7PM | CNN Newsroom 7/27/19 [FULL] | President Trump Breaking News Today July 27, 2019

7PM | CNN Newsroom 7/27/19 [FULL] | President Trump Breaking News Today July 27, 2019



decided today to focus on a major American city to insult denigrate and disparage he took to Twitter of course and started in on the city of Baltimore calling it filthy and dangerous running down the entire sub in the district of Maryland and the long-serving congressman who represents it this from the president today in a tirade against Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings ripping his district as quote a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess he spent more time in Baltimore he writes maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous and filthy place the president went on to say no human being would want to live there congressman Cummings in response writing directly to the president quote I go home to my district daily each morning I wake up and I go and fight for my neighbor's it is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the executive branch but it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents people who know Cummings people who hail from and love the city of Baltimore rallying in support today Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted this representative Cummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic injustice a beloved leader in Baltimore and deeply valued colleague we all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership we go straight to the White House now and CNN correspondent for Sanchez Boris any clue from the White House since this morning as to why the president chose to insult the city of Baltimore with such venom well on it appears to be a combination of things the president apparently unhappy over the way that representative Cummings grilled DHS officials over the issue of immigration during congressional testimony earlier this week and we should point out just about in the hour before the president sent out these tweets there was a segment on Fox News about West Baltimore in which a Fox News commentator questioned conditions in congressman Cummings district comparing them unfavorably to conditions at the southern border aside from questions about race baiting or decorum we have to point out the president's tweets are simply misinformed the district that Cummings represents is actually one of the most well-educated and most affluent predominantly african-american districts in the country here's the mayor of Baltimore Jack young sharing how he feels about the president's attacks I guess everybody the seventh District will be insulted including me I mean this we see all the developments we had done and we're still working to rebuild some of the areas that need to help the most so for him to say that was an insult to me as a resident who lived and a seven we're not going to ignore anyone degrading Baltimore City and its elected leadership no one filling the fire president Trump as we've come to expect at this point digging in further he sent this tweet out not long ago the president writing quote Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through oversight he does nothing for his very poor very dangerous and very badly run district take a look and then he hashtags it blacks for Trump 2020 the president in campaign mode there he may need some help trying to court the african-american vote though on remember he only got eight percent of it back in 2016 alright Boris Sanchez at the White House thank you many people who call Baltimore home are understandably shocked and appalled at the president's choice of words to describe the major American city one of those people is my colleague right here at CNN Victor Blackwell and I could never tell you how hurtful how tasteless or how wrong the president's attack is as well as Victor did earlier today this morning the president attacked another member of Congress on Twitter this time it's House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings he wrote this Cummings district is a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess if he spent more time in Baltimore maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous and filthy place no human being would want to live there infested it's usually reserved for references – rodents and insects but we've seen the president invoke infestation to criticize lawmakers before you see a pattern here just two weeks ago President Trump attacked for minority congresswoman why don't they go back to the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came reminder three of them were born here all of them are American infested he says a week before his inauguration January 2017 Congressman John Lewis has spent more time on fixing and helping his district which is in horrible shape and falling apart not to mention crime-infested Donald Trump has tweeted more than 43 thousand times he's insulted thousands of people many different types of people but when he tweets about infestation it's about black and brown people September 2014 at the height of an urgent health emergency why are we sending thousands of ill trained soldiers into in bola bola infested areas of Africa bring the plague to the US Obama is so stupid infested he says there's a revolution going on in California so many sanctuary areas one out of this ridiculous crime-infested and breeding concept infested he says the president says about congressman Cummings district that no human would want to live there you know who did mr. president I did from the day I was brought home from the hospital to the day I left for college and a lot of people I care about still do there a challenge is no doubt but people are proud of their community I don't want to sound self-righteous but people get up and go to work there they care for their families there they love their children who pledge allegiance to the flag just like people who live in districts of congressmen who support you sir they are Americans too we'll be right back nick mosby is a democratic maryland delegate his district covers parts of Baltimore and he is a former city councilman there thanks so much for being with me Nick the White House it's less than 50 miles from congressman Cummings Baltimore office if President Trump came to that district what would he see well I mean I think it's really interesting again our president not knowing anything that he's talking about the 7th district constitute constitutes much more than just the part of West Baltimore that he's trying to reference it's one of the wealthiest areas in this entire country in certain parts and one of the most educated areas in this entire country in certain parts and congressman Cummings has done an absolutely amazing job if President Trump ever decided to step foot in any part of West Baltimore he would see hardworking Americans who wake up every single day who try to prepare their kids to become the best Americans who go to work who own small businesses who are the bedrock of what we see in communities all throughout this country and for him to try to disparage and insult overwhelmingly majority a part of the state of Maryland the city of Baltimore is just completely unacceptable and that's why I think you saw many folks in Baltimore City speak out against President Trump earlier today speaker Pelosi calls the president's comments racists what would you call them racists I mean I think that you know since he's taken office either he's teated the line of beer or he has been racist I mean you look in the past two weeks he's told women of Congress colored women of Congress to go back to where they from if they didn't want to be here he's you know constantly double down on policy that's stripping away family members immigrant population and today to call out a major American city I mean the birthplace of the star-spangled banner with the type of derogatory terms and a type of hatred out of the Oval Office it's just completely unacceptable the top Republican in your state governor Larry Hogan condemned the president's tweets against the congresswoman a caller earlier this month he called them terrible very unbecoming of a president we've not been able to reach Hogan today for comment have you heard anything from any of your Republican members they're in Maryland criticizing these latest comments I have not but I think that this is a true opportunity for folks to collectively come together and put partisanship aside and say what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong and for a person who's taken the oath of protecting and serving Americans who's supposed to be moving our country in a new direction as he continues to tout to have hatred and to have derogatory terms in the way that he's used of it's just completely unconscionable so you know I know that there have been folks in the state of Maryland that have asked our governor to denounce this but this is an opportunity for us to collectively come together and say this is just unacceptable I mean the world is watching are you surprised the governor hasn't let's just spoken out on this yet I'm surprised everyone hasn't spoken out yet about this I mean as soon as you hear other words coming out his mouth of comparing a major American city talking about rats rodents an infestation talking about folks need to leave the city and no one should be there and all the the hatred that he spilled out and Twitter like he normally does I'm surprised that just at a quick glance any third grader reading that would know that that's inappropriate for somebody who's supposed to be sitting in the title of leader I want to share something that former President Obama tweeted out today praising nearly 150 African Americans served in his administration they had recently written an opinion piece yesterday slamming president Trump's call for the for congresswoman to go back and here's what the Obama veterans wrote in part we've heard this before black and brown people in America don't hear these chants in a vacuum for many of us we felt their full force being shouted in our faces whispered behind our backs scrawled across lockers or hurled at us online now President Obama said he was proud of his alums for standing up to President Oh Trump president Trump but mr. Obama has not directly challenged President Trump about either case should he I think it's very concerning I mean I mean look we're sitting here when in an interesting time of America where we all need to take a step back I mean the level of divisive rhetoric that's coming out on the division the increase of hate crimes all throughout different sectors of America this is very troubling times and we need a leader we need a president who's going to bring us together who's going to talk about moving and pushing us forward when he said those derogatory terms about the city of Baltimore he was talking about black and brown people intentionally talking about them and comparing them to living with rats and rodents it's just unacceptable we need leadership and unfortunately our president has not shown that since day one I've taken office nick mosby I really appreciate you taking the time thank you thank you coming up ready to rumble as we countdown to the CNN debates we take you behind the scenes to see two CNN Democratic presidential debates and the candidates will no doubt spend time this weekend practicing and preparing for what could be a make-or-break showdown for some of them at least CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger shows us that when it comes to these debates preparation is everything at his kickoff rally California Congressman Eric's wawel was center stage but at the first primary debate he was nearly off the stage walking out is that is really intimidating you're just pointing at people like I don't know if I know you or not but I'm pointing I'm waving then you feel like you're just like completely you know vulnerable and just everyone's looking at you that debate would be his last today and our presidential campaign our polling just you know it's stayed flat it didn't it didn't go anywhere it remaining at less than 1% and as the field lines up for the to CNN debates the pressure is really on because in the fall securing podium spots will be twice as hard so Detroit could be the end of the trail maybe 12 13 of these candidates there's not going to be another shot after this to some extent not qualifying for the next debate is is a death sentence there's a lot of ways to screw up a debate what is essential is to think about what can I do so that there won't be a total disaster here McCain attack phrases Bradley attack phrases Stuart Stevens has prepped Republican candidates from George W Bush and Dick Cheney to Mitt Romney ideally before debate you look at your polling and you'd say who do I need to talk to you would never make an ad that just says well I don't know I'm not sure it's gonna apply to it be like shooting a shotgun in the air and hoping ducks fly by what really drives coverage in these debates is friction it has taken someone on as Kamala Harris did attacking Joe Biden's record on bussing there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day and that little girl was me she's won one she says that because she's defined herself and she got her bio and you you like that person and you're pulling for that person so it didn't seem contrived it's a difference between prepared and contrived I think prepared as you've thought about it she's comfortable talking about race and it shows Biden was uncomfortable being challenged in way and that showed to I mean your present United States are your vice-president you walk in a room people usually applaud and you're not used to having somebody get in your face if you were advising Joe Biden right now what would you tell him to do be on offense offense be on offense you are there to win votes you're not there to defend your lead that's fine if your Biden or if you're Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders fighting over many of the same voters but if you're not a name-brand candidate breaking out can be hard to do and there's other alternatives up there that are acceptable there's always this question like why are you on the Shelf I mean do we really need like eight variations of barbecue potato chips when you're speaking you just like feel the glare of the moderators looking at you like you're not the top tier person stop speaking yeah like you can just like feel you know that so you had like five minutes four minutes and 45 seconds but who's counting yeah what can you do really in that amount of time have a moment that gets replaced we're gonna solve the issues pass the torch if we're gonna solve the issue of student loan debt pass the torch if we're gonna end gun violence for families who are fearful a second third kids to school pass the torch do you think you got a little too torchy there again you know I I thought all of these issues as someone who has worked on you know gun violence and student loan debt that many of them are generational didn't look a little contrived though too many torches yeah I maybe I could have done you know one one fewer torch in these debates preparation can be everything you can't do it for five minutes here or there they get no lifeline it's them it's the camera the audience the opponents there's no phone a friend and they're gonna sink or swim and that's where you know this is an important test in the process and after all that studying and all those rehearsals how does it feel backstage when your candidate goes off script it's a very special feeling when you're standing it you know you're standing there watching the television and you're thinking what are they doing that is not what we said right on the other hand I will say as a campaign manager there is no way for you to know what it is like public failure is never easy but with 20 candidates it's more than likely you have to be willing first of all to admit that you're probably going to lose and be willing to lose and stand for something you can try too hard running for president and it will always come back and invite you so it's a fine line for every candidate on stage and press but don't look like you're trying too hard you know wanna just be yourself joining us now Democratic strategists and debate coach Bob Barnett he's worked on ten national presidential campaigns and has advised more prominent politicians than I have time to name here but I will tell you he worked with both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 Bob good to have you with us I'm curious who were you representing the night of January 5th 2008 do you remember January 5th 2008 I think we were in the middle of prep for the primary debates yes I was it was between Clinton and Obama that debate that night I was with Hillary I was with Hillary all through those primaries and then data depends on the circumstance it depends on the place you are in the election cycle right now we're gonna see some interesting matchups I think we're gonna see an interesting matchup on Tuesday with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders I think we're gonna see an interesting matchup on Wednesday with Cory Booker and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris I think that it will also be fascinating to see what the column lesser-known do because this could be the ninth-inning for many of them so each one as they work with their advisers will have to define what's in their best interest tone wise and strategic wise how do you expect this set of debates to differ from the first round because in both the debates obviously we have as many candidates as we have this time around 10 on the first night 10 on the second night it'll be a round two of just that I guess I would make a couple points first with respect as I mentioned to some of the lesser-known Zitz it's ninth inning and with the criteria increasing for the next set of debates in September what do I mean by that you've got to be 2 percent in four polls and you've got to have a lot more individual voters in those 20 states so for a lot of these people six eight maybe even ten of them this is their last chance because the criteria will be far more difficult to achieve with respect to the frontrunners I think it's going to be interesting to see what each of them decides with respect to what's the most advantageous strategy for them let me give you some examples with respect to Warren and Sanders I think that it's fair to say that Elizabeth Warren has had a steady increase in her numbers and I think it's fair to say that she was seen as having a very good night on the first night of last month's debates and I think it's fair to say that a lot of her rise is probably coming at the expense of senator Sanders so I think her strategy will probably be to keep on keeping on as they say with respect to senator Sanders however he's got to make a difficult decision does he go after her trying to stop the hemorrhaging that is conceivably a mistake why because I hate to say it but the dynamics of these debates is stuff such that often a man going after a woman doesn't sell well but also Elizabeth Warren is really good and he will have met his match if he goes too aggressively against her because she'll be able to answer in kind if not better so the dynamic will be very interesting on that night we heard that Joe Biden is gonna have an aggressive stance in this debate compared to his first one do you think that will work in his favor well I'd say first that a lot of the pre debate spin if you will about people and what they're going to do is often setups I don't buy into that too much it depends who the source is whether they're really somebody in the campaign whether they really know what this strategy is so I kind of discount a lot of that spin I know that the the cable networks love to talk about it and some so let me ask you a follow then what would be your advice to Vice President Biden as the front-runner I think that he should do a couple things first to the extent he can talk about the future rather than the past that's a good thing if he has to talk about the past I think it's better to talk about the recent past meaning the Obama years than the Senate years for obvious reasons so I think what he should do finally is take it to president Trump more than to his opponents if he can so I would see him as best served by talking about the future looking forward taking an approach that's that's forward oriented and I think if he does that he's probably in good shape now that said if someone comes after him he's got to be ready he's got to be sharp he's got an answer he's got to be aggressive and I'm sure since he has one of the best prep teams there is particularly in Ron Klain and Anita Dunn I'm pretty sure he'll be ready let me ask you really quickly because I know I'm being told we don't how much time but if you are one of the lesser-known who are polling at 1% for example you talked about this being so crucial for them what would be your quick advice for them I think that desperation is a bad thing and to the extent you try to score points on somebody or say something that's going to go viral you're probably not going to succeed I think sadly for a lot of these people is probably over after Tuesday and Wednesday night so what they should do is leave maybe not leave in the best way they can with the most dignity they can if they haven't introduced themselves do so if they've got a point to make on why they are the best choice do so and remember a lot of the lesser-known czar running for Vice President hate to tell you but that's in their minds too interesting Bob Barnett I look forward to continuing the debate conversations as we weave our way through the Democratic nominating process thank you so much that is House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler defending Robert Miller's testimony before Congress this week as further proof the United States was attacked and remains under siege by foreign power meddling in the US election for president Trump his main takeaway was quite a bit different I watched Muller for two and a half years we've watched this and that's the best they have and it's a disgrace and the world is laughing at him and unfortunately it's so bad for our country it's bad in our relationships with other countries including Russia joining us now CNN counterterrorism analysts Phil Mudd who previously worked under Robert Muller at the FBI Phil the president says it is Robert Mueller's report that is hurting our relationship with other countries specifically Russia to that you say what a pretty simple answer that is if you talk to the Europeans they've suffered the same threats to their electoral processes and electoral systems that we have it's not just America and the president who's trying to defend his legacy when he lost the popular vote a few years ago it's not just America that's under threat its countries and Europe are allies who've been our allies since World War two and before that are that are under threat I think the question is if you want America first you have to sit there and say how do we acknowledge that we have a threat in this country so we can express American leadership overseas and talk to our allies overseas and say we're with you in acknowledging how later' air Putin is a problem let's work collectively to determine how we defend it it's not just us on everybody is facing a threat all right and it's not just Russian necessarily that's also three others for America because as we've also heard this week from leaders in the intelligence community it's China it's Iran that are also picking up sort of where Russia left off but I want to replay what Muller did say about Russian election interference with listen I hope this is not the nor the new normal but I fear it is did you find evidence to suggest they'll try to do this again oh it wasn't a single attempt they're doing it as we sit here and they expect to do it during the next campaign doing it as we sit here going into the next campaign and now thanks to a brand new report from the Senate Intelligence Committee we now know the Russians likely targeted election systems in all 50 states between 2014 and 2017 of far more than it previously been disclosed what worries you the most when you think of what Russia may have in store for 2020 I think people are viewing this too much as a national problem that is the United States is under threat without looking at this through a lens its local let me give you a simple scenario you're in a district across America your congressperson has opposed sanctions again our sanctions in favor of you name the country Iran China North Korea Russia as we move down the road on it we talked about interference in the last election this is going to get so sophisticated that a foreign adversary in this case the Russians might say the key congressman or congresswoman were worried about is in California in New York our program of interference is going to be so sophisticated that we're gonna target two hundred thousand voters somewhere in there that were that they're those voters are not even going to know it I still think we haven't acknowledged the extent of what the problem will look like tomorrow it's not just about America it's about individual districts that I think are gonna be attacked what's interesting thought you're right I mean who's talking about that you are now so you're planting that something for all of us to think about given your work relationship with Robert Miller previously I do want to ask you about this criticism that Muller didn't have command of his own material because of moments like this is it accurate to say your investigation found no evidence that members of the Trump campaign were involved in the theft or publication of the Clinton campaign related emails I don't know I don't know on July 22nd through WikiLeaks thousands of these emails that were that were stolen by the Russian government appeared correct that's on page six of the report this is the WikiLeaks posting of those email I can't find it quickly but I please continue Phil you again worked with Muller what did you see there let me be really clear on a Sunday on a Saturday evening look the report has two basic components American citizens involved in a campaign were willing potentially to to accept information about an adversary Hilary Clinton from a foreign from a foreign government inappropriate American citizens including the president tried to obstruct a campaign the report says that let's take that aside robert muller is the best i ever saw i did 25 years he was decorated in vietnam let's forget that he was nominated by republicans and a democrat president obama let's forget that I saw integrity I saw humor I saw kindness I saw courtesy I saw it in more than 2000 meetings I'm gonna tell Washington DC there are 50 states but people in this town are obsessed with this the man is an American Hero I never never saw anybody better let him go he was the best ever on it and this just pains me he was the best it issued a report that's clear read the report let the hero go I love that man I I hear you I hear you fella but but what we just saw what did you see something different than the critics I'm not going to take the question read the report and I realize Americans won't that's their problem the report may have hundreds and hundreds of pages but it's not subtle we have an adversary that interfered with lections the CIA the FBI the National Security Agency the Homeland Security Department talked about it the president refuses to accept that we have interference and elections and people in that electoral process from one campaign chose to accept information from that campaign unacceptable we have instance after instance laid out in black and white where people in that campaign including the president said why don't we attempt to remove a special counsel because we don't like the investigation we call that obstruction if we want to have a conversation about how America an American hero maybe didn't bring an a-plus game after 50 years of service count me out on it I'm not playing I'm done let me ask you then about something that we we saw in the Atlantic this week this theory that the negative reaction to Muller's testimony is maybe proof that we've all internalized Trump's own reality show standards for what significant political development and I'm quoting here all the world is trashy television and the president in his opposition are merely producers after three seasons Russia Gate just got old and the critics got bored with it Phil is the bigger worried that Trump doesn't seem to care or that the public is not demanding action because they've been conditioned to expect a certain level of entertainment in Trump's America and I think it's the latter look the president has his own personality issues in terms of how he accepts negative criticism if you look at presidents during mine now to flame ffunny life presidents who are honorable Ronald Reagan George W Bush the senior if you look at President Obama very honorable President Carter who may not have been a perfect president but maybe the best ex-president in American history if you had laid out this document during their administrations if you had said their administration was involved in accepting that kind of an administration if you had said that president in the past was involved in trying to obstruct a federal investigation people like me would have sat back and said is this a Sunday morning cartoon or is this reality I think the issue is that Americans are so divided that when they see something about somebody they support whether it's Hillary Clinton or whether it's Donald Trump that they refuse to accept a fact that's not healthy and I don't think Republicans and Democrats would it was brand-new episode of the movies we're taking it back to the 70s when groundbreaking films paid

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