tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC March 21, 2016 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
>> a lot of good dancing ahead. "world news" is coming up next. tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight" from cuba. the president making history here, proclaiming the united states and cuba are no longer enemies. standing side-by-side with president raul castro. the extraordinary moment. castro taking questions from reporters. pressed on human rights. and the uncomfortable moment with president obama. and right after, my exclusive interview with the president. we asked, what was said inside that room with raul castro? you were in that room, do you trust president castro? do you believe that he truly wants change here? we also asked the president about criticism back home and about the arrests of dissidents right here in cuba, even as he arrived, as he now prepares for his historic speech to the people of cuba. also tonight, donald trump, facing tough new questions about the violence breaking out at his rallies. trump defending his supporters.
what he's now saying tonight, and we ask president obama about trump's prediction of riots, if the republican party tries to stop him. also breaking, new video of the terror takedown. the most wanted man, after the paris attacks. good evening tonight from havana, where we witnessed an historic moment today. president obama standing side-by-side with cuban president raul castro, saying the united states and cuba are no longer enemies. a thaw, decades after the cold war ended. but there were tense moments here today. the two leaders did not always see eye to eye. there was the handshake between the american president and the president of cuba, and then, a private meeting between the two. and then, a very rare, a true sign of the shift here, news conference. raul castro taking questions along with president obama. and castro did not hide his criticism of the united states. and, in another unexpected
moment at the end of the news conference, raul castro reaches for president obama's arm there. it made for an awkward moment, with much of the world watching. a short time after arriving here in cuba, our exclusive walk with president obama through old havana. and tonight, right here, our new interview with him. we sat down with him just a short time ago, after his meeting with raul castro. and we begin tonight with what it was like in that room. you have said that you would speak candidly with president castro about the serious differences you have with the cuban government, particularly on human rights and on democracy. so, take us inside that room today. what did you tell president castro that needs to change here in cuba? >> well, what i indicated to him was that, for 50 years, they have used american aggression, or interests in regime change, as the excuse for why they had to guard against dissent inside of cuba. and as normalization occurs,
that excuse is taken away. what i indicated to him is that we can't force changes on cuba, but what we can do and will continue to do is to stand up for the rights that we consider to be universal. >> you heard president castro late today. he said, give me a list of political prisoners, and i'll release them. will you give him a list? >> well, the truth of the matter is, we've given him lists in the past. and they have responded intermittently to our engagement. >> you were in that room, do you trust president castro? do you believe that he truly wants change here? >> i believe that president castro truly wants change. i do not believe that president castro wants to upend the ruling party or the system that they have. >> president castro seemed to be defending himself, his record on human rights today, and he went further, saying, i find it inconceivable that a government does not find a right to secure health care, food provision and
equal pay. >> yeah. >> what did you make of that? >> well, look, this is an argument that, i think, the cubans make whenever they hear criticism from the united states. their argument is that, okay, we may be, in your view, short on some democratic practices, on the other hand, you guys still engage in the death penalty, or racial discrimination, and they'll tick off a list. >> but when he says health care, does he have a point? >> well, here's the point. that we should not use our shortcomings as a way of deflecting the kinds of repression that happens here. >> the two making history, standing side-by-side. raul castro taking questions. and taking hold of president obama's arm unexpectedly. >> if you think about today's
press conference, as far as i can tell, that may be the first time that raul castro's ever stood in front of not just u.s. press, but also cuban press and answered questions. and that could not have happened unless we had changed this policy. >> you plan to meet with dissidents here. >> yeah. >> did you choose the list? >> absolutely. >> did cuba have a hand in it? >> no. we were very clear that we're going to meet with who it is we want to meet. >> you're aware of some of the numbers, mr. president. by some estimates, 1,400 people arrested in january alone, setting a new high. 500 of them women. in fact, the arrests are higher since you announced normalizing relations with cuba. >> right. >> even arrests as you were arriving here in havana. does that concern you? >> well, it does concern me, and, you know, my view is that people have a right to express their differences. now, one of the things i said to president castro, and i truly believe in this, is that if they
were less fearful of dissent, that not only might they be able to improve governance here, but i suspect that they could enhance their legitimacy in the eyes of the cuban people. >> will you meet with fidel castro? >> you know, if his health was good enough that i could meet with him, i'd be happy to meet with him. just as a symbol of the end of, or, the closing of this cold war chapter in our mutual histories. it's not clear to me what the state of his health is. >> so, it could happen. >> i have no idea. >> so many americans back home are asking us, which is, what's the bottom line here on tourism in cuba? a lot of families want to come visit, not solely as a one to one exchange, but to drink a mojito, smoke a cigar, go to the beach. when do you see that happening? >> i think it's going to be happening very soon. the changes we made allow individuals now to come here for educational purposes.
we now have an agreement where cruise lines can travel from the united states directly to havana. we have now direct u.s. flights to cuba. which will make it much easier to travel. but inevitably, it's going to happen, and when you think about the proximity, it took me no longer to get to havana than it does for me to get to miami from washington, d.c. >> calvin coolidge took a battleship to get here. >> it took a lot longer. >> back home, it is spring break season. a lot of children are home with their parents, and we've all noticed that you brought the first daughters with you. >> yeah. >> i'm curious what you have told them about the history they're witnessing, because their generation will not see cuba in the same way the rest of us do. >> no, it's really interesting. you know, last night at dinner, we talked about why it is that cuba occupied such a special place in the imagination of america. and trying to describe for them the cuban missile crisis, and how close we came to a nuclear
catastrophe. >> so, that's your lesson for them. we saw the image of malia helping you with spanish, though, in old havana. >> you know, her spanish is much better than mine. and i'm hoping that she has a chance to get entirely fluent. one of my big regrets that i was too much of a goof-off when i was in school to really -- to really perfect my spanish. >> the president and his daughter doing the translating in old havana. but back to that tense moment here today, two leaders forging a new partnership, but clearly not agreeing on everything. president castro denying that cuba holds political prisoners, and as you heard him say, he said, give me a list. these images showing the government here still tightly controlling dissent. protesters arrested just as president obama was arriving here in cuba last night. tomorrow, the president meets with dissidents. the president telling me he chose them, not castro. and abc's jonathan karl met with some of those dissidents who will be in the room, who will get their moment with president obama. jon with us in cuba tonight. and jon, you heard kals troe say, give me the list, i'll release them.
>> reporter: david, the simple fact is, cuba does hold political prisoners. in fact, just yesterday, only a few miles from this spot, 50 people, most of them women, were arrested as they tried to hold a silent protest. the three dissidents who i met with earlier today on the outskirts of havana know something about this. the three of them have spent a combined 27 years in cuban jails. and david, they told me today that the human rights situation here in cuba has actually gotten worse over the past year. >> jon karl with me here in cuba. jon, thank you. and much more from cuba later in the broadcast, including, when will americans be able to come here simply as tourists, not as part of an exchange? and the american hotels tonight, already announcing their new plans. we take you on a tour of havana tonight. but from the political headlines here to the race for the white house back home. tomorrow, voters head to the polls in three more key states, and tonight, donald trump in washington, defending his supporters and the fights, the violence breaking out at some of his rallies. trump turning the blame for this
incident in tucson back on the protesters. tonight here, i asked president obama what he maucks of trump's prediction, possible riots in the party tries to stop him in a contested convention. how the president responds in a moment. but first, abc's tom llamas on the campaign from washington. >> reporter: today, mr. trump goes to washington, working the city he hopes to call home. his motorcade pulling in for a meeting with influential republicans. some, including newt gingrich -- >> do you endorse him? >> we had lunch. >> reporter: -- ducking reporters on the way out. >> we had a great meeting. we had a really good meeting. >> reporter: the businessman today presenting himself as trump the statesman. but forced to answer questions about his violent rallies. this supporter arrested after punching and stomping a protester in arizona. trump defending the man's behavior, saying he was infuriated by another a protester dressed in a makeshift kkk outfit. >> this is an african-american t
kkk outfit. >> this is an african-american man, who is a supporter, who has a great family, and he has had enough. and i'll be honest with you, in this country, on a larger scale, the people of this country have had enough. >> reporter: ever the showman, trump holding his news conference at his new hotel. >> nobody asked about the hotel! >> reporter: even offering a job to an out of work veteran in the crowd. >> if we can make a good deal in the salary, she's going to probably have a job, okay? >> reporter: tonight, trump has to close a much tougher deal. appearing before the pro-israel aipac conference. hillary clinton today, seizing on trump's previous statement that he would be, quote, neutral when negotiating mideast peace. >> we need steady hands. not a president who says he's neutral on monday, pro-israel on tuesday and who knows what on wednesday, because everything's negotiable. >> reporter: tonight, trump clarifying his position. >> when i become president, the days of treating israel like a
second-class citizen will end on day one. >> reporter: david, like trump, governor john kasich and senator ted cruz are also speaking at the aipac conference tonight. they both want to take this race all the way to a contested convention in july. trump tells me today that he's ready for that. he has a professional team in place and a plan, if it has to come down to that. david? >> tom llamas with us from washington tonight. tom, thank you. i did ask president obama about donald trump and talk of possible riots. here's what the president said. i wanted to ask you about the political climate back home, because it's back in the news again today. you're aware that donald trump has predicted riots if the republican party tries to stop him, if there's a contested convention, saying, "i think you'd have riots. i'm representing many millions of people." predicting riots. i'm curious what you make of that. >> well, this is an issue that the republican party's going to have to work through. i've made very clear my view that there are boundaries to our
politics that make our democracy work. >> did he cross that boundary? >> i won't comment on any specific thing that mr. trump or anybody else said. there's an expectation that our leaders will not trumpet violence, or justify it. there's an expectation that those who run for the highest office seek to represent everyone, and not just some or appeal to an us versus a them, that there is an importance for us to be able to disagree without being disagreeable. >> president obama weighing in on the current political climate back home. overseas tonight, to belgium now, and chilling new clues from the interrogation of that suspect in the terror attacks in paris. new images tonight of the raid that took him down. several suspects fleeing the police, shots fired. the suspect, believed to be salah abdeslam, then taken into custody.
authorities already learning there may have been other terror attacks in the pipeline. we turn to the weather tonight, and to the nasty blast of winter, kicking off spring. snow from new jersey to maine, and a chill across the east coast. heavy, wet snow sparking a power line on new york's long island. a messy morning commute in massachusetts. so dangerous, boston schools closed. a school bus sliding into a snowy ditch in maine. and there is still much more on "world news tonight" as we're on the air in the west. the late development involving apple. did the fbi break into that iphone in the san bernardino killer case? also, the new iphone revealed today, and the tips for every american family with an old iphone. the one simple way to make money off that old phone. plus, the warning about drowsy truck drivers around you. the common medical condition blamed for so many crashes on the road. and the emotional reunion here in cuba. the professional ball player, home for the first time since leaving cuba for america. we'll be back with this special
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in havana, we have returned to find the old american vintage cars that drive through the streets of this city, but opportunity knocks, and the american hotel chains that are already waiting. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: as we drive around this city captured in time, there are plenty of changes in havana, too. the biggest? a surge in american tourism. >> we wanted to be here before too many big changes happen. >> reporter: hotels are near capacity. cubans like denzel renting rooms through airbnb and pocketing, in his case, $46 a night. airbnb now offering more than 4,000 rental properties across the island. a windfall for people who average a $20 a month salary. in this town, two and a half hours outside havana that has no hotels, today, airbnb going door to door, recruiting rooms for rent. both marriott and starward getting approval just this week to run several landmark havana hotels.
>> it's going to be a luxury collection, and it's going to happen, hopefully, at some point during this year. >> reporter: u.s. airlines competing to bring americans here. and one of the new things is that you can go mobile and be mobile. the internet has come to havana. it's as slow as the cars, but it's here. jim avila, abc news, havana. >> jim avila tonight. jim, thank you. and thank you for watching here on a monday night. more of our coverage of president obama's historic trip here. the big game tomorrow, the tampa bay rays are here in havana, and we'll take you to the stadium. i'm david muir. from all of us here at abc news, thanks for watching. good night.
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