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maybe voters appreciate that, but i do think that there's a risk that they will see himans sufficiently concerned with the fact that these allegations in the past couple of years have been seen in a very different light, and so, you know, there are risks involved. >> something else to keep on our list as we get red for the debates. see you back here tomorrow. brianna keilar starts right now. >> i'm brianna keilar live from cnn's washington headquarters. under way right now, the president's tariffs against mexico days away, hane's teeing up a standoff with washington who may try to block his latest trade war. from amazon to apple they are kings of tech who enjoyed unchecked power and until now and plus, a ticket to rikers. president trump's former campaign chairman likely moving to one of america's harshest prisons where he'll be in solitary confinement and he's
seen everything and will share little. the white house just told hope hicks to defy a subpoena from congress. and the president weighed in on british politics and urging the outgoing prime minister theresa may to stay in office so she could do a substantial trade deal with him. during a closed door meeting the two leader talked about trade along with security and brexit. later the president declared he was feeling a deep love from britain claiming that only a small group of people were protesting his visit. you can see clearly from these pictures that claim is false, but the president really made news when he talked about politics back in the u.s., and the republican response to his tariffs on mexico. >> this will take effect next week, the 5%. >> and what do you think about republicans who say they may take action in blocking those tariffs? >> if they do that, that's
foolish. there's nothing more important than borders. i think that's more likely the tear lives go on and we'll talking during the time that the tariffs are on, and they are going to be paid. >> let's go to congressional correspondent sunlan serfaty on capitol hill. he says he doesn't think republicans will block this. is he right? >> time will tell. right now up here on capitol hill, brianna, i can tell you many top republicans are very concerned about this threat coming from the president, of course, the threat of the tariffs, and they are right now actively discussing what they can do about it, but they -- the big question is what legislatively can they do to block the president, block these tariffs from being imposed, and at this hour republicans right now are huddling in their weekly private lunch, and they will be meeting with members in the white house, meeting with members of the doj to brief them about what they are potentially going to do and certainly from the part of the white house trying to alleviate many of the concerns that they are hearing from many vocal republicans up
here on cap hill, and i spoke with many republicans going into the meeting today, and saying they basically hope to hear more from the white house on what exactly is in the plan and certainly want them to lay out their legal rationale for moving forward to protect and impose these tariffs and that legal rush will be now what really instructs them and helps them inform how they move forward if they have to. i spoke with about an hour ago the top number two republican john thune who is holding out hope that this big meeting between the u.s. and mexico tomorrow will help avoid all of of this standoff potentially putting republicans in an awkward spot. >> i hope our republican members is hoping that the meeting tomorrow will lead to an outcome that won't require the execution of the tariffs. >> just in response to the
president saying that it would be foolish if you tried to block the tariffs. >> well, i don't -- i think this is all premature. i think that this is fairly new on our members are still trying figure out what authorities can be used and what we're trying to accomplish and what we'd have to modify or change to have the tariffs looked at. suffice it to say, our members have a lot of concerns. >> so certainly that is being expressed by a lot of republicans up here on capitol hill, brianna, this feeling that they are hopeful this all can be avoid, this meeting tomorrow between mexico and the u.s. stop this but that remains to be seen. >> some of the most vivid and hard-to-miss images of the protests include the baby trump
blimp which you've seen before likely and this as well, a talking trump robot sitting on a gold toilet. protesters were hoping to get close to the premise's residence, but police sealed off the road with steel barricades. when asked about the massive demonstration the president denied their existence. >> i don't see any protests. i did see a small protest today, when i came, very small so a lot of it is fake news, i hate to say. you saw the people waefgt american flag flag and waving your flag. it was tremendous spirit and love, a great alliance and i didn't see the protesters fall while ago and it was very small group of people put in for political reasons. >> let's go to chief international correspondent clarissa ward in london and among the people who is not a fan, who are not a fan of president trump is london's mayor. tell what is sadiq khan told you, clarissa. >> reporter: well, you know, we
started out by asking the mayor sadiq khan why he decided the night before president trump was arriving for a three-day state visit here in the uk to write this article in "the london oh, " essentially saying that trump was responsible for the rise of the far right in europe and also saying that he warnings you know, akin to -- had some of the troeps of some of the worst fascists of the toth century and sadiq khan was not backing down at all on his decision to pen this editorial. he spoke extensively with us about what he thought was fundamental values that the u.s. and uk share together that he does not see president donald trump as embodying, but first question i asked him was what his reaction was when he looked on twitter and just as president trump was arriving in the uk found this tweet calling sadiq khan the mayor and a stone cold loser and this was his response. take a listen. >> sort of hate you might expect
from an 11-year-old. for him to decide how to debay of is not for me response. it's beneath me to do name calling and childish tweets? were you offended? >> not in the slightest. people tell me nothing this president does should surprise you. >> reporter: now i would say, brianna, despite this very public feud between president trump and the mayor sadiq khan, in all other respect, especially if this press conference that you played this excerpt on, president trump was real on his best behavior and really keen to show the love for outgoing prime minister theresa may and very keen to be deferential to say she's as good or possibly a better negotiator than he is. that can't be easy for the president to say and really seemingly trying to go out of his way to show that the special relationship is still intact, that the special relationship is deeper than ever and that a trade agreement may be agreed in the future despite the very
clear areas of disagreement that remain between the two countries, and we heard the prime minister refer to this, iran, the paris agreement with regard to climate change and, of course, brexit and how that should be handled but a largely convivial atmosphere despite all the dom and gloom that the various spats with sadiq khan and other things said in newspapers before his arrival were portended. >> quite up expected. clarissa ward in london. let's talk this over with our chief political analyst gloria borger and our financial analyst ann berry. if you watched this news conference, you never would have nope how very critical president trump has been of prime minister theresa may. let's listen to that compliment that he gave her. >> i still believe -- i personally believe that it's in the best interest of the uk to leave the european union with a dole and i seem to remember the president suggested that i sued the european union.
which i didn't do. we came out with negotiations and came out with with a good deal. >> i would have sued, but that's okay. i would have sued and settled, but you never know. she's probably a better negotiator than i am. perhaps you won't be given the credit that you deserve if they do; but i think you deserve a lot of credit. >> her reaction, too, was so interesting to that. she seemed to take that comment with a lot of gratitude. what do you make of that? >> it's easier for donald trump to compliment her on her way out than when she was actually in office and not listening to him. of course, he would have sued. he loves to sue everybody and then perhaps settle. he's been very critical of her, but i think it's probably a reflection of the way he's been treated when he's been in great britain. i meaning the dinner last night, she's been very gracious to him, and i think he responds to that personal limb. if she were still in office, i don't think he would have said you're maybe a better negotiator than i am. that's just a bet.
>> a very god point, and a lot of contenders for theresa may's job and boris johnson is probably the most recognizable to americans and he actually turns down a one-on-one with trump. what did you make that have? >> i think he had no choice? when you look at field of contenders he doesn't necessarily want to align himself with the president who happens come up in the polls as being -- if boris johnson does become leader and prime minister, he's going to be going off against jeremy corbyn who is real hustling to get a shot at leading the country. to stabbed up in direct polar opposition against jeremy corbyn who would be some of the protests would be a polarizing move and he was smart to stay out of the fray. >> the britain who has been sending trump repeatedly. prime minister may giving him a type script draft of the
agreement between winston churchill and president roosevelt. these are the goals after the second ward war. he was taken on a tour. she took him on a tour of the churchill war roots the queen gave president trump a first edition copy of churchill's the second world war. there's a message here, we're getting it over and over. what's the symbolism as you see it, gloria? >> to me it's the special relationship, and -- which is obvious between britain and the united states. don't forget that this is a president who accused britain of spying on him, remember that, when he was a candidate and doing it in concert with barack obama, so that's been a little rough, and also i think the message is the leadership of winston churchill. i mean, i've been to those war rooms. they are quite effective. you go in a base president and you see where churchill slept managing this war and how difficult that was, and i think it's -- it's saying, you know, this was one of our greatest
leaders, and look at what he achieved for us and our special relationship came out of that, and it was such an important thing to winston churchill and maybe it ought to be to you. >> what did you think, ann? >> it's interesting. i was actually had a little bit nervous that the real focus on a history of shared movements against a common enemy could be a layup for the president to go in another general. lock how we stood shoulder to shoulder now in the past and let's do that against china and iran and i think it showed restraint that the president decided not to go down that path but refrain from applying those lessons in the period right now. >> maybe the lesson was not as fully received. ann ber and gloria borger, thank you. she's one of the people closest to the president. she's seen everything, and now
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cnn is learning that the white house has directed former communications director hope hicks and former deputy white house counsel andy donaldson to refuse to turn over any documents to the house judiciary committee relating to their time in the white house. today was the deadline for these two to xlooi comply about a subpoena from the committee. the former counsel to the u.s. assistant attorney general joins us now. specifically the white house doesn't say they are organized the two not to comply in the past only saying it falls under executive privilege. >> privileges need to be asertd over specific things. they can't just be asserted in a big, vague way and there's a lot of information, particularly notes, that these individuals, particularly annie donaldson, provided to the special counsel's office already in the
course of their investigation, and we know that because we see the content in the mueller report itself. so i think the white house will have an uphill battle in preserving materials that were already provided to the special counsel. >> what does that uphill battle looking like cnn why are they doing this? >> the white house believes that the congress is being overly investigative and just sort of throwing out a big wide net and being political, and -- and the congress has a responsibility to conduct their oversight but they also need to negotiate what are the specific things that they want. if this were to be challenged in court, if the house judiciary committee was going to take these requests and go to court, court would most likely say executive branch, legislative branch, you need to work harder to come to agreements over specific items and then whittle down what are legitimate assertions of privilege. >> i want to ask you about another interesting legal story. a federal judge appointed by
president trump is actually rejecting a lawsuit by the house, and what this would do, this lawsuit is to block money earmarked for building the border wall, and essentially what the court is saying here is that one branch of congress can't sue another branch. is that right. what's the rational ee here? >> it's the standing that congress has on this particular issue. i read it to be a very narrow decision related to the specific issue, but there are a variety of challenges to the president's attempt to use an executive order to redirect funds that have been already ought rides by congress for specific military purposes, and it must may be that this particular judge didn't think that the congress was the right claimant to bring that specific charge, but that's not end of the story when it comes to litigation over the border wall funding. >> carrie, thank you so much for your legal insight. he was report dead, executed
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and compete against some of these platt force. now this comes, of course, as the justice department and the federal trade commission are divvying up responsibility for oversight over these companies with the justice department taking control over a potential antitrust investigation of google, but congressman david cicilliny who is the head of the judiciary committee's antitrust subcommittee says he doesn't have a whole lot of confidence in these agencies to really get the job done, and so that's partly why we're seeing some of this movement now from congress. >> how fearful are these companies as they witness something that they really haven't seen before in what is had a more cohesive approach towards them? >> i think the companies are going to be, you know, really put on notice now that this is a whole of washington approach looking at their business practices. they are going to be looking to potentially hire new pr firms or lobbyists or lawyers as they,
you know, try to prepare for some of these coming investigations. >> brian, thank you so much. >> my pleasure. >> rikers island, the infamous prison in the middle of the east river sandwiched between the bronx, queens and manhattan could soon get another famous inmate, president trump's former campaign chairman. prosecutors want paul manafort who is serving over seven years in prison for bank and tax fraud to be moved from a minimum security prison in pennsylvania to rikers while he's awaiting charges on state charges. he would actually be kept in solitary confinement away from the general population for his protefnlgts i want to bring in a former corrections officer who is the author of "beyond these walls, livan side rikers island" and having worked for more than 10 years, 12 years for rikers island and including in the solitary confinement unit. this jail has housed some of the
most notorious murderers, did you find this unusual that even a white collar criminal might be transferred to this prison? >> yes. it's very usual. in a million years i would never imagine that he would be going to such a violent jail. >> and this is -- i was talking to one legal expert who said they found this to be so odd they thought it might be a way to exert pressure on him as he's going to await these state charges because you think it's unusual, i mean, have you ever seen white collar criminals like this in rikers in your years there? >> no, not really, but, you know, we've had some, you know, low level what we considered high-pro, you know, were waiting there just to be, you know, going back and forth to court. >> okay. what would a day in rikers for paul manafort be? like he's going to be in
solitary confinement. what kind of protection would that afford him and what would life be like? >> well, you know, you can imagine being free one day and you wake up and you have to go sever time. that means you're going to be away from your loved ones, your friends, the day-to-day operations of going to the store, going to the movies, being able to, you know, go in the refrigerator and get something cold to drink. now you'll be confined to a -- to a cell sometimes eight feet by 6 feet and locked there for 24 hours and that refrigerator that used to have liberties at home now because the actual toilet boil, and those are some of the conditions that you know definitely affects you mentally and physically for anyone that serves in solitary confinement and i worked in solitary confinement when i was in c-74 in rikers island and the conditions and the inhumane
treatment and the detainees was something i'll never forget, and i talk about that in my book "behind the prison walls, life beheidenreichers island." it's the last place on earth, you know, that anyone needs to go through. >> he has been up until now in a minimum security facility in pennsylvania which i'm assuming is very different from this experience that you describe in rikers island. he's also, manafort, we've seen him coming from court. he does not seem to be in as good a health as he used to be. when you're talking about deteriorating physically and mentally and income solitary and rikers for 23 hours a day, what did you witness in inmates who were in that situation? >> well, it depends -- it depended on the office that was actually assigned to that unit. there were days i worked inside solitary confinement in rikers
island and if you can imagine young inmates, 16, 17, 18 years old banging on their cell phones for hours trying to get out. a lot of people don't realize the mental effects that solitary confinement has on the mind. if you can imagine the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other side and both are trying to i call it jostle for positions of your soul. many people are never the same once they are locked in solitary confinement. >> and rikers is known for especially harsh conditions, i should say, fights, prison guards who recently over recent years have been using more force. a lot of mental illness, almost half of the inmate population. how important even though solitary is so physically and mentally taxing, is solitary confinement important to protect paul manafort? can you imagine him being part
of the general prison population? >> the word protect. solitary confinement will protect him from the general population, but it won't protect him mentally and physically for, you know, the effects that it has on a detainee's mental, and their soushlgs you know, but what about the other detainees that are on rikers island don't have those privileges to be -- you know, he'll get some extra privileges than the average jail population. >> like what? >> maybe he might be able to use the phone a little extra, you know, little things like -- it will be taken care of because basically they just want to get him, you know, back and forth to court so he can do his time behind the high profile. they don't want nothing happen to him while on rikers island but solitary confinement will protect him from the other violence and abuse that takes place daily on rikers island. >> lorenzo, thank you so much.
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president trump doubled down on slapping tariffs on mexico and republicans are looking into what they can do about anything. the tariffs will take effect and the president said republicans would be foolish to try to block them. the president is the skalg for a 5% tariff in mexico doesn't stem the flow of migrants entering the u.s. and the tariffs would increase by 5% each month going up to 25% in october. let's talk to republican senator rand paul with us from capitol hill. circumstances thanks you so much for being on with us. you said in an earlier interview that tariffs are a tax on american people, that's how you see tariffs generally and you said this is an abuse of the emergency system. this isn't what it was supposed to be for. what are you looking at in terms of options for blocking the tariffs? >> well, my understanding is emergency power that there will be a privileged vote. a privileged vote means it can't be blocked and anyone can demand it. i think there will end up being a vote on this, and i really do
think that there may be enough numbers of people who think that we shouldn't be allowing one person to make this decision, that we actually may have enough to override a veto on this, so i think it sends a bad signal when we're trying to get a trade agreement with mexico and canada which the trump administration has actually been successful with, that then to go back and say but oh, by the way we'll heap on other tavaras outside. i think this goes a long way towards destroying the trade deal that they were so proud of. >> when the president says if republicans look for a way to block this, as you just described, he says they would be foolish. what do you say to that? >> one. things that i talked a lot about the under appropriate mah was the separation of powers, the congress as a check and balance on the president. i think that believe that equally so for democrat or republican. james madison, one of the incredible things set up is that all the power wouldn't be low kated in one place that we'd have checks and balances, and so
really tariffs, laws, have to original nail the with congress, and i think you can't just declare emergencies on spending, on tariffs, also on arm sales. they are now saying that they are going to sell arms to saudi arabia despite the objections of congress, and so i think what you may be finding if we try to run government by emergency is it may solidify opposition, even people like myself who are originally supportive of president trump, largely supportive of his initiatives, i can't be for letting the president have all the power that the constitution gave to congress. >> you have introduced, as you do from time to time, a plan that would balance the budget. this is a measure that would balance the budget by five years but it was defeated by a procedural vote. it was 22-69, so that is a lot of republican opposition in addition to democratic opposition. in other times republicans, your party has been so animated by tackling spending. why not now? >> well, the interesting thing is the democrats don't pretend
to think that they are going to support reducing spending or anything like that to control deficits. republicans actually do profess to care about the deficit. they go home, they campaign for it, so it's disappointing to me that over half of the republicans will not vote to balance the budget,ine though most of them actually voted in 2012 for a balanced budget amendment that requires the budget to be balanced in five years. i gave them an opportunity to vote for a budget that balances in five years and less than half the republicans signed on to it so it's this kind of hypocrisy i think that alarms people at home and infuriates people at home particularly when they say the candidate says i'm going to vote to cut spending and when push comes to shove they actually don't. >> i want to ask you because you've been such a -- you've been really a critic of john brennan who has been a critic of president trump. you've not been a big fan of his, he's the former cia director under president obama. what do you think about this
recent "new york times" story that brennan still has his security clearance? this was such a big i guess promise of the president, demand of the president. he said he was going to pull it, and he still that is. >> well, this is what worries me. people talk about the deep state. now the deep state is protecting their own and not listening to the president's orders. i was sitting in the white house when president trump said i want his security clearance taken, and i saw the order given. insaw the chief of staff was there, not current chief of staff, the previous chief of staff, and if they are working against the odds of the president that really does disrupt our country, does disrupt a representative democracy where the president makes a decision, if someone is countermanneding that i think we need to get to the bottom of that and i think we need to find out who did that and i do think brennan has been a partisan and i think brennan also abused his office in developing the trump investments i think it was done
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in a cnn exclusive, we're learning that north korea's special enjoy to the u.s. kim yong chol is not dead as previously reported in south korean media. he's still alive, but he is in custody. he is under investigation for his role in the failed hanoi summit with president trump. this is according to several sources who are familiar with the situation. a south korean newspaper reported last week that the top diplomat had been executed in march from being recruited by imperialists and defying the supreme court leader.
we have a former adviser to the u.s. state department, including ambassador christopher hill when he was negotiating with north korea who joins us and it's also important to point out, kim jong-un is still very unhappy with him. what do you make of this news? >> well, we think that kim jong-un is unhappy with him. >> we think. >> that's correct. and this is precisely the problem. we never quite know exactly what is going on in north korea. now, of course north korea is possibly the single most opaque regime in the world. but i think fundamentally this gets to the issue of we should be very, very careful when we make all of these assumptions about what the north korean leader is thinking and what is going on in this regime. this comes down to what is a very common error that almost all of us, including myself, we all make. and it's called mirror imaging problem or the mis-attribution
problem and that is very often we assign our very own assumptions to the north korean regime. and we simply can't do that. in other words, we -- >> what assumptions have been assigned here. >> well, in other words because we know very little about north korea. and north korea thinks in a way completely different from us. we often think everything that north korea does is about us. and that we assign all offous own motives and how we behave to north korea. >> so why would north korea want to project an image -- assuming this news did come from north korea, is that a safe assumption? if your assuming that north korea wanted there to be some sort of presepgs that these envoys got in trouble, what does that tell you. >> we don't know if that is the message that north korea wanted us to actually -- >> what message might they want?
>> well, first of all, we do know that north korea wants us to feel threatened and we do know that north korea wants us to be confused. we know that for certain. on the other hand, this news that these top envoys of kim jong-un came from south korean sources and they came from other asian sources as they usually do. and they're often very wrong. so the less an is we have to always be very, very careful where the sources come from and not jump to conclusions. >> that is a very good point. and kim jong-un had sent a letter to president trump, i want to mention this, another diplomat kim yong chol, the man you see delivering this to trump, he was sent to a concentration camp and then we see a picture of him pop up and so the same thing we're talking about. i do want to ask you about something president trump said is that he thinks kim will honor his promise not to fire any more
longer range rockets and the rhetoric from north korea very sharp. is there any shot here at some sort of progress or the wheels entirely off? >> here is the one thing that is interesting. we have for the first time two leaders of north korea and the united states who are actually behaving very similarly. by the way, this is -- neermg of these leaders -- well kim jong-un is not the crazy leader that everybody portrayed him to be, despite popular culture. and he's actually not that unpredictable. this is a leader that is very, very brutal. let's be very clear. however, and he does have a history of purging all of his top advisers and he does not trust anybody. now, our u.s. president also apparently does not trust most of his advisers and in the past two and a half years that he's been in office, most of his top
advisers have also left office. >> different circumstances but i see what you're saying. >> and these two leaders are also showing that they do not actually rely on their negotiators really, that they are only willing to deal with each other person to person. >> so are you saying that if there is -- if there could be movement towards just a one-on-one meeting that would be -- >> well and they've already met twice and the two leaders are -- they apparently have a very good relationship and thus far since this very, very high rhetoric did. >> but look at what is happening. just really quickly before i let you go, what is your status check on where things are. >> well the point is since the high rhetoric of the rocket man and the firing, it is quite true actually that we have not had any of the long range threatening missile launches. so i say, let's put aside all of the speculation and what is most
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