tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN July 3, 2018 1:00am-2:00am PDT
♪ the latest side decades, long alliances are crumbling, the president warning he'll pull american military might if nato allies don't increase spending. our short list at the supreme court. the president conducts his first interview and is said to want a woman for the job. >> how many of you? >> a huge sigh of relief as a youth soccer team is found alive in a cave but a daunting tank
for rescuers in thailand, getting everyone out. we have reports this morning from thailand. as well as germany, china and washington. what a tremendous story that was. one the world needed. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans, it's tuesday, july 3rd. 4:00 a.m. in the east. president trump dealing another damaging blow to post-war alliances in letters to the leaders of longstanding nato allies, the president suggests they increase military spending. the liters to belgium and germany. they were sent last month. according to the "the new york times," the letter was especially critical to germany's
anja angela merkel. >> the letter fits a pattern of trump critiques of nato particularly over defense spending. nato did increase overall spending for the second year in 2017, but the u.s. paid about 70%. the president travels to belgium for the nato summit. >> merkel also facing a domestic problem with global consequences. she just avoided a breakup of the german government over immigration. in a major move, americaal agreed to demands to build camps for asylum seekers. we get to atika shubert live. atika. >> reporter: that's right, it was a late-night agreement. it's been a standoff between in the last few weeks.
finally agreed to put in what they call transit centers near the border. this should theoretically speed up the process of asylum seekers. they'll either be accepted or deported. that's ostensibly what this was about, but in reality, this was a political challenge. especially because voters were very happy with their migration policy. and they lost about 1 million votes in the last election. so what we're seeing is a challenge to her leadership. she has survived this time but she is likely to get more challenges in the future, especially with the conservative wing of her party. >> akeek thtika shubert thank y. the president has so far interviewed four people for the premium court job. amy cohen barrett, brett kavanaugh. raymond kethledge and amull
thapar. each med with the president for 45 minutes. >> i interviewed and met with four potential justices of our great supreme court. they are outstanding people. they are really incredible people, in so many different ways, academically and every other way. >> with abortion the major focus of concern, sources tell us the president is zoning in on a particular time of nominee. more from the white house. >> christine and dave, we're learning that the president is increasingly intrigued at the idea of selecting a woman candidate. he believes that this female justice would be the first truly conservative supreme court justice course. sandra day o'connor was on the french appointed by ronald reagan. the president, of course, looking at about a half dozen or show finalists. we believe two of them are women. the white house is saying the president is not specifically
asking candidates about spink cases like roe v. wade or other hot button issues. one of the reasons, of course, they do not want to make the confirmation process any more difficult but the reality is, all of the finalists on the list, the list of 25 people or so, have been vetted and have the stamp of approval from the federalist society. that's the group here in washington, all of them suitable to conservatives. the question is, are they suitable to more moderates. senator susan collins of maine, senator lisa murkowski of alaska are two that support the abortion rights. i'm told that the president is intrigued at picking a woman. he believes that is what is the answer to what conservatives are calling it the year of the woman. >> with amy conybeare eey barree
list. the bottom line, judge barrett has given every indication she will be an activist judge. she will be is the deciding decision to overturn roe v. wade and decide preexisting conditions in the aca #what's at stake. >> we should note while barrett has written she wants space for what the courthouse has decided she has quoted in 2018 she think it's, quote, very unlikely at this point that the court is going to overturn roe v. wade. >> a group says scott pruitt and his aides have kept a special letter. telling cnn epa staffer met routinely in pruitt's office to scrub, alter or remove records because they, quote, might look bad. he said it often occurred at
pruitt's direction. >> they found discrepancies between pruitt's calendar and other records. legal experts say it could be a violation of federal law. pruitt already faces at least 18 issues of ethics. > >> the trump administration has one week to meet a court order deadline for reuniting children under 5 and their parents separated at the border. the department is discussing how to reunify or how the process is going. the total number of children in the agency's care, unchanged since friday. >> on monday, 11 democratic senators including elizabeth warren sent a letter to hhs and the department of homeland security demanding weekly updates and briefings. not long after that request, the
official white house twitter account took a turn targeting warren and kamela harris of forming i.c.e. >> another blow to the administration's crackdown, a federal judge ordering the government to release or grant hearings to at least 1,000 asylum seekers who have been jailed months or even years. >> the acu found up detention rate shot up 900% in the eight years of president trump's presidency. the attorney slams house republicans. sending the committee a blistering letter questioning they are motives. he writes, quote, having sharpened their knives behind closed doors, the committee
would now like to drag back special agent strzok. and the committee denied. what's being asked of special agent strzok is to participate in what anyone can note as a trap. strzok happens vilified by republicans for anti-trump messages to fbi lawyer lisa page during the campaign. and therein lies the question for house republicans, why not make it public, if he was trying to undermine the trump presidency, let the testimony stand and let the public stand. nine minutes past the hour, they are alive but it's not over yet. >> rescuers working to get a youth soccer team out of a cave in thailand. we're live, next.
nearly ten days after the group went missing. >> how many of you? >> 13. >> 13, brilliant. >> the rescue mission is far from over, they still must find a way to get the kids out from underground. cnn's anna cornyn is live there in thailand with the latest. i can only imagine the parents and families of these boys are so relieved. anna, there's work to do, and the boys are starving. they haven't had anything to eat. they've been in the dark for almost ten days. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, it's now day ten. look, navy s.e.a.l.s have managed to get to the boys and deliver food supplies. they have power gels and also delivered pork and rice and milk that was requested. they're also getting their appetite back. but they're very weak.
they're malnourished. it is going to take a lot to get them back to full strength which is what they will need to be, christine, because what the military is talking about is getting these 12 boys, age 11 to 16 and a 25-year-old coach to scuba dive out of this cave which in itself is a logistical nightmare. we know the challenges that professional divers, military divers have faced over the last couple of days. obviously water is being pumped from this cave 24/7 around the clock. 1 125,000 an hour. and it's monsoon season in thailand. and we are expecting more rain which is why they're talking about scuba diving. getting these kids to learn to scuba dive. it's basically getting them to feel confident enough to navigate the cave system which
we know is a logic aft nightmare. >> they'll have to get strong enough first and then one by one dive out of that cave. aunk so much, anna, wield be back with us. ping us if there are any more developments, thank you. meanwhile, secretary of state pompeo meeting face-to-face. the doubts swirl in the u.s. intelligence community about kim's commitment to denuclearize. will ripley is live for us in beijing. this afternoon, 4:16 p.m. there. will, what's the latest? >> reporter: well, this is going to be secretary pompeo's third trip to pyongyang and obviously the most difficult trip for the secretary and his delegation because they have a lot of things they need to talk about with the north koreans. the united states is expected to provide a detailed list of tasks and a time line of when they want to seat tasks accomplished.
basically what the united states wants is a full list of the arsenal. they want full transparency. they want access by inspectors and they want the denuclearization and disarmament process to begin as soon as as possible. that could be vastly different from what the north koreans are prepared to give, given the fact they have never agreed to disarm. and denuclearization for them might mean the united states giving up all of its nuclear weapons before north korea does the same. so, these discussions could be very difficult especially given all of the leaked intelligence outside of the united states. including cnn's learning from the defense intelligence agency saying they believe that leader kim jong-un is not prepared to denuclear rise. that intelligence is being shared with other agencies. if they all concur then that would be a complete assessment passed along to the trump administration. but the question is, will the president believe the intel, given that he's excepts cal of
the work especially after the russian investigation. after pompeo, will travel to pyongyang and then head to japan and then speak at the nato summit to speak with president trump. and then we've learned will president trump invite kim jong-un to united states later this year. >> yes, according to axios. president trump has a warning for the world trade organization. >> they have been treating us very badly for many, many years and that's why we were at a big disadvantage with the wto. and we're not planning anything now, but if they don't treat us properly, we will be doing something. >> trump denies he will leave the wto. but the administration adopted a bill allowing him to adopt key
principles. president met with the prime minister just however after the eu threatened tariffs on $300 billion of exports. and that would be if trump poses tariffs on auto imports something the white house is considering. the president wants to work out a deal with the eu. >> if we do work it out, that will be positive. if we don't, it will be positive, also. >> no. >> we're just thinking about the cars in here. >> not positive. it's not just the eu worried about car tariffs. so are u.s. automakers. every car sold in the u.s. is imported, mainly because of parts. tariffs will cost them an extra $35 billion a year forcing companies to abosorb the costs. the price of a car with 35%
imported parts will increase by $2,000. >> right there, that number, some republicans say this number wives out the tax cut. if americans have to pay $2,000 more for a car. all right. dangerous heat can make it feel as hot as 110 degrees in the east. heat wave turning deadly, we'll have the full forecast, next.
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baltimore courthouses. a memorial was held last night for the editor. a heat wave blanketing the east coast has turned deadly. a woman died after going into cardiac arrest on saturday working in her garden. heat-related deaths are being investigated in the kansas city area. the heat and humidity helped intensify storms in pennsylvania that created flash floods on monday. today, nearly 60 million americans are under heat alert. meteorologist alvin cabrera is in the weather center. >> hey, guys, today, another hot day. i think, though, if we get through today, we're in much better day heading into independent day, thursday and friday, we'll get temperatures back to where they should be. but look at the heat warnings, millions and millions of us under heat advisory across philly and the area. by the way, we're sharing the love with the midsection, cincinnati, we have a great heat
watch, just a tick down from the heat advisory and warning. still, no matter how you slice it, we're talking temperatures in the 90s and 100s. i'll show you those in a second. while we're here, take a look at large wind, damaging wind potential, rapid city, lincoln, down towards uma as well. here are the numbers, factor in the humidity, it's been a killer the last few days, right? it makes it feel like 100 or 110 by the afternoon. by tomorrow, temperatures will come down. highs, some of us, it's going to feel like winter. mid-80 for the next few days and the weekend. guys. ahead, alliances that have kept the west united since the end of world war ii, signs of fracture, keep growing. the president now threatening to shift u.s. troops in the rest of nato won't increase defense spending.
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the latest sign decades long warning that the alliances are crumbling. the president warning he'll pull american military might if nato allies don't increase spending. our short list at the supreme court. the president conducts his first interview and is said to want a woman for the job. >> how many of you? >> 13. >> 13, brilliant. >> a huge sigh of relief as a youth soccer team is found alive in a cave, but a daunting task now for rescuers in thailand getting everyone out. we have reports this morning from thailand, germany, china
and washington. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. what a remarkable story. >> i'm so glad. >> yeah. a long way to go there. we have a reporter standing by for any developments. we start, though, with the president dealing another damaging blow to postwar alliances in letters of leaders to america's longstanding nato allies, president trump demanding they increase defense spending and threatening to alter america's military global presence if they don't. the letters first reported by "the new york times" were sent to countries including belgium, germany last month. according to the "times," the president was credit kalg of ge critical of angela merkel. >> he writes continues german underspending on defense undermines the secure. and others see you as a role model. nato members did increase
overall defense spending for a second straight year in 2017, but the u.s. still paid about 70%. the president travels to belgium next week for the nato summit. >> chancellor merkel also facing a domestic problem with global consequences. she just avoided the breakup of the german government over immigration. she just agreed to build camps for asylum seekers. we get more from atika shubert live in berlin. atika. >> reporter: that's right, in fact, she basically conceded that they would have transit centers, but that bavarian border police wouldn't be bouncing back asylum seekers at the border automatically. this is the kind of compromise she made. this is about ostensibly about the nitty-gritty details of
migration, but really off her leadership. this comes off the 2015 migration crisis. there is no migration crisis at the moment but the memory of tens of thousands of asylum seekers walking across the country into germany fueled a populous backlash. saying listen we need to crack down on immigration or your coalition is going to break up. so, she made this compromise. i think we can expect more challenges like this in the future, dave. >> aketiatika, any reaction tha just reported from "the new york times" that the nato pushing on their spending? >> yes, this is from germany, angela merkel has heard this from president trump, germany has complied to meet the 2% of
its goal but frankly it's not going to happen soon. especially when her own coalition is saying they don't want to raise it any more. it will be interesting to see what chancellor merkel said to president trump at the nato summit next week. >> yes, more world optics between those two. thank you. new clarity on who might be topping president trump's list for the supreme court. sources tell cnn that the president has interviewed four people. amy cone barrett, brett kavanaugh, raymond kethledge and am amul thapar. >> i interviewed and met with four potential justices of our great supreme court. they are outstanding people. they are really incredible people. in so many different ways, academically and every other way. >> abortion a major focus of concern. sources tell us the president is
honing in on a particular type of nominee. cnn's jeff zeleny has more from the white house. >> christine and dave, we are learning the president is increasingly intrigued at the idea of selecting a woman candidate. he believes that this female justice would be the first truly conservative female supreme court justice. of course, sandra day o'connor was on the bench appointed by president reagan. we believe two finalists are women. the white house is saying the president isn't specifically asking candidates about specific cases like roe v. wade, other hot button issues. one of the reasons, of course, they do not want to make this process any more difficult. boug but the reality, the 25 people on the list have the stamp of approval from the federalist society, that's the group here
in washington, all of them suitable to conservatives. the question is are they suitable to more moderates. senator susan collins of maine, senator lisa murkowski of alaska, those are two who support abortion rights. i'm told one of the reasons that the president is intrigued by picking a woman, he believes that would be the conservative answer to what conservatives are calling the year of woman in this election. christine and dave. whistle-blowers, epa administrator scott pruitt have held special meetings. expecting to testify before congress, he tells cnn that epa staffer met routinely in pruitt's office to alter, scrub or even remove records. >> a cnn review of epa documents found discrepancies between pruitt's official calendar and other records. legal experts say altering such
records could be a violation of federal law. pruitt already faces at least 14 federal probes regarding spending and ethics. after saying he was forced to leave after raising questions about pruitt's actions. president trump's former attorney michael cohen is getting his voice out there. a friend of cohen tells cnn, cohen's circle has been urging him to speak up, because they think winning in the court of public opinion is vital. monday the president's long time fixer told abc news he's putting his loyalty to, quote, family and country before his old boss. the interview raising new questions about whether cohen could flip and testify against his old boss amid his own legal troubles. >> also monday, prosecutors investigating that cohen received $1.3 million from a special master overseeing the case. the documents seized from cohen's home and hotel room and
office to eliminate any of that privilege. >> and the attorney slamming house republicans for selectively leaking sections of the bill. agent gilman sending a blistering letter. he writes after sharpening their knives behind closed doors, the committee would now like to drag back special agent strzok and have him testify in public. and what's being asked of special agent strzok is to participate in what anyone can recognize as a trap. strzok worked on the early stages in the mueller probe and has been vilified by republicans for his anti-trump text messages to fbi lawyer lisa page during the campaign. >> i think we got a preview of what that might look with trey gowdy with the allotted time to speak and not ask questions of
enormous relief in thailand today, as rescue teams found a youth soccer team, alive in a cave, nearly ten days after the group went missing. >> how many of you? >> 13. >> 13, brilliant. >> the rescue mission, though, far from over. they still must find a way to get the kids and their coach out from underground. cnn's anna cornyn live for us in thailand with the latest. again, anna, a long way to go but certainly some relief there. >> reporter: oh, absolute relief and elation across the country, dave. people here are just celebrating on the news. we're just hearing some cheers now. i'm not exactly sure what that
is about. we do know that those 12 boy and their coach are inside the cave. navy s.e.a.l. divers are with them at the moment. they've asked for 24 hours to assess the situation. they've got to get the boys in a condition where they can build their strength. we know they were able to capture water from the roof of the cave. a natural filtration process. yeah, these are smart boys. instead of drinking the polluted muddy water that was lapping at their feet. however, they are malnourished. so, it is a matter of getting food to them. we heard today from the thai government that they are willing to send supplies for up to four months. the reason four months. because that's how long the monsoon season is going to last here in thailand. do they sit it out and wait for the floodwaters to recede. the pumps are working overtime, 24/7, 124,000 legions of water are being drained from that an
hour. the strategy is to teach the boys how to scukubcuba dive, so can make their way out of the cave. that is the challenge. what the rescuers have faced, dave. >> any sense of a time line how long we could be waiting? >> reporter: look. i mean, it could be weeks. it could be months. just really depends. we know that some of these boys can't swim. so, this cave system, it's huge. it's 10 kilometers long. it's like a labyrinth. some of these areas, some of these chambers are flooded. so, these boys are going to have to learn to breathe through a scuba mask. if anybody has learned how to scuba dive, it can be daunting. certainly in water, let alone in a cave that is narrow. they have to crawl through
flooded passageways. this is going to be a very difficult operation. obviously, a large international contingent here trying to make that happen as soon as possible, dave. >> just a remarkable story. thanks for your reporting. secretary of state mike pompeo heading back to north korea to meet face-to-face with kim jong-un. the trump administration pushing for a deal to disman the nuclear program as doubts swirl in the intelligence committee about kim's commitment to denuclearize. cnn's will ripley is tracking the developments for us. he is live in beijing this morning. what you can tell us, will? >> i think the pressure couldn't be higher on secretary pompeo and his delegation, christine. because unlike the previous meetings where they were talking about the summit, the summit itself with agreement there was all smiles, warm feelings. president trump was euphoric that the nuclear threat was
over. and now what the u.s. wants is going to ask the north koreans for a full inventory of its nuclear program. how many warheads do they have. and even as the military casting doubt on whether the north koreans will be fully honest with the united states and whether kim jong-un is willing to fully denuclearize. and that they do not believe that kim is not ready to give up his nuclear wells. his interpretation is that the u.s. give up their weapons first and then the rest follow suit. they could get denuclearization in 12 months. ready to play ball. he'll head to tokyo next where he'll brief his japanese counterpart, and then to the nato summit where he will brief president trump. the big question is whether there will be another kim summit in september as axios is reporting. a lot depends on the crucial meetings in pyongyang.
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>> "early start" continues right now. the latest on that soccer team in thailand found in a cave. >> how many of you? 13? >> brilliant. >> brilliant. a huge sigh of relief as a youth soccer team is found alive in a cav. now the daunting task, getting everybody out of there. we have reports this morning from thailand and germany, china and washington. welcome to "early start." >> so remarkable. i'm d