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happening now, breaking news, lashing out. president trump in the air and on the attack as he heads towards asia with lots of back acknowledge from the russia investigation. is this any way to start a trip with huge implications for america's security. ten times harder. is this new information or a misleading exaggeration. going rogue. after the president's twitter account vanishes for 11 minutes, the social media giant blames an exiting employee and has new safeguards. new concerns that the president's twitter account may be vulnerable. democrats trade new
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accusations that hillary clinton's campaign hijacked the party machine. are they worried about giving the president new ammunition as he reknews his charge the system is rigged. i'm wolf blitzer you're in "the situation room." welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. president trump lands in hawaii very soon as he kicks off his most important international trip yet but his public comments suggest he may be more focussed on distracting from the russia investigation. the president unleeching a rapid fire tweet storm before boarding air force one and continuing in flight. his attacks included a slap at his own justice department for not going after hillary clinton. also tonight, a leading republican critic is slamming the president, accusing him of trying to pressure federal authorities to prosecute and punish his political enemies.
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senator bob corker says the president is undermining confidence in the u.s. judicial system. the president is facing new questions tonight about whether he's misled the american public by denying any knowledge of his campaign aide's contacts with russia. the president telling report erhe doesn't remember much about a meeting where george papadopoulos proposed a meeting with putin. all this as the special counsel's probe moves into overdrive with the first indictments against top inciders. paul manafort is tentatively scheduled to face trial on may 7th along with rick gates. i'll talk with leon pa debt ta a member of the house foreign affai affairs, ted lieu. first let's go to cnn's ryan nobles with more on the president and his message.
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ryan, the president is beginning a hi high stakes trip to asia, but we haven't seen much talking or tweeting about that. >> that's right. he's only talked and tweeted about the trip in general terms but still weighing in and giving his opinion on a wide variety of topics even as he makes his way to hawaii aboard air force one. president trump took off from washington today for the longest trip of his presidency and quickly got right back to tweeting writing bern knee sanders reporters have every right to be apoplectic of the complete theft of the democrat primary. i always felt i would be running and winning against bern knee sanders. but then he turned to not focussing enough on the democrats. he promised the trip will be productive wenchts eel ben listing the help of a lot of
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people and countries. i think we're going to have a successful trip. there's a lot of goodwill. >> his efforts abroad continue to be overshadowed by efforts at home. a special counsel investigation has now netted a plea deal and two arrests, including his former campaign chairman paul manafort. and the president, who as late as last week baracked about his memory. >> one of the great memories. >> claimed he does not remember a meeting with george papadopoulos who recently pled guilty to lying to the fbi as part of the special counsel probe. >> i don't remember much about that meeting. it was an unimportant meeting. don't remember much about it. >> the president quickly changed the subject. >> there was no collusion. there was no nothing. it's a disgrace that they continue. you ought to look at hillary clinton and the new book that was just put out by donna brazil, where he basically bought the dnc and stole the election from bernie. that's what you ought to look
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at. >> he told reporters he wishes he had more control over the justice department, which is overseeing the investigation into his ties to russia. >> the saddest thing is because i'm the president of the united states i am not supposed to be involved with the justice department, i'm not supposed to be involved with the fbi. i'm not supposed to be doing the kind of things that i would love to be doing and i am very frustrated by it. i look at what's going on with the justice department, why aren't they going after hillary clinton with her e-mails. >> as the president makes his way to the asia, he made it clear he sees himself as the one in charge. >> the one that matters is me. i'm the only one that matters. >> air force one is expected to touchdown here in about an hour. he'll receive a briefing from the pacific command and then tour the u.s. arizona memorial. then it will be wheels up tomorrow morning for tokyo.
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>> ryan nobles, thank you. let's dig deeper to the russia investigation. jim sciutto is joining us. he down plays the probe as if it has nothing to do with him. >> this is another in a series of cases where the president and his supporters' stories have changed. the president and his supporters said there was no meeting early on, the that's since proven to be false. more recently they said there were no discussions of anything untoward. we found and the special counsel found there were discussions, for instance offers of dirt on hillary clinton during the campaign. we know now this is a line of inquiry that is still very much of interest to the special counsel. >> tonight a pressing question. were president trump and attorney general jeff sessions
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misleading when they denied any knowledge of campaign contacts with russians. here is mr. trump in february. >> can you say whether you are aware that anyone who advised your campaigns had contacts with russia during the course of the election? >> i told you general flynn obviously was dealing. but that's one person. >> during the election? >> nobody that i know of. >> here is mr. sessions in testimony just last month. >> you don't believe that surrogates from the trump campaign had communications with the russians? is that what you're saying? >> i did not and i'm not aware of anyone else that did. and i don't believe it happened. >>, in fact, court filings this week showed that former trump campaign foreign policy advisor, george papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal investigators suggested at a march 2016 meeting that trump meet russian president vladimir putin. j.d. gordon, a former national security advisor to the campaign who was in the room for that
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meeting tells cnn that trump heard out papadopoulos. and another source tells us that sessions, a top national campaign aide rejected the advisor. the president said he doesn't remember much about that meeting. >> i don't remember much about that meeting. it was an unimportant meeting. >> another foreign campaign foreign policy advisor, carter page tells cnn he testified before the house intelligence committee that he informed sessions he was traveling to russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, though he said that the trip was not tied to his role with the campaign. papadopoulos's account is placing another trump advisor under scrutiny. sam cloe vich, who served as deputy campaign chairman. it shows that papadopoulos has contacted a supervisor about a potential trip to russia to meet russian officials. the supervisor responded
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enkoujing papadopoulos to make the trip. it was unsealed the same day as indictments against paul manafort and rick gates in relation to their lobbying work for the ewe crane government. the governme they received millions of dollars and hid it. manafort and gates have pleaded not guilty to charges which cover activities prior to trump's presidential campaign. >> there is now a proposed date for the start of the manafort/gates trial, it is may 7 of 2018. the trial expected to last at least three weeks. that, of course, takes it to the summer, a very busy summer before the key midterm elections. >> let's talk more about all of this with a congressman on the
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foreign affairs committees. you heard the president say this past february that during the presidential campaign he knew of nobody with any russia contacts in his campaign. do you believe that's true? >> i do not. we now have direct evidence of collusion, george papadopoulos a trump campaign official coordinated with the russians to try to get dirt on hillary clinton. the only question now is how high up did that go? was jeff sessions aware of it, it's clear he was according to the reports, and it's likely donald trump was aware of it because they were at the same meeting. >> you think there's absolute evidence of collusion, even though the white house says that papadopoulos was some low-level volunteer, some other former aides say he served coffee, they make fun of him. >> the trump campaign released a picture of that meeting, and you don't stick someone there who's a low-level staffer at the head
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table with jeff sessions and the president if he's some low level staffer. keep in mind during watergate it was low-level staffers that brought down the pooiresident o the united states. so the level is not as relevant as who knew. >> before leaving the white house, the president had this q and a with reporters on the white house lawn. he was asked would you fire jeff sessions if the justice department doesn't take action against hillary clinton. i'm going to play the exchange. it's hard to hear the question, but listen to this. [ inaudible question ] >> i don't know. i'm not really involved with the justice department, i'd like to let it run itself. but honest they should be looking at the democrats and podesta and all of that dishonesty. they should be looking at a lot of things. a lot of people are disappointed in the justice department, including me. >> so he doesn't know.
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he says would you fire jeff sessions, the question, if the justice department doesn't take action against hillary clinton? i don't know. how concerned are you about that. >> i'm very concerned. after watergate rules and norms were put in place to make sure the president didn't use the fbi and the full power of the department of justice to go after his enemies. keep in mind these issues have been reviewed, and nothing criminal has been discovered r covered. so there's no reason to relook at those issues again. >> carter page another trump campaign advisor says he told the attorney general, jeff sessions, about his trip to russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. he told our jake tapper just a little while ago that he told other campaign officials about that. something sessions originally omitted in his testimony that he knew anything about those kinds of things. do you believe the attorney general of the united states
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perjured himself? >> absolutely. he lied under oath at least twice and carter page and george papadopoulos, based on their testimony and statements, they show that jeff sessions contradicted himself when he said he was not aware of campaign official talking to the russians. it was clear both carter page and george papadopoulos were doing that and they let him know they were doing that. >> i assume you want sessions to resign if he lied under oath and committed perjury as you suggest. >> i believe the top law enforcement official of the united states cannot have committed a crime and still be there. he committed a perjury, he should not be in that position. >> the president also says he may meet with the russian president vladimir putin on this trip to asia. they're going to meet maybe on the sidelines. in light of the entire russia investigation that's underway with special counsel robert mueller, committees in the house and senate, do you think that would be a good idea. >> it would be a horrible idea
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pip sit on the house foreign affairs committee. north korea is helping north korea get access to the internet. putin is not our ally, our friend. the president should not take these actions by meeting with putin. he should be imposing the sanctions on russia, which he's already weeks behind the deadline. >> i know you're a member of the house foreign affairs committee. i want to play a clip of what the president said on fox last night about rex tillerson. >> rex is working hard, he's doing his best. >> is he going to be with you for the duration? >> we'll see. i don't know who, duration. >> didn't express a vote of confidence in him. you're smiling. why are you smiling? >> the president is making rex tillerson's job very difficult. when rex tillerson was trying to engage in diplomacy with north korea, the decided to tweet out that was a waste of time.
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we're now awaiting president trump's arrival in hawaii. that's the first stop on a major international trip to asia. he's been tweeting up a storm aboard air force one. including a new rant complaining that the justice department should be going after hillary clinton and the democrats. we're joined by a former defense secretary in the obama administration. leon podesta. laung for joining us. >> nice to be with you. >> let me get your reaction. i want you to listen to a comment the president made about the u.s. justice department. listen to this. >> the saddest thing is that because i'm the president of the united states i am not supposed to be involved with the justice
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department. i'm not supposed to be involved with the fbi. i'm not supposed to be doing the kind of things that i would love to be doing, and i'm very frustrated by it. >> but today the president directed, in effect, the justice department to go after hillary clinton, john podesta and the democrats. what do you think when you hear that? >> it just, it confirms in my mind that this president has no idea where the lines are with regards to the authority of the presidency. there are certain traditions, there are certain values, there are certain rules that are involved with the presidency of the united states. and one of those rules is that you do not interfere with the justice department in the pursuit of their investigations. nor do you command that they investigate certain issues. he's crossed those lines, and
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frankly, all he's doing is making more trouble for himself. i just fail to understand why he keeps talking this way because the more he does it, the more problems he creates for himself. >> because this morning he tweeted everybody is asking why the justice department and fbi isn't looking into all the dishonesty going on with crooked hillary and the dems and then he added at some point the justice department and the fbi must do what is right and proper, the american people deserve it. those are his words. you served as president bill clinton's white house chief of staff, if he said that or any previous president spoke about the justice department like that, what would be the consequences? >> well, there is no question in my mind that when a president of the united states crosses that line and that clear distinction between being president of the
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united states and then trying to directly interfere with what the justice department is trying on do, that that president is operating out of bounds. and there's no question that if bill clinton had done that, the republicans would be up in arms about taking action against the president for crossing that line. this is just in a way this is very sad for all of us, because this president is embarked on a very important trip to asia, to determine whether or not he's going to be able to take steps to prevent the potential of a war -- a nuclear war with north korea. that's what he ought to be focussed on. that's what he ought to be talking about. he ought not to be engaged in this swiping at the justice department and others when there's a serious business involved in being president of the united states. >> and he went one step further,
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mr. secretary, the president also hinted very strongly that he would consider firing the attorney general, jeff sessions, if sessions doesn't go after hillary clinton with a criminal probe. he was asked just before leaving the white house, would you fire jeff sessions if the justice department doesn't take action against hillary clinton? the president responded, i don't know. those are pretty strong words about his attorney general. >> well, what it means is that he's undermining the ability of his -- of attorney general to be attorney general. he's undermined the ability of his secret of state to be secretary of state. he seems to have no qualms about undermining the credibility of those who work for him. and what that does is it not only weakens their position in the department, it weakens their position in terms of the
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congress and in terms of the courts of law that have to review what actions they take. i just don't think a president, if he wants a team working for him, ought to spend his time criticizing the very people that he himself has appointed to those positions. >> it's not just the justice department or the fbi that he's criticizing. he's now criticizing the u.s. military justice system. he responded to the ruling today by a military judge that sergeant bow bergdal won't receive jail time. he tweeted the decision is a complete and total disgrace to our country and to our military. it was made following lengthy procedures. is it appropriate, do you believe, for the commander in which i have to say the u.s. military in effect disgraced itself with this ruling?
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>> i think it's a disgrace that the president would say something like that. he took our judicial system and called it a joke this week. now he's criticizing the justice system within the military. and the fact is that by doing that, he's only undermining his own credibility. the fact is when he criticized the bergdahl case, there's no doubt in my mind the words impacted on the judge in that case because he had to pay attention to what the president of the united states said about the case. and when the president starts talking about the bergdahl case or starts talking about how the isis suspect in new york ought to be treated, what he's doing when he speaks is to undermine the credibility of the justice system that's trying to pursue
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justice in these cases. it's a terrible mistake. it's irresponsible, and it's not what presidents should do. >> mr. secretary, thank you so much more joining us. >> thank you. >> leon panetta joining us from california. just ahead, what does it tell us when a president who boasts about his memory suddenly can't recall a meeting that could be key to the russia investigation. >> no hesitation. one of the great memories of all time. i don't remember much about that meeting. it was a very unimportant meeting. don't remember much about it. ♪
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we're getting new reaction to president trump venting his frustration that the justice department isn't going after hks and the democrats. bob corker says the president is pressuring the justice department to file charges against his political enemies. >> i'm going to play the clip for you and our viewers one more time. it's hard to hear the specific question. i'll read the specific question, would you fire jeff sessions if the justice department doesn't take action against hillary clinton. listen to the exchange. >> i'm really not involved with the justice department. i'd like to let it run itself
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but honestly they should be looking at the democrats, at po decemb podesta and that dishonest, and a lot of people are disappointed in the justice department, including me. >> the question was asked would you fire jeff sessions if the justice department doesn't take action against hillary clinton. the president said i don't know. >> these are profoundly troubling statements. trump is saying i don't know i don't have anything to do with the justice department and then calling for investigations into his political opponents. that is a remarkable trend of behavior that is threatening this principle of independent law enforcement. he does need to have some communication with the attorney general and the justice department. he should not be commenting publically at all on ongoing active investigations that's not
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a line that past presidents have struggled with at all and yet we see trump unable to respect this important and fundamental principle. >> ron bronstein, the republican senator, corker chairman of the committee, he put out the strong statement, like me most americans hope our justice system is free of interference. president trump's pressure of the justice department and fbi to pursue cases against his adversaries and calling for punishment before trials take place are totally inappropriate and not only undermine our justice system but reroads the american people's belief in the justice system. >> this is a very profound moment because others have said on this show what we are hearing from the president is more like what you hear in an
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authoritarian regime, where he's urnling law enforcement officials to take action against his political opponents. i had a conversation a couple months ago with a law enforcement official from the obama administration. i said i had no idea what this is going to look like, this trump presidency in 18 months whether it will be successful, blowing up -- he said that's probably right but we have no question how it will look in 50 years. i think this is one of those moments where republicans have to realize that the judgment of history is looking over their shoulder and if they want to say this is a twitter controversy and i'd rather talk about tax cuts while the president is threatening to cross this very historic line, this critical line between a democracy and something less than that, that is a profound statement on their part that i think is not going to look very good in 50 years. >> let me let phil mudd weigh in on this. you hear the president in his
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tweets and his statements saying not just the justice department but the fbi has to start investigating hillary clinton or as he calls her crooked hilly and the other democrats. >> i don't think the american people understand how profound his statement is. we live in a country that has a gift that we take for granted. if you're black, white, christian, jewish, regardless, you're blind in the pursuit of justice. what the president has suggested is regardless of the facts the department of justice finds. when president putin does it we sanction him, when president trump says it we say it's weird. the president just under mined any prospect the justice
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department would do that. as you know the department has declined to pursue charges against secretary clinton. let's say they reopened the case tomorrow, what would everybody say? they would say it's a result of the political pressure from the president. he's not thinking enough, in a sort of tillerson moment, ammo raonic moment, the fact that the justice department would do it now is zero. >> they said, they got to do this the justice department and the fbi pocahontas, he's refefring to elizabeth warn just stated hillary clinton rigged the preliminariries let's go fbi and justice department. >> i agree with everything that has been said. when i was in the white house, everybody was under strict orders not to talk to the fbi, the justice department.
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those discussions, any questions should be routed throughout white house counsel. the president was circumspect about talking about these things. i think what happened is the president had a bad week with the indictments and the plea of george papadopoulos and he's trying to create a massive misdirection play but he's doing it at a great cost of our society. >> have you heard anything like this going on before from an american president to this degree? >> no. certainly, many sort of the post watergate reforms were designed to memorialize and institutional liez this profound wall. david referenced the fact all communications are supposed to go through the white house counsel's office.
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because the president does need some communication we have to trust him as an individual to care about sort of being, you know, an appropriate steward of our democracy and really respecting those lines it's not an area in which it's easy to set hard and fast rules and so that opens the door for somebody like trump to say i don't care about that, i'm going to say whatever i want, without thinking about the long-term consequences. >> everybody stand by. i want to get your reaction to the president's twitter account going down for 11 minutes. people are laughing about that, wondering about it. but does it represent potentially a national security threat? stand by.
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get back to our analysts. david axle rod i want to play a clip from an interview the president gave to fox last night. listen to this exchange. >> you're heading to asia, huge trip. you have lots of stakes, north korea, dealing with the chinese, your state department still has some unfilled positions. are you worried that the state department doesn't have enough donald trump nominees in there to push your vision through because other state departments, including reagan's at times undermine his agenda and there's a concern the state department is undermining your agenda. >> i'm a business person and i
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tell my people, you don't need to fill slots, don't fill them. we have some people that i'm not happy -- >> assistant secretary of state you're not not filling that position. >> i'm the only one that matters. the one that matters is me. >> what do you think of that statement? what impact does that have on american diplomacy? >> i think it maybe a statement of philosophy for the entire administration, which is part of the problem which the president has because he seems to feel that the only thing that matters is him. i think the most serious im34ri indication of that statement, other than the a lack of recognition that the understaff state department hobbles the ability of the united states to do its work around the world is that really undercut it is secretary of state. and he's done it a couple of times. i don't know how rex tillerson continues in that job because the president cuts him off at
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the knees time and again. here they are off on a journey to asia that is of some consequence, and basically what he's saying is, none of these guys count. and by implication, even the secretary of state, i'm the one who matters. i think it makes it hard for people who are traveling and representing this country to do the job we hope they could do. >> what do you think phil? >> you would think the president wants to revolutionize government, drain the swamp. one way to do that is to put people in significant positions so they can execute the policy that you want. particularly when they're faced with burr cats like me who might want to resist. this is an opportunity for him to drain the swamp, to execute policies he wants in places like the middle east, against isis, regarding china on north korea. yetd he's saying policy only comes from me. this limits his ability to do what he wants.
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i don't understand it. >> do you understand it, ron? >> there's no evidence that policy fundamentally comes from him to begin with, right. in the sense that we have seen consistently through this presidency that he -- he operates in an orbit that is somewhat distinct from the policy orbit. what the president does is precipitate an end lesser rees of personal feuds on twitter, comments, suggestions of the kind we're talking about today, meanwhile there's a pole out that says 60% of the public thinks the tax plan is towards the rich. the president has shown he can dominate the news cycle. he hasn't shown he can move public opinion on an issue that matters and that's what congress needs more than anything else. so yes, he has certain pred likss but the idea he is driving
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the policy in detail is detached from where we are. >> last night the president's twitter account went down for 11 minutes people had fun with that. there you see what they saw during those 11 minutes, but there are some national security concerns if some employee can randomly shut goun dodown that can some random employee post statements in the name of the president? >> there's a concern of the president's use of unsecure cell phones and twitter and social media. manage the kind of mischief that you can get into. markets respond to what the president tweets. imagine if someone hacked the president's account and said i ordered a pre-emptive strike on north korea. these could have profound consequences that it appears the president hasn't sought or followed the advice of professionals at nsa or elsewhere regarding security practices. it reveals that twitter is not
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the u.s. government it's not focussed on the high level security issue, it's a social media company. i think it's an illustration of a potential national security vul any ability. >> let me get your thought osone other issue that came up. they released the national annual climate assessment. it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid 20th century. for the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence. are you surprised by this statement coming in from the white house? >> well, look, it's a fair question because the president has called climate change a hoax in the past. his secretary of energy has doubted whether man is playing a role in climate change.
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his environmental director has been dismantling programs. we with drew from the paris climate change agreement. but i think they had no choice. first of all it was man dated to release the report, secondly and it wouldn't be made public is a, would have been really, really foolish and finally as ron points out b, they're in the middle of a tax cut fight an some rational person in the white house may have suggested you know what, maybe we should skip this fight that we're not going to win any way and try and concentrate on the things that we need to get done in the next couple of months. >> quickly, ron, give me your thought. >> yeah, look. i think the collusion between their agenda and the science and the observed reality that americans are living through, climate change is not something anymore that people are thinking
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about affecting their kids or 2045. they are looking at the pattern hurrican hurricanes, ipg the president is caught in a position of defe defending the past. >> there's more news coming into the situation room right now. kim jong-un maybe getting ready for a new missile or a nuclear test. but he's also showing his softer side as well. as he tours a cosmetics factory with his stylish wife. we have some fascinating photos we'll share with you.
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we're standing by for president trump's arrival in hawaii as he begins a trip that will take him to the korean peninsula. right now, twoewe want to look some unusual photos of kim jong-un with his wife. brian todd is here in "the situation room." what does this signify? >> one analyst believes the perezens ens of his wife means there's some stability inside the regime now. tonight, we have new information on kim's wife. on her powerful connections and on the mysteries surround iing e the couple eets children. at the same time north korea's kim jong-un is flexing his muscles on the world stage, possibly according to
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intelligence, prepare iing for another missile test, the reclusive, brutal dictator, appears to be try iing to softe his imangel at home. these photos show scene out of a western democracy. the 33-year-old touring a cosmetics factory with his wife. the first lady is believed to be about three years younger. she's distressed stylishly, examining bottles. but a trip to a makeup factory intended to dress up kim jong-un's image. >> this would with an indication there's stable thety, that kim is feeling comfortable with the people around him because when there are times of tension, either severe external tension or internal tension, she is usually not available. >> she is said to be very image and fashion conscious. dennis rodman after a visit, said north korea's first lady often wears outfits from top
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designers. the regime is said to want to portray her as a princess diana like figure. >> she allows kim to present a softer side of the regime to the outside world. and which she provides is the glamourous counterpart to the current narrative about north korea as a human rights violator. and developing illegal nuclear weapons. >> she comes from kim's inner circle of trusted elites. form er air force general, one f three top officials who kim jong-un often hugs after successful missile launches is believed to be her grandfather or great uncle. analysts say kim jong-un was set up by his future wife with the uncle he later executed and by the uncle's influential wife. she is also someone not unfamiliar with the spotlight. >> from what we understand, she was an entertainer with one of the singing groups. she was also one of a group of
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cheerleaders who visited south korea we believe in 2005. >> tonight, much of the intrigue surrounding this young couple has to do with questions about an heir apparent. they are believed to have at least one child. a daughter, likely born a few years ago. rodman claimed to have once held the child in his arms. observers say the question of succession is critical. >> she probably does feel some pressure given that all three k kims have been, all three kims who have been leaders in north korea have been male. so she probably does feel some pressure produce a male heir. >> but if she does not have a son, could kim's daughter some day be elevated to be supreme lead er? some believe the north koreans would be reluctant to place a woman in this position, but they say with this regime, bloodline is paramount and a daughter would be more likely than anyone
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outside the kim family. >> lot of mysteries that continue to this day. thank you very much. that's it from me. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, president trump says he can't remember. so what happened to the self-proclaimed greatest memory of all time? plus, the president now calling on the justice department to go after his political enemies. did he go too far? and the surprising sentence for bow bergdahl. no prison time. let's go "outfront." good evening, i'm kate bolduan in for erin burnett. i can't remember or more like i want to forget. did president trump insist iinge can't recall a campaign meeting during the election when foreign policy adviser george

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