tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN November 18, 2019 2:00am-3:00am PST
please. >> thanks to our international viewers for joining us. enjoy the rest of your day. for our u.s. viewers, "early start" continues right now. the e.u. ambassador under scrutiny, ahead of testimony on capitol hill. eight witnesses on the schedule. the president attacking yet another one. a new leader for the democrats in iowa. what a rise of pete buttigieg means for the 2020 field. and the president backing off a major commitment to curb vaping. does his re-election bid come before teenagers' health? that was quite a reversal. good morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. there are eight public impeachment hearings this week. the focus is on one, gordon sondland, ambassador to the e.u. wednesday, "the wall street
journal" reporting sondland frequently updated top officials on efforts to convince ukraine to launch investigations the president was demanding. among them, energy secretary rick perry and mick mulvaney, who famously said this about trump's pressure campaign. >> we do that all the time, with foreign policy. i have news for everybody, get over it. there's going to be political influence in foreign policy. >> also released this weekend, a deposition from former top official, tim morrison. he told officials that sondland was acting at the direction of the president and that he spoke to a top ukrainian official about exchanging military aid for investigations. republicans trying to shift the blame for mounting trouble away from the president. >> those individuals who leaked this, this is all coming out into public has weakened that relationship. it exposed things that didn't need to be exposed.
it would have been better off if this happened behind the scenes. funding would have been restored and the relationship with ukraine would be far better off than it is today. >> the president attacking another witness after demonizing marie yovanovitch while she testified on friday. the president on sunday lashed out at another witness, jennifer williams, an aide to vice president mike pence. he went after her as a never-trumper. she is set to testify tomorrow. >> williams listened in on the phone call to ukraine. she testified privately that trump's request for investigation struck her as, quote, unusual and inappropriate. the president's latest attacks on a witness threatens to deepen his trouble in a frenetic week ahead. cnn's david shortell has more from washington. >> reporter: eight witnesses set to testify publicly this week before the house intelligence committee, including highly
credentialed national security officials, making this week the most consequential of the trump presidency. i want to focus on two of the witnesses that are scheduled to provide some of the most compelling testimony so far. that's gordon sondland, and timothy morrison, who is the top white house expert on russia. sondland was a wealthy businessman who donated $1 million to the president's election committee and later became his top envoy to the e.u. his testimony is not expected to be a home run. we'll likely hear him describe a call that he had with president trump, that the president told him explicitly that he does not asking for a quid pro quo. sondland is likely to be quizzed about a conversation he had
with his colleagues that we recently learned about. that conversation, at a restaurant in kiev, sondland told officials that trump did not care about ukraine and was only concerned about an opening of an investigation into the bidens. morrison, the former nsc official, is expected to testify on tuesday. and we expect him the to build the credentials of sondland as someone who was working with president trump on this shadow ukraine policy, sondland, the witness with the most direct role in this effort that we've heard from so far. dave and christine? >> all right. a stunning rise from obscurity to the top of the field in iowa, for pete buttigieg. the south bend, indiana, mayor, had a nine-point lead in september. it's a close race for second, with elizabeth warren at 16%. >> on the ground, for weeks, i have been feeling there's momentum. they connect with the message and get more and more interested
in supporting this campaign. i know we have the biggest hills to climb ahead of us. we will stay disciplined and focused on doing that. >> i don't do polls. i know we need ideas that match the problems in this country. >> the biggest challenge facing buttigieg is a glaring lack of support in the black community. he will speak at morehouse college. the field getting a warning from obama. he talked about going too far on certain policies. he says voters want ideas rooted in reality. >> this is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement. they like to see things improve. but the average american doesn't think that we have to completely tear down the system and remake
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teargas if need to. trade negotiations with china, perhaps a factor there. paula hancocks live with the latest developments. paula? >> reporter: christine, i know protesters would like to hear more vocal support from the u.s. president. they're calling on support from europe, as well. they want the international community to get involved. we're a couple of blocks away from the polytechnic university, where hundreds, perhaps more, are holed up inside. we've spoken to one of the protesters inside. he's sitting with a number of his other protesters, waiting to be arrested, saying they want to leave but believe the police cordon will prevent them from doing so. we know there's more radical and more violent elements within that campus. we've seen fires being lit to try to keep the police out. we've and petrol bombs to be used against police. we've seen a bow and arrow used
against police. one policeman having an arrow in his leg. if protesters use the lethal weapons, they believe a bow and arrow is a lethal weapon, they will have no choice but to use minimum force and live fire. here, we're seeing thousands of protesters trying to distract the police. there's been a cat and mouse game for many sides. there's been teargas and rubber bullets from the police side. they're trying to draw the police away from the campus. seeing if they can allow the protesters to escape. we saw dozens of the protesters manage to sneak out of the campus and disappear. the police extended the cordon, trying to pick up every, single one of them. they want to arrest as many of those people as possible. they should come out, drop their weapons, but they will be arrested. christine? >> thanks so much for that,
paula. president trump backing off a proposed ban on most flavored vaping products, a ban he announced with some fanfare just two months ago. >> we can't allow people to get sick. and can't have our youth be so affected. >> white house and trump campaign officials tell "the washington post," trump changed his mind because he fears that upsetting vapors could hurt his re-election chances. trump also believes that job losses in the vaping industry could stop the economic growths. juul will stop selling pods, other than tobacco and menthol. as of last week, there's been 42 confirmed deaths. china and the u.s. held constructive discussions about a phase one trade deal, amid reports that the negotiations hit a rough patch. that positivity coming from chinese state media. the two sides had a phone call.
stocks hit record highs friday, after larry kudlow said washington and beijing were close. pete navarro repeated sunday, with high praise for the negotiating style of lighthizer. >> my lighthizer rule is all negotiations should be closed doors. we're on a glide path to a deal. >> he says, don't believe the leaks. never believe the leaks. the day in/day out leaks on the trade deal. navarro would not say if a trade deal would be reached this year. until then, tariffs are still on many goods, including agriculture projects. the president promised cash for farmers before thanksgiving. the agriculture department begins a second round of bailouts next week. the $16 billion package is to compensate for trade losses in the war here. farmers have been in the middle of this.
you see farm bankruptcies rising. it's been really devastating for some of the communities and family farms trying to hold on. in some cases, the bailout money is not compensating them 100%. and the president is still s saying that the chinese are paying the tariffs. there's a redistribution of wealth now. another chapter in the lamar jackson story. it has been an entertaining one. andy sholes has that story in "the bleacher report" next. i need a ride.
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i thought we had a great game in store. >> as a texans fan, dave, i'm not surprised, by what happened on sunday. >> wow. >> texans routinely don't show up for big games. a big play early in this one was a nonpass interference call. the nfl made you can challenge if pass interference wasn't called after the saints got cheated out of the super bowl last year. the way the league is enforcing it is ridiculous. the prime example is coming in the first quarter. deshaun watson going deep to hopkins. and hopkins at the end of this play, will get tackled in the end zone. no flag was thrown. the texans challenged it and it was upheld, no pass interference. when that happened, 6 of 58 pass interferences had been overturned. hopkins tweeting out after the game, someone new has to make the decisions in new york. lamar jackson outdueling.
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and the president backing off a major commitment to curb vaping. does his re-election bid come before teenagers' health? there are eight public hearings this week, but the focus is on one. gordon sondland ambassador to the e.u. "the wall street journal" reporting sondland frequently updated top officials on efforts to convince ukraine to launch investigations the president was demanding. among them, energy secretary rick perry and mick mulvaney, who famously said this about trump's pressure campaign. >> we do that all the time, with foreign policy. i have news for everybody, get over it. there's going to be political influence in foreign policy. >> also released this weekend, a deposition from former top official, tim morrison. he told officials that sondland was acting at the direction of the president and that he spoke
to a top ukrainian official about exchanging military aid for investigations. republicans trying to shift the blame for mounting trouble away from the president. >> those individuals who leaked this, this is all coming out into public has weakened that relationship. it exposed things that didn't need to be exposed. it would have been better off if this happened behind the scenes. funding would have been restored and the relationship with ukraine would be far better off than it is today. >> the president attacking another witness after demonizing former ambassador to ukraine marie yovanovitch while she testified on friday. the president on sunday lashed out at another witness, jennifer williams, an aide to vice president mike pence. he went after her as a she is set to testify tomorrow. >> williams listened in on the phone call to ukraine. she testified privately that
trump's request for investigation struck her as, quote, unusual and inappropriate. the president's latest attacks on a witness threatens to deepen his trouble in a frenetic week ahead. he said that eisenberg's executive secretary put it on the highly classified server after misunderstanding some instructions. they found it was displaced when they tried to use it for a planned warsaw trip in september, a trip that was canceled. a stunning rise from obscurity to the top of the field in iowa for pete buttigieg. the south bend, indiana, mayor, pulling to a nine-point lead. that's a 16-point surge in iowa since september. with 11 weeks to go before the caucuses, it's a close race for second, with elizabeth warren at 16%.
>> on the ground, for weeks, i have been feeling there's momentum. they connect with the message and get more and more interested in supporting this campaign. i know we have the biggest hills to climb ahead of us. we will stay disciplined and focused on doing that. >> i don't do polls. i know we need ideas that match the problems in this country. >> the biggest challenge facing buttigieg is a glaring lack of support in the black community. just 4% in a recent quinnipiac poll. he will speak at morehouse college. the field getting a warning from obama. he talked about going too far on certain policies. he says voters want ideas rooted in reality. >> this is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is
interested in improvement. they like to see things improve. but the average american doesn't think that we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. and i think it's important for us not to lose sight of that. >> expect buttigieg to be the target of increased attacks during the next democratic debate on wednesday night. more on all of this, including the queen's second son trying to explain his relationship with jeffrey epstein. it did not go well. a car wreck would be kind. cnn is live in london. before i ask her. may i have your permission to marry her? you're marrying her and her whole world. shop neal lane diamond engagement rings. at kay.
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a crucial week ahead for the impeachment inquiry. eight current and former officials set to testify. the most revealing testimony may come wednesday from ambassador to the e.u. gordon sondland. he was at the center of the president's campaign to pressure the president of ukraine. there's so much material to explore from last week and so much more coming this week. what we see is this picture
really filling out with a clear and consistent tone and message of a white house that had a shadow policy, trying to influence trade access to the president, right? for investigations into the president's political rivals. how damaging was last week? >> it was very damaging. the whistleblower told a story. and everyone has confirmed that story or expanded on it. and it keeps getting worse. whether it changes republican opinion, we don't know at this point. but what it does do is solidify the support of democrats and prevent the backlash as they move forward with this inquiry. >> with the democrats have to clear, the bar they have to clear is high crimes and misdemeanors and first-hand knowledge that the president acknowledged these. the point man ended up being on ukraine. how pivotal could his testimony be in making that argument? >> very pivotal.
he was one of the key players along with figures like rudy giuliani, and he is under fire right now because everyone has basically confronted his first testimony and said it wasn't true. and sondland's correction turns out to be accurate. if he turns on and says the president was onboard with this, i think it will undermine any remaining claim that the president didn't know what was going on. >> on this side, you have a huge impeachment process under way, on the other side, you have democrats running for president. we saw new polling for pete buttigieg that he has soared ahead in iowa. 25%. there's a race for number two there. what do you make of the buttigieg surge here? >> it's not totally surprising. buttigieg has been organizing in iowa from an early point in this contest. he made this the centerpiece of how he will create momentum and show he is viable. the democrats have a long run here.
you have many formidable candidates. he will create the perception in new hampshire and move forward. it's unclear he can win in the big states. unclear he can carry south carolina or california. but this changes the story. it's not one poll we're talking about. several polls and he is far ahead. >> 77 days to iowa. and iowa really matters. for democrats, especially, the winner in iowa has gotten the nomination since tom harkin. >> not always the presidency. that's a little warning. >> a form eer president made so interesting news, and trending was #toofarleft. barack obama had words of warning for those out of step with what he sees as mainstream democrats and policies rooted in reality. is he right that some of the candidates may be going too far left for the country right now? >> that's a fair warning. and it's important to remind candidates with what can be viable, what's not perfect but
possible. in the same interview, he talked about the importance in energy that the big ideas people bring to campaigns. that part of the interview got less attention. i think he was trying to do the pluses and minusescandidates ano can bring this. and you have to inspire voters in campaigns. it's not a practical decision being made. both sides have something to offer. >> we saw former mayor, michael bloomberg this weekend, disavowing stop and frisk, something he's been supportive of until recently. is that a blatant attempt to say, i want to run and i have to get -- i have to get the support of black voters? >> sure. you flip-flop on day one, before you've even really announced. that indicates he understands he has a problem with that policy. when you're mayor, your mayoral
record will really matter. that particular policy in this day and age is a big concern for a lot of voters. it's unclear to me that he has a big path to victory. he has the same kind of constituency as mayor pete. but he's a billionaire running. and he doesn't have the organization. so, he still has a difficult challenge ahead. >> and both buttigieg and bloomberg struggling with voters nationally. >> buttigieg is young and new and he wants to translate that into broader appeal. >> julian zelizer, nice to see you this morning. another long week. >> it will be a big one. president trump backing off a proposed ban on most flavored vaping product. a ban he announced with some fanfare just two months ago. >> we can't allow people to get sick. and can't have our youth be so affected. >> white house and trump
campaign officials tell "the washington post," trump changed his mind because he fears that upsetting vapors could hurt his re-election chances. trump also believes that job losses in the vaping industry could stop the economic growth he often touts. juul will stop selling pods, other than tobacco and menthol. the cdc reports 2,200 cases of lung injury linked to vaping. as of last week, there's been 42 confirmed deaths. former vice president joe biden has released a plan for combatting violence against women. it includes $100 million a year to clear the backlog of processing rape kits. he wants a task force for online abuse.
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nick paton walsh live for us in london with the latest. nick, good morning. what are we learning? >> reporter: dave, substantial protests here. make no doubt about it. and the fact that the iranian government seems unanimous in backing the vital subsidies that make daily life possible for normal iranians suggests they're in a tight financial spot. you said yourself, 50% to 300% rise in the cost of some of the gas people buy. that's going to impact the rest of the economy, already reeling from long-term sanctions. iran has prided itself on keeping it going in the face of an international block cade. but something like this is increased debt and increased problems. we're seeing video of protests, frankly, across the country, in many different cities. because of the lack of transparent, open reporting. and net block, the website, says 5% internet connectivity as of normal. it's hard to say how substantial
these are. but iran's interior minister has been open saying security must come first. there's been reports and videos of clashes. even the supreme leader has said that a number of people have lost their lives in this. but the focus of iran's government are talking about how these are rioters. the u.s. stands by the iranian people. iran said, they show no concern for the suffering under their sanctions. if this goes further, protests on the streets and results in a political change. you'll see hard-liners. but will the protests continue or damper down? >> nick paton walsh, thank you. british social media is slamming prince andrew after he gave an interview on his relationship with jeffrey epstein. he denies accusations he slept with an underage girl, which
would be statutory rape. the queen's seconds son saying he had no recollection of meeting her. he told the bbc at one point he went to epstein's home, planning to break ties with him. >> you were staying at the house of a convicted sex offender. >> it was a convenient place to stay. i mean, i've gone through this so many times in my mind. at the end of the day, with the benefit of all of the hindsight one can have, it was definitely the wrong thing to do. at the time, it was the honorable and right thing to do. and i admit that my judgment was likely colored by my tendency to be too honorable. that's the way it is.
>> hadas gold is live at buckingham palace. in that interview, he said, he conducted himself in a manner unbecoming. in the interview, unbecoming. he was a sex offender. what's the reaction been? >> stunning interview that took place behind me in buckingham palace on thursday evening. just the fact it happened is notable. rarely do members of the royal family sit down for interviews. but to draw a line under this controversy raging around him for months, he seems to be mistaken. the reaction has been swift and overall negative. it seems to have caused more questions than provide any answers. for example, in that answer you just aired, he said he went to break up with, pretty much, jeffrey epstein in person. earlier in the interview, he said they weren't that good of friends. this is the first time we heard from prince andrew, any actual
alibis to some of the dates that she met up with prince andrew. one of the examples, he said, he wasn't with her because she was taking one of his daughters to a pizza restaurant for a birthday party. the reaction from the british media has been harsh. charlie proctor, the editor in chief of the royal central website, he said, i expected a train wreck. that was a plane crashing into an oil tanker, causing a tsunami, triggering a nuclear explosion level bad. one of the questions is if prince andrew will speak under oath to investigators about jeffrey epstein. he told the bbc he would do so if his legal adviser said that was the right thing to do. >> thank you for that. the head of the faa says he's considering an overhaul of the plane approval process in the wake of two boeing 737 max crashes. steven dixon tells "the wall
street journal" he is willing to change the certification process to focus on pilot reaction and human factors. that echoes new recommendations from the ntsb. the faa has been criticized for outsourcing its certification to planemakers themselves. let's get a check on cnn business this morning. looking at markets around the world. pretty much a mixed perform mansion here. asian and european stocks have violence over the weekend in hong kong. that was a problem here. the hang seng rose 1.3%, jumping up from last week's nearly 5% drop. it could be another record day on wall street, if things hold. markets are hungry for any news of a u.s./china trade deal. chinese state media sunday, said the two sides held constructive discussions about a phase one deal. last week, all major indices hit record highs when larry kudlow said, washington and beijing were close to a deal. the records also as concerns of a recession fade into the background. ford is coming for tesla,
unveiling an suv with a storied pedigree. the mustang match e. now, two motors allow it to go from 0-60 in 4 seconds. this is ford's biggest bet on a electric car. half of all u.s. autosales are suvs. prices start about $45,000. dunkin' is tossing out styrofoam cups for good. the chain is ditching its phone cup. a move that ends double-cupping. dunkin' said it was breaking up with the double-cup. dunkin' will offer customers doub double-walled paper cups. >> miss those foam cups. but a good call. in case you missed it, "saturday night live" gave impeachment hearings a soap opera spin.
"days of our impeachment," where the only thing at stake is democracy. >> oh, yeah. i love the glamour and the spotlight. that's why i spent my career in ukraine and somalia. >> i did the thing where i would hold a magnifying glass and say, i'll look into that. but i grabbed a hammer and took my eye out. not my best day. not my worst. is rudy okay? >> i think he may have fixed me. >> everywhere marie yovanovitch went, turned bad. she started out in somalia, how did that go? as long as we're talking about track records, trump started in atlantic city. how did that go? even fox news thought attacking yovanovitch was a bad move. >> should the president be tweeting at her mid hearing? no. it makes him look like a big, dumb baby. >> that's what they're saying on his favorite channel. that's like if your kid turned
on nickelodeon and dora was like, you'll never learn to read, fatty. >> it's all politics until you bring dora into it. leave dora out of it. >> we love dora. >> thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. here's "new day." eight public impeachment hearings set for this week. >> this last week was good for the facts and bad for president trump. >> the president lashed out at another witness. career diplomat jennifer williams. >> donald trump doesn't like what he's hearing, he shouldn't tweet. >> mr. sondland has to decide if his loyalty is to america or the president of the united states. >> this is a man who said, as far as the president is concerned, there was no quid pro quo. >> the president of the united states shouldn't be on the phone with another country and attack his political welcome o our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day."
it's monday, november 1th. it's 6:00 here in new york. hope you all got some rest this morning, because what a week ahead in the impeachment hearings. including a witness that seems to grow in importance every hour. at least eight current and former officials are set to testify. each tells a key part of the story, but yale teasily the mos important appearance is wednesday when gordon sondland is scheduled to appear. sondland had multiple direct conversations with president trump about efforts to get the ukrainians to investigate joe biden. sondland revised his original testimony, a 180 as it has been called, and admitted he made clear to the ukrainians they would not get any aid unless they launched the investigations. and new this morning, "the wall street journal" reports there's even more. a trail of emails where sondland kept several key trump officials updated about the
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