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it is thursday, july 12th. 9:00 a.m. in london. dumbfounded on the attacks on n nato allies. he called nato members delinquent on defense fespendin. >> one senior diplomat telling cnn it is like the world has gone crazy. on policy, the president demanded member countries double commitment for the defense spending from 2% up to 4%. let's turn to diplomatic editor nic robertson at nato headquarters. nic, no one surprised by harsh rhetoric from president trump. was it the words? what shook leaders there? >> reporter: you know, i think it was the nature he really went after angela merkel and the 4%
number. that did catch people by price. you know, he has not failed to surprise or shock them this morning. you know, like yesterday, the bumps yesterday, they knew this was coming. they knew president trump was coming in to get the countries to spend more money on their defense budgets toward the 2% commitment. they knew that was coming. not the shape it was coming in. today, the reason i say he hasn't failed to surprise, but surprise them like he did in quebec on the second morning, he showed up late. then 50 minutes this morning, he showed up half an hour late. the ukrainian president likely to tell him to get tough on putin when he meets putin on monday in helsinkhelsinki. >> the president heads to uk
with a visit to the american ally. turmoil for traheresa may and t trump baby blimp floating above there. what can we expect? >> reporter: turmoil on the streets. area around the residence where trump is staying. it has been barricaded off. the protesters have been saying they will come out on the streets and they are preparing to do just that. that is the opportunity to be heard by president trump. the only opportunity to be heard by president trump. he won't have to drive through them or see them. he will land at this location on marine one landing in the gardens. what he will do tonight and this will be very much to his taste is what is almost a state dinner. all of the pomp and circumstance at the palace in the english countryside. the country estate where winston churchill grew up.
tomorrow he gets tea with the queen and lunch with the prime minister is not to his taste given her political situation right now. he prefers, we're told, boris johnson, the former foreign secretary. anyway, that is what is in store for him in england. protests and tea with the queen and lunch with theresa may and golf at one of his resorts. >> nic robertson, thank you. that should be interesting to watch. not just the optics with the queen, but the turmoil with theresa may. will he reaffirm support to help her survive this or not? >> it is fascinating. when you look at some of the controversy from yesterday, the president saying these nations are delinquent with the dues. like it is a membership club. >> it is not a piggy bank. >> it is more like you have a commitment by the year 2024 to
have a certain level. they are not there yet. i will say the bully pulpit has pushed the countries to say yes we will pay more and will be doing that. >> why not go and take a bow and say iv pushed spending -- say i have pushed spending. he is confrontation. >> let's talk about this. joining us from washington is michael burnbaum. michael, is he as confrontational as he was on tv? >> reporter: not at all, christine. he has taken confrontational approach when on camera and twitter. apparently when he is met in the closed-door meetings, he is calmer. same messages that allies need to pay more for defense spending. friendlier tone and polite and
accepting of the basic principles of nato than he is in public. >> "the wall street journal" michael, is up with an editorial. berlin deserves the trumpian embarrassment over its pipeline follies. the main regret over his comments is that he undermines their diplomatic impact with his many other, less helpful fulminations on europe affairs. does he have the money going to russia? >> reporter: dave, that is not something that the trump administration has criticized, but that is something that the obama administration was unhappy about, too. it is something that they have been very worried about and concerned about the german relationship with russia on these energy deals. a counter point would be trump
is so unpopular in germany that basically whatever he says immediately the opposite becomes more popular among the german electora electorate. angela merkel has to find a way to satisfy both trump and her voters who want her to stand up to trump. >> so much there. the president has said that vladimir putin is just fine. he will have an easier time with the meetings with putin than allies. he criticizes germany for doing business with russia. he is being harder on angela merkel than he is on vladimir putin. >> reporter: that seems to be true so far. we will see how the meetings with vladimir putin go on monday. it is absolutely right. he could have come here to nato and declared victory. said he had pushed countries to push up defense spending and really made a lot of progress. he chose instead the
confrontational route. he is not really accepting that countries are moving in his direction. he is pushing them further. we will see what concessions he makes to putin on monday. >> to me, regarding russia, it is similar to the famous debate moment with hillary clinton. he said i'm not the puppet. you're the puppet. look at this shiny object here. if confrontation is the theme of the trip, do we expect him to reaffirm the commitment with the partnership with nato and theresa may? what is the wild card there? >> reporter: the wild card is really whether he meets with boris johnson. the former foreign secretary who resigned earlier this week. boris johnson is much more pro-brexit hard liner in confrontation with the european union. that is something that donald
trump likes. it is said he may have a meeting with boris johnson in england. this is something he said as he headed to europe. boris johnson is theresa may's re rivals. if he went through with the meeting, it is unprecedented in political interference in british politics. >> fascinating. we will turn it become here to the u.s. -- turn it back here to the u.s. peter strzok and lisa page could be alongside him. texts have fuelled claims of the trump bias at the bureau. strzok appears before the house oversight committee. house freedom caucus mark meadows says they plan to give page two options. appear for a closed-door
interview or testify alongside strzok today. no confirmation if she will take up the offer. the president tweeting about this at 2:00 a.m. eastern time on the way to the nato meeting. he asked when attorney general jeff sessions would get involved. breaking overnight. thousands of asylum seekers may be turned away at the southern border because of a new trump administration policy. border officers who evaluate asylum applications have the guidance from the trump administration. it orders them to reject claims based on gang and domestic violence fears. officers are allowed to reject claims if they cross the border legally if they have a fear of persecution. >> the administration says they expect reunifications to being completed this morning.
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government could block expansion plans. walmart and gm have plans to grow in china. tesla announced it is building a factory there. china could hit the u.s. economy by selling u.s. treasury bonds. china holds $1.2 trillion in american debt. the former wrestling coach at ohio state is coming to the defense of jim jordan. accused of ignoring sexual abuse allegations of the team doctor. the former head coach says he finds the whole situation disheartening. adding that athletes i cherished and coach i respected to the highest level are torn apart by semantics. jim jordan gave his heart and soul to the athletes. >> paul ryan is the high profile republican to support jordan. >> i have always known jim
doppler rad jordan to be a man of honesty and integrity. i want ohio state to review the conduct of the doctor which is important to keep campuses safe. >> jordan denies knowing about the abuse while working at the school. papa john's founder resigning as chairman of the board after using a racial slur. schnatter used the "n" word in a call in may. he complained that colonel sanders used the term without facing backlash. he said racism has no place in our society regardless of context. schnatter stepped down as ceo after saying the sales were hurt after the nfl and how it handled the anthem protest. the promotion with major league baseball has been suspended as well. that story continues to trend. number two on twitter. it is not going away.
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of videos released by the thai government. let's start with the rescue attempt. the government releasing clips from the video they shot inside that cave. which show a absolutely treacherous path for rescuers to try and carry the kids out. what you see in the video is rescuers braving very dangerous conditions. carrying boys out on stretchers. at some points they actually have to hoist the stretcher. they had to hoist the stretcher up on the pulley system. parts of the cave were so steep that rescuers couldn't carry the stretcher safely. they to hoist them up to get the boys up. running water and how murky it is. incredibly difficult task. you see them giving initial medical treatment inside that cave. so really good insight that we didn't have before. into how difficult this rescue operation turned out to be for the brave volunteers and the
thai military and international military to get these boys out. between video of the rescue attempt and video of the hospital. we are getting more and more insight into this situation over here in northern thailand. christine and dave. >> it is so amazing. matt rivers, thank you. croatia makes the first trip to the world cup final. croatia will meet france in the final. they defeated england 2-1 in extra time. scoring the deciding goal in the 109th minute. after the match he called the outcome a miracle. croatia last in 1998. with england out, all attention can turn to the president's visit and what is going on with theresa may. the president heading to the uk wrapping up the nato meetings. what is next for the allies that
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the president wraps up meetings at the nato summit today after a tirade which left diplomats floored. and claims of bias at the fbi. could peter strzok and lisa page testify later today? and the founder and face of papa john's pizza fired. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. we are live in brussels straight ahead. all eyes on the nato summit. the president back at the nato
summit this morning. first up is a meeting on russian aggressi aggression. the president arriving to the meeting on russian aggression 30 minutes late. diplomats still reeling from the tirade against nato allies. the president accusing germany of being quote captive of russia. he called allies delinquent on spending. the president's tone leaving diplomats dumbfounded. >> one said the it is like the world has gone crazy. trump demanding countries double their defense spending. we now turn to diplomatic editor nic robertson with more. it is not like there are monthly dues to be in the club. >> reporter: he has.
this is something that no recent u.s. president has been able to do in fairness of nato nations. they decided over the past couple years since russia annexed crimea, there was a problem on nato's door step. they needed to listen to the u.s. presidents for some time. only a handful of nations meet that 2%. president trump said u.s. is committing at 4.2%. it is not a pot of money that the u.s. holds per se. this is percentages of gross domestic product that each country spends on defense spending. it is not like the allies are not giving the united states or nato that money. for example, he has 1,000 troops. it is gdp of 5.5%. belgium is at 3.9%. there is disparity.
president trump is turning that engine around, if you will. >> the next stop for the president is the uk for the long awaited visit to america's closest ally. what can we expect? >> reporter: we can expect the president to get a raucous reception on the streets of london. he will be staying at the ambassador's residence in london. it is including heavy barricades in place because there are protests expected. i think president trump may see some of that from air force one or marine one lands on the grounds in central london. his time in the uk will be spent mostly outside the capital. a state dinner at lenin palace. home of winston churchill. that will be held this evening.
tomorrow he has tea with the queen and then meeting with the prime minister. perhaps not his favorite politician to spend time with, but it is important to reaffirm for the british sake the special relationship and alliance. meeting the queen is something that the president said he wanted to do. his mother, of course, grew up in britain. she, he said, respected the queen very much. he is looking forward to that. >> we shall see. i know you are on your way as well soon as things wrap there. >> reporter: taking the train. >> the optics of the meeting will be fascinating. trump and the queen. you have to wonder the tone. england is out of the world cup. it had everyone's attention. now focusing on trump and theresa may and the turmoil she faces. will he reaffirm support for
theresa may? it will be an interesting time. >> it would be interesting to meet with boris johnson. that is seen as undermining a leader of an ally. this is a president who does things that are not done like the breakfast where he dressed down secretary-general of nato. >> should anyone be surprised by the harsh rhetoric? let's ask someone who is there. washington post bureau chief michael birnbaum. good morning. we should be surprised that kylie jenner is on pace to be a billionaire by the age of 21. should anyone be surprised by harsh rhetoric by the president of the united states with harsh comments to nato allies? >> reporter: so, no one should be surprised about this harsh rhetoric. it is something that he has pushed ever since he was
candidate for the presidency. started a couple of years ago. he long said he feels nato allies are taking advantage of the united states and they are not spending enough. even as they are, you know, spending a lot to invest in gas pipeline with russia in germany's case. this is something we have seen before and something allies were worried about. we saw yesterday that he was interested in the harshest rhetoric when he was on camera or on twitter making public point. not inside the private meetings with german chancellor angela merkel and others. it seems to be something for a wide audience or domestic audience. not with the leaders here. >> if there is a pattern that goes back to the beginning of the presidency is the president
loves confrontation, but not face-to-face. look at the change. he fired the fbi director james comey with a note through an aide delivered when comey was out of town. loves confrontation, but doesn't like driverielivering it. >> bluntness is underrated as diplomatic tool. berlin deserves the trumpian embarrassment. he undermines the diplomatic impact with the less helpful fulminations on european affairs. do you think the bluntness is a strategy that will work? >> reporter: well, it has been working in some cases. certainly nato allies are scared of what he could do if they do not significantly increase their defense spending. we see a continuation of defense spending increases which started
under president obama and continued under president trump and accelerated under president trump. we also see real backlash in germany and elsewhere in europe where trump is tremendously unpopular and when he says something often domestic audiences want their leaders to do the exact open. that is something which is -- exact opposite. that is something which merkel and others try not to offend trump too much and want to win their own elections. >> up next, the president heads to the uk where the song "american idiot" is topping the charts. what is the wild card there when the president meets with theresa may and meets with the queen? what is the one thing we're watching? >> reporter: he is going in to a meeting with british prime minister who is severely weakened. just within the last week two of
her biggest cabinet ministers resigned. including foreign secretary boris johnson. one of her most important political rivals. boris johnson is someone who met with trump and trump said he likes. trump on the outset of the trip said he may want to meet johnson in london while in town. that is something that would be seen as a boost to theresa may's biggest rival and could really cause turmoil in british politics. we are watching to see what happens. >> on monday, the president meets with vladimir putin. there will be translators, but pretty much nobody else. >> no official record. >> really. what do we expect from that? how do you think this nato summit we have seen and the president's performance is viewed by the russians right now? >> reporter: well, on russian state tv yesterday as trump
blasted germany for being too close to russia and controlled by russia because of its energy interests, russian state tv took aim at donald trump complaining he was being too harsh on russia. that is an interesting turnabout. generally they have been quite positive of the u.s. president. as we go into the meeting with vladimir putin, a lot of nato allies are concerned about what kinds of concessions he could make. whether he could stop u.s. military exercises in eastern europe which is similar to what he did when he met with north korean leader kim jong-un. both the russian side and white house appear to want to have some sort of deal they can announce just for the public relations boon that it would produce. something will probably come out of it. might be about syria. might be with ukraine. it is still -- might be about
ukraine. it is still something to be seen. >> busy day for you. thank you, michael. fbi agent peter strzok testifies publicly today and former lawyer lisa page could be alongside him. strzok and page were having an affair during the presidential campaign. texts fueled the claims of anti-trump buy yias at the bure. page defied the subpoena to appear privately before the committee yesterday. >> mark meadows says the committee plans to give page two options. appear for a closed-door int interview or testify alongside strzok today. no confirmation if she will take up either offer. the president tweeted at 2:00 a.m. eastern on this topic. he asked when attorney general jeff sessions would get involved. breaking news overnight. thousands of asylum seekers may be turned away at the border because of the new trump
administration policy. border officers who evaluate asylum applications have the guidance from the trump administration. it orders them to reject claims based on gang and domestic violence fears. officers are allowed to reject claims if they cross the border legally if they have a fear of persecution. >> the administration says they expect reunifications to being completed this morning. that excludes the 27 parents ineligible because of criminal backgrounds. the reunion appears imminent for the girl in this audio. >> crying for her aunt. the recording is a big part of events that forced the president to reverse the policy. 6-year-old allison's mother was released from the south texas detention center last night. she heads to arizona where she hopes to see her daughter as
early as tomorrow pending dna results. >> i cannot overstate how big of a change that is for american immigration policy. you talk about not allowing claims for gang violence or domestic violence. asylum claims. a big reason that is driving many people on the air from guatemala or el salvador. fleeing terrible conditions where they cannot live and raise children. >> in particular, those two things. gang and domestic violence. >> we have been an open society and open country for those kinds of refugees and asylum claims. this is the personification of the just don't come here trump immigration policy. stormy daniels was arrested overnight. we will tell you why and why her lawyer says it was a set-up.
breaking overnight. stormy daniels arrested at a strip club in ohio. michael avenatti tweeting his client taken into custody for allowing a customer to touch her on stage which appears to be a violation of ohio law. cnn has reached out to the columbus police department for additional information. trouble for the white house chief of staff bill shine. the exclusive audio of his wife darla shine. she has been under scrutiny for making racially charged remarks and spreading conspiracy theories. listen to this audio from 2009 of women in the military who should expect to be harassed. >> why would you fight to go on the submarine ship for months on
end? a story with the women upset they are sexually harassed in the military. what do you think is going to happen when you go on a submarine for 12 months with 4,000 horny soldiers? >> darla shine did not respond to requests for comment. the white house did not respond to a request from bill shine if he agrees with his wife's comments. america's trade war with china is hurting the american farmers. last week, china slapped tariffs on soybeans. after china hit tariffs of 34 billion dollars. soybean -- $34 billion. china is the world's largest buyer of american soybeans. farmers sell one-third of their crops there. this will hurt farmers and farm economy. the tariffs are designed to hurt
them. 18 states sell the soybeans. all but two voted for donald trump. the trump administration pledges to protect farmers, but did not provide details. sonny perdue wrote there are tools to protect farmers. that is a tactic the wall street journal editorial board slams. trump wants farmers to bail out hit by his trade war. the former wrestling coach at ohio state coming to the defense of congress member jim jordan. accused of ignoring the allegations of the sexual abuse against the team doctor. russ hellikson says he finds the situation disheartening. adding the coach i respect to the highest possible level are being torn apart by semantics.
jordan gave his heart and soul to the athletes. >> house speaker paul ryan is the high profile republican to support jordan. >> i have always known jim jordan to be a man of honesty and integrity. i want to make sure that ohio state conducts the review of the doctor and what he did. that's important so that campuses are safe. i'm glad jim is supporting that review. >> congress member jordan denies knowing about the abuse while working at the school. video of george clooney's crash in italy showing the moment his scooter hit an oncoming car. footage shows the actor riding a scooter in satellite/radrdinia . the impact sent clooney high in the air and smashing to the ground. the 57-year-old was taken to the hospital and later released. >> it looks like he was riding
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joyful tears flow as family members as the rescued thai soccer team are recovering in the hospital after spending 18 days trapped underground. some details of the harrowing rescue coming to light. matt rivers has the latest from thailand. >> reporter: a lot of new video here. that we're seeing for the first time. coming out in northern thailand of video are released by the government. let's start with the rescue attempt the government releasing clips from the video they shot inside the cave. which show an absolutely treacherous path for rescuers to carry the kids out. rescuers braving very dangerous conditions. carrying boys out on the stretchers. at some points they have to hoist the stretchers up onto a pulley system. parts of the cave were so steep. they actually had to hoist the stretchers up to get the boys
out. running water and how murky it is. just a difficult task for rescuers. you see them giving initial medical treatment inside the cave. really good insight we didn't have before into how difficult the rescue operation turned out to be for the brave volunteers and the military. they came here to get these boys out. between video of the rescue attempt and video of the hospital we are getting more and more insight into this situation overall here in northern thailand. >> thank you for that. croatia will make its first trip to the world cup final. they defeated england 2-1 in extra time. in the 109th minute, they get the goal. croatia will meet france which
one the last world cup in 1998. sunday at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. let's get a check on cnn money. the dow down 200 points after the u.s. announced tariffs on beijing. worth $200 billion. targeting consumer goods. a strong earnings season kicks off this week. s&p profits forecast to be 20% higher than last year. right now global stocks are higher. if you are on twitter, don't be surprised to see your account drop. twitter is dropping suspicious accounts. most people will lose about four followers, but big accounts like dave's will see a significant drop. twitter says this is to make a trusted service for public conversation. an effort to fight trolls and fake news and disinformation on the platform. papa john's founder in trouble again. john schnatter is resigning as
chairman for using a racial slur on a call designed to stop future pr disasters. a conference call about pr strategy. "forbes" says schnatter used the "n" word in an exercise. he said colonel sanders used the term without facing backlash. he said when he was growing up in indiana, racist dragged black people to their death from their trucks. schnatter's comments were supposed to show he was against racism. there were people on the call who were pretty offended by the use of the language and way it was used. schnatter apologized saying racism has no place in society. he stepped down as ceo last year after papa john's sales hurt by the nfl and how it handled the national anthem protest. pizza sales were down because players were kneeling. >> a pr nightmare. >> a lot of people could not see the connection with pizzas you buy and players kneeling.
>> the twitter story connected to the president. all eyes on the president's twitter account. many feel that tens of millions could be gone as well as president obama's twitter account. "early start" continues right now with the latest on the nato summit. the president at the nato summit in brussels. the day after the president's tirade that left diplomats floored. claims of bias at the fbi. could peter strzok and lisa page testify side by side today? and croatia tops england at the world cup. the final against france awaits this weekend. >> bad news for the network fox who broadcast this. england and france was a dream world cup final. this will be intriguing