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table. kim jong un's sister says south korean leaders are welcome in pyongyang. now the vice president is hinting the u.s. could find itself at the table as well. are they listening and acting fast enough? >> is this congress acting fast enough? >> congress. >> congress is not acting. >> even if congress does nothing, me too is here to stay. revealing chat with supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is monday, february 12th. we will talk with josh roggin shortly. he traveled with the vice president and he will update us on the talks. we start with the white house struggling to move beyond the rob porter scandal. tweeting and reporting suggests that porter was encouraged not to quit after the allegations of
domestic violence. axios is reporting that some strongly encouraged him to stay and fight for his position which is a key gate keeper to donald trump. porter said he never misrepresented anything to chief of staff john kelly. >> that does not square with kelly's defense. some insist porter misled him. that unnamed member of congress said porter promised kelly the story concerned verbal and emotional abuse. not domestic violence. after days of speculation of the future of kelly, kellyanne conway said this to jake tapper. >> i spoke to the president. i told him i would be with you today. he said please tell jake i have faith in chief of staff john kelly and i am not searching for replacements. i saw that all over the news. i have faith in him. >> the president weighing in on the rob porter scandal. he did not identify the white
house aide by name, but tweeted. this people's lives are shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. some are true. some are false. some are old. some are new. there is no recovery for someone falsely accused. life and career are gone. is there no such thing as due process? no hint that rob porter has been falsely accused. that stunning tweet followed by this remark on friday. >> as you probably know, he says he is innocent and i think you have to remember that. he said very strongly yesterday that he is innocent. so you have to talk to him about that. we absolutely wish him well. >> the president feels for the accused. we rarely ever hear him feel for the victim. >> in this case of the central park five, he did not feel for those accused. >> the domestic violence abuse. never apologized for taking out full-page ads in the '80s.
the president's statement drawing heated response from jennie willoughby. she writes, everyone wants to talk about how i am not to be believed. as trump is a model of kindness and forgiveness. i forgive him. thankfully my strength and worth are not dependent on outside belief. the truth exists whether the president accepts it or not. the ranking democrat on the house intelligence kmcommittee will hear concerns over the democratic memo. this is a rebuttal alleging fbi surveillance abuses. the white house last week barred publication of the democrats memo claiming it has classified information. democrats calling that hypocr y hypocrisy. the fbi warned against releasing the republican memo and the white house did it any way. the version of the
immigration plan from the president ahead of the floor debate. it comes from the chamber's conservative members and has the proposals outlined by the president. it has a pathway to citizenship for eligible immigrants in exchange for a border wall and security. a number of new laws make it easier to detain and deport immigrants. >> and included is limited family-based visas. mitch mcconnell is allowing senators a chance to offer proposals to compete for the same 60 votes to advance the legislation. president trump praising the new tax bill as a gift to workers. he tweeted this. 4.2 million hard working americans have received a large bonus and /or pay increase because of the tax cut and jobs bill. we reached out to the white house to see what they are counting there. we know more than 300 companies
announced tax gifts to workers and one-time bonuses. apple and at&t and disney and bank of america and walmart. those workers are a fraction of the 125 million who work for a company. 13% of corporate tax savings will go to workers. this is according to the survey from morgan stanley. cutting the corporate rate is a gift to investors. they will buy other companies and equipment and on paying back investors. 43% earmarked for stock buy back and dividendividends. that was the criticism. worker cost benefit more as time goes on. investment could lead to more jobs and higher wages. there is no guarantee. clear that investors are the big overall winners. >> the workers need wage growth. bonuses are nice. legit. $1,000. they would rather have wage growth.
>> we will see if it is a story of 2018. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg says the me too movement will have what she calls staying power. here is what she told poppy harlow at columbia university. >> i don't think there will be a serious backlash. it's too widespread. my concern is that it shouldn't stop with prominent people. it's amazing to me that for the first time women are really listened to because sexual harassment had often been dismissed as well she made it up or she's too thin skinned. so i think it's very healthy development. >> leaders of the single digena
judiciary committee wants to know how they are addressing the sexual misconduct. four of more than 1,300 complaints filed during the 2016 fiscal year were referred to special committee. four. the sale of harvey weinstein's film studio could be in jeopardy. the attorney general filing a lawsuit against the man. the four-month investigation revealing vicious and exploitation of mistreatment of employees which started in 2005 and continued all the way through october of 2017. >> he wants any sale of the studio to include compensation for the weinstein accusers. weinstein's attorney released a statement saying there was no criminality in his client's behavior. breaking news this morning. the entire baltimore metro subway link system shutting down for up to four weeks for emergency repairs.
that came after an emergency review over the weekend. the system willi be replaced by shuttle bus service. coming up, the charmed offensive at the winter games. will south korea accept kim jong un's sister's invitation? we will talk to josh roggin who is traveling with the vice president next. and you were the first responder who was able to pull me up out of it. (lt. ray) oh my god. you kinda caught me off guard here. (cedricka) i could see it in your face, like he is not giving up for me. (crying) he is not giving up for me. and... i appreciate that. ♪
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invitation to president moon jae-in. we have paula hancocks live in pyeongchang with more. good evening, paula. >> reporter: hello, dave. it is not just the invitation for the south korean president to head north. there is also an invitation which apparently has been accepted by the ioc president. so thomas bach, the olympic committee president, is expected to go to pyongyang. this invitation extended in january when the north korean delegation wanted to nail down the details for them to come to pyeongchang. suddenly the charm offensive does appear to be doing what north korea wants it to do. they have sent kim jong un's sister down here. she has been hailed by the world's media. i spoke to one governor who met her a few times while she was
here. he said the talks with the north kore koreans and south koreans. she is calm and she doesn't speak very much. when she does, she is accurate in her words. it was clear she was speaking for her brother kim jong un. and talking about whether the u.s. is left on the sideline. they are still in tandem. >> thank you, paula. >> let's bring in josh roggin. >> good morning. >> you are the guy who broke the story. north korean diplomacy news. united states potentially could sit down with the north koreans without any pre-conditions? >> i spent five days in japan and south korea with vice president pence. he was sending a clear message about the brutality of the north
korean regime and the charm offensive should not work. behind the scenes something else going on. in two meetings with moon jae-in, one at the blue house and one in the figure skating house, they agreed on moving forward with the engagement with pyongyang after the olympics. more meetings and then potentially down the line with direct talks with the united states and north korea. the agreement was this. south korean president agreed not to release pressure or sanctions on north korea just for talking. based on that assurance, vice president pence encouraged him to continue with the engagement and said the united states is open to talking with north korea. it is a small window and opening after months and months of tension. it is something that's different and significant that happened
privately in south korea. >> a major reversal. the vice president telling you quote the maximum pressure campaign will continue and intensify. if you want to talk, we'll talk. what happened to fire and fury and all the rhetoric from president trump? >> two things. i would say there is a lot of different messages from the administration. last month, president trump said he doesn't see anything wrong with talking to the north koreans per se. he said talking is fine. secretary of state rex tillerson said we should have the talks about talks. talks without pre-conditions. what is new here is we worked that out and endorsed that the at white house level in conjunction the south koreans. the break with south korea and the united states. this goes a long way to fixing that. that is what mike pence was doing in south korea. making sure the south korean government and u.s. government were on the same page. there are a lot of pitfalls coming.
sanctions and north korea could shoot a missile anytime. they probably don't want to talk about denuclearization. they want all of those good caveats to say we are not at peace yet. if you want to avoid war, you have to sit down and talk. that's what mike pence is saying. >> if you have the north and south talking and potentially talking after the olympics, does that leave the u.s. on the outside? is that the north koreans screwing a bit with the americans? >> that was the north korean goal and that is what the south korean president and mike pence are trying to avoid. there is still some game left to be played. keep in mind that the north koreans are trying to split the alliance. president moon is trying to pursue the narrow opening to avoid war without leaving the u.s. behind. that is difficult to do. what mike pence is saying as long as you keep up the pressure
and stay together on increasing the sanctions on north korea while we're talking to them, which is new, we put off the pressure and then talk and release the pressure in change for talking. mike pence says if we keep the pressure and talk at the same time, he is okay with it. >> extraordinary. considering these games opened with north korea putting on a military parade showing off the long-range ballistic missiles. have they laundered their crimes and reputation through the olympics? >> interesting. >> it is a great question. because that was what mike pence was doing in public and negotiating in private. he is trying to stop them from doing that. all of the coverage was kim jong un's sister is nice. she smiles. look at her. she manages to say a few nice things. that's out of mike pence's control. he cannot make people listen to his mantra of the brutal north korean regime. they are a brutal and evil regime. you don't make peace with your
friends. you have to make peace with your enemies. bouncing those two ideas in your head at once this is a terrible regime and we should remember that. we have to talk to them unless we want to go to war. that is the delicate balance. >> fascinating. come back. thanks, josh. 19 minutes past the hour. two american snowboarding members taking home gold for the team usa. we have coy wire in pyeongchang with the bleacher report. i'm alive, i'm alive ♪ ♪ i'm alive, i'm alive ♪ ♪ i'm alive, i'm alive ♪ ♪ this is what it sounds like ♪ ♪ whoa-oh-oh, i'm alive ♪ ♪ alive! gives you more vitamins and minerals than leading brands. ♪ i'm alive, i'm alive ♪ ♪ because when you start with more, you own the morning. alive!
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women's snowboarding competition. the best athletes in the world and 5 of 25 made it down without falling. mother nature is no match for jamie anderson who captured a second gold in a second straight winter games. here we go. team usa just continuing olympic domination of snowboarding. let's get an early start on medal count. norway with eight. canada has six. netherlands has five. usa is tied with germany with four. nba action. what a difference a week can make. the cavaliers have a very different team after last week's trades. they looked better than ever against the celtics. lebron james quieted the boston crowd who came out to celebrate paul pierce's jersey retirement. king james is happy in his court. he said attention to details
were at an all-time high. a lot of attention on the cavs now. looking sweet. >> that was supposed to be paul pierce day in boston. it ruined his night. still good to see lebron. thank you, coy. 26 minutes past the hour. white house budget comes out today. immigration goes to the senate floor. the president's infrastructure plan goes public. will the rob porter scandal overshadow all of that? he says white house officials encouraged him to fight for his job despite abuse allegations.
kim jong un's sister says south korean leaders are welcome in pyongyang. now the vice president is hinting the u.s. could find itself at the table as well. are they listening and acting fast enough? >> is this congress acting fast enough? congress is not acting. >> even if congress does nothing, me too is here to stay. revealing talk with supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg. 84 years old and she is not slowing down one bit. welcome back to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. good morning. the white house struggling to move beyond the rob porter scand scandal. porter was urged not to quit after allegations of domestic violence. axios reports that some senior white house officials strongly encouraged him to quote stay and fight to keep his job as staff secretary.
the key gate keeper to president trump. porter claiming he never misrepresented anything to chief of staff john kelly. >> that's is not sitting well with john kelly. that storyed up by an unnamed member of congress. after days of speculation of kelly's future, kellyanne conway said this to jake tapper. >> i spoke to the president last night. i told him i would be with you today. he said please tell jake i have full faith in chief of staff john kelly and i am not actively searching for replacements. he said i saw that all over the news. i have faith in him. >> the president this weekend weighing in on the rob porter scandal. he tweeted this. people's lives are shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. some are true. some are false. some are old and some are new.
there is no recovery for someone falsely accused. life and career are gone. is there no such thing any longer as due process? that tweet followed this remark on friday. >> as you probably know, he says he is innocent and i think you have to remember that. he said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent. so you have to talk to him about that. we absolutely wish him well. >> all right. there's not enough mention of the victims with this president. or any mention of the victims. >> he talks about due process. a lot of people were talking about central park five. the young men whom the president -- >> black and latino teenagers. >> he went on a crusade against the young men after going to prison were exonerated by dna evidence. >> the president's statement drawing heated response from
jennie willoughby. everyone wants to talk about how i am not to be believed as trump is a model of kindness and forgiveness. as if he acknowledges his shortcomings. i forgive him had. thankfully my strength and worth are not dependent on outside belief. the truth exists whether the president accepts it or not. >> the ranking democrat on the house committee plans to meet with the fbi about the democratic memo. the document is' he -- is a rebuttal from the republicans memo. it includes sensitive and classified information. democrats call that hypocrisy because the white house was warned against releasing the republicans memo. and the immigration plan is coming ahead of the floor debate. this comes from the members and
resembles the proposals outlined by the president which is a pathway to citizenship in exchange for a border wall and enhanced border security. a number of laws to make it easier to detain immigrants. it includes tighter immigration enforcement and limit family visas. mitch mcconnell is offering different proposals to compete for the 60 votes needed to appear advance. and the president trump will layout his vision. we know the broad strokes of the infrastructure plan. we know the details. the white house declined to comment on the leaked plan. based on. that here is what to expect. -- based on that, here is what to expect. $1.5 trillion total investment. $200 billion is direct federal
spending. breaking that $200 billion further, $100 billion to local government. $20 billion for transformative projects and $50 billion on block grants. the rest will support infrastructure related under taki takings. how will it be paid? the trump administration say that is a discussion for congress. that is complicated by the tax bill and the president's budget proposal expected today. both of those will add to the deficit. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg says the me too movement will have what she calls staying power. here is what she told poppy harlow at columbia university. >> i don't think there will be a serious backlash. it's too widespread. my concern is that it shouldn't stop with prominent people.
it's amazing to me that for the first time women are really listened to because sexual harassment had often been dismissed as well she made it up or she's too thin skinned. so i think it's very healthy development. >> leaders of the senate judiciary committee want to know how they are overseeing the sexual misconduct. four of more than 1,300 complaints filed during the 2016 fiscal year were referred to special committee for investigation. the sale of harvey weinstein's studio could be in jeopardy. today new york attorney general filing a lawsuit against the disgraced movie mogul and the
compa company. the investigation revealing vicious and exploitative mistreatment of employees that started in 2005 and continued all the way through october of 2017. >> schneiderman wants any sale of the studio to include compensation for the weinstein accusers. weinstein's attorney claiming there was no criminality in his client's behavior. the suspect in the shooting death of two ohio police officers charged with murder. police say quinton lamar smith shot and killed the two westerville police officers as they were entering smith's apartment as they responded to the 911 hang-up call. the chilling 911 call made by candace smith. >> please help. >> what's wrong? >> he shot the police officer. >> your husband did it?
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i know that people are watching for a wedge between south korea and republic of korea and the united states. there is no wedge there. no wedge driven between us and north korea. >> james mattis on the flight to rome rejecting the idea of the relations between u.s. and north korea could be harmed. kim jong un's sister put on a show. extending an invitation to south korean president moon jae-in. we have paula hancocks in pyeongchang with more.
good morning. >> reporter: hello, christine. it is interesting because there is that invitation for the south korean president to head north. we know there is an invitation for the ioc president. this is the head of the international olympic committee. we understand from his spokesperson that thomas bach will be going to pyongyang. he was asked on january 20th when the two korea met with the ioc to figure out how it works with the delegation of athletes coming to pyeongchang. no date set at this point. there is that invitation for the south korean president as well which came from kim jong un's sister. we have seen a lot of her the past few days. she is now back in pyongyang. i spoke to the governor of the province in the meetings. meetings were warm and soft. it was like brothers and sisters together. we hear from the south korean officials to make sure the u.s. is involved with this and they are also engaged in the discussion which north korea. also we heard from the scene
your diplomat with knowledge of north korea that they thought it was a missed opportunity that the u.s. vice president mike pence was here and sitting meters away from the north korean delegation and no interaction between them. >> fascinatinfascinating. paula, thank you. it is 7:45 in the evening in pyeongchang. >> let's bring in josh roggin. his body thinks it is 7:45 in the evening. you just got back from pyeongchang. first, let's talk about this breaking news you have in the fascinating piece in "the washington post." when you ask most american what is they think about the u.s. and north korea relationship. they think president trump saying various things like this. >> i would get china to make that guy disappear in one form or another very quickly. >> north korea best not make
anymore threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. >> so a bit of an evolution from what the president has said there numerous times and what the vice president told you about the possibility of u.s. and north korean talks. what did he tell you? >> i was with vice president pence in japan and south korea. he met with president moon jae-in at the blue house on thursday and the speed skating rink. he told me in the conversations that he managed to bridge the gap between u.s. and south korea on whether or not further engagement with north korea can proceed. you showed all of those quotes by donald trump. you could have shown one in january where he said talking with north korea is fine as far as he is concerned. you may have shown one by
secretary of state rex tillerson who said we should sit down with north korea without pre-conditions. there is an evolution going on in the trump administration. heading into last week's diplomacy, they still had not been on the same page as south korea. that is the gap that mike pence and moon jae-in bridged in the meetings once in the blue house and once on the speed skating rink. it represents a small opportunity with a chance of diplomacy to move forward with the south koreans and eventually, possibly, with the u.s. and north korea directly. it is not a solution to the problem, but it is a step in the right direction. >> it is also unclear how durable it could be. you have different voices within the administration saying different things. in cairo, secretary of state rex tillerson said it is up to north korea to decide when it is ready to engage in sincere talks with the u.s. does that differ from what we have seen? where does that leave he us? >> i think that is 100%
consistent with what vice president pence is saying. he is saying we're ready to talk. he will not relieve the sanctions unless you move toward denuclearization. that is what vice president said to me on the plane. again, that is what secretary of state rex tillerson said for a long time. vice president pence is one of the hawkish members of the administration. i went with him in april and he was singing a different tune. now here we are. we will talk if they want to talk, but they should not expect any presence just for sitting down. >> let me ask about the sister kim yo-jong. what role does she have here in the diplomacy? >> she was the tip of the spear of the north korean charm offensive. she dominated the news.
mike pence was there to tell the people how brutal the regime is for north korea. that is just the reality. >> she is no kate middleton. >> everyone said she is the north korean ivanka trump. that is ridiculous. she is the sister of the mass murderer. nevertheless, an understanding in south korea, you have to deal with mass murderers if you want to avoid war. there is a sensitivity at least now among the top levels of the trump administration that we have to let south korea try to make progress. it is their country. it is a war that affects millions of their people. it is our security. we have to work together on this and that effort to get on the same page was a big part of the behind the scenes diplomacy. >> we wish there was a caveat to the coverage.
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happens. the region is seeing a troubling spike in tension with israel and iran and syria. we have ian lee along the border at the golan heights area. good morning, ian. >> reporter: good morning. we are learning more about the drone that infiltrated the air space. it was the copy of the american rq-70. it is a stealth drone. the cia lost the drone in 2011. in 2014, iran reversed engineered the drone to make its own copy. it doesn't have the stealth ability because the israeli military monitored it from the moment it took off to the moment it entered israeli air space and they shot it down. in retaliation, israel launched air tries strike in syria. israel's air force commander
said despite the plane going down, they will continue to operate freely inside syria. dave. >> ian lee live for us. thank you. the lights are starting to come back on after explosion and fire caused a blackout in parts of northern puerto rico on sunday. no one was injured. it is not clear what caused it. according to the island power authority, several municipalities were affected and including san juan. difficult to determine how many people are out of power in puerto rico which is still recovering from hurricane maria from back in september. let's get a check on cnn money stream. after the turmoil last week, global markets are higher. london and paris up 1%. u.s. futures are higher. dow futures up 270 points. more than 1%. we will watch that. it is volatile. it was the worst week in two years. same for the dow. same for the s&p 500. the dow did climb 300 points on
friday capping a week of violent swings. here is the core. fier fears about inflation drove the down dow 1,300 points. the trial is over. uber and waymo with the trial on friday which ended. uber denies the waymo accusat n accusatio accusations. waymo accepted the offer of $254 million. nasa keeping tabs on the tesla nasa keeping tabs on elon musk's roadster. david bowie blasting in the background, dummy behind the wheel. nasa will track it as part of its horizon database. a directly of 750,000 asteroids
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