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the top of the hour, 7:00 here in new york. 4:00 out in the west. i'm ana carbrera. 100% proper. those words from president trump today describing the handling of the russian meddling election. 100% proper. the president is hosting republican leaders at camp david right now. this is a weekend dedicated to mapping out the new year's legislative agenda. but a reporter asked the president about reports he tried to prevent attorney general jeff sexes from recusing himself from the russia investigation.
>> everything that i've done is 100% proper. that's what i do. i do things proper. you know, i go es the collusion now is go ahead because everyone found after a year of study, there has been absolutely no collusion. no collusion between us and the russians. now, there has been collusion between hillary clinton, the dnc and the russians, unfortunately, you people don't cover that very much. but the only collusion is between hillary and the russians and the dnc and the russians and one of those things. >> that was the public president trump today. earlier in private and on twitter, he lashed out again at that new book that paints the oval office in a not so flattering light. and reports suggest he is not mentally stable. in one tweet, the president refers to himself as a quote very stable genius. cnn boris sanchez joins us from the white house. the president's reaction to this book seems to be overshadowing the politics plan for camp
david. >> reporter: that's right, the president making news on several fronts today, not only backing his attorney general jeff sessions, whom several congressional republicans in the freedom caucus called to be fired this week but also praising direct talks between north and south korea, sending a message to democrats saying there would be no solution to the legal status of d.r.e.a.m.ers, of daca, without funding a border wall and talking about the russian investigation, all of that, though, being overshadowed by his defense of his mental state. he clearly has taken the comments from michael wolff personally in his book "fire and fury" and the comments wolff made in television issues saying the president quote lost it and going as far as to say that 100% of the people around the president question his fitness for office. in turn the president calling michael wolff a fraud. saying what he is doing is disgraceful and going as far as to question or refute that
michael wolff had any access to the president saying he was never in the oval office. questions about the president's mental state have long been swirling, though, it was a few months ago steve bannon said there was a 30% chance people around the president might bring upon the 25th amendment and force him out of office because of his mental state and just last month, you had some dozen law makers in both chambers of congress being briefed bya psychiatrist from yale university. despite that, we never seen the president defending his mental state at the same time while trying to outline and then move forward with his 2018 agenda. a na. >> a part of that press q & a the president re-affirmed his support for attorney general jeff sessions. but sessions is not at camp david this weekend. what does the white house have to say about that?
>> that's right. they say it's ban part of a long-held plan. this week you had several congressional republicans calling for jeff sessions to step down, despite that the white house says that this week was all about the legislatef agenda and it had long been a part of a plan for the law makers and cabinet members there to be there not a part of the executive branch department of justice agenda for this weekend, so it would be natural attorney general sessions will not be there. >> following the "new york times" report, suggesting he ordered white house counsel don mcgan to try to prevent sessions from recusing himself from the russian investigation. now cnn has learned that three white house officials, in fact, were a part of that effort. what does this mean for robert mueller's probe? >> reporter: keep in mind this
revelation, these new facts are not necessarily new to the special counsel, some of the people who we have reported were involved in trying to put some pressure on the attorney general in not recusing himself by the special probe, have been interviewed by special counsel. some is probably already before special counsel and it could go into a sort of building a bigger pattern, a fact, a pattern, bob mueller's team is still a big part of the investigation. we know that several people interviewed have been asked questions about who played whathole role in the firing of the former fbi director, this air force one statement regarding the trump tower meeting with don jr. and a russian lawyer, where the president had direct involvement
in the statement and the crafting of the response. when that story surfaced. so all of this goes to the obstruction case, because in the end, every time the fbi, we now know, when the fbi had asked questions of people associated with the campaign about their connections to russian, some of them lied to the fbi. george papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser was arrested by the fbi, pleaded guilty of lying to the fbi ab his conversations with russians. so all of this just continues to build out perhaps a pattern of continuing to hide investigation from investigators, continuing to hide contacts with russians. we know the obstruction case is still going on and is still a big part of this special counsel probe. >> there are a lot of republicans now calling for jeff sessions to step down because of his recusal from the rigs investigation, which led to this special counsel appointment.
what is the mood like right now inside the justice department regarding session a future there? >> i think it's fair to say there is probably constant confusion between some of the people who worked there as to what the future holds for the attorney general. there are today the president said he had the attorney, he supported the attorney general, you know, tomorrow that could change the day after that could change. you know, there is constant inconsistency in where the president stands. i think the other issue here is the relationship with the fbi in the department of justice and, you know, the president's attacks on the fbi. the revelation from the "new york times" that the department of justice has denied that, you know, someone in the department of justice was trying to, was ordered to try to find dirt went to the hill to try to find dirt on the fbi, the former fbi director him so all of this sort of keeps happening, there are new facts that come out.
the department of justice has denied that they were looking for dirt on comey but, you know, all of this is very interesting. because it does go to the continued kind of morale within these agencies that they feel biept, you know, we're still talking about them. they really want to move forward, but the career folks and folks that work at these agencies will keep doing their job, keeping open safe sessions. >> that will continue. you have to expect it does hurt the people that work there, morale and how they feel about their leaders the agencies that they're working at. >> thank you. i want to discuss president trump's actions today, defending his mental stable, lashing out at the author of a tell-all book and turning the spotlight back on the russia probe on the focus of the legislative agenda moving forward. joining us now to talk more about it is douglas brinkley, cnn presidential historian, a former member of president
obama's national security counsel and paige pate, defensive constitutional law professor. president trump's tweets, the ones saying she a very stable genius, where does this fit into a big pick historically. have previous presidents weighed in over their mental fitness? >> no. often presidents have had to defend their health i mean when woodrow wilson had a stroke, people were wondering what kind of position he was in. 2008 eisenhower had a heart attack in 1955. you have to come out and show are vigorous. this is the psychological health of the president. some people raised that about lyndon johnson in 19 skating when he decided not to run for re-election and, of course, richard nixon in his last months, i edited nixon's tape, you can hear him screaming at people saying crazy rational things and say yes, boss, fought
listen to him. the fact that he came out like he did donald trump, reminding me of nixon saying i believe not a crook. donald trump basically said i'm not a moron. i think it was silly of him to table i take the bait of this book fulsomely. >> in all of the bluster about wolff's book, one thing is missing, not one mention of vice president mike pence in any exit so far. what do you make of his note annual absence in this tell-all book? >> that pence stays very quiet. tries to avoid the media spotlight. you don't see him saying a lot of things that would anger donald trump. he is the nation's plan b if donald trump has to resign or and democrats get control of congress in the senate and they move to impeach him. so pence has shown that he stays under the radar often and it speaks well of him not to have spoken of wolff.
i don't know how wolff got that kind of access into an administration, but alas he did. this book is beyond being a best seller. it's in the history books, a lot like a woodward and bernstein, it's a permanent part of this year and what's going on right now in the book. >> samantha trump blames bannon for the revelations in the book. but is bannon to blame for the access to the white house and these other aids? >> i think it was bad staffing. i worked for two presidents. it's staffing 101 before a reporter or writer enters a white house, has meetings, has discussions, who is he or she going to talk to? is it going to be on or off the record? those are the kind of details you work out in advance sow don't get into the scenario that we are seeing right now but i think the reaction to the book has a lot of national security impacts that we're not talking as much about perhaps. let's do a little of role playing here. if you are kim jong-un or
vladimir putin and you are watching the president of the united states react this strongly to a book. this is not the first bad thing that's ever been said about the president. it won't be the last. >> how many books have been written about presidents in the past? the presidential thing to do typically is to shvrug it off. if you are an enemy of the state, you learned the surest way to throw the president off track and to distract him is to insult his image. we've seen kim jong-un do this in the past. he's done it over twitter. he's made fun of donald trump. now we see michael wolff writing a book poking at his stability. instead of the president spending time on infrastructure, which os sensibly he's at camp david or digging deep at the myriad of national security things in front of us, he is tweeting about a book that's messaging to you are enemies all over the world you distract him by insulting him. >> he is tweeting how the part
smart he is, mentally stable. paige, here's what the president said about robert mueller's russia investigation. >> mr. president, if robert mueller asks to you come and speak with his dependent personally, are you committed the ill to doing that? >> yeah, so you understand, just so you understand, there has been no collusion. there has been no crime. and in theory, everybody tells me, i'm not under investigation. maybe hillary is. i don't know. but i'm not. but there has been no collusion. there has been no crime. but we have been very open. we could have done it two ways. we could have been very closed and it would have taken years. sort of like when have you done nothing wrong, let's be open and get it over with. because honestly it's very, very bad for our country. >> paige, you are a defense lawyer, does the president's argument that his administration has been opened to mueller's investigation, hold up? >> well, somewhat ana. they have been producing documents, the white house has, documents that were requested be i the special counsel's office.
but as far as interviews, making themselves available to discuss with investigators specific allegations, that really hasn't happened yet. but there is going to come a time as the special counsel gets close to finishing their investigation, when they will want to talk to key people in the white house and i'm interesting to see whether trump and the other folks in the white house will try to rely on things like executive privilege, attorney/client privilege to try to block those interviews. as of now, they have been somewhat cooperative. but the real test is as we get closer to the end of the investigation. >> he was asked if he would be willing to talk with robert mueller. he appeared initially to say yes. he quickly deflected. is there any chance you can pick he isn't asked to come before the special counsel? >> it's unusual. this entire investigation is unusual. normally in a federal criminal investigation like this when it's done by independent or special counsel, they will gather all of the other evidence first, charge other individuals,
which they've done in this case, get cooperating witnesses, which they've done in this case. at the very end when they have satisfactory information of a criminal act or no crime here, then they want to interview the guy at the top. then they know a lot more than perhaps the president does about this investigation. so no longer is it just about collusion, conspiracy or ob trucks or making that false statement, anyone representing the president will want to keep him away from sworn testimony in front of this counsel. >> the president saying today he stands by attorney general jeff sessions. we also know secretary of state tillerson is defending trump's mental fitness in his interview and he is saying he's not planning to go anywhere. are these signs oof this administration is stabilizing from earlier days of chaos? >> well, i thought rex tillerson did an amazing job in the interview, just what samantha was talking about, people in the
world worried about donald trump's stability on the news of the book went global and there was tillerson kind of reassuring people that american foreign policy had a steady hand in the state department. so, yes, i think tillerson looks like he is probably going to stay on at least for this year. jeff sessions would be a disaster if he quit for donald trump or if he got fired. so i think you are starting to see some of those key players stabilize a little bit. although, there is no love lost between sessions and trump and tillersons a needs to get more of oyou are ambassadors in place and start jump starting the state department, fought just trying to get to know his boss as he did if 2017. >> sam, real quick. your take on the impact of jeff sessions were to resign at this point. >> i think it would be another blow to the functioning of our legal system. now, leaving aside whether he's done anything improper or fought west virginia we do know from all these different threads is
that the president is trying to interfere with the separation of powers and the independent judiciary is a core part of our democracy. we know that russia is trying to under mine that democracy. so every single time we see the president or a thread about the administration, trying to interfere in the investigation or gather dirt on comey, all that's doing is making the russian's job easier so the best case scenario is that the department of justice continues to function without interference from the white house and the special counsel continues to do its work. >> thank you all very much. i really appreciate it. still ahead here in the newsroom as headlines swirl about this new book of president trump and the white house the republican agenda waits. how "fire and fury" is overshadowing everything from data to infrastructure. plus, secretary of state rex tillerson telling cnn in a tv exclusive what he thinks of the president's competence as commander-in-chief and laider
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how "fire and fury" dominates headlines in washington and beyond, president trump is unleashing on the book's author over this controversial claim. >> one of the over arching themes is that, according to your reporting, everyone around the president, senior adviser, family members, every single one of them questions his intelligence and fitness for office. >> let me put a marker in the sand here. 100% of the people around him. >> well, that set off a barrage of presidential tweets early this morning with the president declaring that mental stability is one of his greatest assets. democratic congressman of michigan is joining us now. congressman, thank you for being here, earlier this week, you
said republicans need to stand up to the president because his actions regarding steve bannon and his taunting of kim jong-un put the country in jeopardy, how concerned are you about the fallout of this book and the president's response? >> well, i'm concerned about the response. first of all, in my lifetime, people who have to say they're smart or stable are not usually smart or stable. it's almost as if the president has to say he's not a crook and what do we find out about that statement a few decades ago? this is a dangerous time. it's dangerous because congress has authority that it ought to exercise to rein in this president. and bawhat i worry about is tha privately you hear republicans, i do all the time, saying many of the same things we hear in this book. but publicly and officially, that i are falling all over themselves to protect this president from legitimate inquiry and legitimateover sight. >> that is very dangerous for
this country. >> why? >> it's dangerous because our system of government is one that assumes that one branch will check the power of another and the decisions that the president can make are consequential. his behavior is consequential. and to have congress simply sit back saying that's trump being trump. no, it's not. it's the president of the united states challenging can interests of the american people and destabilizing the interests on the globe. it's not trump being trump. he's the president. he ought to behave like the president. i'm not sure he is capable of it. >> we are learning law members met with a yale psychiatrist due to concerns over trump's mental health. i'm curious if you were one of them? >> no, i was not. i have not been involved in that. i understand the interest in it. but my concern is a lot of this obsession about the president's capabilities diverts us away from the work we ought to be
doing. it will reveal itself and i'm confident that our constitutional form of government can overcome any sort of deficiency, whether it's a serious problem with the president's mental state or just bad decisions that he makes because he makes bad decisions. i'm hopeful that we can focus on the work that we ought to be doing and not be drawn into a whole lot of discussions around the town that are interesting here in washington but don't address the real serious problems we face in this country. >> we do know some parts of this wolff book are fought true. do you think the president has been given a fair shake? >> here's the thing. i don't think folks ought to judge the president based on the contents of this book. i don't think that's fair. i think we can judge the president based on what we know he says and does on the record or in meetings where we can witness his behavior. honestly for me that's enough to
come to certain conclusions about the president's preparedness for the job. you know, these books are interesting him but i don't know that much about mr. wolff. i don't know we ought to spend a lot of time in congress. i heard somebody is going to send every member of congress a book. i'd rather they send every member of congress a constitution and have each one of them read that. if they read the constitution, they wouldn't have to read this book. >> let's turn to the upcoming year and talk a little about policy and what americans can expect in terms of what you are doing. i want to listen to what republican members said today at camp david. >> we hope that 2018 will be a year of more bipartisan cooperation. >> we think this agenda is one that will appeal to everyone in between, between democrats, republicans and independents. >> the president predicted that infrastructure would be one issue that would bring two sides toke. do you agree? >> well, i think it has the
possibility. but when i hear speaker ryan or leader mcconnell say those sorts of things about bipartisanship, whether it's infrastructure or other issues, i think to myself. give me a break. you wrote a tax bill in private and dumped it on the floor of the house and senate 48 hours before you asked legislators to vote yes or no on it. if that's their pattern, whether it's infrastructure on the buck or c.h.i.p., that's not real bipartisanship. the other concern i have, republicans very irresponsibly have spent the resources on tax cuts for people at the very top that could have been used for new roads, new bridges, rails, ports, high speed internet across the country. we still have to fix that problem. but their priorities were very clear, they did not put infrastructure on the table. they put tax cuts that are disproportionately almost
exclusively targeted to people at the very top and fought better roads and bridges and rail systems, not the kind of things that would get this economy moving in a sustainable fashion. it was a huge lost opportunity. >> some people could argue, these are sour grapes because of how the tax reform went. i know you were very passion fat about chip, about the daca protections. are you willing to shut down the government over those things? >> well, if the government shut down, it's because the republican congress and the republican white house can't agree with one another on a spending plan. the they want democrats to help them keep government opened, they can't wait until the last 15 minutes and then turn to us and say, we're not going to deal with any of your priorities. we're not going to deal with daca, c.h.i.p., we're not doing anything on infrastructure, if you don't vote yes because we can't get government to vote yes, the republican is shutting
down. if they actually want to do the work, look even if the president wants to talk about infrastructure, like water infrastructure, you know where to find me, mr. mr. president. maybe you should call. they should talk to us and not wait until the last minute when their own failure creates the potential of a government shutdown then all of a sudden the democrats are supposed to come to the rescue? they really have some explaining to do when they leemp us out of all these conversations and then ask us to save them from themselves. >> we understand there is supposed to be a bipartisan meeting with the president i believe it's on tuesday, if i recall correctly. congressman, thank you for your time this weekend. we appreciate it. >> thank you, ana. coming up, new revelations at the man that killed 58 people at a las vegas concert. the pand lay owner says he was no stranger to the hotel employees. you are live in the cnn newsroom.
. some new revelations today about the gunman who killed trath i 58 people at that outdoor music festival last october. mgm resort says it's staff interacted with stephen paddock ten times in the day leading up to the massacre, including the day he opened fire on the crowd below his windows. that day room service was delivered and house keeping was made, a member of congress from nevada said it appears that no one noticed anything suspicious even though 23 guns were later found in his room. . president trump today launching attacks on the inner workings of the white house. the president calling author michael wolff a fraud and saying his book "fire and fury" is pure fiction. sean spicer weighed in on the
book. watch. >> a lot of quotes are attributed to myself and other people frankly never happened. few treed author's note he put in the book, i have obtained a copy of. he makes it clear that michael wolff, who has a history of fabricating stuff, has a questionable past. reporters are digging into this saying, you know, we got to question his sourcing here. he admits he never took notes. he didn't bring a recorder to the thing. there is no question that the accuracy of this book is definitely in question and i know from some of the things that were written, that don't pertain to me, definitely didn't happen with respect to the president, the first lady. >> let's take it over with stephen collins, a very reporter, wolff didn't stroll into the white house uninvited. should he have warned trump's team, hey, be careful when you talk to this guy? >> you would have thought so, after all, that was his ultimate
responsibility. i think the level of accuracy of michael wolff by being inside the west wing is incredible. if you are a general reporter inside the white house, you get to stay in the briefing room area, where the press secretary gives the briefing from every day. there is that door to as you look on the tv to the left of the podium, journalists can walk up there into the west wing to upper press where sarah sanders' office is located. but that's it. it appears that michael wolff was sitting in the lobby of the west wing, where journalists normally can't go by his own account and sort of getting people as they walked by and talking to them as well as installing himself into the hotel across the road. it's impossible to think the first press secretaries of the previous two administration, ari fleischer or robert gibbs would have allow thad to go on, having said that in sean spicer's defense, this was a press
operation at a white house like no other. wolff writes in the book. he actually asked for official assess to the white house and there was no one able to give it to him but there was equally no one to tell him to go away and that's pretty remarkable. >> stephen, in one of your pieces you write trump's image is under siege and the "fire and fury" the version the president wants america to see and the one that emerges from behind the scenes reports. is trump helping or hurting his public image when he declares himself in his tweets today a stable genius and wolff a fraud? >> i think that it depends on how you see the president. it's difficult to think that there is anybody in america in the world right now who has not made up their mind on what they think of donald trump. so if you see that tweet, you are quick of president. we've soon it today. a lot of people have come out and said the fact that he would
write he's a stable genius and engage in a debate about his own mental state in public on twitter in this kind of frenzied manner is proof that perhaps there is something there to worry about. but, you know, the debate is being had by washington elites, politicians, journalists, on the east coast, for example. if you are one of donald trump supporters, you are familiar about this behavior from the campaign trail in many ways, you know, taking shots and winding up those the washington crowd is exactly why you shotted for him. so i don't think that suddenly people are going to turn around who like donald trump and say, wow, this tweet is something to worry about. i won't support him anymore. the situation is so polarized. the politics of this apart from the fact, you know, looking ba back in history, we'll say, man, that was something that was a
real departure of what we are used to. the immediate politics of this won't change. >> thank you for your thoughts. you can read the rest of stephen's analysis at cnn.com. up next, here in the newsroom, secretary of state rex tillerson speaking out in a rare cnn interview, what he is revealing ability hess plans for 2018. why he says he has never questioned the president's mental fitness. you are live in the cnn newsroo
newsroom.. the u.s. secretary of state says he has never questioned president trump's mental fitness and has no reason to. rex tillerson spoke at length to cnn this week. they talked about how he gets along with his boss, the president and their different management styles and also was asked if the president's tough talk is working with north korea. >> can you explain a little bit about what the u.s. policy is on north korea? because i think americans are a little bit confused. do the north korean versus to give up their nuclear program
before committing to talks? >> our policy is the complete verifiable irreversible de-nuclearization of the korean policy. that is a policy held by everyone in the region as well. the chinese has it as a stated policy. russia has it as a stated policy. everyone in the international community are well aligned on the policy. how we achieve the ultimate end point, the final, the full de-nuclearization, the verification of that and irreversibility of it, clearly that will take some time. how we begin the talks is yet to be determined. we need a signal from north korea they understand that these talks must lead to that conclusion. the pathway of how you get there, that is the nature of the negotiation. there will be some give and take to achieve those objectives. so that objective has never changed. >> do you think, you know, a lot has been made about the
president's tweet on the nuclear button. but you know now north korea is talking with south korea. do you think that tough rhetoric has worked here? >> i this i the rhetoric that north korea understands is while it is our objective and the president has been very clear to achieve a de-nuclearization through diplomatic efforts, those diplomatic efforts are backed by a strong military option, if necessary. >> that is not the first choice and the president has been clear that's not his first choice. but it is important that north koreans as well as other regional players understand how high the stakes are in an effort to ensure our diplomatic efforts are fully supported. i think to date, the diplomatic efforts have been supported very well in the international community. >> so it sounds like this good cop, bad cop, if you will, holds out the prospect of talks, but if talks don't work, military action, that might be the formula that you and the president will continue? >> i'm going to let you characterize it that way.
i'm not going to necessarily show all of our cards. i've never questioned his mental fitness. i have no reason to question his mental fitness. my relationship with him and it is a developing one and i remind people. i think it's well known he and i did not know one another before he asked me to serve as secretary of state. so which don't have a lot of history in the past. a part of this is us coming together to learn. >> you are also two different kind of people. >> we have different management styles. how i make decisions. how i process information, i have to learn how he takes information in, processes it and makes a decision. and that's my responsibility. i'm here to serve his presidency. so i've had to spend a lot of time understanding how to best communicate with him so i can serve his needs with information. i do think one of my roles is to always give him all sides of the issues, even when i know it's not the side that he really wants to consider, i think it's a part of making good decisions
is that i know he at least has had visibility to all aspects of the decision he's about to make and that's my role as secretary of state is to provide him that full 360 visibility of what these decisions mean for our foreign affairs, with allies, with part first and with adversaries. i think what comes out sometimes, what people see then is they think that is conflict when it's not. it's a normal process of having the president look at all sides and saying, i don't like that. and that's healthy. that's good. i mean, people should feel good about the way decisions are made because it's fought just one of giving if to what you think the president wants, rather helping him see the full array of all options and what the implications of those are and he decides. he's the commander-in-chief. he's the president. he decides and we'll implement against his decisions. >> reflecting back, what have you learned about yourself and what might you do differently next year? >> you never stop growing as an
individual. so in terms of what i would do different? i'm going to build on my ability to communicate with the president better. my ability to communicate with others better. as i said, something i had to learn is what is effective with this president? he is not a typical of presidents of the past. i think that's well recognized. that's also why the american people chose him. they were tired of what was being done in the past. they wanted something to change. so i have learned over the past year better how to deal with the president, to serve what he i think needs, to know, so he can make good decisions. and i've learned a lot about the inner agency process, which was new to me. >> that will get better all the time as well. but that is our role here at the state department. >> a fascinating, very revealing conversation with rek tillerson. how does he see this new year shaping up and his own future with the administration? >> reporter: it was, ana, i
think this secretary was very reflective of the past year and the fact that it was a real learning curve for. a. culture shock. he's not a creature of washington who has lived in texas all his life and lived in the oil industry, no government experience. he seems to be finding his footing, asserting himself. and i did ask him point blank about all the rumors he would be leaving in the early part of the year. take a listen to what he said. >> we had a very successful in my view year of 2017, pivoting our policies, helping our partners understand those policies. we are now into the implementation and execution against those policies. i think we will have a productive 2018. again, the state department gets stronger every day understanding what we're trying to do. i look forward to having a successful 2018. >> for the whole year? >> i intend to be here the whole year. >> has the president given you any indication you won't be around for a while?
>> none. >> none whatsoever? >> none whatsoever. >> so there you have it. look, despite the rumors of his early exit in the early part of the year, he said there to quote mark twain, they're premature and he's looking for several policy options he wants to lay in the new year. point bank, i think he laid a marker down, if if president wants him to leave, he will have to fire him personally. he won't be out by antagonists. >> i like how you pushed him, for the whole year? he didn't hesitate to answer. >> he didn't say three years, at least for the year. >> we shall see. coming up, from flood waters in massachusetts to one of the strangest things along the east coast, frozen iguanas falling from trees in florida. we are back in a moment.
it is a bone chilling cold weekend from north to south on the east coast, bitter winds making single-digit temperatures feel even colder. overnight the northeast could see new record lows. in massachusetts, look at these pictures. this week's storms deluged harbors with icy water coinci coinciding with more than a foot
of snow in eight states. in florida, it got so cold, iguanas were found falling frozen from the trees. they are still alive. and like the rest of the east coast, they'll eventual live fa -- eventually thaw out. the back log of flights created a different kind of freeze. a congested tarmac and not enough available gates forced the airports to limit arrivals. a passenger on this flight reported sitting on it for five hours before getting to deplane on to a shuttle bus. dan, it looks so cold there. are things improving? >> reporter: temperatures have gone down, ana, but things are
slowly starting to get better. they've told international flights coming into new york to be in touch with them before they fly out. that's been a big issue and one of the major causes for so many of these delays and cancellations is international flights coming into new york have been backed up. so it's been hard for them to get into gates and for passengers to deplane as we've seen so much on social media today, passenger's and family concerns. we've seen today more than 3,500 delays, more than 400 cancellations. we did speak with one passenger who finally made it off a plane but did not have the right gear, the right jacket. here's la he had to say. >> i was going to the bahamas from london, and we were supposed to be here for an hour
and 50 minutes and we were stuck on the runway for three hours and getting our bags for about two hours and now i don't think the flight will be until probably tomorrow now. >> reporter: what's the airlines telling you here? how is the airline responding? >> the airlines are doing everything they can really. the airport is chaos. >> reporter: new york is not the only place that has delays. we've seen delays in chicago. but in new york the port authority saying tonight they have deployed more resources to help passengers and families here. they are actually providing bussing to bring passengers back for flights that have been delayed. they're trying to do more to respond to this really difficult situation in the days after this major storm. >> dan lieberman, thank you for the report. go get warm, my friend. this could warm you up, one
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