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a deplorable comment from inside the white house. don't worry about john mccain. he's dying anyway. this is not the only embarrassing leak. and on june 12th in singapore i'll be meeting with kim jong-un. >> summit is set. president trump will meet with kim jong-un next month. can the president find more success with the north korean regime? and iran now condemning the
israeli strikes inside syria. the strikes followed rockets launched into israel from the north. we are live with the latest. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> good morning. i'm dave briggs. friday, may 11th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. we begin with breaking news. federal investigation after a texas church damaged by a package bomb. the second explosive device to target the area in two weeks. the police called to the church which caused minor damage to the church. >> the atf is assisting the local police. two weeks ago, a suspicious package was found at the starbucks in the facility. beaumont is 200 miles east of dallas. now to politics. senator john mccain's opposition
to gina haspel becoming cia director was met with a despicable response from inside the white house. official telling cnn that at a meeting one said of mccain quote, he's dying anyway. he is battling brain cancer. sadler meant it as a joke. the joke fell flat. sadler runs communications at the white house. >> the white house said we respect senator mccain's service to the country. the source says sadler called meghan mccain to apologize. it is unclear how mccain responded. his wife responded, my husband has a family, seven children and five grandchildren. >> john mccain urged senators to reject gina haspel after she declined to say torture is immoral. this after the fox commentator
general thomas mcinerney. >> he will not endorse haspel and in part because she believes in torture. she thinks it works. >> john mccain. it worked on john. that is why they call him song bird john. >> they did not call him that. also no evidence torture got mccain to betray the country. he later tweeted an apology saying he missed the remark in the moment, but would have challenged it. >> a spokesperson for fox says he will no longer appear on fox news. on a more positive note, senator graham visited mccain in arizona. he said mccain is getting stronger. there is no question that john mccain is a national hero. one of my kids said he wanted to
be in the navy and be like john mccain. this is someone you aspire to be like. >> mccain is a divisive person in the republican party. if you check social media, it has gotten ugly. >> that says more about the party and politics in washington than john mccain. department of homeland security denying a "new york times" report that the secretary declined a meeting. the source says the president erupted over immigration berating nielsen for not doing enough. the is secretary citing the law to the president more than once. >> a homeland security spokesperson denies she threatened to step down. nielsen shares the president's
frustration with the border security blaming the action on inaction. president trump in indiana taking a victory lap following the release of the three prisoners in north korea in the rally in pence's home state. president trump said his efforts are ensuring america is respected again. >> they were saying he's going to get us into a nuclear war. he's going to get us into a nuclear war. and you know what gets you into nuclear wars and you know what gets you into other wars? weakness. weakness. >> the location and date set for president trump's summit with leader kim jong-un. for the latest, we turn to paula hancocks live in seoul, south korea. good morning, paula.
>> reporter: hello, dave. we nowitz know june 12th. it is something u.s. officials had been pushing toward for some time. they favored this location. basically because not just security but also the fact that it was a neutral location which was very important for the u.s. now we heard that trump had favored the dmz at one point. officials, including some of his own inner circle were concerned that would be too much of a conciliatory move to kim jong-un. the reason they like singapore is it is a u.s. ally. there are u.s. military elements within the area. from the north korean side, the reason kim jong-un may have said yes is because there is a north korean embassy there. they have a connection as well. certainly a very neutral location. it has been welcome by leaders around the region.
japan welcoming the summit. singapore welcome it saying they hope they can help bringing piece on the peninsula. south korea is disappointed that it is not at the dmz. they were hoping after the bilateral between trump and kim jong-un there could be a trilateral with south korea as well. it would be easier if it was hosted by the south koreans. dave. >> just the second time a north korean leader has gotten on a plane in 30 years. paula, thank you. president trump will reveal the vision for lowering drug prices. unveali unveiling the blueprint. reduce consumer costs and reacre incentives. and making it easier for cheaper drugs to hit the market and targeting drug rebates. trump wants insurers to share
discounts for buying brand name drugs. however, the president is abandoning one promise. instead, officials plan to remove government rules preventing medicare from getting better deals. donald trump hasn't paid any significant move yet. experts say today's proposals will have a modest impact. trump is expected to slam foreign countries for paying less for drugs. asking them to spend more for taking advantage of american innovation. america spends over $1,100 more per person per year. >> some democrats are hatching their plan and counter the mid terms. claiming president trump hasn't done enough. ahead, ten ton boulders flying as far as half a mile. rain laced with toxins. serious warnings for what could
among the many brave national security blunders of the previous administration, one of the world's worst was the disastrous iran nuclear deal for putting the harshest and strongest and stringest sections on iran. >> the president says he is hopeful a better deal can be negotiated with the iranians. it took 24 hours, but iran is condemning the strikes on syria from israel. launching retaliation from rockets. israel claims it destroyed the iran military abilities in syria. no escalation in violence overnight. the situation is volatile. we have diplomatic editor nic robertson live for us.
tell us the timeline. you have the pulling out of the nuclear deal and flaring tensions with exchange of rocket fire between these two nations. >> reporter: sure. iran seemed to have ended strategic patience, if you will. this is something they had several israeli strikes on iran military facilities. israel believes it is a threat to iran. iranian casualties. now they have responded. the strategic patience or strategic resistance, if you will, they had not been responding seems to have changed. what we heard now from president rouhani, who is a moderate in tehran, is there is a limited amount of time for the european countries to get their act together and show the jcpoa,
iran nuclear deal, can work. sanctions will impact the europeans. rouhani is a moderate. meanwhile, the hardliners on the ground in syria, the ones responsible for the strikes. you have the moderate hardline split going on in iran at the moment. add to that the perception in syria, by president bashar al assad, is russia is in the driving seat. israel responded they will fire back if the attacks continue harder and stronger. that implicates a broader war in syria. that is something that president putin doesn't want. russia is strapped for cash. it is not spending on the military the way it was two years ago. the implication at the moment is eyes on iran. do they hold their patience and see if europeans can find a way to push forward the jcpoa
agreement or is that going to collapse? will the hardliners win out or will there be a bigger regional war here? >> nic robertson, thank you. the wake of the trump decision to quit the iran deal, former president george w. bush is warning of isolation. he was honored with a distinguished leadership award from the atlantic council. in the speech from the thinktank, bush had the words of winston churchill. >> one cannot rise to be in many ways the leading community in the civilized world without being involved in its problems. without being convulsed by agonies. if this had been proved in the past as it had been, it will become indisputable in the future. people in the united states cannot escape world
responsibility. i whole heartedly agree. >> on a personal note, the former president thanked everyone for the love and support following the death of his mom. he misses mom, but his father's health is good. let's go to senior international correspondent frederik pleitgen in tehran. what do you see, fred? >> reporter: christine, the way this is working that right now as the protests continue the friday prayers are on at one of the hardline places in tehran. that is where you hear anti-american and israeli rhetoric as well. after, that very large protest march marches. the people behind me are going to the friday prayers and taking part in the protest marches. we expect to hear a lot of anti-american sentiment there and strong and choice words.
it is interesting. you were talking about that incident that took place on the golan heights. iranians coming out and chris citing israel still -- criticizing israel saying they were not targeted. they are not saying if they have forces on the ground or part of the military intervention. a lot of anger on the ground and we expect more. we will cover it. it will be a very, very important day here for the iranians. christine. >> just after the noon hour in tehran. fred, come back to us with more. thank you. ahead, the catalog of bad and just down awful ceremonial first pitches, we may have a new winner. a former nfl player and reality host tries to throw a baseball, but it doesn't end well. the result next.
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other respiratory problems. more than two-thirds of flight attendants say they have been sexually harassed by passengers. 68% claim they experienced verbal sexual harassment with more than one-third occurring within the past year in the midst of the me too movement. 18% say they have been physically harassed in the last year. groping, grabbing, slapping. the head of the union says the industry is steeped in a sexist past. "town & country" magazine apologizing to monica lewinsky after she was disinvited to the convention because bill clinton was invited. >> she wrote dear world, don't invite me to an event about
social change and after i accepted, uninvite me because bill clinton then decided to attend/was invited. it is 2018. emily post would not approve. the magazine apologized to miss lewinsky and regretted the way the situation was handled. bad, bad, bad on them. they know it. they admit it. it is interesting because she is really the sympathetic figure. >> she is the one who paid the price for all of that. >> that's right. you are about to witness what could be the worst ceremonial first pitch ever thrown at a baseball game. it is at the phillies game and former nfl linebacker. akbar gbajabiamila is the co-host of "american ninja warrior." taking the hill before the game. look at this thing. straight into the ground. this was a tough moment for him. seems no one told the former
football star there is no spiking the baseball. fans were stunned. they did not know what to do with it. he said he thought being a former football player would help him with this and it obviously did not. brutal. he had a good time. >> looks like he did. breaking news overnight. explosive device causes damage at a texas church. the second explosive found in the city of beaumont in the last two weeks. wearwerfscreen? yes! neutrogena® ultra sheer. unbeatable protection helps prevent early skin aging and skin cancer with a clean feel. the best for your skin. ultra sheer®. neutrogena®. only remfresh usesody's ion-powered melatonin to deliver up to 7 hours of sleep support. number one sleep doctor recommended remfresh-your nightly sleep companion. available in the natural sleep section at walmart.
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white house aide after the latest embarrassing leak. and on june 12th in singapore i'll be meeting with kim jong-un. >> summit is set. president trump will meet with kim jong-un next month. can the president get kim jong-un to denuclearize? and iran now condemning the israeli strikes inside syria. the strikes followed rockets launched into israel from the north. we are live with the latest. welcome back to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. a lot to get to today. we will get to those stories in a moment. let's start with breaking news. a federal investigation under way after a texas church damaged by a package bomb. the second explosive device to target the city in two weeks. a beaumont police officer called to the st. stevens church on
thursday. found to be what looked to be an exploded package. >> the fbi and atf assisting local police. the director of the church saying we are very blessed no one was injured. it has made everyone nervous. two weeks ago, a suspicious package at the starbucks in the city. it was later found to be explosive device. beaumont is 250 miles east of austin as you remember, a serial bomber targeted homes and businesses in march. senator john mccain's opposition to gina haspel becoming cia director met with a despicable response from inside the white house. an official tells cnn that at a meeting, staffer kelly sadler said of mccain, quote he's dying anyway. the arizona senator is battling brain cancer. the official said sadler meant it as a joke. the official says the joke fell flat. sadler runs communications at
the white house. >> asked for a response, the white house said we respect senator mccain's service to the nation and he and his family are in our prayers. sadler called the senator's daughter meghan mccain to apologize. the senator's wife posted this tweet. may i remind you my husband has a family and seven children and five grandchildren. >> john mccain urged senators to reject gina haspel as cia director after she declined to say torture is immoral. mccain's move prompted this response from retired air force general thomas mcirnerny. >> mccain said he will not endorse haspel in part because she believes in torture. that she thinks it works. >> it worked on john. that's why they call him song bird john. >> that is absolutely not true.
that is pants on fire. a weird conspiracy theory. no evidence that torture ever got mccain to detray his country bashara o -- betray his country. he said he missed the mark in the moment. he would have challenged it had he heard it. >> this is not on charles pane. a spokesperson for fox says the general will no longer be invited on fox business or fox news. meghan mccain will address the views on "the view" today. lindsay graham said mccain is getting stronger after visiting him this week. >> there should be no room for that garbage. >> mccain denied early release in solidarity for other prisoners of war. that's what we should remember. >> frustrating. 34 minutes past hour. dhs an denying a "new york
times" report that kirstjen nielsen considered resigning after a cabinet meeting. the president berating nielsen in front of the people for not doing enough to secure the border. the secretary standing her ground citing the law to the president more than once. >> according to "the times" nielsen drafted a resignation letter, but a spokesperson denies she threatened to step down. nielsen says she shares the frustration with border security blaming the problem partly on quote congressional inaction. john kelly admits the white house chief of staff is trying at times, but never considered leaving. in the npr interview, kelly says there is times of great frustration mostly because of the stories i read about myself or others that i think the world of which is everybody who works at the complex and wonder if it is worth it. >> kelly says the regret in
taking the job is he wasn't there from day one. he says the white house was less organized and the president deserved in the first six months. the russia investigation is hard on his boss. saying, it may not be a cloud, but certainly the president is, you know, somewhat embarrassed. when world leaders come in, you walk in and you know the first couple of minutes of every conversation might evolve around that kind of thing. republicans outside the white house growing weary of the russia investigation. look at the cnn poll. only 17% approve of special counsel robert mueller's handling of the probe. that is down 12 points since march. 64% of democrats still approve. also down five points. >> republicans turning on the idea that the president testifying under oath. 35% say he should not. down 15 points since march. democrats holding firm at 93% saying he should. on thursday, vice president
pence urged mueller to wrap up the investigation in the interest of the country. president trump in indiana taking a victory lap after the release of three prisoners held in north korea. just hours after greeting the daye tak detainees in person, president trump says his efforts are ensuring america is respected again. >> they were saying he is going to get us into a nuclear war. he's going to get us into a nuclear war. and you know what gets you into nuclear wars and you know what gets you into other wars? weakness. weakness. >> the location and date are set for president trump's summit with north korean leader kim jong-un kim jong-un. f -- north korean leader kim jong-un. let's go to paula hancocks in seoul. why singapore? >> reporter: christine, the u.s. officials say the main reason was neutrality.
they wanted a location which was neutral for the united states and for donald trump to go. the united states had been looking at the dmz. he had been tweeting about it after the north and south korean summit which was picturesque. u.s. officials thought that would show a conciliatory gesture toward kim jong-un to turn up at his door step. the reason for singapore is it is a close ally of the united states. north korea has no objections. there is an embassy as well. a neutral location for the historic summit between the first sitting u.s. president and north korean leader. you can hear from the rhetoric from both sides just how far we have come in the very short amount of time. the fact the u.s. president is praising kim jong-un for releasing the detainees. saying it was nice and pleasant surprise. and from north korean state-run
media. we are hearing from kim jong-un meeting with the u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo. it is warm terms we are hearing. quite dramatic how quickly we have come in a short amount of time. >> it was fire and fury and dotard to the venot very long a. thank you, paula. to money now. net neutrality will end next month. fc krrkc set the date june 11th. the unnecessary and harmful internet regulations introduced during the obama administration. the fcc voted to repeal them in december. the rules designed to ensure free and open internet and preventing providers from blocking consumers. facebook and apple oppose the rules, but a win for internet providers who say the regulations stifled investment. they pledge not to block access after the rules expire.
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now condemning the israel strikes launched on syria. israel claims it destroyed nearly all of the iran military abilities in syria. no escalation in the violence overnight, but the situation remains volatile. international diplomatic editor nic robertson has more. >> reporter: dave, people are trying to figure out if iran has ended its strategic restraint. israel targeted it a number of times. iranian facilities in syria. a number of operatives have been killed. iran had done nothing to strike back at israel. after president trump pulled out of the jcpoa, the timing seems to be iran has struck back. have they stopped the strategic restraint? it is a very important question. right now in tehran, the
president hassan rouhani has told the europeans if he is able to sell the iran should stay with the jcpoa and moderates should win out over the hardliners, the europeans have a short timeframe to prove it can work. we heard from president trump there with strict sanctions and most european diplomats don't think they will be able to deliver on the jcpoa because the sanctions will affect them and their companies doing business in iran. you are left with the hardliners in iran and they are controlling the forces on the ground in syria and they will say the moderates got it wrong. we should take the lead. that leaves a greater likelihood of increase in violence. russia doesn't want to see that. it cannot afford a wider war in syria. it is under tough u.s. and european sanctions. the reality is the jcpoa goes
down and the moderates in iran cannot succeed, the possibility of violence is much higher between israel and iran. >> no violence this morning. nic robertson in jerusalem. thank you. in the wake of president trump's decision to quit the iran deal, former president george w. bush is warning of the dangers of isolation. accepting award from the foreign policy thinktank, bush evoked the words of winston churchill. >> one cannot rise to be the leading community in the civ civilized world without being involved in its problems and convulsed by its agonies and inspired by its causes. if this had been proved in the past as it had been, it will be indisputable in the future. people in the united states cannot escape world responsibility. i wholeheartedly agree.
>> the former president thanked everyone for their prayers after the death of his mother. he says his dad misses mom but his health is good. we're glad of that. >> you said a bit of a bush-ism. >> the price of greatness is responsibility. it is responsibility. that made me remember. okay. in the catalog of bad, awful ceremonial first pitches at the baseball game. we have a new winner. the host of "american ninja warrior" with an epic try and fail coming up next.
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africa. the mission never meant to encounter the enemy, but they were ambushed by isis fighters. some 100 we are told. out numbered and out gunned, the team was separated with three soldiers dying in a firefight separated from the group. sergeant ladavid johnson whose body was missing for 48 hours was forced to run for his life from isis terrorists before he was killed. none of the u.s. soldiers was taken alive in enemy hands. the investigation pointed out failures with regard to planning and training for u.s. forces in niger. the investigation calls on things to be improved. training practices need to be improved and planning processes with missions approved needs improvement. also new equipment will be made available in niger and armorred vehicles and additional -- armored vehicles and additional surveillance. back to you. >> some positive can come from
the situation. no volcanic activity tonight at the kilauea volcano in hawaii. just about 11:00 there. scientists are renewing dire warnings about the threat of biblical eruptions. >> they say the eruptions could fling ten-ton boulders half a mile and sent choking ash miles in the sky. the last time that happened was nearly a century ago. >> this prompted hawaii's volcano national park to close indefinitely. toxic gasses released in the kilauea eruption raising concerns of acid rain and toxic smog. at 104 years old, the renowned scientist died listening to "ode to joy." before he left for the swiss
clinic, he told cnn he wanted to die on his terms. he said life stopped being enjoyable tfive or ten years ag when his eye sight failed. >> i find it a push. i just sit. what's the use of that? >> he said he hoped his story would lead to assisted suicide legal in other countries. what you are about to w witness is the worst ceremonial first pitch. former linebacker and host of "american ninja warrior" akbar gbajabiamila before the phillies game. he is a lefty and former nfl star, we mind you. he just spiked the baseball. he said he thought it would be like throwing a football. i don't know why. he did have fun with it, romans. he laughed about it afterwards. you got to take that in stride.
he goes down with 50 secent. you can decide. let's check on cnn money. global stocks mixed right now after wall street closed higher. new data show inflation rose slower in april. that eases fears of interest rates. apple hit a record high inching closer to being the first company worth $1 trillion. $958 billion value right now. when wilfol ford run out of f-150s? a fire at the supply facility caused it to run out of parts. now it hurts the bottom line. the ford f-150 has been the top selling u.s. vehicle by any manufacturer for more than 40 years. is $100 oil on its way back?
bank of america says world oil prices could hit $100 per barrel next year. u.s. oil? $94. new iran sanctions could cut off exports just as the major oil producing nations are slowing production to nudge prices higher. as prices climb, you pay more. gas prices are up 21% over the past year. a typical family can spend $200 more on gas this summer. that gas will cut into the extra cash in your pocket because of the new tax bill. morgan stanley says americans will pay $38 billion more to fill up the tanks this year. that wipes out one-third of the direct savings from the tax cuts. >> you wonder. if everything else, that is a mid term political issue. "early start" continues right now. >> don't worry about john mccain. he's dying anyway.
the deplorable comment from a white house aide and the latest embarrassing leak. and on june 12th in singapore i'll be meeting with kim jong-un. >> the summit is set. president trump will meet with kim jong-un next month. can the president get him to give up his nukes? and iran with the strikes inside seyriasyria. we are live in jerusalem with what all this means in the volatile region. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> is it friday? >> what we call a bacon friday. happy friday. >> i'm christine romans. it is may 11th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. we will get to those stories in a moment. breaking news. a federal investigation under way after a texas church is damaged by a package bomb. the second explosive device to target the city in two weeks. a beaumont police officer called
to st. stevens church on thursday found to look to be an exploded package which caused minor damage. >> the fbi and atf assisting local police. the director of the church saying we are blessed no one was injured and it has made everyone nervous. two weeks ago, a suspicious package found at starbucks in the city and later found to be an explosive device as well. beaumont police advise residents not to handle anything suspicio suspicious. beaumont is 250 miles east of austin where a seriarial bomber targeted businesses in march. and the gina haspel's nomination for cia was met with a despicable response from inside the white house. an official tells cnn white staffer kelly sadler says he's dying anyway. the official