you were already -- there was already a huge economic crisis. >> we were under crisis. the question is how are we going to rebuild an island? it's impossible. we need help. we need america's help. a lot of people don't know puerto rico are american citizens. it's good to educate everybody who's seeing me right now. we got soldiers that fight for this beautiful country that have lost their loved ones, and their
families, and this catastrophic situation. >> a real awakening in terms of puerto rico and puerto ric puer pulling together. thanks for joining us. "cnn newsroom" with poppy harlow is picking up after this quick break. see you tomorrow. can i get some help. watch his head. ♪ i'm so happy. ♪ whatever they went through, they went through together. welcome guys. life well planned. see what a raymond james financial advisor can do for you.
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good morning, everyone. top of the hour. i'm poppy harlow in new york. day four of president trump's campaign against nfl players who kneel for the national anthem. on a critical week for health care reform and tax reform and crises under way from puerto rico to north korea, the president says, important meetings taking place today, but his first pronouncement of the morning, a shout-out. let me read it. "so proud of nascar and its supporters and fans. they won't put up with disrespecting our country and our flag. they say it loud and clear." six minutes later, "many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday which was a small percentage of the total. these are fans who demand respect for our flag." then, "the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. it is about respect for our country, flag and national anthem. the nfl must respect this." this is what happened at nfl