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than any democrat has done in my lifetime. >> he hasn't done anything for you yet. >> he raised the issue, and that's more than any of them have done. >> let him talk, let him talk. he's a chrysler worker and he's from a state -- i think you heard him -- called michigan. >> and a county called mccomb. no other politician in my lifetime has ever brought this issue to the forefront, and the fact of the matter is we do get screwed on trade, and they tell these companies to be more global. well, when you add $9,000 to the price of a jeep when it goes to germany, i'm frankly amazed they can sell any of them over there, let alone a few of them. things need to change. >> when he doesn't follow through and doesn't get rid of nafta and you're still screwed in michigan five months from now, two years from now, where are you going to be? >> how do you know he's not going to follow through, michael? >> there is nothing in his behavior. the man is a malignant narcissist.
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he's only about himself, folks. you're about to see that happen. >> wait, wait. >> i hate to be the one to say this. it makes me feel very odd. but he's not an idiot. he's got to get reelected by these guys. can't you give him a chance, at least on the stuff you agree with him on? >> i can't imagine he's thinking about reelection. i can't imagine he's thinking, i have to do this for four years? not fair. >> okay, listen. i got to get one more voice in here. thank you so much, sir. >> thank you. >> give a round of applause. thank you, sir. we have rebecca, a sophomore at stony brooks university the university. she has a tough political question. >> i grew up in an area that's been greatly politicized by political gridlock. what's the best move going for congressional democrats. do you think they're going to be as oppositional as the gop was
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under obama? >> i hope so. >> or do you think they're going to try to retruss the island for coalition? >> this is now the couple buy i can't moment here. >> the democrats in congress, they represent the majority of americans -- the majority of americans wanted hillary clinton. the majority of americans did not want donald trump. it is the responsibility of this minority of democrats in congress to block, obstruct, disrupt and do whatever they can to prevent the onslaught that is going to happen with donald trump the american people do not support. >> wait a minute. i keep feeling so odd, sir. >> i'm sorry. >> let me just push back on you. i'm on the left side of pluto just like you. but let me say a couple things here. >> i wore a tie for you. >> i appreciate that. listen, when the republicans did this, they blocked our president on everything. you know who suffered?
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those workers suffered, the kids in oakland suffered, the whole country suffered. are you saying that now democrats should have a policy of imposing that same suffering for four more years? you're saying we shouldn't even try to find any way out? >> your job is to stop the suffering that these people will cause, and let me tell you something, he's going to be inaugerated on january 20, and january 21st, which is a saturday, don't be surprised if the republicans call a saturday session of congress, and they'll pass law after law after law and have him sign it the next day, and it will be one piece of suffering for people after another. it is the democrats' job to stop the suffering that he is about to create for the american people. that is their job, and they have to do it, and they better be planning it right now instead of being the wimps they usually are. >> here's the messy truth for democrats. it's easy to say that, but when you have to go back to a district and you have to say, we're going to turn down
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infrastructure and that type of stuff, it's going to be tougher than that. >> i don't say turn it down, but they need to know when they go back to the district this spring, in the same way the tea party was there in 1929, myself and thousands like me are going to be at those town halls in the districts in the spring. and we will primary down these democrats if they don't do their job. >> consider yourself warned! >> that's the message. >> listen, i want to thank you. we had an honest conversation here tonight, but this is only the beginning. i hope that you are going to take this conversation back to your dinner tables, back to work tomorrow, the water cooler and your communities. thank you very much. stay human. cnn tonight with don lemon starts right now. [ applause ] the real gift isn't what's inside the box... it's what's inside the person who opens it.
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we now welcome our viewers here in the united states. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. we're following donald trump's likely choice for secretary of state. it's sparking concerns over his ties to russia. we report on rex tillerson, a major name in the oil industry who may become america's next top diplomat. >> it is looking more and more like president-elect donald trump is leading towards exxon-mobil rex tillerson as his secretary of state. john king reporting that tillerson left a saturday at trump tower feeling
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confident that he would be named to the post. trump telling chris wallace from fox that tillerson's global business interests and his ties with countries around the world make him a very strong candidate. >> let me ask you about rex tiller son, head of exxon-mobil. why does a business executive make sense as the chief diplomat? >> in his case, he's much more than a business executive. i mean, he's a world class player. he's in charge of, i guess, the largest company in the world. he's in charge of an oil company that's pretty much double the size of his next nearest competitor. it's been a company that's been unbelievably managed and to me a great advantage is he knows many of the players and he knows them well. he does massive deals in russia, and for the company, not for himself, for the company. >> reporter: some of the attributes that trump views as positives have some concerned,
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including republicans like john mccain. mccain told me he would want answers from tillerson about his ties to russia and his views about the country before he confirms him. republicans hold only a four-seat majority in the u.s. senate, so donald trump will likely need all of those votes to get tillerson con fifrmd. ryan nobles, cnn baltimore. thank you. trump is pushing back against a report by the cia that russia tried to influence the u.s. election so that he could win. a spokesperson for the republican national committee also doubts russia's involvement. >> i don't think donald trump doesn't think, no one thinks that a foreign entity should be interfering with the u.s. election. bottom line, full stop i said it. now the next thing. what proof does anyone have they've affect the outcome. i've heard zero. she me what facts have shown that anything undermined that
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election. donald trump won with 306 electoral vote, 2300 counties, so what proof do you have or anyone else have that anyone else affected the outcome of the election? >> sean spicer there. there are no -- there are not new conclusions and again it seems like naked blaming having no evidence to be based on. also, it may look like another attempt to try to influence the president-elect by imposing a certain negative image of our country. lets bring in our senior international correspondent matthew chance live in the russian capital. matthew, russia making it clear, if there is any evidence here, prove it. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, this is something that the russians have been saying since this allegation was floated a couple of months ago at the height of the presidential campaign when it first emerged. the allegation were first made
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that russia had been intervening in the presidential campaign in a partisan way. it's no secret that they've supported president-elect trump. night after night, talking about he was the best person to represent russia's interest in part because he's voiced the sentiments will various aspects of the world, for instance on nato enlargement, the complex in syria and he would take a look at crimea being part of russia and russia annexed them from -- all of them have given russians the hope that a trump administration would be a positive for them and that contrasts with their action -- towards hillary clinton. they saw her as being anti-russian. so there's a great deal of relief, i think in some parts of the country that trump won the presidential election. in terms of what that means, though, when it comes to the actual administration, i think
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the jury is still very much out. there are a lo of expectations in russia. what can trump can deliver for russians, obviously, it's going to be very difficult for him to do any of those things. of course, when we get back to the issue much whether or not russia intervened in this election, yes, they're calling for evidence and it's not just the russians calling for that evidence. the republican party as well, the trump administration in waiting is also calling for any evidence that's out there to be made public. the fact is at the moment, these are very serious allegations and not backed up by anything else at the moment apart from anonymous sources in the corridors of the various u.s. security services. you know, frankly, from a russian point of view, that's not good enough. >> matthew chance, live for us in moscow. matthew, thank you for the reporting. now let's bring in scott lucas, a professor of international politics at the university of birmingham, live via skype. scott, good to have you with us for our u.s. and international viewers.
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let's talk more about the situation that we just heard here. donald trump is deferring now -- rather, russia is deferring to donald trump. trump slamming u.s. intelligence saying that, you know, you think back he says to the misjudgments that were made with weapons of mass destruction. it does seem that russia has an ally within trump on this topic. >> yes. this is extraordinary. i mean, you have the president-elect effectively serving moscow's interesting and trash talking the intelligence community that he'll be leading from january. let's be clear here. this isn't just an anonymous source. this was several intelligence officials who said with high confidence, now that's cia jargon for near certainty that the russian government is behind attacks not only on the democratic national committee but the republican national convention. there's some disagreement from the fbi who aren't ascertain as russian government intentions but there's a general conclusion
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that yes these took place. but the president-elect with no contrary evidence, nothing else besides his personal opinion is taking up moscow's case and trying to distort or cover up that intelligence finding. >> not only the connection there, you know, between russia deferring to president-elect trump, but let's also talk about the optics here. we're talking about the president, the current president's request for a full review into whether russia may have this some sort of involvement and influence in the u.s. election. u.s. intelligence agencies think that to be the case. but -- sniemts absolutely. i mean, come january we're talking about a president trump who comes in and that's serious cases to fight against the islamic state, the crisis in syria in which russia is backing the assad regime. russia has been trying to break off part of that country as the
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next crimea. the question of the european union. the u.s. intelligence services, the cia is providing information on that. if the president says i don't trust any of this, where do you go with american foreign policy or diplomacy. i honestly cannot think of such a critical division between a president and his intelligence services since the final days of watergate and richard nixon in 1974. >> scott, i also want to talk about rex tillerson, trump's likely pick for the secretary of state role. trump touting the fact that this is a business leader that his business background would bring a fresh approach to the job or the cons here, critics say that, of course, he lacks political experience and question any potential any conflicts of interest that may come into play with this. >> i'm sorry. when you run the foreign policy of the united states, when you carry out diplomacy, you look for someone who is a diplomat. you do not say, i'll grab a
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businessman, a ceo who i happen to know, you especially don't reach out to a ceo who may be compromised because rex tiller son, let's be clear here, has deep business interests in russia. he has been honored by vladimir putin with the order of friendship. exxon-mobil has been basically fighting u.s. sanctions on russia that have limited its involvement. now, how do you expect rex tiller son, when he becomes secretary of state to immediately pout put on a diplomat's hat -- i do hope it's not confirmed. if it is, expect a fight in the congress over tillerson's nomination. >> we're already hearing from senator mccain who raised questions about tillerson's connections to russia saying he would certainly ask some probing questions into those relationships. scott lucas live for us. scott, thank you for your insight. we'll be in touch with you. isis may have retaken territory in syria on saturday.
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but russia says that they have been pushed back. we have the latest on new fighting in pal mere a ahead. winter weather paralyzes part of japan. how a powerful storm shut down one city. you're watching "cnn newsroom." ready, go! hi, juice universe? one large rutabaga, with eggplant... done! that's not fair. glad i had a v8. the original way to fuel your day.
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carter is in iraq at this hour. carter made an unannounced visit to baghdad to thank troops for taking part in the fight against isis. he'll be given an update on the push to drive that terror group out of mosul in northern iraq. russian state media also saying that an isis attack on the syrian city of palmyra has been repelled. activists said hundreds of syrian troops withdrew from the city after intense fighting on its outskirts. they report the russian air force conducted over 60 air strikes overnight in the area. they claim dozens of isis vehicles were destroyed and 300 militants killed. for the latest on this fight, let's go to fred pleitgen in damascus. just a day ago, isis was reportedly making gains, now we're hearing from russian state media that they're pushing back.
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>> reporter: yeah, you know, george, it is the nature of the fighting out there in the desert region. it's very flat. what you see there is forces like isis and the syrian army making quick gains but being pushed back very quickly as well. it seems like what happened is there was a lot of fog and bad weather over that territory in palmyra which somewhat sidelined the russian and syrian air force toss conduct air strikes to hold isis up. isis used it for an almost blitz-like attack. right now, they're binding most of their troops in that battle for aleppo. isis made quick advances and apparently made it into the city limits of palmyra and very close to the ancient city there. apparently, it's cleared up. the russian air force resumed air strikes. they've conducted some 64 air strikes overnight pushing isis back. at this point in time, it's first of all, unclear how far
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they've pushed them back. but also what the damage is on both sides. how many were killed and wounded. that's being assessed. it does seem as though isis did launch that surprise attack but has been repelled, george. >> i want to ask you about the situation with so many people trying to escape the city. do we have any new estimates or figures on how many people have been able to escape. how many people may still be trapped there? >> george, i was on the frontline in southern aleppo just yesterday. i can tell you it was literally an avalanche or a tsunami of people that came across. very difficult for us to see how many actually was the official syrian news agency. they believe that 20,000 might have come out on saturday alone. the russians are saying it might be 10,000. really is impossible to say. what we saw was just a really tragic sight. you have extremely intense fighting there. gun battles, artillery, air
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strikes. the only way people are to get out is to walk straight through that frontline. these people are very weak. we saw children who couldn't go on any more who were being carried by their parents. children were carrying heavy loads. people malnourished who were absolutely scared and defeated because, of course, at the same time as they were coming out. those noises of that battle were still going on. so it really is a dire situation for the civilians that are trying to get out. while it's impossible to put any numbers on how many have come out, i can tell you it is a lot of people trying to flee as the fighting intensifies. >> senior international correspondent fred pleitgen live in damascus. thank you for the reporting. we'll stay in touch with you as well. severe weather has really shocked parts of northern japan. derek van dam is here to tell us
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about that. >> george, got to see this video. saw this on the internal server. i got to share this with everybody much complete cars covered, i mean literally buried in snow. you'll see it in a moment. this is in the northern prefecture of a kye dough in northern japan. 50 centimeters, this was in a short period of time. public transportation has been disrupted, flights canceled, train services have been delayed. there it is, george. where is my car? i think i parked it here. i'm pretty sure i parked it here. he's got some digging out to do, doesn't he? let me explain why this is relevant to you at home watching here in the united states perhaps. the similarities to the weather pattern that they have in northern japan. believe it or not, there are comparisons there. i come from michigan. that part of the world receives what is called lake-effect snow fall. did you know that ocean effect
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snowfall occurs? same type of ingredients. we have cold air rushing over relatively warm water that is ice-free, by the way. it reaches a land mass that has some sort of upward lift to it. over let's say, mountains and hills. it causes the air to rise, cools, condenses, creates the cloud cover and what falls from that cloud cover? lake effect or ocean-effect snow. that's what's happening across the sea of japan. here we are across this part of the world. you can see that strong northwesterly component to the wind wrapping around an area of high pressure bringing in cold siberian cold air. that's created these banding-like snow falls across that part of the world. it's incredible to see the similarities between that and the band being that occurs downwind from lake michigan, lake superior, lake erie and ontario. in grand rapids, michigan, marquette, you know that you can
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get significant amounts of snowfall, especially when one of those bands of snow comes over your house for an extended period of time. saah pour owe, you have another cold stretch of air coming and more snowfall in the forecast as this cold blast of air continues to travel south. i want to end with this. another part of the world win credible sights at the moment. this is finland. northern lights display of note. george, we sped this up a bit. i have to show the viewers. it's phenomenal. >> it's something i've always wanted to see. have you seen it? >> i have. in michigan, that's far enough north where we have seen it. this is "cnn newsroom." still ahead, the trump team insists it's time to move on. we'll have more on the president-elect's response to reports that russia helped him to win the election. plus, why one american company is actually firing russian hackers. we're live from atlanta. broadcasting here at home and at
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welcome back to the viewers in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." it's good to have you with us. i'm george howell with the headlines this hour. in nigeria, government officials plan to investigate saturday's deadly collapse of a church. trying to determine how it happened. officials fear that dozens of people were killed when the building's roof and steel girders caved in. there's no official death toll at this point. one witness telling cnn that the entire church came tumbling down trapping so many people in the
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debris. an explosion inside a small church next to a cathedral in cairo, egypt killed at least 25 people and wounded 31 others. state-run news reports the blast happened sunday morning near the cathedral in cairo. in kenya, at least 33 people are dead after a truck carrying flammable material exploded. you see the result there. authorities say the truck lost control on a highway north of nairobi saturday. it rolled down a hill, slammed into several vehicles, then caught fire. at least 11 other vehicles were also burned. one of turkey's deputy prime ministers says the pkk seems to be responsible for twin explosions that happened in istanbul saturday. he offered no evidence for the claim. but they've carried out attacks like this before. two explosions went off near a football stadium killing 38 people, wounding more than 150 others.
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these blasts are one of several terror attacks in turkey in the past year. the head of the middle east department at the london school of economics joins us and wrote the book isis, a history. it's good to have you with us. let's talk more about this claim. one of turkey's deputy prime ministers saying the pkk is behind this. no evidence has been presented to back that up. explain the background for this group and why officials are pointing the finger toward them. >> george, for your own viewers, for the more than one year now, turkey has been a frequent target of terrorist attacks. devastating terrorist attacks in ankrah and istanbul and after the soccer game. two organizations have been behind the attacks, you have isis or the so-called islamic
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state and militant, the kurdistan party, the pkk. it's very difficult, george, to say exactly who was behind the attack last night. we don't have the evidence. we have to wait. even though the attack seems to target the police, most of the victims were police officers. and this tells me, even though there's no evidence, that probably the pkk was behind it because the pkk usually targets either the security forces or the police forces because you have a war taking place between the pkk and some other militant kurdish elements and the turkish government over the past year or so. >> that's sort of the background. also, the politics of the matter. but i'd like to get a sense of how people are feeling about these things on the ground there in turkey. there have been so many attacks over the past year. what is the sentiment, the mood when attacks like this happen so
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unexpected in such busy parts of cities in that nation? >> i mean, you're asking a very important question, george because i mean, the airport in istanbul was attacked, major civilian, i mean, targets have been also attacked. you can imagine the -- i mean, the feelings of terror, the feeling of fear. imagine, george, it's not just about turkey. we're talking about turkey. but these attacks against soft targets, whether you're talking about the church in cairo or somalia or turkey or even yemen, has become, these attacks have become really an effective tool used by terrorist organizations like isis and al qaeda and the pkk. why they're using these attacks against soft targets, civilians and police officers and cultural
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basically outlets? because they've terrorized the public, they instill fear. they mobilize the social base, these organizations. a pattern has emerged that soft targets are really the preferred method for militant and terrorist organizations worldwide, not just in turkey. but turkey has been a very focused target for both isis and the pkk over the past years because of the political, the polarization and the counter insurgency war taking place in turkey. >> p thank you for the insight after the twin bombings in turkey and istanbul. donald trump is at odds with the u.s. intelligence community six weeks before his inauguration. the president-elect's team has mocked the cia report that russia tried to steer the election toward trump saying the following "these are the same
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people that said saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. the election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest electoral college victories in history. it is now time to move on." a source says the review of foreign hacking ordered by president obama will not look at whether russia interfered, whether it affected the outcome, but, rather, it will solely look at lessons learned. we get more from our global affairs correspondent. >> president-elect donald trump's comments questioning the quality of the intel provided by the intelligence community about russian hacking could set up an adversarial relationship with a commandser in chief who is going to rely on the intelligence community to make monumental decisions about u.s. national security. if it's an isolated incident, it could be worked out. it seems that president-elect trump is sensitive to any charges that he didn't win the election fair and square, when in fact the intelligence
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community is really only looking at whether russia did try to interfere in the u.s. election. and about 17 intelligence agencies did conclude that they did with high confidence. if there's a larger question about whether donald trump does not have confidence in the intelligence community in the intel that he's getting in his daily briefing, that could set up a much larger issue. now, the investigation that the obama administration is engaged in is not about whether russia affected the outcome of this election. administration officials tell me it would be impossible to know what swayed a voter. the investigation is really about looking at past practices of all foreign states, not just russia, but other foreign actors, perhaps in 2008, 2012 and in the 2016 election to see what kind of techniques they
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used in their hacking, in cyber attacks to use that as a lessons learned for the next administration. but it will also give credence to any measure that the obama administration could take on its way out the door. officials tell me that there are a wide range of measures being considered against russia, such as sanctions, cyber measures, but if this incontrovertable truth is made public, it would be very difficult for president-elect trump once taking office to question that. if president obama does impose measures and donald trump overturns them, that could -- he could face a lot of heat from members of congress, not just democrats but republicans who are skeptical about russians saying they're going to leave investigations as one senior administration official said there would be a real price to pay once the president-elect takes office. elise labott, cnn, washington.
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>> elise, thank you. russian hackers are known to be some of the most sophisticated in the world. one u.s. company sees it as a business opportunity. >> the russian government has engaged in espionage against americans. >> the u.s. allegations of meddling in the election. russians and russian-seeking hackers are known to be some of the most sophisticated in the world. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails. >> now in the post-election u.s. fears of russian cyber interference still linger. one new york company is trying to turn the tables to take advantage of that russian skill set to actually protect american companies. >> cyber sec is -- he's defended some of the world's most notorious cyber criminals.
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bad actors of the hacking world, some of whom he's now working with. >> our company include specifically hackers who have been prosecuted, who some are still wanted. consult with the criminals who explain how the hack is usually done. to creation of the viruses to actual attacks. >> in moscow, i met one of the consultants that gave pavlovic a credit card hacker in the '90s, he's served ten years in prison in belarus. >> i explained him what to do. to steal money from someone. bank account. >> pavlovic is still wanted in the u.s. with a major credit card fraud ring. that hasn't stopped him from publishing a book how he stole a million dollars. >> did you really steal a million dollars? >> yes. a little more than. >> and then there's this one
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known online. currently in prison for stealing money in the u.s. former hackers have a, quote, mind-set that allows them to anticipate the attack factors. hacking is not a skill he writes. it's an art. >> russian hacking has been in the news a lot particularly around the u.s. elections. how has that impacted your business? >> well, we get more increase. >> so far his clients have been small and medium-sized businesses. >> some banks been inquiring. but the main problem is the reliability of criminals consulting and assisting. >> he's willing to take the risk, he says, because the dangers in cyberspace are growing and these people may be some of the best qualified to stop them. >> still ahead, the most wanted terrorists in the world was almost caught by u.s. special forces. we'll have that story for you.
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plus, meet the people in china who say that they are having a laugh and speaking truth to power by poking fun at the president-elect donald trump. stay with us.
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. the united states military confirms that a u.s. drone strike last month in the city of rack a syria killed a leader with ties to extremists. he was born in paris and had suspected ties to two terror attacks in tunisia in 2015. he was a person of interest in the paris terror attack that
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happened in november of 2015. the pentagon says the air strike was carried out on november 26th. so far, the leader of isis has managed to avoid the same fate as many senior commanders. cnn's brian todd has more on the intense manhunt for al baghdadi. >> cnn has learned of a close call for the world's most wanted terrorist. a man with a $10 million on his head. a senior u.s. military official tells cnn, u.s. special operations forces came, tantalizing close to capturing or killing baghdad i last year near syria. >> any time you have a chance to kill baghdad i would be a big deal. the sooner the better. >> when u.s. forces raided a compound last year and killed isis operative, his wife was
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captured said she had been with baghdadi a few days earlier. >> she was the den mother for a lot of the sex slaves. many were taken underage, including the one western hostage, kayla mueller. mueller was al baghdadi's sex slave. he was raping her. that was exactly the location where u.s. special forces raided. >> where is baghdadi now? earlier this year, officials says he was most likely hiding in the isis stronghold. at some point, he was believed to go to iraq. but after the offensive to retake the city began in october, baghdadi is believed to have left mosul despite recording this audio message for his fighters. >> translator: holding your ground in honor is a thousand times better than retreating in disgrace. >> u.s. officials tell cnn
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baghdadi's days are numbered but he remains elusive known as the inadvice i believe sheik he's obsessive about secrecy. he's involved in the campaign against -- >> how good is he at evading detection? >> he takes it to a whole new level if you look at how he approaches operational security. >> there are rumors that this is the guy who used to cover his face even when meeting with some of his own people, someone who took extraordinary precautions when it came to his own security. >> that likely also applies to how he communicates. the u.s. intelligence official tells cnn baghdadi and his lieutenants understand that any level of communication they used beyond couriers and face to face interaction makes them vulnerable to being killed, brian todd, cnn.
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. donald trump has made no secret about his feelings on china even bashing beijing. but the u.s. president-elect has chinese supporters who say they like his style. some others like to mock that style. cnn's alexander field reports from beijing. >> in a country of 1.3 billion, a lot of people have something to say about donald trump. >> it's like the guy goes for a blind date and he opens by asking the girl, would you like to have sex with me? >> that's donald trump to you? >> politicians here in china are always like, play safe. it's a huge contrast. i think that's what brought donald trump into the spotlight. >> comedian tony cho got a million views online, mostly in china for a video skewing donald trump. he blamed china for a bloebl warming hoax. >> if china wants to damage
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america, why would we come up with a climate change hoax? we'll support donald trump. >> the president tweeted taking aim alleging current si manipulation. he writes did china ask us if it was okay? twitter is blocked in china but users found their way around the firewall to respond to his question with a #ask trump first that's been shared several hundred times on twitter and seen nearly a million times on the chinese equivalent. it's got snarky responses like ask trump first if it's okay to make chinese air quality great again. it started with a graduate in china who wanted to speak truth to power in a language trump would understand. >> he's like a troll. running for the president and now he's president-elect. >> conversations about the president-elect spiked across
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china's social sites after his tweets and a controversial phone call with taiwan's leaders. actions with the party leaders who consider it a break away province. it fuels fascination among the people. >> when you talk to his supporters here, what do they tell you they like about the president-elect trump? >> because his domestic issues, his policy is america first. pretty similar with most of the chinese mind-set. we care about ourselves. >> it is for many of those reasons that president-elect trump was able to develop a strong and outspoken group of committed supporters among the public in china. some of those people tell us that u.s. interests can't come at the expense of china's interests. they believe the controversial tweets and the phone call with taiwan's leader are indicative of the style of leadership they like and that these aren't signs
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that the trump administration would seek to change the relationship between the u.s. and china. in beijing, alexandra field, cnn. alexandra, thank you. we end with a bit of a galaxy far, far away but in los angeles. the world premiere of rogue one. a star wars story. shut down the streets in hool wood. it's a stand alone pre-quel. it tells the story of rebels who steal the plans for the death star. storm troopers, aliens, even an x wing turned out for the premiere. the film begins its global release on wednesday. that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. for our viewers in the united states, "new day" is next. for or our viewers, "this is life" with lisa ling is next. thanks for watching cnn. the world's news leader.
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the explosions were so powerful that we could feel the ground shaking beneath our feet. the casualty account, we expect, will continue to grow. >> it's looking more and more like president-elect donald trump is leaning toward exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson as secretary of state. >> i have, obviously, concerns of reports of his relationship with vladimir putin, who is a thug and a murderer. >> why aren't we, as americans, upset about the fact that a foreign hostile actor, apparently, put its thumb on the scale in our election and why doesn't donald trump want to get to the bottom of


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