i'm alisyn camerota. i'm live in brussels this morning. michaela pereira and john berman are in new york. breaking news in the terror investigation. belgian police conducting multiple raids throughout the capital. they have detained at least six suspects in connection with tuesday's bombings. also, the two unidentified attackers, the search for them is intensifying as the threat of more attacks hangs heavy over this city. the justice minister also admitting that they made major mistakes in terms of intelligence gathering. and we're also learning that a man arrested overnight by french police for an advanced stage terror plot is now linked to the paris attacks. all of this as secretary of state john kerry arrives in brussels. we will hear from him in just moments. let's begin with our senior international correspondent. nima, thank you for being here. tell us what's happened overnight with the arrests.
>> raids into the early hours. the search within those apartments continuing. we are starting to see a real pattern emerging in terms of how the raids play out. we want to give our viewers a glimpse into one of the overnight raids. take a look at this. overnight, a series of anticipate-terror raids in several belgian neighborhoods, all in connection with the brussels terror attacks. investigators sealing off streets, teams in hazmat gear storming this building. forensic experts appearing to concentrate on the third floor apartment. in a large-scale operation, police arresting at least six people, prosecutors say. three taken into custody right outside the prosecutor's office. in paris, authorities say they foiled an advanced stage terror attack. police arresting a high-level operative in the plot. u.s. warns of potential terror
threats across europe. they are aware of multiple isis plots in various stages of planning. fears of extremist swirling as two unidentified suspect in the brussels bombings remain on the loose. belgian state media reporting surveillance video shows a second unidentified man at the maalbeek metro station. this witness believes he may have spotted one of them. >> he was very nervous. you saw sweat he was very nervous. he was back and forth in the metro hall. back and forth, back and forth. >> authorities under fire after they admitted they had an opportunity to stop one of the airport bombers. bakraoui arrested in turkey last june >> translator: i think it is justified that someone asks how he was released early. we missed the chaps to detain
him in turkey. >> even though they have come down as the highest of three. in spite of that, they believe the threat is imminent, we are still seeing these operations, these raids. it is causing a lot of questions about the thought process through all of this really. >> they lowered the threat level given everything that's going on. we will have is a lot of questions for you, so stand by. six people detained in this series last night. new terror raids across brussels. authorities still scrambling to find the other two suspects, unidentified, who are still at large. fred pleitgen is in schaerbeek. >> hi, alisyn. this was the place that a large raid took place. forensics were on the scene core donning off a large part of the neighborhood. it's not clear if anyone was
arrested, a specific location right here. however, we have just gotten new information. apparently there was another anti-terror raid that happened in the early morning hours of today. it happened in the forrest neighborhood. it has been significant the past two weeks. it lasted tuesday. there was a police raid in the forrest neighborhood that discovered what then turned out to be a terrorist safe house. police at this stage are telling us in the newest raid that happened this morning, several people were also detained. it's unclear whether those people will remain in detention, whether or not they will be charged with anything. as nima said, all the raids going on in the past couple of hours have been in relation to the plots on the metro and on the airport as well. the latest that we're getting the breakdown of people arrested is that three people were detained in front of the federal prosecutor's office. it's unclear what will happen to them. two people were detained in a
raid. that also happened overnight. a lot of activity here in schaerbeek, which is a mays we have been reporting on the past were couple of days, where the weapons lab was on the airport and on the metro. police stepping up their efforts to try is and find those people who are at large and possibly unco cover the larger web that is possibly behind all of this, alisyn. >> okay, fred, we will stand by for more developments from you as you get them. meanwhile, french police arresting a man for plotting an advanced stage terror attack near paris. the suspect is linked to the paris attack ringleader. cnn's erin mclaughlin yesterday. >> they arrested 34-year-old french national kriket.
he was a wanted man, convicted in 2015 in a courtroom in belgium being involved in the highest recruitment network, sending fighters to syria and iraq. he was convicted alongside a suspected paris ringleader adel hamid abaaoud. they were both sentenced to 10 years in europe and 5,000 euros. neither were present for that trial. following kriket's arrest, authorities moved in on an apartment building on a suburb to the west of paris. they evacuated the building and sent in the bomb squad. according to french media reports, they found a number of weapons, as well as a small amount of explosives inside that building. at this hour, it's unclear how that important is is connected to kriket. authorities also not divulging details as to the nature of the terrorist plot. they say they foiled in the advanced stages.
we are expecting to get more information from the french prosecutor later today. alisyn. >> okay, erin, bring us that when you have it. here is what is so nerve-racking for the people of brussels and throughout europe. investigators say they are aware of more isis plots in europe in various stages of planning, possibly linked to the terror cells. evan perez is live in washington with more on that angle. evan, what do you have? >> intelligence sources including electronics intercepts and informants show additional attacks linked to the paris and brussels attackers are still in the works. during the raid of one apartment in recent days, authorities found in brussels that there were maps indicating targets that were being refined. but there is not enough information about the possible plots, which is why you see more general warnings about travel in europe. isis is known to give op actives
wide leeway in choosing targets of opportunity. there are at least dozens who are trained in syria and iraq is and now in europe. some of those op actives are believed to overlap with attackers in paris and belgium. the dozens of raids being carried out in brussels and france will disrupt these plans. yesterday belgium lowered its terror warning saying they believe the danger is high but not imminent. i'll tell you that surprised u.s. officials. they say they still have major concerns about the risk for additional attacks. alisyn. >> yes, that is surprising, evan. thank you very much for that reporting. okay. we want to bring back nima and fred pleitgen and bring in clarissa ward. let's talk about this admission from the interior minister who said, yes, basically for the first time, we made mistakes. there were omissions in our intelligence gathering.
>> we saw yesterday him offering his resignation. it is important to have unity in a sense that the government is functioning right now. we saw him, nima and i were just discussing, getting taken to task by a local anchor on a news tv program here. there is a sense that people want some accountability. it is very clear that many things slipped through the cracks. we heard from the family of naj najim lash rouy. we told authorities. now we are learning this raid in france, kriket also traveled to syria. why is it once we know the men have gone to syria, that intelligence are not better able to communicate when these men
are returning home. >> it is so maddening to know there might have been flags raised. as you have learned, it is systemic here in belgium. >> can you imagine being a mother, so desperate you are willing to turn in your own son. at the same time, the broader country still points the fingers at the parents and said you should have known. what did you do wrong? now we are hearing we have done everything we should have done and could have done. this is shaking belgium. while all the time we have this "spectre" of the potential for new raids. the reality is people here don't trust this government to keep them safe. >> fred, one of the eyebrow-raising things we learned yesterday from our local experts is there had been this rule here in belgium that the authorities could not conduct overnight raids. after 9:00 p.m., there were
raids. clearly they changed that last night. they conducted many raids. >> yeah. they certainly did. they conducted a lot of raids overnight. for the longest time that wasn't possible. after 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in the morning, they weren't allowed to enter houses to conduct raids because they got a lot of complaints. then the law was changed to ban the overnight raids. there is a lot of information out there. sometimes that information is actionable information. and the authorities simply weren't able to go and move forward. now they are able to do so. the problem still remains. it is something we hear from people again and again. not only families are coming with this information to the police. the problem is the sharing of that information between the different services, between the police and the intelligence services, between the police and federal police.
it is a real problem getting that information to where the authorities will actually act on it. that's clearly something that's been lagging not only in the run up to the paris attacks and these attacks but generally in the hunt for sal la abdeslam where clearly there was one raid the police went on, where they went to that house where they were clearly not to prepare to meet any sort of resistance there. it is a big problem. the sharing. the intelligence services speaking to each other. that's just in this country. you have to widen it to a european level, alisyn, where they are clearly not speaking to each other the way they need to share this information to make themselves more effective. >> clarissa, we have learned about some of the byzantine information sharing here in brussels. there are like six different municipalities. some speak different languages. >> the more you look into it, the more you understand the root of the disfunction. you have 19 different mayors.
six different police districts. two official languages. beyond that, we were talk to go people in molenbeek yesterday. they said there are is very few police who speak arabic. if you walk around molenbeek, the language you will here is arabic. a lot of this comes down to good old-fashioned police work. they started out as criminals, not jihadis. >> we have gone and talked to the people there. we had heard before going there it's a hotbed of extremism. maybe there are elements of that. people are trying to live their lives, trying to do the right thing. they say police come in. sit not a no go zone. police go in. but they can't always communicate. they can't always explain what information learn. it is really frustrating. >> what is the biggest indicator is that monthly especially beck
is a hub for organized crime. we're not just talking about radicalism. you're talking about this potentially lethal information. recruitment networks are targeting areas with propensity the for violence is. they come up through the criminal gangs. they have the know-how, they have the gangs. people were not able to stop criminality. how are they going to stop radicalism when they don't even speak the fundamental language? >> do we know how high up these people were? do we know what their connection is, who they are? >> that's absolutely unclear at the present time. so far police say they can't tell us anything. they to say that the raids were definitely connected to the attacks on the airport is and on the metro. they don't say specifically who the people are they arrested and what sort of connection these people had. and especially of course how high up these people are in the
ranking order if you will. of course at this point in time we know the main thing the police services are trying to do is capture the two people who are still unaccounted for at the airport as well as at the metro. but at the same time, they said from the very beginning they believe many more people could have been involved in this as well. is and many of those people could be linked to the brussels attack and paris attack. specific people arrested here overnight, we are still awaiting information on who they are, how significant they could be and whether they will remain in custody. the past couple of days many people have been detained who have been released because the police simply didn't have anything against them. >> very quickly, u.s. secretary of state john kerry has arrived in brussels. what's he doing here today? >> i think obviously this is a very important symbolic gesture. the u.s. wants to show bell scrum and the people of europe, we're with you. we feel your pain.
but there will be serious conversations about how can we improve information sharing, intelligence sharing? what can the u.s. bring to the table with advanced technology, advance said signal intelligence that we can cooperate together working as sort of western communities particularly vulnerable to the terrorist attacks in light of the intelligence we're hearing from recent u.s. officials. essentially wanting to improve the communication, al sip. >> clarissa, nima, fred, stand by. we will have more from brussels ahead. back to michaela and john in new york. >> all right, alisyn. when secretary kerry speaks, we will dip into that. tensions escalating between republican presidential candidates ted cruz and donald trump. the texas senator ripping into the gop front-runner for retweeting this unflattering picture of his wife. >> it's not easy to tick me off.
i don't get angry often. but you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids, that will do it every time. donald, you're a sniveling coward. leave heidi the hell alone. >> trump says he doesn't start it with trump. >> the majority of americans believe the senate should hold hearings for supreme court nominee garland. a brand-new cnn/orc poll. those favoring it out polling those who don't. >> many in the comedy world mourning the death of gary shandling. he died of an apparent and sudden attack in los angeles.
>> would you ever go into a tanning salon? >> not without sun block on. >> if they open a store, i feel they should go in. burger land. i should go there. they went to all the trouble to opening that place up. >> i find you incredibly intelligent except for that. if we stopped everywhere, we would have no show. >> so great. in an eary twist, the men talked in that episode about death, including the death of robin williams. he was just 66 years old. all right. let us head back to belgium and alisyn. >> okay, michaela. we are standing by. secretary of state john kerry is in brussels. we understand he has come out now. let's listen to secretary of state kerry. >> -- today in brussels.
it is very important for both of us. we are facing in belgium is and in europe very difficult moments with these terrorist attacks. a few days ago i had the opportunity to talk with president obama. we have arrested sal la ah abde. and a few days later in the center of brussels in the subway. we have had the opportunity this morning to stress the fight against terrorism. how it is possible to do better. how is it possible to be more efficient. it is also important to look at this issue on the european level.
belgium is trying to do our best efforts in order to play a positive role to build a stronger europe in the fight against terrorism and radicalism. [speaking foreign language] . >> translator: -- and we need to look at it from a political point of view from an international point of view, and how we can be effective together with the united states in our fight against terrorism. as you know, last year belgium
approved a plan -- an investment of 9.2 million so as to ensure that we would remain a reliable partner in this fight with the united states. we will also resume our production of the f-16 and we are going to discuss whether we can extend the purchase of the f-16s. the challenge that we need to meet at security level is also one that involves defending our values. our values, that is to say europe's and the united states,
we share our principles about the freedom of expression, tolerance, and tolerance. and we were able to affirm that we maintain these. >> we're listening to the belgium prime minister charles michel talking about their take on fighting terror. we will come back as soon as john kerry speaks. i want to bring in clarissa is and nima. they have talked about the investment they have made in fighting terror. >> he talked about the investment. but he was also talking about this tension between core european liberal values is. he talked about freedom of expression. he talked about tolerance and trying to balance those core european liberal values with the very real needs of the security situation in this day and age. wanting to do -- he said how is it possible to do better? how is it possible to work
together? what is the tension between trying to do that while preserving these core liberal values. let's be clear about what this is. when isis attacks european cities like this, it is attacking the core liberal values. it is like saying living here in europe you can't belive in living with the nonbelievers. you have a choice of being persecuted or coming to live with us in sorry and iraq. >> that is exactly the conflict we have seen. how far do they go on cracking down. if they have intelligence, what do they do with it? does that violate what they hold true. >> that goes to the heart of the investment issue. their investment is has been in sreublg policing. it is putting more soldiers on the streets when they need to, more police on the streets. the questions that have been raised, where is the prevention? where is the investment into that? going into the heart of the values he has been talking about, we found it dangerously easy.
one of the books we were able to order online was found by the body of one of the key conspirators in paris. we put that to the interior minister and he said it is hard to juggle our values of freedom of expression with effective policing. and this really -- the reason he is putting this so high is this goes to the core of the struggle. he started off getting closer by saying we are the weak link in this fight. >> one of the interesting things about having secretary kerry here is the u.s. knows how to do this. the u.s. does know how to investigate. it's not perfect. they don't always get it right. they off get it right. the u.s. knows how to get a tip and how to pursue it. let's listen to what secretary of state john kerry does about this. >> -- especially for his leadership in this challenging moment. i'm pleased to be here also with
my friend and counterpart, the foreign minister of belgium. on behalf of president obama and all the american people, i offer our deepest condolences to the people of belgium and all the families. all the individuals who have suffered in conceivable loss in the last few days. the united states, i want you to know, is praying and grieving with you for the loved ones of those who have been very cruelly taken from us, including americans. and for the many who were injured in these despicable attacks. as i told the foreign minister tuesday when we talked about telephone, the united states stands firmly behind belgium and with the nations of europe in the face of this tragedy. we join you in thanking the very brave first responders who
rushed to the scene on a moment's notice in order to care for the wounded is and to save lives. and we will continue to provide any assistance necessary in investigating these heinous acts of terrorism and bringing those responsible to justice. in america, we remember very clearly how in the days after 9/11 belgians and other europeans came together around in this city, around the events of the world trade center. and you showed your solidarity with us, with the victims in new york and washington and pennsylvania. and then voices all across europe declared.
[speaking foreign language] . they pose no threat. they wish no one any harm. they were simply going about their lives. airports and subway workers. a peruvian mother of twins training to be a chef. an american personal trainer flying home for easter. an indian employee of a high-tech firm. mormon missionaries. public servients, teachers, tourists. contrast these good people, innocent people with the twisted killers who planted the bombs. terrorists whose sole aim was to kill and maim and is sow fear.
there in the sharpest relief possible we see the difference between life and death, decency and evil, civilization and those who revel in destruction. we, all of us, representing countless nation alitys have a message for those who inspired or carried out the attacks here or in paris or in ankara, san bernardino or elsewhere, we will not be intimidated. we will not be deterred. and we will come back with greatest resolve, greater strength. we will not rest until we have eliminated your neolistic believes and cowardice from the face of this earth. da'esh has claimed responsibilities for these thats
and others, our mission to defeat and destroy da'esh is not going to be accomplished overnight but with patience persistence, it will require cooperation across many cultures and beliefs. and the recognition that this is in fact, truly a global challenge. but i am absolutely confident that we will be successful. and there are so many measurable ways in which we have already been rising to meet this particular challenge. it's also important that we respond to the killer's inhumanity by underscoring our own basic decency ourselves. we should learn from the example of an american daughter, laura billet, who just left the airport in brussels when she and a friend heard the bombs go off.
she ran to a nearby police station and started to triage victims. she tended to any victims who came through the door. doing what she could to treat shrapnel wounds, burns, and other injuries that she had never seen before. she had a few supplies, very much, but that didn't matter to her. there are people hurt, she said. and i'm going to help these people. i'm going to help these people. no statement could be simpler and yet no statement could really be more powerful. no commitment could be more directly opposite to what da'esh and similar groups represent. mr. prime minister, your nation has suffered a cruel and unfair tragedy this week. people are hurt. but we are all of us going to
help. no act of terror can undermine the foundation of our friendship or values that define our lives. our fundamental openness, tolerance, and diversity, our pursuit of justice, our dedication to preserve the blessings of freedom for ourselves, our children and generations to come. on tuesday, our lives were viciously cut short and hundreds were injured. yet it is with irreplaceable loss in mind that we will review our vow to come together against a common enemy in order to keep our people safe. sit with their memory and our hearts we must always stand in solidarity as friends, allies, and partners.
[speaking foreign language] >> we have been listening to u.s. secretary of state john kerry talk about how the u.s. led support here in belgium and about the shared solidarity at this time. we also just before secretary of state kerry began speaking we heard the prime minister say something for the first time, affirming americans were killed in the attacks. we feared that, but that was not confirmed. do we have any information who they were. >> we only have what we heard from secretary kerry. he mentioned among the dead an american personal trainer on his way home from easter vacation presumably. we knew roughly a dozen had been injured, several missing. but there hadn't been any confirmation up to this point they were actually dead. that is because of the very grim nature of trying to identify the bodies after a bombing like this. obviously it's a very difficult
process to try to identify the dead. so we should be finding out more about who these americans were that died. >> nima, americans have been holding out hope that their missing loved ones, or perhaps in a medically induced coma, their identification wasn't near them and they couldn't be identified. hope still existed that maybe they were in a hospital. i think we got confirmation from the u.s. aid, that everyone has been identified. so it might just be the worst news. >> yes. when you hear the doctors talk about the injuries. this was a nail bomb. having to piece together one person's identity from fragments. this is worst-case scenario in a disaster like this. it puts secretary kerry's visit is and his offer of cooperation and support in a different
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i'm alisyn camerota live in brussels. we have breaking news. we have is just learned reuters reporting that two americans have been confirmed to have been killed in the brussels attacks here on tuesday. we also just heard in a press conference with u.s. secretary of state were john kerry the belgium prime minister confirmed that americans were among the dead. this is what victims's families had feared, we had feared all along. americans were among the missing. >> now we want to go to a cnn exclusive for you. mason wells, an american, got to see their son for the first time since the attacks. he was a mormon missionary. he suffered shrapnel injuries and burns over his body. so watch his parents reunite with him.
>> love you, son. >> amazingly, this was mason's third brush with terrorism. we will speak with him later in the program. he was injured when dropping off his colleague, officer fanny clyne. she was 20 years years old. she was feet away from the blast. she was badly burned. but she spoke to us from her hospital bed last night. she had come out of surgery. she was sleepy and sedated but she felt strongly that she wanted to tell her story. here it is.
i don't know what happened in their childhood. but i'm pretty sure that it was really weird and it's like uh brainwashed maybe. i don't really know. i think it's just like sad people and other more sad people who came together and wanted to make something huge. but all this sadness became into craziness and then they want all the world to be sad as well as them. >> have you been able to talk to your family and your friends and your loved ones? >> yeah. i talked to them.
they were all shocked and panicked. >> of course. >> it's normal. they were not there. and my family is very far away. so i understand that it is kind of complicated to handle the situation. >> yeah. >> but i'm okay. the considers are really nice with me. and i don't feel feel so bad. i don't have so much pain. sometimes, yeah, but it's normal. >> well, you're going to get better. >> yeah. >> thank you for sharing your story. it means a lot to everyone to hear from the survivors and to hear how well you're doing. you're doing amazingly well. >> simple, god is with us.
>> fanny is originally from reunion island. we know how far away that is across the globe. so her family can't make it to her hospital room. one of her sisters, a colleague from a mission, was there with her last night. and fanny is going to be physically okay. doctors tell us she should be released a week from now at the hospital. obviously what she saw there in the airport will last a long time. if you're just joining us, secretary of state john kerry and belgium's prime minister just held a press conference in which they confirmed moments ago that americans are among the dead in the brussels attacks. that's the first time we have had a confirmation. meanwhile, there were anti-terror raids and operations in brussels overnight. at least six people had been detained in connection with the brussels attack. so joining us now is politico europe ryan keith.
thank you for being with us. >> my pleasure, as always. >> who was arrested? >> we to the floor a lot of information at this stage. one of the strangest elementsis three people were arrested outside the federal prosecutor's office. i think that may explain some of the reasoning how we got the raids to be happening throughout the night into midnight. we all know about this law you can't conduct raids after 9:00 p.m. >> i heard that law, they had softened that after the paris attacks and realized maybe at nighttime would be a good time to do some raids. maybe they had already changed that. >> what we haven't done is completed the process. we always have these missing gaps of information when raids were conducted. we have reports of an arrest of a second individual who was seen on footage with the suspected metro bomber. so we don't have any information about exactly what has come can as a result of that activity. that's been reported widely by belgian media.
what has been disturbing is an accusation has been made that a senior police officer in the town of mechalin outside of brussels, they are accused of withholding crucial information about salah abdeslam's whereabouts during the last month. we don't know what may have been withheld or who may have withheld it. but we will have a press conference coming up soon to clarify the details. >> we have heard of intelligence gaps. we heard sometimes they will ill-equipped to share the information. but if they did it intentionally -- >> that would be a game changer. we have to treat that information very carefully. you would have to have somebody coming forward and admitting in clear detail what had happened. if somebody has known over an extended period where salah abdeslam could be, that is taking us into territory beyond
incompetence. that is going into willful negligence and a lot of other nasty things. >> despite all of these developments, has belgium lowered its alert level? >> yes. the official committee who looks at those alerts, last night they reduced the level from 4 to 3. >> how does that make sense? >> in my opinion, it doesn't make sense. i am trying to stay objective as a journalist. it may be related to how you shift the resources around. at level 3 you have a bit more flexibility about who you can employ. >> it may be more about bureaucracy. >> you haven't captured the key suspects you're after. authorities acknowledge this terror cell or cells is bigger than they suspected. and then the threat level comes down. >> two suspects are still identified and still on the loose? >> yes. >> those are the ones we saw with the airport with the hat and light colored jacket.
we don't know who that person is is still? >> no. in november, when the city was in full lockdown for four days. eventually a city has to come back to life. you can't keep the metro or schools locked down forever. the threat level was taken back down to level 3. it was necessary but never logical. i think we're in that same territory now. >> thank you for all that information. also, we will update you as things develop here as they have been minute by minute from brussels. we want to go back to new york and john berman. >> thanks so much, alisyn. back to you with news in a moment. donald trump and ted cruz in a war of words over their wives. ted cruz calling donald trump a sniveling coward. how will will this affect the race? see how their teens are driving. oh, that's smart. it even mutes the radio until the seat belt is fastened.
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tensions escalating between republican presidential candidates ted cruz and donald trump. the texas senator ripping into the gop front-runner for retweeting this unflattering picture of his wife. >> it's not easy to tick me off. i don't get angry often. but you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids, that will do it every time.
donald, you're a sniveling coward. leave heidi the hell alone. >> i've never seen one call a sniveling coward out there before. >> we have not seen the language mitt romney used a couple weeks ago. both for the substance and the toe tepbl and likelihood of deepening of troubles we see with women running 10 points weaker in the republican primary. 73% unfavorable in the cnn/orc poll. 72% among college educated women. the contrast between what we are talking about at this moment and the last 15 minutes. this erupting at a moment of such gravity in the global affairs is just i think a reinforcement of what has been trump's biggest single hurdle. even in the republican primary, especially beyond it. he has the temperament, skill
set, personality. >> it is juxtaposition. this is playground talk. what's going on in the world right now is anything but recess. to ron's point, donald trump has serious problems among women. the latest cnn/orc poll shows 74% unfavorable rating among women. and a stunning number also where you see 47% of women polled, republican women say they can't see backing donald trump of. >> right. and i think this is why people are throwing around that he will be a strong republican candidate because he's going to win over reagan democrats in the upper midwest is so wrong. first of all, reagan democrats including women as well as men. we have this idea that even among -- if you look at white working class people, even if you were to do well, better than mitt romney, i think he will do
significantly well among women. this is from a tactician point of view, the problem with having a candidate who shoots from the hip. if he consulted with anyone, would anyone have told him to retweet that disgusting photo of he did of his wife looking attractive and the other -- it's so juvenile. it is a symptom of the way he operates. >> what he is ale to do with a retweet, one click, is take over the rhetoric in the campaign for two days. and, ron, you talk about healing. donald trump, this is a time he wants to unify the party. you have ted cruz who was flat out asked if he would support donald trump of the nominee. up until this point he made pretty clear that he would. but this is how he answers the question now, which seems to be a little different. let's watch. >> will will you support him as the nominee? >> i'm going to beat him for the nomination. he is not -- i am answering the
question. donald trump will not be the nominee. >> he is leading right now. >> donald trump will not be the nominee. >> he said donald trump will not be the nominee. it was almost that pause, that three-second pause before he said that. >> to underscore peter's point, every one of the mid-western battle grounds. if you're struggling there, that is a limit on your support. this really continues i think the story of the past month. think about how this month started. donald trump won arkansas and massachusetts, georgia and vermont. any other candidate we would have seen at that point the beginning of a consolidation both by voters and elected officials. and instead what do we have? we have a debate where he defended the size of his hands.
up surge of violence at his rallies, including north carolina where the person was sucker-punched. and the full scale breakdown in chicago. and now this. you have this extraordinary situation where trump still is a plurality front-runner. he has a bigger piece of the party than anything else. he is not growing. you have all of these warning lights blinking. extraordinary negative numbers in the cnn poll. really unprecedented for someone at this stage of the nomination. over 80% among nonwhite adults. so you have the party kind of paralyzed here. trump is clearly stronger than anyone else. yet the resistance and the concern is not abating. and it may be intensifying. >> maybe it will take a break tore this holiday weekend. thanks, guys. we're following a lot of news. we're now getting word that americans were killed in the brussels terror attacks. let's get right to it. this is cnn breaking news.
>> good morning, everyone. welcome back to your "new day". we have breaking news. i'm alisyn camerota in brussels. here is the breaking news. two americans have been confirmed to be among the dead in the brussels terror attacks. secretary of state john kerry, along with belgium's prime minister delivering the grim news moments ago. this as belgian police conducting multiple raids throughout the country, detaining at least six suspects in connection with tuesday's bombing. this manhunt for the two unidentified attackers that you have seen the picture of from the airport, it is intensifying this morning. belgium's interior minister now admitting they should have heeded turkey's request. it came last june to keep one of the suicide bombers in custody. we're also just learning that a man arrested overnight by french
police in paris for an advanced stage terror plot there is also linked to the november paris attack's ringleader. it is a lot to get through. we are covering every one of these breaking developments for you the way only cnn can. we begin with nima elbajir. >> right at the top of that press conference we have to do better. i have promised. i have told secretary kerry we will do better. we will work together. and those raids, they are intensifying. six arrested. three in front of the prosecutor's office. we can show you how the raids are unfolding. also, i want to give you a glimpse inside the apartment where those attacks were plotted. take a look at this, alisyn.
overnight, a series of anti-terror raids in several belgian neighborhoods. all in connection with the brussels terror attacks. investigators sealing off streets, teams in hazmat gear storming this building. forensic experts appearing to concentrate on the third floor apartment. in a large-scale operation, police arresting at least six people, prosecutors say. three taken into custody right outside the prosecutor's office. in paris, authorities say they foiled an advanced stage terror attack. police arresting a high-level operative in the plot. raided by police hours after the blast, this video was filmed just after the raids. fears of more extremism swirling as two unidentified suspects in the brussels bombings remain on the loose. belgian state media reporting surveillance video shows a second unidentified man at the maalbeek metro station.
this witness believes he may have spotted one of them. >> he was very nervous. you saw sweat that he was very nervous. he was back and forth in the metro hall. back and forth, back and forth. >> belgian authorities under fire after they admitted they had an opportunity to stop one of the airport bombers. bakraoui arrested in turkey last june. >> translator: i think it is justified that someone asks how sit possible that someone was released early. we missed the chance to detain him in turkey. >> police are still searching for the two unidentified suspects. >> thank you very much for that update. as nima reported, six people were detained in the string of new raids across brussels overtphaoeufpove
overnight. fred pleitgen is live in schaerbeek where one of those raids took place. tell us what you have seen, fred. >> yeah. it was a massive raid that took place in the schaerbeek district with a lot of police officers and a very wide police cordon. after the raid took place, you had a lot of police officers in that hazmat gear, forensic suits, going through the apartment searching to see whether there could be any clues there. from what we have heard, no one was detained. but six people were detained in the overnight raids. the most recent information was that there was another raid that took place in the forrest district, which is also not far from where i am right now. several people were taken into detention. it is unclear whether or not they were taken into detention. that was the site of another
terrorist safe house that was raided last tuesday. they had a firefight with several people inside the house. two people managed to escape. some believe those could be the bakraoui brothers, who conducted the attacks at the airport and metro as well. by and large, when you're on the street early today, you can tell police have has a lot of activity going on. you can hear sirens as they try to find the two people still at large and find out which other people may be involved in the plots as well or could have helped facilitate all of this, alisyn. >> fred, thank you for that. we have breaking news into cnn i want to report right now. u.s. officials say that they believe they do know the i.d.ity of that suspect in the light colored jacket and the glasses and the hat. we have seen his picture. he's at the airport he was pushing a cart alongside the other two suicide bombers.
he has been unidentified until now. but u.s. officials say they believe they were his identity. we are not sure on his whereabouts. as far as we know he is still a fugitive at this hour. belgian police have not put out his name or identity. u.s. officials have not put it out either. they are just giving us word they do know his identity. we want to talk more about this. we are joined by greg matu, a former belgian government official and the president of the foundation for democracy and government. and also dr. ian lesser, a senior director for foreign policy and security for the german marshall funneled of the u.s. greg, it would not be surprising, quite frankly, if the u.s. officials or belgian officials, knew the identity of this person. that is a fairly good photo as far as surveillance photos go. though they haven't released his name.
>> i think it shows the services. it is only all together that we will catch the guys. if they know his identity, they should tell us and we will help to catch him. if we stay in our little island and believe we can do it all alone, this won't happen. >> evan perez has more information. stand by he want to go to evan. what have you learned about these developments? >> alisyn, we know the manhunt is definitely intensifying. the u.s. has helped identify who this is. they believe they know who it is. the question now is how quickly that person could be hunted down and brought in. we do know that the big concern is that other attacks could be in the offing. as long as this man is free. he's armed and dangerous. they believe other attacks could be under way. >> okay. evan, stand by.
we want you to be part of this conversation. dr. lesser, obviously the u.s. has pledged to support belgium and help them with this investigation. belgium quite frankly seems it needs help. we have learned just how precious little they have been able to do in terms of intelligence sharing. >> there has always been intelligence sharing. it's never quite good enough. we learn that every time there is a major event. european agencies were helpful after september 11th. we will have to get much better at it. >> we heard there is something uniquely ill equipped about belgium authorities. it is the culture that prevents them from acting even when they know something. sometimes it's logistics. sometimes it's resources. am i overstating it, or is it true? >> it is true in many different settings. it is a very big problem. these are difficult networks to crack. it's a challenge for even. if you look at the french
experience or others, they have different systems, centralized, very different from the belgians. kwre s, it is under resourced here. they need more resources. >> greg, do you bristle at my characteration how ill equipped belgium is to deal with these things? >> i think belgium is where there was the most intelligence officers present. >> and yet there have been many things that slipped through the cracks. of course it happens. but it seems to happen more in belgium. turkey alerted them to one of the suicide bombers. mothers in molenbeek alerted them their sons were being radicalized. yet they didn't swoop in and arrest them >> we need actions. we need results. we need concrete measures. we don't need political talk and political posture. we need them to do what their
job and what they were hired for. we don't need to solve this by ourselves. the french authorities didn't manage to get the brothers before "charlie hebdo". are they guilty? yes, they are. are we guilty because we didn't prevent attacks here? yes, we are. but only altogether we will manage to fight these attacks. >> evan in the u.s., i don't have to tell you, when there is a fugitive on the loose, authorities put out their name as quickly as possible, as well as any surveillance, as well as any identifying details because they know they can use the public's help in capturing them. why aren't they telling us the name of the man in that light colored jacket here? >> good question. look, this is a belgian investigation. you have to respect the belgian system. sit being overseen by an investigative magistrate. so there are some legal limitations that the belgians have to deal with. look, it's clear from talk to go u.s. officials here, alisyn,
it's clear that the intelligence and the law enforcement are working very hard. they are working overtime. they do not want to see their city attacked. there seems to be political will higher up in the government. there seems to be problems in dealing with this issue. as you know and as greg knows, a lot of the belgian political system has been seize said up arguing over whether people speak finnish or french. >> greg, do you agree with that characteration that they often get bogged down in bureaucracy, who speaks what language, which precinct will deal with this rather than just going and getting the guy?
>> the country we are living in. this is for the authorities and the governments to solve that. when we talk about national security, there was no brussels. there are people who ask to work together to catch those guys. >> tuesday was a tragic wakeup call. how quickly can-can something as entrenched change? >> it is not just in belgium. it is between turkey and other countries in europe. >> turkey said they tried. >> turkey has had its own problems tragically. it is tough to do. what is very noticeable here is as difficult as it has been for the authorities to gather the intelligence and act on the security front, the city has not
shut down. if you shut down the city and you don't have any economic life. in that respect, belgium is doing a good job. >> i expected the city to be on lockdown. it is teaming with people going to work, children out going to school. greg, what do you know about this peck arrest from last night? three men arrested in front of the belgium prosecutor's office. that seems troubling. do we have any sense of what they were doing there? >> well, i'm not an expert in criminals. they are happy about what they have done. they are willing to walk around and to see the results of their action. i think they are taking pleasure in doing that. they are not hiding anymore. they are known and sevened by police. they are just waiting for the moment they will be caught. my hope is they don't have explosive belts with them.
>> yes, of course. >> secretary kerry is here. he pledged his support, all the u.s. intelligence gathering apparatus, however they can help. what can they do? >> i think a lot can be done. remember, this is the seat of the european union. nato is here. this is a very symbolic place. it is a key place to have the conversations. going to be more of them. they will rightly want nato. the u.s. is a huge partner for both. a lot can be done. the symbolism of the coming years is extremely important. >> evan, last to you. do we have any sense on when this pepper, this suspect's identity will be released? what are sources telling you? >> it will be up to the belgians, alisyn. the americans have used their sources, their data bases, their informants. all of these things are being
put towards this investigation. what they are doing is funneling the information back to the belgians hoping that helps move on some of these suspects. the big concern is we have dozens of op actives in europe. the problem is not only concentrate indeed brussels but germany, france. they all have a big problem to tackle. >> absolutely. evan, thank you. dr. lesser, thank you for your expertise. we will continue to have you on "new day". up next, we're talking to two brussels survivors. they sprang into action when the bombs went off. you'll hear from them. the economy is growing, with creative new business incentives, the lowest taxes in decades, and new infrastructure for a new generation attracting the talent and companies of tomorrow. like in rochester, with world-class botox. and in buffalo, where medicine meets the future.
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injured. joining me now are two survivors of the attacks. thoerp outside and sprang into action to help before first responders could arrive. dr. laura billet, i want to start with you. are you aware that secretary of state john kerry just cited you and your heroism in this press conference? >> i just heard a sound clip, so that is new "news to me". >> we have a sound bite to play for you and our viewers. let's listen to this. >> you should learn from the example of an american doctor, laura billet who had just left the airport here in brussels when she and a friend heard the
bombs go off. she ran to a nearby police station and started to triage. she tended to any victims coming through the door, doing what she could to treat shrapnel wound, burns, and other injuries she had never seen before. >> dr. laura, what is it like to hear john kerry talk about you? >> well, it's -- like i said before, it feels very strange. the real heroes are the first responders. laura harper and i were there but i think anybody would have done the same under similar circumstances. >> i'm not sure. what you did is unthinkable to people. when you heard the explosions, instead of running away, you ran towards the trouble. can you tell us what happened? you are a trained doctor. i know you thought you could
help people. but were you scared to run into the airport. and what did you see once you got there? >> well, actually, i didn't run into the airport i was dropping my friend laura harper is and my brother-in-law off at the airport at the time. and when we heard the bombs go off, we ran away from the bombs towards the police station where we were shuttled in by some people that were standing outside. and then they started moving all of the wounded that could be moved out of the airport to the police station to get them out of harm's way. we didn't know what else was going to happen after that point. so it was still frightening to be there because we were kind of wait to go see if there were other bombs or someone was going to come along with guns. we weren't really sure. there were a lot of wounded people up in the second floor of the police station. then we started going and trying to help the people that were there since we were able-bodied and most of them weren't at that
point. >> most people, myself included, would be scared to stay in that area even if it were a police designated area. laura harper, you are not a doctor. you are a lawyer and mother of three. what did you do after the explosions? >> i was a coward. i was hiding under a desk. and i asked laura to pray with me. we prayed the lord's prayer. laura said if there's hurt people i'm going to help them. i didn't go immediately. i thought i was going to be sick from the smell and the sights of people with burns and blood on their face. and then laura came to me and said, you need to help these girls. and so i did.
what little help i could offer. >> what were you able to do, laura? >> they spoke english. they were scared and hurt. and so i sang with them. i tried to answer their questions. they were looking for their parents. i said look at all these people helping. i had it's going to be okay. i tried to get the paramedics to come quickly to get them because they were small. they were young. and the most injured of the people that i saw. >> boy, laura, it is just heartbreakingly poignant to hear how you were able to help even though you are not trained to do that. just try to keep their spirits up. how are you doing three days after the attacks? >> you know, it's going to take
a long time to get over what happened. i'm a person of faith. and so i have to believe that even though there is evil in the world, that there's good in the world and that we long for a place that's better than that. and that place is not in this world. so is it's going to take a long time. >> dr. billet, you are a doctor. the but no one can be mentally prepared for this. we went and spoke to the emergency room doctors last night. they had done drills. they have had done simulations in the event of a huge catastrophe. but they say they are never trained enough when something like this actually happens. how were you able to sort of summon the strength to help given what you're seeing. >> i think the medical training kicks in. i have seen a lot of people in
life or death situations. a lot of people who are ill and run cp codes is and stuff like that. you kind of -- your mind kind of switches off and goes to, okay, function type of mode where it was scary and there were a lot of people that needed help. you switch into that mode and try to get done as much as you can. i have never seen a mass casualty situation before. so many people needed help. it seems overwhelming right at first because a lot of people are asking for help or begging for help from somebody who is next to them that they care about that they know is injured. having to tell people, okay, i will come back. i need to check someone else. normally, i don't have to do that. when i see somebody that needs help, i can focus on them a little bit more.
that is where training in mass casualty would have been useful, which i don't have. we did the best we can. i think it was fantastic that the paramedics got there and were able to bring people to the hospital pretty quickly. the first responders are the big heroes. they put themselves in harm's way is and did so much to get people safe. >> people begging for help and not being able to get to them. as a doctor, we can only imagine how much that weighs on you. so now three days later, how are you doing? >> i also feel is similarly to laura harper. i think it's going to take a lot of processing time. i'm in the middle of a big move, so i haven't had time to slow down and think of this yet. i think once i do i will start to feel some of the consequences of what happened. when we had the movers here
yesterday, any time anyone dropped an object, i kind of jumped is. i didn't think the bombs actually sounded that loud when they went off. but i think i have some subconscious tension here that i will have is to work through eventually. >> i know you wanted to mention this go fund me project in a way that you can help. laura, tell us what you want our viewers to do. >> there is a website gofund me.com. once a charity has been established to help the victims at the airport and the metro, those funds will be given to
them. we are always asking what we can do to help. that's always something you can do to help. >> yes. it is nice not to feel helpless and still help those who are suffering. thank you for sharing your story. we appreciate you being here. >> thank you. >> back to michaela. >> we collective live wrap our arms around them and the other survivors. donald trump insists thaegs the one that can take out isis. is there any truth to that? does he beat other candidates with foreign policy and military experience? a look at that ahead on "new day". oh, look... ...another anti-wrinkle cream in no hurry to make anything happen. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair works...
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coward. leave my wife alone. >> donald trump insists he's not the one who started this fight. how is team trump responding to the sniveling coward remarks? sam clovis joins us. ted cruz called your gueye sniveling coward. your response? >> i think when you start to elevate the rhetoric like that you feel a little guilty how things evolved. when you get backed in a corner, i think people react that way. i think this is just a matter of elbows getting up. we're very close. we have three people left in the race. we started with 17. i'm not surprised that senator cruz's reaction. it seems to be typical of his campaign. >> you say elevate the level of
rhetoric. >> a lot of times when you sit down, you have an opportunity, you watch this campaign as we have the last several months, i think we'll note with a great deal of clarity and accuracy here that mr. trump is a tremendous counterpuncher. >> sam, you throw around counterpuncher any time donald trump says something offensive. you say he's just reacting. he's just reacting. he chose to retweet the photo. >> prove me wrong, john. >> you know what, i got to know you a little bit. i don't think you would ever tweet a photo like that. why is it okay for donald trump to do it? >> it was unfortunate that melania gets dragged into this. >> yes. >> one of the things that was offputting was the very slow reaction of senator cruz and the
cruz campaign to put up a halve hearted denial of whatever it was. again, what happens is the perception of the cruz campaign, if you go back to iowa. you take a look at what happened with the voter violation. when one of the op actives from the cruz campaign and announced that dr. carson was leaving the race, robocalls -- john, let me finish. the robocalls, talking about march rubio, talking about mr. trump. this is, again, a pattern of behavior. i think what that does is raises your defenses. and you are more likely to strike out at that individual because that seems to be the general direction that that campaign goes. they always resort -- then,
here's the thing. oh, they are so innocent. oh, we didn't know anything about it. come on. this pattern indicates to me there has to be some knowledge and fore thought on what's going on, or they wouldn't do it. they wouldn't be doing it. >> is on the subject of patterns, there are those who say there is a pattern of donald trump is saying and doing things that are inappropriate with women. first of all, your argument seems to be two wrongs make a right here. >> i'm not arguing that at all. i think any time you bring family members into a campaign -- i have run for office myself. and i can tell you that the most difficult and the most absolutely fracturing and one of the most hurtful things is when your family members get dragged into the campaign. and then you're stuck with the position there how do you react? i have had it happen to me. i had it happen to my spouse and my children. to me it's really one of the most hurtful things that
happens. you don't anticipate this. you don't think. because their names aren't on the ballot. and when that happens, there is a reaction. you're going to react. some people react differently than others. again, take a look at what's going on here. here we are, tensions are getting higher. we get closer and closer to closing a deal here. the math for the cruz campaign is incredibly difficult. it is a steep hill for them to climb. and i think this is -- again, i think you will see more of this, unfortunately. and i really do. and it's unfortunate. that is the kind of thing we don't need to bring family into these campaigns. >> even if you make the case in the superpac and ted cruz brought families in, it is not connected to ted cruz, did donald trump can keep families in the campaign by doing that retweet and saying he would spill the beans. he is a little bit responsible for perpetuating this. >> you and i have had this conversation. i'm surprised we are having this
after that last segment with alisyn. >> why is donald trump -- >> why are you dwelling on this? this has been going on throughout the entire campaign. i haven't heard anybody talk about all the outrageous acts of the cruz campaign. i haven't heard one report on any network from any reporter talking about how ted cruz has conducted his campaign through teurty tricks. not one. >> we focused a great deal. cnn was very involved with what happened in iowa immediately after. that is flatly false. >> i haven't heard it. i haven't heard it, john. sorry. i haven't heard it. >> we would send you the reports. >> hope we get a chance to talk about policy. that would be refreshing, wouldn't it? >> thank you, sam. appreciate it. >> we are talking about the election and what matters to you, the voter. for that we turn to chief
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welcome back to "new day". in the minutes and hours after tuesday's terror attacks, hospitals, local area emergency rooms went into overdrive to treat the wounded. we had a chaps to visit some of those doctors who saw firsthand the horror of these attacks, as well as the bravery and resilience of the victims is and their loved ones. at this hospital some brussels, the one closest to the subway bombing, the head of emergency and icu says tuesday morning was like being in a war zone. >> they were burned. there were limb fractures. there were shrapnel in the brain, in the limbs. very bad lesions. like the war, this is what we see. we are not facing that the first time i have ever seen that. >> he had the hospital put in a
new imagine plan 10 days before the blast designed to handle mass casualties in response to the november paris attacks. >> if there is a plane crash or something like that, we are very ready. but for one, two, three bumps in the city, that was -- we were not prepared. >> a terror response drill was held with 1,000 people acting as victims the night before the brussels attacked. >> we learned a lot from that evening. we were prepared to put on the arms of the patients and most of the victims were unidentified when they arrived. so it was very weird for us to experience that the night before. it was not for real. and the day after it was for real. >> while numbers cannot be confirmed, both doctors believe
it's possible there still could be patients who are live and unidentified. >> how could there be a patient who is not identified? how would that work? >> because you can recognize the people. the people has paper, passport. the blasts took all the clothes away. so the people cannot communicate. and there is nobody who can -- maybe the wife of this person is dead also. so it can happen we are searching people like that. >> this is patrick, who asked that we not show his face. his 29-year-old wife sophie was in as the bomb went off. she suffered severe burns. shrapnel pearced her lungs. but she survived. >> she would have walked on bodies to get out. and every time she tells about
it, she starts crying. saying that the blood on her hands wasn't hers. and i try to calm her down. she couldn't do any other way. but sometimes as well she made jokes. that's the small things i try to hold on. the fact that she is still already making jokes. >> patrick is grateful sophie is alive but knows the hardest part may be ahead. >> i can't imagine what she went through. and what she saw, i can't imagine seeing the same thing. it's going to be very difficult, i think. that's going to be the hardest part. knowing now that she is, let's say, fine, and that she will recover. the psychological part afterwards will be the hardest. >> so, miki la and john, we heard that time and again.
we have heard that from survivors. we have heard it from families. everyone knows the wounds will heal in time. but the emotions and what -- the visions of what they saw that day will haunt them forever. >> yeah. they all bare the scars seen and unseen for some time. as will the community. we have seen it time and time again. boston, san bernardino, paris, all of these places. it has been hard to get an idea the numbers. and you felt that frustration. we have seen how in breaking news those numbers fluctuate. is there any idea now if there's still people they feel are unaccounted for. that's what we are still trying to understand. >> that is really hard to get your arms around. because the doctors both told me they believe there are still people who survived is and who are unidentified and accounted
for. it is hard to know if this is wishful thinking and people praying that that situation exists. we haven't been able to find any hospital who says they have someone unidentified who is in a coma. so it's just hard to know at this hour to tell you the truth. >> they can only treat. that's their job. they are doing it well. thanks, alisyn. >> all right. backeer in brussels. foreign fighters have been trained by isis in syria. and they are being told to target europe, we understand. so we are looking at the links between the paris and the brussels attacks. all of that ahead on "new day". the saliva coming off and you got this turning. that's why i need this kind of resolution and computing power. being able to use a pen like this. on the screen directly with the image. it just gives me a different relationship to it. and i can't do that on my mac. this is brilliant for me. ♪
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so it has been confirmed two americans were killed in the brussels terror attacks, this as the manhunt continues and intensifies for the two u.s. suspects. they know the identity and shared it with belgian authorities. we want to bring in senior -- a senior cnn contradicter at the daily beast and inside the army of terror, and you can help us understand the whole sort of pe
spective we're looking at. looking at europe, obviously belgium is a focus but we know foreign fighters have come largely in great numbers from the mideast jordan, tu nie tuni cetera. 44 million, population in belgium. this is not just a belgian problem. this is a european problem. >> the francfrancophone operati. french-speaking european isis fighters are gaining ground. they are moving up the ranks of the ladder. >> interesting in. >> the spy services. yeah. the entire paris plot was planned, conceptualized, inside syria and the network we're dealing with here, brussels and paris, same operatives, same vast ap rattive spanning throughout france and belgium. again, we tend to think of these
overly codified what is an isis agent or operative. it doesn't work that way. >> we'll look at that in a second. an indication, sweden has its own issue. 32 foreign fighters for every million in the population. a wider problem. here's the question -- can europe get its arms around this? is it approaching it with the right tactics? >> i don't think it's approaching with the right tactics, we've seen. so many failures. clerical errors leading to something like this. not knowing somebody is a national from bahamas, only a belgium national. reports as one of the bombers. a longtime problem. hosting jihadis going back before 9/11. a guy in norway, an al qaeda-linked jihadist deeply involved in operations in the middle east, as you mentioned, the largest number foreign fighters, tunisia, a country considered to be relatively
speaking more secular and pluralistic. why such a radicalization problem? >> talking about the european threat, not to pull away, because we know this is, because it's what's happened in belgium we settle og this. you would reconsider travel from europe? >> everything i've heard, defected from the organizations suggests they've put an emphasis on taking the war to the west. as i say, guys who come from europe are now considered senior intelligence operators inside the caliphate. >> talk about the network. we have to look at this and now we know that there were connections from the france attackers and the plots that were played out in belgium. >> uh-huh. >> and it's not just one link with salah abdeslam now in custody, there are other points
of contact. najim and khalid all spotted at the border together and they got money from this operative. >> right. >> this is a web that is vastly connected. >> yeah. look, it's important -- we tend to get overly, you know -- we fetishize these things. if you're a member of isis, like you carry an i.d. card. it doesn't work that way. a human component. who did you grow up with? who were your childhood friends? who is in your family? two brothers here. these three have known each other since late teen, early 20s. arrested by, after trying to break into a garage in a town southeast of brussels. that was 2010, even before isis was on the scene. he went to prison, radicalized, came out, start the hanging around scruffally areas, met up with back in the late '80s
giving money for them to go to syria and join isis. >>begs the question, one area of connection. >> sure. >> how far does this web then spread out? >> let's put it like this, right? salah abdeslam caught one block away from his home. is anyone under illusions people within that neighborhood didn't know he was being safe housed or domiciled? think of it this way. isis has its own informants, fellow travelers and sympathizers, people who are not idol jized, but terrorized not to inform. let's get right to the brussels attack. good morning, everyone. welcome to your "new day." i'm alisyn camerota live in brussels.
michaela pereira and john berman in new york and we have breaking news at this hour. we have just learned at least two americans were killed in the brussels terror attacks. that had been suspected now confirmed. that sad confirmation coming from secretary of state john kerry. the news comes as belgian police detained six more people in raids overnight. u.s. officials also telling cnn that they believe that they do know the identity of this man. this is the fugitive. he's the airport bomber, the suspect, who was captured on surveillance video. you see him in the light-colored jacket and the hat. americans believe they can help with the identity. all of this, as we get word that a man arrested overnight by french police in paris for what they call an advanced staged terror attack has now been linked to the paris attacks ringleader. we are tapping into the global resources of cnn to bring you the most complete coverage. let's begin with our cnn international correspondent, a
lot to get to. many developments overnight. >> reporter: absolutely. we take you to the site of the raids overnight and show you a glimpse of the apartment in which the brussels attack was planned. have a look at this. overnight a series of anti-terror raids in several belgian neighborhoods, all in connection with the brussels terror attacks. in the early morning hours, investigators sealing off streets. teams in hazmat gear storming this building. forensic experts appearing to concentrate on the third floor apartment, and in a large-scale operation, police arresting at least six people, prosecutors say. three taken into custody right outside of the prosecutor's office. in paris, police arresting a high-level operative. suicide bomb eers and a bombmak
plotted tuesday's attacks. raided by police hours after the blasts, this video was filmed just after the raids. fears of more extremism swirling as two unidentified suspects in the brussels bombings remain on the loose. belgian state media reporting surveillance video shows a second unidentified man at the maalbeek metro station. this witness believes he may have spotted one of them. >> very nervous. seemed so -- sweat. he was very nervous. and -- he was back and forth in the metro hall. back and forth. back and forth. >> reporter: belgian authorities under fire after admitting they had the opportunity to stop one of the airport sued bombers. khaled el bakraoui released. >> we missed the chance in
turkey to detain him. >> the manhunt, of course, continues for those two suspects and the raids, alisyn, they are continuing. >> okay. stand by. many more questions for you but we want to get to this major development in the manhunt for that terror suspect that is on the run that you've seen in that surveillance photo. u.s. officials telling cnn they know the identity of this fugitive who was caught on video just moments before the blasts at the brussels airport. cnn justice reporter, live in washington with more. what are your sources saying? >> reporter: right, alisyn. u.s. officials can identify that third suspect taken in surveillance video. intelligence resources used to develop leads on that suspect who is now one of the most wanted men in the world. officials tell us that they believe other attacks are still in the works. they know this, because information gained from electronic intercepts and informants shows suspect
apparently linked to the paris and brussels attackers remain in hiding. during a raid of one apartment in brussels in recent days authorities found maps indicating possible targets were being refined. however, officials say there's not enough specific information about these possible plots, which is why you see more general warnings about travel in europe, and isis is known to give its operatives wideliway in choosing targets. belgium believes the danger is high, not necessarily imminent. u.s. officials were surprised because they have major concerns about the risk for additional attacks. alisyn? >> thanks very much for that. well, french police identified the suspects rounded up in an anti-terror raid. they say they was allegedly in the "advanced stages of plotting a terror attack." cnn learned he was an international fugitive linked to the ringleader of the paris
attacks. we bring in cnn's jim bitterman live in paris with all of the latest. what do you know, jim? >> reporter: well, in fact, alisyn, that's what makes this so interesting to authorities here. he is definitely linked to abboud, the ringleader of the paris attacks killed in a shoot-out with police five days later. in any case, this new suspect was basically on the wanted list. he was convicted along with abboud back in july of 2015 in absentia in a brussels court because he was part of the gang funneling people and money to young people going off to iraq and syria. he was tried in absentia sentenced to ten years in prison but never found him. yesterday morning they found him in a suburb southwest of paris. he was interrogated and in the interrogation process he was, he identified an apartment in northwest suburb of paris.
that apartment was raided last night. according to reports, police found and armed, maybe several weapons as well as some explosive materiel, and so -- the interior minister took the unusual step of going on the air last night, about 20 minutes to 11:00 p.m. local time to say that, in fact, a major plot had been foiled. that, in fact, there was a project fairly well advanced, he said, that this suspect was involved in. we'll hear more details we think later today by the paris prosecutor who's involved with terrorism investigations. alisyn? >> okay, jim. bring us more details as you get them. thank you. we are now hearing for the very first time from an american missionary. he was wounded in the airport bombings. 19-year-old mason wells is recovering from shrapnel injuries and burns. this is emotional video right here that you're watching of wells and his parents reuniting in the hospital. wells was also amazingly at the
boston marathon during the bombing there in 2013. he was also in france last year during the paris attacks. he has had more than his share of terrorism and trauma. cnn international correspondent phil black spoke with mason just moments ago and he joins us now. tell us about it, phil. >> alisyn, this is a young man with an extraordinary story to tell. mason wells said to me, i've seen better days with a heavy sense of understatement, really. he believes he was standing very close to the first blast that took place at the airport. suffered some pretty extensive injuries, burns to his face, to his arm. shrapnel to the leg. serious physical damage to one ankle. the good news is that with a bit of time, he should make something close to a very full recovery, but it's a long way away, because of those burns, infection is a real risk. so you'll see we're going to show you some of this video now. definitely worth seeing. we spoke to him over the phone
while in his hospital bed, and as i say, an extraordinary talent. take a look. >> i was actually conscious for all of it. we tried to pull out my friends' tickets, at a small station to go to the united states, and the machine wasn't working actually. so after working with the delta attendant she took us to the back of the line, the check-in line. i -- i'd actually pulled out my ipad to look at something. so -- as part of my responsibilities in the mission, and i was starting to look that up. i was looking at my ipad when -- the first blast went off. it was really loud. it really came out of nowhere.
the -- i wasn't expecting it. i was looking down and all of a sudden a huge blast came from my right. i think my body was actually picked up off the ground for a moment, and my ipad that was in my hands, i don't know what happened. it just disappeared. it might have actually hit me in the head when it got blasted out of my hands. so my watch, on my left-hand just disappeared. my left shoe was blown off, and a large part of the right side of my body got really hot and then really cold, and -- i was covered in -- a lot of, a lot of fluids. a lot of blood. and a lot of -- a lot of that blood wasn't mine. >> reporter: how close do you think you were to that initial explosion? >> within 10 or 15 meters. when the blast went off, after i had those feelings of warm and hot, i was actually -- i saw fire in front of my face and around my body. fire literally almost engulfed
the four of us. there was fire around us. from the blast. >> reporter: do you remember the second explosion? >> i do. it took my body about a second, half a second to realize it was a bomb that went off. and, of course, i'm sure my body was in complete physical shock. i knew that i'd been wounded. i didn't know how bad it was. i located an exit. looked up, located an exit and started to run towards the doors that we'd came in through, and i took a couple of steps, about three seconds after the -- three or four seconds after the first blast, the second bomb went off. and i actually felt the explosion on my right side. i could feel the blast but i don't believe i was hit by anything, by any shrapnel or anything. >> reporter: as you lie there a couple of days later, i guess what are the thoughts and feelings about what you've experienced? >> i just -- i feel love for
those injured. i feel so bad for -- i was so lucky. i was so lucky being how close i was, and i saw a lot of people that were injured worse. i heard a lot of people that were injured badly, and -- my only thoughts, my own feelings are just for the people that are out there. i hope that they're doing okay. i've -- i've just wanted to pray for them. i've been praying for them since it happened. that's the only feeling i have, is i hope they're okay, because i'm very lucky, and i know that there were maybe some that were not as lucky as i was. >> reporter: so he experienced it in a very, at very close range. he was conscious throughout. as you can see, he remembers it in such vivid detail. you could understand why mason wells says he feels that lucky. other people were feeling pretty fortunate right now are his parents, kimberly and chad who flew from the united states to
be reunited with him. i spoke to them about that moment. the first time they walked in to that hospital room and saw him lying there on the bed. it was the first time they had seen him in almost two years. that's how long he's been in europe working as a missionary for the mormon church. they said that moment for all of the emotion was incredibly comforting, because they could see him, they could touch him, see that he was okay and ultimately, he was the one that was comforting them, despite his physical state. despite the nature of his injuries. so really, an extraordinary story, alisyn. >> oh, phil, and what an extraordinary young man, and to just hear the gratitude that he has despite all of his terrible injuries that he is grateful to be alive today. phil, thank you so much for bringing us that story. we have a lot to talk about now. so joining me are our cnn senior international correspondent carissa ward and also cnn terror
analyst paul crookshank. i want to start with you. you learned about explosives used here in brussels and other connections? >> that is correct, alisyn. and the new information is that tatp, the same explosive used in the paris and brussels attacks, was discovered in that raid in paris last night, in a suburb of paris, when they arrested a known associate of el ba aoud. somebody believed to have joins isis. many other members of that network that went from belgium including al baaoud, and a
direct connection to the paris attacks in that individual arrested in paris last night. the french interior minister saying he was in advanced stages of a plot to launch some kind of attack. so there does appear to be now a connection between the arrest in paris last night and the overall isis network in europe, and to the ringleader himself of the paris attacks, alisyn. >> reporter: okay, paul. a bit more information we understand you have. we've heard about the arrests in brussels last night and about the arrests in paris last night. there were also arrests connected to this attack in germany? >> that is correct. two arrests yesterday, we understand, in germany. one in geason, one in dusseldorf. there does appear to be a key
arrest, a very significant development in germany. we'll have more very soon for you. >> okay. clarissa, i want to bring you in. very important stuff. for as ill-prepared as the belgium authorities may have been befored attacks, seems they're connecting the dots now, between paris, germany, the spiderweb where they're now arresting people all connected to these brussels attacks, seems like they have sped that up. >> and it seems like the one overarching theme here is that so many of these young men spent time in syria. and this is crucial, because this is the moment where these guys go from being petty thugs to hardened terrorists. this is where they are learning to operate heavy machine guns. it's where they're learning to build bombs, and what's been alarming watching this is we hear over and over again the families have gone to the police. they've said that their sons or their brothers have gone to
syria. that they've become radicalized but authorities not just in belgium but the entire continent of europe do not have a mechanism for tracking when these young men return to belgium. information sharing. this is challenging the very tenant of the liberal open border society and raising fundamental questions about how to keep europe safe and preserve its values, but also to make sure that everyone knows when these young men are coming back to europe, because you can be sure it's, you know it could mean bad things ahead when they come back. >> of course, always the question after these attacks, are they unsophisticated or are they sophisticated and complicated? when you hear paul's report, the same ta tcht same ta tchatp fingerprints, he well as in paris? >> it isn't at all sophisticated, tatp, where they
found rash wowy, the suspector the prints. only one person ill can -- killed in that attack. the skill set, cut it with spg, what authorities are looking for, tatp found in paris, i promise you they'll be trying to find what else was alongside it. that is the signature of the bombmaker and able to link, is it the same person who made the bombs in airport attempting to make the bombs in paris and that will close the ring for them. sometimes we ma thol jiz these people a little and think about him as the bombmaker. it doesn't make him a mastermind, just a, would go understanding of chemistry. in fact he had an electrical mechanical degree, when he was drawn into the ring, with the propensity of terrorist it's. >> thank you for all that. more breaking news, because secretary of state john kerry will be sitting down with our
erin burnett momentarily talking about the terror attacks after he learned the sad news this morning two americans are confirmed dead. we'll bring you that momentarily. "new day" will be right back. through small things. big things. and spur of the moment things. sheraton. ♪ and to help you accelerate,ast. we've created a new company. one totally focused on what's next for your business. accelerating innovation. accelerating next. hewlett packard enterprise.
terror attacks here in brussels. secretary of state john kerry just spoke with our erin burnett. she started by asking him if america was targeted in these attacks. >> i think it's an attack on america. it's an attack on europe. it's an attack on civilized people in countries around the world. it it's a attack on people who weren't even here and who weren't killed, because it is an attack on everybody's ability to move freely, to live without fear, and that's what the terrorists want. and that is precisely why we have to continue as we are to go aft after d.a.s.h. >> you were put out a concern, in belgium worried about people on the run, more cells, more
attacks. do you have knowledge what those attacks might be? >> i don't personally. i think there are strands of intelligence here and there, which we wouldn't talk about publicly anyway at this point, but the point is, we know that there are foreign fighters who have returned from syria over a span now of about five years, and they are in various places in the world. loads of countries, america included, by the way. we've had some 500 americans who have gone to syria and fight with d.a.s.h. over the last four years. so that is the reason for people being vigilant and on alert and the reason for restraints. >> you spoke of going to syria. i spoke to the brother of the bombmaker. they told authorities when they went to syria. they did not follow up. he has 10 to 15 friends in syria with isis and said, if i want to
go tomorrow i can go. you can call the police. they don't care. many of these young men's ultimate goal is to attack america. could this kind of thing happen in the u.s.? >> well, it did, in san bernardino. i mean, we saw somebody come back, radicalized, and go on a killing spree. so everybody understand that any of these foreign fighters who have come back still attached to d.a.s.h. now, many people have left d.a.s.h. recognizing that it was a lie. that all of the things they'd been told were lies. some of those people who tried to get away were executed. others managed to get away, and they've come back to tell the story of the lie. so we don't know how many people precisely there are who have filtered their way back in, but i believe very deeply that as we put additional pressure on d.a.s.h. in syria and iraq, it
is entirely possible that in some other part of the world people will lash out out of desperation. >> but are you concerned about attacks on american airports? american metro stations? attacks like the ones we've seen here intelligence is now saying are linked to isis headquarters? which is a different profile than san bernardino. >> erin, let me put it to you this way -- law enforcement and intelligence communi community, people have to get it right to prevent an attack. every minute of every day. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day as year. days a year. if somebody wakes up one morning in their apartment and decides they want to kill themselves and take somebody with them they can most likely find a place on a subway, on a bus, in a market somewhere to do it, unfortunately. so it is a very, you know --
this is a difficult challenge, and frankly, it's quite remarkable that our law enforcement community, our intelligence community, our police, have done as good a job as they have done of protecting us here both in america as well as in other parts of the world. now, that doesn't excuse one single event. when it happens everybody's focused on it with the intensity that we see here in belgium right now, but i am convinced that we are slowly and steadily deteriorating d.a.s.h.'s airpbiy to recruit, its ability to prosecute, its nihilistic ideology and over time we are going to get back to a world where we feel that we can travel with impunity and feel safe. >> what about the young men here, though? the young men i spoke to and said they know so many who went to isis. he said, i have a brain but i
understand why go. they're still going. >> some have gone but they are less and as d.a.s.h. continues to get beaten, as its leadership continues to be decimated, i believe the attraction is going to be reduced, and i think you will see a lot fewer people believing that is a narrative worth associating with or putting your life on the line for. >> and will isis still be a threat when you leave? >> well, i think this -- i think that we are going to put a huge dent in them in the course of this year. there's no question in my mind, but it is going to take a number of years, probably, to reduce the impact of the ideology of the, of people who will continue to carry an anger or a willingness to engage in some kind of act individually as a lone entity. i mean, even though we've destroyed the core of al qaeda and we did, al qaeda disbursed.
there are al qaeda operatives out there who continue to represent a threat, but they don't represent a complete shredding of the fabric of your life. and that's what we've been fighting with respect to d.a.s.h., because if you left d.a.s.h. unattended to and you didn't go after them, the results would be absolutely devastating. i think people have come to that conclusion, which is why there isn't one single country anywhere that supports d.a.s.h. d.a.s.h. is isolated. that's why i can say to you with such confidence, we can destroy it, because every country in the region that surrounds it is opposed to d.a.s.h., and the sooner we can deal with assad and his presence in syria, the sooner we will have an ability to go after d.a.s.h. and ultimately deliver on the promise i've just made. >> secretary kerry telling erin burnett that the u.s. intelligence community and law
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two americans among the dead in the brusselss terror attacks. u.s. intelligence suggests that multiple isis plots are being planned in europe. the question is how concerned should americans be here in the united states? this, of an attack on u.s. soil? joining us, angus king, independent from maine sits on the armed services committee. you just returned from europe. in fact, were you in paris the day of the prubrussels attacks. arrests in germany, we're told, connected to the brussels attack. an arrest in paris overnight connected to the november attack there's. give us a sense of what you're hearing right now on the scope of the investigation. >> well, it was amazing. we were on a trip involving mostly russia, when we in poland and ukraine and then counter terrorism in germany and france the morning of the brussels attack we were coincidentally meeting with french law
officials, spent most of the morning with them an our own people. one of the real problems over there, john. they are where we were pre-9/11. the term is stove piped. they're in silos. they don't talk to each other. particularly between the countries, but they have open borders, where people can -- you can drive from italy to norway without slowing down, and this is a really serious problem that manifested itself to some extent in brussels and that was a lot of the discussion. they're going to have to find away to put aside or jealousies and rivaliries and do a better jon communicating with each other in order to prevent these kinds of attacks, and unfortunately, you know, the reports that isis is planning other attacks don't surprise me. i think as secretary kerry said, as isis is squeezed down in syria and iraq, they're going to lash out. they're a trapped rat right now, and they're going to be doing these kinds of attacks and, of
course, trying to do them here. >> you say they're a trapped rat, but is this contained to europe? you said they are going to try them here. these europeans who are traveling across borders with countries that are not sharing information, if you have a european union passport, you can come to the u.s. very easily. >> that's right, and that was one of the things we talked about over there, and that i'm very concerned about. this so-called visa waiver program to put it in perspective, john. all the argument and to do we had last year about 2,600 syrian refugees, in the meantime, 20 million people passed in and out of the united states last year under the visa waiver program. now, we did some things in the budget bill in december that tightened it up, but i'm still uncomfortable about that. the problem is, a lot of these people travel, and we learned this from our counterparts in europe, travel under assumed names and fake passports. so we can have somebody on a watch list, but then if they show up at the airport with a fake passport, they're not on a
watch list, it could be that they could slip through. that's, i think, the principle concern. i've got to say, our -- our law enforcement and intelligence people are doing an absolutely spectacular job of tracking these people down, preventing these types of attacks, but the problem is, you can be 99.9% effective and still have a tragedy, and so the other piece is, it's very hard to stop a lone wolf attack. somebody that's an american citizen, they're already living here. they're radicalized online. they go out, buy a gun and they go and do what happened in san bernardino. there's no real plot there in the sense of, you know, a lot of messaging back and forth and buying equipment and those kinds of things. so it's very difficult for law enforcement and intelligence to get on top of that. i see that -- that's what keeps me up at night, is the self-radicalized homegrown extremists. >> senator, you know more than we do.
you're on the intelligence committee. would you send your kids to europe right now? >> yes, yes. i would. and i think -- i don't think it's -- you know, there are risks every time we walk out the door. you can get hit by a bus, and i just don't think the risk -- it's there. but there are all kinds of other rinks s risks in life. i would. i just got back. i didn't feel unsafe. i walked the streets of krakow and paris and berlin. it is a risk, but -- if i answered yes to that question, that would be the victory of the terrorists and i don't think we can do that. we can't be intimidated. we have to maintain who we are. we are asymmetrically vulnerable because we're asymmetrically free and we want to stay that way. so i think law enforcement, intelligence, but the other problem, john is we've got to get at the core of this. one of the law enforcement people we met with in france
said, we're not going to arrest or kill our way out of this. we've got to figure out how to get at the, at the motivation of these young people. what's the problem, and one of the problems they have in europe that was identified over and over is the ghettoization of their muslim communities. they're sort of all by themselves and it's a cauldron of resentment and, and just ill-feeling. but one final point, and thisgoes to why we can't marginalize and discriminate against all muslims. most of these arrests have taken place because of tips that have come from within the muslim community. that's why we -- we just can't say, all muslims are bad. we're not going to talk to them. that's exactly what -- >> when the tips come in, the authorities have to act and act fast, there have been issues in belgium. senator king, thank you, appreciate it. up next, hearing from a woman heading to the united states on a mission from her church when the brussels airport
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we want to bring awe cnn exclusive now. this is the moment when the parents of a brussels terror survivors mason wells an american got to see their son for the first time since the attacks. the mormon missionary, he's from utah, suffered shrapnel injuries and burns but watch this reunion. >> some visits for you. >> hey. hey. >> [ inaudible ]. >> love you, son. >> unbelievably, this was mason's third brush with terrorism. mason was injured when dropping off this colleague sister fanny kline at the brussels airport tuesday morning, and the story of fanny is just as remarkable.
fanny is 20 years od s old, ins the departure hall feet away from the blast. she was badly burned but she spoke to us from her hospital bed last night. th she had come out of surgery. she was, you'll see, sleepy, sedated but felt strongly she wanted to share her story. >> we found a place to check in, and it was big glass boaart.
>> reporter: but you're going to get better? >> reporter: it means a lot to survivors to hear how well you're doing and you're doing amazingly well. >> the doctors tell us that fanny will be okay. physically. they expect her to get out of the hospital in about a week, but obviously she has a long road ahead. emotionally. john and michaela, as i wrap up my almost weak assignment here in brussels i just want to share what seems like a fitting end to this. there's a group of students sitting behind me on the steps here in the public square, and they just sang a beautiful song, and there was a round 6 applause when they sang the song and it's just such a symbol of the togetherness, love and healing that this city of brussels and the whole city of brel jupelgiu
they are on the road to recovery. a real eye-opening experience and i'm gratful to be here. >> your strength is their strength. thank you. ted cruz not playing punches with donald trump. the latest salvo over the republican be candidates' wives. and "the wonder list" this sunday, cnn's bill weir travels to iceland checking out a different definition of family. >> reporter: everywhere you turn there are coupling like this. together they have four kids from three other partners and not a drop of guilt or regret. >> it's very common in iceland to be an unmarried mother, and people go a long time, no, they live together and they have children, and then maybe they get married, you know? and you have this horrible term in, in english, like, broken
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trump retweeted and unflattering photo of ted cruz' wife hide pip talk about this. bring in jeffrey lore, director for ronald reagan and communications for congresswoman dana roarbeck. we've been through this. push it forward a little. talk about the ted cruz response. has ted cruz now said enough and is it time now for ted cruz to move on, or risk being distracted in this campaign? >> no. i think he should move forward. he said what he had to say. he was forceful about it. and i think that he needs to continue to draw the contrast between him and trump on policy issues, on temperament, on qualifications to be president of the united states. real issues that are facing this country. all of this, what donald trump is doing, deflecting that he is fully unqualified to face the real issues facing america. we just had an awful terrorist
attack in brussels. americans and people died there. what is he doing? up late at night tweeting insults about woman and had a disastrous "washington post" editorial meeting that got buried in the conversation where his answers very serious questions were unintelligible, and people need to really pay attention and look at the future of the country. you want to put it in the hand of someone who's a misogynist and can't get past their impulses to lash out on not only women but other people. that's scary. >> and part of the reason, ted cruz has chose ton engage in the back and forth. >> he needed to defend his wife. what donald trump done is pretty despicable. he lashes out at women when he doesn't get his way. >> one of the things donald trump has to do, bring the party together. if he thinks he'll be the nominee, wants to be the alternate inevitable nominee in his mind he's got to unify the party. this doesn't seem to be unifying
the party now, particularly republican women. unfavorable ratings among women are epically high right now. 74% unfavorable in the latest cnn/orc poll. doesn't he have to turn that around in the next few months? >> sure. john, as you know i've said, let's move on here. let's move on. there are serious issues here. what happened in brussels is incredibly serious. so i think, you know, enough is enough with all of this kind of thing. that said, look, he was defending his wife. his wife was under attack. he defended her. i find that very strange that for a man to defend his wife from a political attack is somehow anti-women, but there you go. >> do you think it benefits donald trump, jeffrey, to distract like this? to give away two days on the campaign trail to an argument about candidate wives instead of focusing on the issues? is this part of a greater strategy? >> i don't -- i don't think defending his wife is seen as a strategy. i think he sees it as defending
his wife, period, and in terms of unifying the party, you know, that process was begun, or continues, was on monday in washington. when he met with a number of republican members of congress, other members of the media. i know that my editor from the american spectator was in on that meeting, bob tieral. so he is doing this. >> tara, i know you feel strongly about this. >> i do. >> ted cruz has been asked if he could support donald trump, if he's the nominee. up until yesterday he said, you know, indicated, yeah, yeah, he would. yesterday when he called trump a sniveling coward, he wouldn't answer the question but not flat out saying, no. at a certainly point does he have to come out and say a sniveling coward isn't my nominee? >> yeah. i mean, i don't -- i don't understand how they reconcile that. these -- what they're attacking, donald trump on, very legitimate arguments, and i don't know how you turn that around moving forward. >> he has to reconcile in your
mind? >> either that or he just -- or beat him flat out. seems to be his answer to donald trump here. i have to address something jeffrey said. this is not how a man defends his wife. you don't defend your wife by objectifying another woman. this isn't seventh grade where you go, my girlfriend's hotter than your girlfriend. we're talking about the leader of the free world potentially. the next leader of the free world. you lash out, objectify. he's already objectified his wife retweeting something like that, and then you -- then you turn around and we're supposed to think that, oh, he loves women? he respects women? and this is the way a rational leader of the free world handles situations like this? that is not how a real man who's comfortable in his own skin handles a situation like that. >> jeffrey, got to end it there, tara. happy easter to you both, and hope we're not talking about this on monday. >> given all the vaezness and violence in the world, we he's in heroes. craziness.
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and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin with breaking news out of belgium. two siblings living in new york are confirmed killed in tuesday's terror attacks. the brother and sister are dutch citizens, but were returning to the united states when they were killed. also new this morning, a huge development in the investigation. a u.s. official telling cnn they believe they know the identity of the surviving airport attacker. the man wearing a hat and light-colored jacket fled the airport without detonating the bomb. overnight police launched a series of raids across belgium's capital. six people delained including three outside of the federal prosecutor's office. in france, sources telling cnn a newly arrested suspect is linked to the mastermind of the paris attacks and the frenc