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but it wants to ensure the best onboard experience for everyone. southwest will stop serving the peanuts on august 1st, but will offer snacks like pretzels, cookies and chips. >> pretzels are a superior snack. >> i agree. >> they are a mainstay. part of the dna. here we go. "early start" starts right now. this is cnn breaking news. >> germany is totally controlled by russia, because there will db. >> president trump with a shocker before the nato summit gets under way. he says that nato countries are taking advantage of the u.s. by cutting side deals with russia. markets pointing lower after the president escalates his trade war with china. tariffs on another $200 billion of chinese goods are on the way, everything from fruit to handbags, rain jackets and baseball gloves. and half of the world cup final is set. france will play for the title.
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will they face england or croatia? we will find out today. >> you were rooting for belgium. >> i was rooting for belgium. they're the cinderella, you know. they deserve a chance. but it's not to be. france is now in the finals against croatia or england. good morning and welcome back to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. it is wednesday, july 11th. 10:00 in brussels where the nato summit gets under way today. and the president coming out swinging before the summit begins at a presummit breakfast. the president dressing down the nato secretary-general, demanding increased defense spending by nato allies. his wrath trained specially on germany, calling germany a captive of russia. >> germany is totally controlled by russia, because they were getting from 60% to 70% of their energy from russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that's appropriate, because i think it's not, and i think it's a very bad thing for nato, and i
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don't think it should have happened. >> the president's pregame jabs coming as no surprise to european leaders. they fear that president trump will follow through on threats to cut back on military protection for u.s. allies. earlier, the european council president, donald tusk, had a stark warning for mr. trump. >> america, shave your life, after all you don't have that many. >> the summit comes ahead of president trump's sit-down with vladimir putin. i want to bring in international diplomatic editor nic robertson, live at nato headquarters. and what a way to start this confab, i mean, to have the president who has said that putin is just fine, insulting germany and really drawing his wrath on germany. >> reporter: don't they say, isn't the saying start out as you mean to continue? president trump's had this drum
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roll of lambasting nato leaders telling them to pay up their 2% on gdp on defense spending as their commitment to nato and he's followed that up with tweets on the plane saying he's even considering getting back dues from nato allies who haven't been paying enough over the recent years. and then this attack on the german chancellor, angela merkel, somebody who's had no particular love lost for over the past year and a half since he's been in office. but this is very tough talk. you had jan staltenberg there, the nato secretary-general, put on the spot. the cameras were on. president trump was on a roll. staltenberg pushing back in a diplomatic way, sticking to the language we've seen him use before, that we are stronger when we are united. clearly, this is a message for trump about the messaging that the whole nato summit he hopes should achieve to send a message to president putin, because in everyone's eyes here, president putin would like to see nato
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divided, in chaos, in turmoil. so, staltenburg really trying to sort of play that down, but what a way to begin, as you say. and if he intends to continue this way, he's going to be meeting angela merkel face-to-face. he'll be meeting justin trudeau from canada. he'll be meeting theresa may. he'll be meeting emmanuel macron of france, all of the leaders that he so fell out with publicly at the g7 recently in quebec. so you know, i think there's a real level of concern here that president trump is going to come in punching hard. but at the same time, european leaders will recognize here with secretary of state pompeo that is here, with secretary james mattis, these are figures within the administration who can perhaps broaden out the united states' message to its allies here that perhaps there can be unity, that perhaps they can find a way to address president trump's concerns and do nato's
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business, which is protect all these 29 member nations against common threats, like russia. >> all right, nic robertson, thanks for that. you know, the president called the situation sad. he said, we're protecting everybody. it's not fair. it's inappropriate. we can't put up with that. i mean, you heard the trump language on full display at that breakfast. usually that's just a spray event, where you know, you get smiles and we're getting ready to work. >> take a couple pictures, it lasts a minute, and move on. >> and that's not what this was. this was a moment for the president to really dress down the secretary-general of nato. >> but we knew trump was going to come in like this. we knew he was going to go after the nato allies and ask them to step up and pay more, but this wasn't -- this was specifically about germany. and the one word, the one name that he didn't say was angela merkel, who we know is arguably the biggest thorn, european thorn, in trump's side, and so, he just came out absolutely swinging. it's got to be a really unsettling start for the other
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nato allies this morning as the talks get under way. >> joining us from brussels, "washington post" staff writer john hudson. good morning. >> hello, john. >> so, you presumably watched that -- >> good to be here. >> -- spray. and the president very strong talking about the sad, inappropriate situation that germany is a captive of russia. walk me through your response to that moment. >> reporter: i mean, it was an immediate sign that trump was coming into this summit with his gloves off. he's not going to play the same message that a number of european officials wanted him to, which was, let's embrace unity, let's have a united front, let's show a western resolve that puts the president in a strong place ahead of his meeting with president putin. trump says, you know, i'm not going to tolerate this anymore, the fact that the u.s. is spending so much more on its own defense than other nato countries. and it was a noticeably very
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sort of awkward and sort of contentious exchange with stultenberg. he was clearly trying to paper over differences, saying, well, of course, we can overcome this. trump was saying, no, this needs to end, the united states can't be the only one that's spending this much on its own -- on defense and collective security needs to be more of a shared experience among the nato alliance members. >> sure. let's look at the president talk being that very point, where he basically is casting himself as the champion of the american taxpayer. listen. >> over the last year, about $40 billion more has been given by other countries to help nato, but that's not nearly enough. the united states is paying far too much, and other countries are not paying enough, especially some. so, we're going to have a meeting on that, and the secretary-general has worked very hard on that. he understands the problem, and
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hopefully, we can get it resolved. this has been going on for decades. for decades. and it's disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the united states. and we're going to make it fair. >> so, of course, there's a lot of nuance there, but it's been over the past several years, three years or so, that those defense spending numbers have gone up by about $46 billion, so it had already begun before he got here. but clearly, he is using the bully pulpit to chastise these countries to spend more on defense. >> reporter: absolutely, and there are a number of european countries that wanted to be able to say, yes, like, we have been spending more on defense. you know, in 2014, there were only three nato member countries that were hitting that 2% requirement. and now at the end of 2018, there is going to be many more, around eight. and so, they wanted to come into this summit celebrating the unity, the increased defense spending, and maybe even giving president trump credit for it, and they were hoping that the president could take a victory. that's not the message that he's come in with. the message he's come in with --
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i have big problems with this alliance and i want things to change and they haven't changed enough. >> john, it seems like the u.s. is now trying to do a funny dance, or at least president trump will have to, because on the one hand, he's saying that germany is captive to russia, that russia basically is saying -- is a cap door, is an enemy. but at the same time, in the u.s./russia relations, putin is not a foe, he's a competitor, so how -- >> and he's just fine. putin's just fine. >> and he's just fine. certainly compared to nato allies, the putin meeting is much easier. so, how does the trump administration walk this line, you know, in the course of five days? >> reporter: oh, it's a fascinating message, because you can just realize that in helsinki, when president trump meets with president putin, president putin doesn't like this message that trump is sending right now about nordstream 2, this gas pipeline that runs between russia and germany that trump wants to have
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not completed. that's not a message that putin likes. so, this isn't just a message trump is carrying that is super soft on russia. it's actually pretty complicated, and it is sort of unusual in terms of it doesn't play the exact tone he usually takes, which is, why can't we just get along with russia. >> u.s. has american companies, multinationals have investments in russia -- >> for years. >> russia has a lot of natural resources. is the president suggesting that america and its allies should not be doing business in russia? >> reporter: that's exactly what the trump administration's explicit policy has been from the white house all the way to the state department. they have been traveling around europe saying that they oppose the nordstream 2 pipeline. they don't think a number of european countries should be dependent on russian energy, so that's been their message, but trump is using the bully pulpit in a totally new way.
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we have heard that trump behind the scenes has talked in very explicit, somewhat graphic terms, about how sort of russia, you know, really has germany by the balls when it comes to this -- forgive my language. but this is the first time we're seeing it very publicly, very aggressively in the nato summit, which is, you know, obviously a divisive topic, and that's why you saw stultenberg really trying to paper over the differences that are being exposed right now. >> we love the colorful diplomatic language this time of the morning. it's fine. i appreciate it. i wholeheartedly agree. anybody who's up now in the u.s. at 4:11, got a good chuckle. that's great. thank you so much. nice to see you, john hudson from the "washington post" there. >> fascinating, dramatic few hours ahead. all right, well, president trump's next stop on thursday will be in the uk, where there is a social media campaign under way to insult president trump musically before he arrives in london. ♪ don't want to be an american
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idiot." >> it's a facebook effort to make the greenday hit "american idiot," which was released 14 years ago, back in 2004, the number one song on the british charts by the time trump arrives in the uk, and it is making some progress, climbing yesterday to number 18. but there is a competing song in britain with britain now in the world cup semifinals. the greenday song "american idiot" has to contend with a british soccer anthem that is also climbing the charts. a bit of a duel there. so, it will take a strong push to get greenday's "american idiot" to number one by the end of trump's visit on sunday. to business now, the u.s. unveiling new tariffs on china, ramping up the trade war with beijing. additional tariffs on $200 billion more in chinese goods. china calls this unacceptable, vowing to respond with "necessary countermeasures," didn't provide details, though. it's all shaking global stocks again. asia falling overnight, dow futures down more than 200 points. this new round of tariffs also makes good on a threat by president trump. last week, the u.s. slapped
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tariffs on $34 billion in chinese goods. that was punishment for china stealing u.s. trade secrets. china responded with tariffs in equal measure, but the president threatened to hit another $200 billion, if they retaliated. these tariffs will hit thousands of products, including consumer goods, handbags, refrigerators, furniture, apparel, mattresses. so far until now, the u.s. had avoided targeting things that americans would buy and would feel right away the higher prices, but the current scale of the tariffs make that nearly impossible. this announcement comes as trump meets with nato allies, many of whom he accuses of unfair trade practices. he tweeted yesterday the u.s. has a $151 billion trade deficit with europe but they want us to happily defend them through nato and defend it. he hit them with tariffs on steel and now threatening new tariffs on european cars. i would say the market is remarkably solid, considering all of this, in part because the
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u.s. economy is so strong. and that's one of the arguments you hear, this is exactly the time for the president to stand up to china. >> but the market has been more jittery in the wake of trade war talks. >> yes, absolutely. >> but it's held strong the last few days, hasn't it? >> it has, and that's mostly tech. you look, there are three or four stocks that account for a big chunk of the rise in the s&p 500 over the past year. so there's tech stocks that have been largely immune to all of this. >> so-called f.a.n.g.s, right? >> yes. facebook, amazon, netflix, google. >> there we go. all right, well, the deadline has come and gone for the government to reunite families with young children taken at the border. now the health secretary says that caring for those immigrant kids is what he calls an act of charity. try mr. clean magic eraser with durafoam. simply add water, to remove soap scum. try mr. clean magic eraser with durafoam.
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the trump administration last night officially missed the deadline to reunify parents separated at the border. as of wednesday evening, just 38 families had been reunited. the judge in the case anticipated the number would
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reach 63 by the end of the day. it's unclear if even that bar was reached. the government said some parents couldn't be found, had been deported, had criminal histories, or other issues. >> that deadline to reunify more than the 2,000 children still in government custody is july 26th, just over two weeks away. we asked health and human services secretary alex azar why his agency won't allow media cameras into facilities that are housing those kids. here's what he had to say. >> it is one of the great acts of american generosity and charity what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids who are smuggled into our country or who come across illegally. >> the president said yesterday the solution to undocumented children being separated from their parents is for them not to come in the first place illegally. now, some families were split up, even though they did come through legal channels. seeking asylum is not a crime. seeking asylum is a legal method of entry. one of those fathers, ever reyes
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mejia, was reunited with his 3-year-old son in michigan. the two had not been together since april. also yesterday, walter jimenez melendez reunited with his 4-year-old boy, jeremy. they had been separated for 48 days. >> heartwarming, but heartbreaking at the same time. all right, well, the trump administration again slashing obamacare funding for the coming year. the centers for medicare and medicaid services will provide only $10 million for the so-called navigator program for open enrollment in november. that's down from $36 million last year and $63 million in 2016. navigator programs help consumers, small businesses, and employees find coverage on the obamacare marketplace. the trump administration claims that navigators are not effective. consumer groups disagree. they're concerned that obamacare shoppers could become easily confused. all right, turning now to the world cup. for the first time in 20 years, france is going back to the
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world cup final. samuel umtiti's header gave the french the 1-0 lead they never surrendered. france last won the world cup in 1988. they will face the winner of today's match between england and croatia. >> a good day for emmanuel macron. you could see him there. >> i'm pulling for england, how about you? >> i don't know. >> any strong feelings? >> i guess i am. but i was pulling for france. i was glad to see france win. i know you were going for belgium. >> only because they haven't had it before. and france won. admittedly, it was 20 years ago. >> i do think american productivity is going out the window in a way i haven't seen before with world cup. it gets more and more popular every four years in the united states. >> and that's here. imagine the rest of the world. >> oh, yeah. i mean, they ran out of beer in england, right? basically in london. the recovery is just beginning for those 12 boys and their soccer coach freed from a flooded cave. their condition and what challenges they now face. we're live in thailand. ahh... summer is coming.
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evening. and the doctors gave a briefing to journalists and said these kids are doing pretty well. they suffered from malnutrition. the medical authorities are taking a lot of precautions, for instance, making the kids wear sunglasses to protect their vision after being deprived of natural light for more than two weeks, slowly reintroducing them to solid food, putting them on antibiotics. some of them had swollen lungs and had infections and coughs and things like that, but for the most part, they're doing pretty well. the divers who spent more than a week with the kids in the cave helping sustain them, keep them alive, they're also doing well. i've been messaging with one of the international divers who spent dozens of hours on missions ferrying supplies and helping with the rescue operation. he messaged me that he was getting some medical treatment today, the day after the last rescue, to kind of heal up his
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hands and feet, which were pretty beaten up. we've heard that the tunnels had really sharp rocks. and meanwhile, the prime minister of thailand is just thanking everybody for the contribution to what the chief of the rescue mission has described as mission possible. alex? >> what an amazing story. such a happy ending. ivan watson in chiang rai in thailand. thanks so much. 28 minutes after the hour. step it up immediately! president trump with a shocking dressing down of the nato secretary-general. he says germany is being controlled by the russians. you won't see these folks at the post office
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this is cnn breaking news. >> but germany is totally controlled by russia. >> all right, the president with a shocker before the nato summit even gets under way. he says nato countries are taking advantage of the u.s. by cutting side deals with russia. and costs for dozens of drugs will not go up as expected. pfizer is now rolling back price hikes, for now. the catalyst, call from president trump. and half of the world cup final is set. france will play for the world title. will they face england or croatia? we'll find out today. won't be your dear belgium. sorry. >> will not be the red devils. >> welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm alex marquardt. it is 32 minutes past the hour. and president trump coming out swinging this morning, a very dramatic start before the nato summit actually gets under way. at a presummit breakfast, the president dressed down the nato secretary-general, demanding increased defense spending by nato allies. his wrath trained specifically on germany, calling it a captive of russia.
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>> but germany is totally controlled by russia, because they were getting from 60% to 70% of their energy from russia and a new pipeline. and you tell me if that's appropriate, because i think it's not, and i think it's a very bad thing for nato, and i don't think it should have happened. >> the president's pregame jabs coming as no surprise to european leaders. they fear president trump will follow through on threats to cut back on military protection for u.s. allies. earlier, the european council president had this stark warning for mr. trump. >> america -- [ inaudible ] your life. after, you don't have that many. >> a blunt message from donald tusk there. the nato summit coming ahead of president trump's sit-down with vladimir putin in helsinki, finland. let's bring in international diplomatic editor for cnn, nic robertson, live at nato headquarters. any reaction from nato members to trump's comments this
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morning? >> reporter: interesting because we've had reaction from the german deputy defense minister, who says, look, this fuel-energy pipeline that president trump is talking about is something that dates back to 2002-2003. it's a business deal that was put in place a long time before russia annexed crimea, went over the border into ukraine, both international illegal actions that germany has responded to. angela merkel since then has really fallen out with vladimir putin. she speaks russian. she trusted him to a degree. she doesn't trust him now. but as the deputy defense minister says, it's kind of difficult to pull out of that kind of business deal quickly. but this is what president trump is referring to, saying quite clearly, germany's spending money on making business deals with russia, making russia richer at the same time that we, the united states, have to bail out germany from its defense from russia. and germany, if you will, is one of the lowest spenders of the major nato allies in terms of
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its gdp commitment to defense, 1.24% right now going up to 1.31% this year, later this year. that falls way short of the 2% that's expected of nato partners. so, president trump pushing that point. jens stoltenberg, secretary-general of nato, not really expecting to have this put in his face over breakfast on camera right at the beginning of this summit. everyone here was expecting it to be rocky, but perhaps not this rocky. stoltenberg saying look, the key thing here is that we have unity. we have differences, but we can work them out as we have in the past. and the reason he's saying that is because he believes, like many of the other nato leaders here, that russia, president putin is watching this space here right now for the next couple of days. any divisions, he likes to see those divisions. and of course, the nato leaders here worried because president trump is going on to meet prz putin next, and they don't know what he's going to say to him. >> all right, president trump wasting no time taking that message to nato allies.
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nic robertson in brussels, thanks very much. >> so, germany and european allies will not take the president's remarks lightly. senior international correspondent nick paton walsh is standing by live in london with more on that. good morning, nick. >> reporter: it is startling, just the mood music already set there in brussels. this is the central country to the nato alliance, the united states. for example, if a country wants to leave nato, it has to tell the united states of its intentions to do so. and to hear donald trump so specifically begin a key summit like this with so many eyes watching, particularly those in moscow with a scolding of one of the major, or the major economy, frankly, outside of the u.s., in that nato alliance, is remarkable. now, he's referring to the nord stream pipeline that runs through the baltic sea straight through germany. that was hatched in the beginning of the 2000s, where frankly, the early part of the putin administration was considered less threatening and there were issues they had with gas transit through ukraine to
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the south of germany. the nord stream pipeline was to cut all of the european mainland pipelines out and they may have gone on to other european nations. times have changed enormously. the german chancellor, gerhart schroeder who hatched that deal, now works for a successor part of the pipeline, the nord stream 2 that's supposed to come in some time in the months ahead. as nnin was saying, angela merkl is wise to that and they're looking at liquid gas, potentially from the united states, to take up needs in the german gas market. but more importantly, donald trump in his sort of historical role as u.s. commander in chief, is supposed to come along and be the leader of the nato alliance, not the man to point out its holes. and right now we have all the neighbors along russia's borders here with eastern europe deeply in need of extra military enforcement. norway are asking for more u.s. troops to come in and assist on their borders. many exercises along other parts
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of the russian border, too, to bolster readiness. and instead now, this key summit, the white house had laying out key demands, frankly, of people he's supposed to be reassuring. >> nick paton walsh laying it out for us clearly. thank you, sir. >> all right, well, the summit off to a rocky start. and for more live from brussels, we have "washington post" staff writer john hudson back with us this morning. >> hi, john. >> good to have you with us. >> good to be here. >> to what extent -- this language we heard from trump, when he was basically chastising stoltenberg as a representative of the rest of the nato alliance there, we knew he was going to do this. we didn't know he would do it so quickly, so fast, out of the gate. to what extent do you think this is posturing for his domestic audience? what are the potential consequences of this type of language, of this message that he's bringing to brussels? >> reporter: well, i think it is sort of trump unleashed in the sense of i was here last year for the nato summit, and while he did express his longstanding
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complaints about defense spending in europe, it was not as outright, it was not as gloves off as we're seeing right now. i mean, in terms of potential consequences, you know, it really depends. i mean, we haven't seen him yet express particularly warm language about russia, and that was one of the things that really threatened to sort of split up the nato consensus on what to do. as you know, the europeans are not in the same place when it comes to dialogue and reproachment with russia. you have the brits, you have the pols, you have the baltic states that would like a more aggressive stance towards russia. and then, of course, you also have the other sort of older europe that wants to have, you know, a more sort of reproachment, the greeks, the hungarians, even to some extent. we're seeing a confrontational stance, most specifically
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against germany, but we'll see if there's more to come. and i think we should expect to sort of take out the popcorn. this is going to be a very interesting nato summit this year. >> this is the polish delegation arriving there at nato headquarters in brussels. you know, the president saying germany is controlled by russia and really speaking sharply about germany. yet, he has not had such harsh words for russia itself. russia invaded ukraine. it annexed crimea. it shot down a commercial airliner. there's four poisonings on uk soil. i could go on and on. everything that divides the west is a victory for vladimir putin. he thinks that weakness and division among america and its allies is something that strengthens russia. does the president understand or reflect that? >> reporter: it doesn't seem like the president holds that view, and he has repeatedly questioned what you basically just laid out, which are sort of consensus nato talking points on russia and what it did and its
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threat to the west. president trump has never been someone who has heralded all of those things. and just as recently as the g7 meeting, he questioned the idea of whether or not, you know, crimea should be seen as part of ukraine. maybe it should be seen as part of russia. and so, these are really sort of core trump attitudes and beliefs that he has said privately to officials that have leaked out over longer than a year, but now we're seeing those publicly, and they really challenge sort of the heart of nato orthodoxy. and so, that's why we're seeing fireworks here today. >> john, even though trump has been reluctant to call putin a foe, his aides around him, his senior officials, have admitted that this does work in putin's favor. let's quickly listen to nato, the u.s. ambassador to nato, kay bailey hutchison. >> i think the discord is music to putin's ears, but i do think
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that coming from this summit, which is allied, is strong, and is going to increase our deterrent capabilities, that is going to put president trump in a very strong position with president putin. and i think he will be tough with president putin. >> so, hutchison there believes that president trump will be tough with putin. john, what does that look like? because in the past, he's shown no inclination to be tough on putin. >> reporter: yeah, we're going to see -- we'll see if he challenges putin on the u.s. intelligence assessment that russia meddled in the 2016 election. that's been something that he's been -- trump has been very reluctant to declare that he believes in. you know, we'll also see what they plan to do on syria. you know, a lot of officials i've talked to have expressed concern that putin is going to try to exploit areas that he can
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see that trump holds in his own sort of views. for instance, whether or not the united states should just get out of syria immediately. that's something the russians would like to see, and trump has said he would like to see that. and of course, his own advisers, his pentagon chief, his secretary of state are very much opposed to that. now, will putin when he gets alone with trump try to exploit those fissures? that's certainly something that a lot of people are watching right now and speculating might happen. >> all right. get ready. it's going to be an interesting next few days. john hudson for us in brussels, thank you so much. >> thank you. pfizer putting its recent price hikes on hold because of pressure from president trump. on july 1st, pfizer raised prices for about 40 drugs. on monday, the president tweeted pfizer should be ashamed they have raised drug prices for no reason. now pfizer says it will roll back those price hikes after an extensive discussion with the president, writing that it shares the president's concern to provide affordable access to
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medicine and that it will give the administration more time to work on its plan to reduce drug prices. that was a big campaign promise for president trump. he unveiled a plan to reduce drug prices in may with concrete steps, like making it easier for cheaper generic drugs to hit the market and targeting a shadowy world of drug rebates. switching gears, this father got to hold his son again, something that not every parent was so lucky to do on what they called deadline day. now the health secretary says that the care that the immigrant kids got is an act of charity. these are the specialists we're proud to call our own. experts from all over the world, working closely together to deliver truly personalized cancer care. expert medicine works here. learn more at
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trump administration last night officially missing the deadline to reunify 102 children who were separated from their parents at the u.s./mexico border. as of tuesday evening, just 38 families had been reunited. the judge in the case anticipating that the number
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would reach 63 by the end of the day, but it's unclear even if that bar was reached. the government has said that some parents could not be found, had been deported, had criminal histories, or other issues. >> the deadline to reunify more than 2,000 children still in government custody is july 26th, just over two weeks away. we asked health and human services secretary alex azar why his agency won't allow media cameras into facilities housing those kids. here's what he said. >> it is one of the great acts of american generosity and charity what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids who are smuggled into our country or who come across illegally. >> great act of generosity. now, emotions are running high for the families that did get reunited yesterday. ever reyes mejia, you can see him on the screen, reunited with his 3-year-old son in michigan. look at that. look at that smile. the two hadn't been together since april. yesterday, walter jimenez melendez also reunited there with his 4-year-old boy, jeremy,
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after almost 50 days. the trump administration once again slashing obamacare funding for the coming year. the centers for medicare and medicaid services will provide only $10 billion for the -- $10 million for the navigator program, down from $36 million last year and $63 million in 2016. that's what helps small businesses and employees explore and find coverage on the health care marketplace. the administration claims they're not effective. consumer groups are concerned obamacare shoppers could become easily confused. now, for the third time in 20 years, france is going to the world cup final. defender samuel umtiti's header in the 51st minute giving the french a 1-0 lead over the belgian red devils that they never surrendered. france last won the world cup in 1988. that's actually 1998. they will face the winner of today's match between england and croatia. that's at 2:00 p.m. eastern
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time. >> emmanuel macron going wild on the sidelines! actually, he didn't, he just kind of shook hands. >> shaking hands with the king of belgium there. >> interesting. southwest doing away with a classic airline snack, peanuts. we'll tell you why on "cnn money," why dave likes -- i just called you dave. i'm losing my mind. >> too early. >> too early in the morning.
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all 12 boys and their soccer coach are out of that cave in thailand after 18 days trapped under ground by raging floodwaters. now concern centers on the physical and emotional toll of their ordeal. cnn's ivan watson has been there on the ground. he has the latest this morning from chiang rai, thailand. ivan, what's next for these boys? it looks like they're going to recover physically, but the question remains of how well they'll recover psychologically. >> reporter: yeah, certainly, physically, the doctors are saying they're in a pretty good state and they're going to be kind of nursed back to full health after suffering from malnutrition, deprivation of natural light, and just weakened immune systems in general, and they're in quarantine for that. the question of their psychological emotional state, well, we've been told that there is going to be therapy, that the thai psychiatrist association has been consulted on this. they're going to want to, frankly, protect the boys from
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journalists like you and me so they don't get overwhelmed by the throngs of reporters who have descended on northern thailand amidst this drama that has attracted the attention of so many people here in thailand and around the world. the rescuers themselves, the four men who were under ground with the boys for more than a week, they're recovering. and some of the people conducting the dangerous rescue, which did claim the life of one petty officer first class from the thai navy s.e.a.l.s, they're recovering. i talked with one international diver who said he's receiving medical treatment today because after hours in the rescue operations, many missions, his hands and his feet were pretty beaten up. there is an australian doctor named dr. richard harris, who's been described as playing an integral role, a critical role in the almost miraculous rescue, and he, sadly, lost his father this week amid the incredible
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rescues that were taking place. so, this required just an incredible physical and emotional burden for everybody that was involved. and now people are kind of taking a deep breath and trying to collect themselves physically and emotionally after this incredible ordeal. alex and christine? >> yeah, this rescue mission obviously led by the thai navy s.e.a.l.s, but it was an international effort and really an incredible one at that. ivan, thank you so much. >> even the farmers around there, they're pumping out all that water from the cave system into the newly planted rice fields. those farmers lost their crops. they will be made whole by the government, we're told, but it just shows you how the whole region, really, coming together to save those boys. >> certainly, the country, and led by the king. and it is a country that is really centered on the monarchy, the military, on buddhism, and it is rallying around these boys. and so, yes, hopefully, those farmers and everyone else will be taken care of. extraordinary effort. just about the top of the hour, 58 minutes after the hour.
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let's get a check on "cnn money." the u.s. ramping up a trade war with beijing, preparing an additional tariffs on $200 billion more of chinese goods. china vows to respond, and all that is shaking global stocks. asia and europe falling overnight. dow futures down more than 200 points right now. u.s. stocks closed higher yesterday. the s&p 500 actually had its best day since february, and that's because investors are really optimis optimistic about earnings. profits at s&p companies should be 20% higher than last year. just remarkable. americans are voluntarily quitting their jobs at the highest rate in years. in may, the so-called u.s. quit rate hit 17-year high, a sign more people are confident they can find a new job and at a higher pay. wage growth has been sluggish for such a tight, super tight labor market. wages haven't grown above 3% since 2009. maybe that quit rate is telling us wages will start to rise. southwest doing away with a classic airline snack -- peanuts -- to help passengers
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with severe peanut allergies. southwest calls the decision difficult, writing that peanuts will be a part of southwest's history and dna but wants to ensure the best onboard experience for everyone. southwest will stop serving peanuts on august 1st. it will offer other snacks, like pretzels, cookies, and chips. >> i was on an airline the other day and they asked anybody who came on board not to eat peanuts, because apparently, people who are next to people eating peanuts can also be affected if they have severe allergies. >> luckily, i don't have that allergy, but i know people who do. it's dangerous. >> part of the southwest dna. anyway, discontinuing it. "early start" continues right now. germany is controlled by russia. >> president trump with a shocker, saying nato is taking advantage of the u.s. by cutting side deals with russia. and prices lower after escalating the trade war with


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