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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com top of the hour, 10:00 a.m. eastern. good morning. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm john berman. breaking this morning, the president of the united states just asked, why was there the civil war? we'll have much more on that in a moment. also new this morning, we're getting our first look at the president's reaction when he was pressed on his claims about being wiretapped by president obama. watch as president trump abruptly ends this interview with cbs news' john dickerson after dickerson asks him about his past tweets surrounding just that, when he called president obama sick and bad. watch. >> i just wanted to find out. you're the president of the united states. you said he was sick and bad because he had tapped you -- >> you can take it any way you want. >> but i'm asking you because
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you don't want it to be fake news. i want to hear from president trump. >> you don't have to ask me. >> why not is. >> because i have my own opinions. you can have your own opinions. >> but i want to know your opinions. you're the president of the united states. >> that's enough. thank you. >> all right, let's begin with cnn senior washington correspondent joe johns at the white house. joe. >> reporter: hi, poppy. well, it certainly seems that the president is, while he didn't say it explicitly, sticking by his guns on that allegation of president obama wiretapping him. fascinating because that's been one of the underlying threads through the first 100 days of this administration. meanwhile, turning the corner just a bit, there's also another comment by the president that is really creating a buzz, and that is his assertion in an interview with cbs that pre-existing conditions coverage stays in this latest health care plan that is being discussed on capitol hill.
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let's listen to what the president had to say and then come back and talk about it. >> pre-existing conditions are in the bill, and i mandate it. i said, it has to be. >> in one of the fixes it was discussed pre-existing was optional for the states. >> sure in one of the fixes, and they're changing it and changing it -- >> so it would be permanent. >> of course. >> okay. well, that's a development. the crucial question is it's not going to be left up to the states. everyone gets pre-existing conditions, no matter where they live. >> no, but the states have something to do with it because ultimately we want to get it back down to that. the state is going to be in a much better position to take care because it's smaller. >> so, i'm not hearing you say, mr. president, there is a guarantee for pre-existing conditions. >> we actually have a clause that guarantees. >> reporter: so, this language on capitol hill to try to be a bit more precise basically allows states to opt out of standard premiums covering pre-existing conditions. so, what that means is, if you're sick, if you got cancer and you had a lapse in coverage
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and you try to come back into the marketplace, insurance companies in certain states that have opted out might not allow you to have affordable health care coverage, something that you can, in fact, afford. so, the question remains there as to whether that is a guarantee for pre-existing condition coverage. john and poppy, back to you. >> it's not a guarantee. that's a fact. if you can't pay for it. joe johns at the white house. thank you. also developing this morning, a rare moment of bipartisanship overnight. democrats and republicans struck an agreement on a critical spending deal to avoid a government shutdown, for now. >> for now. it still needs to be approved by the house and senate and includes billions in defense spending. what it doesn't include is money for the president's border wall. let's bring in cnn congressional correspondent sunlen serfaty on capitol hill. democrats really claiming victory here, sunlen. >> reporter: they certainly are, john, because there are
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certainly a lot of concession these president trump made on a lot of his key priorities that he wanted included in this bill, but it is significant and very notable, because it is the first bipartisan measure approved under the trump administration up here on capitol hill, and of course, most importantly, it keeps the government funded through september, avoiding a government shutdown. lawmakers up here reached an agreement late sunday night. i want to show you what's in this bill. again, it calls for an increase in defense spending by over $15 billion, $1.5 billion for border security. those were both items that the president wanted included in this. it increases spending for clean energy and science and $2 billion to boost nih, something that both democrats wanted included. and it gives $407 million in wildfire relief for states out west. importantly not included, it leaves planned parenthood untouched, so it continues to fund planned parenthood and
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gives absolutely no money for the border wall along the u.s./mexico border. and of course, you know this is something that was a big campaign promise of candidate trump's and president trump continued to push for it. he wanted this initially included in this spending bill, something he had to back off of. so, that leaves that fight lingering, john and poppy, for another day. we expect both the house and senate to approve this measure this week. >> all right, a deal has been made. sunlen serfaty on the hill, thank you so much. president trump referencing andrew jackson and seemingly suggesting that, well, just says flat out, why was there a civil war? you're just going to have to listen to this. >> -- had andrew jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn't have had the civil war. he was a very tough person, but he had a big heart, and he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the civil war. he said, there's no reason for
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this. people don't realize, you know, the civil war, if you think about it, why? people don't ask that question, but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out? >> i'm not sure it's totally true that people don't ask why was there a civil war. it may be one of the major questions asked in all of american history. joining us now to discuss this is salena zito, who did that interview. she's at the phone. also doug heye, maria cardona, democratic strategist, lynn sweet, washington bureau chief for "the chicago-sun times." salena zito, you were on the phone with us and you asked that question that got a remarkable answer. people don't ask the question, why was there a civil war. what did the president mean there, do you have any idea? >> reporter: well, i mean, i can only guess, as i think everybody understands in the way he talks is he bounces all over in a
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conversation. so, the conversation began before the tape started rolling, while we were talking about andrew jackson and his impact in american history. and then the interview started, and then he, you know, referenced back to him, and he was talking about, before the tape was rolling, he was talking about sort of, you know, he wished the civil war hadn't happened, don't we all, you know. it was a very trying time. and then we went back to this because he was looking at the portrait of jackson that's over his left-hand shoulder when he's sitting at the desk. >> okay, doug heye, let me bring you in here. aside from the timeline issue of andrew jackson in all of this, and aside from the very what seems to be a bit of a bizarre statement, why was there the civil war, what's your takeaway from salena's interpretation? >> growing up in the south where
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i still have friends trying to win the war, still talk about it, it doesn't make sense. and i can tell you, as somebody, as a press secretary, where my job was to do cleanup on aisle five when politicians would say dumb or crazy things, this one makes no sense. there doesn't seem to be any reason behind it. obviously, we can talk about history and andrew jackson and so forth, and i understand salena's point extremely well, but i don't understand why the president continues to go down either this rabbit hole or other rabbit holes that he goes down to. focus on jobs. americans are going to resonate with that issue so well. going down these strange rabbit holes just doesn't make any sense. >> you know, as a point of history, when andrew jackson was president, and he died 16 years before the civil war -- >> i was going to say, the timeline here -- >> he dealt with the nullification crisis with south carolina. south carolina looked to supersede federal law there was the idea of secession, but he tamped it down, but it wasn't about slavery. and andrew jackson was of course a slaveholder. maria cardona, is there much more to say about this? do you want to get in before we move on?
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>> i mean, i just have one piece of advice for donald trump. mr. trump, crack a book. i mean, seriously. there's no other piece of advice that anybody can give him. he is the president of the united states, and when he says ridiculous statements like this, it betrays his complete and total ignorance when it comes to history, but worse than that, john and poppy, i think it really signifies how uninterested and i think disdain that he has for people who really are not just historians, but experts in public policy and in politics and in everything that you need to know to actually learn to govern and be able to run a country. he needs to go back to the drawing board. yes, i think it's too late, which is why, you know, the majority of americans did not
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support him. we knew that he had this disdain for knowledge and lack of curiosity that makes him completely inept for this job. >> all right, let's talk about the now and what is going to affect millions of americans' lives and livelihoods. lynn sweet, on this gop/house health care plan, gary cohn, one of the top guys in the white wing -- white wing -- west wing comes out and says, we got the votes, i'm confident this is going to be a great week for us. but the president either doesn't understand what this bill does right now or he's being disingenuous in selling it by saying everyone with pre-existing conditions is covered. they're only covered, lynn, if they can afford it. so, what's the president's play here? >> well, a few things can be true at one time. the president can be disingenuous and not know the details of the bill, but one of the big -- this pre-existing -- but members of congress know how
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explosive this particular issue is. of the many complex things in health care, which president trump newly discovered this is a complex topic -- one thing everyone understands, no matter your ideology, your race, gender, religious beliefs, is that pre-existing conditions in your life, in the life of your loved ones is very big, and if you have coverage now that you are happy with, with the pre-existing condition, you want to make sure that you're convinced that the legislative language, not the bluster, not the talk, that somebody reassures you that the language in insurance, no matter what company you may buy it from, guarantees you coverage at least as good, at least the same price you pay now. right now, president trump was unable to articulate that guarantee. that's politically explosive because people don't need a lot of years of training to know, is what i may get better than i have today on this narrow issue of pre-existing conditions.
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that's why this is so explosive. that's why it seems left to members of congress to give this reassurance, which i think for the moment i don't think they can do, because it doesn't seem to be what the language is headed towards right now. and by the way, leaving it up to states to figure out? that is something that will be a long time coming. >> i know, but there are republicans that do make the case that premiums for everyone else would go down. >> of course. >> and there is reason they could and would. it's just that it's not being sold that way. >> yeah. >> and i think voters and members aren't being as clear about the choice that's out there. >> right. >> doug heye, we heard from gary cohn saying we're convinced we've got the votes. should the white house be saying that on a monday when friday they clearly didn't? >> yeah, i think it's a big challenge not just for the white house but for congressional republicans. and john and poppy, as you know, i worked on obamacare replacement very unsuccessfully for a long time in the house of representatives, and right now, it is now or never. we can talk about the
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particulars of the bill, but if they don't pass any form of obamacare replacement this week, it will never happen, and that means when congressional republicans go home on the next recess, they're going to have to answer their constituents, not just about obamacare replacement, but whether or not they can get anything done at all. it's that big of a deal right now. >> what they did get done, along with democrats, a little bit of kumbaya, i suppose, in a budget. i mean, they got a deal through, a six-month deal, but it's something. do you read this, though, maria, as a win for liberals? i mean, look at what is not in it, okay? there is no funding for a border wall. there is no cut to funding for sanctuary cities. there is no money for deportation force. they did get $1.5 billion for border security. they did not cut planned parenthood spending. they increased spending for the national institutes of health. did you guys win on this one? >> poppy, the american people won. i think middle class families won. i think the country won. because at the end of the day what got passed is exactly what
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the majority of the american people support. they support more funding for clean energy. they want to protect our wildlife and our environment. the majority of the american people don't believe that a border wall is a savvy use of precious taxpayer money. the majority of the american people and millions of americans and women who go to planned parenthood as their only health care resource don't want planned parenthood shut down. so, if i were a republican, i would breathe a sigh of relief today, because they're not going to be blamed for shutting down the government, which they do most of the time the government is shut down they are blamed for that, and they are not going to be suffering and going back to their districts with protests about why they shut down planned parenthood, about why there's all this waste of money for a border wall that nobody wants. now the only thing they're going to have to face is why they are supporting a health care bill that is less -- or that is less
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popular than the one that is currently up, obamacare, and obamacare, turns out, is probably twice as popular as the president of the united states and three times more popular than republicans in congress. >> you know, lynn sweet, final observation. the president cutting off the interview with john dickerson when he kept asking him to explain what he meant when he called president obama bad and sick over wiretapping? >> i saw the visual. it's always jarring, but john did a very good and complete interview. what i liked about it is that it had many follow-ups, including pressing president trump on this very important provision, i think, of the health care bill dealing with pre-existing conditions. and the president exercised his right to end the interview when he didn't want to do it. you know, you often don't see how interviews end or when people want to waive you off one way or another, but i think otherwise in this john dickerson of cbs did a very fine job in
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that interview, and he got a lot done. >> the president walked away, walked behind his desk when john kept on asking. fascinating. >> he got a lot, john, before that moment happened, so i do applaud him on that. >> doug, maria, salena zito still on the phone, thank you very much for bringing that fascinating comment about the president and the civil war. it was about slavey, if the president is curious. thanks so much, guys. all right, coming up, who the president has just invited to the white house. very controversial. president duterte of the philippines. this is someone who's bragged about killing with his own hands. he called former president obama the son of a whore. now he's come to the white house. plus, president trump called him out by name, pushing him to help pass his ideas to reform and replace obamacare. we will be joined by a key republican member of congress next. when did anyone start calling this salad?
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this is going to be a great week. we're going to get health care down to the floor of the house. we're convinced we've got the votes. >> all right, new this morning, "we're convinced we have the
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votes." the white house says they got them on health care. they didn't have them on friday, though. interesting to see how they got from there to here. meantime, the president not afraid to call out a congressman or two by name. watch this. >> we're going to give americans the freedom to purchase the health care plans they want, not the health care forced on them by the government. and i'll be so angry at congressman kelly and congressman marino and all of our congressmen in this room if we don't get that damn thing passed quickly. >> one of those men who got called out, representative mike kelly of pennsylvania. nice to have you here. and i should note for our viewers, you support this bill. you support the house health care bill. so, what was your take when the president threatened you? were you like, hey, i'm on your team? >> i just think if you're a member of congress, you're used to people calling you out and
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people being angry with you. i think it's just part of what we're going through right now, and a lot of it is well deserved. but when the president says, listen, we need to get this done, he means we need to get it done. i don't mind being called out. i'm from the private sector p. if you're not called out, it means no one's looking at you. growing up, you wanted coaches yelling at you because you know they know you're there. >> you wrote in february, "we will make sure that no one struggling with complex medical needs or pre-existing conditions is denied access to affordable health care options." so, the amendment being discussed right now removes requirements that states provide affordable options to folks with pre-existing conditions. it removes the guarantee that they be charged the same amount. so, does that break the promise that you made in february? >> well, i can make a promise from where i am. i can't make a promise for our whole conference or piece of legislation. i can tell you what i think drives it, and i think that people with pre-existing, that's major concern for them.
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i represent not just republicans back in pennsylvania's third district, but i represent democrats and also people who actually have no interest in politics at all. so, i think that it's very difficult. people say, well, you said this but something else happened. i am one member of congress and i'm trying to represent the district -- >> but congressman, to be fair, i mean, can you really say that? if you vote for it, if you put your name on this, you are in essence then breaking your promise, are you not? i mean, you can say this is just my opinion, but then you have to make the decision as to why taxpayers pay your salary to say i'm going to vote for it or i'm not going to. >> yes, well, that's very good on your part, but let me just tell you, this is not where you go to a buffet and pick what you want. this is a one-price fix. it's either in the bill or it's not. if i were to say there's one thing that really bothered me, so i decided to scrap it all. >> it's a big thing. >> listen, it's a big thing and we fight for it, fight for what we can get, try to get as much as you can for the people you represent, but this is not -- listen, it's not just to me. it's up to everybody else to get
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it there. now, you know that this is going to go from the house over steent and we're going to see what the senate comes up with before it gets down to the white house, so i think to say, well, you said this, but you weren't able to keep your word? i kept my word that i fought for it. that's all i can do. >> you fought for it, you know. it's not in the amendment right now. so, as you sit here today, you are going to vote for the bill, but are you still opposed to the language of the amendment? do you believe that this opens the door to raise prices on people with pre-existing conditions? >> you know what, that's something that the insurers are going to have to decide. we created a business model for them that they try to comply with. i like the idea that people can pick and choose the product that they want, that they have the say over it and it's not driven from the top down. so, it's a very difficult process, as you all know. and people can make those kind of statements. they can beat their chest and say i'm just not going to vote for it because it's not exactly what i wanted. you know what, that's fine, but in the world i grew up in, i didn't always get everything i wanted, but i kept working to get to where i could.
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so, one vote, does that define your whole career in congress? i don't think so. >> but do you -- just to restate john's question, because john specifically asked you, does this open the door to allow insurers to charge much more to those with pre-existing conditions? we've read this about 20 times, the amendment, and every read, yes, it does. you would admit that, right? >> well, of course it's a business model. the greater the risk, the actuaries have to determine how great the risk is. insurance is nothing more than a business program, as you well know, so if your risk is greater, then the cost, premiums are going to be there. >> all right. >> but listen, where we are right now, we're in a difficult position with health care. premiums have skyrocketed, deductions have skyrocketed and co-pays have skyrocketed. so to say, you know what, you guys had the opportunity, you didn't get it done. i would just say this, look, we're working through a very tough situation on a piece of health care -- legislation that was passed years ago that wasn't perfect, and i think if our friends on the other side had the chance to do it all over again, they'd probably take a look at it a little bit differently -- >> i don't think there's any
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question about that. >> but we want to make sure we cover folks. >> and again, we're not trying to be cute here. we're just trying -- >> no, it's not a matter of being cute. >> we're just trying to understand what the choices are that are being made here and what it means for the american people just so that they know what they're being faced with right now. and again, we're just trying to understand, in your mind, if people with pre-existing conditions could see their rates go up, why that choice is important. >> yeah, and i think based on a business decision, the greater the risk, the greater the premium's going to be. but listen, we were told before, if you like the plan you have, you can keep it. if you like the doctor you have, you can keep it. and people sometimes say, well, but he didn't mean it that way. i've just got to tell you, we're trying as hard as we can to get to something that makes sense, to get through the house of representatives, guys. this isn't the final piece. it goes from the house to the senate. >> just to get some clarity on your words. you just said the greater the risk, the greater the premium. is that what america should get ready for? >> listen, america should get
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ready to see a change in the way health care's being offered to them right now. i would just say that from my standpoint where i live and the people i represent, they would like to have more control over the product that they purchase, not a top-down decision made by a government that doesn't really understand their needs. so listen, there's always going to be questions about what we finally get done and how we get there. pre-existing is very important to the people i represent back home. i understand that. i will fight for those things, but at the end of the day, at the end of the day, there is a business proposition that's going to be put out there. insurers are no different than any other business out there. you look at the market that you serve, you look at the people that you serve, and you come up with different plans. so there's not a one size fits all. and certainly for younger people and healthy people, they say why should i be taxed with all these increases? when you say, look, it's in the whole. in the whole, how are we going to get there? it is a business. it is a business proposition. >> okay. we have to leave it there, but i would note, the president said more than once, i'm not going to touch pre-existing conditions. representative mike kelly, we'll
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this one from december where duterte admitted to killing suspected criminals with his own hands. >> i must admit that a third of the killings really happened during police encounters. and i know it because i am not trying to pull my own chain, but in davao, i used to do it personally, just to show the guys that if i can do it, why can't you? >> our senior international correspondent ivan watson is in hong kong. he's covered duterte closely. look, the white house is justifying this, saying it needs the philippines on north korea. is that true? >> reporter: i don't think the philippines has much economic or political leverage when it comes to the regime in pyongyang. it could be a help in the south china sea in the territorial dispute with china, but not when it comes to nuclear weapons and
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north korea. and south china sea was not discussed according to the white house readout and the philippines president's readout of this discussion. what was discussed in addition to north korea was president duterte's controversial and very deadly war on drugs, which by some press accounts has resulted in the deaths of more than 7,000 people in the philippines in his first ten months in office. and by some accounts, the police themselves have killed more than 2,500 drug offenders, suspected drug offenders, all, the police claim, in self-defense. that is why, and then if you add the fact that duterte himself is a self-confessed killer, that's why some human rights activists are denouncing the white house invitation of duterte to the white house and also why you have some leading democrats now getting on board, criticizing this. senator chris murphy from connecticut tweeted this -- "we are watching in realtime as the american human rights bully
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pulpit disintegrates into ash." now, it's notable that duterte is well known for being a brash speaker. that's part of why filipinos like him. he seems to have affinity for trump. he says that, hey, we're similar. we both like to swear a lot. he did not like former president obama. he said obama could go to hell and he called him a son of a whore. poppy? >> and he'll be at the fwwhite house in a few weeks. >> joining us now, former ambassador to the united nations, former secretary of everything, bill richardson joins us now. and governor, we want to ask you about the filipino president in just a moment, but first there are some developments overnight with an interview that president trump did with salena zito, where he talked about the civil war. i just want to read you this comment. "people don't realize, you know, the civil war, if you think about it, why? people don't ask the question --
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why was there a civil war? why could that one not have been worked out?" governor, you've negotiated a lot of things in your day. is that one of the questions that you've asked? do you ever wonder why that one couldn't have been worked out or why was there a civil war? >> no. i mean, this is an unfortunate remark. i mean, this is american history, and the president is questioning that. i mean, the whole issue of land and slavery and sovereignty, it's clear. so i don't know why the president gets into these messes that he doesn't need to. >> on the issue of negotiation i mean, you've negotiated quite a few difficult deals. you have spent, visited north korea eight times. you've negotiate ed the release of three americans from the country. and the president was successful in his negotiations with egypt when he had el sisi to the white house in getting aya ha jazzie, an american, out of jail there. so, the question now becomes this meeting he'll have with the
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president of the philippines, duterte, what's the risk-reward in that? can he get things from someone who is a blatant abuser of human rights, who's admitted to killing with his own hands? what is the risk-reward for having him to the white house? >> well, the risk is that he's a human rights violator. he admits, even suspects ex-judiciex extrajudicial killings. it's a terrible mistake. i think he should walk it back. the philippines is important to us. we have military bases, a strategic relationship, a long history. yes, they're important in containing china, but they're not important with north korea. but apart from that, when you have the president of egypt -- egypt's an important ally -- but you have the president of egypt at the white house, el sisi, human rights violator, now we invite duterte, human rights violator. it doesn't send a signal of moral authority by the united states. the president needs to walk this back. >> but he did get something from
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el sisi of egypt, right? aya hijazi was released, so are there some possible rewards to outreach? look, you did go to north korea yourself several times. it was to release prisoners and for other reasons. so you, yourself, have talked to people considered unsavory, shall we say. >> well, yes, i will give credit to the administration for releasing this woman in egypt. they did that quietly. that's the way to do it. i hope the president is also considering otto warmbier and another american and a canadian that are locked up in north korea unfairly. i think that's a path forward to open up a discussion in north korea on other issues, like the ballistic missile issue, like the nuclear issue. and by the way, i think the president did the right thing. he sent a message to north korea, basically saying that the president of north korea, kim jong-un, was a smart cookie. i don't think there's ever been
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praise by any american official of kim jong-un. so you know, maybe that will result in something. i don't know. i'm not endorsing it. >> let's listen to that because that was a very important moment from this cbs interview. let's play it. >> and at a very young age, he was able to assume power. a lot of people, i'm sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. and he was able to do it. so, obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie. >> what is the impact of statements like that? >> well, i know -- i've been to north korea many times. i was there once after president bush said something negative about his father, kim jong-il. it really upset the north koreans. then we know the reaction of kim jong-un when they made that movie in hollywood where his head exploded and he was kind of given a cartoonish character. those personal issues are important to the north koreans. they don't think like we do.
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they're unpredictable. little slights like that have an impact. now, this "smart cookie," i'm sure his advisers are telling him what cookie means, that it's not negative, may cause kim jong-un to maybe send a message through another channel about improving ties. i'm not sure. but i don't recall any american official ever saying anything positive about kim jong-un. this is a first. so i don't know if the president realized this, this is his psychology, art of the deal, but let's see what happens. i think the chinese are pressing the north koreans. they're not having much success because the ballistic missile was detonated. it failed. but let's see how this evolves. it's a very interesting situation right now where i think talk about the military option, preemptive military strike, i think we've got to be
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careful. and the secretary of state and the president need to be on the same page, which they haven't been. >> cookie diplomacy with north korea. all right, bill richardson, former governor of mexico, ambassador, thank you so much for being with us. appreciate it, sir. all right, u.s. troops now on the move in the turkish/syrian border. what is the mission? that's next. all right, but first, a quick look at the markets right now with an hour into the trading day. a mixed start to the month of may for the market, up just a modest three points there right now. the nasdaq is moving higher as well. we'll be right back. [student] i can just quit school and get a job. [ex student] daddy's here. [wife] hi [dad] hey buddy [son] hey dad
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right now, u.s. troops are
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conducting patrols right along syria's border with turkey. >> according to u.s. officials, armored vehicles flying u.s. flags are being manned mostly by special operations forces, not to fight isis, though. they're there to really keep turkey and syrian kurds from fighting each other. live now at the pentagon to explain all this is cnn's barbara starr. barbara, what's going on here? u.s. boots on the ground, but not to fight isis? >> reporter: well, that's right. you know, pretty confusing on the face of it, but if you look behind the scenes, what the real bottom line is here is the u.s. wants to keep those kurdish fighters fighting isis. they want them to keep making progress towards the city of raqqah, isis' self-declared capital. it's a big u.s. military goal to get isis pushed out of that area. so, they've been diverted because there's these border skirmishes between turkey and some of the u.s.-backed kurdish rebels. to keep those skirmishes under control, to keep the focus on moving towards raqqah, the u.s.
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just on friday began these patrols very visible, flying the american flag. they want everybody to know they're there, basically not formally as peacekeepers, but essentially as a visible peace force, saying to everybody, calm down, behave, no more border skirmishes. dangerous business, nonetheless. this is a very volatile area. the turks are not happy, and the u.s. has to keep its support for the rebels but has to keep turkey happy as well. the u.s. needs access to those air bases just over the turkish border, but it doesn't want turkey attacking the rebels because it wants the rebels still focused on raqqah. in the middle of all this, those u.s. special forces conducting those patrols, putting themselves out there right in front. no telling how long all of this will last. >> and barbara, this is two weeks ahead of president erdogan of turkey coming to the white house. >> reporter: well, it is, and he comes at this very delicate time with all of this going on.
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the turkish government, erdogan not happy about the u.s. being out there. they feel the u.s. is supporting some of the kurdish elements that turkey believes are a terrorist force. the u.s. says that's not true. the question of continued access to turkish air bases likely to be an issue, and erdogan is also going to be very unhappy if the u.s. moves ahead with any potential plans to continue to arm the rebels. back to you guys. >> all right, barbara starr for us from the pentagon. thanks so much, barbara. one person dead this morning, six others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a pool party in san diego. this incident happened on sunday in the neighborhood near a college campus. authorities say the 49-year-old gunman, who was eventually shot and killed by police, opened fire in the early evening. police still haven't announced whether there was a motive. it is unclear whether the gunman knew the victims, but officials say the shooter and at least one of the partygoers lived at the apartment complex where it all took place. we'll bring you new developments as they come in.
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composure. what's he do? he walks over, calmly picks up that tooth and says the game will go on. oh, the perseverance in this guy! he hit two consecutive three-pointers after that tooth flew out and would end with a game-high 33 points in the celtics' win. after the game, isaiah talked about despite everything going on how he has been able to carry on. >> basketball, when i'm on the court, it just keeps me going, so i do everything for my sister now, and that's all i can do. more playoff action. beyonce with jay z by her side at game seven between the clippers and jazz in l.a. they see what would be future hall of famer paul pierce's final game. jazz win 104-91, earn them a date with golden state in the next round, but the 39-year-old paul pierce, what a career. thanked fans of every nba city after the game, saying he has no regrets and that he gave everything he had every single
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day of his 19-year career. outstanding. great moment before last night's nhl playoff game between the anaheim ducks and edmonton oilers in canada, mind you. the microphone stopped working during the american national anthem, so what did country music singer brett kissel do? well, he asked the fans for a sing-along. check it out. ♪ the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> give you the goose bumps a little bit. the oilers would lose the game but still lead the series 2-1. and those 18,000 fans in that arena, in edmonton, singing the national anthem of their neighbors to the south. that's strong, guys, strong stuff. >> i mean, how many americans could sing "o canada"? >> you sing it every day on this show. >> in french, "o canada." coy wire, thank you very much. straight ahead for us, the white house says it believes it
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. stop me if you've heard this one, but i think we may have been here before. congress up against a deadline and up against another congressional recess, and a white house looking for a win, and, again, it has to do with health care reform. the president's chief economic adviser is projecting confidence, though, this morning. listen. >> this is going to be a great week. we're going to get health care down to the floor of the house. we're convinced we've got the votes. >> convinced we've got the votes. so, when is the vote? good question. we do know what congress -- we do know that congress is set to head out of town once again for a week-long russ next week, so let's get to state of play.

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