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Senator Bernie Sanders Had Campaign Rally In Vermont; President Trump Is Working To Strike A Deal With Japan; Many Hurt by Trump's Tariffs Continue to Support the President; New Pennsylvania Poll Had Biden Ahead of Trump; Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) Discusses 6th Migrant Child Death in U.S. Custody and Possible Trump Administration Coverup; Trump Bypasses Congress on Saudi Arms Sales; Missing Yoga Instructor Rescued in Hawaii after 2 Weeks; West Point Graduates Most Diverse Class In Its History. Aired 4-5p ET

Aired May 25, 2019 - 16:00   ET


[16:00:00] SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: -- trying to do everything that I can to make sure this country does not get into another war in the Middle East.


SANDERS: And when we talk about corporate greed and corporate irresponsibility, there can be no greater culprit than the fossil fuel industry, an industry which lies to us every single day. About the damage that they are doing to our country and the planet.

And today we say to Donald Trump and his friends in the fossil fuel industry that climate change is not a hoax but is an existential threat to our country and to the entire planet. And whether the fossil fuel industry likes it or not, we are going to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.


SANDERS: I have seven grandchildren here today. Beautiful, beautiful grandchildren. And what this struggle about climate change is about them and every child in this country and in the world. We have a moral responsibility to make sure that the planet we leave those children is a planet that is healthy and is habitable.

And as your President I will do everything possible to have the United States bring countries all over the world together, because we have a common enemy in climate change. Instead of spending over a trillion dollars a year on weapons of destruction all over the world, what about bringing the countries together to fight the common enemy of climate change?


SANDERS: And when we talk about injustice in this country, we are talking about racial injustice. At a time of overall and massive levels of disparity in the United States, the situation is much worse for African-American families. It's not acceptable to me or to you that black families own one-tenth the wealth that white families own, that the infant mortality rate within the African-American community is 29.5 times higher than the white community, that red lining in- housing continues to exist, that black businesses are unable to get the loans that they need, that black school districts are underfunded and that an enormous amount of racism exists within our criminal justice system.

So let us be very clear. When we talk about justice we mean ending institutional racism from one end of this country to the other.


SANDERS: Brothers and sisters, when we first launched our campaign in 2015, right up in Burlington, very few people took that campaign seriously. The ideas that we talked about four years ago were considered by establishment politicians and mainstream media to be radical and extreme ideas. They said that nobody in America would support. Well, a lot has happened in the last four years.


SANDERS: Raising the minimum wage to a living wage, not so radical today. Guaranteeing health care to all as a human right, not so radical today. Creating up to 15 million jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, not so radical today.

Legalizing marijuana! A radical idea four years ago, not so radical today. And by the way, those ideas that we talked about four years ago that seem so extreme at the time, well, today virtual all of those ideas are supported by a majority of the American people and have overwhelming support from Democrats and independents. And they are ideas that Democratic candidates from school board to president are now supporting.


[16:06:01] SANDERS: Let me just conclude by telling you what we're going to do when we make it to the White House. We are going to provide universal and affordable child care for every family in America. We are going to make public colleges and universities tuition free. And we are going to substantially lower the outrageous burden of student debt that people all over this country currently have.

And when we talk about criminal justice reform we mean that there will be no more private prisons or detention centers. No more war on drugs. No more keeping people in jail because they are too poor to afford bail.


SANDERS: And today we say that when we are in the White House we are going to end the demonization of undocumented immigrants in this country. We are going to pass something that is long overdue, and that is comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

SANDERS: We are going to provide legal status to the 1.8 million young people eligible for the DACA program. And we will have a humane border policy for those who seek asylum.


SANDERS: Under our administration babies will not be snatched from the arms of their mothers.


SANDERS: And under our administration Amazon, Jeff Bezos, profitable corporations and the wealthiest people in this country will start paying their fair share of taxes. When we are in the White House, we are going to end the epidemic of gun violence.

In this country, and pass the common sense gun safety legislation that the overwhelming majority of Americans want. People who should not have guns will not have guns. So let me conclude by saying this. This is a pivotal moment in American history. And Donald Trump and his friends believe they can win the coming election by dividing us up based on the color of our skin or where we were born or our sexual orientation or our religion. They think getting us to hate each other is their path to victory.

Well I have got news for Donald Trump. That is not a path toward victory. That is a path toward defeat.


[16:10:21] SANDERS: So while it is true that the one percent in this country in the profitable corporations have enormous wealth and power, it is also true that one percent is one percent. And 99 percent is a hell of a lot bigger number than one percent.

So if we stand together and keep our eyes on the prize we are not only going to win this election, we are going to transform this country and create the kind of nation that you know we can become. Thank you all very much.


ANA CABRERA, CNN HOST: Senator Bernie Sanders there, wrapping up a speech to voters in his first home state rally since launching his 2020 campaign.

CNN Ryan Nobles is live there in Montpelier, Vermont.

Ryan, Sanders on home turf. Heard a lot of his greatest hits in that speech. Anything new that stood out to you?

RYAN NOBLES, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Boy, Ana, you said it perfectly there. This was a greatest hits speech for Bernie Sanders. If you had not been familiar with his campaign at all and if you watched it from start to finish you got a pretty good sampling about all the reasons as to why he got into the race for president. He talked a lot about economic inequality. He talked about breaking up the big banks. He talked about his huge problems with big corporations like Amazon and Wal-Mart. And of course he talked about his foreign policy which is very much an anti-interventionist foreign policy, doing everything he can to stop future wars from happening and making it clear where he stands about wars that the United States has already participated in.

So, yes, in wasn't something where he broke a lot of news. Didn't really deviate all that much from the standard stump speech. It was reshuffled a bit, presented in a little bit of a different way and also brought into context how exactly his political career started in Vermont.

But this is the message Ana that earn Bernie Sanders wants to send to the American public. It is a message of consistency. This is where I was when I started my political career. This is where I am now. So if you are someone liked what I did in 2016 when I ran against Hillary Clinton, and you have now seen some of these other Democratic candidates adopt these positions, just remember that Bernie Sanders was the one who adopted those positions to begin with.

So it was certainly about what we expected from Bernie Sanders. And this is what we'll likely expect in the coming months as we look forward to the debates this summer and then of course the Iowa caucus at the beginning of 2020.

CABRERA: Ryan, we noticed he spent six minutes going after Trump. But he didn't mention any of the democratic primary opponents.

NOBLES: Yes, that's right. He went on a six-minute attack on Donald Trump after starting out the section by saying he didn't want to spend that much time talking about Donald Trump who he described as one of his least favorite subjects. So, it wasn't necessarily truthful in that respect.

But, yes, you know, he spent a lot of time talking about his problems with Donald Trump. But what you will note about that, Ana, is that He does not talk very much at all about the Mueller report or about the Russia investigation. His issues with Donald Trump are one of honesty which he has a big problem with. He calls Donald Trump a liar. He has a problem with the way that Donald Trump treats certain different groups. He calls them a racist and misogynist and he also has a serious policy issue with Donald Trump. He is very unhappy with the tax cuts for instance that he proposed and passed in the last legislative cycle. So I think that's an important distinction.

But to your point more broadly how he is handling the rest of the Democratic field, he does not spend much time at all about talking about his other Democratic opponents. In fact, in stump speeches he rarely if ever talks about this Democratic opponents. Sometimes when asked specific questions about them he will make policy distinctions. He has done that with vice president Biden and some others. But he is not spending much time at all talking about the other Democratic candidates. The question I think a lot of people have Ana is at some point aren't

you going to have to do this, especially in a field of 24 candidates? There is going to have to be distinctions drawn at this point. Bernie Sanders seems to be reluctant to do that at least in a forceful way.

CABRERA: Especially when he is stuck in second right now. Second is not a bad place to be but it's not first.

The other thing that stood out to me, Ryan, I couldn't help but notice that he went after the billionaire class. No longer saying millionaires and billionaires.

[16:15:09] NOBLES: Right. I mean his campaign would tell you there is nothing to that. But it's pretty hard to ignore the fact that he did for much of his political career rail on the millionaires and the billionaires. And now that he finds himself as a millionaire as we saw when he released his 10 years-worth of taxes that he is now a millionaire. He is worth probably around $2 million, a lot of that based off the sales of two bestselling books. And also made some shrewd real estate investments that put him in that position. He does own three homes.

So yes, he finds himself in a different class of people. But what his campaign would argue is that even though he now is made a little bit more money, has enjoyed the fruits of a capitalistic system that he railed on, he hasn't really changed his opinion on anything. And the fact that he is worth a little bit more than he was when he started his political career that hasn't change any policy positions. He still believes that these corporations should be taxed in the fullest extent. He still thinks there needs to be broader investment in infrastructure. He still believes that the government should be supplying a health care for all of its citizens.

So that's what -- that's the argument they are going to try and make. There is an argument to be made that that makes -- that it's a little bit more difficult for him to do that now that he is a millionaire. But, again, it impose back to the consistency, Ana, when he was very poor could barely make the rent payment when he was running for mayor of Burlington to where he is now living a very comfortable life. His positions haven't changed. And that's the promise he makes to the Democratic primary voters as they decide whether or not he should become a nominee.

CABRERA: All right. Ryan Nobles in Vermont, thank you.

It's early Sunday morning in Tokyo right now. And President Trump has a big day with Japan's prime minister. We will have the latest on his trip next.

You are live in the CNN NEWSROOM.


[16:20:27] CABRERA: Trade talks with China may be at a standstill. But President Trump is working to strike a deal with Japan. He is in Tokyo right now for a state visit there this weekend where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is laying on flattery.

Mr. Trump is the first foreign leader invited to meet Japan's new emperor. And little less fancy, he will preside over sumo wrestling tournament where he will present the winner with a special made president's cup.

CNN's Pamela Brown is traveling with the President.

Pamela, President Trump has met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now nearly a dozen times. They have had countless more phone calls. Why has Abe put so much effort into cultivating this relationship?

PAMELA BROWN, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, Prime Minister Abe has put U.S. Japanese recommendations, the alliance there as a center piece of his agenda, Ana. And you are right, Abe was the first war leader to visit the President after his election. They have spoken. The two leaders have spoken more than 40 times. In fact President Trump has spoken to Abe more than any other foreign leader.

So for Prime Minister Abe it's all about defense, given its close location next to China and North Korea. It views the alliance with the United States as very important on defense matters. And of course there is this issue of trade. And the President has made clear that he wants to move down the barriers on agriculture for U.S. agriculture products. And for Prime Minister Abe the focus is on auto tariffs and this threat from President Trump to impose tariffs on Japanese auto and auto parts.

And so, that is expected to be a part of the discussion between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe. Though an administration official has been trying to temper expectations of any concrete deliverables coming out of discussions between the President and the prime minister, saying really this is more about ceremony. The President is going to be the first foreign leader to meet with the newly crown emperor. And as you know, Ana, this is a President who prizes pomp and circumstance.

CABRERA: As he is there we got breaking news about Deutsche bank and Trump's financial records. Fill us in.

BROWN: That's right. He is here against the back drop of these ongoing court battles. And we have learned that there has been a deal worked out between Trump's lawyers and the House intelligence and foreign -- I'm sorry the financial services committee on the subpoena from deutsche bank and capital one financial records. So they have worked out a deal to put that on hold, the subpoena while there is a pending appeal.

CABRERA: All right Pamela Brown in Japan and Tokyo for us. Thank you.

We will get our analysts to weigh in on Japan's charm offensive after a quick break. Don't go anywhere.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) [16:26:40] CABRERA: No one enjoys the red carpet treatment more than President Trump. But in state visit to Japan comes at an especially opportune moment. Washington is absolutely boiling over with political drama from the growing calls for impeachment to the President's name calling feud with House speaker Nancy Pelosi to seeing three legal rulings going against the President. That includes one where the judge says deutsche bank and capitol one can give Trump's financial records to Congress.

Joining us now is CNN political analyst Karoun Demirjian from the "Washington Post" and Laura Barron-Lopez, the reporter from "Politico."

Karoun, there was also more trouble over border wall funding. Another infrastructure week went up in smoke. This trip has to be a welcome relief doesn't it?

KAROUN DEMIRJIAN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well the President isn't that good at kind of turning his attention away from what is going on D.C. when he leaves on the international trips. So in a way yes, but in a way Trump is still very much driving very much of the narrative of what's going on, tweeting all the time, et cetera.

This is an opportunity though to have some sort of a breath of fresh air and potentially have a positive outcome from this trip. I think that the Japanese leaders are very, very intent on maintaining their good relationship with the President, especially at this point also when we have these trade issues with China and a looming summit -- a G-20 summit next month where other trade issues will be on the table as well. It is a key moment for basically the -- for Abe and Trump to re-solidify their relationship. And for Trump to basically maybe feels like he has a win coming here where - usually, when he feels like things aren't going his way, he tends to act in ways that then create more drama in that cycle. And that is certainly what has been going on at home this week and he is living it behind him.

CABRERA: Laura, if a trade deal with Japan is successful will it help take off the heat in terms of problems with the China trade war?

LAURA BARRON-LOPEZ, NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER, POLITICO: Potentially. It's difficult to say. I mean we know that Japan really also wants to come out of this meeting headed towards a traded deal with the U.S. that Japan is feeling pressure because of the fact that China is asserting its dominance and then on the other end, there is North Korea. And so they are really looking at the meeting, hopeful that they can come to agreement with Trump. And Trump seemed to have, you know, backed off the auto tariffs with Japan by at least six months heading into this meeting. So without hearing more from what has been discussed we have to wait and see whether or not they are making any progress.

CABRERA: Karoun, the trade war topic raises an interesting question for the President because "The New York Times" had a piece this week that tackled Trump's appeal in the Midwest and the rustbelt with blue collar workers, same region negatively impacted by this tariffs and yet they are cheering him on in this fight. The Times talked to one blue collar worker named Daryl Franks (ph) who said this.

Quote "what I want from a President is the rest of the world to look at him and go don't mess with that guy. He gets even."

How long can Trump keep up the tough on trade stance and keep the voters?

DEMIRJIAN: I think it's a question that we can't answer from where we are sitting right now. Trump has shown remarkable ability to be able to move people's emotions. His base, his supporters, they believe in him even when doing so cuts against their bottom line.


I think that's a general question you are looking at in any sort of Presidential election year. And especially this one where you are making decisions about do I vote with my heart or do I vote with, you know, looking at everything before me and doing calculations about what's actually working for me? Is it policy or is it feelings?

And Trump has really done a very good and able job of being able to move the feelings of a subset of the country that tends to support him regardless of whether, when you boil down and fine-tuned details of what he is doing on the international stage or tax policy or what have you, it actually is an -- is an advantage for them.

So will that -- at this point, we are talking about trade deals that are either going to go ahead or will be, you know, tariffs put in place. It depends on how quickly the effects are felt trickling down the chain to the manufacturers, to the people in the Midwest of the country, to the consumers.

And we can't quite gauge exactly how long that's going to take and how long people will have to maybe do a recalculation of how they feel in their gut about the president versus how they feel about everything else going on in their lives and draw a line from that to what the president is doing.


DEMIRJIAN: Sorry. I was going to say, he's been able to override that calculation very well in the past.

ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: And that reminded me about the idea of voting on your gut and what's in your heart, driving the emotional vote versus a policy agreement kind of vote. Because I mean, you could say the same for Democrats and Democratic voters who, in the recent polling, said 58 percent were going to support a person who they thought would be a strong candidate against Trump versus the 34 percent versus who preferred a nominee aligning with them on the issues.

That brings me to the state of Pennsylvania because that's another key state in all of this. The latest polling shows Joe Biden ahead of Trump in a head-to-head matchup. Laura, both men held events in that state in the past week. Biden

gets points for being from Pennsylvania. But is he doing anything specific connecting with those voters?

LAURA BARRON-LOPEZ, NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER, POLITICO: Right. Biden has been running his entire campaign about, I'm going to be able to win back the voters that Democrats lost to Trump in 2016, the working-class white voters, rural white voters, ones that went over to Trump because they were frustrated.

And Biden has really been saying, I'm the candidate to win those middle-of-the-road voters. I'm not going to be pushing as far left as other candidates in this field, like Bernie Sanders.

And so he really has come out swinging against the president and hasn't really been talking about any of the other Democrats running for the nomination because he wants to, from the beginning, pit in as him against Trump.

CABRERA: Laura Barron-Lopez, Karoun Demirjian, thank you, ladies. Good to have you with us.

BARRON-LOPEZ: Thank you.

CABRERA: At least six children have died recently in U.S. custody after crossing into the United States from Mexico. And we're only now finding out about one of the deaths that happened last September. Up next, a U.S. congressman joins me to discuss the deaths.

And a judge's decision to stop President Trump's plan to pay for a border wall.

You're live in the CNN NEWSROOM. Don't go anywhere.


[16:36:34] CABRERA: The Trump administration now admits another migrant child has died in its custody. But we are only learning about it eight months after her death. This is 10-year-old Darlynn. She passed away in September. Her mom tells CNN Darlynn was born with a heart murmur. And officials say the girl passed away after surgery left her in a coma.

Since Darlynn's death, though, at least five more children died after crossing the southern border and being apprehended by U.S. officials.

Here are their names. And 16-year-old Carlos was found unresponsive after being taken to a Border Patrol station in Texas. His cause of death is being determined.

And 7-year-old Jacqueline died from sepsis at a Texas hospital.

And 16-year-old Juan died at a children hospital in Texas. His cause of death is still unknown.

And 8-year-old Felipe died from flu-like complicated sepsis while in custody.

An unidentified 2-year-old died from pneumonia at a hospital in Texas.

I want to bring in Democratic Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, from Texas.

Congressman, no child had died in Border Patrol custody in more than a decade. And the last child to die in HHS custody was in 2011. And now we have six children who have died in less than a year after crossing the southern border.

Your colleague, Congressman Joaquin Castro, is going so far as to call it a coverup by the Trump administration. Would you use those words?

REP. VICENTE GONZALEZ (D-TX): Well, I'm certainly saddened to see this tragic loss of life in the last six months. I don't know that I could put -- assign blame to any one agency.

Clearly, at the ports of entry -- I represent one of them -- we have a shortage of officers. And we have been overwhelmed with the mass migration that's shown up to the border all at one time. I don't think we were ready for it. I think they reassigned officers out of here.

I think all interior enforcement should be at ports of entry. We need more health care providers right at the beginning doing more screening or this will continue.

But at the end of the day, the most serious conversation we should have in Washington is, how can we address the root of this problem to stop it from continuing.

And the only way that we're ever going to do that is addressing it in their home countries, which are the three Central American countries where most of the migration comes from.

I recently introduced a bill providing for them to be able to ask for asylum in their home country and be given a document if they -- if it's granted. be able to get on a bus or airplane and come in, in a much easier and less treacherous way.

There's a lot of loss of life that we don't know of that occurs on the track coming just crossing through Mexico. Very violent things happen.


CABRERA: Let me ask you about that because it sounds like the --


GONZALEZ: It's very expensive. There's a lot of --

CABRERA: That sounds like a proposal that would have bipartisan support. Because I recall the president had also proposed something like that in his last round of immigration proposals that were put forward prior to the government shutdown, you know several months ago now.

So do you see that bill moving quickly in order to try to stem this flow of immigration?

GONZALEZ: I would hope so. I would think that everyone should sign on this bill because it's the only real solution. You can either ask for asylum in your home country or ask for asylum in neighboring countries and be granted.

We have to face the reality that 85 percent to 95 percent of asylum seekers ultimately are not granted asylum. And we have a policy issue. And they are rushing our border and taking advantage of the policy that we have in place now.

[16:40:03] And I believe that the only way to address this is for people to ask for asylum in their home country. And that's -- I think they have a better chance at being able to prove the case. That's where the witnesses and evidence is. We need to create the infrastructure in embassies and places where we are likely to have the asylum-seeking population.

And going further than this is we need to go into the countries and invest on the ground to bring security and bring economic opportunity where people can thrive in the native country.

I think Central America has been part of the world that has been greatly ignored by our country in the past decades. We're in the Middle East, Asia so many other places, and we're ignoring our backyard.

We had trouble with 68,000 refugees showing up to our border. Imagine if we had the crisis that has erupted out of Syria and, all of a sudden, we have a million and a half at our front door. How would we deal with that? We don't the resources now. We don't have a plan in place. The only way too --


CABRERA: The president's plan is to build a wall to keep them out.


CABRERA: And last night, the federal judge blocked the President Trump --

GONZALEZ: Well, that doesn't work.

CABRERA: -- from using defense funds to build a border wall.

Forgive me, we are stepping on each other because there's a slight delay.

Let me ask you about this new ruling.

GONZALEZ: That's OK. CABRERA: A judge saying a move like this to use the defense funds

that the president wants to put toward the wall through his emergency declarations says, no, you can't do that. That needs congressional approval.

I want your reaction to that. Is this a win --

GONZALEZ: That's correct.

CABRERA: -- or does just buy you more time?

GONZALEZ: I'm not sure if it buys more time. Certainly the judge ruled correctly. Those funds were appropriated by Congress for the purpose of military operations not for building a wall, which, as we know, doesn't work. We have a wall partially in my district.

Migrants are coming across the river to the wall, waiving into the cameras saying, come get me. And 75 percent of the crossings are asylum seekers. How would a wall prevent that? How would a wall prevent that?

They're showing show up to our walled areas waiving to the cameras asking CBP officers, I'm here, please come here and pick me up so I can ask for an asylum claim. Walls don't work.

They may work in a strategic place in limited areas. But the way the president tried to preach this on his campaign, and still to the American people and to the base that continue to ignorantly follow this idea, is outstanding to me.

Because if you come to my districts or districts around the border, whether represented by Democrats or Republicans, you'll see an overwhelming support against the idea of building a brick-and-mortar wall on our barrier -- on our southern border.

CABRERA: Let's talk about --


GONZALEZ: That's a reality.

CABRERA: -- the emergency provision that the president just invoked to enable weapons sales to the Middle East to allies like Saudi Arabia. Republican Congressman Justin Amash tweeted about this, writing, "POTUS is again going around Congress. This time, to unilaterally approve billions in arms sales, including to the brutal Saudi regime."

GONZALEZ: That's right.

CABRERA: "Congress must reclaim powers. When will the legislative branch stand up to the executive branch?"

Congressman, how do you answer that?

GONZALEZ: I agree with him 100 percent. Certainly, Congress has the authority to rule on whether we sell arms to these countries. I think he doesn't have the authority to bypass Congress.

And Congress needs to step up to the occasion and apply more pressure than we have. Our subpoenas have been denied. We've been stonewalled by the administration. And there seems to be no repercussions.

I'm hoping to see more leadership in that respect on how we respond to the president. And especially with all the recent subpoenas that have been ignored.

They're sending 1,500 troops without congressional approval. They are making arms deals around the world without congressional approval. I don't think we've seen this in the history of our country.

CABRERA: So what is Congress going to do? We talked about impeachment this week. Quickly, if you will, on the answer, are you one that's ready to say it's time to open the impeachment inquiry, like your fellow Democrats said this weekend? Two, where do you think the split is on Dems right now on -- over impeachment?

GONZALEZ: Impeachment and -- yes, impeachment and violation of subpoenas, I consider them different. I don't know where ready for impeachment. And we're 14 months from an election. That would be very painful for our country to have to go through this the next year.

Impeachment is not easy. I don't think we have the support in the Senate and certainly don't seem to have the support from the American people. If you look at polls, the majority of Americans are not for impeachment.


GONZALEZ: But I think we can knock him out in the next election, certainly, and that's the way we need to look at it and focus our energies on that. That might be what the president wants to -- to excite his base to come out for him for 2020, is have the proceeding --


GONZALEZ: -- that lead up to the next campaign.

CABRERA: Gotcha.

Vicente Gonzalez, Congressman, good to have you with us. Thank you for the time.

[16:44:54] A miracle in Maui. A hiker missing more than two weeks found alive. Hear from one of her rescuers, next.


CABRERA: Now to an amazing story of survival. She was missing more than two weeks after going for a hike in Hawaii. Family and friends feared the worst.

But yesterday, rescuers searching from a helicopter spotted Amanda Eller walking barefoot in a mountain ravine and waving her arms to the sky.

She had gone several days without food. She lost her shoes more than a week ago, we learned, but survived.

This video shows the dramatic moment the 35-year-old yoga instructor and physical therapist was airlifted to safety.

One of her rescuers was on CNN earlier. Listen to this.


JAVIER CANTELLOPS, LOCAL RESCUER OF AMANDER ELLER: It was nothing short of elation. We were -- we were in a really far east area, way past our original search area had been. That my initial theory, she kept on walking in the woods that's why we wouldn't found her.

And we're going up this gulch in the helicopter, an open area, and we were looking down and the waterfall was coming and the river is coming, and the waterfall is coming and the river is coming. And we're all looking down and, like a movie, we all looked down pretty much at the same time and go look at that hiker. Oh, my god, and out of the woodwork you see Amanda waving her arms to us and we just lost it.

[16:50:20] Chris was like, wow. I was ready to jump out of the helicopter. She was like, seriously, I have been searching for you guys, you know. We'd been passing her. And she heard helicopters flying by her. And unfortunately, it was so thick, that it is a miracle that we saw her.


CABRERA: What a happy ending. Amanda Eller reportedly lost about 15 pounds. Her mom says she has a leg fracture but is in surprisingly good shape.

West Point made history today. I'll tell you why when CNN NEWSROOM continues.


CABRERA: Today's graduation at West Point is one for the history books. The nation's oldest military academy graduated more African- American and Hispanic women than at any point in its 217 years of existence. On top of that, this year's graduating class was the most diverse ever, not only in terms of race, but also gender.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the graduating class of 2019 this morning, congratulating not only their individual achievements but also for being part of a defining moment in American military history.


MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I couldn't be more proud to stand before the graduating class of 2019 that includes the highest number of African-American women cadets in the history of the United States military academy.




[16:55:13] CABRERA: A spokesman for West Point says the academy also graduated its 5000th female cadet this year.

This week, W. Kamau Bell hits the Washington's capital, but not the Washington of politicians and monuments. He's talking to the real people who live there and keep D.C. running. Here is a preview.


W. KAMAU BELL, CNN HOST, UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA: It feels like you definitely helped him put the accelerator down. You know what I mean?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Like we'll maybe never know for sure.

BELL: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He did say, in his resignation letter, he cited unrelenting attacks.

BELL: That's me, that's me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was a little tiny part of that.


BELL: I'm an unrelenting attack.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right. To be honest, like, come on, Scott, you know that means. It means you're doing a bad job.

BELL: Yes. It means you shouldn't have had the job you had.


BELL: What do you think about we're losing civility, because you're not letting that man sit there and eat his lunch?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think the civility debate is a waste of time because I think, what it is, when people say that, is they're uncomfortable with the content of what's being said.

BELL: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So Sarah Huckabee Sanders wanted to say that that wasn't civil. Did she say anything to address the content of my words, right? The corruption, the misuse of taxpayer dollars. What he was doing to our air and our water, with the favors that he's doing to corporate lobbyists, no. She said people should be able to eat their lunch. Like his taco was more important than the air we're all breathing.


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