tv CNN Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin CNN September 20, 2017 11:00am-12:00pm PDT
hi there, i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. we've got this frantic search under way for survivors from this magnitude 7.1 earthquake in mexico city. these are live. chilling pictures here as rescues are under way at this crumbling school. inside, children missing since the quake hit. with just a handwritten list of names, people there are on their hands and knees using hands as shovels, anything they can to get through to them because waiting is just simply not an option. rescuers say they can actually hear the sound of this one little girl crying out. they are using a thermal scanner
to try to locate her to find her, to bring her to safety. already 21 children who began their day with books in hand have been pulled from their classrooms, their bodies lifeless. they died inside that school. the video we're about to show you, it is tough to watch. it shows search crews pulling out a small trapped child but i want you to listen as crews are there screaming out for help. [ speaking spanish ] more than 220 deaths have been confirmed so far as rescue crews frantically comb through the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings. mexico's president says rescuers have been asking for total silence at times at the scenes of these rescues in hopes of hearing voices from within the debris. watch as the fists are raised
bringing the haunting and hopeful silence. i want to take you right now to that school where my colleague, miguel marquez, is standing by live. miguel, i know you've been whispering all day as the hands have been raised in fists for quiet to listen for this little girl's voice. i understand her family is there. are they close to her? >> reporter: it's not clear where they are in relation to her. i will tell you that we may have to be quiet again here shortly because every few minutes, they ask the crowd, and i'm talking about hundreds if not thousands of people, volunteers, soldiers,
marines, just onlookers, everybody becomes pin-drop quiet in this crowd. that's the scene down here. they believe they have a little girl, they saw her move her arm, they believe. they got a cube down to near her mouth, according to one of our local affiliates here in mexico so they could put water down that tube and get her something to drink and they are being as delicate as possible in trying to extract her without doing any more damage. it is an amazing exercise in snap organization here to see not only the number of carpenters and people wielding tools as they call for it, it comes up. so those are the sort of announcements they're getting. they're calling for a family member to come up to the gates right now so that they can
possibly get up to this location. i have seen some parents come out of this location completely stricken with grief, stone faced, unable to barely speak or move or talk or have any sort of expression. now we're in another one of these moments, sorry, where they have asked the entire crowd to go silent. i want to give you a sense of how quiet it gets here. absolutely no sound. the one thing you can hear are whistles off in the distance, whistles of rescuers hoping that they can hear something that somebody beneath the rubble can hear the whistle and react to it. this is what they have been doing all day long. the pace has quickened in the last hour or hour and a half where every few minutes they ask
for silence as they think they get closer and closer to somebody under that rubble. not only do you have the workers who are bringing in 4x4s, like mine workers to shore up sections that they're working in, but you have people serving food here, serving water. there are medics and doctors at the ready. everything that you might need are here at the ready and all the police and soldiers, all they have to do is shout out for it and they line up and suddenly there's wood going in or tools going in or medics or water or food, whatever it is they need. it is impressive to see. and this is repeated in hundreds of places across the city and around the area from puebla, these are big cities throughout mexico city. throughout mexico city it looks like a completely normal day and
then everything changes. on one block there's a giant crowd of people and a pancaked building and the same scene is going out where they're going brick by brick, handful of dirt by handful of dirt trying to free somebody who might be stuck under the rubble. brooke. >> this is just an absolutely extraordinary scene. i see you, your hand up to your mouth. we'll let you go for now, miguel. i know you're watching and we want them to find -- obviously we're all rooting for these rescue crews to find this little girl. we'll stay in close contact and come back when that sight moment is over. let's move on to another deadly disaster. hurricane maria's trek across the
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tell me where you are and what the situation is, rafael. >> reporter: yeah, it became abundantly clear to us, brooke, that we needed to seek shelter because the winds were just so strong and it felt like -- we're still experiencing tropical storm strength winds. look at what just flew by me a few moments ago. this is a piece of awning and
that's the kind of thing that you see. even though the eye of the hurricane has already passed this area, you see all the debris around me. the pieces of metal, the tiles, the insulation and leyla was mentioning a second ago that power is out 100%. a lot of people made the decision to just shut off the power for safety reasons, including the hotel where we were staying at because they say if we keep on this situation, we're just going to have a problem with our electrical grid and so they didn't want to do that. a lot of people have been evacuated. we were able to see a group of people, tourists, who were sent to a basement sort of ballroom for their safety, so still very much a changing situation. about an hour ago it was sunny here. then it started raining and then it's now gray again. so it's still like leyla said,
it's not over yet. brooke, back to you. >> sounds like watch out for flying debris. we're going to take you back to puerto rico and watch what's happening there as far as maria and the aftermath is concerned, the 100% power outage. let's just talk about where maria is heading next. might the path include the united states? allison chinchar is back at it again today in the cnn severe weather center. allison, i see the eye spinning. where is it headed? >> it's just now making its way off puerto rico. yeah, the winds are starting to calm down but they still at times are gusting very strong and we have that. we now know it's a category 3 storm. winds are 115 miles per hour. but the gusts are still 165. keep in mind that would be a category 5 if those were sustained winds. so they are likely still experiencing incredibly strong wind gusts as the storm continues to exit off of puerto rico, but it's still going to be raining there for hours and likely very windily conditions
as well. here's a look at the track. so again, the hurricane center is expecting it to get back up to a 4 because it is expected to go over open water, and that water will provide the warm conditions that this storm will need. the question is how much more, erica, can it intensify -- o'brooor brooke, can it intensify in the coming days. >> all of our eyes are on that tiny box in mexico city. this unfolding event, crews racing to rescue a little girl in a school that collapsed from that 7.1 magnitude quake. mexico says they're close to finding her. we don't want to miss this. woo, smart tv and gaming system. luckily, the geico insurance agency recently helped baa baa with renters insurance. everything stolen was replaced. and the hooligan who lives down the lane was caught selling the stolen goods online.
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we're back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. we saw former president barack obama today fighting back against republicans' efforts to repeal and replace his signature piece of legislation. during a speech just a bit ago at the bill and melinda gates foundation in new york, today president obama said he was confident that the progress his administration made on health care will not be erased. >> and so when i see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage or roll back protections for older americans or people with pre-existing conditions, the cancer survivor, the expectant mom or the child with autism, or asthma, for whom coverage once again would be almost unattainable, it is aggravating. and all of this being done
without any demonstrable economic or actuarial or plain common-sense rationale, it frustrates. and it certainly is frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents. but typically that's how progress is won. >> let's begin there. i have cnn's senior white house correspondent jeff zeleny with me in new york, tammy luby and david chalian there in washington. so good to see all of you, jeff, we just heard the bit that got the laugh about the 50th or 60th time congress tried to repeal obamacare, but big picture first. to hear him progress, i kept hearing the word "progress" over and over, quoting himself, yes, we can, and the applause. i mean it seemed like quite a difference from what we saw in
the current president at the unga yesterday. >> no doubt it was more of an optimistic message. basically it was for liberals. he was trying to frame everything in the larger view of history and he said we should embrace a more optimistic view of history, a longer view than we're in and so is trying to cast this moment as a bit of an outlier. but the reality here is that his signature program, you know, republicans want to dismantle it. so he didn't really confront head on the specifics about this, but he did acknowledge this program is not perfect. he said we do need to make it better. so you almost have to wonder what would happen. i mean he's basically in the full professor mode there. giving speeches, doing other things. if they called him in, of course this would never happen, if they called him in and asked how to make it better, could there be a bipartisan bill. that's something i would have
liked to hear him say more about what is not so perfect about this bill and what should they do but he's been very quiet since leaving office. a rare speech, didn't mention the current president by name. >> 40% of the country didn't believe me until i was gone and suddenly they believed me about the country being on the right track when he left office. but bigger picture, and we'll talk to tammy about some of his points about pre-existing conditions and the truth in this latest republican bill. could he have said more? were you surprised he didn't mention the iran deal, another big piece what happened when he was president? what did you think? >> i think he just chose his moment really carefully. i think he understood the timing of this public appearance with the timing of what is happening on the hill with the graham/cassidy bill and the last-minute push before they would be required, the republicans, for 60 votes instead of 50. this was a moment to add his
voice to add a call to arms to democrats and liberals across the country to pick up the phone and call their members. we saw hillary clinton tweeting about it. we see democratic groups going up with ads. here's the democrat with the most powerful voice, if you will, especially because he hasn't been using it much publicly in the last eight months, to come out and choose this moment to defend this huge domestic legacy item. i think he didn't want to distract with anything else from that. >> on that, he talked about pre-existing conditions, always a big piece of obamacare. tammy, we'll get to that on that. if you weren't watching last night, jimmy kimmel delivering a pretty hard-core jab at one of the co-sponsors and a medical doctor in his own right, senator bill cassidy from louisiana. kimmel was calling out cassidy after he pledged a couple of months ago to support a bill what would pass as he referred to as the jimmy kimmel test. senator cassidy was responding
to kimmel's plea for better health care for all after his newborn son had to go through open heart surgery. first here's kimmel and here is senator cassidy responding on cnn. >> i don't know what happened to bill cassidy, but when he was on this publicity tour, he listed his demands for a health care bill very clearly. these were his words. he said he wants coverage for all, no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, lower premiums for middle class families and no lifetime caps. and guess what, the new bill does none of those things. and this guy, bill cassidy, just lied right to my face. stop using my name, okay, because i don't want my name on it. there's a new jimmy kimmel test for you, it's called the lie detector test. >> i'm sorry he does not understand. under graham/cassidy/heller/johnson more people will have coverage and we protect those with pre-existing conditions. >> our bill gives the governor responsibility, which he or she
may not want, but that's the best way to get people covered. >> all right, tammy luby, this is when you come in to explain. you hear it two different ways. what's the truth in the graham/cassidy bill when it comes to pre-existing conditions? >> technically insurers will not be allowed to deny people coverage because of pre-existing conditions, but unlike under obamacare, insurers will be allowed to charge people based on their medical history. so those who are sick can be charged a lot of money. >> they can jack up the rates. >> sure. we've seen that in the past before obamacare. also on top of that, the essential health benefits that we've heard so much about, a lot of treatment is covered under them. you've got substance abuse, mental health, maternity care, drugs. these are no longer going to have -- no longer going to require insurers to cover all of that. so in the end, yes, insurers will -- actually let me say a lot of this depends on where you live because states will have
the flexibility to do different things but in the end in a lot of places, insurers will have to still cover you, but they can charge you what they want and they don't have to cover everything that you need. so people with pre-existing conditions could very well be hurt. >> so this matters, this is the substance of this. let me just get to the politics. and we all read the phil mattingly notes like the bible each and every morning, our correspondent on capitol hill as he's been talking to current and former staffers. i read the word stunned on his note this morning, how some are describing it, horrified is another. one former republican legislative counsel told him. let me show you moments we caught on the senate floor to illustrate the pressure on these lawmakers involving the two senators, maybe the ones to decide if this republican health care bill passes, watch for arizona's john mccain and alaska's lisa murkowski. check this out. routine proceedings under tense circumstances.
4:28 p.m., the senate floor. senator mccain approaches senators murkowski and cornyn. after a few moments, cornyn moves on. we have no idea what they're discussing, but their body language appears emphatic. mccain seems to motion you and i. prying eyes within ear shot, the two move in closer. they continue their exchange as voting proceeds. >> mr. thune. aye. >> reporter: just a few feet away, majority leader mitch mcconnell in a huddle. with him, senator lindsey graham. not only the co-sponsor of this new bill, but mccain's best friend in the senate. senator thune can't help notice the deep dialogue taking place. then senator burr stops to take a look. >> mr. sullivan, mr. sullivan, aye. mr. portman. mr. portman, ave. >> reporter: 4:33, still talking.
mccain's gestures even more dramatic. senator tom cotton makes his move. a quick hello and what appears to be a hang loose hand gesture before leaving the chamber. now, where were we? mcconnell and cornyn examined from affair. cornyn points as mcconnell wipes his forehead. murkowski throws up her hands. the two part ways and these high school pages may have just gotten a front row seat to a couple of senators deciding the fate of health care once again. >> david chalian, what did you make of that? >> i don't mean to sound like the dork that i am, but when i have the luxury of being able to watch the senate floor, that's exactly how i watch it, for all those kinds of maneuverings. great eyes on that. listen, murkowski and mccain clearly are the targets here. and to get to your point of what you were citing from phil mattingly's reporting earlier,
part of what john mccain is really concerned about is this rushing it through and not following the sort of regular order procedures of how a bill makes its way through the senate, getting buy-in from all the stakeholders, the public and representatives having time to digest it all. that's not happening here. that's clearly a concern for him. and lisa murkowski emerged from the meeting today still without weighing on which side she is on this bill. they were two of the three that scuttled the last attempt and all eyes continue to be on them today. >> david, tammy and jeff, thank you all so much. thank you, chelsea cook, on-air shoutout to you for editing that thing together. we'll put it on my twitter page. coming up next, back to our breaking news. these dramatic pictures of rescue efforts unfolding in mexico after that powerful earthquake, 7.1 in magnitude. the search for survivors in the rubble, including this little girl. keep in mind this is an elementary school so this itty bitty girl who mexican officials
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little girl, her voice, trying to communicate with her in these moments where rescuers are raising their fists, that means silence as they're trying to communicate. the family is on the scene, so we're all hoping that they are able to pull her out alive. let me bring in sonia heritage, who has helped train the canine rescue teams, including one that's in puerto rico for hurricane maria. you are the expert here. let's talk about this little girl who they're all listening for. this is an elementary school, she's teeny tiny so i imagine she's in this teeny tiny space. how effective is thermal images versus maybe bringing in dogs to find her? >> well, i mean most effective search tool that we have is the dogs. a well trained dog team can make a big area small and tell you where to put the cameras and listening devices and the rescue effort. otherwise, you know, where do
you -- where do you start with the imaging cameras when you're looking at a huge building. so that's what makes these dogs so special. but i mean i'm with you all and the rest of the nation hoping this little girl comes out and she's okay and hoping that they have a whole lot more they find. >> you've been on scenes like these. what are they saying to her? what are they listening for? and especially now that the family, according to our reporters around the area, are saying they're there. >> right. well, i mean they're trying to calm her down. they're trying to find out if she has any injuries and if there's anything -- there may be -- they may be able to get her to a place that they can get a doctor or first responder with medical training down into her, but it just depends how complex it is and how much time it will take to actually breach through
whatever debris is between them and her. so they're also going to ask her if she hears anybody else with her or if anybody was with her. you know, so that they can get an idea of how many other victims there may be in that area. >> so last question, let's just be optimistic. they find her, they locate her. with all of this rubble, which could move at any moment, how do they safely extract her? >> well, it's a process. you really do need a skilled team to do that. lake county is on its way down there and they are extremely well trained for just this type of debris, reinforce concrete structures that have collapsed. it can be very technical. you know, you don't want to breach through and use equipment that's going to cause a secondary collapse, so there has to be some shoring and moving very carefully to make sure that
you can get her out safe and sound. it's quite a process. >> i'll take your word for it. we may ask you to keep close to your skype because this could happen on our watch. let's all hope, fingers crossed, they're able to pull her out and maybe you can talk us through exactly what they're doing as your dogs as we pointed out are en route. sonja heritage, thank you so much. right now we've got our eye on mexico. the other breaking news here, the president of iran speaking now on u.s. soil says president trump owes him an apology. what he's threatening to do if president trump pulls out of the iran nuclear deal. that's next. tech: when you schedule with safelite autoglass, you get a text when we're on our way. you can see exactly when we'll arrive. i'm micah with safelite. customer: thanks for coming, it's right over here. tech: giving you a few more minutes for what matters most. take care.
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sciutto, who is with me now. jim sciutto, also that clarify, and we all heard president trump's speech yesterday, and he now today has said he has made a decision on whether or not he wants to keep the u.s. in the iran deal but won't say yet. stay tuned for that, i suppose. what exactly did president rouhani say? >> well, this was a fairly blunt rejoinder to mr. trump. he called president trump's comments at the unga yesterday hateful, absurd and ignorant, those comments, and demanded an apology. then he went on to take aim at president trump for threatening to leave the nuclear agreement, saying that on the part of the president but also the country that this would represent in his words a broken promise. he went even further, said a lack of character there. now, you've heard some talk here, you've heard some discussions from secretary of state rex tillerson about as well as some european diplomats
about the possibility of renegotiating the iran agreement. but on that issue the iranian president said it's just a nonstarter. he said that there will, in his words, be no renegotiation, no renegotiation, no return and no changes to that deal. and then, brooke, i can tell you he went on because we asked him what would he do if the u.s. were to withdraw from the agreement, if president trump were to declare that iran was not following the terms of the deal. he said that an option would be to restart uranium enrichment. of course that's the thing that got this whole negotiation started was concerns in the international community that iran was enriching uranium with the possibility of building a nuclear bomb. so quite a stern response from the iranian president to those very stern words we heard from the american president just yesterday. >> we will stay tuned to see what the u.s. stance is on whether or not they pull out or
don't certify on this iran deal and see if president trump has any response on twitter for president rouhani. for now, jim sciutto, thank you very much. also at the united nations today, the first lady stepping into the spotlight with a rare public speech and an urgent message for the world. melania trump says our children are always watching and are always listening to us. the first lady focusing on issues facing children worldwide at her remarks today at the u.n. luncheon. >> together we must acknowledge that all too often is the weakest most innocent and vulnerable among us, our children, who ultimately suffer the most from the challenges that plague our society. whether it is drug addiction, bullying, poverty, disease, trafficking, illiteracy or hunger, the children get hit
first and hardest in any country. we must teach each child the values of empathy and communication. the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership, which can only be taught by example. we must remember that they are watching and listening, so we must never miss an opportunity to teach many ethical lessons along the way. as adults, we are not merely responsib responsible. >> kate bennett is here, our cnn white house reporter. so many people thought do you know who your husband is? her other thought is maybe this is her way of communicating with her husband, with their son. >> it could be either. the message was important. >> yes. >> the mindfulness, kindness, do unto others. >> integrity. >> integrity, they're watching us, we have to lead by example.
so yeah, of course, she's going to maybe find a hurdle in that she's picked something to talk about today in what could be maybe her platform and people will push back and say, well, look at your husband. but from what i hear, she doesn't really care what other people think. she has her own agenda, her own focus. her office operates completely separately from the west wing. she has her own social media, she has her own twitter. she's been out there on social media. so i'm not sure she'll care all that much. i think today we did watch someone who's not quite comfortable yet with public speaking. she's got to have a little more practice in that arena, but it was a big day today. >> especially if english isn't your first language and you're standing in front of that crowd. she was in a beautiful color pink, but -- >> it was an interesting selection today. i think the designer she chose is a spanish designer.
it was a little more avant-garde, a little too much fabric perhaps, but she did match the floral arrangements at the luncheon which were a vibrant pink and the table cloths had big pink flowers on them. >> did she do that on purpose? >> i think maybe the first lady is a thoughtful woman. >> they knew what color the flowers were? kate, nice to see you. thank you for all things melania trump. we've been watching dramatic pictures out of mexico, these rescue efforts under way at this elementary school after this powerful 7.1 magnitude quake, trying to find this girl, bring her out alive. we're going to take you back to the scene in just a moment. ♪go your own way copd tries to say, "go this way." i say, "i'll go my own way" with anoro. ♪go your own way once-daily anoro contains two medicines called bronchodilators, that work together to significantly improve lung function all day and all night.
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welcome back. you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. let's get you back to the breaking news, this frantic search under way for survivors from the magnitude 7.1 earthquake in mexico. these are pictures here of all these rescuers. these rescues have been under way at this crumbling elementary school, trying to find children who have been missing ever since the quake hit. they have been working off of this handwritten list of names, down on their hands and knees, using their fingers and hands as shovels, anything they can, because this waiting is simply not an option. rescuers say they can hear the sound of a little girl crying out and so they have been using a thermal scanner to try to find her. already 21 children who began their day with books in hand have been pulled from their
classrooms, lifeless bodies. they died inside the school because of the quake. the video we're about to show you, it's pretty tough to watch but it shows search crews pulling out a small trapped child. you can just hear these crews screaming out to children who have been screaming out for help. [ speaking spanish ] more than 220 deaths have been confirmed so far as rescue crews frantically comb through the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings. mexico's president says red can you -- rescuers have been asking for total silence at times hoping to hear voices from under the debris. when they raise their fists in the air, that tells everyone to become quiet and you can just hear everyone come to a stand still.