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U.S. and Mexico Reach Migration Deal; U.S. and Russia Blame Each Other for Dangerous Encounter; G20 Leaders in Japan to Discuss Trade Wars; British Prime Minister Steps Down as Party Leader; Trump- Pelosi Feud; Women Beaten and Robbed on London Bus; Democrats Head to Iowa; Female Voters in Pennsylvania Change Course on Trump. Aired 3-4a ET

Aired June 8, 2019 - 03:00   ET




CYRIL VANIER, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): The U.S. calls off trade tariffs on Mexico as the two countries agree on a deal to curb illegal immigration.

Trump versus Pelosi: the U.S. president escalates his feud with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling her a disgrace to herself and her family.

And a health scare in Paris: residents in the city center advised to check for lead levels following the fire that ravaged Notre Dame cathedral.

We're live from the CNN Center here in Atlanta. I'm Cyril Vanier. It's great to have you with us.


VANIER: It was nine days ago U.S. president Donald Trump announced on Twitter he would impose tariffs on Mexico until it stopped illegal immigration into the United States.

Then Friday evening he announced, again on Twitter, an agreement had been reached. The tariffs on all goods from Mexico are hereby indefinitely suspended and Mexico in turn has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of migration through Mexico to the U.S. southern border and reduce or eliminate illegal immigration coming from Mexico into the United States.

It took three days of intense discussion in Washington between American and Mexican officials. Those negotiations lasted for more than 11 hours on Friday. Both countries say they will work to build a more prosperous and secure Central America in order to address the root causes of migration. Our Rafael Romo has more details on this agreement.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) RAFAEL ROMO, CNN SR. LATIN AFFAIRS EDITOR: Under the agreement Mexico will be taking what the U.S. State Department called unprecedented steps, beginning with enforcement of its own immigration laws, representing what could become a drastic break with the recent past.

Mexican foreign secretary Marcelo Ebrard said that his country will significantly increase its efforts to apply the Mexican law with the purpose of reducing what it called "irregular migration."

In practical terms this means that Mexico, as CNN previously reported, will deploy as many as 6,000 members of its national guard to its border with Guatemala for immigration enforcement.

Also under the agreement, Mexico will become a waiting room of sorts. Asylum seekers that cross into the United States will immediately be sent to Mexico, where they will wait for their cases to be adjudicated. Secretary Ebrard said that he was satisfied with the result of the negotiations.


MARCELO EBRARD, MEXICAN FOREIGN MINISTER: I think it's a fair balance because they have more drastic measures and proposals at the start and we have reached some middle point. For instance, they accept to support the program that Mexico proposed in Central America.

ROMO (voice-over): Earlier Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had said in Los Cabos, Mexico, that his government didn't want a confrontation with the U.S. government.


ROMO: He also said Mexico would like to keep on being friends of the American people -- Rafael Romo, CNN, Atlanta.


VANIER: With me now is CNN global affairs analyst and staff writer for "The New Yorker," Susan Glasser.

Susan, what do you think of this deal?

SUSAN GLASSER, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS ANALYST: Well, it's a classic Trumpian move here, right?

Because we've declared a Mexican trade war by tweet and now, just a few days later, we've declared victory by tweet, all without a lot of details either on the front end about what exactly Mexico needed to do and now here we are declaring victory.

Again, details are sketchy. Largely, we have a short release from the U.S. State Department and the president's Twitter words here. I think it's fair to say that there's a lot of skepticism here in Washington tonight that this represents a definitive step forward.

What it is, is a political distraction by the president in many ways on an issue that he's feeling some real pressure on.

VANIER: So we'll get to the politics of it in a second and that's very important, especially for this president, who has staked so much on the issue of immigration.

But on the substance of it, does this look to you like a deal that is likely to curb illegal immigration to the U.S.?

GLASSER: Well, again, the details are very sketchy. In particular on some of the most controversial provisions, as I understand them, which would have to do with whether there's a significant change in the asylum rules that would prevent people from spending their time here.

If that's the case, that could potentially be challenged in court. So even the details of the accord, which haven't really been fully released, you could actually end up in a whole new court fight, depending on what it is exactly the administration here in the United States has agreed to.

On the side of Mexico --


VANIER: So Susan, just a word on that. The deal, as it's worded, says that the people who are waiting for their asylum -- I mean the migrants who are --


VANIER: -- waiting for their asylum claims to be adjudicated by the U.S. will wait in Mexico. That's what the deal says.

GLASSER: Well, that's right. And that's controversial. Immigration advocates here in the United States have obtained numerous court orders, under which the administration is subject to court supervision in how it treats these migrants.

And they will certainly probably request a court review to see if that's substantially changing the terms under which asylum is offered here in the United States, number one.

Number two, you also have the issue of Mexico now saying they're going to mobilize their national guard and send thousands of troops to Mexico's southern border in an effort to halt this flow of immigrants from Central America before they can go through Mexico and onward to the United States.

VANIER: All right. So you're saying it's hard to know at this stage, before we see how it's implemented and before we have a better grasp of the details, whether this is going to curb illegal immigration. So let's talk about the politics of this.

Is this a win for the president, for the U.S. president?

GLASSER: Well, you know, if it is a win, it's the kind of win that we've seen before from the president, which is to say largely in the realm of PR and political spectacle more than in the realm of substance, since it's, again, a trade war that he himself started by tweet and is now ending by tweet less than a week later.

So again, you know, this is a classic Donald Trump play, which is to complain loudly about something, stick 'em up essentially, obtain concessions whether real or not. We still don't know whether they're real or not. And then declare victory and wash, rinse and repeat the cycle all over again.

This is a classic Trump move. He's done it in his business career. He's done it in his career on the public stage. And so it's a fairly predictable outcome.

The problem is that the number of people coming into the United States from our southern border has skyrocketed under Donald Trump. And he's the guy who campaigned on halting the flow of illegal migration into the United States.

So as he prepares to seek re-election, it seems to me he has a very genuine political problem, which is that he promised his base of voters that he's going to do something that not only has he not succeeded in doing but look at the chart. The numbers are straight up.

VANIER: Yes. Well, let me read this early reaction to you by the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer. He says --

GLASSER: Yes, I've seen it.

VANIER: You've seen it?

"This is a historic night. Donald Trump has announced that he has cut a deal to greatly reduce or eliminate illegal immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States."

That's a direct quote from the deal.

And he writes, "Now that that problem is solved, I'm sure we won't be hearing any more about it in the future."


GLASSER: I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more about it in the future. To me, what was notable about this week was not that the president was sticking up Mexico for concessions but that he'd found a way to fuse his two favorite political issues, trade and immigration, which are the things that is his comfort zone. It's his safe space, especially when he's feeling challenged. So now he's fused them into one issue.

It's all the better from President Trump's point of view in terms of what he'd like to be talking about. So, yes, I think we're going to be hearing an awful lot more about this.

VANIER: Yes. And is the -- so short term -- and I know we haven't really been able to analyze this deal and as you've said we haven't really seen whether it works or not yet.

But is the lesson here that the tariff threat worked or is that just really an open question at this stage?

GLASSER: You know, what it did work to do is to put people here in the United States, whether it's big businesses or Republican senators in President Trump's own party, they're the ones who were most worried here in the United States about the tariff threat.

And the numbers were absolutely astonishing. The president was recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on a country that, had he gone through with it, was estimated to take something like 400,000 jobs. So estimated to potentially be the largest tax increase in U.S. history on a total dollar amount.

This is a pretty astonishing kind of a threat to make if you're not prepared to carry through with it.

And if you are prepared to carry through with it, on what basis and by what authority are you going to make such a disruptive move in the U.S. economy, which after all is a global economy?

That would have major international repercussions. And so it's a pretty reckless thing to be casually throwing around and assuming that somehow you'd find a way out of it.

Because what if he hadn't?

VANIER: Susan Glasser, thank you so much for joining us this hour. Thanks.

GLASSER: Thank you.

VANIER: A U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported more arrests of migrants at the border in the month of May than at any other time in the last 13 years. CNN's Gary Tuchman shows us what that means on the ground.




TUCHMAN: -- and what you're about to see was chaotic, depressing, emotional and sad.

We spent part of the afternoon with agents from U.S. Border Patrol in a van with them as they patrolled the border near El Paso, Texas. And what we saw in a 60-minute span was them apprehend eight different family units, 25 people, most of them children.

Every five or 10 minutes people were coming out of the Rio Grande. The first person we saw was Juana. She was emaciated, 25 years old, with a 6-year-old son and a 9-month-old baby on her back. They were all hungry. They were all thirsty. And they were all sick. She said she was very poor and she had to come from Guatemala because

she had no money left and no means. She said she had heard in her town that people had got to the United States as long as they brought children with them but they got here safely. She was apprehended.

We also met Sandy from Honduras. She didn't come with any children. She's about to have a child. She's 8.5 months pregnant and she came all the way from Honduras in three weeks, taking buses, trains and walking to get to the United States.

She says that her husband and brother were both killed by gang members, she was afraid it was going to happen to her, too, that she had to leave and had to come here.

And then we met a man who brought his two sons. And after he was apprehended by Border Patrol, he started crying.

(Speaking Spanish).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (Speaking Spanish).

TUCHMAN: Yes, "Tears of happiness," he says, that he made it with his son. He's very happy.

And we saw that from many of the people, crying out of a sense of relief, crying out of happiness when they arrived here and they realized that they were no longer on this journey.

Something very notable: the Rio Grande River is what separates Texas and the United States. The middle of the Rio Grande is the border. Here, it's relatively dry and people are able to walk across it on rocks.

When they walked across the river, they saw this huge 18-foot fence, which is about 1,000 feet to the north of the river. All of them said they thought they had to figure out a way to get over the fence. The Border Patrol said, no, you're already in the United States, you crossed the river. They were greatly relieved.

So this fence does nothing to stop people from entering the land of the United States.

One thing I can tell you is that these Border Patrol agents we worked with are very professional, they are very considerate, they are ambassadors to this country and they do a great job being ambassadors to these people, who've gone through an awful lot -- this is Gary Tuchman, CNN, in El Paso, Texas.


VANIER: The U.S. and Russia are pointing fingers at one another after two of their warships almost collided in the Pacific. Each side is accusing the other of making reckless maneuvers. As CNN's Alex Marquardt reports, it comes as military tensions between the two nations have been escalating.


ALEX MARQUARDT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A brazen challenge, this Russian destroyer, according to the U.S. Navy, coming within 100 feet of the U.S.S. Chancellorsville, the American sailors recording the latest potentially deadly provocation by the Russian military.

The incident taking place in international waters in the Philippine Sea, just south of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The Russian action came as the U.S. cruiser was trying to land a helicopter on its deck, giving it even less maneuverability than usual.

REAR ADMIRAL JOHN KIRBY (RET.), CNN MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC ANALYST: You have to be on a set course and a set speed so that the winds across the deck are safe for the helicopter to land.

MARQUARDT (voice-over): Boxed in, the captain performs an emergency maneuver, called an all engines back full.

KIRBY: You're basically throwing that ship into reverse while it's moving forward at 15 to 18 miles an hour, would be my guess. It's 10,000 tons of metal, moving through the water. It's not going to stop quickly. And as the ship reacts to that order, as the propellers shift direction, the whole ship is going to shudder.

MARQUARDT (voice-over): While the Russians blame the U.S. for the incident, this photo from above contradicts that, according to Navy officials, who say that the wake curving behind the Russian ship on the left could only be created from a steep turn at high speed.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan saying he will protest the incident to Moscow.

PATRICK SHANAHAN, ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: The unsafe, unprofessional acts have certainly put our men and women at risk.

MARQUARDT (voice-over): The ships so close together that Russian sailors could even be seen on board, appearing to be sunbathing on the back of their ship, despite the severity of the encounter.

The incident coming as Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts the Chinese President, Xi Jinping. The two enjoying a more leisurely boat ride in St. Petersburg. As the two countries grow friendlier, analysts say this latest incident could signal a new dimension to the Russian threat.

COL. CEDRIC LEIGHTON (RET.), CNN MILITARY ANALYST: You're looking at the kinds of things that they can -- that they can do in concert with the Chinese to challenge the U.S. And if it means helping the Chinese out in the Pacific, they will do so.

MARQUARDT (voice-over): The near collision coming after two other tense interactions with the Russian military. Just days ago, the U.S. accused Russia of intercepting a U.S. aircraft three times in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea.

And last month, the U.S. intercepted Russian bombers and fighter jets in international airspace off the coast of Alaska.

MARQUARDT: The U.S. ship had spotted the Russian destroyer in the area but it kept its distance --


MARQUARDT: -- until this incident. Now, under international maritime law, ships are supposed to give each other much wider berth, around 1,000 yards, and not interfere when a naval vessel as it is conducting aviation operations, as this U.S. cruiser was here -- Alex Marquardt, CNN, Atlanta.


VANIER: A two-day meeting kicks off in Southern Japan, where finance leaders from the world's largest economies are discussing how to tackle global issues. We're live in Japan when we come back.

Plus, British prime minister Theresa May is halfway out of a job. She's no longer the leader of the Conservative Party. We'll take a look at what got her and the U.K. to this point. Stay with us.





VANIER: A two-day meeting of the world's largest economies is underway in Japan. G20 finance ministers are in the southern city of Fukuoka. They're expected to discuss the slowing economy and the global tax system and, of course, escalating tension over trade between the two largest economies, the U.S. and China.

Journalist Kaori Enjoji is in Tokyo.

Kaori, one of the big topics is going to be taxing Internet --


VANIER: -- giants like Google and like Facebook and how you do that, how you get everybody on the same page. Tell us about that.

KAORI ENJOJI, JOURNALIST: That's right, Cyril. There was a panel ahead of the opening of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers. And they discussed this very topic of global taxation.

I think there's going to be a lot of consensus toward building some kind of framework or common set of rules. And at this panel, it was fairly clear that countries like France and Britain have been calling for stricter rules on companies that try to avoid loopholes in the system and book their business in low tax countries like Ireland and Luxembourg. But at the same time, I think countries like the U.S. -- and the

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was very clear on that -- that there has to be some kind of consensus, because the criticism has been that targeting companies like Google and Facebook would mean targeting big U.S. companies.

At the same time, Cyril, I think there's going to be a lot of discussion on Centech (ph). And I think this is the flip side of the coin. You have companies like Google accessing big data. And they're using artificial intelligence, they're using technology to give access to banking in areas that are really underregulated.

And I think the IMF leader Christine Lagarde, attending this G20 meeting, sounded the alarm bell on that front as well.

VANIER: How do these countries feel about Mr. Trump's penchant for trade wars and tariffs?

ENJOJI: Well, they're on pins and needles. Make no doubt about it. And this is going to be, I think, the biggest quandary for the G20, because this is supposed to be a group. This is supposed to be a multilateral approach toward issues like trade.

And it's been clear over the last several months in particular that the U.S. wants to take a bilateral approach. So those very two approaches are contradictory to begin with. So I think it's going to be very, very difficult and a big test for the G20 as to whether or not they can come up with a communique that is still in the spirit of the G20.

Having said that, a few hours before the leaders sat down this afternoon in Fukuoka, as you know, the U.S. decided to drop the tariffs on Mexico. And the chair of this meeting, Japan, and the central bank governor here said he welcomes such a move.

So in that sense the big event of this G20 meeting is going to be the bilateral meeting between Treasury Secretary -- the U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and his counterpart at the People's Bank of China.

Remember, this is going to be the first face-to-face meeting between these two since early May, so in about a month, when these talks broke down. And then the two responded with tariffs. And we have the threat of more tariffs possibly looming at the end of the month.

And this G20 overall is supposed to lay the groundwork for the leaders' meeting, which is scheduled in Osaka at the end of the month as well. So make no doubt about it, this upcoming meeting between China and the U.S. on Sunday is going to be the event of the G20.

VANIER: Kaori Enjoji, thank you very much. You mentioned it's going to be difficult maybe to come up with a joint communique. It has been on a number of occasions in the international forums when the U.S. is involved. All right, Kaori, thank you so much.

It's the end of a tumultuous era in Britain. Theresa May has one foot out the door at Number 10 Downing Street. She's done leading the British Conservative Party. But she'll remain prime minister until the Tories choose her replacement. Bianca Nobilo looks back at Ms. May's ill-fated tenure.



THERESA MAY, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honor of my life to hold -- the second female prime minister but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.

I tried everything I possibly can to find a way through a matter of great personal regret.


BIANCA NOBILO, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Theresa May has reached the end of her three-year leadership of the Conservative Party. This is the letter which confirms it, delivered to the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, the death knell of her doomed premiership. She remains prime minister in office but not in power, until the leadership contest to find her successor is over.

For many, it's a tenure tarnished by failure, Brexit undelivered. It began on a sunny summer's day, when the goal to overcome the challenge of the referendum result still seemed achievable.

MAY: Brexit means Brexit.

I'm very clear, Brexit does mean Brexit.

And we're --


MAY: -- going to make a success of it.

NOBILO (voice-over): But in truth, any prime minister was destined to struggle to unite the country and Parliament.

A lonely prime minister, hand-in-hand with an isolationist president, did not reassure Brits about breaking away from Europe.

Her international dance for diplomacy did nothing to turn what now appeared to be a tide of declining support at home.

MAY: Strong and stable --

Strong and stable --

Strong and stable leadership.

NOBILO (voice-over): Some slogans and defining choices have come to haunt her. The first, triggering Article 50 in March 2017. MAY: We need a general election and --

NOBILO (voice-over): The second, calling an early general election. The prime minister, perhaps not wrong to crave a stronger mandate...

MAY: Nothing has changed.

NOBILO (voice-over): -- but a poor campaign had the opposite effect and led to her losing a majority. From then on, she was walking a political tightrope.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Deal or no deal, Ms. Foster?

NOBILO (voice-over): May battled to salvage command of the country, but her deal could never gain sufficient support.

MAY: As a result, we will now not leave on time with a deal on the 29th of March.

NOBILO: Now the next leader will face the unenviable task of solving Brexit. And each contender has a different approach.

But they'll face the same problems, the same parliamentary arithmetic, the same opposition in the House of Commons to no deal and no clear majority for any deal as well as the E.U.'s continued unwillingness to renegotiate.

MAY: I'm a woman of my word.

NOBILO (voice-over): The Conservatives have set out the timetable and rules for the race to replace Theresa May. The starting pistol has been fired. The campaign to become Britain's next prime minister begins in earnest -- Bianca Nobilo, CNN, London.


VANIER: A royal source says the Duchess of Sussex will attend the big event in the next few hours marking Queen Elizabeth's birthday. The highlight of that event is the military parade known as Trooping the Colour.

It will be Meghan Markle's first public appearance since her son, Archie, was born last month. She's still considered to be on maternity leave. Trooping the Colour is the official celebration of the queen's birthday, even though she actually turned 93 back in April.

The national event, which also features a military flyby, is usually held on the second Saturday of June. And it was established in 1748.

With arrests on the U.S. border with Mexico skyrocketing, we'll talk with the head of the National Border Patrol Council and get his take on what president calls a deal intended to eliminate illegal immigration.

Plus President Trump is back in the United States and heaping scorn on his Democratic opponent in Congress. We'll have details on that as well.





VANIER: Welcome back. I'm Cyril Vanier. Let's look at your top stories this hour.


VANIER: So back to the U.S. tariffs on Mexico that have been put on hold after a deal was reached on migration. Mexico is to take, quote, unprecedented steps" to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration.

The deal comes during a surge of migrants crossing into the U.S., straining resources. Just last month more than 130,000 migrants arrived in the U.S. through the southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said this week that is a 32 percent increase from the previous month and the highest monthly total in more than a decade.


VANIER: Joining me to discuss this is Brandon Judd. He is the president of National Border Patrol Council.

Brandon, you've spent many years patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.

What do you think of the deal that the U.S. and Mexico just made?

BRANDON JUDD, NATIONAL BORDER PATROL COUNCIL: I can tell you that the Mexican military on their southern border, that's going to be a huge deal because they're now going to be enforcing their immigration laws.

And we've seen it in the past. I worked in the busiest parts of the United States in all crises that we've had. And I've seen when the Mexican military got involved and how that drove down illegal immigration in the United States. So I think that's going to be a big deal as well.

VANIER: All right. I want to take it slowly because we're just getting this information. It's still fresh. So we want to make sure I understand it. So I want to go step by step.

So there are two big things in this deal. And you're saying, number one, if Mexico patrols and enforces its southern border, that in itself is -- would you say, that's a game changer for the U.S.?

JUDD: I think it will make a huge difference. I don't know that it's going to be a game changer because, again, people can sneak past officials that are trying to patrol their border. And people sneak past the Border Patrol here in the United States on a regular basis. So people can sneak past but it's going to make a huge difference.

Right now nearly 100 percent of the people that want to enter into Mexico to come up to the United States are entering into Mexico. So that is going to drive the numbers down; whether it's going to be a game changer remains to be seen. But it is going to make a big difference up here on our border with Mexico.

VANIER: But, Brandon, Mexico's also saying look, we're a generous country and people who come in, they have human rights and we have all sorts of visas that they may be able to get. So the biggest thing we're going to do is we're going to ask them to register.

I was listening to the Mexican foreign minister and it seemed to me he was saying that's the big change here, we're going to ask them to register so we know who and how many people are entering the country, not necessarily that there are going to be far fewer migrants going through Mexico.

JUDD: Well, I don't think they're going to allow them to register and come into Mexico for the sole purpose of coming up to the U.S. border to cross the border illegally. And that's where it's going to make a difference. Again, yes, Mexico has laws --


JUDD: -- immigration laws and people can enter Mexico legally. But it's not a legal reason to enter into Mexico solely for the purpose of coming up to the United States border to cross our border illegally.

VANIER: All right. So that's number one, curbing irregular migration. That is in the text of this deal we're reading from the U.S. Department of State.

Number two, you mentioned the MPP. I want to make sure everyone understands what that is, migrant protection protocols. What it is essentially a protocol that is in place, whereby migrants who come to the U.S. and claim asylum -- they, actually, some of them at present wait in Mexico.

And correct me if I'm wrong on any of this, because you know this. You did this for years. They currently wait in Mexico for some of them, for the adjudication of their claim. And what this new measure is -- seems to say all of them will now wait in Mexico to see their claim being adjudicated.

JUDD: Yes. Now that is going to be an absolute game changer. If people are going to be waiting in Mexico pending their asylum claim rather than crossing our borders illegally and then being released into the United States, that's going to get rid of that magnet we call catch and release.

Catch and release, so your viewers understand, is when people cross the border illegally, they claim asylum and we release them pending their asylum case. And then the vast majority of them never show up to their asylum hearings and they disappear into what President Obama coined as the shadows of society. And that's that magnet that is inviting so many people to cross our

borders illegally. If they wait in Mexico pending their asylum claims, that is, in fact, going to be a game changer.

VANIER: Brandon Judd, thank you so much. Really invaluable to get your perspective. You have years of practice in the field, especially on the southern border, U.S.-Mexico border. Brandon, thank you.

JUDD: Thanks for having me.

VANIER: And the U.S. president returned Friday to American soil after a five-day trip to the U.K., France and Ireland, and waiting for him, growing calls for Democrats for an impeachment inquiry.

So Mr. Trump did what he usually does, fight back with name calling and insults. And at the top of his list, the Democratic lawmaker who has become his nemesis. CNN's Manu Raju reports.


MANU RAJU, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): President Trump continuing the assault he launched on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the graves of U.S. soldiers before him on the solemn 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, calling Pelosi a disgrace to herself and to her family.

TRUMP: I think she's a disgrace. I actually don't think she's a talented person. She's a nasty, vindictive, horrible person.

RAJU: The insults did not stop there.

TRUMP: I call her nervous Nancy. Nancy Pelosi is a disaster. OK? She's a disaster.

RAJU: Trump responding to Pelosi's private comments at a meeting in the Capitol this week, where, according to "Politico," she says she doesn't want to see Trump impeached, she wants him in prison.

TRUMP: And she made a statement. It was a horrible...

INGRAHAM: When you were overseas.

TRUMP: ... nasty, vicious statement while I'm overseas.

RAJU: But while she was in Normandy, Pelosi actually avoided criticizing the president publicly.

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), HOUSE SPEAKER: I don't talk about the president when we're out of the country.

RAJU: Behind the scenes, the debate over whether to impeach the president has taken a new turn. CNN has learned House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler is pressing Pelosi to open up an impeachment inquiry, arguing it would bolster the Democrats' battles with the Trump administration in court. In the same meeting where Pelosi said she wanted Trump in prison, Nadler said an impeachment inquiry would let his committee play the main role in investigating the president's conduct, freeing up other House panels to push forward on legislation instead.

But sources said he met resistance from Pelosi and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff. The divide evident this week when Nadler would not say if he and Pelosi are on the same page over mounting an inquiry.

REP. JERRY NADLER (D-NY), CHAIRMAN, HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: When that decision has to be made, it will be made not by any one individual.

RAJU: Nadler is feeling growing pressure from members of his own committee and from 2020 candidates, amid White House defiance of their subpoena.

REP. JAMIE RASKIN (D-MD): There's a growing sentiment that it's an intolerable situation.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: And I do believe that the Judiciary Committee in the House should go forward with an impeachment inquiry.

RAJU: And in the coming week, the House will take its first real step to try to enforce subpoenas that have so far not been complied with. The House will authorize the House Judiciary Committee to go to court to enforce a subpoena issued to Bill Barr, the attorney general, to turn over the unredacted Mueller report and the underlying evidence to that committee.

Also for Don McGahn to comply and turn over records the former White House counsel has not complied with, that subpoena under the instructions of the White House.

That same resolution that will be approved by the full House will authorize all committees to go to court directly, bypassing the full House in order to pursue any subpoenas that --


RAJU: -- have not been complied with by this administration. Democrats say this is necessary. Republicans say this is overreach but it could lead to even more court fights than we've seen so far -- Manu Raju, CNN, Capitol Hill.


VANIER: The Notre Dame fire may have created a health hazard for the people of Paris. We'll explain what officials there are doing about it when we come back.



VANIER: Police in Detroit are urging people to be cautious around any abandoned houses or vacant buildings. They're investigating a possible serial killer and rapist. Investigators are talking to a man who's in custody. Now they haven't charged him.

This is all in connection with the deaths of three women since March. Their bodies were found in abandoned buildings. Police say the killer is targeting sex workers in their early 50s and they also say that one person is carrying out all of these crimes.

London police have arrested four teenagers in connection with a homophobic attack. A lesbian couple was beaten and robbed on a public bus, one of them suffering a broken nose. CNN's Erin McLaughlin spoke to her and has this report.

I do have to warn you, Erin's report contains a disturbing photo of the women immediately after the attack.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: On Friday, Metropolitan Police announced four arrests. Four men between the ages of 15 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of hate crimes and robbery.

According to police, the attack took place on May 30th in the small hours of the morning, as a lesbian couple were on board a double- decker bus on their way home to Camden. They were approached by the men, first making homophobic comments. Then the situation escalated and got violent.

One of the women, Melania Geymonat, was brave enough to post what happened on her Facebook account, saying, quote, "We must have kissed or something because these guys came after us. I don't remember if they were already there --


MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): -- or if they got on after us.

"There were at least four of them. They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kiss so they could enjoy watching, calling us lesbians and describing sexual positions."

Geymonat told me that she broke her nose in this incident. She said that she came forward because she wants to raise awareness about homophobic attacks in London.

MELANIA GEYMONAT, HOMOPHOBIC ATTACK VICTIM: It's not the first time in my life I feel violated even though this is the first time my nose is broken.

MCLAUGHLIN: Geymonat told me that she's angry but thankful things weren't worse -- Erin McLaughlin, CNN, London.


VANIER: The blackened shell of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is more than a heartbreaking sight. It may actually pose a health hazard to people in the immediate vicinity.

Hundreds of tons of lead melted in the inferno. Now health experts are telling people to get tested for lead poisoning, especially pregnant women and young children.


VANIER (voice-over): On April 15th, a catastrophic fire engulfed Notre Dame, destroying its spire and much of its roof. The French environmental group Robin des Bois estimates the blaze melted more than 300 tons of lead from the cathedral's roof and steeple.

Now local health authorities are urging families to test pregnant women and children younger than 7 for exposure to lead. The regional health agency says this is only a precautionary move after a child in the area was found to have lead levels higher than normal standards.

Last month, businesses and health associations in neighborhoods surrounding Notre Dame raised concerns about lead contamination in the area. But the regional health agency says recent tests show there's no risk to air quality.

Still some high levels of lead have been found in the soil near the cathedral. Authorities say they have sealed off the affected areas and decontamination will begin soon.

They're also testing dust samples from homes near the cathedral. Exposure to high levels of lead can affect children's brain development. The World Health Organization also says lead poisoning can affect the central nervous system. And for pregnant women, high levels of lead can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.


VANIER: As the race for the White House heats up, female voters in Pennsylvania speaking about the election.

The big question, will they support the sitting president in 2020?

That's next.






VANIER: A major political gathering is taking place this weekend in the U.S. state of Iowa. Almost 20 Democrats running for U.S. president are holding events in this key state, rallying support from potential voters.

But one candidate who will be noticeably absent, Joe Biden. He intends to head to the state next Tuesday. The apparent Democratic front-runner made headlines this week when he dropped his support for a rule barring federal funding for abortions. His previous stance was roundly criticized by his Democratic rivals.

The Democratic race may be picking up steam but most voters still predict the sitting president will stay in the White House. A new CNN poll shows that 54 percent of Americans believe President Trump will win re-election in 2020 while 41 percent expect him to lose.

But when you ask women voters, the numbers split right down the middle. CNN's Miguel Marquez has more from the key state of Pennsylvania.


MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice over): In the crucial Philly suburbs, female voters driving the agenda heading into 2020.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Lots and lots of women are acting one step further than what they did before, whether it's vote or volunteer or donate or run. Women are stepping it up.

MARQUEZ: Stepping it up in anger over President Trump, his rhetoric and policies.

TRUMP: Hey, didn't we surprise them with women during the election?


Women won't like Donald Trump.

We got 52 percent, right?


MARQUEZ: Exit polls from 2016 indicate 52 percent of white women voted for the president. The reality, only 41 percent of all women supported the president in that election. Trump's approval among women in the latest CNN poll, 33 percent.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm going to vote regardless against Donald Trump.

MARQUEZ: And she's a Republican turned Democrat. Of all the women we spoke to, electability of any eventual Democratic challenger was top priority.

MARQUEZ (on camera): You voted for Donald Trump in 2016?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. MARQUEZ: Will you vote for him in 2020?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't think so.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, he disappoint me.

MARQUEZ (voice over): Svetlana Wallace (ph) became an American and Republican 14 years ago. She was solidly conservative. Not anymore.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I thought, when I see Hillary and Trump, I thought, man can do better job than woman. Now, I think maybe even Hillary can do better job.

MARQUEZ (on camera): Right.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Now I think it's -- I make a mistake.

MARQUEZ (voice over): North Hampton County is one of three Pennsylvania counties that flipped from Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016. Democrats flipped it back in the 2018 midterms. The president motivating many women here, too.

MARQUEZ (on camera): The last president you voted for was Ronald Reagan, correct?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. Yes, that's correct.

MARQUEZ: And your -- and you dislike Donald Trump so much you might vote for a Democrat in 2020?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I would vote for anyone as long as they were a good person and as long as he left, because he -- he's an embarrassment to the American people.

MARQUEZ (voice over): At Mainstream Salon in downtown Nazareth, salon owner and conservative Democrat Tammy Kocher says she didn't vote for Trump, but he's been good for business and should be given a chance. Her 2020 vote, still undecided.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think he should be allowed to try to run the job the way he wanted to, make America great again.

MARQUEZ: Her client, Ann Christina Clingler (ph), Republican since the 1990s, when Donald Trump was sworn in, she became a Democrat.

MARQUEZ (on camera): What is so concerning about him?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The lies. I mean and you cannot contradict yourself like that. You have it on the news what you just said and then you say the next day you didn't say it. And I don't like how he treats people. I found that's very offensive. MARQUEZ (voice over): Female voters in the suburbs and beyond, an energized and powerful voting bloc, gearing up for an election still 17 months away -- Miguel Marquez, CNN, Media and Nazareth, Pennsylvania.



VANIER: Football fans are expected back out in force later Saturday. That is at the Women's World Cup in France. Germany begin their Group B campaign in the early kickoff against China. That's in the city of Rennes.

France dominated their opening match against South Korea, scoring three goals in the first half and a fourth in the last minutes of the game. The French team is one of the biggest favorites to win the tournament.

A volcano in Eastern Russia that was long thought to be extinct has been showing signs of life. And if it erupts, scientists say, it could threaten nearby villages.

The Bolshaya Udina volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula was considered extinct until 2017. But in just two months last year, scientists recorded 559 seismic events.

The lead scientist says it should now be considered active. The area near the mountain is thinly populated and scientists say there's an equal chance it could erupt at any time or dissipate its energy safely.

Thank you so much for watching CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Cyril Vanier. We've got Natalie Allen and George Howell as your hosts next hour. That means you are in great hands. Have a good day.