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a new test for italy and the eu. mateo renzi says he'll resign after a lopsided result at the polls. they look for answers after a warehouse fire kills dozens of people in oakland, california. and on the attack. donald trump launches a fresh twitter assault on china just days after a diplomatic breach on taiwan. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm cyril vanier. >> i'm rosemary church. this is "cnn newsroom."
populism has been on the rise in european politics and its supporters are declaring victory in italy. prime minister mateo renzi was on the losing end, and he is preparing to leave office now. >> the populism movement suffered a setback in austria. voters rejected a far-right candidate electing a pro-eu veteran instead. let's start in italy with the prime minister's position up for grabs. the country is at a political crossroads. mateo renzi says he will formally resign in the coming hours. >> he promised he would step down if he lost this weekend's constitutional referendum which he did, and by a wide margin. however, renzi seemed gracious in defeat. >> translator: i would like to thank my colleagues for this extraordinary adventure.
together and the president of the republic will have a meeting with me, and i will give my resignation. i will hand in my resignation. >> there's fear of a financial fallout from this vote. and we may be seeing that very soon. let's turn to nina dos santos in milan. and markets opening very soon. how are they likely to respond to this vote in italy? >> yeah, the stock market right behind me in the financial capital of italy, milan. that is expected to open down around 2.8% to 3% in the moment. the early trading down in negative territory. i'll give you the numbers when we manage to get them. rosemary, it's not just markets here in italy that will be affected by the rezesheration r of what's happened. what many people across financial markets around the
world are trying to get to grips with is where you put your money during this these uncertain times when it's difficult to guess how exactly how populism and politics that is currently dominated by populism in this world it seems is playing out. so the real crisis here in italy is not just a political one. it is an economic one as well. and in many ways, that is what people wanted to be heard on more than the constitutional reforms that matteo renzi proposed. what you'll often hear from people on the streets of milan, rome and other parts of italy is this was a protest vote. renzi chose to make this personal. and that's one of the reasons he had to fall on his sword when he chose to say that he would resign if he were to lose this referendum. he lost by a wide margin. and as you so rightfully pointed out, he had to go and he went very swiftly. from here, a political uncertainty looms and there may be various options for the president on the table. we'll have to see over the next
few days how that pans out. and that's something people in the stock market behind me will be keeping a close eye on as well as across boardrooms and banks across this country. >> nina, let's just bring up those numbers again. we do have them. you can see there that milan is down just over 2%. the ftse 100 down just over 0.3% there. but let's just go back to the reasoning there. but why italians would vote against reform and downsizing the centers and its powers. for some, that is hard to grasp. >> it's a great question, isn't it? on the face of things what renzi was trying to propose here, streamlining the bureaucratic system, streamlining the system of senate and the upper and lower house to parliament, the chamber of deputies so we didn't have bills constantly going back and forth between one and
another, to empower the politicians in this country to actually kick the economy into action. it seemed like a great idea on the face of things. the problem is that people seem to be spoiling for a fight here. especially the populist fight movement that they spent a lot of money and his big media machine to campaign to get out there and try to get this party supporters and other people across the country to vote no. it seems that message has gone down loud and clear. 60% of the italians who voted in this referendum decided to reject renzi's proposals. only 40% voted yes. a lot of those 40% are in rather rich, more affluent parts of the country that are pro-business like in milan. the business community was in favor of what renzi was proposing here. the turnout was also significant. we shouldn't ignore that. the turnout at over 70% is larger than some of the general
elections i've covered here in italy. it does go to show that these were measures that were rejected soundly. not just when it comes to the constitution but also when it comes to matteo renzi having gambled on this personally and lost in spectacular fashion. >> nina dos santos, just after 9:00 in the morning we saw there milan, the markets dropping 2%. just over 2%. we'll keep a close eye on that. many thanks to you. another key election took place in europe. that was in austria. they've chosen a left wing candidate to lead their country for the next six years. >> alexander van der bellen won decisively. his opponent was looking to become the eu's first far right head of state. >> senior international correspondent atika shubert joins us live from vienna with more on these results. the polls in the run-up to this election made it look like the far right candidate had a good
shot at the presidency. after all, they came very, very close last time. in the end, this result wasn't particularly close. >> no, in fact, it was a decisive win. last time, won just by a few thousand votes, tens of thousands. now it was very clear that van der bellen seems to have won over voters with his message of a stable and open europe. the first time far right candidate norbert hofer ran in may, he lost by just 31,000 votes. this time it was a clear defeat that could not be contested. alexander van der bellen, a 72-year-old economist backed by the green party beat him again by a decisive margin. exit polls showed 53% for van der bellen, 47% for hofer. behind me you can see both
candidates. hofer and van der bellen, giving interviews to the state broadcaster explaining exactly why they believe voters chose the way they did. >> i think it is an historic day for austria, for several reasons. for the first time a presidential election had to be repeated. and it was not just a reputation. in fact it was a new election. because, you know, conditions change. the growth around us has changed. we have the brexit vote in great britain, in the united kingdom. we have the election of donald trump in the united states and so on. in six months, many things happen. >> voters were worried and anxious but not just about immigration which hofer railed against. but also austria's place in the
eu and fears that the so-called trump bump would bring populist and isolationist parties into power seems to have pushed voters the other way. my gut tells me to be worried, this woman said. and i'm scared. i really feel my daughter won't have the same opportunities as i did. this man told us, i am worried about austria and hope it doesn't go the way of the u.s. or the uk and that it will be an eu for us all and continues to be that way and not destroyed by some people. immediately after the polls, a resigned hofer insisted to cnn that he was working to unify austria after a divisive and prolonged campaign season. >> i don't want to divide the country. now it's on me to tell the people who supported us that it's important to see that we are one country. we are all austria. and we have to work together. >> does this put an end to the populist, nationalist surge
we've seen in europe? >> i can't say -- always have to say the same thing. i'm not a populist. i don't want to be a populist. i'm a pretty normal guy. level-minded man. and, yeah, i just want you to believe me. i'm really a -- i'm right but i'm an extreme right, middle right. it's so important to me to show that i'm not an extreme man. >> the austrian presidency is a ceremonial but highly symbolic roll. hofer's loss has delved the populist surge a blow. now the professorial van der bellen, a child of refugees is being hailed as a defender of open liberal europe. but austria is just the first of a string of election challenges in the year ahead. i think the key here was van der bellen said earlier in that piece is that a lot has changed in the last six months.
brexit, trump, and what voters are really voting for was stability. this is the number one thing in exit polls. they expected van der bellen to stay the course, keep austria in the eu and keep an open europe and an open austria. >> cnn's senior international correspondent atika shubert, thank you very much. a fire at a hotel in kara i karachi, pack starnkistapakistat least 11 people. karachi's mayor says there were no fire exits or fire alarms going off to alert people inside the hotel. at least 75 people were injured. firefighters rushed to the scene, and officials say the fire has now been contained. they are investigating what could have caused it. at least 33 people are now confirmed dead in oakland, california, after a fire tore through a dance party at a warehouse. these images show the building before friday night's blaze.
it was known as the ghost ship and housed artist studios. authorities say, however, it did not have permits for people to live inside. and the building's owners had been notified of hazardous trash and debris violations. >> as officialed combed through what's left of that building, oakland's fire chief described the blaze as among the worst in the city's history. here's what oakland's mayor says is being done to recover victims' remains and comfort their loved ones. >> but it is with so much grief and so much compassion that we as your city family share with you this horrific news. and add this tragedy continues to unfold. i want to again reassure you of what our priorities are as the city of oakland. our first priority is the humane and compassionate removal of the victims of this tragedy. and i want to assure you that we
are continuing to operate a 24/7 recovery operation to effectuate that removal. secondly, we are focusing on supporting the families and the loved ones. some who are coming from very far away. >> the district attorney's office in the oakland area has activated a criminal investigation to look into the deadly fire. >> cnn's stephanie elam is in oakland with more on this tragedy. >> reporter: the officials here saying it's too early to determine what caused this fire. but what they have said is as they've gone through the building, they've broken it up into quadrants and have found victims in all four of the quadrants of this building. there was no one place the victims were found. they're also saying that some of the people that lost their lives were juveniles. 17-year-olds. some young adults in their early 20s and some 30-plus. also they were in touch with embassies for people who were
from other countries that also lost their lives in the fire. at this point, they have reached out to some of the familiesut they're still working to identify some of the people who died here. that's because they are saying some people, it's evident who they are. they have their i.d. on them. they can match it with fingerprints. for others where there's nothing there to identify them, they are having to get some source of dna. so they're asking family members if you think you lost someone here to preserve a toothbrush or preserve a hairbrush and put it into a paper bag, a clean paper bag and hold on to it so that they can get to them. at this point, they are saying they would not be surprised if they actually do expect that the number of people who died here in this oakland fire will increase. >> stephanie elam with that report. construction is stopping at least for now on a controversial pipeline project in the u.s. state of north dakota. >> the line is finished, except for a segment that was originally planned to run under a lake that sits near tribal
land. the standing rock sioux tribe and supporters have protested the project for months. sara sidner reports. >> reporter: celebrations, tears of joy, chanting and drumming. that was the initial reaction when the folks here found out that the army corps of engineers was going to stop this pipeline by asking the dakota access pipeline to be rerouted away from the thing that's caused the flash point here. rerouted and kept from going underneath the missouri river. it is a very big victory for the standing rock sioux and all of the people who have been here for many months trying to stop this pipeline from potentially going under the water and one day leaking. however, what we have also heard from the tribe is that they are concerned that this may not be permanent depending on which administration is in place and worried about donald trump's role in all of this when he
takes the presidency. >> today's decision from the army corps of engineers to not allow the pipeline company to drill underneath the river and violate our treaty rights and to put our children's health at peril from cancerous waters is a victory. but it's a short-lived victory, one that we need to dissect. one that we need to analyze. we need to make sure that president-elect trump can't override this decision here today when he takes office. >> we're hearing that from other members of the tribe that even though it is truly a victory and people feel relief, there's also worry about what happens next. right now this camp is filling up. no one seems to be leaving. >> sara sidner with that report. >> and the company building the pipeline says it remains committed to seeing the project through to completion without rerouting. coming up, when we return, syria is calling on civilians to return to east aleppo. and our fred pleitgen goes to
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regime forces in syria are gaining more ground in their bid to take back rebel-held areas in aleppo. they've bombarded eastern aleppo over the weekend as their troops pushed further into the area. they say air strikes killed at least 67 people on sunday. the u.n. security council is set to vote monday on a resolution calling for a seven-day truce in aleppo. russia, which supports syria's regime, has signaled it's ready to back the deal. syria's government is urge something civilians who have fled to return. it says parts of the area are now safely under regime control. >> cnn's fred pleitgen spoke to
some of the syrians who were urged to return. >> he has this look at the grim devastation facing them in war-ravaged aleppo. >> reporter: driving through a destroyed wasteland that until recently was one of the main battlegrounds in syria. aleppo's hanano district was in rebel hands until last week when government forces moved in with crushing firepower. 13-year-old uday shows me where a rocket landed next to his house and describes the fear he felt as the battle raged. we were very, very frightened, uday says. normally we'd hide in the basement but that night we slept on the first floor because that's when two rockets hit right over here. his little brother abdul-karim is clearly traumatized by the horrors he's witnessed and still weak from living under siege for weeks with almost no food and no water available much of the
time. as the rebels lost their grip on this place, many residents fled trying to escape with their lives and not much more. now they are coming back. some haven't seen their houses for years. khaled left in 2012 when the rebels took this district. now he's trying to salvage any belongings of what's left in his apartment. i am very sad because everything is either destroyed or ransacked, he says. we found these pictures under the rubble. even the walls are destroyed. but we will come back here and rebuild. the battle for aleppo is far from over. but syrian government forces clearly have the upper hand. taking about half the rebel's territory in the past week alone and continuing to push their offensive with massive firepower. like in so many districts that have been taken back by the syrian military, there's massive destruction in this part of eastern aleppo. there's no denying the shift in
moment num favor of the syrian military and also the boost in morale many of their soldiers have gotten. troops loyal to syrian president bashar al assad tell us they believe they could capture all of aleppo, syria's most important battleground, very soon. the rebel headquarters was right here, he says. so the loss of this district was a big blow to them. you can see how our shelling is pounding them. that shows their morale is collapsing. rebels left behind a makeshift cannon when they fled here last week. so far the opposition hasn't found a way to shore up their defenses in the face of this massive and possibly decisive syrian government offensive. fred pleitgen, cnn, aleppo. new zealand's prime minister says he will not run for a fourth term. in a surprise resignation, john key says he owes it to his family to step aside and has given everything he can to the
job. >> i honestly don't think on a family basis and a lot of other reasons i could commit for much beyond the next election. i've got no option but to do it now. now is the right time to do it rather than -- i've come too far to mislead the public. i'm not going to do that. >> mr. key has been in power for eight years. he's led the ruling national party for ten. has resignation will be final december 12th when the party picks a new leader. a bitter cold front is sweeping across much of the united states. and this is just the start. >> pedram javaheri joins us to talk more about this. how bad will it be in parts of the united states? >> the coldest all season. winter is still about three weeks away. this will be as cold as you typically get in winter for parts of the united states. it's going to happen quickly. >> you've got rosemary worried. >> we'll show you what we have in store.
we're talking about these temperatures in parts across the upper midwest, out toward portions of the plains. 20 to 30 below zero. at this hour it's relatively speaking. as cold as minus 1 in maine. the pattern shifts dramatically in the coming couple of days. it's the later portion of january into february. often called the dead of winter. the pattern dramatically happening here. the source region out of portions of canada, eventually dropping into the central portion of the united states and the northwest gets in on the action. we have winter weather advisories. winter storm advisories for portland and seattle. could pick up about 30% to 40% of their annual snowfall over the next three to five days with several storms coming in with plenty of cold air in place. showers in the early morning commute could impact travel. some 1500 passengers having their flights altered in the seattle area because of cancellations across that region.
speaking of wintry weather, thoers winter storm warnings across the highest elevations of the hawaiian islands. yes, snow coming down in hawaii. this is not unheard of. get up above 9,000 feet. 55-mile-per-hour wind gusts in the forecast. up to six inches of fresh snow could fall. always an interesting discussion there and you come down towards the beaches, it's a different story when it comes to it being in the 80s. want to show you across eastern china. video coming out of areas just west of shanghai. look at this footage out of this region. we know thousands of people dealing with cancellations across this area of china where air pollution, the smog here, the particulates literally making it an impossible go on the roadways and at the airports. the air quality, some 4 to 6 times. dirtier than what's considered fit to breathe over the past 24 to 36 hours. this is not unheard of when you factor in the highest population. the largest manufacturing sector. you put it together.
this time of year, a lot of coal burning taking place. it sets the stage for disaster to be in place. last hour, we talked about recent peer review studies saying if you were to spend one hour out in conditions like that, it could reduce your life by 20 minutes. >> that's just a crazy number. >> significant impacts on the high density of particulates that a lot of people have never experienced before. >> they really need to do something about this. >> needs to be done a lot quicker. >> pedram, thank you. appreciate it. coming up, chinese leaders are facing a new assault from donald trump on twitter. we'll go live to hong kong and beijing for the very latest. plus, after a week ever lively tributes, cuba says its final good-bye to fidel castro.
a warm welcome back to our viewers all around the world, including here in the united states. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm cyril vanier. let's update you on our top stories this hour. italy's prime minister matteo renzi will step down after a decisive loss on a constitutional referendum. nearly 60% of people voted against downsizing the italian senate and its powers. we're seeing the financial fallout from renzi's decision. most european countries okay with that decision. you see the ftse, the dax in frankfurt and the paris cac up 0.5% and just over 1%. milan, however, a little more predictably perhaps down almost -- just down minus 0.6%
at this stage. at least 33 people are now confirmed dead after a fire at a warehouse in oakland, california, late friday night. the building was hosting a dance party, and the death toll is expects to rise. the district attorney's office and the oakland area has activated a criminal investigation team to look into the blaze. construction on a controversial oil pipeline is coming to a halt in the u.s. state of north dakota. at least for now. the army said on sunday it will not allow the pipeline to be built under a lake near native american land. the standing rock protesters have said it would threaten their water supply. voters in austria have rejected the populist movement sweeping across europe, electing a left wing candidate into office. joining me now to discuss this is the director of agenda austria, a research institute. he joins me live from vienna. many thanks for being with us.
so far right leaders are hailing italy's vote as a victory for the populist movement in europe. why did austria apparently buck that trend, do you think, and what might this signal? >> good morning from vienna. i think, obviously, a lot of austrian voters were concerned about austria's reputation abroad. and secondly, most voters want austria to be a reliable partner in europe and that is why we have this clear decision in austria. >> interesting. and alexander van der bellen's opponent hofer was hoping to become the eu's first far right leader. but it wasn't to be. and now he is backing away from the far right branding saying he's not a populist. insisting he's a center right politician, not extreme right. is that the case? how far right is hofer?
>> he tried to present himself as the candidate of the common man. right in the middle. but decisive is the perception and the perception abroad is that is he's part of the far right movement. perhaps not that far than le pen in france and some others. but he did not really succeed in being the candidate of the common man because a lot of austrians feared that there is going to be a polluted atmosphere here in europe with him as a president. now we have the first green president in the western european part of europe, and yesterday we seemed to -- it could be possible we have the first right wing president. so there was a clear decision for austria being not in the spotlight of europe anymore. >> the outcome is certainly
extraordinary, really, isn't it? what do you think is behind europe's shift to the populist right. and do you expect to see that trend continue? despite what happened in austria. >> we don't have just the populist right wing movement. there's also a leftist populist south of here. think about greece. think about portugal. and in italy, it is quite interesting what happens next after this referendum. yesterday the movement, the left wing populist movement would have right wing populists in the north. there's going to be a lot going on in europe in the next month. and austria, of course, did not set the trend this way. >> before you go, i did want to ask that. what future do you think lies ahead for austria under the leadership of van der bellen?
>> i mean, you have to take into consideration that the austrian president is much more of a representative figure. the government takes the important decisions and in opinion polls for the parliamentary election, the freedom party ranks clear, number one. so the government better get started now and set the reform process in motion. there are lots of things to do. the refugee crisis, high taxation, rising unemployment and people want answers because they're not happy. there's a big discontest with the governmentairee performance. we have a decision for the president but the next parliamentary election are going to be very interesting. as i said, government better get started. >> thank you so much for joining us and bringing us your perspective on this. we do appreciate it there in vienna where it is 9:37 in the morning.
u.s. president-elect donald trump may be preparing to shake up u.s./china relations when he takes office in january. first, he set off a diplomatic earthquake friday by speaking sdre directly to the taiwan leader. ignoring nearly 40 years of sensitive u.s. diplomacy when he did so. now he's going after what he alleges are beijing's trade and military policies. >> on sunday, he tweeted this. did china ask us if it was okay to devalue their currency, making it hard for our companies to complete? heavily tax our products going into their country? the u.s. doesn't tax them or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the south china sea? i don't think so. end of tweet there. >> let's see how this is playing out in china. alexander field is in china and andrew stevens is standing by. what's the latest reaction you've been getting in china?
>> there was the tough talk on twitter from president-elect donald trump. but the response from china has come through the spokesman and it's a pretty measured, tempered response to those tweets. he is reaffirming the importance of the bilateral relationship between china and the u.s., highlighting the importance of the trade and economic relationship between the two countries. and he went on to say that china won't speculate on what has motivated the actions of president-elect donald trump or his team. and then he went on to say that china does not comment on the style or personality of foreign leaders. they only respond to the policies of foreign leaders. that leaves the question, what's is the policy of president-elect donald trump? are these tweets a sign of the longstanding relationship between the u.s. and china could be altered under the trump administration? that really isn't clear to anyone at this point. we will all recall that when on the campaign trail,
president-elect trump had very tough words for beijing. that played well with his base. but is this just rhetoric? is this a shoot from the hip sort of style? is this talk, bluster as some of the chinese state news outlets have called it or a sign of changes that could to be come under the trump administration? certainly china is hopeful that is not the case. they have the first indication it could be a sign, however, when president-elect donald trump broke with protocol this weekend, nearly 40 years of departmentic protocol, accepting the call from taiwan's president. that call was met with a stern rebuke from officials here in beijing who admonushed the president of taiwan for making the call to president-elect donald trump. they also sent a message directly to the trump transition team and to washington and to the white house urmgi iurging t importance of upholding the relationship between the u.s. and china. the one china policy through which washington, d.c., and beijing have had the official diplomatic relationship and by cl tcan which the u.s. has
maintained a relationship. >> thank you very much for the reaction from beijing. all right. donald trump's tweets made some bold allegations. andrew stevens has been examining them for accuracy. so, andrew, let's fact check what donald trump had to say about chin start with his suggestion that it was ma nipulating its currency. true or false? >> well, the manipulation donald trump is referring to is the devaluation of the chinese yuan. there's no doubt the yuan has been losing value since the election of donald trump. but this is really a story about the strength of the u.s. dollar rather than china actively meddling in the currency markets to bring the value of their currency down which makes their exports cheaper. if you take a look at what's been happening in the currency markets, the yuan has been much
more resilient to falling against the dollar than some of the other much bigger currencies, or much more widely trader currencies. the euro is down 4.5%. china's currency is down just 2%. so to say that china is manipulating the currency down at the moment does not stand up to scrutiny. but you can say that china did use a weaker currency and it's not a freely floating currency. the chinese government sets the value of the chinese currency against the dollar and other currencies. and they have been using a lower currency to boost their exports to help their economic growth. enormous economic growth story over the past 20 years. in the last year or two they've been trying to shore up their currency, make it strengthen against the u.s. dollar because with the yuan going down as it
is a lot of chinese investors want to get their money out of china. so they're trying to put a stop under this falling yuan to stop people from trying to get their money out. as far as manipulation at though moment to weaken the yuan, no, not true. >> donald trump also accused beijing of heavily taxing u.s. products going into china but the u.s. doesn't tax chinese products. is this the case and how likely is it that trump could trigger a trade war with china? >> at the moment, donald trump, the campaign trail donald trump and the president-elect donald trump have been fairly much on the same page when it comes to challenging china and calling china a currency manipulator and threatening to slap these punitive tariffs on chinese exports going to the u.s. 45% tariffs on chinese goods coming in. if that were the case, most people i speak to say china would probably respond in kind.
so you'd end up with a tit-for-tat raising taxes on each other's goods which could open into a full-on trade war. that's a real concern. as far as these taxes are concerned, that's harder to work out what exactly he's talking about. he says the chinese slap these heavy taxes on u.s. goods going into china when china doesn't put any taxes on chinese goods going to the states. it's difficult to say what he's actually talking about because he doesn't give any details. there are tariffs and these are specifically aimed at exports going into china. broadly of around 5%. but the u.s. also has tariffs on imports coming into the u.s., around 3%. he could be talking about that. so we're really not quite sure what he's talking about there. the real fear underlying all this rhetoric at the moment is that it could end up in a trade war between the world's two biggest economies. and that would be bad for virtually every other country on the planet.
>> certainly a real concern, and these days, checking the facts, more important than ever before, it seems. andrew stevens joining us there live from hong kong. it's 4:44 in the afternoon. many thanks, as always. still to come -- donald trump refuses to cut down his twitter activity, even after he's mocked for it on u.s. division. plus, a final good-bye to one of the 20th century's most controversial figures. more on the funeral of fidel castro.
welcome back. fidel castro was laid to rest in santiago, cuba, on sunday. the country said good-bye to the man many consider its father figure. the final ceremony was nothing like the celebrations we saw last week. patrick opman reports. >> reporter: known as the cradle of the revolution. tens of thousands of the faithful give fidel castro his
last public send-off. the crowds of castro admirers ple pledged their devotion to the fallen leader. but he'd not be immortalized in the way so many strong men before him. >> translator: he was consistent with that attitude until the very last hours of his life, insisting once dead his name and figure would never be used to name plazas, parks, avenues and other public venues, monuments, busts, statues and other similar forms of tribute. >> reporter: castro was laid to rest on sunday in santiago. a private ceremony for a leader who for six decades lived a most public life. only members of the secretive castro family and small number of invited guests were in attendance. just weeks before his death, fidel castro's son and personal photographer predicted his father's final wish.
>> translato >> why doesn't he love it? >> hundreds of thousands lined highways and roads across cuba as castro's ashes were transported past. to worship the leader who changed their lives and island forever. a housewife waited alongside the road for hours to catch a final brief glimpse of the cuban leader she loved like a father. >> thanks to him, we have what we have. our education, health care. that, all thanks to the commander.
>> reporter: he also left behind a host of problems for cubans to grapple with. a heavy handed police state. the exodus of some of the island's best and brightest. the massive memorials for castro i do down, cubans are left alone to face an uncertain future. patrick opman, cuba. "why are you checking your credit score?"
welcome back. "saturday night live" is not letting up on donald trump. the comedy show secured the president-elect once again on saturday. >> this time they were making fun of trump's foreign policy experience, or lack thereof. >> mr. trump, please, let's get to work. this is an extremely dangerous world. pakistan is increasingly unstable. >> should i call them? >> no. >> north korea is still doing nuclear tests. >> should i text them? >> no. >> and iran is incredibly volatile. >> should i have ivanka send them some shoes? >> maybe. >> sir, sir, okay, i hate to be rude but this is insane. your inauguration is just seven weeks away. >> aaah! >> sorry. i just hadn't heard that put in weeks before. >> he wasn't happy, okay?
so trump's senior staff are also fair game for the "snl" writers. you saw actress kate mackinnon there as kellyanne conway. >> chief's strategist steve bannon was singled out for special ridicule. >> i'm ready to start this briefing. >> okay. >> where's my chief strategist steve bannon? i can't start without steve bannon. >> he's walking in right now. ♪ >> sorry i'm late. >> there it is. one viewer was not laughing during the skit was donald trump. >> so he responded on twitter foll calling the show biased and unwatchable. that's it for this show. i'm cyril vanier. >> i'm rosemary church. "early start" is next for our viewers in north america. for the rest of our viewers,
a criminal investigation now being launched into the deadly warehouse fire in oakland. the death toll climbing with dozens still missing. the dakota access pipeline is being rerouted. protesters celebrating a big win against the federal government. but with trump taking office, will it be short lived? the president-elect launching another tweet storm. this time he is targeting china. good morning.