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Democratic Presidential Candidates Continue Debate Preps; Eighth Week of Hong Kong Protests; North Korean Missile Tests Explored; Latest on the Democratic Push for Impeachment; Jeffrey Epstein's Pilots Subpoenaed; Canadian Manhunt for Teen Murder Suspects; Breast Implant Recall; British Press Examine New PM Boris Johnson's Personal Life. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired July 27, 2019 - 06:00   ET


VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN HOST: Good Saturday morning to you. I'm Victor Blackwell.

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

BLACKWELL: Well we are now just a few days out from the democratic presidential debates, and we're seeing the first hints of a more aggressive vice president, former Vice President Joe Biden. He's taking on rivals Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. The Biden campaign has promised a shift in strategy after he took a hit in the polls for his performance in the first democratic debate. Joining me now to discuss, "Politico's" Daniel Lippman. Daniel, good morning to you.


BLACKWELL: All right, so let's start here with, you know, leading into this week the match-up that everyone was looking toward to was the Biden-Harris match-up. But now with what we're hearing from Senator Booker, that may be the center stage that people are focused on.

LIPPMAN: Yes. I think Joe Biden after first pledging not to attack his opponents early on the campaign, he realized that strategy was not working, and he was not going to rely on a strategy of nostalgia for the Obama Administration. People want a positive vision for the country, as well. What will he do as president? and so that's what his campaign is telling reporters, he plans to lay out more so people who want to vote for Biden know actually what he plans to do for the country.

BLACKWELL: But there's also his now criticisms of Cory Booker, of course former mayor of Newark. His campaign aides saying it was a civil rights nightmare, as well. This is a more aggressive Biden than we've seen not only in this cycle but in previous cycles in his criticisms.

LIPPMAN: Yes, this is like the attack dog Joe Biden appearing and he's pretty fierce. He can be aggressive, and he is not going to take any challenge from anyone including Cory Booker lying down. I don't think Cory Booker is as strong as some people on his campaign might hope. He is not a top-tier contender because his campaign of love and positive feeling has not really worked out. I think people like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, those are more serious threats to Biden right now.

BLACKWELL: Yes. Senator Booker still trying to qualify for those September debates, as we know, that five of the top candidates already have. Let's turn to Senator Harris and that bump that she saw in the polls. You mentioned her performance in the first debate as it relates to Vice President Biden. That, you know, boosts her to second place in some polls. Now if we look at the latest "Fox News" poll. She's at about 10 percent so things have flattened for her. Why? To what do you attribute that?

LIPPMAN: I think it's just a natural progression when you have a nice debate bump. That sometimes wears off after a while and so the key for her is to keep herself in the conversation and, you know, show to the democratic primary electorate that she's someone to be reckoned with, and most people don't know what she stands for exactly. They know that she had that dustup with Biden over bussing and segregation. But -- - and they know she has a good resume, but she's not been like Senator Warren in laying out all these plans. We don't know what Kamala Harris would do on climate change and if she has released plans, she hasn't really talked about them much and they haven't gotten as much attention. I think that's one thing democrats are going to be looking at from her.

BLACKWELL: Let's talk about the first night now and the match-up there center stage. Warren v. Sanders and they have overlapped obviously with their progressive platforms and policy prescriptions, but they're not exactly the same candidate as we know and his numbers, Senator Sanders' numbers have softened a bit while we've seen that steady climb for Senator Elizabeth Warren. Do you expect that they will have to go head to head or that they will be outliers on this stage, the progressives against the more moderate candidates who are flanking them?

LIPPMAN: I think it could be a mix of the two, Just wherever it becomes convenient for both candidates to either attack or embrace each other's ideas. Senator Warren doesn't want to anger Senator Sanders' supporters in case that she wants to get some of them and they do share common cause on many different ideas but Senator Warren is the candidate if you talk to democratic consultants who actually has risen in their opinion.


They have thought that she's become a much better candidate and she's not really tagged with that socialist label that could be deadly for Sanders.

She is more of a "reform the system" instead of "knock it all down" and people appreciate her strength on policy that she's a serious candidate and she could get many Americans to vote for her because she's a dynamic speaker and people know that she believes what she says and that her status and image as a fighter for the middle class, that's something that's genuine. If you're thinking of a Kamala Harris type, we don't -- good speaker, but she's not -- when you think of her, you don't think of, "Oh, this person is just going to fight for the middle class 24/7," that's what Warren's reputation helps her get support.

BLACKWELL: Now I'm sure that the -- the Harris supporters, and we'll have one on later this morning who will say she's more than just a good speaker...

LIPPMAN: I understand that.

BLACKWELL: ... and that she would stand up for the -- the middle class. Let me ask you about the numbers though as it relates to Sanders v. Warren. Are the -- the growth that we're seeing for Elizabeth Warren, is that coming exclusively or primarily at the expense of Senator Sanders?

LIPPMAN: I think it's a mix of the two. It's hard to -- on those polls you don't often get to track exactly when 20 supporters go to one candidate, but I think she doesn't just have the progressive lane. She's gotten a lot of women, and there's people who are on the, kind of the liberal spectrum who are -- they don't want to vote for Sanders. They don't think that he's electable, but they like Senator Warren. There's a lot of Obama supporters who have kind of switched, who have not switched but basically they were big Obama fans and they think that Warren has gotten to be a much better candidate with serious ideas, and they are giving her some support. I think the issue is whether they think that she's as electable as Kamala Harris or Senator -- Senator Biden, Vice President Biden.

BLACKWELL: All right Daniel Lippman, thanks so much for being with us.

LIPPMAN: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: Let's take a look at the lineups. They're set for the CNN Democratic Presidential debates; two nights, ten candidates each night. The first is Tuesday at 8:00 and make sure to tune in around 2:00 on Wednesday, as well. Live action gets underway at 8:00 p.m. Eastern live from Detroit only on CNN.

DEAN: They were Pentagon funds laid out for recruiting, aircraft upgrades, and training Afghan security forces. Now the Supreme Court says the president can use that money to build the wall. The high court overturning the lower court's decision, dealing a win to the White House but it may be temporary because the battle isn't over yet. This ruling allows the money to be spent as the legal fight continues but that isn't stopping the president from declaring victory. He tweeted, quote, "Big win for border security and the rule of law."

We're also following breaking news this morning. Right now more violent protests happening in Hong Kong. Police in riot gear unleashing teargas on protesters who are marching against last weekend's violence that left 45 people injured.

BLACKWELL: Now you see here the demonstrators, some of them throwing plastic objects and traffic cones at police as they try to disperse the crowd. CNN International Correspondent Anna Coren joins us from Hong Kong. What more are you seeing there? What more can you tell us about the protests?

ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Victor, we are at (Inaudible) which is very close to the Chinese border. It's also where there were those horrific attacks last Sunday in which 45 people were sent to hospital; one person in a critical condition. I just want to bring you down to the street level where there are thousands of people. They are moving water barriers into position where on the other side are riot police. About an hour ago, teargas, pepper spray was dispersed. When the protesters charged at police, police say that they had iron bars and manmade shields.

Now this is the eighth consecutive weekend of protests. This is just becoming an almost daily event here in Hong Kong where people are turning out to the streets to protest against that controversial extradition bill which has been indefinitely suspended. It's now so much more than this. It is now about the future of Hong Kong and the freedoms that it enjoys because they feel that encroachment from China. Now the mobs of white-shirted men who attacked people last Sunday, 12 of them were arrested and many are believed to be triad members, members of a criminal gang here in Hong Kong.


But what we are anticipating here is going to be more violent clashes with police and you can - you can see these protesters. They are moving these barricades into position to create this faceoff with police. Now when the ambulance and the fire - (inaudible), they drive past, people applaud, people clap. The riot police are keeping very much on the periphery but they have said this is an illegal protest, and they are going to be orchestrating a disbursal operation in the coming hours. So Victor and Jessica, we are expecting more violent clashes in the hours ahead.

BLACKWELL: All right. Anna Coren for us there in Hong Kong. Thank you so much.

DEAN: Eight people are dead this morning after back-to-back earthquakes hit the northern Philippines. The U.S. geological survey says a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Batanes province. Then, about 20 minutes later, a second quake hit that same area.

BLACKWELL: Now some homes were just turned to rubble. A church here, you see serious damage to the facade, the steeple, as well. The good news here, in just a bit, no tsunami warnings have been issued.

Coming up, President Trump is downplaying North Korea's new act of defiance claiming that he still has a good relationship with Kim Jong- un despite the new missile tests. We have details ahead.


[06:15:00] DEAN: President Trump is downplaying North Korea's latest short-range missile tests. The tests are the first since he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met last month and agreed to restart those denuclearization talks.

BLACKWELL: According to North Korea's state-run media, Kim Jong-un is calling the tests a warning to South Korea. President Trump says it's not a setback to denuclearization.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: They're short-range missiles and my relationship is very good with Chairman Kim and we'll see what happens. They are short-range missiles, and many people have those missiles.


DEAN: CNN producer Steven Jiang is live from Beijing. Steven, what do we know more about the missile tests themselves?

STEVEN JIANG, CNN PRODUCER: Well, Jessica you know, these short-range missile tests on Thursday morning, as you are seeing, were not the first time the North Koreans have done so. It is the first time they have done so since Trump and Kim met last month. The North Koreans said clearly these tests were meant to be a very stern warning to the South Korean military and, indeed, Kim Jong-un personally organized these tests and the South Koreans should not ignore this very clear warning.

But on the other hand, you've heard President Trump not only downplay this, also seem unfazed by these tests and that sentiment was actually reflected in the public statements by the U.S.-South Korean joint military command, as well. They said these launches were not directed at either country and would not impact the two countries joint defense posture.

But you know the thing is these tests are not entirely surprising given the North Koreans' increasing frustration with both Washington and Seoul in the recent weeks over the lack of progress on the nuclear talks. Remember you said the two leaders met last month in the DMZ and agreed to resume working-level talks. But a month has passed, nothing's happening. The North Koreans seem to be getting impatient. They have done this kind of test in the past to voice their impatience and frustration and if that's indeed the case, we are probably not seeing the end of it given the increasing uncertainty on the future of these talks between the U.S. and North Korea. Jessica and Victor.

BLACKWELL: Steven, you know, the president downplays that these are short-range missiles, and a lot of people have them. Short-range missiles mean a lot more when you're within short range, right? South Korea, Japan, you mentioned that joint statement, are we hearing anything else from the other leaders in the region?

JIANG: You know, one interesting player here, of course, is China, where I am. Beijing so far has been relatively quiet, as well. They have not condemned these tests, and they have not even expressed concern. What Beijing officials have been saying is Washington and Pyongyang should resume these working level talks as soon as possible, and the two leaders agreed. This is interesting to note because this is happening when relations between North Korea and China are increasingly warm. President Xi Jinping of China paid a very rare state visit to North Korea just last month and amid the pomp and ceremony, he and Kim actually agreed not only to cement their longtime communist alliance but also to open a new chapter in this relationship.

And one indication we have seen as these rebounded or growing trade figures between the two countries in the first half of this year. You know, some experts say this shift in the power balance on the Korean Peninsula, what strengthened China's hands in its dealing with Washington on many issues including these crucial trade talks. So a lot of players involved in this very complicated pictures here in northeast Asia. Victor and Jessica.

DEAN: No doubt about that. Steven Jiang, thanks so much.

BLACKWELL: House democrats are ramping up their impeachment fight against the president. How a new lawsuit may be their way of launching this impeachment proceeding or the inquiry at least.

DEAN: Plus, the search for two teenage murder suspects in Canada is ramping up. Coming up, why investigators say good Samaritans may have inadvertently helped these teenagers get away.



DEAN: Welcome back, everyone. I'm Jessica Dean in for Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell; always good to be with you on a Saturday morning. House democrats are pushing forward on impeachment. They're not really using that word, per se. I mean, they're starting this process of a lawsuit and not opening an official inquiry just yet. Watch.


JERRY NADLER, HOUSE JUDICIARY CHAIRMAN: We are continuing an investigation of the president's malfeasances, and we will do what we feel -- we will consider what we have to consider, including whether we should recommend articles of impeachment to the House. That's the job of our committee. We may decide to recommend articles of impeachment at some point; we may not. It remains to be seen.


BLACKWELL: So here's what happened. The House Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit yesterday to get grand jury information from the Mueller report.

DEAN: Meanwhile, the list of democrats calling for a formal impeachment inquiry is growing. Take a look at this. More than 101 house democrats and one independent are now on board with that; yet, House Leader Nancy Pelosi not budging. We want to discuss all of this and bring back in Daniel Lippman of "Politico." Good to see you again.

LIPPMAN: Thanks Jessica.

DEAN: So let's start with the latest lawsuit from the democrats. They want to access the secret information in the Mueller report. Why is this considered an escalation in this process, and how is this going to help them in their investigation?

LIPPMAN: Well, they're finally kind of crossing the Rubicon and filing that lawsuit and as part of that, they are saying that this is part of whether they are going to move forward with impeachment. They're not going to launch proceedings yet, and Speaker Pelosi has backed this move. She wants those underlying Mueller documents, as well but I think the risk is that you just keep this in the news for democrats and Pelosi does not want democrats to actually impeach Trump unless there's overwhelming public support for it and we don't see that now.

In the Senate, if there is a successful House vote, the Senate would likely just toss that away and say we're not going to impeach, you know we're going to keep Trump in office.

DEAN: Yes and the council for the House Judiciary Committee has said it doesn't need to formally open that impeachment inquiry just yet because the committee's investigating with this intention of determining whether or not to vote on impeachment articles. And also, the rules have changed since the Clinton impeachment. They now give that committee the power of subpoena and depositions without opening a formal inquiry. So do you think this is enough for some of the House members who have been very vocal about opening that inquiry formally?

LIPPMAN: I think it buys some time and basically it indicates to those House democrats who are supporting impeachment that Nadler and Pelosi, that they are united in most respects to actually get as much evidence from the Mueller probe as possible. They also want Don McGhan to testify to their committee about what he was dealing with on -- with Trump in the White House. And so there are multiple lines of inquiry. It gives democrats something to tell the liberal base, "Hey, we are working as hard as we can to get as many facts out into the public and to get the American people behind this effort." It's all about building support for investigating Trump and trying to learn as many facts as possible and then only pulling the impeachment trigger if there is overwhelming support in the democratic caucus which we don't see yet because, remember, there are 130-some democrats in the House who have not -- who are against impeachment or have not stated a position.

DEAN: Right and so to that broader point, Nancy Pelosi is arguing that the House has got to get all this information through the courts first to put together that argument before they proceed with any impeachment decision and she said she's not trying to run out the clock on impeachment, but she also knows to your point that if this goes to the Senate that it's not going anywhere. How does she continue to walk that fine line? As you were saying, this buys them more time with the liberal base but how does she continue to walk that fine line?

LIPPMAN: I think what Pelosi's worried about is if there's a failed impeachment effort in the House or just in Congress in general, then it lets Trump play the victim and it also distracts the country from issues that got democrats elected in 2018 and likely would help them again in 2020 like health care and climate change and a fair economy and inequality.

Most Americans care much more about that than the Mueller probe and Russia and impeaching Trump and so if democrats are seen as they are not focused on issues that Americans care about, then that's going to be deadly for their prospects in 2020 and most democrats want to run against Trump rather than have to face a newly resurgent president who is kind of -- his supporters are behind him, and they want to give him a second term more, you know, strongly than if he had not faced this impeachment inquiry.

So I think the broader message from democrats is focus on issues. Focus on Trump's character, not actually launch a failed impeachment investigation. Look at what happened to Bill Clinton. He was very popular after that impeachment effort did not work out in the late '90s.

DEAN: All right. Dan Lippman, thanks so much for being with us this morning. We'll leave it at that. There's always more to come on this. We know that for sure.

LIPPMAN: Thanks Jessica.

DEAN: Thanks.

BLACKWELL: Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed Jeffrey Epstein's longtime personal pilots. Some of the pilots were responsible for keeping flight logs of passengers on board Epstein's private jet. The testimony from those pilots could be used to corroborate accounts from Epstein's accusers. CNN reporter Kara Scannell has details.

KARA SCANNELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: New details emerging in the case of alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Prosecutors say in a recent court filing that they have an ongoing investigation of uncharged individuals. Now that comes as the "Wall Street Journal" is reporting that prosecutors have subpoenaed Epstein's personal pilots. These are the pilots who transported Epstein between his homes and locations including New York, Florida, and the Virgin Islands. Those pilots received grand jury subpoenas earlier this month, according to the "Journal."

Now with the investigation advancing, there are new details emerging about the relationship between L Brand's CEO Leslie Wexner and Epstein. "The New York Times" is reporting how Epstein leveraged his relationship with the billionaire behind Victoria's Secret for money and access to young, aspiring models. According to "The Times," Wexner gave Epstein power of attorney over his finances, enabling Epstein to sign Wexner's tax returns, borrow money in his name, and buy and sell properties.

The financial ties between the men were also intertwined. According to the "Times," Epstein bought at least two properties from Wexner including the New York mansion. Epstein also allegedly leveraged that friendship to gain access to women. According to a Santa Monica police report obtained by CNN, one woman said she met with Epstein in a California hotel room believing she was interviewing for a job as a Victoria's Secret catalog model but once inside the woman alleges, Epstein groped her.

Wexner now has not been implicated in Epstein's alleged crimes in any way, and L Brands has hired outside counsel to review its relationship with Epstein. A spokesperson for the company says, quote, "While Mr. Epstein served as Mr. Wexner's personal money manager for a period that ended nearly 12 years ago, we do not believe he was ever employed nor served as an authorized representative of the company." Kara Scannell, CNN, Washington.

BLACKWELL: A father in New York is charged with manslaughter after his twin babies died in his hot car.

DEAN: Coming up, when police say he realized the 1-year-olds were in his back seat.

Plus tons of drugs seized before they make it on to America's streets. Coming up, how much cocaine was seized in that high-speed chase.


BLACKWELL: A father in New York is facing charges now after his twin babies died inside a hot car. Police say he left the 1-year-old boy and girl in the back of his car when he went to work yesterday.


DEAN: It's believed the twins were in that car for eight hours. According to CNN affiliate WABC, the father realized his mistake after he got back into the car to drive home. He's now charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are going door to door searching for two teenagers wanted for the murders of three people.

BLACKWELL: Investigators initially thought the teens were missing after their car was found burning on the side of the highway on Sunday but two days later, authorities named them as suspects. They said they should be considered armed and dangerous. Let's go now to Paolo Sandoval who is joining us. Polo, good morning to you. The Canadian mounted police are going over a pretty large area looking for these teenagers. How wide is this area they're searching?

POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Extremely wide Victor and Jessica. Three significant updates that came the last few hours here from authorities in Canada; the first, of course, the release of the surveillance video that you just played right now. Keep in mind, the surveillance video was actually shot on the 21st of July in Meadow Lakes, Saskatchewan. It gives a sense when you look at the map here of how far they've actually gone.

This surveillance video, again, shot last Sunday and this was a day and about 800 miles before they actually located their burned out vehicle. So that's one of the significant updates, the video being released in hopes of potentially turning a lead or two. Secondly authorities as you mentioned, now going door to door all weekend in the town of Gillam, Manitoba, a town of about 1,200 people. Authorities are hoping to potentially track down any potential leads and then the third significant update that we received from authorities here is that they are now working with the theory here that they possibly received some form of help from someone and that that someone may not actually have known who they were helping. Here's what police said yesterday.


JULIE COURCHAINE, CORPORAL OF MANITOBA RCMP MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER: Our investigators are also exploring the possibility that the suspects may have inadvertently received assistance in leaving the area. To restate, there have been no confirmed sightings outside of the Gillam area.


SANDOVAL: And that last sighting happening again on Monday. That was when their burned out vehicle was located. Authorities not really going beyond what you just heard right now and what kind of help was this perhaps transportation help or something else? Authorities really keeping a lot of information here close to the vest to protect the investigation. However, anything that they can release including that surveillance video, they certainly are putting it out there hoping that it will bring about new information.

DEAN: And Polo, what are the residents in these search areas saying? I mean, they have to be nervous about this.

SANDOVAL: Absolutely right, Jessica. And if you think about it, three days already they've seen a heavy police presence. This is a really small town, about 1,200 people here who are not used to seeing this kind of police activity. We heard from the deputy mayor yesterday saying that the community there is basically in a wait-and-see kind of approach. Obviously the only difference right now is that they've been locking their doors. And when you hear from one individual who's very familiar with how extreme the terrain is, he feels that could potentially act to help authorities track them down.


DENNIS CHAMPAGNE, GILLAM RESIDENT: Well, we're all a little bit jittery. Like -- I got grandkids in town, stuff like that. I mean, I don't sleep at night. I live right across the street behind the trapper shack. So if they're around town, you know, this fellow down the street and I are the closest ones if they're coming out of the bush here and that sort of thing. It's only 500 feet from the police station. I feel a little bitter about that.


SANDOVAL: Mr. Champagne also echoing what we've heard from many residents here which is that it appears that these two individuals have holed up in what is perhaps one of the worst places in Canada when it comes to terrain. Just about anywhere you go you'll run into woods or wetlands so again this is something that could potentially not only help investigators track them down, it could potentially limit their movements because once you get to Gillam, Manitoba, you can't really go further north without encountering any -- any other -- rather, the further north you go, the less kind of population that you potentially see so it's certainly something that is -- could potentially lead to a challenge for investigators but at the same time, also make it harder for these two individuals to hide.

BLACKWELL: All right, Paolo Sandoval for us this morning. Polo, thank you.

SANDOVAL: Thanks guys.

DEAN: Washington police have arrested a 17-year-old who they believe was part of a group of teenagers caught on camera attacking two men outside a hotel.

BLACKWELL: So police say as many -- look at this -- as many as ten teenagers took part in this beating earlier this month. The suspect - excuse me - the suspect, some as young as 13, you can see them punching, kicking and spitting on one of the victims. Police are still investigating. They say the beating might have been a case of mistaken identity. Police are not releasing the name of the teen arrested because he is charged as a juvenile.

And look at this video. This is from the San Diego Coast Guard chasing down suspects -- suspected drug smugglers here.

DEAN: Yes, in this video, you see the suspects throwing large bags from their high-speedboat there. The Coast Guard says in all, 2,300 pounds of cocaine was seized in that chase. The haul made up part of the 26,000 pounds of drugs the Coast Guard cutter "Steadfast" offloaded yesterday. The Coast Guard says an estimated $350 million worth of cocaine was seized between late June and mid July off the coast of Mexico and Central and South America.

There is a worldwide recall for breast implants linked to cancer. We're going to tell you more about this rare lymphoma. That's coming up next.


BLACKWELL: Forty-four minutes after the hour now. A giant pharmaceutical company has issued a major recall for a specific type of breast implant.

DEAN: The FDA says the implants have now been linked to a rare cancer and Jacqueline Howard, writer for CNN Health and Wellness joins us now. Tell us about this rare cancer. What is it? Help us understand this. JACQUELINE HOWARD, CNN HEALTH AND WELLNESS WRITER: So it's not a breast cancer. It's a type of lymphoma and its related to textured breast implants and those are different from smooth breast implants. And the specific type of cancer that we're talking about here is called breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. It's a type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and it develops in the scar tissue and the fluids around the implant. Now this type of cancer has been studied since the year 2011 and there's now been enough evidence for the company, Allergan, to now issue this worldwide recall.

BLACKWELL: So it's a huge company but how many women potentially are impacted?

HOWARD: So this is a rare cancer. So worldwide, only 573 cases have been found. There have been 33 deaths, but the association here between this type of cancer and this type of implant has led to this recall because it is a concern. So what this recall means is that these specific type of textured implants are no longer being used around the world, and any implants that have not already been used are being recommended to be sent back to the manufacturer.

DEAN: So if you're sitting at home and you're watching this and you're feeling very nervous because you don't know what you have, or maybe if you know you have this sort of implant, what do you do?

HOWARD: Yes, so definitely keep a close eye on the area around the implant. But the FDA is not recommending for the implants to be removed.

BLACKWELL: Which I think is remarkable because if there's a recall on a part of my car, I take it back to the dealership.

DEAN: Right.

HOWARD: Exactly.

BLACKWELL: But this is physically in bodies, and they're saying don't take it out.

HOWARD: Exactly because the process of removing it, that surgery, comes with risks in and of itself and so because this is so rare, it's better to monitor it. Make sure that if you notice any changes or anything that feels off, call your doctor immediately. But the best thing to do is just to look for signs and symptoms, and to monitor and make sure that you're doing well for the time being.

BLACKWELL: OK, all right.

DEAN: Still scary though, yes.

BLACKWELL: Jacqueline Howard, thank you so much.

DEAN: Thank you.

HOWARD: Thank you. BLACKWELL: Well, Vegas, this video is unbelievable. Thousands of

grasshoppers are taking over in some parts. We'll tell you why swarms of this insect are troubling some of these people. I mean, you understand why it's troublesome, but why are there grasshoppers all over the Strip here?



BLACKWELL: All right, the challenges Boris Johnson faces in his new job as prime minister are, well, let's say daunting enough.

DEAN: But now his personal life is going to be smack in the middle of the public eye. CNN's Anna Stewart explains.

ANNA STEWART, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Just as Boris Johnson made a statement of defiance in his debut address as Britain's new prime minister...


BORIS JOHNSON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Never mind the backstop, the buck stops here.


STEWART: He also made a statement about his personal life. Walking through the famous black door of number 10 Downing Street alone; an iconic moment usually shared with a prime minister's partner or children. But he wasn't completely alone. Boris Johnson's girlfriend, Carrie Simmons, watched from the sidelines. Now speculation grows as to whether she will move in, making Boris Johnson the first prime minister to live unmarried with a partner.


CAROLINE WHEELER, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR FOR "SUNDAY TIMES": They are going to make history by being a boyfriend and girlfriend couple moving in to that power base at number 10 Downing Street.


STEWART: The British media is fascinated by this relationship, given the new prime minister's reputation for a colorful personal life. Boris Johnson is going through a divorce after a marriage of 25 years and four children. The relationship with Simmons, more than 20 years his junior, began last year and despite the couple often living together in Simmons' London home, they succeeded in keeping their romance out of the limelight. Then the leadership contest began. Police were called to their address by neighbors who complained about a loud argument. Questions then swirled in the media about Boris Johnson's fitness to become the next prime minister.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're not going to make any comment at all on what happened last...

JOHNSON: I think that's -- that's pretty obvious from the forgoing.


STEWART: Simmons though is no stranger to the world of politics or the media, formerly working as a communications officer for Boris Johnson's Conservative Party and as an advocate for environmental causes. And as a couple, she's even credited with giving Boris Johnson a makeover.


WHEELER: Ever since she came on the scene he's become a much trimmer figure; he's lost weight. He's had his hair cut so he doesn't look quite disheveled. He's definitely smartened up his appearance so he's been a much more disciplined Boris Johnson that we've come to see.

STEWART: It will be uncharted territory for the couple and country as Britain's new prime minister carries out some duties that would normally include a spouse. Although Simmons' presence in his first days suggests he's not alone, and he may need that support given the daunting challenges he faces, not least Brexit.


IAIN DALE, LBC ANCHOR: Prime Minister can be a solitary existence and I think all prime ministers need to have a partner that they can not just rely on but maybe consult on some things. I think she will be a real rock for him in many ways.


STEWART: Johnson may also now be relying on Carrie Simmons to be his rock for turbulent times and if the prime minister and his girlfriend choose to take their relationship further, well, the world may witness the first wedding of a sitting prime minister in over 200 years. If that happens, of course, it's likely to be after Brexit for better or for worse. Anna Stewart, CNN, London.

DEAN: Back here in the U.S., the Senate will vote next week on a sweeping budget and debt limit deal. House lawmakers decisively passed the $1.3 trillion deal Thursday with 284 votes. Despite the president's support, the GOP showcased major dissent, though, 132 republicans voting against that bill compared to just 16 democrats.

BLACKWELL: President Trump tweeted a thank you to the democratic- controlled House calling the bill's passage great for our military and our vets. The president is expected to sign it if the Senate passes it.


All right. This story. The video even makes me itch. So Las Vegas, they've got this new kind of visitor, massive swarms of grasshoppers scaring people in - in some areas. Now, I feel bad for these establishments because there's no way I'm going in there. I'm not coming they're your door.

DEAN: Not going through the wall of grasshoppers?

BLACKWELL: Apparently no one else is either. Hundreds of grasshoppers outside of this store.

DEAN: Interestingly, experts say, "Hey, there's nothing to worry about here."

BLACKWELL: I disagree.

DEAN: It's fine. The pallid winged grasshopper, a common desert species and it appears when there is a wet winter or spring and experts say that the insects will migrate northward soon. But I just keep thinking about my hair and like they would all get in there, you know...

BLACKWELL: So not my concern the hair so much. My -- my problem is that I feel -- having been on live shots in the middle of nowhere and bugs see a light, and I have inhaled enough for, you know, my lifetime.

DEAN: A lifetime.

BLACKWELL: All of those bugs, I would just not be able to breathe. Legitimately in the air, I don't know how people get to their cars.

DEAN: And look, when they go to the light, they really go to the light.


DEAN: The next hour of your "New Day" after a quick break.