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One Killed in Grocery Store Siege, Suspect Arrested; Coats Apologizes for Reaction to Second Trump-Putin Summit; Russia Releases Details on Phone Call with Secretary of State; Duck Boat Tragedy Survivor Mourns 9 Relatives Who Drowned; Are Republican Retirees Reconsidering Trump?; The Open: Tiger Lurking on Sunday. Aired 7-8a ET

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[07:00:00] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: There's a major milestone celebrated today. Why are you --

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Because the Union Jack animation, that is so our executive producer who is British!

PAUL: Look at Prince George. Happy birthday, 'lil man. He is 5 today! All right.

BLACKWELL: Yes, royal palace tweeted out this new photo of the heir to the throne. Happy birthday.

PAUL: He looks a little mischievous, doesn't he?

BLACKWELL: A little bit.

PAUL: Just a little bit.


POLICE OFFICER: The gunman still armed with a handgun took numerous citizens, as well as store employees hostage.

At all times, our hostage negotiators believed that they had established a good rapport with him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm grateful I was able to find a way out.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When the wider field of the boat, I could no longer see. I couldn't feel anybody. I couldn't see. I just remember, I got to get out, I got to get out. Lord, if I can't make it, no use keeping me here!

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be.

HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: The great mystery is why the president has not spoken up for our country.

(END VIDEOTAPE) ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY WEEKEND with Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul.


BLACKWELL: Good morning to you.

We start this morning with a hostage standoff in Los Angeles. Police say a three-hour standoff ended with one woman dead and a suspect in custody.

PAUL: More than 40 people were inside that Trader Joe's when the suspect crashed his car outside and then ran into the store. Several of those hostages were able to escape while the suspect was on the phone with police.

We want to go to CNN correspondent Paul Vercammen who is live in Los Angeles.

What are you learning there, Paul?

PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Christi and Victor, you can see behind me in the predawn blackness a very active crime scene. Police combing through the suspect's car which crashed into that utility pole. He then ran inside and took around four dozen people hostage.


VERCAMMEN (voice-over): Tense moments in Los Angeles at a Trader Joe's grocery store in a silver lake neighborhood. The suspect surrendered to authorities after a three-hour standoff that left one woman dead.

CHIEF MICHEL MOORE, LOS ANGELES POLICE: Inside the store, a young woman was shot and killed. Our officers rescued that woman from inside and tried to render aid but, unfortunately, we were unable to revive her.

VERCAMMEN: The family identified the victim as 27-year-old Mely Corado who worked at the store. Police say the incident started as a dispute in south Los Angeles where the 28-year-old suspect repeatedly shot his grandmother who is in critical condition and injured another woman. He then led police through a car chase through Hollywood and eventually crashing near the Trader Joe's, officials Saturday.

MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI, LOS ANGELES: It was there was exchange of gunfire. The suspect was wounded in his left arm. And he went inside.

VERCAMMEN: Some customers immediately ran out of the store as police surrounded the building. Over the next three hours, several people walked out with their hands up. And some employees climbed out of a storage window on a ladder.

SEAN GERACE, TRADER JOE'S EMPLOYEE: After getting the attention of a SWAT officer and was able to indicate that I wanted to go out the ladder. He gave me a thumb's up and went down the ladder, pulled the ladder, I was able to get through and my other three coworkers followed me out.

VERCAMMEN: Police say the suspect was on the phone with LADP hostage negotiators during the standoff. He handcuffed himself and then surrendered to authorities.

MOORE: He made a series of demand and I won't good into details of what the interchange was. But at all times, our hostage negotiators believed they had established a good rapport with him.


VERCAMMEN: On a Facebook page, that matches the victim Mely Corado, a young woman who she seems smiling. She appears to be a die-hard Los Angeles Dodgers baseball fan and she describes as a mate that's a managerial type position at Trader's Joe, right below the top position of captain -- Victor, Christi.

PAUL: All right. Paul Vercammen, thank so much, Paul.

Now, the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, apologizing this morning for a public reaction to the news that the president invited Russian President Vladimir Putin in the fall for the second face-to-face. Remember, Coats didn't agree with the president's decision to meet privately with Putin, saying that he would have suggested a different way had the president asked him.

BLACKWELL: He was caught off-guard by the announcement of the second meeting. This is what happened.


ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC NEWS: The White House has announced on Twitter that Vladimir Putin is coming to the White House in the fall.



[07:05:02] MITCHELL: You -- Vladimir Putin coming to --

COATS: Did I hear you -- did I hear --

MITCHELL: Yes, yes.




COATS: That's going to be special.


BLACKWELL: Well, now, Coats said he does not mean to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the president.

CNN White House reporter Sarah Westwood is in New Jersey with more details. We know this does not -- the moment we watched did not make President Trump happy and now hearing from DNI Coats. What else did he say?


National Intelligence Director Dan Coats is attempting a bit after cleanup effort this weekend after that reaction to President Trump's latest embrace of Putin was widely interpreted as disagreement with Trump and additional evidence of that friction between Trump and the intelligence community. Coats saying, in a statement: Some press coverage has mischaracterized my attentions in responding to breaking news presented to me during a live interview. My admittedly awkward response was in no way mean to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the president.

Now, meanwhile, President Trump has said to be frustrated with the pace with the negotiations with North Korea, according to a report in "The Washington Post". Trump has been quizzing his aides daily on the status of those talks and pressing them to show more signs of progress when it comes to denuclearization. This as American officials are having trouble even making contact with their North Korean counterparts. For example, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled all the way to Pyongyang earlier this month and was apparently stood up by Kim Jong-un when the North Korean leader reportedly refused to meet with Trump's secretary of state.

So, even though President Trump has been proclaiming that denuclearization talks with North Korea a success, it's clear that behind the scenes, there is a bit of a stand-still and it's just the latest evident that President Trump's foreign policy agenda from Russia to North Korea is facing a lot of obstacles -- Victor.

BLACKWELL: Still a long way to go. Sarah Westwood, thank you so much.

PAUL: For the first time ever, the FBI has just publicly released a redacted version of its previously classified FISA warrant application on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. The FBI surveillance of Page has been the subject of heated partisan debate and some congressional leaders have questioned the FBI's tactics during its investigation of the Trump campaign as a whole. Republicans claim the surveillance is proof that the FBI and the justice department are bias against Trump. The president and have been abusing its powers.

The 400-plus page document states that FBI investigators believe Page was targeted by Russia and that he has, quote, been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government in the 2016 election. So, with us now, CNN political analyst and congressional reporter for "Politico", is Rachael Bade, and CNN senior media correspondent and host of "RELIABLE SOURCES", Brian Stelter.

Thank you both for being with us.


PAUL: You know -- good morning. In a week when the president has waffled it seems over whether Russia targeted the election and now we are seeing secret documents showing how the government justified their surveillance of his then campaign aide Carter Page, this morning, the president treated the documents prove nothing is true.

Rachael, is that valid?

RACHAEL BADE, CONGRESSIONAL REPORTER, POLITICO: You know, both sides, we have seen this for the past few months, they hold up anything that comes out and says, look, you know, this is a victory for us. We see Republicans, Trump allies on the Hill, they have done this over and over again and that's exactly what the president is doing this morning. Obviously, people who are supportive of the investigation will see this totally differently, right?

There is a portion in these documents, I haven't looked through all of them, but that basically shows that this whole surveillance of Carter Page was not just because of Christopher Steele's, you know, dossier that Republicans keep coming back, which was, of course, funded by Democrats and people who wanted Hillary Clinton to win. It said specifically there were a number of reasons why they were looking to follow him and they thought he was being recruited by Russia so this justified what they in terms of surveilling him.

Both, again, this has become so partisan that it really doesn't matter. Both sides are going to hold it up and say, look, the FBI is either biased or the FBI has a reason to do this and right now, I don't think it's going to change many minds.

PAUL: Yes, Brian --

STELTER: I think it matters that the president is misstating the facts, though, about FISA warrants, which almost never see these warrants. This one was highly redacted. He is complaining it was redacting even though his government is doing the redacting. It's President Trump again pretending like he is not part of his own government.

And I think this comes back to Helsinki in a way because from the past six days, something that has changed in our country. We're talking about the president and whether he has been compromised by Russia. The ideas have moved more into the mainstream now and I think he is scrambling trying to figure out how to respond.

I supposed it's like that old line, if you're hammer, all you see are nails, well, he's a hammer. [07:10:01] So, every time he's going to have to talk about Russia,

he's going to act like it's a nail. He's going to take every bit of information and claim it's proof of a witch hunt even though his own government disagrees.

BADE: But it does seem to be working, though. If you look at the polls from this week --

STELTER: To some degree, yes.

BADE: As shocking -- as shocking as they are, you know, Republicans, some 80 percent of them were fine with his press conference in Russia.

STELTER: But I think 20 percent is interesting. That means 20 percent is not with him on this for Republicans. Isn't that notable too?

BADE: Well, I think Republicans have been the hawks on Russia and it's shocking to me that 80 percent of them actually were fine with the president's press conference. Yes.

PAUL: Well, a lot of people apparently weren't fine with what is Dan Coats' reaction we just saw there when he was at the Aspen Security Summit and heard that President Putin is coming here a second time. He is now apologizing this morning, essentially, for his reactions saying: Some press coverage has mischaracterized my intentions presented to me during a live interview. My admittedly awkwardly response was not criticizing the president.

What some say was awkward the fact he wasn't told about it before that. So he learned about it on stage which makes me wonder, you know, Rachael, how was he supposed to react?

BADE: I think his reaction was really telling, clearly. He doesn't think this is a good idea.

I had two thoughts when I saw this statement. The first one being did somebody get to him from the White House and say you need to walk back your comments? And that's important because on Thursday in that same interview where he criticized the president's approach on Russia, he said if I can't speak the truth, then I'm not staying around and there's been a lot of speculation about whether Coats is going to remain as a head of intelligence for the Trump administration.

Second thing I would point out is that it's sort of a non- apology/apology. He said, specifically, I didn't mean to criticize and I meant no disrespect. It's sort of reminded me like when somebody says something very blatant to you and then it hurts your feelings or whatever, and you say that hurts my feelings. He says, oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt your feelings but didn't really apologize for his comments where he was pretty bold in terms of saying the president shouldn't sit one-on-one with Putin and obviously we support the intelligence community's findings that Russia meddled in the election.

PAUL: Well, and then also this morning, we need to point out article in "The Washington Post" that talks about how diplomats reporting in North Korea, North Koreans have cancelled meetings, follow-up meetings with the U.S. since President Trump met with Kim Jong-un. They have demanded more money. They've been failing to maintain basic communications, and because of that, "The Washington Post" reporting the lack of immediate progress though predicated by analysts has frustrated the president who is fumed at his aides in private as he publicly hails the success of the negotiations.

Is there any chance here, Brian, that the meeting in Helsinki and the criticism of President Trump's response of that meeting may that affect the progress in North Korea? I mean, Kim Jong-un surely has to be watching all of this.

STELTER: Absolutely. We know the media coverage is well-considered by world leaders, even by these dictators, in this case, Kim Jong-un. You know, I think this is about the limits to "The Art of the Deal". Right? The art of the deal is something President Trump has been following for decades but it applied a lot more effectively to real estate negotiations than it does in a negotiation like this with North Korea.

You know, when you can be out there in public puffing yourself up saying things with going well and claiming your building is taller than it really is. That might work really well in Manhattan. It might work really well here, it doesn't necessarily work really well when you're negotiating with North Korea. And I think that tension in "The Washington Post" described is something we have to keep watching for.

The president saying in public things are going really well but in private fuming because he is not making progress. At the end of the day we might see more than a photo op out of this team to warm up to North Korea.

PAUL: Which brings me to something you wanted to talk about, Brian, which was what some people arguably was President Trump's worst week this past week, as we look ahead. Walk us through what happened.

STELTER: I know we have heard that sentence before but it's being said again because of these headlines from Monday in Helsinki all the way to Friday where we learned about those Cohen tapes. I think you could make the case this has been a new low, a new worst week for President Trump and, thus, I think we have to review his tweets and all of his comments in that context. When he is on Twitter today attacking the Russia probe, saying it's a scam, when he's trying to reignite the NFL anthem debate, he is pretty good at this. He knows how to change the subject.

But I think we in the press are also pretty good at knowing what's important. What's important this week is his performance in Helsinki and how it's affected the world and I'm glad we're keeping the focus on that.

PAUL: And, Rachael, with that said, what happens moving forward as we start a new week today?

BADE: You know, Republicans are grappling with this on the Hill.

[07:15:00] They feel like the president has totally screwed up when it comes to relationships with Russia and the press conference and they want to push back on him. But, again, they are looking at these polls and they are looking at the base, the base is with the president and they are afraid to push back on him.

So, right now from the Hill, which is where I do a lot of my coverage, I'm just watching this really awkward dance and sort of, I -- my prediction is that, yes, there is a lot of verbal pushback right now of the president but a lot of times, a weeks later, it fades away and Republicans fall right in line with the president again.

PAUL: All right. We will see. Rachael Bade, Brian Stelter, thank you both so much.

STELTER: Thanks.

PAUL: Always glad to have you both here.

And listen, do no miss "STATE OF THE UNION", 9:00 a.m. Eastern here on CNN. Jake Tapper has an exclusive interview with Carter Page, again at 9:00 a.m. right here on CNN.

Brian is going to be up later today as well.

BLACKWELL: And we have some new details on a phone call this weekend between the top diplomats from the U.S. and Russia, but not one of the details is coming from the White House. Next, hear what Russia says happened on the call.

PAUL: And a backlash over the President's Putin summit reaches all the way to a popular GOP retirement communities. Hear how some voters say the vitriol is affecting their support for the president.

BLACKWELL: Also, a mother is now talking about her struggle to keep her family alive on the cap-sized boat in Missouri. A live report and a key piece of evidence taken from that vessel.



[07:20:36] CLINTON: The great mystery is why the president has not spoken up for our country. And we saw that most clearly in this recent meeting with Putin. We don't know what was said in the room where it was just the two of them.


BLACKWELL: That was Hillary Clinton criticizing President Trump's summit last week with Russian leader Vladimir Putin where he publicly questioned U.S. intel that called out Russia for meddling in the 2016 election. Now, Clinton was speaking at OZY Fest. She said that not being sure of where the president stands on Putin is deeply disturbing. She called on voters to express that displeasure in November.

Now, a phone call between the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reportedly called the arrest of Maria Butina unacceptable.

PAUL: The 29-year-old Russian is accused of working as a covert Russian agent in the U.S. And Lavrov called those charges fabricated. Pompeo and Lavrov also discussed Syria. They discussed North Korea on that phone call. But all of the details on the call is coming from the Russia government. We are not hearing about the details from the White House itself.

Live with us now from Moscow, CNN correspondent Matthew Chance.

Matthew, what do you make of the fact that we're not getting information from the White House on any of this, that Russia is now even dictating this conversation?

MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Christi, it's an unusual position to be in as Moscow-based reporter. Normally, the information flow comes in the other direction. The White House is usually quite open. The U.S. officials usually quite open on what was discussed, and the Russians usually quite guarded putting out their version of events.

But we are seeing the complete reverse now and it's a little confusing. We don't really understand why. But the fact there was a phone call last night here local time between the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterpart here in Russia, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Russians have been absolutely out front and transparent about what was discussed. As you mentioned, they discussed the whole range of bilateral issues.

The foreign minister in his statement said they also talked about Maria Butina who is this 29-year-old pro-gun activist who was accused and arrested in the U.S. for being a foreign agent, undeclared foreign agent of the Russian Federation. Basically, the suggestion is she worked inside the National Rifle Association, and with conservative political groups in the U.S. to try and influence U.S. policy towards Russia in an illegal way.

And what the Russians say is that this was fabricated. This is politically motivated. There's no suggestion of that, of course, in reality, but I think what it does illustrate is something quite interesting, which is that even though these two presidents, President Putin of Russia, President Trump of the U.S., seem to have a burgeoning friendship and they seem to want to get on, more than anything else. The other infrastructure in the United States, the apparatus, the judiciary, the legislature, are all operating independently of that and going about their business arresting people and enforcing U.S. law, and that's sort of reassuring.

PAUL: All right. Matthew Chance, appreciate the update there from Moscow live. Thank you.

So, Republicans and President Trump's top intelligence officers are talking about his summit with Putin. Senator Marco Rubio is going to be with Jake Tapper to discuss on "STATE OF THE UNION". That's at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, right here on CNN.

BLACKWELL: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is not holding back this morning with this warning to President Trump as he spoke to diplomats in Tehran. This is the quote: Peace with Iran is the mother of peace and war with Iran is the mother of wars. He went on to say: do not play with the lion's tail, it is regrettable.

There's been tensions with Iran for sometime. U.S. and Iranian tensions are not new but they've heightened recently since President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal.

PAUL: And the Trump-Putin summit is -- it's got some people unnerved inside the largest GOP retirement community in the U.S. CNN sits down with some of these folks and they give us very candidly their take on what they think of President Trump's relationship with Putin.

[07:25:007] BLACKWELL: Plus, we are hearing from a mother who lost nine family members when that duck boat capsized in Missouri. Coming up, who she credits with saving her life.


PAUL: Twenty-nine minutes past the hour on this Sunday morning. We're glad to have you here. I'm Christi Paul.

[07:30:01] BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell.

PAUL: So, the NTSB has recovered a camera that was on board that sinking duck boat in Branson, Missouri.

BLACKWELL: It is an important piece of evidence that will help investigators determine what went wrong.

CNN's Kaylee Hartung joins now from Branson with the latest on the investigation.

Kaylee, first, let's start with this mother, this wife who lost her husband and her children and several other family members.

KAYLEE HARTUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Victor, Tia Coleman says her home has always been filled with little feet and laughter, but that won't be the case when she leaves this hospital and returns home to Indianapolis. Eleven members of the Coleman family traveled here to Branson, Missouri, for a family vacation. This being a popular tourist destination in the Ozarks.

But only Tia and her 13-year-old nephew will return. Nine members of this family perished in the waters of Table Rock Lake, including Tia's husband and her three children. Her emotion was raw as she shared her story of survival with us yesterday.


TIA COLEMAN, LOST FAMILY IN BOAT ACCIDENT: And I saw was a great big boat out, like a riverboat and they were, oh my God, they were jumping in and saving people and throwing rafts out to everybody, but I couldn't reach it, but I couldn't get there in time. So, somehow I managed to get to the boat. Beautiful people, angels, I don't know who they were. They pulled me out.

And when they pulled me out from the boat, I didn't see any of my family. But I believe I survived by God and by a Good Samaritan.

Going home I know is already going to be completely -- completely difficult. I don't know how I'm going to do it. Since I've had a home, it's always been filled. It's always been filled with little feet and laughter. And my husband, I don't know how I'm going to do it!


HARTUNG: Three generations of the Coleman family impacted. Tia says passengers on the duck boat were warned there was a storm coming before that boat went into the water but she said it wasn't even cloudy at that time.

We've learned the duck boat altered its route because of that storm. The NTSB telling us that ride the ducks brand is used as a subscription based weather system and the question now being, how did they use that, how was the communication shared with the crew members responsible for putting that boat on the water?

The NTSB has praised the cooperation of the owners of the boat company Ripley Entertainment but Missouri's attorney general is pleading for that same cooperation in the state's criminal investigation -- Victor and Christi.

BLACKWELL: Still a lot of questions to be answered. You just got to feel for that mother who lost three children and her husband.

Kaylee Hartung, thank you so much.

PAUL: We some breaking news we want to tell you about in the conflict with Syria. Israeli has evacuated members of the White Helmet Rescue Group and their families. They have gotten them to Jordan or are getting them to Jordan right now.

The White Helmets are the folks you see there running and digging through the rubble to save civilians who are caught in the Syrian war. This is a group of 800 Syrian civilian groups, including members of the volunteer rescue group that have been evacuated now. Israeli says its military completed the humanitarian rescue effort at the rescue of the U.S. and European countries. But those people there, the White Helmets, doing such important work.

BLACKWELL: A New York pizza delivery man arrested by ICE. Do you remember this story? Well, now, it's time for him to ask a judge to keep his family together. Why the man's attorney says his arrest shouldn't have happened in the first place.

PAUL: Also, retiree voters in Republican stronghold. Will Trump's latest -- will the president's latest Russia setback cost him key votes?


[07:38:34] BLACKWELL: Thirty-eight minutes after the hour this morning.

You might remember the New York pizza delivery man who is facing deportation after being arrested by ICE at a Brooklyn army base. Well, he is headed to court this week to ask to stay in the U.S. His name is Pablo Villavicencio and he will face a federal judge on Tuesday. He wants to be released and given time to fix his immigration status. He is a married father of two.

He is married to a U.S. citizen and an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador. He was arrested last month at the Brooklyn army base while delivering a pizza to that base, and he made several deliveries there before, but this time, there was a problem with his ID.

Villavicencio is represented by Gregory Copeland, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society. He joins me now.

Mr. Copeland, good morning to you.


BLACKWELL: So, let's start here. On Tuesday, you're expecting what?

COPELAND: Well, we are expecting to present our arguments about why Mr. Villavicencio should not be detained and should be allowed to proceed with a lawful process to adjust his status.

BLACKWELL: One of the high profile supporters of Mr. Villavicencio's case is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He released an open letter in which he said: This human rights abuse is just the latest in a frightening pattern of disgraceful and many cases illegal tactics used by ICE.

Do you believe that the detention of your client is illegal?

[07:40:02] COPELAND: Yes, we do believe it's illegal. There's a number of reasons why it's illegal. It doesn't serve any public safety benefits. It's -- he doesn't present any sort of danger or flight risk, so we believe there is no support to keep him detained as this process runs its course.

BLACKWELL: Now, for people who are not familiar with this case, he went to this army base where he had been before to drop off -- deliver a pizza and there was an ID problem, so he went through, what, an automatic background check?

COPELAND: So he delivered food to this base, I think, on three prior occasions, and he had shown an ID. He showed an ID again on this occasion. There's conflicting reports about exactly what happened. Mr. Villavicencio doesn't indicate that he permitted the base to do a background check but the base claims that he did. BLACKWELL: Let's listen to President Trump. This is then President-

elect Trump talking about as it relates to people who are undocumented in the country and the priority in which he ranks them in deportations. Let's watch.


INTERVIEWER: What about the pledge to deport millions and millions of undocumented immigrants?

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: What we are going to do is get the people are criminal and have criminal records, gang members and drug dealers, we have a lot of these people, probably 2 million and could even be 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we're going to incarcerate. But we're getting them out of our country, they're here illegally.

After the border is secured and after everything gets normalized, we're going to make a determination on the people that you're talking about, who are terrific people, they're terrific people, but we're going to make a determination. Before we make that determination, it's very important we want to secure our border.


BLACKWELL: The president talking there about prioritizing criminal, people who are criminals who are in the country illegally. How does that reconcile with your client's case?

COPELAND: Well, it doesn't reconcile with our client's case and it doesn't reconcile with the administration's approach to enforcing, you know, immigration priorities in terms of detention and deportation, you know, from the very onset of this administration, and their revision of the enforcement priority. So, it doesn't square with our client's case. He has no criminal history. It's tearing apart a family with, you know, two U.S. citizen children.

BLACKWELL: And he was in the process, I understand from earlier reporting, of getting a green card?

COPELAND: That's correct. There is a process that the government has held out to people exactly in Mr. Villavicencio situation that have immediate relatives, a wife that's a U.S. citizen for them to normalize their immigration status. So, he was pursuing the lawful process in terms of, you know, becoming a lawful permanent resident.

BLACKWELL: He has been in custody since June 1st. What is your degree of confidence he will be, as you're requesting, released so he can continue this process?

COPELAND: Well, we are very hopeful. You know, the judge has been presented with our arguments, which we think are meritorious and we're hopeful that the judge will agree and release Mr. Villavicencio immediately.

BLACKWELL: Gregory Copeland, thank you so much. COPELAND: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: All right. Christi?

PAUL: The president's administration may be looking forward to this week as opposed to looking back since we started Monday on a pretty tough note for the president and it just kept building from there. With that said, a lot of people were watching, including a lot of voters, in one particular of the largest Republican retirement communities in the U.S. they have been watching. They have a lot to say and you're going to hear from them, next.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He is an embarrassment to me. And as a Republican, I still feel that, you know, I just wish he would just learn to say things properly.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have faith in him.



BLACKWELL: The past week has not been a smooth one for President Trump. Backlash over a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin is not coming only from Democrats but also from Republicans.

CNN national correspondent Gary Tuchman visited perhaps the largest retirement community in the country where Republican voters were eager to speak out.


GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The Villages Florida is a popular place for Republicans to retire, making it easy to find people who voted for Donald Trump for president. But for some Trump voters, things went south this week, especially following President Trump's presentation as he stood next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

SALLY INBERWISH, THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA RESIDENT: He is an embarrassment to me. And as a Republican, I still feel that, you know, I just wish he would just learn to say things properly and maybe he wouldn't get himself into so much trouble.

TUCHMAN: On this day, hundreds of Republicans in the Villages showed up at a forum attended by Florida candidates for governor which was a good place to ask Trump voters about what happened in Finland.

(on camera): When Donald Trump said there's blame for the United States as well as Russia, the blame on this country, does this trouble you?

ASHERA STANTON, THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA RESIDENT: It's Donald Trump. You know, you sort of expect that. TUCHMAN: But does that trouble you? Do you think the United States

should be blamed --

STANTON: No, I don't think the United States should be blamed.

TUCHMAN: Should Donald Trump not have said that about his country?

STANTON: He says a lot of stuff he should not say.

TUCHMAN (voice-over): But then, there are Trump voters like Dick Hoffman.

DICK HOFFMAN, THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA RESIDENT: I think he's doing a wonderful job. I love the fact that he just plays the press like a Stradivarius.

TUCHMAN: Voters who say the president has nothing to apologize for.

[07:50:03] (on camera): Are you a little uncomfortable with how comfortable he was with Vladimir Putin?

HOFFMAN: Didn't bother me a bit.

TUCHMAN: You don't think it was deferential --

HOFFMAN: I don't know what went on their meeting before that.

TUCHMAN: Well, no one does, and that's the problem, except for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

HOFFMAN: Well, OK, I have faith in him.

TUCHMAN: What Donald Trump said was regarding meddling, Russian meddling. He goes, I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. So, what does that mean to you, strong and powerful? What did he say that was so powerful that convinced Donald Trump?

RON NICHOLIS, THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA RESIDENT: He's strong and powerful in the way he said it. And he is --

TUCHMAN: Does it sound a bit creepy to talk about the Russian leader, strong and powerful?

NICHOLIS: I think the way you're -- the way you're questioning with that, you're questioning me in a very strong and powerful way. No, I don't see that as a big deal.

TUCHMAN (voice-over): Many of the Republicans here have been alive for 13 presidents. They've seen a lot. And some while continuing to support the president and their party, are a bit wistful.

(on camera): You were born when FDR was president. You've seen FDR. You've seen Truman. You've seen Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, up until Donald Trump today.

You said Donald Trump. But would you be more comfortable if Ronald Reagan or Dwight Eisenhower for president today?

JOHN DESMAIRAIS, THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA RESIDENT: If Ronald Reagan would have run again, yes.

TUCHMAN: View points from Republicans in America's largest retirement community.

Gary Tuchman, CNN, The Villages, Florida.


PAUL: And tonight, the CNN original series, "The 2000s" explores President Bush's desire to end an uprising in Iraq while seeking reelection. Here's a clip for you.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Human nature being what it is, there are excesses and abuses.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They are saying, we came here to free you, but in order to do that, we will torture you. What democracy he is talking about?

TIM NAFTALI, HISTORIAN: We handed Islamists a recruiting video. You couldn't have had a better way of encouraging young Iraqis to join the jihad against the United States.


PAUL: The CNN original series, "The 2000s" airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, right here on CNN.

BLACKWELL: Well, this has not happened in a long time. It's Sunday at a Major and Tiger Woods has a legitimate shot at winning.

Alex Thomas is in Scotland -- Alex.

ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Welcome to a gloriously sunny and windy day here on Scotland's east coast. Tiger says he's here to win it, not just make up the numbers but he's being young to chase a very young American superstar who's close shave came off the course. I'll explain more in a moment.


[07:56:50] PAUL: It maybe Britain's Open Championship but the American flag is all over the leader board.

BLACKWELL: Alex Thomas is live from the golf course in Scotland for this final round.

Hey, Alex.

THOMAS: Hey, Victor. You know, there are 20 players within four shots of the overnight lead. A three-way tie between a trio of Americans. That's never happened before in 158 years of open championship golf history.

But two names stand out, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. We never thought we would see Tiger in this position again, challenging for a major title a decade after the last time he lifted one back at the U.S. Open. He didn't think he'd be here either.

I can tell you the rules coming off the course yesterday were like something from a soccer crowd, absolutely incredible stuff. The fans we spoke to loved it and one of the players he's chasing down is young Jordan Spieth who set the records Tiger Woods did in his younger days.

And Spieth is looking very impressive. He always is when he's at the front of the field. He's the defending champion. And, you know, he was so flawless in the third round, his only close shave came away from the course at the local hair dresser. Take a listen.


JORDAN SPIETH, PRO GOLFER: He went a little high and tight. I was -- it is not -- it was a little bit -- was a little bit -- it was intended to be what I normally get. Instead he went a little shorter. Very British hair cut, little shaved on the sides, longer on top but it is what it is -- summertime it works out.


THOMAS: He may not be happy with his hairstyle, Spieth may not be happy with his hairstyle, he's certainly happy with the way he's playing his golf and he'd be very hard to beat later on as conditions get a bit windier here. And after five weeks covering the World Cup in Russia, I might try to find that myself.

BLACKWELL: Not a bad cut.

PAUL: You look great, Alex, all is well. All is well. Have fun today. Thank you.

BLACKWELL: Thanks, Alex.

PAUL: So listen, if you've got, I don't know, a spare half million dollars, because who doesn't, why not, of course.

BLACKWELL: Saving up for this.

PAUL: Don't know what to do with it. Well, a British shop is selling a rocket fueled jet suit for $433,000 and that guy, the creator testing it on the streets of London. Can you imagine if you were just walking down the streets of London and saw that?

BLACKWELL: That would be so good for traffic. That's all I can think about. You know what, forget this car, I'm putting on my jet suit.

PAUL: Well, that's true. That is true. But I would think it's a movie if I saw it --

BLACKWELL: That's true. And if you see yourself as iron man, wait a moment, because this

version has a top speed of this -- 32 miles an hour. And you can only fly for about nine minutes. It's a start though. It's a start.

PAUL: I just don't know if you want to hurt your tush if that fire starts shooting out of those that's where it's headed.


PAUL: See the jet pack and how it's maneuvered on you.

BLACKWELL: Got to protect the tush.

PAUL: That's right.

Hey, thank you so much for starting your morning with us. We hope you make good memories today.

BLACKWELL: "INSIDE POLITICS" with John King starts right now.