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hello, everyone. i'm allison camerota. welcome to "cnn newsroom." victor is off today. so what did president biden mean in japan today when he said the united states would intervene militarily if china attempts to take taiwan by force? >> are you willing to get involved militarily to defend taiwan if it comes to that? >> yes. >> you are? >> that's the commitment we made. we agree with a one china policy, we've signed onto it and all the attendant agreements
made from there. but the idea that it can be taken by force, just taken by force, is just not appropriate. it will dislocate the entire region. >> now, those comments were a deviation from the standard strat stra strategic from the administration and it caught them off guard. they said the stance on china and taiwan has not changed but some of the president's own aides tell cnn they did not expect him to be so kquiv cool n the topic. china did not like these comments. what was their response? >> reporter: alison, there's no question that beijing has been watching president biden's trip here to asia very carefully, really listening to every word coming out of his mouth to see what kind of posturing they are seeing from the president on issues related to asia, and particularly, of course, china.
and so yesterday when the president was so unquiv cool when he was by a reporter would the u.s. get militarily to defend taiwan and he answered there yes, that certainly made some big waves here in asia. and the chinese government was pretty quick to respond. let me just read you a part of the statement that we got from a spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry. it said the u.s. should honor the important commitment of not supporting taiwan independent, be cautious in words and deeds on the taiwan issue, and not send any wrong signal to pro-taiwan independents and separatist forces. it also said that the u.s. should not stand in the way of 1.4 billion chinese people, so really trying to flex its muscles there. now, importantly, after this press conference where the president made these comments, there was another separate event, and when he was done speaking a number of reporters tried to ask him precisely about this. i shouted a question at him asking him if he would like to
respond to this statement from the chinese spokesperson. the president did not engage, but, alison, even after that sort of clarification attempt from the white house, all in all what this trip has shown is that the u.s. is taking a much more aggressive stance on china, both on the military front and then on the economic front as well. >> and m.j., in some ways these comments overshadowed president biden's announcement of this new trade pact to counter china's influence. >> reporter: that's right. i mean, it certainly did sort of consume the headlines on a day when the president was keen to unveil and really bring attention to this new economic framework, and what it is is the u.s. and 12 other countries in the indo-pacific region getting together and setting up sort of this group of countries that would sort of work together. of course, again, with the bigger goal of countering china. now, the devil is going to be in the details. this is sort of a loosely
aligned sort of framework. we don't have the full details of what exactly this will look like. but you can imagine when 13 countries like this are coming together, whatever agreement, whatever sort of policies they take on, there is going to be some real strength behind it. now, the backstory that is important here, of course, as you know, is that former president, u.s. president donald trump, he had taken the country out of the tpp trade agreement, and so this sort of serves the purpose of filling a void that has created. and, again, the president here trying to reset the economic policy going forward in the asia region, alison. >> thank you very much for your reporting. so defense secretary lloyd lauften just weighed in on the president's comments on china and taiwan. >> the one china policy has not changed. he reiterated that policy in our commitment to peace and stability across the taiwan
strait. he also highlighted our commitment under the taiwan relations act to help provide taiwan the means to defend itself. so, again, our policy has not changed. >> let's get to cnn's barbara starr at the pentagon. the secretary seemed to have a different, i would say, explanation than the president. >> well, you know, it's really hard to decipher all of this because at the heart of it, everybody is still -- there's no question, they're dodging the real answer. now, the secretary, you notice he said there help taiwan, give taiwan the means to defend itself. so one of the key questions here, is the president actually referring to sending taiwan additional weapons, defensive weapons if there was a chinese action against them. we don't know the answer. but that is a u.s. commitment to help taiwan defend itself. what did the president mean? how much further would they go?
would they actually send u.s. troops to taiwan? we simply don't know the answer. the secretary here at the pentagon sticking firm to the one china policy, but not saying all the implications right now of what that might mean, alison. >> barbara, you also have new reporting on the biden administration considering sending special operations forces to ukraine to protect the embassy in kyiv? >> yeah, i mean, this is in the earliest stages, we should emphasize. no decisions have been made. there is no actual plan yet. but what we do know is the u.s. embassy reopening in kyiv needs additional security, potentially, and the key question on the table there is, are u.s. special operations forces best positioned to provide the kind of security that would be needed in that embassy compound. have a listen to what general mark milley, chairman of the joint chiefs, had to say about it. >> planning efforts that are under way at a relatively low level, have not made it into the
secretary or myself, for that matter, for definement or courses of action and what's needed. at the end of the day any reintroduction of u.s. forces into ukraine would require a presidential decision. we're a ways away from anything like that. >> a ways away from anything like that, but make no mistake, pentagon speak. they are thinking about it. and so that is going to be something to very carefully watch, would u.s. special forces go into ukraine to protect the embassy, what would be the rules of the road for them, how will they keep them out of any potential combat situation. if there was to be an emergency at the embassy, how will the special operations forces get themselves and embassy personnel out in a crisis. >> all vital questions. thank you so much. we have cnn global affairs analyst, susan glasser, and cnn military affairs analyst and retire air force corp. leighton. >> i want to talk about what president biden said today.
it sounded clear, and it's not the first time he has said this. at a cnn town hall in november he said something very similar. let me play this for you. >> i just want to make china understand that we are not going to step back, we are not going to change any of our views. >> so are you saying that the united states would come to taiwan's defense if china attacked? >> yes, we have a commitment to do that. >> susan, does it sound to you like he is saying direct military intervention? >> well, look, alison, yes is not a very ambiguous word, is it? it's hard to say you have a policy of that, when the answer to whether you're going to have military defense is yes. however, there are so many unclear details that it may be ambiguous in terms of the actual meaning of what this policy is right now. i think what you're seeing from president biden is a reflection of the fact that in this sort of post-ukraine invasion by russia, both china and the united states
are giving another very serious look at taiwan, understanding that this could be an even bigger and more catastrophic flashpoint, and both sides are really positioning right now to try to understand what is the fallout from russia's war in ukraine, does that make conflict in taiwan more likely. i think the answer is we don't know what the u.s. military commitment really is to taiwan at this point in time, although it exists. >> colonel leighton, it sounded like the defense secretary was trying to say, this would be the ukraine model, of course we would provide weaponry to taiwan. but that is different than the way president biden answered it today. how did you hear it? >> yeah, alison, it is different. and the way i heard it was, from president biden, we have a commitment and we're going to fulfill that commitment. so it seemed to me more of a warning to the china that if they did try to do something in the same manner as the russians tried or are trying with
ukraine, that the united states would respond and would respond very forcefully to hopefully prevent that kind of an outcome in taiwan. so it does seem as if the policy of strategic ambiguity has become a little less ambiguous at this point. >> colonel, militarily how complicated would it be for the u.s. to actively defend taiwan? >> well, in a word, very, alison. and the military has spent a lot of time over the years planning for just such a contingency. there is an operations plan that is out there, when it was first charted was very sensitive. but the basic idea all the way back to the reagan administration was that they would defend taiwan, or at least have plans in place to do so. of course, if you have a plan in place, it does not necessarily mean that you're going to execute that plan.
but the u.s. would have to move naval forces between the chinese mainland and taiwan into tie wan strait, they would have to have air cover, they would have to have missiles set up like the patriot, as well as other missiles, that would be used to shoot down not only chinese aircraft, but also chinese missiles, and they would have to have a pretty coherent effort in place to protect taiwan. it's a very difficult military problem set, and especially now with chinese capabilities being much more than they were in the mid-90s, the last time something like this got a bit serious, it's really pretty clear that it would be a much tougher thing for the u.s. to respond to. >> susan, i want to ask you about what's happening in ukraine because the president talked about that as well. and basically he was suggesting that russia's mission has changed in terms of what vladimir putin really wants. so let me play that for you.
>> i believe that putin is attempting to eliminate the identity of ukraine. he can't occupy it, but he can try to destroy its identity. and the reason i bother to mention that is he has to pay, russia has to pay a long-term price for that. >> the audio was not great there, but basically he was saying that he thinks putin is trying to eliminate the identity of ukraine and that's different than a land grab of the donbas or have some sort of land bridge connecting crimea. that's a different mission. >> well, that's right. i think that has been the concern of many russia analysts going back to, if you look at putin's extraordinary manifesto that he wrote last summer, essentially denying the legitimacy of ukraine as an independent state, and then you look at the extraordinary and horrifying propaganda we've seen from russian statements during the war itself, this
increasingly sounds like a war of extermination. you look at the evidence of war crimes on the ground, the filtration camps that russians are setting up in areas they've occupied, the deportations, mass deportations of civilians echoing the worst of stalin's climbs and you get a sense that ukraine itself wants to be wiped off the map by vladimir putin, that that is his goal. so i think that president biden, unfortunately, is reflecting the increasing reality as the war is playing out. >> susan glasser, colonel leighton, thank you both for the insight. the first foreign shipment of desperately needed baby formula has arrived in the u.s. just as more babies are hospitalized. and monkeypox, we're now seeing cases in 15 countries, including the u.s. what you need to know next.
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the children can become dehydrated and many end up with feeding tubes in their stomach because they are dehydrated. i don't want to say there's lots and lots of these children, we don't have a number. but there are enough we're hearing from various hospitals. let's take a listen to a dietician in south carolina. >> the majority of what we've seen is when patients are on like specialized formulas for, like, feeding intolerance or milk protein allergies or something specific related to their disease state and they try an alternative and it doesn't go well. >> so it's really hard to hear these stories, alison. i've been speaking with these parents pretty much daily for weeks. sometimes they're crying on the phone. it's really hard for them to find a formula that works for their child. >> elizabeth cohen, thank you very much for the reporting. so ukrainian president zelenskyy opened the world economic forum this morning with a virtual address and urged the global community to impose maximum sanctions against russia, including a full oil
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well. i know these are obviously isolated cases, however it's now in 15 countries, there have been cases reported in 15 countries. so how concerned are you? >> we in public health are concerned. i think the public should be interested. this is not a virus that spreads like covid widely. it spreads very slowly through intimate, close contact. one of the epidemiologic features of this outbreak is that a very substantial proportion of the persons who are affected across the world now have acknowledged that they are men who have sex with men. so this may be a chain of transmission going from one close romantic relationship to another. the public health authorities are working on that, they're trying to find every case, all of the contacts. and i would hope that that
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in georgia will serve as the biggest test so far of donald trump's endorsement. in the race for governor, polls indicate that former president trump's hand-picked candidate, david perdue, is trailing the incumbent, brian kemp for double digits. trump is targeting kemp for not going along with his 2020 election lies. kemp does have a big name stumping for him, former vice president mike pence. let's get to cnn's political director, david chalian. tell us what to watch for tomorrow in georgia. >> alison, you were bright. governor brian kemp, the incumbent governor, targeted by donald trump, because brian kemp rightly and correctly certified the legitimate election of joe
biden in the battleground state that helped propel him to the presidency. donald trump has been telling his lie about the 2020 election ever since and that makes kemp target number one. donald trump may be in for a big loss here tomorrow if the pre-election polls are correct. you mentioned the trump versus pence factor. tonight pence has that rally for kemp, trump is holding a tell-rally for perdue. as you know, they are on other sides of this. they're trying to carve out their own political turf inside the republican primary in advance of 2024. look at this statement from donald trump spokesperson today to "the new york times" about mike pence. now, desperate to chase his lost relevance, pence is parachuting to races hoping someone is paying attention.
that's pretty direct and insnid. so no love lost despite pence's loyalty to donald trump. the other thing we're watching are early voting turnout records. take a look on the republican side, pre-election primary votes cast thus far, in 2018 it was 172,587. in 2022, 406,388 republican pre-election primary votes. record setting. and, by the way, democrats are coming out to vote even though they don't have a very competitive contest at the top of their tickets for governor or senate race. in 2018 where there was a competitive democratic primary, 151,204 pre-election votes cast, in 2022, it's nearly 300,000, nearly double what it was four years ago in the primary season, alison. >> david, really interesting stuff. look at that level of engagement. looking at the numbers is fascinating. and you're following a democratic race for song in texas and how abortion is playing into it. >> yeah, this is a fascinating
race. it's a runoff between the incumbent moderate establishment democrat, one of the very few democrats that still portrays himself as a pro-life democrat in the congress. he does have speaker pelosi's backing as the incumbent. but the more progressive chalec challenger running with bernie sanders and elizabeth warren. we'll see if the pro-abortion candidate can fire up enough progresses to overcome the in dumb bent in this race and what that may mean for democrats trying to hold onto the district in the fall, alison. >> david chalian, we'll be watching, as we know you will be. thank you. >> thanks. so let's discuss further with cnn political commentator scott jennings, who served as special assistant to president george w. bush. great to see you. let's talk about what's going on in georgia with brian kemp. so he had to today try to
explain his relationship with donald trump, and here is what he said. >> i had a great relationship with mike pence, i had a great relationship with president trump. i've never said anything bad about him, i don't plan on doing that. i'm not mad at him. i think he's just mad at me and that's something that i can't control. >> okay, so number one, what do you hear in that statement? and, number two, if kemp wins bigly, as president trump used to like to say, does that change donald trump's kingmaker status? >> well, first of all, for brian kemp i think the kind of authenticity you heard in that answer is the way he's run his campaign, and it's in large part why he's winning so big here. he didn't try to contort himself, he didn't try to play semantics games about how this has gone down. he just accepted the reality, leaned into it, stated his position. and i think the voters have rewarded him for it. governors races are often about competence, likability, authenticity and the future and
kemp has just really done great in every single category. regarding the future of the republican party, i think that was the second part of your question -- >> well, the kingmaker status, do you think his kingmaker status, donald trump's, hinges on this? >> well, i mean, look, i think he's still extremely influential with republican voters. it's just in this particular case he ran up against somebody who figured out how to solve the equation. it doesn't mean donald trump isn't an influential person anymore. kemp has had the benefit, too -- and sometimes in the republican party the way you can explain success is by having all the right enemies. desantis has this right now. kemp has had all the right enemies. he defeated stacey abrams, stood up against some of the corporations in georgia in 2020, he stuck to his guns on the georgia election law that a lot of the national liberal establishment came down on him for. so even though donald trump was mad at him, he then cultivated some of the right enemies that i think signalled to republican
voters, brian kemp really is one of us, despite donald trump's opinion. so does it totally throw out his kingmaker status? no. does it show a way to stand up to donald trump, yes. and does it show the right way to run a campaign when you have this dynamic, absolutely. people should study the brian kemp model. >> it's interesting to hear what some republican governors are saying about donald trump and how he's conducting himself in 2022. basically they're calling his involvement his personal vendetta tour and one of the people talking about it is former new jersey governor, chris christie. he said this yesterday, this is just not the best use -- basically what he's talking about is having to spend money in georgia to fend off donald trump's attacks. and he says this is just not the best use of our money. we would much rather use it in races against democrats, but it was made necessary because donald trump decided on the vendetta tour this year and so we need to make sure we protect these folks who are the objects of his vengeance. so what is the larger point
here? >> well, the larger point is chris christie is exuding the quaint notion that political parties are about the team and the health and future of the party as a whole. he's doing that in the era of donald trump who has made the republican party all about himself. he doesn't think about it would be better spent here or there, he doesn't view the world through that lens. fortunately, the republican governors association decided to view the world exactly through that lens and that's the role of a party or party committee, to help the incumbents and rock star office holders win election. in georgia that's a big deal because stacey abrams is one of the top democrat recruits in the country. she will not lack for resources. so every dollar we've thrown away in the useless republican primary we could have spent in the fall. that's a good way to look strategic way to look at it. i'm glad he's standing up for that point of view because it
strengthens the party and it works. >> i'm not sure that congressman mo brooks is following your creed. he's running for senate in alabama and he is doing so by going after your long-time boss and colleague, mitch mcconnell. so let me read to you what he says. mo brooks says on twitter, we only have a couple more days until the primary election. remember this election is a battle between mitch mcconnell and the swamp versus grassroots conservatives. is that a winning strategy? >> well, i mean, mo brooks' problem is that donald trump was for him and now he's against him and bailed out on him and he's trying to make this race about something else. i don't think it's going to be a winning strategy. that race has gotten interesting, though. brooks had fallen back and now the latest polling shows him rising. it seems like we're heading for a runoff in alabama. alabama senate is one of the most interesting, one of the closest races. it's got some of the strangest
dynamics and really i think one of the best candidates in the country, katey brit. i'll be in new york for election coverage. that's one i'll be watching closely because i think it may say quite a bit about where the republicans are headed in the fall. >> scott jennings, thank you so much. we'll be right back. e's gett d on her green investments with merrill. a-plus. still got it. (whistle blows) your money never stops working for you with merrill, a bank of america company.
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ukraine's president zelenskyy estimates that 100 ukrainians a day are being killed, as fighting intensify in the eastern part of the country. the u.n. says more than 6.5 million people fled ukraine with another 8 million internally displaced. and today, the first russian soldier tried for war crimes in ukraine was sentenced to prison. suzanne is in lviv for us. tell us about the life sentence for the russian soldier. >> reporter: well, all eyes were on a kyiv courtroom today. this is the first case of its kind. va vadim pled guilty to shooting an unarmed ukrainian civilian. the court in fact found him guilty of this and sentenced him to the maximum, which was life in prison. it was a very dramatic moment when he was in the courtroom. everyone had to stand as the judge read the explanation for
about 15 minutes or so. and this really is the very first case of its kind to actually prosecute this war crime. the prosecutor itself actually had a statement where he said this was not just justice for this unarmed ukrainian civilian shot in the street during the war, but really a message for the russian soldiers, those in the country now who have armed to go home, to put down those arms, or for the russians who are going to consider coming to ukraine to contribute in some way to the war, in this invasion, not to come at all. that was the message that the prosecutor said to many, and many ukrainians here feeling like it was the appropriate thing to do. >> certainly if this information can get to russians. and then there are also the threat of a trial for the
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police in new york releasing these images. take a look at your screen. this is a man wanted for homicide in that new york city subway shooting. the suspect was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded swet shirt, gray sweat pants and white sneaker. the victim was 48-year-old daniel enriquez. police say he was on the "q" train when the suspect pulled out a gun and fired without provocation. alexandra field is following the story. do the police think the suspect is still in new york city? >> reporter: he was last seen getting off the train as it pull into the canal street station. they're saying they need help from the public.
they need all eyes in term of tracking down and identifying the suspect. it happened 11:30 sunday morning. witnesses say there was no kind of incident that proceeded the shoot. they saw the suspect walking up and down the car before he shot the victim at close range, striking him in the chest. daniel enriquez just 47 years old, rushed to the hospital. did not survive his injuries. this comes weeks after another shooting on the "n" train in brooklynen ten people injured then. mayor adams responding to this shooting vowing his administration will fight the over-proliferation of gun on new york city streets. he's saying along with putting more police underground, the city is continuing the lack at more ways to secure the subways. >> i want to bring technology, not metal detectors, but technology that could identify a
gun. and i want to bring that, move it around in the subway system so that we can identify guns. >> reporter: daniel enriquez, the only victim of the shooting, the only person who was injured in that car. again, he was 48 years old. he had worked at goldman sachs since 2013. the firm put out a statement today calling him a beloved member of the firm's family. >> it's horrible. let's hope they get that suspect soon. alexandra field, thank you. it's the top of the hour on cnn newsroom. beijing is firing back after president biden promised the u.s. will respond militarily if china invades taiwan. a chinese official said moments ago, quote, the u.s. is playing with fire, because of these remarks from president biden in japan. >> didn't want to get involved in the ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons. are you willing to get involve