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i'm jake tapper. turning you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." have a great weekend. happening now, breaking news, rigged to explode. cnn has learned that investigators now believe the las vegas gunman rigged his car to explode. the vehicle contained 90 pounds of explosives. almost twice the amount earlier revealed. along with suitcases packed with ammunition. decision killing plan. source says the killer tried to buy tracer bullets weeks before the massacre but failed to obtain those rounds that would have helped him zero in on his targets. and what's behind the numbers scribbled on a note pad in his hotel sniper's nest. wait and see, president trump won't say what he meant when he warned of a calm before the storm during a meeting with top military leaders.
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asked if the president was preferring to military action, the white house says only, quote, wait and see. and bracing in the biggiescy, tropical storm nate now expected to hit near new orleans this weekend as hurricane. from louisiana to florida, gulf coast residents trying to get ready. i'm wolf blitzer here in "the situation room." breaking news, we have new information about the las vegas gunman who slaughtered 58 people and wounded hundreds more. a law enforcement source says authorities now believe the killer rigged his car to explode if fired upon. the car contained 90 pounds of explosive and suitcases filled with bullets. but police said moments ago they don't know what the gunman planned to do with all those explosives. cnn has also learned that the gunman tried and failed to buy tracer rounds of a phoenix gun
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show in recent weeks. and a source says investigators are trying to decipher a note with numbers on it left by the gunman. police say they are confident there was no other shooter, but they can't say for sure that no one else was involved in the plot. they concede they still have no clear motive for the massacre. here in washington still no explanation for president trump cryptic comment at a meeting last night he warnld of a calm before the storm. asked today what he meant t the president winked and then said, quote, you'll find out. and asked if the president was referring to military action, given recent tough talk on north korea and iran, his spokes women at the white house said wait and see. and a real storm on the way, states from louisiana to florida bracing right now for tropical storm nate to hit the gulf coast this tweaked as hurricane.
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the eye is expected to pass close to new orleans. we'll get the latest forecast. i'll speak to our guests and panelists all standing by. first let's go to the breaking news. let's begin with brian todd in las vegas for us. brian, what's the latest? >> reporter: wolf, just moments ago the undersheriff of clark county came out and said with real frustration they have still not established a clear motive for this mass shooting. this comes as getting new information tonight on ammunition that the shooter attempted to buy and on the explosives found in his car. >>. as stephen paddock was shooting down t his 2017 chrysler pacific was parked nearby filled with explosives. tonight law enforcement tells the 64-year-old has filled his
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car with tannerite and rigged it to explode if shot. deadly as these tests show. composed of two substances. we had two chemicals of ammonia nitrate and aluminum powder when combined make the finished product of tannerite. sorry to tell you i don't know what he was going to do with all of that tannerite. >> while it's not clear if paddock rigged the car as diversion or final trap for police, there is new information with the precision he planned to kill. cnn has learned from law enforcement official briefed on the investigation that paddock tried to buy tracer ammunition at a phoenix gun show in recent weeks. but the official says for some reason paddock could not obtain those bullets which light up in the dark. >> if he could have gotten tracer ammunition, what would have been different with there attack? >> the first thing tracer ammunition does for a shooter is it allows them to get onto
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target in low light conditions much quickly. so in his particular case he would have been able to see pretty much where the strike of his bullets were landing within the crowd. >> reporter: former las vegas s.w.a.t. member was a machine gunner could have made the casualty counts worse. a law enforcement says with the ammunition he did use while shooting in darkness, paddock probably was just spraying bullets and couldn't see the people he was hitting. tonight experts say investigators may be focusing on paddocks chilling detail leading up to the massacre, planning which seems to gone beyond what police call ma tech lust. he brought 23 guns to his room in suitcases, and stacked stacks of am u againsto against a colu >> he had weapons available to him really to underscore the intent that he had to deflect the maximum amount of damages.
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>> reporter: took the time to barricade the stairwell, painstakingly cameras to the service cart in his suite and door. >> he was planning, because he knew they would come for him. >> reporter: officials tell cnn there was a note in hotel suite seen here in this photograph leaked to the daily mail, not a suicide mail, but a sheet that contained numbers now being analyzed. authorities are looking into what might have changed last october when he began buying weapons but his motive remains unclear as does mental state. >> i think the girlfriend is key part to provide information what his mental state s hopefully through the electronics and girlfriend, they are going to find out what that is or what his motive was. >> reporter: and we have one quick clarification to some information from our piece. police say now 50 pounds of
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explosives in the shooter's vehicle not 90 pounds. key question were there any accomplices in las vegas with the shooter. they said they continue to find out whether anyone with steecph paddock might have known about it, they have looked through numerous videotape, including the mandalay and not have located anyone they think might have been a suspect but are trying to find that out. >> you can feel the flrustratio that is there. in las vegas. thanks very much. joining us now congresswoman of nerve d.a. thanks so much for joining us. i want to get your quick reaction to the breaking flus that the las vegas gunman, this killer, this mass murderer actually rigged his car potentially to explode 50 pounds of explosives found in the car. how significant is that development? >> well, thank you for having me on, wolf. i'll tell you as we progress in
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the investigation and find out more and more how ma particulma particular usually and methodically he planned this. i know our police chief, lumbardo, and his team he assembled, he's going to do everything they can do make sure they gather all the appropriate information to give us a clear picture as to what happened. and if there were any accomplices or any help, we are going to be able to find that as well. >> do you know why he had 50 pounds of tannerite in that vehicle, those explosives? >> you know, i think that's the question on everybody's mind. and i hope that we can either find through the electronic devices or searched in his home, perhaps night books or books he was reading, anything anywhere, a post-it note that can give us some insight into why someone would plan to methodically
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massacre people out at a lovely concert on a beautiful fall night in las vegas. >> the gunman also tried to buy what are called the tracer ammunition bullets that would have allowed him to fire more accurately into the crowd in the dark. it happened on a sunday night. do you believe the massacre would have been even worse if he had been able toll obtain that kind of ammunition, those tracer bullets? >> well, i try not to think about that. and what i really try to focus on now is the heart of our community. i've been with first responders all day today, how our ambulance drivers, lhow they called peopl in from arizona, surrounding counties, all hands on deck, take them to the hospitals and move them around to the emergency rooms or trauma centers. so i'm trying to look at the good in my community and the heart of everyone that pulled together in this moment and rows to the occasion to save lives and help people. it's still going on today.
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it's going to continue to go on in the weeks and months to come aswegen to heal. and thank god he didn't get the tracer bullets. >> congresswoman, i want to stand by. i have more questions to you. >> but joining us right now is the undersheriff of the las vegas metropolitan police department. thanks very much for joining us. and i'm hoping you can clarify some of these questions. lots of questions. and we certainly understand the frustration in this investigation. but you said today that the tannerite found in the car, the explosives comes as two compounds but most of the material found in the car was already mixed. do you believe it was done to make it more likely the car would potentially explode? >> no, i don't. i believe he purchased legally that tannerite. i believe he also had those two
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precursor chemicals as we discussed earlier ammonia nitrate aluminum chloride. you take the two different chemicals, you mix them together, and you have tannerite. >> what was he doing with that tannerite? >> i don't know what he was doing with it. but to be clear we found no evidence that his vehicle, that material in his vehicle had intended to be used as a irksn within that vehicle. the answer to your question is i don't know what he was going to do with it. it's one of the mysteries of this actual attack. it's one thing that my investigators and fbi continue to try to figure out. and that's one of the main focuses of our investigation today. >> but if it was already mixed, had to be used for some sort of explosive device. if you are not going to use it tannerite as explosive, you don't mix it, right? >> well, a lot of people use it for target shooting. they use it in a variety of different ways. but it's really just -- part of
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conjecture. he had it obviously for a reason. >> if you would use it for target practice, you wouldn't mix it with anything, right? >> no, you have to understand that the end result, the tannerite, the end result of mixture of both of those components. you can buy tannerite legally on the market today. so he had a bunch of already finished product as well as the individual precursor chemicals for mixing together which ultimately ends up in tannerite. >> so what you are suggesting is there could have been a simple innocent explanation, although this guy, this mass murderer, i find it hard to believe he had these explosives in the vehicle simply as target practice or something along those lines? >> wolf, i'm not suggesting that in any way shape or form. i'm just giving you the facts as to what it is. i believe he certainly had nefarious intent tw the
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material. what i'm trying to tell you i didn't know what the intent was. >> if he's driving around with all those explosives, it's not for some positive healthy reason, there is something bad into the works. let's get to some other key issues while i have you. can you confirm there was no other shooter in the room? >> yes, i'm very confident, very certain there was not another shooter in the room as he conducted this mass murder rampage. >> what about the possibility that he had help planning or preparing for this attack? >> that's another great question that i believe that our investigators are keenly interested in. you know, that's one of the reasons why i said that we are combing over this man's entire life from birth to death to try to find out. it's hard to believe one individual planned this attack and executed it without anybody else knowing anything about it.
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and so that's why those interactions that he had over the course of his life are really important to investigators to learn about, to try to understand, to evaluate whether he had any political, any economic, any social, any radical ideology that may have led him down a particular path. what i can confirm to you today, however, is we have found no testified of that as i'm standing before you today. >> what, if anything, can you tell us about what his girlfriend marilou danley has been telling the investigators in the interviews she has granted? >> really, all i can release to you about that information is she continues to cooperate with the fbi. i can't provide any further clarification on that. >> but without giving us specifics, can you us whether or not the information she's providing has been helpful? >> no, i really can't. the fbi is in charge of that aspects of this investigation, as you well know, we are both
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working it jointly. and they and their folks are continuing to have that relationship and developing that rapport to try to have her provide us information to point us in the right directions. >> but has the fbi briefed you yet? >> i'm aware of the interactions the fbi has had, but i'm not prepared to discuss with you any of the information that we've obtained. >> yes, obviously very sensitive information. you mentioned undersheriff that the security guard of the hotel came on the 32nd floor because of alarm on a door was ringing. what door was ringing? >> it was one of the -- i don't have the specific door number. it was a room that was a number of doors down from where the suspect was at. there is alarm that goes off that security office is notified of when any door is left ajar. so when a door is left ajar the officers dispatch to check on
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the door. >> was that a coincidence you believe that all of a sudden the door was ajar and the lance armstrong went off? >> well, if it was a cohen's dens coincidence, it was luck i.y on for us because it actively kept him from shooting more citizens and people alike. >> he turned out to be a real her ho, he operated even after he was shot in the leg. >> yes, sir, and that's why i wanted to take a moment in the press conference to make sure i recognized recognized jesus campos appropriately because he allowed us to get the suspect. >> it was jesus campos who alerted you to the specific room where this killer was hold up, right? >> yes, sir. >> he deserves a lot of praise, indeed a real her ho.
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obviously, undersheriff, this killer chose this 22,000 concert goers right below the window of his hotel. is there any evidence that he searched for this concert based on the electronics taken from his home? >> well, as you've all been reporting, we are aware that he had searched for a number of music venues across the country. certainly here in las vegas two of our music festivals he had searched for. so we continue to go back to try to determine how long in all of his electronics that may have occurred and try to establish a pattern there. >> based on all of the information -- >> and we'd like to find out i'd like to add we'd like to find out really why he chose this particular venue to actually execute his plan. >> have you confirmed that he was also casing out other venues, whether in las vegas or chicago, boston, other cities we've heard about?
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>> i can tell you that we do know that he looked at other music venue downtown here in las vegas. i can tell you that we do know from electronic media that he had searched others, but i'm not aware that he can confirm to you at this point that he actually, as you describe, cased any of those other festivals in any of the other cities. >> clearly had a game plan in mind. very sophisticated. and brought all those weapons in ten suitcases up to the hotel suite. very disturbing. let me back to the door for a moment. if the killer opened the door the one that buzz ds on the 32nd floor the alarm went off, what does that tell you? >> well, i don't have any indication today that he did it. the door was not forced open. it appears to have been left open. or didn't shut completely. he didn't have keys to that particular room. so i don't believe that the killer actually left that door open. i just happen to believe that it
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was a lucky coincidence that door was left ajar. >> so it was just a coincidence, is that what i'm hearing? >> yes, sir. >> did he bring all of his guns up to that room at once? or over the course of several days? >> we know he made multiple troops to and from the room over course of the several days with the weapons and ammunition. >> i assume you've had ac vest to all the mandalay bay hotel closed circuit cameras that were rolling when he checked in, went through the lobby, when he went in the elevator, up to the haul, there are cameras as we all know in these hotels all over the place. have you personally seen all that video and have you had access to the surveillance video? >> i have not seen the video myself. my investigators continue to comb through all that. casino has been very cooperative with us as well as you have to
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remember there are a number of other places that we continue to look for that information as it comes in. and it's a very pain staking, difficult process to go through all of that video, as you well know, a number of people have reported there are other people with him. i can tell you this, our review of the video to this point, we have not located any other persons of interest through that video review. >> so all the video that you've gone through, at the mandalay bay hotel in the four or five days he was there, you didn't see him talking to anyone else? you didn't see him walking around having a cup of coffee or anything else along those lines with another individual? is that right? >> right. we didn't see anything that caused us to have concern that another individual would have been with him during that particular time. >> as you acknowledge, and your colleagues acknowledge undersheriff, the investigators, they are working extrhard but ue to determine a motive. do you sense you will some day be able to get to that result?
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dual worry that we may never know what his goal was? >> you know, that thought has crossed my mind. i will tell you we will not stop. we have a long way to go in this investigation to put all that to rest. i believe we are going to find the answer to that. we just haven't gotten there yet. but you know ultimately at the end of the day, not knowing is also an answer. and if we arrive at that point, we will have exhausted every investigative lead and opportunity to the very end before we are willing to provide that. we owe it litter will i to the victims and families and to the las vegas community and all the great country to do it right and that's what we are going to do. >> and learn lessons to make sure it doesn't happen again. undersheriff, you said this was a meticulous plan by this killer bringing all those weapons hand electronics equipment, all the ammunition, thousands of rounds
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of ammunition up to that room. he must have been working on this for a long time. how long do you believe it would have taken him to set up all that equipment in that hotel suite? >> you know, i really don't know. obviously, listen, he obviously had a plan. and he was committed to a plan. he had a significant number of firearms, as you well know, that we have already talked about, over 23 firearms in that room, of all various manufacture. he knew what he was going to do. he was committed to carry out that pln. how long it took him to set up? i don't know. but i really thank god that he only had the opportunity to fire into that crowd for the time that he had and that we were able to stop him from doing it. >> one final question before i let you go. i know you have to run. you have a lot of work to do. and let me thank you you and thank all of your colleagues and all of the men and women of the las vegas metropolitan police
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force, any deed so much of the world is watching and so anxious to get answers right now. how are you guys holding up personally, including yourself? >> so listen, i'll tell you that the men and women of the metropolitan police department, security officer, fire, ems, doctors, everybody just really followed through on a pln that we had practiced many, many times here in las vegas. pt aftermath that you are asking about, however, i'll tell you that it is a big part of the follow on after a very traumatic event. not only do you look at it from how it impacted all of our officers who were shot, who had family members that were shot, firefighters, ems, people know in vague, we are only 2 million, but seems like everybody knows somebody that was impacted by this tragedy. we lost charleston hartfield who was a personal friend of ours.
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and i have to tell you it's a struggle. but one of the things that i think is really particularly unique to law enforcement is we are going to do everything within our power to make sure that we find the answers to why it is that this individual did what he did. and so we'll worry a little more later on about our own personal well-being. because it is traumatic for all of our folks and we'll pay attention to that as we continue to move forward. >> it's a heart break zblg thank you for having mel. >> heartbreaking development indeed. undersheriff of the las vegas metropolitan police force chts thanks for doing what you are doing. thanks for joining us. and we'll have look forward to getting more information and having you back on cnn. thank you. >> thanks, wolf. we turn back to nevada. what you just heard congressman from the undersheriff, are you satisfied with how this investigation is going? >> well, i'm satisfied that they
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are going to continue to ma particular usually comb through each and every lead. i heard there are thousands of leads. i believe the fbi is going to be putting out a number for people would have been here, 22,000 people here, when they get home they may have realized they have heard something when they were at the concert, before or after, or maybe in the hotel when they were there, so that may lead us to something else. but more than anything else, our character was tested. nevada is the battle born state. and i'm telling you we were tested and we came out strong. and the character of our community is amazing. and today we are mourning, but i'm very pride full and hopeful that we'll get through this even stronger. >> as you just heard, there is no motive that's known yet by the police, by the investigators. but the more we learn, congresswoman, about this attack, the more it looks like this was very extensively and ma tech particular usually planned.
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what does that tell you about this killer's state of mind? >> tells me that he was an evil person. and for some reason, perhaps he had a trigger, they think maybe he started buying a mult tad of these kind of ammunitions and weap weapons about a year ago, so we don't know, maybe we can find out the trigger so we can understand it. but we are just going to have to go forward. because can you ever really be in the mind of a person who is insane? and clearly he had issues. an evil person. no one in their right mind would plan something like this. no one. >> i'll just point out he may not have been insane, but he certainly was very, very evil, as we all know right now. >> yes. >> congresswoman, jackie rossen, thanks for your time and patience. good luck to you and all your constituents everyone in the las vegas area. i know how heartbreaking this is for all of you. thanks very much for joining us.
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>> appreciate it. thank you. >> we are getting some breaking news coming into "the situation room" from new york city. three people under arrest charged with allegedly taking part in isis inspired plot to attack the new york city landmarks. what are you learning? >> reporter: this could have been a potentially devastating attack chlgt prosecutors have released three names men they say were including to carry out bombs, time square, new york city train station and populated areas including outdoor concert venues. obviously on the minds of us all considering the attack in vegas just earlier this week with stephen paddock and outdoor musical festival in vegas. three men, one american, one canadian, one from philippines, they are all in custody, attack
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last year that the fbi uncovered. but details here are chilling. they have communications with these men saying we just walk in with our guns in our hands, that's how the guys in paris did it. i want to kill them in the thousands. another one is quoted as saying to an under cover fbi agent. been charged with a litany of serious offenses here, including conspiracy, material support for terrorism, using weapons of mass destruction. and one has already pled guilty. so a good result here. the fbi was able to get to it in time. >> and you say that among the targets were concerts, outdoor concert goers, is that right? >> that is what prosecutors are revealing here. that was one of the targets. apparently they also had maps of the new york city subway station, so they did take some steps, but obviously authorities were able to get to them in time. >> was this isis inspired, directed? what do they say, the u.s.
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attorney? >> they are saying eyes cyst inspired. it sounds like the men were communicating through email messages with each other, so that's how they are describing it in knees court documents. >> u.s. citizen? >> one u.s. citizen and one canadian and one from philippines. >> i know you are working your sources. getting more information. laura, thank you very much. we'll have much more on this disturbing development as well. up next president trump won't say what he meant when he warned of a calm before the storm while meeting with top u.s. military commanders. white house says only, quote, wait and see. and from louisiana to florida, gulf coast residents are now bracing for what's expected to become a hurricane. hurricane nate. your insurance company
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our breaking news, police now say they are confident no other shooter took part in the las vegas massacre but they can't rule out a possible accomplice at an earlier stage of the plot. and they say they are still at a loss when it comes to the killer's motive. we are following another breaking story right now. president trump's latt very, very cryptic remark, first at a gathering of top military officers and spouses, he warned of a coming storm. but asked today what he was talking about, the president simply winked and then said, quote, you'll find out. let's turn to our senior white house correspondent jim acosta. jim, any explanations coming from the white house? >> reporter: wolf, the white house did not offer much in the way of explanation today for the president's bizarre warning that he said the calm before the storm. only that the remarks are extremely serious. the comments are baffling much of washington where bets are being placed on the future
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secretary of state rex tillerson. >> calm before the storm. >> reporter: president trump warns there is a storm brewing but the white house won't say what the storm is or what it will hit. >> i know the president has as i have from the podium on quite a few occasions, we will never say in advance what the president is going to do. and as he said last night, in addition to those comments you'll have to wait and see. >> reporter: white house refused to explain comments that the president made next to military commanders and family members thursday night a photo op after reporters would be told there would be no public events for the day. >> allowing the employees to go home. >> what storm is it? >> we have the world's greatest people, i'll tell you that. thank you all for coming. thank you. >> what storm, mr. president? >> you'll find out. >> reporter: asked again what he
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meant, the president winked. >> you'll find out. >> reporter: the press secretary sara hinted says it might be throwing adversaries off with cryptic remarks. >> i think the president says he doesn't want to layout game plan for our enemies. so if you are asking is the president trying to, you know, do that? absolutely. >> reporter: this is hardly the first time the president thee t theatrics have unsettled washington. >> they will be met with fire and if you're like the world has never seen. >> reporter: but even members of the president's own party argue the white house needs less chaos, not more. >> i think secretary tillerson, secretary mattis, and chief of
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staff kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos. >> reporter: the white house response to that. >> the president is the one that's keeping the world from chaos. >> reporter: for now the white house appears to be seeking stability at the state department where secretary rex tillerson seems to have the k d confidence, at least for now, after calling the president a more lon. >> what you watch on tv, i would certainly trusz the president and my comments far above those of other reporters. >> reporter: but with president trump good rule is expect the unexpected? how he throws paper towels to puerto rico or how he pronounces
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puerto rico. >> we love puerto rico. puerto rico. >> reporter: now the white house was asked whether we should expect any cabinet depart tours as today is friday, the response from the press secretary today, i don't think sochlt wolf, that's as clear as they'll make it at this point. at this point friday is not fire day just yet. >> reporting from us from the white house. jim, thank very much. let's bring in our specialists and get some reaction. john kirby spent 30 years in the u.s. military. retired admiral. how do you interpret the cryptic comments from the president of the united states? >> calm before the storm thing? look, it can either mean something, or most likely in my view this was a photo op and he took advantage of it. i don't believe there is anything more to it than that. now, he is the president of the united states and no president of the united states should ever itch ooh you a vague or idle threat like that. so i find it deeply disturbing. but in my own view i think this
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was a playing for the cameras. >> but how are key allies going to respond to a comment like that. >> >> i think sadly becoming a little bit an immune to his off the cuff remarks or tweets. at least i hope that's the case. clearly, this won't make them feel better where we are. bumpy think in general i think sadly they are getting a little too used to this flippant statements. >> what's your analysis what is is meaning? >> this is hard to know. this is a president who does these things off the cuff. it's not very reassuring to the american public. president is supposed to be calm. and when the public is upset, as they are about an awful lot of things that have gone on, we have had hurricanes, had a mass murder in this country, we have north korea, we have the question about what's going to happen with the iran deal, the
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president is supposed to calm people down, not get people riled up. and this statement riles people up because we are all asking the question you are asking, what does he mean by that. >> i agree with you. think about the way it unfolded last night. the president was having a social event with military leaders and their spouses. and they were clearly taking a photo. and you can imagine him saying, where are the tv cameras, this is a great shot, i'm commander in chief and look at all the people around me. which the white house pool, they were told no more for the knife they were given what's called a lid in our lingo. and then the lid was opened. and they were suddenly ushered in for this moment. and so you can see him kind of getting caught up in the moment and having a reality tv situation where he's like, you know, you never know what's going to happen. which he followed up on today with a wink. i'm not saying that's the right thing to do when you are commander in chief hand nand no
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reality tv star but that's what seems to have happened. >> they criticized him almost like a prop. take a look at this. we'll put it up on the screen. you can see he likes having them around even though, and we'll have this in a moment, he criticizes them. >> yeah, he does. you know, i'll take a little bit after different tact in the sense that every president gets criticized for giving speeches with military behind him. usually soldiers, right, when he goes to a base or what have you. when it becomes a big problem though is when president trump did earlier this year when he was with soldiers and came out and he looked at them and said i saw those numbers, meaning the percentage of voters from the military who supported him. i saw those numbers. and you like me. and i like you. i then politicized that event. that's when it becomes a problem. >> listen to this. because he's getting a lot of criticism for openly pickublic
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that the military is not doing the right thing. listen to this. >> moving forward i want you to provide me with military options when needed at a much faster pace. i know government bureaucracy is slow, but i'm depending on you to overcome the obstacles of bureaucracy. >> he's meeting with members of the joint chiefs of staff, the top military brass in the united states, and publicly openingly saying, you need to provide me with this information at a much faster pace. now he wasn't winking or smiling. he was serious when he said that. >> look, three thoughts here. some need to take precautions here. and sometimes that takes time. and you want to be well thought out. number two, it's fine if he wants to say that he wants them faster, but to make the case that they are not getting to him fast enough i think also isn't wholly wholly accurate.
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i know the men around the table and they take planning seriously. and not every ones to stand on bureaucracy. and the third thing which you highlighted it's entirely inappropriate for the commander in chief to publicly rebuke his military commanders in front of cameras. if you are really upset about it, close the door and say it in private. believe me, they can take orders and set a new direction but don't do it in front of the cameras. >> it is pretty extraordinarily public rebuke. >> yeah, he's telling the world he thinks he's not getting answers fast enough. and that's not a good thing either. i think one thing we have learned about this president as we have covered him is that what he says inside a room behind a closed door is very often the same thing that he says outside that room in front of the cameras. and there are sometimes you ought to keep it inside a closed room, particularly when you are talking to your generals whom, by the way, he says he respects, right, and is this the way he
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treats them? >> he said later the greatest military in the world. >> describes them as my generals. well, guess what, they are not his generals, they are the generals of the united states. and to that admiral's point by going out there lan under cutting them, it also under cuts them to everybody they are offering seeing, all the soldiers, air man, marines, everyone serving. they should be looking if they don't have confidence should we. >> speaking of under cutting rex tillerson in china trying to establish a back channel with the north koreas to avert a nuclear disaster. the president publicly treats to the secretary of state wasting your time. don't try. that's pretty expedititraordina >> yeah, no question, and would have got more play if this horrible tragedy in las vegas was over shadowed there. but that is just an example,
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wolf, of beyond kind of the he is not, is he not out, real world. and i really mean world, consequences of this tension with your secretary of state. because never mind publicly, you know, seeming to undermine him in ha tweet, like north korea, the leaders around the world who rex tillerson is going around the world, looking at him, what am i going to talk to this guy for, the president might fire him tomorrow. it's a big problem. and that's something i heard more hand more of from senior republicans around town. >> does tillerson last through the and of this year, gloria? >> well, you know, i think tillerson's time, let's put it this way, as one source said to me is measured in months and not
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years. and i think that's an accurate description. i think you have a situation where the president is probably fed up with tillerson, and i think tillerson is probably fed up with the president. and i think no matter how much they try to paper that over this week, i think it was obvious to anybody watching that this is it a relationship that's really fraught with problems. >> when you add up all the depart tours first nine months of this administration, there are a lot of senior people bye-bye. >> which in many ways i still don't understand why he still enjoys a high approval rating amongst republicans and supporters when they see the chaos that he has sewn within his own white house and hag has nothing to show for it. >> have you seen anything like this. >> no, never. to be fair, rex tillerson has brought on himself, hasn't been very assertive there. but i think based on what he's been through just in trying to manage this commander in chief, i wouldn't blame him habit if he
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put in his rest i go nas right now. >> and we all know what he reportedly called the president of the united states earlier in the summer that's caused a lot of controversy out there and a lot of deep anguish on the part of him and president himself used the word moron that came up. stand by. we are following breaking news. las vegas saying they are confident there is no other shooter, but not sure, what did he plan to do with explosives in his car? and hurricane warnings as new orleans as tropical storm nate is pektsed to hit the gulf coast this weekend as hurricane. we have a brand new forecast. stay with us. you are in "the situation room." if you're on medicare, remember,
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breaking news right now a hurricane warning has been issued for the new orleans metropolitan area. tropical storm nate is moving quickly and will be a hurricane before it hits the u.s. gulf coast. allison, give us the latest forecast. when will this concern hit? >> it's likely to hit in the next 24 hours. sometime tomorrow evening local time. for starters, the sustained winds have increased up to 60 miles per hour. gusts are sitting at 70s miles per hour.
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we're also starting to notice the storm take shape this means it's starting to get better organized and could intensify sooner than anticipated. we talked about the breaking news about new orleans being under a hurricane warning that was changed at the top of the 5:00 hour. but again storm surge we've seen this numbers increase quite a bit. this numberer from new orleans up to pensacola, 5 to 8 feet. east of that 4 to 6 feet. and west of that 4 to 6 feet. and over toward crystal river, florida we could look at storm surge 1 to 3 feet. the ultimate question in the short term is how much can this storm intensify in the short time span from where it is now until it makes landfall. it may seem like a big area to
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you but it's not a long time for the storm to intensify. we do expect it to intensify at least to a category 1 strength at landfall. we have to wait and see what it does over the open gulf. that will be the determining factor as what it will end up being when it makes landfall. from there it continues to the north and east, impacting a dozen other states like atlanta, washington d.c., new york and boston. yes, the impacts will be different than landfall but many of those cities are likely to have strong gusty winds as well as heavy rainfall. >> the lieutenant governor of louisiana told me earlier that some parts around new orleans are being evacuated just in case. alison thank you. we'll have much more on hurricane nate coming up. more breaking news, police now saying they're sure no other
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happening now breaking news, ready to blow, the cnn has learned that the las vegas gunman's car was loaded with explosives and may have been rigged to kill. while there's no link to terror,
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there's still no motive. russian intrusion, disturping reports that hackers used oo a virus to steal from a national security agency employee. we'll discuss it with a rare interview with a national security advisor. cryptic warning, the white house further muddies the waters stirred by president trump's mysterious remark about a coming storm. the president himself stoking confusion telling reporters to wait and see. heading for new orleans, another storm closing in on the united states tonight. mandatory evacuation orders have been issued as millions of people along the gulf coast brace for what's expected to be hurricane nate. we have a brand new forecast just out. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer,

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