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[02:00:09] GEORGE HOWELL, NEWSROOM ANCHOR, CNN: Waiting for official election results, Mexico's next President says he will seek friendship and cooperation with the United States. What else he's promising, we'll have that story ahead. Plus, new satellite images suggest North Korea is not serious about denuclearization, while U.S. North Korean officials meet at the DMZ, more on that ahead.
And later this hour, after he lost this year's championship, it was all about where he might go, and now we know. Lebron James is headed to Los Angeles, that story ahead. And World Cup shockers, they (Inaudible) live from CNN world headquarters in Atlanta. We want to welcome our viewers here in the United States and all around the world. I am George Howell. The CNN Newsroom starts right now.
At 2:00 a.m. here on the U.S. east coast, we begin with the changing of the guard in Mexico, voters pick the new path forward, picking a new President.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico!
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HOWELL: With the chant viva Mexico, congratulations are pouring in to Mexico City. This upon the election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, that nation's elections commission says preliminary numbers show the leftist candidate got about 53 percent of the vote there. He ran on an anti corruption platform. He promised to work with Mexico's neighbor to the north, the United States. Listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (Inaudible) the United States, we shall try to find a relationship of friendship and cooperation for development, always, mutual respect, (Inaudible) of our migrant countrymen who work and live honestly in that country.
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in a tweet, adding that he is looking forward with working with him and that there is much more to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico. Now putting this election into context, it was one of the biggest elections yet in that nation.
In addition to President, Mexican voters cast ballots in some 18,000 races across the nation. CNN's Patrick Oppmann has the very latest now from Mexico City.
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PATRICK OPPMANN, CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Mexicans are celebrating what many are calling a revolution for this country. You see people pouring (Inaudible) behind me to celebrate an event that they thought would take 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.
Previous attempts 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 Mexicans decided he's mainly appealed over the years the nation's (Inaudible). But this election he reached out. So many people were struck by his anti corruption message.
His message against the violence that is racking this country and now the hard questions will begin to emerge. How will he govern? How will he for example, confront Donald Trump on the issues that are 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.
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HOWELL: Let's bring in Carin Zissis to talk more about this. Carin is the editor-in-chief of the Online Division of the American Society Council of the Americas joining via Skype from Mexico City. It's a pleasure to have you on the show this day, quite a busy day there. Surely, (Inaudible), let's talk more about Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reframing himself as an outsider. With a populist message similar to the U.S. President Donald Trump. That seems to have really resonated with voters.
CARIN ZISSIS, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, ONLINE DIVISION OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAS: Well, yes. He has reframed himself as an outsider candidate, but this is his third time running. So third time of a go and he made it. But in some ways, not an outsider because he used to be a member of the party that is now in power, the governing party, and over the years he has been running -- again, third time running and he tends to use the same language over and over.
He constantly refers to the (Inaudible) that controls power. And he speaks in a very direct, straightforward way. So voters are very familiar with him. They're familiar with his message. And in a point when voters here are feeling very discontented. That was a message that reached them.
[02:05:04] HOWELL: All right. Let's talk about some of the issues that mattered for voters. First, the problems with the violence and corruption, how does Lopez Obrador promise to take on these problems more effectively than predecessors?
ZISSIS: Well, that's part of the issue. He has talked about trying to end the issues of violence here, trying to end the issues of corruption here. But there has been lack of clarity about exactly how he will do that. In terms of corruption, he has really responded to questions about that by saying by being and office and leading by example that you will be able to reduce corruption. But that is not really a clear proposal. So there are some concerns about how he's going to actually be able to carry it out.
HOWELL: When it comes to trade relations with its neighbor to the north, Lopez Obrador seems open to continued talks on renegotiating NAFTA. But there is also (Inaudible) from Mexico to become more self reliant, explain.
ZISSIS: Well, he has made some references to economic policies that will look at Mexico being self-reliant particularly in terms of agriculture. He's made references to the campo, the countryside being Mexico's greatest factory. And so he is picking up somewhat of an inward look. He doesn't speak English. He is not particularly much of a globalist himself.
And he has been winning. He won this election really based on the fact that he is focused on domestic issues. So there is a sense that he is taking more of an inward look at the concerns of Mexicans, because in this election, Donald Trump really hasn't factored into a reason why Mexicans are choosing the person they're going to vote for.
Mexicans do not have a positive view of Trump, so any candidate who says things against the rhetoric is going to win points with the electorate. However, that is not what people are deciding their votes on here given so many of the big domestic issues looming here. And he has really been focusing on the domestic concern.
HOWELL: Right. Similar to U.S. President, his rural appeal there in Mexico seems to have paid of. Carin Zissis, we appreciate your time and perspective. Thank you.
ZISSIS: Thank you very much.
HOWELL: Now to the immigration crisis here in the United States. The Trump administration is awaiting a federal court ruling that could affect how long families can be detained. The U.S. Justice Department is pushing a federal judge to extend the time limit on how long authorities can detain immigrants during the asylum proceedings.
Last month, President Trump signed an executive order stopping his administration's practice of splitting families who cross the border illegally, keeping in mind that is the policy the President started within his own administration. That about face though, came after weeks of protest and public outcry. More than 2,000 undocumented children separated from their parents.
President Trump is looking forward to his chance to reshape the U.S. Supreme Court. In a tweet on Sunday, he said this. 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 maybe stronger than it has ever been.
Senate confirmation of Mr. Trump's choice is not guaranteed though. CNN's Boris Sanchez explains for us.
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BORIS SANCHEZ, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, CNN: The White House would only confirm over the weekend that President Trump spoke to key allies and advisers, including White House Council Don McGahn in broad strokes about the confirmation process. The White House would not confirm if 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 versus 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 Jack Tapper Sunday on State of the Union.
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SUSAN COLLINS, (R) UNITED STATES SENATOR I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility of Roe V. Wade, because that would be to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law. And I believe that that is a very important fundamental tenant of our judicial system, which has Chief Justice Roberts, says has to promote stability and evenhandedness.
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[02:10:01] 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 is going to be making the announcement of his nominee. So it is going to be a tight timeframe for the White House to will down all these names. Though President Trump has said that he has about five names on a short list and then he's going to be interviewing with six or seven potential candidates. Boris Sanchez, CNN traveling with the President in (Inaudible) New Jersey.
(END VIDEO CLIP) HOWELL: Boris, thank you for the reporting. Now let's get context with Scott Lucas, Scott, a professor of international politics at the University of Birmingham, live this hour via Skype from Birmingham. It's a pleasure to have you on the show, Scott. Look, the President says if he will not talk about, will not ask about Roe versus Wade, that he will not discuss LGBT rights.
But given this President's track record with truth, saying one thing and doing another, do you take him at his word.
SCOTT LUCAS, PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM: No. He's telling the truth here, George, because he doesn't have to ask about Roe v Wade. He doesn't have to ask about LGBT rights. Because the people on the White House shortlist all have a judicial record which points to the fact that they may overturn Roe V. Wade, that they may restrict LGBT rights.
In other words, any one who will uphold the current stance on abortion rights is not likely to be on the shortlist. And let me just add to what Susan Collins said that she would oppose anyone who is hostile to Roe V. Wade. No smart nominee is going to go before the confirmation hearing and say I am absolutely going to overturn Roe V. Wade for my first day on the (Inaudible).
They will go in and talk about observing precedent. They will go in and talk about respect for the constitution. They will talk generally. So the idea that Republicans can wait until the confirmation hearings and draw a line on Roe V. Wade at that point, that doesn't work politically and it doesn't work legally.
HOWELL: All right. Look, lawmakers certainly will be paying very close attention to these nominees. Some would obviously welcome a new Supreme Court Justice who challenges established law. But as you pointed out, regarding Senator Collins, look, there will be those who oppose someone with that view. How much of the same will lawmakers have in this (Inaudible) or do you see the President's pick essentially sailing through.
LUCAS: Well, you got two questions, George. Because the first, which has been raised is how quickly this can be put through. As your viewers all now, in 2016, the GOP blocked the Obama administration for many months from filling a vacancy on the bench. Well, Democrats are going to turn around this time and say why should we rush through a confirmation before November's mid term elections, in which of course the Democrats might win a majority of the senate which changes the calculus completely.
And then secondly, in terms of who the nominee is and rushing this through, I do think that even Republicans you know will want to make sure this is a scene as a thorough confirmation process, so it will take some time. I think the real balance here is whether we do get confirmation hearings that cut to the core on how far a nominee might roll back existing court decisions or whether everyone fudges the issue and really differs to executive authority (Inaudible).
Then the question of where we are in the terms of various rulings doesn't matter. We will not know that until we actually get in the hearings as to which way Republican Senators in particular will fall on that side of the issue.
HOWELL: All right. Scott, and very quickly here, look, over the weekend we saw many people protest over the issue of immigration. Keep in mind though, Scott, many people did not. There are people who support surely the President's aggressive approach towards immigration. He sees this as a winning issue heading into the midterms. Do you think he has the support from his base to counter the outrage expressed by other who see immigration in a different perspective?
LUCAS: Well, you know this runs until November, until the elections, which means that Donald Trump and his advisers are using this as an election tactic. In other words, the children have been separated from their parents not just to deter other people from crossing the border but as to say to that base look how tough we are.
The insistence of zero tolerance, including setting aside the legal process is this is how tough we are. The question is not just for November, but in the weeks leading up to November. And as we saw from the families (Inaudible) will most Americans tolerate that. Will they tolerate children in detention? Will they tolerate the records of those children being lost so they can't be reunited?
A chaotic implementation, will they tolerate in fact ripping apart the American legal process just to appear tough to a group of voters and hope that you get into Congress for the majority in November.
[02:15:07] HOWELL: All right. Scott Lucas, thank you for your time and perspective. We will keep in touch with you.
LUCAS: Thank you.
HOWELL: All right. Now to the world of sport, a lot of things to talk about, the World Cup, everybody watching around the world. And here in the U.S., looks like we have an answer on basketball's Lebron James, ditching Cleveland and heading to LA. CNN's Patrick Snell is here to tell to us about this. And Patrick, look, people have been scratching their heads, debating this for a long time. Now we know.
PATRICK SNELL, CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Now we know headed west, headed to the golden state. Lebron James, yeah, this is a whole new era. We were expecting something. We were expecting something, George, we but didn't quite know for sure where it was going. Here are the details. Here is what we do know. According to the agency, the 33-year-old signing a contract worth a hefty $154 million, that's a hefty contract indeed as he leaves his hometown team as a free agent for a second time.
Let's just remind our viewers worldwide of his status in the game. He is basketball's biggest name, no question about that. He's a three time NBA champion who led Cleveland to a fourth NBA Finals this year, but they were swept there, George, by the Golden State Warriors in four games. And you can tell at times by his body language I think during those finals that all was not well, and the critics were saying that he was carrying the team.
But early in his career, Lebron winning two NBA titles, that was with the Miami Heat. But his finest moment no question at all came during his second spell with Cleveland with the franchise when he really did inspire them to the 2016 title, bringing the city its first professional sports title since 1964. That was a huge, huge deal. What's been the reaction? What is Lebron himself been saying about this?
When he took to social media, taking to Instagram on Sunday for his Cleveland farewell, thank you northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons, this will always be home. Given this a bit (Inaudible) earlier, George, you know many ways this is the perfect match for James. He has two homes in Southern California and a film production company in the golden state as well.
The Lakers themselves, one of the biggest names in the sport, so they won 16 NBA titles, their last triumph came some 8 years ago. Cleveland Cavaliers have been weighing in as well, saying from them a short while ago, nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavalier's uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous number 23 Cavs jersey one day down the line. Lebron James making his move, he is heading west. He is heading to the golden state. He's going to be an LA Laker.
HOWELL: All right. Look, excitement around that, excitement around the world. Stunners, I mean, Russia.
SNELL: Nobody saw this coming, not even their own fans, George -- incredible stuff, because before the tournament, nobody gave them a hope of even getting outside of the group stages. And what do they go and do, they're now through to the quarter finals only beating 2010 world champions Spain along the way. It was great seeing (Inaudible) the Russian national team (Inaudible) in Russia's capital Moscow.
But when they conceded so early on (Inaudible) putting through his own goal, he's a 38-year-old. They actually have to call out of retirement to come and be part of the squad, but they showed their famed team spirit. This unwilling (Inaudible) accept defeat. They get a penalty. And he himself steps up to take the spot kick and that made it 1-1. It went to the dreaded penalty shootout. Nerves were absolutely frayed.
But the hero of the hour for Russia (Inaudible) the keeper, he dives to his right there. But trailing left leg keeps (Inaudible) penalty. The moment of his career, devastation for the Spanish national team, and these scenes of joy for Russia, this is the furthest they have gone in 48 years, incredible stuff for the Russian national team.
Who do they play next? Well, they are through to the quarter finals where they will play Croatia. Croatia, George, involved in a great game, another dramatic one. Again, Denmark as well, that one also going to the penalty shootout as well, but it was won in the end by Croatia. Let's look ahead to Monday. But before we do, let me go back to the game I just referenced and show you the goal. What a start of the Danes in that one (Inaudible) Jorgensen scrumming them ahead before the minute mark.
(Inaudible) and it could have been won four minutes from the end of extra time when a penalty was awarded to Croatia up steps, (Inaudible) the Real Madrid star, but is effort by saved by (Inaudible). What does that mean? It went to penalty shootout. Once again, the hero of the hour would be a goal keeper, Croatian stopper (Inaudible) who actually saved three. It paved the way for (Inaudible) to step up, the Barcelona player and put his country through.
[02:20:12] On the slate for later, Monday, Mexico against five time world champions Brazil. We've also got Belgium taking on the 2002 co- hosts from Japan. And I'll tell you what, George, if the excitement is going to be anything like what we have seen over the last couple of days, we are in for another treat again.
HOWELL: I don't just know how this ends. We will have to see.
SNELL: No one could have foreseen that. Russia, but also over the weekend we lost Lionel Messi, Christian Ronaldo, no one has foreseen the story lines. They've been incredible. The World Cup just keeps on giving, I tell you.
HOWELL: All right. Patrick Snell, thank you so much. Still ahead here on CNN Newsroom, we are tracking football of course, around the globe. But this story the entire world certainly watching, the one young football team in Thailand, the country's pursuit to rescue them from caves. Stay with us.
HOWELL: Welcome back to CNN Newsroom. I'm George Howell. Twelve boys and their coach have now been missing for more than nine days. Thailand is refusing to give up on them, trying to save this youth football team. It's believed that the boys and their coach are trapped in this flooded cave. Navy divers are pushing deeper and deeper complex, closing in on where they believe these boys and their coach may be in.
[02:24:14] And certainly, the world is hoping that they find them. CNN's Anna Coren following the story live in Hong Kong. Anna, is there a sense that they are closer?
ANNA COREN, CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Yeah, absolutely, George. They are now one kilometre away from where they believe these 12 boys and their coach are located. Now this location, it is called Pattaya Beach within the cave system. It is called Pattaya Beach because when it's not monsoon season the water is meant to be crystal clear.
Now this cabin, if you like, it is elevated. It's expected to be dry. It is spacious. So if they did manage to get away from the flash floods, which hit the cave shortly they entered last Saturday, or I should say now nine days ago. They think they would have sought refuge here. Now one kilometer doesn't sound very far, but within this cave system, it is particularly challenging.
In fact, the governor said it is the most critical time. The navy seal chief, he said these are the most difficult conditions. These divers have managed to get to the T junction, which is one kilometer from this site. But put this into perspective, last Monday this is just two days after these boys went missing. They had gone beyond this spot.
Now they had to retreat because of the rain, because of the flash flooding, because of the hazardous conditions. So you know Mother Nature certainly working against them. Just to think you know two days after they went missing, they were less than a kilometer from where they think these boys are now. It is now day nine in this search. That is just through the cave system.
They are also working above ground as well, George, as we know trying to get through those access points, potentially those six chimneys to try and burrow down into the cave system to get to these boys, to get to their coach, and certainly before the weather turns bad again. We are expecting to happen in the next couple of days.
HOWELL: All right. Wanted to take advantage of better weather and you can imagine the families just hoping that these teams have success, Anna Coren thank you so much for the reporting. We'll keep in touch with you. Now to Japan, a major blow for an entrepreneur's bid to send the country's first privately (Inaudible) rocket into space.
The rocket came crashing back to Earth seconds after lift off, and then a spectacular explosion with the rocket disappearing into a fireball. You can see the crew in the control room just stunned as the rocket failed. The company says it is not giving up and will continue its rocket development.
Still ahead here on CNN Newsroom this hour, Canada hits back at the U.S. for steel and aluminum tariffs, and that is just the beginning of the threatened trade action this week. We'll follow that story. Plus, doubts about North Korea's pledge to end its nuclear program, what the U.S. national security advisor says about talks with Pyongyang.
[02:31:45] HOWELL: Coast to coast across the United States and live around the world this hour. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM. It is a pleasure to have you with us. I'm George Howell with the headlines we're following for you this hour. Earlier results show that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be the next President of Mexico winning 53 percent of the vote in Sunday's election. The leftist candidate ran an anti-corruption platform. He promises to build strong relationships with the United States and other countries. He promises to tackle domestic issues like crime and economic inequality. The E.U.'s breakthrough on the migrant -- the migrant crisis I should say it hasn't helped the German Chancellor Angela Merkel back home. Her interior minister has now threatened to resign over the issue, Horst Seehofer and his Christian social union party has been pushing for Germany to get tougher on immigration.
The U.S. President Donald Trump will likely spend most of the week reviewing candidates for placement higher in Supreme Court Justice. Anthony Kennedy said that he will announce his choice on July 9th. Republican Senator Susan Collins says that she will not support anyone who opposes abortion rights. The U.S. National Security Advisor says that he believes North Korea could dismantle its nuclear arsenal in a year that is if Pyongyang cooperates. Last -- at last month's summit, North Korea pledged to work towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but no specifics or timeline were included in the joint statement signed by Kim Jong-un and President Trump.
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JOHN BOLTON, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR OF THE UNITED STATES: We have developed a program. I'm sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year. If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they're cooperative, we can move very quickly. And it's to North Korea's advantage to see this program dismantled very quickly because then the elimination of sanctions aide by South Korea and Japan and others can all begin to flow.
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HOWELL: Bolton however refused to comment on a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence officials believe Pyongyang does not intend to give up its arsenal and is considering ways to hide its weapons. Our Paula Hancocks is following the story live in Seoul, South Korea this hour. A pleasure to have you on the show, Paula. Look, some uncertainty for sure just as the U.S. and North Korean officials had their first face-to-face meeting since the summit last month.
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right, George, yes. There was a meeting in Panmunjom in the DMZ between North and South Korea on Sunday. It was led once again by Ambassador Sung Kim. He's the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines and he's really been the man that has been leading these delegations when talking to North Korea. He has some experience with negotiating with Pyongyang. Now, we haven't had any kind of details of what was hammered out at that meeting. But as you say, these are the first face-to-face talks since that summit last month in Singapore between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. So clearly, they are trying to move things forward. But as we know, we still don't have any kind of timeline as to when the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo might go to Pyongyang. He has suggested that will happen in the near future.
[02:35:08] We heard that from the National Security Adviser as well. And there's also been no more comment from the South Korean side when it comes to the intelligence side of things. The Washington Post report as you say saying that intelligence officials in the U.S. believe that Pyongyang is trying to conceal the number of weapons it has or even conceal secret installations. South Korean officials from the Blue House saying that it's inappropriate for them to comment on that, George.
HOWELL: All right. Paula, and look there has been increased focus now on these latest satellite images. Walk us through this. HANCOCKS: Yes. We have more out today or at least being focused on
today. This is from Planet Labs and MIIS in the U.S. researchers from that institute have been looking at them and it shows that a chemical material institute in North Korea. This is effectively where the parts to some of those missiles are built. And so this is going to help the missile program. What these researchers believe these images show is significant refurbishment or in fact construction up until very recently. Now, they believe it may have been the majority of the building in between Kim Jong-un summit with the South Korean President and then before the summit with the U.S. President. So now, this is something that we saw Kim Jong-un touring in August of last year as well. He was photographed in front of an artist impression of what this facility was going to look like.
Now, this comes as well after 38 North just last week said that they had indications in their satellite imagery that there is refurbishment at the Yongbyon nuclear site. Individually, it's very difficult to come to any concrete conclusions. But certainly, this is going to be watched very closely by U.S. officials. Even here in South Korea saying they're watching this very closely to see if there are indications that Pyongyang is simply not doing what it said it would do. We're hearing from U.S. officials that they believe and know very quickly if Pyongyang is not keeping its word, George.
HOWELL: All right. Paula Hancocks, thank you so much for your reporting and we'll stay in touch with you too. Now, on to trade tensions, the trump administration is working on a bill that would grant the president broad powers to increase tariffs without congressional approval. The White House official confirmed the bill would say that the U.S. is not going to abide by some key standards set by the World Trade Organization. According to a record 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 sealing agreed to by nations in the WTO. Strong opposition is expected in Congress. As the U.S. President looks to expand his trade powers, Canada is slapping tariffs on dozens of U.S. goods. It's imposing $12.5 billion worth of tariffs on American products in retaliation for the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs.
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CHRYSTIA FREELAND, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF CANADA: Our approach is that we will not escalate, but equally we will not back down.
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HOWELL: Come Friday, trade with China will be front and center as well. That's when the U.S. is set to slap tariffs on 50 billion worth of Chinese imports. That was a very comprehensive list ranging from nuclear reactors to tug boats. The same day, China plans to retaliate in kind with another $50 billion on U.S. imports. If it does so, President Trump says the U.S. will then up the ante. This time tariffs will go on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Beijing would be unable to retaliate in kind because they only import $170 billion worth of American goods. President Trump is even threatening another $200 billion worth of tariffs. That highlights the central argument on the trade from the U.S. It is too uneven.
About 10-days ago, President Trump signed an executive order halting the forced separation of undocumented families. And since then, a handful of migrant children have been reunited with their parents including this child, a seven-year-old girl is now back with her mother. You see the loving embrace there after two long months apart. Sharing hugs and kisses they shared tears of joy. Kaylee Hartung has their story.
KAYLEE HARTUNG, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We witness this intensely emotional episode at Miami International Airport on Sunday evening as Buena Ventura wrapped her arms around her seven-year-old daughter, Yana, for the first time in 60 days. I want to give you some more perspective on this family's back story, so you can better understand the emotions of this moment in which we saw last her in 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.
[02:40:05] The decision was made that her husband and her 7-year-old daughter would stay behind and follow a short time after. But in the time between, these family member's 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. 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 a sadness for this family because the family is not yet whole. As I mentioned, the father still being held in a detention facility in Georgia. His fate in this country not yet known. Buena also shared with us another emotional piece of advice and what she said any families wanting to seek a better life for their families as 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 are the emotions of a mother just reunited with her daughter.
HOWELL: Kaylee Hartung, thank you for your report. Still ahead, a typhoon is bearing down on Japan's southern island. More on where it's going and which other countries are in its path.
[02:44:46] HOWELL: Take a close look at this surveillance video out of China. Capturing the moment, a road suddenly collapses. An eyewitness says that at least, 164 feet of road that's about 50 meters long, a section that long caved in. Incredibly, no casualties were reported.
Authorities are investigating what caused that collapse. There are some reports that it was due to days of prolonged rain. Now, heavy rain in China's Sichuan Province triggered a landslide on Sunday. It started with just a few falling rocks.
Authorities then, suspended traffic, they cordoned off the road and it's a good thing they did because not long after that, a huge landslide completely cut that road off. Wow. Again, no casualties or damage reported to any vehicle.
The typhoon is bringing strong winds and rain to both Japan and South Korea. Our Ivan Cabrera is here to tell us about it. Ivan.
IVAN CABRERA, CNN METEOROLOGIST: The incredible video that are coming out of central province of China this is if you want to call it landslide season because there's so much rain across the area. But it is also typhoon season, so let's talk about that our latest typhoon.
In fact, this thing is already impacting yes, with our good friends in Japan here. Ryukyu Islands took at Okinawa. The eye of the storm passed just to the west there, so those are the -- ferocious winds.
What are we talking about? A 140 kilometer per hour winds, the equivalent of a Category 1, Atlantic Hurricane here. This is now becoming more elongated here. I think we're going to transition over the next 24 to 48 hours from a wind threat to a rain threat, and that's going to be a lot of rain here.
Look at this hook here. Typically these storms, I been -- I followed many, many of them. They hook out to see like that impact it with the eastern side of Japan. But this one is bisecting the strait going into the Sea of Japan, and it is going to do that though with the 70- 80 kilometer per hour winds.
And take a look at the rainfall, this is going to be I think the huge deal despite the fact that it is going to be well away from the eastern coast of Japan. That moisture associated with it is going to ramp things up.
Look at some of these totals here. I don't know if I hit 340 millimeters of rainfall, but it is certainly a potential. I think, what I'm thinking generally is between 150 and the 200 at the highest amounts here, and don't pay attention to that. Tokyo, you're not going to get just 9 millimeters, you're going to get a lot more heading into the next 24 to 48 hours.
The winds, yes, there you go. About to 80 to 100 KPH. Potentially, for Fukuoka. And then, it curves out in the heads to the Sea of Japan and as it does show. The winds less of an issue at that point, George, and the rain that is -- and I think, what will be felt big time from Prapiroon, this is our new typhoon.
HOWELL: All right. Ivan, thank you.
HOWELL: All right. Still ahead here on CNN NEWSROOM. No love for gay pride in Turkey. Activist try to hold an Istanbul pride parade, but there's a ban against.
Plus, many Russian fans are stunned by their key success at the World Cup. We have reaction from Moscow. Stay with us here to CNN NEWSROOM.
[02:49:52] CABRERA: With your "WEATHER WATCH", I'm CNN Meteorologist Cabrera. As we check in on North America, and the United States had the hot temperatures that has been the big story here. Notice, not much in the way of rainfall.
We do have a little disturbance down across the Gulf. It's been bringing some -- the showery weather across. The southeastern, the U.S. But the story is it has been really the key to we've been talking about temperatures, well, into the 30s and 40s. And in fact, been so hot we've had major league baseball players taken off the field, and taking that into medic area to get I.V.s, 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 its summer but these temperatures, especially, even through the overnight or 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 or lower 30's, that'll be a bit easier to take on the body the next two few days.
All right, if you're traveling through Caribbean, Central America, Mexico looking at out. Too bad 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 a nervous at this point as far as anything developing so the thunderstorm activity you see there and that's the typical daily stuff we see. And across Northern South America there, as well.
HOWELL: Officials in Turkey, once again banned the gay pride march in Istanbul. This time citing security concerns but that didn't stop hundreds of people from coming together anyway. Our Jomana Karadsheh was at that parade. She filed this report for us.
JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, the organizers of the Istanbul LGBTI pride march, said that they were notified by the governor's office a few days ago that this event was banned for a fourth year in a row.
It seems that hundreds still determine to gather, have showed up here right off of the main meeting point where we've seen this event take place in the past.
The last time this event was allowed to go forward with back in 2014. Where according to Amnesty International, about 90,000 people took part in that march, and since, they have been banned. And the reason they have been banned according to authorities in Istanbul, according to the governor's office was that this pride march coincided with the holding Muslim month of Ramadan. And also, they say because of security threats to the march from ultra-nationalist conservative Islamic groups.
But this year, the organizers were hopeful that they were going to be allowed to go ahead with this because we have seen an end to the month of Ramadan.
Members of the LGBTI community and organizers say this event is very important for them because it is a time of the year where they remind people here that they exist, and that they are demanding equal rights. They have they say felt discriminated against, and they think they have been brought up to feel ashamed of their identity.
But for some, this ban on this event taking place is not just about LGBTI rights in this country it is also a reminder of the clampdown we have seen in recent years on freedom of expression in Turkey. Jomana Karadsheh, CNN, Istanbul.
HOWELL: Jomana, thank you. Do you remember the man named Spider-Man? That was his nickname after he scaled a building to save a child. A 22-year-old migrant who climbed four storeys to rescue a four-year-old boy dangling from a balcony.
This happened back in May, just look at that, watch him get up there. Now, we understand, Mamoudou Gassama has started a new job. He is now a member of the Paris fire brigade. In addition to winning a position as a firefighting recruit, he is now a French citizen, and just take a look at that as he gets up there and he saves that four-year-old boy. Wow.
Russia's defeat of Spain at the World Cup has surprised many football fans around the world, including some of their own fans. CNN's Fred Pleitgen has reaction from Moscow for us.
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Moscow is in a frenzy after Russia pulled off an unlikely victory against one of the best teams in the world against Spain. And just to show you how crazy the situation is here in the Russian capital, this is actually one of the main thoroughfares through the Russian capital, through Moscow, and it's been shut down because there's so many people who are on the streets tonight.
Now, we caught up with some Russian fans after the match who still couldn't believe that their team pulled it off.
[02:54:59] UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I can't explain my feelings. It's so wonderful, incredible. We won and I can't say any more.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just can't get my feeling to you. I just can't -- I just can't translate it, it's just so good. I don't even have my voice. Thank you. Thank you for this feeling. Russia is the best!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Russia forever! Russia go forward! Hurrah!
PLEITGEN: As the folks here in Moscow are celebrating as you can see, of course, this was a bitter day for the Spanish team. They did have more possession during the game. They certainly seemed as though they were the more refined team. But in the end, it was the Russian strength and their fight that allowed them to pull through.
Now, I was able to catch up with the Russian head coach Stanislav Cherchesov, after the match. And he told me what he thought were the keys to winning this game.
STANISLAV CHERCHESOV, HEAD COACH, RUSSIA NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM (through translator): The difference was in the class of play. Spain is a great team, but our character and spirit turned out to be greater.
PLEITGEN: For the Russian team and for this host nation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the dream continues and while the Russians don't really want to talk about it yet, there certainly are some fans who are dreaming that maybe their team will be able to go very, very far in this tournament. Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Moscow.
HOWELL: Fred, thank you. After all the sports action on Sunday, we still have two weeks of World Cup to go. We know that Russia and Croatia will face off in the quarterfinals. So, will Uruguay and France end on Monday?
Four more teams will fight for their chance to advance or expecting an explosive match between Mexico and Brazil. The very same day and an exciting showdown between Belgium and Japan, world surely watched.
Exciting times in Russia for sure with Russia doing so well. But here in the United States, football fans can't cheer on their own team this year as the U.S. didn't qualify. But, American fans do have the MLS. Major League Soccer has been soaring in popularity in the States. Especially, right next door to the CNN, Center here in Atlanta.
The Atlanta United win against Orlando had an attendance of almost 72,000 people and that's the game on Saturday, look at that. The date, United have had the top four most people of games in MLS history.
Thank you so much for being with us for this hour of CNN NEWSROOM. Let's reset more news at the top of the hour. Stay with us.