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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 the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."
this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news on the house impeachment probe. former trump campaign manager cory lewandowski is signaling he's willing to testify after being subpoenaed by the judiciary committee. also tonight, new controversy after israel banned the entry of two democratic congress women targeted by president trump. one of the lawmakers, rashida tlaib, is rejecting israel's new offer to let her visit her family on the west bank following israel's conditions. more evidence that mr. trump is stressing about a potential recession just ahead of the 2020 election. he told crowds in new hampshire they have no choice but to vote for him to avoid economic consequences. this hour i'll talk with senator and democratic candidate cory booker and house judiciary candidate cedric richmond.
our correspondents and analysts are standing by. first, let's go to manu raju. manu, cory lewandowski is speaking out about the house subpoena to testify. >> reporter: no doubt about it. he is going to defend the president and attack the democrats calling them phonies. the democrats are engaged in what he calls a witch hunt. this represents, wolf, a new phase of this investigation that the house judiciary committee is launching as they try to determine whether or not to move forward with formal impeachment proceedings. the judiciary committee chairman has said they're in one. one of the witnesses who can help them build their case towards actual articles of impeachment. the question ultimately is how much will lewandowski tell this committee. he has appeared before, a separate committee, the house
intelligence committee. democrats asked him, communications that he had with the president but he refused to answer those questions even cursing repeatedly i'm told at those democrats. will he fight and be feisty before democrats in this committee? he indicated today he is willing to fight. >> i look forward to my opportunity to sit in front of his committee and, believe me, i'm no flowering violet. if he wants to attack me, which he's already done, i am a guy who's going to fight back and i look forward to that opportunity. i'm happy to fight back because i want to explain that there was no collusion, there was no obstruction. >> wolf, cory lewandowski is considering a run for the senate. presumably he could use this as an effort to propel his campaign potentially. he appeared with the president at his rally yesterday. the president made it very clear he would like him to run for the new hampshire senate race even though a number of republicans are concerned about his potential candidacy.
we could see a lot of theatrics come this hearing mid september. the question is ultimately what will be gained, what will the public learn? >> could be rather lively. what does he know about possible obstruction? >> he has referenced several times throughout the mueller report about the obstruction of justice. efforts about allegedly the president underwent to try to undercut the mueller probe, try to thwart it. according to what the president said, the president said he wanted lewandowski to reach out to jeff sessions and to limit the scope of the mueller probe and exclude the president's campaign and focus on future campaigns. lewandowski tried to set up the meeting, it did not occur. the president followed up with lewandowski. lewandowski turned to rick dearborn who was then a former -- who was then a white house official, then a former chief of staff to jeff sessions. why don't you go to jeff sessions and try to set up this meeting. he delivered a message. it was typed out delivering the president's words.
dearborn apparently did not set up this meeting but the same committee, house judiciary committee wants to hear from rick dear born. we'll see if cory lewandowski decides to talk about those episodes because in the past, as i said earlier, he has not wanted to do them. >> as you point out, unlike lewandowski, dearborn worked in the white house so the white house may have a better case for executive privilege on that front. thank you very much, manu, for that report. let's bring in caitlyn collins. she's with the president in new jersey. any white house reaction so far to the prospect of cory lewandowski testifying? >> reporter: well, wolf, it seems to be a sign the white house thinks that strategy we first reported on yesterday could be a successful one where officials are weighing using executive privilege to stop cory lewandowski to help answer questions about conversations like the ones that manu was just laying out. conversations about the special counsel's investigation even though democrats have said absolutely not, that's not
something that can apply to cory lewandowski because he never worked in the administration. something we should note, executive privilege experts that i spoke to agree with. white house counsel colleagues -- officials are still trying to figure out how to navigate their path forward as their colleagues are dealing with the fallout after president trump urged israel to bar those two democratic congress women from being able to visit the country. even though israel relented today allowing one of them to come under certain circumstances to visit her family, rashida tlaib said her travel plans have changed. tonight congresswoman 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, talib explained on
twitter. those would have included a pledge to not boycott against israel while she was there. the president has received criticism for getting involved. >> it's disrespect for congress and the political system for our ally to keep two members of congress out of israel. >> reporter: but sources tell cnn the president's advisors 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 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 advisors fear won't work out for them is the economy. shaky markets, unpredictable trade talks are stoking fears of a recession inside 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 401ks, down the tubes. everything is going to be down the tubes. so whether you love me or hate me, you've got to vote for me. >> reporter: with re-election on his mind, trump finds himself defend the very policies that are rattling investors. >> and we're imposing beautiful, well-placed tariffs. >> reporter: even admitting that his trade war with china may not end quickly. >> i never said china was going to be easy. >> reporter: something he did actually say just last year 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 tonight with an $8 billion sale of f-16 fighter jets to taiwan, a move virtually 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
in his new jersey golf resort for a briefing on the state of 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 protestor at his rally. >> that guy's got a serious weight problem. go home, start exercising. now he goes home and his mom says, what the hell have you just done? >> 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 official telling cnn trump did not apologize but left the man a voicemail thanking him for his support. that supporter, frank dawson, said there are no hard feelings over the mixup. >> everything is good.
i love the guy. he's the best thing that ever happened to this country. >> reporter: now, wolf, the president has been maintaining publicly that the u.s. economy is doing just fine, but behind the scenes our reporting shows that the president is turning to people he doesn't always listen to, people like his hard line trade advisor peter navarro who is assuring him there will be an economic rebound to come. it will be worth the trade war. the president is asking people outside the administration what they think. our reporting shows that the president got on a call today with the treasury secretary steven mnuchin and the ceos of three banks asking them what they thought about the state of the economy. wolf, one source told us the bank ceos did tell the president there are negative side effects of his trade war and it needs to be resolved as quickly as possible. >> see what the president does. caitlyn, thank you very much. joining us now, democratic congressman cedric richmond. a member of the judiciary committee. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me,
wolf. >> let's get to cory lewandowski first and then we'll get to some of the other issues. lewandowski says your committee, the judiciary committee, didn't even need to subpoena him. he says he's happy to come testify at open session and to fight back, his words, to fight back and to say there was no collusion, no obstruction. what's your reaction to all of this? >> well, the truth of the matter is i think talk is cheap. if he's willing to do that, come, take a seat at the table, raise your hand, take an oath to tell the truth and don't try to exert any privilege. testifying openly and honestly about everything that happened while you were on the campaign trail and your actions involving the mueller investigation that you were a go between between president trump and other officials as the president tried to obstruct justice. so it's one thing to say i look forward to coming, but you know and i know that he's trying to
run for the u.s. senate and he will do just as everybody else has done either behind closed doors or in public, exert some form of executive privilege even when it has no basis. and cory lewandowski's case it would have no basis for him to exert any sort of privilege, but i would be willing to bet that he will come. he will exert privilege, answer the questions he wants to answer and not answer those hard questions about what the president did, when and how. >> some of your democratic colleagues already fear this could turn out to be a circus. we shall see. as you know, the mueller report outlines how president trump directed lewandowski to tell them attorney general jeff sessions to limit the scope of the special counsel's investigation. how important is it to hear his own description of these incidents of what are widely seen as possible obstruction? >> well, look. we outlined in the questioning with mueller how each element of obstruction of justice was
taking place and mr. lewandowski's actions are one of those instances. the president wanted to limit investigation into himself for his benefit to keep things from coming out to the public, and so it would be very important for lewandowski to answer those questions. did it happen? did the president direct you to do it? because there's ample evidence that the president did. so i'm really wondering whether cory lewandowski is that in love with the president or the prospect of running for the senate that he will come before congress and lie. and so i don't put it past him or anybody else in this administration, but i welcome him to come. but please don't come and talk all of this macho stuff on tv and as soon as you get to the table don't exert privilege when you can't answer, don't want to answer all that will implicate the president in clear obstruction of justice. >> congressman, your judiciary
committee is coming back a week early, in early september, from recess to vote on new gun control measures. then what? how do you plan to convince the senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, to even consider these. >> look, we're going to need the help of the american people. i believe the will of the american people can overpower obstruction in the senate by the senate majority leader in terms of bringing bills to the floor for a vote. assault weapons ban, the high capacity magazines that hold the ammunition in these assault weapons and semi-automatic weapons. the overwhelming public wants to see that happen. think about it, we live in a country where we have cities that are banning plastic straws but we can't ban assault weapons? i mean, that just doesn't make sense to me. look, i think banning plastic straws will save the environment. i also think that banning assault weapons will save the lives of many people, children,
mothers, sons, fathers and the list goes on. and we've seen that time and time again and my grandmother always told me, where there's a will, there's a way. we need the american people to join with us, especially all of these senators, including mitch mcconnell, who's up for re-election and let him know that this is our will and if you stand in the way of it, we will get it done with you or without you. >> we heard some democratic presidential candidates, congressman, push for either voluntary or even mandatory buy back programs for assault-style weapons. would you support that? >> look, that's something i would not rule out. these are weapons of mass destruction. we know where they are. they're in our communities, and we need to figure out a way to get those weapons off the streets. so if it is a buy back, then i'm all for it. if it's a mandatory buy back, i think you may run into some complications but the thought of it does not offend me and it
sounds like something i could support. but i will say that we have banned assault weapons in the history of this country and we should go back to that time. and so we beat the nra once and we ought to do it again. >> let me get your thoughts on congresswoman rashida tlaib's decision not to visit israel and the westback. she rejected the conditions saying they won't let her desire to see her elderly grandmother to be used as what she calls a political bargaining chip. what do you make of all of this? >> well, i would say good for her, for standing up for her principles. and the problem is, wolf, and, you know, i hate to come on your show and just criticize the media a little bit, but we run down every rabbit hole that this president creates and what he did was outlandish. it was wrong. it -- for him to tell another country not to let members of congress in that country when we send that country billions of dollars of aide, she has a
congressional responsibility to go see how it's spent. go to israel, who has been a strong ally. all of his actions come when something bad happens. the stock market is tanking. people are worried about the 401k. he can't defend the trade war. he can't talk rationally or intelligently about his plan to end the trade war, improve the stock market so what does he do? he changes the subject by another outlandish act. i think that i support her and her decision. i just wish that israel would stand up, show some independence and welcome them in with no conditions attached. >> you're certainly not alone in making that point. congressman cedric richmond, thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. we've got some breaking news coming into the situation room right now. a critical u.s. computer system is now down and it's affecting thousands of americans and other travelers trying to enter the united states. we're digging in on this.
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again, this customs and border protection computer network, it is out at several airports. it's affecting arriving international customers. so they are unable to process them using these computers. they now have to do this manually. so important to note, operations have not ceased, but it is literally moving at a snail's pace at a time where traffic and volume is very high. obviously we're in the midst of summer travel. that is from dulles airport. you can see how long the line is there. no telling how long those people will be waiting and then there's this other layer of this problem, which is missed connections. so i know that a lot of airlines are working to rebook these passengers, but the big question tonight is what caused this outage? we know this has happened to the agency before. they've experienced outages with their computer systems and they've caused this sort of delay before in 2017, it happened in 2018. we know in 2017 it was a
software glitch. is that the same sort of situation that we're looking at here? we simply don't know. cbp saying they are currently investigating the cause, but one thing is certain, if you are one of those international travelers, you're going to be waiting there for quite some time because, again, they are forced to do this all manually. >> washington and dulles, incredible. stay on top of this. we'll get back to you. >> president trump's efforts to punish two democratic congress women. israel has backed off the refusal to let one of the lawmakers into the country. representative rashida tlaib is refusing to accept israel's terms. joining us now, democratic presidential candidate senator cory booker. senator, thanks. let me get your reaction. congresswoman rashida tlaib says she won't be visiting after
israel will be visiting my grandmother. what do you make of this? >> i think she should make the decision that she feels is personally right for her. i think the outrage here is the president of the united states. the language he uses to talk about two sitting congress people. the lies that are venal that they literally put their lives in jeopardy by whipping up hatred. and then for him to reach out to the israeli government to change and capitulate to a president that pushes this kind of hate is wrong as well. this is an unfortunate situation and, again, just as another testimony to the moral vandalism of this president. >> like so many other members of congress, the house and senate, you called on the israeli government to reverse its position and allow the congress women to come in.
why do you think the original decision from president trump? >> that's something he'll have to answer to himself. what i know is that president trump asked and he complied and i think that was a capitulation of the values that i know the israeli people speak to. it's a violation of values that we speak to, that here are two great nations where we have a deep, deep relationship and to deny two sitting congress people elected by their constituencies and communities entrance into the country is to me unacceptable and on top of that the way that president trump is continuing to describe these women are patent lies and they're dangerous lies because they appeal towards hatred. they appeal to the kind of violent sentiments that we see unfortunately too often in our country now where white supremacists are using the words
of this president to attack vulnerable populations. >> that gets me to the new plan to combat hate crimes of white supremacy. your plan would require the department of justice, fbi to focus more on this threat. when you look at the trump administration's approach to this issue, what are your biggest concerns? >> well, first of all, we're not talking in any way about proportionate response to the problem. international terrorism seems to have motivated the spending of billions of dollars and it seems to have motivated a tremendous amount of bipartisan cooperation. we are since 9/11 the majority of our terrorist attacks have been right wing extremist groups. the majority of them have white supremacist actors. this is a major threat to national security, and this is the administration that even changed the categorization. it's no longer a violent white supremacy. they now have an amorphis
category of racially violent extremism. this is an administration that won't even focus on the issue, won't even talk to its proportionate challenge to our nation's safety and security and is not allocating the resources that they should. if i am president of the united states, i'm going to make sure as we have with other major threats, that we create a white house office on hate crimes and white supremacist violence to make sure that we are prioritizing what has now become a challenge and a threat to thousands and thousands of lives in our nation. this kind of violence is on the rise and we need to have a president that will focus on it with strategies to actually solve this crisis in our country. >> senator, on the issue of gun control, another 2020 contender, beto o'rourke, just proposed a national gun registry and licensing system. a mandatory buy back of assault style rifles. you say your plan on gun control, in your words, is the most far reaching plan of any other candidate. can you still say that? >> well, first of all, i'm
really happy that there are presidential candidates that first criticized my plan and now are turning to embrace it. the idea of gun licensing is something i've talked about from the very beginning as a common sense strategy, one that has in states like connecticut where you need a license to drive a car, connecticut said, hey, you should have a license to buy and own a firearm. they saw violence drop 40%, 15% less suicides. when i first came out with that part of my plan i took criticism from folks that are now moving to support and embrace my plan. this isn't about politics, this is about truly what is a threat to our nation. the last 50 years more people have died to gun violence than who died in all of our wars from the revolutionary war to present combined. we have a government that was formed in this nation. one of the fundamental reasons in the common defense. the government is failing to defend the country.
the sole capitulating and fear that we're sending people back. it will reduce gun violence in our country and deal with the epidemic. >> you addressed this over at the black church pac event where you are right now. in the new fox pole, by the way, you're polling around 6% with black voters. joe biden is 37% with black voters. what's your plan to win over their support? >> well, wolf, you and i have been around long enough to know polls have not been right on. barack obama was polling behind then senator clinton in african-american communities. polls are not what's important. what's important is what you're doing on the ground and everybody from the des moines
register and "new york times" of recent have taken note we're building the best organizations in the early primary states. in iowa we lead all of them combined to activate them. we are building a community to win. there are six months before iowa even votes. we are a long way out. i'm confident in our pathway. as more people, record number of people are going to cory booker.com to vote, i'm excited we'll continue with our message of healing, to beat donald trump, that's not enough, that's the floor. but to get us to the ceiling of addressing the injustices of america. >> i know you've qualified. senator booker, thank you so much for sending it to us. there's more breaking news just ahead. cory lewandowski sounds willing to testify in open session before the house impreachment probe. what might he reveal?
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answering all the questions under oath in open session. >> he's serious about coming in. answering all the questions, that's a separate matter altogether. look, he's come in before and came before the house intelligence committee last year behind closed doors. democrats have a lot of questions they want to ask about what he knew about. he didn't serve in the white house. he had lots of conversations with the president, the comey file. he would not talk about anything past the campaign season. it got very tense. he swore at multiple democratic lawmakers multiple times. what he can reveal now, will the white house intervene to prevent him from answering questions. expect a very lively and contentious affair assuming he does show. >> rachel, what do you have? >> democrats are hoping they come in. there are 125 democrats. obviously the public sentiment is not there.
most americans do not want to oust the president. democrats want to have the high profile hearings, made for tv moments that will change public sentiment, or so they're hoping, after robert mueller. having cory in, even if he comes in and says no obstruction, no collusion, they're going to ask him about what he told robert mueller. he told robert mueller one of those ten instances of potential obstruction of justice. just by relitigating that, oh, there was nothing wrong with this, he wasn't asking me to do anything illegal. you know, just by confirming those details in the mueller report, he's doing exactly what democrats want him to do. i don't think trump wants him up here at all. we'll see if he does. >> that's a great question. the judiciary committee.
they can deal with it all they want, the democratic majority. it's the republicans in the senate that determine the final outcome. that's a bill that happenings. you've heard the president talk about background checks in an odd way. he'll talk about meaningful background checks. he was asked about universal background checks but it's a question he doesn't really want to answer because he's clearly not on the same page with democrats on this. i think we know where republicans stand on this even as you hear the president say, oh, mitch mcconnell seems to be for background checks. they're not for background checks. if anything, there's this red flag law or red flag proposal that's been brought up which would incentive advise states to pass red flag laws. that would mean a judge can confiscate a weapon from somebody who's deemed to be unfit to have it. democrats essentially say, listen, if you have these
incentivizing red flag laws without universal background checks, they're kind of toothless. we're sort of status quo in terms of where this has been in the past. donald trump sounded very strong. there was a lot of public outcry. democrats and gun control groups asking to do something. we'll be at a stalemate. >> at the same time, lawmakers are asking how to make domestic terrorism an actual punishable crime. it's hard to believe it isn't but there are challenges. >> let's go through this. people would say if there were isis demonstrating on the streets of america today, we should arrest them. that should never happen. isis is a group that has murdered people for political purposes. go back to charlottesville. if you were to say a white supremacist group involved in acts of violence can't demonstrate on the street across america, people would say, that's a free speech issue. they have a right to speak.
let me give you one question. who do you want to investigate and why? the challenge the american citizens are going to have is they're going to say, this is great. we should be looking at white supremacists. how about the group in your town? and an individual in that town says, well, that person has a right to speak and they also have the right to say they hate somebody. who do you want to investigate? i think the congress and others are going to have a problem with that. >> they're already divided over this topic. talks right now about moving separate legislation dealing with this. nowhere near a consensus on that. nowhere near a consensus on what to do about background checks. one senator, rick scott, from florida, i asked him would you get behind any background checks bill, the mansion/toomey bill, he said i will look at anything. the calculus may not have changed. >> as we're speaking, the president is tweeting on rashida tlaib and her decision not to go
see her elderly grandmother in the west bank. >> israel was very nice and she said she would not visit israel. could this be a setup? then he tweeted this, representative talib wrote a letter to israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. permission was granted where she obnoxiously set it up. >> the reason tlaib didn't go is they were making her promise she wouldn't say certain things and she wouldn't go to certain places. these are restrictions that never before been put on a member of congress who has visited the country of israel. that protest, to use her
grandmother to do that, she just couldn't stand it. i've been talking to a lot of democrats. a lot have been trying to put theme selves, yeah, restart the party's friendship with israel and say, look, we are supporters of israel, we have been there. now they're in this weird position where they're having to embrace these two women that they don't agree with on israel policy and criticize a country that they have long since ben with. trump, if he really cared about the u.s. relationship with israel, he wouldn't be making it a partisan thing. >> you hear them criticizing prime minister netanyahu. >> apac, obviously no ally of tlaib and some of the statements she's made and her stance on israel came out and saying, it
was wrong, i think in many ways the sort of well was poisoned when they said no to rashida tlaib after they said she would be able to get into the country along with omar, the president there leaning on his ally. benjamin netanyahu is up for re-election in a month. this is somebody he's sort of selling on his friendship to voters in israel as a positive. >> what do you think? >> you have got to be kidding me? it's more difficult for a u.s. congressman to be visiting an ally than me? you have to be kidding me. the president just put netanyahu -- netanyahu is brilliant but he didn't figure this out fast enough, in an impossible position.
since the beginning of the establishment of the state of israel, if you're a democrat you have that. the president is making israel a pa partisan. we're following president trump's apparent dream of making an epic real estate deal on behalf of that. even if he's serious, the owner of the world's largest island is making it abundantly clear it is not for sale. cnn's tom foreman is joining us right now. the idea is getting a lot of reaction. >> it has ruled across the atlantic and it's being met with howling outrage. >> reporter: completely insane. he's gone crazy. greenland and the whole idea that president trump thinks maybe the united states should
buy the world's largest island has been swift and strong. >> i can only laugh. he's lost his marbles. the white house is not saying if this is a serious proposal and the white stews journal. he's talked about it a lot. as far as how real? i mean, actually, do it. the answer is probably no. >> no, because of his business skills -- >> anybody read "the art of the deal"? >> yes. >> greenland is home to denmark. they have tweeted greenland is bought. fish stock, seafood, there's a new frontier for adventure tourism. why is great and as global
warning opens the region to more exploration and traffic, a lot of countries are showing interest, including china and russia. the u.s. already has its biggest northernmost military base there. >> it's located 750 miles north of the nordic threat. >> this may not be a crazy idea. in 1867 the u.s. bought another huge cold place which was mocked as a folly. but alaska has worked out she was asking. still, the outlook for this real estate deal is not promising. >> it's into the something you'd buy or sell. if countries want other territories, it's war.
>> close white house openers don't think this is going to go anywhere. they'll travel to meet with the prime minister. i don't know if he'll take his checkbook. >> tom foreman, thank you very much. we're getting new information about disturbing advances in iran's missile program and it's adding to concerns that some of america's most dangerous enemies and fiercest rivals feel embolden since president trump took office. let's go to our pentagon star, barbara scott. >> some of the most dangerous as donald trump isn't in the white house. >> reporter: tonight new classified imagery shows iran is ready to launch a rocket, as soon as next week. the peaceful satellite. it's the program with the same
technology needed for app intercontinental ballistic missile, the type that could strike the u.s. commercial images of this launch site obtained by cnn show launch-related vehicles are already on site. >> iran, trouble, nothing but trouble. >> reporter: several u.s. defense and intelligence officials say iran is improving range and accuracy of all of its missiles and so is north korea. kim jong-un has come and conducted six and now conciliatory at times. >> our allies take advantage of us. >> reporter: the adversaries are on the rise and bolder. >> they believe they can go ahead and produce weapons systems and test weapons with
impunity. >> reporter: president trump complements i got a very beautr from kick jong-un. they're trying vladimir putin is working on new weapons to keep the u.s. out of europe, including a nuclear powered missile that apparently recently exploded releasing radioactive material. china has massive cyberespionage efforts to steal american military technology. >> the reason we see all of these things happening and all these different countries is because all of these rivals of the united states see no real pushback from the trump administration. >> the incoming chairman cht joint chiefs of staff, the president's personal military adviser has a dire warning. >> china went to school on us. they watched us very closely in the first gulf war. second gulf war. watched our capability.
they want the capability to defeat us by mid-century. >> when it comes to iran and north korea, how are they accomplishing all of this? experts tell us they are very active in sanctions busting and they also are active on the weapons black market. wolf. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. thanks very much. much more news right after this. e is so creamy, one day you'll tell your grandkids about it. and they'll say, "grandpa just tell us about humpty dumpty". and you'll say, "he broke his pelvis or whatever, now back to my creamy heinz mayonnaise". heinz mayonnaise, unforgettably creamy. my body is truly powerful. i have the power to lower my blood sugar and a1c. because i can still make my own insulin. and trulicity activates my body to release it like it's supposed to. trulicity is for people with type 2 diabetes. it's not insulin. i take it once a week. it starts acting in my body from the first dose. trulicity isn't for people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. don't take trulicity if you're allergic to it,
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exactly 50 years ago nearly half a million people crowded onto a farm in upstate new york to celebrate sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. wood stock was the mother of all music fechlts we have a new special report on the legacy. bill which are spoke with legends who perform the wild weekend, including david crosby. >> there was a cooperative spirit, a generosity to each other. >> how do you account for that? was this. >> if i knew i'd bottle it and sell it. >> yeah. >> i'd give it away for free. i'll generate all of it there was and spread it around, rub it in my hair at ♪ ♪ >> but if the wood stock documentary is any indication, the one guy who should know the secret recipe. >> mike what's the worst part of running one of these things.
>> is michael lange. >> the worst part. >> the worst part about running one of them? >> i don't know. i don't know. >> through biblical storms and bad acid trips. >> kids are hungry you got to feed them. >> not enough food and angry band managers. he was the impossibly young promoter holding it all together. >> where are you going from here? another one. >> if it works. >> okay, folks try to get this under way. >> 50 years later. >> hold on. hey, hold on. >> he is determined to repeat his magic. >> bill is joining us now. the plan for a 2019 wood stock concert didn't exactly pan out. what happened. >> yeah, it was amazing sort of mirror image to what happened in '69. lawsuits and lost permits and disaster after disasters. the difference is there were $30 million on the line this time around for the likes of jay-z
and miley cyrus and in the end couldn't find a home. there was no maxey azger to miraculously give them a farm with a plont to go to give are get it together. it's one dwraes note to how we followed this. we went in search of what was the spirit? what was about it that we celebrate? why is the wood stock that gets the golden anniversary? to a person who was there let's less about the music and morp the human connection and how people cared for each other in what should have been a humanitarian disasters. >> 50 years after wood stock, bill, what was the impact. >> you know, it depends on who you ask. some say well those hippies took showers and voted for reagan and started new wars. others say no they planted seeds of barack obama and the me too movement, the green new deal, black lives matter, social justice movements as well. that's the beauty of this. it was one event but 450,000 different stories as to how people interpret what went down
there. i found the one moving me the most is the couple embracing in a muddy blanket on the cover of the triple album. they are still together lovers. married 48 years. they found something at wood stock. we can try to shoot for that. >> good for them. do the music festivals food still have the power to be as culturely momentous as wood stock. >> well it's a new part of a $32 live music industrial complex. and i've been to bon a rue for years. you got coachella all of these. with so many artists and so many different stages with so many messages, it's hard to capture that -- the way country joe sang an anti-vietnam song back then. the audience today less worried about getting drafted, more worried about getting shot at home. so, you know, artists lake child irk gambino, rap about that in certain places. i asked kids if they think a song could change the world for the better? they think so. but the grandparents thought the
same thing. 50 years ago. >> well we look forward to watching the special report, wood stock at 50 airing home night at 9 eastern here on cnn. good work, bill. thanks for doing this. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. outfront next, trump's fwren new deal, the president suggests buying greenland not just to feed the ego there is a lot of money there. president trump unleaching a blistering attack against congresswoman rashida tlaib. calling it a setup after she rejected israel's new offer to visit her grandmother in the west bang and obama's reported message to biden before eystading to run. you don't have to do this, joe. just how involved is the former president in his vp's campaign? let's go outfront. and good evening i'm erin burnett, outfront tonight not for sale to trump. greenland turning