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Trump Administration Faces Deadline to Reunite Families; Canada Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods; Notorious French Gangster Escapes from Prison; Lopez Obrador Apparent Winner In Presidential Vote; Trump Considering Possible Nominees; Russia Fans Celebrate Team's Stunning Win Vs Spain; Divers Close In On Possible Location Of Missing Team; Bolton: U.S. Not Naive About In Korea Negotiations; Bolton: Pyongyang Could Dismantle Arsenal In 1 Year. Aired 1-2a ET
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[01:00:00] ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: A leftist is set to become Mexico's next president. What he's promising for a country plagued by violence and corruption? U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat after his summit with Kim Jong-un used satellite images suggest otherwise. And wild celebrations after another World Cup summer, Russia full of a massive upset over Spain. Hello and welcome everyone. Thanks for joining us. I'm Rosemary Church in Atlanta, CNN NEWSROOM starts right now
It appears Mexico will soon have its first leftist president in decades.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico!
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CHURCH: Earlier results show Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is the winner of the country's presidential election with about 53 percent of the vote. He ran on an anti-corruption platform and led in most of the polls leading up to Sunday's election. In his victory speech, Lopez Obrador laid out his first goal.
ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, MEXICO (through translator): The new project for the country will seek to establish an authentic democracy. We are not betting on building a dictatorship neither overt nor covert. Changes will be profound but they will adhere to the legal order that is established. CNN's Patrick Oppmann was at Zocalo Square, the epicenter of Lopez Obrador support and this report.
PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Mexicans they're celebrating what many are calling a revolution for this country. You see people pouring into square behind me to celebrate an event they never thought would took place, the election of leftist populist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He's been running for president now for over a decade. This is his third attempt at the office. In previous attempt he said kept him from gaining office because of corruption not -- right now though he has more than defeated the opposition that's because more of Mexican societies has mainly appear over the years the nation's force. But this hi selection he manage to reach out. So many people who are struck by his anti-corruption message, his message against the violence that's racking this country. But now the hard questions begin to emerge. How will he govern? How will he, for example, confront Donald Trump of the issues that so unpopular like the wall, like the trade war? So those questions still remain but Mexicans are out right now celebrating this very unlikely victory. Patrick Oppmann, CNN Mexico City.
CHURCH: Well, U.S. President Donald Trump is savoring the opportunity he has to reshape the U.S. Supreme Court. In a tweet Sunday, he said a big week especially with our numerous victories in the Supreme Court. Heading back to the White House now focus will be on the selection of a new Supreme Court justice. Exciting times for our country. Economy may be stronger than it has ever been. Well, Senate confirmation of Mr. Trump's choice is not guaranteed, however. There is some Republican opposition to nominees who want to overturn the landmark Roe versus Wade abortion ruling. Boris Sanchez has the details.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: The White House would only confirm over the weekend that President Trump spoke to key allies and advisors including White House Counsel Don McGahn in broad strokes about the confirmation process. The White House would not confirm that the President actually spoke to those one or two potential nominees that he told reporters he might talk to on Friday when he arrived here in New Jersey. One of the topics we know the President will not be discussing with these potential nominees is their stance on abortion. The President saying that he would not ask these candidates about their stance on Roe vs. Wade though it is something we know that lawmakers are going to be looking for including Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Listen to what she told Jake Tapper Sunday on "STATE OF THE UNION."
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SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (D), MAINE: I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v Wade because that would be to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions and established law and I believe that that is a very important fundamental tenant of our judicial system which as Chief Justice Roberts says helps to promote stability and even-handedness.
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[01:05:17] SANCHEZ: And Senator Collins is not alone. There are other Republican lawmakers out there who tend to vote in favor of abortion rights like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. We should point out, it is going to be a razor-thin margin of error for Republicans. They're going to need almost every single vote and it is going to be a tough process, a tough fight ahead. Notably the President has marked July 9th on the calendar as the date that he's going to be making the announcement of his nominee so it is going to be a tight timeframe for the White House to whittle down all these names though President Trump has said that he has about five names on a shortlist and that he is going to be interviewing with six or seven potential candidates. Boris Sanchez, CNN traveling with the President near Bedminster, New Jersey.
CHURCH: On trade, the Trump administration is working on a bill that would grant the President broad powers to increase tariffs without congressional approval. A White House official confirmed the bill would say the U.S. is not going to abide by some key standards set by the World Trade Organization. According to a report by Axios, the bill would allow the President to ignore rules that countries cannot set different tariffs outside free-trade agreements and would let the President ignore tariff ceilings agree to buy nations in the WTO. Strong opposition is expected in Congress. Well, Sunday saw another stunner at the World Cup. Russia going to the quarterfinals and perhaps no one's more surprised than their fans. Scenes like this, let's bring up, unfolded in Moscow as the home team beat Spain for free on penalties. The Russians had come a long way. They were the lowest-ranked squad going into this tournament but they are filling house. Football powerhouses Germany, Argentina, and Portugal can't say the same. For more on the knockout stage, I'm joined by Patrick Snell. I mean this is just so stunning. I'm still trying to digest that Russia is still in the game and all the other upset.
PATRICK SNELL, CNN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ANCHOR: If you're not absolutely riveted by this year's World Cup then I have to ask why. There's so many great storylines, great shocks, big, big, really surprises over the weekend. No Reynaldo anymore in this tournament. No Lionel Messi as well.
CHURCH: It's insane.
SNELL: Good job, we've got the Russian national team because they are really --
CHURCH: Ranked at 70th by the way, right?
SNELL: The lowest nation going into the tournament, the lowest country at the top. Now, who would even expect the roadway to get out of the group stages, never mind beat the 2010 world champions from Spain? That's just what they did though. Let's remind our viewers how it all unfolded because there was so much going on in this game, a massive crowd in Luzhniki in the Russian capital. And you know, when Sergei Ignashevich put through his own goal there early on to give inadvertently Spain and they all thought it was going to be an easy victory for the Spanish, but you know the hosts haven't read the scripts. Artem Dzyuba hit Gerard Pique outstretched arms. What was it even doing there in the first place? Then Dzyuba himself rolling home the penalty. This one went to the penalty shootout and it would be a really dramatic save from the hero of the hour from Russia Igor Akinfeev, the captain, the Russian captain. He dives to his right. His trailing left leg catches the shot from Iago Aspas and it is heartbreak for Spain but the off of it for Russia and their fans. Beyond their wildest dreams, they are now through to the quarter-final
of the tournament, the last eight of the tournament. They just never expected this because as I say, this is a team that everyone had written off. All right, so who will they meet for a place in the semi-finals? The answer to that one is going to be Croatia. They're taking on Croatia. They themselves involved in a thrill of game with Denmark. The Danes taking the lead in this one through Mathias Jorgensen. We haven't even had one minute on the clock and then three minutes later would you believe it's Mario Mandzukic the Juventus Striker leveling for Croatia. This one went to extra time and it's almost won in extra time by the Croatian to win a penalty four minutes from the end of that in 116th minute. And then no (INAUDIBLE) Luka Modric stepping up but his effort is saved by Kasper Schmeichel, the Danish Goalkeeper. This is a story of the goalkeeper that if it went to another penalty shootout, heartbreak the Nicolai Jorgensen of Denmark and then it is rolled in cool easy light by even (INAUDIBLE).
I just want to highlight the Croatian keeper Danijel Subasic because he saved three penalties would you believe for his country in that shootout and it's really, really stuff the dreams are made up if you're fans of Croatia and Russia. All right, what's on top for Monday? Can we -- can we take any more of this drama and intense excitement. I'll tell you what, Brazil, dare not underestimate Mexico given what we've seen over the past couple of days. Brazil are looking to win the tournament for a sixth time (INAUDIBLE). One thing about Mexico, this is a really unwanted stat if you're a fan of the Mexican national team. For the last six World Cups, Rosemary, they have not managed to progress beyond the round of 16. It's almost like they're stuck in that rut there. This would be huge for them if they can get on and actually win and progress to the quarterfinals. We've also got Belgium against Japan as well later around.
[01:10:53] CHURCH: Wow. And you wouldn't even want to guess how that's all going to turnout or who the winner would be so we wouldn't try.
SNELL: Please don't ask me. Don't ask me at all.
CHURCH: No. More stunning sports news of course with LeBron James joining the L.A. Lakers. I mean, that is just extreme. The repercussions is such amazing.
SNELL: So now we know what's going to -- now the pressures onto to deliver because earlier in the year he'd spoken about the age 33 he was maturing like a fine wine. Well, I tell you what, he is going to have to go and do the business and produce vintage performances. What do we know about the deal? It's a four-year deal. This is according to his agency. And the contract, what is it worth, a hefty $154 million we're learning. He's leaving his hometown team as a free agent for a second time. Just to remind our viewers, he is the biggest name in basketball right now, Rosemary. He's a three-time NBA champion. He led Cleveland to a four straight NBA Finals this year. But you know what, they were well and truly swept by the Golden State Warriors in four games. Oftentimes during the finals, you could see the body language there. Critics were out in force saying, look, he's carrying the team. He needs to move. But his finest moment with Cleveland, let's remind
our viewers, that came in his second spell with the franchise. He truly inspired that team to the 2016 title. Why did that mean so much to Cleveland? Because it actually brought the city its first professional sports championship since 1964. He took to Instagram on Sunday as well for his Cleveland farewell. There you go. Thank You, Northeast Ohio, he said, for an incredible four seasons. This will always be my home. I just want to get this point in very quickly. In many ways, this is the perfect match if you like for James. He reportedly has two homes in Southern California and a film production company as well in the Golden State. Of course, the Lakers also one of the biggest names in the sport as well, really interesting developments. We'll see how it all unfolds.
CHURCH: Incredible. Still shocking isn't it?
SNELL: Let's talk more World Cup and LeBron.
CHURCH: Absolutely. Thank you so much, Patrick Snell. All good stuff, just extraordinary, thank you. Well U.S. football fans can't cheer on their own team in Russia of course. The U.S. didn't qualify but at least American fans have the MLS. That's the Major League Soccer. It has been soaring in popularity especially here in Atlanta. The Atlanta United's win against Orlando had an attendance of almost 72,000 people on Saturday. The same day in Russia, neither World Cup match topped 45,000 fans. It give you an idea of the number. Today the United hold the top four most attended games in MLS history. How about that? All right we will keep up with the football action in Russia of course, but later this hour, a different football team in need of a rescue in Thailand. How the country is committed to saving the youth squad. We will have that for you. And amid reports that Pyongyang is not really serious about denuclearization, U.S. and North Korean officials meet at the DMZ. We're back in a moment.
[01:16:21] KATE RILEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ANCHOR: I'm Kate Riley with your CNN "WORLD SPORT" headlines. We start with the World Cup in Russia where the host nation shot Spain in the round of 16.
The lowest ranked team at this tournament sent the 2010 World Champions home. The game ended 1-1 after regulation and after two scoreless periods of extra time. It went to a penalty shootout where Russia defeated Spain 4-3.
Russia's keeper Igor Akinfeev made two spectacular saves that seal the win. Russia now through to the quarterfinals where they will face Croatia.
And also similar stories for Croatia against Denmark that also came down to penalties in the end. Where it was the first time in World Cup history where five saves from the goalkeepers, but the game started with two quick goals.
If you flinch you may have missed it a goal from Mathias Jorgensen, open scoring in the first minute. But just minutes later, Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, we equalize that game would stay that way and be decided on penalties. Even Russia pitch sense the way to screw to the next round winning to the (INAUDIBLE).
Over to Formula One, where it was an unfortunate day for Mercedes at the Austrian Grand Prix, as both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas would retire from the race. And in the end, it was like to stuff and decrease to victory as Red Bull win for the first time in their home track in Austria.
That's the "WORLD SPORTS" headlines, I'm Kate Riley.
CHURCH: Welcome back everyone. Well, Thailand is not giving up on its search for a missing youth football team. It's believed the 12 boys and their coach became trapped in a flooded cave nine days ago.
Now, Thailand sending in some of its best -- it says these elite naval divers are planning routes and tying rope line. Their goal, descend further into the caves and bring those boys and their coach out alive.
For the latest, CNN's Anna Coren joins me now live from Hong Kong. She's been following this story from the start. So, Anna, to these rescue teams, they're determined to bring these boys out. They think they're still alive. Talk to us about the latest information you have on this rescue effort.
ANNA COREN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Rosemary, from the last time that we spoke, we have received new information that is they are one kilometer now from that spot which they've called Pattaya Beach. It's a place that cavers have called Pattaya Beach because the water is so clear when it is not monsoon season.
But those Navy SEAL divers that you speak about, they are now one kilometer away from that spot. So, certainly, good news. But one kilometer to say it, it doesn't sound like a lot of area to cover. However, the conditions inside this cave just so difficult.
We're talking about a torrent of water, gushing water. It's like a river in there. The water in some areas is right to the ceiling, it's murky, it is dark, it is black, and these are the conditions that the Navy SEAL divers are dealing with.
Also, to get to this spot, where they think these 12 boys and their coach are, they're going to have to navigate through very narrow passageways which perhaps can only fit one person at a time.
And the governor, when speaking to the media this morning, so they are going to have to widen those passageways. How they going to do that? How much time it's going to take, we just do not know Rosemary.
So, really, they describes this next part of the operation as the most difficult. Because of the conditions, they've also described it as the most critical. So, that is navigating through this labyrinth cave system.
From the top there's or obviously, working extremely hard to find access points so they can -- they can drill down. They've narrowed in on six chimneys, these six access points. Some have led to dead ends but they think you say, they continue to push through with these six particular chimney points that they might be able to access the cave from the top.
That Rosemary, as we know, this operation is now in its ninth day. Time is running out and that is if the boys and their 25-year-old coach still alive. Rosemary.
[01:20:46] CHURCH: Absolutely. Anna Coren, we are all hoping for the best outcome here. Many thanks to you for your report. And let's take a look at the weather now. Ivan Cabrera is here. There was a little bit of a break in the rain, this still flooding into this cave so that's problematic and it's the rainy season.
IVAN CABRERA, CNN INTERNATIONAL WEATHER ANCHOR: And it's the rainy season. Absolutely, and that's why the signs are so ominous there when you take a look at them as why they went in? It's going to be quite a question.
But it looks like we're hopefully going to get to that phase where we know that they are good to go and a matter of taking them out is a whole different issue.
Let's talk about the rain because it will continue over the next several days. And, of course, we are in typhoon this season as well. I tell you what, some of these storms, once they get going, in fact, the rainfall rates can be well any work some 100 millimeters of rain an hours.
That's flying here a little bit closer to show you exactly what we're talking about there. Look at the expansive area though where it has not been raining. So, this is in fact, a nice break compared to what could be happening here in the monsoon season which is a torrent of rain.
Not to mention the fact that sometimes, of course, you can involve tropical systems that develop easily across the South China Sea. And then, that moisture gets pulled in not seeing that over the next few days.
I've moved the computer for -- computer model forecast out quite a bit and not seeing any development here, so, excellent news. We do have a typhoon that we'll talk about that's impacting with Japan right now.
But here is the forecast, this is our computer model, and it depicts what you're seeing here, basically, is the heating of the day, the showers, and daily thunderstorms. Is he how they kind of popup and then, disappear. So, it's not one organized system, one area of low pressure. It's basically just the humidity and the sun getting going and that's basically what we have going here over the next few days.
So, it depending on what kind of storm gets right on top of them, and we could talk about several hundred millimeters of rainfall here, but each and every day we are going to be seeing temperatures in the 30s and, of course, those afternoon thunderstorms. The window, really, interestingly is at night that's when we have the biggest break as far as rainfall.
So, typhoon wise, let's talk about what is impacting as we speak. Our good friends across Virtue Islands here. My goodness, look at Okinawa now, getting the brunt of it at the center this -- the eye of the storm passing just to the west of the island. This continues heading up towards Kagoshima.
You can see the moisture already associated with it, and that's impacting with Kagoshima. Forecast is still be a typhoon that's the threshold, 120 anything below that, it's a tropical storm.
I think, mainly, at this point once we get to 24 hours, 48 hours this is just going to be a huge rainmaker. It's going to get into the Sea of Japan and kind of stall out, right?
Watch what happens here, turns into a post-tropical cyclone, kind to have broad low. And look at the rain have fall, how far away it is from the center of the circulation. But that we're talking anywhere from 100 to 200, 300 millimeters of rainfall here. So, that is what's going on for our friends in Japan.
Thankfully, as I mentioned, we don't have anything on the southern flank of it nothing going into the South China Sea, which would impact, of course, they have big rescue operation that is underway.
CHURCH: OK. Ivan, thank you so much for covering all of that.
CHURCH: Many thanks. For the U.S. National Security Advisor, says the Trump administration is not naive about negotiating with North Korea. John Bolton wouldn't comment directly on a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence officials believe the North does not intend to fully surrender its arsenal. And is looking at ways to hide its weapons.
Paula Hancocks is tracking developments and joins us now from Seoul, South Korea. Good to see you, Paula. So, what has been a reaction to this Washington Post story there in South Korea?
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Rosemarie, no one will speak publicly on this here, either. Just saying that they are aware of these reports, we heard from the Blue House official. But not going any further than that.
But what we do know from here in Korea, is that the Philippines ambassador to -- the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, went to the DMZ on Sunday, along with the U.S. delegation. They met with a North Korean delegation, as well, at Panmunjom. At the DMZ between North and South Korea.
This is really the first face-to-face talks we've seen between North Korea and the United States since that summit in Singapore last month between Donald Trump, the U.S. president and Kim Jong-un, a North Korean leader. So, they did have discussions. We understand, we haven't got any indication of what ended with those discussions. But as we heard from John Bolton, that the National Security Advisor, as you say, speaking to CBS. He did say that he believes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be meeting with North Koreans in the near future. No exact timeline, although, we have heard that he is expected to travel to Pyongyang at some point but no specific timeline.
So, it does appear as those things are continuing to progress but it appears to be slowly. John Bolton saying that he thinks, if the North Koreans are serious, if they do everything they can to denuclearize, then it could actually be concluded within a year which is really quite remarkable.
And he says that it's in North Korea's interest to try and do this as quickly as possible so that they can have some financial relief from the sanctions that the international community has put on them.
We did hear though from Secretary Pompeo that he is not willing to give a timeline, and they will be assessing regularly to see if North Korea is really serious about giving up nuclear weapons. Rosemary?
[01:26:20] CHURCH: All right. Our Paula Hancocks, joining us live from Seoul in South Korea, many thanks to you.
We'll take a short break here. For still to come, the latest on the separated migrant families in the U.S., they are still enduring a waiting game. And the emotional story of a migrant girl and her mother. They were split apart months. We will tell you how they finally came back together. Back with that in just a moment.
[01:30:07] CHURCH: Welcome back to CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Rosemary Church.
Let's check the headlines for you this hour.
An official projects shows leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be Mexico's next president with 53 percent of the vote in Sunday's election. AMLO as he's known promises to stamp out corruption in his six-year term. U.S. President Trump tweeted his congratulations.
Canada is retaliating against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The Canadian government is imposing a 25 percent tariff on more than 40 U.S. steel products. It's also slapping a 10 percent tax on scores of other items including maple syrup and coffee beans.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins is a key swing vote in the upcoming confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee. The Republican says she won't support a nominee who is hostile to the landmark Roe v Wade high court ruling that legalized abortion. President Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9.
Russia are headed to the quarter finals of the World Cup after a stunning victory against Spain. The home team knocked Spain out winning 4-3 on penalties and the shoot out. Russia are now set to play Croatia which also advanced on Sunday by beating Denmark 3-2 on penalties.
The clock is running down on a court-imposed deadline for the U.S. government to reunited thousands of migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Late last month, in the face of huge public outcry, President Trump issued an executive order to keep undocumented immigrant families together. But the fate of children already taken from their parents is still in limbo.
CNN's Dianne Gallagher has the latest.
DIANNE GALLAGHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Just how many children who were separated from their parents at the border because of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy remain in government custody? We don't know.
And that's because we have not received any specific information on numbers of those children since Tuesday. On Tuesday it was 2,047. But since then we have essentially received zero information on those particular kids from HHS.
What we did get on Tuesday was an order from a judge that all reunifications needed to happen within 30 days; and if those children were five and under, it needed to happen within 14 days. So almost a week in now, we don't have any update on just how those reunifications are going at least from the government.
Now, there were protests across the country this weekend that were demanding a quick reunification process. They want the kids to be with their families. And even here in the McAllen area, they had a smaller protest but clergy members in Texas are demanding that the government act morally.
The archbishop of San Antonio, a man with quite a bit of influence and power, the Catholic church is the cornerstone on both sides of the border and communities here. He had a lot to say about the President's policy and what it really means to follow the law.
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ARCHBISHOP GUSTAVO GARCIA-SILLER, ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: It is immoral. It is evil and it is a sin to treat families that way. And it doesn't matter who is doing it. Who is doing it and if it is from the top down, if it is the person of right then and then to cooperate with evil. There are laws. And laws -- a country of laws is for a good thing. But not every law that we have is good. There are also bad laws.
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GALLAGHER: Now, I've spoken with HHS representatives, at length over the past few weeks and they tell me that they know where every child is. They're easy to track. And they're doing due diligence. They are trying to do background checks. And they can do these reunifications a lot easier than many people believe. But I have also talked to parents and attorneys and advocates, and they tell quite a different story. Saying that it's convoluted, it is confusing and they are not getting answers when they ask for them. And more importantly they are not getting access to their children.
Again we're not getting a lot of information from HHS so it's really hard to fact check anything right now.
Diane Gallagher -- McAllen, Texas.
CHURCH: Well, a number of immigrant children have been reunited with their families including this seven-year-old girl who's not back in her mother's arms after two long months apart. They shared hugs and kisses an tears of joy.
Kaylee Hartung has the details of their time apart and their journey to get back together.
KAYLEE HARTUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We witnessed this intensely emotional episode at Miami International Airport on Sunday evening as Buena Ventura wrapped her arms around her seven-year-old daughter, Liana, for the first time in 60 days.
[01:35:00] I want to give you some more better perspective on this family's back story so you can better understand the emotion of this moment in which we saw laughter and tears.
It was on May 1st that Buena and her infant son made the trip to the United States in hopes of giving her family a better life. The decision was made that her husband and her seven-year-old daughter would stay behind and follow a short time after.
But in that time between these family members' arrival in the United States, U.S. policy changed and unbeknownst to Buena, her daughter was separated from her father when they arrived at the border. The father shipped to a detention center in Georgia; the daughter sent to Michigan.
The process of reunifying this family difficult and complicated, of course, Buena was allowed to speak to her daughter once a day for a couple of minutes a day. Buena being able to come in contact with her because she was here in Miami with family who the young daughter was able to get in touch with.
Now there was tremendous happiness through the process of reunification today but also sadness for this family because the family is not yet whole. As I mentioned, the father is still being held at a detention facility in Georgia; his fate in this country not yet known.
Buena also shared with us another emotional piece of advice in which she said any families wanting to seek a better life for their families just as she did, she said they need to find another country other than the United States. She said the laws here are too harsh and people don't have a heart. Those the emotions of a mother just reunited with her daughter.
CHURCH: And that report from Kaylee Hartung in Miami, Florida.
Joining me now are CNN U.S. security analyst Samantha Vinograd and CNN political analyst Ron Brownstein. Thank you, both of you, for being with us. Appreciate it.
So Ron -- let's go to you first. Over the weekend we saw some extraordinary support for immigrants and protests across the country; Americans voicing their distaste for the way children have been separated from their parents and the time it's taking to reunite them with their families.
What impact might this have on President Trump politically, and is he listening? Does he even care?
RON BROWNSTEIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: That's a great question because, you know, you saw where these protests were predominantly. They were in major cities and it is a reflection of what I believe is a fundamental fault line now in American politics which means the regions of the country that are most effective by all of the big changes they're shaping are society -- demographic, cultural, immigration, economic and those that are not.
You know, today 85 percent of the House Republicans are in districts where there are fewer immigrants than the national average; 60 percent of the Democrats are in districts where there are more immigrants than the national average.
You see the pattern at the Senate level and at the presidential level. And what this is going to mean I think in all likelihood is that in the places where Trump is strong in small town rural America this isn't really a big threat to Republicans.
But there are still about three dozen House Republicans in diverse inner suburbs and that I think is where the threat is most acute for Republicans in the midterm election.
And this kind of issue, particularly with its impact on women where Republicans are already facing larger gender gap than usual I think could be -- could compound the problems that Trump has already created for those Republicans and those kind of white collar suburbs around America.
CHURCH: Interesting. Samantha Vinograd -- President Trump bowed to public pressure by signing an executive order to stop the separation of children from their families at the border. But that didn't help more than 2,000 children already separated and appears to have worsened the situation.
Now the Democrats are calling for the abolition of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and this is how Mr. Trump responded in a tweet, if I can just read that. "The liberal left, also known as the Democrats, want to get rid of ICE who do a fantastic job, and want open borders. Crime would be rampant and uncontrollable."
So Samantha -- how likely is it that anything will come of this call to abolish ICE? And what would that accomplish anyhow?
SAMANTHA VINOGRAD, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: Well, I just have to shake my head. It's such an obvious distraction tactic by the President. Let's separate the different problems that we're facing.
This President, using his own authority made a decision to separate children and families at the border. That was not an ICE decision. ICE may have been involved or was involved excuse me, in some of the implementation, but that was President Trump's decision.
I think part of the reason why we now hear him trying to galvanize the base against ICE, is exactly what Ron just mentioned which is that this child abuse issue at our border is tearing at the hearts of a lot of Americans. And President Trump is trying to shift the blame what happened from himself and his decision on to somebody else.
[01:49:52] We can talk about whether this very focused U.S. agency needs to be streamlined, whether its mission needs to evolve. But the real issue right now is figuring out how to reunite these children with their parents.
We have situations where children's parents have been deported and they are still in the United States. And so what I would hope to see, and this is a long shot at this point, this President is him stopping the shifting of blame and focusing instead on the immediate task of reunification which as you mentioned the executive order does not do. And figuring out as well how do you address with future (ph) drivers of illegal immigration rather than pretending that this (INAUDIBLE) border or separating children from their parents.
CHURCH: All right.
Well, let's talk tariffs now because that is another hot issue in this country. And Canada has retaliated slapping its own tariffs on U.S. exports worth $12.5 billion in response to the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.
So Ron -- where is this all going and how bad would you expect things to get with this looming trade war?
BROWNSTEIN: Well, I think this is, you know, this is the point probably of the most strain that the Trump agenda imposes on the Republican coalition. The irony is that because of the reasons we've talked about a moment ago, the Republican coalition is increasingly centered on blue-collar, non-urban, older whites who tend to be pretty protectionist. But the leadership of the party, the members of Congress to the key constituency groups so I think that (INAUDIBLE) groups, they are more uneasy about what Trump is doing on Trump than on any other subject, I think bar none.
And it is -- and in particular one that really jumps out on me are these farm groups that are very uneasy that they will ultimately be the losers. For example soybean farmers who are key constituency in a lot of the Midwest states.
So I think you the Trump belief that he is turning the tourniquet on our trading partners. But the tourniquet is tightening within own coalition as well. And as we get closer to the election, I think you are going to see more Republicans particularly from rural and agricultural areas getting louder and louder in their complaints about the trajectory this is on.
When you have General Motors who is the ostensible beneficiary of an effort to, you know, restrict or put more barriers in the way of farm imports saying that they believe this will be counter productive, I think the chorus from Republicans is going to get louder. Oddly Democrat =s who are essentially a party, you know, that's globally connected large metros have been almost completely silent because they are afraid of their own union constituencies.
CHURCH: All right. Samantha Vinograd and Ron Brownstein -- thank you so much to both of you for joining us.
BROWNSTEIN: Thank you.
CHURCH: I appreciate it. >
And coming up, we will tell you about a daring prisoner escape which seems like it was ripped straight from a Hollywood script.
I'll be back in a while (ph).
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CHURCH: You are looking at cell phone video of a tour boat engulfed in flames. The explosion in the Bahamas claimed at least one life. According to police there, the boat was carrying 12 people when the engine exploded on Saturday. Investigators say an American woman died and ten people were injured.
The U.S. Coast Guard flew four of the survivors to Florida for treatment. The others are being treated in the Bahamas. The cause of the blast is now under investigation.
A notorious French gangster is on the run again after a daring prison escape on a hijacked helicopter. His crimes sound like a plot straight from Hollywood and there is a good reason for that as our Ana Cabrera reports.
ANA CABRERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): A stunning jailbreak purportedly filmed from behind bars. CNN cannot independently verify this video but these shaky images appear to show the moment gunmen arrived to free this man -- Redoine Faid, France's most notorious gangster.
His accomplices hijacked a helicopter and forced the pilot to fly to a prison near Paris. There, they staged a diversion and smuggled the 46-year-old out of a visiting room before fleeing by air. Police later found the burned out chopper in an area northwest of Paris. The pilot was released unharmed. The fugitive and his men were nowhere to be found.
Sunday's spectacular escape is shockingly not the first for this criminal mastermind. In 2013 Faid held four guards at gunpoint at a detention center in the northern Lille then burst his way into freedom detonating explosives to destroy five fortified doors. A witness described the dramatic scene.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I first saw a prison guard walk by followed by someone dressed in civilian clothes who was holding a gun to the guard's head. So I got a little scared. I hid in a room.
CABRERA: At the time, Faid's lawyer said he was not surprised his client broke out.
JEAN-LOUIS PELLETIER, FAID LAWYER (through translator): It is also a young man remarkably intelligent and he is using his intellect to serve his ambitions. And I think he has so many years in prison behind that he thought it was one too many.
CABRERA: The Frenchman is a self-styled modern day gangster often taking inspiration he says from Hollywood movies. He once wore a hockey mask during a heist like Robert De Niro's character in "Heat" then brazenly attacked armored trucks and other targets.
But for those who suffered his bravado, he is a real life villain. The parents of a French policewoman killed in one of Faid's robbery attempts were devastated by the news.
CNN affiliate BFN reported "Now once again free, and once again the subject of an international manhunt his victims must wait for justice."
Ana Cabrera, CNN -- New York.
CHURCH: Also in France, he was nicknamed Spider-Man after he scaled a building to save a child. Now Mamoudou Gassama has started his new job as a member of the Paris fire brigade. The 22-year-old migrant climbed four stories to rescue a four-year-old boy dangling from a balcony. In addition to winning a position as a fire fighting recruit, he received French citizenship. Good on him.
Coming up, an Australian woman learned she really shouldn't be feeding sharks after a terrifying encounter.
Back in a moment.
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CABRERA: With your weather watch I'm CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera. As we check in on North America and the United States and the hot temperatures. That has been the big story. You'll notice not much in the way of rainfall.
We do have a little disturbance down across the gulf that's been bringing some showery weather across the southeastern U.S.
But the story is it's been really the heat, we've been talking about temperatures well into the 30s and 40s. And in fact, it's been so hot we have had Major League Baseball players taken off the field and taken into the medic area to get IVs, to get hydrated. That's how hot it's been out there.
Temperatures will continue to be that way, right, in the mid-30s from Montreal to New York. I know it's summer but these temperatures, especially even through the overnight are not cooling off all that much.
There is a bit of relief on the way and this will make a huge difference despite the fact it doesn't look that dramatic -- 35 to upper 20s to lower 30s. That will be a bit easier to take on the body the next few days.
All right. If you are traveling through Caribbean Central America, Mexico looking at a few showers and thunderstorms and they will be numerous especially through the afternoon.
But I must say now that we're getting into July, of course, we watch the tropics very closely. I don't see anything that would make me nervous at this point as far as anything developing so the thunderstorm activity you see there -- that's the typical daily stuff we see.
And across northern South America, there as well.
CHURCH: Welcome back, everyone.
In Australia, a woman was hand-feeding sharks when one of them got her by the finger. The terrifying moment was captured on video. Reporter Jordan Cutts with our affiliate 7 News Australia has the exclusive.
JORDAN CUTTS, 7 NEWS AUSTRALIA: When Melissa Brunning tells people she was bitten by a shark, not everyone believes here. Then she shows them this.
Mel was standing on the back of a boat hand-feeding fish to a group of 20 nurse sharks, a normally placid species but with powerful jaws and multiple rows of shark teeth.
MELISSA BRUNNING, SHARK VICTIM: It happened so quickly. All I could really focus on was the fact that my finger is gone. So he clamped on it and it felt like it was shredding off the bone.
CUTTS: Despite the excruciating pain, Mel's finger wasn't bitten off. The 34-year-old had to be told it was still attached.
BRUNNING: I had to come up and I was like, I lost my finger. I couldn't even look at the finger because I thought it was gone. I thought if I looked at it I'd probably go into shock.
CUTTS: Mel was three days into a two-week holiday in the state's top head (ph). This is where she was bitten Dugong Bay near Horizontal Falls.
Ramon (ph) announced that Mel didn't immediately go to a hospital hoping it would heal. But Mel's finger didn't heal and ended up so badly infected that when she got home here to Perth, she needed an operation to have it cleaned out. An x-ray revealed the bite had fractured the bone and torn a ligament.
Mel admits she was in the wrong that day.
[01:55:04] The main message is don't feed the sharks. It's safer and less painful to admire them from inside a boat.
BRUNNING: Be mindful of your surroundings and don't feed sharks.
CUTTS: Jordan Cutts, 7 News.
CHURCH: Good advice -- Don't feed the sharks.
And finally, dramatic video out of China -- it captured the moment a road suddenly collapsed. An eyewitness says that at least a 50-meter long section caved in. Incredibly no casualties have been reported.
Authorities are investigating what caused that collapse. There are some reports that it was due to days of prolonged rain.
And thank you so much for your company this hour on CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Rosemary Church.
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