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Shouting 'Mexico First,' Hundreds in Tijuana March Against Migrant Caravan; Nissan Chairman Arrested After Company Accuses Him Of "significant Acts Of Misconduct"; Reports: Disney Betting Big On Theme Parks; Disney Parks Profit Up More Than 100 Percent In Five Years; U.S. President Slams Architect of bin Laden Raid; U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 17 Saudis for Khashoggi Murder; Trump Not Afraid to Sit Down with Mueller; Ivanka Trump Emails; Three People Killed in Chicago Hospital Shooting; California Wildfires; Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Asylum Restrictions. Aired 2-3a ET

Aired November 20, 2018 - 02:00   ET




JOHN VAUSE, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Welcome to the viewers in the United States and around the world. I'm John Vause, you're watching CNN NEWSROOM.

Ahead this hour, he's insulted them all, war heroes, prisoners of war, military veterans, widows of veterans, Gold Star families and now the Navy SEAL who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid. All that from the U.S. commander in chief, who received five draft deferrals to avoid the Vietnam War.

Hillary Clinton was vilified for using her personal email for government business. Now first daughter Ivanka Trump -- oops -- has done it as well. And she says she didn't know the rules.

And a blessing and a curse, the rain is finally in the forecast for wildfire-ravaged California but they bring with them a whole new set of potentially disastrous problems.


VAUSE: Trump has bragged he knows more about ISIS than America's generals and it seems he is an expert on Osama bin Laden as well. The president went after the retired admiral William McRaven, who led the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

Tweeting, "Of course we should have captured Osama bin Laden long before we did."

Seems McRaven put a target on his own back when he said last year that Trump's attacks on the media were the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime. It's a comment McRaven continues to stand by and that brought this rebuke from President Trump.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: He's a Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama backer and, frankly --

CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS HOST: He was a Navy SEAL for 37 --


TRUMP: -- wouldn't it be nice if we got Osama bin Laden sooner?


VAUSE: In response to that snide remark from the president, former CIA deputy director, Michael Morrell, issued this statement.

"Correction needed to POTUS' comment today that McRaven should have found bin Laden sooner. CIA did the 'finding.' McRaven's special operators did the 'getting.' They moved within days of President Obama giving the order."


VAUSE: Joining us now from Orlando, Florida, CNN military analyst Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the former Army commander general for Europe and the 7th Army.

General, good to see you.


Here's the response from Admiral McRaven.

"I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else. I'm a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for. I respect all presidents of any political party who uphold the dignity of the office and who use that office to bring the nation together during challenging times."

At the same time the Republican National Committee is backing the president. They put this statement out on Twitter.

"Worth noting after recent comments retired Adm. William McRaven was reportedly on Hillary's short list for vice president in 2016. He's been critical of Trump, even dating back to the 2016 campaign. He's hardly a nonpolitical figure."

You can debate that back and forth but what is the end result when a military leader of Admiral McRaven's standing becomes politicized and becomes another prop in the president's reality TV show?

HERTLING: That's what concerns me the most, the politicization of the military and the president has done this already with other institutions -- or at least tried to do it -- with the intelligence community, with law enforcement and with the judicial branch and all of that is contributing to the divisiveness that we see across our society. It's unfortunate because the military -- and, interestingly, I counted

today how many presidents I served for during my years -- and Admiral McRaven and I were in the military about the same amount of time. We entered about the same time and left the same time.

And both of us served under eight different presidents, five Republican and three Democrats. I would not have known that unless I stopped to think about it.

The military serves the ideas embedded in the Constitution. They don't serve an individual. Yet, it seems Mr. Trump wants that fealty of the military serving a person. And that's not what we do. When he doesn't go the way he wants it to go, the same way he treats his political adversaries, he mocks them, as he did with McRaven and as he's done with several others.

VAUSE: This is just the latest example of Donald Trump insulting a war hero. It comes after he skipped that WWI ceremony in France because it was raining, followed by a no show at Arlington Cemetery on Veterans' Day.

And here's his reason he didn't lay a wreath on Veterans' Day.


TRUMP: I should have done that. I was extremely busy on calls for the country. We did a lot of calling, as you know.


VAUSE: Many like Democratic congressman Don Beyer have questioned that. He tweeted, so far, he, the president, has spent one of every four days of his first term golfing and two to three months at Mar-a- lago.

How credible do you find that excuse coming from this president?

HERTLING: Not credible at all.


HERTLING: In fact, it speaks to me of what he sets as his priorities. On a national holiday dedicated to honoring veterans, I can understand the president is busy. But as we've seen, he certainly takes a lot of time off to do the things he wants to do, vacationing and golfing.

Now I'm not knocking him for that. But on a day that's dedicated to veterans, you would think that he would at least dedicate a certain amount of time to honoring those vets when Arlington Cemetery is literally a 10-minute drive away from the White House.

VAUSE: Especially when you consider how much this president has publicly declared his overwhelming support for the troops -- like this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) TRUMP: There's nobody, nobody that loves the military like I do. I love the military.

I don't think anybody been more with the military than I have.


VAUSE: What was interesting, the "Military Times" polled 900 readers and found that while support for the president remains relatively high, almost 44 percent, that approval rating has slowly been eroding since 2016. But that seems like a negligible decline in the context of the past year or so.

Why is the military so supportive of the commander in chief?

Why remain so loyal to a commander in chief who won't go to places like Iraq and Afghanistan because he doesn't support the wars those soldiers have been sent to fight?

HERTLING: When you look at's survey, there are some -- some challenges within there. There's differences between the lower ranks and the higher ranks. There's certainly been a shift in terms of women in the military's support for the president.

I think we're seeing some huge shifts across the board. Now the, I've said this from the beginning, that survey instrument is not very reliable. And they admit that themselves. It showed much greater support for the president during the campaign than it is showing now.

I think we're seeing the shifts because, truthfully, I hate to say it this way, but the military is getting wise to him. He likes the military when he can use it in his speeches and when he can use it for his props.

But I think many people who wear the uniform or have worn the uniform are beginning to become a little bit more wise to his ways and what he's doing with the military as part of the defender of our country versus his particular political props.

VAUSE: It has been an interesting year, I guess, for the military as well as everybody else, when it comes to the president.

General, thank you, good to see you.

HERTLING: Good to see you John, thank you.


VAUSE: The mystery will be solved in the coming hours with the release of a full report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. While Trump seems to be the only person that has any doubt about what happened, sources tell CNN the CIA has already reached its own conclusion that the Saudi crown prince is responsible. Here's CNN's Alex Marquardt.


ALEX MARQUARDT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Yet again, the president raising doubts about his own intelligence agency's conclusions. Sources tell CNN the CIA now believes Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman known as MBS personally ordered the killing of "The Washington Post" journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

But President Trump says he doubts that because of MBS's repeated denials that he played any role.


TRUMP: Well, he told me that he had nothing to do with it, he told me that I would say maybe five times at different points.

CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS HOST: But what if he's lying?

TRUMP: As recently as a few days ago.

WALLACE: Do you just live with it because you need him?

TRUMP: Well, will anybody really know?

All right, will anybody really know?


MARQUARDT: Part of what the CIA examined was the infamous audio recording from inside the consulate when Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered. A recording the president says he doesn't want to listen to.

TRUMP: It's a suffering tape, it's a terrible tape. I've been fully briefed on it, there's no reason for me to hear it, in fact I said to the people, should I?

They said, "You really shouldn't, there's no reason."

I know exactly - I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it.

MARQUARDT: On his way to visit the aftermath of the California wildfires over the weekend, the president offered up a likely explanation for his defense of the crown prince.

TRUMP: We also have a great ally, Saudi Arabia, they give us a lot of jobs and they give us a lot of business, a lot of economic development.

MARQUARDT: Republicans in Congress are splitting from the president. Many believe there is no doubt that MBS was behind it and want to hold them to account.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think the evidence is overwhelming that the crown prince was involved. SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R), SOUTH CAROLINA: I believe from day one that 15 people, 18, whatever the number was, they don't get onto airplanes go to Turkey and chop a guy in the consulate who is a critic of the crown prince without the crown prince having known about it and sanctioned it.

MARQUARDT: And this morning, MBS' father, King Salman, spoke publicly for the first time since Jamal Khashoggi's death, as the crown prince listened and the audience heaped praise on him and never directly addressed the murder or mentioned Khashoggi by name.

Now, the U.S. has taken some action in response to the killing of Khashoggi. They imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis accused of being behind that horrific murder, as well as the stopping of refueling of Saudi planes --


MARQUARDT: -- in the war in Yemen while also calling for a cease- fire.

But for many lawmakers Democrats and Republicans alike, that's not enough and they fear with Trump again seeming to not believe the intelligence community, that he's not ready to go further -- Alex Marquardt, CNN, Washington.


VAUSE: Scott Lucas is a professor of international politics at University of Birmingham and founding and editor of "EA WorldView." He's with us now from Birmingham, England.

Scott, thanks for taking the time. The only person who isn't convinced the crown prince was involved in Khashoggi's murder is Trump. Presumably this report will reflect the findings of the intelligence community.

So if that's the case, should we expect the president to suddenly start talking about the crown prince in terms of some guy in the Middle East he's never met and hardly knows?

Because he's been pretty quick to dump friends and allies in the past.

SCOTT LUCAS, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM: He's not going to dump Mohammed bin Salman. And he's not the only person that will try to protect the crown prince; so will Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is this administration's point man for contacts with the Saudi monarchy.

The lines are drawn here. Trump and the White House spun against the CIA report when it was put out through the media this past weekend. The conclusions which the CIA has drawn not only from its own intelligence and other states like Turkey, is this operation could not gone ahead without Mohammed bin Salman.

But the president's priority is, as he said there, quote, "jobs and business," by which he means arms sales. He got the 110 billion dollars in arms sales to Riyadh last year. He was celebrated in May of last year when he visited the kingdom. He doesn't want to give up the personal affection and what he sees as a business priority.

But watch for two things: watch for the State Department and the CIA and other agencies to try to get Saudi Arabia to move toward a cease- fire on Yemen, to try to ease their blockade on fellow Gulf State of Qatar and secondly, where the U.S. has a big military base.

And secondly, that King Salman in Saudi Arabia is moving to limit the crown prince's power over external matters just a bit. That's external matters over that Yemeni civil war, over other areas of foreign policy. I think that's the play right now among U.S. agencies. Encourage the king to contain his son rather than dismissing him.

VAUSE: We'll move on to the Russia investigation. The president is expected to hand over his homework, his written answers to the questions from the special prosecutor. It seems this is about as far as he's willing to go. Here's White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.


KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP SENIOR ADVISER: His attorneys have, I guess, counseled him that he should submit those answers in writing. And he's not afraid to sit down. It just doesn't seem necessary, doesn't rise to that level.


VAUSE: Why is it that this White House gets to decide what is necessary?

How could they call the shots on this?

LUCAS: We don't know if they will get to decide. The showdown will come if Mueller's team subpoena the president for a face-to-face questioning rather than written answers.

Now Donald Trump has moved to block that by appointing Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker could veto any subpoena. But there's questions raised as to whether Whitaker needs congressional approval.

So we come down to the question we've had for 18 months; if there's a showdown, will Republicans in Congress allow Donald Trump and the White House to limit the investigation?

Or will they stand up and say, no, this investigation must proceed to a conclusion which is not limited or not curbed?

We probably are not close to that final decision yet, because the new Congress hasn't sat but I would suspect that when we have a Democratic House of Representatives and we start to have pressure from the House as well as Mueller in early January, that's when we get the answer to your question. VAUSE: OK. I don't know if you remember back in 2016. It seems like such a long time ago, Hillary Clinton and her e-mails. This woman was vilified during the campaign because she used a private e-mail server to send out these e-mails for government business. Let's get into the time machine and take a look back.


TRUMP: 33,000 missing e-mails. Think of it. 33,000.

She should never have been allowed to run for the spit, based on what she did we males. She deleted the e-mails. She has to go to jail.


VAUSE: Well, now there's this report from "The Washington Post" that Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of e-mails last year to White House aides, cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with the White House examination of her correspondence.

The discovery alarmed some advisers to President Trump, who feared that his --


VAUSE: -- daughter's practices or similarities to the personal email use of Hillary Clinton, an issue he made a focus of his 2016 campaign.

So well, what, lock her up, lock her up?

Where do we go with this?

LUCAS: What is good to cook Hillary Clinton's goose doesn't apply to Ivanka Trump. That's going to be the line from the White House. They will say Ivanka did not delete any of the e-mails and none of them contained classified information.

I have to say in a partial defense here that if there is no classified information and those emails, if they're relatively benign, then I do think there's not a serious story from a security point of view as opposed to -- let's say, at least a lapse in judgment.

But here's my read on this. Given the other issues around Donald Trump and his family, given the possible violation of the Constitution's emolument clause to benefit the Trump Organization, given the alleged tax manipulation -- I emphasize alleged -- by this president, given this president and his family's approach to other countries, allegedly for loans for their businesses, even as they were preparing to take office and given the course of Trump's numerous questions over his abuse of power in the White House, I think the question of Ivanka's e-mails are relatively small, a molehill compared to that mountain that we're facing.

VAUSE: What was a mountain in 2016 is now a molehill, I guess, compared to everything else that's going on in 2018. Of course, the classified information, too, is the key to all of that. Thank you so much. Great to have you with us.

LUCAS: Thank you, John.

VAUSE: Next here on CNN NEWSROOM, a domestic dispute turns deadly as a gunman opens fire at a hospital in Chicago.

Also ahead, the rain so many have hoped for may present a new danger to fire-ravaged California.





VAUSE: A shooting at a hospital in Chicago has left at least three people dead. Police say it started with an argument between the gunman and a woman in the parking lot of the Mercy Hospital on Monday. That's when the gunman started firing.

Officers chased him into the hospital. The shooter was killed during an exchange of fire with police. A police officer, a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant were also killed. The gunman is believed to have had a relationship with one of the victims.

San Francisco, Stockton and Sacramento were all classified as the world's most polluted cities because of the smoke and haze coming from the so-called Camp Fire in California. In less than two weeks, the wildfires at both ends of the state have claimed at least 82 lives and hundreds are still missing.

Rain is finally in the forecast but that could be both a blessing and a curse. CNN's Paul Vercammen reports now from the fire zone.


PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Tonight, the death toll rising in the incinerated wreckage of Paradise. And there are more than 15,000 structures obliterated. The search for remains is unlike any in California history.

DAN NEWMAN, SHERIFF'S SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM, BUTTE COUNTY: This is the largest -- the largest rescue operation in California ever. In the way of over 500 search and rescue volunteers from all over California and that's just unprecedented.

VERCAMMEN: The number of people unaccounted for is down from more than 1,200 to under a thousand. Authority are trying to whittle down that list as survivors were found.

KORY HONEA, SHERIFF-CORONER, BUTTE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: This is still raw data. My objective of finding progress or moving forward over perfection, I think, is still the better course of action even though the numbers in many cases seem quite daunting. VERCAMMEN: Those displaced in camping in area parking lots are now spreading out to shelters ahead of predicted rain.

SCOTT MCLEAN, DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF, CAL FIRE: Unfortunately, believe it or not. Yes, unfortunately, we are having some rain come in.

VERCAMMEN: Four to six inches of rain desperately needed before the fires that officials fear will now cause mudslides and debris flow.

MCLEAN: It will pretty much diminish a lot of those flames that are taking place now. However, it does not pose a hazard to the firefighters because there -- back there on dirt roads, dirt trails, trying to fight this fire. And now, it's going to turn into mud, which will be another hazard for them to contend with.

VERCAMMEN: Still out of the devastation, more dramatic rescue stories. A bus driver, a few months on the job, shuttled two teachers and 23 elementary school children to safety and rescued a third teacher along the way. A five-hour odyssey through walls of flame.

CHARLOTTE MERZ, STUDENT: There were like fires left and right. Everywhere you look, there were like smoke everywhere and people trying to get out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- time to go. It's much worse than we'd ever seen. So, let's get the kids that are here left and let's get them out of here.

VERCAMMEN: Cal Fire estimates 80 to 90 percent of the homes destroyed in Paradise California. The bus driver, the fourth grader, one of the teachers, all lost their homes -- Paul Vercammen, CNN, Paradise, California.




VAUSE: This just in to CNN, a judge has temporarily blocked Trump's asylum ban for immigrants that enter the U.S. illegally. That presidential order was made earlier this month to stop large numbers of immigrants from the caravan crossing the border.

Thousands from that caravan are now waiting at the border in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. Border Patrol temporarily closed the port of entry in San Diego, California. The judge's restraining order will remain in effect until December 19th.

Next up on CNN NEWSROOM, they had a huge hit in the '90s but now the reggae group is getting political, taking on the Trump administration's immigration stance with a new protest song.


[02:30:20] VAUSE: In recent days, the U.S. has dramatically tight in security on the border with Mexico. In particular, around the San Diego-Tijuana area including a pre-down closure of the country's busiest crossing at San Isidro on Monday. It reopened after several hours but almost half the vehicle lanes remained close. In recent weeks, U.S. military controlled more than 12 miles of barbwire along the border.

And over the weekend, work crews reinforced another part of the border fence by covering it completely in coiled razor wire which brought this tweet from the U.S. president. The fake news is showing all footage of people climbing over our ocean area fence. This is what it really looks like. No climbers anymore under our administration. All of these measures are intended to harden the border because Customs and Border Protection believed some of the thousands of immigrants who recently arrive in Mexico may find a (INAUDIBLE) way into the U.S.

It's part of a statement they issued on Monday. In the early morning hours, CBP officials received reports of groups of persons from the caravan gathering in the City of Tijuana for a possible attempt or attempts to cross illegally through the port of entry instead of presenting themselves as required to a CBP officer. At least one activist group says that claim is a deliberate attempt to mislead and mislead the public and demonize refugees.

Many have questioned this administration's claims to just how big the threat really is from thousands of poor desperate immigrants in those caravans. Many seeking asylum from violence and political persecution (INAUDIBLE) a widespread outrage of the administration's policy separating parents from their children. And then there's a signature campaign from this made by candidate Trump to build a wall on the border that critics have called a solution in search of a problem.

Now, all of those concerns, all those criticisms have been put to music. A reggae rap from the band Big Mountain.



VAUSE: It's a long way from their 1994 hit which maybe a little more familiar.



VAUSE: Joining us now from Los Angeles is lead singer Quino McWhinney and in Chicago Dr. John Marquez who sings on the song is also a professor of Latin studies at Northwestern University. Guys, thanks for coming in. Good to see you both.


VAUSE: OK. Quino, let's start with you.

JOHN MARQUEZ, SINGER, BIG MOUNTAIN: Thanks for having us. VAUSE: It is a big leap from Baby, I Love Your Way to Deportation

Nation. But when you look at your background and the history of the band, it becomes pretty clear the issues on the border are pretty personal.

MCWHINNEY: Yes. We've always been artist activist, you know, from the very beginning. Big Mountain was actually inspired to take on the name big mountain because of a group of Native Americans, Navajo. The main people that were being forced to relocate from their native lands and that was our first few shows we're doing benefits for those folks. So we've always been conscious as what we believe reggae music is all about staying provocative and just getting the people the truth the best way we can with music.

VAUSE: There have been a lot of controversies surrounding President Trump, you know, and immigration, you know, it started from the moment he started his campaign and it just kept coming. But was there one incident in particular which you felt was the moment when you needed to make this song?

MCWHINNEY: Well, our second album that actually the album that had Baby, I love Your Way on it also had a song called Border Town and it is centered around the activities that were going on back then 1994 if you remember that was the year that NAFTA was inducted, a big militarization of the border called Operation Gatekeeper was taking place. So we've just been very tied into the activist border community.

I'm appalled every day that some of the things that President Trump is using some of the political ploys that he uses to get his base rallied up at the expense of human beings, people that are really suffering, people that really need help, and, you know, the reason we did this song is to show solidarity with them.

VAUSE: OK. So here's part of the song which specifically deals with the U.S. President Donald Trump.



[02:35:28] VAUSE: And, you know, you've mentioned this, Quino, the issue of mass deportations did not start under this administration. At one point, President Obama was deporting 400,000 undocumented immigrants a year. That was a result of a policy which began under President Bill Clinton.


BILL CLINTON, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: All Americans not only in the state's most heavily affected but in every place in this country are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold are otherwise be held by citizens or illegal immigrants, the public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards.


VAUSE: Say, John, to you, why was it not the same anger, you know, the same protest when past presidents have implemented a crackdown on immigration?

MARQUEZ: I don't think that's entirely accurate. I think we've been raising awareness around border militarization and the plight of immigrants now. At least Quino and I have for over 20 years. I think the most powerful element of the more recent art that we produced with Deportation Nation is a critic more of American history than it is of one particular president. We have just found it a unique opportunity to raise that awareness once again.

Unfortunately, we're having to do it time and time again but there's a strong anti-brown under current to American nationalism that contradicts the heroic contributions that Mexicano and Centroamericano people have made towards the building and maintaining of this nation state. As artists, we feel that our work is to pull back the curtain on the illusion that Quino mentioned earlier through which immigrants specifically Mexicanos and Centroamericanos knows along the border lands are persecuted as an invasive species or as a parasite to the nation state despite how much we contribute, despite the sacrifices that our families have made over time.

My grandfather in namesake cross the border without proper documentation. When he received the draft called to join the U.S. Army and he joined a caravan of soldiers that stormed beaches in France to rid or free Western Europe from fascist impulse that are growing fascist threat. That's the type of American story that we're trying to tell alongside our critic of the persecution of immigrants that ongoing now.

VAUSE: Here's another part of the song and it focuses on child separation at the border and (INAUDIBLE) by John, so listen to this.



VAUSE: Lock out children in cages and they will reinvent our world redefine what it means to be a nation. So, John, what you're saying is that that policy, that specific policy implemented by Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions, the attorney general somehow it changed what it meant to be American?

MARQUEZ: No, that's not necessarily what I mean it. I mean by that. What I meant -- I was referring to what I described as a brown radical tradition. There are always been caravans of people migrating to improve their lives. There are always been caravans of people displaced and dispossessed of opportunities. What I'm referring to is the way that our communities stick together mostly through the work of women, mostly through the work of Mexicanos or Latinos who hold our families and hold our communities together despite the persecution that we suffer, despite the threat of deportation, despite mass incarceration.

What I'm trying to convey in that piece of art is a message both to our people, to our communities, to our barrios that we will persevere through this and out of this discrimination, out of this forms of criminalization, we grow stronger and it is through the struggle that we grow stronger. It's through that struggle that will built a better community and continue to serve and set an example for what a true democracy is which is built upon the sacrifices of hard working people such as our ancestors and such as those who have held down the communities that we come from.

VAUSE: John and Quino, thank you so much. It was great to speak with you guys. Appreciate it.

MCWHINNEY: Thank you.

VAUSE: Well, a judge described as the most vicious crime he has ever seen. Coming up here, a Colorado man sentenced for murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters.


[02:43:10] VAUSE: A Colorado man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters. The prosecutor said Chris Watts had found a new love interest but it wasn't clear why divorce was not an option. He pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, Shanann, four-year-old Bella, and three-year-old Celeste, and disposing of their bodies at a secluded site where he worked. The judge called the murders inhumane and vicious.

Under a plea deal, the prosecutors did not pursue the death penalty with the approval of Shanann Watts' family. Her father spoke for the family which has been left devastated.


FRANK RZUCEK, SHANANN WATTS' FATHER: Life will never be the same without Shanann, Bella, and Celeste, and Nico. Had all their lives to live. They were taken by a heartless man. This is the heartless one, the evil monster who dare you take the lives of my daughter, Shanann, Bella, Celeste, and Nico. I trusted you to take care of them and not kill them. And they also trusted you. The heartless monster and then you take them out like trash. You disgust me.


VAUSE: Nico is the name for their unborn son. Watts' parents had previously defended their son that have since questioned the plea deal telling the court they would not ask the leniency. Facebook dealing with yet another scandal. Human rights groups are demanding an investigation after a family in South Sudan used the social network to auction their teenage daughter in marriage. According to the Group Plan International, the girl's father reported to received 500 cows, three cars, and $10,000 in exchange of his daughter who is married to the winning bidder. [02:45:00] Facebook says the bidding started October 25th that it was

two weeks before the company found out about the auction and removed the post. Facebook says any form of human trafficking where post, pages, ads, or groups is not allowed on Facebook. We removed the post and permanently disabled the account belonging to the person who posted this to Facebook."

Carlos Ghosn has been the driving force behind one of the most powerful groups in the auto industry. The Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance. But now, Nissan accuses him of significant financial wrongdoing. Including underreporting income and using company assets for personal reasons.

The company says Ghosn will soon be fire. He is also been arrested by authorities in Japan. John Defterios joins us now live from Abu Dhabi with more news.

So, John, colleague Ghosn arrested with a lot of people shocked. But if someone who has followed his rise to the last 15 years, were you surprised when this news broke?

[02:45:48] JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN EMERGING MARKETS EDITOR: Absolutely surprised, John. And it only took the change in the whistleblower law in Japan to bring down one of the most powerful men in the auto business.

I am shocked because he's one that championed the idea of a global alliance around the world. To have manufacturing and emerging markets that would feed that the major economies in Asia, Europe, and even North America.

He took over as CEO back in 2001 and quickly became -- kind of a mainstay at the World Economic Forum in Davos. So, give you a sense of what he did though in Japan. At Nissan, when he took over, he had a loss of about $3 billion. In a span of just two years, John, he turned it into a profit of $2 billion.

He was highly respected in Japan. In fact, I spent time with him for an entire week in Tokyo during a half-hour documentary. And back then, I asked him that you're running an automaker in Japan in Nissan, Renault in France, it just signed the joint venture in China with Dongfang. Is it realistic for one man to run three automakers?

And he said, "Look, John, I'm running at about 60 percent capacity. I can handle it. So, he thought he was bigger than anything he had under his umbrella if you will. He was revered actually in Tokyo. He was picked as the most admired man to marry by Japanese women.

They actually had action comic hero books, as well. Depicting his revival of Nissan going forward. But the only I would say, John, is if somebody sits in the seat for so long has that much power, it's not the first time we've seen a downfall.

You can go back the last 20 years, WorldCom in the United States, Bear Stearns on Wall Street, WPP over the last year with Martin Sorrell, Thomas Middelhoff of Bertelsmann. These are the major names that have been in power for so long that corporate governance kind of was pushed aside. We have to see how this plays out.

But I think, at the end of the day, looking at the stocks of Renault, and Nissan today, and Mitsubishi, his latest Alliance partner, it may mean that his lines that he spent the last 20 years building could unravel.

I know that we had statements out of Japan suggesting they'd like to maintain close ties with France boot. But to Renault and Nissan stay together, therefore afterwards is a big question mark today.

VAUSE: Their shares are taking a pounding. I guess -- you know, the bigger they are, the harder they fall, never more true than in this case. John, thank you.

Well, it might not be a small, small world for much longer. Disney is betting big on a massive expansion on its theme parks and resorts. All the electric details next here on CNN NEWSROOM:


[02:52:22] VAUSE: All part of the hype. That was Disney announcing its newest attraction, Star Wars Galaxy Edge. Described as a more immersive and personalized experience of visitors, which will open at the end of next year, both Disneyland and Disney World in the U.S.

This is -- this is all part of a massive worldwide expansion by Disney into a galaxy far, far away when it comes to price and ambition. With reports, the house of mouse will spend billions upgrading and growing all six theme parks around the world, as well as buying three new cruise ships for the Disney fleet.

And the reason is simple. The happiest place on earth also happens to be a money-making machine. Profits are soaring, theme parks and resorts but slowing both social media like television and cinema.

Film entertainment and business journalist, Sandro Monetti is with us from Los Angeles. Sandro, good to see you.

SANDRO MONETTI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER MAGAZINE: Good to see you, John. Now, if you're the kind of person who's tired of waiting three hours to get into Splash Mountain, don't worry. Under this new scheme, you'll have to wait two hours to get into the Iron Man roller coaster. The idea --


VAUSE: That's an improvement.

MONETTI: It is an improvement. Now, these Disney parks are pretty much full to capacity. So what's the solution? Expand the parks. Some more attractions, more rides, more room.

The biggest operating profits that the -- the biggest return on investment, in fact, that the Disney Empire has is from its theme park division. In the fiscal year 2018, it had an operating profit of $4.5 billion. That's 100 percent up from the number of five years ago. Where we're talking more ticket sales, more food purchases, more hotel occupancy. So, never mind movies, never mind T.V., double down on the theme parks.

VAUSE: Yes. There's no shortage of people willing to pay, at least, in California. $135 a day to stand for -- in line for hours, and hours, and hours.

But here is a key line from a report in New York Times where this cordial media analyst who estimates that Disney will spend $24 billion on new attractions, hotels, and ships over the next five years. That's more than Disney paid for Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm combined.

But you know, the bond wires, Disney can't get out of the movie business because the movies are the inspiration for the rides and the attractions at the parks.

MONETTI: Absolutely. They're monetizing all these great franchises. The Avengers, The Incredibles -- I mean, you can just rattle them off. Disney is the biggest thing in the entertainment game, so many successful movie franchises, and it all goes hand in hand.

And so, yes, $135 is an extraordinary amount to pay. But people will pay it. So, let's double the attendance. Let's double the size of the park.

[02:55:04] VAUSE: Yes, don't forget that is first person thing to buy the food, you got to park the car, you got to get there in the first place. I mean, it's like a thousand dollars a day for family at all.

MONETTI: No wonder just this so rich.

VAUSE: Oh, they're happy as Larry. But not everything glitters so brightly in the distant universe. Hong Kong Disney has actually lost money for the past few years and has really struggled since it opened (INAUDIBLE) a ton of money there, as well.

MONETTI: Yes. Three years of falling admissions, falling profits there. So that is where they're really going for it. They're building Frozen Land, they're putting in lots of Avengers attractions in there, rather than just writing it off, there they're making it better, and they are making it the ultimate Disney theme park. Again, a great move.

VAUSE: There are kids around the world are rejoicing and celebrating and annoying their parents to go.

MONETTI: And big kids like me.

VAUSE: Absolutely. See you. Thank you. And thank you for watching CNN NEWSROOM. I'm John Vause, stay with us, the news continues with Max Foster after a short break.