tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN June 7, 2018 4:00pm-5:00pm PDT
agenda, i want to take a much deeper look at what he believes health care should be. his single payer, medicare for all. we've done a lot of homework and i believe we can simplify it for people and give them a better picture of the pluses and minuses. >> tonight, "cuomo prime time" at 9:00 p.m. eastern. outfront, next, winging it. the president says he doesn't need to prepare for a summit with kim jong-un. is it all about attitude? it's getting ugly. an all-out war of words between president trump and the president of france just before they meet face to face. melania trump says she knows what she thinks about stormy daniels, but tonight the first lady slams back. let's go out front. good evening, i'm erin burnett.
trump boasting that he doesn't need to prepare for his historic summit with kim jong-un, because he says it's all about his attitude. >> what are you doing to prepare for the north korea summit? >> i believe i'm prepared. i don't have to prepare that much. it's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done. >> vintage trump. he prides himself on going with his gut, on winging it. it is something he loves to brag about. >> i like being off the cuff. >> you don't mind if i go off script a little bit, because it's sort of boring. >> this would have been my remarks. it would have taken about two minute, but what the hell. >> so this worked on the campaign trail, for sure it did. but can it work on the international stage when peace versus nuclear war is on the line? the stakes could not be higher, and the man at the forefront, preparations such that they are, secretary of state mike pompeo
knows it. he has met with kim twice in the past two months, and today he stepped up fto the white house podium to do something the secretary of state should she ever have to do, to assure the american public that the president of the united states is prepared for the biggest moment of his presidency. >> over months and months, days and days, president trump has been receiving briefings on this issue about the military aspects of it, the commercial economic aspects of it, the history of the relationship, and in the past few months there have been near daily briefings, including today, where we have been providing the president all the information that he needs. >> it is unprecedented to have to defend the president on something so basic as basic preparation. and that is pompeo saying the president has been, quote, receiving briefings. trump may be getting tons of the military, commercial, economic briefings pompeo is talking about, but is he paying attention? the "washington post" recently reported that for much of the
past year, the president rarely, if ever, read the classified briefings he gets nearly every day. it is a major break with presidential tradition. if there is one thing we know, the president needs to be prepared for this because the details matter. there is a long and complicated history of lies and deception from north korea. this is not the first time north korea has even promised denuclearization. take 2005. kim jong-un's father promising he was, quote, committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons. 13 months later, he launched north korea's first nuclear test. then there was june 2008. north korea inviting experts and journalists from around the globe, including cnn, to witness this destruction of a cooling tower at a nuclear plant. guess what? it was about a year later that north korea conducted its second nuclear test. that's the precedent. and the pomp and circumstance around sort of destroying nuclear capacity is exactly what we're seeing now. remember what cnn witnessed two weeks ago at north korea's
declared nuclear test site, an exercise of transparency and good faith? and look, as we've come into the summit, the president has been applauding kim for just that, his transparency. >> kim jong-un, who has been very open and very straightforward so far. >> giving kim credit for being open and straightforward. by the way, u.s. intelligence now says that that blast at the nuclear test site may have been pure propaganda. jeff zeleny is out front live at the white house tonight. jeff, this is a crucial question, it's not just a small thing. how prepared is the president? >> erin, that is the central question here. when the president said that earlier today in the oval office that he's not prepared, it's more attitude, i talked to a couple white house advisers after that and they said, actually, we've been giving the president briefings. he's been watching this. it's the way the president likes to get briefed. he's looked at charts, seen
graphs in the oval office here. that's the issue, getting the president to understand what kim jong-un knows about his nuclear program. and i would think the president is much more steeped than he let on today. he wants this to be seen as the art of the deal diplomacy style here. the question is he is a little distracted going into the g7 summit in canada. he is taking a long flight from canada to singapore, so there are briefings on that flight. but the president wants this to work out so much, is he going to have the ability to walk away, as he said he would? is he said, if kim does not want to deal, he will walk away. i was in the rose garden press conference earlier this afternoon, erin, and the president clearly stated he wants to have friendly talks with kim jong-un. much friendlier than his allies over the weekend in canada. so the question here, does the u.s. have the same definition as
denuclearize as kim has, and will a handshake be enough? the president doesn't want a serious photo op, he wants a serious meeting. >> i want to go now to bruce kl ing er, definition chief for north korea, jane spider marks the intelligence officer for north korea. winging it is trump's style. it has worked for him. >> sure. >> and he loves to brag about it, the waisoy some people migh brag about studying for a test when they never did. what pompeo is saying and what jeff is reporting, maybe trump is doing a little pretending here about not caring. do you think that's the case, and why does he feel the need to pretend that he's not doing his job? >> this isn't a president, first of all, that sits through hour-long bleefgs and questions.
pompeo is probably, at every opportunity, but that's the way the president seems to like these things. but i also think there is a larger issue here, erin, and that is because it's about t the -- that he can do things no one else has done, that former presidents have not been able to do, and i'm reminded of what he said at the convention. . and this is the president's attitude, which is, have others failed? i can come in, i can win and i can succeed. i think that's the message he's trying to send to the american peop people. >> he went on today about how he doesn't need to prepare, and here's more of what he said. >> this isn't a question of
preparation s preparation, it's a question of whether or not people want it to happen, and we'll know that very quickly. >> bruce, you dealt with all of this, right? we saw 2005 detailed promises made, detailed promises broken. is this really as simple as preparation doesn't matter, if you want it to happen it happens, and if not, it doesn't? >> really, the underlying factor in the eight previous agreements that the international community had with north korea which all failed was that north korea cheated. they didn't abide by the commitment. so whether you're doing a late night study session or winging it, the main factor is whether north korea has changed. now, secretary pompeo said today that the two sides have come closer on a common interpretation of denuclearization, but he didn't want to define the details of that. that really is the important thing, because as you point out, the details are important. north korea has a different definition of denuclearization,
even what the korean peninsula is. we really need clearly delineated text and clarification. >> which is not something that would be done at a summit like this, but there's so much at stake here when you come out of it, what you say you're going to get. during the debates in 2016. trump appeared to not even know what the nuclear try add was which is the three ways. trump asked his question a second time, because trump had given a long and rambling question the first time. here's what happened. >> of the three. >> to me nuclear is just the power, the devastation, is very important to me. >> what do you think, general? is this about just wanting it,
as he says? do details matter? >> details do matter. of course we know that. i don't know that this is an either/or type of conversation. clearly, whether the president's prepared or not, i would certainly hope he's prepared walking into this, but i'm crossing my fingers when i say hope. there is no evidence to the contrary that he's not prepared, there is no evidence that he's going to walk in there and totally wing it. the issue is -- and it's already been discussed. north korea has been in place for 70-plus years. they never tell the truth. they continually lie. my concern about this to include denuclear zigs and whatever the ma dalts look like. they know that trump will be out of office in two years or six years, and that there will be an opportunity for them to obfiscate and skirt through the process that bruce described very specifically. this takes time.
you have to have all these specifics in place. clearly the president and kim are not going to agree to those, but this process has to lead them to something they have given us plenty of opportunity that they don't tell the truth, and this will be very problematic. >> and then gloria, on top of all of this, enter rudy giuliani. because of course enter rudy giuliani. this is the saga in which we all now live. pompeo to do some cleanup with with regards to kim. >> kim jong-un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in. >> okay, so you grimace, you winch, you laugh, i don't know what one's reaction to that is this, but it's and the president would never do or say anything as inappropriate as that was.
come p pompeo was asked about it. >> i took him as being in a small room and it was in a bit of jest. >> is he ready for the summit? >> we're moving forward. we're focused on the important ones. rudy doesn't really speak for the administration when it comes to this negotiation and this set of issues. >> ouch. gloria, how much of a problem couis he causing? >> it could create a problem if pompeo doesn't distance himself. it's one thing to have comments by your personal adviser. he is involved in the russia investigation and not north korea. the only question i would have if i were over in north korea is, is rudy giuliani getting this from the president with which he speaks quite frequently. pompeo did a good job, i think,
to kind of just say, he's over there, and he doesn't speak to us, and he ought to stick to his knitting. i think he was sending a message to rudy as well. >> not the only person in the administration to slam rudy today. the opening leverage is something that might make you walk away. it is something trump is prepared to do. we're all prepared to walk away. >> you have to ensure that you do get a good deal and that you're willing to continue in negotiations to ensure you get the right deal or walk away. but what you need to do is if you need to walk away or take a
pause. . last week he said he has hundreds of north korean intenties that he's holding b k back, chinese and russian entities that were holding back on financing majors which in large cases are influencing law. you don't want to hold back evidence if you have those violating our laws. >> the president said he was cancelling the summit and then he didn't. does he really now have the power to walk away. he can certainly walk away but the challenge we have is we've gone into sausage making. . you appear into the -- oh, my
goodness, there is a lot of moving parts here. then you have no confidence that this thing will take place. >> thank you, all. next, breaking news in a war of words tonight. it's love with the french president. what is this? >> it's really great to be with you and your special friend. fox news reportedly wants a big job in the trump administration, and wait until you hear what it is. plus, is mike pence, mini me? when did you see the sign? when i needed to create a better visitor experience. improve our workflow.
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committee, so obviously this very relevant to you. congresswoman, your reaction? >> why not give a global reaction, and that is first to proclaim that we do not have a monarch or a monarchy and we do not have a government that is guided by the principle of above the rule of law. in that instance, let me calmly say i have no knowledge of the credentials of this candidate from fox news, but i do know i have a trail of statements that would make her patently unqualified for any position in the u.s. department of justice. that is the independent arbiter evarbiter. even though it is an appointment by the president, it is the checks and balances that the people of the united states looks to along with united states congress to maintain a following of the law. statutory law, constitutional law and the law created by the
courts. i would be very saddened to know that we might have an appointee that would be manipulated by political 40s forces in making political decisions. >> she's a loyal defender of the president. she loves to slam jeff sessions and the russia probe. here's a few examples. >> there is a cleansing needed in our fbi and department of justice. special counsel and former fbi director robert mueller must be fired immediately. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein must be fired immediately. the single most dangerous person to the agenda of president trump, the republican party and ultimately to all americans, is the attorney general of the united states himself, jeff sessions. >> that's loyalty, congresswoman. politico and reporting a former administration official said trump was sort of dangling a big
appointment to flatter her more than anything else, but we do know the president has, of course, hired a number of other friend and television faces, larry kudlow and john bolton among them. do you think he could seriously entertain pirro as attorney general or anything else? >> erin, if i might say, those comments have is literally taken my breath away. what i do know is the president gets in front of any confirmation process, he gets in front of any counsel from the variety of staff that might have insight onto appointees, and he appoints before he confirms that that person is qualified. i happen to believe in immigration reform and comprehensive criminal justice reform and many other issues, the voting rights. but i do believe that he is far from the most dangerous person in the united states and certainly anyone who makes that statement about any attorney general or any person where it
is without fact, certainly a terrorist would be warned to that kind of comment, but that is not the case here. i would be suspect on them even dangling a position in this very independent agency that must protect the laws and the constitution of the united states. >> and as you, the judiciary committee, obviously focus on this issue, you mention justice and pardons. i want to turn to that because you have written a letter along with your fellow republicans on the committee asking the committee how the president has been using his pardoning power. he has not been going through the department of justice as is the usual way to do that. what are you worrying about? >> what i'm worrying about is the use and abuse of the pardon power to signal to others who are presently engaged in the mueller investigation and to defang the mueller investigation, if you will, by getting rid of any of the targets by way of giving them a pardon. the other is that it is
important -- again, let me use the term checks and balances. i think no matter what political philosophy you have, the american people have a sense that we should have oversight, in quotes, over each other in government. we should be knowing what's going on. when a president says they have a single pardoning power and they may use it on themselves, we ask the white house counsel to give us the train of conversation, documents where he engaged with the president or educated the president about power and the power of the pardon so that we can provide oversight on behalf of the american people. we cannot have a reckless runaway concept of pardon by -- how should i say it -- by whim and will. even though i supported the commutation of the sentencing of this young lady who was undeserving of a life sentence, and i hope we can get into a discussion, erin, of sentence reduction. >> one question before we go,
congresswoman. former president bill clinton has been under fire this week. he said he didn't owe monica lewinsky a personal apology. let's play how it's gone down. >> did you ever apologize to her? >> yes. >> you've apologized to her? >> i've apologized to everybody in the world. >> but you didn't apologize to her? >> i didn't talk to herment the truth is i got hot under the collar because of the way the questions were asked. >> i was mad at me. >> you said in the interview that you did apologize. >> here's what i want to say. it wasn't my finest hour. >> congresswoman, what do you make of this, that he's, you know, saying, look, i didn't apologize to her personally and i don't need to. >> i don't know if i heard that. i was here during that period. in fact, i was on the impeachment committee, and it
was a very, if you will, difficult time for america. >> yes. >> i do remember the open apology. it was -- we were living it as it was occurring. i don't think, erin, that the story is over. i don't think the story or the door is closed for any action to comment further by someone who is sincere and wants to correct the record. what i would say is that it was a time when emotions were raw, there was an impeachment proceeding as indicated by the president. he was indicted by the house. that is an impeachment. and so at that time you would have to raise the question as whether or not anything more was appropriate even though it could have been appropriate. so here's my view. i don't think it has ended. i don't think there wi i think there would be an opportunity for reconciliation and that would be the appropriate tone that i think he
and his family would have. >> you're saying you understand why it didn't happen at the time. obviously a lot of time has gone by, decades. so why he hasn't chosen to do it in that time. maybe the me too movement has forced him back to the forefront to have to think about it again. you're saying it's not too late. it could and should happen. >> that's what i'm saying, and i think, in fact, it might do so because i think we know the hearts of both clintons, and i do believe they want to do the right thing when they can do so. and reconciliation is always a possibility for anyone at any time. >> all right. congresswoman, thank you so very much. congresswoman sheila jackson lee, i appreciate your time. >> thank you for having me. next, rudy giuliani judging stormy daniels. but what about this? >> what do you want to be? >> 40th anniversary playmate. breaking news. trump and macron in a war of words tonight. threats and accusations for one
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quote, i don't think mrs. trump has ever responded to any questions by rudy giuliani. she could have said, no comment, but no, you have to get all the swipes in the white house. he's never talked to melania about stormy daniels but he still stands by what he said, saying, quote, yes, i believe she knows him well enough to know this one is -- what's the word, fakata? right now you're not in between two people at war, but anyone else, yes. and national affairs correspondent for the nation, joan walsh. >> not a friend. >> not a supporter of the president. this is a slap. you could have just said no comment, but now you've got to slam the guy who right now is your husband's kind of -- >> lawyer, close friend, fixer, messer-upper. he's everything, really.
i could not have loved this more when i saw it. i'm sorry, i'm petty. go, mrs. trump. go, first lady. go, her staff. she manages to insult, and as he deserved, her husband's attorney, she manages to actually cast some question on whether she has spoken to him and whether she does believe him. i mean, if she was like, yes, of course i believe my husband, i don't think she would have had someone step out here and smack giuliani quite that way. i don't want to go too far. that's not what she said, but that's what i took from it. >> it was a strange response, rob. >> it was a strange response, but she didn't say, i don't believe. she was kind of speaking on her own. >> do you really think her chief spokesperson comes out and says, i don't believe mrs. trump has ever spoken about her feelings without checking in with her boss? >> honestly, that's an
imposition. rudy swims in three different lanes in the pool, right? he's outside counsel for the president, so on the russiagate, he speaks affirmatively. he's a 30-year friend of the new yorker, so he speaks as china helps his friend. then he's rudy. he's always used to having a microphone for his opinion. as a presidential candidate, a mayor. just rudy. >> rudy is doubling down on what he said about stormy daniels today, so let me play part of what he said. here it is. >> the business you were in entitles you to no degree of giving your credibility any weight. she has no reputation. if you're going to sell your body for money, you just don't have a reputation. >> my biggest defense is what about the people who are low enough to pay people who do that? if you're going to say one is low, the other is low, too, if
that's your point of view. he's sticking by that, telling dana bash, if you're involved in this sort of slimy business that says something about how far you'll go to make money, our real point about her is she's not just generally uncredible, she's unkribl from the point of view of wanting to get money. she's a con artist. >> who has declared bankruptcy and stiffed his creditors? donald trump. who has appeared in a soft porn playboy movie? donald trump. i mean, come on. and i'm sorry, since rudy went there, i think we are allowed to bring in the fact that he and his client have six wives between them. rudy is exiting his third marriage. they are both known for cheating on their wives. how dare he raise a woman's credibility and based on what she does sexually that neither of them has standing to judge, stormy daniels or any other woman, for that matter. >> if it's so low to be in this business and so uncredible, rob,
what about the other people in the business, like donald trump? >> and you want to be? >> 40th anniversary playmate. >> and what qualifications would you say you have? >> i believe that it's not just beauty, i think it's an attitude. i think it has a lot to do with personality and an attitude. i think playboy really represents that, and i believe that i have that, that i have what it takes to represent them. >> i think you have what it takes, too. and i think everyone in this room thinks you have what it takes also. >> he's been on the cover of playboy. >> first of all, he knows people got playboy for the great articles, right? so he was hired by playboy, i think, for advertising. >> why is it safe to say a woman in the business is uncredible, but a man who has a part in a movie and is on the cover of
playboy, he gets to be the president. >> this is not new, though. this came out in october of 2016. he was actually backstage with melania who he was dating at the time. he was backstage when the cameras were there. so this is not donald trump naked in a soft porn. that's not what we're talking here. let's clarify that, though. >> to appear in a movie, would you appear in a movie like that in any role? >> yeah, rob. >> how much? no, no, i would not. i would not. but you know what? look, again, i get back to this point. i think the left, and to some extent the media, they're using stephanie clifford -- let's not obje objectify her as a porn star, she's the perfect tool because she's the front of the resistance. but they're going to leave her on the side of the road when they're done with her. >> just quickly, i would disagree with you.
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breaking news. hours before the g7, french president macron and president trump in a war of words, the french president tweeting, the american president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6-country agreement if need be. keep in mind six weeks ago, remember, the love fest, all the kissing and the tree planting? all lightness aside, this is obviously hugely significant.
"washington post" and columnist cnn katherine rappell joins me. they say all this mr. president, mr. president. >> i would say aggressive, not passive aggressive in this case, that's for sure. >> what does this mean, that macron is threatening to do an gleemt witho agreement without trump? >> we saw this a few days ago. the g7 is ongoing, and we saw this with the finance ministers. they released their communique, and it was the first one to single out that country for rebuke, and it was the united states. that was the event that secretary steve mnuchin was at and that he came back from it and relayed the displeasure of his, you know, counterparts from these other countries. what they basically said in that case was, yeah, we're really upset, we're disappointed with the united states, so this is really not so out of character based on what we've seen so far
in these meetings. >> you have trump getting ready for the summit in north korea, talking about having a meeting with putin. canada, mexico, the u.s., france, germany, anybody relate to do these tariffs, it's actually pretty significant. here's president trump a few weeks ago talking about president macron. >> he is perfect. it is really great to be with you and you're a special friend. >> thank you. >> i like him a lot. i believe france will be taken to new heights under this president. he's going to be an outstanding president, one of your great presidents, and it's an honor to call you my friend. >> trump loves the superl ativ es, but perfect, great, outstanding, and now it's just nasty. >> it's nasty because trump has done an outstanding thing and potentially militarily thinking considering these are trump allies, these are economical
lies, and we have turned on them. when trump thought he was going to break out the big guns and have these tariffs and have all these other countries gro verve his fight saying, oh, please, take these teariffs away, they retaliated on him, too. >> ryan nobles is out front. >> president trump accused of calling a trade war with america's closest allies, criticism coming not just from democrats but from his own party. one by one, republicans told us they have serious concerns that trump's hard line on trade could ultimately backfire. >> for the best economy that we've had in decades and decades, and now we have something to interrupt that. >> this is more or less an unguided missile because a retaliation can occur in other sectors that really hurt the united states economy.
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none of you, again, are raising your hand. thank you for that. >> this is helping the zte deal and making china all the more confusing to republicans. >> china has been stealing as much intellectual property as it can. >> and senator bob corker has offered up an amendment on the current defense authorization bill that would limit the president's power to unilaterally impose tariffs like this. and erin, did does have some republican support. but leadership has made it clear it likely won't pass, meaning the decision to implement these tariffs will be all up to president trump. erin? >> thank you, ryan. and next, president trump has an odd explanation for why so many hurricane harvey victims needed to be rescued. so is there any truth to it? we fact-check. and mike pence, the copycat. just watch. i forgot. chevy also won a j.d. power dependability award for its light-duty truck
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coast guard, our other military services. i have to tell you, the coast guard saved 16,000 people. the brand of the coast guard has been something incredible, what's happened. saved 16,000 people, many of them in texas, for whatever reason that is. people went out in their boats to watch the hurricane. that didn't work out too well. that didn't work out too well. >> so did people go out on their boats to watch the hurricane, putting rescuers and first responders' lives at risk? texas officials, including the republican governor, say they're not aware of any such thing. "outfront" now, the harris county sheriff, ed gonzalez. and sheriff gonzalez, thank you very much for your time. look, you were there. you were on the ground during hurricane harvey. do you know what the president is talking about? >> i do not. i think that the president's lack of basic understanding of the challenges that we face from harvey is staggering. and i think we're getting a
taste of what our fellow americans in puerto rico must feel when the president's comments don't align with the reality on the ground. >> i mean, i guess, i'm trying to understand, you know, how an allegation like this could be made, without any basis in fact. you know, you're saying you don't know anything about it. others in texas are concurring with you. look, the president was in constant contact with officials in texas during the hurricane, after the hurricane. i mean, is it possible someone told him about this happening and it was in an area you weren't in? you know, i'm just trying to you said if it's possible this occurred in any way. >> well, i suppose that he could have heard it anecdotally from someone, but it would have been very isolated. and we definitely relied on the efforts of many, incoming the coast guard, with as he mentioned, but also civilian rescues were significant. and so, it was all hands on deck and no one took a leisure approach to this. and it's something that we take very seriously, having had numerous experiences with hurricanes and other severe weather events.
>> and the coast guard, of course, as hold politifact, they said they rescued 12,000 people, mostly from urban rooftops during all of the hurricanes last year combined. so that would be texas and florida, 12,000, not the 16,000 number by the coast guard that the president referenced more than once, as you just heard. why do you think that he said something about, you know, people being so reckless, frankly, that seems to be false? i mean, where do you think he could have gotten the idea. >> i'm not sure where he did, but the stakes are high and i'm concerned that his basic lack of understanding of what occurred here could harm his administration's ability to help suffering americans that are depending on assistance. so i hope that we can make sure that he gets the accurate information going forward, so that we can make sure that he's aware of what's happening and the help that we still need down here. many fellow texans are still recovering. >> so are you looking into this at all? or how are you trying to
communicate with him to try to explain to him that he's factually incorrect? >> well, no, we haven't reached out. we hope that, you know, he'll get the information and the correct information going forward. and as i reference, if he doesn't, that i would be happy to invite him to ride out the next hurricane on a john boat in galveston bay next time one approaches again, because this is definitely a very serious matter, and we want all texans and everyone to be aware of how to properly prepare for these events. s and again, we did not see any signs of any gawkers. everybody was assisting, lending their resources and boats. and civilian rescues, including help from groups such as the cajun navy and others were, again, just instrumental in making sure that rerecover we r quickly as possible. >> sheriff gonzalez, i appreciate your time very much. thank you. >> thank you. next, jeanne moos proving that imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery.
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tonight, one thing is obvious. the vice president is insync with his commander in chief. here's genie. >> reporter: ladies and gentlemen, we present you synchronized water bottle stashing. first the president ditched his, then the vice president followed suit. in no time, the internet bottled and preserved the moment. >> it's a plan for the whole community. it's a plan that i would like -- >> reporter: it happened at a fema briefing on hurricane season. it was at the response coordination center, noted one eagle eye. and boy, were these two coordinating their response. as one twitter user reminisced, didn't you ever play that game as a kid where you mirror everything your sibling or friend does until they wallop you. the one who got walloped here was vice president pence, by jimmy kimmel. >> it's like trumpy-see,
trumpy-do. he's for sure a west world robot, right? >> reporter: the vp has perfected the adoring gaze and has been known to pick up on the president's gestures. get the point? the point of getting rid of the water bottles was probably to make for a neither photo op. now you see the bottle, now you don't. it seems like the president's relationship with water runs hot and cold. his watery antics are always going viral, from his dainty swig to his two-handed sip. and then there's the president's odd habit of moving things, anything, a few inches here, a few inches there. but this time, out of sight, complete with the sight of vice president pence mimicking the move. flunky-see, flunky-do was someone's meme take on the moment. a more charitable one, who the heck was under the table that was so thirsty?
one guess, little marco rubio. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> and thank you for joining us. don't forget, you can always get to "outfront" anytime. just go to cnn go. "a.c. 360" with anderson begins right now. good evening. tonight, president trump and the president of france are right now exchanging verbal blows the night before they're supposed to be talking about what unites them. also, the first lady hits back at her husband's lawyer, rudy giuliani, over his remarks about stormy daniels. our dana bash has just spoken with mayor giuliani, and you'll not want to miss what he has to say to her. first, something you'll only see here. kim kardashian west breaking her silence, speaking out for the first time about her effort to secure the freedom of this woman caught in what was obviously one of the great joyful moments of her life. alice marie johnson rushing into the arms of loved ones, freed yesterday after 21 years in federal prison, sentenced to life on drug charges. kard