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call for governor of virginia to resign after he confirms he is in a racist picture from the 1980s. president trump said the border wall will be a big part of the upcoming speech. opposition. prepare for enormous protest asthma das maduro plans for demonstrations of his own. >> i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell from cnn news headquarters.
thanks for being with us. there are growing calls for democratic virginia governor to resign after a racist yearbook photo of him surfaced. >> the photo here in black and white, one in black face and the other in kkk. he apologized for his part in this offensive picture. he did not specify which person he is in that photo. demands to step down from prominent republicans. he lost the support from the democratic caucuses in the virginia legislature and the president of the naacp plans to hold a news conference to issue their response. >> we have the fallout from this scandal and it may cost him his job. >> facing growing criticism and calls to step down after this
racist photo surfaced. it shows a person in black face and another in klansman robe and hood. he confirmed he was, in fact, one of the people in the picture, but declined to say which. he apologized and vowed to show virginians he changed. >> that photo and the racist attitudes it represents does not reflect that person i am today or the way i have conducted myself as a soldier, a doctor and a public servant. i am deeply sorry. i cannot change the decisions i made or can i undo the harm my behavior caused then and today. >> reporter: the photo is from 1984 when he was 25 years old at the time from the eastern virginia medical school. under the photo lists his alma madder.
his interest, pediatrics and a quote saying there are more old drunks than old doctors in this world, so i think i'll have another beer. his time at the military institute in 1981 revealed he had two nicknames, goose and coonman. the reaction has been fast and furious and reported by big league politics followed by the virginia gop calling for his resignation. since then, some of the most powerful allies are calling for him to step down. naacp tweeting black face in any manner is racist. no matter the party affiliation, we cannot stand for that behavior. the president for voice america who is vocal in her part in america democrats saying he has to go. along with planned parenthood and the mayor of richmond,
virginia. several democratic primary candidates as well. this from kamala harris saying leaders are called to a higher standard and racism has no place in the halls of government. he is, by all accounts a decent and considerate man. holding off, however, virginia's two powerful senators, mark warner and tim kaine calling for him to reflect on how to move forward, giving him more time. the big question, will he heed the calls if this grows louder over the next 24 hours? will he survive? suzanne malveaux, cnn, washington. >> thank you. the core is certainly growing. among the groups calling for him to resign, the virginia legislative caucus. we just finished meeting with the governor.
we appreciate all he has contributed to the commonwealth. given what was revealed, he can no longer serve as governor. it is time to resign so virginia can begin the process of healing. >> terry mcauliffe, who was lieutenant governor tweeted, the situation he put himself and the commonwealth of virginia in is unattenable. it is time for ralph to step down and the commonwealth to move forward. cnn will continue to follow the story. now to the president and the upcoming state of the union. mr. trump saying it will be very exciting. >> he is sending strong signals he will declare a national emergency to get his border wall. in the oval office, friday, he touted positive economic news. for more, here is boris sanchez. >> thank you very much, everybody. >> reporter: before taking off
for a weekend in florida, president trump bragging about strong jobs numbers, despite the 30-day government shut down. >> we added 340,000 jobs, which is a shocker to people. it's not a shocker to me. >> reporter: he bashed house speaker, nancy pelosi saying negotiating with democrats on the wall is a waste of time. he will talk about it in the national address. >> it will help the process. what would help a lot is if the democrats could be honest. i think nancy pelosi should be ashamed of herself. she is hurting a lot of people. the democrats should be ashamed. >> reporter: the president remains focused on the russia investigation dismissing the probe on twitter and an interview with "the new york
times." rod rosenstein assured him he is not under scrutiny. he told the attorneys i'm not a target. yeah. oh, yeah. >> there's mueller and -- >> i don't know. i don't know about that. that, i don't know about. >> reporter: the president also said he never discussed wikileaks with roger stone during the 2016 campaign and never directed anyone else to either. >> i like roger. he's a character. i like roger. >> reporter: the president contradicted his own attorney saying rudy giuliani was wrong a little bit when he said trump may have discussed building a tower in moscow as late as november, 2016. >> would have covered up to november, 2016. >> trump argued he was too busy, saying, quote, i was running for president. i was doing really well. the last thing i cared about was building a building.
declaring a national emergency on immigration has been on the table for quite some time. there's no guarantee it would actually work. democrats vowed to challenge it in court. some republicans criticized the president saying it would set a dangerous precedent. beyond that, cnn got a glimpse of what he is going to say at the state of the union address. nothing ground breaking, but a vision of a path forward following the government shutdown. boris sanchez, cnn, traveling with the president in palm beach, florida. >> let's bring in james davis from the university. pleasure to have you james. >> morning, george. >> a lot to talk about. let's start with the developments around the virginia governor. this incredibly offensive picture, where he admits being one of the two people seen in the photo. he apologizeed with republicans
and top democrats. i think we have seen the picture, we can get rid of it. let's move on, if we can. if he tries to keep the job, how can he do so with credibility. >> i don't think he can. i'm reluctant about things that happened 30 or 40 years ago. when you look at that picture, that was not only a mistake, it's offensive. you have to wonder, what could have motivated somebody to participate in whatever that was, a costume party or frat party. it's offensive. it's eroded his ability to lead. that's the point here. i think the black caucus and the virginia legislature has it right. the question is, can he be effective? it's clear, at this point, he can no longer be effective. he is the subject of discussion, not the policies he would like to promote.
i think it is clear he is going to have to resign. >> it's offensive, for sure. let's move on to the border wall the u.s. president wants. sure to be a topic in the state of the union speech next week. as we heard mr. trump dismissing it and negotiating with congress, blaming the speaker of the house. listen. >> you had quite the showdown with speaker pelosi. what did you learn about negotiating with her? >> well, i think that she was very rigid, which i would expect, but i think she is very bad for our country. she knows you need a barrier. she knows you need border security. i happen to think it's bad politics. basically, she wants open borders. she doesn't mind human trafficking. >> over a billion dollars for border security. >> excuse me? >> she offered over a billion
dollars for border security. >> she's costing hundreds of billions of dollars. when you have drugs pouring in and people dying because of people like nancy pelosi who don't want to give proper border security for political reasons, she is doing a disservice to the country. >> president trump saying nancy pelosi is being rigid. indicating he's likely to declare a national emergency. that will likely land in the courts. even if it gets held up there, does that offer this president an out, so to speak to go back and tell the base, hey, i kept my promise. i tried. >> look. the president has met with nancy pelosi, a woman who can match him as the deal maker. she came out of this with a respect of even those that are on the other side of the aisle.
the president came out of the government shutdown with lower numbers, both within the public population at large and his base. nancy pelosi knows what she is doing. she's got the president in the corner. it's a corner of her own making and one he has a hard time getting out of. they are working on some kind of compromise on border security. if they come up with a compromise with some money for barriers, whether we want to call them fences or walls, with more money for enhanced surveillance along the border and border crossings where the drugs and trafficking is taking place that the president is so concerned with. if they come up with a reasonable compromise and the president turns that down, the president is going to be seen by the bulk of the american people as the obstacle here and his numbers are going to reflect that. >> it will be interesting to see
how that plays out in the days and weeks ahead. i want to ask you about roger stone while we have time, following the developments there. the president's friend and former adviser, a judge warned him not to try the case in the media and is considering a gag order. stone argues he must speak out to defend himself and raise min for his defense fund. what do you make of his argument? >> anybody that seems close to this campaign seems to land in some kind of legal difficulty. you know, working for donald trump is not necessarily good for your career and certainly not good for your pocketbook. listen, roger stone is the guy who, you know, faces a choice or faced the choice to cooperate with federal law enforcement or not. they have accused him of lying, of engaging in inappropriate behavior. so, you know, this is the legal system in the united states.
it's going to be costly and, you know, he has to pay the consequences. >> james davis, thank you for your time and perspective. >> thank you, george. >> nato says it supports the u.s. decision to quit the intermediate range forces treaty unless russia comes back into compliance. >> russia is accused of cheating the inf. we have more. >> morning, everyone. >> reporter: the united states announcing it suspends one of the last nuclear arms treaty's between u.s. and russia. >> we provided them time to end its ways and russia to honor their commitment. tomorrow, that time runs out. >> the inf was signed by president ronald reagan and gorbachev in 1987. the u.s. accused russia of violating the treaty, developing
and deploying medium range, nuclear ready missiles. >> we can't be put at a disadvantage of going by a treaty when somebody else doesn't go by that treaty. >> reporter: the trump administration says russia placed battalions of missiles at the border of europe, not allowed by the treaty terms. russia recently showed off the system, but not the missile itself and claims it abides by the inf. russia implemented and continues to implement the requirements of the treaty, this russian general said and does not allow for any violations to happen. the goal of the treaty was to prevent the two sides from developing land based, nuclear weapons. nato, the members most threatened by the move expressed its full support of the u.s. pulling out. former secretary of state, colin
powell said it's a wrong and dangerous thing to do. >> people say we have to get out of this treaty, that treaty. bad, terrible mistakes, which we will regret. they don't make sense. >> reporter: the biggest concern, it could spark an arms race not just with russia, but china, which has not been constrained by the treaty and grown more powerful over three decades. >> china has these capabilities, the north koreans and the russians developing these intermediate range missiles, but hypersonic capable missiles as well. we are in an arms race now. >> reporter: from this weekend, the clock starts ticking down. russia has six months to comply or the u.s. will fully withdrawal from the treaty. there's no sign the russians will do that. starting this weekend, the u.s. can start testing and deploying weapons. they were banned under the treaty, which could provoke
russian and chinese responses and kick off a dangerous arms race. cnn, washington. >> it's a big story. still ahead here on newsroom, in venezuela, pressure is mounting for the sitting president to step aside. global rallies against maduro are planned for the weekend. will they have an impact? >> from mayor to senator to white house. corey booker joins democrats ready to take on president trump. since you're heading off to dad... i just got a zerowater. but we've always used brita. it's two stage-filter... doesn't compare to zerowater's 5-stage. this meter shows how much stuff, or dissolved solids, gets left behind. our tap water is 220. brita? 110... seriously? but zerowater- let me guess. zero? yup, that's how i know it is the purest-tasting water.
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welcome back. from caracas to new york to berlin, protesters around the world will take to the streets in a few hours. >> their message, maduro must step down. the demonstrations, the latest in support of the opposition leader, juan guaido. >> the sitting president says he is willing to enter into talks with the opposition.
guaido declined the offer to mediate. the two countries say they are neutral, but in a letter, they say to pick a side. to be neutral is to be on a side that condemns hundreds of thousands of human beings to misery, hunger, exile and death. >> they are giving maduro until this weekend to call an election. friday, countries showed support for maduro, the powerful nations are under him. >> now, there is hope. there's hope in venezuela. across that country and the largest cities and smallest towns, people are rising up in defense of their rights. as president trump said last week, the fight for freedom has
begun. >> joining me now is a doctor from the london school of economics and the caribbean center. we appreciate your time, doctor. i want to start right here. there will be demonstrations around the world saturday to protest maduro and support guaido. can support and condemnation have an effect? >> there's often a bit of a feel thag protests, themselves, will lead to pressure and that will lead to change. in the case of venezuela, i think if you have been following the country for a long time, as i have. you know these things have happened time and time again, but, really, unless there's a shift in other factors within venezuela, particularly the military, there's no guarantee protests will lead to a change. >> well, we know that the military is standing with maduro
for now. he's indicated he is willing to hold talks with the opposition, but guaido rejected an offer by neutral countries to mediate talks. why was that? was that wise on his part? >> well, i can kind of understand that, to some extent. in the past, there have been dialogues between maduro and the opposition, which haven't gone anywhere. it's never been quite clear which side brought the negotiations to a standstill. really, it seems like there's often been a lack of real good will on either side to try to reach a real solution. the polarization of the political forces like in society in venezuela is extreme. it's quite hard to get past that. one issue with the negotiated solution option, which is being
pushed more and more is it is difficult to know if that will is really there on maduro's side. again, there's an assumption it will reach a stage where he will lead given the opportunity to go into exile or amnesty for corruption or involvement, repression, things like that. again, you have to assume that maduro will be willing to take that option. that's not guaranteed. >> right. he certainly hasn't, at this point. i was speaking with someone last weekend that said any plan or talks with maduro, that's usually a ruse on his part. he doesn't want to go anywhere. let's talk about the united states. friday, it reiterated support for mr. guaido. is the united states doing enough? are there more cards it can play
here? >> i think what the united states is doing, at the moment, is potentially quite significant already. the new sanctions on the venezuelan state oil company are quite severe. it's quite severe, also for the people of venezuela. the entire society and economy is based on the revenues that come through that company. that company is very deeply involved in the social provision. if there are problems with cash flow through that company, which there are, that is going to have effects on the people of venezuela as well. so, that step already is quite drastic. it all depends, really, on how venezuela responds to that act. different components they need to process their own oil and other markets to sell their oil. those markets and those suppliers will be worse than the
ones they currently have in the u.s. it is going to have an effect, already. >> we appreciate your expertise. thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. planning for a second summit between kim jong-un and the u.s. president, donald trump, is under way. the president is hinting at the location. that choice could be intended to send a message. we'll explain. he is not officially running for the white house, yet. we'll introduce you to a u.s. senator looking to conquer trump country in 2020.
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i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. leaders on both sides of the aisle want the democratic virginia governor to resign after a racist yearbook photo came to light. here is the picture from 1984, one dressed as a klansman and the other black face. he didn't answer which person he is in the photo. president trump is at his resort in florida for the first time since late november and hinting he will declare a national emergency in order to get his border wall. he added an announcement could come during the state of the union address. terrifying new video of the moment of a collapse in brazil. take a look at that. it inleashed a tsunami of mining waves that buried thousands of cars and people in the path.
240 people are missing. >> that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. >> terrifying. >> it is real. a top afghan official warns a quick withdrawal from troops could lead to increased bloodshed. the message follows after an american negotiator that they had talks to end the u.s. involvement there. >> there's no deal, but the head of the afghanistan high peace council told our kninic roberts it could backfire. >> reporter: the united states may try to withdrawal its troops. we saw president trump try to do it in syria. >> if it happened in a matter that's not orderly and in a way that placement is not thought about, if it happens that it leaves a vacuum behind,
obviously, the bloodshed would increase. >> is there a concern under this president, having the troops pulled out quickly, is that a feeling that really could happen? >> i would say, yes, there is that feeling that that might happen. >> reporter: it must be a very big concern then? >> we judge the relationship on the ground. we don't see practical consequences, yet. like a pressure from president trump that i'm going to withdrawal to reduce costs, that pressure, in a way is creating concern, but it's also creating opportunity. >> the united states has about 14,000 troops in afghanistan. they are mostly helping to train, advise and assist afghan forces. now, to another hot spot involving the u.s. the u.s. president, donald trump and north korean leader, kim jong-un set to meet for a second summit. >> the likely location is a
natural choice for both countries. brian todd has that. >> reporter: the president is now all but confirming vietnam would be the location of his next face-to-face meeting with north korean dictator, kim jong-un. >> i'll be in a certain location, as you know. that will be announced next week. >> reporter: the u.s. views the second sit-down with the 35-year-old leader critical to come up with measurable steps to set him on the path of dismantling his nuclear arsenal. to show the young north korean dictator what is possible, if he makes a deal with america. two sources telling cnn, the current plan is for vietnam to host the summit near the end of february. >> for both the united states and north korea, a natural choice. >> reporter: natural for several reasons. it's close enough for kim to get
there without borrowing a chinese plain. vietnam is in kim's comfort zone because of the ties that harken back to the cold war. >> they are still communist allies. the current foreign minister recently visited vietnam. >> reporter: it carries significance, haunting memories for americans. it was a port for u.s. and south vietnamese forces during the vietnam war. trump repeatedly used that history as an insult, including on friday, calling blumenthal denying dick. blumenthal served during the reserves in the war, but in the u.s. >> what does that remind me of? a certain senator that said he was a war hero when he wasn't. >> reporter: these days, trying to shed the wartime reputation. it is now a tourist magnet,
known for attractive beaches, luxury hotels and golf courses. an example of what can happen when a nation transitions from an enemy of the united states to an ally. >> what the united states wants to do is send a signal to north korea, if you, north korea, hold a summit with us and you are willing to give up your nuclear weapons, you, too, can open up like vietnam. >> reporter: it's a message secretary of state, mike pompeo sent to kim jong-un. >> once partnership we have, i have a message for kim jong-un. president trump believes your country can replicate this path. it's yours, if you will seize the moment. the miracle could be yours. >> reporter: analysts are concerned the vietnam model could send a different signal to
kim jong-un, one the american side is not happy about. >> a crackdown on journalists in the media, university professors restricted in what they say. it's not the most open environment and reassuring to kim jong-un. he is able to make economic development reforms without opening up politically. >> no matter how youthful and moving the symbol is, none of that is going to matter if they don't come up with a better deal than the one in singapore. brian todd, cnn, washington. the crowded field of democrats wanting to take on president trump in 2020 seems to be growing by the day. >> the latest is cory booker, the senator from new jersey. he released a recorded campaign video on friday. >> together, we will channel our common pain back into our common
purpose. together, america, we will rise. i'm cory booker, running for president of the united states of america. >> he and a lot of others. it's already the most diverse group in history to run. ten people announced their running or formed exploratory committees, half of them women. >> another name that may be at the list, ohio senator, sherrod brown. >> he is in iowa on the dignity of work tour, that's what it is called and will head to new hampshire, south carolina and nevada. jeff zeleny is traveling with the senator. ♪ >> reporter: from his home state in ohio, donald trump used his phony populism to divide americans and to demonize americans. >> reporter: to stop across iowa. >> a trail of working class
americans, of all races, of all strengths. >> reporter: he is presenting himself as a true populous, one handshake at a time. he is hoping to reach the blue collar voters that followed barack obama and then turned to president trump. a democratic victory in the state trump won by eight points. it's an example of how democrats cannot ignore trump country. >> i'm wary of democrats who only talk to progressives. >> reporter: you think that voice is missing from the conversation? >> i think that voice needs to be stronger. >>reporter: he's casting trump as a snake oil salesman. >> he promised them, a year ago, he said to workers in youngstown, don't move, don't sell your house, we are going to
build your factories. well, we are still waiting. >> reporter: brown is one of nine senators eyeing a bid for the white house. >> do you think your party needs a cant from the middle of the country to defeat donald trump? >> i think our party needs to nomination somebody that can win the industrial midwest, the hartland, the great lakes states, from pennsylvania to iowa. >> reporter: his wife is often at his side. a liberal newspaper columnist and fierce campaigner who could be a powerful partner in a race. he talks about trump, testing this line with van jones. >> i would say that i will beat trump in ohio where they know me. i'll beat him in my home state and his home state, new york, where they know him the best. i have been working on that.
>> reporter: if he jumps into the race, the democratic primary will be a task for a little known senator. >> looking for something different. if my hair looks worse than bernie sanders, it's time for a haircut. i figured that. >> reporter: brown could be competition for bernie sanders, ho is expected to jump into the race, soon. as brown makes up his mind, he will travel to new hampshire, followed by south carolina and nevada, trying to make a decision if he will join the race for the presidency. one democrat must be able to speak to trump country. jeff zeleny, cnn, iowa. breaking news to share from moscow. >> the kremlin reports vladimir putin says russia suspended the inf treaty. this follows a similar decision made by the united states. >> putin said this, here is a quote, a tit for tat response.
american partners announced they are suspending their participate in the treaty, so we are suspending ours as well. they are engaged in research and technological work and we will do the same. we will continue to follow this developing story for you. still ahead, volunteers are working hard in the lead up to the super bowl here in atlanta. the biggest sporting event for volunteers. they mission isn't about football. it's saving victims and human trafficking. we'll have that in sports for you.
people were arrested in a human trafficking sting. four people were rescued. this year's super bowl is being used to send a message. we learn more about it from cnn. >> reporter: the super bowl is surrounded with hype, large crowds and big dollars. some local officials are concerned those dollars could be spent in a more sinister way. atlanta's mayor is all too aware this city is already a u.s. hub for sex trafficking. >> we are concerned 12 months out of the year. we know there's more attention on human trafficking during the super bowl, but it is a growing problem, not someone else's problem. it is happening in our backyard. it's informing hotel workers. putting literature in strip clubs throughout the city. >> reporter: this all this
awareness leading up to the super bowl, is this a disconnect by increasing awareness, it looks like there's a problem? >> no, it's not a concern. you have to look for opportunities to educate the public. when people are talking about the super bowl, there's opportunity to increase awareness. >> reporter: it's not just about the lead up to game day. it stretches from the airport to taxi cabs, hotel rooms and beyond. in this convenience store miles from the stadium, the opportunity to spread the word or spot a victim. i met knee nita bells executiven our backyard. >> they have done a great job. they have the freedom sticker and information about human trafficking on the front door. >> she's traveled to ten super bowls with her organization. >> the super bowl does not increase trafficking.
>> reporter: she fights human trafficking by partnering with stores like this one. >> traffickers bring their victims to convenience stores every day. >> reporter: the volunteers know that. they put the human trafficking hot line sign inside bathroom stalls for the rare moments a victim is alone. >> with documented cases of people who found freedom as a result of the freedom stickers. >> this chain of petrol stations and convenience stores where they train employees how to spot victims and traffickers. >> they are coming in to buy drinks, snacks, anything they need for hotels. yeah, we think they will be coming in and hopefully we can put a stop to it. >> you have your eyes open? >> eyes open, ears open. we are ready. >> reporter: they are the eyes and ears you will never see in the open. we were led to a secret location where volunteers are scouring the dark web looking for new
things. they are looking for missing youth at risk of being trafficked. >> these are some of the children in our missing children's book and some of them, as you can see have been recovered. >> reporter: here we met cheryl, a volunteer with a personal connection to trafficking. >> i was exploited as a youth. i was pinned in the mix of a neighborhood, young child, trafficking abuse ring. >> reporter: overcome with emotion, it took years to realize what was happening. >> i think the most rewarding experience, i have been around for years is the super bowl, meeting up with convenience store workers and hearing them say they have seen some of these kids in the booklets. >> reporter: a glimmer of hope in the fight to save lives as officials and activists use events like the super bowl to
highlight the year round problem. >> very important story. thank you so much. cnn is partnering with people around the world for a day of action. on march 14th, against modern day slavery. this year, we are asking the simple question, what makes you feel free? >> we want to hear from you. tell us what makes you feel free. send us a photo or video. we'll be right back.
the countdown is on in china for the lunar new year and the year of the pig, spring festival, as it's called will be rung in tuesday. >> it also marks a time when hundreds of millions of chinese travel home. >> reporter: it's justdays from the start of the lunar new year and the mad rush is well under way in china. nearly 3 billion trips are expected across the country and the world's largest annual human migration. hundreds of millions of people trying to get home to celebrate the new year spring festival. 21-year-old intern is one of
them. she's making a nearly 17-hour long journey to the northeast by train. >> translator: i have experienced how hard life outside was. i miss home. home is where the warmth is. >> reporter: more than 400 million trips will be by rail and china says it is prepared to handle the onslaught. the country already has the world's longest rail network and ten new railways were added at the end of 2018. new technology also helping to make the long journey more convenient for travelers. the new automatic ticketing machines at some stations. >> translator: we used to wait in line to buy a student ticket at the manual office. now, i only need to do simple operations on the automatic ticket machine to buy the ticket. >> reporter: 73 million trips will be made by air, regard lle of the load of transportation, a multitude of festivities await
travelers across china. this is a city where decorative lights blanket the city. elsewhere, winter lanterns light up streets. traditional dancers entertain audiences. a side attraction, in some areas, a trip to the zoo. this zoo got into the festive mood with decorations as it showed off two panda cubs. some brought gifts and fried food, hoping for good luck in return of the year of the pig. >> the pandas getting into it. the day's top stories are just ahead here. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. we'll be back after the break. that rocking chair would look grahh, new house, eh?e. well, you should definitely see how geico
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