tv CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield CNN July 7, 2019 10:00am-11:00am PDT
welcome, we begin with a historic moment in sports. just moments ago, team usa won the women's world cup trophy, their fourth world cup championship. usa women bead the netherlands in the final mav 2-0. we have team comps of the match. amanda davis was inside the stadium. she is joins me from lyon, francis. polo sandoval at a watch party. christine brennan is a sports
columnist at "usa today, quest and patrick snell, cnn's sports anchor and reporter. what an incatherine historic moment. amanda this must have been an electrifying moment. >> absolutely. the tournament tagline here in france has been "dare to shine." that's exactly what this u.s. team did over the 90 minutes inside the stadium here in lyon, playing at this world cup final is the pinnacle for any international footballer. you saw what itment to these players as they ran onto the pitch just after the anthems had been played. we saw it throughout the 90 minutes. they had to fight this u.s. side. so many people had been hyping them um, talking about them as
absolutely the overwhelming favorites against a dutch team who were at the world cup finals for the first time, playing in this tournament for just the second time in their history. but it was tight. once we got past that first 12 minutes, that vital 12 minute that is at every point in this tournament so far, they had already scored. they hadn't medicaled to break the deadlock and people started getting nervous. you saw the u.s. players maybe overstretching, trying a bit too hard. we got to half time, they were pressing, but couldn't make the breakthrough. ultimately just after the hour mark, 62 minutes, who else was it going to be? the captain fantastic, megan rapinoe, who stepped up, showed no signs of the pressure that this team were under to take themselves over the line to win
that fuhr world cup. rose laval, at young star over the last few weeks, julie made it, too, and then the celebration started. this team knew they had made it across the line. and incredibly historic achievement, their fourth world cup crown. they're only the second team to successfully defend the women's world cup times after german,, but you feel that this year, given all the attention, all the pressure on this side, not only because of what they were doing on the pitch, but also the big ircauses that they're fighting for, this really is a line in a sand, the real moment that the world is stepping up and taking notice. this is the new class of '99, really. this is the class of 2019. they had written their place into the history books.
>> wow. incredible. nail-biting moments all the way. athleti athleticism on display. describe what the moment was like, polo? >> i couldn't see the game from my vantage point, but a perfect barometer washington the loud cheers of a massive crowd that has thinned out literally in the last few minutes when it was -- we saw a massive presence here, a sea of red, white and blue that was cheering on team usa. let me tell you, fred, this game had added significant in the across the board. i spoke to a woman from new jersey, who came across two rivers to be here, because she played as a little girl. and a gentleman from queens, he brought his little girl here, so
she could develop the passion for the sport. if you were in this archway directly under the manhattan bridge, that's what you're leaving here, epps great pride. there's subway trains that go over the archway here. i have to tell you, friday the roar of those drains was nothing compared to the massive roared that we heard break out here just five minutes ago when usa declared another victory. >> fantastic. a huge crowd there. christine brennan, let's look at the overall picture. this was a game that was tied zero, you know, zip, for a very long time, until finally that first score, and then followed by yesterday another. give me an idea of the highs and lows of this game that piqued your interest? >> the dutch were terrific. in many ways that's a credit to the united states. back in '99, i covered that day
20 years ago in the rose bowl, they were all about not just about the u.s., about the world and women and girls having opportunities in sports, especially soccer, around the world. to see the dutch rise like this almost out of nothing, it's remarkable and a testment to the johnny appleseed, so to speak, that the u.s. team has been. i don't know that we've seen a team capture a cultural moment, a moment in our history, fred, quite like this team. they come now at this moment in our history, over 100 women in congress, 25 women in the senate. i do not believe it is a reach to talk about this team as it's set against the backdrop of our american culture and the role of women and girls in that culture, fighting for equal pay, megan rapinoe taking on the president, the president taking on megan rapinoe. who won that one? i think we know know, and just
this team taking us to national conversations that we should be having in our culture and society. >> i wonder christine, what have they done to this sport? what have they done to this sport for aspiring soccer young female football players? and these ladies are, you know. the average age is in the 30s? it's extraordinary they have also said something about age and staying power. >> oh, absolutely. this team has been the hallmark. i think the most famous women's national team in any sport on the globe. i know that's saying a lot, but as they said a moment ago, they stand for much more than just sport the. it's any of just been about soccer for them. this may sound polilyanna--ish, and for girls who have told they will never play sports, but
they're watching this, this dutch team fight the u.s., it's a nail-biter. that has to inspiring generations of girls who have been told by their government or parents or someone else that they shouldn't play. now the answer is, yes, they can do it. >> patrick, it does start out slow, and then followed up by another, you're talking about usa, four wins in eight world cup tournaments, this isn't just a testament to women sports, female soccer, but it's an amazing challenge for soccer of american around the world as well. >> it really is. just think about that. eight women's world cup tournaments now complete, fred, and one country has won half of them at the has been a fantastic tournament. no bigger compliment that is the president of fifa himself saying
this without question the biggest and best women's world cup final, and the whole tournament as a whole. it's just been one to marved. now it's all about continued growth of the game. that will be huge to see. >> it seems like each time it tops itself. >> i will say, you know, this is a team -- the usa women's national team that, shall we say, has never lacked confidence, has never doubted its own self-belief, but you have to back it up with performances, and boy, have they done that. they oversaw the english in the semifinals and now back-to-back world cup finals. their performances speak louder than words. they got the job done. >> i love it. amanda, that says a lot. they have never lacked in confidence. they have never lacked in substance, never lacked in style. to have afteru all of that wrapped up into one team.
give me an idea how everyone there, the world has marvel over team usa, even before today's amazing victory. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. the u.s. are the team without doubt the rest of the world use as the benchmark, where they need to get to. i was talking to the england boss earlier, of course, a top-level player himself. i said do you still use the u.s. women as a benchmark or taking your experience of the men's game when you won the league, and he said no, absolutely not, it is the u.s. they were the people that we are setting all our targets on. i've lookeds on jill elis what she does with the u.s. team. i have investigated their trainings programs, what do they do? how do they make themselves fitter than the rest? that's not an individual case. it's very much what the other
teams around europe have been doing in recent times. this is a u.s. team, you've got to remember that yes, they were the defending champion. they won fouriers, but they haven't had it all their own way since then. they suffered an early examine i from the olympics, and then people started asking question, was jill ellis really the coached that should be leading the team into the world cup. she tried different formations, some people didn't like that, but she accepted i know what all my players can do. if i need to change things, i know how i did beat different teams. it has absolutely paid off. we know when megan was injured,
she brought on the team together. what i found fascinating was a player of megan rapinoe's experience, everything she has won -- >> i love that gesture of hers. >> and here we're watching megan rapinoe accepting that beautiful trophy on behalf of the team, giving that gesture, i'm not sure what she's saying, here i am or voila, but it's a gesture she has repeated time and time again. >> it's megan. her 50th goal as well for her country. this is incredible, fred. >> this is an inspiration, and amanda, you touch on it.
men who you marveling of all ages. >> and megan now, the golden boot winner, because it was down to six. she gout on to six goals with her teammate alex morgan. she will be winning the golden boot based on the goals scored and times on the pitch is factored in as well. >> i love that people people of all ages, all sexes are inspired. i'd like to my my 14-year-old son who was recently reignited with an interesting in soccer, it's because of this season. >> the biggest compliment i can pay this tournament as well, shame we have to wait for four years. >> the next generation is being groomed right now. thanks to all of you, appreciate t amanda, polo, christine, patrick, and of course to team usa. thanks for an incredible moment and inspiration.
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are you in good hands? a declaration of independent today from a member of congress. michigan congressman justin amash sits down with cnn and explains what drove him from the gop, his thoughts on the president of the united states, and the prospects of impeachment. amass is a vocal trump critic. today he once again called for impeachment proceedings to begin. he also lashed out at the gop, partisan politics, and republicans who show blind loyalty to the president. all of those factors, he says, led him to leave the party. do you think it's fair to say that president trump and your fellow republicans' urn
blinking support was the straw that broke the camel's back? >> i think this term has shown how bad it can get. i was a founding member of the freedom caucus, and we were fighting for a better pros a. more open government, we wanted members to have a voice so we would have a deliberate tiff body and be able to represent people back home. sometimes the outcomes are more conservative or more progressive, but whatever the outcome, we wanted to open it up. over the years people have been falling behind the leaders, including people in my own caucus, which i left. so it's gotten worse and worse. i think this was the term that really broke it for me. >> the president lashed out on you on twitter thursday after your announcement saying, great news for the republican party as one of the dumbest and -- is quitting the party, knew he
couldn't get the nomination again. a total sluicer. i wanted to give you an opportunity to respond. >> i don't have a response to it. it's what the president does, it's what he says. i think most people understand that is not how people are supposed to talk about each other and to each other, and i think he's identified what he talked about are your op-ed. he thinking that people owe loyalty to him, but people are elected with an oath to support and defend the constitution, nots an oath to support and defend one person. do you anticipate you may be kicked off the oversight committee? >> i anticipate i may be kicked off. at the end of the day, though, i've done this for several years, worked within the republican party, my colleagues have tried to make changes from within.
it hasn't worked. it's not working for anyone. let's talk about all of this zachary wolfe is a cnn politics digital director. jewel yay hirschfeld davis is a correspondent for "new york times" and cnn political analyst. good to see you. amash said a lot, didn't he? he did sigh among the powerful things, even members on committees that he shares, you know, have lost power, and that he says there are others who are critical just like he is, of the president in private, just not saying it publicly. will his now pup comments in this fax unleash or even give the green light for others to follow suit? >> well, i don't really think so. if you asked justin amash, i think he would say no as well and that is one of the reasons he's leaving the party. while it is true that when you
talk to republicans privately they sound differently, they have nod been willing to break with the president even when they're not totally a board with what he's saying or doing. congressman amash has been the only republican to vote in favor of holding at manages officials in contempt when the administration has pushed back against congress's attempts to do oversight. i think he's right that he's probably going to lose that perch because of what he's done, but there's no evidence that republicans are willing to either rhetorically or when it comes to votes or policy, break with the president, so leaves someone like amash to all he can do is leave the party. >> it it sound like while there may be expectation, he's almost
all right with it, at the sacrifice of speaking out. i don't even know if he looked relieved, but he he certainly looked confident with what he was saying. >> he is in the minority in the house, which is a place you don't have much influence to begin with, and has been a caucus of one, speaking out against the president and voting, as i said, in some cases voting against the administration's interests, so it's not as if he were having a lot of influence. you would -- it just didn't work, so i don't think -- in doing this. >> so zachary, you know, amash said that he stills believes in impeachment proceedings that should get under way against the president. he said, you know, high-level party officials have thanked him behind closed doors for his impeachment push, and he says he's putting some blame on house speaker pelosi, saying she's making a big mistake. listen.
>> from a principled, moral position she's making a mistake. from a strategic position she's making a mistake. if he believes as i do, she should tell the american people we're going to move forward with impeachment hearing. when she says things like, oh, i think we need to have the strongest case before we go forward, what she is telling the american people is she doesn't think there's a strong case. if she doesn't think that, she shouldn't open her mouth in the first place. >> so zachary, there are some democrats who are saying the same thing, and are questioning the approach that nancy pelosi is taking. so does nancy pelosi hear amash differently than she would her own caucus? >> clearly he thinking it's a strategic mistake and she clearly see it is completely the opposite. until you see republicans in the senate start to say they might
be swayed by impeachment hearings or swayed by any sort of impeachment or have read the mueller report. impeachant is essential a fait accompli. so from that perspective -- this is not brain science -- she wants to play it slow. it's not going to end with trump leaving office. it's going to have the effect probably of galvanizing his base. so, you know, i think pelosi with that eye has tried to slow-walk this from the beginning and will continue to do so. >> and that in spect with the president getting mixed results from a poll, giving the president a 44% approval rating. that's the highest for his presidency, but at the same time the poll shows americans considering the president unpresidenti unpresidential.
28% says his behavior has been fitting and improper, while 65% saying he's acted unpresidential. how does he turn all of that in his favor? >> probably if you asked the president, he would say that all is in his favor what it shows you is his approval rating can go up and people can sort of raise their opinion of him without him being presidential. what that result says to me is people don't care if he's presidential. that's what he's banking on, that he's banking on his strategy, which has always been to play to his base, to go from his gut, will ultimately win out. i think one of the issue that is democrats have is there are these divisions on impeachment, divisions over policy, and it's difficult for them to come across as simp and declarative as he is, given all of that. he may be acting in ways, seeing things, doing thinks that people don't think are becoming of a
president, but it will be difficult -- >> zachary, in other words, the president says if he wins, he'll be so presidential and so perhaps on display as this is his style of so presidential. >> he's one of those 20% of the people who believes he has presidential and essential redefined the idea. i think it will be interesting for the next president, either in two years or six years, if that person is sort of judged differently. if he is permanently redefined what presidential is, i think there's a long-term, you know, historical thing. is it just a different office now that he's been in it? >> those are the perpetual curiosity. zachary and julie, thank you. we appreciate it. and we'll be right back. my joints... they hurt.
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landmark nuke lab deal it signed in 2015. irani officials announced they have begun enriching uranium beyond the levels agreed upon in the agreement. the move comes after president trump withdrew from the deal and introduced new sanctions. benjamin netanyahu has urged countries to impose sanctions on the country. nick peyton wallish is following the developments iran isn't say what level they are promising to make, but what is going on today? >> reporter: the real issue today is the lack of clarity as to what level iran will enrich its uranium. the first was symbolic where it would violate the amount that it's allowed to happen at 3.67%
purity. today they said they will would violate that level. technically you have to have 90% purity to have a bomb, they're far, far away, but because they're not saying, it leads the opponents plenty of space to speculate how far they may go. iran did suggest there was about 5% with the signals, and you really have to get to 20%. that didn't stop israel from stepping forward, saying this is proof the only thing they're looking for is an atomic weapon. really many say this is about pressuring the european signatories to step in and find a way of making iran's life easier. very hard to do. if they play with iran, they could play with the u.s. under u.s. sanction laws. so really no one is going to win in all of this, except that iran
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the town of valmire, when the mississippi river breached a levee in 1993. to make sure it didn't happen again, they moved two miles away up on the bluff. considering the record-breaking floods the u.s. has seen this year, is this the way for towns? >> it's the defining image of the great flood of 1993, a home washing away in southern illinois. >> i did i then we would ever flood. >> reporter: it virtually disappeared under 16 feet the water. >> on the driveway, i can remember teaching the kids to ride the bike. a lieutenant of good family memories. >> mostst the homes, the school, the churches, all walledoed by at wall of water that he spill over the levee and lingered for months.
>> everything was punched in the stomach. >> reporter: almost immediately dennis knoblach, and the town decided to do something drastic. erase the community that was their home. >> i didn't want to see future generations have to go through that. >> reporter: fleeing the wrath of the mighty mississippi, they moved on to a bluff a couple miles behind it. >> we have an opportunity to grow here. in the old towel, we did not. >> reporter: after leaving the floodplain, they found ways to prospers, developing a quarry, now used as a warehouse now used but the national archives and turning the fields into corn fields. >> this is the mississippi river, a sort of livelihood and anxiety for the village.
i'm walking along the levee that protects the town from the rising floodwaters, but as you can see, on the other side, the water is hard to team as they had found their way underneath the levee, seeping into the town. >> the river is going down now, but you never really know whether it's going to go all the way down. >> after the record-breaking flooding in the midwest this year, other communities are looking to this town as a template. researchers are. >> a third of communities will face increased flooding. worldwide the numbers are big, on the order of 100 million people will be displaced by rising sea levels allow. >> reporter: is climate change affecting valmeyer? you still feel better sleeping
at night? >> i don't have to won't it if the river is sneaking up on me, that's for sure. >> reporter: we are out here in front of their baseball diamond. it's the middle of a big tournament they always have during the fourth of july weekend, but during that '93 flood, first base was under water. that gives you an idea of how much water inundated this town. while they say the idea of moving up on the bluff was the right choice for valmeyer, they say they don't think it's the right choice for every town. >> stephanie elam, thank you very much. all right. much more straight ahead in the "newsroom," but first a sneak previewed of "the movies." >> there is still something about being told a story. a movie is something that's been really hand crafted. it's a mosaic carefully pieced together. it creates this opportunity to
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the u.s. state of dpgeorgia is accused of discriminating against puerto ricans trying to get driver's licenses. a new lawsuit alleges puerto ricans are subjected to additional quizzes and their applications are purposely, quote, flagged for fraud review. here's diane gallagher. >> reporter: food, frogs, flags. those are just some of the topics a lawsuit claims the georgia department of driver services asks puerto ricans about in order to get a driver's license. attorneys with the latino justice organization and southern center for human rights filed the class action suit this week, accusing the state dds of violating the civil rights act by engaging in, quote, race-based stereotyping or implicit bias against puerto ricans. >> if you're from puerto rico, you're scrutinized. they determined that only and solely because you're poborn in puerto rican and you have a puerto rico driver's license and puerto rico birth certificate, they need to investigate your
file. >> reporter: latino justice is representing at least 40 plaintiffs who say they were quizzed on random puerto rico topics. cnn has reviewed a document provided that is labeled puerto rican interview guide and it includes the trivia-style questions described in the lawsuit about baseball players, geography, popular dishes, slang and politics. some appear to be trick questions. the only named plaintiff says he's been trying to get a georgia license since october 2017. attorneys say his documents have still not be returned and he can't work since he can't drive. >> why would a state single out simply individuals who are born in puerto rico, simply because they are born in puerto rico as if they are not u.s. citizens, as if they are less than, as if they are second-class citizens. >> reporter: the dds says they have not yet received the lawsuit and can't comment on it but say that the department does
all applications in accordance with state and federal law. when asked about the guide, a spokesperson said the document was not sanctioned and/or authorized by dds administration. the governor of puerto rico released a statement on wednesday asking georgia governor brian kemp to look into the eaglallegations. puerto ricans are u.s. citizens and cannot be treated unequally in any u.s. jurisdiction. >> brian kemp's office did respond saying this is pending litigation so can't comment on the specifics of the claims but did say that the governor had asked for the dds commissioner to look into what's being alleged here and also said that they do expect all state employees to treat everyone with dignity and respect. diane gallagher, cnn, atlanta. still ahead, biden apologizes. why he now says he was wrong to talk about negotiating with
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epstein is expected to appear in federal court in new york tomorrow. and at least 23 people were injured when a massive explosion rocked a shopping mall in plantation, florida. officials say they are still working to confirm the cause of the blast, but they believe it may have been caused by a natural gas leak. and sad news to pass on here. disney confirms that actor cameron boyce has died. the young actor was best known for his role in the disney hit series "jesse" and the movie "descendants." he was just 20 years old. ♪ and stevie wonder is taking a break from performing. the legendary singer announced yesterday that he is having a kidney transplant. according to the "detroit free press" wonder has been touring overseas with a medical team. he started performing when he
was just 11 and has 25 grammy awards to his name. of course we wish him all the best as he is about to endure that kidney transplant surgery. hello again, everyone, thank you so much for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. we begin with that historic moment in sports history. team usa capturing its fourth women's world cup trophy, defeating the netherlands 2-0. messages of support are pouring in right now. just moments ago former president barack obama tweeting his congratulations to the women's national team. and sitting first lady melania trump also tweeting her congratulations to the 2019 women's world cup champions. one person we have yet to hear from, president trump, who has been criticized by members of team usa. at least one of those members saying not interested in going to the white house. this is bef