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Boy's Remains Found 27 Years After Abduction; U.S. Press Access Blocked On Chinese Tarmac; Pence Plans To Release Taxes. Trump After Audit; Trump Visits Black Church In Detroit; Hermine Threatening Labor Day Weekend Plans; Police Threatened to Boycott 49ers Games; Mother Teresa Declared A Saint. Aired 6-7a ET
Aired September 4, 2016 - 06:00 ET
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[06:00:23] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning to you and welcome to Sunday. I'm Christi Paul.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good to be with you.
Let's start with this heartbreaking end to this 27-year-old cold case. The remains of Jacob Wetterling, an 11-year-old boy from Minnesota, have been found.
PAUL: He was abducted back in 1989 by a masked man with a gun. He was riding home on his bike with his brother and a friend after getting a movie and a snack at a convenience store.
Now sources tell CNN affiliate, WCCO, and the "Minneapolis Star Tribune" that a suspect in Jacob's disappearance led the FBI to his remains.
But police haven't said whether anyone has been charged at this point. Now investigators are evaluating new evidence. They plan to release details we understand later this week.
BLACKWELL: Well, after he was taken, his parents formed the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center to end child abduction and child abuse. His abduction subsequently led to an act in 1994 requiring states to maintain sex offender registries and guidelines.
Now the center released this statement from the parents saying that "We are in deep grief. We didn't want Jacob's story to end this way. In this moment of pain and shock, we go back to the beginning.
The Wetterlings had a choice to walk into bitterness and anger or to walk into a light of what could be a light of hope. Their choice changed the world."
WHITFIELD: John Lauritsen with our affiliate, WCCO, has more on Jacob's abduction and how his grieving family was able to save countless children. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My favorite color is blue.
JOHN LAURITSEN, WCCO REPORTER (voice-over): Jacob was just 11 years old. In October 22nd, 1989, would be the night that would forever change a family, a city, an entire state.
UNIDENTIFIED CALLER: It looked sort of like nylon things as a mask.
LAURITSEN: Jacob was abducted while riding his bike with his brother and a friend.
AARON LARSON, WITNESS: He grabbed Jacob and then he told me to run as fast as I could into the woods or I'll shoot you.
PATTY WETTERLING, JACOB'S MOTHER: There is no explanation. I don't feel the anger yet. I just want (inaudible).
JERRY WETTERLING, JACOB'S FATHER: I'm very optimistic. My son is pretty intelligent. If there's any way that he can help pull himself through this, he's going to do so.
LAURITSEN: Searches were conducted through the air and on foot. The slogan Jacob's hope got national attention.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jacob, can you hear our prayers? We love you.
LAURITSEN: But weeks and then months went by with no sign of Jacob. His family however has never given up hope. In 1990 they established the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, a national database that helps families of missing children. Later the Jacob Wetterling Act created a sex offender registry and helped launched the Amber Alert.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm fighting for a world that Jacob knew and believed in.
LAURITSEN: The years have brought hope for answers. In 2010, investigators used backhoes and searched the farm property of the Wetterling's neighbor, Daniel (inaudible), but nothing was found. They also interviewed convicted murderer, Delbert Huber about Jacob's disappearance before Huber died in prison.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Never had nothing to do with Jacob Wetterling kid. Never knew him.
PAUL: That was John Lauritsen reporting from our affiliate there. Also Jacob's case garnered worldwide attention, was recently featured on the CNN series, "THE HUNT WITH JOHN WALSH." Coming up we're going to have an in depth look at his abduction.
BLACKWELL: A stacked agenda for President Obama on this second day of the G20 Summit. It was a red carpet roll out and a step up from his arrival yesterday. Shortly after Air Force One landed, a Chinese official got into a confrontation with a White House press aide here.
The American staffer apparently made some mistake of telling reporters where to stand. Well, she quickly was reminded who was in charge.
BLACKWELL: Later that Chinese official blocked Susan Rice, the president's national security adviser from getting to the president and that required the Secret Service to step in.
[06:05:08]Let's go live now to China and CNN White House correspondent, Michelle Kosinski, is joining us. Michelle, President Obama we know met with Turkish President Erdogan today. What is happening here, this exchange, this tension between the American and the Chinese officials?
MICHELLE KOSINSKI, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Yes, this is weird. This is something that the president was not aware of when he was immediately landing. He wasn't really president later when this kept happening. It's been four times now since this trip began -- and this is only the second day -- that the U.S. press has been blocked from having access to something that is basically a photo op anyway.
Just sort of routine events, some of those which are captured on camera. The question we would have is why block that access, especially if there are going to be some journalists there.
But the Chinese are making it clear that they do things their way. What the president said about it is this always happens. There's always some tension between the delegations and how things are done, how access is granted.
But he quoted the press secretary in saying that this time the seams are showing more than they usually do. Not long after that clip on the tarmac, there was another confrontation before a press availability where the press was just there to get some pictures before a bilateral meeting, which is again just routine and something the cameras would capture in any case.
But there was this yelling match once again between a Chinese official and a Chinese person who is working for the American delegation. Reporters described this as nearly coming to blows and the two had to be separated.
We don't always see this up close, but we're told by U.S. officials that some degree of this always happens when there's a visit to China.
BLACKWELL: And we again know that President Obama backing Turkish President Erdogan. Tell us about that.
KOSINSKI: This was another meeting that was looked at as a source of tension. Obviously the relationship between these two countries has been tense lately. There was the Turkish crackdown after their coup attempt.
There is this now extradition request for a cleric who is living in the United States to come back to Turkey. The U.S. has been worried about some of the ways that Turkey has been handling the aftermath of this coup.
But today was all about trying to stand together, support democracy. Here's some of what President Obama said.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, PRESIDENT OF TURKEY (through translator): -- against this terrorist, before the coup attempt we had put together some documentation -- amassed some evidence, which we have submitted to the United States.
And the post-coup attempt relates to documentation and evidence will be amassed and they will be submitted to our friends in the United States. The efforts are still underway.
We had welcomed a delegation from the American Ministry of Justice and a similar delegation from the Turkish Ministry of Justice will go to the United States. Our minister of justice and minister of interior will travel together to the United States whereby they will concentrate their efforts on the elaboration of this evidence.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KOSINSKI: That of course was Turkish President Erdogan. President Obama reaffirmed they are working together. That the U.S. would look at this extradition request, but he was much more focused on working together to fight ISIS -- Victor and Christi.
BLACKWELL: All right, day two ahead. Michelle Kosinski, thanks so much.
PAUL: I want to take a look at the big political stories this hour. Mike Pence saying he will release his tax returns in the next week. Something Donald Trump, of course, still has not done. Pence did say Trump will release his taxes at the end of an audit, although there are legal experts who have said there's no legal reason for him not to do so now. Take a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You guys have higher ground on this issue, on this whole idea of transparency and accountability. If you guys were as transparent, submitting the tax returns.
It is whatever you want to say about the Clintons, we know this because the information has either been dragged out of them or it's been disclosed. We don't have any disclosures. We don't have your tax returns yet.
MIKE PENCE (R), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Donald Trump and I are both going to release our tax returns. I'll release mine in the next week. Donald Trump will be releasing his tax returns at the conclusion of an audit.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But that won't be before the election.
[06:10:02]PENCE: The issue here is, well, we'll see.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BLACKWELL: All right, meanwhile, Donald Trump was courting black voters in Detroit attending service at a black church. Seen here swaying along to the music as the congregation and the choir sang. He also addressed the congregation with a prepared speech. Here's a portion of it.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Our nation is too divided. We talk passed each other. Those who seek office to not do enough to step into the community and learn what a going on. They don't know. They have no clue.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
PAUL: His words toned down, a very softened version of his earlier rhetoric depicting African-Americans living in inner cities in poverty and violence saying there yesterday -- he said I mean this from the heart, these are my own words, the African-American church has been the conscience of this country. I'm here to learn.
So in a moment we're going to talk to Scottie Nell Hughes and A. Scott Bolden talk about Trump's outreach to African-American voters, also talk about the tax returns and is there any indication those are coming soon if Mike Pence is indeed releasing his?
BLACKWELL: Also, Hermine, strengthening off the east coast this morning. We are tracking the storm's progress as it returns to hurricane strength today.
PAUL: Mother Teresa becomes a saint this morning. Live pictures for you from the Vatican. Look at all of the people who have gathered to witness her official canonization. We're going to take you there live as well. Stay close.
PAUL: All right, let's head to the political arena together here. Donald Trump visiting an African-American church in Detroit, part of his outreach efforts to black voters.
Scottie Nell Hughes, CNN political commentator and a Donald Trump supporter, and A. Scott Bolden, former chairman of the Washington, D.C. Democratic Party. Thank you both for being here. Happy Sunday to you.
Scottie, let's talk first, though, about what we just saw from Governor Pence. He said he will release his taxes, quote, "in the next week." That renews the conversation obviously as to whether or not Donald Trump will do the same.
Is there any indication that he will at least release his income, his charitable donations, his tax rate, something that might help put this to rest?
SCOTTIE NELL HUGHES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Nothing from the campaign yet, Christi. Nothing that I'm seeing either in the press or e-mails and local things that I get from the Trump campaign.
I think once again it's all about being underneath this audit. While some people do say he doesn't necessarily have to release them, the other side says it's probably best if you wait until the audit is over.
This comes amongst the idea that it wasn't necessarily the Clintons who did release their taxes. That is not as big of a deal. It's more about the Clinton Foundation that had to go back and amid four years of tax returns after it was found to have foreign disclosures that they did not put on their original forms.
The only thing we found out about the Clinton's tax returns is that 96 percent of their charitable donations went to their own family foundation.
PAUL: But they released their tax returns is the point and now that Pence has done so or is saying he will do so in the next week, there's no doubt that it certainly puts a little more pressure on his running mate.
A. Scott, want to go to you about this. His base doesn't care about this issue. We know that. That's what they've said. Do you believe however that it could keep people who are undecided from voting for him?
A.SCOTT BOLDEN, FORMER CHAIRMAN WASHINGTON, D.C. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: Well, it could, but again this is about transparency and the Republicans and Donald Trump constantly attack the Clintons for lack of transparency. They have no credibility until they release these tax returns.
The important thing about the tax returns is what he's hiding or what it will show. It will show charitable donations, sources of income, whether they were from Russian oligarchs or not.
It will show how much business he's doing and where, how many partnerships he has and investors he has. It will show all of that as well how much in taxes he pays. That is relevant material to individuals who may or may not vote for Donald Trump and that's why he is not releasing them.
I've been a lawyer for 25 years. I've represented individuals criminally and civilly in regard to tax cases before the IRS and courts alike and I got to tell you, releasing these tax returns because you're under audit is done every day. It's a --
PAUL: But we have had other lawyers on our air saying I would advise him not to do it until the audit is done.
BOLDEN: It is an option. They advise him not to do it because they want him to win, not because he's legally prohibited from doing it. And if you're going to be transparent and you want to be the president of the United States of America, people have a right to know how much you pay in taxes, how much you give away, what's your tax rate and exactly how similar or dissimilar you are from millions of Americans who not only have to file taxes but their taxes are a matter of public record or at least the government has them.
PAUL: OK, I want to move onto what happened in Detroit yesterday. We saw the protests beforehand. People are very passionate about their views when it comes to Donald Trump and civil rights. It was a different atmosphere inside.
In fact, let's listen to a bishop who was at the meeting prior to the service. She was in the service with everybody. She is a Hillary Clinton supporter, but she was very candid, very open about what she saw in Trump yesterday. Take a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BISHOP CORLETTA VAUGHN, SENIOR PASTOR, THE HOLY GHOST CATHEDRAL: That was his very first time in a black church experience and it was quite tender to watch it. Our churches are not like everybody else's churches. We're very demonstrative. The dancers were dancing. The music was amazing.
I think he was kind of taken aback first in the spiritual presence of God. Then I saw him softening. So it was not the context for the normal Donald Trump that we have seen before.
That context was very spiritual, and he was very contained and almost in tears. There was a point in the service when Bishop Jackson actually presented him with a bible. He'll never be the same again.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
[06:20:01]PAUL: Scottie, what have you heard from the campaign? Will he never be the same again? What is the effects that it may have on him?
HUGHES: Well, absolutely. I go to a very evangelical diverse church as well and it is an experience that he's never had. It's amazing and you are affected for the rest of your life. From what I'm hearing from friends that traveled with him yesterday, those that were a part of the delegation that went, he was very much humbled and he very much enjoyed the entire experience.
He was there to listen. Mr. Trump's leadership style is all about knowing about the problems for his own so he can to try to figure out a solution with his own eyes. He doesn't just sit in an office and read reports.
He's gotten on the ground and talked to the people that the rules and laws of D.C. are affecting and have absolutely hurt over the past eight years and how he finds a solution to it. I love her comments. I can't do any better than what she said.
She might not necessarily be a Donald Trump fan, but she saw an honesty, a sincereness, a part of Mr. Trump, a compassion that doesn't necessarily come through all time on television cameras.
PAUL: Scott, we only have a couple of seconds, Bishop Vaughn went on to say, he didn't change her mind or any minds that she knows of, they are still voting for Hillary Clinton, but could a new kinder, softer Donald Trump be a threat to Hillary Clinton?
BOLDEN: I doubt it seriously. I don't think there is a new or kinder, gentler Donald Trump. We saw him with the president of Mexico. We see him in these African-American settings, but that's not the real Donald Trump. He's still reading from a script because they don't trust him to go on his own.
Now I tell you whether this is true or not, let's see when he gets in front of his base to energize them and the hate language, the divisive language, and the negative language continues in an elevated matter. Then we'll know that this was an act.
PAUL: A. Scott Bolden, Scottie Nell Hughes, we appreciate you both being here. Thank you.
BLACKWELL: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made the 49ers roster. So his protest could continue through the regular season. Now there's a new statement from local officers about providing protection at the games if that does happen.
Plus Hermine threatening to wash out Labor Day plans for the northeastern coast. CNN's Jennifer Gray is live in Atlantic City with the look at the conditions there. What are you seeing?
JENNIFER GRAY, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, Victor, we have the latest advisory. Hermine is getting interesting. We'll talk about all the details and updates after the break.
BLACKWELL: It's 25 minutes after the hour now. Hermine is gaining strength this morning, threatening to ruin Labor Day plans for millions of people. Right now, though, tropical storm warnings are in effect from Virginia all the way north to New York.
But the worst is yet to come. Hermine is expected to return to hurricane strength today. CNN meteorologist, Jennifer Gray, is live in Atlantic City, New Jersey, standing on the beach where the governor has already declared a state of emergency.
Give us an idea of what the conditions are now and what this will look like in 12, 24, 36 hours from now.
GRAY: Victor, that's the million dollar question. The storm is very interesting. You know, yesterday, we were talking about this thing slowing down considerably and then maybe even backing up towards the coast.
As of this morning, it's showing no signs of that. In fact, the storm is still heading to the north-northeast at about 12 miles per hour. That's taking it further away from shore.
In fact, the storm right now is located about 300 miles south- southeast of Montauk. In fact the storm is so far east that we're actually getting a north wind. If it moves any further east we could end up with a west wind.
That basically means you're not going to have the high storm surge and you're going to have less of a chance of rip currents. It looks like it could be, if these models hold true, it could mean better news for the Jersey Coast and worse news for the cape in Massachusetts.
So it's going to be very interesting today. It's breezy out but it's not as windy as yesterday. So we're going to continue to watch it and see what this does. Don't let your guard down. We still have that risk of storm surge. It's all going to depend on what happens in the next 24-36 hours -- Victor.
BLACKWELL: All right, Jennifer, thanks there in Atlantic City. Let's now go to CNN meteorologist, Allison Chinchar. Allison, so if the storm continues to track east, I'd imagine that those outer bands, that rain still could cause major problems all the way up the coast.
ALLISON CHINCHAR, AMS METEOROLOGIST: And again, yes, you are correct. It also then just begins to shift at elsewhere. As Jennifer pointed out, if it begins to keep going east, it may not be as much of a threat for Maryland and New Jersey.
But then the threat begins to shift closer to say Rhode Island. We are talking about Massachusetts now. Even though those areas under a tropical storm watch and the warnings are further west, that may actually change in the next 12-24 hours as the storm begins to move.
So right now about 65 miles per hour -- again, notice most of the convection is on the north where the heaviest rain is, but as we go through the day, more of that will begin to fill back in. It's not just that, it's also the winds.
Take a look below me. This is just for the next 24 hours. Most of them are around 10, 20, even 25 miles per hour. Once we get into Monday those winds especially places like Montauk, New York, and Newport, Rhode Island, Nantucket, those sustained winds will be 25 to 35 miles per hour with wind gusts possibly exceeding 50 miles per hour.
So again those threats are still there. It just maybe in a different location than we thought it would have been yesterday.
BLACKWELL: All right, we'll continue to watch that track. Allison Chinchar, thanks so much.
PAUL: Mother Teresa becoming the newest saint this morning. These are live pictures of the tens of thousands of people who are there at the Vatican to watch her official canonization. So really interesting information about the miracles she is said to have performed that catapulted her to this status.
BLACKWELL: Also ahead, the end to a decades old cold case. An 11- year-old boy abducted nearly 30 years ago now found dead. Now police are hoping that his remains could lead them to his killer. We'll tell you what we know coming up.
PAUL: Good morning to you. I hope it's been good to you so far. I'm Christi Paul.
BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell.
Top story this morning, a 27-year-old cold case comes to a tragic end. Minnesota authorities tell CNN they've now found the remains of an 11- year-old boy who was abducted in 1989.
PAUL: We're talking about Jacob Wetterling. He was grabbed by a masked man with a gun as his brother and friend -- watch this -- (INAUDIBLE) they had just left the convenience store and they were headed home.
Now sources tell CNN affiliate WCCO and the "Minneapolis Star Tribune" that a suspect in Jacob's disappearance led the FBI to his remains, but police have not said whether anyone has been charged. Investigators are evaluating new evidence and they say they plan to release additional details later this week.
After he was taken though his parents formed the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center to end all forms of child abuse.
BLACKWELL: His abduction led to an act in 1994 requiring states to maintain sex offender registries and guidelines.
Kate Raddatz with our affiliate WCCO has more on how his disappearance changed a lot in his hometown and eventually across the country.
KATE RADDATZ, WCCO CORRESPONDENT: St. Joe Meat Market remembered a time when kids used to play outside until the late hours.
JEFF KREMERS, PARENT: We went everywhere. We just knew we had to be home for dinner and you had to be home at bedtime. And that you could roam anywhere.
RADDATZ: But on October 22nd, 1989, that all changed.
KREMERS: It kind of took away innocence. RADDATZ: Eleven-year-old Jacob Wetterling's disappearance rocked St. Joseph and took over national headlines. It changed parenting forever.
SANDY STOCKER, FORMER RESIDENT: Life changed after that very much.
RADDATZ: Sandy Stocker used to live in Jacob's neighborhood. She says her two children were out playing that night and saw Jacob and his friends before they left on their fateful trip to the convenience store.
STOCKER: They had to stay in the house and we went with them whenever they went to the playgrounds or to their friends and made sure that that's where they were.
ANNIE SPARROW ROGERS, FORMER RESIDENT: Everyday things that we took for granted -- allowing them to ride their bikes to the park, go to a park reserve.
RADDATZ: Annie Rogers was living in Plymouth with her two children when Jacob went missing. She says it didn't matter where you lived.
ROGERS: I think it just touched America in a way that there is no such place as a safe haven anymore. We just have to be vigilant.
RADDATZ: With Jacob's remains found could we ever go back to that time of innocence?
ROGERS: I think it's changed forever, I do.
KREMERS: No. It's gone, I think.
PAUL: Kate Raddatz with our affiliate WCCO, thank you so much for that.
Jacob's case garnered worldwide attention. It was recently featured on the CNN series "THE HUNT WITH JOHN WALSH." And it does detail the horrifying night that Jacob was taken right in front of his brother and friend, the kidnapper telling them to run away or he'll shoot them.
Look at this.
JERRY WETTERLING, FATHER OF JACOB: This guy wearing a mask came out and you could see his handgun. This guy told them to get off their bikes and lay down in the ditch or else he would shoot. He asked them one by one what their age was. After that, he had Trevor and Aaron, one by one run off into the nearby woods and not to look back or else he would shoot. As Aaron was taking off he saw the man grab Jacob's arm.
PATTY WETTERLING, MOTHER OF JACOB: When he caught up to Trevor and they felt safe enough to turn around and look back, they were gone. They were just gone.
The police asked the boys, are you sure you weren't playing a gun and Jacob just got hurt and you're afraid to tell us what really happened, which is a legitimate question. But they were absolutely clear, no, there was this man with a gun.
JOHN L. SANNER, SHERIFF: We start to search the area, the immediate area of the abduction and start to fan out from there. Everybody thought that within a few hours we would get it taken care of.
ROBERT LOWERY JR., VICE PRESIDENT, NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN: When it comes to missing children, time is the enemy. Seconds count, hours count. If that child is going to be killed, it's going to happen within the first few hours.
JERRY WETTERLING: I never went to bed that. Yes, we were up all night. It was just crazy.
JOHN WALSH, CNN HOST: There are so many parallels in the Wetterling case to our case of Adam. I will never forget that night when darkness fell and we started to search for Adam. I will never forget that realization and that loneliness.
PAUL: You just feel for these families. Watch "THE HUNT WITH JOHN WALSH" tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern -- not that case a new case though, again, tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern right here on CNN.
BLACKWELL: Back now to our top political story, Donald Trump visits a black church in an effort to court the black vote but there were some protesters outside. His message to the congregation was one of unity.
But listen to some of the other rhetoric on the campaign trail.
Jeremy Diamond has details for us.
JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump took his outreach to African-American voters today right to the African-American community here in Detroit. Donald Trump spoke to the Great Faith Ministries where he abandoned his characteristic brashness in favor of a little bit of a more subdued tone.
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: For centuries the African- American church has been the conscience of our country. So true. It's from the pews and pulpits and Christian teachings of black churches all across this land that the civil rights movement lifted up its soul and lifted up the soul of our nation.
It's from these pews that our nation has been inspired toward a better moral character, a deeper concern for mankind and spirit of charity and unity that binds us all together. And we are bound together and I see that today. This was -- this has been an amazing day for me.
The African-American faith community has been one of god's greatest gifts to America and to its people.
DIAMOND: That rhetoric was very different from the kind that Trump has employed on the campaign trail in recent weeks as he has made his outreach to African-American voters largely before predominantly white crowd. Donald Trump as talked about African-Americans saying that they have -- quote -- "nothing to lose," in voting for him, saying that they have no jobs, no schools.
I also caught up with Dr. Ben Carson today who went with Donald Trump to his childhood home here in Detroit. And this is how Dr. Carson talked about Donald Trump's remarks.
BEN CARSON (R), FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, if you ask him about those comments though and allow him to explain it, you'll see -- he says very readily, I have a lot of African-American friends who are very wealthy, who do very well. And I know that the majority of black people don't live that way.
But the problem is we have a very large percentage of people in our -- in our cities who are not experiencing any of the benefits of our society. And that's a problem for all of us.
DIAMOND: But here outside the church where Donald Trump spoke to African-American voters, there were a number of protesters who showed up. And they've said that they're not going to forget Donald Trump's brash words any time soon.
BLACKWELL: All right. Be sure to catch our CNN Special Reports at 8:00 p.m., starting with "The Essential Hillary Clinton." And then at 10:00 "The Essential Donald Trump." Monday night, Labor Day, starting at 8:00 p.m. right here on CNN.
PAUL: And yet another twist in the controversy surrounding a pro quarterback.
Coy Wire, what's happening now?
COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Christi.
Final cuts were made yesterday in the NFL. And the 49ers chose to keep Colin Kaepernick who continues to sit (ph) at (ph) National Anthems in protest. Now the chief of police and the team city urging officers not to boycott their security duties at games as they protest Kaepernick and his actions.
We'll talk about it. Coming up.
[06:45:47] BLACKWELL: There's a call now from the top in the Santa Clara, California, for police officers, the union at least, to back away from this threat to boycott the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
CNN's sports anchor Coy Wire has the latest twist in this again.
WIRE: Yes, yes. Good morning, guys.
Colin Kaepernick's protests over police brutality and racial injustice rising to a whole new level now. You had Santa Clara's Police Chief Michael Sellers issuing a statement yesterday urging the city's Police Officers Association to put the safety of the citizens first.
The union had sent a letter to the 49ers, demanding that they take action against Kaepernick or police officers would choose not to work security at the stadium on game days. Now, Michael Sellers said that Kaepernick's -- quote -- "Blanket statements disparaging the law enforcement profession are hurtful and do not help bring the country together." But he went on to say -- quote -- "As distasteful as his actions are, these actions are protected by the Constitution. Police officers are here to protect the rights of every person, even if we disagree with their position" -- unquote.
Now, one big question yesterday was will Colin Kaepernick make the team. Yesterday was final cut down day. Many thought that he might be released from the team because of his actions and poor play at times but he made the team.
He'll be the backup to Blaine Gabbert. So his protests will continue and so will both the negative and positive responses to those protests. The 49ers opening up their season in eight days against the Rams on Monday night football. So a huge stage, guys.
This controversy doesn't seem to be hurting sales of Kaepernick's jersey. His number 7 was the top selling jersey on the 49ers store. It's was 20th a week or two ago and it's also the eighth top selling jersey in the entire league on NFL.com. So you see this is such a divisive topic. You have many against him but also many who are rallying behind him.
PAUL: Really. Yes, really.
All right. Hey, Coy, thank you.
WIRE: You're welcome.
BLACKWELL: Well, she's now known as Saint Teresa. Thousands gathering at Saint Peter's Square to (ph) mark (ph) the canonization of Mother Teresa.
We're going to take you there with some live pictures next.
[06:51:17] PAUL: Well, Mother Teresa is officially declared a saint. Look at the tens of thousands of people who filled Saint Peter's Square this morning. Many are still there where the pope canonized the late Catholic nun.
Mother Teresa of course devoted her life to helping the poor India, caring for people with leprosy, AIDS and other diseases. Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her work back in 1979 -- CNN's Vatican correspondent Delia Gallagher, live for us in Saint Peter's Square.
I have to be honest with you, Delia. Several of us learned something this morning. When they're talking about the two miracles that have to be present in order for this to happen, we didn't realize that they -- those miracles could happen after she died.
DELIA GALLAGHER, CNN VATICAN CORRESPONDENT: Oh, yes. Of course, that's a very important point, Christi, that the miracles that are deemed such by the Vatican have to be prayers that were offered and asked of the person after they've died. Because the whole point of the miracle making as it were is that the saint is in heaven with God and therefore can intercede, can ask God to do that miracle. So it's very important that whatever miracles the Vatican is looking at cures (ph) that those prayers were offered after the person has died. In the case of Mother Teresa we have a miracle from India.
A woman named Monica Besra who said she was cured of stomach cancer after praying to Mother Teresa. And a man in Brazil who said he was cured of a brain infection by holding one of the holy cards, a picture of Mother Teresa to his head and sleeping with it under his pillow. And he and his wife pray for his healing.
And of course the Vatican has a long investigative process not only into the miracle, that is a part of it. We don't need to focus too much on that it's also into the what they call heroic virtues, the life of the person. For many people, Mother Teresa was already a saint. But today was the culmination of that official investigation and the official declaration of her sainthood. Christi.
PAUL: I know that there's a lot of scrutiny as you said that goes into the process of choosing or canonizing someone. But there's been a lot of scrutiny from people who questioned whether she really deserved this. Why are they doing that? What is the point?
GALLAGHER: Sure. I mean, from some years ago there have been those who have been vocal about criticizing Mother Teresa on a couple of points. One, that perhaps her health facilities weren't hygienically clean, weren't up to standard. She should have had better medical facilities. She should have worked for economic justice.
But those criticisms tend to ignore the fact that she felt her mission was a one on one being with the person who was dying. And that sacred moment as her superior said just the other day, that moment that a lot of people ignore in the lives of people so she felt that was her mission and not the rest of it. Christi.
PAUL: All right. Delia Gallagher, we appreciate it so much. What a great opportunity it is for you to be a witness to what is happening this morning. Thank you. We appreciate it very much.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, he had his meeting and news conference with Mexico's president seems fairly uneventful. The online reaction, though, that's a different story. In a moment we'll have more.
PAUL: Well, the meeting between Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Donald Trump earlier this week, it seemed somber, it seemed serious. Not so much to folks on Twitter.
BLACKWELL: Yes, they always find something.
CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the hashtag that that tagged the Donald.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Donald Trump and the president of Mexico were diplomatic.
TRUMP: I called you a friend.
MOOS: This hashtag wasn't #TrumpsMexicoTripSayings. Sayings like, "Please don't let him back in our country until he gives us his taxes." Or this one from director Rob Reiner, "Clearly we're not sending our best to Mexico. We're sending liars. We're sending narcissists. We're sending sociopaths."
A sendoff of the Donald's own words...
TRUMP: When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best.
MOOS: There were gifts of an immigrant cleaning woman canning Trump and the Donald bricklaying. Now they're going to want to build the wall to keep me out.
It was the favorite topic.
TRUMP: Powerful wall.
MOOS: "No. I said I would build a mall," red one tweet. "Please pick a color for your side of the wall. By the way, you're paying for the paint also."
TRUMP: Who's going to pay for the wall?
MOOS: That's not what Mexico's Former President Vicente Fox says.
VICENTE FOX, FORMER PRESIDENT OF MEXICO: I'm not going to pay for that (expletive) wall.
"Tell Mr. Fox his F-bomb missed its target," tweeted a Trump supporter.
Think I can't get Mexico to fund the wall? Well, I got the media to fund my campaign.
The hashtag attracted random images like the sign advertising Mexican food so good Donald Trump wants to build a wall around it.
Cartoonist Ed Hall drew two Mexican wall builders gazing at Trump's plane, saying, "We're going to need to make this wall extra tall."
Mexico's president met with Trump for about an hour.
MOOS (on camera): That would be a fly on the wall with that meeting. Actually there was once a fly on the Donald as he talked about the wall.
TRUMP: We're going to have the wall. We're going to have the wall.
MOO (voice-over): Even a wall wouldn't have stopped this fly from crossing the Donald's hairline.
Jeanne Moos CNN New York.