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. undeterred, north korea launches yet another ballistic missile ignoring threats. also, 100 days as u.s. president donald trump reaches a benchmark. forging understanding, pope francis set to celebrate mass in cairo this hour, the final day of his two-day trip to egypt. >> we'll have a live report there. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell from cnn world headquarters in atlanta. "newsroom" starts right now.
good day to you. it is 4:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast, provocation from pyongyang, the top story we're covering on donald trump's 100th day in office. north korea the big story, firing another ballistic missile, the ninth launch since mr. trump became president in january. >> south korea says it exploded after reaching an altitude of 70 kilometers, around 44 feet. >> this latest act of defiance comes as a u.s. navy strike group led by the u.s."u.s.s. ca vinson" was finally spotted off the coast of japan. >> u.s. president trump slammed the launch. >> he tweeted this. north korea disrespected the wishes of china and its highly respected president when it launched, though unsuccessfully
a missile today. bad. >> cnn's will ripley is the only u.s. television correspondent currently in pyongyang. >> reporter: you can hear the music that plays almost hourly in pyongyang reminding citizens of the sacrifices of their late leaders. the outside world may view this missile launch as a failure. here inside north korea most people will never hear about it and north korea's rocket scientists may not see it as a failure because with each launch, whether a success or not, they gain valuable intelligence. this particular missile they were trying to launch is the kind that could some day be used to attack a u.s. aircraft carrier like the carl vinson which is approaching the waters off the korean peninsula. perhaps over shadowing the launch itself is the strong message north korea is sending to its enemies. north korea attempting to launch another ballistic missile, its ninth launch attempt since president took office. a u.s. official tells cnn the
land-based ballistic missile exploded over laund. it's clear this is a regime with something to prove. the korean people's army calling tuesday's live fire drill their largest ever. long range artillery by the hundreds, submarines, bombers. earlier this month staging this massive military parade, unveiling what north korea says are new missiles, trying and failing to launch one the very next day. on the ground it's clear to us this is an attempt to look tough. all of it choreographed for the world and regular north koreans. state tv defy antily threatening to strike back against the u.s. with force.
north korea furious about on going joint military exercises between the u.s. and south korea, just miles from the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries. exercises always infuriate the regime but tensions are at their highest level in years. north korea uncertain about the trump administration's next move. government officials in pyongyang telling cnn there's an imminent and growing threat of an all-out war with the united states. state mouthpiece kcna warning in case a war breaks out in the peninsula, the u.s. will be held holy accountable for it no matter who made the preemptive attack. >> there's a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea. >> the president telling reuters the u.s. won't rule out the military option but, quote, we'd love to solve things diplomatically. also expressing a degree of empathy for north korea's supreme leader kim jong un.
>> he's 27 years old. his father dies, took over regime. say what you want, but that's not easy, especially at that age. >> reporter: the president later clarifying he's not praising the north korea leader. kim has ramped up north korea's nuclear and missile programs, launching more missiles than the two previous leaders combined. the growing threat of a nuclear north korea, the focus of a special meeting of the united nations security council chaired by u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson. >> failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences. north korea says it's only a matter of time before they test more nuclear weapons and launch more missiles, also insisting they're more than ready for whatever happens next. there's always a lot of confusion in the early hours of
the launches. initially the u.s. thought it traveled 15 minutes and then changed that and said it exploded over north korean territory. but it reached about 44 miles, showing it was able to get this ballistic missile up and will perfect the distance for the next go. >> the only television from the united states in pyongyang, will ripley, thank you very much. let's get the latest reporting live from seoul, south korea, cnn's alexandra field following the story. this is happening at a time when both north and vk conducting military drills. what has been the reaction to this missile launch in seoul? >> reporter: first of all, george, don't expect anyone to stand down on these military training exercises. they happen annually at this time of year and spark provocations. they do infuriate pyongyang. they responded earlier in the
week with their own large-scale military training exercise. they took it a step farther with this launch which purely flouts. don't forget, george, this is the third ballistic missile we've seen conducted just this month, the third failure from them. south korean defense officials are quick to condemn the launch and are saying further provocation from pyongyang will be met with a response that would correlate. japanese officials also weighing in, word of the missile launch reaching japan this morning. that led to the meeting of a security council there which is also objecting to this launch. japan has been obviously very much concerned about their own security. it was earlier this year that pyongyang test fired four projectiles at once, three
landed in the waters off japan. that caused an evacuation drill so they could see what they would do in the event of an actual attack. these are the kinds of preparations people in the region are making as they continue to watch pyongyang and they see these tests are not subsiding. that, despite these very strong warnings that have come not just from other countries in the region, but also as far as the u.s. as for provocative measures like this failed launch this morning, the tact we see from washington is the same, giving the launch little credence, the white house saying very little publicly other than to acknowledge it happened. but, as is his style, you did have u.s. president donald trump tweeting about this, saying it was disrespectful to china. certainly don't doubt there was diplomatic maneuvering behind that tweet. it's clearly the position of the
trump administration china can and should be using all of its leverage here given its economic partnership with north korea in order to force some cooperation from the regime. he is again putting attention on the effort that the administration is conducting to work with china in order to reach some kind of cooperation through pyongyang. hasn't worked so far. they continue with these ballistic missile launches. this is the sixth time we've seen them conduct these ballistic missile launches this year. they have fired off at least nine projectiles, george. >> to protect itself from the missiles, you saw on the floor of the u.n. south korea talking about the thaad missile defense system saying it's strictly there for self-defense. let's talk about that. it has created a rift between china and south korea. even russia not pleased. how is this playing out to the tense tense dynamic on the peninsula? >> reporter: and the added twist in this, george, is the fact that there seems to be some
pretty big differences of opinion when it comes to thaad deployment between the u.s. and south korea. let's take it back a step. you saw the first pieces of the system arriving in march. earlier this week we were told the system would be operational in a matter of days. that came from the u.s. pacific command commander. he talked about the need to have that ready to respond, ready to intercept a missile from north korea at any time. south korean officials were talking about the necessity to get the system installed as quickly as possible because of the security concerns posed by north korea. u.s. and south korea were on the same page about deploying the system despite objections of course from north korea, but also from china and russia who said the advanced radar on this system could be used to spy on other countries in the region. there were allegations from south korea that china was retaliating economically against south korea for agreeing the go ahead with the installation. now u.s. president donald trump saying south korea should foot
the billion dollar bill for the system. south korea saying that was never the agreement, that they are just supposed to provide the site and the infrastructure for it. >> critics even questioning south korea having to pay to i, whether that questions the united states in its commitment to defend south korea. alexandra field from seoul, thank you. much to talk about. robert kelly is associate professor in busan, south korea. professor kelly, thanks as always for being with us. president trump said late this week there could be a major, major conflict with north korea. the secretary of state said maybe it's time to sit down and talk with this regime. what do you make, first of all, of those messages, kind of mixed messages from the administration? >> i think that's become a real
problem in this current war scare, there's been a lot of inconsistency from the u.s. government. in 2010 and 2013 -- we came into this saying how there was going to be a strike after the first test. then vice president pence said we'd have discussions. secretary tillerson has been all over the place in this. it's hard to know what the trump people are trying to do. i wonder if this is trump's strategic unpredictability or if you have groups inside the trump administration who haven't into brated their positions yet. it could help a great deal if we would be more consistent. >> absolutely. you never know from one turn to the next what they're putting out and what is maybe trump bluster and what isn't. we just heard our reporter, alexandra field say in her estimation that test was more
calculated than trump just trump, perhaps that was a signal to china, a nudge that perhaps they could do in this regard. >> i think there's a pretty broad consensus that china has a lot of leverage here. it is correct the chinese always tell you no, we do not have some political veto in pyongyang. that is correct, we do not. they have a lot of economic leverage. a lot of the resources that flow into north korea, the luxury goods or the goods for the nuclear and missile programs, those come from abroad, a lot of it comes from china. you can see people getting on the planes with luxury goods in their bag which is technically the violation of u.n. sanctions. that's something the trump administration and many people in south korea would like to see the chinese take more seriously. close the gate more to reduce the number of resources they
have to put into these programs. >> back to the mixture of messages from this administration. where should they be right now? we just heard the tension is the highest level in years. you're in busan, that's where the u.s. has parked the u.s.s. michigan. where should it be right now? >> i do think the trump administration should cease making war threats and war language. we're not going to start a war here, we, the americans are not going to start a war here. the costs would be devastating. trying to strike north korea the way we did in syria would be extremely difficult. a lot of their suf is under ground. it would take a lot of strikes to find it. nrk would feel compelled to respond. china might be pulled into it. north korea has an alliance with china. i think the trump administration should stop talking about threats, but instead work behind the scenes with china which to
be perfectly honest is what we did during the obama administration. i'm not sure trump has added a whole lot than what we've seen before other than the bluster. there's no choice except to go through china. we're in the going to start a war. that would be catastrophic. >> we appreciate you joining us as always. thank you for your thoughts, professor robert kelly. >> thank you for having me. president trump is now 100 days in. he was turning the clock back friday, flipping back to campaign mode. we'll have that coming up. we get an international perspective on the world stage so far. you're watching cnn "newsroom." . but what if you could turn things around? what if you could love your numbers? discover once-daily invokana®. it's the #1 prescribed sglt2 inhibitor that works to lower a1c. invokana® is a pill used along with diet and exercise
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yes, the first 100 days and president trump is touting his accomplishments as he marks 100 days in office. it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing, but mr. trump insists he's off to one of the best starts ever. >> he says that because he says he's keeping his promises though in reality he hasn't crossed off all those promises yet. he told the annual convention of the national rifle association here in atlanta that he's not
backing down on what is arguably his biggest promise, the border wall. let's listen. >> we'll build a wall. don't even think about it. don't even think about it. don't even think about it. that's an easy one. we're going to build the wall. we need the wall. i said to general kelly how important is it? he said very important. it's that final element. we need the wall. it's a wall in certain areas, obviously where you have these massive physical structures you don't need and we have certain big rivers, but we need a wall and we're going to get that wall. >> the president not able to get the votes -- the spending bill to pay for that wall. obviously facing infrastructure challenges when it comes to land and actually securing the land to build the wall. it's a long road ahead. every president faces a steep learning curve as they interoffice. mr. trump's lack of prior experience raises concerns on
how to adjust. >> now he seems to be at committed that he underestimated the challenge of being president. here is jeff zeleny. >> i don't think anybody has done what we've been able to do in 100 days, we're very happy. >> reporter: president trump may say he's happy as he crosses the symbolic threshold of his first 100 days in office. but there's a lingering feeling that he's longing for the days of trump tower and surprised by the challenges of the oval office. >> i do miss my old life. i like to work, so that's not a problem. this is hard work. >> reporter: frustrated by the ways of washington. at the 100-day mark of a newmental term, new leaders often offer a rare look into the growing pains of the most powerful position in the world. president trump put it like this -- >> the typical president i think has two or three big problems. we've got seven or eight big problems. >> reporter: during his prime
time news conference in 2009 when the president and white house correspondents looked younger, mr. obama conceded that governing is harder than he thought. >> i can't just press a button and suddenly have the bankers do exactly what i want or turn on a switch and suddenly congress falls in line. >> reporter: despite all the attention paid to the first 100 days, the defining moments of most presidencies come far later. for president trump, the terror attacks of september 11 in the iraq war still months away. >> i know we don't always agree, but we're beginning to get a spirit here in washington where we're more agreeable, where we're setting a different tone. >> reporter: president clinton may have been frustrated by gridlock. >> i learned things are not going to change as fast as i want them to. >> reporter: but still intent on changing washington. >> it may be be can only do one
thing in this town, that may be. i'm not prepared to acknowledge that. >> reporter: for president trump serving his first time in elected office, his frustration set him apart from recent predecessors. it's not clear he actually likes his new job which seems far more difficult than he often described. >> we're going to start winning again. we're going to win so much you people will be angry at me. >> reporter: there's new anger, probably not the kind he was thinking about back on the campaign trail. at this point in his presidency, he has the lowest approval ratings of any president dating back to eisenhower when modern polling began. as for all those promises of winning, in his first term he has more than 1360 days left to deliver on those promises. jeff szeleny, cnn, the white house. >> it's a demanding jobs, a results-driven job and it requires consensus. >> there are a lot of people to please across the country and the world as well. >> one of the most polarizing
aspects of his presidency so far is his approach to foreign policy. >> he's had a slew of major reversal on big campaign promises but he's holding tight to some others. our correspondents have the view from beijing, mexico city and moscow. >> i'm david mckenzie in beijing. many are saying that president trump has done a 180-degree turn on china in 100 days. he said he would name china a currency manipulator on day one. he hasn't. he questioned the one china policy and then reaffirmed the u.s. policy that taiwan is a part of china, and he said china was being weak on north korea. now he says china is helping him pressurize pyongyang. trump says he's not a flip-flopper. he says he's trying to get the best deal for the american people. >> reporter: i'm laila santiago in mexico city where since the
election, president trump has yet to meet face-to-face with mexican's president enrique pena nieto. he promised to fully fund a wall along the border within 100 days of his presidency. that hasn't happened yet. trump has asked congress to fund a small portion of the wall and maintains mexico will pay for it eventually. mexico hasn't paid for it. maintains it never will. now the next topic, nafta, the free trade deal between the u.s., canada and mexico. president trump says it's a one-sided deal, bat for the u.s. mexico says it's willing to renegotiate, but if it's not a good deal for mexico, they'll walk away and take their business to another country. >> reporter: i'm matthew chance in moscow where the view of president trump has undergone a dramatic transformation. he entered the white house
promising to improve relations with russia, even speaking of cooperating on international terrorism, joining forces in syria. 100 days on, none of that has come to pass. trump officials criticized for fueling conflict in ukraine, even ordering missile strikes on russia's ally. part of the problem, lingering suspicions of russian interference in the u.s. presidential election, also a sense that russia and the u.s., even under president trump have very different priorities. >> matthew chance in moscow. thank you so much for the reporting on donald trump's international reputation. still ahead on "newsroom," another provocation from north korea. this one apparently timed for the president's 100th day in office. >> more on president trump's first major milestone in the white house. stay with us. you're watching cnn "newsroom."
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. this is cnn "newsroom" live from the atlanta, i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell with the headlines. this hour south korea says pyongyang's latest missile test was a failure, saying it exploded in the air over north korean territory. this was at least the ninth attempted missile launch by north korea since u.s. president donald trump took office in january and came on mr. trump's 100th day in office. >> south korea's foreign ministry are condemning the launch, warning the north against anymore acts of
provocation. u.s. president trump tweeted this, north korea disrespected the wishes of china and its highly respected president when it launched unsuccessfully a missile today, he added, bad. president trump will shortly begin his 100th day. he spent friday touting his success at an event hosted by the national rifle association. he proudly declared he stopped the, quote, eight-year assault on the second amendment, the u.s. right to bear arms. pope francis is celebrating mass in cairo, his visit meant to show solidarity with christians there targeted by isis. the vatican leader says all fact should work towards ending religious violence. the top story, north korea's missile launch. the latest reaction, homeland security secretary john kelly spoke with cnn's jake tapper earlier. >> kelly down played the launch
was in response to mr. trump's response on thursday that there is a chance of a major conflict with north korea. >> i don't think they're fast enough to put a missile launch together based on what the president may or may not have said last night. this was probably something they had planned. they could certainly have slowed it down. they seem to be pretty intent on developing the capability, both missile technology as well as nuclear technology. it's a real concern for anyone that knows about the possibilities of them linking a missile to a weaponized atomic device or nuclear device. >> what's your response to critics who say mr. trump's rhetoric about the north korean issue might actually be increasing tensions? >> i don't think they're increasing tensions at all. the dictator in north korea is on his own program. even china and others are trying
to influence him to stop his actions. i think what mr. trump is doing in my mind is outlining the threat and the very real possibility that this guy, the dictator there could have a nuclear weapon in the not-too-distant feature that could be married to an icbm. i think any president that didn't talk about it in stark terms would not be doing his job. >> do you think kim jong-un is mentally unbalanced? >> oh, heck, i don't know. he seems like someone knows what he's doing. clearly the number one thing in his mind is to remain in power. i think in the dynamic of a dictatorship like that he's got to do that by convincing everyone around them, first of all, holding them in stark terror, convincing everyone he's a strong man and is willing to stand up. and all the rest of the rhetoric, the only way to decide whether he's insane or not is to
lay him down on a couch and have a battalion's worth of psychiatrists talk to him and figure it out. president trump will mark his 100th day in office with a big rally in pennsylvania. >> cnn's dana bash takes a closer look now at how being one of the most powerful leaders in the world has changed mr. trump and some of the ways it hasn't changed him at all. >> candidate trump's prediction about what president trump would be like. >> i'm going to be so presidential that you people will be so bored. >> reporter: 100 days in, no one is bored. >> i want to pray for arnold, if we can, for those ratings. >> reporter: if this former reality tv star was tradition traditionally presidential, he would never say this about his u.n. ambassador. >> does everybody like nikki?
otherwise she can easily be replaced. no, we won't do that. i promise we won't do that. >> reporter: when it comes to personality, donald trump the president, the same guy he's always been and his supporters wouldn't have it any other way. >> what's refreshing about the president is that he is hard charging, and i don't think change that. >> reporter: still some trumpian behavior is more jarring coming from inside the white house. going after judges as a candidate is one thing. >> but i have a judge who is a hater of donald trump, a hater. >> reporter: it's another to do it as president, repeatedly lashing out on twitter against federal judges who rule against his executive orders, even referring to one as a so-called judge. still the magnitude of the office has changed donald trump in some ways. the vice president told us it was obvious from the first time he walked into the oval office. >> he sat behind that desk and could just tell from the look on
his face how moved he was and the privilege that we feel, both of us to serve our country at such a time as this. >> reporter: which is probably why the political novice is changing some of his positions as he gets a high-stakes, on the job education, especially on foreign policy. during the campaign -- >> nato is obsolete. >> i said it was obsolete. it's no longer obsolete. >> reporter: candidate trump -- >> china which has been ripping it off, the greatest abuser in the history of this country. >> reporter: and trump as president. >> president xi wants to do the right thing. we had a very good bonding. >> reporter: trump changing positions should be no surprise to anyone. after all, before he ran as an anti-abortion, anti obamacare republican, he supported abortion rights and a universal health care system which is why leading conservatives say they're relieved the president has followed through on things
like allowing states to deny funding to planned parenthood. >> i wasn't sure, quite frankly, that candidate trump really believed the things he was saying. i wasn't sure, and particularly, for example, on the pro life issue but also on these other issues. i think when he came into office and he did the things he did immediately, that he made it very clear he was serious about these things. >> while he may have been serious about promising not to be the world's policeman, he changed his mind as commander-in-chief, authorizing military strikes against syria. >> what do you say to voters back loam who say, wait a minute, this is not what i soond up for. >> i say to voters that president trump is a man of his word. there are some that would like to see a greater american involvement in the syrian conflict, but the president has made it clear, we had a response to that horrific attack that was measured, focused --
>> reporter: so how much more change could we see? an introspective trump answered that himself? >> i like to think of myself as a very flexible person. i don't have to have one specific way and if the world changes i go the same way, i don't change. well, i do change. >> reporter: dana bash, cnn, washington. to talk more about the president's flexibility, let's bring in leslie minja monchtsri, professor of u.s. relations. let's take a look at this most recent poll, a cnn/orc poll conducted april 22nd through 25th showing 44% of people approve of the president's time in office so far, 54% disapprove. this poll a snapshot of a divided nation. you have some people who disapprove of him. you have those who say let's give him some time, it's just
100 days in office. what are your thoughts here? >> remember this 44%, this is the lowest approval rating of any president in the postwar period. it's quite a remarkable number. usually what we see in the first 100 days is relatively high approval rating. remember that obama, at that point unemployment was 8.5%. obama hit 65% approval in the first 100 days. this is remarkably low. it does suggest trumps is very etch fekive holding on to his base but has lost a lot of people. the polls also showing if there was an election today, most people who voted for donald trump would still vote for him. that has a lot to do with the fact there's no obvious alternative in town. nonetheless, it's been a difficult period. he hasn't managed to push through any legislative proposals domestically. failed miserably on health care reform.
i think there's a lot of dissatisfaction with what he's actually doing which isn't to say people would vote him out of office. >> let's talk about the wins and the losses. the president did successfully put a new supreme court justice on the bench but failed together to pull together enough support to vote on trump care. >> that's right. i think most people would say his number one success so far has been the confirmation of the supreme court justice gorsuch, undoubtedly. a number of people, probably his base, are strongly approving of some of the measures he's taken to deregulate the economy. i think we've seen positive changes in terms of his high-level appointments, getting rid of flynn and appointing mcmaster, very serious individual. certainly gave many people a degree of reassurance that foreign policy was going to be in much better hands. but in terms of -- and then i guess the other notable dimension is that, if you look at foreign policy, many of the
things he said he was going to do which would have been harmful to america's interests he hasn't done and he's reversed course. he's supported nato, taken a very different line with respect to japan, south korea and china because he understands now difficult the north korea situation is. so a number of things that could have gone very wrong haven't gone wrong because he's changed his positions, but not have many successes in domestic politics. i think one of the most worrying things is we now have 475 important appointments across the government that simply haven't been made. we have a government that can't really function on a daily level. we have 100 people who haven't been appointed to very serious positions in the state department. we have a president threatening to cut the state department budget by 30%. even though at the ground level some things seem more intact, at the level of making this government work, there's a lot of work left to be done, and it
doesn't look very good. >> let's touch on that. you talk about vacancies -- cuts at the state department, vacancies -- positions that have not yet been filled. this is happening at a time of high tensions on the korean peninsula. north korea and south korea, senses there, both nations conducting military exercises. we saw this failed missile attempt. there is no u.s. ambassador there in south korea at this point. how important is it for the united states and the president to basically fill these vacancies and have a full int infrastructure to deal with foreign policy? >> it's tremendously important. it's always important but i would say it's more important in this administration, we have secretary of state rex tillerson who has no experience and needs to draw on the deep expertise of the foreign policy establishment, certainly on the question of north korea, we have extraordinary expertise in washington waiting to serve.
so not to have an ambassador in japan, south korea, china, not to have these key positions filled across the region but also at the state department at the senior level is critical in terms of managing that day-to-day diplomacy, sending up the right analysis to the secretary of state, having those very considered, deliberate agency discussions is crucial. that's the process, foreign policy making process we haven't seen in this administration. many of the measures donald trump has taken, if we go back to the raid on yemen, the attacks on syria, they seem to have been taken very quickly, very abruptly. the raid on yemen allegedly the decision was taken over dinner without broad consultation, the kind of consultation that is absolutely critical to thinking through the potential unintended consequences of the use of military force, sanctions, any number of things. that's really what we'll be
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pope francis celebrating mass with worshippers in egypt. this is the stadium in cairo where the mass is taking place. >> the pope's visit is an effort to build religious tolerance and promote peace. coptic christians targeting egypt in two deadly bombings on palm sunday. julia gallagher joining us live from cairo, she's following along on the trip. thank you as always for bringing
us the latest on the pope's travels. i want to ask, since the palm sunday bombings, people worshipping quietly in churches there, april 9th, first of all, what's security like for the pope as he arrives there and conducts this mass. >> security is very tight from the egyptian side, we have military police, policemen lining the streets, the streets are blocked off, helicopters surveying from above the pope's every move. the vatican says for them it's business as usual. they don't have particular security concerns, the pope is traveling in a normal unarmed car. he went around the stadium where he's saying mass in a golf cart to say hello to the people there. for the pope, it's more important than his own personal safety to come here, to be with the people, to give them a message of hope, of solidarity
from this christian brothers there. he's not the pope for most of the people. this is a 90% muslim people. he's saying mass right now to about 30,000 catholics? the vatican says there's only 150 to 200,000 catholics. you have the coptic orthodox. they are the christians that you mentioned suffered a series of isis bombings in their churches, resulting in num rowles deaths. the pope wants to come in a solidarity way as a christian and as a brother as well to the muslim community here. >> thank you, delia gallagher covering the pope's trip. thanks very much. still ahead here, it's almost may. parts of western and central u.s. are facing a winter storm warnings. >> while on the east coast washington facing projected record high temperatures. what's going on? >> meteorologist derek van dam is all over the story and will
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been pretty unseasonable. >> meteorologist derek van dam is here to tell us about the extremes on either side. >> check what they have to deal with in salt lake city. no thank you. >> whoa, no. >> rough commute on friday morning. it's quite nice when you see the cherry blossoms in the foreground, quite a juxtaposition of cars there. not what we like to see. check what the other side of the country is dealing with in terms of temperatures. we have the potential to set 30 record highs across the eastern seaboard and the mid atlantic today. more on that in just one moment. there is some rough weather to deal with in between these collisions of air masses. that is the heavy rain that continues across the central u.s. oklahoma city all the way to west michigan including chicago and the indianapolis region. they have over 29 million americans under flash flood watches with nearly 5 million americans under flash flood
warnings as we speak. an additional six to eight inches of rainfall anticipated in an already saturated environment. that means flooding a distinct possibility. you can see the storms rolling through that region over the next 12 hours, severe weather a potential as well. our bullseye from eastern texas through parts of oklahoma, arkansas and into louisiana and missouri. large hail, damaging winds, can't rule out an isolated tornado as well. it's all thanks to this large storm system that continues to rotate across the central u.s. believe it or not, on the back side of the system, the cold part of the low pressure, it's cold enough for snow. in fact, denver international airport, they'll be reporting snowfall here in the next five or six minutes because a band is moving through the area. they could pick up easily a foot of snow in the suburbs of denver. i've got to end with this, today washington, d.c. is going the see their first 90-degree day, and there are climate marches taking place downtown.
wow, they should be about 71 degrees. don't you find it ironic we're marching for climate change and temperatures are in the lower 90s when they should be about 70 degrees? >> almost like mother nature is chiming in to this march. >> very appropriate i should say. >> we should listen. derek van dam, thank you. some scary moments for people on board a plane that made an emergency landing. aviation officials san jose this small plane you see lost a wheel after taking off in belize and it was forced to crash land at its destination in sarasota, florida. >> fortunately all four people inside got out, as you can see, no injuries. aviation authorities now investigating how it lost its wheel. goodness. that is this hour of cnn "newsroom." we're in the going anywhere. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. more news right after the break.
north korea showing no sign of stepping back from its nuclear program, test doing f-- test firing another ballistic missile. this as the u.s. president hits 100 days in office. we look at how president trump differs from candidate trump. and pope francis in egypt bringing comfort to christians and visiting churches attacked by isis just a few weeks ago. live from our cnn world headquarters, welcome. i'm george howell. >> i'm natalie allen. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. on