tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN May 4, 2018 1:00am-2:00am PDT
>> i am so honored to meet him. meet somebody like khali sweeney who changes lives every day. >> to see the full story of khali sweeney or nominate someone you think should be a hero, go to cnnheroes.com. that's it for us tonight. thanks for watching. i can't get into the details of the ongoing litigation. i have given the best information i had at the time. >> i have given you the best information that i had. >> struggling. the white house indeed struggling for words after rudy giuliani admitted the president paid back the stormy daniels hush money. now anger in the building on the president's legal team. south korea's top national security official is in washington ahead of nuclear talks with north korea. now donald trump reportedly taking steps to reduce the u.s.
presence in the south. and mandatory evacuations in hawaii as the volcano erupts. lava now heads for residential areas. look at those pictures. good morning. welcome to "early start." >> you thought you were going to have a tough day. >> i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. may the 4th be with you. trump attorney rudy giuliani seems to have thrown a wrench into the legal strategy. others were angry and confused when rudy giuliani said trump reimbursed michael cohen for a hush payment for the alleged affair with stormy daniels. giuliani said he and the president are on the same page to get this wrapped up with and
doesn't take a life of its own. >> the white house is struggling after the president spent months denying he knew about the rush money or reimbursement. >> the president did talk about monthly retainers in the tweet and rudy giuliani said the president only knew about this ten days to two weeks ago. how with you be aware of something ten days ago, but in the same time, paying retainers that cover the reimbursement to michael cohen. >> again, i can't get into the details of the ongoing litigation. i refer to you the president's outside counsel. >> you said on march 7th, there was no knowledge of payments from the president. he denied all of the allegations. were you lying to us at the time or were you in the dark? >> the president has denied and continues to deny the underlying claim. again, i have given the best information i had at the time. >> can you state you were in the dark? it is a fairly simple question.
>> i have given you the answer several times now. >> you thursday, the president confirmed the payment in the series of tweets and denying any connection to the campaign. the source says the legal team is calling it one play at a time. adding it is as if the players are executing the plays on their own. romans, how do you feel about that sports analogy? >> interesting. a lot of players. special counsel robert mueller's office requesting blank subpoenas for 35 witnesses ahead of paul manafort's trial in virginia. they will be used to line up documents more mueller's case against the former campaign manager starting july 10th. this is standard practice when one side does not want to publicly reveal witness names and identities. manafort is charged with money laundering and tax fraud and failing to report as a foreign
agent. another mess or a few more involving scott pruitt. a member of his press team has been shopping negative stories to the media own ryan zinke to take heat off pruitt. an interior staffer combined with the former epa official to leak damaging information about the epa. the spokesperson for the agency calls the report false. also developing, "the washington post" says pruitt drew up a dozen countries after he hoped to become the secretary. one trip to morocco where a contract was formed. >> and pruitt paid $65,000 for the campaigns. pruitt made purchases and
received reimbursement from the campaign rather than the campaign pay directly for the expenses. that makes it difficult to tell if the purchases were legitimate since there is so little detail and the campaign finance filings. spokesperson for pruitt says the payments were standard reimbursements. pat rconroy back on the job after rescinding the resignation. paul ryan accepting the decision. ryan facing questions about asking the priest to step down after seven years of praying at the start of house sessions. >> conroy says the chief of staff wanted a chaplain who is not catholic. the speaker plans to meet with fr. conroy next week. now nancy pelosi asking for an explanation. a special legislation
session for missouri to consider impeaching embattled governor eric greitens. the statehouse and senate leaders announcing the move thursday. there is mounting pressure on the governor to resign over two felony criminal charges. he faces three reviews into his conduct. they will not avoid doing what is right because it is hard. the special impeachment session could last up to 30 days. issue of guns is front and center at president trump and vice president pence address the nra in dallas. you may recall the president told lawmakers not to fear the nra and dialed back. mr. trump is the first sitting president more than 30 years to speak to the nra convention.
the jobless late hits a level not seen in 17 years. we will know when the labor department releases the jobs report. the economists expect the rate to fall to 4% in april. the lowest since december of 2000. it is at 4.1%. the fed reserve expects 3.8% unemployment by the end of the year. also expected is the u.s. to add about 190,000 new jobs. bouncing back from a slowdown in march. wages should pick up as businesses struggle to find workers in a tight labor market. wages will climb 2.7%. other measures show a stronger picture. private sector wages rose at the fastest pace in the last 11 years. wall street market fell in january when wages rose at the fastest pace since 2009. that could mean inflation is picking up urging the fed
reserve to raise interest rates. the fed reserve did not raise rates this week, but hinted more hikes are on the way. that is a case that is good news for people and higher wages is bad news for wall street because it means inflation could pick up. >> tough. mandatory evacuations under way in hawaii as the volcano erupts releasing lava in the subdivision in kileuea. a woman who safely evacuated took this video. you can see lava in the distance spewing out of a crack in the street. the governor expedited relief efforts and called up the national guard. the red cross has opened two shelters. this is after the earthquakes rocked the area since monday. those quakes have slowed down. >> down side of paradise. >> terrifying. >> pack up your surf board.
investigators hoping a genealogy web site will help crack the most mysterious unsolved cases. authorities in california are trying to trackdown the zodiac killer. he has been linked to five deaths in the 1960s and 1970s. the killer set a series of bizarre and detailed letters to news organizations which he called himself zodiac. the web site helped catch the golden state killer. arizona school teaches returning to the classrooms one day after the governor signed the education bill to give them a 20% raise by 2020 and including a 10% hike in the
upcoming school year. the measure increases funding for support staff and books and upgraded technology. nearly 18 tons of ground beef recalled by a food processor in north carolina. it may be contaminated with hard plastic. jps usa recalling all of the raw ground beef at the north carolina facility in march. it was sent to retailers in the midwest including kroger. it has a sell by date of april 9th. you could have the product in your freezers. no reports of adverse reactions. twitter urging all of its 336 million users, every single one of them, to changes passwords. a glitch caused the computer
program to save unprotected passwords. it would not say when the bug was discovered or how long it was storing passwords incorrectly. the twitter ceo said it was important to be open about the defect. >> have you? >> i'll do it this morning. >> i have not. telling us to do this and we don't pick up the phone to do it. i don't know mine. another round of tornadoes. tearing through the central plains. at least 39 twisters reported since monday. today could bring wind and hail storms into the northeast. we have meteorologist ivan cabrera with more. >> good morning. we cannot go from 90s to 60s without a transition. that is nasty thunderstorms for later today. we watch this closely as damages winds are there and large hail and isolated tornadoes with some of the cells that develop.
we are talking ohio through pennsylvania and into new york and parts of new england as well with the thunderstorms getting going between 3:00 and 7:00. that is the window for the storms to take shape with frequent lightning and potential for hail and torrential rain along the frontal boundary. we have the cool air. we are going from 90s in d.c. to the highs in the 60s. you ready for that? that is a shock to the system. in new york, 86. 60s by next week. we will go back to normal for this time of year heading into the early part of the next workweek. guys. back to normal. >> ahead, president trump apparently orders the pentagon to draw down american troops in south korea. how it does and does not play into the coming nuclear talks with north korea. next.
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ground work for the summit with kim jong-un. the focus is on location and broader elements of the talks. this as "the new york times" is reporting the pentagon is preparing to reduce the number of military in south korea. we have alexandra field with the latest in seoul. what is the reaction there? >> reporter: indeed they all heard the president complain about the cost of the troops in the asia pacific region. the question is if there is a peace treaty to put the end of the korean war 65 years after the fighting ended, is it necessary to support the troops here stationed on the peninsula. 30,000 people. in response to the reports that the president is looking at options, a source close to the stati administration says this is a long-term consideration only.
this is something that could be looked at after nukes were gone in the korean peninsula. officials are saying they have been told directly by officials in washington that the reports from "the times" are untrue. we heard from south korean officials saying the need for troops on the peninsula is linked to broader issues of regional security. at the same time, kim jong-un is saying the right things in the run-up to the possible sit down with the president. he is committing to the denuclearization. the question now is whether or not north korea will have another show of good faith before that summit with the u.s. president. will north korea release the three u.s. detainees? speculation in the last two days release could be imminent. no way to confirm that is true. a lot of hope for the families to see their loved up withones . >> thank you, alex.
the top advisers wrapping up two days of trade talk was china. threatening billion i don't ks of tariffs. breakthrough would call a change to the issues. we have matt rivers joining us live from beijing. we know they hope to wrap up these talks today. they want to cut the deficit and want chinese to do more to protect intellectual property. any sense there is a headway on these snings. >> reporter: so far, there has been no talk from either side. the public statement we have seen is a tamping down of both sides. it will be difficult to come to a major bargain in the course of the two days.
you have to start somewhere. you have tens of billions of dollars in tariffs from the u.s. and chinese side. that will hurt people on both sides of the debate. in china and in the united states. we know the meetings are wrapping up. u.s. delegation set to go back to the united states this evening here in beijing. at the same time, as all of that is happening, you have a significant development on the national security front. u.s. officials and the white house confirming china has deployed missiles in the south china sea in contested islands that china has built up. further military in that part of the world. that is something with long-term and short-term consequences. you have a lot of different issues with the u.s. and china making this relationship overall more and more tense. >> so interesting.
u.s. ambassador to china is the former governor of iowa. there are real concerns of the chinese retaliating against american soy bean. fascinating. thank you, matt. the pentagon claiming chinese soldiers using military grade lasers to interfere with u.s. aircraft in djibouti. the defense department officials claim multiple cases where two u.s. air men sustaining eye injuries. a formal protest has been discussed with beijing. the shifting story on the stormy daniels payment leaving the white house with no good answers. did rudy giuliani's admission about reimbursement put the president in more legal jeopardy?
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for words after rudy giuliani admitted the president paid back the stormy daniels hush money. now anger in the building on the president's legal team. south korea's top national security official is in washington ahead of nuclear talks with north korea. now donald trump reportedly taking steps to reduce the u.s. presence in the south. and mandatory evacuations in hawaii as the kilauea volcano erupts. lava now heads for residential areas. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. happy 4th be with you. trump attorney rudy giuliani seems to have thrown a wrench into the legal strategy. other advisors were angry and confused when rudy giuliani revealed the president reimbursed his lawyer and fixer michael cohen over the $130,000
payment to stormy daniels. giuliani said he and the president are on the same page to get this wrapped up with and doesn't take a life of its own. >> the white house is struggling to explain after the president spent months denying he knew anything about the hush money or the reimbursement. >> the president did talk about monthly retainers in the tweet and rudy giuliani said the president only knew about this ten days to two weeks ago. how can you be aware of something ten days ago, but in the process paying retainers that cover reimbursement to michael cohen? >> again, i can't get into the details of the ongoing litigation. i refer to you the president's outside counsel. >> you said on march 7th, there was no knowledge of payments from the president. he denied all of the allegations. were you lying to us at the time or were you in the dark? >> the president has denied and continues to deny the underlying claim.
again, i have given the best information i had at the time. >> can you state you were in the dark? it is a fairly simple question. >> i have given you the answer several times now. >> you thursday, the president confirmed the payment in the series of tweets and denying any connection to the campaign. the source says the legal team is calling it one play at a time. the issue of guns front and center as president trump and vice president pence address the national rifle association in dallas. they have been fighting back against stricter gun laws in the wake of the parkland school massacre. you may remember the president telling lawmakers not to fear the nra. he gave proposals after meeting with the gun lobby. president trump is the first sitting president to speak at a
nra convention. another mess, a few more, involving epa administrator scott pruitt. "the atlantic" reporting a member of his press team has been shopping negative stories to the media about ryan zinke to take the spotlight off pruitt at the epa. telling members of the media and interior staffer conspired with an official to leak the information about the epa. also developing this morning, "the washington post" reporting pruitt drew up a list of a dozen countries he hoped to visit once he gabecame administrator and lobbied to make it happen. a lobbyist traveled with pruitt got a contract with the host country of morocco. >> and pruitt paid himself $65,000 from the two campaigns for oklahoma attorney general.
pruitt made purchases and received reimbursements from the campaign. it makes it difficult to tell if the purchases were legitimate. catholic priest is back on the job as the congressional chaplain after rescinding the regular nation last month -- resignation last month. paul ryan accepted the resignation last month. after nearly receiseven years o praying at the start of house sessions. >> ryan's chief of staff told lawmakers he wanted a chaplain who is not catholic. nancy pelosi now demanding an answer over the dismissal. republican lawmakers in missouri will convene later this month to consider impeaching embattled gop governor eric
greitens. the extraordinary move was announced thursday after mounting pressure for the governor to resign after two felony charges against him. he faces three separate investigation into the conduct. the missouri republican house speaker says they will not avoid doing what is right because it is hard. corporate america raking in profits thanks to the tax bill. slashing the corporate rate to 21% from 35%. those are driving profits to new highs. s&p profits grew 25% during the first three months of 2018. that is the highest in seven years. wall street journal analysis found half of the growth come from the lower taxes. this tax bill is a promise to create jobs and boost wages. so far many companies are using the tax savings to reward shareholders. companies have spent $375 billion buying back their own
stock. on workers, they have given bonuses and wage increases totaling $6.7 billion. mandatory evacuations in hawaii as the kilauea volcano erupts releasing lava in the subdivisi subdivision. it is affecting 1,700 people. a woman who evacuated took this video. the focus here is lava in the distance spewing out of a crack in the street. the governor is expediting relief efforts and activated the hawaii national guard to help with evacuations and security. the red cross has opened two shelters. eruption comes after hundreds of earthquakes which rocked the area since monday. >> down side of paradise. no place more beautiful than hawaii. you get that to deal with. all of you who use twitter. change your password immediately. get on there, dave briggs. >> i still won't do it. >> the glitch forcing 336
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the killer sent a number of bizarre letters to the news organizations. you may remember the genealogy web site helped crack the case of the golden state killer. one man is dead after a personal dispute led to the confrontation at the opry mills mall. the suspect identified as 22-year-old justin golson. he fired two shots before leaving the scene. he was taken into custody a short time later. police say both men were known to authorities. the washington redskins taking issue with the story on the treatment of the team's cheerlead cheerleaders. the newspaper said the cheerleaders were tried cheerleaders were required to pose topless in front of male
sponsors for the team. some had to escort sponsors to the nightclub. the current and former cheerleaders contradict the story. the team will conduct a review and any employee who acted inappropriately will face significant repercussions. on the heels of the sexual assault conviction, bill cosby, getting expelled from the group of science and artists. citing the new standards of condu conduct. bill cosby was found guilty of indecent assault. roman polanski fled the u.s. after being charged with rape of a 13-year-old girl. he continues to make films in europe. ahead, is the u.s. preparing to drawdown troops in south korea? some new reporting this morning ahead of nuclear talks with pyongyang. we are live in seoul.
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himself a disaster area. >> the law firm and the president repaid it. >> rudy, you're not helping. i got this. officer, you can't accuse my buddy of speeding. he was way too drunk to do that. >> the president repaid michael cohen for the hush money he did not know anything about, which almost makes you think he did know something about it. and he funneled it which doesn't sound suspicious. that's how i pay all my porn stars with a funnel. vice president pence delivered a speech that sums it up well. >> the sweetest words the president and i ever hear are the words i'm praying for you. and we hear it a lot. >> i bet you do. >> there has been so much material in the last 15 months for those diguys. >> it really does.
let's talk about north korea here. the national security adviser john bolton meets with the south korean security chief today in washington. they will lay the ground work for the president's planned summit with kim jong-un. the focus on location which is still up in the air and the broader elements and contours of the talks. this as the report is the president ordering the pentagon to prepare option for reducing the troops in south korea. we have cnn's alexandra field in seoul with the latest. looking at the options for a troop drawdown. >> reporter: right. south korean officials were interested in that report. they have been told by officials in washington that the report is not true. earlier this week, south korean officials linked the presence of the troops on the korean peninsula to wider regions of security. as we talk about the possibility of the peace treaty to bring the formal end of the korean war 65
years after fighting has stopped, the question is would the u.s. maintain the level of troops on the korean peninsula. you are talking 30,000 people n. the past, we know that president trump has publicly complained about the cost of maintaining the forces out here in the region. a source with knowledge of the administration's thinking has said the president is not evaluating options for reducing the number of troops which is used as a bargaining trip with north korea. the only consideration would ha -- would happen after the nuclear weapons would be negotiated and gone from the area. you have the foreign minister saying he is committed to denuclearization and the plans are under way with the sit down with donald trump and kim jong-un. the question is will north korea offer a good faith gesture by releasing the three american
detaine detainees. a lot of talk with the administration that a release could happen soon. that is what the families are hoping for at this moment. dave and christine. >> thank you. keep us posted. meanwhile, president trump's top economic adviser dropping two pivotal days of talks with china. threatening to impose tariffs on each other's products. the braeakbreakthrough with ope new change in the two country's policies. we have matt rivers with the latest. what is happening there with the trade talks? >> reporter: it is funny, dave, we did get something from the chinese side. this would come from state media. nothing anything substantive at this point. they said both sides reached some agreement on a couple of
things. including expanding exports from the united states to china and intellectual property protection. i'm reading that for the first time here. it was just happennded to me. is that enough? is that agreement they are talking about enough for both sides to back away from the tens of billions of dollars in looming tariffs threats? both sides are far apart on many issues with the trading relationship. in the initial statement from the chinese, there is positive light there. nothing from the u.s. side as of yet. we know the delegation is heading home to the u.s. soon. at the same time, all of this going on and another issue with national security down in the south china sea. we know according to the white house that it is likely the chinese have deployed missiles to target ships and aircraft on the artificial islands in that part of the world for the last several years.
that is something the united states is unhappy with and the white house will respond. they have not said how yet. that is one issue among multiple with the u.s. and china that is making things tense. >> matt rivers in beijing. thank you. and this talking about issues. pe pentagon claiming chinese soldiers are using lasers to interfere with aircraft in gentlem djibouti. two u.s. airmen sustaining eye injuries. the protest was launched with beijing and now all are urged to use caution. and the nobel prize in lit to -- literature is postponed after the organization mired in scandal. the head of the organization
stepped down in the wake of the controversial. the nobel foundation is supporting the decision. the first time the award will not be presented since world war ii. a check on cnn money. trade tensions sending stokcks lower. these high stakes meeting with china wraps up day. strong earnings helped the dow erase a nearly 400--point loss. the jobs report. hiring expected to pick up. jobless rate may fall to 4%. the market fell in january when wages rose the fastest pace since 2009. that could mean inflation is picking up and the fed reserve may high interest rates faster than planned. one reason there are few women ceos, women make up 11% of
the jobs. that is from a new survey. executive roles with a stepping tone to ceo. -- stone to ceo. utility companies have the largest share of female executives. five of the 24 female ceos run utility firms. one theory is the jobs are regional and don't require international assignments. wall street's chief regulator is coming for the king of new york. jay-z. the s.e.c. ordered jay-z to appear in koufrt next wecourt n. he is not the center of the s.e.c. probe, but investigators want to ask about the sale of the rockaway brand. the group he sold it to is being investigated for fraud. you got to go. you don't have 99 problems,
but he has one. "early start" continues right now with the credibility of the president once again on the line. i can't get into the details of the ongoing litigation. i have given the best information i had at the time. >> i have given you the best information that i had. >> i have given you the best information that i had. >> the white house struggling for words after rudy giuliani admitted the president did pay back stormy daniels the money. south korea's top national security official is in washington ahead of nuclear talks with north korea. now donald trump reportedly taking steps to reduce the u.s. presence in the south. and mandatory evacuations in hawaii as the kilauea volcano erupts. emergency resources deployed as lava heads for residential areas. look at those pictures. good morning. welcome to "early start."
i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. happy star wars day. we start with rudy giuliani. the trump attorney seems to have thrown a wrench into the president's legal strategy or taken a flame thrower to it. multiple sources tell cnn trump's other legal advisers felt blind sided and angry and confused when giuliani revealed the president reimbursed his lawyer and fixer michael cohen for a hush payment to porn star stormy daniels. that remark contradicted previous explanations and by cohen. giuliani said on thursday that he and the president are on the same page and aiming to get everything done and wrapped up with so it doesn't take on a life of its own. >> the white house is struggling to explain after the president spent months denying he knew anything about the hush money or anything about the reimbursement. >> the president did talk about monthly retainers