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happening now, breaking news, lack of trust. new cnn polling exposes americans escalates doubts about the president's honesty and a growing opposition to giving him a second term. we'recrunching the numbers. trump lash, big election wins for democrats and making many republicans anxious about the midterms next year. more gop lawmakers run away from mr. trump. mission to china, the president lands in beijing in need of help to diffuse the north korean nuclear threat. how is he going to convince chinese leaders that he used to bash during the campaign. and lunatic old man is what
north korea is calling trump, we have an exclusive live report coming up from inside north korea. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." breaking news tonight, a just released cnn poll is offering even more evidence of the anti-trump sent innocent that helped fuel the democratic sweep overnight. exactly one year after the president won the white house, 63% of americans now say he doesn't deserve re-election. and in roughly equal numbers, they say mr. trump is not honest or trust worthy, this as democrats celebrate their big win in virginia's governor's race and many other state and local contests across the nation. house minority leader nancy
pelosi says the results show that the door is open for democrats to retake control of the house in the midterms next year. the president's party is grappling with the fallout, with at least one gop member calling the election a referendum on mr. trump. but the president isn't accepting blame. he argues that republican ed gillespie's refusal to embrace him is the reason he lost the virginia governor's race. tonight president trump is in china hoping to prod beijing's government to isolate north korea. this comes just hours after trump delivered a speech on the korean peninsula warning kim jong-un that his nuclear regime is putting his country in grave danger. t this hour, i'll talk about all that and much more, with senator mitch markey, he's a democrat on
the senate foreign relations committee. first, let's go to our senior washington correspondent brianna keeler with more on the democrats big election wins and what it means going forward. polls show an anti-trump sentiment ripping through this election? >> reporter: and there is a bipartisan feeling as well. democrats cleaned up across the country. tonight, one year after donald trump won the presidency, voters have delivered a sweeping and decisive victory for drath demo from virginia and across the country. >> in 2005, i was head of the dfcc and you could smell a wave coming, the results tonight, smell exactly the same way, our republican friends better look out. >>. >> reporter: the virginia governor's race was expected to be a nail biter, instead,
northam won decisively. >> to end the divisiveness that we will not condone hatred and bigotry and to end the politics that have torn this country apart. >> reporter: northam defeating republican ed gillespie, who embraced the trump agenda but not trump himself. gillespie blamed -- tweeting ed gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what i stand for. republican scott taylor had a different assessment. >> with all due respect to the president, i profoundly disagree with that. i think it's important that we come together as a country. leadership matters and to me leading is bringing people together and achieving a purpose. >> reporter: new jersey picked democrat fill murphy to succeed
republican governor chris christie. >> we are a progressive blue beacon state that other states used to look to us to like women's health and the environment and we have gotten away from that. >> reporter: picking up 13 states in the virginia state legislature, poised to flip control of the state senate. the republican governor is refusing to enact the measure until it's fully funded. >> the democratic party is back, my friends. >> president barack obama, joe biden and hillary clinton tweeting their jubilation, obama writing, this is what happens when the people vote. senate minority leader chuck schumer arguing for republicans to abandon their efforts to overall the tax system. >> the republicans should look at the elections last night and
it should be a giant stop sign for their tax bill. >> reporter: but house speaker paul ryan insisting tuesday's results provide extra motivation to deliver. >> it doesn't change my reading of the current moment, it just emphasizes my reading of the current moment, which is we have a promise to keep, if anything, this just puts more pressure on making sure we followthrough. >> natur >> reporter: nationally all eyes go back to the white house and democrats taking back the white house is higher tonight. an indication they may be well positioned to harness the power of the president's poor approval ratings during the midterms next year. >> thanks very much. tonight some republicans are publicly acknowledging that their have gotten a wakeup call, others are putting a more measured spin on the party's losses, but there's no doubt that behind the scenes, there's a lot of anxiety and maybe even some panic, let's bring in manu
raju, you've been talking to a bunch of republican senators about the vote. >> reporter: some pointing the finger at the white house for these losses and the white house of course pointing the finger back at the candidate in the virginia governor's race in particular, and some will say this was a local election and really doesn't have national implications and others are saying this is the result of is failure to pass things in congress. and some like republican senator jeff flake told me you can only drill down on the base so hard and we're seeing the limits of that. and others, wolf, are raising concerns about what it means for the agenda. >> it's not thehistorically the power loses seats during the midterm elections. but the most important thing is to recruit good candidates and run good campaigns. >> reporter: is donald trump a
liability or an asset? >> i think it depends on the state. >> i think what we saw last night was democrats win expected democrat seats. >> we got to start delivering results or we'll have more results like that. >> if you look at midterm elections all the way back to the '80s, this is a typical cycle. the question is whether we reverse that trend next year. >> are you worried about next year? >> no, i like a good fight. >> reporter: and john mccain said unless we get our act together, we're going to lose heavily. here on capitol hill, they need to get tax reform done in their eyes. if they cannot get a tax bill through, panic will really run through capitol hill in the next couple of weeks as a party tries to become united. >> there's a lot ethanks a lot.
let's continue our conversation with democratic senator ed markey, senator, thank you for joining us. >> thank you, you're welcome. >> when you look at the democratic candidates who won their elections last night, state wide local elections, what does it tell you about the future of your party? >> i think last night the big loser was intolerance, which saw that in the overwhelming numbers in new jersey and virginia, we saw it in cities and towns all across the country, the middle was basically rejecting this era of intolerance which has opened up, we saw it even in massachusetts in our mayor's races. marty walsh in boston, kim driscoll up in salem, they all ran that we have to democratize opportunity. this is really working, the republican message, where they want the tax break for the upper
1 percentile, where they want to take away health care from trump voters. none of that is resonating people. trump won, he was on probation with a lot of those voters who did vote for change but not this kind of change, and i think last night the bill came due and we saw it in race after race across the country. >> how do democrats plan to translate last night's elections into 2018 and the midterm elections? >> we have to continue to fight the extremist policies with the republicans are trying to pushthroupush through the united states house and senate, and thus far, that's been a very clear insight into the soul of the republican party which is clearly troubling suburban swing voters and then the democrats have to have a plan that lays out what our vision is for infrastructure jobs in our country, for protecting the environment, for making college affordable for every kid in our country. we have a job to do as well.
but the republicans are giving us an opportunity to get that message out. and right now, i would say that the independent swing voters in the united states are open to the democratic message and gives us a big opportunity in 2018. >> what about 2020, senator? did anything you saw last night change your view of the ideal next democratic presidential candidate? >> i would say that basically each one of our candidates was running on the same general message. we had different personalities in each state, but in general, they were each saying they were going to fight the agenda of donald trump, and they wanted to have a country, a state, a city, within which they wanted to live that was more open, more inclusive, less discriminatory, and i think that that's the message that worked. i just think this is an america that american people don't want
to see be put in place and i think the democrats have poised now to have a good primary, they can select a candidate who can best deliver that message. but that's the message. in campaigns, the message is what wins. and right now, the republicans have a losing one and the democrats have a winning one, but an opportunity to really improve it and then to win in 2018 and to take the presidency in 2020. >> let me calm you down a little bit, because despite all you're optimism, all the optimism coming from democrats, only 30% of americans right now have a positive image of democrats. >> but when you're talking about 2020, which is the subject right now, 64% of americans in your own poll say that they feel uncomfortable with donald trump as president. so that's an achilles heel that gives the real opportunity for the democrats then to fill in the details as to what we will be doing to substitute for the
trump presidency. >> that 37% number, by the way, it's a favorable -- only 37% of the american people have a favorable opinion of democrats. you can see that right now, and that's the lowest it's been by the way in 25 years. so you got work to do as well. stand by senator, we're going to take a quick break, we'll resume this, there are other important issues as we speak. we'll be right back. at ally, we offer a credit card with unlimited cash back. but if that's not enough, we offer a 10% deposit bonus into an ally account. and if that's not enough to help you save, we could help you cut the cord. that's right. cancel it. what about my reality shows? ok, if that's not enough, we'll give you reality. this is too real! maybe a comedy? alright, how about a comedian? arsenio? ain't nothing funny about laundry! we'll do anything, seriously anything, to help your money grow. people just walking in my house...
nonprescription ibgard- calms the angry gut. we're back with senate foreign relations committee member ed markey, and we're following the news on our brand-new cnn poll, 68% of americans say they don't believe the leaders of other countries respect trump. this as trump is in the middle of a very, very important trip to asia. we'll talk about that with senator markey, stand by, senator. let's go to our senior white house correspondent, he's with the president in beijing. jim, the president is suffering a political set back here at home. >> reporter: that's right, wolf, and the president has a whole series of very critical meetings later today with the chinese president xi jinping, he's asking president xi to help him
rei rein in north korea. here's what he had to say. >> it's our responsibility and our duty to confront this danger together because the longer we wait, the greater the danger grows. and the fewer the options become. >> reporter: now the president may also act unilaterally against north korea, white house press secretary sarah sanders may decide to put north korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, he may do that at the end of this trip. but it's a good thing that he can focus on foreign policy, because he's facing major political losses in virginia and elsewhere around the country. here's how the president was responding, he responded on twitter
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fact that he lost the popular vote in the 2016 election, and he has poll numbers that show that the public does not believe he deserves re-election, they don't trust him, and they have lost confidence in him since they elected him a year ago. he's in china and he's facing a great wall of opposition back in the u.s. >> and he's going to continue that trip for several more days, let's get back to senator markey, senator, do you think president trump truck the right tone in his message to kim jong- jong-un? >> well, i am encouraged this afternoon that the trump administration is now saying they are dropping the precondition that kim has to have already givenin away all o his nuclear weapons before trump
is willing to sit down with him. i think that is a much more reasonable position to take. so i think that president trump has a chance to say to president xi, that if china would be willing to put a vice like zbgr on the oil that goes into north korea, from the revenue generated from slave labor to crypto currency, north korea would be willing to come to the table because we have an alliance between china and the united states to accomplish that goal. so my hope is the president who prides himself as a noeshtor, will find a way to get to the negotiating table because we have this threat of an icbm with a hydrogen bomb on it that can make it to north america. >> do you think that north korea should be added to the list of state sponsored terror? >> i think that obviously north korea is a state sponsor of
terrorism, from my perspective. but i think at the same time, it has to be done in the context of ultimately getting to the negotiating table to partnering with china and with russia if possible, which are the key economic apertures that north korea has in order to force a negotiation on the nuclear weapons program. time will run out if the president doesn't get to the table soon. because that's the only way we will end this threat. there is no military solution to this problem. it must come at the negotiating table. >> senator, the head of the organization that represents u.s. diplomats is now raising the alarm about the status of the state department. she writes this. and i'll read it to you, our leadership ranks are being depleted at a dizzying speed. were the u.s. military to face such a decapitation of its leadership ranks, i would expect a public outcry. do you agree with that
assessment? >> yes, i think that obviously there are people in the state department, there are people at the epa, there are people at lawrence livermore laboratories, there are people all across the federal government who are discouraged. many are fearful for their employment. %-pe world. right now we pretty much have a president and we have a president who has declared war on the deep state. well, what we call the deep state are the career state department employees, epa employees who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. so it is not a good message to be sending while he's in korea or in china or when the world is meeting. right now on the climate change treaty in bohn in germany. the united states the last country in the world, that has
to be discouraging to state department employee who is worked so hard to negotiate that agreement. >> is it appropriate, senator, for president trump to ask the cia director mike pompeo to meet with a conspiracy theorist who said that the political hack last year was an inside job and that russia had nothing to do with it? >> i think it's very important for the cia, it's very important for each and every one of the president's cabinet officials to not allow for a compromise of the integrity of the credibility of their agency. and it doesn't take a lot to discourage people, not just here in the united states, but all around the world, that something has gone awry at the highest levels of our government. so i would, if i were mr. pompeo, i would cast an arched eyebrow that could hit the ceiling towards any request from the president that has him meeting with conspiracy theorists on any issue, much
less the ones he's been requested to meet on. >> it do you think that compromise, mike pompeo, the cia director's integrity? >> i think it hurts whenever the president is seek toing to inje his conspiratorist theorists into the government and it has to apply to every single government official. and that goes by the way, when the president is asking for a re-examination of nbc television licenses because he calls it fake news and then equating nbc equals cnn and then in the very near future after that, in other words today, asking the justice department, questioning whether or not cnn has to be divested as part of the timewarner and at&t mentaler, all of this just goes to whether or not there's a
fundamental compromise of our institutions people have to have confidence in in order for them to be able to work effectively. >> senator markey, thank you for joining us. coming up, we'll have more on the democratic victories across the united states, do they give the democrats more flexibility in opposeding president trump? and how much pressure are republicans under to help fulfill his campaign promises.
breaking tonight, a new cnn poll showin americans' confidence in president trump has plummeted since he won the white house exactly one year ago. that kind of discontent helped drive democrats to vote in last night's election which resulted in losses to the president's party in state and local races across the country, let's break it down with our white house correspondent, welcome to cnn, you've been a contributor but now other a white house correspondent. we're thrilled. put last night's election results in some sort of context for us. how big of a deal was this for democrats? >> i think it was actually a pretty big deal. two governors mansions went to the democrats last night. new jersey not a huge surprise, but for virginia, the margin of that win was enormous, almost nine points for ralph northam.
a lot of republicans are pointing to the downballot significance. you have democrats within two seats of taking control of the house of delegates -- >> in virginia? >> in virginia for 17 years. and that means there's potential for a lot of downballot effects, house races, house representatives that could flip to the democrats and that's beyond just the dynamics in the governor's mansion, it speaks to the possibility for a wave election in this next year. >> david, do these results give republicans more flexibility in potentially opposing the president let's say on tax cuts or health care? >> on health care, i think yes, republicans have had several bites at the apple. voters told the exit pollsters that by almost four out of ten voters thought health care was a primary issue in determining
their vote. clearly if they're repudiating republicans, clearly they're signaling to republicans they want to move on from this issue. and republicans might have to fold in and go long with the president's tax reform, if they don't pass tax reform in this congress they risk being the anti-free trade, anti-climate change white house. >> paul ryan says the republicans need to deliver on their promises, but our poll shows only 40% think president trump is doing a good job keeping his campaign promises. how much will fulfilling those promises help republicans next year in the midterm elections? >> well, look, wolf, you can almost separate the two, you can argue that this is a paul ryan sort of ambition more than it even is president trump's ambition. that's why paul ryan was the house ways and means committee,
that was his number one objective was bringing tax reform into legislation. the president obviously needs a win when it comes to legislation this year, didn't happen with health care, could very well be in jeopardy with regards to tax reform. but don't underestimate the power of a good economy. there is a reason the president every single speech he gives here or abroad touts the stock market performance and touts economic growth. i think supporters and those who are not even in trump's camp will give a president the benefit of the doubt when they see the economy improving, when they see unemployment declining, and when they see the stock market continuing to rise. and that is what the president is going to be riding on, it is what he's going to continue to be talking about regardless of whether any legislation comes forward. so when you talk about the president saying this isn't an indictment on him. yes, you could argue he's a bit tone deaf. on the other hand when voters are talking about the economy
overall, the president would like to think, at least, that he's the one who should get the credit for it. >> brianna makes a good point, ron, and you and i remember during the bill clinton campaign, they said, it was the economy, stupid. and as far as americans' attitude toward economic growth, the economy, unemployment, the stock market, those numbers are very favorable. >> yes, but i would respectfully disagree. i think the point that what we're seeing about donald trump is a very personal verdict and the fact that his approval ratings are so low at a time when the economy is so good is really a judgment about the way he has approached the presidency. that was a big headline out of yesterday's results is that trump is not immune to the laws of political gravity. you had a lot of republicans and even some democrats saying this year, that because trump was such a singular and unique figure that voters who weren't happy were lets likely to take
it out on republicans than they would have been for another president. we saw last night that that idea simply did not hold up. 85% of those who disagreed with donald trump's job performance voted democratic in virginia, millennial's and minorities had very solid turnout. then you saw this suburban tsunami where democrats had astounding margins, ron northam won the counties outside of d.c., double what terry mccauliffe did, more than barack obama did in 2012 in the presidential race. you kind of put all that together and you wonder if passing the tax cut is really an answer to that problem, because you know, wolf, in many blue states would raise taxes on voters in the upper middle class, especially those white collar voters who moved so sharpsharp sharply away from the republicans last nice and
republicans are wondering how to respond to that indictment of president trump. >> it's by no means a done deal that that tax cut, that tax package is going to pass. look ahead, abbey, the midterm elections, the lessons from last night going in regard? >> i think it's just up clear what the verdict is on trump. there's an argument to be made that ed gillespie didn't go all in, donald trump wasn't really in the state, he couldn't go fw into the state, he didn't win it. so it's not clear if they can do trump-lite and it's not clear whether trump is going to be helpful particularly in purple states. i will say that there are a lot of red states out there where trump is probably going to be an asset and i'm certain that in 2018, you'll see a lot of republicans saying we have to take this down to the state and local level and run these races locally, figure out what works
here and not run them nationally. otherwise we're going to get swamped. >> the president frequently visited virginia since taking office, but to go to his golf club in unurban virginia outside of washington, and not one occasion did ed gillespie, can date for governor show up and play golf or anything like that. they were never seen together, what does that say to you? >> i think that democrats need to fake a message from this, candidates who ran smart races at the local level, the first asian american woman in the house of delegates, the first transgender woman in the house of delegates. these candidates were both running as anti-trump symbols but also ran good personable campaigns, on the other hand i don't think democrats can overlearn the lessons of this race, these were races that were right for them to win. >> brianna, you weigh in. >> again, i just think going
back to the point we were discussing with ron, i don't disagree with him, but i think the other headline that did stand out to me in that new poll was the number of the majority of americans who feel that the economy is in good shape, the president is going to take credit for that regardless of whether or not that is merited and there are ways that he can tout the ways that those runs for governor ships can't really do. that was the point i was trying to make. obviously legislatively and what voters think of the president's character is very important, and we did see an indictment overnight as well. but for democrats to take that and run with it without taking major lessons that they need to work on within their own party, they still have a long road ahead in recovering, yesterday was a very key important night for them. >> very quickly brianna, how much credit does the president deserve for the economic numbers, low unemployment, wall street doing great, the economy seemingly doing very, very good?
>> look, corporate earnings have been very good throughout the year, the stock market, the dow has been up some 30% this year alone. you look at the larger picture, though, we have been on this trajectory for about eight years or so. in addition to the u.s., don't forget we're a global economy, so we're seeing other countries around the world seeing double-digit growth the same time we're seeing about 2% or 3% growth in gdp, so this is all happening at a perfect time for the president to come out and say that he can take credit for it. obviously this is happening on the heels of a recovery of the worst recession we have seen since the depression, and if you go back and look at a chart, you do see continuous growth from president obama's time. but this president, at least for a year, under his tenure to take credit. >> the stock market was up 140%
under president obama. >> president trump is able to tout this in a way that could at least psychologically be a daily reminder for americans of what president obama and previous presidents didn't do, they didn't start speeches every single day talking about what the you did that d the dow did that day. >> and there are places where democrats are doing better, there's this cultural disconnection with trump. the democrats received a very solid signal on one's of their puzzle. it showed that republicans are facing a significant backlash in the trump era. it what they didn't do is make any inroads into the -- to really have a shot at maintaining a majority in the house, they have to find a way to also make further inroads into what we can call trump
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new measures of americans' discontent with president trump exactly one year after his election, david, a year ago. now we see in this new cnn poll, only 30% say they think he will ju unite the country, that's down 14 points from a year ago. will that factor into the results we have seen tonight? >> he has gone out there and been divisive in many instances and you look at the exit polls, 80% of voters of color voted for ralph northam. you had over 60% of women vote for northam. that shows me that president trump hasn't broaden his base past what it was which is working class white men. >> the president didn't blame himself for the problems in virginia the republican
candidate had. he tweeted very quickly, ed gillesp gillespie, the republican candidate worked hard but did not embrace me or what i stand for. >> i think it's the president trying to have it both ways here, for the last week before this election, he was sending out tweets, he did a robo call, and white house aids thought that the level of engagement they had with that race, it officially branded gillespie as a trump-endorsed candidate. and frankly steve bannon, the former white house chief strategist declared before the race was even over had successfully a trumpism without trump campaign, so the reality ended up being a little bit different, but trump is -- i think the other problem for the republicans is trump is not always the most reliable political partner, he might be willing to throw you under the bus if things don't go well.
you saw that in alabama when his candidate did not win. so republicans are looking at that in addition to all of the other. >> president obama tweeted, quote, this is what happens when the people vote. how important was that democratic turnout last night? >> it reminds me of what president obama said the day after the election from the white house. he said there were consequences from elections. we had a very low voter turnout last year and you look at wha s e's happened and what's transpired in the year where voters are inundated every single day with what seems to be a different sort of scandal, so much russia-related news and internal rift within an administration, i think you're seeing what president obama was referring to. even david, on his podcast today said the percentage of voter turnout for northam was greater than it was for hillary clinton last year, so this if anything else should be worrying, if not for anything else should be
worrying republicans when you're seeing this real push and increase in numbers and enthusiasm for people taking to the polls. >> and the president tweeted from aboard air force one, he tweeted a picture of himself sitting at the desk on air force one with his senior staff. he tweeted congratulations to all and millions of people who gave us a 304224 electoral college landslide victory. he'd much rather focus in on the big win a year ago than what happened last night. >> sure. look, there is a significant portion of the country that is deeply invested in donald trump who feels that he is speaking for them gents economic changes, cultural changes, demographic changes in many cases that make them uneasy, but it is now somewhere between 36 and 38 or 40% of the country that feels that way. there has been an erosion from a year ago. i have a pete toews in the cnn
digital magazine and i think the clearest impact of the first year of donald trump has been to widen all of the divisions that preexisted him in american politics. he is a candidate, he is a president who likes as he was as a candidate. he believes it is in his interest up and down on o all of the fault lines of race, generation and class that have divided americans and that has produced a passionate attachment for a portion of the electorate, but as last night showed, it's produced a very, very strong backlash in not only core democratic con tistituentconsti these college educated white voters that republicans believed leaned toward them. the lesson of last night is that yes, there is still a strong trump core, but for republicans representing suburban areas, this can be a risky road. >> so quickly, we know what happened to repeal and replace of obamacare. how much trouble is tax reform in right now? >> well as paul ryan said, we're
down to final weeks, so we got the cbo score suggesting there's $1.7 trillion, so you're dealing with a billion dollars, excuse me, so you're dealing with another headache internal amongst republicans and as was mentioned earlier on the panel, you have a possibility where they're going to have to aside with the president on some of his initial plans going forward. that's not going to make a lot of their constituents happy, so you're going to be focusing on internal rift as a whole. >> the score, $1.7 trillion over ten years if this tax bill in its current state goes through. stand by. more news we're following. president trump may have toned down his rhetoric on north korea, but kim jong-un's regime has not done the same. we're going to have an exclusive report from inside north korea on the newest name calling. ...so he got quickbooks. it organizes all his accounts, so he can see his bottom line. ahhh...that's a profit.
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north korean officials reignite the war of words with president trump mocking his age and questioning his sanity. just hour after the president's speech in south korea, kim jong-un's regime says it's time for mr. trump to go. cnn's will ripley is the only western tv journalist in north korea right now. he is joining us live. what are you hearing, will, from the knochens? >> reporter: it's becoming clear here in pyongyang that north
korea is sharpening its attacks on president trump despite his more moderate tone. he was speaking in south korea. in fact just a few minutes ago a, we got a look at north korea's leading newspaper, which finally mentioned president trump's speech in the context of the fact there were protests outside of the national assembly where he was speaking. of course north korea reporting about the antitrump protest es. they liken his words to quote, warmongering, filthy rhetoric spewing out of his snout like garbage that reeks of gun powder. it says quote, the u.s. must oust the lunatic old man from power and withdraw the hostile policy toward the dprk to get rid of the abyss of doom. what we're not hearing are direct threats to attack the united states. >> north korea, will, is also attacking the united states for its human rights record. apparently, in response to the
president's speech before the is south korean national assembly. >> yeah, there was actually an article put out before the president's speech lay iing int the united states on human rights. it's a laughable argument for much of the world to compare the united states and north korea. that's the narrative inside this country. that the u.s. is dangerous and chaotic and they say their society is safe even though u.n. testimony reports secret police cracking down on any disentsint families. this is argument is one that's been thrown back at me a number of times when i've asked north korean officials. this quote says the u.s. should not style itself as a human rights judge but mind its own poor human rights records where gun related crimes and all other social crimes prevail.
every time there's a mass shooting the u.s. like the one that just happened this texas, that gets a lot of play in north korean state media because it refen forces their narrative against the united states. >> thanks very much. live from pyongyang, north korea. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer. in "the situation room." erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. next, breaking news. president trump's fired national security adviser now worried about his son's fate in the russia investigation. we'll tell you why. plus trump calling himself a big loser. but he is not talk iing about lt night's leeks election and the man who chronicled the most iconic and private moments of barack obama's presidency. the former chief white house photographer "outfront" on why he's now one of trump's toughest critics. let's go "outfront." good evening, tonight, we begin with the breaking news. michael flynn fearing home rfor son. multiple sources telling cnn that president