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>> music, entertainment, port-a-potties. or as trump calls them, tweeting pods. 45 fest. magapalooza, old cella. merry christmas. the event will feature food trucks and live music from the band, the guzzlers. yeah. yeah. tonight, maga stands for make america guzzle again. we've -- are my guzz heads here? guzz heads? >> just that word, guzzle. check on cnn business at 5:00 eastern time. taking a look at global markets, stocks in asia jumped after trump's talk about meeting with xi jinping. on wall street stocks were up around 1%. futures are mostly flat ahead of today's announcement from the fed. chairman powell will give hits to a possible future rate cut.
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march. >> it looks like a little kid car. you expect a little kid or a cat. >> "early start" continues right now. the greatest witch hunt in political history. the only collusion was committed by the democrats. >> president trump officially starts his 2020 bid for re-election. a new campaign, but the same airing of grievances. acting defense secretary patrick shanahan withdrawing from the confirmation process. the reason, new reporting about his troubled family life. long-time trump aide hope hicks headed to the hill today. democrats head to presser about her time with the president on the trail and in office but will the white house let her talk. plus, president trump downplaying military threats to iran but warning the country that war could come if they
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pursue nuclear weapons. >> good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm michelle kosinski. >> i'm dave briggs. orlando florida, the president starting his first full day in re-election mode. his campaign launched at an evening rally in florida. vintage trump. democrats, immigrants, even his 2016 opponent, yes, 2016 opponent hillary clinton. >> we went through the greatest witch hunt in political history. the only collusion was committed by the democrats. on no issue are democrats more extreme and more depraved than when it comes to border security. remember the insurance policy just in case hillary clinton lost. remember the insurance policy. >> lock her up.
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lock her up. lock her up. lock her up. lock her up. lock her up. lock her up. >> sources tell cnn the president has been complaining to aides have stopped airing his rallies live. a source telling cnn they hoped the rally would satisfy his thirst for the spotlight and reset the campaign. instead, we heard the same familiar refrains. cnn's caitlyn collins was in orlando and brings us more. >> reporter: dave and michelle, the president's campaign leading up to this has branded this rally as this blockbuster launch of the president's re-election campaign where he's going to swoop in and steal the limelight back from democrats. they have new signs here, they have a live band outside as supporters waited to get in. they even brought out the first family on stage beforehand. when president trump got on stage and he looked away from the teleprompters that were on both sides of him, you heard the
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president essentially make the same argument to his supporters that he made back during the 2016 campaign. he talked about the news. he criticized democrats. he went after hillary clinton in her emails. it was really essentially an airing of his grievances. ever since the president came down the escalator and declared against all odds where the president did get to the news and announced that he was officially running for president in 2020. >> i stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as president of the united states. >> reporter: so what you saw from the president in orlando was more of a settling of scores than a setting of an agenda to what he's going to do if he does get four more years in office. the president said if he doesn't, he painted this pretty dark picture, at times a po apocalypt apocalyptic, that said, quote, the democrats want to destroy
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you and they want to destroy your country as we know it. dave and michelle? >> okay. thank you, caitlyn. acting defense secretary patrick shanahan withdrawing now for consideration for the permanent job. his decision comes after new reporting from the washington post about a violent family incident when shanahan's son attacked his own mother with a baseball bat. shanahan strongly defended his 17-year-old son arguing in a memo two weeks later that the teen was defending himself. shanahan told the post that he later regretted that memo and that the self-defense kwlams false. >> shanahan was fully vetted and the white house was aware of the claim. shanahan's withdrawal raises key questions about pentagon leadership and comes just as tensions are escalating with
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iran. cnn's ryan brown with more. >> reporter: good morning, michelle and dave. this most senior shakeup at the pentagon amid increased tensions with iran, acting secretary of defense pat shanahan stepping down, announcing that he will resign effective sunday we're being told. and this shakeup comes as president trump has said he is seeking to avoid war with iran while the u.s. simultaneously is deploying thousands of additional troops to the region to do forced protection, to say -- to respond to what it says is an increased iranian threat. 1,000 troops being ordered most recently. those forces will include reconnaissance personnel, missile defense crews. forces said to be defensive in nature but iran saying it will be prepared to respond if need be. the senior shakeup at the
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pentagon raising questions here. mark esper has had a fairly narrow portfolio overseeing that one service. he's currently getting 5i6 variety of issues crash course. he is an army veteran. a real speed transition going on as he steps into the biggest role at the pentagon. thanks, ryan. turning to the democrats, front-runner joe biden on the campaign trail. on tuesday in new york the former vice president stopped by the stonewall inn. he said the fight for lgbt rights must continue. bernie sanders reaching out to his backers on social media after president trump's orlando
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rally. the senator from vermont evoking the twilight zone. >> i want to take you into another universe, a parallel universe from where trump was this evening. it's really quite incredible. >> amy klobuchar laying out a plan for her first 100 days in office which includes a return to the paris climate accord and a $15 minimum wage. she was telling chris quote mow will not be the issue. >> i am not one bit worried about the excitement on our side. we just have to unite behind a candidate, and be that's what these debates are all about. >> today mayor pete buttigieg is focusing on his day job. he'll be speaking to families in south bend, indiana. buttigieg returns to the campaign trail thursday in boston. senator cory booker
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testifies before a house cookie. congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez seems to be comparing the trump administration to the nazis over the policy of detaining migrants at the southern border. listen to what she told her followers on instagram live. >> the united states is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. they are concentration camps. i want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not -- that never again means something. >> aoc's critics are slamming her for using the term concentration camps which is commonly associated with nazi death camps during the holocaust. liz cheney tweeting, please, aoc, do us all a favor and
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learning some actual history. 6 million jews were exterminated. >> ocasio-cortez firing back. since you're so eager to educate me, i'm curious what do you call building mass camps without a trial. she is not comparing this as death camps but rather to internment camps but like the ones that held americans. the president's former communication director will face questions. they are insisting hicks cannot testify about her time in the white house. more now from manu raju from capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning, michelle and brian. hope hicks worked with him through the campaign into the
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transition into the white house, she will go behind closed doors before the house judiciary committee. she'll face an array of questions. we do know that the democrats plan to press her on a key topic. that is those hush money payments that occurred back in 2016 to silence those alleged extramarital affairs involving donald trump. at the time she was on the campaign she had knowledge about that. the president cannot invoke executive privilege because he was not president at that time. there are incidents that occurred that were outlined in the mueller report that could lead to a fight between the administration and house democrats. namely, the instances detailed in the mueller report about potential obstruction of justice. i'm told that they plan to ask about five topics of potential criminality that were laid out in the mueller report as it comes to potential obstruction of justice. efforts to undermine the mueller probe. the president's efforts to dismiss the special counsel
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robert mueller. how he handled the firing of michael comey and his efforts to get the former attorney general at the time, jeff sessions, to unrecuse himself and to oversatisfy the topics. michelle and dave? >> manu, thanks. check out cnn business at 5:13. stocks soared after president trump said he will meet with chinese president xi jinping at the g20. they had a very good, quote, telephone conversation and that they will have an extended meeting next week. trump and xi were expected to meet next week. if xi didn't meet with him, trump said he would impose $3 billion worth of tariffs on china. he seemed unconcerned about that possibility last night at the orlando rally. >> because we are taking in
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billions and billions of dollars into our treasury and companies are leaving china because they want to avoid paying these large tariffs. >> hundreds of companies have actually warned the president about the actual effects of further tariffs. a group of more than 600 of them wrote in a letter, quote, additional tariffs will have a long-term effect on the company. even new balance, it needs to import items from china. they are confident the tariffs will not take effect. president trump downplaying the threat of a military confrontation with iran but saying it's all still on the table. we're live in tehran next. it's tough to quit smoking cold turkey.
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>> reporter: yeah, hi there, michelle. a lot of breaking news from tehran. the iranians for the first time responding to some of that video evidence that the u.s. put forward after the tanker attacks in the persian gufls. the u.s. saying they implicate revolutionary small guard boats and they were taking an unexploded mine off of one of those ships. the iranians have been denying that. they came out and said, first of all, it's unclear when that video was taken. he said the iranian small boats, when they go to a rescue operation like they did when the tanker was stricken, they go around the tanker and conduct various checks to make sure they secure the area. all of that can be videotaped and used in certain ways. he says none of that is any sort of document that could be used as evidence. he went on to levy an allegation
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saying the statements by the u.s., he says this is a cowardly attack. the iranians defending their decision to ramp up their nuclear decision giving a 60 day deadline for when they're going to exceed the limits. the president coming out saying that was the minimum they could do because the iranians are adhering to the nuclear deal but they're not getting any benefits because of the u.s. sanctions and they want them to go away as fast as possible, michelle. >> the back and forth continues. than thanks. coach peter brand sold his needham, massachusetts, home in 2013 to a wealthy businessman. the buyer paid $989,000 for the
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we went through the greatest witch hunt in political history. the only collusion was committed by the democrats. >> president trump launching his re-election campaign with all of the familiar targets. acting defense secretary patrick shanahan pulling out of his confirmation. it follows reporting about his troubled family life. long-time trump aide hope hicks testifying on the hill in a couple of hours. the white house saying she can't speak about her time in the administration. president trump warning iran if they try to get nuclear weapons, they'll get war from the united states. welcome back to "early start," everybody. on a hump day, i'm dave briggs. >> i'm michelle kosinski. it's 35 minutes past the hour.
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the president in re-election mode. the campaign launched at an evening rally that was vintage trump. an airing of old grievances against the mueller report, democrats, immigrants, dave briggs. even his 2016 opponent, hillary clinton. >> we went through the greatest witch hunt in political history. the only collusion was committed by the democrats. >> on no issue are democrats more extreme and more depraved than when it comes to border security. >> remember, the insurance policy just in case hillary clinton lost. remember the insurance policy? >> lock her up. lock her up. lock her up. lock her up. lock her up. lock her up. >> lock her up. sources tell cnn the president has been complaining to aides that cable networks have largely
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stopped airing his rallies live as they did in 2016. a campaign source telling cnn officials hoped the rally would satisfy his thirst for the spotlight and reset the campaign. instead, we heard the same familiar refrains. caitlyn collins was in orlando. she brings us more. >> reporter: dave and michelle, the president's campaign leading up to this has branded this rally as this blockbuster launch of the president's re-election campaign where he's going to swoop in and steal the limelight back from democrats. they had news signs here, supporters waited to get in. they brought the first family out on stage beforehand. when president trump got on stage and he looked away from the teleprompters that were on both sides of him, you heard the president essentially make the same argument to his supporters that he made back during the 2016 campaign. he talked about the news. he criticized democrats. he went after hillary clinton
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around her emails. it was an airing of grievances that we heard for the last four years ever since he came down the escalator and declared against all odds that he was running for president. there was one point where he did get to the news and announce that he was officially running for president again in 2020. >> i stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as president of the united states. >> reporter: so what you saw from the president in orlando was more of a settling of scores than a setting an agenda for what he's going to do if he does get four more years in office. the president said if he doesn't, he painted this pretty dark picture at times, apocalyptic, quote, the democrats want to destroy you and they want to destroy your country as we know it. dave and michelle. >> caitlyn, thank you. acting defense secretary patrick shanahan withdrawing from consideration for the
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permanent job. this comes after a report of a violent family incident when shanahan's son attacked his own mother with a baseball bat. shanahan argued in a memo two weeks later that the teen was defending himself. shanahan told the post that he later regretted the memo and the self-defense was false. >> an administration official tells cnn shanahan was fully vet and they were aware of the domestic abuse claims. even though shanahan himself was never arrested, there was growing concern that his ex-wife would publicly accuse him of domestic abuse. shanahan's withdrawal raises key questions about pentagon leadership now coming just as tensions are escalating with iran. we'll have more on that in a moment. congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez seems to be
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speaking to her followers on instagram live. listen. >> the united states is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. they are concentration camps. i want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not -- that never again means something. >> aoc's critics are slamming her for using the term concentration camps, which is usually meant nazi death camps during the holocaust. 6 million jews were exterminated. >> she fired back, hey, representative cheney, since you're so eager to educate me. what do you call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial? she went on to tell cnn she's
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not comparing the situation at the border to death camps but more to internment camps like the ones that held japanese-americans during world war ii. long time trump aide hope hicks heads to capitol hill in a matter of hours. she will face questions from the house judiciary committee behind closed doors. but the administration is asserting immunity for hicks insisting she cannot testify about her time in the white house. democrats plan to press hixon events that occurred before the president took office. her knowledge of hush money payments to cover up mr. trump's extramarital affairs in the run up to 2016. we're joined this morning by cnn politics digital director zach wolf live in washington. zach, good to see you sir. >> good morning. >> let's start at this rally in florida. it was "free bird," man, play the hits. it was a rock concert, right? packed crowd, tailgate, people packing out. >> a band called the guzzlers.
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>> a band called the guzzlers. was there any new material from the rock star's act? >> yeah, let's get the band back together essentially is what this felt like. but you didn't see any new policy provisions coming out. you didn't see a new argument from this president for people to vote for him. it was really him going after the base of supporters that brought him into the white house. it wasn't him sort of extending to find new support or anything of that nature. it was certainly a return to what we saw in 2016. >> yeah. so recently heard the old words witch hunt, collusion, et cetera, et cetera, but we also heard him using words like depraf, they're out to destroy the people and destroy the country as we know it. is there any sense that saying things like that is losing some
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of its luster if not among his core base but the people that voted for him. polls show in key battleground states like florida that he trails at least hypothetically some of the democrats he could face like joe biden, the front-runner. i think there is certainly some amount of trump fatigue. you know, he's not reaching out to people who are on the fence. that's not his campaign strategy. he's not trying to get, you know, independents to vote. he's trying to get everybody who likes him, he's trying to get every single one of those people out to the polls and apparently every single one of them to a rally. the number of them there was pretty remarkable. i'm not sure given his strategy, i don't think that stoking those fires is really going to hurt him with the people he thinks can get there and get him back into office. >> it will be interesting to see if democrats can match that type of energy, that type of turnout
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as we get closer to the election. the president faces foreign policy changes. most notably in iran. we are sending 1,000 new troops to the area. he surprised people with this statement about the middle east last night. >> we're charting a path to stability and peace in the middle east because great nations do not want to fight endless wars. they've been going on forever. starting to remove a lot of troops. >> tepid applause there, but starting to remove a lot of troops. is that in direct contrast with reality, sam? >> yeah. it sounds like if the u.s. is deploying troops to iran, it's hard to say removing a lot of troops. trump has said they will remove troops from other parts of the middle east, you know, from afghanistan so he is correct on that. it is a supremely awkward thing
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to say you're removing troops on the same day you're sending troops and drumming up, you know, tension with iran at the exact same time. >> we were talking earlier about the pulse. let's take a look at some of these numbers among democrats in key states, in florida, for example. joe biden polling now, quinnipiac poll shows 50%, donald trump 41. we have 6 democrats at least with numbers higher than his. even yesterday we heard him say that. >> three of them are well within the margin of error. >> for sure. is there any indication that president trump is worried about the numbers, zach? >> i think the clearinghouse he did with his pollsters earlier in the last week or so is evidence that he's frustrated with the numbers. to the extent that he even, you know, hears them, you know, it's not clear to me at least what his staffers are telling him. we know he watches a lot of tv
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so presumably he sees all of these, but does he have this sort of secret set of numbers that they're giving him to make him feel better about himself? that's distinctly possible, i think. >> if the president is worried. he said, i think we win with more electoral points that no one else in the country has seen. great to see you. >> thanks, zach. president trump trying to downplay the possibility of a military confrontation with iran but warning it is not totally off the table. we'll be live in tehran next. pnc bank has technology to help make banking easier, like... a business borrowing solution to help get a little more space with a lot less mom. or home insight, to search for a new house within your budget. because, they really need their space. pnc - make today the day. has been excellent. they really appreciate the military family and it really shows.
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president trump downplaying the threat of a military problem with iran. he wouldn't say he's considering that, but the president says he
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would consider using military force to prevent iran from developing a nuclear weapon. meantime, iran is responding on multiple fronts. cnn's fred pleitgen joins us live from tehran now with breaking developments. fred, you have a president not only downplaying the attacks, calling them minor this week, but now downplaying the possibility of any military confrontation. so iran seems to be taking him up on that. >> reporter: yeah, they certainly are. i think one of the things that the iranians believe, michelle, is president trump doesn't want any sort of escalation in the middle east. at the same time they do believe there might be others in the administration who are more so inclined. the iranians are saying they would be ready for something like that. the iranians as you mentioned for the first time commenting on the evidence put forward that iran was behind the attacks on the tankers especially the video put out by the defense
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department. iran's defense minister himself coming out saying this was a cowardly attack mission. when they go out to help, they conduct several checks, go around the vessel. this could be videotaped and none of it proves anything. this is the first time we've heard the iranians comment on that. at the same time the iranians are defending that, wrapping up the civilian nuclear program again. the country's president rohani coming out saying this would be the minimum they could do because they feel they are abiding by the nuclear agreement but they're not getting any of the benefits that were promised to them like, for instance, sanctions relief. he says the u.s. sanctions against iran are what he calls humanitarian warfare. >> thanks so much, fred. let's get a check on cnn
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opponents are driven by hatred. they want to destroy our country as we know it. >> he can't keep himself from talking about his grievances. >> in his campaign, he was a disruptive force. >> it has worked well for him. i don't think he's going to change. shanahan now one of multiple individuals withdrawing from consideration from a post. >> i feel there was a deliberate concealment here. there ought to be an investigation. >> a man had a family issue. let's check on it before we go attack him. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." it's wednesday, june 19th. it is 6:00 here in new york. and this morning the fallout from what was supposed to be the president's 2020 campaign kickoff. there was the suggestion there might be some new themes, new ideas for the re-election campaign. instead, the headline was written by pete townsend.
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meet the old bosnew boss, same old boss. the question this morning will playing strictly to his base be enough? >> nice reference. hope hicks will testify before the house judiciary. this will be behind closed doors. but the white house will still assert immunity about her time in the white house. democrats want to ask her for details on several incidents of possible obstruction of justice outlined in the mueller report. so how much will she say? >> too far. >> not this morning. it's not too far. you're a pinball wizard. we have it all covered. let's begin with joe johns. he's live traveling with the president. we'll see what he has to add to this. >> reporter: good morning. the president's campaign had to have a reset moment and this was it. but the

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