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is the people are paying that money, are you paying that as a real estate investment or paying that to gain access to someone who is clearly very close to the white house? those are the lines that i suddenly am uncomfortable with, but there is a large number of people who are comfortable with that blurring of lines. >> reporter: reuben abraham based in india for us. >> thank you, john. keep us up to date on the fireside chat. and "early start" continues right now. >> a deputy arrived to take up a position and he never went in. >> outrage in florida as officials reveal an armed guard on campus did not try to stop the florida school shooting. the people that do carry, we give them a bonus.
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we give them a little bit of a bonus. >> he is talking about teachers. president trump looking for solutions to curb gun violence in schools. he is expected to play to his base today. and was a russian oligarch with ties to vladimir putin getting direction from the kremlin to attack american forces in syria? a damning report suggests just that. we have live reports from moscow and new delhi and pyeongchang. good morning. i'm alex marquardt. >> i'm christine romans. it is 5:01 in the east. the armed deputy assigned to marjory stoneman douglas high school resigned. the investigation found scott peterson failed to enter the building in the massacre in p k parkland, pulas parkland, florida. peterson was armed and in
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uniform when the shooting began. the broward county sheriff scott israel said the witness statements and video show the deputy did not engage. >> devastated. sick to my stomach. there are no words. these families lost their children. we lost coaches. i've been to the funerals. i have been to the home where they sit shiva. i have been to the funerals. there are no words. >> no words or any explanation. there hasn't been a comment from peterson who had garnered two deputy of the year nominations in recent years. the sheriff put two others on restricted duty while the office investigates actions during calls to the gunman's home before the shooting. today, governor rick scott, set to announce his plan to keep schools safe and ways to keep
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guns away from the mentally ill. also, teachers and staff begin returning to stoneman douglas high with the variety of support services available to them. students return to class next wednesday on a modified schedule. president trump is flushing his suggestion on arming the teachers. the president proposing extra pay forers who go through firearms training. >> you won't have in my opinion these shootings. these people are cowards. they will not walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns. the people that do carry we give them a bonus. we give them a little bit of a bonus. >> he wants to give them a bonus. so the white house says the proposal has not reached the
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policy or legislative stage yet. a spokesperson was not able to say where the money for training or bonuses would come from. the justice department plans to crackdown on prospective gun buyers who lie on background check forms. prioritizes those are a way to enforce existing laws without angering gun rights advocates. more on the search for the solution? let's bring in jeff zeleny. >> reporter: christine and alex, president trump said he wants to do what his predecessors have been unable to do. that is give some type of action on guns. he held the second listening session with state and low ocal officials one day after he met with students and family members from the parkland, florida shooting and other shootings from columbine and sandy hook. the president delivered tough talk. aimed at would-be school shooters. he said more guns in schools would prevent more shootings. >> we have to harden our
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schools. not soften them up. a gun-free zone to a killer or somebody that wants to be a killer, that's like going in for the ice cream. that's like here i am. take me. they see that as such a beautiful target. >> reporter: on top of arming teachers or others, the president proposed raising the age limit to purchase some type of weapons from 18 to 21 years of age. that is opposed by the nra. but press secretary raj shah said the president is not worried about the nra. >> we don't expect to agree with the nra. >> reporter: overall, the president believes the nra wants to work toward limiting school shootings. it seems as each day goes on here there may be less impetus to do something dramatic, but all this comes as the president
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today is scheduled to hold the press conference with the australian prime minister at the white house. christine and alex. >> all right. thanks to jeff zeleny at the white house. the president also set to speak at the conservative political action conference later this morning. let's bring in erin delmore. >> good morning, erin. >> good to see you. >> kicking off the first day of cpac. we heard from wayne lapierre since the parkland shooting. let's play some of that. >> the elites don't care about america's school system and school children. if they truly cared, what they would do is they would protect them. their goal is to eliminate the second amendment and firearms freedoms. >> erin, he didn't give an inch
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there. it was really pitting us against them. he wasn't proposing any solutions. doubling down and digging in. >> alex and christine, you talk if anything has changed after parkland, you look at the students and activism. you think it could be a turning point. you see wayne going back to the same talking points. same thing after the newtown shooting. the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. they have failures, but they are using that to frame their argument. we should not be held responsible for the failures of law enforcement. you see him teeing this up. >> there was a good guy with a gun who sought cover when the firing started. the president who is talking about arming teachers and giving them bonuses. the president sort of finally seeing this school shooter generation. he talked a little bit about
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these drills and idea we have active shooter drills. listen. >> shooter drills is a negative thing. i'll be honest with you. if i'm a child and i'm 10 years old and they say we will have an active shooter drill. people may come in and shoot you -- i think that is a negative thing to be talking about. i wouldn't want to tell my son you will participate in an active shooter drill. i know some of them actually call it that. >> he is talking about the branding. not the drills. public schools do these drills. there is a generation now. 20 years of kids since columbine who are the mass shooter generation of drills. is he proposing specific things to end the need for these drills? >> we are covering an lot there. this president is a father. the best way we can get to him
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is use his experience as a father. the 6-year-old shot in newtown had said to the president you don't want to be me. you see it resonating with the president. to that end, he proposed a couple of things. he wanted to up mental health protecti protections. he wanted to cast a better safety net over these who could commit horrendous crimes. you see him talking about making the age to buy a rifle 21. it is strengthening the existing system. he has put a couple of solutions on the table. some have nra backing. these are smaller in scope than the solutions we saw after newtown. >> after wayne lapierre. they were open to things, but not yesterday. >> no daylight between them. he says there is a cooperation between us. we're on the same page. it matters. >> the president throws something out and the nra responds and the president who adopted the language about hardening security in schools. let's talk about this in
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concrete terms. you have all of these voices on the local level in florida or nra. this is about capitol hill. we have not heard from mitch mcconnell or paul ryan. how does this play out in the place that really snaermatters? >> you are making a great point. if you think there is a majority of the public who wants to see gun control to help harden the security targets. make schools a safer place. you do see support. there is bipartisan support in congress. it is a minority amount of support for republicans who control congress and the president. that is the group you need to see change. we are waiting on paul ryan and mitch mcconnell. we see some ideas here to change the age in buying a rifle or think about high capacity magazines. that is different than what we have seen in the past. >> erin, thank you very much. >> come back. missouri's republican governor eric greitens denying he committed any crime after the
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st. louis puerto rirosecutor an an indictment. kmov reports that greitens was trying to blackmail another man's wife in 2015. he allegedly took a photo during a sexual encounter with her. greitens admitted the affair, but denied blackmail. the governor calls the situation political and the situation a personal mistake before he took office. now a potentially gigantic twist in the recent attack on u.s. personnel in syria. was a top putin ally calling the shots there with help from the kremlin? we are live in moscow next. woa. plus, netflix for the whole family. on us. prrrrrrr... so, they get their shows... let's go, girl! you're gonna love this bit! and you get yours. watch however you want. on your phone, tablet, or tv. for a limited time, get 4 lines for just thirty-five bucks per line, with no extra charges. it's showtime!
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the russian oligarch got permission from the russians for a fast and strong initiative. cnn's fred pleitgen is live in moscow with the story. what a story. >> reporter: what a story, christine. it doesn't stop there. the interesting thing about the oligarch is he is also the main guy who was indicted last friday by special counsel robert mueller for allegedly running a troll factory that meddled in the u.s. election in 2016. then you have the attacks on the pro-u.s. forces. we found out he is apparently in charge of the russian group that is operating in the part of syria. you know the area that those forces tried to take away from the pro-u.s. forces is rich in oilfields. guess who is the head of the oil company had they gotten the oilfields? the same guy.
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the russian government for its part says it has no influence over people from russia who go to fight in syria. and this company that is run by the oligarch has not commented on the matter. >> thanks, fred. the united nations security council meeting again to vote on a 30-day cease-fire in syria. on thursday, the emergency session failed to vote on the cease-fire to end the assad regime in eastern ghouta. the u.s. accuses russia of blocking efforts to halt the bloodshed. a state spokeswoman was pressed on what was doing to stop the violence. >> we will continue to have our people there on the ground frankly. we have americans there who are assisting syrians trying to get back to a normal life. i don't know what more you expect us to do. >> cnn's jomana karadsheh is live in jordan. jomana, hundreds have been
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killed so far. any sign the violence is letting up? >> reporter: no, not according to activists on the ground, alex. the situation is getting worse. for the sixth consecutive day, they say different parts of eastern ghouta are pounded by air strikes and artillery fire. you mentioned between sunday and thursday, the reports we are getting are at least 400 people have been killed. more than 1,000 others have been wounded in what is described as the unprecedented bombing campaign and the catastrophic humanitarian campaign. hospitals are struggling to provide care for the poundwound. people are describing some of the people dying a slow and painful death. many fear the worst is yet to
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alex. >> a new set of tea leaves to read. thank you, will. american figure skaters stumble again to the worst showing ever. >> coy wire has more from pyeongchang. >> reporter: good morning, alex and christine. the three stakaters from the u. finished 9th, 10th and 11th. bradie tennell known for consistency failed to execute on jumps. mirai nagasu said she was upset and looking at this as an audition for "dancing with the stars." karen chen said the toughest thing is separated from her mom. alina zagitova did not miss a thing. she is just 15 years old. la landing jumps with ease.
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she broke a record and in the free skate, shocked her teammate 18-year-old medvedeva to take the gold. i caught up with the most dominant alpine skier mikaela shiffrin. she took gold and silver to add to the gold she had in sochi. as a top athlete, we have the triggers to get you in the mental space. i found out mikaela's which is wrapping to eminem. >> i'm not particularly good at wrappira rapping. i just wear these around. i know i have one of my go-to songs to get pumped up was an eminem song. i was listening to the lyrics. this needs to get me psyched up. it worked. i started mouthing the words and all of my races i'm listening to that song and mouthing the words. i probably look insane. i look like i'm talking to
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myself. i'm singing that song. that's what i'm doing. >> fascinating to get inside the mind of an olympic champ. >> reporter: later tonight, one thing to watch, alex and christine, snowboard. red gerraard is looking to take home another medal. >> thank you. michael phelps used to get amped up to eminem. >> doing something right. 27 minutes past the hour. broward county sheriff says he is devastated. >> scott peterson. was he there when the shooter was inside the building ? >> yes. >> what should he have done? >> go in. address the killer. >> why didn't the armed deputy act when the shots rang out at stoneman douglas?
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a deputy arrived to take up a position and he never went in. >> disbelief and outrage in florida. officials reveal an armed guard on campus did not try to stop the florida shooting. the people that do carry we give them a bonus. we give them a little bit of a bonus. >> president trump is looking
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far and wide to curb gun violence in schools. expect him to play to his base when he speaks to the political action group today. was the russian oligarch getting direction from the kremlin to attack americans in syria? a damning report suggests a thing. we have reports from moscow, jordan, n jordan, new delhi and seoul. i'm christine romans. >> i'm alex marquardt. the democrputy assigned to marj stoneman douglas high school has resigned. he failed to act last week when the shooter was on campus. scott peterson was armed and in uniform when the shooting began. broward county sheriff says the interviews and witness statements show the deputy did not engage. >> devastated. sick to my stomach.
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there are no words. these families lost their children. we lost coaches. i have been to the funerals. i have been to the homes where they are sitting shiva. i have been to the vigils. it's just -- there are no words. >> no comments so far from peterson who had garnered two deputy of the year nominations in recent years. the sheriff put two others on restricted duty while investigating their actions. governor rick scott is announcing his plan to keep florida safe today and ways to keep guns away from the mentally ill. teachers and staff return to stoneman douglas high with the number of support services available to them. students return next wednesday on a modified schedule. the president with the suggestion on arming teachers in the wake of the parkland school
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shootin shooting. >> i think a conceal permit for having teachers and letting people know there are people in the building with a gun. you won't have, in my opinion, you won't have shootings. these people are cowards. they will not walk into the school if 20% of the teachers have guns. the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. >> the bonus for teachers. now the white house says the proposal has not reached the policy or legislative stage yet. a spokesman was unable to say where the money for training or bonuses would come from. overnight, the new york times is reporting that the justice department plans to crackdown on prospective gun buyers who lie on background check forms. prioritizing prosecutions is the way to exist enforcing gun laws without angering gun rights advocates. the president is expected to speak at the conservative
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political action conference. that will happen later this morning. >> let's bring in erin delmore. good morning. you know, wayne la pierre was yesterday at cpac. we will hear from the president in four hours. wayne lapierre with the remarks. he went right to the base. listen. >> the elites don't care not one bit about the american school system and school children. if they truly cared, what they would do is they would protect them. their goal is to eliminate the second amendment apparend our firearms freedoms. >> he addressed gun violence all the way to liberals in the media and deep state want to destroy your personal freedoms. he wove that right in there exactly their mantra.
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>> it is a package talking point for the nra. we have seen this before. we have heard them say the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. these reforms and liberals and activists are pushing and want to take guns away from good people like you. that is the message he is pushing at cpac. >> can we talk about the warning signs missed? missed by local law enforcement and federal law enforcement. we heard the call to 911 from the mother housing cruz. >> 23 calls over a decade about this kid. >> let's assume the authorities visited him and found his weapons. he had them legally. he hadn't committed any crimes. short of a minority report, you cannot arrest someone before they do anything. what could have been done? >> alex, you are talking about the gaps in the laws. they have to follow procedures.
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they are investigating two of the calls in particular to see why officers did not follow-up. they have the january 5th phone call to the fbi saying why wasn't that brought to the miami office and broward county office? you are talking about the home visits and analyzing the cache of weapons. you are talking about the legalities of making the purchases. that's what the lawmakers need to address. >> the 911 call suggests there could be an assault charge and criminal record and could have been brought in. you would have had the legal basis to try to restrict him. let's talk about the gun-free zones. we know there was somebody at the school who was armed and trained and took cover instead of preventing or addressing -- a deputy. that is another very scary part of the story. the president talked about gun-free zones and hardening up the schools.
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>> we have to harden our schools. not soften them up. a gun-free zone to a killer or somebody that wants to be a killer is like going in for the ice cream. that's like here i am. take me. we have to get smart on gun-free zones. they see a gun-free zone. that means nobody has a gun except them. >> do you think it is true? do you think these damaged human beings are going to the school because they are angry at the school and angry at young people. it is a target of the people in the school. not the gun-free zone? >> it should not be easy for a shooter to go in and attack a school than it is for them to go in and shoot at a jewelry store or bank. you talk about hardening targets. more adult was guns around the perimet perimeter. it is that school of thought. parents of the victims have been shouting.
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these are not strangers. these are not random criminals. these are angry and emotionally disturbed young people with a tie to the school. they know the students and teachers. if you put the resources and attention, you know what they could do and the damage they he could inflict. and you talk about arming more guards or more resource officers in schools. that is a vulnerability. the parents are saying let's teach teachers to identify and intervene. >> all right. >> it all takes more money, by the way. psychologists and more teachers with guns. more money for hardening the exterior. >> huge amounts of training. >> erin, thank you. missouri's republican governor eric greitens is denying he committed a crime after the st. louis prosecutor announced indictment for felony
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invasion of privacy. kmov reported that greitens was accused of trying to blackmail another man's wife in 2015. greitens allegedly took a photo during a sexual encounter with her. greitens admitted to the affair, but denied he resorted to blackmail. the governor calls the charge political and said the situation is quote a personal mistake from before he took office. former trump campaign chairman paul manafort and aide rick gates face new charges. robert mueller's team claims that manafort's business partnered laundered $30 million and failed to pay taxes for 10 years and used the real estate to secure more than $20 million in loans. manafort's spokesperson said he pleaded not guilty to earlier charges. gates pleaded not guilty also, but is negotiating a plea deal.
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welcome back. breaking overnight.
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a major escalation with the u.s. and russia. it follows an attack this month by russian mercenaries on american forces and allies in syr syria. the russian oligarch believed to control the mercenaries was in touch with senior russian officials. communications show the oligarch told a certisyrian owfficial he secured this from the russians. cnn's fred pleitgen is live in moscow. we are talking hundreds of ru s by mercenaries. what could happen? >> reporter: the russians are trying to keep it under wraps. it seems the russians sort of acknowledge something went wrong and i would not say walk back, but don't want the situation to escalate. we have to keep in mind this is
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a big incident, alex. you have the oligarch in question and he is the guy who has been indicted by special counsel robert mueller last friday for allegedly running a troll factory that meddled in the u.s. election. the incident in syria with the militia controlled by him tried to attack u.s. and pro-u.s. forces. the area they were attacking is an area rich in oil fields. the man in charge of the oil company is the same guy. he certainly had an economic initiative to do all of this. we have not been able to reach him for comment. the russians have not control over russians fighting privately in syria. >> russians saying they went there voluntarily. thank you, fred. the united nations security council meeting again this morning to vote on asyria. on showethursday, the emergency session failed to vote on the
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cease-fire to end the bombardment in ghouta. a state department spokeswoman was pressed on what the u.s. was doing to help stop the violence. >> we will continue to have our people there on the ground frankly. we have americans who are there assisting syrians and try to get back to a normal life. i don't know what more you expect us to do. >> and now this morning, new reports of new bombardment this morning. we have cnn's jomana karadsheh live in jordan with more. it has been a devastating few days for civilians there. >> reporter: absolutely. with no end in sight, christine, for the violence. for six consecutive days, activists are reporting overnight and intense shelling and bombardment of different parts of the rebel held enclave
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area of ghouta. there were more air strikes pounding the neighborhoods. the death toll continues to climb with the report of hundreds killed between sunday and today. more than 1,000 others have been wounded. it is so difficult to treat these wounded with hospitals hit with the air strikes and hospital after hospital taken out. some of those are still operational, but also struggling to provide care for the wounded. we are hearing the nightmare stories of some of the wounded dying a slow and painful death. the u.n. is describing as the hell on earth. christine. >> from jordan, jomana karadsheh, thank you. staying overseas. trump junior preparing to take the stage in india. a last-minute change distancing the son from any political action. we have john defterios. this is a political speech
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initially, but what are they saying now? >> reporter: this is the fourth day on the ground for donald trump jr. and the market for the trump industry is india. we heard this was a speech on u.s. and india relations. now it is reduced to a fire side chat. the organizers said this was a request from the trump organization. the state dinner will cost $40,000 to enter. that is a cost on a deposit on one of the apartments here. he was asked how do you separate business and politics within the trump family. >> i'm a vocal kind of guy. i'm not good at sitting in the corner and being quiet. it is all important. all has to get done. family being number one. business probably number two. politics being number three. >> reporter: and for observers like us, it is hard to see the
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first daughter ivanka trump has sounded in south korea. she will lead the delegation at the closing ceremonies. hey, will. >> reporter: hey, christine. we learned ivanka made a brief stop by the u.s. ambassador's residence five minutes from where i am right now. still ironic because we still don't have a u.s. representative to south korea. the blue house releasing these photos that president trump signed wishing south korea the best of luck at the olympics. ivanka will head to the pyeongchang olympics tomorrow local time. there is controversy about her north korea counterparts. they sent their former spy
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master, believed to be the mastermind of an attack on a south korean naval ship in 2010 that killed 46 south korean sailors. people wondering why he would send someone to the closing ceremonies of what is called the peace olympics. american figure skaters stumble again. >> hard breaking. coy wire has more from pyeongchang. hey there, coy. >> reporter: good morning, alex and christine. one of the most disappointing moments in u.s. skating history. reigning champ bradie tennell said she can't be the last time she fell, but she fell twice. nagasu couldn't put it together either. olympic athlete from russia
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alina zagitova, just 15 years old, landing her jumps, executing her jumps with ease. she broke a world record in the short program and took down a two-time world champ in her own teammate medyeva. she dealt with hateful comments after saying she wouldn't visit the white house if invited. she percent veered through the recent passing of her grandfather. this was most likely her last olympics. listen. >> i appreciate everything so much more. especially with the passing of my grandfather. you know, you realize how short life is and how much you wish you had more experiences that were meaningful. and this has been an exceptionally meaningful moment
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for me in my life and in my career as a professional ski racer. and i will never forget these games. >> reporter: she can keep her head high. incredible career for lindsey vonn whether she continues to ski in the olympics or not. alex. >> she really can. thanks, coy. >> friday! thanks for joining us. >> "new day" starts right now. what i saw was a deputy arrive, and he never went in. >> it's another gut punch. this is another piece of failure in the system. >> they're not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teacher have guns. >> the officer did not do his job. >> the teacher, how they react to thit. >> the whole idea that armed security makes us less safe

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