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these houses! yes, yes and yes. and don't forget about them. uh huh, sure. still yes! xfinity delivers gig speed to more homes than anyone. now you can get it, too. welcome to the party. i went to the best colleges, came out and made billions and billions of dollars. became one of the top business people. went to television and for ten years, was a tremendous success. ran for president one time and won. >> they say he's a moron, an idiot. this man does not read, does not listen. >> everything that i've done is 100% proper. >> kim jong-un's regime says it will come to the table and engage in peace talks with its south korean enemies. >> if i weren't involved, they wouldn't be talking about
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olympics right now. >> first round of any negotiations with the north koreans is tough and sometimes confrontational. >> i'm not messinging around. he knows i'm not messing around. i'm not messing around, not even a little bit. >> announcer: this is "new day weekend" with victor blackwell and christi paul. >> good morning to you. we are grateful to have you here. billed as a weekend of looking forward. the president and top republicans huddled at camp david, planning their goals for the 2018 agenda. >> as mr. trump wakes up, the government is still touting its victories from 2017. >> one of the things mitch said and he said it very well was it's going to be tough to beat the year we just left. >> 2017 was the most consequential year in the many years i've been here in congress. >> 2017 was a year of extraordinary accomplishment. >> as both the president and
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leader said, we had historic achievements in 2017 that we want to build on. >> all of those comments with be debated. the republican leaders did mention 2018 and hope for bipartisan in this year and big immigration changes. but for a party facing a slim majority in the senate, the chance of losing the house, a president with really low approval ratings, there was little mention of how they will get all of this done. cnn's jeremy diamond is live in washington. jeremy, we didn't get too many specifics here. we did get an idea of what the gop's top priorities are for the next few months. >> that's right. the president is still huddling right now today and yesterday at camp david with top republican congressional leaders, as well as key members of his cabinet, and while there was some discussion of 2018, we didn't get too many of the details of what is being discussed inside those discussion rooms right now. we made clear that welfare
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reform by partisanship is a mention in 2018 but perhaps also in a bid to lower expectations for the coming year which is going to be very tough. there was also some discussion of the politics as well. the president preparing, of course, for the midterm elections. if there was one issue on which the republican legislative agenda is going to crucially hinge over the coming months, the president did discuss in some detail, it was immigration and that is, of course, his attempts to make an attempt over daca, the program to defer deportation, of course, for dreamers, those undocumented immigrants who arrived in the united states as children. he laid out some of his demands during his brief press conference at camp david yesterday. >> we want the wall. the wall is going to happen. or we will not have daca. we want to get rid of migration
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very important and the lottery system and in addition we want money for funding. we need some additional border security. >> reporter: this comes as the president's administration is privately laid out a request for put billion dollars in additional border funding including $18 billion for the wall and all of that is a tough ask for republicans to make of democrats but those discussions are going to happen the coming months. one issue the president did not manage to escape during his weekend retreat at camp david was questions about his mental fitness. he perhaps even amplified those questions yesterday as he took to twitter and stout himself as a stable genius and followed that up with more questions yesterday during that brief news conference alongside republican leaders during which he touted his success from college to the board room and to his current presidency. back to you. >> jeremy, stay with us here. i want to bring in as well julian zeleny, a cnn political
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analyst and historian and professor at princeton university and kelly ann torrance. we will get to daca in a moment. i want to take a moment to jump off what jeremy was talking about. british prime minister theresa may was asked a question yesterday about trump's mental status. >> there were quite serious questions being raised in the states about his mental state. do you think they are serious? >> as i say, when i deal with president trump, what i see is somebody who is committed to ensuring that he is taking decisions in the best interests of the united states. >> she went on to say that is what she does. she takes decisions here in the uk on what we believe is in the best interests of the uk. so forming some commonality there, julian. she is seeming to back up the president. do we have a good grasp of what
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the world images of president trump, since this book came out and since these tweets yesterday? >> no. we don't have a good grasp of what it is. that would be speculative. but we do have a sense of how many leaders and populations have responded to president trump's tweets over the years, and to some of his more provocative statements which really have been the basis of the discussion of how stable he is. the book simply has concerns that already existed and all of this is very public and i'm sure these questions have been raised many times all over the globe as the year has unfolded in trump's presidency. >> so, kelly jane, when we look at his tweets yesterday and then this kind of resume that he gave us yesterday, did it surprise anybody with all of his cabinet
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and the vice president behind him and they are supposed to be talking about what is happening in 2018, that we are still hearing the president seeming to be distracted by this "fire and fury" book? >> you'd think it would be surprising but when is surprising with the president any more, i think he is basically answering the question, when did you last beat your wife? this is not something you want to make the issue. it's incredible to me, one of the reasons we are talking about this is because he, himself, is talking about it. whatever trump tweets, the world listens and that is what we talk about and here he is talking about it himself. i have to say, i mean, the fact he is going through his resume touting what he has done and everything that not what a confident person who is happy with themself does, i think. it's like when he can't stop talking about his huge electoral college win and how many people were at his inauguration.
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it makes you wonder what is going on in his mind and why did does he feel the need to be congratulated constantly for his accomplishments? instead of saying, wow, i became president of the united states on my first try and now i'm going to use that position to do something good for my country. >> i want to move on here to daca because that is one of the hallmarks of what was discussed yesterday and it's looming, no doubt about it. let's listen to what the president said about daca yesterday at the same press conference. >> we want daca to happen. we all -- everybody -- i think i can speak for everybody. we want jon cornyn from texas and want daca to happen and we also want great security for our country. >> we know jeff flake from arizona voted for tax reform because he was told if he did so he would have a voice in the daca conversation. is there any indication what democrats are willing to negotiate for daca? >> yeah.
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well, listen. the president has made clear that there is going to need to be some kind of border security attached to this daca proposal and specifically he said funding for the wall and because his base absolutely needs him to get funding for the wall in order to give a concession on an issue like potentially giving citizenship or some protected status to some of these undocumented immigrants which is not popular with the president's political base. some of what he is asking will be tough for democrats to swallow. he not only is asking for more border security funding for the wall but seeking to make much more sweeping changes, including changes to the visa lottery system. what the president is looking at here is more than a simple daca fix. it seems to be heading in the direction of some kind of more comprehensive immigration proposal and that may be very difficult for republicans and democrats to agree to, particularly in this current climate. >> kelly jane, any indication on
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your end as to what dems -- democrats are willing to reconcile to try to get daca passed in some regard some they only have until march. in march their protections run out. >> exactly. they are in a tough spot because this is a sympathetic group of people and who doesn't want to help them you? wonder about trump's negotiating skills because he is saying the republicans want daca too. the thing is democrats don't want to give trump or the republicans any win in the mid terms. given how they performed in the special elections throughout this year, it seems that getting not signing on to the trump and republican agenda has been good for them. voters do not want, they think them to do anything with trump and the republicans. so it's hard to see how there is going to be possibly be any sort of compromise on this, especially, again, if trump, himself, is saying he wants daca. why would they compromise if it's something that the president, himself, wants?
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>> julian, there is another aspect at play here and that is the government shutdown which is at risk on january 19th. senator dick durbin, number two democrat in the senate, we should say, is leading the negotiations on daca, we understand. he says there could be a government shutdown over this issue. is it going to go that far? >> we have seen the government shut down when republicans controlled congress and we could see that happen again. i think this is a test of the resolve of democrats. they have a lot of leverage right now and they have to make a decision are they willing to go that far in terms of a government shutdown? are they willing to go so far as to give president trump basically the entire immigration package that he has been asking for in exchange for a program that he dismantled. or do they want to use their leverage and hold out and insist, as republicans did when obama was president, that the
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president responds to them? and this is a key moment and it's not simply kind of swallowing some parts of a bill that they don't like. it's handing the president a major victory right now which will set up the republicans for 2018 and for the next couple of years. >> representative nita lowy from new york earlier this week, kelly jane, said republicans control the white house, the senate, and the house. they are in charge. if the government shuts down, it's because they couldn't do their work. are republicans really going to get blamed if the government shuts down or are democrats going to get blamed? who is going to carry that? >> a great question and it depends what happens. if the government shuts down, what it was, what was the final straw that did it. when you have a party in control of both chambers of congress and the executive branch, it sort of looks difficult to understand why they can't get things done and get things passed.
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the budget thing is kind of shocking really that they kept pushing it off down the road. now the government is only funded until january 19th. this was something they should have been dealing with last year they end of the year instead of, you know, trying to just do something that made them look good, the tax cut bill, and putting off the hard issues until january because now look at how much they have to deal with and you got to add in north korea and iran? at although going on right now. >> a lot going on in a short amount of time. we always appreciate all of your voices here. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> sure. don't miss "state of the union" later this morning. bombshell revelations in a tell-all book. jake tapper is talking to stephen miller, a senior policy adviser to the president. that is "state of the union" this morning at 9:00 a.m. the other big news out of this weekend's camp david retreat, the president is open to dialogue with north korea and he always believes in talking.
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what about to the words of fire and furr and wasting hi time dealing with little rocketed man? can the president take credit for contact between north and south korea? that is next. and a look at kim jong-un's dictatorship as kim celebrates his 34th birthday. built-in 4g l. apple car play compatibility... -wow... ...and teen driver technology. that's crazy... yeah... now to get all of the features, you'd need all six of those crossovers. that's insane! yep, and you still wouldn't get everything that's in this equinox. wowww... six cars in one. get zero percent financing for sixty months. or two thousand two hundred and fifty dollars total cash allowance on this equinox lt when you finance with gm financial. find new roads at your local chevy dealer. but when we brought our daughter home, that was it. now i have nicoderm cq. the nicoderm cq patch with unique extended release technology helps prevent your urge to smoke all day. it's the best thing that ever happened to me.
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if he had not taken what he calls a firm stance on north korea. >> all through his first year in office, he has taken a lot of different stances when it comes to north korea starting when he said he would be open to meeting with kim jong-un and that was back in may. >> rocket man is on suicide mission for himself and for his regime. north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. >> then you'll remember this on october 1st. president trump released this statement via sweater. i told rex tillerson our wonderful secretary of state he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man. joining us to talk about this,
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gordon chang is the author of "nuclear showdown north korea takes on the world." let's start with the president's claim of credit. the president says if he were not involved that these conversations between the north and the south would not be happening. true? >> i hate to say this, but, yes, and no. yes, because kim jong-un, the north korean leader, is, i think, hurting. we heard this in his new year's address. he talked about sanctions being existential threat to his state so clearly he needs to talk to the south koreans to get eight but no, what we are seizing their regular cycle. this is a seven decade old playbook. first the north koreans refuse to talk to south korea and then demand sessions and some of those could be quite big and if they don't get what they want, they throw a tantrum. this is sort of the kim family
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playbook. >> it sounds like you have a lower degree of optimism of what will come out of these talks beyond potentially a north korean delegation to the winter olympics? >> yes. and the reason is that the sanctions are working, which also the south korean president is boxed in in what he can do. moon would like to give kim almost everything that he wants. but president trump and his administration, over the course of about nine months since moon became president in may of last year, has told the south koreans they cannot give money to the north because of sanctions and international concerns. the problem here is going to be and those talks on tuesday, the north koreans are going to ask for quite a lot. they are going to ask for relief from sanctions and the resumption of projects like an industrial complex and ask for more aid. a lot of what they are going to ask for is prohibited by the u.n. and the south koreans are
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not able to give it to them, which means north korea is going to probably get a little bit upset. >> one thing the north koreans have demanded was an end to the military exercises between the u.s. and south korea. now, there was the announcement that the military exercises would be delayed. secretary of state rex tillerson said there would be no freeze for free, meaning the u.s. and south korea would not freeze those military exercises in exchange of a freeze for the north korean development of their nuclear weapons program but hours after the announcement from the u.s. and the south koreans that the military exercises would be delayed, did the north koreans then accept the offer to have these talks? right? so are we in a de facto first half of freeze for freeze where the military exercises have stopped, the north koreans are willing to talk? could this lead to something like what rex tillerson said the u.s. is not going to entertain? >> the u.s. is never going to entertain a freeze for a freeze, and the reason is that if you
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actually stop military exercises like the foul eagle exercises that have maybe been postponed, the ability of the alliance to defend south korea would degrade very fast. and so the united states is not going to do that. also, that is a moral equivalent. the military exercises are illegal. one thing about this foul eagle exercise, the dates were never announced until just three or four days ago when mattis said they would start after the paralympics. it's not entirely clear they were postponed but clearly what the united states is doing is trying to make the conditions for talks on tuesday good. so those exercises won't start until after the olympics are over. that is really good policy on the part of the administration, sort of giving the south koreans the ability and environment to actually make some progress with the north koreans. >> we led into this conversation
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with a myriad of the president's positions on north korea. little rocket man. you'll remember just a couple of days ago, but it feels like month, my button is bigger than your button tweet. and all the president has said is honored to be speak with kim jong-un and quit wasting your time, rex tillerson. what is the fact that the president in his communications with the potential for some talks, high-level talks with north korea? >> yeah. there is a lack of apparent consistency. one thing is clear to both the chinese and to the north koreans and that is the basic policy of the united states is, first of all, deterrents which is reason why president said some of those things. also to cut of the flow of money to the north korean regime and the north koreans are getting a little bit concerned. not only are the sanctions starting to work, but they are
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also probably looking at the iranian protests and thinking if iran actually falls, then they are not able to play the north koreans 2.3 billion a year. that is 10% of north korea's gross domestic product and north koreans have a lot of reason to talk to president trump. he deserves some credit for that but clearly as you point out, he need to be more consistent in his messaging. that would be better. . i think the chinese and north koreans have gotten used to this. >> thank you gordon, for being with us. >> thank you. rex tillerson sat down with cnn for an interview and he spoke a lot about these topics, including president trump's mental stability. >> i've never questioned his mental fitness. i have no reason to question his mental fitness. >> we will have more from that interview in our next hour. north korea has fired 23
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missiles in 16 tests since february and each one of those has shown a steady advancement in their technologies. paula hancocks is in seoul and has a look at the regime leader's reign now. >> reporter: north korea's leader turns a year old on monday. he is young and ambitious and brutal. he has gone further and faster than his predecessors by launching their nuclear weapon program. in the last year alone, north korea fired 23 rockets during 16 tests. the most recent one in november flew higher and further than any others. an achievement that kim boasted about during his recent new year's address. >> translator: the entire united states is within range of our nuclear weapons and a nuclear but the op is always on my desk. >> reporter: the rapid advancement of north korea's missile program has rattled
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world leaders. most notably, u.s. president donald trump. >> the united states has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. >> reporter: kim, himself, joined in the war of words with the u.s. by calling trump a mentally deranged, an insult that sent many around the world scrambling for the dictionary. kim jong-un is used to operating in the shadows of world approval. the u.n. security council tightened sanctions on north korea for its nuclear weapon program. in 2014, a u.s. found north korea guilty of hue ma'amity and kim is feared within his own country and trusts only a select few and famous for his tactic of
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perjurying senior officials and ousted dozens since he took power including his own uncle. his half-brother was miss ti murdered in a airport. north korea denies anything to do with his death. it's unknown how the ruthless leader of a rogue nation marks a birthday and whether or not the official talks with south korea south korea which begin the day after will lead to a year of dialogue or more deadlock. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul. a multipurpose assault ship and can deploy fight stelter jets that take off and land vertically. and undetectable by radar. in september they helped in the
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hurricane relief in puerto rico. senator lindsey graham says the u.s. should boycott winter olympics. coming up just next month. late this hour, we will talk to an athlete said never again. he missed out on the 1980 u.s. olympic games because of a boycott that year.
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only because i went to the best colleges, or college. i went to -- i had a situation where i was a very excellent student and came out and made billions and billions of dollars and became one of the top business people. went to television and for ten years, was a tremendous success, as you probably have heard.
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ran for president one time and won. >> and president trump rattling off his resume there after his tweets that he is, quote, like really smart and a very stable genius. in a few hours, he is going to be back in the white house after spending the weekend at camp david with other gop leaders whom you saw there congratulating each other on their achievements in 2017. >> and making plans for this year. here is the president's to do list. he says he wants to be very involved with the midterm elections. he may meet with special counsel robert mueller and possibly open to talking to kim jong-un if the conditions are right, he says. he wants daca to have been, but not without the wall and several other immigration changes. >> brian stelter is with us now. host of "reliable sources." >> it's a long to do list. >> it is and a government shutdown looming. a deadline in about two weeks. hopefully, the democrats and republicans will work together to avoid that shutdown
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possibility. but that looms over all these conversations. at the end of the month the president has his first official state of the union address. last year he had a join address to congress but at the end of the month the state of the union it will be his chance to more formally to the entire american people present his plan for 2018. obviously, though, whenever you're in a midterm election season it can be difficult to reach bipartisan compromise and try to pass legislation. so i think it was notable that the president, yesterday, tried to outline his goals. after that photo op was interesting because a change of subject photo op with gop leaders in wake of the wolff book and tweets of normal stability. you a photo op with mitch mcconnell and paul ryan and others. >> if you were watching the television on mute or see a photo on a front page of a newspaper on a website it looks like a brand-day but when you
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read the words or turn up the volume is president is still talking about sloppy steve and michael wolff. michael wolff will be on a talk show this morning. he has to i guess defend his attacks from the president and some of the criticisms from people who were saying that some of the things in his book are not accurate. >> this book tour gets started in fury today. the book is flying off the book store shelves and sold out in many places and the next week, wolff is blanket is the air waves and talking about the book and defending himself from the white house and president's critiques. real questions he needs to answers about some of the errors and small but real errors that show up in "fire and fury. the overall picture he is painting is very disturbing about a president who has checked out and incapable of doing the job, and, you know, we are going to see in these tv interviews if wolff adds even more details and more information to corroborate his account. he says he has tapes. he says he has notes. to prove that a lot of the aides
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and senior officials don't have confidence in president trump but it's the bannon quotes, the on the record bannon quotes are sew revealing and i'm curious to see what stephen miller has to say on jake tapper's show later today. maybe he will speak about his former colleague and very curious to see as the white house tries to present a united front against this book. >> brian, do you get a sense that if there are inconsistencies or factual errors in a book, as we know are in this one, based on other journalists who say, listen, he said i was at four seasons for breakfast and i wasn't there. does it negate the rest of the book, or is president trump, with his tweets and his conversations, is he solidifying some of the other things in the book? >> you would look at the reaction to the book's release last week and say it helps prove's wolff's point. i say that because president
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trump's lawyer sent a cease and desist order to stop the book's publication. that is the reckless or unusual behavior wolff would say this is proving my point. look at a recent president embrace of conspiracy theories and continued belief in widespread voter fraud are the sorts of data points would back up some of wolff's conclusions but we have seen the president's own children on twitter say this books reads nothing like my father. i think it's best for people to read the book themselves, read the excerpts themselves and reached their own conclusions about it. >> brian stelter, always good to see you. thank you, sir. >> thanks. >> he is around for the morning. don't forget to watch him on "reliable sources," at 11:00 a.m. eastern on cnn in a few hours. this week's winter storm, you know, it brought air travel to stand still at new york's jfk airport. air travelers waited hours
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we have not even up for a hotel or transportation. we pay for the hotel ourselves. >> reporter: omar described the experience as very miserable. >> we know it's difficult. we know it's out of their hands, but after all, there needs to be some crisis management. >> reporter: other passengers taking to social media with similar comments. >> everyone -- we need answers! >> reporter: by saturday afternoon, the port authority explained there are not enough gates available to handle the backlog of flights because of thursday's storm. they are working with the faa, the airlines, and individual terminal operators to limit arrivals into jfk. still, passengers feel being stuck on dark planes on the tarmac is just unacceptable. >> so we were in the plane for a good 20 hours. they took us out once to eat and then we are back on the plane. >> it's awful. never seen anything like this and makes me not. to fly anywhere. >> that was erin logan with our
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wcbs reporting for us. >> the extreme temperatures are causing a different set of problems. elsewhere in the northeast, firefighters in boston were trying to put out a blaze. in minutes, the water froze after they doused building building. their uniforms even froze on them! >> let's check in with meteorologist allison chinchar who hat picture there to see if it will get any warmer. >> it will but it wasn't perfect timing for them because take a look. these are power lines that you see here. it looks more like elsa of "frozen" got a handle of them and coated in ice and so were the fire trucks and the officers. it was just about everything within a nearby radius including cars that were parked on the street because those temperatures were so cold. the problem is the cold temperatures are going to cause a different icy scenario in a different portion of the country, namely, around the midwest. we have a winter weather advisory in cincinnati, st. louis, indianapolis. the main concern here is ice
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accumulation. in most spots it's going to be to be a quart of an inch for cleveland and cincinnati and chicago. even southern cities including nashville could have some ice accumulation. now the other story we are following is another round of moisture but this one for the west coast namely for california. you would think this is a fantastic thing, they would have wildfires there. they need to have the rain. not this much. we are talking widespread 2 to 3 inches of rain and then in southern california, especially around los angeles and ventura, where that famous thomas wildfire was, you're talking 4 to 6 inches of rain. the main concern here is because of all those fires, you have what is called burn scars. the burn scars trigger mudslides, unfortunately. especially where the thomas fire was located and still only 92nd% contained. the rain will actually help with that aspect of it but not so much for the area around the burn scars. when you have those wildfires, it takes away all of the
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vegetation on that top layer and creates that organic material and most of the burned ash that sits on the top. the problem water cannot penetrate that. when you get very heavy rainfall, it just slides right off so, unfortunately, that makes a big concern for a lot of this area that we could be potentially be looking at some mudslides. >> allison, good explainer. thank you so much. fler is now talking to south korea and they are trying to get into this year's winter olympic games. a u.s. senator says if north korea is allowed to participate in pyeongchang, the u.s. should not go. one of our next guests says that the u.s. should not even think about it. he missed out on the 1980 games because of a u.s. boycott. now i have nicoderm cq. the nicoderm cq patch with unique extended release technology helps prevent your urge to smoke all day. it's the best thing that ever happened to me. every great why needs a great how.
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13 minutes to the top of hour now. north korea is set to meet
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for talks with south korea this week. their top goal? to get into next month's winter olympics which is held in south korea. that kromptprompted a tweet froh carolina's senator. quote. that suggestion of another u.s. olympic boycott likely triggered a certain reaction from fencing olympian greg who is on the phone bus and we also have historian julian zeleny. i want to start with you, julian. how is this you wiultimatum fro senator graham? >> it's not like north korea is hosting the olympics which
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happened in 1980 in moscow was hosting the olympics. i imagine if somehow momentum built for this, there would be a lot of blowback not just from athletes who want to participate but also from the public who don't necessarily see the clarity of doing this right now. >> greg, to you. on the phone bus. you were at the peak physical shape in '80 for the moscow games. president carter announced the u.s. would boycott the games. you, obviously, do not participate. help us understand what a boycott this time around would mean for those members of the u.s. olympic team. >> well, it's a tragic situation because you train for an extended period of time. people say four years but in reality you're training for 10, 12, 14, 16 years sometimes. the reality is that when you have this one moment to, you know, especially in a lot of
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sports, fencing or in a lot of sports generally speaking, even, say, high profile sports like skiing or, you know, even other sports, even ice skating, the olympics are the pinnacle of basically what happens and you are taking away this opportunity when people sacrifice their lives, bypass opportunities for work, for schooling, different things, it's really very tragic, especially when -- in certain places like in russia where they are basically government employees. in the united states, a complete separation between the government and the olympic committee. so the athletes basically are training on their own doing and sacrifice pain and money and then, all of a sudden, the rug is pulled underneath you and it's very difficult. >> tell me the story. the 1996 games you almost had this poetic interaction with former president carter who, again, determined that the u.s. olympic team would not be participating in moscow in 1980.
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the former first lady was there. and the niece and a boyfriend. what happened? >> yeah, it was interesting. i happened to be sitting down at that time. a match. all of a sudden, i turn around and there -- i leaned over my left shoulder and there is jimmy carter and his wife and niece and boyfriend. so i say let me help explain to you what is going on with fencing. they can come in and it's sometimes difficult to understand and i was going through this. the person said you're an olympian? the boyfriend of his niece says to me, when is your first olympic? actually, my first olympics was 1980 but 1984 is when i competed for the first time. this nephew was, at that time, was maybe 20 years old or the boyfriend was like 20 years old so he was, like, 4 or 2 when the boycott happened so he didn't know anything about it. he said why was that? i'm like well, because a boycott of the olympics.
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and then, you know, he said, well, why was that? i said, well, because the president put pressure on the olympic committee and we had to withdraw. >> and no response from president carter? >> jimmy put his hand on my shoulder, okay, okay. >> president carter put his hand on your shoulder there. julian, let me come back to you quickly. there is this unpredictability in connection north korea. there could be a missile launch, there could be a nuclear test. the commitment of the president to allow u.s. olympic team to go, he mentioned it yesterday. julian? >> oh, i thought you were going to play it. yes, i still don't think this is going to happen. we have to remember in 1980, the soviets had just invaded afghanistan and what carter was responded to. it was an act of aggression. right now we have the north koreans making all kinds of
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threats and it's not clear president trump would be behind this and it's not as if that is the host country. so i still think the odds of this happening are very low and the context is extraordinarily different from what was going on in 1980 at that key moment. >> we will see if senator graham, who mab playing a lhas more golf with the president tr tries to influence any editions of president trump. president carter says he regrets that boycott in 1980. julian zeleny and greg maz, thank you both. >> thank you. the nfl playoffs starting with a bang, andy shoals. >> really did. the titans make an epic comeback against the chiefs yesterday. you have to see the wild touchdown that sparked that really. we will have that for you next. . when i met my team at ctca, they put together a comprehensive plan,
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right time. devonta freeman scored in the first half thanks to one of his offensive lineman pushing him in. 13-0 lead for atlanta. matt ryan puts the game away with a touchdown by julio jones. they face the eagles next weekend. in the afc, the chiefs had a 21-3 lead at halftime over the titans! and they blew it! marcus mariota, check this out. his pass is batted up. he is going to catch it and then jump in for the touchdown! just incredible! the titans just second team in nfl history to win a playoff game on the road after trailing by 18 or more at halftime. they shocked kansas city. final 22-21. >> referee: excitement ramping up for monday night's championship game between georgia and alabama. the team going through media day yesterday. nick saban is a perfect 1 1-0
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against his former assistant coaches. the first off saban's coaching tree is trying to be the first to beat him. >> i have nothing but good things to say about university of alabama and coach saban and their staff. the game is not between coach saban and i. we could play in a pickup basketball game. >> i think whatever role he had certainly showed that he is very, very capable in terms of leadership and being responsible to getting people to play at a high standard. >> two ways to think about that 11-0 stat. hey, one of the assistants is due to a win. good news for georgia fans or be like, oh, man, that is not a good sign. pupil has never beaten the teacher in this situation. >> hoping for a good game. >> there is a time.
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andy, thank you. >> have a good one. i went to the best colleges, came out and made billions and billions of dollars. became one of the top business people. went to television and, for ten years, was a tremendous success. ran for president one time and won. >> they say he's a moron, an idiot. this man does not read, does not listen. >> everything that i've done is 100% proper. >> kim jong-un's regime says it will come to the table and engage in peace talks with its south korean enemies. >> we have had channels open to north korea for sometime. >> if i weren't involved, they wouldn't be talking about olympics right now. >> first round of any negotiations with the north koreans is tough and sometimes confrontational. >> he knows i am not messing around. i'm not messing around, not even a little bit. >> announcer: this is "new day weekend" with victor blackwell and christi paul. >> good morning to you.


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