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patriotism by saying ours is first, who cares about the others. >> trump's nationalist america first agenda targets france's president at the anniversary of world war i. >> millions of troops have fought with extraordinary skill and valor in one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. >> "cnn newsroom" starts now. >> hello, everyone. thank you so much for joining us. i'm fredricka whitfield. as leaders come together to mark the 100th anniversary of world war i. the somber dedication upstaged. french president emmanuel macron delivered a forceful rebuke of trump's self-proclaimed
nationalist position. >> translator: patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. i know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface. they are ready to wreak chaos and death. history sometimes threatens to take a sinister course once again. >> and later in the rain, trump spoke at an american cemetery where 1,565 americans from world war i and world war ii were buried. he didn't acknowledge the nationalism dig, focusing on honoring the fallen. >> american and french patriots of world war i embody the virtues of our two republics. honor and courage, strength and valor, love and loyalty, grace and glory. it is our duty to preserve the
civilization they defended and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago. >> yesterday after cancelling a planned briefing at another cemetery because of what the white house called logistical difficulties caused by weather. vociferous backlash. the grandson of winston churchill who was also a member of parliament among those criticizing the decision, tweeting this. they died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate donald trump couldn't even defy the weather to pay respects to the fallen? jim acosta is in paris for us. jim, president trump is now on his way back to the u.s., but tense moments. what does this say about what was really a very warm relationship between trump and
macron? now what? >> fredricka, i thought this was a stunning moment to witness here in paris. it is not often that you see an american president on the world stage rebuked in this kay. he was given a lecture by the french president when he made those comments about nationalism being the opposite of patriotism and making other tough comments warning the world that nationalism could give birth to darker forces that could sweep the another after they saw what happened. they went right into world war ii and had to defeat the nazis to save the world. it was really a stirring moment to see the president of france standing there underneath the ark ditriomph. it's a warning that something like this could happen all over again. you can see the expression on
the president's face. it was not a warm one. not a pleasant one. what we have seen so far as he is on his way back to washington was a frosty sense of body language between the two leaders. i talked to a source familiar with the discretions he had with the leaders for the armistice celebrations and this source said the president has been in a sour mood with some of these leaders. he has been testy at times in having the discussions about the grudges he expressed in the past about european countries not doing enough to pay their fair share in terms of nato spending and that sort of thing. this was a moment for emmanuel macron to say to president trump, listen, you can do nationalism back in the united states, but over here in europe, we don't think it's a good idea. i talked to an official following the speech because i
thought it was stung. i said was when a message directed at president trump? the official said no, no, no, this was directed to all of the world. emmanuel macron just as europe as you continue from looking around to see who the next leader of europe is going to be with angela merkel not running fe reelection, i thought it was a big moment. the president made the trip out to the cemetery earlier this afternoon unlike yesterday when they scrapped the decision because of rain. fredricka, it is no small thing when the grandson of winston churchill and other people in the white house they say admire rebukes the president as well for not going to the cemetery yesterday and braving the elements to pay respect to the american soldier who is lost their lives in world war i. the president is heading back after receiving a stinging rebuke that you don't see very often on the world stage with an
american president traveling abroad. >> you talked about the body language and that was most notable between macron and trump. trump reaching out to touch him and hand on his hand and hand on his thigh on a few different occasions and it seemed that trump did not reciprocate or acknowledge or return any warmth. was there anything to read into that? have people ventured to read into that? >> my sense of it from talking to my sources here in paris and talked to a senior french official about this, emmanuel macron talked last week and mentioned the need for countries in europe to start thinking about their own strategic interest long-term perhaps without the united states being their chief defender. that is something the president tweeted about as he was coming into paris and he was insulted by the comments that
interpreting that he wanted a european military. he said that was not are inially the case, but the senior french official said emmanuel macron is starting to think about france and french security interests in a new way in part because of what president trump is doing in washington. it is unsettling and american allies across the world and emmanuel macron made that clear today. >> jim acosta in paris, thank you so much. among other world leaders at the palace after that moment was vladimir putin who trump greeted warmly as the two engaged in back patting and putin flashes trump a thumbs up. a stark contrast to how the other world leaders were greeting the russian president. their faces different than trump who is there smiling. russian news agencies reported
that moments ago that they exchanged pleasantries and president trump said he is ready to negotiate on the nuclear arms treaty that trump vowed to leave. nick robertson is in paris with that development. what is being made with those exchanges just described. >> fredricka, there were two things to take away from what we have heard from president putin today. his spokesperson said over the lunch, there was not time to get into anything much beyond pleasantries. president putin has spoken to the french language russian news organization in russia and has been quite clear on a couple of things. one of these plays specifically into the language in that tweet that president trump used when he arrived here to criticize president macron this was what he was talking about that
president macron talked about forming a european army. no surprise that president putin is trying to exploit that difference there. he said it's natural because the european union is strong economically and strong politically and natural that they should look to their own sovereignty to protect their own sovereignty and interest through security and defense. putin exploiting that and throwing open the possibility for those discussions for the inf treaty. this is much more important for the experts to speak about this than the leaders to speak about it. make no mistake, president putin exploiting what president trump tried to do here for his own advantage to get weakness among nato allies between europe and the united states. >> all right, nick robertson. thank you so much. setting the stage for when the
two are in the same arena also in the g-20 summit in argentina. let's talk more about all of this now. the president specifically to france. david is a global affairs friendafrien commentator. good to see you. so let's first start with your reaction to the french president macron denouncing nationalism in a not so subtle swipe even though there was analysis that he was speaking more broadly and not are inially targeting president trump. >> not only a slight, but something that will continue over the next day or two. after the ceremony and after the lunch, macron convened a peace summit and forum for three days. the initial session was attended by 70 of the leader who is were at that ceremony this morning. what's quite extraordinary is this was a globalism summit.
a forum. trump was the only world leader who was not at this. he was already at the airport heading back to washington. the rest of the world and the rest of europe decided that this is not the way to go. they are going to have to trek a new path. i'm often reminded back to the days of the treaty of versailles that ended the war officially signed 100 years ago next june, a book i have written about this subject suggests that it was ro woodrow wilson who wanted to bring the united states into the world and almost succeeded in doing that. he created the concept of globalism with the united states in the leadership. now trump seems to be on the verge of trying to dismantle that system. >> is there a feeling perhaps among european leaders that this is temporary? this is temporarily unsettling
and that the history is just too deep to be undermined or rewritten this quickly? >> i have talked to those close to a number of european leaders and they told me a lot of them are waiting for two more years. if they can get just two more years, perhaps the american people will have come to their senses and they will have a different choice or different president with a different world view to deal with. they are hoping this is just, as you say, a temporary passing phase. they are also deeply concerns that there are voices working against that. trump is working against that. one thing i found striking was his tweet about poland. that's the one country or one of the few who embraced a nationalist, right wing conservative government. trump who almost all alone tweeted congratulations on the
100th anniversary of the founding of this polish state. he is trying to pick and choose his friends in europe, those who think similarly to sihim. >> still ahead -- >> it's armageddon in here. >> 23 dead and hundreds of thousands evacuated from their homes. we will take you live to california. parts of the state become engulfed by the devastating fires. we've been helping you prepare and invest for retirement since day one. why would we leave now? because i'm retired now. so? we're voya. we stay with you to and through retirement... with solutions to help provide income throughout. so you'll still be here to help me make smart choices? well, with your finances that is. we had nothing to do with that, uh, tie. or the suit. or the shirt. voya. helping you to and through retirement.
firefighters in california are carrying out the grim and heart breaking task of searching for victims killed by the devastating fires. at least 23 people have died so far and 100 others missing. it may only get worse. >> the rate of spread is exponentially more than it used to be. please heed evacuation warnings.
do not stay in your homes to try to defend them. >> at this moment, three fires are scorching the land and with wind gusts expected upwards of 60 miles per hour, the uphill battle is steepening. let's go to scott maclaine high in malibu where high winds are expected to fuel the woolsy fire there. >> firefighters had a bit of a reprieve yesterday. they are not going to have that today as the winds start to return and really stoke the flame. we are talking about 83,000 acres chewed up by the fire that is only 10% contained. it destroyed more than 170 homes and 57,000 more threatened. including in malibu where we are, people haven't been able to get to their homes. they haven't seen what's left. you can imagine how hot and quickly this fire came through.
if you look to the left in the garden, there is debris and trees and things smoldering. that started to flame up in the last couple of minutes it. doesn't take much wind to restart that fire. you can see the car over to the right. we can assume that firefighters were here or someone was here to put it out. the whole thing is not destroyed, but a lot of people have not been able to get back. it is hard to find actual homeowners. we spoke to one, scott major, who was back here and we were here with him at the moment that he realized his house was gone. >> i was sick. i'm still sick. it's literally unbelievable. it's right in front of my eyes. i went down there where the house used to be and i wasn't down there very long, but the only thing i found left was a ceramic tea pot i made in high school.
>> a ceramic tea pot he made in high school, the one thing he finds is amazing. here's one other house. if you look at what's left of it, you can see a burned uphill side. the fire barely crossed that canyon and we spoke to people who lived over there. they have been working with garden hoses and shovels to try to put out hot spots because they are worried the fire could spread from this side to that side. the wind will kick up and they are worried that will restart a lot of smoldering areas and embers in places where they don't want them to be. it will be like this for tuesday. there will be a lot of people on edge. >> so sad. that initial shot you gave us really helps people understand, this is the appeal of malibu. why so many people to love in the hillside or perhaps right beach side. you can see that beautiful sea scape of the pacific ocean that
we saw earlier right over your shoulder. it's extraordinary and so sad people have lost so much and lives are being so threatened and this deadly fire from top to bottom. let's go to northern california where thus far it has been proven to be very deadly. the city of paradise has been devastated. our nick valencia is there live. nick? >> hey there, fredericka. this fire the most destructive in the state history and third deadliest. all that's left of this home is the chimney. we are by one of the main thoroughfares or one of the three out of paradise. thursday morning when the fire started, this road was just absolutely gridlocked. from these burned out car, you can can tell the panic that may have ensued. >> is that the welcome to paradise sign?
it is! >> that's our paradise sign. >> by the time most people in paradise realized how quickly it was spreading, they were in trouble. this man can't believe his eyes. >> the town is on fire! >> you are looking at 90% of the towns are gone in every neighborhood chltd. >> the mayor said it gave the town only five minutes to evacuate. the mass exodus caused gridlock on the town out of town. there was such panic as drivers fled on foot and abandoned their cars. >> it worked the way it was supposed to work. we just never anticipated having to evacuate all zones all at the same time. >> an automatic alert was sunday out to land lines and cell phones of residents. not everyone got a notification.
cole white and his wife live here and said he was asleep. if not for a phone call from his brother, he might not have gotten out. >> he didn't think it was bad enough to call, but something in his gut said i want to make sure my family knows. >> cole was not registered to receive the alerts. >> i started thinking about my daughter. >> cole said it took him two hours to find out his 8-year-old daughter had been pick peried um school by a family member. he ran out of gas in the gridlock. a stranger stop and gave him enough to get out of town. >> has it hit you? >> no. i'm still in shock. trying to wake up from this terrible dream. my daughter said, i know we hated our home and wanted to move out, but it was our home and i'm sad that it's gone. >> outside of paradise, we meet james and ruby harris, their car still covered in ash from the
fire. they show us where it was damaged when an rv crashed into them, trying to move it out of the way. the scene they describe is mayh mayhem. >> my husband had to get our son out of the car and into the wheelchair and buckle him in and keep my others are taking off. >> exactly. everyone is running past. >> they were both able to get out. they had nothing left to return to. >> the whole town was wiped off the face of the earth in a matter of eight hours. >> the most destructive fire in california history changed their town forever. >> this fire only spread overnight. about 6,000 acres and yesterday at a press conference, 100 people unaccounted for, but that number will fluctuate as people were discovered and more bodies are discovered here in the
devastation. fred? >> horrifying. nick valencia, thank you so much for that. still ahead, live pictures right now out of broward county as they recount votes in florida. tensions are very high across the state as ballots are being carefully viewed in the races for governor and the u.s. senate. next. takes more than just investment advice. from insurance to savings to retirement, it takes someone with experience and knowledge who can help me build a complete plan. brian, my certified financial planner™ professional, is committed to working in my best interest. i call it my "comfortable future plan," and it's all possible with a cfp® professional. find your certified financial planner™ professional at letsmakeaplan.org. i just got my ancestrydna results: 74% italian.
recounting is happening right now. county election officials have until 3:00 p.m. thursday to get it all done. not only is a large gathering of media watching being but observers for each candidate are being allowed in the election room to watch the counting. let's get to the latest from ryan nobles in tallahassee for us, ryan? >> reporter: by an example, fred, rick scott's campaign said they have 7500 volunteers here as recounting begins. while we wait for the second round of returns come in, we are hearing a back and forth war of words between the campaigns as they accuse one or the other of trying to retake the process. governor scott on fox news this morning. listen to what what he said about bill nelson's role. >> bill nelson is a soar lore l and he won't give up.
he is saying if you're not a citizen, you should vote and fraudulent ballots ought to count. that's wrong. >> a lawsuit file by the nelson campaign is a law unique here to florida. by an example, bill nelson's campaign tweeted this response to rick scott. this is what the nelson campaign said. the state signature match policy threw out thousands of votes prevented even a former u.s. congressman from voting and patrick murphy was a congressman who put on his feed that his ballot was rejected because of the signature match. they argue that this lawsuit is necessary so that votes that deserve to be counted actually get counted. republicans feel differentlily abo about that. we have a live picture in broward county.
this is one of the countries we are watching most closely. we have a history of having issues with counting. so far while they are busy at work, they are starting the process of counting. the aring on this from broward county accident th county, they have to go through each ballot and separate out the payments that involve only the races being recounted. that's a lot of ballots. it will take them 30 to 35 hours to begin and finish that process. they evaporate evhaven't even s recount process. >> really they have to do the sorting before the actual counting. ryan nobles, it is a big under taking we are seeing right there. thank you so much. coming up next, top democrats pen a letter to the u.s. justice department, demanding acting attorney general matthew whitaker recuse himself.
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appears to be like a fence beyond the pool. trying to protect that house as best they can. you know by now in southern and northern california, hundreds of thousands of acres have burned, including thousands of properties. this is already proving to be a deadly fire in northern california. more than 20 dead and in southern california the woolzy fire there also lives have been claimed there. you see actively what firefighters, what teams are up against with the santa ana winds kicking up in california, proving to be a horrible situation for all those on the ground. we will continue to keep a close watch of the developments in northern and southern california. meantime to politics, chuck schumer and likely income iing
matt whitaker. >> i am sending a letter along with leader pelosi to the chief ethics officer with the justice department asking him to issue guideline guidelines should whitaker recuse himself. jeff sessions recused himself. >> after january 3rd, we will subpoena or summon, if are in, mr. whitaker. >> what are will you ask him? >> the questions we will ask him will be about his expressed hostility to the investigation and how he can supervise it when he said the findings of every agency, there was no russian
interference on the election when he expressed legal opinions. >> in that letter expressed, house democrats wrote mr. whitaker has a history of hostile statements towards robert mueller's investigation including statements suggesting that the investigation be defended or subjected to strict limitations on its scope. i want to bring in raja krishnamoorthi. is it your feeling that the russia investigation is in danger now that matt whitaker is the acting attorney general? >> thank you for having me on, fredricka. i am very concerned about the appointment of mr. whitaker. he expressed a number of prejudicial statements against the muller investigation and now he would be overseeing it. a number of us are very
concerned about his appointment. >> senator assumer also suggested that in a protection of the russia investigation could be tied up to must pass legislation such as a spending bill. would you support something like that? >> i hope it doesn't come to that. i think the one thing that the trump administration needs to know or recognize is that the american people want this investigation to continue unimpeded. now that the democrats are going to be in the majority in the house, they have a number of tools at their disposal including subpoena power and other tools to continue this investigation, including taking up the investigation in the house if the mueller investigation is prematurely ended. i hope it doesn't come to any spending showdown in december. i hope that we can avoid that and continue the investigation unimpeded. >> okay. republican senator lindsey graham was on cbs earlier today
and he actually said he is scheduled to meet with whitaker next week and this is also what he said about the question of recusal. >> you don't recuse somebody because their opinion is different than the people they are overseeing. trustily, there is politics abounds that trump is guilty no matter what mueller finds. the bottom line is that mr. mueller will be allowed to do something job without political interference mr. whitaker. he is legally qualified and otherwise qualified to oversee this investigation. until a new attorney general would be a pointed and being that will happen early next year. >> so he is confident that the mueller probe will be unsbru uninterrupted. do you feel that confident? >> i can't say i share that confiden confidence, but i hope he is right. mr. whitaker expressed
opposition to the investigation several times. i think with regard to whether or not he should be the acting attorney general, there is a constitutional challenge that he has to come to terms with. he is not a senate-confirmed officer of the justice department unlike rod rosenstein who would otherwise be the acting attorney general. the president side stepped appointing mr. rosenstein in favor of mr. whitaker. i think he did so because of mr. whitaker's prejudicial statements against the investigation. i wish i shared senator graham's confidence, but right now we are going to have to very carefully scrutinize mr. whitaker's next actions with regard to mr. mueller. >> is there anything you can do in which to shorten his potential length of time as an
acting attorney general given the fact that he doesn't have the senate confirmation? >> as you know, there is talk about a lawsuit and so forth, challenging the constitutionality of his appointment. that is certainly something that people are strongly considering. i personally hope that the president nominates someone to be the permanent attorney general and that his temporary appointment of mr. whitaker is just that. temporary. he should not be there right now. >> congressman krishnamoorthi, thank you so much. >> thank you, fredricka. >> tonight is the final episode of "parts unknown" with a personal tour of anthony bourdain's lower east side.
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as women around the country fight for their rights, they may have the upper hand when it comes to one issue. child custody. on tonight's episode of this is life, lisa ling talks to fathers fighting to play a more active in their children's lives. >> justin only sees his son every other weekend and wednesdays. >> you like that corn bread? >> his family has to make every moment count. >> what are does your son mean to you? >> he means everything. come on. you know how to get down. come on. it's going to be all right. it's all right. >> i really love this dude. i would do anything for him. i would die for him. i find out what love is with my son. say bye-bye, everybody. >> part of loving his son means
giving him back. >> i love you. >> give papa kiss. >> say bye-bye? >> bye! >> bye-bye. all right, come on. >> across town, there is a mother who loves justin's son as much as he does. another family waiting for him. >> lisa ling joining us now. it is so heart breaking. you talk to so many fathers and what are the obstacles that many of them are sharing with you? >> fred, the divorce rate in this country hovers at about 50%. very often divorces become incredibly contentious. when it reaches the courts and lawyers get involved, it can get pretty messy. in most cases when there is no abuse involved, about 80% of the time the mothers get custody of the children. what that means for men or fathers is they get to see their
child every other weekend and one day a week. what happens in many cases is they become alienated from their children. again, there is bad blood between the mother and the father and the kids don't really understand why dad isn't around that much. it can have a pretty devastating impact on a father and this episode is really exploring how it affects the children too when this happens when they don't have access or nearly enough access to one of the parents. >> the hard ship for the parents and the kids. it ranges depending on the age of the kids and their level of understanding or lack there of. >> that's right. i talked to a number of father who is said that their children stopped talking to them because they don't understand why they
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