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hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states j all around the world. i'm rosemary church at the cnn center in atlanta. >> i'm max foster in london and this is "cnn newsroom." well donald trump is facing new global challenges as protests continue to grow in the u.s. and around the world. sources tell cnn he was less than diplomatic in phone calls with the australian prime minister and the mexican president. the it reports have taken the focus away from what many consider his successful roll out of his pick for the supreme
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court on tuesday. meanwhile violent protests brokout in berkeley california. the main target was a right-wing commentator scheduled to speak. things didn't go well when president trump phoned australia's prime minister. mr. trump became agitated over an agreement negotiated by his predecessorer, barack obama. >> everybody that he talked to characterized the call as really hostile. ended very abruptly. that it was a combination, trump was badgeering the australian prime minister, was complaining about a deal regarding america's agreement to take some refugees that are being held in an australian detention camp and also used the call to try to brag about his electoral college win and call attention to his success in the election in november and then when the
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australian prime minister tried to move on to other subjects including syria, trump wanted to get off this call, told the australian prime minister i talked to a lot of other foreign leaders, including vladimir putin. this is the worst call of the day. >> mr. trump went on twitter saying do you believe that the obama administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from australia. why? i will study this dumb deal. he told an australian radio station president trump committed to honoring the refugee agreement. >> i've seen that report and i'm not going to comment on the conversation uother than to say in the course of the conversation as you know and was confirmed by the president's official spokesman in the white house, the president assured me that he would continue with honor the agreement we entered into with the obama
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administration with respect to refugee resettlement. >> rachel baksendale is a political reporter with the australian newspaper and she joins me live from cambru. what's been the reaction in australian to president trump's treatment of what's supposed to be one of america's closest and most trusted allies and we heard the australian prime minister was responding there. he seems to think it was curtious. but surely when he was told that was the worst call by far that day, even compared to his chat with russia's president, are we getting the true story here? >> reporter: look, it certainly didn't sound as though it was a curtious call. the prime minister has subsequently -- i'm not sure whether he has sources from his office has subsequently told other media outlets that -- and he has been quite open about the fact that he acted in
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australia's interests. he says it was a robust conversation. ease rr recorded as having said i'm a businessman, you're a businessman. a deal's a deal. it sounds like behind closed doors he was still trying to reinforce the fact that this was done with the freprevious administration and try to get the deal and the other thing is that it contrasts very sharply with what we've been hearing all week from the u.s. the press secretary spicer said on wednesday, released a statement saying the deal is still going ahead and as little as an hour before donald trump tweeted that, the embassy had again said that they'd checked with it white house and the deal was still going ahead but certainly it's a conversation that sounds as though it was very tense. and i think one of the other things that donald trump is
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recorded to have said is to accuse australia of trying to import the next boston bombers which sounds pretty robust. >> so what are australians saying about this and how is it playing out in the media there? >> reporter: look, i guess it's sort of seen as fitting in with the fame of donald trump. the fact that although so far he seems to be sticking to his word and to some promises but during the election campaign seemed quite outlandish. it's also an utterly unpredictable situation and i think that tweet this afternoon took people by surprise and he's just throwing diplomatic convention out the window. and it's very interesting to watch. hard to tell what will happen next. >> indeed. joining us there live from
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cambra. joining me live from australia. he's stud a -- an associate at sidney. perhaps he's trying to calm it down and ultimately president trump said he was studying this. he didn't say he was throwing it out completely. >> reporter: well, there's also of course there was yelling from president trump on the phone call to prime minister turnbull. so it sounds a very disrespectful phone call. i think he thought he could negotiate behind closed doors with donald trump. if you play with fire, you're going to be burned and i think that's going to be one of the lessons out of this to think this is just like the old relationship with any other american president. you're dealing with a much more unpredictable figure who's talking about these refugees being possibly the next boston
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bomber. really putting a very negative light on people who are -- have suffered very greatly and just want to find a home. >> and you and i know this wasn't a deal that came out of thin air. it plays into a deep diplomatic relationship, economic relationship, cultural relationship between the two countries and it was worked on over years. but from a trump supporter's point of view, actually he's probably got a point, hasn't he? if australia won't take these people, why should america? he's just going to study that. >> one of the elements of this is that australia will go to great lengths to not have these people arrive in australia. so we're talking about 1250 people out of a world population of over 21 million refugees. so everyone's got to take a little bit more at this time, particularly 5 million syrian refugees. this is about australian
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domestic politics losing some perspective about what's going on in the world and some of those refugees from afghanistan, syria, iraq have been the result of interventions of australia and united states have been involved with. so there's a domestic audience but f but there's a loss of perspective quite often in this debate as well. >> we talked a bit about the closeness of that relationship. but i know that in australia there has been a debate that perhaps australia's too define bide the united states. so this might be a opportunity to redefine that anyway. administrations change and you've attached your flag to that mast. >> indeed. you make deals with governments and they change over time. i think the big question for australia is over what trump has said about china. talking about a trade war with
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china, maybe upending the one china policy. australia doesn't want to know anything about that. the status quo is good for australia. so the sense of we're going to owe trump something for taking these refugees is what heicide be kwiequite happy to back away from. it's not worth sending our war ships to the south china sea. let's act more independently on this issue. >> thank you for joining us. very much indeed, professor o'connor in sidney. a california university known for its commitment to free speech erupts in violence hours before a right-wing commentator is ready to speak. they smashed windows and threw rocks at police. the speech was canceled and he told his facebook followers that the left is absolutely terrified
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of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down. >> reporter: amid a wave of national post election protests, uc berkeley students formed a protest of their own with a very specific goal to try to stop a right-wing speaker. this happened just outside the student union in the square. that speaker was breitbart editor milo and 1600 students gathered with the specific goal of trying to stop him. saying he's not free speech, he is hate speech. well, early on into the protest about 30 minutes in, the protest became violent. these barricades were used to smash in the windows of the first floor of this student union where he was skecheduled speak. the protesters set fires. they faced off with police officers forced to use tear gas.
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the university says they're blaming this violence on about 150 outside agitators. the university says they have a long been problematic in the city of oakland. six people were injured and it protests became so violent that the event had to be canceled. when that became news to these protesters, there was celebrati celebration. now the irony here of course is that u.c. berkeley is the birth place of the free speech movement. those students then fought for the right to express their political opinions. cnn, berkeley, california. donald trump supporter was pepper sprayed during the berkeley protest and it was caught on camera as well. she was being interviewed by a local television reporter when she was maced. it's not clear who the attacker was but she's doing okay. in afther early foreign policy move the trump
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welcome back everyone. rex tillerson, the former head
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of exxon oil company was confirmed by the u.s. senate on wednesday and sworn in later in the day. u.s. president donald trump said he would bring a cleared eyed focus on foreign affairs. >> secretary tillerson, i first want to congratulate you, brenda and your entire family on this incredible honorer and it is that, an incredible honor. you bring the unique skills and deep, deep insights and i've gotten to see it first hand, into foreign diplomacy our nation needs to foster stability and security in a world too often trapped and right now it's trapped. in violence and in war. >> along the foreign policy front, russia and teheran are in
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conflict over missile contests. they claim they did not violate. and the trump administration views it very differently. >> reporter: a tough line on iran at the white house today. >> as of today we are officially putting iran on notice. >> reporter: national security advisor michael flin offering a cryptic warning after iran tested another ballistic missile sunday. >> the obama administration failed to responded adequately include other violations of international norms. >> reporter: the new administration making it clear they believe it violated a u.n. resolution. and this warning to nikki haley yesterday. >> the united states is not naive, we're not going to stand by. we're going to act, we're going to be loud and do whatever it takes to protect the american people. >> there's a new sheriff in
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town, his name is donald j. trump and we're not going to follow the policies of the prior administration. >> reporter: but how exactly the u.s. will act is unclear. they're not taking any options off the table including a military response. the former deputy national security advisorer for president obama lashed out on twitter while russian intervention in ukrain increases, national security advisor flin takes time to publicly criticize obama and not putin. january 2016 the treasury department did impose sanctions specifically targeting those epihad helping iran for the missile program but prior tests have gone down with no more response than statements of condemnation. while provocative do not violate the nuclear deal the u.s. and five other countries helped to
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negotiate. >> some would say those in iran are trying to sabotage to get us to respond to get us to pull out of the agreement. president trump on the campaign trail talked about getting tough on iran but not necessarily ripping up the nuclear deal. >> it'ser a horrible agreement. i will make that agreement so tough and if they break it, they will have hell to pay. >> reporter: they're not using the same language the white house is. and keep in mind rex tillerson was just confirmed. but at this point they're not say dg finatively this missile launch violated the u.n. resolution. it was in defiance with it, it was inconsistent with it and provocative and not completely clear what are these options that the white house is talking about. michelle, cnn, the state department. well, more on this. recently returned from iran and that test was a provocation,
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wasn't it? did they have this coming? were they aware they might get a response? >> it was interesting to see the past couple of days since that launch become more public. the iranians in the form of various government officials said first of all that it's not banned under the nuclear agreement, also not under any other u.n. resolution. and they kept making the point that they say these ballistic missiles can't carry nuclearer war heads and they believe is allowed. it's a defensive weapon and one of the things is they said look no one has a right to tell iran how to defend itself and how to defend itself. i think they were also a little bit surprised as how big the back lash was, especially with the u.n. security counsel meeting that was called in. >> what about the reaction from the trump administration overnight? how do you expect it? >> i think the iranians -- i
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wouldn't say be shocked, but they would be a little bit surprised. the whole time we were in iran, a week ago, asking government officials how do you think your relationship. with the donald trump administration is going to work out. they believe donald trump being an unconventional politician might be willing to do deals with iran and now it seems as though a different course has been laid down, especially with that statement from michael flin saying we're putting iran on notice. that's something i don't believe many iranian officials would have thought would happen this quickly and laze out that it could be a very confrontational relationship. >> how would they react to that language? >> there would be confrontation back as well and i think there's lot of danger of that escalating. in iran, it's a pretty divided political landscape where you have the fairly moderate administration and things like the revolutionary guard and the
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senior clergy who are much more hostile to the u.s. and there's been confrontations in the persian gulf with both sides firing warning shots at each other. if america takes a more forceful posture i wouldn't say get out of hand but could escalate fairly quickly. >> thank you very much indeed, fred. so let's get more on are of this from the editor and chief from the hill. great to talk to you as always. but the white house put iran on official notice, threatening economic sanctions, even military action. could this possibly prove to be the trump administration's first big foreign policy test? could it even end up being the equivalent of barack obama's red line in the sand on syria? >> it was a lot of tough talk from the white house and that means a lot when it's coming from the white house, not
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campaign trail that donald trump would go after iran. we haven't seen a lot of official action with trump and what he's going to do with obama's nuclearer deal with iran but putting them on notice from the bully pull pt of the white house, that's a big deal. there's clearly going to be tension between teheran and washington in the months to come. >> and we've learned that over the weekend president trump called australia's prime minister, malcolm turnbull and told him the u.s. australia, refugee resettlement agreement was the worst deal ever and accused australia of seeking to export the next boston bombers. and had had spoken to a whole lot of other foreign leaders and that this was the worst call he'd had had so far. it is an interesting way to treat your allies. what do you think we're to make of this? >> i think whether it's in washington d.c. or world wide,
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this is going to be a new era of american policy and whether you're an enemy like iran or a friend, like australia, there are going to be new puramteres set, new deals he's talked about renegotiating trade deals that have been done for decades like nafta. i think this is the new norm where the only thing that's predictable is that the future's going to be unpredictable. >> always great to talk to you. thanks so much. the new u.s. defense secretary is in south korea for a 24f had hour visit. it's his first official trip overseas. he hopes to reassure them of u.s. commitments to their security, especially in light of what they call the revolving north korea threat. for the latest, let's go to cnn paula hancocks in seoul, south korea. obviously trump on the campaign trail also suggested that countries in the region weren't
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contributing enough financially or in terms of defense to the effort either. >> reporter: well, that's right. i think last week there were certainly concerns in south korea about the relationship with the united states. this week officials are feeling a lot better about it. president trump has already spoken to acting south korean president and said they're 100% behind south korea. more than an ironclad commitment to protect south korea and now you have the very first trip of the secretary of defense here in south korea. he's here for less than 24 hours but what he's saying will be passifying many fears. it's a fact finding mission. he wants to find out exactly what can be done and should be done about north korea. now north korea has made its voice heard just yesterday. on the state-run media they had a wire that said that they
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didn't want the joint military drills between the u.s. and south korea to go ahead, others with they would continue to beef up their pre-emptive nuclear strike capability. so as we have the defense secretary of the united states here, you're still hearing these rhetorical threats from north korea. >> and he moves on to japan as well. with their coordinated, some sort of response to this u.s. visit and how they're going to handle it you think? >> reporter: yes, they certainly have to. they have intelligent sharing agreements between the u.s., japan and south korea pan and south korea have intelligent sharing of their own. they coordinate very closely when had it comes to north korea. 2016 was the most intense year in north korean history for missile and nuclear testing. two nuclear tests, more than 20
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missile tests, a satellite launch which was widely expected be to an intercontinental missile test and kim jong-un said he's close to hit had a missile that could possibly hit mainland united states. the intensity of the missile testing has been increasing. interestingly since the u.s. election, north korea has shown relative restraint. there has not been one single missile but most experts don't expect it to last much longer. >> thank you very much indeed. we'll take a break right here but style come president trump reportedly rakes australia's prime minister over the coals. we will go live to australia to see what malcolm turnbull has to say about their contentious conversation. and what's happening and why people are upset there a little later in the show.
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a warm welcome back to our viewers ain the united states and all around it world. i'm rosemary church. >> all let's update you on our top story. u.s. president donald trump reportedly had a heated conversation with prime minister turnbull. and one source says mr. trump ended the call abruptly. >> james ckhan is a research associate at the united states study center. he joiness us live. good to talk with you. apparently president trump abru abruptly ends the call with the prime minister but not before
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telling him he was the worst call by far. now the australian prime minister is playing down this heated exchange but how might this alter the relationship between these two very close allies? >> well, it's certainly a trump poke in the eye for the australian prime minister. because there's a very deep and powerful assumption in australian politics that they are close allies. they signed a treaty in 1951, they fought many wars together. australia prides itself in having special access in washington. this seems to give a light to that and shows that a volatile and impulsive and sometimes reckless president trump will surprise even close allies like australia. it's a bit of a shock by malcolm turnbull but he now has to wait and see whether trump will honor the refugee deal and that is in
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the balance. >> i wanted to ask you about that because mr. trump told the australian prime minister that the refugee agreement between it two countries was the worst deal ever, his words, then tweeted wednesday night that he will study what he called this dumb deal. so we don't know if this agreement is going to go ahead or not but explain to us why would the u.s. have agreed to take 1200 or so asylum seekers from australia? >> well, there was a rush towards the end of the previous administration under barack obama to get this deal confirmed so australia can close very controversial refugee camps on mcmanus island in the pacific. so there's a political imperative for australia to close these refugee camps and we have a transactional president as you know. and your question is spot on. trump would be looking at this and saying what's in this for
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america? now australia has agreed to take some refugees from central america that were do to go to the united states but trump, as we believe, sources say that the white house will be asking australia for more in terms of a potential military contribution in iraq or for australia to do freedom of navigation patrols to contest china's militarization there and that's where it gets tricky for the australian government. if they're seen to be trading on key national security interests to shore up a refugee deal with the united states, this could be very difficult terrain indeed for the australian government. >> given that australia is already quite the contributor certainly per capita there. but who actually leaked this conversation, do you think? >> well, that's a very good question. i mean, i don't think it's been confirmed yet. it does show australia in a very
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bad light, particularly where you have the president sayinging all the other calls with world leaders on that day were pleasant and productive but that this was a hostile call and as you said the worst call ever. if trump has been consistent on particular issues since he first exploded on to the political scene it's been on immigration, protecting america's borders and his view that america's alliances haven't been serving american interests and on those two key issues for donald trump this deal does not square up. and that's where i think australian government should be very concerned. and it does beg a very big question in terms of the tone of this relationship going forward. if the australian government can't be confident that its private discussions with the white house, and in particular with the president, are not going to be broadcast over the
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global media, this is potentially very tricky for the australian government and the americans going forward. i think it alliance will survive it. we've had very rocky relations with some american presidents in the past. richard nixon had had australia number two on his list of least favorite countries. he had a much more colorful term for it which i won't say on tv. but the alliance did survive it. so we're not looking at the end of this close relationship. but i think the australian government will have to realize that the rhetoric of shared values of common sacrifice, that very cozy alliance that you saw teresa may, the british prime minister using recently as well. i don't think that will cut any ice at all with the it trump white house. they don't i think have a feeling for that past in terms of the australian/american relationship. >> all right. james, we will see in the days
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ahead what sort of impact this conversation does have on that conversation. appreciate it it. thank you. iran's ballistic missile test is drawing strong criticism. the national security advisor said the u.s. was quote putting iran on notice. they say it violated a u.n. security counsel resolution but it's not clear if that's true. joining me is muhammad ali tia bonny. and being interpreted in the u.s. as a provocation. >> they've done so and i think this particular test was actually a failure reported. the missile blew up midair. so i'm not sure how that would be an announcement of power. >> was the timing linked to the fact that the new administration
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was coming in? >> i think these things are regularly and it would be a bit premature to call it a test. >> because it failed? >> perhaps. >> so we've now had this response and we've heard it from the sound from washington overnight. we haven't had the official reaction from iran but it's pretty predictable what it will be. >> i think the iranians have themselves engaged in a lot of bombastic rhetoric and they're not taken aback by what trump said. he's in office for about 13 days now. so they're going to give a wait and see approach to see what kps out of it. what does being put on notice actually mean? as some told my colleague laura rosen, that they're considering new financial economic sanctions or targeting those that support -- for example iran reportedly maligned activities. in iric that would involve the
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militias fighting isis. that would be counterproductive and clash with your policy towards iraq. >> this is the concern about a lot of these trump policies. they're simplistic and again to this australian deal which emerged out of years of dip ploemacy. it wasn't magiced up overnight and this opens up a can of worms which perhaps he's not considering but how does iran deal with that? >> i think at this stage we shntd really be talking about policies. i think there are a lot of statements. and after flynn's speech, they want to send the message that the u.s. under obama was quite different and reassure the regional allies, the saudis. this came after a call to the pentagon chief and the saudi
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defense minister. so i think it's also about saying that we're shifting. this is no longer u.s. under obama. allies in the region which feel they've been abandoned which were alarmed by the nuclear deal, that may not materialize anymore. >> so this wait and see approach in iran is based on the fact that they're not going to be particularly upset or emotional about the harsh words out of washington. still don't understand what it actually means. so let's wait and see. >> and they're used to this rhetoric themselves. they're much more interesting what may happen underground. the nuclear deal greatly constricts u.s. options. they can't impose the kind of sanctions they did before and especially at this stage in terms of targeting iran's allies in the region. part of the iraqi state fighting isis and it's not quite clear what the u.s. can do without the
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russians. so the options are quite limited. >> thank you very much indeed. we await the detail, rosemary. we'll take a short break here but still ahead israel's history making announcement. why new building plans have upset the international community.
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welcome back everyone. israel is planning to build a new settlement in the west bank. that hasn't happened in about 20 years. this is likely to put israel even more at odds with the international community which considers settlements and out posts illegal. meanwhile they're still evacuating settlers from a small west bank out post. and joining us live. i want to start with the
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settlements because this is really -- this is the first time as we mentioned in 20 years this if had tirely new settlement. talk to us about the timing of this and we did talk about this yesterday but now this is a new announcement. but not only that, the reaction from palestinians on this. >> reporter: well, it's all related here, the new announcement of a new settlement is related to this. but that coming late last night from the prime minister's office. he said he has approved the intention to build a new settlement and already put together a team to make sure it happens as quickly as possible. that hasn't happened nearly 20 years. up until now is it was expansion of current settlements and we've seen that. it seems netanyahu seems he has protection from the united nations from trump that now a new settlement.
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again, we don't know where that is. netanyahu has never announced a new settlement, neither has any prime minister in the last 20 years and that's what makes this such a big announcement. and 3,000 housing units announced and 550 homes in east jerusalem a couple days before that. palestinians have already called in the u.n. security counsel to hold them responsible. what can the security counsel do if trump vetoes any resolution put forward? and it's not just the palestinians, the eu, the u.n and a number of others have already condemned the settlement and the expansion. >> as you mentioned you are there during the eviction of settlers. we're looking at what's happening behind you. it seems fairly relaxed.
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>> reporter: this is the last home to be evacuated. there are a number of settlers inside this house. they're going in four or five at a time and pulling them out by their arms and legs to get them out. this is the last challenge before the special forces move tine tackle the synagogue on the other side of us here. that's where the most hard core of the protesters have barricaded themselves. this is how they're pulling the settlers out, arms and legs. a number of these protesters have their iphones to try to capture some of this video but that is the level of resistance they're facing here and although there are some police here, this is special forces because of the level of resistance. they have to be pulled out and it will be an even bigger challenge when they move on to the temple on the other side of us here. right after they finish clearing this final home. rosemary. >> it looks like a very different scene to what we saw
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wednesday. >> reporter: it is. only because there are so many fewer of them here and again still methodically but they have to be pulled out by force so will the protesters that have barricaded themselves inside the synagogue. they've arrested 13 protesters, more than 20 police have been injured in the eviction. a very long evening but that was the bulk of the work. this the final two buildings. in the temple on the other side we've seen them throwing stones outside of the windows to outside of the special forces around the outside. so it will be a long few hours as they have to finish by force. >> all right. oren leeberman live from amona. many thanks. hamilton's revenge. producers of the hottest play on broadway try to bring down the curtain on ticket scalping.
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♪ i'm passionately smashing every expectation ♪ >> the sights and sounds of the
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smash broadway hamilton tells the story of alexander hamilton and it's been bringing people back to the theater from former president obama to current vice president mike pence. and since july 2015, it has sold more than 868,000 tickets and hamilton has been a victim of ticket scalping. so it's producers increased the price of the premium seats to keep scalpers from buying them. they now cost $849 a piece. way up from the old price of $475 and it may be working. an analysis by the financial times shows the resale of hamilton tickets has plunged by nearly half since the price changed. with more on this bold approach to ticket sales, i'm joined by financial times
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reporter. she crunched the numbers and has all the answers for us. good to talk with you, anna. so how exactly does raising the cost of the premium seats stop the scalpers from makeing all the money? and what impact will this have on the other tickets going forward? >> right. so the thing with hamilton was up until now prices that were i think sold by the actual production were fairly reasonable for a broadway show. you could get a ticket for $150 for a seat. what's been happening with technology and these so-called bauts software would go in and buy a lot of tickets in bulk before you or regular fans could see them. so when the gap between the price that they were selling them and the price they could get someone to buy on stubhub, that's a big incentive for them to keep doing it but when hamilton themselves are charging $849 for a premium seat, the
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actual difference on the secondary market is quite a bit smaller. so it doesn't entirely take away their incentive to do it but it's material reduced it. it's a strategy that seems to be working for them so far. when we looked at the numbers and saw pretty much 50% drop immediately and the number of listings for tickets on secondary sights when they raised it price. >> hamilton has been a success on broadway. the play a has grossed almost $166 million. how much more money could the play have made had it not been for ticket scalping? >> quite a lot. so we took a look at this last year and saw that -- so for example, a few months ago they set a record for broadway, $3.3 million in one weekend from tickets. but we saw they were actually missing out on 2.6 million a week from these secondary scalpers so it's almost double
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they could be making. >> this week tickets went on sale for the upcoming run in united kingdom in london. in november and in your article you say london has the cheapest premium tickets. so how feasible would it be to get a tick squt fly to london to see the play rather than fly to new york? >> that's a good question. that could be a new black market. in london are doing their own thing where they're doing what's called ticket list ticketing where you actually have to go to the theater and swipe your own credit card to get the ticket. so that's the strategy they're employing there. i guess it remains to be seen how that pans out. i think there's quite a bit of excitement in london to finally get hamilton. >> indeed. great to talk to you. i can confirm that. i'm max foster in london. >> and i'm rosemary church that cnn center in london.
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