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philadelphia field help find the cause? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. 5:00 a.m. in the east a. . 5:00 p.m. in hong kong. the president says he is in the position to accomplish what nobody before him could. he insists he could walk away if he has to do so. >> i think it is a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we're not going to go. if the meeting when i'm there is not fruitful, i will respectfully leave the meeting. >> cnn's will ripley has been to pyongyang more than a dozen times. he has the latest for us this morning. good morning, will. >> reporter: good morning, dave. president trump has more to lose
here than kim jong un. just because president trump agreed to meet with him he has the lifeverage. he has the leaders of united states and russia and south korea trying to get on his schedule for meetings. there is a big challenge facing the historic summit with trump and kim jong un. that is the location. it seems to be simple, but it is not when you consider the opt s optics. the options are more neutral spots. in asia, singapore antd thailan and vietnam. those are the countries they are looking for. unlikely cities are the capitals of the stake holders. washington, d.c., pyongyang and seoul. president trump is not interested in the demilitarized
zone. kim jong un not interested in going to the u.s. aircraft carrier off the coast of the peninsula for the same reason. until they choose a location, they cannot settle on the date and talk about denuclearization. the united states and north korea have different definitions of denuclearization. the easing of economic sanctions in exchange for north korea giving up nuclear weapons. that missile program got kim jong un leverage. to give that up, he would want financial come penningt-- compe and the u.s. troops to leave the peninsula. >> if something shinzo abe whispered to the president a few times the last couple of days. will, thank you. president trump declaring there is nobody tougher on russia than he. although it turns out the president decided to scrub plans for further sanctions on russia
over its support for the syrian regime. that is according to three senior administration officials. the president underscored the decision at the news conference with the japanese prime minister. >> we'll do sanctions as soon as they very much deserve it. we will have -- that is a question. there has been nobody tougher on russia than president donald trump. >> caught in the middle of that is ambassador nikki haley. she apparently was not told about the change of course before she went on the talk shows to say there would be further sanctions the next day. >> the prime minister shinzo abe was expected to talk about trade and north korea, and it did, but the president decided to talk about the russia investigation. he was asked if he will sit down with an interview with the special counsel robert mueller. this was his answer. >> there was no collusion. that has been found by the house intelligence committee.
no collusion. no collusion with russia other than by the democrats or as i call them the obstructionists. so we are hopefully coming to the end. it is a bad thing for our country. very bad thing for our country. very, very bad thing. there has been no collusion. they won't find any collusion. >> it is not uncommon for the president to contradict himself. this one pretty remarkable. yesterday, the president tweeted slippery james comey, the worst fbi director in history, was not fired because of the russia investigation. where, by the way, there was no collusion. less than a year earlier, the president told nbc's lester holt the opposite. >> regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey knowing there was no good time to do it. in fact, when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said,
you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they should have won. >> after the tweet, comey said on abc's "the view" he takes the president at his original word that the russia probe was his motivation. >> i have seen the tweet. both of those things can't be true. that illustrates part of the problem i'm trying to bring up. it matters the president is not committed to the truth as a central american value. >> you have heard from james comey, but you have not heard him answer jake's questions. the comey interview live today at 4:00 eastern time. the president trying to downplay reports he is poised to fire the special counsel and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. listen to him deflect reporter questions of the expected intentions. >> they have been saying i'm going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months,
five months and they're still here. >> let's bring in david drucker. good morning. so nice to see you this morning bright and early. the president reversing on the new round of sanctions. doesn't that go against his sort of stated branding here that no one is tougher on russia than trump? >> it is interesting. there is an historical reference here. you may look at ronald reagan and other republicans in particular that have been very tough and consistent on russia when it comes to actions and rhetoric. the president's actions are russia over the past year or so have not been as bad as rhetoric would suggest. rhetoric has been awful. over the weekend, he relaxes on sanctions when he is beginning to put the squeeze on russia with sanctions and for the first time with rhetoric. he was actually beginning to get somewhere. that is what vladimir putin understands. the big reversal without telling
u.n. ambassador nikki haley seemed in a sense like the old trump. the trump we are used to and one last thing, christine, the president talks all the time won't it be great for us to get along with other nations? of course. that is a straw man. the issue is whose terms? the president hasn't laid out a long-term plan for how he will deal with the russian a adversarial nation. >> we heard the president and will he fire bob mueller. he says they have been saying i have been getting rid of him the last few months. they are still here. we know we have heard that from reince priebus and h.r.
mcmaster. they are all gone. should we be inspired by those words? >> you know, another word we did not hear when the president was asked, we did not hear, no, i'm not going to fire him. the president was careful in how he answered the question. he brought this thing back up after several months of not speaking to reports that he was considering firing mueller when he started asking his supporters and people around him what do you think i should do in the cabinet meeting. he talked about the fact that people were telling him he should fire robert mueller. that is president trump's way of saying, you know what? i would like to fire him. i would like to fire him. let's see what everybody thinks first. that is a classic trumpism. i don't think we can rule out him firing mueller. he doesn't hesitate to do the things that might cause him political damage down the line. he can be impulsive.
>> the word yesterdy, mike pompeo, in the secret meeting in north korea. some now are saying this is a reason why he should be secretary of state. this guy is doing the job. no democrats are on board for him. rand paul has concerns about mike pompeo because of his positions on torture. the president seems confident he will get an ally in rand paul. listen. >> i will say this about rand paul. he's never let me down. rand paul is a very special guy. as far as i'm concerned. he has never let me down. i don't think he will let us down again. let's see what happens. >> because the president asked me to and because i have a great deal of respect for the respect, i will meet with director pompeo some time before the vote. >> does that mean you are open to maybe the vote? >> i'm open to meeting right now. we will see what comes of the meeting. >> what do you make of that,
david? >> -- >> speechless. >> i find it farcical, if you will. rand paul opposes president trump when it suits him from policy perspective. he has voted against the president from time to time. from the president's perspective, he does let him down. rand paul out of respect will meet with the director of the cia to consider him for secretary of state. there are democrats that will vote against mike pompeo for secretary of state that still granted him the courtesy of the meeting. you are a u.s. senator before you go ahead with the vote you want to cast. it is part of the process. he did not give the president any concession. he did not grant him anything. there is no reason why mike pompeo shouldn't be confirmed as secretary of state. that is who trump feels comfortable with. he is not unqualified for the job. you may argue he is qualified. especially coming from cia. it is fine to vote against him.
there is nothing inheritally wrong with him. it has to do with the fact ihe s a hawk on foreign policy and he is projecting american strength. rand paul is a non interventionist. >> we have yet to hear from key republicans that could put pompeo over the top. david, thank you. a long time lawyer for donald trump warning the president to be careful about his fixer michael cohen. jay goldberg who negotiated the trump divorces says he received a call for advice from the president last friday. he predicted cohen would cooperate with prosecutors. goldberg says the warning was met with silence. goldberg advised the president not to speak to the special counsel.
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plan for a new round of kremlin sanctions. long-time lawyer for the president warning him to watch out. fixer michael cohen could flip on him. the faa orders jet engine inspections after the deadly explosion. will the debris in the philadelphia field help find the cause? welcome back to "early start." i'm dave briggs. happy to be here. >> christine romans. happy to be here. the president offering up an optimistic view of the planned summit with kim jong un. mr. donald trump says he will walk away if he has to do so. >> if i think that it is a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we are not going to go. if the meeting when i'm there is not fruitful, i will respectfully leave the meeting. >> cnn's will ripley tracking this from hong kong. will has been to north korea and
has watched the developments closely. the core at this is the united states wants a verifiable denukd denuclearization. >> reporter: that is right. that is a key sticking point for the talks if they happen. there are a lot of details to work out. this is why people were shocked when the announcement was made that the summit would happen by may. now they are saying by june because logistical things have to happen. where will they have this meeting meet? that is the -- meeting? that is the sticking point. finding a neutral location suitable for the north koreans and u.s. they are centering in asia or europe. singapore, thailand or vietnam or in europe in sweden or
switzerland. traveling a long distance to be a challenge for kim jong un. he could travel by train if possible. there are some locations ruled out because they are the capitals of the stake holders and they feel that would not work. washington, d.c., pyongyang, seoul, beijing. donald trump is not interested in the demilitarized zone. kim jong un not interested in an aircraft carrier off the korean peninsula. they need to discuss the date and what the denuclearization would mean. they want american forces off the korean peninsula. the potential normal saizing of relations and the nuclear
weapons that the north koreans have to this point. there have been an unknown number of nukes in hidden locations that inspectors could not verify if an agreement is reached. so much to sort out. step one, christine, the place. >> will ripley, thank you. president trump declares there is nobody tougher on russia than he is although he decided to scrub plans for further sanctions on russia over the support of the syrian regime. according to three senior administration officials. the president under scoring his decision at a news conference in florida with the japanese prime minister. >> we'll do sanctions as soon as they very much deserve it. we will have -- that is a question. there has been nobody tougher on russia than president donald trump. >> caught in the middle of that is ambassador nikki haley. she apparently was not told
about the change of course before she went on the talk shows sunday saying there would be further sanctions. >> the prime minister shinzo abe meeting was expected to talk about trade and north korea, and it did, but the president decided to talk about the russia investigation. he was asked if he will sit down with an interview with the special counsel robert mueller. this was his answer. >> there was no collusion. that has been found by the house intelligence committee. no collusion. no collusion with russia other than by the democrats or as i call them the obstructionists. so we are hopefully coming to the end. it is a bad thing for our country. very, very bad thing. there has been no collusion. they won't find any collusion. it doesn't exist. >> over the past year, it is not uncommon for the president to
contradict himself. this one is getting a lot of attention. yesterday, the president tweet ed this statement. yesterday, the president tweeted slippery james comey, the worst fbi director in history, was not fired because of the russia investigation. where, by the way, there was no collusion. less than a year earlier, the president told nbc's lester holt the opposite. >> regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey knowing there was no good time to do it. in fact, when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they should have won. >> after the tweet, comey said on abc's "the view" he takes the president at his original word that the russia probe was his motivation. >> i have seen the tweet. both of those things can't be true. that illustrates part of the problem i'm trying to bring up. it matters the president is not committed to the truth as a central american value.
>> you have heard from james comey, but you have not heard him answer jake's questions. the comey interview live on "the lead today." at 4:00 p.m. the president trying to downplay reports he is poised to fire the special counsel and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. listen to him deflect reporter questions of the expected intentions. >> they have been saying i'm going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months and they're still here. >> let's bring in political analyst david drucker. good morning, sir. >> good morning. >> he's still here. the media also said that a couple of people, reince priebus, would be gone and a couple months later he was. h.r. mcmaster. he is gone. secretary of state rex tillerson. he is gone. why should we be convinced that the president is not looking to
fire mueller or rosenstein? >> he should be. he talked about the fact that people were telling him he should fire robert mueller. we know a lot of team in trump's orbit outside of the white house have been urging him to fire robert mueller and move against deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. that would be the first step toward getting rid of mueller. it is trump himself who raised the issue. as you noted, the president disputes reports of thinking of canning somebody only to can them a couple of weeks or months later. i suppose the timing is his way of getting away of saying it is fake news. reports were accurate. we know the investigation frustrates him. you can see that. interestingly enough, i spoke to the president's allies yesterday. david and corey. they are urging him not to fire robert mueller. let the investigation run its cour course as long as it doesn't run too long. the fact he is considering it?
we know he is considering it. >> no one is tougher on russia, he says, as we learn it is the president himself who made the decision not to make the new added sanctions against russians. the president says he will make new sanctions as soon as the russians deserve it. willia when will the russians deserve it? >> it seems he doth protest too much. the president is said to enforce another round of sanctions on the russians. it is part of the recent pattern of stepping up the rhetoric of criticizing vladimir putin. it was going to couple with the fact that some of his actions preceding that have been tougher than people realized. when he backs down on another round of sanctions and russia is still behaving badly and says i'll do it when they deserve it, it doesn't help his case he has been tougher on russia than his
predecessors. also note here, the president as we know, was upset after that attack on the ex-russian spies in the united kingdom. the president appeared to be taking the lead to punish moscow by expelling the russian diplomats. he wanted to be in concert with europe. all of this suggests he has a strange way of dealing with russia as an adversary as to how he deals with china and other countries that he thinks doesn't treat the united states properly. he never hesitates to jaw bone. when it comes to russia, as a special case. >> and mike pompeo as the next secretary of state. he just met with kim jong un over the weekend. mike pompeo served six years in
the house and confirmed as cia director, went to west point and a harvard law grad. can he get through? if he can't, what does that tell snu. >> we are -- tell you? >> we are in an election year. the democratic base doesn't want to do anything to help president trump. they have policy issues with mike pompeo. at the end of the day, presidents have a right to the advisers they want unless they are grossly unqualified. there is nothing unqualified about mike pompeo. that would suggest he doesn't deserve to be confirmed as secretary of state. especially after having been confirmed as cia director. there has been no intervening revelations to suggest he shouldn't be allowed to move to the state department. look, these things are about politics and policy. we saw republicans during the obama era repeatedly obstruct or try to slow down obama's
confirmations. democrats cried foul. now they are doing the same thing. when you have a 51-49 majority in the senate as republicans do, and you need the minimum majority, it is hard to come by. i think the white house leak of pompeo's trip to north korea to set the stage for the summit might help get pompeo over the top. >> first they need rand paul to come on board. the republican who says he opposes pompeo. will meet with him at the urging of the president. no democrats said they will back pompeo. david drucker, thank you. >> nice to see you sdplch. >> thank you. a long-time lawyer is warning the president to be wor worried about the fixer michael cohen. jay goldberg who negotiated divorces for president trump said he received a call from the president last friday. he predicted cohen would cooperate with prosecutors. goldberg says his warning was met with silence. goldberg advised the president not to speak to the special
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robertson live with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, dave. the inspectors have been in damascus for five days. the chemicals used in the attack over a week ago may be harder to find. and the concerns that the syrian and russian forces who now control the area and have for over a week may have made the weapons inspectors harder by perhaps moving things or tampering with the site. that is the concern expressed by british and american diplomats. where we stand right now on tuesday the inspection team did not get to the site. they sent out a u.n. security convoy ahead of them. that security convoy was shot at and an explosion went off. the u.n. said they don't know who was responsible for the shooting. they went back to the main base in the city of damascus. they are trying to figure out how to get back out on the ground. as we understand, the first team
that goes on the ground again is the u.n. security team. we are looking at bigger delays before the actual weapons inspectors can get out there. dave. >> should be the administration to refer the sanctions. nic, thank you. the faa ordering fan blade inspections after the passenger jet in philadelphia was torn down. mean team time -- meantime the ntsb is interviewing passengers and crew members. most of prosecutor still without power this morning for the second time in a week. the governor is asking the island's power authority to cancel the contract with the company responsible for both out am ages. one of the excavators got too
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