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>> changing her mind, congresswoman rashida tlaib rejects a new offer from israel allowing her to visit her grandmother in the west bank and the u.s. president responds on twitter. >> protesters prepare to gather in hong kong and the chinese military forces conduct drills along the border. >> incredible moments captured on videotape. dale earnhardt jr. and his family escape a fiery plane crash. >> these stories are ahead this hour. >> cnn newsroom starts right now.
3:00 a.m. on the east coast. donald trump is slamming a democratic congresswoman after she turned down an offer from israel to visit her relatives in the west bank. >> they have been blocked by israel from israel and then israel offered permission to visit her elderly grandmother in the west bank but tlaib declined. >> that prompted the president to fire off this tweet saying the only real winner in here is tlaib's grandmother that she doesn't have to see her now. >> the back and forth over whether these two muslim congresswoman could travel to israel has been going on for several days. >> we get the latest from the story in jerusalem. >> it has turned into drama with
each side trying to have the last say. after promising to let the two congresswoman in they reversed the decision under pressure from donald trump saying they would be denied entry for support for a boycott movement against israel but tlaib could make a humanitarian visit if she agreed to israel's restrictions. she did and was granted permission and quickly said visiting my grandmother under the oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart. it will kill a piece of me that stands up against racism and injustice. her family backed her up. are we are against the conditional visit of rashida to
palestine. she has the right to visit as any citizen with a u.s. passport has the trite visit their family without any conditions or pressure. >> israel's interior minister attacked tlaib on twitter. i approved her request as a gesture of goodwill but it was a provocative request to end up bashing the hate of israel. apparently her hate of israel overcomes the love of her grandmother saying israel has tremendous respect for u.s. congress but under israeli law he is allowed to bar entrance to those that support a boycott of israel. he did not make any other statements about the issue on friday. netanyahu never publicly disagreed with trump and he is not going to start now but he would like this story to be over sooner rather than later.
>> michael, thanks for being with us. >> sure. >> let's begin with the story from israel that we saw this week, two u.s. congresswomen denied the right to travel there after the u.s. president asked israel to prohibit it and they did. now saying rashida tlaib could visit her grandmother in the west bank but she said not under such an impressive agreement. how does it look for the israeli government? >> for the israeli government it looks weak like they are caving to president trump who is after all the one that seems to have convinced them to change their minds. they originally said the two young congresswomen could come to israel despite their view busy boycotts of that country. when president trump seemed to
object that they shouldn't be allowed in. that is when the israeli government changed their minds and now netanyahu seems like he is doing the american president's business. yet, you know, there are politics on all sides here. clearly the two congresswomen were, you know, originally going to go to israel for political purposes and wanted to send a political message of their own. president trump is playing politics in the united states too. all around everybody looks bad. >> we will see if it has a bigger affect on the netanyahu government as well. this episode with the congresswomen appears to be donald trump's latest attempt to distract and divide. we have seen this tactic used time and time again when the president wants us to look the other way. what does he not want us to concentrate on? >> the most obvious thing is
the -- what appears to be the softening economy. the global economy in particular. that seems to have, you know, it seems to suggest that it might be heading towards a slow down and possibly a recession. i think that terrifies the trump administration and the trump re-election campaign because of all of the things that you can look at that have happened over the last two and a half to three years. the one pretty steady thing for president trump has been the economy which has been steadily improving in the united states. i think the fear for the president is if that turns south, and people start seeing an economy where the stock market is going down. the jobs numbers, the unemployment rate is going up, that is go to jeopardize his chance at re-election. in some ways, it is hard to get in to his head completely knowing exactly what his
motivations were but this seemed like an example of reaching for cultural flash points and hot button issues so that we look there and instead of what else is going on in the country. >> it is hard to get into the president's head. despite the financial warnings from the stock market he does seem to, you know, talk about that he is the guy to believe in for the economy. let's listen to a comment he made this beweek. >> you have no choice to vote for me, 401(k), everything will be down the tubes. whether you love me or hate me, you got to vote for me. >> will they? it would be difficult to look at their 401(k)s after the week. what is fuelling the president's confidence. he thinks no matter what he has his base. what about moderate republicans,
will they support him if the economy goes south? >> i think that is a really big question. as much as president trump has dominated all of our lives the last two and a half years, and he is clearly the biggest story and focus and he likes it that way. he draws attention to himself. the truth is that when it comes time for people to vote he is only half of the equation in the end. the question will be for some of the swing voters, the moderate republicans that you talked about and independents and others, the question will be they are going to look at donald trump and make an assessment about him and how they think that he has been for their lives. maybe for their pocket books and economic situations. they also have to look at the other side of the equation saying that as much as i might be dissatisfied if the economy is turned south.
do i trust that whoever the democratic candidate is will be able to do any better. can i put my faith in that person. i think that is where president trump's strategy has been to demonize all democrats as socialists and people that you heard in that soundbite right there will be down the tubes if the democrat gets into office. you know, that is the big unknown. we do not know how people will resolve that calculation, looking at both sides in the end. >> we appreciate you joining us. we appreciate insights on this. thank you so much, michael. >> certainly. happy to do it. >> and now to hong kong where a prodemocracy march is set to start this hour. 11th straight weekend we have seen the protests and the city is on edge as demonstrations have become more chaotic.
>> meanwhile, chinese paramilitary troops are holding exercises along the border. >> cnn is live in hong kong. will rippley following the story. how different and significant do you think this weekend will be compared to other weekends that we have seen these protests? >> if last weekend was the turning point in terms of an unprecedented act of disruption, shutting down flights at the hong kong international airport. this weekend will be a test of where the prodemocracy movement goes from here. there is a march go to kickoff in 20 minutes. i would say there are fewer than 300 people here at this stage but we know oftentimes the large crowds arrive at the very last moment. the peaceful march goes to as planned. this is supposed to wrap up in
the early evening. most people go home and the darker, more violent elements that have emerged over these 11 weeks of protest here in hong kong. when the night falls is sometimes when the trouble begins. we will have to see what the protesters do. we know in addition to teargas and pepper spray and bean bags, nonlethal ammunition they have water trucks ready to be deployed. will we see that or will things stay calm? we don't know the answer right now. we don't know mainland china's next move. we are seeing these numbers. there is a bridge that links to hong kong and they could drive across. i don't think we are there yet or reached that tipping point but we will see what happens
today and importantly tomorrow when the larger demonstrations are expected to kickoff. >> we are looking at those images from earlier. what are people saying about the possibility that china's military could come across the bridge and get involved here? in the evenings.oung people out- thank you very much. there are also friendly protesters out here. i am okay. some people it is inheff tabl that there will be a confrontation with the mainland. they are fighting for their future and lives and feel like there is nothing to lose. if you have people fighting from a place of fear that is where
things can really turn into something much more dangerous. the rain really picking up here george. >> with all of the violence we have seen in past weeks it is good to see someone holding an umbrella over your head. we will stay in touch with you. >> car racing legend dale earnhardt jr. has seen many car crashes in his life and now he has been in a plane crash and walked away from it. the dramatic video. >> ominous developments from north korea and u.s. says iran may be poised to do the same.
>> we have received new dramatic video of racing legend dale earnhardt jr. and his family escaping the fiery plane crash. >> the private jet crashed and burst into flames. nobody was seriously injured. dave feherty shows us this incredible video. >> you can see black smoke pouring out of the back of the
plane and a man running towards the wreckage. flames shoot up from some of the wings. scrambling to get out are dale earnhardt and his wife, amy. dale's 1-year-old daughter was handed to the first person off of the plane. one person falls to the ground. the family's dog running from the wreckage. these women called 9-1-1 watching in horror as flames spread across the plane. >> i could not believe it was happening right here in front of the office. we saw them hand a child out. both of our hearts just sank. it was scary. there was not much time for them to get out. it is really a miracle they got out before the flames overtook the plane. >> both say it was 30 seconds to a minute later before a second explosion caused flamed to
engulf the plane. skid marks in the grass from the cessna business jet before it went off of the runway and into a four-lane highway. race fans came back to see the wreckage. >> what do you want to say to dale and his family? >> that you are in our prayers. just be blessed. make a quick recovery. >> thanks to wsoc for that report. earnhardt was supposed to work on saturday as a tv analyst for saturday's nascar race in bristol, tennessee. he skipped that. home with his family recuperating. >> the u.s. customs and border control computers are back online. >> the outage lasted two hours. take a look at this scene in virginia there. you can see lines of travellers
waiting to be processed. some took pictures of those that had to wait like these at dulles airport outside of washington. they say no indication the disruption is malicious. >> new details in the death of sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. >> the multimillionaire was found unresponsive in his jail cell last week. >> the 66-year-old was awaiting trial on charges of abusing under age girls and running a sex traffic ring. his lawyers say they will conduct their own investigation. >> the pentagon says short-range ballistic missiles. north korea showed kim at the helm celebrating and laughing and said the test had a perfect
result. this was the north's sixth missile test in the last month. >> north mccrkorea is not the o potential problem. >> also signs coming from iran. new classified imagery shows that iran is preparing to launch a rocket as soon as next week and that the iranians claim could put a peaceful satellite into orbit. but a program with the same technology needed for an intercontinental ballistic missile that some day could strike the u.s. commercial images of this launch site show launch related vehicles are already on site. >> iran. trouble. nothing but trouble. >> several u.s. defense and intelligence officials say that iran is improving range and
accuracy of all of its missiles and so is north korea. several showing increased range. america's adversaries now conciliatory at random times. >> our allies take advantage of us far greater than our enemies. >> they believe that they can go ahead and produce weapon systems and test weapons with impunity. >> president trump complements kim. >> i got a beautiful letter. >> u.s. intelligence experts say that pyeongchang continues to improve all of their missiles and is trying to make new nuclear fuel supplies. vladimir putin is working on weapons to keep the u.s. out of europe including a nuclear powered missile that recently exploded releasing radioactive
material. china has massive efforts to steal american military technology. >> the reason that we see all of these things happening in different countries because all of the rivals of the united states see no real push back from the trump administration. >> the incoming chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the president's personal military advisor has a dire warning. >> china went to school on us. they watched closely in the first and second gulf wars. they want to have the capability to defeat it come midcentury. >> iran and north korea are under heavy sanctions. how are they getting what they need? u.s. officials say both countries are active on the black market and engaging in cyber espionage.
>> the u.s. alleges america's financial system was used to support shipments of oil by iran to syria and say all of the oil can be forfeited. the grace one was impounded last month. they ordered the ship to be released. >> greenland has a message for president donald trump, the island is open for business but not for sale. responding to reports that mr. trump talked about buying the danish territory. >> the u.s. has tried to buy it before. that is mostly because it is believed to be rich in natural resources. >> with most of the island in the arctic circle it is an ideal location to monitor russia. but here is what the residents
have to say. >> we don't trade countries or territories anymore. it is war, not something you buy or sell. >> i can only laugh. laugh at trump with these announcements. i can't take it seriously. >> why? >> who takes trump seriously? i think he lost his connection to america. >> they see humor in greenland. >> more reaction from the residents there. >> seems like a lot of folks here in greenland seem to be mocking president trump's alleged idea to acquire the territory or possibly somehow purchase it. the government of greenland said that greenland is not for sale. local folks in the southeast of the country say that look, this
is something america tried in the past. they talk of 1867 when there was a push and in a time shortly after world war ii and one resident said it is not going to happen. on the face of it might not be a crazy idea for america to want to do it. greenland has vast natural resources that the chinese has been trying to get their hands on. not something america is fond of. there is a big air base the u.s. has here in the northwest of greenland. however if they do have all of these natural resources they can get to and exploit them, the first thing they will want is independence from denmark. if president trump wants greenland he will have to acknowledge that the global climate crisis is real. this has been one of the warmest
summers greenland has had on record. >> as hong kong endures weeks of protest, unrest and chaos, we take a look at what started it all ahead here. >> plus russia builds up its military arsenal but runs into major problems along the way. we will take a look at the deadly mishaps as cnn newsroom pushes on. stay with us. when we started our business
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the u.s. president attacked a member of congress after she turned down a visit to israel. rashida tlaib said israel's restrictions on her visit were oppressive. >> president trump met with national security advisors discussing the next steps on afghanistan. saying it could trigger a betrayal of the afghan government. >> this is the scene earlier in shenzhen, china. large groups of chinese military vehicles gathered along the border with hong kong and they have been there for several days as the protests in hong kong show no signs of letting up. they are coming together for a restore tranquillity march. the 11th straight weekend of the
demonstrations. >> hong kong is no stranger to massive displays of public anger. >> what is fuelling the demand for democracy there? >> this was the umbrella movement, a 2014 prodemocracy push in hong kong, tens of thousands took to the heat but no government concessions were given. the demonstrations ended but the resentment remained. five years later a controversial bill is proposed that could see hong kong extradited to mainland china to stand trial. organizers believe up to 2 million people were on the streets and police say far less but a massive part of hong kong. trying to protect its status, one country, two systems. >> there are lingering doubts about the government's sincerity and worse whether the government
will restart the process in the legislative council. i reiterate here there is no such plan. the bill is dead. >> but it was not the full withdrawal that protesters wanted. still fears that it could be resurrected quickly. civil disobedience to criminal damage. occupying the seat of power in hong kong before police cleared protesters out. the demands grew. independent investigation into police actions, the release of those arrested. protesters claim police used excessive force. teargas in train stations, shopping malls and viral social media clips. police saying they are constantly being attacked by certain elements saying if they
don't use violence we don't use force. the protesters have no leader, a fluid movement communicating on social media and donald trump said the chinese president could meet with protesters and have it sorted out in 15 minutes. worry without a single individual leader, it is less chance to target the politicians and silence the voice of activists without any type of criminalization. >> with protesters and police being criticized, both sides have dug in and now longer just a struggle on the streets of hong kong but now a fight for public opinion. with no official leadership it is hard to see.
paula hancocks, hong kong. >> in russia a series of deadly military accidents have some questioning the country's ambition. >> it has people asking how far russia is willing to go in its pursuit of military dominance. >> three separate incidents in about a month exposing the ragged under belly of the kremlin's military stature and each not explained. first the deep, deep spy submari submarine. it is meant to help it get to the ocean floor, deeper than nuclear attack subs. 14 crew members died from smoke
inhalation. the submarine's nuclear reactor was said to be intact. it came as the 20th anniversary of the submarine tragedy neared. it sank he blankly remarked asked about the fate of 118 sailors on board. there was a more conventional and shocking blast in a munitions depot and another hit by five hours of blast. the shock wave and mushroom clouds extreme. it took a week for russia to admit 40 people were injured. the soviet culture of denial is alive and well. >> it goes down. so basically the military and
the defense secretary are asked to do more for less. maybe some of these accidents are a part of the price that the military has to pay for this modest budget and a lot of ambitions behind the budget. >> no greater ambition than that partially revealed where testing of putin's new super missile killed at least five and a radiation spike felt as far as norway leaving the question as to whether the kremlin's race to the bottom of the sea or top of the heavens scorches too much in its wake. cnn, london. >> now let's bring in a national security analyst, former cia chief of russian operations.
steve thanks for being with us. what do you make of what we are hearing about the mystery mishap. what do we know about what russia was testing? >> one thing for sure, natalie, the russians will admit nothing about this particular accident whatever the nature of it was until they are confronted with facts by the west. if they are asked about it they will explain as little as they can. in this sense it is like chernobyl, not in terms of the largeness of the size but the government's pattern is clear. not saying anything more than they have to. trying to conceal it from the locals. all of that we saw in chernobyl we are seeing in this event and we still don't know precisely what happened. >> right. they did not acknowledge chernobyl. they tried to hide that at first. what responsibility does russia
owe the world or do they since it could impact its neighbors. >> of course. if i lived in norway or finland i would be very, very concerned about this. russia has proven itself to be a very poor neighbor and a very poor participant in international affairs, even to the level of something serious as nuclear contamination. the norwegians detected slight radio activity but now this weapon or device, the motor which the russians are admitting blew off into the ocean. we don't know where the radio activity in the ocean will go or the currents. these are things that if you are a neighbor of russia you want to know these things. the russians will not tell us until forced to do so. >> what is the end game here for
vladimir putin? we mentioned military dominance. what does he want? >> what vladimir putin has been up to is trying to divide, split and weaken the west. now is donald trump go to try to buy greenland as opposed are there new nuclear weapons the russians are testing. hybrid warfare. soft power. there have been examples of hard power. the russian military was active in syria and attacked in 2008, georgia, crimea and the problems of eastern ukraine. the russian military is about making russia look like a world power and making it look like it is part of a big game, great russia. one of the significant world
powers. that is extremely important to vladimir putin and frankly rush dwr russiians on the street as well. it is about national prestige and populism. >> hopefully they will just want the appearance of that and not to achieve that. let's talk about the relationship between the u.s. and russia. where might be the u.s. role be in trying to meet with russia or talk about what is going on? >> this is true what the report was talking about. the united states and her allies need to press russia. we know vladimir putin and russia will not tell us anything until they are pressed. i believe with donald trump's foreign policy you heard him say
we get treated very badly more by our allies than enemies. when vladimir putin hears that he knows he divided the west and the pressure the west can put on russia is quite a bit less because there is a lack of u.s. leadership and a split in the western democratic system. it is hard to do it when you don't have a tight relationship with your allies. >> we will be following the story closely and we always appreciate your expertise. thank you. >> sure. >> aftermath of the mass shooting in el paso. when his wife died in the massacre there, he was left without a family. he did not think anyone would come to a funeral. when we come back we will show you what happened next. (client's voice) remember that degree you got in taxation?
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>> the celebrated hollywood actor and writer and director peter fonda has died. he was 79 and had been battling lung cancer. the son of henry fonda. >> fonda nominated twice for an oscar and will be remembered forever for his role in the 1969 film "easy rider." his older sister, actress jane fonda wrote this about him. i am very sad. he was my sweet-hearted baby brother, the talker of the family. i had beautiful alone time with him the last few days and he went out laughing. it has been two weeks since a racist gunman walked into a walmart in el paso, texas killed 22 people. el paso has been filled with tears, heart ache and the kindness of strangers.
>> this was a 61-year-old man with no family saying good-bye to the woman he loved. hundreds of strangers came. >> antonio was married to his wife margie for 22 years but some of the people packed into the memorial service may have only learned of her name the last two weeks because they put out the members of the jury that he has no remaining family after his wife was killed in the shooting. the love from the community was overwhelming. not only did hundreds show up to the service but more than 400 flower arrangements and cards sent in from all over the world from germany, japan, new zealand. he spent about an hour receiving guests inside before the service. everything will be transported to the site of the memorial. he goes every day to pay respects to his wife.
this community has only been rer reinvigorated after the shooting. today we are expecting a rally from moms demand action, college students registering voters. we saw mexican officials coming to the memorial. they say they hope mexico can be a part of the discussion with the u.s. about gun legislation. >> you don't need a thermometer to tell you it is extremely hot. but it is not just hot but scorching the record books. another hot summer. but we're also a cancer fighting, hiv controlling, joint replacing, and depression relieving company.
degrees fahrenheit over the 20th century average, the 415th consecutive month with above average global temperatures. alarm bells going off. the latest in the irrefutable warming trend that is not only being felt globally but also in your backyard. here is the latest information. i want you to get the shades of red in southern africa, alaska, asia. that is some of the record breaking heat. we have seen the entire month of july as the warmest on record. this is on the heels of the five hottest years on record occurring in the last five years. alarm bells being sounded. we are seeing the trend in 2019, on par to match 2017, the warmest year on record. we are on par to see that again this year. across the united states, locally. we have seen not only for
example the warmest temperature in miami. in alaska. this is what baffled scientists. we saw such a warm month in july across alaska that we shattered records in anchorage. this is having impacts on local fisheries, killing off salmon and trout. across europe five countries that set their hottest day on record from the united kingdom, the netherlands and in sweden, north of the arctic circle they recorded their highest ever temperature and it has profound impacts on the arctic sea. we lost 12.5 billion tons of ice in a single day in greenland and that has a profound impact on the coverage of sea ice. you are seeing it disappear
before your eyes. what is happening? we are starting to measure warming gases that trap the heat in the earth higher than any recorded time in history. 800,000 years we have ice core, tree ring simples and other biological data that allows us to measure that over the thousands and millennium of years. coming from electricity, agriculture, fossil fuels. >> i think we all felt it before you came out with the data that proves it. >> absolutely. go outside. >> derek, thank you. japanese researchers are looking at something lost to all of us millions of years ago. >> they are look to bring it back courtesy of robotics. millions of years after
ancestors evolved to lose their tails, the japanese is designing a robotic version. the device mimics tails animals like cheetahs use to keep their balance while running and climbing. >> this is a tail that aids in balance. when a human tilts like this, the tail moves in the opposite direction and keeps the balance like a pendulum. >> japan is at the forefront in seeking ways to keep its graying population mobile and productive. researchers believe the tail could help the elderly but see applications for industrial workers. >> we have real life people in mind such as those doing work
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