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this sunday morning. the guests white house economic adviser larry kudlow, democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders, and cindy mccain, at 9:00 a.m. and noon eastern, right here on cnn. our coverage continues right now. happening now, breaking news, ginsburg's diagnosis, the supreme court announces justice ruth bader ginsburg has been treated for pancreatic cancer saying there is is no evidence the cancer has spread. it's the 86-year-old's fourth bout with cancer. what will it mean for the divided court? escalation, china answers president trump's tariffs with more of its own, punishing u.s. farmers and manufacturers. president trump then orders u.s. companies to look for alternatives to china, sending stocks into a nose-dive. ready to respond, with tensions rising like it's the cold war all over again, russia's vladimir putin orders his military to prepare a symmetrical response to a u.s.
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cruise missile test. where is this headed? and poisonous plant. north korea launches a scathing personal attack on secretary of state mike pompeo, calling him i impudent and a poisonous plant. what is behind this? i'm brianna keilar. wolf blitzer is off. you're in "the situation room." >> this is cnn breaking news. >> we have breaking news the supreme court announced that justice ruth bader ginsburg has been treated for pancreatic cancer. there is no evidence the disease has spread. the liberal icon recently said she'll stay on the job as long as she can do it full steam. also president trump goes on a rampage as his trade war with china spirals out of control and stocks plummet. china has answered the president's tariffs with more of its own announcing penalties on u.s. goods, ranging from
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soybeans to seafood and cars to crude oil. china struck as the federal reserve chairman noelted the growing risk of an economic slowdown but ignored pressure from president trump for a further cut in interest rates. the president tweeted american companies are "hereby ordered to look for alternatives to china" and he suggested the fed chairman to be a "bigger enemy to the u.s." than the chinese leader. i'll speak with senator ben carden. we'll get to justice ginsburg's health in just a moment, but first, stock markets plunging today. the dow dropping more than 600 points, as china hit back against the president's tariffs with another round of its own. let's turn to cnn white house correspondent abbi philip. >> just moments ago, president trump just tweeted his response to those new tariffs from china as the tit-for-tat escalates. president trump saying in a
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series of tweets he's going to increase tariff levels on an existing amount of goods, chinese goods that had already been expected to be tariffed going in to september. let me just go through to the main point here. he says starting on october 1st, the $250 billion of goods and products from china currently being taxed at 25% will now be taxed at 30%, additionally the remaining $300 billion of goods and products from china that was being taxed on september 1st at 10% will now be taxed at 15%. so the president is upping the ante here in response to china announcing today they are going to tariff $75 billion of american products coming in to their country. this is a tariff war that seems to have no end in sight, and this new announcement from president trump just moments ago coming after he scrambled with his aides earlier today to figure out how exactly they were going to respond.
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tonight as president trump lashes out about the economy, a scramble is unfolding behind the scenes in the west wing about how to respond to china's tariff retaliation. amid fears of an economic slowdown, trump today held an unpopularity contest between his hand-picked fed chairman and the communist leader of china, asking, who is our bigger enemy, jay powell or chairman xi? trump adding that american companies are "hereby ordered to look for alternatives to china." this after china announced retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion in american goods. the markets at one point appearing to tumble with each tweet by the president dropping more than 300 points after his attacks on the fed and even further after he promised a response to china's latest retaliatory moves. powell today issuing a veiled warning about trump's trade wars, telling bankers and economists that fitting trade uncertainty into this frail work is a new challenge. one of trump's top trade
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advisers peter navarro says the president won't back down to china. >> my reaction to this is when china reacts like this, what they simply do is strengthen the resolve of this president and they signal once again that the american public that china wants to buckle our knees so that they can keep having their way with us. >> reporter: according to "the washington post" inside the white house aides briefed president trump on the possibility of an economic slowdown before the 2020 election and possible options to juice the economy, including steps that would weaken the u.s. dollar, all this coming hours before trump is set to leave for the g7 summit with world leaders in france a meeting that sources says he has been dreading. trump has been questioning his aides why he should attend this year's summit and complaining during past summits, too much time is spent discussing the oceans and the environment and not enough time devoted to letting him brag about his
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achievements and of america's economy. after earlier today teasing he would have a response to china's new tariffs on the united states, moments ago president trump did just that essentially announcing that tariff levels are going to increase on chinese products but we should note this announcement came right at the top of this hour, 5:00, about an hour after markets closed, a notable effort on the part of the white house not to further rattle markets that had been tumbling all day today. brianna? >> abby philip, thank you. now to the announcement about justice ginsburg's latest bout with cancer. i want to turn to cnn supreme court reporter ariane devogue. >> supreme court announced today she has just completed a three-week radiation therapy for a treatment that began august 5th for a tumor in her pancreas. it was first detected july 31st, and it's called a localized malignant tumor.
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here is what's interesting. she canceled her annual vacation to santa fe but will appear monday night at a long planned speaking engagement in buffalo, and we learned that during this treatment, she actually went on broadway and she saw kate mckinnon, who plays her, the actress who plays her in "saturday night live," and on top of that, last night, she was on broadway taking in a production of "moulin rouge." she's tough. >> this is the fourth time that she has had cancer. i mean, she is someone, she's a fighter. she defies odds. >> yes, she's 86 years old, 1999 she had surgery for colon cancer. 2009 early stage pancreatic cancer. she had a heart procedure in 2014. in 2018, she had, as we know, those two cancerous nodules removed from her lung. that was the first time that she ever missed oral argument. so she's tough as nails, and we
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saw earlier this week -- month, when she was talking about the death of her colleague, john paul stevens, she recounted a story that she had said to him, i'd like to stay on the bench as long as you have. he stayed into his 90s. he told her, "stay longer" and then she said, she was asked about her retirement. she said "i've always said i'll stay on the job as long as i can do it full steam. that means at my age, you have to take it year by year. i was okay this term. i expect to be okay next term. after that, we'll just have to see," but she's hired clerks well into 2020. >> very interesting. ariane de vogue, thank you so much for all of the update on that. we needed it. so with the collapse of a cold war nuclear treaty, the u.s. and russia are back to cold war style saber or missile rattling. we go live to senior international correspondent frederik pleitgen in moscow. tell us the latest in this quickly developing story. >> it certainly is a quickly developing story, a giant news
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day in russia, which basically no warning vladimir putin came out and gave a national televised address blasting the united states for a recent missile test and essentially saying there could be a new nuclear arms race between the u.s. and russia, just as president trump is on his way to the g summit trying to convince other leaders to take russia into that group again. here's what we're learning. tonight, as president trump heads for the g7 summit, with hopes of once again admitting vladimir putin to the exclusive club of world leaders, it appears the two countries they lead are moving even closer to a new nuclear arms race. during an angry announcement on national tv, the russian president slammed a recent test by the u.s. of a new type of cruise missile, vowing to match american fire power with his own. >> translator: i instruct the minute trees and relevant departments to analyze the level of threat posed by the actions of the united states to our
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country, and to take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetrical response. >> reporter: russia and the u.s. are blaming each other for killing the intermediate-range nuclear forces or inf treaty. putin reiterating today russia has new super weapons in the works. >> translator: we were simply forced and we're obliged, of course, to ensure the security of our people, and our country. we are doing this now, and will certainly do in the future. >> reporter: but as russia vows to develop new weapons, it's still reeling from the malfunction of a nuclear powered missile it was already testing, causing an explosion and a radiation spike in the north of the country, and killing five nuclear specialists. russian opposition media is reporting two died of radiation poisoning, even though the kremlin is downplaying any dangers posed by the radiation. but authorities in arhangelsk
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where the explosion took place acknowledged one of the doctors who treated the victims now has the radioactive isotope cesium 137 in his body. officials strangely claiming the contamination didn't come from treating blast victims but from eating seafood. cesium 137 has the feature of accumulating in fish, mushrooms, lichens and algae, an official statement says, "with a certain degree of probability, we can assume this element got into the human bod through the products of food." on monday, putin told reporter no, sir background radiation had been found, but analysts are skeptical. moscow has a history of covering up nuclear incidents, including the meltdown at chernobyl in 1986, the history of that incident now the plot of an hbo series. >> burn and spread its poison until the entire continent is dead. >> reporter: it's unclear'lea ie leaders will discuss the nuclear
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incident or interest in reintroducing russia to the group. what is clear tonight though is that despite president trump's interest in building a bridge to russia, vladimir putin says he is gearing up for a possible new confrontation. and vladimir putin didn't give any details of what this new confrontation would look like and whether or not the russians may be poised to deploy new missiles close to the borders with nato. one of the things the u.s. is saying, the russians are already doing that, and that's one of the reasons why america got out of the inf treaty, but certainly when you saw the russian president today, you saw the general messaging here today, you can see that this is certainly something that has upped the ante between the u.s. and russia. brianna? >> fred pleitgen in moss to ycok you. joining me is democratic senator ben cardin. thanks for joining us. >>berryiana, good to yait's go. >> are you worried that this is
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going to push the united states economy into a recession, the president's trade war with china? >> i am very concerned about this trade war. it's certainly hurting our economy, the way the president's handling these trade negotiations is not in our economic interest. it's clear china has violated trade rules but the united states has isolated ourselves with our traditional trading partners, so it's just the u.s. versus china rather than having the major market economies on our side. going into g7 it would be good to have the g7 leaders on our side dealing with china. i doubt if we will. >> that may speak to my next question, you have a lot of democrats agree with the president on the fact that china needs to be confronted when it comes to some of their trade practices, intellectual property, for instance. how would you want to see the president take on china without harming the >> brianna, you're right.
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there's major concern what china is doing on the economic front. we need to work with our traditional market trading partners to isolate china, rather than isolate the united states. when the president led with tariffs against canada and europe on steel and aluminum, he alienated our traditional partners. he used a national security waiver to impose those tariffs which was ridiculous. canada does not pose a national security risk to the united states. so what the president should have done is worked with our market economy partners to develop a strategy to confront china. instead, he led with the u.s., and we do not have the support of our traditional partners. >> the president also tweeted today, who is our bigger enemy, jay powell, who is the fed chairman, or chairman xi? so when you look at that, and he's likening chairman of the federal reserve to really an enemy of the united states, how do you react?
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>> well, this is so disturbing. the federal reserve is set up to be independent from the president, for good reason, and has served this nation extremely well, and provides confidence globally about the american economy, that it won't be subject to a political whim of a president or a congress that the federal reserve system is there as a balance. the president has really demeaned that independence to compare the federal reserve chairman with the president of china is ridiculous, and it's offensive to our economy, and to our democracy. >> i know you've seen the news about supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg. we just learned she has been treated once again for pancreatic cancer. she said in the past she's going to continue working, if she can go full steam. do you worry she may have to retire before the end of president trump's term, and what that would mean?
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>> justice ginsburg say fighter. she's a fighter in the court. she's a fighter in regards to her own personal health. she's a giant on the supreme court. we need her to be on the court. she's great in her interpretations of cases that she has had a major impact on. she's a great balance on the court. i am convinced she will continue to fight as long as she possibly can and i think we all wish her well and hope that she'll be strong, and can stay on the bench for many years. >> let's talk russia, because after the u.s. tested this new type of cruise missile, it would have been banned in the inf nuclear pact, were it still in place. vladimir putin says he's ordering his military to develop new weapons of ththeir own. do you think we're looking at another cold war? >> here we go again. clearly russia violated the int nuclear treaty. they did, but the way president trump handled that, he started now potentially an arms race.
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that is not in the u.s. interest. it's not in russia's interest, and certainly not in the world security interest. we need to continue as we did with new s.t.a.r.t. to find a way to reduce nuclear forces in the world, not increase them and give other countries excuses to start in the arms race. so no, i think the president's handled this wrong. clearly russia provoked us and the president fell into that trap. now allowing russia to go forward with more testing. >> senator ben cardin, thank you for joining us and have a great weekend. >> thank you. up next, we have breaking news, wrapped up in an escalating trade war, president trump uses twitter to announce a retaliation against china for its new tariffs. and north korea launches a sharp personal attack on secretary of state mike pompeo, calling him a poisonous plant. what's behind that insult? (vo) verizon knows everyone in your family is different.
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we're following breaking news, president trump rattling wall street with new threats to escalate his trade war with china, and that sent the dow plummeting more than 600 points. let's dig deeper now our experts and our analysts, and jackie, there is quite the meltdown by
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president trump today sparking also a meltdown on twitter that prompted a melt down of the markets. there was a series today of meltdowns. after the markets closed he had another tweet, this was minutes ago. "starting october 1st the $250 billion of goods and products from china currently being taxed at 25% will be taxed at 30%, additionally the remaining $300 billion of goods and products from china that was being taxed from september 1st at 10% will now be taxed at 15%. thank you for your attention to this matter!" the economy is hugely important to the president. knowing that, and knowing that this is so imperative for him to be reelected, why is he playing twitter roulette with it? >> because being strong is also important to this president, and he's kind of boxed himself into a corner with china at this point. the negotiations aren't going well. there's no way out, and what does this president do? he doubles down. so we'll probably see more of
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this, perhaps we'll see if it goes forward, right, come october. but i think then you're going to see a blame game which we're seeing blaming the media, blaming jerome powell, blaming china, blaming everybody but his own policies affecting the economy on any number of sectors. >> that's the big question. the big question to me, will it go forward? >> is there an off-ramp he'll create? >> exactly. the president cries wolf all the time, and backs down, finds that off-ramp, and then declares victory in one way or another, because he's such a tough negotiator, so you see this, the chinese see this. let's see how they react to this, and whether it ramps up and of course now, he's going to be at the g7. let's see how our allies react to this as well, because a trade war is the last thing in the world they want, but the president is going to be talking about that when he's there. >> the market meltdown, joey, was prompted by other tweets where he said our great american companies are hereby ordered to
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immediately start looking for an alternative to china." he is not, just to be clear on even on legal grounds here, it's not like he has the authority to do this, joey. >> he does not, so there's a legal issue and then there's, of course, a practical issue. from a legal perspective, right, we are a democracy, and as a democracy, companies do what they want, right? they generate business, and they operate in markets, markets that are in their best interests and they're not to be dictated by a president or otherwise to suggest who they should do business with, when, why, how and under what terms, and so certainly from a legal perspective, there's no basis or authority. i find it wholly ironic calling obama a socialist and all of these things about socialism as it relates to democrats, and you're now telling businesses what to do. from a practical perspective, right, not that i'm an economist, but i do know that market stability is everything, and if you're a president and there's so much uncertainty and instability based upon your pronouncements, that's problematic, and also from a practical perspective, final
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point, and that is that listen, you have 1.4 billion consumers in china, so should american companies just walk away from that, because the president says so? i mean, certainly it's a problem that needs to be solved. it's a problem that needs to be solved with cooperation, not edicts from the president, who i guess envisions himself as the chosen one. >> david, i want to mention you were at the dnc summer meeting, that's why you have so much going on behind you, that you are going to be reporting on. you saw this tweet where the president, this was another one, this prompted the meltdown as well,' tacked the federal reserve chair njerome powell wh he aint toed. "who is our bigger enemy, jay powell or chairman xi?" what did you think when you saw that? >> reporter: it's pretty typical trump behavior, right? but as jackie was saying, it's two-fold. one, the president needs an enemy. he needs to point to someone and say this is the person responsible for anything that's going awry for him. so that's one.
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and two, it is yet another indication, there is no part of the united states government that the president seems to think is independent from his authority, which by the way, the federal reserve is supposed to be an independent body, and the president just once again demonstrating he clearly doesn't see it that way. >> if you all can stand by, we have some news about supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg. she's in another health battle. what this could mean for her and for the court. we'll be right back. and the industry's first true zero expense ratio index funds offered directly to investors. plus, we have fidelity mutual funds with zero minimum investment. how many other firms give you this much value? absolutely zero. ♪ why don't they do what they say ♪ ♪ say what they mean ♪ oh, baby, one thing leads to another ♪
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we have much more breaking news. the supreme court announcing justice ruth bader ginsburg has been treated for pancreatic cancer for the second sometime in a decade. the 86-year-old was previously treated for colon cancer and last december two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung. let's talk about what all of this means with our panel here. joey, the justice has said, "i'm going to basically stay at it if i can go full steam" that's what she said "full steam." she's making this decision and she has before and perhaps in other times she might decide to step down from the court. she is not going to. she's going to keep going. what is at stake? >> you know, brianna, the answer to that question very simply is everything. we are in different and perilous times, and i think moving
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forward, everyone needs to be concerned. why? let's talk about that. now, we know there's a 5-4 split just by way of 101. we have nine members on the u.s. supreme court. it takes five in order to impleme implement policy. there's no filibusters or super majorities necessary. it's not like a discussion about the senate. imagine in the event she left and there was a vacancy, we'd be talking about not a 5-4 split as it is now but a solid 6-3 split. chief justice roberts said there's no republican justices, there's no democratic justices. now that may be true, but you have ideologies which are in keeping with a republican philosophy and a democratic philosophy, and here is the point. the point is that in these times, you look at roe v. wade, not only personal autonomy at stake and a 6-3 majority, what would happen with that. we're talking immigration issues and what's to become of immigration policy, and enterers into the country and there's so much talk who should immigrants
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be and where should they immigrate from. that's decided by the supreme court, people of color and voter registration will be decided, gay and lesbian rights, i could go on. everything is at stake with regard to her staying on the court or president trump having another appointment to be made and you know in the event it becomes a vacancy that appointment is being made election or no election. >> so that's my question, because listen, gloria, to what the senate judiciary committee chairman lindsey graham had to say about that very issue in october of last year. >> if an opening comes and the last year of president trump's term and primary process is started we'll wait until the next election and i have a good chance -- >> you're on the record. >> yes, hold the tape. >> hold the tape. well the tape is held, right? we're looking because mitch mcconnell was asked the same question in may of this last
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year, so this is closer in proximity to now oh, we'd fill t he said. >> he said the complete opposite. first of all, we should all say justice ginsburg we hope she's doing well. >> of course. >> she went to see "moulin rouge" on broadway and keeping a speech appointment next week. this is a tough lady, who intends to remain on the court, but what you just showed there is that should there be retirement, should there be a vacancy, it would clearly rip the country apart, because you've got lindsey graham saying one thing. you got mitch mcconnell saying another thing. >> who would you put stock in? who wins this fight, lindsey graham or mitch mcconnell? >> mitch mcconnell is the leader, although with lindsey graham these days you never know who he's going to side with, and i think it would be an epic battle, which is why i believe that ruth bader ginsburg is going to remain on that court.
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she knows what would occur. >> could you create a youtube channel with all the things lindsey graham said about the president before he was president and now he says the exact opposite. so i'm a little bit skeptical that he would continue to say we're not going to fill the vacancy, should there be a vacancy this or next year. so mitch mcconnell has known one speed when it comes to judicial nominations and that's fast. he has completely reshaped the judiciary from his perch, and he looks at it as much of a legacy issue as president trump. so there's no reason to think why they would stop, and he doesn't care if he looks hypocritical because of what happened with merritt garland. that's not his concern. >> david, traditionally republican voters have been more motivated than democratic voters by the idea that if they pick their candidate, if their candidate wins, they're going to have a shot at changing the face of the supreme court. could we see that change for
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democrats? >> it's definitely going to be a motivating issue for both bases, right? it really does generate enthusiasm among both the republican and democratic bases, but brianna, i will tell you, walking around this hotel with all these democratic activists during the lunch break here, when the news was out there ruth bader ginsburg, there were a lot of nervous democrats of course wishing her the best with her health, but concerned that if there's a vacancy before they have the chance to rile up the voters and make this on the ballot next year that it could really drive the court in a more conservative direction for generations. >> david, joey, gloria, jackie, thank you so much. coming up, new skirmishes in the civil war rocking the national rifle association. tonight three top lawyers are out. d freto your door. every day at marco's, get two medium, one-topping pizzas for just $6.99 each. hello to the italian way.
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the turmoil is in intensifying inside the national rifle association. three top lawyers are out tonight just days after the departure of three of the organize's leaders. let's bring in tom foreman, here with the details. this is all part of i guess you could call it a civil war that's rocking the nra. >> pretty good words for it. the latest unheavals involve powerful players, coming at a critical time and clearly some people in the group want new leadership but the current and long time leader is fighting back fiercely. >> we are done with your agenda to undermine voters will.
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>> the channel is gone and so is a top nra lawyer, fired with two more attorneys tied to the group resigning. the nonprofit second in command is out, and the raging turmoil of this summer may not be over as chief executive wayne lapierre appears to be conducting a purge of all opponents in his group. >> the second amendment is not the government. it's your individual right and that's what it's all about. >> reporter: the "new york times" says the fight truly is about lawyers, guns and money. earlier this year nra president oliver north fired a heavy salvo at lapierre laced with accusations of lavish spending on travel, clothing, makeup expenses for his wife, legal fees and a plan was floated to buy him a $6 million mansion. the nra says the expenses were all valid and the house deal fell apart. but lapierre accused north of cashing in on an nra deal with
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an advertising agency and north was pushed out. there have been denials all around, lawsuits and inquiry in new york into the group's tax exempt status and plenty of unpleasant headlines. >> for years, wayne lapierre has taken nra members' money to live the life of a king. wayne lapierre is an odious little grifter and it's time for him to go. >> reporter: but even as some high-profile mass shootings have spurred gun control advocates, lapierre has rallied his base of support. when president trump started talking about more extensive background checks for gun purchases, lapierre called him and the message changed. >> it's not the gun that pulls the trigger. it's the person. >> reporter: lapi area in office for almost three decades knows the truth of the group's finances better than perhaps anyone, whatever that may be. he also has deep ties to the 76-member board of directors, even as six have resigned amid
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president trump and kim jong-un may have an on-again, off-again bromance but the communist regime has no love for mike pompeo, launching a scathing personal attack on the secretary of state. cnn's brian todd has been looking into that. tell us what you've been learning. >> just moments ago, the state department responded to that personal attack on pompeo with stunning restraint. despite the fact that the secretary of state has once again had to endure a taunting, vicious insult from kim's foreign minister. america's top diplomat is no stranger to kim jong-un. they've met several times, exchanging handshakes and smiles. but tonight, secretary of state
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mike pompeo appears to have drawn kim's ire and another of his colorful insults. in a new statement, kim's foreign minister, ree yong ho, who also knows pompeo, calls him impotent, a troublemaker, a wicked stooge of the cia, and the die-hard toxin of u.s. diplomacy. translated into english, a poisonous plant. analysts say this is part of the dictator's new playbook, to try to jolt president trump's team into giving him what he wants. >> kim wants to saber rattle, because he wants to show, if you don't give me what i want, i will unleash war. >> reporter: pompeo himself hasn't responded to the insult, but the state department said they're still prepared to engage in negotiations with north korea. but this isn't the first time the secretary has absorbed these barbs. in april, north korea's foreign ministry called pompeo reckless and demanded he be removed from nuclear negotiations. is there something about mike pompeo's style, his manner, that rankles the north koreans.
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>> secretary pompeo certainly has tried to bring a lot of swagger to the state department, but i think more so than that, it's his positions that north korea is opposing. >> the north koreans recognize that pompeo has been very hard line about negotiations. pompeo has said, basically, that they will not provide sanctions relief until north korea denuclearizes. >> reporter: it's not like conk congress doesn't have his own top diplomat who runs his counterparts the right way. kim yong-chol, who has often been kim's point man with the trump team, is said to be so arrogant and abrasive as a negotiator that according to north korean leadership watch he once told south korean diplomats, quote, do you have another briefcase with you? maybe you have another briefcase of proposals. >> he's a character straight out of central casting when it comes to being the tough hard-nosed north korean negotiator. if i were kim jong-un, kim yong-chol is precisely the guy i would want at the table dealing with the americans.
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because he gives virtually nothing. >> reporter: there's a pattern tonight of pyongyang not aiming for the top target with its put-downs. lately, they've been leveling taunts and aspersions at south korean president moon jae-in. but they have avoided insulting donald trump personally. >> they see president trump as a decider. they see him as someone who's willing to engage directly with north korea. they seem him being a little bit flexible on making, you know, certain concessions and so they think he's the person to work with rather than the other officials. >> now, all of this contributes to a growing perception that donald trump and kim jong-un are investing too much, almost everything, in their personal one-on-one relationship to strike a nuclear deal. analysts warn of the dangers of that. one veteran diplomat told us, he is openly worried that president trump is deluding himself, in his words, into thinking that his relationship with kim is going to lead to a
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groundbreaking deal. brianna? >> and mike pompeo has at times had to endure these attacks, but not just attacks, face-to-face insults. >> that's right, brianna. one episode is really noteworthy. the account of a meeting in pyongyang after the summit in singapore last year when pompeo was pressing the north koreans again on denuclearization. observers said that one top official that we talked about in our story, the abrasive kim yong-chol held up a cell phone and taunted mike pompeo saying, why don't you call your boss and ask what we agreed to. >> wow, thank you so much. coming up, we have some breaking news. caught up in an escalating trade war of his own making, president trump uses twitter to announce new tariffs. and the supreme court announces that justice ruth bader ginsburg has undergone treatment for pancreatic cancer. ♪
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happening now, breaking news. retaliation after china slapped new tariffs on u.s. goods, president trump is hitting back in kind tonight, waiting until the close of trading on wall street, where stock prices just plunged. mr. trump on a new tirade as the
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