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>> president trump is planning to secure the border with up to 4,000 national guard soldiers. >> people here tell me they are fleeing violence or just trying to find a better life. good morning, everyone, i'm diane gallagher in for christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. happy saturday to you. president trump is spending this weekend at the white house. he has a lot to think about. >> a white house official tells cnn exclusively this the president's lawyers are prepping him for a potential interview with special counsel robert mueller. >> while the president publicly says he's open to sitting down with mueller's team, advisers think this could expose him to perjury charges. cnn is following the story. dan, what kind of preparations are happening right now? >> reporter: yeah, we're told exclusively that president trump is working with his advisers inside the white house to
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prepare for a possible interview with special counsel robert mueller according to a white house official and person familiar with the plan. it's worth noting that this is in its infancy stages according to one person, and president trump heechasn't even agreed to down with mueller in the first place. the prep signals that the debate within the white house and within president trump's orbit is intensifying about whether it is prudent for the president to sit down with the special counsel. now we're told that the prep has been informal, brief. but it's a significant step. as advisers have note, president trump is a man who is prone to hyperbole and could get himself into trouble with the special counsel even if he's not under oath when he speaks to robert mueller. the reason many people are talking about whether trump has been preparing for the interview is because there have been gaps in his schedule leading many in washington to believe he was at
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some time preparing for the interview. the president does not have a lot on his schedule today, as well. he's at the white house, as you note. and weekends are the time when he's generally at his club in mar-a-lago or at a golf course. there's nothing of that on his schedule. he's spent 139 days as president at one of the properties that he owns. >> okay, so dan, the president, we heard him, said publicly that he wants to sit down with mueller. are we hearing the same thing from him in private? >> yeah. there's a noticeable split, we're told, between what he says in public in front of cameras and private and when he talks in private about a sit down with mueller. listen to what he's said in public to reporters. >> mr. president, would you still like to testify to special counsel robert mueller, sir? >> thank you. >> i would like to. >> would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of -- >> 100%.
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>> are you going to talk to mueller? >> i'm looking forward to it actually. >> you would do it under oath? >> i would do it under oath. >> reporter: we're told in private he equivocates more about whether he's going to sit down with mueller, depending on who he's talking to. this reflects the high stakes at issue. >> thank you. errol lewis, political commentator and anchor for spectrum news, and joey jackson, legal analyst and criminal defense attorney, joining us. good morning. and joey, let me start with you. what could these preparations even in their infancy look like? >> let me say this, victor -- good morning to you. you know, if i'm advising the president, there would be no preparations because my client wouldn't go anywhere near the special counsel. it's a bad move in general.
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my preparation of him would say, mr. president, stay far away. this is a president who's repeatedly puffing, repeatedly -- i don't know, call it what you will, telling tall tales, fraud, misrepresentation, whatever you say. he's a guy who's known, i'm trying to be as objective as i could, believe it or not, in saying that, but not to tell the truth. you can sit and prep your client all day and night about the special counsel and russia and contacts and who was involved and where were you and who did you speak to, and who if any did you meet -- he's not a disciplined person. he goes off the rails. the other day he threw a speech up in the air and started talking about, you know, election fraud in california, millions not voting, millions of pemcomi people coming from -- he's not a person i would trust. there's a thing, victor, called perjury. that little thing called perjury can lead to a lot of trouble.
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you could sit down and prepare him day and might and give him specific questions and drill him. in law we moot our client, we talk to them and pretend we're the other side, like preparing for a debate. i don't think that it's -- it's an area that he needs to tread in. >> so errol, dan in his report said the debate is intensifying within the white house s. it intensifying or over? when hope hicks left, the reporting was that the president was going to take more control. he was going to be his own legal strategist in some ways. is that what we're seeing, the president putting away the advice of john dowd, former attorney, out the door? >> look, it was always clear that donald trump was not going to be managed very easily. as joey properly suggests, he's sort of a nightmare client, if you deal with law or communications.
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he thinks he's his best strategist and legal defender. that's why he doesn't have professionals around him. that's why people are walking out the door. he exposes himself, however, to a great deal of danger by simply deciding to go in and wing it, which has been the style that has worked so well for him. it worked for him in politics. it worked for him in commerce. it worked for him in hollywood. this, though, is kind of the end of the line because as we've seen in endless numbers of cases, all the fbi has to do is kind of stop you on the street or stop you anywhere, have a conversation with you, and if they can figure out that you knowingly told them something that is not true, they've kind of got you. and you're already in legal trouble. i think it can get much worse for the president than he personally may suspect. he also may not be able to talk his way out of this one. again, not jumping to conclusioconclusion s about what collusion may or may not exist, it's up to the
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special prosecutor to realize when he's misrepresenting, not telling the truth. that you can tell on the spot without talking about overseas connections and other complicated proof. >> errol, you mentioned the president's propensity for winging it, going in and literally tossing the slcript. with these preparations, even in their infancy, would it suggest that he understands that this is different? >> this is different. look, he has probably heard from his attorneys, not all of whom are on his team at this point, that -- he was asked when whether he should talk to the special prosecutor at all. that part is apparently over. now that he's concluded that he's going to have to have contact with the special counsel, the only question becomes to what extent and when and whether or not you fight to the last minute about whether or not you're going to limit what he can talk about.
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i think what we're seeing, the clip that you played, our donald trump. that's him wanting to sort of get in, mix it up, clear his name, and get on with his presidency. >> joey, let me ask you -- michael zelden who worked with mueller for a period raised an interesting point that preparations are not primarily to prepare the president for a discussion with mueller's team but to expose him to at least acknowledge the potential pitfalls he could experience in an interview and get him on board to say, no, i shouldn't speak with mueller's team. >> i think we as his lawyers do that all the time. you want to testify? sit down, let's talk about it. you launch into questions, and the client is befuddled and say, oh, maybe you're right. there's no wins in sitting down with a prosecutor for the following reason -- i mean, they
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know, it's like lawyers. don't ask a question that you don't know the answer to already. the special prosecutors have a wealth of information. they've spoken to a number of people, vetted information. they know what the real deal is. when you're talking to them, they already have a sense and understanding of what information is factual and what information is fictional. the fact that the president's people can move him and get him to understand that this is different from a campaign trail, a campaign speech, you know, speaking to your supporters in type of forum. this is whether you're under oath or not the real deal and could expose your presidency to the end. if we could convince him, we know he doesn't listen, but maybe he will in that instance. >> we'll see if the preparations lead to a conversation with the team. we'll continue to follow it. thank you, both.
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>> thank you. the head of the national guard says that some 500 troops will be deployed immediately as part of president trump's plan to shore up the border between the u.s. and mexico. officials in texas say that their soldiers are going to be ready. >> as early as tomorrow, notifications will go to soldiers who will be called up as part of the follow-on phase. this notification will allow guardsmen, soldiers, and airmen to notify their families and employers in the preparation to report as early as next week. >> cnn's paolo sandoval joins us. secretary mattis signed an up for up to 4,000 national guard members to be deployed through november. here's the thing -- national guard is limited. what exactly are they going to do? >> reporter: it's important to point out they're basically going to fill support roles. as they've done during previous deployments. they will help and assist state and federal law enforcement who are responsible for patrolling
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that border. the way we heard yesterday in texas during the press event that you put up a while ago, they will be "observing and reporting movement along the border." you see the first wave there, the aerial assets deployed from austin down south, about six hours south here. at this point we understand about 250 troops now have their marching orders. they will, in essence, be the latest wave of what they expect will be a large group of men and women in uniform from california and potentially down to texas here, arizona, also expecting about 150 additional troops come next week, as well. and in -- when everything is said and done, we could see up to 4,000 national guardsmen up and down the border, according to the white house here. reaction along the border has been mixed here from california to texas. there have been critics here who are concerned this this sends the wrong message to the rest of the world. potentially militarizing this border. at the same time, there is also
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support for this. i spoke to a south texas ranger this week who says he has allowed national guard to be on his property during previous deployments. he says is more than happy to allow them on his property again to stop the flow of illegal drugs constantly on his 600 acres. mixed reaction as we see the first wave of national guardsmen in place helping local, state, and federal law enforcement on the ground. >> thank you very much. look, all of this follows a week of anti-immigration rhetoric from president trump. he cited a so-called care vain of migrants from -- racaravan o migrants from mexico to back up this so-called crisis at the border. this is an annual event. the main goal is to raise awareness about the plight of the migrants and desperate conditions they face at home. cnn's laila santiago spoke with one of them.
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>> reporter: she's from guatemala. [ speaking spanish ] she says because of the delinquency and violence she left guatemala. so she is going to stay here in mexico. she says that she's going to tijuana, and from there -- gracias -- she wants to stay there, make money, and send that back to guatemala to help her children that she left behind there. this is actually not the first time i've heard a story like this. the people here tell me that they are fleeing violence from either guatemala, el salvador, or honduras, they are fleeing corrupt government or just trying to find a better life because they can't find a job in their own country. >> now look, we want to give a fact check on the u.s.-mexico border. the department of homeland
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security said this week that while the arrest of people trying to cross illegally did increase exponentially in the month of march compared to this time last year, overall they've been trending down since the year 2000. they hit a 46-year low last year. breaking news now. 14 people are dead after a bus carrying a junior league hockey team crashed in canada. the bus collided with a tractor-trailer in saskatchewan providence last night. the coaches and players for president humboldt broncos team were on board. they were on their way to a playoff game. witnesses say it took hours to pull the victims out of that mangled wreckage. most of the team's players were in their late teens. 14 others were also injured in this accident. all right. coming up, exclusive new details about another adviser to president trump that tried to get their hands on dirt about
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to find hillary clinton's 30,000 deleted emails on the dark web. >> wow. >> reporter: and reveal any damaging information contained within them. >> it's not easy be a whistleblower. >> reporter: joseph schmitz, former inspector general, was a foreign policy adviser. seen with then-candidate trump in 2016 meeting with the members of the fbi, state department, and inspector general, he told them a source he called patriot discovered what he believed were the deleted emails on the dark web. schmitz then pushed for the government to review and declassify the material so he and others could review it without jeopardizing schmitz's security clearance. this according to multiple sources with direct knowledge. officials at the state department and inspector general briefly interviewed schmitz but declined to review or accept the information. the fbi also interviewed him as part of its ongoing criminal investigation into clinton's emails. >> did investigate.
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>> reporter: schmitz took the information to the house intelligence committee. this is the latest example of trump advisers mixed up in efforts to find dirt on clinton. fired chief strategist steve bannon told the intelligence committee that trump campaign staff were repeatedly contacted by outsiders suggesting ways to get the clinton emails, this according to a source familiar with bannon's testimony. a trump campaign official tells cnn, "the campaign does not comment on matters of interest to the special counsel or the congressional committees." the material was never verified. cybersecurity expert who also saw the material on the dark web told cnn it appeared to be fake based on what he read and where it was posted. "i'm pretty sure they were posted on the dark web equivalent of reddit," he said. schmitz reached by cnn in person and via e-mail declined to comment. >> and that was jim sciutto reporting. here with me now is on discuss, commentary writer for "the washington examiner," phillip
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wegman, and errol lewis, contributor back with us. let's get into thisment fired chief strategist steeb, he told the house intelligence committee back in february that members of the trump campaign kept getting approached by outsiders. they were suggesting ways to get hillary clinton's emails. so this new reporting supports that testimony considering that info. came from an unidentified contractor. but i mean, so was this a case of just the trump campaign couldn't -- they're victims of everybody else trying to sabotage hillary clinton, they were just there for it? errol? >> no. in this case just from jim's excellent reporting, it looks as if an adviser to the campaign, a significant adviser, man of some substance, with an impressive background, went out of his way and tried to interest anybody he could get to listen in this muck, this material that he claims to have dredged up from some whistleblower. it was a focus of the campaign
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at the highest levels. the photo proves it. everything we know about past meetings about donald trump jr., sort of reacting when the russians start to pedal dirt. this was a -- to peddle dirt. this was a fundamental campaign strategy to try to find information that could be used to smear hillary clinton. and lest anybody get the wrong impression that this goes on in campaigns all the time, i've covered a lot of campaigns. this is not the norm to have advisers out there scouring the dark web looking for anything they can find, trying to peddle it to the state department, fbi. this was a highly unusual strategy they undertook. >> schmitz was relentless really in trying to get anybody officially to look at this that he could. phillip, i think that's sort of it, right? the state department he told, the inspector general, they briefly interviewed him, they didn't review the information, they didn't accept it. i mean, there's been criticism
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in the past of other trump campaign members. they didn't go to law enforcement with information they received. that's one of the things that was criticized by don jr. and the infamous meeting in trump trump tower. whatever his motives may have been, he at least seemed to take the proper steps here. >> reporter: yeah, first of all, errol is right. this shows a fundamental obsession on the part of the trump campaign to find these emails. this is something that back in 2016 -- it seems like ancient history -- we were focused on this because it was something trump regularly talked about the campaign trail. while the e-mails appear to be false and were found on the dark web's equivalent of reddit, it seems that schmitz took the right step and approached the fbi with in information. we would be having a completely, a fundamentally different discussion in washington, d.c., right now. i think the entire landscape would be different if donald trump jr., perhaps when he had been approached by the russians after that meeting at the trump hotel, if he would have approached the fbi.
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if he would have gone to law enforcement. so schmitz here, it seems like he did the right thing, but it's going to be interesting to see what is going to come out of this going further, and if this also plays into what happens with the special counsel. >> i mean, look, there are people in schmitz's direct circle that are currently working with the president, with the white house right now. so he's not that far separated still even though he just worked through the election. he's still there in the orbit of president trump. >> that's right. i mean, look, the questions that have to be raised, and this is why we have the special counsel and congressional committees looking into it is what was the mindset during the campaign, what -- what were people prepared to do with this information. what kind of sources were throwing them information, and what kind of vetting went on. and of course, as phillip suggests, you know, did any of this make its way to the proper snorts when you hear some of -- proper authorities? when you hear some of this stuff coming, including from foreign
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sources, you're supposed to say "thank you for the information, " information," then pick up the phone and call the fbi and tell them there's something unusual and possibly illegal that is going on. i think everybody's going to try and get their stories straight, everyone's going to try and make themselves look good. but this campaign still, i think, collectively has to answer some questions about what they were doing and why. >> errol lewis, phillip wegman, thank you very much. don't go anywhere. we've got some more questions coming up. we'll talk about epa head scott pruitt. he has survived a harsh week of controversies and tough headlines. will he still have his job this time next week? plus, a former russian spy is no longer in critical condition after being poiseonds during a nerve -- poisoned during a nerve agent attack last month. so he took aleve this morning. if he'd taken tylenol, he'd be stopping for more pills right now. only aleve has the strength
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welcome back. i'm dianne gallagher in for christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. good to be with you. environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt apparently overstayed his welcome. cnn has confirmed the couple that rented out a room to pruitt, forced him out by changing the code on their locks. this arrangement was already under scrutiny. >> reports say that pruitt leased the room for below market value from a couple whose firm lobbied the epa on behalf of an
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oklahoma energy company. president trump is still backing pruitt despite the controversy, and a call from 64 democrats demanding the epa head be dismissed. >> let's discuss this and bring back errol lewis and phillip wegman. phillip, let me start with you. we've got a copy of the lease, and we want to put this up on the screen because this is where energy lobbyist steve hart's name was there and was scratched out, and then just kind of scribbled in vicki hart, his wife's name there. when it sun brebreak, steve har he had no ownership stake in this condo. this story is getting worse and worse for pruitt. >> there were rumors that pruitt wasn't going to survive the night. that he would be fired at midnight. for now he seems to have survived that, but that's the question. how much longer can he hold on. on one hand, pruitt is probably the most effective member of the trump administration currently. on the other, when president trump looks at leases like that, the fact that he was -- he was
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renting a room from a lobbyist whose own organization was petitioning the epa, that's the sort of swamp monster activities that -- the president promised to end. so this is, you know, off brand, embarrassing, and puts the white house in a very difficult position. >> and for $50 a night no less. it's tough to get two good drinks in d.c. for $50 a night. errol, let me come to you with this letter signed by 63 democratic members of the house but also put up on the screen the three republicans who were calling for the president to either fire pruitt or for pruitt to resign. what's the effectiveness here, maybe not so much of the 63 democrats because that could be put into a partisan lens, but members of the president's party saying it's time for pruitt? >> all three republicans who did sign it are in swing districts. they're under a fair amount of pressure and trying, i think, not only to preserve their own political positions but not to
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give the democrats one more issue to beat up on republicans over. this is very, very damning. the damage will go beyond the trump administration, and to see republicans signing on suggests that there's -- this at least the perception of a branding problem, that others who are running on the democratic ticket in these midterm elections are going to suffer from the misdeeds of the scott pruitts of the world. he's got his own sort of political future. it's a mixed and interesting one where he's got prospects not only back in oklahoma but possibly on the national stage. we shouldn't write him off by any means. he apparently is talented and has a fair amount of support from very conservative organizations and political forces. but for anybody who's not in his particular corner of the political world, this is a complete disaster. >> errol, let's talk about what the expectation was going into this week after that news of the condo broke following the soundproof booth and following
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the air travel. based on the experience with this administration, tom price, former secretary of health and human services, was forced out after the reporting showed that his noncommercial flights, the costs were above a million dollars. i want to play for you what the president said back in september about tom price before he was fired and follow it up with what we heard about pruitt on air force one. >> you spent a lot on the charter plane. >> i will look into that and tell you personally i'm not happy about it. i am not happy about. t. -- not happy about it. >> what are you going to do about it? >> i am not happy, and i let him know it. scott did a fantastic job. i think he's a fantastic person. i just left coal and energy country, but they love scott pruitt. >> effectiveness, yes. scott pruitt is pushing through
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the regulatory changes that the president likes. tom price didn't get the obamacare overhaul through. speak to constituency that it appears that pruitt has that maybe tom price did not. >> that is the big difference. pruitt is pushing in a direction that a lot of people, we're not talking about the gigantic agribusiness companies or chemical firms but really all the way down to sort of midsize and even smaller firms who feel that there's too much regulation, he has been johnny on the spot in dialing it back, rolling it back, talking bad about it. suing the epa multiple times. he's there guy. and so he's been effective for the president at a time when the president's been distracted with a lot of different issues. he could look at this as a campaign promise being fulfilled every single day. >> phillip, to you, we know that chief of staff john kelly is urging the president to fire pruitt. he has not done so. what does that say about his
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effectiveness in this white house? >> well, i think what this shows is that when it comes to trump administration officials, as far as good government conservative types, they're happy with the policy results of what pruitt has been doing. they're unhappy with the personal decisions that he has made. if you're actually, someone who came into the white house to sort of, you know, right the ship, this is the sort of thing that you are taking a closer look at because you had to know that these officials were going to have a target on their backs because of some of the things they were going to be doing. this is in kelly's estimation, probably needless risk, he can't be happy with pruitt now. >> it is an early saturday morning, and twitter is always open. we'll see if anything changes. thank you both. >> thank you. embattled republican representative blake barretthold has resigned. he was accused of using taxpayer dollars to settle a former aide's sexual harassment claims against him.
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more people have been killed on the israeli gaza border. >> cnn international correspondent ian lee is in jerusalem. this escalating death toll here, what is happening? >> reporter: yeah, if you tally the death toll from the last two weeks, that stands at 31 people. they call this the march of return. palestinians say they want to cross the border from stall, going back to -- from israel, going back to lands lost in the 1948 war. for its part, israel says it's a red line. they're not going to let anyone breach their sovereignty. so you have this mixture of
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friction that creates this violence on both sides, neither side willing to back down. israel blaming hamas for the current violence. this just the first two weeks. we have five weekends to go. there's a lot of concern that a single incident could create this from protest into a war. and neither side says they want a war at this time. the one thing we're also watching is just how many people have been going out there. even with the threat of being shot or violence, people say they're still going to continue. so this really does create this volatile situation on the border between gaza and israel. >> all right, ian lee in jerusalem. thank you. russia says there will be a harsh response after the u.s. slaps new sanctions over the country's meddling in the 2016 election. a live report ahead. this is the ocean.
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the head of facebook, mark zuckerberg, preparing to testify before congress next week. this is coming as his company is rolling out big changes designed to fight election meddling. facebook will start labeling all political ads and reveal who paid for them. the company is also going to require political advertisers to verify their identity and location. >> this decision as facebook is under fire for failing to crack down on fake news and propaganda on its website. facebook says the new labeling is going to appear in ads, and that's going to start later this spring. new information about that former russian spy whose poisoning last month sparked an international backlash against russia. his name is sergei skripal, and he is no longer in critical condition after he and his daughter suffered a nerve agent
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attack in the uk. >> russia denied involvement. some 20 countries including the united states expelled russian diplomats in response. now the u.s. is taking action against russia for meddling in the 2016 election. they unveiled a new round of sanctions that target vladimir putin's inner circle. cnn international diplomatic editor nic robertson is in moscow. tell us about sergei skripal's recovery. this sounds miraculous. >> reporter: yeah, it follows the news last week or earlier in the week that his daughter yulia was out of critical condition. now the hospital says that he is out of critical condition, that he's improving rapidly. that he's responding well to the treatment. it all sounds like a very rosy picture. i think when we heard from the british foreign office speaking about, this they said, you know, congratulations on support for all the health care professionals, but the last line
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gave a clue. it said both are expected to need ongoing medical care. it didn't say for how long. although he's improving, doing well, the implication is that he is still going to require some amount of medical treatment. >> new sanctions the u.s. has slapped on russia focusing on a slew of wealthy russians have ties to vladimir putin. russia says there will be a response, and it will be harsh. >> reporter: that's what we've heard from the foreign ministry. they vowed a harsh response. they said the sanctions are in effect taking away business, taking away money from people. and in their mind, that's robbery. they haven't said what the sanctions were. this is easter weekend here in russia. so perhaps we won't learn more until monday. the item only got about 30 seconds on the state news last night this is an indication that the government hasn't made up its mind precisely what it will
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do. the trade minister said people will be supported. there's been talk about compensation possibly. but one of the companies that's been hit by the sanctions, a big arms exporter in russia, said this exposes what the united states is trying to do which is deny them the opportunity to get the international arms market, just to the advantage of the united states. of course, this is precisely the pressure the united states is trying to communicate through to president putin here. >> we will watch for the response. nic robertson in moscow. thank you. rain is in the forecast heading into round three of the masters. andy scholes has a preview for the masters today. >> reporter: hey, tiger woods staying alive for the weekend here at the masters. he won't be winning his fifth green jacket this weekend. coming up, we'll hear what tiger had to say about his masters performance thus far. liberty mutual saved us almost $800 when we switched our auto and home insurance. liberty did what? yeah, they saved us a ton,
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course, it looked like he might not make the cut. for the second straight day, tiger hit the ball into the water on hole number 12. he's not going to be winning his fifth green jacket this year at the masters. after his round, tiger spoke about where he thinks his comeback is now. >> six months ago, i didn't know if i would be playing golf. and forget playing at the tour level. i didn't know if i would be able to play again. but it's incredible to have the opportunity again just to be able to come out here and play this course now. i know i'm up on the weekend, even though i'm a lot behind. >> reporter: your leader heading into the weekend is texas native patrick reed. the 27-year-old just came out on fire yesterday starting with three straight birdies. reed, who's known as captain america for his hero tics ryder cup -- heroics at the ryder cup,
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has never won before. he has a two-shot lead heading into roy three. rory mcilroy and jordan spieth five shots back. yesterday i asked spieth how he thinks all the rain will affect play today. >> it becomes a tactical golf course when the conditions get tougher or you're presented with tough breaks like that. i think that's an advantage for me. this weekend, you know, in contention at the masters, is nothing new to me. and it -- therefore, i won't be extremely anxious, i don't think. >> reporter: spieth tees off at 2:10. tune in this afternoon for a behind-the-scenes look at the masters all-access at augusta. "bleacher report" special, 2:30 eastern this afternoon. >> thanks. >> all right. would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of --

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