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top of the hour. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm poppy harlow in new york. anderson cooper is with me from singapore, a historic summit between president trump and north korea's kim jong-un just wrapped up. >> the two leaders did make history, just meeting face to face. they also signed a declaration in which kim commits to work toward the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. pretty much all the document says about that. there is zero mention of a huge concession from the president. president trump exercises war games, his words, costly provocation and declared this a very great day for the world. >> there is no limit to what north korea can achieve when it. this is complete denuclearization of north korea.
and it will be verified. >> all this brings me to cnn's kaitlan collins. certainly a remarkable day and we're seeing kim jong-un, now his motorcade about to leave for the airport, president trump obviously has already left. question, of course what if anything is going to come out of this long-term? >> reporter: that's the question here. is this just something symbolic or did we get concrete commitments in this agreement that president trump and kim jong-un both sign. they sign this agreement in front of the cameras, after they met one on one and also with their advisers. this is a statement that the president touted as this big comprehensive statement, said they made significant amount of progress and then we actually looked through the statement and it is not compreh and there is not any new language in it about what exactly the president and kim jong-un were putting their names on paper for and what it was going to signify in the future. and then the president held the
lengthy press conference where he took reporters questions for over an hour, going through what his day with kim jong-un was like, what it was like to meet him, what they discussed. now, the president during that press conference offered up praise for the north korean dictator, someone who has executed members of his own family, has starved his own people in favor of building up a nuclear nal, he called him a talented guy, and a reporter asked him, what he meant by that. >> he is very talented. anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough. i also will be invitie ining chn kim to the white house at propriate time. i think it is something that will be very important. and he has accepted. i said, at the appropriate time. we want to go little bit further down the road. >> reporter: so the president, anderson, there turning that question about his human rights
abuses into flattery for the north korean dictator, saying he'soing to invite him not only to the united states, but to the white house. so that's a separate matter. but then back to the statement, what the overarching outcome of this summit is going to be, still largely up for debate. what is remarkable about this statement that the president signed today is n what's in it, it is what is in it. th president said this means there is going to be denuzation of the north korean -- of the korean peninsula, but he doesn't really say how we're going to get there. there is no mention in this statement that the president signed of those terconti ballistic there iothing about how he's going verify that north korea has denuclearized and nothing about them going in there, nothing about these inspector sites and no timetable here, anderson. so it seemed like a photo of opportunities for theresident today, but we don't know what the real results of this are going to be. >> yeah, certainly seems a lot is left up to secretary of state pompeo and future negotiations. kaitlan collins, appreciate that. poppy? >> the president is
pledging to end what he calls those war games, along the korean peninsula. just listen to the president this morning. >> we will b stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the negotiation is not going along like it should. >> those so-called war games are u.s. military drills with south korean forces. pyongyang has long considered them a dress rehearsal for ot a. pentagon correspondent barbara star joins me now. this is a huge concession from the united es, something that north korea really wanted, something that china likes to see. so what is the pentagon saying about it this morning? >> reporter: well, poppy, from the pentagon point of view, anything tt reduces tensions with north korea is a good thing. i think everyone agrees onthat. but as for these training exercises that the president calls provocations and war
games, let's remember where they came from. these have been developed over decades to help train to defend south korea in the face of a north korean nuclear threat, these are defensive exercises. you know, the president talked about bombing empty mountains, that's because it is training, they're n active targets. this is something that is being very carefully watched by china, the next major training exercisn august, with several allies in the region, up to 17,000 troops participating in that. the pentagon right now trying to figure out the way ahead. are all exercisesalled off now? is it forever? is it while the negotiations are going on? is it small exercises, large exercises, how does it impact the allies? and if you are going to call off all training, what happens to the 28,000 or so u.s. troops in south korea, what happens to
troops that go into south korea fo this training? are they just going t stop all of it poppy. >> barbara, inow you clarifiedf if south koreaven knew that this was going to happen. i also want to ask you about what the president repeated a lot this morning in the press conference, he talked about the fact that chairman kim had agreed to destroy what the president calls a major missile engine testing site. and he says that agreement to destroy that missile testing site is not in the framework on paper, but that it is a big deal. is it? is it a win for the u.s.? >> reporter: well, we will have to see, i think. the u.s. position is irreversible denuclearization, irreversible. that is a pretty tough standard can tak ap a missile test stand, for example, rip up the concrete pad, take out all the instrumentation, destroy what equipment is left behind.
but, you still have your engineers and -- >> sorry to interrupt. we're going liste to mitch mcconnell, senator mitch mcconnell speaking on the senate floor about north korea, the senate majority leader. let's listen. >> resolving the 65-year-old international challenge will take a great deal of hard work. as president trump explained a few hours ago, today is the beginning of the arduous process. our eyes are wide open. i support the goals contained in the joint statement and i remain supportive of the administration stated position as secretary pompeo has reiterated, the goal of the united states is the, quote, complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsul korea does willing to follow through, we and our allies must be prepared to restore the policy of maximum pressure. today i congratulate the president on this major step,
and share his hope that it will begin a process that leads to an hist peace. now, madam president, on a related matter, history clearly shows us that skillful diplomacy, global peace, and a strong american military are in no way opposed to one another. quite the opposite. these components of america's strength are complementary. as president reagan explained, quote, peace does not exist of its own will. it depends on us, on our courage to build it, and guard it, and pass it on to future generations. and yesterday afternoon the senate took a step toward doing just that by turning to the john s. mccain 2019 national defense authorization act. this legislation builds on the landmark bipartisan budget agreement congress and the president reached -- >> there you have senate majority leader mitch mcconnell on the senate floor this morn congratulating the president on what he calls a major step, congratulating him
on the diplomacy and reiterating i think what everyone hopes, anderson, that is that this leads to a lasting peace between the two nations, anderson. want to break this down now with former u.n. ambassador, former new mexico governor bill richardson, senior gbal affairs analyst joseph yun. your take on what came out of this summit today. >> well, reduction of tensions in the korean peninsula, that's very positive. road to normalization of the relationsh, two leaders but it is a start of a good. negotiation. but i didn't see much meat on the bones or hardly any on the issue of missile technology, missile negotiations, nuclear negotiations. i didn't see anything on the peace treaty. i think it was lacking in the human rights area. i was pleased with the discussion of the importance of
retrieving some of our remains from north korea. there is about 5,000, a lot of families are trying to get them ba i brought back seven in 2007, under the bush administration. so positive on the tone and diplomacy, but lacking and mixed on the substance. and, you know, the north koreans, i've negotiated with them, they always want you to go first. and we did go first by reducing or suspending the military exercises, then they say they're going to do something, sometimes they do it, other times they don't do it, they never say yes or no. so their negotiating strategy on this initial discussion worked. >> ambassador yun, we have been talking about this. to governor richardson's point, a lot of the language that came out of today is actually less specific than language we have seen in other deals that have been negotiated in the past. >> i completely agree with that assessment. you know, it was an amazing day
today. we had two halves, i would say, we had all the pageantry summit and two arch enemies getting together, and a warm feelin feeling almost envelopinghe two. we were looking forward to so what did they actually accomplish and we looked forward to seeing the declaration. but as the governor says, there was no meat in it, you know? and all the language was repetition of previous language. so, of course, we have to judge the outcome, there is still time. let's hope the meetings that the president says will start next week will provide something. but i must say, i was a little surprised at the kind ofing of joint exercise. >> that caught you by surprise. >> it really did. i mean, it is something, you know, as governor richardson
knows well that they have always asked for. but what is the point of having troopsf they're not ready. they don't exercise. that begs the question, you know, what did it mean? did it mean all exercise, some exercise? so again that needs to flushed out. >>t is interesting that the president looks those exercises as being costly as them being an expense, and a question of saving money, even talked about theultimately removing troops from south korea. obviously that's a -- not sure how much of that the south koreans were aware of advance, but that would be certainly an enormous step. >> right. and i'm concerned on two fronts. one, we obviously didn't consult the south koreans on this because of their statement that they issued saying they clarification. that always means in the diplomatic lingo, youer t to us. and secondly, you know, this is
a significant concession. because what you're doing is this is not something that we have as a giveaway to the south koreans. this is u.s. national security. this is to contain china, this is to send messages that we're engaged in asia. relationship with japan and y south korea. so this enhances america national security, it is not like a cost issue as you mentioned. the president is always wanting to reduce troops in germany, he wants to reduce troops in south korea, all around the world, but, you know, reducing troops is something that is not in the national security interests of the united states. we're protecting our flanks from china, from russia, from other countries that generally have geopolitical interests, opposite of ours. >> ambassador yun, stunning to hear the president in his press
conference afterward praising the dictator of north korea, talking about how few people could have done what he did coming into power at 26, and that, you know, that he did it in a tough way. i mean, he executed members of his family, there are tens of thousands of people in gulag-like prisons, the u.n. put out a report years ago saying there is atrocities that take place in north korea have no equal anywhere else in any other country in the world. >> yeah. i mean, you know, as a diplomat, we got to talk to everyone. so i can understand not wanting to criticize publicly, but it seemed a little far fetched to go beyond that and to praise him, you know. that's something i think certainly as an american diplomat you want to avoid. you know, you don't want to criticize your negotiating with him, but to praise him, i think
that's a little too far. >> ambassador yun, appreciate it. governor richardson, as well. ppy? >> still to come, president trump says he trusts kim jong-un, kim jong-un trusts him. could this gamble back fire? also, it is a lasting image from the g-7 summit, the german chancellor seemingly facing off with president trump, but the president explained this picture in detail this morning, what he says was really going on next. ancestrydna is only $69 for father's day. and with twice the detail of other tests... ...it can show dad where he's from ...and strengthen the bonds you share. give dad ancestrydna for just $69- our lowest father's day price ever. for just $69- i think, keep going, and make a difference. ome point, we are going to be able to beat als. because life is amazing. so i am hoping for a cure.
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>> that's right, anderson. they knew ahead of time that he was coming to the summit, which shows there was a certain amount of confidence that this was going to go well. all that the north korean people so far have seen is his walkabout last night around singapore, the fact that he was walking around, he was being greeted by singaporeans tourists shouting out welcome, kim. they saw that part where he was looking fairly presidential, being shown around the town by the singaporean foreign minister. they haven't seen the summit as yet. so they haven't seen how it has gone. very interesting to see exactly how they play it, whether they see this as a success for kim jong-un, clearly that's the way they will tell their people it was, but it is also the way many people around the world see this, as a success for the north korean leader. it is not unusual, though, for it to take a little time. usually about 24 hours or so for this to reach the living rooms of those in north korea. but clearly the camera men from north korea have been following
every single move of the north korean leader. we should expect to see that soon. >> paula,s someone based in this region and who has been following this obviously for so long, i'm wondering what you make of what we witnessed today, the declaration that was signed by both leaders and also the praise that president trump had for the dictator of north korea. >> reporter: well, i think the process was quite remarkable. i think we all knew this was going to be about two big personalities. this potentially was going to pivot on whether or not the leader of north korea and the leader of the united states got on a human level. we heard from the u.s. president that he was going to go on his gut instinct and would know in the first minute if he would get on with kim jong-un and make peace. it is interesting the optics of this. after the meeting it was picture perfect, the optics of this have
been quite remarkable. the fact the two seem to be getting on, the declaration not so much. we have seen that kind of language before. we didn't see the words complete irreversible or verifiable in the declaration. so those are things that north korea has agreed to before this complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. but one thing -- >> paula, let me tell you that -- paula, let me just tell you that kim jong-un is -- i know you're at the airport, kim jong-un now, we're just seeing his motorcade leaving the st. regis hotel, so we'll be heading toward the airport where you are, so those are the picks, i want to let our viewers know that we're looking at. go on, paula. >> reporter: yes. i was going to say, anderson, one thung i was very surprised about, i think many people were was the fact that the u.s. president said there wouldn't be war gamdz as es as he put them. i've been covering the joint
exercises for many years. they have been going on for decades, both militaries saying they're necessary for battle readiness. not saying they're against north these two militaries need to be in tandem. i spoke to someone at u.s. forces korea, they weren't aware of it. i think that really stood out for me. >> obviously we'll see how that plays out in the coming days and weeks. paula hancocks, thank you very much. we're going to continue looking at those pictures because we do have kim jong-un's motorcade leaving the st. regis hotel, heading to the airport as well. i believe we have that. but the president this morning at the same time is using words like talented and worthy to describe the north korean leader. when it comes to what he has to say about canada's prime minister justin trudeau, listen to what president trump said in response to a question the press conference this morning. >> we have a good relationship with justin trudeau. i really did. other than he had a news conference that he had because he assumed i was in an airplane and i wasn't watching.
he learned. that's going to cost a lot of money for the people of canada. he learned. you can't do that. you can't do that. >> seemed like a veiled threat. with me now, max boot, a senior fellow at the council on foreign relations and former adviser to senators john mccain, mitt romney and marco rubio's presidential bids and cnn political analyst jackie kucinich is here also. the president is continuing to fight with justin trudeau and saying it is going to cost canada, our second largest trading partner and one of our most significant allies. why? >> i think it all goes down back to the personal. he feels like prime minister trudeau offended him, even though i believe he was saying trudeau is saying those things pretty much all week. the president didn't like the fact that he went on tv and felt like he was made foolish. now, there is a lot of discomfort about this on the hill. and elsewhere in the political sphere, picking a fight with
what is our closest ally, but this is what the president does. he feels personally slighted, he's going to hit back, wther or not someone is of critical importance. >> interesting this now famous picture, let's pull it up, guys, of the president there with chancellor angela you see prime minister shinzobe there as well, john bolton. a lot has been said and written about this photo and exactly what it means. this morning, in the press conference, the president described what he says was actually going on here at the g-7. >> and frankly, really good with merkel, really good pretty much with all of them. i was surprised. we were getting ready to sign a document, i made them make various changes and you know that so-called semifamous picture. >> i've seen the picture. >> right. she was looking at me, you know what we were doing, we were talking while waiting for the final copy of the document. there was -- that was such an innocent picture. >> if it was such an innocent picture and everyone is getting along so well, max, why then did
angela merkel announce yesterday thatmany will retailiate against these u.s. tariffs? >> you can't take seriously anything that donald trump says. can't take it literally in any case. clearly this was a catastrophic summit, the worst g-7 since g-7 summits started being held. i think in 1975. there is a huge amount of animosity and mistrust between the united states and all of our traditional allies and all the more striking that president trump says he has a, quote, very special bond with kim jong-un, vicious dictator. and the same time, his aide is saying there is a special place in hell for justin trudeau, the prime minister ofcanada. >> which i will say, mark, the legislative director at the white house shot down what peter navarro said about a special place in hell yesterday. >> peter navarro is still employed by the white house, if i'm not mistaken. >> he is indeed.
>> he should have been fired, he reflects the views of donald trump. >> i want you both to listen to what republican senator marco rubio said when talking about human rights as part of any negotiations with north korea and also sort of the flatterin nguage that the president used about kim jong-un and the press conference today. here is senator rubio. >> i ao think the human rights issue, you can't have this guy now. death camps, what he has these things have to be addressed. he would, i imagine, doesn't truly believe the guy is that talented. he inherited the family business from his father and grandfather. the family business is dictatorship. i think the president is trying to butter the guy up to make it easier to get a deal with him. >> max, and jackie, what do you make of rubio's comments. the president is trying to get a deal here. that's why he's saying these nice things. >> that's right. i think donald trump traffics in flattery. he loves to be flattered and he
doles out flattery. what he can't stand is any open disagreement. that's why he's seething at others who are willing to disagree with him face to face and say he's wrong when he's wrong. what he really rewards is kind of the mo of somebody like kim jong-un who flatters him to his face, but then doesn't deliver on these vast commitments that he makes, basically lies to trump's face, which i would assume is probably the case now because north korea has promised to denuclearize since 1992, without ever actually doing it and there is very little reason to think they're actually going to do it now. i'm sure kim jong-un fawned over donald trump and donald trump fawned over kim jong-un. this is kind of the way that he operates. but it is, you know, it may be okay in the real estate business, but it is odious and disgusting when he's fawning over one of the most vicious dictators on the planet. >> i want to address the human rights part of that. marco rubio said you have to do more on human rights. the president answered a few
questions, we talked about it, we didn't go into detail. >> it is true that american leaders and presidents have dealt with really bad people in the past. and that is an unfortunate undercurrent of diplomacy sometimes. that said, he did take it to another level. he talked about how much kim's people loved him. it is amazing how hard you'll cheer for someone when you don't want your family to end up in a gulag. so it really is -- he took it a step further than he needed to. one thing to butter someone up, another thing to take it to the next level, which the president seemed to. >> jackie kucinich, max boot, nice to have you both, thank you very much. moments ago, we heard from mitch mcconnell on the floor of the senate, congratulating president trump on this summit with kim jong-un. he says the u.s. and its allies must be ready to act if north korea does not follow through on the framework laid out here. how are other members of
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the united states? >> all americans should want this effort to succeed. several things concern me, though, about what we're hearing happen at this meeting, one that there aren't any details a how we progress next and what is actually going to be done to denuclearize the korean peninsula. second, that the president seems like he's already made a concession in saying we're not going to do military exercises with south korea, and it was troubling because it seems that he didn't share that with south korea in advance and i'm sure our other allies in the region, japan, are also concerned about that. and, third, there was no discussion about kim jong-un's human rights abuses, the labor camps they're still operating in north korea. >> let's talk about that. because this is what the
president said when he was asked twice about human rights aabuses and if it came up, he said, yes, it came up, then said this. >> we'll be doing something on it, it is rough. it is rough in a lot of places, by the way. not just there. but it is rough. and we will continue that and i think ultimately we'll agree to something, but it was discussed at length, outside of -- outside of the nuclear situation, one of the primary topics. >> here are some of the human rights abuses on your screen. his critics, senator, say, you know, he was equivocating a bit, putting north korea on par with others in human rights abuses, and, yes, there are other nations that carry out atrocious human rights abuses. but what do you need to see from this administration that will convince you that, yes, it takes the human rights atrocities seriously enough and will get
kim jong-un to make concessions on that front as part of any deal. >> i would like to see some public discussion about it. this is a brutal dictator, and for the president to talk to -- talk about him in terms that are more glowing than he talks about our neighbor to the north, prime minister trudeau is very disconcerting. so we need to see some action on this front. kim jong-un is a brutal dictator. >> senator rubio says it is flattery, his words, the president is buttering up kim jong-un to get a deal. do you agree? >> i don't know what his motivation is. but i do know that in order to get a deal that denuclearizes the peninsula of korea, that we need to see details. and the president has set a very high bar in his criticism of the iran deal. so are we going to see verification anywhere anytime, inspectors who can go into north korea? are we going to see a list of
all of their sites? are we going to see them dismantle their other missile and military efforts? are we going to see them stop their cyberattacks and other efforts to interfere in the region. so i think these are all questions that we don't have answers to, and we really need to see the details. >> the president stopping what he called this morning war games and that is the joint military exercises with south korea. at least temporarily. a huge concession, a huge give to kim jong-un, a huge give to china as you well know, sitting on the armed services committee. are you supportive of it at least in the near term if it gets the u.s. closer to a deal of what secretary of state pompeo promised would be complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the peninsula? >> well, i'm concerned about making this kind of a concession before w see what we're going to get in exchange for that. i don't think we know that yet. so i'm very troubled.
i have heard from some of our military and former military leaders that they're very concerned about this kind of a concession. so i think the president acted too soon. we don't know what north korea is going to do, and i think we really need to see somedetails, we need to hear plan >> can you elaborate on why you and your fellow nors -- i'm wondering are any of them republican senators that are concerned? what is it that you think will be advantageous to north korea? what do you worry about playing out in the near term with a halt of these joint military exercises? >> one big concern is that anything that separates us from our allies, south korea, from japan, from our other allies in the region is a big concern. because that gives china an advantage. and we're already worried about china's aggressive actions in the south china seas and other places in southeast asia. so i think that's one big reason to be concerned about it.
another is that we don't know what north korea is going to give us in return. what we know is that these exercises have been a concern for north korea for a very long time. they have been agitating because it means they have to also provide military exercises and spend their dollars on that to show they have an equal force. so that's a concern. why are we giving this up until we know what we're going to get for it. >> the president did say, look, i was agreed to after we signed this document that north korea would dismantle this missile test site, we'll see what happens there. just quickly before you go, any repuan senators, any republican counterparts who also came to you and expressed concern over this halt of joint military exercises. >> i have yet to talk to any of my republican colleagues this morning. >> i appreciate you being with us on an important morning.
thank you very much. president trump vowing to stop as we just discussed what he calls these war games in the korean peninsula. south korea, news to them, south korea wants more details. that's ahead. i'll never find a safe used car. stt at the new carfax.com show me minivans with no reported accidents. boom. love it. [struggles] show me the carfax. start your used ch a the all-new carfax.com.
as you know, president trump says he'll end war games on the korean peninsula, war games the term he used while he works out a deal with north korea. now, south korea wants to know what exactly the president means by that. joining me now is nic robertson in seoul. it seems like south korea was caught by surprise. >> reporter: it really does, anderson. you know, we got a statement from the blue house, the president's office, a little earlier on this evening. they said, look, we need to understand the precise meaning, the accurate meaning and intent of what president trump is saying. they did go on to say they're willing to make compromises to improve that relationship, between the united states and north korea, and that this was important that that relationship building and there were things
they are willing to do for that. but what is really fascinating here is the readout that we had just in the past couple of hours or so from a phone call between president trump and president moon jae-in, president trump called him the south korean president when he was on the way home, on air force one. there is notion on these joint military exercises in this statement, there is some congratulations going back both ways, perhaps the key phrase to take out of it here is what president moon said to president trump, they like to improve and have closer cooperation through this process, and i think that kind of gets this idea in south korea, they want all this to happen, but feel they're being left out of the mix and this whole issue that the hugely important for south korea, joint military exercises, that's really the sort of biggest surprise that they have had, an indication of it is not terribly joined up for them at the moment, anderson. >> it may also be a big concern for japan, obviously.
there is a big u.s. military presence there, and joint exerthere. but japan has very real security concerns about north korea as well. >> reporter: absolutely. they're concerned and prime minister abe has been sort of almost tracking president trump down, seven meetings with him now, face to face, and most recent couple have been to find out what the united states, what president trump was planning to do, the concern there is what like, would it leave japan ok vulnerable. so prime minister abe today has got to be wondering what is going on when he hears about the end of the joint military exercises with south korea and president trump also saying that, you know, indicating that maybe further down the road he could reduce the number of u.s. troops in the region. this will be definitely something that japanese prime minister is going to be worried about. we don't know the outcome, the readout from his phone call,
president trump, there was a phone call expected between them this evening. so we don't know what japan's precise thoughts are about everything that they have heard so far. >> yeah, nic robertson in seoul, thanks so much. we're waiting to see kim jong-un departing from singapore. his entourage, his motorcade is on the way to the airport. we'll be right back. ancestrydna is only $69 for father's day. and with twice the detail of other tests... ...it can show dad where he's from ...and strengthen the bonds you share. give dad ancestrydna for just $69- our lowest father's day price ever. for just $69- ♪ ♪ if you have recurring constipation and belly pain, talk to your doctor and say yesss! to linzess. yesss! linzess treats adults with ibs with constipation or chronic constipation. linzess can help relieve your belly pain, and lets you have more frequent and complete bowel movements.
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entry into the united states. attorney general jeff sessions has ordered immigration judges to set a pretty high bar for victims of crime, including domestic violence victims, to try to seek asylum in tcountry. avandera in mccounsewan, texas. these are two major policy changes from the administration, and one of them includes victims of domestic violence. what is different now? >> reporter: well, what is different is this really is kind of focused on the number of undocumented immigrants we're seeing coming from central american countries, like guatemala, and el salvador and honduras, where because of gang violence many people have been fleein fearing for their safety. many of them have spent over the last few years requesting asylum here these changes that jeff sessions announced makes it -- raises that bar for being able to qualify for asylum. they can still arrive here and try to request asylum, but getting that asylum paperwork granted has become -- will become much more difficult.
i think the effects of this will take several months to see because the asylum process already takes a great deal of time. so setting that bar high and the real effects of all of this, how many applications get denied here in the future will take some time to see kind of play out. >> well, it is important to note these courts work differently, right? the immigration courts are at the authority of the department of justice and, of course, jeff sessions sits at the helm of the department of justice. they have a lot of authority here on this change. you're down there reporting also on the separation of families at the border, undocumented people coming over the border illegally and separation we're seeing ly children when the parents are put into the justice system. what are you seeing in terms of the numbers being separated there when it comes to these families? >> reporter: well, this is a separate issue altogether. so not only what jeff sessions announced yesterday in terms of the asylum process, but about a month ago, the administration also pushed what they call a zero tolerance policy for anyone
crossing the border illegally, they would be taken into federal custody and charged with the misdemeanor charge of crossing the border illegally. that illegal entry. this is how we're seeing this play out here. these buses you see here, now bringing over several hundred people into this one courthouse here in mcallen, texas. yesterday, alone, there were 170 people brought into -- filling up the courtrooms inside the federal courthouse here in mcallen. we spoke with a federal prosecutor or federal public defender who says that in the than 500 families separated re because these immigrants being brought na this system before they're put into the immigration system. so quite dramati changes we're seeing . >> ed lavandera, appreciate the reporting down there, thank you so much. also, take a look at these live pictures. this is kim jong-un's motorcade, arriving from his hotel to the airport in singapore, after the historic summit with president trump. both leaders headed to their
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