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Trump Reverses Court on Using His Gold Resort for G7 Summit; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Bernie Sanders at New York Rally; Esper: U.S. Troops Withdrawing from Syria Headed for Iraq; Report: 95 Percent Baby Foods Tested Contain Toxic Heavy Metals; Pakistan's PM Talks About Princess Diana, Meeting Prince William. Aired 7-8a ET

Aired October 20, 2019 - 07:00   ET




DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I won an election based on that.


REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY): Bernie Sanders proved that you can run a grassroots campaign and win in an America where we almost thought it was impossible.



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

AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks for being with us. I'm Amara Walker, in for Christi Paul.

After facing relentless bipartisan criticism, President Trump pulled a Saturday night reversal and abruptly cancelled plans to host next year's G7 Summit at his Doral resort in Florida.

BLACKWELL: The president is facing accusations of violating the Constitution. Republicans and Democrats called this a poor choice.

CNN's Kristen Holmes is following the latest for us.

So, what are you learning about why the president made this choice, if anything?

KRISTEN HOLMES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Victor and Amara, this is a very rare move for President Trump. He is somebody who prides himself of the fact that he doesn't bow to criticism or pressure. And, in fact, when the acting chief of chief Mick Mulvaney announced that this foreign summit was going to be held at Trump's resort in Doral, he said that the president expected backlash but was going to forge ahead anyway.

But it turns out that was not the case. And in a series of tweets last night, we'll pull 'em for you and bear with me. They're long and I'm going to paraphrase some of them. Here it goes.

I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral in Miami for hosting the G7 leaders. Then he goes on to praise the resort. And he says, I announced that I would be willing to do it at no profit, or if legally permissible, at zero costs to the U.S.A. Then he slams Democrats, he slams the media. He blames them.

Then he says, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral Miami as the host site for the G7 in 2020. We'll begin to search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.

So there is a lot to unpack here. I want to start with the fact that we know it was not just the media and Democrats who had called on him not to do this. So many Republicans said on camera on the record that this was bad optics. Take a listen to Senator Murkowski from Alaska.


SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI (R-AK): Why? Just why bring on the controversy over it? It -- just avoid the perception of any impropriety. Just don't do it. There are lots of hotels in Florida.

I would like to think that the president didn't have a thing to do with the decision as to whether -- where they are going to have -- you know? Have the conference. If he is getting down in the weeds that much, boy, he has a lot more time on his hands than I do.


HOLMES: A report in that Republican senator voice there almost taunting him about this.

But I want to note one more thing. It doesn't have to do with this criticism or pressure. This tweet, the series of tweets really seems to undermine his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, particularly the part about potentially looking at Camp David. When Mulvaney got up there and talked about this at the news briefing, he praised Doral and then he insulted Camp David, which is where President Obama had held his foreign leader summit back in 2020 -- 2012, excuse me, saying that it was too small, it was too remote, too hard to get to. And now here you have the president saying, OK, we will start looking at it.

No surprise here. This is not the first time the president has undermined a member of his staff. But what's very interesting to note, this is that same press conference in which Mulvaney admitted to a quid pro quo, meaning that almost essentially, everything he said during this has had to be recanted.

WALKER: Yes, that's a good point. A lot of things happened in that one news conference.

Kristen Holmes, thank you.

BLACKWELL: All right. Let's talk about it. April Ryan, CNN political analyst and White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, is with us. Also, Michael Zeldin, CNN legal analyst, former federal prosecutor and Robert Mueller's former special assistant at the DOJ.

Good morning to both of you.



BLACKWELL: April, let me start with you.

The Justice Department has literally, for years now, since 2017, defending the president against these emoluments lawsuits, specifically about Trump International in D.C. I want you to listen to acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on the criticism that they expected after announcing Doral as the choice.


MICK MULVANEY, ACTING WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Listen, the president -- we know the environment we live in. You don't know the environment that we live in. And he knows exactly that he's going to get these questions and exactly get that reaction from a lot of people and he's simply saying, OK, that's fine. I'm willing to take that. The same he takes it when he goes to Trump Mar-a-Lago, the same when he goes to play Trump Bedminster. He got over that long time ago.

We absolutely believe this is the best place to have it, we're going to have it there and it's going to be folks who will never get over the fact that it's a Trump property, we get that, but we're still going to go there.


BLACKWELL: Why back down from this fight?

RYAN: Why back down? Because checks and balances are starting to work in this administration.


Bottom line -- the president talked about this over the summer. You know, he was thinking about it.

Number one, the reason why he backed down, this facility, Doral, was not even on the considered list for the G7. It's his property. The American public understands you could benefit in your pocket from having world leaders come.

You know, taxpayers are going to be building infrastructure, maybe cleaning out the bedbugs in the beds that are reported in Doral, also securing for the place. I mean, that is a huge task to bring world leaders in and think that he's not going to get paid? It was a smack of conflict of interest, the emoluments clauses were screaming. And before Congressman Elijah Cummings had passed, he was talking about this during the summer after the president was making this announcement.

So the American people understand this. This is not that cerebral stuff, though what were for them as this is something that they understand. Republicans were saying this is wrong and Democrats were saying this is wrong, and the president did the right, right, right thing by pulling back.

BLACKWELL: So, Michael, to you. The former vice chair of CREW, the government watchdog group, which is suing, based on a claim of emolument violations, said on the show yesterday, this is Richard Painter, he said that this should be part of the impeachment conversation. Speaker Pelosi wants to keep this narrowed to Ukraine.

But is this a clear case of an emolument violations getting foreign payment -- get payments from foreign states than hotel bills and bar tabs at Trump International in D.C.?

ZELDIN: So nothing about the emolument clause is simple or straightforward. And it's possible that one could say that if there are decisions by courts that these payments violate the emolument clause, then that could be a breach of the oath of office that the president has taken and could be ripe for consideration by Congress for an article of impeachment.

I wouldn't go there if I were a member of Congress, I don't think. It's clear enough you would waste your time doing that. I think the better thing is to keep the pressure on the president to divest himself of his holdings to avoid appearances of conflict and from actual conflicts.

And in the case of Doral resort, I think part of the problem here in addition to what everything April said, was that I think a lot of foreign leaders have problems making payments to the president in this way. If it was a vice versa situation where president of the United States was going to stay at a resort owned by a foreign leader, I don't know if we would be able to come to that conference.

So, I think that was the right thing. Emoluments is complicated. I'd stick on impeachment inquiry to the Ukraine quid pro quo story.

BLACKWELL: So, Michael, let me stay with you on that. Diplomat Bill Taylor will testify this week. He sent that text message: I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.

The committee is obviously we'll want to know what led him to that assertion. Detail for us how crucial his testimony will be.

ZELDIN: So, Taylor seems to be the only person who is really not part of the three amigos group of senator -- of Energy Secretary Perry and Sondland and Volker, all whom seem to have willingly working with Giuliani on this private sector Ukraine policy. Ambassador Taylor, a career ambassador, now acting ambassador to the

Ukraine, seems to have said this is not wrong -- this is not right, it's wrong to withhold military aid in exchange for a threat of dirt on Biden.


ZELDIN: So, what he has to say is the only outsider to this group will be critical, I think.

BLACKWELL: April, to you. The Quinnipiac polling on the impeachment inquiry, whether respondents approve or disapprove has been stable bouncing between 51 and 53 percent.

Considering all that has been revealed in this testimony -- and not just the testimony for Mick Mulvaney saying there was quid pro quo, is that good news for the president?

RYAN: No, it's not good news for the president. These polls not only are staying steady, but they are consistent with other polls and staying steady. A slight majority right now of America wants this impeachment inquiry.

And when, you know, you get to things where we understand, you know, this is tit for tat, basically quid pro quo with Mulvaney was saying, people understand this. This is not all this, you know, was there collusion or, you know, what laws work with collusion or what laws don't, this is in your face. People are seeing this in real-time from his own mouth.


Media is not making this up because the president and the White House likes to say fake media, but we're not fake at all, especially when you're showing yourself saying, oh, let's get China to investigate Biden, or this is quid pro quo. People see this, they understand this.


RYAN: And this does not work for the president. This is another nail in that impeachment inquiry coffin.

BLACKWELL: Yes, Steve Bannon, former chief strategist for the president, told "The New York Post" the fake news and witch hunt stuff not working.

April Ryan, Michael Zeldin, thank you both.

RYAN: That's right.

ZELDIN: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: Later this morning, on "State of the Union," Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Retired General David Petraeus, and Senator Amy Klobuchar will join Jake Tapper. Be sure to watch this interview with Republican Congressman Francis Rooney, on Friday he was considering supporting impeachment of the president. Saturday, he says he's not going to run for a third term.

"State of the Union with Jake Tapper" 9:00 a.m. and noon, right here on CNN.

WALKER: All right. Still to come, Bernie's back. Thousands rally in New York for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The big endorsement he picked up for his 2020 bid.

BLACKWELL: Plus, the ongoing protest in Chile have turned deadly. Six days of violence have rocked the city of Santiago. We've got the latest for you.


BLACKWELL: Three people are dead this morning after a fire at a supermarket, this is during violent protests in Chile.


Hundreds of troops are patrolling the streets and the governor has declared a state of emergency.

WALKER: The capital city of Santiago was under a military imposed curfew until this morning. Protests broke out nearly a week ago after the government proposed increasing the price of metro tickets. The Chilean president the government will suspend the plan.

BLACKWELL: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, he is back on the campaign trail about three weeks after suffering a heart attack.

WALKER: Thousands packed the New York City event Saturday to see Senator Sanders officially receive a major endorsement from New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

CNN's Ryan Nobles was there for the announcement.


RYAN NOBLES, CNN WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: Victor and Amara, it had been more than two weeks since Bernie Sanders has last held a campaign rally, so he wanted to make his return to the campaign trail a big splash and he did it with the help of the biggest stars in Democratic politics.

(voice-over): Bernie Sanders wanted to make one thing very clear.

SANDERS: To put it bluntly, I am back!

NOBLES: Sanders, a little more than two weeks after suffering a heart attack, returned to the campaign trail in dramatic fashion, packing a park in Queens with a level of energy and enthusiasm designed to show despite the health scare, he isn't going anywhere.

SANDERS: I am happy to report to you that I am more than ready to assume the office of president of the United States.

NOBLES: Adding reinforcement to this new stage of his campaign?


NOBLES: Progressive rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She formally endorsed Sanders and made the case that it is the Sanders' brand of politics that will beat Donald Trump.

OCASIO-CORTEZ: No one wanted to question this system. And in 2016, he fundamentally changed politics in America.

NOBLES: Prior to his heart attack, the Sanders campaign was stuck in neural, struggling to keep up with front-runners Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden, but far ahead of lower-tier candidates unable to muster double-digit support. His heart attack threatened to draw in new questions about his age and fitness for office but his supporters crowded shoulder to shoulder in Queens said they weren't worried about it.

DANTE FRANKLIN, NEW YORK VOTER: He is OK. That is the last thing I'm thinking about. He's strong enough. Yes, he'll be around here at least another 30 years.

NOBLES: Sanders is now working to solidify support from the progressive left. In addition to locking up Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders picked up the endorsement of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and will appear later this month with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, three of the four members of the squad, a diverse group of freshmen female members of Congress with growing influence in the Democratic Party.

OCASIO-CORTEZ: I'm in the United States Congress now. And that is a long, long way from being a sexually harassed waitress in downtown Manhattan one year ago. However, in this new historic freshmen congressional class, in overwhelming amounts of them, now reject corporate PAC money. That's thanks to Bernie.

NOBLES: A force that brings with it energy that helps Sanders draw what his campaign said was the biggest crowd so far and inspired supporters like Peter Modavis.

PETER MODAVIS, BERNIE SANDERS SUPPORTER: It seems take AOC saw Bernie almost on his death bed and still thought he was the best candidate for president.

NOBLES: And the promise Sanders made to those supporters? He is in this race to win.

SANDERS: There is no doubt in my mind that not only will we win this election, but, together, we will transform this country! Thank you all very much!

NOBLES: And hoping to keep the momentum going for this reinvigorated campaign, Sanders will now head to Iowa later this week. The caucus is more than a hundred days away and Sanders will also keep the momentum going with a hefty war chest. He has more than $30 million cash on hand -- Victor and Amara.


WALKER: Ryan Nobles, thank you.

The Pentagon says many of the U.S. troops evacuating Syria are now redeploying to Iraq, this as the ceasefire between the Turks and Kurds appears to be failing at stopping the violence. Coming up, a closer look at what's at stake.



WALKER: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says many of the U.S. troops pulling out of Syria will head to Iraq.

BLACKWELL: Esper also told reporters overnight that the cease-fire between Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria generally seems to be holding, that's his characterization. Now, there are reports from Turkish officials that one of their soldiers was killed in an attack. Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she is in Jordan with a bipartisan delegation of leaders. They're there to talk about the Syrian crisis with the king of Jordan.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh has a deeper look at what is at stake here. And we have to warn you some of what you're going to see is graphic here.


NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is what President Trump's amazing outcome looked like on the grounds in Ras al-Ain in northern Syria Friday. Bodies of civilians who Syrian Kurdish doctors said were killed by an air strike near the border town.

These images backed up those claims although we couldn't conclusively verify them and Turkey called it disinformation.

He was hit by a plane, he says. There is a lot of civilians hit by planes. Many dead since the morning. I don't know why. They were meant to stop.

Around the town, the confusion over what the deal between the United States and Turkey actually meant, that Kurdish civilians and foreign volunteers flocking to the town hoping to bring relief.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hundreds will be hurt and we drive as far as we can and when we get shutout we just start walking.

WALSH: They began walking and seemed to turn back later. There is one avoidable reason that the deal announced Thursday wouldn't last. The fanfare of the announcement didn't spell out exactly where the cease-fire applies.


Turkish officials said the deal means the Kurds must leave a long swath of the border, but American officials seemed to indicate only an area 20 miles deep where the Turkish already have control. However, pro-Turkish forcers deeper into Syria and unclear if that cease-fire applies here.

Importantly, it's also unclear what will happen in two major Kurdish towns, Kobani, which Russian flags fly and which Pence said would not be attacked under the deal, and (INAUDIBLE) celebratory gunfire greet the deal Thursday night hardly sound of withdrawal.

President Erdogan's official seemed delighted with the deal.

If the U.S. can keep their promises by Tuesday night when this 120 hours of cease-fire is over, but if his promises will not be realized, our operation of peace spring will continue more rapidly than before.

A hundred and twenty hours were how long from the announcement until Erdogan meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The Turkish president let it slip he wouldn't object to Moscow's ally, the Syrian regime, to move into sensitive areas like Kobani this week, controlling areas where the Syrian Kurds were.

So with the U.S. leaving, the road map for that meeting is clear as are the new power brokers in Syria for all to see.

(on camera): Now, I should tell you that new in the last hours, we've heard that General Mazloum Abdi who may well travel to Washington, D.C. in the days ahead. He is not expected to be invited by the Trump administration but officials outside of it, according to a source with knowledge of this trip, that would suggest possibly Capitol Hill. I'm sure he is not traveling with a message, if he goes, of glowing endorsement of the Trump administration's actions. That could be potentially embarrassing, but it may be to show America's alliance with the Syrian Kurds to fought ISIS on their behalf, still relies on the vital Sochi meeting between President Erdogan and Putin.


BLACKWELL: Nick Paton Walsh reporting for us there.

Nick, thank you.

Let's bring in CNN military analyst and retired Lieutenant General, Mark Hertling.

General, good morning to you.

I want to start here with what we heard from Erdogan there, that after this five-day period ends Tuesday night, the question is what happens Wednesday morning? We've heard from Jomana Karadsheh last hour who's on the border there between Turkey and Syria and said she is not seeing the type of exodus that would suggest that the Kurds, the Kurdish fighters will be out of the zone by the deadline. So if this attack resumes Wednesday, what leverage does the U.S. have

to get Erdogan to stop? He kept his end of the, quote/unquote, deal that they made.

LT. GEN. MARK HERTLING (RET.), CNN MILITARY ANALYST: Yes. I'm not sure there is a lot of leverage, Victor. And good morning to you and Amara.

The thing that is concerning there are multiple reports of why the Kurds are not leaving the area. The first is that it's their home. You know, they don't want to leave their homes. It is their demographic area, the Kurds have been settled there for quite a long time.

And second, it's reported by General Mazlum, the SDF commander who is a Kurd, is a said they aren't allowed to leave. They're being encircled by Turkish forces in an attempt to wade out the ceasefire or the pause, whatever it's being called, so they can be annihilated once Tuesday morning rolls around.

So, this has become a dreadful situation. It's horrible. Reports from both sides, whenever you're dealing in this part of the world, as I have, you're going to get records from the Turks, from the Kurds, from the Arabs, from the U.S., from the Russians and everyone is going to be countering each other's information. Unless you're right there on the ground and know what's happening, it's difficult to ascertain what, in fact, is occurring and that is problematic.

WALKER: General, I want to play sound for you from Senator Lindsey Graham floating an idea that we have heard before about seizing oil in the midst of conflict in the Middle East. Here it is.


SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): They are guarding the oil fields in the south so Iran doesn't take them over is smart. Here is what I would advise President Trump to do and I think he'll do it. Do a deal, take over those oil fields in the south, share the revenue with the Arabs and Kurds who helped us fight ISIS and keep the money away from Iran and Assad. You could make money in Syria if you took those oil fields over and share the revenue with the people who --



WALKER: We have heard this before, right, from President Trump himself as a candidate, where he said, look, you know, I would take -- as my national security plan, I would take the oil in Iraq from ISIS and that we would use that money to reimburse ourselves. I mean, is that ever a good idea? This isn't even legal, is it?

HERTLING: In my view, Amara, this is another ridiculous approach to fighting. Again, you have to understand, we have military forces there for specific purposes, foreign and state. I would suggest that our country has never been known for taking over oil fields and selling things back to the nation that actually sits on that oil field. We have heard this before from President Trump, and I'm really somewhat disgusted by the fact that Senator Graham would also bring it up.

We are there to do specific things. The U.S. military is not a mercenary force to get gains or bootie in order to resell to others. It just doesn't make sense to me.


We are there to do specific things. The U.S. military is not a mercenary force to get gains or bootie in order to resell to others. It just doesn't make sense to me.

BLACKWELL: The reports are that there have been hundreds of ISIS fighters who have escaped the prisons there in Northern Syria. Now, the president suggests the Kurds led them out to make some political point, which is nonsensical, most people would agree.


BLACKWELL: What does this -- what does this portend for a U.S. troop commitment in the future to this region now that reportedly these hundreds of ISIS fighters are no longer in custody?

HERTLING: Well, two things, Victor, and the Department of Defense has announced this and there have been several within the DoD who have said we are confused and we are scrambling to get the force mix on the ground the right way. There are some that are saying we're going to put a force as an over-the-horizon force which means it's close enough to conduct operations but not close enough to interact with the people.

Remember, four years ago when we first entered Syria, we had no one on the ground and we could not conduct operations because we were not getting the intelligence to allow us to drive operations. The other thing that has been said by the Department of Defense is we are going to put these forces in Iraq.

Iraq is already at a max capacity. The Iraqi government has said we will allow military forces. But the other thing, you know, watching the Secretary Pompeo's tweets the other day saying I got off with the president of Iraq and we are coordinating our efforts. The president of Iraq, a good friend of mine, is also an Iraqi Kurd. I'm sure that telephone conversation was a little bit sporty between our secretary of state and the president of Iraq about repositioning American forces in their country that have just left the Kurds.

WALKER: Important point. Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, thank you so much for joining us.

We should mention the cease-fire expires on Tuesday, we should also be watching as Vladimir Putin and the Turkish president will be meeting to talk about the future of Syria, and as you know, the U.S. pullout is obviously putting Russia in the driver's seat of that.

BLACKWELL: They're filling that vacuum left.

WALKER: Exactly.

Well, a new report reveals that 95 percent of baby foods have toxic metals in them. The head researcher on that report will join us next with her alarming findings.



WALKER: An alarming new study says there is a strong chance your baby's food has traces of toxic heavy metals. The research commissioned by Healthy Babies Bright Futures tested 168 baby foods for the presence of arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium, and they found, listen to this, that 95 percent, most of the foods, the baby foods were contaminated by at least one of those heavy metals.

And what's even scarier, these chemicals pose serious threats to healthy brain development in children.

Joining me now to discuss is the co-author of this report and research director for Healthy Babies Bright Futures, Jane Houlihan.

I appreciate you joining us on a Sunday morning.

I have to say before we begin, I found myself last night, I should have been sleeping but I was doing research for the story and I was going through the pantry to see what baby foods I had that were on your list of contaminated foods. I want to pull up a screen of some of the brands that were found to have some of these toxic chemical traces.

Jane, because us through what brands we are talking about and the types of food. By the way, my baby loves those rice crackers and puffs, and I'm getting rid of those now.

JANE HOULIHAN, RESEARCH DIRECTOR, HEALTHY BABIES BRIGHT FUTURES: Absolutely. We -- we tested a wide range of brands, 61 brands altogether and almost every type of baby food from cereals and snacks and fruits and veggies and meals and meats. The chemistry end up in baby foods and all other foods in the supermarket but baby foods are the big concern because these chemicals are neurotoxins. They target the developing brain.

So, we are looking at impacts like IQ loss, ADHD, behavioral effects. Now, the amounts are small but the exposure add up meal after meal, day after day for children, so the concern really are those cumulative additive impacts over a childhood.

WALKER: Yes. That is scary. You say those chemicals are naturally present in the environment. So, what kind of advice would you give to parents, especially me who tries to make as much homemade food as possible if my baby. Is it to avoid rice products and things of that nature? HOULIHAN: Yes, we highlighted in our study five types of foods that

parents can make choices and find safer alternatives readily available. So, infant rice cereal is one. You want to be choosing other grains like oat meal, and multigrain cereal. For teething foods, those kind also have high levels, teething biscuits, and rice rusks.

So, choose instead things like a frozen banana or a peeled chilled cucumber. Also for rice based snacks like puffs. You want things that are not based in rice flour.

Also, fruits and veggies. The key there is to just serve a variety.


HOULIHAN: We found higher levels in sweet potatoes and carrots. So, those are really nutritious. Keep serving them but really pick a variety. And also for juices, you want to steer clear of juices, really limit those. And for toddlers, serving tap water and milk instead is a good idea.

WALKER: And just quickly because I think most moms and dads and caregivers at home are probably wondering, well, why aren't these products being tested at the government level to make sure that our most vulnerable population are babies are not dealing with these health impacts when they get older?

What is the FDA doing about this?

HOULIHAN: The FDA has prioritized it but they are moving slowly. For 90 percent of the foods we tested, there is not a federal standard for these toxic chemicals and there's not even guidance to strip so it's really the baby food industry is stepping up and voluntarily testing' forming a group to establish practices industry-wide. There is a lot of progress being made there but, again, it's slow and a complicated problem. So, there are simple things parents can do in the meantime to limit their children's exposure.


WALKER: Well, we appreciate you and your organization's work that you are doing together.

Jane Houlihan, thank you very much.

HOULIHAN: You're welcome.

BLACKWELL: All right. Just getting this in, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has arrived in Afghanistan. He will meet with President Ghani and U.S. troops there. This is first trip to Afghanistan since becoming defense secretary. We understand he'll meet some of the service members at Camp Resolute Support and bring you any headlines that come out this.

Also, the duke and duchess, a massive turn of topics, they sit down and meet with an old friend with a special family connection. This is a CNN exclusive interview. You'll hear why this visit was especially important to Prince William and the prime minister of Pakistan.


BLACKWELL: Prince William just wrapped up a tour of Pakistan that included several events connected to his mother, Princess Diana.


Now, the visit included with Pakistan's legendary cricket player and now Prime Minister Imran Khan.

WALKER: Khan was a dear leader (ph) to the late Princess Diana and he spoke exclusively to CNN royal correspondent, Max Foster, what it meant to spend time with the duke of Cambridge.


MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: When Imran Khan was a cricketer, he was married to Jemima Khan and she was family friends with the royals. And Prince William remembers a time when he was about 11 and Imran Khan visited them in the U.K., and Imran described this moment where he was going to be a prime minister one day.

So, it was a real moment of reckoning now as they meet in Islamabad for the first time they met since that suspicious conversation.

IMRAN KHAN, PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER: I would have said that but then I just started my political party and I assumed it would be very easy and I would go out and people would vote for me. Little did I realize what I would go through to get here.

FOSTER: So, it's an interesting moment to have Prince William now visit you in the prime ministerial residence, having to live up to a promise, but also marking that period of time which is extraordinary to you?

KHAN: It's a lifetime. I'm in the struggle of becoming a prime minister in a country when, unfortunately, we had -- I had to fight two Mafias. The political parties were not headed by what would be politicians. They were political Mafias. Both of the heads of both parties are now in jail.

FOSTER: Obviously, you were great friends with Princess Diana as well. And she had -- you hosted her on her visits here. So was that a moment for you as well to see her son coming in and meeting his wife as well?

KHAN: I was telling Prince William that I was in the outbacks, my constituency, which is really considered an outback. It's really quite wild there.

I was during my constituency when I heard of the accident. I can tell you that the impact it had on the people shocked me. I mean, there was a presence. I wouldn't even have thought no princess died but when they heard of the accident and her death, it was just -- I was amazed at how her -- Princess Diana had penetrated even in these rural consistencies.

FOSTER: How did they respond to that?

KHAN: I think it was important to know how much she was loved in this country.

FOSTER: This royal tour is being covered very positively in the Pakistani media, and members of government, members of community I've spoken to say it's going down really well.

But it's about showing this country is a safe place to visit, a safe place to do business with, and all this imagery coming from the tour has really reinforced. So, it's going down pretty well across the board, I have to say.

Max Foster, Lahore, Pakistan.


WALKER: Max Foster, thank you.

Up next, the moment a man dodges bullets while defending his two children.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I want to beat the crap out of him, you know? When I was heading toward him I had full intentions of tackling the guy and smashing his head into the street.




BLACKWELL: In today's "Staying Well," see how exercising in cold weather can help you burn more calories.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let's get this show on the road, everybody.

JOHNNY ADAMIC, CO-OWNER, BRRRN: When you walk into burn at 50 degrees, it feels great. It doesn't feel cold, but you're not sweating within the first minute because the room is hot.

ZACK RETTOUN, CLIENT, BRRRN: In a normal workout situation, I get a little too hot, a little too uncomfortable. And working out in this cooler temperature allows me to push myself longer and harder.

DR. MATTHEW SCHMITT, PULMONARY MEDICINE, PIEDMONT HEALTHCARE: Studies have shown that people in cold workouts, they're actually auto turboing their brown fat, and their brown adipose tissue.

There's a very high thermo regulatory function in the human body. It maintains our temperature by burning a lot of fatty acids, stuff we want to get rid of.

Cooler temperatures encourage movement. You're exercising at your hardest output. You're definitely sweating, but it's an earned sweat.

When it comes to working out in cold exercise classes, triggers for underlying pulmonary conditions could be cold weather so it's important to check with your medical professional before jumping into an extreme workout.



WALKER: A Utah father says he was shot at by a man he says slapped his 6 and 9-year-old sons.

BLACKWELL: Now, this dramatic incident was captured on a home security camera. Dan Rascon from CNN affiliate KSL has the story.



DAN RASCON, KSL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A terrifying moment for a father of two --

OLLERTON: This guy just shot at me, three shots.

RASCON: -- as he's trying to take cover from flying bullets. A crime that was all captured on a home security camera during the middle of the afternoon on Sunday.

UNIDENTFIED MALE: I was looking at him right in the eyes. He was pointed right at me when he took the shot. This is just a little 30cc four-stroke.

RASCON: The shooting all stemmed from the sound of these two mini motorcycles running up and down the street. Chris's 6-year-old son was riding the one with the training wheels. And his 9-year-old was on this one.

As seen in the video, the gunman, identified as 61-year-old Richard Lindem, walks into the street and confronts the boys. He then confronts the 9-year-old, scolding him and smacks him in the face.


Afterwards, he walks over to the 6-year-old, yells at him and slaps him in the face.

OLLERTON: I saw this man punch my 6-year-old son.

RASCON: That's when Chris came running over.

OLLERTON: I wanted to beat the crap out of him, you know? When I was heading towards him, I had full intentions of tackling the guy and smashing his head into the street.

RASCON: But as he goes to confront Lindem, that's when a gun is pulled. Chris tells his kids to run for help. You can see his 9- year-old clearing fences to get home.

OLLERTON: He's just yelling and saying that we're destroying the neighborhood by letting my kids ride their motorcycles around.

I was just yelling, like, dude, it's not worth it. You know, like no one needs to die.

RASCON: Chris says he was trying to keep an eye on Lindem after he put the gun down and started to walk me. That's when he was shot at three times.

OLLERTON: I'm like, holy crap, I started to run backwards, but I'm trying to keep an eye on him at the same time but I'm running backwards to take cover. And he fired two more shots.

RASCON: Lindem later barricaded himself inside his home before being arrested by a S.W.A.T. team.

OLLERTON: I'm so happy my boys weren't hurt and I'm happy I'm still able to be here and be their dad.


WALKER: Wow, and that was Dan Rascon from our affiliate KSL reporting.

BLACKWELL: Houston Astros versus the New York Yankees, bottom of the ninth, two outs. Is this me the score?

WALKER: Yes, it is.

BLACKWELL: The score is tied, Astros player Jose Altuve steps up to the plate. Watch.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Altuve has just sent the Astros to the World Series!


WALKER: It's my turn now. Game one of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals is Monday.

That's your time, everyone. Thanks so much for starting your morning with us.

BLACKWELL: "Inside Politics" up after a break.