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call unitedhealthcare now to request your free [decision guide.] hello, i'm wolf blitzer. it's 1:00 p.m. here in washington. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. we start with outrage here in the united states over immigration. the outcry over the separation of families at the u.s.-mexico border and the finger pointing right here in washington. only moments ago, we heard this from president trump. >> i say it's very strongly the democrats' fault. they're obstructionists and they are obstructing. the united states will not be a
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migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. it won't be. you look at what's happening in europe, you look at what he 's happening in other places. we can't allow that to happen in the united states, not on my watch. we have the worst immigration laws in the entire world. nobody has such sad, such bad -- and actually, in many cases, such horrible and tough. you see about child separation, you see what's going on there. but just remember, a country without borders is not a country at all. >> clearly the president putting the blame on the democrats, not taking any responsibility for the practice being carried out right now by the u.s. justice department and the department of homeland security. a day ago the secretary of homeland security, kirstjen
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nielsen, tweeted this, quote, we do not have a policy of separating families at the border, period, closed quote. today she defended that practice. >> to a select few in the media, congress, and the advocacy community, i would like to start with a message for you. this department will no longer stand by and watch you attack law enforcement for enforcing the laws passed by congress. we will not apologize. for those who have explained about this administration's vigorous enforcement of the law and the results of that enforcement, this is your opportunity to work with us to fix the incentives and encourage and even reward people who violate our laws, and even worse, put themselves and their families at risk of harm. >> attorney general jeff sessions is the one who actually announced this new no tolerance policy last month, and that has led to family separations, little kids being taken away from their mothers and fathers. today sessions defended his and
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the president's reasoning. >> when we ignore our laws at the border, we obviously encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country, creating an enormous burden on our law enforcement, on our schools, our hospitals and our social programs. president trump has said this lawlessness cannot continue. we do not want to separate parents from their children, you can be sure of that. >> then there's president trump's senior policy adviser, stephen miller, who told the "new york times," and i'm quoting now. it was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. the message is that no one is exempt from immigration law, closed quote. let's go to our senior correspondent jeff zeleny who is joining us right now. jeff, what more are you hearing from officials today on this decision to go ahead and
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separate children from their parents? >> reporter: wolf, there is no question, even though stephen miller there, senior adviser to the president, called it a simple decision. it is being viewed as anything but a simple decision, largely because of the images that are coming in from the border, those images of the children, the images of the parents and families. the reality here, wolf, is the white house realizes it hasn't done a good job of explaining this policy. it realizes it has not done a good job of communicating this policy. they're hearing a variety of criticism across the board, from people on the hill, evangelical groups and democrats as well. they've also heard from former first lady laura bush. they have not backed down, something we do not see this administration doing often, if at all. they are trying to explain it and call it more of a law enforcement issue. the reality here, wolf, this is at the heart of the broader immigration issue. there is no end in sight to that
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necessarily. this was being viewed as a bit of a bargaining chip, if you will. the president and other administration officials hope it will bring democrats to the table here to get more wall funding, to do stronger immigration proposals. but that isn't necessarily happening. now there is a full-blown crisis on their hand here at the white house, but most particularly, those images, wolf. the white house was scheduled to have a briefing this hour. actually, it was pushed basketball a couple hours. assuming they're still trying to find answers here. in fact, the president is on capitol hill tomorrow trying to convince republicans on the way forward on immigration. this is not ending any time soon, and again, it's those images that the president watching doesn't like them but not backing away from any of this, still blaming democrats. >> he could clearly end it. i understand comprehensive immigration reform, that's a major ordeal legislatively, you got to get the president to sign
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legislation, but to simply stop removing kids from their parents, he could pick up the phone and say don't do it anymore, right? >> he could, indeed. he could make that directive right now that could stop immediately. that's what previous administrations have done. but you can see just the push and the pull, and in fact, the disagreements inside this administration, inside this west wing just because of on the record comments we've heard from stephen miller on immigration. the attorney general also made this policy decision weeks and months ago. the president could overturn that. the white house is saying it's a law, it's not true. it's policy he could return, but he's showing no signs he'll do it immediately. it certainly now has become rolled into the immigration debate. wolf? >> it certainly has. we'll stand have you stand by ft
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white house briefing. some of the words being used to describe this immigration practice of separating children from their parents. adding to the outrage, picture from inside a detention center showing some of those children housed in chain-like cages. our correspondent polo sandoval is joining us from outside a facility in brownsville, texas. polo, what can you tell us about what's going on inside in that huge structure behind you? >> reporter: wolf, it's an old walmart that's been repurposed. answering that question really is quite difficult, too, wolf. we have to rely heavily on the accounts of a handful of lawmakers who have had the opportunity to tour that facility and also a handful of reporters who have had the opportunity to document what's happening inside. we have seen very similar scenes play out in detention centers throughout the country. 24 hours ago i was standing outside one in new jersey, and today here we are in texas, and you see some of the pictures that have been released by the department of homeland security in the last 24 hours that are
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leading to that outrage. and also, of course, many questions about the trumps' current implementation of its policies here and its practices. we have heard just recently here, the head of homeland department security, to offer some kind of clarity, this idea that all families are being criminally prosecuted and all their children are being separated is, quote, misinformation, but at the same time there is a lack of explanation from the administration as to who exactly is subject to this kind of practice here. we have seen some families get taken into custody here in south texas and later released with a court date, and then we have also seen several of the others who have been subjectively prosecuted and children separated from their parents while mom and dad go through the judicial process. that's what we're seeing here on the ground, outrage leading to questions, while the president
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tries to offer some form of clarity for what's happening across the country right now. wolf? >> polo, thank you. polo sandoval in brownsville, texas. the president falsely blames democrats for the children being separated from their parents. john sandwig was acting as enforcement under president obama. he joins us from new york. john, thank you for joining us. what's your response to the president blaming the democrats? >> i'm just confused, wolf. i don't know where that's coming from. >> he said the democrats could change it by going along with what he wants, comprehensive immigration reform, and then you could end this policy. but that's a complicated, long ordeal. who knows if that's ever going to take, if it takes. they've been trying for comprehensive immigration reform for years and years, as you already know. he says the democrats are to blame for this current situation where kids are being taken away from their moms and dads. >> wolf, there is no law on on
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the books that separates children from their parents. no solution is offered to end this practice. as you indicated earlier, the president could just pick up the phone and end this. unfortunately, as i think you're right as well, congress has proven incapable, as badly as we need immigration reform, of passing a comprehensive immigration reform. i'm sorry if this president says that action here hinges on action from congress. >> when you were in the obama administration, what was the policy if, say, a mother came into the united states with one kid or a few kids and sought asylum. whe >> listen, the federal government is not equipped to be the caretaker. you saw those images. border patrol is not equipped to be the caretaker for thousands of children. they don't want to be the caretaker. they want to do their job which is to take care of the bad guys trying to enter the united states. we would enforce the law against those individuals. we had a zero tolerance policy
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at the border where we would enforce the law to anyone who entered unlawfully unless they had a valid claim. one thing that scares me, though, when you separate families, not only do you end up with images like we saw of kids in cages, but years from now you run the likelihood that these kids will never be reunited with their parents. we already heard about hhs losing track of 1,500 kids. now we've increased the problem dramatically, and by my own experience, i will tell you it's very difficult for the government to reunite those families once the children are separated. >> i had a chance to interview in march of last year, in 2017, more than a year ago, john kelly who was then the secretary of homeland security, he's now the white house chief of staff. he told me then -- and i'm going to play the clip for you -- he told me then this is what the administration wanted to do, a new policy of separating kids
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from their parents. listen to this exchange i had with him march 2017. are you, the department of homeland security, considering a new initiative that would separate children from their parents if they tried to enter the united states illegally? >> let me start by saying i would do almost anything to deter the people from central america to getting on this very, very dangerous network that brings them up through mexico into the united states. >> let me be precise. if you get some young kids who manage to sneak into the united states with their parents, are department of homeland security personnel going to separate the children from their moms and dads? >> we have tremendous experience of dealing with unaccompanied minors. we turn them over to hhs and they do a very, very good job of either putting them in kind of foster care or linking them up with parents or family members in the united states. yes, i am considering an audit
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to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network. i am considering exactly that. they will be well cared for as we deal with their parents. >> but you understand how that looks to the average person? >> it's more important to me, wolf, than try to keep people off this awful network. >> you can see there, john, he was thinking about it, separating kids from their moms and dads, in march of last year. and now the last few weeks, this policy has actually been implemented. i want to get your reaction to that. >> well, you heard the then-secretary talk about deterrence. i think what concerns me is, far too often we under estimate our ability to deter people fleeing poverty and violence. in my experience working at dhs, i found that there is very little we can do that is worse
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than what the people are going through. they take a very dangerous route from mexico to the u.s. border. but the risk is so great, i find there is very little we can do on this side to stop them from making that journey. >> thank you for joining us. just a short time later, the white house will be holding a briefing. sarah sanders will likely be grilled about parents being separated from their children as they try to enter the united states. plus, yet another meeting between the trump campaign and a russian. this time trump associate roger stone now admitting he actually met with a russian who was offering, quote, dirt from hillary clinton for $2 million. we have new details. that's next.
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roger stone, the long-time
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unofficial adviser who met with the russian offered clinton dirt for $2 million. a letter obtained by cnn said caputo was actually the one who arranged the meeting between stone and the russian who called himz henry greenberg. neither of them disclosed the meeting to russian probe investigators when they were asked months ago. president trump's personal attorney, rudy giuliani, also wondered about any role the fbi may have had in setting up that meeting. >> the most extraordinary thing is, on some document he described himself as an informant. every informant i ever had tried to keep that secret. you don't, like, say, oh, i'm an informant, i can come to the united states. it sounds like a very strange guy.
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was he an fbi informant or not? we know from the probe by the inspector general, the fbi at the highest levels here were doing very, very unorthodox things, if not out and out illegal and unethical. so would they be using a guy like this? i doubt it because you don't just say you're an informant. >> i want to bring in our crime and justice reporter shimon prokupecz who has been reporting on these developments. so roger stone and michael caputo, shimon, they both are saying they forgot about this meeting when they were questioned by members of the congressional committee, and that's why they didn't tell the investigators about this meeting when they were questioned. >> that's exactly right, wolf. a meeting where roger stone, as you pointed out, was offered dirt on hillary clinton for exchange of $2 million. now, as you said, all of this comes to light after the questioning by the special counsel of michael caputo.
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it was during questioning that this russian came up. michael caputo was asked about the russian, about his contacts with this russian, and it was at that point that michael caputo said he became surprised at all of the information that the special counsel had about this russian. that information eventually wound up -- michael caputo wound up relaying that information to roger stone, and now the lawyers for both roger stone and michael caputo sent these letters to congress saying quite simply that the men had forgotten and that they had recalled this meeting had occurred after the special counsel brought it up. but it's really something that's hard to believe, obviously, wolf, that they would forget a mee meeting where someone was asking for so much money. and keep in mind this is the third instance, at leiast, thata russian had some contact with people associated with the trump campaign offering dirt on hillary clinton. it was obviously the don jr.
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meeting at trump tower, that was one of the big ones, where a russian lawyer had offered dirt on hillary clinton. then there was the george papadopoulos campaign adviser turned fbi informant who was also offered dirt on hillary clinton. obviously all of this still under investigation by the special counsel, wolf. >> all right, shimon, thank you. very intriguing, indeed. i want to bring in our panel for a little bit more on this. gloria boringger, our chief political analyst. what's your reaction, glar oria that a meeting like this with a russian for $2 million was offered for dirt on hillary clinton, but they forgot about it because they knew trump would never pay $2 million. >> this is a russia investigation, wolf, and it would seem to me that when
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you're being asked questions in the intelligence committees about contacts with russians, that if someone offers you $2 million for dirt and says you pay me $2 million and i'll give you dirt on hillary clinton that you just might remember that. clearly, what occurred was that the special counsel was interviewing mr. caputo on may 2nd and reminded him of these texts that he and roger stone sent back and forth, and then they had to correct the record. i think the reason they're coming out with it now, of course, is to make the case that this was yet another spy that was trying to trap them for the special counsel's investigation or whatever else, and i think they want to get ahead of the story, and so that's what they're doing. >> how do you see it, ross? >> wolf, i think what you're going to hear from the trump folks is, number one, this never went anywhere. nothing ever hopped as a result
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-- happened as a result of this meeting. no money got taken, number one. two, there is no information this meeting ever got communicated to senior officials in the trump campaign. i think you'll hear that, too. but as gloria points out, it's problematic because of the testimony. it's also problematic for another reason we haven't discussed. what defense lawyers will normally tell people interviewed by prosecutors is do not talk about this with others who might be involved in the investigation. the fact that roger stone and caputo are now talking about this after caputo has been interviewed, i think, may be troubling to the special counsel, it may be troubling to all the lawyers involved. >> in a statement, adam schiff, the ranking member of the intelligence committee, both of them testified before this committee. among other things, schiff said, in multiple respects now, the testimony of roger stone appears inaccurate or deliberately misleading. similarly michael caputo's testimony mentioned this interaction of a russian
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offering dirt on hillary clinton, something which could not plausibly have escaped his recollection. >> yeah, i think schiff is saying they lied to us and they lied to us intentionally. now, they're going to be probably called back. the attorney sent a clarifying letter. >> attorneys for both of these witnesses sent letters clarifying that. >> and the question and whether they'll be called before mueller to discuss this and to discuss the question about whether they were improperly talking with each other about arranging their explanations for all of this. so, you know, i do think -- you're a lawyer, right? if you're their lawyers, aren't you concerned that they look like they are not necessarily colluding with the russians but colluding with each other over this? >> i would be very worried about it. it's another area where this investigation spin and communications may interfere with legal strategy.
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>> there's an issue of perjury. they testified under oath before this committee. is it possible they could be charged with perjury? >> it is possible, but it's very difficult to prove that someone actually didn't remember when they say they didn't remember. and congress has limited tools to actually enforce perjury issues. so that is an issue. but if it were me, the bigger issue would be what mueller does with this information. >> we don't know what mueller has. he may have -- >> he had information on this. >> he had information on this, and he may have other information about what occurred before anybody went to see them about talking about this interaction. and now, you know, i think, look, you heard rudy giuliani there. he said, well, he called himself an informant so maybe he's not an informant. but i think the narratives we're seeing from the trump side here is that they've effectively been set up by a lot of people and that this was just another
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setup. >> it does seem as if this guy may have actually at one point been an fbi informant of some kind. what's unclear is whether he was working for the fbi in this regard. >> and what's clear is they didn't follow up because there was no way donald trump was going to spend $2 million for, quote, dirt on hillary clinton. they made that clear to mr. greenberg or whatever his name is. >> that's right. >> thank you, guys. gloria, don't go too far away. the former first lady and the current first lady both weighing in on the practice of separating children at the u.s.-mexico border. but the response is getting very different reaction.
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their families at the u.s.-mexico border has the current and former first lady speaking out. a statement was issued in response to a question from our white house reporter kate bennett from the press secretary to the current first lady, melania trump, and it says this. quote, mrs. trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart, closed quote. gloria is still with us along with our white house reporter kate bennett who got that statement from the first lady. gloria, what do you make, first of all, of the statement from the current first lady? >> well, i'm glad kate asked the question of the first lady's office, and i think the fact that there actually was a response in and of itself is important. and that the first lady came out and effectively said -- she wasn't taking on her husband, i
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don't think so, but she effectively said this has to stop. which is, you know, getting in there in policy because she cares about children. that's one of her issues. >> it's so heartbreaking to see these -- everybody has seen that photo of that little two-year-old girl standing there crying as her mother is being taken away. anybody who sees that has to be sick. >> i think that the first lady, you know, you can't champion children and say my whole platform is about helping kids and not weigh in on this. it's not something she does often, as you said. but i think also she tends to be the more compassionate voice of this administration where his tweets are all caps and brusque and she puts in emotion, saying we have to govern with heart. >> how did you see the statement they gave you? >> again, i didn't think they broke from the presidency. she's calling for a swift bipartisan, both side of the aisle, solution to immigration reform. she's certainly not break ing i
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that sense, saying it's a political issue, a congress issue. but she's moved by it, she's seen it, she acknowledges what people are feeling. that's the compassionate side. >> the former first lady, laura bush, wrote an op-ed in the "washington post." quote, i support the need for policy, but these are mean and it breaks my heart. these images are eerily reminiscent of the japanese american internment camps of world war ii, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in u.s. history. what do you think of this, gloria? >> she doesn't do this, ever. to write an op-ed like this, calling this policy cruel and immoral, was really taking aim at donald trump. don't forget, donald trump has
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been blaming previous administrations for this. and, in fact, i think in doing this, she is saying don't blame my husband. she didn't come out and say it, but it's very clear that she was taking on donald trump, saying, you know, this is reminiscent of internment camps which was shameful, and i'm sure donald trump didn't react to this kindly. >> what do you think? >> she also talked about america at large in the sort of spirit of the country, and welcoming. she made reference to former first lady barbara bush, her mother-in-law and another first lady who changed the perception of aids and hiv by holding a small child. laura bush said, how can we see these small children and not want to hold them? here's something my mother-in-law did that was able to change the whole concept of something, can't we do that here, aren't we a country that can do that? it was really, really strong, scathing, and i think it was right for her to speak up. she wasn't a very vocal first lady, i don't recall her being that way, but again, children another part of her platform. >> and when a former first lady
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chooses not to just send out a statement but to write an op-ed, to write a long piece about this, that's also a distinction. >> and this zero tolerance policy of taking kids away from their parents continues. i suspect the outrage here in the united states, indeed, around the world, is going to intensify big time. they'll need to stop this very, very quickly. thank you very much. at outrage grows, what is congress doing? you're going to hear the proposals on the board right now and which ones the president may actually support. ou love me ♪ applebee's 2 for $20, now with steak. now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood. their eyelids so heavy, they're drooping and... even heroes need incredible sleep. closing! introducing the new sleep number 360 smart bed. the only bed that actually senses your movements and
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immigration and the family border separations clearly at the forefront this week in the house of representatives.
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members are expected to vote on two immigration bills, both of of them authored by house republicans. let's bring in cnn political analyst rachel bader. rachel, walk us through these two bills and do they talk extremely about the issue of family separation? >> these are both democratic bills, so republicans aren't going to vote for either of them. one of them is a more conservative bill that the far right has been pushing for a long time. it cracks down on illegal immigration and also legal immigration. it gives daca, dreamers, who are in this sort of the uncertain situation, they can choose to renew a status that reserves deportation, but they don't really have a path to citizenship. speaker paul ryan has been bringing in the moderates, republicans from swing districts to talk with the conservatives, to come up with some sort of compromise. they came up with this bill that includes hard line issues for conservatives but it also includes a pathway to
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citizenship for dreamers. that's the difference between these two bills. >> how do the two bills deal with the issue of children being separated from their moms and dads? >> this issue has really caught republicans off guard. they didn't see it coming just a week ago and now it really is sucking up all the headlines and could potentially even bigfoot any success they have in these bills should one of them pass. what they did was they tucked into actually both bills, to my understanding, provisions that would keep families together at the border, but i'm not sure that this is going to be a solution everybody likes because what it basically does is allow kids to be held in detention centers with their parents, and there's already democrats and. aclu have said you're basically dealing with migrant kids. this is not a solution people are comfortable with. we'll see if it passes. again, no democrats are going to vote for this. they really need the president to lean in on either of these bills if they have a prayer of getting it over the finish line. >> remember, the president said he wants full funding, $25
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billion, for that border wall if he's going to sign anything into law. rachel, thank you very much for that explanation. just ahead, a man who took this picture of a little girl crying in the dead of night on the border. you're going to hear the story behind it. plus, moments from now, lawmakers set to drill the head of the fbi and the department of justice inspector general on the issue of the handling of hillary clinton's e-mail investigation. that's coming up. stand by. s. so you can be less concerned about your retirement savings. talk with your advisor about shield annuities from brighthouse financial- established by metlife.
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"champions for change" gives us an opportunity to highlight issues that are important to us. and that took our brooke baldwin back to camp, space camp, where she saw a group of girls who could lead the next generation to space explorers. >> you're about to feel like you're walking on the moon. >> yeah. >> which is possible in your lifetime, by the way. >> yes. >> are you ready? >> yes. >> le >> let's walk on the moon. how is it? >> i feel like i'm flying. >> the goal is to get communications turned on, construct the middle of the super structure and be sure we can communicate from mars back to earth. >> when i see these kids, especially young girls on the floor, i'm so excited for them because i know their possibilities have just explode
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and had they're going to do great things. >> i was a space camp kid in 1983. i begged and begged my parents to send me here to huntsville, alabama, and i got to live my dream. i think at the end of the day, it's about these kids and belief. space camp believes this them. what has this place taught you about you? >> i think it's taught me that i can do a lot more than i thought i could. because before i got here, the idea of doing a mission where you, like, essentially simulate landings on the moon or mars or whatever was really scary because i didn't think that was possible for someone like -- i'm a 16-year-old girl. how can i possibly do that? >> one of our amazing women, andrea johnson, she's now at the space center and she prepares astronauts for the physical rigors of space. >> i didn't know there was a job
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called the astronaut specialist that i could learn. >> i find andrea to be a total rock star. >> i love coming home to space camp. it is home. it changed the trajectory of my professional career. >> why do you think there are fewer girls interested in space before women were prevented and nasa department accept women. now it's more accepted but it's still like a transition. >> gender norms have contributed to just really less amount of girls in science. >> to actually have conversations with these fifth and sixth graders talking to me about, you know, gender norms and telling me stories behind the constellations, i'm so encouraged that we have young girls that are interested in science and space. >> being here and working as a
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camp counselor, giving the brief sessions on the physiological adaptations that the body goes through when living and working in space just changed the way i thought about the world around me. >> reporter: what do you think that we will see in not only our lifetimes but the lifetimes of these space camp kids? >> with the proper national backing and the funding, we will land on the surface of the moon. >> we have landed on the red planet. >> will we get to mars in these kids' lifetimes? i'm going to say yes. i'm going to put my money on yes. >> reporter: how does that force you to tackle issues in a new way? >> we are really rethinking the way we design our medical system. we are making real trades that would suggest that there's a serious medical emergency and we're not going to turn around and come back home. we're going to have to deal with it as we go.
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>> brooke, welcome back to space camp. first lesson of the day, the multi-axis trainer or the m.a.t. we're going to have you practice an a no, ma' a no, ma'am louse where your capsule is tumbling back to earth. >> reporter: oh, my gosh. >> nasa is going back to the moon so it's time to train how to walk in 1/6 gravity. >> reporter: flying through space. for me it's a bit surreal. flying over this place that i came to when i was 12. what is it like for you? >> it does feel like i'm a kid again except i get to do it in
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real life every day. it's a family here. we take care of each other. we put a lot of energy into a tremendous mission and that is inspiring the next generation of engineers, scientists, teachers and astronauts. >> brook is with us right here now. >> mars and the moon. tell us a little bit more. take us behind the scenes. clearly this had a great impression on you. >> well, when i was a kid i didn't always -- my first dream was not becoming a journalist. i, spoiler alert, wanted to become an astronaut. that didn't actually work out for me. sally ride was my hero. i begged and begged my parents. in huntsville, alabama, they had space camp. the two people from australia came in. and they wanted to go to space camp. what a place for me to take my
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role and voice and highlight these young women specifically because we need more women not only up in space but bolstering what's happening go with space and nasa, like andrea who's essentially in charge of all of the space gyms in the i.s.s. and so i just wanted to show these young women what other, you know, girls are capable of. >> it clearly gave you a lot of self-confidence, too. >> i mean, i credit my parents a little bit for that but, yeah, absolutely. going to space camp for me as a 12-year-old, it was something that i had never done before. i mean, they take you through it. it is hard core stuff. you know, you wake up and you take all these tests and you study and you learn about everything out there, and at the end of the week you perform a mission and, you know, naturally i became the commander of my space mission many years ago, wolf. >> of course. >> those are things i'll never forget. it's leadership, communication,
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camaraderie. realizing maybe i won't become an astronaut but i'm going to go back 20, 25 years and tell the stories of other girls. >> you were twirling there, too. >> did you like that? >> did you get nauseous? >> no, i did all right. >> could have been an astronaut. >> welcome to washington again. >> thank you. >> we're going to continue to share these truly inspirational stories all week. watch the champions for change, one hour special by the way this coming saturday, 8:00 p.m. eastern. we'll be back in a moment.
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