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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 moved up his departure by 12
hours. talk about it with senator rand paul of the foreign relations committee. our specialists and analysts are standing by. first let's go to our white house correspondent kaitlan collins in singapore for us. the eyes of the world are on this meeting that's about to take place. >> reporter: they are, wolf. it's a meeting that could make history. those it's0 there, back in washington it's 6:00 a.m. in singapore. president trump is up and tweeting right on schedule as he usually is. this time it's about north korea essentially a teaser of that sit-down with kim jong-un. the president writing, quote, meetings between staff and representatives are going well and quickly, but in the end that doesn't matter. the president says, we will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen. the president there teasing his meeting with kim jong-un that happened in just three hours from now. a meeting that the president says he will know within one
minute whether or not kim is serious about denuclearizing the korean peninsula. just hours before a handshake and a sitdown that could make history, president trump and kim jong-un publically expressing confidence. whie the normall the normally reclusive dictator taking a stroll. 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. now it's up to the leaders. >> president trump is going into this meeting with confidence, a positive attitude and eagerness for real progress. >> reporter: pompeo vowing the united states won't repeat past mistakes. >> the united states has been fooled before. there's no doubt about it.
>> reporter: moving closer to language used by pyongyang, repeating the white house wants -- >> complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> reporter: it could include the u.s. presence there. pompeo declined to say if it could affect the 25,000 u.s. troops in south korea. >> i'm not going to get into details of the discussions that we have had. we are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than america has been willing to provide previously. >> reporter: while only hours away fro historic summit, president trump is also dealing with fallout from his last one, refusing to let go of his feud with justin trudeau at the g7. dispatching his top aides to defend him in the fight over tariffs. >> he really stabbed us in the back. >> there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that
engages in bad faith diplomacy with president donald j. trump. >> reporter: a departure from what the president said before he left canada. >> the relationship i have had with the people -- the leaders of these countries has been -- i would rate it on a scale of zero to ten, i would rate it a ten. >> reporter: trump lashing out after seeing comments from trudeau. >> canadians are polite. we're reasonable. but we will not be pushed around. >> reporter: in singapore, pompeo seemed agitated when asked if it could affect negotiations with north korea. >> i came to talk about north korea. >> reporter: downplaying the rift between the u.s. and one of its closest allies. >> there are always irritants. i'm sure it will move forward on a strong basis. >> reporter: the president is up.
he is tweeting. once about the stock market. another about the meeting. he is saying right now -- i'm going to read you this tweet that the president just sent out minutes ago. saying on twitter, he is not only talking about this meeting with kim jong-un, also the stock market, unemployment rate. then saying, quote, the fact i'm having a major is a major loss to the united states say the haters and losers. we have hostages, testing and research and all missile launches have stopped. the pundits have nothing else they can say. we will be fine. that confidence from the president coming about the sitdown with kim jong-un as his own secretary of state has failed to say if the north koreans have offered any concrete commitments about whether or not they are committed to denuclearizing. that is something we will find out in the coming hours. >> thank you. let's get more on the remarkable events unfolding right now.
jim sciutto is in singapore for us. is there any reason to believe this summit will not go forward at this late point with less than three hours away? >> reporter: with three hours to go, that would be a remarkable development. it looks like and with the president expressing that confidence on twitter, it looks like the meeting will go forward. the meeting going forward is one thing. the question is, what do the two sides agree to? these last 24, 48 hours, work has been on a written statement of some form, to put into words, to put on paper the commitment that both sides are making to each other. the question,h is, how far do ty go? you heard from secretary pompo i within the last 24 hours that the u.s. side is waiting to hear if north korea in his words is sincere about being willing to denuclearize. that's a remarkable question to raise three hours before the leaders of the two countries sit
down. it appeared they did not have that commitment. we're going to look at the words of the staptement to see how fa they are willing to do. the real test is following through on those commitments going forward. it was interesting, i have to say, as i heard that last tweet from the president, he is referencing things that have happened, certainly important things. the release of the hostages. the fact they are sitting down. is he adjusting expectations to some degree to focus on the positive things that have happened already in light of questions about what they're going to substantively agree to? we don't know. let's see they sit down and see what is in that final statement. >> let me read that tweet that the president just posted. the fact that i'm having a meeting is a major loss for the u.s., the haters and losers. we have our hostages, testing, research and all missile launches have stopped.
these pundits who called me wrong have nothing else they can say. we will be fine. the president also finding time to report on twitter just a few moments a well, the stock market is up almost 40% since the election, with $7 trillion of u.s. value throughout the economy. he is up in the morning. it's tuesday morning there. he is tweeting extensively. how significant is it, jim, that the secretary of state mike pompeo is saying he wants denuclearization of the korean peninsula? >> reporter: it's enormously significant. what does that mean? that would mean not only that north korea gave up its nukes but the u.s. commit to no nukes on the korean peninsula. our closest ally south korea, part of the security is based on the u.s. nuclear umbrella and not just whether there are u.s. nukes deployed on the peninsula, but on submarines in the seas
around the korean peninsula. you have nukes that can be deployed on u.s. military aircraft based in japan, in guam. is that a concession that the u.s. side is willing to make? that would be quite a concession, because it would not only affect north korea's sense of security, but south korea's sense of security as well. of course, the other question is what happens to those 28 some odd thousand u.s. forces that are on the korean peninsula? is the president -- the president raised the possibility of withdrawing the forces. that would be remarkable as well. keep in mind, those forces are not just about north korea. those forces are a show of power, force for china as well. it's about a u.s. military footprint in the region. these are things to watch. how much does the u.s. give? yes, north korea has suspended tests. but it has not made any hard, lasting commitments yet. that's the real test. >>e will watch it together with you, jim sciutto, in singapore for us. thank you.
joining us now, republican senator rand paul of kentucky. he is a key of the foreign relations and homeland and governmental afafairs committee. let me get to north korea. what do you want president trump to get out of this first historic meeting with the north korean leader? >> i don't think we should have expectations that are too high. i think dialogue alone is a success. we have never had dialogue from the head of our country to the head of their country. this is a big step forward just having dialogue. what we get out of it, i think denuclearization is obviously what we want. they have suspended testing. that's good. we have gotten some hostages back. that's good. these are all good small steps forward. i think there's a possibility we could get the symbolic ending of the war from the 1950s between the north and south. i think that is symbolic but would show a thawing intention. i think ultimately what people want is that they would give up
their nuclear ambition. that's a big ask. to get that, we will have to have some verifiable and over a period of time with inspections. i'm not sure we get that immediately. i think the conversation is much better than having no conversation. >> ifhe north koreans do what the u.s. wants, secretary pompepompeo is promising unique security assurances for the north koreans. what concessions would you be comfortable with in terms of american military power in the region, for example, reducing the u.s. troop level, removing nuclear capable submarines and bombers from the korean peninsula? >> i think everything should be on the table, including removing our troops. i would say that that would have to do with verifiable, denuclearization. really, since it takes time to do some of these things and it takes time to believe that your adversary will do them, i think it should be a gradual lessening of tension, of sanctions,
lowering of troops. force.uld have an international could y you could have chinese troops that would be a stabilizing and reassuring presence. you can't give everything up front. a good deal gives things gradually. i wouldn't give any taxpayer money. the offer of economic assistance would be through trade and not through actually direct assistance but through opening our trade to them. >> the president has set repeatedly over the past few days he wants south korea, japan, china to invest in north korea. he said the united states is not going to spend any money over there. can american allies, south korea and japan, for example, trust that president trump will represent their interests in this meeting? they're very nervous right now. >> i think ultimately, any agreement has to be between north korea and south korea. we're part of the process. we were part of the war going back 60 some odd years now. ultimately, south korea has to directly negotiate with north
korea. i think what you have seen is south korea is very open to negotiations. in fact, in some ways, south korea has been pushing it forward. by having meetings there in korea. i'm not of the belief that the u.s. will trample on south korea's rights. any real peace comes from an agreement between north korea and south korea. >> the president hasn't made any military threats going into the summit as you know. senator lindsey graham, he wants an authorization for the use of military force in case the talks fail. do you think president trump has taken the military option off the table? would you vote for such an authorization for the use of military force? >> absolutely not. lindsey graham is a danger to the country by even proposing ideas like authorizing war with korea. my goodness. that should be something that is seen as naive and seen as something that really serious people shouldn't be discussing. >> you are calling a fellow
republican senator a danger to the country. i want you to elaborate. >> if you have watched over time, i think what you have seen from lindsey graham is basically a naive world view where he believes that war is always the answer. that means that expenditures for war are the answer. i think that's bankrupting us as a country. it's also gotten us involved in dozens of wars where it's not really clear what the american interest is in those wars. i think sometimes the reaction to our involvement in those wars is actually worse than had we not been involved at all. >> at the same time, president trul p trump is expressing optimist about his personal relationship with kim jong-un. he is calling the canadian prime minister justin trudeau, quote, very dishonest and weak. you heard his advisers, peter navarro saying there's a special place in hell for trudeau and larry kudlow saying trudeau stabbed the president in the
back. do you believe those personal attacks advance u.s. interests? >> not really. i would say about trade with canada is let's stick to the facts. we have a very mutually beneficial trade with canada. arere some places in that trade where canada is doing things unfair? yes. on dairy and lumber. canada is doing something. let's isolate on the problem which are two different segments of our economy where we want to sell things to them and they are closing the door and protecting their economy from our goods. let's work on those. let's h someough negotiations. let's don't discount that on 80%, 90% of the industries we have pretty free and open trade and it's of great benefit to the united states to trade with canada. i guess i would approach it differently. i'm not completely discounting that the president and his team have a point, particularly on dairy and lumber, that there is some canadian protection. >> according to the office of the u.s. special trade representative, the u.s. has a trade surplus with canada when
you add in goods and services. a surplus of $17.5 billion. i'm not exactly sure why the president is so angry at canada. are you? >> like i say, overall trade is good with canada. you are right. i think it's mutually beneficial to both countries. there are a few areas it could be better, dairy, lumber. we need to see is there anything they are complaining about that we are protecting. maybe there could be a negotiation where we could make trade better. i wouldn't throw the baby out with the bath water. i wouldn't say we're going to threaten all t or try to ratchet up tariffs with nada. canada is a great neighbor to have. we have done well, both have done well having open borders for trade. >> let me put the numbers on the screen. i misspoke as far as the surplus with canada. when you add services and goods, it's an $8.4 billion surplus that the united states has with
canada, our neighbor to the north. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. breaking news continues next a we count down to the unprecedented meeting between president trump and kim jong-un. we are learning new details. plus, the growing concerns about kim's nuclear arsenal. how can the u.s. be sure he will dismantle? ♪ build and run apps anywhere you like, while keeping your competitors at bay. the ibm cloud. the cloud for smarter business.
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where they will talk one on one with translators in the room. will ripley has been to north korea 18 times. he is in singapore covering the summit. what does kim want from this initial meeting with the president? >> reporter: one thing he wants he has, which is legitimacy. ss from the president of the united states, something that his father and his grandfather wanted and were never able to achieve. he is hobnobbing with world leaders. he is referred to as a statesman. this is someone that has been called a cruel, brutal and oppressive dictator. in a few short months, we have soon a different image of kim jong-un. i would argue that this is all carefully crafted on the part of the north koreans, beginning with their missile testing freeze back in november and then, of course, the opening up of communications with south korea earlier this year.
the olympics. now this moment, this historic moment. the big question, is he going to get what he wants? he wants security guarantees. he would love to keep his nuclear arsenal. the united states is saying that won't ha rhaps he would like to keep it as long as possible and stretch out the denuclearization process as long as possible. we will see what happens here in the coming hours. >> we are showing our viewers video. kim jong-un on world stage taking selfies in singapore. how significant is this after being a reclusive leader? >> reporter: i mean, he was touring the bridge down the block from where we are. what has struck me watching kim jong-un in action here in singapore and before that at the summit, he is almost using the same playbook that he uses inside north korea and that he has for many years to build up his image. going out on the town, touring sites, smiling. you saw him take a selfie.
he is interacting with the people on the ground. you see him interacting on the ground with other officials. every move is being documented by north korean state media. i was at his hotel. not only were there north korean security officers, but there were just as many north korean photographers, still, video. north korea is capturing this. they will tell their people their leader arrived, he had a successful summit. no matter what happens, when he walks out of the meeting inside north korea it's portrayed as a win. again, we don't know what's going to happen when he is in the same room face to face with only president trump and a couple of translators. he has been preparing for this. probably preparing for the entire trump presidency, studying president trump, trying to get inside his head. you have seen the north korean messaging. then trump responded.
the summit is back on and happening in a couple of hours. we know kim jong-un is walking into this very well prepared by a team of experts. president trump says he has been preparing for this his whole life. he is going to have his deal maker reputation put to the test when those two are in the same room. >> he will. will, thank you. will ripley in singapore. let's get more on breaking news. joining us, gloria, this is obviously a historic moment. we have learned that the president is stepping up his schedule to leave singapore based on what he is hearing from the north korean side. >> the president is not one to be left at the alter. it appears kim is going to leave earlier than originally planned. so i don't think the president wanted to be left behind. i think it's as simple as that. it could be a tactical decision, if these talks go well and they both decide that they want to extend, then the image -- wait a
minute, things are going well and we're going to stay a little longer. that could be a part of it as well. i think initially now, the president doesn't want to be left behind. >> samantha, the first session will just be the two leaders, the north korean leader, the president of the united states one on one with interpreters there. what are the potential pitfalls for such anticipa encounter? >> this is a self-inflicted mine field. i remember stopping president obama at the g8 summit when he met with president putin. we had him do a two plus two meeting. just because we wanted an extra set of eyes and ears in the room. president trump, instead, is going into this meeting by himself already at a significant handicap. kim jong-un has great intelligence on president trump. he has to look at his twitter feed, including the tweet the president just issued. we have limited intelligence on
kim jong-un. trump is going in at a disadvantage by himself. >> david, the president says he has been preparing to deal with north korea his whole life. i want you to listen to what he told me 19 years ago. this is an interview here on cnn in 1999. listen to this. >> north korea is totally out of control. 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 go after them in five years when they have morewarheads than we do? you will have to take rather drastic action. if you don't talk them now, you will be in big trouble in five years from now when they have more missiles than we do. we're a bufrmg bunch of saps. >> what if they 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 where clinton has asked our so-called trade partners to come to renegotiate fairness into trade. they say we're not coming. why would germany come, japan, france? >> that was almost two decades ago. >> president trump or then donald truad an initial point that he was right on. the longer you let international issues fester, the longer you let proliferation issues, nuclear proliferation issues go on, the harder they get to deal with down the road. the problem is, in his own words he is saying, when you get to a point like we're at now, you have a choice of negotiating or dealing with them. it sounded like he was saying, toughly, militarily. if these negotiations don't work -- most negotiators don't think we're going to get denuclearization out of the talks -- does that mean he will follow his own advice from 1999
and take million teitary action? you have a war-weary public that's been through 15, 20 years of war in the middle east. >> he has been very consistent when he said in 1999 -- he could have said it last week. >> absolutely. donald trump had cultivated his image as a negotiator over many, many years throughout his business career. the focus for him has been getting down in a negotiating situation with someone, sitting at that table and working it out. what's remarkable is that the situation with north korea hasn't changed over the course of those decades. we're still in a situation where we need to have those negotiations. it's more urgent than ever. >> it show you that donald trump hasn't changed. what he believed then, he believes now. he is not going to change his mind. when he says he has been
preparing for this his entire life, i mean, it may be partially true, even though he didn't expect to be president of the united states at that particular point, which may be why he says he doesn't -- he didn't need to prep. >> right. what hasn't changed is his own self-regard. trump's record for himself as this incredible nogs aegotiatory adept businessman. his ego is no smaller today than it was two deb acades ago. >> there's no situation in which he wouldn't say he was perfectly prepared. >> his self-confidence clearly has not changed either. >> exactly. that's exactly what i think that kim is going to play off of. i think president trump is an open book when it comes to what we call an intelligence psychological operation. it's a cool. if you are kim jong-un's team and prep him for this, you will tell him to flatter the president.
use a lot of superlatives to talk about how this is the biggest moment and historic moment, to talk about internal dissent in the united states. the president is focused on that. they share this panoia about deep states in their countries. this plays into the fact that kim has the upper hand in this meeting because the president is an open book. it makes him very easily manipulated. >> how are we really going to know what occurred in this meeting? back to your earlier point, which sam was talking about. these two men, neither one is known for their veracity. let me put it that way. donald trump and you have kim jong-un coming out of this meeting. they may very well be telling different stories. we then know that pompeo will be meeting and has been meeting. are we going to have to wait to hear from the secretary of state? but he wasn't there. for history sake, we really have no record of this historic meeting.
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there's more breaking news as we await the start of the historic trump/kim summit in singapo singapore. the president is facing criticism for the turmoil he unleashed at the summit in canada. we have details. >> reporter: republican after republican are raising serious concerns about what they heard from the president this weekend and from the trade adviser who said there would be a special place in hell for justin trudeau. a number of republicans told me that's going to undercut the white house going forward. >> that is completely unhelpful. we do have some legitimate trade concerns with canada. and it makes it more difficult, not less difficult for us to resolve those concerns if we have this war of words between the two countries.
>> that's an awful way to treat your allies. i saw the press conference. i saw what prime minister trudeau said. i didn't think it rose to the level for thatd of vitriol. i don't think i have ever seen a statement like that against any of our worst enemies let alone our allies. >> i don't think anyone should be using overheated rhetoric. >> would it be good to add russia to the g7? >> i don't think that would be a good idea. >> reporter: that last reference to the president saying he would be open to seeing russia added into the g7, that doesn't have support on capitol hill. a lot of republicans are not publically speaking out. one reason why, is what jeff flake told me, they are reluctant, it's an election year. he said, some things are too important to keep quiet about.
>> thank you. rare to hear republicans who are still up for re-election down the road who haven't dropped out yet criticizing the president. >> tee trouble down the road in terms of trade negotiations. they see what's clear to most people, this is disrespectful to a country that's our next door neighbor, our military ally, fought alongside us in afghanistan, thousands of canadian soldiers. think about the way president trump handled this weekend. he went to the summit like a kid who goes to high school class, late, takes over the discussion, answers the questions wrong and then asks the teacher if he can leave early, all the while offending everybody in the process, even though all canada is doing is something trump says he does, which is sticking up for america. justin trudeau said canada won't be pushed around. he took offense. here we are. >> this public criticism from republicans, gloria, relatively muted. what you hear privately is blistering. >> it would be interesting to
hear it publically, to be honest. especially after the president -- forget the language that peter navarro used, forget the tweets. after the president suggested russia become a member of the g7, making it the g8, where are all the republicans aside from people like jeff flake and john mccain and others who are up for re-election, where a they saying, this is not where the republican party has been. we understand what happened in crimea. that wasn't a little thing. it's astonishing to me that we haven't heard more republicans objecting to peter navarro's language, for example, or the president's language. what i think the president has right now on his staff are enablers. this is what he has wanted. this is the new donald trump. he has enablers. he doesn't have people pulling him back and saying, you know, mr. president, not a great idea.
instead, they take what he said and they notch it up, which makes for a very difficult situation with our allies. >> samantha, a senior white house official described what was described as -- a new trump doctrine in colorful language in a conversation with jeffrey goldberg. >> exactly. they are reporting a senior white house aide described it we're america, bitch. it speaks to the approach the president takes with allies and with enemies. it's unnecessary. i have to tell you, i bristle at the use of the world doctrine when we come to describing president trump's pattern of behavior. a doctrine should be what the administration is for. often it's about what he is against. what we see is a pattern of
behavior that is defined by being transactional, marriages of convenience and double standards. we see that with north korea. the president has decido ignore what china is doing in other areas to get them on side with north korea. he has a double standard when it comes to meeting with kim jong-un who has done none of the things that secretary pom-ppeo said iran needs to do to come to the negotiating table. >> very quickly, what's your reaction? >> it's stunning to hear that language as we quoted from the senior white house official coming out of the white house. this is one of the most powerful countries in the world. the president is one of the most powerful people in the world. for him to think he can go it alone, offend our allies and not need anyone's help, it's astounding. >> it is. we are standing by for the historic events about unfold in singapore. we are learning details of the growing concerns about how to verify the fate of kim jong-un's
verify it? barbara starr is working this part of the story for us. mike pompeo wants complete, verifiable denuclearization. how hard is that? >> it's goio be very tough. the hard work begins if they get an agreement at all in singapore. they also want it to be irreversible. how hard is this? a couple of weeks ago, you remember the video, the north koreans showed blowing up undert they used to test nuclear bombs, nuclear devices. they moved around a lot of dirt, a lot of dust. u.s. officials have concluded they can't verify that the north koreans really blew up anything other than the entrances to the tunnels. this is the best example right now of how hard it is to verify what they might decide to do. how would it all work? the north koreans have to make a declaration of everything they have, a vast complex of missiles, warheads, test sites, research facilities and uranium
and plutonium facilities much much is secret. the cia believes they know where a lot is. they may not know everything. they make a declaration from pyongyang. you have to believe that they telling the truth. how do u believe that? you have to get international inspectors on the ground inside north korea to look at everything, to verify it. those nuclear warheads we are told may not be stable enough to be moved to be dismantled. north korea will still have its scientists and engineers inside that country capable of restarting a program down the road if they choose to. >> troop levels -- u.s. troop levels in south korea are not part of the talks. how significant is that? >> look, kim jong-un wants >> kim jong-un wants security
guarantees, so he wants potentially to see a formal end to the korean war. so if they sign that agreement, why are u.s. troops still there? what secretary mattis said today is, his position is that the u.s. troops, 28,000 of them, are not a bargain chip, at least not right now. that they will stay put. if there's a negotiation to get the u.s. troops outthere, that will be between the u.s. and south korea. kim will not get a vote on that, but kim wants security guarantees in order to come to the table on the nuclear deal, and he wants, make no mistake, those 28,000 u.s. troops gone. wolf? >> barbara, thank you. there's breaking news next. take a look ahead to the trump/kim photo-op coming up tonight. cnn's chris cuomo standing by. we'll be right back. still a chance here.
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breaking news continues tonight with a summit between president trump and north korea's kim jong-un. just a little over two hours away, cnn's chris cuomo will be covering the events for us on his show later tonight. we're all counting down to 9:00 p.m. eastern, the moment we'll see therede shake hands with kim jong-un. we will all be watching your program. take us down the road a little bit. what do you anticipate would be a definition of success for these talks? >> that's a tough question. in fact, we'll be asking it on
the show tonight because it's a matter of perspective. i think you could start, wolf, from the historical perspective of just saying, this is already success on one line. it took 50 years for the leaders of northorea to meet, i think it was in 2000, 50 years after that war ended over theinsula. so things take a long time there. and in such rapid succession, you've had north and south korea say they want to end the war, and everybody should remember, this is armistice,here's no true peace there right now. now here we are with this summit. couple of hiccups, but tonight we'll see these two men shake hands. and then it all begins. that's the one frustration of today, we're waiting for something as if something's going to happen, but we're really just waiting for the beginning. they're going to say hello to each other. they're going to go back insidt have some live coverage of their setting within the actual summit meeting room. we're not sure what that will
mean, but we'll take it live, ty go away ask thatnd that's i. will there be peace on the peninsula? what does it mean for denuclearization? but i think we have to be conservative in our prospects and predictions. i think that nothing will be decided at this summit. this will be about promises of what happens next. >> just moments ago, the president tweeted this, let me put it up on the screen, the fact that i'm having a meeting is a major loss for the u.s., say the haters and losers. we have our hostages, testing, research, all missile launches have stopped. and those pundits who have called me wrong from the beginning have nothing else they can say. they will be fine. what do you make of that? >> i make that i can't believe he's tweeting from singapore. i thought that it would be dan skefeeno or somebody putting out a pat message, but that's obviously the president. and he's distracted as a time he
needs to be focused. so i make nothing of it. this is moss modus modus operandi. so i have a surprise for you tonight. who is the one man who can claim to be good friends with kim jong-un and donald trump? >> we all know the answer, and you have him as a special guest tonight. tell us about that. >> when i first interviewed dennis rodman back in 2014, i thought tha there was no way that he would ever be right about north korea opening up anytime soon and that kim jong-un wanted that. kenneth bae was still there, rodman was on the wrong side of that issue about bae had done or not done. and sure enough, here we are, a few years later, and dennis rodman is saying, i told you so. so, because -- this is a bizarro
world, wolf. but really, i don't know that i have a better guest to bring to the audience tonight than dennis rodman, if i want someone who can talk about kim jong-un and what his predisposition is to the summit and how he'll be and what he'll respond well to or not. he's our best guest. >> he's the only american citizen, as far as we know, other than mike pompeo, the secretary of state, to have sat down and met with the north korean leader. we'll be watching your program later tonight. cuomo primetime begins at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. finally tonight, our warmest congratulations to cnn's brianna keilar. you've seen her here in "the situation room," filling in for me, as well as doing excellent reporter as cnn's senior washington correspondent. but tonight she has breaking news of her own. brianna gave birth to her son antonio on friday, with the baby weighing five pounds, three ounces. her husband was in japan when
she went into labor, but scrambled home and made it back just in time for the birth. brianna's stepson teddy is excited to be a big brother. we wish the entire family all the best. what a great picture, beautiful family. congratulations. that's it for me. thanks for watching. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, breaking news, moments before he leaves for the biggest meeting of his presidency, donald trump, in an early morning twitter frenzy, sending a message to haters and losers. plus, trump's doctrine, according to a new report, we're america, b. and more breaking news, the story behind the g7 photo that has gone viral. we know exactly what was really happening in this picture. that's tonight. let's go "outfront." and good evening, i'm erin burnett. "outfront" this evening, the breaking news, we are moments away from the h