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2:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast. we're following two breaking news stories this hour. the death of a murderous cult leader, charles manson and in zimbabwe, it appears the president of that nation has agreed to terms of his resignation. i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. first, the death of charles manson, dead at the age of 83 years old. the notorious u.s. cult leader was serving nine consecutive life sentences for a string of murders. his followers carried out in 1969. california prison officials say
manson died of natural causes on sunday night. we'll take a closer look at his life just a bit later in this newscast. but first, to zimbabwe now. it appears president robert mugabe's resignation could become official at any time now. a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations says that a resignation letter has been written. mr. mugabe has agreed to the terms and that letter now must be sent to the speaker of parliament. remember, all of this comes after the president's own party threatened to impeach him if he didn't step down in the coming hours. he's been under house arrest since an apparent military coup that took place last week. let's go live to zimbabwe. cnn's david mckenzie following this story in harare. tell us more about what we know about this letter and the terms that might be part of that agreement. >> reporter: well, that's right, george. this source telling cnn, a source with very close knowledge of these negotiations saying
that the terms of the resignation of president robert mugabe have been decided. ironed out. including possibly that source says immunity for himself and the first lady grace mugabe as well as him being able to keep some of his assets. now the source said that the way that they have to resign is for a letter to be drafted to parliament. to do it constitutionally. now we don't know yet if that letter has been signed and certainly until that happens we don't know if robert mugabe is still the president of this country. but it appears that these tense negotiations after several days from that apparent coup that they've made a breakthrough and at least the source saying that they have had agreed terms from the president. this comes after this bizarre speech live on state television late sunday from robert mugabe
to the nation. where many expected him to announce his resignation live on television. that didn't happen. but what our source is telling suss that that speech was meant to give a constitutional veneer to all of this process and you did get robert mugabe playing down the talk of coup, playing up the talk of a peaceful transition. until we have an official resignation from the president, this story isn't over in that sense, but it does appear that they've made significant process -- progress to get him out. now, if for some reason that all falls apart again, then the party says in the coming hours if he hasn't resigned they will move to impeach the president and his fate will be sealed by his colleagues in parliament tomorrow. george? >> david, a lot of very important information coming through your reporting in this. and i want to get a sense from you, the people that you've
spoken to, given this latest news. what has been the reaction so far from many people? again, we've seen so many protesting rallying together in the streets, demanding that this president step down. >> reporter: well, the reaction has been at least yesterday one of real disappointment i think for many zimbabwens. many of them gathered around television sets across the country. the state media was advertising, alerting that speech for several hours. they were disappointed, i think, that it didn't all get resolved one way or the other. you had president mugabe sitting, giving this somewhat rambling, repetitive speech. paging methodically through the pages. flanked in an incredible image by the generals that have orchestrated his ouster. they were sitting to his right. some party members to his left. and he went through those pages and then didn't give his public
resignation. so the sense is that the generals and the power -- powers that be that are in control of this country have been trying to continue to give a constitutional feel to this. but this isn't a power grab, at least publicly, because if they did admit that this was a coup, a whole lot of events would take place potentially of the regional countries stepping in. but as you say, everyone i've spoken to here in zimbabwe is pretty anxious to see the end of robert mugabe's rule. we won't know until it's absolutely signed, sealed and delivered. george? >> david mckenzie live for us in harare. david, thank you so much for the reporting on this. now let's get some context and additional reporting from journalist zoe flood. she's in zimbabwe's capital this hour by phone with us in harare. it's good to have you with us, zoe. so, again, we pick up here off of david mckenzie's reporting here.
the overall feeling here giving a constitutional tone to all of this, he says. playing down the talk of a coup. talking up the sense of a peaceful transition. why is that so important? >> thank you, george. yes, i think that's a very important detail to focus on at this point and of course it's a huge amount of disappoint here in zimbabwe that president ma mugabe didn't resign last night. beneath that disappointment -- perhaps the growing veneer that the speech did apply to the events of this week will help contribute to a more managed and controlled transition that will have going forward and certainly have legitimacy in terms of the party politics which are very important within zanu-pf. >> let's talk about this again. not yet official, but mr. mugabe's party zanu-pf is making
the message loud and clear. they are ready to move forward without him. doing so, giving him a deadline. what does that mean? does that come into play here until we see that official resignation? >> i think it's very important to recognize that the party structures are very critical to the history and the president of zimbabwe. this is a -- had its origins in -- the party had its origins in an insurgency against white minority rule in the 1960s and '70s. honoring those party traditions are very important. i attended the central committee session yesterday in which mugabe was recalled as leader of the party and the sentiment in the room was extremely strong. it felt, you know, party members were very loud and clear that they were ready to see a change and the will of the party as well as the will of the people which was demonstrated on saturday is resounding on all
fronts. >> let's also talk about the person. if a resignation were to be made official, the person who would take over, emmerson mnangagwa. would that bring in the change that people are demanding on the streets or is this seen as a continuation of mr. mugabe's rule? >> i feel there are definitely concern here in zimbabwe that mnangagwa could be seen as more of the same. he's had a long association with mugabe. he's been close to being the right-hand manned. he's been involved in some fairly -- has been alleged to be involved in some serious security operations in which human rights abuses have been alleged. but i think also, though, there is a real sense here that any change is a good change at this
point after 37 years the same man in power, i think people feel that even if there are questions about zimbabwe's leadership, the shift away from this era of president mugabe and more recently the influence of his wife grace, that change will be a good thing. >> zoe flood, thank you so much for taking time to give us reporting and some context on this. we'll, of course, stay in touch with you. again, we understand that we will be getting some official word at some point about this arrangement, given the president of zimbabwe. moving on now to the other major story we're covering this day. the infamous criminal cult leader charles manson has died. manson dead at the age of 83 years old. california prison officials say he died of natural causes on sunday. manson was serving nine life sentences for murders carried
out by his followers. they were called the manson family. cnn's stephanie elam looks back at his life. ♪ >> reporter: california, 1967, the summer of love at its peak. charles manson arrived on the scene with folk music and a flock of ardent young followers but with much darker ambitions. >> manson may be the most famous, notorious mass murderer ever. >> reporter: the summer of '69 was marred by gruesome murders that shook the nation. five people killed at the home of hollywood star sharon tate and another couple murdered the following night. >> these murders used to be call the tate murders. then manson appears on the scene and he's so charismatic and interesting that he upstages the victims and from that point on it was called the manson murders. >> reporter: manson was the mastermind behind the brutal killings, the leader of the clan
that carried out the unthinkable. he was convicted of conspiracy and murder in 1971 and infamously went down in history. >> i do a lot of things that you guys don't see nsa. >> reporter: manson was born in cincinnati in 1934 to a single teenage mother. >> she got out of my life early. i spent the best part of my life in boy schools, prisons and reform schools because i had nobody. >> reporter: after marrying twice and spending half his life in prison, 32-year-old manson made his way to berkeley in 1967. he established himself as a guru in the summer of love and was quickly sharing a home with 18 women. >> you get these kids, these children coming in and here is charlie manson saying how much he loves them and he wants to take care of them. he took full advantage. >> reporter: as the manson family formed and my greated south, its leader established himself on the fringe of the l.a. music scene. he recorded albums with the
family like the aptly named "lie: the love and terror cult." ♪ >> manson's passion for music translated into an obsession with the beatles 1968 song "helter skelter." >> manson meant that the beatles wanted to have a worldwide revolution. >> reporter: aiming to launch the fabricated war, his disillusioned clan to kill. on august 9th, 1969, four manson followers invaded the hollywood hills home of actress sharon tate where they massacred five people. the 26-year-old starlet was 812 months pregnant. they brutally murdered the labianca family. at both homes, they left behind shocking murder scenes. >> that was tantamount to manson's fingerprints being found at the murder scene.
>> a high profile trial, manson and four followers were convicted of nine murders and sentenced to death in 1971, which was downgraded to life in prison when california banned the death penalty. the notorious killer appealed to parole 12 times. >> if i'm not paroled and don't get a chance to be back on top of this dream, you're going to win. helter skelter. >> while the convicted killer became somewhat of a pop culture icon, the families members of his victims never forget his true impact. >> he needs to look into our eyes, the victims eyes, and see the pain that he's caused. >> stephanie elam reporting. the death of charles manson at 83 years old. you're watching "cnn newsroom." still ahead, the miss for a searching argentine navy submarine is running into rough waters. next, why experts fear that time may be running out with 44 crew
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father of the ucla basketball player who was arrested on shoplifting charges in china. lavar ball's son is one of three players arrested. his father downplayed president trump's involvement in getting his son released and then a twitter feud ensued as cnn's boris sanchez tells us. >> reporter: president trump has never been one to back down from a public feud, especially on twitter. this latest one aiming at lavar ball, the father of one of those three ucla students that were detained in china during the president's 12-day trip through asia. the president found out that these students were detained and white house officials tell us that he personally asked chinese president xi jinping if those opportunity students could be released so they could return home. they were, and in that process the president wondered aloud on twitter whether these three students would thank him for his role in their release. they did and the president actually tweeted about them
subsequently, writing they should be weary of the many pitfalls in life. we thought it was over until lavar ball, father of liangelo, gave this comment to espn that downplayed president trump's role in the return of his son. and so the president took to twitter on sunday morning targeting him on two separate tweets hours apart. the second one the president writing, shoplifting is a very big deal in china, as it should be. five to ten years in jail. but not to father lavar. should have gotten his son out during my next trip to china instead. china told them why they were released, very ungrateful. the president, though, is catching flack for this suggestion that he would not have gotten these u.s. citizens, student athletes released from a chinese prison had he known that one of their parents would not give him credit in public. boris sanchez, cnn, at the white house. >> boris, thanks for the reporting. let's get some context now
with peter matthews. peter is a political analyst and political science professor at cyprus college. joining us live this hour from los angeles. pleasure to have you here on the show, peter. let's talk about this latest twitter tirade involving the president of the united states responding to the father of lavar ball, who downplayed -- ball, rather, who downplayed the president's role in his son's release. and we've seen personalized attacks like this before. these counterpunches as the president's staff would describe them. what purpose do they serve? >> none at all. think it was gracious of him to go ahead as president to try to talk to the chinese president to allow these young men to go and be released, you know, early, and yet for him to come back, you know, and then when liangelo ball's father had made those comments, president trump said i should have left all of them in jail. what did it have to do with the other two gentlemen? the other young men had nothing to do with this. i thought it was very small for
him to come out and get poiqued by that kind of comment. he did do a good thing by getting them out of prison early. >> well, we do know that the president does certainly watch a lot of television. he does pay close attention to these things and responds quickly when she feels attacked on twitter. we've seen another instance of that. let's move on now to the situation playing out in the u.s. state of alabama with judge roy moore who is running for the senate. he's long argued that the national media is against him with these accusations of sexual misconduct, accusations that he, in fact, denies. but the hometown papers now, the three biggest local papers in alabama are all telling their readers to reject him. this is no longer an issue of this argument about the national media. now the hometown papers are coming into play. what impact might that have with local opinions on mr. moore?
>> it's going to definitely be a very close race because alabama is heavily republican. it's been voting since 1980 for republican presidential candidates and even for the senators. so you've got a situation here where, you know, three major newspapers coming out in favor of doug jones and putting it on an ethical level saying alabamans, stand up for the right thing and be ethical and choose the right person. they've actually endorsed doug jones. very remarkable for a democrat to get endorse. could have an effect, especially in a close rice -- race like this. people say they're going to vote for somebody and change their mind in the voting booth. it's going to be very interesting to watch this. the papers do help. an endorsement does help somewhat, especially in a close race. >> we'll have to see what impact that has in the days ahead until voters make their final decision on this. peter, let's also talk about what's ahead here with the president's tax reform plan. the future now in the senate of that bill and the fate a bit
uncertain. what are some of the key issues, the sticking points here that would decide the future of this bill among a divided senate? >> yeah, the sticking point has to do with the proposal to get rid of the individual mandate, which means the obamacare will be completely dismantled because, you know, if that goes through, that's going to be a problem for funding. and the other thing is the taxes. should they be, you know, should there be more corporate loopholes closed or not? some of the republicans are very concerned about not closing corporate loopholes while lowering the tax rate for corporations and not doing it so much for the working people or for individuals. there are differences between the republican house and the republican senate versions. so it will be interesting to see how they work this out. we'll have to wait and see. a few days to go. maybe a week or two after thanksgiving. they'll come down with a decision soon. >> we appreciate your time. talking about that election as the banner says the election set for december 12th.
that will be a very important election that will certainly decide the balance of the senate. so we'll have to see, of course, how that plays out. >> absolutely. >> with judge roy moore and the allegations against him. thanks for your time today. >> my pleasure. thank you. the families of 44 argentine navy members, they are anxiously waiting for new clues about where their relatives might be. the crew's missing submarine was scheduled to arrive at this port on sunday. instead, relatives have left messages there, some of which read "come home marines" and we are waiting for you. it's unclear if signals detected recently came from the crew. their sub disappeared on wednesday off argentina's southern atlantic coast. >> translator: i want you to know that we have tripled the search effort, both on the surface and under water with ten airplanes. we have ten ships from the
argentine navy and countries such as oour guy -- and are sweeping the whole area and we also have navy ships sweeping from the north to south and from the south to north. >> and bad weather is causing trouble for crews searching for that submarine. let's get the latest from cnn's reporter at the international weather center. the weather there can be pretty treacherous. >> absolutely. and that's year-round, too. you know, george, there is a storm moving right through this region. year-round, sailors have known for a very long time. as you look at the map across this region and the longitudal mark. the roaring '60s, the screaming '70s, as you work your way farther towards the south here, this particular region has tremendous winds year-round. we see very choppy waters. 6 to 8 meter high wave heights
across this region where the last point of communication was. that's essentially a two-story high building. how high these waves are in the open waters. the color contours, wind speeds in excess of 70 to 80 kilometers per hour. that's 40-mile-an-hour winds. maybe wednesday we get a break in the action and by thursday we're back at it again with tremendous storms working their way across this region. unfortunately when you look at this region and know how active it is, you know any cues you would look for at the surface are going to be challenging to say the least. that's what the officials are concerned about because the protocol by the navy says if a submarine goes down and communication's lost, they are to come to the surface immediately. that's why officials are using equipment at the surface to see if there is any way to see where within this vicinity of the last point of communication the submarine could be, but, unfortunately, when you're talking about these contours here that show up to 9 meter wave heights going in towards the latter portion of this week,
that's concerning. when you go down beneath the surface and look exactly how far down you can get beneath the surface here, the depth of the patagonian shelf gets to about 7,000 feet. so take the tallest building in the world and put it on top of itself three times over. it's that far down. treacherous at the surface. treacherous down below. it is definitely a challenging location, george. >> thank you so much. and of course we are hoping the very best. a quick word on the location of this submarine. thank you for your time. still ahead this hour, we continue following the breaking news out of zimbabwe. the president of that nation robert mugabe may finally be resigning. "cnn newsroom" live fro atlanta, georgia, this hour. mulcast on cnn usa and cnn international worldwide. stay with us.
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messages of hope and support at the court where the sub was scheduled to arrive. a storm off the coast, that's making the search much more difficult. finally, we continue following the major breaking news out of zimbabwe. we're told the president of that nation robert mugabe has agreed to terms of his resignation. this according to a source with direct knowledge of those negotiations. mr. mugabe has been under pressure to step down since an apparent military coup that took place last wednesday. for more on this story out of zimbabwe, let's bring in derek. derek is the ceo for the center for civil and human rights here in atlanta. derek, it's good to have you to talk about this very important story that's playing out right now. >> yes. >> in zimbabwe. again, our reporter has information from a source that says mr. mugabe has agreed to the terms of his resignation, though let's keep in mind this long history of this leader. 37 years in power. he's been in similar situations where -- >> yes. >> people tried to push him out.
he's managed to hang on to power before. this is not official yet. >> no, it's not. and it's causing a lot of unrest and fear amongst the zimbabwean people. but i think that eventually the negotiations are going to deliver something that we can all look back and say, wow, okay, that would be manageable. i think there is a lot of pressure on the president of zimbabwe to really, really go with these terms. >> you know, we've seen major rallies on the streets of harare. these are rallies that, quite frankly, would not happen in any other circumstance. people demanding that mr. mugabe resign. >> yeah. >> if, indeed, this does become official, derek, what would that mean to the people who live in zimbabwe who want to see change? >> change. well, it's going to be really important for the powers that be, the military and everybody else who is talking about mr. mugabe stepping down to really deliver what the people are looking for. they're looking for democracy. they're looking for a better life economically. they're looking for human rights.
the elections have to be redone, i think, but eventually the people of zimbabwe are going to require that this new idea of the government, you know, clasping and then being rebuilt is done in a way that is important for them to bring back democracy. they're looking for democracy. >> well, it is important to point out. and as our reporter indicated, the talk of a coup, it's being talked down the talk of a peaceful transition is being talked up. and we saw some of that in the televised speech of mr. mugabe, rambling speech at times. many people are questioning what the intend of that was, but we saw him on television for that purpose. let's also talk about the person who is slighted to replace mr. mugabe. emmerson mnangagwa. what would change look like under him? because, again, his nickname dubbed the crocodile. he was mr. mugabe's right-hand man. would this be the change that people are looking for with regards to human and civil rights? >> well, that's a big question because i think that what people
worried about is when you replace mugabe with mr. emmerson, are you getting anything different? and mr. emmerson is saying, yes, you will get something different, but i think what is going to end up happening, george, is mr. emmerson is really going to have to have the country come back again, rebuild by having maybe a new election and having him to be voted back in. but he's actually the vice president of the country. so with this kind of new deposition that we're seeing, think you're going to see mr. emmerson having to do something special here. it's not going to be an easy transition. i think all of us have to look forward to this new opportunity for mr. emmerson to create a new form of democracy that people are looking for. >> you know, people around the world, our u.s. audience joining us this hour learning about the situation in zimbabwe. but if you would give that context, the history, what is it like for people living under mr. mugabe's rule? >> well, he's the father of the
nation. they got control of the nation through his party, zanu-pf. which merged with zapu. and together with cuomo back in the day. and they formed an idea of a new government. then after that he's -- he did very well. he was known as an articulate man and a great statesman, but you see when you hold on to power too long, things start to change. so there was an election in 2005 which began to really eat away from his power. he lost parliamentary majority in 2008. and then every election that he's had since then has been, you know, suspect. there has been fraud, ghost voters and out of that came this fierce battle within zapu, the current party he runs -- between his wife grace and the -- and
the vice president then was another lady called joyce. and then the third part was that mr. mnangagwa emmerson. out of that fight has come this bitter, bitter breakup within the party that mr. mugabe now leads, zapu. what we're seeing right now is an internal fight within his party. you have to remember that there is also an opposition party, mdc, that has always argued we need democracy and i think that's where this is right now. >> it is important to point out many of the people who are rallying, people, you know -- the government would crack down on people who would speak out against this president. >> yes. >> so many people demanding a change. and we will see the nature of that change. what happens next. but all we know at this point is according to a source from our correspondent that terms may
have been agreed to. so we'll of course continue to follow it. derek, thank you so much for your time today. >> thank you. and good luck to the people of zimbabwe. now, the u.s. president donald trump is trying to move ahead of a controversy concerning big game trophies. on thursday, the u.s. fish and wildlife service lifted a ban on hunters importing elephant parts from zimbabwe and zambia. but on friday after a storm of criticism, president trump suspended that decision and just hours ago he tweeted that he will announce his final decision next week. he called the hunting of endangered animals a horror show. it's not clear what might have prompted the sudden about fates of -- one member of his own party, his daughter-in-law, in fact, laura trump is an outcome spoken animal rights advocate. the day the ban was lifted, laura trump met with wayne pacel, the president of the u.s. humane society. cnn's ana cabrera spoke with
him. >> reporter: what happened during this meeting with you and lara trump? >> well, lara trump and i have been talking for awhile, as you mentioned in your setup. she is a devoted animal advocate. it's surprising to some people. but she is very sincere. this has been a lifelong passion for her. it was actually on thursday that she and i went to capitol hill. we met with a number of republican lawmakers about elements of the agenda of the humane society of the united states passing a federal anti-cruelty statute, passing a stronger law dealing with a terrible practice called horse soaring where the front legs are injured to cause them to exaggerate their gate and step higher. we talked about a ban on killing and eating dogs and cats in the united states. >> so did you talk about this issue in particular regarding the elephants and the hunting in zimbabwe and zambia? >> we didn't have a detailed discussion about that issue. we had --
>> huh. >> a number of womebills which been advanced, but i think la's interest is broad. the humane society of the united states is really about protecting all animals. i think she saw i was outspoken on this issue on wednesday i had issued a blog on my blog called "a humane nation" and we began to amp up the pressure on it. what happened is conservative pundits and liberal pundits and business leaders and evangelical leaders and so many others really objected to this idea of allowing the import of sport hunted trophies from african elephants who have become a cause celeb because of the assault on these animals as a consequence of an ivory trade that has been out of control with 96 elephants a day being killed. for so many people this was in congress the united states said let's stop the ivy trade but allow trophy hunters to kill
them for their ivory. it doesn't make sense. >> i remember covering an event with an ivory crush that took place in order to send a member to your point about the ivory trade and poachers trying to make money off the animals. elephants are endangered species. wayne, the president of the safari club international is calling trump's move to put the decision on hold a publicity stunt. do you think that's what's going on? >> i don't think issuing a tweet that he did on friday night at 7:30 saying he's putting this on hold is a publicity stunt. i think there are millions and millions of americans who are deeply concerned about an action by the department of the interior to put at risk the world's largest land mammal to allow or enable americans to shoot these incredible creatures and then bring their head and tusks back into the united states. i think this was the president reacting to an outpouring of concern with the american public. and wherever you are on
president trump, he certainly has a lot of intuition about where americans, you know, are on a lot of the major subjects that are debated in our society. and i think he had his finger on the pulse and i think lara and others, you know, sure, helped him understand the gravity of this decision from the interior department and really this is just not good publicity for the trump administration. >> and the news pushes on here on "cnn newsroom." hundreds of people came together outside the libyan embassy in paris over the weekend. why a cnn exclusive report prompted this demonstration. stay with us. back after a break.
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election in ago. president kenyatta won that vote but the supreme court annulled it over election irregularities. kenya then had another election which the opposition boycotted. this opens the way now for president kenyatta to be the sworn in leader of that nation later this month. in paris, cries of nos to slavery filled the streets outside the libyan embassy over the weekend. the demonstration came just days after a cnn exclusive report. part of cnn's freedom project that shone a light on auctions in libya where human beings are bought and sold as slaves. following our report, libya's government said it launched a formal investigation into the migrant slave trade. officials say they want to find those who have been sold, bring them to safety and then return them to the countries of origin. during cnn's investigation, our correspondent nima elbagir and her team witnessed a dozen men sold like commodities at auction.
here is just a part of that reporting. >> reporter: we're ushered in to one of two auctions happening on this same night. crouched at the back of the yard, a floodlight obscuring much of the scene. one by one, men are brought out as the bidding begins. 400. 500. 550. 600. 650. 700. very quickly it's over. we ask if we can speak to the men, the auctioneer seen here refuses. we ask again if we can speak to them. if we can help them. no he says. the auction's over with.
and we're asked to leave. that was over very quickly. we walked in and as soon as we walked in, the men started covering their faces but they clearly wanted to finish what they were doing and they kept bringing out what they kept referring to in arabic as the merchandise. all in all they admitted to us that there were 12 nigeriens that were sold in front of us. and i honestly don't know what to say. that was probably one of the most unbelievable things i've ever seen. >> the reporting of our senior international correspondent nima elbagir giving a very difficult lock at something that still continues to take place in this world. cnn was told of the auctions at nine locations throughout libya
and many more are believed to take place each month. cnn's robyn creole has more now on the impact of this exclusive investigation. >> reporter: images from libya that shocked the world. an exclusive cnn investigation that revealed the ugly slave trade that's happening on europe's doorstep. for the past year, a cnn team has worked tirelessly to shine sh shine a light on this darkest practice and the scenes they filmed inside libya have provoked both protests and promises of action. on the streets of paris, hundreds of demonstrators shout "no to slavery," demanding the libyan authorities investigate which they say they will do. protesters could barely contain their anger. the leader of the african union kandi also reacted harshly. on behalf of the african union, i express my outrage at the
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and get to the heart of what matters. welcome back to "newsroom." i'm george howell. the u.s. president seems to be perfecting the art of ignoring, but he's not the only one, as cnn's jeanne moos shows us. >> mr. president -- >> reporter: the art of ignoring. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: translation, don't ask. president trump was mute when it came to judge roy moore. >> should roy moore resign, mr. president? do you believe his accusers? >> reporter: with a wave -- >> should roy moore drop out? >> reporter: with a thumbs up the president thumbed his nose at the questions. >> do you believe the accusers
of roy moore, mr. president? >> should roy moore drop out, sir? >> reporter: why has the president dropped out of answering? >> look, for anyone who doesn't know why donald trump is reluctant to talk about roy moore's allegations, i have an "access hollywood" tape i'd like to sell you. >> reporter: but at least the president hasn't actually run. when it comes to getting answers, running down a stairwell doesn't bode well. if nothing else, alabama congressman mo brooks got a good workout. >> i believe that the democrats will do great damage to our country. >> so you still support roy moore? >> running away from your problems in a downward spiral? i think we've got a new republican metaphor. >> reporter: the subject was sure conversation killer for republican leaders when the story first broke. >> do you believe these women who have made on the record accusations against roy moore, sir? >> can they see me if i don't move? >> reporter: of course all politicians dodge. >> a couple of questions on two
critical issues that you were discussing today. >> thank you. >> reporter: at least president trump hasn't resorted to ronald reagan's tactic of blaming his ears. >> i don't know. >> reporter: hear no evil, speak no evil. when it comes to judge moore, aparentally less is moore. >> should he resign? >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn. >> should roy moore drop out, sir? >> reporter: new york. >> that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. the news continues here on cnn right after the break. one in customer satisfactionhr over cable for 17 years running. but some people still like cable. just like some people like wet grocery bags. getting a bad haircut. overcrowded trains. turnstiles that don't turn. and spilling coffee on themselves. but for everyone else, there's directv. for #1 rated customer satisfaction over cable, switch to directv. and for a limited time get a $100 reward card. call 1-800-directv
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new information that embattled zimbabwe president robert mugabe has agreed to the terms of his resignation. cnn is live in harare, zimbabwe with the latest. charles manson, the cult leader behind a series of horrifying murders of the 1960s, has died. plus mystery at sea. time is of the essence as rescuers search for a missing submarine with 44 crew members on board. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm george howell. "cnn newsroom" starts right now.