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the lead starts right now. breaking news, brand new cnn polls hitting right now on the lead, show president trump's approval might be turning a corner. and there's breaking news in the russia investigation, facebook just moments ago making a major announcement that it will show congress the ad it sold to russian trolls during the 2016 race. that as the special counsel's probe reaches the president's doorstep. plus, total devastation. total blackout. hurricane maria pummels a piece of america and could leave puerto rico in the dark for months. this is cnn breaking news. all right. welcome to the lead, i'm john berman in for jake tapper. president trump's watched his ratings tick downwards since he took office until now. new cnn poll shows that number is edging back up with 40% of americans now saying that approve of the job that the president is doing.
now, by any normal historical measurement, that is not a good number, but it is better. and largely because healthy majority, 64% of voters approve of how the president responded to the hurricanes that slammed in the southern u.s. coastline this month. meanwhile, here in new york at the united nations today, the president confronting another challenge, north korea's nuclear program after threatening to destroy the country, today the president tacked back towards diplomacy. promising to level increased sanctions. cnn senior white house correspondent jeff zellony joins me live right now. the country's anxious about the threat from north korea. >> it does indeed, john. half of all americans say they believe there is an immediate threat for north korea. this is a significant increase for only a few months ago. as the president signed that executive order earlier today, it is one sign diplomacy is still an option. despite what many saw as saber rattling earlier this week.
donald trump is backing up his brinksmanship towards north korea with new economic sanctions trying to cripple the nuclear program. >> our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund north korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to human kind. >> reporter: two days after threatening to wipe the isolated nation off the map -- >> we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> reporter: the u.s. presented a unified front with south korea and japan. by announcing new sanctions to financially squeeze and further isolate north korea from the outside world. >> foreign banks will face a clear choice to do business with the united states or facilitate trade with the lawless regime in north korea. >> reporter: chinese president ping also reportedly ordered chinese banks to stop conducting business with north korea. a move mr. trump hailed today. >> i want to just say and thank
president xi of china for the very bold move he made today. that was a, somewhat unexpected move and we appreciate it. >> reporter: it's unlikely it'll persuade kim jong-un to stop the positions, but signs they are searching for economic solutions, not only military ones. a new cnn poll today shows that half of americans now say north korea poses an immediate threat. up from 37% in april. that comes after months of missile launches on the korean peninsula and saber rattling here in the u.s. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself, and for his regime. >> reporter: the poll also found that nearly six in ten favor military action if diplomacy or economic sanctions don't work. overall, 41% approve of how mr. trump is handling north korea. while 50% do not. essentially unchanged from last
month. mr. trump was all smiles today during a meeting with the south korea president. who called the north korea nuclear program deplorable. >> i'm very happy that you used the word deplorable. i was very interested in that word. >> reporter: that word which hillary clinton once used to describe supporters became a sound track of his campaign. >> welcome to all of you deplorables. >> reporter: today mr. trump was happy to relive those moments. >> that's been a very lucky word for me and many, many other people. >> reporter: and president trump has now wrapped up a week long series of meetings with world leaders here at the u.n. he, of course, is taking some pleasure at that 40% approval rating considering what it was. john, there is one other trump that has a higher approval rating, that's melania trump. she has a 44% approval rating. >> we should note again, 40%, not good by historical standards, but trump standards, not bad. >> better.
>> he'll take that. always great to see you in person today. extra special treat. more breaking news just in for facebook related to the russia investigation just moments ago, facebook's ceo mark zuckerberg said his company will hand over information on the ads it sold to russia-linked accounts. let's go to capitol hill. the senate intelligence committee, they've been pressing nor information for weeks now. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, in fact after facebook earlier this month did brief senate intelligence committee staff in a classified briefing, the leaders came out and said, we need more information, including the vice chairman of the committee, mike warner who in particular had said that those ads, roughly 3,000 ads or so that could be linked to russian agency actually needed to be provided to congress and went a step further and needed to be provided publicly. what the company announced today is it would at least give this information over, these ads over to capitol hill, give it over to the senate intelligence committee to review in a
classified setting to help move forward with their investigation, but this comes after john, the facebook did provide some of these ads to robert mueller's investigation after a search warnlt was obtained by mueller's team to get access to these ads, and i can tell you on capitol hill, they were not ruling out the idea of issuing subpoenas for this information and richard berman, chairman of the committee telling me yesterday, they plan to bring him for a public setting next week in a hearing. clearly the pressure was on, john. >> all right, interesting. this comes as the special counsel making a big request of the white house to turn over documents related to the president's firings of both michael flynn and james comey. what do these documents tell us? >> reporter: well, increasingly the actions of the president, particularly was the fact that they were interested in the president's interactions with russian officials in that oval office meeting after the firing of james comey earlier this year. the president reportedly said that firing comey would relieve
great pressure on him from that fbi investigation, and of course, john, another area that -- another indication that shows that mueller is in fact focussing heavily on the firings is the fact that bob mueller's team is prevents the senate judiciary committee from interviewing two senior fbi officials who may have firsthand knowledge about the comey firing, why, john? perhaps because it could intrude on his own investigation, john. >> but wait, there's more when it comes to russia. there's intense pressure on former trump campaign chair paul manafort, what's his status with the committee's investigating on capitol hill? >> reporter: well several do want to hear from him. the senate intelligence committee did talk to him on a staff level earlier in the summer to actually talk to him about that trump tower meeting that he sat in on with donald trump jr. and about, and about with russian operatives and that effort was told, billed to mr. trump jr. to get dirt on the hillary clinton campaign, but, the full committee wants to interview him about a range of
issues and the senate judiciary committee is not ruling out the idea of issuing a subpoena for him either, tools bring him forward and also the house intelligence committee too, john, wants to talk to him as well. right now given the pressure he's under from bob mueller, it's uncertain whether he'll come forward to capitol hill. >> a lot of information, thanks so much, manu. all right. more breaking news. for more than 24 hours now we've been watching as rescue crews work at this school in mexico city. they were looking for what everyone believed to be a young girl trapped in the rubble of that building after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake 48 hours ago. we've been watching this situation very closely and we now have an update from mexican officials about the status of this school children. miguel marquez has been there, what are you learning? >> reporter: yeah, the mexican officials saying that all of the children are counted for. either they were killed when the earthquake happened, they're
saying 19 kids were killed there, 11 were pulled out, the others in the hospital have all been accounted for, they are with their families. their family knows where they are. so they don't have any missing or kids who are unaccounted for. they believe that they may have an adult who is buried beneath the rubble still, either a teacher or somebody else who was at the school. they are trying to get to that person same way, through two different ways now, one from the roof and one from the side trying to get down to that person and get them assistance. i want to show you the phonetic activity going on here right now. these are very, very large, very heavy pieces of steel that they are moving in to the area that they need to shore up right now. they've been moving steel beams, lots of wood, but the steel is new, large steel poles they are moves in there. it is like trying to prop up a bolder with toothpicks basically. there was one part that did
collapse as they were workingen to in the last 24 hours. they are going very, very slow. literally, handful of earth, they're handing it off to a line, human chain of people who are then taking it to a central location. so it is slow, methodical, and difficult and hopefully it will result in somebody coming out of this alive, john. >> miguel marquez, they believe they are searching for an adult who could be trapped in the rubble and as for the children, one particular child they were focussed on, is it their belief that she was never in there or do you know whether or not they recovered a body? >> reporter: they did not recover a body. they've recovered one body today, and that was a teacher who was in her 50s. they were communicating with somebody down there who identified themselves or responded to the name freida at one point. and then they sort of changed the story on that, maybe they didn't -- what they're able to say is they can still hear sounds down there throughout the
day, we still had the moments of silence, sometimes long moments of silence here as searchers try to pinpoint and listen to what's happening under the earth. we still have those. they say they can hear things down there, but it's not clear who it's coming from or what it's coming from, john. >> miguel marquez, fantastic reporting down there. it is a confusing situation right now. the important thing, the search goes on for someone who might be trapped in that rubble, miguel, thank you very, very much. all right in the politics lead, special counsel digging in on oval office meetings. what are lawmakers learning in their own investigations? we are joined next.
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the special counsel seeking answers from inside the white house on some of the president's dismissals. meanwhile the washington post reports that president trump's former campaign chair paul manafort offered to privately brief a top russian billionaire with ties to president putin on the presidential race during the campaign. joining me now is democratic senator amy cloeb shar of minnesota. senator, thank you so much for being with us. we have no indication that any meeting or briefing took place between paul manafort and the russian billionaire, but in your view, does it raise red flags. >> well the patrol posed briefing does of course, and we're waiting to get all the facts which is why we want mr. manafort to come before the judiciary committee because once again, you see this as part of a pattern whether it is the national security advisor or the campaign chairman or what you see with the firing of jim comey, it's a pattern. you know, number of intelligence agencies multiple intelligence
agencies found that russia attempted to interfere in our election. and right now, the focus of those special counsel, the investigation, is on getting to the bottom of that. so, i don't think it's a surprise that they have been looking into paul manafort's dealings, and it's certainly not a surprise they're looking into the white house meetings involving jim comey. >> you're talking about paul manafort's dealings, much of the focus seemed to be on financial dealings by paul manafort, potentially going back a decade, predating his involvement in the campaign. predating the whole campaign in fact. would you be satisfied with an investigation that ends up charging paul manafort for breaking laws years ago, but doesn't shed any new light on possible campaign collusion? >> you know, john, i'm a former prosecutor. and i believe that you get satisfied when you get at the truth. and so whatever bob mueller comes out with, as long as i believe that he has gone into things with great detail and looked everywhere that he should
look, then that's fine. i'm not going to presuppose what he's going to find here or who he's going to find violated the law, but i do think these reports that they're looking into the firings are interesting just because you look at the comey firing, i was law school classmate and a friend of james comey. look at what happened here, first we were told it was because he had lost the faith of the fbi agents and now you have, you know, jeff sessions number two who had testified under oath that that wasn't the case. as well as the then acting director of the fbi back at that time. and so, we were later told by the president himself that he was mad about what was going on with russia and that he had made a decision before any memos came out. i'm sure they're looking into that firing because it plays directly into russia. >> so in spied of all of this, new cnn poll out just this hour finds that the president's arevolve rating is on the rise, it's at 40% right now.
high arks, 4%tohis response to the hurricanes. do you think the president deserves credit here? >> well, i think first of all, polls are polls. and i look at what's been going on. and i was supportive of the negotiation that was made, of course, with senator schumer and leader pelosi and the president to stop the government from shutting down by doing something about the debt ceiling as well as what we were doing with the budget. i think that was a good thing and that was an agreement across the aisle. where i did differ, of course, is the fact that instead of allowing these bipartisan negotiations to go on to fix the affordable care act, we're now heading into another repeal effort. >> let me does you a quick question on that before i let you go, on graham-cassidy, do you think democrats were caught flat-footed here, this latest republican push, did it catch you by surprise? >> that was out there for a while. i think what was really surprising you had that dramatic speech by senator mccain who was so courageous in his last vote and senator mccain had asked for
something called regular order, that we go through the committee process and lamar alexander, republican of tennessee, patti murray, democrat of washington state, were working together. and it's basically sometimied that process where we were bringing in governors from all over the country. i don't think also we should be surprised that all of these governors have come out against it, including a number of republican governors, including one in ohio. that is because the bill basically is going to kick people off of insurance again, basically repeals the affordable care act without fixing it, and really does a lot of harm to medicate. >> you're going to have a big debate about this next week. big week for health care in the senate, thanks so much for being with us. >> it was great to be on, thank you. >> all right. cut off and dealing with rapidly --
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we're back with the national lead. maria is now a category 3 hurricane. it's making it's way northwest. millions of people still in it's path. and in puerto rico, more than three million american citizens are feeling it's devastation. the entire island is without power, food, and clean water, and short supply. rescue still happening today. i want to bring back our reporter in san juan, what kind of devastation are you seeing there now? >> reporter: well, you know, there is debris in a lot of areas, flooding in a lot of the areas and road raies, and so for
us, it's been difficult to get into some areas and for some residents, it's difficult to get out. this is the path that maria left behind. cnn drone footage gives us our first aerial view of the hurricanes aftermath in puerto rico. roads now rivers, homes demolished, and a once lush landscape reduced to twigs. >> they say they've never seen winds like this. >> reporter: president trump has now declared the u.s. territory a disaster. >> puerto rico was absolutely obliterated. their electrical grid is destroyed. >> reporter: all 3.4 million residents here are without power, 100% of the island. officials warn it could be months before electricity is restored. and puerto rico is not out of harm's way yet. the island was under flash flood warnings much of the day, the national weather service reports more than 30 inches of rain here in the last 24 hours.
and more is on the way. >> a lot of water here. >> reporter: at the airport, air traffic controller filmed this video of destroyed terminals saying it was, quote, raining in inside. airport management says some commercial flights will resume tomorrow. it's just a single step in a very long road to recovery. san juan's mayor told nbc, she has never seen her city like this. >> puerto rico and the san juan that we knew yesterday is no longer there. so we have to reconstruct, rebuild, reinvent, and we have to be resilient. and we have to push on. >> reporter: puerto rico's economy heavily reliant on tourism has been in recession for more than a decade. with much of the vacation destination now heavily damaged, recovery will require not just resilience, but robust financial support. and john, communication is such a big problem. you can see here, this gentlemen
is offering free 30 seconds of a call or what's that message because so many people have not been able to reach their relatives on this island. john. >> so, so frustrating. just want to get the message out you're okay. leila santiago, thank you very much. late night comedian versus republican senator. the battle about health care. who's right about what the bill will do, that's coming up.
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welcome back. two monster hurricanes irma and maria ravaging the islands. at least 15 people have been killed. those left are in survival mode, desperate for food, water, and medical supplies. for the first time in 300 years, no one is living on the entire island after irma's eye directly slammed into that island. the netherlands deployed
additional troops to contain serious post-storm looting on st. martin. and the u.s. virgin island, there's a 24 hour curfew as crews try clean up. and st. croix homes have been destroyed, vital communication lines knocked out, many still waiting to hear from loved ones they cannot reach. of course the u.s. common wealth of puerto rico, home to more than three million americans all without power, absolutely obliterated president trump says. and that's just some of the many islands in the caribbean, crippled as maria continues her path. joining me now is colin, he is the washington based spokesman for puerto rico's governor, thank you for being with us, sir, and the danger not over for puerto rico even though the storm that has moved on with a lack of power there. what's the most immediate need? >> right now, definitely that would be restoration of the communication on the island. right now we're working with fema in what we call prima, the
emergency agency in puerto rico to restyle down there in that location so we can start getting communications. the relatives to want know if they're well or not. electricity. right now we have 100% of the island without electricity. hospitals that are being operated with generators and other buildings that basically depend on generators. that's why we're also asking for more generators because we, we know that the infrastructure was hit so bad with the winds and the flooding that to restore that kind of infrastructure is going to take a long time. so, in the meantime, we need generators to operate. >> yeah, you say it's going to take a long time. and the state-owned power grid, the governors described it as old and weak.
any sense how long it may take before any of it is up and running again? >> well, any of it, i want to say that the experts -- they have been saying they will take about two to six months to restore that infrastructure, but their reality is that the recuperation, the recovery of the process is going -- experts say it's going to take about ten years in puerto rico because of the devastation. at one point i would like to highlight is that, the images that we're looking at, most of them are in the northeastern part of the island. the reality is that the hurricane covered the whole island and we have not seen images from the central part, from the western part of the island, the western part of the island, that area in which it basically left off puerto rico, those areas are devastated. they are devastated. >> quickly, if we can, what help do you want from the federal government? >> well, i would like to say --
i would like to thank the administration. the president, donald trump, tom bossert, his advisor and homeland security issues, the fema director, we are going to need federal funding to rebuild the island. >> and we're asking congress, basically support the efforts and support puerto rico at this time. >> well the country is behind you in puerto rico. thank you so much for being with us. appreciate it. >> thank you. all right. no laughing matter. late night host jimmy kimmel says the new republican health care bill does not cover preexisting conditions, but one of the authors of the bill, and the president say it does. so which is it? we take a deeper dive, next. hi.
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welcome back to the politics lead. i want to dig into the republican health care bill. mitch mcconnell hopes to set a vote for next week. republicans are facing pushback. comedian jimmy kimmel one of the loudest critics with he's not letting up on accusing the bill's sponsor of lying about protections for those with preexisting conditions or the bills potential to get more people health insurance. so who's right? cnn phil mathingly is looking at the fine print. >> to repeal obamacare, president trump is unequivocal. tweeting, i would not sign graham-cassidy if it did not include coverage of preexisting conditions, it does. senator bill cassidy, the bill's co-sponsor also toeing the line. >> under graham-cassidy, more people without coverage, and we
protect those with preexisting conditions. >> reporter: trump's defensiveness over the issue is understandable. the issue of whether the gop proposal maintains protections for all has been a central and toxic piece of the repeal debate for months. and one that has been magnified exponentially by of all people, late night talk show host on a two-night attack. >> last night on the show, a senator from louisiana, bill cassidy, i took him to task for promising to my face that he would oppose any health care plan that allowed insurance companies to turn people with preexisting conditions away, and he said anything he supported would have to pass what he named, the jimmy kimmel test. which was fine. it was good, but unfortunately, puzzlingly, he proposed a bill to allow states to do all the things he would not let them do. >> reporter: she joined by insurers and susan collins in raising those concerns. with good reason. at the core of obamacare's
regulatory structure was a mandate that insurers could not turn away anyone with preexisting conditions. under the new bill, that protection does remain, but here's where things diverge. the gop plan allows states to opt out of certain obamacare regulations. including one that ensures insurers won't raise prices with those on health issues. the rational, states need flexibility to innovate and the regulation has led to younger, healthier people paying more in place of that scrapped regulation, a state would have to ensure they would provide quote adequate and affordable coverage, but those terms aren't defined. and that ambiguity has led analysts and insurers to conclude that in some states, protections would almost certainly be cut back. so while cassidy fires back at kimmel -- >> yeah, so jimmy doesn't understand, and not because he's a talk show host, because we've never spoken. he's only heard from those on the left who are doing their
best to preserve obamacare. >> reporter: the bill itself does open the door to changes at the state level, and in doing so, puts an end to obamacare's guarant guarantee and john, we're working on a tight timetable here. by ut end of next week, that's what the senate has to have done. the policy matters deeply, and it's not just here in the senate, as we try and figure out if senator john mccain, lisa murkowski are going to support this, it's also in the house. the house, john, will not have any opportunity to amend this. they also have had issues on preexisting conditions and when you look at how this bill functions right now, taking away the subsidies of obamacare and even past republican proposals, turning them into block grants, you have states like new york and california that would lose a lot of money. well in the house, unlike the senate, there are a lot of republican members from those states. a lot of things to keep a close eye on as this moves forward. >> look at the list of republicans in new york right now, those will be hard to get
phil, thanks very much. this is important discussions. jake tapper, dana bash, all starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern monday only on cnn. but let's not wait until monday, let's debate this now. i want to bring in my panel, scott kennedy, adrian alrod. i want to read you what chuck grassley said about this bill. i can give you maybe ten reason why is this can't be considered. >> when i first read that, does he know he's using his outside voice? when he says that, he's basically admitting he doesn't like the bill in meeting the
deadline of september 30th to get this out of the senate and back over to the house. it's important to remember, whatever passes here, if it passes, still has to be reconciled and passed out of the house and we're a long way from that. >> it can't be amended in the house, that's the problem. >> it has to go back over for approval. doesn't become law the next day. there has to be a vote in the house and more debate. look, i think the congress works better when there are deadlines, there's a deadline on this, and i do think there is always a good reason to keep your campaign promises. >> so adrian, insurance companies have come out against this bill. >> uh-huh. >> hard today, something that democrats have touted. i'm old enough to remember. when insurance companies, when the boogie man for all democrats now, all the sudden now they're going to say, listen to the insurance companies. >> well yeah look, first of all, the reason why there is this september 30th deadline is
because republicans ran it through without support. the september 30th deadline which means they can pass it with a simple majority of the senate. so that in itself in my view is troefbl because we do need democrats. we're going to have a successful change on health care, we need bipartisan support. secondly, insurance companies are coming out on this because, they know that this is controversial. they know that there's a lot of issues with the legislation itself. jimmy kimmel coming out. i applaud him for being so direct on this. he's raising the issue beyond the washington beltway, beyond people who are following politics to a much broader audience and raising awareness of why in bill is so controversial especially, he's talking about the lifetime caps. so, again, the fact that we are looking at passing this republicans to want pass this under reconciliation without democratic support, is ludicrous. >> there's no disagreement with scott on the fact that they want to pass it under reconciliation, they have to pass it under
reconciliation. i want to ask you about phil matingly's piece right there, the argument about preexisting conditions. under the bill, people will still have to be covered, but it is factual that the protections on the pricing. stating will be able to get out of what's called the community rating. they will be able to charge people with preexisting conditions more. >> doesn't mean they will. this power -- >> but they could. the fact is, the fact is, and this is where senator cassidy isn't being as wholesome as he could be in his explanation. the protection exists right now. people wl preexisting conditions can only be charged the same right as other people. that will no longer exist. >> at the federal level, but at the state level, the governors and legislatures can choose to keep those protections and my suspicion is, many, most, maybe all will do that. do you want to be closer to your health care? when the federal bureaucrats are making the decisions, you're a long way away from being close to your health care choices at the policy level when the decisions are being made by governors and state
legislatures, the policy makers in charge of your health care are a whole lot closer to your neighborhood. i think people would get better outcomes if they were closer to the state legislators and et governors who were in power. >> but they will lose the guarantee. they simply will lose that guarantee on the rates right now. i want to shift off of health care right now on valerie, happy new year by the way. if you're celebrating. valerie, former cia operative, linked to an article on twitter titled america's jews are driving america's wars. now valerie, well known of course over the years for various things, but she was very critical of president trump on a number of issues including from boldening white supremacists here. she apologized, said she hadn't read the full article, but her past tweets not on her side here, and this article is, is fairly repugnant and anti-semitic. >> she apologized on twitter. i think she made it very clear that she regrets tweeting that article. and by the way, this is a lesson for all of us who are active on
social media, you've got sometimes read below the first two sentences of anything that you're tweeting before you decide to even agree with that. >> yeah, it's a tough lesson to learn. and one wonders again, if you look at her past tweets and exactly what her intention was or thinking is on that. i want to ask about the president's poll numbers right now. we did note they're at a whooping 40% which is not that high. it's high for him and one of the reasons it may have gone up is because of his response to the hurricane. whether or not he did a good job there, i think one of the lessons might be, if the president lets other news take over for a few weeks when the news isn't on the president, maybe he's better off. >> well, when off crisis situation, foreign policy, domestic disaster like a hurricane, it does give the office of the presidency and the person who holds it the chance to exhibit real leadership skills. ting highlights here that personnel sl policy. he has a highly qualified, fema director that he appointed and was confirmed in place to handle these situations. and so i'm not surprised that vast majority of americans think he's handling it well. >> that well. not a vast majority -- >> 60 something.
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longest war at the reckage a handful of u.s. special forces soldiers went to afghanistan, fighting alongside local forces to topple the taliban regime within weeks. now in a new cnn documentary for the first time we're hearing of personal stories of these american heroes. here's cnn barbara star, barbara. >> reporter: john, 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, an extraordinary look at some of the special operations forces who led the way in the opening days of the war on terror. >> on my orders, the united states military has begun strikes against al qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of taliban regime in afghanistan. >> reporter: less than a month after the 9/11 attacks, president bush publicly went to war. but a secret war was already under way. in the documentary, legion of brothers, cnn presents for the first time the personal stories
of special operations forces in afghanistan that led the way to bring down the taliban that sheltered osama bin laden. >> any talk about war, it's about heroism and sacrifice and loss. it's not a pro-war film, it's not an anti-war film, it's a film about what actually happens in war. >> reporter: it would turn into america's longest war. 16 years of fighting, dying, and the anguish of those who survived and the families left behind by the fallen. >> stream of combat environment as you can fathom, it tested you in every way, physically, mentally, emotionally. >> reporter: then captain mark led a team into the mountains of northern afghanistan in the fall of 2001. team 595 rode horse back with thousands of local fighters to begin the liberation of the
country. another team in the south led by then captain jason amery. on december 5, 2001, in a friendly fire incident, every member of the team was either killed or wounded when an american bomber inadvertently dropped a bomb on their position. master sergeant j.d. davis would become the first u.s. soldier killed after 9/11. >> this is a first letter i received from him. hello sweetheart, today's the 31st of october. this has been hardest trip for me. i really didn't want to go, but i just didn't want to leave you and the kids. >> reporter: families and wives carrying on. >> while they're doing what they do, you do what you have to do. and that's just the way we are. that's the way this group of ladies are. >> the notion of fighting from a
distance, fighting with these air strikes, it didn't sit well with me. i mean, it, it almost promoted that the per miss cue white house use of military power. i don't know, i don't know how to explain it. it's just -- i mean, we would have died otherwise. there was no alternative. >> reporter: the film bringing survivors back together, still struggling with life after war. >> each one of our stories are almost similar. we isolated ourselves, our family, everything else. started reaching out and found the only way we're all going to heal each other is to get back together. >> reporter: even as some of these troops who were the first into afghanistan still struggle with their memories, the trump administration is sending another 3,000 troops into a war
that does not appear to have a quick end. john. >> all right, barbara, thanks so much. the cnn film about the elite special forces deployed to afghanistan premiers sunday at 9:00 p.m., only on cnn. that is all for the lead. i turn you over to jim acosta now in the situation room. happening now, breaking news, rising waters flooding is now threatening lives on puerto rico lashed by hurricane maria and possibly facing months without power. killer storm is now bearing down on more caribbean islands and there's a new forecast out this hour. cutting kim's cash. president trump signs an executive order imposing new sanctions on north korea for it's aggressive nuclear weapons program. u.s. is now targeting people and companies that do business with the kim regime. will the new move slow north korea's quest for weapons of mass destruction? late night lashing. jimmy kimmel goes after one of the senat