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that puts ourselves in harm's way, and to have a partner that is so skilled at what they do is indispensable, and i couldn't ask for a better partner. good friday morning. i'm pamela brown. this morning florida governor rick scott is set to announce his action plan to increase security at schools amid the stunning revelations that an armed officer on duty at marjory stoneman douglas waited outside doing, quote, nothing, according to the sheriff during last week's massacre. the long serving deputy was suspended while higherups investigated and he has now resigned. also this morning, president trump is set to address the conservative political action
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congress, backing a gun restriction that many conservatives and the nra oppose. we'll have more on that in just a moment. we begin in parkland, florida, where we find cnn's rosa flores. what's the latest there, rosa? >> reporter: pamela, good morning. we hear this argument a all the time. all it takes is a good guy with a gun to take down a bad guy with a gun. in this particular case there was a good guy with a gun, but according to the sheriff, he stayed outside and did nothing. >> what i saw was a deputy arrive and he never went in. >> reporter: the only armed police officer stationed at marjory stoneman douglas high school resigned amid revelations that he waited outside as the massacre unfolded. >> what should he have done? >> went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer. >> reporter: broward county sheriff scott israel telling reporters deputy scott peterson taking a position outside the building for four minutes as n
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gunshots rang out but failed in his duty to stop the attacker. >> devastated, sick to my stomach. there are no words. these families lost their children. >> reporter: peterson retiring thursday after being suspended without pay. >> i'm scott peterson, i've been a police officer for 30 years. >> reporter: peterson seen here speaking at a school board meeting in broward county in 2015, records show he was recently nominated twice for deputy of the year. two other deputies now on restricted duty, they're being investigated for how they handled tips warning about the killer. authorities announcing they have received 23 calls involving the killer and his family starting in 2008 when the killer was just 9 years old. the most serious warnings began two years ago when an anonymous caller alerted police that the killer threatened to shoot up the school on instagram and posted pictures of himself with
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a gun. seven months later, a peer counselor reported that the killer possibly ingested gasoline, wanted to buy a gun and attempted to commit suicide by cutting himself. days later an investigator for florida's department of children and families determined he was low risk. the family that initially took the killer in after his mother's death called police to report a fight. >> 911 emergency, how can i help you? >> yeah, there was a fight in my house with a kid and my son. he left the house -- punching him and when he left the house, but i need somebody here because i'm afraid he comes back and he has a lot of weapons. >> what kind of bop upon is he going to get? >> a remington. >> reporter: the family also releasing this disturbing
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detail. >> he also dig in the back yard because he knew he was not allowed to bring it here and we found that he did. he was going to bury the gun there. >> reporter: the next day, a tipster from massachusetts called reporting that the killer was collecting guns and knives, telling them he will kill himself one day and believes he can be a school shooter in the making. students here are expected to return to class on wednesday. pamela, from talking to a 911 dispatcher, she was explaining to me the intense moments when the first calls were coming in. she was telling me she could hear the gunfire. then she said, and then there was eerie silence, so she started listening for people breathing. that's how she knew they were alive. pamela. >> that is chilling. rosa flores, thank you very much for that. in about an hour from now,
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president trump will take the stage at the conservative conference in maryland. that's where we find our kaitlan collins live in oxon hill. what do we expect to hear from the president today? >> reporter: two big things. the first is he's going to announce a new set of sanctions against north korea during his speech at cpac. that comes as his daughter and press secretary sarah sanders have just touched down in south korea for the closing ceremonies of the olympics. we'll likely learn more about what's in this latest sanctions package from the treasury department later today. the other big thing is this dynamic between the president and the nra. just 24 hours ago, the nra boss, wayne la pre air was on stage essentially saying any attempt at gun control was part of a larger attempt to eradicate all guns here in the united states. the president is actually at odds with the nra on some of his proposals for gun control measures in wake of the deadly shooting in parkland, florida.
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the main one was his suggestion to raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21. that is something that the nra has roundly rejected. they actually doubled down on their rejection of that idea last night. there are also several other things that the nra and the president are at odds about. the president says he does not expect to clash with the nra. he's actually spoken with several officials from the gun rights organization for the last several days over what to do and how to move forward. the president's biggest proposal so far has been arming teachers in school, something the nra actually supports. it will certainly be an interesting dynamic. what does the president say to this very conservative, very traditional group at this conference as he goes on. he likely won't answer any questions while he's here. he will this afternoon at the white house as he has a press conference with the prime minister of australia, pamela. >> kaitlan collins, thanks for breaking it down for us. joining me cnn political analyst josh dawsey and political
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commentators robby mook and alice stewart. i want to start with dana loesch, the nra spokesperson, she doubled down on, if i can say, this ridiculous notion that the media loves mass shootings. she doubled down on cnn's "new day" this morning. >> why would you make a statement like that? >> because it's true. >> you think we love mass shootings? >> i said many. i said many, not all. >> who? who loves mass shootings? >> i do think the way that -- many in the media do because they like the ratings aspect of it. it's true because it's wall to wall coverage. they put the murderer's face up on loop on televisions all across america more than they discuss the victims or survivors. >> again, that is not true. so i'm just making that clear.
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i want to go to you, alice, does her sentiment echo what conservatives think in your view? >> none that i speak with. no one loves a mass shooting, no one loves violence and we certainly don't love any kind of violence in our schools. they should be places of learning and safe haven. i think the important message we got from here and wayne lapierre, the head of the nra yesterday, was that the nra wants to achieve safe schools, safe communities and a safe country. some of their plans will seek to do so. one of the points she made with alisyn earlier that was important was improving the background checks and making sure they're incentivizing people, whether law enforcement or the military or mental health institutions, to put critical information in the background check system so at the point of purchase, when people are purchasing guns there's the appropriate information to make sure people who should not have guns don't have guns.
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that was a key point. there's other factors that we'll talk about certainly with the president and others. the overall message i think for her was improving background checks is an important first step. >> let's actually listen to what wayne lapierre had to say at cpac. >> the truth is laws succeed only when people obey them. once again, so many existing laws were ignored. their laws don't stop illegal criminals from crossing our borders every single day. their laws don't stop the scourge of gang violence and drug crime that savages baltimore, chicago and every major american community. >> there's wayne lapierre, josh. we know there is this divide between the nra and the president in terms of an age limit on semi-automatic rifles. do you think they were able to bridge that grab and reach an agreement? the president seemed to indicate
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yesterday that somehow they would get on board. >> it's hard to know. it's also what to do with congress. there's a lot of rhett sense from house gop members to raise that. you have the nra against that, many conservatives against that. the president continuing to push for it. i think right now it's kind of too premature. i certainly think this white house is concerned that they are not seen at odds with the nra. yesterday we did some reporting where he was going on to say, he said make sure -- told his people make sure we still say we love the nra. >> raj shah basically said the white house isn't going to agree with the nra on everything during the press conference. >> right. i think they're trying to walk the fine line between disagreeing with them on some proposals. to be clear, what they're disagreeing with the nra on is not exhaustive big differences.
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the age is a difference. but what folks on the left would want are certainly far more strenuous gun control measures than raising the age from 18 to 21 even though that's a step. >> i want to bring you in, rob, you talked to students who organized walkouts. do you think that kind of activism can lead to real change? >> i think you're already seeing it lead to real change. you're seeing the leadership in the florida senate saying they're going to take action, hold votes. that was inspired with what they were hearing directly from these students. i think the challenge for the students and i was talking about them yesterday, how do they sustain this in the long term. this is going to be hard and is going to take a long time. how do we keep the focus as a community on their voices because, look, if i had one criticism of this whole thing right now, it's that we're giving the nra too much voice in this. i don't really care what the nra has to say. we know what they're going to
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say. we don't need to predict what their stance is going to be. it's always going to be the same. the nra is a political actor, not a gun safety advocacy organization, they're a political organization. all you have to do is look at their track record in playing in political campaigns. when they ran ads in the presidential campaign last cycle, they were about benghazi. they weren't about guns -- >> i'm an nra member, a gun owner, i support second amendment rights. i think it's important we take into consideration the issues and ideas they're putting forward that will make a difference. if you look at the graphic, a lot of what they want the president doesn't agree with. >> that's totally untrue. totally untrue. >> the nra stands against background checks, raising the -- against bump stocks. they do agree on highly trained -- arming teachers in the schools.
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i think the president is going to stand up to them. he is listening to the people across this country who are saying enough is enough. >> he doesn't stand up to them. look what he tweeted, they're patriotic americans, i want to work with them. they're playing a dance where they agreed on something to disagree on, and they're trying to change the terms of the debate. they don't want to have universal background checks. they don't want to ban these assault rifles. they're setting up the debate to say, if you raise the age limit or if you want to expand some aspects of background checks, then you oppose the nra. donald trump does not oppose the nra. they got into his race earlier than any presidential race ever, and they spent almost double what they did on mitt romney on political campaign ads, not gun ads, political campaign ads. >> do you think the nra wields too much power with the politicians? >> no. i think at the end of the day -- these are the policies these people support, whether the nra
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gives them money or not. these members of congress and even on the state level, they support second amendment rights, the right to bear arms, they support a lot of the policies the nra supports regardless of the they receive money from the nra. >> you think the money from the nra plays no role. >> it's about the second amendment rights that members of congress and at the state level support. the nra is certainly backing that. they stand for the policies, not about the pocketbook. >> i want to go back to you, josh, to the point you made, will congress have the appetite especially in the election year to do anything on the gun industry. we've seen other bills in the wake of mass shootings dealing with gun control have withered away. they failed. why would anything change now? >> there certainly have been a lot of coalescing forces that have been interesting, the students coming out, president trump being more vociferous on guns than some on the right. it's hard to imagine the
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conservative members of the house, the freedom caucus, will push for gun control changes in an election year. political reality is what it is on gun control in washington. i think the nra does play a big force in that. it's hard to see significant lalaw being passed in 2018. everything in president trump's wash has been unpredictable. >> the president has said he wants to lead on this issue where his predecessors have failed. the question is how will he be different, what will he do different from his predecessors? hard to predict, josh. thank you to our panel, josh, robby, alice. do appreciate it. meantime special counsel robert mueller files new charges against paul manafort and rick gates. reaction from a member of the house intel committee. new title for the talk, but the same conflict of interest concerns. a, quote, fireside chat with
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donald trump jr. under way in india. why are critics raising a red flag about this fireside chat. the missouri governor indicted after admitting to an affair. we have the latest.
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this morning 32 new charges are on the table against paul manafort and rick gates, claims that the pair laundered $30 million, failed to pay taxes for nearly ten years and falsely used real estate to secure roughly $20 million in loans. you may recall both men pleaded not guilty to charges filed by mueller last fall. gates, however, is negotiating a plea deal. joining me now to discuss is democratic congressman jim hines who serves on the house intel committee. congressman, thank you for coming on. >> good morning, pamela. >> i first want to get your reaction to these charges, these
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fresh charges for robert mueller's team against gates and manafort. do you think this is a strategy to apply more pressure on them? >> well, no question bob mueller now has remarkable leverage. if he didn't have it before over both manafort and gates. that's important, of course, because the investigation -- the two investigations we're undertaking in the congress around russian attacks on our election and the possibility that there were any u.s. people assisting or colluding with that, bob mueller has ample leverage to find out anything he needs to know from paul manafort and rick gates about exactly what happened. let's be clear here, we don't know what happened, but exactly what happened inside that campaign. by the way, the other thing i got reading that indictment which is a very, very powerful signal to other people out there, just the sheer detail of what bob mueller knew, individual financial
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transactions, communications and stuff, this is an all-seeing investigator which has got to be scary for people who have things to be nervous about. >> it's interesting, if you read the statement from paul manafort's spokesman, he reiterated that this has nothing to do with russia or any possible collusion during the 2016 campaign. why would the spokesman bring that up? do you see this as sort of angling for a pardon? what's the point of that if it has nothing to do with that? >> that's a really good question. that doesn't necessarily serve his client's interest. it client could be served if he could trade. it does make you wonder be that was designed to communicate with the white house about an intention not to talk about anything russia related. i'm not going to speculate. that was a very strange thing for a lawyer to say on behalf of
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his client. >> quickly, we know that gates is working on reaching a plea deal. clearly this process is on going given the charges yesterday. do you think the white house should be worried at all? >> that obviously depends on what the white house knows they might be worried about. again, as a member of the committee investigating this whole thing, i don't want to sort of jump to conclusions or prejudice the outcome. obviously, if there are people who know things, this is a good time to get ahead of it. you raise an interesting and larger question, pamela, this is a white house that has had all kinds of problems. just the sheer ethical challenges of the chairman of the campaign, paul manafort, and his deputy, the blending of private business with public -- official public activities, this is a white house that if they don't get their act together and start drying very bright ethical lines is going to be distracted for the remainder of this
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administration by people overstepping ethical lines. for the benefit of the american people, they should really give that some thought. >> just to point out, the trump administration has responded saying the white house has repeatedly declined to comment on the matters involving mr. manafort and mr. gates, given the fact that none of the charges pertain to the campaign or the white house. the white house has consistently maintained there was no collusion during the campaign and no obstruction of justice. i want to talk about jared kushner now, the president's son-in-law. our sources tell us he has been so far unable to obtain a full security clearance. under the new memo from john kelly, those who haven't obtained it yet in the white house cannot have access to top secret information. you've interviewed jared kushner as part of the house intel committee. do you think he should get one? >> obviously he shouldn't get one until whatever questions the
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fbi has have been resolved. there's a reason you're careful about giving security clearances. if the nib has concerns -- notice my word if there. if they have questions, it would be serious because if there is some question some misbehavior, that can be used to blackmail somebody. that is obviously not something we want in the country. it's an awkward thing, of course, because jared kushner's role has always struck me as an alternate sec tafr of state. he's going to negotiate a middle east peace agreement, in charge of all sorts of things around the world. you cannot do that unless you have access to classified information. this is something that hopefully can get resolved quickly or jared kushner can move into a role that doesn't require access to classified information. >> all right. i'm going to ask you a yes or no question. you said you respect the second amendment and enjoy shooting. there's a lot of discussion right now on the gun issue and whether there should be tighter restrictions.
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do you think there should be a ban on every semi-automatic rifle sold in america? yes or no? >> no, i don't believe there should be a ban on every semi-automatic rifle. what i care about and what's important and matters here, i don't want rep uponry with the ability to fire 30 rounds in 45 seconds. there's lots of semi-automatics designed for hunting where that's not the case. it's a question of can somebody deliver 30 rounds in 60 seconds, that's the kind of weapon that the police fear, as we saw down in florida, and the kind of weapon that the wreak havoc that we only want to see wreaked in war. >> congressman jim himes, thank you for coming on the show. >> thank you, pamela. critics cry conflict of interest as donald trump jr. speaks in india. is he mixing business with
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breaking news about jared kushner. let's bring in cnn's kaitlan collins for more on this. what have we learned? >> reporter: today is the day that that memo john kelly wrote last friday goes into effect. to bring everyone up to speed, this is a memo john kelly wrote in the wake of him coming under fire for the resignation of rob porter, that staff secretary accused of domestic abuse. essentially this memo said if you're a white house aide and operating under an interim security clearance and your background check has been going on since june 1st or earlier, you're going to lose access to that highly classified information starting today. that obviously raised questions about the president's son-in-law
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and senior adviser jared kushner, because we have all reported he is still operating under an interim clearance. today is the day that goes into effect. many people were wondering how this is going to affect jared kushner's ability to do his job in the west wing because his portfolio largely deals with foreign policy. we have new reporting from my colleague kevin lip tack that aides have been currently trying to develop a plan that would allow jared kushner to still work in the west wing without having to have president trump intervene. as you see here, the president has given his chief of staff the full authority to overhaul the clearance process in the white house, and if he intervened to allow jared kushner to continue to have that access, it would be seen as him undermining his own chief of staff. we're told there are several things they've done to allow jared kushner to continue to work. that includes allowing him to continue to work and not be seen as violating the mandate.
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>> perhaps others in the west wing still operating with interim clearance. kaitlan collins, thank you so much. we have learned the president has taken questions from reporters on the south lawn as he departs for cpac. let's take a listen to what he had to say about guns. >> mr. president, what do you say to teachers and students who say they don't want to see guns in american schools? >> it's a very big subject, a subject everybody is talking about for all the wrong reasons. we'll make changes. i see congress wanting to act now for the first time. we certainly have to strengthen background checks. everybody agrees with that. we're going to make background checks very, very strong. i'll be speaking about that at cpac, very, very important to do that. also the mentally ill, people that have mental problems, we cannot allow them to have guns. we'll be very strong on that. that's going to go a long way.
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i also believe that schools have to have some form of protection. they can't just be open-ended gun-free. gun-free is an invitation for these crazy people to come in and shoot. if they're not gun-free -- if there are guns inside held by the right people, by highly trained professionals, you're going to see this end. it won't be happening anymore. our schools are essentially gun-free zones and that makes them very dangerous places. >> the parkland sheriff was armed and he didn't go in. does that give you any pause. >> what? >> the parkland sheriff was armed and didn't go in. does that give you any pause? >> deputy sheriff peterson, i guess his name is. they brought it out, i was surprised. it deserves to be brought out. what he did -- he's trained his whole life -- there's an example. but when it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage or
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something happened. but he certainly did a poor job. there's no question about that. he was there for five minutes, for five minutes. that was during the entire shooting. he heard it right at the beginning. he certainly did a poor job. but that's the case where somebody was outside. they're trained, they didn't react properly under pressure or they were a coward. it was a real shock to the police department. >> would a teacher be any different? >> i think we have a group of people that want to do the right thing. the nra is composed of people i know very well. these are people, great people, patriots that love our country. the nra wants to do the right thing. i've been speaking to them. they do want to do the right thing. look, i haven't been here that long. this has been going on for a
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long time, many years, decades. and we're going to get it fixed. the only way you're going to get it fixed, you have to have a certain degree of offensive power within the school. it can't only be defense. you have to have protection within the school. we're going to work it out. we are going to be very, very powerful, strong on background checks, especially having to do with people with mental problems. this person that did this horrible act, he was mentally deranged and everybody knew it for a long period of time. i guess they had 38 red flags, 39 red flags. you can't do any better than that. unfortunately they didn't catch it. they should have caught it. this could have been prevented. so the whole mental situation is very big. but background checks to me are very important. and we have to strengthen up our schools. i'm going over to cpac. i'll be talking about it. thank you all very much.
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>> all right. there is the president speaking on the south lawn about guns as he heads to cpac. i want to bring in abby phillip, kaitlan collins as well. abby, you were there with the other reporters asking questions. the president seemed eager to answer reporters' questions on this issue. he doesn't always, but on this he wanted to. he stands by what he's been saying, the idea of arming highly adept -- as he says, highly adept teachers with guns in school to better protect schools in his view and harden schools. he hasn't backed away from that. when he was asked about the example of the deputy staying outside of the school, the deputy with the gun, scott peterson, he said he did a poor job and he was asked, well, will teachers be any different, and he didn't really answer that. >> reporter: the president certainly didn't have to stop, but he clearly wanted to double down on this subject matter. as you pointed out, pam, no
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additional real concrete details about how this is going to work and what the consequences of it might be. i also just want to highlight something that he did not talk about. despite tweeting a couple days ago about raising the age from 18 to 21 to buy rifles, the president didn't talk about that today. he kept emphasizing that the nra wants to do something about background checks, wants to do something about hardening schools, making them a place where teachers can be on the offense rather than the defense. he's not talking about some of the stuff the nra is opposed to, raising the age to buy a rifle like an ar-15 from 18 to 21. the president cheer clearly wants to make it very apparent that he wants to get out in front of this issue. the thorny details are still there, pam. we don't know how far he's going to go to push the nra on some of these changes. what exactly does he mean when he says strengthening background checks for people with mental
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illnesses. does he mean rescinding -- bringing back the changes he rescinded earlier this year that would have made it easier for people with mental illness to get their hands on guns. the president isn't talking about those details right now. >> at the white house yesterday reporters were pressing for more specifics for some of the ideas he's floated. it was still in the listening face. abby phillip, thank you so much. stay with us. we'll be right back. my healthy routine helps me feel my best. so i add activia yogurt to my day.
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donald trump jr. just finished speaking in new delhi. he's wrapping up a four-day tour
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in india where he's selling trump-branded condos. critics worry he's fixing policy with business. today's title switched to title, fireside chat." sounds a lot less political from the original title, "reshaping indou indo pacific ties." changing the name of this doesn't change the original concerns some people had. >> that's right, pam. as i heard those comments, not only did the title of his remarks change, but his tone also, don junior's tone also changed from what we heard earlier this week when he was on this four-city tour of the country promoting his condos. he seemed to distance himself from politics, always repeating -- repeating he is there as a businessman and not talking about politics.
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but make no mistake about it, pam, the tone and title changed because of the fierce backlash from government watch dog groups who say this trip is a perfect example of how the trump organization may be putting a for sale sign on american foreign policy. look, the larger picture here is the trump organization has five projects in india. it is the biggest market for the trump org outside of the united states. trump junior is there to sell trump-branded condos. just before he arrived you had big ads run in local papers that basically said buy a condo or promise to buy a continudo and you'll get a chance to have dinner with the u.s. president's son. that presented a lot of problems early in the trip, followed by comments by don junior about potential -- that waded into politics. for example, he said india was a better place to do business than potentially china.
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he said other things along the way to raise ethical questions. in his defense he says, look, the trump organization has stopped doing new deals to prevent conflicts, but this is a perfect example of how old deals present the same problems. pam? >> all right, cristina alesci, thank you so much. the president is set to announce new sanctions on north korea. we're live in seoul with reaction. avoid eating in the processed food aisle if you want a healthy heart. >> consider starting in the produce section where you'll find plenty of fruits and vegetables. >> minerals help reduce blood pressure. eggplant, okra, pears, apples are high in soluble finder. so are beans and lintels and, of course, out meal. >> choose low fat dairy products
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well, president trump is set to speak any minute now at the conservative political action conference there. and he's expected to announce new sanctions against north korea. this as his daughter ivanka trump is in south korea as part of a diplomatic charm offensive at the winter olympics, wasting no time, eke yochoing the administration's stance on north korea, calling for, quote, maximum pressure. joining me from seoul, will ripley with the latest. will? >> reporter: hi, pamela. ivanka trump wrapped up her dinner with south korean president moon jae-in. they talked a lot about north korea. didn't mention the sanctions that the president is expected to announce, targeting shipping and vessels according to sources speaking with kaitlan collins. what they did talk about is the maximum pressure campaign, saying that it is working. in fact, president moon said the last 25 years of u.s./south
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korea policy has been a failure and he credits president trump's tough stance with the revival of inter-korean talks, the possibility of an inter-korean summit at some point later this year. and also saying that south korea stands with the united states firmly in their pledge to denuclearize north korea. north korean state media putting out a strongly worded article just in the last few hours ahead of the sanctions, and announcements saying that waiting for north korea to give up the nuclear weapons is about as stupid as waiting for the ocean to dry up. so we know where north korea stands on that, no surprise on that issue. but what we do know also is that ivanka trump will leave here in the coming hours, spend the night in seoul and head to pyeongchang for the winter olympics where she could potentially run into the north korean delegation led by north korea's former spy master, kim yong chol, a controversial choice, he's believed to be the mastermind of a 2010 attack on a south korean naval ship that killed 46 sailors, south korean sailors, who died. he's believed to be the mastermind. he might be sitting in the same
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vip box with the south korean president and ivanka trump. could we have a repeat of the awkward moments that we saw during the opening ceremonies when vice president pence and kim jong-un's sister were obviously trying to ignore each other. will there be some sort of interaction between the two? we don't know. all eyes will be on pyeongchang this weekend for the sports, but also for the potential politics. >> can bet on that. will ripley, thank you so much. and moments from now, president trump addresses one of the biggest conservative political conferences of the year. we'll bring it to you live and we'll be right back.
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well, good morning to you and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm pamela brown in today for john and poppy. we're just moments away from president trump's appearance at cpac, the nation's premiere gathering of conservative activists. they are anxious to hear whether and how he talks about gun rights in light of his new found support for, among other things, raising the age requirements for buying rifles. the nra opposes virtually any new gun limitations as its leader made very clear on that stage 24 hours ago. belie leaving the white house a short time go, the president said he's not expecting pushback. >> the nra is composed of people that i know very well. these are good people. in many cases great people. they're patriots. they love our country. the nra wants to do the right thing. i've been speaking to them and they do want to do the right thing.
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>> what that means, we'll have to see. at the bottom of the hour, the florida governor is due to unveil his plan to increase school security. we begin with cnn's kaitlan collins and we're hearing that the president's allies are urging him not to push the gun issue much further. >> reporter: that's right. the president's aides, some allies are encouraging him that he's gone far enough with the gun safety measures that he's already proposed in the wake of that tragic shooting in parkland, florida, because they don't want him to go too far to antagonize his gun rights base that voted him into the white house. and they fear that he could do that, because he's been watching the emotional appearances by the survivors on cable news television and gun control advocates have been making several appearances so they are worried that could get into the president's head. so they're trying to convince him he's gone far enough, done enough, doesn't need to propose anything any further. we're seeing the setup for an interesting dynamic here, because as you just mentioned, the president has suggested the


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