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video. officer the white house infrastructure meeting, making the round on social media, we want to show the altered clip next to the real, unedited clip. and you can see that the altered one on the right that you're about to watch has been slowed down. >> and then he had a press conference in the rose garden with all this -- sort of visuals that obviously were planned long before. and then he had a press conference in the rose garden with all this sort of visuals that obviously were planned long before. >> again, that second clip was not the unedited clip. it was slowed down, and it was
posted by the conservative facebook page politics watchdog, it was retweeted by the president's personal attorney, rudy giuliani, giuliani later deleted his tweet while say figure pelosi wants an apology she should offer one to the president for saying he's needs an intervention. white house correspondent boris sanchez is in tokyo. the war of words has escalated to altered videos. what is the strategy here? >> reporter: that's right. president trump counter punching. he's aggressively going after house speaker nancy pelosi after a few days ago she alleged the president is taking part in a cover-up over his actions. one source close to the president said that he's very frustrated. he believes that democrats are trying to ruin his life and hurt his family. of course, the president has also called democrats obstructionists before departing for tokyo. he said that he believed that house speaker pelosi was bad for the country. keep in mind it was president
trump who dropped infrastructure talks because democrats are continuing their investigations into him. the president is now leaving the political battles of washington heading to a warm reception with shinzo abe. the two have plenty to discuss on trade and security on. trade, president trump wants to open up japanese agricultural markets for american businesspeople. and on the flip side, shinzo abe wants the president to stay away from his talk of tariffs on japanese auto parts and electronics. and on security, obviously both men with a lot in common with aggression and rising chinese influence in the region. keep in mind shinzo abe has an election in july. he really wants to show the japanese people that no one handles president trump better than he does. obviously this is a crucial relationship for japan. so having president trump here attending a sumo match and playing golf together as they often do certainly plays into his favor. >> okay, boris sanchez, thank you. ash dossey is a white house
reporter for the "washington post" and a cnn political analyst. i want to go back to that doctored video because the president was asked about these videos of nancy pelosi just before he left for his trip to japan. he deflected tell you about the video -- saying i can't tell you about the video, even though he tweeted and at one point pinned one of the videos. talking about the fallout, youtube has taken them down, facebook has demoted the videos. these might be fake, but the impact is real, and the president knows it. >> reporter: the president has a microphone like no other on twitter. not only do his tweets get millions of views, they often are written up in stories, get highlighted on television. they get passed around the web. i haven't talked to the president about this, but i talked to rudy giuliani, the president's lawyer, who shared one of the videos. he said he did not realize it was doctored at first and then was told later it was doctored, and he took it down. he said he felt that others also did not realize that. i'm not sure if that's the case or not. that's what rudy giuliani says.
he's still continuing to say that he thinks her speech pattern is getting worse. and it seems to be this ratcheting up of attacks from trump allies and kind of going to a delicate spot to accuse nancy pelosi of something that frankly the video shows is false. >> apparently this week was the moment pelosi really got under the president's skin in their meeting that was supposed to be about infrastructure. pelosi characterized trump's behavior as a temper tantrum, which led to trump doing this -- >> what was my temperament yesterday? >> very calm. no temper tantrum. >> what was my attitude when i walked in? did i scream? >> no. you were very calm, and you were very direct. >> what was my attitude yesterday at the meeting? >> kelly answered that you were very calm. >> what was my tone at the meeting? >> very calm. i've seen both, and this was definitely not angry or ranting. >> josh, your take on that spectacle.
>> it was certainly something to have five white house aides in the room to validate the president who says he did not have a temper tantrum. obviously i wonder if he would have, would they have said it on television. hard to believe they would have. that said, it's clear that this narrative of the president's raging and fuming to democratic leaders is really annoying him. you know, repeatedly he's tweeted about it, he's had a staff validate him publicly. rudy giuliani and others are saying that it's just beneath nancy pelosi to make attacks that say he's incompetent or erratic. but if you took pelosi's folks which i have for a story we're working on, they say essentially he does things that don't make sense. he behaves in -- in unusual ways. unorthodox ways, in ways that veer and careen from one side to the other. and that she calls it as she sees it. so it's an escalation of words that certainly is getting worse and worse by the day, not better. >> and josh, before you go, i
want to pivot to the disaster relief bill because a lot of people expected this to be a moment of bipartisanship to sort of sail into the holiday weekend. and yet, this bill failed in the house or at least has been postponed at this point. it's not a done deal after a texas republican objected to the way they were going to go about the vote which was going to be able to kind of unanimously pass it without having to physically be there to take the vote. he's saying, you know, this didn't have money for the border wall. pelosi called it political cynicism and a last-minute sabotage. is this just a preview of the rest of this legislative year? >> well, it seems that way. to be clear, most of the republicans here including the white house wanted this to pass even though they've derided it for not having border money, for having too much spending in their minds on puerto rico. some of the folks in the white house were queasy but wanted this to be over, they were feeling pressure from states president trump won.
from alabama, georgia, lawmakers there. the president eventually decided he'd be willing to go forward with it without the border money that he sought and without cuts to puerto rico. and people thought the episode was kind of done. and obviously it's now not. the texas republican has stopped the bill. he says it's loaded with pork money spending that the government should not spend, and we're going to go back into this fight again after the recess in june. goes another week without the disaster money obviously going to places that need it. so for the president and the white house, this is kind of unfortunate. it's usually we see republicans fall in line with the president and vote how he tells them to vote, vote how he wants them to vote with rare exceptions. here one congressman stalled on a project because he won't go along. >> josh, as always, thank you. president trump had said it was time to move on from the mueller investigation. he's now pushing for an investigation into how the whole thing got started and allowing his attorney general to declassify intelligence material.
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i won it easily. 306-223. i won it pretty easily, and i'll tell you what, this is all about what happened and when did it happen. this was an attempted takedown of the president of the united states. let me just tell you, it is not payback. i don't care about payback. i think it's very important for our country to find out what happened. >> the memorandum went to these trump top officials -- the top trump officials, including the directors of national intelligence and the cia. there are three ongoing reviews investigating the investigators of the russia probe. you have barr's investigation, john hubers who was asked by barr's predecessor, jeff sessions, to look into fbi misconduct. and there's an internal review by the justice department's inspector general. harry litman is here, he was former deputy attorney general. do you have concerns about the declassification of this information? >> yeah, i really do. it's not just significant
authority, it's unilateral, absolute authority. the attorney general can do whatever he wants selectively. there are two big problems. the first is it runs roughshod over the intelligence agencies and changes the normal dynamic. and of course, that also sends a perhaps chilling signal to anyone who would be sharing information with us in the future. and the second concern is it really does seem based on the track record to date that it's at the service of a political narrative and agenda of the president and not overall national security information. so we might have a dribbling out of information that somehow supports this witch hunt narrative which i think is bogus. setting that aside, it's not meant to give a full account. both things i think are matters of really significant concern. >> you have the president in the white house on one hand stonewalling on everything from documents to testimony that
democrats want for their investigations. and yet calling for complete transparency here. how do you square it? >> well, yeah, you know, irony is one way you could put it. political hypocrisy is another. it's really true. and both are remarkable. the barr order, remarkable in terms of the complete up ending of the normal relationship for how you declassify things. and the degree of stonewalling. if you compare with other crises, iran-contra, watergate, et cetera, also basically unprecedented. you know, complete attempt to starve congress of any information. we're in a fix. >> i'm putting aside the national security concerns you brought up about informants working with intelligence officials and being able to do the jobs that they've been asked to do. given the criticism of barr's handling of the mueller report and subsequent testimony that he gave before congress, will you take his conclusions into the
genesis of the russia probe and what he chooses to declassify at face value? >> you know, i would have many months ago, but i don't think you can anymore. the sort of exhibit one is this characterization of the mueller report before it was published which was just not simply false but not credible. so now, i think there's a real concern that it will all be selective and slanted in order to tell a political story, and that's, you know, wrong-headed in a number of ways. it's -- that part also, a big worry. >> we're still waiting to see when and if robert mueller will testify. his team is reportedly telling house judiciary chairman jerry nadler that mueller wants to testify in private, not public because of the political implications of public testimony, the potential spectacle it could be. should robert mueller have to testify publicly? >> it's the better move. look, you understand his reticence, heical spectacle
and these almost silly grandstanding five-minute sessions. but look, he has this really important job of figuring out what happened and communicating it forcefully to the american people. and he's shown reticence basically ever since the report has come out. and when we really, i think the american people really need a kind of strong voice about just what he found. so should he have to, you know, i think it would really serve the country well if he did. >> could democrats force him to testify publicly? >> i think the short answer is no. i mean, there are -- do they have the raw power perhaps? if you really think about the dynamic, the nature of the order of hailing him in and making him stay, i just don't think it flies. so if he insists on -- by the way, what he proposes to do is make a long opening statement
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like her up. she's a good woman. she worked very hard. she's very strong. she decided to do something that some people were surprised at, some people weren't. it's for the good of her country. but i like her very much, in fact, i'll be seeing her in two weeks. >> cnn business anchor julia chatterly is joining us now. julia, the next prime minister still has to figure out what to do for brexit. is this an impossible problem for anyone to solve? >> well, three years and counting. it's been pretty impossible so far. as you said, and as theresa may said there, she failed. she was taking ownership of that. it's interesting that she's going to meet president trump in a couple of weeks time because he once said to her, look, don't even negotiate with the e.u. sue them. that might be a strategy at this stage. you raised a great point. nothing under than the leadership is going to change here. parliament still divided. people still bitterly divided. and the e.u.'s going to take a firm stance. no one knows how to fix this. it's going to take us a couple
of months to find a new leader. we're going to get back after the summer recess with parliament coming back here. we could have six weeks before that october 31st deadline to make a decision. something tells me it could be a pretty scary halloween in the u.k. this year. >> what do you think this means for the president's upcoming visit to the u.k.? >> by all accounts, he tears more about meeting the queen than he ever did about meeting the prime minister here. so -- and she's a lame duck. i mean, she's kind of irrelevant to the future negotiations. the united states isn't. a trade deal with the united states after brexit, critical. that's going to be down to whoever leads the u.k. going forward. >> and do we have any idea who that may be? >> we do, i could throw names at you. the commond denominator is they're going to be far tougher, leaving brexit without a deal if necessary. i think that's the big fear now is that what we're heading toward is -- is a few months of fireworks and really are battles perhaps with the european union, greater than we've seen so far. >> that's what i was thinking
about. it's been battle after battle after battle already, here we go. >> you've seen it get worse. >> julia, you heard it here first. i appreciate it. thank you. speaking of the president's u.k. trip, we're just getting some news now about prince harry and plans to see him. and a traffic jam on the top of mt. everest. conditions up there are getting so crowded, at least two people have died. hurry into sam's club
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members of jayme closs are confronting the man who kidnapped the teen and killed her parents. jake patterson will be sentenced this afternoon after pleading guilty in a crime that gripped the nation. patterson admitted to gunning down closs' parents in their wisconsin home in october and driving away with the 13-year-old girl in the trunk of his car, setting off a massive search. in january, closs escaped from patterson's remote cabin which was about 65 miles from where she was taken. cnn's jean casarez is outside the courtroom in barron county, wisconsin. jean, this is a very emotional ending to this story. what are you hearing so far in court? >> reporter: well, and the judge said that, the hearing has already begun. the judge began by saying this is going to be an extremely emotional hearing. they are on the third victim impact statement already. the first one, one of the aunts of jayme closs who said she woke up in october to the words that her brother was gone and jayme,
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welcome back. this afternoon there are concerns that overcrowding on mt. everest may be to blame for at least two deaths. both climbers reached mt. everest's summit but died on their way down after getting stuck in a traffic jam of people who were waiting to summit the world's highest mountain. one climber's chilling photo shows the line of people waiting on an exposed ridge. he estimates there were 320 people in that line. officials for nepal's tourism department called suggestions that a traffic jam contributed to the deaths baseless. jim davidson has summitted mt. everest. he has 37 years of experience as a high-altitude climber. jim, do you agree that the connection between these deaths and the overcrowding is baseless? >> i would say that the crowding
causes acceleration of other factors. but people don't die of overcrowding or slowness. when things go a little wrong, the overcrowding does make things more conflicted up high. >> is a traffic jam on mt. everest normal? >> sadly it's becoming more frequent. 20 years ago, no, it wasn't normal. these days it is more common. and when we have a bad weather day it really compresses everyone into the same day. and then that kind of overcrowding and traffic jam is a normal occurrence, unfortunately. >> why has it become more of a normal occurrence when it didn't used to be? >> well, there's more people going to the mountain now. people from all over the world. and mt. everest is an amazing place. it inspires people to go there. unfortunately, we all wind up there at the same time because of the annual weather cycle, and if we have rough weather in may, everyone's going for the summit on the same days. it's almost like everyone trying to go to the beach right on a national holiday. we're all there at once, unfortunately, and get in each other's way. >> i've read the back "into thin air." i climbed mt. hood.
that's my experience and understanding. you have had to do mountain rescues before. given your experience of how this works, talk about the challenges of trying to help somebody when suddenly things go wrong. they need help, on a mountain like mt. everest. >> yeah. i've been a rescuer with a number of teams. it's always very challenging because it's cold and distant and high. mt. everest is the most distant and the highest of all. it's very difficult to even take care of yourself and check in with your teammates, let alone to take on the extra work of actually rescuing somebody. they used to say until ten years ago that needing a rescue high on mt. everest was like being on the dark side of the moon. these days with better communication and equipment, sometimes we can get people down. but it's still extremely difficult and extremely dangerous for everyone around you. >> there's debate that everest has perhaps become over commercialized. that if you have enough means, you can pay for a guided expedition to climb it, giving access to people who maybe
aren't well prepared. what's your take on that? >> yeah, i've heard those stories, too. and you know, you do have to prepare very well. it has become more popular here in the states and overseas. and sometimes it lures people in who aren't quite ready. and i think we all need to work together, the clients and the guides and the commercial companies and the nepali guiding companies and people saying let's make sure people are truly prepared. there's no one thing to make it happen, but we can do several things to prepare people and screen them and cooperate together because it is a dangerous spot. and we're all mushed in together on those few precious summit days. >> all right, jim davidson, i appreciate your insight this. thank you. >> you're welcome. president trump defending his attack on nancy pelosi, and the latest response from facebook about a doctored video used to question speaker pelosi's mental state. why the company says it will stay up. last year, the department of veteran's affairs partnered with t-mobile for business, to help care for veterans everywhere. with va video connect, powered by t-mobile,
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a family roll eer skating tp turned into an emergency when a teenage girl collapsed on the rink. fortunately, local police were there in minutes and went beyond the call of duty to save her life. cnn's athena jones shares their story. >> i'm, like, nervous. >> reporter: 15-year-old victoria is nervous because the last time she came to skate at his new jersey roller rink, she nearly died of a heart attack. ♪ it was a friday night like this one when the high school freshman born with a heart condition came to the rink with her father. within minutes of lacing up, she was in crisis. she had fallen and was unconscious. >> i rolled her onto her back
and i tried to revive her, and i'm saying, victoria, victoria, right, and she's not responding. i couldn't find the pulse. and then when i realized that her heart had stopped, that's when the police showed up. >> reporter: luckily, several jackson police officers were just a mile away in a church parking lot when the call came in. and they weren't just cpr trained, which is standard. >> we have -- >> reporter: they also had a defibrillator with them which is not standard in police departments across the country. >> no one thought it was going to be a heart attack or anything like that. when we arrived there, she was, you know, blue. we didn't want to waste any time knowing she needed cpr. >> we shocked the patient. after the first, we had a pulse back for a short while, after a minute, after i believe maybe two minutes, we got another shock rhythm, we were able to shock her two more times before
we got a steady pulse back. it felt like forever. yeah. >> reporter: victoria was eventually transported to the children's hospital of philadelphia where she spent 26 days. >> we talked to the doctors there. they said that because the police officers performed the cpr perfectly, like, not just good, perfectly, that saved me. >> reporter: how do you feel having had your life saved by the intervention of these officers? >> it's pretty amazing. kind of feels like a send chance to really, like, even finish high school. i mean, i'm only a freshman. hi. >> hi. >> nice to see you again. >> good to see you. >> hi. >> hey. i'll hug this one. >> reporter: victoria's dad credits god and the officers for saving her life. >> the fact that they were able to use that defibrillator, get her own heart working was crucial in providing the brain with the oxygen. >> you know, when you really think of your life. >> reporter: as for victoria -- >> on friday there's a dance.
>> reporter: after she's looking forward to getting back to normal and more skating with her dad. athena jones, cnn, jackson, new jersey. just a quick programming note for you, cnn presents a comedy special this weekend that's bigger than both sides, colin quinn red state blue state, the original series, premieres on memorial day at 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. just about the top of the hour now, i'm ana cabrera in for brooke baldwin. tensions with iran are provoking new pentagon action today. the president will authorize the deployment of 1,500 troops to the middle east. f the president tells reporters the placement is really mostly protect if as the administration continues to receive intel that existing u.s. forces in the region could be targeted. >> well, i think it's going to be very good in the middle east. iran has been, as you know, they stage terror all over the world. they're a much different country
now than when i first got here. when i first got here, they were at 14 different locations fighting. right now, they don't -- i don't think iran wants to fight. and i certainly don't think they want to fight with us. but they cannot have nuclear weapons and under the obama horrible agreement, they would have had nuclear weapons within five or six years. they can't have nuclear weapons and they understand that. >> so this troop announcement is in addition to another big announcement today. the administration just notified congress that the president will cite an emergency provision to expedite the sale of weapons to saudi arabia. this is according to democratic senator bob menendez. an arms deal is widely opposed by lawmakers on both sides. the president's move essentially circumvents congressional approval. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us now. barbara, 1,a00 more troops. what more is the pentagon saying about what this entails? >> hi there, ana.
1,500 troops as you'll be going for what you pointed out, what the pentagon calls force protection, protecting the forces against what itsy s says an iranian threat. patriot missile l systems. this is to protect against any potential incoming iranian ballistic crews or aircraft coming in that could attack u.s. troops in the region. there will also be fighter jets that could fly against iranian targets if it came to that. there will be u.s. aircraft that it will engage in intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance. they want to keep a closer eye on these iranian forces moving around the region. that is a big priority to them. all of this aimed at force protection, but, you know, it's probably not going to be the last of the deployments. the pentagon already hinting in a briefing that more could be coming down the road. they haven't really publicly shown any of the intelligence about iran yet. they say it's all still heavily
classified but at the briefing we had here at the pentagon a short time ago, top officials were adamant that they see iranian forces engaging in activities that they consider are very aggressive and they see that chatter, that intercepted conversation, between iranian officials all very much aimed, they say, at possibly planning an attack against u.s. forces in the region. ana? >> exactly what that is. and they aren't exactly coming out and trying to explain this move to the american people. what do you make of the timing given it is memorial day weekend? they're not even putting somebody out on camera. >> well, this is part of what goes on behind the scenes at the pentagon then, you know, as i like to say, time to rip the band-aid off. at first, they were just going to have officials briefed on