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oklahoma. we'll prabreak down the decisio and its impact on one of the worst health epidemics in u.s. history. alternate reality show. president trump tries to put an upbeat spin on the g-7 summit that collides with the facts. he's now returning to washington more isolated from u.s. allies after dodging, distracting, and misleading on an array of important issues. russian doll. >> thank you very much. >> trump keeps putting vladimir putin on a pedestal, urging the g-7 to let the kremlin boss back into the fold. but putin is playing it cool, as he taunts the u.s. with nuclear-capable weapons. and storm warning. dorian is gaining strength and could become a hurricane as it barrels towards the caribbean. tonight, many residents of puerto rico still reeling from hurricane disasters are fearing the worst. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."
breaking news tonight. a judge in oklahoma just ordered johnson & johnson to pay $572 million, holding the company accountable for its significant role in the opioid epidemic in that state. more on the landmark ruling coming up. also ahead, president trump is right now heading back to the united states from the g-7 summit in france, leaving a trail of discord and confusion behind him. the president capping a tense weekend of talks with another apparent attempt to mislead, claiming there was tremendous unity at the summit when there clearly was not. u.s. allies got whiplash from mr. trump's many contradictions on his trade war with china, whether he'd meet with iran's president and much, much more. i'll get reaction from democratic senator richard blumenthal. he's a member of both the armed services and judiciary committees. and our correspondents and analysts are also standing by. first, though, let's go to cnn's
alexandra field. she's in norman, oklahoma, for us. alexandria, tell us more about this landmark ruling against johnson & johnson. >> reporter: good evening, wolf. it is an historic ruling, of course, oklahoma being the first state to take to trial a pharmaceutical company, alleging that company fueled the opioid crisis, a crisis that has claimed hundreds of thousands of american lives in the last two decades. the impact of this ruling could be far-reaching, but it is also being felt right here at home in oklahoma. one man who testified during the trial who lost his son to an opioid overdose says the ruling brings long-sought accountability. it also means that johnson & johnson will have to pay the state some $572 million, which will go towards treatment programs for opioid addiction and also prevention programs. and it upholds the state's argument that johnson & johnson, through misleading marketing, created a public nuisance that cost the state billions of dollars and claimed thousands of
lives. the judge agreed to that, talking about how the epidemic has ravaged this state. but johnson & johnson, for its part, says it will appeal. it stands by the drugs and their use for treati ining pain. it says these are necessary drugs. the company says they have followed state and federal laws and there are a number of grounds on which they can appeal. they also say that they're being made a scapegoat. but, wolf, this is a ruling that will be carefully looked at, because there are dozens of states across the country trying to advance similar suits. and in the fall, several thousand claims will be rolled into one federal trial, all of the participants in that case claiming that pharmaceutical companies have fueled the opioid crisis. wolf? >> all right, alexandria, thanks very much. let's get to president trump right now. he's heading right now back to washington, leaving u.s. allies dazed and confused. our chief white house correspondent, jim acosta, is near the g-7 summit site in france for us right now. jim, the president seems even more isolated from america's
most crucial global partners. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. throughout this g-7 summit, the president and his team offered conflicting and false statements on a whole range of topics from russia to china to climate change, and he is isolated and alone on this world stage. the president was not leading at this g-7, he was misleading. the g-7 proved to be a slippery summit for president trump, after days of rattling world markets in his trade war with china, the president made conflicting claims that officials in beijing were reaching out to his administration to ease tensions. >> and i very much appreciate the fact that they came out last night, very late last night, they said, they want to make a deal. they wanted to be under calm circumstances. >> reporter: the president started the day claiming his team had received reassuring calls from chinese officials, but china all but said mr. trump was exaggerating. >> we've gotten two calls and very, very good calls, very productive calls. they mean business. they want to be able to make a deal. >> reporter: later in the day, the president didn't want to
talk about whether the calls had occurred. >> i don't want to talk about calls. we've had calls. we've had calls at the highest levels. but i don't want to talk about that. >> reporter: at a news conference, president trump pointed to his treasury secretary. >> secretary mnuchin is here. >> reporter: who would only say that both sides were talking. >> but there were phone calls, mr. president? >> numerous calls. >> communication back and forth. >> reporter: that followed confusion created by the president over the weekend when he seemed to say he was having second thoughts about his trade war. >> mr. president, are you having second thoughts on escalating the trade war with choina? >> yeah, for sure. why not? >> reporter: a comment the white house later walked back. >> it seems as though you're trying to clean up what the president -- >> we're not cleaning anything up. >> reporter: on whether vladimir putin would be invited to the next summit, the president gave a misleading answer about why russia was kicked out of the g-8. >> president obama was not happy that this happened, because it was embarrassing to him, right? it was very embarrassing to him.
and he wanted russia to be out of the -- what was called the g-8. and that was his determination. he was outsmarted by putin. >> reporter: but that's not true. and mr. trump got testy when he was called out for it. >> i know you like president obama, but, it was annexed during president obama's term. >> reporter: the president was evasive on whether he would meet with iran's president, too. >> he's a great negotiator, but he -- i think he's going to want to meet. i think iran wants to get this situation strangightened out. >> reporter: and perhaps the most lasting image from this summit, president trump was missing in action on climate change, skipping a meeting devoted to the global challenge. the white house claimed the president was absent because he had meetings with leaders from germany and india, but that's also not true. those leaders were at the climate meeting. asked about his past skepticism of climate change, something he's called a chinese hoax, mr. trump bragged about the u.s. energy industry. >> and i'm not going to lose that wealth, i'm not going to
lose it on dreams, on windmills, which, frankly, aren't working too well. i'm not going to lose it. and i'm an environmentalist. a lot of people don't understand that. >> reporter: the president flat-out refused to say whether he believed that climate change is happening as he left. >> do you believe in climate change? do you believe in climate change? >> and there is one other falsehood from the president that the white house had to deal with, and that was when the president said during that news conference that the first lady has met with the north korean dictator kim jong-un, but that's not true. the first lady has never met kim jong-un and the white house was forced to release a statement clarifying the record. >> all right. jim acosta in france for us, thank you very much. while president trump has been talking up russia's possible return to the g-7, vladimir putin has been launching nuclear-capable missiles and adding to fears about a new arms race. our senior international correspondent, fred pleitgen is joining us live from moscow right now. fred, putin was sending a clear
message to the united states. >> yeah, he certainly is. and it was quite remarkable to hear president trump talk so much today about the g-7 summit about how he wants russia back at that venue and wants to invite vladimir putin to the next summit in the u.s. don't expect a thank you from the russians, though. right now, what we're seeing from the kremlin is they're letting their army do the talking. here's what we're learning. >> reporter: tonight, vladimir putin is making good on his promise to strike back at the u.s., test firing nuclear-capable missiles from a submarine near nato's borders. vladimir putin's spokesman confirming they intend to beef up their forces after they pulled out of the treaty with russia and test fired their own missile. >> you have surely heard the president's instructions. thechb given. in general, there has been quite intensive activity lately. >> reporter: in a span of about 48 hours, russia has conducted a
flurry of military drills. fighter jets launching air-to-air missiles, flying out of occupied crimea. the army practicing the so-called stealth deployment of medium-range nuclear-capable eskarnd missiles in clinic grad, and practicing missile defense in the far east. all of this as president trump at the g-7 summit in france voiced his desire to invite russia to the next meeting to the group of leading industrial nations in the u.s. next year. french president emmanuel macron, however, acknowledging no consensus was reached with other leaders on the issue. president trump showing concern for putin's feelings. >> you know, he's a proud person. would i invite him? i would certainly invite him. whether or not he could come, psychologically, i think that's a tough thing for him to do. you have a g-8, now it's a g-7, and you invite the person that was thrown out, really by president obama, and really because he got outsmarted. >> reporter: but tonight, the kremlin is not even
acknowledging it wants back into the g-7. vladimir putin's top diplomat almost mocking president trump's advances. >> translator: we have nothing to do with it. we haven't asked anybody for anything. we found out about this from public statements of certain western colleagues. we haven't requested anything on this issue and are not going to. life goes on. >> reporter: meantime, as president trump's effort at diplomacy sputter, the military escalation continues. today, russia also announced it will soon re-arm old soviet-era bases on the black sea with new missiles. and wolf, the kremlin also making clear that that flurry of military activity that we've seen is not going to be a one-off. they say expect more drills in the future and the russians also saying that they're working on new and what they call invincible weapons to further challenge america. wolf? >> cnn's fred pleitgen in moscow for us, thanks very much.
joining us now, senator richard blumenthal, a democrat that serves on the armed services and judiciary committees. senator, thanks so much for joining us. let me get your immediate reaction this report that we just heard. are we starting to see the start of an arms race? >> we're certainly seeing vladimir putin taking advantage of weakness that has been demonstrated by president trump, his efforts to curry favor with vladimir putin are simply emboldening the russians to continue their buildup of armed forces. they violated the inf, they're building more submarines, they are seeking to rival us, militarily, and diplomatically and divide us. and the big winner of the g-7, in fact, maybe was vladimir putin, because all of these reversals and walkbacks and dodges not only sewed discord among our allies, there are so many pirouettes, it's almost as
if donald trump was auditioning for the ballet and vladimir putin has become his best friend. but militarily, diplomatically, economically, that counts for nothing to vladimir putin. >> the president is clearly very much open to inviting putin to the summit here in the united states next year. do you think he would follow through with that kind of invitation without the formal approval of the other g-7 members? >> predicting what donald trump may do is pretty hazardous. it will be in the united states. donald trump wants to do it at the doral, his own property, which would benefit him economically and financially to the tune of possibly millions of dollars. self-enrichment is a constant theme. and vladimir putin, as the star of that show, might be an additional attraction. but the point is that the majority of g-7 members voted putin and russia out, inviting
russia without their approval. our allies' approval would be a catastrophe. >> how do you come up with millions of dollars that potentially they would make if the g-7 were held at the doral country club down in florida? >> the doral country club is owned by the trump organization. donald trump is the owner of that organization and the direct beneficiary. and the expenditure of a lot of dollars, possibly in the millions, as a result of their having to stay there with security, with their aides, and accompanied staff would possibly be in the millions of dollars. but one way or the other, it would be an enormous financial boost to the doral. already has been in trump touting it as one of the best sites to have that kind of meeting. and it is and would be potentially a direct violation of the emoluments claus. the chief anti-corruption claus
of the united states constitution and we might well make it part of our lawsuit against the president, which is currently pending in court. >> let's get to china. the president first admitted that he had some second thoughts about the trade war, then the white house said he actually wanted higher tariffs on china. now the president sounds optimistic about striking a deal. do you see an actual strategy here unfolding? >> there is no strategy, wolf. and that is the really deep defect in our current policy or lack of policy. i spent the last couple of weeks going to businesses in the state of connecticut. just this morning, one of the global companies here with transactions and business around the world and they are deeply concerned about the apparent lack of strategy, the confusion and chaos, the whiplash in our policy. first calling xi an enemy, now they're great friends, they're back at the negotiating table, but who knows where it will go.
and they have to make decisions about future investment. many of them are inclined to support donald trump, because of his apparent success in economic policy, but right now there is increasing chaos and confusion in that policy, especially in the trade war with china. and as one of them told me, trade wars are not easy to win, whatever donald trump thinks. >> your republican colleague, senator lindsey graham, the chairman of your judiciary committee says the country just has to, in his words, accept the pain that comes with standing up to china. how do you respond to that? >> he's right, there's pain, because these tariffs are, in fact, a tax on our consumers and our businesses. but what's lacking, in fact, is a strategy. pain without a strategy is unproductive and wasteful and a deep disservice to our country. so i would think that businesses
and leaders of our economy, as well as consumers, will be increasingly unhappy with that pain. >> the president says there's a good chance he'll meet with the iranian president, hassan rouhani, but president trump has met personally with kim jong-un three times. as you know, nothing much seems to have come of that, at least not yet. would anything be different, do you believe with iran? >> certainly i would hope so, because diplomacy is always preferable to fighting and military use of force. and if there is a prospect for some kind of success fful negotiations, we should welcome it. the chances of success given the history of this administration, whether it's in north korea or the mideast or elsewhere seems pretty dim. but diplomacy and talks is always preferable to fighting and the threat of arms. >> what does it say to you that
the president skipped the g-7 session on climate change? the other six leaders were there. there was an empty chair where he was supposed to sit. >> the power of television in the visual was so graphically demonstrated by that picture. you know, a picture is worth a thousand words. the empty chair at a climate change meeting, when literally the planet is burning in brazil, when climate change is uppermost in the minds of many, many americans who truly believe that it is caused by man and has to be addressed by all of us, that kind of abdication and absence of leadership is a profound disservice to our nation and our national security. because as our military leaders will tell you, and i know from my experience on the committee,
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tonight, president trump se heading home from the g-7 summit in france, where he had raised questions about attending. his performance in france was filled with conflict and contradictions. let's bring in our analyst. and david swerdlick, let me play you some clips of what the president had to say on some veil pressing issues. >> i can confirm that the first lady loved your french wine. the first lady has gotten to know kim jong-un. with doral, we have a series of magnificent buildings. we call them bungalows. >> each country can have their own villa. president putin outsmarted president obama. would i invite him? i would certainly invite him. you're talking about global economic instability. >> right. >> i don't consider it instability. sorry! it's the way i negotiate. i'm an environmentalist. a lot of people don't understand that. i'm not going to lose that wealth. i'm not going to lose it on -- on dreams. on windmills. which, frankly, aren't working too well. i think iran wants to get this
situation straightened out. now, is that based on fact or based on gut? that's based on gut. we're going to see how it all turns out. maybe it works, maybe it doesn't. i say that all the time about everything. maybe it works and maybe it doesn't. >> we should clarify, the white house later pointed out that melania trump had never actually met with kim jong-un, despite what the president had earlier said. what did you make of his presentation at this g-7 summit? >> three things, wolf. first, i like california wine better than french line, so i disagree with the president there. second, that set of clips that you played was just sort of a random sampling of the president doing what he does well, which is just spitballing, throwing things against the wall and seeing what sticks. but it adds up to him not having a coherent vision of the world's top leaders. specifically at the g-7 was his comments about blaming president obama for crimea being annexed by russia. and i thought that was really an
abdication of leadership. presidents blame their predecessors for stuff. but this was a situation where, yes, president trump inherited a problem, but, no, it was not a problem of president obama's creation. russia annexed crimea. president obama had the choice of arming the ukrainians, not doing anything, or doing what he did, which was getting european leaders together, those same leaders that were in the room, and sanctioning the russias. that's what he did. president trump never addressed why he said that vladimir putin outsmarted president obama. it was tacky and it was inaccurate. >> yeah, he was really going after president obama on multiple occasions, at least in recent weeks. you heard, susan, the president say that he's open to inviting putin to the next g-7 summit, which will be held in the united states and will be really only a few weeks away from the 2020 presidential election. what would the potential implications of that become request. >> the potential implications are quite large and none of them are good for the u.s. as david alluded to, the reason why the russians were kicked out
of the then g-8, now g-7, is because they invaded another country. they annexed territory by force. this is unacceptable behavior. it's behavior that requires and demands a really, really forceful response. and this combination of sanctions and expulsion was the international response to that activity. for trump to be openly musing, letting them back in is one way of saying he doesn't think the russians should be punished, he doesn't think it was a big deal what they did in crimea, by the way, a position he's had since the 2016 election, all throughout. so it's going to embolden trump moving forward. it's also the part of the trend of absolute baffling behavior by trump toward putin. why would you give this away in exchange for nothing? that doesn't mean there's some sort of circumstances that letting them back in would make sense. but this is trump giving this away, putting this out on the world stage as a sweetheart gift
to putin. and you have to ask why this person who built himself as this great negotiator is giving this stuff away right and left in a way that does not serve any american. >> great spoiler alert. susan asked a question. she said, why is he always so nice to vladimir putin? maybe it's because vladimir putin helped him win the 2016 election. you know, remember the mueller report way back in march? this is a real thing that happened. and somehow the idea that the president is unaware or ungrateful or uninvolved in the gift that president barack obama ga -- that vladimir putin gave him, to defeat hillary clinton, why isn't that enough of an explanation of why he is endlessly solicitous of vladimir put putin? >> did you get some clarity on where the u.s. is heading with putin right now? specifically inviting putin to
come to the next g-7 and once again, rebranding it as a g-8? >> i mean, clearly trump was shooting from the hip here, right? i think it's too early to say if the white house is really serious about this. a lot of aides behind the scenes questioning what the heck is going on, right? but what we can say from this is that trump clearly feels like these investigations that have sort of haunted him for his first two years of his presidency, that they've cleared. and that he doesn't need to worry about them anymore. that's one of the reasons why he's up there saying, i'm going to bring russia. this politically might not be good for him, but i'm going to talk about bringing russia to the u.s. when i host the g-7. and not only that, in this press conference, he was giving, you know, he was talking about his own business and talking about bringing the g-7 to his own company in miami, one of his own resorts. and that is 100% against the constitution's emoluments clause, which prohibits the president from taking money from foreigners. >> let me get toobin in on this. he's our legal expert. you hear the words "emoluments
clause" in the constitution. you heard the president make an extended pitch as to why the doral resort down in miami would be the best place to hold the g-7 summit a year from now. what do you think? >> well, you know, the president has been grifting off of the presidency from the day he took office. i mean, think about all of the thousands of dollars that are spent at trump tower in new york, at the resort in new jersey, at mar-a-lago, all of which he owns. and the federal government, all the service agents, all the press that go down there have to spend money at his resorts. so his attempt to bring a much bigger convention, in effect, to his struggling doral resort is of a piece with how he's handled the presidency. it is characteristic that we don't really know the scope of the emoluments clause. the emoluments clause was put in by the framers because they didn't want the original american elected officials to be tempted by the money from old europe in the 18th century.
there has never been a president where this has been a problem before. there are now lawsuits working their way through the courts, but this is just a demonstration of how unprecedented this grifting that the president has been doing since january of 2017 is just like now standard operating procedure. >> susan, you're our legal analyst also. >> look, the original sin of this administration was the president's failure to divest from his personal business. ever since he made that decision and the american public decided to let him get away that, congress decided to let him get away with this astonishing thing, president trump has been using the powers of his office to line his own pocketbooks and that of his family and his cronies. and it is an anathea to basic american values, not to mention the constitution. >> you heard the president say the presidency is costing him somewhere between $3 billion and $5 billion that he would have made if he had not been president of the united states. all right. stick around. a lot more we're following.
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error. 5.7%. and it's clearly in conflict with the cnn poll last week, which had biden at 29%, sanders, 15, elizabeth warren, at 14%. so what do you make of this? >> yeah, it's early in the race, right? polls will change. and as we knew from 2016, sometimes they can be wrong. but if you take this at face value, it's clear, a couple of things. number one, joe biden is no longer your front-runner if this poll is correct. and he's been the front-runner this whole time. sort of pitching himself as the candidate who could beat trump, most likely to beat trump, this electability argument. now, over time, we have seen in polling that although a lot of democrats want to prioritize somebody who can beat trump and that they're certain can beat trump over, say, their positions on medicare for all, that number of people sort of emphasizing that electability has gone down. and perhaps you're seeing that in this poll. the other thing that stands out to me is warren. she's a hot commodity right now. her trajectory has been straight up. she's perhaps the only person in this race that has just continued to grow and grow and
grow. and we've seen that not just in this poll, but all around, she's really a standout. >> and take a look at some of the rally she's -- a pretty big crowd. there are thousands of people that have gathered for her, and that's a marked contrast to so many of the other democratic candidates, who sometimes get a few hundred. >> as rachael said, it's early in the race, things will shift. whether senator warren is up now, it might not be that she's up later. but she's clearly built steady momentum. and i think that explains the differences in those polls. the cnn poll and the monmouth poll are very reputable polls. i think what accounts for the difference and why you should sometimes do averages is you see someone like senator warren slowly rising in all of these polls, even though this is the first one that shows her tied with vice president biden and senator sanders. i will note, wolf, if you look at the cross tabs of this new poll, the thing that's consistent from the other poll is that she's still behind sanders and biden with non-white
voters. she's actually got a lead among white voters, but with non-white voters, she's still trying to build some momentum. >> can i disagree with david a little bit? come on, that 298 sample, that's a rinky dink poll. sorry, i mean, monmouth has often done good work, but i think that poll itself is kind of a joke. however, i don't think the elizabeth warren crowds are a joke at all. if you look at the last three presidency ele presidents elected, donald trump, barack obama, george w. bush, very different people in every respect. but when they ran for president especially the first time, they had tremendous enthusiasm and big crowds. big crowds matter. and the fact that warren is getting them and other candidates are not, i think that really does tell you something. >> yeah, no, i think that's right, jeffrey. i tend to agree with you, you would like a bigger sample. in this case, the crowd matter, but i think part of that is because senator warren has been able to build steadily behind
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tonight, there appears to be new vigilance on the part of the public about forwarding potential has shootings of domestic terror attacks. let's bring in cnn justice correspondent jessica schneider. jessica, the fbi says more people are calling in tips since the el paso and dayton massacres. >> that's right, wolf. in fact, in the week following those back-to-back mass shootings, there were 16,000 more tips than usual. and while the fbi says the numbers do fluctuate, this sudden spike seems to show that people are paying attention and alerting authorities when something seems troubling. tonight, the fbi is reporting a 72% uptick in tips called into its national threat operation center in wake of the mass shootings in el paso and dayton. the first full week of august
following the attacks, 38,000 calls came into the fbi, compared with an average call volume of 22,000 per week. the fbi cautions that not all tips turn into full-fledged investigations or arrests, but the fbi welcomes the call volume, encouraging the public to remain vigilant and report any and all suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately. >> people are finally paying attention in understanding that any one of these events can happen 24/7, 365, and anyone in this country, unfortunately, can be affected by one. >> reporter: and while the fbi isn't linking any of the shootings to the uptick, two dozen people have been arrested since august 4th for making threats or stockpiling weapons. 25-year-old james patrick reardon threatened to carry out a shooting inside an ohio jewish community center and posted about his plans on instagram, according to the police. a local officer were shown the instagram post and reardon was quickly arrested. he has pleaded not guilty.
>> the defendant is 22 years old. >> reporter: in connecticut, brandon wagshaw was arrested after an anonymous call to the fbi tip line revealed he was allegedly trying to purchase large-capacity magazines from out of state. police say he also posted on facebook about his interest in carrying out a mass shooting. and in florida -- >> do you have any weapons we need to know about? >> reporter: 25-year-old trystan scott wicks was arrested in a parking lot after his ex-girlfriend alerted police that he had sent her several texts, allegedly threatening a mass shooting. experts say it shows the power of people paying attention. >> we need to have a reporting system and know that it's okay and actually it's required for us to move the needle on this. >> most of the tips that come into the fbi, they're filtered through the national threat operation center. that's in west virginia. and once they come in, they're assessed and analyzed, and depending on the threat, they could be passed on to local law enforcement. so wolf, it is possible that
many of these increased tips that came in that first full week of august, they may have been passed on or really prompted some of those arrests that we saw that seemed like a spike in those arrests in the last few weeks of august. >> as they say, you see something, you say something. that's good advice for a lot of people out there. jessica, thanks for that report. just ahead, we're going to get a new forecast on tropical storm dorian and whether it's on track to be a hurricane that could bring more damage, more misery to puerto rico. and we'll also hear directly from justice ruth bader ginsburg, just days after we learned she was treated for pancreatic cancer. i have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. now, there's skyrizi. 3 out of 4 people achieved... ...90% clearer skin at 4 months... ...after just 2 doses. skyrizi may increase your risk of infections... ...and lower your ability to fight them. before treatment your doctor should check you for infections and tuberculosis. tell your doctor if you have an infection... ...or symptoms such as fevers,... ...sweats, chills, muscle aches or coughs... ...or if you plan to or recently received a vaccine.
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tonight, tropical storm dorian is gaining strength as it heads towards the caribbean islands, threatening to become the second hurricane of the season. residents of puerto rico are especially on edge right now, as the island is still suffering from the hurricane maria disaster. our meteorologist jennifer gray is in the cnn severe weather center. jennifer, what's the latest forecast for dorian? >> it could be a hurricane as early as tomorrow and it could become a category 1 as it makes its brush by puerto rico. right now with winds of 60 miles per hour, with gusts of 70, moving to the west-northwest at 14 miles per hour. now, it will impact the wind ward islands as we go through tonight. we have tropical storm watches
and warnings in place. we even have the tropical storm watches in place for puerto rico. and as this continues to push to the west, it's going to be very interesting to see what happens when it makes that interaction with hispaniola. we have very tall mountain peaks there. a lot of times, it can tear up these storms. and so on the other side of that, we'll have to see how well it can regain its strength and how strong it will be once it makes that interaction with the united states. but by puerto rico, could be a category 1 with 80-mile-per-hour winds and then all of south florida inside that cone of uncertainty by the time we get to the middle part of the weekend. spaghetti models all in agreement, pretty much, on where exactly it's going to go. the question is, just how strong is it going to be? it is going to have a little bit of wind shear as well as that interaction with hispaniola. so we aren't quite sure exactly how strong it's going to be. could be tropical storm to category 1 by the time it makes that landfall, some time -- somewhere in the southeast united states, most likely south
florida so there is the rainfall for puerto rico. and then as it spreads to the north, continuing to watch it. but like we always talk about, this cone of uncertainty, you've got to look at both sides of it, not just that center track. anywhere in the southeast united states should be on the look out. what to expect with puerto rico. conditions will deteriorate midweek, heavy rain and gusty winds, wolf? >> we'll watch it together with you. jennifer, thank you very much for that update, potentially a very, very serious problem. just ahead, justice ruth bader ginsburg appears strong, making a speech just days after the supreme court announced she had recently been treated for pancreatic cancer. america's most loved pizza.der hot and fresh, and right to your door. every day at marco's, get two medium, one-topping pizzas for just $6.99 each. hello to the italian way. hello primo.
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