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British Ambassador Blasts Trump In Leaked Secret Memos; President Trump's Approval Rating Peaks At 44 Percent; Iran Breaches Nuclear Deal Terms For A Second Time; Biden Says He Regrets Comments About Working With Segregationists; Jeffrey Epstein Accused Of Sex Trafficking Minors; At Least 23 Hurt After Suspected Natural Gas Explosion In Florida; Ridgecrest Braces For More Aftershocks Following 7.1 Quake; Team USA Is Ready To Make World Cup History; Stevie Wonder To Have Kidney Transplant In September; Britain's Newest Royal Christened In Private Service. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired July 7, 2019 - 06:00   ET




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Inept, insecure, incompetent, that's how the British ambassador to the United States described President Trump.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The ambassador suggests that Trump's presidency could crash and burn.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy American financier and registered sex offender, has been indicted on new charges.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In 2008, Epstein made a sweetheart deal.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was multiple allegations of sex trafficking, trafficking girls across lines, using his airplane to traffic girls, witness intimidation and then all of a sudden, they disappeared.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everybody started screaming. There was dust everywhere. It looks like an apocalypse, it just looks like total -- I don't know, it's in bits.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A major explosion that shattered parts of a Florida's shopping center and injured at least 23 people.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A lot of them saying that it's a miracle that nobody died.


VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Happy NEW DAY to you I'm Victor Blackwell.

JESSICA DEAN, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, everyone. I'm Jessica Dean in for Christi Paul this morning.

BLACKWELL: We're beginning this morning with explosive memos from the British ambassador to the U.S. describing President Trump as inept, insecure and incompetent. Sir Kim Darroch, one of Britain's top diplomats used secret cables and briefing notes to warn the British government that President Trump's career could end in disgrace. Now, these leaked messages were first published by "The Daily Mail."

DEAN: And their headline this morning, the Washington files. "Ambassador's Secret Cables Claim Trump Radiates Insecurity."

CNN Correspondent, Anna Stewart is in London covering this story. What more can you tell us about this leak.

ANNA STEWART, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, as you say, they are absolutely explosive. And these memos date back to 2017, right through to the present days. They cover a really broad range of topics, as you said highly damning of the president and the White House at large.

I'll bring you one of them just looking at the administration that says, "We really don't believe that this administration is going to become substantially more normal, less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less faction-riven, less diplomatically clumsy and inept."

Other memos focus more on policy areas, for instance, policy on Iran, where the ambassador says that the White House is policy known as incoherent, unlikely to improve any time soon. Questions the president's claim that he called off the missile strike on Iran very last minute says, that account doesn't stand up. He goes into the alleged links between the president and Russia, going as far to say that the worst cannot be ruled out and that could see he says the presidency crashing and burning.

And just to bring you another one, he says that the U.K. government shouldn't underestimate though that the president has great ability to shrug off these controversies, these scandals, saying -- quote -- "Trump may emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of the Terminator."

So, very embarrassing leaks from the British government to have come out. They have not denied the accuracy of these memos but they have said that they support their ambassadors on being honest and candid. No news from the White House or from the president yet.

DEAN: Wow. All right. Anna Stewart, thank you so much. And CNN did reach out to the White House for a statement. The White House had no comment.

Well, meantime, President Trump's approval rating has now reached the highest point of his presidency, according to a new "Washington Post/ABC News" poll this morning.

BLACKWELL: Now, for ahead at what is driving up his numbers, look at the lone issue for which his numbers are positive, that's his handling of the economy.

CNN White House Reporter, Sarah Westwood joins us live now from Bedminster, New Jersey, near the president's resort. So, I mean, should we call this good news? He's still under water overall, but I guess better than it has been.

SARAH WESTWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: That's right, Victor and Jessica. And good morning.

President Trump's approval rating has been under water for his presidency, but you are seeing those numbers in this new "Washington Post/ABC" poll start to tick up. They have grown five points since April when his approval rating was at 39 percent. It's now at 44 percent in this latest poll.

And as you mentioned, the biggest factor that's driving those numbers up is voters' perception of how President Trump has been handling the economy. That is the issue on which voters rate him the highest in terms of his handling of that issue. Fifty-one percent of voters, a slight majority, approve of how President Trump has been handling the economy.


His lowest approval rating in terms of how he's handling a specific issue is when it comes to climate change, just 29 percent of voters rate President Trump favorably in how he's dealt with climate change policy. Now keep in mind that this survey was conducted by "The Washington Post" and "ABC News" during the period when President Trump was in Japan meeting with world leaders at the G20 summit.

He later went on to South Korea and he made that historic visit to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea and yet only 40 percent of voters in that survey rated his handling of foreign policy favorably. So, even though that was the backdrop for this survey, he didn't get as high of marks on foreign policy as he did on the economy. And obviously the White House and Trump's campaign, they are hoping, Victor and Jessica, that the strong economy will continue toward his re-election race next year, next fall.

BLACKWELL: Sarah Westwood for us in Bedminster. Thank you.

DEAN: And joining me now to discuss all of this, CNN political commentator Errol Louis. Host of the "You Decide" podcast and political anchor for "Spectrum News." Good morning to you.


DEAN: All right. So we have this new poll out this morning. It shows the president with a 51 percent approval rating when it comes to his handling of the economy. That's where he's got his best numbers. Yet you also saw that still a slight majority of Americans disapprove of his overall performance.

Errol, is his handling of the economy enough for him to get re- elected?

LOUIS: Well, I'll put it this way, if there was one category you wanted to be rated favorably in that would be the one. It's better than foreign policy or national security or almost any other category. So, it's part of the Trump brand.

It's something that we know voters care about. We know that it's something that will not just energize his base but also keep some of his borderline opponents, those who really are kind of indifferent to the Trump presidency, maybe they'll give him a chance or maybe they stay home, maybe they don't flip to the Democrats.

So, yes. It's a good position that he's in. And I think they have reason to be happy about it.

DEAN: And do you think they can convince him to stick to those economic talking points? Because that was an issue in 2018 he -- he had these economic numbers but went a different way in the midterms were really much more favorable to the Democrats. Do you think he can stick to that?

LOUIS: Right. That wasn't a mistake. At the end -- toward -- in the closing weeks of the midterm campaign he stopped talking about the economy even though the numbers were actually pretty good and his approval in that area was also pretty good, he moved to immigration because that's what fires up his base, that's what gets him out. That comfort that people have when the economy is doing relatively well for them and their family it's a two-edged sword, Jessica. Because what it means is that many members of his base will say, yes, things are pretty much OK. I don't have to go out there and campaign or make phone calls or hold a house party or get too excited about it.

And when Trump needs his base out, he goes straight to immigration. He goes straight to divisive issues. He goes straight to the kind of things that also really make Democrats upset.

So he's got some political choices to make. I would -- my guess would be that unless the economy is roaring back, we should expect him to pivot just as he did toward the end of the midterms toward those divisive issues, in particular immigration.

DEAN: Right. All right. This poll also took a look at President Trump and pairing him against five of the 2020 Democratic candidates if we can show people what that poll showed, you see almost kind of right next to each other, almost a tie in a couple of those races, slight edges, but Joe Biden really standing out there with a 10 percent lead, 10-point lead on the president there which is attributed to support from moderates and independents which, Errol, as we have seen this Democratic primary going left, do you think these numbers show that a more moderate Democrat would be a stronger general election candidate?

LOUIS: I'm not so sure about that. This general idea that a -- quote -- unquote -- "moderate," I think at this early stage of the game it's really somebody that people know, you know? There are a lot of folks who actually don't know the other candidates and that's why they're campaigning so hard, why they're raising so many millions of dollars, why they're going to be out there trying to knock heads with each other in the next round of debates and the one after that as well.

The fact is, if you just asked people who do you know, the numbers would look pretty much the same. And Joe Biden sort of far outclasses the rest of the field.

I think what you're going to find also though is that when you see President Trump attacking the other candidates, he really has a special place for Joe Biden. You know? Didn't spend a lot of time on the others, on Kamala Harris or even Bernie Sanders. He really goes after Biden because I think they know he poses the greatest threat to them.

DEAN: Yes. To your point and I want to make sure I'm understanding you, you're making the argument that a lot of this is name I.D. that they know Joe Biden, that they feel comfortable with him that we are still so far out from even these first primary contests within the Democratic Party that there's a lot of room there for those numbers to change?


LOUIS: Yes, that's right. And, look, there's an open question here, Joe Biden from the time he released his announcement video has said we have to get back to, we have to remember who we are, you know? It's -- elections are almost always about the future but Joe Biden is kind of saying our future lies in going back to a pre-Trump sense of the decorum of the presidency and how things ought to work at the top of the government.

That's a tricky argument to make, but he is sort of making it and he's the only one who can make that argument. He's the only one who has severed in the national government. He's the only one who has been vice president. He's making that unique argument.

If these polls reflect people buying into that argument as opposed to simple name recognition, which is what I think it is, then he's well on his way. That he's got a -- he's got a compelling argument. And if he doesn't get too damaged in the primary process, he may be able to really present a potent challenge.

DEAN: All right. Well, we have many months to go. I'm sure we'll talk to you many, many more times. Errol Louis, thanks for being with us this morning.

LOUIS: Good to be with you.

BLACKWELL: This morning, billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is back in jail. Coming up, what we are learning about the new sex trafficking charges he's facing.

DEAN: Plus, escalating tensions with Iran as they breach the terms of a nuclear deal for a second time.

BLACKWELL: And it is match day for team USA at the women's World Cup final in France. Amanda Davies is there from Lyon. Amanda.

AMANDA DAVIES, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Yes, Victor. It is all about that W today, the U.S. women's team going for that win to claim a history- making four World Cup crowns. Megan Rapinoe says she feels like a kid in a candy store. I'm pretty excited as well and I'm here live in Lyon with all the countdown to kickoff.



BLACKWELL: Breaking overnight for the second time Iran has broken the terms of the nuclear deal it signed with the U.S. and western allies. Iranian officials announced they will begin enriching uranium beyond the levels allowed under the agreement.

DEAN: CNN Senior International Correspondent, Nick Paton Walsh is in London with more details. Nick, what are you learning more about the breach and also the broader implications for the future of the U.S./Iran relationship?

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, let's talk first of all about what they said they have done. Now, they haven't given the details people were looking for in this statement. They have said that they are going to enrich uranium past 3.67 percent purity. Now that is still nothing frankly when it comes to trying to make a bomb. And it follows a move just last week where they said they would take that small enriched uranium amount low grade past the 660 pound limit that the nuclear deal allows.

Today's move makes it yet richer still. Now we've had hints from Iranian official they'll take it to 5 percent possibly but they haven't spelt that out in today's announcement. And that really is the issue here because it means that those opponents of Iran, like for example Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and those in the Trump administration who (INAUDIBLE) seek some kind of maximum pressure upon Teheran. They can say, well, perhaps they're heading towards a nuclear weapon.

There's no indication of that at the moment and they have to get to 20 percent to be possibly able to get to the 90 percent that you need in order -- to actually have a nuclear bomb. So they're well far away from it. But what this is doing is simply ratcheting up the tension.

Remember just about 10 days ago President Donald Trump possibly put aircraft in the air to bomb Iran in response to them taking down a U.S. drone. He called that off, saying he didn't want to cause 150 casualties because of it. But day by day, here we see more reasons potentially where the U.S. and Iran could stumble into some kind of conflict together.

Now this whole nuclear deal Iran has been in is because they say the U.S. has stepped out of the deal. That's completely true. They did that a long time ago. Absolutely.

But what the Iranians are trying to do now is to get the European countries that also signed the deal to perhaps find some way of alleviating the sanctions pressure that Iran's feeling. Now it's hard for the Europeans to do that because frankly their companies would have to risk losing business with the U.S. because U.S. sanctions don't let people do business with Iran. So, the question really is what comes next? You're going to get a lot of opponents of Iran saying this is a clear sign like we heard from Israel today that Iran is racing towards nuclear weapon. There's no evidence for that at the moment and they're still very far away, but they're trying to pressure Europe to do something. Europe frankly can't and so what we just see now is this escalatory rhetoric now with nuclear technology moves that potentially risk some sort of conflagration that could get out of control -- Jessica, Victor.

BLACKWELL: Nick Paton Walsh for us there in London. We just got this statement in from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on European leaders to impose sanctions on Iran after this announcement. It says the enrichment of uranium is made for one reason and one reason only, for the creation of atomic bomb, the percentage that we just heard from Nick Paton Walsh says that would not get them close to a grade that would be used for a weapon. He calls on the P5+1, the Security Council of the U.N. to enact these snap-back sanctions and we'll see if we get a response from those countries.

But as Nick pointed out this puts the other signatories of the JCPOA in an interesting position. We of course know the position of the United States as articulated by President Trump. We will get more on this I'm sure throughout the day and bring that to you, of course.

Back here at home, former Vice President Joe Biden now says he regrets his comments about working with segregationist senators. Next, more on his change in tone.



BLACKWELL: President Trump's approval rating has hit the highest point of his presidency so far, but a majority still disapprove of the job he's doing overall. Is there an opening there for Democratic candidate to exploit or will a soaring economy continue to bolster the president's support?

Joining me now Brent Budowsky, former Democratic aide and opinion columnist for "The Hill." And CNN Political Commentator, Maria Cardona, Democratic strategist. Welcome back, the both of you.


BLACKWELL: So let's start here. The president has pretty strong approval ratings. Well, when you say strong, he's under water and has been since he started his campaign, but stronger than they have been, 44 percent the in the latest "Washington Post/ABC News" poll.

I want you to listen to this from former Vice President Joe Biden this week when he was asked by Chris Cuomo what it will take to beat President Trump next November.


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: You think that what's happening with Harris is anything compared to what would happen with you and this president?

JOE BIDEN (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: No, but everybody knows who this guy is. Come on, man. Come on.

CUOMO: How do you beat him?

BIDEN: I would beat him by just pointing out who I am and who he is, and what we're for and what he's against.


BLACKWELL: Who he is, who I am, Maria. Is that enough? I mean, look at the CNN approval rating here virtually unchanged over his presidency now at 43 by CNN's number, do Democrats have to do more than say this is who he is, this is who we are? I mean, is it -- he's at the highest of his presidency after family separation and rape allegation and the rest.

CARDONA: Well, I think that Democrats are going to have to fill in what that means. Yes, Joe Biden is going to have to define himself, continue to define himself in terms of who he is, point out who Trump is, people already know that, though. And so he's going to have to fill in what he will do differently than Trump.

What does it mean to say here is who I am versus here is who Trump is. I think there absolutely is an opening, Victor, not just -- it doesn't just show in the national approval ratings or frankly disapproval ratings in terms of Trump, but if you look at the states that actually gave Trump the presidency -- right -- in Midwest, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, you have several of the Democratic candidates who are right now beating Trump in those key states.


He cannot win the presidency without those states, Victor. And so I think that there's a huge opening with a lot of people who frankly went to the polls and, you know, voted for Trump but didn't really want to, right? They held their nose doing so.

There's also a big opening with a lot of people who voted for Trump thinking that he could become more presidential, thinking that he would fight for them but frankly all Trump has done is stab them in the back. You have farmers. You have working people where Trump's policies have actually hurt them.

If part of Biden's strategy or frankly any Democrat who gets the nomination is to point out those ways in which Trump's policies have hurt the people who he promised to help and who voted for him, then I think there's a huge opening there.

BLACKWELL: The vice president, Brent, also apologized for his comment about working with segregationist senators several decades ago and also his opponent for the nomination Senator Cory Booker he responded. Let's listen to both there.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) BIDEN: Was I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men who I successfully opposed time and again? Yes. I was. I regret it. And I'm sorry for any of the pain and misconception that may have caused anybody.

SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm frustrated that it took so long, but I'm grateful for him doing this and we should all -- I mean, we can have a culture where -- we can't have a leader that can't stand up and say I've been imperfect. I made mistakes. I apologize.

So, I'm sorry we had to go through all this. I'm sorry at one point he tried to shift blame to me, but this -- I'm grateful. I want to say thank you.


BLACKWELL: So, Richard (ph), the vice president have apologized and does this settle it?

BRENT BUDOWSKY, OPINION COLUMNIST, THE HILL: Well, I think it does. I thought it was a non-issue to begin with to be perfectly honest. Americans want and Democrats want a president who will answer and prosecute Donald Trump, not a candidate who will prosecute other Democratic candidates for president. I thought that was a mistake.

I think Biden and Kamala Harris are pretty much in agreement on busing. I haven't heard anybody talk about busing in 30 years. Right now I am wearing a NASA jacket in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. And I think that is something that everyone around the world will stop and think and watch with the same awe that the world watched when they first landed on the moon.

Democrats want a president and Americans want a president who can inspire people to big things and great things and big deeds. Somebody who can do the things that need to be done for the country, for every single American. That's what I think the candidates should aspire to. There's a lawsuit right now by Our Children's Trust, which I have donated to and support, that children have a right not to be killed by climate change caused by government action working with the pollution profiteers.

I think that --

BLACKWELL: And of course we know that climate change is one of the major issues for Democrats this cycle as well, as is immigration. And I want to get to immigration as well. It's something that President Obama's Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson wrote about in an op- ed in the "Washington Post" this morning.

Let me read this. He writes, "We cannot, as some Democratic candidates for president now propose, publicly embrace a policy to not deport those who enter or remain in this country illegally unless they commit a crime."

OK. Help me understand this, Brent, let me stay with you, what does that mean? Does that mean support deporting every undocumented person in this country? Or does it mean the opposite just don't talk about it publicly? How do you receive that?

BUDOWSKY: Well, I think just as we should help our children not die from climate change in a lawsuit I support, immigrant children, migrant children should not be abused by a president who treats them like they're prisoners of war, locking them in cages. Americans don't want that. The country doesn't want that. Voters don't want that.

Democrats ran on that successfully in 2018. That kind of attitude towards immigration. They will do so again. Every Democrat running in this race agrees on climate change and every Democrat running in this race agrees on not abusing migrant children, helping the dreamers and giving the kids a fair deal.

BLACKWELL: Maria, let me bring this question to you and let's put the quote up again here because I think the word here is publicly, the operative word. He writes, "We cannot, as some Democratic candidates for president now propose, publicly embrace a policy to not deport those who enter or remain in this country illegally unless they commit a crime."


How do you receive that? Is it, again, just don't say it publicly?

CARDONA: No, I don't think it's either the things that you pointed out, Victor. What I think he's talking about is this whole issue of decriminalizing the border, which came up at one of the debates.

I actually don't think we should repeal Section 1325, which is where I think the crux of the issue is. I think all the democratic candidates and frankly all democrats and independents and humane people and common sense republicans would agree that we have to prosecute our immigration laws in a humane way, which is what Trump has not been doing. But the way that you do that is not by decriminalizing the border. It is by actually not separating families and children, right?

Trump's policy was the first one who came out -- the Trump administration came out with a policy that actually did do just that, separation of children and families. The way that you don't separate children and families is by not separating children and families, right? So if you are a democratic candidate, that's what you promise to do. You don't have to be for decriminalizing the border. Because I think what that does is it gives the Trump administration the talking point that all democrats are for open borders, which is absolutely not true.

BLACKWELL: Yes. That's what we read in that op-ed from Jeh Johnson in the Washington Post. Interesting. He writes in part as a warning to 2020 candidates.

Maria Cardona, Brent Budowsky, thank you both.

CARDONA: Thank you. DEAN: He is a billionaire who once counted President Donald Trump and Bill Clinton as friends. Now, Jeffrey Epstein is in a New York jail on federal sex trafficking charges. Coming up, what we've learned about his arrest.



BLACKWELL: 35 minutes after the hour. Sources tell CNN that billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York, accused of sex crimes involving underage girls.

DEAN: The new charges stem from sex trafficking charges allegedly committed between 2002 and 2005 in New York and Palm Beach, Florida.

Under an agreement with federal prosecutors, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting prostitution in Florida and avoided more serious federal charges. He faced a life sentence if convicted on those federal charges. Instead, he serves 13 months in jail, reached financial settlements with his teenage victims and registered as a sex offender.

BLACKWELL: At least 23 people were injured after a massive explosion rocked a shopping mall in Plantation, Florida. Look at these pictures.

DEAN: Yes. Wow. Officials say they're still working to confirm the cause of that blast, but they believe it could have been caused by a natural gas leak.

CNN's Rosa Flores has more.

ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm standing about 100 yards from that explosion. Take a look behind me and you'll see the debris field that includes corrugated metal, insulation, brick. One of the firefighters I talked to described this scene as a war zone because of all of the debris that you're looking at, not just where the building exploded but also in the parking area.

Now, from talking to some of the individuals who were at the shopping center at the time of the explosion, they describe a loud boom and also a cloud of smoke.


JESSE WALASCHEK, WITNESS: My car is parked right in front of the pizza place, like the space directly across from where the place that exploded with the gas leak. I loaded the kids in the car, drove away maybe 15 seconds, 50 yards away and just in my rearview mirror we felt the loudest boom that you could probably possibly feel.

And I looked in my rearview mirror and it was just a dust cloud. And I just kept driving.

(END VIDEO CLIP) FLORES: According to the Fire Department, the primary search has been completed. They also have inspectors checking the structural integrity of the buildings that you see around me. The ATF is on scene investigating. Of course, it's too early in the investigation to determine a cause. And at this time, the good news is that no fatalities are reported.

In Plantation, Florida, I'm Rosa Flores, back to you.

DEAN: This morning, residents in Ridgecrest are still on edge as thousands of aftershocks continue to rock the small California city. According to the USGS, the region has seen an average of one aftershock every minute.

BLACKWELL: Look at this. These are large cracks in the ground caused by those two strong earthquakes on Thursday and Friday. This one stretches across the Mojave Desert near the epicenter, but others have been seen in streets and highways in the area.

Let's go now to CNN's Stephanie Elam in Ridgecrest. What more are you learning this morning? I know people had all of yesterday to try to assess the damage. Another night with aftershocks, I assume.

STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's true. Good morning, Jessica. Good morning, Victor. This is definitely something that we have been feeling. But I can tell you we've been feeling less and less of those aftershocks and of those multitude of aftershocks, most of them, you don't feel because they're so small or because you may be walking or if you're in a car you don't feel them.

But what's noteworthy, as I was taking a look at Twitter and always checking on what Dr. Lucy Jones has to say, the world renowned seismologist that we often turn to, especially for those of us in California, to understand these earthquakes.

And her Tweet says that the sequence is now decaying and that the possibility of more aftershocks are dropping. In the next week, we still could see some magnitude 4s and 5s, but those larger quakes are now looking more improbable. And that is very good news from the standpoint of infrastructure because the more earthquakes you have, the more it can upset infrastructure, buildings, roads, those cracks that you're talking about.

To that point, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, came to the area yesterday to assess the damage and took it as a time to point out that, really, California does need to prepare more because these earthquakes are a part of life here, even if after it's a very long break, like 20 years from a large earthquake.

Take a listen to what he had to say.


GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM (D-CA): We all have an opportunity now to get more prepared, to be more vigilant, to look at our building codes, look at our home hardening, to look at that alert system. We all, I think, have a unique role and responsibility to prepare individually to be prepared for the next earthquake of magnitude even greater than 7.1.



ELAM: And keep in mind that this happened out in the desert where it is not densely populated. If this were to happen on a different fault line, like the San Andreas, closer to Los Angeles, it would be a much more catastrophic situation, and that is the concern.

Remember, right after that earthquake hit on Friday night, this home here caught on fire. And so that's why there're concerns about people being individually prepared for these earthquakes, being prepared to know what you're going to do, your emergency plan. It's a nice reminder to all of us to do that. And that's exactly what the Governor was speaking to.

Jessica and victor.

DEAN: All right. Stephanie Elam, wise words. Thanks so much.

No more waiting. It's time to play for Team USA.

Amanda Davies is live from Lyon, France today ahead of the Women's World Cup final. Amanda?

DAVIES: Jessica, it is the European Champions, the Netherlands, standing in the way of the USA and a record fourth World Cup crown. Jill Ellis's side are very much the overwhelming favorites but they insist they are taking nothing for granted.



BLACKWELL: The Women's World Cup final is today. Team USA is seeking an historic fourth championship against an upstart from the Netherlands.

DEAN: CNN's Sports Correspondent Amanda Davies is live from Lyon, France, so much anticipation here in the States for today, Amanda.

DAVIES: So much anticipation in the States and here in Lyon as well. Good morning.

Just over four hours from kickoff for the 2019 Women's World Cup final, I was excited waking up this morning. There were fans at breakfast already in their jerseys, counting down the hours. Just imagine what it is like for those players set to walk out on the biggest stage for the match which is undoubtedly the pinnacle of every player's career, even those who have been here before.

Megan Rapinoe was, of course, the big name missing from the U.S. Team from the semifinals. She was struggling with a hamstring injury but she declared herself fit to play when she spoke to the media here on Saturday. And she and her coach, Jill Ellis, are raring to go.


MEGAN RAPINOE, USWNT CO-CAPTAIN: I'm like a kid in a candy store right now. This is the absolute best stage. I can feel already more anxious and more nervous than in the other games. You know, just looking around and seeing it in my teammates that kind of excitement, anxious, focus that you have to have in these moments.

JILL ELLIS, USWNT HEAD COACH: This is a very, very close group. I think that's been a big part of what's empowered them to be at this point. And, obviously, I think we've got talented players as well. You can't do it without that.

So, yes, I mean, I think we have come through a tough road, as I've said before, in terms of the teams we played to get to this point. So, for sure, they're battle-tested.


DAVIES: Well, the U.S. Women are the defending champions, undoubtedly the favorites against the Dutch side playing in this tournament for just the second time. The Netherlands are the current European champions, but this U.S. Team have done all they can to disprove that talk of a closing of the gap between the USA and Europe. They have already beaten Sweden, Spain, France and England, so just one final hurdle to really prove their point and become world champions for a record extending fourth time.

DEAN: All right. We'll all be watching, Amanda. Thanks so much.

BLACKWELL: Let's go to Wimbledon now where Cori Coco Gauff's magical run did not translate to team play. The 15-year-old phenom lost her opening match in mixed doubles in straight sets yesterday. Her partner, England's Jay Clark, caused a bit of a stir when he dumped his old partner to team up with Gauff.

But Coco is still alive in the lady's single. She plays in round of 16 tomorrow.

DEAN: Wow. This is all of the world has seen of England's newest royal baby, Archie. That's until now. More on that coming up next.

And from the first silent film to the current blockbusters, the history of American cinema is sometimes beautiful, occasionally controversial, but always inspiring. And tonight, our brand new CNN original series, The Movies, will delve into the stories behind the movies you love.


RON HOWARD, AMERICAN FILMMAKER: There is still something about being told a story. A movie is something that's been really handcrafted, it's a mosaic that's been carefully pieced together. It just creates this opportunity to totally lose yourself.

MARTIN SCORSESE, AMERICAN FILMMAKER: These images live in our consciousness and stays in our mind. When music is recalled in our heads, those images replay. And we live our lives by them.

JULIA ROBERTS, AMERICAN ACTRESS: It brings all the elements of all of our senses together. There's really nothing else like it.

JON FAVREAU, AMERICAN ACTOR: Even though you're doing something incredibly personal and, in many ways, incredibly selfish because you're doing something you love so much. And then it gets out there in the world and it can change people's trajectories.

ALEC BALDWIN, AMERICAN ACTOR: When you can go somewhere that you can pretty much guarantee you're going to be able to set your worries aside for that period of time. It's like a drug. It's like a drug.

HOLLY HUNTER, AMERICAN ACTRESS: It's just a direct conduit straight into your soul.

MORGAN FREEMAN, AMERICAN ACTRESS: I grew up wanting to be in the movies. It was all about the movies.

BAZ LUHRMANN, AUSTRALIAN WRITER: Since the dawn of man, we like to get around a fireplace and commune in story together so we can feel for a few hours that we're human together.


DEAN: Be sure to tune in. The Movies premieres tonight at 9:00 Eastern and Pacific right here on CNN.



BLACKWELL: Stevie wonder is taking a break from performing. The legendary singer announced yesterday he's having a kidney transplant.

DEAN: According to the Detroit Free Press, Wonder has been touring overseas with a medical team. He started performing when he was just 11 years old. He has 25 Grammy Awards to his name.

BLACKWELL: And, of course, we hope he recovers, goes through the surgery. He's performing for more than 50 years.

DEAN: He started at 11.


DEAN: It's incredible. So wishing him certainly a speedy recovery.

The world is getting a good look at Britain's newest royal, Archie, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was christened Saturday.

BLACKWELL: So this was a private affair. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released only two photos. CNN's Kate Williams has details.

KATE WILLIAMS, CNN ROYAL EXPERT: Well, what a fantastic day it's been here at Windsor. The royal fans, the well wishers, they've all been out in force, champagne corks popping, cakes, and all for one tiny baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten christened today in a private ceremony in Windsor Castle.

Now, we didn't have any pictures of them arriving or leaving.


It was made very clear to us this was going to be a private ceremony and we weren't going to get any details of godparents.

And there has been some controversy about this, some comment in the newspapers saying, look, we fund them, we fund the $3 million renovation of the property, we should see the baby.

But then at about 4:15, our time, 11:15 Eastern, we got two photos arrived on the Sussex Royal Instagram and they're really lovely photos, one quite formal photograph of the family in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, Meghan, Harry and Archie in the center, also Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mrs. Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother, and William and Kate were also there and a very lovely touch to Diana, her two sisters. Diana, of course, cannot be there but her sisters were there representing her.

And the other photo was this black and white shot of the new family, Harry, Meghan and Archie together, a really sweet photo. And, of course, this is our first chance to get a look at what Archie really looks like, very cute. And a baby that's going to be, I would say, one of the most famous children in the world christened today here at Windsor.

Kate Williams, CNN, Windsor.

DEAN: All right, quite a day over there. Well, thanks so much for starting your morning with us.

BLACKWELL: We have much, much more on the next hour of New Day starts after a quick break.



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