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top of the hour. 7:00 p.m. eastern. you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm poppy harlow in new york. we're following breaking news this hour. final good-bye for president obama on the world stage as he wrapped up his last international news conference before leaving office in 60 days from now. the president speaking tonight
in lima, peru, told world leaders he believes donald trump will likely adjust to the reality of the office when he moves into the white house next year. the president also spoke in depth about trade, corruption, terrorism, the situation in syria and many other challenges facing donald trump when he becomes president. we have a lot to talk about. let's bring back in my panel. joining me now, jamie, senior fellow of the atlantic counsel and member of the u.s. security counsel. and ron brownstein is with us. senior editor for the atlantic. the american university presidential studies and former chief of staff to first lady laura bush. we have a princeton historian and professor. and our own athena jones is traveling with the president in lima, peru, and was at the press conference. when we talk about the issue of trade, jamie, i thought it was interesting. you're an expert on china. it was interesting he decided to begin his remarks by continuing
to push tpp, a trade deal that's all been dead in the water, and say, this is critical because it is about the united states righting the rules of trade on the world stage, while acknowledging a big part of what helped the president-elect win this election. he acknowledged that free trade has not helped anyone -- everyone, and it has, in some ways, added to the income gap. >> this had to be a heartbreak for president obama. he was talking about tpp to the asia pacific leaders. he worked for his entire presidency, building on a legacy of president george w bush. our country was on the verge of a historic success in tpp, which would have been not only beneficial for the united states, in terms of our economics, but it would have created relationships with our
most important allies and partners that would have allowed the united states and our countries -- and countries that have similar values to us be in the driver's seat. with tpp all but dead, china will be in the driver's seat. that's what's happening. it is difficult, i'm sure, for president obama in lima, because china is taking a victory lap. cry th china has had its opposing view of the world and opposing trade deal, the regional comprehensive economic partnership. now, all the american partners are now moving towards china. they all thought they could stand up to china in the name of higher standards. now, they're going and some, really, on bended knee towards china. it is a historic, in ways, defeat for the united states. >> though donald trump promised to be tough on china, slap a 45% tariff on chinese goods, threatened to label them a currency manipulator, this is an area where president xi gjinpin
likes donald trump, both in opposition of the view. this is the first question the president was asked. essentially, how do you know that president-elect donald trump won't govern in the divisive way he campaigned. here's what the president said to that. >> i can't be sure of anything. i think, like everyone else, we'll have to wait and see. but as i've said before, once you're in the oval office, once you begin interacting with world leaders leaders, once you see the complexities of the issues, that has a way of shapie ining your thinking or modifying your thinking. i can't guarantee that the president-elect won't pursue
some of the positions that he's taken. but what i can guarantee is that reality will force him to adjust how he approaches many of these issues. >> ron brownstein, what did you make of that, reality will force him to adjust? >> look, i think the president is playing a two-track game. i think he is, on the one hand, setting out a series of conditions, hoping against hope that donald trump will govern in a significantly different manner than he ran, which included undoing many things that president obama considers critical at home and abroad. he's saying, i'm trying to steer him in that direction. and he's saying, we ought to give him a chance and hear what he has to say, i as a former president and democrats in congress, but also setting out a series of trip wires. of ideals and policies that he considers important at home and abroad. leaving open the possibility that donald trump continues across those trip wires that
he's established. that he may take a more active role in rallying resistance to some policies than we've seen from former presidents. on a call with the organizing for america team, which is his outside political organization, this weekend, he hinted that there will come a moment he may need to speak out actively. he left open the possibility during the press conference tonight. >> he did. as someone who worked in the bush 43 white house with the first lady as chief of staff, they took a different approach when they left office. they truly left. the president said, yes, i'm going to take michelle on vacation. she deserves a vacation. but as ron said, he didn't leave the door open. >> well, that's true. when the bushes left, they said, they had their time on the world stage. now -- and he turned it over very peacefully to the new president. what i true from this, listening to president obama's press conference, he evolved, as well, from being a candidate with the rhetoric of a campaign to being
the leader of the free world. and he learned quite a bit. realities do face you when you're in the oval office. over this eight-year period of time, he's now ending his presidency. this press conference, whether he is in peru, he'll want to say what he's accomplished and how the country has changed for the better. what i saw, too, is he recognizes the united states of america is a force for good in the world. when he came into the white house in his first global speech in turkey, it was a very vastly different point of view that i think many people felt. that america did everything wrong. he's now ending saying, the world order is not right without us in it. >> do you remember, of course, looking through history, looking years back, it was in 2008 when he stood in berlin, in front of these massive crowds and talked about crumbling barriers and walls crumbling.
metaphorical, of course, at the time, speaking about divides in terms of race and gender and religion. now, his successor is a man who has largely run on the promise to erect a huge wall between the united states and mexico. >> i think that might be a sobering memory, actually, for many democrats, who remember those speeches from obama and not just in berlin but also in boston in 2004. he actually underestimated the power of partisan politics and the direction the party took. democrats won't agree with some of his message tonight. they don't think this is a normal transition of power. they think that some of the things that came out in donald trump's campaign are beyond the boundaries of permissible. they'll have trouble compromising with this. i think he's sensing this and trying to calm some of the tensions in the party. >> to that point, let's listen to what he said about giving donald trump a hearing, as he put it.
he said, i do not want this transition to be the way it was for me in 2008, when mitch mcconnell vowed to make me a one-term president. let's listen to his remarks on that. >> with respect to democrats and republicans and how democrats should deal with a new administration, i think you give him a hearing. i certainly don't want them to do what mitch mcconnell did when i was elected. meet the day of and say, our sole objective is to not cooperate on anything, even if the country is about to go into a depression. so we can gain seats in the midterms and ultimately defeat him. that's not why the american people send us to washington, to play those games. >> ron, do you agree with the assessment, that that will leave some liberals not happy? >> yes. but i think that -- look, the
president, i think, understands in all likelihood, that democrats and maybe with himself as one of them, are going to end up in a position of intense opposition to many of the things donald trump is proposing. in fact, the president does agree many of the things that donald trump proposed are outside of the bounds of the usual political debate. i think he also recognizes both, a, that people do want you to give a hering to a new president and, b, if you get into a position of -- if you ultimately get into a position of operation, you'll be stronger in the position if it doesn't look as though it was reflected from the beginning. if, in fact, you were willing to give the president-elect a chance to govern in a way that was more inclusive than the agenda he ran on. so i don't think there are illusions in what the president said. he is a methodical mind and is setting up the conditions under which he could be more involved and democrats could be resolute in opposing donald trump. i think he wants to create conditions in which he gives him a chance and the country sees him giving him a chance.
>> you'll recall being been in the white house, the letter that was written, right? i think the world saw in the past few weeks, saying, you know, i wish you luck in the office. there will be immense challenges. that incredibly smooth transition. what was your reaction to hearing the president say, give donald trump a hearing? >> i think it set the right tone and really, that is the most important thing to come out of a transition period. this brief 75 days from election day to inauguration day is how the country feels about the tone that is set by the outgoing president. that drives a lot. not only for the president to the president-elect but also for the staff to of both the white house and the transition for president-elect trump that have to work with each other. so i think that that is really important. it is true. there are only 44 people that have served in this position. only they know what it is really like. now a 45th about to come in to
it. i think that discourse, if it can be set in a civil tone, both president obama said the right things, secretary of state clinton said the right things at her concession speech, too. so it is incumbent upon everybody to carry that through. >> before we go to break, final thought from you, athena. the moment when the president left the stage, you were in the room. what did you see? >> well, we've been reporting on the president's movements from the press file which allows us to see the video coming in from all of his meetings. i was not in the room for that press conference, but i do think that it is interesting to hear the president holding out hope that donald trump is not going to govern along the lines of some of the hrhetoric we heard n the campaign trail. he also seems to be trying to live up to the famous or popular line from his own wife, first lady michelle obama, over the summer, who said when they go
low, we go high. so he's trying to set the right tone. he's trying to say to democrats, don't do what senator mitch mcconnell did to me. don't try to stand in the way. see if you can work with the trump administration, in the hopes of potentially influencing the new white house to consider some of the things that his own administration has worked on for a long time and has been proud of. from the trade deals to certain elements of obamacare, the affordable care act that president-elect trump has shown he is maybe open to preserving some of the provisions. i think the president wants to try to have as much influence as he can over the new president as they prepare for this transition in just under two months from now. >> we have a lot more to get to. i'll get a quick break in. athena jones live for us in lima, peru, traveling with the president. stay with me. much more ahead. a quick break. back in a moment. you're live in the cnn newsroom.
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basically, put all the money in treasury bills. the yield, by the way, has not been massive over the course of the last eight years. just because it simplified my life, i did not have to worry about the complexities about whether a decision i made might even inadvertently benefit me. >> there, you have part of what president obama said tonight and what is likely his final international news conference. exiting the world stage. as he does that, being asked about an issue raised in regards to donald trump and his family and how he will govern with all of these reaches into different businesses that he ran for a long time. let's bring in my panel to discuss that and a lot more. joining me again, jamie, ron, anita and julewe julian.
he told president-elect trump in their meeting last week he will need a strong white house counsel. obviously, counsel would oversee any questions about conflicts of interest. >> sure. we all lived under the rules of the white house counsel when we were staff in the white house. that applies to the president, as well. that was a good suggestion to the president-elect. when you are selecting your white house staff, which is really important, you know, an important decision, to pick a strong counsel. someone that will take care of you, keep you out of kroutroubld keep you scandal free. there is too much that comes on the president's desk. every problem in the world comes to the desk of the american president. you want to have a staff that's going to do everything they can to keep you moving forward on the agenda you care about. >> let's talk about trade. that is how he decided to open his remarks. he said, you know, this is all in the back drop of
globalization and trade. too often, global elites seem to play by different rules than the working class around the world. and the benefits of the global economy and free trade need to benefit more people. clearly, that was a centerpiece of donald trump's candidacy and a big reason why he won this election. the president took that head on. let's listen to how he addressed trade and, specifically, tpp. the huge trade deal he poured so much into that is now likely dead in the water. >> our partners made very clear during the meeting they want to move forward with tpp. preferab preferably, they'd like to move forward with the united states. i believe that tpp is a plus for america's economy, america's workers, american jobs. i think not moving forward would undermine our position across the region, our ability to shake the rules of global trade in a way that reflects our interests and our values.
>> so as an expert on china and trade, translation there, by not passing tpp, you're giving china more power in terms of writing the rules of trade. that's what he's saying. >> that's exactly right. the united states invested a decade in negotiating tpp, the crown jewel to our pivot to asia. tpp, if it were to be realized, would have extended the benefits to the united states of international trade. and the u.s. -- >> excluding china. >> excluding china. setting a much higher standard of behavior than china is currently engaging in. there would have been high standards, for example, for intellectual property rights, labor, environmental protection, all things that everybody wants. the united states is a trading nation. we are the enormous beneficiary of trade. but it is also true, as president obama said, that the benefits of trade aren't evenly distributed within societies or between societies. the challenge that the united states has faced is that trade has benefitted some people -- benefitted everybody, but some
people more than others. it's been very, very difficult for president obama to redistribute the benefits of trade because he's been blocked at every step of the way by congressional republicans. that's forced an overreliance on monetary policy. we've used monetary stimulus and low interest rates to spur growth. what that's done is skew the benefits of trade to the wealthier members of society. that's the core problem. >> there is a fork in the road on trade. hillary clinton was caught in a no man's land. she wasn't as supportive of trade as bill clinton had been but she was not clearly as critical as donald trump had been. in the debates, he would say nafta is the worst trade deal ever, and she was left with, it wasn't that bad. the fact is, most americans believe engagement with the global economy improves the overall economy. it is a poll finding that's not often discussed. the question is, can either party develop a consensus for the benefits, accessing the
benefits of selling into a global market and, for that matter, the lower priced products that come in while compensati compensating. >> i'd be remiss not to mention syria. he was asked about the situation in aleppo, something the president said in past interviews, including his exit interview, still haunts him. to your as as a historian, he s i continue to believe we didn't have the legal basis for military intervention in syria. it'll be up to the president-elect donald trump to decide what route the united states takes when dealing with the atrocities taking place in syria right now. what do you think the message is that the president sent on that tonight? >> obviously, this touches on one of the perceived failures of this administration, which gets back to his speeches in 2008. and his hope to remake that part of the world. i think he is fearful about how donald trump, president-elect trump, is going to interact with
syria and react to the threat of isis. in a way that creates more instability other than less. again, trying to appeal through reason to a calm and ordered foreign policy that doesn't destabilize everything that has been achieved. on trade, i'll add, i think what president obama is doing what democrats failed to do, offer a progressive case for how to deal with free trade in the global economy. through agreements and through domestic policy that hillary clinton was never able to offer. that's part of what, i think, led to -- >> i have to leave it there. thank you, all. appreciate you being with me tonight. still ahead, the retired lieutenant general tapped by president-elect donald trump to be his national security adviser has a lot of people -- well, some of them are worried and some are hopeful. here are some of the worried folks and their comments. >> islam is a political ideology. it is a political ideology.
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it definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion. it is like cancer. i've gone through cancer in my own life. it's like cancer. and it's like a malignant cancer in this case. it has metastasized. >> michael joins me now, the co-author of the book, "the field of fight: how we can win the global war against radical islam and its allies." he wrote it with general flynn. also a freedom scholar at the defense of democracys. your reaction to what we heard from general flynn. in addition, he tweeted, fear of muslims is rational. please forward this to others. the truth fears no question. you know the man very well. is he prejudicial? is he racist when it comes to muslims? >> well, it's not a racial question to begin with.
no, he's very outspoken in his support for mainstream islam. he's very critical of radical islam. field of fight is all about how to defeat radical islam and contains passages about supporting islamic moderates from president el sisi in egypt, calling for the world's biggest muslim country, supportive of these people. >> it wasn't just one remark. i mean, he's made that remark and others similar to it and tweeted things like i just pulled up. how would you explain them then? >> out of context. people would take the time to read "field of fight," they would see it. it is there at great length. and he is very explicit about it. >> you call him a great pick for national security adviser.
you say he is straight forward, he doesn't hesitate to deliver bad news. he is said to have lost his post as the head of the dia, in part, because of his temperament. he disputes that. how would you describe his temperament? what should the american people know? >> a man as the national security adviser with a temper. remember kissing ge inkissinger? at that level, it's normal. general flynn has been at war. our book says we are in a global war right now. it is all about how to combat it effectively. look, flynn has two really great qualities, it seems to me, as a leader. one is what you mentioned, his willingness to deliver bad news to his superiors, which is rare and invaluable. and the other is that he is not at all rank conscious. he is a three-star general but
in the course of his career, you'll find all kinds of low level army, navy, marine officers who have worked with him. he got down into the field to reform the way we do interrogation of captured enemies. there, he was working with second lieutenants, first lieutenants and so forth. he's exceedingly democratic in that kind of approach. a lot of people are angry. a lot of senior military people dislike him precisely for that reason. >> let me get your take quickly on his views on russia, the kremlin, vladimir putin. pull up the picture again. he went to this gala for the russian propaganda channel, sat next to putin. what should the american people know about where his had is at when it comes to u.s.-russia relations? >> he says in "field of fight" that cooperation with russia is a desirable thing, but he doesn't think it is possible with vladimir putin, who he
defines exples sicitly as an en >> he differs with the president-elect? >> well, let's wait and see what statements of the president-elect were campaign statements and what it is that he actually thinks. >> see if he moves his hand. >> i don't know. i'm not smart enough to know what donald trump really thinks about how to deal with russia. >> michael, i wish we had -- michael adean, i wish we had more time. thank you very much for joining me tonight. >> thanks for having me. election 2016 made history not just for who won the white house but also because of how many people got it wrong. pretty much everyone. this book is a fascinating trip through the last two years in american politics. it is called "unprecedented." i'll speak to the man who wrote it next.
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it was no question a presidential campaign unlike anything this country has seen at least in recent memory. donald trump broke all the rules and came out on top, stopping hillary clinton's quest to become america's first female president. analysis of president-elect trump's historic campaign will go on for a very long time. of course, as he builds his administration and takes the oath of office, there is a new book that you must read. "unprecedented: the election that changed everything." it is the addefinitive book
written, living history, through the campaign by our own thomas lake, who joins me now. i was saying, you need to go to bali for a long vacation after how much you've worked on this book over the last two years. you deserve a break. it is fascinating. it's like a novel. i mean, but it is real. when you started writing this book two years ago, you had no idea that this is the election you'd have on your hands. when did you realize, wow, this really is an unprecedented election? >> gosh, the first campaign event i went to was in july of '15. this is when donald trump proceeded to give out lindsey graham's cell phone number on live tv. what you started to see there was the way people would react to donald trump. lindsey graham, a dignified man, but he goes and creates this ad, making a show of putting his phone in a blender and all these other things, just trying to sort of get some traction in
this new unfolding paradigm. you know, trump rolled on. graham was gone before the end of the year. >> let's talk about some specific moments that stood out to me. in chapter four, there is a part that stood out, where mitt romney is mentioned. of course, he was in the news now, secretary of state talk. and china is mentioned. you write in here, trump never pretended to be joe six pack. that would have been implausible and too ordinary. instead, he won over working class republicans by playing like the master of men like r romn romney, gladly striking down the displeased, quote, real americans. let the market govern big corporations? no way. you said he punched china in the face. >> you know, he talked about china constantly on the trail. china was manipulating currency. we'd find a way to get back at
china. that all of these jobs were being lost to china. this message seemed to resonate in places like the rust belt, where he had some surprising victories. if you go back to january of 2015, the race looked so different then. two of the biggest contenders were jeb bush and mitt romney. >> you talk about that in chapter one, january '15, five months before donald trump announced his candidacy. in iowa, calling mitt romney a choke artist. you said it was an early signal of the upcoming revolt. >> right. because this is a room full of conservatives at this iowa freedom summit. he's going through his speech. at the time, he mentions a border fence. he didn't even call it a wall then. it was a fence. and then for a while, he doesn't really have their attention. then he starts talking about romney and bush.
he says, you can't have romney, he choked. you can't have jeb bush. this is where people start to get fired up. it's as if there is this pent up frustration from a lot of the losing that the party had done in presidential elections and elsewhere. so in this sense, conditions were ripe for a figure like trump to come along and, in a sense, tear down and remake the party. sort of like he did -- >> remake campaigning and polling and political modeling as we know it. before i let you go, tom, was there a moment in writing this book, in tracking this campaign in real time that took your breath away? >> oh, my goodness. so many of them. the night trump decided to hold this counter programming, skipped the debate and had his own event. we're going to celebrate
veterans. it was surreal. because here he was, just saying, i will not be bound by any of these rules. i'll do it exactly how i want to and he rewrites the rules. >> and he wins. thomas lake, appreciate you joining me. congrats on the book. hope you get a long vacation. everyone should check it out. "unprecedented," the story of this unprecedented election. thank you, tom. >> thank you, poppy. switching gears. rape victims forced to co-parent with their attackers? it is a horrific reality for some women. coming up, we delve into the painful subject with "this is life" host, lee islisaling ling. vo: introducing the new motoz droid
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on top of being raped, they have to deal with the fact their attacker has legal rights to visit the children that these women have conceived through acts of violence. watch. >> since he had not beaten my daughter physically, then he was able to get rights. >> she was then ordered to comply with the co-parenting plan that allowed visits to increase over time. >> visits started at half an hour every other week. they were supervised. now, it is two and a half hours, unsupervised, at his house, almost once a week. and they will just keep increasing. >> how do you think you'll be able to deal with this over the next few years? >> i don't know. i don't know how i'm going to do that yet. i know that thinking about it is
hard enough. i can't talk. i don't know. what i'll do. i'm stuck in this situation because he gets that right from the state, and there's nothing that we can do. it's a really hopeless feeling. >> lisa ling joins me now. she is just one of a number of women you profile that have to somehow cope with this reality, this legal reality. as you were reporting this out, what shocked you the most? >> well, poppy, i mean, the whole thing shocked me. the idea that someone who rapes a woman, who then decides to -- if she becomes pregnant, keep the baby and he might -- the fact he might be able to get access and parental rights to that child is just unfathomable. but tragically, it happens in
most states in this country. she is in nebraska. in that state, unless you have a first degree conviction, you cannot remove parental rights from a rapist. it is very hard to get a first degree conviction. most people who -- most rapists, they will plead down. so throughout this country, again, in most states, rapists are getting visitation rights. as you just heard, it starts with the supervised visit. then it moves on. a month later, unsupervised visits. eventually, he'll get overnights with her child. then summer vacation with her child. it's just -- it's something that has to change. i hope that people will watch this episode and be galvanized and try to ensure that this doesn't happen in their own state. >> it is stunning. i certainly had no idea. i think it will be eye opening for everyone who sees it.
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the election of donald trump made waves at a united nations climate change summit at morocco this week. many worrying the president-elect may pull the united states out of the paris agreement on climate change. isa soares is with us with the latest on that story. isa? >> world leaders and environmentalists meeting here. they were hoping the conference would be focused on putting into action the historic climate change deal signed in paris last year. instead, the conference has been overshadowed by one man. u.s. president-elect donald trump. he left many people here a bit hot under the collar. >> reporter: trump is not a name leaders want to discuss here. among the addy momediplomacy an
they're sweating over his views of climate change. >> can you comment on the election of president-elect trump in the united states? >> i'm sure he will understand this. he will listen and he will variate his campaign remarks. >> reporter: the fear here is that the president-elect could undo the historic climate change agreement signed by nearly 200 countries last year in paris. >> we are a little bit worried, but we acknowledge the fact that u.s. system of legislation may not allow him to undo all the gains from the successful paris agreement. >> there is momentum here with or without the u.s. >> reporter: they have reason to worry. the president-elect has called climate change a hoax created by and for the chinese in order to make u.s. manufacturing non-competitive. he's even hinted at cancelling the paris agreement and reviving the u.s. coal and gas industry.
in legal terms, u.s. president-elect donald trump could not pull out of the paris agreement. he would have to trigger article 28. that's a provision within the actual agreement. that could take as many as four years, by which point his term will have ended. but there is a much quicker and faster way if he does want out. that's simply to ignore the commitments set in place by u.s. president barack obama. u.s. secretary of state john kerry wants to avoid this at all costs. >> no one has a right to make decisions that affect billions of people based on solely ideology or without proper input. >> reporter: europe, too, is pushing for their side, sounding alarm bells and calling on trump to stick to the accord. >> we need the united states on board. we will do any effort to have them on board and to convince them that this is a win-win policy. >> reporter: while many at this conference are optimistic the president-elect will change his
mind, some of his supporters here are hoping he doesn't budge. >> we stand in solidarity with president-elect trump. this is going to be the first step toward doing it. this is our shredding of the document. >> reporter: throughout the week, we've seen the message directed at the united states change somewhat from, we expect the united states to fulfill its commitments on climate change, to we hope u.s. president-elect donald trump sees this makes market sense. poppy? >> isa, thank you very much, reporting from marrikech tonight. still to come in the newsroom, in our america grandmother's text message to the wrong person goes viral. >> it's crazy people can actually connect and be so nice, even with people they don't know. >> how an invitation to thanksgiving dinner unites total strangers. you're live in the cnn newsroom.
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all right. tonight before we go, a look at something wonderful happening in our america. no question, this country is divided right now by politics and racial tension, income inequality and religion, but we come together in incredible and unexpected ways. we want you to see those, as well. tonight in our america, a grandmother's text sent to the wrong person ends in the most
unexpected way. jamal, a high schooler from phoenix, arizona, got a text last week from an unknown number. he was confused. >> i was sitting in class and i get this random text from a random group chat. it was someone's grandma inviting me over to thanksgiving. >> there was the text. dinner, 3:00 p.m. on thanksgiving. the grandma sent a group text to her family and entered an incorrect number. >> thanksgiving. >> she was like, this is your grandma. i was like, my grandma got a new number. why not ask for her picture? we established we weren't related. i said, hey, why not ask for a plate since the offer was there. >> to his surprise, she said, of course you can come over. that's what grandmother's do. feed everyone. the strangers met wednesday night. the invite was extended to his entire family.
they plan to be at her house on thursday to give thanks. strangers brought together by a wrong number. if you see moments of unity, tweet them to me @poppy harlow at cnn. we'll bring them up on this show. anthony bourdain visits b s buenos arias. happy thanksgiving. ♪ >> woman: [ speaking japanese ] ♪
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