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de pe the u.s. president hails his close ties with japan. mr. trump has left tokyo after a four-day state visit and thanking the u.s. military stationed there. plus the leaders of europe are facing some big changes as a parliamentary elections weaken centrist parties and bring nationalist and anti-nationalist leaders to power. plus 800,000 documents have been smuggled out of syria in an effort to prove horrifying war crimes allegedly carried out by president assad's regime. hello again and welcome to our viewers joining us here in
the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. this is "cnn newsroom." president donald trump is on his way back to the united states after a four-day visit to japan where he and prime minister shinzo abe reaffirmed the close alliance between their two countries. now, before leaving, mr. trump toured the japanese destroyer j.s. k rshlgs ga, making history as the first u.s. president to set foot on a japanese warship. the president also visited sailors and marines on the uss wasp. he thanked them for their service and marked the u.s. holiday memorial day, which honors fallen troops. he also touted his administration's efforts to increase u.s. military spending to build up the armed forces.
>> we were depleted. it's the only word i can use to describe it. it was not a good situation, but we're very going to be close. right now we're very close. very shortly we're going to be at a level the likes of which we've never been before. >> senior international correspondent ivan watson joins us from tokyo. what is the overall assessment of how president trump's four-day visit went in japan and of course this problem between the two leaders of north korea? both at odds essentially over the short-range missile test that north korea performed. >> reporter: rosemary, i think this was a visit that was high on ceremony and symbolism and shows of friendship and the strength of this alliance between the u.s. and japan. but it was a visit that was short on concrete substance, any
major agreements that were announced. for example, the white house had said for months in the run-up to president trump's visit that it wanted a bilateral trade deal signed, and those trade negotiations have been postponed until at least after july of this year when japan is scheduled to hold elections for the upper house of its national assembly, its legislative body. so we had the alliance of these two countries celebrated, an alliance that its pillar is on security and on trade and cultural and political connections. but there were some dissonances there, and they revolved around north korea as you mentioned. very differing analyses of what north korea's may 9th launch of two short-range ballistic missiles meant.
so, for instance, you had a restricted bilateral meeting that took place where there were four american and japanese officials in the room, and of them, president trump was the only one who did not believe that the launch of those missiles were a violation of united nations security council resolutions. the japanese prime minister, his national security adviser, and president trump's own national security adviser all publicly said this was a violation, but president trump demonstrated that he is all in on his diplomatic initiative, his one-on-one diplomacy with kim jong-un, and he's willing to overlook things like short-range ballistic missile launches if it will get him to his end goal of some kind of an agreement to get rid of north korea's nuclear weapons. and we don't know when or if that goal will ever be reached. >> ivan watson bringing us that live report from tokyo where it
is just after 4:00 in the afternoon. many thanks as always. so let's bring in richard johnson via skype for his perspective. he is a lecturer in u.s. politics and international relations at lancaster university. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. >> so president trump's state visit to japan has wrapped up, and the big headline that came out of it was the strong relationship between mr. trump and prime minister shinzo abe. but at the same time, they don't share the same view on north korea when it comes to kim jong-un's recent short-range missile test. shinzo abe sees them as a violation of u.n. resolutions and u.s. national security adviser john bolton agrees with mr. abe. but this is what mr. trump tweeted on saturday if i could just read this out. north korea fired off some small weapons which disturbed some of my people and others but not me. i have confidence that chairman kim will keep his promise to me
and also smiled when he called swampman joe biden a low iq individual and worse. perhaps that's sending me a signal? so let's deal with the first part of that tweet. why do you think mr. trump's downplaying kim's short-range missile test, and how problematic could this prove to be for japan and its relationship with the u.s. going forward? >> well, if you look at president trump's treatment of north korea throughout his presidency, he sort of has gone through moments of running hot with them and running cold. and we're in this moment where he's sort of love bombing the north korean leader. but we've seen also periods in his presidency where he's been extremely hostile to the leader of north korea. so what i would say at this stage is that president trump is probably thinking that if he says nice things to the north korean leader, that there will be a little bit of shifting in leeway on this.
but we haven't actually seen a huge amount of give from north korea for all of the president's attempts to be nice to them beyond the release of a couple of american earlier this year. we haven't seen kim jong-un move on this. so i don't know how wise a strategy this is from president trump at this stage. >> what do you think kim jong-un's reading of that is? do you think he sees that as a weakness on the part of president trump, or is mr. trump correct when he says -- when he's talking about biden, he's sending me signals? so he seems to think they've got this rapport going on here. >> there is a concern that president trump might be susceptible to flattery, that throughout not only his presidency but throughout his entire career, one of the ways that seems to work in terms of getting influence with president trump is to say nice things to him about himself and nasty
things about people he doesn't like. and, you know, there is a concern that i would raise that, you know, if kim jong-un thinks that the way to get president trump to play nicely with kim jong-un is to say nasty thing about president trump's democratic opponents, you know, that's certainly not a strong foundation for diplomacy, and it's really unusual in the history of american foreign policy that foreign leaders would use internal partisan politics in the united states as a way of getting influence. and i do have some concern that that's what kim jong-un might be attempting to do with president trump. >> right. and let's look at that because we saw in the second part of that tweet that i read out, mr. trump agreeing with kim jong-un's view that democratic presidential candidate joe biden is of low intellect. obviously he's not. now, this is how republican
congressman adam kinzinger responded to the president in a tweet of his own. it's memorial day weekend, and you're taking a shot at biden while praising a dictator. this is just plain wrong. so this congressman is just one lone republican pushing back. we've seen a couple of others, but by no means are there many people lining up behind them. but what are the optics of a u.s. president criticizing one of his own rivals in actual fact, his political rival back home? >> well, it's a long standing convention in u.s. foreign policy practice that presidents and senior american politicians tend to leave partisan politics at the american shore. that's the saying that's often used. so president trump clearly doesn't feel bound by that convention as with many conventions. he doesn't feel that way. it is important that he is
getting criticism not only from democrats but also from republicans. and i think that's because there's something at stake here, which is that president trump will not be president forever. and, you know, republicans don't want a precedent set where then democratic presidents go overseas and start to belittle republican political figures. but of course american politics is in such a fractious time that, you know, beyond a few sort of back bench republican members of congress, we don't see real senior republican offici officials -- the president for this and i do fear that convention is being torn up and that partisan politics will spread beyond american shores. >> right. i do want to just go back to the trip, his state visit to japan, and just very quickly get your assessment on what japan got out of this four-day state visit. >> i think japan is quite
concerned about u.s. trade policy, and president trump in the last few weeks has threatened to place very high tariffs on exports from japan and the eu, particularly in the automobile industry. and so i think japan is trying to do a bit of what i said, you know, kim jong-un was doing in the sense of sort of love bombing donald trump and flattering him. i think donald trump seems to have come off out of this trip quite happy about japan, and i think we could be expecting, you know, some agreement between the u.s. and japan on the car industry within the next few months. and i think then japan will see that as quite a successful outcome of this visit. >> richard johnson, thank you so much. always good to get your analysis and perspective on all of these matters. thank you. >> thank you. well, whether it's tornadoes or heavy rain or flash flooding,
the severe weather just won't let up for the u.s. midwest. millions in the region have faced weeks of dangerous weather, and there could be more in store. cnn's ed lavandera reports from tulsa, oklahoma. >> holy cow. >> reporter: monday afternoon, residents stood and watched near charles city, iowa, as they captured cell phone video of a massive tornado churning its way through open farm fields in the northern part of the state. and in oklahoma, deadly tornadoes are the story. >> it's just unbelievable how violent, and you just can't imagine anybody being able to survive. >> reporter: oklahoma governor kevin stitt toured the site where an ef-3 tornado hit a motel and mobile home park in the town of el reno, just west of oklahoma city. >> when you look at it, people that are on the top floor of that hotel, it was just kind of wiped out. one had the floor there, but a lot of them just kind of -- it looked like they were blown up. >> reporter: the tornado was on
the ground for just four minutes before shredding its way through the buildings and killing two people. >> it's a very trying time for us, and we're going to get through it. >> reporter: but the worst may be yet to come. kn severe flooding is threatening 10 million americans in the central states from west texas to illinois. oklahoma's governor has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in all counties. >> we're not out of the woods yet. we're still monitoring the inflows coming into the watershed and into the keystone reservoir. so it still could get worse. >> reporter: the tulsa county sheriff's office captured these images showing the extent of the flooding in this west tulsa neighborhood and the difficulty facing first responders. the arkansas river here is expected to exceed record flooding levels in the coming days. the threat is forcing the army corps of engineers to accelerate the release of water to take the pressure off its levees. sunday's extreme weather comes
after a brutal week of violent weather that already brought deadly tornadoes and floodwaters killing at least ten people in the region. >> these guys have been working their tail off now. i mean we've gone through situation after situation after situation, and they have gone nonstop. during the flooding, they had over 40-something boat rescues. >> reporter: after what's already been a long week of dealing with severe weather in the central part of the united states, it continues again this week. here in this neighborhood in tulsa, oklahoma, these are the floodwaters. we are nearly a kilometer away from the banks of the arkansas river, and you can see just how bad it is here. we're told by residents here that most homes are taking on anywhere between one to three meters of floodwaters inside their homes, and it's possible all of this could continue to get worse, especially if there's a levee breach and even more floodwaters come spilling into neighborhoods anywhere here in eastern oklahoma or western arkansas.
that is the real concern that residents and emergency officials are dealing -- will be dealing with here over the next couple days. ed lavandera, cnn, tulsa, oklahoma. >> let's turn to our meteorologist, pedram javaheri. when is an end in sight? >> for the flooding, rosemary, we think sometime around friday we finally see the rainfall at least stop across this region. for the severe weather at least another two days and really the past 24 hours among the most active in the past several days. as much as nearly 50 tornado reports scattered about portions of the plains. the tornado count now over a 12-day period, upwards of 321. about 17 states or so impacted by this. really from the southern portion towards the plains, eventually on into the midwest, just about every state across this region impacted in recent weeks, the most impressive of which has got to be what's happened across the dayton area of ohio. population for the metro sits at
around 800,000 people. you notice on radar imagery, right after 11:00 p.m. local time across this region, we see what is known as a debris ball signature coming up on imagery, which tells us quite a bit of debris lofted high into the atmosphere, which means damage on the ground. we know they were using snowplows on the highway. the department of transportation was to clean off some of the debris there to allow folks to drive -- at least rescue workers to drive across the city in dayton. but montgomery county, 97% of the county without power at this hour because of not one but potentially two tornadoes that crossed near identical spots within a 30-minute period. of course the severe weather threat as i mentioned continues for a couple more days, includes wichita on into kansas city over the next few hours and then pittsburgh as well into the risk. here notice even portions of the metro northeast even in line for severe weather. so it really has been a remarkable trend. rosemary, looking into the last 30 days, over 500 reports of
tornadoes across the united states. only four other times in recorded history have we had 500 tornadoes in a 30-day period, all of them in the last decade or so. pretty impressive run right now across the u.s. >> it's incredible. thank you so much, pedram, for keeping a close eye on that. we all appreciate it. >> thank you. well, the uk's mainstream party saw their support diminish in the european parliamentary election. what the win for the newly formed brexit party means with the country still divide over leaving the eu. for now, trade and border crossings happen smoothly, but people in gibraltar are worried that will all change after brexit. a look at what's at stake for the british territory.
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france and italy. what remains to be seen is how decisions will be made and whether lawmakers will feel the winds of change or stick to the status quo. another key question, who will succeed european commission president jean-claude juncker when his term expires later this year. a majority of parliament will have to settle on a successor. well, in the uk, the newly formed brexit party was the big winner. despite its gains in the parliamentary election, nina dos santos reports the country remains divided over whether to leave the eu. >> reporter: just four months after being formed, nigel farage's brexit party, which is campaigning for brexit to take place as soon as possible, swept the board coming in in pole position with just under a third of the national vote. it secured 29 seats in brussels and nigel farage accepting his re-election here in the seat of
southeast england spoke to cnn from the city of southampton, saying that he wants to use this as a vehicle for steering those brexit negotiations that the government is holding with the eu and also to campaign for changing the two-party system in westminster thereafter. how confident are you that you can translate this into a national party? >> that will depend to a large -- i mean the answer is yes, we can. how successful it will be will depend to a large extent on whether we leave on october 31st. just as march 29th became seared in people's minds, october 31st is the same. >> those who say you're a one-message man, what's your answer? >> the most important message we've discussed in this country for over 300 years. >> reporter: aside from campaigning for the cleanest, earliest departure from the eu, it's not clear what a mainstream brexit party in westminster would actually want to see on its manifesto sheet. the other thing that we learned
from the evening is just like back in 2016, the country is still fundamentally divided on whether or not brexit should go ahead at all. the second most important party making gains in these european parliamentary elections was the liberal democrats, also the greens had a good showing. both of those two parties want to see brexit called off altogether. the real losers of the evening were of course the mainstream conservative and labor parties, having a lot of their vote eaten away particularly among brexit-supporting by the brexit party. the conservative party seeing its worst showing since 1832. nina dos santos, cnn, in southampton. gibraltar voted solidly for the pro eu liberal democrats in the parliamentary election. the territory has voted twice overwhelmingly to remain under british rule. but there is frustration over london's perceived lack of understanding of the stakes for gibraltar in brexit.
isa soares explains. >> reporter: from this vantage point, it's clear to see what's at stake for gibraltar. its feet firmly in europe but with its heart 2,000 miles north in the united king dom. the decision by the uk to leave the european union has only reinforced this separation. while iraq has had a long relationship with its neighbor, its economic success has been underpinned by access to the single market, and in particular, its close economic relationship to spain. every day, 14,000 workers commute between gibraltar and spain with frontier workers, those living in spain, accounting for roughly 40% of the jobs here in gibraltar, everything from hotels to restaurants, even construction as well as the gaming industry. with brexit, this crossing the fluidity of this crossing could get much more difficult.
>> if brexit comes in, then we have more travels with the crossing, i might have to reconsider the fact that i'm working in gibraltar, yes. >> reporter: it seems he's not alone. alvaro is a restaurant owner here and tells me roughly 90% of his staff are spanish. a hard border or prolonged delays at the border will see him lose much of his staff, so he's working on a backup business plan if brexit negotiations go sour. >> translator: we don't really know how things are be so we're already thinking of possible solutions for the different scenarios. we are even thinking if it will be necessary to go to morocco to buy the produce with our own boats. >> reporter: no one knows the risks to the rock better than gibraltar's chief minister. >> that means 14,000 stamps in two hours in the morning, moving people from spain to gibraltar. another 14 as they go in, in the evening. that's 28,000 stamps in one day.
multiply that by five. that's your working week. multiply that by four, that's your month. we're going to run out of ink. >> there's a lot of talk right now about joint sovereignty. would you support that? >> our answer to the claim of half our sovereignty is exactly the same as our claim to all of our sovereignty. absolutely not. >> reporter: his words are echoed by a businessman with several restaurants in the center of gibraltar. >> no. no. we don't want nothing with spain or me personally. and i'll tell you why i don't want nothing to spain. i love spain. i've got my heart in spain. i don't live there, but i go there weekends and everything. we don't trust the spanish government. >> reporter: after years of living side by side as members of the eu club, it seems not even the fear what brexit might bring can put a stop to decades of mistrust.
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a 12-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man are dead after a mass stabbing attack in japan. officials say 17 others including 15 children were wounded. the assault happened near a park in kawasaki south of tokyo. the suspected attacker also died from a self-inflicted wound. the israeli military says it struck a syrian anti-aircraft system just hours after the idf says that system fired at an israeli jet. syria says one of its soldiers was killed and another injured in the retaliatory strike. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said later in a video his country will respond with strength and firmness against aggression. well, a recent escalation in violence in syria's last rebel-held province has killed hundreds of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. the air strikes have destroyed
schools, hospitals, and most recently an open-air market that left dozens wounded. international organizations believe some of these air strikes may have been aimed intentionally at civilian targets, which could amount to war crimes, just some of the many committed by all sides of the syrian conflict over the past eight years. cnn's jomana karadsheh and her team were granted rare access to a clandestine operation by a group of investigators risking their lives to collect evidence of alleged war crimes committed by the assad government, and she joins us now live from istanbul, turkey. good to see you, jomana. what all did you and your team find out when you met with these investigators collecting evidence of alleged war crimes? >> reporter: well, you know, rosemary, we spent the past few months following this secret and really dangerous operation that has been going on for years now.
you've got international criminal lawyers who are putting together these legal cases against the assad regime, and you have this team of incredibly brave syrian men and women who have risked everything to collect potential evidence and to smuggle it out of the country. this has become even more dangerous in recent years, in recent months as the regime hashas recaptured more territory, making it more difficult for them to move around and to get the evidence out of the country. and so they know that time is running out, but that hasn't stopped them. they are still carrying out this mission. and we must warn viewers that some of the images in this report are disturbing. in an nondescript building in europe is a room called the vault. nearly 800,000 documents smuggled out of syria are here, logged and translated, stored and preserved. chris engels heads the regime
crimes unit at cija, a nonprofit organization funded by western governments. in these boxes is potential evidence of alleged war crimes that could one day be used against the regime of syrian president bashar al assad. >> the documents cover a wide range of information and levels of command. they start from the highest levels of command that include information on the president and the policymakers at the national level. we're able to get quite a lot of clarity on how orders went up and down the chain of command, how the responsibility at the highest level for policy is then implemented in a way that we can see criminality actually take place on the ground. >> reporter: there is no one document here that's a smoking gun, but in international criminal justice, it's about linking the crimes to those
responsible. documents like this 2011 order authorizing pay raises for military personnel signed by president assad, the commander in chief of the armed forces, may seem innocuous, but engels says even this is crucial evidence. >> we have several documents similar to this naming assad and others, that demonstrate that they are in control and they have the power to direct the army and security services, and it is a fact that the army and the security services are continuing to commit crimes, and these individuals aren't doing anything to stop it. >> reporter: cija has built dozens of cases against the regime, most relating to the early days of the revolution, the violent repression of protests, and the alleged torture and killings of thousands of demonstrators detained across the country. since 2012 in the shadows of a war that's unleashed some of the worst atrocities of our time, a network of more than 100 syrians
were recruited, vetted, and trained by cija. we get a rare opportunity to meet one of those document hunters. adel, as he wants to be called, was a lawyer. now he heads this team that has risked everything to save the evidence. >> all members of our team, men and women, have been subjected to arrests or beatings or humiliation, or danger. we are operating in a war zone. in most cases, we would enter areas as air strikes would be ongoing. but we have to go in to collect the evidence before it's damaged. >> reporter: for adel and his fellow evidence hunters, a treasure trove of documents has been left behind by the regime's infamous bureaucracy. >> after the free syrian army captured locations from the government, our teams would be ready, and they would enter these sites. their primary task, to pre-cese these dumtss or what is left of them because in many cases these documents would be destroyed.
>> reporter: cija has not only relied on evidence collected by its own network of investigators. in a number of cases, they've combined that with some of the most damning visual evidence of this conflict. 28,000 horrific photographs of dead detainees smuggled out in 2013 by a military defector, code name cesar. cija has been able to cross-reference the identifying numbers seen in these pictures with one in the smuggled documents, allowing them to identify some of the prisoners and link them to specific facilities and the security apparatus who are holding them. one of those photos, of those numbers, was 30-year-old mohammed, a newlywed law student detained in april of 2012. his sister, a survivor of government jails, now a refugee in the uk is a living testimony to the regime's brutality. >> translator: when the cesar files came out, mohammed's photo was the first one. we went to issue a paper from the civil registry to confirm
his status. they told us he died as a result of a heart attack. our 34-year-old boy died of a heart attack. >> reporter: documents issued by the regime claim thousands all died of natural cases. three other brothers were also detained. only one of them emerged alive. his gaunt face testament to the horrors inside government jails. according to cija's investigations, it's a story replicated thousands of times over in syria where torture is rampant and systematic and forced confessions are the norm. syrian government officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but the regime has repeatedly dismissed evidence as fake and insisted it was fighting terrorists, not peaceful protesters. she desperately calls for justice for her brothers but like so many other syrians, she fears she may never live to see
the regime held accountable for its crimes, as assad seems to have defied the odds for now, surviving a revolution and is on the verge of winning the war. >> the tide's changed, and what we're making sure of is that when the shift does come, when the discussion about justice does appear in five or ten or 20 years, that there be evidence there. >> reporter: evidence collected by cija has already been used in individual trials in the united states and europe. it has also led to the arrest in germany of at least one mid level regime member accused of torture. for adel, this is just the start. >> i said good-bye to my wife and children and told them i am no longer yours. i am now owned by syria and justice. >> reporter: justice, he says, is a duty from which there is no turning back. and, rosemary, this is the first time that evidence has been collected like this during an
ongoing conflict. and some legal experts say that some of the evidence that's been collected from syria against the assad regime is stronger than some of the evidence that was used against the nazis during the nurburg trials. as we've seen over the past eight years or so, there's this unwillingness or inability of the international community to stop these atrocities that are unfolding in syria. so that gives little hope to the families of the victims that they will ever see the perpetrators of these crimes held accountable for the crimes that were committed. but, you know, one of those families, the woman we spoke to in our report, amina al kholani. she says she may never live to see justice, but she promises she will continue to speak out for the victims and for history, rosemary. >> jomana karadsheh, it is an extraordinary but shocking report. thank you so much for shedding some light on this. we appreciate it. well, military veterans are
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today is the day when all across america we pause to honor and remember those who served our nation but did not come home. >> larry was killed on mother's day 2005. >> nicholas in afghanistan on mother's day, may the 8th, 2005. the same time of the day -- >> we got the knock on the door. >> nicholas and larry are here, and all of the rows in front of them represent lives that were lost. and this is memorial day, so this is where we need to be.
>> please don't forget the brothers and sisters in arms that serve beside these men and women. >> and those were scenes in the united states monday as the nation paused to honor its fallen troops. memorial day can be a painful reminder for those who have lost loved ones. but one veterans group is dedicated to helping these gold star families. cnn's jake tapper has their story. >> where do you want to go to college? >> west point. >> reporter: 7-year-old tristan kelly has some big dreams. >> what's the best branch? >> reporter: and he always looks forward to talking about them with his best friend. >> you still want to be in the army? >> yeah. i'm still debating if i want to be in the military or not. >> reporter: after all, former sergeant andrew beltran knows a thing or two about service. he's gone to more than ten countries with the marines. >> take a big breath and then let it go, okay? >> reporter: and tristan says he's pretty good at playing too.
>> good job. >> reporter: tristan and andrew have come to this sprawling california dude ranch today for one of many visits throughout the year. >> one of the best things is tristan will call me on facetime and share a song he just learned on the piano. that's just something special. i know he would have shared that with his father. >> reporter: you see, tristan's father, heath kelly, isn't able to talk with him about the very dr dreams he inspired. >> my dad was in the army so i just feel like i want to be an army officer like he was. >> reporter: heath kelly died shortly after tristan was born. >> heath always wanted to be a dad before we got married. this is our first baby and anytime -- any spare time he had was really devoted to being with her. you know, and also with him too because, you know, he was born in july and unfortunately he passed in september. >> reporter: heath kelly spent years overseas on active duty and then became a major in the national guard sohecould be closer to his wife and children. but soon after, a gunman opened killing kelly and three others
while they were eating breakfast. his daughter, cassidy, was only 4 years old at the time. >> he was a really nice person. he always did the right thing, and he was a really fun dad. >> reporter: now through the nonprofit program active valor, gold star kids like cassidy and tristan can be paired with individual veteran mentors like andrew. >> it almost is the reason why i joined the military in the first place. the sense of brotherhood and taking care of our own. i'm never going to be in a step-in for his dad, but i will be a brother of his. >> reporter: the program also gives peace of mind to parents such as tracy. >> we want our kids to know that, you know, just because we lost our person, they don't have to go through this journey alone. i think that's kind of the biggest thing no matter what you're feeling, like somebody gets it. >> thank you all so much for coming to our meet-up today. >> reporter: former navy s.e.a.l. perry yee founded active valor with a twofold
approach to giving back. >> they get to actually use their skills and knowledge that they learned over the years of military service and now pass it on to kids that would have had access to that type of stuff if their parents were still around. it really just works hand in hand. >> reporter: need proof? >> thank you, man. >> reporter: tristan's handmade gift to andrew says it all. >> thank you for being my mentor. i have lots of fun when i'm with you. i'm grateful you're in my life. this is great, buddy. thank you, man. i appreciate you. >> you're welcome. >> this is really good. >> reporter: jake tapper, cnn, washington. >> supporting those wonderful families. and we're back in just a moment. these folks, they don't have time to go to the post office they have businesses to grow customers to care for
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