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this morning at the g-20, president trump may be focussed on a different picture back in washington. lawyers representing paul manafort are in federal supreme court for the first time since the special counsel accused manafort of lying and breaking his plea agreement. we could learn more today from them about what they say manafort lied about. as we get a date for his sentencing. earlier, the president was still on edge about the guilty plea yesterday from his former lawyer, and right-hand man, michael cohen. he admits he lied to congress about attempts to build the trump tower in moscow, though as he walked the streets of new york an hour ago, he did not want to talk about it. let's begin our coverage on the manafort hearing. i understand prosecutors now are suggesting there could be more charges against him, but maybe not. what do you know? >> that's right. the hearing has been under way for about a half hour, and the judge is quizzing the lawyers on both sides about how this plea agreement and this cooperation agreement fell apart. one of the special counsel
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prosecutors said in court that i don't know at this time if they will bring additional charges against manafort for the lies that the special prosecutor has said that he had committed. he said we will have to evaluate whether it would be fruitful to take action. now, one of the attorneys for paul manafort, kevin downing, he replied by saying he expects he'll ask the prosecutors to give him some evidence of how manafort did lie and how he broke his cooperation deal. and if that happens, it's possible that manafort's team will learn some more information about what mueller has obtained through its interviews and its ongoing investigation, how they're able to say manafort was lying. we do know that manafort's lawyers are talking and sharing some information with the president's team, so there's always a possibility that information could go back to the white house, poppy. >> right. because of what we learned this week about sharing information between manafort's lawyers and the president' lawyers. thanks for all the reporting. with me now is cnn legal analyst paul callan and david sanger.
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good morning, gentlemen. no shortage of things to talk about, that's for sure. paul, if we could take a step back at the week that has been, remarkable. so manafort is accused of lying. we find out that manafort's lawyers have been briefing the president's lawyers this whole time. a draft court filing shows the president's confidante, roger stone, was trying to get ahold of hacked democratic e-mails from wikileaks. just yesterday, the president's ficker, a man who said he would take a shot, a bullet for the president, says well, i actually lied to congress about business dealings during the campaign in russia. of all those things, what is legally the most significant here? >> well, it's an interesting question because when we're covering these stories, they break really hot, as you know. it seems so shocking when you hear something that the president has done, that is so politically off the rails. but at week's end when the dust starts to settle, the way i see it is this, this new trump tower
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story involving michael cohen, unless the president can be implicated in coaching cohen to lie to congress, it's probably a political offense of the president's dealing with the russians during a campaign for the u.s. presidency as opposed to a criminal offense. the manafort issue, i think the most important thing that's going to come out of that is will mueller use that as a mechanism to fight back and get some information about his investigation to the public or when he proves that manafort was lying, or is he going to back off and say there's a possibility here that manafort will just be sentenced. manafort is facing, you know, he could go to prison for 20 years under the charges he's already been convicted of. maybe he doesn't have to go forward on that. that leaves us with one final thing. i think the most important thing of all. roger stone. roger stone is a direct connection to wikileaks and it's
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a direct connection to an illegal attempt to tamper with the american election. there we have criminality. if that gets linked back to the president, that's something substantial. >> all right. so david sanger, to you. for our viewers, if you have not read david's piece in "the new york times," don't read it during this segment, but pick it up right after because it's fascinating. this is about an in depth conversation you had with the president back in march of 2016, focused on foreign policy. and he made a lengthy case to you about why he, you know, was more supportive of giving the russians more relief when it comes to the annexation of crimea, the aggression against ukraine. let me read the president to you in 2016. quote, it didn't seem to me like anyone else cared other than us. he went on to say, the least effected by what happens with ukraine is us because we're the farthest away. explain the significance of what he told you then now given the last 24 hours. >> well, poppy, the interview
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seemed remarkable to us even then, before we know about the degree to which the president's team was still trying to negotiate a building deal in moscow. now when you go back and look at it, think about the timing of this interview. it's late march of 2016. my times and cnn league maggie haberman and i are conducting the first detailed foreign policy interview with the president. i ask him about russia because his positions on russia were distinctly different than those of all the other republican candidates. they took a pretty traditional hard line. he was saying why are we doing all these sanctions? who cares about these? and of course, at this time, poppy, what did vladimir putin want most? he wanted relief from the american-led and european sanctions that were imposed on russia after they took crimea. and the president, or the then
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candidate trump was the only one arguing for giving them that relief. >> woo know it was a member of the trump team that worked on changing the republican platform and really watering down the defense of ukraine in the face of that russian aggression. more on that in a moment with you, david, but jumping to you paul and the breaking news we just got in. paul manafort will be sentenced on march 5th. that's a major headline. ahead of that, december 7th, is the deadline for mueller's team to file a brief on the factual question of manafort, they say, violating the plea agreement. meaning they're going to tell us publicly what he lied about, paul. significance. >> yes, that's an opportunity for the special counsel to lay out part of really his investigation. i mean, this really would be kind of a partial indication of what might come out in an ultimate report. when he goes into these lies individually and what counterevidence he has to the things that manafort has stated. it's an opportunity for him to really be aggressive and fight
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for his own survival. mueller, that is, if the president is going to try to tu terminate him. >> if the president pardons him, which he's not taken off the table this week, that could happen any time. that would happen after a sentencing. >> i think my own feeling there is the president will wait as long as possible because the moment manafort gets pardoned he can be forced to testify under oath. he has no fifth amendment right not to testify. so best to pardon him after the mueller investigation has been shut down. >> david, bringing us back to your piece and how it ties in to manafort, the republican platform when it comes to ukraine, et cetera. connects the dots for us here, because now we know when manafort will be sentenced. we know about his work in ukraine for the pro-russian regime there,ian acoa ian yanuk. connect the dots for us. >> sure. so mr. manafort came in to the
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campaign right before we conducted that interview with the president. and then quickly became the campaign chairman. he was out by august of that year. but during that time, as you point out, the republican platform got watered down to avoid what seemed to be a pretty ritual condemnation of the russians taking over foreign territory. and the president has said and has said since he had nothing to do with that. but what we're now seeing is a possible explanation for why donald trump's approach to russia during the campaign and during his presidency was so different from the rest of his republican colleagues and of course even the democrats at the time. now, this does not prove causality, poppy. you cannot say that he changed his view because he had a business deal that was pending. and his view has remained the same even after that business deal fell apart.
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>> that's true. >> it is pretty interesting that we did not know at the time that we conducted this interview that he still had hopes of making the trump tower in moscow deal come together. and that they were going to people around putin, president putin, to try to make that happen. and all of a sudden, here he is sitting down with "the new york times" to describe a policy position that he knew would be music to the ears of vladimir putin, who is trying to get rid of the sanctions. >> i think you rightly note in your piece, there are russia experts who do say, you know, look, in many ways, the obama policy of ramping up sanctions on russia failed so perhaps this was president trump taking a different tactic, but timing matters. it does not prove causality, but timing matters. thank you. this just in, president trump arriving at the g-20 summit. he's going to stand, there you see him moments ago, he's heading in for the so-called
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all right. let me take you to buenos aires. the president is there for the g-20. there he is with the president of argentina. they're getting ready for what's called the class photo. this happened at every g-20. this is quite a moment for the president to be on the world stage. you can't overstate the importance of the g-20. the most significant world economies meeting and the president's most important meeting arguably is the one with the chinese president. >> that's right. trade being a top issue for
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president trump coming into this g-20. and it's been interesting, poppy, to see president trump coming into this meeting, but doing something, talking about something that is really unrelated to a lot of these issues alt hand here with some of the meetings. he's been talking about the mueller probe. talking about this issue with his former personal lawyer, michael cohen, pleading guilty to lying to congress over some issues related to business dealings during the campaign. and this has been really overshadowing this trip. the president even before he left washington has been talking about this with reporters, calling michael cohen weak and calling the russia probe a witch hunt. now, just moments ago, the white house just released a new statement, after president trump yesterday cancelled his meeting that was planned on saturday with russian president vladimir putin, that meeting was supposed to be two hours long. president trump said it was because of the situation with ukraine in which russia had seized ships and sailors but there was some speculation
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perhaps this was also related to his agitation over the russia probe. sarah sanders says in this statement that the russian witch hunt hoax which is hopefully nearing an end is doing very well. unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with russia. however, the reason for our canceled meeting is ukraine. hopefully, that will be resolved soon and productive conversations can begin. it seems by that statement that statement sounds varo very trumpian, almost as if he had a heavy hand in writing it or drafted it. there, the white house pushing back on this idea that the russia probe and the president's obvious upset with that situation is contributing to the meeting being canceled. though, the president over the last day or so has spent a lot of time on this issue. according to one of our sources, the president has been distracted by it all. he's been concerned about the impact this probe could have on him and on his presidency. as he said in the past, he
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believes the mueller probe contributes to undermining him on the world stage. that could not perhaps be more true than this weekend when he's going into such crucial meetings with president xi tomorrow and also with several other leaders later today. >> abby, can you see the images we're looking at? the class photo coming together. you see these leaders? >> yeah. >> so we have -- >> and president -- >> you see president trump there. you see president xi of china, prime minister shinzo abe is there. theresa may, and mohammed bin salman, the crown prince of saudi arabia, you see in the upper right hand corner of the screen. there's been a lot of talk about whether president trump will talk to him after the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi while he's there. you see him right now talking to shinzo abe, the japanese prime minister. >> that's right. and shinzo abe being one of the world leaders that president trump still has a pretty good
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relationship with. but there is a lot of tension in that room. a lot of tension with a lot of those world leaders over especially trade, really, but over a number of different issues. president trump at this g-20 is in a position where he could be perhaps more isolated than he has been in his presidency. i remember his first g-20, when he was first getting to know these folks, he seemed to really enjoy kind of being part of this club. but over the last two years, there have been some serious ups and downs. i think we can expect that even in addition to some of these meetings he's having that are formal meetings, there will be some pull-asides and one of the things we're looking at is whether or not there will be pull-asides with mohammed bin salman, for example, even though there's no formal meeting scheduled. there's some talk that the meeting with putin might be something informal and they might have some opportunities to interact with each other. right now or later today. but according to the white house, we are hearing that there
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are no plans as of this moment for them to do that. >> right, and we just saw them take the photo and go their separate ways. you only saw two women, i believe, in the photo, theresa may, and the imf chief were there. it shows you so male dominated, still, world leadership. all right, abby, thank you. we'll get back to you shortly. >> so right now, paul manafort's sentencing hearing has wrapped up in court. let's get to evan perez. he joins us now. what have we learned today? >> hey, poppy. we have learned today that the so-called witch hunt that the president is so upset about is going to go well into 2019. march 5th is the sentencing date, and that may still slide a bit, according to the judge today, who was hearing for the first time from the prosecutors of the mueller team. the concerns they have that they say paul manafort lied during his cooperation -- time of
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cooperation with prosecutors. they have now laid out a timeline next week, we'll hear some of the details of the alleged lies that they say have caused them to breach the cooperation agreement, and now, this goes to a period of debeat, really, between the two sides. the manafort team says paul manafort did not lie. once they get to see what the alleged lies are, they're going to ask for a hearing, for evidence. so they're going to be fighting over this now, poppy, for quite a while. this is important because as you know, the president is upset about this investigation in the first place. and that it is taking so long. that it is dragging on so long. the president's team is increasingly concerned that really what this is all about is the mueller team trying to get to the president. and i think that became abundantly clear yesterday in the michael cohen documents, the documents that were released in court, of michael cohen pleading
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guilty to lying to the congress. so one of the things that is beginning to emerge as we get to march of 2019 and the sentencing is that the president's team believes that this investigation is out to get the president. >> evan, before you go, let me read for our viewers the statement we just got from the white house, from sarah sanders, because it's pretty remarkable here, blaming the special counsel probe for hurting u.s. relations with russia. the russian witch hunt hoax, which is hopefully now nearing an end, is doing very well. unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with russia. however, the reason for our canceling the meeting with putin is ukraine. hopefully, that will be resolved soon so productive conversations can begin. the president had days of opportunity after what russia did to that ukrainian ship and ukrainian sailors to cancel the
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meeting. instead, he cancelled it yesterday right after the michael cohen news. >> that's right. and i think, look, i think you saw that also in the statement we got from rudy giuliani yesterday. one of his complaints is that the president was just about to leave for this very important trip, the g-20, when robert mueller and his team dropped this michael cohen plea agreement with michael cohen that he was pleading guilty to lying to congress. they believe this is now the second time that the mueller team and these investigators have dropped important indictments or court action right before the president goes off on an important international trip. they believe it's on purpose. they believe it's meant to nrlt fear with the president's ability to do his job. >> evan perez, thank you for all the reporting there in washington outside the courthouse. quick break. i'll be right back. this is not a bed.
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speaking with theresa may, other world leaders. abby phillip is with us. what can you tell us? >> well, president trump going into some of the more substantive parts of this day. a day that's really chock full of meetings. he siegned a trade agreement wih canada and mexico. there were a few words from the canadian prime minister justin trudeau about the aluminum and steel tariffs. that seemed to have gone off without a hitch. a big win for president trump there. we're heading into a period where president trump is going to have more meetings, perhaps more consequential meetings, especially some meetings scheduled for tomorrow with china over trade. followed by a dinner with president xi where they try to work out some of these issues related to whether hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs will either by put on hold or will be pulled back altogether.
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there is a lot riding on this weekend, really. a lot for president trump. a lot for a lot of these world leaders. as you mentioned, mohammed bin salman also in the room, and in many rooms with president trump. they have no plans to meet as of right now, but there are a lot of questions about whether they might interact with each other. if they do, will president trump say anything about the murder of "the washington post" journalist jamal khashoggi. we already know that the white house has been reluctant to push back on saudi arabia over this issue. president trump has justified it for based on the bilateral relationship with saudi arabia and the middle east, but again, a lot riding on this weekend. it's all starting now. they're all sitting in this room. president trump having a lot of opportunities to interact with folks today. >> we just saw justin trudeau, who signed the usmca, the new trade deal. we just saw him there. as you mentioned, making that comment, a direct message to
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president trump to lift the steel and aluminum tariffs. i asked him, will you sign the trade agreement if the tariffs are still in place. some see it as leverage if you don't? he said he would and they did this morning. all right, abby, thank you. also new this morning, union leaders from the soon to be closed general motors plant in ohio attempting to make somewhat of a hail mary plea to the ceo of gm, who according to cnn affiliate, they hope to meet with mary barra in detroit to talk about future plans for the plant. as of now, it's set to lose 1,500 nearly employees next march when it shutters. let's discuss with ohio congressman democrat tim ryan. lordstown is in his district. good morning. >> good morning. >> you spoke with mary barra yesterday on the phone. obviously, you're not pleased at all with what is happening. and you say she was receptive. that's your word. what does receptive mean for the nearly 1,500 people in your district who will be without
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work in march? >> well, let's be clear, there were no promises made or any kind of innuendos that something was going to happen. there's a union contract that's moving forward in the next few months. that's going to have a lot to do with where the next products go. but we were talking about the future. i don't want this plant to lay there idle. they look lathey're making thei advancement in future cars. this has been a legacy plant since 1966. our community is tied with the general motors plant there, and we want their future to be in lordstown, ohio. >> i spent a good amount of time there, talked to the workers, reported around that plant. i get it. it is the lifeblood of that community in many respects. you tweeted last night that a path forward for you, and for everyone in this, means working with the president. so that made mee supportive of
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president's threat to strip all subsidies from general motors in the wake of this news. >> yeah, i don't think hurting general motors is part of the path ford wr. i'm going to work with the president. i had a five-minute conversation the other day with the vice president. i have been playing phone tag with the incoming republican governor in ohio, mike dewine. we're all going to work together to make this happen, but look, we need general motors to be a successful company. we have thousands and thousands of people getting general motors pensions in our community. so to hurt them, to potentially hurt their company, is foolish because now we're going to lose 1600 jobs and then we're going to damage and maybe bankrupt the pension. we don't want to do that. we want to work with general motors, as upset as we all are. >> let's play this out, because as you know, the president of ye general motors said a matter of months ago, talked about the future in many respects being in
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driverless cars and also in driving services. right? that they can make multiples by selling rides versus selling cars. so if that's the future, and you have, you know, thousands of autoworkers in your district who are the best they can be at making cars but aren't necessarily trained on future technology on the computer systems that make -- that you would use in the future of driverless vehicles and also ride sharing services being dominant, what do you do about that? what is the role of government in helping these workers? retraining, reskilling these workers so those jobs don't go to san francisco, don't go anywhere else. >> exactly. you hit the nail on the head. it's by having an intentional governmental policy which we don't have now and we haven't, both a governmental comprehensive industrial policy with our investments, our tax code, grants, our infrastructure, broadband, all
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of these things pushing in the same direction to make sure we're making and manufacturing things in the united states. not just in auto but across the board, and then also having a robust and kind of a targeted training program that are modern. our training programs aren't modern. we need to engage these workers and bring them through a training process. i also think we need wage insurance while they're going through that process so they're not taking a big hit. but we need to be innovating on the governmental side to be able to create the public/private partnerships. >> you could also argue there's an onus on the corporate side to do it themselves. big telecom companies have retrained their workers realizing the future is different. there's an onus on the private sector. before you go, i have to ask you about nancy pelosi and the future of the leadership. you're the one who ran against her in 2016 and got 63 votes. your fellow member of congress
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kathleen rice said you and she and other members of congress were in a meeting with pelosi on wednesday and you brought up to her, the group, the importance of the transition. what is her plan for transitioning out of leadership and the future of leadership. what congresswoman rice says, she said the concerns were, quote, dismissed out right. is that what happened? did nancy pelosi dismiss your group outright? >> well, it wasn't -- she wasn't receptive. she was not. and you know, hopefully we can continue to have those conversations. there are a lot of people who feel they have to vote their conscience. they have to vote their congressional district with regard to moving forward. look, the democratic establishment is a very powerful, powerful establishment. and we are trying to bring change to the democratic party. and so we're going to continue to have those conversations, but everyone's going to vote their conscience in a few weeks and we'll see where things end up. but again, too, the midwest is
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not well represented in the democratic leadership here, too. our top six positions are coastal, the most inland state is new mexico. there's nobody in the midwest. we were able to get jerry bustos in, but that's our political arm, not our internal operations. we have to re-engage back in the midwest if we want to be a national party again. >> you're talking to a girl from min. i hear you. congressman, tim ryan, thank you for being here. and to everyone in your district, we're thinking about them a lot. >> appreciate that. it's been a rough week. >> quick break. i'll be back in a minute.
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facebook chief operating officer sheryl sandberg told facebook staff to look into george soros, this is according to a new report in "the new york times" that sandberg was directly involved in the company's response to attacked by the liberal billionaire. she wanted to know if soros was betting against the company. let's go to our colleague joining us from london. so this is days after soros called facebook and google menaces to society in davos at the world economic forum. sandberg was there but not present for the comments, and then e-mails and wants to know what's his financial stake in facebook? is he shorting the stock? what is the significance here? >> a coo of a company asking for
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research into why a billionaire is saying such bad things about their company is not that unusual. and most coos would want to know backgrounds into what is going on. the issue here is sort of the shifting stories and shifting narratives we're hearing from facebook about how much sandberg knew, how involved she was in the research into george soros, and what that says about facebook's leadership at this moment. let's go back. a few weeks ago, woo had "the new york times" investigation about sheryl sandberg, mark zuckerberg and the leadership at facebook, and they hired definers to do public relations for them. they said you should look into george corose and his campaigns against facebook, which some people said fed into these anti-semitic tropes and conspiracy theories. last week, we had the night before thanksgiving where the head of communications for facebook, the outgoing head of communications took the fall for all this, that it was his fault. he hired definers.
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and sheryl sandberg said i might have gotten e-mails about this. then in the last few hours we're getting from facebook that sandberg herself had directed some research into this. now, facebook is keeping these two things separate, definers and sheryl sandberg. let me read to you a statement from what facebook said. as elliott said last week, we researched potential motivations behind soros's criticisms of facebook in 2018. he is a prominent investor and we looked into his investments and trading activity. that research was under way when sheryl send an e-mail asking if mr. soros had shorted facebook stock. as she said before, she takes full responsibility for any activity that happened on her watch. not unusual for a coo to do this, but the issue is the shifting narrative of how this was done. >> thank you for updating us. happening now, president trump is attending the welcome ceremony at the g-20 summit in argentina. all of this as he's trying to
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strike a major trade deal with china this weekend. more on that next.
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all right. welcome back. right now, president trump is attending the welcome ceremony with members of the g-20 as trump faces a crucial meeting tomorrow with xi jinping. sending china a major warning threatening to slap $267 billion additional tariffs on china. he said he wouldn't even rule out iphones if they can't reach an agreement or an agreement to reach an agreement. good morning, good to have you. >> thanks for having me. >> how much pressure given the domestic situation at home for the president is president trump under right now on the world stage to have some good news
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like a trade agreement or framework with china to come home with? >> i think he's under a tremendous amount of pressure, especially given the news from general motors earlier this week. there are cracks that are beginning to form in this economy. you know, the stock market has slid down quite a bit from its high a few months ago. and i think with this, you know, new mexico/canada agreement the president signed today, he's under a lot of pressure to have something he can deliver to investors and to americans from china. he's been ratcheting up pressure on china for a year. china is clearly unhappy, and china wants to cut a deal, and i think the president is under a lot of pressure to deliver something. >> do you think that means he's going to give a little more than perhaps he would have had the events of the last 24 hours not transpired here at home? >> there's a good chance. the president approaches a lot of these things like a real estate deal. you start off way off in one direction and plan to come back into the middle when the deal is finally cut. there's a chance his rhetoric
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with china has been a bit overblown. he would admit that, but he wanted to get their attention. he has their attention. the question is, is he going to keep the hard line or going to see the events of the past few days and say i have to get the pressure off. >> can i ask you about human rights abuses in china? the president said it would bring this up with xi jinping. you have the horrific treatment of the muslim eagers in china. you also have two americans who have been held in china, not able to leave china since june, but the president showed us with saudi arabia where he places the value of human rights versus economic issues. when it comes to the president having a trade talk with china, how far do you expect he'll go on these human rights abuses? >> human rights have always taken a back seat with president trump in terms of these economic agreements. clearly in the saudi arabia case, you know, he almost
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dismissed a lot of the things that happened, because he said of the importance of the u.s. economic relationship with saudi arabia. and unless you hear it from the president's mouth, unless you hear the president himself bring up the china human rights situation, i don't think we should have high expectations much will be done. it's one thing for his staff to bring it up, but a whole other thing for the president himself to say it. even in a twitter post, we haven't seen that. >> or to say look, i'm not agreeing to x, y, and z. >> thank you. >> president trump's former campaign manager must wait three more months before learning his isn'tance. we're talking about paul manafort. a federal judge just made that announcement. we're on top of it. if you're on medicare, remember
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brees. but the cowboys are thinking the bigger they are, the harder they fall. dak prescott was masterful, completing 24 of 28 passes including this touchdown to ezekiel elliott, but the defense then was time to shine. they were physical. huge hits like this one on saints running back alvin kamara. no penalty called on this. dallas had a goal line stand. they sacked drew brees twice and put this one on ice, with an interception with just about two minutes to go. the saints held to 176 total yards. that's their lowest in the last 17 years. cowboys win 13-10. now, we're atop the iconic hotel here with jeff aldridge. big s.e.c. matchup tomorrow between number one alabama and number four uta, and i have to tell you, we're here all weekend for our ultimate tailgate, but we want to share a story about
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warriors star steph curry. he's making a little girl's holidays especially. 9-year-old riley wrote steph a letter saying all she wanted for christmas was a pair of curry 5 shoes for the new basketball season, but online, there were only listed in the boy's section. steph saw her letter and wrote a hand-written note right back, not only did he get under armour to put the gishoes in the girls section, but he told her he's sending a surprise. >> so surprised to hear from such a busy person. i was not expecting anything like that. i was adjust expecting under armour to see it, not say anything, and fix it. then i wasn't expecting him to say he would give me the curry 5s and then the curry 6. >> curry, whose daughter is also named riley, also invited his new friend riley to his international women's day event next march so they can meet,
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poppy. >> i love this story for so many reasons. and i was already a curry fan, and now i'm even more. so he should definitely come on the show monday and do an interview with us about it, right? >> i'm on it for you, girl. >> thank you, my friend. have a great weekend. and thank all of you for being with me today. i'm poppy harlow in new york. jim sciutto will be back with me on monday. have a great weekend. "at this hour" with kate bolduan starts now. >> hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. another day, another court appearance for one of the president's inner circle, as it becomes clear the special counsel views president trump as a central figure in the russia investigation. sources are telling cnn that the president is, quote, spooked and completely distracted. his former campaign chairman's case back in court today can't be helping that. setting a date for paul manafort's sentencing, the same manafort who was accused by

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