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news room starts right now. 4:00 a.m. here on the east coast. if the united states imposes tariffs on steel, on aluminum imports, countries around the world are threatening to retaliate. >> the eu has a list of products to target like motorcycles, whiskey, blue jeans. the most important restrictions announced by the u.s. president are likely to cause damage not only outside the u.s., but to the u.s. economy its, including manufacturing and construction sectors which are major users. >> translator: we hope to find the opportunity to tell the united states steel and aluminum imports from japan, an allied
nation, pose no threat to national security. >> from germany, leadership saying it endangers thousands of jobs in europe. they will respond. >> translator: the european commission is already prepared with counter measures for specific products. it appears the u.s. does not understand any other language. >> so, how would these tariffs work? what would it mean for workers in the u.s. and around the world? >> tom foreman breaks it down for us. >> reporter: look at the numbers here. the united states imports a third of the raw steel it uses and 90% of the aluminum it uses. the tariffs would push the cost up 25% and 10% respectively. that's money that would have to be paid by the foreign companies to get their product on u.s. soil. if it became more expensive for them, it could help u.s. producers of steel and aluminum,
making them more competitive. they have complained for years about practices overseas. what about companies that rely on that material to make cars, equipment, aluminum cans and appliances? what about those companies? now, they face a different chain. there may be shortages, higher prices. that could affect people in other fields. one estimate has it more than 80 times as many people work making stuff out of that raw material that producing the raw material. those people would potentially face uncertain wages, uncertain hours, offshoring. not to mention what would happen to consumers. come products could go up by 15%. i don't think we know that, but there's uncertainty about what the impact would be. here is another question, though, does this get at the
trade practices of other countries? does it strike a blow for them? depends on who you are talking ant. we don't have the details yet. this is where the united states gets foreign steel. canada, the biggest supplier, brazil, russia. you know who is not on the top ten? china. the country the united states says is not a fair trading country. this is the country president trump wants to get at. would this get at them? only after long standing trade allies and unleashed a trade war with very uncertain outcomes. >> let's get more reaction from around the world. matt rivers is live in beijing. john is in london. thanks for joining us. matt, we heard tom foreman say would it get at them with the
tariffs. beijing is not overly concerned. what are you hearing? >> well, they are not overly concerned. let me tell you why. let me read you the top five import categories from china to the u.s. electrical, joys footwear. steel is not in the top five, neither is aluminum. they are not reliant on getting dollars from their export to the united states. so, the chinese government in their response has had a relatively measured response, in part, because they don't have that big of an impact on the economy here. they are certainly not for this move. they came out after the proposed tariffs that are counter productive to global trade. what we haven't seen so far is tangible action taken by the
chinese government to retaliation like you are seeing in the european union. >> le's hear from john. a measured response from china, certainly, john, no a measured response from europe, which is talking retaliation. >> very swiftly. the first wave of criticism came from the countries impacted in the trade. the second wave from the global institutions. let's cover the countries of europe. the european union. jean claude is the president of the european commission. he's been around europe the last 20 years. he suggested europe will not sit on the sidelines. i have never seen such a quick response. it's worth bringing back up again. h harley-davidson motorcycles. blue jeans. they are in demand in europe
right now. they suggested the domino effect is there, suggesting if the u.s. is going put on tariffs, expect the european union and canada to respond as well. i covered the world trade organization going back 23 years ago. i have never heard such language in such a quick response. nobody uses the term trade war very lightly at all. something does not square within the trump white house itself. president trump likes to judge himself on the performance of the financial markets. you saw the response as soon as it was announced, wall street sold off 2% and another day of selling on friday. that's something president trump is not going to like. this does play to his base, but, overall, financial markets around the world get very concerned when you have the largest economy in the world talking trade wars and multiple countries led fwi european union and the trade respond swiftly
with the list of counter measures, already. >> they sure have. mr. trump's move is rattling u.s. trade partners. matt, where does this put u.s./china relations? is there anymore damage there? >> this one individual move won't change the relationship that much. the chinese government has been expecting something to come out of the trump white house. if you remember what the president said on the campaign trail, i think they expected this kind of move a long time ago. i think you have to take this move as a signal toward more harder line policy from washington toward beijing. that is something that could have a long term effect on the bilateral relationship, if the trump administration goes further than this, if they put tariffs on the products this country relies on, absolutely, that will have an extremely negative effect on the
u.s./kleu.s. u.s./china relationship. john, one more from you, you mentioned global institutions are speaking out. which ones and what are they saying? >> they are concerned about the unpredictability, natalie. the institution created after world war ii that governed trade and finance. the world trade organization, itself. this has been a whipping board for donald trump since he came into office and campaigning for the white house. roberto is the director general. he said, look, this is not a path anybody should be following. president trump criticized the wto for not responding quickly enough. from beginning to end on any trade dispute takes 18 months. international monetary fund, christine la guard said we don't want to have any sort of tensions regarding trade at this
juncture and nobody benefits. that was a very blunt point. one thing i want to mention here at the world economic forum in davos, he slapped tariffs on chinese washing machines. inch by inch, he is trying to play to his base. i don't think it will benefit the u.s. economy as he is suggesting. natalie? >> exactly. that base could be hurt. it could hurt u.s. jobs. thank you for your reporting, interesting stuff. thanks a lot. trade disputes. that is what we look at to see how this plays out. the week behind us has been a tumultuous week to say the least. >> chief of staff, john kelly says the handling of classified material is not up to the standards he expected and he handled the firing of his former top aide rob porter. a new version of the time line
of what he knew of porter's domestic abuse allegations and when. this comes as "the new york times" reports another bombshell. >> the president asked kelly to help remove his daughter ivanka and son-in-law jared kushner. officials from four nations discuss how to manipulate him. the president, reportedly, unimpressed by his daughter's trip to south korea. >> sanchez reports on the turmoil in the white house. >> reporter: just one of these controversies would be enough for any president to deal with. one of them compounding and unfolding gives you an idea of the turmoil, the pressure that donald trump is under. key allies privately told cnn they are worried about the president, they fear he is losing control. the president recently lashed
out at staff, up colluding hope hicks, the communications director. apparently berated by the president for her testimony before congress and shortly there after, leaving the white house. the president is frustrated with his chief of staff over the handling of the rob porter saga and the controversy surrounding security clearances. he attacked his attorney general, jeff sessions again this week. there are questions about key figures within the administration, potentially moving on from the white house. you have the head of the national economic counsel threatening to resign over the announcement that the president would have tariffs on steel and aluminum and h.r. mcmaster exploring options beyond the white house. the president isn't just frustrated and at odds with staff, it's his own family, his son-in-law, jared kushner getting less than a vote of
confidence from the president in recent reports over press coverage of kushner's financial dealings overseas and reports that foreign governments have apparently analyzed those to find ways to manipulate the president's son-in-law and senior adviser. that's why allies are telling us they are worried the president is losing control. we should note, this could potentially get worse, soon. the special counsel, robert mueller has given every indication he intends to interview president trump, something the white house council says they are working on negotiating. boris sanchez, cnn, traveling with the president in florida. >> let's bring in leslie now. she is an associate professor of international relations at the university of london, live in the london bureau. a pleasure to have you on the show. >> thank you. >> let's talk about jared kushner and ivanka trump, the
president's daughter and son-in-law. they are the unfireables now their stars seem to be diminishing as they both face investigations. is the idea of having the president's family in the white house seen as a liability? >> well, i think for many people, it's always been a very serious problem and one that doesn't feel right. i think many people, for a long time, were surprised it was actually, there was no rule against it. people have gotten accustomed to it. now, we are returning to a level of chaos in the white house which is approaching that, which we haven't seen since the summer, before john kelly came in. a lot of it circles around the question of kushner's business dealings, he lost security clearance. one wonders how he can do his work. yet, there's a broader question about whether the president is constrained in his ability to make pragmatic and important decisions for the country, given that he's dealing with members of his own family.
you know, will he turn this decision over to john kelly? this is the coming of a time when there's serious, important, as so often has been the kals, global, national issues on the table beginning of perhaps a trade war. unpredictable announcement by the president of tariffs. so, the context is one which we so often see, the president is faced with internal chaos in the white house at a time he really needs to have a much more certain focus on politics in america and beyond. >> let's go deeper on the topic of chaos. again, we are in a polarized society. some people see what's happening, they like it. others wonder what the heck is going on. we have seen so many names leave the white house. some on the bubble, like general mcmaster and the president's attorney general, jeff sessions. actions that surprise people around the president, like comments on tariffs.
do you see this as a white house in chaos or is this more predictably the promise of the president to be unpredictable? >> well, i don't think -- it would be very hard -- it's hard to imagine anybody likes the fact that the white house doesn't seem to be running well. they might like particular individuals. they might be more favorable. a certain number of americans have been waiting for tariffs and have followed donald trump with this particular line that it's important to have tariffs against steel and aluminum, but to suggest that anybody is fond of chaos in the white house is probably not accurate. but, it's also not predictability. there's unpredictability. nothing coming out of a strategic rational. it could be very add venn teenageous in certain instances if there's a strategy behind it that's intended to make others
wonder what the next move will be. a product of bad management, a questionable ethics and policies that, remember, the role of the tariffs, nobody at the white house seemed to be aware this was going happen. certainly nobody in the state department, congress across the agencies and the rest of the world received no prior communication. so, this doesn't seem to be unpredictability, just seems to be the president acting in part on impulse and whim, which we have seen so often for the past 14 months. >> i want to switch to the other topic, the topic of gun control. is there any indication in your view, which way the president will move on this as he said certain things to certain people publicly about taking action, then having a different point of view in private with the nra. how do you see this playing out in the weeks ahead? >> this is very interesting.
go back to something that is very different. remember the president's response to the use of chemical weapons in syria when one would have never thought this is a president who looked at those images and decided to use military force and humanitarian crisis. this is a president who does have some sort of response when he sees the violence, the devastation and listens, perhaps to the teenagers. nonetheless, he might be in favor of raising the minimum legal age of purchasing legal weapons to 21. something which there's broad support in the united states, 82% and to have a universal background check. he walks back when he's in a conversation with the nra and looks at the politics in congress. nonetheless, i think something is changing here. they are going to rethink questions, you know, the world's largest asset manager is going to rethink the question of guns for customers. the opportunity to invest in
stocks that remove gun manufacturers from their portfolios. i think there's a tidal wave. the student activism has been tremendously powerful, got a lot of attention. this president does have a response to that, yet he looks at congress and looks at the nra and is basing a difficult set of politics. i think it's very hard to predict and anticipate where the president will come out on this. i think we might see some movement, not withstanding entrenched politics that might guard against it. >> the move with black rock, seismic. we have seen walmart, delta airlines in atlanta taking decisive moves. the question now, what is the move of the president of the united states. we have to wait to see. thank you for your time. >> thank you. may be at a cross roads with their election this weekend. coming up, the migrant issue at
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campaigning has ended in italy. anti-migrant rhetoric has heated up. they have made a comeback of sorts. he's barred from running for office, but could come out as a power broker on this, if his center right coalition comes out ahead. the populist five-star movement topped the most recent polls, 28%. in germany, that nation's chancellor, angela merkel is a savvy politician. now, she has a very determined, very effective young nemesis. >> as we report, this political figure could pull the rug out from under her. >> reporter: kevin is a t-shirt wearing 28-year-old who managed
to turn the stayed world of german politics upside down with three sill balls. no grant coalition. he told cnn, we cannot continue like this, the cozy politics represented by angela merkel, which does not decide anything. this is slowly ending, he said. he was elected as the social democrats youth leader three months ago is on a mission to reject merkel's government. this is why he's campaigning at this youth center, offering coffee and cake to the mostly elderly members. many are here, curious to see him. peter, an spd member for 50 years asked a question. he said, i'm skeptical, but what happens if he say no. what does it mean for our country and europe, he asked. angela merkel led germany to
prosperity for 12 years, eight of them in a grand coalition between conservatives, cdu christian democrats and social democrats. the september 2017 election was supposed to be an easy victory, cruising merkel into a fourth term in office, but, voters revolted against the status quo. the cdu and spd barely maintained their leads as top parties, suffering record losses to the right national party, alternative for germany or afd, which took nearly 13% of the vote. that's demanding any coalition must be approved by the rank and file of the party. now, 400,000 are casting ballots. results will be announced on sunday. yes would mean merkel gets back to running the country with her coalition government in place. no means merkel must take her
chances with a minority government facing new elections. the differences between the political parties have systematically become blurred, he told cnn. that will strengthen political parties like the right wing populist. a grand coalition is playing into that and this is more dangerous for a democracy than new elections, he said. 25,000 new members have joined the spd since he started his campaign. they are worried about the rise of the far right. he came to see him in person. he's quite impressive and authentic. though he's young, he's talented. i voted against. i think it will cause more problems for us in the end. he does all this in his spare time as he holds down a day job as a lawmakers assistant. he doesn't want to be the
chancellor, i like my free time too much, he jokes. considering what he's accomplished in his free time, so far, germany's political elders may be wondering what he will do next. the northeastern u.s. is staring down day two of a punishing storm. we look at the damage that's been done and the forecast of what's to come. >> what stranded trains and cars. people are stranded as ice and snow cause chaos as storm emma comes from the east.
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welcome back to those of you watching here in the u.s. around around the world, this is "cnn newsroom," i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell with the headlines we are following. the european union is planning to retaliate against u.s. tariffs on harley-davidson motorcycles and levi's jeans. the president would impose a tariff on steel and 10% on aluminum. police captured the man who allegedly shot and killed his parents on friday. they picked him up for spring break. the suspect is this man, james eric jr., the 12th shooting at a school in the u.s. this year. the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu says nothing will be found.
netanyahu has been named a suspect in two other investigations. five people are dead and more than 1 million are without power in the northeastern u.s. from a powerful storm that is hammering the new england area. officials warn it's going to bring strong winds, rain and floods for days to come. emergency crews, emergency workers around a place they are calling the most extreme storms in recent memory. they are warning of ast nomically high tides as well in the coming days. >> those without power should expect to say that way for quite a while. here is more from sandoval. >> reporter: winds, rain as the powerful nor esther go. >> tonight is not the night to check out the storm. stay away from the waves and the water. >> 22 million under a coastal flood warning. officials are sounding the alarm. >> asked to evacuate by your
city or town, do so immediately. >> reporter: adding to the danger of a full moon with a high tide, the storm surge could force four feet of water to coastal neighborhoods. >> the next high tide hitting while most of us will be in bed. it could make for a dangerous rescue situation and people stuck in their homes. >> reporter: the slow-moving storm expected to continue over the weekend with some areas expecting five inches of rain. the hurricane force winds gusting up to 70 miles per hour. it caused widespread damage throughout the region as trees and debris come crashing down. the winds, rain and snow reeking havoc on travel. 3,000 flights canceled and amtrak canceled service to boston. >> i's turning into a nightmare for travels. thousands of flights have been
canceled. amtrak cannesling trains for saturday and stopping service between washington and boston. a canceled trip is rough, but better than traveling. very bumpy on decent. pretty much everyone on the plane threw up. pilots were on the verge of throwing up. >> they missed the first landing, had to come around. they did land. every landing is a good landing. >> what a rough ride. >> have you experienced turbulence like that? it is difficult. >> not good. >> not something you want to be part of. this storm is intense. the pictures say a thousand words. in terms of boston, in particular, paying attention to the title gauges there, they didn't reach the record breaking tide that was set back in january of this year, but it did come in third place, kind of a dubious position there.
let's take a look at the footage here. you will see just how high the waves were in this region. 20 to 30 feet offshore. this storm, the most xens part of the storm is coinciding with the moon and high tide. the storm surge that was set just before midnight tonight, again, we are talking about not record breaking, but near record breaking territory. here is a look at the wind that surrounded the system, 90-mile-per-hour winds in nantucket measured. massachusetts 88 miles per hour. more of the same in rhode island. taking electrical poles, snapping them like twigs. you can imagine the clean up effort under way today and the weekend. there's new york. there's long island. we broaden this perspective to give you an idea of the power outages felt from the mid-atlantic to the new england coastline. 1.2 million customers, the latest count as of 3:00 a.m.
eastern standard time. the winds were strong at the airport. look at dulles. 67 at jfk. this caused cancellations. it will make travel very difficult. laguardia had 61% of flights canceled on friday, alone. wind gusts still expected to be strong through saturday morning. anywhere you see the shading in orange, 55-mile-per-hour winds possible. wind gusts near nantucket of 70 miles per hour. that lifted that across the cape hatteras region. still high tides because of the long fetch. it is the long distance where wind picks up and pushes water along the coastline. again, the storm is coinciding with high tide. by the way, high tide in boston harbor taking place just after noon. the system is pulling away from the east coast, but not before producing significant snowfall
totals. this is a complex storm. under 40 inches of snow for up state new york. there it goes. we say good-bye to that. significant winds behind it. that is a concern we are going to monitor for the next 12 hours. a quick update from the east. this is across the uk. they got in on impressive snowfall totals this weekend, 54 centimeters in ireland. >> boy, two different regions of the country. >> one side of the atlantic to the other. >> not too good. >> no, absolutely. >> thank you. let's talk now about snowy united kingdom on friday. it was a picture of a frozen rush hour that kept going and going and going. take a look at this. hundreds of motorists there, standing still, basically, no traffic moving on the main road southwest of london. >> and this is after already spending the night in their cars because of the snow. >> how many miles have you
traveled? >> i have done four miles in 15 hours. >> let's go to cnn producer in london, snowy hyde park behind you. just to hear from that driver there, you really feel for him. unable to really do anything until the situation improved. >> reporter: that's right, george. it has been almost five days of chaos here, not just here in the uk, but in europe at large because of the extreme weather conditions. we came to hyde park to get a sense of how snowy it's been. this is a very rare occurrence here in london, to see it just this white. temperatures are beginning to rise. it's just above 0 degrees celsius here. there's concern about ice on the road and flood. 15 parts of the uk received flood warnings. let's remind viewers, it's about the beast from the east giving
us these extreme weather conditions at the turn of spring. it's not just here in the uk, but europe in general. we have seen airplane closures in geneva, ireland, others reporting closures as well as cancellations and delays on trains. you heard that passenger there. what is most tragic about these conditions, of course, is the loss of life. we know at least 21 people have died due to weather-related reasons. we know that 15 of them lost their lives in poland. sorry, what the world health organization, rather, said, is it is the most vulnerable losing their lives, that is migrants, homeless, those without proper shelter and warmth overnight. i want to share one story with you out of sweden. a mother, two children, 8 and 9, they left their home, ventured into the forest. the mother lost her life. local papers reporting they weren't dressed well enough.
this is exactly what authorities are worried about. these are deadly conditions. george and natalie? >> that is a very important story to point out. there are a lot of people that certainly are vulnerable to this very cold weather sweeping through europe and the united kingdom. thank you for the reporting. we'll stay in touch with you. more evidence the relationship between cuba and the u.s. is wayning. we'll have more about that coming up. the anti-sexual harassment movement, timesup that will be represented at the oscars. not like previous awards shows this season. you were persecut, and forced to flee the country of your birth. but you started a new life in a brand new world. when i built my ancestry family tree, i found your story... then, my dna test helped me reclaim the portuguese citizenship you lost. i'm joshua berry, and this is my ancestry story.
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the founder and director doesn't know when they will perform again in the u.s. for me, those times have already gone by. we can't go backwards, she says. we have to sit down and find a solution because it's the people, not the governments that are paying the price. last september, the state department pulled most of its diplomats saying officials were targeted and they were left with hearing loss. the cuban government denied a role in the attacks and u.s. officials may be suffering from hysteria. they announced they won't return to cuba, calling on the cuban government to solve the mystery of the health attacks and guarantee u.s. official safety. the u.s. consulate was closed after the diplomats withdrawal. the tens of thousands of cubans that want to travel to the u.s. can no longer obtain a u.s. visa on the island.
i'm outside the columbian embassy. many are lining up to get a visa to another country, then request a visa to the u.s. these days, they need a visa to go to a third country, before they can get a visa to the united states. for many, the added cost of seeking a visa from a third country makes travel to the u.s. a distant dream. maybe we will have to wait four or eight more years, she says. maybe we won't live to see it. our children and grandchildren will live to see it. all of this will be forgotten and they will say how stupid, so much time was lost and the good and beautiful things they could have done. the cold war divided cuba and the u.s. for the entirety of these dancer's lives. once again, two countries are drifting farther apart. cnn, havana.
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it looks like the wipestein company will not be filing bankruptcy after all. >> the board and a group of investors are selling off the film's studio assets for $500 million. the buyers will launch a new company with a new board, which will supposedly leave behind scars from the harvie weinstein sex scandal. >> it will include a fund of $90 million for his accusers. >> it's hard to say whether it will come up at the oscars sunday evening. one thing we know is organizers of the timesup initiative will say they will have a lower profile on the red carpet. >> as for the host of the oscars, jimmy kimmel, he'll address metoo. monologues have been highly political recently. timesup organizers don't want to overshadow the main event of the
winners. one is actor gary oleman, who portrayed winston churchhill. >> to say they don't resemble each other is an understatement. we spoke with a make up artist who earned an oscar nod for the transformation. take a look. >> you cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth. >> so, how did they do it? how was winston churchill reincarnated by gare reoy oldma? they don't exactly lookalike. >> gary's face, gary looks like a greyhound, but churchill, like
a bulldog. >> reporter: the extraordinary transformation from greyhound to bulldog began here in an artist studio in los angeles. this sculptor likes to recreate historical figures, the bigger, the better. once upon a time, he used to work in the movies. >> i needed not only a make up artist, but i needed an artist. i felt for this. i remember saying there's only one man. my playing winston was really contingent on him. >> reporter: he created the make up for jim carrey in "how the
grinch stole christmas" and for brad pitt in "benjamin button", then left the industry. >> it was stressing me too much to the level i felt i was shortening my life. >> gary oldman has to coax him back for this one movie. >> i never had the opportunity to do a historical character. the main character was make up. i felt, this could be once in a lifetime. >> reporter: under the liquid resin, gary oldman, with a shaven head, the mold for life cast. from that, he began to design the prosthetics. >> it's like a hood piece that goes over his head. >> reporter: he did the test on oldman, himself. everything like real skin,
including a prosthetic adam's apple. six pieces including cheeks, nose and chin. he left the meticulous daily application to colleagues. the process took them more than three hours every day for 48 consecutive shooting days. he made a series of wigs from baby hair and angora rabbit fur. >> the great thing about gary, he disappears. after ten minutes, i forget about the make up and gary because it became churchill. that's really rare. >> nick glass for cnn. >> that's unreal. >> unbelievable. >> what a talented man. we have another hour of news just ahead. our top stories. thanks for watching this hour, i'm natalie allen. i'm george howell. the news continues after this eak, stay with us.
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