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Trump in North Carolina to Tour Florence Devastation; Kavanaugh Accuser Calls for FBI Probe before Testifying; Record Number of Women Entering Politics; North and South Korea Commit to "Era of No War"; British Prime Minister Calling for a "Fair Agreement" on Brexit; U.S. Sanctions on Iran to Bite in Early November; Stormy Daniels Details Alleged Trump Affair in New Book. Aired 11-12p ET
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[11:00:00] ROY COOPER, NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR: General of the National Guard, General Lusk, who have been doing a fantastic job. And this title
10 that we've invoked with joint military exercise. We are grateful to the members of the U.S. military who have stepped up and helped us through this
process. But Mr. President, we've got a long road ahead and the days and the month and even years ahead to make sure we build back where we need to
be here in North Carolina.
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN HOST: Hello and welcome to CONNECT THE WORLD with me Becky Anderson live from Abu Dhabi.
You have been listening to President Trump in North Carolina there hit hard by hurricane Florence, of course. He has been lauding all the hard work by
emergency workers saying they have been doing an incredible job. He also told those who lost loved ones that the country is in mourning with them
and God should bless them to comforting them, they will recover.
Let's hear from Stephen Collinson who is in Washington for us. A regular guest on our show. Lots to talk about today. But Stephen, let's start
with President Trump there supporting those who have, well, now for days been involved in what has been a huge effort to avoid even more loss of
STEPHEN COLLINSON, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: That's right, Becky. The President is visiting North Carolina and South Carolina today to look at
the devastation caused by hurricane Florence. I think it was interesting in that opening event at least, he thanked the first responders, offered
sympathy to people who have seen their homes swept away by the storm and to those who lost loved ones. He didn't really talk that much about himself.
You remember after the hurricanes in Texas and Puerto Rico last year the President was heavily criticized for his manner, the triumphant way which
he awarded his administration top marks for their handling of the hurricane. We didn't see that at least at the start of this visit. Trump
often goes off script and possibly we'll see some of that later on, and that could bring him into some criticism. But so far, he has certainly
sticking to the script of exactly what you would expect a President to do. Sitting there, by the way, with North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper, who
is actually a Democrat.
ANDERSON: And what have we heard from those first responders, just out of interest?
COLLINSON: Well, it looks like there is still, you know, this storm was what we were talking about all last week, but some of the aftereffects are
still unfolding. There are a number of rivers that are cresting very serious flooding. And of course, it takes a long time for those waters to
recede naturally, to assess the damage. It's already clear that there is going to have to be a huge government investment through the Federal
Emergency Management Agency to pay for all of the damage that has been caused. That usually becomes a bit of a political football in Washington
as we saw especially over the aid for Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria last year.
ANDERSON: Of course. Absolutely. All right. Look, as this press conference continues, we will monitor it, of course, for viewers.
A tense partisan showdown brewing in Washington where you are over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. His
Republican supporters are pressing forward. He is set to testify on the accusations on Monday, even if it's only him. But the accuser, Christine
Blasey Ford, is calling for an FBI probe before agreeing to testify as well. President Trump weighing in on that just a short time ago. Have a
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I can only say this. He is such an outstanding man. Very hard for me to imagine that anything
We want to get it over with. At the same time, we want to give tremendous amounts of time. If she shows up, that would be wonderful. If she doesn't
show up, that would be unfortunate.
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ANDERSON: More now from Abby Phillip, who is also in Washington.
LISA BANKS, CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD'S ATTORNEY: She will talk with the committee. She's not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday.
ABBY PHILLIP, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Professor Christine Blasey Ford calling for the FBI to investigate her allegation
that she was sexually assaulted by Judge Brett Kavanaugh in high school before she agrees to testify. Ford's lawyers writing in a letter to Senate
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley that an FBI probe will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses are assessed in a non-partisan manner
and that the committee is fully informed.
BANKS: For the last 48 hours she has been deflecting death threats and harassment and trying to care for her family and determine where they are
going to sleep at night.
[11:05:02] And right now, she can't focus on having a hearing that hasn't been investigated and where nobody has talked to her.
PHILLIP: The letter also charging that the hearing would include interrogation by senators who appear to have made up their minds that she
is mistaken and mixed up, an apparent reference to these remarks.
MANU RAJU, CNN SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Do you believe the accuser at all, or not?
SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R) UTAH: Well, I think she's mistaken. I talked to him on the phone today.
RAJU: And what did he say to you?
HATCH: Well he didn't do that. That he wasn't at the party, so, you know, there's clearly -- somebody's mixed up.
PHILLIP: Grassley responding that the invitation for a public or private hearing for Monday still stands, before writing, nothing the FBI or any
other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.
Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Corker later echoing Grassley's call for the hearing to proceed as planned. President Trump also weighing
in, accusing Democrats of playing politics after expressing sympathy for Kavanaugh earlier in the day.
TRUMP: I feel so badly for him that he is going through this.
This is not a man that deserves this.
PHILLIP: And rejecting calls for an FBI probe.
TRUMP: I don't think the FBI really should be involved because they don't want to be involved.
PHILLIP: Despite repeatedly calling for the FBI's intervention in other matters related to his political opponents. A number of Democrats
reiterating their for support an FBI investigation. And calling for more witnesses to appear before the committee, including Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's
classmate who Ford says witnessed the alleged assault.
Meanwhile, 24 of Ford's classmates sending a letter to Congress defending her character. Ford's friend telling CNN, I know from the things she has
told me, including her need to have more than one exit door in her bedroom, to prevent her from being trapped, that this event was serious enough to
have a lasting impact on her life.
CNN's Abby Phillip there. Let's get you back to Stephen Collinson, who is live for you in Washington today. Your latest article explores the
political implications of these Kavanaugh accusations with the "me-too" movement sort of front of mind, just explain where you are at with that
COLLINSON: Right. I think what happened in the last few hours, we had a frenetic evening last night, gets right to the root of this. When
Christine Ford's lawyer came out and said she was only willing to testify on Monday if there has been FBI investigation, that left Republicans with a
political choice. They could agree to that investigation. But that would cause the further delay of this nomination. Which they are really trying
to get sorted out so Kavanaugh can take his seat on the Supreme Court by October 1st, the start of the new term, or they could press ahead with this
hearing even though Democrats and Christine Ford and many sort of opinion formers in Washington are saying that this is nothing more than a kangaroo
court. That there is not sufficient safeguards for her to testify. That witnesses won't be brought forward during this hearing. The risk of that
is that they look like they are sort of 12 middle-aged and elderly men bullying Christine Ford, who is, after all, an alleged victim. And forcing
her to come forward and testify on grounds which are not advantageous to her or not even fair.
While it's very important for Republicans, for their own voters to get a Supreme Court justice, nominate, confirmed and get that conservative
majority on the Supreme Court. They could open themselves up to wider accusations that they are not really sort of accepting the changed politics
of the "me-too" era and then not treating Christine Ford fairly. And that could come back to haunt them in the midterm elections where they are
already deeply unpopular with women voters.
ANDERSON: Yes, it's fascinating because, of course, this is a new era. We are sort of 14 months or so into this sort of #me-too era. But this is
certainly not the first time over decades now that these Supreme Court nominations have been difficult at best. They are always, it seems,
extremely partisan. We know they are partisan in their nature. But they are always very difficult, it seems, process, aren't they? Just sort of
take us back very loosely, just set this in context, if you will.
COLLINSON: Right. So, a lot of people are remembering the 1991 hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who is still on the court.
[11:10:00] There were accusations by an attorney Anita Hill that she was sexually harassed by Justice Thomas when he was her boss. This caused a
massive conflagration on Capitol Hill. And what a lot of people took out of that was that Anita Hill was treated very poorly and that Clarence
Thomas was given the advantage because he was a man and eventually, of course, he was confirmed.
I think that the parallel here is very interesting because he's been on the court all these years, but he's never really escaped the stigma of those
hearings on his reputation and his character.
That's something I think maybe that Kavanaugh will have to consider. Is it worth going through an investigation to clear his name, if you like, before
he is confirmed. Because of the way it will influence the rest of his career on the court. After all, we are going to see some big issues that
are very important to women's health like abortion, things like that. You have the potential spectacle of two justices on the Supreme Court who have
unresolved allegations against them of sexual harassment or sexual assault. That at that time, when those issues like abortion come up, are going to be
a huge issue and it's really going to cast a shadow over their expected vote perhaps to loosen protections for abortion in the United States.
ANDERSON: Steven Collinson in the house out of Washington for you. Always a pleasure, sir. Thank you, sir. Stephens latest article explores how
Republicans and Democrats are all approaching this. You can read a lot more on that at CNN.com.
Well, the allegations against Kavanaugh are the latest in a string of events that has galvanized women to political action in the U.S. A record
number are running for office in the U.S. midterm elections this November. As CNN's Kyung Lah reports, they come from all walks of life, but share, it
seems, a common frustration.
KYUNG, LAH, CNN SENIOR U.S. CORRESPONDENT: They are underdogs. They are first-time candidates. And they are breaking records. Over this entire
midterm year, we've been coast to coast trying to capture some of these key candidates. Woman who are a part of the year of the woman in 2018.
CROWD CHANTS: Not my President!
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The march was a start.
DR. KIM SCHRIER, DEMOCRAT RUNNING FOR CONGRESS IN WASHINGTON: Marching is not enough. And so, citizens just like me became activated.
LAH (voice-over): Dr. Kim Schrier, Washington state pediatrician marched in 2017. By 2018, she quit her job. Now she's a Democrat running for
(on camera): Will women be the difference maker in 2018?
SCHRIER: I am counting on it. Really having a misogynist in chief to have as our President, a man who grabs women's bodies and has been disrespectful
all the way through to women, that drives us.
LAH (voice-over): Every politician in every town's parade knows they have to press the flesh, ask for votes, but Democrat Lucy McBath brings a
personal story unlike any other.
LUCY MCBATH, CANDIDATE FOR U.S. CONGRESS: Jordan guides me every single day. Every single day.
LAH: Her 17-year-old son was gunned down at a Florida gas station six years ago. The gunman saying, he shot Jordan Davis because he felt
threatened by him and his friends after complaining they were playing music too loud. McBath, first a grieving mother at a murder trial, then quit her
flight attendant job to become a national gun control activist for Every Town for Gun Safety. Then this year Parkland.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shots fired right now guys.
MCBATH: Here we go again.
TRUMP: So, good afternoon.
MCBATH: And then I saw President Trump sitting with our federal legislators, sitting at the table talking about the NRA. And within 24 to
48 hours he flipped.
LAH (on camera): That's when you decided to run?
MCBATH: (NODS YES)
LAH (voice-over): Congresswoman Kristi Noem's daily ritual and her path to make history. Running to be the first woman governor of South Dakota.
KRISTI NOEM, CANDIDATE FOR SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR: started thinking out of the box. How can I get to have interaction with other members? For me it
was the gym.
LAH: Noem made the leap to state lawmaker. Then in 2010 defeated a popular incumbent to go to Congress. Despite her success, this is what she
heard as she announced her historic run for governor.
NOEM: I had a few people told me that maybe I didn't have the right body parts to be a governor.
LAH (on camera): Really?
NOEM: Yes. But, you know, it's a small minority of folks that we just have to change their perspective.
Well, how are you doing?
LAH (voice-over): Noem is as uncommon here as she is in Washington. Republican women make up just 7 percent of Congress.
[11:15:01] The unprecedented surge of women running for office this year has been almost completely among Democrats.
(on camera): Why this year are a record number of women saying that they can run in government?
NOEM: You know, I think it's all about not missing an opportunity. Timing is everything in politics.
LAH (voice-over): Congresswoman Noem's time may be now. She is regarded as the frontrunner.
(on camera): You prefer a tractor to an airplane?
NOEM: I do. You have control over your own destiny.
LAH (voice-over): A path she hopes to forge at home. Afghanistan 2009, in her third tour of duty, air National Guard Pilot, Major M.J. Hagar was
shot, hanging on the outside of a rescue helicopter, standing on the skids all while returning fire to the Taliban.
MJ HEGAR, CANDIDATE FOR U.S. CONGRESS: Kind of got peppered with different pieces of shrapnel.
LAH (on camera): You used the tattoo to cover the scars?
HEGAR: Yes. It's hard to walk away from something like that without a sense of second chance and do more with your life and have a purpose.
LAH (voice-over): Finding that purpose now.
HEGAR: I am fighting for this country.
LAH: In her run for congress.
HEGAR: In this district, Trump won by a lot. The Republican leadership has gone off the freaking rails, and the things that the Republican Party
stands for now are not representative of the values of the people in this district who voted Republican.
LAH: She's a Democrat running against a long-term Republican incumbent in a district Trump won by 13 points.
HEGAR: Woo, look at this crowd.
LAH: Her veteran status cracking open doors one spot shut for Democrats.
(on camera): 256 women have won house and senate primaries. 16 women have won gubernatorial primaries. All of these are huge new records. Analysts
who watch gender politics believe that all of these women are well poised to smash some records this November. Kyung Lah, CNN, Los Angeles.
ANDERSON: We're taking you a step towards peace on the Korean Peninsula, as North and South Korea commit to an era of no war. North Korea has
conditions. It says it will close a key missile test facility and potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the U.S. agrees to
corresponding measures. Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in signed a 17-page accord in which the two countries vowed to cease all hostile acts against
each other. Just a short time ago, President Trump said that the summit was good news and cited his relationship with Kim as reason for the
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: Remember this. Prior to my coming into office, a lot of people thought we were going, it was inevitable we were going war in North Korea.
And now we're -- the relationships I have to tell you, at least on a personal basis, they're very good. It's very much calmed down.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON: Well, CNN's Paula Hancocks has more on what was this three-day summit from Seoul.
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): At face value there is a little something for everyone in this agreement. The
leaders of North and South Korea unveil an initial plan for denuclearization. That plan includes a joint military pact, a plan to link
railways and family reunions, and a bit to jointly host the 2032 Summer Olympics. Kim Jong-un says he will visit Seoul. He'd be the first North
Korean leader to do so since the Korean War and he mentioned the word nuclear.
KIM JUNG-UN, NORTH KOREAN LEADER (through translator): We're committed to make active efforts to make the Korean Peninsula a place of peace without
nuclear weapons and nuclear threats.
HANCOCKS: North Korea pledges to permanently close down Tongchang-ri missile test site and launchpad. The key test center for their ICBM
program, although no timeline given. The program that concerns Washington the most Donald Trump quickly approved tweeting how exciting the
developments were, including a conditional nuclear concession.
MOON JAE-SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT (through translator): Depending on the U.S.'s corresponding measures, North Korea agreed to take additional
actions such as the permanent destruction of the Yongbyon nuclear facility.
HANCOCKS: The military agreement was detailed, including dismantling 22 DMZ guard posts by the end of this year. A no-fly zone in some border
areas and a plan to demilitarize the joint security area, the place where North and South Korean soldiers have faced off against each other for
There have been plenty of memorable images during this summit. Highly choreographed casual moments between the leaders. Thursday promises even
more. Kim and Moon will head to Paektu Mountain in the morning, the spiritual home of the Koreans before Moon returns to Seoul.
[11:20:00] (on camera): His next stop on September 24th New York to brief President Trump on an ambitious plan. Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.
ANDERSON: We want to bring in CNN's Will Ripley, who is live in Hong Kong for you. I think I'm right in saying you have been in and out of North
Korea now some 18 times. One of the few international journalists who spent that much time in the country over the past couple of years. Having
described the U.S. as using gangster tactics in these sort of negotiations, Kim in the North now says it will close a key missile test facility and
potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the U.S. agrees to corresponding measures. How is that going to work?
WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, we don't know what the corresponding measures are. Is it relief from sanctions in exchange for these steps? Or
could North Korea make the case that it has now essentially signed a bilateral peace treaty without calling it that. With South Korea saying
that they've committed to this new era without war. And what's the need for the 28,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea? Let's reduce their
size and pull them out. Could North Korea ask for that in exchange? And would President Trump even be willing to consider that?
Certainly, many of his advisors to would strongly advise against it. But we know that the eventual goal of North Korea and South Korea they say is
reunification. In which case there would necessarily be a need for U.S. military presence. So, this all becomes a lot more complicated and you see
this kind of, you know, really blooming friendship between President Moon and Kim Jong-un. And at the same time there is still the messaging from
North Korea is critical of Washington. Not President Trump. They still say that they have faith in President Trump. And of course, Kim Jong-un
wants to sit down with Trump because he feels he will get a more favorable dealing directly with Trump. Certainly, then dealing with the Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo after his pretty disappointing trip to Pyongyang in early July.
But you know, North Korea is now getting economic benefits here. The reopening of the Kaesong Joint Industrial Complex, a tourism center at
Kumkang. Health care partnerships with South Korea which will help with their tuberculosis issues in the country. They're going to put in a bid to
co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics. They have 100,000-person stadium, the May Day Stadium that you saw in the video there in Pyongyang. They'd love
to host the opening ceremonies, Becky. To think how far they have come and they have yet to dismantle a single nuclear weapon. Testing facilities,
yes, but the weapons themselves, they're still there and all the launchers as well.
ANDERSON: Will Ripley for you with his analysis. Thank you, Will.
Still to come on this show tonight, the police in India have arrested a suspect in what is a horrific child rape investigation. We are live for
you on that in New Deli up next.
[11:25:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
ANDERSON: You're watching CNN. This is CONNECT THE WORLD with me Becky Anderson out of the UAE, at 7:24.
A brutal attack on a 7-year-old girl is again the issue of sexual violence front and center in India. The young victim is said to be in critical
condition after a man used a water pipe to rape her. CNN's Anna Coren has more.
ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A 7-year-old girl is fighting for her life in hospital in New Delhi after she was brutally raped on Monday with a
water pipe. Police have arrested a 21-year-old man for the attack. Now the young girl who is from a poor family suffered severe internal injuries.
She has undergone extensive surgery and remains in a critical condition. Her mother is at her bedside.
Now this is reminiscent of the 2012 attack that captured headlines around the world when a 23-year-old university student was brutally gang raped
aboard a bus by four men and a juvenile. They sexually abused her and then inserted a metal rod inside her. Her injuries so severe, she had to be
airlifted to Singapore where she underwent specialist surgery. She died weeks later.
Well, that attack sparked nationwide protests and forced the government to look at reforms and toughen its rape laws. But that has done little to
stop these heinous crimes from being committed. Now, the government last month finally passed its strongest punishment enforcing the death penalty
on men convicted of raping girls under the age of 12, and yet the attacks continue. The latest statistics from the government show that 39,000 women
and children were raped in 2016. Anna Coren, CNN, Mumbai.
ANDERSON: Horrific story. We will take a quick break. Back after this.
[11:30:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
ANDERSON: It's 7:30 in Abu Dhabi. Welcome back. You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD.
I want to get you back to our top story. A potential move towards peace between North and South Korea. The North saying it will close a key
missile test facility and destroy its primary nuclear complex, but only if the U.S. agrees to similar measures. On day two of a three-day summit, Kim
Jong-un and Moon Jae-in signed a 17-page accord promising to cease all hostile acts against each other.
At this hour roaring through an epic political spectacle, the likes of which will -- something you have never seen before. We are now just six
teeny tiny months from the gripping edge of your seat political phenomenal, that is Brexit. And there's only one looming question. Deal or no deal.
Hoping to have the right moves to put a decent answer out of the bag, who else but the British Prime Minister. Theresa May has one of the worst jobs
in the world right now. According to many, she could not be stuck more between a rock and a hard place if she tried.
The rock, angry Brexiteers nipping at her heels -- like on the left here -- demanding the breakup be harder, faster, and deeper. And the hard place,
well just about every other leader of the EU club wanting it their softer way. So in about an hour from now Mrs. May will try and schmooze her way
through a so-called casual get together made to look as easy going as possible. This snazzy EU made marketing clip and win them over. But they
may put May on an awkward hold again.
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THERESA MAY, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Hello, Jean-Claude. Hello. I'm very well, thank you. I hope you managed to have a good summer break.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
To connect all of this CNN's Hadas Gold on the ground, right by the get together in Saltsburg. The picture postcard perfect alpine city where
Mozart, of course, was born. Hadas, can Mrs. May play the orchestra here then, so to speak, in Mozart-esque fashion or will she be on the sidelines
banging the tambourine, as it were?
HADAS GOLD, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Well, to play into another famous musical moment of Saltsburg, "The Sounds of Music," the hills are alive
here with the sound of Brexit, that's for sure. And there are warm words being exchanged between Theresa May and some of the EU leaders, especially
European Council President, Donald Tusk, ahead of the summit. There are still some clear differences under the service and there is some sort of
huge chasms too, between the two. Especially on the key issues of North Ireland and economic cooperation. Donald Tusk addressed some of these
speaking to reporters just a few hours ago the let's hear what he had to say.
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DONALD TUSK, EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT: Issues such as the Irish question, the framework for economic cooperation, the U.K.'s proposals will
need to be reworked. Hence, further negotiated. Today there is perhaps more hope, but there is surely less and less time. Therefore, every day
that is left, we must use for talks.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
GOLD: Now, the Irish border is going to be obviously one of the biggest points of this evening. Theresa May will be addressing the EU leaders at
this theater just behind me at dinner in just about an hour or so. And she is expected to make the case that any deal involving the border with North
Ireland and the Republic of Ireland does not treat the North Ireland area as some sort of separate entity and treat it differently than the rest of
the United Kingdom.
But there are obviously clear differences with the rest of the European leaders on what that border will specifically look like.
[11:35:00] But overall, the mood tonight is supposed to be warm and chummy. And part of the reason is because a just few short weeks Theresa May will
face her own political issue back in the U.K. with her own party's conference. And the last thing the European leaders want is a different
Prime Minister to be negotiating with in just the last few months of this Brexit negotiation. Of course, it's not just Brexit on the table here.
This is a big meeting. They are talking about migration. Donald Tusk did say that he plans to tell EU leaders to stop the blame game with migration.
He's even also going to propose a Summit between EU countries and Arab states in Egypt in early February to address this issue.
ANDERSON: Hadas your one of CNN's top business reporter. So, let's get stuck into the numbers. Because I know you love those. The pound against
the dollar. Looking about as jagged as the mountains around you falling off a cliff, of course, after the Brexit vote back in 2016. If a deal is
done, will there be anything to yodel from the rooftops about, as it were, in terms of the economy, do you think?
GOLD: Well, obviously, I mean the pound is at a historic low right now. But so is the euro. Obviously, a lot of what happens with the pound will
determine on whether there is a deal or a no deal. Obviously, that would give some comfort when it comes to what would happen with all of these
currencies. That's why these two days are so important about the tone of what's going to happen. But today I have to be clear, there's no formal
announcements that are going to be coming out of this because this is an informal meeting. The real work will happen in October. The first formal
summit that they will be having. And today, Tusk announced actually that in November there will be a special summit regarding Brexit and that's when
he thinks a final deal will be reached.
ANDERSON: Yes, nobody said this would be easy. It's certainly turning out to be pretty tricky. But this is, after all, a very, very difficult
negotiation, and there is no precedent for it. Nobody has ever left the EU. Hadas, thank you.
Well the clock keeps on tick, tick, ticking away. But some are asking, does that even matter, as is Brexit even inevitable? Well some perhaps,
like Sebastian Dance, a member of the European parliament who is out and out against Brexit. Here holding up a sign right by Brexiteer and chief
Nigel Farage. With a he's lying to you scribbled on it. Because Dance sees Brexit as part of, quote, an entire machinery of deceit. And so,
wants a second vote on any deal. An any final deal that is. Thank you for joining us. No one voted for a second vote, sir. They voted to leave. So
why do you think you know better at this point?
SEBASTIAN DANCE, DEPUTY LEADER, LABOUR PARTY IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Well, it's interesting. You said in that last bit that nobody said this
would be easy. Of course, they said it would be easy. That's precisely how they sold it. In fact, the entire premise of --
ANDERSON: No, no, no, they didn't.
DANCE: But they did. Absolutely they did.
ANDERSON: I never heard anybody said it would be easy, Sebastian.
DANCE: Liam Fox said -- they explicitly said it would be the easiest trade deal in history. In fact, he said by now we would have several trade deals
lined up ready to go on Brexit day. Of course, none of that has proven to be true. What people voted for -- quite understandably of course -- was
for a stronger economy, for more public services, for their communities not to be ignored by government. And indeed, the outcome of this process is
the polar opposite of that.
And the simple case that I and many, many others and the numbers are now increasing, are making, is that what was sold is not what is being
delivered and people have the right to cast their verdict on that.
ANDERSON: All right. Let's get back to that. I want to just put this to you. There's been a lot of irritation on the European side. But there is
a ray of light coming from an unlikely source perhaps. Have a listen to this.
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SEBASTIAN KURZ, AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR: I think that we agree we have to do everything possible to avoid a hard Brexit and to make possible that there
will be a strong cooperation between the U.K. and the European Union even after the U.K. leaving the EU.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON: This is the Austrian Chancellor, of course, accepting the reality of Brexit, because that's certainly the likeliest thing, isn't it?
I mean, it's going to happen. And pushing to a cooperative future --
DANCE: It's the most likely outcome.
ANDERSON: -- Isn't that the most sensible reality at this point -- hang on. Isn't that the most sensible reality at this point?
DANCE: Well, of course, yes, absolutely. Everybody wants the most sensible outcome. But the most sensible outcome is to remain in the
European Union. If the resolve of those who believe very firmly that staying in the European Union is in the best interest not just of the
United Kingdom but also of the EU itself, and let's face it, the West, where as strong as the resolve of those saying we should leave it not
backed up with reality or actual bonuses from the process, then we would win this. But of course, that resolve --
ANDERSON: Be that as it may, Sebastian, be that as it may, that is what the British people voted for?
[11:40:03] DANCE: They voted to leave the European Union in 2016.
DANCE: On the basis of what was sold to them. What is being delivered to them is not what they voted for. That is very firmly the case. It is not
the case that we will have trade deals around the world ready to go. It is not the case that we will be a part of the world's biggest trade bloc even
outside the European Union. It is not the case that there will be more investment in our manufacturing industries, in our communities, and so on
and so forth. Just look at the announcements from Airbus and from BMW and from other big employers. The reality is so different from what was
promised that I think the people now have the right to cast their verdict on this process.
ANDERSON: We are, as you and I speak, showing our viewers what could go wrong if Britain leaves without a deal. Something all sides admit really
could happen. There's a lot of detail. But the long and short of it, while things will get pretty messy. There was a vote, leave one. I just
have to ask you, why doesn't everybody get on board and try to make the best of this? For example, a war cabinet. All hands-on desk approach to
this situation. Wouldn't that be a very sensible option at this point given where we are at?
DANCE: But you can't get behind something that's impossible. So, what was promised is fundamentally undeliverable.
ANDERSON: Well, it's not impossible. Hang on. It's not impossible. It's never happened before, it's not impossible.
DANCE: It is.
But it's not impossible. It never happened before.
DANCE: It is.
ANDERSON: But that wasn't the question.
DANCE: But of course, it is. It's impossible to leave the European Union and be stronger, it's impossible.
ANDERSON: Let me put this to you. That wasn't the question. The question is, do we need -- does the U.K. need a war cabinet? A cross-party war
cabinet at this point. Rather than leaving this to Theresa May and her cabinet, whether she calls it a Chequers deal or not. Whether this goes to
-- does the U.K. need a war cabinet at this point as it were?
DANCE: Certainly, we can't leave it to this government. That's a given. Their tone, their approach is self-evident and it's failing. Obviously, I
would prefer a Labour government to take over of this process. But fundamentally I disagree with my party's position on this in saying that
you cannot negotiate a good Brexit. All Brexit is, is damage limitation. And the difficult decisions that need to be made as to what Brexit looks
like, nobody is prepared to make those difficult decisions because, as I said, fundamentally what was promised is undeliverable.
ANDERSON: Could I ask you one question? And I genuinely don't know the answer to this. There's nothing sort of deep and devious in this question,
I promise you. Sebastian, you are the deputy leader of the Labour party's MEPs. What happens to you once this deal is done, whether there is a deal
or not? If the U.K. is leaving Europe, what happens to you and your job?
DANCE: Well on the 29th of March at 11:00 p.m. it ceases.
DANCE: I do know the answer to that one.
ANDERSON: Well, it's good we know we have some answers to --
DANCE: For some, that might be enough of a Brexit dividend. I expect the British people deserve mob than losing their MEPs. I think they deserve a
say on where we go with this.
ANDERSON: Got it. Sebastian, thank you. Sebastian dance is a member of the European Parliament and Labour MEP. Thank you.
Before we move on one story causing, well quite a flap. Why won't anyone think of the penguins? By dropping out of the European club, the British
owned Falkland Islands won't be able to dip into a big bucket of fish, cash, that it uses to look after some one million penguins on the islands.
Let's hope they find a solution. It's not like the little birds can fly off somewhere new.
Live from Abu Dhabi, this is CONNECT THE WORLD.
Coming up, as fears over the oil market linger with looming Iran sanctions. We are in one Gulf port that stands to benefit from the situation.
[11:45:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
ANDERSON: It's a 7:45 here in Abu Dhabi. You're watching CNN. This is CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Becky Anderson for you. If you're just joining us
you are more than welcome.
We are weeks away from the first wave of U.S. sanctions hitting Iran's oil and gas production on November the 4th. A move that is expected to hit the
Islamic Republics very vulnerable economy pretty hard. Tehran has been for its part has been talking tough about disrupting supplies from Gulf
producers through strategic strait of Hormuz moves. Well John Defterios has this report from the Port of Fujairah on its shores.
JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNNMONEY EMERGING MARKETS EDITOR: At first glance, Fujairah looks like any small port in the Middle East. But appearances in
this case are misleading. This tiny emirate about 70 nautical miles south of the strait of Hormuz is already punching above its weight as a global
energy hub. The strait handles about a third of sea-borne oil traffic. And Fujairah helps tankers bypass potential security risk.
Tensions hover over the Gulf and the oil market like the lingering heat and humidity in September. Iran has already threatened to disrupt supplies
coming through the strait and it stepped it up a notch, suggesting due to sanctions that the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Russia are taking the oil market
hostage. Captain Salem Al Hamoudi heads the energy free zone here in Fujairah.
SALEM AL HAMOUDI, FUJAIRAH OIL INDUSTRY ZONE: Coming to Fujairah, you don't need to go through that checkpoint, which comes at an increased
insurance premium. It's more efficient to be here, it's more safe to be here, more secure to be here.
DEFTERIOS: Fujairah rolled out its master plan during the Gulf War in 1991 having seen a long line of tankers parked at the mouth of the strait of
Hormuz. It now loads giant crude carriers, stores millions of barrels in tank farms and receives oil via pipeline from neighboring Abu Dhabi.
In the meantime, U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to cut Iran's exports to zero. And he is leaning on U.S. allies to cut their orders and
What we're seeing from folks in Japan and India in particular, is they'd like to just take the actions they need to take to reduce Iranian imports,
get it done and find the alternative sooner rather than later. And at the same time not risk the wrath of the Trump administration.
DEFTERIOS: Iran's exports are ready hit a two-year low in the international benchmark rose above $80 a barrel. A price which may seem
low when the actual sanctions come into place in early November. John Defterios, CNN, Fujairah Port.
ANDERSON: You are watching CONNECT THE WORLD. coming up, full disclosure, or at least as much as Stormy Daniels wants to tell us. And be warned,
it's a lot. Porn star who claims an affair with Donald Trump has a new book out. The details on that after this.
[11:50:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
ANDERSON: Welcome back. You're with me, Becky Anderson. This is CONNECT THE WORLD.
Another week. Another tell-all book about the U.S. President. This one called, "Full Disclosure" is by adult film actress Stormy Daniels who
alleges a sexual affair with Mr. Trump. There are lurid new details about the President and the alleged sexual encounter. It's the type of stuff
that once read, it will probably stay with you for a long time, and not in a good way. Here is Sarah Sidner.
SARA SIDNER, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In her tell-all book Stormy Daniels writes that her first sighting of Donald Trump in 2006 in his hotel
suite in Lake Tahoe was shocking. Trump came swooping in wearing black silk pajamas and slippers, she writes. What are you doing, I yelled? Go
put some f***ing clothes on. She writes that he changed and they both joked about his hair. I pointed to his hair, what's going on with this? I
know, he said with a smile. It's ridiculous. She says the two talked about family. What would your wife think of you being here with me, Stormy
writes? Oh, don't worry about that, he said. It's not a big deal. And anyway, we have separate bedrooms.
She writes, Trump then brought out a picture of Melania holding their son Barron who was 4 months old at the time. And when Daniels came out of the
bathroom, she claims, Trump was lying on the bed in his underwear. They had sex. She then describes his genitalia in great detail. His penis is
distinctive in a certain way, she writes. Prove, her attorney Michael Avenatti says, she is tired of being called a liar by Trump's people.
Daniels said the night after her sexual encounter with Trump, he invited her to a club. She showed up to find Trump and NFL Super Bowl Champion Ben
Roethlisberger talking. She writes, Trump eventually suggested Roethlisberger walk her to her hotel room. At the door, Daniels writes,
Roethlisberger asked her a question while pushing lightly on her door. How about a good night kiss? I was terrified, she writes. I am really
terrified. He stood outside, not leaving. Every now and again he'd knock, wrapping his knuckles in a line low along the door. Come on, he repeated
in a sing song voice. I won't tell. He eventually left.
CNN reached out to Roethlisberger for comment. We have not heard back. But in January, after a few of the details came out in "In Touch" magazine,
Roethlisberger's agent said Roethlisberger was aware of it but had no intention of addressing the story.
President Trump has never spoken her name in public nor admitted to any sexual tryst. But his spokespeople and attorneys have denied it ever
happened again and again. Trump and Daniels allegedly met months later at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She reveals while in his room as they were
watching TV Hillary Clinton called. Clinton was vying for the Democratic Presidential nomination against Barack Obama. When he hung up he was
effusive about Hillary. I love her, he said. She is so smart, Daniel writes. Fast forward almost a decade to the Trump and Clinton campaigns
and you'd never know it.
TRUMP: Lying, crooked Hillary. I love to say that. Because she is a liar.
SIDNER: Daniels also reveals she was raped as a child. She writes, it happened repeatedly by a man who lived next door to one of her friends. I
was 9. I was a child and then I wasn't, she writes. He was raping Vanessa, so I put myself between them, continually offering myself up so he
would leave her alone. Daniels says a school counselor called her a liar when she revealed the rape.
[11:55:00] And that's one of the disturbing details she recounts in her young life. One of the themes that is throughout the book is Stormy
Daniels hates being called a liar. And that explains why she went into such detail about President Trump. Her book comes out on October 2nd.
Sara Sidner, CNN, Los Angeles.
ANDERSON: Your parting shots tonight, a tantalizing glimpse of one of the most fascinating ancient societies. Egyptian archeologists have found a
beautiful sphynx near the city of Aswan. The rare sandstone statue is believed to be more than 2,000 years old and was stumbled upon by accident
when a temple was being drained. Now the new discovery echoes the giant sphinx of Giza with one enormous difference. Whereas that one towers at 20
meters high. This dainty new discovery a petite 38 centimeters. Egyptian officials hoping the tiny treasure will have a big impact when it comes to
the country's tourism industry.
Well, the old and new colliding in this show, news, culture, interviews, in depth, exclusive, we've got it all covered. And you can catch up with
anything you missed by going to the Facebook page, Facebook.com/CNNConnect. I'm Becky Anderson, that was CONNECT THE WORLD. For the team here and
those working with us around the world it's a very Good evening. Thank you for watching.