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President Trump Holds Press Conference at G20; President Trump Invites Kim Jong-un to Meet in Korean DMZ; President Trump Announces Trade Negotiations Continue with China; President Trump Defends Relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Despite Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi; Senator Kamala Harris Criticizes Joe Biden During Debate for Support of Anti-Bussing Legislation; Advocate for 9/11 First Responders Luis Alvarez Dies; Celebrations Commemorate Stonewall Uprising for Gay Rights. Aired 10-11a ET
Aired June 29, 2019 - 10:00 ET
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[10:00:28] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning to you. It is Saturday, June 29th, and 10:00 on the dot. Welcome to your weekend. I'm Christie Paul.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. You are in the CNN Newsroom.
PAUL: So President Trump is in South Korea right now. He had dinner with President Moon Jae-in. The question is, is he going to follow up by meeting with the leader of North Korea tomorrow?
BLACKWELL: Today President Trump said he's even open to crossing the DMZ, which is creating a security and logistical nightmare for the Secret Service. It's something no president has ever done, and there were a lot of headlines coming out of the G20 after the president gave this hour and 14 minutes press conference.
PAUL: President Trump said trade talks are back on with China with new tariffs on hold, he pushed back on the idea that he was joking about election meddling with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he said the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi made him angry, but he defended his relationship with the man the CIA said ordered that murder. Live now from Seoul, South Korea. CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip. Abby, what is resonating there in all of these headlines this morning?
ABBY PHILLIP, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Quite a few headlines is exactly right, Christi. President Trump covered a lot of ground, but here in South Korea the big news is what he plans to do tomorrow in the demilitarized zone. President Trump in an unconventional manner announced on Twitter that he was planning to go to the DMZ and that he wanted North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, to join him there for a handshake. But President Trump said that even while he was willing to step foot into the DMZ, which would be unprecedented, he's not even sure if Kim is going to show up. Listen to what he said.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Will it be a bad sign if he doesn't show up?
DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: No. Of course I thought of that because I know if he didn't everybody is going to say, oh, he was stood up by Chairman Kim. No, I understood that. It's very hard to -- he follows my Twitter.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He does?
TRUMP: And it's very hard --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He follows you on Twitter?
TRUMP: I guess so because we got a call very quickly. A lot of people follow it. But they've contacted us, and they'd like to see if they can do something. And we're not talking about for extended. Just a quick hello.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
PHILLIP: So President Trump there in a lighthearted moment making the point that Kim is following him on Twitter, but the news there is that Kim did, in fact, respond to the White House in one way or another but not confirming affirmatively whether or not he's actually going to be there, so we'll be looking for that. But President Trump also gave us an update on another big topic that he's been working on at the G20, and that is talks with China over trade. Essentially after a dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday, President Trump says there is effectively a truce when it comes to trade. He's not going to impose any new tariffs on China, but the old ones will remain. Listen.
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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We will be continuing to negotiate, and I promise that for at least the time being we're not going to be lifting tariffs on China. We won't be adding an additional tremendous amount of -- we have, I guess, $350 billion left, which could be taxed or could be tariffed. And we're not doing that. We're going to work with China on where we left off to see if we can make a deal.
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PHILLIP: And finally, one of the other big meetings on his schedule at the G20 while he was in Japan was with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, a highly controversial meeting with that leader, in part because Salman has been accused in playing a role in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. President Trump defended his relationship with Salman and he also implied that there was no evidence linking the Crown Prince to that crime. Listen.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: There's a lot of things happening. At the same time, I will also say -- and nobody said -- nobody so far has pointed directly a finger at the future king of Saudi Arabia. There are large numbers of people being prosecuted. He's very angry about it, he's very unhappy about it. And I did mention it to him very strongly, and he answered very strongly. But they're prosecuting large numbers of people. That was a bad event.
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[10:05:03] PHILLIP: A lot of people are not going to be satisfied with that answer considering that there is, it seems, quite a bit of evidence suggesting that the crown prince at the very least knew about what was going on in that consulate, but President Trump appearing to say there that his relationship with Saudi Arabia is at the top of his mind, perhaps more important than getting all the way to the bottom of what happened in that case.
But Victor and Christi, a lot of headlines from President Trump as he left Japan and entered South Korea. Now we're going to see whether or not that DMZ meeting is going to in fact happen tomorrow.
PAUL: All right, Abby Phillip, thank you so much. I know there was a lot to wrap up there.
President Trump you heard him talk about the single tweet that he put out there. This is exactly what he said, "I'll be leaving Japan for South Korea with President Moon. While there if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the border DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello."
BLACKWELL: With us now from South Korea, CNN correspondent Will Ripley. Will, I think everyone who watches knows that you've been to North Korea many, many times now, and it's remarkable the casualness with which the president suggested this meeting and said, sure, I'll have no problem stepping into North Korea. This is more than a photo op. This would be a propaganda jackpot for Kim Jong-un.
WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: And there's probably more thought that's been put into this, Victor, than what is being let on with the tweet, suggesting that this is just an impromptu kind of thing. President Trump knew that he was coming here to go to the demilitarized zone, and he obviously has a flare for the dramatic. He loves photo ops. And after the failed Hanoi summit when President Trump walked out and Kim Jong-un and his team were left bewildered, some of them seriously punished for their role in the failed negotiations, things have really been in a standstill ever since.
And now with President Trump being here, there is a chance for him to go to the demilitarized zone. They don't need a whole lot of preparation to go into an impromptu summit like this. If they just shake hands, if President Trump does step across the military demarcation line into North Korean territory, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to do so, and potentially he could restart diplomacy with North Korea, potentially.
Now, of course, what this gives Kim Jong-un is the optics of hobnobbing with the most powerful person in the world, the leader of the free world, the United States, without having to do anything in terms of denuclearization as of yet, because, keep in mind, the North Koreans still have their full arsenal that they had at the beginning of this process if not more in terms of nuclear weapons. But Kim, it also gives him a chance to save face after President Trump kind of walked out of Hanoi.
And so there are a lot of people who are looking at this saying, look, North Korea is probably the most unique country in the world. You need to take a unique and unconventional approach with them, and that's exactly what President Trump appears to be doing here in South Korea. Victor and Christi?
PAUL: Will Ripley, thank you so much.
BLACKWELL: So after this meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20, President Trump said that U.S.-China trade talks were back on.
PAUL: And he also said he, quote, agreed easily to continue allowing U.S. companies to do business with telecom giant Huawei. He said that he'd hold off on fully discussing the company's fate until those talks wrap up, but they're open to it. And some in Washington think the company could use its technology, of course, for spying. So this is a big deal. People are not on board with this.
Live now from Osaka, Japan, CNN International Diplomatic Editor Nic Robertson. Nic, talk to us about the implications of the fact that the president has said U.S. companies can actually sell equipment to this company?
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: OK, so this is equipment, but the president did define it as being low spec equipment, that it has to be under a certain threshold to be provided to Huawei. And some companies are already doing that. And I think this was a message to the Chinese saying, look, what you've got already with Huawei, we're not going to change it, but I'm not going to make it worse, which was kind of his overall message here as well. I've got tariffs on $200 billion worth of your goods was the message. I'm not going to take those off, but the threat to put more tariffs on $300 billion worth of goods, he said he's not going to do that. This is how he explained it.
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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We will be continuing to negotiate, and I promise that for at least the time being, we're not going to be lifting tariffs on China. We won't be adding an additional, you know, tremendous amount of -- we have, I guess, $350 billion left, which could be taxed or could be tariffed, and we're not doing that. We're going to work with China on where we left off to see if we can make a deal.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
[10:10:00] ROBERTSON: So what are the Chinese going to take away from this? They're going to take away, OK, the trade talks are ongoing. We don't know the nuts and bolts, so we don't know what are some of the details in there. But on Huawei, that is a big issue for them. They did and they still do want to see pressure taken off that company. They do see the United States as throttling back their high- tech sales to the globe, and they do see that their 5G product with Huawei as a vital part of really entering in a significant way the global high-tech market. And the president has been quite clear with his allies here in the G20 that he still doesn't want them to buy the G5 network equipment because it's a threat to national security not just the U.S. but countries like India and Britain and many others. So that's not a good take away for the Chinese. They wanted movement on that.
PAUL: Nic Robertson, always good to have you here. Thank you.
So this was an hour-and-14-minute press conference that the president gave, and he also in it fired back at former president Jimmy Carter for suggesting -- for former president Carter suggesting that President Trump wasn't elected legitimately.
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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: He's been trashed within his own party. He's been badly trashed. I felt badly for him because you look over the years, his party has virtually -- he's like the forgotten president. And I understand why they say that. He was not a good president.
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BLACKWELL: The president's comments are just in response to what President Carter said yesterday when he was asked about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
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JIMMY CARTER, (D) FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT: There's no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election, and I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn't actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BLACKWELL: A prominent advocate for 9/11 emergency workers has died. We'll have more on the life and legacy of the Luis Alvarez who testified just 18 days ago on Capitol Hill.
PAUL: Also Border Patrol agents rescue a migrant teen who nearly drowned in the Rio Grande River. What we're learning about that teen and his family now.
[10:15:54] BLACKWELL: The 2020 Democratic candidates are back out campaigning after their first presidential debates. Today we've got Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren at the
Rainbow Push Coalition Convention in Chicago. In the meantime, Julian Castro will be at a detention center in Clint, Texas, after joining a protest outside a similar facility in south Florida, yesterday.
BLACKWELL: Natasha Chen joins us now. Today Castro will visit one of the facilities where migrant children were reportedly being held in some pretty poor conditions. What do we know about his visit?
NATASHA CHEN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Victor, we're talking about a trickle of several politicians coming to this Clint facility in the coming days, starting with Castro. Julian Castro is going to begin later this morning at an El Paso community college holding a round table about the Trump administration's family separation policy, and then he is going to come here to try and tour this facility.
Now, it's unclear whether he will actually be admitted because he did say that he and other presidential candidates were denied entry into the Homestead facility earlier this week, and so we're not sure if they will let him in. But he is hoping to tour this facility that has been reported to have some poor conditions for the children in custody.
Now, our crew did get to go inside earlier this week. No cameras allowed, however, only pen and paper, and our crews did see that the children and people here did have the resources to get washed up and to get food. Now, Castro is going to be followed by Beto O'Rourke tomorrow. He is holding a rally here at the same place.
This has become a flash point in this national discussion, as you saw from those Democratic presidential debates this week. Julian Castro tried to differentiate himself by saying that he wanted to decriminalize crossing into the United States between ports of entry because he says the deportation process already takes care of removing people who have no legal standing to be here and that the -- this criminalizing of crossing between ports of entry is essentially an unnecessary layer to him of legal complication.
PAUL: Natasha, I want to ask you about something else because we've seen the video and the pictures we're going to show here in a moment from the border where Customs and Border Patrol agents I know helped save a teenage boy who almost drowned in the Rio Grande. What do we know about that situation?
CHEN: Right, that's very compelling video of the officers really helping that 13-year-old, giving him CPR. We know that that happened near Eagle Pass, Texas. That's almost 500 miles from where we are standing. But here in the El Paso area we also know of my drownings that have happened this year, in fact, close to a dozen, which matches the entire number of drownings for this area in all of 2018. So this is a very serious issue. We know that agents are trying to save the people they can, but this is very dangerous for the people crossing.
PAUL: Oh, my goodness. All right, Natasha Chen, thank you so much for the update.
CHEN: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: A former NYPD detective who became an advocate for 9/11 workers has died. Luis Alvarez spent three months working at ground zero searching for survivors and looking for the remains of his fellow officers. Over the last several years, Alvarez worked with Jon Stewart to help raise awareness over health care issues for first responders and survivors. The cancer that took his life was linked to his work at ground zero. Alvarez was on Capitol Hill just two weeks ago, maybe you've seen this, pleading with lawmakers to replenish the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
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LUIS ALVAREZ: When they get sick, they die. I've been lucky enough to have had 68 rounds of chemo. Yes, you heard me right, 68 rounds. Many others haven't had the opportunity to have five, and some have had none.
[10:20:08] Their families would love to have time with them, and made mine have time with me, because I have been lucky enough to have the pain and suffering of 69 rounds of chemo and countless other treatments and surgeries. It is my goal, and it is my legacy to see that you do the right thing for all 9/11 responders.
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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: She was given too much credit. He didn't do well, certainly, and maybe the facts weren't necessarily on her side. I think she was given too much credit for what she did. It wasn't that outstanding. And I think probably he was hit harder than he should have been hit.
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[10:25:00] BLACKWELL: Who are he and she? The he, Vice President Joe Biden, the she, Senator Kamala Harris. The president speaking overnight in Japan during a more than hour long news conference at the G20. There he was actually defending Joe Biden, former vice president, after Senator Harris confronted him over his work to stop school bussing.
PAUL: Yes, now former Vice President Biden is holding steady, apparently, as the Democratic front runner in the 2020 race. Senator Harris shows some strong favorability though despite low polling numbers initially.
BLACKWELL: Both candidates can attribute their momentum to black voter preference, but we still have 227 days until the first primary, a little bit of time.
PAUL: Just a little.
BLACKWELL: A lot could change. Here with us to discuss, CNN senior political writer and analyst Harry Enten. Good morning to you.
PAUL: Hello, Harry.
HARRY ENTEN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL WRITER AND ANALYST: Good morning. Good morning. I'm in New York where currently it's about 900 degrees outside, but it's nice and cool in this studio, so I get to enjoy this lovely discussion with you all.
BLACKWELL: Well, it's 925 here in Atlanta, Georgia, so nobody is wiping your tears. All right, it's hot all over.
ENTEN: So true, so true, my friend.
BLACKWELL: No 925 degrees, did you get the reference?
PAUL: Yes, I did. But you know what, it said exactly 10:25 on the clock.
BLACKWELL: Yes, you were right about the time.
PAUL: Harry, just take it away. What do the numbers mean?
ENTEN: Look, heading into this debate we saw that Joe Biden was leading the Democratic field, and we saw him doing very well with African-Americans. I combined our April and May polls, and he was at about 49 percent among African-Americans. And I think the real question heading into this debate, was someone going to go in there and be able to take some of that African-American support. And obviously the junior senator from the state of California, Kamala Harris, decided that I'm going to go after Joe Biden on his history with bussing, with his comments dealing with segregationists. And let's be perfectly frank, she took it to him. She took him out back, and he just simply put did not have an answer. and so when I'm looking at the polling, I say this is the type of thing that could get some African-Americans to change their mind and say, you know what, maybe Joe Biden isn't the candidate for me.
BLACKWELL: Now, is this something that -- we look back to 2008, and it wasn't until President Obama won Iowa that there was this flood of African-American voters from Hillary Clinton to now president Obama, former president. Is this enough, or does she have to win a primary, or can she start to trickle that over the next couple of months?
ENTEN: I think you make an excellent point, Victor, and the fact was that we did see a lot of movement among African-Americans after Barack Obama won the state of Iowa, although he did have a significant portion of that vote even before then. I think you're going to have to see some trickling, and then I think you're going to have to see Harris win a state like Iowa or come in second, because no one wants to waste their vote. African-Americans want to nominate the most electable candidate. And that was why that entire episode was so worrying for Joe Biden.
It was because simply put, you can imagine him being on a stage with Donald Trump and getting his butt whooped. He didn't have an answer. Meanwhile, Harris prosecuted the case, looked like someone who could take the deal to Donald Trump in a debate. And if your entire case for being the nominee in the case of Joe Biden is about beating Donald Trump, how are you supposed to do that when you simply can't answer for your past?
PAUL: So let me ask you this, because I know endorsements can be a revealing gauge as well as to what's going to happen. For Harris, Representative Al Green of Texas, Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida, these are her first two endorsements from black members of Congress outside her home state. How much momentum does that gave her?
ENTEN: I think that's one of the things that's so interesting to me is that a lot of people are thinking, wait a minute, Joe Biden, he's the former vice president, he's going to get a lot of endorsements. And while he has certainly gotten more endorsements from Congressional members than any of the other candidates especially outside of his own state, Harris was able to go and get Hastings, get Green. Now they're pretty close in endorsements from Congressional Black Caucus members. And I know from years past what we know is those endorsements are actually a leading indicator.
And I think they're a leading indicator for Harris as well, and what's so important is there are a lot of voters who are out there -- if you look at her favorable and unfavorable ratings, what you see is she actually holds a pretty high favorable rating even though a lot of voters weren't necessarily going to her side. You see it on the screen right now. And that to me is so key. She has laid the base work. She has the base, and now the question is can she build from that base, get that support. And I think that a debate performance like she had on Thursday night is exactly what she needed.
BLACKWELL: Her next shot the CNN debates coming up near the end of July in Detroit, so we'll see how Senator Harris does.
ENTEN: I am so looking -- let me tell you, I'm like a boy in a candy shop when it comes to these debates. When that moment happened on Thursday night, it was so savage, it was so beautiful in terms of watching debate moments. I love it. I'm going to be in Detroit, and it's going to be glorious.
PAUL: Cannot way to see you there, Harry. Harry Enten.
ENTEN: Thank you so much. Have yourself a lovely weekend. Carry an umbrella, block the sun. It's too hot.
[10:30:02] PAUL: I know. I know. Go make some good memories, Harry.
BLACKWELL: Thank you so much.
BLACKWELL: So President Trump says that what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi is horrible. So then why did he defend his relationship with the Saudi Crown Prince. We'll discuss that and all of the news, and there is a lot of it from the G20 summit. Alice Stewart, Maria Cardona up next.
BLACKWELL: President Trump wrapped up the G20 this morning with a press conference, and he told reporters that he is very unhappy about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I think it's horrible. And if you look and look into Saudi Arabia, you see what's happening, 13 people or so have been prosecuted. Others are being prosecuted. They've taken it very, very seriously. and they will continue to, and I'd let everybody know I'm not -- I'm very unhappy about that whole event. But if you look at what's going on, and right now within Saudi Arabia, they're prosecuting additional people. There's a lot of things happening.
At the same time, I will also say -- and nobody said -- nobody so far has pointed directly a finger at the future king of Saudi Arabia. I will say I spoke to his father, Jim, I spoke to his father at great length. They've been a terrific ally. They're creating millions of jobs in this country.
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[10:35:00] BLACKWELL: The CIA and the U.N. would disagree with no one pointing a finger at Mohammed bin Salman. But earlier the president met with the Saudi Crown Prince. But President Trump contradicted the findings of those two organizations, claiming no one has said that he was responsible. Let's discuss now with CNN political commentators, Republican Alice Stewart, Democrat Maria Cardona. Ladies, welcome back.
MARIA CARDONA, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Good morning, Victor.
ALICE STEWART, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Good morning.
BLACKWELL: Maria, let me start with you. This is not the first president to try to navigate injustice, sometimes even the deaths for economic or national interests. For people who are satisfied or even support what the president just said, you say to them what?
CARDONA: I say, look, it's a betrayal of this country. It's a betrayal of the press given who the victim was, and it's, really, it underscores what this president really believes, and that is that he thinks it's OK if you're an authoritarian leader, which he clearly desperately wants to be here in the United States, that you can do whatever you want. Look, when he talked about how there's no proof that Khashoggi was
killed or that his killing was mandated by the top leaders in Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince specifically, then he either doesn't care or he doesn't understand how things work in Saudi Arabia. That type of activity, everything that we saw that happened with Khashoggi's murder and everything that surrounded it in terms of where it happened and what the ultimate outcome was, those things do not happen without the sole permission and perhaps even mandate of the highest leadership in a place like Saudi Arabia.
BLACKWELL: Just not the knowledge of but the permission.
CARDONA: Exactly. Exactly. And that's completely concerning.
BLACKWELL: This is not exclusively along party lines. Alice, I want you to listen to Senator Lindsey Graham. This was in the weeks after Khashoggi's murder. This is December, so let's watch and listen.
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SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R-SC) SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE: I would advise the president that people are sizing you up. The Iranians are looking at you. The Russians are looking at you. And this guy has basically disrespected us, you, and the nation, and all of our values. If you let him get away with it -- if you let him get away with this, Mr. President, then you're sending a signal you're just about transactions. You're not somebody special. And the president of the United States needs to be somebody special.
In the Mideast, if you give this guy a pass after he disrespected you, you will look weak, and you don't want to look weak.
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BLACKWELL: So does the president look weak? Speaking of transactions, the president immediately went to talking about arms sales after his description of being so unhappy about the murder of Khashoggi.
STEWART: Victor, I think it's still premature to speculate as to what is going on behind the scenes. Of course, that interview was back in December, and I do think the president is going to be firm on this. And I'll respectfully disagree with my friend Maria who said that the president thinks leaders of this nature can simply do whatever they want.
Look, he made it quite clear that he was extremely angry and extremely unhappy about the murder of Khashoggi, and he also followed up in a side bar conversation with the Saudi Crown Prince that he asked pointedly what's going on? What are you doing with regards to this investigation? So I think it is very inaccurate for us to take what happened in a photo op or even in a gaggle with the press as to that is all that this administration is doing to get to the bottom of this.
The president is always when he is at these events and at these summits, he is doing his best to continue these relationships, but the hard questions and the hard answers are being done off camera, and it is extremely inappropriate to assume that the buck has stopped with that -- with that photo op.
CARDONA: But that goes against the evidence that is out there, Alice. We already know, and if you know the way things operate in Saudi Arabia, things like this don't happen without the express mandate of the Crown Prince or of the king himself. And so for Trump to be saying things like this publicly underscores exactly what Lindsey Graham was saying. For Lindsey Graham to say this and to criticize the president you, know it's serious. It's not just Democrats saying this. He looks like a fool. He looks weak.
BLACKWELL: Alice, let me move to another topic here. President Trump tweeted what amounts to, hey, I'm down the street. What are you doing? to Kim Jong-un, saying if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the border DMZ just to shake his hand and say hello. How has Kim Jong-un earned this -- this propaganda, this photo op to have the president of the United States come to the DMZ and maybe take a step with him into North Korea?
STEWART: It's not a matter of whether or not he has earned it but whether or not the American people deserve to have this conversation, and that's what's going on here.
[10:40:01] Keep in mind that we still have sanctions in place. We still are being tough in this region. And the president has been clear, and Pompeo has been clear. The ultimate goal is complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization in the region.
BLACKWELL: And there has been no progress towards that. The president's allies in Congress will even say that Kim has not taken a step in that direction, there's no evidence of it. And that's after Hanoi, after Singapore. And what does the president get out of it? Because we see what Kim gets out of it going to the DMZ.
STEWART: Look, Victor I'll be the first to say a lot of times these photo ops are simply that, photo ops. But it is wise if you're in the area and if you are nearby to have at least that face-to-face opportunity to further the dialogue. I think more dialogue is better than less, and this is a good way to continue this conversation. But make no mistake about it, the administration is clear and the ultimate goal is denuclearization, and this a step in the right direction.
CARDONA: Doing it by tweet is not a good way to do anything with a relationship as complicated with North Korea. Again, the theme continues, Victor. He looks weak. He makes America look weak, when he's saying, hey, Kim Jong-un, why don't you come meet me at the DMZ. That could not be not just more ridiculous, but it continues to paint America as a country that is looking to cozy up to dictators, to authoritarian rulers, to despots, which is exactly what Kim Jong-un is, and that our democracy be damned.
BLACKWELL: We have to see if Kim Jong-un accepts the invitation. The first response from the foreign minister was that's very interesting, but we haven't received a formal request.
CARDONA: There you go.
BLACKWELL: So, if there's a formal request we'll see if the two men meet there. Alice Stewart, Maria Cardona, thank you both.
CARDONA: Thanks, Victor.
STEWART: Thanks, Victor.
PAUL: Lady Gaga leading a big celebration in New York, marking the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising for gay rights. We have a live report for you next.
[14:46:05] PAUL: So crowds of people, look at them gathering outside the Stonewall Inn in New York to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
BLACKWELL: And that uprising inspired the gay rights movement in the U.S. Joining us now, CNN correspondent Polo Sandoval. Polo, you talked to some people who were there 50 years ago?
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, guys, let me tell you. It really is remarkable when you see the amount of people that have stopped by, not just from across the country but really from around the world, people coming to this little bar that is really more of a shrine, a historic landmark. And that includes people who were there that night.
SANDOVAL: At New York City's monumental Stonewall Inn, there are those who come to pay homage.
JOSEPH NEGRELLI, STONEWALL ELDER: I'm ready. I'm ready to go.
SANDOVAL: And those who come to remember what they lived through back in the summer of 69.
NEGRELLI: Nothing was really different that night except that people decided to fight back.
SANDOVAL: New Yorker Joseph Negrelli remembers it. The NYPD barged in as he sipped a drink inside the Stonewall. Before that night, this tiny Greenwich Village bar was known mostly as a place for LGBT men and women to be themselves. For many sharing in the relative safety of this place came with a price. They were subjected to frequent police raids described by New York's police commissioner five decades later as discriminatory and oppressive.
NEGRELLI: If you were effeminate or you were dressed nonconforming your sexuality at birth, you were arrested and tried to be humiliated. And that's what was happening that night.
SANDOVAL: But the night of June 28th, 1969, the bar's patrons revolted, fought back, refusing to comply with officers.
NEGRELLI: Someone threw a bottle from Sheridan Square Park into Christopher Street.
SANDOVAL: That was the start of a night that would galvanize the modern day LGBTQ civil rights movement.
NEGRELLI: Seventy-five people moved forward and blocked the police. Obviously, they got a big surprise that night. And I was very surprised immediately what happened was that they started to call for groups of homosexuals to come together.
SANDOVAL: Eventually the call spread throughout the country and around the world.
NEGRELLI: The civil rights movement, the woman's movement, all galvanized together. But it was truly the transvestites and minorities that were the forefront runners of the Stonewall riot.
SANDOVAL: Five decades later, many of the voices that refused to be silenced returned to where it all started. For Soraya Santiago it's been 50 years since she set foot at the Stonewall.
SORAYA SANTIAGO, STONEWALL ELDER: I thought I would never be here again, because a lot of suffering, a lot of abuse happened in this place.
SANDOVAL: Santiago is back with her fellow Stonewall elders for the 50th anniversaries of the riots. So is Karla Jay who participated in subsequent protests at the bar.
KARLA JAY, STONEWALL PROTESTOR: In 1970, we thought it would be wonderful to hold hands in the street. We never dreamed that we would be able to get married. So it's an incredible advancement. But we really need to embrace all individuals, particularly our most disadvantaged.
SANDOVAL: The activist says more needs to be done, especially for homeless LGBTQ youth and transgender women of color.
JAY: We used to say none of us is free until all of us are free.
SANDOVAL: Back out live to Christopher Street where I can tell you there is certainly not just that appreciation for the historic significance of today, but also celebrations, and plenty of them. Tomorrow we expect that massive pride parade to take place, Victor and Christi. But you hear from the advocates themselves who say, look, it's much more than a parade. It is a march. And as for the little bar behind me, it is much more than just a bar. It's a shrine to so many people. Guys?
[10:50:02] PAUL: No doubt. Polo Sandoval, thank you.
BLACKWELL: During the big moment, the U.S. showed up and showed out, a look at their thrilling win over France at the Women's World Cup.
PAUL: So boxing helped this week's CNN Hero come to terms with his anger, and he's using it now as a hook to get kids from some of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods in the door. And once they're under his wing, he gives them a space that's safe to grow, an unconditional acceptance and support that they need to have a brighter future. Meet Jamyle Cannon.
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JAMYLE CANNON, CNN HERO: All right, let's work. We're using this sport to teach kids how to fight for their own success.
Hands pumping, boom, boom, just like that.
I want them to learn how to apply all the positive aspects of boxing, the self-control, the discipline, the focus, and walk around with those principles every day. When we give them the support that they need, they learn that they are capable, and the sky is the limit. And I can't wait for people to see just how powerful our kids are.
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PAUL: Oh, yes, to see Jamyle changing the lives of kids in Chicago, go to CNNHeroes.com. And while you're there, nominate someone you think should be a CNN hero. We would love to meet them.
[10:55:01] BLACKWELL: It's been called the biggest match ever for the women's game, U.S. versus France.
PAUL: Yes, and in front of a packed crowd in France, Megan Rapinoe rose above the rest, 33 years old from California, scoring both goals for the U.S. yesterday, including an incredible goal, look at this, somehow it got through that crowd of players and into the net. And listen to the crowd as she opens up her arms taking it all in. Fans back home in the U.S., yes, that's what they were doing, of course. USA ends up winning 2-1. They play England in the semifinals on Tuesday. Good luck to them.
BLACKWELL: So just a couple of days ago, this pre-tournament video of Rapinoe went public in which she slammed President Trump over his policies, saying that she would reject any invitation to the White House.
PAUL: Thank you so much for being with us. Don't forget, tweet us @Christi_Paul, @VictorBlackwell. We hope that you make some good memories today.
BLACKWELL: Much more ahead in the next hour of CNN's Newsroom. Fredricka Whitfield is up after the break.
FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. Thank you so much for joining me this Saturday, I'm Fredricka Whitfield.
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