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really around the world, kate. >> absolutely. it's impossible now, but you would hope anthony would understand the impact he had on so many people that he never even met. that's what we're really hearing in these tributes you're reading right there. thank you, alex. i really appreciate it. thank you all for joining us at this hour. "inside politics" with john king starts right now. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thank you for sharing your day with us. a countdown to history. president trump face to face with kim jong-un just hours from now. tons of drama and one defining question. is north korea really willing to give up the nuclear program that defines its regime? plus all this talk of trump and kim, missiles and warheads. 25 million people live in the most secretive nation on earth. what does the singapore summit mean for everyday north koreans? and diplomatic is not a word allies are using to describe
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team trump this monday. the president ripped up the g-7 communique this week, and then a top aide said there was a special place in hell for canada's prime minister. allies were furious. the white house says, too bad. >> the idea that the president is going to go to g-7 wherever it is, in this case it was in canada, and do the mealy-mouthed talk of perhaps other leaders in the past or even other leaders in industry is just not donald trump. donald trump, very quickly, he took a tiny, tiny issue called trade that was mired in single digits, not even registering at the polls, and elevated it to a manner of fairness. he will always look out for those farmers and workers. >> back to the allies in a moment, but we begin in singapore where history is being written. in just under nine hours, president trump and kim jong-un will enter a room with only translators.
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after about 45 minutes, other members of the delegations will be invited to join them. no american president has ever met with a north korean leader. in some frame the stakes here black and white, war or peace. two unpredictable leaders, high stakes. but if they're nervous, they're not letting on. president trump tweeting a short time ago, excitement is in the air. and kim jong-un making a remarkable public show of his confidence. look here. a photograph making a late night cruising around town in singapore with a massive entourage of security and cameras. mike pompeo says the prep work is done and now it's up to the principals. >> i'm very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome from tomorrow's meeting between the two leaders. it's the case that in each of those two countries, there are only two people that can make decisions of this magnitude, and those two people will be sitting in a room together tomorrow. >> let's go straight to cnn's kaitlan collins. kim sure proving a short time
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ago that he knows a little about the made-for-tv imagery as well. >> reporter: it's as if, john, he knew the world was watching. kim jong-un making this stunning statement tonight by leaving his hotel, going out to several places in singapore just hours ahead of that high stakes meeting with president trump. this is a reclusive dictator who often doesn't do things like this, so it's stunning to see him out so carefree, so maybe he is at peace with this meeting with president trump. president trump likely putting thelast-minute touches on his meeting with kim jong-un. we know what the logistics of this meeting are going to look like. a handshake, a sit-down that just involves the two leaders at first. what we don't know, john, is what the substance is going to be and what will come out of that meeting, because secretary of state mike pompeo who briefed reporters right next door to where i am now made clear they have not received any concrete commitments from the north
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koreans just yet. that's what we'll be waiting to see. that one-on-one meeting is what's going to be crucial. that's likely when president trump and kim jong-un will come to an agreement or not come to an agreement if they are going to do so. we'll likely hear from president trump on that from himself when he holds a press conference with reporters later on in the afternoon before departing for singapore. ri now, john, we're waiting to see if history is going to unfold here in a few hours. >> it's a remarkable day. kaitlan collins, i appreciate the reporting. get back to us if anything breaks within the hour. julie hirshfeld davis with the "new york times," manu raju, and jack simmons with the daily beast. the point kaitlan just made is what makes this so rkable. therican president has never met the north korean leader. they have missiles that can reach the united states. they do not have, the secretary of state says, a plan. there are no commitments. will north korea sign a statement saying they're willing
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to give up their nuclear weapons? if what the secretary of state says is the truth, that there's no commitment heading into the summit, what are the stakes for president trump? >> if you hear him talk the last couple weeks, a lot of the steps is just getting to the table and getting a sense for whether he's serious in the first few moments. and clearly you can see with kim jong-un's outing in singapore just a few moments ago, for him just getting to the table is a victory, right? he's there on the world stage. he's being treated like a rock star in singapore, all those photographers. he's showing the world that he is, you know, playing with the big dog and he's there and he's got himself to this negotiation. the key moment, though, or the key moments is that one on one. there won't be anyone there. there's no one from the policy side on either side, and trump's advisers don't know what he's going to say, i don't know whether kim jong-un's advisers know what he's going to say, but we may never know, because it's just them and the translator. so the real question is, what
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can he come out of that room with and will the two men leave with the same idea what they agreed on or have not agreed on? >> this is what the president said he would do as a candidate. everyone else is stupid, they make bad deals. i will make good deals, i will make history. his history so far is ripping up deals. to your point, the president says this is about attitude and he'll know within seconds. >> i think within the first minute, i'll know. >> reporter: how? >> just my touch, my feel. that's what i do. i think i'll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen. >> i don't know how he could say that. look, julie's point is accurate, remember when putin and trump met last year, they both came away from these meetings with opposite interpretations of what
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happened, whether or not the president confronted putin on election meddling. here the two men will sit down with opposite translators. they may come out with different interpretations and how do we interpret that going forward? i also think mike pompeo had a very high bar he's been setting for weeks, and he did so again today saying any agreement needs to be irreversible, verifiable, complete denuclearization. will the president also maintain that hard line with kim jong-un in a private meeting? i don't think we know that yet. >> it's a great point, because remember history. president bush trusted vladimir putin. he said he looked into his soul at the first meeting. he now would acknowledge that that was a dramatic mistake, that putin is a thug and putin fooled him. mike pompeo understands the nervousness of some back here in the united states, president trump on a deal that he would trust kim jong-un. mike pompeo says no, no, no, this isn't just about trust. >> the president has made very
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clear, until such time that we get the outcome we're demanding, economic relief is not going to be provided. different. there was always this hypothesis americans would take their foot off and allow those economic opportunities for the north and, thereby, reduce the capacity to actually achieve the deal. we're want going to do that. >> we know this secretary of state is closer, more in sync with his boss than the last secretary of state, rex tillerson. but is he 100% confident the boss will stick with that? >> that's the gamble here. you don't know what the president is going to agree to. the white house may be saying the administration says one thing, the president is going to make a separate deal. i do like the gainsmanship of him getting out and walking around singapore. these things are set pieces, and it reminded me of gorbachev when he was visiting during the reagan administration, and he got out at k street, connecticut and k, and walked to show that he was in town.
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and i think that as far as them getting in the room together, one, if it doesn't go well in the first few seconds, does the president leave? because he's going to be able to tell right away if this is going to work. i don't think that's going to happen. do both of them have really strong incentives to say they got something here? it's one of those situations that no matter what happens, everybody is going to try to at least declare victory that they got something and go on from there. >> while there will only be two leaders in that room, they will need to loop in china and north korea, because they need buy-in. this isn't a bilateral agreement, it can't be. china has the purse strings, south korea obviously is an enormous stakeholder in this and they want peace as well. we'll see what comes out of this, but there is a lot of things that need to happen outside that room to make sure anything that is agreed to by these two leaders, however they interpret it, sticks. >> and japan as well in the sense that secretary pompeo has talked about some unique security arrangements.
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kim has said he doesn't like the u.s. troops in south korea. there is zero indication that the united states is willing to significantly reduce its footprint, but might there be a realization of weapons kept where. julie made this point at t beginning of the program. this ieral michael hayden, former head of chief intelligence services saying essentially kim jong-un has already won. the challenge now for president trump is to get something in exchange. >> he's got a meeting with the president of the united states face to face with a sense of equivalency. that's a remarkable achievement. we've already paid that bill, john, by having this meeting, and now we need to push kim in a direction where we're now going to be getting something. and again, i think ilt's a very long process. >> there's nothing wrong with a very long process. if you can get north korea at the table, they stay at the table for months, they stop launching missiles, they stop launching nuclear weapons, they
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stop with japan. this is not what this president is known for, investing in a long process. >> yeah, he wants a quick decision and to come out of here and say, i won. but these things already take so much time and they have to go through so many layers. but that's what i'm saying, these first statements after the individual meeting will really be defining, as far as i'm concerned. >> do we buy the white house changing the schedule today, putting out a statement saying the president is going to leave tomorrow, he's going to have a news conference. is he leaving tomorrow? is tt part of convincing kim, you have one shot. the president said wyou have a one-time shot here. for kim is the clock running? >> he's going to want to be saying something definitive very quickly afterwards, whether it's at that news conference or when all the delegations come in to really nail down whatever details there are. the question is, if this is going to be a longer, drawn-out process, if they can keep north korea at the table, how will they do that if they're holding
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to what mike pompeo said, which is no release from economic sanctions, no concession oz t o that side until they get everything they want. we know from mike pompeo in the past, he's not going to want to be patient with that, either. can either one of them sustain? >> the subje >> fresh global anxiety after the president torments his neighbor to the north. wiggle room in our budget. i wish our insurance did that. then we could get a real babysitter instead of your brother. hey, welcome back. this guy, right? (laughs) yes. ellen. that's my robe. you could save $782 when liberty stands with you. liberty mutual insurance.
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name-calling. the west in disarray. the quebec journal, trump hounds trudeau. and "europe can't be intimidated." trump stunned other leaders by pulling his signature on a summit agreement. then he pulled an attack on canada's prime minister. >> there is a place in hell for any foreign leader and engages in bad faith diplomacy with president donald j. trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. >> that's not exactly how it happened but that's howeam trump caldescribes it. angela merkel more direct. >> it's actually not a surprise. we've seen this in the iran deal. in more than a second, you can
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destroy trust with 280 characters. to build that up again will take much longer. >> we at a remarkable moment, and from the other g-7 members, the g-6 versus 1 is what the weekend turned out to be. the outcome for t is this is not ja not just a fight and a feud, but a line has been crossed. they're saying justin trudeau crossed the line. they view as a line crossing. the question is what happens? >> this is stunning. not just the rhetoric that's usually reserved for america 's worst allies, you probably don't hear that coming from senior officials, much less directed ate head of state. it's a head oftate calling out another head of state, and they
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probably don't even go to the level peter navarro did yesterday saying there is a special place in hell for justin trudeau. what larry kudlow said yesterday was this was an effort to show american strength heading into nortkorea. they didn't want to make america look weak ahead of these talks, but is america even more isolated going into the north korea meeting? >> the president said he did him a favor. he was doing a nice by going to the meeting. no, it's his responsibility. they meet every year. you have to walk and chew gum if you're the president of the united states. there is a special place in heaven for justin trudeau. canada, thank you for the perfect organization of g-7. these guys are politicians, too. now the president of the united states said one of them, through his trade guy, said you should go to hell, essentially. the germans left mad. what happens? >> i think there is a place of
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diplomatic history for this meeting. i don't think we'll forget this meeting, and that picture of him confronting trump will be in every history book. trump acts out of pique and he he didn't want to be at this summit in the first place. he didn't want to be juggling this this and the korean meeting, and he got angry with the pushback that he got. he does not like this kind of pushback from people who consider themselves his peers. i think the big question in washington that everyone is asking is, why do we treat our greatest allies so poorly and our adversaries, as you said, so well? at the same time he's saying that russhould be allowed back into the g-7 to make it the g-8. people are con foufounded by th. it was a really erratic display. >> i think you saw that because some of the guidance the press received before he decided to blow this up, was everything was fine. trump himself called cnn fake news because they were asking
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him about some of the tension going on behind the scenes. well, clearly it wasn't. this is exactly what happened. and i think carl is right. the fact that you're actually not hearing leaders on capitol hill talk about this yet, they're going to have to. they're going to get questions from the press. they're coming back in. but the fact you haven't seen them talk about this at all, i think, is telling. they're afraid. >> whether it's the broader thing about trump walking away from the talk about globalization, but the personal language about the prime minister of canada, given the history, given the relationship, and incoming from the other countries was they were getting mad because the president won't budge off a point when he's wrong or out of context. on his twitter feed, the president is angry about tariffs on dairy. every country has parts of their economy that they protect, either because they're vulnerable or because they have political friends.
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yes, canada does impose a 210% tariff on dairy with the united states. the united states imposes 27350 on tobacco products and 132% tariff on some pea nunuts. if you're only looking at goods, it's a modest trade deficit. the president gets stuck on one thing, doesn't have a perspective on the bigger picture and won't budge. >> he doesn't care about the details. you played that sobite that kellyanne conway earlier that people elevate this as a huge issue that trade is a big deal for the u.s. with canada, it actually does not. there is no question that there is a broader perspective that he is trying to elevate here and he wants a better trade deal for
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the u.s., and there's nothing wrong with that. but for a year and a half now, these allies have been trying to sort of work within this relationship where they know the president i ver adversarial forward th toward them and they want to try to keep the united states in this alliance because it's important, both economically and otherwise, and i think this summit just showed that all of those efforts really are for naught when you have a president who doesn't care about the details and fundamentally doesn't care about the importance of the alliance per se, and would rather go transaction to transaction, and if he feels wronged or he feels like he's being insulted, walk away. >> the next step is going to be, according to the canadian prime minister and others,aliation against the united states. we'll see when they start imposing their own tariffs the big diplomatic picture. kim jong-un's night on the town. is he trying to send americans a message?
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welcome back. how did kim jong-un spend the night before what could be the most important day of his life? out on the town. the north korean leader taking a stroll through the streets of singapore late in the evening, surrounded by bodyguards. the international media clearly not a lighting director. here he is posing for a selfie with singapore's foreign minister. nic robertson joins us from seoul. nic, clearly kim jong-un gits t -- gets the imagery of a summit. so little is known about him, can he be trusted on the substance? >> his father couldn't be. his grandfather couldn't be. it's all going to come down to the leverage. you have to look at his positioning of himself this evening with this walk-about. he's certainly going into this meeting tomorrow, hugely important meeting, giving off an air of confidence. and i guess if you really want
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to be macchavalian about him, the timing of walking on the streets is not only a message of "i can do this" but it doesn't leave a space of time for president trump to come out and do something lar,n if the security service were to allow thed states president to walk on the streets the same as kim jong-un. he kind of scored something of a plus there. it's going to be hard for him to have pictures of him sort of in a terribly ostentatious environment paraded before his home domestic audience who are getting abnormally a sort of almost tick-tock account of what he's doing and how the meetings are going so far. the point is can he be trusted at the table? this is a guy that the south korean foreign minister has described as serious. he's described him as well-mannered, but somebody who
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is deeply knowledgeable. he has got everything to fight for here. it's his survival, his regime's survival, his dynasty's survival. he's been at this learning at his father's knee, learned from s father's knee. this is a man who very clearly cannot be taken at his word. but what is his intent? we don't even know that still, john. >> eight and a half hours we may begin to find out. nic robertson, appreciate the perspective there in seoul. state television actually reporting that kim jong-un is at the singapore summit. they often wait until he comes home before they report he's been abroad. they're also hoping there will be a new chapter of relations with the united states. for years north korea has been told america is the enemy, not to be trusted. it is a dictatorship, food is scarce. political dissent in north korea harshly punished. so what are the summit stakes for the north korean people? barbara emmett is the bureau
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chief of the washington times. correspondent will ripley has reported for north korea more than a dozen times, including just last month. >> reporter: i want to get the perspective. we talk about the leaders, we talk about the security issues, what about everyday north koreans? how might this impact their lives? how might this impact their country? here is a snippet. you had the access to everyday people and a bit of a snapshot of their views of what they think of america. who do you want t? >> translator: we want to fight the sworn enemy, americans. >> translato >> reporter: what if i told you i'm an american. do you want to shoot me, too? >> translator: yes. yes. >> reporter: what do you think about the united states in general? >> translator: only hatred. i want to shudder. >> any sign that the regime is preparing its people to have a different view?
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>> reporter: there is, john. i will say when the cameras are turned off, all the north koreans treated me with warmth and respect, eve the woman who said she wanted to burn me. last year all over the capital and really all over north korea were these posters that were red and black, the colors of war and aggression. and now you see popping up these posters that are blue and green, colors of peace, gold symboli symbolizing prosperity with messages telling people to believe in a newfound peace on the korean peninsula. >> barbara, your book paints a pretty who rid pictu-- horrid p life with kim jong-un. what is bter and what is worse? >> what is better is food. kim jong-un, almost immediately after taking over, opened up the markets. you know, his father just hated market life at all, and you couldn't sell chinese products, you couldn't sell grains.
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it was really restrictive. he wanted to turn back the clock and bring back socialism. and kim jong-un really embraced the market economy. what's worse, i think, is political control. people are as scared as ever, maybe more scared. it's like economic liberalization has gone, you know, hand in hand with political tightening, and they've tried to crack down on, you know, dvds, now memory stic sticks, anything that brings outside information into north korea. north korea has been like this black hole. i used to say sometimes like the biosphere as far as information is concerned. they want to keep it h hermetically sealed. under kim jong il, people were listening to a lot of south korean pop music, k-pop, watching soap operas.
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now the penalties for all of that has gotten much stricter. it's weird. economic liberalism, political ghtening. >> and to that point, a little snippet more from your documentary, the korean people seem to get it, that they're individuals, they're human beings, they have their own spirit. but when the camera is on them, they're loyal to the regime. let's listen. >> reporter: what's your favorite kind of music? >> translator: my favorite song is our eternal revolutionary song, the song praising our general, kim jong-un. >> reporter: is there any criticism, anything you would like to see your leader or your government do differently? >> translator: nothing at all. i'm so satisfied. >> that is so striking. again, it's conditioning. it is also fear? >> reporter: you have government minders that are standing right off camera, and after every interview, even though the questions are not approved in advance, they do take down the person's name, occupation, phone number and address, and there could abe follow-up if they were to say something that the
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government minders weren't pleased with. so obviously people know what to say and the answer is almost universally do echo what the official state line is. that said, obviously there are people who have dissenting views just like in any country around the world, but those views would only be expressed around the dinner table with your closest family, maybe some friends. >> we have seen this in other examples, other global relationships where president trump views raising human rights issues as almost a nuisance, a distraction to the agenda he wants to make. but barbara, amnesty international estimates 120,000 political prisoners inside north korea in four known prison camps. there could be more than that. do we have any indication that, a, the president cares about that, the president of the united states, and b, that kim jong-un will budge at all? >> we can't have countries like that, without respect for human rights. with the north koreans, a little bit goes a long way. trump merely needs to put out a
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tweet saying, like, what about human rights? or i care about the north korean people, and the leadership in pyongyang will just be mindful of that. you know, iv've been dealing wih north koreans for years with defectors and they've all told me when there's been a human rights push, there are some improvements. very small improvements, but this is a regime that's very mindful of its external image. so they do pay attention. >> and before we go to break, a reminder it's a high stakes summit but also a lot of summits bring a little bit of a circus. a late night celebrity sighting in singapore, basketball star dennis rodman arrived. he's spent time with kim jong-un. he said he wanted to be in singapore for this moment. more about him.
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>> moving on, the "new york times" shedding more light on the burnout being felt by the president's top aides at the white house. it says the chief of staff john kelly described it as a miserable place to work when senators called on him last week. kelly's frustration is rather than trumping the people around him, the president is talking more and more frequently with outsiders, including foreign campaign aides corwin lewandowski and david lumbowski. does that mean john kelly is miserable about staying or miserable about leaving soon? >> i think by all accounts for the past several months he's really been looking toward this like hll have been here a year, it might be time to move on. but for months now, certainly since the beginning of this year, kelly feels like he's just holding it together, and trump
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welcome back. if you're a democrat with 2020 white house ambitions, chance are you're planning a visit to a certain third floor office at the world wildlife office. if you vahaven't, stop already. that's where former president barack obama rented some space. he's been meeting private with a candidate elizabeth warren. there's all the congressmen who
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have come by to visit in recent months. are you asking him about the nuts and bolts of the iowa caucuses or are you asking him for a message? >> this is a fairly standard thing in history. you make the pilgrimage to the former president to seek his wisdom and counsel and kiss the ring a little bit. i think they're probably asking, if you did it, how do i do it? and trying to get some guidance and hopefully some support in the future. i think this is the proper thing for them to do. as you said, they're over there talking to a guy who pulled it off twice against odds, but they also want to be seen meeting with obama, right? among the democratic base, these are the glory days of recent history, and to be associated with him is a good thing. >> and look, this 2020 field is so wide open. anyone -- all those people coming in right now, any one of them could presumably be the democratic nominee, we really
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don't know. the party, too, there is a lot of question about what the identity is of the democratic party going forward heading into the elections. presumably the former president has some guidance that he can shed about how he views where the democratic party should be going. whether he ultimately endorses one of those candidates, i'm pretty skeptical. he probably is going to stay out. >> to that point, and joe biden would like an endorsement. he would be the one closest to the ring, but maybe not. president obama plans to stay neutral. all looking at 2020, i'm sure they're making their appointments. but we don't hear from obama all that much. what would he tell these candidates? listen to this in a recent speech. remember, he was the first african-american president. this is a global message here, but it sounds here like he thinks another barrier should be broken. >> as i travel around the world and i reflect on the presidency, a lot of our problems are caused
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by old men. no offense, men, who are old, b but, you know, we would benefit, i think, from reminding ourselves that the power is something that is given to you. it's a privilege to serve. >> what's he trying to say there? no offense taken, by the way. >> i mean, it does seem like he is maybe a little bit more persuadable to a woman candidate, but we've seen in the very recent past that the candidate matters. it can't just be a woman. and perhaps they're asking advice how to build their own coalition as strong as his was, because his wasn't transferrable even to hillary clinton other than to president barack obama.
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>> and here's the senate talking about obama in 2018 as people come asking for help in 2020. >> i talk to him every so often, and he actlly volunteered to help go do a couple fundraisers for us, and i said, of course. >> that's all it is so far? >> so far. >> do you need more obama? >> it will be up to our -- you know, we are helping our candidates, but they are running autonomous races. that's why they're doing so well. heidi heidkamp is north dakota above all. if they think it will help them, they'll invite them. if they don't think it will help them, they won't invite them. there is not one overall match. >> there's not one over mah. we'll see how much the former president is out there in 2020. i don't think you'll see barack obama north dakota, just a guess. up next, how a former white house official says scotch tape has protected the president from breaking the law.
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we often say president trump is ripping up the old way of doing things. in at least one case, take that literally share the pain of aides responsible for preserving presidential records. instead of following the law and carefully preserving every document that reaches his desk, a former staffer tells cnn the president routinely tore them up after reading them. politico first brought this to our a in part, quote, white house aides realized early on they were unable to stop trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor. instead they chose to clean it up for him in order to make sure the president wasn't violating the law. two records officials who were abruptly terminated this spring said they patched each document, even ones that looked like confetti, with scotch tape. it's funny but it's not in the sense that there is a law if it reaches the president's desk or gets into the process, it's supposed to be preserved under the records ac and their point is especially when's gets a letter from chuck
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schumer, a letter he doesn't like, the president of the united states is doing this, and then doing the david letterman and off it goes, and they have to put it together again. >> it's an amazing piece of reporting from politico i think we're all really jealous of. really great re bu also to this president's lack of regard for, disdain for the laws that are there that constrain his office. we've seen this with so other things. we saw it in the case of jeff sessions who recused himself from the russia investigation. he's asking, is there any way to unrecuse himself? that's not a thing. he can't do that. so the white house counsel engineered a way so they could have a document for them to sign so the president could feel better about it. he just doesn't like to be constrained by the limits of presidential power and this is an example of that. i mean, you know, i guess thank goodness these people are trying to clean up behind him, but it's an absurd thing to have to do. >> you're going to go to the trump library and see a letter
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from chuck schumer held together by scotch tape in a number of years. supervisors, quote, only wanted a few people to know and i guess they didn't want it to get out. how about telling thepresident, then, stop ripping up the paper. >> i think they did. i think they have informed the president that this is -- they need to preserve these records, and to julie's point, he just disregards the advice of how to abide by federal law. my question is, how many of these documents were they not able to piece together and what were the contents of those documents? so this is why it's a humorous story, but it could be very serious for him, too, if there are significant records the president should be preserving but is not. >> if there are sensitive documents or anything that has to resolve a dispute,t's number one. read the great history about hamilton, about grant, about any president. they're taking the tpainstaking time of going to these libraries and just going through letters,
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incoming documents, notes to get a sense of it. i'm looking at my director and saying, are you guys serious? we're making more than $60,000 a year and we need to be doing far more important things than this work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans. essentially people were supposed to empty the notes, this went on this day, this is history, and this is how it should be filed. instead we're running around with scotch tape putting presidential records back together. >> it will be interesting the grounds for terminating these people, because they only spoke about this after they were terminated. did they think that people were kind of knowing too much? i presume this is a holdover from trump's private business days where he wanted to kind of get rid of the paper trail and the record on some of these real estate deals. it's definitely an odd thing for the president to be doing. >> and we're not in the first month anymore. i mean, you might get it early on, new to the job, never been in politics, but -- >> for a president that is so concerned about making history,
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they've never really been concerned about making sure things are preserved for historical purposes, and this is just another example of that. thanks for joining "inside politics." a big, big day ahead. we'll see you back here tomorrow. wolf starts, though, right now. have a great day. hello, i'm wolf blitzer. it's 1:00 p.m. here in washington, 1:00 a.m. tuesday in sing more. wherever you're watching from around the world, thank you very much for joining us. just hours from now, history in the making. after months of heated rhetoric and optimistic breakthroughs, the president of the united states set to meet with north korea's kim jong-un, a meeting with nuclear implications. we're getting new details about the summit. the world is watching. plus, as the president gets ready to face kim jong-un, he's at war with some key u.s. allies. president trump and his advisers continue to insult and blast


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