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you can tweet the show @thelead. join us again tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. eastern and then at 9:00 p.m. eastern. homeland security secretary john kelly will be here tomorrow. cnn's original series the most director warning to date about north korea. director from the commander in chief himself and comes in the same interview where he revealed being president is harder than he expected. and a new investigation into michael flynn's expecting payments from russia and turkey. but when it comes to his security clearance why is the white house shifting blame now to the obama administration? >> good morning, everyone. i'm christine romans on this friday morning. we're very happy about that. and being president is
harder than he ever expected. i know he's taking grief for that. it is day 99 of the trump administration, 4:00 a.m. in the east. and we have breaking news. overnight an urging warb warning from president trump on north korea nuclear and missile programs. a face-off with pyongyang, the president warns it is a possibility. there is a chance we could end up having a major major conflict with north korea, absolutely. >> the president telling reuters the u.s. would achieve nonnuclear dopolicemenacy. >> quote, trying very hard to resolve the crisis. you might recall previously he criticized xi for not doing
enough. in fact he said china wasn't doing enough. tillserson is sent to chair a u.s. security council meeting this weekend. good morning. again another new cycle full of twists and turns on the north korea story. how is it playing there? >> yeah, twists and turning exactly. because just as it seemed the tone was shifting almost from washington, d.c., given the right agenda. you had heard not just the secretary of state but also of the dfrs with dealing with economic sanctions and diplomatic measures, now you have these incredibly powerful words from president donald trump warning of a potentially major, major conflict. and also speaking president xi
shinping. now you've got some warning that the situation could spiral out of control. china and russia both continue to call for more openness, more negotiations with north korea. a change of position from what he heard earlier from other trump administration officials. but at the same time you have the u.s. still working to build up its defenses here, which have raised anger within the region from neighboring countries and north korea. you've got this bad missile defense system that is being installed. now president trump is saying the billion dollar system is something south korea should pay there. the it's being installed in south korea. it's for their protection.
that's not their understanding. they're the one who provides the site and structure, but it's the u.s. who pays to operate this billion dollar system. a bit of confusion then what president trump means who he says they should be paying for it. so that's where we leave it now, christine. >> when clearly it was an american priority to blunt others in the region and keep america's foot in the region in terms orphpolicy. unbelievable. okay, great. thanks for gnat, alexander. go ahead. >> it's just a system they'd been rushing to put into place. over and over again you have heard u.s. officials saying this is kitical because of the advanced threat from north korea. and they have also said repeatedly it will help to protect the u.s.'s national
security interest. that's why they say it's so important despite the fact it's actually a system that has raised some concerns from south koreans. it's controversial here as well as being objected to from south korea and china. flynn's accepting -- the defense intelligence agency actually warnedflip back in 2014 against accepting foreign payments. that is according to documents obtained by the house oversight committee, some of which were released by ranking democratic elijah comings. >> he said these documents raised questions about why flynn hid the payments after the
warning of administration. >> i obviously didn't understand why the white house is covering up for michael flynn. i don't get it. after the president fired him for lying. >> the republican chairman of the oversight committee is not happy with comings. he said the democrats broke the long-standing protocol, releasing documents. >> sean spicer says it is appropriate for them to look into flynn. but when asking why flynn wasn't thoroughly vetted, spicer pinned that on the obama administration. >> he was initiated clearance, and the trip and trance actions you refer to was in 2015, all that clearance was made in the
obama administration and apparently the knowledge that he took. >> the source strongly denies any effort to conseal that payment. he said flynn briefed the intelligence agency before and after that trip. president trump offering new insight as to why he decided to renegotiate nafta rather than pull out of the agreement like he promised. the president telling "the washington post" he was prepared noo announce a full withdrawal from the trade agreement tomorrow, the 100th day of his administration. quote, i was all set to terminate, adding i looked forward to terminating. i was going to do it. so what changed? >> u.s. talk of a possible withdrawal was rattling markets in canada and mexico. highlighting regions of the country that would be highest
hit most of them in pro-trump territory. the president must first provide notice including a 90 day process. we're telling you a lot of folks say you can see the goldman sachs faction at play, not boarding nafta, not pushing the border wall. the guy who won, the invest class is very happy with this president and his team today. >> well, ironically it's the economic reality of these things he didn't realize. that's what he's been woken up to is what it means to get out of nafta. a lot in store for president trump on day 99 of his presidency. he is expected to sign an
executive order his administration hopes will pave the way for offshore drilling. president trump will then travel to atlanta with vice president mike pence to speak at the annual nra leadership forum as he shares some thoughts about his days at president ahead of his 100th day mark. >> i loved my previous life as president. this actually is more work than my previous life. i thought it would beal easier. i'm a details oriented person, i would say that. but i do miss my old life. i like to work, sothets not a problem. but this is actually more work. >> one of president trump's biggest campaign promises will remain unkept as he reaches 100 days in office. house majority leader mccarthy announcing there will be no headache vote this week.
new consessions to conservatives resulting in too many moderates jumping ship, dave. >> well, the threat of a government shutdown is off the table for now. democrats threatened not to support the bill if the vote on healthcare had taken place. we get more now from our cnn correspondent. >> reporter: despite a last minute lobbying trying to get the last number of votes, try to get repealing and replace to the house floor and replace it, republicans have fallen short. now, on some level that's good news with the democrats threat to hold up the house spending bill with the loom of government shutdown tonight is off the table. they will pass a short term continuing resolution to make sure government stays open. but in a broader sense healthcare is in very, very dire straights again. the that optimism from the speaker earlier on tuesday.
i think we're going to go when we have the bucks. but that's the decision we'll have when we make it. something tells me you'll be the first to know. i think this is a bill that moderates would want to support. >> their members going home trying to figure out what actually happens next. there's no question this was as close they've got as to actually getting across the finish line on the bill. the big question is can they resurrect it? on the government funding side of things, there are still negotiations going on behind the scenes for a longer term deal. according to republicans and democrats in both chambers i'm speaking to, they are both comfortable they will get there. it looks like once again republicans have fallen short. >> the president has promised 3 bers, 4% even, even more growth.
on the eve of 100 days, the government publishes the trump administration's first economic report card. the president promises his policies will boost growth to 4%. if predictions prove true, he's off to slow start here. it's expected to show the economy droeing at a 1% annual rate. some economists are prededicting even lower numbers. we can't disprove trump's policy yet. if the trump administration could push through tax cuts and infrastructure bills soon, that likely won't have an impact until next year, and that's a
big if on passing. the u.s. economy has had an average a 2% growth. the last time we saw a 4% growths, bill clinton was in the white house and the economy was surging around the .com boom. overall, the u.s. economy is in good shape. home sales records are strong. just to name a few, we'll know the exact gdp numbers when i break them live at 8:30 a.m. on monday. after a meeting of the president's key advisers, sources tell cnn they're leaning against pulling out of the paris agreement but renegotiating with a deal paris has recommended. the deadline for the trump administration to decide is the g-7 meetings at the end of may. all right, united airlines
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defensive miles garrett with the bears trading up one spot with mick truviscy. and the commissioner where roger if goodell got his welcome. >> good evening, and welcome to the nfl draft. come on, philly. come on. >> philadelphia rules. they crushed goodell. the final four rounds tomorrow. filly fans are unlike any other. >> all right, there you go. how's president handing the 100 days. we have a cnn poll live from london.
president trump facing a number of foreign policy challenges during his first 100 days in office. chief among them syria and russia. a new cnn poll shows increasing anxiety among americans about that crisis in syria. 51% say very concerned, 38% somewhat concerned, and 10% not concerned about the situation with syria. turning to russia, nearly 3 out of 4 americans now believe it is at least somewhat likely that improper contacts took place between the trump campaign and the kremlin.
among these challenges facing mr. trump moving forward, let's bring on nick from london. what do you make of the last few days alone in terms of the strategy for a trump administration? >> you know, there's clearly an effort to squeeze in some successes. and you have to sort of back up a little bit and analyze the last couple of days through what we've seen the last 100 days. he came to the office through the eyes of the international community, untest said, unknown and very unnerving essentially being opposed to the european union, opposed to nato, collapsing the pisc trade deal, the travel ban. all of these things, the international community founds very, very disconcerting. now he's changed his position a
bit on nato. it's not obsolete, he says. when you look at it through that prism, you know, the international community is a little -- feels perhaps a little more at ease. because here's someone who perhaps has learned a few things on the job. the chemical strike -- the assad's chemical use and the following strike reel aput a rift between president trump and president putin, and that was something international allies were concerned about, the warmth of that relationship. so when you look ought what's happened the last 100 days visa vi korea, they're still on the line a little bit. they still don't know when they
he's going to go. i still think there's a strong sense of unease. this is a president who still has a lot of global diplomacy to learn. at least you can look at the exchange of andrea merkel when she visited the white house. >> nick robson live for us. thank you, nick. it's hard to figure out. it's great to hear from nick what world leaders think. we know this, he's leading with world foreign policy, trying to put some points on the board. it's certainly not we have expected. >>o, there's a lot we haven't expect said, and it may change again. president trump is now on the record that hoounited states could be headed with a major military conflict with north korea. and his musings about the personality and challenges about
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president trump with his most direct warning about north korea today. what's the administration's plan to minimize the threat? >> a new fallout about mikep flynn's decision to accept payments from russia and turkey. but why is the trump administration shifting the blame to the obama administration? >> it was an eye opening interview with the reuters regarding kim jung-un, the president. let's break it all down. >> an aurjing warning from president trump. the president suggesting a military face-off with pyongyang is within the realm of
possibility. listen. >> well, there's a chance we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea, absolutely. >> now, the president telling reuters the u.s. would prefer to achieve a nonnuclear north korea through diplomacy, but he said that's very difficult. >> he praised president xishy ping for trying very hard after accusings him of not doing enough. tillertion is set to chair a u.s. security council meeting on north korea later this month with the house of representatives set to vote on new sanctions on pyongyang next week. for the latest let's bring in cnn's alex field live in seoul.
the president suggesting south korea is not doing enough to pay their fair share. what's the reaction from seoul? >> yeah, i think this interview has left a lot of heads spinning. that certainly seems be a shift in tone from what seemed to be more tone, saying it is the priority of the trump administration to denuclearizize north korea and do this through sanctions and diplomatic measures. we know that china is looking to north kor south korea for help. then he went onto say that perhaps china can't do. now you've got officials in china reacting say this whole situation could spiral out of control. the chinese and russians again
calling for more dialogue. and rex tillerson saying if the doors are open and rights you he'll host the meeting for the united states security council meeting today. he'll be calling on all participants to fully enforce sanctions against north korea. he was also speaking on another news cable network saying he doesn't think kim jung-un, perhaps a murderer perhaps, but not insane. and he's now talking about this defense that's been a major priority for the u.s. and major source of controversy, that's the installation of this missile system. now president trump is saying that south korea should pay for the billion dollar system. that does of course echo some of the things he said on the campaign trail, that allies
should pay more. well, the president is still saying the u.s. is still fully committed to south korea security. it seems to have caught south koreaen officials by vise. it's their understanding that the u.s. pays for the operation they want today put here and the south korea just provides the site and infrastructure. dave. >> yeah, that is ms that fits united states interest. thank you, so much for trying to break all this down. it is a doozy. and the geography here needs a reminder. seoul is about 40 miles from the north korean border. >> and 28,000 american troops there and 15 different bases, that system put it at the behest of the united states for more influence in the region. and now to say they have to pay for it when it was basically
america's idea. listen to what he said about kim jung-un, how he seemed to almost humanize this dictator, and murder according to the state department. >> he's 27 years old, his father dies, took over a regime. so say what you want, but that's not easy especially at that age. i'm not give him credits or not giving him credit. i'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do. as to whether or not he's rational, i have no opinion on it. i hope he's rational. >> i'd love to be on the wall of the defense department. >> why humanize a murder, someone who kills his own family members, who puts millions of people in prison camps in north korea? in the beginning of the campaign of assad and others, it's a fascinating window of how the kbhander and chief thinks.
do americans pseph north korea as a threat to the u.s.? most do not. at least not right now. a new cnn orc poll say pyongyang is an immediately threat. just under half say pyongyang poses a long-term threat. >> in 201341% said that was the case. more on that later this half-hour. >> a lot instore for president trump. on day 99 of his presidency he is expected to sign an executive order his administration hopes will pave for the way for offshore drilling. president trump shares some interesting thoughts of his time as president ahead of his 100 day mark.
listen. >> well, i loved my previous life. i loved my previous life. i had so many things. i actually -- this is more more than my previous life. i thought it would be easier. i'm a details oriented person, i think you would say that, but i do miss my old life. i like to work, so that's not a problem. but this is actually more work. >> hardest job in the world, by the way. >> now again i don't think any president goes into office and say this is about what i expected. but he expected to be the same amount of work as running a real estate empire or am i misinterpreting that? >> i don't think you are. he also said he seemed sort of surprised and amazed that each different agencies are all these big, big companies and there's all different agencies, so he's trying to get his head around the scope. >> one of president trump's
biggest campaign promises will remain unkept, house majority leader announcing there will be no vote on healthcare this week. translation, republicans simply done have the votes. new consession,s, resulting in too many moderates jumping ship. >> a stop gap spending bill expected to pass. democrats said they wouldn't support it if a healthcare bill bill had passed. >> trying to get the requisite number of votes to get healthcare repeal and replace through the house floor, and pass it republicans have fallen short. on some level that's good news on the sense that the democrat threat to holds up the house spending bill with the threat of the government shout down tonight is now officially off the table. they will pass ashirt-term continuing resolution to make
sure government stays apone. again, healthcare in very dire straights. >> i think we're making very good progress. we're going to go when we have the bucks, but that's the decision when we make it. something tells me you'll be the first to know when that happens. i would argue this a bill a moderate would more likely support. >> going happen trying to figure out what happens next. there's no question this was as close they've gotten to actually getting the bill on the finish line. can they put a major, major line on the white house to good get in the end. there are still negotiations going on behind the scenes for a longer term deal. according to republicans and democrats they both feel confident. there will be no shutdown in the nearer term or longer term.
but once again it looks like republicans have fallen shorts. new trouble this morning for a former national security advisor michael flynn over his zigsz to anticipate payments from turkey and russia after he retired from the military. we have new information that the specter general has opened a new investigation into the retired army general and warned flynn back in 2013 over anticipating foreign payments. that's according to documents some of which released by elijah comings. >> after he was warbed explicitly by the pentagon. so comings took the administration to task. >> i obviously did not understand why the white house is covering up for michael flynn. i don't know get it. after the president fired him for lying. >> the republican chairman of
the oversight committee jason chaffetz is not happy with comings. they say he broke with long-standing protocol, releasing the documents without consulting republicans. >> sean spicer says he thinks, it's quote appropriate to look into flynn if they think there's wrongdoing. spicer pinned on why he wasn't thoroughly vetted on the obama administration. >> he was issued a security cleerps under the obama administration in the string spring of 2016. the trip and trance agzs that you're referring to occurred ipdecember of 2015. all of that clearance was made during the obama administration, and apparently with knowledge of the trip that he took. >> one source familiar with the case admits flynn did make a mistake failing to fill out the proper form, seeking permission to get paid by a russian state
tv channel for a 2015 trip to moskow. but the state strongly denies any effort to conseal the payment. they say flynn briefed the intelligence agency before and after the trip. what does that mean for the white house, we'll try to unpack that in the 5:00 hour. but first president trump's about face on nafta. what was it that led him to renegotiate instead of pull out? new details next.
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president trump offering new insight as to why he decide today renegotiate nafta rather than pull out like he promised again and again. well, the president telling "the washington post" he was prepared to announce a full withdrawal from nafta tomorrow, the 100th of his administration. quote, i was all set to terminate, saying i look forward
to terminating. i was going to do it. so what changed the. >> well, it turns out the president's staff was deeply divided. it was rattling markets in canada and mexico. it highlighted regions of the country that would be hardest hit with a nafta pull out and most of them pro-trump territory. they say they're already beginning to renegotiate nafta, but that's actually not possible. the president must first provide notice of his attempt to prework the agreement kicking off a 90 day consultation with congress and industry viewers. >> keeping american jobs, pledging $25 million over the next 20 years. but where on the eve of his 100 days, where does he stack up. it's better than obalm a, but
remember he remember he was losing hundred ofs thousands of jobs, in fact 1.5 million jobs in the first two months. however, the '90s economic boom, the u.s. signing major trade deals, remember it was a huge push towards globalization. we're moving away globalization. he's a little behind. he needs to create about 280,000 jobs wer month. despite warnings and orders, they do continue to shift companies overseas. they show that more than 4,000 jobs have left the country. another 2,000 set to leave in coming weeks. and it's not just to mexico and china. the data from the government shows more jobs headed to, dave, india than any other country.
>> not surprising to me. >> wryep, india. the first round of the 2017 nfl draft now in the pbooks. the browns taking exs ana defensive win. the festivities this year outside filly where commissioner roger goodell got a true fillae welcome. >> good evening, and welcome to the nfl draft. come on, philly, come on. there you go. >> he handles it very well. that's like an executive class in how to be graceful under fire. rounds two and three of the draft will be held tonight final four rounds tomorrow. and that's good preparation
because goodell says he's going to new england for the season opener next year. just wait until you hear patriots fans. if you have stock in the market, president trump's policies are making richer. how does it stack up against past presidents, i'm telling you the guy who won the white house is making the big guy really rich. e i was a kid, empty my pocket change into this old jar. it's never much, just what's left after i break a dollar. and i never thought i could get quality life insurance with my spare change. neither did i. until i saw a commercial for the colonial penn program. imagine people our age getting life insurance at such an affordable rate. it's true. if you're 50 to 85, you can get guaranteed acceptance life insurance through the colonial penn program for less than 35 cents a day,
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poll when only 36% of americans were concerned about syria. >> turning to russia -- we want to bring in cnn's nick robertson live from london. with the list of global challenges, there's actually a pretty long list, nick. >> there certainly is. how to deal with russia, president trump striking the syria, the assad regime for using chemical weapons gave him a greater distance from president putin. indeed it seemed in many ways the international community that president trump had been heading towards a friendship with president putin. they all warned against that. now he seems to be an enemy. now with north korea president
trump seems to be on a collision course with china calling it a currency manipulator, but now he seems to have appeared to have learned many things. whereas he came in as on unknown, untested, it made the international community uneasy if you will, they still feel that way because they still feel he is unpredictable in some circumstances. they don't quite know what hoez going to do. he's turned on his views on nato, the european union, but still there's the issue of others feeling that free trade is a good thing. but the protectism of america first, it's something that the international community by and large is still at odds with. you know, as president trump looks ahead to the issues he has to deal with the international community still looks at him
with a certain amount of trepidation. they don't quite know how things are going to go with north korea, and that certainly seems be sufted in the polls as well. >> and saying they could do more, should do more, and more. and now they're saying, oh, no they are doing what they can. we're going to get funding for the border wall, a lot of these things the president has backed off so we'll see if that trend continues. let's check the cnnmoney stream. another record high for nasdaq. look at google, parent company alphabet. amazon showing great market still it's been the strongest
earning season in years. corporate america is rolling in profits. the trump administration is invigorating business with the promise of tax cuts and deregulation. the most visible winner from this administration that championed the little guy on the campaign trail is the investor class. big business, big money, investors are winning big in the first 100 days of the trump presidency. amazon stock is closing in on $1,000 a share. it popped more than 4% after hours thursday after strong earnings pushing the stock to around 960 bucks a share. amazon sales continue to outpace estimates. amazon sales hit $35 billion in the first quarter, up more than 20% from last year. everyone is eyeing that $1,000 mark. and speaking of on the eve of the 100 day mark, the trump rally is now the second best since jfk was president.