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presidential town hall, former starbucks ceo independent howard schultz will be live in houston, texas, with poppy harlow talking about the 2020 election that is tonight at 10:00 eastern. and that is it for me. "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. thanks for being with me. it looks like we can put those fears of another government shutdown to rest and if you don't believe me, just listen to the president. >> i don't think you're going to see a shutdown. i would never accept if it happens but i don't think it's going to happen. >> that was trump just a bit ago reacting to a deal struck by bipartisan group of lawmakers just days before the deadline to keep the government open. here's what's in this thing. a little over $1.3 billion for a new border barriers, funding for i.c.e. to house more than 45,000 in detention centers and $1.7 billion increase in
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homeland security. the deal was just the first hurdle. up next you have the vote and key voices on the right, both in the media and on capitol hill say, this isn't good enough. house freedom caucus chairman mark meadows a close trump ally tweeting that the deal isn't serious and that, quote, congress is not doing its job. and while the president says another shutdown isn't likely that doesn't mean that he approves. >> sir, will you sign congress's border deal? >> i have to study it. i'm not happy about it. it's not doing the trick, but i'm adding things to it and when you add whatever i have to add, it's all -- it's all going to happen where we'll build a beautiful, big strong wall. >> cnn's abby phillip is live at the white house and abby, we just heard the president say that he's adding things to this deal struck by congress. >> reporter: it's not clear
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exactly -- sorry, brooke. i think i lost you here. >> can you hear me, abby? >> reporter: it's not clear what president trump meant by that. he's referring to this conference report. the problem is if president trump decides all of a sudden that he's going to change or add to this bill, it could be a serious problem. republicans and democrats have been haggling over this for weeks. they would have to go back to the drawing board to get buy-in for whatever president trump wants to add to it. there is one thing that president trump has been working on with his aides for weeks now behind the scenes and that is potentially getting money together from other parts of the government in order to build the wall without congress appropriating the money for it, at least not at the levels that he had asked for, $5.7 billion. now if he takes what congress gives him in this bill and then adds to it money that has been pulled from other parts of the
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government, then he might be able to get a number that's closer to 5.7. if the president wants to go back to the drawing board with lawmakers just a few days before this february 15th deadline, that could be a major problem. it could mean that they don't end up getting to the end of the road here before the government shuts down again. that being said, i think a lot of people took what president trump said in that room that there's not going to be a shutdown as at least one positive sign that if he doesn't want a shutdown, the only way to not have a shutdown is for him to not sign an appropriations bill, brooke. >> abby phillip, thank you, at the white house and aside from proclaiming himself a master negotiator and a top businessman, a border wall was the one thing president trump staked his campaign on. >> we are going to build a great border wall. >> and who's going to pay for the wall?
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>> mexico! >> who's going to pay for the wall? >> mexico. >> but a funny thing happened on the way to the white house, the president's promise ran into reality and no matter what he says to rally his base, the facts just cannot be denied. we all know mexico isn't paying for any of it and then there's trump's latest claim we don't need to build the wall, we just need to finish it. here he was in el paso. >> today we started a big, beautiful wall right on the rio grande. now, you really mean finish that wall because we've built a lot of it. it's finish that wall. >> now, let's just pause, shall we, that the u.s./mexico border is nearly 2,000 miles long. physical barriers, pedestrian and vehicle fencing currently cover about a third of that. so there's no fence at all for the rio grande and while construction is set to begin
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this month, the rio grande valley, the size of the project is only 14 miles. translation -- there's a long way to go to finish the wall. but let's keep going. because during the state of the union the president said a wall helped the city of el paso, texas, go from, his words, one of the most dangerous cities to one of the safest and he doubled down on that just last night. >> i don't care whether a mayor is a republican or a democrat, they're full of crap when they say it hasn't made a big difference. i heard the same thing from the fake news. they said, oh, crime stayed the same. didn't stay the same. went way down. >> here's the truth from 2005 to 2007, el paso had the third lowest crime rate for a city its size and that was before a wall was built in mid-2008 according to and when you hear the president say, violent crime dropped overnight thanks
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to the wall, that's false too. fbi data shows that over the span of five years both before and after the wall was built, el paso's violent crime increased. so bottom line, el paso was never one of the most dangerous cities in the u.s. and a wall did not solve any problems with crime it may have had and those folks are just the fact. let's bring in political reporter chris cillizza and when asked whether he would declare a national emergency, the president says i'm considering everything, so give us the historical context for this? how does this emergency compare to others? >> let's run through it. thank you for doing, in fact, check segment. let's get through some more facts. facts. okay. first of all, broad scale, 1976 the national emergencies act is passed which tries to sort of make specific what you can and can't do but national emergencies have been declared before that. let's run through the big ways in which they're declared,
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brooke. 9/11, bush 43, the iraq war, the great depression, fdr interestingly enough. that's pre-1976 but fdr closes all banks so all these banks don't fail and worsen the great depression. immediate reaction to something pressing, right, something that might fit our most obvious definition of national emergency. swine flu, this was the h1n1 flu. obama declared this. trying to make sure all the resources possible, whether that's hospitals or urgent care were deployed to help deal with that. nixon, this is fascinating, nixon dealt with a postal strike. postal workers went on strike for eight days. he deployed the national guard to deliver your mail. 58 national emergencies have been declared, brooke, since 1976. of those 58, 31 are ongoing and the reason is because most of these deal with sanctions.
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bush -- the iraq war still in place, sanctioning, trying to put in place sanctions to keep other foreign actors usually from abusing our relationship with them. nuclear proliferation, again easy for me to say -- clinton did this in the middle of his first term saying, biological chemical and nuclear weapons are a huge danger to our country and to the world. we need to direct resources to deal with any americans who are working on proliferation. we need to cut that back. so, you know, there's all that and then there's the politics. this is important. our new colleague mike warren, he wrote this piece about why republicans really are afraid of a national emergency declaration. this is important. okay. trump declares national emergency. possible he said all things are on the table as you said. the house, which is controlled by democrats in case you've been on another planet for the last couple months, they passed a resolution, a privilege resolution that essentially says, we oppose this. privilege resolutions gets into
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the nerdy weeds of congress but they have to have a vote in the senate. mitch mcconnell couldn't table it. they'd have to vote and what would that mean? an up or down vote on donald trump declaring a national emergency over the border wall, right? you've seen mitch mcconnell time and time again in the senate try to avoid putting his republican conference in a place where they need to say, huh or you huh on whether a border wall, works, number one and certainly in this case, whether there should be a national emergency declared over it. this scenario is a political nightmare. he would not be smiling if this happened. that is mitch mcconnell's smile, by the way. he would not be smiling if that happened and that's another reason that there's legal and political worries about going down this path. that's why trump may say i don't like this deal, but he's also hedging on a shutdown because i think he knows maybe signing this deal is the only viable
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thing to move them forward. back to you, brooke. >> is it the mark meadow's of the word that have the voice or mitch mcconnell? >> correct. >> excellent, explanation. thank you very much. an opinion columnist is with me and doug high for the rnc. welcome, to both of you. katherine, let's just dive in. trump says a shutdown is unlikely. it sounds like he's leaving this door open potentially for executive action, which of course wouldn't require congressional approval. mick mulvaney says there are pots of money, so that said, what are potential options moving forward and where are these pots of money? >> those were excellent questions. i think i want to take a step back first which is to say that as i see this, trump actually got something for essentially nothing, right? everybody's talking about how trump got nothing out of this or at least he got a worse deal as i see it, he got almost
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$1.4 billion for a wall that we don't need and that most american don't want. democrats did not get anything major in response. the deal last year was over a grand bargain relate to go dreamers for more money so they didn't get that. maybe trump should just quit while he's ahead. accept this money and say, you know what? i'm getting something, the democrats didn't really get anything in return. he can declare a national emergency but that's going to cause lots of problems with his copartisans on the hill, of course. not to mention in the courts. that's a whole other issue here and the fact that even if they can cobble together the money they still have to go through eminent domain. it seems very unlikely that this is a winning strategy for him. >> doug, do you agree with katherine? should he just take it and run with it? >> i think so. this is the least bad option we have out there and unfortunately it's one of the reasons that people are so cynical about politics right now. this is ultimately could be
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resolved as just an issue over semantics so that trump says he has a wall, democrats say he hasn't and everybody goes home and is either happy or relatively unhappy. there's an opportunity for donald trump whether here or more broadly. if you look at what the white house did with criminal justice reform, that can be a blueprint for how to get big things done and get them done on a bipartisan fashion. if trump wants to be as you referred to him earlier as the great negotiator that he promised us that he was going to be, immigrations an issue where he can take his base if he's willing to, they trust him, they will go with him on immigration and he can cut a deal that not only other republican candidates that he beat in 2016 wouldn't have been able to cut but also that he can truthfully say i got something big done that barack obama didn't. he should seize that opportunity. >> which we know he likes to say whenever he possibly can. >> there's a possibility for a grand bargain here and -- whether it's related to dreamers which there's a lot of bipartisan support for finding a legal path, a permanent path for
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those dreamer kids, daca kids, versus a wall or what have you. there's opportunity for a grand bargain and there's no reason why that grand bargain has to involve like whether irs refunds go out or whether air-traffic control workers get paid? why are any of these things related? >> he weighs in on that during this meeting this afternoon. he also weighs in on the firestorm surrounding the freshman congresswoman ilhan omar and her tweet that was anti-semitic. here was the president. >> congressman omar is terrible what she said and i think she should either resign from congress or she should certainly resign from the house foreign affairs committee. what she said is so deep seated in her heart that her lame apology -- that's what it was -- it was lame and she didn't mean a word of it, was just not
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appropriate. i think she should resign from congress, frankly, but at a minimum she shouldn't be on committees, certainly that committee. >> so lame apology so says this president, doug, this is the guy who once upon a time said grab them by the you know what and talked about s-hole countries and the recent trail of tears tweet, trail of tears genocide, a dark period in this country, charlottesville, good people on both sides, muslim ban. i could go on. should she resign? here he is saying all of this from his perch at the white house. >> as you've highlighted, donald trump is not the best messenger here. from the perspective of having worked for eric canter, i've seen a lot of this kind of ugly rhetoric used. we would hear so often talked about new york bankers and we knew what that meant. this apology wasn't unequivocal.
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she equivocated in the second paragraph. that's part of what's unacceptable about this. while i don't think she needs to step down for this, it certainly is troubling in what we've seen and this also mirrors a rise in anti-semitism in the democratic party and in the global left. we see this in the labor party in the uk as well. it's a real problem. i'm glad nancy pelosi and steny hoyer spoke up about this. democrats need to do a better job of policing themselves. >> the messenger is problematic. doug and katherine, thank you so much on what's happened at the white house. breaking news in the case of one of the world's most notorious drug lords, a chapo has just learned his fate. amy klobuchar is the president's worst nightmare. new revelations on bill cosby's life behind bars while he thinks prison is an amazing experience. you're watching cnn.
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a long awaited verdict today in the trial of the world's most notorious drug lord, el chapo guilty on all ten counts. he now faces life in prison after 34 hours of deliberation, the jury found him guilty of engaging in criminal enterprise. the international manufacturing and destination of cocaine, heroin and other drugs and possession of firearms and money laundering, so with me now cnn legal analyst and former homicide prosecutor paul callan. six whole days of deliberation like what took them so long. >> why did it take so long? >> right. >> everybody's watched the netflix series so we all know
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about el chapo. six days wasn't so long for such a complex indictment. this indictment was -- when i looked at it, i was stunned at the complexity and what this jury was required to do. they would be deliberating on count one and that would correlate with other things that were in count seven of the indictment. it was a very complicated one. it also went on for three months and it's not unusual for -- one rule of thumb you hear sometimes is that it's one day of deliberation per week of a trial, so six days, not at all unreasonable here. >> okay. >> in terms of the case. >> sentencing isn't until june 25th but the first charge carries a mandatory life sentence, but, you know, as we well know, he's this notorious escape artist and wasn't part of the deal in the extradition with mexico that he be locked up presumably forever in a super max facility up here, so he ain't getting out is what i'm saying. >> i would say he's not getting out.
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the crimes that this case focused on were, you know, really unbelievable and this is a guy who has said publicly he may have been involved in the killing of two to 3,000 people. he had such an elaborate and huge drug operation, he even had a submarine that was delivering some of the drugs to the united states. i don't know how the wall would stop a submarine, but it demonstrates that a lot of drugs come in through unusual means into the united states and el chapo -- he ran a billion dollars drug cartel so this is huge this conviction. >> when mexico, something -- when mexico extradited him to the u.s. off the table was the death penalty. >> i found that to be fascinating especially given the huge number -- thousands of mexican citizens were allegedly murdered by this cartel but they required the u.s. to agree that they would not put him to death if he was convicted, so that's -- usually when we extradite from other countries
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that don't custom mayoral use the death penalty we face that condition. >> likely lifetime witness protection, i could keep going, el chapo, what a trial, case closed. they say they'll appeal but you say no dice. the list of democrats running for president is getting longer, more diverse. one conservative joins me next to say it is senator amy klobuchar who poses the greatest threat to the president. plus another apology over the use of blackface, this time is from members of a police department. we'll be right back. ♪
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amy klobuchar the latest addition to this democrats line up is getting praise from an unlikely source, republicans. amy klobuchar is trump's worse nightmare. here's one section i wanted to highlight for you, quote, forget all those recent allegation that's she may have been mean to her staff unless there's something more such as tolerating or hushing up sexual harassment all this shows is that ms. minnesota nice might just have the touch of steel a real leader kneels. no one ever accused margaret thatcher of being ms. congealality. welcome henry olsen. what you're throwing down there is no one is going to accuse senator klobuchar of being ms.
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congealality which may be a good thing. >> she'll be tough enough to fight back but not over-the-top enough to make herself look foolish. i think there's a couple of democratic contenders who have cross that had line and have a habit of crossing the line and that just plays into donald trump's hands. >> you point out that ever since amy klobuchar came on the statewide scene that she has been crushing every election, why? >> i think it's because she knows how to appeal to the two swing groups in america, the moderate suburbanite and the blue collar democrat who crossed lines to vote for trump is that she got on the statewide scene and she wiped out a republican in the tough race and it's because she knows how to put those groups together and that makes her very tough competition for trump. >> she may not have major name recognition yet but i would bet that people will remember this
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exchange. we all remember the exchange that she had with brett kavanaugh during his supreme court confirmation hearing. here was the clip. >> so you're saying there's never been a case where you drank so much that you didn't remember what happened the night before or part of what happened? >> you're asking about blackout. have you? >> could you answer the question, judge and just -- that's not happened, is that your answer? >> yeah and i'm curious if you have. >> i have no drinking problem, judge. >> wow. that was -- that was something. what do you think -- what do you think she would bring to the race? certainly she kept her -- she kept her cool there, what does she have that would give fellow democrats even trump a run for their money? >> the thing to remember is trump won because basically he made choice for people who didn't like either candidates. you either have never trump or
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never hillary and people waited until the last week and then they decided i guess never hillary is better than never trump. it's very hard to look at somebody who can keep their cool, doesn't have skeletons in their background and make never amy worse than never trump. so as long as she can get through the democratic primary and as long as there's no additional skeletons in her closet, it's very hard to trump to do to her what he did to hillary clinton. >> henry, i do keep hearing you say, as long as she can get through the democratic primaries -- that's really where my question is, this is where the but is because she may give trump a run for his money but those same middle of the democratic road, midwestern pragmatic, appeals to some republicans, heaven forbid qualities, might that damage her among this democratic field? >> it'll damage her among people who want true believers. whenever i talk about klobuchar i get hard pure progressive
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saying no more centrist stuff. the majority of democrats want somebody who's liberal which she is but just liberal which is to say someone who's a little quieter, a little more down to earth and that's the sort of person who's the majority of the democratic party. it's entirely possible that she can appeal to that person and take on a progressive and win. it's not a foregone conclusion but there's a lot of people that just want liberal and just a winner and they might look at her. >> uh-hum. henry olson, thank you. i'm sure senator klobuchar thanks you for what you wrote in the post. you will learn so much more about senator klobuchar next monday night, don lemon moderates a cnn presidential town hall with the candidate taking questions from voters in new hampshire and that is 10:00 eastern next monday night. henry olson, thank you. let me just remind you, tonight, howard schultz gets his turn in the spotlight. poppy harlow will moderate a town hall live in houston that is 10:00 p.m. eastern here on
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now to the 2020 race. not for president, not for senate, but for the seat vacated by the passing of john mccain. winning his spot next year has become the next mission of former astronaut mark kelly a democrat. kelly is also the husband of former congresswoman gaby gifford who was nearly murdered in a mass shooting. the couple has become vocal gun
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control advocates. >> you remember when you first entered congress for the first time. >> yes, so exciting. >> i thought then that i had the risky job. >> yes. >> turned out that you were the one who had the risky job. >> yes. >> what i learned from my wife is how you use policy to improve people's lives. i've decided that i'm launching a campaign for the united states senate. we've seen this retreat from science and data and facts and if we don't take these issues seriously, we can't solve these problems. >> right now arizona seat is filled by republican martha mcsally who will hold the seat until special election next year. it is a significant week for gun control advocates who are about to see a big move on capitol hill in their favor. this thursday will mark the one year anniversary of the shooting
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at the time parkland, florida high school. he plans to introduce a bill to ban high capacity magazines, so let's go to capitol hill to cnn congressional reporter liz landers and liz, there are no republican cosponners for this bill so how likely that it becomes law? >> reporter: brooke, this is going to be an uphill battle for democrats right now but it's a battle that they are willing to fight. as you said, it's been a year since that parkland shooting happened and there's been no meaningful legislation in either the house or the senate on gun control. congressman deutsch who represents that district joined with bob menendez to reintroduce a ban on high capacity magazines for guns. that means any device that attaches to a weapon that has ten rounds of ammunition or more. deutsch spoke just a few moments ago at a press conference. here's what he said about that bill. the few seconds that it takes to
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reload a weapon matter and those seconds can take -- can save a life. as you mentioned, there's no bipartisan support for this bill quite yet. i asked senator bob menendez why he's optimistic that anything can happen with this especially in the republican controlled majority senate. listen to what he had to say about why he's optimistic about that. >> the reality of a democratic majority sending legislation -- i believe this week they're starting on background check that creates an impetus and a challenge for the republican leader in the senate. are you going to silence the voices that want to see reasonable gun safety measures or you going to give it an up or down vote on the senate floor? we're going to test in every way we can that proposition. >> reporter: now, brooke, as you can imagine the nra has been critical of this new reintroduction of this bill and i'd also point out that this has
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been introduced in the past. so what the nra says is, you know, this is an arbitrary limit that's pulled out of thin air with no evidence that this limit would even improve public safety but today at this press conference on the hill, manny oliver who lost his son in that parkland shooting said of gun legislation action, we are not asking, we're not begging, we demand, brooke. >> we demand. liz landers, thank you very much. now i just want to take a minute to read a special letter, not just because valentine's day is thursday, it's the same day as parkland shooting from a year ago. the words i'm about to read are from lori to her daughter alyssa who was just 14 when her daughter was killed just one year ago. so -- few. i'll try to get through this. she writes, dear alyssa, it is valentine's day, a day full of love, chocolates and flowers.
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for me it is more than that now. last valentine's day was the last time i saw you. whew. you wore a black and white dress. your long dark hair dangled, your make-up looked just right. of course your white sneakers protected your feet as you walked into the high school. valentine's day is now about memories. today like all days i remember you. i remember you weren't looking forward to going to school that day and like many 14-year-old girls you wanted a valentine and were disappoint that had you didn't have one. high school love is magic. i was 14 once and those butterflies had whirled inside of me too. i wanted that for you. i want to get through this because these words matter. i remember the golden gift bag i gave you that morning. it held a pair of diamond earrings to make you feel
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pretty. a chocolate bar to make you smile and a hair tie so you wouldn't ask for mine. i touched your ears putting the stems of the earrings through your lobes. you said you were ready to go to school after that. you opened the car door. i love you, i said. i love you too, you said. valentine's day the last time i saw you alive. she continues on. a year has been a long time without you. so much has happened i want to tell you about. i watch your brother's miss you terribly. they want to know that they miss fighting with you. they say thank you for convincing dad to get unlimited wi-fi. dad fights for you every day. he is your voice. grammy has honored you and became a school safety activist. we got a dog. her name is roxie and she's a soccer player like you. she kicks the ball around the yard but sometimes puts it in her mouth and your soccer team, wow, what a group? they wear your number eight on their sleeves and have started using it sideways to honor you,
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infiniti. oh, and i found out about the time you jumped off a bridge. alyssa, you jumped off a bridge! there are things i do in your memory that i never thought i could or would ever do. you see a mother's pro-tesktive instincts don't leave when we lose the ones we love. i talk to other moms who have lost children. we talk about you. we talk about their kids but when we look into each other's eyes we see it, a fire. i ran for the school board. i won. i screamed on national tv words of rage directed at the president. i started a nonprofit called make our schools safe and there is a law named after you in new jersey, alyssa's law. she goes on but i just want to include her closing. it's valentine's day, as i remember you grief washes over me, but that grief emboldened me
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a white house official has said president trump is likely to sign the government funding deal in order to prevent a government shutdown. so let's bring back abby phillip over at the white house and abby, what do we know about the
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president's agreement? >> reporter: hey, brooke. while this is the decision that everyone's pretty much waiting on capitol hill and here at the white house for the president to make but as you said, a white house official is telling cnn that the president is likely to sign this agreement, although this source cautions that nothing is final yet, but sources have been telling us all day that the belief right now is that president trump is likely to sign this bill and then is going to do something else, something else to cobble together some money in order to do more than what congress is allowing him to do in terms of building the wall. the final decision is yet to be made as far as we know, but it's wildly believed at this point that the president is going to go ahead and sign it and he said himself just a few hours ago, he does not believe there will be another government shutdown. the only way if that is the case, if president trump signs something that congress sends over to him. the white house correspondent is responding to
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last night's attack on a bbc photographer at president trump's rally at el paso. and so, what are they saying? >> very disturbing video from this rally. he was able to enter the press area and push and shove several cameraman including one from the bbc. you see the footage from his crew there. no one was injured in this case. security was able to intervene but the courthouse correspondent is saying there's got to be a change. they represent all the reporters and press covering the white house. the president of the united states should make clear, absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable. unfortunately, brooke, if anything seems inevitable in the trump years this seemed inevitable. at some point we'll see something like this. there are some news networks that even go to these rallies with security guards and body guards. we'll see even more of that going forward now that this has happened in el paso. >> unacceptable behavior.
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thank you for the update there. still ahead here on cnn, what is going on with michael cohen? he's postponed his congressional testimony three times before he reports to prison. so, what's up with that? plus another apology over the use of blackface, this time from members of a police department. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪
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was taken back in 1993. martin savage is with me now to try to explain perhaps a bit further. i know the police chief just addressed this. what was said? >> well, first of all, 1993, those officers involved are white and they were taking part in an undercover sting operation, drug dealing, cracking down on crime in baton rouge and it apparently was successful. there were arrests that were made. everyone, everyone condemns the photograph, but there are some who do support the practice. first of all, let me read to you the statement that was put up by the chief of police, the current one. blackface photographs are inappropriate and offensive. they were inappropriate then and they are inappropriate today. he goes on to apologize to the african-american community and the community at large. now i had a long conversation with greg fire ez he's the man who was the police chief at the time. he says this is what was going on. he said that they did have black
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undercover officers, however, they had been using them so frequently during this crime spree in their city at that time that it would have been dangerous to use them again. they were recognized by the criminal element in that community. so they used white officers wearing make-up he says. he will not use the word blackface because he knows how offensive that term is. the distinction here between virginia and florida and other such cases is that these officers were working to serve and do good to stop crime in the african-american community and in the community at large. as for the photograph, he says, it never should have been taken. he had no control of it being in a yearbook and that yearbook posting came out 15 years or more later, because i asked him, why would his officers if they're under cover put a foto of themselves in a yearbook and he said that came out after they were out of that kind of work. in his words, i did not have a problem with it now. i do not have a problem with it
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now for this reason it was done to do good police work. >> have we heard anything from the two officers? >> no, they have not spoken or at least we've made multiple calls and attempts to reach out to them. they have not. we reached that chief. he did call me back. >> all right. martin savage, thank you. announcer: this is cnn breaking news. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. it looks like we can put those fears of another government shutdown to rest. a white house official now saying the president is likely to sign an agreement on border security and just listen to the president. >> i don't think you're going to see a shutdown. i would never accept if it happens but i don't think it's going to happen. >> trump was reacting to this deal that's been struck by a bipartisan group of lawmakers just days before this deadline to keep the government open. here's what's in it. little over $1.3 billion for these new border barriers, funding for i.c.e. to house more
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than 45,000 in detention centers and $1.7 billion increase in overall funding for the department of homeland security. but the deal was just the first hurdle. coming up next is the vote and already key voices on the right, both within the media and on capitol hill say the deal isn't good enough. house freedom caucus chairman mark meadows a close trump ally tweeted that the deal isn't serious and, quote, congress is not doing its job. and while the president says another shutdown is not likely that does not mean that he approves. >> sir, will you sign congress's border deal? >> i have to study it. i'm not happy about it. it's not doing the trick but i'm adding things to it and when you add whatever i have to add, it's all -- it's all going to happen where we'll build a big, beautiful strong wall -- >> cnn's abby phillip is live at the white house and abby, the president's grumbling