tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN June 11, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm PDT
be sure to follow me on facebook and twitter at jake tapper and tweet the show at "the lead". i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now, breaking news. historic meeting. we're hours away from the summit the first between a im sitting american president and a north korean dictator. they'll begin one-on-one and president trump said he'll be able to size up kim within the first minutes. so why he has already decided to leave early. smiles and selfies. kim jong-un projects an air of confidence strolling through singapore with a smile on his face and stopping for selfies. has he already achieved what he wants from the summit? ready for change? north korea and expensive state run media coverage of the kim's
arrival in singapore and the buildup to the summit and the u.s. detects no signs ever heightened military readiness. is that in itself a sign of change. ? and isolating allies. the president is meeting with a long time enemy of the united states on the heels of the chaotic meeting with the g-7 nation and why did the president single out americas closest allies for harsh attacks. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. british colombeaking news. four hours before the meeting between kim jong-un and trump. they will only be joined by interpreters. the stakes are enormous and seeking the elimination of the clear ogram and even as he meets with a bitter foe, the
reverberation after the closest allies of the g-7 summit and i'll speak with mike mccaul and our correspondents and specialists are all standing by with full coverage. let's begin with the breakingne. kaitlin colins is joining us live from singapore. both sides are project a sense of readiness for this historic summit. >> reporter: well, wolf, publicly they are both expressing confidence but behind the scenes there is a bit of a scramble and a schedule change. president trump is now scheduled to depart singapore less than 12 hours after the first sit down and we're told that comes after the president learned that kim jong-un will also be departing singapore in the hours after they are first scheduled to sit down with each other. of course that is something that is subject to change because this is a schedule that is just about as unpredictable as the summit itself. just hours before a handshake and a sitdown could make
history, president trump and rt jong-un publicly expressing confidence. while the normally reclusive dictator took a late night stroll in front of the cameras. as the white house announced that the president will leave singapore more than 12 hours earlier than expected. questions remain about whether or not north korea is willing to commit to denuclearization. president trump's top diplomat mike pompeo telling reporters that the prep work is done. >> he's going in with a positive attitude and eagerness for real progress. >> reporter: vowing the united states won't repeat past mistakes. >> the united states has been fooled before. there is no doubt about it. >> reporter: while moving closer to language used by pyongyang, repeating that the white house wants -- >> a complete and verifiable and
irreversible denucleation of the korean peninsula. >> mentioning the entire peninsula is significant because it could include the u.s. presence there and he declined to say if the summit could affect the 25,000 u.s. troops in south korea. >> i'm not going to get into any of the details of the discussions that we've had to date. >> only noting -- >> we're prepared to take security assurances that are different and unique than provided -- than america has been willing to provide previously. >> reporter: and while only hours away from a historic summit, president trump is also dealing with fallout from his last one. refusing to let go of his feud with canadian prime minister justin trudeau at the. dispatching his top aides to defend him in the fight over tariffs. >> he really stabbed us in the back. >> there is a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with president donald j. trump. >> a departure from what the president said before he left canada. >> the relationship that i've
had with the people -- the leaders of these countries has been -- i would really rate it on a scale of zero to ten, i would rate it a ten. >> reporter: trump lashing out after seeing these comments from trudeau. >> canadians, we're polite and we're reasonabl but we also will not be pushed around. >> reporter: in singapore, pompeo seemed agitated which asked if the feud could affect negotiations with north korea. >> i came here today here in singapore to talk about north korea. >> reporter: down playing the riff between the u.s. and one of the closest allies. >> there are always irritants in relationships and i'm very confident that relationships between our countries, the united states and those g-7 countries will continue to be -- moving forward on a strong basis. >> reporter: now, wolf, the white house legislative affairs director mark short not here in singapore but back in washington just said on cnn he expects there to be some kind of a announcement of progress after those meetings between president trump and kim jong-un are over. and official telling cnn that
they are working together on a joint statement of understanding of some sort. now whether or not that statement actually happens between the two sides and whether or not president trump sticks brecides to walk away from it like he did the statement of the g-7 summit in canada is still up in the air. >> kaitlin collins in singapore. thank you. she'll be back litter. will ripley is also in singapore and been to north korea 18 times over the past few years and he knows the country better than almost any journalist on tv owe what kind of impression is kim jong-un made on the world stage at least so far? >> well it is remarkable because he spent the first years in power as a recluse building up s image domestically surrounding himself with people that were loyal and purging those who were not. at the same time growing his nuclear arsenal, launching missals and defying international condemnation and at the beginning of the year
when the olympics, there is a diplomatic new turn and you see the new side of kim jong-un. to see him walking around the streets here in singapore, just touring a bridge right down the block from where we are, splieling and taking selfies with the prime minister, strolling around town, toasting. he has meetings coming up with president putin and xi jinping who is planning a visit to pyongyang and then just hours from now something that north korea has wanted for decades, something the two previous north korean leaders could never achieve, a sitdown with the president giving this government the legitimacy, the leader of north korea the legitimacy that has been sought for so many years and has always alluded the country. obviously there are a lot of -- a lot of controversy. things that might not be brought up at meeting such as hume r-- human rights and analysts say no nuclear deal would be
sustainable or no acceptance of north korea's government would be sustainable without a discussion about the rights of the people who some say live in one of the most cruel and oppressive dicrships on earth. but north korea claims that they have a different definition of hume ran yiegts and they want the world to accept them for who they are and what they are and if they get assurances from the united states and president trump they could exist and security guarantees then they say they are willing to talk about denuclearization but there is a wide -- a big -- a big divide between president trump and what they think. they would like to see it happen in a matter of months and for north koreans it would be a matter of years to talk about giving up nuclear weapons so it is fascinating and who wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall hours from now when president trump and kim jong-un go into a room together with only interpreters sitting for two hours face-to-face and where does it go from here and go well or horribly wrong? that is the open question. that there is cautious optimism
here in north korea. >> and during your trips to north korea you've gained access to the kim jong-un regime. how has north korea been preparing for the summit and what are the goals? >> north korea for much of the existence has been preparing for its -- this summit. kim jong-un has a team of people around him who are experts, not only experts who have been studying the united states and president trump before y-- but negotiating points to make and they know exactly what they want to get out of this and no doubt part of the reason why kim jong-un has waited some six years for this coming out party is because he's been preparing for this moment. he needed to surround himself with a team who would support him growing up the nuclear arsenal and then doing this u-turn and now kim jong-un has so much power in north korea he can snap his fingers and one day say we're going from testing nuclear weapons to now a full throttle approach to try to grow our economy just do it and in
north korea they're doing it. the question for the north koreans is does kim jong-un -- i'm sorry, does donald trump have that ability to implement whatever agreement is made because the problem with the north koreans in the past is that when a new u.s. administration takes over, whether it is four or eight years depending on the terms, there could be a complete reversal. we saw that from the clinton administration to the second bush administration where presi ready to make a visit to north korea and it doesn't work out and then when george w. bush came in they reversed course and the framework well apart and north korea grew the arsenal after taking measures to eliminate it and we know progress could quickly be reversed if things go downhill in the immediate future or down the road because i c tell you, the north koreans will never give up the nuclear leverage completely, they're all going to have a back-up plan and the survival of the government is the number one priority even above any economic benefits of a friendship or normalization of relations with the united
states. >> remember when clinton sent secretary of state albright to pyongyang instead. i remember that visitell. will ripley, thank you very much. joining us now, mike mccaul of texas. he's the chairman of the homeland security committee and also the key member of the foreign affairs committee. senator, thanks for joining us. you like the initial two hour session between the president and the north korean leader, just the two of them with only interpreters present because normally in a sensitive meeting like this, you want -- at least one senior aide from both sides to take notes. >> i do. this is called a meet and greet. this is a beginning of the conversation toward a peaceful resolution if that is possible. i know the president's personality -- the personal chemistry means a lot to him and this will give him an opportunity to feel out kim jong-un one-on-one and to inis assessment, whether he could be trusted or not. >> what happens if there are very different interpretation as of what happened during the one-on-one meeting. a north korean version versus a
u.s. version. >> it is good to have some confidentiality and speak candidly without cameras in the room. the second phase will have advisers and the secretary of state and chief of staff and we'll have a second conversation. again, i wouldn't raise the expectations too high here. i think this is beginning of the conversations. i know mike pompeo is very optimistic which i was glad to hear the tone but i exercise a good deal of caution that the kim dynasty and three presidents have gotten concessions from us and thrown us under the bus. >> the president said he'll know within a minute -- a minute whether or not this is a good idea or a bad idea and he could tell he has the instinct and the judgment. do you believe that? >> i think that is his personality. he either -- he either hits it off with people or he doesn't. >> within a minute. >> it is kind of -- there is no gray area. it is black and white with him. in a minute he'll know do i like this guy or not. there is a lot of preparation for this meeting as well and i
think they do have some things prenegotiated that they'll be able to sign a document at the end of this. >> but you know who kim jong-un is. you know what he's done in north korea. he's a pretty brutal dictator. he human rights issue and the icbm capability and the threat to the homeland, these issues need to be on the negotiating table but i like as opposed to the iran deal is that he's willing to walk away from the table if necessary. >> the president. >> the president could walk away. >> should he raise human rights in this initial meeting. >> i think the icbm capability is part of this and the war head. >> what about the way he treats his own people? the north korean leader. >> i think this should be as much on the table as possible and he will work with congress, very important from how the iran deal -- this is almost reminiscent of nixon going to china and sort of an opportunity there to normalize a relation and in a country that has been very -- anything but normal. >> do you remember what president said about north korea in his u.n. general assembly speech about a year or so ago. he went through the gulag and
the prison camp and the starvation and torture and he went point by point and if he comes into this meeting and doesn't raise it with the north korean leader, what does that say? >> well, the united states congress passed sanctions based on the human rights violations and the student who came back and died -- it was tortured -- >> otto warmbier. >> of course. and that is part of the negotiation. >> so the president should raise these issues. >> you have to be diplomatic -- i don't know if the president -- i think mike pompeo laid the groundwork and should be part of the discussion. and let's talk about -- he's trying to improve relations with north korea but the u.s. relationship with key allies like canada and france and germany clearly very strained right now in the aftermath of the g-7 and the president was deeply offended by what the prime minister of canada -- trudeau had to say, which wasn't even all that significant. he just said if the u.s. is going impose tariffs on canada,
canada will reciprocate. did the president make a major blunder by sending his two top economic advisers out there and smearing trudeau the way they did. >> we need our allies in this and allies need to be joined with us in what is the biggest perhaps -- nuclear threat to the world and it is important to maintain the friendships. woi like to that go differently, perhaps. >> but you can't justify the saying -- peter navarro the trade adviser to the president that there is a special place in hell for prime minister trudeau. >> well let me just -- getting into the mind kim jong-un,don't of this. >> no, i'm just -- forget about kim jong-un for a moment. i'm asking about u.s. and canadian relations. canada clearly arguably the closest ally and the top trading partner of the you united states and for the senior adviser to say he -- belongs a special place in hell and from larry
kudlow the top economic adviser you heard it earlier, forget about north korea for a moment, but for seeing your aides to smear the prime minister of canada, is that acceptable? >> it is not the rhetoric i would use and nafta is very important to my home state of texas. we -- mexico is our largest trading partner and we don't want to see that relationship or canada's impacted such that that document is shredded and in my energy sector, they rely on steel and so the tariffs are not productive for them. and you have to look at my district. but getting back t kim jong-un, i don't think that will make a whole lot of drence. >> i suspect it won't make difference but i'm wonder about the u.s.-canadian relationship when is so very important. >> we have our allies and we have our enemies and this is important to make that distinction clear. >> you disagree with what -- the advisers and what the president said. >> we need every ally on the table to force north korea to
dismantle the nuclear weapons program. >> thank you for coming in. >> thanks. mike my call of texas. up next, breaking news, the high sti -- high stakes between president trump and kim jong-un only hours away and will the two impulsive leaders will start their own summit without advisers present. only interpreters. and after bliing attacks, is america's relationship with the closest allies come ago part at the seams? ♪ ♪ keep your most valuable insights hidden from your competitors. the ibm cloud. the cloud for smarter business.
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the meeting with president trump and kim jong-un, the shock waves are spreading from the closest allies at the rather chaotic g-7 summit in canada. president's aides continue the assault through the weekend. our panel is standing by. we'll have a serious discussion. but first, let's go to correspondent michelles could -- michelles couldin ski. >> and we're hearing shock and confusion from u.s. allies. the g-7 is supposed to be the show of unit and shared value and friends sticking together and we're anglea merkel calling his actions sobering and depressions and international cooperation can't depend on small words and we're learning more from sources about how trump was during these discussions. we are hearing that this was not
easy. these were very difficult conversations. they've been described as very intense. and look at the photo that was tweeted out by the german government that shows what -- appears to be a very contentious conversation. president trump with his arms folded across his chest. he looks like everybody is staring him down. of course the u.s. side tweeting out what appears to be the same moment where trump is the center of attention with everybody gathered around him but now hearing from multiple diplomatic sources that at that moment there was this very tough contentious conversation going on and a discussion about what would end up in the communique, the joint statement. and that trump was having difficulty with the language on trade, he disagreed with what allies wanted to put in there and also he didn't like a reference to an international rules based order and that made it into the communique and the u.s. agreed with it but then trump rescinded his support for
the communique. it is not clear why he didn't like rules-based international order and that is a mantra of the obama administration. and when they reached consensus on the communique, u.s. allies felt like that was a big victory and so there was surprise when trump ended up pulling away and in the words of one source today, the whole thing doesn't make sense. >> michelle, thank you. let's bring i our correspondents and analysts and our experts. and john kirby, you're an skpeer -- an expert. how much damage was done with the closest allies and what does this per tend for the relationship with north korea. >> and the g-7 is our closest allies from security and trade to all kinds of immigration issues and so to do this, i think he has set things back in
a significant way. and that is unfortunate. now i think he thinks that this makes him look strong going into this meeting with kim jong-un. that he pushed back on insult from trudeau and i'm not going take anything and i'm willing to walk out. i don't know that that is going to help him because i don't think kim jong-un is all that concerned about his relationships with the g 7 and more concerned about the iran deal and the relationships in the regiod when we talk about a this summit only is the beginning of -- it will get harder and not easier after the summit and right now it is a bilateral discussion between him and kim but two days from now it is a multi-lateral discussion because our allies including russia and china who have interests are not just going to walkway. >> phil mudd, what do you think? >> well, look, long-term we can with stand this and been with these countries more than a century but let's go short-term. president has two and a half years and he just threw a fourth grade hissy fit and i would have
been kept behind in the grade for this. ifure dealing with the europeans with a great interest on the nuclear deal and great interest in russia and strong ties on things like energy and the south china sea with the japanese and we have to deal with russia going forward with the european and the canadians on the election intervon. would you trust the president of the united states after that tantrum? the answer is no. and to close, god forbid we see the same kind of incidents as george w.h. bush and the invasion of iraq in my generation the invasion of iraq a second time and the afghan war. what do you tell the people who sent soldiers to die with us in those wars? sorry about the president throwing a hissy fit but if there is another catastrophic event, don't worry about it, we love you. for the next two and a half years -- >> everybody stand by. there is more to assess. we're getting new information at the same time. we'll take a quick break and be right back. mom and daa new car.
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not a real deal unlike those of the past can happen. >> well my guess is he's still adjusting to the time difference. because it is still about 5:30 his time and hasn't been there that long. but this tweet donald trump in a nutshell. imagine if you were a staffer who had a w or a month or you are the secretary of state mike pompeo spending time trying to culvate this relationship and set this up and -- and you get up in 30 minutes and you read, well this stuff isn't important. what really matters is what donald trump does. donald trump's -- we've seen this. he has said this. it is about him. it doesn't matter who the other people are -- the other people that we haven't filled the various offices within the federal of bukko-- bureaucracy, doesn't care. >> and is there a new doctrine we're hearing about? >> yes. i want to make sure i get the quote right because i think this
is right. these are not my words, but i do want to quote something because i think it is accurate. this is from jeffrey goldberg, the big boss at the atlantic. he quotes a senior white house official as being asked to define the trump doctrine and he said the llowing, we're america, bitch. now reminder, those aren't my words. don't isolate that out and say i'm saying that. and this is a slight overstatement exaggeration of what i do think broadly speaking is trump's view of the world. which is we have kowtowed and bowed and scraped to the world community for too long. that photo, that photo now iconic the angela murkle office sent out and my guess is donald trump is happy with that photo. it is him standing up to the world. remember when he pulled out of paris, he said i need to look out for pittsburgh, not paris. and that is what that photo in his mind shows. >> but dana, we've been talking -- interviewing donald trump for a long time and 19 years ago listen to what he told
me in a cnn interview because he sounds remarkably similar to what he said now. listen to this. >> north korea is totally out of control and would you rather have a very, very serious chat with them now and if necessary you might have to do something fairly drastic or would you rather have to go after them in five years when they have more nuclear war heads and missiles than we do. >> what if the north koreas don't play ball and develop a nuclear capability, go forward with their missile development, does the united states act unilaterally. >> if spoken to correctly, they will play ball. >> look on another front what happened recently where clinton has asked our trade -- our so-called trade partners to come so we could renegotiate fairness into trade, right. they don't show up. they say, we're not coming. why would gerny and france and japan show up? they've been ripping us off for years. so why would they come here.
it is ridiculous. >> that is november of 1999. he could have said that yesterday. >> absolutely. except sto-- except for the fac you are wearing different glasses. but listen, i think that there are a couple of things that donald trump has been incredibly consistent on since he was a business man for decades an one is trade and the other is like this. and he was -- he was right. if you don't deal with it now, it will get worse and north korea is going to advance and develop the nuclear program and that is exactly what happened. and it is one of the biggest red flags that his predecessor president obama raised in the meeting they had two days after the election. now you talked about the president thinking this is different because he's the one in the white house. but he's not wrong. he is different. and for better or worse.
and if there were any other president in the white house right now, this meeting would almost surely not be happening. it doesn't mean that it will see fruition but the two will meet one-on-one and then assuming it goes well then they broaden out to the aides and advisers and then as you said, this is the beginning. and then the really hard stuff comes. >> i think in so far as president trump does haveforeig how do i look. this is a president who views every major policy decision through the lens of how he is perceived and most importantly whether he is perceived to have the upper hand. that is his -- the way he's operated going into the negotiations with north korea, without much concern for the substance of the negotiations. whether or not there can be a clear and definitive commitment from kim jong-un to dismantle and surrender north korea nuclear weapons program, i think what you see from president trump instead is a projection of what he believes is toughness. you even saw that in the way
that he treated justin trudeau over the weekend and whether you are talking about north korea or the iran nuclear deal or the paris climate accord, all of the decisions have been governed by the idea he is projecting toughness where his predecessors have failed but what he's doing is dramatically reshaping america's standing on the global stage and our relationship with key allies. >> and he said talk to north korea and see what happens an don't wait five years on germany and france and they've been ripping us off for years an he said that in 1999. >> as dana said rightly, those are things he could have said yesterday and he's not wrong about them. we did tolerate a lot out of north korea that we probably shouldn't have and we probably should have done a better job to get to the point where they didn't have the capability that they have right now. so we'll see how it goes. i think he has done a fairly good job of keeping expectations low for the result of this summit. and i think we all need to realize that. it is a spectacle and parade and
kim jong-un taking self yif -- selfies and isn't that cool and i think they will agree on a framework for future discussions and that is important. >> phil mudd, button this up. >> president trurp trump is not the play but it is mike pompeo. the president will leave in 24 hours an not whether kim jong-un will play, the question is are we going to have ac -- access to facilities an the inspectors have a limited time frame to get in and have maximum over the course of time. i think mike pompeo was the key and so far he's been tough but i think very professional. >> stick around. there is more news we're following. summit through north korean eyes. people of pyongyang didn't learn about what their leader is doing until this morning. plus despite president trump's proposal to let russia back into the g-7 his treasury department hits back over
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>> yeah, well the treasury, wolf, wants to target companies an entities that are acting at the behest and the direction russia intelligence service the fsb. it is interesting because this is compartmentalized into two different things. on the one hand it is about past attacks. one of them is a major cyber attack in ukraine last year and then also what you were just talking about, those attacks on the u.s. power grid but there is a sect aspect which is really important, it is that the u.s. is also targeting the individuals and entities of russia's under water capabilities. they say that russia has been actively tracking under water cable communications that are very important to communications around the world and very important to u.s. national security and if you look at the three individuals who were targeted just now, they're all part of the same russian company called dive techno services that
provides underwater technology. and we've been looking around and russia has not commented but this is on the heel of the g-7 summit where president trump a e ienated allies and wants russia to be part of the group once again, wolf. >> how close is president trump and vladimir putin to getting together for a meeting? >> it is very interesting, because the russians are being coy on this. they say they are ready and waiting for the american side to come forward and to put forward a proposal as to when such a summit could take place. we know that the austrians are willing to host such a summit. so far it doesn't look as though there is a date set, yet. but it seems as when you look at the vibe her in moscow that a meeting between the twoders is something that is closer than it has been over the past couple of months. >> in moscow for us. thank you. coming up, north koreans are told what their leader is doing.
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>> with you are with you blung a tonight, we have new information from officials outside analysts on why kim wants and needs this meeting in singapore. we're told the nature of that announcement from the news anchor speaks to kim's motivations. she's one of north korea's most famous people. the news anchor delivered a bombshell to his people. >> translator: at this historical first dprk and usa summit, which is garnering the attention and hopes of the entire world, comprehensive and in-depth views will be exchanges from issues of common interest. >> it signals a new era she says, including the possibility of peace and a denuclearization
of the peninsula. it's not clear if it's the first time the people have been told their leader is meeting with the american president. either way, it's likely a jolt to them. >> if this is the first tomb it's been brought up in any north korean media, it's dropping a huge, huge piece of news with no preamble, no context. it would be like waking up and hearing that, i don't know, the president of the united states is going to be boarding the space station tomorrow morning. >> for the young dictator, that grand announcement speaks to his motivations for wanting this summit. he does want security guarantees from the u.s., they say, in exchange for some kind of promise to draw down his nuclear arsenal. he does want economic help to relieve the burden of sanctions. but a chkey motivation is a stas his father and grandfather never attained. >> the kim family has always wanted legitimacy in the eyes of the world. i think going to this sumsummit
sitting down with donald trump is a large part of earning this. >> while he was in boarding school in zerland, kim not social, didn't speak to many people. but was intensely competitive. barely into his 30s as a leader, he displayed his proclivity for silence. still, u.s. intelligence officials tell cnn, kim is a rational actor that despite those violent tendencies, he behaves in a calculated manner. those officials and outside and lists say his core motivation was drummed into him by his family from an early age. >> the strategic overarching active for the north korean leadership has been to preserve the kim family regime. that above all uelse. if you are kim jong-un you are the grandson the leader that established and has made an entire country your play thing. there's no place, no thing, no person that you cannot reach out
and touch in a good or bad way if you are of the kim family. >> kim jong-un is signaling confident in his hold on power because he brought his sister with him to singapore along with one of his top intelligence men, believed to have overseen the sony hack, as well as other members of his inner circle who he took to singapore. experts say the security apparatus in pyongyang will be keeping a close eye on anyone who might try to make a move on kim. >> on the security question, did kim's ste travel separately? >> we believe she did. we know kim yo-jong flew on a north korean plane. the sister's plane could have been used as a decoy in case there was a threat. in one of them goes down, the other survives. >> very interesting. thank you.
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selfie. has the isolated dictator become a man of the people? as north korea prepares to discuss denuclearization, cnn is learning details of deep concern over whether kim jong-un would keep his word and destroy his arsenal. hellish comments. the trump team blasts one of america's closest allies with scathing remarks. why is the administration taking a belligerent down toward canada while cozying up to the kim regime? welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." >> this is cnn breaking news. >> the breaking news tonight, president trump and kim jong-un now just three hours away from their historic meeting in singapore. changes continue. cnn has confirmed mr. trump