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Hurricane Michael Devastates Sections of Florida; Jamal Khashoggi Allegedly Records Torture and Death on Apple Watch; Tom Llamas with ABC Interviews Melania Trump; Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" Scheduled to Run a New Show. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired October 13, 2018 - 06:00   ET




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have just flown over Mexico Beach, and it's gone. It's gone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Daylight exposing the force of Hurricane Michael.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All the stores, all the restaurants, everything -- there's nothing left here anymore.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Turkish media reporting that missing "Washington Post" columnist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his own death on his Apple watch.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In the recordings say you can hear the assault, the struggle that took place.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's disgusting, especially if the accusation of killing, dismembering his body...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think sanctions should be applied under the Magnitsky Act.

TOM LLAMAS, ABC CHIEF NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: You're not the first First Lady to have to deal with her husband's alleged infidelities. Has this put a strain on your marriage?

MELANIA TRUMP, FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES: It is not a concern and focus of mine. I'm a mother and a First Lady.

LLAMAS: Do you love your husband?

MELANIA TRUMP: Yes, we are fine. Yes.


ANNOUNCER: This is "New Day Weekend" with Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul.

CHRISTI PAUL, CNN HOST: What you're looking at and hearing there are incredible new images in to CNN that show the fury of Hurricane Michael as it slammed into the Florida panhandle and right now the death toll from that storm is 17. The number is expected to go up.


M.TRUMP: I believe in the policies that my husband put together because I believe that we need to be very vigilant with who is coming to the country.


VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN HOST: First Lady Melania Trump says she was blindsided by her husband's zero-tolerance policy that led to family separations at the U.S. border. Plus, the First Lady on that controversial policy and that now-infamous jacket.

PAUL: And reports out of Turkey, missing Saudi Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his own death. Turkish officials saying they have audio and visual evidence the "Washington Post" columnist was killed inside the Saudi consulate.

So good to have you here. Thanks for being with us as we begin with new dramatic pictures of the power of Hurricane Michael as it slammed into Mexico Beach on the Florida panhandle. Look at this.

BLACKWELL: Seventeen people at the latest count have been killed but officials from Florida through the Carolinas and Virginia say that number could rise as search crews move through towns and communities leveled by the storm.

PAUL: Days after here the storm hit nearly a million homes and businesses that still do not have power this morning. And in places such as Panama City Beach, look at this, street after street of homes that are damaged, that are destroyed, and it makes it nearly impossible to restore service to anyone any time soon.

BLACKWELL: No community was harder hit than Mexico Beach there in Florida where neighborhoods were flattened as Hurricane Michael rolled through there.

PAUL: Erica Hill is there, in fact, this morning. And this really will be the first time I think, Erica, that some people will be able to get to some of the areas. What are you noticing this morning?

ERICA HILL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Christi, you're right. In fact, we spoke with a number of people yesterday who were here to see the damage for themselves. One woman from South Georgia whose home was also hit as the storm moved up into Georgia, she said there was a small text chain going with homeowners here. This is a vacation retirement home for her and her husband. And she said she wanted to get down here and take pictures for all of her neighbors and friends because they wouldn't believe the damage once they saw it. She said she thought it was bad on TV, but it was far worse in person.

I just want to say, we realized how quiet things were in Mexico Beach when CNN was able to get in via helicopter the day after the storm. Yesterday a far different story; we had search and rescue teams here going through a second pass of all the buildings. We also had a number of trucks bringing in large equipment, so we're talking about bulldozers just to push things out of the street, as well as, according to the mayor, supplies, water, food, even hot meals were being offered at city hall. But so many people as they were making their way in had the same thoughts as that one woman I spoke with, that it was far worse than they imagined.


REV. EDGAR LAFOUNTAIN, PASTOR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MEXICO BEACH: From what I've seen in pictures where bombs were dropped, that's what it looks like here. With God's help, we're going to rebuild and gain our strength again. It's just going to set us back a little bit, but we're pretty resilient people, I think, in Mexico Beach.

AL CATHEY, MAYOR OF MEXICO BEACH, FLORIDA: There's 75 percent of our city's not here.


There's not one local business here that's operational. Not one. And we're mom and pop. This isn't Hampton Inn and Pizza Hut and Wal-Mart.


HILL: And the mayor says they want to preserve that. He says they will rebuild, but they want to preserve that. Keep in mind here the city manager telling us she believes it will be a solid 12 to 18 months before this town is really back. The mayor says that he was told probably two months before there is power.

There's no water, there's no sewer but there are some people who want to stay if their homes are somewhat habitable. I said to the mayor, can they be here, should they be here, what about safety concerns? He said that's what we're debating right now. How do you tell someone who has a home, however crude conditions may be and they want to live there, how do you tell them to go to a motel? I want to tell you quickly, one other woman I spoke with who had a home here for decades, started dating her husband here -- they've been married 43 years, her grandkids come here.

She said it's like you drove to the edge of the world, and Mexico Beach fell off. But she said we are coming back. There's nothing left of their house. They found a bench that her husband made to go to the dining table he made and she said our grandkids will be so happy to have that and if we have to pitch a tent, Christi and Victor, we will be back.

PAUL: That is some resolve. Hey Erica, I wanted to ask you real quickly. We know FEMA Administrator, Brock Long is going to be in Florida. Do you know anything about what he'll do today, what his focus will be?

HILL: We don't have the exact itinerary. We're hoping to get a little bit more information on that this morning but number of officials obviously wanting to see the damage firsthand. We've seen that over the last couple of days. And if they really want to see where it all began, as you said, this is ground zero.

BLACKWELL: All right, Erica Hill for us there. Erica, thank you very much.

PAUL: We're getting a closer look at the damage to dozens of towns along the Florida panhandle where homeowners are trying to figure out even what they have left at this point and then what they do with it.

BLACKWELL: Yes, CNN's Scott McLean has their stories.

SCOTT MCLEAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: If there was any question about the strength of Hurricane Michael, the scene in Mexico Beach left no doubt. In this former panhandle paradise, not a single structure was left untouched. Michael was one of the strongest hurricanes on record, packing more than 150 mile-per-hour winds that left downed trees and power lines, tore roofs off home, and most striking, entire neighborhoods scraped off the map. Even in Mariana, Florida, more than 50 miles inland, Michael still packed a terrifying punch, destroying parts of downtown and ripping homes apart.

What was going through your mind? Roy Bush decided to ride out the storm with his son, Ahmaad as the hurricane literally shook his house. A decision he would soon regret. What was the scariest part?

AHMAAD BUSH, MARIANA, FLORIDA RESIDENT AND HURRICANE MICHAEL SURVIVOR: It was when we had the couches against the door, and the door kept on opening up.

MCLEAN: Because of the wind?

A. BUSH: Yes.

MCLEAN: The hurricane-force winds blew the chimney off, right on to his new truck.


MCLEAN: Karen Watson wasn't even that lucky. She returned home to this unthinkable scene after Her chimney collapsed through her roof.

WATSON: Didn't expect it. It's got some chips in it this time but it survived Andrew.

MCLEAN: She waited out the storm in Kentucky after a terrifying experience with Hurricane Andrew 26 years ago.

WATSON: That is a feeling that never, never leaves you.

MCLEAN: Governor Rick Scott toured Mexico Beach and Mariana to see the devastation for himself.

GOV. RICK SCOTT, (R) FLORIDA: The amount of debris, it's like a bomb went off. You look at a place like Jackson County where you had -- must have a bunch of small tornadoes, and you see -- you see the structures, you wonder how people survived them.

MCLEAN: Michael has already proven deadly, and the toll may yet rise. A fact not lost on Bush who knows he got lucky.

BUSH: I should have left and went west, you know.

MCLEAN: Scott McLean, CNN, Mariana, Florida.

BLACKWELL: If you'd like to help the people there across Florida and all the people who have been impacted by Hurricane Michael, visit

Now the other big story we're following today, that mystery of the missing Saudi journalist. This morning a pro-government Turkish paper is reporting that Jamal Khashoggi recorded his own death by turning on the recording function of his Apple watch before entering the Saudi consulate.

PAUL: Khashoggi, a columnist for the "Washington Post" had been missing for more than a week but Saudi Arabia denies any involvement in his disappearance. CNN Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon live outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul right now. What is the paper there saying about what evidence there may be of his death.


ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT: Well according to this report, bearing in mind that CNN has yet to independently verify it, Jamal Khashoggi would have appeared to have turned the app on his Apple phone, the recording app on before he entered into the consulate that is located just behind me. However, there are a number of glaring inconsistencies in this report that appeared in the pro-government daily, "Subbotu" including things that technology experts are pointing out such as the high unlikelihood that whatever information may have been recorded on his Apple watch did manage to migrate off of it.

But, that being said, CNN has spoken to a source who is familiar with the investigation, who was briefed by a western intelligence agency about the video and audio recordings that Turkey says they have. And the way it was described was really quite chilling, saying that in these audio and video recordings there are depictions and sounds of the assault, a struggle that ensued, and evidence that points to the moments when Jamal Khashoggi was murdered.

At this stage in this joint investigation that is being undertaken by a Saudi - Turkey working group, we're still waiting to hear what if anything does come of it but we do know that Turkey has 15 Saudi nationals who it considers to be persons of interest, all of whom arrived to Turkey on the day that Khashoggi did go missing. At t his stage, there's still a lot of questions but at the same time, despite Saudi Arabia's claims, they've not provided evidence that actually proves that Jamal Khashoggi left their consulate more than ten days ago.

PAUL: Arwa Damon, we appreciate it so much. Thank you. BLACKWELL: So let's talk more about the Apple watch reporting and if

it's really plausible here. So let's talk with CNN Business Technology Correspondent, Samuel Burke, to break this down for us. The report -- good morning to you Samuel. The report by the Turkish paper does not specify any specific apps that might have been used, how audio was transferred, hopefully pops back up. Did we lose him?

PAUL: We lost him. All right. The question at the end of the day, is the technology usable?

BLACKWELL: Is the story possible that he recorded something on his Apple watch and then that would have been sent to his phone, also to the cloud, and that's how the Turkish officials got the evidence?

PAUL: It brings up the question, what did he think was going to happen if he felt the need to turn on the watch to record as he was walking into the consulate.

BLACKWELL: That he thought he needed evidence after that. Let's go To Samuel Burke while we have hime, before we lose him. Explain if it's possible do what the Turkish paper is reporting.

SAMUEL BURKE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well good morning Victor. Good morning Christi. It is possible in theory, but so many things would have to go right. Number one, you'd need a data connection more than anything on your Apple watch and in Turkey, you cannot get an Apple watch with a data connection. Now we've even done tests to see if you could roam. Apple's website says you can't roam so even if you had a U.S. Apple watch with coverage from a U.S. carrier, it wouldn't work.

I think it's important to note we do know for a fact that Khashoggi did have an Apple watch. I went through photos on Twitter in May of this year and there's a little red dot on that Apple watch which shows that it is an Apple watch that has the data connection possibility but given what I just told you guys, the only way that if he did indeed download an app and recorded what was happening, it would have to go back to his watch via Bluetooth.

Now his fiancee is saying she had his phone outside the consulate; he's inside the consulate. All of us have used Bluetooth and we know it doesn't work very far; about 50 feet. So that doesn't look very plausible. Or maybe it connected to the Saudi Consulate's wifi, why would somebody who's in self-imposed exile take a security risk like that?

So it looks very unlikely that all this could have worked, that somehow he was sending the audio back all of this distance, given that there's not roaming, he probably didn't have a data connection. That's such a long distance for a Bluetooth to go and so what a lot of security experts are saying is this could be a way for Turkey, which may have bugged the Saudi consulate, said give an explanation for how they got this audio and video which intelligence officials are saying they've heard and seen. How did they get it? Well, use the Apple watch. Of course we're just speculating here given that we haven't seen hard evidence. What's important to note is that we haven't heard from Apple. I've been trying to contact them over and over. We saw in the San Bernardino terrorist attack a few years ago Apple says they can't get into these devices. So they're probably going to stay as we're away from this as possible for as long as possible.

BLACKWELL: OK, thanks for helping us understand it Samuel.

PAUL: Samuel, thank you.

BLACKWELL: Up next, what will the U.S. do about this? President Trump is weighing in on the deepening crisis. Hear what he plans and is not planning.

PAUL: And in a rare interview, First Lady Melania Trump talks about her marriage. She gives her take on her husband's alleged infidelity and why she claims she's, quote, "one of the most bullied persons in the world."


LLAMAS: What happened to you personally, or what did you see personally that you thought you wanted to tackle this issue?

MELANIA TRUMP, FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES: I could say I'm the most bullied person in the world.

LLAMAS: You think you're the most bullied person in the world?


PAUL: Nineteen minutes after the hour right now and this morning there's increasing pressure on President Trump to take action against Saudi Arabia for the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The president says he hasn't yet spoken with King Salman of Saudi Arabia but he does plan to do so quote, "pretty soon.".

BLACKWELL: Let's go to CNN White House Reporter Sarah Westwood live from the White House there.


Sarah, good morning to you. What else are we hearing from the administration about their potential outreach to King Salman and any potential action against Saudi Arabia?

SARAH WESTWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well good morning Victor. The Trump Administration is not even really saying what they believed happened in Istanbul, let alone laying out a plan for what they would do if it is true that what appears to have happened, this journalist was murdered by the Saudis. All the Trump Administration has really done, President Trump himself has taken the option off the table of allowing these new tensions to alter a multibillion dollars worth of proposed arms sales that the Trump Administration has pursued with Saudi Arabia.

It's a seriously complicated situation given the strategic importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. These economic ties with the Saudis that the Trump Administration has pursued in this overall realignment with Saudi Arabia that has really been at the center of the Trump Administration's Middle East policy.

And critics say that the White House's strong backing of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the young leader of Saudi Arabia, has emboldened Bin Salman to be more aggressive on the world stage. President Trump says he hasn't spoken to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Take a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have you spoken to the king of Saudi Arabia yet --

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I have not. I'll be speaking with him pretty soon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What will the conversation be like?

D. TRUMP: I can't tell you. I will say that they are looking very hard and fast and not only us. A lot of people are looking to find out because it is potentially a really, really terrible situation so we'll see what happens.


WESTWOOD: Now the U.S.-Saudi relationship had already been drawing scrutiny in recent months, given a lot of reasons one of them being the Saudi-led coalitions killing of civilians in Yemen. Trump is under tremendous pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill to take action if it turns out that Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudis. So far Victor and Christi, the Trump Administration not saying what they believe happened.

PAUL: All right, Sarah Westwood, thank you very much.

BLACKWELL: Joining me to discuss, Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator and Political Anchor for "Spectrum News;" and Kelly Jane Torrance, Deputy Managing Editor of "The Weekly Standard." Welcome back. Let's start here with this disconnect. Errol, I'm going to toss the first one to you, if you can explain the disconnect between what Turkish officials are saying they have, video and audio recording evidence of what happened inside the consulate there. And according to "The Washington Post" that has been shared with the U.S. or at least the U.S. has been alerted about the existence of that evidence.

And what we're hearing from the administration is what we need to see more, we don't know what happened. Reconcile those two.

ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR AND POLITICAL ANCHOR FOR "SPECTRUM NEWS": Yes, well the administration clearly playing for time here. What we aren't going to necessarily see is what probably all of us would like to see, which is all of the evidence, all of the audio and visual evidence that the Turkish authorities have. We probably are not going to see that.

Some of what you just reported a few minutes ago about some inconsistencies in how the information was produced suggests that they're not necessarily going to play it straight with how they know what they think they know about what went on in the consulate. Suffice it to say they've got that place on lockdown as far as surveillance. They seem to know a lot about what's going on. We may never see any of it, but they think they know a lot and conveyed a lot of it to their U.S. counterparts. You have U.S. intelligence, you have the senate knocking at the door and you have the public really sort of galvanized by this.

Because unlike something like the situation in the alleged human rights abuse in Yemen, this is something that people can kind of imagine. They can touch it. They see this guy. He's a "Washington Post" columnist. He's a reporter. We have video of him walking into the building. People really can kind of understand this. The alleged brutality of this regime puts a lot of strain on the White House to make a decision that they clearly don't want to make, which is to impose sanctions, to really change the relationship with Saudi Arabia, depending on what is disclosed about all of this.

BLACKWELL: Kelly Jane, Errol brings up a good point about the Senate knocking at the door. You've got a bipartisan group of Senators now calling on the president, at least to examine this under the Magnitsky Act, pushing now potentially stop this arms sale, the next round of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. They got close last time, four shots short of stopping it based on the activities in Yemen. How broad is the support in the Republican caucus to go up against the president - and we're 25 days, 24 days out from a midterm election to try to stop this arms sales.

KELLY JANE TORRANCE, DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR OF "THE WEEKLY STANDARD": You know something is serious Victor when you have a completely bipartisan movement on something in today's Washington. The Democrats, you'll recall, didn't have a single vote for the tax reform bill that the Republicans passed.


But this is something that both parties, people in both parties feel very strongly about. And every single Senator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, except one, and that's Senator Rand Paul, signed the letter.

They're serious. You even have people like Lindsey Graham, who is one of the president's biggest supporters these days, he's having very strong words for Saudi Arabia. And so I think something -- the White House is going to be facing increasing pressure, and they should. I have to say, you know, I met Jamal Khashoggi and I was very struck in my conversation with him. He cared so much about his country. And he told me he was scared to go back. And so I really do hope that some of the pressure on the white house works. We need to know at least what happened to this man. And Saudi Arabia's not really providing very good answers. They claim he left, but they have provided absolutely no evidence for that.

BLACKWELL: Errol, is this something, again just a little more than three weeks out from the election, that is this significant enough for any indications is it significant enough to most Americans who will be headed to the polls that this intraparty fight between the president and Senate Republicans could cause problems for the party at the polls?

LOUIS: Well, you know, it's unclear; I guess, polling will show that. I can tell you personally, Victor, I'm going to be moderating a couple of debates; one for Congress, swing district in New York, and for a U.S. Senate seat in a week from now. This is going to be a question that comes up because the interpretation of the Magniksky Act, the congressional checks and balances and scrutiny of the principled realism policy, the foreign policy of the White House. These are relevant questions and people need to talk about that.

It's one thing to say, I'm going to stick with the president for political reasons because I'm a Republican. It's quite another thing to say, a mob-style hit on a journalist for an American newspaper, a resident of this country is something I'm going to ignore; I'm going to look the other way on. I'm going to sort of balance against arms sales or something like that. That's a very tricky proposition. I don't think it's going to be widespread enough necessarily to really swing a lot of elections one way or the other, but very much a relevant question going into the midterms.

BLACKWELL: Kelly, finally to you. There are some valid questions now being asked about the president's potential personal conflict of interest. The president during the campaign bragged about selling apartments to the Saudis for tens of millions of dollars saying there's no reason not to like them or like them very much. His children also have a business interest in Saudi Arabia. So that is also a part of the story. And the potential, we don't know because we haven't seen the tax returns, that part of what we're seeing could be the president watching out for business interests.

TORRANCE: Yeah. I certainly hope that's not the case Victor, but as you say, since we haven't seen the tax returns, we don't know exactly what the extent of Donald Trump's involvement with the Saudi Royal Family is. And of course we know that Jared Kushner has been very close to Mohammed Bin Salman, the Crown Prince who basically runs the country day to day. I guess we'll have to look and see what action is taken. If they do absolutely nothing about this, it looks bad, it is bad. I think that the world is watching right now.

And I have to say -- when Donald Trump started talking about the arms deal, it was almost a non sequitur. That has nothing to do with jobs here in America have nothing to do with standing up for an American resident who wrote for one of America's biggest newspapers, who it looks like was murdered by this regime. I mean, look, you know, it's just incredible that you'd even think at that time, well, we've got this arms deal. Maybe we don't want to say anything about it --

BLACKWELL: We did see in the video we just saw from the president's first visit, his first international trip was to Saudi Arabia. And it was note-worthy that the president did not mention human rights abuses there in Saudi Arabia, but didn't do it with a whole host of international leaders over the last almost two years. Errol Louis, Kelly Jane Torrance, thank you both.

LOUIS: Thank you.


PAUL: Still to come, we're learning a lot about First Lady Melania Trump and learning about it from her. She talks about her marriage in this rare interview and even discusses whether she's still in love.


LLAMAS: You mentioned you still have a good marriage. Do you love your husband?

M. TRUMP: Yes. We are fine. Yes.




PAUL: There's a new CNN poll showing First Lady Melania Trump seems to be far more popular than her husband apparently; 54 percent of adults have a favorable opinion of her. You compare that to the 41 percent who have a favorable opinion of the president.

BLACKWELL: The first lady gave a rare interview; this was during a trip overseas. She talked about the controversial immigration policy. Here's a portion of the interview.


M. TRUMP: I believe in the policies that my husband put together because I believe that we need to be very vigilant who's coming to the country.

LLAMAS: But do you think people should be able to bring in their mother and father?

M. TRUMP: Yes, of course. We need to vet them. We need to know who they are.

LLAMAS: Have you told your husband this?

M. TRUMP: Yes, of course.

LLAMAS: What does he say?


M. TRUMP: He agrees.


PAUL: And the first lady also talked about her marriage, about her husband's presidency and why she feels that she's, quote, "the most bullied person in the world, or at least one of them." Here's CNN's Randi Kaye.


M. TRUMP: I'm a mother and a First Lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do.


RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Melania Trump on her first solo foreign trip making headlines. Not for what she did in Africa but for what she said about her husband's alleged any infidelities.


M. TRUMP: It is not a concern and focus of mine. I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage.


KAYE: Asked if she's been hurt by the allegations, Mrs. Trump paused before answering.


M. TRUMP: It's not always pleasant, of course. But I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true and what is not true.


KAYE: Her husband has denied reports of extramarital affairs during the couple's 13-year marriage. Still, Mrs. Trump has endured a steady stream of women who say otherwise. And 15 have come forward alleging misconduct ranging from sexual harassment and assault to lewd behavior, all of which Trump denies. ABC asked Melania Trump if she still loves her husband and if they have a good marriage.


M. TRUMP: Yes, we are fine. Yes. It's what media speculates, and it's gossip. It's not always correct.


KAYE: The First Lady didn't answer directly when asked by ABC if she believed the testimony of Justice Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford, but did say this.


M. TRUMP: I do stand with women. But we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, I was, you know, sexually assaulted and -- or you did that to me or because sometimes the media goes too far in the way they portray some stories. It's not correct. It's not right.

(END VIDEO) KAYE: Mrs. Trump also discussed bullying.


M. TRUMP: I could say I'm the most bullied person on -- on the world.

LLAMAS: You think you're the most bullied persons in the world?

M. TRUMP: One -- one of them if you see what people are saying about me.


KAYE: The First Lady also opened up about her lack of trust when it comes to her husband's inner circle.


M. TRUMP: Some people don't work there anymore...

KAYE: She told ABC that she is one of the president's most trusted advisers even though he didn't always listen.


M. TRUMP: Oh, I wish. I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do.


KAYE: Randi Kaye, CNN, Palm Beach, Florida.

BLACKWELL: A U.S. pastor detained for two years in Turkey after being charged with helping to plot a coup against Turkish president Erdogan is now coming home. Why he's expected in Washington today.

PAUL: First, his unique perspective and voice really influenced the world of food and travel and culture. The newest episode of "Parts Known" is coming and you're going to see a different look at Anthony Bourdain.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look, I love it, and I hate it, you know. But it's home. It's become home.

BOURDAIN: Are you optimistic about the future?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah. Especially if this nuclear deal finally happens, yeah. Very much actually.

BOURDAIN: Let's assume the worst, let's assume that you cannot see any way to reconcile what you think of Iran with your own personal beliefs. Do you -- you just generally don't approve?


BOURDAIN: I think those are exactly the sort of places you should go.


BOURDAIN: See who we're talking about, where we're talking about here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's almost un-American not to go to those places, you know?


PAUL: Do not miss an all new episode of "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown." It's tomorrow at 9:00 p. m. Eastern right here on CNN.



PAUL: Well right now an American pastor who was imprisoned in Turkey is on his way back to the U.S. We're talking about Pastor Andrew Brunson. He was held for two years, charged with being involved in a failed coup attempt.

BLACKWELL: He was released on Friday then flown to Germany for a medical check. Brunson is expected to land in just a few hours in D.C. where he will reportedly meet with President Trump at the White House. The president pushed for Brunson's release for some time now, even issuing sanctions until he was freed.


D. TRUMP: He's going to be coming to the Oval Office most likely on Saturday. But we're very honored to have him back with us. He suffered greatly, but we're very appreciative to a lot of people. A lot of people.


BLACKWELL: CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman joins us from Turkey. What do we know about the pastor's condition? How is he?

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We don't know the specifics of his health conditions, but we know that in July he was transferred from a Turkish prison where he was under detention pending the end of his trial to house arrest here in the city, Izmir, to the house he's lived in for quite some time. Now in Germany, he is scheduled or has had conducted a full medical checkup which is standard operating procedure for people coming out of prison or hostage situations and returning to the United States. We do know that he was very happy to be released. It was quite a

surprise. It was assumed there would be a more gradual process rather than immediately being released yesterday afternoon. And we were on hand outside of his house as a fleet of U.S. Consular vehicles took him and his wife Norine to the airport and out of Turkey. And we are told by one of his supporters that as much as he loves this country, he doesn't plan to return. Victor?

BLACKWELL: Understandable. Ben Wedeman, thank you very much Ben.

PAUL: Well, Two teams, two passionate fan bases. Coy Wire is down on the bayou in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for something that's a big deal, huh? Coy?

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS COMMENTATOR: Yes, brewing into a beautiful morning in the bayou. Good morning to you Christi and to all of our viewers. Did you know that LSU has the only school that has a number- one draft pick in baseball, football, and men's and women's basketball, and they have a team today looking to take down the number-two team in the nation? We'll talk about that coming up after the break.


BLACKWELL: All right, we're headed now to the bayou for one of the biggest games in the SEC this year.

PAUL: Coy Wire is there ahead of the Georgia-LSU game. First we want to talk about baseball though and apparently some free burgers which at this point in time...

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS COMMENTATOR: Before this series, Brewer's Manager Craig Counsell said there was probably more pressure not to take a lead in this series but to give the fans a 12-striaght win and free burgers. More on that in a minute. They succeeded and it's all thanks to an unlikely hero rising to the occasion.

Brewers' relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff hitting the jaw-dropping homerun in the third and this is off of one the best pitchers in the game, Clayton Kershaw. The dugout goes nuts. All of Wisconsin high fiving and hugging and Woodruff's emotion says it all. This energized Brew Crew went up 6-1 at one point but L.A. battled back to 6-4 in the ninth. That's where Chris Taylor's long fly ball bounces in and out of the glove of a leaping Lorenzo Kane. Dodgers score, now within one but Corey (inaudible) was facing Justin Turner sits him down. Strikes him out. Feeling the win, here's Brandon Woodruff on his momentum home run.


BRANDON WOODRUFF, PITCHER FOR THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS: Once I knew it was gone, it was one of those kind of moments where you're not thinking. I was letting emotion out. It was a cool moment. I was happy I could just go out there and do it for the team.


WIRE: Now about the free burgers, Victor listen up. With 12 wins in a row, the restaurant George Webb, will deliver on its promise. They're going to give out free burgers at 30 locations around the southeast Wisconsin. That will happen next Thursday and we'll see some of the feast I'm sure on next week's "Bleacher Report."

Brewers and Dodgers back in action for game two today. That's at 4:09 Eastern and followed by game one of the Astros and Red Sox in Boston starting at 8:09 on our sister network TBS. I'm here at LSU. It was founded in 1860. The beast behind me, Tiger Stadium, was built in 1924. It's become one of the most intimidating places in all of sports; 102,000-plus pack this place. It's the seventh largest stadium in the world.

And on game day, that makes this the fifth largest city in population in Louisiana. Think about that and it gets rocking. It gets so loud that there was actually the famous earthquake game back in 1988 that registered as an earthquake in the geosciences building here on campus. Deafening noise; 130 decibels. As a comparison, live rock concerts at 110 decibels.

You can imagine how loud it gets. They say that Death Valley, as it's known, is where the dreams of opposing teams come to die. The number- two Georgia Bulldogs are coming with dreams of making it back to the national championship game this season. We'll see if they can get it done against the Tigers.

PAUL: Coy, thank you very much. Have fun. We know you will.


PAUL: We know you will.

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