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the president made a promise to a world leader. and a whistleblower complained. who was that leader? what was promised and why? is that still being kept secret. a brown-face scandal for justin trudeau. a photo that could sway an upcoming election. scathing criticism of president trump from his former national security adviser. what john bolton had to say behind closed doors. >> there's a whole fleet of them. are we really alone?
the u.s. navy confirms reported ufo videos are real. welcome in the states and around the world. i'm christine romans. >> do you believe in ufos? >> it's unidentified. >> that doesn't answer my questions. him dave briggs. breaking overnight, it wpresidet trump's communication with a world lead er that led to a complaint. and two tell "the washington post," it was a promise the president made to a foreign l d leader that causes concern here. the leader of the intelligence committee felt the complaint was of concern. we know president trump spoke to at least five world leaders in five weeks leading up to the
whistleblower complaint. including vladimir putin and kim jong-un. >> we don't know the nature of the promise. but it was of sufficient concern. it was troubling enough that the intelligence community official who learned of it felt compelled to lodge a complaint with the inspector general of the intelligence community. and he did this in august. just wasn't too long ago. if it was putin, it was only a couple weeks after that. >> these developments are raising more questions of the president's handling of sensitive information. the white house is not commenting. and acting dni, joseph mcgwire, is refusing to share with congress. that's touching off a political and legal dispute. he has agreed to talk next week. and the dni will brief the intelligence committee behind closed doors today. an apology from justin
trudeau after the prime minister was in brown-face in public. the existence of this photo was first reported by "time" magazine. trudeau did not realize at the time that his actions were racist. >> in 2001, when i was a teacher in vancouver, i attended an end of the year gala, where the theme was arabian night iaian k. and i dressed up in an aladdin costume and put makeup on. i shouldn't have done that. i should have known better but i didn't. i'm really sorry. >> he says he put on same limil makeup for a high school talent show. he is in a competition with his
opponent. and election is october 21st. mike pompeo in the middle east, showing ining support fo saudis after a crippling attack on their oil fields. >> anytime you have an act of war in this nature, there's a risk this could happen. >> the term act of war is a clear reference to iran. there's a high probability that saturday's attack originated and launched from an iranian base. iran denies it. pompeo says he is in the middle east to build a coalition to deter iran. on wednesday, the defense ministry released weapons that may have been used in the bombing. let's go to cnn's nic robertson.
nic? >> reporter: good morning. what the saudis put on display, the cruise missiles and drones that were used in the attack, there were 18 droenes and 7 cruise missiles. these attacks could not have come from yemen, that it was the iranians that made the missile systems. they wouldn't be pushed on where the attack came from. those responsible would have to be held accountable. what seems clear in the picture emerging here, secretary of state mike pompeo here, is not having a press conference, leaving right around now. that alone is showing you that the united states and the saudis are trying to dampen down what might happen next. the saudis won't point the finger of blame, shows they are not looking for a military confrontation at this moment. what they are trying to do is build international support for their position.
and i asked the military general in charge of this, if they're achieving that. this is what he told me. >> the attack is not against just the saudis. it's against the global energy. >> does the international community believe that now? >> i think we have a common understanding. we are working with our allies to stop iran from their hostile act. >> reporter: playing into the picture of saudi slow-rolling, if you will. they are pointing the finger of blame publicly, at least playing to the former saudi ambassador to washington, and now, the deputy defense minister, telling u.s. officials recently on the trip to washington, that saudi
arabia does not want an escalation of conflict in the region. this is before the attack. does not want the united states triggering a regional war. the bottom line here is, saudi arabia and the uae have way too much to lose. and this attack exposes that. the question then is, what do you do about iran and the use of these drones and missiles? >> nic in riyadh for us. thank you so much for that. former national security adviser john bolten lashing out at president trump in new york. bolten slammed the president's approach to iran, north korea and afghanistan. and, quote, didn't have anything positive to say about trump. the attendee said bolten called the idea of calling the taliban to camp david disrespectful. they got into an argument and
trump asked for bolten's resignation after that meeting. the aftermath of corey lewandowski's testimony, some democrats are questioning the wisdom of bringing the campaign manager for another hearing. but lewandowski's refusal to answer questions adds weight to the impeachment push. at a private meeting about two weeks ago, house speaker nancy pelosi, expressed her annoyance with the judiciary staff to push ahead with impeachment. the federal reserve cut interest rates. slowing global growth, ongoing trade policy tensions and
geopolitical risks like brexit. mortgage rates and credit card borrowing will be between 1.75% and 2%. the others are pegged on the funds rate. president trump who called for negative rate s criticized agai. the central bank expects the economy to remain strong. he left the door open for another rate cut. >> it can be a mistake to try to hold on to your firepower until a downturn gains momentum. what we think we're facing here is a situation that can be addressed and should be addressed with moderate adjustments to the federal funds rate. >> 7 of the 17 officials now see the possibility of at least one more rate cut. possible terrorist ties in the case of an american airlines mechanic trying to sabotage a
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they sell to the automaker. the u.s. navy confirms the ufo videos are the real deal. >> look at that thing. >> there's a whole fleet of them. >> my gosh. >> they're going against the wind. the wind is 120 knots to the west. >> look at that thing, dude. >> the footage had been identified as unidentified aerial phenomenon. two of the videos contain audio from u.s. fight eer pilots attempting to make sense of what they're seeing. a navy spokesperson said the transparency is to encourage trainees to report any incursions. convinced yet? >> a lot of them are oblong shaped. sometimes they're flying together in a formation. >> reluctant to embrace the idea
of aliens. >> but releasing the video, i think, is important. especially if you have pilots that are seeing this stuff. open it up, let people figure out what's going on. ahead, weeks of uncertainty ahead in israel, with benjamin netanyahu's future uncertain, president trump is already creating distance between he and his key ally. well i switched to swiffer wet jet and it's awesome. it's an all-in-one that absorbs dirt and grime deep inside. and it helps prevent streaks and haze. stop cleaning. start swiffering they use stamps.com all the services of the post office only cheaper get a 4-week trial plus postage and a digital scale go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again. get a 4-week trial plus posi've always been ai'm still going for my best... even though i live with a higher risk of stroke due to afib not caused by a heart valve problem.
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more political deadlock and uncertainty in israel. it shows benjamin netanyahu trailing his former chief of staff benny gantz but one street. it's so close that netanyahu has canceled a trip next week. oren leibermann is in jerusalem. what are you learning? >> reporter: well, prime minister benjamin netanyahu doesn't have all that many cards to play and that is one of them. shifting the goal posts all along, which was a right-wing government to a unity government. we hear from president trump,
who said the race is too close to call. he is watching it. and the u.s.'s relationship is with israel. that's probably not what netanyahu wanted to hear, since he spent the last three years cultivating this relationship to his advantage. and it seems like trump may be getting ready for another leader. netanyahu canceled his trip to the u.n. general assembly next week. that is indicative of the tight spot that netanyahu has been in. it means he's missing a potential photo op with president donald trump. and that is a tight spot for netanyahu. meanwhile, netanyahu in that statement he put out this morning, said he's calling for a unity government. for his statements in the past 24 hours, he's placed himself in a big block of right-wing and religious parties and sees himself as the next prime minister, trying to bring in his rival, benny gantz, who has the party but doesn't have a group of parties behind him.
netanyahu is positioning himself here. he wants to bring together him and his party. he is setting up the possibility and putting forward the possibility there may be a third election in israel some time in four or five months or so. and he is trying to cast the blame on his rival if that were the case. if we're going for a third election, you and i can switch spots and you can come over here. >> we're not switching spots. president trump's special representative for afghanistan set to brief the house foreign affairs committee after originally being subpoenaed. all of this unfolding at an especially violent moment in afghanistan. dozens were killed in attacks this week, including 15 in a new attack overnight. and a u.s. green beret was killed on monday. sergeant first class jeremy
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and why is that complaint still being kept secret? could a brownface scandal affect justin trudeau? the canadian prime minister in a photo that could sway the upcoming election. scathing criticism of president trump from his former national security adviser. what john bolton had to say behind closed doors. there's a whole fleet of them. >> my gosh. >> are we really alone? the u.s. navy confirms reported ufo videos are real. welcome in the states and around the world. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is president trump's communication with a world leader that led to a complaint. and two tell "the washington post," it was a promise the president made to a foreign
leader that causes concern here. the leader of the intelligence committee felt the complaint was of concern. but the office of the din disputed that assertion. we know president trump spoke to at least five world leaders in five weeks leading up to the whistleblower complaint including vladimir putin and kim jong-un. here's one of "the post" reporters that broke the story. >> we don't know the nature of the promise. but it was of sufficient concern. it was troubling enough that the intelligence community official who learned of it felt compelled to lodge a complaint with the inspector general of the intelligence community. and he did this in august. just wasn't too long ago. if it was putin, it was only a couple weeks after that. >> these developments are raising more questions of the
president's handling of sensitive information. the white house is not commenting. and acting dni, joseph mcgwire, is refusing to share with congress. that's touching off a political and legal dispute. he has agreed to talk next week. and the dni will brief the intelligence committee behind closed doors today. an apology from justin trudeau after the prime minister was in brown-face in public. the existence of this photo was first reported by "time" magazine. trudeau did not realize at the time that his actions were racist. >> in 2001, when i was a teacher in vancouver, i attended an end of the year gala, where the theme was arabian knights. and i dressed up in an aladdin costume and put makeup on.
i shouldn't have done that. i should have known better but i didn't. i'm really sorry. >> he says he put on similar makeup for a high school talent show. right now, he is locked in a tie in his election bid. his opponent called the photo an act of open mockery and racism. election day in canada is october 21st. mike pompeo in the middle east, showing support for the saudi regime after a crippling attack on their oil fields. >> anytime you have an act of war in this nature, there's a risk this could happen. >> the term act of war is a clear reference to iran. there's a high probability that saturday's attack originated and launched from an iranian base. iran denies it. pompeo says he is in the middle east to build a coalition to deter iran.
he is signaling the trump administration will use next week's u.n. general assembly to rally support. on wednesday, the defense ministry released weapons that may have been used in the bombing. let's go live to saudi arabia and bring in nic robertson. nic, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dave. secretary of state mike pompeio has left now. he left without giving a press conference with saudi officials. it was on again/off again with the saudis that this would happen. it does underscore the effort from saudi arabia. the brother of the crown prince, the powerful crown prince, the former ambassador to august, now, the number two in the defense ministry here, on a trip told officials there, he was worried in a the united states could trigger a wider conflict. that was before this attack. the saudis' concerns remain the same. that an attack on a military response against iran this time,
at least, could produce an impact on saudi arabia, with damaging consequences. look at the attack over the weekend, to see the vulnerabilities there. but what they are doing, and this is the message that's emerging very clearly here, the saudis, along with the united states, are trying to build that international support for that position. when the military spokesman here put on display part of the 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles that were used in the attack over the weekend, i asked him about that. how does he believe saudi is winning the support? >> this attack was not just the -- it is against the international trade and against the security of the global community. >> does the international
community believe that now? >> i think we have a common understanding. we are working with our allies to stop iran from their hostile act. >> reporter: the saudis feel the pressure how to respond. they don't get the international support they need to do something. a lot of pressure domestically, as well. and not only that from regional alies, as well. saudis thinking about how they're thinking about, you know, how others in the region will want them to respond and what they may also do, in terms of escalating other countries like israel will feel under increased threat when they see the capability and capacity of what the iranians -- the saudis believe have been behind here. >> a patience process. nic robertson live in riyadh. thank you. president trump says there's no change in his thinking when it comes to attack on the saudi oil supply. the president addressed the
disagreement he is having with lindsey graham who is calling for a tougher deterrence when it comes to dealing with iran. >> i am looking for a response that would be unequivocal. if they don't pay a price for bombing a neighbor's oil fields, then all hell is going to break out in the middle east. >> the president says it's easy to start a war. he got the military out of conflicts. and his election efforts would be hampered by a new one. john bolton with blunt criticism of the president in new york. bolten slammed the president's approach to iran, north korea and afghanistan. and, quote, didn't have anything positive to say about trump. the attendee said bolten called the idea of calling the taliban to camp david disrespectful to the victims of 9/11. they got into an argument and trump asked for bolten's resignation after that meeting.
william bar floating a proposal on capitol hill to expand background checks. the pitch would expand background checks to all commercial sales. but it's not clear if it would pass muster with lawmakers. republican senators have not embraced the proposal with lawmakers. their response so far is described as tepid. barr, echoing several lawmakers that are waiting on the president to commit. >> we're just kicking around a number of ideas. it's not a question of having a plan. the president hasn't made any decisions. i'm just kicking around ideas. so, i'm in a better position to advise him. >> the nra already says it opposes the plan being circulated. congress has repeatedly failed to enact stricter gun control, even in the aftermath of back-to-back shootings. on air force one, president trump said he would like to do something, but it depends on whether or not democrats move
the goal posts. there's possible terrorist ties in the case of a mechanic trying to sabotage a flight. prosecutors say he had isis propaganda on his phone and told a fellow employee he had traveled to iraq to visit his brother who is a member of isis. the judge called his actions reckless and unconscionable. officials say he tried to damage a system on a plane that records data like speed and pitch. the pilots safely aboarded their takeoff when they noticed the error. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg making a rare appearance in washington, d.c. it comes at a time when lawmakers and regulators are ramping up pressure on facebook. last night, senator mark warner organized a dinner meeting for zuckerberg to discuss the role of social media platforms when it comes to protecting our democracy. facebook says zuckerberg is ready to meet with policymakers
and discuss future regulation. one of those meetings will be with missouri's josh howly. he has been a thorn in the social media's side. president trump is prepared to slap fines on san francisco in a week. mr. trump claims that pollution is flowing into the ocean because of waste needles in storm sewers. in is after his administration revoked california's right to set stricter emission standards. california's top elected officials are vowing to challenge the white house in court. stephen colbert's late show weighed in on president trump's move to roll back the vehicle emission standards. >> introducing the brand-new hot
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barack obama had this tip for clear decisionmaking in the oval office -- avoid tv and social media. he says, it only clouds your judgment. mr. obama adding, you can make sure that people providing that information get a clear signal from you that you want facts. you want bad news first. and you don't want spinning. and you don't want sugar-keate g sugar-coating. you want diversity of opinion and you want that strong at the outset. he never mentioned president trump by name. although they're not sure what they are, the u.s. navy confirms the ufo videos are the real deal. >> look at that thing. >> there's a whole fleet of them. >> my gosh. >> they're going against the wind. the wind is 120 knots to the west. >> look at that thing, dude. >> the footage had been
classified as unidentified aerial phenomenon. two of the videos contain audio from u.s. fighter pilots attempting to make sense of what they're seeing. a navy spokesperson said the transparency is to encourage trainees to report any incursions. >> with the drone technology, there's a lot of stuff up there. they want them to report what they see out there. >> moving awfully fast for a drone. the trade war with china and the risks. what ceos are saying, next.
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more political uncertainty ahead in israel, with local media projecting prime minister benjamin netanyahu trailing benny gantz by just one seat. oren leibermann is live in jerusalem with the latest on the never ending election. oren, good morning. >> reporter: there's roumors tht israel may be heading to a third election. benjamin netanyahu saying, benny gantz should create a unity government, hinting that third elections might be a pobl possibility. and netanyahu trying to play the few cards that he has. when you look at the international stage, president donald trump, saying he is looking at the results of the election. he sees it is really close.
but his alliance is with israel. he didn't mention netanyahu there. and that can't be good news for netanyahu, who has spent years cultivating his relationship with donald trump. he canceled his trip to the general assembly. he's spoken there every year for the past ten years or so. that's a big deal. this was netanyahu's favorite podium to rail against iran. it would offer a photo op with trump, which is something that he would never miss. and that gives you an idea of the tight spot that netanyahu is in right now. netanyahu made a call for a unity government. that's a move to put pressure on his rival to support him. that doesn't seem likely because benny gantz's campaign was predicated on not sitting with netanyahu. it seems that netanyahu is just trying to blame gantz if this country goes to third election. and that seems like a not remote possibility. >> a long road ahead for orren
leiberma leibermann. thank you, sir. the washington monument will we open to visitors after being closed for years for generations. melania trump will attend the reopening of the monument which was closed after a 2011 earthquake damaged. it reopened after $15 million worth of repairs after an elevator snapped. first, a look at global markets. you can see mostly higher. checking futures at this hour, you can see they are leaning lower. a look at the energy sector after those bombings in saudi arabia this weekend. you can see crude is up again. so, the second rate cut from the fed sparked some confusion on how to react. it wasn't deep enough to make them real excited about lower rates of the economy. the fed suggested it could cut rates in the future. the dow fell 150 points after the fed's announcement.
looks like it closed up 37 points. the s&p 500 finished slightly higher. the nasdaq fell a pit. first lady melania trump is scheduled to ring the opening bell on monday. she is promoting her be best program. "the new york daily news" reported there's been controversy for parents about students appearing with the first lady, something her spokesperson did not address. we get a number of people ringing the opening bell. we'll look for that on monday. more trouble for u.s. steel. its stock down 4% on wednesday, after u.s. steel lowered the outlook for the second half of the year. and the reason, falling stheel prices, negative market conditions and a lack of demand. president trump said he would revive u.s. manufacturing. but his tariffs on china may be hurting steel's operations. steel is down 60% from last year. new survey by the business round table shows confidence
among the nation's ceos, the lowest since 2016. ceos have downgraded expectations for hiring, capital investments and sales growth amid trade war uncertainty. the round table said american businesses have their foot poised above the break and they're tapping the brake periodically. that's not good when ceo confidence falls. consumer confidence remains strong. the consumer drives things forward. when you talk to the people in the "c" suites, they're worried about what they say around the world. thanks to our international viewers for joining us. for our u.s. viewers, "early start" continues right now. the president made a promise to a world leader. and a whistleblower complained. who was that leader? what was promised and why
is that still being kept secret? a brown-face scandal for justin trudeau. a photo that could sway an upcoming election. criticism of president trump from his former national security adviser. what john bolton had to say behind closed doors. there's a whole fleet of them. >> my gosh. >> are we really alone? the u.s. navy confirms reported ufo videos are real. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. i believe. >> you believe? >> it could be spy planes. >> it could be spy planes or drones. i'm christine romans. breaking overnight, it is president trump's communication with a world leader that led to a complaint. that complaint is being kept secret from congress. and two officials tell