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senators have a lot of concerns about how things are going. the winner of that fight will determine whether or not repeal and replace will pass the senate. >> it's going to be a close call. thank you very much. i'm jim acosta, thank you for watching. erin burnett out front starts now. breaking news. desperate search for survivors. the president of mexico says there are at least ten buildings with people trapped inside. monster storm, maria. puerto rico devastated 100%. the u.s. mainland not out of the woods, yet. more breaking news, kim jong-un in a message calling president trump mentally deranged, promising he will pay dearly. good evening, i'm erin burnett. out front this evening, the breaking news. trapped alive. mexico's president says there may be people trapped and alive
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in the rubble of at least ten buildings in mexico city. it is a desperate search for survivors. a new urgency, it has been two days since the actual earthquake. it is mexico's deadliest in three decades. the death toll, 273 people, tranlgly, almost certain to rise. they sent a search and rescue team along the dogs to assist in the rescue efforts. the team took 62,000 poupds of special tools, equipment and medical supplies to save those lives as the clock is ticking. a bizarre twist that captivated mexico and many around the world. they don't think there are any children in the collapse in mexico city. the children have been accounted for, at home or in the hospital, dead. there is a chance one person, an adult may be alive in the
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rubble. we were told it was a schoolgirl, freida, an 8-year-old little girl. a strange end to a story that captured the attention around the world. miguel marquez has been covered the story for days. with this race against time, what are officials saying about whether there's anyone trapped beneath the rubble of that school? >> reporter: in the last 24 hours, erin, they have had signals from underneath the rubble. they are trying to go from two directions, through the roof and to the side, to the point where they think they have somebody there alive. i'm going to show you a sense of things right now. since the announcement that all the children in this school were accounted for, either dead or alive, safe in their homes or in the hospital, the sense of urgency has certainly come down. we do not have the periodic
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silences. we had maybe one in the past hour. we have seen a lot of heavy steal beams and planks being moved in to shore up that building. clearly, there is a different pace to activity right now. officials say that they can hear something down there. it's not clear what it is, if it's somebody responding to their calls or if whoever was down there has since passed away or if they are just hearing the building itself start to collapse. they are trying to shore up the building as much as possible with a crane on top to lift the building to keep it from coming down any further. right now, they are still drilling two different directions toward the point where they think somebody might be alive. erin? >> miguel marquez, thank you very much. i want to go to dennis cross, a e search and rescue task force
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aide. dennis, hen we hear this, obviously desperately searching in the rubble for a life, the president of mexico says there could be people alive in ten collapsed buildings. the earthquake was more than two days ago. how much time is left? what is the clock that rescuers are racing against. >> caller: hi, erin. thank you for having me on. i am a member of the task force leader of a task force working with u.s. agencies for international development. we were forch not to be called in this morning. we are searching a sight where we have a live hit. there's chaos after a devastation like this. some think they hear something, others don't. as a highly specialized team, we bring in a canine. if it hits, we double check with another canine, if that takes a hit, we will utilize the lifting
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devices we have and a structural specialist to determine that structure is stable for us. we will use saws, rebar cutting equipment, we will send our search and rescuers in there. unfortunately, sometimes people find people that are alive after seven or ten days, in the right conditions. >> on this issue of confusion, there's been such fear of a possible 8-year-old little girl, she was 8 and her name was freida. it's not true. there may be someone alive in that school that they are trying to save. you are saying it doesn't surprise you that there could have been such wrong information given the situation? >> caller: well, what we have seen in the past, there is con food and drug administration
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sometimes at work sights. you know, it's just what happened in large-scale disasters. no fault of anyone. sometimes people hear things or think they hear things that might be construction equipment or concrete that is continuing to crumble. the next group of people might have a quieter environment and hear something different. we have seen in past disasters, the good side of this would be if there is no one in there that's trapped. i guess the one great thing is that's coming out of the story is there weren't dozens of school children trapped. we are here to support the mexican government and the mexican search and rescue teams. we'll try to be partners and support the mexican people. >> dennis, what is the situation. you say you have a live hit and you are trying to find out who that is and get that person out alive. when you look at the rubble and collapses you are seeing in mexico city right now, how bad
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is it? how hard is it going to be to try to save people in as many as ten buildings? >> caller: it's pain stakingly hard. each one of these buildings that collapsed, if any appear to have a survivable space, we'll do a primary search. another team comes behind us to do a secondary search. if a live hit is found, we have an active team working on a building. we might be on this building for an hour to 36 hours hoping we find somebody alive. our equipment is highly advanced and firefighters and technicians are highly advanced. they will stay on this pile like we have done in the last six disasters throughout the world until we find a live victim. it's very rewarding.
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there's numerous sites in this jenn-a general area. people can survive this earthquake. people can go 14 days or more without food. the critical time is without water. we are rushing against the clock and our firefighters and task forces out there now trying to find anyone we can and assist the government anyway we can. >> thanks so much for people like you that you go into these situations to save lives. thank you very much for sharing that with us. of course, as he said, a race against time, mostly because of water. they are there and fighting for each soul. i want to get to another story, hurricane irma now a category 4. it could soon affect the east coast of the united states. puerto rico complete chaos
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tonight. it's not just the storm, the wind. the destruction. 30 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. that's like harvey. there is no power thanks to the wind. it's harvey and irma combined. it could be months before electric is restored. there's no cell phone service. sonia sotomayer is not able to contact family. if you are on that island, you are trapped. allison, obviously, this is devastation and a crisis in puerto rico. as it has storm continues to track, the united states mainland is not out of the woods. >> that's true. the one thing we can say is that at least it's not expected to be as strong of a storm as the folks in puerto rico ended up getting with maria. here is a look at the storm. again, puerto rico still dealing with the outer bands. the heaviest rain is over the
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dominican republic and making its way toward the turks and caicos. winds 120 miles per hour. they are gusting upwards of 150 miles per hour. here is a look at the short-term track. this is the next five days. again, it pushes it to the north. this is what we were talking about. if it gets close enough to us, we expect the storm to weaken rapidly because it will encounter much cooler water. hurricanes need warm water to survive. that is a big deterrent for maria. here is the long term, monday, tuesday, wednesday and thursday. you are looking at here, thursday afternoon, a week from today. this is where the models take it. we don't expect a direct landfall over the u.s. however, because of how close it does get, you are likely to have impacts from north carolina up to massachusetts. tropical storm force winds along the coast. you are looking at the potential
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for beach erosion as well as coastal flooding, very similar to what we have seen with hurricane jose. >> thank you very much. let's go to leyla in san juan, puerto rico. difficult for us to get communications even with you. you have spent your day going around, talking to people and hearing them respond to the fact it may be months before they have power and communication with the rest of the world. >> reporter: right, erin. we are having a hard time establishing a live report because of those issues. communication is a problem, not just power. communication is what everyone is talking about. you know, i was with the national guard and firefighters today. rescue efforts, getting to people in flooded homes. you know, you could see the frustration on people's faces as
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they walked out of these areas. walking through flooded waters with only a few bags in their hands. some people just carrying their pets, anything they could to get out of areas. these are areas that are hard to get into and hard to get out of. we are showing you aerial views of how powerful the hurricane really is. she ripped the roof off so many homes. you can look down from above and see people's lives on display because the roofs were ripped off their homes. you talk to them and the first question they have is do you have signal? they can't communicate with their families. they can't reach loved ones because communication is such an issue. now, as far as relief goes and aide goes, erin, puerto rico government now saying fema,
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right now, has -- has enroute a critical enroute ship. that is how they are going to get it here to people they can't reach right now, especially on the southeastern part of the island. so, it's hard. it's hard to talk to people who seem to have hope about the future, but that same future holds so much uncertainty right now. >> leyla, thank you very much. these pictures leyla is showing are stunning. we can't fully establish communications with our own reporter. we are talking people in this situation without power for months. fema having to get things in via ship. this is a crucial situation right now in puerto rico. next, more breaking news, this from kim jong-un with his most threatening words yet. coming out with a personal statement calling the president
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breaking news, kim jong-un personally attacking president trump. north korea's news agency is attributing this statement to the leader himself. they are not saying generals, they have a statement from kim jong-un, in which kim jong-un says the mentally deranged behavior of the u.s. president expressing on the u.n. arena, the unethical will destroy a sovereign state beyond the threat of regime change. it continues to say things like, i will make the man holding the per ogtive of the u.s. -- continues to say whatever trump expected, he will face results beyond his expectation. trump denied the existence of me
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and my country in front of the eyes of the world. says trump will pay dearly. jeff zeleny is out front. this statement is upping the ante. >> reporter: it certainly is, erin, no question about it. i heard back from white house press secretary, sarah sanders and she said the white house would not have comment or reaction to this at this time. erin, i can tell you, watch the president's social media over the next 12 hours or so. he likes to comment on this. there's no doubt that the president has laid down a marker here. he was meeting earlier today at a, you know, putting a unified face forward, meeting with the south korean president, the prime minister of japan. that was by design to send a message to the regime of north korea, the economic sanctions are going to happen. also had, at least the cooperation of china.
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so, we will see as the days to come if these sanctions make a difference. we have seen time and time again from this president and, indeed, other presidents, economic sanctions have made little difference. the regime is used to living under sanctions. but the white house believes this may be a different moment. as we end the week with the president after meeting world leaders from across the globe, obviously laying out a military solution earlier this week. but, there is a sense that a diplomatic solution and trying to pressure north korea economically is the preferred route of this administration here. we'll see if those sanctions actually work. >> jeff zeleny, thank you very much. now, retired colonel, former member of the joint of chief staff and chris cillizza. colonel, this is an exclamation. kim jong-un, he's not hiding
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behind generals. this is directly from him to trump calling him mentally derang deranged. >> this was a classic airing of just really laying it all out and expressing kim jong-un's personal anger at donald trump. now, president trump, of course, was really looking to check korea's, north korea's nuclear power, nuclear efforts as well as the missile efforts to develop an icbm that could attack the united states. so, both sides are basically getting into their corners at this point and time. the way in which this statement was phrased, the fact it came from kim jong-un, himself, indicates he is angry and feels he has lost face. that is a huge, huge deal for
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the north koreans. >> colonel, the question is losing face. when he says trump denied the existence of and insulted me and my country. is it proof rocketman worked? >> in some ways, i think it is. rocketman, the term, the fact that he not only used it, the president used it not only in a tweet, but directly at the united nation's show two things, in my opinion. it shows he was willing, the president of the united states was willing to dispense with diplomatic niceties and go in front of a world body and say, this regime needs to be called out for its actions. also, secondly, it was a challenge to the north koreans that their actions do not meet with the approval of the united states. no surprise there, of course. the issue here is that both sides are coming together in a way that could, potentially, do
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one of two things, either result in a profound miscalculation or result in getting to the brink, then driving back from that brink. so it remains to be seen which way we end up going here. >> chris, the response that we are getting from kim jong-un and being personal shows that the rocket man really, really upset him. the president put that in a tweet and he also said it at the u.n. we played what he threatened in the u.n. here he is. >> the united states has great strength and patience. but, if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. rocketman is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. >> i mean, chris, clearly, kim jong-un, that is, did not take rocketman as cool or celebrity. he took it as trump denied his
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existence and insulted him. he took it the way it was intended. >> let's not forget the personal slam on kim jong-un with rocketman, clearly had an intended target. i would say saying totally destroy the country, there's a fair amount of that in kim jong-un's statement as well. i tend to, with trump, think he says things and sees what the reaction is. i think this is a case in which, particularly with those two, with the phrase rocketman, i think that is intentional on trump's part. you can agree or disagree with ramping up the rhetoric, what purposely disrespecting kim jong-un in front of the international community, you can agree or disagree, but it is purposeful. the question i have, as not a military expert, it feels like you can only turn the volume up so high.
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at some point, the volume is as high as it gets. this week, between rocketman and mentally deranged, one of the many things kim jong-un called donald trump. where do we go from here? you can't get much louder than 10. is that diplomacy? is that sanctions? is that a military option, which everyone seems loathe to talk about. it certainly is out there. i don't know what that looks like, but it feels like we are moving rapidly toward that. >> colonel, what is the bottom line when you say it could lead to a profound cal kau ligs. chris, you may not be military, but this statement just came out in the past few minutes, has not responded. >> yeah, erin, as chris mentioned, getting up to a ten is, basically, that's the limit.
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so, i think what we are seeing here is we'll get to the brink of some very heated rhetoric and, of course, the fact that leaders are now personally insulting each other or at least the per spepception is that is they are doing makes it hard for people in the state department to walk things back and have discussions or meaningful discussions at the diplomatic level. this is still in the diplomatic realm. it is not a military option at this point, but could escalate to that. we are the stage before the exercise of military options, but that option, you know, is certainly on the table and, i think it's on the table for the north koreans as well. from their standpoint, what we are looking at here is unconventional attacks of one type of the other that could mean special operations attacks, sabotage, perhaps god forbid, targeted assassinations but
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certainly means cyber attacks. the north koreans have clearly indicated they want to pursue that form of warfare and that's going to be, i think, the way they will choose moving forward. so, people both in not only korea, but the united states need to be on guard. >> erin, really quickly, i just, i believe whole heartedly donald trump did what he did in the u.n. speech on purpose, language wise. the question is, what is the strategy beyond that. i'm not suggesting there isn't one. this has to be a step in a purposeful process. you can't purposefully taunt. you know what the reaction is going to be from the north koreans. kim jong-un is not going to say, i love that speech from the u.n. you have a sense so what now?
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is it just sanctions and we continue to go verbal brick bat for verbal brick bat and it doesn't do anything? i don't know. that, to me, is the critical piece. >> what is your strategy, thanks to both of you. next, a matter of life and death is a mother's message about the threat to obamacare and her baby. >> she has ten pre-existing conditions she was born with. >> they had full insurance and a lot of savings. a cabinet member getting round the clock protection. why does he need it?
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a new cnn ssrs poll shows president trump has work to do on health care. 31% of people approve of how the president is handling the issue. 59% disapprove. among those most concerned with how the president and congress are handling health care are the parents of sick children with pre-existing conditions. brianna keeler has one mom's story. you need to see. >> reporter: when this little girl was born, it was a dream come true for her mother, elena. >> i got to hold her right away and kiss her right away. they checked on her to make sure everything was okay. >> reporter: it was clear something was wrong. oxygen levels were low. she had heart surgery, but wouldn't fix the problem. >> she wouldn't breathe on her own or get her off oxygen support. >> reporter: she had
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underdeveloped lungs. she was in neonatal. how long was the stay? >> five months. >> reporter: how much did it cost? >> roughly $3 million when we got the total bill. >> reporter: that bill, covered by employer provided insurance, buzz also medicaid, which kicks in to help kids like this with complicated medical conditions. as republicans consider a new obamacare repeal, which would cut medicaid funding and trust states to make changes to cap the amount insurance companies must cover for certain medical conditions and make insurance impossibly expensive for patients with pre-existing conditions. elena is worried for her and kids like her. >> she has ten pre-existing conditions she was born with. >> reporter: she's taken her concerns straight up to capitol hill, with her daughter in tow. today, she stopped by the off sis of john mccain.
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he hasn't decided how he will vote on the new health care bill. elena is from maryland but performed a group of little lobbyists to support people like her around the country. elena told this story at press conferences and implored republicans to protect her daughter. >> my husband and i have professional degrees, good paying jobs, excellent health insurance, savings in the bank, financially responsible. we did everything right. you cannot prepare for an extra $3 million. >> reporter: the little lobbyists went to 100 offices. the only republican, jeff flake, who still voted to repeal obamacare in june, shortly after meeting the families. at republican offices, they are mostly met by staffers. >> we have been surprised at how often a staffer just does not
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understand what medicaid means to families like ours. >> reporter: that's really the problem, erin. they lead the meetings with platitude and little in the way of specifics on how their kids will be protected under the graham/cassidy bill. the bill has the potential to open gaping holes that could take away the essential care for some of the most vulnerable americans, little ones like this. erin? >> thank you very much, brianna. ben ferguson, conservative radio host, both cnn commentators. ben, this story, i think brings it home to people in a really powerful way. right? she said it there. we had excellent health insurance, good paying jobs, professional degrees, savings but nothing prepared you for $3 million. >> no, it doesn't. >> how do you start to, once again, close the door on
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pre-existing conditions? >> well, i think you have to look at the bill and what it actually says in the bill. i pulled up one thing that says, quote, each state shall maintain access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. that's what the bill says. that's exactly taken from the bill they are looking at next week. >> right. >> there's been a lot of fear mongering on this issue. this is personal for me. my mom is fighting cancer right now. she has as pre-existing condition. i'm not going to put her life at risk because of being denied coverage. her medical bills are extremely expensive. this is very real to me. i'm not going to be in favor of something that would somehow not take away pre-existing conditions. if you look at what the bill actually says, it says two parts, two protectionings. one, you have to cover it, you cannot exclude it and, it has to be affordable. it cannot be something people
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cannot afford to do. people have to read the words, not just jump on political bandwagons. >> what do you make of it? yes, you have to allow coverage, but it says adequate and affordable. it doesn't define what that is. cancer drugs cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. is that affordable? we need to define that. >> and, ben, the provision that says adequate and affordable for pre-existing conditions, states can get a waiver. they shall deliver a waiver not only for pre-existing conditions, this is the actual language of the bill, continued enrollment on the basis of any health status factor. it's not just pre-existing conditions. even if you have insurance and develop a condition to renew that same policy, they can jack up your rates. there's been studies on this, if
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you have meta static cancer, my family is plagued with that. almost a year to the day my father passed of that. my heart goes out. it makes me passionate, too. the study says if you have that, your preem numbs go up $142,000. if you only have an uncomplicated progress nancy, premiums up $17,000. you can't allow these waivers that allow folks to get out of the pre-existing conditions. it has to be ironclad and written in the law. some states will get a waiver because they don't want to spend money to cover this. >> doesn't this concern you? you say adequate and affordable and don't define it, aren't you opening the door to charge people way more than they can afford? sure, i have to cover it but the
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cost is so high nobody can pay for it. >> i'm very concerned about that. i have to be concerned with the reality of obamacare, which is 45% of all counties in the u.s. in the next year, based on the congressional budget numbers are going to have only one single plan. that means almost half of americans are going to have one plan and one plan only to choose from. many of those plans are not going to cover, for example, anderson, where paul, you are on the board. i want to make sure my mom has access to the best doctors. if she only has one option of one man, she might have health care coverage, but if she want go to anderson of vanderbilt of st. jude, what good is that policy for you. i'm looking at both sides of this. we have to have a compromise where we ask the tough questions and make sure the plan you do
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have gets you adequate care. >> absolutely. what we need for the places insurance companies that don't want to participate, we need a public option. that would give everybody a choice. that was in the original plan of obamacare. there are problems with obamacare and we can fix them. >> agree. >> the option of ending medicaid as we know it, ending the rule protections and lifetime limits and caps, she would have hit a cap, most policies capped at a million bucks. that little girl would have been cut off. it's terrible policy. it's heart breaking for families. we can't allow this to happen. to put it through with no hearings? they are not doing anything they should for due diligence. >> i'm going to hit pause. i hope you will both be back to talk about this over the next week, if it comes to a vote. thank you. on monday, lindsey graham
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breaking news, facebook
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tonight, handing over russian ads bought during the election to congress. this is half they sold mar than 3,000 ads to a russian firm. drew, this, obviously, facebook have been loathed to do this. how significant is it that facebook is caving? >> i think it's very significant and huge. all ads going to get handed over to congress within days, i'm told, not weeks. obviously those ads are going to be leaked to the press and we are all going to be able to trace, erin, where those ads went, how they interacted with the narrative of the election, who was following them and connected with them. we'll be able to see if any of the political campaigns, anybody else had connections. it will be interesting to see how far it went into the facebook portion of the 2016
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election. the other thing facebook is going to do, the political ads is going to be transparent. where they are coming from, who are writing them and allow facebook users to trace back what else that particular ad group is putting out on the internet. very transparent. add to this a couple other things. you have handing over to congress, you have transparency in terms of political advertising. they are going share the information with other tech companies and security companies and use antibullying systems and include protection against political harassment. big moves? i think so. facebook was seeing congress heading toward trying to regulate the industry. >> which is huge and how russia got the information to target the ads the way it did and going to get to the heart of this investigation. that, of course, will be crucial as well. thank you so much, drew. tonight, cnn tracking down the russian billionaire central
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to donald trump jr. and a russian lawyer. matthew chance got exclusive comments who met the family for the miss universe competition. matthew joins me from moscow tonight. what did they tell you today? >> reporter: well, he was very surprised he was approached by us. we have been trying for a good six or seven months to get good face time with a billionaire businessman, a property developer, much like donald trump, in fact. he co-staged the 2013 miss universe competition with donald trump when it was held in moscow in 2013. he's always the figure at the center of this controversial meeting that took place last june between trump jr. and various russian citizens and key members of the then trump team,
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in which trump jr. was told he was going to receive compromising information about hillary clinton. well, he refused to comment on that saying you will have to ask the people that are there or those that organized it and publicists of his son. but, he did score more generally on the idea that russia could have influenced the presidential election. take a listen. were you working with the kremlin or russian officials to try to influence the outcome of the u.s. presidential election? >> translator: do you think it's funny to ask this question? >> i'm not joking. the american people want the answer to that question. >> translator: america is a great country with 300 million people. with a budget of $16 trillion,
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russia has 300 billion. i don't know how many times smaller it is. how can russia influence elections in america? do you not find it amusing to ask this question? >> reporter: all right. that was him dismissing the suggestion an influence could have been had by the russians on the u.s. election. of course, these are questions that will ultimately have to be answered. >> they certainly will. thank you very much for finally tracking him down and getting to ask those questions. next, the top man at the e.p.a. getting round the clock protection from his own agents. kogt a new report, the health and human secretary was flying in private planes a lot more than you may have heard. sean spicer on the redemption tour. jeanne moos has more. >> i am happy with myself.
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providing that protection is pulling resources from the agency. rene marsh. >> we've led with action, not words. >> reporter: epa chief scott pruitt is rolling back regulations and facing more death threats than any predecessors. >> lightning rod, threats from both sides of the spectrum. >> reporter: what sort of threats? >> run the variety of direct death threats, i'm going to put a bullet in your brain. to implied threats. if you don't classify this particular chemical in this particular i'm i'm going to hurt you. >> reporter: but pruitt is under scrutiny for pulling agents from epa's office of enforcement to provide round the clock security. goes after people and companies guilty of environmental crimes.
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officers are fully authorized weapon-carrying law enforcement tasked with enforcing environmental laws. >> could bring in contract security for example. don't need to take trained criminal investigators away from environmental crimes work. seems like waste of resources. >> reporter: sprekter general's office asked to investigate the security moves. won't say how many threats he's received but nearly five times more than the previous epa administrator under barack obama. >> we reached out to epa for comment but didn't respond. >> you know, rene, this story is shocking to a lot of people. but you've also been following the story of health and human services secretary tom price. this is different, private jets and whole lot of them. politico's new reporting is 24 on taxpayers' dimes.
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>> right, yesterday we reported that he took private jets for five government trips and now it's reported that apparently private planes have been his preferred way of travel. flying at least 25 times on private jets, costing about -- more than i should say $300,000. an option that obviously is a lot heftier in pricing than a commercial flight. it's worth noting that flights were to cities that have frequent commercial service that would cost hundreds of dollars versus thousands of dollars and hhs secretary -- or spokesman for the secretary told us yesterday that cost of the flights do come out of the agency's budget. i have been in touch with the inspector general's office and they're now reviewing requests from members in congress to open an investigation. but ig's office has not yet decided how to move forward.
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>> certainly is seems to need to be looked into at very least to understand what is going on. thanks rene. sean spicer looking for redemption and a job. we take stock. that whether times are good or bad, people and their ideas will continue to move the world forward. as long as they have someone to believe in them. citi financed the transatlantic cable that connected continents. and the panama canal, that made our world a smaller place. we backed the marshall plan that helped europe regain its strength. and pioneered the atm, for cash, anytime. for over two centuries we've supported dreams like these. and the people and companies behind them. so why should that matter to you? because, today, we are still helping progress makers turn their ideas into reality.
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and the next great idea could be yours. tonight spice, lies and video tape. jeanne moos. >> adding spicer to life from emmys to late night. >> when the president would tweet did you have alert on your phone? >> yes. >> now to "good morning america" where he was finally asked point blank. have you ever lied to the american people? >> i don't think so, not knowingly done that no. >> not a ringing yes or no answer. lying about never lying, awesome. but return to podium. >> this will be the largest audience to witness an emmys, period. >> did win him praise from the
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president. >> he was supportive. thought i did a great job. >> hollywood phonies kissing up to sean spicer are disgusting. i mean, who did this? >> spicer probably isn't laughing over achl yos report that he as habit of writing down everything. filling notebook after notebook and potential source for robert mueller but axios asked for comment got please refrain from sending me e-mails. didn't take long for parody versions of sean spicer's notebooks to surface. this is page one with more to come. and "the daily show" professed to find giveaway tell -- >> have you been subpoenaed? >> not going to discuss that. >> says won't write a tell all
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but will sideways eyes and twitching lips tell some? >> not going to discuss that issue at all. >> cnn, new york. >> body language can say a lot. ac "360" begins right now. this is cnn breaking news. >> good evening, breaking news tonight along with the time of news that takes time to emerge after any natural disaster. two days later finally seeing what millions of mexicans know up close, enormous scope of the earthquake destruction there. and in puerto rico rain and flooding following hurricane maria is taking on as one of our forecasters put it, hurricane harvey proportions. on top of the wind damage. entire island without power. covering the quake and island extensively. new forecast track for maria. alliso

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