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and video you have to see. police arresting a man for taunting a wild bison. caught on tape. watch this. >> don't you try it oh, god, no, no, no, oh, no. oh, no. oh, god. oh, god, no with no, i can't watch. >> that bison was taking no bs from that guy. yellow stone officials warning visitors to stay 25 yards from the bison. authorities say this was the man's third arrest in fact in a woke for causing disturbances while he visited several national parks. we are live in the cnn newsroom i'm ana cabrera in new york. so much to talk about. let's get to breaking news. the first lady of the united states melania trump choosing apparently to support the man her husband is insulting on twitter. president trump badmouthing nba superstar lebron james after an interview replayed on cnn.
well the first lady just released a statement and she is not agreeing with the president. in fact, she is supporting lebron james. right to her white house correspondent boris sanchez. and boris you are in ohio. lebron james' home state and we hear and see behind you all the people gather for a rally where president trump will appear in about an hour from now. tell us more about the feud between trump and james and the breaking news, the position now taken by the first lady. >> reporter: right. ana, this started with an interview that lebron james did with don lemon that aired on cnn. the interview centered on james' philanthropy, the i promise school that opened in akron, helping underprivileged youth. there was a portion of the interview where don our colleague asked lebron james about president trump. lebron james essentially said he believed that trump uses sports to distract and divide people. the president clearly taking exception to that late last
night, tweeting insulting the intelligence of the former finals mvp. today, a very surprising statement from the first lady through her pokes woman stephanie grish am here is the statement now. she writes quote it looks like lebron james is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the first lady encouraging everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today. as you know, mrs. trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well being, healthy living and the importance of responsible online behavior with her be best initiative. her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools. and she would be open to visiting the i promise school in akron. the first lady there apparently courting a possible invitation to tour the school that lebron james opened. one other note ana, something that strikes me about the statement, the language, responsible online behavior, the first lady clearly sending a message about her feelings regarding the president's
tweets. ana. >> and boris, a familiar face also spotted boarding air force one earlier someone who used to work in the white house. tell us more about this. >> reporter: sacrificing appearance from former director of communications hope hicks. she surprised the press by showing up not only in new jersey but then boarding air force one. apparently on her way to this rally in ohio. you recall hicks resigned one day after she testified to congress that she had told white lies for president trump. he she left the administration about a month later. perhaps not that surprising considering we know that president trump has contact with former campaign and administration officials, corey lewandowski. anthony scaramucci. roger stone to make a few. but surprising to see hope hicks relatively out of the blue ana. >> boris sanchez, you are on top of it.
let's play a small part of the interview that president trump was responding to when he insulted the intelligence of both james and cnn anchor my colleague don lemon. the four-time nba most valuable player james making it clear how he feels about the president. watch. >> he has kind of used sport to kind of divide us. >> do you think he uses black thmts as a scapegoat. >> at times. at times. and more often than not i believe he uses anything that's popular to try to negate from people thinking about the positive things they can be doing. >> here with me now white house reporter kate bennett and senior media correspondent host of reliable sources brian stelter. you cover the first lady day in and day out why do you think she wanted to way weigh in here. >> this is the first lady who acts and thinks independently and when we think she zigs she
zags. it's not uncommon. but it's within the time frame, within the contentious nature of the president's tweet. it's surprising this particular statement from stephanie grish am. again the first lady is trying to underscore considering her husband appear what his online habits are that that kind of is an option that helping and having positive behavior is something that should be applauded. i think this is her way of trying through the criticism, through the perceived hypocrisy quite frankly to have her own voice. it's not the first time we've seen her be independent. of course we watched her take the separate motorcades earlier this year. we watched her go to barbara bush's funeral and sit among presidents her husband criticized. go to the border to see for herself what's happening with immigration. and recently sfefny grish am fired back she will watch any
channel she wants. >> thachs the last time there was a public disagreement. again in public between the two involving the reports over what she was watching on tv, watching cnn apparently. thut this latest flap into context. >> there is no greater mystery in the world than recommends between husband and wife. that's true in all marriages. i'm not here to saiko analyze the president's marriage. but anybody looking at this stops for a moment and says the easier thing would have been to ignore the requests for comment today. but i think partly maybe her office wanted to respond because both don lemon and his response to the president and cnn in the public relations statement both used the be best hashtag. be best, the initiative melania has been promoting that includes positive social media use. >> and combatting bullying. >> yes. >> in the cybersphere. >> maybe that's why she seized
on this and decided to speak out. it's astonishing and gets people wondering about the marriage. and all of this comes at a time where the president feels under siege. we have seen this at his rallies where he is engaging in a lot of resentment and grievance politics. there is a new "washington pos"" story out today saying he is channelling inner frustration into a ravenous maw of grievous invektive. he is angry about a number of things including the mueller probe. you have him rage tweeting at night complaining about don lemon and lebron james. and his wife telling him to knock it off. >> she doesn't speak out often, kate, which is what makes this really poignant. she is perhaps most vocal when she disagrees with her husband. >> that's an interesting point. this isn't a first lady we hear from a lot. she is pretty quiet, not a big speech give.
typically this isn't someone we hear from. i think what brian says is interesting. it's hard to examine the marriage of any couple. but we have watched melania trump try to assert independence and fire wak she has said on the campaign trail i to tell him the tweets will get new trouble. he is a grown up he does his own thing. she has said before i am my own person. i am strong. don't feel sorry for me, et cetera. this might be her way. and i think it is, of fighting not back but sort of expressing an opinion that might not be the reflection exactly of her her husband thinks but it's what she thinks and feels. it's important the first lady is able to do that. and she does it despite the fallout. she is not sitting in her room watching the coverage she moved on. >> well the president was sitting in his room apparently watching the coverage on cnn
last night when the statement we heard from lebron james aired. and i am going to read that part for you. because when i hear this -- and i read this he writes -- he says what i've noticed over the past few months -- he has used sports to kind of divide us. and that's something that i can't relate to. i mean that's not exactly superthe critical of the president. i don't think the president could look at that tweet and say that statement -- that's not true, broien. >> it wasn't the most outspoken criticism of president trump. it was mild when it comes to high-profile athletes critical of the president. it goes both ways. we see the president single out high profile athletes for criticism. almost always african-american athletes. look at the on the l.a. times right now it says trump faces new accusations of racism amp mocking lebron james' intelligence. there is that brand of criticism today. saying why is the president both with don lemon and lebron james tarring two african-americans?
people can debate that all day. but it's clear again and again that the president goes after athletes. and seems to want the culture war moments. lebron also said in the interview when don said well do you want to sit down with the president? lebron said no i would not. i do not want to sit down next to him. i wouldn't want to talk to him. that is showing how deeply polarized right now. some of the most famous have no interest in an audience with the protective placement. >> good to have you with us. in a little more than an hour the president will be speaking at the rally in ohio. live pictures from louis center ohio inside a high school gymnasium the president will help rally voters to help elect a republican candidate locked in a tight race in a district the president won by 11 points in 2016. will the appearance here help avoid the gop loss? we will talk about it in the cnn newsroom. and packages.
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campaign rally. he is there to rally support for republican congressional candidate troy balderson. you see him on the left abhe was leaving new jersey not long ago. we just brought that to you last hour. the ral wery is last minute. aides telling cnn they are trying to schedule more rallies to boost the president's mood, keep his mind off russia. and his appearance can't hurt. the district he will be in is red through and three. he easily won it in 2016 by 11 points. look at the latest poll. the republican is ahead by one point. certainly not what the gop wants to see. let's talk about what could happen here. what this means in the bigger picture. with sus former the nsc correct for china and. and cnn political analyst and senior editor for the atlantic ron brownants. ron, starting with you and what the president did just before heading to the rally, insulting
lebron james whose home state is ohio head tlg to rally voters in a very important race. do you think this new fight of sorts was a political calculation? >> oh, it's clearly a political calculation. not specific to this district. but look it's a political calculation in two senses. first, the president as we talked about before views as an essential part of the political strategy picking an endless succession of culturally continuinged racially continuinged fights on twitter with an assortment of opponents but the racial component can't be overlooked. and there is no question there is a pattern of not only criticizing but insuling prominent african-americans, often nlts but not exclusively. he describes maxine waters been in congress for decades as a low iq individual. by the way, the two stories are link. this district he is on his way to is not a place that would have been in the top 50 that anybody was talking about when the year began as a potential republican vulnerability
district. but it is now on the knife's edge. larnlly because of the recoil from president trump among ordinarily republican leaning white collar suburban voters who view his values his morals the way he talks about race as essentially unfebl. the npr marris pole. two thirds of college educated whites said they were embarrassed by president trump. that sentiment is exactly why he has to go there. that's what made it competitive. >> and david, this reminds me of something are senator kamala harris said at the conference last night she said russia new america's weaknesses citing racism, anti-semitism and sexism as a way to divide americans. >> the russian know the truths. because check it out. they attacked demographically and geographically. and they're still trying to divide us and conquer. the russians know racism and
other forms of hate have always been america's achilles heel. and we need to deal with that weakness. >> do you think russia is watching, david what happened in the last 24 hours of this feud between the president and lebron james, the first lady getting involved and smiling right now? >> absolutely. you see there is an old truism in intelligence that a covert action program can't create something. it has to build on the environmental conditions already there. and what we saw in 2016 is the russians exploiting these differences. but we do have a parallel to this, which is the nfl take a knee controversy. and the hashtags on twitter and all of the facebook posts. a lot of this was amplified and promoted by russian bots and trolls. there is no reason to suggestion that this has change. the russians haven't learned
there is a penalty for this that it don't work. they have learned the opposite. i wouldn't be surprised to see the president make a remark about it. then you see a massive amount of traffic on the social media about in very thing because the russians are going to amplify whatever the president says to continue that division. >> the big news out of the last rally were these comments. >> now we're being hindered by the russian hoax. it's a hoax. okay. i'll tell you what, russia's very unhappy that trump won. >> that was on thursday. that came hours after trump's top security officials warned of the ongoing threats from russia. laura, you testified this week on the russia threat. you say consistent messaging is important. why? >> it's absolutely essential, ana. when the president talks about the russia hoax just hours after the senior members of his national security cabinet lined
up and sent a clear signal about how real the threat is and that it's ongoing he is directly undercutting them. when we are trying to deter an adversary one of the things that's important is that that adversary believe our word and believe when we say there will be consequences there will. and unfortunately vladimir putin is seeing mixed messages from the president and from his cabinet. and similarly, the american people for the reasons that you just talked about, the fact that they are -- the russians are exploiting these vulnerabilities in our society, what we need to do to make ourselves less vul they were abel is in part build resilience but we can't do that if the american people are getting a mixed message about whether the threat is real. the president has to get onboard board with the program. >> and we know the u.s. is really vulnerable to attacks, especially when it comes to cyber-attacks. yet we have politico reporting the that the fisher is struggling to retain top cybersecurity talent including
the agent tasked with disrupting digital threats from russia and elsewhere, close to 20 have left in the last five years. is there reporting how concerning is that. >> one of the things we need to get on top of this threat is a coordinated whole of government strategy. and until the white house is really focused on this as a plm, can really unify what's being done in the different agencies we are not going to bring all of the talent across the u.s. government to bear number one. number two, the kind of talent leaving, you know, the fbi, the cybersecurity experts, it's similar to what we have seen in other parts of the government where we atrophy the expertise that we need most to counter the threats of today. and that is absolutely leaving us more and more vulnerable. >> ron we could learn this week -- or sometime make in the next week if the president sits down with robert mueller. his lawyers are cautions again the sit-down. but if trump wants to sit down with mueller will he get what he
wants? because he is not known for listening to advisers. >> that's a good question. i'm not sure we no he that he really wants to. i think it's in his interest to put out the story that he is anxious to talk to the special counsel but it's only the kind of supercautious lawyers that are preventing him to from doing so. because to the public the fact that the president doesn't want to talk hirntly as it should be you know, eyebrow raising. the idea that the president does not feel comfortable discussing his actions both durng the campaign campaign in office with a special counsel. we have not had the issue litigated. ultimately if it is litigated there were potentially be five republican appointed supreme court justices. interesting to see how it plays out. but injury previous presidents viewed it at untenable. bill clinton sat down with ken starr not for this kind of interview because of the message it sends to the public. it's a striking statement by the statement and indeed by the majority in congress if they
allow it to go by -- allow him to evade this interview without raising any alarms over that. >> david i'll give you a quick final thought on the potential trump mueller one-on-one. >> we have been surprised up to this point every time that mueller has dropped an indictment or every time we learn about how far along he is in the investigation. it wouldn't surprise me if gulini is making up this stuff about the president deciding within ten days if he is going to sit down. that's for pr purposes. what's actually happening behind the scenes has stayed close to mueller's vest and he has not given any signals. >> david preece. laura rosenberger ron brownants stay with me because i want to talk about the democrats strategy to win back washington, the internal battle raging on. the party battling over how far left tos too far left to win over voters. we will talk about that next in the cnn newsroom. gold in a different box.
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searching, right as they try to find the winning strategy for the mid-terms and beyond. we have spent a lot of time talking about the divisions within the president's party, republicans. but democrats are divided too. trying to decide should candidates push for impeachment or a more moderate message. miguel marquez reports from new orleans where 2020 exactic hopefuls gather this weekend. >> the yearly gathering of progressives, net roots nation. attracting the president's biggest detractors. >> he is reckless, dangerous and lawless. i think that hess a threat to the united states to our people and our democracy. >> one star of the show. >> why is he still president.
>> california billionaire tom styer who has spent millions running ads nationwide urging the impeachment of donald j. trump. >> why hasn't congress started impeachment proceedings. >> all the immigration talk now worries mainstream establishment democrats. >> running a hypothesisle kpoin when we could talk to the american people how corrupt the administration is, i think that that's a productive way to go right now. >> the fear talking impeachment before the special counsel's investigation is complete could turn off independents and moderates ahead of the midterms and beyond. >> is there any concern that that fissure between the far left and the center is going to hurt candidates in november, and possibly the presidential contend erps in 2020.
>> i don't think we should be quite so clever about pollsters. and i think the people -- the political establishment in washington, d.c. should get back to much simpler questions which is are we telling the truth about the most important things in america? are we standing up for the american people? >> potential 2020 contend erps making their way to net roots, senator elizabeth warren a corey booker and camilla hairs. >> voting for abdul sadi for governor is the right thing to do. >> and self-provesed cortez who upset the established democrat in primary stumping for progressives nationwide. >> we don't believe the way forward for progressives and democrats is to go moderate. we want to see candidates who are bold, visionary and who speak to the people. >> republicans painting that net roots as mainstream and talking
points sent to reporters the republican national committee call it a former early fringed progressive move movement a key force in moving the exactic party further left. >> do you think the democrat irk party has moved left? or is this a more open tent these days. >> i do think that it's moving more left. i don't think that progressivism or liberalism is -- is a farout idea anymore. >> our thanks though margle marcus and ron brownants is with me now. you have written a lot about this fork in the road that democrats face. do they target mostly white moderate voters? or do they try to energize the groups fired up against trump's agenda and his style. >> it's a bigger problem for 2020 than 2018, frankly. i mean in 2018 you can kind of localize. you can pick candidates who fit the local conditions. there are few democrats running if any in the swing districts talking about impeachment.
they're talking about rising health care costs and the tax cut and the potential threat to social security and medicare over time above all. in places more safely democratic you are seeing a move to the left. and you know those kind of candidates like we saw in new york with crowelly being defeated but where it comes to a head a 2020 because it's harder to bridge that. i will throw out the caveat whenever a party faces the either or the answer is always to some extent both. if you look at the potential nominees so some are better at exciting the exactic base and others are better at reashurpg the center-right independent voters in places like ohio 12 that formerly were reliably republican but now having second thoughts about whether they fit into the donald trump party where he tweets about lebron james. >> how would you define the democrat's strategy right now? is there a strategy or do you think they're still struggling a little bit. >> i think there is a strategy for 2018. and i think they are struggle for 2020.
that's not unusual. the presidential primaries really are moments where parties pick direction. if you look at 2016 there are countertheories in the republican party. one was we had to expand the base talk to more of the growing diverse populations of america kind of the autopsy from 2013, jeb bush or marko rubio reflected that. and they lost to donald trump who consolidated blue collar abbe evangel and voters around a theme. democrats face this kmois in 2020. principlely joe biden whose main calling card would be look he is someone who could be acceptable to a lot of ordinarily republican voters who are loosening attachment to the party and maybe available because of trump. he is probably at his age with his record in the 90s during the clinton era he would be less effective than someone like camilla harris or corey booker or elizabeth warren at mobilizing the new marketic constituents, millennials primarily and minority voters if i had to bet today both
perspectives will be on the ticket. the question is which is on the top of the ticket. >> before miguel's piece i mentioned the word impeachment. i want you to listen to something rudy giuliani, the president's personal attorney said this week while stumping for a republican congressional candidate in new hampshire. >> i have to say this. and i say this in my role not as a lawyer but as a -- as a concerned citizen and republican, but this election is going to be about impeachment or no impeachment. >> so, ron, gulini and republicans clearly want to make the mid-terms all about potential impeachment of the president. >> well, first it fits into the broader strategy. really as we were talking about with the tweets and everything. there is a trump political strategy for the midterm. it's to try to engine upturn out among the republican base whatever the cost of doing that among other voters whether driving away independents which we see in polls or mobilizing turnout among democrats which you also see in polls.
i think the comments from gulini are of a piece with the kind of message and issues that the president is pursuing. don't forget, the border separation they viewed originally as a positive for the november election because they thought their base would rally around it. so all of that is there. look, for democrats i think impeachment is a question several, many steps down the road if you get the house there is a lot of legislative and oversight space between where we are now with a republican congress that essentially is refusing to provide any kind of oversight of the -- of the administration any kind of hearings, any kind of investigation, and impeachment. i think the first thing any exact would say if running in november if lack we are going to look at what they are doing. we are going to explore what's happening at the epa, explore what's happening at other agencies. i think there is a lot of space between where we are now and the possibility some day down the road depending on what robert mueller says of impeachment. >> ron brownants. thank you very much. good to have you with us as always.
>> thank you. president trump's letter to kim jong un hand delivered with a smile today to north korean officials. playing the role of diplomatic postman. secretary of state mike pompeo tweeted about his letter delivery. pompeo says north korea will decide its own denuclearization time line and the president is responding here to a letter had received wednesday from north korea's dictator kim jong un. and all of this is happening as a brand-new united nations report accuses north korea's regime of secretly pursuing nuclear programs in violation of international sanctions. this is an independent report, independent experts who conducted it. the national rifle association may be facing some major financial trouble. in fact in a court filing the nra says it could soon be quote unable to exist, end quote. we will show you why ahead in the cnn newsroom.
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hour. things heating up in portland, oregon, right now. these are live pictures from the demonstrations happening there. police with helmets appear in riot gear. we have been following developments with protesters clashing with police. some video from a little bit earlier. a couple of different groups protesting this hour. members of a right-wing group holding a freedom march they say. this is in downtown portland. and then also counterprotesters on hand we are told police have been trying to right now up protesters refusing to disperse.
earlier police say some of the dmortss threw rocks and bottles at officers. things appear to be calming down right now. we'll be keeping a close eye on portland bringing you details as we get them. in the meantime, the national rifle association claims it's having serious financial problems. according to a new court filing the nra says it could soon be quote unable to exist. all because of a legal battle here in new york. and cnn's polo sandoval is reporting for us. >> let's go back to what brought us here. we know the nra and the governor have clarkd on gun control. let me take you back to recently here in may when the new york state financial regulators determined after an extensive investigation that carry guard was being offered illegally. violating state will you. what is carry guard. essentially an insurance program for gun owners that is marketed
through the nra. also in may, the nra then filed a lawsuit against governor cuomo here claiming that the state had essentially blacklisted the gun lobby group keeping them from securing banking services and insurance policies. last month the nra amended the claims alleging they are beginning to feel the financial effects, including suffering quote tens of millions of dollars in damages and the court records that we looked through today, the nra also states that it may soon quote be unable to exist as a not for profit group. this week a response from the governor and also from the state of new york here they are moving to have this suit dismissed in entirely saying that this is purely a distraction. and pointing back again to the findings of the initial -- or the initial investigation by the new york state financial regulators ana to determine the insurance policies offered to nra members were against the law. >> it is hard to wrap your mind
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the ingenuity of drug smugglers when it comes to illegal contraband across the border. police in costa ricka found this subin the middle of the ocean after a tip from the u.s. coast guard. what is the mini submarine doing near the coast of. costa ricoh. they are calling it a narc o submarine. >> that's for good reason. the law enforcement officials found two tons of cocaine inside the submarine after stopping about 80 naughticle miles off the coast. and arrested three columbian nationals. this is one of the biggest busts at sea. the cocaine they say was neatly packed in 2,000 packets weighing 2.2 pounds. one kilo. they were using this vessel because it's difficult to detect by radar. but not impossible. >> that sounds like a lot of
illegal drugs in a single shipment. >> but it seems that the costa ricka is a new transit point for smuggling. in addition to the two metric tons they got. any also seized 6.5 metric tons in the last ten days alone. listen to this, ana, so far this year they are at nearly 18 metric tons where does this rank in terms of tactics or methods used to smuggle drugs? >> they do get creative and we have covered many different methods from an organization used to smuggle drugs from the weird to the sophisticated. one that comes to mind is a group of men using a catapult at the arizona border back in 2011 to toss drug packages from the mexican to the american side. as it happened in costa rica, ana, those men were also put
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of parents the government separated from their children. the administration suggested it would help facilitate family communications, but says immigrant advocacy groups, the judge called this unacceptable and says the government is 100% responsible for finding them. he says of the nearly 500 still missing, just 12 or 13 have been located. the judge now wants detailed information on all of the deported parents and plans for reunification by august 10th. that's next friday. another federal judge dealt a blow to the trump administration to end the daca program. the government must fully destroy the program that prevents so-called dreamers from being deported. the judge gave the administration 20 days to appeal and the justice department has indicated it will do so. and this programming note. a new episode of "the history of comedy" takes a look at the passing of legendary comedians
and how their connections with their audiences makes the loss even more significant. here's a preview. >> when you do something great a little piece of you will always continue to go on. >> the worst thing about being in the hospital is that they shave you. i mean, they shave everything, you know? and i was just visiting a friend of mine. >> gary shandling was not afraid to express his frailties and his neurosis and inabilities. all of the ts. >> he broke the wall with "the gary shandling show" and with larry sanders he broke that mold and he turned tv on its head twice. >> i am so uncomfortable. >> really? so do i. >> you do? >> you're so good at it. >> trust me, i hate myself. >> much of modern television comedy can be traced back to a lot of the chances gary took. >> it still doesn't add up for me that he's gone. >> it doesn't make sense.
not having his voice doesn't feel right. even long before i met him he felt like a comedic friend to me. >> all my journey is is to be authentically who i am. >> he was a mentor to a lot of people. he almost seemed like he was floating through the world a little bit. like, he was there to help. >> what i want at my funeral is an actual boxing referee to do a count and at five, just wave it off and say he's not getting up. >> the reason that gary's death is a crime is not just because i don't get to talk to him anymore, and he wasn't done. >> the history of comedy airs tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. eastern and pacific here on cnn. i'm monica cabrera in new york. i'll be back two hours from now live in the cnn newsroom. "smerconish" is next followed by the axe files. stay tuned. ♪ ♪
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