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and commune in story together. so we can feel for a few hours that we're human together. ♪ outrage that zbint simmering down. protesters say they will stay in the streets of puerto rico dill the governor finally decides to step down. >> plus capitol hill gets ready to hear from robert mueller. the former special counsel on the russia investigation. testifying before congress this week. and the american rapper arrested in sweden may be getting some help from the white house. the swedish prime minister warns that asap rocky isn't going to get any special treatment. hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and from all around the
world. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm george howell from cnn world headquarters in atlanta. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live. well, protesters in puerto rico are planning a massive demonstration in the coming hours. they say they won't quit until governor ricardo rossello resigns. >> that's right. in a response to rossello's message sunday, he addressed the growing public anger against him. in it he says that he won't run for re-election next year, but that he has no plans to step down before his term is done. >> well, that's not enough foe the hundreds of thousands of protesters who say they've lost all faith in him. the protest began after a leak of hundreds of pages of profanity-laced messages between rossello and his aides. they call his administration corrupt as puerto rico suffers high poverty rates, crushing
debt and an incomplete recovery from hurricane maria. >> our nick paton walsh is in san juan and describes the mood on the streets and what protesters are planning to do next. >> reporter: an extraordinary move by governor ricardo rossello, really before the million-strong protests on monday across the streets of san juan. he went on facebook at 5:45 and said he wasn't going anywhere. one, he would leave next year. he would not contest re-election, but, frankly, he was bound to lose that given public opinion behind me here. so many angered in the crowd. they want his immediate resignation. they're clearly not going to get that tonight, it seems, judging by his defiant statement. all eyes are really on monday's protest. what does that mean? they're going to block the main expressway into san juan, las americas. malls are being closed. federal offices are being
closed. the justice department said its employees are still coming to work but there is a feeling that governor rossello might be out of touch with the democratic candidates who said he should resign. even his press secretary stood down awhile back, saying she could no longer handle being associated with so many corrupt allegations against him. there is a growing chorus not just behind me for him to leave. he's not doing that. there are concerns where that could lead and the mass protests on monday, given we saw violence in the streets on wednesday night. many concerns high here and how, frankly, does this end? nick paton walsh, cnn, san juan, puerto rico. >> nick paton walsh. you see the crowds there in puerto rico. they are not standing down on this. the mayor of san juan was siding with those protesters. she says her city is ready for the expected million-strong protest monday and warns that people, she says, are making the crisis worse. listen. >> we have seen videos of police shooting people with rubber -- rubber guns on the back.
following them sort of as if they were just aiming and shooting at the people. what the governor has done today is he has added fuel to a fire. he's incited people. there is a lot of people that have never been to a protest before so they don't really know what to look for in terms of difficult circumstances. and thousands have protested calmly, but, you know, there is always a few that take things overboard. so we're prepared here at city hall with a makeshift emergency unit with medics and doctors and nurses to take in anybody that receives tear gas or has a cut in their body or potentially being shot. >> and the mayor adds the people are using their voices, the "ultimate weapon". all right. here in the united states, severe heat has left more than
300,000 people without power in the state of michigan. and late sunday, tens of thousands of customers in brooklyn, new york were without electricity, likely due to overheated equipment there. >> new york governor andrew cuomo addressed this second power outage in a week on twitter saying this. "we've been through this situation with con ed time and again and they should have been better prepared. period." our meteorologist pedram javaheri joins us with more. this is a real problem. >> it is. the heat we're experiencing in some areas we have not seen the warmth stay in place in recorded history. unprecedented temperatures in some of the overnight locations. each and every single year should be no surprise, this is when you expect the hottest of the hot temperatures to take place across much of not only the united states, but even across portions of western europe as well. notice this, laguardia on sunday climbed up to 100 degrees. that ties a record standing for
the date since 1991, atlantic city, kennedy also and bridgeport, connecticut. all of these temperatures climbing just around 100 degrees and either tying or breaking records. this sort of a setup, especially in an urban environment is the concerning perspective. buildings, glass,s afault, cement, all of these really do a great job of trapping heat and of course make cities and more populated regions that much more unbearable. you factor in the humidity in some of these areas. of course in the shade, that observation of new york came in at 100 degrees. in the afternoon, factor in the humidity, it feels like 110 across those areas. that is why there is such a demand on the infrastructure across this region but also on the people. notice this, a record low temperature on saturday and sunday morning there. 80 degrees and then 83 for a low temperature in boston on sunday morning. first time in recorded history we've had two times in one year of having lows fail to fall below 80 degrees. really speaks to the significance of this warmth.
and, of course, saturday we set a record in new york city as well. that breaking a record standing since 2013. and then the perspective there of that coming in at degrees celsius, 37 degrees out of new york. high pressure sits in place here with high pressure in place, of course, we know it acts essentially as a lid. so as air tries to rise and cool, that lid caps the heat. and the air wants to sink back down and heat by compression. we do have heat advisories in portions across the northeast all the way down towards areas of the mid-atlantic. we do expect much, much cooler weather in-store by this afternoon and going into the latter portion of the week. central park sitting at 95. that was yesterday. boston's upper 90s gives way to the lower 80s today. at least relief quickly on the way this afternoon, guys. >> want to see that relief coming quicker. >> thank you so much. on to hong kong now where the protests are still going strong.
45 people were hospitalized after a mob attacked commuters at a suburban train administration. take a lo station. take a look at what's happening there. they violently beat people with poles. this happened after protesters flooded the city streets. thousands of people on those streets for the seventh straight weekend to demand change. let's go live to hong kong. our anna coren is following the story. anna, you've seen so many people on these streets. the protests certainly continue, but now this video of people being beaten by men with sticks, it is disturbing to say the least.+++,pq wooden sticks, wit,
striking protesters. there were local journalists amongst them who were livestreaming the attack. you can hear the screams. you can hear people calling out for help. now, people on the scene say they called police. it took police more than 40 minutes to respond. so serious questions are being asked of police today as to why it took them so long to respond. and we heard from the assistant district commander, which is very close to the chinese border here in hong kong, who said "i didn't see anyone holding weapons." well, if you look at the social media, the video, you can very clearly see these mobs of men wearing -- carrying these weapons.
now, what erupted here was proceeded by protests in central hong kong. between protesters who are part of the pro-democracy movement here and police. they had taken part in a very peaceful march in which organizers say some 430,000 people had participated in, but then they continued defying police orders, they made their way up to the beijing liaison office. and after it turned dark, they graffitied that office and defaced parts of the building on the outside and that's when we saw those clashes between police and protesters. protesters hurling bricks and bottles at police. police firing back with tear gas and rubber bullets. so more violence on the streets of hong kong. beijing obviously condemning the violence between protesters and police. no mention, however, of what
happened in yung long. i should also mention there was an arrest over the weekend of three men involved in the largest seizure of expositives here in hong kong. no link as to whether there was a direct link between the protests and these explosives, but obviously police are continuing to look into that. jor george? >> all right. anna coren, thanks for the explanation of what happened there. we'll stay in touch with you. >> we'll take a very short break here. still to come, president trump renews his attacks on four u.s. congresswomen. why he wants them to apologize. that's next on "cnn newsroom." but this year, there's a more thrilling path to follow. (father) kids... ...change of plans! (vo) defy the laws of human nature... ...at the summer of audi sales event get exceptional offers now!
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the u.s. president seemed to be up early on sunday and took to twitter. >> yeah, he again attacked the minority congresswomen he told to go back to the countries from which they came in a racist tweet. sarah westwood has more. >> reporter: president trump is doubling down on his attacks on those house democratic freshmen known as "the squad." over the weekend here in new jersey, the president taking to twitter to say he doesn't believe the four congresswomen are capable of loving our country and calling on them to
apologize for things he claims they've said about america and about israel. the president continues to distort some of the things that members of the squad have said in the past to make his argument without evidence that these women are anti-american. but the president had some backup today from two top administration officials, stephen miller, a top adviser and vice president mike pence, who hit the airwaves in defense of the president's attacks, arguing that the president wasn't being racist when he told them to go back to where they came from, and also pointing out the fact that trump has tried to distance himself from the racist chant of "send her back" that broke out last week at the president's campaign rally in north carolina. take a listen. >> you have a chance to say it right now. don't do it again. is that your message? >> major, the president was very clear. >> was he? >> that he wasn't happy about it, and that if it happen again, he might -- he'd make an effort to speak out about it. >> all the people in that audience and millions of patriotic americans across the country are tired of being beat
up, condescended to, looked down on, talked down to by members of congress on the left. >> reporter: now, the president has sent mixed messages when it comes to this chant. he has on the one hand on thursday said that he was unhappy with the words expressed by his supporters at that rally on wednesday, but then by friday and into the weekend, he was defending that crowd, calling the people who expressed that sentiment loudly on wednesday incredible patriots. sources tell cnn, though, that president trump has faced pressure from aides and allies to disavow that chant after many republicans were finding it difficult to defend and after a major backlash among democrats. president trump is not giving up his attacks on the squad. sources say that he views that as a successful political strategy to try to elevate those four congresswomen, make them the face of the democratic party, and try to project their far-left ideas and some of their more controversial statements on to the party at large. so that is something we could
see more as the president ramps up his re-election efforts. sarah westwood, cnn, berkeley heights, new jersey. some of the most highly anticipated public testimony of mr. trump's presidency comes wednesday when former special counsel robert mueller appears before two congressional committees. >> some democrats believe it may be the push they need to begin impeachment proceedings against the president. our manu raju has a preview for you. >> reporter: lawmakers are intensely preparing for the most anticipated hearing in decades. when special counsel robert mueller testifies about the findings of his two-year investigation. democrats and republicans both sharpening their questions and their strategy as they hold mock hearings with top aides sitting in as mueller. cnn has learned that democrats on the house judiciary committee will focus on five areas of potential obstruction of justice laid out in the mueller report. including trump's order to then white house counsel don mcgahn to fire mueller. his efforts to have mcgahn deny
that the president had ordered him to have the special counsel removed. also, trump's order to former campaign manager corey lewandowski to tell the then attorney general jeff sessions to limit the investigation to exclude the president, and later threatening to fire sessions if he did not meet with lewandowski. there are also episodes in the mueller report of alleged witness tampering, including trump encouraging former campaign chairman paul manafort and trump's former attorney michael cohen not to cooperate with federal prosecutors. >> just if he says what was in the report and says it to the american people so they hear it, that would be very, very important. >> reporter: democrats on the house intelligence committee plan to press mueller about the extent of russian interference in the 2016 elections and contacts between russians and the trump campaign. and will ask mueller about his finding that trump publicly expressed skepticism that russia was responsible for the hacks at the same time that he and other campaign officials privately sought information about any
further planned wikileaks releases of clinton campaign emails. >> well, we're going to ask him questions and we're going to expect him to answer. >> reporter: with the stakes enormous, democrats say they are preparing carefully, rereading the entire 448-page report. >> this is not going to be a whole bunch of members freelancing, this will be organized. >> reporter: republicans, meanwhile, plan to press the special counsel about whether his team was bias as well as anti-trump texts sent by fbi agent peter strzok and attorney lisa page. and they plan to raise questions about why the investigation started in the first place. >> that's the basic questions of understanding a conclusion, you got to understand where it started. >> reporter: but mueller has already indicated he won't go beyond the four corners of his report. >> director mueller will be impeccable prepared. >> he's not a dramatic witness, but he knows his stuff. >> now, some democrats have tried to actually lower
expectations ahead of wednesday's hearing. jim himes for one told me don't expect much news of the hearing. others believe it could reshape the impeachment debate going forward. nancy pelosi behind closed doors said something different. approach this calmly, i'm told. she told that to her democratic colleagues. approach this seriously. don't raise expectation. don't lower expectations. but ultimately the question could be whether or not pelosi shifts off her position to moving forward with an impeachment inquiry. at the moment expectations are she will not move off that opposition. >> well, joining me to talk more about the hearings is scott lucas, profession of international politics at the university of birmingham and founder and editor of "ea world view." good to have you with us. >> great morning to you, rosemary. >> so when robert mueller testifies wednesday, he not expected to go beyond the findings his of of his report, so the questioning style of republicans and democrats will be critical within a very strict
time restraint. given most americans have never read the mueller report, will it be enough for democrats to simply get sound bites of mueller repeating his findings out loud to be replayed on news outlets over and over? >> that's their strategy. i mean, this is almost like a tv version of the document. and remember what the document says. it says that on numerous occasions there is evidence that donald trump obstructed or attempted to obstruct justice. democrats will try to get that line out from robert mueller himself. the report says that there are numerous contacts between donald trump's staff and russian officials. they will hope that mueller will again echo what that says. and they will hope that mueller will say that the only reason why charges were not filed against donald trump was because the justice department's office of legal counsel said you cannot indict a sitting president. so in other words, there is
evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, as they put it. the republican strategy -- >> okay, let's just separate that because on the other side of this, of course, republicans want to ask mueller why the investigation was started in the first blais. -- place and they also want to push him on perceived bias. how far do you think they'll get with that line of questioning? >> well, we'll see. you summarized the tactics, which is the republicans don't want to talk about the evidence in the report. they don't want to talk about the legal interpretation of the evidence. they are going to as we say in uk play the man and not the ball. they're going to attack mueller's team. they're going to try to say this entire investigation was undermined from the start, in other words try to provide confusion rather than clarity with the democrats doing exactly the opposite. >> of course democrats and republicans preparing very carefully. they want very difficult results, of course, from mueller's testimony, as you've pointed out, but he will be very
well-prepared himself and will know exactly what he plans to say or not say. so what all can we expect to come out of this testimony in the end? >> well, he said, of course in his only public statement, he would stay within the four corners of the report if he ever did testify, but it's going to be very important to hear how he responds to the questions from both sides about the report. one, when the republicans try to undermine his team, how strongly does mueller defend them? in other words, does he push aside the republicans' division? and two, how much does he reiterate and how fervently does he reiterate there is evidence of trump's obstruction of justice and the contacts, which were not a criminal conspiracy, but some could see as collusion. >> and can you expect or would you expect this testimony to have any impact on future impeachment proceedings? >> i don't think we go down the road of impeachment proceedings unless the white house continues
to try to obstruct significant hearings in congress. i don't think they're going to do that. or unless there is another breakthrough in one of the many other cases against donald trump. i think the republicans, in fact, are going to try to play out the clock until we get into election season. >> scott lucas, always a pleasure to have you on the program. many thanks. >> thank you, rose mar. >> dramatic audio reveals tense moments before a british flag oil tanker was seized by iran. you'll hear part of that exchange and how the united kingdom plans to respond ahead for you. plus, the u.s. president is trying to free an american rapper from a swedish jail, asap, coming up. with that look at why it's not going to be easy. priceline will partner with even more vegas hotels to turn their unsold rooms into amazing deals. delegates, how do you vote?
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welcome back to viewers here in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live from atlanta. i'm george howell. >> and i'm rosemary church. want to check the headlines for you this hour. puerto rico's governor addressed the public outrage against him sunday. ricardo rossello says he won't run for re-election next year, but he will complete his term. however, protesters want him out now because of rampant corruption and offensive online chats between him and his aides. it's happened again. the power went out in new york. see, look at that. that happened on sunday. this time in brooklyn. for more than 30,000 customers. new york city is in the grip of a dangerous heatwave. it is believed that equipment may have overheated to cause that power outage. sunday's snap vote in ukraine looks to be a big win for president vladimir zbolodym
zelenskiy. official results are expected next month. >> uk's escalating crisis with iran. the government's emergency response committee is meeting soon to discuss it. the british flagged tanker that tehran seized on friday, it is in the strait of hormuz, now docked at the iranian port and flying an iranian flag as well. britain has already warned of a robust response if iran continues to hold that ship. >> and cnn's matthew chance has more on the escalating tensions between the two countries. >> reporter: this is the moment iran seized a british oil tanker in one of the world's most important shipping lanes. pushing tensions in the persian gulf to dangerous new highs. iranian state media broadcast
these dramatic images of what seems to have been a carefully planned military operation. fast naval patrol boats surrounding the british flagged "stenna impero." iran says the tanker violated navigation rules. >> it was seized in omani waters in clear contravention of international law. it was then forced to sail into iran. this is totally an utterly unacceptable. >> if you obey, you will be safe. >> reporter: and now audio recordings of radio transmissions have emerged of the iranian revolutionary guards ordering the british tanker to change course. >> if you obey, you will be safe. alter your course to 360 degrees
immediately. over. >> reporter: a british warship too far away to intervene advises the tanker not to comply then addresses the iranian navy directly. >> you must not impair, impede, obstruct or hamper the passage of the mv "stena imperio." >> no challenge is intended. no challenge is intended. i want to inspect the ship for security reasons, over. >> reporter: but there are british suspicions the real reason was this, a tanker carrying iranian oil seized by british forces off the coast of gibraltar earlier this month. officials say they suspected it was heading to syria in violation of eu sanctions. for weeks, a furious iran has vowed a response. now the islamic republic seems
to have retaliated. matthew chance, cnn, on the gulf of oman. >> matthew, thank you. the u.s. president is trying to get an american rapper, asap rocky, out of a swedish jail. >> however, sweden's prime minister told mr. trump the swedish court system is completely independent and won't be swayed by outside pressure. melissa bell explains what the u.s. president is up against. >> reporter: free asap rocky asap. the sign just side this prison the only sign of the controversy of the american rapper being held inside. on saturday, the president personally weighed in. >> i do not know asap rocky, but i can tell you he has tremendous support from the african-american community. >> reporter: asap's more than 10 million followers haven't heard from the man himself in nearly three weeks ever since he was jailed in sweden on suspicion of
assault in a brawl on june 30th. other videos posted by the rapper on his instagram paint a different picture, one of harassment. >> look, just for the cameras, we don't want no problems with these boys. they keep following us. >> reporter: both sides are now being investigated, although the swedish man allegedly involved remains free since the judiciary does not consider him a flight risk. asap rocky, on the other hand, learned on friday that he would remain in custody whilst the prosecutor continues to investigate, claiming that he does present a flight risk. afterwards, the rapper's lawyer told journalists that the prosecutors' decision was unfair but expected and that his client is innocent. adding that he believed he was assaulted and acted in self-defense. asap rocky's lawyer and his media representatives have not responded to cnn for comment. on saturday, the american president tweeted that he had been in touch with the swedish
prime minister, saying that asap was not a flight risk and offering to personally vouch for his bail, but that is not how things work in sweden. >> if you know the swedish legal system, you know there is no bail system. but then he also said something like the swedish prime minister will get involved in the case. actually, the swedish constitution forbids any minister, even the prime minister, to get involved or even state anything about an individual case. >> reporter: indeed, the swedish prime minister said that he neither could nor would try to influence the judicial process. celebrities have also weighed in. justin bieber thanking donald trump for helping his friend but asking whether he could also let the kids out of cages, referencing the migrant crisis on the u.s.-mexico border. the former swedish prime minister also tweeted that donald trump needs to understand that sweden has an independent judiciary with any political meddling distinctly off limits.
that independent judiciary gives the entrepreneur until thursday to rule whether asap rocky and two members office his entourage should be charged, released or held here a little longer. a man once said the odds of boris johnson being the uk's prime minister were about as good as finding elvis on mars. that man was boris johnson. the latest on the race to replace theresa may still ahead. at visionworks, we guarantee you'll see great and look great. "guarantee". we say that too. you gotta use "these" because we don't mean it. if you don't love your glasses, we'll make it right. guaranteed. visionworks. see the difference. we carry flowers that signifyn why we want to end the disease. and we walk so that one day, there will be a white flower for alzheimer's first survivor. join the fight at alz.org/walk. 180 over 111. 145 over 92. i had a heart attack, a cardiac arrest, and then a stroke.
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the uk's next prime minister may already be chosen, but we'll have to wait until tuesday to find out. that's when the conservative party is set to announce its next leader. >> mp boris johnson is heavily favored against the foreign secretary jeremy hunt, but he faces sharp criticism from top members of his own party, the finance minister and justice secretary. they even said they will resign if johnson becomes prime
minister. nick glass has a look at the controversial figure poised to lead the uk. >> reporter: just boris. unmistakably boris. the great blonde ambition himself rocking along and disheveled as ever. boris johnson, the most charismatic, polarizing and recognizable british politician of his time, now seems unstoppably destined to be prime minister. around the country -- >> bye-bye. see you. thanks a lot. see you. >> reporter: it's been pretty much the same campaign speech for some weeks now. >> we can get brexit done and we can win. >> there's only one way to get this country off the hamster wheel of doom, and that is to get brexit done by october the 31st. >> you know what we need to do? we need to get brexit done and we need to come out of the
european union by october -- by october 31st. >> reporter: photo opportunities aside, can boris do it? well, no one really knows. so far, both europe and the british parliament have been intransigent. in brussels, johnson seemed to be regarded as a political lightweight and by some even appears to be despised. the campaign has been carefully managed to stop boris johnson from tripping himself up. not always successfully. >> how would you handle paragraph 5c. >> i would confide entire in paragraph 5b. >> how would you get around with what's in 5c? do you know what's in 5c? >> no. >> reporter: it features the so-called g.a.p. international trade agreement. some commentators say they think boris johnson should know
exactly what it is, as it undermines his planned strategy in the event of no deal. media have already crowned boris johnson. his rival jeremy hunt reduced to a victory cigar to be smoked at leisure. a relatively small electorate to win over. just the paid up members of the conservative party, 160,000 of them. >> why back boris? >> why back boris? >> because i think we need to do something radical now, and i think boris is the man to do it. >> he has natural leadership ability. i think he's positive. it's a positive vote. i don't want more of this managerial compromise. >> he's a breath of fresh air. and i find him really, really entertaining. >> what one quality do you most admire in your opponent as a future prime minister? >> well, i work very well with jeremy over many years. i think i --
>> do you think the future is clear? >> no. no. no, i still can't see how we're going to get where we're going to get to on 31st of october. >> reporter: what's been evident from the campaign is that boris johnson is banking on a close relationship with president donald trump. reluctant to criticize the president over the foray with kim darroch. >> i have a very good relationship with the white house and proud of what i was able to build up during my time as secretary. >> reporter: "the guardian" depicts a sunburned boris johnson basking in an inflatable in a murky pool in the toilet lid head of donald trump. "the spectator" has the two men with interlacing ties. boris johnson is clearly a man in a hurry. he'll have little more than 100 days until the end of okay to
show his metal in perhaps the most challenging political crisis in britain's post-war history. nick glass, cnn, with boris johnson on the campaign trail. >> nick glass there with the reporting. and now let's put it into focus with john. good to have you with us. >> hello there. >> so we've seen a lot of jeremy hunt in the news as the nation's foreign secretary. managing the impasse with iran over the seized tanker, but all indications are that his rival boris johnson will win this contest. >> sorry, just lost the sound. >> we may have to reconnect with you if you are unable to hear me. >> i can hear you now, sorry. >> the fun of skype. we'll bring you back in here. can you hear me now? >> i can. i can. >> let's -- let's reframe the question -- let's put it to you again. so bottom line, all indications are that boris johnson will assume the role as prime
minister. the question here -- >> yeah. >> what makes him different than any other candidate? because, look, it took three years, right, to try to get brexit done. theresa may was unable to do it. >> yeah. >> boris johnson steps in. how can he make that happen in three months? >> well, i don't -- i don't know that he can. but what's different about him is that he's prepared to tell party members, conservative party members what they want to hear, which is that we will definitely leave the european union by the end of october. now, that's not a promise that i think he can guarantee to deliver because if he can't get a deal, and if he can't get a deal through the house of commons, the house of commons will also stop him leaving without a deal, and that will leave him in exactly the same position that theresa may was in in march, and he will have to ask for an extension. >> with phillip hammond telling the bbc he intends to resign as chancellor if johnson becomes prime minister, also the finance
minister promising to do the same, how does that affect johnson or hunt in this contest? >> well, it means that there are -- there is a large group of conservative mps, many of them currently ministers who will actually leave the government when boris johnson comes in, who are resolutely opposed to leaving the eu without a deal. and they will do everything they can to stop it. now, when i say everything they can, that includes bringing down a johnson government because you've got to remember that when boris johnson comes in to number 10, he will only have a majority of four seats in the house of commons, and that's with a minor party, the bup, supporting him. so that just means two conservative mps go over to the other side and he doesn't have a majority at all and he can be brought down, and i think that's the ultimate sanction that these people have against him that will prevent us leaving without a deal at the end of october. >> look, the former prime minister's tony blair and gordon
brown both have reportedly expressed their concerns about a no-deal brexit. that it could be catastrophic. that it could put the nation's economy on a cliff. the question here, does boris johnson really have a chance of convincing them to reconsider, to convince the eu to reconsider and re-open negotiations? >> i don't think he -- i don't think he can because the eu side of the negotiations knows perfectly well what the situation in parliament is. they know that parliament is resolutely opposed to leaving without a deal, and therefore boris johnson has -- doesn't have very much leverage. all he has is force of personality, and as you'll reporter so correctly pointed out, he's not well liked in european capitals. i don't think that they will give him anything that they wouldn't give theresa may. and it's not really a question about just giving him something because the sticking point is the -- is the irish border.
and both sides agree that it has to be kept open. and therefore the same deal that theresa may had is going to be on offer to boris johnson. now, if he can get that through parliament then he's a -- he's a cleverer man than i know. >> all right. so many factors here. we've talked about boris johnson. it seems that he is most likely to be the new prime minister. we've talked about the eu. they are set. this is the deal. this is the only deal. what -- >> yeah. >> -- hope is there for those who are hoping to still remain in the eu, given these set of circumstances that seem certain? >> well, i mean, most of the remainers are very gloomy about the prospect, but i don't think they should be because i think it's going to be very difficult for boris johnson to get us out of the european union. i think at the end of october he's going to face a situation where he's going to have to ask for more time and he'll have to say to people i've been blocked
by parliament, i'm going to have a general election and i'm going to ask the people for a mandate for brexit, for my brexit, which will be a deal or no deal brexit. and he'll go to the country and ask -- and have a general election. >> john, we appreciate your time today. thank you. >> my pleasure. and you're watching "cnn newsroom." still to come, it's take two for india's mission to land a rover on the moon. we bring you the latest from new delhi in the hours ahead of takeoff. we're back in just a moment. over 10,000 women tried it and love it. my husband has noticed a difference. i really love lash serum. try new lash serum solution. from l'oreal paris. bleech! aww! awww! ♪ it's the easiest because it's the cheesiest.
in the coming hours, india is set to attempt the launch of its second lunar mission after the first one was called off an hour before lift-off due to a technical snag. >> the indian research -- space research organization, i should say, the country's answer to nasa, it says the launch will take place in the coming hours and if successful, india will become the fourth country in the world to make a soft landing on the moon's surface. cnn's nikhil kumar has details.
>> reporter: this rocket could propel india into one of the world's most exclusive clubs. only throw countries, the u.s., the former soviet union and china have managed to land a spacecraft on the moon. and now india's hoping to do just that with this probe. it is due to land on the lunar surface in september. this mission sets the stage for something much bigger, putting indian astronauts into space by 2022. it will be a huge boost for india's space program and a goal shared by both india's scientists and its leaders here in the capital, new delhi. for prime minister modi, it's about projecting national power. >> translator: we will send a manned mission into space and we will do it with our own astronauts. >> reporter: india's already made a mark on the final frontier. in 2017, it launched more than 100 satellites in one mission, and in 2014, it made global
headlines by sending a satellite into orbit around mars, all for just $74 million. staggeringly cheap for a space mission. but questions remain about india's ambition. analysts say there is a huge gulf between the country's goals and what it can realistically achieve. at least for now. >> one clear indicate tore see whether these are feasible and how quickly these are feasible is the budget allocation. if you look at the budget allocation for space in the last few years, they have been talking about increasing the space budget, but there has been a very, very marginal increase. it's going to be awhile before we see these things materializing. >> reporter: setting big goals, however, does send a big signal, that india has arrived. >> some of these things are merely to show we have ambitions. we are going to be a big player. we are a big power. we do have a mission. >> reporter: and that's what it comes down to, 50 years on from the apollo 11 moon landings, india wants the world to know that it is making its own giant
leaps. nikhil kumar, cnn, new delhi. britain's prince george turns 6 years old on monday, and to mark the occasion, kensington palace has released three new photos of him taken by his mother, the duchess of cambridge. >> the prince is third in line to the throne behind his father and grandfather and that is likely a long way off. he will be in year two of school in september. some very cute photos there. >> absolutely. happy little guy. thanks for being with us for "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. >> and i'm rosemary church. we'll be back with another hour of news next. do stay with us. heart. and this is hal's relief, knowing he's covered. this is hal's heart. and it's beating better than ever. this is what medicare from blue cross blue shield does for hal. and with easy access to quality healthcare, imagine what we can do for you. this is the benefit of blue.
tear gas, rubber bullets and resilience as protests in hong kong turn violent. we're expecting to hear from the city's chief executive any moment and we'll bring it to you live. plus this -- >> what the governor has done today is he has added fuel to a fire. >> puerto rican protests demand their governor step down, but he is refusing to go. . >> do you have no doubt he's been abusing since -- since his plea? >> oh, absolutely. he can't stop.