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the president saying this, "the mayor of san juan,
who was very complimentary only a few days ago had now been told by the democrats that you must be nasty to trump. such poor leadership ability by the mayor of san juan and others in puerto rico who are not able to get their workers to help. they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort." all of these in a series
of tweets. 10,000 federal workers now on island doing a fantastic job. that from president trump. right now in puerto rico, nearly 1.5 million people still have no access to clean drinking water. some are being forced to fill up jugs in creeks and streams. more than 3 million people still have no electricity, and they are waiting in line for hours just to get a few gallons of fuel. even in many cases after waiting hours, still no fuel. these are the people, the most powerful man in the world is attacking. the criticism the president refers to in his tweet addresses
this desperate plea for help from the mayor of san juan. >> i will do what i never thought i was going to do. i am begging, begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying. if anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy. >> we have team coverage on all of this from puerto rico. let's begin with cnn's boris sanchez in san juan. boris, no electricity in many places, internet scarce, inability to call out on cell phones, et cetera. people there, are many aware of what the president has been tweeting this morning?
>> reporter: oh, they are, fred. it may be difficult to get access to internet and cell service may be spotty at best, but word of what president trump is saying about this community is spreading, and i cannot repeat what some have told me about what some have said about the president when he said the communities have to do more to help themselves. one man said the only reason he was able to get out of his home is because of neighbors who loans him a machete and chain saw to take out a tree that went into his home. two days ago a young mother with two small daughters telling me that she's living off of the favors of others, because she can't get her hands on potable water or food. yesterday i talked to one man who said in his neighborhood after several roofs were blown off of houses, he had to take in two families in his own home and share what few precious resources he had with them. further complicating things,
fred, there's said to be rain this weekend in puerto rico. the ground is saturated, and in that neighborhood where that man lives, there's a channel that runs through it that floods for a typical rainstorm, raw sewage was flooding into people's homes in that neighborhood and this weekend it is expected again to flood as we face two to four inches of rain, fred. >> boris, when the president tweets out that people should be helping themselves, they are waiting for somebody else, you know, to take care of them, what have you seen while you've been there in terms of how -- you described in part how some people are helping themselves, helping out neighbors, but what have you seen in the time that you've been there in terms of how people are pulling together to help themselves until there is a bigger coordinated effort to help them? >> well, we spent quite a bit of time in lines, fred, waiting with puerto ricans, watching them as they spent hours and hours on end to get gasoline or to get ice.
sometimes to no avail, and during those encounters, you see people helping people, whether it's lending them a hand to pump gas, whether it's lending them something as simple as a bottle of water as people are camped out, literally, overnight waiting for fuel. the community is lending a hand neighbor to neighbor, fred. the problem is distributing resources, some of which are already on this island. we mentioned there is a lack of fuel and that's preventing more of the supplies that are already at the port from getting on to store shelves. i spoke to one woman yesterday who told me she waited hours outside of a grocery store to get inside. when she finally did, there was no water inside. the shelves were barely stocked. it is a problem of supply and demand, and in puerto rico right now, there is a lot of demand for help, fred. >> and, boris, these are americans citizens. puerto rico, a u.s. territory, but these are american citizens, and for many to hear the president reference them as
"they," and "they want everything to be done for them," how is that translating to people? >> yeah, yeah, the gentleman i spoke to that needed his neighbor's help to get out of his house told me it's just hurtful. it hurts them to remind people that they are americans, and it is almost humiliating that they would have to beg for help, such as the mayor of san juan giving that desperate emotional plea. it is certainly not being received well, the way that the president, the leader of the free world, is treating a territory of the united states. >> boris sanchez, thank you so much. all right, so with the president lashing out at puerto rico and some of the leaders there on the island, the governor of puerto rico now responding to the president's tweets and criticism. fema and puerto rican leaders wrapping up their daily press conference updating the recovery, as well. brynn gingras has an update on
the relief efforts and a response to the president of the united states. >> fred, we actually read that tweet from the president to the governor here at this news conference. he said he hadn't seen it, but he also just remained above neutral in his response to it, really saying he's focused on the collaboration between the government here in puerto rico and federal officials to really get what's needed here on the island and to help the people. he also sort of had a few words for the mayor of san juan, saying everyone really needs to focus on the task at hand, again, which is in his mind the people of puerto rico and their needs. but here's more of what he had to say. >> i spoke to the president. i don't feel that -- that message was sent in general. i do reiterate that the only way for this to work is for us to have collaboration and let me stress this, i am committed to collaborating with everybody. this is a point where we can't look at small differences.
we can't establish, you know, differences based on politics. >> the governor admitting in this news conference really saying there's no doubt, we need to do more because we are in the state of emergency, but he did also reiterate that there has been progress. he said there's more gas on the island. he says they are making priorities. the hospital and the airport and they are really relying on local municipalities to communicate their needs to get food and water and other supplies to areas outside the major cities, so he did again say they are making progress, they are working together, but he was honest in his response that there needs to be more done and that they are working on it. fred? >> all right, brynn gingras, thank you so much. i want to bring in now cnn senior international correspondent ivan watson. ivan, you have been out in the neighborhoods of puerto rico, and what are you seeing as you talk to people and in general what has been the response to
federal response, the new sentiments of the president of the united states this morning? all right, we're going to have to try and reconnect with our ivan watson. none of us can hear him right now. thanks so much, we'll get back with you, ivan, and work out the audio problem. in the meantime, the president is at one of his golf courses in new jersey. he is spending his weekend there, and at the same time tweeting these sentiments about puerto rico from the comfortable confines of his golf course. ryan nobles is live in branchburg, near that golf club, and so, ryan, the president is scheduled to visit puerto rico on tuesday. he now says that the first lady melania will accompany him, but with his tweets this morning, what is the president's objective in this scheduled visit? >> well, i think the president wants to demonstrate that he and
the federal government are doing all they can to help the people of puerto rico, and emphasize the point that puerto rico is not a separate country, that it is part of the united states, an american territory, and, therefore, under his responsibility to make sure they get all the help that they need. and this is a pattern that we've seen with this president. when he feels he's under attack, being criticized, usually don't take responsibility. instead he fights back and that's exactly what he's doing on twitter this morning. to your point about his visit there next week, he did tweet about the visit, he said, quote, i will be going to puerto rico on tuesday with melania, we'll hopefully be able to stop at the u.s. virgin islands, as well. in parentheses he writes people working hard. it's not just puerto rico, a number of those islands in that part of the world are also in serious trouble. the u.s. virgin islands being among them, but the president seems very upset about the response to the federal government handling of the situation, and the white house in general seems to be pushing back on that criticism.
in addition to the president's tweet this is morning, sara sanders, the white house press secretary, has been active on twitter, as well, responding to a "washington post" story about the response by the president and the optics of him spending time at his private golf course as opposed to being at the white house or surveying the damage in puerto rico. and sarah sanders tweeting this morning "the washington post" story on puerto rico is false. potus gave military and first responders 100% support and is updated daily on the efforts by general kelly and fema. and to that end, fredricka, later this afternoon for about 45 minutes the president will be on the phone with five different people associated with the response in puerto rico, including the governor of puerto rico, the administrator of fema, he's also going to talk to some leaders from the u.s. virgin islands with a hope of getting sense of what is happening there and what more the federal government can do. and i'll also add one other wrinkle to this back and forth
between the white house, the president, and the folks on the ground, is the white house seems to be spinning this there's some sort of criticism by the first responders and people on the ground, the military folks helping aid the recovery there, and there hasn't been a whole lot of that. you haven't heard complaints from the mayor of san juan, for instance, that the soldiers and the fema employees are not working hard enough. this appears to be a logistics issue. they are complaining about the bureaucracy and when it comes to getting all those things in line, the person who's most responsible for that is the president of the united states, which is perhaps part of the reason he's feeling the heat this morning. fred? >> all right, ryan nobles, thanks so much. let's go right back to puerto rico now and check in with ivan watson. i think we've worked out the audio wrinkle there, ivan. so give us a sense of what people are feeling there, particularly after the president's sentiment. is this kind of salt to the wounds? they've already been victimized by the two hurricanes and now to
hear the president of the united states with such strong language and, you know, differentiating people by saying it's they, making no real direct reference to these americans there in puerto rico, and instead criticizing the mayor, who has been pleading for help after saying people are dying there. >> fredricka, i don't have specific response to the president's latest tweets. where i've been traveling to outside of san juan, when you reach the edge of the puerto rican capital, that's where the cell phone signal for the most part dices, and as you drive on the highway, and the roads have been cleared where i've been, there are pockets on the highway where people pull over on the side because there might be a little bit of cell phone signal, and that's where people try to make phone calls. not necessarily do e-mails and check twitter, but try to call their loved ones on the mainland u.s. and communicate and let people know they are okay. and when you go into smaller
towns, what you see is long, long lines of people waiting -- gas, for fuel, for diesel to run their generators, and at those locations i've tried to ask again and again what information are you getting, is anybody giving you information, and one lady, a cancer survivor in her 60s, told me, you know, i haven't had electricity since hurricane irma. we have in internet, we have no television, of course, but also no running water, no fuel and no telephone. so people aren't -- don't have any information whatsoever, and she told me in this town called florida, that she has not seen any federal presence whatsoever. the municipality, the mayor and the municipal officials have been working, have provided some assistance, created a local shelter for people made homeless by flooding, but they hadn't seen any federal assistance.
during our visit there on friday, the first assessment team from fema, as they told me, visited that town for the very first time, nine days after the hurricane. that's one town, one example, and it's a town only about an hour's drive from where i'm standing right now on wide open roads. if you have the gas to fill up your car to get there, and people are spending 24 hours at a time in line for gas. but there is an information vacuum once you leave san juan and the cell phone presence here, there's an information vacuum and people are listening to am radios with battery power to try to get any information about the outside world, and most of this is coming word of mouth, basically, from their communities standing in line at a gas station, hearing maybe that a fuel truck will arrive in the coming hours and that they maybe could get a ration of $10 or $20 worth of gas.
so in areas like that, not much reaction to tweets on social media right now from the commander in chief. >> yeah, so there may be aid that has made it to the island, but distribution still a major obstacle. ivan, we watched you interacting with people throughout the week. there were times in which you were traversing, you know, a river, you know, rushing water, that others were doing in order to get to fresh water or to find some other aid. when the president this morning tweeted, i'm quoting him now, they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort, what have you seen that demonstrates there have been community members, neighbors, helping one another, especially when aid has not been able to get to them and we're looking, again, at some images that you and your crew were able to get people trying to get across this rushing body of water? >> all i've seen here so far is a community effort, fredricka.
i've seen neighbors helping their neighbors. i've seen families relying on each other for if somebody's house is destroyed, you move in with your in-laws or your cousins down the street. that's pretty much all i've seen. i've seen some municipal government support, and i know that the federal government is on the ground. i've been out with the u.s. navy and seen the helicopters in the air, and there is an effort on that front, but as you go from community to community, ordinary puerto ricans who are helping each other in the absence of assistance or guidance coming from the local or federal government. fredricka? >> all right, ivan watson, thank you so much. we're going to check back with you momentarily. in the meantime, let's get back to some of the president's words that he tweeted out this morning. at least one direct dig at the mayor of san juan, saying, "poor leadership ability by the mayor
of san juan and others, and they want everything done for them when it should be a community effort." all right, with me now to talk more extensively about this, cnn's brian stelter, david, good to see all of you. we have seen the san juan mayor, carmen yulin cruz, waist deep in flood water. she is sleeping in a cot, in a shelter, surviving on emergency rations herself pleading for help for her city, imploring people to understand that this is life or death. people are dying, she says. so, you know, brian, to you first. is and does this demonstrate, as the president has been putting it, poor leadership in the mayor? >> at best the president's tweets are insensitive today. i think at worst, fred, they are a racist dog whistle, a disgraceful reaction to what he's seen on television. he's clearly watching the mayor
of san juan calling for more help, begging for more help, and reacting this way. i think it's personally beyond the pale and unpresidential. i'm so glad our reporters there in puerto rico are describing what's actually happening on the ground. and i hope the president in between his golf game today watches more of those reports from the ground, rather than just impulsively reacting to what he's seen from the mayor of san juan. >> selena, it doesn't just look bad when you talk about the president tweeting like this while he's at a comfortable golf course, you know, in new jersey, and he has these very disparaging remarks, insulting remarks, adding salt to the wounds, but it is bad. it's not that it just looks bad, it is bad. so, how does the president go to puerto rico on tuesday with or without melania? he's tweeted out melania will be going with him, whereas first it was going to be too, you know,
too much for the two to be going together because of the resources it would take, but what can he say or do, and how do you comfort people that you've just insulted? >> well, like you said, optics are everything. so doing this from a golf resort while people are suffering was not his best move. although you could set a clock by it. i went to bed last night expecting some kind of tweet this morning, sadly. >> you didn't expect something like this, i mean, direct insults like this. >> i kind of did. because, you know, i do, i mean, i did. you know, you think about -- you think about his typical reaction to things whenever people are poking at him, and this is the type of reaction that he has. this is who he is. in normal circumstances with a traditional president, you would hear more remarks about aspiration, right, pulling
people together to, you know, we're here for you, we're coming for you, we'll see you tuesday, we're doing the best that we can, we know there's flaws, we're trying our best. all those are true facts. i do believe they are trying their best. i do believe it's difficult. logistically, their infrastructure isn't the same as what happened in houston. they didn't have the same sort of ability to prepare locally, because texas and florida had already seen devastating hurricanes ten, 20, 30 years earlier, so they kind of knew they had that ten-year ability to prepare for when these things happen. puerto rico did not. but this is not the reaction that serves anybody well, you know, it doesn't serve the country well, it doesn't serve people you know are hurting well. you need more messages that say, look, we're here for you, the system is flawed, but we're trying our best to get to you, i'll see you tuesday. that's what he should have said. >> so, david, should anyone in puerto rico be looking forward to the president's visit in
terms of it representing any real change? that their lives will suddenly improve, they'll have fresh water in places where they don't have it, and we're not talking about just downtown in the san juan area, but you heard our reporters describing go an hour out, 45 minutes out, even further than that, and it's beyond bare bones. they really have nothing. does the president seem like he's coming in to rescue and save the day, particularly with this language? >> fredricka, good morning. the president is showing up far too late, but it's still good that he's going, whether or not the first lady goes, as well. people want to see their president on the ground, surveying the situation, getting a sense of exactly what it's like, and also comforting people. he is the president of everybody in the united states, and i think one of the problems here, this is not making an excuse for him, is that he has not over the course of a week gotten his hands around this idea that he is the president of every
american. puerto rico, the u.s. virgin islands, on the other side of the world, guam, saipan, on and on, these are americans. these aren't just secondary second-class citizens, and the fact that as selena said, puerto rico maybe has different infrastructure than texas or florida should not change the level of concern and responsibility that the president had. the other thing is, when you look at his tweets, they fly in the face of exactly the way a president should approach the situation. he says the mayor of san juan is exhibiting poor leadership. no, he's exhibiting poor leadership in this situation. he says, oh, it's surrounded by an ocean. the distance between san juan and miami is the same distance between miami and washington, d.c., fred, so if he's not willing to embrace that and do his best, clearly, there's always going to be snags and problems, but try to address it and be proactive, then he's not doing his job. >> right, at least 700 miles,
something like that. but the comfort part, when you talked about the comfort part, if he hasn't exhibited it yet, how does he? how does this president try to exhibit that in a sincere manner on tuesday, because that has to come with him, right, it has to come with the president of the united states. you talk about it's important, it's symbolism that a president would show up, but how does he convince people that this is sincere comfort upon reflection that he is now bringing? how important is it to have that? >> you asked me. so i guess i would say all presidents have to ramp up and -- look, i will say, president obama by the end of his term clearly embraced this and understood it. if you think of joplin, missouri, when that town was flattened by tornados, president obama was right there hugging people, walking through the damaged areas. there were earlier times in his presidency you take the gulf oil spill, where even though people will say, and people from that white house will say, they were
doing everything they could to contain that situation, he was not as visible as people wanted him to be, and they paid a political price for that, whether it was fair or not. president trump now is seeing that the politics and the optics of this are part that they've got to get the job done, right, ultimately it's food, water, electricity that puerto ricans need, but they also got to show his presence in puerto rico next week will focus the rest of the country's attention on exactly what's going on there. that is part of his job and responsibility. >> brian, this is nothing personal, those of us in
this business have thick skin and we're not trying to be friends, particularly, with leadership in which we are reporting responsibly, but when the president tweeted fake news cnn and nbc are going out of their way to disparage the great first responders as a way to get trump, not fair to first responders or effort, the president's method of trying to turn the tables here. while there's criticism, and there's anguish being expressed out of puerto rico that they
need more, the president is making a concerted effort to say this is the media's fault, and it's disparaging first responders when i don't think anybody has any record of being able to see evidence of that, that there is criticism of first responders. it's that people living there, enduring this agony are saying, help us, we're in trouble. >> right, they are asking for more of those resources. they have some, they are asking for more. the president is trying to make this a political fight and about his enemies he thinks he has in the media. it's best not to take that bait. there's, obviously, much more important things going on, but, you know, i think if this ends up being a political argument where trump supporters feel one way and the rest of the country feels another way, that's too bad, because we see the pictures, all of us, no matter who you voted for sees the pictures and what needs to be done. president bush never said they want everything to be done for them and president obama never said, quote, they want everything to be done for them. presidents know how to react to
disasters, but this president doesn't. i think that's why most of the country is going to be shocked when they see these tweets. i know trump supporters are going to defend it, but most of the country will be shocked and once again the country will be more divided, when, in fact, this is a moment for everybody to be on the same team and help out the commonwealth. >> selena, this is an improvement at the end of the week of what's been a pretty tough week, not just for the president, but for america. you know, we're talking last weekend the president, you know, using the word s.o.b.s, you know, when he was in alabama, and making reference to nfl players, mostly black players, there was that, and then this week with his own health and human services secretary and the revealing, further revealing of secretaries, not just, you know, tom price, but secretaries who are using private planes or military planes potentially inappropriately and instead of the president now getting a handle of things now with the
resignation of hhs secretary, now there's new material, something else to further divide. >> right. i think the president got one thing right, one thing really wrong, and one awkwardly this week in terms of political cred. so, with price, it was best to get rid of him. the one thing that i will always say that will get detached trump voters from trump will be if he becomes part of the swamp. price became the epitome of the swamp with his behavior, so that was the best thing possible. he completely misread the alabama race. that race was not about him. that was not about weakening support about him, that was specifically local and that had everything to do with the former governor, who was having an affair on the taxpayer's dime, resigned, and those voters never had the ability to punish that governor. that governor's appointed strange, strange did not indict
him, and he picked price. this was against mobile establishment. this was not about trump. in terms of the nfl, you know, that's a real difficult one, especially in a place like pittsburgh and with the pittsburgh steelers. you know, people have not liked in general the -- and polling showed it prior to what the president said, right, they did not like the kneeling for the flag. it had nothing to do with not being supportive of the issue, but they felt it was not respectful of the people that went before it. it's sort of like spitting on a funeral of a gold star mom, right. the flag is symbolic. >> should this instead be a moment of a realization for the president of the united states, that perhaps his instincts or how he's acted on certain instincts have not bode well not just for the country, but even for him politically or personally, and are we at that juncture? i mean, is it a feeling that you
might have that the president will come to that moment of a realization of, you know, perhaps his calculus is off? >> well, impulses are never good. i mean, i've always taught my children, if you impulsively feel you should do something but hesitate, take a walk around the block and clear your head. you should never tweet in anger, you should never, you know, make impulsive statements in anger and in frustration. and does that -- i don't know if he's ever going to stop doing that. it was a part of what attracted voters to him, because they saw him as a fighter, but i don't know if it's sustainable. i mean, that's sort of the unknown answer. >> yeah, okay. well, we'll stop it right there for now. we've got more, selena, david, brian, thank you so much, appreciate it. still ahead, secretary of state rex tillerson says the
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and call your doctor right away. other side effects include gas, stomach-area pain and swelling. talk to your doctor about managing your symptoms proactively with linzess. all right, welcome back. in addition to what is happening and not happening in puerto rico, we are also following breaking news on north korea and its nuclear threat. secretary of state rex tillerson says the most immediate need is to calm the situation down, and for the north to stop firing off missiles. he also said the u.s. has direct channels to pyongyang and is talking directly with north korean officials. tillerson, who is now heading back home, made the remarks following a meeting with china's president. let's go live now to cnn's matt rivers in beijing with more on this. matt? >> yeah, we were in a meeting with the secretary of state just a few hours ago with a dozen or so other journalists, and we had
the opportunity to ask him some questions, and that's when those lines, that news about the direct communication with north korea came up. this was an off camera briefing, but the secretary of state was asked have you reached out to north korea and have they given indication they are ready to talk, and because it was off camera, let me give you the exact words from the secretary of state. he said, we are probing, stay tuned. we
asked the north koreans would you like to talk. we have lines of communication with pyongyang. we're not in a dark situation or a blackout. we have a couple of channels to pyongyang. we can talk to them, we do talk to them directly through our own channels, and that's interesting, fred, because what you're seeing there is for the first time the trump administration actually admitting they do have direct lines of communication with pyongyang about the missile issue. now, what the secretary of state did not say is what the north koreans have said back. he didn't say if they would be ready to sit down. it was very clear this is still in the very beginning stages,
but we've known that u.s. and north korean officials have talked before over things like hostages release, so you remember otto warmbier, the american student that died after being released from north korean custody, but to negotiate his release, american officials and north korean officials actually met in norway, so we know there's been direct communication in the past, but not about the missile issue. so when you take into consideration the kind of rhetoric that we've seen from pyongyang, the kind of rhetoric we've seen from president trump, how tense this situation has become, this is probably a good sign that there could be some point down the road the chance for a diplomatic solution to this very tense situation. >> uh-huh. all right, matt rivers in beijing, thanks so much. and we'll be right back. witness katy perry.
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all right, dire situation in puerto rico, still so many people without power and clean water, and making matters worse now on that island, more heavy rain is moving in to the islands and even flash flooding is also a serious threat. cnn meteorologist allison chinchar is there in the weather center. so it is bad, it could worsen. >> yes, we've already seen two to three inches fall in some locations of puerto rico, mostly in the northwestern section of the state, but all of the region is under a flood watch. we have had some flash flood warnings over the past 24 hours in this region, and that will likely continue as more rain continues to fall. part of the problem with the flooding is that we still have issues from hurricane maria, rivers, creeks, and streams still have not been able to
recede back to normal levels, which means they are more likely to swell again when you add more rain. and it was a lot of rain that we had during hurricane maria. the red regions on this map for puerto rico show six to ten inches. the purple area is ten to 15, and the white areas on the map of the territory show 20 inches, if not more, that we were able to see from hurricane maria. now we're talking about adding in most areas about one to three inches of rain, but there will be some spots that pick up in excess of four inches of rain. and again, we talked about the rivers, creeks, and streams, but there's also the concern of we have some streets, some neighborhoods in puerto rico that are still under water, and now you're going to be adding more rain on top of that. here's a look at the region, okay, here's the virgin islands and here's the puerto rican territory right here. again you can see we've got a lot of tropical moisture surrounding this, with the majority of it down to the south beginning to push off to the north. so this isn't just going to be one storm. you're likely going to get waves
of rain that come in, fredricka, and that's going to be a problem, because it's going to be one storm after another after another, and it really doesn't give people the ability to clean up and recover from maria, let alone then have to clean up from what this event will do. >> all right, allison chinchar, thank you so much, we'll check back with you. we have so much more straight ahead in the newsroom. non-insulin victoza® lowers a1c, and now reduces cardiovascular risk. victoza® lowers my a1c and blood sugar better than the leading branded pill. (avo) and for people with type 2 diabetes treating cardiovascular disease, victoza® is now approved to lower the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, or death. and while it isn't for weight loss, victoza® may help you lose some weight. (avo) victoza® is not for people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. do not take victoza® if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2,
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i want to bring in cnn national security commentator mike rogers. so, mike, good to see you. when the president has those sentiments that are tweeted out just a couple days before he is to arrive in puerto rico, people expect him to be the comforter in chief. what's your point of view to hear a president talk in this matter during a time of crisis for people? >> it certainly isn't helpful at the very least. and may be harmful at the very best. this is the time for the president to rise above his personal animus toward anybody, and it seems to be a long list these days. it's not hopeful. the president can do a lot for puerto rico. he can urge a nation to stand up and support them in any way we can including funds and food and any other, multiple ways that he could help, as well as
encouraging the people of puerto rico to hang in there, we're coming as soon as we can. we're going to get as much aid as we can. this thing will never be a success, and no president, no director, no secretary should ever say this is going fantastic even if the logistics part is coming together the way it was planned until the last person has water, food, they have a hospital to go to that's operational and meet their medical needs and have security patrolling the streets. until that happens, this is a work in progress and nothing more. encouragement is always a better approach to these things. these folks are in really, really tough shape down there. >> would you go as far as saying it's a mistake that the president would use the word fantastic or it's going well when, a, he not seen it, yes, there may be federal workers who have been sent down there, but to not have seen for himself, to not see evidence that, yes, indeed, everyone does have water or food to eat and medicines?
>> yeah. you know where i think that came from -- i'll play devil's advocate. the president is the briefed on the progress that fema is making. in the beginning they had a huge challenge. no electric grid. the airport were not working at all. nor were the ports. if you're going to help the island, you have to fix those things first and have things arrive so that you can get them disburs disbursed. i imagine he heard that part is going well. they're working on getting the airport ready and did that quickly. the ports are now able to take limited shipments. those are all successful things, but not -- i wouldn't say it was fantastic. i imagine he heard that and said, oh, it's going fantastic. our plan is working. not understanding that, boy, we are a long way from anything close to fantastic. we had families that are devastated and haven't been touched yet by electoral authorities or federal -- local authorities or federal
authorities. >> tonight on "declassified," the fbi and cia embarking on an effort to the highest ranking officer in espionage and his son joined the spy game. >> i got a call when i was in los angeles. we want you to come back and run this group. when i went to the counter-espionage group i asked if i could bring somebody with me, from the fbi. and john and i worked together previously in los angeles. >> this opportunity to be the first fbi agents really inserted in almost like cover in the cia is what i called a singular opportunity. i tend to value those more. i said to ed, "i'll come," and will i've never -- and i've never regretted it. >> most of the people in the cia did not know i there was looking for a spy. >> do you have a cia badge or fbi -- >> cia badge. >> they didn't know you were from the fbi? >> within the first week,
everybody in the building knew i was from the fbi. they didn't particularly care for me being there, but they definitely knew who i was. >> inside the cia headquarters build, people were whining and bitching about all kind of things, the fbi this and that. the fbi has a job to do just like we do. we clearly had a serious problem. >> when i get over there, good night all my briefings -- i get all my briefings and learned i had over 300 cases in the cia where cia employees had failed counterintelligence polygraph. that means you had 300 potential spies in the cia that had never been resolved. at the time, if you fail a cia polygraph, nothing ever happens to you. aldrich ames failed several times, and nothing was done. >> that's a being number, 300. how -- that's a big number, 300. how did this change the way the cia would vet people and assess possible threats? >> what happens is if you fail the polygraph you immediately go into kind of a remediation
effort to figure out why and maybe redo it. they start a background investigation to make sure that the polygraph is not always, always 100% accurate. i mean, polyographers will tell you it is, but you have to close that with investigation. but in this case, this was the highest ranking cia officer to ever be recruited and run by the russian spy organizations. and he got so good that he was put in jail and then still recruited someone else, his son, to spy again. he was -- he has the -- a few pretty big moments in the cia. highest ranking cia officer ever to spy for the russians. he got convicted of that. recruited someone else. and then got convicted of that while he was in prison. and how they catch him is fascinating. so you're going to want to watch this. this is better than any jason bourne move you'll watch. >> i am sold. 9:00 tonight, "declassified."
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hello again, everyone, and welcome. i'm fredricka whitfield. we begin with a shock string of verbal attacks from the president in the form of tweets going after puerto rican leaders. yes, puerto rico, where more than three million americans are on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. in a series of tweets from the president's private golf club this morning, the president saying, "the mayor of san juan who was very complimentary over e only a