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all right. hello, again, everyone, and thank you for joining me this saturday. i'm fredricka whitfield at the nation's capital. pushback against the national rifle association, and the airlines are a list of growing companies cutting ties with the nra. de delta and american airlines are two of the multitude of big corporations taking a stand in the gun debate since the mass shooting in parkland, florida, left 17 staff and students dead. and now we are joined by sapaola and these moves are coming are from the intense customer backlash and what can you tell us? >> well, fred, how did this backlash come about? they offered discounts for several large company foies for services from them, but since the parkland shootings, several of the company, and if can put them back up on the screen, they have been under tremendous
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criticism by critics to basically cut their relationship with the nra, including united airlines who this morning posted as you saw there, they are reaching out to the nra and notifying this them that they are seizing or cutting ties with them, and the specific tweet is that united is notify ing ting a that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting, and we are asking that the nra remove our information from their with website. we can put up the delta air lines tweet as well. and it is similar as well. and when you are look at the companies and the organization, and fred, point of point here is that they have not said when and why they chose the sever the ties from the nra, but if you are reading between the lines, there is a social media campaign calling on delta air lines and other companies to cut those ties. so that is where we are right now. with we have not heard much more from these large companies, but i can tell you that the list has been growing, as you can see it
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there, and even first national bank of omaha saying that the cu customer feedback prompted them to renew the contract with the nra and no longer offering the nra visa card and several large rental companies there as well, fred. >> and most of it is streaming over nra tv, and what is the latest there? >> because amazon offers a channel that has nra tv and so two gun safety groups calling on amazon and not just that, but apple and roku to sever their ties with the nra and well, as close as response to possible as what we have seen from the nra host. and i want to read you a portion of that that we have here for you there. grant stitchfield, host for that channel says that i hope that amazon realizes and these knuckleheads on social media realize that the 5 million nra members are the most patriotic and the most pro american mem r
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members of our society, and we have every right to be on amazon. and now amazon has not responded and the last we checked, they are still offering that the channel. roku did respond, fred, saying that the customers have their choice. they can tune into whatever channel they like, but it is something to be closely tracking, and to see if the nra is going to be addressing some of the major companies severing t ties with them. >> polo sandoval in new york. thank you. >> all right. we are also following the new details of the immediate response to the parkland shootings. the sources are telling cnn, that it was not one broward county deputy, but the school's resource officer who did not enter the building as the shooting unfolded, but now we know that three other broward county deputieses were also outside of the school and they did not rush in when coral springs police officers arrived, they made that observation that the broward county sher vif's office is investigating these
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cla claims this as we are finding many warning signs before the massacre. and kaylee hartung is there where many people have gathered at the makeshift memorial. what more are you learning about how the broward county sheriffs are look into this? >> well, fred, first we heard from scot israel that he was sick to his stomach when he saw one of his deputies take up a position outside of the stoneman douglas high school building for upwards to four minutes while the killer was inside. that one man was the one armed law enforcement officer assigned to protect the children and the teacher teachers at that school, but now with the help of the coral springs police department, our sources are telling us that their deputies when they arrived were surprise ed d to see that e were broward county sheriffs there on the scene in defensive positions with the weapons drawn behind their vehicles who also chose not to the go inside.
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those coral springs officers then went inside of the high school, and their surprise continued when the broward county sheriff's deputies did not follow. in light of the information the broward county sheriff's department is saying that they are looking into the actions of the deputies who respond on february 14th to stoneman doug last. sources say that a report could be available next week. >> and then, kaylee, so many missed signals on so many level, the neighbors, the acquaintances and the fellow student, and what are the explanations of how those things are being looked into? >> well, it seems like everyday covering the story, fred, we are learning of another warning sign missed. last week the fbi admitted that they improperly handled and investigated a tip coming into the hotline on january 5th. now we have gotten a look at a transcript of the detailed warning and anonymous woman
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familiar with the shooter gave to the fbi that they ignored. listen to what she told them. she said, quote, he's only 18, but he has the mental capacity of a 12 to 14-year-old. if you go on to the instagram pages, you will see all of the guns. i want someone to know about this so they can look into this. i know that i have a clear conscious that if he takes off and just starts shooting places up, i know that he is going to explode. this woman went on the tell the fbi that with money from his mother's bank account, the killer had purchased weapons and ammunition, and yet when this call was over, the fbi agent who received it went to the superior and they discussed it and decided that there was no imminent threat and chose to do nothing, fred. that case was closed within the hour. >> hmm. all right. kaylee hartung, thank you so much. next, the pressure mounting on the former trump campaign chair paul manafort as his former right-hand man pleads
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all right. welcome back. new charges and new guilty plea in the russian investigation. the few charges are add ting to the growing list of indictments against paul manafort, the special counsel robert moouelle is alleging that he secretly spent millions to secure lobbying efforts from ukraine through the european politici s politicians. the indictments were filed just
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hours after his former business associate rick gates plead d ed guilty to two criminal counts of his own. here with me, the managing director of beacon global strategies and the majority staff director of the house intelligence committee michael allen and cnn analyst and congressional reporter for the washington post cameroon. and so is this about prosecuting manafort or getting more information from him by taking the plea deal of gates? >> well, at least two parts of this. one, i think that it is checkmate on manafort. you know, whereas he may have wanted to go to trial, and you got one of his inside guy, and now, that is really seriously getting to the conclusive stage i think, but the other thing is that gates was also on the trump campaign, and it is key that he may likely be able to give sort of a view on the important
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critical window on the collusion question. so, we will have to wait to see what he has to say. >> okay. and perhaps the intentions of karoon, behind the meetings at the trump tower in june or the other coordinated meetings with the trump campaign and russian ties. >> yes, even if he is not in the room for those, he is high up on the campaign and sticks around for the election day, and high nup in the advisory role. and so he is potentially privy to information that he may have gotten from manafort who he has been extremely close to for years even before this campaign got off of the ground, and, so also, it is like you r were saying sthat the domino question. gat gatess and manafort is a package deal, and if gates is cooperating with mueller, does that mean he has information about manafort or other people who were in the trump tower meeting or people who he was
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working for that would be interesting to the special counsel. it seems that manafort is not as welling to play ball as thus far as rick gate, but the pressure is growing on him as all of the other things are transpiring over the last few days. >> the president has been remarkably quiet, because often he is going to be saying something on tweet -- >> well, for now. >> yes, look at the clock. and it seems as though the president has or tried to distance, you know, responsibility by saying all of this stuff happened long before my campaign, before manafort or even gates' involvement, and is that enough? >> well, it sort of gets him through the weekend or gets him through the indictments, but if it helps on the collusive activity, it will later come to him. but in and of itself, this is a investigation of russia's influence in the united states. if over time mueller is able to paint a por tralt of serious money laundering, illegal
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influence pedalling, and not only here in the united states, but now we have learned a little bit about what manafort was up to vis-a-vis european politic n politicians, so this could grow and it could be his or the nick the sense that russia and all of their activities could be laid bare. >> and all of the associations can no longer be coincidence because you trump with the orbit of the relations, and trump who does not want to say anything negative about putin and does not want to encourage the sanctions that congress had voted on to be put in use. >> right. and for a lot of people, i think that these things look, and that is why we are asking all of the questions, and the formal investigations both in the government in the executive and capitol hill. two things at play here though. was there wrongdoing on the part of the trump team? and was there wrongdoing on the part of all of the russians who are affiliated with the kremlin to some extent? we have answered the second question yes, but trying to
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parse out exactly how at this point, which is why things like the indictment from a week ago distant memory now, but detailing the 13 russian s ths were involved in the whole online operation, why these questions about the foreign lobbying with which is a very big problem, and a very big discussion in d.c. that we are not focusing on even though it would be culturally shifts and information and conversation s to have of how this foreign infiltration is going to be expanding in the future now, and we are focused on the trump issue and whether there is wrongdoing there, and because it is a sitting president, and more politically gripping than talking about the systemic issues of, you know, the nonr nonregistered foreign lobbyists and the russian infiltration which is in the weeds, but it is important if you want to make sure that it is not a pattern and happens in future elections. >> and what is the level of confusion in the white house with all of this and then the backdrop continues to be security clearances or the lack thereof. jared kushner, and the president is saying to the chief of staff,
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i know that you will do the right thing, and you know, you handle it. after kelly said that he is changing the rules. so what is that all about? >> well, it is another cloud overhanging the white house. we have had some reporting i i think that is from cnn actually that part of the delay in the security clearance for jared kushner is due to the fact that he is wrapped up in the mueller investigation, a fnd that is true, the interim clearance is not going to be lifted. not made permanent any time soon, and so this issue is just going to continue to play out, and what secretary kelly going to do? i think that he is going end up doing the right thing which is -- >> what is that? that is what the president said, do the right thing. >> well, the right thing in my view is to say, listen, you can't survive on the interim clearance at your level of national security decision making. >> all right. leave it there for now. good to see you guys. >> all right. still ahead, another day ahead at the conservative action
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political conference including the budget director mick mulvaney and devin nunes in a life report next.
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>> all right. welcome back. this is braking news the u.n. security council adopts a syria cea cease-fire resolution. elise labott is on the phone with us. t tell us more about the agreement. >> well, fred, this is, look, three days in the making, a tnd the russians have been delaying the vote while they tried to work with the security council on the text of the resolution which is in essence a 30-day cease-fire in syria, particularly in the area of eastern ghouta which is the besieged rebel-controlled area that is being pummeled by the syrian regime over the last several weeks about 300 people have been killed. the last couple of days have kind of been a showdown that reached a, you know, pitch
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between ambassador haley of the u.s., and the russian ambassador, and wanting immediate language to put into the cease-fire unfettered humanitarian access to get the medical care and food to the besieged areas, and the russians are continuing to water it down and delay the implementation, and so, you know, not only ambassador haley, but the security council is really sending the message to russia that the security council cannot have another resolution that talks about a cease-fire. and given the factt that russia, fred, they have been vetoing a lot of the resolutions, and very significant that russia adapted this text today. nobody is very optimistic that are regime will comply, but diplomats are telling me that it could be a good first step, fred. >> and then what kind of time line are we talk about? immediate? >> it is supposed to be taking
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place immediately. immediate action -- >> let me interrupt you, elise, because we are listening to the ambassador nikki haley. >> we bring this kocouncil somer of the voices of the eastern syrian area of eastern ghouta wait fo waiting for the council to act. a doctor treating patients in the makeshift hospital described the situation she is facing. we are mental and emotional wrecks. there is nothing more we can do. we are bled dry. in a haunting video, the doctor walks into a room with the crying mother, and she says, quote, i am waiting for my son to die. at least he will be free of pain. i wus just making bread for him when the roof fell in. he is going straight to heaven, at least in heaven there is food. another message that we received yesterday that i think that was said to you in all of the closed consultations, but it is important to it is a again.
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was one that was an emergency call from a doctor in eastern ghouta, quote, we have a horrible situation here. we are being targeted with all kinds of weapons, nonstop. we lack everything. water, food, medical supplies, shelter. this is a disaster. everyone is just waiting to die. today, the security kocouncil finally took a step towards addressing the devastatingly levels of human suffering in syria. the united states wants nothing more than to see the cease-fire in this resolution implemented immediately across the country. it is critical that the assad regime and the allies comply with the demand to stop the assault on eastern ghouta and immediately allow food and medicine to the reach everyone who needs it. all of us on this council must do our part to press the assad regime as hard as we can to comply.
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but we are late to respond to this crisis, very late. on wednesday, the secretary-general made an emotional plea for an immediate cease-fire in syria to allow the very basic necessities to get to the people. kuwait and sweden had a version of this resolution ready to go for a vote. but russia called for a delay. on thursday, in an effort to stall, russia called for the open meeting on the humanitarian situation in syria. in that meeting 14 members of this council were ready to impose a cease-fire. but russia on strukted the vote again. and then yesterday this council sat around for hours ready to vote only to have russia delay it again. every minute that the council waited on russia, the human suffering grew. getting to a vote became a moral responsibility for everyone but not for russia, nott for syria,
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and not for iran. i have to ask why. at least 19 health facilities have been bombed since sunday. 19. as they dragged out the negotiation, the bombs from assad's fighter jets continued to fall. in the three days that it took us to adopt this resolution, how many mothers lost their kids to the bombing and the shelling? how many more images did we need to see of the fathers holding their dead children -- all right. you are listening to the u.s. ambassador nikki haley there saying that while the 30-day cease-fire for syria is great, she says it could have happened sooner, and why are we so late? she puts a lot of blame on russia for delaying the votes many times over, and we will continue the follow the developments after the adoption of a 30-day cease-fire in syria. thank you so much for being with
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