CNN Newsroom 7/28/19 - Trump Breaking News Today July 28, 2019

CNN Newsroom 7/28/19 – Trump Breaking News Today July 28, 2019

good evening I'm on a Cabrera live in Detroit this is CNN special coverage that countdown to the Democratic presidential debates we are here outside the Fox Theater where in just about 48 hours 20 candidates will take the stage in the state that narrowly swung for president Trump the last time around it was less than 11,000 votes it is a two-night event with marquee matchups yet former Vice President Joe Biden promising he won't be so polite this time around as he takes the podium between two of his biggest critics lately senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker can he cement his frontrunner status or will attacks on his record dominate the night that follows the night one matchups of senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren longtime allies and two of the most ideology I ideologically aligned candidates in this race but with Warren now rising in the polls will the gloves finally come off on the stage make no mistake this is also make-or-break time for the majority of the candidates on the stage – looking for that signature moment that one zinger that one elegant answer to make America remember their name just enough to give them a boost in the polls or throw money their way because that's what they'll need to qualify for the next round of debates in September and I'm joined by an all-star political team of analysts this evening Democratic strategist analyst Angela Rai former Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki former Clinton White House press secretary Joel Lockhart Democratic strategists on the 92 Clinton gore campaign Paul Begala former Utah Republican congresswoman Mia love and former South Carolina Democratic House member Bakari sellers so let's get this started guys Biden clearly surprised when Harris of course attacked his record on busting the last go-around let's listen to the reaction and Ben Harris's response I thought we were friends and we wish I hope we still will be you know she asked me to go out and call me and asked me to go to her convention and be the guy from outside of California to nominate her at her convention for the Senate seat I did we've talked we've worked a lot together she and my son Bo were attorneys generals who took on the banks I'm not gonna let us engage on a debate stage for who's gonna be the next president United States I'm not gonna allow us to engage in revisionist history but I cannot be on that stage and not speak up to make sure that we are having a full accounting for American history on these issues so Paul what do you think happens on Wednesday do expect Harris to take another whack at the vice president well it worked the last time you know politicians are like Hollywood they just keep doing sequels they find out something that's what we have Avengers 38 coming out so yes it but everyone else will too right I think both Vice President Biden on the first night senator Sanders on the second they're pretty much in the center of the stage and on their podium is gonna be a scientist says kick me and be a big bullseye , the problem is not everybody has Camilla Harris is a talent she's an attorney general she's a prosecutor in the Bay Area before that so she's really really good at this not everybody is and and and counterpunches are always more effective than punches and so Joe Biden's a smart guy he's got really good people prepping him so does Bernie Sanders they should actually welcome the attack because particularly Democrats you know we're wussies we don't like attacks and so we will take a counter attack and Biden did not counter-attack at all or even answer very effectively less than he has to this time and also this time around we'll have quite Booker on the other side of Joe Biden and he's got to be looking to get in on this action obviously Angela here this week we've seen him bite and go back and forth going after each other's records let's listen for a guy who helped to be an architect of mass incarceration this is an inadequate solution to what is a raging crisis in our country his Police Department was stopping and frisking people mostly african-american men we took action against them the Justice Department took action against them held a police department accountable I wonder Angela should Biden be Booker's main target or should it be Harris well I think that his main target needs to be talking about why he doesn't have an agenda that's answered for what happened with mass incarceration he's going to face heat not just for the two of them but other folks who Bernie Sanders was someone who was big on criminal justice reform in the in the in the 2016 election so they're going to be more just Kamala and Cory Booker kind of fighting on this issue I think the frustration I have around this is it's very much like the only two black people on there in the race are dealing with something that has impacted black and brown communities and low-income white community so I look forward to other people challenging Joe Biden on his record and talking about whether or not his new agenda is substantial enough I think Booker is he will go after Biden because it's more natural for him or it's an easier target for him but really what he wants to get into is Harris's support and I think in the first debate he was watching Harris go after Biden and he was thinking to himself this is why I'm in public office I'm I'm the criminal justice candidate he kind of has a point it hasn't really picked up that way in the polls but I think he'll go after Biden but really he's trying to go after Harris and Joan I wonder about the the Warren and Sanders dynamic on night one because we know these two are friends and the camps are telling us that neither of them are planning to go after each other and to differentiate against each other or to try to you know one-up each other in that first round of debates and yet when Sanders recently was asked to say something nice about Senator Warren well here's his answer what is the thing you admire most about senator Elizabeth Warren is you get ready to take her on on the debate stage well senator Warren is a friend of mine and I admire the fact that we have worked together over the years on a number of issues anything specific look we have worked together on a number of issues and she is a very good cinema that's that's a little bit like Barack Obama was asked if Hillary was likable and he said yeah I you know I think one of the downsides to the draw being the way it was his Democrats are going to have and they're gonna have to have a big debate about what medicare-for-all means you've got Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren arguing for abolishing private insurance which is very problematic general election and then you've got you know camel has been of kind of all over the place on it but I think she'll come down more towards where Biden is eventually in where people who do Jews is and then you've got everyone the next night so that debate won't be joined so I don't expect you're going to see fireworks between Warren and Sanders and really it's a problem for Sanders because you know Warren is just a better performer and if they're arguing the same you know platform it'll be done on you know who performed as better as opposed to who's got the better plan so it's you know I think it's bad luck for Bernie Sanders and I also think a little bad luck for Democrats that we're not going to be able to join this debate as early as you know this week Macari I will point out in the latest Fox polling Warren is just three points behind Sanders and other polls she's maybe a point ahead or or even with them do they need to make a move do to do they need to try to one of them put themselves out there more know we're still very very far out from Iowa so people are still trying to learn who these candidates are and the first thing you have to do when you go into this debate take it from somebody who actually debated in half the state didn't know who they were or more than half you just have to introduce yourself to voters and make them remember you for who you are I mean I think that on night one I expect the person on stage who has the most pressure to be beta O'Rourke because Abbott O'Rourke has another disappearing act then he's going to disappear from this presidential race he cannot afford to have another bad performance he's going to go after Peabody judge because every people everybody who watches this somewhat unbiased Lior from a step back tells you that they're getting everything out of people to judge that they thought they were going to get out of bed oh boy and so in what way though you have someone who was a mainstream candidate someone who is very likable somebody who's young who's refreshing and if I hear this phrase one more time I'm probably going to jump off this platform whose kennedy-esque as they said down in Texas every time that he was running and you know who the media adores who has progressive politics who's very very knowledgeable I mean and and he says it and Pete says things in such a way that it's refreshing and very plain language so I think that's gonna be an interesting dynamic one night one o night too while we're getting caught up in in Kamala Harris and Cory Booker I think Kamala Harris is going to do her best to stay above the fray and only hit when when when Swan but I'm also looking at I think that kirsten gillibrand could telegraphed an attack on Joe Biden over Anita Hill in Iowa recently and I also think to your point Angela one of the best people on stage in terms of criminal justice platforms is not Kamala Harris is not cory booker although they have strong plans is who leon castro and so is i if I was advising Joe Biden as we say down south I say keep your good eye on who Leon because you you won't see that Punch coming and so I think they're going to be a lot of things coming and I know Gabbert is going to take her shots as well especially a Camilla I think she was going to learn a old proverb that we have in the african-american community which is I don't come for me unless I send for you she's gonna learn that from from Senator from Senator Harris so I do expect there to be some things that are not in this Biden Harris Biden Booker kind of realm that we want to see it the second night is going to be pretty exciting you know what do you think President Trump will be watching for on that stage he's going to be watching for who he can make fun of and he's going to be watching for those the tag lines you know that that was kind of like lock her up or you know whatever whatever he can come up with I think that what one of the things that people really need to watch is the fact that Biden even though he took a beating he came back up in the polls which tells me that Americans are still looking for the grown-up in the room or somebody who has some sort of who can be the calm amongst the storm that's going on in terms of this division in America I think that Biden's going to have to differentiate himself because he's got a problem everyone's gonna come after him he has to be able to say yes I was part of the Obama administration but I'm my own person this is what I'm going to offer I think that he actually took a step out in saying that Bernie Sanders is a policy on Medicare for all he thinks it's a fantasy if he if he's not going to raise taxes I think that that was actually a step in the right direction because most people they don't they don't want to lose their private policy their private health insurance which which is what Elizabeth Warren is offering and which is what Bernie Sanders is offering so I think that you know you just one's going to be coming after Joe Biden we're gonna see how he actually handles that and everyone also has to remember what you say on stage will come back against you so the further they move to the left those are going to be the commercials that are going to be out there and in as general Alanis digital age and where you can tribe way from essence and whole and just spread them all over the place they go like wildfire everybody stand by because coming up we will be looking at the lessons learned from debates pass from gaffes to one-line zingers what it takes to stand out in both good and maybe not so good ways speaking of which walking on stage should be the easiest part right but remember this limit back live in Detroit at the site of this week's CNN Democratic presidential debates as we mentioned before the break Joe Biden thought he was too polite in round one but while a more aggressive approach in debates has certainly worked for other candidates it can take a wrong turn for others remember this you've mocked mr. Trump Stan you've made fun of his spelling you called him a con artist you suggested he wet himself backstage at the last debate he hit my hands nobody has ever hit my hands I've never heard of this what look at those hands are they small hands and he referred to my hands if they're small something else must be small I guarantee you there's no problem I guarantee a definitely backfired for 2016 remember guys here are the poll numbers right now at least involving the top five polling Democrats currently Biden has actually gone up since the first debate senator Harris has gone down so Joe you know as Biden signaling he's gonna have a more aggressive strategy here is that necessary well I think he's gonna hit back when he gets hit because I think the criticism which was fair from the first debate was he just let things go by I think you know Biden his poll numbers depend more on what Trump is doing than what the other Democrats are doing and as Trump has ratcheted up the somewhat bizarre behavior they somewhat racist behavior I think Democrats are coming around to this idea of boy we better nominate someone who can win and that plays to Biden strength it may not you know it may not be the case but that's the current thinking so I think the more Trump injects himself into the race the better it is for Biden and and you know whether whether that means he has to hit back every time no I don't think so but he does have to show that he can take a punch because he's going to take them in the general election from Trump or does it just mean that he doesn't he can simply get by by avoiding a big mistake oh I think it has to be much more than that it's not gonna be a race that's frozen in time as bokhari said it's so early but you know the first debate which Biden did terribly and everybody on his team knew that it was actually I would say a good thing because as somebody who's worked for candidates who have had terrible debates it can be a huge wake-up call or they know they have to bring their game they have to be sharp they have to be swift and from talking to his team they know that and they they're hopeful that's whom he's going to bring I would just add one thing to what Joe said the problem for Biden though is that he doesn't control everything you know senator Harris Rose and I know she came down a little bit but she rose after the first debate because I think people saw her as somebody who could take on Donald Trump who they thought they could have license to support because she seemed presidential she seemed strong she seemed fierce he can't control how the other candidates present themselves and I don't think it's necessarily about him I agree on the counter punching punching other people as much of his is telling his own personal story reminding people who he is that's why Harris did so well because people wanted to know more about who she was and what she was about debate pitfalls is how we started this segment so you know one of the big mistakes we've seen in recent debates was this one involving governor rick perry at the time and he was running for the White House back in 2011 it is it's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone commerce education and the what's the third one there let's see but you can't name the third one the third agency of government I would I would do away with the education the cut the Commerce and let's see I can't the third what I can't sorry I think a big I guess Perry got the last lap though because he ended up now leaving that agency he couldn't remember get rid of I mean how does something like that happen he's in charge of our nuclear weapons production he stick a fork in your eyes stupid and he's now don't sleep at night thinking he's in charge of producing today and he was gone seen is one of the cabinet secretaries that's performed the best carries defense now that I've personally bitterly attack it he had a terrible back injury it wasn't sleeping well it could happen to anybody he's actually a terrific politician I don't support him as a Genda and he's probably not the smartest person to come out of my home state but he was having a hard time then because of his health and rare because remember if you remember the first presidential debate with Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama I mean there was some talk about the altitude and making sure I mean it wasn't the best debate we actually thought that Mitt Romney did a great job Barack Obama still thinks today he did okay okay let me get let me get another one because we took a cheap shot at Rick Perry I was hobbling so here's another one this is you know when the canned line falls flat watch you know lifting whole passages from someone else's speeches is not change you can believe in it's change you can Xerox and I just don't think he'll but you know but Barack it is because if you know if you look if you look she got boots and I think that you know that is one of those moments where folks on the team no shade to the Clinton team but folks on the team should have advised her if you have challenges not with how brilliant you are or how intelligent you are but how people feel warm around you I'm not a warm person we're born the same day I can launch this we're the likable enough thing comes from you know just like it's like you through epic Shadid somebody who people saw hoping not good you're not gonna win that that was a tough line down moment for Barack Obama I wasn't finished Bakari go ahead just saw this happen we saw a line from a friend of mine so I can say this a contemporary a millennial who went on this passed the torch thing and he had like Derrick's wall whoa it was like too many pass the torches I don't even know if people remember that what it was to me it was it was it was a line that did not go over well and you saw Joe Biden with his smirk and the other camera and now Eric's wall Wells out the race and so you do see these things happen all the time and a part of this has to do for the one thing I want the biting cam to do is simply prepare their candidate like I'm kind of tired of everything else just prepare him but you also have to know what your candidate is capable of doing and I think that is some somewhere where where you where you where you get lines like a Rick Perry or you get lines like a Hillary Clinton because every candidate is not able to go off and be witty or be charming or I had those moments and so we just have to see who's prepared for that motive but almost all of these moments if you look back over the last 40 or 50 years are rehearsed and prepared but you have to know when to use them you know when to pull the trigger on these and I was gonna make the same point about Eric's well well who is a great does very well in TV did very well in the hearing he just you know he just was so anxious to get the line out that it just fell flat okay everybody say with me the majority of these candidates have yet to qualify for the next round of debates so they're hoping for a signature moment to grab everyone's attention but perhaps not in the style of Admiral James stock at the 1992 vice presidential debates Admiral Stockdale your opening statement please say Who am I fun with this tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet throwing down the satirical gauntlet on Twitter for a mock pre-debate feud yang firing first quote I would like to signal to the press that I will be attacking Michael Bennet at next week's debate sorry Michael but you know what you did Bennet responding Andrew how did you know I got a C in precalculus in high school on the retake well that back-and-forth escalated with yang vowing to devote his entire rebuttal to trashing Bennet who mocked threatened to mute Yang's microphone and everyone's back with me now I mean that's that's some fun of games going in I guess maybe that loosens them up a little for the next debate but the reality is here I mean a half of these candidates maybe more than half are looking at not qualifying at this point for the next round of debates the ones in September you have to have at least two percent support in for qualifying polls and I know engineering has a number of those but he still hasn't made it Michael Bennet hasn't made it a bunch of these others are asterixis so I guess if you are trying to survive and you want a moment in this debate to get you to that cut that number what do you do Mia well I think one is you don't dedicate your entire time to going after one person just because they made you upset look this is the last chance for a couple of these guys to get out there there is no other chance for them they have to make their present no they have to actually do something more than the others they have to do something significant and memorable I don't know what that is one of the things I do agree with that Macari was talking about is you have to know what your strengths are you can't go out and do something just because somebody else did it you're gonna see a lot of people go after Joe Biden because it works so well for Kamala but come on that's her that's her game that's what she does really well so you have to know what your strengths are and if you don't have any it's time to that point the people I'm looking at who are not in the top three four or five in this race are bullock of course michael bennet but jay inslee and the reason that i say jay inslee is because the two looming issues in our primary are climate change in healthcare and the person who's done the most on the health care front in their own particular state has been jay Inslee it's been progressive on reproductive rights he had a public option in Washington State so he's been able to do these things and he has the most bold climate change agenda now the question is when jay Inslee comes on stage my mom's gonna ask the question now who was that right so you know how does he break through to tell about some of the things that he did and that's when you I don't know I don't want to say it's a gimmick but jay Inslee then has to be able to rise above and has a really quick I'm sorry but I'm from Washington State jay Inslee hasn't even been a standout governor like that I mean he's not so sorry oh yeah on paper and that's the whole entire problem Eddie Reich you get up here and tell you some other stories but he's a problem what I think has been fascinating is Andrew yang going back to their Twitter fight I have not liked so many random people therefore come out yeah what do you think about Andrew yang which is fascinating to me because there's been nothing that sticks about him to me but there are random people who are not really into politics who for some reason are excited about his he wants to give every American adult a thousand dollars of my attorney that's not even what they're saying they're just like who is this guy where did he come from and I'm like exactly I have no answers for you you know one person who did get a lot of buzz after the first debates was Mary Ann Williams yeah she was the most searched candidate on Google and a lot of it happened after this big moment watch who said that her goal is to make New Zealand the place where it's the best place in the world for a child to grow up and I was have a girlfriend you were so on because the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up well that buzzy moment it didn't help her in the polls why because she's not a serious candidate for the presidency the United States of America and I said that about Donald Trump which I still maintain because Democrats this is particularly in Iowa where I've been to all 99 counties she moved to Iowa in fact that order to immerse society Kristin when he ran against Barack Obama delaying that work out for him no islands especially but but I also McCarver know South Carolina Nevada New Hampshire these early states they take their role in this world very seriously and in when you talk to them a lot of times they'll say well I don't want to squander my vote I don't want to waste my bar I want to pick the wrong person it doesn't mean they go for the establishment Democrats like an insurgent and an outsider but they're not gonna go for somebody who's I mean she's a terrific author and very successful in many ways is that a president that stays well you know there is a senator Kirsten Gillibrand who a lot of people have been surprised to see she hasn't gained more traction she made some interesting comments this week maybe about her Jen I mean she's talking about her fellow Democratic candidates who do you think she's talking about I have no idea I mean I can I can guess I've known Kirsten Gillibrand for thirteen years since she ran for Congress she is tough and smart and I'm actually surprised she hasn't gotten more traction she has a only a limited amount of time left here though and she's not on track either with number of donors or with polls to make the September debate stage so she is gonna pull out all the stops here she ran it a campaign ad spent a huge amount of money cash on hand she had she's making that tack because she wants to be known as the women's candidate she has a valid argument to be made so the fact that we're talking about this that people are wondering who she's talking about that's probably playing to what she was trying to do here they're all trying to they know they're gonna have limit amount of time on stage all of them even Biden and they want to just send people in the direction of what they should be watching you think she'll name names on stage I doubt it but I think she will be tough on some of her fellow candidates on how her women's record is better is it useful Joe for these these particular candidates who don't have maybe a big chance of going very far to go after their fellow Democrats are they better off sticking to their own agenda I think it's useful for them to go after them before the debate to prompt the question yeah at the debate maybe not going after I think I I agree with the khari on climate change being a particular issue health care where there's going to be some back-and-forth but I was really surprised in the CNN Des Moines Register poll in Iowa the single biggest issue among caucus goers was abortion mm-hmm and reproductive rights and I think kirsten gillibrand has the record and the personal experience to be sort of the women's candidate it hasn't been effective as yet but I think we should watch for that on it on this week just to see if she can because I think what they're all trying to do is to take their issue and elevate their issue to go Mosport and then show that they're the candidate they can deliver on it and for her it's women's issues all of you thank you so much for contributing is out after a tumultuous tenure in which he clashed with the President on everything from Russia to North Korea CNN's Boris Sanchez joins us from the White House with news on who Trump wants to replace him what are we learning hoarse hey Ronna yeah we're hearing from White House sources that the president and Dan Coates sat down and had a conversation some weeks ago about his departure ultimately determining that the Director of National Intelligence would leave the administration around mid-august the White House had sort of seen this coming sources had indicated that coats had eyes on retirement the two men disagreed on a multiple occassions on a variety of issues of the president being contradicted frequently by coats when it comes to rush an election meddling on his outlook on not only Vladimir Putin but Kim jong-eun North Korea Iran Syria the list goes on and on and we know from sources in the White House data that infuriated President Trump but it appears that this departure was relatively on good terms the president tweeting out thanking Dan Coates for his service and announcing that representative John Radcliffe would be his nominee to replace him you see the president writing quote I am pleased to announce the highly respected Congressman John Radcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the DNI a former US attorney John will lead and inspire greatness for the country he loves dan coats the current director will be leaving office on August 15th I'd like to thank Dan for his great service to our country the Acting Director will be named shortly a Ratcliffe we should point out made news just last week when Robert Muller was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee because of his questioning of Robert Muller very aggressive clearly in line with president Trump's belief that this investigation was inappropriate and potentially the result of a deep state conspiracy against him a president Trump apparently a big fan of Ratcliffe and he was someone who the administration had considered for different posts ultimately he will go through this process to become potentially the next Director of National Intelligence on okay Boris Sanchez forest at the White House tonight Thank You Boris on the same week that saw Robert Muller warned of ongoing attacks from Russia I look back at when the time came that Trump offered his own theory I mean it could be Russia but it could also be China it could also be lots of other people it also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs breaking news the president has announced the Director of National Intelligence dan coates will leave office August 15th now coats spent his tenure in the administration at odds with the president and CNN has reported Trump had been thinking of firing him in the past with us now CNN national security analyst Samantha vinaigrettes Sam you served as senior adviser to the national security adviser under President Obama what's your reaction to this well on I want to clarify one thing when we say that Dan Coates was at odds with President Trump I want to ask our viewers what they think President Trump was basing his opinion on Dan Coates as Director of National Intelligence wasn't presenting a personal opinion when he shared analysis on Iran or North Korea or Russian election interference the Director of National Intelligence represents the entire US intelligence community that's 17 component parts and he's basing his analysis presented publicly or the president if he chose to listen on what the coordinated assessment of the US intelligence community is president Trump had a different view based on I don't know segments on Fox News or something that he heard from Vladimir Putin or other leaders but present but president Trump chose to relegate the position of the Director of National Intelligence to really just something more internal within the intelligence community to a large extent intelligence is only as useful as the president chooses to make it and that's why we've had myriad briefings on election security we've heard about various threats impacting u.s. national security from the intelligence community and president Trump chooses not to integrate that intelligence and again to rely on his gut or his Shadow Cabinet of TV personalities and hostile foreign powers President Trump he tweeted he's going to nominate Texas congressman John Ratcliffe a big ally of the president to hit Robert Miller hard this past week what do you think of him as possibly the next Director of National Intelligence well I really worried that we're going from a lame-duck DNI to installing someone who views himself as a henchman for president Trump's political ambitions Ratcliffe has been very vocal about his desire to see Attorney General bar investigate the intelligence community we should all want a Director of National Intelligence that is a huge supporter of the ISIS work rather than trying to use his position of power whether as a member of Congress or as the Director of National Intelligence to investigate that work I'm here in Detroit of course where the next 20 20 democratic debates will be Tuesday and Wednesday night you can be sure election security is going to be a topic a new ABC News poll shows that a majority of Americans Sam don't have confidence that the u.s. can stave off for an election attacks in 2020 how vulnerable are we well those Americans are right in line with where the bipartisan Senate Intel committee is they said exactly the same thing in their report last week and unlike in 2016 we know that there's a complex set of threats facing US elections China Iran Russia according to our Intel community are all intent on attacking our elections and that really means that our deterrence efforts to stop these attacks whether it be sanctions or cyber operations haven't worked and we also know that our defenses really aren't up to the task when it comes to our election infrastructure we learned last week that all fit the states were targeted by Russian cyber ops in 2016 yet over a third of those states of our states are still using paperless voting systems to some degree we also know that Russia is still engaged in a highly sophisticated information warfare campaign against United States and this time around honor they have a megaphone in the Oval Office president Trump's Twitter feed alone just by retweeting not helps Russia advance its information warfare mission against the United States and for all those reasons we are entering this election cycle knowing what the threat environment looks like in policy makers whether it be Mitch McConnell in Congress or president Trump himself are refusing to


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