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[03:01:10] ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: There were handshakes and history being made, but now the real work begins. What's next for President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un after the summit? We have the latest from Seoul.
Plus, after days stranded at sea, hundreds of migrants have made to it dry land. The details on their journey coming up in a live report.
An excitement in Russia as it prepares to host the World Cup. But with the country's disputes with the West, it maybe difficult to separate politics from sport.
Hello and welcome to our viewers joining us from all around the world. I'm Rosemary Church and this is CNN NEWSROOM.
Donald Trump arrives back in Washington in the coming hours, basking in the glory of the first ever summit between a sitting US president and North Korea's leader. But now comes, the even harder part, working out the details of the short declaration Mr. Trump and Kim Jong-un signed in Singapore.
It commits to work toward complete denuclearization, but it lacks specifics like timeline or a verification process. Mr. Trump is dispatching his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to South Korea. Not doubt Pompeo will face questions about his boss' stunting announcement that he is halting joint military exercises with South Korea.
Here is CNN's Pamela Brown.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Chairman, Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirm his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Tonight, President Trump display in confidence after his historic meetings with North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, the first between a leader of the United States and North Korea. TRUMP: Really great. A really fantastic meeting. A lot of progress. Really, very positive, I think better than anybody could have expected, top of the line.
BROWN: The pair acting like new best friends, repeatedly shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries.
TRUMP: Really, his got a great personality. He's a, you know, funny guy. He's a very smart guy, he's a great negotiator. He loves his people not that I'm surprised by that.
BROWN: The president praising a dictator responsible for killing his own uncle and half brother. Imprisoning thousands of his own people for descent along with detaining American citizens. And he's also responsible for the detention and death of American college student, Otto Warmbier.
TRUMP: I really think that Otto is someone who did not die in vain. I told this to his parents, special young man and I have to say special parents, special people, Otto did not die vein. He had a lot to do with us speaking here today.
BROWN: At one point, Trump even complementing the brutal way Kim has run North Korea since taking power.
TRUMP: He's very talented. Anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and he's able to run it, and run it tough.
BROWN: Trump declaring the talks a success, announcing that Kim agreed to begin dismantling his nuclear program and short order.
TRUMP: I gave up nothing. I'm here.
BROWN: But the U.S. did agree to stop running joint military readiness drills with South Korean, something that North has long wanted. Trump calls them war games and provocative.
TRUMP: I'm doing something that I want to do from the beginning, we stop playing those war games that cause us a fortune.
BROWN: As those exercises come to a halt, the U.S. will have to trust that the North Koreans are actually committed to denuclearization.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you trust Kim?
TRUMP: I do, I think he wants to get it done.
BROWN: Trump saying he does trust Kim.
TRUMP: I believe that he wants to get in done.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC ANCHOR: You trust him.
TRUMP: I do think truest him, yes. I think he trust me and I trust him.
[03:05:03] BROWN: And the president acknowledging that well-pass deals with the regime have failed. This time is different
TRUMP: This isn't the past. This isn't another administration that never got it started and therefore never got it done. This is a much different time and this is a much different president in fairness. This is very important to me.
BROWN: And waiting of concerns that he is favoring America's enemies over its allies, following this court at the G7 this week. However, he did call out Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for criticizing U.S. tariffs calling him, "Obnoxious."
TRUMP: I actually like Justin. You know, I think he's good. I like him. But he shouldn't have done that. That was a mistake. That's going to cost him a lot of money.
CHURCH: Our thanks to Pamela Brown for that report.
Well, now let's go to my colleague Anna Coren who is live for us in Seoul in South Korea. Good to see you again Anna.
So North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un's being seen as the big winner out of his five-hour meeting with President Trump. A meeting of course his father and grandfather wanted but never receive, joint military exercises halted, perhaps U.S. troops withdrawn. So everyone's asking what did the United States get out of this?
ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Rosemary from the analyst that I have spoken to this morning they've all said that nothing other than a signed piece of paper with North Korea reaffirming its commitment to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. But we know that denuclearization mean something very different to the North Koreans. That means the United States removing its troops from South Korea, the 28,500 troops that stationed here.
It means cancelling those joined military exercise. Well, guess what? Kim Jong-Un got it in that press conference that Donald Trump held after the summit.
He said just that that they decided to cancel those provocative with his words. Provocative war games not the joint military exercises which everyone refers to that rather war games. He says they were provocative and that they're expensive.
Now, so people here in South Korea that was quite stunning because they really goes to the harsh of the alliance between the United States and South Koreas, the cornerstone of that military relationship. They held exercises early this year granted they were -- meant to happen earlier but will postpone because of the winter Olympics and they wanted that good will between the North and South Korean.
Well, the next exercises are scheduled for August and in just a matter of months. But Rosemary, for what we know, they have now being canceled. So the people here in South Korea they really are wondering what this all means.
Secretary State Mike Pompeo is on his way to Seoul as we speak. He's due to land here early this evening. He will meet with President Moon at the Blue House tomorrow which is just behind me. And no doubt we'll have to explain what this all means and obviously debrief him on the summit, Rosemary.
CHURCH: Yes, because of course it took him by a surprise. It took a lot of people back in the United States by a surprise. And we still really don't know what it means people still trying to get the details about what he means he says he's going to halt those war games.
What I did want to ask you, President Trump, of course, hardly touching on the human rights abuse is in crime against humanity associated with Kim and his regime instead showering Kim with compliments. What's being said about that?
COREN: Yes. It's quite extraordinary isn't it, this new found bromance between President Trump and Kim Jon-un. The world knows that North Korea has an appalling human rights record. And that is something that President Trump said that he brought up during the summit but didn't go in to. He said, it wasn't the right time, the right setting that the focus was purely on denuclearization that left a lot of human rights groups, you know, scratching their head, you had this opportunity of time to bring something out, which is of huge importance to the world and miss that opportunity. But obviously, President Trump didn't feel that was the right forum and perhaps that is something that he will talk about at a later day.
But Rosemary I now want to talk a little bit more about what that signed agreement means. Professor Daniel Pinkston is here from Troy University specializes in these national relations. Daniel, what do you do make of that agreement?
DANIEL PINKSTON, PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, TROY UNIVERSITY: Well, it's pretty vague. It has some opportunities but a lot of uncertainty. I'm concerned because there's no clause that requires North Korea to pledge to uphold these previous agreements. So in some sense it could be interpreted as absolving North Korea from its previous responsibilities.
[03:10:01] COREN: And those previous agreements being far more comprehensive.
PINKSTON: Yes, that's right. They signed agreement with South Korea in 1991. It came into effect in 1992, The Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It pledged they would not manufacture, possess nuclear weapons or extract or manufacture, sell material for bombs.
They also pledge in 2005. There was a statement of principles and the six party talks, whereby they agreed to abandon all of their nuclear programs. So this does has a promise, kind of fake promise to work towards denuclearization. So that could be very, very long of at the future the no time tables or benchmarks or anything else. COREN: Yes, no specifics, no details, no idea or is to watch North Korea's nuclear arsenal looks like. But should we be giving Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un the benefit of the doubt?
PINKSTON: We'll have to see. I have to see it to believe it. So we have to look at actions and behavior, things that we can measure, things that we can account for and not simple words. So we have seen a lot of words in the past. We have been even better written agreements in the past that have been violated. So we'll have to see where it goes from here. I remain hopeful. I hope it'd be going a positive direction but it could also go in a very negative direction very quickly. And this is a context of Trump creating all these disorder and chaos with our allies and friends. We'd have to support this process whether it goes in a positive direction or negative direction.
COREN: What do you make of this new found respect, trust proclaimed Donald Trump in Kim Jong-un?
PINKSTON: I don't believe in the North Korea and dictatorship like that. No one can make incredible commitments. No one can believe or trust anyone. This is a guy who killed his uncle and his older brother and many generals and insiders, you know, very, very bloody purges.
And he has its great power that if he makes a promise or commitment, he could change it tomorrow. So no one believes anyone and of course Trumps personal behavior is he lies all the time. He says he's cancelling or will cancelled the military exercise, is he? I don't believe anyone he says. Do you think Kim Jong-un believes what he says? I don't think so.
COREN: And what about that propaganda video that Donald Trump played for Kim Jong-un on what the world could be with both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un that would saving the world. What did you make of that?
PINKSTON: I thought it was very strange. I think it gave more of an anxiety to Trump in his mentality because some he signed off on divorce like and, you know, saying there's two choices, there's two ways this can go and the world is much more complex than that. It sounds like something, you know, kind of cartoon laid out for someone as simple mind.
So, I think the actual complexity of the security issues that prompts is way over his head, I don't really know what he's doing. He's a showman and reality TV star and of course everything was scripted for television but the actual process in what goes forward, the working level people will have to deal with and I keep my fingers cross but I'm very skeptical. This could go in a very bad direction.
COREN: It's nearly was carefully choreograph and made for TV but Daniel Pinkston, as always, it's great to get your insight --
PINKSTON: Great to see you too.
COREN: -- and perspective. Thank you so much. PINKSTON: Thank you.
COREN: Rosemary back to you.
CHURCH: Anna, thank you so much. Were nearly a 1,000 migrants have been rescued by an Italian coastguard ship. The ship arrived at the dock in Catania in Sicily, Wednesday morning. Coastguard officials tell sea men the migrants have been pulled from the sea of the coast of Libya.
So let's get right to CNN's Melissa Bell who is live for us in Catania in Sicily. And Melissa earlier Italy had turned away migrants from another ship but now these migrants have been rescued by Italy's coastguard. What's the back story to this?
MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right. I mean there have been so many questions over the course of the last few days since this apparent change of Italy's position on what to do with incoming migrants who have been rescued from the Mediterranean should be and we thought is sharp change in body. And that decision to close the port to the Aquarius that has already in just over two years saved 27,000 migrants.
Even as that boat is now just south of Sicily and sailing towards Spain where it has been given safe harbor in Valencia, you can see that here in Catania where it should've landed, that change of policy doesn't mean that migrants aren't going to be arriving here at this boat is currently disembarking 900 migrants. We've just seen the first ones coming down to the dock, the youngest, the women and the children, the most seriously ill as well.
And later on today, Matteo Salvini, Italy's interior Minister is going to be explaining in front of the Italian senate this new policy that's now been brought in.
[03:15:02] He clarified it yesterday of the Italian government explaining that it wasn't that migrants wouldn't be allowed in to Italy was simply that the only migrants that would be allowed in, Rosemary, would be the ones that had been rescued either by the E.U.'s search and rescues mission in the Mediterranean or by Italian coastguard ships, like this one.
But a reminder really of the extra level of difficulty that are add onto those migrants, who already been through so much is a faith of those on the Aquarius, currently with a few more days sailing ahead of them, some of them wounded. Many of them very young and they're going to take a little while longer to get to Valencia, another reminder of the difficulty of this crossing. It isn't just 900 migrants that are being disembarked here today Rosemary, but also to cropses.
CHURCH: Yes and of course, Melissa, you mentioned those migrants who've gone on to Spain. Spain was the only country after Italy rejected them to actually open their arms and greet them. So what does this? This change in policy in the Italy and what we're seeing happened in Spain. What does it mean for the many migrants on shipped looking for a home in Europe?
BELL: Well, I think one of the strategies really of the -- the new Italia government which is made up of populist and the right-wing League party that very much campaigned on anti-immigration platform is really to make Brussels react. They've explained this fairly explicitly over the course of the last few years Italy has been very frustrated, that it hasn't been helped to share the burden of all those many hundreds of thousands of migrants that have landed here over the course of the last few years.
What they hope is that this latest crisis and I think what we've seen with the Aquarius is something we're going to see repeated of the next few days. Even now, there is another NGO ship in the Mediterranean that is trying to check, whether it will find safe port to Europe before bringing on board, some migrants that have been rescued by the American military in the Mediterranean.
So I think that this something that the E.U. is very much going to have to look at as we get towards at the end of the month and it's next big summit, how it can coordinate its migration policy, so that the source of things we've seen off the coast of Italy over the last few days with migrants, some of them economic, many of them with genuine rights to came asylum in Europe, to prevent this sort of things from happening again, Rosemary.
CHRUCH: Indeed. Melissa Bell following this developing story from Catania in Sicily, many thanks to you as your ways. We turn into Yemen now. And a battle is on the way right now, and the prize is the countries main port city. The Yemeni army general tell CNN that Saudi led coalition forces launch an attack on the airport and neighborhoods in the city of Hodeidah.
Now they are battling Iran-backed Houthis and the UN warns of this worst case scenario, up to a quarter million people could die in the offensive. Yemen is in the grip of a catastrophic three-year war.
We'll take a very short break here but still to come a key Brexit victory for Theresa May, but it didn't come easily. We will look at the concessions Britain's prime minister had to make as the UK's messy divorce from the EU moves on.
Plus, a blockbuster merger is allowed to move forward, despite intense objections from President Trump. We'll explain when we comeback.
[03:20:57] CHURCH: Welcome back everyone. Well, Britain's Prime Minister has scrape through and survived one of the greatest test of her Brexit strategy today. Theresa May managed to fight all for rebellion demanding that MPs have the definitive say over final Brexit deal.
Up, the government had to make a concession in which parliament could have some say if Mrs. May doesn't strike a deal with Russell's by October. More votes on amendments to the withdrawal bill all set for Wednesday. Now, this week's parliamentary skirmishes over Britain's exit from the European Union revealed just how contentious the final divorce maybe. CNN's Bianca Nobilo takes a look at the battles yet to come.
BIANCA NOBILO, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The U.K is just 290 days away from living the European Union. But Theresa May and her government, if they hadn't realize already, are in the middle of a scrap.
As of 29th of March 2019, draws ever closer the E.U is increasingly unhappy at the perceive lack of progress.
MICHAEL BARNIER, E.U CHIEF BREXIT NEGOTIATOR (through translator): There is a request for a status quo as source continuity which is quite paradoxical since it was their country which took the decision to leave the European Union.
NOBILO: But, Theresa May's party is drawing punches of it's own.
DAVID DAVIS, U.K BREXIT SECRETARY: We're going to need the European Union to recognize the United Kingdom as not your average third country. We're going to get trading agreement to defend jobs across Europe.
NOBILO: And Boris Johnson was caught in a secret recording.
BORIS JOHNSON, BRITAIN'S SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIR: Imagine Trump doing Brexit, what would he do? He'd go in bloody hard. You'd know he'd go, all sorts of breakdowns, there'd be all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he'd gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere.
NOBILO: Today, the House of Commons will get its chance to take a swing at the punch bag, that is the E.U withdrawal bill. The centerpiece legislation of Brexit will be debated by MPs during a marathon sessions spanning two days. Already badly bruised from the House of Lords it returns to the lower House with 15 amendments which would implement big changes to the government's plans. Out of the 15, three present the greatest challenges.
Round one, staying in a customs union. Theresa May has pledge to remove Britain from any customs union and pursue a customs partnership.
Round two, full access to the single market. That's never be impossible without accepting the full freedoms including freedom of movement which May's Brexiters would never accept.
Round three, parliamentary approval of the outcome of negotiations, essentially giving parliament a veto on what of a deal Theresa May strikes or doesn't with the E.U.
This embattled Prime minister has a lot to loss. Defeat on any amendment would limit the Prime Minister's options in negotiations and pile on the domestic pressure. And time is running out.
Bianca Nobilo, CNN, Atlanta.
CHURCH: Macedonia could have a new name later this year. The Balkan nation will hold a referendum to officially rename itself "The Republic of Northern Macedonia".
The country cut a deal with Greece to resolve their long standing dispute over the name which began when Macedonia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. As it happens, Greece also has a region called Macedonia which has great culture significance as the birth place of Alexander the Great. The dispute has long been a stumbling block for Macedonia's admission into the E.U.
The merger between AT&T and our parent company Time Warner can now move forward. It was approved by a judge in the United States. It's a deal President Trump try to stop.
CNN's Jessica Schneider has the details.
JESSICA SCHNEIDER, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A Federal judge has given the green light to the $85 billion deal between AT&T and Time Warner.
[03:25:05] Judge Richard Leon ripped apart the government's case point by point concluding for each of the governments three main arguments, the government has failed to meet it's burden to establish at a propose transaction is likely to lessen competition substantially.
The Department of Justice which sued to block the deal on November is now deciding whether to appeal. Prosecutors argued that combining the country's largest telecommunications company, AT&T with program or Time Warner, our partner company to CNN would mean the resulting company could charge higher prices for it's must have programming like live sports and news harming consumers.
In a statement Makan Delrahim, the DOJ Antitrust Chief express disappointment on the ruling, saying, "We will closely review the courts opinion and consider next steps in light of our commitment to preserving competition for the benefit of American consumers."
AT&T General Counsel, David McAtee said in a statement, they hope to complete the merger by next Wednesday. Writing, "We are pleased that after conducting a full and fair trial on the merits, the court has categorically rejected the government's lawsuit to block our merger with Time Warner."
The courtroom fight played out over six weeks in Washington D.C. the trial through intense interest from media observers and the business world.
RICHARD QUEST, CNN ANCHOR: Well AT&T be allowed to buy Time Warner? SCHNEIDER: It was the first time since the 1970s. The Department of Justice soon to block a so-called vertical merger since AT&T and Time Warner don't directly compete.
The judge also issuing a warning to the Department of Justice, cautioning them not to ask him to put his decision on hold in issue a stay. The Court has spoken to use a state to accomplish indirectly what could not be done directly, especially when it would cause certain irreparable harm to the defendants simply would be unjust.
The deal was announced in October of 2016.
RANDALL STEPHENSON, AT&T CEO: The ability to take really premium quality content to our customers in the mobile environment is huge for us. It's huge for our customers.
SCHNEIDER: At the height of the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump, weighed in repeatedly promising to block the deal if he was elected president.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: AT&T is buying Time Warner and does CNN. A deal we will not approve in my administration because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.
SCHNEIDER: The President's statements never came in to play during the trial. And now, this mega deal is moving forward pending any appeal by the government or further court action. The companies have said in June 21st deadline, and if the deal isn't done by then, either side could walk away.
CHURCH: Thanks to Jessica Schneider for that report.
And by the way, the business world was carefully watching the judges ruling and may now be ready to strike deals as our Brian Stelter explains to Jake Tapper.
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BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: We're going to see Comcast in the coming days, go ahead and challenge Disney for Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Assets. We're going to see other mergers and acquisitions now as a result. All because there was essentially a holding pattern, all waiting for this ruling. There were many companies watching on the sidelines wondering what the judge would do.
And now that we have the answer and the answer is so clear. You know, this is not a ruling with a lot of conditions as many expected. There are no lot of strings attached. It sounds that there are no strings attached. And it's a very clear and comprehensive ruling, so it's a giant thumbs up for the American business world.
And that's why beyond just the media industry, it's an important moment for American business.
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CHURCH: And it's important to point out too, we ask to monitoring a possible appeal in the coming days by the Trump Administration over the AT&T-Time Warner ruling. We'll keep an eye on that.
Well, Kim Jong-un has ruled North Korea with an iron feast ever since coming to power. But will the summit with President Trump assuring a new era, of freedom and prosperity for North Korea's people?
We'll take a look at that, next.
[03:31:23] CHURCH: A very warm welcome back to CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Rosemary Church. I want to updates for you right now. And shares in ZTE stocks plunged 40 percent on Wednesday. It's lowest level in more than a year. Analyst had predicted the Hong Kong listed stock would fall sharply when it resumed trading on Wednesday.
The company had been suspended for the past eight weeks after the U.S. blocked American firms from ZTE after it was revealed the company had been illegally sending goods to Iran and North Korea.
The British government has won a key vote on an amendment to Brexit legislation after giving concessions to rebel conservative lawmakers. The Justice Minister Phillip Lee quit ahead of the vote warning Brexit would damage businesses in his constituency.
U.S. President Donald Trump is lavishing praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un calling him talented, loved by his country and trustworthy. He says, he believes Kim will dismantle his nuclear stock pile. In a surprise move following their summit in Singapore, Mr. Trump suspended joint military exercises with the South Korea.
When the President was asked if meeting with Kim Jong-un betrays the 100,000 plus people held in North Korean prison camps, he said, those people could be winners in this process. But we are told, its unlikely Kim will release any of those prisoners any time soon. It's also unlikely he'll allow the kind of western investment that Mr. Trump is selling.
Brian Trump -- Brian Todd explains why.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A new world can begin today.
BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This likely produced movie trailer President Trump said was designed to show Kim Jong-un what's possible for North Korea if Kim gets rid of all his nuclear weapons.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What will he choose, to show vision and leadership or not.
(voice-over): The video which Trump says he showed to Kim on an iPad portrays a flood of western investment, new railroads, factories, resorts.
TRUMP: They have great beaches. You see that whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean, right? So I said, boy, look at that view. Wouldn't that make a great condo --
(voice-over): Now, experts warn that while Kim would certainly want more cash coming into his country. The dictator knows if he really opens North Korea up to western investment, it could spell his doom.
MICHAEL GREEN, CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: It's like opening the window of a submarine underwater to get more fresh air. The North Koreans know that that is the beginning of their own doing.
(voice-over): Letting western companies like McDonald's come in and let's say means letting more information into North Korea something the paranoid regime doesn't want a traumatically sealed population to have because it's so closed, most North Koreans believe what their taught in school that Kim is something a Kim to a living god that their country is superior.
GREEN: When the information and the choices and the money flows into the pockets of North Koreans and they realize that they are living in a hell hole on earth not the paradise or purees they were told. It can -- it's entropy. It's chaos.
(voice-over): Which could lead to Kim's assassination and the destruction of his regime, that's a risk that President Trump could be downplaying or misunderstanding when talking about how North Koreans feel about their supreme leader.
TRUMP: His country does love him. His people, you see, the fervor, they have a great fervor.
(voice-over): But that fervor is forced. Human rights monitor say, the North Koreans veraciously clapping for Kim at rallies, crying with joy in his presence, know what happens if they don't.
[03:35:04] GREG SCARLATOIU, COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA: If you don't clap or adore him, you'll swiftly pulled out of the crowd and replace with somebody else and punished.
(voice-over): But it's not just people pulled out of crowds. Kim deals with anyone who crosses him harshly.
SCARLATOIU: All prisoners in North Korea have particular political prisoners are subjected to a relentless vicious cycle of forced labor and induced malnutrition, public executions, secret executions, torture.
(voice-over): Expert say, that's what Kim uses to maintain control and it's his desire to maintain that control that could ultimately scuttle any nuclear deal.
(on camera): Most analysts do get President Trump credit for at least raising the issue of human rights with Kim Jong-un. They say if Kim releases just a few prisoners or let a little bit of western investment come in to North Korea, it will still be a better situation that it was before.
But they say, any western companies that come in to North Korea like Starbucks or McDonald's here or there will likely only be accessible to the North Korean elites who are close to Kim at least at the outset.
Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.
CHURCH: Well, China is apparently pleased with the summit and with president Trump saying he'd like to bring U.S. troops home from South Korea. Let's get more on this from our Matt Rivers who joins us live from Beijing. And Matt, both North Korea and China they got everything they wanted on their wish list. Neither of them had to do very much to get all of this. What's being said about that? What transpired?
MATT RIVERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, publicly what you're hearing, Rosemary, from the Chinese government is they congratulated both sides. But look you have to think that Beijing is extremely happy about this. Yes, we are very much in the early stages of any negotiations. This is one day. Its one summit of hard work really begins now. But when China looks that what was said yesterday they have to be pleased.
So look at what President Trump said about the possibility of removing U.S. troops from the Korean peninsula. For example, he said that's not on the table at the moment. But it's something he wants to eventually see happen. China wants to see the exact same thing happen. They have felt threaten for decades. They felt constraints for decades by the U.S. troop presence not only in South Korea but also in Japan. So when the president said that, Beijing likely smiled ear-to-ear.
The next thing the president talked about was those war games as he put it with people in this region in the military would call military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea and other allies. The president said that those war games or military exercises would stop at least for now, assuming North Korea continues on this path that the president has approved so far. That is also something China would like to see happen because those exercises are conducted not only looking at North Korea but also looking at China.
China hates those exercises. And so between those two things they are extremely happy. And finally, Rosemary, look at what the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said yesterday for the first time in a while, he brought up the notion that countries could consider rolling back sanctions against North Korean that they're not doing it. They're still enforcing them.
But the fact that a spokesperson felt confident enough to go out in public and say, country should consider the option or could consider rolling back those sanctions. Sanctions China didn't want to engage in within the first place, all that taken in totally shows you how happy Beijing is right now.
CHURCH: All right. Many thanks to our Matt Rivers joining us live from Beijing. Appreciate that.
Well, back in the United States Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have revealed new details of their vast wealth. The financial disclosures filed with the Office of Government Ethics reveal a long list of real estate, fashion, and investment assets.
Our CNN's Tom Foreman reports the filings raise new questions about conflicts of interest within the Trump Empire.
TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Money from fashion, from real estate, from investments and more, more, more, more. The new documents reveal Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner maybe much wealthier than previously known.
IVANKA TRUMP, DAUGHTER OF DONALD TRUMP: Hi everyone, I'm Ivanka Trump and thank you for tuning in.
(voice-over): The nature of the disclosures makes precise figures hard to come by but her assets could be worth more than $75 million, he is more than $710 million. That's enough to have the presidential advising power couple closing in on a billion in the bank.
A spokesman for their ethics lawyer says, the new numbers do not indicate a windfall since the election. "Their net worth remains largely the same, with changes reflecting more the way the form requires disclosure than any substantial difference in assets or liabilities." But political foes who have worried all along about conflicts of interest between Donald Trump's presidency and his private empire are once again raising unanswered questions.
ADAM SCHIFF, U.S. HOUSE DEMOCRAT: We simply don't know whether the foreign policy of the United States is up for sale. We have to wonder, is Ivanka getting trademarks from China for certain reason.
[03:40:02] (voice-over): He is talking about last month, when the final approval for seven new trademarks was granted to the Ivanka Trump brand by China, right around the time her father was calling for sanctions to be eased against the Chinese Telecom Company. The President said he was just trying to protect the market for U.S. goods.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's part of, again, the U.S. relationship with China which is complex.
(voice-over): But the relationship between the private and public Trumps has been complex too.
KELLYANE CONWAY, COUNSELOR TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would say. I'm going to hate shopping. And I'm going to get some on myself today. (voice-over): Ivanka still makes money from her company even though she stepped back from running it and Jared Kushner still has ownership estates in his businesses but he's not at the helm now either. Yet from the very start and throughout the Russia investigation --
JARED KUSHNER, SENIOR ADVISER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: Let me very clear, I did not collude with Russia.
(voice-over): And while their wealth brings great privilege because they've not taken traditional steps to prevent the appearance of conflicts of interest, sharp scrutiny remains.
(on camera): Neither Jared Kushner nor Ivanka Trump is paid for their role as an adviser. And no link has been proven between their income and any sort of undue influence on the presidency.
Still last year, they made more than $80 million that makes washed all groups very uneasy.
Tom Foreman, CNN, Washington.
CHURCH: The Puerto Rican government has been forced to provide CNN and another news organization with data about the controversial death toll following Hurricane Maria. The government wanted permission to stall the delivery of this information. But a judge denied that. The official death toll from last year's storm stands at 64. But a Harvard study says the number could be well over 8,000.
Our Leyla Santiago reports on the discrepancies.
LEYLA SANTIAGO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: After were judges ruling CNN obtained this. This is a disk with nearly 12,000 death certificates of people who died after Hurricane Maria. Now, some of those have as a cause catechismic storm. But really it's the other ones that we are really going to be digging into trying to find out who died, when, how, what led up to that death to get a better understanding of what really has been a controversial death toll.
Now, to even get this information, CNN, had to sue the government of Puerto Rico, a judge sided with us and said, the government must release that information even though they did ask for an extension, they said, they wanted more time to redact social security numbers from death certificates with this.
This will be the first concrete evidence with the names, causes of death, municipalities, information that could really shed light on the impact of Hurricane Maria on this island specifically for the death toll. I spoke to one family that we have followed for quite some time, the family of Jose Pepe Sanchez.
We have featured them in previous story. He died the day of Hurricane Maria. And his wife said, she had goosebumps when she heard the news because she says, this information she believes will shed more light on the people who died. She says, I am sure to find more Pepes on the island.
Of course we're going to spending quite a bit of time digging in to this information. And we'll have more reports through the coming days to try to get to the bottom of Puerto Rico's death toll when it comes to Hurricane Maria.
Leyla Santiago, CNN, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
CHURCH: And coming up next on CNN NEWSROOM, tensions between Russia and the West have been growing. So can politics really be put aside during the World Cup? We'll take a look.
[03:46:27] CHURCH: Football fans are counting the hours until the World Cup kick off in Moscow on Thursday. But before that, FIFA is set to pick the host nation for 2026. There are two contenders in the race Morocco and the United Bid, that's the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Now, a FIFA Congress is underway in Moscow with the vote expected in about two hours. More than 200 FIFA members will take part in the vote. And "The New York Times" vote tracker shows the United Bid slightly ahead but it's far from a done deal. So however comes out on top in the FIFA vote will host a bigger World Cup for 2026 tournament. We'll have 48 teams instead of the current 32.
Alex Thomas joins us live from Moscow with all the latest. Alex, we have to ask you, which will likely win, Morocco or the United Bid? What's being said about that for 2026?
ALEX THOMAS, CNN WORLD SPORT: Ever since the United Bid and Morocco was confirmed as the two choices for FIFA members, Rosemary, for that 2026 World Cup. United Bid has been the favorite by a long way. The United States, a hugely mature sports markets, the pro sports in the U.S. like the NFL, the NHL, the NBA, are all MLB, are all globally famous sports.
You can imagine how some FIFA members are licking their lips in getting their hands on some of the money associated with what would be a marketplace for the FIFA World Cup of 500 million people when you take into account the populations of those three countries. So I think from money standpoint alone, and we know that FIFA are looking to, you know, restore their financial resources are for all the money paid out on lawyers after the chaotic years we've had recently.
This is the first World Cup hosting decision since 2010 when Russia, this year, here we are, and Qatar in four years time was surprisingly picked. And that spot that series of events that we've reporting on CNN. And all mid route (ph), let's have worldwide over the recent years and the removal of Former FIFA President, Sepp Blatter. Gianni Infantino is the new man in charge.
He's already been speaking at Congress earlier saying it's a new era for FIFA and starts with this 2026 vote, Rosemary.
CHURCH: And so what are the strengths and weaknesses of each of the contenders? What could win this for whoever does get the vote?
THOMAS: As well as the money factor that I've already mentioned for that United Bid, the USA, Canada, and Mexico, they don't have to build any stadiums. There's already so many in place that matched the criteria where you need at least 40,000 seats of stadiums. And many other rounds 60,000 for others and an 80,000 seat stadium for the World Cup final itself. That's how big it's become.
As you mentioned, it's even bigger in 2026 because of the 48 countries, not the 32 that we're having this year and in four years time. Morocco on the other hand, would need to build nine new stadiums, three already planned. But six more and that's a real concern. FIFA have issued a technical report to all their delegates. And the United Bid out scored Morocco in every single category except the costs to the organizers and to fans.
Morocco will be cheaper World Cup. But whether that's enough to sway people, we don't know. The other factor though, Rosemary, is the human factor. If they were robots, the United Bid will win. We know they're not. That's why Qatar was surprising 2022 World Cup host when the last decision was made 10 years ago.
[03:50:03] All of other reasons, they since been approved, there was some corruption in place there. What Morocco said to me yesterday, is that even if they lose, they'll be content congratulate United Bid because this process has been much more transparent.
CHURCH: Yes. It is a important point isn't it, the building of facilities because that can be problematic for a lot of countries that maybe don't have the money. And then of course when everybody leaves, you're left with some of these structures. And nothing happens to the more they have to be knocked down.
THOMAS: Yes. White elephant stadium is they're often called. And we saw a bit of that in South Africa. That's why I don't think it would be necessarily a horrible thing if Morocco won the vote. It certainly be unprecedented. We certainly we get World Cups going successively to the Middle East and to Africa, a real change in the global environment.
This is first time the Russia has ever held it for example. So it hasn't been widely distributed to the world. And I think Morocco very weary of that in their bid document. They've made very careful detail about how they would build stadiums so they could then be reduced in capacity after the World Cup and uses local recreational facilities.
So they wouldn't just be standing there empty, unused as we saw for some of the South Africans stadiums that were built specifically for that 2010 World Cup which by the way, was a success despite what many people said before hand.
CHURH: Yes. They deserve very expensive venture nonetheless. Alex Thomas, thank you so much. Just a couple of hours away from finding out who does win the vote for 2026, appreciate that.
Well, of course politics is supposed to be put on the back burner, joining the World Cup but given the long list of Russia's disputes with the west that could be like ignoring an elephant in the room. As Fred Pleitgen reports from Moscow putting politics aside could be a total order.
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice- over): The flags and banners are up, and Moscow is sending a clear message, Russia is ready and excited for the World Cup to begin. The head of the parliamentary committee for sports telling me everything is ready to go.
We want this World Cup to be a celebration of soccer for the whole world. And we want to use the tournament's legacy to develop sports in our country, he says. The way we will host the Cup will be the gold standard for such events by every measure.
But internationally, the World Cup vibe seems somewhat tainted by Russia's recent altercations with Western nations. Both the Netherlands and Australia recently officially blamed Russia for the 2014 shoot down of a civilian airliner.
And Britain and other Western countries kicked out dozens of Russian diplomats for the poisoning of former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter using the military grade nerve agent Novichok in the middle of an English town. Russia vehemently denies it was behind either of the incidents.
(on camera): The recent diplomatic turmoil between Russia and the West has caused some western politicians to call for a boycott of the World Cup here even as most team are in their final preparation for the tournament.
(voice-over): But that seems unlikely, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and the head of football's governing body FIFA, Gianni Infantino recently visited several World Cup venues. The FIFA boss has said Russia is ready to host the event. Even as rights groups criticized a crackdown on anti-Putin protest and free speech in recent months.
TATYANA LOKSHINA, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: All these thousands of fans were going to be here for the opening in June 14th. They will be mighty in trust (ph) with how beautiful Moscow is. Moscow is ready to welcome the fans. Ironically, however, the World Cup is happening here in Russia at the worst time for human rights.
(voice-over): But Russian politician Mikhail Degtyarev warned against politicizing the biggest event in world sports.
We in Russia always say that sports and politics must be separated, he says. Sports must united people, not divide them. And if there are tensions among politicians, they must put them aside.
And the Kremlin hopes those tensions will remain on the sidelines at least until the final whistle is blown at the 2018 World Cup.
Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Moscow. (END VIDEOTAPE)
CHURCH: And still come, whose pen is mightier. We compare the larger than life signatures of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Back in a moment.
[03:56:19] CHURCH: Welcome back everyone. Well, one has been marked for having little hands, the other ridiculed as little rocket man. But Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have one thing in common, big signatures. Here's our Jeanne Moos.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They're such a political odd couple linked even in a latte. President Trump and Kim Jong-un have been turned into everything from bubbleheads to trolls. But you know what's really strange to see together? Their signatures.
(voice-over): We're used to seeing President Trump's chain saw signature. But this is how Kim Jong-un signs his name. And most of the world had never before seen it until this signing ceremony.
TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's fantastic.
(voice-over): Reaction on Twitter ranged from Kim Jong-un has a cute signature to preposterous. Others noted its rising trajectory looks like a missile, like a flying rocket. Actually, space is something a handwriting analyst picks up on immediately.
JAMIE MASON COHEN, CERTIFIED HANDWRITING ANALYST: Elongated space between each letter that he needs space from people. He doesn't like for people to get too close to him.
(voice-over): Contrasted with President Trump's hands-on personality reflected in his crowded signature.
COHEN: Trump clearly loves himself because of the size of certain letters. Trump's writing looks like a freight train that lacks compassion that goes on instinct.
(voice-over): While Kim's is deliberative.
(on camera): And though their signatures couldn't look more different, our expert says they do indicate similarities.
COHEN: They don't forgive easily. They hold on to grudges.
(voice-over): Both men apply a lot of pressure when they write.
COHEN: I was not surprised by the anger strokes because I have seen those type of strokes in other dictators. (voice-over): President Trump's signature graced the pen placed on the table for Kim to use. But instead at the last second, his sister and close advisor pulled a switcheroo.
TRUMP: So we're signing a very important document.
(voice-over): And holding that pen with the hands of a much shorter man making President Trump's hands finally loom large.
Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
CHURCH: And thanks so much for your company this hour. I'm Rosemary Church. The news continues with Max Foster in London. You're watching CNN. Have a great day.
[04:01:19] MAX FOSTER, CNN ANCHOR: Start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia is just hours away. But first FIFA has to choose who host the Cup in 2026. We're live for the very latest for you from Moscow, the summit between the U.S. and North Korea is now in the history books. Now, comes the hard work though of turning words into action.
And hundreds of migrants rescued at the sea of the coast of Italy only to be told, they're not welcome. We are seeing how they're on route to new destination which says they will let them in.
Thanks for joining us. I'm Max Foster in London.