tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN March 8, 2017 1:00am-2:01am PST
♪ president trump all in on the house plan to repeal and replace obamacare. he says he is proud to support it. now, the sales pitch begins. try to get his party aligned. the white house left in defense of the president's wiretapping claims after republican lawmakering are left without any answers themselves. and this -- are cell phones and tvs helping the cia gather intelligence? documents leased by wikileaks appear to back up that claim. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans.
i've heard about the baby monitors. they get into phones, cars. >> tvs, hi, everybody, i'm dave briggs, it's wednesday, march 8th, it's women's day. >> he brought me a tulip. you did nothing. >> 4:00 a.m. in the east the future of the plan to repeal and replace obamacare depends on who you ask. the lawmaker and president's meeting with house republican leaders tell cnn the endorsement came with stern warning. we're told the president said failure to pass legislation after seven years of promises will lead to a quote, bloodbath, mr. trump even channeled president obama's most famous unfulfilled health care promise. >> this will be a plan where you can choose your doctor. this will be a plan where you can choose your plan. it's a complicated process, but
actually, it's very simple. it's called good health care. >> so president trump's effort to get resistant republicans on board has not done the trick. at least not yet. released boy rank and file groups, powerful senators. one aide telling cnn the bill is dead. too many conservative groups are coming out against it. there's no way they'll have the votes to pass it in its current form. this morning, two house committees with jurisdiction over the measure will have their say at markup sessions. and who will be there, our phil mattingly, he has more from capitol hill. >> dave and christine, it took less than 24 hours for that big bold republican plan do get into big bold trouble, conservatives, not just in the house. rejectsing it outright. some say they will be opposed to it no matter what, even if potential changes are made.
aides and lawmakers that i've spokened over the course of the last couple of days say they're confident going forward. list ton speaker paul ryan. >> we want 218 votes. we've got a few weeks. we'll have 218 when this thing comes to floor, i'll guarantee you that. >> that's a clip and save moment there. a bold guarantee from the speaker but one that comes from knowing everything from working behind the scenes. but what gives them the most hope right now is what they're seeing from the white house. president trump, vice president pence, health and human services secretary tom price all getting behind this plan in the last 24 hours. and that mattereds. the belief is with those vilds behind it, especially with president trump behind it, they'll move those conservatives into line. unify this going forward. obviously, the house is the first step. they'll have to go to the senate. there is a lot of battles to come and a lot of road blocks
ahead. >> some good news, they only need the 216, as opposed to the 218 you talked about. low-income americans access to health care found sensitive even offensive. it started in "new day" when chairman jason chaffetz said this to our alisyn camerota. >> well, we're getting rid of individual mandate. we're getting rid of those things that people don't want. americans got to make a choice. rather than getting that new iphone that they love, maybe they should invest in their own health care. they've got to make those decisions themselves. >> as you might imagine, the out congressman took a beating on social media and lawmakers. chaffetz explained his remarks on fox news saying maybe he didn't say it smoothly as he should have but he believes in self-reliance and people have to make those decisions.
wealthy americans are set to get a sizable tax break understand the gop's health care bill. we mentioned this to you yesterday. the ultra wealthy will see an even bigger tax cut. under the affordable care act, that's obamacare, individuals making more than $200,000 pay a medicare tax. 0.9 medicare tax on income above that level. same with families bringing in $250,000 a year. for individuals at 200,000 and families making $250,000, they have to pay more taxes so they can help pay for obamacare. now getting rid of obamacare that mean those taxes disappear under the gop plan. those taxes were used to pay for the obamacare subsidies. the subsidies go away. there's also a tax surcharge of 3.8%. that tax on those earning will go away. some of those in the top 1% of incomes will get a tax great.
around $33,000. the richest americans by getting rid of obamacare they will have $33,000 more. those in the top 0.1% will get a tax consult of about $197,000. remember, part of obamacare was funded from taxes of rich people. it's very similar to what tcp scored. it will double the amounts for savings accounts. lower income workers don't have the cash to stock away for future medical expenses to take advantage of those health savings accounts. >> this, of course, why many saying we need to have this thing scored by the cbo. >> right. i mean, i think there are some in republican circles who are concerned about making it look like a tax cut for the rich. i know that's something they've been talking about because the optics of that are difficult. >> well, the difficulty is you
have fire from the right and left considered republicans. moderate republicans have problems with it as do conservatives. so it will be a difficult tank paul ryan. not a single republican lawmaker could be found to back up mr. trump's claim which he tweeted saturday without any proof. press secretary sean spicer on the hot seat tuesday explaining why it is the lawmakers' job to look into the president's apparently baseless claim. >> it's not a question of new proof or less proof or whatever. the answer is the same. which is i think there is a concern about what happened in the 2016 election. the house and senate intelligence committee have the staff and capabilities and processes in place to look at this where it's objective. and that's where it should be done. >> and even kevin nunez said there's no evidence backing the president's wiretapping claim
but says his committee will look into it. the panel holds its first public hearing on russian interference on march 20th. senator al franken said he now believes attorney general jeff sessions committed perjury at his hearing. when he failed to announce two meetings he had with the russian ambassador. he wants sessions to return to the house chamber to explain himself. >> i asked him a bright, clear question which is if this information turned out to be true, members of the trump campaign had been talking to the russians, what would you do? meaning what would you do as attorney general? and he just answered in a completely different question. it's hard to come to any other conclusion that he -- that he just purchae perjured himself.
>> sessions calls it ridiculous. wikileaks reveals how the cia hacked its way into tvs and 12s. according to documents purported to be documents that appear from russia. wikileaks claims almost all of the weapons had been stolen and now in the hands of cyberauthorities. >> what wikileaks is doing and continues to do is to leak the most sensitive information about how our intelligence operations conduct their business. so, i would think that if the president is truly concerned about leaks, he would not support wikileaks, nor would he support any other kind of intelligence leaks that damage our country. >> of course, he was a big support of the president of
wikileaks on the campaign trail. the cia citing standing policy, declining to say whether the documents are original. many saying this is worse than the snowden leak because it's technically a blueprint of what cia does. >> the stuff in your house, the smart environment in your house. >> right, wait until driverless cars are all over the road. okay. organizers of january's women's march are planning protests of a day dubbed a day without women. with walkouts and rallies planned in cities like new york, washington, san francisco and los angeles. today is international women's day. and women are being asked to skip work to demonstrate their clout. and lady liberty appears to be behind them. the statue mysteriously went dark for two hours. social media lit up as the grand old lady went dark.
look, they were saying she must be taking a stand against the trump administration. national park officials saying the outage was caused by the new backup generator. >> really? that's convenient. >> another lady sprung out of the famous iconic wall street bowl, a statue of a defiant little girl showed up. i'll tell you that coming up. >> thank you for showing up for work today. i know you support women's causes i appreciate you being here. >> happy 88 cents on your dollars, ladies. what would it take for north korea to suspend its nuclear development? china has an idea, and it could affect the u.s. live report from seoul, next. my fine lines and wrinkles in one week. and the longer i use it, the better it works. retinol correxion® from roc. methods, not miracles.™
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it was a big focus at the first state department briefing under the trump administration. >> we are very concerned that the escalation, the continuing testing and augmenting of its weapons program is of great concern. and it's getting to the point where we need to do -- we do need to look at other alternatives. >> now, we hear china is suggesting that north korea suspend its military nuclear activities but in exchange for what. cnn international correspondent joins us from seoul. hi there. >> hi there, christine. all of this is all the elements for the first foreign cries to face. since taking office. you're seeing a ratcheting up of tensions in the region. china weighing in, the foreign minister saying that both sighs essentially need to pump the brakes as you point out. he's calling for the north koreans to put an end to their
missile activity in exchange for, he says, the u.s. and south koreans to stop their annual exercises. these are annual exercises that every year rankle north koreans. but president donald trump spoke to them after the missile launch and the two parties agreed they would carry on with the joint military exercises. at the same time, the missile test from north korea will now be the subject of a u.n. security council meeting later today. they have, of course, strongly condemned this action. they've talked about north korea's zee stabilizing behavior in the region and their flagrant violation of u.n. security council resolutions. all of that will be discussed today. and this will partially be the discussion when the u.s. secretary of state making his visit to the region. secretary tillerson plans to stop in tokyo, beijing and seoul. a big topic on the agenda will
be shared security concerns and also how to counter missile and nuclear threats posed by north korea. at the same time, china also sending another message to the u.s. today. foreign minister again registering with his discontent with the thaad system. it's a missile-designed system install in south korea. china is objecting to the system. they feel it's hemming them in, boxing them in in their own region. and they believe the radar with the thaad as hey reach well beyond the ayaraben peninsula. a letter signed called for increased security at centers, state schools nationwide. it follows a new bomb threat.
over 100 reported in the u.s. and canada. letters to the president and senator senators explaining acts including desecration of headstones. a military attack in a military hospital in the afghan capital. not far from the u.s. embassy. we go live with the details, next. lots of wrinkle creams believe the more mysterious they sound, the more... powerful you'll think they are. it's time to see what power really looks like. new neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair with accelerated retinol sa. clinically proven to reduce wrinkles in just one week. wrinkles? your time is up! rapid wrinkle repair.
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this hour. let's bring in cnn senior international correspondent nick paton walsh. good morning, nick, is this unprecedented at a hospital. >> yes, central kabul has been penetrated before but this is deeply symbolic. medical personnel got their way inside the hospital compound. this is the hospital right in the heart of the capital. a stone's throw from the american embassy where loads of afghan soldiers are taken for treatment. some civilians too. terrifying images showing people on the outside on balconies trying to get away from the attack. afghan commandos inserted now, they claim to have isolated the attackers and put most of the patients in a safe area. but this comes at a very bad time for the afghan military. about half of the country contested or taliban or controlled record casualties.
6,000 dead between january and november last year. that's way more than the u.n. suffered in the entire campaign. america's longest war. the question is who is behind the attack. the usual suspect, the taliban, it's not them. instead, isis, strong in the east and often claim the attacks opportunistical opportunistically, they stepped forward and claim it's theirs. this has now been a lengthy attack. but this is a symbolic blow in the very hartz of what should be the securest area of the afghan country at the time when it's been experiencing the deepest level of crisis for the last decade. dave. >> awful stuff. president trump warning of dire consequences for republicans if they can't pass a health care overhaul. can he get it done? well, depends on who you ask. the latest. my fine lines and wrinkles in one week.
president trump makes his pitch to get republicans to line up behind the new health care plan. party leaders are confident. rank and file, not convinced. white house still trying to explain the wiretapping claims after republicans are left to field any questions. and white house reveals leaks thanks to wikileaks and intelligence. >> i'm christine romans it's 30 minutes past the hour. the future plan to repeal and replace obamacare depends on who you ask. president trump now giving 100% support stot plan. a lawmaker telling cnn his endorsement came with a stern warning. we are told this president said failure to pass legislation after seven years of promising would lead to a, quote, bloodbath in the 2018 midterm elections.
mr. trump even channeled president obama's most famous unfulfilled health care promise. >> this will be a plan where you can choose your doctor. this will be a plan where you can choose your plan. it's a complicated process, but actually it's very simple. it's called good health care. >> president trump's effort to get resistant republicans on board has not done the trick, at least not yet. new objection voiced by rank and file lawmakers, powerful conservative groups and key senators signal threats to the bill's very survival. one aide telling cnn the bill's dead. too many conservative groups coming out against it. there's no way they'll the votes to pass it in its current form. this morning, two committees will have their say at markup sessions. cnn's phil mattingly has more from capitol hill. >> dave and christine it took less than 24 hours for that big bold house republican repeal plan to get into very real big
bold trouble, more or less. conservatives not just in the house but senators objecting outright they say they will be opposed to it. house republicans aides and lawmakers that i've spoken to over the last couple days say they are confident going forward. listen to speaker paul ryan. >> we need 218 votes. this is the beginning of the legislative process, we have a few weeks, we'll have ifably when that comes to the floor. i'll guarantee that. >> that's a clip and safe moment. a bold guarantee. obviously house leaders, chairs to bring their leaders along. what gives them the most hope is what they're seeing from the white house. president trump, vice president pence, health and human services secretary tom price all getting in full behind this plan in the last 24 hours. and that matters. the belief is with those individuals behind it,
especially with president trump behind it, they'll move those conservatives into line. unifying this going forward. obviously, the house is the first step. then it has to go to the senate. there is a lot of battles to come and there are a lot of road blocks ahead. dave and christine. >> this morning, the white house is on its own depending the blockbuster charge of mr. tread that the he was wiretapped. press secretary sean spicer on the hot seat tuesday explaining why it is the lawmakers' job to look into the president's apparently baseless claim. >> it's not a question of new proof or less proof or whatever. the answer is the same. and i think -- which is that i think there's a concern about what happened in the 2016 election. the house and senate intelligence committee have the staff and capabilities and processes in place to look at this in a way that's objective. and that's where it should be done. >> even house intelligence
chairman devin nunes says his committee will look into it. a thought the nbc reporter put it well in the press conference with sean spicer said she said if the president has this evidence enough to make this accusation on twitter why would an investigation, why would congressional resources need to be applied? there was no real answer. >> and the question does the president have the ability with the stroke of a pen to say this is declassified information. he is the one that holds the source. >> again, why would we need investigation? wikileaks claims its latest document dump reveals how the cia hacks its way into tvs and telephones all over the world tole spy on people. the agency uses spying techniques that make them appear to be from hackers in crushia. wlaek also claims nearly all of the cia cyberweapons that had
been stolen are now in the hands of foreign adversaries. former cia director leon panetta offered up this explanation in "the situation room." >> what wikileaks is doing and continues to do is leak the most sensitive information about the house and senate conduct their business. so i would think if the president is truly concerned about leaks, he would not support wikileaks, nor would he support any other kind of intelligence leaks that damage our country. >> cia citing standing policy declined to stay whether the documents are genuine. some feel this is worse than snowden's hack of the nsa. the city in hawaii will file and plan to ask a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the order claiming it contains
constitutional and statutory defects. senate republicans are also trying to block, they have legislation to undercut the funding to enforce the president's order. it will need the backing of at least a dozen republican senators to pass. with an eye on this and other legal challenges ahead, president trump has nominate d noel francisco to be solicitor general. he argued his position before the supreme court. and plays a critical behind-the-scenes role in deciding whether the u.s. will challenge decisions in thousands of cases each year. francisco worked on the president's revised travel ban and hales from the law firm jones day. president trump also announcing he's hired 26 attorneys to serve in the white house' counsel office. that's four more than that president obama had. and proposing a major cut in
funding to the coast guard. the plan includes a $1.3 billion cut to the coast guard which say branch of the military. two sources tell cnn the proposal is to help shift money to the department of homeland security trying to increase its budget by 6%. but critics say the coast guard has played a big role in getting migrants into the country. they seized 200 tons of cocaine. that is three times the amount seized at the border and within the united states combined. >> interesting. >> a pivotal role in enforcing our border and protecting it. 37 minutes past the hour on this international women's day. organizers are planning a national day of protest. this is dubbed "a day without women. "it's billed for solidarity with walkouts in cities like new york, san francisco, los angeles. women are being asked to skip work to demonstrate their clout. and lady liberty appears to be behind them. look at this. seriously, the statue went dark
for two hours last night, before the lights came back on. a lot of folks on social media think the grand old lady of the harbor was taking a stand against the trump administration. national parks officials, however, they fact-checked that. they tell us the outage was likely caused by work being done on a new backup generator. >> highly suspicious, my friend. >> but it is interesting and funny isn't that. there's a lot businessman bob nardelli sees from president trump that he likes. he's a ceo of home depot. on health care, tax reform and rolling back regulations he says trump is proposing what americans need. y outsiders see chaos, he sees a business management style. >> he clearly is approaching this as a ceo. if you think about it, in my 40 some years in management, i've always said your prior majority list can't be vertical. it has to be horizontal. and you have to do things concurrently, not sequential, if
you want to get them done efficiently. >> right. >> effectively and on time. and then you have to make sure you've got the most talented and cohesive group around you to help implement. you must drive forward. you have to manage, if you will, like program manage your leadership team. because you can't do-it-yourself. so, i think he's really leading like a ceo. it's his background. it's what he's done. it's his comfort zone. and he has to grow into being presidential. >> he says grow into being presidential. he says washington needs to catch up to the pace president trump is setting specifically on tax reform. the washington machine must deliver by the august recess as the secretary promised. you look at the stock market expectations for growth, tax reform is baked in, they must deliver on that. and the fed hikes coming? >> the fed hikes are coming and it won't rip the economy, if they can continue to make progress on the legislative agenda in washington.
members of the u.n. security council today discussed north korea's ballistic missile launch after condemning the launch in a statement. it was a big focus at the first state department briefing under the trump administration. >> we are very concerned with the escalation. the continuing testing and augmenting of its weapons program. it's of great concern. and it's getting to the point where we need to do -- we do need to look at other alternatives. >> now, we hear china is suggesting that north korea suspend its nuclear and military
activities in exchange for what? cnn's international correspondent alexandra field joins us live with the answer from seoul. good morning to you. >> hey there, dave. good morning. look, tensions have certainly heightened in the wake of this missile launching seeing condemnation coming from all sides including the u.n. security council which strongly condemned the actions of north korea calling their behavior destablingizing and saying that north korea has flouted the resolutions previously passed by the security council. they're, of course, not the only ones condemning that missile launch that we saw earlier this week when north korea sent up four ballistic missiles. you've got the u.s., south korea, japan and north korea's closest ally china condemning that act. china's foreign minister is speaking out not only once again that north korea is flouting the resolution placed on it. but suggesting that north korea should call off its nuclear
activity and that in exchange the u.s. and south korea could agree to suspend the joint military drills that they do. these are two-month long exercises that annually rankle north korea. kim jong-un perceives these. and parties agreeing that they will proceed with those joint military drills despite north korea's continued objections to them. the north korean 38 certainly again raising tension here in the region. it is something that the u.s. secretary of state will be addressing in his first official visit to the region. that is now scheduled for next week. he'll be visiting tokyo, beijing and seoul. a major discussion and missile threat it continues to pose to other countries, dave. >> alexandra field live in seoul. thank you. breaking news, a deadly
attack at a military hospital in afghanistan. this came near kabul. the attack included at least one explosion and gunfire. i want to bring in cnn international correspondent nick paton walsh. he's been following the developments from beirut. good morning. >> this is an attack right at the very symbolic heart of the afghan security apparatus. the diplomatic quarter of kabul, as you said, a stone's throw from the american embassy compound that shore impenetrable. disguised in medical personnel, got in, they have weapons, appear to have grenades. afghan officials say their special forces have held them back but there are terrifying images of people on the balconies there. commandos landing on the hospital roof itself. this is a place where afghans, soldiers and police wounded are
frequently taken. at a time when they're experiencing over 6,000 casualties dead in the army and police in afghanistan. now its longest war, over 11,000 injured. this is something you'd normally expect the taliban to be behind. but they've irked a statement saying it was not us. the death toll continues to rise. instead, opportunistically, we've seen isis step forward and say it's them. they have a bit of clout east of the country, mostly. it's not clear if they're really behind this or as i say opportunistically claiming the attack. and distancing themselves from the taliban. the taliban don't strangely want to be seen as attacking hospital infrastructure. and according to one u.s. watchdog, it's in fact fully under government control and it has a very difficult summer ahead here. politically cite cease and security ones no more heavy
amplified by the saek on this hospital. back to you. >> nick paton walsh in beirut. a terrible story. 48 minutes past the hour. there's a little girl on wall street this morning. she showed up overnight and has captivated downtown and really the business community. this little girl is standing defiantly in front of one of the world's most iconic symbols of capitalism. staring down capitalism eye to eye. i'll tell you why she's there and what company is brilliantly behind it. blue-emu continuous pain relief spray, it works fast and you won't stink.
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community centers, day schools and synagogues nationwide. it follows a new wave of threats against jccs and centers in the u.s. more than 100 reported in u.s. and canada as well as vandalism to headstones. a team of ntsb investigators headed to biloxi, mississippi, after an investigation into a crash between a bus and train. from a texas sightseeing trip. four passengers were killed. 41 others need medical care. a csx spokesman said they're cooperating with the investigation. wildfires consumed more than 1 million acres. they're blamed for at least seven fatalities. the fire is fed by strong winds forced thousands of evacuations. four firefighters were injured battling the blaze in texas.
will firefighters get help from the weather, that is the big question this morning. i want to bring in meteorologist karen ma gbeginess. as they keep off to the east in huge blazes we still have enhanced and critical fire danger across much of this region. why? because we're still looking at low relative humidity, temperatures running a good 10 to 15 degrees above where they should be for this time of year. and it's still windy. now, firefighters aren't going to be battling blazes with 60 or 70-mile-per-hour winds. we might expect gusts up around 35 miles an hour. and, wow, winter making a return visit. you may expect flight delays if you're traveling around the rege friend minneapolis to chicago towards buffalo. as a weather system sweeps across this region could produce
60, 65-mile-per-hour wind gusts. and just when you thought the springtime temperatures will pretty lovely like in new york, 60 degrees. well, watch out. because the bottom starts to fall out for the weekend. high temperatures in new york only around 39. back to you, guys. a surprise for tourists in the white house when it reopened for tours. it's been closed for a while. look at that. president trump greeting a group of school children. even pulled aside a lucky fifth grader. look, she's so excited. look who else was hovering in the background. hillary clinton. >> oh, the optics of that one. >> the first lady was hanging right over president trump's shoulders. don't show her, that got an awful lot of attention. >> just a reminder, hillary is looming over your shoulder. >> sometimes, the twitter sphere and social media is mean. can you imagine anyone
besides alec baldwin playing president trump on "saturday night live." you may have to, folks, actor alec baldwin telling extra channeling trump is playing a toll on him. >> there's policy aside which you hate. i thought he would relax and say, hey, man, there's a style that say president has to have. i think the maliciousness has people worried which is why i'm not going to do. >> baldwin has hosted for a record 17th time. he's not done. >> at some point, people are going to get tired of seeing him as trump. >> not yet. >> he says people won't be able to take it forever. let's get a check on cnn money stream, dave. dow futures are flat ahead of a steady trickle of important job data leading up to friday's jobs reports. shares in europe down, asia, closed mixed overnight.
a pause in markets this week. when the president tweets investors listen. the pharmaceutical industry has taken a heat. the president sending out a tweet, i am working on a new system where there will be competition in the drug industry. pricing for american people will come way down. so did pharma stocks, they plunged, allergan, pfizer and mylan. this bronze little girl showed up monday to fearlessly stare down the iconic bull. she captivated tourists downtown but who put her there? turns out state street global advisers is behind the statue entitled fearless girl. it's no coincidence that today
is national women's day. the ceo says in a statement the company is calling for more women on their clients corporate boards. they have 3,500 companies that they invest in. and they want to see more women on the boards. saying women are key to that success. women account for only 16% of all corporate board seats among the largest u.s. companies. that's according to the government accountability office. dave, there are sorry studies that show where there is strong leadership in companies. and women on the boards, they have higher returns than companies that have -- sort of the less diversity of opinion. >> 16%. that's nationwide or in the world? >> 16%. of the largest yet. >> staggering statistic. >> scandinavian countries do very well. >> one would you assume it would be higher than 16%. "early start" continues right now.
>> president trump all in on the house plan to repeal and replace obamacare. he says he's proud to support it, now the sales pitch to get his party in line. >> the white house left to fend for the president's wiretapping claims after republican lawmakers are left with answers themselves. and are cell phones and tvs helping the cia gather intelligence documents released by wikileaks appear to back up that claim. hear what the former cia director has to say. a terrifying story for americans. >> you know, there's no question that the stuff in your house can be hacked. and we usually are reporting to how hackers are gaining access to your baby monitor, your cell phone. but this is a story about the cia and that makes it much more scary. >> thanks for getting an "early start" with us. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. the future