tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN June 13, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm PDT
cnn and that is it today. i turn you over to one mr. wolf blitzer next door in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now, breaking news. lookin for alawyer. president trump's personal attorney michael cohen is seeking new representation as he splits with his own lawyers in the middle of a federal criminal probe. is cohen ready to flip and cooperate with the feds. playing to their bases. president trump is back home declaring victory in the summit with kim jong-un, saying there is no longer a nuclear threat from north korea. but kim is also kplami-- is als claiming a win saying president trump promised to lift sanctions. uncorked. senator bob corker unloads on fellow republicans say they are in a cult-like situation with president trump. what is behind the criticism? and why were tempers high during
a pvate gop luncheon? and tweeting punchy. president trump unleashes a twitter barrage praising kim jong-un while attacking his critics. but why is he alling the actor robert de niro punchy. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room". this is cnn breaking news. >>aking news. president trump's personal lawyer michael cohen is splitting with his own legal team as prosecutors focus on his financial dealings including the payment to the porn star stormy daniels, there is now growing pressure on cohen said to be looking for lawyers experienced with the fed southern district of new york and a source said cohen has not yet met with prosecutors to discuss a deal but trump allies say they worried he could flip at any moment. i'll speak with senator james langford of the intelligence committee and our correspondents are standing by with full coverage.
our top story, the president's personal lawyer michael cohen is breaking with his legal team as he faces a federal investigation in new york. our national correspondent is joining us from new york with theest. brin, what is the latest? >> reporter: wolf, what we know is that this is a legal team that has been by the side of michael cohen ever since early april after the raid by the fbi of his home and his hotel room and his office. and we know they've also been by his side through the legal proceed gz and several court proceedings where they fought to conceal some of the documents taken during th raid claiming attorneyt privilege so this is significant that he'll be likely be set to split with the attorneys, some based here in new york and some in d.c. now for the reasons -- those are not one 100% clear but there is speculation and there is a lot of things out there right now that could possibly be the reasons. for one, we're hearing from a source that michael cohen wants a legal team that has more
experience with the southerndis. now remember, that is the one -- that is the southern district is the one doing the criminal investigation right now. criminal charges haven't been filed as of yet but that is possible that those are coming and he wants more experience with that. what we do know is what you already sathat pressure is really mounting for michael cohen at this point. we know that again there is several legal proceedings going on, we know that lawyers have said in court that they have lawyers working around the clock, sleeping on couches as they continue to sift through 3 million plus documents taken during the raid to try to determine what was attorney/client privilege and in the last court proceedings a few weeks ago, they had only gotten through a third of the documents and the deadline for that coming is this friday. so we know that cost could be an issue as well. but certainly this is a big development for michael cohen, wondering what his next strategy is and who his new attorneys are. wolf. >> brin, thank you. in new york. and let's bring in evan
perez doingting on this. michael cohen is not met with prosecutors, at least not yet. but what would they want to ask him and what do we know? >> what we know, is that this is an investigation right now that is focusing on michael cohen's business past, certainly the -- his ownership of taxi medallions which used to be a lucrative business in new york. but don't -- let's not forget this is the president's fixer. this is the person who has been so close to the president. he's known a lot of intimate details about president's business over the past few years. so there is a lot of information that he has and this is why you see -- as brin just mentioned, people close to the president has been frankly freaked out and wondering whatctly is on cohen's mind and whether or t there is something here that could bring danger to the eside >> he's been with the president for a decade. that i know. what would it mean for the president if michael cohen were to flip and cooperate with the
feds? >> well, look, i think right now people have -- at the justice department have tried to make it clear to the president this is not an investigation abo him,at. and so what -- whattion he possesses, again he knows a lot about what the president and his businesses have been up to in the last few years and don't forget even during the time of the campaign, michael cohen was the one twas pitching the idea of a -- of a trump tower in moscow. these are business plans that are of course at the center of the mueller investigation. so there is a lot of things that michael cohen knows that could be very valuable to investigators down the line. >> what leverage -- what kind of leverage do the federal prosecutors have on cohen right now? >> tremendous amount of leverage. if you look at the court papers and what you -- what you follow -- the proceedings in the courthouse there in new york, they've made it clear they believe that they are crimes that they could bring charges on. that certainly they believe that
charges are very lely in this case and we don't know when exactly. but they've made it clear they believe that there are financial crimes and things that they can prove right now even though they haven't gone through what is -- 3 million items -- documents that are in the items that were seized by the fbi in that raid just a few weeks ago. so the fbi and the prosecutors in manhattan seem to think they have enough evidence to bring charges against michael cohen even without seeing all of that. >> evan perez, thanks very much for that report. the president is back from his summit with kim jong-un proclaiming that the nuclear threat has now passed. let's go to our white house correspondent pamela brown. isn't it early for thesi to be declaring victory? what is the latest. >> reporter: well if history is any indication, it does appear premature. i've been speaking to white house officials today who, while they are cautiously optimist. >> they realize the u.s. has been in this position before and
there is the possibility that north korea is once again jerking the u.s. around. so time will tell if the president was premature in making this victory lap or a bold claim that he tweeted shortly after landing back in the united states. when he said everybody can now feel much safer than the day i took office. there is no longer a nuclear threat from north korea. he also tweeted before taking office people were assuring -- assuming that we were going to war with north korea. president obama said north korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem, no longer. sleep well. sosidents putting a lot of trust in a regime that is known to cheat the system, that is known to draw negotiations and try to buy time while building up the nuclear arsenal but it is clear the president is convinced that kim jong-un will make good on his pledge and make progress toward denuclearization and i spoke to one administration official today who said this is a president who puts a lot of inl relationships and it is clear he
feels like he has one with kim jong-un following the summit in singapore, wolf. >> pamela, the suspension of u.s. and south korn military exercises, can you give us some more on the back story and how it came that the president -- came to make this publi offer to kim jong >> reporter: well the suspension of the military exercises is something that president xi of china has been pushing on president trump in direct conversations so it has been something the president has contemplated and in fact the term war games that you've heard the president adoption is a term coined by china and north korea as well. so an administration official i spoke with said the president had been weighing tsnd talking to his top advisers in the days leading up to the summit including john bolton and mike pompeo and john kelly and it is one tool in the tool box, this official said, that the meeting with kim jong-un with, but the president had told those around him that he wanted to size kim up first before making any decision and any
concessions. so it was really a game-time decision when he made this big concession of halting the joints exercises on the korean peninsula. that really caught allies off guard and including some military officials as well as some lawmakew secretary state m pompeo pushed back on any criticism say koreaesn't follow pledge, on the promises, that those joint exercises could be reimplemented, wolf. >> pamela brown at the white house. joining us now, repub senar james langford of ok he's a member of the senate intelligence committee. thanks so much for joining us. >> thanks, wolf. >> i want to get your thoughts on north korea and inmout first top of the hour, president trump's long time personal attorney michael cohen splitting now with this -- his legal team in a critical moment and that is fuelling lots of speculation that he may be preparing to cooperate with federal prosecutors. do you believe cohen possesses specific information that may be of value to the special counsel
robert mueller? >> well there is no way for me to know that or be able to tell. i'm obviously not an attorney and i don't talk with michael cohen but i would say everyone should cooperate with the special counsel so we can get this over and done with. the best thing that we can do is be able to get the facts out and get the facts on the table and make a good decision and move and best for the president and the presidency if we get this resolved. >> and it is interesting that michael flynn and rick gates, they both changed their lawyers just before flipping and cooperating with robert mueller. we'll see what happens with cohen. let's turn to north korea. a subject you know well. the president said the north korean nuclear is now over. his words. but kim jong-un still has all of the weapons. he has a missile and intercontinental ballistic missiles and as many as 60 nuclear bombs is the president handing north korea leverage by making that kind of unfounded claim while negotiations are clearly only just beginning.
>> i think the president is being optimistic and it is jus his nature that he walks in with a negotiation and expect everyone will live up to their part of the deal. he's been pretty clear in previous negotiations of whether it be trade or other things, he walks in optimistic and assumes everyone keeps their word and if they change he responds rapidly to say you broke the deal and flips everything back over. so my assumption is the dhat he will assume kim stent jong-un will keep up his part of the deal. if he doesn't, then we certainly will respond to that. >> do you believe the nuclear threat from north korea is over? use we'veeen lieve it is over denuclearizati dismantlement of weapons or a change in posture. we've seen words and words are a good first step but that is by far not the last step. >> the administration as you point out correctly needs still to design a specifiystem to ensure the north koreans get rid intercontinental and short range and medium range ballistic missiles and the production capability and this process is only just beginning, right?
>> it is only beginning. now the technology they have and so you can't take that part away from them, but the pn and whether it be uranium, plutonium can be limited and provide them with nuclear materials for reactors and there is no reason to have centrifuges into their oeb production and it is now destroyed and we need to verify that and so there are key as peck -- aspects of what they are importing and producing locally and the production of th nuclear material. those are things we can verify and we have to be able to move in verify on the ground. >> is there a system as far as you know, senator, already in place to do that? >> we know how to do that. we work with iran on that -- with the jcpoa and with other countries and we know how to do verification. there is not a structure in place to do that with north korea but it is a major part of the negotiation that they do that and then the ability to verify that on the ground.
>> they clearly have a long way to go and this process only just beginning. president trump also said the united states in his words could save a fortune by suspending the joint military exercises with south korea or what he calls war games. are those joint exercises necessary for maintaining readiness or is it possible t main main a military -- to maintain a military presence without them. and in other words, do you support what the president announced. >> i would support a delay of the next military exercises where we work with the south koreans and find cooperation and we do two major exercises a year and we've already had the first one and that already happened and another one scheduled for later in year. they are smaller exercises that also happen fairly consistently throughout the year. even between the two major exercises. saying that we'll change the time period for when we do that, i think that is a reasonable thing to be able to do. but to continue to prepare for it as if it will be delayed is also a rea thing to do.
if north korea doesn't live up to their end of the bargain we assume they are walking away and the status quo is the same and sanctions in place and we have to be in place and all of the diplomatic pin until we know the ch >>u know, earlier today your colleague republican senator corker described republicans who won't disagree with the president publicly as being -- and he used this word -- in a cult right now. cult- -- c-u-l-t. >> and the are yoirs -- there are yoirs that i disagree and where we agree we should work together but i don't see it as a cult like focus and i wouldn't use that term. >> and the whole notion and ronald reagan would say thou shalt not attack a fellow republican -- that -- that doctrine or statement, that assertion clearly is something
that the president believes he attack republicans all of the time like mark sanford running for re-election in south carolina. >> and the president could take it out and dish it outnd we should be able to work it out and those in private as possible, that is the best place to differences. whether you are in politics or in a family or a business. you should be able to work that publicly.tely rather than but i think especially in this role, my first responsibility is to represent the 4 million people in the state of oklahoma and that is my first responsibility. i don't work for the president. i work alongside the president. and in areas where we agree and we should be able to work on those areas and be able to be clear also in areas where we disagree. >> one final question before i let you go, senator, he's very upset at the news media now. tweet he
posted this morning. look at this. so funny to watch the fake news, especially nbc and cnn, they are fighting hard to down play the deal with north korea and 500 days ago they would have begged for this deal and looked like
war would break out. our country's biggest enemy is the fake news, so easily promulgated by fools.
is the newsedia or what the president calls the fake news media the biggest enemy of the united states, bigger than north korea or russia or china or iran? >> so i would onlyhange one statement that you made earlier, when you say the president is upset with the media right now. i would just say the president has been upset with the media ess.two-plus years through the sometimes rightfully so as he's not always received fair coverage or it does seem to be a double standard for his coverage but i don't see them as being the biggest enemy. the free press is wuchbt greatest allies that we have in the rest of the world. we need to export our freedom and not limit our freedom. free speech and free press and freedom of religion to live out your faith, those are things that other countries wish they and oth iuals wish they havnd we have it a a lot tv and we will maintain it and where the president disagrees he should articulate
th as a president and private citizen and where the media disagrees they should voice that assal. >> you make an excellent point. all of the presidents i covered, including clinton or bush or obama, they've all criticized the press from time to time but never said the biggest t- the biggest enemy of the uni states the media and that is a significant difference. if you make an excellent point senator. senator langford of oklahoma, thanks for joining us. we'll have more on michael cohen's legal troubles coming u as the pressure goes on the president's personal attorney. will he flip? just another day on the farm. or is it? this farmer's morning starts in outer space. where satellites feed infrared images of his land into a system built with ai. he uses watson to analyze his data with milliof weather forecasts from the cloud, and iot sensors down here,
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republican senator bob corker has released a blast at his own party saying fellow republicans are in a cult-like situation with president trump. let's go to our correspondent manu raju up on capitol hill. manu, so what is corker saying about his party leaders and why? >> reporter: well this is the -- the heart of the issue are president trump's tariffs on the european union on mexico and on canada and republicans are by enlarge opposed to the tariffs but they are badly divided abo whether or not to confront the president on this issue in this election year. now at issue is a bill that senator corker has proposed to rein in the president and giving the president of congress -- a check on the president's authority on this area. corker has been demanding a vote on his -- on this bill offering it as an amendment to a different measure dealing with defense policy but the republican leaders are opposed
to moving this because of -- for various reasons and one expressing they don't want to -- to confront the president on this issue because they think it is bad politics heading into the midterms. now that has produced some scathing response from bob corker over the last couple o days. and iluding today when he accused the republican leaders of acting like tlar -- like the in a cult. >> to have an administration that wakes up every day and just making stuff up as they go along, with no coherency to it, i think us having to weigh in on that would cause them to have to think about whar what they're doing versus well i'm upset with x today so i'll do this. >> look, we're in a strange place. it is almost -- it is becoming a cult-ish thing, isn't it. and it is not a good place for any party to end up with a
cult-like situation as it relates to -- to a president that happens to be of purportedly of the same >> do you feel like this is a cult-like situation with your party right now? >> well, again, i don't want to -- please, we have so many people on our side of the aisle that are independent and that do express themselves and that do follow what they believe, so it t would be unfair to try to say this about every member -- that is not appropriate. his leadership in general, not wishing to poke the bear, absolutely. because it is all about the next elec, right. >> reporter: now this issue over the corker amendment was debated in a very contentious private closed-door lunch today, wolf. i'm told republicans had charges over blocking various amendments that can't get votes on the floor and shows you how the president's tariffs is dividing
this party here on capitol hill. >> certainly has. manu, thank you. manu raju up on capitol hill. coming up, a rare close up look at kim jong-un and for a ti jim acosta was the only tele room with the north korean dictator. he'll join us. and the president's personal lawyer michael cohen breaking with his legal team as he fes a federal investigation. does that sig he could soon flip and cooperate with prosecutors? stay with us. you're in "the situation room."
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breaking news. cnn has learned president trump's long time personal attorney and fixer michael cohen is splitting with his lal he not been charged with any crime but the change is raising serious questions about his legal strategy, whether he could face criminal charges or turn against the president. let's bring there our political and legal experts in joey jacks, give us the analysis of the late-breaking developments. >> let me say this initially. i think that charges are imminent. i believe that the southern district -- it is not an exercise in futility, they have some of the most talented lawyers in the country and i've litigated against them and i know that and i think he will be charged with significant charges. i believ that. number two, with regard to changing lawyers, and putting it in context, i should tell you that it is not uncommon. i have been replaced and in various cases and replaced
lawyers in various cases. what is the basis? multiple reasons. sometimes there are fee disputes and that happens among attorneys and clients. number two, there are personality and bedside manner issues that happens as well. and number three, strategic differences with regard to how we're moving forward in cases. so there are a multitude of reasons as to why they change. now the last point and most significant is what i believe it means for cohen. i'm not one who believes that this means he's flipping at all. in fact, if looking at this in context and all of the pardons the president has done and the things he's sent out and signed and the relationship that he has with michael cohen, i believe that he will flip. i believe in the alternative this shows that he may be dug in. why? because i think it demonstrates that he's looking for different lawyers of different skillsets and there are lawyers who write briefs and who can convince and persuade jurors and i believe that he's looking for people in the southern district who have a
significant amount of knowledge with the district, who have significant trial skill and ability and so if it comes to that his interests are protected and that is how i see the case. not that he's flipp today or tomorrow but that he's changing lawyers to be consistent with his strategy, which is to dig in and protect the president and to be ready in the event that this has to go to trial and not there yet but i think it may come to that. >> i love the notion of bedside manner related to michael cohen. it might be an issue. something not known for his bedside manner at all. >> let's talk about north korea. you saw the president's tweets, david, today and there is no longer a nuclear threat from north korea and sleep well tonight. sort of -- maybe a bit premature. >> certainly a bit premature. no doubt about that. obviously the threat still exists. they have not denuclearized the korean peninsula in some verifiable way. what i think we have to do with that tweet -- obvious the president is feeling good abo the history nature of tpicture
about the pictures he sent back home they were unique and historic but that is in animation because there is a long road to go here. and i know the president wants like he's at the end of the road. i'm told by some folks that i've spoken to in the last 24 hours, he's aware of how much work needs needs to occur between now and completing in some way a verifiable manner, that is not what he's touting publicly because he wants to score the big w. on the scoreboard. >> and we remember the mission accomplished moment in the u.s. when they went in to get saddam hussein and he said mission accomplished which turned out to be not msion accomd.>> obviousl. i think -- trump says that he trusts kim jong-un here. and i think these -- the statements that he's put out suggest that. suggest that he feels good about this relationship. and also is very -- i think
representative of trump is just generally. he's very much somebody who overpromises but doesn't always deliver on those promises. and underdelivers but it is a long road that is ahead, and pompeo talked about two and a half to three years in terms of complete denuclearization and there is so much work to be and it doesn't have a slogan or even tweets but it is interesting to see -- i think we go back to the status quo and in some ways even with this meeting before -- before this administration came to office, it was this kind of process of strategic patience and that seems in some ways where they are right now. mike pence talked about not being in the era of strategic patience but that is where they are now. >> and rebecca bird, you're our political reporter and you watch the primaries yesterday, what is your bottom line. >> that is right. well an interesting primary
result in south carolina where congressman mark sanford w-- wh we remember the scandal of hiking the appalachian trail and he came back and won theeat in congress but lost to a primary challenger who said he was not supportive of the president who atcked him for being a critic of president trump and sanford lost as a result. the president also tweeted -- in the final hf the race and said he endorsed sanford's opponent and he was unhelpful to the agenda. so we're the results of republicans who go out and criticize the president at their only political peril. >> what is your analysis. >> rebecca is right. this is the donald trump republican party not the pre-trump era it is a reshaped party in his image where issue purity is not what is on the mind of republican primary voters and the purity test applies its about loyalty to
donald trump and we've asked around the table many times every tweet and every new development where it looks like the president is crossing a line, is this the thing thaak tn support for him up on capitol hill? this mark sanford loss is a key answer and no and never and nothing is likely to do so because you pay a political price when you take on the president from inside the republican party. >> and i just want to point out, tomorrow congressman mark sanford will join us here live inthe situation room." we have a lot of questions for him. coming up, what kim jong-un is like close up. i'lle joined by our chief white house correspondent jim acosta at times the only u.s. television reporter in t room with president trump and north korean dictator. experience lexus safety system+ standard in the 2018 lexus es and es hybrid. ase the 2018 es 350 for $339 a month for 36 months. experience amazing at your lexus dealer.
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tonight in the wake of the summit, both trump and kim jong-un are declaring victory and north korea news say the president agreed to lift sanctions. and jim acosta was the network pool reporter making him one of the few westerners to get an up close look at dictator and sometimes the only.s. television correspondent in the room with both president trump and kim. jim acosta is back and flew with the president back on air force one. so walk us through. what was it like? >> it was interesting, wolf, because the day started with the white house having a lot of jitters about us being around kim jong-un and in the beginning
in those pools, with kim jong-un resident trump, i was excluded and the reason i was given is because they were concerned that kim jong-un had not been around american reporters yelling and shouting questions and so on and so i was excluded from that first couple of pool sprays. i registered my objections and then we were allowed into a couple of opportunities and when you heard me ask the president -- how are things going and kim jong-un will you give up your nuclear weapons, that is when they were heading in one of the pool opportunities where i was excluded. but later on when kim jong-un was just a few feet away fm me, wolf, he looked just as plump and baby faced as heks on tv on all of the state media pictures and my sense of it was -- and when we were shouting questions or asking him and the president questions, he wasn't rattled and seemed fine with it. i'm not sure how much english he understands but we had to attempt the question. >> we had the moment when you shouted out a question which is your job to shout out when you are a pool reporter and people
don't know a pool reporter, you are not just representing cnn, you are representing nbc, abc and fox. let me play that clip. >> mr. president trump, how is it going so far, sir? what do you think? >> very, veryood. rel thank you. thank you very much. >> kim, will you denuclearize? >> mr. kim, will you give up your flukt weapons sir? >> the print wo-- pnts reporters and you are the only television reporter so what was he like? >> he didn't answer our questions and i'm not sure how much engli understands but we notice that the -- the north koreans were very sensitive to us being around him. he had a tight gup of secity officials ad him at all times. he had state media representatives around him at all times. and there was one moment when i got into the signing ceremony when they signed that agreement, and i tried to ask the president a couple of questions there, there were some jostling that
went on between the u.s. press and the north korean press. we got in position, perfect position to take pictures of the occasion when she signed the agreement and then at the very last minute the north koreans tried to storm into the room right in front of us and they were pushing shoving me and my other colleagues and some of position to take the pictures. and so they were not sensitive to his security, but his image as well. >> tell us about that moment when the president was showing him -- theresidential limousine. >> well that was fascinating. that is another one of the tv spray.ties that it was a host now people don't understand the difference between us and host tv, this is the singapore government and people allowed to witness this moment but obviously what we heard from g that kim jong-un was very curious about the presidential limousine, the beast. and so the president there taking him on a tour of it. it is interesting to hear some of the -- the talk about how close donald trump and kim jong-un were during this entire
experience. it seemed like almost a bro -- they seemed to get along well and afterwards the president feels that kim jong-un is a very talented man and he was talking about how they have this excellent relationship andhat was on display. >> even though kim is in his 3,s the president is twice as old a and witnesses was good. >> it was. and wolf, i was just a few feet away from kim jong-un and what was most astonishing to me was here you have this young man and younger man than you or i and at the same time you had to keep in mind as a reporter in that situation, this is somebody that killed his own family members and runs a system of gulags in north korea and where tens of thousands of north koreans are held captive and the man responsible for the death of otto warmbier and that pool spray opportunity with the signing ceremony i asked the president did you have a chance
to ask kim jong-un about otto warmbier and the president didn't answer that question. but i thought in light of everything that kim jong-un has been accused of, what we know he's done, the fact that he has an arsenal of nuclear weapons and this expanding nuclear program, i thought we were totally justified in asking all of those questions and i thought, wolf blitzer and my colleagues at cnn and the other networks, would have been disappointed had i not attempted to ask the questions. >> you are the representative of the television networks as a former white house correspondent lf, i spent seven years in those pools and every fifth day was cnn's turn. your job is to ask the questions. they don't have to answer them if they don't want but if you don't ask, you will have five networks pretty upset at you. that is your responsibility. it is a free press. and i'm glad that kim began to see a little bit of that because he doesn't see that back in north korea. >> no, that is right. and he seemed to open up toward the end of this. you saw that statement he gave next to the president and while he did not want to answer our questions, i thought it was
important from a u.s. press perspective that we make it very clear in these situations you could be standing there with a dictator orh whoever you want, president trump, we're going to ask these questions and the white house should give us those opportunities. >> good work. excellent work as work. jim acosta. thanks very much. and you flew back with the president on air force one. coming up, who won? it depends on who you ask and in north korea there is no doubt who is the biggest winner after this week's summit.
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once again our breaking news, north korean news reports that kim jong-un understood ent trump that sanctions against north korea will be lifted as progress is made from dialogue and negotiations. it's part of a much different story north koreans are telling about the summit. let's go to cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: one analyst, a former american diplomat who negotiated with the north koreans just told me, quote, kim jong-un stole trump's watch, wallet and shoes. it was awful. tonight while president trump spins it a different way, there's still no hitch in kim's swagger. [ speaking foreign language] >> projected on large screens in downtown pyongyang, north korea's iconic anchor woman proclaims kim jong-un's summit with donald trump a resounding
success. >> translator: kim jong-un said that today both side came together to sign the historic joint statement, heralding a new start. >> photos of what it calls a meeting of the century. service, more glowing rhetoric e saying president trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace had been created, quote, thanks to the proactive peace loving measures taken by the supreme leader from the outset of this year. among the highlights, a huge win for kim that president trump has agreed to end the military exercises with south korea that the north has seen as a provocation. >> i think it's predictable that they did spin it this way. this was a tremendous political victory for kim jong-un. >> aside from individual concessions, kim's most important win from the summit meeting, expoerts say, could be his largest domestic victory with north korea's people and inside the halls of influence in pyongyang. >> he was able to show his people that he's respected as a world leader, that the north
korean flag sat alongside the e country. he can use this propaganda for years. >> north korea's news agency even spun the summit to say that president trump expressed his intent to lift sanctions against kim's regime. the president and his team actually say sanctions will remain in place for now. >> certainly he's getting a reduction in the international pressure of china and south korea, who are always looking to go soft on enforcing required u.n. sanctio already calling for removinge of the sanctions as well as offering economic benefits to the north. >> tonight experts warn of how the calculating brutal young dictator might turn these victories into a threat. >> north korea for years has been already a threat to regional stability by attacking south korea, by conducting these tests. it's more than likely that over time north korea may feel emboldened to do even more of that to feel safe behind a nuclear deterrent and feel that
it can lash out at south korea and japan basically with impunity. >> while kim's propaganda machine does mention denuclearization, it sells it as an agreement that both sides will give up nuclear capabilities on the korean peninsula. >> as a self-professed member of the nuclear club, tyl go to zern the rest of the world goes to zero. coming up, breaking news, president trump's long time personal lawyer michael cohen is splitting with his own legal team.
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flipping? there's more legal turmoil tonight for president trump's long time personal lawyer michael cohen. cnn learns he's splitting from his team of lawyers. sources say he's likely to face charges. could the president's lawyer flip and tell prosecutors what he knows about president trump? consulting the counsel, cnn has learned that on his way home from singapore, the president called his lawyers to talk about what he faces next in robert mueller's russia investigation. will mr. trump's attorney soon be sitting down with the special counsel? questions tonight about whether or not president trump was acting on putin's suggestion when he cancelled war games in concession to kim jong-un. now the russian president is celebrating the summit. we'll go live to moscow. allies and enemies. as president trump praises the north korean dictator, he lashes out at members of his own party and calls the n