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i am don lemon. there is a lot going on. we're going to catch you up on all the big headlines. the united states and iran back from the brink, at least for the moment, following iran's retaliatory missile strikes on iran bases housing u.s. forces. president trump saying it appears iran is now standing down as he signals a de-escalation of tensions. so now what? we're going to take a look at that. the president addressing the nation today about potentially dangerous conflict with iran. making lots of statements and claims, but was he truthful? we're going to find out on the trump fact check with daniel dale. in the midst of all the problems the u.s. faces with iran and the middle east as a whole, the president, president trump, just can't resist blaming president obama. well, we're going to take a look at how trump's obsession with his predecessor drives his foreign policy. also, impeachment standoff. nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell in a tug-of-war over the impending trial. she is holding on to the
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articles of impeachment and he is refusing to negotiate over the possibility of calling witnesses to testify. who lets go first? and palace intrigue. prince harry and his wife meghan the duchess of sussex throwing the royal family into a tizzy, announcing they are stepping back from their royal roles and basically going their own way, in typical british understatement. the palace calls complicated. let's begin with iran. cnn's fredrik pleitkin is tracking the day's developments. fred? >> reporter: don, i think from the perspective of president trump not hitting back at the iranians even after the iranian ballistic missile strike, that from their perspective is what they wanted to achieve. before the strikes took place, several iranian officials telling me that they were going to lash out at military installations, but they wanted it to end there. they didn't want this to turn into some wider escalation. they didn't want this to turn into possibly a war in the
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middle east. also for the iranians, it was very important that the revolutionary guard did these ballistic missile strikes because the revolutionary guard, of course, is the unit that qassem soleimani, that general, was a part of. and it was important for them to showcase their ballistic missile technology. essentially what the iranians proved today, they believe, is that they have this homemade missile technology that's very accurate now and can hit american targets even very far away, even across the border. because, of course, they did launch these strikes from iranian territory. i want to read you one headline that i found on an iranian outlet. it says, quote, trump's big retreat from the threat of the islamic republic of iran missile strike. so clearly the iranians trying to portray this that president trump held back because he was afraid of iranian missiles. we heard, of course, from iran's supreme leader, ayatollah khomeini, taking a more moderate tone saying there was an off
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ramp essentially for president trump. the big issue for the iranians, though, after president trump's speech today, he's imposed more sanction on the iranians. the iranians do believe or many in the iranian power structure that this maximum pressure campaign is really it he heart of what's fueling these ongoing tensions between iran and the u.s., don. >> all right. thank you, fredrik. i appreciate that. let's discuss now with cnn's pamela brown, senior white house correspondent. also chris, a former navy s.e.a.l. and president of the mccrystal group. also julia, a former department of homeland security official and cnn national security analyst. mark mazeti. good evening one and all. pamela, i want to start with you. you have some great new reporting about what was going on behind . scenes as the crisis unfolded. how did president trump reach his decision not to strike back? >> well, don, our team has learned that the president, as he met with his national security team inside "the situation room," the big objective for him and others in the room was whether there were any american casualties.
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and so a senator had told cnn that the president had appeared ready -- he stood ready to strike iranian facilities if there was even just one american casualty. we are told that there was a consideration early on to maybe strike iran, that was one of the options. but ultimately the group left the situation room, deciding to wait, see how things pan out, what the battle assessment damage looked. that assessment came at 1:00 a.m. there were several factors at play that led to the president's ultimate decision to announce this morning, don, to just impose sanctions on iran rather than take a more he escalatory action. they struck areas that were not populated by u.s. personnel. ands a we know, the u.s. had several hours to prepare, had a warning to prepare so personnel were able to go into bunkers, to take cover. so there were several factors at play that led to the president's decision. but also, don, it was a big relief for the president that
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there weren't u.s. casualties because he did not want to continue to escalate the situation with iran. >> mark, let's bring you in. you have been reporting on this as well. you have a new article in the times about it tonight. here's part of what you wrote. the frenetic day filled with confusion, where at times it appeared a dangerous military escalation could lead to a broader war. mr. trump spent hours with his aides monitoring the latest threats. military planners considered options to retaliate if iran killed american troops. so, that's a stark difference from the administration's posture today that everything is just fine, the operation is a success, they're saying. >> well, right. as pam was saying, i mean, really a lot of it was contingent on what the iranian strike would look like. everyone was expecting it. as we reported in our story tonight, there were all sorts of different threat extremes coming in, different types of attacks they were anticipating. but they didn't know when and
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where. and in the afternoon there was a flash message that came from intelligence agencies signalling that in the next few hours there would probably be a strike against american troops. and that's what scrambled everyone to go to the situation room. and really, there were all sorts of conflicting information. they thought there was a strike on a different american base, that turned out to be a false alarm. and it wasn't until the strikes on al-assad and erbil they realized that was the extent of the iranian response. and because, as pam said, there were no american casualties, no iraqi casualties, that then led to the response by president trump announced today, which is effectively we're all now trying to de-escalate, or at least move this out of the public sphere into the shadows once again. >> yeah, but now there is a question as to whether iran even intended to hit u.s. troops. what did we learn about the iranians from this whole conflict? did they blink? >> i mean, i think we don't know.
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we don't know, and we may not know for sometime. we may not know ever what they really intended. whether they -- it was certainly a moderate response, you would say, than what was perhaps feared, that these 16 missiles on two bases versus what might have happened. now, were they so -- they were so strategic that they thought we were going to specifically hit places that will not -- there will not be any troops. it's hard to imagine that they would have gamed that or even could have done that. but certainly the response to soleimani's killing, one could argue was quite measured. >> julia, we just heard pamela tell us that trump appeared ready to strike back at iranian facilities, if even one u.s. soldier was killed. i mean, this crisis could have ended very differently. >> it could have, and that's why it's so odd to hear pundits and others talk about a win or a loss. i think it depends on when you start the clock. i mean, you could start it in
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1953 when the united states was responsible for the overthrow of the democratically elected government of iran to the 1979 overthrow of the shah. you could put your clock at 2015 with the iran deal, or 2018 when we exited the iran deal, or you could put it to last week when we killed soleimani. you can judge it based on whatever clock you pick whether this is a win or a loss. are we better off today than how i felt last night? certainly. but i would argue that the clock probably starts today, which is the idea that this is over, that it's like, you know, a netflix streaming series that we're done now. it's just absolutely ridiculous. you can't judge win or loss at this stage. the iranians have a long-term strategy. they also have a long memory. they also have the capacity to continue their aggression against the united states whether through proxies or cyberattacks. so there's no victory lap here. this isn't done. we just simply came back from a very -- from a crisis created by the killing of soleimani.
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but whether we can get a better deal or whether our allies are going to go for a better deal, none of those were answered today. >> chris, is it true -- you say from a strategic perspective the iranian's response was brilliant? >> i thought it was. >> why do you say that? >> to the earlier points made by mark and julia both, you're in a position where, okay, we're clearly out matched when it comes to capability. the iranians are masterful at a mirrored response depending on how they are attacked. you take one much our tankers with helicopters, we'll take one of your tankers with helicopters. they play that game with the brits quite well. they couldn't mirror this. they do have capability, they have a lot of unrest inside their borders. they have to show immediate response. they clearly took some risk here. i think it's overstating it to say that they did not want to take any american lives. that's a big gamble if you're
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launching 15 ballistic missiles. you can't guarantee you're not going to take lives. they launched it from their own borders. they do it at a time of place where likelihood of casualties is relatively low, but they can appease some loud voices inside their own system that demand some immediate positioning. the world says, okay, that was a nicely balanced tit-for-tat sort of response in a strategic framework. now they buy themselves time and space to either to julia's point, play the long game here. maybe there is not another immediate chapter. or maybe they're building space for the next reaction that they want to put into the game. so, yeah, i thought it was well done and balances the situation and de-escalates it, which is ultimately anyone's goal in a game like this. >> very good explanation there. very good points. pamela, i want to bring you back in. i understand you've also uncovered some new information about the back channel communications with iran.
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did that help de-escalate the situation? >> perhaps. i'm told by a senior administration official that starting last night, iran started sending messages to the white house through intermediaries. at least three different back channels, including the swiss, conveying to the white house that it was essentially done with its counterattack as retaliation for the killing of soleimani. basically saying, look, this is our response and this is it, and now basically we're waiting to see what you do. i'm told that the white house -- the administration responded back to the iranians and said, you know, look, we're well aware that you have proxies that you can use to launch further attacks. the iranians apparently, as one source told me, tried to squeak out of it saying it can't be responsible for what proxies do such as hezbollah, but the u.s. made clear it didn't buy it. to that point julia said that, look, there is a big concern in the administration. while it could be that the iran as a regime is done with its big
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counterattack, there is concern that weeks, months from now, iran will use its proxies to launch further attacks as iran has historically shown it is capable of doing. >> mark, i have to play this. this is from the president's address this morning. the very first thing he said when t when he got to the podium. watch this. >> as long as i'm president of the united states, iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. good morning. >> so, as i watched, i mean, it was obviously very gimmicky, very showy speaking, i would imagine, to his base or to laymen, not to the professional crowd that was there. why do you think he started -- why do you think he started that way? because it didn't directly pertain to the strike at all. >> no, it was kind of a giant non sequitur. it was nothing related to the
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nuclear program, of course. there was the killing of a revolutionary guard general in response to missile attacks on american or to american bases. what the administration's goal -- what president trump, his goal is on the nuclear program besides saying iran will not have a nuclear weapon is completely unclear. of course, he pulled out of the nuclear deal largely because he had said he would do it. he had said it was a terrible deal because president obama negotiated it. >> aren't they closer now to a nuclear weapon because he pulled out of the nuclear deal? to me it was kind of odd that he said that because they're actually closer to it now because he pulled out. >> i mean, they are certainly no longer bound by terms of the deal that had been negotiated, and so things that were in place two years ago are not in place, and, therefore, you're right, they are closer.
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and how, you know, but how he's going beyond the bumper sticker of they will not get a nuclear weapon towards preventing that from happening, you know, is completely unclear. in the aftermath of this past week, is there any chance there would be any serious negotiations between iran and the united states government on the nuclear program or if you're teheran, do you simply say, we'll take a pause. we will wait until next november, see how the election goes, and we will decide whether we want to talk or not. it's completely unclear at this point how he'd get beyond that statement. >> chris, do you have any insight into that? >> no, i agree. nothing to add to what mark just laid out. >> and what about being -- are they closer to a nuclear weapon than having pulled out of the iran nuclear deal? >> sure. i mean, time will tell, right, but not being in there in some
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sort of constrained system doesn't help the situation. but what i've seen in open source reporting suggests, you know, a marginal level of increase in refinement. still far away from the actual development of a nuclear weapon. so he's probably justified in saying, look, my concern is the end state of actually having a usable weapon sis. i'm going to tightly monitor that and i don't need the controls under the previous deal to do that. >> thank you all. i appreciate it. the president just couldn't resist blaming barack obama in his speech this morning, but what he said just wasn't true. we're going to break it down in the fact check with daniel dale. he's next. e wait is over. t-mobile is lighting up 5g nationwide. while some 5g signals go only blocks, t-mobile 5g goes miles... beyond the big cities to the small towns... to the people. now, millions of americans can have access to 5g on t-mobile.
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administration gave iran $150 billion as part of the iran nuclear deal. listen. >> iran's hostility substantially increased after the foolish iran nuclear deal was signed. -- $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash. >> daniel, comes up frequently. set the facts straight for us. >> first of all, the final version of the deal was signed in 2015. the interim version was signed in 2013. the 150 billion figure, don, is an exaggeration. the obama administration estimated $60 billion worth of iranian assets, that's the key, iranian assets, would be unfrozen through its agreement on the nuclear deal. this was not u.s. money and it was not 150 billion. somewhere much less than that. iran was allowed to access after it had been frozen for decades in international financial
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institutions. >> trump took the opportunity to blame his predecessor for retaliation last night. watch this. >> the missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration. >> the former president barack obama clearly on his mind all the time. >> yeah, he's been referencing obama much more this year than he did in 2017 and 2018, actually measured this. on this particular claim i call it uncorroborated. i spoke to two experts in iran. one of whom said he thought it was false because iran clearly had a missile program before the nuclear agreement. the other expert said, look, we have no idea what particular missiles were used in this attack or which particular streams of money went to those missiles. we just don't know. i'd emphasize we don't know if trump knows either so i demand much more evidence before accepting the claim from the president as true. >> so, he also claims that the iran deal also known as the joint comprehensive plan of action or jcpoa, expires
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shortly. watch. >> a very defective jcpoa expires shortly anyway and gives iran a clear and quick path to nuclear breakout. >> walk us through this one, dabbl daniel. >> trump could say certain provisions of the jcpoa arguably expire shortly. there are some that sunset in 2025. you could say five years is shortly. however, it's not true to say that the entire deal expires shortly. there are some important provisions, like a blanket prohibition on iran seeking a nuclear weapon. a blanket indefinite guarantee of international northerning that doesn't sunset at all, and provisions that go to 2040, monitoring of uranium mills and mines. i don't think by any reasonable standard 20 years from now is very shortly. >> the president said this is about isis. >> three months ago, after destroying 100% of isis and its
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territorial caliphate -- >> he destroyed isis? >> well, the caliphate was finally destroyed after progress under the obama administration -- under trump. so yes, 100% of the caliphate, but not 100% of isis itself. talk to any u.s. military leader. they'll tell you isis continues to fight in syria, continues to be a presence in iraq, and continues to pose a threat to the u.s. homeland as well. >> there was also this claim about u.s. oil production. >> we are now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. >> is that true? >> the problem with the statement, don, is the now. yes, it is true that u.s. is number one, but this happened in 2012 under obama. and i think that's especially important because of a line trump usually uses. he didn't today, but usually does. he says i ended the previous administrations on the war on energy and now we are the number one producer. well, it was under that previous
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contributor lee and rick wilson, a republican strategist who is the author of the upcoming book "running against the devil." okay. wonder what that's about. so, as i was reading that, i could see out of the corner of my eye because i have you here, up on the screen, you are raring to go. but i've got to get to rick first. so trump used today's address to blame obama. i'll let you talk about it. >> iran's hostility increased after the foolish iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash. the missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration. >> so, we heard daniel dale give
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us a fact check on that. but former obama advisor susan rice called that a despicable lie. he's been president for almost three years now. why is he still bringing up obama? >> he's bringing up obama because there is an election coming up in 11 months, don, and he wants to keep the republican base still fighting the last war which in his head is either the demon obama or the demon hillary. he's going to bring them out, roll them out as much as he can and try to wrap into every political -- every political element of their past into his campaign. and as a defense for himself because he knows he has a short attention span. the whole orangutan act today on tv, he knows he will lose focus on iran in a day or two and it will be off on some other tangent. and he wants to have something to blame when this whole thing chances. he wants to have some backstop to pretend that it's not his
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fault, he did nothing wrong, et cetera. that is why he brought obama up today. it's why he'll continue to blame everyone in the past. it's frankly -- he even threw reagan under the bus today if you listen to the remarks appropriately. this is always the guy who lives in year zero. he knows he is mentally unable to focus. he will change the subject and things will go off the rails again. he also, i think, may have the understanding that this thing isn't over. this was day one or hour one -- it's the beginning of the beginning, not the end. >> his former vp joe biden hitting back on twitter, instead of using the statement to layout a coherent strategy on iran, donald trump used it to lead the country on the obama/biden record. it's time he stop blaming obama for his failure. what do you think? >> his entire reason of political being, his intense hey dread of barak hussein obama. it's all insecure protection
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under donald trump. he knows obama is more smart, more cool, more erudite, the most beloved man in america is barak hussein obama. he will never be as beloved. he and his wife were the leaders of the birther conspiracy, a very racist conspiracy theory that said obama was a foreigner. his base is based on what, racial anxiety. obama is their greatest nightmare. here comes donald trump. he will undo all of it and his entire domestic foreign policy is i'll do everything the opposite of obama. iran deal, the worst deal ever negotiated. it would lead to a nuclear holocaust. we were on the brink of world war 3 because donald trump took the worst possible option given to him in a slide show. barak hussein obama despite being the victim of his racism,
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two days after trump was elected tried to warn trump. donald, two things i'm warning you about. do not hire michael flynn in a security position. what did he do? made him his national security advisor. he's probably going to jail for six months. and don't focus on a nuclear threat. what does he do? receive love letters from kim jong-un. when it comes to tpp he undid it because obama did it. when it comes to daca he undoes daca. he tries to undo obama's legacy. what this does is elevate obama because everyone does a compare and contrast and say, oh, my god, we had a functional competent elegant man as president and now we have this incompetent vulgarian. karma is beautiful. >> you were at a loss for words there. i thought i was going to have to help you along. rick, lindsey graham said on fox praising trump's speech and making a bold comparison. listen to this. >> this speech will be talked about long after his second
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term. this is on par with tear down this wall, mr. gorbachev. this is resetting the relationship between the world and iran, not just the united states. [ laughter ] >> you know, a few minutes ago, don, i had not seen that. >> i have to tell my friend lindsey, i have to tell my friend lindsey, no matter how much you put out for donald trump, he's not taking you to the prom. why buy the cow when the milk is free? this guy is absolutely -- i mean, he has gone so far down, his humiliation is so utterly abject at this point. i don't know what he thinks he's going to accomplish. donald trump is never giving you secretary of state, lindsey. he's not going to make you a supreme court justice. all you're going to be is another caddy for this guy. you're going to be another guy who carries the bag around on the golf course.
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the humiliation of this man, lindsey is not stupid. i cannot for the life of me understand what is broken in him mentally that he behaves this way. astounding. >> don -- >> hold on. no, no, no, we have to take it down a notch because i have to do something that's really wonderful here because this is a nice celebration. let's take it down. >> i have to share a lindsey graham story. >> can you see the air, can you see us on the screen here? can you explain what's happening in this right here? >> yes. earlier today my warrior princess rang the bell and what that means is when you ring the bell, that means you are officially cancer-free, after 9 1/2 months of enduring stage 4 liver cancer. thanks to everyone's prayers and help and generosity, you, don, and the cnn team that promoted her plight, her search for a liver donor, she is now cancer free. she has a liver inside her that belongs to sean sahir. that was her running towards her
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cnn cameras caught senate majority leader mitch mcconnell leaving the house earlier today and sources say he was there to discuss the upcoming impeachment trial with the president. that after mcconnell made it clear in remarks on the senate floor this morning that he is not interested in changing course. let's discuss now with john dean, the former nixon white house counsel. good evening, sir. happy new year. haven't seen not you since the new year. good to have you on. >> thank you, don. >> you were one of the first people to suggest house speaker nancy pelosi hold the articles of impeachment. i remember you do it here on the show, hold it from the senate. we have seen this play out and the standoff continues. you say the speaker still has the upper hand. why do you say that? >> well, i think she could hold them right up and take them to the election if she wanted to. she doesn't have -- there's nothing in the rules that says she has to send those over,
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particularly when you're seeing the kind of behavior that she's confronted with in the senate, which is just asking the house to be subject to a steam roller and they represent the american people. so i think her moves are very smart right now. >> you think that's going to last, though, john? because there are three democratic senators, angus king who is an independent, but the caucus is with the democrats. chris murphy and richard blumenthal. he's saying it's time for the trial to begin. has pelosi's tactic run its course? no? >> well, i think she still has all the options. she could, for example, announce publicly that she is not sending the articles to the senate until after the election. and that way she'd make them an election issue in many states where republicans are running and wouldn't want those to be an issue. secondly, she can say, i'm sending them to the senate, but i'm sending them with the heads up that if the senate doesn't give a fair trial, the house of
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representatives is going to go to the supreme court and take these under judicial review. now, there is a friend of mine who has got a piece coming out in the washington post tomorrow, cleveland attorney jim robenault, has dug out some of the case law. and walter nixon, when he was impeached, went to the court and took it all the way to the supreme court. the supreme court ruled against him 9-0 on whether or not they had been proper in having the hearing before a small committee instead of the full senate and then taking his impeachment to the full senate. but they did, they offered some language that said, a senate trial must be, in essence, fair. it can't be a coin flip. it can't be something that judges would find unreasonable. so there is some language in the case law that shows where the supreme court might go on this and that they might take such a case. >> interesting. you heard mitch mcconnell saying
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that they think they have the votes, and so he doesn't really care. and so he's going to start the trial even if nancy pelosi doesn't bring the articles. >> he does have the votes. he's probably always had them or may have had some on the fence that didn't want to commit. and this is the sort of thing mitch mcconnell does. he does not play by the rules. rather, he makes the rules. and that's what nancy is up against. that's why as soon as she releases the articles to him, she's lost some degree of control over them. ultimately, as i say, i believe she would have standing to go to the high court if it was really an abysmal undertaking and no witnesses were permitted when they were clearly called for, and things like that. but that's not the strongest case. the strongest case is taking it to the voters and saying, listen, the senate is not going to do this properly, therefore,
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we don't want to go there. we want the voters to decide this issue. >> john dean, thank you so much. appreciate your time. >> thank you, don. >> prince harry, meghan markle, well, they say they're stepping back from their royal duties and it seems to have come to a shock -- as a shock to everyone, including the queen. all the details next. the wait is over. t-mobile is lighting up 5g nationwide. while some 5g signals go only blocks, t-mobile 5g goes miles... beyond the big cities to the small towns... to the people. now, millions of americans can have access to 5g on t-mobile. and this is just the beginning. t-mobile, the first and only nationwide 5g network.
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there's nothing to(whistling) from moving forward. intrigue in the british royal family.
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prince harry and his wife meghan announcing they are stepping back from their roles as senior royals and going their own way. lest check in now. with royal correspondent. >> they want to leave the royal family altogether. but say they want to step down from the senior positions. all the official duties that come with that. that means they want to carve out their own roles and carve out progressive new roles within this institution they say. they want to be financially independent and earn their own money and split their time between north america and the united kingdom. a will the of change here. and want to collaborate with other members of the royal family in future. the queen, prince of whales is duke. the issue is the other members haven't agreed to this. this wasn't discussed with them at all before it was announced
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by the sus exs. senior members of the family are hurt. deep disappointment behind palace walls. shortly after the announcement, the palace issued a statement saying it was a comp collated and will take time to work through. nothing has been agreed and they need it hold on before they make announcements. and the institution has a hold over them. prince charles provides 95% of the funding currently. the couple want to keep that and their home. which is granted to them by the queen. has she agreed to that? there will be big discussions behind palace walls. >> thank you very much. interesting. let's bring in the royal commentator. we were just yesterday we were covering the wedding. this is extraordinary to think that harry and meghan went
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through with this without consulting the family. were they blind sided? >> everyone is somewhat blind side. there's no question this had to be a change of some scription. the document nar last year illustrated how deeply unhappy they were with the status quo and needs to be some kind of change. we were expecting change. but nothing quite this dramatic. as we understand it the palace and squeen, charles and william were notified last week they had plans to try to execute things that i want to do moving forward. they didn't know the announcement was coming out today. >> why so unhappy? you're a royal. this would be wonderful. why are they so unhappy? >> tremendously privilege life. and big house and getting to wear fancy jewelry. meeting incredible people. it's the insidious side with it.
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people can deny it. she's american, biracial, former actress. has been subject to everyism under the sun. traditional media. social media is its own beast. i think they are keen to a gain control of the narrative. do the work without the constraints of royal life. i hope they're not trading one problems for unchattered problems. >> wow. and the british media can be really -- the duke and dutchess reveal today on their personal web site a funding of media strategy and how it would work. they must have had help getting this done? >> you would think so. this web site the details are extraordinary. the level of attention that has been put towards this web site. this doesn't happen over night. that would lead us to suggest
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that this has been in the works for the six weeks they were taking break. they have been in canada and perhaps that is when they got the team around. these types of details have not come from the palace. they read somewhat like a wish list. again on paper it's a lovely idea to maintain the royal role and be financially independent. and maintain the role and pu you can't earn money from private companies. >> you said they want to stay in their house which has been given to them. >> it's given to them by the crown. >> what is financially independent to them? >> in other words they are giving up the 5%. given to them to run the office aft the palace. but keep the 95% of the allowance prince charles gives them. they will drive a hard bargain. how do you continue to get 95%
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not conducting full royal roles. this is why they issued a curt response. saying we appreciate they want to make changes. this is complicated. do they appear at ceremony occasions. where does the funding come from. royal protection. they have their plan but it's not approved yet. >> it's a different path than prince william and kate. what they're taking. what's the relationship with the brothers and kate and meghan? >> i would imagine tonight somewhat frosty. they have always had a good relationship. the girls in particular have enjoyed a good relationship. movi moving forward there are bridges. >> is meghan taking the blame for this? >> it's inevitable. >> thank you for watching. our coverage continues. (man) we weave security into their business.
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good evening. we begin tonight in a far different place than we left you last night, and that is a good thing, plain and simple. iran's signal that its missile strike on two bases in iraq, housing u.s. forces was the limit of their response. the american killing of general qassem soleimani. they apparently offered a way out and this morning, president trump took it. >> iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world. no american or iraqi lives were lost, because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well. i salute the incredible skill and cour

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