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biden battles back. front-runner joe biden bore the brunt of the attacks when democratic hopefuls turned on one another in their cnn debates. now biden is battling back, saying criticism directed by fellow democrats at former president obama was bizarre. lack of intelligence, democratic senators pledge to derail president trump's pick for intelligence chief, saying he lacks intelligence experience, and calls his apparent padding of his resume an enormous red flag. and with the collapse of a soviet-era treaty, the u.s. will test a new missile in response to russia's deployment of an advanced new missile of its own. is the cold war back? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room"! >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news, president
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trump is moving to take back the spotlight after two nights of democratic debates. he's heading to a rally in cincinnati after taking pot shots at his democratic rivals. it will be his first campaign rally since a north carolina crowd chanted "send her back" in response to the president's attacks on a u.s. congresswoman born in somalia. the president calls his ohio crowd a great group of people but says he doesn't know if he can stop that ugly chant. also tonight, democratic presidential candidates are taking stock of their performances in the cnn debate, which saw the white house hopefuls turn on one another, mostly on front-runner joe biden, and on former president barack obama. biden says he expected the income i incoming fire but was surprised by what he calls the bizarre criticism of president obama. jew julian castro and our correspondents and analysts are
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standing by with full coverage. let's begin with our chief white house correspondent, jim acosta. he's at that rally in ohio. jim, president trump is campaigning there tonight. what do we expect? >> reporter: well, president trump is about an hour from delivering his response from this week's democratic debates, but much of the country will be watching to see if there is a repeat of what we saw two weeks ago in north carolina when many of his supporters were chanting "send her back" about congresswoman ilhan omar. earlier this afternoon, the president told reporters that he's not sure if he can stop his supporters from doing it again. president trump is making one thing obvious. he wants to be up on the debate stage with a big field of democrats vying to take back the white house. >> he came limping through, as i said about sleepy joe, he limped right through it, but he got through it. he really did. i think he was okay. i think kamala had a bad night last night. i would say. but it's really boiling down to four or five of them. >> reporter: the president is sounding off on his potential democratic rivals, crowing on
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twitter, china, iran, and other foreign countries are looking at the democratic candidates and drooling, as the president claimed we are respected again all around the world. keep it that way. we will only grow bigger, better, and stronger together. if that phrase stronger together sounds familiar, that's because it belonged to hillary clinton back in 2016. yet at the same time he was suggesting china wants him to remain in office, the president was also escalating his trade war with beijing, announcing he will impose a new 10% tariff on some $300 billion in chinese products starting in september. >> for many years, china has been taking money out by the hundreds of billions of dollars a year. we have rebuilt china. so now it's time that we change things around. if they don't want to trade with us anymore, that would be fine with me. >> reporter: but even his former top economic adviser, gary cohn, says in an interview with the bbc, mr. trump's tariffs are not likely to produce a new trade deal. >> i don't really think it's hitting the chinese economy. i think the chinese economy is
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going to slow down with or without a trade war. >> reporter: the president is heading to cincinnati to stage his first rally since his supporters infamously chatted send her back after mr. trump tore into congresswoman ilhan omar. >> omar has a history of launching vicious anti-semitic screeds. [ chanting: send her back ] and she talked about the evil israel and it's all about the benlg minh benjamins. not a good thing to say. >> reporter: on his way to ohio, the president was asked whether or not he could stop the chants this time around. >> i don't know if you can stop people. >> reporter: that ugly spectacle hasn't let up in some parts of the u.s. in north carolina, a gun store set up a billboard blasting omar and the three other democratic women known as the squad, saying "the 4 horsemen are do idiots." he was also pressed about his conversation with vladimir putin, a conversation they said
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were about wildfires and trade issues. >> i spoke with president putin yesterday. they're having massive fires in their forests. they have tremendous -- i've never seen anything like it. it's very big. i just offered our assistance, because we're very good at putting out forest fires. >> reporter: the president is also weighing in on the justice department's decision against prosecuting former fbi director james comey for leaking memos he wrote in 2017, revealing mr. trump's efforts to shield former national security adviser michael flynn in the russia investigation. >> reporter: i would frankly be surprised, because what james comey did was illegal. so i would be surprised, but i don't know anything about that. >> reporter: senate minority leader chuck schumer is accusing republicans of going soft on moscow. >> they want the russians to interfere, because they think it will help them. it's clear mueller made this clear that the russians wanted trump to win. >> reporter: with all of that on his agenda, the president is getting involved in the case of navy s.e.a.l. eddie gallagher, who was acquitted of war crimes in the death of an isis fighter. taking the navy s.e.a.l.'s side on the matter, there trump tweeted, he ordered the
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secretary of the navy to strip achievement medals from the military prosecutors handling the case. a former pentagon spokesman questioned the move, tweeting that authority resides at a relatively low command level. >> reporter: and the president is defending his decision to impose new tariffs on china, saying the costs of those tariffs will not be passed on to american consumers, but that's not true. multiple studies have shown the cost of those tariffs are, indeed, passed on to u.s. consumers. and wolf, the announcement of those tariffs is an acknowledgement that the president's trade talks with china's xi jinping have collapsed and for now his trade war is not working. wolf? >> you're right. jim akcostaacosta, thanks very . the democratic 2020 hopefuls are back on the trail after this week's cnn debates. they turned on one another on the debate stage, but some of them also turned against former president barack obama. let's turn in cnn's jessica dean. joe biden, he's hitting back today, specifically on that. >> that's exactly right, wolf.
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the former vice president expressing surprise today, fellow democrats attacked barack obama's record. and he's once again making his argument that his views, not the more leftward policy proposals from his opponents represent the majority of democratic voters. tonight, former vice president joe biden and california senator kamala harris back on the trail, hours after sparring at the cnn debate in detroit. biden saying the level of criticism directed at parts of former president barack obama's record last night was unexpected. >> i must tell you, i was a little surprised at how much incoming there was about barack, about the president. i mean, i'm proud of having served with him, i'm proud of the job he did. >> reporter: including the attack on mass deportations by the obama administration. that criticism coming from obama's hud secretary, julian castro. >> we sat together in many meetings. i never heard him talk about any of this when he was a secretary.
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>> first of all, mr. vice president, it looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn't. what we need is some politicians that actually have some guts on this issue. >> i have guts enough to say his plan doesn't make sense. >> reporter: new york city mayor bill de blasio repeatedly asked biden if he used his power as vice president to advise obama against the deportations. >> i was vice president, i am not the president. i keep my recommendations to him in private, unlike you. >> reporter: which quickly led to new jersey senator cory booker calling out biden for using his ties to the former president as a political shield. >> you can't have it both ways. you invoke president obama more than anybody in this campaign. you can't do it when it's convenient and then dodge it when it's not. >> reporter: the candidates also sparring over their health care plans. >> the senator has had several plans so far. and anytime someone tells you you're going to get something good in ten years, you should wonder why it takes ten years.
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you can't beat president trump with double talk on this plan. >> vice president biden, you're just simply inaccurate in what you're describing. the reality is that our plan will bring health care to all americans under a medicare for all system. our plan will allow people to start signing up on the first day. >> reporter: harris faced tough criticism for her record as a prosecutor in california, from hawaii congresswoman tulsi gabbard. >> but i'm deeply concerned about this record. she fight to keep tax bail system in place, that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way. >> reporter: according to a cnn fact check, harris advocated for higher bail amounts from gun-related crimes after being elected san francisco's district attorney in 2004, but she also introduced legislation as a senator in 2017 to reform or replace the practice gabbard criticized. >> as the elected attorney general of california, i did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people,
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which became a national model for the work that needs to be done. and i am proud of that work. >> now, tonight, there are some within the democratic party itself who have expressed frustration with the criticism of barack obama's record last night, arguing that democrats should be focused, wolf, on president trump's record, and how to defeat him in 2020. >> jessica dean reporting for us. thank you very much. joining us now, democratic presidential candidate, julian castro. secretary castro, thanks so much for joining us. appreciate it very much. so what lessons hasn't former vice president joe biden learned? >> yeah, thanks for having me, wolf. you know, let me just begin by saying that i don't think that you'll find a cabinet member from president obama's cabinet that has been more effusive in his praise of barack obama. and i did that last night. i talked about the great work that barack obama did to bring
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our economy back, even though donald trump is trying to take credit for that. i've praised a lot of the record of barack obama. at the same time, there hasn't been a single administration in history that we could say that we can't learn from and improve over in the future. and so what i said yesterday was that, look, we need to learn the lessons of the past when it comes to immigration. some of those lessons that i hope the vice president does learn is, number one, the next president can't wait to do immigration reform. in 2009, 2010, when democrats had the presidency, 60 votes, effectively in the senate and a majority in the house, that was a time to move immigration reform. i would move immigration reform immediately. secondly, you can't deport your way to the negotiating table and succeed with mitch mcconnell in these right-wing republicans. it doesn't matter how many people you deport, how cruel you
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are, it's never going to be enough for them. so we need to not be afraid of presenting our own bold alternative and positive vision for how we would handle immigration policy. that's what i've done. but the vice president has not. and third, and this was part of the conversation yesterday, and this is just one part of my plan, we need to understand that no future administration should have the tool in law, section 1325 of the immigration nationality act, to be able to do what donald trump has done and incarcerate migrant parents and separate them from their little children using this law. so we can still have consequences, it would still be legal for somebody to come across the border and they would go into a court process, but this law, this tool that has allowed trump to do this, would be gone. >> so would it be a mistake -- was it a mistake -- let's go back a little bit, was it a mistake for president obama to
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prosecute in a criminal way migrants for crossing the border illegally? >> i would rather that we not use section 1325 that way and up until about 2004, from 1929 until 2004, that was rarely ever used. so whether you're talking about bill clinton, george hw. bush, ronald reagan, jimmy carter, essentially these matters were treated as civil matters. i think most americans don't realize, when we talk about a deportation process, that is not a criminal matter. that is a civil matter. so there's consequences for coming across the border, but this administration, the trump administration has weaponized this loss to inflict the cruelty, the family separation that it has. i want to make sure that no future administration can do that. and the vice president and i disagree on this. i want to guarantee that that kind of family separation doesn't happen again. this is one way to help guarantee that. >> on your plan to decriminalize
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border crossings, mr. secretary, another former member of the obama administration, the former homeland security, secretary jeh johns johnson, a man you know well, has said that the policy you proposed would be tantamount to a policy that borders would be open to all, end quote. would your policy incentivize migrants to cross into the united states illegally? >> i think upon future reflection that secretary johnson, whom i respect a lot, will recognize that that was very mellow dramatic and incorrect. that's a lot of hyperbole. i think one day he'll walk that back. so let's just look at what's happened to the trump administration. actually, more people have come to the border in the last couple of months when donald trump took office. so his cruelty, his family separation, his putting these little children on the floor with mylar blankets and not giving them enough to eat and
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not giving them soap and toothbrushes, not giving these adults enough to eat in these detention centers, that hasn't deterred more people from coming. if we want to deter people from coming, we should follow my plan, which is to do a 21st century marshall plan with central america so that people can find safety and opportunity at home instead of having to come to the united states. that's how we can be smarter, more effective, and more humane. but let me tell you something, wolf. so i would say this to all american voters. if you elect me president, you're not electing me to follow. you're electing me to lead. and i will lead. even when things like this are not necessarily popular at the beginning. i'm not going to base what i do when we're dealing with wrong and right, like little children in cages, on whether something is popular right now. i am fully willing to go and make the case of why we need to do it. and i will make this case.
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>> while democrats, mr. secretary, were going after each other on the stage in detroit last night, president trump started tweeting, and he was blaming the obama administration for child separations. did all of this debate, all of this talk of former president obama give president trump ammunition? >> well, look, president trump has been telling lies about president obama and everything else, you know, since he became president. i mean, this president is a serial liar. you can't believe anything that he says. no, there's a vast difference between barack obama and donald trump when it comes to immigration policy. donald trump has a dark heart. he has based his political career, his presidential career on the backs of migrants, of scapegoating them, of creating more fear and more paranoia of the cruelty. he uses cruelty as a way to gin up his base. and so, you know, he took -- he weaponized section 1325 of the
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immigration nationality act, unlike any other president before, so that is what is disrespectful to barack obama. what donald trump is doing, to even mention him in the same breath when he talks about these kinds of activities. >> on a political note, you haven't yet qualified, mr. secretary, for the next democratic debate. that's in mid-september in your home state of texas, in houston. what's your strategy to get there? >> well, you know, i think a month ago when we had the first debate that i got on a lot of people's radar screens. we have got more people expressing support, more folks going to our events, a little bit of a bump in the polls, great fund-raising. i had another great night last night if you read all of the feedback and the reviews, you know, since last night. so i'm confident that we're going to keep getting stronger and stronger. and i'm just going to keep my head down and work hard. we're adding staff and all of these early states, iowa, new
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hampshire, nevada, south carolina, so i think that we're going to make it. >> secretary castro, good luck out there. thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you. >> in another important story we're following tonight, democratic senators are vowing to derail president trump's pick for director of national intelligence, raising serious new questions about republican congressman john ratcliffe's resume. let's bring in our senior congressional correspondent, manu raju. what's the latest? >> democrats have already been concerned that john ratcliffe was too political and inexperienced for this job, but now new concerns in the wake of reports showing that he may have padded his resume about his time while working as a federal prosecutor. according to his congressional website, that he listed that his job, he had put terrorists in prison, but his office has not been able to provide any names of individuals that he put in prison, raising questions about exactly what he was referring to. one democratic senator, ron wyden told me he would pull out all the stops to stop this confirmation from going forward.
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and the top democrat on the committee told me today that this raises enormous red flags. >> director coates was willing to speak truth to power. i have seen no evidence, at least from what i've read and seen about mr. ratcliffe, that he'll bring that same level of independence. and what i fear is that the deeper we get into the trump administration, the more this president wants yes men like bill barr, the attorney general. if there's ever a time when we need to make sure the intelligence community speaks truth to power, it's now. >> do you think that's disqualifying him, padding his resume? >> listen, i'm going to sit down with mr. ratcliffe, but this is one more item that raises enormous red flags to me. >> reporter: ratcliffe's office said that while working in the eastern district of texas he, quote, opened, managed, and supervised numerous domestic-related cases, but republicans have more questions. richard berg told us earlier today that he wasn't going to
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comment, but the committee would investigate it once that formal nomination comes forward. >> 116 democrats in the house of representatives now publicly support an impeachment inquiry. that's two more. if we get two more, that's half of the democratic majority in the house of representatives. so what happens then? >> well, pressure is going to grow. already, house democrats on the house judiciary committee have said their current course of action is essentially the same thing as an impeachment inquiry in the aftermath of a court filing last week, said they were actively considering articles of impeachment. that language in that court filing endorsed by speaker pelosi. but pelosi has put the brakes on moving forward with formal impeachment proceedings. and when i asked her just this summer whether or not a majority of the caucus could convince her to move forward with an impeachment inquiry, she pushed back. >> if the majority of the caucus wants to move forward with an impeachment inquiry, would you go for it. >> it's not even close in our caucus. >> but eventually -- >> why are we speculating on
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hypotheticals? what we're doing is winning in court, we won a victory, we're getting the documents from the justice department today, for fear of further going to court, although we're still going to hold the attorney general in contempt today. nothing has divisive in our country, in my view, as impeachment. >> reporter: the big question is whether or not some of the most vulnerable democrats, the democrats who carried trump districts, whether they start supporting an impeachment your. that could change pelosi's calculus. already you can see some of those democrats break, others resist, others keeping their powder dry. and today, wolf, i asked the speaker herself whether she'll change her position once that majority threshold has been reached. she would not comment, instead saying she will issue a statement. wolf? >> we shall see. manu, thank you very much. just ahead, there's breaking news. north korea sends an ominous message with another round of ballistic missile launches. why is president trump saying he has no problem with that? and extraordinary images as a plane makes a hair-raising
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geico could save you 15% or more on car insurance. our breaking news. after the 2020 democrats turned on one another in the cnn debates, the front-runner, joe biden, says he expected the attacks, but calls the criticism of the obama legacy bizarre. let's bring in our analysts and discuss. you know, david swerdlick, we saw some very aggressive tactics last night. did that hurt the candidates' ability to lay out their
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respective visions? >> a few things, wolf. i think it helped senator elizabeth warren from the prior night, because she stayed out of that kind of fray. i think it really hurt senator harris. she's proven that she's good at prosecuting people. she's not good yet in those debate settings of turning to the camera, looking at the american people, and saying, here's why i want to be your president. when it comes to vice president biden, wolf, i am baffled why he has such a hard time defending the obama record. i would be leaning into it if i were him. on august 1st, 2011, this day in obama's protest, the stock market was up 55%. that's what i better than president trump. they have a right -- this is right about employment started going down from the recession. they have a record they can run on. you have to acknowledge things also like president obama deported more people than any of his predecessors, that democrats clearly don't like. but it's shocking to me that no one has figured out to make this a positive.
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>> ryan lizza, were you surprised see president obama's record come up so often last night, for criticism. >> for criticism, right. i wasn't totally surprised, because the issues that are relevant right now in the democratic party, obama's record on them doesn't look so great in the light of where democrats are now. on immigration, early in obama's term, the reason he was so gung ho about deportations was for a political reason. he wanted to strike a deal with republicans. and he wanted to show he was tough on border security and immigrants who were here without documentation. and so, it was a conscious policy. that policy doesn't look so good to most democrats these days. and even at the time, a lot of activists and members in the latino community were very, very vocal against that. on health care, i think i'm a little more surprised on that. because people are forgetting how difficult it was to get the
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affordable care act through the united states senate in his first term and are not really grappling with the reality of what a republican-run senate and a democratic president or a sort of democratic senate with a few extra votes, how difficult it would be to pass on some of the legislation that's being talked about. >> everybody was waiting to see how former vice president biden would do last night after his relatively rocky performance in the first democratic presidential debate. how did he do? >> well, i certainly thing he had a stronger performance than in that first debate. that said, i don't know that the first debate harmed him quite as much as it seemed immediately afterwards. his poll numbers did dip, but they rebounded going back into this debate. i think it shows, joe biden is the fruont-runner, a very durabe front-runner, but there is not an anointed nominee from the outset. the democrats are having a serious primary and a serious primary that involves conflict over policies and ideas. and i think that in itself is
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offering a vision to voters, you know, of what it looks like to have serious ideas debated by serious people. what presidential behavior looks like. so regardless of the winners and losers of that particular debate, i think that overall, despite concerns about attacking one another, sort of tearing each other down in the eyes of the voters, i think overall, there are a number of people on that stage last night and the night before who have convinced voters that they are prepared to go in and beat donald trump in a general. >> you know, bianna golodryga, let's take a look at the big picture of the two nights of debates in detroit this week. what worked? >> i think night one worked better than night two. i think night one proved to be more effective, specifically in terms of issues and substance. on health care, you really saw a debate on stage between the progressives and the more moderates. and you saw that they had a real grasp of the subject, of the issue of health care. they spoke about it, many, many of their chances to answer
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questions. they'll go back to it, as well. you saw on night two, though, joe biden and kamala harris both proposed their plans. they didn't seem to have that firm of a grasp. i think when it came to substantiative issues and issues that american voters say is their number one issue, i think night one proved to be more effective in terms of health care. although i have to say, i think night two was really bizarre in -- to quote vice president joe biden, because why these candidates would choose now of all times to attack arguably the most popular democrat on the planet, it just seems as though it's a run-of-the-mill election for them, as if they're running against president romney. that's clearly not the case. and i think you see a lot of democrats puzzled by that. >> a lot of people were totally surprised by that decision, by some of these democratic presidential candidates. david swerdlick, as of right now, only seven of these presidential democratic candidates have already qualified for the next round of
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debate -- debates or debates in houston in september. and you can see who they are. joe biden, cory booker, pete buttigieg, kamala harris, beto o'rourke, bernie sanders, and elizabeth warren. what's going to -- how's the field going to shift, let's say, in the next month or so. >> you've got the big four there that you put up on the screen, plus booker, o'rourke, and buttigieg. but among the rest of the candidates -- and let me tie this to what bianna was just saying, you have a ton of moderates who are serving no purpose in this race. clearly there's a lane for moderates, because vice president biden, as you said, is leading in the polls and he's mr. moderate. but you have all of these other biden-like substances, governor bullock and hickenlooper, who are not representing a particular issue and they're not sticking up for that left of center moderate lane, so i think they are likely to fall by the wayside. i think candidates like andrew young, who represent an issue, even though they're not going to win, universal basic income, are going to stick around, because people want to hear what they have to say. >> but i want to say, this
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debate criteria is starting to look a little silly. it is august. most voters who are going to vote in january, february, and think about the super tuesday states, people in california who are not thinking about this campaign at all, these candidates are going to be weeded out based on, i mean, this kind of manufactured criteria of polling in august of the year before the primaries. i think that, you know, the dnc is in danger of doing what they were accused of doing in 2016, and, you know, weeding out people way too early before most voters are paying attention, right? if a governor of montana doesn't make the debate stage and mary ann williamson does because a bunch of republicans donate $1 to her campaign, that suggests a system that's not exactly perfect. >> i don't disagree with you, ryan. the only thing i would say, though, is why were all of these 20 candidates in the field in the first place? i think the party overcorrected from accusations in 2016 that the fix was in for clinton, and
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they let all of these people in who really have no chance. >> we've got a lot more that we need to discuss on all the breaking news. we will right after this. snacking can mean that pieces get stuck under mike's denture. but super poligrip gives him a tight seal. to help block out food particles. so he can enjoy the game. super poligrip.
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china. $300 billion worth of imports coming into the qulits. that's going to raise the price for a lot of stuff that americans buy from china. >> yeah, that's true. the president continues to say that it's not going to impact u.s. consumers. of course, u.s. consumers are the ones that are going to be impacted the most, regardless of what the president says. for whatever reason, he thinks that he can continue to bully xi jinping in china, and there's no doubt that this is impacting the chinese economy. that said, president xi doesn't have an election he has to worry about anytime soon. he's got a constituency at home that he has to uphold china's nationalism as well. the economy, though slowing, is still growing at three times the rate of the u.s. and at this point, the president seems to have boxed himself in, that if he seems to cave that, you know, democrats who are equally staunchly anti-china in many aspects, could argue that the president has caved in and is the weaker of the two. so you're in a situation where now, as you've seen, the president once again lashing out
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at the fed for not cutting interest rates as much as he wanted to, to give him more of that cushion that he's just not seeing right now. >> does this mean the talks -- effectively, u.s./china talks have collapsed? >> it looks like they will continue. and at some point, you may get on paper what looks like closer to a deal. china may say that they're going to do one thing. but when the president himself says that they want chinese law to be changed and that is something the chinese are just not willing to do, anything less than that would look like something the president's caving in on. so i don't know how the administration would try to spin it. maybe they can drag this out longer. but it looks like they're not anywhere near a deal right now. >> let's talk about this rally the president is getting ready to do another huge rally in cincinnati, ohio, tonight. and he was asked earlier in the day if they start chanting "send her back," what is he going to do? listen to what he said. >> i can't tell you whether or not they're going to do that chant. if they do the chant, we'll have to see what happens. >> will you stop it? >> i don't know that you can
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stop people. i don't know that you can. we'll see what we can do. i would prefer that they don't, but if they do it, we'll have to make a decision then. >> so what message does that send? >> look, the president's whole demeanor there was coy, wolf. i think he sends the message that he takes a lot of delight and glee in these chants, whether or not he is going to actually endorse them. and that's just where we are right now. >> he could just tell those folks to stop it. >> he could just say that, and he sort of said that recently, but then pulled back. he likes to play this kind of game, expectations game, turn it into a bit of a reality show. are they going to say it? are they not going to say it? and what motivates a lot of hard-core trump voters, it is pissing off their opponents, right? angering the media and democrats. >> and at the end of the day, what trump wants to come out of this rally is a headline. so the "send her back" chants, that's a headline and a script that he likes. it's certainly a better script than the headlines that as of today, a majority of the democratic caucus, you know, supports impeachment. there's a lot of stories he's
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president trump says that he has no problem with north korea's latest launch. u.s. officials say two missiles were fired this time. let's bring in cnn's will
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ripley, who's made 19 trips to north korea. will, what's the latest? what are you learning? >> reporter: well, kim jong-un knows he can get away with this kind kind of thing, wolf. it's very similar to the kind of launch we saw just a couple of days ago, assessed as short-range nuclear missiles that some say could deliver a nuclear weapon to south korea or japan. but kim jong-un knows that since president trump says it's not a big deal to him that he can continue to push the envelope as he tries to gain leverage ahead of what are expected to be the possible presumption of working level talks with the u.s.. >> this comes as the u.s. is pressing for north korea to resume talks. what are you hearing about that? >> well, we know that secretary of state mike pompeo was speaking in bangkok at a conference, saying he's optimistic those talks could resume. and he didn't talk about these latest launches. clearly, the u.s. trying to keep the situation calm at the moment, as the north koreans try to test just how far they can go. clearly, kim was emboldened by that photo op at the demilitarized zone with president trump, and now he wants results.
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he wants sanctions results and he wants to remind the united states that he can pull the trigger on a bigger launch if things don't go his way. >> you know, these short-range missiles, they're not that short range. they have a range of about 1,000 kilometers or 600 miles. they go 300, 400, 500 miles. all of south korea, basically japan, there within sight. >> absolutely right. and north korea could launch one of these things further, if they want to. again, more than 50,000 u.s. troops in japan, nearly 30,000 u.s. troops in south korea, not to mention tens of millions of people potentially in harm's way. yeah, president trump continuing to say "not a big deal" >> will ripley joining us. will, thanks very, very much. just ahead in a cnn exclusive, we've learned the u.s. military will respond to russia's latest missile deployment by testing a new missile of its own. at t-mobile, for $40/line for four lines, it's all included for the whole family, starting with unlimited data. use as much as you want, when you want. and if you like netflix, it's included on us.
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now to a cnn exclusive. with the looming collapse of a landmark nuclear treaty dating back to the soviet era, the united states is about to respond to russia's deployment of a new missile by testing one of its own. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what are you learning. >> the question font is arms control giving way to a new arms race. this is the russia enmissile the u.s. said led to the denies of a
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critical cold war u.s. soviet arms control treaty. and tonight cnn has learned that the u.s. military is set to test a new non-nuclear mobile launch cruise missile developed specifically to challenge russia in europe according to a senior u.s. defense official. details of this new weapon are scant as it is just entering the test phase. this comes as the u.s. is expected to formally withdraw tomorrow from the 1987 intermediate range nuclear forces treaty signed by president ronald reagan and sviet leader gorbachov. >> we can't be restricted by the treaty as russia violates it. >> it's one of the few areas that trump and obama administration agree. >> russia has cheated or is cheating on treaties. i give the obama administration
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high marks for calling them out. >> the u.s. long claimed russia was in violation when it built and deployed in ground launch missile. defense officials say russia has deployed multiple battalions on rapidly moving mobile launch vehicles that u.s. intelligence may find difficult to detect. >> the threat is not american withdrawal from the imf treaty is the threat is russian missiles deployed. >> the if war breaks out the target they could hit could be european ports abcities and military and civilian infrastructure according to the u.s. officials. the this new u.s. missile aimed to deter the threats but could be used against china in a crisis. >> we obviously need to prepare air missile defenses to defeat those intermediate range mitchells. but then the other part is to make sure we develop our own conventional inf range missiles to deal not just with russia but
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china. >> so if the u.s. wants to put the american missiles land based missiles in europe it needs agreement by european nations who have to agree to base the missiles on the continent. and countries like poland who are nervous about next door russian vladimir putin might agree to take those missiles. wolff. >> let's see what happens on that front. barbara star. just ahead, emergency landing on a busy highway. and it's caught on camera. moving into our new apartment. why don't we just ask geico for help with renters insurance? i didn't know geico helps with renters insurance. yeah, and we could save a bunch too. antonio! fetch computer! antonio? i'll get it. get to know geico and see how much you could save on renters insurance.
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you're about to see a morning drive that a lot of people are going to remember for a long time. this is for commuters near tacoma, washington. a small single engine plane forced to make an emergency landing on a busy street after a fuel malfunction. a state trooper was on the scene, caught the nerve-racking final moments on his dash cam. he flipped the ewe turn after seeing the plane approaching and used his lights to warn drivers. the plane wobbled a bit, went back and forth as it touched down but safely stopped in the middle of the road. and no one was hurt. fortunately. troopers helped push the plane to the side of the road so that traffic could reum. officials say the trooper whose dash cam took the pictures has been on the job 21 years but he had never seen anything like this before.
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pretty amazing stuff you don't want to see it very often. >> thanks very much for watching. i'm wolff blitz fler the situation room follow me on oh twitter. tweet the show at @cnn sit room. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. outfront next, president trump about to speak at a rally live. now claiming he doesn't know if he can stop his crowd from clanting the offensive cry, send her back. will we see the racist repeat? plus kamala harris taken to task when it comes to marijuana. the man who got harris to admit she inhaled and smoked charlamagne the god is oufrt. joe biden calling the attacks on president obama bizarre. is the former president really the one democrats should be targeting? let's go outfront. and good evening i'm erin burnett. outfront tonight, trump's racist tease.


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