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[11:00:00] FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: this opposition candidate. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is effectively running unopposed. Thanks
to all of you for being part of my program this week. I will see you next week.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Keep America great!
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LYNDA KINKADE, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: The new catchphrase, the American President rolling out his new slogan for the 2020 Presidential Election.
Ahead, what else new revealed in a freewheeling speech in Pennsylvania? Also, face to face, will Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un really meet? Later
new details on the sit down between the U.S. and North Korean Leader. And we'll get the latest on the investigation into the nerve agent attack on a
former Russian spy. Coming up, we'll be live in Salisbury, England.
Welcome to CONNECT THE WORLD, I'm Lynda Kinkade live in Atlanta, filling in for Becky Anderson. Well, unplugged and unscripted. That is the way U.S.
President Trump's long-winded speech went during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. He's only been in office for one year and already he's
unveiling plans to run for a second term. In Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump was meant to spend the night endorsing fellow Republican Rick Saccone ahead of
a special congressional election on Tuesday. But the evening quickly turned into a campaign stop for himself. A White House official says the
President delivered just five minutes of scripted speech at the rally. The other 75 minutes were a complete well-wind of political attacks and policy
musings and praise for his achievements.
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TRUMP: If we coasted for 2-1/2 years, we did a hell of a job. You know that. We have done more than any first-term administration in the history
of our country, we have. We are are doing a great, great job. We are loving it. We're making tremendous progress.
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KINKADE: Well, the President also talked about his steel and aluminum tariffs and gave a preview of his 2020 campaign. CNN's Jeremy Diamond has
the latest from Washington.
JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: Well, Lynda, the President was back on the campaign trail last night offering voters a preview of what to
expect in the 2018 midterms come ever closer. The President campaigning in Pennsylvania for Republican Rick Saccone, a Republican candidate who is
struggling in a district that the President handily won by 20 points in 2016. And so the President focused less on Rick Saccone and a little bit
more on himself talking of course about the big headlines of the last week including his decision to engage in diplomacy with North Korea talking
about the prospects of his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un which is expected in the next few months.
The President also talking about his decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs. That is decision that has been very popular in this Pittsburgh
area race where both Republican and the Democratic candidate are actually supporting his decision to do that despite a lot of opposition of course
here in Washington and on Wall Street. The President also focusing on some potential policy to -- controversial policy at that.
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TRUMP: The only way to solve the drug problem is toughness. When I was in China and other places, by the way, I said, Mr. President, do you have a
drug problem? No, no, no, we do not. I said, huh, big country 1.4 billion people, right? Not much of a drug problem. I said what do you tribute
that to? Well, the death penalty.
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DIAMOND: The President of course always looking forward to 2020 offering a rebuttal to the potential candidacy of Oprah Winfrey who despite in recent
days suggesting that she is likely not going to run in 2020, the President appears to want to be prepared.
TRUMP: Oh, I'd love Oprah to win. I'd love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness. No, no, I know her weakness. I know her weakness. Wouldn't we
love to run against Oprah? I would love it. I would love it. That would be a painful experience for her.
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DIAMOND: That wasn't all the President had to say about the 2020 campaign. The President of course who has already filed for re-election, tapped, a
campaign manager recently for that-election bid also offering voters a preview of his campaign slogan for that race. It will be "Keep America
Great!" Very important at the end there, Lynda?
KINKADE: Thank so much. Jeremy Diamond there. Well, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren tells CNN she will not be running against Donald Trump in
the 2020 election. But that, of course, did not stop the President from blasting her at Saturday's rally.
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[11:05:12] TRUMP: Can you imagine covering Bernie or Pocahontas? Pocahontas? Can you imagine having to cover Elizabeth Warren before you?
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KINKADE: Well, the President has frequently referred to Warren as Pocahontas in the past. (INAUDIBLE) "STATE OF THE UNION," the Senator was
asked if she's bothered by the culturally insensitive nickname and if she thinks is disrespectful to Native Americans.
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SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D), MASSACHUSETTS: I went to speak to Native American tribal leaders and I made a promise to them that every time
President Trump wants to try to throw out some kind of racial slur, he wants to try to attack me, I'm going to use it as chance to lift up their
stories and I'm going to do that right now by pointing out that more than half of all native women in this country have the victims of sexual
violence and more than half of them are attacked by non-natives. And the American government is doing nothing about this. This is an issue that's
happening right here in America. Native women are subjected to sexual violence rates much higher than any other group in our country. We need to
put some focus on this and we need to make some changes on this. We owe it to people living in native communities.
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KINKADE: Well, as you also heard, President Trump spent a good chunk of his speech Saturday talking of his expected meeting with North Korea's
leader. He boasted that none of his predecessors could made it happen and even ventured into taking credit for keeping North Korea at bay during the
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TRUMP: Well, I'll tell you. We did a great job on the Olympics. President Moon of South Korea said without Donald Trump, the Olympics would
have been a total failure. It's true. It's a little hard to sell tickets when you think you're going to be nuked. South Korea came to my office
after having gone North Korea and seeing Kim Jong-un and -- no it's very positive. No. After the meeting, you may do that, but now we have to be
very nice because -- let's see what happens. Let's see what happens.
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KINKADE: Well, Mr. Trump appears to be quite a hurry to see what happens. South Korea's Blue House says that he had to be convinced to push the
meeting back until after they could have their own summit in Pyongyang in April. CNN's Ivan Watson has more on that and other recent diplomatic
moves out of Seoul.
IVAN WATSON, CNN, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Lynda, South Korea appears to be embarking on a flurry of diplomacy this after President Trump
agreed to a meeting with the North Korean leader by May. So now you've got the National Security Adviser who is expected to be flying to China on
Monday to brief the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, you've got the South Korean Spy Chief who is also planning to travel to Japan on Monday for meeting
soon after with the Prime Minister of Japan. And we're also hearing that the top diplomat here is planning a trip to Washington sometime in the near
future with the schedule yet to be determined. We're also learning a little bit more about this pivotal meeting that took place in the White
House in the Oval Office between the South Korean Delegation and President Trump himself. That's the meeting where President Trump agreed to sit down
at a summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un by May.
Now, the National Security Adviser who attended, he said that after passing along the message from Pyongyang, that President Trump made it clear that
he wanted to meet North Korea's leader as soon as possible. And then the National Security Advisers from both the U.S. and South Korea then had to
advise or suggest to President Trump to please wait until after South Korea's President holds his own summit with the North Korean leader. And
that is expected to take place sometime in April. It's still not clear where a Trump/Kim Jong-un summit will take place. It's not clear when
exactly it would take place. But the South Koreans who were engaged in this critical shot of diplomacy, they made clear that they're willing to
help with the logistics which will be essential given that the U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with the North Korean regime. Lynda?
KINKADE: Our thanks to Ivan Watson in Seoul. While the U.S. President is focusing on North Korea, his strange adviser has resurfaced in France.
Steve Bannon spotted at a gathering of the national front party conference on Saturday. The far-right party is trying to rebrand itself after losing
last year's French Presidential election. The former White House Strategist told the ultra-nationalist group to handle accusations of racism
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[11:10:18] STEVE BANNON, FORMER CHIEF STRATEGIST, WHITE HOUSE: Let them call you racist, let them call you set of foes. Let them call you
nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor.
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KINKADE: Well, the leader of the National Front party is also hoping for her own comeback. Marine Le Pen laid out her vision of the future and
unveiled a new name for the right-wing group a few moments ago. She was elected head of the party on Sunday. The re-election comes the same day
the group severed ties with her father and party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen. The move is also one of many steps to rebrand the National Front going
forward. Well, our Melissa Bell is following the party conference from Lille, France. And Melissa, before we get to the rebranding of that party,
I just want to ask a little bit more about Steve Bannon and his comments. He said to wear the racist tag like a badge of honor. That's the former
Trump strategist. How are those sort of words potentially going to reinvigorate the far right in France?
MELISSA BELL, CNN PARIS CORRESPONDENT: Well, let see. The point that Steve Bannon was making yesterday, Lynda, when he uses that words, he
finished his speech which was extremely well received. They go to standing ovation here yesterday afternoon. The point that he was making having been
at (INAUDIBLE) to explain that he believes that neither Donald Trump nor the party to whom he was addressing himself in Europe were either racist
nor nativists, was that they should stand up to political correctness. They should stand up to the mainstream media. They should stand up to
mainstream politics and allow them to brand them what they will. It was essentially a call to arms and a call to be courageous in the face of what
others might think. And that went down extremely well.
He is hoping to reinvigorate purely the populist here in Europe and he believes to tell this after that speech that the populism is further
advanced here in Europe than it is even in the United States with Donald Trump in power and that really is music to the ears of Marine Le Pen
supporters and National Front supporters. Of course it was just last June that they lost the general election here in France with Emmanuel Macron
and it was interesting that today as Marine Le Pen rose to speak and that speech is still going on here just behind me in the conference center in
Lille, first, a homage was paid to the far right in Italy that have achieve those historic results last weekend. And there is this sense, this
renewed sense of hope amongst the activists gathered here for this first march of Congress since their defeat last summer if given at rise of
populism in the rest of Europe, the good scores achieved, in Germany, mostly by the populists that perhaps their time can still come.
That is definitely the sense of what Marine Le Pen has been telling her supporters. Both the speech focus on economic nationalism which has been
the focus of Steve Bannon yesterday, but also very hard line on the question of immigration, much more than it had been at this time last year,
Lynda. Last year, Marine Le Pen was arguing against illegal immigration but allowing for some limited legal immigration. This time she says there
is no room in France either for legal or for illegal immigration. And once suspect listening to her that she's been emboldened really by the strength
of those results for the populist that has been built on a (INAUDIBLE) against immigration in other European countries. Lynda?
KINKADE: Fascinating discussions there. And we can see these live pictures, Marine Le Pen speaking right now. All right, Melissa Bell, we
have to leave it there for now but good to have you there for us. Thank you. Well, still to come, hell on earth. In an (INAUDIBLE) Damascus run
by armed groups being pounded by the Syrian army, and it's packed with civilians. We'll have the latest from Eastern Ghouta next. Plus, full-on
protective gear, hundreds of soldiers and counterterror police, emergency government meeting. A quiet city in England transformed by an
extraordinary investigation working to figure out who poisoned the former Russian double agent. We're live on the scene when we come back.
[11:15:00] KINKADE: You're watching CNN, and this is CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Lynda Kincade, welcome back. Wash your clothes and anything you have
on it. It will help get rid of any traces of a deadly nerve agent. British authorities telling possibly hundreds of people in a quiet city in
England that that is what they have to do if they were in the same restaurant or pub last week as a former Russian double agent and his
daughter, both of whom are now critically ill in hospital after being poisoned. This is the latest video in the scene and images from a
surveillance camera of what is suspected to be pair walking along just moments before collapsing. They appear to be walking a third unidentified
person. SOON after they go past, a police car and other first responders rushed in their direction. Britain's Home Secretary holding an emergency
meeting this weekend giving us the latest right after it.
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AMBER RUDD, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT: The two victims remain in hospital, and they are critical but stable. Detective Sergeant
Bailey who is also a victim, and was also affected is also seriously ill, but I'm pleased to say that he's engaging with his family, and he's
talking. This is a serious, substantial investigation. There are over 250 counterterrorism police from eight out of our 11 counterterrorism unit
involved. That's over 200 witnesses involved and it's over 240 pieces of evidence.
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KINKADE: Well, our CNN's Phil Black is on the scene where this mystery began. And Phil, we just heard from that press conference with police
chief, fire crews and the medical authorities with a warning to the hundreds of people who may have been in the places where these Russian
double agent was. Take us through what they said.
PHIL BLACK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, the advice is pretty simple, Lynda. If you are in the Italian restaurant behind me or a pub around the corner
called the Mill, wash the clothes you're wearing that day. Wash your personal items, any belongings that you may have had on you. now, the key
question, of course, is why are they offering this advice? Why now, why almost a week after the incident itself? Well, officials here are
concerned that what they described as trace contamination from a nerve agent has been identified at these two locations and they say as a result
of new information and recent analysis, they believe that this is the advice that people should receive even though that they believe the risk of
any sort of serious health problem is pretty low. What they're worried about is a long-term health risk from low levels of contamination. This is
how the advice here was described at a press conference a little earlier today.
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JENNY HARRIES, PUBLIC HEALTH, ENGLAND: There may be a very small health risk associated with repeated contact with belongings which may have been
contaminated by the substance. So we're recommending a very, very precautionary approach is taken and we're advising people to clean the
clothes that they were wearing and any possessions that they had with them at the time.
[11:20:11] BLACK: Now, what does this tell us about the nerve agent itself? Keeping in mind authorities said pretty quickly that they had
identified it, that it is rare, but they're not naming it publicly at this stage as part of the general operational discipline they are maintained
over the entire investigation here. While it shows that the authorities here believe that it has the ability to penetrate the human skin through
prolonged exposure, even in very small dosage. That's one way that it can enter the human body and attack the nervous system. It also gives us a
sense of the timeline between exposure and when Sergei and Yulia Skripal eventually succumbed to the nerve agent.
And it really broadens that timeline out significantly, perhaps talking about a number of hours now. Because what it shows is that at some point
they were exposed to this substance, then they have (INAUDIBLE) carried it with them between at least those two locations, the pub and the restaurant
over the course of last Sunday afternoon, before eventually making their way out to the park bench which is just behind the building behind me here.
And that was where they succumbed to the substance, where they were seen to be in severe physical distress. That is when the alarm was raised, that's
when emergency services responded. So it means that -- very likely means what we're looking at is a long -- a nerve agent that works over the long-
term, not something that kicks in and attacks quickly, initially after exposure. Lynda?
KINKADE: And Phil, we know that 21 people were treated for contamination after this incident took place, including a police sergeant who we heard
from the police chief today has been moved to intensive care and that the police are quite anxious about him.
BLACK: Yes. So, of the three people seriously affected by this nerve agent is obviously Sergei and Yulia Skripal the alleged target of the
attack itself, in addition to that, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. He was the police officer who was also struck down by the nerve agent, very
seriously not long after his exposure to it. We don't know precisely when and how he was exposed to it but we are told that he was one of the first
people to attend the scene where the Skripals were said to be suffering the effects of the nerve agent itself. He was in a pretty serious condition
for a time but we know that from most of the week now, he has been awake and talking and engaging.
He met -- he's met with senior officers, he met with the British Home Secretary and so forth, but the police here have said that his involvement
in this, his injury, if you like, has added a very personal dimension to the whole affair, and really affected members of the force here who are
involved in policing and investigating this particular incident, but of course, keeping the whole area running and safe as well, Lynda.
KINKADE: All right, Phil Black for us in Salisbury, England. Thanks very much for staying across those developments for us. Well, some other
stories -- some other stories on our radar right now. More than 8 million Cubans are taking part in elections that won't change much. They are
choosing a new national assembly, but as ever, there's only one candidate every seat, and they are all part of the communist party. The big
difference this time though, is they'll select a new president to replace Raul Castro come April.
Hundreds of women have marched in Tunisia this weekend demanding equal inheritance rights. Under Islamic law, men inherit more than women,
usually double. Women in Tunisia do have more rights than many women in parts of the Arab world but the North African state still lags behind
Europe and the United States.
Counterterrorist and police in Britain are doing everything they can to track down who sent these letters. They designate April 3rd as the so-
called punish a Muslim day and offer points for different levels of criminal acts against Muslims.
A victory but at a brutal cost. The Syrian military and its ally forces retook a major town on rebel-held (INAUDIBLE) of Eastern Ghouta on
Saturday. It came after what one activist on the ground told CNN was "hysterical, chilling and airstrikes." The view seeing the village of
Misraba to what he described as semi-rubbles. This footage from Syrian state T.V. shows the recaptured and Syrian forces moving through it. The
group of Doctors Without Borders says more than a thousand people have been killed over the past few weeks. This as the Syrian military ramps up its
Damascus says its offensive against Al-Nusra Front is a former al-Qaeda affiliate in the Syrian regime accuses that group of using civilians as
human shields. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh is tracking this from neighboring Jordan. She joins us in Amman right now. And Jomana, this offensive by
the Syrian regime in Eastern Ghouta has gone on for weeks. They've captured a village there. They claim they're targeting Al-Nusra but of
course, many civilians have been injured and killed. Just give us a sense of how much of Eastern Ghouta is back in the hands of the Syrian regime?
[11:25:31] JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, Lynda, within evolving battle, usually it's very difficult to try and, you know, say
specifically how much they actually control. But reports indicate, and that's according also to state media affiliated with the regime, they're
saying that they're in control with more than 50 percent of Eastern Ghouta right now. And that wouldn't be a surprise. If you look at what's been
going on on the ground, you've had three weeks of this relentless bombing campaign where almost every part of Eastern Ghouta has been pounded almost
on a daily basis.
This is a part of the country that has been under siege for nearly five years, and we've also seen this ground offensive over the past couple of
weeks where regime forces have been moving in on several fronts on Eastern Ghouta and it seems the area where they are making the gains is on the
eastern front over the past week. They have claimed to have captured a number of towns and villages and as you mentioned the latest, the town of
Misraba on Saturday, and that's not just according to the regime, we've also heard it from activist on the ground. One activist actually telling
us that they had captured what he described the semi-destroyed rubble town of Misraba in his word -- in his own word.
Now, this is not just about territorial gains here, Lynda. What we're looking at is likely a Syrian regime military tactic and strategies. They
are basically trying to cut off different parts of Eastern Ghouta from one another in an effort it seems to disrupt and cut rebels supply routes. So
it seems right now that it's a matter of time before they're able to recapture all of Eastern Ghouta. But when you've got both sides, at least
publicly, vowing to continue with this fight, determined to fight until the bitter end, the concern, of course, is for the civilians who remain trapped
inside this place that has become now what is being described as hell on earth.
KINKADE: Yes, absolutely horrific scenes we're seeing coming from there. But of course Jomana, this Syrian civil war is approaching seven years this
Thursday. We've seen calls for cease fire by the United Nations and Russia several times. Just give us the sense of the long-term strategy. Is there
any end in sight?
KARADSHEH: Well, I think as you know very well, Lynda. You know, we can't talk about Syria just as a civil war right now. If you look at it, you
know, this is also has become a battlefield for different regional and international powers. So it seems like when you talk about a solution for
Syria, it's as if every part of the country to an extent would need its own formula and long-term solution. But when it comes back to this civil war
to the opposition versus President Assad, obviously the situation has really changed, especially over the past couple of years with the support
that the regime has received from its Russian and Iranian and other allies. And you've really seen this shift in the balance of power which would
reflected in any sorts of diplomatic talks or negotiations that would take place for the future of Syria whether those take place, Geneva, in
KINKADE: All right, Jomana Karadsheh, a very complex problem. No doubt we will speak to you very soon. Thank you very much. Well, live from the CNN
Center, this is CONNECT THE WORLD. The votes are in nearly 3,000 in favor, only two against. Presidential term limits a thing of the past in China.
We'll have the details ahead. Plus, could the U.S. President reach the greatest deal on North Korea? That's what Donald Trump says can happen
when he meets with Kim Jong-un. More on that highly anticipated meeting when we come back.
[11:32:58] KINKADE: This is CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Lynda Kinkade, and these are the top stories this hour. The U.S. president took the stage out
of rally in Pennsylvania, Saturday day night, where he endorsed a fellow Republican for hope they can test to see in Congress. Donald Trump
boastfully used the event to taunt his campaign slogan for is 2020 re- election race. "Keep America great!"
The British foreign secretary says investigate of the working with speed and enormous resources to find out who tried to assassinate a former
Russian double agent and his daughter. Police have identified more than 200 witnesses and they've gathered 200 pieces of evidence in the nerve
Syrian government airstrikes have killed 20 people in Eastern Ghouta, Saturday, including four children, that's according to the Syrian civil
defense rescue group also known as The White Helmets. Government forces have also taken another town in the rebel-held enclave.
Friends of far-right national front has re-elected Marine Le Pen as party leader. She laid up her vision for the group's future on his speech to
supporters a short time ago. The party is trying to rebrand itself after Le Pen's defeat in last year's French Presidential Election.
For more now, on a potential meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un. Mr. Trump is saying the talks could either
lead to the greatest deal for the world, or he made just get up and walk away. South Korea announced it happening "by May". But, a more precise
time or place says not been determined. The White House deputy press secretary says nothing is being ruled out.
Well, let's get some analysis on this meeting, John Delury is an Associate Professor at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies.
He joins us from Seoul, via Skype. Great to have you with us.
JOHN DELURY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, YONSEI UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: You bet.
KINKADE: John, you been to North Korea about four times. You study the Peninsula, no sitting president in the U.S. has met with or even spoken to
as we know a North Korean leader, if President Trump, prepare to this.
[11:35:10] DELURY: It's unprecedented, as you -- as you just described it. You know in a sense whoever could be president at this moment would not be
prepared for this kind of meeting. This is really, you know, kind of off the radar. In some ways, Trump's, all the things that make him so
fascinating and strange in a way could prepare him oddly for meeting someone like Kim Jong-un.
You know, I think it's important for people to try to step back a little bit from Trump. And to look at the relationship between United States and
North Korea, this are two countries that have never normalized relations, have never dealt with one another, except pretty much with hostility or
deep, deep distrust and mutual suspicion.
So, you know, it's going to be very hard to separate this from the person of Donald Trump, and for that matter, from the person of Kim Jo-un. But
there is something else going on here which is an attempt to start a dialogue at the very highest level between this two countries, you know?
And that is something important and the American public should understand that that's going on in the sense trying to support Donald Trump through
KINKADE: John, the critic say that Donald Trump is getting played by North Korea. That essentially, he'll be used as propaganda and that he has
accepted this meeting and getting nothing can return essentially. And they say, it will show to North Korean people that "Thanks to the nuclear
program, the U.S. is willing to treat them as equals. How dangerous is that?
DELURY: I don't think it's dangerous, some of that is true. Definitely, the meeting will be used for North Korean propaganda. You know, one thing
that makes North Korea unique is that it is to great extent a controlled information environment. At least, in terms of you know, public media, its
State controlled. And so, they will message it the way they want and they are going to make Kim Jong-un of equal stature to Donald Trump, and that's
going to be an extraordinary historic moment for North Koreans, I can assure you that.
So, yes, that's a liability of what Donald Trump is doing. I don't think its dangerous though. Kim Jong-un has already made a number of quite
significant and I think most analyst should say surprising concessions to make just this meeting happen. He said there aren't going to be any test
of missiles and his nuclear device arsenal.
But also, he said, you know, South Korea and the United States can go ahead with their joint military exercises while maybe he is meeting with the
South Korean president and then he lead up to meeting with Donald Trump, that's quite surprising. He doesn't ask for any lifting of the sanctions
there in place. And who knows there could be more positive gestures for example, be great. If the North Koreans release the three U.S. citizens
that they're detaining as a goodwill gesture. Even advance of the meeting.
So, Kim Jong-un has given quite a bit by North Korean standards. You know, the real question is what happens, of course, in their meeting? And then,
what's the follow through? You know, and where thus the process go after the two of them sit down.
KINKADE: Last night, John, at the rally, President Trump has said, he knows what is going to happen with this meeting. Let's just take a listen
to what he had to say.
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TRUMP: Hey, who knows if it happens, if it doesn't happen? I may leave fast or we may sit down and make the greatest deal for the world and for
all of this countries including, frankly, North Korea.
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KINKADE: John, from your perspective, what would the greatest deal look like?
DELURY: Well, that's a high bar, and obviously it's just someone who's -- who like to speak in that kind of language. You know, I think, actually,
the most interesting thing that Donald Trump said there, is when he said, frankly, it should be a deal that's good for North Korea. That's the kind
of thinking that actually makes me consider he may be able to achieve a breakthrough that -- the previous American presidents have not.
That's the way you need to be thinking about this. How do you structure a deal where North Korea gets back on the path of giving up their nuclear
weapons as opposed to the current path which is constantly improving and expanding their arsenal? How do you convince them to do that? And if
you're going to do that, it's going to be a deal that's good for them, that's in their interest. Both in terms of their security, in terms of
their economy, which is something we don't think about too much, but Kim Jong-un is thinking about.
And in terms of Kim Jong-un and the regimes, you know, legitimacy. So, when Donald Trump says frankly, I'm ready to make a deal that's good for
North Korea, I actually see an opening there, his very unconventional approach will not create the greatest deal the world has ever seen. But it
could be a very significant breakthrough on one of the hardest foreign policy problems that the United States has faced, certainly, since the end
of the Cold War.
[11:40:17] KINKADE: Sounds like you have high hopes to these talks. John Delury, really good to get your perspective. Thanks so much for joining
DELURY: Good to talk to you.
KINKADE: Well, still to come.
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LEYLA CHEPKEMOI, MOTHER: The poverty is too high, there are so many single parents with kids here in this area. That's why so people -- they are
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KINKADE: That's a mother whose son was recruited by radical Islamic militants. How Kenya became a recruiting ground for Al-Shabaab? Plus, on
Wednesday, CNN takes the stand against modern-day slavery. Ahead of that, we'll hearing what freedom means to the world. Here's how the queen of
Sweden answer that.
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SILVIA RENATE SOMMERLATH, QUEEN OF SWEDEN: To have your freedom in your heart, you have to know that all your family members, your country, that --
and the children that they are happy that you have been doing what you can to give them freedom. And then, you may have an inner freedom as well.
So, that's for me, freed us.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KINKADE: You're watching CNN and this is CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Lynda Kinkade, welcome back. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has resumed
his schedule in Kenya after canceling some events on Saturday because he was sick. His visit comes with Kenya's top political rivals, put their
feud to rest. The countries president and opposition leader jointly urged a push for unity after months of tension. When challenged they face its
Islamic militants crossing over from Somalia to find new members. Farai Sevenzo visits one neighborhood that has become a recruiting ground.
FARAI SEVENZO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is nearly three years to the day since Al-Shabaab murdered 147 people, mostly students in Kenya's northern
town of Garissa on April the 2nd, 2015. And for years now, Kenya has been living in the shadow of Al-Shabaab's Islamist insurgency in neighboring
Somalia. Kenya and Somalia is in this bustling Nairobi neighborhood say they too have felt the reach of the terror group. As Rex Tillerson came
into Nairobi, some ha a message for the U.S. Secretary of State.
MOHAMED ABDULLAHI, FOUNDER, AGENTS FOR PEACE (through translator): When you're addressing issue pertaining to terrorism. Do not -- do not target
all of the Muslims or the Somalis. You must know that even in Somalia, we are victims of that attacks.
SEVENZO: 33 year old, Mohamed Abdullahi, became a peace activist after the Garissa tragedy. He is concerned of an Al-Shabaab's recruitment of Kenyan
Muslims into this fighting ramps.
[11:45:06] ABDULLAHI: We have some children from youth who join Al- Shabaab, but not the whole Somali community who join Al-Shabaab.
SEVENZO: These groups are recruiting from areas like this, and those who are fighting them have to try and win the hearts and minds of the very same
residents of these places.
Here in Majengo, one of Nairobi's oldest and poorest slums, Muslims are originally from Somalia are also being recruited. Mothers here have long
known that Al-Shabaab has been targeting their children for radicalization. The reason --
CHEPKEMOI: Why we're affected in radicalization is because of the poverty. The poverty is too high, there are so many single parents with kids here in
this area. That's why so people -- they are their targets.
SEVENZO: Leyla Chepkemoi's son was recruited at his local mosque. She fought hard to keep him from going to Somalia.
CHEPKEMOI: He had a phone, I took the phone and whatever. I say, why are you getting this phone? You are not watching, shoes, nice shoes, 7,000,
just I can't afford.
SEVENZO: She saved her son by sending him away to Qatar, in the Middle East, far from these streets. But for this with a mother of four, the
outcome was very different. One of his sons converted to Islam in 2013 and became a Haji Bunda. He was 13 years old.
How did he go? How did he did to Somalia? You don't know?
ALLISON WANJOGU, MOTHER: I don't know.
SEVENZO: And you are telling me that he destroyed all his pictures?
WANJOGU: Everything in the needs that he's get for turn the 8th.
SEVENZO: He destroyed everything?
SEVENZO: Her son, now 17, called her five months ago.
SEVENZO: You know and he shall know. So, how do you know that he's gone?
WANJOGU: I don't know.
SEVENZO: You just can feel it?
WANJOGU: Maybe, I feel there's something.
SEVENZO: You feel that he's dead?
WANJOGU: I think so.
SEVENZO: I'm sorry. Do you think that he was recruited here in Kenya?
WANJOGU: Of course, I think.
SEVENZO: Farai Sevenzo, CNN, Nairobi.
KINKADE: Well still have -- we're just days away from CNN's My Freedom Day. A global campaign to end modern-day slavery. And you can still take
part and make a difference helping those who need it most. Stay with us to find out how. Plus, conservationist, this northern white rhino's pretty
face will be announced to land of a date and save the species. We'll have that story when we come back.
[11:50:40] KINKADE: You're watching CNN and this is CONNECT THE WORLD with me, Lynda Kinkade. Welcome back. Well, CNN is teaming up with young
people worldwide for a student-led day of action against modern-day slavery.
It's on Wednesday, March 14th. For our regular viewers in Abu Dhabi, we'll have a special offering from there too. And advance of My Freedom Day,
we're asking people around the world what freedom means to them? Here some of their responses.
MONICA: My name is Monica and I am a human trafficking survivor. What freedom means to me is the ability to let go of the past and embrace the
future. Where freedom means to me is the ability to love and be loved.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Freedom means to me is just that Monica and other human traffic victims is free, and we can't just be that person that sits
and watch. We need to do something about it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: To me, freedom means having equal rights to be able to go to school every day and to be able to have the freedom of speech.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Freedom to me is waking up and being able to pursue my dreams.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Freedom means to me that I can let, I have my own cook and be able to express it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: To me, freedom means the freedom to dream. The freedom to believe that those dreams are attainable.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To me, freedom means the right to speak up. And the right to have a say in the policies that affect our lives.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Freedom is when I have the right to have a family and when my family is beside me.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Freedom means to me, acceptance of being what I want to be and doing what I want to.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Freedom to me means personal government over my own body and uninhibited access to my U.N. declaredly rights.
ORINA: My name is Orina, Now live in Amsterdam. Freedom to me is being able to live life to the full without being exploited or suppress by
SOD: I'm Sod, I live in London. Freedom to me is lot more than just the right to act, it is the essence of living.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Freedom means being able to be who you are, whenever, wherever, say whatever you would like and just to live in yourself.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Freedom to me is give duty live without restrictions.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Freedom to me is having full and equal access to all human rights.
UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: What does freedom mean to you?
KINKADE: Well, tell the world what freedom means to you. You can share your story online using the #myfreedomday.
We're now to the desperate effort to keep animal species from extinction. The last male northern white rhino in the world has been sick, but
researchers are cautiously hopeful that he is showing signs of recovery.
He is the last male of his species, and without him, the northern white rhino will became extinct. So, when 45 year old rhino, Sudan in Kenya
became sick two weeks ago, his caretakers were gravely concerned.
ZACHARI MUTAI, CARETAKER OF THE RHINO: Since I have known Sudan for eight years now, Sudan is any great friend. It's a very gentle rhino. We are
feeling so sad that he's not feeling well.
KINKADE: Sudan was suffering from infection from a leg wound and was in so much pain, he kept to use pen for several days, that's feared it may be the
end for him. But thankfully, he's slowly regaining his strength after a round of painkillers and antibiotics.
STEPHEN NGULU, VETERINARIAN: As we looked at it now, he is an animal that is showing the will to live. He is strong, he is eating properly, his
appetite is fantastic. So, it's just the pain and the wounds.
KINKADE: That's a relief to scientists who were trying to find a way to save the species during vitro fertilization. Since attempts to mate Sudan
with two remaining females failed. Sudan even had his own Tinder profile created by conservationist. To raise money for a $9 million dollar
fertility experiment. Experts hope to make Sudan sperm with an egg from a female white northern rhino, and then, implant the embryo into a southern
Poaches of hundreds of northern white rhinos to the brink of extinction. Their horns. Selling for $50,000 a kilo. But right now, scientist say they
are concern with something much more precious, a full recovery for Sudan and a continued hope that he won't be the last of his kind.
[11:55:19] KINKADE: Well, from white rhinos to the great white south. Now Antarctica, it's not quite another Happy Feet movie, but its pretty close.
Have a look at these nosey penguins in Antarctica. The curious end for a penguins took a sheltie after a scientist left his camera on the ice while
observing their breathing ground.
The bird's eye view is not surprisingly getting a lot of tweets. One does in-joke that it shouldn't being called sheltie because it was taken on an
ice shelf. Another that reminds her when "Your parents trying to take a selfie for the first time.
I'm Lynda Kinkade. That was CONNECT THE WORLD. Thank you so much for joining me, I'll see you next time.