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announced he will not run for reelection next year. now this announcement comes amid-an uproar over leaked private chat messages that were criticized as homophobic and incensivetive to the victims of hurricane maria. let's get to nick paton walsh who is joining us by phone. what happened? >> reporter: it's extraordinary. i have to tell you weapon been in anticipation thinking something was going on inside the governor's mansion here. anticipation he might be about to resign. but he's not going to run again this an election in which everyone thinks he's going to lose any way. essentially saying he's going to step back on the political life. the notion he's not going to step down immediately, which is what they have been seeking and to make that point clear r again was a minor concession.
ahead of the protests we're expecting tomorrow, which could be a million people on the streets ploking the main expressway heading into the capital city here. it's just going to throw fuel on so much of the crowds here. the elections we expect to happen next year will not be involving him. as you can see from the universal defense, people are expressing around the city here, granted mostly in protest, but it's hard to find a pro voice here. as extraordinary and couwould t to the facebook message and make a defined statement digging his heels saying he wants to continue serving the people. there's no polling here, but i say incredibly hard to find a voice in his support to keep it. you might see an argument that as some have suggested, it's not clear what would come next if he did step down immediately.
the crowds here that we're seeing are fur yus at the political leader. and the chat groups, which emerged in the past weeks or so in which he asked in a circle were being derogatory of the b lgbtq community. that spark ed the fuel and the dry forest fire of discontent amongst ordinary puerto ricans. that's why the fire is raging. so this would essentially involve this most likely and involved in the treasury. we're talking about people in the same political elite. that clearly is beginning to turn on the governor. it's been sort of focused on r various calls for an impeachment
ir quit ri that's underway. the governor welcomes that process that he calls it. but certainly referring to the ongoing parliament investigative part of what he's been up to. but a remarkable statement. many people thought this might have been the final moment he stood down from this position, but instead we're seeing him saying he'll stay with the sort of bizarre concessions he won't stick around for an election he will most certainly lose. the people on the streets tomorrow, particularly with the fwrid lock and standstill, businesses being warned they will have traffic disrupted and local justice department telling its employees it should still come into work. it's a normal working day. it's going to be chaos. whether he decides to stick through that is an open question. >> we'll vet reaction from protesters in their demands for him to resign. again, if you're just joining us, nick paton walsh, thank you
for that report. the fwov north of puerto rico making an announcement via facebook saying he will not run for reelection. he's in his current term. and he's there in puerto rico talking with protesters this weekend and is not likely to quell their concerns. we'll continue to stay on top of this story and follow any fallout from the announcement. in washington, the feud continues. the president of the united states launching a fresh attack on four progressive congresswomen he's been feuding with a straight week now. his latest tweet. i don't believe they are capable of loving our country. they should apologize to america and israel for the horrible, hateful things they have said. they are destroying the democratic party, but are insecure people who can never destroy our nation. sara westwood has been traveling with the president and join us where the president just left
after spending the weekend after saying disapproval of the second her back chant ps he's not let ing go of this grievance he has against these women. he's getting some backup now from people in his own administration. >> reporter: that's right, today two top members of the administration hitting the air waves in defense of the president to continue those attacks on the four democratic house freshmen members known as the squad. he got backup from a top aid, who has immigration as one of his top areas of focus. and both of whom enemphasized the fact he's worked to distance himself from the racist chants that broke out at his rally. and both this was themselves making the case that the criticisms are not racist. take a listen to what he this to
say this morning. >> the president was very clear. >> was he? >> he wasn't happy about it. if it happened again, he would make an effort to speak out. >> he will make an effort? >> that's what he's already said. >> okay. >> reporter: president trump has said that next time if the chabt breaks out, he might try to discourage it, but if you watch that footage from the rally on wednesday, he did wait 13 seconds before speaking once the chat broke out. steven miler said that the president's attacks on the four congresswomen weren't racist because he happened to be attacking members of congress who are of color. sources tell cnn that president trump faced pressure from aids and allies to distance himself from the chants and made a backlash from democrats and republicans were struggling to defend the indulgence of the chants. >> sara westwood reporting for
us, thank you. let's bring in our cnn political analyst and it wasn't just the vice president out trying to defend president trump, but top white house adviser steven miller who made this accusation. >> i think the term racist has become a label that is is too often deployed by left democrats in this country simply to try to punish and suppress people they disagree with, speech they don't want to hear. >> did anything help quell this storm? it's been going on for over a week now. >> i don't think it helped quell the storm at all. they tried to distract the story line chrks is four congresswomen love the country or not. but that's just his attempt and
the administration's attempt to change the subject. what's going on and what we're now going to see for weeks and months to come at every rally president trump holds is whether send her back become the rallying cry that "lock her up" or "build a wall" became in 2016. and whether president trump, whose moral stand on this is dwoing to be on the line, ebb courages that, laughs, smiles, says no, come on. every rally now it's an introduced into the bloodstream by this president. this racist notion that people of color who don't agree with him should go back to a country their country is is actually the united states. he's now put this in the bloodstream of his base and our reporters who were at that rally down in north carolina could feel that intensity coming from the audience when they were
chanting "send her back." there's a reallily in cincinnati. the president is going to be head lining. we'll see what the crowd is saying and what he says. >> on one hand, the president is saying he's not happy with this chant. but on the other hand, heath saying they are just patriotic american who is are saying "send her back." is he trying to have it both ways. >> there's no question after he distanced himself from the chants, when given the opportunity to criticize what was at the core of that sentiment, he defended the people behind those chants. when he was addressing reporters at the white house on friday and asked about his being unhappy, he kind of turned it back around on those four congresswomen of color. no, what i'm unhappy about is these women are unpatriotic. there's still these racial undertones to the way he's going after these women. might not be as explicit
tweeting they should go become to where they skam from. it's still four women of color and what that really tells you is the president was to some of the pressure in the aftermath of that chant, but he's still happy to animate his base and he's very much willing to continue and weaponize race and identity in order to do so. whether or not it's going to work is a separate question. i do think that when you look at the midterms and the way that the president tried to, again, gin up fear around immigration and go back to some of the tactics he used in 2016, it didn't work in some of the congressional districts in the house. us be we shouldn't shut r fwar coat it. it's the case that the president still sees an opportunity to target these four women and it's very much rooted in the fact that they are four women of color. >> cory booker says trump isn't is just a racist, he's worse.
listen. >> the reality is this is a guy who is worse than a racist. he's actually using racist tropes and racial language for political gain. he's trying to use this as a weapon it divide our nation against itself. and this is someone who is similar to george wallace. he's using the exact same language. >> are we seeing an escalation in rhetoric now from the presidential candidates and how they are describing president trump. >> i think we are in terms of high profile politicians, but black americans have dealt with racism right up to their face for years, for decades. we're seeing certainly in a greater way in the political sphere, but in terms of day-to-day life this has been escalated for a long time. what you're now seeing is presidential candidates like cory booker, kamala harris, saying democrats, we can't just
simply turn every conversation back to health care and jobs, which is the usual democratic playbook. we have to confront racism head on. we have a story on "the new york times" website. racism is a kitchen table issue just like jobs, just like income inequality. it's something they want to see confronted. to echo the point, the reality is that none of these congresswomen are running against president trump in 2020. he has a number of candidates he could be calling out for any number of policy differences. we're now one week into him choosing four women of color who he is decide iing to go after. trying to make them of the face of the democratic party. he's elevating these four women and you have to ask why. >> we have some fund raising
numbers that are in this weekend for the rnc and dnc. last month the. why such an edge for republicans? >> it's certainly problematic for the dnc that they have really struggled in terms of matching the fundraising numbers when it comes toment republicans. obviously there's the advantage of having an incumbent president who is going to be your most prolific fundraiser, but at the same time, the dnc has been struggling for years. some point to the obama years because he chose to have his own spin off operation. and this hurts the party in terms of building the voter file, understanding going into an election what the top priorities of voters are and then in turn being able to turn out likely democratic voters. . but i also think they have had
some rep talgs damage when you look at 2016 and the perceived bias towards hillary clinton. they were hacked by the russians so e-mails were laid bare for public consumption. they would rather allocate their resources. and not toward the national party infrastructure. so i think it will be an impediment to the eventual nominee and certainly one of the challenges for democrats will be to figure out how they are going to bridge this gap when the field senatnarrows down. when they have someone they have to put all their resources behind in 2020. >> thank you both for being here. coming up, a beauty pageant gets political when a contestant
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story. what did she put on twitters that was determined to be so problematic for pageant organizers? >> we haven't heard directly from the pageant a about specific content that resulted in the stripping of her title. we did see her post on social media a screen shot of an alleged e-mail she got from pageant staff saying that her social media posts r were offensive, insensitive and inappropriate. that e-mail also said she may have violated pageant rules, which included be of good character and good background,s no bripging disrepute to the world america organization. in the exchanges we saw that she posted, it didn't seem to indicate about political views, but zhu appeared on tv in michigan this morning and said she felt targeted because of her conservatism. she on that show defended two specific tweets that were considered controversial. they since have been deleted and from 2017 and 2018.
i'm going to read a couple of them here. in 2017 she posted about black on black crime saying d us yo know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks. fix problems within your own community before blaming others. she explained this morning that that was in response to someone else talking about black lives matter. then in 2018 she post ed a abou something that happened on the campus of the university of central florida where she was attending on world hijab day. some students asked if she wanted to try on the hijab. she declined and then tweeted this. there is a try hijab on booth at my college campus so you're telling me it's now a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under islam. after that incident, she transferred to the university of michigan, but she told the people on that show this morning that she was not expelled from
the florida school. we reached out to both universities to ask about any d disciplinary action against zhu and neither have come up with information for us just yet. now the tweets we just mentioned along with several other tweets over the last couple years seemingly disappeared from her twitter account, but she did tweet this amp in support of president trump, which she has done since the 2016 campaign. you saw her there wearing some trump shirts and hats. we have asked her for more context and explanation about some of the tweets in question, she has not gotten back to us. she said on friday she doesn't plan on legal action against the organization because she says she feels they have come under enough negative publicity. >> okay, thank you. coming up, after days of protest, puerto rico's governor announced he won't run for reelection. but he's not stepping down as governor. we go life to san juan, next.
first andrea constand has your before the bell report . a flood of corporate earnings will hit wall street. alphabet, amazon, facebook and twitter are among the company's reporting. boeing and mcdonald's delivered their quarterly report cards as well. they have been under fire lately. last week executives from facebook, google, amazon and apple testified been capitol hill. one hearing focused on antitrust concerns. two other hearings centered on facebook's plans to launch a crypto currency. despite the scrutiny, tech stocks have been on fire. shares of facebook surged 50%. amazon and apple are up both around 30%. investors are also listening for any progress on trade. last week president trump suggested he could impose more r tariffs on chinese imports. trade fears have been muted by the expectation of an interest rate cut. the federal reserve is widely
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the fwov north of puerto rico announcing he will not run for reelection next year after a series of offensive which thes sent is between the governmeor d his inner circle were made public. nick paton walsh live again in san juan where protesters are gathering behind you. how are the protesters reacting to the announcement? >>. >> reporter: they are pretangry. half an hour ago they were quieter, maybe in shock trying to digest what they just heard. which is the governor saying i'm not going to fight the next election. he's going to step down from president of his party. he wouldn't stay in the role any way. but he was not going to resign right now as everyone is is demanding. protesters said think thought he was going to go and make an announcement to avoid the embarrassment of tomorrow likely having a million people bringing the city into gridlock because
of main route into san juan, the expressway there was going to be filled with protesters closing around it. now we're hearing people send ing saying they are going to stay out and gatter in larger numbers tomorrow. and a sense of fury. and they have simply not been heard. governor's defense has been listen, i'm going to finish my term. i don't accept the allegations of corruption against me. and i get the confidence of the people back. in the protest, crowds say that's not going to happen. why she sticking around it a little unclear. some may be in the political elite would say they don't know what it will be. but it's all about tomorrow and the numbers on the streets. >> please keep us posed on what's happening there. you're working to speak with the representative from puerto
rico. we have representative jennifer gonzales joining us now by phone. thank you, congresswoman, for spending time with us. your reaction to the governor's announcement he will not run for reelection. is it enough? >> no, it's not enough. i to think it's the first step. toward getting him to step down. i think the events from the last week and a half have worsened. also the stability of the island. restoring the credibility of puerto rico in the financial the congress and the whole administration in order to get the money that was assigned for the reconstruction of the island is vital. so right now, the governor is difficult. not just for the people in the
island to give him credibility, but actually to govern under the circumstances. last week and a half, the two arrests of two major cabinet members of the health and education are the two largest agencies on the island. >> congresswoman, if you can hear me, we have a little bit of a connection issue potentially. i'm curious your thoughts about the protests. are you worried about the reaction this might have on the streets tomorrow? >> i think the reaction is from the whole island. everybody, even if it's not just one political party because i am the vice chair of the party that the governor was leading until this afternoon. and i think everybody. >> we just lost her. thank you. that was congresswoman jennifer
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no special treatment, that's the word after president trump offered to personally vouch for bail for a american rapper sits behind bars in that country. >> look, just for the streamers, you don't want no problem with these boys. they keep following. they keep following. >> the grammy-nominated artist has been in custody since july on suspicion of assault. he was saying that men kept following him and harassing him and his entourage. on friday the stockholm district court decided he should stay in custody until july 25th pend in the completion of the investigation. claiming he is is a flight risk. now his lawyer responding that he believes he was assault ed ad only acted in self-defense. joining us now is congressman
who represents the neighborhood where he was born. have you been in contact with the rapper and his attorneys? >> i have spoken to the attorney, i have spoken to the the parents of all three young men. it's not just about asap. all three of them have been in jail now going on three weeks. 23 hours behind bars, they let them out for 15 minutes. unheard of for people who have not been charged of a crime, that clearly when you see the video, they are erp the victims and not the perpetrator. i'm concerned we don't want any special treatment, but we want fairness. >> you talked about the one video we saw. there's another video out this from tmz that shows him throwing a man to the ground. let's watch that. >> when you watch that, does it
give you pause. does the investigation run its course. >> if you see the full body of evidence, you'll see he was harassed. they threw head phones at one of his security folks. so really these young men were harassed and pushed to the precipice and they reacted. not only they reacted, but they reacted after they were harassed. so we want fairness. we don't want any special treatment. we want all three young men -- i believe they are innocent. and they should be back home. >> you vouch to keep fighting? what specifically are you going? >> we have spoken to the swedish authorities, the ambassador in washington. the congressional-backed caucus, the hispanic caucus, other members of congress are concerned about this. we have spoken to the state
department. actually the state department sent a high state official to his last court appearance before he was given another week in jail. we're saying bring them back home. he's no flight risk. everybody knows who he is. he's able to make bail. why are they keeping them for three weeks? haven't been charged. haven't been officially charged of any crime. if you go to the videotape, you'll see perhaps they were the victims. >> the president has also vouched for bail, but sweden's system is not set up, so they don't have bail. the president also spoke out about this on friday. let's listen. >> many, many members of the african-american community have called asking for help. so i personally don't know. he has tremendous support from the african-american community in this country. >> the president of the united states has reesmed out to the
leader of sweden. do you think his involvement could help? >> everybody that wants to help, we welcome them. tomorrow we're having a rally with the mothers and the family members. reverend sharpton's house of justice. the music industry has come forward. folks from all walks of life. there's over a million signatures already on the petition. so the whole country has really gravitated in support of this young man who happens to have a very good record. he's someone that has been straight laced, gone on the right path, wants to do the right thing and he encounters this horrible situation. in jail for three weeks. the swedish government seems to be turned off. they don't want to hear anything. this is highly controversial and concerning that a country like sweden, which touts itself to be a very liberal country, haven of
democracy, of niceties, is behaving in this way. >> they are letting their judicial system run their course. we had breaking news from puerto rico. the governor now saying he will not run for reelection amid-the calls for him to resign. you're among those who believe he should resign. what's your reaction? >> that's the first step. the people of puerto rico, the vast major ity want him to step down. it would be unfair to drag the island territory for another year and a half, two years when, in fact, he's abdicated all standing in make iing sure that money spent is transparentally. >> do you think he can effectively lead? >> i don't think he can. that's a major revolt in front of his doorstep. he should step down. >> congressman, thank you very much. coming up, pimp my ride, kim
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rogue nation. new reports indicate kim jong-un is going to great lengths to smuggle limousines and luxury goods into north korea. heen as he demands money to keep the bodies of his father and grandfather preserved. and as much of his country struggles to make ends meet. brian todd has the story. critics say his unbridled greed. it was worth 500,000 each. famously had flanks of security agents run alongside them. and even waived to the masses alongside china's president from the open top of one. the problem is under u.n. sanctions, kim's not supposed to have luxury cars. he smuggles them in with an elaborate secret bootleg operation only to turn around and flaubt his apparent fleet of
limos. >> north korea's commercial fa sail civil ta torts have global reach that stretches not only in asia, but also to places like europe as well. >> the center for advanced defense studies and "the new york times" tracked a secret of shipment of two of the armored limos to pyongyang. they say the car's journey started in the netherlands in june of last year. sent in containers on a major shipping line. after a 41-day journey shs the cars arrived in the port of china. then they went to japan. then to south korea. but there a mysterious ghost ship, which the times says was tied to a russian businessman, picked up the limos. once out to sea, according to the times, the ship vanished probably turning off the required transponder. based on their tracking of shipping records and satellite pictures, they believe the ghost ship took the limos to russia where cargo planes picked them
up and flew them to pyongyang. >> they use shady companies whose operations are not clear. they don't necessarily always report all of their commercial activities. they object vis indicate the ownership of vessels. it becomes exceedingly difficult to track some of these shipments. >> north korea has been banned from importing luxury goods since 2006, but that hasn't stopped the reseem from smuggling in high end watches, yats and other expensive liquor. even ski lifts for the resort can which only elites can use. at least $191 million worth from 2015 to 2017, according to the new study. but while that's going on, kim apparently still says he needs donations from average north koreans to pay for keeping his dead father's and grandfather's bodies frozen. radio-free asia reports kim has recently forced factory workers and others to donate money to
pay for the preservation of the bodies of them at the palace of the son. where they are displayed through glass for the people to worship them. analysts say kim may not be doing this because he lacks the cash, but he wants his people to feel connected to his dynasty. >> by reaching out to party members, by reaching out to the people, it makes them invested in maintaining this location which is an important symbol for the kim family. it makes them part in parcel for the story of the kim family. it gives them a stake. >> despite the worship in north korea, there could be grumbling among north koreans about the preservation of the bodies. radio-free asia citing a source with knowledge of a ceremony where people were rewarded for donating, says some are upset saying it's ridiculous authorities are seemingly ignoring their livelihoods often letting some people starve to
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>> reporter: and all that made the studios happy especially as they started building on that. film series were soon everywhere. from the "fast and the furious." to "transformers." to the "bourn" movies. to -- >> i volunteer as tribute. >> the executives start seeing that's the direction that we want to go. they're not looking for a single project. >> welcome to the caribbean. >> they want the next franchise. >> reporter: some franchises were, themselves, the star attractions. "the lord of the rings," for example, and the story a magical boy. >> mr. potter. >> the "harry potter" film franchise like the book franchise was something that defined a generation. >> reporter: but nothing rivaled the success of the marvel films. >> marvel's arguably the biggest star in the history of movies. >> reporter: with one hit after
another, they brought in young and old mans alike. >> my uncle and my aunt, don't think have been in the movie theater in 20 years, were like, we're going. >> reporter: simply put, the new century began with the stars aligned. >> you son of a -- >> reporter: for many movie fans, it's been a blast. >> our thanks to tom foreman. and catch the brand-new episode of "the movies" tonight at 9:00 right here on cnn. we'll be right back. oof of less. woman 3: ...and clearer skin. man 3: proof that i can fight psoriatic arthritis... woman 4: ...with humira. woman 5: humira targets and blocks a specific source of inflammation that contributes to both joint and skin symptoms. it's proven to help relieve pain, stop further irreversible joint damage, and clear skin in many adults. humira is the number one prescribed biologic for psoriatic arthritis. (avo): humira can lower your ability to fight infections. serious and sometimes fatal infections,
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you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera in new york. we're still following breaking news in puerto rico where embattled governor ricardo rossello says he will not run for re-elections but he's still refusing to step down despite a firestorm over disparaging chat room messages between him and other members of his inner circle. rossello is now 2 1/2 years into a 4-year term. people have been protesting all week in san juan and that is where we find cnn's leyla santiago, and leyla, describe the scene there tonight. >> reporter: so, you know, one would think for a crowd that for days has been wanting to hear the word, resignation, they might be happy. it's the exact opposite. they're saying rossello's announcement where he will resign as the president of his political party and will not run for re-on