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syria as we have exclusive reporting that russia's trying to mess with our military there. and mark zuckerberg set to head to the hill in about two hours but is i'm sorry enough? spoiler, nope. and another morning of market watch. wall street looking up 300 points, according to the dow right now, thanks to new moves by china. we have our teams set up and ready to good on this tuesday morning. let's start with kristen welker because the president is rattled and upset. all reporting has indicate that'd learned about michael cohen and the raid yesterday before the news was public, but he's basically sitting in the oval office stewing. >> reporter: he is still suing this morning, hallie, about the fact that the fbi raided the office and hotel room of his personal attorney michael cohen, someone who is seen as being very close to the president, almost like family. of course we know it all stemmed
from special counsel robert mueller referring the issue to essential l essentially authorities in new york having determined it didn't relate to the russia probe. that's part of what's getting under the president's swin. the president up and tweeting about all of this this morning, again calling this a witch hunt and saying that attorney-client privilege is dead. now hallie the terms of a fact check over attorney-client privilege it's worth know thing that -- noting that to get a warrant for an attorney's office it's a high bar and you have a lot of people looking at this saying it doesn't relate to attorney-client privileges at all. but the big question looming over all of this, does this mean that we'll see firings of top law enforcement officials from the attorney general to the special council. sara and is easy said overnight the president's words stand on their own. it's significant because hallie as you know and i know, the white house is usually quick to
dismiss any talk of the president firing special counsel robert mueller in this instance. no denial given at least as of yet. >> right. kristen welker doing her duty down there at the white house. she makes the point that typically we get some kind of boilerplate statement from the white house saying that the president is cooperating with the special counsel. notably no such statement out. i'm going to bring you tom who has been all over this for us. also former assistant u. attorney for the south korean district of new york, particularly relevant in d.c. panel for the next 58 minutes. to reporters who join me on the beat, nancy of politico and zeke miller from the associated press. so, i have dealer's choice here and tom i'll start with you because i think it's important to note that what i've heard from sources as it relates to the president and his tweet rant this morning, his anger this morning is he perceives this, the michael cohen raid, the raid of his long-time lawyer's office, a guy he's close to, he
perceives it as mueller forcing a confrontation, essentially. now, robert mueller technically did not conduct this raid, right? will you but there's some critical language that you've been reporting on. explain to us the distinction here and why that's important. >> very good point. what happened yesterday is that the special counsel's office which robert mueller's obviously the special counsel in a coordinated effort with u.s. attorneys here in manhattan that's called the southern district of new york, it just happens to be a district that new york state is divided up into several zikts. the southern distinct of new york has purview over manhattan and that's where michael cohen is. based upon the opinion of a number people that have knowledge of the matter, they said they were able to get a search warrant and with fbi acts and federal prosecutors they were able to effect that search warrant, which means they were able to go into court-authorized -- again, a judge has to sign off on all of this. >> right. >> they were able to go into court-authorized locations, michael cohen, he was working
out of a law office just 24s or 19 floors above where i'm sitting right now and also a hotel room that he's been staying at and also his apartment. so they were able to go in there in the is completely legal, it's lawful, it's within our constitution for them to be able to do this. it does not mean that michael cohen has committed a crime. and as far as going after attorney, there's a very lengthy process that this has to go through for them to be able to get to a point where they execute a search warrant on an attorney. and, you know, the president, you were talking about it before and actually showing it on screen right now. the first wave, we have to ask, we have to ask michael cohen for certain documents. and then at that point they have to go through the department justice ladder. they have to talk to a u.s. attorney. >> right. >> in this case the u.s. attorney was appointed by the president himself and is a republican and then from there they have to go from the criminal division or an assistant attorney general to get signoff on this.
this is not something that -- not something that comes lightly here. this u.s. attorney's office, in particular this public corruption unit has prosecuted a number of people that have applied to democrats and democratic offices. they investigated the new york city mayor and new york governor andrew comeau and they received guilty please in connection with people associated with them. this is not an office that's known for only going after public -- i say that because so often these days people are approaching these investigations as if there is some sort of a partisan type of thing. >> yeah. >> and that's just what this office they've clearly gone on both sides. >> letmy play off of that because chris christie is a confidant of president trump's ran his transition for a little while before getting kicked out there. was out this morning talking about this. and we're talking about somebody who i believe you know jeff berman, here's what chris christie had to say. >> you can't fire the special
counsel, you just can't and i think now we're look at the u.s. attorney in the southern district of new york who i know well. the guy from new jersey was appointed there by attorney general sessions. this is a good guy, jeff berman, he's a boy scout. he'll do the right thing. >> what is your reaction to as well as where you think this goes next, now that the search warrant has been executed, now that the raid is over, what's next? >> well, look, mueller did exactly what he was supposed to do here. what any investigator, prosecutor does. when you come across evidence of possible evidence of criminality, you don't just ignore it, right? so he didn't necessarily fall into the mandate that he believes he has to investigate russian election interference. in fact, this shows that mueller is not leading that as broadly as some of his critics are saying. but, he can't just ignore it and swipe it under, you know, under the rug. he was probed the u.s. attorney's office.
and this is what they do. they investigate possible krlt. and while a search warrant on a lawyer's office is definitely a drastic measure, everyone should understand, as tom said, that it is something that is done after many, many layers of review. it is not done lightly. as a prosecutor, i saw search warrants and was involved in investigations against attorneys who, you know, nobody had ever heard of. they were not high profile attorneys and i can tell you that sometimes i denied the ability to get those search warrants and then i was able to get them it was a rigorous, rigorous process both to get it and then once the documents are seized, people make sure that you have not violated and that you will not violate the attorney-client privilege. >> maybe -- >> go ahead. >> i'm going to jump in here because you're talking about michael cohen his attorney the way that they're perceiving this. if you're michael cohen's lawyer, are you at all seeing
any kind of silver lining in the fact that mueller did refer this case over to the southern district? is that an indication to you that maybe cohen is no longer entangled, if he was ever entangled in any of the russia piece of the investigation or is it all just bad news? >> teas a gre-- that's a great question. i couldn't jump to any results about this. this just a piece of this. mueller is carefully look algt his mandate and he's not just examining and investigating and keeping ownership of everything having do with these people. he is, you know, looking at the proper subject matter. and so. >> yeah. >> we know that cohen has come up in other respects with respect to the possible negotiation of the trump tower deal in moscow. my guess is that's still in mueller's purview, although if evidence is discovered in the search relating to that, there's no reason why the southern district couldn't turn that back over to mueller. >> in just about two hours we're
going to see president trump over in the white house in one of these pool sprays. the last time we got a glimpse of the president roughly 12, 18 hours ago, had he barely wait ford reporters to walk in the door when he began speaking immediately about the cohen news. you see it here. we're going to play a little bit of this because i think there's some important context i want to talk about with zeke and nancy. let's listen to this. >> so just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, good man. they found no collusion whatsoever with russia. the reason they found it is there was no collusion at all. no collusion. democrats all or just about all, either democrats or a couple of republicans that worked for president obama, they're not looking at the other side. >> okay. so let's tick through these claims here because the president says that they broke into the office of one of his personal attorneys. the facts are, this was a
legally valid search warrant, there was knoll illegal about this. the president says they found no collusion whatsoever as we have talked about on this program. the issue of collusion is still open. the president says democrats or just about maybe a couple of republicans as tom winter has pointed out just a couple minutes ago, that is not actually the case. some on mueller's team has v done the democrats. jeff berman, they are republican here. another example, perhaps, nancy and zeke, of the president seeing and understanding what he wants to see and understand and not necessarily the facts on the ground. >> well, absolutely. and he has been really up in arms about this. >> yeah, he's upset have some for months and has lashed out at a number of attorneys, the white house top attorney don mcginn for a bunch of months even though they wasn't in his purview. i think it just speaks to the president's view of lawyers. he thinks lawyers should able to clean up any mess and if they don't clean up a mess they're viewed as incompetent even if
there is a special investigation underway. >> excuse me. nancy's right there if the if you look at michael cohen he's somebody that's been so close to the president that by his own admission he took a home equity line loan on his home to pay a porn actress weeks before the presidential election. that's the nature of their relationship. so it's no surprise that we're seeing the president react like this. this cuts very close to home for him and he's certainly talking to people in that room yesterday. you could see it on his face just how concerned with and angry he was. >> i'm going to ask you to stick around. thank you very much for your smart perspective, loving having you on the program. please come back soon. after we come back we want to talk about the major headline coming out of washington because everybody's watching facebook founder today. mark zuckerberg got to be bracing for a tough line of questioning on capitol hill. we'll get into what lawmakers plan to ask him as they try to stop this massive data leek from happening again. hey'll only pay
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the days of trust me for mark zuckerberg are over. the apology tour and the contransition senata i think have worked only so far now. >> well, that gives you an idea of what facebook ceo mark zuckerberg might be in for from lawmakers in roughly four hours or so over on capitol hill. senator richard blumenthal who you just saw will be one of the
43 senators peppering zuckerberg with questions about that privacy scandal that blew up after somebody blew the whistle on the exposure of data of nearly 19 million facebook user. we're actually here on the east coast this morning and it's nice to see joe in our neck of the woods. you've been following interest this from the very beginning from sill skoen cone valley tofrt capitol. what are some of the big questions that zuckerberg will face? >> reporter: well, it's nice to be on the east coast time zone and we're in the thick of it. there's a buzz in the room as journalists are getting ready to prepare for zuckerberg's arrival. right behind me you can see that's the hot seat where he will be sitting and he'll be facing 43 senators here and all of thafr questions. those questions will center around data privacy, possible regulation, russian meddling in the 2016 election, what it means for 2018 midterm elections, and the business model of facebook as it relates to privacy. what does he plan to do to make sure people feel safe and their
data is protected on facebook? but also breaking just now, facebook also announcing a new program to incentivize hackers, white hat hackers, the good kind, to report companies like cambridge analytica. they're offering a bounty and it's going to be up to $40,000 if you as a programmer or hacker or coder can find a company that is conducting bad behavior and report that to facebook. so they're rolling out some new incentives today ahead of mark zuckerberg ahead of him taking that seat. but it's expected to go on for hours and plus you can't forget tomorrow he'll be back on capitol hill on the house side. >> this is only round one so i'm glad you have your comfortable shoes on because it's going to be a long day four as well. we talk a little bit about the question of executives waiting a long time for this cambridge analytica issue because that seems to be, as you talk about probably one of the biggest focuses or lawmakers. you have for example senator coons tweeting this morning that he's concerned about these
facebook fake accounts that have n bi been linked to his name as russian trolls. i manage some of these an nick dotes will be coming up as well. >> certainly almost everyone sheer a facebook user of course whether they have a page or they're only personal accounts. but the real issue here is facebook is trying to get ahead of it and there's a big question on whether or not they can be successful. they said they're going to start having to verify people with very large followings because if you may remember in the lead up to the 2016 election there were a lot of questions on whether russian state or non-state actors were behind a lot of these pages pushing out not just advertisements but organic content ton try and sway and discord in the political -- in the presidential payne campaiin. it's a personal issue, financial issue as well, and facebook is under a lot of pressure and i'll be watching the stock as he takes the stand. >> let me bring in clint here,
somebody who knows a thing or two about having to talk with lawmakers about issues like this. clint, you've actually testified on capitol hill about these russian efforts to try to use facebook, to try to mess with people on facebook here. but you're talking about now how you're getting more concerned about campaigns, getting more involved in these trolling issues potentially, right? explain that. >> so what russia did was they opened the box of the tricks. and the play play has been duplicated. we've seen this done by authoritarian regimes in cambodia, myanmar for internal suppression and controlling domestic politics, but even beyond that i can tell from you watching the social media space this playbook, the russian playbook is being adapted by everyone. and you're seeing this -- i call it trolling as a service which i wrote about at the daily beast. why wouldn't if you you're a politician, lobbyist or public relations firm look for somebody do this for you. that's what we snee cambridge
analytica. it's really the infancy of this. if we can't get it under control everyone will adopt these tech nooeblings neeks because temperatures wildly eek infective and cost efficient. >> you write america's politicians may want to tread lightly as they seek answers from suckerberg adding a combative ceo just might flip the script and call out the politicians for their role in this mess. so two points to make. number one, what is their rule and is two is zuckerberg really going to do that? i don't know that we'll see a combatsive zuckerberg today ann want to get your sense. >> i imagine as a company he's going to play it very straight and actually put in a lot of controls. if you look in the past week they made a lot of changes. i think they're trying to demonstrate that they're making changes. but, let's not forget who comes to social media do influence. there's a whole there happened in 2016 is because so many political campaigns, super pacs, lobis
lobbyists were using that platform to their influence effort. it's a perfect place to do it because there's no place bettertor target a building block with extreme amounts of details in a way you can advance your cause. it's so surprise that the head of the trump campaign for 2020 is the digital director brad parse kale. this is where it's all moved is in the social media advertising. there's nothing better. >> clint watts, i appreciate your perspective on the show. it's nice to have somebody who's been in the hot seat talking with us a little bit today. >> glad i'm not there today. >> i bet. we want to get to a little bit of breaking news at the white house. the resolving door is spinning again inside the west wing. president trump's homeland security adviser tom bass sard is stepping down. we have just confirmed this in the last couple minutes and i want to go over to peter alexander. peter, explain a little bit who tom bass ard is and a little bit about what we know regarding his departure. >> reporter: we'll start with a statement that we just received in the last five minutes confirming this news, hallie.
tom boss certify, well respected here, viewed by many in the west wing as a bass starred of competence in the west wing but has been driven by feuding and investigation dollars and frankly about the president's temp pert let me read from you the statement provided to us just moments ago, titled on the resignation of tom boss ert. it reads the president is grateful for his commitment to the safety and security of our graet great country. he led the white house's efforts to protect the homeland from threats, strengthen our cyber defenses and respond to an unprecedented series of natural disasters. president trump thanks him for his patriotic service and wishes him well. again, those the words of the press secretary sara sanders about tom bossert the homeland security adviser to the president just moments ago. he's been, as you've witnessed in the briefing room, one of the most effective communicators on behalf of this president speaking out over the course of the last year in defense of the administration's response following the hurricane.
notably what took place in puerto rico, he's obviously spoken out strongly about cybersecurity. and just of this last weekend he was on one of the sunday morning shows speaking out in effect on behalf of this administration as americans anticipated what president trump's response might be to the chemical weapons attack in syria saying that all options are on the table. as for the timing of this, it's not entirely clear what led up to this decision. we need to try to report out some of those details. i exchanged messages with him in the last several days and he didn't have any indication that he would be interested. just a couple days ago he was speaking i think even within the last 48 hours. >> yesterday day in georgia. >> yeah, and sunday afternoon and again yesterday he was in georgia as part of a national security conference. among other things, one thing that he said that i'm sure president trump would have liked hearing is he said that despite all of what you hear about the sort of chaos within the west wing, he said that this administration was no different than the past administrations
he'd worked in, most notable will he he worked as a deputy homeland security adviser for george w. bush. hallie. >> peter, thanks for the run on the camera for us with that breaking news. . zeke, you and nancy have been sitting here onset sort of frantically working to confirm the news and now we know he will be leaving. i think this is interesting. he's not necessarily a name that's as familiar to i think people who watch this program and other programs like sara sanders, as rashad. but bossert played a critical role in a lot of the most important meetings in this administration over the last year. >> if you look at his portfolio it's homeland security responding to natural disasters, protecting the homeland against terror attacks, cyber threats, things like that. core confidence, things that americans feel in terms of government, which things go wrong it's usually something that's in his purview. so that's sort of why his departure is something that they should all be looking at 'this potentially comes the day after john bolton comes in. >> right. >> sort in that homeland
security/national security adviser share some of those roles and the oversight of the national security council. it's potentially related to that and bolton resufhuffled the nsc >> nancy, who do you think could step into that role that he is now vacating as you said, i would look to people who are john bolton hfs. >> bot tonites. >> that-- boltonites. >> and so far he's only brought in one person that's a long-time adviser of his, but i'll be looking to see who around him could fill that slot because he's an aggressive infighter and would want to fill the team with someone who is loyal to him. >> we've been showing that apparent driver's license photo of bossert on the screen. clint, you run in the same circles and now a lot of same folks that bossert does. what's your takeaway from his
departure. >> i have to say he was a very effective administrator. he was in the circles i know considered an adult in the room at times in terms of policy making. i think is a real blow. he was leading a lot of the cybersecurity efforts which i think is one of our most important fronts in this country in terms of national security and he's doing a good job with it. he was making advances. and whenever he spoke, he was a very clear speaker. he was on message. he also seemed to understand the topics that he was talking about. and so i'm a little bit concerned. it's a little bit sad that i thought he was one of the best players on the trump team and he's no longer there. >> clint, thank you very much for that perspective, i appreciate it. i'm going to ask zeke and nancy to stay here. he want to keep an eye on the markets this morning because the chinese president is promising to cut tariffs on car imports and open up its economy. why experts say this may not end of the trade conflict between the trade and u.s. but
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previous salaries when setting the workers's pay. here's the deal. the ruling was overturned in 2017 decision against a mass consultant named aline rizzo. she sued after finding out they made $13,000 less than a guy she worked where are a man with less experience and less education. in the interview with nb's marie ra shriver she says i realized for the first time that what one person does can make a difference. and new developments in the saga of epa chief scott pru. i the the atlantic is now sending an internal e-mail that says that pruitt personally signed off on a troshl pay raise for aides last month. pruitt said he doesn't know anything about those raises. they say he asked for more money for those staffers and even after the white house refused to sign off on them, he did them anyway. pruitt's chief of staff is saying in a statement administrative pruitt had zero knowledge of the amount of raises nor the process by which they prans transpired. and today, the daughter the poisoned ex-russian spy sought
of the hospital the. the hospital's medical director tells reporter they responded exceptionally well to treatment, but says they're at different stages in their recovery. sergey and you'll ya skrip he will will were found unconscious in a bench in england last month, the target of a nerve agent attacked blamed on russia. new this morning, the president is canceling his plans to travel to south america for a big international summit this week. the president and all the reporters who cover him have been set to head out to both peru and columbia. those plans are scrapped. vice president will go instead and president trump is going to be staying here in the u.s. why? the white house says he's going to be overseeing the response to syria. it comes roughly 24 hours after the president declared nothing was off the off table and that he would decide what action to take really any minute now. the syrian government troops are on alert aweighed waiting the u.s. strike but as the president's cabinet continues to
whack, nbc is reporting that russia has been taking action of its own trying to mess with u.s. military drones that are operating over syria. this is interesting and really important. i want to bring in courtney qb with some of that exclusive reporting. court, love that you and i are in touch behind the scenes and now i get to have you on the show to talk through some of this new reporting as it relates to what russia is trying to do that has the military concerned, right? >> that's right. so this actually started several weeks ago. you know, we forget the syrian regime has conducted chemical weapons attacks primarily chlorine gets against its people on numerous occasions. this was one that was particularly bad several weeks ago and then there was a lot of outcry by the united states about it. well, at the time russia was concerned that the united states might respond. so they started using a new tactic there and that was jamming u.s. military drones gps systems. so basically what they do is they mirror or they mimic the signal that comes from a gps
satellite that a drone receives that tells it where it's going and where it is. the practical implication of this on the ground is the drone operator may not know where the drone is, it may lose its position, or the drone may go off course. in a worst case scenario it's plausible that a united states drone could crash because of this jamming. so it's russian military equipment that has been doing this. you might ask, well, aren't u.s. military drones encrypted? they are, but some of these signals they've been able to do them in a way that's so strong that they can even brake through the -- break through the encryption. these are the reapers that we might not often think of that are used in these combat zones. but it is having a practical and operational impact on u.s. military operations in syria. >> courtney, when it comes to what might happen in syria, we know obviously the president canceling this trip to south america, that's a big deal that he's pulling out in order to oversee the response. does that give any indication?
you can read into the tea leaves on what that might mean when it comes to a potential strike on syria, perhaps around the time when the president would have been in south america? what are you hearing? >> so, yes. i think that's absolutely correct. the president's not going to want to be overseas when there's some sort of a military action. of course, especially like any kind of strike. the timing is still we're all still trying to read the tea leaves and figure out when. and then, you know, what this will look like. some of the options that we're starting to hear about are the potential for what the military might call a pin pick option. that's what we saw last april when the u.s. hit a syrian military base and popped up the runway, it was more of sending a signal to the syrian regime that we know where this chemical weapons attack occurred and we're going to hit some of your aircraft so that you can't do it again. it didn't have a real operational impact for more than a matter of days on the syrian military, though. then there are a couple of several more aggressive options.
been would include hitting some of bashar al assad command and control. and then the most aggressive option would be actually something that would impact the russian and the iranian military that are operating is there as well. of course president trump for the first time called out vladimir putin specifically about this attack, this chemical weapons attack over the weekend in syria and he also talked about iran. the big question is when will it happen and what could it look like? >> courtney, always a pleasure to have you on the program. i appreciate. i'm going to bring in the national security analyst and former director of the national terrorism center. award winning journalist and author of no turning back, life and hope in war time. she also joins us after reporting on ground there. michael, let me start with you. take us signed the administration's discussions. you heard courtney layout the options facing donald trump here. what seems most likely to you? >> first of all, i think sooner
rather than later on whatever the administration choose dos, a -- chooses to do. and that's because the longer you have between the rhetoric and the strike, equally and important but not more porn the russianans iranians and that's to harden their kites sites and to move russian assets into place to make any u.s. action more difficult. and i think much of the discussion in the situation room right now is likely about how the u.s. can hit the syrians harder than it did last year because that clearly was not sufficient. but also do so without hitting the russians and the iranians. because do that would really make this already large fire into potentially a regional confrontation. that's a piece, my guess is, given the president's pred elections and also the u.s. military's understanding the tensions between the u.s. and russia not a path that the administration is ready go down quite yet. >> you also have this news now
coming out from state media that the syrian government has invited this team in to investigate their alleged use of chemical weapons. tell me what you're hearing and whether that seems to you like kind of a ploy by the syrian regime. >> lul. >> let we'll come back to you on that. >> sorry. >> damascus is trying to undertake an investigation. will that hold 0 off the military action? presumably it has to. if you're going to go in there and investigate what actually happened pcht we don't know what killed all of those people, so the opcw is allowed to go in there, that will presumably hold up the military action, but the question is will the u.s. go in unilaterally before the investigators are allowed into the country. and if it does will they be allowed to go in there and investigate what happened? >> there's a lot of headlines on the regional tensions here, specifically when it comes to
israel, when it comes to iran, for example. what are you hearing and seeing on the ground there? >> this is not the first time that that same base was hit by israel. i mean, it happened in february when an alleged israeli drone attack on israel. and there is no iranian retaliation then. so i think that, you know, people who aren't really too worried about an iranian reaction. but it is a dangerous, very volatile times so it's very hard to predict. >> michael, i want to come back to you here because adam was out this morning talking about not just what is coming in the next 48 to 72 hours in syria, but what comes after that. i want to you listen to what the congressman had to say and then i want to ask you about it. >> anytime that i chemical weapon is used by bashar al assad, the cost to the regime has to exceed any benefit he gave. it would be political, it would be through a political
transition with the united states regaining its foothold in syria and having negotiating power in syria and saying we have an interest in what the final syria solution looks like. >> but, michael, there's still a question of long term u.s. involvement syria when you have president trump openly reluctant to keep military troops there. >> absolutely. and in fairness to the trump administration, i try to be, this is not a problem that he created. it is a problem that he inherited and he has proven unable to annunciate any solution which gets us to the point that the representative cited. this has been a big success for russia and bashar al assad. russia has the strategic base in the region, bashar al assad is still in power and although syria is still inflamed, it's not all clear that the united states has a strategy for changing the fundamental dynamic that exists, chemical weapons or any other major point. >> final thoughts to you, give
us the extent of what it's like on the ground from syrians in the wake of this devastating attack. what are you hearing? >> reporter: waiting to see what happens. it's just so difficult to predict what donald trump will do. so, you know, everybody's waiting to see what his -- what his reaction will be. >> okay. >> reporter: it's very unpredictable. >> thank you both for joining us to talk through the next steps when it comes to syria. after the break we want to talk about something he will. this remote military base that's leaving the north pole and playing a huge role in military defense as tensions rise with russia and north korea. we're get ago upclose look at a missile warning system for one of the first lines of defense against an attack. you don't want to miss the incredible images in part 2 of the arctic series. prints at the crime scene- awwwww...did mcgruffy wuffy get a tippy wippy? i'm serious! we gotta move fast before- who's a good boy? is him a good boy?
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so it should come has no surprise that we're seeing the most tensions of the cod war between the u.s. and russia and the arctic military base to create an early morning of a strike is playing an important role yet again. this morning we have the russian foreign minister saying he's accepted an invitation to visit north koreator talks on denuclearization and kim jong-un is confirming speaking cubpubli with president trump for the first time today. let's talk about the military base and joe could be sofr rof
who is with us for what we like to call part 2 of the show. he's training in new york for his series top of the world. as to whether or not those incredible images. you got to go to the base that's playing an important part in these goe these geopolitical times. >> this was built during the cold war as an outpost to defend against and deter a soviet missile strike against the united states, botht base there and down here at home. today, it's coming to a second act of sorts. it is the headquarters or i should say one of the key locations for the united states ballistic missile early warning system and we got an upclose look. take a look at this. halfway between the arctic circle and the north bail at the air base in greenland, this commander commands the 82nd air base group including the early warning system. in in? >> terms of protecting civilians
for the united states, this has gotts to be way, way up at the top. >> one of the highest priorities is to protect this installation. >> last week putin tested that ballistic missile, would you know that was happening when it was happening because of the things that we're looking at right now? >> if a missile is coming through the field of view it will pick it up. that's what this thing's been built for and we've been doing it since 1960. we're very, very good at those things. >> not only after the end of world war ii this place was built to give early warning of a strike by the soviet union and deter them from even trying. >> check it out. look at this. >> back in those days the threat wasn't missiles but soviet planes carrying nuclear bombs. >> we have a couple missiles, there were a lot of missiles. >> the antiaircraft missiles that were once here have been gone for half a century. >> you're looking down into an office that's full of water to sure going across the ice. >> be careful. >> as you look down here you see the steps and coming down and ending in ice. and we're going to go through
that. >> here we go. oh, my. oh, wow. this is a real army call. >> let's keep going this way. >> look at all this. all the light switches are still here. >> now you're going to crawl out into this big cavern that was where the actual missiles were and the launcher arms were in here. >> the missiles were in this room? >> yes. >> oh, wow. >> so right about here is where the missile arm would come up and the missile would have been above the ground and would have taken off. >> having to shoot an air invasion from russia was the thing of the time. >> back then you didn't know what was coming over the horizon at any moment. >> today the threats are different but he still plays a critical role communicating and tracking satellites key to the security of the united states and its allies. he provides a uniquing an until how we command and control satellites. here's our satellite dish. as you can tell, it's a lot bigger than the directv dish or
something like that you'd have at home. other satellite control stations all over the globe can talk to you, all these different satellites depending where you are. >> what does that mean? >> that's the self-destruct sequence. >> we made it out alive. a base that came to life during the cold war finding a second act in today's world. . so the base is only one part of a ring of radar satellite protection around north america. i'm pretty sure it's the one that looks most like superman's fortress of solitude. it's unbelievable up there. >> so that self-destruct siren also sounds in the studio at 10:59 eastern. >> you better get out of there. >> so good to have you. thank you. we're look taking another look at the markets because they're rebounding after the chinese president came out taking what is perceived as a less aggressive stance on trade. he can't to break it down after the break. don't miss it. e market. precision machinery and high-quality materials
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i want you to break down by china seemed to blink and why investors are happy. >> i think china has blinked a little bit. almost 2 % gain on the market is something to look at. this is real. one of the things that president trump specifically said is that cars from america going into china pay a 25% duty. cars the other way way a 2 % duty there are no chinese cars paid in america. clearly the tariff doesn't do anything to make chinese cars sold in the america. and most american cars sold in china are made in china. the rhetoric about this was not particularly accurate. however, it seems to have moved the chinese. because they have said we will reduce the tariffs on american cars. on one hand it won't matter that much. the chinese don't buy american made cars. they buy gm and the companies
will ramp up the cars they make there. the idea the chinese are saying we don't want this trade war and as a result we're prepared to do some things the president points out as being egregious if they don't hurt us too much. i think this is the chinese government saying this could get out of hand, let's see if we can do something. >> appreciate it. we'll see you in a couple of minutes in your program. i want to thank everyone for being here onset. both of you here with the resignation of tom bossert and other developing noise. we'll be back with the today's big picture. we should move. our home team will help you every step of the way. still not enough? it's smaller than i'd like. we'll help you finance your dream home. it's perfect. oh, was this built on an ancient burial ground? okay... then we'll have her cleanse your house of evil spirits. we'll do anything, (spiritual chatter) seriously anything to help you get your home. ally. do it right.
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for today's big picture, we're going north of the border. this memorial is made out of hockey sticks. a bus carrying a junior hockey team crashed and killed 15 people. hockey sticks memorials like this are on people's porches and yards with canada uniting under the #sticksout. over 95,000 people have put their money where their mouths are donating to a go fund me page for the players and families of humboldt. we're talking about $6.7 million in just three days. that is reportedly the biggest gofundme haul ever in canada and one of the top five worldwide. people coming together to help the families. jonathan hayward's photo here.
we'll see you later on tonight on nightly news with lester holt. that does it for me. right now more news. i know the story from canada means a lot to you. >> 14, 19 and 20-year-old boys for whom hockey could have been their future. when you look at professional hockey players from the nhl, there are a disproportionate number of them from saskatchewan. >> stephanie is on assignment, it's tuesday, april 10th. let's get started. >> i just heard they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys. a good man. and it's a disgraceful situation. it's a total witch hunt that's a real disgrace. it's an attack on our country and n a true sense. it's an attack on what we stand for. >> those dramatic raids on the office and home of