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we're life in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera in new york. the president issuing a sudden and strong warning at iran with very bold language and really no context. the president tweeting a lot today, as he tends to do on weekends with no public event. calling a republican congressman schoolyard names for suggesting impeachment proceedings. and then these words just a short time ago. "if iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of iran. never threaten the united states again." tensions have risen lately with
the u.s. accusing tehran of putting missiles on ships offshore. the u.s. responding by sending an aircraft group to the region. iran's foreign minister has also been trolling president trump on twitter in recent days. now this is not the only time president trump has warned or outright threatened iran. he wrote this last july. i won't read it all. it's in capital letter, using much of the same language and tone as his warning today. quote, never, ever threaten the united states again. cnn's boris sanchez is at the white house. boris, judging by his twitter feed, the president has a mixed bag of things on his mind today. did anything foreshadow this very strong warning to iran today and do we know what specifically triggered it? >> ana, we've asked figures on the national security council about circumstances about his tweet about iran. they have declined the comment. the president has not been shying using inflammatory rhetoric regarding nations that
have difficult relationships with the united states, notably not just iran, but previously north korea until relations seemed to warm up a bit between the two. the president also tweeted about congressman justin amash, the first republican to suggest some of the actions by president trump described in the mueller report are impeachable. the president tweeting out to him, calling him a loser. certainly democrats don't feel that way, including senator elizabeth warren. obviously she is running for president. he is defended justin amash today on the campaign trail. listen to more of what she said. >> congressman amash made the point in his statement that he felt uneasy about this fundamental question about who we owe our loyalty too. and on this i could not be stronger. i took an oath of office to uphold the constitution of the united states of america. there is no exception in that oath for political inconvenience.
everyone, everyone in this country is subject to the rule of law. that includes the president of the united states. i believe we need to bring this impeachment action, and we need to have every member of congress vote on it and live with that vote for the rest of their lives. >> now so far, ana, the most prominent republican to talk about justin amash's statement last night on twitter is republican senator mitt romney. he said he respects just the season amash but he disagrees about whether the actions by president trump are impeachable. i should point out the chairwoman of the republican national committee rhonda mcdaniel put out a statement saying that justin amash is sad and that he is parroting democratic talking point. ana. >> okay, boris sanchez, at the white house joining us. thank you. joining us now is nixon's former white house counsel john dean. for impeachment to be effective, both parties will have to have the will, the proverbable dam broke on nixon. are you seeing any parallels
right now? >> there is a direct parallel with justin amash's move. larry hogan, a congressman from maryland was the first to break rank in the republicans against nixon. it was early. he was lonely. he was attacked. but it did start the process. so there is a direct parallel, yes. >> cnn asked senator mitt romney, another trump critic, about congressman amash and his call for impeachment. and romney wasn't ready to go as far. let's listen. >> i respect him. i think it's a courageous statement. but i believe to make a case for obstruction of justice, you just don't have the elements that are evidenced to this document. and i also believe that an impeachment call is not only something that relates to the law, but also considers practicality and politics. and the american people just aren't there. and i think those that are considering impeachment have to look also at the jury, which would be the senate. the senate is certainly not there either. >> i know you agree with amash
and that you've noted before that mueller's report presents clear evidence of obstruction. but if amash is just one republican voice, there enough political and legal momentum for anything to come out of this? >> well, there is certainly enough votes in the house, but there are note enough votes in the senate. and of course the senate would try any articles of impeachment sent by the house. so i think it's a non-starter as far as removal or a guilty and removal judgment at this point. but ana, typically these things take a process that is really not even gotten off the ground in the house yet. with trump stonewalling everything, the public is learning nothing. it's a pretty effective tactic if he gets away with it. but i think that -- we'll see if he gets away with it. they can start calling witnesses who will come up and start testifying about it because they've got to educate the public. and today very few americans
have read the mueller report, even know what its contents are. so it's early in the process, also. >> in fact, congressman amash says he believes most lawmakers haven't read the full mueller report. what's your reaction to that? >> i suspect that is the case. i worked on capitol hill. i was a staffer there on the judiciary committee and know members are awfully busy. today even more so than back when i was there. raising money is their full-time work. so i doubt they have read it. and i think they should. but i'm not hopeful. >> if they read it, do you think it would make a difference? >> yes, it would make a big difference. it's a very persuasive document. it's not done with any sort of flaring rhetoric. it just lays out fact after fact after fact. and it doesn't draw conclusions really in either section, but it clearly does not exonerate the president with the obstruction
issue. >> which mueller spells out this does not exonerate him. >> yes. >> it seems as though white house or former white house counsel don mcgahn would be witness number one in an obstruction case. trump denies the special counsel's report that the president ordered mcgann to fire mueller. the white house meantime has told mcgann not to comply with the subpoena. is it really up to the white house whether or not we hear from mcgann? >> it is not. they have no control over him. they'd have to go to court and get some sort of injunction against his testifying, otherwise he could be held in contempt of congress for not appearing. there is no reason he could not go. he might take the fifth. he might say executive privilege. but he certainly has to appear if called. >> and we still don't know if mueller will testify. what do you see as the potential impact of his testimony. >> well, both mcgahn and mueller would be big witnesses, and i
suspect at some point we'll get both of them. >> okay, john dean, good to have you with us. i really appreciate your time this weekend. >> thank you. >> thank you. more now on the significance of republican congressman taking a stand against the president and some of the other big stories out of washington this weekend. joining us now is cnn political analyst michael scheier. he is the white house correspondent for "the new york times" and jane small. might bel, a republican calling for impeachment. should the president be worried? >> not so much at this point. look, congressman amash is a republican, but he is also sort of isolated in the republican caucus. he is a libertarian. he has shown himself to be a kind of contrarian when it comes to what the republican leadership wants. and as you saw with that clip of senator romney, the -- there aren't people even like senator romney who is somebody who has shown himself to be willing to criticize the president, and he's not even willing to go as
far as congressman amash is. i think you know, that while the democrats are going to make a lot out of it, you know the presidential candidates for sure are going to point to this. the other democrats in the house are going to point to it. but in the end, until you see mainstream republicans, people who are either in the leadership or who represent broader coalitions within the house or the senate, i just don't think it has all that much significance. >> jay, in fact congresswoman rashida tlaib saw amash's tweet and tweeted this. come find me in 1628 long worth. i've got an impeachment regulation investigation. you're going to want to co-sponsor. michael mentioned democrats may be being sort of reinvigorated after this amash statement. do you believe this gives democrats more fire for their investigations? >> ana, i think it does. you see now that they can basically say this is a bipartisan call for impeachment, that this is not just a
unilaterally democratic call for this. and i think it does put the democratic leaders in particular like nancy pelosi in a little bit more of a bind. there is a lot more pressure potentially on her to move forward with some kind of impeachment proceedings. and i think that you will -- you hear from sources on the hill that that is something that they are going to consider, not necessarily that they're going to hold impeachment itself, but just to begin an investigation into impeachment which would allow them, frankly, much morley way to subpoena witnesses like don mcgahn, witnesses like bob mueller who now have both declined to come forward under certain circumstances to testify before certain committees. it would be a lot harder if there is an impeachment investigation for them to decline. also, it's a lot harder for the white house to deny documents, deny access to certain staff. in that case potentially i think this does help move things more towards opening some kind of investigation like that, which is kind of one step forward to potential impeachment trial. but i don't think that you'll
see democrats going all the way to an impeachment trial and impeachmei impeachment itself because you still don't have the support of the full senate. until then it's all politics. >> michael, could amash's move be a sign of more bipartisanship to come? >> well, i don't know. i think the relationship between this white house and the congress really sort of divides into two primary camps. there is on the one hand the democratic attempts to investigate the president in all of the different ways they're trying to do that. and that certainly bodes ill for any kind of bipartisanship as long as they're doing that. there are some areas. next week we're going to have another conversation about infrastructure between the white house and some members of congress, and there is talk on both sides that there might be some way in which the president and the democrats could get together on something like that. but, look, i think the truth is we're heading into an election
year. 2020 is going to be here before we all know it. and once that happens, you know, i suspect that everybody's political attitudes are going to harden. certainly the president is going to be out on the campaign trail doing his rallies that are really, you know, typically very harsh, partisan political rhetoric. and the democrats will be doing the same. and the presidential candidates will be on the trail. and i think anybody who is hoping for a kind of new kumbahyah moment on capitol hill is probably going to be holding their breath a long time. >> i want to talk more about the 2020 campaign and an issue that seems to be getting hotter every day. the president tweeting about abortion this weekend as well. he distanced himself from the alabama law, but insisted on his pro-life stance ahead of 2020, in part saying this, "i am strongly pro-life with three exceptions, rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother, the same position taken by ronald reagan." he goes on the say we must stick together and win.
all of our hard fought gains for life can and will rapidly disappear. is abortion the battle for republicans in 2020? >> it's not something they should really be bringing up. polls show the vast majority of americans do support the idea of access to safe abortions for most americans. something like 58, 60%. so it's always been an unpopular issue on the ballot. female both sides have small groups where this drives it out and they are one-issue voters. but overall the silent majority voters of america don't view this as something they do vote on the ballot. what they do vote on is the economy. and the economy is roaring right now. most republicans would say we should be running on the economy. i think you saw in donald trump's tweets, he was trying to move away from the issue of abrgs. saying let's not run on this. let's be united, let's stand together and not be divided on this issue.
ideally i think the economy is what most republicans want to talk about at the ballot boxes this next year i would say. >> and michael, when i think about this abortion issue, i think about the power of the female vote and whether this issue, you know, with the states by state by state who are now passing these restrictive abortion laws, if it could backfire. >> look, i totally agree with jay. this is sort of baffling for two reasons. one, the abortion issue, if anything, is driven by the people who are passionate about something happening. and if these laws give a sense to people that actually roe v. wade is actually threatened in a way that it hasn't really been threatened for four or five decades, that would seem to give the democrats a more energy that they haven't had in the past. and i think also to jay's point about the economy, women voters in particular were the ones who republican candidates in the 2018 midterms really felt like
they could have appealed to more if president trump had focused on the economy more, not focussed so much on in that case immigration and the caravans that were coming towards the border, and if they had stayed focused on the economy, they might have done better. the same thing is true for 2020. if the republicans get diverted to abortion and don't talk about the ways in which a very good economy in their argument would be the result of the republican control of the white house, then they're missing an opportunity, and i think a lot of republicans are going to be upset with that, if the conversation gets diverted to a sort of hot button social issue like that. >> okay, michael sheer, jay newton-small, thank you both. >> i want to take you live to the campaign trail. these are pictures offers bernie sanders speaking in birmingham, alabama at this hour. he is one of 23 democrats vying for the democratic nomination. with so many in the running, it's hard to stand out.
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hampshire. congressman seth moulton rolling out his national volunteer service initiative at an event in massachusetts, and congressman eric swalwell holding a town hall in indiana. there is also senator bernie sanders, set to join the march for reproductive freedom in alabama tonight. that's after holding a campaign rally right now. now the democratic field got even more crowded this week when new york mayor bill de blasio and montana governor steve bullock threw their hats into the ring. nearly two dozen candidates are now running for president. a new fox news poll shows joe biden way out front by a significant margin. he has 35%. in second place bernie sanders at 17% followed by senator warren at 9%, and then mayor pete buttigieg at 6% and senator kamala harris at 5%. let's get right out to cnn senior national correspondent kyung lah in los angeles. senator harris holding a campaign event at southwest college in l.a. at this hour.
kyung, harris had to relaunch. tell us about the battleground in her home state. >> and the emphasis there, ana, is battleground. you're using the absolutely appropriate word here, because for the first time california truly is a battleground. they have moved up the primary date. so this is where you are seeing a lot of candidates for the first time running for president who are coming here to try to woo members of their party in order to win this state. this is a state where you won't hear kamala harris talk about having a home state advantage. you will hear her talking about that she has won here statewide as attorney general, that she has won here as in the u.s. senate, and she feels that she is out here hard fundraising. while joe biden and pete buttigieg are also out here nipping at her heels, that she is doing well in the fundraising game. and what you're seeing here, all this activity around me, ana, is the excitement of the home state
people who have known her for years. so truly the battleground begin news for this candidate in this campaign in california. >> it is a loud crowd behind you, kyung. we know senator harris made some waves this week when she brushed off a reporter's question about possibly being joe biden's running mate. let's listen to that. >> i think that joe biden would be a great running mate. as vice president, he has proven that he knows how to do the job. >> so she is saying yeah, he could be my running mate. is senator harris expected to turn up the volume on her biden slams today? >> i don't know if you would characterize that as a slam from her campaign. they're calling that sort of a witty comeback. what you're going hear from the harris campaign is that they are not in this race to tear down other candidates. that they don't think that is good for the democratic party. but you are going to hear them say that they're going to differentiate themselves. they're going to prove themselves that they deserve to
be the nominee, that this campaign deserves to be as such. so what you're probably going to hear from her today is much more on substance, that she is going to try to define her campaign based on policy, on substance, and define herself as the person who is the face of the democratic party moving forward. ana? >> all right. kyung lah in los angeles for us. thank you. another day, another major reverse federal the trump administration. how the acting head of the department of homeland security is reversing course on what the administration is doing with migrants detained along the southern border. geico makes it easy to get help when you need it.
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just in to cnn, the acting homeland security secretary says migrants captured along the u.s. southern border will not be sent to sanctuary cities. this after president trump and some members of his administration expressed their support for this idea. now secretary kevin . that plan drew major backlash from state and local officials. >> the reports in the media were that flights had already occurred. those are not accurate. >> that's the part you were saying not accurate, the flights already occurred. >> correct. >> but you acknowledge there were officials from your own agency this was indeed going to happen in florida. and that cities -- detroit and
miami. >> u.s. border and customs did identify officials locally in those areas that they were looking at the possibility of doing this, correct. >> and those cities are also off the table now? >> correct. >> and this decision was made when? >> the commissioner -- the acting commissioner of u.s. border protection made that decision. >> yesterday? >> yes. >> meantime, thousands of migrants crowded into overwhelmed border patrol stations and photos revealing migrant children sleeping on the ground. here is cnn's rosa flores with the report on the conditions for these detainees. >> the pictures of migrants waiting to get processed on the u.s. side of the southern border are difficult to watch. families sprawled under makeshift tents, children sleeping on the ground, covered in mylar blankets. the strain is not just on migrants. it's also on the officers who have apprehended a record-breaking number of migrants, more than 500,000 since october.
>> i'm a father. i'm a grandfather. somebody needs to do something about this. >> thursday, officials in florida's palm beach and broward counties said they were notified that about one thousand undocumented a month could be sent to the sunshine state for processing and releasing. >> it's not a good plan. we think it's a danger to this community, and it's going to put a real strain on what the resources are. >> i personally would suggest that we bring these people over to his hotel and ask the president to open his heart and home to these people as well. >> sunday, the acting dhs secretary said the agency had been looking at all options. president trump told florida governor rhonda santis that migrants would not be flown to florida, but border patrol agents on the ground say washington has to do something. >> until, you know, folks in congress, folks at the white house, folks on capitol hill actually put forth an honest effort to address the situation
here on the border, it's not just a humanitarian crisis, it's a border security crisis. >> reporter: without more resources from our nation's capitol, dhs has resorted to other measures like releasing thousands of undocumented migrants into border communities, flying or driving thousands of others to laredo or san diego and reassigning agents from ports of entry to migrant processing centers. one newly added temporary facility in south texas alone holds eight thousand migrants on any given day. >> we're doing everything we can in our power to ensure that they're safe. we want to let them know that they're safe now. >> while agents continue to do their jobs along the border, many are asking if politicians are doing theirs in washington. rosa flores, cnn, atlanta. the president claimed on the campaign trail that he would support the torture of detainees, and a new report says he is requesting paperwork to
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a navy s.e.a.l.s chief facing trial for charges of shooting unarmed civilians, also marine snipers charged with urinating on the corporations of taliban fighters. i want to bring in cnn military analysts retired lieutenant general mark hertling. lieutenant, do we know what, if anything these service members have done to merit a presidential pardon? >> not that i know of, ana. now ercertainly i'm not involve in the legal implications of producing pardon, a job of the justice department after the president asked them to consider. but what i do know is these individuals have violated the law of land warfare. they've disobeyed legal orders during combat in terms of the treatment of civilian and enemy combatants. they've ignored ethical standards associated with the military profession, and they've conducted outright criminal behavior. some have been charged. some have been -- those charges have gone to trial. others are still awaiting trial. but it's a bevy of things that the president is looking at in
one fell swoop, according to "the new york times" report. and in my view, all these things are wrong and will cause a great deal of damage. >> you also have said this is dangerous and disastrous to military cohesion and discipline. how does this put u.s. soldiers at risk? >> yeah, what i said in a tweet was most people would see this as reprehensible and a horrible event to pardon these individuals who are proceeding through trial or would commute a sentence. but it also has second and third order effects for any commanders in the field and for our allies and partners who depend on the united states military to do the right things, according to the law of land, warfare and ethical combat. you know, on a military commanders, we don't talk about this much, but military commanders have the requirement to control violence on the battlefield. and the way they do that is by ensuring their units are held to
higher standards and a rigorous application of the rule of law. that generates mutual trust between soldiers, between units, doing the right thing. and it what separates us, the military, the professional military from gangs and terrorists. and it would be dangerous not only for the institution of the u.s. military, but also the way we're perceived around the world, not only by our allies and partner, but also by our enemies. >> this month, trump already pardoned michael behenna, a former army lieutenant convicted of killing a detained iraqi man he was convicted of killing. s . your reaction and what message does this send to the american people? >> one of the things the president has certainly has the legal power to do is to execute pardons, to apply these pardons to individuals he thinks are appropriate to receive them. but unfortunately, in these
case, i would tend to agree with the aclu, knowing that as a commander both in combat and peacetime, i had to apply the rule of law to soldiers who committed heinous acts in either combat or peacetime. and it just chips away in another aspect of rule of law. in this case, the military application of that rule of law. and that's just as dangerous as any chipping away of civilian rule of law through the courts. so, yeah, i would tend to agree with the aclu on this. any time you subject an individual service members to trial for crimes committed in combat or peacetime, the military justice system works extremely hard to ensure they are treated in a just and fair way. and doing anything else for someone who has been accused of truthfully what's called an extrajudicial killing which is what behenna did is an anathema
to the ethical patterns we stand for. >> good to have you with us thank you. coming up, the president loves to brag about making money, but some of his prized properties are apparently losing it, by the millions. has the trump brand lost its luster? but first, christine romance romans is here with this week's before the bell. >> hi, ana, volatility is back as trade headlines royal wall street. last monday the worst decline since january as the trade war with china escalated butch the major averages rebounded later in the week after president trump delayed imposing tariffs on european autos. the whiplash you expect will continue as investors react to each trade development. this week several retailers report quarterly earnings results. we'll hear from home depot, lowe's targets and best buy among the companies reporting. expect to hear a lot about tariffs. retailers depend heavily on china for their supply chain. 41% of all apparel, and 72% of
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financial records obtained by "the washington post" show operating income at the trump national doral resort which trump bought and restored in 2012 fell by 69% from 2015 to 2017 when trump became president. and there has reportedly been financial trouble at another property that has also been the president's pride and joy. >> it's great to be at trump tower. >> reporter: a new report by bloomberg says trump tower, his crown jewel now ranks as one of the least desirable luxury properties in manhattan. the occupancy rate has plummeted in the last seven years from 93% down to 83%, twice the average vacancy rate for manhattan. bloomberg also says it used public information to calculate that eight of nine condos sold since trump became president sold for a loss, although sources close to the trump organization dispute that math. trump watchers say it's all evidence that the white house may be taking the shine off trump's gold-covered portfolio. >> whether it's his golf course, his resorts or his showcase
building in new york's fifth avenue, in each case we see there has been an impact where people do not want to do business in a place that carries the name of someone who they vehemently disagree with. >> reporter: the lobby of trump tower has been the backdrop for some of trump's most controversial political statements, on the riots in charlottesville. >> i think there is blame on both sides. >> reporter: or a remark targeting undocumented immigrants from latin america when he launched his 2016 campaign. >> they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists. >> reporter: a comment which the post report implies may well have led wealthy clients from latin america to steer away from the doral resort in miami. at trump tower, the problems could also stem from the realities of being the president's new york home base. security fortifications, gawking crowds and protests can make it a tougher place to live and work according to the former trump organization executive who headed up its construction in 19le 3. >> you've got secret service and
cops all over the place. it's hard to get to the building to begin with. >> reporter: one marketing expert says the president's brand has been hurt because sometimes it simply couldn't be distinguished from politics. >> the president has decided not to separate himself from his brand, although he no longer runs the day to day activities, it's very hard to distinguish the two, from the president's point of view, from the democratic point of view and from the general public. >> reporter: trump supporters dispute those concerns. they say the president's political success has boosted the visibility of the trump brand, even more than his brash marketing and his telephone show ever did. they say conservative political events and foreign dignitaries flocking to the trump international hotel in washington and to mar-a-lago have boosted profits at those properties. doral, for instance, is still making money. and trump himself says he's not worried if his business empire pays a price forehis presidency. >> i will tell you, as most of you know, being president has cost me a fortune, and that's
okay with me. >> reporter: but his biographers say in reality declining revenue at trump tower and doral have to be eating away at donald trump. >> deep down he is someone who reacts very poorly to a downturn, someone who doesn't like to be told he is not a winner at every turn. >> reporter: responding to cnn's request for comment, a representative of the trump organization called the article on the doral resort, quote, absolute garbage, saying 2018 was one of the best years in the history of that property. trump's son eric trump told "the washington post," quote, our iconic properties are the best in the world, and our portfolio is unrivaled by anyone. brian todd, cnn, washington. coming up, a moment a pilot confronted boeing about the type of plane now involved in two deadly crashes. >> we flat-out deserve to know what son our airplanes. >> i don't disagree. woman: ooh! (gasp) or not. you okay? yeah, no, i'm good. earn miles. we'll match 'em at the end of your first year.
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you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera in new york. so glad you're with us this weekend. president trump taking to twitter today to call an elected member of call from his own party a loser. i'm talking about michigan congressman justin amash who this weekend broke with the gop pack on capitol hill. he declared the president should be impeached and laid out a precise argument explaining why. the president's response? he called amash a loser. "never a fan of justin amash" he tweeted today. "a total lightweight."