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Mexico Denies Deal With Trump To Keep Asylum Seekers Out; GOP Candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith Embroiled In Confederacy Controversy; Winter Storm Packing Heavy Snow, Winds To Disrupt Travel; French President Slams Paris Protesters; Family Of Man Mistakenly Killed By Police Demand Answers; Woman Killed At Walmart Garden Center; Former Trump Advisers Allege He Has Embedded Enemies; Michelle Obama's Books Sold More Than 1.4 Million Copies In First Week. Aired 6-7a ET
Aired November 25, 2018 - 06:00 ET
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We will close the border. When they lose control of the border on the Mexico side we just close the border.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The president is hinting that he may have struck a deal with Mexico.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Next go is like the United States, worried that more car caravans will come.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police said Bradford was fleeing the scene and brandishing a weapon and that's when a Hoover police officer working as mall security shot and killed him.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everybody here is out here hurting so bad. This is not the way to say good-bye EJ.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's right.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not with a bullet.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's right.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not in the back.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's right.
CINDY HYDE-SMITH (R), MISSISSIPPI SENATE CANDIDATE: For anyone that was offended by my comments, I certainly apologize.
TRUMP: She made a statement which I know that she feels very badly about it.
MIKE ESPY (D), MISSISSIPPI SENATE CANDIDATE: It's given our state another black eye.
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CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Up early on a Sunday morning and we are grateful you are. 6:00 here. I'm Christi Paul.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning. I'm Martin Savidge in for Victor Blackwell.
Deal or no deal at the U.S./Mexico border. The incoming Mexican government denies reports in "The Washington Post" that it has reached a deal with President Trump to keep asylum seekers out of the United States.
PAUL: Plus, embedded enemies around the president. According to "The Washington Post" former Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, says the president is surrounded by disloyal staff and -- quote -- "swamp creatures."
The new allegations from those in the president's inner circle.
SAVIDGE: Are you headed home today? It could be a rough road for millions of Americans heading their long holiday weekend winter storms are expected to create trouble for travelers, unfortunately, across the country.
PAUL: Maybe an excuse not to make it to work tomorrow?
SAVIDGE: Amusing (ph) though (ph).
PAUL: All right. Just could happen.
So we want to start with the big push back on President Trump's overhaul of the asylum process at the U.S./Mexico border. The plan would require asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their applications process in the United States.
Now the Trump administration says the proposal would double the number of asylum applications processed at the southern border but the incoming Mexican government says it has not reached any agreement with Washington.
CNN's White House reporter Sarah Westwood with us now. So, Sarah, how is it being reconciled, the president says there's a deal, Mexico says there's not?
SARAH WESTWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: That's right, Christi. There is certainly confusion over the status of this deal as Mexican officials signal that it's still in the preliminary stages of negotiation and President Trump is touting this deal as all but a certainty in a series of tweets yesterday, saying that asylum seekers will have to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed in U.S. court which, of course, would be a major overhaul of the current asylum system where migrants are eligible to request asylum as soon as they are on U.S. soil. Now President Trump has already tried to make changes to asylum policy in recent weeks. In fact, the week before the midterm election, the president unveiled a proposed rule change that would require migrants to present themselves at legal points of entry if they wanted to request asylum that would prevent them from claiming asylum if they were caught trying to cross the border illegally but, of course, that attempted executive action was blocked for now by a federal judge and the president has been fixated on that ruling as he spends the thanksgiving week down here in West Palm Beach. He has been tweeting about it from his property in Mar-a-Lago.
The president will soon wrap up his thanksgiving holiday here in Florida, head back to Washington, and on Monday, he'll be heading to Mississippi for two campaign rallies for embattled Republican candidate Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith. She's in a runoff race in Mississippi and it's why the president will be holding those two rallies in Tupelo, Mississippi and Biloxi, Mississippi on Monday and this will give the president the opportunity perhaps to address this issue of asylum and perhaps clear up some of the confusion about where the steel stands, Christi and Martin.
PAUL: Yes, offer some clarity there. Sarah Westwood, we appreciate it. Thank you.
SAVIDGE: Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing new criticism this morning over a measure she supported while she was in the Mississippi state Senate. It praised confederate soldier's to -- quote -- "defend his homeland." It is the latest racially charged issue that plagued Hyde-Smith's campaign. So this Tuesday's runoff could end up being a referendum on what critics see as her very public missteps.
SAVIDGE (voice-over): Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith tried to dial back the storm of criticism that Republicans sparked by joking about a public hanging.
HYDE-SMITH: If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row.
SAVIDGE: During Tuesday's debate in her runoff campaign, Hyde-Smith apologized but also accused others of twisting her words for political gain.
HYDE-SMITH: For anyone that was offended by my comments, I certainly apologize. There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever in my statements.
This comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me, a political weapon used for nothing but personal and political gains on my opponent.
SAVIDGE: Her Democratic opponent Mike Espy said her comments were not distorted by anyone.
MIKE ESPY (D), MISSISSIPPI SENATE CANDIDATE: Well, no one twister your comments because the comments were live, it came out of your mouth so it calls out state harm. It has given our state another black eye that we don't need.
SAVIDGE: Since the public hanging remarks, a number of corporate donors to the Hyde-Smith campaign have asked for their money back, including Walmart. And a 2014 Facebook post that surfaced Tuesday showing Hyde-Smith posing with confederate artifacts further fueled critics. Just how much of an impact the Hyde-Smith controversy is having on voters depends on who you talk to.
JIMMY RHODES, SENATOR CINDY HYDE-SMITH SUPPORTER: If people really truly are understanding what she is all about, I don't think that will affect them.
JORDAN MALONE, MIKE ESPY SUPPORTER: It made it very clear, both to me and to a lot of other black Mississippians, that the Republican candidates do not really have our best interest at heart.
SAVIDGE: Espy, who is still considered an underdog in this deeply red state, is counting on an energized black electorate as well as possible crossover voters now reconsidering their support of Hyde- Smith. President Trump will be in Mississippi next week to campaign for Senator Hyde-Smith and Tuesday he seemed to already be working damage control.
TRUMP: She made a statement which I know that she feels very badly about it and it was just sort of said in jest. She is a tremendous woman and it's a shame that she has to go through this.
SAVIDGE: Now for a closer look at what is at stake in the Mississippi Senate race, let's bring in CNN political analyst, historian and professor at Princeton University, Julian Zelizer.
Julian, good to see you this morning.
JULIAN ZELIZER, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Good morning.
SAVIDGE: This should have been, I would say, a very easy win, but instead for the Republican candidate here because of her own words it has turned into a battle. How close do you really think it will be?
ZELIZER: Well, the odds are still not as good as what happened in Alabama where a Democrat was able to win against a very flawed candidate. Mississippi is deeply red. It's a deeply Trump state and rural voters will play a big say in the final outcome, but certainly her history, her remarks, the ongoing connections between her positions and her record and racial issues has energized African- Americans. It's certainly frightened many moderate voters and it's made it competitive, which is kind of an amazing story.
SAVIDGE: African-American voters, I believe, made up 33 percent of those that voted at least in the initial round of voting earlier in the month. But this is a runoff and the problem runoffs here is that people may not be as enthused as they were the first time around. Getting out the vote is going to be key.
ZELIZER: Absolutely. It's always hard in a midterm it's even harder in a runoff where people are just not paying attention. Although in Mississippi, I think they are paying attention. I think the kind of remarks we have seen will get the attention certainly of African- American voters who are not going to tolerate this in 2018.
But, still, the odds favor the Republicans and I think Espy knows that, but he's hoping what has happened in the last week awakens Democrats and make sure that voter turnout happens.
SAVIDGE: Yes. The Espy campaign is hoping that this has energized Democratic voters but it can also energize Republican voters. I mean, as horrendous as the words may be, there are some who actually will say, hey, that is OK by me.
ZELIZER: Well, it's what you might call the caravan effect. It's the way President Trump whipped up the votes in certain red state for the Senate races in the midterms and there might be a way in which that happens here in this race. It actually helps turn out with white voters.
We would hope that is not the case again in 2018, but I think some people watching this are wondering in this battle between rural constituencies and ex-urban constituencies and the moderate south both African-Americans and moderate white voters who wins out in this day and age when these remarks are on the table.
SAVIDGE: And there is some of this kind of clash going here between the modern south and the unfortunate and ugly history of Mississippi and -- how is that going to play out in the ballot box?
ZELIZER: Well, Espy, when he says this really reflects poorly on Mississippi, he is appealing, as a moderate Democrat, he is a very moderate Democrat, a fiscal conservative, he is actually appealing to white Mississippi voters, including the business community, saying this is not good for the state.
Again, he is replaying, in some ways, the arguments we heard in Alabama when Roy Moore was working. And so I don't really know how this is going to play out.
Again, it's stacked in favor of a Republican victory but Espy is trying to make inroads on both fronts, African-American and voters who are not, but who are sick of this image of Mississippi and want to make a statement that they are not about comments about public hangings in Mississippi.
SAVIDGE: We should point out this is, of course, the last unresolved Senate race of the 2018 midterms. What is at stake as far as politically in Washington? ZELIZER: Very important. What we have seen in the first two years of the Trump presidency and the narrow majority of the Senate is every vote matters. McConnell is hanging on to each vote with controversial legislation.
So, again, Democrats are not going to win a majority of the Senate, but if they can cut down that vote by one, that can matter on crucial legislation, including health care, for example.
SAVIDGE: Julian Zelizer, always good to talk to you. Thanks very much.
ZELIZER: Thanks for having me.
SAVIDGE: Today on "STATE OF THE UNION" Senator Joni Ernst and Representative Adam Schiff and are on the show. Tune in today at 9:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN.
PAUL: All right. Central plains to the Midwest, if you're in that area you know there's a massive winter storm that is packing heavy snow and strong winds and it is expected to make a mess if you are travelling this holiday weekend.
CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar is in the CNN weather center for us with the forecast. So what is the worst part of this? Let's just get it out there.
ALLISON CHINCHAR, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Yes. So we have got a lot of cities actually that are going to be dealing with some travel concerns today. We have got the Midwest. We've got the southeast.
And oddly enough the southeast is actually due to dense fog. You've got about 40 million people under dense fog advisories so that's going to affect cities like Atlanta and Memphis. But we're talking about the Midwest because this is where the big system is really going to hit.
So cities like Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis that's where our next big system is coming and that is actually going to be a true blizzard. Now to have blizzard-like conditions it's not always about the snow. It's actually generally about the wind and the incredibly poor visibility and we are going to have all of that.
Here you can see about 30 million people under some type of winter weather alert from Colorado all the way over towards Michigan. We also have the wind though. So even if you aren't necessarily in the blizzard warning you still have the potential to get wind gusts up around 65 miles per hour. Remember, if you're on the highway that can give some issues with the high profile vehicles.
Here is a look as that system begins to push off to the east and affect areas of the Midwest today and then, Christi and Martin, it's actually going to affect the northeast for tomorrow. So those cities aren't quite out of the woods just yet either. Keep in mind some of these locations may pick up as much as a foot of snow.
PAUL: All right. Allison Chinchar, thank you so much.
SAVIDGE: Yes. If you're out there, drive carefully.
PAUL: Be careful. Take care.
SAVIDGE: Well, an Alabama family demanding answers. Police killed their 21-year-old son after mistaking him for the gunman of a thanksgiving night mall shooting.
PAUL: Also which White House insiders are working to delegitimize Trump's presidency. "The Washington Post" reporting on a scathing new book that calls out Washington insiders by name.
SAVIDGE: And scientists are proposing a way to tackle climate change but it involves spraying more chemicals into the air to dim out the sun? More on this technique, ahead.
SAVIDGE: We got some new video to show you this morning of the aftermath that is of yesterday's violent protest in Paris. You can see the fires that were set in the streets by protesters and damage along the Champs-Elysees. French president Emmanuel Macron is condemning the protesters who gathered to express frustration with him after tax hikes on diesel and gasoline.
PAUL: Police were force to do use tear gas, they used water cannons as you see it to disperse the crowds there. Official say at least 42 protesters were arrested in Paris. Two police officers and six other people were injured.
The family of an Alabama man shot by police, they are demanding answers now. Emantic EJ Bradford Jr. was killed by an officer who thought he had shot two people at a mall -- that Emantic had shot two people at a mall on Thanksgiving night. Police say it later turned out that Bradford was not the gunman.
Yesterday, dozens of protesters showed up at the mall with signs reading justice for EJ and black lives matter. CNN's Natasha Chen has the details.
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NATASHA CHEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The initial report was that two men had gotten into a fight of some kind at the mall that resulted in an 18-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl being shot. They were both taken to the hospital.
Now police said Bradford was fleeing the scene and brandishing a weapon and that is when a Hoover police officer working as mall security shot and killed him. But later Hoover police issued a statement saying Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation but he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18- year-old victim. So police say there is at least one gunman still at large. Bradford's family has now retained civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump. His office released a statement from the family saying they are heartbroken and, "As we continue to grieve, rest assured that we are working diligently with our legal team to determine exactly what happened and why this police officer killed our son. We will never forget EJ, and ask for your continued prayers during this incredibly difficult time."
I also talked to a woman who was at the mall when this happened. She said she he heard the gunshots and people ran in a panic. She hid in a dressing room with others. She told me she is frustrated at how law enforcement has handled this entire situation.
The officer involved with the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. The Alabama law enforcement agency is now heading up the investigation into the shooting.
Natasha Chen, CNN.
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PAUL: Another shooting -- to tell you about -- this in the garden center of a Florida Walmart. Police say a man shot his female partner several times after a domestic argument and then he got away on a bicycle.
SAVIDGE: The woman died at the hospital and police found the suspect David Johnson at the couple's home nearby. He had a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was hospitalized but authorities say he is not expected to survive.
PAUL: Well, according to "The Washington Post," a scathing new book calling out top Washington officials as President Trump's -- quote -- "inside enemies," is hitting shelves on Tuesday and it's alleging in this book dozens of White House insiders are working to undermine the president and delegitimize his presidency.
PAUL: Well, good morning to all of you wherever you are waking up and if you're waking up in the nation's capital, that is one beautiful view --
SAVIDGE: It really is. It really is.
PAUL: -- right now.
SAVIDGE: I'm Martin Savidge in for Victor Blackwell.
PAUL: We are so glad to have you with us. Glad to have you with us too here, Marty, as always. SAVIDGE: Good to be here.
PAUL: So let's talk.
SAVIDGE: New speculation this morning on who maybe in and who may be out of the White House.
The president's holding interviews for top level cabinet members and senior staff at the Mar-a-Lago estate this weekend. This as a new book by a former Trump
campaign manager, no guess who that is, Corey Lewandowski will hit the shelves on Tuesday.
And according to "The Washington Post" that book alleges dozens of officials in Washington are working to undermine the president.
PAUL: CNN chief media correspondent and anchor of "RELIABLE SOURCES" Brian Stelter with us now. Brian, there are some pretty loaded words in this excerpt according to "The Washington Post."
BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Yes, there have been two markets for two different kinds of Trump books in the past year. One is tell-alls from reporters and former aides who were disturbed about what's going on in the White House. The other kind is this book from David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski called "Trump's Enemies."
It's There are two books. One is tell-alls from reporters and former aides who are disturbed by what is going on at the White House. The other kind is this book called "Trump's Enemies." It's an unabashedly aggressively pro-Trump book saying that Trump's only problem in the White House are all these deep state figures.
This is a book guaranteed that's guaranteed to sell well among Sean Hannity fans and Rush Limbaugh fans because it paints this picture of a administration that is undermined by rats from inside. And it goes in names names.
For example, saying that Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, two former Trump loyalists who flipped on the president and cooperated with Robert Mueller, it describes those two figures as rats. It also describes figures like Gary Cohn, former administration official, as a limousine liberal and it goes on and on like that.
So it's a reminder again that the book -- that the book is a reminder that this administration has been rocked by different (INAUDIBLE), by infighting among different (INAUDIBLE). Someone like Lewandowski who didn't get a job in the Trump White House, he's been on the outside and stirring up trouble. But he did get an interview with the president for the book.
Bossie and Lewandowski sat down with the president for a very friendly chat and some of it appears in the book and here is one of the standout passages I thought. One of the most notable lines, the president said, yes, it is I really mean it when I say the fake news is the greatest enemy of the people. He said that this is something that he is very proud of, that he has told the public again and again that the news is fake.
You can see the quote here. He says, "I think one of the most important things that I've done especially for the public, is explain that a lot of the news is indeed fake."
Of course, in Trump's upside down world he says real news is fake and fake news is real so unfortunately he has done a lot of damage to media literacy efforts by trying to label the CNNs and "The New York Times" of the world as fake when in fact those outlets are trying to report fair and accurate news.
But it's notable that he says he is proud of that, that's one of his accomplishments as a president is to try to create this confusion in the public about what to believe and what not to believe. So this book will help in terms of the pro-Trump base. I'm sure it will do well.
But you know the most popular books of the year have actually been the critical books of Trump. The books that are political but not pro- Trump.
PAUL: OK. So with that said, how is Michelle Obama's book sales?
STELTER: Well, that's what I'm so intrigued by this. With Michelle Obama's book in its first week on sale had sold more than 1.4 million copies. This is an off the charts figure for any author even for a first lady. So 1.4 million copies in the first week.
Now the publisher says more than 5 million copies will be out for print available for the holidays. Look, she timed this really well right after the election going into Thanksgiving and Christmas the time when book sales were really hot. But Michelle Obama has accomplished something that few others have, right? She is critical of Trump in the book but the book is not about Trump.
So unlike so many other titles this year, Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury," Bob Woodward's "Fear," all of these books that have sold like hotcakes at the Barnes & Noble and on Amazon, Michelle Obama was able to kind of stay above it and actually come out with an inspirational book that people were still interested in buying.
So for the publisher one of the bestselling books in the company's history and like I've said it's only been a week. So Michelle Obama has a lot more weeks in this holiday season to rack up more sales.
PAUL: Yes, a very good point.
SAVIDGE: The Lewandowski book they'll (ph) also continues to point out that there is a huge divide in the perception of this presidency, the depending on where you are politically.
STELTER: And people, you know, if you are standing by the president you're going to buy "Trump's Enemies." If you are interested in a critique of the president and interested in reliving the Obama years, you're going to buy Michelle Obama's book. And there's barely any space in between. I completely agree with you, Martin. There's this problem of two different news world serving two different Americas right now which contributes to the divide.
SAVIDGE: Yes. And depending on which book you get for the holidays it says a lot about you, unless of course you get all three.
PAUL: There you go.
SAVIDGE: Play it easily down the middle. Brian Stelter, as always, thanks very much.
SAVIDGE: Be sure to catch Brian and his show "RELIABLE SOURCES" that will be today 11:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN.
PAUL: So the White House wants the Supreme Court to bypass lower courts and fast track the military transgender ban.
Kristin Beck is a former Navy SEAL and transgender advocate. She has something say about this.
SAVIDGE: Plus, is dimming the sun really a feasible way to combat climate change? Some scientists seem to think so. We will explain how it might work.
PAUL: Well, President Trump's administration is asking the Supreme Court to step in and take up the military transgender ban. Essentially bypassing lower courts. Now the rules would disqualify service members -- quote -- who require or have undergone gender transition. And individuals without a history of gender dysphoria would be required to serve under their biological sex.
Kristin Beck, retired Navy SEAL and transgender advocate with us now as well as Joey Jackson, CNN legal analyst.
Kristin, I wanted to ask you when President Trump announced back in July this potential plan that he had back then this the policy to ban transgender people, you said let's meet face-to-face and you tell me I'm not worthy.
What would you say to him today?
KRISTIN BECK, RETIRED U.S. NAVY SEAL: I would say the same thing. I would want to meet face-to-face and have a conversation and try to really understand what are the reasons? Because the reasons to ban transgender people does not make sense. We are capable, we are worthy, we are American citizens who want to serve and we are able to do the job. There 134,000 transgender veterans living in America right now. There are 15,000 transgender service people in the service right now in uniform.
So there are thousands of us who have done a job, there are thousands right now serving. So it just does not make sense to cut people who are capable when we are in such short supply in the middle of wars around the world that we are fighting. Why would you cut these people who are capable?
PAUL: Joey, what do you make of how successful or unsuccessful this attempt may be by the president to leapfrog so to speak the lower court and go straight to the Supreme Court? How would that be received first of all in the Supreme Court?
JOEY JACKSON, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Yes. Sure. Good morning to you, Christi. Good morning, Kristin. Thank you very much for your service. It is very much appreciated by I'm sure by me and people throughout the world and, of course, our country.
I think to your question, Christi, I think it will have little, if any chance and let's talk about why. As an initial matter there is a process, there's a protocol. Usually the federal courts decide upon an issue and then it goes to the court of appeals. Now we know in this particular case that at least three federal district courts, that's the initial level of the federal court have decided on this issue and they have made a contrary decision from what the administration would like.
We know also that the Ninth Circuit, which the president rails about persistently and repeatedly has taken up the matter on appeal but they have not yet decided the matter on appeal. Why is any of what I said relevant? It's relevant because the process would require, in general terms, that appellate courts decide, number one.
And then, number two, generally, there is a split in appellate decisions meaning we are a large country. We are a country of 50 states. It's not uncommon for one, for example, appellate court.
You have 13 district courts, 12 really in D.C. which makes the 13th. You may have a split, meaning there is a distinction and opinions and there is a difference for which the Supreme Court may want to get involved and so that has not yet happened.
So I don't think this is yet ripe. I don't think it's an issue that should bypass the normal protocol. And finally, you know, Christi, I don't see that it's the -- this imperative of immediate imperative importance such that it bypasses the process. I'm not suggesting --
PAUL: Yes. What is the urgency? Is there any indication --
PAUL: -- what the urgency is here, Joey? JACKSON: And that is the issue. I mean, obviously every legal issue is important. Everyone wants to get their matter heard. People are entitled to relief but it's not, you know, as if there -- this is not Bush v Gore where we are attempting to decide who's the next president of the United States. Please, Supreme Court, resolve the issue for us.
It's a matter certainly that needs to get resolved. I'm hoping it resolves in the favor of allowing everyone who, you know, is brave enough to wear the uniform, to wear it irrespective of who they are, what they do or how they feel. But I think it will get resolved in time, but I don't think that although we know this president busts all norms does what he wants to do, I just don't think it's the time to be heard yet and I certainly, last point, I don't think, you know, when you're in the middle of a fight with the Supreme Court justice, the chief justice of the United States, how you're going to ask him to do that. So I don't think so.
PAUL: So, Kristin, this is a president who has said I am the greatest supporter of the military. What are the conversations of people in the military about President Trump, especially in light of what has happened here in the last 48 hours?
BECK: Well, in the military, we have many, many sayings and one of the greatest sayings that I want to say is just show us, saw me. I want to see your actions to start speaking and not your words.
So show us through visiting the troops in combat zones. Show us by supporting the troops.
I'm a troop. We have 15,000 troops that need your support. I would say also to all of those people out there that you say you support LGBT, you support African-American, you support all of these rights and all these people, you support transgender people but you don't do anything.
So stand up, you know, and start calling your Congress persons, start calling senators, start making phones calls, stand up and show the numbers of people who actually do support the troops, support LGBT, support people who are being disenfranchised and shut out.
PAUL: Kristin, there has been some criticism of the president lately in terms of not visiting troops deployed in combat zones in the couple of years that he's been president, saying, you know, John McCain, obviously that was awhile ago that he was not a war hero but most recently not visiting that American cemetery in France.
What was your reaction to that moment a couple of weeks ago in France?
BECK: Well, I've spent a lot of time in combat zones and in pretty harsh environments and the rain never stopped us. The weather never stops us. We do what we have to do. We (INAUDIBLE), we do that. All of the other world leaders were there. It was disappointing, it was disrespectful, it was just -- it was not cool, not cool at all. PAUL: All right. Kristin Beck and Joey Jackson -- and, Kristin, yes, we thank you so much for your service.
BECK: Thank you.
PAUL: Thank you for being here. Thank you for taking the time. Always good to talk to both of you.
JACKSON: Thank you, Christi.
PAUL: Thank you.
BECK: Thank you.
SAVIDGE: Britain's plan to leave the European Union, dubbed (ph) Brexit, has just been given the go ahead by the E.U.
British Prime Minister Theresa May faces an uphill battle though back home where that agreement has been condemned but the prime minister says, it is the best deal the U.K. can expect to get. You'll now have to lobby to get it approved and ratified by parliament or risk leaving the European Union in March without any formal exit plan.
CNN's Erin McLaughlin is in Brussels where Theresa May has been speaking. And, Erin, this is a remarkable day but not totally unexpected.
ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: No, it was expected that the 27 remaining E.U. leaders would sign off on the so-called Brexit deal but, nevertheless, the leaders here saying that this is a historic day. It's also a sad day for the European Union.
Essentially what they have done is endorsed two key documents, the so- called divorce deal, a 585-page legally binding withdrawal text which lays out the terms of the divorce, the terms of the U.K.'s departure from the E.U. in March of 2019.
The second document that they have endorsed today is a political declaration laying out the framework for the future relationship between the U.K. and the E.U. But this is done today, Martin, with sadness. We were just listening to the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker who said that this is a sad moment for the E.U. and the U.K. He also said that history will prove that, saying it's the only deal possible.
The best deal possible signaling their two British parliament, where this deal goes next, that negotiations as far as the E.U. is concerned are closed. Now Teresa May is here today. She has spoken to the E.U. 27 leaders. We are expecting a press conference from her shortly.
SAVIDGE: All right. CNN's Erin McLaughlin with the news coming out of Brussels, thank you very much for that.
PAUL: So listen to this one. Scientists say they have a plan to tackle global warming. It involves spraying more chemicals into the atmosphere to dim out the sun. How does this work? We will explain. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
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So the Trump administration's alarming climate assessment questions now remain how can humankind tackle global warming?
There are some scientists proposing a technique that's similar to the Earth wearing U.V. protection sunglasses apparently to block out the sun's harmful rays.
SAVIDGE: They say that this technology alone could cut the rate of global warming in half. CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar is back with us to help us understand how this technique works because it's not really sure.
CHINCHAR: Yes. No, I got to admit it's not only sounds confusing but maybe even a little bit crazy. So let's break this down, OK?
Basically what the proposal wants to do is it wants to send airplanes into the stratosphere effectively spraying it with aerosols into the atmosphere. Almost kind of like working like you're adding extra clouds but not all aerosols are the same and that is going to be the key here with this because when you do that, you essentially are trying to block more of that sunlight.
So here is how aerosols work. In general, they reflect about 25 percent of the sun's energy back into space but, again, we said not all of them are the same. So you have to understand the two different types of aerosols.
You have the lighter ones, the translucent ones and those not only reflect radiation but, they in essence, cool the atmosphere which is what we are trying to do. But if you use darker aerosols, that absorbs the radiation and actually warms the atmosphere even though at the surface you're actually still cooling it. So it really depends on what type of aerosols they use.
The reason behind this theory is they try to cite volcanoes. Typically when you get very large volcanic eruptions they send aerosols into space. Usually it's sulfur dioxide. This was Mount Pinatubo back in 1991. It sent more than 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. Those particles remind in the stratosphere for about two years.
So what did it do? Basically if you look at what happened. When those particles went up the temperature went down. The problem was it very quickly went back right up once the particles went away.
So the problem really with this proposal is it really just acts like a band-aid. It's a very temporary solution. The only way around it is to continuously spray those aerosols back into the atmosphere but then the concern becomes what are we putting into the atmosphere?
And the problem within this study was they asked if we could do it but they really should have asked "should we do it"?
PAUL: A good point.
SAVIDGE: Yes, it is. And then there's the issue of cost too. I wonder what that is.
Allison, we will have to follow-up on that. Allison Chinchar, thanks very much.
PAUL: All right. Look at what was happening in Argentina. Pretty chaotic there after soccer fans attack the opposing teams. Why it forced one of South America's biggest rivalries to be put on hold?
SAVIDGE: There are college football rivalry games and then there is the Army/Navy game. The 119th edition of the storied rivalry will be played less than two weeks from now.
PAUL: Yes. Vince Cellini is here with the story of a Navy player that has his sights on what comes after the game?
VINCE CELLINI, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Guys, this is really a cool story. Very good. And great timing heading into that game.
While other college football players dream of the NFL, the players who play in this game dream of serving their country. For Navy's Andrew Wood, it's always been his goal to be a pilot. At 6'4", 300 pounds this offensive lineman is not what you would immediately picture when you hear the word "airman."
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was very important for us to have somebody like Andrew come to -- embodies everything we are looking for here in the program.
ASHLEY INGRAM: Andrew is probably the most highly decorated offensive lineman we've got here in my 11 years.
KEN NIUMATALOLO, HEAD COACH: He's a highly recruited kid. I mean, he had SEC offers and we normally don't get kids that have SEC offers but he is a young man that knew exactly what he wanted in life.
ANDREW WOOD, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, NAVAL ACADEMY: What (ph) sealed (ph) the deal for the Naval Academy was just the ability to have that tangible goal of flying afterwards and sitting down with my family throughout the recruiting process and just talking about just goals of what I had, not just the next four years but the next 40 like you hear a lot of people say.
I don't really know where my station from planes came. I just remember growing up just looking at pictures of my granddad and the planes that he flew over in the Korean War and then it just grew from there.
INGRAM: I know from day one that's all he has ever told me is that he wants to fly and the Naval Academy is where he wanted to do it.
NIUMATALOLO: Andrew Wood on the field is pretty complete football player for us.
INGRAM: He's played in every game of his career. And has been a full-time starter the last three seasons. Been a heck of a player and really kind of the epitome of what you're looking for in a Naval Academy football player.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's a guy that seems he's been here forever. We are going to miss him.
WOOD: People don't think a Navy pilot can be as big as me. Playing football I had to get down to at least 230 pounds so I had to drop about 70 pounds from the conclusion of football to graduation.
INGRAM: Probably his whole life he has tried to gain weight and maintain weight, bulk up for football. The day it's over, I think he goes into reverse.
WOOD: If I was selected to be a pilot, it would be a huge honor and it's something I've working towards all of my four years here and I finally obtained it.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CELLINI: And there is more. The Naval Academy announce their service selections this weekend. Andrew will, indeed, be a pilot, fulfilling his lifelong dream.
The Army/Navy game is December 8th and we will have live coverage all weekend long. And if that game is better than this one last night we are in for a real treat. LSU/Texas A&M went to seven overtimes -- seven.
PAUL: Oh, my gosh.
CELLINI: A&M's Kendrick Rogers won it with this two-point conversion catch in that 7th overtime. College station goes crazy. 74-72 was the final. Most combined points scored in FBS history and number eight LSU chances of the playoff definitely (INAUDIBLE).
And if you think our rivalries are intense, check this out. Fans of the Argentinean soccer club River Plate threw projectiles (INAUDIBLE) rival Boca Juniors' bus on it's way to the stadium for the South American Club match.
The team shielding itself from rock and shattered glass. Some players had to be hospitalized.