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Protesters Set At Least Four Buildings On Fire; Violence Erupts In Milwaukee After Police Shooting; Trump Continues Attacks On "Dishonest Media"; The Clinton Foundation's Future; New York Imam and Assistant Killed; Deadly Flooding In Louisiana; Michael Phelps Finishes His Olympic Career. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired August 14, 2016 - 06:00   ET



[06:00:22] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone. It's so grateful to see you. I'm Christi Paul.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good to be with you. We're following breaking news out of Milwaukee. Police and the mayor there pleading for calm after a standoff between officers and an angry crowd turned violent.

PAUL: That tension has actually started yesterday afternoon after police shot and killed a suspect during a foot chase. Now police didn't say why the suspect was first confronted, but said he had a, quote, "lengthy arrest record" and was carrying a stolen gun.

In the hours that followed, this is when tempers flare, at least four businesses and a car were all set on fire.

BLACKWELL: A police officer was sent to a hospital after being hit in the head with a brick. At a news conference, the mayor pleaded with parents to keep their kids at home.


MAYOR TOM BARRETT, MILWAUKEE: If you're a mother who is watching this right now and your young son or daughter is not home and you think they're in this area, get them home right now. Get them home right now. If you love your son, if you love your daughter, text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home.


BLACKWELL: All right, CNN correspondent, Ryan Young, is live outside the Milwaukee Police Department. Ryan, what have we learned?

RYAN YOUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Right now we're outside the police department. Police activity all night long, police officers and firefighters were working overtime as they were trying to deal with all the fires around the city. We've been told police spotted a suspicious vehicle. They tried to pull it over. Once the car was stopped, one male ran east, one male ran west. The officer gave chase.

And what he reported to police officers so far is that one of the men had a handgun and that he shot toward that individual. That's a 23- year-old man who was shot once in the chest and once in the arm. We're told that individual died.

We're also told the police officer had a body camera. That video has not been released. As the neighbors started to hear more about the shooting, they became very upset.

The scenes around the city, they set fires to several locations. They did attack that one car. They also threw a brick through a window that injured an officer. We're told that officer is OK, but obviously he suffered some injury from that glass shattering in his face.

For several hours there were people around this Milwaukee area that were setting fires to businesses as late as last night, around 1:30 last night. They were still trying to make sure to put out some of these flames.

We talked to the victim's family, who was very upset about what happened after the shooting.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right now you got a city riot going on because once again the police have failed to protect us. They failed to be here for the people like they sworn in to do. And us as a community, we're not going to protect ourselves, but if we don't have anyone to protect us, then this is what you get.


YOUNG: Victor and Christi, obviously we've heard some of this sort of talk before in other cities. One of the things that we want to stress here is the idea that they do say that officer had a body camera and it was functioning during the shooting.

That officer reporting that the man running away had a handgun in his hand when he opened fire after telling the suspect to drop the gun.

So of course, he's under investigation right now, but his words throughout the community. There was obviously people who came out who were very upset and they were dealing with this other night.

You heard the mayor's impassioned plea to get people of the street especially so many young people that were out very late. Eventually police got control of the streets and everything has returned to normal so far. But obviously everybody will be assessing the damage this morning.

BLACKWELL: All right, so the sun comes up. Ryan Young there for us outside the Milwaukee Police Department. Thanks so much.

PAUL: Let's get to CNN law enforcement analyst, Cedric Alexander, who is joining us via phone. Cedric, good morning.

I want to start with something that Ryan was highlighting there. The fact that this officer was wearing a body camera and that it was on, in light of the protests overnight and in the sake of transparency, do you think that footage will be released at some point?

CEDRIC ALEXANDER, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST (via telephone): Well, certainly I'm sure it will be released at some point and that's going to become a very critical part of this investigation. That piece of technology in and of itself will certainly reveal whatever it captured during the beginning, middle, or end of that particular confrontation. But that will become a very, very important piece in this ongoing investigation.

PAUL: What about the fact that police are not revealing what initially started this whole thing, why they stopped the suspect? Why the suspect may have been running from them? When might that come out?

ALEXANDER: Yes, well, you know, at this point, this is still very early in the investigation. I think it would be only fair to themselves and to the community to gather as much information as they can that's credible up to this point in order to share it with the community.

And that takes a little bit of time to do. But what's going to be very important here is that they gather information, share with that local community and the rest of the community as well too so that everyone gets a better sense of what occurs.

So the more information that's revealed, when it's appropriate, is going to be very important, I think, as we move forward.

PAUL: Cedric, the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" calls the Sherman Oak neighborhood a powder keg. In fact, the mayor says I know this neighborhood very, very well. There are a lot of really, really good people who live in this area who can't stand this violence.

How do you proceed knowing that you have a neighborhood that is so capable of what we saw overnight with the fires and attacks against police?

ALEXANDER: There are a number of challenged neighborhoods across this country and Milwaukee has its and most other cities dies do, large and small. But here again, I think the relationship between those police department and that community is going to be crucially important.

That the leadership of that city with the mayor and the chief is going to be an important piece in terms of sharing information, getting information out to the rest of the community.

Because oftentimes people who live in those communities, they're there not necessarily because they want to be, but because they have to be. And they do want to be protected by their police, they want to be supported by their police and they realize there's a bad element within their communities.

But that's when it becomes important for that local police department as other agencies across this country reach out to those communities, as you heard the mayor there is going to do and begin to have a conversation. Hopefully they've already invested in each other long before this event took place.

PAUL: Yes, I mean, the pictures --

ALEXANDER: But that is what's going to be critically important right now.

PAUL: OK, and the pictures coming in as people can see here are really disturbing. For all of those folks there, I'm sure for the whole community as well. Cedric, do stick around with us because we have another story that we would love to get your thoughts on as well.

BLACKWELL: Yes, and that's in a New York City community, where people have some security concerns and some serious questions today. This is after a local imam and his assistant were killed in broad daylight on Saturday.

PAUL: Police say they were just walking, wearing religious attire at that time and they say right now in the preliminary investigation, nothing indicates that they were targeted because of their faith. Here's Sara Ganim with more.


SARA GANIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: New York City police confirming that a Queens imam and his neighbor were both gunned down leaving a mosque on Saturday afternoon following prayers. As they walked down the street towards home, a man approached them from behind, shooting both in the head.

Investigators at the scene still trying to figure out exactly what happened, say they are looking at surveillance video that shows a man with a gun running from the scene. No arrests have been made. Witnesses are also being interviewed.

Investigators say there's nothing that preliminarily indicates that these two men were targeted. What investigators are also looking to see if there was an earlier dispute at the mosque that maybe have led to a shooting that's according to a law enforcement source.

As this investigation begins, you can see that the local community has gathered. News of the shooting garnered a significant reaction from the community here. Obviously, it's a very scary thing to think that a local religious leader could be gunned down in the street in broad daylight.

And there are many concerns from people in this community who have gathered, calling for justice and also remembering these men. Some people have told me the local imam was beloved here. He had just eulogized someone the other day.

He was a very nice guy, very well known in the community, had kids, and frequented the local stores. Obviously that showing of support here in Queens as the investigation continues to try and figure out what happened.

PAUL: All right, Sara Ganim, thank you. We appreciate it. Cedric Alexander, back with us by phone. So Cedric, police are saying at this point that it doesn't look to be a hate crime. This early in the game and because there is no suspect and because there is no motive, is it hasty to make an assessment or do you think they know more than they're releasing at this point?

ALEXANDER: Well, you know, NYPD is a very well versed, very thorough and very experienced police department when it comes to these types of actions that take place out on the street with such violence.

[06:10:09]But I think throughout the course of the day and in the next number of hours they'll be able to gather a lot more information that they'll be able to share. One thing about Superintendent (inaudible), he's very forthright and community focused.

So I'm certain without a doubt they're going to reveal as much information as they can to the public based on what they know without jeopardizing that case and that ongoing investigation.

So I'm quite sure for many imams in that community and Muslim leaders across the country, this is going to come as certainly disturbing to them this morning and create some pause, I'm quite sure. But I'm more than confident that NYPD will get to the bottom of this investigation before very long.

PAUL: The police have said that the two didn't seem targeted, no money was reportedly taken from either. So help us understand where the investigation goes from here when they have so little it seems on the surface to go by.

ALEXANDER: What they would do -- and I'm quite sure they've already done it -- they're going to gather any witness statements. A lot of people probably out and about at that time of morning at the break of day.

It's also a community which I suspect probably you're going to find a number of business cameras throughout that community. They'll bring all that evidence together along with any other intel they may be operating from that we may not be privy to.

PAUL: All right, Cedric Alexander, always appreciate your expertise. Thanks for waking up early and walking us through us this.

BLACKWELL: Donald Trump unleashing a new attack on the media in the wake of another report that his campaign is in a dire position. Why Trump says he's not running against Hillary Clinton anymore.

Plus, look at this. Turn and look at the screen. This is a dramatic rescue out of Louisiana. You see this car here sinking amid the deadly flooding that's wreaking havoc on this part of the state. The fight to save people stranded in the water. He just pulled her through the roof of that car. We've got more of this coming up.



BLACKWELL: As more reports emerge that his campaign is floundering behind the scenes, Donald Trump is digging in and continuing his attack on the media. Watch.


DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: These people are so dishonest, the media and it's a constant hit on Trump. People are saying what is it? No matter what you do, no matter how good it is, they make it a hit.


BLACKWELL: Meanwhile, Trump's top staffers are trying to get the candidate back on message, with plans to unveil the details of Trump strategy to take on ISIS. Here's our Jeremy Diamond.

JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN POLITICS REPORTER: Good morning, Victor and Christie. Donald Trump on Saturday stumping where few Republican nominees have ever gone, right here in the state of Connecticut, a deep blue state, of course, where Donald Trump saying he's going to be making a big move.

Of course, this all comes as Donald Trump is lagging in a series of recent polls in key battleground states. But instead of spending his time those states, on Saturday, Donald Trump was right here in Connecticut and he wasn't exactly focusing on his campaign message. Much of his time he spent focused on railing against the media.


TRUMP: I'm not running against crooked Hillary Clinton. I'm running against the crooked media. That's what I'm running, but these are the most dishonest people. The good news is I love -- you know, put down failing at "New York Times."

The newspaper is going to hell. Crooked CNN. CNN is so disgusting. CNN. Their camera just shut off. Their camera just went off. That's funny. I got to know all the cameras all those red lights on.


DIAMOND: Donald Trump also suggested that he might even revoke the credentials of the "New York Times," which on Saturday reported that his campaign is struggling to get Donald Trump back on track.

All of this came on Saturday just after Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, Donald Trump's Republican running mate, of course, said that he was planning on releasing his tax returns before Election Day. Donald Trump, of course, has said that he will not release his tax returns as long as he is under audit. His tax returns are under audit since 2009, making it highly unlikely that he'll release those before Election Day. Victor and Christie, back to you.

BLACKWELL: Jeremy Diamond there in Connecticut, thanks so much.

Let's talk about this, the latest on both sides of the presidential race. We have with us A. Scott Bolden, a Hillary Clinton supporter and the former chairman of the Washington, D.C. Democratic Party, and Scottie Nell Hughes, CNN political commentator and Donald Trump supporter. Good morning to Scott and Scottie.

Scottie, let me start with you. So running against the media is not new and it's effective sometimes. What is -- for the man who is lauded as understanding the media better than any other candidate, what is the strategy for Trump and his campaign here in going after the media so vehemently?

SCOTTIE NELL HUGHES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well, the media feels like they're job right now is to check politicians and it is. They are to keep them at line, to fact check, to make sure that they are saying the correct things.

But you also understand, the people right now feel like it's their job to fact check the media. And if you are a Trump supporter, if you are conservative and this is nothing new, you feel like it's not necessarily that you're not fact checking our candidate, it's just that you're not the same time fact checking the other candidate.

Whether it's true or false, the actual feelings are something that need to be recognized. If you're a media outlet right now and you want to have a large piece of the very loyal, well informed voters and a well informed electorate that is Republican Party.

[06:20:00]That is the conservative. That is the Trump supporter. This is probably something you should not be ignoring. And you should at least whether you agree with it or not, you should recognize that there's some reason why these folks like the media has turned and is unfairly covering Mr. Trump.

BLACKWELL: OK, so I hear what you are saying and what you've said there is not new. I don't think there are many people who would disagree with many of the things you've said. But guys, let's ready the sound bite about the "New York Times." What Donald Trump said yesterday in Connecticut is in some respect -- let's play what he said about "The Times."


TRUMP: The newspaper is going to hell. They've got a couple of reporters in that newspaper who are so bad, I mean, lack of talent, but it's going to hell. So I think maybe what we'll do, maybe we'll start thinking about taking their press credentials away from them. Maybe we'll do that.


BLACKWELL: So that in large part is revoking the credentials of those outlets with which you disagree that have been critical. That's not an empty threat because the campaign has company it before.

He called reporters the lowest forms of life. He said he'd like to open up liable laws to be able to sue the media. Is that effective? If the job you're running for is to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution and a free press is guaranteed in the constitution.

HUGHES: Well, it depends -- you know, he's just modeling off the Obama administration. Listen, this is something that White House have done --

BLACKWELL: No -- what is happening here? Go ahead.

HUGHES: They pulled "The Daily Callers" a couple of years ago when one of "The Daily Callers" questioned Barack Obama. It is well known the conservative outlets like Breitbart and others that are red state and other that are very conservative leaning online news sources were never given White House press credentials.

It's extremely hard for those online conservative news web sites. They usually have to go through back channels if they ever want to get into a presidential press conference. So this is nothing new.

It's not like someone can walk up with a press badge and walk into the White House press rooms or into a press conference with the president and ask questions. This is nothing new, you either report fairly and be fact or you sit there and this is the consequence.

BLACKWELL: Thank you very much, Scottie. And often what we hear from Donald Trump's criticisms are of the editorials and those are opinion pieces.

Let me go to Scott because Hillary Clinton has obviously a problem from the perspective of many in the media as well. She's not held a news conference in 2016 and we're now getting to mid-August.

A.SCOTT BOLDEN, FORMER CHAIRMAN WASHINGTON, D.C. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: She just had a press conference essentially with the NABJ.

BLACKWELL: That was a convention and there were tickets sold to attend the convention.

BOLDEN: That's up to her and her campaign. She clearly has given access to the media. Let me talk about the hypocrisy of Donald Trump. This is the individual who wants to be president of the United States. We're not talking about granting credentials.

He's taking credentials away from what he believed to be the liberal media. The same media where he says that all presses is good press.

Here's the other thing and the most important thing, all the press is doing, CNN and "New York Times," he puts his words into play. It's his words. Even in privacy, his advisors are leaking what's going on inside the campaign.

Is the press not to report that? Are we going to have a police state whereby if you don't write good things about Donald Trump or agree with him or his supporters, and therefore your credentials get pulled and he says more negative things about you. It's more destruction from his campaign. He's 10 to 15 points down.

BLACKWELL: Let me bring it back to the question I asked you. I asked Scottie about Donald Trump and you spoke there about Donald Trump. But why is Hillary Clinton refusing to -- or reluctant, it appears, to hold a news conference in all of this year?

BOLDEN: That's her strategy. She has not been inaccessible to the press, if you will. You can disagree with whether she should have daily press conferences.

BLACKWELL: But the question is why.

BOLDEN: I can't speak for the campaign. She's not only not attacked the press, but she's been accessible to the press through one on one interviews. She did NABJ interview and Q and A, and she will continue to be accessible to the press.

You may not like how she has been accessible to it, but I'm sure that's going to increase -- we're in a general election. We have debates coming up, of course, if Donald Trump agrees to the debates, but hasn't done yet.

But her relationship with the press is far more direct and sensitive in respect to the first amendment than Donald Trump is.

[06:25:10]BLACKWELL: Hold on. We've got to take a quick break. Both of you are coming back after the break.

Scott, you said there that Hillary Clinton will likely have one. Her campaign and supporters have been saying that for most of this year.

We're going to talk about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton starting with something one of her supporters said about the Clinton Foundation. So both of you stick around. We'll have that conversation in just a couple of minutes.

Plus, we want to get you to the latest in Louisiana. I mean, this video is unbelievable. The deadly floods here stranded residents. A woman going down in her convertible. This man jumps in, rips open the roof, pulls her out, then goes back to get her dog. We've got the latest on these lifesaving efforts across the southeast part of the state. That's coming up.


BLACKWELL: Welcome back. We continue our conversation with Donald Trump, Scottie Nell Hughes and Hillary Clinton supporter, A. Scott Bolden.

Scott, with the CNN reporting this week of several FBI field offices suggesting to the DOJ that there should be an investigation into the relationship between the Clinton Foundation -- or there should have been and the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, during her time in office.

And the decision not to investigate, though. As we're getting this from Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell about the future of the Clinton Foundation.

[06:30:03] He essentially says it will have to shut down if she's elected.

Let's put it up on the screen. This is from the New York "Daily News," I definitely think if she wins the presidency, they have to disband it. I know it will be hard for President Clinton because he cares very deeply about what the foundation has done. It will be impossible to keep the foundation open without at least the appearance of a problem.

What's your view on that suggestion from Governor Rendell?

BOLDEN: A couple things. One, as a former prosecutor, the FBI and the DOJ can converse on several issues on a daily basis. And I don't think the report was that the FBI was recommending than investigation, that they were discussing a possible investigation. And this is -- this is pretty direct and pretty consistent with what they do on a regular basis. They look at all kinds of issues.

Secondly with regard to the former Governor Rendell, I wouldn't go so far. As you know, most presidents who go into office who have business interest, stock interest either put those interests into a blind trust or here -- it may have to be greater separation if she wins and there are legal mechanisms for doing so. But that being said, the Clinton Foundation does incredible work on poverty and worldwide issues (INAUDIBLE) and is actually an asset to the U.S. government as they use nonprofits and other nonprofits around the country to assist in addressing these world issues. And so, no, I don't think you have to shut it down. They may shut it down, but not necessarily because it's a valuable asset to the United States.


HUGHES: Asset to the U.S. government. You heard it right there. And of course they're probably going to have to shut down because the entirety of the campaign is over.


HUGHES: They won't have anybody --

BLACKWELL: Hold on Scott. Let her finish.

HUGHES: They're all going to be a part of the administration. Listen, if it's a nonprofit we don't necessarily need ties to the U.S. government in order to help people worldwide. There's lots of nonprofits that have no grants that actually do private fund-raising from the people not necessarily taxpayer dollars to do their good works around the world.

But I think -- I agree with Ed Rendell. I think he would have to shut it down but I think it's because all of the staff will be gone because the campaign will be over. For a lot of us seem to be kind of a campaign -- has been kind of the campaign for Hillary Clinton for the last eight years.

BLACKWELL: Scottie --

BOLDEN: (INAUDIBLE) partnerships (ph).

BLACKWELL: Scottie, let me -- let me read for you what the "New York Times" is reporting this morning about troubles within the Trump campaign. I'm sure you've read it. And for people at home who have not read it, I'm just going to read a short passage that I think sums it up.

People around Mr. Trump and his operation say they're not ready to abandon hope of a turnaround. But he's in a dire predicament, Republicans say, because he is profoundly uncomfortable in the role of a typical general election candidate, disoriented by the crosscurrents he must now navigate and still relying impulsively on a pugilistic formula that guided him to the nomination.

Now, while in front of the curtain we're hearing Reince Priebus now introducing Donald Trump at events. We saw that in Pennsylvania. Donald Trump says everything is fine, but there is a continuing drum beat from sources behind the curtain saying that this campaign is in trouble.

HUGHES: Well, like oz, these sources behind the curtain need to come forward because that is the exact opposite. Yesterday was a great day for the Trump campaign.

Down in Florida they had a meeting for the top heads of the RNC and they decided they're going to open up 25 field offices. They're going to have 200 paid staff by Labor Day. That's more that the 14 field offices that Hillary Clinton has in Florida. And we know you can't get to the White House if you're Donald Trump without going through the sunshine state.

They have 67 county chairs. The secretary of state is already reporting that the Republicans have registered more to vote than the Democrats. And in the primaries the Republicans have more than, I think, 600,000 votes more than the Democrat within their primary.

So Florida right now, they had a great meeting yesterday and everything is moving forward. The ties are -- the polls are virtually tied there. And Hillary Clinton is spending --


BLACKWELL: I don't know if the polls are virtually tied there. The latest battleground polls show that...

(CROSSTALK) BLACKWELL: ... Hillary Clinton is ahead across the board in the battleground.

HUGHES: I'm talking about Florida. You've got Hillary Clinton herself...


HUGHES: ... spending $20 million in Florida every other ad. A PAC (ph) spending $11 million. That's Florida alone --


BLACKWELL: But let me ask you about that. You're --

HUGHES: She (INAUDIBLE) there. We have -- yes.

BLACKWELL: You're talking about the money that Hillary Clinton is spending on ads. Donald Trump isn't spending money on ads. Not a dime thus far. It made sense during the primary, right? He was consistently at the top of the polls. He was winning state after state. But he's behind in essentially every national poll and in the battleground states.

So why is this campaign holding back from national advertising or targeted state by state advertising?

HUGHES: Well because -- and that's what speaks volumes. That she's not invested this much and she's not that far ahead -- Hillary camp is scared when Donald Trump does start buying ads.

We have a movement. A very strong movement, grassroots movement that is very alive on social media obviously and we have enthusiasm.


Those are two characteristics that are nonexistent within the Hillary Clinton camp. And once Donald Trump does go on -- when he makes that decision then I guarantee you that's going to -- you'll see some changing in the polls.

BLACKWELL: Scott, I only got 15 seconds for you. Take it.

BOLDEN: It's a pretty flawed movement. He's in Connecticut when he's behind in Florida and every other swing state. It's great that they're opening up offices. I'm sorry we're about 80-85 days out and Hillary Clinton has been there as well as several swing states. And the reason she's on the ground game and winning is because she's been there basically.

It's getting to be too late even the Republicans are leaking this to the press.

BLACKWELL: All right. A. Scott Bolden, Scottie Nell Hughes, thank you both.

HUGHES: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: All right.

BOLDEN: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: And Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort will be answering similar questions joining Jake Tapper on "STATE OF THE UNION" later this morning, 9:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN.

PAUL: And boy, the video that we're getting in this morning of Louisiana shows you what a frightening challenge is there, rescue efforts underway with the massive flooding they've been seeing. Three lives already been -- have been claimed. All of this amidst (ph) the threat of yet another downpour. We'll have those details for you ahead.

In terms of your money this morning, mortgage rates inched up this week. Here's your look.



PAUL: Thanks for sharing part of Sunday with us. I'm Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good morning to you.

Calm now has been restored, but it comes after violent protests in Milwaukee after a deadly police shooting.

Several buildings, police cars set afire. The violence erupted after an officer killed a man. Police say that he was -- he had a gun, a handgun we should say and fled after a traffic stop.


TOM BARRETT, MAYOR OF MILWAUKEE: This stop took place because two officers who were there to make sure that there is order in this neighborhood and they felt there was suspicious activity going on. As it turned out two individuals -- the gun was a stolen gun. The officer didn't know it at the time but there were 23 rounds in that gun, 23 rounds in the gun that that officer was staring at. And I want to make sure that we don't lose any police officers in this community either. And that's something that has to be a concern as we stand here tonight.


BLACKWELL: Well, the reason for the traffic stop, that's not yet been released by officers, but we are told the officer was wearing a body camera.

PAUL: And in Queens, New York, police are stepping up patrols at mosques follow the execution style shooting of an imam and his assistant. This happened yesterday afternoon in broad daylight. Investigators say both men were shot in the head at point-blank range as they were simply walking down the street. That suspect is still at large and the motive is unknown.

BLACKWELL: All right. Turning to politics, once again Donald Trump used his campaign rally to go after the media.

He attacked CNN and the "New York Times" claiming he's no longer running against, as he calls her, crooked Hillary. Instead he's now running against the crooked media.

PAUL: Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent, host of "RELIABLE SOURCES" joining us now.

Is he -- is he giving specifics, Brian, about what his beef is with the media?

BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: You know, generally speaking, he talks about bias in the coverage, that there's too much coverage of his campaign and too much negative coverage of his campaign and not enough of Hillary Clinton's campaign. That's what I've heard from his aides as well, especially in recent days as Trump has really amped up this attack.

We know that he's been running a sort of anti-media campaign ever since he entered the race. But it does seem to be taking on a whole new level in recent weeks and in recent days. For example, yesterday he's really lashing out at the "New York Times." Where a front page story by Maggie Haberman and Alex Burns -- Hagerman is on "INSIDE POLITICS" by the way at 8:00 a.m.

The story goes into detail about the erratic campaign what they say is the campaign that is sputtering. He fired back on Twitter calling the paper -- newspaper a fiction and saying it had non-existent anonymous sources.

You know, the bottom line is that the media is not on the ballot in November, but Trump might wish that it was. He might want news outlets to be actually running for president but they're not. He is only running against Hillary Clinton. And whenever he's talking about us he's not talking about her.

BLACKWELL: Yes, that is true. But let me ask you broadly here, what is the larger strategy?

We talk often about how Donald Trump is lauded as someone who understands the media better than any other candidate.


BLACKWELL: Do we know why he's going so aggressively against the media.

STELTER: Certainly we always -- the politicians try to work the rest the same way you do in a football or a soccer game. Trying to get better treatment, trying to get fairer treatment or advantageous treatment.

But I think there's something else going on as well. When you're at Trump's rallies, the reporters in the press pen say the crowd goes wild when he attacks the press. When he criticized the press, you often times hear the crowd booing in agreement. There were chants of "lock them up" earlier this week, meaning lock the journalist up.

Last night our reporters who were there said there were jeers and things like that. Trump may not recognize the people who attend his rallies who hate on the press, who are enjoying his media critiques may not be representative of the rest of the country. Certainly we know from polls that the journalists are not trusted very well. We're almost as low as Congress in some of the approval polls.

However there's not that kind of venom and animosity toward journalists more broadly that you might see at Trump's rallies. So he may be mistaking that the sense he gets from his crowds with the sense in the broader public (INAUDIBLE).

PAUL: All right. Brian Stelter, always appreciate seeing you. Thank you, sir.

STELTER: Thanks.

PAUL: And remember you can catch Brian Stelter's show "RELIABLE SOURCES" later this morning, 11:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN.

BLACKWELL: Coming up, Michael Phelps ends his Olympic career with another gold medal. But he was not the only American making waves in the pool. That's coming up.



PAUL: You got to feel for the people and what they're dealing with in Louisiana. Rescue crews we know are rushing to save them from rising flood waters and fast (ph).

Do me a favor and take a look at your screen here. This is just remarkable. This car sinking. This is in Baton Rouge. There is a woman inside of it. Look at this man. You saw her arms come up for just a second. He broke through the roof and pulls her out of that car with seconds to spare. And look at this, even got to her dog. See that little white floating -- that is her dog.

The coast guard is using helicopters as well to save dozens of people from flooded homes but that rescue is just -- is just amazing to see it and good to see the way that people are coming together to help each other.

Just a few of more than a thousand rescues across Louisiana so far, a thousand. This of course obviously one of the shots from the helicopter.

CNN's Boris Sanchez is joining us now. We hear the governor is planning to tour some of the hardest hit areas today. What else are you learning and what are you seeing there, Boris? You've been there for a couple of days.

BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, that number is staggering, more than a thousand rescues.

And when you think about it, seeing that video it's really incredible that officials have been able to get to so many people because so many roads are closed and so many parts of the state, so many towns are cut off. We're standing on Highway 22 right now. Just one of more than a hundred roads and highways across the state are shut down. And it's really easy to get yourself caught in a precarious situation.

We were driving down here this morning headed to Baton Rouge. The scene of many of those recues that you just saw. And immediately as soon as we were driving in the darkness, we were almost submerged in the water. We had to start backing out.

This highway is essentially cut off. We saw several people in larger cars make it through, but then eventually they had to head back, because on the other side of this bridge there were more road closures. And we heard one woman tell us that she was afraid they weren't going to make it through. So there's a lot of people actually stop behind us right now, unable to head west, where the storm is moving toward Baton Rouge.


Hopefully as the sun rises and the water continues to head south and continues to recede we'll get a clearer picture of just how extensive the damage was and what needs to be done to move forward, Christi.

PAUL: From what you're saying if people are really cognizant of what's going on and they're not trying to make it through places and they are turning around that just makes that 1,000 figure that much more impactful.

Boris Sanchez, thank you so much. We appreciate it. You stay safe there, you and the crew.

BLACKWELL: Michael Phelps ends his Olympic career in a most fitting way by racing to another gold medal. We'll take a look at his golden good-bye.


BLACKWELL: Michael Phelps says he means it this time that his Olympic career is over.

PAUL: Endorsements aren't, I'm sure. After this -- after this Olympics. Andy Scholes is with us.

ANDY SCHOLES, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Yes. You know, guys, this is a little bittersweet watching last night. You also will see Phelps win his fifth gold medal in Rio but a little sad because we may never see an athlete as amazing as Phelps ever again. Phelps picking up his 23rd gold medal of his career and his final race last night. He swam the butterfly leg of the four by 100 meter medley relay. And at 31 years old, Phelps defied the odds at these Olympics, dominating what is a young person's sport. You know, a group of fans in the crowd they were chanting at Phelps, four more years after the race, but the most decorated Olympian of all time. It was pretty clear this was his last lap in the Olympic pool.


MICHAEL PHELPS, MOST DECORATED OLYMPIAN IN HISTORY: I'm just ready for something different. My swimming career might be over, but I have the future ahead of me to kind of turn the page and start whatever I want.


It's not the end of a career. It's the beginning of a new journey. And just looking forward to that.


SCHOLES: Team USA also made Olympic history last night by becoming the first nation to win 1,000 gold medals in summer games.

The women's four by 100 meter medley relay team were the ones to put America over the top. They beat Australia to the wall by almost two seconds in that race. Now if we look at current medal count Team USA opening up a pretty big lead. They got 24 golds. In second place is China.

All right. Gymnast Simone Biles expecting to add to the American gold rush later today. She's looking for her third gold medal of the games as she's going to take part in the final of the individual events which begin today. Biles a favorite to win today's vault final but she actually did not qualify for the uneven bars today which is today's (ph) other event.

American Madison Kocian had the best qualifying score, making her the favorite to win that. And finally, guys, it looks like the Olympic officials have finally given up on trying to clean the green water (INAUDIBLE).

PAUL: Oh no.

SCHOLES: They're actually going to drain the nearly one million gallon out of the pool used for water polo and synchronized swimming. The diving pool however which turned bright green with algae last week is being treated with chemicals. And the divers actually say that the green water -- it helps them. They say it gives them a little contrast, you know, when they're flipping through the air. They can tell --

PAUL: Really?

SCHOLES: They can tell where the pool is compared to the blue sky. BLACKWELL: That makes sense.

PAUL: Yes, it does make sense. But you know what? If that's the biggest problem they have in Rio after everything that was anticipated...

SCHOLES: Absolutely.

BLACKWELL: Yes, I think that's the truth.

PAUL: ... how about it?

Andy, thank you so much.

BLACKWELL: All right.

PAUL: All right.

BLACKWELL: Milwaukee as we said this morning on edge following a deadly police shooting. Multiple buildings after that. And police cars set on fire. The violence erupted after an officer killed a man police say was armed with a hand gun. We're going to talk more about that breaking news in a moment.