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let's get straight to cnn's richard quest. richard, what more are we learning? >> reporter: well, fredricka, this was the first indication of a connection, similarity, coincidence, whatever we want to say. they've started reading out the data from the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder. it's being done by the b.e.a., which is the french regulator. extremely experienced. according now to the ethiopian transport minister, there were certain similarities between lyon air back in october, that particular crash of the 737 max, and the ethiopian 302 flight, the 737 max. what those similarities are, she didn't say. but educated guesses suggest it shows similarities in altitude variation, the speed at which the plane managed to achieve. the altitude that the plane managed to achieve. if you look at lyon air and
ethiopian, they are very similar. now it would appear that the black box and data recorders seem to bear out that coincidence. now, one other point. within 30 days under international law, the ethiopians have to produce a preliminary report. it won't be much detail. it'll just be a page or two long, but it will give the first indications of the avenues the investigation is taking and crucially, it may make the first or can make the first recommendations of what needs to be done. >> so will it be boeing, or would it be the faa what would be most held responsible for either having the data, knowing it, examining it, so as to figure out how to prevent something like this? >> the data from the voice recorders will be provided to both, of course, in the fullness of time.
boeing is already working on a fix for what they say is necessary for the so-called m-cass, the software believed to be at the heart of both these crashes. boeing says it's got a fix. the faa says it is looking at this but hasn't yet authorized them to test it. the testing could take weeks, if not months. so i think both boeing and the faa have an interest in getting to the bottom of this, but we're a long way from the 737 max being back in the air. >> and have you learned anything that's in concert with this "new york times" reporting that the opportunity had not been given to pilots to better understand this kind of technology that these boeing planes had? >> reporter: this is simply a fact. certainly before lyon air, many pilots had been given minimal,
basically ipad, training on the differences between the existing 737 and the new max 8 and max 9. very minimal because boeing believed that the way this technology worked, pilots already knew how to deal with those sort of crises if it went wrong. however, between lyon air and ethiopian, well, no pilot should have been flying a 737 max that hadn't been made fully aware. but here's the rub, fredrika. the critics will say even with the new information, that wasn't enough. there needed to be special simulator training. there needed to be new simulators with variants specifically for this sort of fault or this sort of mechanics. as far as we know, that never happened between the two crashes. >> all right. richard quest, thank you so
much. now we turn to politics in the u.s. the white house doing damage control after president trump's response to the massacre in new zealand. 50 people murdered by a man promoting while nationalist ideas. despite the deadly attack, president trump still claiming the threat from white nationalism is not on the rise. now his acting chief of staff, mick mulvaney, coming to the president's defense. >> the president is absolutely briefed on all the threats, both domestic and international, but i want to push back against this idea that every time something bad happens everywhere around the world, folks who don't like donald trump seem to blame it on dprump. >> to the degree there's an issue with white supremacists, white nationalists, why not deliver a speech condemning it? >> you've seen the president stand up for religious liberties, individual liberties. the president is not a white supremacist. i'm not sure how many times we have to say that. >> so all of this happening
while the president's focus, according to his twitter feed, is somewhere else. he's taking aim at the late senator john mccain just months after his death for his ties to the controversial russian dossier on trump and mccain's notable thumbs down vote on repealing obamacare. cnn white house correspondent boris sanchez joining me right now. so let's start with mick mulvaney's comments today. it's remarkable the acting chief of staff is the one who has to explicitly say the president is not a white supremacist. >> yeah, it certainly is, fred. mulvaney clearly annoyed by a question, one that is frequently posed to the white house and defenders of the president, the criticism towards president trump in response to his response to the attack in new zealand. he didn't explicitly condemn islamophobia. the president didn't even say
that word. some, like congresswoman talib of michigan, believe the president is not using his platform adequately to promote tolerance. listen. >> there's real doubt in information currently right now of the rise of white supremacy here in the united states of america. he needs to look at the data and the information and the facts and actually listen and understand the tremendous responsibility he has in being our president, our leader of our country. he cannot just say it's a small group of people. there's too many deaths, not only from the synagogue to the black churches to the temples, now to the mosques. we need to be speaking up against this. and it has to start with him. >> now, the white house has pushed back on this sort of criticism previously, saying the president'sed president's admonition of what happened was adequate. however, the president sent out two tweets about the attacks on friday. he hasn't tweeted about it since. in contrast, the president
defeated three times today defending a fox news host whose rhetoric last week was deemed anti-muslim. the president was essentially saying she should stand up for herself and stay on the air. >> and the president also spent some time going after the late u.s. senator john mccain on twitter today. >> yeah, right. this all goes back to the steele dossier. john mccain was one of the first americans to actually see it, the salacious piece of compiled information during the 2016 election. some of it, which has been verified, some of it unverified. still, the president ties that dossier to the start of the russia investigation. john mccain denied that he provided that dossier to journalists, but recently we learned that one of his aides actually handed it over to buzzfeed news. some are criticizing the late senator, saying this stains his legacy, including former independent counsel kenneth starr. listen to what he told fox news.
>> he said he didn't have anything to do with passing on the dossier to the fbi. yet, now we know he did. >> deeply disappointing. well, we'll see. that's what the evidence shows. i'm one who keeps saying don't rush to judgment, but that's what the evidence tends to show. i'm just saying, i'm very saddened by this, but john mccain was an american hero who did so much for the country. this is unfortunately a very dark stain. >> so president trump obviously saw that interview because he quoted it in a tweet and went one step further in explaining his grudge toward the late senator. look at this
tweet that president trump sent out. he writes, quote, spreading the fake and totally discredited dossier is unfortunately a very dark stain against john mccain. ken starr, former independent counsel. he had far worse stains than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and
replace, the president talking about that vote in 2017 where john mccain voted against a thin repeal and replace bill -- or rather just a repeal bill of obamacare. megan mccain, john mccain's daughter, tweeted back at president trump, launching this attack. listen to this. quote, no one will ever love you the way they loved my father. i wish i'd been given more saturdays with him. maybe spend years with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine. clearly the president's obsession over john mccain and the grudge between the two men continues on, even seven months after the late senator's death. >> all right. boris sanchez at the white house, thank you so much. let's talk further on this. joining me now, "new york" magazine's washington correspondent, olivia nuzzi. good to see both of you. so julian, what was your reaction that the acting chief
of staff would say the president is not a white supremacist, not necessarily answering the question that was asked, but making that statement? >> well, it's obviously stunning that we need an answer to that question with the president of the united states. but it's either a chaos strategy, where you have the chief of staff and others trying to clean up what the president tries to do, or it's just a strategy, meaning the president is consciously avoiding saying much on this, sending other signals through his chief of staff but himself not sending those signals to his political base. we don't know which it is. but either way, it's not great for the white house. >> olivia, does it become an inadequate replacement of thought? >> does it become a -- >> does it become adequate it's mick mulvaney speaking on behalf of the president as opposed to the president elaborating further? >> certainly not. i think the fox news host there was right to ask why the president won't just come out and give a speech about this, but i think unfortunately the
obvious answer to that is that he can't. he can't without disavowing what he himself has said previously. since the campaign, he's said abhorrent things about muslims. he has used language that i think has contributed to rising tensions into this rise of hate worldwide. and he can't give a speech condemning white supremacism and condemning this ideology that led to these 50 death, including a 3-year-old. if he does not take some personal responsibility for the things that he has said. so i think for the time being, the only thing he can do is send out his surrogates, as he's doing now, while he stays at home and sends tweets about other topics, i think hoping to deflect the conversation elsewhere. >> so mick mulvaney, he's fiercely defending the president, no matter what, at least right now, but it hasn't always been the case. here's what congressman mulvaney said about donald trump in 2016.
>> yes, i'm supporting donald trump. i'm doing so as enthusiastically as i can, even though i think he's a terrible human being. but the choice on the other side is just as bad. >> so olivia, is it -- mulvaney has evolved, now he's in a different position, observes the president differently? what's the explanation? >> i doubt he's evolved and views the president differently, but i think he got a different opportunity and is feeling the role he now has. he's not the only one who's served in this white house who previously condemned the president. kellyanne conway as a surrogate for the ted cruz campaign was very negative about the president back during the republican primary. raj shah worked against president trump in favor of jeb bush during the campaign. it's not unusual, at least for this president, to have people surrounding him who previously were pretty vocal talking out against him.
>> and julian, one would think this was water under the bridge that wasn't going to resurface. here we go again with the president insulting now the late u.s. senator john mccain in a different manner now. you know, via tweet today. why does he do this? why would the president feel that this is advantageous for him? >> well, there's the personal grudge element. it's not about advantageous or strategy. it's about him really holding a grudge against senator mccain for all his opposition. but it's kind of morphing into his conspiracy theories about politics and washington and the investigations against him. now senator mccain becomes part of that broader story. he's trying to tell his supporters that a lot of washington is out to get him, and here he's connecting mccain to the dossier, to the investigation. so there is a logic to it, if you want to look at it politically. i think you might hear more of
it, as distasteful as it is. >> so olivia, this, bottom line, would be about re-election. this would be president trump speaking to his base, who are on board with, you know, this psychology. >> yeah, i think that looking ahead, he probably is thinking that way, but i think with trump, it's also -- he knows that the media is going to react very strongly. there are going to be a lot of panels like this one discussing what's wrong with saying something like that about somebody who cannot defend themselves, even though i think megan mccain did a fantastic job of being graceful and responding to that comment. but i think that he likes to be an agitator, and this is a form of him doing that. i think there was a good point made just now about him really holding grudges and maybe that explains this a bit. but i think he really does just like to create chaos and create outrage cycles. again, he's deflecting from the
fact that he's not responding adequately to what happened in new zealand. >> yeah, changing the subject or at least an attempt. olivia, julian, thank you so much. >> thank you. still ahead, officials have started releasing the identities of those killed in the new zealand mosque attack. some of them children. this as mourners gather at a makeshift memorial to honor those whose lives were lost. and up the years. but what i do count on... is boost® delicious boost® high protein nutritional drink has 20 grams of protein, along with 26 essential vitamins and minerals. boost® high protein. be up for life. and back pain made it hard to sleep and get up on time. then i found aleve pm. the only one to combine a safe sleep aid, plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. i'm back. aleve pm for a better am. my dream car. it turns out, they want me to start next month. she can stay with you to finish her senior year.
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cnn international anchor christi lu stout is in christchurch for us. talk about the memorial behind you. >> reporter: yeah, fredricka, it's past 9:00 p.m. in ta.m. in morning here in christchurch. many residents returning to church and school, but many are coming here to stop and admire, to reflect and contribute to this growing floral tribute for the victims of the terrorist attack that took price helace h friday. you see works of art, messages from small children written in crayon, messages of love, compassion. one message in marker just had the words "remember goodness" on them. these words are necessary at a time when this community is still in mourning. now 50 people dead as a result of that terrorist attack. 50 wounded, six in critical
condition, including a 4-year-old girl. in regards to the victims, we've learned their remains will finally be returned to their families, so the families can say farewell and prepare the bodies for burial in accordance to muslim tradition. later today there's a critical cabinet meeting for the prime minister of new zealand. one day after the massacre, she pledged to change the gun laws. she's asking for a ban on semiautomatic weapons. today we expect to see a show of force from the police in new zealand. the police commissioner announced over the weekend there will be a significantly higher presence of security, not just around christchurch, but around new zealand, around the streets, businesses, and schools, as well as in the skies. just to bring it back to the scene behind us, what is so remarkable is the fact that the residents here have chosen to respond to an act of terror not with fear, not with hate, but an outpouring of love and compassion. one banner over there saying we
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on her somehow where she doubted omar's patriotism because she wears a head covering. fox news condemned pirro's view. trump tweeted in part, the losers all want what you have. don't give it to them. be strong and prosper. be weak and die. stay true. brian stelter, cnn's chief media correspondent and anchor of "reliable sources" joining me now. brian, what more are you learning about this suspension? >> this is a very unusual situation to fox news. the network rarely takes action against its stars or commentators. in this case, executives clearly believe she went too far this time last week. as you mentioned, her program did not air this weekend. it is unclear if it's going to air next weekend or not. fox is not commenting. but a source familiar with the matter told me she was, in private, suspended. that's why her show was not on this weekend.
fox is not confirming that publicly. my source says she's not been fired, but she has been suspended. that's a rare step for fox to take. you look at the president's twitter feed, his comments about fox, a three-part statement. he's openly telling fox what to do. it's like he's giving free advice to the network that he likes so much. i think he's trying to get through to the murdochs, the men who control fox news, trying to say to them, be strong, don't give into the ad boycotts, don't give into the pressure from some progressives. a lot of people have looked at the omar situation just saying this isn't about politics. it's about basic american values. but in any case, the president making clear where he stands. frankly, he seems more fired up about this than the rise of white nationalism or the other issues you've been covering. y >> you took the words right out of my mouth. is this for show, or does the president feel he actually might influence their decision? >> i think this is a demonstration of his
vulnerability. the president knows he's under investigation on multiple fronts, knows there are a number of scandals that continue to consume his presidency. i think he recognizes the importance of these pro trump talk shows. he recognizes the importance of these shows to keeping up his base, to keeping his base as solid as possible. i think he's legitimately concerned when someone like pirro is not on the air, supporting him no matter what, defending him no matter what. i think he's concerned about that. some people look at his tweets and say, the president's fearless. he says whatever he wants. i look at it and i'm thinking to myself, he's worried about something. he's on a tweet storm, a rant this weekend, because he's worried about something that's coming, whether it's the mueller report or something else. i think when he's concerned about someone like pirro, he's worried about something else. >> all right. brian stelter, thank you so much. still ahead, joe biden's
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new today, the democratic field for president just got bigger in new york senator krirsen gillibrand jumps into the 2020 race. >> we need a leader who makes big -- >> bold -- >> brave choices. >> someone who isn't afraid of progress. that's why i'm running for president. >> jill gillibrand's announceme pushes the field. and vice president joe biden announced he's almost run. >> i have the most progressive run of anybody running for -- anybody who would run. >> several of the democratic candidates who have decided and announced officially, the presidential runs are out on the campaign trail today.
elizabeth warren is campaigning in the south today. the massachusetts democrat is in memphis, where she'll hold an organizing event in about an hour. the campaign stop is part of a three-state tour of the south. she's taking over the next few days. tomorrow she will hold a cnn town hall in mississippi. then she heads to alabama. cnn senior political analyst mark preston is in jackson, mississippi, where warren's cnn town hall will be held tomorrow night. mark, why is warren campaigning, spending this vital time in these southern states right now that are not part of the early states to hold caucuses and primaries? >> reporter: well, there's something to be said about getting out of the log jam right now with the democrats in new hampshire and iowa. we know elizabeth warren has spent a considerable amount of time in new hampshire and iowa already. for here to come to the south is very symbolic but also strategic in many ways. when you get to next year and to 2020, mississippi, alabama, tennessee are all going to play
an important role in the first couple of states that actually vote for the democratic nomination. of course, this will come after we see the first four states vote, new hampshire, iowa, south carolina, and nevada. but again, where we sit here in mississippi, a very important state in the democratic primary. symbolically, though, because she's reaching out to a constituency that's very important to democratic politics. that, of course, is african-americans. we're here on this storied campus of jackson state university. it's a historical black college and university. she's clearly trying to send a message as she sweeps through the south. in arkansas today, moving her way down, all the way through -- or rather, tennessee, down into mississippi tomorrow, then of course over to alabama and up to birmingham on tuesday. so symbolic, but she's certainly looking for votes, fred. >> and then there's senator kirsten gillibrand, who jumped into the race today. that makes about a dozen democrats running for president.
how is warren trying to distinguish herself from the pack, and gillibrand as well? >> reporter: well, interesting. let me answer it for elizabeth warren in a way that she was asked about whether or not she was a democratic socialist, something that's embraced by bernie sanders. when asked that question, elizabeth warren turned and said, listen, bernie sanders can explain what he means by that. the centrist democrats can explain whatever they're trying to do. i'm going to explain what i'm trying to do. of course, what she's trying to do is considered very liberal in many ways, but she does, when she's looking at the markets, looking at wall street, as much as she wants to reign them in and break up big tech, she understands the power of the market, so she says. perhaps we'll hear her explain that more tomorrow. of course, kristen gillibrand is vying for that middle to left lane, trying to reach out to democratic activists certainly needed to get the support.
she's somebody who's going to need that support in a state like iowa and new hampshire as well. perhaps she could play well in those states, but we'll see. she's kind of been in. she makes it official. now we'll see that she's fully dedicated to running for president. >> all right. mark preston, thank you so much, in jackson, mississippi. and be sure to watch tomorrow when massachusetts senator and democratic presidential candidate elizabeth warren takes to the stage there for the cnn town hall. hear her messages. that's tomorrow night, 9:00 eastern, here on cnn. i hear it in the background and she's watching too, saying [indistinct conversation] [friend] i've never seen that before. ♪ ♪ i have... ♪
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new zealand mosque attack is bringing attention to a particular symbol of hate. he appeared to flash a hand sign that traditionally means okay but has increasingly been adopted by white supremacists and neo-nazis. it's also been used by internet trolls in an attempt to spur reaction from liberals. joining me now to discuss this is cnn national correspondent sara sidner. good to see you. tell us more about this symbol that he appeared to hold up. >> so this is one of those things that has come into our culture partly because of social media. when we spend some time looking on social media websites of the white supremacists or alt-right or neo-nazis, you'll find this was that was initially -- it's an international symbol for okay. i'm good. i affirm what you're saying. everything is good. what they have done with it, though, is try and use it for
another purpose. one, to troll people. by trolling, i mean if somebody does it and they're doing it because they're trying to show white power -- and i'll give you an example of what that means. this is a "w," right? this could be a "p." what they're trying to say is, yes, actually, we are affirming white power. but they'll always say, if you say, well, are you holding up a symbol, a white power symbol, are you a white supremacist? they'll say, oh, no, everyone does it. you're someone from the left trying to make us look bad. you're trying to make white folks look bad. so they use it against the people who try and point out this seems odd. if you look at what the southern poverty law center has said it's that, yes, it was initially used to sort of troll people from the white nationalists, but it is also a secret hand sign that is used amongst each other to affirm that they are white
supremacists or white nationalists or members of the alt-right. i want to give you some examples of that. you see this terrorist, this suspect in the killings in the mosque in new zealand. you see him holding it up. that's him right there. you see his right hand is making that symbol. and he was well familiar with social media and some of the tropes and some of the hand signals that were being used. if you read his manifesto, he talks about some of the folks in the white national list movement and his support of white supremacy. now i want to show you a couple other pictures. we have richard spencer, who's a known member of the alternative right who has lots of white nationalist and white power views. there he is standing in front of trump international hotel. he's making that sign. again, his response if someone came at him and said that's a white nationalist sign, he'd say, don't be ridiculous, i'm
just saying okay. so it's interesting to note. and that was a year ago or so. and here's someone else. milo milo. he's continuously making jokes, sometimes racist and anti-semitic. there he is with the make america great again hat and doing that sign. so again, it's got almost a double meaning. one, it's kind of a secret thing between people in the white nationalist movement, but it's also a way to try and make people who stand up against that look silly for saying, what, you're making the okay sign into something to do with white power? but it certainly is there and it's certainly being used by white supremacists, white nationalists, alt-right, whatever name you want to give them. people who are xenophobic, people who are anti-muslim, anti-black, anti, anti, anti.
you see it over and over again. that's something that is true and real, but it's also used against people who point it out. >> pretty terrible, too, because it's a sign that so many people universally use. now this is helping to promote a whole lot more confusion. >> yes. >> sara sidner, thank you so much. >> sure. all right. still ahead, a sneak peek at the cnn original series "tricky dick" and why you'll get an inside view of richard nixon's presidency like never before. ♪
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events taking place during the trump administration today. here now is a preview. >> i don't give a god damn what the story is. >> richard m. nixon has lied repeatedly. >> no reporter from "the washington post" should ever be in the white house again. do you understand? >> the tougher it gets, the cooler i get. i have what it takes. >> impeach nixon now! >> i want to say this to the television because people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. well, i'm not a crook. >> this crap about watergate. >> let others wallow in watergate. we're going to do our job. >> i'm going to kick their ass. >> nobody is going to package me. nobody is going to make me put on an act for television. i'm not going to engage in any gimmicks or any stunts, wear any silly hats. if people looking at me say that's a new nixon, then all that i can say is, well, maybe you didn't know the old nixon.
>> all right. joining us right now is cnn presidential historian and former director of the nixon presidential library and was a consultant on the series "tricky dick." good to see you again. so this series, i mean, we're all looking so much forward to this. we've heard from so many viewers. it really lets us hear richard nixon in his own voice from media interviews to candid moments caught on camera to this secret recording. so how impactful is it to hear him, to hear his thoughts? >> well, fred, this is a show, a four-part show that covers his life and career with no narrator, no talking heads, no interpreters or guides. it's primarily nixon talking to all of you. it's both the public nixon and the private nixon. so what i think will happen is many people will actually be learning more about richard
nixon and getting an understanding of why he dominated our political imagination for nearly half a century. >> because i think when people hear the word nixon, their minds automatically go to watergate. you're here to share with us there is so much more to his political career. >> well, it's a four-part series, and it's not a four-part series about watergate. the team used oral histories that were made for the first nixon foundation in the 1970s by people who went to school with richard nixon, who remember him as a boy. so this is about his growing up in california. it's also about his early political career. it's as complete a package as possible given the vintage video, the films, and the tapes we have available. you will hear richard nixon a
lot. and i am sure that much of what you hear you've never heard before. >> what are the parallels that you see of nixon and the trump administration? >> well, let's make it clear that in this film, there is no narrator telling you this is a parallel. i think that viewers will see parallels in nixon's dislike for the press, in nixon's private thoughts about his opponents, his anger, his bitterness, and yes, his hate. >> even some word choice. >> his word choice. also, you'll see the tensions in america at the time, the divisions that we unfortunately have today. they weren't the same in the '70s, but it was a very passionate, very divisive time. unfortunately, i think people will see parallels to today in that. >> well, will they also see some
real marked differences? >> well, a couple of thing. first of all, the trump story, we don't know the trump story as well. >> it's ongoing. >> it's not only ongoing, but richard nixon hid much of his private self and the tapes revealed it. i don't know and don't think anyone except president trump and his family would know the difference between social media trump and the real trump. we know the difference between the public president nixon and the private nixon. the viewers will see that dramatically displayed in this four-part series. >> wow, so we're certainly hearing what all of us as viewersing learn, but what do you suppose president trump would learn from this series? >> well, what i hope he doesn't learn is how to conceal your private self better. what he might learn is what
happened to nixon was over time the fact that the public caught on to the lack of credibility and to his lies hurt him politically. though until the end of his days he would have a strong group of supporters, they weren't enough to keep him in power. that's why he resigned. so one lesson prance the president might draw from this if he took the time to watch it is that over time lies corrode political bases. >> tim naftali, thank you so much. always appreciate it. be sure to watch "tricky dick" premiering tonight, 9:00 eastern only on cnn. thanks so much for being with me this sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield. the news continues now with ana cabrera. you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera in new york. this is a weekend when an entire nation, an ally of the united states is struggling under the
agony of the worst act of gun violence in its history. 50 innocent people dead in new zealand, executed because of their race and religion. yet words from the white house and the president have left questions about where the leader of the free world stands in the fight against white supremacy. instead of joining the world condemning this hatred and offering support to the muslim community in new zealand and across the globe, president trump is tweeting that "saturday night live" hurts his feelings. his acting chief of staff made the sunday morning show rounds and was repeatedly asked about why the president doesn't come out strongly and publicly against white supremacists, like the suspected killer in new zealand. here was mick mulvaney's defense. >> the president is not a white supremacist. i'm not sure how many times we have to say that. >> that defense still doesn't answer why the president has yet to denounce anti-muslim attacks and hatred himself.