tv New Day With Alisyn Camerota and John Berman CNN August 23, 2019 4:00am-5:01am PDT
>> it's true. >> thank you very much, andy. there's this new threat from vladimir putin. we have the breaking news for you. "new day" continues right now. all right. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." john berman as we said is off this morning. john avalon joins me for a busy morning. busier than we expected because of this breaking news. there are fears this morning that the u.s. and russia could be headed towards another arms race. in the past hour, vladimir putin has ordered his military to prepare a symmetric response to a u.s. missile test. the pentagon tested this ground launched cruise missile off the coast of california on sunday. after president trump withdrew the united states from the landmark inf treaty which banned such tests. >> all this comes just hours before president trump and world leaders are set to meet at the g7 summit in france. let's get right to cnn's fred
pleitgen live in moscow with the breaking details. >> reporter: good morning -- >> okay. >> looks like we have lost his feed. >> technical gremlins from russia. i won't draw conclusions. >> never fear. we have nick. how is this going to play out at the g7? we have nic robertson to pick the ball up. enlighten us. >> reporter: john, look. one of the issues that have been discussed is president trump has been at the forefront of this since that summit last year where he failed to sign the communique at the end it. got into a staring match with angela merkel. but back then he was saying russia needs to be at the table of the g7, make it back to the g8 again. president macron, the french leader who's hosting this summit here said, okay. i can work with that. but only if russia agrees to the peace deal terms in ukraine.
all of that's going to be on the agenda here. but i think this will thrust, again, russia and the issue of russia being part of the g7 and getting it around the table and getting vladimir putin around the table here back on the agenda. but there are so many other things that are on the agenda here. but the reality is and the french president has spoken about this, that he is not expecting a communique this year. because of what happened in many ways last year when president trump refused to sign. he doesn't want to go through that again. he knows the issues here that are coming up are going to be very divisive, climate change, trade. you also see macron emerging here sort of taking from and putting it in the position you might traditionally see the united states. he is going to be trying to get a ratcheting of tensions between the united states and macron.
inequality will be another issue as well. you do have other leaders coming. boris johnson from britain wants to meet with president trump. hopes for talks about a trade deal. angela merkel, the italian prime minister resigned just a couple of days ago. all in weak positions. so no great expectations of a strong communique or perhaps any agreement at all. russia, though, now a big talking point. >> yeah. understood. nic, thank you for giving us all that content. we got the satellite and fred is back. what is this breaking news? why did vladimir putin announce this today? >> reporter: hi, alisyn. yeah, our signal dropped there out of nowhere all of a sudden. but we are back now. you're right. vladimir putin absolutely angry at this land-based tomahawk cruise missile test conducted on monday. it's one of the things where the russians are saying they believe the u.s. left the treaty under a pretense. vladimir putin coming out earlier today in his -- which
was billed as a very important announcement saying the fact the u.s. tested this missile only 16 days after it officially left the inf treaty shows that it was all a pretense and that the u.s. had been planning this for a very long time. now cobs the really important part, vladimir putin saying he has ordered various ministries to start planning for what he calls a systematic response. let's listen into what vladimir putin had to say. >> translator: given the newly emerging circumstances, i instruct the ministries in relevant departments to analyze the level of threat posed by the united states to our country and take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetrical response. >> reporter: now, he didn't go into detail what that exactly means, but one thing the russians have been talking about is developing new weapons systems of their own. of course, some of the ones have
been announced by the russians over the past couple of years. one of the things we also have to keep in mind is while the russians left this under a pretense, the u.s. says russia has been violating that treaty for a very long time and has deployed intermediate range nuclear missiles in the vicinity of nato. so certainly that was one of the big points of contention. but right now the russians really -- in the state of anger as you can see in saying there will be a response whether or not they're going to start deploying new missiles is something they haven't announced yet. >> thank you for jumping on all of this news. abby, i want to start with you because of this breaking news. our international experts, analysises, reporters say that the fears of an arms race are
very real. the idea there's a testing and another testing and they keep upping the ante. i just wonder from the white house how president trump is feeling because he has put so much stock in the relationship he wanted to cultivate with vladimir putin. he's been so solicitous of vladimir putin. what now? >> his vision for what happens now is that everyone just comes to the table and decides that they want to create a bigger arms deal. one that in the last hour, susan glasser mentioned would include china. but the problem is there's been almost no indication that russia's interested in that, that china's interested in that. this has been something that has been a little bit of a pet project for president trump for quite some time now. and as someone who sees himself as a deal maker, he thinks he's the person to do it. the walking away from the inf treaty is something that the
trump administration did because they have been seeing that russia has not been fulfilling their end of the bargain and it hamstrings the united states by tying us to an agreement that it isn't working in the first place. the trump administration's not the first to say that russia's been cheating on that agreement. but it really came to a head under this administration. and it really leads to a bigger problem of russia on the world stage being kind of a bad actor and the trump administration frankly not making any progress in getting them back to the table on big issues like this like nuclear arms. but president trump still maintains that he's the guy who can get everybody into a room and agree on some big, massive deal that has not materialized yet. >> that's such an important point. just this week we saw another attempt at creating an inducement to russia, engagement with russia.
josh, president trump raising eyebrows when he suggested bringing russia back into the g7 without any request from russia that he do so. and this seems to be vladimir putin's response. what's the white house thinking about the president's outreach strategy today? >> well, that's been a perpetual strategy of the president. he did that last year as well before the g7. called on russia to come back in. it's kind of the tactic he did almost one year to the day afterwards. and both times we got significant pushback from european leaders. the president as abby said has wanted to have a solicitous relationship. there are others who have far more dim views of russia. you see the president taking a kinder and gentler stance than any of them would probably propose or like. and here what you have again happening is the president saying, oh, i think russia should be there. i think russia -- it's important to have russia at the table if we're going to make any sort of
deals. a conference call with yesterday. just throwing the idea, so it kind of tells you the discord, the divide there between the president and people around him on how to handle russia. >> josh, you have interesting reporting about the g7 and what other world leaders and diplomats are preparing for. i think it's safe to say they see president trump as a wild card at big meetings like this. here are some of the quotes in your article that everybody should read. when countries like denmark are in the firing line, you just try to get through the summit without any damage. every one of these you just hope that it ends without any problem. it just gets harder and harder. that is a g7 diplomat you spoke to. here's a second. you have to plan on going into the summit that he is going to try to divide and conquer. and it just sounds like everyone's bracing themselves for what will happen starting tomorrow. >> each one of these summits,
there tends to be a explosion or a threat or a demand from president trump. here he's expected to really lash into folks on nato spending which he does time and time again. remember, nato last year he kind of threatened to pull out of the alliance, of the g7 lahe left o the plane and said he was taking back signing of the communique. they're not only going to have a communique this year because they're not sure they can get language that everyone agrees to. france is trying to keep issues that will probably upset the president or cause divides like climate change, global warming, some of their energy policy that the president doesn't agree with off the table. because they want to be able to try and have a harmonious meeting of sorts. the challenge for the president, though, on these summits is he does all these one-on-one meetings with world leaders. and he wants to kind of divide and conquer. he wants to get trade deals with each one of them.
he hates the european union. he's looking to kind of cannon ball in the pool and get things done. a lot of these summits, frankly, if you talk to diplomats even from other countries, not a lot really happens at them. it's a lot of, like, you know, hand holding and we're all in this together. and kumbaya and that's just not what this president likes to do on the world stage. it should be an interesting time. >> no, he's not a kumbaya character. nia let's go to you. really folks are hobbling into this g7. all the leaders are at a point of weak. is there a constructive agenda that you and the white house believe they can chief achieve meetings? >> a constructive agenda out of this white house? where trump is the show, right? i mean, that's how he governs. he doesn't have a lot of guardrails around him. especially if you look at the
last years of his presidency, people have moved on. people were in some ways able to contain some of his behavior. those folks aren't around anymore. we have a president who would go into meetings like this and say he was going to wing it. i think that's probably the expectation here. who knows what will come out of this meeting? josh has that great reporting with folks there essentially bracing for a surprise. who knows what this president who we've seen over these last days behave in maybe some ways a more erratic way, a more kind of shoot from the hip and no real filter. you saw that kind of rambling presser he had on the south lawn there. 40 minutes of all sorts of topics. so we'll see what comes out of this. this is a president that i think is in an odd time in his presidency. there was so much focus from this president on russia, on the mueller probe. now it's what does he do now? facing re-election, facing a bit of a softening economy and some
blowback from some of his decision. whether it's on trade. whether it's turning a blind eye to russian aggression. turning a blind eye to north korea aggression as well. and so here he is on the world stage. we'll see what comes out of it. nobody knows. it'll be the trump show. that's all we know. >> okay. unsettled g7, potential arms race that some people say we're already in. by the way, the amazon rain forest is on fire as we speak. happy friday. >> good to see you. >> give us the big picture on all of this. >> it's the chaos presidency. jeb bush said it. if you have this chaos candidate, you'd have a chaos presiden presidency. chaos at the border and now beyond the border. that's what you're going to see with the g7. part of the thing david axelrod has been talking about is this fatigue now. you have people even people who might love the tax cuts, who might like the conservative
judges, it's just exhausting. you can't get up every morning for five more years and be afraid to look at your phone because you just don't know what crazy thing is going to leap out to your eyeballs and ruin the next hour of your life. but that's kind of what we've been dealing with. it's a continuation of that. >> to remind folks, the last g7, there's an indelible photograph that folks might remember of just how swimmingly the various world leaders get along. we've got -- >> you asked for a body language expert. i don't need one. >> you don't need one for this one? >> that's the iconic photo we will show you in one second where president trump is basically swarmed by all of the leaders waiting for sort of a response or an answer for him or -- >> this is what happened last time. this is -- >> he's got his arms folded like a kid. >> yeah. so this is what happened last time. we'll see if we can improve. but i don't think you need a body language expert for that. >> not this morning. >> but josh, you have a massive
piece in "the washington post." 25 sources spoken to describing the chaos in the white house. the nervousness about the economy. and how it's impacting the president's sort of mixed messages to date. what do you -- he has said the world is in recession, but we're not. what are the storm clouds that they're looking at back home. and how is that affecting his approach going forward? >> the president has been showing forecast slowing into next year. his economic team has come in and given him different briefs, different analysis they've done. you've seen we've gone over talking about the robust economy on air force one, the lawn, his speeches. talking about how the fake news just wants to show a recession for him to lose. that's been his trademark line. but the economy has been one of the guiding points of his presidency. that's why it's kept his numbers
as high as they've been according to political analysts and people close to the president. now you're seeing signs of weakening and you have a president throwing different things against a wall potentially rotating a board of governors for the federal reserve which we know he hates to reduce the power of jerome powell. but potential payroll tax cut, he says it's off the table, on the table. different ideas the president is coming up with to try and make sure the economy stays juiced through next year. inside the white house. so this is the first time where these kind of signs of a faltering, the different advisers and president are trying to figure out how can we deal with this. because without a strong economy, they see his chances of election going down precipitously. >> abby, it's been a crazy week. from the president, it's been mr. toad's wild ride in terms of what -- >> wind and the willows reference this morning. that's good. >> i don't know where to begin.
i guess everybody remembers if they haven't blocked it. what is your reporting about -- is it the economy? is it he is personally feeling unsettled and it's having this manifestation on some erratic rhetoric. >> when the president thinks about his own re-election prospects, he has over the last, you know, several years been alternatingly worried about the mueller investigation and the economy. well, the mueller investigation in his mind, that has been resolved. that is to the side. the economy is now taking forefront. it has become the number one issue related to how he thinks voters are going to view him going into 2020. and what his prospects are. so any weakening of the economy really disrupts that narrative. i mean, he's been talking ad nauseam about the greatest economy in the history of the country. and in the history of the world. but that economy could be softeni softening. now his aides are coming to him
telling him things they hadn't been telling him before when they've been projecting confidence. they had assured him tax cuts would do the trick, help juice the economy. those things turned out to not be true. so we've seen the president publicly attacking the federal reserve. as we go to the g7 over the weekend, he very well might start attacking allies in europe as he's been projecting attacking germany over their moves to keep their interest rates low that he thinks is putting the u.s. at a disadvantage. this is a president on edge about the economy. and even as the world economy might be slowing, he's not out there saying, we want to try to help everyone stay afloat. he's saying we have to win at, you know, the united states has to win over economies like germany's and others in europe. so that's another point of major tension going into the g7.
>> van, i heard you last night on don lemon say the democrats' message should be at this point make america sane again. there is this sense of exhaustion, unpredictability of alienating allies and embracine ing enemies. do they try to tap dance sideways on this? it looks like their cheerleading against americans' interests. >> it's a tricky thing. because you're literally trying -- you're juggling everything. how is this all going to work out? >> you can imagine trying to run for president against 27 other people trying to do that. so just to pull back a little bit on this economic question and the reason why i think there's queasiness with the president and his allies. they fired every weapon and they're out of bullets. there's only a few things you
can do to get an economy moving. you can either do big infrastructure. that's off the table now. you can cut taxes. they cut taxes a bunch but it mainly went to the top. you're really out of fiscal policy options to do anything. what's left is monetary options. you get the fed to try to do something. that's why he's jawboning the fed. but the fed has been behaving responsibly. you create a massive deficit. you're out of bullets and have to hope to get where you're going, you know, 18 months from now. and hoping and praying is not a good strategy. now you've got the president flapping his arms, doing anything because they don't have any more tools. >> and it's also just the instability of this trade policy, right? you know, he came in promising that he would reinvigorate all these different sectors particularing manufacturing. remember in his inaugural
defense, he talked about the tombstones littering the american landscape. a lot of those factories are still rusted out. some of those jobs he promised to bring back like carrier. right? when he was elected, a lot of those jobs lost. harly davidson, for instance, had to sort of outsource jobs because of this instability of that plant in foxconn. it was supposed to bring 13,000 jobs. looks like it will bring about a hundred jobs during a big incentive package at the state of wisconsin. a a lot of those very specific promises to very specific people particularly working class folks in mid western states. those haven't been met. truckers, right? there's a recession in that industry. truckers tend to vote republican. 75% or so voted for donald trump. so he's got very specific problems. and i think van makes a very good point. they are out of bullets. but in many ways, trump is firing his own gun at the
economy because of instability of this trade policy and sort of the tariffs. >> well, they're talking about further cutting the tax rate. they're talking about, i don't know, intimidating jerome powell with people around him. in any event, we take your point. thank you, all were very much for the deep analysis. so this humanitarian crisis at the border, it is still complicated. now the trump administration has made a decision to lift the restrictions on detaining children. you'll remember they could only be detained for 20 days. now they can be detained indefinitely. so we have the head of the immigration services in ex-. they give us excellent customer otservice, every time.e. our 18 year old was in an accident. usaa took care of her car rental, and getting her car towed. all i had to take care of was making sure that my daughter was ok. if i met another veteran, and they were with another insurance company, i would tell them, you need to join usaa because they have better rates, and better service. we're the gomez family... we're the rivera family...
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>> morning. >> so explain how this helps. explain how it helps to keep kids -- >> sure. first of all, you mentioned -- >> hold on. the issue for you guys has been overcrowding. so how does this solve that? >> no, it is not just overcrowding. and it wasn't a supreme court settlement. it was one district court judge in california who took a 1997 case and in 2015 added families to the settlement related to children. president obama's administration vehemently opposed that movement by the single judge. that single judge's decision in 2015 played an enormous role in the explosion of the crisis at the border that we're still contending with today. so what we did do this week and it is as you note, it is a very big deal. the flores settlement is the
name of the case. so we called this the flores rule. and it fixes that problem. the problem was the inability to hold families -- detain families more than 20 days. now we can hold them until their whole court situation is resolved. >> yeah. but that could be years. >> that is not how it -- that is not how it worked when this was being conducted. >> understood. i'm just saying the problem now that we've been confronting -- >> -- going on was 30% of the children in the pilot programs we are finding were being recycled. they were being trafficked. this became a ticket to bring children became a ticket to get into the united states because you had to be released within 20 days. this protects children. >> i mean, okay. on one level it protects children, but it also exposes children to the overcrowding. here's some of the roll we've been playing for months.
lawmakers have been going -- >> i assume -- >> hold on one second. >> i know you don't want real answers. i know you don't want truth. >> i want to be able to ask you a question. >> i'm not going to sit back and take that. i can't see the pictures you're showing. i guarantee you they're border agents. >> those are border agents in these cages here? >> border patrol -- are those border patrol facilities? >> yes, these are border patrol facilities with overcrowding and not enough room. >> yes. >> for people inside these cages. and now children will be held there indefinitely. >> so we don't use cages. we use the facilities built in the 1990s and with the last administration. so if you want to characterize it that way, everyone watching should know you're pushing a narrative. >> you're calling it a different word. here's -- let's agree on this. through chain link fencing, there are families being held that are overcrowded.
i'm getting this from you. it's your administration that has said that the overcrowding has gotten to a level that is unlivable. >> alisyn, yeah, realize that the position the trump administration took this week with the flores rule is in agreement with the position of the obama administration before it. so look. this is not a partisan solution. this is targeting one of the main motivators for the crisis at the southern border. this is a very important rule. it will allow us to detain families together and families by our definition means with children. if children aren't present, we don't call them families. we just refer to them as adults. the facilities you showed in those pictures were designed years ago to handle adult mexican males who were being returned often within hours. now thanks to the help we finally got from congress just
related to children in june, the time children are spending in those facilities has been reduced dramatically. what we call the tick times, the time in custody for children is down to about one day in those facilities. >> help me understand this. hold on, mr. cuccinelli. i want to -- point by point. i don't care if it's a republican or a democratic plan. i'm talking about solutions. so explain how this solves the problem. >> this is a critical part of the solution. >> how? >> absolutely. and i appreciate that question. this solves the problem by demonstrating to families that are considering coming to the southern border illegally, that they will be detained for the duration until their hearings can be held. >> i see. so it's -- i want to make it clear, this is a deterrent. >> can i please finish answering the question? >> i think you did answer the question. it's a deterrent. >> the reason this is so important -- this is a deterrent because they know that instead
of rushing the border which is what's been going on for a number of years now, by using the massive numbers coming to the border and overwhelming our facilities and our capacity to hold folks and our court rulings which is what the flores rule was, that now they can and will to the extent we're able to do so, hold them until those hearings happen. they won't simply be released into the interior for us to never see them again. >> okay. thank you. that is a really helpful answer. so you're hoping that the pictures of children with their families being detained indefinitely will trickle back to guatemala and el salvador and send the message that whatever violence or poverty they're dealing with there is not worth their children being held indefinitely inside those fences. >> well, and of course risking the danger of the trip itself where 30% of women are sexually assaulted on the trip up. all of those things are things we want to avoid. >> understood.
>> in this humanitarian situation. >> one last question. you know, what we hear from all sorts of people who have dealt with this issue for years is that there was actually a solution. if we're talking about solutions, there was one thing that worked and it was this pilot program started by the obama administration where when families would come to the border and request asylum, they would be assigned a case manager. and that case manager would check in with them sort of like parole and check on them. it had 100% -- it had a 99% success rate of the families being tracked and showing up when they were supposed to for meetings. it had 100% success rate of the families making their court dates. that was done away with it by the trump administration in 2017. why not go back to that? >> well, right now my agency handles asylum cases. right now we have a 130,000 case
backlog. more than half of that is two years old. it predates 2017. and the challenge we are facing from a man power standpoint, you saw overcrowded facilities. that's border patrol challenge. i.c.e. is at their limits for detention. and we're doing all we can to -- just to deal with the things coming across the border. whether it's remain in mexico, interviews, credible fear interviews which are a huge problem that only congress can fix and yet they sit on their hands. >> yeah. >> so we're literally swamped trying to deal with the short-term challenges. >> i understand. but would you consider reinstating that? >> doing case management is not something we have personnel for. >> because you ended the program. >> we do not have the man power right now to -- we're barely keeping the asylum backlog from going up. and that's taking enormous amount of effort. we're hiring up this year to try
to start lowering those numbers. i mean, that's what we're focused on, is to try to process the cases we get. and unfortunately the people who come to our southern border knowing very well they're not asylum cases, they're not persecution victims clog up the entire asylum system for those who are persecution victims. who are being persecuted for their religion, politics in their cone country, or for other related reasons. >> okay. >> and those people are delayed -- >> yeah. understood. >> -- by the fraudulent clams. >> got it. director ken cuccinelli, thank you for explaining this plan. next, a bizarre twist in the saga that is the russia investigation. wild allegations about the so-called deep state that led to the ceo of overstock.com to resign. that's next. meet sergio. and his daughter, maria. sergio's coffee tastes spectacular. because costa rica is spectacular. so we support farmers who use natural compost. to help keep the soil healthy. and the coffee delicious. for future generations.
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primarily political espionage against hillary clinton and donald trump. this isn't a theory of mine. i was in the room when it happened. >> get that? that's the former ceo of overstock.com levering outlandish claims in a wild interview last night. patrick byrne says the fbi wanted him to have a romantic relationship with a russian spy. >> fired fbi director james comey called that ridiculous. cnn's sara murray is live with all of the developments. what's happening here? >> reporter: well, look. patrick byrne resigned as the ceo yesterday after causing
quite a stir over the last couple of weeks. he revealed publicly he had a romantic relationship with mariia butina that spanned a couple of years. he gave the fbi information about her, he said. she tried to infiltrate political groups here in the u.s. including the national rifle association. she also pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign resident. now, patrick byrne is taking this is step further and saying he didn't just cooperate with the fbi but feels like he was part of some political espionage. and the fbi was actually directing him to have this relationship with mariia butina. here's how he described it to cnn. >> they said we want to be clear, this never happens in the united states. we are the good guys. we don't work like the bad guys, but we need to ask you to rekindle a romantic relationship with mariia butina. i was specifically told this
request is coming from jim comey at the request of somebody. do not assume it was president obama. do not assume that. >> reporter: now, cnn heard back from james comey. he said that's just ridiculous. the fbi doesn't work that way. obviously cnn has not independently corroborated many of those claims you heard in that interview. >> it's hard to assume anything from the interview. it's really hard to understand what's happening. sara, thank you very much for the reporting on that. coming up, pete buttigieg is looking for a jolt to his campaign. we'll tell you what he's doing now. i like to make my life easy.
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looking to stand out in a crowded democratic field. he's fighting to get his groove out in iowa. >> reporter: it's interesting, wild to think months ago his campaign consisted of about four people. there's no question he had a moment. a moment where he was the hottest candidate in the race. but the reality as you guys know very well, if you want to win, you have to build an organization. we took a look at behind the scenes of what that has started to turn into. a biography can grab attention. >> i'm definitely the only left-handed maltese american gay war veteran in this race. i've got that going for me. >> reporter: that can raise energy and money. >> are you ready to start a new chapter in the american story? >> reporter: but it's here just miles from the iowa state capitol where campaigns live or die. >> it's how you think a campaign is done and this is just the
beginning we're going to do this. >> reporter: it was the mayor that along with this cnn town hall -- >> we would be well served if washington started to look more like our best-run cities and towns rather than the other way around. >> reporter: -- sent pete buttigieg from nowhere polling at 1% in the des moines register iowa poll to a blowout $25 million second quarter fund raising number and firmly into the top five of democratic primary candidates. >> well, it's been a rocket ship. >> reporter: but buttigieg's rocketship moment at least according to the polls has passed. and now the campaign is under pressure to turn that early rise and big cash into the type of operation that can win. >> this is the stage where i think the campaign is to be won. now we have people on the ground forming the interpersonal relationships that are the real stuff of good politics, especially in a place like iowa. >> reporter: iowa and its looming caucus is ground zero for those efforts.
>> we're calling tonight to talk about mayor pete. >> reporter: with seven visits in the last seven weeks and a rapidly growing organization. compared to his competitors who spent a year or more building their iowa organizations, buttigieg's campaign launched lean and minimal and is just reaching full strength in the state with more than 60 staffers. but it's the campaign's volunteers who are key to their strategies. >> so there was a house party in dallas county. didn't know anybody. >> reporter: pam cokenyon, an active democrat is the prototype for that effort. >> pete just held the room and i wanted more. and i signed up and i was invited to do some phone banking which i did immediately the next week and the week after that and the week after that and then there was another house party. i just -- i couldn't get enough. >> reporter: with money, media, and more than five months to the caucuses, buttigieg has staying power in the race. even if for the most the polling has hit a plateau.
>> you need to have that kind of army of people who can spread the message. often they find things i haven't thought of to describe what's at stake and why this candidacy matters. when somebody is explaining what this means to them, it's a whole new way to bring it home. >> i think the interesting thing when you talk to buttigieg's advisers they acknowledge they just need to get his name out there. especially iowa if they want to win. and that's where those volunteers are so key. they're obviously doing the traditional campaign mechanisms. people they knew they had relationships with calling them to get them involved, spreading the word through their own concentric circles. people aren't picking up those calls. they will pick up the calls for friends, and the buttigieg campaign thinks that is an
opening at least at this stage in the race. >> that makes sense. phil, thank you very much for showing us all of that great reporting. all right, coming up we're going to talk about the human cost of the trump administration's environmental policies. dr. sanjay gupta shares one families heart breaking story on this next. year old was in an accident. usaa took care of her car rental, and getting her car towed. all i had to take care of was making sure that my daughter was ok. if i met another veteran, and they were with another insurance company, i would tell them, you need to join usaa because they have better rates, and better service. we're the gomez family... we're the rivera family... we're the kirby family, and we are usaa members for life. get your auto insurance quote today.
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the environmental protection agency was created in part to protect human health and the environment. but a repeat report found that under the trump administration the epa has experienced unprecedented roll backs of environmental regulations. tonight a cnn special report investigates those changes and what it means for you and your family. cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta here with a preview. >> sometimes it can be hard to draw a link between what you're hearing about and reading about in the news and these environmental regulations and what the means for your own
health. there was something that really struck me. there was a chemical scheduled to be banned in 2016. it was found to be dangerous, could even cause deaths. they were supposed to be banned and regulated. new administration comes in and they basically roll all these regulations back. that chemical is still out there at the time that we're investigating this. and i want you to hear from one family that was affected by that chemical. like most people no one in the family had ever heard of methylene chloride until one tragic day in october 2017. how did you find out about drew in. >> drew's business partner jimmy was knocking at the door. >> and he was hysterical, and he was just yelling. he's gone over and over again. he had apparently passed out on
saturday while stripping paint from the floor. the first responders wore hazmat suits when they did the autopsy and cause of death was methylene chloride inhalation. >> this is the death certificate. >> it is. >> it says on here. it says it. >> yes. that's it. cause of death methylene chloride inhalation. >> you know, you don't typically see it that clear-cut. >> it was really remarkable, you know, to draw this cause and effect, a chemical that was scheduled to be banned but was still being sold listed on the death certificate as the cause of death for this young man. these types of deregulations have an impact, and that's one example of what you'll see tonight. >> has that chemical, the methylene chloride that killed
drew winn now been regulated by the epa? >> they lost their son, drew. they're in washington, talking to all these people and ultimately nothing is happening. they go straight to the retailers and basically shame them into saying, look, you're selling a deadly product on your shelves, and many of the retailers started to just stop selling it on their own. ultimately in march of this year there was a ban placed at the retail level, but commercial works can still buy this product. so it's still out there. so it's not completely banned. >> so when you look at the roll backs that everyone's been talking about, which others will have a direct impact on people? >> there's some obvious ones you talk about these chemicals, fuel economy standards, you talk about air and water quality standards, so it's not just saying we're going to make the -- allow the air to potentially get more polluted but we're even changing the standards by which we measure
that pollution so it's not going to seem as polluted because we've sort of changed the bar if you will. if you look at this country things were pretty bad in terms of our water and air quality until the epa came in and gave in and gave us some of the best air and water quality standards in the world. that is starting to change. we know there are about 100,000 premature deaths a year linked associated with air pollution. and now know over the last couple of years our air has gotten even worse. that's an impact. we're talking about hundreds of thousands of people. >> again, it is sometimes hard to connect policy with real world impact. >> that's right. >> and sanjay's cnn special report, a toxic tale, trump's environmental impact airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn. >> thanks for our international viewers for watching, for you "cnn newsroom" is next. for our u.s. viewers, concerns about a new arms race with
russia as "new day" continues right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. all right, good morning, everyone. welcome to your new day. it is friday, august 23rd, 8:00 in the east. john berman is off this morning. john avlan joins me. there are new fears that the u.s. and russia are headed towards another arms race. vladimir putin ordered this morning to prepare a response for a missile test. >> president trump withdrew the united states from the landmark inf treaty which banned such tests. let's begin with fred pleitgen with the breaking details. >> hi, john, yeah. the kremlin extremely angry about that missile test that took place, land based tomahawk cruise missiles. the russians are