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hello. br breaking news out of washington. we're learning america's top military officer was so worried then president trump would go rogue in the days after the insurrection that he called a secret meeting to protect america's nuclear arsenal. joint chiefs chairman general mark milley gave one directive at this meeting. nobody was to follow through on possible military strikes ordered by trump unless milley personally signed off on it. now, these details are revealed in "peril". a new book by bob woodward and robert costa. we got an advanced copy of this book. let me set the stage. this is a book that was all around the days of -- surrounding the insurrection. right? or this reporting? >> correct. so first of all, the book by
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woodward and costa paints a chilling portrait of trump's final days in office. and here's the headline. they report, as you said c that chairman of the joint chiefs mark milley was so concerned about president trump's state of mind that he took top secret action to limit president trump's ability from making a dangerous military strike or to use nuclear weapons. woodward and costa reveal that milley had intelligence, that china was on the edge. he was calling his counterpart there back channel to reassure them, because they were worried that trump might pull a wag the dog in all the chaos to try to stay in power. and milley also reports that -- i'm sorry, woodward and costa also report that milley thought that trump was in serious mental
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decline. and at one point he turns to his senior staff, and he says, quote, you never know what a president's trigger point is. against this backdrop, milley, it's january 8th. it's two days after the assault on the capitol. gets a phone call from speaker nancy pelosi. woodward and costa obtained an exclusive transcript of this call. and pelosi is as concerned about milley. they have a very blunt and dramatic call. pelosi wants to know are the nuclear weapons safe from trump. here's part of the exchange from the book. pelosi, who knows what he might do. he's crazy. you know he's crazy. he's been crazy for a long time. so don't say you don't know what his state of mind is. he's crazy, and what he did yesterday, meaning january 6th, is further evidence of his craziness.
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general milley responds, madame speaker, i agree with you on everything. so, ana, general milley in that call reassures nancy pelosi according to woodward and costa's reporting. but when he gets off the call, he realizes that she's correct and he decides to take this extraordinary action. >> so that call plus the calls with china, are what lead milley, then, to hold that top secret meeting at the pentagon. right? >> correct. that same day milley calls a secret meeting at the pentagon. he calls in the generals and the officials who man the national military command center, the pentagon war room. and even though, and this is important. the chairman of the joint chiefs is not the chain of command technically. he instructs the war room that they are not to take orders from anyone unless he's involved.
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according to the book milley said if you get calls, no matter who they're from, there's a process here. there's a procedure. no matter what you're told, you do the procedure. you do the process, and i'm part of that procedure. ana, milley may be criticized by some who feel he overstepped his authority. but according to woodward and costa, he felt he couldn't trust trump and needed to take all necessary precautions to prevent him from doing something dangerous. he had a phrase for it, woodward and costa write, he called it the darkest moment of theoretical possibility that trump could go rogue. >> and so, jamie, milley's fear about trump doing something untre unpred unpredictable. it came from withdrawing all
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troops from afghanistan, which, obviously, did not end up happening rnd his watch. it was in a hommemo. >> it didn't happen. donald trump tried. the book reveals milley her had a first-hand experience with trump in effect going rogue on november 11th, just a week after trump loses the election. milley discovers that the president has secretly signed a military order to pull out of afghanistan by january 15th before he's going to leave office. there's just one problem. no one on the national security team, none of his top military advisers knew about the order. it turns out it had been drafted by two trump loyalists at the white house, and totally blind sided the pentagon. and there's an extraordinary scene in the book where milley actually discovers -- he's at the pentagon. he sees this memo, and he goes over to the white house, unannounced, to see national
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security adviser robert o'brien who admits to milley, he doesn't know anything about the memo either. and milley says in the book, quote, what do you mean you have no idea? you're the national security adviser to the president. and the secretary of defense didn't know about this. and the chief of staff to the secretary of defense didn't know about this. the chairman didn't know about it. how the hell did this happen? so ana, in the end, o'brien goes into the oval office and convinces trump to retract, to nullify the memo. but this was a military order, and it is significant that while trump and his allies are now claiming he really doesn't going to get out of afghanistan or he would have done a better withdrawal, that memo is proof that trump was planning to get out and on a very fast timeline. and obviously, it was also evidence to milley that trump
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could sign a military order without telling anybody. >> let's talk about another dramatic scene in this book. again, this book by woodward and costa. this is in the oval office. the night of january 5th th. so just the day before the insurrection, a day before the certification of the election, and as the conversation between trump and then vice president pence. what are you learning about this conversation? >> we've known this meeting happened, but woodward and costa have new details, quotes from the two of them. trump is trying to pressure pence to overturn the election on january 6th. what woodward and costa reveal is outside the white house, the maga supporters, trump supporters, are outside. they're cheering. they're yelling on bull horns, and the two men can hear that in the oval office. and trump gestures to his supporters out the window, and
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he says to pence, if these people said you had the power to overturn the election, wouldn't you want to do that? and pence replies no, i don't have the authority to do it. and then there is this exchange in the book. trump, but wouldn't it almost be cool to have that power? pence, no. i've done everything i could and then some to find a way around this. it's simply not possible. trump then loses his temper and yells, no, no, no. you don't understand, mike. you can do this. i don't want to be your friend anymore if you don't do this. it's a rather surreal scene. >> i don't want to be your friend anymore if you don't do this. that sounds like something we'd hear from grade schoolers. we understand the book is filled with showdowns.
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the dysfunction the republican party has with trump. >> the book is based on more than 200 interviews with firsthand participants and sources. i can tell you there are scenes in the book where top cabinet officials are so appalled by trump's behavior, they describe it, his temper tantrums, his lashing out, as more like the movie full metal jacket, or dr. strange love. it also, the book also explores biden's first six months in office. why he wanted to pull out of afghanistan so quickly. and there's some very interesting scenes about how the shadow of donald trump looms over the biden presidency. woodward and costa report that aides know not to use trump's name. they say to each other, don't use the t-word. we should also say the
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january 6th select committee which is investigating what happened with the assault on the capitol, they are going to take a very close look at this book. there are new details about the events leading up to january 6th, and what president trump was doing on january 6th. >> so jamie, stay with me. i want to bring in retired air force colonel cedric lleyton to first get your correction, colonel, to the news about the top secret meeting. meant essentially, it sounds like to subvert the president's military command when it came to military strike, even using nuclear weapons in the days following the election prior to the inauguration of joe biden. >> yeah. this is certainly extraordinary reporting. and one of the key things about this is it's really unprecedented. you know, when you look at the authorities that a president has as commander in chief of the armed forces, they include the
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use of nuclear weapons, and, of course, the procedures that nancy pelosi and the chairman of the joint chiefs talked about in the phone call that jamie reported. what we have here is a place in american history where the extraordinary, the unusual, the unprecedented has happened. and that is that the president himself apparently cannot be trusted by the authorities in the military and by the authorities in congress to fulfill his duties in the proper constitutional way. that is a significant deviation from the norm and a significant deviation from the way in which we've handled military chain of command in the past. it's a very extraordinary set of circumstances. >> so colonel, did milley actually overstep his authority here in what would the normal procedure look like, the normal chain of command for an order
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from a president in the major strike in the waning days of a presidency? >> something like that is extraordinary, and you have the precedent that happened in 1974 when president nixon at the time was thought to be a bit unstable before he resigned the office in the secretary of defense stepped in and said don't do anything unless i personally approve it along with the chairman of the joint chiefs. so this is pretty much analogous to that kind of a situation. the normal procedure is for the order to come from the president. go to the commander of strategic command informing the chairman something like this is going to happen. but as jamie pointed out, the chairman is not technically in the chain of command when it comes to military forces. he is the number one military officer, but an adviser, the top military adviser to the president of the united states by law. and as a result of that, he has a lot of influence, but he has
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no ucmj, uniform code of military justice command authority. and that is the kind of issue where you could make the argument that he overstepped his bounds, but he really did the right thing in this case. if all of this reporting is correct, he needed to step in to preserve the country and to preserve our relationships and frankly, preserve the military forces that we have. >> speaking of relationships to that other detail that jamie reported about milley reportedly holding these back channel discussions with his chinese counterpart who is worried about the chaos in washington, how extraordinary is that? >> very extraordinary. you know, when we think of other countries or adversaries like china and, you know, in the popular mind, somebody like the chairman of the joint chiefs never talks to these people. the real story is they talk to them a lot. sometimes they talk to them all the time. it all depends on the personal relationships that the chairman
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has established with his counterparts in these countries. and in this case, it was absolutely necessary that general milley get on the phone with his chinese counterpart and tell him, we have no intention of attacking china. we have no reason to do that. and if something like that happens, milley generally apparently said i will warn you of it, and you know, so he was using his personal relationship, the relationship of trust that he had built with his chinese counterpart to warn him of the instability that was going on within the u.s. government. so very extraordinary indeed. >> jamie, is it unusual for the joint chiefs chair to be having phone calls with the speaker of the house or other top lawmakers? >> so i think in this case we have to keep in mind that nancy pelosi is speaker of theous house was third in the line of succession. i they certainly it was unusual
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in that what happened after january 6th. but i think in this case, while we knew about that this phone call had happened, i think this exclusive transcript that woodward and costa have in "peril" shows you that actually what pelosi is saying to milley underscores, magnifies, his concern. he already sees and is talking to china. he's worried about in a. he knows about the rogue-signed memo. and while in the conversation, he's reassuring her, he also is saying, i agree with you. when she says the president is crazy. and woodward and costa report that her phone call is really what made him say i've got to do something. and take this extraordinary action. i just want to point out one other thing.
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when he calls in the generals and officials from the war room, after he tells them very specifically to follow the process, the procedure, but make sure he knows about it. there's a dramatic scene where he goes around the room to each one of the generals and colonels, and he says to them, got it? and he looks them in the eye, and they say yes, sir, got it? yes, sir. and woodward and costa write that milley considered that an oath in a they had made. i don't think that anyone -- that milley, certainly, felt that he was overstepping his bounds. he wanted to do the procedure, but just the way they did with nixon. in fact, in the book they call it pulling a slessinger. he had to make sure the
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guardrails were up on the military strike or even worse nuclear weapons. >> this is pertinent to understanding more about what happened in the days both before and after the january 6th insurrection, but also when you consider this this isn't just a former president we're talking about. we're talking about a man who could run for president again in the next election. the next presidential election in 2024 who right now is presumably the gop front runner in that contest. so i think that's important, too, as we continue to report out on what we're learning in this book, and others. thank you. appreciate both of you. also break right now. secretary of state blinken facing a new round of tough questions on capitol hill over the messy withdrawal from afghanistan. how the secretary responded when he was asked who was ultimately responsible. i wonder how the firm's doing without its fearless leader. you sure you want to leave that all behind?
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the secretary of state back on capitol hill facing a new round of tough questions. but are lawmakers getting answers? on the nation's messy withdrawal from afghanistan. >> the american people want to know who is responsible. who made the decisions on this? was it the president of the united states? >> ultimately, the president makes the decisions. that's correct. >> the secretary, again, laid blame on the prior administration, saying the peace deal trump worked out with the taliban put the wheels in motion for last month's debacle. >> president biden took office in january. he inlerted an agreement that
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his predecessor reached to remove all remaining u.s. forces from afghanistan by may first of this year. as part of that agreement, the previous administration pressed the afghan government to release 5,000 taliban prisoners including some top war commanders. by january of 2021, the taliban was in its strongest military position since 9/11. >> now, this testimony today was before a senate committee. blinken is the first senior biden administration official to testify on america's chaotic exit from kabul. these are live pictures as his testimony continues. lloyd austin declined to appear before this senate committee today. i want to bring in cnn national security correspondent kylie atwood. addressing the number of american citizens still left in afghanistan. did he clear up the numbers today? >> he gave a number we've been hearing for a number of days now. 100. he said there are about 100 americans still in afghanistan that the state department is in contact with. i want you to listen to what he
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said about the number and why it is hard to give a more precise figure. >> the number is about 100, and it's very hard to give a realtime number at any given moment, because it's very fluid by which i mean this. some people -- and we're in direct contact with this group. some for understandable reasons are changing their mind from day today about whether or not they want to leave. >> now, because of the fluidity of that situation, it means that the state department is still very much engaged with those americans on the ground. as they make these decisions about if they are going to leave, and when they are going to leave if they choose to do so. now, when it comes to legal permanent residents of the united states, that's green card holders, the secretary said the number of those folks left in afghanistan is likely in the thousands. he wasn't definitive about that
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number. he also wasn't definitive on it when asked how many afghans are still in the country that want to come to the united states. he said the department is working on a full accounting of all the afghans that got out. and then, of course, they will turn to the question. the other significant topic that was discussed was the future of the u.s. relationship with the taliban. even from democratic members. senator menendez, they talked about how the taliban's actions thus far have been in the words of senator menendez, horrifying. he talked about how they've beaten women, gone after local media. separated school children by gender in classrooms. he said those things they've done already should inform the way the biden administration is planning to chart their path forward with the taliban. secretary blinken said that the relationship will be determined on the actions that the taliban take. and, of course, we're waiting to see when they will make that
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decision, because we've already seen a lot of what the taliban has done on the ground. >> we'll let you get back to listen to that hearing and check back with you with new reporting as it comes out. another major developing stair story. cali california east rec -- california's recall election. this is a state biden won by 29 points. and where registered democrats outnumber republicans nearly 2 to 1. but because of the quirks of california's recall rules and a republican challenger who has tapped into pandemic frustrations, there's no guarantee of a blue wave. nick watt is on the ground. nick, how did it get to this point? where a democratic governor in a predominantly blue state is fighting to keep his job? >> reporter: well, to a large degree, it has been covid. california acted very early.
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california was pretty strict, and, of course, a lot of small businesses bore the brunt of that. early on i was speaking to the recall organizers, and that was their focus. they said we are doing this not for national politics. we're doing this because of his general handling of the state and his handling of covid. now, the other big issues here, of course, homelessness and wildfires. and you mentioned the mechanics of this in california also made this possible. all you need to do to get a vote like this to happen is get 12% of the people who voted of the number of people who voted in the last governor's election get 12%. that was about 1.5 million people. get signatures from 1 .5 million people. then the vote happens. and we could end up -- this is unlikely, but theoretically possible, because the first question is do you want newsom removed or not? so newsom could have 49% of the people saying no, we want to keep him, but 51% say let's get
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rid of him. then you move on to the 46 other people who are on this ballot to replace him should newsom get chucked out of office. in theory, one of these people could get 2% or 3% of the vote and become the next governor of california. among them, one of the leaders, larry elder, a conservative radio talk show host. caitlyn jenner, angeline, a self-described billboard queen. we've also got teachers, politicians, entertainers and a retired homicide detective. >> that's a lot of candidates. let's bring in josh in l.a. vote by mail, josh. figures to be a major factor again. how could it affect how results are reported tonight? >> reporter: to give you an example, we're at san francisco city hall inside one of the voting locations. as we pan down where voters are to line up, it's empty.
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authorities tell us it's because of two likely reasons. because of the mail-in ballots that they're not likely to see as many people here in person. again, that came out obviously out of the pandemic, and we see that happening with this election as it did with 2020. they also tell us they're waiting for the after work crowd. everyone that is registered received a ballot. if they didn't mail it, they can postmark it by today. officials tell us they can also bring it to any location in san francisco. any polling location and drop it off. if they just want to ensure that they hand that to an election official. now, as far as what this means here in this part of the state up in san francisco, this is obviously a very blue area. for joe biden, obviously, by a wide margin, gavren newsom during the last election, comfortable lead here. he's from this area. in and around the bay area. it's a sea of blue. you have to get farther out near sacramento into some of the counties near nevada to even see republicans having the ability to push over 50 %.
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but what i'm hearing in talking to democratic consultants, it's about turnout. they don't want voters to look at this as any regular election, where the democrats run the state. they sweep the statewide offices because of the fact that this is a heavily blue area, they want to ensure that they have the volume, they have as many voters here as possible coming out, casting their ballot, doing it by mail in order to try to upset some of the potential surges we might see in other parts of the state in those redder areas. >> and it's a dynamic race right now. we'll continue to follow the developments. thank you, josh campbell, nick watt. a reminder, we'll have live coverage, special coverage of this recall election tonight here on cnn beginning at 10:00 eastern. the polls close there around 11:00 eastern. 8:00 local time. all right. 43. a family now begging for people to get vaccinated after trying 43 different hospitals for a heart patient's critical care. but all 43 couldn't take it.
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more tragic stories as the nation battles over covid boosters and vaccine mandates. one family in alabama now urging people to get vaccinated. not because they lost their loved one from covid, because there were no available icu beds to treat him for the condition he did have. cnn's nick valencia is in birmingham with their story. nick, what happened? >> reporter: ana, hospitals in alabama point-blank are in a state of crisis. covid-19 patients are not only filling up icu beds but hospitals. we're now seeing indirect victims of this pandemic. people like 73-year-old ray, the antiques dealer who earlier this month was going through a cardiac episode according to his family. they thought they would be able to take him to his nearby hospital and get him the treatment that he needed. but he wasn't able to get that because of a lack of resources. over the next 12 hours, that
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hospital would call 43 hospitals across three states. finally finding an icu bed for the man, in mississippi where he was air lifted, but it was too late. he died as a result of those cardiac complications. and his family, as you mention, in the obituary, imp moloring people to get vaccinated saying it's the only way for people like their father, their son not to die. this is a tragedy playing out across the state of alabama. earlier i spoke to one of the doctors on the frontline, part of the hospital system here. a hospital system he says that's on the verge of collapse. >> two weeks ago i got late in the evening, i got an emergency email saying that there were 60 runs that were in front of someone calling for an ambulance. some of those runs, 100 miles away. basically you call and say look, i'm having chest pain or i can't move my right side of my body because i think i'm having a
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stroke, and they say we'll send you an ambulance in four hours. you know, that's is a health care system on the verge of collapse. >> reporter: it's shocking and almost unbelievable to think that if you call 9-1-1 in alabama, you're playing a gamble here according to that doctor that we just heard from. the family for his part in their obi obituary, not only asking people to get vaccinated but telling people to understand the strain they are creating in the some by not being vaccinated. >> nic, a tragedy. thank you. in california five children including a newborn are without parents today. daniel and davi seen here with four of their kids, both died from covid just weeks apart. both were unvaccinated. davi yarks 37-year-old nurse was seven months pregnant when she
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was intubated. her baby girl was born via c-section. daniel was treated in the same hospital. he saw pictures of her but died days later leaving that baby without parents or a name. a grandmother is now caring for all five kids. she tells cnn the couple was planning to get vax natd but wanted to learn more about the safety. and in colorado, conservative radio host pastor bob enyart who swore off covid vaccines got covid and is now dead from covid. he is now the fourth conservative talk radio host who has expressed skepticism about the vaccine and now has died from covid in recent weeks. he was 62 years old. joining us now, dr. richard besser, former acting director
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of the cdc. doctor, these stories, they are gut wrenching and maddening. consequences of the unvaccinated. your reaction to this latest report? >> they are. you hope that stories like these will move some people. we are so divided as a nation when it comes to vaccination. there were so many people, the majority of people clamoring to get vaccinated. and were so excited and relieved to be vaccinated. and then you have millions of people who feel the vaccines are not for them. i hope the stories like those you're sharing will move some people to reconsider. and that we create space for people to change their minds. because if we demonize people who aren't getting vaccinated or make it harder for people to ask the questions that are on their mind, we're not going to get where we need to be which is with a much higher rate of vaccination than we currently have. >> we keep hearing from people
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on the front livens who are frustrated. they're exhausted. there's a new analysis estimating the price tag for treating unvaccinated covid hospital patients just in the last three months is $5.7 billion. nearly 6 billion there are in three months. when you hear that, what goes through your mind? >> well, you know, that's only the direct medical costs. it's enormous. that doesn't play in the economic cost of what we're missing because we can't get our economy fully up and running. it doesn't play into the costs in people's lives. there have been thousands of lives lost that would not have been lost had people been vaccinated. it doesn't play in the fact that a lot of people have had to put off medical treatment, put off surgery. people who need to have joints replaced, need to have heart surgery, need to have things done who can't because the health care facilities are so busy taking care of people with
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covid. many people think this is just a question of covid. but when you hear the stories like you shared of someone who can't get the needed heart treatment. when you hear stories of children's hospitals that are overflowing with children being treated for covid, it has to move you. it has to move you to question what you can do and what we can all do is roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated to help protect ourselves, our families and our communities. >> and now we've been talking about mandates to get more people vaccinated. the u.s. had the biggest initial covid vaccine rollout in the world. we have millions and millions of doses readily available for free, and yet, when you look at the developed world, specifically the g-7 nations, the u.s. is ranked second to last and will soon be last when it come to percentage of the population fully vaccinated. how do you explain that? >> i think when you look at the rest of the g-7, there's no other country where covid and
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the response has been as politicized as it has in the united states. and that's something that is so hard to recover from. i ran emergency response at cdc for four years. whenever there was a public health crisis, we would do everything possible to keep it -- the response bipartisan. because once you have a polarized nation, you have half the country that is willing to follow your guidance and half that is skeptical, you need to see unity across the nation if you're going to see the impact. that differential where we were leading the pack in terms of vaccination and now we're trailing, we are now a country that many other countries do not want our citizens to come as travelers. that is a dramatic change. and we have it in our power to shift that back. and to take over the lead position again. >> doctor, it's pleasure a talking to you. thank you for the discussion today. >> thank you. meantime, cnn is learning
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more about the deadly u.s. drone strike in afghanistan that killed a man and nine of his relatives. but two very different stories are emerging about who that man was and what he was doing. the report ahead. better with . pay as low as $25 a month. or bring a friend and you both get a month for $5. so the more people you roll with, the more you save. visible. unlimited data as low as $25 a month. or bring a friend and you both get a month for $5. >> tech: every customer has their own safelite story. this couple was on a camping trip... ...when their windshield got a chip. they drove to safelite for a same-day repair. and with their insurance, it was no cost to them. >> woman: really? >> tech: that's service you can trust. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
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a cnn investigation is raising more doubts about a u.s. military drone strike on a car in kabul just hours before u.s. troops left afghanistan. the pentagon says the missile took out an isis facilitator when it destroyed a truck originally believed to be carrying explosives bound for the airport. but now there's mounting evidence that that drone strike killed an afghan working for a u.s. aid group along with nine others including seven children. we are joined with a closer look. alex, two sides to this story. what do we know? >> there are. and growing doubts about whether this strike in kabul is actually on an isis-k target as claimed by the pentagon. a car was targeted by a missile in what central command called a righteous strike. we've spoken with family and colleagues of the targeted victim. a father of seven.
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they say he was an aide worker. in addition to him, nine others were killed including seven children, three of those children were toddlers. we have also spoken with two bomb experts. we consulted with them. they this disputed claims there was a significant secondary explosion after the strike which the military had said was proof of more explosives in the car. all told, cnn has spoken with 30 people for this investigation, which was led by journalists. three of the people interviewed were colleagues of ahmadi who was with him that day. a u.s. official with knowledge of the operation who spoke with cnn told us the u.s. military never knew who was driving the white toyota corolla he was in. they were following it based on intelligence and chatter that they had been monitoring. the official said they saw the car leave an isis-k safe house and they followed it for eight hours before launching the strike. now, ana, remember, this came
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after that horrific suicide bombing at kabul airport that leftover 170 afghans dead as well as 13 american service members. the biden administration had been warning of another imminent attack, but now there are significant questions about whether this aid worker, who worked for a u.s.-based ngo for 15 years was as the u.s. has claimed an isis-k facilitator with explosives. here is what secretary of state tony blinken had to say when asked about the strike on monday. >> no country on earth, no government takes more effort, takes more precautions to try to ensure that anyone other than the intended terrorist target is struck using a drone or by any other means. but certainly we know that in the past civilians have been hurt and have been killed in these strikes.
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>> reporter: so blinken there not ruling anything out. the pentagon says it is also carrying out an investigation. that is underway, and the pentagon is insisting that the strike was based on what it called good intelligence. ana. >> we know the secretary of defense will be going before lawmakers next month to answer questions around the afghanistan withdrawal. alex marquardt, thank you for your reporting. here is the bad news. you are paying more for just about everything. semi good news though is those prices are rising at a slower pace. is now the time to buy a used car? next. there's so much new, we don't even have time to show you who's holding this phone. bet you don't treat brady this way. come on, man! you clearly haven't seen the other ads. it's the eat fresh refresh™ at subway®. look, i gotta say something. 'said it before and i'll say it again. if i thought a reverse mortgage was just some kind of trick to take your home, i wouldn't even be here. it's just a loan,
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just in today, the rate of inflation is finally letting up, but consumer prices are still sky high. anyone who has been car shopping lately knows that firsthand. cnn's matt egan joins us from a car dealership in new jersey. matt, what do the latest numbers tell us? >> reporter: ana, the latest numbers say americans are still dealing with sticker shock but there are some glimmers of hope here. consumer prices went up by 5.3% over the last 12 months. that's not normally anything to smile about, but it is actually
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deceleration from the 13-year highs we saw in june and july. also, we've seen month-over-month prices rose by the smallest amount since february so that's good news. let's look at specific items that are getting cheaper in the short term. air fair fell 9.1% between july and august. car and truck rentals dropped 8.5%, and even used car prices declined by 1.5%. when you zoom out you see a lot of things are more expensive than a year ago. look at gasoline. gas prices up nearly 43% over the last 12 months, eggs up 10%, meat is more than 8% more expensive over the last year. one of the biggest drivers of inflation has been the shoortage of computer chips worldwide. it forced gm and ford and other auto factories to shut down production. we are here at a dealership in new jersey and the sales manager said normally this dealership would have 300 new cars on the lot. today they only have 12.
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>> yeah, we've never seen this. it is definitely a first time for all of us, but we're being told that hopefully we will see some regular amounts of inventory within the next few months, but there are reports it could be over a year. so we're just taking it month by month right now. >> reporter: now, the sales manager said they are trying to work with customers, they're extending warranties, they're extending leases for people. they're trying to offer free maintenance but it can only go so far. we are still seeing a lack of new cars lift used car prices. look at this 2020 ford transit. now, a year ago this car, you could have gotten it for $43,000 after rebates. right now it is listed at $48,500 even though it is used and has more than 50,000 miles on it. ana, this is the kind of inflation americans are dealing with as the u.s. economy reopens from the pandemic. >> that's crazy. used cars. and in some cases used cars are costing more than brand-new ones. it is really wild. matt egan, thank you for your reporting.
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that's going to do it for us today. really appreciate you all joining us. we'll see you back here tomorrow at 1:00 eastern. don't forget you can follow me on twitter @anacabrera. the news continues next with alisyn and victor. ♪ ♪ top of the hour. hello. thank you for joining us. i'm victor blackwell. >> i'm alisyn camerota. we have stunning new details about former president trump's erratic behavior in the aftermath of his election loss and the capitol attack. two days after the january 6th capitol riots, general mark milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs, was worried that president trump's election loss was causing him to spiral out of control. milley feared trump would order a military strike or attempt to launch nuclear weapons to distract from his loss. so milley called a secret meeting to instruct his miliry

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