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white house tight lipped on back channel overtures to the kremlin. huge explosion in kabul diplomatic corridor killing 100 people. hundreds more injured. it comes as the president weighs deeper troop doe employment in afghanistan. it is the last day of may, everybody. wednesday may 31st. that went fast. 5:00 a.m. in the east. this morning the white house taking new steps to reclaim the narrative on two big stories the president's foreign trip and russian investigation. let's start with the global view here. two top aides looking to puncture the idea that the president left foreign leaders nervous. if you read nothing else this morning before you head into work this is the piece to read. the title "america first doesn't mean america alone." both of them were toerchs trip
with the president. >> definitely a must read. they offer a staunch defense of mr. trump's global vision. they say in part the president embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear-eyed outlook that the orlando is not a global community but an arena where nation, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage. >> we bring unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and moral strength. rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it. it does say simply put america will treat others as they treat us. so this will be interpreted over the next several days from world leaders and certainly members of the media. comes hours after sean spicer gave this take on the president's trip abroad. >> it was an unprecedented first trip abroad. four months into this
administration and it shows how quickly and decisively the president is acting to strengthen alliances to build new partnerships. and to rebuild america's standing in the world. we've never seen before at this point in the presidency sweeping reassurance of american interest and the inauguration of a foreign policy strategy designed to bring back the world from growing dangers and perpetual disasters brought on by years of failed leadership. all this comes amid what looks like a diplomatic feud between the president and german chancellor angela merkel. whether there's a rift between the u.s. and germany that depends who you ask. for the third day in a row angela merkel hammered her view europe must take our fate in our own hands. >> the president back in the oval office after his european trip escalating the rhetoric with a tweet. he wrote we have a massive trade deficit with germany. they pay far less than nato.
very bad fours. this will change. >> press secretary spicer then down played any clash between leaders. >> i think the relationship that the president has had with merkel he would describe as fairly unbelievable. they get along very well. he has a lot of respect for her. they continue to grow the bond that they had during the talks at the g7. so for the latest on how this is going on with european allies, let's bring in fred pleitgen live for us in thrown. there's a lot to unpack in this "wall street journal" op-ed and i know americans and world leaders will all start to decide what it means to them but one part i want to ask you about, it says while confirming america's commitment to nato and article 5 and goes on. do world leaders see what president trump see as reconfirming their commitment they have nato allies back? >> yeah. i'm not sure other leaders within the nato alliance see it
that way. that was the gist you got from angela merkel saying we can't rely fully on the united states. as far as security is concerned as well. i think one of the things that they were missing was a real commitment to security in europe regardless of article 5 or not because article 5 itself is a little bit unclear as to what sort of response there would be if there's an attack on another nato nation. certainly they were missing that. the other big thing, dave, what you mentioned before was the global community. i don't think many european leaders believe there's a global community but i do think that they thought or they think that there's a transatlantic community and that's one that's very important to them. if you look at some of the things that angela merkel is saying, she's saying look we're still committed to the transatlantic alliance but not sure we can fully rely on the white house in its current state on this presidency and that's something she reaffirmed. she said it several times and
other european leaders are saying the same thing. you have, for inassistance, the italian prime minister saying the same thing. while sean spicer says the
relations are very good, european leaders are asking about american leadership. >> fred pleitgen live for us in london. president trump with a twitter glitch overnight. take a look at this tweet from just after midnight. on the president writing despite the constant negative press covfefe. that's right. appears to be an unfinished tweet with a typo. if it is a mistake no one is noticing at the white house. it has not been taken down. covfefe is trepdsing number one on twitter overnight. it's not a word. i'm assuming -- >> worldwide. >> that was some adaptation -- >> that's what turban dictionary assumes when you want to say coverage and all your hands are
too small to hit the letters on the keyboard that's covfefe. 118,000 retweets. joining us to break down the meaning of covfefe a republican strategist and political analyst. good morning to both of you. thanks for being here. have you decided what that means towards the end of that segment. >> i'll use it three or four times. >> first think about this in the "wall street journal," basically describing the foreign policy of the trump administration in part gary cohen and h.r. mcmaster write america will not lead from behind. this administration will restore confidence in american leadership as we serve the american people. america first does not mean america alone. it is a commitment to protecting and advancing our vital interests while also fostering cooperation and strengthening
relationships with our allies and our partners. is that the sense you got from this nine day trip abroad. >> landing like a thud in europe, i'll tell you that. angela merkel and others saying hey the day when we can count on america to submit this ally, to stand with us in difficult times seems to be past. we got to go it alone. that is -- there maybe an argument for it but i say it goes against 70 years of american policy, to encourage the unity of europe to hold back the expansion of the russians. and we may be coming to in and of that. >> i don't want to be too much of a history major but when the united states has not been closely allied with europe really bad things happen. when you hear these two architects of this world view with the president in this op-ed say the world is not a global community. that is a rejection of the direction we've been going for
70 years. however, president trump was elected because he wanted america to be winners and he sees america losing against all these other folks. >> it would behoove us to learn from history but i think to your point a lot of people who voted for president trump do believe that we need to have a self-interest first versus over the interest of others. i was reading some data yesterday that indicated that americans regardless of political parties believe by and large that the united states cannot continue to be the world's police, if you will. i think there's a legitimate case to make that the two gentlemen made in the article that's coming out today. but, again, i think many europeans have relied on america as being that beacon of hope, that nation of leadership and guidance to help and guide them on the right path to make sure that we protect them against the russians, against terrorism, et cetera, and i think -- >> they make this point also the
moral beacon of the united states. if the president has embraced, you know, tyrants and adversaries of the united states and stiff-armed our allies. some don't kind of see how that goes together. >> you're right. it sends the wrong message. i'm not exactly sure what the foreign policy is of this current administration. i think one could argue the previous administration definitely took a more soft power approach. this one, i'm not sure what is it. but i do think for many of our allies who look at the president and many of his positions as it pertains to putin and other dictators they are wondering can we don't rely on the united states and that's not the message we want to send and many hawkish republicans will tell the president you got change the tune here. >> this is less an op-ed than it is the trump doctrine that everybody has been waiting for. you're a trump supporter in the
35% to 45% that still support the job he's doing in the white house isn't this exactly what you want to hear? >> there's an audience for it. there's no denying that. i hope we start to think it through a little bit and get our heads around what until applications are. does it really -- i understand, we're america first. does it make sense to take the people who are standing by us reliably through thick thain and thumb our nose at them and tell them they don't matter to us any more. we may need them again. >> do you think donald trump pulls out of the paris climate accord? >> that's a good question. i think the president has to walk a careful balance because a lot of republicans never believe the united states should have ever entered into that agreement. however what the president could do, stay in the agreement but not be an active participant. >> there's an interesting read in the "new york times" basically sets the stage for the climate debate which is bannon and epa administrator against
the other camp against gary cohen, ivanka trump, rex tillerson they want to stay in. what will it tell us about the spheres of influence inside this white house whether or not they stay in. sthooits go >> it's a good thing to watch. signals from the president very mixed. he seemed to signal to some people at the g7 he was evolving, might be open to finding a way to stick with it and veered in the other direction. if you ask me right now i think we'll bail. that could change in 20 minutes. >> feels like tpp to me. business leaders saying stay in. some republicans saying stay in. the known for american business is paris climate and this is how you manage, weaning off fossil fuels. finally, covfefe. use it in a sentence for me. >> i don't know if i could use that in anything in college and
passed an english course. i'm not sure what the president meant there. i hope it was a typo. maybe he's feeling creative and decided to create a new word. >> i have to say it reminded me -- i assumed it was a spell check problem. when i was typing text they changed every word to ferret. you can cause all kind of problems when you invite people to ferret. >> number one trending topic worldwide not just here in the united states. >> covfefe with milk and sugar. come back in a few minutes. one major decision the president has on his plate thrust into the headlines, major attack in afghanistan. as the president weighs more troop deployment we're more with that next. t just airline purcha. seriously, think of all the things you buy.
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view bound to rattle america's allies. the white house remains tight lipped on reports of back channel overtures to the kremlin but the president's former national security adviser ready to respond to subpoenas on the russia probe. and a deadly attack in kabul's diplomatic quarter. a hundred dead. hundreds more hurt. this comes as the president weighs more troop support in afghanistan. welcome back to "early start" this morning. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. this morning the white house taking new steps to reclaim the narrative on two big stories, the president's foreign trip and the russian investigation. now first on the foreign trip. two top aides looking to puncture the idea the president left foreign leaders nervous. national security adviser hchlt r. mcmaster and economic adviser gary cohen without an op-ed this morning. really defining the trump doctrine, if you will. entitled "america first doesn't mean america alone." >> both were on the overseas
trip with the president and offer a staunch defense of his vision. the president embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear-eyed outlook that the world is not a global community, but an arena where nation, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage. we bring to this forum unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and moral strength. rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs we embrace it. >> sean spicer gave his take on the president's trip. >> it was an unprecedented first trip abroad. four months into this administration and it shows how quickly and decisively the president is acting to strengthen alliances to build new partnerships. anticipate to rebuild america's standing in the world. we've never seen before at this point in the presidency sweeping reassurance of american interest
and inauguration of a foreign policy strategy designed to bring back the world from growing dangers and perpetual disasters brought on by years of failed leadership. all this comes amid what looks like a diplomatic feud between the president and german chancellor angela merkel. is there a rift between the u.s. and germany? that depends on who ask you. angela merkel hammered her view that europe must as she put it take our fate into our own hands. >> the president back into the value office after his european trip escalating the rhetoric with a tweet. he wrote we have a massive trade deficit with germany, plus they pay far less than they should on nato and military. very bad for u.s., this will change. >> adding a third view, spicer then down played any clash between these two leaders. >> i think the relationship that the president has had with merkel he would describe as fairly unbelievable. they get along very well. he has a lot of respect for her. they continue to grow the bond that they had during the talks
at the g7. this is all going over with european allies, we want to bring in fred pleitgen who is live in london. some german companies employ 700,000 workers in the united states. that idea of losing badly because of a trade deficit is more complicated than that. >> it certainly is. that's one of the things that many german industrial leaders have pointed out in the past to the white house and something angela merkel will say. not that german companies employ around 700,000 workers in america, some of the biggest german car plants in the world are in the u.s.. bmw plant in spartanburg, that's the biggest exporter of cars in all of america and is also the largest single plant that bmw itself has and that includes all their german plants as well. certainly it's more complicated.
there s-however, a fairly large deficit that the u.s. does have with germany. germans are saying the reason why it's happening german goods are competitive in the world not just in america it's in other countries as well. there was some criticism as well by some in the white house saying look this is all because of the weak of euro. not the germans that set the value of the euro it's the entire european union. so it is definitely more complicated than that and that's one of the reasons why now you have this rift i would call it between the u.s. and germany with angela merkel saying look we have to stand on our own two feet more than we have in the past. >> sean spicer said the relationship is unbelievable. i think he meant that as a good thing. what's the view from your side? >> i think she would say the same thing but she believes that in a sense where they don't see eye to eye on months issues. germans are aware of short
coming, paying 1.2% of the gdp for their defense. they know it's a point made by various american administrations in the past european countries need to contribute more and hasn't been happening. as far as trade is concerned, the germans think it's unfair. angela merkel is someone who really has businesslike relations with most foreign leaders. she doesn't get emotional or likes or dislikes people. as far as her analytical way of going about things she doesn't see eye to way with president trump on many issues and she done believe at this point many of those rifts are things that can be worked out in the future. >> you've covered her for some time and i'm sure there's a lot more to talk about in the days ahead. fred pleitgen, thank you very much. that tie is fairly unbelievable. >> how would you characterize our relationship. joining us this morning cnn political commentator and
political analyst. good morning. on this idea of this rift between the united states and germany. sean spicer trying to downplay that. there's this world view in the "wall street journal" this morning talking about how it is not a gobble community, the world is not, it's an arena of competitors, companies, countries, nongovernmental actors. it's a real departure of what's been the world view of republicans and democrats for the past 70 years. >> because of globalism we're more reliant on one another than we have in the past. that will continue to be case as we move forward together. i think it's very obvious that president trump and chancellor merkel have extremely different policy views how they view the world. sean spicer will say they have a great relationship and if merkel is asked i'm almost certain she would say the same thing. it's obvious at least to me based on several statements
she's made since the first meeting with president trump that she does not see eye to eye with him on many fronts. >> so this "wall street journal" op-ed really, folks, lays out the trump doctrine, the foreign policy. what do you make of the fact that gary cohen not just president trump's chief economic adviser but probably the most left leaning person in the administration co-authored it and it really centralizes this trac transactional true of abroad. >> they have a boss and that boss is donald trump and as long as they want to work with donald trump they are not going to fight him on this kind of thing. it's quite startling, though. i mean, i am a ghobl community guy. i think most of us are. we have the view that, yes, even if our goal is self-interest that it's pursued better when we have allies which requires some give and take, certain respectfulness and end up better that way. >> i wonder -- >> what shocks me, though --
>> because -- >> of what such notion. >> departure from seven decades of what has succeeded in the past. europe -- >> hasn't necessarily helped them. helped americans. helped americans in the middle of the country. >> this would be the comparison. do you prefer what's happening in those years or -- >> let me ask you about this world view in particular here and the fact that 700,000 americans are employed by german companies right now and you got the business community that is more of a global, sees a business community that doesn't want to get out of paris a business community, a pro business president and business leaders are against sort of this go it a lone approach. how does that play out with republicans? >> yeah. i think from donald trump what you're seeing is two world views.
you have one arguing a spectrum of position and another approach which you see with gary cohen is more business minded. i think the president at his core is more business minded but, again, we have to take into consideration people that elected him. we have to take into consideration promises he made when running for president. when america is not leading the world we have seen in the past what the end result is. i don't think anyone regardless of republicans or democrats wants to see a world today where america is not at the forefront. what does that mean? does that mean russia is leading the world? does that mean china? i'm not certain that's the reality we want to live in. >> michael mentions russia, russian investigation don't ramp up. did jared kushner attempt to set up a back channel communication with the kremlin? there are five different takes from within the administration. just yesterday alone. so it's difficult to know what
their stance is on it until we hear from the president and no telling when that is. how does the president turn from this investigation? show some momentum, perhaps based on legislation. >> well, two things. one is yeah they come with a story. once trump tweets on at any time media won't have something different to say an hour or two later. >> his retweet of a fox article deflected. >> go figure. the other thing there's a bureaucratic thing that can to be done and they are on the way to do it which is set up some isolated unit inside the white house to deal with this issue and sean spicer saying send that over to headquarters over there and they will take care of it. that's on the way. >> i want to listen real quickly what sean spicer said about back channels yesterday. he wouldn't confirm about the idea of back channels. he did offer this analysis on
whether it's an appropriate part of ploemcy. >> secretary kelly and general mcmaster have discussed in general terms back channels are appropriate part of diplomacy. >> how comfortable do you think mainstream republicans think of someone not in the white house during a transition actually having an open back channel with russia? >> that's where we have to put the emphasis on. they were not in the white house at that point in time when kushner was attempting to set up these alleged back channels. i think what it does, it feeds into that narrative that there was or possible collusion with individuals around the president and russia. i think that the administration has to be transparent on this. they have to get to the forefront of this. we're talking about russia almost every single day. we're not talking about economic policy we could talk more about trade. we're not talking about policy issues because every single day
there's something new on rush. the administration has to do everything they can to dmaerng negative and get to forefront of this so we can talk about issues that most americans are concerned about. >> or find one common voice. the president's retweets said jared kushner did not suggest russian communication channel in meeting an article that had no by line and one anonymous source. all right. thanks. all right a major decision on the president's plate thrust into the headlines overnight. a major attack in afghanistan as the president weighs more troop deployment there. we're live with more next. ♪
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ryan brown joins us live from washington where he's monitoring all of these developments. ryan, bring us up to speed. >> reporter: good morning. this massive bomb vehicle borne ied going off near the diplomatic corridor very close the german embassy. it's estimated it killed at least 80 people and injured hundreds more. german foreign ministry saying some of its embassy staff were injured. an afghan security guard at that embassy was killed. there's still assessing these numbers. casualties are still being reported. u.s. military led coalition in afghanistan said afghan security forces did prevents this vehicle bomb from driving into the green zone where most of the u.s., of a again and government embassy locations are. so they were able to prevent that. this bomb injuring a lot of civilians during rush hour, during holy month of ramadan. security in afghanistan has
deteriorated as summer pros brings an uptick for isis and taliban. both have conducted suicide bombings in kabul in the past but it's months since anything of this scale has occurred. it's still being determined who was responsible for this attack. this is coming as president donald trump is weighing whether or not to support the pentagon's recommendation and provide additional military advisors potentially thousands of additional military advisors to afghanistan in order to bolster the afghan military as it battles these insurgent groups and tries to kind of restore some of the security to this area. big decision weighing on the president with regards to afghanistan right now. >> thank you for that. 80 killed. 300 injured at this point. ryan brown for us in washington. we have also learned a driver for the bbc was killed in the explosion. he was driving colleagues to the
office when the attack was struck. work to the bbc. time now for a look what's coming up on "new day". a very full slate for you guys. >> always, dave and christine. we'll have the latest threads in to what's happening in kabul because there's been a shocking number of casualties from that blast so we'll bring you all of the breaking news and back here closer to home we'll debate the fallout from kathy griffin's political stunt gone wrong. apparently there is a line you can cross in comedy and she went way over it. senator al franken, an snl alum will be here to weigh in on that and also talk about all the latest threads in the russia investigation and his new book, here al franken giant of the senate. he'll be talking about this even the cover is funny. so we look forward into diving that with him. >> can't wait. see you at the top of the hour.
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buying items on its site. amazon sent eligible consumers an e-mail to seek a refund. this happened to me. >> now breaking news, president trump after 124,581 retweets has deleted the infamous covfefe misfire on twitter. it's gone. >> thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. "new day" starts right now. we'll see you tomorrow. >> >> the white house refusing to deny whether jared kushner sought a secret back channel to vladimir putin. >> your facts have not been confirmed. >> as asoon as he is turned up, he distanced himself. >> he is disappointed to see quote/unquote fake news. >> kabul car bomb.
>> this bomb felt across t capital. >> you can expect casualties to rise. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> welcome viewers from around the world and the united states. it is wednesday, may 31st. we have breaking news. a massive suicidicide bomb atta rocked a few hours ago. it killed 80 people and injured hundreds. the attack happened at the presidential palace and germam i embassy. we will have the latest for you. and the fired national security adviser michael flynn is now willing to turnover documents to investigators for the investigation. sean spicer refusing to confirm
that jared kushner tried to set p a secret back channel to russia. and two in an op-ed can say america first can come with a foreign footprint. and the new word of the day is covfefe. we now believe it has been deleted in the presidential tweet. we have joe johns live at the white house for us. >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. what is notable this morning is the apparent ramp-up in the russia investigation. it is subtle, but important. the congress simply going from requests to subpoenas. it is a legally enforcement document that carries the possibility of even jail from someone who does not comply.
president trump's fired national security adviser michael flynn now says he is willing to cooperate with investigators. flynn expected to hand over the first batch to the senate intn intelligence committee by joune 6th. michael cohen refusing a request from the house and senate committees to offer up information and testify. cohen claiming a lack of evidence to corroborate the russia narrative calling it a fishing ex-pedition and a rush o judgment. white house press secretary sean spicer facing tough questions about the russia revelations when he held his first briefing in more than two weeks. >> i'm not going to get into it. your