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all right, thank you again for joining me this sunday. new legal battle lines being drawn following the president's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. democrats vowing to fight the declaration in court and in congress. republicans remaining divided on the president's move to bypass congress to fund his border wall. but democrats say the president's national emergency is unconstitutional. today the president's supporters are arguing the declaration is needed to deal with the border crisis. >> what the president was saying is that like past presidents he could choose to ignore this crisis, choose to ignore this emergency as others have, but that's not what he's going to do. >> if they pass a resolution of disapproval, will the president veto that, which would be the first veto of his presidency? >> obviously the president is going to protect his national emergency declaration, chris? >> yes, he will veto? >> he will protect his national emergency declaration guaranteed. >> cnn white house reporter
sarah westwood is in west palm beach, florida, not far from where the president is spending the weekend. s sarah, it does appear to be signaling that the white house is ready to fight for this declaration. >> reporter: that's right, fred. the white house is maintaining that they're prepared to defend this national emergency declaration against challenges from capitol hill from the courts. white house officials maintain that the declaration was crafted over the past few weeks and months with these expected legal challenges in mind that they expected that they would have to defend this declaration from groups suing to challenge the constitutionality of the order. and obviously landowners along the southern border, they will be suing the administration to try to prevent the administration from using eminent domain to seize their lands to start building the physical barrier. and on capitol hill house democrats are already vowing to pursue a resolution of disapproval to try to stop the president from accessing federal
funds using this emergency declaration, and there could be some support for that kind of move in the senate. obviously there are republicans who have long expressed concerns about the idea of using a national emergency declaration, the kind of precedent that would set. and democrats of course have been opposed to the president building the wall by any means this entire time. now, we just heard steven miller hint that the president could use his veto power to try to stop that declaration, but there are other things congress can do. for example, the house judiciary committee already saying it plans to investigate the process that led up to this investigation. chairman nadler, a democratic saying he plans to hold hearings about this national emergency declaration. there are a lot of roadblocks facing the administration before they ever touch a dime of the $6 billion trump is trying to access with this declaration. >> with me now hillary clinton's former campaign manager and a cnn political commentator.
also with me is charlie dent, and a cnn political commentator. good to see both of you. so charlie, how much does the white house have to convince the nation, convince congress there is indeed a national emergency after making that declaration in order to get access to the money that they're hoping for? >> the president has a lot of persuading to do. he has to certainly persuade me. i was the guy who wrote the military appropriations bill before i left congress. and as far as i'm concerned this is clear and blatant and flagrant violation of the law. it's a slap in the face to congress. the only violation here is this constitutional crisis he's setting off. the president is essentially going to raid 25% of all military construction funds for this year. mexico is not paying for this wall. military families are. this is coming out of military housing, military schools, military hospitals and health
care. it's coming out of various projects. there's probably close to a billion dollars of projects just in the last year alone. >> and the president said these things don't seem that important. how did that strike you when the president said he looked over these things and these things don't seem that important? >> that's insulting the president would say such a horrible thing. in fact, these projects were requested by his pentagon, secretary mattis. they brought those to congress. the armed services committee scrubbed the list as did the appropriations committee on which i served. these are their priorities. now they're telling us they're not their priorities. i would demand those generals come before the appropriations committee and tell congress which of the projects requested are unimportant. they're all important to our military. >> so patty, the democrats now have or anyone in congress has 15 days in which to challenge this. the democrats have threatened do so. perhaps there may be a consensus in the house. do you believe there will be,
you know, a consensus in the senate? there are some very high profile senators who have said they don't like that the president has, you know -- has declared this emergency. >> oh, absolutely, i think there's going to be a legislative challenge. i think there's going to be a challenge in the court from the states, from groups, from landowners on the border. here's the deal -- there is no national -- >> there's already three lawsuits like that. >> right. here's the deal, there is no national emergency, fred. this is one big giant con job from a renowned con artist. i mean, let's look at the facts. first and foremost we're add historic lows of illegal crossings into the u.s. crime rates, statistic after statistic shows that crime rates of undocumented immigrants is far lower than that of native born americans. and the illegal drugs that come into this country, 90% of it
comes from point of entry, fred. so the fact that we -- >> the president was challenging that from the rose garden. he said he doesn't even buy the numbers from the homeland security, which essentially substantiate those claims. >> it's his own homeland security that he is questioning, fred. so if -- bottom line is by his own admission he didn't have to do this and by definition if you don't have to do it, it's not an emergency. >> here was senator shared brown on the "state of the union" this morning. listen to what he had to say. >> he got turned down by congress and went ahead and did it. that's why you see so many republicans saying don't do this. republicans are afraid he's going to take the money from somewhere else in something they care about. but fundamentally they think it's a president who failed, who hates to lose is acting childish and violating the constitution. republican after republican is telling us that privately.
we will have a vote on this likely in the next twoe weeks, see if those republicans will have a backbone they generally haven't shown standing up to the president in the past. i take them at their word they'll stand up to him. >> and charlie, what do you believe the vote on this resolution will reveal? >> well, i'm certain that the resolution will likely pass the house and probably the senate. the only question is by how many votes, and do you get a two-thirds majority. i just can't imagine republican members of the armed services committee or the appropriations committee can take this lying down. this is just too big of a deal as far as i'm concerned. this fundamentally alters the relationship between the president and the congress. the congress, you know, has to authorize or has to approve these type of transfers. if the president is going to run rough shot over them, it will really damage the ability of the administration to get things done they need. they need a cooperative and
flexible relationship with thuappropriations committee because sometimes you do have to have some flexibility to move some money. but all goodwill be gone, so i really think this is really going to setoff a bit of a constitutional crisis. and by the way, this is also going to delay and maybe kill some of those military construction projects because they're going to be tied up in court for a long time so the money won't be able to be spent. >> and patty, what do you make of steven miller who made the argument when he was on fox today in which he said, bottom line, this is the president defending the country, therefore it should be treated as emergency declaration should be treated just like the other 58 before him since 1976 involving other presidents, even though most of them involved, you know, issues relating to foreign countries, yemen, sudan, et cetera. and of course a high profile domestic one, post 9/11. what about his argument this is about defending and protecting this country? >> look, i think -- obviously i
do not agree with steven miller. there is no emergency at the border. democrats and the bill that passed clearly had money for border security. the issue is the wall in and of itself. experts after experts have said this is an inefficient, ineffective very expensive way to treat border security, number one. number two what really this is a way for the president to come and make good on a campaign promise he made in 2016. the problem was the actual promise was he was going to build this great big beautiful wall and that mexico was going to pay for it, not the american taxpayer. >> and now charlie, you heard the president from the rose garden, and now the trump-pence re-election campaign is using this moment to say we need your donations, we need to bring
another $2 billion to complete or to construct this wall. and they're asking for donations from people. how does that sit with you that, you know, this is now part of the re-election campaign? we want your money, money to go toward the wall? >> well, i'm really not surprised or shocked they're politicizing this issue in this way. what they're really doing, though, is jeopardizing military readiness and preparedness on the backs of military families. by the way, fred, what steven miller said this morning. if the president's going to declare an emergency, well then the remedy, in this case, a wall must address the underlying emergency. and i can make a very strong case that it will take too long to build a wall and by the way building a wall probably won't address the issue of poor migrants coming to legal ports of entry. of course we need more personnel and protection on the border,
but this is the wrong way to go about it, and we're going to be hearing this ad nauseam. so the border wall likely be a big topic of discussion when senator amy klobuchar holds a town hall event in new hampshire. that's tomorrow airing at 10:00 eastern time monday only on cnn. up next, president trump's pick for a u.n. ambassador bows out of the running. why heather nauert is stepping down, and what the president is saying about that. plus venezuela is gripped in what senator marco rubio called a man made crisis of epic proportions. what else he's saying about that and the latest efforts to deliver u.s. aid to that country. [boy gasps] for real cold and flu protection with lysol, you can help protect them from a real cold.
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heather nauert's bid to be the next ambassador to the u.n. nominated by trump to replace nikki haley, nauert who was once a "fox & friends" host and most recently a spokesperson for the u.s. state department is withdrawing on the heels of the news trump tweeted today. quoting now, democrats in the senate are still slow walking hundreds of qualified, highly qualified people wanting to come into government. never been such an abuse in our country's history. mitch should not let senate go home until all our approved. we need our ambassadors and all others now. i want to bring in cnn's senior diplomatic correspondent michelle kaczynski. this is interesting because he is making a blanket statement about the nomination process. but while he made it public he wanted nauert to be the u.n. ambassador that nomination had not been sent yet to the u.s. senate, had it? >> right, and senate democrats
denied they're slow walking a lot of these people. in fact, the white house has been very slow to go through the process and send the nominations along with the paperwork to the senate. so when we talked to our sources on the hill, they say, well, it's strange for example, that nauert's paperwork hasn't shown up yet, her formal nomination was never submitted. but the reason they didn't think it was so unusual because they told us there were so many other nominees whose paperwork had not yet been sent. so they dispute that. in nauert's case it's come out according to sources close to cnn, keep in mind she wasn't only spokesperson. she eventually became acting under-secretary for public diplomacy. so in one year's time she went from being a fox news anchor to the number four person at the state department. it didn't come up in that vetting that she had hired a
foreign nanny years ago who was legal to be in the united states according to the sources, but not legal to work. only now in this process according to sources she brought up the issue. she acknowledged to investigators that she had not been paying the proper taxes on the nanny, that the nanny wasn't paying taxes. but in the end realized according to these sources she realized it was going to be too tough to get through confirmation. and she put out a statement last night saying the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that i withdraw my name from consideration. however, i will say multiple sources have told cnn that in actuality there were multiple issues surrounding her nomination that would have made it tough to get through the confirmation process, frederica. >> so will she remain as a spokesperson, sore does that job
change, too, now that there was an admission about the tax issues, the nanny issues, legalities about working and all that? >> yeah, apparently there is something about this that is so tricky and so difficult for her that made her feel she can no longer stay in the position even of spokesperson for the state department. so we don't know the inner workings of who has decided that this issue is so big among other issues that she's not going to stay on at state at all, but apparently she's leaving. and it's unclear at this point who will be the next spokesperson or under-secretary of state for public diplomacy or u.s. ambassador to the u.n., frederica. >> lots of openings. all right, michelle, thank you so much. >> sure. all right, a new u.s. military assessment says thousands of isis fighters have likely fled syria into neighborering iraq. so what did they possibly take
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click, call, or visit a store today. there are new concerns from the front lines in the battle against isis. military officials now believe thousands of isis fighters in eastern syria may have already fled and possibly taken hundreds of millions of dollars with them. here's cnn's barbara starr in iraq. >> reporter: perhaps more than 1,000 isis fighters have fled syria in the last six months of fighting into the western deserts and mountains of iraq, and they may have $200 million
in cash with them to finance future operations. all of that according to the latest u.s. assessment. all of this comes as the u.s. backed syrian fighters with u.s. assistance are struggling to take the last isis strong hold in syria. the big concern now is there may be hundreds if not thousands of civilians in the area, many of them perhaps being held by isis. the top u.s. general tonight in baghdad talking about how little the u.s. may be able to predict when that last stronghold is taken. >> it's an active battle. i mean they could capitulate while we're sitting here or it could be several days. there's a lot of fog and friction on the battlefield. we were moving at a pretty good clip three or four days ago and the amount of displaced civilians starting to commute orb civilians trying to
infiltrate or exfiltrate with families. >> reporter: the top commander here says that sdf, the syrian democratic forces that the u.s. has been backing will have to make some key decisions. the u.s. is willing to continue providing weapons and aide, but that may only last so long if the sdf decides it's only option is to now align itself with the assad regime. >> so we are in syria because of the threat to iraq. they're our partners in syria to fight isis. once that relationship is severed because they go back to the regime, which we don't have a relationship with, the russians we don't have a relationship with, when that happens we'll no longer be partners with them. >> now the u.s. is pulling its
troops out of syria the sdf may have few options. they cannot align themselves with the turks, their enemies, of course. and if they go with the assad regime for protection the u.s. will cut relations with them because the u.s. cannot legally do business with assad. barbara starr, cnn, baghdad. >> and president trump heading to miami tomorrow where he'll address the ongoing crisis in venezuela. trump will give the speech in sweetwater, an area heavily populated by venezuelans. right now more american aid is now sitting on the venezuelan border with columbia after being airlifted there over the weekend. also there, florida senator marco rubio who was greeted by cheering crowds. here's what he said a short time ago. >> what is happening here today, what is happening in venezuela is a man made crisis of epic proportions, not caused by a natural disaster but by a man made one. a criminal regime that is
willing to starve and kill its own people before it gives up power. >> cnn's nick valencia is back from the border where he was on one of those u.s. aide flights. so what happens next with the aids sitting on that border. >> that is exactly the big question, how this aid will get it in. hospitals are struggling to provide basic services. they're struggling to stay open at this point. venezuela now, the displacement of people, one of the largest displacements of people in the history of latin america, which is why the u.s. says they are acting now. and we were on that trip yesterday with state department officials as well as department of defense and usaid. this is what we saw. it isn't just a mission to deliver basic goods. it's a mission to deliver hope. over the weekend three planes carrying 66 metric tons of humanitarian relief made its way to the venezuelan border with
columbia. >> these are just the basic necessities. >> reporter: state department official julie chung helped lead the mission to assist the millions impacted by what she called a man made crisis created by venezuelan president nicolas maduro. >> the only thing stopping us is the maduro regime. we've seen them block the bridges, block the roads and it's an abomination to stop basic goods and aid for your people. >> reporter: is there anything to stop him, that this perhaps could be seen as further politicizing a crisis. >> if anyone's politicizing a crisis it's maduro. >> reporter: a representative of self-declared interim president juan guaido joined u.s. officials on the trip to the border. i asked him if this is the year venezuela will turn the corner. he said he thinks it'll happen
in a matter of weeks. this is the second shipment of humanitarian aid sent by the u.s. government to help venezuela in the last two weeks. they say it's part of their commitment to interim president juan guaido. and inside these pallets they say is enough to feed 325,000 children and up to 25,000 adults. the humanitarian convoy was greeted by the director, mark green. >> the crisis venezuelans are fleeing is man made. >> reporter: in a matter of minutes the supplies were off-loaded and driven to this warehouse in columbia, positioned only a few hundred yards from venezuela. the question now with the border closed and maduro's regime showing no sign of backing down, how to get the supplies to the people who need it most. ultimately it will be up to the venezuelan military on whether or not they will allow that u.s. led aid into the country. representatives for interim president juan guaido, they're
optimistic. they believe they say the military will do the right thing, the moral thing and allow this aid in to help the people of ven waila. the concern is that this involvement from the u.s. in repeat weeks and months could do something to provoke an already unpredictable venezuelan president in nicolas maduro to do something drastic. >> thank you so much. let me bring in brett bruin, a former diplomat that served in venezuela and also director of engagement in the obama white house. is it your opinion that the u.s. could push out maduro, and if so what are your concerns ? >> it was interesting julie chung was in that piece you just aired. i think what is interesting about the venezuelan situation is this isn't new. america, the world may just be
paying attention. but back then over 15 years ago venezuela was refusing international aid. it was not recognizing the problems that were starting to take hold in society, and i think this is the reason why maduro is in such a tough spot. the economy's collapsed. the health situation's gone downhill, and his last hold on power really is the military, and that's a pretty precarious one. >> and of course once the military or if the military were to i guess lose hope or faith in maduro and instead, you know, choose sides with guaido, then is that maduro's demise or do you see that potentially as how things could change? >> i think the likeliest scenario for this situation in venezuela is for border guards to just start crossing over to the columbian side, to the brazilian side. if they're offered the right incentives i think will choose a future for themselves, for their families, and then slowly
steadily, that erosion of support will creep towards caracas. and i think that's the way that maduro is most likely going to lose his grip on power. right now he's got a firm grip on the generals. the midranks, the military is much more tenuous. >> how influential is the u.s.? the u.s. has backed guaido calling maduro's reign an illegitimate outcome from this election. so does the u.s. have any influence here? >> it does. but i think it needs to play its cards very carefully. and i give the trump administration mixed marks on this score. on the one hand i think they've taken a lot of the right steps. they've cut off maduro's access to the finances of the oil sold here principally within the united states. they've also recognized guaido,
they've built an international coalition. what concerns me is the rhetoric coming from the white house has been a little bit too bellicose. this is not something that will play well either in caracas or other capitals around latin america, which we need to force maduro from power. >> so you recently, you know, said that russia is using the same disruptive play book in venezuela that it did in syria. what do you mean by that? >> well, russia has seen in venezuela an opportunity, one where it can meddle not only with the united states but with the whole hemisphere. and what we are seeing from russia, they've sent hundreds of mercenaries to secure maduro's position on power. they have provided desperately needed financing. they've offered over $45 billion in loans to the maduro regime. so all of this is an important lifeline especially as the other access to support to
international recognition has dried up. and the last point i would just make is they have been a critical piece in the propaganda machine, arguing that this is a power grab by washington. >> brett bruin, thank you so much for your time and expertise. appreciate it. >> good to be with you. we're going to talk about the nfl coming up. colin kaepernick has not played football in the nfl in two years, but that just might be changing. why his lawyer now says the controversial quarterback could find a new team at any day now. new lysol wipes are crazy strong. don't believe us? we got this workout class to compare them to clorox. wow! feel the strength of new lysol wipes. dude! are you looking at this? can i take those? no. lysol. what it takes to protect.®
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weighing his options now that he has reached a settlement with the league. kaepernick accused team owners of colluding against signing him because he protested against racial inequalities by kneeling during the national anthem. cnn's andy scholes is covering the story from charlotte. >> kaepernick has not played in the nfl since the 2016 season, but his attorney says kaepernick is in incredible shape. he's ready to play in the nfl right now. geragos came on cnn just last night and said now that kaepernick's collusion grievance has been settled with the nfl he predicts kaepernick will be signed by a team any day now. >> i think you're going to see -- i'll make the bold prediction. you can save the tape. i think you're going to see in the next two weeks someone is going to step up. besides the panthers, it would not surprise me if bob kraft makes a move. that would not surprise me. and it would not surprise me if
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family and friends are grieving the loss of five people killed in a workplace shooting in the chicago suburbs. and today loves ones are paying their respects in front of wood crosses that stand outside the henry company building in aurora, illinois, an employee who was being terminated opened fired on his colleagues. the man who built those memorial crosses is local carpenter, but for him the shooting doesn't
just hit close to home, it is home. here's cnn's scott mcclain. >> reporter: for more than two decades 68-year-old greg zanes has been hand making and hand delivering comfort to grieving families across america. it's a big job that takes a lot of lumber, a lot of paint and countless nights inside of his truck. >> i'm the kind of guy that falls asleep real easy. >> reporter: it's not comfortable but neither is the task at hand. >> most people don't want to think about these shootings until they happen on their doorsteps, but you live it 365. why? >> because i feel it's making a difference. >> reporter: he's placed his wood wooden crosses at comcolumbine, sandy hook, las vegas, parkland, florida, and that's barely scratching the surface.
in total -- >> 26,579. you have no idea what i've seen in this country. >> reporter: he's seen america at its worst yet still believes in its best. >> we're in a country that's so full of hope. >> reporter: in every place he hears people say they never thought it could happen here. even he believed that until friday. >> i feel so dumb that i wasn't even thinking it could happen here. i should have thought it could happen here. >> reporter: just three miles from his home in aurora, illinois, a man opened fire on his colleagues after learning he'd been let go. five people were killed. the next day he left five crosses bearing their names. >> my heart rate was going up because i can't believe i'm standing on the ground here of my town doing this, my town. you know, it's like a nightmare. >> reporter: following each tragedy zanes takes comfort in the fact he can get in his truck
and leave. >> i put on like i'm strong, like i'm carrying the whole weight of the world on my shoulders because i know i'm going to be in and out. >> reporter: just not this time. >> that's why i'm having such a hard time living here because i'm not moving in and out. >> reporter: this >> reporter: and they have closed off this entire block for this vigil to the five victims. one a student intern at this company. it was his very first day on the job. they are here to pray, and they are likely here to wonder why this happened. that is a question that greg zannis has had a lot of time to consider as he drives from tragedy to tragedy. he doesn't think that guns are the problem in this country. he thinks it is a lack of love for the perpetrators before they commit these crimes and a lack of god many american society that's becoming more and more secular. >> so scott, the suspect is
dead, but where is the investigation? >> reporter: yeah, so we heard from the company's ceo yesterday, who confirmed that he was, in fact, fired for multiple violations, that he didn't get into detail on. he said that guns are not allowed in the building, but there's also no security protocols to keep them out. it did do a background check on the suspect. it did not, though, bring up his felony conviction. that's the conviction that should have prevented this suspect from ever owning a gun. he was sent a letter in 2014 by police asking him to turn it in. the problem, though, is that neither the state police nor the local police ever followed up on it to make sure that that weapon was actually seized. >> all right. scott mclean, thank you so much. and we'll be right back. ♪
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cnn has uncovered another kremlin-funded operation that's using facebook to reach social media savvy americans. facebook took a lot of heat for failing to prevent itself from being used as a russian tool in the 2016 election interference, but as cnn's drew griffin explains, today you can still see slick videos you would never know are paid for by the russian government. >> reporter: the messages are slick, filled with graphics aimed at young, left-leaning americans getting news from social media. and the videos have been viewed tens of millions of times with messages like this. >> it's pretty amazing that the same country that spent two years screaming about alleged russian election meddling in 2016 is now applauding u.s. meddling in venezuela. >> reporter: but what people watching these videos may not realize is that the russian government is paying for this.
soap box, wasted, back then are three new facebook pages and all part of a growing brand of russian-backed influence campaigns, according to brett schafer. >> this is clearly targeted at left-leaning millennials who are going to be engaging in digital content. the production value is high. most of this looks like it could have come from vice or buzzfeed. >> yet it is state funded. >> it's definitely state funded. you can pull the german registration data. >> reporter: we did. the facebook pages are all run by a berlin company that's mostly owned by a subsidiary of rt, funded by the russian government. rt is considered the kremlin's principle international propaganda outlet, according to this report by the u.s. director of national intelligence. the report called rt part of the propaganda machine that contributed to the influence campaign of the 2016 election. but the slick new facebook pages
aren't required to mention their russian government funding. >> it should be clearly labeled. people engaging with those accounts or who are watching these videos have no idea where this information is coming from. so they don't have the information as consumers to be able to judge it fairly and accurately. >> if it's true that putin is trump's puppet master, well, then putin is really bad at it. >> reporter: cnn spoke to an american who hosts maffick media's soap box. she says no one in the russian government tells her how or what to think. >> i can choose my own topics, write my own scripts, and produce my own content without input from anybody else. >> reporter: the chief operating officer, also american, answered cnn questions from berlin, germany, maffick's base. when cnn pointed out much of the content seemed to be aligned
with much of the propaganda out of the kremlin, she had this response. >> if i oppose a u.s. war, does that mean i'm automatically accused of being aligned with the kremlin? with this russia hysteria, i feel like this is a very, very dangerous mccarthyist tactic to start saying leftist views are just the kremlin government's talking points. >> reporter: the three new facebook pages have 30 million views in less than six months. as to why none of those videos are labelling with a russian government connection, they say the audience just doesn't care. >> the general audience is never interested in these things. the standard practice is to simply not mention them because the audience is not interested. >> reporter: while ma if, fick runs its business from berlin, cnn has learned the company hired up to a dozen americans, some working out of a we-work rental office in los angeles. they're contracted, not directly employed, according to maffic, to avoid labor and tax issues.
drew griffin, cnn, washington. >> facebook suspended the pages friday after cnn asked about them, saying the pages need to disclose their affiliation with their parent company in order to get back on the platform. the company also released a statement following cnn's reporting, saying in part, quote, people connecting with pages shouldn't be misled about who's behind them. just as we've stepped up our enforcement of coordinated inauthentic behavior and financially motivated spam over the past year, we'll continue improving so people can get more information about the pages they follow, end quote. hello again, everyone. thank you so much for being with me this sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield. we begin with a startling new report wion the attack on