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attacked while doing their job. >> the president shows rare support for journalists who lost their lives in the "capital gazette" newspaper shooting. later, time is running short for a teenage football team as search crews work to find them inside a cave in northern thailand. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm anna coren in hong kong and this is "cnn newsroom." the u.s. president is at his golf resort in new jersey for the weekend but donald trump has plenty of business to attend to. he's picking a supreme court justice to replace anthony kennedy. he offered reporters a glimpse into his thinking so far. >> i'll be announcing it on july 9th. >> who are you leading? >> well, we have 25 very outstanding people. hey, look, i like them all.
but i've got it down to about five. >> any women on the short list? is one of the -- >> yeah, i do have a woman. >> is that amy? >> i have two women on the short list. two women out of the five. we have three women on the court now. i have two women out of the five. two women out of the five. >> president trump also has to get ready for a summit next month in finland with vladimir putin. he shared with reporters some of what he plans to talk about with the russian leader. >> what do you hope, too chief with president putin? >> we're going to talk about ukraine. we're going to be talking about syria. we'll be talking about elections. and we don't want anybody tampering with elections. >> boris sanchez is travel with the president and has this report. >> president trump making headlines on a number of topics during a short gaggle with reporters on his way to bedminster, new jersey, for the
weekend. notably talking about a possible replacement for justice anthony kennedy who announced earlier this week he's retiring from the supreme court. the president saying that he has whittled down a list of 25 names to a possible five candidates. two of them including women. the president also making news saying that he plans to interview one or two of these possible candidates over the weekend here in bedminster. but among the topics of conversation, their stance on abortion will not be discussed. president trump saying he'll not ask these possible candidates their stance to roe v. wade, a very controversial issue. one that justice anthony kennedy was previously known for creating a lot of controversy over. here's more from president trump on what he plans to talk to these candidates about. >> are you looking for somebody who would overturn roe v. wade? >> well, you know, it's a great group of intellectual talent, but we really, you know, they
are generally conservative. i'm not going to ask them that question, by the way. that's not a question i'll be asking, but it is a group of very highly talented, very brilliant, mostly conservative judges. >> president trump also saying he does not plan to ask these possible candidates about their stance on lgbt issues. the president also made news on several other fronts, including suggesting that he plans to talk to vladimir putin about election meddling, telling reporters there not should not be election meds l meddling anywhere in the world. there has been some discussion previously even among those in his own party that president trump has been weak when it comes to confronting vladimir putin over this. and previous meetings, the president seeming to accept putin's version of events and denials saying russia had nothing to do with meddling in the 2016 election. just on friday, the president tweeted that aassertion before pivoting to attacks on democrats and his own department of
justice. also he reports that kelly was planning to leave the white house as early as the end of summer. the president suggesting that he did not know anything about those reports and that they were fake news. however, sources have told cnn previously that president trump has been talking to allies and advisers polling them on possible replacements over the course of the last few months so we know from those sources that this in fact, has been something on the president's radar for some time. boris sanchez, cnn, traveling with the president near bed minister, new jersey. joining us from london is the head of the u.s. and america's program at chatham house. great to have you with us, leslie. let's start with president trump's appointment to the supreme court. if it goes through, it could potentially shift the ideological makeup of the court for generations to come. what are your greatest concerns? >> well, this is a very significant moment. of course, this is where the president can most affect the
future of the united states of america and, of course, there are a number of issues that i think we imagine will be on the agenda coming forward that could be shifted depending on who is chosen. abortion rights, gay rights. the future of health care. the affordable care act. one thing to note here, of course, is that getting this through the senate will only require a simple majority so that's a change that's significant in this case and president trump is going to announce his preferences just as he leaves the country. but there's no understating the significance of this, and it's tapping into what is a very divided america right now. so what will unefitably be inflammer to because people disagree on the key issues that are likely to be on the agenda. >> donald trump told reporters aboard air force one that he is not going to ask these candidates about their views on abortion. but let me ask you this. what does an appointment from trump mean for liberal court
precedents on abortion, civil rights, gay rights, affirmative action and even the death penalty? >> well, inevitably, it's going to potentially shift the balance. remember, he is replacing the next candidate he or she will be replacing a justice who is a swing vote. didn't always go one way or another. wasn't clear where he would go. but the stakes are high. it will move the court, probably, in a more conservative direction. certainly that's what everybody anticipates. and it will just change the course of politics and society for a very long time to come. and, obviously, on those issues that you outline, those are the ones that a number of liberals are worried their rights will be rolled back. but we have to wait and see. but this is something that has been anticipated for a very long time. and so it's not surprising. perhaps the timing is, but it's not especially surprising. >> liberals have said they've
got the biggest fight on their hands. one democrat said if trump's appointment gets through, there will be trumpism in america for the next 40 years, not just the next 4 to 8 years. >> that's right. and so one question is whether or not there will be some senators that might push back, republican senators. there's a question of whether senator collins, murkowski and others might perhaps go another way. their views on abortion rights are more liberal than their party's. it's not entirely clear. but, again, it will be interesting to see which candidate he puts forward in the coming days. but this is, again, something that's been seen as a long time coming and perhaps the area in which the president can have the most significant impact on politics and society in the united states for a very long time to come. >> leslie, i just want to ask you about trump's meeting with vladimir putin next month. he said that he's going to talk about syria, ukraine and election meddling. this is what he told reporters.
yet the day before in a tweet, he said that russia maintains it had nothing to do with meddling. which one is it? >> yeah, no, so as we know, this is a president who has wanted to have a very -- who has felt an instinct and a kinship with president putin much to everybody's surprise. and that hasn't gone away. and this question of russian meddling which donald trump takes personally because it raises the question of whether or not there was any link between his own campaign staff, his administration and russia and that it's gotten in the way of his support for the basic question that's at stake in this investigation which is russia's role in the u.s. presidential campaign. as he approaches this summit, there are a number of key issues on the table. one thing to note is that despite trump's desire to have a strong relationship with russia, especially with this president, america's position with respect to russia has gotten tougher and
stronger under this presidency. it hasn't moved in the direction that president trump had wanted. sanctions are tougher. so some of those questions that are going to be on the agenda with respect to ukraine and syria, the u.s. hasn't stepped back under this president. there is a question about whether or not trump will be willing to give on syria. he'd like to bring those troops back home. so a number of critical issues. and, remember, this will be on the back of what's anticipated as being a very difficult nato summit. >> leslie, great to get your insight. many thanks for joining us. in the u.s. state of maryland on friday, remembering the victims. ♪ >> tears and prayers at the vigil for the five people killed at the "capital gazette" paper
in annapolis. hundreds of mourners remembered those gunned down as they worked. outside the office building where the newspaper is located, a memorial. also friday, the suspect appeared in court as we learned more details about the shooting. our tom foreman has that. >> the fellow was there to kill as many people as he could kill. >> reporter: the attack was planned, the newspaper a specific target. the weapon a pump action shotgun. that's what police said even as the suspect, jarrod ramos was denied bail on five counts of first-degree murder. >> the glass shattered. i turned around to see it. >> reporter: there are also stories of the 38-year-old man's apparently simmering rage and years of warning signs. >> he was going down our newsroom starting from the front just continually shooting people. >> reporter: people at the paper say it started when the "capital gazette" covered a harassment claim on him.
he tried to sue the paper for defamation. but by 2013, he was routinely raging online against the newspaper. >> i had alerted my staff to call 911 if anybody resembling kim came into the room. >> reporter: detectives talked to the newspaper staff, but -- >> the "capital gazette" did not wish to pursue criminal charges. there was a fear that doing so would exacerbate an already flammable situation. >> reporter: and yet police say he bought a shotgun anyway. legally purchased about a year ago. and that's what he used to storm through the open newsroom where some escaped, some hid and one was shot trying to open a door the alleged shooter had barricaded. >> the person is still shooting. >> reporter: when police found the suspected gunman, he was hiding under a desk. intern anthony messenger describes the scene. >> there's chaos. the office was in shambles. unfortunately, we saw -- we had to pass two bodies of our
colleagues which was something that nobody should ever have to stomach. >> reporter: now amid questions of how all of that played out begins the long mourning by families and friends of the victims. robert hiaasen, known as big rob. not just because he was tall --. >> he was just this big, generous, gentle guy. >> reporter: gerald fischman, editorial page editor. quiet, reserves, with an encyclopedia knowledge of everything. john mcnamara loved sports and history. a jack of all trades and a fantastic person. rebecca smith, sales assistant. kind and considerate and willing to help. and wendi winters, editor, reporter and columnist. her life was a gift to everyone who knew her. despite their grief, the surviving staff is doing what journalists do, reporting on what happened with one big difference. the first editorial page after
the shooting was blank. >> that was our tom foreman reporting. you heard tom mention the harassment claim against the suspect jarrod ramos in 2011. the coverage of that led him to sue the newspaper. the case was thrown out, but his rage continued. the attorney who represented the newspaper spoke to my colleague erin burnett. >> as the case wore on, i became aware that mr. ramos was sing larry obsessed with the idea that he had been wronged by the paper. and what seemed to happen was the more people told him that he was wrong, those people just got added to his enemies list. and so it got to the point that every morning i'd walk into my office and sit down and check his twitter feed to see who the target of the day was. sometimes it was me. sometimes the paper. sometimes another attorney. he -- it was rare for a week to go by that he didn't lash out at somebody on that twitter feed. and the more people told him
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relationship with the party, a good relationship with the party. and i think we can do a real immigration bill. we have to have security at the border. we have to have it. i mean, look, you got 60% of the country, they've got to have security at the border. and that's a good issue for the democrats, too, bob. it's not like it's good for you or good for me. it's good for both of us. >> i understand that. >> no, but i -- i'm hispanic, so i have to, you know, i have to -- i'm sure you understand. so i have to, you know, i have to look into my, you know, i have to look into my people as well, you understand. >> i agree. i agree. >> the comedian says he could barely believe it worked. >> i got on the phone with trump, and trump is like, bob, i want to congratulate you. i didn't even know that senator
menendez was in any legal problems, and, really if they would have just screened me and asked me what party affiliation senator menendez had or what state he represented, i would have been stumped because i had no -- i had no idea anything about senator menendez. >> got to love his honesty. the white house says the president wants to be accessible to members of congress so sometimes mistakes like this can happen. well, in the coming hours, we are expecting to see massive protests against the trump administration's hard-line immigration policy. organizers say the families belong together rallies will take place in hundreds of u.s. cities. they are demanding the trump administration immediately reunite migrant families who were separated after they illegally entered the u.s. as the trump administration faces outside pressure, there's a shake-up in the immigration and customs enforcement office. that agency's controversial chief retired friday, and the white house has not named a replacement. we're also learning the u.s.
government says it never created specific plans to help parents find their children after they took them away. all this as roughly 2,000 migrant children wait to be reunited with their parents. it's an uphill climb of a bureaucratic mountain that mothers and fathers face to find their children. paulo sandoval has the story of one mother who made it through. >> reporter: what we witnessed today here in washington dulles international airport, very similar to what's happened across the united states with some of these reunifications slowly happening. these mothers and fathers able to see their children again. this one had to do with 25-year-old brenda garcia. a woman from el salvador who says she entered the country illegally in late may with her 7-year-old son. a day after that happened, after she was detained by immigration authorities, she says her child was taken away. her attorneys believe that that was so that the u.s. government could prepare to file these criminal charges against garcia.
well, that never happened but still she says the damage was done. what followed is a trip for her to colorado and a detention center there for a child that had to be taken to a child care facility in florida. they were separated for weeks. it wasn't until last week and with help of immigration attorneys that garcia was able to speak to her son over the phone. this is what all played out here. this woman finally able to hold her child in her arms. the struggle and the fight is certainly not over, though. now it will be up to them to prove to the u.s. government that they should remain in the united states. that a return to el salvador could mean placing their lives in danger. not just her but also her little one because of the violence and the poverty that they were fleeing in the first place. for garcia, you speak to her and she says that fight, that uphill battle is what is ahead. that's okay. as long as she has her child by her side. so these are the pictures, these are the images that are playing out throughout parts of the united states as these families
slowly are getting to see their children again. that's the latest from washington dulles international airport. i'm paolo sandoval, cnn. several thousand people are under mandatory evacuation and pre-evacuation orders in colorado after a wildfire burned through nearly 10,000 hectares. roughly 25,000 acres in just one day. dry conditions and strong winds are responsible for this fire spreading so very quickly. let's get more from our meteorologist derek van dam. tell us more. >> that same fire is now eight times the size it was on thursday. this is a growing fire that is rapidly out of control for southern colorado. look at this astounding video coming in to cnn. shows you just how vigorous this -- the flames are from this spring fire. this is a security camera from a home where the entire house and the security camera that you're watching was burned in under a minute because the fire spread so quickly.
the spring fire at zero percent containment as we speak. anna mentioned over 1,000 evacuations, pre-evacuations as well in anticipation of this fire continuing to spread. we have timber box conditions. this is utah. we've got colorado here. new mexico and arizona. we have exceptional drought conditions. we have had a lack of rain over the past several weeks if not months. that is why we have over 45 active large wildfires from california right through the four corners region. and with the wind forecast over the next 24 hours, showing guftgufts gusts in excess of 25 miles an hour, she's showers will continue to spread because the vegetation there is extremely dry and low humidity levels across that area. this is amid an extreme heat wave taking place. check this out. just did these calculations a moment ago. over 120 million americans under
an extreme heat warning, advisory or a watch. that includes chicago, st. louis, new york, philadelphia, just outside of the washington area. the heat is spreading eastward from the midwest right to the new england coast. and temperatures are running well above where they should be this time of year. we could be setting 20 possible record highs across the eastern u.s. these are actual daytime highs for the day today. middle and upper 90s. when you factor in the humidity levels, this is what it feels like as you step outside. over 100 degrees in st. louis as well as little rock. unbelievable. anna, back to you. >> all right, derek. thank you for that. coming up after the break -- president trump momentarily drops his demonizing of the media after five journalists are gunned down in cold blood just a short drive from washington. plus, hundreds of thousands of syrians have fled their homes with little hope to an end of the conflict there. and another government offensive is driving still more out of the country.
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mr. trudeau reconfirmed that canada had no choice but to impose retaliatory tariffs. they take effect on sunday. the sentencing of trump's former national security adviser has been put off again. michael flynn is now cooperate with the investigation. the special counsel's office requested the delay. that could mean he's still providing information or perhaps his sentencing could reveal details about the ongoing probe. rescuers in thailand are using a variety of methods to find 12 youth football players and their coach. the team went missing a week ago and are believed to be trapped in a flooded cave. searchers are looking to drill into the mountain, and they've dropped in food and water. president trump is at his golf resort in new jersey for the weekend pondering his options for the u.s. supreme court and planning for his upcoming summit with vladimir putin. before leaving washington, mr. trump spoke about the mass
shooting at a maryland newspaper. his words of condolence were a sharp departure from his normally hostile tone towards the media. cnn's jim acosta has our report. >> reporter: for a president who routinely demonizes the media, it was a significant moment. one day after the mass shooting at the "capital gazette" newspaper in annapolis. >> this attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief. journalists like all americans should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job. >> reporter: but as the president left the room, he would not specify whether this is only a pause in his battle against the press. >> mr. president, will you stop calling us the enemy, sir? >> reporter: even the white house counselor who is rarely rendered speechless declined to answer the question from abby philip. >> is it time for the president
to stop calling journalists the enemy of the people. >> the president -- >> guys. >> look at all those fake newsers back there. >> reporter: it's a critical question for the white house as the president has labeled the press the enemy of the people from early on in his administration -- >> a few days ago, i called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are. they are the enemy of the people. >> reporter: to just this week. >> the enemy. the enemy of the people i call them. >> reporter: as we found at his rally on monday, his supporters are often swept up in the moment. there are seemingly endless examples of president's preference for extreme rhetoric. a tweet showing him bodyslamming a cnn reporter to his remarks during the campaign. >> ides like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. >> reporter: mr. trump has boasted there are no consequences for his actions. >> i have the most loyal people. i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody
and i wouldn't lose any voters. >> reporter: still, trump's supporter sean hannity quickly blamed democratic congresswoman maxine waters. >> i've been saying for days that something hourible is going to happen because of the rhetoric. really, maxine? call your friends. get in their faces? >> reporter: renewed questions about the president's rhetoric comes as mr. trump appears to be searching for replacement for john kelly. the president recently touched on the subject with budget director mick mulvaney earlier this week. aides patched through an apparent prank call to air force one earlier this week. that caller pretended to be democratic senator bob menendez who was recently cleared of federal corruption charges. >> great job. you went through a tough, tough situation and i don't think a very fair situation but
congratulations. >> obviously, my constituents have given me a lot of grief about this immigration thing. >> i'd like to do the larger solution, and i think we can do a real immigration bill. >> that was cnn's jim acosta reporting from washington. the united nations is warning of a catastrophe in the southern syria as tens of thousands of civilians escape a government offensive. in the southwest town of dara, almost 220,000 people have fled the fighting. that's according to the union of medical care and relief organization. meanwhile, along syria's border with the israeli-controlled golan heights, thousands are taking refuge in a tent city. we're joined from israel's side. and the u.n. is saying this has the potential to be a humanitarian catastrophe which seven years into this war, sadly, people are numb to. but why is this situation so
dire? >> well, you just have, anna, over 200,000 people who are going to need this emergency assistance, food, water, shelter, clothing, medicine. let me catch you up on what we're witnessing here right now. i don't know if you just heard that. we are seeing what looks like are artillery strikes inside this area. there's been about five or six within the last 20, 30 minutes. this is the kind of fighting that these people are fleeing right now. and yesterday we were on -- down closer to that fence that operates the golan where we are right now and syria. and we saw those people coming in in the droves, really creating what looks like a tent city along that fence. the latest wave of human suffering in syria.
shove what they can, a life's worth of possessions crammed into a truck. kilometers away, the syrian regime bombards the region in the country's southwest corner. the familiar black smoke of the civil war. more buildings, more towns and villages reduced to rubble. tens of thousands have fled. most towards jordan. others to the front tier separating syria from the israel-occupied golan heights. a new life on the run. family in tow, without electricity or clean running water. >> translator: we fled because of the indiscriminate bombings that never stop. every day there's a massacre. the situation is so terrible. we've been here for a week, and we have seen zero help. no water. no food. it's a catastrophic situation. >> we have no shelter from the sun or the cold. we can't go back and get anything because of the heavy
bombing. where are we supposed to go? there are no tents here. there is nothing here. we've been like this for a year. where we are supposed to go? do we go back to the bombing and shelling? >> reporter: israel watches the new arrivals. thousands so far gathering at the fence. thursday night, an israeli army convoy opened the wire and delivered tents, food, medical supplies and clothing. over several years, israel has treated thousands of injured syrians. but the assad regime's latest offensive creates a new crisis. and israel is adamant it's not going to open the gates and let refugees in. crossing on foot would be dangerous, too. leftover mines span this frontier. standing here on this side of the fence, we're relatively safe, although we have heard some gunshots. but just a couple hundred meters down the road for those syrians fleeing that fighting, their future is uncertain. tonight the war will be in the distance. they'll get some sleep they have
lacked for days. but who knows what tomorrow will bring. anna, tomorrow could bring more of this. we've been watching more of these artillery strikes coming in. and these camps that i was talking about are just about maybe ten or so kilometers away from this fighting. today we heard reports that there was a cease-fire in place. this came from the jordanians to try to get some sort of reconciliation between the regime and the rebel fighters. but it seems like the cease-fire may be over, at least if it is taking play, it's over here because we've been seeing this continuation of the fighting, anna. >> and we can see, obviously, the razor wire behind you. we know that israel and jordan have said they are refusing to allow these people to cross their borders. what is going to happen to these poor and desperate people?
>> that is the big question. what would happen if this fighting does intensify? there's no cease-fire. there's no reconciliation. and it does go up against the borders of jordan and here in the golan. and it's going to be difficult for israel and jordan to not allow this wave of people because desperation yields desperate measures. and these people may try to cross over with, even though those two governments say that that's not going to be an option, another thing we'll be watching, too is the u.n. they have posts that are up and down this border fence area here. and these are to observe this cease-fire between israel and syria. this goes back to the '73 war. and there is the possibility that these refugees could try to take shelter in these u.n. camps. we haven't heard from the u.n. if this is an option for them but these are all the possibilities but, really, it just is uncertain without any
formal agreement or anything that we're hearing from the israelis or the jordanians about what would happen if the fighting does push up against their borders. >> ian lee, we appreciate your reporting. many thanks for that. coming up, pumping out the endless amounts of muddy water in a cave in thailand. the latest on efforts to save a trapped youth football team ahead. plus, it's knockout time at the world cup. how lionel messi and argentina look to overcome a disappointing group stage. that's next.
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open again after volcanic ash grounded flights. one of the most active volcanoes sent a huge plume of ash into the air. the ash can enter a jet engine causing it to fail. a change of wind direction made it possible for the planes to take off again. you can see which way the cloud of ash was headed. thousands of passengers had been grounded on the popular tourist island. it's been one week since 12 boys and their football coach went missing on a thailand island. they have been trying to reach the team they think is trapped in a flooded cave. the area is mountainous and covered in trees. rescuers are searching for ways inside. they're looking to drill into the mountain. they've rappelled down a shaft and even dropped in food and water hoping the team finds the supplies. cnn is tracking the story from india. we're joined from new delhi.
you have to admit, one week on, the odds of them surviving are certainly grim but have there been any developments in the search for these 12 boys and their coach? >> anna, it has been a week but the rescuers and rescue effort, nobody is giving up just yet. yesterday a team as you said managed to go down a shaft trying to access the cave, trying to locate these 12 boys age 11 to 16 and the coach went missing, 25 years old. no luck yesterday but they are continuing. the biggest problem is the rain and the floodwater. this area in north thailand has been hit by a lot of heavy rain in recent days. that's complicated efforts because it's blocked the entrances to this cave network. the governor of the region, in fact, spoke about this earlier today. take a listen. >> translator: the divers have tried their best in the cave but
you can see nothing inside as the water is full of mud. you can't see your hand, even if you put it in front of you. every measure of solution is important. but currently we're mainly focussing on draining water and entering into the cave because we believe this is the best and the most sensible way. >> as you see, the floodwater is a big problem and that's why one of the things the rescuers are looking at is drilling from the top. drilling from the top to get inside the cave from the forest bed. and that's because of this floodwater. the teams themselves, the rescue effort, has broadened over the week. we're now at about 1,000, over 1,000 rescuers over there. thai teams being supported by u.s. teams and some british cave experts. so the effort continues and nobody is giving up just yet. anna? >> you alluded to the rain. it's been persistent and it's
monsoonal season in thailand. and sadly, there was a warning sign out the front of that cave telling tourists, people not to go in because of potential flash flooding. do we get a sense hough long they will continue searching, considering these caves stretch for some ten kilometers? >> for now, anna, they are fully devoted to the search to locating where these boys and the coach are. and then to try and rescue them. in fact, some drills were conducted earlier today to practice if they were to encounter them in that event how they would evacuate them. so everyone is fully focused on trying to get them -- trying to find them, locate them and bring them out. and the whole country is transfixed on this case. the case has been on the front pages of newspapers. it's been all over the television. so much so, anna, that thailand's public health department has issued an advisory telling people to
moderate how much of the coverage they watch. they are worried that people will become, quote, overly obsessed. so that just gives you a sense of the attention on this in the entire country and, of course, internationally as the days draw on. anna? >> yeah, very difficult not to care and, obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the parents of those 12 boys and coach who are stationed outside the mouths of that cave. many thanks for that update. coming up, cristiano ronaldo looks to bring his outstanding group play to the last 16. we're live in moscow for the start of the world cup knockout stage. that's ahead. sion massage. not cool. freezing away fat cells with coolsculpting? now that's cool. coolsculpting safely freezes and removes fat cells. with little or no downtime. and no surgery. results and patient experience may vary. some rare side effects include temporary numbness, discomfort, and swelling.
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after that, it's christiano ronaldo's turn. his portuguese squad is set to take on uruguay. for a breakdown of all the football action, cnn's amanda davies joins us now live from moscow. and, obviously, the storms have not hit just yet. amanda, a lot going on today. both france and argentina failed to impress in the group stages despite having a wealth of talent. who do you see will have the upper hand? >> yeah, this is where things get serious very much down to the serious business. some fantastic matches on just day one of the second rounds of matches. what we've got today is messi and ronaldo playing for their respective teams knowing if they both win they'll be facing each other in the next round. talk about that for motivation. the first game is france against argentina.
and argentinean side who, it's fair to say, have not impressed up to this point in the tournament. many people feel they've been incredibly lucky to have scraped through from the group stages. just courtesy of that late, late goal from rojo across nigeria. the word from the camp has been about how much they've been suffering. they held that minute of silence on argentinean television after their devastating 3-0 defeat to croatia. seen as really the country's biggest ever footballing embarrassment. they were better against nigeria playing much better as a team. messi scored for the first time in this competition but you expect it will be tough for them against france. if said their tournament began after their victory over argentina, they need to step up to a whole different level if they want it to continue because france have one of the most arguably talented attacking forces in this competition. very young but exciting squad,
the likes of paul bogba. they are likely to take advantage of an aging argentine defense. very interesting because didier deschamps have been criticized. people were expecting them to take another step forwards after we saw them finish runners up in euro 2016 two years ago. and that hasn't necessarily happened. so fascinating to see how that one plays out, anna. >> okay, amanda, very quickly, uruguay/portugal. how reliant will they be on cristiano ronaldo, that being the portuguese, of course? >> yeah, well, ronaldo scored four or five portugal's goals in the tournament so far but their boss fernando santos has done what we've seen him do time and time again. in the press conference and say
it is not just about cristiano ronaldo. we have 22 other players in the squad who are expected to step up. the only way we will progress in this tournament is if they do. but there's a fascinating subplot really to this game. there's lots of players who play in la liga on both sides. so diego godin from uruguay plays atletico madrid. they all know each other inside out. and know how to stop each other. but it will be very, very close encounter. the sad news is whoever wins, there will be a whole host of fantastic superstars heading home at the end of today. >> okay. amanda, enjoy the action. thank you. thank you for watching "cnn newsroom." i'm anna coren in hong kong. for u.s. viewers "new day" is next. for everyone else, stay tune forward "amanpour."
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