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>> indeed. good morning, everyone. i'm stephanie ruhle. i feel like i've been with you all morning. ali velshi off. it's tuesday, may 29dth. let's try to get a little smarter. a flurry of diplomatic action this morning connected to the potential u.s. summit with north korea. >> three sets of north koreans are now in about to with the u.s., one a former spy chief according to president trump and a tweet in the last few minutes, he is now heading to new york. >> we have two delegations over there working on the logistics and diplomatic talks. for the first time in 18 years a north korean official will be on u.s. soil. >> criticism over the revolution that scores of immigrant children were lost track of in the united states last year. >> this morning an immigration mystery. what happened to nearly 15 00 unaccompanied migrant children. many are from central america and entered the country alone.
>> where are those kids? why don't we know where they are? >> president trump blamed democrats for supporting what he has described as lax immigration policies. but democrats say breaking up families is largely a result of the trump administration's zero tolerance policy for illegal border crossings. >> if you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you, and that child may be separated from you. >> if you're planning a starbucks run, go early. more than 8,000 locations will close this afternoon so employees can undergo racial bias training following the incident in philadelphia last month. >> we have an opportunity given the fact that we have stores in every community in america to begin a very important conversation. this is probably one of the most important transformational moments in the history of our company, and we've taken it seriously. >> this is just the beginning. we don't think this is a magic moment and we're all together. >> that's right. this is a beginning of a journey, and we have steps that
will follow this. i see this as something that's woven into the fabric of how we operate as a company. >> lots to cover today. we begin with international confrontations for the united states on two fronts. china and north korea. the trump administration moving ahead with tough new trade measures on china. again calling the country's trade practices unfair. but could that complicate talks with north korea? there appears to be an all out effort to underway to revive the potentially historic summit between president trump and kim
jong-un. president trump tweeted earlier today, quote, we have put a great team together for our talks with north korea. meetings are currently taking place concerning summit and more. the vice chairman of north korea heading now to new york. solid response to my letter. thank you. the meetings the president referred to were taking place today between north and south korea and in singapore the site of the planned summit.
surely there is a lot going onto try and move the ball forward. we are joined from the white house. also with us former senior adviser to the assistant secretary defense for asian and security affairs. she's now the director of political and security affairs at the asia society policy institute. that's a mouthful. hans, let's start with you. we have to go trade action against china. we're just hearing the president talk about that this morning with a $50 billion number. an i.p. that will hit china where it hurts. >> we've learned the deadline. it's june 15th, or that's when they'll get specific about where the 25% tariffs, what it hits. we knew the talks were going on from different people in the administration. you hear different views on whether or not the trade war is on or off. it seemed like it was off last week. now that the talks with north korea are back on, it seems like they're moving forward putting a hard deadline for when they're
going to get serious and specific about what sport -- sort of sanctions and what companies it takes a bite of. it's after the summit. you can see the significance of kellyanne conway's comments this morning. if the june 12th date slips and the north korean summit date slips, will they have the june 15th th date with the new sanctions get pushed back? when you look at what's happened across the whole of government, there's been a more aggressive posture toward china. last week they disinvited the them from the pentagon military exercises. and over the weekend the u.s. navy sailing a destroyer for what china claims is their waters what the u.s. says is international waters. it seems there's more an aggressive posture, especially from the pentagon. >> lindsey, what's your take with china being north korea's closest ally? >> yeah. so i do think it's interesting
and telling that we have a north korean official coming over to the united states right now, and he is making a stop in beijing first. so china quite clearly, i think, is trying to leverage the north korea situation to its own advantage. the administration is overall trying to take a tougher line toward the chinese. but quite frankly, the question is always where is the president? and the president sort of flip-flopping on where he's going to be, i think, undermining their overall effort to look tougher toward the chinese. >> hans, the president said in his tweet he feels really good about the them that that's been put together. talk to us about the meeting taking place in singapore that's being led on the u.s. side by joe hagan and talk about the meeting happening in the dms right now. >> joe hagan is a logistics master at the white house. the same position he had during the bush administration. he knows logistics and summits.
that's the technical meeting. the dmz is more strategic. you have the former u.s. ambassador to south korea. also currently the envoy to the philippines doing double duty. a korean speaker. he's joined by an official who is on the national security team. and then randall shriver is the assistant secretary of state for east asian affairs coming over -- of defense, coming over from the pentagon. once again, i think it's significant. there's a pentagon official heading to north korea trying to talk to them and figure out what the contours of this summit are going to be, and it seems like from some reporting they're trying to figure out what the final statements are going to be. so in a lot of ways the negotiation taking place right now could be more important than what we get from the president who especially if they do have final statements that have already been prenegotiated. >> a lot has happened from last week until this week. kellyanne conway is not wrong in saying that it's been historic.
but if the united states and north korea are not in agreement on what the definition of denuclearization is, is all of this for not? >> yeah. i think there are a lot of questions right now. it is good that you have an extremely experienced team who is out talking in north korea right now. but there's still a huge gap between the united states and north korea. and whether you can close that in the time that we have, i think, is a big question mark. i mean, in an ideal world this is why you do these types of negotiations behind closed doors, and you start from the bottom up. you give people the time they need to actually address those types of cleavages. what you have here is a president pushing pretty hard for this sort of quick win. and quick wins are not the way really to get the type of agreement we need in north korea. >> quick win. hard to say you'll get a quick win on a situation this complicated. hans, lindsey, thank you so much. all right. when we come back, we have to
talk starbucks making a bold move today after this video of two black men being arrested in one of their stores went viral. it's closing thousands of stores across the country. that's 175,000 employees. their goal to make the employees more aware of biases when dealing with customers. here's a question. what will happen after today? and this morning we are certainly watching markets for you. after the dow dropped more than 200 points at the open, there you go. we're now down almost 30 0 points. this all stems from italy. political turmoil in italy as more leaders and government are taking a populist bent sort of against the euro zone and the euro, it questions the strength of the euro. think about this. european nations normally acting and speaking as one. italy is the third biggest economy in europe. what if their government is suddenly saying we want to go at this on our own?
welcome back. starbucks the world's biggest coffee chain will close this afternoon for mandatory racial sensitivity training. it's in response to this viral video showing philadelphia police arresting two black men inside the starbucks. it all began last month when the store manager called police after the men waited for a business associate and did not make any purchases.
the manager accused the men of trespassing when law enforcement arrived, the when reportedly refused to leave and were escorted out in handcuffs. following the incident, there was a settlement with the city of philadelphia. they accepted a symbolic payment of 1 and asked the city to set up a grant program for students. starbucks announced they'll be closing some 8,000 stores containing more than 175,000 employees for racial bias training. that means a loss of about $12 million in revenue. the company appears undeterred. they released a portion of the video used in today's training which indicates a frank conversation about racial bias. >> 5:29 is an opportunity to renew our commitment to the third place. because we understand that racial and systemic bias have many causes, sources, and ways of showing up within each of us. and in our communities.
>> this morning executive chairman howard schultz says the company is not going to stop there. >> it's just the beginning. what we've said to our board and shareholders is we are deeply committed to making this part of everything we do. we hire 100,000 new people a year. this is part of the training. we've going to globalize this. >> with me now melissa depino who witnessed and recorded the incident. an opinion writer for the washington post who interviewed the starbucks executive chairman, and howard ross, author of "everyday bias". melissa, you witnessed the incident, and starbucks did not take the response, listen, maybe -- we're a business, we're not a public park. if you want to sit in our store, you have to buy something. they took quite the opposite. howard schultz has take thn head on. they're doing this bias training today, training 175,000 people,
and schultz says it's not just today. this is just the beginning. do you believe that's a reasonable response as someone who was in the starbucks itself? >> i believe it is a reasonable response. i'm cautiously optimistic about what starbucks is doing, but they have a huge opportunity here as a global brand to set an example for what other corporations in america should be doing. so what they're doing to do is great, but it's really just a start. >> jonathan, you, i mentioned earlier, spoke to howard schultz last week. in your piece you write that he had real relationships with african americans he could call upon after the philadelphia arrests. spoke volumes about schultz and his commitment to seriously addressing the problem. in other words, it sounds like you believe he's sincere in this fight. >> i believe he's absolutely
sincere. when the philadelphia arrests happened, i started my own sort of internal countdown clock to see how fast -- how long it would take for starbucks and/or hour schultz to announce something, say something, do something, and it was in no time. when i talked to howard schultz, he said he within 48 hours had decided that what was going to happen today was going to happen. but it was the people he reached out to in those 48 hours that spoke volumes to me. he told me the first person he reached out to was brian stevenson. most of the country doesn't know brian stephenson, but he's renowned in the world of racial justice, and justice in general. he's the head of the equal justice initiative head quartered in montgomery, alabama where the lynching memorial was
opened last month. this is a very serious person. he also talked to heather mcgee from demos, anna debeer smith the play right and actress. the head of the ncaap legal and defense education fund who also awarded howard schultz the national justice award last year. i know that because i was the em see of that event. that's why i knew given the speech he gave that night in november, that howard schultz would do something significant when the philadelphia arrests happened. >> jonathan, in some sort of perverse way, is there a silver lining that this incident happened in a starbucks? a company run by howard schultz, someone who will truly take this seriously and try to move the needle? >> yes. i think it's two things. it's howard schultz the man. he believes this to his core. but also i think it's starbucks the company, and what they were trying to do. as you played in the video, i
believe it was melody hopson, another person, a call also on the board, she said, she talked about the third place. starbucks centers around this notion that their company, their outlets are supposed to be that place between home and work. and a place of community, of gathering. and so when you have a person like howard schultz and a company with this modelling, this third place model, it was incumbent upon starbucks to do something like this. >> and melody hopsbson saying w want starbucks to be a place between home and work. it's not black and white, you have to purchase a coffee or snack. help us understand what implicit bias is. for those who don't necessarily experience it, it's pretty easy to discount. >> yeah. absolutely, stephanie. i think one of the things we
have to realize is that we sometimes misunderstood some of the concepts because of the construct we put them in in our plit solitical society and the . it's a mental function we've all experienced and experience every day. we see things out there in front of us, and we make very quick assessments with our brains as to whether this thing is safe or unsafe. positive or negative. valuable or not valuable. and we do this in split seconds. much faster than we can realize we're doing it. at this point we have technology, particularly computer technology that allows us to track human responses so quickly that we can see how they play out. the same thing that has our watchers walking into a party by themselves or a meeting by themselves and quickly scan the room and decide who's the person i'd rather sit next to is the same process we use to filter out other things in our life on a daily basis. >> how challenging sit to take this on?
implicit racial bias requires thoughtfulness and time for people to open their hearts and minds. this is at a time when the country is angry and when we're encouraging people when you see something, say something. so jonathan, how do we marry the two at this time of heightened tension to tell people to be more thoughtful about their actions and reactions? >> this is a conversation that must be ongoing. it is not one that one sort of four-hour afternoon session can change you or change people. i think once people know that such a thing exists, that subconscious bias exists, they then have to take the next step to recognize how that works itself in their own lives to point it out to other people who might not realize it. the enbeauty of today and what starbucks is doing, it's teaching its employees or the partners as they call them,
teaching their partners how to look out for these things and be sensitive to these things and keep the conversation going from today on out. i think that we as americans altogether must also do the same thing. today is not a silver bullet. it's the start -- it should be the start or even the continuation of a conversation that this country has been having much more seriously, i think, since maybe in the last five years or so. >> we got to get out of our corners and not be afraid of these conversations. again, i want to thank melissa. melissa, it's your work, you recording this, and trying to raise this issue to the country that has made it so impactful. thank you so much. jonathan, howard, really important day, not just for the 175,000 people who work in starbucks who are going the get the training and go home and talk about it. it's an important moment for the country. we have to keep this going on, and you can keep talking about it tonight when you join msnbc
for a town hall called everyday racism in america. live from philadelphia. that's at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on msnbc. controversy growing over the trump administration's treatment of migrant children. babies, some say, are being ripped from their mothers while others apparently are being lost in the system. we're going to dispel the myths around the issues and what's being done to fight the policy. and information surrounding ivanka trump. her company scored seven new trademarks in kmie china this month for some of their products. it happened around the same time president trump promised to help stop chinese telecom company zte from going under. times reports it's probably a coincidence. and remember, ivanka trump has stepped back from management of her brand, but she still has a massive stake in the business.
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welcome back. president trump tweeted about one of his fair topics this morning, immigration. this as his policies are facing major criticism writing in part, quote, dems must agree to wall and new border protection for good of country. bipartisan bill. the president has been taking serious heat for his immigration policies recently. particularly his policy of separating families in detention. some of the president's critics have been conflating two different issues. so let's break it down and take a look at the facts. first, yes, the trump administration is separating undocumented children from their parents at the border.
despite the president's claims, he is responsible for these separations. it is part of attorney general jeff session's plan to prosecuter 100% of people who are crossing the border illegally. as the parents are detained, they're separated from their children and this includes potential asylum seekers and undocumented workers. john kelly admitted the purpose of the separations is to discourage illegal border crossings. he called family separation, quote, a tough deterrent. there's also a different issue at play here. what some are calling missing children. hhs officials confirmed the u.s. office of refugee resettlement lost track of nearly 1500 migrant children last year. that has nothing to do with family separations. these kids arrived at the border unaccompanied to begin with. many of them were released relatives in the united states. joining me now kristen welker live at the white house, and an immigration attorney and
activi activist. the issue of family separations, the family is laying the blame on democrats saying they needed to end the horrible law that separates families. what law is he talking about? >> they're talking about what they refer to as a loophole. it's essentially saying it allows unaccompanied minors under the 18 of here to stay, to be placed in the homes of sponsors and to ultimately be potentially falling through the cracks. they want that loophole closed. here's the problem with that, steph. democrats say it's not a loophole at all. it's a law aimed at protecting folks here under the age of 18, and making sure that they aren't held in detention centers. making sure they get the care, food, medical attention they need while the process of whether or not they are allowed to stay here plays out. so that is what the
administration's argument is. they're saying democrats need to come to the table, need to pass broad bipartisan immigration. there are so many differences about what it should look like, and that's why it's nearly impossible to get both sides to come to the table and move forward on a comprehensive immigration reform package. >> kids in danger is something we can come together on. the issue of unaccompanied children that the office of refugee resettlement under hhs says they cannot account for, and i want to share with the deputy secretary said to push back on the term, lost, this morning. >> they're not lost. they have been placed in the vast majority of cases with parents or close relatives. the only reason people believe the children are lost is because that sponsor does not answer the phone when we make the call after 30 days. >> is he telling the truth?
>> well, if you look at what hhs has said, and has testified to in congress, steph, that is, in fact, the case. bottom line, broadly we're talking about 7,000 unaccompanied minors who have come here. hhs saying look, we've checked in on a number of them, and gotten responses, but those nearly 1500 are unaccounted for because as you just heard, the deputy hhs secretary said, they haven't got an response from the sponsors. why? according to a statement, the reason, quote, many sponsors could not be reach second down because they themselves are illegal aliens and do not want to be reached by federal authorities. this is the core problem. i can tell you that there is a briefing ongoing right now, steph, really underscoring that fundamental point. they say the administration, they have reached out to these sponsors and the families, tried to track down these young adults, and yet, haven't gotten a response for a range of topics
but one of the big ones is because a lot of those people may be here inlegally. we have a president who campaigned on a promise to get tough on immigration. obviously you have lawmakers, democrats, saying we want to know where those kids are. >> let's put political agendas aside. we're talking about 15 00 kids. do you buy the argument that the administration is making saying we've reached out, their sponsors don't want to be found? >> thank you. i think what's important for people to recognize is that there's actually a new policy from the administration right now to separate families. these are families who made the courageous decision, a hard decision, to leave behind everything that they had. their families, their communities, their belongings out of fear to come to the united states, and when they get here, we're separating them. today that will happen to about 66 parents based on early data
since the decision was made. this is sort of decent people conflating two issues because they care about protecting a mother's love to a child. what we need to focus on is the administration ending their family separation policy, because it's only going to increase every single day until that happens. >> so, explain that to me one more time. what has changed? what is the new policy that is now separating families? because there's so many issues being conconflated. if we can drill down to what's happening, who's being put in danger, when we can address how they can be helped. >> what's happening now is that when mothers and fathers arrive with their children, what is new is that when they arrive at the border, and mind you, many of these families turn themselves in to border agents. they're not trying to sneak in. they're trying to seek asylum in the united states. those families among the zero tolerance policy are being stripped away from their children and not being told
where their children are, how they'll be reunited. they're being put into inhumane circumstances and prosecuted. that's what's new. that's just a months', three weeks new. and that's what we need to stop. it's egregious and immoral. this should not be a political argument. >> all right. this is a humanitarian issue. once you drill down to what's happening and put politics aside, hopefully we can put safety first. thank you both. this is an important subject. here's another one before we go. a new study reveals -- we knew this was coming -- a death toll from hurricane maria that may be higher than puerto rican officials are admitting. a study says an estimated 4 645 people died in the u.s. territory. that's compared to the official government death toll which stands at 64. 64 versus 4 odd thousand.
the study says many died from delayed medical care. the storm made land fall september 20th as a category hurricane causing $90 billion worth of damage. we'll have more on that report in a moment. remember, the damage lasts for days, weeks, months after that storm hit. also ahead, many americans hoping president trump's tax cut plan will lead to a pay raise. you remember. trickle down economics. but our tax cut tracker finds that raises for most people are not coming any time soon. that is coming from big time ceos themselves. yes, we are only five months into the year, but that's why we need a tax cut tracker. we're going to continue on this. they went from high 30s to 21% tax bracket. where is that money going? usine? stay at la quinta. where we're changing with stylish make-overs. then at your next meeting,
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the government's figure was a dramatic undercount. joining me live in miami, mariana, walk us through the numbers. it seems as though puerto rico's official number is sort of people who are directly hit that day by the storm, and what harvard study shows is people who the impact hit and hurt for weeks or months after. >> that's exactly right. we're talking about 14.3 people who died according to this study out of every 1,000 puerto ricans in the month following the hurricane. so ranging from september 2017 to december 2017 because of delayed medical care or interrupted medical care. this new study states that a third of people who died, almost those 5,000 people they're saying died from maria related deaths due to that interrupted medical care or delayed medical care. we're talking about elderly
folks on dialysis treatment, for example, and didn't get continued treatment. we're talking about folks who died from asthma. i was on the ground in the country side in puerto rico in the months following hurricane maria. i was on the ground this year, and when you go to the country side, these were areas right smack in the middle of the island where they still have no power, no electricity. they were completely cut off. i, myself, saw elderly people getting medical care from first response units from new york and san francisco who said these folks hadn't been tended to by volunteer workers right away, and they could have died. again, what i saw on the ground was reflective of what this study is saying now, that there are people now we're finding almost 5,000 that died from maria-related deaths that weren't on this official government count. >> mariana, these numbers
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statutory carpet tax rate down to 21%. promising those benefits would trickle down to the average worker. our tax cut tracker found there. five months after the president signed the tax cuts and jobs acts, few americans have seen any kind of permanent pay increase. some companies have temporary bonuses, but many of these were planned before the tax cuts were put in place and only 65 of the top 500 companies in the country offered any sort of temporary or permanent wage bump. according to analysis from blerg, workers saw only 15% of the benefits from tax cuts. compare to the 60% that went to shareholde shareholders. raises, an article quotes business executives with a similar message. as automation takes hold, if
you're in a low-skilled job, you're out of luck. i'm joined by john harwood. the same was true for march. why is it that we're at full employment basically and we're still seeing wages lag? it raises this concern that globalism is here to stay, and nothing is going to change what's happening to low-income earners. >> globalism is here to stay, and it's not going to change very much. look, we had slow growth in wages during the latter part of the obama administration as unemployment was going down. it's still slow wage growth. fundamentally, that's because when you were talking about low-skilled workers, employers have options. they have automation. it's something a lot of them turn to. they can lure people who are not currently in the labor force but maybe weekly moving in and out depending on conditions. until we can get the average w
low-skilled american worker to have more ability to add value in the economic process, they're not going to be able to command big age increases, and this was predicted before the tax cut was passed, and we're passed. we're seeing it come true. >> who is taking ownership of that? we're not seeing any government programs being put in place. while companies continue to say we have these job openings for high skilled workers, the low skilled workers can't make ends meet. with the tax cuts it would help corporate america bottom line if they put training programs in place and it would help people in their community. we're not seeing that happen yet. is it too soon to tell or it's not happen something. >> in some cases it's too soon. thigh a they are doing things to ramp
up. this is a generational challenge for the united states to try to invest in education, invest in job training, invest in apprenticeships broadly across the country to try to make workers more valuable. what we've seen from the trump administration is some rhetoric along those lines but all the discretionary parts of budget that feed those processes, that feed education and training are targeted for cuts by the trump administration. congress has departed from some of those potential trump cuts and that's why we have seen some bunl budget increases but not enough to make a difference quickly. it will take time and patience. this is one of the reasons why a lot of people favor entitlement reforms so we can spend less on long term entitlement obligations and more on investing in younger people to add value to the economy. >> what type of a time line
should we put on this? business sentiment large and small is positive. that's good. if you're a ceo of a big company or small company, when does that translate to the worker? the whole argument was trickle down economic works. trickle down is a hope. it's not a guarantee. there are no levers put in place addressing worker pay compared to ceo pay where there's never been a greater disparity. >> unfortunately, all the incentives facing corporate america are about the short term. we're talking about long term investments. we have an economy that for a number of years has shown it can generate big corporate profit and high wages to skilled executives to ceos, that sort of thing, technical workers but for the average workers we have not figured that out and it will take 10, 20, 30 years to try to reorient american education to allow those workers to command higher pay and move the american
economic process and manufacturing process up the value chain. >> you bring up a great point. corporate america is living in a short term world and so is our government. thank you so much. it's time now for monumental americans. today we're recognizing the first african-american professional football players. robert wells marshall and fritz. the year the national football league was founded in 1920. he played football at the university of minnesota. the first black player in the western conference which became the big ten. in 1920, he started in the nfl with the min yap police -- minn marines. fed rick douglas played at brown university. he became the first black head
coach an nfl team in 1921 while still playing running back. he also founded his own proteam, the brown bombers. he died in 1986. marshal and pollard paved the way for other black players. from 1934 to 1946 there were no african-american players in the nfl due to discrimination by owners and teams. today the nfl is nearly 70% african-american players. soon time to take a look at ownership. if you've got a monumental american tweet us at velshiruhle. u still think i'm cy standing here today ♪ ♪ i couldn't make you love me ♪ but i always dreamed about living in your radio ♪ ♪ how do you like me now?! ♪
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before we go, we got to cover this. president taking a swipe at california as he backs the republican candidate looking to succeed jerry brown as governor. the president tweeted on memorial day, saying management under brown in an effort to boost republican businessman john cox in his bid for governor. let's take a look at what the president says and what's really going on in the golden state. the president tweeted california has a rare opportunity to turn things around and solve its high crime, high tax problems along with so many others. he also urged californians to vote for businessman john cox. let's look at the claims. first to crime. according to statistics the violent crime rate did tick up
slightly from 2015 to 2016. the most recent year data was available but the number of rape is less than half than in the 1990s. it's lower than it was a decade earlier. as to the california economy when governor brown started his second stint in office the state was facing a $27 billion deficit. as brown prepares to leave office the state is projecting a 6.1 billion surplus adding to rainy day fund he championed early in his administration. regarding the taxes, until the new republican tax plan passed, residents could deduct state and local taxes on federal returns. as for the other problems, the state is facing natural disaster issues especially record wildfires and grappling with a housing shortage. the l.a. times estimate 2 to 3 million new homes are needed by 2025 to house the state's population. while california could use some
improvements, it's not a state that needs a turn around. thank you for watching this hour of "velshi & ruhle." i hand you off to andrea mitchell. summit expectations. five days after cancelling that historic meeting with kim jong-un, a top north korean official heading to new york to meet with secretary of state pompeo to get the summit back on track. >> kim jong-un for his part wants to have a meeting with president trump regardless of the con tent of the meeting because that's legitmaization. conspiracy theories. the president's loose relationship with the facts is having a big impact on what americans believe to be true. mid term madness as the president heads out to campaign, levels new charges about who is meddling in the november elections. not every republican candidate wants his help. >> i don't think i would put to the president as a