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is president trump redefining his red line on syria? more mixed messaging on syria, leaving many wondering how far the u.s. will go. and rks tillerson's high-stakes visit to moscow. what message will he deliver to the kremlin? facing a pr nightmare after disturbing video of a paid passenger being forcibly dragged from an airplane. a man who paid for his seat, a doctor who wanted to get back to
his patients in louisville dragged off the plane. universal condemnation for unit this had morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> pleasure to be with you here. >> you, too. we start with the white house. new confusion over president trump's red line in syria. air strikes president trump ordered against the air field. spicer seemed to significantly lower the threshold against the assad regime that would trigger a response. the administration is now saying never mind, spicer's words should not be taken literally. the latest from the white house. >> reporter: good morning, borrow sbis christine. ever since president trump ordered a military strike in syria, the question has been what comes next? the white house offered more confusion than clarity yesterday on that question after white house press secretary sean spicer said this. >> if you gas a baby, if you put
a barrel bomb in to innocent people i think you can -- you will see a response from this president. that is unacceptable. >> spicer made a reference to barrel bombs repeatedly yesterday in that briefing. if that were the administration's new red line, if they were going to bomb any time there's a barrel bomb attack, that would be a shift in policy. officials began to walk it back, saying this is not a signal in a change in policy, an indication that administration officials are not necessarily on the same page when it comes to what's next in syria. one thing is clear. the administration wants to be careful about not drawing a red line that they're not willing to back up and they want to stick to the president's previous comments, that he wants to be unpredictable on military action, not forecast his next step this white house is not ruling out future intervention in syria. back to you guys. >> senior white house official
says that the president reached out to general mattis asking for a more detailed account of the damage. unknown what secretary mattis told the president. the assessment of the department of defense is that the strike resulted in the damage or destruction of fuel and ammunition sites, air defense capabilities and 20% of syria's operational aircraft. >> we're keeping a close eye on this. critical meeting of the foreign ministers of the g7 countries, including secretary of state rex tillerson. the meeting comes amid heightened tensions over those missile strikes in syria. tillerson will get on a plane for moscow minutes after this meeting ends, where he will meet with russian foreign minister sergey lavrov. live for news lucca, italy, where that meeting will take place. a new meeting, all of them opposed to assad.
what are we hearing about that meeting? >> reporter: yeah. good morning, boris. this meeting is supposed to give rex tillerson a strong mandate to take to moscow. some ideas that are being discussed here, the possibility of additional sanctions on russian officials. the british foreign secretary discussing the idea that perhaps sanctions can be put on some of those russian officers who are fighting inside syria alongside assad's forces. it's not clear that there's going to be broad support for that idea but certainly the idea that's emerging from here. you have the british, the french, the germans, italians, japanese, canadians. as well as the turkish, saudi, qatari and jordanian foreign minister. very broad collective of foreign ministers here. and the mandate that appears to be emerging that secretary tillerson should take to moscow is that president putin needs to back away from president assad.
he needs then to work towards getting a cease fire in syria and then begin supporting a political transition away from president bashir al assad. what's unclear at this moment in the last couple of hours before secretary tillerson goes to moscow is will any sanctions be applied on russia before he goes or will they be given as a backup in his back pocket, if you will, that if putin doesn't get on board with this idea that there's something else that can be used. boris? >> how persuasive can any argument made by rex tillerson be when it used to be the g8 now it's the g7? russia got kicked out. how closely will they attentively listen to what he has to say? >> reporter: there's no doubt, certainly, amongst the allies here that rex tillerson can deliver a blunt and strong message. just 12 days ago at nato
headquarters he came with a very clear, definitive message from president trump, nato members need to pay up. the question is whether putin will be in a mind to listen to it. and i think, you know, that's the idea of the meetings here. what can they additionally give tillerson that will give him that extra leverage? that's really an open question. >> nic roberts from italy. thank you. his visit comes at a crucial time. relations between the u.s. and russia deteriorating by the day. slamming the putin regime. cnn's paula newton is live in moscow, tracking the latest deteriorating developments. what kind of message should we expect tillerson to deliver today? he was talking to friends and allies about what kind of message to deliver to the putin
regime and who will he be delivering it to? >> key question. we know he will meet with sergey lavrov. christine, look, rex tillerson knows this country being the ceo of lavrov. the trump administration will be able to cut to what his demands are if he speaks directly to rex tillerson, a man he knows. i don't believe that rex tillerson will be coming here with any sticks right now. he wants to see how you nudge russia along to continue in the help against isis but also get assad out of power, even if that
means what remains in place is a regime, a government that's still friendly, pro russia. >> it will be interesting to see how he uses business ac krchlt krchcaccumen in this arena. >> everybody is talking about this. everybody has that nightmare airport story, but few end up like this one. watch this video. unidentified and bloodied united airlines passenger in chicago sunday night gets yanked out of his seat. dragged down the aisle of the plane by chicago police. here is the story. united overbook this had flight to louisville, kentucky, and asked passengers to surrender their seats for compensation in order to make room for crew members. when nobody volunteered united said it was forced into what it calls an involuntary deboarding situation. involuntary is an understatement. the backlash social media
frenzy, leading to the suspension of one chicago police officer. united ceo was forced to release this statement, after first defending the ejection. he writes, quote, this is an upsetting event. all of us here at united, our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. what upsets a lot of people isn't just the fact that he's bloodied, being dragged through the aisle but this was done to accommodate their crew members. >> it just seems like poor planning. but this is the way these airlines operate they overbook these flights. it's probably happened to everybody watching right now. you agree to an airline's overbooking policy when you agree to their tickets. it's standard practice for airlines to sell more tickets than there are seats. in united's case, back and forth usually happens at the gate, not after the passengers are already on the plane. back in 2015, the latest data we
have, shows that 36,000 travelers were involuntarily bumped from flights. in my view, there are so many adults in the room there, you know, how they couldn't deescalate that. and everyone's got a price. >> right. >> i know there are these limits. raise the price. give somebody $2,000, $3,000. >> the faa limit is about $1,300. i'm certain somebody on that plane would have said sure i'll take that check and wait another day. >> the universal condemnation for united here, especially after a week of delays and bookings for delta have people feeling everyone's got a story about being disrespected by your airline. one of the biggest stories in banking history, involving fake accounts atwells fargo that has shaken that bank to its core. new investigation reveals a report back in 2004 foretold this scandal almost to the letter. this 2004 report -- 2004, 13
years ago. it warned that wells fargo employees had an incentive to cheat, based on the fear of losing their jobs. it went on to say that workers couldn't meet the bank's unrealistic sales goals without gaming the system. it was sent to chief auditor, hr and others but fell on deaf ears. the 110-page released by the wells fargo board of directors this week says there's no evidence that it was further escalated. it took back $75 million from former ceo and wells community banks. the board said stump was too slow to investigator to challenge the bank's policies. we've been talking about syria. we need to mention north korea. that country issuing a blistering statement against the u.s., warning they will retaliate against any
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north korea says it will respond in kind to any acts of aggression by the u.s., as a u.s. aircraft carrier steams toward the korean peninsula. the u.s. turned the 97,000 ton uss carl vinson along with two guided missile cruisers and two destroyers toward the sea of japan, also called the east sea. officials in pyongyang that said, quote, the current grim situation with the nuclear force at the core. carl vinson nuclear powered air strike group into the waters of the korean peninsula proves that the reckless acts of aggression of the u.s. against the dprk, north korea, have now entered a grave practical stage. the dprk is ready and willing to
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washington downtown hotel. refusing to open a restaurant in trump's hotel. he claimed that the president's derogatory comments labeling mexican immigrants as rapists would make it impossible to attract hispanic. near record high temperatures in the northeast. meteorologist joins us now from the cnn weather center. >> good morning, boris and christine. going to be a mess into the afternoon hours. a lot of rainfall has come down out toward the central portion of the state, houston gets in line for heavy rainfall, generally two to three inches. some pockets could see greater than three inches over the next 36 or so hours. flood watches have been issued
from san antonio out toward austin. wouldn't be surprised if this expands on to houston during the afternoon hours. places like chicago, about 74 yesterday. 52, the best we can do for you. new york city in washington, even in boston, temps closing in on 80 degrees. look at these numbers. we're talking what could be climatologically the first week of summer in some of these spots. new york city, that would be a 5th of july temperature. 83 typically happens on the 24th of june, washington, d.c. still above average for places like new york, washington, so enjoy the next couple of days. pretty mild perspective in store. >> 82 today in new york. >> got to enjoy that. we've been watching this all morning. in a few hours, secretary of state rex tillerson will be heading to moscow amid high tensions with the kremlin. details on his visit, next. hey allergy muddlers are you one sneeze away from being voted out of the carpool?
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is president trump redefining his red line on syria? more mixed messages from the white house, leaving many wondering just how far the u.s. is willing to go. tensions rising hours ahead of secretary of state rex tellerson's high stakes trip to moscow. what message is he taking to deliver to the kremlin? plus united airlines facing a pr nightmare this morning. disturbing video emerges of this passenger being forcibly dragged from his airplane. welcome back to "early start." thank you for joining us. i'm boris sanchez. >> and i'm christine romans. nice to see you, sitting in for dave this morning. >> good to see you. >> the white house sowing new confusion over president trump's red line in seara. press secretary sean spicer defending the air strikes that president trump ordered over a
syrian airfield. he seemed to lower the aggression by the syrian regime that would seem to trigger a response. now the white house is saying his words shouldn't be taken literally. >> reporter: good morning, borrow sbis christine. ever since president trump ordered a military strike in syria, the question has been, what comes next? yesterday the white house offered more confusion than clarity on that question after white house press secretary sean spicer said this. >> if you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb in to innocent people, i think you can enact -- you will see a response from this president. that is unacceptable. >> reporter: now, spicer made a reference to barrel bombs repeatedly yesterday in that briefing. if that were the new administration's red line, if they were going to intervene any time there was a barrel bomb attack, that would be a significant shift in u.s. policy. but after that briefing, administration officials began to walk it back, saying this is not a signal of a change in policy. an indication that
administration officials are not necessarily on the same page when it comes to what's next in syria. one thing is clear, the administration wants to be careful about not drawing a red line that they're not willing to back up. and they want to stick to the president's previous comments that he wants to be unpredictable on military action. he does not want to forecast his next steps. this white house is not ruling out future intervention in syria. back to you guys. >> thanks for that, sarah. cnn official tells sarah murray that president trump reached out to secretary of defense james mattis asking for a more complete damage assessment of the strike on that u.s. syrian air base after he president trump heard that the runways were not destroyed. yesterday mattis released this statement. quote, the assessment of the department of defense is that the strike resulted in the damage or destruction of fuel, ammunition sites, air defense capabilities and 20% of syria's operational aircraft. under way right now in
italy, a critical meeting of the foreign ministers from the g7 countries, including secretary of state rex tillerson. that meeting comes amid heightened tensions ovbetween u. and russia. minutes after the meeting ends, secretary tillerson will board a plane for moscow. nic roberts is live at the g7 in italy. a new meeting was added to discuss the syrian conflict. what can you tell us about that meeting? >> reporter: yeah, sure. saudi arabia, turkey, jordan, qatar, united arab emirates all sent ministers to join the meeting, to broaden the mandate and message that secretary tillerson can take from all international partners concerned about syria when he goes to moscow. the consensus that appears to be emerging is that there is a window of opportunity for president putin to step away
from his support of president assad in syria, that he should then work to help bring a cease fire in syria and then support the u.n.-sponsored peace talks to bring a political transition in syria to push assad out of power and bring in a more representative political leadership for all of syrians, including the opposition. however, is he going to be given any sticks when he goes to moscow? will there be support for broader sanctions? what is the support and appetite for further strikes on syria by the you state, as we saw last week? that's not clear. that's all part of the discussion. obviously for allies wanting a clearer understanding of the nuance of the u.s. position on syria, because only a week or so ago most of those partners thought that the united states wasn't going after assad, wasn't interested in assad, primarily interested in isis. that's all up for discussion. we expect to hear more as the meetings wrap up.
when they wrap up, secretary tillerson will head for moscow. >> noted that these used to be called g8 meetings when russia was included but isolated from the international community because ofity actions in ukraine. rex tillerson on his way there after these meetings wrap up. thank you for that, nic robertson. >> his visit obviously comes at a crucial time. relations between the u.s. and russia are deteriorating by the day. tillerson slammed the putin regime for supporting dictator bashir al assad. and on the other side, the air strike byby the united states was labeled an act of aggression. probably even more important is who he is going to be delivering that message to, right? >> it's become a point of contention, boris. he is supposed to be meeting with his counterpart, sergey
lavrov. those two men will speak for sure. the state at the present time had been preparing for a meeting with vladimir putin. we heard from the spokesperson, look, we never put that on the schedule. it could still happen but it's not on the schedule. rex tillerson knows vladimir putin personally, received an award from this country. they could really get down to the upshot, the bottom line in terms of this negotiation quite quickly. but if vladimir putin refuses to meet with rex tillerson that, too, will be a sign that it will take much more for russia to come on. they haven sanctions haven't worked very well on russia in changing its military behavior, whether you're talking about ukraine or syria. rex tillerson will have to be very imaginative to come here and get vladimir putin to move on a campaign that's been quite
successful. russia in syria, largest military deployment in decades and they've managed to regain their foothold in the middle east. vladimir putin will not want to let go of that. >> paula newton, live from ms. cow. thank you very much. we're getting a look at how americans feel about president trump's strategy in syria. new cbs poll show 57% approve of last week's strikes on the syrian air base with 36% disapproving. most americans are cautious about any future action from here. only 18% want the u.s. to send ground troops. 15% don't want any involvement at all. these numbers largely break along party lines of democrats. more than half of republicans, 25% believe he can take military action in syria without it. >> there is some disagreement there. when it comes to public opinions about airlines, at least this week, it's not looking good.
we all have that nightmare airport story. few like this one, though. watch this. an unidentified and bloodied united airlines passenger in chicago sunday night, getting yanked out of his seat, dragged through the aisle of the plane by chicago police. at one point he slammed his head on an arm rest. he was bleeding all over his face, telling passengers that he's a doctor and just trying to get home to see his passengers, but apparently united overbooked this flight to louisville, kentucky, then had to ask passengers to surrender their seats for competition to make room for four crew members. when nobody volunteered, united said it was forced into what it calls an involuntary deboarding situation. a backlash of social media frenzy. leading to the suspension of one of those chicago police officers. this statement was released by the ceo after first defending the he injection. quote, this is an upsetting event for all of us here at
united. our team is moving with a sense of urgency to conduct our own detailed review of what happened. part of the strong response against united has to be the fact that there was that e-mail from the ceo to the employees saying, hey, we did this by the book. that didn't look very by the book. >> even if it is by the book, what that shows you is -- it tap noo s into the well of anger -- you feel as though you're disrespected when you fly. >> they don't really consider you a top priority there sometimes. >> what many passengers may not realize you agree to an airline's overbooking policy when you purchase your tickets. they sell more tickets than there are seats. back and forth usually happens at the gate not after passengers board the plane. data from the department of transportation shows 46,000 travelers were involuntarily
bumped from flights. i think jetblue -- i'm going to check on this. jetblue is one of the rare airlines that doesn't overbook flights. >> you think the customer's always right. but we'll see how they handle this. >> i know there are faa limits of $1,300, how much you can compensate but someone -- just keep upping the price, someone is going to -- they overbook to save money for themselves. >> they're maximizing profits. might as well maximize comfort and not put somebody through that. >> exactly. the state of alabama has a new governor. the former one, robert bentley, resigned in disgrace shortly after being booked into the montgomery county jail, pleading guilt toy two misdemeanors. he was facing impeachment hearings for allegedly using state resources to cover up an extra marital affair with an aide. kate ivey was sworn in and called the resignation of bentley a dark day in alabama.
one of the biggest scandals in bank history, involving those fake accounts atwells fargo. it has shaken that bank to its core. a new investigation reveals a report atwells fargo all the way back in 2004 foretold this scandal. that report warned that wells fargo employees had an incentive to cheat based on the fear of losing their jobs. it said that workers felt they couldn't meet the bank's unrealistic sales goals without gaming the system. it was sent to chief auditor, hr and others but fell on deaf ears. 110-page investigation just released now by wells fargo's independent board of directors this week says there is no evidence that the report and its recommendations were further escalated. wells fargo took back $75 million from former ceo john stump and head of wells fargo's banks. they said he was too slow to investigator challenge the bank's practices.
ceos, anybody on the route to the c suite that is a really compelling story about not listening to your internal messaging when something is going wrong. still watching the situation in north korea. it's escalating there. that country issuing a blistering statement warning that it is ready to retaliate against any aggression. the more... , powerful you'll think they are. it's time to see what power really looks like. new neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair with accelerated retinol sa. clinically proven to reduce wrinkles in just one week. wrinkles? your time is up! rapid wrinkle repair. and for dark spots. rapid tone repair. neutrogena® see what's possible.
a strong message from north korea, saying it will respond in kind to any acts of aggression by the u.s., as u.s. aircraft carrier steams toward the korean peninsula, following last week's missile test by north korea, the u.s. turned the 90,000 ton uss carl vinson, along with two guided missiles and two destroyers toward the sea of japan, also known as the east sea. officials in pyongyang provided
a statement to cnn. the current grim situation it goes on the dispatch of the carl vinson nuclear powered aircraft show the reckless acts of aggression of the u.s. against the dprk have now entered a grave practical stage. the dprk is willing and ready to respond to whatever methods the u.s. wants to take. police say two students were standing near their teacher when her estranged husband walked into the classroom and opened fire. stephanie elam has more from san bernardino. >> christine and boris this all
started just before 10:30 in the morning on monday when a man approached the school and checked in as one visitor normally would. he was the estranged spouse, police say, of one of the special needs teachers, karen smith. she taught a class of -- between first and fourth graders. he went through the normal procedures. went to the classroom. police say without word began shooting at miss smith, killing her. unfortunately, standing behind her were two of her students. one of them a 9-year-old boy is still in stable condition, we understand, but the 8-year-old boy, jonathan martinez, died. this, as we then learn that the man turned the gun on himself, killing himself. they do believe at this point it was likely a murder/suicide. officials working quickly to reunite those students in that particular classroom with their parents and methodically working through the other 500 or so kids that attend the elementary school to get them back with their parents after verifying that the parents were, in fact,
their legal guardians. at this point they are working to learn more about this man who did this, this 53-year-old man who lives in riverside, california. the couple hadn't even been married a long time, so they do think this may have been some sort of personal issue between this man and this woman. but, still, a very tragic story as you learn that there's a loss of life of an 8-year-old. boris and christine? >> stephanie, thank you. texas officials say they are disappointed-to-that a federal judge has struck down the controversial incht d. law. the six-year-old measure intentionally discriminates against black and hispanic voters. justice neil gorsuch took the official oath monday with the president by his side. the president clearly savoring
the moment, talking about how quickly his pick was confirmed. >> i've always heard that the most important thing that a president of the united states does is appoint people, hopefully great people like this appointment, to the united states supreme court. and i can say i got it done in the first 100 days. you think that's easy? >> at 49 years old, gorsuch will likely sit on the supreme court for decades and could outlast all eight justices. he will be joining the bench monday and used to clerk for justice endy. that's who swore him in yesterday. >> historic first time that has happened. >> yeah. crucial republican congressional seat is up for grabs. more on that next. hey allergy muddlers are you one sneeze away from being voted out of the carpool? try zyrtec® it's starts working hard at hour one
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republicans will be keeping a close eye on today's special election in kansas to fill the house seat vacated by mike pompeo, new cia director. president trump and vice president pence have made robo calls. that race is tightening. republicans will also nervous about next week's special election in georgia to fill the house seat vacated by health and human secretary tom price. john ossoff looking formidable. fcc is hanging up on in-flight cell phone calls, calling the plan to allow people to make in-flight call on cell phones ill received. the fcc now says the public overwhelmingly rejected that
change. trump administration has settled a lawsuit with a celebrity chef who backed out of a deal. jeffrey zachari nachlt refused to open a restaurant in trump's washington hotel. he claimed that it would make it impossible to hire hispanic employees or attract hispanic patrons. details of both settlements were kept private. some of the world's top journalists were honored with pulitzer prizes for their distinguished reporting, "the washington post" and cnn contributor david ferenholt. also receiving a pulitzer prize for public service, new york daily news that exposed the new york police department's abuse of eviction notices.
joining us now from the cnn weather center. >> approaching the houston metroplex at this point. series of active weather will scoot off approaching shreveport as well as these thunderstorms in place. that should extend 8:00 am eastern time across this region. by this afternoon, we'll get some of these storms that will push through houston as well. localized flash flooding not out of the question. out toward the northeast, temperatures really, for a pretty extensive area of the coastline there 25 degrees above normal. 85 in store for washington, d.c. when it cools off still the upper 70s wednesday, look at new york city, from 82 down to
around 73 degrees and 60s coming back later in the week and boston touching almost 80 degrees. bringing it back down to reality in the upper to mid 60s in the afternoon. few storms then as well. >> that's your weather. here's your money. money stream this morning, stock futures pointing lower. earnings season gets under way with the nation's big banks reporting. data on consumer spending and inflation later in the week. stock markets in europe and asia are mixed. new york is not the only state making a push for tuition-free college this morning. rhode island is considering a proposal put forth by the state's governor that would make two years of public college free. unlike the scholarship for middle class families, rhode island would make it tuition free regardless of income. they expect it to benefit 7,000 students, costs $30 million each year once fully implemented. half of the state's budget. group of ceos dubbed the
strategic and policy forums led by billionaire blackstone founder steven schwartzman. also included are leaders of gm, walmart. tax reform is likely to top the items to discuss, as well as the jobs that the president has promised. tweets, topics you want all in one feed. download it now on the app store or google play. and stay with us because "early start" continues right now. is president trump redefining his red line on syria? more mixed messages from the white house, leaving many wondering how far the u.s. is willing to go. >> tensions rise just hours ahead of secretary of state rex tillerson's high stakes trip to moscow with syria at the forefront, what message will he deliver to the kremlin? united airlines facing a pr
nightmare after this disturbing video emerges of a passenger being forcibly dragged from an airplane. we've been talking about it all morning. you're not going to want to miss that footage. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm boris sanchez. >> universal condemnation for united airlines this morning. they're out there on an island right now. i'm christine romans. it's tuesday, april 11th. it's 5:00 am in the east. new confusion over president trump's redline in syria. secretary spicer defending the strikes that president trump ordered on an air base in syria. he seemed to lower the action that would trigger a administrag it should not be taken sara murray has the late