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follow me on facebook, instagram and twitter at jake tapper and tweet the show at the lead. cnn coverage continues right now. i'll see you sunds morning. thanks so much for watching. have a great weekend. happening now, breaking news, happy to testify. former trump campaign manager cory lewandowski said he will happily come before the house judiciary committee. will his story convince lawmakers or the public that president trump didn't try to obstruct justice during the mueller investigation. or will it convince democrats that the president ought to be impeached? not going home. israel reverses courses to agree to led representative rashida tlaib visit her grandmother in her family ancestral home in the west bank but the congresswoman turns down the offer and now she's slamming the restrictions she would have had to follow if she went. it started a new round of angry finger pointing. love me or hate me, amid
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reports president trump is worried about the economy, and a possible recession, he connells up with a creative new argument. telling a crowd that love him or hate him, everyone has to vote for him because the economy will crash and wipe out their retirement savings if he loses. walking away. we're learning frightening new details about the plane crash that retired nascar driver dale earnhardt, jr. walked away from with only minor injuries, including the plane bounced twice before running off the runway. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room". >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news. this afternoon president trump's former campaign manager cory lewandowski said he's happy to come testify before the house judiciary committee. democrats want to ask them about the section of the mueller report that raises questions about whether president trump--n
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obstructed justice. and lewandowski will explain why there is no obstruction or collusion. and also tonight, fresh fallout from the israel decision at president trump's urging to deny permission for two democratic congresswomen to visit the country. and israeli official lifted the ban for one of the lawmakers rashida tlaib who wanted to visit her grandmother in the west bank. but the congresswoman turned down the offer because it came with conditions she refuses to accept. also tonight, we're hearing the president is frustrated and by some reports rattled over signs the u.s. economy may be headed for a recession. at a rally last night he raised the specter of a market crash wiping out people's retirement savings if he loses the election telling the crowd, and i'm quoting him now, love me or hate me, you've got to vote for me. i'll get reaction from democratic representative raja krishnonoorthi of the intelligence and over sight committee and our correspondents
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will have full coverage of the top stories. let's start with phil mattingly in the breaking news. phil, what is cory lewandowski saying about testifying before the judiciary committee? >> for months house democrats have tried and mostly failed to get some of president trump's top advisers closest officials in his orbit to come to capitol hill and testify. testify publicly or behind closed doors. that is about to change. cory lewandowski one of the campaign manager for president trump in 2016, one of the closest outside advisers still today saying in a fox news radio interview he would be happy to come and testify in front of the committee. that follows the committee's decision to subpoena cory lewandowski to bring him to capitol hill for a public hearing on september 17th. now in the fox interview he said he would be willing to come up and testify and that he believed he needed to -- he would defend president trump and he needed to show that the investigation was a witch hunt. to give you a sense of how he plans on approaching that potential testimony. one of the key issues here is
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that cory lewandowski was involved in the central issues that the judiciary committee is vefing in their effort to do potential impeachment and worth noting he was on air force one with president trump last night as president trump went to new hampshire. he is considering a run for the new hampshire senate. >> so what else potentially could cory lewandowski say in an open session before the house judiciary committee that would raise further questions about possible obstruction. >> this is a central witness for democrats and you just go into the mueller report and there are two instances in the mueller report where cory lewandowski is cited and spoke to the speaker pelosi -- to the special council where he said on june 19th, 2017, the president met one on one with his former campaign manager cory lewandowski a trusted adviser outside of the government and dictated a message to deliver to jeff sessions and the message said that sessions should publicly announce that with standing his
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recruisal from the russia investigation and the investigation was very unfair to the president and the president had done nothing wrong and sessions planned to meet with the special counsel and let him move forward with investigating election meddling in the future elections. now, wolf, when you talk to democrats in the judiciary committee, they made two things clear. one in the obstruction piece, this is one of the key elements. the idea that president trump trying to stand in the way, get rid of or undercut in one way or another the special counsel and the other is that cory lewandowski is a key target in the investigation. not just because of the instances in the mueller report but because in particular he is not served in the white house. many of the reasons they've been able to block so many advisers on executive privilege grounds because cory lewandowski never served in the white house they believe they could not utilize that. now kaitlan collins reported yesterday the white house had been considering trying to figure out if they could use some executive privilege here but at this point in toim cory lewandowski said on september 17th he plans on attending. >> he's very open. saying if the interview, he has
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nothing to hide and no collusion and no obstruction. the last time he testified behind closed doors before the congressional committee, democrats were asking him questions and he was refusing to answer questions. there are many democrats who are concerned this could become a circus. >> i think that is one of the big concerns. the times that he's spoken to democrats in the committee has been behind closed doors and at one point he said i'm answering your bleeping questions an the idea there is politics and considering a senate race against a democratic incumbent and such an ardent defender of the president and what he said in the fox news interview about it being a witch hunt and called the democratic members of the committee phonies and the potential to turn into a political circus turned into a platform for cory lewandowski is something people could be nervous about. but the reality he is such a central component to what democrats are trying to do and jerry nadler made clear they are in the middle of an impeachment investigation and considering articles of impeachment by the end of the year. and cory lewandowski and his involvement in the specific issue in the mueller report is a
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key piece of that. >> as you point out, he's thinking of running for the senate from new hampshire. phil, thank you very much. let's go to cnn kaitlan collins traveling with the president. she's in new jersey outside of his resort over there. kaitlan, is there any reaction from the white house to what we just heard about cory lewandowski? >> reporter: well, wolf, cory lewandowski being open to testifying could signal that the white house is optimistic that that strategy of potentially invoking executive privilege so he doesn't have to answer questions about conversations he's had with president trump could be a successful one even though he's never worked in the white house and democrats and executive privilege experts say absolutely not. that is not something that you can do. white house officials are till figuring out how to proceed with this as others in their colleagues are dealing with the fallout after the president urged israel to not let those two democratic congresswomen that he's been feuding with for weeks to entder the country even though israel relented under certain circumstances for one of
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the women, she said her travel plans have changed. tonight congressman rashida tlaib is rejecting israel's offer to visit her family on the west bank. an offer that came with conditions one day after the country denied her and congresswoman ilhan omar entry at president trump's urging. visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything i believe in, tlaib explained on twitter. those conditions would have included a pledge not to promote boycotts against israel while she was there. the president has faced widespread criticism for getting involved. >> it is disrespect for the congress and the american political system for our ally to keep two members of congress out of israel. >> reporter: but sources tell cnn that the president's advisers believe his fight with four freshman democrats who call themselves the squad could benefit him in 2020. which is why the president keeps hammering them on the campaign
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trail. >> it really is keep america great. because we have these socialists who want to take it away from us. >> reporter: the one message sources tell cnn advisers fear won't work out for him is the economy. shaky markets and trade talks are stoking fears of a recession in the white house. at a campaign rally overnight in new hampshire, the president struck a dire tone. >> you have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k)s, down the tubes, everything will be down the tubes. so whether you love me or hate me, you gotta vote for me. >> reporter: with re-election on his mind, trump now finds himself defending the very policies that are rattling investors. >> and we're imposing beautiful well-placed tariffs. >> reporter: even admitting his trade war with china may not end quickly. >> i never said china was going to be easy. >> reporter: something he actually did say just last year
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when the president noted that trade wars are easy. amid the long-running trade war between washington and beijing, the trump administration is moving ahead with a billion dollars sale of f-16 fighter jets to taiwan, a move guaranteed to anger the chinese at a time when officials are trying to get trade talks back on track. earlier today, the president met with his national security team at his new jersey golf resort for a briefing on the state of the u.s. taliban peace negotiations. talks that could end america's longest-running war. the u.s. still has roughly 14,000 troops in afghanistan. and trump has been adamant that he wants them out soon. in the meanwhile, cnn has learned the president was forced to make an awkward phone call from air force one after he mocked the weight of a person he thought was a protester at his rally. >> that guy lhas a serious weigt
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problem. go home, start exercising. now he goes home and his mom says what the hell have you just done? >> reporter: but it was trump who was left wondering what he had done after it was revealed the man he mocked was actually one of his supporters. a white house oef official telling cnn trump did not apologize but left the man a voice mail thanking him for his support. that supporter said there are no hard feelings over the mix-up. >> everything is good. i love the guy. he's the best thing that ever happened to this country. >> reporter: now, wolf, the president has a habit of mocking protesters at the rallies but he doesn't typically go after his own supporters. once aides realized the mix up they went to frank dawson and got his information so the president could later call him but they did stress today the president did not say the words i'm sorry or i apologize, he only thanked the man for his support. >> kaitlan, good reporting. thank you very much. joining us now, democratic representative raja krishnonoorthi of illinois, a
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member of the oversight and intelligence committee. congressman, thanks so much for joining us. let me quickly get your reaction to the breaking news that cory lewandowski now said he will testify before the house judiciary committee and will insist there was no collusion, no obstruction. but if he's incorporateive with your colleagues and refuses to answer questions, how useful will his testimony be. >> well, i think that there are two things that come to mind. one is he's going to be testifying under oath. and so he's got to be very careful in what he says because obviously there was evidence to support what special counsel mueller said about what he recounted in his conversations with president trump and then secondly there is no executive privilege governing those conversations. he's not a member of the white house or the executive administration. and so i think that he would be subject to potentially subpoena
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for directly answering certain questions if he refused. >> the mueller report outlined cory lewandowski's role in what is described as potential obstruction of justice. you don't support a formal impeachment inquiry yet. could his testimony impact your stance on that? >> possibly. i would like to hear what he said about his conversations with the president and the president basically telling him to instruct jeff sessions to do something that he wasn't supposed to be doing. i think that the more we learn about those conversations, the better. >> another sensitive issue to get to, you're following -- all of us are following congresswoman rashida tlaib's decision not so visit in the west bank after israel put certain conditions on her visit. what do you make the late developments? >> well, first of all, i thought that was outrageous for the president to inject domestic
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politics into this relationship that we have with israel, that has largely been a bipartisan one for decades. i was very disappointed and thought it was a serious mistake on the part of the israeli government to acquiesce to his particular request. and i think it is -- it is logical that congresswoman tlaib would not want to go to israel under any conditions that would be put on what she could say and do while there given that no such conditions had ever been imposed on other members of congress. i think the larger point here, wolf, is that the president is disrespecting congress in his actions and while we may not share these -- the view points of these particular members of congress, we very much believe that members of congress should be able to conduct oversight and should be able to travel unimpeded by the president. >> it is a widely held view here in washington. not only by democrats but even a
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whole bunch of republicans. >> that is right. >> as well. they are very disappointed in the late developments. congressman raja krishnonoorthi, thank you. up next, why has president trump been asking about the possibility of the united states buying greenland? also investigators say the plane carrying nascar legend dale earnhardt, jr. and his family bounced twice before it ran off a runway. yet everyone on board survived. we're pretty different. we're all unique in our own ways. somos muy diferentes. muy diferentes. (vo) verizon knows everyone in your family is different. there are so many of us doing so many different things. (vo) that's why verizon lets everyone mix and match different unlimited plans. sebastian's the gamer. sebastian. this is my office. (vo) and now with more plans, everyone gets what they need without paying for things they don't. new plans start at just $35. the plan is so reasonable, they could stay on for the rest of their lives. aww, did you get that on camera? thanks, dad! (vo) the network more people rely on gives you more.
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following breaking news. the former trump aide cory lewandowski who was campaign manager said he's willing to appear before a house committee conducting a potential impeachment investigation into the president. let's bring in our legal and political experts for analysis. and jackie, cory lewandowski said he would be, quote, happy to testify before congress. but some democrats already fear if he refuses to answer a bunch of questions this could turn out to be a circus. >> completely. 100%. there is a reason why cory lewandowski has remained in the president's good graces because he extols praises on him
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regardless of the way the president treated cory but there could be some quid pro quo here. cory will appear before the hearing saying that he has nothing to say but positive things that there is no obstruction of justice, this is a witch hunt and things he said in the past as phil mattingly just said, he told investigators behind closed doors that he wasn't going to answer that bleeping question. and he is potentially announcing his run for senate in new hampshire. a state that the trump campaign is really focused on. so obviously he is -- he can't lie before congress. that would be in violation of the law. but i doubt that cory will say anything that is going to be damaging or negative and i think we could even see potentially senate campaign ad cut from this appearance. >> because you heard the president last night in that rally in new hampshire basically endorse cory lewandowski and one of the points he made or maybe the first point he made is he's
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great on tv. >> just like the most important thing to this president. >> that is what he was telling people in new hampshire. a huge crowd there. >> hasn't worked out so well for him. >> at that rally. sam, the mueller report lays out specifics about potential obstruction of justice including the president asking cory lewandowski to appreciate then attorney general jeff sessions to rein in the special counsel investigation. that is a significant point that members of the house judiciary committee will press him on. >> exactly. and remember lewandowski is in a different category than other folks subpoenaed by house judiciary. he will not most likely be able to claim executive privilege based upon the fact he hasn't worked at the white house. he's been an outside adviser. and one of the key issues for the committee when they question him gets to intent. because cory lewandowski was with the president when he did things like try to pressure sepgss to end this investigation, to try to do a deal to only investigation future election cycles, cory
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lewandowski can if he's testifying honestly speak to whether the president knew what he was doing and had knowledge of whether he would be breaking the law by trying to obstruct justice and again get back to the question of intent. that makes the house judiciary committee's questions and what they really focus on all the more important. >> joey, since he never worked in the white house or government, a campaign manager, if the white house decided they wanted to assert executive privilege, would they have a legal case? >> it does not appear so. but that doesn't mean they won't try it any way. so what is executive privilege? look, privilege is a very important. they are important because you want candid advice. you want say for example attorney/client privilege and when you sit down with a client you want them to tell you everything and not to repeat that. otherwise they will not give you their best so relate it by analogy to the president. someone comes in the executive office and you want them and there is an adviser and another government official, you want to have a conversation that will not be front page news as a
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result of that executive privilege is something very important. however, the issue applies to people working in the government to protect the internal deliberation process of the government. when you are talking back to your original question about someone who was an informal adviser and not a government official, then the privilege does not apply. and so again the president will obstruct in terms that he does obstruct and that is not have anyone go to congress and don mcgahn and hope hicks it will not work with cory lewandowski. >> stand by. a quick break. there is more we need to discuss and we will right after this. pa. uh, well, this will be the kitchen. and we'd like to put a fire pit out there, and a dock with a boat, maybe. why haven't you started building? well, tyler's off to college... and mom's getting older... and eventually we would like to retire. yeah, it's a lot. but td ameritrade can help you build a plan for today and tomorrow. great. can you help us pour the foundation too? i think you want a house near the lake, not in it. come with a goal.
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let's get back to our political experts. april, as the markets are showing signs of trouble, getting wobbly right now, some economists are suggesting there could be a recession, the president seemed to try out a new campaign theme at his plate cal rally in new hampshire last night. listen to this. >> you have no choice but to vote for me. because your 401(k)s, down the tubes. everything will be down the tubes. so whether you love me or hate me, you gotta vote for me. >> what do you make of that argument? >> well, wolf, this kind of goes along with the line of when the president was running for president the first time and asking the black community what do you have to lose.
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the cbc came out and -- show and tell, the cbc came out and said we have a lot to lose. basically, this premise of the president you just need to vote more me because you need to vote for me doesn't wash when this is a president with a temper tantrum over a wall and shut the government down to the angst and chagrin of government employees, those companies and businesses that worked around employees, the government offices and the gdp didn't move. those in rural america are hurting right now because of the tariffs. you have the clothing industry, we're possibly going into a recession with the dow dropping and the president said anything out of his mouth and it affects the markets. people need to use critical thinking. it is not just vote for me because i'm entertaining, politics is personal and if your pocket you pull out and there is lint, that will show up at the polls. >> jackie what, do you make of his point love me or hate me,
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you have to vote for me? >> well we've at the "post" been reporting how worried people inside of the white house are about the volatility about the markets and potentially dropping into a recession and trump's comment last night runs counter to exactly the effect that a recession would have on his re-elect which is that it would undercut his incumbent advantage and as we've seen what a -- with a lot of reporters repelled by the language and they've excused that because of the economy and the upswing since trump has taken office, largely due to the work that obama did, but that being said, this would hurt the president. and this this is the only excuse to convince voters where they should continue to allow his tweets, his rhetoric, his trade war to continue this kind of market volatility, i think they're going to have to do a better job convincing voters otherwise. >> stand by. there is other news rear following. the president's reported interest in buying green laland
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being met with a chilly reception in the island territory. fred pleitgen is in southern part of greenland and has more. fred, what are you hearing? >> reporter: hi, there, wolf. the people in southern greenland seem to be mocking president trump's idea to possibly buy or acquire greenland. this country's government has said, quote, that greenland is not for sale. and folks that we've been speaking to have said, look, this is something the u.s. tried in the past, they talked about 1867 and the period after world war ii and one resident said it simply is not going to happen. now on the face of it, it might not be such a crazy idea for the united states to want greenland. this place is apparently very rich in natural resources. and what has been going on in the past couple of years is that chinese companies have been trying to move in and exploit those resources and that is something that the u.s. is not very fond of. this place is also strategically extremely important.
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america has a big military base here and even early warning system for ballistic missiles so it is something on the face of it would make sense but of course if greenland does have all of the natural resources, if they manage to exploit them, the first thing they'll want to do is they'll want full independence. right now they are still semiautonomous and still part of denmark. so before becoming part of the united states, it is possible they would rather become independent. one thing president trump would probably have to do is finally acknowledge that the global climate crisis is real. as you could see behind me, there is a lot of icebergs that are breaking off glaciers here as this was one of the warmest summers in this country's history. >> very interesting, fred pleitgen thank you on the scene in greenland. sam anna, from a national security stand point, how important is greenland. >> it depends on who you ask, trump or national security experts. from a national security, there is a reason we have a military base in greenland. it is the northernmost base and
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provides critical access to defend against missiles and other movement in that region. from president trump's per pective, it is an area rich in natural resources and what we're seeing now is a new cold war in a very cold region of the world. the arctic. and that is why this is -- this is the time that we should be working with greenland and be working with denmark on countering chinese and russian influence in the region as allies rather than embarking on potentially looking at a real estate purchase. and final point, wolf, president trump can't or is unwilling to remain the territorial integrity of the united states, the territories under his control and now is not the time to be looking to add more that to that. >> he likes real estate. >> he does. >> joey, what do you think because the government of greenland they reacted today by saying greenland is not for sale. >> well, look, the reality is that everything has a price. and so it should be noted by way of history that apparently this
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was explored in 1946 under truman and didn't go anywhere but did happen and by way of experience, the louisiana purchase happened in 1803 as it related to france and in addition we have russian purchase or alaska purchased from russian in 1867. so there is some precedent for this to occur. times have changed. it doesn't happen. but it is not as crazy as you might think at first blush. >> well let me ask april, what do you think? you are sometiming and seem to be laughing about the whole thing? >> yes. because we're being very cerebral about this. sources close to the president have told me that behind his back they were laughing because this is not well thought out at all. >> he did ask his advisers to give him a legal review. is it even theoretically possible? >> and i think that -- what is important here is one adviser weighed in and said the president hasn't brought this up
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in a campaign rally. which would be probably a talking point that would receive a lot of applause which shows that he might not be serious but i think greenland made a good point which is if he was seriously considering buying this he would be well served to admit that climate change does exist and is rapidly melting the region. >> but come on, president trump has been cutting funding for military bases and other alliances. this is what he's been saving up for. this is like a give me a break moment. we are literally throwing allies under the bus and he's wasting time and his lawyers' time and others looking at whether it is legally possible to purchase a territory from our ally denmark. why doesn't he spend the time sitting down with denmark and with greenland and talking about actual national security interests rather than wasting time. >> well, april, denmark actually said what greenland is saying, it is not for sale. >> you know, i'll go back to
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what joyce said, if the right price is there, it could be. but again this president throws everything out there just to throw something at the wall to see if it sticks. and we're doing a lot of talking and this president really is not seriously thinking as much about this as we are. so it is going to be on to the next subject. he might want to buy paris the next day. who knows. so it is just -- i hate to say that, but -- >> paris isn't what it used to be according to the president. >> all right, now. >> i love paris in the springtime. everybody stand by. there is more news we're following. authorities say nascar star dale earnhardt, jr. and others are extremely lucky after walking away from a horrific plane crash. we'll bring you the latest on the investigation. plus more provocation from north korea in the form of missile tests. is kim jong-un also testing the limits of president trump's patience? grab some pens.
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[ sirens ] >> look at how the fire ball. >> reporter: tonight the ntsb on the ground investigating this fiery plane crash. that retired nascar driver dale earnhardt, jr. managed to escape holding his 15-month-old daughter and his wife amy and their dog gus and the two pilots rushing to safety. authorities say despite the flames and thick black smoke, no one was injured beyond some cuts and bruises. >> we removed the wreckage in a plane crash. everything else went -- they're all extremely lucky. >> reporter: investigators are climbing through what is left of the now charred cessna citation aircraft pulling out luggage and a child seat. the ntsb has not determined a cause for what it is calling a, quote, firm landing at the municipal airport. >> the airplane bounced twice before coming down hard on the right main landing gear. >> the aircraft went down into
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the ditch and came back up before it came to rest. >> reporter: the skid marks in the grass still visible. part of the airport fence wrapped around the fuselage. >> that would have been where the door was. there t would have been difficult to get the door open. >> reporter: ntsb investigators say interdue with the pilot and the family are consistent with surveillance video from the crash and there is some data including a cockpit recording they plan to analyze. >> dale earnhardt jr., checkered flag at talladega. >> reporter: voted nascar's most popular driver 15 times in a row he followed in the foot step of of his legendary father dale earnhardt sr. who died in a crash at daytona 500. fan droves the 20 minutes to take photo -- photos at the crash site and the family at home and dale will not call the
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race. there were no calls of distress before that firm landing happened. dale jr.'s sister thanked everybody for all of the outreach and the prayers that have been offered. said that the family is participating and cooperating with anything authorities are asking but they have asked for privacy and have been through so much over the past 24 hours. >> so happy they are all okay. dianne gallagher, thanks for that update. coming up, kim jong-un is once again trying to drive a wedge between president trump and a key u.s. ally. we'll have the latest on north korea's latest provocation right after a quick break. ♪
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north korea launched more short-range missiles today, continuing a series of military and diplomatic provocations. let's get the latest from brian todd. what is kim jong-un up to? >> wolf, tonight the dictator is moving very aggressively. fine tuning his short-range missiles for quick strike capability against the u.s. and south korea forces and he's using those missiles as a diplomatic sledgehammer to get what he wants from the u.s. and allies. >> after two launches overnight sending ballistics at six times the speed of sound toward the sea of japan, the aggressive young leader appears to once again be trying to dictate terms
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to the u.s. and south korea from the tip of his spear. the test firing of two short range missiles late on thursday is kim jong-un's sixth such provocation in only about three weeks. analysts say he's again clamoring for president trump's attention and signaling his rage. that could do damage to the united states and to our those precision joint military exercises between u.s. and south korean exercises started a few weeks ago and will be conducted at least into next week. u.s. officials have said they're defensive designed to sharpen american troops readiness for any possible hostilities on the peninsula. it made north korea's military
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uneasy. >> his rhetoric calls these preparations for invasion and to strike against him, particularly the purchase of the f-35 by south korea gives it the capability to strike deep and to strike any leadership target or any missile target in north korea. so he is afraid of this training. >> at the same time tonight kim is firing another diplomatic salvo at his south korean counterpart, moon jae-in. he has no desire to talk face to face with south korean officials again. this comes as president trump, according to sources in the administration, has soured on moon believing he hasn't done enough to rein in north korea's aggression. some observers believe moon's getting a bad rap. it was moon, after all, who spurred a lot of momentum for the peace process early on hosting kim jong-un's sister at the winter olympics and having an aide hand deliver a summit. the dictator in pyongyang is
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conveniently for getting all of that for his own game. >> kim jong-un is trying to delegitimize moon jae-in and undercut his power in south korea and more importantly trying to drive a wedge in the south korean and u.s. alliance. >> tonight the diplomats are warning in investing too much in the personal one-on-one relationship with the dictator who they believe want to keep their nuclear weapons. >> indeed, he does not intend to denuclearize. the danger is self-delusion, that the president may convince himself that something is happening that is not really happening. >> and to give an idea of just how much the u.s. and south korea have bent over backwards to tolerate kim's provocations and to work towards peace, analysts point out that since that first trump/kim summit in singapore in june of last year the u.s. and its allies in the region have canceled at least 12 sets of military exercises and
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they've scaled back many others while at the same time kim jong-un has not scaled back any of north korea's military exercises one bit. >> very interesting, brian. there's also real concern about the immediate threat the so-called short range missiles which have a range of 600 miles that kim has been testing posed to u.s. and south korean forces. they're not very far away. >> they really are not, wolf. it's a huge threat. analysts say the latest missiles that kim has tested, they demonstrate a very important improvement. one expert from m.i.t. says the latest missiles are very impressive given their trajectory, ability to maneuver in flight. all of which makes them harder for u.s. missiles to strike. >> seriously is. brian todd reporting. thank you. coming up, we'll have more on the breaking news. the former trump campaign manager cory lewandowski says he's happy, happy to come testify in open session before the house judiciary committee.
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manager cory lewandowski says he looks forward to testifying in the house impeachment probe. will the white house prevent that from happening? refusing to travel. after she was banned by israel from -- with president trump's blessing, a democratic congresswoman is rejecting a new offer to visit her grandmother in the west bank. this as outrage grows over mr. trump's pressuring israel to punish his political opponents. on shaky ground. as recession fears grip the markets, the president is trying to stir up support. he's warning voters they have no choice but to re-elect him if they want to avoid economic pain. and put on ice. greenland says it's not for sale after mr. trump floats the possibility of buying it. we have reaction from the world's largest island where some are asking if the u.s. president has gone mad. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around


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