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Lochte: I "Over Exaggerated" The Story; Clinton Out-Fundraises Trump In July; Trump Shifts Tone In Appeal For Hispanic Vote; U.S. Swimmer Scandal; Hillary Clinton Ahead of Polls; Final Day of The Rio Olympics; Flooding in Louisiana; Brianna Keilar's Interview With Donald Trump's Attorney Michael Cohen. Aired 6-7a ET

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[06:00:23] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to Sunday. It's so good to see you. I'm Christi Paul.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. NEW DAY starts right now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In his own words, shamed U.S. swimmer, Ryan Lochte says he's to blame for an incident at a gas station turning into an international Olympic scandal.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Trump made an aggressive play for the African- American vote.

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I want our party to be the home of the African-American voter once again.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The "New York Times" unraveling Donald Trump's global finances reporting the businessman has twice as much debt as previously disclosed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Raphael's mother is pregnant in Miami, where Zika is spreading.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't want to be outside unnecessarily.


PAUL: Welcome again to Sunday. Also ahead this hour, after two weeks of Olympic competition, the closing ceremony is tonight. Coy Wire is live in Rio with what we can expect -- Coy.

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Put your dancing pants on. The closing ceremony will be a celebration of Samba. Simone Biles will bear the flag for the U.S. The skies in Rio are weeping this morning because it's the final day of the games, but we've got you covered on all things Olympics right here on NEW DAY.

BLACKWELL: U.S. swimmer, Ryan Lochte, says he is, quote, "110 percent sorry." The four-time Olympian called himself immature in an NBC interview. He says he, quote, "over exaggerated his story of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio."


RYAN LOCHTE, U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMER: This is why I'm taking full responsibility for my actions, because if I didn't over exaggerate the story to what I said when I did it when it first happened with Billy Bush and yourself and I told you the full story, none of this would have happened.


BLACKWELL: Lochte started with an apology directly to the people of Brazil, telling global TV that he was sorry that he tarnished their Olympic games. Amanda Davis is live in Rio. Amanda, he admitted he caused really a worldwide distraction.

AMANDA DAVIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, absolutely, Victor. Much of what Ryan Lochte said to NBC, he then reiterated in his interview with Global saying he didn't lie, he over exaggerated, but very much apologizing to the nation here.

This is a nation, remember, that initially was very embarrassed when these reports of these alleged attack on the swimmers came out. That embarrassment then very, very quickly turns to anger.

The Rio mayor saying he felt nothing but shame and contempt towards the swimmers. It's a very interesting move airing this interview last night after the Brazil/Germany football final.

Waiting, wanting to use the audience that had been gripped, the football match, the one gold medal that the hosts here really wanted to win, to then use that moment to put out this Ryan Lochte interview.

You suspect that's probably done Ryan Lochte something of a favor. They probably aren't going to be won over by his makeover, the change from the bleached blond hair back to the dark hair very neatly combed.

But the celebrations of that football victory were going on here until the early, early hours. And Ryan Lochte may be in many people's minds glossed over this morning.

BLACKWELL: All right, Amanda Davis for us there in Rio, a rainy Rio. Amanda, thanks so much. Ryan Lochte spoke with NBC's Matt Lauer in a little more than 20 minutes.

PAUL: Yes, in that interview Lauer asked him why his story made him out to be a victim when Brazilian police say he was nothing more than a vandal. Here's his response to that question and more.


MATT LAUER, NBC: How do you feel about the way you've handled yourself since early Sunday morning when this all went down? LOCHTE: Since everything that's happened, I've kind of being laying low. I had those statements. I've talked to you. But before I wanted to go out on camera, I wanted to really make sure these other guys came back on U.S. soil, which I just found out that's why I'm doing this today. Jimmy just came back. He was the last person to come back.

LAUER: Let me play devil's advocate for a second. Had you come out and set the record earlier, Gunnar and Jack may not have been pulled off that plane and Jimmy might not have his passports impounded.

[06:05:03]So if you come forward and done an interview like this and told the real story earlier, couldn't you have taken away a lot of their problems?

LOCHTE: By all means. I think this is why I'm taking full responsibility for my actions because if I didn't over exaggerate the story to what I said when I did it when it first happened with Billy Bush and yourself and I told you the full story, none of this would have had happened. We wouldn't be sitting here discussing this.

LAUER: When you talked to Billy on Sunday afternoon, you didn't tell him the whole truth. When you spoke with me on Wednesday night by phone, you didn't tell me the whole truth?

LOCHTE: I left details out, and which that's why I'm in this mess, is I left certain things out and I over exaggerated some parts of the story.

LAUER: One of the things you appeared to embellish with Billy is you said at some point after you refused to sit down, the security guard put the gun to your forehead and cocked it. That didn't happen?

LOCHTE: That didn't happen and that's why I over exaggerated that part.

LAUER: Why did you do at?

LOCHTE: I don't know why. It was still hours after the incident happened. I was still intoxicated. I was still under that influence. I'm not making me being intoxicated an excuse. I'm not doing that at all. It was my fault. I shouldn't have said that.

I over exaggerated that part. The gun was drawn but not at my forehead. It wasn't cocked at my forehead. It was toward my general direction. As you can see in the surveillance, that's when my hands went up.

LAUER: You told me on the phone, we are victims here and we're happy that we're safe. In the police press conference they said, not victims, they're vandals. How do you feel about that?

LOCHTE: It's how you want to make it look like. Whether you call it a robbery or extortion or us paying just before the damages. We don't know. All we know is there was gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money. LAUER: And that's a really interesting point. I want to take a little time on this. If I were to ask you the same question right now and say, were you robbed on Sunday morning in Rio, how would you answer it?

LOCHTE: I can't answer that. I don't know because I was intoxicated, so I don't know. All I know is there was a gun pointed at us and we were demanded to give money. Whether it was to pay for the damages of the poster, whether it was extortion or a robbery, I can't -- I'm not equipped to like tell you that.

LAUER: Gunnar in his statement to police said, at some point someone who spoke English walked over and offered to help translate this altercation. And he made it clear that the security guard was telling the four of you, you need to pay for that stuff, that damage before you can leave here or I'm going to call the police. You understood that at that time, didn't you?

LOCHTE: Yes. So then we had to give the money.

LAUER: Right. But at that point, it's not a robbery. At that point, you're striking a deal. You're striking a deal to pay for what damaged you've caused so he doesn't call the police and this doesn't become a bigger incident. Isn't that fair?

LOCHTE: We just wanted to get out of there. There was a gun pointed in our direction. Frightened and we wanted to get out of there as quick as possible. The only way we knew was to say this guy wants you to give him money.

LAUER: That doesn't sound like a robbery. A robbery is when some targets you whether armed or not, to take your money and belongings and valuables. This guy was negotiating a deal because of what happened in that walkway and you guys were on that negotiation.

LOCHTE: People can see it in many different directions. All we know is there was a gun pointed to us and we were demanded to give them money, end of story.

LAUER: The first version of the story you told Ryan was much more about the mean streets of Rio and the version we're hearing now is much more about a negotiated settlement to cover up some dumb behavior.

LOCHTE: And that's why I'm taking full responsibility for it, is because I over exaggerated that story. If I had never done that, we wouldn't be in this mess.

[06:10:10]Those guys would never be in Rio or were in Rio. None of this would have happened and it was my immature behavior. You know, we just finished. We were wanting to celebrate.

And we haven't been drinking or anything like months before that. And I definitely had too much to drink that night and I was very intoxicated. None of this would have happened if I didn't do that.


PAUL: All right, so on the other side of this, we've got hanging in the air here for Ryan Lochte not only his endorsements but his future in this sport. He says he still has more to accomplish if given the chance.

Let's talk about this incident and what it could force him into early retirement. Christine Brennan, CNN sports analyst and columnist for "USA Today." Christine, it's so good to see you. First of all, I want to know, as you listened to that, what stood out to you in this interview?

CHRISTINE BRENNAN, CNN SPORTS ANALYST: It's good, Christi, to hear Ryan Lochte take more responsibility for this incident that basically took over five, six days of the Olympic games. He is saying much more and that's what he should be doing.

Clearly he has got a PR firm working with him and what a terrible job they have done. The apology that was more of an explanation came out a couple of days ago. It was long, it was winding. It was still trying to explain things away.

He apologized to his sponsors first before he apologized to the people running the Rio Olympics. That was clearly not well received so now they're coming back with this. It's hard not to look at Ryan Lochte and say he's doing this only because he has to, because he realizes how much trouble he's in.

PAUL: So in other words you believe that he is sorry?

BRENNAN: It sounds like he's sorry, but the motivation for being sorry -- I think this avalanche of negative publicity has hit him. He's a swimmer. He's 32 years old. He's not a teenager. There's so many questions to ask about his behavior based on his being 32 years old.

But to have professionals around you and have people who are supposed to help you and that they have blown it this badly and that he's in mess now. Clearly this is a man who is suspended and is trying to get a lesser suspension because the things he's saying now, of course, he didn't want to say and he never would have said if he hadn't been in this spot -- at this point on the weekend.

PAUL: Sure. He did talk about his hopes for the future saying that he wants to continue swimming if they allow him to do so. We know Michael Phelps came back from two DUIs and look at where he wound up. He did that because he was contrite, he took responsibility. Do you think that is possible for Ryan Lochte?

BRENNAN: I think it's possible that he will swim again and be able to be a spokesperson for USA Swimming and show up at events and do meet and greets that all alums kind of do. There's no guarantee that he was even going to be able to make 2020 Olympic team. I can't believe we're talking about that. He's 32. He'll be 36. He's still got a lot of issues facing him including suspensions and things like that. PAUL: All right, I want to talk to you more about that in the next hour when you come back with us. Christine Brennan live there from Rio. Thank you so much. She's covered so many Olympics.

Coming up next hour, the rest of the Ryan Lochte NBC interview. Why he says he can still be a role model and we'll talk to Christine about that.

BLACKWELL: We've got breaking news coming in overnight from Southern Turkey. An explosion, the tragedy here at a wedding celebration. Now known to have killed at least 50 people. Nearly 100 more have been wounded.

Now, this video coming into CNN shows dozens of people. You see them scrambling here in the dark. Ambulances, rescue workers trying to help the people. Turkish president, who you'll remember survived an attempted military coup about a month ago says ISIS is most likely behind this attack.

Back in July, 44 people were killed when ISIS suicide bombers hit the capital's airport. There's been no claim of responsibility officially yet, but we'll have more on the situation there as the information comes into us.

PAUL: Coming up, a fundraising showdown in the race for the White House. Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump battling for every single dollar. Who comes out on top, that's next?



BLACKWELL: All right, 18 minutes after the hour now. Let's talk politics. Hillary Clinton continues to out muscle her rival in the race for the White House. Let's talk money specifically.

She has a major advantage with fundraising over Donald Trump's last month. Clinton pulled more than $58 million into her campaign. Trump pulled in about $38 million. No debt on his campaign books.

Let's talk about this with Lily Garcia. She's the president of the National Education Association, Democratic superdelegate who supports Hillary Clinton. Also Jack Kingston, senior adviser to the Trump campaign and former congressman from Georgia. Good morning to both of you.

Let's talk about the numbers, just the headlines here. The $58 million coming in July to the Clinton campaign, about 38 to Trump. Congressman Kingston, Donald Trump is the candidate who has more ground to make up.

It appears he has less money to do it. How does he either make up enough money to fight on the field that Clinton has set, or does he do it with much less in a different way?

JACK KINGSTON, SENIOR ADVISER, TRUMP CAMPAIGN: I think we're going to have to do it with much less. We don't have the Wall Street money. We don't have the big special interest groups that are funding Hillary's campaign and have funded her entire political career.

[06:20:05]Our donations are a lot smaller, a lot more broader, more grassroots. He won the Republican primary basically on earned media. You're not going to be able to do that in the general election.

But still Donald Trump is somebody who at his rallies gets 15,000 people. Hillary Clinton gets 3,000 people. Her over head is a lot more. She has 700 paid employees. We don't have anything like that.

We are much more nimble grassroots organization. We have to be. But our fundraising, our total numbers in July was about $82 million. Part of that was with the Republican National Committee. We're raising money now.

This weekend we've seen Donald Trump has been in North Carolina. He's been Fredericksburg, Virginia. Hillary Clinton I think has been on Martha's Vineyard, not going out and seeing the people but fundraising. There is a different style and di42erent approach.

BLACKWELL: All right, we'll get to that different style in a moment and how Donald Trump makes up the ground in all of the background states and nationally because he's behind in those polls. Let me come to you, Ms. Garcia. As the congressman brought up this point, much deeper payroll, much larger organization, her burn rate higher to date and in the month of July higher than Donald Trump's. Is she spending too much money? Is the organization too large?

LILY ESKELSEN GARCIA, HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTER: Donald Trump can't make up this ground because he has no ground game. She does. She has the most amazing team. She has the most amazing volunteers that are out there knocking doors. A lot of them are educators.

I represent 3 million educators that work in public schools, colleges and universities. We know what's at stake here. And the whole interesting phenomenon about rallies, the kind of media attention that Donald Trump is getting from the things he's saying at rallies is not resonating with the public.

You can take a look at any polls, in fact all of them. And what gets applause lines at a rally is the laugh line with the rest of the public. They're not buying what he says.

BLACKWELL: So the suggestion is the free media here is not helping Donald Trump, I guess that's the argument here.

GARCIA: Absolutely not. I think we can take a look at the polls and see that.

BLACKWELL: Let me play this ad that came out from the RNC about Hillary Clinton. Then we'll talk about it on the other side.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (voice-over): Welcome aboard Hillary Clinton's liberal elite summer tour with frequent stops in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Cape Cod. Please use caution when opening the overhead bins as Hillary's baggage may have shifted during flight.


BLACKWELL: All right, so Ms. Garcia, there is the storyline that we heard from Congressman Kingston, it's where Hillary Clinton is raising her money that the Trump campaign, the RNC at least believes could be an inroad into some of those voters that Donald Trump's trying to attract.

GARCIA: Well, obviously she's got small donors, large donors, she's got people who are investing in a future that we believe in. We believe in things like public education and public services. That's why we've got people all over the country willing to walk neighborhoods and do whatever it takes to make sure she gets elected.

I think they have to shift the discussion. They have to get people to, like on that ad, stop actually asking about issues because when you look at the issues, she's got plans and he's got slogans. He's got nothing.

BLACKWELL: The argument is that where Hillary Clinton is going to get her money is from the elites on the east coast and the west coast.

GARCIA: And everyone in between. That's issue. She has been raising money from people who really want something better for America and that's why they're donating.

BLACKWELL: We need to take a quick break. We'll start with you, Congressman, right on the other side of this break.



BLACKWELL: All right, back now with Lily Garcia, president of the National Education Association and a Clinton supporter, and former Georgia congressman, Jack Kingston who's a senior advisor to the Trump campaign.

Congressman, I want to start with you Donald Trump meeting with the National Hispanic Council for Trump yesterday, sitting down with a group of Hispanic leaders across the community. This is an advisory council.

But the statement from the RNC says he met with the group to ensure the Hispanic community, quote, "understands Mr. Trump's proposals."

From my understanding, an advisory board is to offered advice that the candidate listens to their advice. Shouldn't this be the other way around, that he listens to them instead of simply telling them what he believes?

KINGSTON: Absolutely he listens to them. I don't think we need to trip on words. The engagement is extremely important. He's going to start doing this more and more with African-American leaders. He's reached out and said look at the economic policies that we now have.

We need jobs in our communities around America. We have 94 million people who are underemployed or unemployed. We have 43 million people on food stamps. The household income has fallen from $57,000 to $53,000.

We have the lowest homeownership rate in the last 50 years. If you want a third term of Barack Obama, then you have somebody who's standing by ready to give it to you. But if you wanted change, and you want something different, then we need to elect an outsider, somebody who's not bought and paid for by Wall Street and special interests.

BLACKWELL: Let's go Lily. He's now meeting with this advisory board there, seems to be a bit more disciplined here. Some of those wild tweets have been curtailed. He's now on teleprompter. Your concerns about what seems to be in some way -- some discipline from Donald Trump?

GARCIA: This one hits home for me because he has insulted immigrant families like my own family. You can't put that back in a bottle. You can't mask that with a teleprompter speech. It doesn't matter how many people advise him on what not to say, we already know how he feels.

We've heard all the racist rants, the sexist rants. I'm a sixth grade teacher from Utah. Anyone of my kids saying half the things he said this year detention for bullying. This is immature behavior. It's unacceptable.

This is not only a man that's not qualified, he's not worthy to be president. I'm glad you brought up the outreach to minority communities. He cannot fix the damage that he's done.

It's why he's not going to win and it's why he has to go on these extraordinary trips to go to people and say, I didn't really mean what you heard me say. Yes, he did.

BLACKWELL: All right, Lily Garcia, Congressman Kingston, thank you both.

[06:30:00] We'll continue this conversation. And what we saw again for a fourth consecutive day, Donald Trump also reaching out to African-American voters. We'll talk about that next hour.

Thank you both.


PAUL: Also talking to Susanne Craig, reporter of the "New York Times" report on Donald Trump's finances. She claims that Trump owes twice as much in what's been indicated in election filings.

Also Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump in some of these polls. Her campaign now outlining what she plans to do if she wins the White House. And, you know, that will involve some money. Speaking of money 30 and 15-year mortgage rates fell this week and the five-year adjustable, well that inched up. Here's your look.


PAUL: Good to have you with us on this Sunday. I'm Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell.

Twelve time medalist Ryan Lochte now says that he over-exaggerated his story of being robbed in Rio. Lochte originally said he and three other Olympic swimmers were robbed by a man dressed as a police officer. He said a gun was cocked and placed to his forehead. Now he says the gun was never placed to his head but it was still pointed in the general direction of the swimmers.

Lochte says he takes full responsibility for his actions. And as he awaits his punishment he says he has already learned a lesson.

Coming up next hour on NEW DAY the rest of the Ryan Lochte "NBC" interview. Why he says he let his teammates down but he can still be a role model and has more to give the sport.


PAUL: OK. Back to the political arena here.

Hillary Clinton is revealing more of what she'll do if she wins the White House. And perhaps this is coming out now because of the numbers that are coming in. According to a new Pew Research Center poll 41 percent of registered voters say they would support Clinton if the elections were held today. Only 37 percent would back Donald Trump. Ten percent for Johnson, four percent for Stein as you see there.

Errol Louis CNN commentator and political anchor of "Time Warner Cable News" with us now. Errol, good to see you this morning.

This of course comes down to state by state numbers, some of which this country hasn't seen in years. I want to show you the new CNN electoral map showing that she's doing well enough that she could lose every toss-upstate and win this election.

Are you as confident as perhaps the Clinton camp may be right now?

ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: I'm not sure how confident they are to tell you the truth, Christi, because those numbers can change on a dime.

You know, there are a couple of big events that we know from past experience can in fact move the polls, starting with the debates. There's going to be a debate and we, you know, those of us who have been around for a while have seen candidates basically throw away their chances by misstating or having a poor performance in a debate.

So that first one in particular is going to be very important. That's coming up in late September. And then there are the outside factors that no one can anticipate. That includes riots and floods, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, all kinds of things.

You know -- a recession. Remember 2008 when the economy crashed right in the middle of the campaign? So all of those things can be factors. So -- but your general point is exactly right. This is going very much in Hillary Clinton's way.

Donald Trump's folks are probably not getting a good night's sleep tonight or any other night these days, because the map is look -- making victory look increasingly out of reach for Donald Trump.

PAUL: You just mentioned some of the factors that can move the needle and you mentioned floods. And we've been seeing that in Louisiana. Red Cross calling it the worst there in history since Sandy. And we saw Trump there over the last few days. We have not seen Hillary Clinton there.

Is that -- is something like that going to make a difference, the fact she's going to be in Hollywood and Beverly Hills fund-raising this weekend and she hasn't made a stop there in Louisiana?

LOUIS: I don't -- I don't think so honestly, Christi, because she has no particular role to play. The president of the United States is going to be there on Tuesday. And I think that's going to get all of the attention.

And to the extent that Trump keeps talking about the Obama/Clinton administration and trying to link the two of them, I think she'll sort of ride on the back of the president. Now whether or not his trip is successful, whether or not he gets excoriated by people on the ground including local officials for not coming sooner, for not doing the right thing that may blow back on her. But the mere fact that she hasn't thrust herself into the middle of it, I think is probably not going to hurt her at all.

PAUL: OK. She is talking -- we should point out, about job creation, about immigration, about boosting infrastructure, about filling her cabinet with an equal number of women and men, a cabinet that she says will be consistent of -- with diversity.

And when you think about her being in the White House, or even Trump, whoever's there, could immediately be tasked with filling a Supreme Court vacancy. If its Hillary Clinton how does she build a relationship with Republicans on Capitol Hill given the history between the Clinton family and Republicans?

LOUIS: Well, you know, my sense of it, Christi, going back to your earlier point is that she is going to try for the biggest possible victory, not just for herself, but for some of her fellow Democrats up and down the line. And that includes trying to get majority control perhaps with a commanding majority in the Senate and either trimming or even eliminated the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Because as she herself have said, there's nothing like a victory to sort of help focus people's ability to negotiate. And I think, you know, when she comes in, it will really be important how resounding her victory is if there is a victory. And so squeak -- just squeaking by is very different from having what could be called a mandate for change because most political professionals even the ones who were not inclined to like Hillary Clinton or the Democratic agenda are -- have to sort of take -- have to at least recognize if the country is going in a different direction. The numbers that you just showed, if they hold all the way through to November, suggest the country is going in a different direction.

PAUL: Mm-hmm. All right. Errol Louis, always appreciate your insight. Thank you.

LOUIS: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: All right. After two weeks, the summer games in Rio are coming to an end. Coy Wire still living the dream there just above Copacabana beach. What do we expect today?

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Victor, team USA is coming back to the states with a whole lot of hardware, 116 medals in all, 47 more than the nearest contender. We'll show you who grabs them yesterday and who can grab many (ph) medals today. Right here, coming up on NEW DAY.



BLACKWELL: All right. Final day of the Rio Olympics. They're shutting it all down today.

PAUL: Yes. There's plenty of action still to come though before the Olympic flame is put out at tonight's closing ceremony. Coy Wire is there.

What an experience you have had. Are you ready to come home to us yet though? For heaven's sake.

WIRE: I thought you guys are coming down to me, Christi.

PAUL: I would.

WIRE: I thought (INAUDIBLE).

Guys, there are 12 more gold medals remaining and they'll be handed out today. The final day of the first ever South American Olympic games.

The U.S. has crushed the competition, already with 43 gold in total. And last night it was the most decorated female track star in U.S. history adding to that count, 30-year-old Allyson Felix with her 4 by 400 hundred meter relay teammates Courtney Okolo, Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis continuing a dominant run. Team USA six straight Olympic gold in this event. This was Felix's sixth gold medal of her Olympic career. Extending her record for most golds ever by any female track athlete.

Now six years ago Gwen Jorgensen was sitting in a cubicle working as a tax accountant and had never competed in a triathlon. Today she's America's first ever gold medalist in this sport that combines swimming, cycling, and running. Can you imagine?

She broke down in tears after crossing that finish line. She said she was thinking of all the sacrifices made by her support team, including her husband who abandoned his own pro cycling career to help her achieve this goal. And guess what? We will have her live to share more of her story in the next hour right here on NEW DAY.


U.S. women's basketball team with another Olympic M.C. Hammer moment. You can't touch this. They danced right (INAUDIBLE) 101-72 taking the gold again. That's their sixth straight in the Olympic competition. They are 49 and O winning streak dating all the way back to 1992 when young Victor Blackwell was just about 11 years old.



WIRE: ... today (ph). The U.S. men up against Serbia looking for a third straight gold. The men's marathon wraps up the track and field events. And the closing ceremony where the Olympic flag will be passed to the next summer game's host, Tokyo in 2020.

Let us know what you're looking for through the (INAUDIBLE) today. Tweet us at @NEWDAY @VictorBlackwell and @Christi_Paul. Guys, back to you.

BLACKWELL: M.C. Hammer reference, huh? Reached back for that one. M.C. Hammer doesn't even reference M.C. Hammer anymore.

PAUL: No. He's putting up walls...


BLACKWELL: Yes, yes.

PAUL: ... nails on him.

BLACKWELL: The non-stick. Back when Coy had hair.



PAUL: That could be said for two people.

BLACKWELL: I'm freshly bald. I'm freshly bald.

(LAUGHTER) PAUL: Coy, real quickly. So you've been there for how long? What is going to stick with you most? Because this has been such I'm sure an experience for you.

WIRE: I've got here -- it has. I got here August first. And the events were incredible, the food and the passion of the people are kind of -- but it's those one on one moments with some of these elite athletes and hearing their back stories. So fascinating. They're incredible to watch as athletes but they have -- just like all of us have been through adversities on their own and to seeing how they have overcome them to triumph and become stronger through their struggles.

PAUL: All right.

BLACKWELL: All right.

PAUL: Coy Wire, thank you so much. You've done a job down there.

WIRE: You're welcome.

PAUL: All right.

Listen (ph), back here, devastating flooding in Louisiana as you know has forced literally thousands and thousands of people out of their homes and there is more rain in this forecast today. What does it mean for them now?



BLACKWELL: Ten minutes until the top of the hour now.

The flood waters are slowly, too slowly, starting to recede across Louisiana. But today brings another chance of rain. And with that, more devastation for thousands of families. This is the new reality.

Look at these pictures. Homes filled with water. They're rushing to save whatever they can. Others have to sit and wait, living in shelters here in this arena packed with cots there, hoping to one day go home.

I want to bring in CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam now. Derek, any sense of when the relief will come? Yesterday we said there was a chance of flash flooding. Today more rain. How long does this go?

DEREK VAN DAM, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Well, yesterday, Baton Rouge (INAUDIBLE) got about 3/10 of an inch today. I wish I had better news for you, Victor and everybody watching from this flood-ridden area.

This has been a tough week for Louisiana. Though 10 days to say the least. I almost don't want to show you these maps, but basically what's taking place here is we have a draped frontal boundary across Texas and Louisiana. That's going to stall out. This means that it will tap into (INAUDIBLE) at -- available from the Gulf of Mexico. The bulk of the rainfall today really across Texas, but a few of those showers and thunderstorms could spread into south and central sections of Louisiana where they were hardest hit with the flooding. So an additional one to two inches is certainly possible in and around the Baton Rouge area. The really heavy rainfall today though across the central sections of Texas.

You could see the National Weather Service has lifted several of the flood warnings. However, we still have advisories in and around Baton Rouge. But you can see the flash flood warnings taking place from San Antonio all the way to the Mexican border as we speak at this very moment. Flash flood watches near Austin. That's the latest radar.

You can see that bulk of the heavy rainfall that just draped across that region. So unfortunately, Victor, it looks as if the flood throughout (ph) continues. This area is extremely low lying so it's a slow retreat of water.

BLACKWELL: All right. So let's go now to the West Coast and this blue cut fire. Lots of destruction there in California, more than 100 homes destroyed now. What's the progress there? Any progress?

VAN DAM: Well, firefighters have actually made a considerable amount of progress on the blue cut fire. In fact 73 percent contained. I mean, they had a full arsenal of firefighters attacking this flame from all avenues. From firefighting engines to Chinook helicopters.

We have 37,000 acres burned so far. At one point however this was burning on average at about 500 acres per hour. That just gives you an idea of the ferocity of this blue cut fire. But things are starting to improve unfortunately there is not rain in this forecast. But firefighters are starting to get a handle on the situation, Victor.

BLACKWELL: All right. Derek Van Dam for us. Thanks so much.

VAN DAM: All right.

PAUL: It seems Donald Trump made a donation to flood relief in Louisiana. His campaign says he gave $100,000 Greenwell Springs Baptist Church. Trump and running mate Mike Pence visited that church on Friday. The campaign says Trump also donated the truck of supplies that he and Pence are unloading as you see here in this video.

BLACKWELL: And I know after watching what the families are struggling with in Louisiana and those families in California you're wondering, how can you help? And that's why we appreciate our audience.

We want you to go to to learn how you can help these families on the east and the west coasts.

PAUL: It's one of the most talked about interviewed from the last week. A CNN anchor taking on a Trump advisor. It's awkward. It's interesting. And we'll show you the whole thing.


PAUL: It started as a simple question here at CNN. But an interview with a Donald Trump advisor had a lot of people talking on social media let's say.

BLACKWELL: Yes. Jeanne Moos explains why it has got so many people asking, says who?


JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It was a little like the old Abbott and Costello routine about the guy with the last name "Who" playing first base.

LOU COSTELLO, COMEDIAN: Who's our first quest? I mean, the guy's name.


COSTELLO: The guy playing first.

ABOTT: Who is on first.

COSTELLO: Why are you asking me for? I don't know.

MOOS: Now imagine that in slow motion.

An exchange between CNN's Brianna Keilar and Trump attorney, Michael Cohen, has become an instant campaign classic.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: You guys are down. And it makes sense that there would --



KEILAR: Polls.

COHEN: Says who?

KEILAR: Most of them. All of them.

MOOS: That led to an awkward five seconds of silence.

COHEN: Says who?

KEILAR: Polls. I just told you. I answered your question.

COHEN: OK. Which polls?

KEILAR: All of them.

MOOS: "I watched it five times. It's hypnotic," posted one person. "Her single raised eyebrow at the end deserves an Emmy on its own." COHEN: Which polls?

KEILAR: All of them.

MOOS: That ended up on a mock "make America great again" hat.

But the big take away seems to be --

COHEN: Says who?

MOOS: #sayswho became a thing.

The aftermath of the interview, "you're fired." "Says who?" Who else says who?

Either Trump's attorney was in denial about the polls --

ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN ANCHOR: Or doing his best impression of an owl.

MOOS (voice-over): The exchange even inspired, we kid you not, knock- knock jokes.

Knock, knock.


MOOS: Says.


MOOS: The polls. All of them.

#allofthem also picked up steam. In this case, with an Olympic theme.

So you're losing this race.


MOOS: The clocks.


MOOS: All of them.

There was even a poll, pitting "says who" against "all of them." "All of them" won by a landslide.

In the wake of Brianna's interview, Trump's attorney told Yahoo! News, "I think I unraveled her."

Let's take a poll on that.

COHEN: Which polls?

COSTELLO: Why are you asking me? I don't know.

MOOS: Jeanne Moos...

COHEN: Says who?

MOOS: ... CNN...

COHEN: Which polls?

MOOS: ... New York.

KEILAR: All of them.


PAUL: Just a little bit of humor for you...


PAUL: ... on a Sunday morning. Thank you so much for starting your morning with us.

BLACKWELL: The next hour starts right now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In his own words, shamed U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte says he's to blame for an incident at a gas station turning into an international Olympic scandal.