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justice. already the eu and the u.s. have decried the suspension of the u.s. justice and the main opposition party has temporarily suspended its campaign in protest. thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week. i will see you next week. hello, everyone, and thank you so much for joining me this super bowl sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield. president trump is digging in on his demand for a border wall, vowing to stay the course and keep up the fight for full wall funding. with democrats also refusing to budge, could those bipartisan talks to avoid another shutdown be all for nothing? congress has just 12 days left to reach a funding deal, and president trump is not ruling out another painful and costly partial u.s. government shutdown. >> would you shut down the government again? >> well, we're going to have to see what happens on february 15th. >> you're not taking it off the table? >> i don't take anything off the
table. i don't like to take things off the table. it's that alternative. it's national emergency. it's other things, and you know, there have been plenty of national emergencies called. you need a wall, and anybody who says you don't, they're just playing games. >> president trump will deliver the state of the union address in just two days, and is hinting at some kind of border wall action during his speech. cnn's boris sanchez is in western florida, not far from where the president has been spending time in mar-a-lago. the president is hinting at another potential shutdown, so where do things stand? >> reporter: fred, we are essentially where we were a month and a half ago with the first shutdown with republicans and democrats engaged in a sort of shouting match, the president addressing his words to house speaker nancy pelosi at this point. we should point out democrats have made some concessions in
negotiations. they've added personnel and technology to the border, but they have yet to offer a single cent for the president's long-awaited border wall. that's why you hear him say these negotiations are a complete waste of time and you hear him going after the house speaker. let's listen to the president on cbs in an interview that aired this morning. >> she knows we need a barrier, she knows we need board security. she wanted to win a political point. i think it's bad policy because bakely she wants open borders. she doesn't mind human trafficking because she wouldn't do this. >> she offered over a billion dollars for border security. she doesn't want the wall. >> she's costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars because what's happening is when you have a porous border and when you have drugs pouring in, and when you have people dying all over the country because of people like nancy pelosi, who don't want to give proper border security for political reasons, she's doing a terrible
disservice to our country. >> you're still going to have to deal with her, though. >> she can keep playing her games, but we will win because we have a much better issue. >> reporter: now, fred, the house speaker put out a statement to cnn saying the president's shutdown tactics are reckless and going so far as to say the president is mischaracterizing and misrepresenting where the democrats stand on border security. you hinted that it might be exciting that he would make some announcement at the border some enhanced declaration at the border, perhaps, but cnn got a preview of what he might say friday afternoon, and instead the president would lay out a path forward how the country should move on past the shutdown. there is still no clue on what the government will do, fred.
>> joining me right now, white house supporter politico ella johnson and cnn political analyst. eliana, the president is not backing down from his border wall funding, and everyone knows that was at the nucleus of why that was at the heart of a possible government shutdown. do you see any potential path forward for negotiations? do you see him addressing it head on on tuesday? >> i do think the president is likely to address this with the state of the union -- in the state of the union tuesday. there are two possible paths for the president, actually, three possible paths for the president to take. the first is to succeed to whatever deal the five partisan negotiators come up with and sign whatever they do to recommend him. the third would
the second would be to shut the government down and the third would be to declare a national emergency and hyping that as a possible path in the state of the union. i don't think the president will shut the government down, and i don't think we see him backing down on his demands for a wall, hence, i think this third path is the most plausible as we head into tuesday and the president saying very publicly that he's likely to do this. >> so, nathan, do you see the president trying to state the case, make the case for a national emergency on tuesday, because this is what he had to say on friday. >> have you privately decided whether or not you will declare a national emergency? >> have i privately, what's in my mind? certainly thinking about it. i think there's a good chance we'll have to do that. >> reporter: are you saying we should be prepared for you to announce at the state of the union what you are going to do? >> i'm saying listen closely to the state of the union. i think you'll find it very exciting.
>> all right, so nathan, the president has been very vague. if the theater ends up paying the state of the union, he has to be very specific about declaring a national emergency. will he, can he do that? >> i mean, he could on tuesday. i think it's unlikely he does it on tuesday. i think he likes to keep that option on the table and have that be a threat, i guess, as the negotiations continue up until february 15, but this is the biggest platform he might get over the next year. so certainly i think he's going to try to take the opportunity, frame this argument in a way that will benefit him. one thing in that press room that we haven't talked about yet is he also kind of hinted at maybe a way to declare victory in this, and that is he was talking about, well, we're already refurbishing the wall and remodeling the wall. we've already started building the wall, and i know that that's not exactly what he's talking about, but i think he's also trying to lay the groundwork for declaring victory in this
process even if it's not exactly in the dollar amounts we're talking about right now. >> so, ileana, nobody can forget what we just came off, which was the longest partial u.s. government shutdown. both parties have been condemning some of the president's foreign policy decisions to withdraw troops from syria, particularly, intelligence officers, you know, contradicting the president, vice versa, all while this russia investigation is hitting trump's inner circle. so how important is this moment tuesday for the president, this state of the union address? >> tuesday is very important for the president, because as you mentioned, he's getting increasing -- he's getting increasing pushback from his fellow republicans. he got it on the government shutdown, he got it on his decision to withdraw troops from syria, and should he decide to declare a national emergency, he'll get it on republicans from that. so i think surely the president has to see tuesday as a moment to reunify republicans behind
him. he's done a fairly good job of that for the first two years. republicans have been reluctant to break from him. and those who have have lost elections. but the past month has not been good for the president with regard to that. ahead of the mueller investigation -- or ahead of the release of the mueller report, he really is going to want a united republican party behind him, so he's going to have to use tuesday night to do that. >> potentially really trying to reset, you know, nathan. so one official is telling cnn that the president's theme in his speech just might be choosing greatness and that he will be going for a bipartisan optimistic tone. how do you envision, you know, the details that might be involved in that? >> well, that might be what he's going for and it sounds good on paper, but i don't think that this speech is going to fundamentally change how people view the president. i mean, the president is a
polarizing figure. people either love him or hate him. and i just have a hard time figuring out what he might say that could change just that dynamic that we have. i think it will be interesting the specific words that he uses. it will be interesting because whether he's talking about border security and money for border security or money for a border wall, that might change who applauds or who claps or who stands up or who sits down, and that might put the democrats in a bind. this is the super bowl of politics tuesday night, and there's going to be all these cutaway shots -- >> reading all that body language? >> yeah, and depending on what he says, they'll have to listen specifically because it might not be a don't clap for anything because he might actually use words that people can get behind. >> and nancy pelosi and the president, specifically when they see each other, when they interact, remember, it was the house speaker who said you're
never going to have the state of the union at this part during a partial government shutdown, security can't handle it. she extended an invitation after all. now he's having it now. but then justa coupledaysgo, the president was incredibly disrespectful of the house speaker with the kinds of language that he used. you saw portions of the interview a couple days ago. it aired in its entirety today on cbs. how does that potentially set the tone between them? >> you know, trump has said pretty openly that he used to like nancy pelosi, and i think internally he actually does respect her and consider her a formidable adversary, but he said we're not really going to get along now. i don't think that will play a major role on tuesday night given that pelosi is not the democrat who is responding to the speech. i think that obviously would create a different dynamic -- >> that would be stacey abrams. >> exactly. she'll be the democrat to watch on tuesday night.
as nathan said, i agree with him entirely. donald trump is sort of a one-note president. he's very talented at doing divisive politics, but he's not tremendously versatile. he doesn't switch into other mow modes very well, so we don't see him excel at being very comforting. his aides say he actually has a big heart -- >> which is why to hear that his speech will be one of unifying will seem like a stretch given the kind of divisiveness that you're describing. >> right, it raises the question of how effectively he can pull that off. >> we'll leave it there,. eliana johnson, nathan gonzalez, thank you very much. >> thank you. the border wall is likely to be a big issue as democrats take him on in 2020. we'll talk to representative tulsi gabbard about her 2020 bid and how she plans to stand out
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the course of people calling for the resignation of virginia governor ralph northam continues to get louder by the day. politicians and organizations, many of them from northam's own party, are urging him to step aside after learning of a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page. northam's response has been a firm no. northam originally admitted to being in the photo which shows one person in blackface and
another in a ku klux klan outfit, but during yesterday's news conference, the governor doubled down, saying he did not believe he was either person in the picture. northam is defiant and refusing to step down, even ignoring calls from his old boss, former virginia governor terry mcauliffe. here is what mcauliffe told cnn's jake tapper. >> let me ask you -- >> i can't. >> -- if it's not him in the photo, which is what he's saying, why do you think he still should resign? >> well, first he said it was friday night. and if it wasn't him in the photo, he should have said that on friday. i have no idea what was going on in the governor's office on friday. i just -- if you're not -- instinctively you know if you put black paint on your face. you know if you put a hood on. and so if it isn't you, you come out immediately and say, this is not me. ralph will do the right thing for the commonwealth of virginia.
he will put virginia first, and i think that will happen relatively soon. >> cnn correspondent jessica dean is in richmond, west virginia. terry mcauliffe hoped he could clear things up, but it only raised more questions. >> reporter: in fact, it didn't start the resignation. additionally we heard from senators tim kaine, mark warner and bobby scott, all of whom had been privately talking with him, urging him to resign, and then we were told by a source that after that news conference, they went back to him, asking him if he would step down last night or sometime today when he indica. d when he indicated he didn't plan to do so, they went forward. we also heard from hillary clinton last night, she tweeted as well. she said, this has gone on too long. there is nothing to debate.
he must resign. that is across the democratic party both here in virginia locally, but also nationally with 2020 presidential candidates, as well as national democratic figures and organizations, the dnc chairman coming out calling for his resignation as well. but as you alluded to, he is standing firm, and right now we have no indication that he plans to resign, that he's really just digging his heels in, which then presents the question, well, what happens next? the chairman of the virginia black legislative caucus spoke on abc news this morning. take a listen. >> if the governor does not resign, will you move to impeach? >> i hate to have that discussion right now. >> well, it's out there. >> i encourage the governor to step aside so we can start the healing process. i'm not at a point where i want to publicly have a conversation.
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in just a matter of hours, the sports world will shift its focus to the mercedes-benz stadium in atlanta for super bowl liii. there are plenty of story lines headed into the big game today, mainly will tom brady win the super bowl for a total of six times, or will sean mcvay and the rams be the youngest coach to hoist the trophy? hines ward joins us. hines, you've hoisted that super bowl trophy two times. what is going on in the heads of these players right now? >> the players are arriving at the stadium. the anxiety of playing the big game. it's really been a long time for the players.
you're sitting around the hotel, playing the game, and in your mind you're thinking, i got to make this play, i got to make this play. it's a long day mentally for these guys. they just can't wait to get out there and play the game of football, something they've been doing since they were little kids and now have the opportunity to do, the biggest football game in these players' lives. >> that's right, most of them have been dreaming about this since they were little tikes. the patriots have an advantage as far as experience is concerned, but do you think that will be the deciding factor or does, you know, the lack of experience, this adrenaline rush in the more novice of the super bowl appearance players be the key? >> i think it's an advantage leading into the super bowl because you really don't know what to expect. there is a lot more media opportunities that you have to do before and after practice, but at the end of the day, fred, it's all about the game of football. you still have to go out there and line up, and if you overcome the wave of emotions early in
the game, then it's just back to playing football. look at nick foles and what the eagles did last year. no experience whatsoever. went toe to toe with the patriots and came out as super bowl champions. so i don't really sense that it plays that much of an advantage of having that experience. >> all right, well, everybody is hoping it will be a great game. we know everyone will have a good time watching it. hines ward, thank you so much. >> no problem. and we'll be right back. the only thing i remember is losing control, and i hit the pier face first. (911 operator, muffled) 911, what's your emergency? (overlapping radio calls) the first responders, they are the reason why i'm here. just um, just makes me thankful, for everything that i have. ♪
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pulling out doesn't make any sense at this point. there are only 2,000 american troops, and it will give isis an idealogical victory. these movements aren't just about controlling territory, they're about boosting their ability to recruit fighters to get people to carry out a tax in this country in europe, and withdrawal will help isis recruit more people. >> and, colonel, what about for afghanistan? the u.s. has been in afghanistan for this war since 2001. the president speaking was a bit ominous, but if the same approach were taken, take u.s. troops out of afghanistan only to, you know, send them back just in case, how much sense does that make to you? >> not very much, actually, fredricka. because worse than syria, as david pointed out, is bad enough. but worse than syria, afghanistan is very isolated from other u.s. military bases. we don't have anything right next door to afghanistan that is worthy of the name in terms of being a base. and that is going to create a
lot of logistical problems, a lot of problems in terms of being able to give aircraft and troops the ability to get in and get out quickly. it can be done, but it's far more difficult if you don't have a base in that country. >> in fact, the former ambassador to afghanistan, ryan crocker, wrote an op-ed this week saying the u.s. surnd miis undermining the afghan government by negotiating with the taliban. what ability does president sherof alagani have right now? >> i was there this week where all the intelligence chiefs said we have to be very slow and methodical with afghanistan. if trump is just going to pull troops out of afghanistan, there is no reason for them to agree to a peace deal, there is no reason to speak to president
aligani of afghanistan. it severely undermines the peace effort in the afghan government. >> the president while a candidate was really very critical of telegraphing plans for u.s. troops. he certainly is telegraphing a lot. listen to what he said about iraq. >> all i want to do is be able to watch iran. we have an unbelievable and expensive military base built into iraq. it's perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled middle east rather than pulling up -- >> colonel laeighton, what do yu understand him to be saying? >> i think what he's saying, fredricka, is the base he was at west of baghdad is the one they would be using not only for syria but also to keep an eye on
iran. that's well and good, but we also have bases in qatar, and also in the united air emirates that we can use, and those bases are definitely keeping an eye on iran. they've been doing that for a long, long time, and they can continue to do so. so yes, it's good to keep an eye on iran, but you want to make sure you're doing it in the best way possible, so i see this as kind of a mixed message from the president. >> and david, the president said this week his intelligence chiefs were misquoted when they disagreed with him over iran and north korea, but in the cbs interview, the president acknowledged that there was a disagreement. can his intel chiefs continue to be effective in their roles at this point? >> it was amazing at this hearing. they were all incredibly careful to not directly contradict the president, but they also spoke truth to power. that's a real mantra in the intelligence agency. you have to tell presidents and policymakers information that disagrees with what they might want politically.
they handled it very well. they are disagreeing with the president, and i think they're going to keep disagreeing with the president, and it sort of demoralizes the rank and file in the intelligence agencies when he ridicules them. he said these intelligence chiefs need to go back to school. that was an extraordinary statement from an american president. >> yeah, so colonel leighton, what are members of that intelligence community to think? how do they continue to be or what motivates them to continue with their commitment to service the way they do when you have the commander in chief, the president, who is out loud undermining and questioning them and telling them essentially that, you know, they need to go back to school? >> they go to school all the time. their job is to be in school, whether it's technically called that or not. but what intelligence chiefs do, fredricka, they serve the nation. what they do day in and day out gives them the fuel to go on, gives them the desire to make sure they're getting it right
for the country. intelligence doesn't always get it right, but it always tries to get it right, and i think that's the key ingredient here. regardless of what the president or other political leaders are saying, the intelligence community will provide the nation with its most important asset, and that's information on our adversaries. >> colonel cedric leighton, david rhode, thanks for being here. appreciate it. >> you bet. jussie smollett speaks out for the first time since he fell victim to a possible hate crime, but there are things he wants to clarify. whether it's a few years old or dinosaur old, we want to buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate, answer a few questions, and our techno-wizardry calculates your car's value and gives you a real offer in seconds. when you're ready, we'll come to you, pay you on the spot, and pick up your car. that's it.
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. actor and singer jussie smollett is speaking out about the circumstances in the attack he reported to chicago police last week. smollett, who is best known for his role on the show "empire," says he was assaulted by two masked men who yelled out racial and homophobic slurs. he said the men put a rope around his neck and poured some kind of chemical substance on him. police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. smollett had an emotional and defiant message during his first public appearance since the assault. he performed in west hollywood and addressed what he has called inaccurate reports about the attack. >> i was bruised but my ribs were not cracked. they were not broken. i went to the doctor immediately. frank drove me and i was not
hospitalized. both t the doctor cleared me to perform a and most important of all, i fought back. >> steve cameron is covering this in los angeles. what else did smollett have to say? >> reporter: he had a lot to say. people like alicia keys and so many more, people are standing shoulder to shoulder and he has the world captivated. he said this has to stop. i'm not going to say any names, but you have to believe in love for this to happen. he was quite emotional at the moment. >> i had to be here tonight. i couldn't let those people win. [ cheers and applause ] >> so i will always stand for
love. i will never stand for anything other than that regardless of what anyone else says. i will only stand for love. i hope you all stand with me, so thank you. >> reporter: and in another moment, in that concert hall, inside wilson cruz, the openly gay puerto rican actor, smollett thanks cruz for being an inspiration to them. i caught up with cruz at the troubador after the concert. >> it's not about me. it's about that young man, after what he just went through, went up and did a show for all of us. that was unbelievable. that is who he is. he is the epitome of love. >> reporter: after he came on for an encore, smollett said now
is the time to be gayer, now is the time to be blacker. fred? >> thank you so much. outrage grows at a new york prison undergoing several days without power and heat. demonstrators are protesting at the federal prison in brooklyn this weekend calling the conditions there inhumane. workers describe the building as an icebox. polo sandoval is joining us live outside that federal prison. polo, what more about these power issues and have they been fixed? >> reporter: well, fred, part of that description that we've heard from some of the people who have had an opportunity to go inside and also from some of the employees there, that is certainly fuelling frustrations for demonstrators who, as you mentioned, are back here at this detention center in brooklyn. what's fairly remarkable from our vantage point, you're actually able to hear some of the prisoners, inmates, rather, tapping on the glass, clearly trying to get the attention of
many out here. as officials were saying, the bureau of prisons saying they expect this issue with the power in the west building of this complex to be fixed by tomorrow, but as you can imagine, not just the family and friends and other people who are out here are upset, obviously, not just for some of the inmates here but for some of the personnel inside. as we heard earlier from one employee, they've had to perform their duties in the dark wearing jackets and gloves and scarves for several days. here's what we can tell you about the background of what happened here. according to the federal bureau of prisons, there was a fire in one of the rooms that houses some of the electrical equipment. as a result, power to -- or at least partial power to one of the western buildings on the complex was cut off, and the result has been some of these electrical issues. the rest of the complex relatively unaffected. we are told those repairs have been done and now a work order has already been submitted to the utility company to, in
essence, restore power on monday, and as you very well know, it has been a very cold last few days here in the northeast, particularly here in new york, and that's why there are many people here hoping it gets fixed very soon. quick background on this. this houses at least 1,500 inmates. at least, that's the population at this location, a mix of people including some folks who still have pending criminal proceedings, some of whom have not even been convicted at this point. so, of course, you can imagine there is quite a bit of frustration here on the ground, but we are told today medical personnel are going cell to cell, checking on the inmates, and also some of those legal visits are allowed to happen right now, fred. >> and then, polo, how was it brought to anyone's attention that there was no heat, no power? >> reporter: well, we do understand, of course, that many of the people who know folks on the inside -- i'm going to step out for a second just so you can
see, fred. it's basically contingent of officials, elected and state officials who came in who have, to answer your question, been trying to put the word out about what's happening at this particular location. they have also turned to these officials to try to share the story of what's happening here. what we saw take place today and wrap up here is several federal and state lawmakers allowed inside to get a look firsthand and see if we can get a better idea of what's happening on the inside. i can tell you outside, as we hear the tapping on the windows, there are a lot of loved ones here who do care about this. one deputy dead, another hurt in a standoff in cincinnati. it started with a 911 call from a man who told a dispatcher he thought someone was in his home.
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cnn's jen bryngrass introduces us to the officers who went beyond the call of duty to find him. >> reporter: deep in the swath of these pine trees, among the thorns and briars, a little boy was found. >> it took some force to get him out. i actually had to pull him out of the vegetation. >> reporter: against all odds, three-year-old casey holloway was rescued, 15 hours after he went missing from his great-grandmoth great-grandmother's north carolina home. it was a tip that led captain shane greer to this very spot at the edge of the woods. >> that's when we heard him say "mama." >> clear as day? >> clear as day. >> reporter: greer is one of hundreds of responders who tirelessly searched for casey. >> casey was tired and cold efrcold, he was hungry.
>> i spoke to sheriff chip hughes. >> we started looking at the odds. what is the chance that a three-year-old child in the elements, with wildlife around, bears, that he can survive? when people showed up, you could see the look of determination. you know, casey belongs to all of us now. >> reporter: all the while, hughes promised casey's family he'd bring their boy home. >> that was a tall promise i made to this lady, and we were committed to stay to the end. >> reporter: and you kept that in your mind, it sounds like? >> exactly. when the rescue pulled up, the doors opened and i saw this 25-pound child, three-year-old there, with his eyes open, big brown eyes, it was tearjerking. this was when we made good on our promise. i would have stayed out there an entire year just to make that happen. >> reporter: casey's body temperature was low but he only had scratches.
he told his parents he befriended a bear. his family emotionally thanked law enforcement. >> we're very thankful that you took the time out to come search for casey and prayed for him. >> reporter: as for greer, he'll never forget that gratitude. he now keeps this picture in his office, a gift from casey's family of greer and the little boy he saved. >> i think everybody at some point in time was expecting a real bad ending for this, and for the ending to be so good, the little boy is home because of the efforts that everybody did here. >> reporter: a reminder of what he humbly calls a miracle. bryn bridgegrass, north carolina. we've got so much more straight ahead, and it all starts now. all right, hello, again, everyone, and thanks so much for joining me this super bowl sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield. the president is set to deliver his state of the union address in just two days, and
he's holding firm on his demand for the border wall, vowi ining stay the course for full wall funding. as the president spends the weekend at his mar-a-lago golf club, aides are-- democrats are hammering out a deal to avoid another government shutdown. the president calls it a waste of time and did not rule out another government shutdown. >> reporter: would you shut down the government again? >> we'll have to see what happens on february 15th. >> reporter: you're not taking it off the table? >> i don't take anything off the table. i don't like to take things off the table. it's the alternative, it's a national emergency, it's plenty of other things. it's a national emergency called when you need a wall, and anybody who thinks we don't is just playing