Skip to main content

tv   Anderson Cooper 360  CNN  May 14, 2018 6:00pm-7:00pm PDT

6:00 pm
ate. tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant. common side effects include nausea, infections, low red and white blood cells and platelets, decreased appetite, headache, abdominal pain, tiredness, vomiting, and hair thinning or loss. i'm relentless. and my doctor and i choose to treat my mbc with verzenio. be relentless. ask your doctor about everyday verzenio.
6:01 pm
first lady melania trump is expected to be hospitalized at walter reed medical center for the rest of the week according to her office after she underwent a procedure to treat a kidney condition. boris sanchez joins us from the white house. what more do we know? >> reporter: hey there, anderson, at this point the white house is staying relatively quiet on this. stephanie grisham, the first lady's communications director greeted reporters at walter reed media center. she was still wearing scrubs. she'd recently been with the first lady, she was in good spirit. she wouldn't elaborate on her condition or what it was that led her to have this procedure. we don't know if this was a last-minute decision or something long in planning. we also haven't heard much from president trump on this. we actually heard more from the vice president, mike pence, he's taking part in an event in washington tonight, celebrating israeli independence, and he told the crowd that the first lady is already on the mend and wished her a speedy recovery, anderson. >> the president wasn't with the first lady during the procedure, which isn't actually all that uncommon for presidents. he did visit this afternoon,
6:02 pm
right? >> reporter: that's right. we understand the president spoke with melania shortly before the procedure took place then shared a phone call with some of her doctors after it was over. he did tweet about the fact that he was going to visit her at walter reed. he was there for about an hour and a half or so. we understand that he thanked well wishers but didn't answer questions from reporters on his way there, while there or when he returned to the white house, anderson. >> borrisson chaez, thanks. the news of the first lady's procedure and hospitalization came out of nowhere today. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is here to try to help us answer some of them. can you explain what it is we know about the procedure the first lady underwent today? >> it's called an embolization procedure. basically what that means is a catheter is typically threaded in through one of the blood vessels. it's threaded into an area that's close to the kidney. and through that catheter, then, something can be injected. in this case, it can be a type
6:03 pm
of glue and the purpose is to try and stop the blood vessels from traveling to that abnormality. whatever it was that they were treating in the kidney. stop the blood flow there if it was at risk of bleeding, whatever this abnormality is, it can decrease that risk as well. it's worth pointing out this is typically a type of procedure, anderson, not performed in an operating room, but usually by an interventional radiologist in a radiology suite typically. it's something that's done in a sta sterile way, why you have the scrubs and everyone wearing sterile gowns. it's an intradiology procedure. >> the statement from the first lay lady's communications director said it was done to treat a benign kidney condition. what is a benign kidney condition? >> it's a great question and a vague terminology. i think that was done on purp e purpose. they could have told us what the condition is.
6:04 pm
benign means not cancerous, something that's not going to be malignant or problematic. we don't know what it is, is it a benign tumor? there's a type of benign tumor known as aml, which is a type of benign tumor that does have a lot of blood vessels. could be treated embolization. there's a few other things, abnormalities within the blood vessels, themselves, that could be treated by embolizatin. again, it's a very short statement. purposefully vague in a few areas. they're saying it's not cancer but we're not going to tell you what it is exactly. >> in terms of length of stay for a procedure like this, is it typical to stay for several days? >> it's not typical to stay for several days. it's -- these types of procedures, embolizations can be done on an outpatient basis, go in in the morning, be able to be discharged by the end of the day. overnight can happen usually where you're monitoring the
6:05 pm
person to see if they develop any pain or any problems. several days like this is unusual. is there another procedure still coming up? we don't know the answer to that, but that's one reason someone may stay in the hospital. that there's still more expected. or is it just sort of out of abundance of caution because, you know, she's the first lady, they want to keep an eye on her in the hospital? i don't know. that is a still open question mark, anderson. >> just to be clear, would this type on discovery, and procedure, be considered normal, routine, an emergency? how would you describe it? >> i think it can be emergent if someone started to develop bleeding, for example, you could do an embolization emergently. this sounds like it may havepla. it doesn't sound like it was emergent. we saw her last week doing some events. what happens a lot of times you get an image, see there's an abnormality in the kidney, might even say, you know what, let's watch it for a while and in a
6:06 pm
few months get another image. if it's changed or grown at some way, that could be the point you say, all right, let's start this procedure, do the embolizatio, n, shrink this thing and make it go away. >> joining me now is kate anderson brouwer. it's interesting the details are out there given how private a person we know the first laid it i is. >> yeah, i was surprised that they were being so forthcoming about this even though we don't know specifics. i also thought it was interesting that stephanie grisham, her spokesperson, was in scrubs in the hospital with her and it shows what a close-knit group. she has less than a dozen people working in the east wing. and usually in east wings you find they are very protective of the first lady, but in history we've had a lot of first ladies who have undergone surgery, you know, you had nancy reagan in the '80s, she had a mastectomy. betty ford in the '70s had a mastectomy at a time when women didn't talk about breast cancer, that was a huge step when she
6:07 pm
talked about it. i think this makes them seem human, relatable. i think it's a good thing that they're being forthcoming about it. >> it's also not the first time a first lady's been hospitalized while her husband's been in office. >> no. not at all. in fact, even in 2007, laura bush had a minor operation on a pinched nerve and president george w. bush was flying back from an overseas trip and called her. he wasn't there for the surgery. i think you mentioned earlier that presidents often don't go for the actual procedure. i think in part that's as of respect for the first lady because when a president goes anywhere, it's a huge disruption. and they really want to just focus on the task at hand. when betty ford had her mastectomy, gerald ford flew on marine one and prayed in the aisle of the helicopter with their son for his wife's health. so oftentimes they do not get there until after the procedure's over. >> it melania trump has obviously valued her privacy in
6:08 pm
previous -- in her previous life and also certainly now in the white house. how common is that for first ladies? >> i think she's an incredibly private first lady, you know, going back to someone like bess truman, we haven't seen a first lady who's quite this private. you know, they do have a 12-year-old son. she talks often about being a wife and mother as her main priority, but i think even michelle obama and laura bush were a little bit more willing to share bits of their personal life. i think this is interesting that this comes on the heels of her most public week. i mean, she made this 11-minute-long speech in the rose garden for her "be best" campaign last week, she planned a state dinner not long before that. we hadn't seen much of her until recently and now to see she was going through all this at the same time i think says a lot about her ability to kind of do both things. . >> yeah. well, we certainly pish her the best. kate andersen brouwer, thanks. coming up, a bloody day in gaza. the death toll is rising.
6:09 pm
58 palestinians killed by israeli security forces on the same day the u.s. embassy officially opens in jerusalem. an update from the region. also ahead, two more fissures open up near the volcano in hawaii, means more lava and more toxic fumes. the latest from hawaii when we continue. is nothing to worry a? well at safelite, we know sooner or later every chip will crack. these friends were on a trip when their windshield got chipped. so they scheduled at they didn't have to change their plans or worry about a thing. i'll see you all in a little bit. and i fixed it right away with a strong repair they can trust. plus, with most insurance a safelite repair is no cost to you. >> customer: really?! >> tech: being there whenever you need us that's another safelite advantage. >> singers: safelite repair, safelite replace.
6:10 pm
and my brother ray and i started searching for answers. (vo) when it's time to navigate in-home care, follow that bright star. because brightstar care earns the same accreditation as the best hospitals. and brightstar care means an rn will customize a plan that evolves with mom's changing needs. (woman) because dad made us promise we'd keep mom at home. (vo) call 844-4-brightstar for your free home care planning guide.
6:11 pm
you won't find relief here. congestion and pressure? go to the pharmacy counter for powerful claritin-d. while the leading allergy spray relieves 6 symptoms... claritin-d relieves 8, including sinus congestion and pressure. claritin-d relieves more. at t-mobile, we don't just see uniforms. we see the people behind them. so we're committed to helping veterans through job training when their service ends... and to hiring 10,000 veterans and military spouses to be part of our workforce in the next 5 years. because no matter where you serve... or when you serve... t-mobile stands ready to serve you. so we provide half-off on all family lines for military.
6:12 pm
there's more breaking news, deadly day in gaza, at least 58 palestinians were killed by israeli security forces and at least 1,000 were injured.
6:13 pm
that's according to the palestinian ministry of health. that happened, obviously, on the same day that the u.s. embassies officially opened in jerusalem. ivanka trump, jared kushner. elise labott joins us with the latest. elise, you were at the opening ceremony today. what can you tell us? . >> reporter: well, anderson, i think you can call it a love fest would not be an overestimation. it's impossible to overestimate how popular president trump is with this move to move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem. driving up even to the embassy, there are all these signs that say president trump will make israel great again, trump is a friend of israel. and i think that the israelis feel that after years of president obama that there is a u.s. president that does have their back, that you just saw last week, he pulled out of the iran deal and cited evidence from prime minister netanyahu.
6:14 pm
that was really the theme of today, all of the speakers praising president trump. eve everyone in his administration who was named whether they were there or not. john bolton, nikki haley, mike pence, mike pompeo. everyone got a standing ovation, but it was really jared kushner who was the keynote speaker that got the kind of loudest applause and, of course, he was, you know, praising president trump's move but also talking about that unshakeable bond between the u.s. and israel, but i think it's really now about these two leaders and prime minister netanyahu had a very good week between the embassy, president trump pulling out of the iran deal, and on his successful campaign against iran which he has unequivocal support from the u.s. so i think that it was really an emotion emotional day for him. an emotional day for israelis. we see from these protests coming out of gaza that it was a crushing blow for the palestinians that is now turning
6:15 pm
violent. >> yeah, what is the latest on the violence on the gaza/israel border today? >> reporter: well, today has really been the bloodiest of days of clashes for the last seven weeks since these protests on the border between gaza and israel started. more than 58, we're told, were killed, palestinians, by the palestinian ministry of health is saying. over 1,000 injured. that's the single bloodiest toll in these seven weeks and it brings the total of those palestinians killed to more than 100. now, the israelis are blaming, obviously, hamas, for instigating it, and certainly there are members of hamas that are in there kind of instigating some of the more violent parts of it, but some of them are journalists, some of them are youngsters. there was a handicap person, i believe, that was killed. and, you know, israelis are
6:16 pm
using live fire against all of it, and this is obviously very conce concerning. tonight the ambassador of turkey has been -- the turkish ambassador to israel has been recalled for a consultation. along with the turkish ambassador to the united states, prime minister erdogan of turkey in london today. a very tough speech, not just against israel and the actions in gaza, but against the united states for this move of the embassy to jerusalem saying that the u.s. is now part of the problem, not the solution and forfeiting its role as a peacemaker, anderson. >> elise labott, appreciate it. thank you. today's speech at the embassy opening marked a return to the public view for the president's son-in-law jared kushner who kept a relatively low profile recently. randi kaye tonight has more. >> reporter: jared kushner, a mainstay around the white house. often seen whispering in the president's ear. sitting in on important meetings and walking around the white house grounds with his wife,
6:17 pm
ivanka. this was president trump a year ago. >> he is so great. if you can't produce peace in the middle east, nobody can. okay? i have a feeling that jared is going to do a great job. >> reporter: but despite that high praise, jared kushner has faded from public view. these days, the president barely utters his son-in-law's name in public. in the white house, kushner has reportedly been severely weak weakened. the "washington post" wrote in march that colleagues described kushner as beaten down. part of the issue may be kushner's apparently tense relationship with chief of staff john kelly who stripped kushner of his top-secret security clearance following questions about the administration's vetting process. now even the chief white house calligrapher has greater access to sensitive information. >> i think he's been treated very unfairly. he's a high-quality person. >> reporter: as the russia probe ramped up, kushner's clout seemed to go down. he's testified before
6:18 pm
congressional committees probing russia's involvement in the election. >> let me be very clear, i did not collude with russia, nor do i know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. >> reporter: kushner has also faded from view since taking heat for the appearance of mixing business with government work. special prosecutor robert mueller is probing his foreign business contacts including meetings kushner had with a russian banker and a russian lawyer looking to share dirt on hillary clinton. then there's the 666 fifth avenue headache. that's the manhattan supertower jared kushner's company bought years ago that's been saddled with debt. it's come under scrutiny since kushner's father reportedly sought a $500 million investment from the former prime minister of qatar while his son works on middle east issues for the white house. but with the unveiling of the new embassy in jerusalem, kushner's back in the spotlight. after working quietly behind the scenes for the last year and a half or so on a middle east
6:19 pm
peace agreement. >> when there is peace in this region, we will look back upon this day and remember that the journey to peace started with a strong america recognizing the truth. >> reporter: kushner's fingerprints also believed to be all over the president's decision recently to pull out of the iran nuclear deal. a move kushner praised while in jerusalem. >> last week, president trump acknowledged another truth and kept another promise. he announced his intention to exit the dangerous, flawed and one one-sided iran deal. >> reporter: despite his relative silence in recent months, jared kushner seems to have once again found his voice. randi kaye, cnn, new york. lot more news to get to tonight. president trump faces a deadline of tomorrow to file his annual financial disclosure before the federal election commission. question is, will it include anything about stormy daniels and the money repaid to michael cohen? new revelations also about the
6:20 pm
security request from the embattled epa administrator scott pruitt. allegations they directly contradict what pruitt, himself, told lawmakers. hey shrimp fans - this one's for you. it's red lobster's create your own shrimp trios. pick 3 of 9 new and classic creations for just $15.99. try new creations like savory crab-topped shrimp, and parmesan truffle shrimp scampi. but hurry, shrimp trios ends may 27th.
6:21 pm
and parmesan truffle shrimp scampi. about the performance... lingering doubts of lexus hybrids, this should clear the air. now comparably priced to the rest of the lineup. experience amazing at your lexus dealer. we test all of our paints and or even years.ths. because you deserve paint that's done right.
6:22 pm
that's proudly particular. benjamin moore. the standard for paint professionals. only at local paint and hardware stores. fthere's flonase sensimist.tchy and watery near pollen. it relieves all your worst symptoms including nasal congestion, which most pills don't. and all from a gentle mist you can barely feel. flonase sensimist. proven to protect street skaters and freestylers. stops up to 97% uv. lasts through heat. through sweat. coppertone. proven to protect.
6:23 pm
if you'd have told me three years ago... that we'd be downloading in seconds, what used to take... minutes. that guests would compliment our wifi. that we could video conference... and do it like that. (snaps) if you'd have told me that i could afford... a gig-speed. a gig-speed network. it's like 20 times faster than what most people have. i'd of said... i'd of said you're dreaming. dreaming! definitely dreaming. then again, dreaming is how i got this far. now more businesses in more places can afford to dream gig. comcast, building america's largest gig-speed network.
6:24 pm
breaking news tonight about epa administrator scott pruitt and his request for around the clock security on his very first day on the job. this, of course, in contrast to his claim that protection was in response to an assessment of death threats against him. cnn's sarah ganam joins me with details. what are you learning about pruitt ee pruitt's request for security? >> we're learning from the epa inspector general that scott pruitt asked for his unprecedented 24/7 security detail. h began on his first day in office back in february of 2017. here's the letter the inspector general wrote to senate democrats. it said mr. pruitt requested 24/7 protection once he was confirmed as administrator and security detail began providing 24/7 coverage of the administrator the first day he arrived at the epa. that contradicts the story that pruitt and the epa have been telling the public. here he is, anderson, at a hearing before congress last month reading from a threat.
6:25 pm
>> i'm going to find you and put a bullet between your eyes. don't think i'm joking. i'm planning this. >> gentleman's time has expired. >> these are threats the i.g. has documented. >> so now to be clear, the inspector general is the i.g., that's what he's talking about, and that review was completed six months into his tenure. in august of 2017. that's well after he requested this extra security. no previous add straiter has ever requested such elaborate measures. and the security detail head who has since retired cited security concerns to justify those first-class plane tickets for pruitt as well. he also hired more agents to guard pruitt around the clock. we calculated that those salaries, alone, cost the agency about $2 million per year. now, security and travel are just two of almost a dozen investigations and reviews into pruitt at this time. >> so what can you tell us about
6:26 pm
the assistant inspector general overseeing investigations? i understand he's actually recused himself. >> yeah, this is interesting. so the inspector general letter also reveals for the first time that the official who was in charge of investigating threats for the i.g., which is what the epa was hanging their hat on all along, he rekused himself from some investigations and the reason why he is, quote, a professional friend of the controversial former head of pruitt's security detail. that's an apparent conflict of interest according to the inspector general. >> all right. sarah, thanks very much. president trump has until tomorrow, may 15th, to file his official campaign financial disclosure forms with the federal election commission. now the question is, will he or his staff include the $130,000 payment his attorney michael cohen made to the adult film star stormy daniels on those forms? i'm joined now by edav nodi, senior director of trial litigation who wrote about this
6:27 pm
for an op-ped for "usa today." sounds like trump is caught in a ca catch 22 with this filing tomorrow. can you explain what's going on? >> yeah, he backed himself into a corner. he has to file his personal disclosure report tomorrow and needs to list all the debts he owed during 2017. all the personal debts and that would appear to include the $130,000 that he needed to repay to mr. cohen for the hush money to stormy daniels. the problem is if he discloses that on his filing tomorrow, it's going to essentially be an admission that he didn't disclose it in the prior year's financial disclosure report. the problem with that is intentionally leaving something off a financial disclosure report is a violation of federal law. >> so he's got two choices, disclose the debt or not disclose the debt. if he does not disclose this as a personal debt, what happens? >> right, well it would depend on the reason the president tries to assert for not disclosing it. the one exception that he might
6:28 pm
try to invoke here is that he wouldn't be required to disclose the debt if instead of a personal debt it were a campaign debt. the problem with that is that if it was a campaign debt, the trump campaign needed to report it to the federal election commission on those disclosure reports. and they didn't do that, either. and just as it's a violation of law to not report a personal debt, it's also a violation of law to not report a campaign contribution of this kind. >> so if he does disclose this as a personal debt, there will obviously be questions of why it wasn't disclosed previously and also we would see, we assume, if there were any other personal debts that were not previously disclosed. >> right. that's one of the big questions. so, you know, if the president decides to report this debt, i think, you know, we'll be combing the disclosure report carefully to see what other debts that weren't disclosed last year are being disclosed now and try to understand the reasons why they were omitted last year. >> so what if they don't comply with the rules?
6:29 pm
are there any potential consequences? what's in place to actually enforce this? >> sure, so the department of justice has criminal jurisdiction over these matters. so if the department of justice believes that somebody has willfully and knowingly omitted something from a personal financial disclosure report or from a campaign finance report, the department of justice can choose to prosecute. >> all right. adav noti, appreciate it, we'll see what happens tomorrow. up next, robert mueller is days away from his one year anniversary investigating russia's interference in the 2016 election. quite a year, obviously. i'll talk it over with the former u.s. ambassador to russia who has quite a history with vladimir putin. since my stroke, he hasn't left my side.
6:30 pm
6:31 pm
with the right steps, 80%of recurrent ischemic strokes could be prevented. a bayer aspirin regimen is one step to help prevent another stroke. so, i'm doing all i can to stay in his life. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. a cockroach can survive submergede guy. underwater for 30 minutes. wow. yeah, wow. not getting in today. not on my watch. pests never stop trying to get in. we never stop working to keep them out. terminix. defenders of home. which is why i use armor tall ultra shine wash wipes.y. they effectively remove dirt, dust and grime with no water.
6:32 pm
that car is in tip top shape! we are both in tip top shape! armor all, it's easy to look good.
6:33 pm
this thursday will mark a year since robert mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate russian meddling in the 2016 election. so far, there have been 75 criminal charges. 22 defendants and 5 guilty pleas. we don't know where or when the investigation will end, but we do know president trump often calls it a witch hunt, according to the "washington post," complains about it often as 20 times a day. that quoub more thwould be more times a year. joining us, michael mcfaul, who
6:34 pm
served as u.s. ambassador to russia from 2020 12 to 2014. writes about the experience in his book "from cold war to hot peace: an american ambassador in putin's russia." thanks for fwg with us. i want to talk about the book in a moment. i want to ask you about the mueller investigation which started a year ago this week, regardless of what mueller does or doesn't find when it comes to russia, collusion or cooperation or coordination, did putin get exactly what he wanted? was his goal to sow discord in the u.s. and that's what he got? >> well, he didn't get exactly what he wanted. he most certainly preferred president trump over secretary clinton for obvious reasons because trump said pro-russian things he liked and secretary clinton, my former boss, said the opposite. then he intervened in his various ways to try to influence that outcome. i think now they're somewhat disappointed that candidate trump's promises have not come true. so he hoped for lifting of sanctions.
6:35 pm
day haven they haven't had that. he hoped there would be more disarray in the nato alliance. he hasn't had that. candidate trump said he'd look into recognizing crimea. he hasn't done that. the disarray piece, of coursethy had that. we had the polarization well before the russians got involved but they have exacerbated that and the presidency of donald trump most certainly has exacerbating that as well. >> and you write a lot, obviously, about putin in the book. you dealt with him personally, dealt with him professionally. >> i have. >> based on everything you know about how he operates, how do you think he views his relationship with president trump right now, or his -- his country's relationship with the u.s.? >> well, first of all, he liked the trump doctrine, which is the withdrawal doctrine. so every time we pull out, including the latest pulling out of the iran nuclear deal, the paris accord's tpp, that pulling
6:36 pm
in, that creates a vak yup acuu russia can move into that vac m vacuum. i think -- i know he has this theory about the deep state in america. i sat in the room with him when he explained it to president obama, which is the cia and the pentagon, they kind of run american foreign policy and the presidents come and go and he still holds open the possibility that he'll be able to work with the person of president trump, but right now he sees that deep state and i want to make clear, i think it's foley, it's a flawed theory of american foreign policy, but he sees them as the ones getting in the way of this cooperation. if he could just get them out at the dacha, sit them down for some tea, the two gentlemen could get along. >> the news last week that michael cohen may have received money from a company tied to a russian oligarch, is that standard practice for oligarchs to exert their influence and by extension vladimir putin to extend influence through business dealings? >> well, here's what i would
6:37 pm
say. vladimir putin creates leverage with all kinds of oligarchs, all kinds of businesspeople. i know victor vexelberg. i used to work with him when i was ambassador. here's how it works. i'll let you do something, here's money, i'll give you a contract here, but you need to do favors for me down the road. vexelberg is not one of the inner circle for vladimir putin. that's incorrect. he's on the outer tier. people of his have been arrested recently by vladimir putin. what i think is going on here, it's just a hypothesis, vexelberg wanted to show putin he knows his way around new york city. remember, he does a lot of business there, his daughter lives there. he knew how to reach out to michael cohen to see he could deliver things for putin. i think it backfired rather radically. that would be very consistent with behavior that i've seen in the past regarding putin and the oligarchs. >> i mean, that exerting of leverage, did you see that with a lot of oligarchs and with putin?
6:38 pm
>> absolutely. you know, there's a special thing put out. one example, when i was ambassador, putin said all government officials have to divest from their holdings overseas. right? lots of them have all kinds of holdings overseas. they're very rich people. then he would say one-on-one, well, for you, ivan, i'll cut you a special deal but that means you need to be loyal to me. number two, he gives property to his friends. igor suchen, used to be his deputy when i met him in the spring of 1991 working in the st. petersburg's may year's office, he's ceo of rosneft, largest oil company in russia. he only has the property rights because of his personal relationship with putin. if putin goes, suchen does not get to control the oil company. that makes him beholden to put zbln the book as we said, called "from cold war to hot peace."
6:39 pm
i'm wondering what exactly you mean by hot peace. >> well, what i'm trying to say is the u.s./russian relationship is bad today and in some ways, is worse than some of the periods of the cold war. i think you got to go back into the 1960s to find a time that's more confrontational and some of the aspects of our current era are worse. we thought we got rid of annexation, for instance, during the cold war. that's now back. cyber wars. that's something new we didn't have before. we ended the quantitative nuclear arms race but a quali qualitative race is on. vladimir putin invested heavily in that. i use the phrase, hot peace, to echo the cold war because some things are the same but to say actually the situation is new and in many ways more dangerous than even periods of the cold war. >> and here to stay as long as putin remains in power? >> i think so. as i write about in the book, this conflict is not about some policy here or there. it's about putin thinking of us
6:40 pm
as the enemy, trying to underthrow his regime. back when i was ambassador, he accused me personally of trying to overthrow his regime. he thought that president obama sent me there to do that. and no amount of diplomacy, no amount of good chummy chats is going to end that. i think, tragically, and i underscore tragically, we're going to be in this confrontational moment for a long, long time. at least as long as putin is in power. >> given his intelligence background, you know, there's certainly a view of president putin that he's very intelligent and cunning. as you said, he dealt with him directly. do you think those are fair characterizati characterizations? >> yes. he's a very smart guy. comes to meetings prepared. i remember the first meeting we had with putin, with president obama, out at his dacha, his country estate, july 2009. he came very well prepared for that. had read up on barack obama's background and had a game plan for that meeting. and i think of that because i want our president to know that
6:41 pm
if he's going to sit down with putin to do business, he has to come prepared. having said that, i don't think he's a grand strategist. i don't think he's trying to recreate the soviet union. i think he's emotional and tactical in his decisions, his decisioncrimea, for instance, i don't think was thought out years in advance. the cards he holds in his hands, even if they're small ones, he's grown increasingly aggressive in playing them, become much more willing to be risky in the 18th year of his rule than he was in the beginning. >> ambassador michael mcfaul, fascinating. thank you very much. i appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. just ahead, according to "new york" magazine the bromance between president trump and fox news opinion host john hannity and washington is ramping up even more. details on that ahead.
6:42 pm
brad's about to find out if his denture can cope with... a steak. luckily for him, he uses super poligrip. it helps give him 65% more chewing power. leaving brad to dig in and enjoy. super poligrip. it's these new fresh-fx car air fresheners from armor all. each scent can create a different mood in my car. like tranquil skies. armor all, it's easy to smell good. sometimes a day at the ballpark is more than just a day at the ballpark. [park announcer] all military members stand and be recognized. sometimes fans cheer for those who wear a different uniform.
6:43 pm
no matter where or when you served, t-mobile stands ready to serve you. that's why we're providing half off family lines to all military. feclaritin 24 hour relief when allergies occur. day, after day, after day. because life should have more wishes, and less worries. feel the clarity, and live claritin clear.
6:44 pm
with dell small businessout your technology advisors you get the one-on-one partnership you need to grow your business. the dell vostro 15 laptop. contact a dell advisor today.
6:45 pm
if you'd have told me three years ago... that we'd be downloading in seconds, what used to take... minutes. that guests would compliment our wifi. that we could video conference... and do it like that. (snaps) if you'd have told me that i could afford... a gig-speed. a gig-speed network. it's like 20 times faster than what most people have. i'd of said... i'd of said you're dreaming. dreaming! definitely dreaming. then again, dreaming is how i got this far. now more businesses in more places can afford to dream gig. comcast, building america's largest gig-speed network. in advance of today'ser e s
6:46 pm
ceremony in jerusalem that formally recognized the israeli capital as the new home for the american embassy, president trump took to twitter and acted as the pr man for fox news. "u.s. embassy opening in jerusalem will be covered live on fox news and fox business. lead-up to 9:00 a.m. eastern event, has already begun, a great day for israel." the president certainly is a busy man. to make the symmetry better "new york" magazine is out with a new story about president trump and friendship with fox news opinion commentator sean hannity. the magazine says the feedback loop between the two is strong and getting stronger. with hannity phoning the white house most nights after his show is off the air and then linking up with the president for counsel and commiseration. helping to break this down, cnn's brian stelter and presidential historian douglas brinkley. so, brian, first of all, what else can you tell us about what "new york" magazine is reporting? >> the story really supports the idea that hannity is a key adviser to president trump and trump is a producer of hannity's show. i think that direction is ra really interesting piece of this. trump is giving advice and
6:47 pm
guidance for hannity's show on a nightly basis. the story says on some days hannity and trump speak multiple times with one of them calling the other to, quote, inform them of the latest developments. >> doug, i mean, we've seen relationships between presidents and members of the press before or opinion, you know, radio hosts or television hosts. ben bradley had a close relationship with jfk, certainly posed problems for him, but have we ever seen anything like this before? >> no. really nothing like this. this is quite bizarre. the very fact that the fbi had to raid michael cohen's office to find out that sean hannity was a client just like donald trump, the fact of the matter is, it's not about donald trump trying to influence fox, it's sean hannity telling donald trump what to do and what to think. you know, there are -- in some ways perfectly made for each other. they both feed off the right wing infowar and information
6:48 pm
circuit and trump is a narcissist who needs constant reinforcement and hannity gives him that and hannity in turn gets to kind of spin so-called news, it's really right-wing activism, on his show. they work in a very symbiotic way together. >> brian, though, it's not unusual for presidents to reach out to other people to kind of get a read on what's happening in the baise. what's happening in various parts of the country. what's happening among their core supporters. sean hannity being a core supporter of the president and very public about that. i mean, how unusual is it just for him, for the president to reach out to hannity to kind of take the temperature of where things are with his supporters? >> it's an unusually tight relationship with a broadcaster or member of the media. hannity frequently says he's not a typical journalist.
6:49 pm
i think it's better to call him an entertainer, but he's a very influential entertainer. he channels trump's base and is able to express what trump's target audience might be thinking. i think the issue here is that hannity's not the most reliable source of information. hannity is someone who presents a very tilted view of the world, whether that's promoting fear of immigrants or the idea that mueller's probe is a witch hunt. the president's having that message reinforced not just by watching hannity's show but also by talking to him on the phone. i think that's ultimately why this is an issue. look, if trump was getting advice from dana perino or shep smith or other television hosts, journalists at fox news, i don't think this would be as intriguing. instead he's turning to his biggest supporter, the person who's known to promote conspiracy theories on fox. that's ultimately why i think this is concerning. >> frankly, doug, if the president is getting advice from a journalist at all, that would be -- that would be concerning. i mean, that's not the role of a
6:50 pm
journalist. you're not supposed to -- >> yeah. >> -- obviously do that. >> sean hannity's claiming that he's not really a journalist, he's a talk show host. >> right. >> he's an entertainer. so i think that's the cover, that's the fig leaf. nevertheless, not everybody that's channeling surfing that gets sean hannity up until recently knew he was working that closely with the trump white house, that he would put out all >> we're now finding out that was his source for things. shawn hannity would talk to him daily. he is a hot line into the white house along with roger ales being able to strategies how fox and the white house can work in synchronicity together. they told donald trump don't watch cnn, don't watch msnbc,
6:51 pm
don't watch things that will upset you. and now he's turned into a shawn hannity buff. they actually have a lot in common. new york backgrounds, actually grew up 12 miles from each other. and he's become a new steve bannon, shawn hannity, promoting an alt-right atmosphere. >> hannity sometimes refers to anonymous sources on his show. the president earlier today railed quote-unquote against traders and cowards that are leaking from the white house. sometimes you have to wonder if the president is one of those leakers himself and hannity is his conduit. when you see the polls showing the republican party, getting more and more suspicious of mueller, that is really why this is significant. hannity every night calls it a witch hunt, and it is having a corrosive effect. trump on one side, hannity on
6:52 pm
the other. they're working together to undermine credibility in the probe. >> brian stelter, dug brinkly thank you very hutch. still a lovy shows no signs of slowing down. also saying good-bye to an iconic actor who plays lois lane who died at the age of 69. hey shrimp fans - this one's for you. it's red lobster's create your own shrimp trios. pick 3 of 9 new and classic creations for just $15.99.
6:53 pm
try new creations like savory crab-topped shrimp, and parmesan truffle shrimp scampi. but hurry, shrimp trios ends may 27th. and parmesan truffle we test all of our paints and or even years.ths. because you deserve paint that's done right. that's proudly particular. benjamin moore. the standard for paint professionals. only at local paint and hardware stores. let's do an ad of a man eating free waffles at comfort inn. they taste like victory because he always gets the lowest price on our rooms, guaranteed,
6:54 pm
when he books direct at or just say, badda book. badda boom. book now at what? directv gives you more for your thing. your... quitting cable and never looking back thing. directv is rated #1 in customer satisfaction over cable. switch to directv and now get a $100 reward card. more for your thing. that's our thing. call 1.800 directv. i no wondering, "what if?" uncertainties of hep c. i let go of all those feelings. because i am cured with harvoni. harvoni is a revolutionary treatment for the most common type of chronic hepatitis c. it's been prescribed to more than a quarter million people.
6:55 pm
and is proven to cure up to 99% of patients who've have had no prior treatment with 12 weeks. certain patients can be cured with just 8 weeks of harvoni. before starting harvoni, your doctor will test to see if you've ever had hepatitis b, which may flare up and cause serious liver problems during and after harvoni treatment. tell your doctor if you've ever had hepatitis b, a liver transplant, other liver or kidney problems, hiv or any other medical conditions and about all the medicines you take including herbal supplements. taking amiodarone with harvoni can cause a serious slowing of your heart rate. common side effects of harvoni include tiredness, headache and weakness. ready to let go of hep c? ask your hep c specialist about harvoni. and my brother ray and i started searching for answers. (vo) when it's time to navigate in-home care, follow that bright star. because brightstar care earns the same accreditation as the best hospitals. and brightstar care means an rn will customize a plan that evolves with mom's changing needs.
6:56 pm
(woman) because dad made us promise we'd keep mom at home. (vo) call 844-4-brightstar for your free home care planning guide. kilauea's big island volcano eruption, fissures have opened up spewing lava that has torched homes like this one. officials warn it could get worse. >> reporter: an incredible lava light show. another day, another fissure. nearly 20 now in all. they're spewing lava and poisonous gas from the erupting kilauea volcano. it's also giving us this, lava bombs or fountains spewing from the ground covering it in dark rock. the bombs are rocks usually made
6:57 pm
up of old lava flows from the vo volcano's core, scorching a math a mile away from the original opening. this is all that's left of one home consumed by lava. it's one of nearly 40 structures destroyed by kilauea. bringing new concern the damage zone could widen. >> heard what sounded like a jet turbine. >> reporter: at times spewing dozens of feet into the air it opened on private land relatively far from the cay lonnie estates. >> we're setting up a crack station just so we can check and see how they're moving. >> reporter: for nearly 2,000 evacys the ru evacuees, the rush on for supply. while the 300 evacuees continue
6:58 pm
to ride out the worst in shelters and tents. >> we're calm. when you move to this volcano or move to this island you move into her house. >> reporter: her as in pele, the hawaiian goddess of fire. many here believe she is in control and hope she relinquishes her grip soon. >> it's got to be just incredible to see. describe the conditions where you are right now. >> reporter: hey, anderson. so we are inside the evacuation zone where two of the most recent fissures that have opened up are quite active. they're beyond the trees there. they're hard to see during the day, but at night they're really impossible to miss. the people who live over here, some of them have left already. others are packed and ready to go at a moment's notice. the lava flow from these two fissures it is headed towards a
6:59 pm
major roadway. it's going about 100 yards per hour. that means the people who live over here where we are have one less escape route if things were to get worse. >> before we go tonight, a fair well to an iconic actress who died at the age of 69. she brought lois lane to life in the super man movie. the cause of death has not yet been released. it was her role as superman's gif that cesent her career soaring. >> good evening, ms. lane. >> hi. >> oh, i'm sorry. did you have plans this evening? >> oh, this old thing, no.
7:00 pm
>> it's no trouble at all for me to come back later. >> no, don't move. sure, you can move. just don't fly away, all right? >> margot also overcame difficulties. she was homeless and struggling with bipolar disorder. she eventually got back on her feet. nooit with don lemon starts now. see you tomorrow. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. we're learning more about the health scare for melania trump. the first lady recovering tonight at walter reed from what's being described as an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. she's expected to stay in the hospital for the rest of the week. vice president mike pence said this tonight. >> the president asked me to be here tonight because as you