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Protester Rushes Kamala Harris on Stage, Grabs Microphone; Queen Elizabeth Hosts Trump and First Lady at State Banquet. Aired 3:30-4p ET
Aired June 3, 2019 - 15:30 ET
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[15:30:00] JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: For more than two years. She had already indicated that she feared for her estranged husband. That he had some sort of feelings for revenge. And so these are all of the building blocks of this investigation that they are now putting forward. Again, at this point they've only been charged with fabricating physical evidence. They've also been charged with witness tampering. But it's very clear from this arrest warrant application they are suspects in her disappearance -- Brooke.
BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN HOST: Jason Carroll with the latest on that investigation. Thank you very much. Jason in Connecticut.
Coming up next, new questions about security for the 2020 Presidential candidates after Senator Kamala Harris was rushed by a protester at this voter forum. You will see how her husband jumped into her defense.
And we are expecting to see President Trump live at this state dinner at Buckingham Palace. He has been back and forth with London's mayor today trading insults. You are watching CNN, I'm Brooke Baldwin.
[15:35:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
BALDWIN: Does security need to be stepped up for the 23 candidates running for president? I want to show you what happened in San Francisco when Senator Kamala Harris was on stage during a MoveOn's Big Ideas Forum. Watch.
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SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: And a big --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Whoa.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hey, hey, hey, hey.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hey, hey, hey.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pleased to meet you.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, hi, hi, hi.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Wait a minute, sir. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was asking for your attention to a much bigger
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you so much, sir, for your big idea, but we want to make sure that we are able to get through this.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm good.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We need a mic. We need a microphone.
HARRIS: I'm good. I'm good. It's all good. It's all good, don't worry. Don't worry.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm so sorry about that.
HARRIS: No, no. It's all right.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Give it up. Give it up for 2020 candidate.
HARRIS: All good.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Good.
HARRIS: All good.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You had a question, and I want to answer it.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BALDWIN: Scary moment. And let me just point this out, we spotlighted this for you. But this is the Senator's husband there helping take the protester off the stage. Obviously, he is furious. He wrestles the microphone out of the guy's hand and then we saw Senator Harris returned to the stage, thumbs up, reassuring everything she was A-OK. Let's go to Maeve Reston our CNN correspondent here. Because Maeve, even seeing the moderator like jump in and try to keep this guy away from the Senator. Where was security?
MAEVE RESTON, CNN NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER: Well, I mean, it's a pretty -- it was a pretty shocking moment. And I think one that as you mentioned probably all of the presidential campaigns were watching. There isn't really a lot of security around these candidates at the moment. Senator Harris in particular travels a lot with her sister and sometimes one aide, and often her husband is there.
You can often see him kind of at the edge of the crowd. He stays behind the scenes. And in this instance, he literally had to leap up on stage to help the other people who were hauling the protester off stage with a very angry scowl. I mean, that was a natural reaction that you would have if your spouse had been confronted like that. So a really interesting moment that shone a spotlight on Douglas Emhoff, husband, who is a lawyer who practices law both in California and Washington D.C. But it's taken a very Brooke behind the scenes role on the campaign before now --. BALDWIN: Before now, and now everyone is watching Douglas Emhoff come
to the -- come help get this guy off stage, and he also tweeted that he would do anything for his wife. What more do we know about him?
RESTON: Well, it's so interesting. Because Kamala Harris is not one of those candidates like Pete Buttigieg who constantly talks about his husband on the campaign trail. She has always kept her private life very private. But she did open up for the first time in her book earlier this year about her swift courtship with her husband, Doug. It was very quick. He was a divorced father of two, and she had a lot of trepidation about intruding on their family dynamic. But his kids, Cole and Ella welcomed her and they call her "mamala".
And Doug is just a very calm, relaxed presence in her life. He gets up in the morning and reads all the news before she's up and she often says she knows how the day is going to go based on his grunts or groans or sighs. So he really plays that kind of balancing role in her life, a little bit of calm within the storm. And they really clicked over their sense of humor. She was forced to go on a blind date with him by her best friend. And she says that they were joking with one another and sharing a similar sense of humor and that's the role he continues to play in her life. And apparently also bouncer for protesters at this moment.
BALDWIN: Apparently. Yes. Add that to the job description of husband of Senator Kamala Harris. But I love that you know all of these details, Maeve Reston. I appreciate it. I know he wants the stay in the background, but he jumped in right at --
[15:40:00] RESTON: He's now a Twitter star.
BALDWIN: There you go. Maeve, thank you very much. Maeve Reston.
Any moment now we will have live coverage of President Trump and the first lady at the state dinner there in London. He is expected to make a toast at this opulent dinner at Buckingham Palace. We'll have that for you.
Also a chilling account from a co-worker of that Virginia Beach shooter. He says he saw the suspect walk by with a gun in his hand and he thought it was a drill.
[15:45:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
BALDWIN: Here we've got it. We've been waiting. Live pictures. There's the Queen, President Trump. And there she is, first lady Melania Trump. These are the first photos as everyone has been waiting to get their eye on them before this state dinner. The Royal carpet has been clearly rolled out by the Royals. So let's go straight into what we're seeing and messages. How this dinner has taken so long just to prepare for. Max Foster and Kate Bennett are in front of Buckingham Palace for me. And as we stay on the pictures, Max and Kate, tell me more about the -- the choice of dress and the preparation.
MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, for a lot of Royal fans, this is what it's about. It's tiaras and it's ball gowns and it's white tie. So we're going to let Kate take away the fashion.
KATE BENNETT, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: I mean, Melania Trump, her dress is not strapless, but it's sleeveless and she's wearing white. Which is actually --Michelle Obama wore a white down for her state banquet at the palace when she was here several years ago. I mean, it's simple. She wore white earlier today. I don't know if there's a symbolism of the color white.
FOSTER: I think it's white tie event. The Queen is wearing white. White is the theme for the evening. We do have the menu.
BENNETT: Yes, we do have the menu. So the first course will be the steamed fillet of halibut, Brooke. Main course is saddle of new season Windsor lamb with herb stuffing and spring vegetables and port sauce. And for desert strawberry sable -- I don't know what that is -- with lemon verbena cream. So not Donald Trump's typical steak and ice cream sundae which was a lot of the menus. Remember their trip to Japan that last week. A lot of the food that they ate there was meat and potatoes.
FOSTER: Always interesting as well, Brooke, the seating plan. Obviously, the Queen will sit next to Donald Trump. All of Mr. Trump's five -- well, the adult children as well, and 16 members of the Royal family. So you know that Charles is next to Mrs. Trump. Camilla is on the other side of the President, and next to the Woody Johnson. He's the ambassador. Looking down Ivanka is sitting with the Countess of Wessex, Sophie. And Kate is next to Steven Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, of course. These are very carefully sort of prepared seating plans. The only person that won't have their name on their place will be the Queen. That's a long tradition.
BENNETT: And the four days it took to set the table, Brooke, it looks like a job well done.
BALDWIN: Don't they -- you guys --
FOSTER: I could say whenever I look at that moment --
BALDWIN: Don't they measure? I mean, every chair to the table, to the forks and the knives and the plates. It is precise.
FOSTER: Yes. So each plate is exactly 18 inches, 45 centimeters apart. They measure it with these sticks and every chair an equal distance from the table as well and the same is for the hundreds of glasses as well all over the table.
BALDWIN: There's the Queen standing.
FOSTER: And they walk in and move the chairs, pick up a glass.
BALDWIN: Toast time.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II: Mr. President, I am delighted to welcome you and Mrs. Trump to Buckingham Palace this evening, just twelve months after our first meeting at Windsor. Visits by American Presidents always remind us of the close and longstanding friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States, and I am so glad that we have another opportunity to demonstrate the immense importance that both our countries attach to our relationship.
In the coming days, you will see some of our most treasured historical buildings, speak to the business leaders whose expertise and innovation drive our economies, and meet members of our Armed Services, past and present. You will also travel to Portsmouth and Normandy to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
On that day -- and on many occasions since -- the Armed Forces of both our countries fought side-by-side to defend our cherished values of liberty and democracy. Mr. President, in your State of the Union Address this year, you paid tribute to some of the American heroes who risked their lives, and we owe an immeasurable debt to the British, American and Allied soldiers who began the liberation of Europe on 6th June 1944.
[15:50:12] I paid my first State Visit to your country at the invitation of President Eisenhower. As Supreme Allied Commander, he had ultimate responsibility for the execution of the Normandy landings. In his headquarters in St. James's Square -- not far from Buckingham Palace -- British and American officers worked closely together to plan the freedom of a continent, and it would be no exaggeration to say that millions of lives depended on their common endeavor.
As we face the new challenges of the Twenty First Century, the anniversary of D-Day reminds us of all that our countries have achieved together. After the shared sacrifices of the Second World War, Britain and the United States worked with other allies to build an assembly of international institutions, to ensure that the horrors of conflict would never be repeated. While the world has changed, we are forever mindful of the original purpose of these structures. Nations working together to safeguard a hard-won peace.
Of course, it is not only our security which unites us. But our strong cultural links and shared heritage. Every year, there are almost four million visits by Americans to the United Kingdom, with a great number claiming British descent. And with your own Scottish ancestry, Mr. President, you too have a particular connection to this country.
We are also bound by the strength and breadth of our economic ties, as the largest investors in each other's economies. British companies in the United States employ over one million Americans, and the same is true vice versa.
Mr. President, as we look to the future, I am confident that our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us. Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I invite you all to rise and drink a toast to President and Mrs. Trump, to the continued friendship between our two nations, and to the health, prosperity and happiness of the people of the United States.
[15:55: 17] DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Your Majesty, Melania and I are profoundly honored to be your guests for this historic State Visit. Thank you for your warm welcome, for this beautiful weather, your gracious hospitality, and Your Majesty's nearly seven decades of treasured friendship with the United States of America.
This week, we commemorate a mighty endeavor of righteous nations and one of the greatest undertakings in all of history. Seventy-five years ago, more than 150,000 Allied troops were preparing on this island to parachute into France, storm the beaches of Normandy, and win back our civilization.
As Her Majesty remembers, the British people had hoped and prayed and fought for this day for nearly five years.
When Britain stood alone during the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the Nazi war machine dropped thousands of bombs on this country and right on this magnificent city. Buckingham Palace alone was bombed on 16 separate occasions.
In that dark hour, the people of this nation showed the world what it means to be British. They cleared wreckage from the streets, displayed the Union Jack from their shattered homes, and kept fighting on to victory. They only wanted victory.
The courage of the United Kingdom's sons and daughters ensured that your destiny would always remain in your own hands. Through it all, the Royal Family was the resolute face of the Commonwealth's unwavering solidarity.
In April of 1945, newspapers featured a picture of the Queen Mother visiting the women's branch of the Army, watching a young woman repair a military truck engine. That young mechanic was the future Queen -- that great, great woman. Her Majesty inspired her compatriots in that fight to support the troops, defend her homeland, and defeat the enemy at all cost.
We also pay tribute to Prince Philip's distinguished and valiant service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
On D-Day, the Queen's beloved father King George VI delivered a stirring national address. That day, he said, after nearly five years of toil and suffering, we must renew that crusading impulse on which we entered the war and met its darkest hour. Our fight is against evil and for a world in which goodness and honor may be the foundation of the life of men in every land.
This evening, we thank God for the brave sons of the United Kingdom and the United States who defeated the Nazis and the Nazi regime, and liberated millions from tyranny.
The bond between our nations was forever sealed in that great crusade. As we honor our shared victory and heritage, we affirm the common values that will unite us long into the future. Freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law, and reverence for the rights given to us by almighty God.
From the Second World War to today, Her Majesty has stood as a constant symbol of these priceless traditions. She has embodied the spirit of dignity, duty, and patriotism that beats proudly in every British heart.
On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations, and to the long, cherished, and truly remarkable reign of Her Majesty the Queen. Thank you.