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it is tuesday, may 30th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. president trump back in the oval office today, trying to get back to the country's business after a long holiday weekend and an even longer whether to pull out of the paris climate of course and a search for the new director of the fbi. the president is weighing strategy going forward for afghanistan that could include more troops. a decision all too significant after president's first visit to arlington cemetery. sean spicer set to brief the media this afternoon about changes to the press office. this will be the first time since the president left for a nine-day trip that any official has briefed in front of the cameras and the first time since pen tratd questions began to swirl around jared kushner. jeff zeleny begins or conch from the white house.
>> reporter: the white house is back in business after the president's first international trip. they're trying to change the sumt from the russia investigation, trying to make a pi pivot. but the chances of doing that is unlikely. the russia investigation is consuming the white house here in terms of how they're going to respond to it. jared kushner the president's son-in-law and senior adviser he is telling associates he is willing to talk to the fbi and members of congress about the back channel communications he was trying to et up with russian officials. it's something they were trying to offer to do to build a connection with the russian government here. so many questions about that because they were acting at the time as private citizens but they were members of the transition. there are key agenda items the president has on his desk that he wants to act on. he is going to withdraw or keep
the u.s. in the lobby agreement. european leaders urged the president to stay but most people here at the white house would be surprised if the president would decide to stay in the landmark climate agreement but it raises the question, if the u.s. pulls out of this agreement what does it do to its standing on the world stage. also the president is facing a decision on afghanistan, when will he act on his military commander's recommendation to send more troops to afghanistan. that was made even more poignant as he visited arlington national cemetery of memorial day. two of many issues facing the white house but the russia investigation is still dominating things here inside the west wing. >> investigation are trying to figure out exactly why jared kushner met in december with a russian banker who has linked to vladimir putin. what the point of the meeting was according to the "the new
york times." cnn reported that kushner met with sergey kislyak. kushner was told to meet with serg sergey gorkov. >> curb her tried to set up a secret back channel with the russians by blaming the russians claiming it was their idea. the source tells gloria borger if the russian military could talk to michael flynn about syria. the course says kushner did not say he would arrange it and it was never arranged. >> except kushner and his wife ivanka to keep their heads down. both are laying low focusing on their work unfazed by the scrutiny. the administration claims ivanka trump is not involved with this war room we're hearing about even though she was seen at the white house with the president's personal attorney. they certainly have a long
personal history. >> cnn learned that jared and ivanka will continue to evaluate if they continue to real estate main in washington, d.c. >> let's talk politics with a new guest on the program, the deputy of the online standard. great to have you on the show. >> thanks. good to see you too. >> let's put a ribbon and bow on this jared kushner story. if you want to give him the benefit of the doubt, the unappointed son-in-law adviser to the president who wants a back channel communication with our greatest adversary on the planet who just interfered with our election. is i reasonable to say that they wanted private communications regarding syrian strategy? >> you can get one claim from the person who is a person of interest, i suppose and then you check that against the facts, that's a pretty journalistic.
to say that jared kushner was a person of interesting with it's a legally ambiguous term. could mean anything that doesn't necessarily raise alarm. but then you get into the details, the fact that the channel was trying to be set up, the fact that he met with gorkov. and you can have american officials say that look, this gorkov fellow wasn't necessarily somebody who was engaging in spy activity but it does raise questions and necessitates the fact of dispassionate fact finding that we're beginning to see right now. >> if the white house is going to push back and say that this was the russians, they're going to blame the russians for this, this was somehow a russian maneuver, doesn't that make it look like the white house is being played by the russians?
they have to be careful how they push back here. >> there's a terrible amount of imagery in the public right now that the united states has gotten too cozy with russian but they are dictating terms. but i think of the "time" magazine cover, encroaching on the white house. that imagery stands out. they need to be careful. >> let's talk about what angela merkel said over the weekend that raised a lot of eyebrows, that essentially europe must go at it alone. she doubled down on the sentiment yesterday. here's what she had to say. >> translator: we are convinced transatlantic exists and because we have we know that transatlantic relations a tremendous interest to us all, particularly when we're in times we are now of intense challenges. the last two days showed me that the days when we could completely rely on others are
over. >> what are the impatiolication here. "the wall street journal" had a lot to say about this. is this a mcto president trump? is it positive? maybe some self reliance is in order for europe and germany? >> well, first of all, i'm looking forward to the term convince transatlantic in, that quite the translation. it's sending a message to the united states and to britain. we have to consider brexit in the broader context of this. accepting the status quo of the way that the united states has behaved with russia in different decades wasn't sustainable with president trump coming into the office. what was all of this america first rhett ridoric about?
it was reorienting america's approach to world as all. all we heard president trump talk about nato, our relationship there, praising the brexit strategy that britain pursued. all of this stuff is not necessarily surprising. merkel has been the person i think who was at the forefront of people trying to preserve the new status quo of the european union for quite some time. >> you can see a strong reliance between france and germany. you can see all kinds of sort of policy implications as we go forward here. speaking of policy, is all of this distracting from tax reform? remember, the president had both houses of congress and the presidency and there was this wave of opt mission that there would be quick repeal or replace of obamacare and then you find out tax reform has faltered. which is not anything that anybody in wall street wants to here. what's your sense that the president can get back to business this week?
>> who knew legislating could be so hard, guys. this is the reality no matter who is in the white house, no matter who controls congress. we're in a polarized environment right now. and for the white house to shift the conversation back to anything policy related with all of the russian stuff hanging over its head and the difficulties it's already had legislating on health care, the senate is beginning to move a pace on that. there's been a preview that maybe we'll see something after the memorial day recess from the republican senators. we'll have to say what develops on that. but you wouldn't be able to get to tax reform until months after that. the white house can try to message on this, the reality is it's a slog. >> nobody wants to give up their goodies and tax reform are going to require a lot of people, including the middle class to give up their goodies. >> more on that in 30 minutes.
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a near brawl erupting during the final session of the text legislature. take a look. you can see hundreds of people packed into the capital rotunda on monday. things got really heated when republican house member matt ra nalty announced that he called i.c.e. to report protesters who were holding signs that read "i am illegal and here to stay." >> he says he was assaulted verbally and physically by fellow lawmakers admitting that he threatened to shoot one
democrat in self-defense. this was all too much. >> the guy made a comment, a stupid comment. he's a racist, a bad person. we're not going to let people get away with saying stuff like that. >> i.c.e. officials say they never received a phone call from him about the protesters. hundreds of u.s. companies, hundreds say business will suffer if the president quits the paris climate deal. 190 countries signed the deal. the plan reduces greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. but if america withdraws, companies like microsoft, nike, lorial, many others saying that the u.s. will lose their competitive edge. but even major oil firms, they back the climate deal. the exxon ceo urged the president to keep a seat at the
negotiating table. energy company support isn't a strange move. they prefer the cleaner natural gas over coal. even though the president promised to revive coal jobs during his campaign calling the treaty a bad deal. every other country at the g7 summit this weekend reaffirmed the paris agreement. the u.s. did not join that consensus stating it's reviewing its policies. the president tweeted he will make a final decision this week. >> where do you think he's leaning? >> it sounds like he's leaning against because america first is his policy and he thinks this will send a message to the world that america will be first. does it knock the u.s. on the global stage if the u.s. doesn't honor its commitments and the capriciousness of the american politics can take the u.s. out
of something that -- a lot of these countries have agreed to hurtful concessions to get this done, right? for the u.s. to back out in favor of some coal jobs with some of these other industries are saying we need to stay? >> coal doesn't make much sense anymore. >> and then the president's top economic adviser seems to support the paris deal. we'll know -- >> fascinating week. breaking overnight, the death of former dictator manual nor yay ga. he the former general ruled panama from 1983 to 1989 before he was ousted by a u.s. invasion. he was many prison for corruption or murdering his political opponents before he was hospitalized earlier this year. he was 83 years old. on the heels of a new missile test, another direct threat from king jong-un against the united states. the media reports that dictator is planning to develop more powerful weapons to send what
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all right. pretty ugly scene yesterday as one of baseball's biggest stars throws punches after he was hit by a baseball. >> i know i'm not supposed to be smiling but it's sports. it's entertaining. this morning's bleacher report. >> it turned into a bit of ufc. there's been bad blood flu nationals slugger bryce harper and giants pitcher hunter strictland. strictland holding a grudge for three years after harper hit two home runs off of him. yesterday, harper points the bat, grabs the helmet, throws the helmet and it was on. both benches enup clearing. you see good shots being landed there. both players would eventually be ejected. nationals would win the game in the end, 3-0. but both teams more than likely and both players both hefty suspicions and fines coming their way. game one of the stanley cup
finals, puck drop in pittsburgh last night, ben rotzbuh lis bur getting the team hyped. stepping up in the moment, scoring the go ahead goal late in the third when jake was 10 or 11 years old, now teammates were his hero. well now jake playing hero for them and for pittsburgh. they survive in game one winning 5-3. the nba finals start thursday with the warriors and cavs meeting up for the third year. kerr is saying he's still not well enough to coach after back surgery. he'll travel to cleveland but as of now he's not going to be on the sidelines. tiger woods is apologizing to his family, friends and fans following his arrest monday of driving under the influence. woods arrested early memorial day near his home in florida.
he released this statement saying, quote, i understand the severity of what i did and i take full responsibility for my actions. i want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. what happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. i didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. woods adds that he expects more from himself and will do everything in his pow tore make sure it doesn't happen again. police in jupiter, florida say he was arrested 3:00 a.m. on monday. spending several hours in jail before being released without bail. he's 41 years old. ep he's been off the tour rehabbing from a fourth back surgery that he had last month. not a good image. >> thank god he didn't hurt anybody. >> and "the new york times" dueling covers, the exact same dui of the tiger. this could be the end sadly of a brilliant career. you know hope that's not the
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staff shakeup. plenty to do as the white house tries to get back to business. >> the russia probe still the dark cloud hanging over the white house. now they're set to blame jared kushner's secret back channel request on the kremlin. angela merkel standing behind her suggestion that europe can rely on the united states. welcome back. >> it's 31 minutes past the hour. president trump back in the oval office trying to get back to the country's business after a long holiday weekend and a longer overseas trip. deissues on his very full agenda, whether to pull out of the paris climate accord and the search for a new fbi director as well. the president weighing strategy going forward for afghan stan that could include more troops, a decision all the more significant after president trump's first visit to arlington national cemetery as commander in chief. >> the president weighing
whether to shake up his team. sean spicer set to breed the media this afternoon. it will be the first time since the president left for his nine-day trip that any white house official has briefed in front of cameras and the first since penetrating questions began to swirl around senior adviser and first son-in-law jared kushner. jeff zeleny e begins our coverage from the white house. >> reporter: the white house is back in business after the long holiday weekend and after the president's first international trip. they are still desperately trying to change the russian ngs. this is consuming the white house in terms of how they're going to respond to it. jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, he is telling associates he is willing to talk to the fbi, he's willing to talk to members of congress about those back channel communications he was trying to set up with russian officials. they say it was simply something that they were trying to offer
to do to build the connection with the russian government here. but so many questions about that because they were acting at the time as private citizens but they were members of the transition. coming up, there are some key agenda items the president has on his desk he wants to act upon. first and foremost, is he going to withdraw or keep the u.s. inside that landmark climate agreement he was lobbied last week at the g7 summit in sicily. european leaders urged the president to say but most people here at the white house would. surprised if the president would decide to stay in the landmark climate agreement. but it raises the question, if the u.s. pulls out of this agreement what does it do to its standing on the world stage. what does it do to the rest of the president's agenda. also the president is facing a decision on afghanistan, when will he act on his military commander's recommendation to send more troops to afghanistan. that was made even more poignant as he visited arlington national
cemetery on memorial day. two of many issues facing the white house. but the russia investigation is still dominating things inside the west wing. investors are trying to figure out why jared kushner met in december with a russian banker who has linked to vladimir putin, what the point of that meeting was, according to the "the new york times." cnn reported that kushner met with russian ambassador sergey kislyak seeking to engage further communication. he was then told to meet with sergey gorkov. the morning the white house is ready to push back on new reporting that kushner tried to set up a secret back channel with the russians by blaming the russians. a source tells cnn the russian ambassador asked kushner if the russian ambassador could talk to michael flynn. the source says kushner did not
say it he would arrange it and it was not arranged. >> at the time kushner and his wife are keeping their heads down, both laying low focusing on their work unfazed by the scrutiny. the administration claims ivanka trump is not involved with the war room currently being set up even though she was seen at the white house with the president's personal attorney. >> cnn learned jared and ivanka will continue to evaluate if they plan to remain in d.c. let's talk politics with the deputy online editor of the weekly standard. good morning to you. >> hey, guys. >> the latest is the reporting that it was the kremlin's idea. what do you make of all of this, john mccain certainly going on record saying he does not like this, the optics aren't great. what's the bottom line with the kushner back channel request? >> sure. there's a lot of political haze
to this. something swe have to keep in mind coming from the white house. they're going to present their own version of what happened behind closed doors. we're going to continue to have the questions raised in the drip drip drip of reporting. a lot of this is naturally necessitating and beckoning more questions as a natural part of the investigation. i think what we have to keep in mind here is the significance of each drip that comes out of this. jared kushner is named a person of interest for example in some sort of probe, does that necessarily mean something alarming. well not necessarily by many definitions. but then once you get into the granular details of this, who he met with, what the purpose of it was, now the latest stuff that the russians initiated this, that raises another portfolio of things. those are the things that follow up in the natural course of an investigation. >> the response is tricky because if you play it like the russians were behind all of this, all of the russians playing the white house, then it
looks like you got played and it looks ak churish. >> which is a terrible thing for the white house to come under right now because of the fact that it's trying to assert itself with respect to its own standing on the world stage. i don't want to make too big of a leap here but when you have the america first agenda, there has to be some sort of exercise of kind of a con credit independence across the board here. you don't want to sully all of that with the russia tie-in stuff. there have been questions that have plagued them really from day one of the asen dency. i think president trump understands more that most people that optics do matter. >> you wonder how this sets him back with the agenda. a lot to do this week in particular, tax reform. >> how does the trump administration get their footing not at their back, in the white house, you've got fbi, you've got afghanistan. but you need something to get
your footing. how do you do it. the paris climate agreement. it's legislation that could get momentum moving forward but where do they find the momentum. >> if only it could be done with a snap of the finger. that's some of the problems that the white house is beginning to encounter here. when you have a neophyte politician who is now begunning to understand the necessary legislative process. you don't roll out infrastructure, like tax reform, health care, that are going to necessitate a lot of bipartisan haggling. so you can't take care of that with the snap of a finger. if they would have produced maybe a little bit more of a coherent rollout of health care and made more head way on that so far, that might have helped. but tax reform can't happen until the next fiscal year. infrastructure is in the first stages.
you can't do anything concrete which is the problem. >> the front page of "the wall street journal," tax reform is stalled. same old arguments happening on tax reform. i want to switch gears quickly and listen to what angela merkel said about the transatlantic relationship in what many are taking as a signal that germany is going to realign away from an unreliable united states administration. >> translator: we are convinced transatlantic exists and we know that transatlantic relations are of immense importance of us all. particularly when we're in times like we have now. the days when we can completely rely on others are over. >> the statesman physicist transatlanticists, say all that ten times fast, what did you
make of that in. >> it took some arm twisting to get them to believe that. it's a fascinating but inevitable perspective given what we saw with the trump campaign. america first does have many connotations, a lot of the domestic stuff with respect to infrastructure spending and focusing on american jobs and how do we in some respects maintain and then forge ahead into the new future. with what we've heard the president talk about with nato, the favorable tone of which he's spoken of brexit, this is not necessarily surprising to see angela merkel orient herself this way. something we have to keep in mind is that look, the economies will remain linked. it's not like people are going to retreat into our shells here. but it is a potentially new era of american-european relations. >> the biggest exporters of cars
made by the u.s. workers happen to be german cars. it's more complicated than america first and germany second. nice to meet you. thanks for stopping by. >> thanks, guys. have a good morning. a record 107 million americans have auto loans but a new report shows that many people may not be able to ie ford them. the largest sub prime auto lender only checked the incomes of 8% of the applicants. by comparison, the main competitor checked 64% of applican applicants. these findings raises concerns that customers can't make their payments and it mirrors practices that led to the home loan crisis. you could get a loan no income, no job, no problem. however car loans are for a smaller amount than mort dwaj and account for a smaller portion of the economy. but this is more bad news for the auto industry, rising inventory and low sales may
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verbally and physically by fellow lawmakers admitting he threatened to shoot one democrat in self-defense. rinaldi's actions were too much for one texas lawmaker. >> yeah, the guy made a comment, a very stupid comment, he's a racist, a bad person. we're not going to allow people like that to get away with saying comments like that because they think nothing is going to happen to them. >> democrats deny assaulting rinaldi and i.c.e. officials say they never received a phone call from him. tiger woods apologizing the family and friends following his arrest on monday of driving under the influence. woods' statement saying quote, i take full responsibility for my actions. i want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. what happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. i didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. >> woods adding he expects more from himself and will do
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the former general ruled panama from 1983 to 1989 before he was ousted by a u.s. invasion. he was in prison for corruption and murdering his political opponents before he was hospitalized earlier this year. he was 83 years old. on the heels of a new missile test another direct threat from kim jong un. the north korea state media reports that the dictator is going to develop more powerful weapons to send a bigger gift package to the u.s. state news agency says kim supervised the latest testing. on monday pyongyang launched a missile that landed some 200 miles from the coast of japan. to money now on this shortened trading week. you can see the wall street futures are a little lower. global stock markets also lower. markets were closed for memorial day and stocks closed mixed ahead of the holiday. but that still was enough for the nasdaq and the s&p 500 to hit record highs and all three
gained at least 1% for the week. investors this week will tune in for the end of a strong earning season, the best since 2011. personal income and spending comes out today while the may jobs report releases on friday. unemployment dropped to 4.4% in april. two more stocks are about to be worth 1,000 dollars a share. amazon and google's parent company alphabet. on friday amazon hovered around $999. i feel like i'm on the "price is right." seven u.s. stocks trade above 1 nourks. this is further proof that a few big name stocks have been driving this market. for example, am don is at more than 1r500% since 2009. this makes the market vulnerable in case of a drop. the five biggest drops make up one third of its gains for the year and the entire index could
drop in one of those stocks falls. good things about credit scores. american's credit scores hit levels not seen since the rescission. the average credit score shit 70 in april. the riskiest, those below 600 hit a record low. this could be good for economic activity. the lenders may make more credit available and that could boost consumer spending. another big thing i'm watching today, front page of "the wall street journal," a story about how tax reform has faltered. there was a big push of repeal and replace obamacare and quickly moving into tax reform. this story talk about the president, both chambers of congress and the white house -- >> it was a slack dunk. >> people are fighting over this. no one wants to give up their tax cuts. >> it's the reality of special interests and how complicated the tax policy truly is. it's health care. they can agree they want
something new but they can't agree what that is. now as the trump administration gets from the foreign trip, how do they reset and get momentum going in the right direction. >> we're going the hand it off from here. thanks for joining us. >> they're gearing up early, need a little more time so "new d day" starts right now. russia has been genius at manipulating people. questions are greater than ever. >> nothing to do with russia. >> the white house blaming kushner's back channel request on the kremlin. >> the naivety to believe in this environment you're going to be a back channel. that's no not secret. it's going to go hub lick. >> i don't like it. i just don't. >> we must act with honesty and integrity. >> you're only as good as your
word. >> angela merkel bluntly saying the u.s. is no longer a reliable partner. >> i think that the europeans are legitimately concerned. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and allison come ra to. it's tuesday may 30th, 6:00 here in new york. and we have exclusive new reporting on the russia investigation. we're going to give that to you in a moment. there are several big stories on the starting line. congressional and federal investigators scrutinizing jared kushner's meeting with a russian banker with obvious links to vladimir putin. >> president trump continues the search for a new fbi director. one of the many pressing issues that he faces this week. and angela merkel doubling down on her doubts about the u.s. being a reliable partner for european nations. there's a lot to cover. we begin with sclu ivs new reporting of russian meddling into the election.
we broke the story and jim joins us now. >> russian government officials discuss have derogatory information about then presidential candidate donald trump and some of his top aides. this in conversations intercepted by u.s. intelligence during the 2016 election. one source described the information as financial in nature and said that the discussion centered around whether the russians have leverage with trump's inner circle. the intercepted communications suggested that russians believe they have the ability to influence the administration through the to communications written by u.s. intelligence caution that the russian claims to each other could have been exaggerated or even made up. the details of the communication shed new light on information,
u.s. intelligence received about russian influence. the content of the conversations made clear to u.s. officials that russia was considering ways to influence the election, even if their claims turned out to be false. cnn first reported the u.s. intercepted discussions of russian officials bragging about cultivating relationships with trump campaign aides including trump's first national security adviser michael flynn to influence trump himself. following cnn's report, "the new york times" said trump's campaign chairman paul manafort was also discussed. >> all right, jim. so very tantalizing headline. do we know anything about who the russians were talking about specifically, in terms of who around trump they might be able to new or who they were working. >> beyond trump himself, none would say which specific trump aides were discussed, what officials said the intelligence report masked american names but clear the conversations revolved around the trump