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White House: Trump Calling Lawmakers On Health Bill; U.S. Destroyer Sails Near Disputed Island In South China Sea; Trump And Putin To Meet Amid Russia Investigation; Trump Promotes Freedom Concert, Scolds Freedom Of Press; Congress Proposing New Checks On President's Power; Congress Proposing New Checks On President's Power; Man Arrested In Disappearance Of Chinese Student; On The Frontlines Of The Battle For Mosul; Pacquiao Loses Title In Controversial Decision; The 2018 PyeongChang Games Set to Open In February; Amazon's Echo Show; High-Risk Elephant Relocation In Malawi Aired 6-7a

Aired July 2, 2017 - 06:00   ET




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ISIS has left Mosul. They rush in to help their wounded.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are learning more details about the man charged with the kidnapping of the Yingying Zhang, the visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Those that knew him are quite surprised. There was no hint.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: The fake media is trying to silence us, but we will not let them. The people know the truth.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is the greatest journalistic challenge of the modern era, to report on a malignant presidency and what it means and where it's going.


VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning to you and good to be with you.

President Trump attacking one of his favorite targets in a speech in Washington last night. The president taking new swipes at the news media speaking at a "Celebrate Freedom" event meant to honor veterans.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: The fake media is trying to silence us, but we will not let them, because the people know the truth. The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I'm president and they are not.


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Now on the agenda for the president today, back-to-back phone calls with the leaders of China and Japan. No word on specifics that they will discuss, but it comes after the president declared America's patience with North Korea, quote, "is over."

BLACKWELL: And with the campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare an impasse in the Senate, the White House says the president is working through this holiday weekend putting calls into lawmakers. The question is can he strike a deal?

PAUL: First, the president's renewed attack, though, on the media came after his multiday feud with two TV news hosts. Here is CNN's Ryan Nobles.

RYAN NOBLES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The president of the United States starred his weekend off by continuing his feud with the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

The president up early tweeting the following, quote, "Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low- rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!"

This continued feud by the president and these cable news hosts continues to distract from his agenda. This as he has an important week in front of him. A week that involves a trip to Europe for the important G20 Summit and the continuing negotiations over health care.

Right now we know that Republicans are continuing to try and come up with some sort of a deal that will allow them to repeal and replace Obamacare simultaneously. This despite the fact that the president himself has called for a repeal separate from a replacement.

Still the president is involved in those negotiations. His aides say that he is working on health care from New Jersey where he is spending the weekend and he will likely reach out to lawmakers during the July 4th recess.

Meanwhile, the president did come back to Washington Saturday night to headline an event honoring veterans.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: And let me say to the hundreds of veterans with us tonight that for my very first Independence Day celebration as president, there is no place I'd rather be than with you.


NOBLES: The president did not spend the night here at the White House instead he headed right back to New Jersey to spend the holiday weekend with his family. He is expected to be back here at the White House early next week before he heads off to Europe, his first top will be Poland before heading to Germany for the G20 Summit -- Victor and Christi.

PAUL: Ryan Nobles, thank you so much.

BLACKWELL: All right, a lot to discuss with CNN political analyst and historian and professor at Princeton University, Julian Zelizer, and White House correspondent for the "Washington Examiner," Sarah Westwood. Good morning to you.

And Sarah, let me start with you. You got a piece out fresh this morning about the president's role in trying to pass this Senate health care bill. What are you hearing from Senate leadership? Do they see the president and his role here in this process as a net positive?

SARAH WESTWOOD, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, "WASHINGTON EXAMINER": You know, President Trump's involvement with this bill has been something of a mixed bag. He really stayed on the sidelines as it was being put together in that Senate working group behind closed doors over the past month and during the week that it's been publicly released.

President Trump has kind of dived into the whole debate. He has invited the entire Senate GOP caucus to the White House and working the phones and publicly pronouncing his support for the bill.

The problems came Friday when he took to Twitter and strayed a little off message, encouraging Republicans to on repeal, delay and then work on a replacement if they are unable to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the legislation they are working on now.

That's not the approach the leadership wanted to take. The leadership doesn't want conservatives who are already reluctant to vote for the bill to hold out and the hopes that the president will support them in their quests to repeal, delay, and replace.

And so that kind of showed the challenges that are involved when President Trump puts his hands on any kind of political situation.

BLACKWELL: And Julian, the GOP leader there, Mitch McConnell, says that they are going to stay on path of trying to pair these together, repeal and replace, in the same bill. I also want you to hear this admission from him that passing this is tough. Watch.


SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R), KENTUCKY: I'm sitting there with a Rubik cube trying to figure out how to twist the dials to get to 50 to replace this with something better than this. Stabilizing these markets is important. Middle class families are getting hammered.

The American people said we elected a Republican president, House, and Senate, we want to see some results and I can't say anything other than I agree with you, but it's not easy.


BLACKWELL: He's got this Rubik cube and trying to get to 50. To what degree, Julian, potentially did the process of getting to this point and how they put this bill together play into the difficulty in getting those 50 votes?

JULIAN ZELIZER, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, there is an argument that he's doing this secretly and not involving more lawmakers in the GOP actually did hurt his ability to achieve a compromise, once this bill was announced, once the proposal was announced, but I don't think that is at the core of the problem.

The core of the problem is the bill itself that they have right now. It's simply a bill that doesn't have full support from the Republican Party and given that the Democrats will not vote for this, you need that. It's hard to see with the Medicaid cuts, with the limits on the deregulations, how you're going to achieve the votes that Republicans will need?

And that is why McConnell is playing with this Rubik cube. It isn't just the bill. It's his own caucus and he can't put all of the colors in the right place.

BLACKWELL: Sarah, there is not a lot of time to get this done and there is a lot on the agenda before the end of the fiscal year. Ten Republican senators have written a letter to Leader McConnell requesting he either cut or eliminate the August recess.

Let's put up the five the list of the five imperatives they say they have to get done here. What's the likelihood of the August recess being cut or going away?

WESTWOOD: This is a request that first came from members of the House Freedom Caucus, very conservative lawmakers and it was sort of an idea that remained on the fringes of Republican Congress, but now that we are seeing mainstream Republican senators press leadership to truncate the August recess or cancel it altogether the likelihood that this could happen went up.

Mitch McConnell risks looking like he is avoiding his duty if he does allow the August recess to continue as scheduled even though he is facing pressure from within his caucus to cancel it if Republicans come up short on all these legislative items.

Keep in mind that when they return from the August recess, they'll not only will have health care if they have kicked the can down the road that far, but they will have to put together a budget by the end of September or else they will face a government shutdown.

So knowing that they will have all of this kind of legislative pressure and just the pressure of the passage of time, they know that cancelling or truncating the August recess is one way to avoid a potentially disastrous situation for them.

BLACKWELL: All right, Sarah, Julian, thanks so much. Stay with us. We will continue this political conversation at the half.

Also we want to remind our viewers that Senators Ben Sasse and Bernie Sanders are on "STATE OF THE UNION" this morning. Don't forget to watch it at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on CNN. PAUL: Breaking news this morning, a military official says a U.S. Navy warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea and that China claims these waters, the U.S. disagrees and this comes just hours before President Trump speaks with the leader of China.

Lt. Colonel Rick Francona joining us now. He is a CNN military analyst. Colonel Francona, thank you so much. First of all, this will surely come up in that conversation that the president is going to have later today. Do you think?

LT. COLONEL RICK FRANCONA (RETIRED), CNN MILITARY ANALYST: Actually, I'm not sure that it will. We conduct these operations all the time. We try to make them fairly routine. Any time is there a claim that we don't recognize, we generally send either aircraft or Navy warships into that area.

But we are very scrupulous about maintaining the proper international protocols. We don't sail into waters that we don't recognize. So we are just telling the rest of the world and the Chinese that we don't recognize your claim to these waters and we are going to demonstrate our right to be there.

Not only our right but anybody's right to be there. We try not to make these provocative but they can be. At times it has led to military confrontation.

PAUL: Well, it's the second time that this has happened since the president took office. I understand this is a guided missile destroyer based in Japan and it was trailed by a Chinese warship. Is that common?

FRANCONA: Of course. Yes. But, you know -- I say this, we try to make this routine but, you know, the timing of this cannot be overlooked. You know, we are having these conversation with the Chinese right now about North Korea and the president is about to engage in some conversations with the Chinese president. So, you know, one has to think are we coordinating this together or one big master plan we are doing? One would hope so.

PAUL: All right, Rick Francona, Lieutenant Colonel, we appreciate it so much as always. Thank you.

Still to come, the president will meet with Vladimir Putin this week at the G20 amid ongoing investigations into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election. What can we expect to happen from that? Former Trump adviser, Jack Kingston has some ideas.

BLACKWELL: Also we are learning more about the man charged with kidnapping a missing Illinois University student, turns out he just got his masters from the same university. His former professor is going to weigh in.

PAUL: And in a CNN exclusive, we take you to the front line in the fight to drive ISIS out of Mosul. We are speaking to the people finally being freed and the soldiers facing possible enemies behind every pile of rubble. Stay close. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

BLACKWELL: All right, just a few days now until President Trump will be face-to-face with Vladimir Putin. The two are set to meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg. It will be the first time President Trump is meeting with the Russian president since taking office. But it's still unclear if this really is the first time they have actually met. Watch this.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don't think I've ever met him. I never met him. I don't think I've ever met him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You'd know it if you did?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think so. Yes, I think so.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have you met Vladimir Putin?

PRESIDENT TRUMP (via telephone): Yes.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: One time, yes, long time ago.


BLACKWELL: All right, joining me now to discuss, CNN political commentator and former Georgia congressman, Jack Kingston. Jack was also adviser to the Trump transition. All right, Jack, simple question, has the president met Vladimir Putin or not

JACK KINGSTON, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Victor, I am not certain and I can't tell by those answers. I have a feeling if he's met him it's in passing in a large group and not one-on-one. I think that's a significance in what's going to happen in Hamburg.

They will have the opportunity to sit down. It would actually be a little bit negligent if they did not. But the big purpose, of course, is being there for the G20 not to meet with Putin.

And I think for that reason that President Trump is not going in there with a to-do list of items that he wants to accomplish, but I think --

BLACKWELL: Why should the American president go into a meeting with the president of Russia considering all that on the table without an agenda?

KINGSTON: Well, there are going to be things in the background, but he is not going in there and saying this is what we want. But absolutely they will talk about NATO. Trump is talking about increasing the NATO budgets from the 28-member nations.

That's a concern to Putin and that will probably be discussed. Sanctions, while Trump is looking at different trade agreements around the globe, Putin is very concerned about sanctions.

And I can tell you having gone to Moscow in December that the American businesses over there such as Proctor & Gamble or Caterpillar or 3M, they all would love to see the sanctions addressed. So I think that's going to be --

BLACKWELL: So already on the table than these two things you're talking about sanctions and NATO are things that are in Putin's bailiwick, those are things that he is most concerned about.

Should the president go into this meeting and talk about the 2016 meddling in the election? Should he offer a clear and concise warning and acknowledgment to the Russian president?

KINGSTON: Yes, and I think that he will. But I think he's also going to say and these are two people who can do a lot of things at once. I think he is going to say, but in addition to that, we can talk about sanctions because what I want to see out of you is something in Syria where we can work together in the world community to bring peace to Syria.

And also let's continue those talks started by John Kerry about fighting ISIS together and terrorism around the globe. Let's find some common ground and then let's work --

BLACKWELL: You're pairing the sanctions that are related to Ukraine and what happened in Crimea, and the sanctions involving the election to his actions in Syria so that's a separate argument.

But I want to get to the question of what is your degree of confidence? You said that you think the president will talk about the 2016 election meddling when the president, thus far has not come out and said I believe that absolutely as 17 intelligence agencies in the U.S. government believe that Putin led this Russian meddling in the election. He hasn't said that yet but do you believe he'll say it to Putin himself?

KINGSTON: Actually, I think he did say it on January 11th. He has not made the biggest deal about it because I don't think he really has to. I think that there has been plenty of acceptance in the intelligence community in his administration and outside of it on a bipartisan basis in Congress that there was Russian meddling.

But I think that what the president wants to do is say, you know, this is an issue. We are going to deal with it but these other issues world peace, peace in Syria, dealing with refuges and dealing with terrorism, these are important issues as well and we should be able to deal with all of them somewhat at once.

And I think that is why this is going to set up a very, very meaty summit and not of substance probably in the near future and that is why this meeting this week is so important. Let's get this ball rolling.

BLACKWELL: All right, so the president headlined an event last night with veterans. It was built as "Celebrate Freedom." It was a rally to celebrate freedom. Reconcile the president's headlining this event about freedom with his attacks on a free press. How can you do those two things at the same time?

KINGSTON: Well, I think in terms of the free press, you know, the back and forth between this administration and the press is unprecedented. I think a lot of this is just the national outgrowth of social media that for the first time in history the president can get to millions and millions of voters on his own through this new device called Twitter.

And you know, we don't know what direction it's going into. But I mean, to some degree it's almost been good for both parties because I think it does add a little action and pizzazz to policy. Last month, for example --


KINGSTON: I would say so.

BLACKWELL: You think what the president tweeted over the last 72 hours, you describe it as pizzazz?

KINGSTON: I think that it has, overall, added to the livelihood and interest and pizzazz, Victor. Let's look at this in the month of June the president did 160 tweets and 120 of them were on policy substance and then you had the 40 of them that were media and political-based.

And you know, unfortunately, that attracts more attention than those that are about policy. You know, I frankly think not necessarily anything but things that bring interest to the American little system are good. Dwight Eisenhower --

BLACKWELL: I can't check your numbers on 120 out of 160 being about policy, but for the sake of this discussion, we will go with those numbers. Let's go with one of the July tweet. The president tweeting, "My use of social media is not presidential. It's modern day presidential. Make American great again." What is the distinction?

KINGSTON: Well, I tell you what, I do remember when President Clinton went on the Arsenio Hall Show and played the saxophone and a lot of people particularly in the Republican Party looked down on it and said, how crass and crude of the president to do that. Yet you had a newer generations of politicians coming on with Bill Clinton and it was kind of a new and novelty thing, and you know, --

BLACKWELL: These are different things. If you look at how the president at least over the last 72 hours has used his Twitter account -- I mean, FDR didn't use radio to go after reporters in the fireside chats in the '30s. He talked about policy and helping people to understand.

That was a new medium and something new that had he to the opportunity to use to speak to the American people and millions as the president does with his Twitter account, but he is using this in a different way. Is there a difference from your perspective in what is presidential in the Trump era?

KINGSTON: You know, I do think, though, that the pushback is something that may be is going to be productive to the process, because I can tell you when national commentators get on the news and they say, well, the president is mentally ill, what the heck are they talking about and where do they come from saying stuff like that?

And then they think they are above pushback? I believe that there is a case among the political class or the elected class of politicians, Democrat and Republican, that, you know, if the press is just going over the line bullying you and saying are you kidding irresponsible things, yes, maybe you have a right to be push back or not.

BLACKWELL: I hear you on that. Jack Kingston, we have to wrap it there. You make a point about talking about the president's mental health. People should tread lightly as they go in that direction. Jack Kingston, always good to have you.

KINGSTON: Thanks, Victor.

BLACKWELL: All right, Christi.

PAUL: The president has controversy about his tweets and we are just talking about it, Congress is quietly working to take back power from the White House on national security issues. That's coming up.

Also, we are learning more about the man charged with kidnapping a missing University of Illinois student. Turns out, he just got his masters from that same university. His former professor weighs in.


PAUL: Early on a Sunday morning. We are glad we are not alone. Thanks for being here. I'm Christi Paul.

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

PAUL: So far from getting up on the health care bill that stalled in the Senate, the White House, I should say, is doubling down now.

BLACKWELL: A senior administration official says the president will work through the weekend. He is even planning to lobby members of Congress over the Fourth of July recess.

PAUL: As for the upcoming August recess, there is a group of senators and congressmen calling for it to be cancelled in order to give them more time to work on their legislative agenda.

BLACKWELL: Apparently satisfied with his accomplishments so far, President Trump told supporters that campaign rally his administration is making progress and, of course, this --


PRESIDENT TRUMP: Their agenda is not your agenda. You've been saying it. I will never stop fighting for you. I am delivering on trade, on the economy, on the Supreme Court, on the second amendment, on our military, for our veterans, and on our borders.


PAUL: Meanwhile as President Trump soak up the spotlight there Congress is quietly working to take back power from him when it comes to national security matters on everything from Russia policy to the Pentagon's budget. They are proposing new checks on the president even in some cases, ignoring what his administration wants to do.

Let's talk about this with Julian Zelizer, CNN political analyst and historian and professor at Princeton University, and Sarah Westwood, White House correspondent at "The Washington Examiner." Thank you both so much for sticking around.

Let me ask you, first and foremost, you know, there were similar efforts to curb President Obama's national security powers we should point out including blocking the closure of the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, rolling back surveillance authorities. So, Julian, what is the role of Congress when it comes to national security?

ZELIZER: Well, very often, their role is to do exactly what you're seeing. Their role is not simply to support the president or to just give a blank check, but to start to raise questions or put pressure on the president to move in a different direction.

[06:30:00] It's often very hard to do this. Often a lot of what they do is symbolic, take votes on amendments, hold hearings about issues, propose legislation that might not pass but the point is to make a statement as they are doing on Russia sanctions, for example, that the president is not moving in the right direction. This is a vital role for Congress historically.

PAUL: Yes. Is there any way that Congress could be successful, Sarah, in trying to curb the powers of the president?

SARAH WESTWOOD, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Well, there may have been some symbolic efforts to exert their authority in the national security sphere but despite those efforts from Congress, President Trump still has incredibly broad powers to exert his national security agenda and that is what we have seen him doing.

You know sunny launched a missile strike against Syria in April. He approved the detonation of the MOAB in Afghanistan where by the way, he is considering sending an influx of troops. He's escalated tensions militarily with North Korea by sailing U.S. Navy vessels near the coast of North Korea.

So there are things that President Trump has been able to do that Congress, for better or worse, is not effectively able to stop him. So even though Congress is taking these small steps toward putting some structure around President Trump's national security agenda, Trump still has this very broad authority to do what he wants when it comes to national security.

PAUL: Julian, what do you make of this move by Congress considering the fact that we have a Republican president and a Republican controlled Congress?

ZELIZER: Well, that is not totally surprising.

During the 1960s, Democrats in Congress pushed back against the Democratic president Lyndon Johnson on Vietnam and started to push for cuts to spending on the war. So often, you have united government and still the Congress and the president find themselves at loggerheads. Some of current tension is being driven by Democrats as well.

I believe it's a Democratic amendment to force a vote on reauthorizing more power that is currently being debated in the House. But look, often parties fight amongst themselves and when you have a president as we do today who is not conventional, who's often not helping his own party on the legislative front, and who often causes more problems than he does helping his own party going into the mid terms, you're going to see Congress respond and this is one of the ways in which a party will take on its own president.

PAUL: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump gave an interview to "The Washington Post" and I want to read you what was written about the G20 Summit.

Apparently it says, one morning last week Ivanka was one of the senior staff who convened around a long table in the White House's Situation Room. On the agenda was solidifying her father's remarks at the upcoming G20, a global economic summit, particularly in a session relating to the economic empowerment of women.

Saran, given the remarks on Twitter this past week, how much credence does president Trump's voice have when it comes to the empowerment of women and how does Ivanka help or hurt that?

WESTWOOD: Well, Ivanka Trump has taken the empowerment of women, child care, some of these issues that you wouldn't typically think Republicans would champion and she has made that the focus of her role in the White House. So it's not surprising at all that she is in her father's ear trying to steer him in the direction of echoing those priorities, that she has taken up at the White House.

PAUL: Do you get a sense how influential her voice is with her father?

WESTWOOD: Well, we have already seen that in some cases when she presses her father to go one direction, he goes another.

For the Paris climate agreement, for example, she encouraged President Trump to stay in the deal and ultimately he sided with his EPA director, Scott Pruitt, and withdrew the U.S. from it. So in cases where she has tried to use her influence to steer President Trump one way or another, it's not always been successful but clearly she does have a place at his table. He is willing to consider her advice so she definitely has some influence in the White House.

PAUL: Right. All right. Julian Zelizer, Sarah Westwood, I'm sorry we're out of time. Thank you so much.

WESTWOOD: Thank you.

ZELIZER: Thank you.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Next, the front lines of the war against ISIS. This is a CNN exclusive and we are taking you to Mosul and talking to people who are finally walking free after being held hostage for years.



BLACKWELL: We now know the name and are seeing the face of the man arrested in connection with the disappearance of a visiting Chinese graduate student. And we know he will be in court tomorrow. Brendt Christensen of Illinois will face a charge of kidnapping Yingying Zhang.

PAUL: Zhang was last seen June ninth. Investigators with the FBI believe she is most likely diseased.

Brendt Christensen was a graduate student we've learned and a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois. And a professor says these accusations are a surprise to him.


PROFESSOR LANCE COOPER, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN: I've received many, many e-mails from faculty and students expressing shock this happened. Those that knew him are quite surprised. There was no hint of something like this.


PAUL: Again, they were both from that same university and Christensen is expected to be in court tomorrow morning.

Iraqi forces are locked in an intense battle to retake the last few block of Mosul from ISIS now. Look at the images we are getting in here to CNN. Around every corner, they are faced with snipers, booby traps, suicide bombers.

BLACKWELL: Well, this now is a CNN exclusive.

We are taking you to the front lines where soldiers are working to free the area around a sacred mosque where the last ISIS fighters remain.


Here is CNN's senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh.


NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): From here to the river is all ISIS has left of Mosul and this is the story of how it fell on the streets around the mosque they once held sacred but then destroyed.

Brazilian photographer Gabriel Chaim is on foot with Iraqi Special Forces. Every footfall could hit a booby trap. An eerie silence holds in just about everything endless soot. The streets empty and each human they meet is either desperate to escape or the enemy.

In the alleyways two men approached them. One is carrying a bomb. They rush in to help the wounded.

The second man carrying a much larger device. Gabriel struggles to breathe. The dust also means they can't see if there are any other bombers or where their three dead and dozen wounded colleagues lie. The advance continues up to and around the mosque.

And civilians, human shields for weeks, stoop under gunfire or are even oblivious to it. Some never leave the underground. Loud constant blasts in the darkness.

Unable to walk, the first man feigns ignorance but soon admits ISIS were on the roof and have mined the entire street. The interrogator later tells his team the man is himself ISIS.

For the past week the desperate rush to life had continued. The U.N. estimated 150,000 were trapped here but in the end nobody had any idea or how many lie left behind them in the rubble.

Water, water. I'm dying, she screams. Her lips white. In crippling heat and panic, pray you never know thirst like this.

Or what is it like to carry your family out lifeless on a cart. This is his mother.

For God's sake, help me carrying him, he cries. They try running to the closest point in the narrow street a vehicle can reach.

Stop the blood loss, they plead. It's unclear if the boy survived.

Even when this tract of dust is cleared of ISIS the killing in Iraq's fractured society won't stop. And her private hell of memories won't suddenly be washed away.

Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, Mosul.




PAUL: Shocking upset while you were sleeping. Boxer Manny Pacquiao loses his title to a relative unknown.

BLACKWELL: Coy Wire here with more in this bleacher report.

People are upset about this.

PAUL: Oh, my gosh.

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yes. Twitter was going crazy. Experts and analysts, guys, have called this a joke. They say it's rigged. It's appalling.

Manny Pacquiao one of the greatest fighters of all time upset by an Australian school teacher named Jeff Horn. Fifty thousand fans packed the stadium in Australia to watch their hometown hero. Jeff Horn in the Battle of Brisbane.

Even to the referee it looked like Pacman had this thing packed up in the back. Listen to what he told Horn before the start of the 10th round.


MARK NELSON, REFEREE: Listen, I'm here to protect you. OK? I think you've had enough.


NELSON: No way.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The referee wants to stop (INAUDIBLE).

NELSON: Show me something in this round or I'm going to stop the fight. That's it.


WIRE: Say, I'm going to stop the fight. But three rounds later there he was holding up Horn's hand and Horn didn't really do anything to change the perception of how this fight was going. He is the new undefeated WBO welterweight champ by unanimous decision. He's now 17- 0-1.

Social media lit up. Even Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers felt the judges got this one wrong. He tweeted, Boxing is a joke, and it proves it again tonight. Are you kidding me with those scorecards? #joke #rigged.

All right. CNN sports contributor Hines Ward is in South Korea right now. And he was just named one of the honorary ambassadors for the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. Hines was born in South Korea and when he was 1-year-old his family moved to the states where he became a Super Bowl MVP, a two time champ. He joins some other notable ambassadors like skiing sensation Lindsey Vonn.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are now just seven months away.


HINES WARD, CNN SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR: It means the world to me. You know, to come back home in my birth country and to be accepted, to be, you know, an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is just amazing. I never would have thought something like this could ever happen.

But I hope my mom, she is super proud.


WIRE: Well, I'm sure she is, Hines. And we are proud of you as well. I don't know what an honor ambassador does.

I hope it includes downhill skiing for him? Curling (ph) -- maybe some figure skating because we know he was a "Dancing with the Stars" champ as well.

PAUL: That's right. That's right. Hines, we are not worthy. Congratulations.


PAUL: Congratulations, Hines. Thank you, Coy. Thank you.

WIRE: You're welcome.


PAUL: So 500 elephants are on the move and CNN was the only news outlet allowed to come along for the ride. A must see CNN exclusive.


PAUL: Well, Amazon's Echo shows come with a touch screen, new skills, a video chat. CNN's Rachel Crane spent an afternoon testing out Alexa's new features.


RACHEL CRANE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Alexa. Alexa. Alexa. Alexa. Alexa. Alexa. Alexa. All right. We'll come back to you.

This is the Echo Show. It's Amazon's latest Alexa-controlled device but now it actually has a video feature. You'll be able to watch videos, make video phone calls, see your calendar, and theory get a lot more done using Alexa. So we're going to put it to the test.

Alexa, play music. Oh, yes. Now, it's showing -- yes. It's showing the lyrics.

I never knew what it said.

(singing): Front way, back way, you know that I don't play

OK. Alexa, stop.


Alexa, I need a phone charger.

ALEXA, AMAZON ECHO: Searching. CRANE: Alexa, go to my cart.

ALEXA: It sounds like you're trying to see your shopping cart. I can't do that yet. But you can always view your cart on Amazon.

Because what happens if I had several things in my cart and then I realized I wanted to delete one of them? Alexa, answer.

Hey there. You have smart devices connected to your Echo, right?

HEATHER KELLY, CNNMONEY REPORTER: It works with a light I have inside and I also have some twinkle lights in my backyard. And those all work the same as they did with the dot.

CRANE: What are the things that you're finding frustrating about it?

KELLY: The video quality is kind of iffy.

CRANE: Yes. Sometimes you're pixilated, sometimes you're not.

KELLY: But it's great for watching videos. When you're in the middle of a call you can't actually ask Alexa to do anything. But that might just be a glitch, or it might be on purpose so that you can focus entirely on your very important video call.

CRANE: Alexa, set an alarm tomorrow for 6:30 a.m.

ALEXA: Alarm set for 6:30 a.m. tomorrow.

CRANE: Alexa, cancel alarm for Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m.

ALEXA: 6:30 a.m. alarm cancelled.

CRANE: Yes. Who need that early wake-up call on a Saturday? No way (ph).


BLACKWELL: We do. Actually, by 6:30, we are deep into a show.

PAUL: There you go.

BLACKWELL: Thanks, Rachel.

OK. Five hundred elephants being moved in Africa to save them from extinction.

PAUL: Yes. It's a CNN exclusive and I know the pictures initially make you go, what the heck is happening?

But David McKenzie explores this bold high-risk idea. Look at this. This is to help save entire herds of elephants in Malawi.


DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The chase from (ph) the air.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Copy (ph). We are on our way.

MCKENZIE: Capture teams at the ready. This is conservation on its absolute largest scale, the record (INAUDIBLE) location. Not just a single elephant, entire herds darted.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We need to take a care, he's family group right from the oldest matriarch down to the smallest baby. There she comes. Hold on.

MCKENZIE: For the continent's most iconic species, the stakes couldn't be higher.

ANDREW PARKER, OPERATION DIRECTOR, AFRICAN PARK: Yes. Look here on the left, a large herd of elephants. This is how elephants should be, in their natural habitat.

MCKENZIE: Tens of thousands lost each year but not in the wild.

(on camera): So, maybe 20 elephants in a herd over there. They've been so successful in this part in protecting the elephants. They're just so many here.

PARKER: Humans and elephants competing for space. Humans are poaching elephants for their ivory. The idealistic view of Africa as this most open landscape where animals can move freely from point A to B that doesn't exist anymore.

We can now link effectively manage affected areas across Africa moving elephants from areas where management has been successful and effective into areas where elephants have been depleted. And what we're doing here now demonstrates that scale is not a limitation.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): But the operation isn't without risk.

An adolescent stops breathing. Every time an elephant goes down its massive weight becomes a danger to itself. This is just one of 500 elephants they hope to move. But with the very survival of the species at stake, each one is precious.

(on camera): You were doing everything you can to try and revive that animal.

KESTER VICKERY, CONSERVATION SOLUTIONS: Yes, we try to resuscitate the animal for probably 10 or 15 minutes. We're actually within a minute or two and it's just too late.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): And they're pioneering new methods to lessen the danger.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You try to keep the stress from the animal as low as possible. Get them into the crate as quickly as possible, wake them up as quickly as possible. It reduces the time of anesthesia and reduces the risk.

MCKENZIE: The epic journey north starts the same day too. It will be repeated several times over the next six weeks for each new herd.

(on camera): What do you see over there?

SAMUEL KAMOTO, PARK MANAGER, AFRICAN PARK: There is an elephant in there. So we brought in six elephants in here last night.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): There used to be 1500 elephants in Nkhotakota (ph). Poachers slaughtered all but 70. But as the gate opens for the new arrivals, Sam Kamoto is confident.

(on camera): Is the future bright for elephants in Malawi?

KAMOTO: The future looks brighter indeed. These animals obviously they traveled a long distance and finally they are going out into sort of freedom. There is hope now that we can save the species.


MCKENZIE (voice-over): His team secured the park for this very moment. Its rebirth.

David McKenzie, CNN, Malawi.