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to be very difficult because police say all four north korean suspects left the country on the day of the attack. in the meantime, they are awaiting results of the toxicology and pathology tests to complete the autopsy. jim? >> thank you. that is it for the lead. i turn you over now to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, breaking news, filling the void. president trump names general h.r. mcmaster as new national security advisor, replacing michael flynn, forced to resign after just three weeks on the job. mcmaster is known for speaking his mind just like the president. how will they confront the threats facing the united states? looming deadline. the plan to defeat isis orderedordered by president trump is almost due. will his plan call for more u.s. forces on the ground?
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immigration crackdown. a new executive order is expected at any time, and the white house is making sure this one will withstand legal challenges. aggressive new guidelines for implements the policy are now in the work. what will they mean for millions of immigrants already in the united states? and murder surveillance. newly released video showing the killing of north korean dictator kim jong-un's half brother. there is a brief struggle and minutes later he's dead. was he poisoned. you are in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is ynn breakiynn -- cnn breaking news. >> lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster, he made the announcement at his mar-a-lago resort in florida before leaving to return to washington.
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mcmaster was not the president's first choice. sources tell cnn he initially offered the position to a retired vice admiral who turned it down. defense secretary james mattis is in iraq trying to clarify president trump's past remarks about taking the country's oil. mattis is also working on a plan to step up the fight against isis, which the president has requested by the end of the month. and as we await a new executive order on travel from the president, cnn has obtained draft memos from the department of homeland security outlines some aggressive new guidelines for carrying out the president's immigration policies. they would tighten current immigration laws pertaining to asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors and people awaiting immigration proceedings. we are covering all of that and much more this hour. congressman ruben giago, and our correspondents and expert
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analysts are standing by. let's begin with the breaking news. the new national security advisor. general mcmaster replaces the fired general michael flynn. >> that is right, and there were plenty of concerns about michael flynn at the get-go, but mcmaster seems a rosier reception. republicans on the hill have come out with statements on the hill or twitter praising this pick. just before leaving florida, president trump unveiling a new national security advisor today. after a weekend of dleliberatios at mar-a-lago. >> we have been working all weekend very diligently and hard. that general hr mcmaster will become the national security advisor. he's a man of tremendous talent, and tremendous experience. >> i would just like to say what a privilege it is to be able to continue serving our nation. >> trump's pick, lieutenant
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general h.r. mcmaster is a decorated soldier and military strategist. trump delivering the news as he sat wedged between mcmaster and lieutenant general keith kellogg. in a living room at his florida club. kellogg will stay on as chief of staff at the national security council. >> this is a great team. we are very, very honored. >> trump's pick coming as vice president mike pence is publically admitting for the first time that michael flynn's behavior was a let-down to the administration. >> i was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been mcquaid conveyed to me by general flynn were inaccurate. i fully support the president's decision to ask for his resignation. >> flynn after misleading pence about sanctions with the russian ambassador, leaving the
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president scrambling to fill the spot. trump took to the campaign trail this weekend after just a month in office to defend his new administration. >> you've seen what we have accomplished in a very short period of time. the white house is running so smoothly. so smoothly. >> but the white house is still facing scrutiny for its russia connections. the senate intelligence committee is asking more than a dozen agencies, organizations, and individuals to preserve communications pertaining to the panel's investigation of russia medaling in the 2016 election. a top trump aid dismissed the investigation this weekend. >> and as long as they do their job, and we -- and we cooperate with them, they will issue a report and the report will say there is nothing there. >> amid the busy weekend, trump served up more criticism of the media. >> we are not going to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live or what to believe.
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>> and he invoked a puzzling security concern. >> you look at what is happening last night in sweden, sweden, who would believe this? sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. >> but nothing particularly note worthy happened in sweden over the weekend. trump later said via twitter his comments came after watching a fox news segment related to sweden's immigration policies. the swedish embassy offered their own response. tweeting, we look forward to informing the u.s. administration about sweet ish immigration and integration policies. >> now, wolf, there was another telling moment today as donald trump announced his new national security advisor. there is all this concern about what the last national security advisor failed to tell mike pence, the president was asked whether his vp played a role in his current pick of mcmaster, president trump said he did. >> sarah, thank you.
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now the fight against isis, a priority for president trump and the subject of one of his first executive orders. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is working it for us. what are you picking up over there? >> you will remember back in late january the president issued an order saying he wanted options to speed up the war against isis. so that deadline is coming up very rapidly. thousands of iraqi troops battling to push isis out of western mosul, backed up by u.s. air strikes and special fwors forces. president trump says he was not a fan of going into iraq, but his new defense secretary making clear the u.s. isn't leaving any time soon. >> i imagine we'll be in this fight for a while and we'll stand by each other. >> mattis in baghdad to meet with iraqi officials and to smooth over some of president trump's statements. >> we should have kept the oil, but okay. maybe we'll have another chance.
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>> all of us in america have generally paid for our gas and oil all along, and i'm sure that we will continue to do so in the future. we are not in iraq to seize anybody's oil. >> mattis is working on options to accelerate the fight against isis for president trump to review at the end of the month. the key goals, get mosul and raqqa syria out of isis hands. but mattis, an iraq veteran himself, not exactly committing on more troops or weapons to the fight. >> we owe some degree of confidentiality on exactly how we are going to do that and the sequencing of that fight. so that we don't expose to the enemy what it is that we have in mind in terms of the timing of the operations. >> the pentagon is looking at several ideas, including arming kurdish rebels, which turkey opposes, and even putting u.s. conventional troops on the ground inside syria.
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it's all risky and defense officials say more troops would likely be needed to accelerate operations. but for now, mattis appears to have shut the door on something else both president trump and moscow wanted. speaking at nato before he traveled to iraq, mattis made clear he's not looking for quick military cooperation with russia. >> we do not, are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level, but our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward. >> now, the president wants total destruction of isis. but options to do that are going to be risky and raise the risk to u.s. troops. wolf? >> tell us more about the president's new national security advisor, lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster? >> very well-known inside military circles, wolf, highly respected. he's done tours, multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. he was involved with the surge
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in iraq. he knows that part of the world very well. officials are telling us that he will have to come up o to speed on other geographic issues, like north korea. but really the central challenge for him will be to bring some calm to the process in that national security council so far. >> he's got a huge challenge ahead of him. thanks very much. barbara starr over at the pentagon. let's get some more. democratic congressman of arizona is joining us. he's a member of the armed services committee. thanks very much for joining us. so what do you think of the president's announcement of lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster to serve as the new national security advisor? >> look, he's very well-known, very well respected. his book on the vietnam war is well read throughout all military colleges, and basically all military thinkers. the problem is this may still just be, you know, lip stick on a pig. right now the foreign policy and our national security policy is
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being run by bannon and by donald trump's tweets. the combination of those two things have made it unstable. this is why that other people that have tried to or were interested that that position have walked away. and i think the best thing that could happen is for mcmaster to have full control. at the same time, president trump needs to do his duty. there is too many appointed positions that still need to be filled in the department of defense, and it's getting troublesome for a lot of us to understand where the policies are being generated from, because most of the time our points, as the arm the services committee who we speak to at the pentagon those positions aren't being filled. >>. there is a lot of positions that haven't been filled yet. i assume you respect james mattis, you clearly respect mcmaster who is going to be the national security advisor. he authored an important book as you point out, dereliction of duty, about the general's failures to stand up during the vietnam warment i'm su.
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i'm sure that is an encouraging sign to you that he's doing the right thing. >> it's encouraging for his two hires. what is not encouraging is the fact that we haven't seen the effect of having such good hires in terms of his policy making and his opinions. his tweets and his speeches that are setting foreign policy makes it more difficult and the fact that we have to have people like general mattis and even the vice president having to go and basically stake out their own personal reputation trying to draw back whatever the president ha has done is not a good way to operate in the foreign policy field. it's quite embarrassing, and we just saw what happened in sweden where the president ran his mouth, and now we have sweden, who has been an ally of ours for many years chastising the united states. it's kind of embarrassing. >> the defense secretary, james mattis, he's working on anti-isis options to present to the president by the end of the month. including putting a lot more u.s. troops on the ground, not only in iraq, but syria as well. would you support that?
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>> i don't think it's a good idea from my experience just fighting, urban combat is very dangerous, and also you are potentially involving yourself in a sectarian situation where you have a lot of opposing sides. you have too many moving parts. i think the most important thing we could do is continue to train iraq and other ally groups to fight on the ground for us. if we continue to get more and more involved, i think it will only draw more attention, money and credibility to isis. we need this to be a solution that is created and actually ran by, i would say, the iraqi government and our allies in syr syria. >> secretary mattis, he went to iraq today to reassure the iraqis that the us is not in iraq to seize anyone's oil. those were his words, clearly different from president trump who has said now on several occasions, the u.s. should have kept iraq's oil if the u.s. had kept iraq's oil, there wouldn't be any isis.
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does a comment like secretary mattis' reassure you? >> it reassures me, but more importantly does it reassure the iraqis, as somebody who has served in the middle east will understand that what is said is important, what is understood is even more important. and when the president speaks it matters. and this is why it's very dangerous that donald trump is essentially setting foreign policy through his speeches and through his tweets, instead of allowing the experts, such as general mattis to lead the charge. you know, the president needs to watch what he says, he's acting irresponsibly. and you are potentially putting a lot of lives in danger. just like even at his other executive orders, he basically banned some iraqi interpreters that helped us during the war, such as someone like me when i was in the war from coming to the united states. that is not going to encourage better participation by the iraqi army or anybody who wants to ally with us. >> congressman, you served, it's hard to believe, but it's now 14
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years since the start of the war. and a u.s. defense secretary still can't visit baghdad with an announcement. he's got to go unannounced, it's got to be top secret, given the security. 14 years later, trillions of dollars spent, thousands of american and iraqi lives lost, and a defense secretary of the united states goes there, but he can't go there with any word in advance. what does that say to you? >> it's sad. i lost a lot of friends in iraq, and we've lost a lot of -- way too many men and women, as well as time and really just the history of what we've seen happening there, it really has been, i believe, a sad statement that we haven't been able to turn that country around. you know, i think the most important thing we could do is bring stability to iraq. but we also have to help them help themselves. we cannot take on this effort ourselves, not just in terms of putting men on the ground and
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getting rid of isis, but in helping them create a government that is not corrupt, that includes all the sectarian religions that are there right now. you know, every time i visit my friends at arrest i thilington, to think that it's been years and we are still there. >> it's really sad. 14 years and the u.s. has not been able to achieve what used to be called nation building. i don't know if another 14 years involved in nation building in iraq is necessarily going to prove much more successful. but we'll continue this. stand by, we have more questions, new information coming into "the situation room." we will resume our conversation with congressman giago right after this. when you're close to the people you love, does psoriasis ever get in the way of a touching moment? if you have moderate to severe psoriasis,
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we are back with congressman ruben giago of arizona. before we continue our conversation, i want to get to the latest information on the trump administration's efforts to rework the president's ill-fated travel ban, as well as crack down on illegal immigratio immigration. what are you learning? >> the administration here is putting the finishing touches on what is essentially a second go at that controversial travel ban. sources tell cnn that there are still significant issues left to hammer out on this new executive order, but the final language is expected in the coming days with the big goal to make sure this order can survive the legal challenges that could be ahead. >> we will have strong borders again. >> the trump administration is preparing to roll out a new travel ban executive order. sources tell cnn the draft order
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revises the original botched order, which caused confusion, mass protests and portions of it were halted by multiple federal courts. the take two of the order expected later this week, is intended to be a stream lined tightened up version, according to administration officials, which sources say will exempt green card holders, take out any preference for certain religious minorities allowed in the country, and attempt to fix the due process concerns of the federal appeals court that blocked the original order. by giving detailed notice of restrictions on those people coming from the seven identified countries with current or pending visas. >> we will have a short phase-in period to make sure people on the other end don't get on airplanes. but if they are on an airplane and inbound, they will be allowed to enter the country. >> the muslim ban has got to go. >> secretary kelly promising less chaos this time. >> i will have an opportunity to work a roll-out plan, in
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particular to make sure there is no one in a sense, caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports, which happened on the first release. >> all this as the homeland security secretary is also set to release some aggressive guidelines for carrying out the president's immigration policies. outlining in two earlier versions obtained by cnn, directions to agencies to implement the tightening of immigration laws by raising the standard on asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors entering the country, sending people awaiting immigration proceedings to the u.s. back to mexico. expanding the use of expedited removal for unauthorized immigrants, which could impact thousands more undocumented immigrants. and the memos call for an increase in detention facilities and agents. the moves setting off immigration rights advocates and democratic lawmakers. senator menendez dubing this a
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mat deportation effort. >> anyone who is found in an undocumented status would ultimately be apprehended and deported withdrew process totally eroded unthe proposals that i'm hearing about. >> challengers to the proposed revisions to the new executive order, say it won't stop legal challenges ahead. they warn of protests in the street. they say this will continue in full force. wolf? >> thanks very much. let's get back to congressman ruben giago a member of the arm armed services committee. as a candidate, donald trump said he would end the deferred action for arrivals program. the children who were brought here by their parents who grew up here in the united states. he said he would end that opportunity for them to remain. but he hasn't done that. they are still here and he seems to be suggesting he's going to let them stay here. i assume you welcome that. >> i welcome it, but i fear that is only in name only. we've seen already two
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recipients that have been nabbed up by ice on reasons that we don't quite understand currently they are both in detention and trying to use their due process to actually get liberty. i also believe that there is going to be other methods without actually revoking that they are going to try to essentially grab as many people in a process that will end up being in mass deportation. you know, it's great that he publically will state that, but if you are privately guiding and making it easier for ice to grab people that have essentially been here their whole lives and send them to countries that they don't know, it doesn't do really anybody any good. >> with will you accept what is being described as a streamlined tightened up version of the president's travel ban and executive order that we anticipate coming later this week if it exempted for example green card holders, took out religious preferences, fixed due process concerns?
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>> well, the basis for his travel ban in the first place is the problem. it's not necessarily the process. the fact that you targeted certain countries that have a high population of muslims really, i think, gave the united states a really bad eye internationally. two, you know, we have a very strong process right now for us accepting refugees from these countries. in takes years and many steps in the way to essentially get to where we are right now, for them to come to the united states. so trump, you know, trying to make this streamlined, you know, those are nice words, but at the end of the day, the genesis of this i think is what really has caused a lot of problems. this is not a way, i think, to actually have effective foreign policy by essentially trying to alienate many of these countries by essentially labeling the whole nation as potential terrorists. >> thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you wolf. >> many coulding coming up a ne
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this hour's breaking news, president trump naming h.r. mcmaster to replace his fired national security advisor michael flynn. retired general keith kellogg who has been serving as acting national security advisor will remain on the council as chief of staff. let's bring in you're political and legal experts. let's start with you. what type of relationship do we expect the president to have with his new national security advisor? >> well, i don't think we know yet. i mean we do know that donald
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trump is starting to rely other lot on generals in his cabinet, as well as senior level officials in the national security apparatus. we don't know exactly if mcmaster is going to carry anymore influence than other people in the administration or on the national security council. does mcmaster carry more weight than, say, steve bannon who has a role in the national security council? who has donald trump's ear at the end of the day. we do know mcmaster is widely respected in military circles as a long experience in combat operations, and presumably would carry a lot of weight. but of course donald trump has a team of different advisors that have different views on some key issues. where does he come down at the end of the day? we don't know that yet. >> senator john mccain issued a statement saying that he's the perfect fit, the perfect guy. and he has been critical as we all know of the president in many years. >> as you know at his rally saturday, the president
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mentioned sweden saying there had been some sort of incident the night before, which there was no incident in sweden the night before. this at a time when mike pence the vice president is in europe trying to reassure the allies and general mattis, the defense secretary is there trying to reassure folks, but this sort of complicates the whole picture doesn't it? >> it sure does. it makes these administration officials mission, this reassurance mission more difficult, because it puts in the minds of the allies, the question of donald trump's mastery of international issues. that plays right into their concerns, and this point blank is the reason -- part of the reason why they went abroad to reassure the allies, talk about, you know, what their administration's mission is. and to make sure that they are smoothing over the tensions about off the cuff president that says things that plays right into that hand. >> jeffery tubin is with us as
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well. we speculator this week a revised travel ban to be issued by the president, by the administration to deal with the legal issues that came up in various court proceedings, and the court of appeals, and all that. do you think that they've got it now so that whatever they come up with this new and revised version will go through the courts? >> i think they have a lot better chance. they now know the concerns the judicial system has, and they are trying to address them. and certainly in certain areas, they have -- they will address them. green card holders, visa holders will be exempted. the big question is whether the president's statements, trump's statements during the campaign and other evidence about his intent to focus exclusively on muslims, whether that will taint the whole process. but certainly this revised version will have a better chance in the courts than the original one.
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>> ryan liz is with us, as well as former campaign manager corey lewendowski, saying that the travel ban that was originally released by the president was a result of some bad staff work. staff has not prepared him as well as they could have, or should have. what do you think of that criticism? >> well, you know, i think it's interesting, because corey is usually a very loyal lieutenant, i mean, he was not obviously in favor of the second group that took over the trump world, the paul manifort group, but he has always been favorable of the third group of kelly an con way and bannway -- kelly ann conway and bannon. so it's rare for corey to criticize anything in the trump world. i do think he's trying to protect the president here, right? he's criticizing the staff, saying it wasn't the president's fault. you know, the buck does stop with the president. he's the one who signs the executive order. he should know what is in it,
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and he should make sure that he has a process in place that is serving him well. but, yeah, i'm a little surprised that someone as close to the white house, as close to donald trump would, you know, speak any criticism, even as gentle and obvious as this criticism. of course the staff did not do a good job with that executive order. >> we'll see if the staff does a better job with his new and revised executive order. cnn has obtained some of the draft memos from homeland security that provide guidance for border security, new steps to deal with border security, new steps to deal with deportations. you have been doing some reporting on this. what are you learning? >> yes. i expect it to come out soon. we saw draft guidelines leaked to the press over the weekend. up to 10,000 more enforcement agents are looking to hire, as well as 5,000 more border patrol agents. all part of an effort to expedite and broaden
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deportations in this country. i mean, this would not affect these so-called dreamers, the children who are brought here illegally at a young age. but it could affect some of their parents as well. this is bound to cause a lot of tension and among the hispanic community, and given the fact that president obama was the hispanic lawmakers for his deportation orders, this could broaden that and create a lot of problems, especially if it breaks apart some families. >> the critics are already calling this a deportation force is that -- >> that's right. >> is na what you athat what yo. >> a lot of immigration advocates speaking out. highly critical of this. and this memo, in addition to the executive order should be noted this sets up a potentially huge week for the administration on immigration. i expect to see a lot of push back, although many members are in recess. a lot of push back from many
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democrats when they are at home. >> this is the issue he ran for president on. what do people expect? i mean, he said he was going to build a wall. he said he was going to deport people who were in the country illegally. i mean, that is what he's doing. >> well, he now says he's got a heart, and he's got to deal with that issue as well. as far as the dreamers, out there, the children who have basically lived their whole lives here in the united states. he is suggesting they are going to be able to stay. >> well, that is not what he said during the campaign. and you know, the republican party is united on the issue of deporting all 11 million people, the dreamers and everyone else who are in this country illegally, and you know, he -- donald trump says a lot of things, but one he has been very consistent on is he wants people in the country illegal -- who are here illegally out of the country. and let the chips fall where they may. >> we've got more that we need to assess. and we need to discuss,
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we are back with our political and legal experts. and ryan, i want to get to senator john mccain. as you know he had a very harsh warning in response to trump's tweet that the media are the enemy of the american people. listen to what senator mccain
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said. >> if you want to preserve de y democracy as we know it you have to have a free and sometimes adversarial press. without it we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. that is how dictators get started. >> and this was the tweet, this was the tweet that the president issued that he posted, quote, the fake news media failing "new york times", nbc, cnn, is not my enemy it is the enemy of the american people. how could president trump's attacks on the media like this erode democratic traditions as senator mccain is now suggesting. >> let's just pause to point out how astonishing it is for a united states senator of the same party to have to talk about his own president, a president who is a member of his party, warning about how dictatorships get started with this kind of rhetoric. i don't think any of us sitting
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on this show ever thought we would see that in our lifetimes. i also don't think we ever thought we would see a president of the united states describe us as an enemy of the american people. the language itself is bizarre. it's the kind of thing you expect to see from frankly from, you know, the leadership in north korea or something. and look, here is why it's worrying, here is why it's not worrying. on the one hand, you know, i heard a lot of my conservative friends say, you know, it's just words, it's just him attacking the press. presidents always attack the press. what is the big deal? to a certain extent i think that is true. but if you look at, and you know, these are the things that we actually have to start looking at, this is where we are in this country, if you look at other leaders in this country that had a free and thriving press and now don't. where did it start? it started with the leader of the country turning the press into the opposition, polarizing the people of that country against the press, and then after a period of time when the press lost respect, opening the
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way for laws against them. now, are we at that stage in this country? no. be we but we are at the very early stages. >> jeffery, your thoughts. >> it's disgusting. an enemy? really? i mean, you know, isis is our enemy. hitler was our enemy. the press is not anybody's enemy in this country. we are trying to do a job here, which we do imperfect perfectly, but have done it for 200 years. we even have an amendment to the constitution, the very first one, that defines our freedom. i mean, the idea that we have to defend the press as a part of american life is astonishing in and of itself. >> well said. everybody stand by. there is more coming up, including a list of suspects that keeps on growing in the killing of the north korean leader kim jong-un's half
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newly released surveillance video is providing information in the killing of kim jong-un's half brother. brian todd is working on this. the list of suspects keeps growing. >> it does, wolf. the malation police have two female suspects. they're also looking for four omale suspects all of them north koreans who police say fled the
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country very quickly. the new footage reveals clues and shows how efficiently this was carried out. >> reporter: a crucial moment in a disturbing murder mystery. watch this woman's hand. she reaches out for who appears to be kim jong-un's half brother. kim jong-nam is seen walking casually. as he moves into a line, the woman comes under behind him and grabs his face. there is a brief struggle. >> she does her activity and gets out of there. disappears into the crowd. that's very smart. >> reporter: according to police, before he died kim jong-nam said his face was wiped with a liquid and felt diseasy and he said two women were involved. what do you make of the assertion of one of the suspects that she thought she was participating in a tv reality
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gag? >> these people were obviously trained. this is a very professional, very quick movement and then they're gone. if this were truly a prank or these were amateurs, they would have struck around or fumbled. >> reporter: after the scuffle kim jong-nam is seen looking for help. he died on the way to the hospital. in addition to the two female suspects and two men in custody, malaysian police is seeking two other men. they're calling this an act of terrorism and that he was piz beyond and that the brother's regime ordered the hit. the north korea said he died of a heart attack. >> we cannot trust the investigation by the malaysian police. >> reporter: if kim jong-un ordered 9 hit, why would he want his brother dead.
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he had criticized kim jong-un publicly calling him too weak to maintain control and china could have been helping kim jong-nam. >> every time china wanted to turn the screw on kim jong-un for misbehaving, they could drop a veiled threat that there is an alternative and even just the threat, even if it's an empty threat might have made a paranoid leadership very paranoid. >> reporter: analysts say another reason kim jong-un may havored this hit to send a signal to potential defectors and they can go anywhere to kill them. one high-level defector, who was north korea's number two official at the embassiy in london until he recently escaped
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he believes they may be coming after him. >> there is a messy conflict over the body. >> the police say they will not release the body unless it's identified by a family member or dna. the north koreans say they will not accept the autopsy results claiming the malaysians are hiding something. who knows what will happen to the body. >> the mystery continues. breaking news next, the president names a new national security adviser amid fall-out from the president's questionable security concern about sweden. when you have tys there's a moment of truth. and now with victoza® a better moment of proof. victoza® lowers my a1c and blood sugar better than the leading branded pill, which didn't get me to my goal. lowers my a1c better than the leading branded injectable.
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