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[11:00:12] NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: "This is treason," he says. "Those responsible, there should be no place to bury
them. They are terrorists."
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BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: Turkey cracks down hard following the failed coup with 50,000 people now removed from their posts. Is the government
going too far? Well, live reports from Ankara and Istanbul are up next.
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THERESA MAY, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: I'm very clear Brexit does mean Brexit. As he said, we will make a success of it.
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ANDERSON: Britain's exit from the European Union tops the agenda as the UK's new prime minister prepares to meet the German chancellor. We'll
bring you Theresa May's arrival in Berlin later this hour.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm training. And hoping I'm hoping I can compete.
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ANDERSON: Russia's Olympic committee announces its team for the Rio games, but will they be able to go for gold or will the IOC ban the
Hello. And welcome to Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson for you tonight in Abu Dhabi.
We begin in Turkey where the government's crackdown has now transformed into a staggering purge. In just the past few days since the
thwarted coup, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suspended or fired thousands of people, kicking teachers, journalists, police officers and
judges out of their jobs.
Hundreds of others, including army generals, are being rounded up and taken to court.
Well, earlier, Mr. Erdogan held an emergency security meeting with top officials as the government looks to shore up its position.
We are on every side of the story for you. Our Nic Robertson following the latest for us from the Turkish capital Ankara, and Arwa Damon
monitoring the situation from Istanbul.
Nic, let's start with you. I believe the security council meeting is just wrapping up. We are still awaiting a statement. As we -- as they
started this meeting, we did expect that they would be discussing the possibility of a state of emergency being called in the country. Do we
know any more at this point?
ROBERTSON: Becky, we don't, The National Security Council has met. It's an advisory body. They will advise the cabinet. Obviously, the
president and the prime minister will be in that cabinet meeting. We're told the cabinet meeting could go long. The
president is expected to speak after that. But what is widely expected across the country, indeed, is precisely that, that we will hear some
version of an emergency -- law emergency situations emerging from the advice of the National Security Council, then gives to the cabinet.
But precisely what that may be, what shape it may take, we just don't know at the moment. And as we wait, even while that cabinet session has
been going on, we've heard of more, adding to that total, more people already dismissed from their jobs -- another 6,000 from the ministry of
education, that's 21,000 people, plus from the ministry of education suspended -- 21,000 teachers, their jobs suspended. That's 55,000
government employees, military court judges, a couple of hundred of those suspenced in the last couple of hours, Becky. The numbers just keep
climing even while the government at its top levels is debating the next move.
ANDERSON: Nic stand by. Arwa is in Istanbul at the present. I'm just hearing from one of my scores that the National Security Council
meeting lasting four hours and 40 minutes. And as Nic points out, the president now set to chair a cabinet meeting, and after that we shall hear
exactly what is going on.
Arwa, on the ground, as Nic says this purge goes on, the licenses of thousands of teachers from the private sector canceled, the heads of 1,500
universities asked to resign. Has the government explained why and how they believe those in the Turkish education system were involved in the
ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, here's what seems to be the government's logic at this stage. Remember, they are saying that
it Fetullah Gulen, that cleric in self-imposed exile in the U.S. is behind this and that his movement, this Gulenist movement, gets disseminated
within the educational sector by various different educators and academics who perhaps subscribe to his ideology or are his supporters. And they do
believe that it is within the various different universities and other institutions that perhaps some of the recruitment was taking place.
So, their logic is because the educational sector is one of the key areas where his messages would have disseminated, where perhaps his
support base was growing from that is why they are taking these extreme measures at this stage when it comes to the various different academics and
others who have seen their licenses suspended. The deans of universities were all being forced to resign.
So on the one hand, that's how the government is justifying what's going on. But it's really sending some very concerning messages at least
to those who are opponents of this government and are concerned about how this has changed.
Some people do believe that while the nation did rally behind the fact that a democratically elected government must be what stays in power, they
are worried right now that this is going to take something of a different turn.
[11:05:58] ANDERSON: Arwa, stand by. Nic, you have been assessing the damage, the physical damage caused in Ankara during this attempted
coup. Any further details on when or if this U.S.-based cleric that Erdogan blames as being behind this plot will be extradited from the United
ROBERTSON: Well, the United States has said to the Justice Department in the U.S. will assist and work with the Turkish counterparts to see if -
- see if the level of information and evidence the Turkish authorities have meets the bar, if you will, that the Turkish authorities would need to
When I was meeting with the deputy prime minister yesterday, I asked him about this. He said so far the best evidence they have that Fethullah
Gulen was behind this was the coup attempt itself. No hard evidence, he said, nothing concrete. But with all the thousands of people in detention,
he said, look, we will have -- we plan and expect to have hundreds, if not thousands, of documents to pass to the United States as evidence. None of
that hand over yet.
When you look around the parliament buildings, you get a sense of why officials here are so angry with the coup when you see the damage that's
been done. We went out yesterday and saw some of it.
ROBERTSON: Politicians are returning to their parliament. Past piles of bomb-strewn debris -- The post-coup clean up is underway.
There is a big blast hole down there. It appears as if that's where one of the bombs went off. But this is a whistle stop tour. The
government keeps moving us on.
They are really frustrated the international community doesn't seem to grasp that their democracy was targeted, that's what's making them angry.
YASIN AKTAY, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, AK PARTY: There are many victims here in Turkey. The Turkish society itself is a victim. And you are asking
about those killers, the terrorists.
ROBERTSON: Three bombs dropped here, 14 police injured. Forgiveness for coup plotters in
"If I was them, I would kill myself," the secretary general at the parliament says. "They failed to kill us. They should be like the
Japanese, have some honor, take their own lives."
The next stop on this hasty government tour, the main police headquarters. They tell us this was bombed late at at night Friday night.
The impact tearing through a cafe, shattering offices high above. Into this, walks the interior minister. When you see the damage, sir, what do
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just a moment because I'm looking around. And after that...
ROBERTSON: Two minutes later it's clear the reason he is here is to talk to us.
"This is treason," he says. "Those responsible, there should be no place to bury them. They are terrorist."
Next, the special forces base -- bombs slamming into their barracks. You can see all the blast
fragments in the wall here. We're told 47 people were killed. You can smell it in the air.
People still coming here to find out what happened. A night of confusion, still needing answers.
The picture that's emerging, many government institutions targeted. Why did it fail, the coup? Because the president was able to get people
out on the streets. The message for coups going forward, if you don't control social media you won't shut down government.
Back at the parliament, the ceremonial guard in its cracked cabin back on duty. Nearby the entrance door unhinged. A metaphor for the country,
maybe, shaken and fractured.
ROBERTSON: Well, and fractured is certainly something the government is going to want
to address. But there are all those concerns, just as Arwa was saying, that for every person suspended or detained that raises the concerns of
other people in the country about the way this direction is going.
Can the government through its meetings today, these high level meetings, begin to put back, build confidence in them? It's going to be a
very tough job, Becky. It is really divided right now.
[11:10:ANDERSON: Yeah. Thank you, Nic.
Arwa, as Nic and I have been discussing, likely the state of emergency was considered at this security meeting. We are yet to find out exactly
what will be announced. That meeting just finished.
I'm just wondering, how will people feel about that state of emergency, do you think? Look, we don't know what kind of form it might
take were it to be -- were it to be imposed, but this was a party that was elected on a sort of premise of we ended the state of emergency in Turkey,
et cetera, et cetera.
I'm just wondering how it's going to go down, do you think, were that to be announced?
DAMON: Well, Becky, let's go back to the night of the coup just briefly where you did see what can only be described as rare unity amongst
a heavily divided Turkish population and even rarer unity amongst the country's leading political blocs where they all effectively came together
and said no matter how we feel about President Erdogan himself, we do not want to see a violent military coup bring down his government. This is a
democracy that too many people have worked too hard to see built.
But the unity basically ends there.
So all of the government's actions after the coup have proven to be as divisive as Erdogan himself is. His supporters, most likely, will welcome
a state of emergency. His opponents will find it to be a concerning development because they don't know what that is going to mean and whether
or not his government would, as his opponents would say, use this to try to increase his own power.
ANDERSON: Arwa Damon is in Istanbul, Nic in Ankara for you.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit down with President Erdogan in his first interview since the attempted coup. And amongst other
things, I asked him why the plotters thought they could succeed and how did he not know about the plan? This is what he had to say.
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ERDOGAN (through translator): Our armed forces, our army of course has a very secretive nature. And within that nature, the Fetullah
terrorist organization, has demonstrated that they can take any form. They can lie their way through, they can fake their
lifestyle, so they can resort to all kinds of tactics to assimilate, to hide themselves.
And let me also be very clear in saying that this is the work of -- the result of 30 years of work. And they are not only organized within the
armed forces, but also in the police tors, in other establishments of the state as well. They have kept it secret. And they have been at it for
many long years.
But this incident has now demasked them, and they are now out there with their true identity and it will be very difficult for them to hide
themselves because we have the judicial process that has now started and the judiciary is doing an excellent job. And with this judicial process,
we will, of course, start hearing people's testimonies and statements. And I think that's a break in the chain, if you will, so the truth will start
coming out, pouring out.
I'm sure that this will happen. And the following period will be much more comfortable.
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ANDERSON: President Erdogan explaining to me why he believes he was able to miss the plot, the coup attempt. And You can watch that full
interview with President Erdogan on our website, CNN.com.
Well, the fallout from the coup, or the attempted coup, being felt far and wide. Here's my report on one of the security implications that could
affect us all.
ANDERSON: Incirlik airbase in Turkey: the power there still cut off, punishment for apparently being a key part of the thwarted coup.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, this is a strike -- a U.S. airforce...
ANDERSON: That's a problem for the Pentagon. The base is a key part of wish Washington's war or ISIS. Turkey's president, however, insists, it
is a necessary step.
ERDOGAN (through translator): Of course it's temporary upon a second instruction. And upon second instruction, of course, the power can be
ANDERSON: Incirlik is also carrying the legacy of another conflict: the nuclear-tipped cold war. It's home to some 50 thermonuclear weapons.
And with the situation still uncertain, many are anxious.
ANDERSON: Well, let's get to our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr. Have the Turks given a clear explanation about why they cut the
power to Incirlik base? And should we be concerned about these nuclear weapons that are based there -- Barbara?
BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Why they cut the power, I'll have to tell you, Becky, we have asked that of U.S. military first
every day and they will tell you the they do not have a clear understanding why the Turks have done this.
I think in your interview, President Erdogan made it very clear he could turn it back on if he wanted to, but apparently the Turkish
government does not want to right no.
Supposedly this is to ensure they can conduct their security operations around this area. But there is some speculation it's also
sending a message to the U.S., which operates out of a portion of that Turkish airbase. The U.S. has gone to generator power for the last several
days. They can continue that, they tell us. They can continue to carry out their air strike missions against ISIS over northern Syria from
Incirlik, but they can't continue it forever. It becomes a very intensive operation, very expensive to keep those generators going.
So the U.S. has its own message for President Erdogan. If this keeps up, we just might have to move our planes out of Turkey. I think it's
really clear the Pentagon doesn't want to do it. But they want to get that power turned back on.
[11:16:07] ANDERSON: What about these U.S. nuclear weapons based there? Just how critical a base is this for U.S. operations?
STARR: Well, the formal response you get from the U.S. government of course is they do not discuss where their nuclear weapons are based. They
are adamant about that. They consider that one of perhaps the top security concerns anywhere in the world is where U.S. nuclear weapons are -- very
closely held, very classified information.
That said, on any number of public website for years now you can see references that the U.S.
stores B-61 nuclear bombs there.
You can assume, I think quite correctly, that there are massive security restrictions, policies, technology all around any storage of U.S.
nuclear weapons anywhere in the world. This would be amongst the most secure. No indication that Turkish authorities have interfered with
anything. No indication that any of these strategic weapons might have been moved for additional security. But I have to tell you if they were
moved I'm not sure any of us would hear about it. That kind of movement is one of the most classified military operations there can possibly be.
ANDERSON: Barbara Starr is in Washington for you. Barbara, thank you.
ANDERSON: All right, we're going to leave Turkey for the time being for you, viewers, and moving on to Brussels where a security scare has
rattled that city. Belgian police are investigating a man seen wearing a winter coat with a wire coming out of it.
What makes it suspicion is that that city, of course, is experiencing a heat wave. Well, authorities have stopped the man. And a bomb squad is
on the scene. We will keep you posted on developments there.
Still to come tonight, Russia's participation in the Olympic Games hangs in the balance amid doping allegations. For many in Moscow, it's as
much about politics as it is about sports. We'll break it down for you just ahead.
And then a crowning moment for Donald Trump gives way to more blistering attacks on Hillary Clinton. We'll have all the highlights from
the Republican National Convention when Connect the World returns.
[11:20:38] ANDERSON: You are watching CNN. This is Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson. Well, it's been a very bumpy road to Rio for
Russia. The country is still waiting to find out if it can compete when the Olympics get underway in just over two
Hours ago, Russia's Olympic chief, Alexander Zhukov unveiled the country's strong 387 team, that's despite a pending decision from the
International Olympic Committee on whether Russian will be banned, well that after a world anti-doping agency investigation found evidence of state
sponsored doping programs during the winter games in Sochi two years ago.
CNN's Clare Sebastian is more on the allegations and Russia's reaction to them.
CLARE SEBASTIAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Fireworks marking the end of the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. Russian
athletes had triumphed at home, bringing in 33 medals. That triumph now internationally discredited.
RICHARD MCLAREN, INDEPENDENT HEAD, WADA SOCHI INVESTIGATION: The Sochi laboratory operated a unique sample swapping methodology to enable doped
Russian athletes to compete at the games. The FSB took on this project. They developed a method for surreptitiously removing the caps of the
bottles for use at Sochi.
SEBASTIAN: And it doesn't stop at Sochi. The Moscow laboratory also found to be systemically misreporting results.
(On camera): The extraordinary allegations go right to the heart of the Russian government. The report uncovered evidence that the cover- up
was directed right here at the Ministry of Sport, decisions taken in this building about which specific results should be falsified.
(Voice-over): President Putin demanded more evidence from WADA, saying the report marks a return to the 1980s practice of politicizing sport. The
object, he said, was to use sport, quote, "as an instrument of geopolitical pressure."
On the streets of Moscow, his views echoed almost word for word.
"I think it's yet another political provocation," this man tells me. "It's just a continuation of economic and political sanctions."
"It's because they're scared of us," another man says. "Both in sports and politics because we are strong."
For this Russian Olympic hopeful, hammer thrower Sergei Litvinov, though, this is no time for denials. He says while he has no personal
experience of doping, he believes the report is true.
SERGEI LITVINOV, RUSSIAN HAMMER THROWER: I'm really sorry for -- for everybody that this happens in our country. It is very, very sad.
SEBASTIAN: Litvinov is one of 67 Russian athletes who have appealed their suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, which is set to
rule this week.
LITVINOV: I am training and hoping I can compete and do a lot of interviews and something like this to bring back our reputation. But after
that report, it will be very hard.
SEBASTIAN: A reputation built on winning at any cost.
ANDRESON: Clare Sebastian joining us from the Russian capital.
What happens next do you think?
SEBASTIAN: Well, Becky, the Russian side very much waiting for tomorrow's decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sports, no action is
being taken until that happens. And they are very much carrying on as if they are going to Rio at the moment. That's why we saw, of course, the
Olympic team being announced today, 387 members, including crucilally, both 68 athletes that are bringing that appeal right now to the Court of
Arbitration for Sports. They are on the list.
We know also that some teams are already in Rio. The Russian Swimming Federation telling
us yesterday that they were traveling yesterday said they were traveling yesterday and they'll be there now.
The athletes are training and they are waiting for that Court of Arbitration for Sports decision because the IOC sees that as one of the
legal hurdles before they make a decision on whether to ban the Russian team. That could happen by the end of the week according to the head of
the Russian Olympic Committee who spoke here just a few moments ago, Becky.
ANDERSON: And President Putin blaming this on the politicization sport. And how do comments like that go down locally?
SEBASTIAN: You know, Becky, the more we hear from the Russian officials, the more official reactions we get, the more it's clear they are
speaking with one voice. Both President Putin and the head of the Russian Olympic Committee saying there is no place for politics in sports. And
interestingly, a lot of anti-American feeling coming out today. We heard from Mr. Zhukov, the head of
the Olympic committee, that he was distressed quoting directly by the actions of USADA, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, came out in that leaked
letter before the McLaren report saying they thought the entire Russian team should be banned. That was something that we saw echoed in a phone
call yesterday between Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry expressing his, quote, views on the subject to
And here on the street, as you saw in the piece, people are very much taking their lead from the politicians. They believe it's a political
provocation and they believe it's unfair and Russia is being singled out.
[11:25:40] ANDERSON: Clare Sebastian is in Moscow for you this evening.
Well, to some other stories in our radar today. And an award winning journalist has been killed in a car bomb in the Ukranian capital Kiev.
Russian citizen Pavel Sheremet worked for an investigative website there. Last year, he warn about freedom of speech issues and the influence of
oligarchs in an interview with Reuters.
A red alert for extreme weather has been issued as northern China deals with severe flooding. The country's Xinhua news agency says one
person has been killed and 34 are missing. The torrential rain has caused major rivers in the province of Hubei to burst their banks.
France's parliament has extended the country's state of emergency by another six months. It follows last week's terror attack in Nice which
killed 84 people. Earlier, the country's president Francois Hollande spoke about the terror threat saying the nation won't be divided.
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FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE (through translator): We must be
united, united beyond everything that can sometimes separate us, unite the French people in the same cohesion, the same response because what fanatics
want to do is to oppose us, to separate us, to fragment us. And so I assure you we will not give them this opportunity. The terrorists will not
divide us. Cohesion will be our response, and the commitment, our strength.
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ANDERSON: Francois Hollande speaking earlier.
The latest world news headlines are just ahead for you, viewers.
Plus, the new British prime minister is due to arrive in Berlin any moment. Theresa May's first international trip and CNN is on the story
from Berlin and from London for you.
[11:30:20] ANDERSON: Right. Welcome back. We're home in Abu Dhabi this evening. I'm Becky Anderson. And this Connect the World.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is arriving in Berlin for talks with the German Chancellor
Angela Merkel. This is the new prime minister's first international trip since she took over from David Cameron who resigned over the Brexit
referendum. And these are live pictures you see as proceedings will be underway relatively shortly.
And there is Theresa May meeting the German chancellor. What an historic meeting this
is. This is the first time the two countries have simultaneously had two female leaders. So, I think let's just pause to appreciate that.
There you go. Taking a photo opportunity there, one that will go down in the history books.
Britain's impending exit from the European Union is expected to dominate these talks.
As Angela Merkel and Theresa May are warmly welcomed there in Berlin.
Should we -- let's get to Atika Shubert who is in Berlin for you this evening.
And Atika, there will be one, and possibly only one question, that will be tackled, asked and tackled during these talks. And that is simply
this, Ms. May, when and how do you expect to extract Britain out of the European Union? Correct?
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. And that is the big question that Germany's chancellor will be asking Britain's
prime minister here, when will you invoke Article 50, which is the legal mechanism to withdraw from the European Union.
Now what we expect that Theresa May is likely to say well Britain needs a little bit more time to negotiate its exit. We know that she has
committed to Brexit and getting the best deal for Britain, but she has also said that it's unlikely that we will see Article 50 invoked by the end of
Now, Chancellor Merkel is probably one of the more friendly faces in Europe at this point. She has openly stated that there is, quote, no need
to get nasty about negotiations with Britain and that Britain may need some time. However, she has also made it clear there will be no cherry-picking
So, they are unlikely to get into the real nitty-gritty details of Brexit at this stage. It's really about getting to know each other, laying
out the framework for having some pretty candid conversations that, of course, that all important question of time: when will Article 50 be
ANDERSON: Atika, I want to bring in Robin Oakley who is at 10 Downing Street. Should we, though, just let's listen in to some this music that
we've played as Theresa May is welcomed on what is her first international visit. Let's listen in.
ANDERSON: Well, of course that was the British national anthem.
And there's the German one.
ANDERSON: All right.
And a formal welcoming ceremony for the new British prime minister in Berlin.
Robin Oakley, I was just remarking on what is an historic occasion, two female leaders of
two countries, which 60 years ago -- or 70 years ago now were at war. And after which the European
Union, or the first iteration of it, was started in order that this might never happen again. And here we Theresa May now in Berlin to talk about
how Britain extricates itself from that very project.
What do you expect from this meeting Robin?
ROBIN OAKLEY, CNN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR: Well, rather as Atika was saying, I think this is a getting to know you meeting between the two women
who will play an absolutely crucial part in Britain's extrication from the European Union, Becky. And Theresa May and her new foreign secretary Boris
Johnson have been at pains to stress that although Britain is coming out of the EU, it's not coming out of Europe in a wider sense.
And Theresa May made a point of opening the debate on Britain's Trident nuclear missile system a couple of days ago to underline that
Britain continues to play a world part in NATI, UN Security Council, other organizations. So, you know, Britain is not retreating within itself. I
think that will be one of the things she is saying to Angela Merkel.
But she will also be looking for a little bit of friendship from Angela Merkel who says she won't talk about the possible shape of Brexit
until Britain triggers that Article 50 that Atika was talking about. That is the key as far as Angela Merkel and Francois Holland, who Theresa May
will see tomorrow, as far as they are concerned, Britain has got to get on with it.
But Britain needs time, because all of this has been pretty much a surprise. I think most people in Britain didn't expect the leave campaign
to win the referendum, Becky.
And, Robin, if the smiles are anything to go by, the getting to know you meeting, if indeed that's what this is really all about, seems to be
going really rather well to begin with.
Look, the new British Prime Minister Theresa May arriving for her meeting with German
Chancellor Angela Merkel. The British and German press, of course, have been finding some similarities. They are similar in age -- Merkel is 62
and May is 59; both had careers before they went into politics -- Merkel studied physics and worked as a chemist and May started geography and
worked at the Bank of England.
The two leaders both daughters of pastors and have held on to their religious convictions.
All of this will be important and will help him form a good relationship, one assumes, going forward.
But Robin, at the end of this, as we've been discussing, this is about how Britain relieves itself, as it were, of its European Union duties and
noose as some people would see it. We have heard today that Britain will give up the rotating presidency of the EU, which was due to it in 2017. It
will likely be still a member of the EU by then, won't it Robin. But how significant is that do you think?
OAKLEY: Yeah, I don't give any great significance to that at all. Everybody expected it from the moment that the referendum chose to take
Britain out of Europe. It would be pretty nonsensical for Britain in the dying stages of its existence as a member of the European Union to be the
host country setting the agenda as the host country does for the next six months.
So, I don't think there is a huge surprise about that, Becky.
ANDERSON: And Atika, let's close this out with you. And we are still looking at pictures of -- we've just been seeing the two leaders of Britain
and of Germany meeting each other officially for the first time. These are recorded pictures now. This meeting happened, what,
about five or six minutes ago.
An historic encounter, as we've been saying the first time that there are two female leaders simultaneously in both Germany and in Britain.
And as much as one hopes this will be a good gathering, some important questions to be answered at this point. What does Germany want out of
SHUBERT: Germany wants to see an orderly and speedy exit of the UK from the EU. It wants to see it move as smoothly as possible.
Germany feels that, really, it has the upper hand here, that Britain is the one that wants to leave. But, really, a lot of the negotiating
leverage is with the EU.
So, what it wants to see is some of that uncertainty taken out of the picture and Article 50 invoked as soon as possible. But Angela Merkel has
also been very practical. She has said she knows that Britain needs time. And so she is willing to give Theresa May more time, but it's not going to
So, I think what's going to be interesting here is what kind of a frank discussion they have. Both are known for being very pragmatic
leaders and being very direct. So, it could be a very good relationship, but this is just the start.
ANDERSON: Good stuff. Thank you both.
And just to recap, the first official meeting between Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Theresa May, the British prime minister. And it
is Theresa May's first international trip after formally being sworn in as it were, as the prime minister of Britain, taking her first prime
minister's questions today earlier on today.
So, busy times for Ms. May.
As I point out at this first official meeting, some smiles between the two ladies.
Well, it's official, Donald Trump is now the U.S. Republican presidential nominee. Delegates at the Republican National Convention
wrapped up the main order of business last night, but the party far from over.
Tonight's highlights include a speech by Trump's vice presidential pick Mike Pence. Trump won the nomination despite more than 700 delegates
voting for candidates no longer in the race.
His campaign may not unify Republicans, but its opposition to Hillary Clinton certainly does. For the second night in a row, delegates riled up
by speeches attacking Clinton broke into this chant demanding she be imprisoned.
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CROWD: Lock her up. Lock her up. Lock her up.
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ANDERSON: Well, the mood in the room took a different turn when two of Trump's children took to the stage.
Phil Mattingly has more.
DONALD TRUMP JR., DONALD TRUMP'S SON: It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight.
Congratulations, dad. We love you!
PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump formally clinching the Republican nomination.
DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm so proud to be your nominee for president of the United States.
MATTINGLY: Trump's children stealing the spotlight with emotional speeches about their father.
TIFFANY TRUMP, DONALD TRUMP'S DAUGHTER: Donald Trump has never done anything halfway, least of all as a parent.
MATTINGLY: His 22-year-old daughter, Tiffany, getting personal.
TIFFANY TRUMP: I still keep all of my report cards, some dating back to Kindergarten, because I like to look back and see the sweet notes he
wrote on each and every one of them.
MATTINGLY: Eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., calling his father his mentor and best friend, casting him as the blue collar billionaire.
DONALD TRUMP JR.: I was there with him by his side on job sites, in
conference rooms from the time I could walk. He didn't hide out behind some desk in an executive suite. He spent his career with regular Americans. He
hung out with the guys on construction sites, pouring concrete.
MATTINGLY: Trump's children from different marriages delivering powerful testimonials of their dad.
DONALD TRUMP JR.: For my father, impossible is just the starting point. That is how he approaches business projects. That's how he
ANDERSON: Phil Mattingly reporting for you.
My colleague Hala Gorani is in Cleveland this week covering the convention for CNN. She spoke a short time ago with Larry Sabato, who is
the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
HALA GORANI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Larry Sabato, thanks for being with us.
You witnessed the official nomination process, the roll call here at the Republican National Convention. How does it compare to other
LARRY SABATO, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: It's very different, certainly from recent conventions where there hasn't been as much opposition to the
nominee as there has been here. It has been muffled but it's been here.
The other aspect of this that just jumps out in any long term observer is the prevalence of Trumps. There are six Trumps being presented in
primetime, or primetime adjacency. Of course the Trumps put their father over the top with the New York delegation's votes. Highly unusual. And
people say, well, there was the candidates. And look at the Bushes, and look at the Clintons and the Fords and the Carters.
GORANI: The strategy is his kids are popular with Americans, certainly less controversial
than their dad.
SABATO: That's the key.
GORANI: So let's put them on the front row for people to see and humanize the candidate.
SABATO: Humanize the candidate. And let's be honest, they didn't have a lot of alternatives. The presidents Bush aren't coming, probably
aren't voting for Trump. Mitt Romney, the past nominee four years ago not coming to the convention, won't support Trump.
So, they don't have the usual speakers. And they decided to make a virtue of necessity and present the family.
[11:45:02] GORANI: This historically must be unprecedented that the GOP is so divided that top GOP establishment figures are not even showing
up, possibly not even vote forth the Republican nominee.
SABATO: It is absolutely unprecedented. People always refer back to Barry Goldwater in the 1964 convention. Yes, the party was divided, but
the whole party came to the convention. They argued it out at the convention. And sooner or later most of them at least nominally endorsed
We haven't seen that with Trump. He is running a very different campaign.
GORANI: Right. And -- but Mike Pence, his choice for VP on the ticket here, the vice presidential candidate. What the strategy there?
Will he appeal to voters that Donald Trump is not able to reach right now?
SABATO: The strategy is that he is not especially controversial and that he doesn't eliminate any faction. Truth is, he adds no electoral
votes. And under our system, that's the ball game. You have to accumulate...
GORANI: He is from Indiana.
SABATO: He's from Indiana. Indiana is a Republican state. He doesn't add any electoral votes. People say, oh, well, he will win the
surrounding blue collar states. No he won't. They don't know who he is.
GORANI: And he is not that popular in his own state.
SABATO: He was probably going to lose re-election as governor.
GORANI; So, that begs the question, why?
SABATO: Because Trump felt he was less controversy than the only other two prominent who really wanted the vice presidential nomination --
Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
And think about Christie and Gingrich, they would have been in a controversy every day. We won't hear from Mike Pence except for the vice
presidential debate after this is over.
GORANI: All right, looking forward to the speech that we are expecting from Donald Trump on Thursday. He is going to chopper in to
Cleveland today with Mike Pence officially introduce his vice presidential pick.
But the Republicans have a two step challenge, one unifying the party, but two, appealing to these undecided voters. And there's a big chunk of
undecided voters in swing states.
SABATO: The truth is that more than 60 percent of Americans do not believe that Trump is
qualified to sit in the Oval Office and act as president.
So far, I have seen nothing that would change their minds.
Now we have two nights to go.
GORANI: Right. Thank you very much, Larry Sabato, we appreciate your time.
SABATO: Thank you.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON: Hala Gorani, my colleague who is in Cleveland all week for you here on CNN.
Live from Abu Dhabi we are home. This is Connect the World. Coming up, a bar on wheels is
hitting the road in South Africa. We meet the men earning a profit one drink at a time.
Your African Startup is next.
Plus, got to catch them all, we look at the fans and the critics of the latest gaming craze takes this region by storm.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: ...they now own 20 bars with four full-time staff and high-end average of 23 last barmen every week.
Over 50,000 visitors attended this year's (inaudible) in July. And Tomi (ph) and Ndu (ph) provided bars and barmen in six different
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (inaudible) in July is very important to us, because it's one of the biggest events on the South African calendar. And
we deal with VIP clients and it's just one of those events that you cannot get wrong.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ndu (ph) says that expanding their geographical footprint is
important for the future growth of the company.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We would like to take Bars Equipped to Cape Town next and coastal cities in countries like Angola, Tanzania and Nigeria.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In the race for a competitive edge, Bars Equipped have gotten off to a flying start.
ANDERSON: Welcome back.
Hold on, I'll be with you, one second.
Sorry about that. Just had a Squirtel (ph). Here's another Pokemon that I found lurking around in the newsroom earlier.
And I am -- most certainly not alone, the Pokemon Go game has millions of players. And Jon Jensen went to catch up with some of them.
JON JENSEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's the gaming craze sweeping the planet. The Middle East is no exception.
Pokemon Go may not be out officially here yet, but that isn't stopping players from Beruit to Kuwait City, even wartorn Gaza, from going out to
catch them all.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not just a game.
[11:55:03] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The world's greatest app in my opinion.
JENSEN: UAE-based gamers like Karim Dalal (ph) post their hunts on YouTube.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Come on, come on, come on, come on, yes, we got a Coffing (ph), yes.
JENSEN: Some here say they play up to six hours a day.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's kind of like a part-time job.
JENSEN: For those of you like me still trying to figure out just how this game has caught on so far and wide, well it has to do with this
gameplay -- augmented reality, which requires a smartphone with GPS and a camera.
That is stirring up some debate here. Kuwaiti officials warning they will prosecute gamers filming sensitive areas, even shopping malls. The
UAE government warning that criminals could exploit gamers and now Saudi religious authorities renewing an old decree against the original Pokemon
videogame, calling it un-Islamic, according to local media.
But none of that is holding these players back yet.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It doesn't have to do with religion, whatever your religion is. I think it's just a game, it's a normal game.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For any big change to the society people get scared. They don't know about something, they get scared of the unknown.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you see the Ekin (ph)?
JENSEN: And this latest craze is one change they say is here to stay.
Jon Jensen, CNN, Abu Dhabi.
ANDERSON: Well, if you are still about about what Pokemon Go actually is, do head to our Facebook page to learn more. One Donut shop owner
caught on fast. His store turned into a virtual Pokemon gym overnight, so now customers with buy Poke balls to eat.
Yep. That is all at Facebook.com/CNNConnect.
Right, before we go tonight, to Brussels, where a security scare has rattled the city. Belgian police investigating a man seen wearing a winter
coat with a wire coming out of it. What makes it suspicious is that that city is experiencing a heat wave as we speak.
Authorities have stopped the man, and a bomb squad is on the scene. And we're going to keep you posted on developments there. So, do stick
with CNN for that.
That is it for our show. But of course CNN does continue.