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downplayed what angered critics in the first place. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. t. >> 1:00 a.m. in phoenix and for those who think it's the liberal media criticizing the president's speech, the standard saying quote, the president was whining about unfair treatment in washington, underkuting his employees and telling obvious lies. one night after preaching to the nation about healing president trump does a 180 at a campaign rally in phoenix. the president again defending his response to the violence in charlottesville. he spent nearly 15 minutes recounting his words but with one glaring omission. >> he initially blamed those clashes on many sitdes. here's what he said last night and what he really said ten days earlier. >> here's what i said on saturday. we're closely following the
terrible eevents unfolding in charlottesville, virginia. we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. that's me on saturday. >> we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. on many sides. it's been going on for a long time in our country. >> and that was just one moment in a speech that has some including the former director of national intelligence james clapper questioning the president's fitness to hold the office. more on that, that stunning exchange next. but first protests turning ugly outside the convention center after president trump's speech. three people were arrested. police using tear gas and pepper spray to try to break up the crowd of protesters in the triple digit heat.
>> people threw rocks and bottles at officers. they dispersed gas in the area. they kept trump supporters behind barricades and on separate sides of the street. we'll bring in cnn politics digital director. 77 minutes of donald trump really i think recharging his battery in a room with an adoring crowd who loved the insults he threw, who loved the blame that he played on the -- placed on the media and also this is fascinating to me. the president slammed republican senators. we have a list, a laundry list of who he named and even didn't name, but very clearly slammed. you had senator jeff mcconal, senator rand paul of kentucky. what did president trump last night in those 77 mnlinutes asi
the attacks what did he do to move his legislative agenda forward? >> i think we have to wonder if he wants to move any agenda forward. he went in and talking about love and how to heal the country and he picks all these scabs and attacks senators on basically every side of the aisle. rand paul and john mccain aren't exactly you know, buddies in the senate. they have a lot of differences so you've got to wonder who he's trying to attach himself too. in his inaugural address he talked about this sort of ruling class of politicians and last night he was still -- it felt like he was trying to up end everything in washington. >> interesting, given everything that's happening that the president returns to the charlottesville message every time it seems he's going to pivot and move forward. given 24 hours earlier a solid
speech on afghanistan telling americans why we needed more troops in america's longest war. steve bannon is gone from the administration. he's not gone from the conversation. maybe that's why, but why return to the charlottesville message? >> well, i'm not sure, you know, a lot of people were wanting steve bannon to be fired. they were frustrated that his point of view was in there. i think it's becoming clear that steve bannon's point of view is the president's point of view. it has less to do with steve bannon than it does with tarrant county at this point for him to turn around and go and pick these wounds in arizona last night the way he did. >> yeah, it's -- you know, going back, he just can't let that go even though as though it seems his team is trying to wrap it up, button it up yesterday in the beginning of the afghanistan speech, the day before yesterday, move forward and the president just has to go back and be right. he has to be right on this. last night he attacked the media
along the same lines about the media taking away america's culture, the media changing america's culture. listen to that remark. >> it's time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in divisions and yes, by the way -- and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. you see that. >> that one short sentence, he replaces crooked hillary with crooked media, and trying to take away our history and our heritage. that played well with that crowd. again, the president still stirring up all of the stuff around charlottesville here. >> yeah, he clearly doesn't want to let it go.
we've seen him essentially twice now, i guess this is a quadruple down on those original comments where he said them, then he walked them back, then he said them again, then he walked them back, so it's -- and now he's sort of explodes into this place where he knows there are going to be protesters, where he knows his comments are going to create this kind of controversy, so it's -- he is -- he is almost willfully fire starting at this point to do it in this sort of way with protesters there at a campaign style rally. >> he also made some news threatening to pull out of nafta mentioning that pardoning joe and a government shutdown over a classic wall funding. here's what he said. >> obstructionist democrats would like us not to do it but believe me, we have to close down our government. we're building that wall. let me be very clear to
democrats in congress who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security. you are putting all of america's safety at risk. you're doing that. you're doing that. >> let's keep democrats off the table for a moment. what do you make of that remark if you're house and senate republican leaders? paul ryan and mitch mcconnell? >> well, republicans have tried to shut down the government before. it didn't work that well for them. it backfired in public opinion, so from a strategy perspective i'm not sure i see what the strategy is. at the same time i think this is, you know, we're almost seeing the president damn the torpedos format. we're going to go down and i'm going to take it all with me is what it feels like. if the president is willfully shutting the government down he has that power. it's not trying to get votes for something. so he can do that if he wants.
>> it's interesting because he's been very successful on the border. the numbers show what they're doing is working. it's almost as if they don't need the wall but that doesn't matter here. >> no, this is all about keeping campaign promises so he can tick through on a white board the things that he promised in those campaign rallies. let's talk about the questions. there were whispers and now there's questions about the president's fitness for office specifically last night from james clapper. he was with don lemon last night. let's listen. >> i really question his ability to -- his fitness to be in this office and i also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. maybe he slooking f-- is lookin for a way out having some
understanding that a president can exercise, i worry about frankly, you know, the access to nuclear codes. >> i mean, that's sobering and this isn't, you know, a tv pun dent. this is the former director of national intelligence. >> yeah. and it's echoing things i think that we've heard some democrats say earlier in the week after his earlier responses to charlottesville sort of having more high profile, you know, middle of the road type figures say that type of thing is cause for concern and certainly enough to give anybody pause. clapper did work in the obama administration almost exclusively as -- in that role, so you know, he's somebody who potentially has a political outlook. but at the same time he knows more about the nuclear codes than most people out there, so we have to pay attention to what he says.
>> thank you so much. talk to you again very soon. bright and early for us this morning in washington. president trump not optimistic about renegotiating nafta with canada and mexico. >> because we have been so badly taken advantage of, they have made such great deals, both of the countries but in particular mexico, that i don't think we can make a deal. so i think we'll end up probably terminating nafta at some point. >> that was receivedly cheers by that arizona audience. negotiations off to a tense start. the u.s. blasting nafta as a job killing factory closing deal. this administration taking a tough stance on many complex issues. for example, they want to require a substantial portion of auto parts be made in the u.s. millions of jobs, thousands of companies rely on nafta renegotiating it was a core campaign promise for this president. he blames it squarely for the loss of u.s. manufacturing jobs.
so as talks resume next week, negotiators expect quote, a great deal of effort will be required it's going to be a very tough road especially since they aim to rewrite nafta by the end of the year. that is a blinding pace for trade negotiations. the original deal took years to complete. and multiple administrations. >> boy, another major fight looming there. the rift though widening between the president and his own senate majority leader. they haven't spoken in weeks and mitch mcconnell has doubt the white house can get its legislative campaign on track. that's next on "early start." y'! i know a bunch of people who would love that. the internet loves what you're doing... ...so build a better website in under an hour with... ...gocentral from godaddy. the internet is waiting. start for free today at godaddy.
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f -- profanity laced shouting match. the conversation unravelled when the president began to express frustration with the russia investigation and the russia sanctions bill passed by congress. >> the new york times now reports mcconnell is questioning whether trump can salvage his presidency. president trump speculated that mitch should do away with the 60 vote threshold in the senate. >> a white house official is dismissing the seriousness of this rift but is not denying reports the two men are not speaking. the president and mcconnell will have to work together if republicans want to tackle tax reform, a spending package and raising the debt ceiling. steve munuchin's wife about an instagram.
tags with fashion lines she wore on this trip. >> a mother commented glad we could pay for your little getaway. lynnton fired back in a sarcastic tone telling miller her quote life looks cute while touting her own family's wealth and personal sacrifice, you know, i mean, the response was widely disseminated online, you know, this woman right here talking about how she and her husband pay more in taxes any day than probably jenny miller. >> once the backlash hit her post was deleted and her account set to private. the mnuchins are reimbursing the government for that travel. chelsea clinton has been there and the former first daughter is coming to the defense of the president's youngest son after an article attacked his casual attire. let him have the private
childhood he deserves. >> her comment coming after the conservative daily caller website criticized the 11-year-old's fashion choice saying the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public. the story getting strong pushback from both sides of the political aisle. >> first lady tweeting this response to chelsea clinton. thank you, so important to support all of our kids. he's a cool kid. he's 11 years old. move from new york to go to the white house. >> that's what he's supposed to wear. interesting the timing of melania's tweet during a speech which some say was bullying in and of itself. all right. how about this story? a lot of people talking about online. espn decided to pull announcer robert lee from the university of virginia's college football season opener because his name. robert e. lee of course was commander of the confederate
army. the network confirming the decision was made as the tragic events were unfolding. lee has been assigned to another game. you speak of backlash with the linton story. this has been harsh all across social media. >> almost earn says it's just a complete overreaction. the navy is set to make another big change after another accident in asian waters. we're live in singapore next.
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7th fleet after the guided missile disstroier u.s.s. john mccain collided with another vessel. ten missing sailors have now been recovered. we're live in singapore with the latest details. good morning, matt. what are we learning? >> we know that search efforts continue here throughout the day here in singapore where the u.s.s. john m. mccain is moored not far from where we are right here, but the news over the last 24 to 36 hours has not been good. some of the remains of those ten missing u.s. sailors have been recovered both inside the hull of that damaged ship and also one body found in the waters near where the incident happened and we do expect to be updated at some point by the u.s. navy later on today about their efforts throughout the day today as the day begins to wind down, but of course thoughts have turned to why is this thing
happening? why did this particular incident happen and why have there been three other incidents involving u.s. navy warships deployed to this part of the world in just 2017 alone and it does appear that people are being held accountable on this. vice admiral joe aucoin which that has some of the ships in these incidents, he's expected to be relieved of duty. admiral scott shift is in japan today meeting with commanders of the 7th fleet probably having difficult conversations with them. we also know that there is what's going to be called an operational pause scheduled to be completed by next monday for the entire u.s. navy where each different command will stand down for one day at a time at their discretion to take a deep dive into those ongoing safety issues. are there systemic problems here? if there are the navy needs to figure out what's going on and
they've acknowledged that. >> all right. thank you. all right. president trump really energized in arizona in true trump campaign mode. he opened the door to a government shutdown. he tried to rewrite history about his charlottesville response. no, please, please, oh! ♪ (shrieks in terror) (heavy breathing and snorting) no, no. the running of the bulldogs? surprising. what's not surprising? how much money aleia saved by switching to geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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it hit them with neo nazi. i hit them with everything. i got the white supremacists, the neo nazi, i got them all in there. kkk, we have kkk. i got them all. >> some say the president did not hit them all going wildly off prompter. the president defends his charlottesville response, but the glaring omission he declines to mention he blamed both sides and no mention of the very fine
people that marched with torches there on that friday night. welcome back to "early start." i'm dave grebrigs. >> that was trump off prompter of course because he's in that room campaign style half of it blaming the media. i'm christine romans. it is 13 minut32 minutes past t. the president again defending his response to the violence in charlottesville. he spent nearly 15 minutes going back and recounting his words, but with an omission. >> mr. trump neglected to mention he initially blamed the clashes on many sides. for context, here's what the president said last night and what he said ten days earlier. >> here's what i said on saturday. we're closely following the terrible events unfolding in
charlottesville, virginia. this is me speaking. we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. that's me speaking on saturday. >> we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hay tret, bigotry and violence on many sides. on many sides. it's been going on for a long time in our country. >> now, of course just one moment in the speech that has some including the former director of national intelligence, a career military man, james clapper questioning his fitness to hold the office. >> the protests turning ugly outside the phoenix convention center after president trump's speech. three people were arrested. let's get more from miguel marquez on the ground in phoenix. >> reporter: what started off as a loud, angry yet peaceful protest against the president here ended up with the police
using pepper spray, tear gas and flash bang grenades to disperse the crowd. police have backed off now and are opening back up traffic. i want to show you what the worst of the worst was like when it all went down. phoenix police were treating this as a big event like the super bowl saying that they had all hands on deck for this including the national guard if needed. it was not needed but it did seem to come very close. i saw two bottles of water thrown at police. then they deployed pepper gas and at that point the crowd started to disperse. more things were thrown at police and then it was on. this is clearly not the picture that phoenix police or the city of phoenix wanted the world to see tonight. >> all right. thank you. let's bring in zachry wolf. 77 minutes, half of it blasting the media, not a surprise there. he went off prompter, not a surprise.
this is a -- this is a candidate who seems to get oxygen to honestly recharge his battery at events like this. we suspected this would be a very different trump than the trump who gave the afghanistan policy speech and it certainly was. what is your takeaway from what the president achieved last night in phoenix? >> it's almost like we have dr. jekyll and president trump on this very specific issue where he says something inflammatory, walks its back, says something inflammatory, walks it back and then goes out and says the inflammatory thing again and defends himself. it's all about the president in his own mind here and the day after having this message where he used the word love repeatedly and said we all need to come together as a nation to pick at these wounds, to pick the scab. it's a remarkable thing, unlike something we've ever seen. we knew it was going to be a campaign style rally, but just the disconnect between his two messages on successive nights is
remarkable and you wonder if he's sort of is trying to burn things down. if you go into a place where there are protesters protesting you and you say something like this and you're the president, i'm not sure what you expect is going to happen. >> it's as though teleprompter trump should be ignored as we go forward. the president, the big question was, would he pardon joe arpeo. well, he didn't name the senators so maybe john kelly can take a victory from that but with was no doubt who he was attacking right here. >> we were just one vote away from victory after seven years of everybody proclaiming repeal and replace. one vote away. but you know, they all said, mr. president, your speech was so good last night, please, please,
mr. president, don't mention any names. so i won't. i won't. no, i won't vote one vote away. i will not mention any names. very presidential, isn't it? and nobody wants me to talk about your other senator who's weak on borders, weak on crime so i won't talk about him. >> wow. he also went after mitch mcconnell who by the way delivered the president his one signature accomplishment which is the supreme court seat. that's the one thing he accomplished major that he continues to talk about. much mcconnell made that happen by gumming up the works on garland. name checking all these republican senators. is there a strategy here, zach? >> i'm -- i'm not going to
pretend to say there's a strategy or not. i mean, it pumped up his base. it probably made him feel good. we've reported that mitch mcconnell and donald trump aren't speaking to each other. usually you would think that people of opposite parties in congress and the white house aren't speaking to each other. in this case it's two republicans. donald trump is not going to get anything done legislatively. he cannot get anything done legislatively without mitch mcconnell. this is somebody he needs in the white house to help him. so it's pretty remarkable. yeah, i'm not sure. maybe there's a strategy that i don't understand, but i -- if it is i don't -- i don't understand it. >> so the president bashing members of his own party, you know, apparently isolating himself from some of these people he's going to need to get something done especially tax reform or even tax cuts but yet he talks about kim jong-un and respect. i want to play this little piece of sound. >> and you see what's going on
in north korea. all of a sudden, i don't know, who knows, but i can tell you what i said, that's not strong enough. some people said it was too strong. it's not strong enough. but kim jong-un, i respect the fact that i believe he is starting to respect us. i respect that fact. >> the word respect three times in that sentence. he's referring to his fire and fury comments a short time back. donald trump is -- it's interesting how he can be so brutal and critical of people who are, you know, allies for him, people who are americans, yet he talks in such different ways about our enemies. >> yeah, he might there be trying to take a little bit of credit after the last time, you know, he said those inflammatory things and basically, you know, threatened war for lack of a better way to put it with kim
jong-un if he did any more with the nuclear missiles. u.n. d un did and he's been quieted down. so maybe he's taking credit there. again though he has spoken admiringly in terms of u.s. policy terms are bad people. vladimir putin, these are people he respects that power it's pretty clear and you know, that's something that mitch mcconnell does not have the same kind of power that kim jong-un has. he has to get people to agree with him. >> what do you make of the fact that of all those republican senators he did name he has not said a word nor tweeted about bob corker, the tennessee senator, chairman of the formulations committee who questioned his stability and competence. what do you make of the fact that there's been no reaction to that? >> i'm not sure. bob corker's day will come if i were a betting man.
he will probably turn there when he can. last night he was in arizona going into the lion's den of john mccain and so those were the people he was turning his folks on. this is the second time he's mentioned john mccain by the way recently at his press conference when somebody asked about mccain who had you know, criticized his earlier statement about charlottesville he said you mean the mccain that didn't help me get my health care bill. so that's clearly something that is on his mind constantly. i'm not sure bob corker's quite there yet. >> all right. don't go away. we've got a lot to talk about today. 77 minutes. big long campaign rally to talk about. also last night candidate trump promised to put coal miners back to work. but president trump's commitment to save coal country apparently has its limits. the ceo of one of the largest coal companies says the president has broken his vow to
the coal industry. he promised to use an obscure emergency order to protect coal fired power plants. without it he says he would have to lay off tens of thousands of miners. the order allows power plants to temporary exemption from environment rules during an emergency. an emergency like war or natural disaster. murray argues the current emergency is possible bankruptcy. regulations that are not fair. he's calling that an emergency just like war because of too many environmental regulations. the emergency order was simply an unnecessary response, the rare clash between the struggling coal industry and the president. he has been on their team really from day one and i think these -- the coal industry was surprised that the administration didn't move their way. >> one thing they liked is the interior department cancelled a study looking into the health effects of coal mining. >> of mountain top removal.
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megan's smile is getting a lot because she uses act® mouthwash. act® strengthens enamel, protects teeth from harmful acids, and helps prevent cavities. go beyond brushing with act®. welcome back. president trump and mitch mcconnell are not talking. it's been two weeks since a phone call between the two men erupted into a profanity laced shouting match. the august 9th conversation unravelled when the president began to express frustration with the russia investigation and the russia sanctions bill passed by congress. >> since then the president and mcconnell has been publicly questioning each other. the times now reports mcconnell is privately questioning whether trump can salvage his presidency. >> senior white house official dismissing the seriousness of
the rift. they'll have to work together though if republicans want to tackle tax reform, a spending package and raising the debt ceiling. here's what the president said about doing away with the filibuster and working with mitch mcconnell many the future last night. >> the senate, we have to get rid of what's called the filibuster rule. we have to. and if we don't, the republicans will never get anything passed. you're wasting your time. we have to get rid of the filibuster rule right now we need 60 votes and we have 52 republicans. that means that eight democrats are controlling all of this legislation. we have over 200 bills. and we have to speak to mitch. >> as the president also pointed
out last night they could not get all republicans lined up for the health care legislation and as mitch mcconnell has repeated time and time again, zero appetite from republicans doing away with the filibuster. none. >> and the president continues to hammer on it. >> steven mnuchin's wife apologizing for a now deleted instagram post that triggered an angry backlash. there she is coming off of a government plane and she was boasting about flying with her husband to kentucky. this gram house photo she put on instagram along with tags iffer the fashion lines she wore on the trip and i'm not talking about coles and target. i'm talking about tom ford and others. >> a mother of three from oregon, she commented, glad we could pay for your little
getaway. linton fired back telling miller her life looks cute saying she and her husband have again more to the economy and kouting her own family's wealth and sacrifice. >> she basically said she paid more in taxing than you do. the treasury department says the mnuchins are reimbursing the government for her travel. it wasn't just this one incident too. in town and country magazine, there's a whole spread from before she married steven mnuchin talking about all of her diamonds. a whole story about her diamonds. the point being here these are people who are in charge of america's economy. completely looking completely out of touch with the people this economy is supposed to help. >> just a tad tone deaf. chelsea clinton has been there and the former first daughter is coming to the defense of the president's youngest son after an article
attacked baron trump's casual attire. let him alone and have the private childhood he deserves. >> her comment coming after the daily caller website criticized the 11-year-old's fashion choice saying the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public. the story getting strong pushback from both sides of the aisle and parents everywhere who say leaf the kid alone. >> the kid dresses better than my kids on their best day. >> i have an 11-year-old. he is fine. late last night first lady melania trump tweeting this response to chelsea clinton. thank you, so important to support all of our children in being themselves. stop childhood bullying. that tweet came during the president's speech in which some say he was in fact, bullying. and chelsea clinton is arguably the bigger attacker of her husband just check her twitter time line. interesting to retweet her.
>> espn deciding to pull announcer robert lee from the university of virginia's college football season opener. the announcer play by play announcer because of his name. robert e. lee of course was commander of the confederate army. espn confirming the decision was made as the tragic events in charlottesville were unfolding. lee who is asian has been assigned to another game. their response online, pretty much uniformly espn, get over yourself. >> blasting the network. it is the number two trending story behind twitter behind only the phoenix rally. google and walmart are trying to take on amazon. how they plan to beat the online power house. moneystream is next. hi, i'm johnny bench.
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the united states navy has now officially removed the commander of the 7th fleet after the u.s.s. john mccain collided with a vessel in singapore. good morning to you, matt. what's the latest? >> reporter: the latest is that people do appear to be -- they are now being held accountable from a leadership perspective for this series of incidents that happened over this last year. four different incidents involving u.s. navy warships deployed to this part of the world and we now know that the commander of the 7th fleet which has in its ranks three of the four ships involved in incidents, he has now been
relieved of his command. the admiral scott swift announced he has relieved joe aucoin of his command for a lack of competence in his ability to command. this after two fatal accidents in the last several months alone. of course you'll remember as the u.s.s. fitzgerald collided with a container ship back in the middle of june and seven u.s. sailors died and now there are ten u.s. sailors missing after the john mccain was crashed with an oil tarnger. it's unclear how many of the ten sailors have been recovered so far. that search and rescue operation still going on, but clearly men are now being held accountable in leadership positions. >> just about 5:00 p.m. there. thank you, matt. let's get a check on cnn moneystream this morning. stock markets are mixed after a great day on wall street. the catalyst yesterday, renewed
hope for u.s. tax reform. stocks here rallied after whispers the white house and lawmakers are moving ahead on reform. the dow surging almost 200 points. its biggest one day gain, many credit the promise of tax reform. the dow is up 20% since the election. all this is before the rally last night where the president struck out at members of congress very sharply, the very people who he will need to get tax reform done. a shakeup for one of the world's largest oil companies. john watson may be stepping down. wall street journal reporting they're looking for expected transition next month. chevron didn't kmnt but watscom. but they're looking for ways to cut costs as crude prices remain low.
walmart will start offering hundreds of thousands of products on google platforms including voice ordering through google assistant. this is the first time walmart is selling its products not on its own website, proof of the mutual threat both google and walmart face from amazon. a team up does not ensure success over amazon. am soazon is still the primary stop. >> even the president has one. he's gone after them repeatedly on twitter. "early start" continues right now with the latest from the phoenix rally. i hit them with neo nazi. i hit them with everything. i got the white supremacists, the neo nazi, i got them all in there. the kkk, we have kkk.