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information isn't it? >> and your dollar. "early start" continues with the latest on the north korean negotiations. maybe not a summit on june 12th. we'll see. breaking overnight the big summit with north korea suddenly in jeopardy. north korea threatens to cancel the meeting if the u.s. demands pyongyang drop the nuclear program. and the white house exploring using military bases to hold children caught crossing the border. the homeland security secretary defending the latest efforts to separate families. a powerful storm hits the east coast. roaring from virginia to massachusetts. people are dead in new york and in connecticut. last night's rescues late into the night in maryland. more of the same is on the way. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." >> it's wednesday, may 16th.
5:00 a.m. in the east. a sobering reality check for the trump administration courtesy of north korea. state media declaring pyongyang will not be pushed into a corner on abandoning the nukes while threatening to cancel the summit with president trump in singapore next month. >> the kim regime suspending talks with south korea that were scheduled for today. the reason -- well, u.s./south korea drills already scheduled that north korea considers provocative. there was such goodwill and such a rapid improvement of relations and developments on the korean peninsula and with the united states and then this. this feels like the north korea of several months ago. >> absolutely. and we just heard a statement from the south korean president's office, trying to call this growing pains. the fact that north korea put out overnight here in asia a
series of pretty strongly worded statements saying that the u.s. has to think twice if it wants to have a summit with north korea while conducting these joint military exercises. right now taking aim at the white house national security adviser john bolton who a top north korean diplomat described as repugnant because he compared north korea as a nuclear armed state with libya in the early stages of its nuclear weapons development when it agreed to disarm its weapons with the u.s. and essentially saying that north korea will not be backed into a corner. it will not be bought off with promises of economic development in exchange for nuclear disarmament. very hard to tell whether or not this is just a bargaining tactic but in the short term north korea canceled high level talks
that were scheduled with south korea along the demilitarized today and they have called into question the summit with the u.s. after just yesterday, christine, inviting south korean journalists to attend a ceremony scheduled for next week for what is supposed to be the dismantling of north korea's main nuclear testing site. christine? >> ivan watson, thank you so much for that. let's go live to washington and bring in digital director zach wolff. good to see you, sir. here's the white house statement on all of these developments. we are aware of the south korean media reports and we'll continue to coordinate closely. what is missing here is anything from the president, not a tweet, from a statement. what do you make of the white house reaction or lack thereof? >> it was always going to be very difficult to make these talks happen. and they still could, by the
way. but what's interesting is that president trump has wrapped so much into this already. essentially declaring victory in the idea that the talks were simply scheduled when he withdrew from the iran nuclear agreement he pointed to what he was going to be able to accomplish with north korea as an example of how he was so much better than president obama. and i think that this hiccup -- it could be a hiccup or something larger, but it just speaks to how difficult international relations and diplomacy can be. something he's learning. >> you heard from ivan watson, the south koreans are saying this is growing pains, it's not a huge setback. it's something that can be overcome. meanwhile, you have some who are saying that the president in his trade talks with china may be giving concessions to china in part because he needs china's help with preparing for the north korea summit and with reining in north korean nuclear
ambitions. it was interesting the top economic adviser larry kudlow sat down with axios yesterday and this is how he described what's going on right now. >> i think is there's a little bit of a bromance between president trump and president for life xi. where this leads i don't know. it might lead to a trade deal which would make me very happy. >> is it personal relationships between trump and world leaders that will get a trade deal done? is that really you think how the administration is viewing this? >> yeah, i think that's how president trump, you know, feels that these things should be done. that he is sort of the figure head here and he should be making these deals. but a word of caution. remember, he and xi had, you know, very nice things to say about each other. remember, they had that lovely piece of chocolate cake, you know, some time -- >> a beautiful, a beautiful piece of chocolate cake. >> while the bombs rain down.
that was sort of the first time that he and xi were saying nice things about each other and north korea was in the -- was sub rosa. things did not work out right then. but maybe it was part of building a larger relationship. we'll have to see. >> ask emanuel macron how well the bromance has worked out. how to you explain if you're marco rubio and you're tweeting about zte and you're talking on the senate floor about it, you don't bring it up to the president? >> that's -- you know, kind of remarkable. he goes and has lunch they don't talk about all of the criticism that the republican senators have levied against him for criticizing john mccain. they don't talk about zte and the criticism for, you know, for giving away too much to the chinese. you have to wonder if the republican senators are getting to do any talking in these meetings. you know, trump is clearly the leader of the party. but there's a lot of frustration about him that we hear about
outside of these meetings. it's just nobody seems to be talking to him in person. >> somebody said of rubio making a compelling point, if you're going to trade -- you know concessions for zte to protect american farmers who shouldn't have been put in a position to need protection in the first place, you know, i mean, that -- >> the point you bring up when you're sitting with the president of the united states. all right. zach wolff, we need your answer, laurel or yanny. stand by. but right now, the trump administration is exploring using the military bases to keep the children caught crossing the board illegally. a defense department official says staffers from health and human services are informally looking at three states -- three sites in texas and another in arkansas. earlier tuesday, homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen defended policies that would separate children from their parents.
>> your agency will be separating children from their parents and -- >> no. what we'll be doing is prosecuting parents who have broken the law just as we do every day in the united states of america. >> i could appreciate that. but if that marnt has a 4-year-old child what do you plan on doing with that child? >> the child under law goes to hhs for care and custody. >> they will be separated by their parents. >> families had been held together in family detention facilities. secretary nielsen did agree with senators that more needs to be done to protect children who come to the u.s. illegally. senate intelligence committee votes this morning on a closed session on gina haspel's nomination for cia director and she is expected to be approved now that several democratic senators announced they will back here, including heidi heitkamp and florida's bill nelson. they are both up for re-election.
a final confirmation vote on the senate floor could take place by tomorrow. deadly storms pummeling the north east. a tree crushed a car and killed an 11-year-old in new york. a man in danbury, connecticut, killed by a falling tree. and that is hail, pounding ulster county, new york. governor cuomo declaring a state of emergency in putnam, duchess, orange and sullivan counties. officials in frederick county, maryland, reported over 60 cars were stalled out. also, 85 people were trapped on a double decker commuter train. a drainage culvert collapsed and took out the tracks. the passengers were safely unloaded after midnight. >> for more on what's in store for the rest of the week, here is our meteorologist. >> yes, the severe weather concerns it was in place yesterday and produced upwards of 300 plus severe weather reports. about 70% concentrated across the northeast. i can tell you, the conditions as far as the severe weather
quieted down a little bit. but the wet weather not the case here. we have a stationary frontal boundary pitching a tent, hanging out here over the next couple of days and the conditions producing a lot of rainfall across the region. from baltimore, north of leesburg, how about rainfall amounts in two to four inches. locally heavy amounts of six or more inches have fallen in a 12 hour period. showers this morning beginning to taper off. the coolest time of the day is right now, so very little as far as instability to go around. but you fire up in the afternoon, expect thunderstorms once again to blossom. baltimore, washington, some of the areas of concern here. of course to the south, some tropical moisture being fed up northbound as well. we have this a lot of rainfall to go around over the next couple of days. washington, baltimore, philly could see an additional concern here for flooding. rainfall amounts on top of what is falling as much as six more inches. >> thank you. the u.s. and israel increasingly isolated over the
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the protests and more nonlethal use of force like tear gas and rubber bullets. israel says it will continue to defend its border and that's the red line. but for the gazans, when you look at the past seven weeks they have a number of achievements. one is that they brought the international community's attention once again on to gaza and the plight here. the other as we have seen is the united states and israel isolated when it comes to the situation here. but the one thing that they would like to see which is unlikely to change is the easing of the blockade on gaza. dave? >> all right. 12:17 in gaza, thanks. the opioid epidemic rages on and now the states are blaming the maker of oxycontin for the results. states are suing purdue, the maker of the drug. they accused them of aggressively selling the pain
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north korea threatens to cancel the meeting if the u.s. demands pyongyang drop the nuclear program. the u.s. exploring using military bases to hold children caught crossing the border. the homeland security secretary defending the latest effort that could separate families. a powerful storm hits the east coast, roaring from virginia to massachusetts. people are dead in both new york and connecticut. late night rescues in maryland and more on -- more of the same on the way today unfortunately for all of us out east. i'm david briggs. >> i'm christine romans. state media declared that pyongyang will not be pushed into the corner on abandoning the nukes while threatening to cancel the summit with trump in singapore next month. >> kim also suspended talks with south korea scheduled for today. the reason -- the south korean
military drills that north korea now considers provocative. let's go live to seoul and bring in cnn's ivan watson. good morning. >> good morning, dave. the south korean president's office put out a statement trying to play down this sudden u-turn calling them growing pains. but the fact is that we've got a couple of statements overnight here in asia from the north korean government which used the kind of rhetoric and tone the likes of which we haven't seen in months, directed against both the u.s. and south korea. really taking issue with the white house's national security adviser john bolton saying that it was awfully sinister of him to compare possible nuclear disarment to a previous disarmament process for libya a
decade ago, calling the joint military exercises that the south korea and united states are doing, calling it a provocation. also saying that the u.s. has to think twice if it's going to continue along this path. whether or not it wants to actually have a summit with north korea in singapore next month. and all the more striking because less than 24 hours ago, north korea was inviting south korean journalists to attend what it says will be a ceremony next week for the dismantling of its main nuclear testing facility. the jury is still out, is this a bargaining tactic or is this a sign that the diplomatic thaw we have seen in recent months may be coming to an end? >> once again, all eyes on the president's twitter feed. ivan watson, thanks. let's go live to washington, bring in cnn politics digital
director, zachary wolf. will the president say something in response? the counterpuncher in chief, what do you think? >> well, we know the guy likes to tweet and this is clearly what is in his -- what he's seeing on cable news. so i wouldn't rule it out. but, you know, he said so much already about north korea, about sort of raising expectations for this summit. it's something he essentially needs and canceling the iran nuclear deal last week, he kept pointing over to this and saying i'm going to make a much better deal. so he's extremely invested in making this happen. how he does that, we'll just have to see. >> president moon from south korea is at the white house the 22nd. what do we expect that north korea wants out of this? some type of negotiating? >> well, i mean, there was some criticism when the -- you know, the beginnings of this were happening. that what north korea essentially wanted was this seat
at the -- on the world stage with the white house. they got that. so what next they might want, you know, i think we'll have to let that play out. >> yeah. the white house yesterday issued a statement midday, so after the news of the cancellation of the north korean/south korean summit for today, for this week, the white house said we are aware of the south korean media report. the united states will look at what north korea has said independently and continue to coordinate closely with our allies. you know, since this sort of threat of backing out of the talks with the u.s., north korea and the u.s. there's been radio silence here. so one wonders what the response will be from the white house today. let's move on to the gop luncheon yesterday. the president held forth, a policy luncheon, and no mention of what the media is asking about, an apology for john mccain and zte. this china trade issue.
what do you make of that? >> i think it says a lot about the republican party right now. they're very happy in public to criticize the president but when they find an opportunity to do it in private, to do it when they have him face-to-face when it might mean a little bit more they were, you know, senators it seems like were unable to bring that to his attention. it was a luncheon. 50 -- more than 50 people in the room. maybe it's the wrong venue, it's not like you're having a face-to-face conversation with the guy. on the other hand, how often do they have him in the room that somebody can stand up and talk to him in that way? >> it was described by politico as a soliloquy from trump, it sounds like the "fox & friends" phone interview where he talked and went from one subject to the other. but discussing the zte play by the president that shocked everyone in the administration, here's what larry kudlow says about the relationship between president trump and president xi. listen. >> a little bit of a bromance
between president trump and president for life xi. where this leads i don't know. it might even lead to a trade deal which would make me very happy. >> how have bromances led to policy or trade deals with this administration thus far? >> well, trump and xi met before, they had that lovely piece of chocolate cake and so, you know, it's something -- i think clearly trump feels like the best deals are going to come from him and personal relationships and he likes the pomp of meeting with world leaders. it's not clear that that always gets you something. you were talking about macron, his other bromance buddy. france hasn't gotten the u.s. back into the paris climate accord, didn't keep the u.s. in the iran nuclear deal. but a trade deal with china that's quite a flip from a lot of the campaign rhetoric where then candidate trump was
criticizing china at every rally and saying he would stand up to them. so you know he's keeping promises in some places like on iran, but then he's definitely flipping as bromances present themselves. >> just the zte issue is just -- it gets more interesting by the day. it really does. look at the national security community's concerns about zte and then the president seeming to use them as a bargaining chip to get other things he wants in trade it's really fascinating. >> 75,000 chinese jobs according to matt rivers. >> interesting. thanks, nice to see you. also the trump administration is exploring the use of military bases to hold children caught crossing the border illegally. the latest sign that the white house plans to split up the families once they enter the country. staffers from the health and human services are looking at three sites in texas and another
in arkansas. earlier tuesday, kirstjen nielsen defended policies that will separate children from their parents. >> your agency will be separating children from their parents. >> no what we'll be doing is prosecuting parents who have broken the law. >> i can appreciate that. but if that parent has a 4-year-old child what do you plan on doing with that child? >> the child under law goes to hss. >> they will be separated from the parents. >> just as they are in the united states every day. >> families had been held together in detention facilities. secretary nielsen did say that more needs to be done. pennsylvania one of four states holding primaries tuesday along with idaho, nebraska and cnn projects lou barletta will take on incumbent democrat bob casey in november. the race is one of ten democratic held senate seats on
the ballot this fall in states president trump won in 2016. the news not as good for republican state representative rick saccone who lost his second house race in three months. this time he was beaten in the primary for a seat in the deep red 14th district in western pennsylvania. also in the house a big night for democratic women. seven are leading pennsylvania races with others too close to call. one republican woman also with a win. pennsylvania's congressional delegation right now all men with two men set to face off in november. that's certain to change. this is the first set of election contests though with new boundaries created by pennsylvania's supreme court ruling on gerrymandering. the senate intelligence committee votes this this morning in a closed session on gina haspel's nomination for cia director. she is expected to be approved now that several democratic senators announce it they're backing here including heitkamp and nelson.
virginia senator warner is also backing her. a vote could take place by tomorrow. president trump floated the idea on twitter, now a source is telling cnn that mitch mcconnell might scrap some or all of the august recess. republicans under mounting pressure to pass a series of spending bills in order to head of a messy year end battle to keep the government operating. congress facing the october 1st deadline to pass 12 appropriations bill funding defense, homeland security and agriculture. according to the pew research center, congress has failed to pass all 12 spending bills on time every year since 1997. all right. deadly storms pummeling the northeast. an 11-year-old girl killed when a tree crushed her car in new york. and a man in danbury, connecticut, also killed by a falling tree. all right. that'll leave a mark. that's hail, pounding ulster
county, new york. governor cuomo declared a state of emergency and officials reported more than 60 water rescues in frederick county, maryland. cars stalling out in the rising floodwaters. 85 people were trapped for hours on the top deck of a double decker commuter train because it was unsafe for them to be on the bottom level. the u.s. and israel increasingly isolated over the deaths of protesters in gaza. is there anything israel could do differently to calm the criticisms and still protect its border? we're live in gaza.
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i ask my colleagues here in the security council who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? no one would. no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than israel has. >> u.n. ambassador nikki haley defending israel after the military killed 60 palestinians at the border with gaza. israel and the united states now facing harsh global condemnation raising the question is there anything israel could be doing differently along its border? let's go to gaza and bring in ian lee. good morning. >> good morning, dave. today, people in gaza are tank stock of the past seven weeks. over a hundred people were killed by israeli soldiers in those clashes along the border. for the most part these protests though have been largely peaceful. yes, there was rock throwing.
molotov cocktails. israeli army said there were a number of ieds thrown at them, but no rockets and no israeli soldiers killed or injure and that's what the international community is pointing to when there was disproportionate use of force against protesters and they're urging israel to exercise more restraint. also use more nonlethal means like tear gas as well as rubber bullets. israel has been diplomatically isolated especially from key allies like france as well as the united kingdom which has called for an independent inquiry for its part israel has defended itself. saying that it was facing deadly -- facing rioters and was preventing hamas terrorist activity. but when you look at the past seven weeks, the gazans can say there are a number of achievements. one, the international community
is talking about this enclave again and also they have been able to diplomatically isolate israel and the united states when it comes to the situation here. dave? >> all right, ian lee, live for us, just before 1:00 p.m. in gaza, thanks. let's get a check on cnn money, asian stocks are falling overnight, spooked by the news that north korea has suspended talks with south korea and threatening the future meeting with president trump. stocks closed lower after bond yields rose to the seven year high. consumers spent more in april and that sparked concerns about faster interest rate hikes ahead. that drilled the ten year treasury yield to nearly 3.1%. bond rates of course affect borrowing costs for auto loans and mortgages and mortgage rates are at seven year highs. the bench fixed rate 4.88%. mortgage rates started the year around 4%. but have been rising since then. for the average borrower they're above 5% for very good credit. 4.8%.
look, the housing market is in an interesting spot, the supply is tight, people are struggling to find affordable homes especially starter homes. they show no sign of easing up. all right, prime members will get an extra discount at whole foods. it's amazon's latest move in the grocery price fight. whole foods will offer prime members 10% off hundreds of sale items. right now the perk is in florida stores but they'll roll it out nationwide this summer. morgan stanley said this could make whole foods cheaper for prime members and there are 100 million prime members so that really could be a disruption in the $800 billion grocery industry. whole foods has been growing since the amazon purchase last year. >> is 10% enough to make it cheaper than a conventional grocery store? not my experience at whole foods. but i'm going to keep track later today. a key prosecutor will no longer take up cases for smoking
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intentional although it's early in the investigation. one woman was killed, three others injured in the blast in aliso viejo in southern orange county. this was a medical office building. the explosion blew out walls and windows and a witness says it felt like an earthquake with fire and smoke popping out of the walls. two people are in critical condition. no indication of any threats made before the blast. hawaiian officials raised the aviation to code red. the move prompted by the continuous emission of ash. the faa putting a temporary restriction in place. one plume of ash rising 12,000 feet into the air before dropping on to sections of the big island. residents contending with sulfur dioxide emissions from 21 cracks in the ground. being warned to stay indoors. iowa's attorney general refusing to represent the state in the controversial new abortion law. democrat tom miller recusing himself because he disagrees with the measure and believes it
undermines protections for women. >> so called heart beat bill would prohibit doctors from performing abortions if the fetal heart beat can be detected that can happen as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. planned parenthood and aclu is blocking the deal. the manhattan district attorney's office will not take up cases for possessing small amounts of marijuana as of august 1st. the d.a.'s office is discussing exceptions with the mayor and police. new york's police commissioner saying that the department will undergo an honest assessment to understand why a disproportionate number of pop arrests have involved minorities. some sports news, mariners all-star second baseman robinson cano suspended 80 games after testing positive for a banned substance. he acknowledged taking a diuretic which he said is not a performance enhancing substance and it was given to him by a
doctor in the dominican republic and is used to treat various medical conditions. the celtics with the furious second half comeback beating the cleveland cavaliers in the eastern conference finals. boston outscored cleveland by 20 points to the win. and a 2-0 lead in the series. lebron james was unbelievable, 42 points in a triple double. game 3 saturday in cleveland. and the big question on social media this morning -- laurel or yanny? listen closely and decide. >> laurel. laurel. laurel. laurel. >> social media, hopelessly polarized by the audio clip. bringing back memories of the dress. a photo from 2015 no one could decide if it's white and gold or blue and black. i'm blue and black. we're divided along the lines.
>> i'm team yanny, that is white and gold. this is a metaphor for everything in america. people can see and hear the same thing and interpret and literally hear something different. >> that's a terrific analysis. we are polarized on everything. >> thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'll dave briggs. north korea threatening to cancel the upcoming summit with president trump. >> they are saying denuclearization is not what they want. >> their way of protesting against the military exercises. >> there are exercises that are legal, planned well, well in advance. >> we weren't at the 50 yard line yet and the president was practicing his end zone dance. >> republicans did not get a chance to ask questions about the concerns over this
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