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>> i'm dave briggs. 4:00 am in the east. moments ago, vice president mike pence on the border last night between north and south korea, visiting the demilitarized zone, dmz, delivering a message to pyongyang. the administration now speaking with one voice, all options are on the table. the vp's visit comes amid growing tensions with north korea and hours after the failed missile launch test, to get its client state under control, pence quotes tillerson's words from a month ago, the era of strategic patience is over. >> we seek peace. america has always sought peace through strength. the people of north korea, the military of north korea should not mistake the resolve of the united states of america to stand with our allies.
the alliance between south korea and the united states is iron clad. we will continue to stand strong to achieve our shared objective across this region and across the world of a denuclearized korean peninsula. >> the message on that failed missile launch, once again, deliberately low key. defense secretary jim mattis putting out a brief statement, saying the president and his military team are aware of north korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch. the president has no further comment. it is not easing concern over pyo pyongyang's work on nuclear missiles. over the weekend they showed off new hardware. we did hear from mike pence very bold words and he also made bold
moves, getting very close to the north korea border. >> reporter: that's right, allison. yes, he was at the dmz, demilitarized zone, and he was seen by north korean soldiers. they came out when they realized there was a vip there and started taking photos. the fact that the second in command of the most powerful country in the world is right on the border. it's what we see from many of these top officials that come in south korea. they go up to the dmz to show, as he said, they are standing shoulder to shoulder with south korea. he did give some statement as well when he met the acting president not so long ago, and a very strong message, a real warning to north korea, when it came to talking about what the trump administration has done in syria, that missile attack on the air base and, of course, the moab, the mother of all bombs, that was just drop ped on afghanistan recently. he made the link between those two military actions and north
korea, which we haven't really seen before. he said, quote, north korea would could well not to test his resolve, talking about donald trump. this is a stronger statement than we have seen from anyone within the trump administration or the obama administration for many, many years. and it's likely that north korea will take note of that. whether or not that will change their behavior, it is very unlikely. we'll still expecting that nuclear test number six. kim jong-un has made it abundantly clear, he will continue to test his nuclear weapons. >> any response from north korea about the vice president's visit? i understand that north korean soldiers were actually taking pictures of the vice president as he got out. and then they turned around -- when he turned around and went back in? >> that's right. this is what we always see at the dmz, when there is someone of note, when there's an important guest there. as soon as that guest comes out
you see the north korean soldiers coming close. they come very close, especially when they go into the hut that stra straddles north and south korea. you see them standing at the window with binoculars, which is pointless. it's sort of their message, we are watching you. we understand they would have turned back around, made some phone calls pretty quickly and explained that the u.s. second in command is on the dmz. certainly a message being sent to north korea. >> obviously, a professional visit for the vice president. also a personal one. i'm hearing that his father fought in the korean war. so an emotional visit for the vice president as well. paula hancocks, thank you very much. meanwhile, china is the critical wild card in the north korea equation. the vice president had this to say about china and their willingness to cooperate on north korea. >> it is heartening to see china commit to these actions, but the
united states is troubled by china's economic retaliation against south korea, for taking appropriate steps to defend itself. the better path would be for china to address the north korean threat that is actually making such defensive messages necessary. >> the campaign trail, president trump hammered china for their practices. but he is toning down his rhetoric, saying, quote, why would i call china a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the north korean problem? good morning to you, matt. let's back up a little bit if we can and remind us why china has allowed this nuclear program in north korea to go on so long. >> frankly, china has an interest in being a buffer state
between south korea and its own borders. it has no interest in seeing north korea collapse and likely unify under south korean leadership. you heard the vice president talking about defensive measures. he was talking about an anti-defense system called fad deployed later this year. it is extremely necessary to deploy that kind of system, given the provokations of the north. so it really is one of the sticking points when it comes to north korea in terms of the differences between china's view on the situation and the united states. it will be very interesting moving forward. we've kind of entered into this period of detaunt.
the fact that they bring up this missile system, something that china is vehemently opposed to shows the differences on each side and it calls into question their ability to cooperate. >> matt rivers live for us in beijing, 4:00 pm there. thanks, matt. >> unified front echoing national security adviser h.r. mcmaster, who was appearing to work from the same north korea talking points. suzanne malveaux has more. >> good morning, allison and dave. president trump returns from mar-a-largo where he celebrated easter with his family. his administration responding on fronts of the north korean failed missile launch. they are considering all options to deter the rogue nation from developing a nuclear weapon. general mcmaster speaking from afghanistan said the national security council, the pentagon,
state department and u.s. intelligence agencies are working on a wide range of options for trump to use if north korea continues its threatening behavior, including diplomacy, economic incentives, sanctions and military action. but he says the goal is to resolve this short of armed conflict. >> all options are on the table, undergoing refinement as this problem is coming to a head. it is time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully. >> trump tweeting that the u.s. is preparing for more aggressive action if necessary, saying our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. frankly, we have no choice. allison and dave? >> suzanne malveaux, thank you very much. time for an early start on "your money." calling on president trump to release his tax returns. demonstrators took to the
streets across cities on saturday. trump said americans, quote, don't care at all about his tax returns. but there's an abc news/washington post poll that shows different. 74% of americans say he should release his taxes. for the past 40 years, every u.s. president and presidential candidate has released their tax documents. the white house has given no indication that trump has any plans of releasing his tax returns. it would show how much he paid in taxes, what foreign ties trump's businesses have and if he would benefit from his own proposed tax policies. it's not illegal not to release your returns but inquirying minds want to know. >> i wonder if people would get the answers they want. >> what the heck, why not release them and then we'll see? >> don't hold your breath. easter egg roll can be expected to be more low key than
last year. last year nba and nfl celebrities dropped by. this year the trump administration expects the crowd to be half that size. 18,000 eggs have been ordered. family van from nashville that drove in an rv. it's a low-key affair. >> the kids don't feel as crowded, run around more. >> got a late start on the organization and staffing levels are a bit low. nonetheless, pressing matters around the world, this seems like small fry this is year. speaking of pressing matters, after a murder on easter day posted to facebook. we'll tell you where police are hunting for steve stephens next.
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on facebook. the search for steve stephens, 6'1", 240 pounds, last seen driving a late model white ford fusion with temporary plates. stephens may have left ohio and warning residents of pennsylvania, new york, indiana and michigan to be on alert. officials say stephens is armed and dangerous. >> his mother, maggie green, tells cnn she spoke to her son sunday, and that he said he was shooting people because he was, quote, mad with his girlfriend. authorities say hundreds of leads have poured in. they are urging stephens to surrender. >> we need to bring this to a conclusion today. we need to get steve off the streets. people, later on, can dive into exactly why this happened. but there's no need for any further bloodshed in this incident tonight. >> officials say stephens did not know the victim, 74-year-old
robert godwin. just picked him at random. godwin's children say they are devastated. >> he's a good guy. he's a -- i mean -- >> very good hearted. >> give you the shirt off his back, i mean. and i'm not just saying that for these cameras, like people do, knowing people ain't really right. but i'm telling the truth. this man right here was a good man. and i just hate he's gone. you know what i mean? i don't know what i'm going to do. it's not real. >> feel like my heart is gonna stop. it feels like it's gonna stop. >> it's going to be all right. >> it feels like it's gonna stop. >> easy. >> stephens also claimed to have committed multiple homicides but cleveland police say, so far, godwin is the only known victim. breaking news overnight, two detroit police officers shot while responding to a burglary call. one of the officers struck in the face.
he's in critical condition, still being treated at a local hospital. the other officer suffered a left arm wound and is expected to recover. three people are in custody, a minor, teenager and adult female. ongoing pr saga continues for united airlines, announcing a new policy aimed at preventing this. this video, yes, remember this, this from happening again, dr. david dao being dragged off a sold-out flight. now the company will no longer allow crew members to displace passengers already seated on a plane. those must-ride bookings will have to be done at least an hour before departure. crews previously could be booked right up until the flight left. united said the change is an initial step in review of its policies. meanwhile, the fate of the furious, closing out the weekend with the biggest worldwide opening in hollywood history. yes, the biggest in hollywood
history, the eighth film in the "fast and furious" franchise, made an estimated $532 million over its opening weekend, beating "star wars: the force awakens" and "the fast and furious" franchise not done yet. there are plans for ninth and tenth installment in 2021. >> i've seen one. >> one more than me. >> it's kind of an escape to watch things go boom and watch cars go fast. >> there's a whole other world. >> forget about the problems in your life. >> maybe i should see it. apparently a few of you have. >> a big player on the world stage, voting to give expanded powers to its president, massively expanding powers. why are voters demanding a recount? we're live in istanbul.
some are calling it the death of democracy, erdogan declares victory. but some are calling it massive voter fraud. if it holds up it means an all-powerful presidential system in turkey. erdogan would be able to name his cabinet without parliamentary approval. ian lee, sometimes these elections quiet down the situation. this does not appear to have
that effect. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dave. you're exactly right. we're talking to the opposition. they're gearing up to challenge this referendum. it was razor-thin victory for president erdogan. they're challenging 37% of the vote. and it really evolves around the electoral board. yesterday right before polls closed, they announced that the official stamps that had to appear on the ballots for them to be valid did not have to be appear on the ballots for them to be counted. the opposition is challenging that. they believe that they still have the upper hand. yesterday, we heard from the president. he sounded victorious, saying that this is a new era for turkey. but this is a deeply divided country, as we saw, with this referendum, how narrow it was. and the president, in the past, has called those in the
opposition, in "no" vote saying they are traitors and likened them to supporters of terror. it will be very difficult for him to heal that wound. but also, moving forward, this does give the president sweeping powers. like you said, power not only over the judiciary but also part of the parliament as well. a bit of a difference between the united states and turkey. in the united states, congress is elected by the states and they have their constituents. in turkey, the president will choose the people who will run in his party. so there's questions about who they will have loyalty to -- to the people or to the president? dave? >> this is a critical united states ally, major player in the war on terror. any sense of what these powers for erdogan mean for that war on terror and the united states? >> we talked to his supporters and they say this is the best thing that could happen because it would make him far more
powerful to take care of terror that turkey has been experiencing. there have been a number of terror attacks not only by isis but by the pkk. also it strengthens his position when it comes to the international community in dealing with other countries because he holds executive power. he will be the one dealing with other countries, not the prime minister, which will be dissolved. when it comes to the united states, there will be the shift there. although it needs to be said that erdogan has been the man that everyone has been talking to, whether this referendum happened or not, he was perceived as the leader of turkey. >> right. and syrian refugees have been flooding into turkey in recent years. ian lee live for us. thank you. >> showdown brewing over north korea's nuclear program. vice pre president pence with tough talk on a trip to seoul. hear what he has to say about
the era of strategic patience is over. >> strong words from the vice president as he visits the dmz. we're live, how this affects the battle to stop pyongyang. the suspect in a cleveland murder posted on facebook. the victim's family is grieving as police expand the search beyond ohio. we'll tell you where with the disturbing story. i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm alison kosik. thank you for joining us. vice president pence on the border between north korea and south korea, visiting the demilitarized zone, the dmz. the administration speaking with one voice, all options are on the table. the visit comes amid growing tensions with north korea and hours after the regime's failed
missile test launch. with the united states pressing china to get its client state under control, pence echoes tillerson's words from one month ago today. the era of strategic patience is over. >> we seek peace. the united states have always sought peace through strength. the people of north korea, the military of north korea should not mistake the resolve of the united states of america to stand with our ally. the alliance between south korea and the united states is iron clad. we will continue to stand strong, to achieve our shared objective across this region and across the world of a denu denuclearized korean pen lanes. >> once again, deliberately low key, defense secretary jim mattis put out a very brief statement. quote, the president and his
military team are aware of north korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch. the president has no further comment. the failed launch is not easing concern over pyongyang's nuclear weapons. over the weekend, new military hardware was being shown off. good morning, paula. very stark, strong words from the vice president, concerning that situation in the region. >> reporter: that's right, dave. it was kind of a lengthy statement. one thing that really jumped out at me is when the vice president made a comment about what president trump has done when it comes to military action so far, mentioning that strike on the air base in syria, also the missile strike in afghanistan with the mother of all bombs. and he made a direct link to north korea, something we haven't really heard too much of in the past. he said, quote, north korea would do well not to test his
resolve. so, it's really a very thinly veiled warning to north korea, that president trump has ordered military action in the past. and he won't have a problem doing it in the future. that was certainly something that jumped out at me, not something we've seen before. he also pointed out the preferred course of action is peaceful. he also heamentioned negotiatio. it's difficult to see how it would change anything. going to the dmz certainly sends a message to north korea that the u.s., as pence said, stands shoulder to shoulder with south korea. kim jong-un has made it very clear he will test another nuclear weapon and will continue his nuclear missile testing. he is close to testing an icbm, which could potentially hit the mainland united states. it is a show from strength from the united states. strong words certainly. it's difficult to see how, athis the point, it would make a difference to north korea.
dave? >> paula, this comes amid a rather political tense time in south korea. an ex-president is on trial, elections for a new president in just about three weeks. what's the latest? >> reporter: that's right. just in the last hour or so, dave, we heard that the former president, park geun-hye has been indicted by prosecutors on charges of abuse of power, coercion, bribery and other charges. it's a tricky situation for the vice president to find himself in, doing diplomatic tap dancing. he did meet the acting president who, quite frankly, won't be in power in three weeks' time there. is a presidential election on may 9th. the very fact that the vice president didn't think he should postpone this trip until that moment shows that the administration considers this issue urgent. in fact, the vice president did say it's the most urgent and dangerous threat to peace right now. >> and the conservative
candidate surging in the polls for that may 9th election. paula, thank you. china is the critical wildcard in the north korean situation. the president had this to say about china and their willingness to cooperate on north korea. listen. >> it's heartening to see china commit to these actions, but the united states is troubled by china's economic retaliation against south korea to take appropriate steps to defend itself. the better path would be for china to address the north korean threat that is making such defensive measures necessary. >> on the campaign trail, the president -- but after meeting with xi jinping weeks ago, he is toning down his rhetoric, saying why would i call chieny a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the north korean problem? what leverage does the u.s. have over china to push china to
influence north korea? yes, the currency manipulator title that president trump is threatening to put over china. but there's reports that china hasn't been manipulating the yuan for a couple of years. president trump said i'll give you favorable trade status. figures came out about china's trade numbers, which were exceptional. >> yeah. i mean, economically speaking, china is doing okay. they had 6.9% gdp growth in the first quarter of 2017. it's unclear how much leverage the united states does hold over china. the fact is that china needs to export its manufactured goods to the united states. its biggest export market in order to make sure its economy is doing well. in that sense there is a little bit of leverage that the united states has. overall, we're not really sure exactly what the trump administration plans to do to get china to do what it wants to do, to use its economic leverage to force pyongyang to stop its
nuclear weapons program. the president talking about defensive measures, anti-defense missile system going to be deployed in south korea later this year, much to their cha grin. they say it's a thinly veiled attempt to contain chien wra and to that economic retaliation, china has been preventing certain south korean products from being imported, halting charter flights from china to south korea, to use its economic advantage to express its displeasure over the anti-defense system. really you've heard from the trump administration kind of a 180 recently, saying that they're happy that the chinese do appear to be ready to be more cooperative when it comes to using that leverage to force pyongyang to stop its missile development. but this really brings up the
fact that there are differences on both sides as to how best to move forward to stop what is mutually agreed upon as a threat to world stability. >> so many moving parts with this north korean situation. matt rivers, thank you for all that. the vice president's message, one part of the administration's unified front echoes h.r. mcmaster, appearing to work from the same north korean talking points. suzanne malveaux has more. >> good morning, alison and dave. president trump returns from mar-a-lago, where he celebrated easter with his family. emphasizing while the provocation was small, the u.s. and its allies are willing to consider all options to deter the rogue nation from developing a nuclear weapon. the national security council, the pentagon, state department and u.s. intelligence agencies are working on a wide
range of options for trump to use if north korea continues its threatening behavior, including diplomacy, economic incentives and sanctions and military action. but he says the goal is to resolve this short of armed conflict. >> all options are on the table, undergoing refinement. this problem is coming to a head. so it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully. >> trump tweeting that the u.s. is preparing for more aggression if necessary, saying our military is building and rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. frankly, we have no choice. alison and dave? >> suzanne, thank you. breaking overnight, active manhunt under way at this hour for a suspect authorities say made a video of himself killing an elderly man, then posted it on facebook. the fbi helping cleveland police in the search for steve
stephens, 6'1", 244 pounds. you can see him here, last seen driving a late model white ford fusion with temporary plates. authorities also now saying stephens may have left ohio and warning residents of pennsylvania, new york, indiana and michigan to be on alert. officials say stephens is armed and dangerous. >> his mother, maggie green, tells cnn she spoke to her son sunday and that he said he was shooting people because he was, quote, mad with his girlfriend. authorities say hundreds of leads have poured in. they are urging stephens to surrender. >> we need to bring this to a conclusion today. we need to get steve off the streets. people later on can dive into exactly why this happened. but there needs to -- there's no need for any further bloodshed in this incident tonight. >> officials say stephens did not know the victim, 74-year-old robert godwin, just picked him at random. godwin's children say they are
devastated. >> he's a good guy. he a -- i mean -- >> very good hearted. >> give you the shirt off his back, i mean. and i'm not just saying that for these cameras, like people do, knowing that people ain't really right. but i'm telling the truth. this man right here was a good man. and i just hate -- i hate he's gone. you know what i mean? i don't know what i'm going to do. it's not real. >> feel like my heart is gonna stop. it feels like. >> it will be all right. >> it feels like it's gonna stop. >> it's going to be all right. >> stephens also claimed to have committed multiple homicides. cleveland police say so far godwin is the only known victim. tough story. let authorities know if you see that face. democracy as we know it is over in turkey, as a referendum to consolidate all powers of the president. we're live in istanbul with the reaction. bigger implications of a vote,
welcome back. time for an early start on your money. asian markets closed mixed. most european markets are cloesd for the easter holiday. dollar dipping to a five-month low against japanese yen earlier today over rising tensions in north korea. we've got disappointing retail news out. retail sales fell for the second month in a row in march. the first consecutive decline for retail spending in two years. a big reason for the fall? a decline in auto sales. the big three automakers all reported worse than expected sales in march. this, after the auto industry saw seven straight years of record sales. some analysts are blaming delayed tax refunds for the decline. consumers weren't able to spend that money as quickly as they
normally would. taxes are due on the 18th, tomorrow. >> interesting, right? consumer confidence is high. the trump administration wants to tout that. but all signs show a bit of a pullback. >> you also saw the auto industry do well. there's a buildup where consumers went out and bought cars and now they're kind of tapped out. >> slowing. the movie business not slowing. biggest worldwide opening in hollywood history. >> dave's favorite film. >> i sound floored by this. i am. eight more in the "fast and furious" franchise, eight more than i've seen, made $532 million worldwide on its opening weekend, beating "star wars: the force awakens" in 2015 and "fast and furious" franchise not out of gas yet. plans for a ninth and tenth installment in 2019 and 2021.
i don't mean to chuckle. it's just mazing that there are ten films in "fast and furious." >> because it does so well. >> clearly. i'm missing something. northeast heading into a significantly cooler week than it enjoyed on easter sunday. here is your forecast. >> good morning, dave and alison. storms across the south will be generally scattered in nature. northeast, cooler air is the big story here. comfortable day set up when you consider the time of year that it is. boston will take 71. new york city at 73. 75 in philadelphia. we're touching 90 degrees in a few spots. those days are long gone, my friend. we have a front that's sneaking by this region, bringing scattered showers south of washington, generally, into richmond, for heaviest wet weather that's expected. notice the trend from the 70s to the 60s, sshlly in the mid 50s by wednesday until we try to
moderate a little bit. nowhere near where we were sunday, with temps being back into the 70s. looks like the trend was short lived. around parts of texas and b big-time storms later on into the afternoon, we're expecting from austin down toward san antonio, into corpus christi. going to see some flooding with that into the afternoon hours. and very widespread, mild setup from chicago, 72 to new york in the lower 70s by this afternoon. guys? >> ahh, warmth. i'm ready for it, baby. >> me, too. >> spring is finally here. >> and you can take a flight on united. >> no. after its pr nightmare, united has a new plan it hopes will change things. we'll get a check on what that new plan is. >> i actually fly united. >> now you're going to get in trouble for that. i had no idea. it's opened up a whole new world for me.
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some are calling it the death of democracy in turkey, a key united states ally. their president erdogan declaring vindeclare ing victory in the referendum vote. but the opposition is challenging massive voter fraud, winning just over 51% of the vote. if that holds up, that means an all-powerful presidential system in turkey for years to come. this, in a key u.s. ally in the region, one that is also very critical in the war on terror. let's go live in istanbul and bring in cnn's ian lee. ian, even at 51-48, far more divisive than many expected, correct? >> reporter: yeah, dave. i think the president was even shocked last night when we saw him speak. he spoke twice. the first time was a lot more subdued than we usually see him.
this was a divisive referendum. those who supported, yes, giving president erdogan more power said it's about the sluggish turkish economy, and something very important for voters saying this erods the checks and balances and i spoke with one woman who said she has seen this coming for years. >> i cried all night. it's sad we have to do this. in 15 years we saw radical islam has come to power. >> dave, one crucial thing will be for this president to unit
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>> good morning. i'm allison kosik. it's 5:00 am in the east. breaking overnight, mike pence on the border between north and south korea, at the dmz, delivering the vp's visit coming amid growing tensions in north korea. pence echos secretary of state rex tillerson's words from one month ago today. the era of strategic patience is over. listen to this. >> we seek peace but america always sought peace through strength. the people of north korea should not mistake the resolve of the united states of america. stand with our ally. the alliance between south korea and the
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