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captioning sponsored by cbs >> quijano: president trump moving forward with russia. in a sunday tweet storm mr. trump insists he strongly pressed vladimir putin on election meddling, what now? plus the newly revealed meeting between members of the first family and a russian lawyer with kremlin connections. also tonight, wildfires explode in the west. fueled by record heat. >> celebrations in the street of mosul as iraq's prime minister declares victory over isis. and the legal battle over a terminally ill british baby. is he coming to the u.s. for an experimental treatment? >> we don't live with what if, we don't want to know without this opportunity.
>> this is the this is the "cbs weekend news." >> quijano: good evening, i'm elaine quijano. if president trump was jet lagged from his four day trip to europe, he showed no sign of it sunday morning when he fired off another round of tweets. mr. trump defended his face to face meeting with vladimir putin, insisting he the russian leader about meddling in the election. the prominent members of the president's own party said he didn't press putin hard enough. paula reid is at the white house. >> reporter: the president returned from the g20 summit saturday. this morning he triumphantly tweeted the trip was a great success am he also shared details about his highly anticipated meeting with russian president vladimir putin. saying he pressed putin twice on russian meddling in our election and that they discussed forming an empen trabl cybersecurity unit. but mr. trump acknowledged they did not discuss sanctions and knock will be done until
ukrainian and syrian problems are solve. senator rubio responded tweeting partnering with putin on a cybersecurity unit is akin to partnering with assad on a chemical weapons unit. fellow republicans questioned the president's approach to putin. senator lindsey graham. >> two hours and 15 minutes of meetings, tillerson and trump are ready to forgive and forget when it comes to cyberattacks on the american election of 2016. >> reporter: on face the nation senator john mccain said russia still needs to be punished. >> yes, it's time to move forward but there has to be a price to pay. >> why does there have to be a price? >> otherwise he will be encouraged to do so again. >> reporter: on saturday it was reported that donald trump, jr. and jared kushner met with a russian lawyer with connections to the kremlin on june 9th. donald trump, jr. released a statement confirming the meet being russian adoption programs and that he was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance but was not told the name of the person before hand.
as the senate heads back to work tomorrow, the president faces another divide within his own party over its promise to replace obamacare. the current senate bill is not expected to get enough votes leaving republicans with a choice between repealing the law without a replacement or working with democrats on a new deal. elaine. >> paula reid, thanks. following a presidential tweet storm it's always good to get the insights of our chief washington correspondent and "face the nation" host john dickerson. i spoke with him earlier. john, on twitter sunday the president offered his own readout of the putin meeting writing i strongly pressed president putin twice about russian med eling in our election, he vemently denighted it. it is time to move forward working constructively with russia. what are the implications of that as a statement of the administration position. >> it is a bit of attention with itself. on the one hand the president wants toker cloo up any miss impression anybody may have about how tough i was on the russians which is to say he wants to make sure people
believe the actions he took in that comeet meeting with commencement with the offense if that is the case, then it would seem at odds with that that he wants to move on because this is an issue so serious that he had to press the russian president twice. the president talked about a joint cyberunit with the russians which has gotten some derisive comments from democrats and republicans since he announced it he also tweeted about that this morning. >> quijano: on that point, what audience is the president targeting with the announcement of that cybersecurity unit. >> i suppose it is the audience that he always is targeting which is his supporters and his argument is that this is a big development, this is a take away from the warm relations he was able to create with the russians. and it was clear as we discussed in our panel today that the objective here both from the president and the secretary of state was to present a picture of a very warm, cordial, mutually respectable relationship between the
president and vladimir putin. >> r 1 ose 0 : john dickerson in washington for us, thanks. >> thanks, elaine. >> the ceasefire broker by the u.s. --a and joshedan took effect today in southwest syria. several cease fairs had been declared over the course of syria's six-year civil war. none have lasted long. across the border today iraq's comim declared victory over isis and mosul. holly williams has been covering the nine month bat toll free the city. >> the jubilant in mosul, they have driven the extremists out. but it's come at a price. after nine months of fighting, the city lies in ruins. as iraqi forces clear the neighborhoods under the extremist control, civilians had to run the gauntlet of isis snipers and suicide bombers. we were there when the mosul offensive began in october.
>> these kurdish fighters are trying to move in that direction and retake the main road to mosul. >> when iraqi forces cleared the extremists from christian towns on the city's outskirts. that sounds like quite a lot of resistance. and then forged into the heart of mosul. but as isis faced inevitable defeat in mosul, attention quickly shifted to raqqa. the so called isis capital across the border in syria. where u.s. backed forces have the extremists surrounded. when we made it to the city two weeks ago, we found neighborhoods freed from isis deserted and eerie. and a new town north of raqqa we met naeen al azraq without says he was an iceician fighter before he ran away last month.
>> he told us he is ashamed. he came here from tunisia, he said but now faces prison when he goes home. isis has murdered and raped its way across iraq and syria. but as they rapidly lose territory, the extremists have been reduced to this. a young man crying with self-pity. holly williams, cbs news, is stand beul. >> quijano: here in the u.s. more than three dozen large wildfires are burning across the west. in california alone at least 5,000 firefighters are battling more than a dozen large fires. the region is also facing a major heat wave. mireya villarreal has the latest. >> reporter: this is what it is like when fast-moving flames jump a highway. residents had little time to react as a wildfire near santa barbara quickly grew to thousands of acres.
strong winds fueled the whittier fire forcing hundreds to evacuate including nearly 90 children attending summer camp. everyone got out safely but at least 20 structures have been destroyed. a much larger fire continues to burn just to the north where the alamo fire has now scorched more than 20,000 acres. fire captain dave zaniboni. >> we thought we had a good line on it, the winds picked up, a strong north, north easterly wind t jumped the line. >> the ranch owner had to quickly backpack up and evacuate. >> appeared to be okay and then we looked up and there was a big black cloud. >> that is also what residents faced north of sacramento. >> i can't belief what i am seeing. >> over 4,000 acres have burned in the wildfire. >> the wind was shifting bad last night t was going one way then the other. those firefighters had their handsful. >> at least ten buildings have burned to the ground with no
containment in sight. in los angeles record-setting temperatures are being blamed for another major fire. a transformer that exploded knocking out power to 140,000 customers. there have been no deaths in any of these fires but there have been several injuries. elaine, to put this year in perspective, so far there have been 2100 fires in california, that's up 22% from this time last year. mireya villarreal, thanks. new york's governor calls it a quote summer of hell, and it begins first thing monday morning for commuters at one of the world's busiest transportation hubs. penn station is finally undergoing much needed repairs. demarco morgan is there. >> a train derailment thursday night was the third in recent months at north america's busiest transit hub. penn station commuters have also weathered a raw sewage leak. now extensive track work means more misery. >> some people have labeled it the summer of hell.
the way we look at it is it is the summer of renewal for the station. >> amtrak c.e.o. says the project will last eight weeks within the track work is complex. trains are running around you 24/7. you can't go up because of the wires. you know, it is just a very difficult work environment. >> crews have already started the work but to finish it, three to five of the station's 21 tracks have to be shut down until september 1st, forcing amtrak to cancel three daily trains to and from washington and reroute several others. some through grand central located on the other side of town. >> to long island railroad also will cancel some trains. riders are being encouraged to use buses, ferries and the subway. >> for me there is no other option. like i'm not going to divert my trip. i can't. it just makes no sense for me. >> some commuters are giving up on public transportation for the rest of the summer. >> best thing you can do is probably drive.
>> the test comes tomorrow morning, elaine on a normal day penn station sees 600,000 passengers. >> demarco morgan, thank you. larry nassar a former doctor at michigan state university and u.s.a. gymnastics has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to federal child pornography charges. the lancing state journal reports nassar has signed the preagreement. nassar is also accused of sexually assaulting girls and young women at michigan state and u.s.a. gymnastics events. he is due in court next month. >> now the latest on charlie guard, the parents of the terminally ill british baby are trying to get him to the u.s. for an experimental treatment. there is a hearing in london tomorrow. pope francis and president trump have already weighed in and as tony dokoupil reports, congress may be next. >> let's get charlie. >> if he is still fighting, we're still fietding. >> connie yates and chris gard rallied support for their son charlie on sunday extending a
campaign to move the 11 month old to america after doctors and judges in england determined that charlie should be taken off life-support. >> they're not specialists in charlie's condition. the specialists are in america where we want to go. >> reporter: he was born healthy but a severe genetic condition soon left him blind, deaf and unable to breathe. his doctors saw no hope for recovery. but on friday, instead of removing charlie's breathing tubes, charlie's hospital asked the courts for a fresh hearing in light of new evidence relating to potential treatment. >> we've been fighting with medication since november, he is our son, our flesh and blood he deserves a chance. >> that chance could come via new york press we terrian hospital and columbia university medical center. doctor there have offered to try an experimental drug if charlie can be safely and legally transferred or the drug can be shipped to london. this is not considered a cure. congress mng brad wenstrup and trent franks want charlie to have a chance in the u.s. regard ltsdz of what the courts
>> we take you now to tangier island virginia in the chesapeake bay, the 500 people who live there have a sinking feeling and they want the president to help. chip reid paid a visit. >> tangier island in the middle of the chesapeake bay rises only a faw feet above the surrounding waves. an hour by boat from the mainland, about 500 people live here. jamessesqueridge is the mayor of tangier, his family has been here for generations. they've watched it gradually sink under the waves. >> if we get a severe nor'easter or something, you can make a mark with the shoreline is and after the storm you go out and the mark is well offshore.
>> it's happening that fast. >> happening that fast. >> since 1850 the island has lost 66 percent of its land. in about a hundred years, it's all expected to be underwater. researchers say one cause is rising sea level due to climate change but tangier's more immediate problem is something called wave-induced erosion. the island is literal leigh being washed away by the waves and will eventually disappear. >> we need help from the erosion. >> help looks like this. a rock wall but it will cost an estimated 20 to 30 million dollars which they don't have. >> do you think if the president told congress i want to save tangier island, it would be safe. >> i do. i do indeed. >> 87% of the island's residents voted for mr. trump, eskridge says that is in part because of his pledge to cut federal regulations. in june the president took notice of the island's support and gave the mayor a call. >> we have been discussing sea level rise and he said tangier's
been here for unhundreds of years and will be here for hundreds more. >> the president's call triggered other calls to the island but these were different. some condemned the people here for seemingly agreeing to the president's controversial view of climate change. he has called it a hoax. >> regardless of whether climate change is manmade, you feed something to happen tomorrow. >> yeah, we're to the point now that we need help immediately. >> mayor eskridge says he is tired of studies of tangier island. he says the last one took about 20 years and that is about how long they just might have before they have to start evacuating the island, chip reid, cbs news, on the potomac river. >> quijano: still ahead, google isn't only mapping streets. the tech giant is also mapping air pollution.
>> quijano: this weekend tesla c.e.o. he long musk posted the first photo of the highly anticipated model 3. the new electric car is exeped to roll out to customers later this month. nearby in the san francisco bay area, google is not only mapping streets but also air pollution. john blackstone has the story. >> in oakland, california, the google cars that collect maps and photographs of city streets
have also been collecting air, measuring pollution, block by city block. >> these are sampling gases like ozone, no, no2, co2, met anne. >> melissa lunden is chief scientist with aclima the company that built the equipment added to google's street view cars. >> you see the traffic, you see the streets, you can see the air pollution. and that data is uploaded to the internet in realtime. >> the result is a detailed map that shows exactly where the air in oakland is most po lawsuited. >> this hot-- poll outed. >> this hot spot is a hundred meters of that road persistent over a year. >> in the future this could provide city maps that show pollution level ms. the same way we see traffic jams on smartphones. >> this suggests if i walk down one block in the city here, you get halfway down the block the air will get worse. >> exactly. could you also take this kind of data and give a biking route or a walking route or a route to school where you would minimize
your exposure to pollutants. >> we now have an ability to really make that pollution visible to everybody. >> steve hamburg is with the environmental defense fund which helps pay for the pollution mapping project. he says detailed pollution maps could even impact real estate prices. >> you don't right now know what you are buying. this will make it transparent. that puts more pressure again, let's fix these problems. >> it's a technology that makes visible what is now mostly invisible and when it comes to air pollution, what you can't see can hurt you. >> john blackstone, cbs news, oakland. >> quijano: up next, a water park for everyone including those with special needs.
within we end tonight at morgan's inoperation island in san antonio, texas. it's billed as the world's first ultra accessible water park and it's open for business. omar villafranca takes us there. >> an afternoon at a water park is one of the best ways to cool down. something ten year old hayden young has never enjoyed.
until today. >> are you having fun. >> yes! >> the fifth grader with cerebral palsy is splashing around at morgan's inspiration island in san antonio, the first water park built for all kids, even ones in wheelchairs. >> yay. >> the water park features accessible splash pads, a river ride built for wheelchairs and even has a first of its kind waterproof wheelchair powered by compressed air. >> how long from idea to this place being built? >> about three years. >> the park was created by san antonio businessman goredon hartman. he came up with the idea after watching other children at a pool party shun his special needs daughter because of her disability. >> the way she looked at me, that look, of dad, i don't understand. she couldn't tell me. she could tell me with her eyes and she did. and that stuck with me. >> hartman turned to doctors. therapists and people with special needs to create the four acre, 17 million dollar park.
he opened it this summer and named it after his daughter, morgan. >> i want to have a life of significants in a bigger wayment i couldn't ask for anything, morgan has taught me so much. this has taught me so much. >> hartman also made the park financially accessible. disabilitied guests like 7 year old rhaya edison get into the park for free. >> this is the first time you have been here. >> yes. >> and how many more times do you want to come back this summer. >> seven. >> what is it like to see hayden in the water just being a ten year old kid. >> oh, it's so much fun. is he having such a great time. it's making him happy, makes me happy. >> happy and cool. in a place where kids can beat the heat and their limitations. >> omar villafranca, cbs news, san antonio. >> quijano: what a wonderful place. that is the cbs weekend news for this sunday. this sunday. later on cbs, "60 minutes."
>> i'm natasha brown, next on eyewitness news a deadly stabbing in moorestown, new jersey. how a deadly shooting became a crime scene. >> and spca sparking a spire. i'm anita oh in newcastle, delaware. how many animals were affecte affected. >> get out and enjoy your evening. changes are coming this week.