tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN May 25, 2018 4:00pm-5:00pm PDT
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let's go out front. good evening. i'm erin burnett. "out front" tonight, smelling blood. trump now says his summit with kim jong-un which he canceled yesterday could be back on for the exact same day. >> mr. president, is the summit still on? >> we're going to see what happens. we're talking to them now. it was a very nice statement they put out. we'll see what happens. it could even be the 12th. we're talking to them now. they very much want to do it. we'd like to do it. we're going to see what happens. >> okay, this is a far cry from saying, quote, you talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful, which was trump's personal message to kim just 33 hours ago. today, though, it's all changed. we're back from another my button's bigger brink. it seems trump is back to desperately wanting this summit. which seems odd, given the
self-proclaimed master deal maker has warned against appearing too eager. you don't have to listen to him. i mean, read it, right there, black and white, page 53 of trump's "art of the deal." right under the header, use your leverage, quote, the worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. that makes the other guy smell blood and then you're dead. does kim jong-un smell blood? we know north korean officials have been reading "art of the deal." they've been trying to understand trump's negotiating tactics. it seems kim could be taking a page straight out of the president's book. know your market. kim's market in this case is the market of one person, donald trump. a man who loves praise, thrives upon it, cannot survive without it. and will seemingly look the other way on anything once he gets the adulation he desires. kim did not take trump's bait on canceling the summit and the whole my but tton is bigger typ of rhetoric. instead, we highly appreciated
the fact that president trump made a brave decision that no president in the past has made and put efforts to make the summit happen. brave. now that's the kind of response trump wants to hear when he humiliates someone publicly. he wants them to grovel like kim seemed to do. it feeds into trump's ego. an ego the president has talked about pretty honestly, including this interesting exchange nearly 20 years ago. >> should a president have an ego? >> i think you -- you know, i don't consider myself to have a big ego. the fact is, i never, however, met a person who is successful who didn't have an ego. >> right now it appears nothing would feed trump's ego right now than a prize he has had his eye on. >> do you deserve the nobel prize? >> everyone thinks so but i would never say it. >> nobel, nobel! >> that's very nice, thank you.
that's very nice. nobel. >> what do you think you've achieved with the coming upcoming summit with regards to the peace prize? >> i don't know. >> this should not be about personal ego. it's not the same as closing a real estate deal. in the last two days, the president of the united states has given the world whiplash, leaving crucial allies stunned. none of them knew it was coming. when he canceled the summit, nobody had any idea. the front pages of newspapers around the world of course ran with the headline the erratic negotiations. and now tonight it might be back on, on the same day. you can be forgiven for being, at best, deeply confused and concerned. kate lynn collins is "out front" live at the white house tonight. does anyone have any idea what's actually happening right now with regards to the summit? anyone except for the president of the united states? >> that's the question. the president has one view of this. his staff has a much different view. president trump sounding downright confident this morning it could still happen on june the 12th. when i spoke to several people
inside the white house today, they were skeptical at best at the idea of doing the summit on the existing date they agreed to before. i think the phrase for all of this is diplomatic whiplash. just yesterday, the president cancelled it. today, he seemed to resurrect it. yesterday, it seemed like a fat chance, the idea that could happen on june 12th. today, after the president expressed confidence in that, it seemed like there was a healthy amount of skepticism but a chance it could still happen here at the white house. i think the reason for a lot of that is the communications. because yesterday when the summit had been canceled of course we heard from the secretary of state mike pompeo who said essentially north korea wasn't returning his calls and also said an advanced staff who had traveled to singapore ahead of the summit to smooth out any of the wrinkles were also stood up by the north koreans. and now today, this morning, what's different is president trump said they're talking to the north koreans once again with the national security counsel confirming they are back in contact. it does seem there is a change
there. but still essentially one big shrug when you ask the white house what is going to happen, are we going to be meeting in singapore in 18 days. the question there, not going answered. luckily, erin, we booked refundable tickets for this. >> let's go to the democratic congressman who sits on the house armed services committee, also visited north korea as recently as 2017. congressman what do you think is -- what do you know is going on? yesterday, it's off. we're talking about our massive and powerful arsenal. kim says trump is brave. now it might be back on for the same day. do you have any idea what's going on? >> sure. it's very simple. it's confusion. it's dchaos and confusion. >> confusion, i got that, go ahead. >> confusion. okay. so we really don't know. there are really three paths that can be pursued with north korea. one path is to accept that they have nuclear weapons and try
somehow to live with the fact that they could threaten the united states. the second path is to decapitate, as some of president trump's allies have said. that is to go to war with north korea. bloody awful war. tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people would lose their lives in the first week. and the third path is negotiation. it's negotiation path that we have to pursue as rough and as contradictory as the president has been, it's, nonetheless, critically important to pursue the negotiations. >> this is a crucial question. we showed those headlines around the world. we know that the allies of the united states, south korea, japan, did not get an advanced notice of the president's cancelling of the summit. did you or anyone on capitol hill have advance notice or this just broke as it broke to everybody? >> well, it's exactly right. it broke as it broke. it came across on everybody's iphone or their smart phone.
probably not a zte phone. not theless, the reality was, we didn't know about it in advance. the real problem are the allies. the president was just there two days before president canceled it. at that meeting, everything was on. they were moving forward. the president moon of south korea was clearly blindsided by it. certainly japan and the rest. the bottom line is, you cannot have a successful situation with north korea unless and until you have all the allies on your side and clearly they have no idea what this president's going to do next. >> well, nobody who works around him seems to have any idea, because it's off yesterday and today, he said it could even be the 12th. we're talking to them now. that's a quote from them this morning. senator graham, who we both know, has been extremely critical of this president at times. today was complimentary of him. saying trump can do this and real estate and golf courses are actually a fair comparison to this sort of deal making.
here he is. >> the president's got a clear goal here. i don't know how he bought and sold property. i don't know how he bought and sold golf courses. but he was pretty good at it. as president of the united states, he's made a decision to end the north korean nuclear program. he wants to do it peacefully if possible. he's going to do it in his first term, i believe. >> do you think, congressman, buying and selling golf courses is a fair -- >> you must -- i think he missed -- i think he missed the five bankruptcies along the way. the reality is this is not buying and selling real estate. this isn't getting up from the deal and stomping out of the room. this is really serious. we're talking about life and death situations. we're talking about the security of the united states with an adversary that has already threatened us with nuclear annihilation. of course trump threatened them with the same. the reality is, these negotiations need a very serious preliminary build-up to the summit. there has to be that kind of
homework done. the detailed homework. what are we going to talk about. what's the north korean position? what's the american position? how can we move this thing forward? pho none of that has been done. my recommendation is call for the summit, get pompeo and other skilled diplomats out there to begin those negotiations at the lower level and build up so when these two people come together, there's a reasonable chance that they will shake hands and come to some framework about how to move towards a resolution of a very, very complplex but importt and dangerous problem. >> and to do it later, let's commit to it, but let's do it when we're ready to do it. you can't just shake hands on the end of a nuclear program that's been decades in the making. the president tweeted today, quote, very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from north korea. that's the one in which kim
jong-un's team called him brave. we'll soon see where it leads. only time and talent will tell. does he have the talent? is this about trump's talent? >> well, he certainly believes he has the talent. he certainly believes he knows how to do a deal. and he is really open to -- and wants to receive praise for his work. he seems to live on praise from hoov whoever it may be given. certainly appears as though kim jong-un understands that if you want to get on with this president, you better be praising him in any way that may be even beyond reality. and the president seems to function on that. he also functions on whoever talked to him last. i'm curious about who that person's going to be in the room. if it's john bolton and what bolton said, boy, that set things off. when you compare the situation or the solution for north korea to libya, that's got to really
turn the stomach of kim jong-un and his entourage. >> all right, thank you very much, congressman, i appreciate your time. next, democrats and republicans agree that the briefing about an fbi informant doesn't appear to back up trump's claims of a spy being planted in his campaign. so why is it the president is out there pushing his could be spir i theory? plus, more trouble for michael cohen. we've got new evidence tonight. this is evidence you're going to see the video, meeting with a russian oligarch. the topic, improving u.s./russian relations. this oligarch we know has already been questioned by bob mueller. wait until you see when this meeting happened. the north korean train. a hike through the mountainside. ham and cucumber sandwiches. fancy china. all courtesy of the north koreans. our will ripley's unbelievable journey to kim jong-un's declared nuclear site. some more♪ ♪ i try so hard,
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okay. this is not at all the story that the white house, that the press secretary, sarah sanders, told cnn. >> what actually happened, they went, they made a couple remarks before the briefing and the meeting took place and started. and they simply went as individuals to help facilitate the meeting and communicate that the president was asking for full transpartisanency and then left. >> saying look, this is normal, they would go, give this introduction and leave. >> no, it's not normal. >> apparently, according to people in the room, they were going to stay, so sarah sanders lied again, let's establish that right now. but let's walk back just a minute. this meeting, these meetings, should never have taken place in the first place, erin. they were done, it was an attempt i believe by rosenstein to mollify our crazy president who is taking the unbelievable
step of demanding investigations into an investigation into him. the meeting shouldn't have happened. they happened. they should -- kelly and flood should never have been there in the first place. but, you know, yesterday when i heard, oh, they just came to say hello, i thought that was bad enough. did they just bring coffee and doughnuts, what is this? just showing up establishes that the reason for the meeting is protecting the president and caring about his defense. now that we know that they really tried to stay all throughout and then the white house peddled this charade they were just showing up to a meet and greet, it's outrageous. >> there's republicans in the room. a staffer says the craziest bleep i've ever heard they were there. does the white house not get it, that sending these guys just a bad move? >> look, first of all, the easiest guy in the world is to be the guy who never gives your
name and saying, quote, to make the president look bad. >> maybe they don't want a punch in the face which is what he gives you when you do use your name? >> hold on, let me finish. sarah sanders, to say she definitely lied, that's just not true. you want her to be a liar. you don't know if she's lying. they very well could have showed up with the intent to say hello and then to leave. which by the way, there have been a lot of people that have also said that they did say hello and they did decide to leave and they left before this started. so you're going off of people that won't even give their name in washington, which is -- >> well, nobody's giving their name on either side. >> all of this is classified so there's a limit to what they can and can't say. i assume we'll eventually find out more because we always do. >> here's the point, how can you say sanders is a liar if you said this was classified and some people might not want to give out information about a classified meeting? >> you know what, because she does not deserve the benefit of the doubt.
this white house -- >> -- saying it's a liar? >> no, i don't think it's extreme at all. i think she could have known the truth yesterday. they were sent out by people in the room, in the meeting -- >> you don't know the truth. that's the whole point. how can you say without a shadow of a doubt you know the truth when clearly you don't know what happened -- >> i know the pattern. >> you have unnamed sources. you don't know the pattern. you weren't around this. >> we do know the pattern of truth versus reality in general, ben. can i just ask, moving on from the flood/kelly appearance, okay, to the fact of the meeting itself, the predicate of the meeting itself, right? the president, as we all know, put the theory out there that a spy was put in his campaign to help clinton. then he always puts caveats. say, i hope it's not so. if they had spies, looks like a serious event, but we'll find out. puts it out there but covered his own you know what. this is what he has done on everything from the illegal immigration numbers in this country, calling bill clinton a
racist, president obama trying to take away people's guns. he throws these things out there and then says, oh, it's not me. >> i'm now hearing it's 30 million, it could even be 34 million, which is a much bigger problem. >> who you hearing that from? >> i've heard it from other people and seen it written in various newspapers. >> are you yourself calling him a racist? >> no, he was called that by the obama campaign, he was called it loud and clear. he was extremely insulted. >> why did you put it in your tweet if you don't believe it? >> they said it, i didn't say it. >> you know, the president's thinking about signing an executive order where he wants to take your guns away, you hear this one? >> mr. trump, the president has not signed an executive order to take away guns. >> no, no, i've heard he wants to and i've heard it i think on your network. somebody said that's what he's thinking about. i didn't say he's signing it. >> ben. come on. >> yeah? well, i mean, i can directly talk about the gun issue. there were democrats talking about how the president should
sign executive order before he got out of office on guns. >> but he didn't sigh it. >> the president didn't say he signed it. he said he was thinking about it. >> there were never democrats saying -- >> see, this is where i'm not going to let you get away with rewriting history. i had democrats on my show who talked about how the president of the united states of america, if he cannot get the votes needed in congress to do something on guns and they refuse to act and then attack the nra -- >> to take away the guns? that was never said. that was never said. that was never said. >> you're telling me there's not a single democrat -- >> what he's saying is i'm hearing it from other people, others have said that. it's very successful, ben -- he got to put it in the public sphere without having to take responsibility for saying it yourself. at some point, shouldn't the president take the responsibility? i think, i believe, i am saying? >> i know would be good. >> not somebody else. i'm just saying. right? >> let's deal with the fbi issue now.
since that's the one clearly on everyone's mind. the president of the united states of america has reason to believe there was an informant in -- looking at his campaign. now, of course, the -- >> that's not what he's saying, ben -- >> let me finish, though. >> you're saying it. that's not what he's saying. he said a spy planted in his complain. that is not what you said. >> or the obama white house. >> it could be. and the other thing is people who have come out and talked about this are people like clapper who clearly can't stand the president. >> and yesterday in which the head of the gop said he didn't learn a single new thing, period. >> if there was any evidence -- >> classified meeting if you're a statesmen, that's the right thing you should say. >> nunes would have come a bank of cameras if there was any evidence this was a spy. we know was an informant. they were not investigating donald trump. they were investigating russians
meddling in donald trump's campaign. a normal candidate, a normal president, would be happy for the assistance. this president has something to hide so he's not happy. >> all right, we're going to hit pause. we'll hit pause. thank you both very much. and next, michael cohen's legal troubles mounting tonight. the rnc said he's still under criminal investigation. and james clapper says the russians not only meddled in the election but put trump over the top. now that is new. it is a huge thing to say. does he have evidence? well, general clapper will be my guest tonight. (vo) what if this didn't have to happen? i didn't see it. (vo) what if we could go back? what if our car... could stop itself? in iihs front-end crash prevention testing, nobody beats the subaru impreza. not toyota. not honda. not ford. the subaru impreza.
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26th floor. the same floor as his boss's donald trump's. now, a source tell us that cohen and vexelburg talked about improving u.s./russian relations. this is 11 days before the inauguration. 27 minutes later, there they go, the two men leave. they come back down. this is not just important because vexelburg is an oligarch close to putin and it happened 11 days before the inauguration. it's important because one, his cousin who you saw in the video with him, paid $85,000 to cohen. that was a consulting contract to help his company, all right. so one of those guys paid cohen more than $500,000. the biggest client for intrater's company, his cousin, vekselberg. in pretty dramatic fashion, the fbi stopping his private jet when he arrived in the united states earlier this year.
asking him not only about the $585,000 in payments to cohen but another $300,000 in donations that he made to trump's innauaugurationinaugura. the former assistant attorney. and "new york times" op-ed columnist frank bernie. john, we've got a russian with a russian oligarch. who's been questioned by mueller. this happened 11 days before the inauguration on the 26th floor with michael cohen. >> the plot has continued to thicken. it always seems to have russians and the trump people or somebody that has direct access to trump being involved with him. it's hard to read from the story what we have here. it doesn't appear to be necessarily extortion based on what's been reported. doesn't appear to be bribery necessarily. so it's just swampy behavior. it's pay to play, which is
pretty ugly and exactly what mr. trump said he was going to eliminate. >> harry, what does this mean for michael cohen, who is of course under criminal investigation? >> i think this was a reckless thing for him to do, to have any russian-related business at this moment in time, january 2017, when the whole story about russian involvement in our election was a big story. and as i agree with john, we don't know whether anything el little happened. it's a little premature to say. but this puts a target further on cohen's back. we have been talking about will cohen cooperate. next week he goes back to judge wood in the search warrant case. this is just another log on the fire of that. >> frank, here's the thing, this is video. there's no disputing that vekselberg came to trump tower. he came with his cousin. which makes it hard for
vekselburg to argue he knew nothing about the payments to cohen, team trump and the republican national committee which, by the way, michael cohen is a top official of. >> this doesn't pass the smell test. when you connect the dots, it looks like yet another example of russians trying to purchase some sort of influence, some sort of governance in their favor to the trump administration. it is another example of michael cohen walking out there with the biggest continue cup i've ever seen. pay to play has never happened to a shameless degree like this that i've seen. i agree with harry. i think it suggests that there is such a bevy of evidence out there, shady behavior by michael cohen, the idea they're not eventually going to be able to flip him, i think that's going to happen. >> so today, john, this is pretty exciting, matthew chance, our matthew chance, is in moscow. he actually meets vekselberg and asked him about michael cohen and the meeting with mueller being questioned. here is how it went down. >> why did your company pay hundreds of thousands of
dollars -- >> not now -- >> -- to president trump's lawyer -- >> i really appreciate, just later, okay? yes, really appreciate -- you understand. you're so aggressive. >> was it to buy access to the president? >> please leave. >> do you know -- what did you get for the money? >> please, leave. >> you're so aggressive. i mean, oligarchs certainly are not used to being held accountable. >> no, they're not. he barely knows the nail of the man he's being asked about and doesn't want to talk about him, what he does know. you know, it's interesting, he obviously is used to spreading his money around and getting favors for it. particularly in russia. it's a way of business there. so, you know, i'll sure he was not happy to be pressed by cnn today. >> no, not how i think that would be done. a plit undolite understatement.
cohelp under criminal investigation. we talk about $300 million in payments, in donations, to the rnc and the trump inauguration. and yet the rnc spokeswoman yesterday was asked about michael cohen, right, does he still work for the gop, another criminal investigation. here's how she answers. >> last time we spoke, you had told me he was still working as a deputy finance chair for the rnc. is that still the case? >> it is still the case. there's ongoing litigation. but yes, he is still. >> we got a whole new standard. steve wynn is out. the finance chair is out because he paid $1.6 million to a play nate during an extramarital affair who had an abortion, but if you're under criminal investigation? >> i think it's perverse he's still working for the rnc. you see this kind of defiance that mirrors donald trump's position about all this.
there's nothing there should why should we change anything? it's the witch hunt argument. there's a witch hunt. we're not to cave to it. >> if i were in the rnc, i would be investigating into all the funds cohen raised. so you can see if something needs to be done. maybe that's happening. >> i don't know. to me if someone's under criminal investigation, i would say let's just suspend you until we find out what happens and maybe everything's fine and maybe everything isn't. seems absurd. thank you, all. next, the president twisting a former intel chief's words to spread his conspiracy theory about an fbi spy. james clapper joins me to respond and also to explain if he has evidence for the russians actually turning the election in favor of trump. and will ripley taking us along his bizarre journey to the nuclear site. >> it was surreal. a ten-course banquet with all the blinds closed and strict orders not to film outside.
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tonight, the white house tripling down on its conspiracy theory that the fbi put a spy in the trump campaign to help hillary clinton. can anyone even imagine having spies placed in a competing campaign by the people and party in absolute power for the sole purpose of political advantage and gain? that's a tweet from the president. trump pushing his theory, in spite of the fact that members
of both parties who attended a classified briefing on the informant yesterday said they did not learn anything new to corroborate his claims. the former director of national intelligence under president obama james clamor, the author of "facts and fear, hard truths from a line in intelligence." great to have you back with me, general. let's start with this reading. even the senate majority leader mcconnell said he didn't, quote, learn anything surprising after meeting with the doj. the president went back on twitter today, continued with the specific accusations. the spy was planted in his campaign to help hillary clinton. will there ever be evidence that makes the president stop making these claims? >> well, erin, thanks for having me. i think the answer's probably not. i think this narrative is going to continue regardless of the facts. that's just -- that's the way things are now. i think the president will continue to perpetuate that narrative no matter how much
evidence is brought out that's factual. >> so let me ask you about something that has been brought up here. there's been a lot of accusations made. about who knew what. but i want to play for you something ari fleisher said, former press secretary for george w. bush. here is what he is accusing. >> we need to know why did it begin, who authorized it, who role did barack obama have, did he know the fbi had informants there, and i guarantee the answer's yes. no fbi would put informants in a presidential campaign without permission from the white house including the president. >> director, you can answer this question. did the fbi know? i'm sorry, did president obama know the fbi had informants there? he said he'll guarantee the answer is yes. do you know the answer? >> i'm sure the president, obama, had no knowledge whatsoever of an informant. the fbi has dozens, maybe
hundreds of informant who provide very valuable information and do so in a legitimate way. and i didn't know about this, specifics. nor would i know of any specifics informant. the fbi has very strict protocols and rules on managing and using informants. i'm sure those protocols were used. >> so you're saying this whole thing, they're putting around -- >> i really doubt any -- >> i'm sorry, this whole thing, it was a presidential campaign and therefore the president would know or someone like you would know, you're saying no, you wouldn't, and you didn't? >> correct. >> so i want to ask you about another big thing you argue in your book, director, and this was very significant and i have been eager to have you on to ask more about it. i want to read. you write, of course, the russian efforts affected the outcome, surprising even themselves. they swung the election to a
trump win. to conclude otherwise stretches common sense to the breaking point. less than 80,000 votes in three key states swung the election. i have no doubt that more votes than that were influenced by this massive effort by the russians. this is a huge thing to say obviously, sir, it's not just russians influenced the election, you're saying that they actually changed the outcome. is this just your belief or do you have hard evidence? >> well, you pretty well outlined the key passage in my book about this. and i do need to emphasize, try to make as clear as i possibly can, that when we rendered our official intelligence community assessment on the 6th of january 2017 which we briefed to then president-elect trump, we made the point that the intelligence community did not make any attempt to assess the impact on voter decisions or the outcome of the election. has neither the authority, the
capability, the resources. but having some understanding, pretty good understanding, of what the russians did, the massive effort they made on a multidimensional basis to affect the election and tens of millions of voters that were impacted or saw the effort that the russians mounted, in information operations campaign, a lot of that, the details of that have come out, particularly their use of social media, since then. and the passage you quoted makes the point since the election turned on 80,000 or less votes in three key states, it just, to me, defies logic and credulity to suggest they didn't have huge impact and turn the election towards donald trump. also, i describe in the book the striking parallelism in what the trump campaign was doing and saying and what the russians were doing and saying. it was almost like an echo
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definitely not what i expected. we had to carry our gear and hike. we visited tunnel after tunnel. the same tunnels north korea has used to conduct six nuclear tests since 2006. all of them full of explosives. we had lunch provided by the north koreans. ham sandwiches. the explosions were huge. earthshaking. they sent rocks and debris flying. we found some of it scattered later hundreds of feet away. i could only imagine what it felt like during the tests. if all of those dramatic
explosions actually made it unusable as they claimed. there was almost a sense of sadness watching a decade of hard work go up in smoke. >> and will, it is incredible. but tell me more about that train. you describe it as luxury. ten-course banquet. >> reporter: yeah. and we had military officers that were staffing the train. all of them members of the korean people's army. maki making sure everybody we had what we needed. we were in a first class cabin. yet you had that luxury dining car. it was a surreal moment to be on the train which is reserved for
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miss america protests. 1968 was originally an erroneously labeled bra-burning event. it was actually going into the trash. what would you toss out today? >> the president of the united states would be a good place. but there are moments that i would like to toss in cell phones. but we did not have that means for organizing. everything was done by telephone and leafletting on street corners. and here i am 50 years, and seeing these younger women, black, white, and older women coming on the streets pissed off. and it is so moving and internationally as well. >> you started the me too
movement more than a decade ago. and this is something that you saw a long time ago. a lot of people don't realize this isn't brand new. the harvey weinstein thing happened october 5th. and all of a sudden me too is a household name. >> it started with the women's march, and preceding with the election. people should remember that the sort of the land was being tilled for a while. prior to, i think this is also misconception that donald trump came in and things went south. he is not a great president, yes, but the truth of the matter was even under barack obama, or before barack obama, we had issues with people trying to
legislate our bodies. >> we saw meghan markle walking down the aisle alone. and the new page, her official website in her profile, it says quote, i am proud to be a woman and a feminist. >> it is a big deal for her to say it emphatically and declare it. >> feminism is hot right now. we are incredibly hot and we have been hot in little moments and fallen from grace. and we keep on keeping on. i hope this hotness that we are demonstrating now is sustained. an electric spark that you set off, my dear. >> not just me. >> well, i know not just you, but you gave it a name. >> putting a name on something is important.
as we all know. be sure to tune in, our series event 1968 starts this sunday 9:00 eastern. and we will see you then. thanks for joining us. ac 360 with jim sciutto starts now. >> good evening, i am jim sciutto, and anderson is off tonight. lines of communication with north korea are back open. the summit now, seems to go back in play >> is the summit still on? >> we will see what happens. we are talking to them now. we will see what happens. >> so one day after axing the june 12th meeting in singapore, the president today reversed course. >> we will see what happens. it could be the 12th, w