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happening now. breaking news. banning flavored vaping. president trump says he's moving toward a crackdown on tasty e-cigarettes that are so popular with teenagers after a series of vaping-related illnesses and deaths. why is the white house getting involved? noaa's snackerk. we're learning about the president's false claim to the hurricane threat to alabama. did president trump know that his acting chief of staff intervened. mr. tough guy. that's how president trump is describing his ousted national security adviser, accusing john bolton of making very big mistakes. their feud escalating today on a day when america's security should be front and center. and remembering 9/11.
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the nation pauses to remark 18 years since the nation was attacked as it had never been before. tonight, we honor the fallen and the heros. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." breaking news tonight on the trump administration moving toward a ban that would impact a very lucrative industry and potentially the health of many young americans. the president declaring he wants to get flavored e-cigarettes off the market. vaping products have been linked to a growing outbreak of severe lung disease and at least six deaths. also breaking, a white house official confirms that acting chief of staff mick mulvaney played a key role in defending the president's claim that alabama was threatened by hurricane dorian. we're told mulvaney directed the commerce department to fix the problem and disavow forecasters
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who contradicted mr. trump. i'll get reaction from senator angus king. he's an independent on the intelligence and armed services committees. and our correspondents and analysts are also standing by. first, let's go to our chief white house correspondent, jim acosta. jim, has the made made his big announcement on vaping? the ouster of john bolton was still very much on his mind. >> it certainly was, wolf. president trump is still justifying his decision to fire john bolton, saying the former national security adviser made some, quote, big mistakes. before he was kicked out of the administration. the president trashed bolton in front of the cameras, saying even north korean dictator kim jong-un wanted nothing to do with him. the president made these startling comments just as he was announcing his administration is considering a sweeping ban on flavored e-cigarettes. >> reporter: vowing to tackle the epidemic of teen vaping, president trump announced his administration is finalizing a new policy to crack down on flavored e-cigarettes, noting even the first lady is urging
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federal regulators to take action. >> we can't allow people to get sick and we can't have our youth be so affected. and i'm hearing it. and that's how the first lady got involved. >> reporter: but the president had one other ban on his mind, as in his decision to fire his national security adviser, john bolton. >> john's known as a tough guy. he's so tough, he got us into iraq. and that's tough. >> reporter: mr. trump fired off the first rounds of what's shaping up to be a war of words with bolton. >> and i told him, john, if too many people -- you're not getting along with people. i'm sure he'll, you know, do whatever he can do to, you know, what -- spin it his way. >> reporter: the president defended his decision to give bolton the boot in part over his handling of north korea. >> he made some very big mistakes when he talked about the libyan model for kim jong-un. >> reporter: insisting the now former national security adviser was wrong to suggest that dictator kim jong-un could be handled in the same way as libyan ruler moammar gadhafi who
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was overthrown after giving up his nuclear ambitions. >> i don't blame kim jong-un for what he said after that and he wanted nothing to do with john bolton. >> reporter: but a source close to the white house said bolton was leery of mr. trump's dealings with dictators and is worried about what will happen if he sits down with iran's leader saying, quote, john doesn't really like the idea of a meeting, because it's his view that trump caves, he gives them way too much. >> this could be one of the most unbelievable experiments ever, north korea. and i also the same with iran. iran can get back to business. >> reporter: the white house is still cleaning up after the president's mistaken claims that hurricane dorian posed a threat to alabama. a white house official confirms acting chief of staff mick mulvaney spoke with commerce secretary wilbur ross to have his department disavow a tweet from the birmingham office of the national weather service that contradicted the president. mr. trump told reporters he didn't instruct mulvaney to do that. >> no, i never did that. i never did that. that's a whole hoax by the fake news media. >> reporter: the acting head of
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noaa, which issued a statement backing away from that national weather service tweet, reassured forecasters they're not under attack. >> no one's job is under threat. not mine, not yours. the weather service team has my full support and the support to have the department. >> reporter: earlier in the day, the president marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and discussed his recent decision to host the taliban at camp david, a summit he scrapped. >> we had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. i called them off when i learned that they had killed a great american soldier from puerto rico and 11 other innocent people. they thought they would use this attack to show strength, but actually, what they showed is unrelenting weakness. >> reporter: now, while the president is taking action on e-cigarettes, it's not clear where things are headed on new gun safety laws. the president spoke with both democratic and republican senators about the potential for new gun control legislation
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earlier today. mr. trump is still not committed to the idea of universal background checks, despite polls showing such a system is supported by nearly all americans. the president told reporters at the white house earlier today, there are some things that, quote, will never happen. wolf? >> all right, jim, thank you. jim acosta at the white house. also tonight, the house judiciary committee just hours away from a very key vote, setting ground rules for its impeachment investigation. our senior congressional correspondent manu raju is joining us from capitol hill right now. manu, as democrats head into that committee vote, are they on the same page when it comes to impeachment? >> well, wolf, it's more about democrats say that the house judiciary committee is currently conducting an impeachment inquiry. top democratic leaders do not have the same message. house speaker nancy pelosi earlier this week on multiple occasions, when i asked her whether or not she believes they are in an impeachment inquiry, she said it's simply a continuation of the investigation that already has been ongoing. and today, house majority leader
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steny hoyer said "no" when he was asked whether or not the committee is actually conducting an impeachment investigation. now, he later issued a statement, saying he supports what the house judiciary committee is doing, but he would not call what was happening an actual impeachment inquiry. and i just asked hoyer again whether or not they're in an impeachment inquiry. they also would not say. he referred back to that statement. but overall, what democrats are saying, wolf, is that they do plan to move forward with this investigation and ultimately could still decide about whether or not to recommend articles of impeachment to remove the president. but listen to democrats over the last day, they're not on the same page. >> and he has said that it's an impeachment inquiry. is he right? >> you know, i don't speak for my colleagues. what matters most to me is, do we meet the definition required to get grand jury material in court? >> i want to see every republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment of this president, knowing his corruption, having
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it on the record, so that they can have that stain on their careers for the rest of their lives. >> doing the same thing we've been doing, we're trying to ferret out the truth. >> there's an old adage about how to cook a frog, if you throw it in boiling water, it jumps out. but if you put it in lukewarm water and turn on the heat, it will swim around until it gets cook. and my sense is the speaker is cooking the president. >> reporter: the speaker has endorsed what the house judiciary committee is doing, including the vote tomorrow to set the ground rules for how impeachment hearings could take place in the future. that includes allowing the chairman of the committee, jerry nadler, to call hearings that he would call impeachment proceedings and we could see that next week, wolf, when corey lewandowski, the former trump campaign manager is expected to testify about what was outlined in the mueller report, those allegations that the president may have tried to thwart the investigation, wolf. >> all right, manu, thank you. manu raju up on capitol hill. joining us now, senator angus king. he's an independent, a member of the intelligence and armed services committees.
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senator, thanks so much for joining us. what did you make of the president's decision today to once again trash his former national security adviser, john bolton, in the oval office of all places? even going so far as to side with the north korean dictator, kim jong-un, over it's an odd s wolf. because you remember that john bolton was hired by the president. it's an odd situation where the president is dumping on the person that he brought into that very important position. i think, really, though, wolf, we've got to look forward and see who's going to get this job in the future. it was apparent to many of us from the beginning that the president and john bolton were going to go in different directions. i don't think the president wants a war with iran, for example. and i think john bolton has been very hawkish about iran for 10 or 15, 20 years. he's been pushing in that direction. so i don't think this decision was surprising. what is a little bit surprising
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is this he said/she said or he said/he said that we're hearing from the president. it's -- i don't know, i don't know what to say, unbecoming, i guess. if he wants to make that decision, that's fine. it's his call. the national security adviser is not confirmed by the senate. it's entirely within the president's discretion. i hope he gets somebody in that job who's going to collect the information throughout the government, give him good advice, and tell him not necessarily what he wants to hear, but what he needs to hear. >> bolton for years has been saying he wants regime change in iran. the president doesn't necessarily support regime change in iran. he's ready to meet with president rouhani at the united nations general assembly in the coming days. >> well, wolf, i think the iranians would be crazy to miss this opportunity. it's clear that the president wants to meet. he's made that clear. mike pompeo has said it without preconditions. there's a sort of a pause in the friction right now.
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this is an opportunity for the iranians to get out of this maximum pressure situation and to try to reach some kind of deal with the united states that hopefully will go beyond the deal that the president abrogated last year. i think the real question is, what's that deal going to look like? is it truly going to be better than what we had before? but like i said, i think the iranians are missing an opportunity if they don't try to take advantage of this offer of talks. >> yeah, the president, he really wants to meet with him, without hi preconditions, as you correctly point out. it was bolton who opposed any such meeting. there's been a lot of turnover, as you know, in the president's national security team. some very important positions are currently filled by acting officials. does that have a negative effect on u.s. national security right now? >> well, i think it does. you've got vacant positions, you've got people in acting positions. there are people throughout the government in acting positions
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that we're not following the constitutional process where people who require senate confirmation, they're being made active. they don't get ever sent to the senate. but i think, you know, you're trying to complicate -- trying to deal with very, very, very complicated issues when you're not fully staffed. and, you know, i think one of the problems with the firing of john bolton and i don't necessarily disagree with it. i wouldn't have hired him in the first place. but one of the problems is, you're sending a message to your staff, to the national security folks, you know, don't tell me what i don't want to hear. and that's a dangerous message for a leader to send, because anybody makes mistakes. and if you don't have staff and people around you who are telling you when you're going off in the wrong direction, those mistakes can be very serious. so that's what's bothering me about this back and forth that's going on this afternoon. >> very important point. senator, you just returned from a visit to saudi arabia, where i
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understand you confronted the crowned prince, mohammad bin saloma salm salman, on the murder of "the washington post" journal jamal khashoggi. we're showing you a picture of you and your colleagues meeting with the saudi leader. what can you tell us about that session. how did he react? >> well, i can tell you it was a very direct session. todd young, senator young from indiana and i were there. it was a substantiative meeting, well over an hour. he reacted, you know, we didn't know how he was going to react. we knew we were going to confront him about this issue. he wasn't surprised. he reacted in a way that he understands, wilf, that he's got a problem. he understands that he's got a problem with the american people. and that this matter has to be dealt with in a straightforward and transparent way. they've started a trial process for a group of people that were allegedly involved in this murder, but they've left out al
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kahtani, one of the top aides who's not in the trial, who we believe we should be. and then, of course, the -- he's the head of state. whether he ordered it directly or not, he's responsible for what takes place on his watch. and i think he needs to come forward and say that publicly to try to get us beyond this issue, because the relationship between saudi arabia and the united states goes back 80 years. and it's very important, not so much for oil anymore, but because of the tenseness, the complexity of the situation in the middle east. saudi arabia is a strong bulwark against iran, which has expansionist desires in the whole region. so saudi arabia is an important ally, but the crowned prince knows, he's got to be straightforward about this khashoggi business. >> well, you spent an hour with him, senator king. you clearly looked him in the
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eye. do you believe he ordered the murder of khashoggi? >> i don't know. i don't know, wolf. there's no evidence that he did, but, you know, the issue is if he was the head of the government, and how would he not know? on the other hand, this may have been one of those situations from thomas abeck and who will rid me of this meddlesome priest where a leader makes a statement and the followers in case of thomas abeckette, it was the king's knights that went off and killed the bishop. who knows? i don't know if we'll ever know the answer. and i could not form a final opinion on that. but i can tell you, i put the question to him very directly. >> but you're on the intelligence committee. the u.s. intelligence community, as you know, the director of the cia, they've all concluded that
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he was responsible for the murder of khashoggi. do you disagree with that assessment? >> no, no, they concluded that based upon his control over the government of saudi arabia. in other words, they didn't -- there's no intelligence that i know of that links him directly to the action. but what their conclusion was, that a sparrow doesn't fall in saudi arabia without the prince's knowledge and involvement. and i think, you know, that's really the issue. so, you know, i think this is -- this is a very serious issue. and as i say, i think he has to come forward and be straightforward about it and at least, at least take responsibility as the head of state. it happened on his watch. he's the head of state. >> but senator, with a high degree of confidence, the cia concluded that he ordered the murder of khashoggi. do you agree with that intelligence assessment? >> i don't disagree with it. i just -- like i say, that intelligence, i'm aware of that intelligence assessment, and it
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was based upon the way the government of saudi arabia works. it wasn't based upon an intercepted communication or some evidence of his direct -- and i think that's a reasonable assumption. but you asked me the question, do i believe, to a certainty, and i couldn't -- i can't give you that certainty. i think it'he same reasons that the cia thought it was likely. he does not take that responsibility, but i think, as i say, at least he needs to take responsibility for the fact that it happened with him as the leader of the country. >> that's a very important point and there's lots at stake in terms of u.s./saudi relations as you well know and all of us know. senator king, thank you so much for joining us. just ahead, president trump says he fired john bolton. why does he feel the need to explain his decision and bash bolton along the way? and we'll take a closer look at the epidemic of teen vaping
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tonight, president trump is delivering party shots at his
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ousted national security adviser. he's again slamming john bolton as a so-called tough guy who made some very big mistakes. let's bring in our analysts and experts to discuss. abby, you cover the white house for him. why do you think the president feels the need on this second day to continue to slam him? >> well, according to my colleague, caitlkaitlan collinsy had a falling out, an actual argument in the oval office. and so it's clear that they left on pretty bad terms. bolton is also known to not really go away quietly. and i think the president seems to understand that. and he's pushing back early and pretty aggressively in a way that i have not seen him do with virtually anyone else who's left the white house, at least not this immediately. usually, he tries to put a positive spin on things. this time around, i think he's trying to really push back on bolton, and make it very clear that this was a disagreement about approaches and about ideology and that he's basically saying, i'm in charge here. and this is the direction i'm take mig foreign policy. >> i think we can expect, david, a very firm, tough response from
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bolton. >> yeah, i mean, bolton has one advantage here that a lot of people who do dmart the administration don't have, haven't had, which is, he knows what he thinks. a lot of people disagree with him, maybe most people disagree with him, but he's not shy about expressing a more hawkish foreign policy view. so if he has disputes with the president on issues and a strategy going forward for the united states, i don't think there's any reason to think that he'll hesitate to share with the world what he thought and why they disagreed so strongly. on the other hand, he came into the administration late and could have easily known that it was going to end like this, with a dismissal on twitter, with the president trying to get out in front of the narrative to make it look like bolton was the one who was incompetent rather than a strong disagreement. >> i never understood why he brought him into the white house to begin with, given their very different positions on so many issues. >> well, right. so the role of the national security adviser is to advise the president on big decisions when it comes to national security and foreign policy. and if the president doesn't
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trust that person's judgment, then what's the point of them being there? and with bolton, his views are so opposed to what the president's are, it really does beg the question. i mean, he had an op-ed that i think the title was, we need to bomb iran. so the idea that there was a surprise, that he was so hawkish and really wanted to bomb iran, it's puzzling. it's like someone didn't do their homework. >> and jeffrey, the president today blasted him once again for supporting the iraq war, which the president says he opposed. >> and that was years ago! which everyone knew. bolton was a very famous neoconservative hawk, very supportive of the iraq war, and as you suggest, why did he criticize him in the first place? the idea of criticizing bolton now for supporting the iraq war, well, that's a reasonable position to take, but that's a long-standing fact about john bolton. and, you know, he just simply
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couldn't have -- he should have not hired him in the first place. i mean, the whole thing is very mysterious. >> he used to be a regular analyst on fox news. and the president watches a lot of fox news. he used to see him over the years. i assume that was one of the reasons he decided to bring him in. >> and i firmly support the idea of television analysts being appointed to very high positions in the government. clearly, that's one area where donald trump and i agree, because the president seems to do most of his recruiting from fox news. not so much from cnn and msnbc, strangely enough, but the fact that he has -- that people are on television is something that he -- that really appeals to him. >> let me get your thoughts on this other issue, jeffrey, and then i want to move on to our other experts over here. the acting white house chief of staff, mick mulvaney, clearly played a role in getting noaa to disavow the national weather service tweet that contradicted the president, who insisted alabama was in endangered by the
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hurricane. the president said today he was unaware of mick mulvaney's involvement. what do you believe? >> yeah, right is my position on that. look, you know, the president can never be seen to be wrong. that's one of the guiding principles of this administration. it is one thing that the north korean administration of kim jong-un and the dear leader of the united states have in common. and there was this tremendous mobilization from the secretary of commerce, from the white house, to try to persuade that the people in alabama who were doing their job trying to protect the people of alabama did something wrong. this is a shameful episode. it is a completely unnecessary controversy. but the fact that the white house was behind it has to be the least surprising fact of the day. >> abby? >> yeah, it does seem that this is just another example of white house aides, particularly mulvaney, thinking that the
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easiest way out of a situation in which the president doesn't want to look bad is to make everyone else around him change their narrative to fit whatever he said. now, sometimes, the consequences of that are benign, but in this case, there are real consequences. it means that a lot of people now have reason to question the things that are coming out of government agencies that are designed to keep people in this country safe, that are designed to provide accurate information to the public. and they're doing it all because mick mulvaney and others in the white house want to just simply stop the president from being upset with white house aides and upset with the coverage that he's getting on television. >> i don't know why the president couldn't have said, well, originally we thought alabama was in danger, but it was no longer in danger when he said it was. but he doesn't like to do that, as we know. everybody, stand by. there's a lot more we need to discuss on all the breaking news right after this. with a lot of. so i know there's a big need for new gas-x maximum strength. it relieves pressure, bloating and discomfort fast. so no one needs to know you've got gas.
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we're back with our analysts. lots to discuss. jackie, this is the 18th anniversary of 9/11. the national security adviser is now gone. there's an acting national security adviser. there's a whole bunch of acting type advisers serving right now at a time where potentially there could be some major national security threats. how big of a problem is this? >> 9/11 is one of those days that reminds us how vulnerable we truly can be in this country so the fact that there is a lack
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of permanence in the upper echelons of the national security apparatus, yeah, that's troubling. and you would hope that congress would confirm people and the president would appoint people to those jobs that were not only qualified, but also that, you know, had the ability to stay there for more than ten minutes, to have that continuity. >> i never understood, abby, maybe you did, why the president decided on the eve of the university of 9/11 to invite the taliban leadership to camp david. the taliban has never condemned what al qaeda did on 9/11. >> it really is puzzling, and puzzling he brought it up again today of all days. a lot of people thought it was a terrible idea, including bolton. and for that reason, the president has cited that as many of the many reasons that he and bolton didn't see eye to eye. it was clear that they were
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doing that rather than making sure the conditions were right. that inviting the taliban on to u.s. soil is something that he can have public support for. so, you know, it's a little bit tone deaf, but it's not surprising that president trump would kind of just barrel through without really thinking through all the consequences of that. >> what about -- what do you think, jeffrey? why do you think he was willing to bring these guys over to camp david? >> well, i think camp david and the anniversary are terrible ideas. but i would just like to offer a word of support for the idea of negotiating with the taliban. you know, you can't make peace with your friends. you have to make peace with your enemies. and, you know, the taliban are terrible people, but, you know, is the alternative to keep american troops in afghanistan forever? is that something we want? i mean, you know, richard holbrooke, the adviser to obama years ago wanted to start negotiating with the taliban. this is not a crazy idea in and of itself. and i think, you know, the
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surrounding circumstances of camp david and 9/11 have sort of colored this debate when, in fact, the idea of trying to reach some sort of agreement that brings some level of stability to afghanistan is not in itself a terrible idea. >> and you make a very important point. the u.s. special ambassadors, for months and months, has been meeting fully authorized by the president with the taliban to come up with a deal. and david swerdlick, i think they were getting closer and closer. my own sense is they were on the verge of some sort of deal. the president wanted to bring them to camp david so he could potentially claim credit for nailing it all down. >> they were getting closer to a deal. but i see two problems here. first of all, president trump has a habit of rushing ahead to the finish line, because he likes a big photo op before building all the building blocks of a peace deal that he needs. and if you compare this to the situation with his negotiations in north korea, i think you see something similar. he crossed over the 38th
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parallel, because it was a big splashy moment, even though the deal that he wants to build with north korea wasn't in place. he thinks camp david, and he's of a certain age to remember prime minister and anwar sadat, he wants that, wolf. and he's proposing something like a meeting with the taliban on u.s. soil, because that's what sells, that's what has a photo op, not the actual -- >> remember, abby, when president jimmy carter invited m the prime minister of israel after anwar sadat had gone to jerusalem and addressed the knesset and uttered the words, he wants to make peace with israel. at that point, jimmy carter picked it up and they met at camp david. >> this is exactly the kind of thing that john bolton saw in president trump repeatedly and felt like he needed to be a
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bulwark against that. that he felt that president trump always wanted to get to the negotiating table, was willing to give too much, and not get enough in return. so, it's not an unfounded concern that people would have had that the president would have come into a room with these parties and would have given away the store, because he has seemed to be willing to do that in other cases. and you know, in the past, on north korea, pompeo and others convinced him to walk away from a bad deal. the last time they met face-to-face for an actual negotiation, it's not clear that they would have been able to do that this time around. and i think that's one of the reasons why this relationship really broke irrevocably just days after that meeting with the taliban was called off. >> your thought? >> you know, to your point, we don't even know that all the players were at the table at this point when it comes to afghanistan and the taliban. so rushing to the end, the president didn't want this to be a celebration. he wanted it to look like it was
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all coming together because of the stagecraft of it all. which, again, i mean, the stagecraft was part of the problem here, because they were going to come on u.s. soil. so, yeah, it's problematic and he wants that photo op and would do anything to get there. >> everybody, stick around. there's more we need to discuss on all the breaking news. the president and the first lady are now warning of very serious health risks from vaping, especially for teenagers. will the new move to ban flavored e-cigarettes save lives? tell him we're flexible. don't worry. my dutch is ok. just ok? (in dutch) tell him we need this merger. (in dutch) it's happening..! just ok is not ok. especially when it comes to your network. at&t is america's best wireless network according to america's biggest test. now with 5g evolution. the first step to 5g. more for your thing. that's our thing.
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tonight, the vaping industry is bracing for a major crackdown. the trump administration is moving toward a ban on flavored e-cigarettes that are especially popular with this comes after hundreds of cases of vaping related illness and at least six deaths across the united states. let's bring in our senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen. elizabeth, how significant is this announcement today from the white house? >> this is for sure a very significant announcement. anti-smoking advocates say they really think this could make a big difference. basically, what the administration is saying, those
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candy flavored, fruity flavoreded, minty flavored e-cigarettes that have been so popular among young people, that they will ban them. there is one important note, after they ban them, companies such as juul, the big player here, they're allowed to apply to the fda to try to remarket them. there is a possibility they could come back. the advocates say, boy, we hope that the administration makes it clear that the answer to all of those applications will be "no." all of this news sonnet heeof s news over the past few weeks. the cdc says some 400 vaping-related illnesses across the country and in addition to that, six deaths. most of these have been young really pretty healthy young people. >> i understand, elizabeth, you had the chance to speak to an 18-year-old whose vaping habit almost cost him his life. >> we met with adam in illinois, he was a healthy 16-year-old,
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was doing great, athletic. started vaping, first regular vapes and then marijuana vaping and all of a sudden at age 18 became desperately ill. >> i had the shivers and i couldn't control it. so i would just convulge, and i knew it wasn't a stroke, it felt like that, because i couldn't control myself. >> we've been hearing about these illnesses from so many people, wolf. these are healthy young people who after vaping end up sometimes in the intensive care unit on ventilators, because they can't breathe on their own. and it's a bit of a mystery. what exactly is it in these vapes that is causing these illnesses and are they at all e-cigarettes, only in certain kinds? that's what the cdc and others are trying to figure out now. there's so many different chemicals in e-cigarettes, which ones exactly are causing these problems? wolf? >> very important announcement from the white house today. elizabeth cohen, thank you very
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much for that. we have a lot more news right after this.
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we're following the lead-up to israel's unprecedented repeat election six days from now. prime minister benjamin netanyahu fighting over benny gas. cnn has more on the heated rematch.
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>> this victory speech came too early, but next tuesday he has a chance to do what he couldn't do then, defeat benjamin netanyahu. at ganz's campaign event chants look who's coming, the next prime minister, after failing to beat netanyahu the first time, he's pulling out all of the stops. >> translator: we are continuing to work to approach the people. that's what is needed until the end and beyond. >> even those who support netanyahu realize gantz is on paper a formidable challenger. >> i'm realistic, even though i come from bibi's camp and will vote for bibi, i know the center left will form the next government. >> but analysts say his campaign has lacked a message and argue gantz often comes across as lackluster leaving some wondering if he really wants it. >> there might be a secret in his very inept campaign in the sense that it presents such a
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counter to netanyahu. >> gantz was a career soldier rising to become israel's 20th chief of staff. he led the military under two wars in gaza serving under netanyahu. he's inexperience, passive and incapable of running the country and handling world leaders. he said gantz is a leftist who will form a government with the arabs. >> translator: the choice is between a weak, left-wing government led by gantz or a strong, right-wing government led by me. gantz's party pulled in a million votes falling 15,000 votes short of the likud party. when netanyahu couldn't form a party for the first time in the country's history, he called new elections instead of giving gantz the chance to lead the country. if gantz wants that chance this time he's going to have to fight for it. >> do you feel confident, i ask? >> i feel excellent. >> for a sold more who made it
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to the top, this may be the fight of his life. orrin lieberman, cnn, jerusalem. >> and just ahead, 9/11 remembered. i can taste my beer. i can taste my beer! i can taste my beer. i can taste his beer. i can taste your beer. i want to taste his beer. samuel adams sam '76. finally, a refreshing lager that you can taste. barb, i can taste my beer.
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finally tonight, we honor the 2,977 men, women and children who died on this day 18 years ago. [ bell tolls ]
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>> at the 9/11 memorial in new york we saw a ritual so familiar and still so moving. victims' names read by family members including sons and daughters saluting parents they've grown up without. >> ronnie e.geist. >> andrew gilbert. >> and my father edward calderon who will forever live in our hearts. we miss you and we love you dearly. >> at the other sites of the attack, more solemn tributes, former president bush laying a wreath at the pentagon as president trump had done earlier and vice president pence in the field near shanksville, pennsylvania, where a hijacked plane was brought down by brave passengers. to all those who suffered and are still suffering, to all
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those who were heroes, you are of course, in our thoughts on this day and on all of the september 11th anniversaries to come. thanks very much for watching. "erin burnett out front" starts right now. out front next, forget the facts. just fix it. cnn learning the president's chief of staff ordered the commerce secretary to fix the problem after the nation's weather officials called out trump's error on hurricane dorian. how is this acceptable? plus, it's the most important 2020 face-off thus far, biden versus warren and new poll numbers show why the stakes could not be higher for joe biden, and a major crackdown on e-cigarette which is have been linked to death across this country. let's go "out front." good evening. i'm erin burnett. out front tonight, the fix was in. a white house official

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