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[03:00:00] ROSEMARY CHURCH, HOST, CNN: A CNN exclusive, the special prosecutor is looking into Jared Kushner's finances beyond his contacts with Russia.
I'm not powerless. The words of a mother who decided to act out after the Florida school shooting. More on a nationwide protest she's now leading.
And award for award, the Gary Oldman's portrayal of Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour." But he hasn't done it without some very specialized help. A behind the scenes look at of his transformation.
Hello and welcome to our viewers joining us all over the world. I'm Rosemary Church and this is CNN Newsroom.
Donald Trump is back in Washington now questioning why predecessor Barack Obama did not do anything about Russian meddling in U.S. elections. The U.S. president tweeted nearly two dozen times over the weekend attacking the FBI, democrats, even Oprah Winfrey.
His tweet storm comes after new indictments of 13 Russians for election interference.
CNN's Pamela Brown reports.
PAMELA BROWN, JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT, CNN: President Trump began his president's dat at his Florida golf course after deciding to avoid the links Saturday and Sunday in the aftermath of last week's mass shooting. After golfing he took to Twitter blaming his predecessor, tweeting, "Obama was president up to and beyond the 2016 election. So, why didn't he do something about Russian meddling?"
The president has spent much of the weekend raging on Twitter at his Mar-a-Lago resort, watching cable news and getting riled up by his sons Don Junior and Eric who urged their father to take a tougher stance with the FBI after it was revealed the agency failed to follow- up on a tip about the Florida shooter.
Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable," the president tweeted. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. There is no collusion."
In the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians for meddling in the 2016 election, the president appears to be lashing out at everyone but Russia.
First he fired off a tweet suggesting he'd been vindicated in the Russia probe, pointing to comments made by the deputy attorney general. But Rod Rosenstein never definitively said there was no collusion. Merely that this specific indictment does not include collusion.
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ROD ROSENSTEIN, UNITED STATES DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL: There is n allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge and the nature of the scheme was that the defendants took extraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary American political activists.
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BROWN: The top democrat overseeing the House intelligence investigation, Adam Schiff, seizing on the indictment of the 13 Russian nationals as clear-cut evidence of Russian meddling.
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ADAM SCHIFF, (D) UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE: It ought to put to rest for anyone, including the president who continues to call this a witch hunt, that the evidence is now overwhelming and unequivocal, and we need to move to protect ourselves from Russian interference in elections that are coming up.
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BROWN: The president choosing instead to focus on comments Schiff made about the Obama administration. Trump tweeting, "Finally, little, Adam Schiff is now blaming the Obama administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Obama was president, knew of the threat, and did nothing."
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SCHIFF: I've said all along that I thought the Obama administration should have done more, not of that is an excuse for this president to sit on his hands. Knowing what he knows now, knowing what our intelligence community knows now in this excoriating detail about the Russian effort, it is inexplicable that the president of the United States continues to sit on sanctions that Congress passed, that Congress wants enforced against Russia over this interference.
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BROWN: For its part, the White House is avoiding specifics.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can we expect the president to have additional action against this country who clearly doesn't fear or respect us?
RAJ SHAH, WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY: Well, I won't get -- I won't get ahead of what the president is prepared to announce, but I wouldn't for one second say that his foreign policy has not been effective.
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BROWN: Trump also claiming he never said Russia did not meddle. Contradicting himself from the past.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Could have been a lot of people interfered.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You seem to...
TRUMP: I've said it very -- I've said it very simply. I think it could very well have been Russia, but I think it could well have been other countries.
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BROWN: But the president claims that multiple Russia investigations are satisfying Putin's plan tweeting. "If it was the goal of Russia to create discord, distraction and chaos within the U.S., then with all of the committee hearings, investigations and party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart, America."
[03:05:00] This as his deputy White House press secretary, Hogan Gidley deflected blame on Russia by accusing democrats and the media of dividing the nation.
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HOGAN GIDLEY, DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: There are two groups that have created chaos more than the Russians and that's the democrats and the mainstream media who continued to push this lie on the American people for more than a year quite frankly, Americans should be outraged by that.
BROWN: Pamela Brown, CNN, Washington.
CHURCH: And as Pamela reported there, Mr. Trump is still preoccupied with the Russia investigation and so is his team. But they also want to look more closely at Hillary Clinton and the FBI.
Critics charge it's more of the Trump administration's efforts at distraction. But the American Center for Law and Justice led by Donald Trump's personal criminal defense attorney Jay Sekulow has filed lawsuits against the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department, the Treasury Department, and the State Department.
The suits are seeking, quote, "records pertaining to the FBI's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Well, meanwhile, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is taking a closer look at Jared Kushner's activities during the presidential transition.
CNN Shimon Prokupecz has our exclusive report.
SHIMON PROKUPECZ, CRIME AND JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT, CNN: CNN has learned special Mueller is now asking questions about Jared Kushner's personal business dealings during the presidential transition. We are told by people who are familiar with the investigation that Mueller's lawyers are asking about discussions Kushner have with potential Chinese and Qatari investors.
This is the first indication that Mueller wants to know about contacts the president's son-in-law had with foreigner outside of Russia. The discussions revolved around this building in Manhattan at 666 5th Avenue which Kushner's company owns.
The financing on the building is in debt by over a billion dollars. Now, it's not clear what is behind Mueller's specific interest in the financing. We are told the special counsel hasn't asked the Kushner companies for information. He also has not asked for interviews with other executives from the Kushner companies.
A spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment, but in a statement to CNN Jared Kushner's attorney Abby Lowell responding to our story said, quote, "Another anonymous source with questionable motives now contradicts the facts. In all of Mr. Kushner's extensive cooperation with all inquiries there has not been a single question asked nor document sought on the 666 building or Kushner deals. Nor would there be any reason to question these regular business transactions."
That's Abby Lowell, Kushner's attorney. And though, while he says that the story was based on one source, we can tell you that we have relied on many sources for this story, all who have been familiar with some of the special counsel investigation.
Shimon Prokupecz, CNN, Washington.
CHURCH: And joining me now, Scott Lucas is a professor of international politics at the University of Birmingham in England. Good to have you with us.
SCOTT LUCAS, POLITICS PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM: Thank you.
CHURCH: So, let's take a closer look at special counsel Robert Mueller expanding his investigation by focusing in on Jared Kushner's business discussions during the presidential transition. What does this signal to you and how bad could this potentially get for Kushner, do you think? LUCAS: Well, it confirms what those who have closely watched this
have known for weeks. And that is that Mueller inside the gates of the White House with the convictions or indictments of other close Trump associates. Paul Manafort, former campaign manager indicted, former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleading guilty.
It was now a question of who is next and that was going to be Jared Kushner. And the reason specifically, and let's be clear here, is that Jared Kushner in December 2016, during the transition, met the head of a Russian state bank who of course was closely linked to the Kremlin.
Now, Kushner says he was just discussing foreign policy matters. The Russians say that that discussion was about finance and business. Why is that important? Because as your correspondent just laid out Kushner has a troubled New York City project, a sky scraper project.
There is a mortgage payment of $1.4 billion that comes due in it next year. And Kushner companies were seeking financing from a number of sources, including the Russians, to try to basically, you know, clear that difficulty.
Now, if -- and I do stress the if, if those discussions over finance were connected in any way to political contacts or let's say favors with the Russians, that is extremely serious. None of this is proven yet, but this is what your reporters indicating this morning, this is where the Mueller investigation is heading with one strand of its investigation.
CHURCH: And of course worth pointing out that previously President Trump has said that his family finances are off limits to Mueller.
[03:10:01] So, how might Mr. Trump respond to this new development going forward in the days and weeks ahead?
LUCAS: Well, I'll tell you what. Give me about three hours and when he wakes up and watches a rival TV station, we'll get his reaction. He will say for -- I've lost count of the times, let's say 400, 500th time that there is no collusion, that there is nothing to see here. Let's all move along.
He'll get angry. He'll get angry with the FBI. He'll get angry with Mueller again. But he's boxed in now because I don't think he can fire Mueller now.
I think the significance of last week's indictments of the Russians, 13 Russians including a close ally of Vladimir Putin for interfering in the election, means that if you now remove Mueller, it does appear that you're trying to obstruct justice and that of course is a political offense. That could lead to Trump's impeachment.
So, this rolls on. Will it take weeks, will it take months? I don't know. But I think the Mueller investigation, to cut to the chase, this reaches Trump before the midterm election in November whether or not it actually leads to Trump being out of office by that point.
CHURCH: Interesting. Of course, we'll watch for those Trump tweets in the next few hours or so. But I do want to quickly turn to another topic. President Trump enthusiastically endorsing former republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah.
This, of course, despite tweeting this about Trump back in February. "Mr. Mitt Romney, who was one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of republican politics, is now pushing me on tax returns. Dope!" That, of course, coming from Trump about Romney.
And here's what Romney said about Trump. "If Trump had said four years ago the things he said today about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled I would not have accepted his endorsement." Romney also, of course, called Trump a fraud who was playing the American public for suckers.
So, Scott, someone certainly being played as a sucker here, or is this level of flip-flopping just part of the game of politics?
LUCAS: Politics makes for uneasy bed fellows. But in the specific pace Mitt Romney wants to get back into the Senate. And you might say once he gets there, he wants to make changes, possibly he wants to contain Trump from that position.
But in the meantime, Romney's situation is similar to that of many republicans in Congress. They're now co-dependents of Trump. No matter how abusive Trump gets, no matter how dangerous he gets, they have their own interests. Whether it's tax cuts, whether it's other financial moves they want to make, and so they are not going to cut themselves loose from Trump before the midterm elections.
They are either going to stay afloat or more likely sink with him. And Mitt Romney is saying this is just another example of that.
CHURCH: Scott Lucas, we thank you for your analysis. Thanks for being with us.
LUCAS: Thank you.
CHURCH: Well, young people are leading a call for gun reform in the wake of the deadliest school shooting in Florida. More than 100 demonstrators staged a lie-in bringing their anger to the president's front yard in Washington. Seventeen people laid on the ground for three minutes, symbolizing how long it took the shooter to kill students and teachers.
In Florida, student survivors held a rally where members of the never again movement has scathing words for the NRA.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Never again should a student be silenced by gunshots.
Never again should anyone fear going to school or meeting with their friends. Enough is enough. Let's say it again. Enough is enough. The time -- the time for change now. The time for change was years ago.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you for taking steps to save us or are you for taking NRA blood money? We are not letting the United Stead be run by that terrorist organization.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CHURCH: On March 24th, students and their families will march in Washington to demand more action on gun control.
Now, meanwhile, we are learning more about the Florida school shooter's troubled past. Law enforcement source tells CNN that Nikolas Cruz had obtained at least 10 rifles over the past year or so. Investigators are trying to track these purchases.
CNN's Martin Savidge has more.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Self-confessed mass killer Nikolas Cruz sat quietly in court as the judge ordered the release of a report about Cruz from the Department of Children and Families. The document in 2016 describe Cruz as a vulnerable adult due to mental illness, and outlined a disturbing incident.
Mr. Cruz was on Snapchat cutting both of his arms and stated he had plans to go out and buy a gun. Investigators went to other teen's home interviewing him and his mother. Eventually concluding Cruz's final level of risk is low.
[03:15:03] That was less than 18 months ago. Even the family Nikolas Cruz was living with right up to the day of the attack says they saw nothing suggesting the killing to come.
James and Kimberly Snead took Cruz in after his mother died last November.
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JAMES SNEAD, HOUSED NIKOLAS CRUZ: Depressed. We knew he was depressed.
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SAVIDGE: They spoke to CNN in an interview Tuesday.
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SNEAD: He was trying to fit in. He just didn't know what to say or when to say it or how to say it, you know, so he asked a lot of questions. He'd apologize a lot.
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SAVIDGE: The couple knew Cruz had guns. Authorities telling CNN since turning 18 Cruz had obtained as many as 10 rifles. But the Sneads demand that they'd be stored in a gun vault and believe they have the only key. Then they also told ABC's Good Morning America on the day of the attack as Cruz took an Uber to the high school, he was texting their son at Stoneman Douglas asking what room he was in.
Then Cruz texted two lies.
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SNEAD: He told my son he was going to the movies. He said he had something to tell him and my son pressed him, what is it, what is it? Nothing bad, bro. And he goes, and that was it.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
SAVIDGE: This, as chilling images continue to emerge. Surveillance video showing the confessed killer walking down the street shortly after the attack. In the aftermath of the heartbreaking horror, the high school killings, proponents of stricter gun laws have discovered a new and unexpected voice unafraid to take on the president and the NRA.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy how it should never happened and maintain telling us, that nothing is going to be done about it, I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association.
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SAVIDGE: Turning anguish into action. She and other student survivors are determined that Stoneman Douglas be know not just as another school massacre, but eventually remember as the last school massacre.
Martin Savage, CNN, Parkland, Florida.
CHURCH: And later this hour, a woman is leading a special protest in the wake of the Florida shooting. We will explain what she's doing to honor the victims.
But coming up next, in Turkey, six journalists face the rest of their lives in prison. Why human rights groups say Turkey is trampling on press freedom.
Plus, lighting candles in the darkness and praying for safety. Once again, thousands of Syrians are hiding from bombs and airstrikes. We will bring you an exclusive report from northern Syria. We're back in a moment.
CHURCH: Human rights groups are denouncing Turkey's latest crackdown on journalist, calling it a dark day for press freedom.
A Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in prison. They were accused of knowing in advance about a failed coup attempt in July of 2016. [03:20:04] CNN's Arwa Damon joins us now from Istanbul with more on
this. So Arwa, what's going to happen to these six journalist sentenced to life in prison? Do they have any right to any appeal at this point?
ARWA DAMON, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT,CNN: Yes, Rosemary, there still is an appeals process that they can go through. And, of course, they are hanging pretty much all of their hopes on that. The Turkish government is adamant that they were not jail, because of their journalism but rather because of their ties to terrorist organizations. That is the Turkish government stance. but for the family members of those were just sentenced it really is a very difficult and bitter time.
DAMON: The photographs are of happier times, moments that may be forever lost for Sanem Altan and for father Ahmed. He is a renowned author and journalist, the former editor of a liberal newspaper that fell out with the Turkish government.
"Maybe he's being made to pay the price of this now," Sanem speculates.
Ahmed Altan, his brother and four other journalists and media company employees were convicted on terrorism charges. Found guilty of being members of the media wing of the Gulen movement that Turkey says is behind the failed July 15th coup and that they knew about the coup beforehand.
The six were handed an aggravated life sentence, meaning they must serve 40 years, and they have denied all of the charges.
"The silliness will end. There is no judicial base," Sanem says, It seems that at this moment we don't find justice in Turkey, but that can change at any moment."
Turkey, no matter who its leader, has historically ranked among the top countries with the most journalists behind bars. And this post coup crackdown is causing the nation to come under some very serious and scathing criticism.
Human rights groups have also decried the ruling. Amnesty International whose chairman in Turkey is also awaiting trial said it sets a chilling precedent for scores of journalists facing trial on similar trump up terrorism charges.
For the Turkish state and those who fervently support it, it's black and white. An associate professor and lawyer Salman Ogol (Ph) argues that Turkey is justified in its actions.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think for Turkey the, you know, some of the media outlets tried to destroy the fact that as if there was no coup attempt in Turkey. There was a coup attempt. It was so serious.
DAMON: And he says those sentenced have a chance to appeal. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not the last decision. There will be an appellate process of this but we should bear in mind that being a journalist is not a kind of shield for us, so it can be an academic mission, you can be a journalist and you can be a soldier. Coup is coup.
DAMON: For those who say they are the scapegoats paying the price. There is a little logic left.
"I'm not scared for myself," Sanem says, "I'm scared for us all. I have 10-year-old daughter, of course I'm scared. This cannot go on like this."
DAMON: And, Rosemary, there are right now more than 150 journalists who are behind bars in Turkey.
CHURCH: And Arwa, what is the international community doing about this? Anything?
DAMON: You know, throughout the decades, given Turkey's previous track records when it comes to detaining journalists, when it comes to allegations that the government is clamping down on freedom of speech, you have been hearing all sorts of outcries from various different international players. But not much is actually done or can necessarily be done to try to alter this course.
And Turkey will argue very vehemently that it is well within its right to detain these individuals because, again, as the Turkish government is saying, it's not detaining them for their journalism, but rather those this alleged ties to various different terrorist organizations, saying that throughout their work within the media, they are helping to promote the propaganda of terrorist organizations.
Turkeys is of course in the state of emergency following that failed coup in dealing not only it says with a threat from ISIS, but also from the Kurdish separatist group, the PKK. But again, for not just observers, but for those who are trying to promote freedom of speech for various different human rights organizations that are monitoring what happening these developments are, to say the least very concerning, Rosemary.
CHURCH: Arwa Damon, we thank you for that very disturbing report bringing us there from Istanbul in Turkey, where it is nearly 11.30 in the morning. Many thanks.
Well, Turkey also has a warning for the Syrian government. Do not help the Kurds fighting against Turkish forces in Afrin in northern Syria.
[03:25:03] The deputy prime minister says Turkish operations are going ahead as planned. And if Syrian troops intervene, there could be disastrous consequences. Turkey regards the Kurdish fighters just across its border in Afrin as terrorists.
It launched a major offensive against them last month. And as the fighting goes on in Afrin, civilians are caught in the middle of the conflict. Their homes destroyed, their hospitals bombed.
Our Ben Wedeman has this exclusive report on minority populations in the region who are living in constant fear and praying for peace.
BEN WEDEMAN, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Rituals that go back to before the dawn of history, candle and prayers in a cave in the northern Syrian district of Afrin. Members of the Yazidi minority seen by ISIS fanatics and other Islamist hardliners as heretic and infidels have come to the ancient hillside shrine of (Inaudible) to pray for salvation.
The strips of cloth tied to trees represent their individual prayers. Turkey's offensive in Afrin is now almost (Inaudible) Ankara says it is pursuing the YPG, the Kurdish people's defense units which Turkey accuses of being an offshoot of the arch nemesis, the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, which has been fighting the Turkish states since 1984.
For the Yazidis, the Turkish onslaught has revived memories all too fresh of massacre and enslavement.
"We don't want to repeat of Sinjar here," says Halid Hussein (Ph) of the Yazidi council of Afrin, referring to the murder and enslavement of the Iraqi Yazidis by ISIS in the summer of 2014.
All the inhabitants of the village have come to pray to God to protect them from the scourge of Erdogan and his mercenaries and the Islamist extremist. Recently Afrin had been spared the brunt of the fighting. The wars in Syria, there are many have become a dizzying kaleidoscope of conflicts, sucking in Americans, Russians, Turks, Israelis, Hezbollah, and a host of minor players.
The only constant is the seeming endless suffering of ordinary Syrian. Fatima lost her son and two grandchildren in a Turkish airstrike on their home. Turkish officials insist they are trying to avoid civilian casualties.
"Shrapnel entered his brain," says this doctor, he needs intensive care. His wounds are serious."
The town of (Inaudible) is home to around 14,000 people, many from the Kurdish Alawite minority, while ethnic Kurds, they follow the same fate the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. They too, fear the wrath of Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies, many of whom are believed to be Jihadist.
"There is nothing to stop them from entering this area, burning it and killing its people and enslaving its women as they did in Sinjar," says Byar Jumerd (Ph), head of Maabatli's (Ph) Kurdish Alawite council.
There is little they can do but light a candle and pray in the gathering darkness.
Ben Wedeman, CNN.
CHURCH: We'll take a short break here, but still to come, the U.S. president son Don Junior is in India. Advertisements in several top Indian newspapers offering dinner and conversation with him but had a price. We'll have the details for you.
[03:31:16] CHURCH: A very warm welcome back to all joining us from all around the world, I am Rosemary Church I want to update you now on the main stories we are following this hour. Israeli police has taken seven members of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inner circle into custody. They were arrested on suspicion of obstruction of justice for and other charges, this comes less than a week after police said they have enough evidence to indict Mr. Netanyahu in two other cases. The Prime Minister denied any wrongdoing.
Just a few hours from now British lawmakers will be questioning the Oxfam aid agency, this as Oxfam is apologizing to the Haitian government and how it dealt with allegations of sex crimes by some of the staff working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquakes. And internal Oxfam report says 3 aid workers physically threaten the witness during the investigation.
After the winter Olympics the U.S. and South Korea are planning to resume their military drills on the Korean Peninsula. The exercises were postponed after the two Korea's announced they will hold their first direct talks in two years. North Korea has said any new drills will damaged its relations with the South.
Teenagers are calling for action after the deadly school shooting in Florida, in Washington they lay on the ground to represent the 17th people who were killed on March 24 students and their families will march on cities across the U.S. to demand more legislative action on gun control.
The protecting doesn't stop there, the National Stop School shootings now movement along with the organizers of the women's march is planning a nationwide school walk-out on March 14, encouraging people to walk out of the schools for 17 minutes marking the 17 lives lost in Parkland Florida. Founder of the National Stop School Shootings Now Movement Claire Schenyder joins us now via Skype from Akumal in Mexico. Claire thank you so much for being with us.
CLAIRE SCHENYDER, NATIONAL STOP SCHOOL SHOOTINGS NOW MOVEMENT: You're welcome.
CHURCH: I want to start by asking you what it was about this latest school shooting that made you decide that you have to get involved and do something about it.
SCHENYDER: I was watching television and saw another school shooting and then heard there were 15 dead. And then perhaps 17 dead and I saw the video of gunfire going off in the classroom and the kids screaming. The SWAT team storming in. And I could not just believe what I was seeing and it was happening again and then we heard the singing, thoughts and prayers and we need to do things for people who have mental issues and owns a guns or anything and kept looking for somebody that was doing something and say what, I am not powerless, I can do this, I am going to start something and I thought that I was just going to start something in my own community, but it started in a Facebook group and overnight it grew much in size to people far outside our community and a much bigger nationwide group of people wanted to act and do something.
[03:35:09] CHURCH: And so how will you act? How are you planning to stop school shooting and what gunman reforms do you want to see in place?
SCHENYDER: Well I think we plan the national walk-out for March 14 that is one month anniversary of the shooting on February 14 in Parkland Florida. We want people to walk out of their schools their workplaces their business and their homes for 17 minutes to go outside, hold hands, be silent, wear orange and just have a moment of solidarity as a country and saying that this got to stop. We are going to, I think it would be the kickoff March, there is marching today obviously at the Washington, but the first coordinated nationwide walkout and we hope that it would send a very strong message to our congressional representative that we want to ban military style assault weapons in high capacity magazines and all sorts of conversation to help out. You can't ban assault weapons, because that is going to make everybody that has one, you know immediately a law breaker, but I think there are ways to do this. It has done in other countries. We need to start the discussion because it is time to stop.
CHURCH: Yes and the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School turning their anger into action as well saying enough is enough they won't stop until they see gun reforms, there is something different this time is in their they appears to be a fence, but most Americans agree that enough is enough and because the young people and may have social media platforms to get their message out, could we perhaps be saying a turning point here, do you think?
SCHENYDER: I think that has everything to do with it. It is high school this time and I think they are really looking and saying, what you are even doing parents, you know nobody has done anything and now this young people can speak for themselves, soon they will be able to vote if not already at that age. And we are going to follow them, they are going fox this and I am going to do everything I can as a mom, as a parent, as a citizen to help them do what needs to happen and change the gun laws in our state. It is far past anything -- I can't believe I am doing this, I can't believe I had organize a group to stop killing of our kids in school, I can't believe I have to do that and I can't believe this kids are having to stand up and take the lead, because we as adults have failed them. We are here, we are on the same page and we got your back and we are going to follow the kids.
CHURCH: Claire Schenyder, thank you so much for joining us, we do appreciate it. SCHENYDER: Thank you Rosemary.
CHURCH: And join us for a special CNN town hall with students, parents and others impacted by the Florida school shooting, stand up the students of Stoneman Douglas demand action is live 9:00 p.m. Wednesday in New York, 2:00 in the morning Thursday in London and 10:00 a.m. in Hong Kong only here on CNN.
President Trump son Donald Jr. is in India he will address a business summit along with the prime minister later this week, he also meet with buyers of the apartments in Trump branded towers under construction in several cities that is getting attention and some scathing criticism advertisements in prominent Indian newspapers offered dinner and a conversation with Trump Jr. for anyone who reserves the spot to buy one of those apartments for $38,000. John Defterios joins us now from Abu Dhabi with more on this. John what is going on here and what exactly are the Trump business interests in India?
JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN EMERGING MARKETS EDITOR: Well they are very deep, in fat in India it is the biggest market Rosemary for the Trump organization overall some suggest this is a bold are even over-the-top strategy by the Trump organization to leverage the family name in one of the fastest-growing emerging markets around the world and also blurring the lines between the executive branch of course his father sits as president and the Trump organization outside despite the caveats they put into a voluntary ethics.
[03:40:02] Structure they said going back to 2016. Let us catch everybody up to where we are today, Donald Trump Jr. those pictures you see held a meeting with his developers for his big operation that took place in a (inaudible) supposed to be done in 2023, it is about 30 km outside of Delhi of these are properties Rosemary that don't go over $38000 down payment there but $800,000 to $1.6 million this evening Donald Trump Jr. must be going to (inaudible) another trump organization operation to meet with developers there and also those who had been invited to participate in the dinner of those who purchase Trump organization of properties. You can see that the narrative here, Trump Jr. coming in on a 757 of the Trump organization but was used during the campaign and when you draw the line between the Trump organization or business interest, the pre-dated, the president taking the White House and even going back to November with Ivanka Trump who came in official capacity as the White House adviser to the market the Global Entrepreneur Summit that the U.S. and India jointly held at the end of 2017, 1 unofficial capacity and this one is by Donald Trump Jr. clearly representing the flag of the Trump organization and its largest market overseas.
CHURCH: And John, Donald Trump Jr. is apparently on an unofficial trips to promote the family business but he is also scheduled to give a keynote speech at a summit with the Indian prime minister and that the finance minister will also be there, what is being said about that?
DEFTERIOS: Well quite a bit so it's not the been labeled as a foreign-policy speech, but were not overlooking the fact that Donald Trump Jr. will be speaking just a couple hours before the Prime Minster himself Narendra Modi and the next day followed by the finance minister and we also can't hide the fact that was a very tight relationship between Donald Trump and Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India. He is a pro-business of course prime Minister who is trying to reform the economy, get it to grow 7 percent this year with aspirations that it would grow 10 percent in the years to come. And we know the harder line that the Trump administration has taken with Pakistan and China both adversaries on different fronts within India.
CHURCH: John Defterios we thank you so much, joining is there live from Abu Dhabi. All right let us take a very short break, still ahead a gold medal comeback for Canadian figure skater who performance brought their own world record on the Olympic Games, that is next.
CHURCH: Welcome back, the women's unified Korean hockey team has played their final game, they found little success on the ICE, but we became a symbol of Olympic diplomacy. Our Amanda Davies joins me us live from Pyeongchang. With that story recalls on other event, the winter games, what can you tell us?
[03:45:05] AMANDA DAVIES, CNN WORLD SPORTS: Yes thanks very much Rosemary for being there that 13 fight. Hockey match definitely one of my highlights of the game. We got news on how they did in the final game coming up. We have already seen some pretty good pass that Canada house during the game we there is going to have another one this evening. Canada had claim two more gold medals the first time Olympian (inaudible) both skis in half pipe she was more in control after the first run then pulled out all the trick. It was a spectacular and so to be the Canadian ice (inaudible) as they turned on the style as well as the ice arena after 20 years of skating together their final performance in their final Olympic skating victory have a great rivals from France. He had describe as a cherry on the cake and is an incredible comeback having retired after Sochi because they were disappointed that they could retained their golds from Vancouver. Then having said two years away from the sport they decided to come back and won the 2017 world championship gold and now celebrating their second ice dance gold, their fifth Olympic medal in all.
Early on I start with one biggest skater in the Olympic didn't go exactly as planned, 18-year-old Nathan Chandler Carol dated one man figure skating gold medal contenders, but had an accident in his first routine in the short dance and that wipe out any chance of medal for him, but he won a host of fans on the way he bounce back on the next day to create Olympic history forming a record. So he lays on, Chan workout what went wrong to try to explain it to me.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think I just place to watch pressure on the idea of what the Olympics was before I even came here, I put a lot of pressure to myself, put a lot of expectations to myself, and that definitely got mess me and made me really cautious on my jumps, it is not the right way to skate in a competition.
DAVIES: Well we got more of that coming up in world. Really impressive on an 18 year old and Chan admit his short program was the worst day of competition ever for him, but on the ice different kind, the women's unified Korean hockey team had taken their Olympic bow, they were beaten by Sweden in their final playoff. Finishing eight out of eight, they were not able to get a win on the board, but were so desperately hoping for but as we said since they first took to the ice here a score of 23 South Korean 13, North Korea their impacts has reach far beyond the hockey ring and just before I go an update on the failed Russian drug test well there is no update, the coarse of arbitration for sports anti-doping division have said there will be no ruling on (inaudible) today, of course a lot of interest in that given the bigger picture of what it means the Russia and their appearance here at the Olympics.
CHURCH: We know you shall, thank you so much Amanda, appreciate it. Well the records don't stop there on Pyeongchang, Pedram Javaheri joins us now from the international weather center with more Pedram, what is ahead?
PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN METEOROLOGIST: We are going to be covering what's happening here across the United States, because the record is really remarkable considering what happened on the eastern side of the U.S. versus what's happening on the western side of the U.S. and breaking this time we are talking about 60 plus records that are possible across eastern portion of U.S. in the warm department 20 records possible on the western side of the cold apartment really just a few hundred kilometers, 500 plus with incredible swing of temps up to 20 degrees Celsius in a few spots going from below zero to upwards of 22 degrees in places of the Midwest and noticed the trend a few days of temps running 10, 15, almost 20 degrees above normal in Albany, New York. Going from a normal of two for this time of year for its after 23, Wednesday afternoon in that region of our New York, but incredible perspective and down for the South were talking late May like temperature that you spot across this region and that he works way back towards the west the opposite end of the aspect of your attempts into the single digits where they should be at the double digits for this time of year and again, the rainfall amount tremendous when you watch what's happening here were upwards of 250 mm or more of rainfall possible across to Little Rock, St. Louis around places like Chicago as well and watching this with time and embrace what is possible to the next 24 hours as well.
[03:50:08] There is a winter weather threats along with the most towards the West upwards about 20 plus million people are dealing with conditions that are favorable for snow showers so this is really we are really following zero the next several days and tremendous snow as well as forecast talking 45, 50, 60 cm to go around so break down was happening Rosemary on the eastern side of the country to back towards the Midwest and towards the west it is the opposite with all the snow that is in store as well. Now you look at what's happening on the Gulf Coast there is not going to be just sunny and mild. There's a lot of cloud cover a lot of moisture go with as well to where we are following this across the eastern U.S. and of course, and this will continue the process weekend with milder weather and plenty of (inaudible) Rosemary.
CHURCH: All right thank you so much Pedram, I appreciate that. A short break but still to come, how do you get an Oscar-nominated access has turn into Winston Churchill, a behind-the-scenes look at the transformation and why a very special makeup artist had to be talked into creating it.
CHURCH: Welcome back everyone with a fried chicken restaurant chain KFC has egg on its place after temporarily closing 800 to 900 locations in the United Kingdom, because you cannot run a chicken restaurant. If you run out of chicken course there was no foul play involved but a shipping problem, let hundreds of KFC locations more little boneless and completely chicken less as it where rather than trying to win KFC just close the store company blames shipper DHL for the mix-up and hopes the temporary shutdown doesn't ruffle too many customers. Well the performance as a Winston Churchill in the film Darkest Hours has already 26 awards, including the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Baptist trophies, the best active. One might assume that Gary Oldman is the favorite to find himself back on stage at the world season grand finale the Oscars as we are talking about. How great his performance he didn't become Prime Minister on his own. CNN's Nick Glass spoke to the makeup artist who came out of retirement to transform the actor in the Churchill.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When will they learn? How many more dictators must (inaudible). You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth.
NICK GLASS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So how did they do it? How was Winston Churchill reincarnated so convincingly by Gary Oldman on the face of it, even the shadows the actor politician is exactly look- alike.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Gary's face -- Gary is looking great, but Churchill a (inaudible).
GLASS: The extraordinary transformation from Greyhound to bulldog began here in the Pilates studio in Los Angeles. (Inaudible) is a sculptor of hyper realistic basis. He likes to re-create historical figures. The bigger the better. Once upon a time used he used to work in the movies.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I needed not makeup artists, but I needed an artist, I felt so this and I remember signs only one man, because of you synergy and my fighting Winston was really contingent on cousin.
[03:55:00] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here is to one for not battering it up.
GLASS: He created the makeup for Jim Carey in the Grimstone Christmas and for Brad Pitt in the curious case of Benjamin Button, but in 2012 decided to leave the industry.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I love to do a specific make up part. It was stressing me too much to deliver that I feel like I'm short of shortening my life. GLASS: So Gary Oldman had to coax cousin but just for this one movie.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I never had opportunity to do a stronger character in the field, like the main character with the makeup and I felt like ok. This could be once in a lifetime.
GLASS: Under the liquid resin Gary Oldman with a shaven head. This process gave cousin the mold for life cast and from that he began to design the prosthetics. He test an old man himself everything like real skin including a prosthetic Adam's apple. It only designed six pieces including cheeks, nose and chin he left the meticulous daily application to British colleagues, David Millerlosky and Lucy Civic the process took more than three hours for 48 consecutive shooting days. He made a series of wigs from baby hair and Angora rabbit fur.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The great thing about the area is just disappeared after 10 minutes I start to forget about the makeup and start about the Gary because it just this can Churchill and that's really rare.
GLASS: Nick Glass CNN (inaudible).
CHURCH: He also went home with a better award this weekend for his work with the hair and makeup team transforming Oldman in darkest hour and that does it for us this hour. Thanks for joining us. I am Rosemary Church remember to connect with me anytime on Twitter, I want to hear from you and the news continues next with Max Foster in London, you are watching CNN the world news leader. Have a great day.