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necessarily know what someone's personal story is. here at cnn there are other people who have seen their spouses through deployment. so they bring all these different perspectives. and i think one of the things i was thinking as it was going down on twitter how connected we all are. because the military swears an oath to uphold. so is the president on the part of military members. the media is entrusted to ask questions to make sure that the country that the government is being a good steward of the sacrifices that military men hand women make. so as i see all of that, i see this interconnected fabric. and things had just gotten to divisive which is part of the roorn i tweeted back and so happy to get a good response, at least anecdotely in my family, and others, there isn't a reason for there to be a division, because whether you are a politician or in the media, or you are in the military,
everyone is connected. >> i love you. and i so respect you even mor that you shared all of this with everyone else. and i encourage everyone watching to please read her opinion peace. we are great fwateful to your h and 6th deployment and everyone serving this great country. thank you. >> thank you. >> all right. we continue on watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. president is en route to texas. but before he left the stopped the white house and wide ranging what turned into the news conference with media making all kind of headlines. biggest perhaps was his claim of great unity within the republican party, a party that is really now in civil war with president in there as well. it's a division that was put on unprecedented display after two
republican senators condemned his leadership and called for others to rise in protest as well. but the president just dismissed the actions of arizona flake and senator bob corker saying he thinks they'll vote for his tax plan. here is the president moments ago. >> [ inaudible question ] >> i don't think so. i think it's fine the way it is. we have actually great unity in the republican party. yesterday i was -- >> [ inaudible question ] >> that's okay. look. they have to do their thing. we have great unity. if you look at what happened yesterday at the meeting, we had i guess virtually every senator, including john mccain, we had a great conversation yesterday. john mccain and myself, about the military. i think we had a tremendous -- i called it a love fest. it was almost a love fest. maybe it was a love fest. but we had standing ovations. there is great unity. i mean if you look at the democrats with bernie sanders and hillary clinton, that's a
mess. there is great unity in the republican party. >> let's start with caitlyn collins our reporter covering the white house for us following the president ahead of him there in dallas. so tell me more about the president's reaction as he was speaking today about the two senators. as i recall correctly, he mentioned flake and thought he was a democrat. >> yeah, brooke, message we got from the president there on the south lawn there is nothing to see here with the republican party and that everything is going just fine. he did not miss an opportunity to criticize senator flake though, of course, like he said he said senator flake didn't like him before he met him. talked about low poll numbers in arizona and said the first time he saw him on television he thought he looked like a democrat. but back to that lunch on capitol hill yesterday, the president described it as a love fest. said that he received several standing s
standing ovations from senate republicans and said lunch went well and great unity in the republican party. but that's pretty much how no one else sees it right now. we have seen some stunning rebukes of the president by senator flake and 20 minute speech on the senator floor yesterday and bob corker prominent member of the republican party who says the republican president of the united states is debasing the nation. so those are two things you don't often hear and pair that with criticism from senator john mccain and speech from former george w. bush a few days ago. so the president may think there is great unity in the republican party right now. but what we are really seeing is fight for the republican party between seasoned establishment conservatives and and tie establishment forces that we have on the other side. but, brooke, all this comes as the president is headed tonight right behind me going to be at a fundraiser with republican donors and republican national committee. so we just see things get more
hand more interesting with all of this. >> you said it so well. it's a fight for the soul of the republican party. thank you. we'll look for the president later on in texas with republican senator jeff blake out of the way here, arizona republicans are scrambling to try to steve bannon kelly ward. some are saying kelly ward can d let's talk about bob graham nice to see you. >> nice to see you too. >> first is it your reaction. we are all sitting here together watching senator flake speech from the floor of this time 24 hours tag when you were watching it. what were you thinking? >> well, i don't think people were surprised or shocked i should say. the timing maim were surprised with. but given his current numbers, and getting pummelled here by
way of the numbers in arizona wasn't a big surprise sochlt when he came out and said what he said i think real activists within the base, i don't think anybody was really shocked he made this announcement. >> the president, a little while ago said senator flake's retirement actually helps the president in arizona. would you agree with that kind of confidence? >> yeah, i think so. i mean, look even before donald trump was the president of the united states during the general election, jeff flake was really an opposition against the president. and then when it crossed over into the presidency, i mean he's voted with him on a lot of personnel votes. but as far as policy, trade policy and a lot of other key issues in this country, including religious liberty, jeff flake was pushing back on it. so when you have an agenda as it relates to your vision for any kind of leadership you try to do the best you can. and when there is it ab scaliob you are going to do what you can to convince that individual or
if you have to, oppose them in an election to make sure that you have somebody that can work with your vision or see the same opportunities that were promise ds during the campaign. >> all right. so what about you? i mean, with senator flake kind of out of the way, looking ahead, are you considering throwing your hat in the ring in this race? >> yeah, i would say that now more than ever, i mean it's one of these things i was the chairman of the arizona republican party for over four years, my mission was to get republicans elected and i know the states and know what they want. and bhaes happened consistently republicans but also the people tv arizona have felt somewhat let down, feel like not bringing much to the people. >> i hear tu and know you the republican party in arizona. but was the flake news that changed your mind? >> no, i'm a business guy, first and foremost. what it comes down to is duty. so when flake started -- ever
since the president elected i've been encouraged to run for senate. so i think have 6 children a lot of moving parts. so trying to balance everything and give back, i sacrificed four years as noncompensated roles chairman so i have to refresh. end of january my term was up so i had to refresh and get rerooted. now what's happened is the consideration has always been there, encouragement from back east, and even the president has said hey let us know what you want to end up doing. so now getting to this point, you look at it and say my gosh, and i'm not kfd that kelly ward c can , she blinded by ambition, and we have to have the title of the u.s. senator. >> this could be pick up for democrats, depending how you look at it, some improvement,
such as republicans such as yourself. being a business man, commander in chief businessman, he was talking to reporters today and saying, listen, there was a whole standing ovation behind closed doors in capitol hill yesterday during this tax lunch. and that it's a unified front here in the republican party. but, bob, look at just in the last week you have seen bush 43, senators flake, corker, mccain, criticize beyond the president's policies, criticizing his very core of being, his character. how is that party unity? >> well, when you look at it, you are talking about a handful of individuals that have been very open about their disdain or dislike for the presidency. when you look at places like arizona we have over a 1300,000 republicans that most voted to support trump in the election, so goes deeper than d.c.
what you are saying is political establishment in d.c. and this is more to it. when you talk about tax reform or tax relief for the people, that's when you see strong unity because it goes back to the people. but all those people, when you talk about bush, corker, flake, all this, you are saying their establishment. >> you are saying they are of the party? >> no, they are the swamp he is talking about draining. and whenever you challenge the establishment, then they are going to fight back. and right now they are trying to do if with words. and instead of digging in and fighting they are heading for the hills and not digging in to fight. and our president is a fighter. >> robert graham in arizona saying heel likely run for senator flake's seat. good luck. thank you so much. >> all right. thank you, brooke. >> thank you. >> president trump speaking out just moments ago also about that deadly ambush of four u.s. soldiers in niger. he confirmed that he did not specifically authorize that
mission. >> it's a dangerous business. i have to say, it's a dangerous business. so what? no, i didn't. not specifically. but i have generals that are great generals. these are great fighters. these are warriors. i gave them authority that's the authority they have. >> and regarding fallen soldier la david johnson, president once again stressed he was very thoughtful when he made the condolence call to his widow. >> i respect her. i respect her family. i certainly respect la david. who by the way i called la david right from the beginning. just so you understand, they put a chart in front p la david, says la david johnson. so i called right from the beginning, no hesitation, one of the great memories of all time. >> meantime, cnn is learning new details about that deadly ambush. military says they were there to
collect intelligence on high value target in the area and not that their mission was to kill or capture that individual. david mckenzie is live in niger. david, what are you learning on the investigation? so many hugs questiohuge questi unanswered. that's right. brooke. so many unanswered. one of the key questions is what level of intelligence came in that they were told that this mission was a routine one that didn't necessarily have any huge risks attached to it. but let me put it into perspective. where i'm standing in the capitol, just a couple of hours is where the ambush happened, it's a border region. and anyone you speak to here in the capitol hill of niger will tell you that is where the threat is, it's close by. and several attacks have happened on nigerian forces just
this year. so it is a dangerous place to operate. this is a place that special forces found themselves in within the nigerian counterparts when the intense fire fight happened that left those four american soldiers dead. so those questions are still out there. why they went without a great deal of protection? the assumption is they didn't think that it would be such a dangerous mission. but these are routine missions that are happening throughout the theater. there are some 800 american solars operating within niger. mostly on intelligence gathering. the base is close by to where i'm standing. and it's paying a critical role in acting as an advisory and capacity building group to try and stop that islamic groups that terror threat from pushing into niger from neighboring borders. brooke? >> why was the body found a mile
away? did the villagers have any of tipping off? all kind of questions. david mckenzie piece live in niger. thank you so much, david. coming up next the art of digging up secrets, new revelations into the dossier that alleged ties between donald trump and russian officials and who helped pay for it? sources today confirming hillary clinton and dnc were involved. we play you president's reaction in afternoon. also a trial making it headlines. five teenage boys facing the possibility of life in prison accused of throwing a cement rock off a bridge overpass killing a driver on amish began highway. we'll have the latest in the courthouse. and why the naacp are warning african-american passengers to avoid a make tear american airline. i'm brooke baldwin. you are watching cnn.
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watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. president trump lashing out with dossier. now confirms hillary clinton campaign and dnc bank rolled part of the research. here was the president reacting to this news. >> well, i think it's very sad what thooey've done with this fe dossier. it was made up. and i understand they paid a tremendous amount of money. and hillary clinton always denied it. the democrats always denied it. and now only because it's going to come out in la court case they said, yes, they did it. they admitted it. and they are embarrassed by it. but i think it's a disgrace.
it's just really a very sad commentary on politics in this country. >> we should add that the democrats did not bank roll this entire project. research firm was initially hired by and tie trump republicans during the primaries. so let's talk about this with adrianal rod. also with us cnn legal analyst. goods to see both of you. >> good to be here. >> we first met in iowa, full part of the kpcampaign mode. did you know? >> i was part of the communication team but not in the research effort. you do opposition research on your opponents. >> clearly unaware? >> yes i was unaware. but i wouldn't be aware because that wasn't my role on the campaign. but this is part of a modern day
presidential campaign do opposition research. that's originated during the primary. so not unusual at all given that one of the opponents became one of the nominee for the gop that we then took that research and utilized it. so not a surprise at all. >> not a surprise. you, sir i read some of your notes say kind of hypocritical. >> very hypocritical. and when you step back and look at the whole picture, these politicians, hillary clinton and donald trump, choose to play in the mud, looking to for dirt on their opponents and they now get splashed by it. trump had the high ground for a while saying i did none of these things. and you know what we find out it was funded by republicans originally. and when it became a parent that donald trump became a nominee, guess what, then the information was turned over essentially to the democrats who continued to fund it. so both parties are dirty in
this. and there is no high ground here. it's all low ground and muddy ground. >> just to push you a little bit, how is it is that democrats with cry foul at this new infamous don joirl meeting at trump power wanting dirt on hillary clinton. but you are saying this piece isn't okay? what's the difference? >> the difference in the two is don junior took a meeting with somebody who clearly had ulterior motives. and compiling it in hawaii that does the facts in unified cohesive way. >> but foreign nationals, you can argue, but still. >> this is collecting and gathering information that's fact based part of opposition research part of what you do. the person that don trump junior met with was somebody who had i'll in i'll intentions two
totally different. >> they are not different. they are similar. because christopher steele who was the author of the stuff in the dossier we are talking about came from british intelligence, mi 6 so democrats were buying negative information about trump from essentially a foreign intelligence officer. well, you can say they haven't been an enemy. but we've never gone to war with russia. so i think when you try to argue one was worse than the other. in the end this they both come out looking bad. >> but also on that note made clear that they subcontracted but not overseeing the day-to-day. so that included contact with mr. steele as you just mentioned. so again i'll make that point they were not overseeing that actual ongoing process. they were simply funding it.
>> this kind of thing is so common, isn't it? >> it's very common. >> op sticposition research, it done allstate th the time. and the sad part is when they think is a banana is an apple, that's when we have this problem. >> that's when we have an issue. >> thank you. well played, sir. we are getting some breaking news into us on cnn. word ambassador nikki haley has been taken away from ha area in the south sudan after rallies, got a little dicey. elice there is live there in africa. we'll talk to her about what's going on next. yierks your insurance company
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the president just spoke of great unity within the republican party. but his administration is now defying law make tears over a pln that was approved overwhelmingly not just by republicans but also democrats. talking about the sanctions against russia for interference in the 2016 presidential election. and despite signing the bill into law, president trump has missed its october 1st deadline, actually put the sanctions in place. the white house is placing blame on the state department for this who is now doing review on its portion of the law. let's straighten all this out with manu raj u who is our national correspondent. you talked about corker and mccain on this issue. what did they tell you? >> they say there is frustration.
they say he chairs to push for more information, weighing various operations as recourse. because this is legislation that passed overwhelmingly in both chambers, something that you rarely see, and president reluctantly signed this into law and not yet implemented yet prompting these concerns both from senator corker and john mccain. >> well, i know that senator corker inquired about it at the end of september. and i know that the division of treasury that implements has been overwhelmed with sanction activity. but what we are going to do is setting up a call with a specific person at state just to find out where this is. >> are you concerned with administration is dragging its feet? >> well, you know, i don't know yechlt yet, i really don't. this was a huge bill, right, i mean it had russia, iran, north
korea. when you implement these things, it is very difficult to implement. and once you do t it's in place, and you've got to make sure there aren't unintended consequences. so i understand senator corden's concerns, and look, i want to make sure that the policy we put in place we pass is actually implemented. i do know that the nfc waited until the very last minute to get this going. but i have a better answer for you in the next short period of time. >> i think it's overdue and i hope they will act according to the law. we are all urging that the law be in compliance. >> so, brooke, pressure building on both sides to at least explain why these sanctions have not been implemented but be sure if they don't move quickly congress is going to push back. >> thank you. coming up next a new warning
from the naacp specifically to african-american passengers who fly american airlines. the examples they site suggesting racial bias on their flights. also breaking news today the word that the u.s. ambassador to united nations nikki haley has been moved. we'll get in elise in front of a live tv. a live report next. ♪
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national advisory how they may be treated by airline staff after disturbing incidences. so regulation correspondent is joining us, and brooks former president and ceo of the naacp. so welcome to you. so rene to you first, explain what incidents were. >> i want to start off this was an extraordinary move for the civil rights organization. to be clear, they are telling passengers watch your back if you happen to be black and flying american airlines. they are accusing the world's largest airline of discrimination. i want to read part of the advisory. leads tliek this. the naacp for several months has
disturbing incidents for passengers specific to american airlines and we have taken to national advisory alerting travelers, especially african americans to exercise caution in booking and boarding flights on american airlines could subject them to disrespectful discriminatory or unsafe conditions. very strong lang. language. >> i can tell you that this laid out corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possibly even racial bias. one case they say a black man had to give up his seat they say because he responded to disrespectful and discriminatory comments directed to him by two unruly white passengers. also outline a second case where despite booking a first class ticket for herself, and a traveling c
traveling companion, a black woman was assigned to coach while the white was assigned in the first class. i do want to point out american airline ceo doug parker sent a memo to the staff members at the company saying that he was disappointed to hear about this naacp warning. however he says that the airline does plan to meet with the naacp and also says that the airline does not and will not tolerate any discrimination. brooke? >> so, cornell, to you, sir, just on, you know, i think ts first question really is the naacp accusing this entire airline of being racist. >> so clearly for the naacp for the largest most wildly recognized civil rights in the country to issue a travel advisory and warning with respect to the world's largest
airline, this is a very, very serious move. the statement outlined for incidents indicates that the naacp has been monitoring the airline for months. so this is a very, very serious move on the part of the naacp. and one would expect that after a period of thoughtful assessment and analysis that you would not put everything in the statement, nor anything in a statement. so i suspect that whatever investigation there is that that is ongoing, the naacp has indicated they are looking so receive complaints. but this is a very, very serious move. but i'm heart end by the fact that the ceo is looking to meet with the naacp and they are looking to meet with american airlines with their leadership. >> is there a risk though, cornell? or what is the risk you know to
these companies or maybe even to the naacp of labeling an entire corporation for four incidents? >> so the risk here is, as with any civil rights investigation or case, can you make your case? and that depends on the facts that emerge and that come about as a consequence of your investigation. it is not unusual in the course of a civil rights investigation to start with a few incidents to determine whether or not there is a pattern and practice of discrimination. that is not unusual. but i'd like to believe based on these incidents which are very disturbing on their face, and for example the justice league, one of the coleaders, if you if, of the women's march, for her to
describe the treatment she received, that too is very serious. so you have to make your case. and that case is based on talking to people, doing a thorough investigation, involving lawyers, and certainly in the case of the naacp, involving our units, i should say the units in the 2350efield field staff. >> at least you are heart end there is some communication happening. but we will follow it in the wake of this. thank you both so very much. >> thank you. just in here we have video from the south sudan where we are told the ambassador nikki haley had to end event early and had to move. we are working on getting a live report next. he's brought us to the brink of nuclear war.
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all right. here's the breaking news. u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley forced to move. cnn is on the ground with her. nearly 400,000 refugees forced to leave the violence. nikki haley first cabinet official to visit sub saharan africa. elise labott is live in south sudan capital city of juba. what was going on for her to have to move? >> reporter: brooke, just to clarify. we were in juba earlier now we are in the democratic republic
of congo. she was there to get a firsthand look at the conflict of south sudan. now, these protesters were not protesting nikki haley. they were protesting the president silva kir who they think is very responsible and nikki haley was there to tell her that has displaced 4 million people from the homes nikki haley was at ethiopia camp where there they were displaced by the conflict. basically this was a tough meeting with nikki haley. she went with the president and went to the protection camp for certifica certificate civilians and they started chanting, silva is a killer, down with silva ker. but also cheering welcome president trump.
president trump welcome. and there were signs praising president trump calling him, you know, a mediator, someone who cared about hue hand rights. these people looking for the united states to do something about this brutal conflict. nikki haley heard stories from women about them being their children being thrown in fires. being killed forced to drink the blood of enemy forces. it was really horrific stories that she heard, brooke, and she was hear to tell president ker to cut out the violence or the u.s. would have to rethink support for him. >> i have a dear friend living in south sudan and trying to help in the mission and he was forced outi as well. i'm sure you are able to go along. elise lab b elise labott thank you so much. coming up next here on cnn a rock tossed from a highway overpass killed a 32-year-old
and down below, kenneth white, 32 years of age driving along. he was killed. he was a newly engaged father raiding in the passenger seat of a van where the rock smashed through the windshield. the teenagers here, ages 15 to 17, have been denied bail. they are all charged as adults. so let's talk about this with my friend ashleigh banfield. she's the host of hln's primetime justice with ashleigh banfield. >> hi, brooke. >> tell me about this case. >> it's sad. every way you look at this, it is terribly side. we found -- this victim has four children. and the kids are children themselves. charged as adults. but what's intriguing about it is they -- it wasn't just this one incident, there were 20 some odd rocks that were thrown over the overpass. there were numerous vehicles disabled all along. in fact, kenneth was the passenger in the vehicle and the driver reports having to avoid all of these other cars that had been disabled by other
projectiles that had been thrown, including a tire as well. this is not going to bode well for these five because it is a tragic result. it isn't just cute, funny antics, as the prosecutor said. so they're facing a second-degree murder charge and i think the five of them are really going to have to play their cards to try to mitigate their damage here. whether they come forward and pleading against the other ones to try to lessen there sentence. >> what's the potential if they're all being tried as adults and you're saying second-degree murder? >> decades. if you're an adult, you're an adult. you get the same treatment as anybody else. it doesn't matter if you're 15, 16, or 17. >> let me ask you about the new reporting we're getting today. the sandy hook elementary school shooter killed 20 kids, six adults. he heavily researched past shootings. fixated on mass murder in every bit of his life. what did you learn from all of this research?
>> the fbi's behavorial analysis has unleashed the reporting they've been doing for the last five years. i'm sure everybody has asked why so long? he's dead. no prosecution. this is really for historical benefit for the rest of us to look at the patterning here. what was so amazing about what they discovered is that they had to go deep and dark into his past, not just interviewing family, friends, associates, teachers, everybody who touched this guy's life. but also down into the internet and his connections there. they came up with this woman, unidentified, has had a 2 1/2 year relationship with him online. she was a trove of knowledge about what he had told her -- >> they never met. >> never met. but she said he was, quote, the weirdest person online. she said all of these things about how he was singularly focused on murder, mass murder. spree killings. if it didn't have to do with that, he wasn't interested. his musical interests, all about murder. he had a negative world view. he would wallow in it and
retreat to his bedroom for days on end. she said he was uncomfortable by daylight. daylight actually hurt him. he found food unappealing, which might note why he's so thin in the photographs that we see. he lamented he couldn't find photos to fit him probably because he was so incredibly thin. he thought death was not a negative, it would be an escape from a joyless life. then there is the paid feel yeah, which i think a lot of headlines will lock on to. he had an interesting in pedophilia though he never acted on it. it's odd there are a series of facts that are unleashed in this. he said he loathed pedophiles but at the same time he didn't think that a child/adult sexual relationship wasn't necessarily beneficial to both parties but had a hatred of pedophiles. very odd, the connection here. it's a very subtle connection that the profilers made in the behavorial analysis with his
pedophilia fascination. i think they had to go into everything, including his fascination with japanese anime. but they say he never acted on any of that. >> weird. why didn't she say something? >> by the way, didn't even know where he lived. so maybe she could have, but then wouldn't have known what to say or to whom. >> i know. we watch ashleigh primetime justice on our sister network hln at 6:00 p.m. eastern. i'm brooke baldwin. we're going to send it to "the lead" a little early today. jake tapper is up. "the lead" starts now. thanks, brooke. president trump today blaming the press for making him look uncivil, presumably because we quote him and air video of him talking. "the lead" starts right now. president trump taking what looks like a victory lap, calling the russia dossier fake and accusing the obama
administration of a watergate-like scandal. the president's personal lawyer back on the hill right now after sources say things got contentious between him and lawmakers. what are things getting contentious about specifically? plus, the strongest threat about the deadliest bomb. north korea telling cnn to take its latest threat to detonate an h-bomb above ground literally. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we're going to start with the politics lead today. any moment now, we're expecting president trump to arrive in dallas, texas. after getting a lot off his comet before he departed washington, he address the remarkable one-two purchase yesterday of two republican senators who expressed grave concerns about president's fitness for office. today the president said there is in fact a great republican unity. he blamed the media for complaints about him, saying that the press had made him out to look uncivil. he suggested the script has been flipped on the russia