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venturi effect on windows a-- o and housing. and three, the infrastructure such as the refinery. we flew over it. the secretary had a snapshot of the aftermath in puerto rico. afterwards we had the opportunity to sit with their assets from the energy department from the omb office, from tsa, the administrator is here with us, as well. so that we can have a -- a working session with our leads in energy, infrastructure, security, and other areas of our government. so we are thankful for her leadership, for being here. i have to say that the secretary called on me prior to irma and maria to make sure we had our assets. let us know that there were going to be naval assets off the coast ready for puerto rico once
-- if we were able to meet them. and just to make sure that we could have direct communication in case a catastrophe such as this hit puerto rico. so it is our pleasure to have you here, madam secretary. and we would like you to address the people of puerto rico and the crowd. >> thank you very much, governor. it's really an honor to be here today. even if these difficult circumstances. having two major hurricanes in less than three weeks, your team has been exemplary. the had the sends his thanks to you, to you, representative, and to the people of puerto rico for the resilliience and dedicationo recovering quickly to their normal lives. the president sent me to puerto rico today to meet with the governor and unified command team on the ground. i needed to see it in person to assess how making sure that we all had the assets we need to
continue the recovery. i'm joined here today by coast guard commander of the atlantic area, vice admiral shultz. tsa administrator pikowski. the lieutenant general of the army corps of engineers, and deputy secretary of energy, dan br brewlee and dr. scott gottlieb. i will be going up after these comments to meet with our joint field office and ensure they have what they need to continue recovering. these experts will be answering questions along with the governor. we have over 10,000 federal people on the ground. many of them have been here since before irma and stayed in between the hurricanes. we have the department of defense, the national guard, the territorial resources, and the federal teams all working together. the amount of integration of the working teams is really admirable. and it is something that will
set the standard for the future. the people despite working together, i know that the people in puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands are suffering. we are here, and we have been here to help them. we are continually bringing additional supplies and personnel to further assist distribution efforts on the ground. in our visit today, we saw more clear roads and the ability to move from the initial response of lifesaving recovery and clearing debris into what the governor's current major focus is is more effective distribution of the assets. and that's what we're working on jointly. we are moving forward on that. we have been working closely together to help our fellow americans, and yesterday, i was asked if i was happy and satisfied with the recovery. i am proud of the work that's being done. i am proud of americans helping
americans. friends and strangers alike. i am proud of the work that dod, fema, and the territory along with first responders are doing. clearly the situation here in puerto rico after the devastating hurricane is not satisfactory. but together we are getting there, and the progress today is very, very strong. the president and i will not be fully satisfied, however, until every puerto rican is back home, the power is back on, clean water is fully available, and schools are back open and the puerto rican economy is working. right now our top priorities are the lives and safety of our fellow americans, and there is much work to do. i have spent all morning with the governor and received those priorities to make sure we're on target. we continue to stand with the people of puerto rico and all the survivors of this hurricane. i thank you for your concern for
this time that's so challenging for so many. >> thank you, madam secretary. also with us, our congresswoman would like to make some remarks about our visit today. >> thank you. governor. this is the best example when the federal government is working together with local officials in terms of getting puerto rico ahead. having the homeland security secretary here doing the job not alone, she brought all the resources from homeland security, tsa administrator, the deputy secretary of energy. she brought the vice admiral of the coast guard. also the corps of engineers. i mean, the communications guy, to help the island recover soon. i think this is the commitment of the secretary. this is the commitment of the president and the cabinet. and we are -- we are hoping that this devastation can go soon.
we need to recover. i think the efforts of the governor of puerto rico and all of the local staff working together with the federal agencies are the only way ahead to get these things done. i feel proud to work with you, madam secretary, and to assign the resources that are going to be assigned during this next month in congress for relief for fema and for other federal agencies. thank you, governor. >> thank you. once again, we want to thank the whole team. the general, the admiral, want to thank the administrator, the doctor, and of course our fema team over here. of course, our homeland security secretary for being here in puerto rico, standing strong with the people of puerto rico, making sure that the administration commitments go through. and we would like to excuse the
secretary. she has to head over. thank you. >> all right. prior to the governor and the representative there, you were listening to elaine duke, acting homeland security secretary. came down to puerto rico today. definitely getting heat for saying that the response so far was "a good news story." she responded a bit there saying she's proud of americans helping each other. the mayor of san juan weighed in on elaine duke's original comments. >> this is not a good news story. this is a people are dying story. this is a life-or-death story. there's a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people story. this is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen because people are not getting food and water. if i could scream it a lot more louder -- it is not a good news story when people are dying, when they don't have dialysis.
when their generators aren't working and their oxygen isn't providing for them. >> to be clear there, that was the mayor responding earlier this morning to elaine duke who had originally said this. >> i am very satisfied. i know it's a hard storm to recover from, but amount of progress that's been made -- and i really would appreciate any support that we get. i know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people. >> this back and forth as millions of americans rationing lifesaving resources, going to bed hungry, thirsty, still without power, water, gas. these pictures and stories we're getting from cnn's own teams on the ground speak for themselves. >> i can't even believe what's happening here. she's -- there's no power. there's no water.
she's a diabetic. she doesn't have insulin. she has an infection that could threaten her life. no ambulance will take her to the hospital. that's what's happening here. [ moaning ] >> with me now, cnn's rafael romo who's at a supermarket in san juan that has reopened. but you know, i see the line behind you, i know there are worries of someessional toy dangerous stampede -- some potentially dangerous stampede. they have rules to get food. what are they? >> reporter: first of all, these are the lucky people. these are the people who can buy the food they need, the water they need. this is not indicative of what's happening in the entire island. we wanted to show you what people are having to go through. this is a sideline. it takes about an hour to get inside the store. they're only allowing about ten
people at a time to be able to buy. the line actually has been grow longer and longer since we -- growing longer and longer since we got here a couple of hours ago. they're rationing water. they only allow family to buy three gallons per family. it's going very, very slowly. i was talking to the owner of the store. he told me that he is surviving on the supplies that he had before the storm. and he has managed to get some suppliers to deliver some goods in the last few days, four days ago. it's when he started getting more supplies. the reality is that this is not a good situation. this is the united states of america. this is a u.s. territory. people are having to wait in line for hours and hours. now it's very hot here. just to give you an idea, 89 degrees in the district of san juan. people standing here, it's just
very, very difficult for everybody involved. >> can't even begin to imagine. they need more water. let me state the obvious. hopefully help is on the way. thank you very much. obviously our focus is on puerto ricans. and a lot of celebrity puerto ricans are using their platforms to help get the water and food and relief to mexico. people like jennifer lopez, marc anthony, pit bull, rosie perez, who will be joining me live here next hour. but my next guest is camar camar dela reyes known for his role on "one life to live." he is a says native of san juan and actively helping to raise money for relief efforts. it is so nice to see you. thank you for joining me. >> thanks for having me on, brooke. >> let's go back. you managed to get a flight to puerto rico. this is after the hurricane hit is my understanding. and you went because you wanted to help? you wanted to check in on your family including your mother who
i read is half blind and partially deaf at 84. how is she doing? >> you know, i originally went to go rescue my mom, to get her off the slooisland. i booked two roundtrip tickets to get back two days later. she's -- she survived it physically. you know, as you can see, the lines at the supermarkets, lines to get water -- she's not capable of doing any of that. and you know, what i believe the correspondent mentioned about standing in the lines, those are cash transactions only. if you're lucky enough to get cash, you know, you have to stand in a line for two hours prior to that to get cash if, you know, if you're lucky enough to get it. so it ae's a horrible situation right now. horrible. >> i came in to work this
morning watching instagram video after instagram video from you. let me show viewers two videos that you took i think showing precisely that. >> thank you. no water. none. no water. a lot of people are desperate to get off the island. >> i mean, you said you were shellshocked that conditions were way worse than you expected them to be. talk to me about that. >> yeah. it's like a war zone out there. i've never seen anything like it. and i've done -- you know, i've been to afghanistan, you know, on uso tours.
it's just -- it's so close to my heart. it's hard to breathe. when you see your people suffering that way and -- and when you see, you know, american citizens suffering the way they're suffering now -- the airport is still not open. we still can't get to that side of the island. they're still without running water, without electricity, without communication. food is running -- food is -- i spoke to a friend of mine five minutes before i walked into the studio who had been standing in line for two days waiting for gas. she's in east laverde which is in, you know, the center of the biggest metropolis on puerto rico. and so imagine smaller municipalities and smaller cities like bon kponce. if she's there for two days, in ponce they're probably there for four. people are camping out, leaving their cars there the night before, going, walking home, coming back the next day, checking to see if gas has arrived. it doesn't come the next day. they go back home.
they -- it's a crises like we've never seen, you know. and here's the other thing -- you know, we keep talking about all these -- the supplies that have been delivered. yes, it's being delivered, the planes are landing. but we don't have the manpower. we had 8,000 people -- we have 8,000 soldiers land in 2010 in haiti after the earthquake in 48 hours they were on the ground, boots on the ground. we've had less than 2,000 soldiers in puerto rico. took, what, over a week? i mean, i -- my high school student council could have done a better job of administering this, of the relief effort than the administration has done. it's crazy what this mayor is saying and what the -- not the mayor, but the secretary said.
these -- they're just trying to save face at this point because this effort is -- has been miniscule. it's -- it's just -- it really makes me sick to my stomach to be honest with you. >> you're talking about elaine duke, acting homeland security secretary. >> yeah. >> who assured everyone there are 10,000 troops on the ground so to speak, dod, national guard, et cetera. to your point, you know, there were not the full 10,000 some days ago. i appreciate you coming on. we need more and more voices like yours. as i mentioned, i have rohave r perez next hour. so many people trying to raise their voices and help. let's keep up the conversation. your mom didn't even leave. we didn't finish that point. we'll go to the governor of florida -- so just lastly, your mother stayed. 30 seconds, your mom said no, she didn't want to leave her island. >> my mother stayed. she's proud and strong. and i'll be back to reassess the situation in a couple of weeks. if i have to throw her over my
shoulder and drag her out of there, i will. >> might have to do that. thank you very much. >> thank you. coming up, called the frequent flyers club. scrutiny growing around the number of president's cabinet members and big-ticket travel habits on your dime. the taxpayer dime. the question now is, is this a fireable offense? we'll tell you what president trump is currently considering. also, a word on dignity and respect. >> that kind of behavior has no place at the prep school. it has no place at usafa, and it has no place in the united states air force. if you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. >> air force academy superintendent with a powerful message after racial slurs are scribbled on doors of five black prep school cadets, the speech and message reaching a much larger audience.
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applebee's two for twenty. now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood. welcome back, i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. president trump's own cabinet members are putting his "drain the swamp" brand truly to the test. through -- three, three of his secretaries and epa administrator are under investigation for taking private flights. the worst, health and human services secretary tom price. a source telling cnn that the president is steaming over secretary price for his "stupid" use of private jets. price reportedly spent more than
$1 million of taxpayer money in travel costs including taking two dozen charter flights. politico reported the biggest chunk of change here, $500,000, comes from at least two multistop international trips on a government plane. the secretary defended the trips. >> all of these trips were official business. all of them were within budget. all of them were approved by the normal processes that every other administration has gone through prior to the trip. not after. >> secretary price is doing a huge mea culpa by offering to pay back some of the costs. even the some of the cost piece, that is getting criticized. since secretary price is only paying for his seats on the chartered flights, under about $52,000, price praised his move. >> this is unprecedented. never been done to our understanding before by a secretary. in spite of the fact that
previous administrations have had secretaries that flew an awful lot. >> let's talk to cnn's senior economic adviser, steven moore, who also advised the trump campaign and cnn global economic analyst rana feruhar, business associate and editor for "the financial times." welcome to you. and steven moore, i mean, just honing in on secretary price, you know, he says he will, his word, "absolutely stay on" as health secretary. should he be fired for this? >> no, he shouldn't be fired for this, but he may not last. >> why shouldn't he be? >> well, look, this was poor judgment, but i think some of these criticisms are unfair. by the way, i'm not justifying this. i hate these washington, you know, insiders being treated with royal treatment. it smells bad to the american people. and it contradicts donald trump's message of draining the swamp. my only point would be that i've
been in this town a long time, 30 years. this is -- the secretaries of departments, they do fly all over the country. sometimes all over the world. and they do use government planes to do so. so it's not that unusual. i don't like it. i'm not defending it. >> in terms of reading the previous secretary's extenuating circumstances, dire circumstances upon which you would choose a charter plane. a lot of folks go coach, go commercial. i mean -- >> i'm in favor of that. i'm with you on this. i think they should be flying commercial. i do it. you do it. >> yeah. >> so you know, look, i can't defend this. i think to fire him for that, he's -- he's guilty of poor judgment. >> okay. okay. rana, should he be fired? what do you think? >> you know, amazingly i'm going to agree on this. i don't think he should be fired. it's tonal. as you well know, it's not great coming at a time when the white house has just announced a attacks plan that is trying to sell as a boon for the middle
class. i don't feel that it is, but it's about tone and judgment. this is not the kind of news you want breaking at the time you're trying to convince the american people you're giving them a big break. >> okay. you mentioned tax reform, so let's go there. steven, let me pose this to you. as you well know, the president's been making this mega push for his tax plan. he was talking before a manufacturers group today, and gary cohn, his top economic adviser, is helping him sell the plan. he spoke saying this is the opportunity of a lifetime for him. cohn said when he was speaking in front of the nooewhite housee average household income is $100,000, i'm paraphrasing. first of all, it's not. it's $74,000. he said it will be great because you can put money back into your own pockets, renovate your kitchen for $1,000. and if anyone watches hdtv you know that is not at all what it costs to redecorate your kitchen. rana laughs, but this is the guy in charge of rewriting the tax
plan in this country. you talk about tone deaf on secretary price. is this tone deaf on behave of gary cohn? >> maybe a little bit. you're asking tough questions, brooke. >> welcome to the show. >> i will say this, that -- >> i want to know how much gary's kitchen costs. >> yeah. well -- gary cohn's a very rich guy. $100,000 is probably middle class to him. i'll say this, gary cohn is a new yorker. he's from new york. and in new york, if you're living in manhattan -- >> come on. >> no -- if you live in manhattan, you need $100,000 to be in the middle class. in mississippi, that's not middle class. >> he is writing the tax code for all of us. for america. and these are the numbers. we laugh, but these are the numbers he's throwing out on, you know, middle class or average americans. it's wrong. >> you know, it reminds me -- you remember during the bush administration when he was asked about the price of milk. these things are small, but they do matter.
again, it's not great at a time when you're trying to sell a tax plan as a boon to the middle class. the truth, the sad truth about this tax plan is that the wealthy are really going to benefit disproportionately from it. i think that reflects the fact that too-- there was a debate i this a populist white house or traditional republican laissez faire trickle-down white house, i think the answer is clearly it's the latter. >> every time i met with donald trump on this -- as you know, i worked on this plan on the campaign with donald trump. he always talked about the middle class. he said, i want this to be aimed at the middle class. i don't want it to be a tax cut for rich people like me. look, where i disagree on this is i think if you cut -- heart and the soul is to try to cut taxes on businesses. the plan is designed to create more middle-class jobs, to bring the jobs that have left for mexico or china or india, those other countries, to try to bring them back. if we do that, that will be good for the middle class.
it will mean higher wages and more job opportunities. >> you know, it fundamentally -- >> last word -- >> -- depends on whether or not you think that tax cuts actually create real growth. i think they create growth for wall street. there's not a lot of evidence in 20 years that they've created real main street economic growth. that's my problem with this plan. >> all right. thank you. i'd love to know if anyone can find a kitchen renovation for $1,000. sign me up. >> me, too. >> thank you so much. >> thanks. coming up next, you should be outraged. that is the message from the air force superintendent who gathered 4,000 cadets into this one room so they could hear this extraordinarily important message about racism at the prep school. and in the military. that lieutenant general joining me next. you know who likes to be
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some say the president's rhetoric is divisive. not that of a commander in chief. others will say that's why they love him. what is true whether you agree with him or not, he has a tendency to go too far. to divide rather than unite. there's a moment i wanted to share with you today that has so many people saying "those are the words of a leader," at a time when the divided nation needs them most. the back story, at the u.s. air force academy prep school, five african-american cadet candidates found the words "go home" written on their doors including the "n" word. this wasn't on social media. physically written on their message boards. those outrageous discoveryies leading the lieutenant general
of the academy to stand up, gather everyone into the room, and make it very clear hate, racism, not here. >> 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 that 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 it has no place in the united states air force. you should be outraged not only as an airman but as a human being. 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 a staff tower. everybody here, please pull forward to the rails. also, there's so many people here, they're lining the outside along the windows. these are members of the faculty, coaching staff, aocs, amts, from the airfield, from my staff, from my headquarters. all aspects of the 10th air base wing, all that make up usasa and the united states air force academy. leadership is here. you heard from brigadier general goodwin, brigadier general am amacost is here. mr. noton 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 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 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, 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. i also have a better idea, and it's about our diversity. it's the power of the diversity, the power of the 4,000 of you and all of the people 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, backgrounds, gender, all make-up, 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 5,500 people in this room, to think about what we're 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. 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, you need to get out. if you can't teach someone from another gender whether than a man or woman with dignity and respect, then 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 different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. reach for your phones. i'm serious. reach for your phones. you don't have to reach for your phones. i'm going to give you an opportunity. i want you to videotape this so that you have it, so that 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. if you need it and you need my words, you keep these words. use them and share them and talk about them. if you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out. >> here is the man, lieutenant general jay silveria. welcome, and thank you very much for your service to this country, sir. >> thank you for having me, brooke. >> may i just say bravo, and i would love to hear just why you chose to do this head-on. why did you choose that?
>> first off, everything we do here is about developing airmen and developing these airmen into leaders. i needed to address the topic head on, but it's also about teaching them to address topics head on. i wanted to be unambiguous about how we're going to treat the topic. everything we do is about developing airmen. i wanted to take the opportunity to give them a leadership lesson. >> let me, general -- i have a feeling you haven't done this. i'll indulge you in some of the reaction on social media. a couple of quotes, "this is what power, lynne, and advocacy looks like. excellent words from the general." "general jay silveria, patriot, american, #silveria2020." "wow, thank you, lieutenant, for your service and leadership." general, the implication here, you know, those who were elected to lead are not leading. and that you, sir, are -- do you
think washington needs better leadership? >> brooke, my message -- my message to the cap eds were not about that. -- cadets were not about that. what i wanted cadets to see on that stage, i had 1,500 of my faculty, staff, coaches there. they lined the walls. they stood along the tower there with me over the cadets. i wanted them to see all of us as an institution protecting the values. that's what i wanted them to see. this wasn't any other message outside of that. i wanted to have a direct conversation with them about the power of diversity, but the power of that room, you heard in the speech about the power of our make-up. ultimately these men and women are going to be lieutenants in the united states air force. they're going to be producing combat capability and making us lethal on the battlefield. we need those diverse ideas. that's the message i wanted them
to hear. >> you did mention events, you know, with ramifications outside the room. you mentioned ferguson, you mentioned charlottesville. you mentioned the nfl protests in your speech. and specifically on that, i mean, the nation is divided. and i would love to hear your thoughts. how do you personally feel when you've been watching some -- some of these players kneel during the national anthem? >> we would be tone deaf here to not consider that that's a backdrop of this incident that's happened at the prep school. we'd be tone deaf to not know what's going on in the rest of the country. here at the afrir force academy we take opportunities like this to teach the cadets and to develop them and to show them what they should be doing, what they should be discussing, and how important our values are to us as an air force. >> watching you -- i've seen that speech now four times over
today -- it's almost like you could have heard a pin drop with you speaking. have you spoken to these cadets since then? i mean, what's the response you've been getting? >> well, as you can imagine, these are 18 to 22-year-olds. and that age group does not hesitate to tell us how they feel. there's a lot of avenues that we hear about how they feel. so far the feedback's been overwhelming, overwhelming positive. they appreciate the message, and they appreciate, as you mentioned in the beginning, taking on the topic directly and up front in an unambiguous way. >> last quick question. i know you can't speak to the investigation or what will happen with any of those involved, but i'm thinking of our young people in this country, some of them who would like to become air men and women who are learning about this incident and may hesitate in signing up or applying. what would you say to those
young people that this is not tolerated? >> that's a great question. first and foremost, those cadet candidates that are directly impacted, we're giving them all the support that we can to get them through this immediate time frame. they're in the middle of classes and in the middle of their training. i've spoke weekend their families. i've -- spoken with their families. i've spoken with them to try to get them through this and provide whatever support they need. i would be very clear to any young man or young woman across this country that wants to be part of the air force and wants to be part of the air force academy that that incident does not in any way represent the values of what we represent. we represent core values of integrity and service and excellence in the air force. and i wanted to make that clear to the cadets yesterday. >> general, thank you so very much. >> thank you very much, brooke. coming up next, it just might be tangible evidence of
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special prosecutor robert mueller is looking into facebook ads in the wake of the investigation. and the unique challenge in the investigation, solomon wisenberg, deputy independent council in the whitewater/monica lewinsky investigation that led to the impeachment and trial of former president bill clinton. good to see you, sir. welcome. >> thank you very much. good to be here. >> if you were putting yourself in the shoes of a special council bob mueller and sifting through thousands of pages of facebook data, the impact of the the election -- on the election is one thing. but are you still having to connect the dots here and still ask, okay, this is -- this is wild and egregious, but what's the crime? >> that's a perfect question. what's the crime. i think he's got to look at this. but i think to find a crime from this is going to be very difficult. one of the main stuts they've been looking -- main statutes they've been looking at is the one that prohibits asking for foreign assistance or receiving
foreign assistance for a presidential campaign. the ads that we're talking about here if what we see in the press is true, they're just right out of the russian playbook, trying to sow divisiveness in the country. that isn't necessarily in aid of a particular campaign. they've got to show that it was and that the trump people knew about it and encouraged it. i really think it's very farfetched to think there would be any prosecution out of this particular aspect of the story. >> you hit the nail on the head. you know, on the fact that this was to amplify divisiveness in this country and not necessarily favor one candidate or the other. to quote senator mark warner, he says his million-dollar question is how the russians knew who where to target. do you agree? i mean, they would be so immersed in american culture to tap into that, to know how to do this? >> i can't answer that. i think they're pretty
sophisticated what i've seen so far. yes, if you could show that somebody aided them and that person was connected to a political campaign and thought that would help the political campaign, there might be something there which is why mueller, who very, very thorough and has a very good time, will investigate it. i'm very skeptical that they'll get any kind of a criminal case out of it. >> mueller has been aggressive in recent weeks, he's obtained subpoenas for witnesses to testify without interviewing them first. what do you make of that? >> i don't make much of anything about it. i think i mentioned to somebody in the press that he's trying to set a tone of aggressiveness which is important to do if you're coming in on a political investigation like this. patrick fitzgerald did the same in the valerie plame investigation. it's important to let people know that you're not fooling around. he knows he's there for a
limited period of time. he's not going to be able to string this out for a very long time. if he does, he's going to take a lot of flack for it. i think it's putting people on notice. it's being tough which is what you want to do, and he's got a tough time. that's what he's -- a tough team. that's what he's doing, and that's what you would expect somebody to do. >> madissolomon, thank you. next, back to puerto rico and our breaking news here. long, long lines for gas, the mayor of san juan responding to the government's response saying this is not a good news story. actress and activist rosie perez joins me next. for your heart...
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the original series "this is life with lisa ling" returns sunday for a new season. in the season four premiere, she takes us on a journey to meet people on a quest for sexual healing. ricky and jennifer have a great marriage. they love their child, and they're still in love with each other. there's just one thing. like an estimated 15 to 20% of all married couples, the fire has gone out. >> every three months or so, i have this freak-out of like, can we talk about this, with we deal with this? all the love is there except for below the waist. it's driving me nuts. like it really is. >> how is the sporadic intimacy affecting you? >> i've gotten very insecure. like why even try to initiate anything when i'm going to get rejected? ricky would be tired or there was absolutely no response like
physically at all. this is just -- like touching a rock. >> and ricky, what do you think the reason for the lack of intimacy has been? >> to be perfectly honest, all men watch porn. you watch that, so i felt self-conscious. am i big enough, will i give her an orgasm? >> and have you felt rejected? >> oh, yes, big time on ever level. just like the deepest, deepest form of rejection possible. i feel like this fire that i've had, this -- i'm going to cry. but the sensual passion and fire has fizzled out for me. >> lisa is with me now. it is so great to see you. >> thank you. thank you for having me. >> incredible that you got that couple to talk, to open up on something i think a lot of people will be watching like this -- like totally can relate
to. >> yeah. i mean, our first episode is about sexual healing. the whole season is not. the episode was interesting. we followed two women, two different approaches, who consider themselves to be healers. one of them said something interesting which is if you have any deficiencies in your sexual energy whatsoever, if you have been a victim of sexual trauma or abuse, if you are not intimate with your partner, if you have body image issues, it can affect every aspect of your life. and when you think about it, you know, this woman, jennifer, who was just talking, she started to feel so insecure and lacked confidence because she wasn't getting the kind of physical intimate attention from her husband that she really needed. so it really makes sense. so we go on this quest to explore what it means to need sexual healing. >> you're on this journey, and
you talked about haerls. what are they -- healers. what are they able to do? could they help them? >> one of the women we profile employs something called tantra, an ancient indian practice. >> heard of it. you've been to india. the other woman does something interest. she's called a surrogate partner. so she has a therapeutic practice where she will actually have sex with her clients. and it sounds sensational. it sounds like sex work. but there's no entertainment value to it. and i think we have so much shame and guilt around sex, and as the other coach said, it -- has an effect on everything, every aspect of your life. that's a nugget of what the first episode is about. >> tune in. tune in. tune in. lisa ling, thank you. >> thank you. >> not to tease -- season four premiere, "this is life with lisa ling." please watch sunday night, 10:00 eastern and pacific only here on cnn.
you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. we are watching a standoff taking place in the middle of a humanitarian crisis. you have president trump insisting the federal government is delivering in puerto rico. but then you have the mayor of san juan, and she says it's a different story. >> this is not a good news story. this is a people are dying story. this is a life-or-death story. there's a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people story. this is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen because people are not getting food and water. if i could scream it a lot more louder -- it is not a good news story when people are dying. when they don't have dialysis. when their generators aren't working and their