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union. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. a lot to get to. start with the return to washington with only a few working days to strike a budget deal. the order is from president trump are clear, though, avoid a government shutdown when federal spending authority runs out at the end of the week. it is true that the message coming from some of the president's top aids is a bit muddled. more on that in a moment, but senior white house and republican officials say the president has made it clear the government will not shut down. the likely scenario here, a short-term band aid-type of deal to continue spending at current levels for say a week or so until an overall long-term deal could be reached. >> you know, much of the debate hinges on president trump's promised border wall and how to fund it, just how far this president is willing to go to get that funding for the wall depends on who you ask. the wall is just one item on the president's jam-packed list for the week ahead of his 100 day in
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office, we're in day 95 today. one key policy item moved to the back burner health care. with a vote not actually expected before the end of the week despite another push by the republicans. >> boy, he has a tall task today. cnn politics reporter eugene scott joining us to somehow attempt to break all of this down. >> good morning. happy monday. >> like wise. >> we need about 45 minutes but get it in five. first, let's start with the funding for the border wall. will that be part of a spending deal. here is what administration officials said on sunday. >> i think it goes without saying that the president has been pretty straight forward about his desire and the need for a border wall. so, i would suspect he'll do the right thing for sure, but i will suspect he will be insistent on the funding. >> we want our priorities funded. and one of the biggest priorities during the campaign was border security, keeping
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americans safe. part of that was a border wall. >> will he sign a government funding bill that does not include funding for the border wall? >> we don't know yet. >> and what was just said seems to be the only clear answer, they don't know. president trump asked by the associated press says i don't know yet. what's the future of this funding deal? will the border wall be funded? >> i don't think that's likely the way things are looking right now. we had sessions this past sunday jeff sessions say that he believes it could be democrats that somehow end up blocking getting the budget passed because of their lack of support for the border wall. what he didn't talk about is the large number of republicans who also don't support the border wall, including mitch mcconnell. i was actually reading a piece about none of the lawmakers in the house in border states support this wall. and so -- >> or the governors. >> or the governors, right. and so what they have to do right now specially in this period where we're looking for
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bipartisanship is not just focus on convincing the democrats that this is needed but people in their own party. >> the president himself put, you know, held up the construct of 100 days on the campaign trail saying what he would do, so there's obviously a lot of talk about what he has accomplished and what he hasn't. i want to look at approval ratings at the 100-day mark. john f. kennedy was 78. ronald reagan 73, trump has 42%, his approval rating at this point. just look at that. now, what is fascinating to me is that the first 100 days maybe doesn't matter, does it not matter? that's a whole different argument. that is the honeymoon period when you have your best shot of getting your priorities in front of congress and getting it done. he is trying to get some stuff down fra netically. >> if things were going the way
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that donald trump said they would be going on the campaign, i think he would be trumping his accomplishments. the fact is many of the things he said he would like to do by now have obamacare repealed and replaced. have a border wall moving forward. have the travel ban actually happen. have not happened. but i think what we should pay attention to is this saturday during the white house correspondent's dinner donald trump is going to have a rally and i'm sure -- >> which is brilliant, by the way. >> the reality it's counterprogramming is smart. >> no question. >> we will be paying attention to both of them. i think he's going to convince us that he's done more during this time period than he actually has. i'm interested in hearing what he'll say. >> that's very trumpian when you change the narrative. >> right. >> when you have a loss, you turn around and explain -- >> hang on. 96% of trump voters say they would still vote for him. and if the election were held today, donald trump would win the popular vote which he did not on election day. what does that tell you?
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>> what i'm most interested in with that statement is we saw during the polling in the general election what people say they're going to do and what they actually do i don't know where that stands, but i do agree the majority of republicans who backed trump still back him. they wouldn't have voted for hillary clinton. the reality is that's something we should keep an eye on for the next six months. >> right now democrats are the people supporting trump? >> they're lost. >> i don't know if you saw the piece we had on cnnpolitics.com this past weekend, there's some debate within the democratic party about who is the leader moving forward which i thought was very interesting. and one of obama's former aides said the former president is actually still the leader of the democratic party. >> no doubt. he speaks today. >> today he is going to speak to 300 student leaders in chicago. there will be some questions, we think. >> from six of the students.
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>> six students -- how could he not address the mood in the countries and the moves of president trump. >> people want to know and people will certainly ask and i'll be surprised if he doesn't because as you said these approval ratings are at record lows and there are people who are upset about the direction of the country. >> look at democrats are upset, too. >> right. >> in touch, out of touch, democrats 67% say out of touch. republicans 62%. you can put that up there. who is out of touch with most americans, democrats, republicans, president trump. >> everybody is a mess. kind of like what's happening in france. both traditional parties rejected. >> the whole narrative of two americas, there are at least 50 americas. people have different ideas about what they want this country should be and where they want it to go. paying atension to this unity tour is just the division even within the democratic party, but
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that's not surprising. we see it in the republican party. we live in this very diverse, complex society and we're trying to get everybody on the same page. as donald trump said about health care, it's a lot harder than people think. >> nicely said there. eugene scott, we'll see you in 30 minutes. >> nice to see you. president trump tweeting big tax reform and tax reduction will be announced next wednesday. white house budget director said it will be an outline of this president's priorities. details are scarce. there's two big questions leading up to wednesday's big reveal or little reveal, first, how deep will the cuts be. here are the proposed tax -- it reduces the current seven brackets down to three. the knock from tax experts on this plan it gives bigger tax relief to the rich than the middle class. the corporate tax rate is also expected to be slashed. now the second big question, what will the tax cuts do to the deficit and the debt?
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treasury secretary steven mnuchin said they will use dynamic scoring to evaluate the tax plan. that assumes that cuts will boost growth. growth will boost revenue for the federal government and that increased revenue will offset the cost of cutting taxes. third party tax analysis likely will not show the same results. programming note this morning, don't miss "america united or divided" special live cnn town hall tonight at 10:00 p.m. he's putting it in his calendar. >> i am. just writing that down. >> john kasich anderson cooper hosts tonight at 10:00 p.m. >> it's past our bedtime. >> we'll give you the cliff's notes tomorrow morning. >> sounds good. france still marquee this morning after the first-round of presidential elections. the result could reshape how france deals with the u.s. and the eu. we go live to paris. last year, he said he was going to dig a hole to china.
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their nose at the political establishment. the race for president now down to two candidates with wildly different visions for the country's future. political novice emmanuel macron and marine le pen finishing first and second in sunday's first round of elections. this was a stunning win for macron. he is a 39-year-old former banker who now becomes the favorite to become france's next president. let's go live to paris and bring in cnn's melissa bell. melissa, you can't overstate what an earthquake this was politically here. how are people there reacting? and what is next in this election process? >> reporter: well, for start, the main political parties that
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shared power for decades now are licking their wounds and wondering what has gone so terribly wrong. neither has either party not been president going through to the second round of voting. two visions that now face french voters, as you say r starkly different visions of the future and they have starkly different consequences for france's relationship to the rest of the world. not only to the european union, of course marine le pen would have sought to withdraw france from the euro and brought about the collapse of both france is a founding member of the union. emmanuel macron is a fur vent member. the european union to try to rebuild in a way it hasn't been able to do since brexit because because it was waiting to see the outcome of this particular outcome in france. europe will consider moving
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faster down that path that it's been considering over the course of the last few weeks of a smaller, tighter euro, built around its founding members to seek greater federalism than perhaps it's dared to seek before. on that question on the relationship with the united states, you know, the french press has been much amused over the course of the last couple days by donald trump's apparent endorsement of marine le pen. from his point of view, she probably is the closest to him. not only would chef withdrawn from the european union, she wants to make france great again and introduce economic measures. on the other hand, he is the only candidate here in france who actually speaks english might be better news for washington long-term, christine. >> literally and figuratively a new generation of politician. thank you and keep us posted. we'll hear shortly from christiane amanpour. meanwhile, we learned the identity of the u.s. citizen
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detained in north korea taken into custody at the pyongyang airport as he tried to leave the country. this comes as tensions rise on the korean peninsula, north korean threatening to sink a u.s. aircraft carrier in a single strike. cnn paula hancocks joins us live from seoul, south korea. good morning, good evening to you, paula. what's the latest on this u.s. citizen detained in pyongyang? >> reporter: we have a name now, dave. we understand this man is called tony kim. we believe he was teaching at the pyongyang university of science and technology. we have a statement from that school saying he was detained as he was at pyongyang airport trying to get on a plane and we understand from this statement as well they don't believe his teaching over recent weeks has anything to do with the cause of his investigation. we have no indication why he was arrested, what his allegations against him are, what the accusations are the regime are. we haven't heard officially from
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pyongyang itself, but we do know that the u.s. state department is working hard to try to clarify the situation. the swedish embassy working on behalf of the u.s. embassy, the u.s. government, the u.s. has no ties with north korea says he was trying to board a plane to leave pyongyang when he was detained. as you say, this comes just as pyongyang once again threatens to sink this aircraft carrier that's currently undergoing military drills with the japanese navy, two japanese destroyers having drills with them right now. the south korea saying they want to have drills as well when the uss carl vinson comes closer to the korean peninsula by the end of this month. and also president trump having calls with the leaders of china and japan. x jinping says he calls for restraint and shinzo abe says he supports what president trump is doing. dave? >> paula hancocks, thanks so much.
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great reporting. so much more to come out of the north korea. 18 minutes past the hour. he's doing the best to cope with the death of his sister. now boston celtics star isaiah thomas is speaking out how he is managing to find enough strength for his family and teammates. coy wire has more on this morning's bleacher report. now, draw the line with high-intensity color. lasting drama gel pencil from maybelline new york. ultra-smooth gel pencil in bold shades. glides on for up to 16 hour impact. waterproof. maybelline's lasting drama gel pencil. make it happen
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for the first time since his family's tragedy and admits his mind isn't fully focussed on the game. >> mentally and emotionally i'm not here, so i just feed off what the guys give me. they give me a lot of confidence, so i can do it without those guys. they they believe in me. and being here is what makes me, i guess, sad and makes me feel somewhat normal through this tough time. >> thomas would score a team high 33 points yesterday, leading boston to a 104-95 win over the bulls. the celtics fought their way back after being down 0-2 in the series, now tying the best of seven series at two games a piece. mvp candidate russell westbrook doing everything he can to get oklahoma city into the second round, but houston won last night, 113-109 and have okc on the brink of elimination taking a commanding three games
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and more. congress returns to washington. we'll tell you which key policy issue is at the forefront as the president looks to avoid a potential government shutdown. and two candidates remain in the hotly-contested presidential race in france. we explain this election that could redefine france and the european union for the future. this is a massively impactful election. >> big deal. >> for everyone there. welcome back to "early start" everything, i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. nice to be back. >> good to have you back. >> it's day 95, a big countdown clock faces lawmakers today as they return to washington with only a few working days to strike a budget deal. the orders from president trump are clear, avoid a government shutdown when federal spending authority runs out at the end of the week. it is true that the message coming from some of the president's top aids is a little muddled. more on that in a moment.
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the president made it clear the government will not shutdown. the most likely se scenario is a short-term band aid-deal until a deal can get reached. >> much of this debate hinges on president trump's promised border wall and how exactly to fund it. just how far the president is prepared to go to get that funding depends on who you ask. and the wall is just one item on the president's jam-packed agenda for this week. ahead of this 100-day deadline, yet with everything the white house has cooking, one key policy item suddenly moved to the back burner. that's healthcare, with a vote not actually expected before the end of the week despite another recent push by republicans. >> let's look at the week ahead in washington. eugene scott comes back this morning. good morning. happy monday. >> good morning. >> this is a critical week for this presidency, especially when you're looking at the 100th day coinciding with government running out of money. government could shut down. game it out for me.
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what do you see happening? >> so i don't think the government is going to shut down right now only because the republicans really do need a win and i think they're going to work as hard as possible to prevent something like this from happening. granted, they don't alone control whether or not things shut down. there has to be some bipartisanship and cooperation, but i think there's going to be quite a big give or take in ways that there perhaps weren't when we were looking at the healthcare bill. >> bottom line, we're looking at a continued resolution. that's going to happen on friday. but ultimately you need an agreement. >> yeah. >> on funding the government and it comes down to two issues. funding the border wall and for democrats funding the exchanges to keep obamacare afloat. >> sure. >> what gets in? what gets left out? >> well, i don't think that the republicans are going to convince the democrats to get on board with the border wall. they're going to have a hard time getting many republicans to get on board with the border wall. we've seen estimates from democrats on the senate side saying it could cost as much as
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67 billion dollars to build. i don't think many people want to get that allocate funding for something like that. >> healthcare? >> when it comes to healthcare, i don't think what president obama is threatening to do in terms of the subsidies he's going to actually follow through on it because that could hurt many of the people who supported him, like ensurers. >> it could be devastating. >> do not want to see low income americans go without healthcare. >> premiums have skyrocketed for a lot of trump supporters. >> they would. that's part of the conversation we saw in the first round in terms of trying to get a new health care bill passed. >> i want to go back to the border wall for a second because there's a sound bite, a comment from the attorney general jeff sessions yesterday on abc's "this week" where he talked about -- we don't have that. we talked about how to pay for it and the fact that the treasury has identified that there are these tax credits that go to mexicans living in the united states. >> improperly. >> that you could recoop that money that way, which would not
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be mexico paying for the border wall, that would be mexican citizens people in the u.s. paying for the border wall. have you heard much about this idea -- where do we stand on this idea of who will pay for it and sfwhen. >> when i read there's concern about the number of people in america who are from mexico sending money back to relatives in mexico and what sessions suggested is that that money can somehow be, what, taxed? taken? blocked? there's no clear plan what he has suggested in terms of how that can be recouped and there's debate about how much of that money is going across the border, but we do know it is happening. >> he also seems to hint that we can somehow get that money through balancing the trade deficit. but let's move to the polls this morning that are fascinating when you look at the president's approval rating with historical context. he's at 42% right now. so look at that based on the presidents we've seen in recent history, reagan, 73, johnson 77,
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kennedy 78. that does not look good historically when you look at where obama was at this point. what do you learn given that 96% of trump voters say they would still vote for him today? >> yeah. i think when i look at that one of the main arguments i think people would make pushing back on that is that we're in very partisan times right now. the reality is things have been partisan before, whether they've been partisan this much is up for debate, but the reality is a lot of people really do not support donald trump. now, to your point, many people who voted for him really are on the trump train. why? it's not quite clear. we do always say he is doing exactly what he said he would do. when you look at some of his wins over the first 100-day mark, that's not as clear. >> then the emotional connection. it's hard to break an emotional connection. it's not about policy. >> it isn't, but when you look at where we are today. all the things he said he would
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have done, many of them are not done and you look at where we're headed into the weekend, continuing resolution to keep the government going, this sounds like the same washington swamp we've always had. >> yeah. as i just said, things have been partisan before and i think it's very important to highlight the emotional connection piece. people got into huge family arguments and left churches and jobs over this election. i don't think we can expect many people to change their minds within 90-something days. i think there are people -- the american people -- who already voted for trump are willing to give him more time than the general public. >> as we part here, the president told the associated press it was not his idea but somebody that put out the concept of 100-day plan. is he laying the ground work for blaming somebody? will we have a departure? we shall see. eugene scott, we'll check back with you later in the week. he's been laying low for months no much today the day that barack obama makes his first public appearance since leaving office.
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establishment. >> yep. >> the race for president now down to two candidates with wildly different visions for the country's future. cnn chief international correspondent christiane amanpour live with us from london this morning. >> good morning. >> it's great to have you with such an impactful future. what does it tell us about the political divide there? >> well, i think it tells us a huge amount because there is obviously a political divide. two basically anti-establishment candidates are now through to the second round. it just so happens that one of the anti-establishment candidates is coming from the center. and that is really very, very important for europe and for the future of e.u. relations, for the future of france and for the future of the the people there. so, we had the very far right extremist marine le pen who pretty much held the same kind of vote and polling numbers throughout the campaign. but what you saw was this incredible surge by this
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untested and never before elected emmanuel macron from the center, neither left nor right coming up and saying, no, this is our alternative vision. and now this is going to be the battle going forward for the next couple of weeks until there is the second round sunday, may 7th. >> you know i cover the markets. we were watching the global markets here and the french stock market is up some 4%. the euro is up and here is why macron the market participants say is the best possible scenario for staying in europe, for france the second biggest economy in europe, staying in the european union for there still to be a euro no, return of the french franc. the conventional wisdom has been up ended quite a few times over the past year or two. what are people thinking about maybe a surge from marine le pen over the next couple of weeks? >> well, let's break that down a little bit. you're absolutely right, the markets are pleased and they're
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reflecting that today as you indicate. the choice was very, very clear about the economy and let's say all these popular revolts and nationalist revolts around the west are about the economy, are about markets so to speak and how they affect people's lives. it was considered even on the right wing side like the republicans, the conservatives in france said that marine le pen's policies ditching the euro, potentially ditching the e.u., bringing back the franc, ditching what she calls wild and savage globalization fillon, the republican candidate said that would, quote, bankrupt france. people do not believe in marine le pen's economic policies. they do believe in macron, even though he's never been elected before, he has been an economy minister and laid out fairly rational centralist reform plans for france's bureaucracy, its
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employment and labor laws and he wants to stay part of this very important trading block union called the e.u. yes, that made business people feel better. >> 39 years old, one of the few candidates running doesn't remember using the french franc. >> that's a great point. we have really smart viewers here. one of them points out huge difference here is there's no electoral college here which could play into how this plays out on may 7th. but also what are the similarities between our election and how president trump had that some might say anti-islamic message and the chance of her surprising and shocking all the pollsters? >> well, let's just put it bluntly right now. the chance of her surprising and shocking the pollsters by winning on may 7th is very, very slim. that's according to all the polls. and let's just face it, the polls were correct, the actual result of the first round was 100% correct. in fact, macron got even one
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point more than her than the polls suggested. they had him one point ahead leading up to this and had her one point behind him and that's pretty much what happened. now, what is expected is as per usual the french establishment candidates who lost have all asked their voters to vote for macron. they used words like do not vote to bankrupt your country. do not vote to allow extremism and the far right to lead france. do not vote to break up e.u. and france from the e.u. do not vote for islam phobia. do not vote for fear. that is what all the other candidates are saying. it's true we have not yet heard from the very far, the other extreme candidate from the far left. we don't know what his voters are going to do and we don't know what he's going to tell them to do, if anything. and we never know the result of the election until it's actually done, but right now it is assumed, although the fight is not done, the election campaign is going to be very fierce now with two very, very strongly competing visions over these
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next two weeks and we're going to wait and see what happens. but, you know, you mentioned president trump. he did actually tweet after the shooting of the policeman on thursday night and he basically said, quote, another terrorist attack in paris. the people of france will not take much more of this. we'll have a big effect on presidential election. well, we're not sure it had the affect that he predicted, hoped, wanted. we don't know what he was saying, but macron, the centrist candidate who campaigned on togetherness, on the unextremes, thanked people for coming out despite the divisiveness, despite the fear of terror attacks and despite what the extreme right had done, you know, trying to use a lot of these attacks as a way to win. he thanked them for turning their back on that. >> it's interesting he has such an interesting story, macron, 39 years old, economy minister, never elected to anything, and i have been sort of monitoring
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some of the russian press of the state-run russian media and they have been very critical, even spreading rumors and stuff about him. it's interesting the russia angle in this election. >> well, this is hugely important. as one of the leading candidates who did not make it through in the primaries but a very highly respected former foreign minister also republican in other words a conservative, he said that for the very first time ever russia has staked its claim and has a favored candidate in our elections. and he meant marine le pen she has been financed by russian bank. she has said to me that she does not believe russia invaded crimea. she does not believe russia violated international law. that she does not believe sanctions should remain on russia. she was very, very pro-putin and very pro-russian. to that end, there has been a lot of just out and out russian sites like sputnik, rt, like all
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of those sites that are out there, funded and basically are russian propaganda, they have supported her and tried to dismiss macron with all sorts of rumors and allegations, which he's had to come out and poo-poo. it has been quite ugly. marine le pen has barely concealed anti-semitic roots. her father was a holocaust denier. she was convicted of hate crimes. and just two weeks ago she brought that whole issue up again by denying in an interview that the french stayed under the vee she government under world war ii and rounded up jews for their deportation. she said, no, we didn't do it. and this caused an uproar as well. >> yet she is one of those candidates in the runoff. so fascinating story. we know you'll be following it for the next couple of weeks for us until we get that final result. thank you. >> we're far from down.
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thank you. time for look on what's coming up on "new day." chris cuomo talking about that french elections and the 100-day deadline. >> this waive of nationalism, where is it taking root and how. but here at home, guys, it's going to be about this 100-day mark. you know the president has gone back and forth on its relevance, mostly out of convenience. but the history of it is important. we'll talk about it this morning, why fdr introduced 100-yard mark, what it meant in terms of the urgency. how it was a call to a country in distress that was greatly and profounding questioning the ability of its government. so what will he get done in 100 sn days? is health care a reality. is shut down the reality. we have great voices and analysis for in just soon enough. >> nine and a half minutes. >> thank you, sir. >> we'll be there. three hours. chris cuomo, can't turn off the tv.
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big gains ahead for the u.s. stock market. but will it take a huge rally to match what's going on in france right now? yeah, big rally in france. we'll check cnn money stream next. [ceo] welcome. [heroine] happy to be here. [ceo] so when you take the job, all these benefits are yours. the world's 2nd most decorated sushi chef... i'm trying to get the first. over here we have quiet spaces for deep thoughts. the latest smart technology. and of course, personal mobility solutions... functional and pragmatic. kevin, meet yourkeviner. kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin trusted advice for life.
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>> announcer: this is cnn, the most trusted name in news. the entire nation of israel coming to a standstill this morning in remembrance of the 6 million jewish victims of the holocaust. a two-minute siren wailed across the country. hours earlier president trump said, quote, we must stamp out prejudice and anti-semitism everywhere it is found. the president will speak at the national holocaust museum tomorrow. we've now learned the identity of the u.s. citizen detained in north korea, taken into kus dpi at the pyongyang airport as he tried to leave the country. this comes as north korea threatens to sink a u.s.
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aircraft carrier in a single strike. president trump talking to leaders of china and japan last night. paula hancocks joins us from seoul, south korea. let's start with the u.s. citizen detained. what are we learning? >> reporter: well, dave, we know his name is tony kim. we know that he was a professor, we believe, teaching at the pyongyang university of science and technology. we had a statement from that school. they said he was detained as he was trying to get on a plane to leave pyongyang. they don't believe his teaching had any part of why he was detained. they don't, however, give us any indication as to why he was taken, what the allegations against him, what's he accused of. we don't know because the north korean regime up to this point has not officially said anything. the state department is looking into this closely, working with the swedish embassy. washington doesn't have diplomatic ties with pyongyang so they have to work with sweden to get any information and any access and they also say he was
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trying to leave the country as he was detained. now, of course this comes at the same time as pyongyag is saying it can use military force enough to destroy the uss carl vinson in one strike. this is the aircraft carrier which is right now doing military drills with two japanese destroyers just off the philippines in the western pacific ocean. here is south korea, the military says they too want to join in in military drills with the uss carl vinson. very happy they have the extra u.s. hardware here. dave? >> tensions remain high let's talk about money. the dow jumping 100 points. big week for the trump administration. a lot of this is coming from france. the stock market is surging 4%. investors are encouraged by the election there and there will be a runoff in a couple weeks. one choice is a centrist. look at paris, london and tokyo.
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the other big move is the currency market. euro jumping against the dollar. the highest level since november. marine le pen tried to pull france out of the european union. she wants a frexit. and others are working closely with eu members. macron is a free trade supporter. many are saying the best possible scenario for europe and france. >> imagine if she wins, they would like to pull them out of the eu. two of the top three economies pulled out of the eu. enormously impactful. thank you for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. "new day" starts right now. >> health care is coming along well. >> the democrats do not support the wall. the wall is in my view immoral, expensive and unwise.
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>> we will get paid for it one way or the other. >> it is a political stunt and an obsession for the president. >> health care may happen next week. it is not something that has to happen to define our success. >> he has never held public office. there is a big learning curve. >> historic accomplishments by the administration. all anybody wants to talk about is health care. >> the last thing we can afford is send a message that the united states government is partially functioning. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> welcome viewers president bush welcome viewers from around the world and the u.s. now congress is back to work with deadlines looming. first, they have to pass a spending bill by friday to keep the federal government open. the president wants to include a big downpayment on the border wall. >> the top of the president's wish list is a vote on health
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care. the disconnect with congress and trump comes as polls show his approval hitting historic lows. it depends how you measure it. we will take you through the truth of the numbers. day 95 starts with a crysthri c week in the presidency. we start with cnn's joe johns live at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, chris. five days to go. reality now apparently setting in on the slim likelihood of getting a do-over on health care with the house of representatives. now apparently settling on a strategy to bring the first 100 days to a smooth landing rather than a tumultuous government shutdown. >> the president has been pretty straight forward about his desire and need for a border wall. he will do the right thi

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