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this is cnn breaking news. >> hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm isha sesay. >> just gone 11:00 here in los angeles. it's now 2:00 a.m. in atlanta, georgia. >> and donald trump is claiming victory in an election in the u.s. state of georgia, even though the democrat finished far ahead of his republican opponent. he came very close to the majority he needed to claim a seat in the house of
representatives. now he'll face karen handel in a run-off in june and that could favor the republican. m manu raju is at cnn headquarters in atlanta. >> jon ossoff falling just short of the threshold that he needed to win this race outright, getting less than 50% of the vote in this republican-heavy district, a district that no democrat has won in 37 years, getting close to that 50% number, but not close enough. now, going forward, this means that it's a two-person race between him and karen handel, republican former secretary of state from georgia, someone who's run for statewide office twice, lost both times for governor and once for senator. now she has a chance at consolidating the support on the republican side that was fractured by 11 different candidates as they try to get into this run-off with jon
ossoff. ossoff has the support of the national democratic party infrastructure. they're energized behind him. and last night when he talked to voters he said that he shattered all expectations. >> there is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages. we have defied the odds. we have shattered expectations. >> reporter: now the question for republicans is the trump factor. how much will it weigh on the general election? donald trump himself tweeting several times last night, also saying that this essentially was a victory for his party and criticizing outside money that was spent to help jon ossoff. of course there was outside money spent on the republican side as well. the question, will he be a liability for karen handel or an asset going forward? cnn, atlanta. >> ins well, cnn senior reporter for media, dylan byers, it's an
exciting story. like election night all over again. did democrats put too much stock in the outcome of this? because these special elections, can be an indicator that a change is on its way, they can also not be. >> i think all of the attention given to this, i think what democrats are trying to do, trying to whet the appetite of not only the democratic party, but democratic donors. what they're saying here is, donald trump has historically low approval ratings. there's a lot of vulnerability among the republican party. clearly things have not worked out well for his administration within the first 100 days. there's an opening for us here. if you had asked democrats several weeks ago, do you think you can take back the house, during the mid terms, what they would say is, no, that's an almost impossible task.
ta had ossoff won tonight, they would say the republican party is in historical trouble. what happened tonight is a little more murky. republicans are vulnerable and now there's a chance for democrats to make serious in-roads, but they have to do more than what they did tonight. they have to put forward a bigger message than, i'm not trump. >> and the republicans are seeing this as a victory. here's a reaction from the republican national committee. these liberal democrats failed to inspire voters with a candidate who couldn't even vote for himself, received 97% of his donations from outside the district and lied about his own weak resume. democrats have misread the electorate falling short and wasting millions of dollars in the process. >> ouch. >> ouch. but, look -- >> it's not all wrong. >> it's not all wrong, but these are -- they're trying to comfort republicans here. again, there's -- this was a very staunchly republican
district. it wasn't a pro-trump district, he only won by 1.5 points, whereas mitt romney won by 20. but if democrats can do this well here, there are 23 districts that trump lost that still have republican lawmakers. so they're very vulnerable in those districts and they could be very vulnerable in some of these districts too, where you have strong republican support but not necessarily trump support. >> if you're karen handel, running against jon ossoff in the race in june, what are you thinking? are you saying, draw president trump closer? or are you thinking, keep him at bay? what do you do? especially when you said, i deserve some of the credit which is what he said in the tweet. >> that's a very good question. and hopefully she's hiring the right people to figure out the answer to that question. there are different constituencies among the republican party. there are establishment republicans, that are anti-trump republicans, hard-core republicans who are farther right than trump and aren't satisfied with the way he's --
there's a lot of different people dissatisfied here. >> the role that donald trump played in this election, there were 11 republicans up against the democrat. listen to the robocall that donald trump made during this campaign, going after ossoff. >> if you don't vote tomorrow, ossoff will raise your taxes, destroy your health care, and flood our country with illegal immigrants. >> he also went after him on twitter. it was -- was it a big commitment for the president because it kinda seems almost half-hearted. >> it does seem half-hearted and last-minute. the big question about aligning yourself with the president depends on how much credibility he has. he brings up health care, and he's failed to pass any legislation so far. but there are a lot of trump die-hards and republicans who are wary of republicans, but
more wary of democrats, that are still listening to his message because they've yet to see a better alternative from the democrats. so long as he's at 40% -- he might have a little bit of sway there, but no, the outcome of this election, if it hinged on donald trump at all, he put republicans at greater risk than they would have been. >> everyone's making it a referendum on donald trump. in some ways, it's a referendum on democrats. it's a huge story if the democrats won. it's a huge story that they didn't get over 50%. because when you look at the margin that trump won this congressional district, it was less than 2%, exactly the result we're looking at now. so the democrats over the past 90 days have faced an administration that the only thing they can claim is the supreme court and they've had a domestic agenda which has been a disaster and they can't make 2% head way against donald trump? >> and this is a question about the democratic leadership and an
absence of democratic leadership right now. democrats are finding out what republicans found out in the age of obama, that it's easy and fun to be the party of "no." if you're adam schiff or alfranken, you wake up and think my job is going to be really easy. but this terms of the people who are going to run, win elections, not just in the house and senate, who the next presidential candidates are going to be. if we had been having that conversation in 2004, in george w. bush's second terms, you knew who the leaders were. the only question with obama, was he go to run in 2008 or run in 2012. we don't know who the leaders of the democratic party are right now, and democrats need to come together, anden again, come up with a better message than just, i'm not trump. >> in the absence of that message and a clear-cut win in georgia, does the money keep flowing? >> i think it does. and the reason it keeps going, whereas you need a stronger message to turn out votes, the
fear, especially among the donor class, about trump, especially from liberal pockets like hollywood, where a lot of the money came for for ossoff. that's going to continue to flow. there's a lot of that money and a huge desire to see democrats take back at least one branch of government solely because of the fears about what trump could do to america are so strong. >> but you cannot continue to raise $8 million for these kind of congressional district races. that's unheard of, it's an obscene amount of money which the democrats poured into this and the result wasn't great. >> no. democratic donors need to start seeing results and they need to be convinced that the candidates out there actually have a real shot at winning. and in fact, that's why this run-off election has become extremely important, not just in terms of whether republicans or democrats control georgia's fifth district. it's the message it sends to democratic donors. >> on the republican side, in
terms of the republican national committee, what do they do now that the field has been narrowed and it's karen handel, a woman who's run twice previously and hasn't succeeded? so how do they coalesce around her? how does this play out for them? >> it's very hard, in part, it would be easier if they had a greater sense of where the republican leader right now, who is donald trump, where he is taking them. for a long time, it seemed like he was a populist hero and had support there. now you're starting to see some of that populist support get angry, frustrated with him. so the republicans have to decide and this is going to be ad hoc for each race -- am i a populist, far-right republican? am i a stand with trump republican? am i establishment republican who's going to sort of tolerate trump but run on my own platform? these are the questions the republican party's trying to figure out.
>> all the people who turned out to protest donald trump's tax returns in atlanta, where were they? what were they doing? were they handing out ballots? were they driving people to the polls? were they mobilizing? because that protest is useless, because this is what counted. >> this is the big question. in 2016, should be, it was supposed to be a wake-up call for democrats, if you want to win these elections, you gotta get involved and turn out. >> thanks so much. >> appreciate it. all right, north korea says expect more missile tests even on a weekly basis and why this photo shows the u.s. was initially misleading about warships sent to the korean peninsula. to monitor drilling operations in real-time, so our engineers can solve problems with the most precise data at their fingertips. because safety is never being satisfied. and always working to be better. we're out ink,nk! not ink.
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welcome back, everybody. we're bringing you live coverage of that hotly contested u.s. congressional race in georgia. jon ossoff fell short of the majority he needed to claim a seat in the house. so now, he will face republican karen handel in a run-off this june. >> this race has captured national attention with democrats spending more than $8 million to his campaign. the long-time republican district is viewed as a test of trump's popularity. >> the president knew it, he got
involved, with a robocall and attacking ossoff on twitter, repeated bee over the past few days. >> we have new reporting on the fbi investigation into russian mettling in last year's election and possible connections to trump associates. justice correspondent evan perez broke the story and is with us now from washington. evan? >> well, john, u.s. officials tell cnn that last year the fbi used a dossier of allegations of russian ties to donald trump's campaign as part of the justification to get approval to secretly monitor trump associate carter page. the dossier has been cited as a source of information that the bureau used to bolster and support its investigation. this includes approval from the secret court that oversees the foreign intelligence surveillance act known as fisa in this country to monitor page's communications. to obtain court permission to
target him, they would have to present probable cause that he was acting as an agent of a foreign power. comey and other top justice department officials would have had to sign off on this request. last year, page was identified by the trump campaign as an adviser on national security, though they have since said he was only limited in having interactions with the campaign as a volunteer, john. >> well, evan, how surprising is it that this action was actually done? >> well, it's quite surprising. comey's briefings to lawmakers frankly stand in contrast to efforts in recent months by the fbi and by u.s. intelligence agencies to try to distance themselves from this dossier. u.s. law enforcement and intelligence officials have said repeatedly to us that u.s. investigators did their own work, separate from the dossier, to support their findings that russia tried to mettle in the 2016 election in favor of donald trump. comey has not mentioned the dossier in all of the briefings
with lawmakers here in congress. >> so were they aware it was happening in the first place? >> he probably would not. but page has been scrutinized before by the fbi. in a 2013 investigation of a russian spy ring that included descriptions of interactions that he had with one of the alleged spies. page has denied that he knew that these people were russian spies. always in a speech he gave in russia last summer, the fbi took notice of the things that he had to say about u.s.-russian relations. page says he took the trip independently, expressed his own views, and overall he his disputed that anything was illegal in his interactions with russians. he said, quote, i look forward to the privacy act of 1974 lawsuit that i plan to file in response to civil rights violations by the obama administration appointees last year. the discovery process will be of great value to the united states, as our nation hears
testimony from them under oath and we receive disclosure of the document which show what exactly was done in 2016. john, the bottom line here, carter page is saying that the obama administration officials are the ones pushing this russia story, and he says there's no veracity to any of it. >> certainly taking the front foot, i guess we'll see how this and so many other aspects of this investigation will play out. good to talk with you. >> thank you. busy night. lots of news for you. the american vice president is in japan to show that the united states is determined to act against north korea. mike pence tells cnn, the u.s. will focus on economic and diplomatic pressure to stop pyongyang's nuclear threats. those approaches have failed before. meanwhile, another threat from north korea. a senior official there tells the bbc to expect more missile tests, even on a weekly basis. donald trump was asked about
pyongyang. >> how concerned and worried should americans be about a thermonuclear war with north korea? >> look, you always have to be concerned. you don't know exactly who you're dealing with. i had a great, great meeting with the president of china, and that meeting tells me a lot and you've seen a lot of things happen. they have a pretty good power, not a great power, perhaps, but a pretty good power over north korea. we're going to see what happens. >> alexandra fields joins us from tokyo. a few days ago, the vice president warned north korea not to test u.s. resolve. given what we heard from the north korean official about the possibility of weekly missile tests, it seems that's what pyongyang is planning to do, to test the u.s. resolve. >> reporter: it would certainly seem like it. the u.s. has repeatedly warned pyongyang they should not test the resolve. the message has been sent over and over again that these
provocations will not be tolerated. you're talking about five attempted missile launches since the start of the year and an unprecedented number of launches last year. now the threat that analysts believe is the fact that it appears that north korea is readying to conduct its sixth nuclear test. so the provocations continue, despite the words from the vice president, despite the warnings from president donald trump himself. you have the vice president in seoul just a couple days ago, reaffirming the relationship and the alliance there. he's doing the same thing here, visiting with troops today, telling them that the commitment from the u.s. to the security of japan, to south korea, to this region, is total, that the goal remains 100% denuclearization of the peninsula, and he went so far as to again warn north korea to the to test the resolve of the u.s., but also to say that the recent strikes in syria and that the decision to drop the m.o.a.b. in afghanistan are evidence of the trump
administration to act decisively when called for. >> part of that more muscular approach in dealing with north korea was sending the aircraft carrier carl vinson to the region. where is the carl vinson right now, and why is it that the administration sort of appeared to know where it was? >> reporter: well, we're hearing from washington that this was a miscommunication, that's what officials in the pentagon are saying, there was a miscommunication between the pentagon and the white house, and it was the result of a failure to follow-up with the commanders who would have been in charge of moving that u.s. aircraft carrier. back on april 8th, you might remember, we were reporting back then, that the vinson was going to leave singapore, that a decision was made to cancel a port stop in australia so the aircraft carrier could be in the waters off the korean peninsula as a deterrent against pyongyang, a show of strength, a flexing of american muscle.
and donald trump was saying on television saying that warships were on their way, and he was sending an armada to send a message. that isn't the case at all. the warships headed south as the world was told they were headed north. we are hearing it was a miscommunication. while the stop in australia was canceled, that the plan was for the vinson to carry out training exercises and it should be there by the end of the month. >> they know where the aircraft carrier group is, which is a good thing. alexandra fields, thank you. now, the nationwide search for the accused facebook killer has come to an end. steve stephens was on the run for three days when police finally caught up with him. gary tuckman tells us how it happened. >> reporter: the man who murdered 74-year-old robert godwin is in the white car, being trailed by police in erie, pennsylvania, about 100 miles east of cleveland. >> units, psp, is behind a white
ford fusion, on buffalo road heading out of wesleyville into erie. >> we can put some spikes down. >> reporter: the end, moments away for fugitive steve stephens. this video of the get-away car captured by a local business's surveillance camera. police ended up ramming his car with one of their vehicles. instead of surrendering, he shoots and kills himself. >> i want to officially announce that the search for steve stephens has ended. >> reporter: but how was he caught? a diligent employee at a mcdonald's drive-through was his undoing. this is the woman's boss. >> the drive-through employee recognized him or noticed that the car was ohio tags on it and it was a white fusion, and took its money and he pulled to the next window, meanwhile, she stepped out of there and called the state police right away. >> the killer had ordered chicken nuggets and french fries. >> basically told him it would be a minute for his fries, which
it wasn't, really. we were just trying to make sure she got in contact with the state police. and we didn't want to wait for the fries which was fine. he took his six piece and didn't want any money back and headed out onto buffalo road. about the minute he turned right, the state police were right behind him at that point. >> reporter: there was suspicion the murderer might be in erie, partly because of pings off his cell phone. >> we had no direct knowledge of a ping. >> a more solid lead, this erie casino where he had been seen. >> the gentleman has been here on property one time, so far this year, based on his carded play. >> reporter: on the street where the murder happened in cleveland ardellea witnessed the killer getting away and feared for her safety. >> i feel a little better because i'm thinking that he might come back and terrorize everybody. so i feel better. >> the fear in many cleveland
neighborhoods is now lessened. but the sadness for family members of robert godwin is not as they prepare for his funeral. authorities do not think he killed anybody else despite his saying on facebook that he did. the potential for more violence from him now over because of the quick thinking of a mcdonald's employee. >> i'm very proud of my staff and how they handled it. >> and they will be getting the reward, which is great. when we come back, the british prime minister breaks a promise, calling for an early election. we'll tell you why just ahead. at lincoln financial, we get there are some responsibilities of love you gotta do on your own. and some you shouldn't have to shoulder alone. like ensuring your family is well taken care of, today and tomorrow, no matter how life unfolds.
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the race is seen as a possible predictor of next year's midterm election. >> ossoff fell short of the majority to win outright, but said his strong showing still sends a message. >> but let me tell you this, there is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages. [ cheers and applause ] that no matter what the outcome is tonight, whether we take it all or whether we fight on, we have defied the odds. we have shattered expectations. >> well, president trump took a personal interest in the race and said this about tuesday's results. despite major outside money, fake media support and 11 republican candidates, big r win with run-off in georgia. glad to be of help. >> we are also following another
big election this one still to come, it's happening in brib. prime minister theresa may is calling for a snap election in june. for months she's promised there would be no early election, but now says opposition parties are trying to block her brexit plan and the country needs unity for a smooth transition out of the eu. >> every vote for the conservative will make me stronger when i negotiate for brilliant with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of the european union. every vote for the conservative will mean we can stick to our plan for a stronger britain, and take the right, long-term decisions for a more secure future. >> the latest polls suggest that may is playing a strong hand here. a survey last week, showed 44% of voters would support her conservatives. that would almost double the labour party. but nicholas sturgeon said this only helps her case for another
vote on scotland's independence. >> clearly she sees the possibility, given the disarray in the labour party to crush all the opposition, to get rid of people who disagree with her and give herself a free hand to take the country in the right-wing direction she wants to take it in. >> cnn is live at 10 downing street for us. teresa may breaking the promise of no vote before 2020. how is her decision to call this snap election going over with the british public? >> reporter: well, remember, there's a lot of voter fatigue across the uk, because this is a country that went to the polls less than two years ago for a general election in 2015. and also we had two referendum, deeply divisive referenda the last few years, one of them on the issue of leaving the european union and the uk voted in favor of brexit, and the other one on scotland. the uk deciding -- scots deciding to keep scotland inside the uk. but you heard from the scottish
national party, they've been agitating for a second referendum on the issue of scotland. so a lot of voters here across this country are getting increasingly exhausted with having to go to the polls. and there's some frustration at the costs incurred as well. remember that because this snap election is being called with just a five to six-week window here, there's not going to be a huge amount of time for may to lay out a clear manifesto with anything other than brexit in it. the labour party and the liberal democrat party that they want more opportunity to debate issues like the national health service and domestic issues they find very important. having said all of that, it is likely she will manage to get the votes that we'll see in parliament later today. she needs a two-thirds majority of mps to back her to call this general election, and both the liberal democrats and the labour party have said they welcome the
opportunity for a new vote in five to six weeks' time. >> we'll see. tense days ahead. nina dos santos from outside 10 downing street, thank you. i'm joined by a professor of european politics and foreign affairs at king's college in london. theresa may has long touted herself as a non-political game-playing politician, but here she is playing a very shrewd move. have political watchers been underestimating her all this time? >> well, i think the fact that is this took everyone by surprise. no one was expecting it. twitter was funny yesterday with people from all sides of the spectrum saying this announcement won't be an election, and then having to eat humble pie a few minutes later. she shocked everyone with this. and i think it's a canny move. the polls put her miles ahead, as your correspondent just said and, actually, i think one of the things she foresaw was problems in parliament in trying to pass brexit legislation if she tried to do it with the small majority she has now. so this will free her hands.
>> if you are sitting in brussels now, and taking in this news that there's going to be a snap election in the uk, what are you thinking? what is the message you're taking away from this? >> well, to be perfectly honest, i don't think this election matters at all in brussels. i think brussels is going to define a position on the brexit talks, they're going to stick to it. i don't think, contrary to what the prime minister says, that this election will strengthen her hand in brussels. it will strengthen her hand in westminster, both with opposition parties and with some of her own back benchers who aren't happy with the direction she's taking the country in. if she ends up with a majority of about 100, then the pressure at home disappears. but i don't think, as i said, it's going to affect her negotiating strength in brussels. >> the expectation is with the vote, we'll see a thrashing for the labour party under jeremy corbyn and that he my be forced to step down as needed. do you see that on the cards, and should he be ousted? is this a moment for labour to
rebuild and become an effective opposition to theresa may even with her stronger hand? >> several things there, all the polls indicate that labour is going to do extremely badly. there are some in the labour party calling for corbin to step down now. i don't think that will happen before the election and it's far from certain that he'll do so even if he does very badly in the election itself. ultimately the decision is up to him because the labour party has rules that say it's not members of parliament that select the leader, it's the party membership. he's attracted a lot of people to join the party who support him. so it remains to be seen what happens to the leadership after even if he loses severely. >> one thing about voter apathy, or voter fatigue, four major votes in as many years. talk to me about the tone of this election. how on earth do they get people out, how do they get buy-in? >> i should say that the situation is slightly worse than your correspondent hinted at.
because between now and the general election, we also have local elections in this country. so voter fatigue is a real issue. what i would say in terms of the polls is, it would take a massive drop in turn-out for it to seriously affect the result that the polls are predicting. but turn-out will be important, that we saw in brexit and the trump election, that turn-out is what makes pollsters stay up at night in cold sweats. we don't know how many people are going to vote, but i think it would take something really dramatic in the way of turn-out to alter the result that the pollsters are predicting. >> i think there are going to be a lot of people sweating for a long time. at least pollsters. thanks so much for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> the pollsters, the pollsters. cnn's exclusive interview with the president of turkey is up next. we'll have his response to allegations the new constitutional reforms actually make him a dictator. at panera, a salad is so much more than one thing.
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june, where democrat jon ossoff faces karen handel. the vote in the solidly republican district is seen as a predictor of midterm elections next year. in other news, the white house defending the phone call congratulating turkey's president after their controversial referendum. president trump is the only western leader to congratulate president erdogan. u.s. officials say donald trump is just trying to strengthen the alliance with turkey, but critics say mr. trump has a conflict of interest with his trump towers in istanbul. >> well, president erdogan won by a very thin margin and the opposition is challenging the outcome. up to two and a half million votes may have been manipulated. >> any irregularity could complicate turkey's bid to join the eu. turkey said the findings are
biased and prejudiced. >> cnn spoke with recep tayyip erdogan and joins us now from ankara. even though this referendum wields him a massive amount of power, he was keen to stress that he is not a dictator. >> reporter: that's right. i asked him directly, what he has to say to his harshest critics who say this turkish-style presidency and the sweeping power it gives him is the slow march to dictatorship in turkey. his response, i'm a mere mortal. this is bigger than one man, this is not about recep, but reforming a system that over years creates a deadlock that he blames for crippling the economy and causing many military coups. have a listen to what he said.
>> people can -- >> translator: there's something that i say over and over again. this is not a system belonging to erdogan. i'm a mortal being. i can die at any time. therefore, to have a system for a mortal being, who could die at any moment, is that possible? the system represents a change, a transformation in the democratic history of turkey. that's the purpose of it. we are now removing a dual-head system. at the moment, the prime minister is head of the executive, head of the government, as well as being the leader of a political party. what we are saying is, let's get rid of this duality and have a
system that we have one president and so that we have a much stronger executive position. >> and with the deepest of respect, your greatest critics will say that this is the march towards dictatorship. what's your response? >> translator: for a dictatorship to exist, you don't necessarily have to have a presidential system. here we have an election, a ballot box. if you say a ballot box produces a dictator, that would be unjust, unfair to the ballot box process and to those who cast their ballots in that box. >> well, isha, it was a wide-ranging view, and we also spoke about the call he had with donald trump, congratulating him
and what is clear is that the u.s. file is present and center for president erdogan with his sights clearly set on resetting relations with washington. isha? >> he has his agenda he's looking to enact, but there's still the issue of the opposition in turkey. we know election monitors question the credibility of this vote. is there a clear path forward for the opposition who are vowing to challenge this referendum result? >> reporter: this was a big defeat for the opposition here in turkey. from all my conversations with people here, they ran one of their best campaigns for this referendum but they still lost, they say, not only was there voting irregularities during the day, but that even before the first ballot was cast, the deck was stacked against them, charging there was no level playing field. just now i'm seeing reports that the head of the turkish election board said it would evaluate complaints on the referendum.
will it change the outcome of the results? very doubtful. this will be a moment of truth for the opposition, how can they challenge a president, a ruling party that now has even more power than before? isha? >> appreciate the analysis, thank you for the interview. we look forward to watching the full conversation. you can see the full exclusive interview with turkey's president recep tayyip erdogan wednesday at noon in ankara, 5:00 p.m. in hong kong. at this point, we'll pause for a quick break. coming up, ivanka trump's trademark in china on the same day that she dines with the chinese president. we'll take a look. >> we will. >> possible conflict of interest. printing doesn't have to be painful. now, during "hp savings month" at staples, get up to $180 off hp printers. is to always keep track of your employees.r
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welcome back, everyone. the fiercely contested for u.s. congressional seat in georgia now heads into a runoff. ossoff failed to win the necessity majority. >> so now he'll face handel june 20th. it's seen as a test of president trump's popularity. > finally here, business, good times. it's booming for the trump
family in china. cnn has learned beijing approved at least two trademarks for ivanka trump's company. that will happen april 6th. >> here's the thing. this happened the same day she had dinner with the chinese president at her father's estate. >> that is such a coincidence. >> tom foreman reports. >> reporter: when president trump's granddaughter sang in mandarin, the video was a hit back in the people's republic, but the real story is how her mother's business is booming there too. >> white diamonds, flanking stone on either side and it's set in 18 karat yellow gold. >> ivanka's business is growing fast. two new trademarks approved by the chinese, another one provisionally adding to 16 she already holds. according to ap some came the very day she shared dinner with
the chinese president. true, she was hiring chinese labor before the election. >> translator: ivanka is a very good client but of course i never imagined her father would become president. >> reporter: her father's companies had seen other trademarks preliminary approved by china too. ivanka says -- >> any growth is done with extreme caution. >> reporter: her company will neither confirm nor deny these numbers to cnn. instead saying we have seen a surge by unrelated third parties trying to capitalize on the trump name and it is our responsibility to diligently protect our trademark. that's big business especially considering how much the trump family has repeatedly brushed away concerns about politics affecting their financial interests. >> i don't think it matters. this is so much more important and more serious and so that
i -- you know, that's the focus. >> i think what ivanka is trying to say, who cares? this is big league stuff. this is -- this is our country. >> an attorney for ivanka trump says she has nothing to do with trademarks and when she became a member of the white house staff, even an unpaid one she officially put all of her business into a trust so there would be no conflict of interest. but it's worth bearing in mind, while the president actually has legal protection from conflict of interest claims, that is not true of his staff. and if she were to step across any lines she could come under very harsh scrutiny. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> a lot of people are watching. yeah. interesting. and you've been watching "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. >> i'm isha sesay. >> i'm john vausz. you've been watching cnn. (alarm beeping)
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cnn center, hello and welcome to our viewers all around the world, those of you in the united states join us this hour as we cover the results of a special congressional election in the state of georgia with national implications. democratic newcomer john ossoff just missed capturing enough vote to win the house seat outright. instead he will face republican karen handel in a june 20th runoff. also a district that's been republican for decades. whether it flips is seen as a test of president trump's support. cnn has more now from ossoff campaign headquarters in atlanta. >> john ossoff just falling short of the threshold he needed to win this race outright getting less than 50% in the vote of this republican heavy district. the district that