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Girl Who Wrote Essay on Gun Violence Killed by Stray Bullet; Trump on China Talks: "My Gut Has Always Been Right"; Stores Closed on Black Friday Due to Amazon Effect; Chef & His Organization Feed Wildfire Victims on Thanksgiving; Primitive Tribe Kills U.S. Man; Trump Turns Call to Overseas Servicemembers into Political Platform for Himself. Aired 2:30-3p ET

Aired November 22, 2018 - 14:30   ET

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[14:30:00] BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN ANCHOR: "There's too much black-on- black crime. That as an African-American, that makes me feel depressed. The truth is faith and hope and what people can do and has been lost in the poor choices we make. We shall overcome has been lost in the lie of who we have become. So now the real truth is we need to rewrite our story so that faith and hope for a better tomorrow is not only within us but we believe it and we put it into action.

Our first truth is that we must start caring about each other. We need to be empathetic and try to walk in other shoes. We shall overcome when we eliminate the negative and nasty comments people make about each other. We shall overcome when we love ourselves and the people around us. Then we become our brother's keeper.

Our second truth is that we need to have purpose. We are the future generation. Therefore, we must have an education to make a positive difference in the world. We are the future leaders, but if we don't have an education, we will accomplish nothing. We will overcome when we use our education to make the world a better place. We will become the next president, law enforcement officers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and lawmakers. We cannot continue to put the responsibility on other people. It is the responsibility as future leaders.

We must not allow the lies of violence, racism and prejudice to be our truth. The truth begins with us. Instead of passing each other like ships in the night, we must fight until our truths stretch to the ends of the world."

Here is Sandra's mom in her own words.

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BERNICE PARKS, MOTHER OF SANDRA PARKS: Sandra was -- she was everything. She was everything this world is not. My baby was not violent. My baby did not like violence. She was my angel from the time she was in my womb until the time she came out, and she's still going to be my angel. Everybody that she knew, everybody that came in her path, she made them happy. She didn't like for nobody to be sad or down.

(END VIDEO CLIP) BALDWIN: A crowd of people gathering to remember Sandra outside her home holding a plaque with her essay written on it. Prosecutors have charged two men in her death. We're told she is at least the fifth Milwaukee child killed inside a home in the last four years from gunfire that erupted outside.

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[14:36:48] BALDWIN: President Trump turned his calls to troops on this Thanksgiving Day into more of a political moment. The president taking questions and talking about his trip to Argentina for the upcoming G-7 summit where he will meet with China's President Xi.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I've been preparing for it all of my life. It's not, oh, gee, I'll sit down and study. I know every ingredient, I know every step. I know it better than anybody knows it. My gut has always been right. And we're doing very well. I will tell you China very much wants to make a deal. China has been taking advantage of the United States for many, many years. They have taken out $400, $500 and $600 billion a year. That doesn't include the theft of intellectual property.

We've picked up trillions of dollars in value and China has lost trillions of dollars in value since I've been president.

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BALDWIN: Trump's optimism on China talks were in contrast with his own top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, who is anticipating a different conversation between the U.S. and China over trade next week.

With me now, CNN's Julia Chatterley.

Julia, when Trump does sit with President Xi in Buenos Aires next week, how high are the stakes? Will he try to make a deal?

JULIA CHATTERLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR & CORRESPONDENT: I think the stakes are incredibly high, Brooke, as we've discussed on many occasions. If we don't see some kind of breakthrough in the talks next week, I think it's possible the tariffs we've seen on China rise further. That means products we buy here, like toys and clothes, will get more expensive. President Trump has said all the way along here, trust me and trust the tariffs. That's been the message to businesses, to farmers, those on the front lines of this trade war. He said, look, these tariffs will bring China to the negotiating table here. I think at this stage he'd like to prove it. But for President Xi, he's got plenty of troubles of his own, his economy is slowing, the stock market's been pummeled. He wants to do a deal here but he's not going to do it at all costs. It's going to come down to what President Trump is willing to accept as a win here.

BALDWIN: We look to cover that next week. But the tech stocks, we've seen big highs and big lows. Will the bull market sustain itself or are we headed for an economic downturn?

CHATTERLEY: I think the good question and it's a rollercoaster. We've talked about the fact that we've completely wiped out the year's gain. The good news is we're not headed for a big economic slowdown. The consumer is strong, the jobs market is strong, but I think if we're hoping to see stock markets end the year higher than they are today, we need, one, a breakthrough on these trade negotiations, or we need Jay Powell at the Federal Reserve to put the verbal brake on these rate rises. Of course, the president knows both of these things, too.

BALDWIN: Lastly, of course, we're all eating our Thanksgiving dinners today. Once that's finished, we know a lot of people like to head out for early Black Friday sales. But there are fewer stores to shop in. Costco, Bloomingdale's, Home Depot closed. Why?

[14:40:07] CHATTERLEY: Yes, it's a good question. Three words -- the Amazon effect. Yes, we're shopping, Brooke, but we're not going out to stores. We're shopping online. For these businesses, it's a trade-off. Do you open your doors and pay workers, especially if you're not going to get shoppers through the doors. The answer is no. They shut up shop. It doesn't mean we aren't spending. Americans have already spent $400 million this Thanksgiving and online sales are expected to break records. We are shopping. We're just doing it differently and we're doing it while we set on the sofa after we've eaten our leftover Turkey.

BALDWIN: And the leftovers and everything else.

CHATTERLEY: That's right.

BALDWIN: Julia, thank you very much. Thank you.

Coming up, my next guest, speaking of eating, is a world-famous chef, and his organization has already served tens of millions of meals to survivors and first responders of the wildfires in California. He is not only stopping today, planning to serve thousands of meals to those hardest-hit by this disaster, he's talking to us. Jose Andres coming up.

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[14:45:34] BALDWIN: A stunning video of a dramatic escape from a burning apartment building. Our affiliate, KTTV, reports people woke up, smelled smoke, flames. People could only get out by jumping out of the windows. One anxious mother had to trust a hero bystander and drop her 1-year-old daughter down three stories into his arms.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I caught it real, real good.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She's only 1 so to know she gets to live another day, word can't even describe it. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I got bruises, cuts from breaking the windows.

Real terrified but, you know.

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BALDWIN: Three others were hurt, including a firefighter who was burned as well. More than 40 people are homeless.

Thousands of survivors of northern California's Camp Fire, people who lost everything they own, will get a chance to sit down and enjoy a hardy Thanksgiving meal today thanks to the incredible generosity of celebrity chief, Jose Andres. He's the founder of the World Central Kitchen. His mission is to change the world through the power of food.

Chef Andres is in the town of Paradise, ground zero of the Camp Fire and a place that was totally obliterated by the fires.

The chef is with me now.

Chef, Happy Thanksgiving and thank you so much for taking a minute.

Just looking at all those tables behind you, how many meals, how many people do you plan on feeding?

JOSE ANDRES, CELEBRITY CHEF: Well, today, we tried to feed over 15,000 people. We have two buildings, two big dining rooms like this, and the beautiful story is that the entire city has come out to volunteer. More than 800 volunteers. We have here firefighters from California fire volunteering, serving the people they just rescued from a fire. It's amazing to see the entire community coming together led by the mayor of paradise. An entire community just becoming one.

BALDWIN: I want to ask you to tell me some stories in a second, but if I may just brag on you for a moment. You are no stranger to left- handing a helping hand in times of need. Of course you were in Puerto Rico helping feed survivors of Hurricane Maria, you visited after Hurricane Florence. Now here you are in Chico, California. Why was it so important for you to be there specifically today?

ANDRES: Listen, I came America 27 years ago. America has given me more than I can ever give back. I am a cook, I feed for the few, but moments like this gives us the opportunity to feed the many. Last year I was with my family in Puerto Rico. We did more than 40,000 Thanksgiving meals. Today it feels like being at home was not the right this evening to do. It feels like being here next to this amazing community. They showed their best. In moments of disrepair, America always shows me that the best of America shows up.

BALDWIN: Tell me about the community. You mentioned the firefighters a moment ago who have been helping others and now are helping feed them. As we sit around our Thanksgiving tables and take for granted the roofs over our head, tell me about these incredible people you're meeting.

ANDRES: Everybody has so many fascinating stories. We are listening about chefs, that they lost their restaurant and they're here cooking. Firefighters that they lost their homes and they are here today volunteering, feeding others. Everybody has a story. Every man and woman here, they are heroes in their own way because all -- they all go away from their comfort zone to do something for their fellow citizens. So the stories are endless. What I see here in Chico, here that the spirit of America shines. You may be a Republican, you may be Democrat, but at the end of the day, we are all Americans. And what you see in a moment like this is how we all come together to take care of each other.

[14:50:23] BALDWIN: Today is a beautiful day. Their bellies will be fed and you can feel the warmth in the room. And then tomorrow, you know, they have those difficult steps of I don't know whether it's rebuilding or cleaning up. What do you hope to give these families today, the intangible for them to take for the difficult journey ahead?

ANDRES: Well, we've been here from the beginning of the fires. We were in Woolsey in the south, now in Chico. Thanksgiving is an important day. We need to remember that we need to be taking care of these communities in the long run. There's going to be hundreds if not thousands of people without homes. We need to be asking President Trump, FEMA, the federal government what are the plans to make sure that those people very quickly they can have a place to call home again? What I hope is that America is going to do what America does best, that when we want, we can take care of any issue. We should make sure we put all the resources that the federal government have to take care of every single America here in Chico or anywhere around America in moments of need.

BALDWIN: Chef Jose Andres, bless you for all you're going for those communities and you're done around the world. Thank you so much. And happy Thanksgiving.

ANDRES: Happy Thanksgiving to everybody, we the people.

BALDWIN: Thank you. We the people, indeed.

Ahead on CNN, more on President Trump's highly unusual phone call to U.S. servicemembers this morning that quickly turned political and into matters, quite frankly, of sensitive information. We will show you what happened.

But first, a quick programming note. Tomorrow, Tiger Woods and Phil Michelson will face off in an 18-hole showdown. The only place to see it, "BLEACHER REPORT" live and pay per view live at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

We'll be right back.

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[14:56:49] BALDWIN: It is a story that has captivated people around the world. Friends of John Allen Chau said he was hoping to spread the Christian gospel to one of the world's most isolated tribes in an area where visits are prohibited. The tribespeople live in North Sentinel Island off of the coast of India. And, as CNN New Delhi bureau chief, Nikhil Kumar reports, Chau's missionary journey ended up costing him his life.

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NIKHIL KUMAR, CNN NEW DELHI BUREAU CHIEF: A remote Indian island, an isolated tribe, and a suspected murder of an American Christian missionary. The saga of John Allen Chau's disappearance has captivated people in Indian and beyond as authorities try to pinpoint what exactly happened.

Police say 27-year-old Chau came to India on a tourist visa but went to the country's North Sentinel's Island to preach and convert its inhabitants, the tribespeople known as the Sentinelese, who are protected by India law. Just over a dozen people are thought to live on the remote island off the country's east coast. It's off limits for outsiders. No one is allowed within five nautical miles of the island, a rule meant to both protect the tribe and outsiders because of the tribe's history of forcefully repelling strangers.

But police say Chau found local fishermen who could take him close to the island in mid November. He used a canoe the rest of the way. And that's when tragedy struck. According to fisherman, they say, days later, they saw the tribespeople dragging Chau's body around. The police haven't independently verified that Chau has been killed. They're going by the testimony of the fishermen who have been arrested for facilitating Chau's trip. Authorities are trying to work out how to recover his body.

A friend of Chau's tells CNN he knew the island was a restricted area and that his mission was illegal. He wanted to go there to get to know the island's way of life, eventually share the gospel and perhaps translate the Bible, according to this friend. But based on what authorities are saying, the mission appears to have ended in the most tragic of ways.

Nikhil Kumar, CNN, New Delhi.

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BALDWIN: You are watching CNN on this Thanksgiving. Hope you're having a wonderful day off. I'm Brooke Baldwin. Thank you for being with me.

It may be a holiday, but the president certainly isn't taking a break from politics. This morning, he turned his phone call to the troops who are serving the nation away from their families today into a bit of a platform for himself. He ripped migrants, judges, going into trade, even asking about operational details, making for some pretty awkward moments.

Here is a portion of the president's conversation.

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TRUMP: So, Colonel, how many people are you commanding right now would you say?

UNIDENTIFIED U.S. COMMANDER: Ten thousand.

TRUMP: Wow. That's a lot of people. And what do you see in the region? What's going on in the region? How are they feeling about things? How are they feeling about trade? Because you know, trade for me is a very big subject all over. We've been taken advantage of for many, many years by bad trade deals. We don't have any good trade deals. How are you finding things in the region, Nick?

UNIDENTIFIED U.S. COMMANDER: Mr. President, from our perspective out on the water, sir, we're seeing that there's an abundance of trade happening in the region.

[14:59:07] TRUMP: Tell me about the catapult system. So --