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Trump Tells Would-Be Immigrants: "We Can't Take You Anymore"; Trump Willing To Take Tax Fight To The Supreme Court; Biden Jokes About Physical Contact Amid Claim Of Inappropriateness; Boeing Cuts 737 Production, Most Are "Max" Jets; Democrats Presidential Hopefuls Courting Black Voters; Presidential Hopefuls Talk Racial Injustice, Criminal Justice Reform At Nat'l Action Network Convention; Man Accused Of Posing As Uber Driver And Raping A Woman; FDA Investigating 35 Reports Of Seizures Linked To Vaping; Mick Jagger Thanks Hospital Staff, Says He's Feeling "Much Better". Aired 7-8a ET
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[07:00:00] DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: If I decide to run for office, I will produce my tax returns, absolutely.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How did President Trump go from making the releasing of his taxes a campaign pledge at one point to a vow now fighting it all the way to the Supreme Court.
TRUMP: I'm under audit. When you are under audit, you don't do it. But I'm under audit
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is a (INAUDIBLE). People would be willing to die it. Here's the quote from T. Trump on the issue.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: President Trump has a message to those wanting to immigrate to the United States.
TRUMP: The system is full, can't take you anymore. So, turn around. That's the way it is.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not just a U.S. problem; it's not just a Mexico problem, it's a western hemisphere problem.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Mueller team is reportedly feuding. They're saying that Barr didn't accurately characterize their case in the four-page letter. If he's worried about his legacy, the why mischaracterize it?
JAMES COMEY, FORMER DIRECTOR, FBI: The only thing he has to lose at this point in his career is his reputation. I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
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ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY WEEKEND with Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul. VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning to you. President Trump
is in Las Vegas this morning after a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. During the visit, the president claimed close 400 miles of border wall will be completed within the next two years.
CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: And offered a blunt message to those looking to immigrate to the U.S.: turn around, our country is full. Here's CNN's Jim Acosta.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Touting his administration's efforts to secure the border, President Trump lobbed new rhetorical hand grenades on immigration.
TRUMP: Our country is full. Our area is full. The sector is full. Can't take you anymore. I'm sorry. It can't happen. So, turn around. That's the way it is. You know, I look at some of these asylum people, they're gang members; they are not afraid of anything.
ACOSTA: Aides to the president are building a different wall around Mr. Trump's most-closely guarded secret -- his tax returns. President Trump's lawyer sent a letter to the Treasury Department, arguing he should have to turn over those returns to Congress.
TRUMP: I have nothing to say about it. I got elected. They elected me, now they keep going. I'm under audit. When you are under audit, you don't do it. But I'm under audit.
ACOSTA: One administration official said the White House is willing to take the battle over the president tax returns all the way to the Supreme Court, telling CNN: this is a hill and people are willing to die on it. The battle lines are being drawn as the president is in retreat of immigration, backing down from his threat to close the border, though, that's not how President Trump sees it.
TRUMP: I never change my mind at all. I may shut it down at some point, but I'd rather do tariffs.
ACOSTA: Despite declaring a national emergency at the border, the president is now giving Mexico one year to crack down on migration into the U.S. As he demands that Congress wraps much of the nation's immigration system that's been in place for decades.
TRUMP: They have to get rid of the whole asylum system because it doesn't work. And frankly, we should get rid of judges. You can't have a court case every time somebody steps foot on our ground.
ACOSTA: Just before his trip to the border, the president made a sudden change to his immigration team, pulling the nomination of Ron Vitiello as his pick to run ICE, taking aides by surprise. CNN has learned White House Domestic Policy Advisor and Immigration Hardliner Stephen Miller, lobbied the president to make the move.
TRUMP: We're going in a little different direction. Ron is a good man. But we're going in a tougher direction. ACOSTA: The president continues to mislead Americans over what's
happening at the border, tweeting: "Heading to the southern border to show a section of the wall being built." But so far, only repairs and replacements of border barriers have taken place, as a legal fight looms over the president's plans to divert taxpayer money to build and portions of Mr. Trump's wall. While the Department of Homeland Security mounted this plaque down on the border last year, it's attached to a section of replacement fencing. Just before leaving for his trip, the president defended his (INAUDIBLE) of Joe Biden, over accusations the vice president has engaged in some unwanted touching.
TRUMP: Yes, I think I'm a very good messenger, and people got a kick out of it.
ACOSTA: Sounding more like a contender, Biden fired right back.
JOE BIDEN, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, it doesn't surprise me. He doesn't have time to do his job. But look, it's -- everybody knows who Donald Trump is.
ACOSTA: Claiming, he doesn't see Biden as a threat, the president is selling his performance on the economy and pointing to the latest unemployment number. He finds nearly 200,000 jobs were created last month.
TRUMP: Our country is doing unbelievably well, economically. Most of you don't report that because it doesn't sound good from your perspective. But the country is doing really, really well.
ACOSTA: Both the White House and the president's outside legal team are pushing back on the request from House Democrats for Mr. Trump's tax returns. The president's attorneys essentially argued this would set a bad legal precedent for future occupants of the oval office. As one senior administration official put it, if Democrats can go after the president's tax returns, Republicans can go after Speaker Nancy Pelosi's tax returns. Jim Acosta, CNN, the White House.
[07:05:17] BLACKWELL: Let's talk about this uphill battle that's coming between the White House and the House Democrats, at least, over the president's tax returns with CNN Legal Analyst and Former Federal Prosecutor, Shan Wu. Shan, welcome back.
SHAN WU, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Hi Victor, great to see you.
BLACKWELL: So, the president says that the law is 100 percent on his side, is it?
WU: It doesn't appear to be, actually. It seems quite the opposite. The law seems pretty straight-forward that they're able to request, under this provision of the law, anybody's tax returns. So, it doesn't seem to be any kind of wiggle room. There's no threshold that they need to establish for. They can just go ahead and request it. And so far, from what his legal team has produced, it seems like pretty weak in terms of their argument. The letter that his lawyer did -- just looks like a grab bag, mismatch of arguments and doesn't look they really have much to do. Besides, perhaps, you know, trying to sway the public opinion, maybe that's as usual the real point of this.
BLACKWELL: So, let's pick something out of that grab bag then. In this letter that you mentioned from Mr. (INAUDIBLE), the president's attorney to the Treasury Department's General Counsel, they say or he says, at least, that the returns cannot be released because the request does not "advance any proper legislative purpose." Chairman Neal in his letter said, earlier in the week that they're looking into -- his committee is looking into, but it's not limited to the extent which the IRS audits, and enforces the federal tax code against the president. First, let's talk about the threshold that Mr. Consovoy set -- that it doesn't advance any proper legislative purpose. What do you make of that?
WU: Yes, that's a very difficult legal argument to make, because the mere fact of who is asking for it really on its face makes it a legitimate legislative purpose. So, what that attorney tries to argue is, well, even if they state verbally a legit purpose, it's really (INAUDIBLE) and it quickly tries to move to, kind of, looking at the intent and motivation behind it. And that would be really, really hard to show in court. I mean, the only way -- it's hard enough in the criminal case to show intent.
Of course, if you have like an admission, the confession from Congress that this is a pretext, we don't really care about a legislative oversight issue; we just want to get the president. Sure, that's not going to happen. So, then they'd have to try to establish it through other actions to show it's somehow biased against the president. So, it's really just a nonstarter. There's no place for him to go from that statement.
BLACKWELL: So, let me read something from CNN Legal Analyst Ross Garber wrote a piece for Politico about why Congress might not be able to get the returns, that unless Democrats invoke impeachment, that they'll lose the legal fight. Questions of legitimacy as we've been discussing also that this could go on for so long that a judge could dismiss it in 2021 at the end of this Congress. What do you make about -- make up potentially the need to invoke impeachment to get those because of those vast exclusive powers that belong to Congress exclusively?
WU: Well, Ross is unquestionably the impeachment expert. But I don't think we're in the realm of impeachment. And I don't think, at least based on the plain reading of that provision that you -- it's not tied to impeachment. They simply can request not just the president's but anybody's tax returns. And again, the arguments being advanced that, you know, the grab bag then extends to: oh, this is actually punishment for the president's speech.
And lastly, perhaps more in Ross' realm, they talk about the fact that in any event, this has got to go to the Supreme Court because it's a violation of the separation of powers. And so, it's like, you know, pick your choice, you know, take a choice which argument are you actually trying to make? And actually, it doesn't seem to be a violation of separation of powers at all. It seems exactly to be an example of the separation of powers working. You have the legislative branch exercising its duty for oversight.
BLACKWELL: So, you're a defense attorney. If you had to write a letter, what is the or what would be the foundation upon which you would try to protect this president or anyone's tax returns?
WU: Well, I think it would be helpful if I could actually show that there was some regulation about audits needing to be confidential. That's of course one of the big questions: is there really an audit going? I think I would just choose one of these issues. I mean, they're going to have to make some kind of precedent; there hasn't really been a challenge since before. And so, I would probably just choose the notion of the separation of powers, if I had to choose one of them.
And I would try to make Ross' argument work with me to say that in the normal circumstance, the president's returns shouldn't be part of this provision because it's the president. And it causes a big public scrutiny, a big disruption of the presidency, if it's his returns that are being examined by Congress. And that -- I think I'd probably go with that argument rather than the other (INAUDIBLE) that's been put out there.
[07:10:15] BLACKWELL: All right. Shan Wu, thank you so much for the legal conversation. Let's now have the political conversation with CNN Political Commentator and Host of the podcast "You Decide", Errol Louis. Errol, welcome to you.
ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Good morning.
BLACKWELL: So, let's start with the taxes. Administration official tells CNN: "This is a hill and people would be willing to die on it." Now, one can understand why the president would so fervently want to keep his tax returns secret. But why would others, politically, want to die to prevent these from being released to Congress?
LOUIS: Well, their primary political goal is -- keep the president in place and to keep the president happy on any given day. And the only way to do that, frankly, is to try and fight to the death, to try and keep those taxes hidden. There's a wealth of information, not just from the reaction can you tell that there's probably something there, but the mere fact that the president has hundreds of companies, that he's taking in money from all over the world, including in cases that might really seriously implicate some conflicts of interest around foreign policy.
The fact that his own former attorney, Michael Cohen swore under oath and said on national television that the president has, as a businessman inflated or deflated assets in order to secure credit, and these things are possibly criminal. So, I totally understand why Donald Trump doesn't want any of this to come out. His political retainers are going to, sort of, see this as job number one for them. And they are, in fact, I think going to fight every legal battle they possibly can to delay what I think we all know is inevitable, which is the release of his taxes. BLACKWELL: All right. Let's talk about this now, former Vice
President Joe Biden and his team are -- I mean, they're still dealing with the allegations of unwanted touching, the former vice president made his first public remarks yesterday since several women claimed he made them uncomfortable during their encounters with him over the years. And he seemed to think humor was the best approach. Watch this.
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BIDEN: You guys can sit on the edge -- I don't want you to have to stand. It's up -- by the way, he gave me permission to touch him.
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LOUIS: Yes, ill-advised, to say the least. That was the second of two jokes, at least, he made during that speech. Kind of -- almost mocking the idea that we have a new standard in this country, maybe that wasn't observed before, probably should have been observed all along, but that you are not supposed to engage in unwanted contact with people. You know, you'd almost -- you can almost see his consultants and his political aides cringing because they have got to understand that this is never going to go away, as long as he continues to make light of it.
We've got what, seven allegations of unwanted physical contact so far. The former vice president himself have said that there are probably more to come. This has got to be the worst possible way to launch what we all anticipate to be the possibility of a presidential campaign. I don't know what he was thinking or why he thinks he can joke about it, but that was probably not a great idea.
BLACKWELL: You know, there was the gaggle outside the event afterward where, you know, he talked more about this and said, that I'm not sorry for anything I've ever done, mostly because of intentions. But he also said this, which stood out to me.
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BIDEN: I wasn't joking. The president of the union put his arm around me. Well, that's how it's always been in a long time, you know? That's how people react.
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BLACKWELL: And that's how it's always been, considering the rest of the field where the Democratic Party is today. I mean, beyond this moment and these accusations that, that will be a difficult hill for the former vice president to climb on several issues. That well, that's the way it's always been.
LOUIS: Yes, that's the way it's always been is what many people say right before they get disciplined by, you know, human resources or their supervisors within the private sector. Look, he's got to stop making it about himself. Joe Biden has to do something approaching an actual apology, not talk about himself and his intent and whether times are changing. But put himself in the shoes of the women who were made to feel uncomfortable and to explain exactly why what he did was wrong.
I mean, nothing short of that I think is going to make the issue go away. And to watch him sort of twist and turn and kind of walk down the same path that we've seen in so many other public cases, where, first they joke about it, and first -- then they say, oh, yes, I get it and then they continue to joke about it, and then say it was about their intention. You know, Joe Biden, it was never about your intentions. Nobody has raised issues about that, as a matter of fact. It was your conduct and how it made people feel. And until he gets that, I don't know if he's going to get past this issue.
[07:15:29] BLACKWELL: So, there was first the statement from a representative, then his statement, then the video, then the explanation outside of the event. We'll see what happens next. Errol Louis, good to have you.
LOUIS: Thank you, Victor.
PAUL: I think you two coordinated today.
BLACKWELL: Did we?
PAUL: It kind of looked like it.
BLACKWELL: Aside from being bald black men, we do more than that?
PAUL: You have the blue tie, you have the dark suits, you had the white shirt.
BLACKWELL: OK. All right.
PAUL: Yes, besides that.
PAUL: So, listen, coming up, this morning, there is a rare production cutback as well as admission from Boeing after two deadly plane crashes. All of this as regulators are ordering this fix for a second software problem. So, you might be asking, should the 737 Max planes even be flying right now? We have an aviation expert, David Soucie who has some words about this.
BLACKWELL: Plus, the Democratic Party's 2020 hopefuls made a case before a gathering of black activists. We'll talk about their efforts to lock in support from this important part of a Democratic base.
[07:20:31] PAUL: 20 minutes past the hour right now. And Boeing is cutting production of their 737 by ten jets per month. This is as they're working to get the planes back in the air. Now, the news comes as the companies now admits an anti-stall system on its 737 Max planes did indeed play a role in the two recent crashes (INAUDIBLE) with the plans.
There's a report by Ethiopian officials that found a faulty sensor was sending false data to plane's flight system as pilot try to get that jet under control. Now, the problems are very similar to those on the Lion Air flight that crashed back in October. So, CNN Safety Analyst and FAA Safety Inspector David Soucie with us now. David, good to see you again. First of all, do we know how many Boeing 737 Max have been taken out of the rotation?
DAVID SOUCIE, CNN SAFETY ANALYST: About -- over 300 of them have been taken out. And every single one of them has been grounded and placed into a nonservice status.
PAUL: OK. So, I'm thinking people at home who have flights, were getting ready for summer, you know, travel are thinking, if you're taking 300 flights out of rotation, what are you replacing them with? Do we know that?
SOUCIE: They're really just adjusting what they're doing with their schedules. They do have back-up aircraft. 300 is a small percentage of the entire fleet. Really, it's not that impactful. They're able to make up for that with reserve aircraft and minor schedule changes. So, I don't think we'll see a severe impact on travelers.
PAUL: OK. What do you make of the software fix that needs to be done? They're saying that it's a minor adjustment, is it minor?
SOUCIE: No, not at all. It's minor in the fact that there's no physical changes to the aircraft. They don't have to go back and reengineer a wing or anything like that. But as far as the simplicity of how it's deployed, it is minor. As far as its importance and the way that it fits into the entire flight system of the aircraft, it's not simple at all. It's a very complex system.
PAUL: So, do you believe that there's a remedy for these planes that would make you comfortable getting on them and flying in the future?
SOUCIE: Well, as far as this particular software fix goes, I was at Boeing when it was released for the first time and saw it and analyzed what they said it would do. They've done tests. I've done the following on the tests as well. And it is performing as expected. They've made one particular change, a couple changes, but one particular change that makes me comfortable is the fact that they put hard limits on the amount of -- or the distance at which the trim can travel on the horizontal stabilizer, which was something that had it been done before, would have definitely prevented these both two tragedies.
PAUL: All right, let's talk about the scrutiny on the re- certification process or the certification process for these planes, is that scrutiny warranted? Do you think there needs to be some modification here somehow?
SOUCIE: Most definitely. The program has gotten out of control as far as what the FAA oversees and what they don't. I don't think there's anyone to blame here. You know, when I was with the FAA in 2005 and 2006, we helped designed -- I helped design the system of how to allow designees to return aircraft to service and to do the manufacturing inspections on site -- and it's a good program.
However, it's kind of gone out of control. No longer does the FAA have direct control over the individuals that sign off. They only have control over the company and then the company delegates to the individual. So, it's a different level of delegation and that definitely needs to be looked at. And I'm certain Boeing will have to do that to regain their credibility.
PAUL: Yes, no doubt. David Soucie, we appreciate your expertise as always. Good to see you again. Thank you.
SOUCIE: Good to see you. Thanks, Christi.
BLACKWELL: A flight from Knoxville to Houston had to land in Dallas after a mechanical issue. Listen to the frightening message the passengers heard from the cockpit.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We lost two of our screens. Now, if we kept flying, we'd lose them all, eventually.
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BLACKWELL: This was on an Express Jet Airlines flight and landed safely. The airline worked to rebook customers on the next available flight.
[07:24:52] Prominent Democrats are sharing their message with an important voting block ahead of the 2020 presidential primaries. Why events like this week's National Action Network Conference will be key to winning the African-American vote?
BLACKWELL: This week, a parade of 2020 Democratic candidates and potential candidates, courted a key voting bloc, making their case to black activist gathered at (INAUDIBLE) Sharpton's National Action Convention in New York. A testament to the importance of the black vote for Democrats. Joining me now is Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League which publishes its annual state of black America report. Mr. Morial, welcome back.
MARC MORIAL, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE: Good morning. Thank you.
BLACKWELL: So, let's start here. I mean, I think the lower black turnout in Michigan and Wisconsin, especially in 2016, kind of taught the Democratic Party that I'm not the other guy is not enough to excite black voters. You write in an upcoming op-ed, you want our vote, come and get our vote. What's that look like? [07:30:05] MORIAL: I think the National Action Network Conference
this week demonstrated that these Democratic candidates understand, at least, the early signal is the value and the importance of the African-American vote which represented in 2016 about 25, 26, 27 percent of all primary voters.
And I think it's an early signal that African American voters are neither going to be ignored nor dismissed nor taken for granted. At least, as these candidates have demonstrated by coming out.
Now, they'll have multiple opportunities in this. I hope for many of them is not just a symbolic step that they will continue to work to engage African American voters, of course. We've got an invitation out to all of them to join us in Indianapolis. So, in July of this year, for the National Urban League's conference, where we'll have 20,000 people there.
So, it's important that they recognize the importance of the African- American voter, the African-American community and how much is at stake in the 2020 election.
BLACKWELL: So, Reverend Sharpton asked every one of the dozen candidates who spoke at the convention, if they would sign legislation to fund a commission to study reparations. Where does that fall?
I mean, usually, when people think they're talking about issues important to the black community, they'll talk about reparations, they'll talk about criminal justice reform. But from what you've learned, where do they rank in the issues that are most important to black vote?
MORIAL: Well, reparations is really more of a comprehensive umbrella of issues. It's not a single issue so it involves a discussion about equity in economics, equity in housing, equity in education, equity in the criminal justice system. And I think the idea of equity in how a president will use his or her power to close the long-standing gaps and can confront the long legacy of racial exclusion and discrimination in America. So, this is part of a new conversation.
But what we are going to be looking for is two things. One, where have these candidates been throughout their political and private careers on these issues? And number two, can you demonstrate an understanding in a commitment to put specific measures in place? And then, I'll add one, third one too, and that is, do you have the leadership gravitas to take on an incumbent president who is going to be a tough hard-hitting opponent in a general election?
BLACKWELL: So, there are now three African-Americans who are declared in this race. Senators Harris and Booker and Mayor Messam out of -- out of Florida. Would it be a misconception to expect that they have an advantage for the black vote that South Carolina is locked up for one of those three?
MORIAL: I think they were -- they walk in probably with a familiarity with a sensibility and with an early advantage. But that does not mean that African-American voters are automatically going to vote for African-American candidate.
I think African-American voters going to vote for the candidate who reflects in response to their issues, and number two, who African- American voters believe will be a strong general election; a candidate.
It's got to be understood that this is not an open presidential election. This is a race against an incumbent. And I think Democratic voters -- I think African-American voters want a change in the direction of the country but it doesn't come through an open election. It comes only through someone who's strong enough, tough enough and can articulate a vision and get the vote out to defeat an incumbent.
BLACKWELL: You might remember that then-candidate Trump said that in 2020, he would earn 95 percent of the black vote. There's no stat that supports that. It will be a possibility.
MORIAL: Well, and elephants will roost in the palm trees of Florida too.
BLACKWELL: So, he said 95percent. But I do want to look at these two numbers. The latest Marist NPR/PBS poll shows that the president's approval rating amongst non-whites is 27 percent. That's up from 21 percent in Exit polls of non-whites in 2016. Still a small number, but a small change. And in some states, that, that might be enough.
He's touting his -- you know, signing of landmark criminal justice reform which has been applauded by Democrats and Republicans. He always talks about the African-American unemployment rate, which is the lowest historically, but still higher than the national average. What you're -- do you have a concern about those numbers?
[07:34:49] MORIAL: Let me say this. I think it's so important to understand that, number one, the criminal justice reform legislation that the president signed was authored by Hakeem Jeffries, long supported by Cory Booker, supported by the National Urban League and many civil rights activists. Shared if you will credit is deserved on the criminal justice bill.
The president signs it. If that's one thing, there was a policy agreement on. That's one thing there was a policy agreement on. But African-American voters are also going to look at, is this administration diverse? Have a point once the federal judiciary been diverse? Has it been a steadfast effort to enforce civil rights laws?
It's not touting one or two points, the economy is better, or I did criminal justice reform. African-American voters are like every other American voter. They're highly sophisticated, they're multi- dimensional, they going to think about a range of issues and sort of naked appeals with one issue here and one issue there on not what it takes to sway the voters.
Those early polls on approval ratings, I think count for very little. What happens when there's a mano-a-mano race, a competition between two people. BLACKWELL: Yes.
MORIAL: Is when the clarity of the future of America is going to come into play.
BLACKWELL: All right. Marc Morial, always good to have you on NEW DAY.
MORIAL: Thank you. We'll be back.
PAUL: Coming up. Uber has something to say about these two women who were attacked. One, by allegedly an Uber driver. Another who got into a car thinking it was an uber. What the company wants to say now?
[07:40:47] PAUL: 40 minutes past the hour right now, and it's been a pretty difficult week. Uber is fighting back now. The ride-sharing company sent out a safety e-mail after an Uber driver was accused of raping a woman in Seattle, or we thought, wasn't Uber -- she thought was an Uber driver.
Also, a South Carolina student was found dead after she got into a car thinking it was her Uber ride. This is all about ride-sharing, it's not just all about Uber though.
BLACKWELL: Yes, CNN's Polo Sandoval is following all of this for us. Tell us more about these two incidents involving these drivers.
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes. Victor, Christi, Uber not just fighting back, but also warning passengers about these so-called fake ride-share drivers, a scenario that sadly proved deadly for Samantha Josephson. We all remember that college student who mistakenly got into a stranger's car in Columbia South Carolina a few days back.
Sadly, her body was found just hours later in a field by hunters. And then, this week a 35-year-old man in Seattle turned himself in to authorities. Police say he was wanted in connection to the December rape of a young woman.
Investigators have looked through this man's background and have found no sign, no tie to an actual rideshare service. So, as you mentioned, Uber is really reaching out to its customers here. Making sure that they know how to keep safe, and potentially, keep something like this from happening.
Three bullet points that you've likely maybe receive in your inbox as a ride-share service customer. They're reminding people to simply make sure that the license plate number is the one on the app also to match the car make and the model.
Check the driver's photo as well. And then, something that I've heard repeatedly, obviously, once that vehicle pulls up, ask the driver who they're -- who they're -- who they are supposed to pick up. Obviously, they should have your name.
Since 2017, Uber has said in a statement that they have been working with college campuses, also with various local authorities to try to keep something like this from happening. But again, in the past, at least, two reminders out there, Victor and Christi of the -- of the dangerous potential there when people aren't careful using these kinds of services. Back to you.
PAUL: Well, yes, you just have to take those precautions because you never know who's pulling up to pick you up.
PAUL: Polo Sandoval, thank you so much.
SANDOVAL: Thanks, Christi.
BLACKWELL: The owner of the limo that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York last year, you remember that one? Is now been indicted by the district attorney. CNN affiliate WTEN says Nauman Hussein has been charged with 20 counts of manslaughter, 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide. The defendant's attorney says, Hussain is not guilty and called the indictment flawed.
PAUL: Well, the FDA is investigating dozens of reports of seizures among e-cigarette users. And the big question now is could this be a new potential health risk, particularly, for teens. We're talking about the findings next. Stay close.
[07:47:56] PAUL: 47 minutes past the hour right now. And there's a new warning from the FDA regarding a health risk that they worry may be linked to e-cigarettes. We're talking about seizures now.
The agency says it's received, at least, 35 reports of seizures following e-cigarette use. This is since 2010. Now, it's not clear how e-cigarettes could cause seizures. When the seizures are known to be a possible side effect of nicotine poisoning, at least. Jacqueline Howard, a writer for CNN "HEALTH AND WELLNESS" is with us now.
So what do we know about the connection specifically between vaping and these seizures?
JACQUELINE HOWARD, CNN FEATURE WRITER, HEALTH AND WELLNESS: So, that's what the FDA is now investigating. But what we do know is that there is been a recent optic and reported cases. So, that's why the FDA is really raising awareness around this issue.
So, it's a concern, of course, because seizures are serious. And especially, in young people, seizures are serious because of their brain development. And then, we also know that there's no clear pattern in these cases. So, they've been seen among first-time users of e-cigarettes, and among experienced users.
So, because of that, there's a concern. So, the FDA put out a statement. And the FDA says that "We are nonetheless," I'm quoting, "concerned by these reported cases. We also recognize that not all of the cases may be reported. We believe these 35 cases warrant a scientific investigation into whether there is, in fact, a connection."
So, this is all being investigated. But one thing the FDA wants is the public's health and identifying cases.
PAUL: So, just to be clear, is it just teens that are having the seizures or is it people of all ages?
HOWARD: So, it's both. We're seeing many cases in young people, and then, there are some young adults. So, really the young people is where there's a huge, huge concern here.
PAUL: OK, and because it's become such a prolific problem among young people as well.
PAUL: Do we know if the seizures continue if the teen stops vaping?
HOWARD: We still don't know that that's part of the investigation. And I think in general with these products, we don't know a lot of the long-term health consequences. So, that's really a concern. And we really want to better identify -- OK, in what type of setting and what type of context could these seizures be more likely if there is, in fact, a connection here.
[07:50:11] PAUL: So, I know that the FDA has what's called a safety reporting portal online. Is it easy to report somebody having these problems?
HOWARD: So, that's the best way to report a case. Go online, go to the safety reporting portal, and you can identify -- you know, kind of recognize a case online.
But then, of course, if anyone has any serious health effect following vaping, you want to call 911 or the poison control center.
HOWARD: But go to the portal to report a case.
PAUL: OK. Jacqueline Howard, thank you so much.
HOWARD: Thank you.
PAUL: Good information to have today. Appreciate it.
PAUL: Victor? BLACKWELL: All right, we'll take a deeper look into President Trump's claims that he knows more about technology than anybody.
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TRUMP: I know more about technology than anybody. I'm a professional technology.
You know the windmills, boom, boom, boom. You'd be doing wind -- windmills, wind. If it doesn't blow, you can forget about television for that night. They say the noise causes cancer you tell me that one, OK?
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[07:55:35] BLACKWELL: If you are tired of arguing with your significant other, your spouse, they for say that, listen, couples will always have conflicts, but the approach makes all the difference when working through these issues. This week's "STAYING WELL" looks at solving those conflicts.
VERONICA PENA, MARRIED FOR ELEVEN YEARS: We've been married for 11 years, and we been separated four times. Trouble started right away.
What we fought about a lot, it was what I expected from him. What he expected of me, and not meeting each other's expectations.
SAUL STERN, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST: If they can get beneath what the conflict is about, what's beneath it is usually, if not always I don't feel loved, valued, appreciated.
ABRAHAM PENA, MARRIED FOR ELEVEN YEARS: Being married at such a young age, I also have commitment issues.
V. PENA: I would always -- you know, tend to shut down, and then, and I would think, oh, no, are we going to separate? Oh, no, is he going to leave?
STERN: When we're upset, we lose our ability to solve problems. What needs to happen first, is to be calm in the body that starts by articulating your own feelings and having them accepted by your partner.
V. PENA: To have that sense of feeling insecure, again, really just shook me.
A. PENA: I 1,000 percent understand.
STERN: Too many of us have not had enough practice at being able to articulate our own feelings.
A. PENA: When I'm in my moment of weaknesses, I don't want you to see that.
STERN: If you change one small thing to express appreciation for one another, every single day, 30 seconds, and then, there on a completely different path.
A. PENA: I don't want to let you down.
STERN: We still have conflict, but were able to communicate through it.
V. PENA: Our relationship is not in question anymore.
PAUL: I give them credit. Four times they separated in 11 years, and look how happy they are. They did the work.
BLACKWELL: Good for them.
PAUL: And that's all I have to say.
All right, let's talk about the president. Because you know what, he's claiming that he knows more about technology than anybody else.
BLACKWELL: He has the sound effects down. But here's CNN's Jeanne Moos.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: When it comes to windmills, President Trump loves to imitate them.
TREVOR NOAH, HOST, THE DAILY SHOW, COMEDY CENTRAL: I've never heard a windmill before, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't sound like a cat in a dryer.
MOOS: President Trump insists on tilting at windmills, "Donald Quixote", someone called him. But attacking them without the benefit of scientific facts.
TRUMP: And they say the noise causes cancer. You told me that one, OK?
MOOS: And this is a president who claims --
TRUMP: Yes, I know more about technology than anybody.
Yes, nobody knows more about technology than me.
TRUMP: I'm a professional technology.
MOOS: A professional who prefer Sharpie on his printed pages, whose desk seems to be a no computer zone. A guy who struggled to get the speakerphone to speak. TRUMP: Enrique, yes, you can hook him up. A lot of people waiting. Hello, you wonder what put that on this phone, please. Hello.
MOOS: He tweeted recently that "Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT."
And then, there's the new electromagnetic system that catapult planes off the USS Gerald Ford. It's been having problems.
TRUMP: That used to be steamed. Steam, old-fashioned.
MOOS: When President Trump visited the ship, he says sailors told him they used to fix the steam catapult with a wrench.
TRUMP: If the electronics breaks, "Sir, we have to send for Albert Einstein."
MOOS: You know, you'd think the president would be a fan of wind power. It's one of those tried-and-true technologies rooted in the past. But some of his other favorites.
TRUMP: They say it's medieval a wall. It is medieval, so is a wheel? Wheels work and walls work, you know, there are something's you can't beat.
MOOS: And yet, he keeps beating up on windmills. Maybe the president has just had it with wind. Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
BLACKWELL: "He'll never stop," he says. Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger says. He's feeling much better now. Thanking fans on Twitter for all the well wishes.
PAUL: Yes, he thanked to the hospital staff as well at (INAUDIBLE). Well, one source close to the band tells CNN, it was a treatment for a heart valve replacement. Now, the band postponed their latest North American tour as he recovers. And a lot of you are waiting for that because you got your tickets on hand and now it doesn't matter. There's no word yet on new dates but they are coming, they say.