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this is cnn breaking news. good morning. so grateful to have your company here. i'm centennial olympic pa i'm christi paul and i'm martin savidge in for victor blackwell. >> a new launch of a missile by north korea this morning. >> north korea is interrupting president trump's second full day of overseas diplomacy. >> what we know it was overnight and comes hours before the president is set to give this major speech in saudi arabia. he'll address more than 50 islamic leaders to outline his
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vision for u.s./muslim relations. >> this launch happened a short while ago so let's bring you up-to-speed on the events unfolding on the north korean peninsula right now. so we turn to will ripply. what do we know this morning, will about nch launch? >> reporter: the fact they have launched missile flew several hundred miles and landing in the waters with off the japanese coast' forcing themselves into the global conversation hours before this major season by the u.s. president you have to wonder if the north korean regime, led by kim jong-un, are trying to send a message they want to be the center of the world. this is behind the ballistic missile testifies in addition to the knowledge their rocket scientists gain. just a week ago we were talking
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about what is believed to be north korea's most successful missile launch ever. the missile they launched landed 60 miles, the united states says, from the russian pacific fleet. this missile took a trajectory like we usually see towards japan and landed in the waters off japan and no damage to any ships or fishing vessels in the area but also no warning so whatever north korea, whenever they do this there is a potential to put people in danger. it was fired from a region in the country's largest power plant and home to labor camps and it looks as if they are using this launching point for launching of missiles. we saw this in february as well. ten attempted missile launches during the trump administration and remarkable to think of the pace has it hned continued to m
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rapidly. >> you have followed north korea quite a bit, will. we are wondering this morning was this deliberate on the part of north korea to once again steal back the spotlight as historically they have always done? >> reporter: it always is. when i was there last month' they will deny any outside influence in why they choose to launch missiles at this point. but clearly this is a message. it's a message to the united states, it's a message to the new south korean president, president moon who just won the election on may 9th. it's a message to the world at large that north korea is making progress in their missile program and nanged the world's attention and it's also stating to the world they are not going to give up this missile or
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nuclear program and told me repeatedly they don't care about sanctions. they say they are not worried about that. if china really would have tightened up the economic screws on the country and china cut off north korea could that be a game-chang game-changer? we don't know. the sanctions over the last ten years have not stopped countless missile launches under their current leader kim jong-un. >> north korea demanding to be heard. >> we want to get to jeff zeleny where riyadh where the president is this morning. any word from the latest missile test this morning? >> reporter: the white house is following what is happening in north korea as will was just reporting there, keeping one eye on that even as they are here for the second full day of the president's trip in saudi arabia. but a short time ago, a white house official put out a statement saying this. let's look at this. ed, we are aware that the north korea launched a medium-range
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ballistic missile and this system test in february has a shorter rain than the missiles launched in north korea. the president here prepares to give a what is potentially a major consequential speech this afternoon. >> what do we know what is saying in this speech? a lot of concern whether he will use the term radical islamic terrorism terrorism. >> reporter: right. we are going to see another chapter of this president, you know, as he grows and changes. we heard so much during the campaign about muslims. in fact, it was just about a year and two month ago he told cnn islam hates us. he, of course, is not going to
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say that during this speech but they are definitely trying to reset his rhetoric and relations with the middle east and you could see that already starting earlier today here as the president was meeting with a variety of leaders and you can see these leaders also trying to perhaps flatter him a bit as well. watch this short moment with the president of egypt as he is trying to potentially flatter president trump. >>. >> translator: the president express our appreciation and respect and let me say you have a neat personality and that is capable of doing the impossible. >> thank you. i agree. >> reporter: he calls him a unique personality and the president says he agrees to that. the welcome and the reception here in riyadh for this president has been perhaps something of a respite for him. there is no talk of the russia investigation.
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when you're driving through the streets of riyadh, there are billboard, posters, pictures of this u.s. leader and president. and this is something that did not happen during the obama administration. i remember being here some eight years ago when president obama made his first stop here. of course, he was treated with respect but the relations went down from there. the trump administration will use as a moment to reset these relations but that speech this afternoon to the muslim world will be watched very carefully. >> jeff zeleny, thank you for the perspective this morning. let's discuss with cnn religion editor daniel burke and errol louis and sarah westwood. i'll start with sarah, first. let's get your reaction to this latest provocation, i guess is the word to use from north korea. what do you think? >> i think this is something maybe the trump administration would rather not deal with while
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they are trying to focus on saudi arabia. they are having, so far, a very well-executed trip and i'm sure the images are what the white house wanted to project being statesman who is being treated very well, like a king in the capital city of one of our allies. this is what the white house wanted and they don't want their attention divided. north korea is a threat that is in a renal where they are not trying to focus and promote policy right now. obviously, i think that is why you see them referring questions to the pentagon. this is something they might want to put a pin in until they return to washington so they can focus on president trump's speech today. >> errol, do you think this is just coincidence? >> no. by no chance is it coincidence. they were warned that north korea is a threat, that the a
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problem, that it is a place where these kind of provocations are to be expected and when there are sensitive moments in south korea or for the u, the easiest thing they can do is lob a mission into the ocean. a very low-cost bid by the north korean leader to put themselves right in the middle of foreign and world affairs. >> daniel, i want to come to you now and switch to what is happening today in riyadh. we know the president is having a speech to 50 muslim leaders today but millions of muslims around the world will pay attention to what he says. what do muslims worldwide need to hear from the president today? >> you're absolutely right, this is one of the no anticipated speeches of trump's young presidency. a lot of chatter online about it already. just to give you an idea, a lot of my muslim sources have been
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e-mailing and texting and asking what time it is going to be. i think when you look at what they would like to see from the speech, it's really three main things. they want trump to drop the rhetoric about a class of civilizations between islam and the west. they don't think that is helpful to anyone except isis who is trying to recruit alienated young muslims in the west. number two, see trump drop the stereotype he has pushed about muslims particularly the language about islam hates us and the language about islamic terrorism and, number three, want acknowledge that muslims around the world are peace loving and likely to be the victims of terrorism than members of other religions. so they just want kind of nuance around the discussion of islam, some positive steps forward, and acknowledgment that muslims can be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. >> a u.s. official is telling us the words islamic radical
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terrorism as we have been discussing aren't in the early drafts of the speech. i suppose it could change and i suppose the president could go off record as it were -- he's been known to do that, yes. i'm wondering why is that phrase to offensive in that particular region? >> well, look. the notion that you're going to sort of link the two islamic terrorism, that there is something about islam that generates terrorism, it's a sensitive sort of a topic to say the least. and, you know, they have been an entire sort of political movement build blet around the notion that speaking to them as if they were magic word and encamp was a way to defeat isis and advance the u.s. interests and was, in fact, used as a way to sort of criticize the prior administration. you'll hear this in i'sraeli, you'll hear in washington and if you want to inflame almost 2
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billion people around the world, that's the way to do it. >> that is true of muslims but in the american world, audience our president plays to, it goes over actually particularly strong. in fact, listen to this. >> we have a leader that doesn't even want to discuss the name of the problem. the problem is radical islamic terrorism. i don't even know if he knows what the hell is going on. i really don't. he refuses to say it. he can't say it. there is something going on. i don't know what it is. the first thing you need is you need he oo president that is going to mention the problem and he won't even mention what the problem is and unless you're going to unless you're going to say radical islamic terrorism and hate, unless you're going to say -- you're never going to solve it. >> sarah, if the president doesn't say those words today, what are those who supported him back home in america supposed to
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think? >> today, i don't think his base at home is his audience. his audience is the muslim community and really more international and so maybe more than any other speech he's given to date, his base is probably the last sqaeconstituency as th white house is crafting the speech and the speech is to shape the role in eradicating terrorism and not to rally up his base back home. it's meant to build u.s. credibility with our muslim allies. that is something that the white house probably took under consideration that perhaps the word radical islamic terrorism would do more to undermine the main goals of this speech, it wouldn't add anything, so i think why you see them strongly considering withholding that phrase. >> daniel, last thoughts? we only have a couple of second. >> on that phrase the white house put on a statement with saudi arabia about their cooperation going forward and the term they used was count
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countering violent extremism, a phrase president trump has criticized president obama over the years. >> good to have your voices. thank you. irrex tillerson spoke out o u.s. relation with iran. we will tell you what he said. presidential race for 2020 heating up? is the rock ready to take on the white house? >> in the past, i never would have considered running for president. i mean, i didn't think i was qualified at all. but now i'm actually worried that i'm too qualified.
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if you're just joining us, we have breaking news unfolding in the north korean peninsula. >> north korean has a new missile test hours before the president is going to be giving a major speech there in saudi arabia. the white house says what they know of this is that it has shorter range than the missiles launched in north korea's three most recent tests, but clearly north korea trying to interrupt and take some attention away from what president trump is doing in the middle east this hour. as president trump gets ready for his speech on islam in saudi arabia and the next on his itinerary which is israeli, two of iran's biggest adversaries are changing, you know, president trump. he was going to scrap the nuclear deal crafted by
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president obama but now the administration says that is working. let me bring back our political panel in errol louis and sarah westwood. let's listen to secretary of state rex tillerson and what he was talking about in regards iran yesterday. >> in terms of whether i'd ever pick the phone up, i've never shut off the phone to anyone that wants to talk or have a productive conversation. at this point, i have no plans to call my counterpart in iran, although in all likelihood, we will talk at the right time. >> so is he just being diplomatic or serious, excuse the pun? do you think he is foreshadowing some kind of conversation or meeting with iran? >> i think the trump administration has been careful, particularly early on, not to shut the door to open. they have even been open to talks with kim jong-un with the north korean leader was willing to do so.
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a remarkable shift if they slammed the door in tehran's face. at the same time, the u.s. under president trump has been starting to shift away from iran and toward saudi arabia and the middle east around our more traditional allies, whereas, president obama was very focused on thawing the ice between washington and tehran and he didn't necessarily care or at least hold in high regard the concerns of israeli or saudi arabia about that shift. so i think that is part of why you're seeing this royal welcome for president trump, a big part of it is this expectation that president trump is going to refreeze iran out and that makes the saudiss very happy. >> it make them very happy. i wonder what all of this, especially yesterday, when we saw how the red carpet was really rolled out for the president, how iran is looking at this. errol, what do you think they are thinking this morning? >> they just finished their own election and they made a decision with 57% rouhani has
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is nimble enough to take advantage of it. >> that is the question. this requires a very delicate hand in a region that is militarily and politically on fire. sarah, the concern i have is that the trump administration clearly is making a very hard turn in the direction of saudi arabia and the sunnis, and even though iran has re-elected a moderate, are we listening any more to what iran it doing? >> i think we are pay close attention. a month ago the trump administration signaled they were reviewing the nuclear iran profi provision that president obama had signed. they are looking how remaining sanctions are being implemented and deciding very carefully bl they are going to keep that in place or whether they are going to maybe renegotiate some of the terms or just scrap it altogether. you don't see them rushing into any kind of decision here six
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this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news this hour. a defiant north korea creating more foreign policy distractions for the white house this morning. the reclusive regime fired off another ballistic missile overnight causing u.s. and south korean officials to scramble. the white house is referring questions this hour to the department of defense. >> this as president trump prepares to give a high profile speech in saudi arabia. that is going to take place in a few hours. hoping to ease the relations with the muslim world. but skeptics are concerned about the impact of the president's words after he spent the majority of his campaign criticizing muslims. >> we want to bring in cnn military analyst and lieutenant colonel francona. what is your immediate reaction to this latest launch, just a week after one of the most
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successful launches thus far we have seen? >> i can't say i'm surprised. what we are seeing is this continual march toward the development of an icbm. each one of these missile tests teaches them something. we don't know exactly what component of the missile they were testing on this particular launch but each time they launch, they learn something new. they may have been testing a new fuel mixture, a new launch me l mechanism and different guidance system. this is the part of the program that we can see. we see the missile test. if there is another nuclear test, we will see that. what we don't see is the design of the nuclear war head. we know they are working on it but we don't know where they are in that process. at some point all of this will come together and they will present the world with a capability none of us want them to have. >> they are are essentially
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letting us see what they want us to see. will ripley said they don't care about sanctions. how many missiles will it take before there some action taken against them and what action might that be that will have a real influence? >> you're right, sanctions are not working because sanctions don't hit those that make the decisions. sanctions is rurting thurting t of north korea. they are good engineers and good scientists and they are building really good equipment and they are going to continue this. so what will deter them? i don't know. you ask what -- how many missiles is it going to take? not so much how many missiles it's going to take but the capability. when they present a capability we regard as an existential threat to the united states or a threat that we cannot live with, then we will have to do something. up until now, nothing has
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worked. diplomatic, economic pressure has not worked. the last step is a military approach. a whole lot of steps between now and then but at some point the north koreans have to understand what our position is and i would really like to see the administration come out with a definitive you cannot do this like we did with the iranians years ago and say we will not allow you to have a nuclear device. >> one more question that will made a point of saying this was launched from a home to a nuclear plant. anything that stands out to you in that regard? >> they have been launching from different locations and i think they are showing more capabilities. one of the things we saw in this parade were more mobile missiles which really complications the targeting process and i think that is not lost on us either. i think they are sending that message that, you know, we don't have like one missile field. we have got a capability to move this all over the country so it really complications american targeting should that be an
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issue. >> lieutenant colonel, thank you for the time. >> thank you. donald trump is leaning on twitter to counter violent extremism online and. "the wall street journal" is reporting that the president's aides staged an intervention hoping to get him to scale back on the tweets. cnn white house reporter jeremy divan is live in riyadh, saudi arabia. all ears are on the president's speech today. in the past he has talked about this phrase radical islamic terrorism and there is sort of a back and forth as to whether or not he may use it today. what do you expect? >> reporter: we are not quite sure. a draft has been circling the last couple of days. white house officials confirm to go cnn the draft did not have those words radical islamic terrorism in the speech. what is unclear is whether the words will be in the final
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version of the text which aides and the presidents are working in these final hours to finesse and rework. one thing is clear, though, his speech today as he looks to potentially reset relations with the muslim world, behind all of of that is going to be what the president has said on the campaign trail. of course, you'll remember back in march of 2016 the president said that he believed, quote, islam hates us. those words still searing today and beyond that the total and complete shutdowns that the president called during the campaign and travel ban against six majority muslim countries that they are continuing to defend in u.s. federal courts. the president will be trying to reset his relationship with the muslim world particularly so he can confront isis and other terrorist groups along with these muslim countries including saudi arabia but a real test to
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see the 1.6 billion muslims in the world can move past the president's rhetoric in the campaign and look at him today with fresh eyes. >> that is truly -- we will have to wait for the president to use his own words. i am fascinated by this twist forum because the rim the president has with that and what is it designed to do? >> reporter: what i've heard so far is that the president is going to deliver some remarks this evening in riyadh at this tweets forum which is designed to discuss how social media, including twitter, can be used to confront radical islamist ideologies. isis is a key platform for these terrorist groups so we expect the president to discuss the ways in which he believes twitter and other social media platforms are able to counter those ideologies and something
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[sound of wrench] [intricate guitar riff] [engine starts] [guitar continues] up his last day in saudi arabia before heading off to israeli. in a couple of hours he is hoping a speech on islam will reset relations with muslims and hammer home the need for a partnership to fight terrorism.
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>> in the meantime the president's venture in the middle east is putting a spotlight how entwined his business dealings are involved. here is m.j. lee. >> reporter: donald trump arriving in saudi arabia today, the first stop in his inaugural foreign trip as president. trump, hoping to use the nine dunn hay tour to reset his presidency at home has questions about his campaign's ties to russia continue to swirl. >> we have to get back to running this country really, really well. >> reporter: but the president's highly anticipated middle east visit, once again, raising fresh questions about potential business conflicts in the region where trump has a long history of real estate investments. >> saudi arabia and i get along great with all of them. they buy apartments from me and they spend 40 million, 50 million. am i supposed to dislike them? i like them very much. >> reporter: he has apartment buildings and hotels and golf courses. according to his 2016 financial disclosure, trump are 144
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registered companies with dealings in more than two dozen countries. eight of them were saudi companies and all of them were recently dissolved or cancelled. since election day taking steps to not have control of his family business and turning it over to his sons don and eric. >> don and eric are going to be running the company. they are going to be running it in a very professional manner. they are not going to discuss it with me. again, i don't have to do this. they are not going to discuss it with me. >> reporter: but trump's critics not convinced that he has severed himself completely from his business empire. a group of democratic senators sending a letter this week to the trump organization about its continued ties to the president. the senators writing this continuing financial relationship raises serious concerns about whether the trump organization is effectively a pass-through for income that violates the constitution's two
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emmostliment clauses. second trip in the foreign trip is israel where he has business interests over the years. i should also note that donald trump is not the only person on this trip whose business interests in the region have come under scrutiny. his son-in-law jared kushner has a long history of business ties in the country of israeli so his past investments there have also drawn some interests and this is particularly important because he is the person in the trump administration now who is overseeing the middle east peace agreement so a lot to look out there as well. i did reach out to the trump organization earlier to ask whether the trump organization did or did not have business ties in saudi arabia and the top lawyer at the company e-mailing me earlier to say, no, it does not currently have any ties in saudi arabia. back to you. >> you can bet they are going to be following this one very closely. controversial milwaukee sheriff david clarke now is accused of plagiarism. what one cnn investigative team
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these are some of the latest pictures we are getting in from san cristobal in venezuela where anti-government protesters hit the streets. this was yesterday as they marked 50 days of protests against the unpopular government there. the death toll is up. now 47 people have died since these demonstrations began just last month. around 2,000 national guard troops and 600 special operation
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forces have been deployed to quell those protests. according to's cnn's k-file an investigator arm of cnn, controversial milwaukee sheriff david clarke is accused of plagiarizing large parts of his masters thesis on homeland security. >> cnn's k-file is an investigation team for the sheriff lifting passages verbatim. he even lifted language from president george w. bush's book "decision points." clarke immediately attacked the report on twitter saying it was the reporter's m.o. to accuse plagiarism. i'm next. >> clarke is best known for being one of the most outspoken supporters of president trump during his campaign. he spoke at the republic national convention and had a heated exchange with our own don lemon about police shootings and black lives matter. >> i want to have a conversation
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with you. >> toward this hazel ideolotefu. >> are you going to let me get a word if? >> this is the latest headline regarding the sheriff. he announced last week he is taking the job as dh department security and the white house said no announcement had been made for clarke's appointment. up to 125 potential jurors are going to be interviewed each day for the cosby trial. he is charged with indecent assault from an alleged incident in 2004. the trial will take place in pittsburgh. set to start in early june. take a look at this. a passenger jet crashed into a utility truck. this was at los angeles international airport. it was taxiing to its gate
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we want to bring you live pictures this hour from saudi arabia. this is the arab islamic american summit getting under way shortly. this is a moment a lot of people vr waiting fo have been waiting for. we will hear president trump give a speech. it has been characterized by the white house as a need to confront ideology.
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when he does step up to the podium to give that speech, we will certainly be bringing it to you live and that is happening at some point this morning. >> we continue to watch the scene because it looks like we are anticipating some kind of arrival and that may very well be the president of the united states so we keep flipping back and forth. these photos are coming to us from saudi arabia. the very interesting thing is how much of this has been broadcast by saudi arabia which as we have said on a number of occasions, reiterates the importance that saudi arabia sees on all of this. we will continue to follow. when we see things develop, we will come back to it. meanwhile, moving on to "snl." a serenade from the cast of "saturday night live."
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they bid farewell to their highest rated season in 23 years. i think i know who they can thank for that. >> you think? some of the stars responsible for those ratings including, of course, alec baldwin's donald trump, returned to take one last shot at the current white house. what can we expect from the future of this show is the question? and will some of the fan favorites, including baldwin and melissa mccarthy, are they going to be back with more? let's talk about it cnn media analyst bill carter who is the author of "war for late night when leno went early and television went crazy." bill, how much life do you think there is in these characters for "snl"? >> well, i think, you know, watching what they did last night t seems like they don't know. i mean, a that sort of how a song, which was a call-back to the episode where hillary clinton had lost the election and she sang as her character sang a song. really means, i think, they don't know what is happening in september when they get back.
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will many characters like sean spicer may be back again? an interesting and curious choice i thought to use that as the end to what has been an incredibly busy political satire season. >> the visiting host dwayne johnson, "the rock" had a part and announcing he may step into politics. >> i thought that was kind of interesting. >> hold on, bill. let's play it and then i'll ask you. >> in the past, i never would have considered running for president. i mean, i didn't think i was qualified at all. but now i'm actually worried that i'm too qualified! >> well, the truth is america need us. >> okay, so serious or funny in that? >> i think a little of both in a way because, obviously, you would say, you know, no one expected donald trump to run for
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president. he was a show business figure, really. and i think duane johnson is popular and tom hanks is enormously popular. you think if they ran, why not at this point? i think the whole idea was lighter this time and not a lot of hem makers thrown at trump this week. >> it's a ticket that could win it. i'll just say this. >> i think so. >> bill carter, thank you very much for taking time to talk with us this morning. >> you're welcome. >> absolutely. this is cnn breaking news. heading into the 7:00 hour. thank you very much for spending your morning with us. iii i'm christi paul. >> i'm martin savidge. north korea interrupting president trump's second full day of overseas diplomacy. >> a new missile test comes hours before the president is giving a major speech in saudi arabia and he will outline his
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vision for u.s./muslim relations. he is attending meetings this morning. >> it's a great honor to be with us. our countries have a wonderful relationship together. but there has been a little strain, but there won't be strain with this administration. we are going to have a very, very good long-term relationship and look forward to it and many of the same things in common. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> we are looking at live pictures, i believe, here. we want to get straight to cnn white house correspondent jeff zeleny who is live in riyadh. jeff, i want to take a step back to the breaking news we have this morning about this missile launch overnight by north korea. what is the white house saying about it this hour?


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