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tribute. we also want to raise awareness that there is help there if you need it. you could even text it. just text twt to 741, 741 in the united states. remembering anthony bourdain aired tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. thanks, erica. the forecast for the g7 chilly and not just because it is in canada. "the lead" starts right now. minutes ago, president trump posing p posing for pics spending the week trolling and ticking them off and saying today russia should get a second chance to join the group. breaking news, the special counsel filing two new charges against donald trump's former campaign head relating to obstruction of justice, how much closer is this getting to president trump. plus -- he told the stories of everyone through their food and culture. it is a life he never stopped
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living it seemed until he took his life himself. today the cnn family and fans around the world mourn the sudden senseless awful loss of anthony bourdain. >> good afternoon, welcome to t -- to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. and we're reaching out to traditional american adversaries such as north korea and today russia. this afternoon president trump met with members of the g7 including the leaders of canada and france whom he's been attacking on twitter over various issues doing with trade in a note those on capitol hill found on the way to the summit this morning. he suggested that russia should be allowed membership again in this group of industrialized nations. for those who don't know, russia was a member of the g7 and called the g8 until 2014 and as
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san antonio reminded us in a statement. vladimir putin chose to make russia unworthy of membership but invading ukraine and annexing crimea. and nothing has changed that fact. the president has shown or adversaries the deference sandest meme reserved for our closest allies, unquote. boris sanchez is traveling with president trump and later the president will sit down one-on-one with the world leaders. >> that is right, jake. the president set for meetings with the french and canadian counterpart in macron and jude intrudo and the back drop is the tough trade talk about photographers this they have engaged in over the past two days and now potentially a dispute over the russia membership in the g7 or the former g8, something trump brought up this afternoon before departing for quebec. donald trump arriving in quebec
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for the g7 summit, he was hesitant to attend. though he greeted his counterparts with smiles and handshakes, he's fighting public battles with some of the united states closest allies over trade, the iran nuclear deal, climate change and now russia after trump suggested vladimir putin should have a seat at the table in the group of seven. >> russia should be in this meeting. why are we having a meeting without russia being in the meeting? and i would recommend and it is up to them, but russia should be in the meeting. it should be a part of it. you know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and in the g7, which used to be the g8, they threw russia out. they should let russia come back in because we should have russia at the negotiating table. >> reporter: other g7 leaders disagreed including british
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prime minister theresa may -- telling reporters, let's remember why the g 8 became the g-7 and we have to make sure russia is fending their ways and taking a different route and those in his party dismissed the idea. ben sasse writing this is weak. pute sin not our friend and not the president's buddy. he is a thug. using soviet style aggression to wang wage a shadow war against america and our leaders should act like it. and another sore spot, trump touted his ability to strike a deal -- >> it is what i don't. it won't even be hard. and in the end we'll all get atogether. but they understand. and they're trying to act like we fought with you in the war -- they don't mention the fact that they have trade barriers against our farmers, they don't mention the fact that their charging
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almost 300% tariffs when it all straightens out, we'll all be in love again. >> reporter: macron suggested trump may force the other six g7 countries to sign an agreement without the united states and later posted a video of a private chat with trump writing, quote, dialogue again and again. exchange, trying to convince constantly to defend the interest of the french and all of those who believe the world is together with the president before the opening of the g7. >> and an official from the national security council just spoke with cnn telling us that the president's comments on russia today were unplanned. we asked him about rumors that there was a potential summit between president trump and vladimir putin that was being worked on and that official told us that there was some discussion about it, some chatter, but that it was not something the national security council was working on and no
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logistics or details planned out for that potential summit yet, jake. >> boris sanchez in quebec city. thank you so much. and my political panel is here with me in studio. and michelle kaczynski you cover the state department and you have new reporting. theresa may has been trying to get a bi-lat -- a meeting with president trump. >> and there were rumblings that he would cut the trip short because european counterparts couldn't nail down a schedule and the uk tried to set up a meeting between theresa may and trump and they never got a clearsons so they decided to catch up on the side lines, something called a brush pass. they are not annoyed with this, because theresa may spoke to trump this week for 30 minutes and it was anno -- it was okay and they have britain coming up but he's talking about setting up say summit with putin and kim
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jong-un but he couldn't make time for theresa may at the g7. >> sa-- and davidushin, it is t long history of the british and the united states having a special relationship, trump and may don't seem to have a special relationship. >> we've seen in the past, the president's diplomacy is based on perth reproach mont. he's not a fan of the multi-lateralism and he likes to sit down one-on-one and engage in a personal dialogue. whether it is the g7 or the g8 or whatever group, this president preferred bi-lat rather than multi-lateral. he has something bigger on his mind coming in the next week. i think this g7 meeting is -- i don't want to say -- be offensive but largely irrelevant
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in a large part. if the president -- the group here is upset with him about paris and maying more for nato. and we could go on and on the things the u.s. and the e.u. don't agree with right now and so for the president he's trying to get peace on the korean peninsula is more important. >> and david said the president thinks of the g7 as irrelevant and what do you think about that? >> right now, they are our best customer and we have gone to economic war against our best customers and our best national security allies. it makes no sense. he is saying that canada and the european community are a national security threat to america. that is the legal requirement to impose these tariffs. it is madness. it is bad business. it is bad national security. at the same time, david, if he prefers bilateral meeting, why not have one with the british prime minister that asked for one. >> i don't know the timing issue. >> it is not timing. >> part of it was timing.
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but it is timing because he's cut the trip short. >> to head to korea to get world peace. >> and that is on tuesday. and this is friday. and when you talk to his european counterparts and the diplomats surrounding them, they feel like getting away early to get to singapore early was more of an excuse. >> and he's leaving six hours early. he's leaving saturday at 10:30 versus saturday at 5:00. >> let me ask another question -- >> he could have have a bi-lat. >> and many were shocked as he talked about readmitting russia into the g7 and i'm not a master deal maker so i don't know. but david, could you explain why letting russia in without getting a concession from them such as leave ukraine, leave crimea and stop inter -- interfering in our elections.
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>> i can't. but not to pound, but the g-20 # is much more relevant in the world. you talk about economic -- and i understand the e.u. is a huge market but to talk about global economics without india, china, the russian federation, brazil, some of the biggest economies in the world is a little bit -- >> these are america's closest friends. >> i get that. >> with whom they band together. >> but right now -- >> to put pressure on china. >> and right now there is tension because of the trade sanctions and because of ponying up money for nato. because of paris. because of paris accord -- >> and those things that will get discussed in a g7 summit. >> one of the reasons -- as michelle points out people think that the g7 is important because when tru-- when president trump wants to pressure china or india on environmental or human rights issues, the g7 are the countries that do it. that is how he get the group -- japan and france and germany, et
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cetera. >> that is how sanctions work. when everybody gets together. and just this week days ago in a conversation with a former ceo of the u.s. multi-national, we were talking about this. and the tariffs. and he said, he agreed there needs to be a level playing field. he agrees in new approaches like let's do this. but he said, why don't you sit down with china and say you need to buy $500 billion worth of our goods, and i'm generalizing but to do it this way, to place tariffs on our allies, he felt was a weakness and a defensive move. and by no means a proactive. >> what was your take on president trump reinviting russia into the g7. >> it was -- there is no good explanation for it. there is one really bad one. and that is he has some peculiar affection for putin. and russia has a lot of tariffs to american goods. not like there is a good economic region and not a national security reason. they committed an act of war
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against the united states of america. for which they have not been punished. in addition to that, they're attacking andin vait vading neighbors in ukraine and in georgia. there is no good reason. and there is a lot of speculation that vladimir putin's got something on donald trump and he -- mr. trump is sure acting like it. >> i want to get david the last wort word but i want to read this from ben sasse. republicans -- >> we're on the -- >> ban sass said this is weak. pute sin not our friend and not the president's buddy, he's a thug using soviet style aggression to wage a shadow war against america and our leaders should act like it. do you zdisagree. >> i think the russia federation has done things -- and ukraine, i've been there to the black fleet and i visited these places before and -- there is no excuse for that. but i do think they are part of the g-20 and if you are looking at -- talking about negotiating global trade deals and talking about things, that is what the president is more focused on and
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the g7 is nothing in common with this preside -- with the president and that is why he takes hum braj. >> robert mueller just filed new charges in the russia investigation and they could result in more jail time for a former trump campaign chair. that story is next. once there was an organism so small
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charges? >> well paul manafort is facing a bevy of charges before this. these are two additional and what prosecutors say and what they sort of tip their hat to earlier this week was that after paul manafort's business partner rick gates flipped and he faced another wave of charges, it seems like he got nervous and so according to prosecutors he started reaching out to the witnesses in this case trying to get their story straight and at least, according to the witness accounts, trying to get them to lie in their testimony. now we know mueller's team is keeping a close eye on everyone involved in this case, including paul manafort. and so what came earlier this week in a court filing has now turned into a new official charges against manafort. >> and speaking of interesting. tell me about -- konstantin kilimnik. >> the first time the mueller team is naming him and bringing charges, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice. he's 48 and lives in moscow. he worked with paul manafort, including on these efforts to do
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lobbying work for ukrainian politicians that got paul manafort in the hot seat but the other reason the team is so interested in him is they say he has tied to russian intelligence. so they say this is someone paul manafort has worked with in the past and if prosecutors are correcting what they're alleging, someone paul manafort is still in touch with even as the proceedings are ongoing. it is worth noting even though paul manafort's business associate flipped and pleaded guilty, paul manafort has maintained his innocence and said he will take this to trial. >> and stay right here. i want to bring in phil mudd to talk about this. phil, what do you make of these new charges? >> i think there is a couple of things to make of them. first, i double down on what i've said to you before, i cannot believe manafort is ever going to go into a court with these charges. we had charges before in the indictment that i thought were significant and now you add years on to that previous indictment and you say he has to sit down and flip at some point. the second issue figure this out, jake.
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this guy walks into a courtroom and said, prove that i'm guilty. i never did anything wrong and he puts out a statement -- a public statement after gates flips and said he will prove his innocence. and then in the wake of that, he's got to go and do something that is incredibly stupid, reach out to potential witnesses and knowing that he's being assessed by the fbi and trying to persuade them to say he's not guilty. sounds guilty to me, jake. >> and certainly not the wisest thing manafort has done. and i have to ask, sarah, so the prosecutors already announced they suggested manafort was doing this and trying to witness tamper or had witness tampered and they told the court that days before the charges which came down today. why? >> the timing on this is all very bizarre. today has been the deadline for manafort and his legal team to respond to these allegations of witness tampering. so it is possible that the special counsel office wanted to get out in front of their filing and sort of firm up their case and see, we are serious and
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we're filing charges and another way to ramp up the pressure on paul manafort. there was a glimmer of hope for manafort who has been under house arrest for seven months and when it looked like the special counsel might go along with him getting out on bail and then this week it was the sudden about face and said we have this evidence you're tampering with witnesses and we think you should go back to jail and await trial there. so some interesting moves on behalf of the special counsel. >> and as prosecutors say, the best way to get someone to flip is spending a couple of days in jail. and mueller has a list of 23 defendants -- po defendants -- for those calling it a witch hunt and that is 23 people and asking to be wrapping up the investigation, does it look like he's in any hurry? >> it doesn't. but people sitting in my position would be there saying, i would expect something more to happen by september and there is
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a rule of thumb that you don't put down time frames into midterms and if mueller doesn't roll something out by early september, te they won't roll out until the election and that pushes you back into december. think of the timeline that people are discussion in washington and the frustration. even among some mueller supporters with the pace of the investigation. if we don't have more indictments or some closure on the investigation until december, i think there is a lot of commentary about how long this will go on. >> thanks to both of you. when anthony bourdain once described how' poached his work, he said, quote, we ask very simple questions, what makes you happy? what do you eat? what do you like to cook? and everywhere in the world we tend to get some really astonishing answers, unquote. and the global impact of the chef, writer, world explorer, journalist, husband, father and to many of us at cnn, friend. coming up. her salon was booked for weeks,
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and now to some news that is simply hard to comprehend, the loss of our colleague anthony bourdain, a long time chef and gifted storyteller and father and friend to us. he had a way of sharing his life experiences and traveling the world and exploring new cuisine and showing us how though we are also different, we are also so much the same. let's bring in cnn erica hill now. he led this very public life. he seemed very confident. he seemed very happy. but clearly there was struggling goes on that we didn't know about. >> yeah, jake. anthony bourdain was found in his hotel room in france and
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there on a shoot for the upcoming episode of his show and he did take his own life. and as news of his death broke this morning, the reaction was swift and heart felt. >> i don't even know what this is. i love you noodles. >> called the rock star of the culinary world, the elvis of bad boy chefs, anthony bourdain was a cultural icon. his mission to explore the world. meet the most interesting people and of course find the best food. >> we asked very simple questions, what makes you happen yr -- happy and what do you eat and like to cook and everywhere we go we tend to get some astonishing answers. >> born in new york and raised in new jersey, he began working in kitchens as a teenager. eventually becoming a celebrity chef. a best-selling author and also a
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tv host. >> what do you think? >> reporter: behind the success he struggled with demons, including an addiction to heroin, which he said began in a cape cod restaurant when he was just 17. >> something was missing in me, whether it was a self image situation, whether it was a character flaw, a stable family in the suburbs and i have advantages but there was a dark jeanne inside of me that i hesitate to call a disease that led me to dope. >> reporter: he spoke openly about his struggles and the person who inspired him to do better. >> i have a 7-year-old daughter now -- who i never would have thought and i looked in a mirror and i saw somebody worth saving or that i wanted to at least try real hard and save. >> using his celebrity to raise awareness about opioid addiction. along with his advocacy, he
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remained a passionate explorer. bringing his adventurous spirit to cnn in 2013 where he shared his curiosity with audiences around the world on his series "parts unknown." viers looked to him for restaurant recommendations and travel ideas and embracing his unique style and his ability to connect others. >> i'll walk you through it. >> reporter: former president obama who joined him in vietnam tweeting, he taught us about food, but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. to make us a little less afraid of the unknown. >> people tend to be proud of their food. they let their guard down when they talk to you. he see them at the most vulnerable and revealing in a lot of i was. so even people with whom you have really fundamental disagreements and maybe even complete different belief systems, if you are going to
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intd sect anywhere, it is over food. >> his passion resonated with so many who never met him but who were grateful for everything he did to open their eyes and hearts for those close to him the loss is especially deep. his dear friend tweeting, anthony was my best friend, an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous, one of the great story materials who connected with so many. i pray he's at peace from the bottom of my heart. my love and prayers are also with his family, friends and loved ones. jake. >> erica hill, thank you so much. one note, if you need help or if you know someone who needs help there are people ready to talk 24 hours a day. reach out to the national suicide prevention life line. that number 800-273-8255. again, 800-273-8255. there is help and love for you. he was a huge part of the cnn
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free press advocates including those of us who bring you this show consider this action by the trump administration diving into a reporters phone and e-mail records to see who her sources may be to be an egregious intrusion on the freedom of press and it is a form of democracy between journalists and their sources demand protection. the editor of buzzfeed where she used to work stated, quote, we're deeply trouble d by what looks like a case of law enforcement interfuring with the right to gather information about her own government. and now the obama administration also repeatedly attacked press freedoms and we called it out at the time. it was heinous then and it is just as contemptible now. questions we have about this incident include the following, if the senate intelligence committee staffer was charged with lying and not charged with leaking, how bad could the leaks have been? is the trump administration escalating the obama
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administration war on leaks by trampling on the first amendment for the disclosure of information that isn't even particularly sensitive? another question, why seize her phone and e-mail records, all of them, if you are only looking into one of her possible sources. because the trump administration now may not just have information about one of the sources for this national security reporter, they're potentially getting information about a whole bunch of those sources. are there any safeguards at all here? or is the trump administration just blithely combing through the records of a national security reporter. another question, how much does president trump's disdain -- play into this and there is no pressing national security crisis involved. did anyone even debate this at the justice department? lastly, how many other reporters is the justice department doing this to under the shroud of secrecy.
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for those trump reports who don't care about this issue, and i will remind you what i said when it was the obama administration violating press freedom when the obama administration was taking unusual steps in a leak investigation to go after a fox news journalist. >> i'm a journalist. obviously i have a buy as here. but even if you side with this president over those of us in the media who challenge him and his administration, it is important to remember the precedent these actions set going forward. perhaps when it is not your guy in the white house. >> as the freedom of the press foundation put it today, this case, quote, chills all investigative journalist and damages the publics right to know, unquote. your right to know. when we come back, just when you thought the used mattress scandal was as weird as it could get, there is more involving president trump's epa chief and this one is now starting to offend some republicans. stay with us. my day starts well before i'm even in the kitchen. i need my blood sugar to stay in control.
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believe it or not, another scandal for epa administrator scott pruitt but president trump is standing by his man saying he is doing a good job and did add he is not blameless but we'll see what happens. today house democrats ask the fbi to open a criminal investigation. the accusation is that he using his office for personal benefit, including trying to get a chick-fil-a franchise for his wife and as drew griffin reports, more republicans are speaking up as well. >> reporter: the latest revelations about scott pruitt, border so much on the bizarre, you can't make this stuff up category that even the president had to acknowledge something is
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wrong. sort of. >> scott pruitt is doing a great job within the walls of epa. we're setting records outside and he's being attacked very viciously by the press and i'm not saying that he's blameless, but we'll see what happens. >> reporter: according to reporters, what is happening inside of the epa amounts to an administrator using taxpayer funded government workers to dance to his every whim. washington post reporting he used members ever his expensive and intense 19-% security detail to pick up dry-cleaning and a special moisturizing lotion that he favors. the daily beast say staffers are routinely sent out in search of his favorite cookies and greek yogurt. he has used staff on government time to try and buy him a used mattress, find an apartment and pruitt himself in e-mails written by his own staff has been caught trying to use his influence and office to secure
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his wife a chick-fil-a restaurant franchise. pruitt, who repeatedly avoided any reporter who might ask a tough question, even had trouble answering a polite one from jessica smith about the fast food deal. >> look, my wife is an entrepreneur herself. i love -- she loves and we love -- chick-fil-a is a franchise of faith and one of the best in the country and so that is something we were very excited about. so -- and we need more of them in tulsa and across the country. so any way, it is an exciting time. >> reporter: quick fact check. he didn't get the franchise. his wife is not an entrepreneur and listed no source of income on financial disclosure and there are eight chick-fil-as in the area. and there are now 13 investigations or probes underway about pruitt and the
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epa. republican senator john kennedy one of those republicans tired of the pruitt headlines. >> some of them are allegations and many sm are facts. he is acting like a moron. and he needs to stop it. >> and now there is this. house democrats formerly requesting the justice department open a criminal investigation. saying at the very least, we know that federal ethics laws bar public officials sfrom usin their position or staff for private gain. administrator pruitt has certainly done just that. >> jake, it seemsin conceivable, this justice department would open a criminal probe against scott pruitt but the justice department could send the letter to the epa inspector general, that office is investigating pruitt. >> drew griffin, thank you so much. let's bring back the panel. paul, let me start with you. i can't recall as a matter of historical fact any cabinet official that has brought this
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many embarrassing scandals on to the administration for which he works. just whether or not you like scott pruitt or not, i can't think of anyone like that. >> i can't. go way back, james watt under reagan didn't do a third of this and he got run out -- >> and he do d one of the 30 things and he got -- >> and this is what puzzled me. donald trump is our president because he and people like david urban have an unfailing -- pitch fork or tuning fork for middle america -- >> drain the swamp. >> yes and that is the appeal. he's to rich to buy. and we'll clear the swamp and this is what they could understand, he's sending security guards out to buy lotion for his precious hands. he's trying to strong arm chick-fil-a -- and they are delicious, let's be honest. but you don't use your government perch to get your wife a franchise. and that stuff -- every
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blue-collar will get that, david. >> it puts the lotion on its skin. >> with drew's piece, no town could have too many chick-fil-as. i don't care if tulsa has eight, they could use one more. listen, as you see on the hill, it is becoming increasingly hard to defend and republicans aren't willing to detend it. you heard the president himself, that is damning praise if i ever heard it. he's doing a great job within the walls of the epa and we'll see is not a ringing job endorsement. >> we'll see what happens. and here is pruitt reacting to a protester at an event he spoke at this morning. take a listen. >> the left doesn't want to talk about results, they just want to shout and they just want to try to intimidate as opposed to talk about what is being done in this administration. there is great change happening. >> and i was going to say, look, the administrator is right on that. he is getting a lot of results. and he is -- he's doing a lot of things that does drive the left
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crazy. but the things that he's doing that aren't related to his duties as the epa administrator, all of this laundry list is quite frankly embarrassing and distracting from the good work he is doing. >> so let's talk about the laundry list. we only have 11 minutes left on the show. so let me just stick with what has happened this week. just this week, we've had reports about pruitt asking aides paid for by your tax dollars to pick up his dry-cleaning and look at a ritz carlton hotel and have an aide try to get his wife a chick-fil-a franchise and had a aide search for a used mattress from a trump hotel. again, that is just this week. and when you -- you used to work for bill clinton there were preem in the administrati-- and with people with expa-- the sca and they would be fired. >> in the security form there is
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anything in the background that could cause embarrassment to the president or the united states and everything in scott pruitt's current conduct and background -- he's an enormous liability for president trump. and democrats around the country are talking about the culture of corruption. not running against trump and mueller but the scott pruitt garden variety corruption in washington. >> and let me turn to a sug-- a subject to talk about. the president said he was looking at a list of 3000 people for potential pardons and he was going to ask some of the nfl players to recommend people that should be pardoned. take a listen. >> if the players and athletes have friends or people they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know. >> now of course here is how the president has previously referred to the players last september in alabama. >> wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners, whether
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somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of [ bleep ] off the field right now. out. he's fired. >> still it does seem like -- maybe he men-- he meant it. >> i think he did and i spoke with van jones like this and i would like them to see the nfl show up with a list bigger than the list from kim jong-un and we'll here and sit down and engage in dialogue and i think the president would appreciate it and you heard him for the first time say i understand this is what they are kneeling about and talking about racial injustice, send me names. it is a great common ground and something the nfl should pick up and run with it and pardon the pun and sit down with the president and start building on that kernel. >> possible growth?
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>> yes. and i'm not a big fan of president trump but -- >> you're not? >> but i will give him his due. i thought it was awful -- it is nothing that i could do. i wear this flag with pride and it means something, and david went to west point and served our country but what these guys are doing is referen shall and and a texas longhorn football player said don't stick your fist in the air and now they are calling attention to injustice and the president sounds like he is listening. >> >> it is progress versus protest and that doesn't get you any why and sitting down and talking is a smart thing for all parties. >> maybe something -- nice to report on coming up in the football players go there. we'll see what happens. any moment president trump is going to be face-to-face with a man, i think it is fair to say trolling on twitter, justin trudeau. that is coming up live ahead. stay with us. get a sunset on a sunday. get more stories to share.
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a very busy news day but we didn't want to end the show and go on to the weekend without sharing about overseas. barbara starr is joining me. >> we know a u.s. service member has been killed in action in combat in somalia in the southern portion of that country. one u.s. service member killed, four u.s. service members wounded and med evaced out. they were working with somalia forces on an operation that was not supposed to be combat. but they came under attack from small arms and mortars, one u.s. killed and four wounded and an
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african soldier wounded in this action. this will raise questions about u.s. troops in remote areas of africa. how prepared they are for what they may feet there for the prospect of coming under attack by insurgents in the areas. wee s-- we saw it last year in niger when four u.s. service members were under threat and there is sadly a lot of questions about all of this. this is the second u.s. service member to be killed in somalia since that 1993 black hawk down incident when 18 service members were killed and a navy s.e.a.l. was killed last year in another operation here. there are about 500 u.s. troops in somalia and at any one time working with local africa forces and trying to help fight back against this al qaeda insurgent group known as the al shabaab and tonight our condolences to the family and family
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notification we are told is going out to the service member who died and the four additional service members who have been wounded and med evaced out of the area. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. thank you. tune in sunday to cnn for state of the union. my ges guest is diane fine stoond stein and will start at 9:00 a.m. and noon eastern. i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." see you sunday. happening now, breaking news. new manafort charges. the special counsel issues a new indictment against former trump campaign chairman paul manafort. slapping him and a russian associate with obstruction and conspiracy charges. is there a connection to russian intelligence? making russia g-8 again. already feuding with close u.s. allies, president trump cast a darker cloud over the g-7 summit by saying russia should be welcomed back making it the g-8 summit again. why is he rewarding bad