tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN February 13, 2018 1:00am-2:00am PST
the president and entire administration take domestic violence seriously. >> the white house still cannot answer key questions about how it handled abuse claims against key staffer rob porter. now one of the ex-wives is dismayed. and the budget is out. it prioritizes cuts to programs and could hurt the poorest americans and not expected to help the deficit. record-breaking night for the americans in pyeongchang.
cl chloe kim can enjoy her ice cream. she is a star there. her dad from south korea. they are celebrating her. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it's tuesday, february 13th. it is a full week since the rob porter scandal and three days since the president tweeted lives are shattered because of the mere allegations. this is getting harder for the country and white house to ignore. rob porter's first wife is speaking out. this galvanized the scandal. she is slamming the comments by kellyanne conway and the white house communications director hope hicks. >> i never met somebody so strong with instincts and loyalty. >> you have no reason not to
believe the women? >> i have no reason. >> colbie writes, in the washington post, borrowing kellyanne conway's words, i have no reason not believe her when she says hicks is a strong woman. the statement implies those in abusive relationships are not strong. i beg to differ. it is the subtle forms of abuse that inflict serious damage and making it hard for the victim to see the situation clearly. >> when the president called for due process in cases like rob porter's, it came to a shock to the members of the central park five. they were wrongfully convicted for the attack and rape of a jaggjag jogger in -- jogger in secentra park in 1989. >> race does play a part. here we were. black and latino boys. 15 years old. he gave us the death penalty.
this is the character. there has to be somebody on the top. he chooses to stay on the top and he wants us to be on the bottom. >> the white house looking for the right word to explain over who knew about the alleged abuse of two ex-wives. sarah sanders did not know about the extent of the allegations until last tuesday morning. the daily mail gave them a head's up. the west wing is looking how it could have improved. >> we're going to continue to look at the process and the role we all played and how we can do better. every day we come to work and hope to do a better job than the day before. we recognize last week there were things we could have done better and we will look at every single instance in every single thing we do and how we do it
better. >> the press office declined to comment on what don mcgahn knew. a year ago he knew that the ex-wives would have given damaging information in the fbi interviews. the conflicting remarks, the president called him a sick puppy in private and defended him in public. it is sowing confusion. the story is seven days dominating the news headlines. more from jeff zeleny at the white house. >> reporter: staffing stcandal has shaken the administration to its core. still answering questions of who knew what and when and where over the resignation of rob porter. accused of abusing two of his ex-wives. the president is calling out people who make accusations of domestic assault.
mere acquisitioccusations is no. sarah sanders believes the president is speaking for all when he calls out domestic violence. she says he takes it seriously. >> the president and administration take domestic violence very seriously and believe all allegations needtho. he believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process. the president is saying there should be due process which should be followed and looked into. >> reporter: the words from the press secretary is stronger than the president said about this. the president said rob porter maintained innocence. he never talked about stories of abuse of the former wives. as this moves on, one question here remains at the white house. security clearance. 30 to 40 officials in the white
house and political appointees operating under temporary security clearance. cl including jared kushner. questions remain today on this. even one week later. christine and dave. >> let's talk about that budget. you are right. the white house released the 2019 budget blueprint. with the two-year spending bill, this budget will not be adopted by congress. it showcases the president's priorities for government spending. $200 billion to spur infrastructure spending. $23 billion for border security. including funding for a wall. $17 billion to fight the opioid especially em i-- epidemic. imagine food delivery for food stamp recipients. or privatizes the nasa space
station. $666 billion, one of the largest in u.s. history. this cuts deficits in ten years. the president recently signed two deficit increasing bills. the new tax law increases spending by $300 billion. that pushes the deficit past $3 trillion next year. and the letter addressed to her husband, donald trump jr. opened the letter and was sent tonight hospital. she responded by saying thank you. >> her husband was angry and relieved. tweeting that she and my children are safe and unharmed after the scary situation that
occurred this morning. disgusting that individuals choose to express views with such disturbing behavior. the nypd is trying to determine who sent the letter. today, the senate expected to formally vote to start the immigration debate or race to 60. republicans declaring the process to play out on the floor for one week in the attempt to force democrats to show their hand. the majority leader mitch mcconnell expressing support for the gop support that mirrors the white house plan which calls for a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million dreamers. the republican plan makes it easier to detain and support certain immigrants. cuts family based migration and ends the lottery. we get more from phil mattingly on capitol hill. >> reporter: the long awaited debate to figure out the re resolution to the daca issue.
it's officially under way. the question is what is going to lead to a solution or if there is any solution at all. listen to what the two leaders. mcconnell and schumer had to say on monday. mcconnell making it clear. he is behind the republican proposal that mirror what is the white house put out. schumer saying tailor things a little bit more. >> it is our best chance to come to a solution to resolve these matters which requires a bill pass the senate, pass the house and earn the president's signature. >> now is not the time nor the place to reform the entire legal immigration system. rather than this is the moment for a narrow bill and every ounce of our energy is going into finding one that can pass. >> reporter: guys, the dynamics are important. first and foremost, this is an open floor debate. any amendment that has agreement
can get to the floor. what amendments have a path? that includes 60 senators. this is not simple majority. it has to be bipartisan. as for the democrats, they have not floated what proposal they will put forward yet. they are working to put something together with 60 votes before it gets to the table. top senate republicans are saying this is not going to be a long debate. it will not last more months at a time. this is a one-week exercise. people need to move and move fast. dave and christine. >> phil, thank you. new guidance from the department of education that critics say to endanger the welfare of transgender students. this change reverses guidance from the obama administration in 2016. under education secretary betsy devos, the department has a new
interpretation of title iv. the federal law prophibits base on sex and not gender identity. president obama and other security officials discussed whether though limit the information to share with the incoming trump team about the russia investigation. the meeting was last january. the outgoing administration wanted to know if the intelligence community wanted to know if there was a reason to limit conversations on the trump team. mr. baobama said to handle it b the book. >> susan rice documented the meeting in an e-mail. republican senators released portions of the e-mail. they sent her a letter asking why she had sent the e-mail to herself. there is nothing unusual about documents an important discussion and the obama white
team usa continues to blow away the competition on the olympic snowboard slopes. we have coy wire from pyeongchang. coy. >> reporter: good morning, christine. 17-year-old california kid chloe kim was the youngest ever to win gold. she showcased her generation. she tweeted, wish i finished my breakfast sandwich. now i'm getting hungry. she said hangry. she took out her frustration on the halfpipe.
she had the final run nearly scoring a perfect 100. chloe tweeted she hates crying, but will give herself a pass on this one. i escorted her mom and dad to find her in the middle of the madness. they could not find her. that first time hugging their daughter as olympic champ was everything. her mom wiped a tear from her eye. that's my baby. what a better way for dad to celebrate than drinking a cold one after your daughter just wins the gold. great story there. listen to this. led by two-time olympic champ shaun white. all four riders advance to the men's snowboard halfpipe. he missed medaling in the sochi games. he has tricks we have not seen before. can't wait to see what he brings in the final. what would the olympics be without controversy.
drama over the masks of two goalies on the team usa hockey team. they may be forced to remove the image of the statue of liberty on the side of the masks. the ioc told team usa they were a possible violation of its policy against political symbols. usa hockey spokesperson said discussions are ongoing. now let's get an early start on immediate at cou-- medal count. norway and germany and canada. usa are rounding out the top five with six. in terms of gold medals, chloe kim's was the 99th all-time for the americans in the winter games. one more and they join the century club. >> what a great story. her dad from south korea. the word hangry added to the oxford dictionary, but not
merriam. coy, go eat something. thank you. the portraits of the 44th president and first lady break with tradition. b barack obama's picture in a field of flowers. the painting of michelle obama with a flowing pattern dress. mr. obama tried, but failed to have input on his look. >> i tried to negotiate less gray hair. and kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow him to do what i asked. i tried to negotiate smaller ears. struck out on that as well. >> it does look like the ivy over at wrigley. he chose kehinde.
regular -- regal and formal. she choose amy for her portrait. her trademark style is charcoal with taupe under tones. it doesn't he race the subject's race, but declare it is irrelevant. it's a statement by using the gray scale. >> of course, twitter had a field day of both of them. a homer simpson gif was my favorite. check it out. west virginia police officer was fired for not shooting a man with a gun. how he settled the issue with the county next.
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two baltimore detectives convicted of robbery and racketeering. 47-year-old daniel hershel and 40-year-old daniel taylor joined the task force who already pleaded guilty. the officers stole cash, drugs, guns and accessories while pretending to seize the goods for law enforcement reasons. this case reviewing the corruption in the department. a former west virginia police officer winning a $175,000 settlement for the city that fired him for not shooting a distraught suspect holding a
gun. he found the suspect with an unloaded handgun. mader said williams was choked up and told mader to shoot him. as a marine veteran, he concluded williams was not a threat. >> he tried to deescalate the situation. two other police officers arrived. when williams raised his gun, he shot and killed one of those officers. the local city manager had no comment on the settlement. mader is happy to put this chapter of his life to bed. the president says mere allegations are ruining people's lives. he's talking about the accused. rob porter's ex-wife says she is the one who walked away from the relationship quote a shell of the person she used to be. that's next.
>> the white house still can't answer key questions of abuse claims against rob porter. now one of his ex-wives says she is dismayed at the response from kellyanne conway. the president just released budget with cuts to programs that would hurt the poorest americans and not expected to help the deficit. record-breaking night for the americans in pyeongchang. chloe kim can enjoy the ice cream at the top of the medal stand. great stuff from her. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> she was fantastic on twitter and on the pipe. i'm dave briggs. 31 minutes past the hour. we start day seven of the rob porter scandal. it has been a full week since it broke. three days since the president tweeted people's lives were shattered by quote mere allegations. he is talking about the accused. the human face on the mere allegations is emerging and getting harder for the country and white house to ignore. rob porter's first wife lashing
out at the white house in the op-ed in "the washington post." this photo of colbie with the black eye. >> i rarely met somebody so strong with excellent instincti. >> it sounds like you believe the women. >> i have no reason not to believe the women. >> colbie write s borrowing conway's words. i have no reason not to believe her. her statement implies those in abusive relationships are not strong. i beg to differ. it is the subtle forms of abuse that inflict serious damage and making it hard to see the situation clearly. >> the president called for due process in cases like rob p porters. it came as a shock for the
central park five. they were convicted for the rape and robbery and killing of the jogger in central park. here is what one of them told anderson cooper last night. >> race does play a part in this because here we were black and latino boys. 14 and 15 years old. he did not mind giving the death penalty. this is his character. it plays a part of that. there has to be somebody on the top and there has to be somebody on the bottom. >> people who studied this case, they were flabbergasted. they felt the president did not promote due process in this case by any stretch. the white house is still looking for the right word to explain discrepancy over who knew of porter's alleged abuse of two ex-wives. satellite/rad sarah sanders says the white
house did not know the extent until the daily mail first reported them. and now admits the west wing is looking how it could have improved. >> we will continue to look at the process and the role we all played in how we can do it better. not just in this. every day we come to work and we hope to do a better job than the day before. as we recognize last week there were things we could have done better and we are certainly going to look at every single thing we do and how we can do it better than the day before. >> the press office declined details over what don mcgahn knew. he was aware a year ago that porter's ex-wives would give damaging information about him in the fbi interviews. more from jeff zeleny at the white house. >> reporter: christine and dave, it has been one week since a staffing scandal at the white house has shake an ev-- shaken
administration to its core. still trying to answer questions of who knew what. the staff secretary rob porter accused of abusing two of his ex-wives. mere accusations are not enough according to the president. the white house press secretary said she does believe the president speaks for all when he calls out domestic violence. although he has not said it in his words, she said he takes it very seriously. >> the president and entire administration take domestic violence seriously. believe all allegations need to be investigated thoroughly. he supports the victims of domestic violence and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process. the president is saying there is due process. that should be followed and looked into. >> reporter: the words from the press secretary are stronger than the president's words. the president said that rob
porter maintained his innocence. he has never once talked about the stories of abuse from the two former wives of rob porter. as this moves on, one question here remains at the white house. security clearances. at least 30 and up to 40 individuals operating under temporary security clearance. including jared kushner. the questions remain today on this and even one week later. christine and dave. >> jeff zeleny at the white house. thank you. the white house released the budget blueprint with the two-year spending bill just passed and won't be adopted by congress. there is $200 billion for infrastructure spending. $24 billion for border security. the budget radically changes programs like food stamps. replacing that cash benefit with
a box of food delivery. it privatizes the space station. and citing increasing threats from china and russia. the pentagon wants a budget boost. $686 billion. the office of management and budget says it cuts deficits $3 trillion over ten years. that assumes growth projections of 3% a year. the president signed two deficit increasing bills. the tax law and the budget deal that increases spending. both of those push deficits past $1 trillion next year. the race to 60 under way today as the senate starts an open immigration debate. republicans declaring they will only allow the process to play out on the senate floor for one week in the attempt to force democrats to show their hand. mitch mcconnell expressing support for the gop proposal that mirrors the white house plan. it calls for the pathway to citizenship for dreamers.
republican plan makes it easier to detain and support immigrants and cuts family based migration and ends the visa lottery. more from capitol phil mattingly. >> reporter: dave and christine, the debate to figure out resolution to the daca issue, so-called dreamers, individuals brought to the country by undocumented parents is now under way. the question is what leads to a solution. take a listen to mcconnell and schumer in their remarks on monday. mcconnell is behind the republican proposal that mirrors the white house. schumer saying tailor things a little bit more. >> it is our best chance to produce a solution that can resolve these matters which requires a bill pass the senate, pass the house and earn the
president's signature. >> now is not the time nor the place to reform the entire legal immigration system. rather, this is the moment for a narrow bill and every ounce of our energy is going into finding one that can pass. >> reporter: the dynamics are important. first and foremost, this is an open floor debate. any amendment with agreement can move forward. what amendments have a path? this is not a simple majority. this is 60 senators. this has to be bipartisabiparti. the democrats have not floated their proposal. they are working trying to put something together with 60 votes before it is on the table. here is one limiting factor. republicans are saying this is not a long debate. it will not last for months afternoonat a time. people need to start moving and moving fast. dave and christine. >> thank you. guidance from the department
of education could endanger the welfare of transgender students. the change reverses the guidance from the obama administration in 2016. under education secretary betsy devos, the department claims that federal law is prohibiting discrimination based on sex. not gender identity. a scare for the daughter-in-law vanessa trump. she opened a letter with a powder substance. police say the substance was non hazardous. vanessa trump was not harmed. she tweeted her appreciation. thank you for the help today. i appreciate all of the quick response to make sure i was safe. adding gratitude. >> her husband was angry and relieved. thankful they are safe and unharmed after the scary situation. truly disgusting that certain
individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior. the nypd is investigating. trying to determine who sent the letter. a big rebound on wall street after the worst week in two years. dow shot 410 points higher. spiking 740 points in two frayedifraye trading days. volatility shook wall street pushing u.s. stocks into correction. investors worried about rising bond yields and inflation. stocks likely will take cues from the bond market. the treasury yield hit a four-year high on monday. it feels like it calmed down a bit. it eased 12%. this rebound does not mean a tumble. this is a great environment for stocks.
right now u.s. futures are down a little bit along with most european and asian stocks. if you have been freaking out over the last couple weeks, the market fell a lot. it reclaimed a quarter of the decline. >> you are in good shape if you invested last year. >> up 30%. so too is american chloe kim making history. becoming the youngest female snowboa snowboarder to win olympic gold. my man coy wire has the update live from pyeongchang next.
south korea. adam rippon makining history. his spat with vice president pence turned heads at the games voicing disapproval of the vice president being chosen to lead the delegation. he turned his focus to the ice saying he did not want his olympic experience to be about the vice president. after helping team usa earn bronze in back-to-back team figure skating competitions at the games, adam is not going to stop speaking his mind. >> i heard a lot of people say adam should tone it down and blah, blah, blah. i can't. i can't tone it down. i'm being me. i'm being myself. i would be doing myself an injustice. i would be doing an injustice to those kids who don't feel
they're comfortable to be th themselv themselves. >> reporter: all right. after the wicked winds postponed women's giant slalom. it is going down later today east coast time. pyeongchang debut. time for team usa's mikaela shiffrin to compete for gold. what was she doing all this time? >> it is like medicatioimmediam fall asleep. i feel rejuvenated. it is like having a cup of coffee. for me, i take a nap. when i wake up, it is like look out world. this girl is ready to go. >> reporter: all right. we would be remiss if we did not talk about chloe kim. the 17-year-old california kid taking olympic gold.
the youngest woman ever to take gold on snow on the games. she is the talk of the town at the olympics. >> and korean heritage. coy wire, thank you. we, too, like mikaela, need a nap. >> i don't get a gold medal after my naps. >> it is similar to coffee. the official portraits of the nation's 44th president and first lady unveiled at the smithsonian. they break with tradition. barack obama's portrait seated against a back drop of green foll foliage. he chose kehinde wiley. >> mr. obama said he tried, but failed to have input on his look. >> i tried to negotiate less gray hair.
and kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow him to do what i asked. i tried to negotiate smaller ears. struck out on that as well. >> the painting of michelle obama shows a fashion forward first lady. she chose amy sherald who painted with gray scale. not to erase race, but declaring it irrelevant. >> it was a mixed response. >> very mixed. >> i heard tera say it looked like kerry washington. not michelle obama. it breaks with tradition. that is what the first lady wanted. she wanted to break with tradition. she said she wanted little girls to look up and see someone who looked like them on the wall. >> the president's looks like
up and told mader to shoot him. as a marine veteran, mader concluded williams was not a threat. >> he tried to deescalate the situation and two other police officers arrived when williams raised his gun and shot and killed by one of the officers. the local city manager had no comment on the settlement. mader is happy to put this chapter of his life to bed. the principal at the school in philadelphia is paying students not to fight. she runs a school in the violent part of the city. if all eighth graders make it to graduation without violence, they get $100. suspensions are down 17% from the same point last year. the principal hopes a sponsor will come forward. if not, she will put up the $3,300. good stuff. the magical place on earth is
not cheap. disney world and disneyland are raising prices. a one-day ticket costs $129. epcot and hollywood studios stands at $122. the company says it understands how important disney memories are to families so it evolves prices to give families a range of options. >> disney points out most people don't buy a single person ticket. they buy packages which include hotels and transportation. they always tell me it is not simple with that price. that price is going up. let's get a check on money stream. global stocks are lower. wall street had a rebound. the dow up 410 points yesterday. spiking 740 points this week.
dow and s&p with the biggest jump since 2016. shook wall street last week and pushing stocks into correction. investors are worried about rising bond yields. after six straight days of huge swings, things have calmed down a little bit here. for now. the fear gauge measures volatility fell 12% yesterday. all those losses, about quarter of them, have been made up. as amazon is searching for another headquarters is laying off people mostly at seattle headquarters. it is part of the annual planning process. we are making head count adjustments. it will find roles for the affected employees. amazon is not reducing maker of lipton or ben &
jerry's will pull ads after racism and sexism on facebook and google. going the h google has come under fire for shows ads alongside object able interviews. uni unilever doesn't want its brand next to that. >> borrowing from swamp and fake news. "early start" continue was day seven of the rob porter mess for the white house. >> the president and entire administration take domestic violence very seriously. >> the white house still can't answer key questions of how it handled abuse claims against rob porter. now one of his ex-wives says she is dismayed at the response of
kellyanne conway. president's budget is out. prioritizes cuts to programs which could hurt the poorest americans and is not expected to help the deficit. record-breaking niept f-- night for the americans in pyeongchang. chloe kim can even joi io -- ch kim can evnjoy ice cream at the top of the medal podium. we will get live to pyeongchang in a minute. it has been a week since the rob porter scandal broke and the president tweeting lives are pk ru -- lives are being are you i ru uned by here allegations. now the photo of colbie with the black eye
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