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domestic affairs. this president tends to think about everything as domestic policy. well, you know, our greatest presidents have understood that there are foreign relations requirements and there are needs of international security which sometimes involve expending a little bit of domestic capital to achieve. this president is not willing to expend any domestic political capital for the sake of international economic or political security. in light of that, the other six countries have a dilemma which is how can you deal with a man like this, how do you work with a man like this. and we'll see it playing out right now because of the tweets about china. >> sam, global security is intricately connected to economic prosperity and that is something that all of these leaders are going to be talking about. and would likely all see -- all see the stral in the same way,
wouldn't they? >> definitely. and there is another dynamic here that we should keep in mind. typically before the g7 or the g8 in the past, every country has a representative. it is called a sherpa, a representati to heameet with th sherpas. going into the summit, they would somewhere v. ghave gotten you will at issues. when the leaders arrive, there is really not a lot of surprises unless of course president trump tweets from the plane or from the united states the day before. but there is not this left up to surprise before the leaders actually arrive. the purpose of their time on the ground is to bless the work of the sherpas and to speak at a high level about issues that really need their attention. it is not to get into the nitty-gritty details. what we're seeing this time is there are more surprises because president trump lobbed these
twitter grenades before he arrived. and so i would imagine that other countries, particularly france and germany, merkel and macron, are figuring -- have talked about a way to manage president trump with respect to security issues and economic issues on iran. it is more than likely that the europeans and potentially everyone the japanese have talked to president trump about what to do on iran going forward. they are coordinating so that they can have a joint approach against the united states when it comes to both economic and security issues. >> and now the u.s. president donald trump ripping there being greeted by france's president emmanuel macron. and presumably the first lady will be with him as well, melania trump. let's see them get out of the vehicle there. and while we're looking at these pictures, david sanger with the "new york times" is also joining us. let's listen in.
david, we've been talking about you will at stuff that has preceded this dinner which is kind of set the table of what seems like maybe a tenuous g7 summit. but this did inner, an opportun to break bread, to make eye contact, all these accept leaders along with their spouses or partners or maybe they're flying solo on this trip, you know, will the dinner be a good gauge of what is to come during these three days? >> well, it may be. the president usually does better at these dinners than when he is stuck in the formal sessions where he has to listen to other leaders, has limited talk time himself. and the president's other
challenge with all of this of course is that the leaders are trying to avoid what happened last year when he was the one who refused to sign the communique at the end. so the solution to that has been have no communique at the end. and the interesting question is how big a solution is that. because it enables the -- [ inaudible ] may not close the gap on any of the issues sam was discussing especially iran where the u.s. is in -- [ inaudible ] >> and this is the first to not have this communique. and can't people make the direct correlation between that history-making move and donald trump? >> i mean, absolutely. there was a communique disagreement after the last xwchg7 in canada and the president played a major role in that.
he said he did not agree with some of the things that were said in that communique. so certainly. you know, he has smashed some of these conventions, some of these things that we've grown accustomed to after the g7 summits and he will continue to do that. one thing we should point out in the last several minutes, the white house did release a readout of the conversation, the lunch that took place between president trump and president emmanuel macron of france. it says they did talk about the trade and tax issues that we've been prepreviewing. so sounds like they had a pretty frank exchange about all of that and i suspect much of that will continue on into the evening as the president is hosted by emmanuel macron at this working dinner that we'll see later this evening. but no question about it, the president of the united states typically is a leader on all of these fronts at these g7s. we've seen that in the past. republican and democrat
presidents. but in many ways donald trump is the outlier at these sorts of summits now. the g7, nato summits. because he just strikes a very different tone than the rest of his counterparts on the world stage. also he just has a different point of view when it comes to trade, when it comes to russia and these national security issues. the iran nuclear deal for example. the president made a very abrupt political decision as he came into office to pull out of the paris climate accord, to pull out of the iran nuclear deal, to cozy up to vladimir putin. all of these things have very much put off his counterpart here on the world stage. and so i don't think that we should be going into the g7 summit thinking that president trump is all of a sudden going to become the shrinking violet and put aside all these differences. he delights in many cases in these differences because he knows that it is so exciting for his political base back home. >> and sam, we talked about how
security and economic concerns are really intertwined for all of these nations, world leaders that are here. and one has to wonder how closely these other countries are watching or gauging how the president proceeds with china, with the back and forth threats of tariffs, beijing announcing $75 billion in tariffs begins u.s. imports. and then the president, you know, with his response of another 10% tariff september 1 and then possibly as high as 25% come october 1. how concerned might these other countries be to see how, you know, this flexing of economic muscle or tariffs will also impact global security? >> well, i think that all eyes are on president trump's twitter finger with respect to the trade war with china. not only because all these countries are impacted by this trade war. we have indications here in the
united states that the trade war is having an economic impact and we also have indications from a variety of sources that the global economy is facing serious down side risks because of a slowdown in china and potentially around the world. so out of their own self interests that other g7 leaders are looking to see what happens with the trade war with china. and will likely want to discuss with president trump not just what is next with respect to tariffs and whether he raises tariff rates or implements more, but what the off-ramp is. we can keep tariffing each other for many more weeks. we can raise the rates significantly and at the same time do harm to the global economy, but what is not clear to anyone particularly other g7 leaders is whether or not president trump and president xi jinping have figured out a way to declare a ceasefire on what is happening. so a key question is whether there will be more empowered
negotiations in the near term, whether representative lig lighthizer will meet with his counterparts an engage in negotiations. president trump reportedly had to be bribed to attend this meeting by saying that he could host a special panel on the u.s. economy so that he could brag about it. but i think that his bragging will fall on devc deaf ears bec so many are concerned about the outlook of the global economy and not buying what he is selling with respect to the state of the u.s. economy. >> and so david, the president says that he wants to talk about the economy. but he doesn't want to talk about presumably these other things that these g7 members want to talk about, namely climate change. they are going to have those discussions. is it a possibility that during these three days the president just -- president trump simply wouldn't be present for something like that or just
wouldn't weigh in? >> well, we'll know in his twitter account the moment that he is supposed to be sitting there listening to all of them. but there are three subjects here where we have reason to believe that there is going to be a significant difference of opinion. sam mentioned climate change. the iran deal will be a second. it is pretty remarkable that this is the third g7 the president has attended and they are no closer it a common grounds for dealing with iran, dealing with the sanctions than they were at the beginning. and then of course the third issue is income inequality. something that you've never heard the president give many speeches about except to say that rising economy in the united states is helping all workers. but it is something that dominates the agenda of course in europe. >> so the white house -- jim, you touched on this earlier. they offered a readout of that meeting with emmanuel macron and
president trump and i have a bit more detail now saying that the president did meet with macron thanking him to host the g7 summit, and trump and macron did discuss the importance of promoting free and fair trade, reducing trade barriers, taxation and regulation and ensuring freedom of and a half -- and a half gafgs anavigatio. and they also addressed libya and tensions in the persian gulf. so tim, this sounds very wide ranging. pretty robust conversation now. what do you see in the potential of building on i guess these pillars of their discussion over the next three days?
>> mack clon isron is a diploma. macron added fair. if you look at the old communiques up to and through the obama years, you don't see the term fair trade. fair trade is a gimme to trump. fair trade is actually a euphemism for protection michl. th that is his in order to trump. his nod to the iranians making trouble with the oil tankers. so clear that macron is trying his best to be a diplomat. but i want to make an important point. we're in a period of a very fragile international economic system. why is this because of brexit. we don't know the effect that brexit will have on the eu. we also see the tension between
japan and south korea. let's not forget about that. two very important trading partners of ours and of each other. and in that contained of vi in that kind of environment, last thing you need is another source of tension in the international economic order. so that is why this is so dangerous. you have these six other leaders who are worried about the eu, about what is going on in south asia -- i mean east asia and then trump adds on top of this incredible statement that he will tell u.s. business what do in china. >> all right. and last word, jim, with a j. your thoughts on the readout of their meeting and the potential over the next three days. >> yeah, one of the things that you have to keep in mind about this relationship between president trump and emmanuel macron is it started off remember it started off so warm, almost like a bromance at the beginning of the trump presidency. these longhand shakes. it got a little awkward at
times. but i was at the armistice celebration in paris back in november. and that was when president macron got in front of all the major world powers that were involved in world war i and criticized nationalism. it was a strong rebuke. it is a very big and worrisome trend in europe. they are worried about this taking hold in other parts of europe and obviously brexit is an extension of that. and president mack common ron it on the same team as president trump is when it comes to that issue. he is not a protectionist. he is not a nationalist. and so, you know, the disagreements in philosophy and ideology, they are baked in at these summits and that is why you see the testy exchanges --
may not happen in front of the cameras, dinner rolls may not be thrown at one another, but there are elbows being thrown behind the scenes no question about it. and i think that we will see the results of that and some -- i think some sharply worded things said by officials privately in the days ahead. i think that we can probably take that to the bank. >> all right. thank you team. you all are amazing. jim, samantha, david, tim, thank you all as we continue to watch the goings on on at the g7. don't we wish we were in the room for that dinner. i'd like to see them toss bread or sharp elbows. we'll find out. thank you. appreciate it. still ahead, an intense battle underway to douse wildfires raging in the world's largest rainforest. we'll take you to the amazon as firefighters fight to get the flames under control. we call it the mother standard of care.
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excruciating scenes from the amazon, this is being repeated around the world in a loss of species, a lot of habitats. in some ways irreversible. we need it talk about that here at the g7, the tragedy of what humanity is inflicting on the natural world. >> cnn's nick paton walsh has been following this for us. and nick, you've been making your way through the amazon and you have been enlightened on so many levels about the damage done and the damage that is underway. >> reporter: absolutely. and we are back here over one of the amazon's tributaries. as we saw first thing this morning at dawn, the smoke from the fires very much obscuring what would normally be a very [ inaudible ]. a lot of major fires here very
hard to reach away from the main roads, but we've seen along the side of the roads a number of [ inaudible ] and patches of land as well. and interestingly enough on two occasions, we asked the police what was happening around there and they said one of the them at night people come out and start these fires. and also referred to how a lot of the patches of land we've seen on the side of the road they believe have been started deliberate lir. th that is a in-made contention here here, jair bolsonaro created an environment in which people feel comfortable at starting fires. and what we've seen along the long highways along with the hundreds of trucks that went up and down, thousands of cattle, this beautiful jungle and forest as many areas have been cleared so cattle can feed there.
soy is also grown too, sometimes fed to the cattle for beef. beef is an essential part of your and my diet, although many people have said damage done here means we should eat a lot less meat and you were hearing about the trade crisis. and tariffs by the united states with china mean that china looks for another source of beefnd that is brazil a lot of the time. so everything happening in the world to some degree links back to here including changes in climate as well. and the big fear amongst people here now is exactly how fast can brazil act to stop these fires. there is 85% more of them than there were last year, possibly the most they have seen for a number of decades. and i'm in a state where things are the worst number of fires here afflicting this particular state. they are bringing in temp area firefighters and seeing the geopolitical winds blown around them. many wondering whether there should be trade agreements unless brazil gets a handle on this. but the scale of the problem
here, extraordinary and as we are hearing from people on the ground, a lot of this is begun by man deliberately because they want that land so they can enrich themselves. president bolsonaro has brought a plan for the amazon. >> nick paytton walsh, thank yo so much. we'll see what kind of pressure comes from the g7. boris johnson wants to be top of mind. coming up, president trump says that he will push to get russia back into the fold while speaking with world leaders at that g7. has vladimir putin earned the right? more next. this is rick blomquist. his life is pretty comfortable. then, he laid on a serta and realized his life was only just sorta comfortable.
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g7 summit is barely under way and expectations are already being tempered as to whether anything meaningful will come out of the three day talks. >> today it will be especially urgent and essential to build our unity around the following challenges -- first, the difference of liberal democracy, rule of law and human rights. in particular in the context of the revival of national iism as well as threats coming from the development of digital
technologies meddling in elections, using artificial intelligence against citizens and their freedoms. >> one of the biggest disputes may be within the g7 itself. president trump wants russia to be allowed back in after it was kicked out following the annexation of crimea, but most of europe wants no part of that. the head of the eu even suggesting that ukraine should be invited instead as a guest. i want to bring in mike baker, former cia operative. hike, good mike, good to see you. what is at issue with, you know, letting russia back in? what would it need to do, have to do after being kicked out in 2014 in order to be welcomed with open arms? >> well, they would have to give back crimea, which i'm guessing probably won't happen. look, it was the right move to kick them out. i think that was the absolute right move in the previous administration. i get what the current administration is saying in
that, look, russia looms very large over most of europe. eu and particularly in terms of energy policy and certainly the threat to elections as we have seen in the past. so i get what the administration is saying. it is better to have that dialogue -- to have them play some role or to be invited in some capacity, not as a member now of an expanded g8 going back in time, but to do something. this idea of admitting ukraine, that is a show phoony. that won't happen. but i think that there is value in having russia in some capacity there. you have to deal with them pragmatically and in a rather aggressive manner. but having them there in maybe some side bar conversations, meetings, workshops, whatever it may be. i think that is not a bad thing. >> so you don't think that -- i mean having a condition, a bad actor identified by everyone as a bad actor, but then saying,
okay, but there are assets that russia might have and so on a conditional basis we would bring them into the fold? wouldn't that also send a very confusing message? i mean -- you said you see where trump is coming from, but why would that be beneficial even with a condition so to speak? >> well, because you want to -- you want to engage. most people agree you need to keep the channels of communication open. our relationship with russia thousand is as bad as it has been in a number of years. you'd have to go back a couple decades to other spats where relationship has gotten, you know, off track like this. so i do think that most people would agree, yes, you want communication going forward. fine, set some conditions. frankly, i think that it is not a bad tact. you take two or three steps and we'll let you in the door. you won't be a full member of the program, but at the same time i don't think that russia
would concede anything. so you'd be back at square one, but at least you would have made the effort. but g7 leaders are correct in highlighting the cyber threats, the interference in elections. we already know that russia has been engaged in election interference within the eu. they are going to continue to do what they have been doing as far as the u.s. china is position engaged in the same sort of shenanigans in terms of election interference. so it is right to have that okay docket to discuss. >> so russia promised this, quote, is i msymmetrical respone to a missile test. what do you think that would mean? >> depend, ifif -- again, if yo are looking at the g7 in the past, i think that we have to maybe go back to 30,000 feet and look at this forum. what have they accomplished in the past. typically if you were cynical, you would say that the g7 in the
recent past with the exception is 6 ouof ousting russia, typic they gather, they have nice photo opportunities, they have some seminars and workshops outside of the highlighted meetings. they will draft some memorandum and then everybody goes on their way and nothing is accomplished. i think that people are concerned about the disruptive nature of this meeting given again the absence of russia. the trade issues that surround this. uk's brexit issue. i don't think that it is a bad thing. maybe we shake it up a little bit and certainly the trump administration does that to just about every meeting. maybe we get something substantial out of this. rather than just some memorandum. >> all right. we will see. mike, thank you so much. still to come, a school
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today is the last day of the democratic national committee's summer meeting in san francisco. and 2020 front runner joe biden isn't there. instead the former vice president chose to spend his time campaigning in new hampshire where he will wrap up a two day visit today. arlette saenz is following biden in new hampshire this afternoon. so what are we hearing about and from biden today?
>> reporter: biden has been here in new hampshire over the past two days taking his pitch directly to voters. woond thing that you've really heard both biden and his campaign talk about over the course of the past week is this idea of electability. you saw that campaign ad where he highlighted the fact that he is beating president trump in head to head match-ups. his wife was here in new hampshire earlier in the week talking about how voters need to think about who is going to best be able to defeat president trump. and that is an argument that you have heard from the campaign. and i want you to take a listen to a piece of sound where biden today here in keen, in that in that talked about the fact that it is not only important to beat president trump, but they need to begin a movement of change. >> we can't just be a campaign about beating president trump. he is trafficking in some of the ugliest and darkest forces that have long run through this nation's history. a simple campaign is not enough
to beat him. it has to be a movement. it has to be a movement, a movement grounded on the values and ideals that define us as a nation. are. >> reporter: this comes as there have been other democratic candidates in the 2020 field who have argued that you can't solely focus on beating trump as your main message. a short while ago, joe biden speaking to reporters, he was asked a question by one reporter who said that many people going to these rallies, one concern that they voice is about biden's age. he is currently 76. and he said if people have concerns, they don't need to vote for him. so that is one issue that biden needs to confront going forward in his campaign, as some voters have raised questions about his age at the time. >> arlette saenz, thank you so much. tomorrow night cnn will have back to back live presidential
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heights. literally. according to the "new york times," a bitter divorce on earth has led to claims of a crime in space. nasa is investigating ann mclean after she allegedly hacked into her estranged spouse's bank account from the international space station in what could potentially be the first criminal allegation from outer space. here to discuss is aerospace journalist miles o'brien. it's been too long and look it meant this story to be able to see you. so this is really out of this world. very unusual. and so it is a criminal complaint. and who will handle this kind of criminal complaint? is this now also in the lap of nasa? >> well, no. nasa doesn't have a legal jurisdiction in this case. basically this goes back to 1967. the outer space treaty. which essentially says that any
wrongdoing which may be assigned to a space farer is the responsibility of that person's country of origin. so a little more complicated on the international space station because that is a multination endeavor. as many as 16 nations are partners. so in that case the person who is alleged to have committed the crime, the injurijurisdiction ft would be held with that country. but if for example there was a crime committed against another astronaut from another country, that country is allowed to contest and say actually that was not justice, we would like to take that one over. so it is complicated. it is a first. and it won't be the last as we get more and more people in space. >> oh, boy. and it is complicated too because we're talking about while ann mcclain, you know, and i guess sothey have this relationship but splitting up. and now apparently this is
taking place while this training is taking place for what would eventually be the first all-female spacewalk as well. so it kind of is upstaging what could be potentially a historic moment. >> yes. unfortunately, that all-female spacewalk didn't happen in march. the official statement is because there weren't properly sized spacesuits for both women to go outside. and so at the last minute they elected to have a man replace ann mcclain. i think that is unrelated. but this attempt to -- not attempt. this successful entry allegedly into the bank account of her former spouse occurred right around that same time. so probably a coincidence. but i have to tell you, this is a reminder to all of us, change your passwords frequently, right? i mean especially if you are in the middle of an acrimonious divorce. >> i guess so. i know it can be a real
annoyance to have to do that, but case in point. you have to keep people guessing as they say. miles o'brien, thank you so much. >> you're welcome. thank you for being with me. we have so much more straight ahead right after this. my money should work as hard as i do. that's why i use my freedom unlimited card every time i get gas. give me a little slack! with freedom unlimited, you're always earning. i said i need some slack on pump three! frstill, we never stoppedss wmaking it stronger.e. faster. smarter. because to be the best, is to never ever stop making it better. there's never been a better time to become part of the mercedes-benz family. lease the c 300 sedan for just $399 a month
we go, another measles outbreak this time at a world hip hop dance competition this arizona. one of the participants was infected and may have exposed others to the disease. this is the second case reported in the united states in less than a week. and expect renewed interest in the hate crimes allegations made earlier this year by empire actbeing a 46-actor jussie smollett. dan webb will investigate the entire smollett case.actor claimed in january that he was the victim of a hate-fueled attack, but police in february claimed smollett staged it. thanks so much for being with me. "newsroom" continues with ana cabrera right now. we're live in the "cnn newsroom." thanks for being here. we begin with the president
overseas at his third g7 summit since taking office. he has just arrived for tonight's working dinner. you see him there meeting french president emmanuel macron. the summit is a chance for seven of the world's strongest countries to put on a united front to try to tackle global issues. but as we know, trump is no ordinary president and this is not shaping up to be an ordinary summit. sources tell cnn that the president really doesn't want to be at the g7 this weekend. he has even questioned why he has to go. this they say he has complained that past gathers have been unproductive. they focus too much on the environment and oceans instead of president trump's own achievements. so now instead of pulling u.s. allies closer which could be helpful, the president kicked off his trip by threatening to slap the host country france with tariffs as well. >> i don't want them doing anything having to do with taxing unfairly our companies.