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into the world. >> child slaves in ghana. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you're watching cnn newsroom. in the coming hours u.s. president donald trump is to make his first public comments since returning home empty handed from his second summit with north korean leader kim jong un. not only did trump return to washington without a denuclearization deal, he also deeply upset the parents of otto warmbier, an american student that died after spending 18 months in a north korean prison. here's what trump had to say about his discussions with kim about that. >> i don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen. it just wasn't to his advantage
to that allow that to happen. he felt badly. he knew the case very well. but he knew it later. he tells me he didn't know about it and i will take him at his word. >> but the warmbier are having none of it. they lash out at the president for giving the north korean leader a pass for their son's death saying kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our, son, otto. kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. no excuses or lavish praise can change that. but president trump, despite saying those words in public on camera says he was misinterpreted. he said he was the one that got their son out of north korea and he does hold north korea responsible. you may recall warmbier's were the president's guests at last year's state of the union. here's what the president said
then. >> otto's wonderful parents, fred and cindy warmbier are here with us tonight along with otto's brother and sister, austin and greta. please. [ applause ] >> you're powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world and your strength truly inspires us all. thank you very much. thank you. apparently things have changed since then. otto warmbier was an american college student visiting north korea when he was arrested for stealing a political sign, accused of spying and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. 18 months later he was returned to the u.s. in a vegetative state and in a few days he died. the warmbiers are not the first grieving family angered by president trump.
in 2016 he criticized the parents of this u.s. army captain killed in the line of duty. cnn spoke to the captain's father about the otto warmbier controversy. >> donald trump lacks empathy. most unfit person for the office of the president of the united states time after time. my statement is proven correct. we will continue to be embarrassed as the leaders of our nation security have been embarrassed by donald trump. >> meanwhile, kim jong un is leaving vietnam for the long train ride back to north korea. our will ripley joins us now from hanoi. how is this summit being spun by the north koreans? >> well, the north korean state
media put out a very positive review saying that they made progress here in hanoi to deepen their mutual respect, build trust and they talked about the possibility of a third summit between trump and kim, but what else were they going to say after all the glowing coverage in the lead up to this summit? however, the true feelings of the north korean leader according to two sources that i have spoken with today were conveyed more accurately in a press conference when north korean officials said kim jong un didn't understand the u.s. system of measurement and possibly lost his will to negotiate and perhaps the u.s. squandered an opportunity that comes once every thousand years. those words were instructed to be delivered to the foreign media because this was something that left them absolutely blind sided. kim jong un exuded confidence stepping off the heavily armored train to fanfare and red carpets and huge crowds lining the
streets. he was certain he would leave here with a signed agreement and had no back up plan which is why they scrambled and they held their own extraordinarily rare late night news conference here to dispute his claims saying they only wanted partial lifting of sanctions. they thought they made a good offer and they couldn't believe the u.s. refused the offer and walked out. >> listen, this is a region that you noel. this is a regime that you noel. is there anyway on earth that kim jong un didn't know everything there was to know about otto warmbier? is it at all plausible that he, as president trump believes, that kim jong un just really didn't know until later? >> no. that's the short answer. kim jong un might not have known
that otto warmbier, the circumstances that surrounded him getting this brain injury. a lot of things are speculated and none confirmed about how the oxygen flow was cutoff to his brain. there were reports he might have had food poisoning and choked and was given a sedative and then couldn't wake up and that's what happened. but what kim jong un was come poli -- complicit in was what happened there after. the right thing to do would have been to disclose to the united states through a swedish embassy and get him to doctors with more advanced technology that may have been able to do something to save him before he suffered brain damage and died six days after being released from north korea. so kim jong un was aware of the deception and the fact that the swedish embassy was not allowed to see him. every time we went in we asked about otto and we never got a
response. which was unusual because others had were granted interviews with. and otto was handed over when we were shooting a separate story. heartbreaking, tragedy and possibly could have been prevented had kim jong un authorized things to be handled differently. >> thank you for your time. >> now, it has been a bad week in trump land, in addition to the north korean summit that ended with a whimper, president trump is struggling with legal and political problems here at home. in dramatic testimony this week, his former attorney and fixer michael cohen said that over ten years trump ordered him to threaten individuals, perhaps 500 times and instructed him to lie about trump business dealings with russia and his extramarital affairs. >> i am ashamed because i know what mr. trump is. he is a racist.
he is a con man. and he is a cheat. >> cohen will return to washington to offer more testimony next week. and there's also the issue with trump's son-in-law and adviser jared kushner. now the new york times reports the president ignored intelligence chiefs and ordered his chief of staff john kelly to get kushner top secret security clearan clearance. kelly disagreed and so did the white house council. here's one of the problems. in the past, president trump and his daughter ivanka have both denied the president interfered at all in the security clearance process. >> the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance. >> so no special treatment? >> no. >> did you tell general kelly or anyone else in the white house
to overrule security officials -- >> no, i don't think i have the authority to do that. i'm not sure i do. but i wouldn't do it. >> will he talk about it in that speech later today? joining me now is the founder and director of the university of virginia center for politics, also a professor at the school. larry, let's start with trump, kim jong un, and otto warmbier. why is president trump giving kim jong un a pass on otto warmbier? >> the kindest explanation would probably be that he had just had an unsuccessful summit with kim jong un and he was trying to maintain some cordiality in the hope that an agreement could be reached in the near future.
awise it otherwise, it's almost impossible to understand although he has a lengthy history of taking care of authoritarians and justifying the outrageous acts they perpetrate on others. >> he gave him a pass on the murder of jamal khashoggi. why does the president give these authoritarian rulers, why does he give them a pass? >> i wish i were a psychologist instead of a political scientist and i'd probably have a better answer for you, but it's pretty obvious to anybody that's studied trump's career pre-presidential as well as presidential that he is authoritarian by nature. he enjoys the company of other authoritarians. i think he wishes that he has powers equivalent to theirs so
in a way he looks up to them and respects them in a way that most of us would not. >> does that then give these rulers around the world license to do what they please if they don't believe the white house is going to be a moral arbiter in the world? this must emotions boldbolen rus kim jong un. >> you would think so. because he attacks the free press so much, not just domestically but on foreign soil, that he's giving a free reign to foreign dictators. i don't know whether president trump understands the effects of what he says or if he understands and pretends not to know. >> moving on to another topic, this issue of his involvement in his son-in-law's security clearance at the white house. now, the president has the
authority to steam roller essentially and have that approved. so why is this a big deal? is this a big deal because trump and ivanka lied about it? why would they lie if he's allowed to do this? >> i think there's two separate issues. the first is whether jared kushner should have gotten the top secret clearance and apparently there's a lot of people in the american intelligence community that believe he should not have and they had good reasons for it though i will admit for those of us outside of the intelligence community the reasons have been some what opaic but the more immediate question is why did trump and ivanka lie? they clearly lied. there's no question about it. in trump's case, in donald trump's case, it's because he lies even when he doesn't have to. he has accumulated more lies than any other politician in my lifetime, much less a president.
in ivanka's case i suppose she was defending her husband but it's not a pretty picture. >> might they be lying because they don't want the reasons behind him not getting the clearance, they don't want those reasons coming out. is that possible? >> that may be part of it as well though surely, after half of trump's term, they realize that there are people in the government, in the intelligence community who will eventually find a way to get it out there. >> this was a pretty bad week overall for the president. somebody today said the best part of the week was the 20 hours he spent in the air going to vietnam. michael cohen's testimony, how damaging is that? it was very odd seeing, you know, democrats taking cohen seriously and republicans trashing him although he had been the president's right hand man fixer for so long. it was a strange political flip. what damage potentially is that
testimony going to do for trump? >> the damage would come in the house of representatives and impeachment in the constitution only requires a simple majority of the house. the senate is another question entirely but what it demonstrated to me once again, i guess for the thousandth time in trump's presidency is how deeply polarized and divided partisanly we are. not a single republican had real questions for michael cohen and it must be said no democrat went after cohen in other ways even though he had stuck with trump in some very unflattering ways for ten years. >> but the testimony doesn't bring us any closer to impeachment. >> i believe the testimony opened some doors to further investigation and already some are jumping on those
opportunities. i'm not saying it didn't bring us closer. i'm not sure that it will ever happen and if it happens, i think it will end badly in the senate. >> thank you for your time and your insights. >> thank you very much, nick. >> cheering crowds greeted a freed indian pilot on friday but his release is not likely to quell the tension between pakistan and india. that story after the break. plus, u.s. officials say there is a new leader taking over the terror group al -- al qaeda and you'll likely recognize his last name. details just ahead. no, i can't believe how easy it was to save hundreds of dollars on our car insurance with geico. we could have been doing this a long time ago. so, you guys staying at the hotel? yeah, we just got married. oh ho-ho! congratulations! thank you. yeah, i'm afraid of commitment... and being boiled alive. oh, shoot.
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region. the kashmir border has seen an uptick in military skirmishes over the past week. let's discuss this with our panel. let's start with you, pakistan seems a little bit more conciliatory. india seems a little more belligerent here. do we have some real problems here? >> i think it's a little bit of both. it is absolutely true that india is close to an election and all of this began because of what happened on the 14th of february in the part of kashmir controlled by india. 14 paramilitaries were killed because of a large devastating car bomb. the worst attack in several decades. mr. modi was under pressure to
respond. accused pakistan of having a direct hand. islamabad denied it but he was under pressure to act and the way he acted was the day before the dogfight that you referenced he sent indian jets across the border. he sent indian jets across that de facto border. the first time air power has been deployed since 1971. what followed was the fight the day after. his release last night, his return to india has been widely welcomed here and it's opened up a window for deescalation. there's a lot of relief here. i want to show you one of the front pages in delhi this morning. his name all over the front. it says a wave of relief across the nation as he returns but the events of the past week also mean that we have opened up a
whole new chapter of the tensions between these two countries. previous times when india has accused terror groups based in pakistan for causing atrocities on its soil, it's gone the way of diplomacy. if india is hit it reserves the right to respond in this way and that means we're in a whole new place with the tensions between these two countries and a much, much more dangerous place. >> ben in islamabad, how is the release of the pilot going down there? is it seen as a good sign? this overture of peace? or is it being seen as a sign of weakness? >> i think at the moment it's seen as a good thing. it's allowed him to take the high ground if you like and he's being praised for a statesman like measured response. he said he has done this as a gesture of peace and he wants to
sit down with modi and talk. that's how it is seen at the moment. how it will come to be seen in the future depends on what happens now. if this gesture doesn't result in a deescalation, if there is still a heightened tension and still a lot from india, then i think he'll start to reserve some criticism that he maybe has released this pilot prematurely with nothing to show for it. >> a fascinating and potentially terrifying story. thank you very much for your time. now, they're all terror leaders wanted by the u.s. state department and now another infamous name has just been added to that most wanted list. jake tapper has the details. >> like father, like son.
osama bin laden's son is now one of the state department's most wanted. the u.s. offering $1 million for information on the whereabouts of the man said to be emerging as a new leader in al qaeda. >> it's a heads up that we're looking for you and we will get you. >> his pedigree not just from his famous last name, video released in 2017 showing his wedding in 2009 to a senior al qaeda leader's daughter in iran. and he has appeared in al qaeda propaganda videos since he was a child. documents recovered from the 2011 navy s.e.a.l. raid that killed osama bin laden indicated he was grooming him for a leadership role. >> his father was writing him fairly extensive letters when he was on the run. he was supposed to be in pakistan where bin laden was killed the night of the raid. >> it's that 2011 raid that may
be driving him. >> he has threatened attacks against the united states in revenge for the may 2011 killing of his father. >> the u.s. officially designated him as a terrorist in 2017 and now all united nations members are required to freeze all of his assets. the intelligence community warns that al qaeda that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks is rebuilding. attacks at a lead to the war in afghanistan. the nation's longest war continuing today with 14,000 troops still in the country. al qaeda has been weakened in recent years and the u.s. has been focused on the threat from isis in syria and iraq but al qaeda is rebuilding and wants to reestablish itself as the leader of global extremist movement. >> they're showing signs of confidence as they look to encourage attacks against western interests. >> al qaeda retains both the capability and the intent to hit us. >> one of the last major al
qaeda attacks on the west was the 2005 london bus and subway bombings killing 52 people. however affiliates have been ka railro -- carrying out attacks recently. in response to a reaction, his home country revoked his citizenship. the u.s. state department believes he is somewhere on the afghanistan pakistan border and could cross over into iran. >> a younger guy that's been in the group since basically he was a child is a significant threat. >> jake tapper, cnn, washington. >> and the push against the last isis enclave in syria has begun. this as thousands of civilians get out of the area. the latest on that operation just ahead. ♪ t-mobile is always happy to see you.
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm nick watt. our top stories this hour. kim jong un is now on his way back to north korea following his second summit with u.s. president donald trump. in a few hours president trump is to make his first public remarks since returning to washington. the parents of an american student that died after being imprisoned in north korea lashed out at the president for not blaming kim for his death. anti-government protests in algeria reportedly claimed the life of one man. state run tv said he died of a heart attack in the nation's
capitol on friday. thousands are protesting against the aging and ailing president that is seeking a fifth term in august. celebrations across india after pakistan returned a captured air force pilot. his plane went down in the kashmir region on wednesday. the kashmir border has seen an up tick in military skirmishes in the past week. the syrian democratic forces say they have advanced a little more than half a mile or one kilometer into the last isis enclave in syria near the iraqi border. heavy fighting is now underway. the operation began friday after civilians were moved out of harm's way. a spokesman tweeted on friday after evacuation of thousands of civilians, operations to clear
the last remaining pocket of icy ju -- isis just started this evening. this comes after president trump's claim that all isis had already been taken. the u.s. backed syrian democratic forces launched the final operation to clear out the last sliver of land occupied by isis near the iraqi border. now that operation had been delayed because they wanted to get all the civilians out of that area. according to one estimate, since the first of february, as many as 15,000 people have left the area, which is very near the iraqi border. it's not all together clear, however, if all of the civilians have left. now what we know those who were left inside include some of isis's most battle hardened and
experienced fighters. so this is not going to be an easy battle in any sense. now we were at the area where the last group of civilians came out among them. there were russians and people from bosnia and families from indonesia. many telling us that they remain committed to the idea of a so-called islamic state and one of the problems here is that tens of thousands of people that once lived under isis are now in refugee camps and other parts of syria and iraq and authorities worry that those people that still believe in the islamic state could pose a long-term threat to this area. so isis, yes, is about to lose their last bit of territory, but isis as a terrorist insurgency is probably far from over.
>> israel's attorney general says he will indict prime minister benjamin netanyahu for corruption. now just months ago opinion polls showed netanyahu's party would likely dominate the elections in april but now, two brand new polls show how quickly that has changed. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is in the political fight of his life as he seeks a fifth term in office. a major blow dealt to him by his attorney general who announced his intention to indict the israeli leader in years long corruption probes pending a hearing. in two smaller cases, the attorney general says he intends to indict the prime minister on charges of breach of trust. on case 4000, he intends to
charge netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust. investigators say netanyahu advanced regulatory benefits worth nearly $300 million to his friend, a wealthy business man. in exchange, netanyahu received favorable coverage on a news site owned by that businessman. netanyahu fired back immediately calling the investigations a media driven witch hunt. >> for years, they are carrying out a political persecution, a witch hunt, with one objective, to topple the right wing government and crown the left wing government. they have a huge amount of continuous pressure, i would say inhumane pressure on the attorney general. >> netanyahu doubled down on his message, choose his strong right wing government or left wing government supported by the arab parties. with president trump in the white house and a middle east aligned against iran but he's behind in the polls for the april 9th elections, trailing his former military chief of
staff that called on him to re-sign. >> translator: benjamin, netanyahu, i turn to you this evening, get yourself and show national responsibility. re-sign from your position. >> even a small shift in seats from netanyahu to his opponent could derail netanyahu's election campaign. on friday night, the first two election polls came out since the attorney general made the announcement that he intends to indict the prime minister and they're not good news for netanyahu. he's trailing in both polls by 6 or 8 seats and according to both polls he doesn't have the numbers to put together a governing coalition with only five weeks to go before the election. his challenger tries to build on that momentum to grow that lead, netanyahu tries to reverse that trend to see if he can win a fifth election. >> now that long shutdown ended
over a month ago but some federal workers are still feeling the effects. cnn has learned that many workers from the transportation security administration are still owed. of the tsa, 6,000 -- 60,000 employees, 1,000 still require a correction. the agency says it's working to fix the issue. and thousands of enslaved children in ghana stare down death every day. coming up, a cnn freedom project report that exposes the fear and horror of modern day slavery. plus letters of support to a little girl fighting cancer. how puppies are lifting her spirits. just ahead.
venezuela's humanitarian and political crisis is deepening. guaido says a transition is underway right now to remove president maduro from office. guaido has been trying to legitimize his claim to the presiden presidency. >> he is the one today making that transition costly in venezuela. not the opposition who have demonstrated their democratic peaceful and resisted disposition and despite the oppression, the political prisoners and the persecution, here we are. >> the u.s. imposed visa restrictions on dozens of those assigned wi aligned with maduro.
>> violate human rights, steal from the venezuelan people or undermine venezuela's democracy are not welcome in the united states. neither are their family members. >> the u.s. is among 50 countries that now recognize gugu guaido as venezuela's interim president. >> cnn's freedom project is shining a light on human trafficking around the world. the situation is particularly troubling right now in ghana where an estimated 20,000 children are enslaved, forced to work in dangerous conditions in the fishing industry. cnn shows us just how poverty is
feeding this cycle of slavery. >> scenes like this, of boys playing, chasing dreams of football stardom happen millions of times a day around the world. but for these children, just the chance to play on this dusty pitch is a prayer answered. >> translator: i think he came to rescue me and i'm out of slavery. >> the village of life school is a place for trafficked children. a place for only the tiny hand full of the 20,000 believed to be working as child slaves in the fishing industry on nearby lake volta. he helps run the school. he says fishermen buy children
and bring them to work as slaves. he was once one of those boys. >> we worked tirelessly and if you took a small fish to satisfy your hunger, they beat you so badly you regret ever coming into the world. >> in ghana, the minimum wage for workers is 15 but the law is rarely enforced and the practice of buying children is widespread. the u.s. state department reports nearly a third of all the homes here contain a child who has been trafficked. >> this is one of the boys we rescued a year ago. junior was living with a parent and he lost the father. 6-year-old boy working on the lake. >> he says his mother was destitute while trying to care for 8 children as a widow. she sold junior as a last resort. the only boy in the family that
could work. >> junior may be angry with me, but it was not my making. it with was because of poverty that made me give him up. >> poverty accounts for the near endless supply of children working on the lake. so he returns day after day looking for other boys like junior, finding them with disquiting age. >> look at the ages of them. how old are they? he says he doesn't know. >> he learns these boys stay at a nearby village with a master that has bought them and hasn't fed them in 24 hours. the next day he arrives at the village with a police officer. they meet with the man that calls himself the master and negotiated the peaceful release of these children.
>> today we came with some police officers and therefore it made him very soft. so after talking for awhile, he released them quitely. >> these boys will later tell social workers. but as they waved cheerful good-byes to a village that had been home to so much misery, another man waves to the water offering, evidence of the desperate poverty or just how easily a child can change hands, we'll likely never know which. cnn. >> join us on cnn internationals on saturdays. the cnn freedom project further
exposes ghana's child trade slave. s. that's saturday 4:30 in the afternoon in new york, 9:30 in the evening in london. only on cnn international. cnn is partnering with young people worldwide for a student lead day of action against modern day slavery. that's on march 14th. we're asking people what makes you feel free? and here are some of the answers from some of the staff at the american community school. >> hi, i'm monique. >> i'm the executive assistant. >> we feel most free when we get to have a few minutes and take a break together. >> i'm the elementary principle at the american community school and i feel most free when i can spend quality time with my
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snow, sleet and freezing rain falling across the northeastern u.s. right now. meteorologist derek van dam joins us now. derek, how bad is it going to be? >> this is what happens when two seasons try to battle it out. we have an early spring on the east coast and winter trying to return. looks like winter is going to win. the radar is lighting up like a christmas tree at the moment. we've got just a whole deluge of precipitation. a wintry mix.
a wintry mess is probably the best way to describe it. that i-95 corridor, so heavily traveled from d.c. all the way up to boston. that area is truly the convergence on the rain and snow mix. the further north you travel outside of the new york metro area, it's all snow. as you travel to the metro and the coast, that's the rain/snow mix. several million americans under a winter weather advisory right now. that shading of blue near williamsport, parts of pennsylvania, that's a winter storm watch through the next approaching storm system. that energy and all of the moisture across the rockies and plains. they're going to have a full on winter storm today. as we garner energy, we'll have a storm impacting the east coast. we clear things out and then we re-enter the chance of precipitation late on saturday night into sunday for another full on snowstorm for this area. the potential for six inches plus for new york city, boston and some of the coldest areas
we've felt across much of the eastern half of the u.s. as well. >> thanks for that news,erek. finally a bitter sweet story about well wishers, puppies and a 7-year-old's heart. she has a rare form of incurable brain cancer. to cheer her up, people are sending emma letters as though they were written by their pets. so far emma has received 80,000 messages. more pouring in every day. the family says the letters lift her spirits. thanks for joining us, i'm nick walsh. i'll be back with another hour of news just ahead. you're watching cnn. at panera, we treat soup differently. with vine ripened tomatoes, signature cheddar, simmered to perfection. with big flavors, not artificial ones. enjoy 100% clean soup today. panera. food as it should be.
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