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the royal wedding. we will be live from windsor, coverage begins saturday 4 a.m. eastern. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'll be back 5 p.m. eastern in the situation room. for our international viewers, "amanpour" is next. and for onow brianna keilar in brooke baldwin. >> good afternoon. some gop senators are blasting the white house for not apologizing after a remark by a lower level white house aide about senator john mccain who is battling brain cancer. kelly sadler dismissed criticism of trump's cia pick by mccain saying that the senator was, quote, dying anyway.
but while sadler apologized to mccain's daughter, there has not been an apology from her or from the white house. some say it's long overdue. >> the comment was denigrating and incensensitiveinsensitive. john mccain is an american hero, he's a united states senator and he's a good friend of mine. the best way for this to be put to rest and it should have happened immediately would have been for the white house to issue a public apology to the entire mccain family. >> trump should, too, the president himself? >> i think it would be helpful if the president made clear that those kinds of comments are not acceptable rather than criticizing the leaker. >> and the leaker is who president trump has targeted in a tweet saying, quote, leakers are traitors and cowards.
let's turn to manu raju. tell us how this luncheon is going between the president and republican senators. >> reporter: it's still ongoing. the president met with senator mcconnell and walked into the room just behind me, there was a round of applause going in and there may be some common ground on some key issues, namely about whether not to scrap that august month-long recess where the senate was going to leave town, campaign for the elections and the mid terms, but under pressure from president trump and some republican senators, i'm told that senator mcconnell, the majority leader, is seriously considering scrapping some, if not all of that august recess. but there are some concerns that members also will raise in this meeting. one is the president's tweet from over the weekend talking about saving that chinese electronics making zte. you're hearing krns frconcerns
number of republicans about what the president means by this and they want some clarification. and it remains to be seen about whether anyone brings up the remark that the white house aide kelly sadler made about senator mccain. today a number senators, including senator rubio said the president and at least the white house should apologize for that remark. >> i believe so. certainly the comments that were made and no one's decide they were made. i find them to be offensive and i think more indicative of what our politics has become so angry and bitter. >> shouldn't the president set an example here? >> the president will have to make a decision about how he chooses to use the platform. i would want to and i would want everyone in public office to do. >> the president is actually just leaving. let's listen in.
all right, so we just saw the president come from the lunch and walk there toward the elevator bank so he's going to be departing the hill. manu, we're waiting to see exactly how this lunch went, if he got an earful, if there's a lot of unity going into the mid terms as well. >> yeah, no question. and most likely you're probably going to hear mostly unity. this is a conference that does realize that the senate could be at risk of flipping ahead of november. they want to be on the same page as the president. you've seen past meetings like this have been largely collegial affairs. i expect something similar today, even if they do have some serious concerns about the things that the president has been saying, things the white house has been doing, including a remark from much to say but
senators undoubtedly will, brianna. >> manu, we know you're going to get those answers for us. thank you so much. remember the president's tweet that slammed leakers, it concerns his staff and his staff what been under a cell phone ban. it's not based on the honor system. there are men in suits carrying large hand-held scanner-type devices, who have been seen walking through the halls of the west wing looking for contraband phones and devices. they say they can determine what kind of device has gotten through, the kind that shouldn't be there. joining me is dana bash and brian fung, a tech reporter for "the washington post." so there was a leak to describe how the white house tries to prevent leaks. in fact, actually when this band went into place, it was very
upsetting that immediately the memo he wrote about why this ban was going to be out there was out there. >> it is a very tough environment, people who go to the white house, people who talk to staff inside the white house. it has been heightened by the fact that the boss, the president of the united states is really, really upset about leaks to point where he is tweeting, as you said, rightly, at his own staff. having said that, in this particular case, the whole discussion about leaks is a smoke screen because the real issue is what susan collins told manu raju and what every republican encountering a reporter on capitol hill already is enough already, it's been five, six, seven days. apologize. and in talking about leaks, which i'm not saying it's not a problem, but in this particular case, it's trying to kind skirt
around the bigger question. >> and it's not like these issues stop the leaks. people can leak without an unauthorized cell phone. but let's just talk about the intrigue about what our kaitlin collins has been reporting. she describes a scene of you go into the white house, if you do have a personal cell phone, you put them in there and the lockers are chirping and buzzing from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. but it's not an honor system. you have men in suits going around. what are they using to defect these devices? >> i've spoken to a number of experts on this and there are a number of different types of devices that they could be using to try and detect what types of cell phones might be in use, on an unauthorized basis. one technology that is commonly used in these sorts of scenarios are called stingrays, which is a
particular brand of cell site simulator. so basically pretends to be a real cell site and then connects to all the phones that are in a particular area. and lots of different police and law enforcement agencies around the country use this and they're very secretive about how they're used and when they're used but we do know that they are being used. and what stingrays do generally is depending on the type or level of sophistication of the device being used, they can either pick up the identifying serial numbers of the phones, they could pick up cell phone call meta data, so tracking who is being called and for how long. in some cases they may even be able to pick up which web sites a particular phone is going to. >> it's fascinating. >>there are other devices, too. there are devices that law enforcement can use that would essentially just pick up r.f.
signals from the phone. that's another type of technology that could be employed here, although it would be much harder to tell which -- >> you're talking about law enforcement, which generally is the police going after potential criminals or suspects or witnesses. we're talking about the white house. we're talking about staffers in the white house that the level of distrust is that high -- >> paranoia, would you say? >> paranoia, back biting, at that that type of technology has the potential to be needed and used? >> the irony here is that in some cases, this technology is deployed at prisons to detect unauthorized feelings at prisons. >> some people feel that way about their workplace, not just the white house. we'll make that joke. thank you dana and brian, for your great expertise.
>> we have breaking news. there's no sign of peace in gaza. a day after ivanka trump helped celebrate the move of the u.s. embassy to jerusalem. the white house is putting the blame fully on hamas for the deaths of more than 60 people. and just days after president trump assad he's working to save jobs in china, questions are emerging about a $500 million loan and a project in indonesia. >> and a dock pick window shatters, sucking the co-pilot halfway out of the aircraft. >> let's go to mitch mcconnell speaking life. >> new developments abroad, not only the decision on iran but also highlighted the meeting on june 12th in singapore. we were all in a celebratory
mood as a result of having approved the 21st circuit judge just a few moments ago. that means that 1/8, 1/8 of the circuit judges in america have been appointed by donald trump and confirmed by this republican senate. so we think we're making dramatic progress on that front as well. and of course everyone's excited about the condition of the economy and the way the country seems to be in an upbeat mood heading into the fall election. >> tomorrow the senate intelligence committee will vote gina haspel, quite likely the most accomplished person ever to be nominated as cia director. she reiterated this morning in a letter to senator mark warner, the ranking member on the intelligence committee, that she
did not believe that the cia should ever restart any of the interrogation program for which she is falsely accused of participating in. actually, she learned about the program in some detail a year after members of congress like nancy pelosi and others were briefed in detail on it after 9/11. i would just say that john brennan, who is the number four at the cia, who was confirmed with a vote of 64 bipartisan votes in the senate, he was number four at the cia, where when she was there she was the equivalent of a major lieutenant krn colonel. i think the democrats are running out of excuses to block this highly qualified nominee -- >> senator john cornyn there backing up the president's cia pick. we have reporting what did not
happen in that lunch, which is particularly intriguing. that is that the mccain, the lack of apology to his family for what this low-level aide said about him, did not come up at the luncheon, according to three senators. >> this did not come up. they said that the mccain issue did not come up, only a couple of questions were asked at all and the issue about the mccain apology was not one of them, despite the fact that we've had republican after republican come to the cameras, talk to manu, talk to others and talk to us about the fact that they thought an apology was necessary. clearly listening to mitch mcconnell, what they're trying to do is get on offense, get in campaign mode. we are not that far from election day and the theme that you heard from mitch mcconnell, the summit coming up in north korea, the idea of the economy doing extraordinarily well,
they're trying to promote peace and prosperity as something that is a good thing and a reason why republicans should be re-elected and maintain control. the question of course is whether that is going to fly or whether that is going to be drown out by the resistance, the anti-trump, a trum anti-trump, anti-resistance forces which have seen to be pretty powerful in some of the preelection information we've seen. >> we're back in a moment. once there was an organism so small
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u.s. moved its embassy. at least 60 palestinians have been killed by israeli forces. hamas has vowed retaliation for the death. israel is facing international condemnation for its use of force against the pro tessers but the trump administration has a strong statement of support. the white house is saying hamas is squarely responsible for the deaths and that israel has a right to defend itself. u.n. ambassador nikki haley distancing the decision to move thees embassy from the violenc. the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the state of israel in any location. such a motivation, the destruction of a united nations member state, is so illegitimate as to not be worth our time in
the skouns other than the time it takes to denounce it. yesterday's opening of our embassy in jerusalem is a cause for celebration for the american people. moving the u.s. embassy so jerusal -- to jerusalem was the right thing to do. >> cnn global affairs correspondent elise laffit is covering this from jerusalem. asked whether jerusalem should show more restraint, the white house responded hamas should bear responsibility for the entire situation. there's a perception that this is the u.s. picking a side. >> reporter: well, yeah, of course they picked a side, brian brianna. usually in previous years, you would caveat that israel has a right to defend itself but we urge restraint on both sides.
you're not even hearing that caveat use restraint. you're hearing it from the other sides. those can i countountries are s hamas is responsible, they are insta ga instigating it but israel has to use restraint and calibrate how they're responding. i think you're going to see this administration pay more attention to gaza as jared kushner and greenblatt roll out their peace deal. you would think the administration would start to show a little bit more understanding for what's going on there. i think that if president trump can talk to kim jong un, i think there are going to be a lot of people wondering why he can't talk to hamas.
>> elise laffit in juerusalem, thank you for that report. >> as blood spilled just miles away, ivanka trump and jared kushner were all smiles. it was highlighted on the cover of "the new york daley news" with the head line "daddy's little ghoul." it says her smile was undoubtedly offered to distract from the mayhem and death that any thoughtful person could have anticipated." michael, there is your op-ed, "what ivanka's smile can't hide." you clearly think she was a poor messenger on behalf of the united states in this case. why in. >> well, i think if this had been a policy well thought out
and seriously considered, they would have sent someone with serious diplomatic experience. maybe nikki haley should have gone to represent the united states but instead we get the president's daughter, who was appointed after a lifetime of working for her father in the real estate business and two pastors, whose record is filled with condemnations of the jewish people. these are pastors who say that only evangelical christians of their sort of favored by god and everyone else is damned for eternity. so for this and many other reasons, this spectacle yesterday was incredibly painful for much of the world. and all of it was done with no reciprocal exchange on behalf of the palestinians or the peace process. president trump just bargained away the status of jerusalem and got nothing in return.
>> i have to ask you, michael, when i look at your op-ed and specifically when i look at the "new york daily news" cover where there's this specific focus on ivanka, yes, she was there and she had this moment where she is doing the unveiling, it does feel like the ribbon cutting of maybe a trump property or something sort of like that, the ribbon cutting of a new building but jared kushner was there giving the substantive speech with a lot of controversial material in it. steven mnuchin was there representing the administration. why the focus on ivanka when there's clearly the role of these other prominent member of the administration? >> well, i think it's important to focus on her because her presence was really intended as a smoke screen, as it often is. she is the softer side of the trump family, she's supposed to
lend a segentle air to whatever policy is being implemented but it's really hard to accept this image making when 55 people are being killed nearby, including many children. this is a first daughter who has advocated for children and families. it's not the first time she's presented herself as the softer side of the president and it rarely works and seems intensely hypocritical. >> michael dann toned'antonio, so much. >> and ethics officials raise the red flag on a $500 million loan, part of which is trump
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would certainly benefit those trump properties. whether or not these two deals are linked is the question here. either zte, the chinese company that trump is supporting, has been accused of shady behavior. here's marco rubio. >> zte, in addition to posing a significant espionage threat, it's part of an overall history of china that deals with intellectual property. number two, they were sanctioned for north korea and tehran. and it doesn't sound like a good deal to me. >> joining me now cnn senior economic analyst stephen moore, a former economic adviser for the trump campaign and norm eisen, a former white house ethics czar under president obama. norm, you look at this and you say this is a clear violation of
the emoluments clause. explain your perspective. >> thanks for having me back on, brianna. the founders of our skri and the frame framers of our constitution were so concerned with the potential, think of it, $500 million to distort his judgment that they put a prohibition in the constitution. it's called the emoluments clause. a president may take no emoluments of any kind whatsoever. all emoluments means is cash or other things of value. here trump's doing it and the facts explain why they were so worried because did it affect his judgment on it zte call to preserve this troubling chinese company. so this is just what our founders were worried about. >> stephen, i wonder what you
think about the president making this move because there are multiple reasons to -- >> what move are you talking about? >> let me explain. zte had used american parts and sells product to north korea and iran. again, right. so sanctions. and zte just really days ago the d.o.d. says this poses a threat, we're not even going to sell these products on military bases because they're worried about this back channel and espionage being an open door from foreign countries. why would the president be doing? th? and then you have this ethics concern. >> there are two different things. let's hope that they're not linked. when it comes to the first issue about zte, look, it was trump who put the sanctions on in the first place, right, and from everything we know, this is a a company that violated, you know, our security laws twice, two times.
and so it is somewhat troubling that he's basically saying, well, we're not going to impose those sanctions. now, the idea is that this is not linked to any kind of personal benefit -- >> you don't believe that? >> there's no evidence of it. i don't believe it. i know donald trump. if there is evidence, it's a big problem, if there were some kind of quid pro quo. we're far from having any evidence of this. what trump is trying to do right now, trump is trying to negotiate the biggest trade deal with china ever where they would make major concessions in terms of opening up to america and stop stealing from us and we're starting to see the opening rounds of this. now on the issue -- >> except wilbur ross tried to clearly say this is not linked to the trade deal and that president trump tweets and makes it clear that it is. >> it probably was. >> wilbur ross admitting it's problematic to link these two
things, the trade deal and the rescuing of zte. >> it may be but it depends on what we get in return for it. now the latest report is that china is agreeing to take off of these tariffs on our soy beans and our pork and so on. i guess my big point this is all an action right now, we have to see what the final deal is before we can criticize it. >> norm, what are you saying about that? steve is saying there's no evidence of a quid pro quo yet three days before this tweet about rescuing zte, you do have a big influx of chinese government money to a project that is going to benefit a trump project. >> well, i admire steve's economic knowledge but his constitutional acumen leaves a little bit to be desired. bu brie annia -- brianna, the
founders so knew this was so important, they didn't require a quid pro quo. republicans are the ones saying zte is linked to iran, to north korea. they're a cyber threat, they're a security threat. this isn't about pork and soy beans. this is about the national security of the united states. and the money raises a constitutional violation. it is just wrong, steve. it's wrong! >> let me ask you a question because you are the ethics czar, i'm not. what should donald trump do? does he have to divest himself from every -- he owns real estate developments all over the world. >> i'll answer your question, steve. he should do what every president has done for the past 40 years, democrats and republicans alike, roll that
property into a blind trust, let a trustee worry about it and then he says -- and then he can say, hey, i'm not involved in that. talk to the trustee. he broke that long tradition and the others did it with less reason. this is not the only time that this has happened. we've had questions about saudi arabia, kuwait, india. the president is sucking in money in his hotel on pennsylvania avenue from foreign governments all over the world. he even hired a director of emoluments, although what he calls that person is a director of diplomatic sales. this is directly against the united states constitution and now we see the peril that this was designed to prevent with the zte deal. >> well, i do find it interesting that both of you gentlemen agree that maybe divesting would be the right answer here. i want to highlight that as we say good-bye. stephen moore, thank you search. ambassador eisen, we appreciate
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so this just in to cnn. meghan markle's father, thomas markle, who initially had backed out of his duties of this much anticipated royal wedding now wants to walk her down the aisle according to tmz but his health may stop him from traveling overseas. he faced a lot of criticism that showed him preparing for the wedding. he later apologized and said he doesn't want to embarrass his
family or the royal family. we almost have whiplash from this situation involving thomas markle, but the palace, kensington palace called this a deeply personal moment for megan so where are we in all of this? >> that is the million dollar question. this has been an extraordinary development this afternoon because just yesterday through tmz thomas markle was saying he was not prepared to travel to the u.k. to walk his daughter down the aisle because he was embarrassed, he was humiliated and didn't want to further embarrass his daughter or the royal family. suddenly here we are 24 hours later and yet again thomas markle is using tmz as his conduit for information, saying he's had a change of heart and the problem now is he's saying he's in hospital having a battery of tests.
he's hoping he'll be given the all clear to travel to london but that remains to be seen. at the end of the day there's a bride just wanting to know whether her father is going to walk her down the aisle or not come saturday. >> it just so odd all of this attention seeking behavior of family members of meghan markle when the focus should be on meghan markle and not on them at all. this must be a very difficult and embarrassing situation for her. and also, i wonder how the royal family is responding to it. >> this must be a deeply devastating time for meghan and of course harry because harry is incredibly protective of meghan. he came out with a scathing note to the media and public at large calling for tolerance and everyone to sort of mind their ps and qs when it comes to coverage of he and his girl friend. now here we are four days from the wedding and this coverage
has absolutely blown up. but you're right, the focus is in the wrong place. the royal family will do what they always do in situations similar to this is just keep quiet. the queen mother had a famous mantra never complain, never explain, unless there's sort of something serious or libelibeli that's what they'll do. it does illustrate all the reasons as to why she honey extended to family at large. it was only her mom and dad and now her father has just let her down spectacularly. not just her but doing this in front of the world's media four days before she's due to get marri married. can you imagine a situation where he does attend? do you think he's not going? >> no, i'm hoping he's
remorseful. meghan wants him there. the best thing would be to keep quiet and be there. >> and does michael flynn accused of lying to fbi still support his former boss? plus a cockpit window shaters in mid flight sucking the co-pilot halfway out of the aircraft. a live report next. i landed. i saw my leg did not look right.
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haas. significant because he is the top democrat on the senate intelligence committee and also because it comes on the heels of haspel sending him a letter saying the torture after 9/11, that she is disavowing it. senator warner says he is on board potentially paving the way for her to be confirmed and become the first female cia director of the united states. >> the co-pilot of a chinese passenger jet is doing remarkably well considering that he was subjected halfway out of the cockpit when the plane's
windshield blew out. this frightening incident unfolded at 30,000 feet in the air. fortunately the co-pilot was buckled in his seat. he suffered scratches and a sprained wrist. amazingly the pilot of this airbus jet was able to control the plane and make an emergency landing in tibet. this comes nearly a month of course after the death of a new mexico woman who was partially sucked out of a window on a southwest airlines flight. joining me is alan armstrong, a pilot and an aviation attorney. he's going to give us a little look-see here was what was a very bizarre situation. tell us about, alan, the kind of conditions that a pilot and co-pilot would be experiencing at 30,000 feet if they had a broken wind shooeld.
>>bury anna, good afternoon. the pilot and co-pilot would have a very violent ride. the airplane would be shuttering and shaking, wouldn't be able to talk to air traffic control. it would be a very, very difficult environment to control an aircraft in. very, very difficult for the pilot. very stressful. >> is this like the worst to be time for this to happen. they were at cruising altitude at 30,000 feet heading to china to the capital of tibet. >> the worst possible time would be during landing to have a problem like that. it not optimal but it not the worst that could happen, no. >> so some of the equipment was malfunctioning, as we understanding, in the cockpit. in addition they can't hear air traffic control, they're trying to keep the co-pilot, obviously just keep his person inside of the plane. how would they be handling the
malfunction of equipment? >> it's really bedlam, frankly. the system was dispoliclaced by failure of the windshield. now the pilot is flying on raw dat data. he doesn't have the assistance of auto pilot to assist him and he's trying to stop the co-pilot from being subjected out of the airplane. >> next back to our breaking news. we have new details emerging from president trump's lunch with senate republicans. they planned to press him on a number of issues, including why the white house is refusing to apologize for insensitive remarks to one of his own. we'll have a live report of maybe why that did not happen from capitol hill next. your society was led by a woman,
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we're at the top of the hour now. i'm brianna keilar in for brooke baldwin. the president is on capitol hill. he was meeting with republican senators. they did not talk about the elephant or elephants in the room. the offensive remark about senator john mccain did not come up, the remark made by a lower level white house staffers that despite the fact that a growing number of gop senators want the white house to say about mccain, who is battling brain cancer.
kelly sadler dismissed criticism by mccain saying essentially it didn't matter because the senator was, quote, dying anyway. sadler did apologize to his daughter, megan mccain on the phone. >> does it bother you that almost a week ago now someone on the president's staff insulted one of your senior colleagues with this morbid joke and that no one as of today has apolog e apologized for it? >> the person who said that should apologize and apologize publicly. >> the president tweeted leakers are traders and cowards. i want to turn to manu raju on capitol hill. wh