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i think we have lots of good answers for you over a period of time, and ultimately it will all work out. president trump just minutes away from taking questions in south korea. overnight he praised the tremendous spirit and seoul from a new threat in south korea. >> it did not relay a court-martial conviction, now the pentagon is investigatoring this failure.
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good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. an "early start." >> i'm dave briggs. it's 3:00 a.m. in the east and 2:00 a.m. in sutherland springs. we'll have the latest on the shooting shortly. but it's 5:00 p.m. in south korea and that's where we begin. moments from now, president trump is set to hold a news conference with president moon jae-in. they sat down with north korea at the top of the agenda. >> north korea answered the e set of sanctions with a fresh provocation. they said as long as the u.s. and its allies continue their hostile acts, they will treasurer their nuclear sort of justice. let's turn to senior white house corresponde correspondent. jeff zeleny in seoul. >> as you said in a few minutes time here, the two leaders will
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be holding the joint news conference, president trump and president moon. they've been having meetings for several hours now here in seoul. of course, north korea the rising nuclear threat is at the center of their discussions here. but a short time ago president trump expressed a bit of optimism about those talks. let's watch. >> we'll be meeting with the various generals about the situation in north korea. and i think we're going to have lots of good answers for you over a period of time, and ultimately it'll all work out. >> so the president there saying ultimately it will all work out, of course, so much to be done before we know if that will happen. but no question, one thing i'm struck by as we are following the president across asia, making a second stop here in seoul is that he is defending his harsh rhetoric from before but he is not repeating that harsh rhetoric here on the
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korean peninsula. just to point out here, we are 35 miles or so from the north korean border. up until now president trump has not repeated any of the incendiary remarks about kim jong-un that he, of course, often says back in the u.s., but we are watching closely that news conference, christine, that's starting here in a few moments. >> i know you will be there listening and monitoring it, as we will too. we'll bring you live when it happens. jeff zeleny on the trip with the president. >> joining us josh rogan. it will all work out, that's interesting because a trump tweet, we don't consult the history books, he tweeted in september, south korea is finding, as i have told them, their talk of appeasement with north korea will not work, they only understand one thing. what is he going to say today? >> listen, first of all we
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should give president trump credit for not continuing his rhetoric, his raising of the temperature while he's 35 miles from the north korean border. that would be bad. north koreans are watching this closely, south koreans are watching it closely, chinese. so if he's going to take this opportunity during his visit to south korea to bring it down a notch, that's good. >> no more little rocket man, any of that kind of language. >> for the next couple days. that being said changing the rhetoric doesn't change the policy. what we have now is a policy that has no chance of solving the problem. the president said weir not going to negotiate. he's threatening to attack all the time. there's no chance north korea is going to do what he wants, give up their nuclear weapons because he says so. we're basically at a stalemate, the south koreans are worried about that, the region is
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worried about that. fine he's not ramping up the tension this moment. that doesn't get us to where we need to be, which is walking to the north koreans. >> where has that rhetoric -- the president said in japan the weak rhetoric for 25 years didn't work, his strong rhetoric is. is that the reality? >> no. >> where are we? >> weak rhetoric, strong rhetoric, neither of those is responsible for where we are. the blame lies with the north koreans who are building and testing nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles. >> hasn't that ramped up during that harsh, strong rhetoric. >> yes. it got worse during the bush administration, during the obama administration. it's getting worse every day. it's more dangerous today than yesterday. it's going to be more dangerous tomorrow than today. what the trump administration says, not the president but the people who work on the stuff, is
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we ended the era of strategic patience. they're doing more sanctions, more pressure, more everything. it still hasn't worked. now, the question is, what is doing more lead to? you can have pressure, pressure is fine. everyone thinks we need to pressure them. the end is the negotiation. eventually we have to sit down and talk to these guys, as difficult and as unpleasant as that's going to be. if you're not going to do that and they're not going to give up their nuclear weapons by themselves, you're talking about a war -- >> is there feeling that rex tillerson is working on setting up these pathways to talk to the north koreans? >> yes, there are channels. there are north koreans who hang out in new york we talk to them. there are north koreans who travel around the world and we talk to them too. the problem is everyone knows when they see rex tillerson or
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rex tillerson's guy he doesn't necessarily speak for the united states. because every time he says something about negotiations the president tweets forget about negotiations. he tweets stop wasting your time rex tillerson. sure negotiations have failed, nothing works until it works. that begs the question what else are you going to do? war would be a nightmare scenario. so negotiation is what we have to do. >> what's stopping president trump from attacking north korea? is there any way congress can? >> if president trump decides to attack north korea today he can do it. there's nobody to stop him, not the secretary of defense, congress, allies. >> no authorization needed. >> he is the guy with his finger on the button. what's stopping him is the fact once he does that we're in a new world where the north koreans will retaliate, millions of south koreans will die, hundreds
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of thousands of americans who live in the region will die. americans who live all over the world might die. and that creates, essentially the risk of a nuclear war that will change the face of theert forever. that's what's stopping him. interesting, that's also stopping kim jong-un because he knows if he starts the war, that's the end of his regime. it's called deterrence. and it's worked, essentially for decades. now that doesn't mean it's not profoundly dangerous and doesn't mean we don't have to deal with this right away. but that mutual deterrence. if you believe that kim jong-un is rational and not crazy and you believe that donald trump is rational and not crazy and you're working under that assumption, then neither side should start the war and neither side should do an international break the peace. once you break the peace all bets are off. so the calamity and sheer destruction and cost to humanity
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is what's stopping them. >> we're waiting for this address to begin. this will be his most formal opportunity on this trip to lay out what is his plan. what is his stance on the region. what are you expecting from him. >> i talked to administration officials who have been preparing these speeches. we're going to see tough language, he's going to talk about trade, he's going to criticize the free trade agreement, which he does all the time. we're not going to see any big announcements, reveals. he doesn't have a trick up his sleeve that no one has thought about before. the choices are still the same as they were before. we're going to see a reassurance that the u.s. will protect its ally, south korea we're the senior partner, they live under our umbrella. we're going to see a call for them to get tough on north korea. >> what's the china position in this? from his perspective. >> i think the president has been consistent.
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they want china to do more, they've done a little bit more, not a lot more, right. so the policy is clear, the path we're on is pretty clear. the question -- we're not expecting any big deliverables. the way the trump people think about the trips, they don't think about it as we go to south korea and get something or we go to china and china gives us something, they'll have little announcements here and there, but we're going to see a reassertion of the trump administration policy. a condemnation of north korea's activities, that's about it. >> quickly let's talk about the man behind the other podium, moon jae-in, he was elected on the concept of direct engagement with north korea. >> right. >> how will the president respect his wishes and the will of the people that put him in office? >> this depends on whether president trump reads carefully from the tell prompter or not. if he reads carefully, he's not going to say anything that
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insul insults moon jae-in, who was elected on a policy of engagement. they used to have a sunshine policy, now they call it a moon shine policy. this is a liberal korean government. when it was elected, the texs weren't nearly as high. so as north korea gets dangerous, they get more defensive. the politics in south korea are very, very tense right now. so again if trump sticks to the script, he won't insult the guy he's standing next to. you're not supposed to do that. there's no upside in having a meeting with the guy and saying something that's going to insult him or hurt him. that doesn't make any sense. if asked the question about what this guy's engagement policy who knows what he's going to say. >> josh is going to stick with us throughout the program. >> you can see that in the next few minutes. >> he helped bring down the gunman at a texas church. next hear from the man who shot
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investigators say they have recovered more than 15 empty magazines with 30 round capacities from the first baptist church in sutherland springs where 26 people were
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killed. >> retired air force chief prosecutor telling cnn kelley fractured his step son's skull in an incident that led his-to-his bad conduct discharge. and now they admit they failed to relay the conviction to the federal data base. >> good morning. we are learning a lot more from the authorities about the attack. we are learning more about his dark and angry past. specifically a chapter that might explain how he was able to get the arsenal to cary out the attack. it happened in 2012 when he was convicted on two counts of domestic assault against his ex-wife and step son. it appeared the air force never communicated that information to the civilian authorities he was never entered into the national
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critical information data base so when he went to buy weapons he wouldn't have popped up in the regular fbi background checks as someone with that critical record would have. the air force is now saying they're going to cary out an investigation into what went wrong, along with the pentagon. christine, dave. >> thank you for that. arizona senator, john mccain promising oversight as they investigate what led to the air force's failure to relay the conviction. >> we are also learning the gunman originally faced multiple weapons charges at his 2012 court-martial. that included two charges of pointing a loaded firearm at his wife. he was arrested on animal cruelty charges in 2014 in colorado after witnesses reported he punched a dog several times in the head and neck. >> as for why he targeted the
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sutherland springs, texas church evidence points to a personal dispute. police say he had a contention relationship with his former mother-in-law we know he sent texts that morning, she was not at the church at the time of the shooting. his ex-wife's grandmother was among those killed. >> hearing from the church neighbor who shot and chased after the gunman. he said he heard gun fire at the church, graped his rifle and hit the gunman twice. >> people at that church, they're friends of mine. they're family. and every time i heard a shot, i knew that that probably represented a life. i was scared to death. i was. i was scared for me, and i was scared for every one of them.
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and i was scared for my own family that just lived less than a block away. >> remarkable his wherewithal. after the gunman jumped into his suv and sped away, stephen gunned down another driver and the chase ended when the gunman turned the gun on himself. it's election day. republican ed gislesspy, now neck and neck in the poles with democrat ralph northam in virginia. a win by northam would be a big step for the democratic party. >> the new jersey race to succeed governor of chris
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christy. >> new york city mayor bill dy blas owe is favored to win a second term, he faces a challenge from a state assembly woman and a former nypd detective. >> in utah, john curtis, kathy allen are battling to fill the congressional seat. you can see in the bottom right of your screen, the president along with south korean president moon jae-in approaching the podiums, about to give remarks. >> let's listen in to this. we expect there will be remarks and questions. so let's listen.
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>> translator: president moon jae-in will give a speech, followed by president trump. please allow me to invite president moon jae-in to the stage. i extend my heart felt welcome
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to the visit by your exlen si president donald trump and madame first lady to south korea. his visit marks the first state visit by the u.s. president to korea in 25 years and president trump is also the first state guest for myself and my government. the special bond forged between president trump and myself i find very meaningful and i'm gratified to be part of it. president trump and i met and communicated with each other numerous times building deep trust and consolidating our friendship. today we had candid discussions about steadfastness of rocky u.s. alliance. more overre we agreed to work towards resolving north korean issue in a peaceful manner and bringing peace to the korean peninsula against escalating nuclear threats we reaffirmed our principle that we must maintain strong stance toward
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north korean threats based on power. president trump has reaffirmed his commitment to defend korea and president trump and i agree to further strengthen the combined defensive nature of our two countries. president trump and i agree to expend rotational deployment of u.s. strategic asset in and around south korea. we will step up. to this end we reached a conclusion today to lift the limit on korean missiles completely. there was a final agreement. we also agreed to begin consultation for korea's acquisitions and development of korea state of art military reconnaissance assets. once again we strongly urge north korea to halt its nuclear
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and missile provocation and to come to dialogue table for denuclearization as soon as possible. president trump and i reaffirmed our current strategy. which is to maximize pressure and sanctions on north korea until he gives up nuclear weapons and to come to the table for dialogue on its own. at the same time, should north korea choose to make the right choice, we also reaffirmed our view that we are willing to offer north korea a bright future. based on such common approach between our two countries we will continue to lead efforts to bring peaceful and fundamental solutions to north korean nuclear issues. we will maintain close collaboration with international community, including neighboring countries. i hope that president trump's visit at this time will be a turning point for the situation on the korean peninsula in a stable manner. today president trump and i
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vis visited the base, which is a symbolic venue for showing the future of rock u.s. alliance and also korea's contribution to the alliance. as we gave our words of encouragement to korean and american service members are striving towards our common goal, we could feel the strong alliance. president trump and i also agree to continue strepgt eng of the combined defense postchers and capability of the bilateral alliance. last but not least, we reaffirm that economic cooperation is important of alliance. we assure that economic cooperation is critical in sustainable future u.s. alliance. in order to enjoy the benefit of free balance, and trade together we agreed to have the relevant authorities expedite the
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prospect of exploitation. by sharing the economic prosperity with the human kind president trump and i agree to make joint contribution to the peace and prosperity of the world. we also agreed to continue strengthening cooperation for global challenges, including issues of terrorism, women, human rights and public health. president trump requested that i need to talk with him continuously and we agreed that we will continuously have a frequent communications and by doing that we'll further strengthen the trust and ties between us and slide fie the bilateral alliance. please enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and fine deepening of friendships in our two countries as well as our two
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leaders. thank you. thank you very much. that was an opening statement by president moon jae-in, which will be followed by president donald trump. >> thank you very much, president moon. thank you for honoring us with the invitation to be here today. and for the incredibly warm welcome and magnificent ceremony you have given us during our first trip to the very beautiful city of seoul. thank you very much. milania and i had a wonderful time having tea with you and first lady kim. thank you. at the beautiful blue house, which i've heard so much about and now get to visit and see firsthand. we're looking forward to joining you for dinner this evening and we have much to discuss. today the president and i had an opportunity to talk about a range of vital economic and security matters, including our
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trade relationship and our joint efforts to solve north korea's grave nuclear threat to south korea and, indeed, the entire world. this is a world-wide problem. the republic of korea is more than a long standing ally of the united states. we are partners and friends who fought side by side in a war and worked hard and prospered toward a great and lasting peace. i feel confident we'll be able to reach a free, fair and resi pro cal trade deal as we renegotiate our current five-year old trade document. we cannot allow north korea to threaten all that we have built and we built it very much together and we're very, very proud of it also together. but all we've built in the decades since our soldiers sacrificed side by side in the
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struggle for freedom, our alliance is more important than ever to peace and security on the korean peninsula and across the endo-pacific region. that's why vice president pence, secret of state tillerson, and defense secretary mattis, have all travelled to seoul in the first year of my administration. it was very important to me that they did. north korea's sixth test of a nuclear device and its missile launches are a threat not only to the people of south korea, but to the people all across our globe. we will together confront north korea's actions and prevent the north korean dictator from threatening millions of innocent lives. he is indeed threatening millions and millions of lives. so needililess.
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north korea is a world-wide threat that requires world-wide action. we call on every responsible nation, including china and russia, to demand that the north korean regime end its nuclear weapons and its missile programs and live in peace as the south korean people know so well it's time to act with urgency and with great determination. all nations must implement u.n. security council regulations and cease trade and business entirely with north korea. it is unacceptable that nations would help to arm and finance this increasingly dangerous regime. as we work together to resolve this problem, using all available tools short of military action, the united states stands prepared to defend itself and its allies, using the full range of our unmatched
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military capabilities if need be. the crucial u.s. security partnership with south korea is just one aspect of our enduring alliance. we also share deep partnerships on a range of issues from cultural exchange to cutting edge advances in science and medicine and the very important issue of trade. currently we are looking at ways of improving our economic relationship. i would like to thank you president moon for instructing his trade negotiators to work closely with us to pursue a much better deal. a deal that quite frankly has been quite unsuccessful and not very good for the united states. in the more than six decades since we signed our mutual defense treaty, our alliance has grown stronger and deeper. our two nations symbolize what
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independent countries can accomplish when they serve the interest of their people, respect the so vennty of their neighbors and uphold the rule of law. imagine the amazing possibilities for a korean peninsula liberated from the threat of nuclear weapons where all koreans can enjoy the blessings of liberty and the prosperity that you have achieved right here in south korea. i also want to congratulate president moon and the south korean people on hosting the winter olympics this upcoming february. it will be a truly spectacular event. mr. president, i want to thank you, first lady kim, and i mean it was just so special today. the ceremony was so beautiful. we very much thank you for it. together our two nations will handle threats to peace and security, stand up to those who
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would threaten our freedom and seize the incredible opportunities for a better, brighter and more prosperous tomorrow. in good times and bad, in moments of great hardship and great success, our two nations can always count on the close bonds and deep friendship we share as free, proud and independent people. mr. president, i look forward to the rest of our visit together and i send the wonderful citizens of south korea the best wishes from the people of the united states of america. thank you very much. >> translator: i would like to invite the questions from the members of the media core. so we would like to now ask the white house correspondent from
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the u.s. to ask questions and president trump to respond, then from the blue house, there will be q and a. >> thank you. the first question from the united states. we'll go to margaret brennan from cbs. >> thank you. mr. president -- >> which one? >> president trump, i will have questions for both of you gentlemen, but president trump, you spoke here in south korea saying that you do believe that the crisis with north korea will be worked out. specifically, have you seen any success in your diplomatic strategy so far, and do you still believe that direct talks are a waste of time? >> well, i think you know me well enough to know i don't like talking about whether i see success or not in a case such as this. we like to play our cards a little bit close to the vest. i will say that, that i believe it makes sense for north korea
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to do the right thing. not only for north korea, but for humanity all over the world. so there is a lot of good reason behind it. with that, yes, i think we're making a lot of progress. i think we're showing great strength. i think they understand we have unparalleled strength. there has never been strength like it. you know we sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world and they're right now positioned. we have a nuclear submarine also positioned. we have many things happening that we hope, we hope -- in fact, i'll go a step further. we hope to god we never have to use. with that being said, i really believe that it makes sense for north korea to come to the table and to make a deal that's good for the people of north korea and the people of the world. i do see certain movement, yes.
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but let's see what happens. >> on direct talks, sir? >> i don't want to say that. i just don't want to say that. you can understand that. >> i do, sir. president moon, in your meeting earlier with president trump you were spoken about by president trump when he gestured to the military purchases your country will be making. and i'm wondering, as you look toward that military build up, if that signals something, perhaps a change in your view where you believe a more aggressive stance towards north korea is more appropriate? >> translator: if i could have the question repeated again. are you referring to the acquisition of the military assets or that could be
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incurred. >> president trump said you will be making purchases military equipment, what does that signal and is it a change? >> translator: i'm not entirely sure which direction your question was. but i can say one thing. when it comes to the state of our direct assets and the strategy on acquisition of this u.s. strategy assets, we have agreed to begin the consultation for korea's acquisition of such assets. that is to enhance korea's defense capabilities and also the combined defense posture of korea and the united states. i think it is essential. >> margaret, i may add to that that the president and i have agreed, they'll be buying --
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which they want and which they need and everybody thinks it makes a lot of sense. we make the greatest military equipment in the world, whether it's planes, whether it's missiles, no matter what it is, we have the greatest military equipment in the world. and south korea will be ordering billions of dollars of that equipment, which for them makes a lot of sense and for us it means jobs, reducing our trade deficit with south korea. but they'll be ordering billions of dollars of equipment and we've already approved some of those orders. okay. thank you. >> translator: next we have the question to president moon from the korean reporters. please raise your hand. yes, mr. moon of the daily newspaper. please go ahead. >> translator: i have a question for president moon between korea
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and the united states i think the diplomatic challenges to overkom the result, and you gave foreign president you talked about bringing balance and diplomacy and you talked about resolving nuclear threat problem and the closed cooperation between korea and the united states and you talked about china's role. are you referring to the balance of -- between u.s. and china or something else and you have had a third summit meeting at -- summit meeting, you said you have agreed to bring peace to the korean peninsula. and what kind of role are you expecting the united states and president trump to play with regard to settling peace on the korean peninsula? yes, on bringing balance in our diplomatic approaches this is not about our stance visa vie united states and china. we are trying to bring solution
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to the nuclear problem and to bring permanent peace on the korean peninsula and more over, we would like to promote peace, stability, and prosperity of the northeast asian region. so we would like to expand our diplomatic efforts in this regard. that should include for china and russia and eu. we should diverse si efforts so that we can pursue a more balanced approach that that was the intention of making such comment. and to establish permanent peace on the korean peninsula and overkom -- resolve the nuclear problem there's role to be played by the united states and china. when it comes to the united states, a very strong sanctions and pressure is being put by the united states and leading efforts i'm sure that results will be realized through such efforts and china has also
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faithfully implemented u.n. resolutions. so we have heightened the pressure and sanctions on dprk and i think this will contribute to resolving the north korea nuclear problem. and the international efforts bear fruits we can really make a turn around, i'm sure we'll be able to bring north korea to the table of dialogue. through such dialogue i'm confident we can freeze the nuclear program, ultimately, dismangle the weapons program entirely. and in this i believe that the cooperation from u.s. and china is essential. and the -- establishing a permanent peace on the korean peninsula, i don't think it's the right timing that we talk about this issue now. we should focus on bringing an end to the dprk provocations and bringing dprk to the table for dialogue. this is the challenge we must
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address now. so we must focus on sanctions and pressure. there is a turn around, when the turnaround finally comes we should certainly, to make efforts to further consult each other to create the u.s. for settling peace on the korean peninsula. >> i want to just say that where we will be tomorrow, china, has been very helpful. we'll find out how helpful soon. but he has been very, very helpful. so china is out trying very hard to solve the problem with north korea. we hope that russia, like wise, will be helpful. we also hope that other countries, and we know for a fact other countries have already started and we've had great dialogue with many other countries, as you know, and they're really helping a lot. so if we get china, russia, and we have some other countries but we want to get most of them, we think that things will happen
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and they could happen very quickly. this is a problem, by the way, that should have been done over the last 25 years, not now. this is not the right time to be doing it. but that's what i got. that's what i got. this is a problem that should have been taken care of a long time ago. thank you. >> thank you. united states second and final question will go to ali vitali from nbc. >> you've talked about wanting to put extreme vetting on people trying to come into the united states, but i wonder if you would include extreme vetting for people trying to buy a gun? >> trying to what? >> buy a gun. >> you're bringing up a situation that probably shouldn't be discussed too much right now, we could let a little time go by.
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but it's okay if you feel that's an appropriate question even though we're in the heart of south korea. i will certainly answer your question. if you did what you're suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago. and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or rifle in his truck go out and shoot him and hit him and neutralize him. and i can only say this, if he didn't have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead. so that's the way i feel about it. >> are you considering -- >> not going to help. >> are you considering any gun control going forward? >> the city with the strongest gun laws in our nation is chicago. and chicago is a disaster. it's a total disaster. just remember if this man didn't have a gun or rifle, you'd be talking about a much worse
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situation in the great state of texas. thank you. >> translator: the last question will be from the korean media. i have a question for president trump. today you visited the military base, as your first stop. and we have located a building of the military base and there has been a bit of conflict with the residents over the construction of the base. so to the koreans a lot of taxpayer money has been put in to built bild the base and a lot of sacrifices have been made to build the base.
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so you visited the base today and many people talked about free writing of korea, against the security of the united states. so what are your feelings about such talks about you visited the base and another question i have is that people have concerns about korea passing although a lot of that has gone away, there's people still concerned that korea may be neglected in diplomacy, so what are your views on the korean passing. can you say for certain that korea passing no longer exists for the korean people? >> south korea, republic of korea, korea is very important to me. and there will be no skipping south korea. i can tell you that right now. plus i've developed great friendships not only with the president, but with others. and we're not going to let them down. and they're not going to let us
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down. because we're doing a lot for them to be honest. we're doing a lot for them. as far as the base was concerned, i thought it was an incredible military installation. i know what it cost, and it's a lot of money. we spent some of that money, and as you know that money was spent for the most part, to protect south korea, not to protect the united states. but some of that money was spent by us. that being said, that was long before my time. and i'm sure i could have built it for a lot less. that's what i do. thank you. >> translator: if you don't mind, i like to make sup ple men tear remarks. today president trump visited the military base and his visit shows -- through his visit we
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were able to show that korea is making significant contributions to the alliance. i hope that has been felt by president trump and expanded the summit talks he has expressed his appreciation for the construction of the splendid base. and at the base, with the eighth army commander as well as the usfk commander we had a briefing by the commander and there was a strong emphasis on their part as well. the latest insentiment would like to conclude that the press conference of president trump and president moon jae-in, i would like to extend our appreciation to the members of the diplomatic core for being here. thank you. wrapping up there that joint press conference between the president of the united states and south korea, we are here
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with josh rogan, your headline? >> it came in, donald trump's response to questions, he said i think we are making a lot of progress on the north korea situation. i think we're making a lot of progress. now notably he declined to specify what that progress is, he said he doesn't like to talk about the details of the progress he's seeing. he says i do see movement. headline number two he said it makes sense for north korea to come to the table. so this is rhetorical ver yags for president trump who says there's no point talking to north korea. we're going to put sanctions on them forever and ever and they're going to give up their nuclear weapons. now he's saying something different. >> he was asked directly is it a waste of time, are direct talks a waste of time, and he said i don't want to say that. >> right. that's different hp that's what he said last time. people were quoting his own
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statements that it was a waste of time. that could be because he's standing next to the south korean president, now moon jae-in, said something different. he said in his answer, according to the translation, we have to freeze their program and then bring them to the table. that's a complicated scheme that the united states is opposed to. what the chinese and russians want to do is do what's called a freeze for freeze, they stop testing, we stop exercising and we get together and talk. the united states has rejected that. it's clear from this press conference, that even though president trump is expressing a willingness to negotiate and saying he sees movement, i don't see it, but he says he sees movement doesn't want to tell us, that's okay. there's still a lot of space. the american president and south korea president are not on the same page, but they are closer than they were before we heard from them today. that's interesting.
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we call say it's a positive development. if we believe the president is talking about something real that he sees and not trying to claim progress -- >> true they're in the same book but that's because the president is standing 35 miles from the border of north korea. per the first part, the success, do you see any success? >> no, i don't see any success. >> any progress? >> i don't see any progress. i don't think anyone sees any progress. there's progress in the sanctions. sanctions are getting tougher. it was interesting to watch president trump praise chinese president xi jinping, saying they're trying to solve the problem. that's not the belief even inside the administration. but president trump thinks that, fine. that's some progress. ramping up the sanctions that's some progress. if we can get to some sort of closer position with our allies
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that's progress. the other thing the president says, which says all the time, this should have been solved 25 years ago, that's a rhetorical flourish that he relies on, which ignores 25 years of very difficult, delicate, complicated diplomacy over three different administrations. some of it succeeded, some failed, none of it sofld the problem totally. but it's not like anyone wasn't working on it. it had fits and starts and we are where we are. that's not necessarily an evolution of thought from mr. trump. that's a standard -- >> same old. also his criticisms of the u.s. south korea trade deal that's five years old or something. you look at the u.s. trade deficit is almost $70 billion, it's electronics, steel, karss, these are the jobs the president
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was elected to protect in the u.s. the president is criticizing this trade deal, a trade deal that the south koreans mostly like. >> two things. he didn't call it the worst deal ever, which is what he called it when he wasn't standing next to the ghie who was the president of the country he has to deal with. so we see he has a more reserved, measured diplomatic tone, let's say. the other thing that was interesting is president moon jae-in said he's ready to start renegotiating the trade graemt a agreement and he wants to do it qui quickly. >> that's a big win for president trump. >> it's the beginning of what could be a win depending on how the negotiations go. but to get them to the table to acknowledge they're going to have expedited and reconsideration, renegotiation, that's a big deal. especially when you look at this
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region, a region that was counting for years and years on the united states leading the transpacific partnership. that was the idea for 12 countries to present the united front on trade against china, 40% of the world economy and the u.s. gave that up without anything in return. now they're starting to inch back, we saw the president in japan, no progress. here we see a little bit of progress. so we see a positive step forward in president trump's trade agenda. >> stick around in the 4:00 hour. we want to ask you about the remarks in his q and a, russia, he did mention them as hopefully containing -- >> not holding my breath. >> 54 minutes past the hour. the dow is up 20% this year. but have stocks become too hot? i recently asked activist investor, bill acman just that. >> i think there are specific
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pockets where evaluations are perhaps very high. i think the biggest risk in the markets are politics. >> they don't do a tax cut? >> i think corporate tax reform will be a driver for the economic, and i think also for the stock market. if that fails, that will be a negative. i think there's a growing belief that's going to happen. although i will say it's not reflecting in the prices. north korea is a risk, the markets have ignored any terrorist act. i think it's generally been right to, but god forbid there's some kind of nuclear incident. that's going to cause people to ae reassess risk. >> the latest battle is with resources from adp. he's seeking three seats on its board. that shareholder vote is today. >> "early start" will be right back. we'll go live to south korea next.
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certain movement stemming from pressure on north korea, but all options remain on the table, including options he says he hopes to god to never use. the air force acknowledges it did not relay a court-martial conviction of the texas church gunman, now the pentagon is . good morning, thanks for getting an "early start" with us. >> i'm christine romans. it is 6:00 p.m. in seoul where president trump held a conference. it etime to act with urgency and great determination against the north korean nuclear threat. >> calling pyongyang a worldwide threat. cnn correspondent is in seoul. good morning.
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