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go the "i'm jake sciuto in for jake tapper and i turn you over to wolf blitzer who is on this memorial day in "the situation room." happening now. secret communications. the trump administration defends the alleged effort by jared kushner to set up secret backchannel links with the russians calling that normal and acceptable, but a former cia director calls it off the map and democrats are calling for a review of the security clearance for the president's son-in-law. broken trust. after meeting with president trump german chancellor angela merkel says europe can no longer completely rely on others and germany's foreign minister says president trump's actions have put europe's peace at risk. is a crucial alliance on rocks? democratic terrorism? domestic terrorism.
the fbi is investigating a violent attack on a commuter train after two men are killed trying to stop a man yelling anti-muslim slurs at two young women. the president tweets that the victim stood up to hate and intolerance. was this a hate crime and domestic terrorism, and catastrophic war. north korea launches its third missile in three weeks as defense secretary james mattis warns a won flikt with north korea could be catastrophic. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." president trump honors america's fallen laying a wreath at the tomb of unknowns and visiting the graves of service members killed in iraq and afghanistan, but as the commander in chief considers boosting america's battle against terrorism, the white house is now on the defensive amid growing questions about contacts with russia including what sources say was
an effort by the president's son-in-law jared kushner to set up a pre-inauguration secret backchannel link to russia while a former cia director finds that move appalling. homeland security secretary john kemmi says it's no big deal. sources say the white house is preparing the war room to combat the growing number of allegations and leaks as multiple russia investigations gather momentum, and new controversies are arising from the president's recent overseas trip. after meetings dominated by friction with president trump over climate, trade and defense, the german chancellor angela merkel says europeans must, quote, take our fate into our own hands while our foreign minister says president trump's actions are putting europe's peace at risk. i'll talk to democratic congressman reuben gallego and our correspondents, specialists and guests are standing by with full coverage of the day's top
stories. president trump's son-in-law is the lightning round as a new storm balloters the white house. top officials are rushing to downplay allegations that jared kushner wanted to establish a secret link to russia back during the transition. let's begin with cnn's diane gallagher. diane, what are you learning? >> reporter: well, wolf this, may have been the reason that jared kushner and ivanka trump cut their portion of the overseas trip short. . official white house line was the couple always planned to head back home after the vatican visit but sources are telling cnn that kushner knew the story was about to break and didn't want to be standing with his father-in-law on a foreign trip when it did. scrutiny and speculation swirling around president donald trump's inner most circle and perhaps the president's most trusted adviser jared kushner. >> i have a feeling that jared will do a great job. >> reporter: trump's son-in-law discussed creating bloc channel communications with the kremlin during a december meeting with russian ambassador sergey
kislyak and "the washington post" reports that an intercepts conversations kislyak told moscow he was surprised. kushner wantedto set up an off-the-record communications system that used russian diplomatic facilities as a way to bypass u.s. surveillance. >> the system was never set up, but as an explanation the sources tell cnn that kushner wanted to secure lines so he and former national security adviser michael flynn could discuss military options in syria, among other topics. >> my dashboard warning light was clearly on and i think that that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community. very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the russians. >> >> reporter: spotlight on kushner comes as the man now in charge of the russia investigation robert mueller makes his first public speech. as his granddaughter's investigation mueller didn't discuss the investigation but
defended the reputation of the fbi. >> for the men and women of the fbi, uncompromising integrity both personal and institutional is the core value. >> reporter: the administration isn't denying the kushner reports. >> any channel of communication, back or otherwise with a country like russia, is a good thing. >> reporter: instead, homeland security secretary john kelly spent sunday morning playing down the severity of the situation. >> there's a lot of different ways to communicate, backchannel, you know, publicly, with other countries. i don't see any big issue here relative to jared. >> i don't think it's standard procedure prior to the inauguration of of a president of the united states but someone who is not in an appointed position. >> reporter: meeting with kislyak was initially not disclosed on kushner's security clearance form before being amended the next day but on friday reuters citing several current and former u.s. officials reported he had
several previously undisclosed contacts with kislyak including two contacts between april and november of last year. his lawyer told cnn in response that mr. kushner participated in thousands of calls in this period. he has no recollection of the calls as described, but democrats are now calling for a second look. >> i do think there ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful and whether he was candid. if not, there's no way you can maintain that kind of a clearance. >> the president waved off questions but in a statement told the "new york times" in part that jared is doing a great job for the country. i have total confidence-ins him. trump also in that statement pointed out jared was, quote, a god person. legally the fact that kushner was a private citizen doesn't really matter here. his role in the transition is what the fbi is taking into consideration and was acting on behalf of the incoming benefit benefiting from an interim clearance while all of this is said to be taking place. that's real where the real problem would be if there is is
one. wolf. >> diane gallagher reporting for us. president trump visited arlington national cemetery for a some der tribute to america's fallen as the white house digs in against growing questions about contacts with russia. a new controversy stemming from the president's trip abroad. let's go to cnn's phil mattingly. he's joining us from the white house. what's the lateest? >> wolf, there was some sense coming off the nine-day foreign trip the white house would be able to have some momentum going forward and dealing with a number of major issues and decisions, but it's very clear upon landing that the russia investigation isn't going away any time soon even as today there was a moment that underscored in vivid vivid reality the weight of the office the president now holds. president trump back in the u.s. and honoring the fallen. >> they each had their own names, their own stories, their own beautiful dreams. but they were all angels sent to
us by god, and they all share one title in common, and that the title of hero. >> reporter: seeking out section 60, arlington national cemetery, the final resting place of those killed in iraq and afghanistan. >> he's looking down and is very proud. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: including second lieutenant robert kelly, the son of homeland security secretary john kelly, but back in the white house even amid the president's own high regard for his first foreign trip. >> i think we hit a home run no matter where we are. >> reporter: controversy with no sign of abatement and a clear sense that things are likely to get worse. the president's top outside lawyer marc kagswicz spot the sunday outside the white house as senior officials plot the path forward in an administration faced with a special counsel, multiple congressional probes and no shortage of unanswered questions. >> thank you, thank you.
thank you all. >> reporter: included in that effort, sources tell cnn, a new war room designed to aggressively fight back at the seemingly never-ending stream of damaging stories and leaks, something sources tell cnn many in the white house believe are a deliberate effort to bring down the president, all as trump's sons eric and don jr. met at the republican national committee this weekend to urge increased efforts to defend the president. mr. trump himself returning to his bomb bafltic use of twister despite the concerns of some staffers and lawyers posting the fake news media works hard hat disparaging and demeaning my use of social media because they don't want america to hear the real story. trump also weighing in on the policy front, ambiguously calling for, quote, more dollars to be added to the republican plan to repeal and replace the affordable care act and touting the progress of a tax reform plan. capitol hill aides tell cnn is
in its earliest stages at best, but as trump refocuses on his domestic agenda, shock waves across europe after his first foreign trip. with german angela merkel at a campaign days after meeting with the u.s. president stating bluntly that the times when we could completely rely on others are to an extent over. and, wolf, those comments and comments from other senior officials really reverberating in the wake of that foreign trip and particularly given some of the decisions is the president has sitting on his table, that he's expected to make in the days ahead. you talk about the paris climate accord. the white house saying in the coming days they will decide whether or not to pull out of that and also offing, the president weighing whether or not to add additional troops to that fight that's been going on since 2001, coupled with the domestic agenda, wolf, no shortage of major agenda items they are considering all in the face of this russia investigation that shows no sign
of stopping any time soon. >> phil mattingly at the white house, thanks very much. joining me now is democratic congressman reuben gallego of arizona, also an iraq war veteran. congressman, thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> administration officials, con man, have been arguing that requesting a backchannel was standard practice. the former cia director michael hayden said i know of no other experience like this in hour history. where do you stand? >> i think if you're asking for a backchannel the first mistake you're asking is for that to be secretive and conduct it through the russian embassy. it the means you're trying to hide something. it means you might be embarrassed with what you're going to say our don't want our u.s. intelligence to say it. you know, government officials talk to each other informally all the time. the fact that kushner is trying to do this -- tried to do this in such a back-handed secretive way really brings up a lot of questions and at the same time not notifying us during his security clearance about this is also a problem.
it really questions whether this man should have security clearance and in my opinion he's not acting like a responsible adult and shouldn't have security clearance at this point. >> your problem is not necessarily having a backchannel but having one that would use the russian embassy and washington communications and not go through u.s. communications, it is that right? >> yes. the biggest problem here is the fact that you're trying to hide something. our domestic agencies are not going to be listening in on regular chatter between government agencies and government heads to foreign heads. it's when you're actually trying to do something illegal or questionable then that's going to be a problem which, again, brings to mind, why did you feel you had to go to the russian agency to have these types of conversations? that's extremely unheard of. i have a top key credit clearance and that kind of communication would all get us in trouble and jared should not have a security clearance at this point. extremely possible and could be
potentially dangerous to this country. >> the argument that you've heard and all of us have heard it is they didn't really want to -- the -- the obama administration officials to know what they were doing with the russians having this -- this backchannel conversation involving russian role in syria. you've heard that. >> i've heard that. at the same time, you know, the obama administration was in its twilight of the administration. if they were going to do any type of policy change, they had already discussed that with the krufrm administration. sound like an excuse after the fact. this was not discussed during his am caution for the security clearance and i believe it's convenient that they used that excuse. >> john brennan said some americans may have been led down a treasonous path either
wittingly or unwittingly. based on what you've seen so far, congressman, do you believe jared kushner's actions fit that description? >> i think they fit a description of someone who is irresponsible, does not know what they are doing, way over their head. the word treason should not be thrown around very lightly. that's a very serious channel, but there definitely in my opinion was something untoward that occurred during the trump administration, through the transition as well as during the campaign in terms of collusion with the russian government during the campaign cycle versus secretary clinton and this is why it's important that we have an independent investigation and that we also allow the special counsel to do their job. right now what we should definitely be asking for is for jared kushner's security clearance to be taken away. whether he has done things on purpose or not on purpose or if he was led astray, it doesn't matter. either way he's a liability to u.s. government -- to the u.s. government right now. >> was it naivety? was it inexperience on kushner's part or something else?
>> there really is no excuse, naivety or not. he's roughly my age. i know of young men and women have that security clearances that are much younger than him that serve in the military. they note consequences of their actions. you know, he needs to realize that this is the grown-up world now. if he cannot handle his job, he needs to turn in his security clearance and go back to doing real estate in new york city. this is serious work and people's lives are at stake and there's no difference whether it was ma initials or unintentional. >> when he had the contacts with certainliy kislyak, michael flynn, three-star general, the head of the defense intelligence agency spent decades involved in u.s. intelligence. he fully understood all of the ramifications. he was there when they talked about, apparently if you believe the reports, the secret backchannel with the russians, michael flynn had an enormous
amount a of experience later and became the national security adviser and eventually was fired after a brief stint by the president, so if jared kushner was involved in this, wasn't he relying to a large degree on the experience and background of general flynn? >> well, that's part of the problem. i don't trust general flynn and clear that the u.s. doesn't -- and he didn't disclose money run by russian cronies and didn't disclose lobbying efforts on behalf of the turkey government while at the same time offering advice on the united states position on raqqa which was counter to what the turkish wanted so the fact that he was there giving advice to kushner doesn't make the situation any better. it actually makes it much more suspicious, you know. mr. -- general flynn has been fired from the trump administration, and i think kushner should be following him
also. >> and the obama administration fired him when he was supposed to come up for his second tour of duty as the head of the dia, the defense intelligence agency. they didn't like his style of operation. senator lindsey graham, the republican senator from south carolina, he's casting doubt on then tire story suggesting this could have been russian disinformation put out to stir confusion. do you think that's possible? >> well, anything is possible right now, but the most important thing that we could do is get to the bottom of the truth. you know, jared kushner could come in and testify to the senate intelligence agency or he could turn over any documents or anything that would prove otherwise but at this point it seems to be a very corroborated story, and in terms of what the russians are doing, if senator graham is that concerned, he should also be urging for full cooperation with the special counsel as well as the senate intelligence committee which is trying to do a full investigation on russia's collusion in the last elections
and continued efforts to affect our elections even to this day. >> jared kushner's lawyer, by the way, says he'll fully cooperate and will answer all the questions of the special counsel and members of congress at the same time. congressman, we need you to stand by. we're going to continue our interview. there are other developments that we need to pursue. we'll be right back. >> thank you. >> thank you. cl areefore i'm in the kitchen. i need my blood sugar to stay in control. i need to shave my a1c i'm always on call. an insulin that fits my schedule is key. ♪ tresiba® ready ♪ (announcer) tresiba® is used to control high blood sugar in adults with diabetes. don't use tresiba® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis, during episodes of low blood sugar, or if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. don't share needles or insulin pens. don't reuse needles. the most common side effect is low blood sugar, which may cause dizziness, swtiting, confusion, and headache. check your blood sugar. low blood sugar can be serious and may be life-threatening. injection site reactions may occur. tell your prescriber about all medicines you take and all your medical conditions. taking tzds with insulins like tresiba® may cause serious side effects like heart failure. your insulin dose shouldn't be changed
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trip abroad. congressman, following the nato meetings and the g7 summit and the german chancellor angela merkel told a crowd at a campaign event that europeans can no longer completely rely on partners like the united states and must take their fate into their own hands. as you know, germany is one of america's strongest allies. is there reason to believe that this long-standing alliance is in jeopardy? >> i think it clearly is. not just an ally, they also provide troops in afghanistan and have been providing help in many other areas. the transatlantic alliance has survived 75 years and brought stability to western europe where did t did not exist for hundreds of years and trump has done what the russians could not do through espionage and through other types of nefarious actions. he's starting to break that great transatlantic alliance. i believe it's our job to reinforce that. this is a treaty that's been voted on by the united states
senate. the president alone cannot break that, but it's unfortunate in a he is doing this and all he had to do was g to nato and say a couple of words. most importantly all he had to say was the united states would back up the commitment of article five to the nato treatmenty and had he done that most of these people would not be existing, but because he did not want to do that, whether it's because he didn't want to take the advice or for whatever reason, now these countries who have been long-standing allies with us and fought with us in iraq and in afghanistan and other parts of the world, they are starting to question their commitment to the united states, and that's quite unfortunate and it's really a -- an accidental shooting or i should say trump shot himself in the foot except that we're now the casualties of this, actions of his that he just need to take. all he had to do was go and have one normal meeting with these nato allies and he did not accomplish that. >> and also lectured the nato
allies for not living up to the 2% commitmench gdp that they are supposed to spend on defense. let me get your reaction to the truly awful news out of portland, oregon, where two men were killed and another seriously injured defending a pair of young women from a man yelling anti-muslim hate speech. >> he told us to go back to saudi arabia and that we shouldn't be here and to get out of his country. me and my friend were going to get off the max and then we turned around while they were fighting, and he just started stabbing people, and it was just blooding everywhere, and we just started running are for our lives. thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me because they didn't even know me, and -- and they lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we looked and
i just want to say thank you to them and their family, that i appreciate them because without them we'd probably be dead right now. >> very sad. one of those men rick best was an army veteran. you're a veteran as well, congressman. on this memorial day, what do you think of the heroic actions of these young men? >> well, i think it's important for us to remember that the best of america was represented by those young men as well as those young women that were just exercising the right of religion by being human and being on a public train and the fact that somebody would espouse those types of views have disgusting considering how many hundreds of thousand of men died trying to fight the nazis during world war two. you know, it's disgusting that this is becoming more common. i el re urge the fbi and all departments to really start looking at this the stuff, whether it's skinhead or white
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we're following developments over the white house as administration officials defend president trump's son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner who is under intense scrutiny right now for his alleged dealings with russia. a source tells cnn that in december, early december, kushner requested secret backchannel communications with the kremlin. let's bring in our specialist. phil mudd, a former cia and lift and officer and one of your former analysts tweeted this this. at the cia if i arrange comms, communications with russia, outside official channels and set up a secret meeting in a third country i would be tried for espionage. you spent your career over there. do you agree? >> that's wrong. there are two words we need to drop out of this heated conversation, one ses nage and the second is treason. there's a question of judgment here in the midst of a federal
investigation. at that time the president-elect of the united states is starting to receive intelligence briefings that presumably include conversations about russia. there's a judgment by jared kushner and the president's team that says i trust the russians more than i trust the americans. i'm going to go talk to the russian embassy because i don't trust american channels. we don't know what he said and whether anything he said was either inappropriate or illegal, and i'm going to presume he did this at the behest of the president-elect of the united states. there's a question of judgment but all this discussion about treason and esnanl has to stop. we don't know. >> i thought he was working at the behest of retired general michael flynn, later neighboring the national security adviser, former intelligence agency who knows all about u.s. intelligence capabilities and gatherings and they went to that meeting together with the russian ambassador. i assume kushner who is not experienced in intelligence was relying on flynn. >> i find it hard to believe no,
matter what you think of jared kushner, that he was lone wolfing it on this, that he developed a plan entirely independent of donald trump or mike flynn or anybody else. what we know about him is that, yes, he is a member of the family. he is a trusted adviser, but he's not someone i don't think who believes he should just go and run channels, particularly hat that point, particularly in the transition period. so i think it does not look great, particularly because of the context. this is not the first story we have heard about something -- to phil's point, espionage, treason, something that looks had a little bit odd to a number of people who spent a lot of time there, related to the trump administration, trump transition and russia. i think that's part of the problem. a lone event that happened in a vacuum, might not be great for jared kushner, maybe shouldn't have done it but when you have mike flynn and carter page and paul manafort and jared kushner other meetings with russians
that were not disclosed and it looks like something that merits investigation. >> if you eliminate treason and espionage, is he still vulnerable, kushner? >> in terms of inside the white house. >> in terms of his position right now, his stature, what he did, because clearly he's going to be questioned by members of congress, the committees, and also presumably by the special counsel. >> we don't know about the special counsel. he is part of that investigation, of course, but we won't hear about that as much as we may hear coming out of congress. as far as his standing inside the white house, it's interesting. there's two camps. there are the people that are rallying around kushner and then those who are talking behind his back and saying, you know, maybe he should go, but other thing is he is the president's son-in-law, and this is where you run into problems with having family so close. trump has always put family first, and this is no exception. we saw it -- it might be the reason why the president has been so vehement about his denial on twitter. he gave an on-the-record quote
to the "new york times." that's how you know this is serious and being taken seriously inside the white house >> to jackie's point quickly, wolf. you have two forces in trump world. you have donald trump family first always. always surrounded by a small circle of people, even in the business world, that are all functionally related to him and then have you donald trump who hates getting bad press from people who are not him heemps okay with getting his own bad press, he says things that get bad press and if you're jared kushner, one of his underlings and is a staff member, you're getting bad press and you're also ivanka trump's husband, so you're family. this is not a mike flynn, this is not a sean spicer or stephen miller, steve bannon, reince priebus or kellyanne conway. he has a unique status that is names challenging for donald trump and challenging for us to try to figure out what donald
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me. son-in-law, national security adviser incoming within six weeks or otherwise until inauguration seven weeks. we have an issue that's prominent during the campaign, russian meddling during the campaign. we have the president who has repeatedly spoken, something that's controversial, about improving ties with a dictator that's vladimir putin and his team, people who are next to him every single day on a prominent national security issue are going and saying i want a special channel with the russians and the president-elect doesn't know. can you sell me a bridge to brooklyn, i don't buy it. >> you probably knew about the backchannel and all of that, but the fact that they were going to use russian embassy equipment and make conversations -- make phone calls from inside the russian embassy in washington to the kremlin. >> this doesn't make sense to me. they were talking to the russians all along. we know that. as soon as you make the choice to say i'm going inside the embassy because i want to avoid u.s. government. let me tell you something about the u.s. government. that's in the at backchannel. the naivety here and i would say
extending to general flynn, hesitate to the say this, the stupidity to believe that in this environment as the incoming president that you're going to v a backchannel, that's not secret. whoever made this decision had to know it's going to go south. it's remarkable arrogance. >> on top of all of this, the president has major decisions. he's got to make and presumably fairly soon, has to decide on a new fbi director. several people have taken their names out of consideration. >> so right before donald trump left for his trip we heard no decision was made, he had soured on joe lieberman and while he was gone joe lieberman, the former connecticut senator said not interested. look, i would assume for most people who spent any time in that world, being the fbi director would be a real career capper that most people would want. i do think he struggles -- this is true of other lower level positions in the white house staffing. i think he struggles when you think do i really want to go into that? now, it's no guarantee it's
going to be the jim comey situation all over. you'll be his pick, but it's not as simple, i think, as it would be if bill clinton or george w. bush was picking a new fbi director, spent my whole life in this field. you just don't know. someone who has clearly violated protocol, asking whether he's under investigation and all sorts of things. do you willingly want to put yourself in that position? >> some of the picks talked about were people who had said negative things about donald trump. >> right. >> that haven't been necessarily positive the entire time which as we know is a major black mark if you're trying to join the trump administration, particularly with some of the staff that's been there for a while because loyalty is so prized. perhaps people who might do it because of country or want the position might be ruled out out of anded. >> will we see a big shake-up in the white house communications staff? >> my gosh. i think this reporting is accurate, but i feel like every three days we see multiple major
mainstream media outlets reporting a shake-up is coming. sean spicer is on his way out and the only person we've seen go out is michael flynn after he lied to the vice president of the united states, among other things, and that was the stated reason. donald trump got famous for saying "you're fired" as a reality tv star. that desire to be the forceful boss is in him. i also think he has had a little bit of obama in him, this is strange, but obama never liked to react to what official wanted him to do. have to get rid of someone as a sacrificial lamb. there's a that in trump, too. they can't leak at where the presidency is even after a fairly successful mine-day trip. the staff is sort of secondary. donald trump is the message. >> at one point he was suggesting maybe eliminating the
daily white house press briefings and he'll do a news conference every two weeks to get a message out. what do you think of that? >> i don't buy that and the conversation about shake-up is too simplistic. let's go inside washington, d.c. for a emt movement i served in the national security council at the white house. it's not about just who has a job. it's who has access to power. >> that's right. >> and who he listens to. new york is about money. washington is about how close you are to the oval office. who is in, who is out. steve bannon, which most americans didn't pay attention to being removed from the national security council, the principles committee and in my world that's huge. i think you might see a different constellation of who has access to the oval office. >> it's more about layering than firing. >> and it's not new under the sun. he plays one against the other. four people who have the same job, deputy chief of staff and various titles and that's what he does. he creates this chaos. >> stand by, guys. much more coming up, including fresh concerns after north korea tests yet another ballistic missile. will an upcoming test show the
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with one launch after another, north korea is stepping up its missile test and testing america's ability to go geagain a growing threat. brian, what are you learning? >> officials are concerned. this makes at least three missile tests in three weeks for kim jong-un's regime. 12 missiles fired just this year. with a u.s. about to test a missile interceptor tomorrow. there's enormous pressure on the u.s. military to keep pace with
this threat. kim jong-un pushes aggressively ahead in his threatening enemies with nuclear-tipped missiles. north korea launched its third missile test in three weeks. a short ranged ballistic missile traveled approximately 248 miles splashing down within japan's exclusive economic zone, an area where commercial ships are known to operate. one analysts thinks it was designed to simulate a strike on an american base. >> apparently preparation for an attack on a u.s. marine base in southwest island of japan. this is becoming a routine accelerated launch schedule. >> kim is testing missiles at a breath-taking pace. 12 missiles fired and 9 tests so far this year.
tonight, experts warn the test of a short range missile, like the one kim just launched, while seemingly less menacing than other weapons, allows the regime to tweak technology and allows an intercontinental ballistic missile which could some day carry a nuclear warhead to the u.s. mainland. u.s. officials concerned about north korea's development after new arsenal of missiles which use solid fuel rather than liquid fuel. >> the solider capable fired much more quickly. don't necessarily have to be fuelled or have sort of support apparatus. there is no launch pad. or anything like that. so they can be put on trucks, made mobile, and therefore fired in principle from anywhere. >> this puts more pressure on the u.s. to upgrade its ability to shoot down north korean missiles. pentagon preparing for an interceptor test on tuesday. president trump today tweeting about the north korean threat, quote, north korea has shown
great disrespect for their neighbor, china, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile but china is trying hard. japan's prime minister, furious with the north korean missile landing so close to his shores, vows to respond. >> in order to deter north korea, we will take concrete action together with the united states. >> what options for so-called action to japan on is u.s. have here? >> cyber or missile action. a missile action could shoot down a test for korea should north occur. cyber action or launching of aircraft to harass and to inspect north korean bases could also put the north koreans on alert. >> current and former u.s. military officials have said the u.s. does have a program to disrupt north korean missiles with cyberattacks. the "new york times" presented president obama accelerated three years ago. it is not sure which missiles may have been disrupted by
hacking but kim ordered investigation into possible sabotage on his missiles, looking possibly into his regime. >> how close is north korea to having an icbm capable hitting the mainland? >> they are roughly three to five years away from have tag capability. they have not yet perfected a reentry vehicle that would enable that to reenter from space without it breaking up. but a test they did a couple weeks atwo gave them critical information on that vehicle. that missile reached an altitude of about 1300 miles. >> yes, pretty impressive. coming up, president's son-in-law. now a lightning rod for a storm hitting the white house. setting up back channel links with russia as the trump administration digs in against the growing controversy. ugh, no bars.
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