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as we saw today, that drive to challenge ourselves can send us on incredible adventures. we hope you will be inspired to get out and start one of your own. i'm dr. sanjay gupta and this is "fit nation kwtsz. . this is cnn breaking news. i'm anna cabrera in new york. president trump putting washington politics aside. he is on the west coast focusing on the unbelievable destruction and the climbing number of people killed and left homeless by the wildfires in california. the president now in what is left of the town of paradise, california, that is where nearly everything man made burned to the ground a few days ago, and now they're returning to meet each other to collect whatever they can salvage. here is the president speaking
just moments ago. >> i want to thank the mayor, the governor and governor elect. the fema folks that we have relied on a lot in the last few years, it has been incredible. law enforcement has been beyond anything that anyone could have believed. to see what happened here no one would have ever thought this could happen. the federal government is behind you, we're all behind each other. and we have been attack speaking and gavin and i have gotten to know each other and we're going to help each other. as far as the lives concerned, no one knows quite what to expect, we have a lot of people not accounted for. this is the kind of destruction,
this is even -- some areas are even beyond this. so one thing we have is we have the greatest people in the world looking and helping, first responders, fema, everyone has been incredible. law enforcement always. never let us down. lever l never let us down. so we are here, kevin thank you very much for the job you have done and the support they have given in washington. and kevin, anything that we can do you know we are here, just bring it over to the office. >> governor, what needs to be done immediately from the federal government? >> what needs to be done is already being done. put fema on the job, make sure our first responders are supported p. getting the power that we need, support for those that lost
their lives, it is just a big massive clean up after a terrible tragedy if is basically people right here, local people, state people, doing the work, the federal government provides some help, and a lot of money, and some expertise, and somehow we'll all pull through it together. >> is there any way to prevent this from happening again, mr. president? >> we have been talking about that on the ride over. i think we're all on the same path. we have to do management, maintenance, and we will be working also with environmental groups. i think everyone has seen the light and i don't think we will have this again to this extent. we'll have to work quickly, but a lot of people are very much -- there has been a lot of study going on in the last little while and i will say i think you're going to have, hopefully, this will be the last of these, because this was a really, really bad one.
earn i know gavin is committed, we're all committed, to getting all of this cleaned out. we have to take care of the floors of the forest, it is very important. in our countries they do it definitely and it is a different story. i was with the president of finland, and he said we're a forest nation, and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem. and when it is it is very small. so i know everybody is looking at that. to that end, and it will work out, it will work out well. right now we want to take care of the people so badly hurting. the families where they have lost -- a lot of people have been lost, i guess we don't know what the final number is? we won't knee for awhile. there is areas we can't even get
to yet. but we have incredible people doing the job. so we will get that better than anybody else could do it. and we want to thank you all for coming and being here and showing because i think supreme to see this to understand it. and mr. congressman, kevin, and everybody, you have two of our great members of congress. whatever is necessary. i want to thank you very much, brock, thank you very much, we'll get it taken care of, thank you. do you anything to say, gavin? >> follow me right here. >> the president and the governor of california addressing the devastation and the death toll. we're also hearing firsthand from residents who have lost everything in northern california, the campfire has decimated bui
decimated buke county. some of the victims had to set up this makeshift evacuation camp. kaylee what are you seaing, what are you hearing there? >> well this walt mart is about ten miles down the hill. this is where the people of paradise shop if is a lace they're familiar with and comfortable and a place that people felt safe. in the chaos of evacuations many people ended up here, stranded with nowhere else to go. it was always supposed to be nothing more than a temporary solution and people now recognizing it is time to figure out what is next. >> the smoke from the fire lingers and people on the ground
face a bleak picture. this is near the remnants of the town of paradise. many have lost everything. these survivors are just trying to catch their breath. >> did it burning down? didn't it burn down? and it is hard to know, figuring out your game plan when you don't know your game plan. >> this couple riched out of their home grabbing only medication and some important documents. >> we saw everything burning as we were going off of the hill. >> they are just glad they made it out alive. >> i hope there is closure for family that's have lost family because we have been areaing some horror stories. i'm sure will be worse before you get better.
>> this was the start of the next chapter of your life, putting a down payment on an apartment in paradise? >> yeah, we were happy and excited, they called us and told us to come next week, that is when we were going to come in but everything is gone, i don't fwhee is the next step. >> crystal has been visiting the people at the camp, offering to help however she can. >> i can't do anything but one day at a time if is out of my hands, stay praying, stay asking the lord to cover us or cover them. make sure they have a safe place to land. squle. >> people tell me they were outraged, offended, and hurt.
but they tell me that his trip here today could put a spotlight on the problem. a greater understanding for the speed th need that people have here and they welcome them. >> i want to bring in keyong, the devastate is heartbreaking, the number of people is style rising, what is the late snes. >> the campfire thereupon all told it was about 1,000 people that were undepartmeaccounted f opinion 1,000 people unaccounted for, a total death toll as of now at 74. it has raf rajs communities not just in northern california but here in southern california in the thousand oaks area, through the malibu area, communities
that had not burned in many, many years suddenly saw home that's were flattened and these are middle class homes up to expensive beach homes. what the president is doing here is trying to play that uncomfortable role at times, consoler and chief. we heard the press secretary say this would be one of the most difficult days in the administration. you heard in the comments there that he would be there, the federal government would be there to help california 9/11 the two years they have often played the opposition role. and something that we should mention as well is that these two fires are still burning. here in southern california, it is in large part 82% contained
but firefighters here have been on the job here since the borderline shooting. we just met the ventura firefighters engine company. they went ten days ago to help in the shooting and then they went to fire and trying to protect home that's were seeing them lap up. this is a home they could not save in oak part. but the people whose homes they did save are coming out to say thank you for doing their very best. >> that is the vsilver lining i a bad situation. the president continues to blame it on poor managementer wi, her what he told fox news. >> they were raking areas where the fire was right over there and they're raking little bushes that you could see, totally dry,
weeds, and they're raking them, they're on fire, that should have been all raked out -- >> what about the argument -- >> you would not have the fires -- >> what about the argument that is climate change, it is drier and hotter and that is contributing. >> maybe it contributes a little bit, our big problem is management. >> the smoke from the wild fires is now causing an air quality emergency. the images show how far the smoke from the fires is traveling blanketing the western u.s. with toxic smog. this is what it looks like on the dwrouground in san francisc. thick, hazardous smog. schools and transit systems forced to close due to low visibility and toxic air quality. how bad is the air quality? >> the thing is you have low level winds and that helps to spread the fire or trigger new
ones. that so it is spreading the smoke around california, but it is taking it three, four, and five states away. you have areas of the problem is that in california it is very heavily concentrated and that is making air quality very poor. usually we think of india and china. there are areas of california that have worst air quality than china and india. that is because of the smoke from the wildfires. sacramento, san francisco, fresno, all dealing with air quality in the unhealthy category. the good news is that the long term forecast will call for
that. monday and tuesday, that will allow humidity levels to come up but not necessarily rain. once we get to thursday and friday you will see the areas pick up measurable rainfall. the heaviest amounts are in northern california. is it enough, is it not enough. you to understand what the amounts mean in terms of the fire, ♪ ♪ when you're talking half of an inch, that is enough to help them get a better hold on containment and help the fire from spreading even more. you fwheed closer to about two inches. some areas will get two inches, but it will not necessarily be in the areas where they need @ most. >> alison, it is good to hear there is rain in the forecast, but for those dealing with air difficult to breathe, what
should say do to protect themselves. >> masks are your best option and limit your exposure outside. unfortunately for many of those they're living in the tents as you saw they don't really have that option. stay indoors as much as you can. avoid breathing in those toxic fumes. >> this on the heels of new reporting that cnn and washington post learning that cia believes the saudi crown prince had a direct role in ordering the assassination. and plus, the president saying he will be submitting the answers to robert mueller's questions next week and he says he wrote all of the answers easily. of america, and we may not know much about medicine, but we know a lot about drama. we also know that you can avoid drama by getting an annual check-up.
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that the u.s. government has made a final conclusion on khashoggi's death as inaccurate. >> they have concluded that the crown prince was involved in this coming after weeks and weeks of evidence and looking at all available data available. phone calls, all sorts of different data points and we stand firm that that has been the conclusion of the cia leading intelligence agency, and that the president has been briefed on the large amount of evidence that points to that conclusion. >> cnn also confirmed that same reporting, in fact saying that the source that's we're hearing this from say that the crown prince personally ordered the killing, do you see this as the state department contradicting the statement. >> the president has been very
rennoscent. there is a lot of strategic import. and jared kushner, the senior advisor, has been very confident in his relationship with the crown prince. he was very confident in that. for the president this was big, he went to may to saudi arabia to his first foreign trip and this is a relationship and she very concerned about damaging. so what you have seen is the president come out and say he could have been involved in the cover up or other scenarios, but the cia determined he was, frankly. >> you report they reached their assessment with high confidence. how did the cia come to their conclusion. >> they have lots of methods,
but we know they don't come to conclusions with high confidence easily if is something that takes a lot for them to say that, and for gina kahaskill an others, too, they're pretty sure that is what happened. >> you sight they have the evidence of the audio recording that was inside the concentrate lat -- consulate. i want to ask you what we're hearing from the crown prince's brother who is denying the claims that he had a phone call with him telling him to go to istanbul to get those marriage documents. we remain confident in the reporting and the cia is aware of the phone call and the order there as we reported it is a
pretty soe pretty sensitive situation all around. they are all aware of that conclusion. >> the president said he has a lot to take into consideration when it comes to this case. he said at that time he had not been briefed by the cia. you say he did know what the cia had in terms of the evidence that you learned about. regarding the crown prince's involvement? >> yeah, the president has been extensi extensively told of the evidence. he spoke to mike pompeo. they have given the president updates on this case. what the president said repeatedly is that he is looking, he hopes for a reason to believe that the crown prince was not responsible, but he said the information he has gotten, they believe he is.
>> thank you for sharing your reporting with us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> president trump's legal team pushing back on specific questions from the specific counc council. the president says he personally responded to robert mueller, good idea or not so much? >> i write the answers, my lawyers don't write answers, i write answers. that water could do. we called usaa. and they greeted me as they always do. sergeant baker, how are you? they were on it. it was unbelievable. having insurance is something everyone needs, but having usaa- now that's a privilege. we're the baker's and we're usaa members for life. usaa. get your insurance quote today. ♪ ♪
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limits. the president saying his lawyers did not write the answers to mueller's questions, he did it himself. he says. >> i write the answers, not my lawyers, i write answers. i was asked a series of questions, i answered them very easily. i'm sure they're tricked up because they like to get people, was it sunny or rainy. >> it may have been a good day, it was rainy, it was a lie, he perjuried himself. -- perjured himself. but the questions were very routinely answered by me joining me now is paul callan. they were very easily answered. what's your answer? >> i am skeptical because the
president said he would appear before the grand jury. that has never happened, he has been dealing with the kquestion that he is going to submit. i'm very skeptical. >> when he says he answered them very easily, he says he thinks some of them may have been a perjury trap or tripped up. according to his lawyer, some of the questions create more legal -- more issues for us legally than others. he also said some were unnecessary, unplausible, traps, maybe some of them were ir relevant. are they supposed to be traps. >> they would never submit written questions that the suspect answers with his lawyer
sitting by his side. they issue a subpoena and they force you to answer. here regardless of what the president says, he answers them himself. they go through every phrase to make sure there is nothing incriminating and then there would be nothing submitted back to mueller. >>. >> i don't think that a perjury trap is possible when the lawyers are reviewing the annals. it is not for information, but merely to trap them into something that is untrue. that doesn't happen with written questions because the lawyers can go over and aguide a perjury trap. but the example he gave was not a perjury trap, the thing about the weather. >> if he had the weather wrong on the day, if he said is it a
nice day, it was raining, it was a nice day and it was raining, it would have been a perfectly problemer answer. >> when you talked about the fifth amendment, or saying i want to please td the fifth, ist like pleading the fifth? >> no, it is voluntary. so it is not really a situation where the fifth amendment is likely to come up, i will tell you what is though, the concept of executive privilege. if they want to limit to the questioning of things before the election. they may assert it is executive privilege. that is at least the argument they will make. >> do you think it is still possible that the president will have to sit for an in person
interview? >> i do not think his lawyers would ever go along with such a thing. it would be dangerous to the president, he goes on and on and treektly as he is trying to tell the truth he makes misstatements, he is especially dangerous to represent as an attorney. they are pulling their hair out and on the verge of a heart attack. >> thank you so much, paul callen. >> the president threatening to walk away from the media for all of the press questions that he doesn't like. he say it's is about decorum and respect. department
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spotlight on the worst tragedy that the state has faced. >> thank you, jerry, i want to thank fema, later, you have been incredible, they're still going very heavily. there is a big area of very intense flame right now that is next to a very explosive area, wouldn't you say? it is a great big problem out there and they are fighting like hell. we want to give a little presentation and the men and women fighting this fire are incredible. we know that more than 70 people
have been lost. we're looking for hundreds of people right now, and hopefully that will be a good conclusion and not a bad conclusion. we don't know, but they're looking for hundreds of people and we'll know the answer to that over the next 48 hours for the most part. >> yes, as we discussed this is probably disaster that i have seen in my career, it takes partnership at all levels of government, not only helping to achieve recovery, response, and goals, but neighbor helping neighbor. we have situational awareness on how to help the state achieve,
also taking care of people and the disaster recovery centers. we ask people to go to disaster assistance.com. i think we had over 12,000 people registered in our system and we handed out close to $3 million to those that have qualified for assistance. the firefighters main priority is taking care of people and making sure that we can get people transitions out of shelters and coming home, and making sure we understand how to do debris removal, and start to help communities like paradise,
st stratford, and more. >> this is a progression map of the fire, blue is the very first day that we experienced the most significant damage. it was almost 8,000 structures in that time. so we think there is still significant challenges to the river drainage, the weather, the red flag areas, there is still some kmurncommunities outside o burn area that we're concerned about. >> thank you very much. thank you for that. >> thank you. >> mr. president, do you see any role of climate change in these fires i think you have the
management factor that jerry has really been up on very well, and we're going to be looking at it together. right now that seems to be a big problem and you're going to get that problem solved in the farm bill. we're going to put about $500 million in the farm bill, and really managing $500 million. but we have a new category, and that is management and maintenance of the forest. it is very important. i want to thank you folks over there, law enforcement, great job. . >> does the devastation change your opinion on climate change?
>> no, i have a strong opinion and we're going to have forest that's are very safe. we can't just go through this every year. we will have safe forests that is happening as we speak. >> should the state and local officials work -- >> no, the federal government will work with state and local. and it will take a lot of funding,ly tell you that. >> should they have done things differently before this point? >> a lot of things have been learned. >> if you look at the facts, a very open point of view, a lot of elements to be considered, and the presidency you saw and looking forward in the next months and beyond, to understand the threat of fires, the whole
matter of drought and all of the rest of it, it is not one thing, it is a lot of things, and i think if we open our minds and look at things we'll get more. >> thank you very much. thank you. again, that is the president and the governor of california addressing the fire disaster, the emergency that is still on going in that state. we heard the governor say this was perhaps the worst tragedy they have faced. brock long saying perhaps the worst disaster in his time there. the president said we're looking at a lot of factors and he turns to forest management and deforestation. he addressed having money in the farm bill to address those
concerns when it comes to management and maintenance of forests, but when pressed on climate change and whether or not his opinion on climate change changed after this and he said no, but again not ruling the cause and preventive measures out at all. wanting to work with the government and local officials to perhaps prevent a future situation. a quick break and we'll be right back. makes more holiday deliveries to homes than anyone else in the country. ♪ with one notable exception. ♪ booking a flight doesn't have to be expensive. just go to priceline. it's the best place to book a flight a few days before my trip and still save up to 40%. just tap and go... for the best savings on flights, go to priceline. you might or joints.hing for your heart... but do you take something for your brain. with an ingredient originally discovered in jellyfish,
there. the incumbent bill nelson his hopes of holding onto his seat may be dwindling fast. rick scott has unofficial lead of 12,000 votes. let's talk to dan in tallahassee. what is the chance that democrats will be able to close the gap that trail? >> reporter: good afternoon, anna. since the florida state kicked off down the street i'll use a football metaphor and say it's a hail mary for democrats in the state. seems like democrats here and nationally are coming to terms with that fact. now going into this recount they needed a lot to go their way both in the courtroom and in these 67 counties where votes are actually being counted. neither one of those things happened. in the courtroom they suffer add number of losses before judge mark walker federal court in tallahassee. and in the count the machine count which finished yesterday didn't really do anything near what democrats had needed or
expected a few days ago when they were previewing this machine count. now what's going forward is republicans have gone about the business, those republicans leading in the races, rick scott, governor of florida in the senate race went to washington like he was a senator, and ron desantis, former congressman who is now leading in the governor's race against andrew gillum, gone on with his transition. also a historical content, there have been recounts here. >> a mid the recount has continued to do a voter fraud conspiracy even though his candidates are leading he's calling the daily caller sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again. nobody takes anything. it's really a disgrace. that's what's going on. dan fact check this for us.
is there any evidence to support that claim? >> reporter: the short answer is no. and very serious claim leveled by the president. there has been issues with this recount pan election but that hasn't stopped republicans from charging out right fraud, including rick scott who stood on the governor's mansion steps and not only accused the people of fraud, but called out two election officials in south florida. now there have been issues, and that has been very clear throughout all of this. but issues are different than out right 23r5ud fraud. and we have seen there hasn't been that fraud that the president is alleging. >> okay, in tallahassee for us, thanks for the p date. according to the centers for disease control, but for robert gourd emergency doctor in brooklyn, new york, it was a pushed him to takes action. meet one of our top ten cnn heros for 2018.
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live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera in new york thanks for being with us on this saturday. we are following breaking news right now. president trump getting his feet dirty in the middle of the california wildfire disaster. the president walking through the burned out foundations of homes in paradise, california. this is a town that was completely, i mean completely destroyed by the fast moving wildfire. >> families where they've lost everything, a lot of people have been lost. i guess, jerry you don't really know the final count. we won't know that for a while. there are areas you can't even get to them yet. but we have incredible people doing the