tv CNN Newsroom With John Berman and Poppy Harlow CNN September 29, 2017 7:00am-8:00am PDT
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as far as to call the efforts, quote, a good news story. >> and those words came as a shock to the mayor of san juan. >> maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story. when you're drinking from a creek it's not a good news story. if you don't have food for a baby it's not a good news story. when you have to pull people down from their buildings because -- i'm sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me. you know, get -- i would ask her to come down here and visit the towns and then make a statement like that, which frankly, it is an irresponsible statement and it contracts with the statements of support that i have been getting since yesterday when i got that call from the white house. this is -- damit this is not a good news story. this is a people are dying story. >> we'll have a chance to speak to the mayor in a moment. the secretary of homeland security will arrive in puerto rico and wonder how she will be
received after her good news comments. headed to puerto rico, heavy rain, possible flash floods that could last throughout the weekend. we have reporters across the island and begin with raphael romo, what are you seeing? >> hey, john and poppy, in the last hour we heard from governor ricardo rossello who gave an explanation as to why all of these thousands and thousands of containers are stuck here at the port of san juan where we are this morning, and he was saying that earlier reports that there were 10,000 containers with aid for people affected by the hurricane, that is not just the case. he said that none of these containers belong to the federal government, do not contain aid, they belong to private companies, and he said we are working to have these companies move the containers swiftly or we're offering to buy the supplies from them so that we can distribute that to the
people who are in need right now after the hurricane. the governor, this is the verbatim, he said we will not allow our food and water just remain there due to lack of executing. also, i wanted to give you guys an update, 90 branches, bank branches, have reopened on the island, although with some restrictions. cash is beginning to be a problem because many merchants are not taking credit cards. they're only taking cash, precisely because of lack of power. 36 hospitals, according to the governor, are now operational out of a total of 69, john and poppy. >> raphael romo, thank you for your reporting. keep an eye, of course, on the port of san juan and when the containers with this aid actually gets out to the people. thank you so much. so much could happen so fast if puerto rico had the fuel and the resources necessary. boris sanchez is at a gas
station where this morning folks that were lined up all night are finally getting some. >> reporter: hey there, poppy. yeah, the line is truly impressive. we're going to swing around and show it to you quickly. i counted more than 100 cars, i stopped counting after 100, goes more than a quarter mile down the block and then turns around and continues. these people have been waiting in line for hours. those at the front of the line now have been here for about six or seven hours. i actually spoke to the guy that was here first. he was the first in line early this morning when the police showed up and helped open up this gas station. he told me he got here about 9:00 p.m. last night. they ran out of gas at that point so he decided just to park his car and go to sleep. just like him, many have camped out hoping to get their hands on some fuel. i heard you mention cash shortages earlier. there's no credit at this gas station so you have to have cash. the atm here is also broken. i want to show you quickly what people are also filling up aside from their cars.
you see all these canisters. people are using not just gas canisters, some have brought laundry detergent bottles that were empty, paint canisters that are empty, anything they can use to put gas in it they are using. not just for the cars, obviously for generators at home because they lack electricity. it's not just gasoline that they're running short of. i spoke to a woman that was here in line who told me she waited several hours in line outside a grocery store yesterday and was immensely disappointed when she finally got inside because there was no water there. the shelves were bare. the worst news, there's more rain on the way. for the next at least two or three days, there's the danger of possible flash flooding in some areas, including a neighborhood that we were in yesterday. it's called kano martin and there's a channel that goes through it and on a typical rainy day, it floods. during hurricane maria, there was sewage getting into homes. you can imagine that in that area where we saw dozens of roofs come off of people's
houses, getting that rain over the next few days is going to be crippling, john and poppy. >> yeah. boris sanchez at the gas station, let's talk about the weather forecast and that rain that is coming. chad myers in our weather center right now. what can they expect? >> you know a typical summer day shower, but this is the problem, they can't even afford that. the ground is completely saturated with flash flood watches posted everywhere. behind me is kind of a colorful map but it tells the story. everywhere that you see purple which is almost the entire map there was 10 inches of rain or more and the gray in here somewhere between 30 and 40 inches of rain fell. now, i would love to show you the radar, but i can't. because this is what the radar looks like in puerto rico. there should be a nice beautiful white ball on top and on the inside there should be a horn. kind of a satellite dish that would spin around and pick up where it is raining. it doesn't exist. it was completely blown away in the storm. there is no even way for them to
know how much rain is falling or for that matter, where it's falling, other than the satellite. not a really good indicator of what's going on. not an organized tropical storm heading back there. it is just a typical day in the tropics, but one, two, three inches of rainfall when you have ground that's already a bunch of mud, is not going to soak in. and that's the problem they're anticipating here. so the bvi, the u.s. virgin islands, st. croix, into puerto rico itself on the east side of the island, that's where the heaviest rain will be and that's where the flood threat is going to be the highest. john and poppy. >> all right. we'll be watching all weekend. chad myers, thank you so much. of course this is going to add to the difficulty that they are having as hopefully new supplies are arriving. i believe we have the mayor of san juan, carmen yulin cruz. can she hear us? madam mayor, can you hear us? >> yes, ma'am, how are you doing? >> we are fine. >> yes, ma'am, i can hear you. >> we are fine. the question for you, really, is
how are you doing? we heard you this morning, the exasperation so clear. this is not a good news story, this is a life and death story. people are drinking out of rivers, people are dying, you said. what is it, do you think, that the administration does not get? these images are all over the place? >> well, you know, i don't think it's that they don't get it. they do get it. i've had multiple meetings and conversations with members of the administration and they do get the dire situation. somebody this morning said that the logistics to get things to people were overwhelming. well, maybe we're thinking advanced logistics and we should just think go back to basics. i said this morning, if the ports don't have enough energy to pull down the containers, you just open the doors and do it the old-fashioned way. whatever you can carry, right. you move from one place to another. the distribution centers need to be much closer and need to
provide a lot more. i was asked yesterday for the first time to go to a distribution center about 30 miles from san juan. now that's 30 miles from san juan to get three pallets of water and food. of course anything is important. but wouldn't it be more logical in terms of logistical support to get 21 pallets of water and 21 pallets of food, whatever you're going to give me, give me for a week's work. so that way, i can have my people working where they're supposed to and i don't have to use the diesel. that's san juan metropolitan area. think about the small town which is almost in the center of puerto rico. yesterday i hosted the mayor of that town that came. literally crying saying i have no food, i have no water, i have no doctors in my facilities, i have no way of getting through. i have spoken loud and clear. i don't know what else to do. so, i want to thank the white house. i got a call yesterday from a
staffer at the white house and they sort of deputized two members of fema into san juan, so i walked to them and said i have this mayor here, whatever i get today, can i share with them and then you will replace it. and they said yes. so the fema people are hard-working people and a conversation i had with mr. bassett yesterday was a very good conversation, so i think they do get it. i think the intentions are there. we just need to find a way around the logistics that seem to be getting in the way of literally saving lives. >> right. >> the president was writing this morning about puerto rico and one of the things he wrote is, the fact is, that puerto rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes and then he wrote, big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding. big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding. how do you read that? what decisions have to be made about the cost of this rebuilding? is it going to cost what it's
going to cost? >> well, first of all, first thing's first, let's not talk about rebuilding. let's not talk about the depth. let's talk about the emergency, the humanitarian crises and saving lives. then we can sit down and say, look, how do we want to rebuild? to what purpose do we want to rebuild? what are the objectives. i will tell you one thing, i have given an executive order saying hey, everything that is bought from now on at the municipality in terms of street lights have to be solar panel. nothing can be electric. anything that we're going to rebuild, from the municipality's standpoint in terms of housing cannot be houses made out of wood and zinc tops. we are going to be repeating the same thing. people know that they have to go back to work, so people have to stop looking at the government for everything and each one of their needs and here we see a clear example. these are the business people in
the area, which is our tourist area, that have joined the clamor for cleaning. we are doing everything we can. we're two streets down working from the municipality's standpoint. what i would urge everybody is just to talk about the task at hand. what lives can we say today? once we stabilize then let's talk about the depth. you know what -- there ain't going to be anybody to pay the debt. >> and mayor on that point -- >> if they die nobody will pay the debt. >> on that point of saving people right now, you earlier called some of these nursing homes, elderly care centers, you said they're becoming human cages. what do you mean? >> yes. well, there's no diesel and they have no way of getting more diesel because diesel has been funneled initially to the hospitals because we have a dire situation there, so what is happening is that most of our nursing homes have people that
have inability to move, so they're stuck in the 14th floor, they have no water, they have no food, they -- most of them are insulin dependent. if you allow me for one second, we have been told that there are these little canisters that run on a nine volt battery that keep things cold. if anyone can contact me at the municipality for that because we have thousands of people that are insulin dependent and they're going crazy looking for ice in order to keep their insulin. so if anybody out there is listening please contact me so that through your station, of course, poppy, i'm sure if you make a call they'll listen to you, i'm a big fan of this show, i tape it and watch it later on, but what is happening is that they're dying, literally, we have a task force of people, doctors, medics, that are
volunteers that are going canvassing each one of the retirement homes. out of one retirement home a few days ago we took 11 elderly severely dehydrated, people that need their chemotherapy, that haven't had dialysis for seven or eight days, and you're right, president trump is right, it is two hurricanes. we are concentrated on maria, but irma sort of set the setting for the outstanding devastation that we're seeing. >> mayor, thank you so much for being with us and again, keep us posted as to what we can do. and how we can help. we appreciate it. >> thank you very much. and if anyone can hear us about those little canisters, please it will help us save lives. >> you got it. all right. about a quarter past the hour right now. price check on tarmac 3. the health secretary's travel controversy goes beyond private jets in the u.s. he's going international. plus -- >> you can't treat someone from
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secretary's claim that taxpayers won't pay a dime for his seat but the secretary might not know is that the seat doesn't fly itself. right. the seat needs the plane and the crew. >> yeah. >> right? so he's not paying for the flights. he's paying for his seat on the flights. is this the right message to send? >> yeah. well one, i think there needs to be overall government reform on this one. it's been that way for a long time where, for example, if somebody in the government nice and they have a position and their family members fly with them they reimburse the government for usually what is the equivalent of a first-class ticket. i think that rule needs to change. that's something that's been in place for multiple administrations. this brings light to that which is a good thing. >> but ben -- >> aside -- >> he took the flights when he could have driven a car or taken a train. >> that's the second point. this was a stupid move. it was move by someone that is smart enough and intelligent
enough to know better to do this. him paying back the money and claiming, quote, it was unprecedent was a stupid comment to say. when you're stupid, just say you're stupid, say you're sorry, but don't act like you're doing some great thing by reimbursing and claiming it's unprecedented to reimburse 50 or 60 or $70,000. the only reason why you're reimbursing is because you got busted doing something you shouldn't have been doing and you knew better. and he got caught and he deserves to take this criticism. >> it's also, mark, not a full reimbursement. $51,000 does not equate to the about 400,000 it cost to fly the private jets because unfortunately the seats don't fly themselves. it's not just him, dpa administrator scott pruitt, steve mnuchin took flights, interior secretary zinke flying on corporate jefrtsz oil and gas big wigs when he regulates them. this defines the swamp but this
is the anti-swamp administration. so what sort of pr predicament does it put the administration in, with voters who love donald trump because he was the antithesis of the swamp? >> right. and that's why this is a unique and particular challenge for donald trump. i think ben's right, this is not the first time someone has abused taxpayer dollars, but when you run on a platform we will drain the swamp and get rid of government waste, we're going to get rid of excess and stop people from exploiting taxpayer dollars and a guy taking a flight from philadelphia to washington, d.c., for $25,000, there's absolutely no way to justify that. so trump can't turn a blind eye. the people who voted for donald trump, one of the things they liked was the fact that he was the tough leader who would say you're fired. we need trump to demonstrate he's willing to say you're fired not to just people investigating him, not to people who are trying to hold him accountable but people violating the spirit of the relationship between the
taxpayers and him. yes, finally that $51,000, is even more dishonest, as ben said a bushleague move. you don't account for $400,000 of damage and then pay $51,000. you know, if i'm cooking on your stove and set your house on fire, i can't just replace the stove and say look, i made you whole again. doesn't work that way. >> i want to shift gears from seats that fly to puerto rico. ben, how would you assess the administration response here? what is the fairest way, ben, in your mind, to gauge their words and actions? >> well, i think one of the comments talking about it being a good news story was a terrible choice of words. talking about the government's response. i also think if you look at how many planes we have flown in and out of puerto rico, even while the runwayses there and the airports were virtually shut down and tough situations for the pilots to get into, has been incredible to show the power of the government and how much we've been able to get in there. this island had zero percent
power. this is an island completely devastated. there is no response that's going to be good enough, just in logistics, to deal with the devastation. you do the best you can and i think so far, we're doing a pretty good job. but ultimately, optics matter and i think having more people down there on the ground, bringing in as many flights as we can get in there, if you look at the flight manifold and logs they've been putting up there, they're running these planes in and out on a consistent basis. >> i hear that. >> and the safest way possible. >> i hear that. quickly, mark, we just had the ceo of a big power company say we have 4,000 workers here. there were 20,000 power workers in florida the day after irma. he says we need more. you look to the numbers in haiti. u.s. response, the days after the haiti earthquake, was so much more there than in puerto rico. >> right. and some of that, obviously, people will say it's a different presidential administration. and that's part of it. it's also a different understanding of what's needed. again, i think fema is doing a strong -- i think early on fema
was trying to do a strong pr push. president trump when he found time after the nfl controversy to talk about this was making a strong pr push to say they're doing the right thing. we don't have the number of bodies on the ground, the amount of resources on the ground and haven't directed enough attention to the issue from the trump administration, in the midst of a crisis. there are people who are homeless, many people who are homeless, literally standing in water right now who need a level of relief that we simply haven't offered and when you juxtapose that to what happened in haiti which wasn't a perfect response but in florida we see it. >> we have to leave it there -- >> ben. >> i'm so sorry. we have to get back to puerto rico. can't leave our reporters hanging there. the communications go up and down. ben and mark, thanks so much. puerto ricans returning home to find nothing left. their devastation is next.
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thirsty? for nine days puerto ricans have struggled within the wake of hurricane maria, food, water, gas in short supply, buildings destroyed. >> for all nine days since maria hit, all the delgados could do was wait and watch from puerto rico, but they have been stug on the mainland, u.s., since the storm hit. they got home and our brynn gingras was there as they reunited with their children and took stock of what is left. >> reporter: carmen delgado wiped away tears while from the middle seat she desperately tried to get a look at what she calls her island. she hasn't been home to puerto rico in three weeks. a lot has changed since then. >> right now i do not have a
home. it's been totally destroyed. >> reporter: we met carmen and her husband in the philadelphia airport. their eyes were glued to the gate. carmen called the flight a miracle because the other three she booked all canceled. >> i have my kids back over there and we're worried about that. >> reporter: her family lives in one of the first towns wiped out by maria when it made landfall for than a week ago. all she knows about her home is from the pictures sent by her daughter. >> we went through panic, we went through crying, desperate, frustrated. now the idea that we're going home, it gives us relief. >> reporter: on the ground, the couple looked for a red car. their children were supposed to meet them but with no cell phone service they were unreachable. so carmen and eduardo drove with us an hour outside san juan to their home. the relief carmen felt on the plane turned to shock.
>> this is like -- like a fire just came through here and just burned everything out. >> reporter: at her home, those feelings intensified. >> i think i have to sit down. i don't think -- >> reporter: the roof gone. bedrooms wiped out. their garage, crumbled. and their backyard, carmen told me, is a skeleton of what it once was. >> this is your living room? >> this is the living room. that's the kitchen. used to have three bedrooms. i'm totally shocked. >> reporter: you had pictures? how does it compare? >> this is nothing compared to my house. we had everything. it was so nice. >> reporter: but all this, carmen says, is replaceable. she has her husband and her kids, who now hours after landing, she still hasn't seen. then carmen finally spotted that
red car. >> reporter: a family back together again, and now for the first time together, in their shelf a home. each well aware of what lies ahead. >> what is your biggest fear? >> my biggest fear is how much time it's going to take us to get this together again. when help is going to get here. most important of all, even though we don't have a house, home is not a house, i think home is family. >> reporter: and poppy and john, that fear, it's a reality. i mean we're in san juan and you can see there are people here working behind me but you go an hour outside of san juan, even a half hour, to other towns, and they have nothing. they're surviving on water,
sitting on the side of the highway just to get one signal from their cell phone, lining up for hours just to get some gas. that is their reality. and i asked carmen what now, what do you do now? she said three words to me, pray, wait, and hope. poppy and john. >> all right. brynn gingras, thanks so much. nice to see that family back together again. >> yeah. it is not who we are. the head of the air force academy has strong words for cadets after five black students targeted with racial slurs. >> you should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being.
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cadets and we want to play it all for you, it is extraordinary. watch this. >> you may have heard that some people down in the prep school wrote some racial slurs on some message boards. if you haven't heard that, i wanted you to hear it from me. if you're outraged by those words then you're in the right place. that kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, it has no place at usafa and no place in the united states air force. you should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being. and i'll tell you, that the appropriate response for horrible language and horrible ideas, the appropriate response is a better idea. so that's why i'm here. that's why all these people are up here on the staff tower. let me have everybody up here please forward to the rails.
also, there are so many people here they're lining the outsides along the windows. these are members of the faculty, coaching staff, aocs, amts, from the air field, from my staff, from my headquarters. all aspects of the tenth air base wing, all aspects that make up usafa and the united states air force academy. leadership is here. you heard from brigadier general goodwin, brig ga dean general armcost is here. colonel block from the athletic department is here, mr. nollton is in washington, d.c., right now. that's why they're here. that's why we're all here. because we have a better idea. some of you may think that happened down in the prep school and doesn't apply to us. i would be naive and we would all be naive to think that everything is perfect here.
we would be naive to think that we shouldn't discuss this topic. we would also be tone deaf not to think about the backdrop of what's going on in our country. things like charlottesville and ferguson, the protests in the nfl, that's why we have a better idea. one of those ideas, the dean brought people together to discuss charlottesville. because what we should have is a civil discourse and talk about these issues, that's a better idea. we received outstanding feedback from that session at charlottesville. but i also have a better idea. and it's about our diversity. and it's the power of the diversity, the power of the 4,000 of you and all of the people that are on the staff tower and lining the glass, the power of us, as a diverse group.
the power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this country, that we come from all races, all backgrounds, gender, all makeup, all upbringing, the power of that diversity comes together and makes us that much more powerful. that's a much better idea than small thinking and horrible ideas. we have an opportunity here, 5500 people in this room, to think about what we are as an institution. this is our institution and no one can take away our values. no one can write on a board and question our values. no one can take that away from us. so just in case you're unclear on where i stand on this topic, i'm going to leave you with my most important thought today. if you can't treat someone with
dignity and respect, then you need to get out. if you can't teach someone from another gender, whether that's a man or woman, with dignity or respect, you need to get out. if you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. and if you can't treat someone from another race or a different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. reach for your phones. i'm serious, reach for your phones. okay. you don't have to reach for your phones. i'm going to give you an opportunity to reach for your phones. grab your phones. i want you to videotape this so you have it, you can use it. so that we all have the moral
courage together, all of us on the staff tower lining the glass, all of us in this room, this is our institution. and if you need it and you need my words, then you keep these words and you use them and you remember them and you share them and you talk about them. if you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out. >> grab your phones. you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, get out. what a message. sounds like they heard it there. with us to discuss steven, senior reporter forethe air force times the first to report the story and we should say spoke to the parents of the cadets targeted. just first off, what was the response to that remarkable speech? >> well, i think the -- i think the cadets most likely heard it loud and clear. i spoke to the father of one of the cadet candidates who had the racial slurs written outside his
room this morning. he said he spoke to the general yesterday afternoon and that he feels that the general is treating this with the appropriate gravity and is taking the right steps and he feels that he's treating it with the seriousness required. >> one of the reactions you also got in your reporting from one of the parents of these five black cadets is, they said that word, that horrible word, that was used, has no meaning here. it has no value here. it means zero. and told his child, how to respond. >> that's right. that father, he said that -- he actually went on to say that he felt his son is not a victim, he emphatically said my son is not a victim, and went so far to say that the person who wrote that is the victim because that person grew up, obviously, grew up in an environment where that kind of unfortunate thinking is okay and that person's military
career is now toast. >> the message from the general, it doesn't seem like this comes in a vacuum and he addressed charlottesville, we heard him right there, do you believe that he felt that the air force feels now that it needs to treat things differently? >> that's right. he referenced charlottesville and the nfl and referenced ferguson. these things do not happen in a vacuum. there's an entire national conversation going on about race and what i think the general recognizes is that in universities where these kinds of incidents happen, when the administration has not responded forcefully enough in the students' eyes the students let them know. in missouri there were protests and the general knows it's important for the air force academy staff to show this is unacceptable by any means. >> stephen, great reporting and incredible to see that video and that's why we wanted to play it
in full, for everyone that is the embodiment of true leadership. thank you for that. >> by the way, it applies -- there's nowhere that message does not apply, not just to the air force academy. >> protests on the football field. former secretary of state james baker talks to david axelrod about it on tomorrow's "ax files". >> i think it's outrageous there are plenty of ways that you can call into question some of the racism that may still exist in this country, but that's the wrong way to do it. you don't -- you don't denigrate -- the one thing that used to, and i hope it still will, unify us, is that we're all americans. >> colin kaepernick expressing a sentiment many people in the community feel about injustice, about the problems within our criminal justice system, that are deeply felt and he drew attention to them. he made clear he wasn't
protesting the military, the flag. he was exercising the rights that the flag offer to him. >> you can't tell me not standing up for the national anthem with your hand over your heart is not denigrating the national anthem or the flag. it is. >> all right. you can watch the rest of david's interview with james baker tomorrow night 7:00 p.m. eastern on the "ax files" on cnn.
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as nfl teams focus on unity after president trump remarks slamming protests for -- slamming players for silently protesting one college team plans to make a statement of their own this weekend. >> that's right. coy wire is in madison, wisconsin, the badgers set to take on the northwestern wildcats. what are we expecting to see? >> good morning to you, poppy and john. i'm here on the lake on the campus of beautiful university of wisconsin madison, but poppy, unlike the nfl, that's customary for college football teams to take the field after the national anthem is played, the northwestern coach pat fizz gerald said his players, coaches and staff will take the field with arms locked after the anthem is played but may express themselves in a bolder fashion next week when they play at home during the anthem. so we will see if that happens. now, about two hours upstate from here in green bay, nearly all of the packers and chicago
bears, stood on the sidelines locked arm in arm, during the national anthem last night. packers quarterback aaron rodgers invited all the fans at lambeau field to do the same. there were some fans who did join in, but clearly everyone not on the same page regarding this issue yet. after the game, aaron rodgers said, what they are doing is at least started some great conversations. >> as much as some people want us to just shut up and play football, sports and politics have always intersected. and if we can help continue a conversation through demonstration of unity like tonight, i think that's a good thing. >> now as for the game, packers receiver davante adams, on the wrong end of a scary, scary hit in the third quarter. danny treyvaith launching himself and hitting adams in the
helmet. you can see the mouth piece flying through the air. the game delayed about five minutes with medical personnel tending to adams. he gave a thumb's up as he was carted off the field, a good sign. he was being treated for head and neck injuries at a local hospital. coach said news on adams is positive after the game. packers won easily 35-14. nba commissioner adam silver expects his players to stand for the national anthem when the preseason starts in a few days. listen. actually, we will not hear from commissioner silver, but he says there is a rule in the nba where the players have to stand during the anthem and rules about not being able to do certain gestures with their hands. much more uniform in the nba than the nfl. so what will players do when that season starts up? we will find out on october 17th if the nba players plan to do something. >> especially some who have been
hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. it has been nine days now since hurricane maria slammed into puerto rico. nine days without power, nine days with food running out, nine days without fully operational hospitals and nine days without basic communications. nine days later the trump administration is under