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and it all starts right now. >> hello again and thanks so much for being with us. we start with the high stakes mystery of a missing journalist and calls for the united states to have a swift definitive response 12 days after he disappeared. the world is still wondering, where is jamal khashoggi? he vanished after walking into the consulate in turkey and he never came out. turkish officials accuse saudi arabia of killing the journalist and since then, there is mounting pressure for the treasury secretary to cancel his upcoming trip to saudi arabia. listen to marco rubio. >> you are suggesting that mnuchin should not go to the co conference. >> i don't think any of our officials should be going pretending it's business as usual until we know what happened here. >> already these speakers have pulled out of the davos in the desert conference, including cnn
and right now, saudi arabia is more isolated as it vows to retaliate against sanctions with greater action after president trump had this message. >> there is a lot at stake and something you will be surprised to hear me say, there is something really terrible and disgusting if that were the case. we are going to get to the bottom of it. there will be severe punishment. >> warning president trump today they will stab their own economy to death. global affairs correspondent, what will the next move be? >> fred, i think they are really having a lot of meetings between u.s. officials about what they are going to do when they have
some more information. right now they don't have any information from the saudis and nothing from the turks. the u.s. has been busy trying to be focussed on getting pastor andrew brunson out. i think they will expect more answers, but saudi arabia as we said are pushing back on the notion that they were involved. the saudis came out this morning with a strong message in the state media and then the head of the saudi-owned arab channel and the general manager put out a tweet that said the truth is if washington imposes sanctions, it will stab its own economy to death. even though it thinks it is stabbing only them. shortstop, sharp words from someone very close to the saudi royal family. even then, the saudis seem to be walking that back. turkey very shortly after
tweeted that that was his own personal opinion and the saudi embassy came out with a curious statement, a tweet that said to help clarify recently issued saudi statements, the kingdom of saudi arabia extends its appreciation to all, including the u.s. administration for refraining from jumping to conclusions on the ongoing investigation. a lot going on here in washington, but also in saudi arabia as they try to come to some strategy in terms of how to explain what happened to jamal. >> elise, thanks so much. u.s. treasury secretary steve mnuchin is still planning to go to the conference in saudi arabia. listen to trump's economic adviser explain why. >> it's actually a conference about terrorist financing and how to stop it. it's an important subject.
regarding secretary mnuchin, i spoke to him last evening and at the moment he is spending to go because of the importance of the issue of ending terrorist financing. but again, along with the president and the general investigation, mr. mnuchin will make up his mind as the week progresses. >> cnn's white house correspondent is joining us live. what's the reaction you are hearing from washington, particularly as that conference many are thinking it's really about the building of economic enterprise and technology. >> that's right. there is a bit of a disagreement between the white house and congress as to how the disappearance of jamal khashoggi should be handled. the president has not explicitly blamed saudi arabia. he hasn't pointed the finger in their direction. he has said that the white house is going to get to the bottom of what happened to the columnist. he did say he would have a call
with the king from saudi arabia over the next 24 hours. it almost has been 24-hours and we haven't gotten any indication that that call has taken place. the president said that congress should get involved, specifically by potentially blocking a $100 billion arms deal made shortly after trump took office. that is something the president said would likely hurt the u.s. more than it would hurt saudi arabia. this is a rare point of agreement for some senators. i want you to listen to what marco rubio and bernie sanders said about this on the sunday morning talk shows. >> i believe the trump administration will do something. the president said that. if he doesn't, congress will. that i can tell you with 100% certainty. with almost full unanimity, there will be a very strong congressional response if, in fact, the saudis lured him in, murdered him, cut up his body
and disposed of it. there will be a very strong congressional response. >> it's clear, we cannot have an ally who murders in cold blood in their own consulate, a critic. that is unacceptable. i think one of the strong things that we can do is not only stop military sales, not only put sanctions on saudi arabia, but most importantly, get out of this terrible, terrible war in yemen led by the sunnis. >> the hesitation or lack of a strong response from the white house could be seen as an indication as to just how much this administration has staked on the future of the mideast being involved with saudi arabia's crown prince. he is a close ally of president trump's son-in-law, jared kushner. there may be something to be
read in this hesitation to go after the saudi arabian kingdom for the disappearance of this journalist. >> the president made it clear from the oval office that he worked really hard on that $100 billion military arms order and he doesn't want to back off of that. boris sanchez, thank you so much. elise is back with me now and senior international correspondent is with me from istanbul where jamal khashoggi was last seen. how aggressively does it appear they are getting any new evidence or more information, even though they haven't been in the consulate yet? >> reporter: i think it's to assume they are pursuing this as aggressively as they can, bearing in mind the point you make. they have not been able to get into the consulate or general's home. they asked for access and it was granted to them bied saudis and
the saudis asked them to postpone over the weekend. y that have a joint working group, a delegation arrived at by saudi arabia. we haven't seen conclusions and we heard from turk fre the foreign minster where he said saudi is not cooperating to the extend that turkey would like to see. they do really want access to the crucial buildings, the consulate and the consul general's home. there is a fair level of frustration with the turkish authorities and the government because they want to see it resolved. this is not a crisis that turkey was anticipating or that is are inially very well prepared for, given the various political and potentially global implications this is going to perhaps have. >> and then arwa, that the u.s. and the president is not saying anything definitively about whether saudi arabia will be responsible, but they want the investigation playing out at the
same time. they are entertaining a number of option fist it turns out that saudi arabia was involved. does that send a particular suddenly that the u.s. embarked on a cozy relationship with that country? >> you know, all of these various different dynamics have been quite interesting. we did hear earlier in the day, harsh rhetoric coming out from the saudi side. the saudi national news agency saying that if the u.s. were to sanction saudi arabia, they would respond with greater intensity. we had this op-ed penned by the general manager who was basically warning the world and reminding the world of the power that saudi arabia had, saying he could basically bring the u.s. economy to its knees and force oil prices up significantly. he has since then come out and been specific in trying to say
those were his personal views and we heard various tweets coming out of the saudi embassy in washington, perhaps an attempt to do damage control. a senior adviser there tweeting that again, this op-ed was simply the views of this one individual and not are inially the views of the government. they want to see more international support from the united states than it has seen. this is taking on a regional and global dimension. we have different arab nations showing their support for saudi arabia and by that, basically saying they do believe the saudi government's statement that they had nothing to do with jamal khashoggi's disappearance. we cannot deny that jamal khashoggi went in the consulate and never appeared or is there television t footage of him
coming out. turkey is finding itself in a tricky situation. it wants to get to the bottom of this. it doesn't want to see this blow up into something bigger than it already is, but at the same time, we do have these various global politics playing out whether it's america and saudi arabia's relationships and turkey and the united states. >> and elise, the president has commented on jamal khashoggi and yesterday from the oval office and he did this 60 minutes interview that will air tonight. this is what he had to say. >> i worked very hard to get the order for the military. it's $110 billion. i believe it's the largest order ever made. 450,000 jobs and the best equipment in the world. if they don't buy it from us, they will buy it from russia or china or other countries. but russia and china wanted it very badly.
i got 100%, almost 100% of their order. from the standpoint of jobs and economic development and a lot of other reasons, i would like to do something where we could maybe look at other things. i will tell the senators. that's a tremendous order for our companies and a tremendous order for really an economic development standpoint. texas has a big chunk. almost all of the states are involved. i think we would be punishing ourselves if we did that. other things we can do are very, very powerful and very strong. we doll that. >> that was the president from the oval office yesterday. again, 60 minutes interview will be late or today. the president underscores there is a lot at stake, but is there a lot at stake if the u.s. does get involved or issues some kind of severe punishment, as the
president puts it? is there a lot at stake if the u.s. doesn't do anything? >> fred, i think there is more at stake for u.s. credibility around the world if it doesn't do anything than if it does. president trump made clear he really likes this deal. it's a beautiful deal. he wants to keep it. he says a lot of things and changes his mind. the u.s. doesn't know what happens and as they get a fuller picture, it will be hard for the president to stand alone on those things. there will be uncomfortable conversations here in washington between washington and saudi arabia right now about how this shakes out and how the relationship going to go forward. i don't think it's possible for president trump to say if he finds out that saudi arabia was involved, they just did a bad thing and give them a little slap on the wrist. there will have to be pun itch
measures. president trump is speaking to his base and he has mid-terms in a few weeks. that's the message he wants to give out. what happens when this all comes out in the wash and the investigation, if it shows that the saudis were indeed responsible for his death, it's going to be hard for him to resist pressure from congress and the american people and from the world, fred. >> we will leave it there for now. thanks so much. still ahead, fema administrator brock long and florida governor, rick scott are touring the devastation left by hurricane irma ahead of president trump's expected visit tomorrow. some people in the panhandle are become more desperate for food and water. later, the mid-terms are weeks away, but do democrats have an eye on 2020 and who is the current favorite to win the democratic nomination? endless shrimp is back at with all the shrimp you want,
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>> florida governor rick scott and brock long are touring hurricane-damaged areas in the florida panhandle. the death toll has risen to 18 and 430,000 homes and businesses in states have no power. earlier today, scott and long saw the devastation firsthand in mexico beach, florida. a small coastal community was decimated by a direct hit from hurricane michael. thousands of crews descended on florida's panhandle to help those impacted by the monster storm. for the very latest, let's bring in martin savage in mexico beach. what are you seeing today? . >> reporter: we continue to show you the variety of mind boggling devastation. this is a marina, as you can see. your mind can't quite take it
in. you see the boat where is they shouldn't and all the debris. the more you look at it, the more you see. we have a high shot and we want to reveal that to you as well. the storm surge and the combination of wind and storm surge with a one, two punch. some communities saw more flooding and others saw more wind. this saw both. the way the surge came in was not only did it come in from the surf, but up the canals and the inlets here. it didn't end around the town. maybe water would come from the beach, but they didn't expect it to come from behind them. everything rose they estimate about 20 feet. they got up and it just settled back down. unlike a tsunami where everything is dragged back out, here it was dropped wherever it was. you have this massive debris field and images like this back on the ground, they use very large boats that are in a place
they shouldn't be. it's repeated over and over. sometimes you find boats in the most outlandish places and the water drove it there. search and recovery under way and they won't say how many people are considered missing. they had a list of about 300 people who stayed and they are trying to ascertain how many have been accounted for. they have several more days of stretch and recovery efforts. as we were leaving last night, there was a convoy coming in and brought with them a portable morgue. we asked if that was an indication of something. they said just when or if any more victims are found, they would be ready to handle them. so far only one victim has been found in mexico beach. >> thank you so much for the update. democrats have an early favorite as they look to win back the white house in 2020. a look at the new cnn polls. copd makes it hard to breathe.
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welcome back. the democratic party is confronting questions about whether to use more aggressive tactics goens opponents. herric holder and hillary clinton said yes, but former first lady, michelle obama disagrees. >> michelle said when they go low, we go high. no. when they go low, we kick them. >> you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for and care about. >> fear is not a proper
motivator. hope wins out. >> brand-new polling shows that one third of democratic voters want former vice president joe biden to make a presidential run, nearly triple the next closest preference which is senator bernie sanders. former chairman of the d.c. democratic party, a. scott bolden. scott, to you first. what does it say about the former vice president who is the best shot to unseat trump in 2020. >> that may or may not be true, but we have at least 24 months to go. the thing that is interesting about your poll is biden has the most name recognition and is the most eastern democrat on that list. there are other democrats that are not on that list. it's a preliminary poll.
in when in and you declare and put together the organization. the poll is what it is, but we have a long way to go before we get a nominee. >> he has been out there, stumping. do you think he wants it? >> in his heart of hearts he wants it and he wanted it before, but there are a lot of considerations that go into whether he can be the democratic nominee. he doesn't want to run and lose. the democrats whether you are the far left or the moderate, we have our own factions that are trying to figure out themselves much like the gop has their warring factions with elected officials and with trump and the house and the senate. both have to get their acts together to make this run in a couple of years to a new president or existing president. >> president trump said he would love to take on joe biden, but here's encouraging news for president trump. a "washington post" poll shows that trump's approval rating has prison
prison risen to 41%. even though he's not on the bals on, it may make an impact. >> this is very good news for trump and congressional republicans. let me put a note of caution in. when i worked at the republican national committee, our magic number for barack obama was 46%. we felt if he was below that, we would take back the house. it doesn't look like that's what democrats may do, but donald trump is well below that number and he's up which is good for republicans. part is the kavanaugh fight and the base coming home for democrats, but they need to be careful here. they are well below the number we looked at in 2010. it's not apples to apples, but it's good news with a note of caution. >> hopesprings eternal.
my good friend doug's numbers are up, but only up to 41. with barack obama and any other president at mid-term in the last 20 years, when the numbers had been that low, when 55 to 60% of the country doesn't like the direction it's going or the president, then you are going to have a blue wave or we can anticipate a blue wave in the house and maybe in the senate. we are all prognosticators, but these numbers don't look good. the kavanaugh boost is what you are looking at and three weeks from now, kavanaugh will be history because donald trump's tweets will take over and dominate politics. >> you mentioned kavanaugh and do you believe that is in part why house candidates might be leading by 11 points according to new polling? >> they were leading before the kavanaugh debacle, but the kavanaugh issue, what happened with women, independents,
suburban women, educated, is that it e reinforced their difficulty with the president and despite the economy and jb numbers. there is more going on with the democrats and independents and dislike for donald trump in the direction the gop has taken it. they control both houses and have the economy and have kavanaugh and all these things. while they may be angry at democrats, i think the cnn poll shows that they are angrier. we know that angry means a turn out. in the end, it's about moving people to the polls. not just registering. we have to have the ground game and that tomorrows the outcome on november 6th. >> on the senate side, dems are falling behind in key senate races, including beto o'rourke who announced he had raised $38 million. a conflicting message while polling shows him dipping a little bit, there is real
popularity in some circles. what do you suppose might happen in that very tight race? >> i think it looks like ted cruise is starting to take that race home, barring unforeseen circumstances. the beto o'rourke fund-raising members are massively impressive. no doubt about that. the reality is, i have seen his shirts on broadway. he doesn't need them in washington, d.c. or broadway. he needs them in texas and he is falling behind. not only is that a problem for beto, but other democratic candidates. >> why do you 130ez he is not resonating in that district? >> texas is texas and it's still a red, republican state. it was a very uphill climb for beto already. so is the arizona senate race. looking more and more possible for republicans. democrats would like to have that fund-raising spread out in arizona and other states where they are caught behind right now
as well. >> maybe it doesn't. i'm sorry. he has $31 million to close the gap in the next three weeks. i would count him down, but not out. >> he believes younger voters are key. listen to what he said. >> these young people have been counted out for so long. no political consultant would allow me to spend time at community colleges and high schools with young people because they haven't voted. they haven't voted because candidates have not listened to them and incorporated their stories and the services we want to provide. we have been showing up and they have been turning out. they would stand up and be counted on the 6th of november. they are not reflected in anyone's polls. that will be the surprise you see on election night. i'm grateful for their support. >> the forecast is younger and women voters will be key in so many races. does beto o'rourke have a a good point? >> he has a shot.
women and independents are going to make the difference. if he can not only motivate and transfer or get those young people to the polls because they are excited, recent polling shows that young voters are the most highly motivated group in this country. he's got the money to not only motivate them, but to put them in the polls. you may be looking at an upset. if he can't do that, because as my colleague said, it's a red state deep in texas and been red for a long time. people know cruz and he's not changing his voter base. so to win that, those young people and women and independents have got to make a difference in the race. >> all right. we will leave it there for now. good to see you both. thanks so much. of course don't forget to watch beto o'rourke speaking at a cnn town hall moderated by dana
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about a rare polio-like illness in children across this country. it's called accuse flasid militis or afm. there have been several cases in colorado and unconfirmed cases in illinois and minnesota. dr. sanjay gupta has more. >> where do you hurt? >> this video is hard to watch. >> i can't show you. i just can't. >> this is lydia. four years ago. pay close attention to her left arm. she is really not moving it. she is in the throws of accuse flasid militis. it is rare, but scary. sudden on set of weakness. sometimes the face, the eyeli ,
eyelids,but most typically the leg or the arm. >> for the start with a respiratory illness and a fever. >> the director of the clinical microbiology laboratory in colorado has care for dozens of patients with afm, mostly children. the culprit is a pathogen. >> it's an every other year pattern. >> in 2014 when she was diagnosed, 120 people were afflicted nationwide. their stories, frighteningly similar. >> we had this beautiful august day and she started coughing before we went to the pool and we got in the car and she started kind of whining and i knew she had a fever. our whole life changed. >> a lot of times i ask why me, but a lot of times i'm like at least it wasn't in my legs or my right hand because i'm right-handed.
that would be a lot worse. >> if any of this sounds familiar, you may remember images like this. in the early 1950s, polio caused more than 15,000 cases of paralysis every year until a vehicle seen came along in 1955. no cases have originated in the united states in nearly 40 years. >> let me show you what afm looks like on an mri scan. these bright areas are inflammation in the spinal cord and the nerves that control the arms. here's the important point. it's likely not the virus itself causing the paralysis, but rather the immune system's response to the virus. it's a hit-and-run reaction. >> while some children never fully recover, lydia has steadily improved over the last four years. >> we count our blessings every day to see her being able to do the things she loves to do. she really is just a normal kid. >> i want to emphasize that what
you just saw is rare. it's an important point. we are not trying to friedghten people. do the same things you would do with the flu. sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. it really does seem to work. >> thanks so much for that. illinois is one of the states dealing with this mystery illness. the state department of health said there have been 10 reported cases of afm since mid-september. joining me is the director of the illinois department of health. good to see you, doctor. what have you learned most recently about this afm and how to prevent it and treat it and deal with it? >> one of the things we are working on right now is to try to understand what commonalities there are amongst the which were who have been affected.
many of the children who have been affected around the country have had afm shortly after having a cold. what i want to emphasize is that while having the cold is common, afm is rare. we want to understand why the sliver of children affected by afm have been affected. when one of the things we know about public health is what we can predict, we can ultimately prevent. we are focused on trying to understand why certain children developed afm so we can prevent all children from developing it. >> you are looking for common denominators. have you found any? >> one of the ones that stuck out is many have followed a cold, but that's not always the case. we are casting a broader net and looking at other factors including a viral condition as dr. gupta mentioned. we are looking for environmental commonalities and as well as genetic ones. >> what recommendations do you have for parents.
just about every parent is worried about this right now. >> we understand that parents across the country are concerned about this. our advice to parents is to keep doing the things that you are doing to keep your kid safe and ensure they are up to date with vaccines and washing their hands and doing all of the various behaviors that we know keep kids healthy. we also recommend that parents, if they have seen their child develop a rapid onset of weekness and especially if they recently had a cold, call their doctor immediately. >> what are state officials doing to stem other fears that people might have about contracting it and coming into contact with it in any way? >> we are doing three things in illinois. we are focussed on making sure that figures around the state have all the information they need to be on the look out for afm and how to report it.
we are advising parents on what it is and reminding them though it's very rare, it can be serious. the third thing we are doing is trying to determine who is at risk and why and ultimately what types of preventive measures we can put in place to further children from developing it. >> thank you so much for your time. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> we are back after this.
more than ever for everything from directions to dinner recommendations to socializing online. and now teens who are growing up in the digital era ra are discovering unintended consequences of being so tied to tech. tonight in an all-new episode of "this is life" lisa ling is going to explore the link of digital technology and the mental health crisis. here's a preview. >> when you really stop to think about it, are you addicted to the phones? >> yes. >> yeah. >> these are morgan's friends a group of teen girls from town who knew her better than most. >> do you think that a lot of kids have additional accounts to expre express other aspects of their lives that may not be so rosie. >> like the personal parts of you instead of what you show people? >> yes. there was a time when i had an instagram page like that where i would post a bunch of really sad quotes all of the time, and i don't know why. >> i had a testimonybumblr as w
that, and it was just for me to vent. >> how would you feel when you were on those pages? >> worse. >> yeah. it is like salt on the wound, that sort of thing. >> i would not go on there when i was super duper happy or or excited about something, but i would only go on there when i was sad or oupset about something. >> reporter: and then you felt worse? >> right. >> wow. so enlightening. lisa ling is the hose of "this is life" joining us right now, and so when we are thinking of teens and the dangers of social media, we think of cyberbullyinging or the online predators, but on that clip, we are now talking about kids, you know, who have conflicted feelings, and they are going to sad spaces, and this is very discouraging. >> sirt is really true, fred. if you think about it, we all check the phones probably 100 times a day. in fact, the average is about
150 times a day, and these young people have grown up with these cell phones on the person and they can check any score can or check the weather and interact with people at the tip of their fingerprints, and in the past, young people, if they were feeling sad, because, you know, it is teenagers are hormonal and they sometimes go through challenging periods, they would probably seek out other people. but these the days, young people are going straight to their phone, and in many case cs, the are finding the communities to be pulled down even further into the hole. >> this is sounding dangerous, really dangerous. >> it is really dangerous, and we profiled the story of a young girl named morgan who took her own life. her mother is a nurse who is trained in behavioral health. she knew the signs to look for, and even she had no idea that her daughter morgan had this
other life on social media. it is not until she gave morgan's cell phone and her computer to the police that they discovered this whole online persona which so many kids have these the days, as you heard from the group of girls. >> and you also met, you know, teens who use tech devices so often and for so long, that, you no, it is really taking over their lives, and i mean, how severe can screen addiction get? sometimes it sounds like a funny thing, and i know that in our household with our 13-year-old, we kind of ojoke about it, but this is -- this can really be so serious that there needs to be some intervention. >> i mean, fred, you know with your own child, if you give that child the device, you literally have to rip the device out of their hands for them to want to stop using it, and the same is going for us. i know that i will be scrolling through social media, and the
nest thicessar next thing an hour has elapsed and our brains are not supposed to process all of that information and for kids who have grown up with this technology, nothing in life compares to the stimulation that they can receive with this can device -- no nothing. no landscape, no experience outdoors, and it is really scary. >> that is really scary. >> and we profile another man who had a full ride basketball scholarship and brilliant kid in school who lost it all because he was so addicted to the device and almost led him to take his own life. >> oh, my gosh. >> and again when he was sad he went to the dark places where he could find online when in the past he could have sought out another person. >> and it is so enlightening and we as parents have to understand the behaviors attached to these digital can devices, and lisa ling, of course, we want to see the rest of it tonight with a new episode of "this is life" with lisa ling airing at 10:00
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