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Biden Arrives In South Korea For Talks With President Yoon; Rare Northern Michigan Tornado Kills One, Injures More Than 40; First Baby Formula Flights From Europe To Arrive This Weekend; Depp's Former Friends and Associates Testify on Alleged Substance Abuse; President Biden Attends State Dinner in South Korea; Tiger Woods Makes Cut at PGA Championship. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired May 21, 2022 - 06:00   ET




BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Buenos Dias. Good morning. Thank you so much for joining us on New Day. It's Saturday May 21. I'm Boris Sanchez.

AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Amara Walker and today for Christi Paul, thanks for starting your day with us.

First, President Biden on the world stage in South Korea shoring up U.S. alliances and promoting economic cooperation. He met with South Korea's newly elected president Yoon Suk-yeol, a short time ago telling him that the alliance between the United States and South Korea has never been stronger or more vital.

SANCHEZ: Now the President's trip comes as he faces myriad problems back home from a shortage of baby formula to spiking inflation, and now rising COVID cases too tying his trip to Asia to the top priority on his overseas agenda. President Biden referenced Russia's war against Ukraine this morning saying that democracies must stand together against autocratic leaders.


JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: But I really do think we're an inflection point in world history. Things are changing so rapidly. I think you're seeing that we're going to see more of this going to be competition between democracies and autocracies. And I mean that sincerely. Unfortunately, I think I've been proven to be correct, not just here but around the world.


WALKER: In a joint statement, Mr. Biden and South Korean president Yoon said they agreed to expand joint military exercises as a deterrence against Kim Jong-un and the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. The decision is a reversal from the Trump administration, which scaled back exercises on the Korean peninsula. SANCHEZ: CNN is covering all angles of the President's trip to Asia as we wait for a state dinner to begin in Seoul, South Korea. Let's start with CNN Chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins who is in South Korea for us. Kaitlan, earlier, President Biden talked about this trip coming during an inflection point in world history. Bring us up to speed on his agenda.

KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Yes, he's kind of been framing it in the sense of not just how the United States fits in when it comes to visiting in this region, which we should note this is his first trip to Asia since taking office, something that typically would have happened a lot sooner on but was delayed obviously because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the President has been invoking President Putin at several stops of this trip so far talking about how the world cannot rely on autocrats to depend on them when it comes to supply chain, when it comes to economic security, when it comes to national security. And he says basically that Putin is making that point, but he is clearly referencing China and President Xi and talking about building up the relationship between the United States and South Korea and reaffirming his commitment to that.

And we should know that this comes as this is a newly elected South Korean leader, someone who's only been in an office for a matter of days now. But the President obviously trying to meet with him early on to talk about their relationship and also talking about the importance of the United States and South Korea, what it looks like with a Biden in office.


BIDEN: I think it's critically important that we have a very close trilateral relationship, including economically as well as militarily. And I think you'll see that there are ways to deal with some of the trade barriers that were placed, some of which, by the way, were placed by my predecessor, which we're, we're looking at very closely right now.


COLLINS: So the President, they are referencing his predecessor, obviously former President Trump and one notable aspect of this is you heard from the South Korean leader saying that the relationship with North Korea and the way that they are managing that is of the utmost importance to President Biden and to President union, how they handle this going forward, talking about of course, as you were seeing North Korea continuing to accelerate its nuclear program, and they have concerns in the U.S. intelligence community about them potentially launching a test while President Biden is in the region.

And this is something that they have now come to an agreement on continuing and restarting those joint military exercises, not just that, but also expanding the scope of them. And that is notable because it is something that President Trump had cancelled in hopes of getting North Korea to the negotiating table. Obviously, he met with Kim Jong-Un's several times that is not something that has happened with President Biden, as officials have said there has virtually been basically no contact between the United States and North Korea since Biden took office.

WALKER: All right, Kaitlan Collins, appreciate that live for us there in Seoul.


And for more perspective, let's bring in CNN international correspondent Paula Hancocks. And Paula, I mean, we should note that these are two leaders, right, Biden and Yoon, who are taking a harder line stance against North Korea than their predecessors.

And President Biden was asked about whether he would consider a meeting with Kim Jong-in amid these ongoing tensions. What did he say to that?

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Amara, he has been saying in the past that he was willing to meet and we've heard from the White House that they have had this outreach to North Korea, to which North Korea has effectively given nothing in return. They've ignored it up until this point. So he was asked President Biden very directly, whether he would meet with Kim Jong-un and this was his response.


BIDEN: With regard to whether I would meet with the leader of North Korea and be depend on whether he was sincere, and whether it was serious.


HANCOCKS: Now, obviously, his predecessor, as Kaitlan said, did meet three times that with the North Korean leader, there wasn't a concern about whether or not he was being serious at that point, very little came from the summit's themselves.

But beyond that, it's also important to ask whether Kim Jong-un himself is in any frame of mind to be meeting any leaders at this point. And the answer appears to be no, he seems very dead set on his missile launchers and his weapons testing capability at this point, and to that point, as well. They are also dealing with a COVID outbreak. It's only just over a week ago that Pyongyang admitted that they have Omicron in the country, which could be devastating in what we believe to be a completely unvaccinated country.

And we know also that the President Biden had said he has offered vaccines to North Korea and to China, he said in this press conference, but there has been no response from North Korea. South Korea's president as well, Yoon Suk-yeol has offered vaccines, masks, testing kits, which we know are few and far between in North Korea. Again, there has been no response to that. So it is one thing to be hearing what these two leaders are saying when it comes to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but unfortunately at this point, it really does appear as though Kim Jong- un has no interest in talking. He only has an interest in pushing towards his goals that he has given the five-year wish list of what he wants to have weapons wise. And obviously he is now dealing with a COVID outbreak and these very public offers of help, according to many experts, is simply something that North Korea would not feel comfortable.

Accepting Kim Jong-un himself would not want to have to admit to his own people, for example, that he is unable to supply what they need, but then to countries which he has described as enemies may well be able to come in and help.

So certainly, there is a suggestion that something more behind closed doors could be offered. But at this point, there has been no response publicly from North Korea to any of those offers.

SANCHEZ: All right, Paula Hancocks live from Seoul. Thank you so much.

Let's dig deeper now on Biden's trip to Asia with Michael O'Hanlon. He's a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute. Michael, we appreciate you getting up bright and early for us.

So multiple presidents now have had some version of a pivot to Asia and for President Biden this trip is coming later than he likely would have wanted because of events in Europe and Coronavirus. What would you say are the key priorities on this trip? Do you think it's possible that he opens up a line with North Korea who has been reticent to engage in diplomacy with Biden?

MICHAEL O'HANLON, SENIOR POLICY FELLOW, BROOKINGS INSTITUTE: Greetings. Well, I think that would be a good priority. But I'm not sure it's President Biden's priority because I don't know that he considers it attainable. As you know, and as you just reported very eloquently, the North Koreans have been unwilling to engage the Biden administration so far, even though there's essentially been a policy of willingness to talk on the part of the United States ever since Biden came into office.

And as you pointed out also have really ever since Donald Trump was in office, since Trump met with Kim three times during the first half of Trump's presidency, and then that led nowhere, they had no contact for the last year and a half.

So, I don't know that that's a realistic goal. I would like to see the United States frame a bigger idea to North Korea, frame some kind of a deal and see how North Korea reacts rather than just say we're open to negotiation. I'm not sure the North Koreans have the kind of depth in their analytical community in their state department Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be able to develop a detailed negotiating plan on their own.

So I think we need to show a lot more initiative. And we also need to give up on the idea you're going to get complete North Korean denuclearization all in one swoop that's been a policy of the United States for decades. It's just not going to work even though it sounds nice. And so I think they're also the Biden team may need to be more pragmatic.

SANCHEZ: So tell us more about the parameters of what that deal could potentially look like the one you're proposing given that the U.S. and South Korea have now vowed to expand joint military exercises which were cancelled in the Trump era. And it appears that North Korea is planning some kind of ICBM missile test.


O'HANLON: Or perhaps even a nuclear test. Well, I think any deal needed would need to prevent those kinds of tests. So you'd have to have a permanent ban on ICBM testing, long range missile testing and nuclear testing. And you would also need to verifiably dismantle North Korea's nuclear production capability so it can't build more bombs, then you leave the existing bombs for another day.

And in exchange for those North Korean concessions, you would agree to partial sanctions relief, not complete sanctions relief, because you're not getting everything you want or expect from the North Koreans eventually.

So for example, you might lift the UN sanctions that were imposed in 2017, after North Korea's nuclear and ICBM tests of that year, and that Russia and China actually agreed to back then as well. You might lift those sanctions in exchange for the verifiable dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear reactors, uranium, centrifuge facilities and nuclear reprocessing capability, that would then essentially freeze the arsenal. You wouldn't officially acknowledge it or tolerate it, but you would agree to look away and deal with the production capability and the testing issue first.

SANCHEZ: President Biden already has spoken at length about the importance of democracy standing together in the face of autocracies, and he specifically cited Russia's war in Ukraine. This is not really a subtle signal to Beijing, either.

I think White House officials have made clear that they believe that the West's united response in the form of sanctions and military assistance to Ukraine also sends a signal to China who has eyes on Taiwan. Do you agree with that assessment?

O'HANLON: Yes, I think that China can't help but notice that we have imposed a lot more pain on Russia than we even expected to ourselves. And that we've continued to develop more plans to impose more pain.

In fact, as you know, the European Union is working towards a ban on importing Russian oil, which would take perhaps some time to implement, but that is being worked on right now. And then Russian gas is the longer-term issue that might also come in our crosshairs. I think China has to notice that.

But of course, China also noticed that we did not go to Ukraine's direct military defense. We chose not to fight on behalf of a country with which we don't have a formal alliance. I agree with President Biden's decision on that. But nonetheless, it does perhaps make China wonder if we really fight to defend Taiwan since we don't even recognize Taiwan as a country.

So there are multiple lessons that are being I'm sure, considered by Beijing, not all of which point in the same direction in terms of its risk.

SANCHEZ: I think one of the key components that has provided a critical structure for the west to give that immediate joint response in Europe has been the NATO alliance, but there isn't an Asian equivalent to NATO. Do you think that's something the United States should pursue long term with South Korea, Japan and potentially others?

O'HANLON: That's a great question. And as you know, we're trying to tighten up these existing relationships. So President Biden, on this trip spoke about the trilateral relationship with Japan, South Korea and the United States, but South Korea and Japan get along very badly these days.

And we also have a concept called the quad, which involves the United States, Japan, and India and Australia. And then we have, as you'll recall from last summer, this famous AUKUS deal, United States, Australia, and Britain, which is designed partly to provide nuclear submarine technology to Australia. And we sort of beat out the French to acquire that opportunity, but also to foster greater collaboration and other kinds of technology as well.

So there are a lot of mechanisms that are being created or reinforced. They're not the same thing as an Asian NATO. But the hope is that they will bring together especially the most powerful regional democracies, and yes to confront China's rise.

I do think President Biden has to be a little careful about sounding, you know, antagonistic towards China. He should be resolute. He should be tough. And he should acknowledge democracies have a special kind of bond with each other.

But I don't think we want to push China into the mode of thinking it's our adversary across the board. And for one thing that will make China more apt to help Putin right now, so I think he's got to be careful with this rhetoric. But there won't be an Asian NATO. There are however, these other mechanisms that are being strike.

SANCHEZ: Interesting points. We appreciate your perspective. Michael O'Hanlon, thanks for joining us.

O'HANLON: My pleasure. Thank you.

WALKER: All right. Still ahead, across the country parents are desperate to find a formula. Is the White House doing enough and how long could the shortage last? Plus, it was a dramatic week in court as former friends and associates took the stand and testified about Johnny Depps -- Johnny Depp, I'm sorry, has substance abuse. We'll have the latest on the Amber Heard defamation trial. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)


SANCHEZ: Thousands are without power this morning at a curfew is in place after a tornado killed one person and injured 40 others in northern Michigan.

Witnesses describe hearing what sounded like a freight train as the tornado shredded through the town of Gaylord.

WALKER: A local official reported it went right through the downtown area. One man said residents are also in shock because tornadoes are rare in this part of the country. The state website reports Michigan averages about 15 tornadoes a year. Michigan's governor has declared a state of emergency.


The baby formula shortage in the U.S. is so severe not only has the President invoked a wartime measure to increase production, but now a military plane will be used to carry formula from overseas. The Defense Department ordered the first flights to leave this weekend from Germany.

SANCHEZ: As part of the newly named Operation Fly Formula and the FDA says it's in touch with specialty clinics that are preparing to hospitalized children due to a lack of baby formula. CNN's Polo Sandoval shows us the lengths that one family is going through just to feed their child.


POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Come play time it's easy for Adriana and Justin Eith to get lost in the joys of raising a baby. But come feeding time.

ADRIANA EITH, MOTHER: You know the drill.

SANDOVAL: The New York couple is reminded of the uncertainty that comes with finding nourishment for their four-month-old baby amid the ongoing formula shortage.

EITH: If someone wanted a bottle?

SANDOVAL: You would know it with his smile, but little Cooper suffers from digestive issues and a dairy allergy.

EITH: Be such a good boy today.

SANDOVAL: Not only does Cooper rely solely on powdered baby formula for nutrition, but he can only hold down Puramino, a prescription powder that is not only hypoallergenic, but it's also nearly impossible to find these days, according to Eith.

EITH: It's the easiest thing for him to digest. Because unlike other formulas on the market, they have like Similac Alimentum, they have Nutramigen but there's still trace amounts of dairy in that. So in this, there's no dairy and very, very limited soy.

SANDOVAL: Eith had to expand her search for the pharmacies in her Long Island community to the rest of the country.

EITH: I have family in Georgia. I have family in Florida, California, North Carolina. I have everyone helping me right now. My in laws, my dad, I have coworkers. When I mean in this moment why I feel so blessed and where the same comes in it takes a village, I have had more people now helping me than I've had. I mean a month.

SANDOVAL: That work of parents on social media has also been a source of formula and a way for Eith's to help fellow parents.

EITH: I joined everything. I'm in a group called one parent to another.

SANDOVAL: So far, Eith has managed to secure at least two weeks worth of formula with the Food and Drug Administration estimating that it could be a few weeks before shelves are stocked fully again, her worries about Cooper's long term nutritional needs and those of other children.

EITH: Listen, I don't sit here you don't wanting to make it seem that my son has a greater need because I believe every baby has a need. Every baby needs to be fed. But it is scary when there is a medical need and even pass my son because there were kids with greater health issues. How do they eat.

SANDOVAL: On Friday, a dose of reassuring news for Eith. Reckitt, maker of Cooper's prescription and the nation's second largest infant formula manufacturer announced that it increased production by 35 percent since its competitor Abbott nutrition recalled many of its products in February.

Reckitt officials added that they're using unlimited overtime for employees and filing government paperwork to import formula from Singapore and Mexico to ratchet up supplies here in the US.

EITH: And I don't think right now there's no magic wand that can fix it. I think it's kind of a wait and see. Because when it starts happening and it starts getting back on the shelves, I think that's when people are going to feel at ease.

SANDOVAL: Eith remain skeptical, but also hopeful that the government's long-awaited response will soon be felt that empty shelves across the country with Cooper's bottles full for now. The Eiths can focus on keeping the smile on their baby's face. Polo Sandoval, CNN, New York.


WALKER: It's really hard to comprehend that this formula shortage is playing out right here in the United States. Next hour, we will be joined by the parents of a premature baby and they will share their struggle to find formula for their daughter's special medical needs.

SANCHEZ: So it's been eight straight weeks of losses for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, its longest weekly losing streak since 1923. It comes as Wall Street investors grow nervous about high inflation and what exactly the Federal Reserve will have to do to get prices under control. CNN's Matt Egan has more.


MATT EGAN, CNN REPORTER (on camera): Boris and Amara, this is a flashing red light for the American economy. The bull market that began in March 2020 is on life support. The S&P 500 narrowly voted closing in a bear market on Friday. A bear market is defined as a 20 percent decline from the previous high. They often but not always coincide with recessions. There can be false alarms along the way. And hopefully, this is just that a false alarm.

The Dow did something that hasn't happened in nearly a century. It's now down eight weeks in a row, the longest such losing streak since 1923.


For context, that was the first year of old Yankee Stadium, the house that Ruth though. Bear markets are not our nest eggs are getting smaller after two years of big gains, college savings plans, 401k's, investment portfolios, all of them are taking a hit. And that can create a real amount of anxiety for families.

Two big factors behind this market turbulence, one, investors are worried that the Federal Reserve's warned inflation will backfire that the Fed is going to go too far and accidentally tip the economy into recession.

The other big concern is that high inflation means that for the first time in a long time, the Fed doesn't have Wall Street's back. The Fed likely won't be coming to the rescue anytime soon. And that isn't sitting well with investors.

But it's really important to remember that by many metrics, the economy remains pretty strong. Unemployment is historically low. People are chopping. Corporate balance sheets are solid. Most economists that I talked to, they don't think a recession is imminent, though they are worried about one next year or in 2024.

But as Wall Street veteran Ed Yardeni told me, there is a risk that we could quote, scare ourselves into recession, and the stock market could be the trigger. Let's hope not. Boris and Amara.


WALKER: All right, thanks so much Matt Egan. In courts, actress Ellen Barkin calls her ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp a jealous and controlling man.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ELLEN BARKIN, JOHNNY DEPP'S EX-GIRLFRIEND: He's just a jealous man controlling where are you going, who were you going with. What did you do last night.


SANCHEZ: Here a new testimony from Depp's multimillion dollar defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, next.



SANCHEZ: It was another dramatic week in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial as former friends and co-workers of Depp testified about his alleged substance abuse problems.

WALKER: But he will get a chance to respond to their claims next week. CNN's Chloe Melas has more.


JOHNNY DEPP, ACTOR: How are you doing?

CHLOE MELAS, CNN ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER (voice-over): Fans cheered on Johnny Depp as he arrived to court Thursday. But inside, it was silent.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All right, good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

MELAS: Jurors and actors defamation trial against his ex-wife saw series of tape depositions describing Depp as increasingly difficult to work with.

JOEL MANDEL, FORMER BUSINESS MANAGER: It became clear over time that there were issues with alcohol and drugs, and that translated into more erratic behavior.

MELAS: Former friends and associates testified that their relationships with the actor had deteriorated and his career suffered as his substance abuse worsened. Depp has instead alleged that it was a 2018 opinion piece Amber Heard wrote in "The Washington Post", which did not mention him by name, that falsely painted him as an abuser. He claimed that caused him to lose out on a multi-million dollar payday for a sixth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film. But a long-time Disney executive couldn't recall having seen the article.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you aware of any decision-maker within Disney who has ever said they are not casting Johnny Depp in "Pirates" 6 or any other role because of Amber Heard's op-ed?


MELAS: Depp's former agent of 30 years said his alleged substance abuse issues contributed to his unprofessional attitude on set, including needing to wear an ear piece in order to be fed lines during filming.

TRACEY JACOBS, JOHNNY DEPP'S FORMER AGENT: Depp's star had dimmed due to getting harder to get him jobs, given the reputation that he had acquired due to his lateness and other things.

MELAS: Depp's former business manager said he became verbally aggressive when confronted with his dire financial situation.

MANDEL: At least strains in his relationship with Amber, the use of alcohol, drugs made my job more challenging.

MELAS: Depp sued Mandel's company in 2017, accusing it of mismanaging his finances. It settled in 2018.

MANDEL: The ability to coordinate and find times when he would be became more difficult.

MELAS: Actress Ellen Barkin testified how Depp was drunk most of the time during their brief sexual relationship in the '90s.

ELLEN BARKIN, ACTRESS: Mr. Depp threw a wine bottle across the room, the hotel room in one instance in Las Vegas while we were shooting "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".

MELAS: Barkin also said that he was jealous and controlling.

BARKIN: I had a scratch on my back once that got him very angry because he insisted it came from me having sex with a person who wasn't him.

MELAS: One of Depp's former friends also expressed concern about his drug and alcohol use, and testified that he had seen injuries on both Depp and Amber Heard at one point, including a bruise on Heard's upper arm.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can you tell me more specifics about that bruise, what it looked like?

BRUCE WITKIN, RECORD PRODUCER, FORMER FRIEND OF DEPP: Like I said, it just looked like she was grabbed, that's all. That's what it seemed to me -- finger marks.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And did you ever talk to Amber about that bruise?


MELAS: Depp has testified he never abused his ex-wife.

WITKIN: I've never seen them physically abuse each other, no.

MELAS (on camera): Now, one of the stand-out moments from Amber Heard's testimony came when she stated that she had not yet completed her 2016 pledge of donating her divorce settlement pledged to the ACLU and the Children's Hospital, Los Angeles.

[06:35:00] Monday begins the final week of the trial, and the jury is expected to

begin deliberating on May 27th. Back to you.


WALKER: All right, I'm joined now by CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson. Wow, that was a lot to listen to. So, we heard from multiple witnesses, right? You're talking about Johnny Depp's alleged deteriorating behavior, alleged substance abuse, his work ethic, but what also stood out to me with these witnesses talking about, you know, either seeing Depp actually hit Amber Heard or the injuries that they saw on her during the course of their relationship. What do you make of all this, and how does this impact Heard's case?

JOEY JACKSON, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Wow, indeed, a mouthful. Good morning, Amara. Listen, the bottom line and why this is relevant is for the following. Remember, just resetting, this is a defamation case. What does that mean? It means a false representation made about you verbally or in this case in writing, "Washington Post" 2018, that would impair your reputation, and thereby cause you reputational injury and damage.

And so, the scene being painted by Amber Heard's team is that she didn't cause him any damage, he caused himself damage, and what we've seen with all of this testimony from former business managers, associates, friends, are that, in the event, for example, you're constantly late, right? And appearing in your place of employment, in the event that you're unprepared, we heard about, right, him being fed-lined.

In the event that you're engaged in types of substances, your reputation itself is injured, having nothing to do with me, right? Meaning Amber Heard, and that really is the nature in terms of what I make of it, and why this testimony is so important. When you have other people -- last point to this, Amara, and that's this.

When you have these other people who are coming there, it's not your only Amber Heard's representation and credibility to that at issue, it's other people corroborating and supporting the notion that there was really, you know, just a tumultuous relationship, et cetera, and that Johnny Depp was his own worst enemy. So, that's the narrative by her team. Whether the jury accepts it, you know, remains to be seen.

WALKER: Oh, yes, it remains to be seen as you say. But when we talk about credibility, right, and reputation, let's focus on Amber Heard for a moment, because we heard there from Chloe Melas' piece there, that, you know, the court also learned Heard did not donate $7 million from that divorce settlement that she pledged to do publicly, and I know the ACLU, you know, came out to say that she did not. How significant is that?

JACKSON: So, it could be significant, and here's why? Right. And she's been testifying, and there's two different narratives. The narrative of Johnny Depp, I'm a southern gentleman, I would never hit anyone, I would never abuse anyone, it's the representations and narrative of Amber Heard, meaning, she's abused, she feels that he was of course in a relationship, emotionally traumatizing her, psychologically, physically, et cetera.

In the event, for example, you make a representation, Amber Heard that I'm going to donate something, it goes to character in the event you don't. It goes to you saying one thing and doing another. So, are you on the stand saying one thing with respect to Johnny Depp and how he was and how he appeared.

And are you really -- could we believe that? And is that something else in your character that should you be trusted, should we really take it from you? And that's why, Amber, all of the other witnesses we've seen on Amber Heard's team becomes so much more important. Because cases are about facts and evidence, and those witnesses deliver those facts.

So, to the extent that they corroborate Amber Heard's narrative, that's why they're so important, and that's why they could, right, with respect to the seven-member jury land in an important place, saying, you know what? Maybe she has credibility issues, maybe she didn't donate anything, but perhaps, we should believe her because all these other people who are in here saying a similar thing that she is.

WALKER: You know, Joey, one of Johnny Depp's attorneys has been also getting a lot of attention, especially on social media -- Camille Vasquez, and I think it's -- you know, for her series of tense exchanges with Amber Heard, and I know to the chagrin of a lot of feminists who feel like, you know, there're -- she's doing a lot to allegedly hurt the Me Too movement.

But what do you think of her strategy in terms of trying to paint Amber Heard as the aggressor? And it looks like we just lost Joey, I apologize for the technical difficulties. We'll leave it there. Joey Jackson, thank you for that conversation. Boris to you.

SANCHEZ: I hate those technical difficulties --


SANCHEZ: Amara, I should note we are closely watching the state dinner that's happening in Seoul, South Korea, right now. President Biden arriving with Yoon Seok-youl, the president of South Korea, we're going to be watching this very closely for you over the next few moments. It's a big trip to Asia for President Biden, refocusing his foreign policy on a key part of the world.


Obviously, a lot going on, though. There's another big test for former President Donald Trump after a mixed score card in this last week's primaries. We'll tell you why all eyes are on Georgia as voters head to the ballot box on Tuesday. We also have a quick reminder for you, be sure to watch "NOMAD WITH CARLTON MCCOY" tomorrow night on this episode, he's visiting the coastal city of Ghana in West Africa. Find out why Ghana could be the next art center of the world. Watch "NOMAD", Sunday at 10:00 p.m. on CNN.


SANCHEZ: We are anticipating that at any moment, President Biden is set to speak at that state dinner in Seoul, South Korea. We'll take you there as soon as he begins. But first, we're just days away from the next big test of the Donald Trump endorsement. Georgia's primaries are on Tuesday, and at the top of the GOP ticket, a big battle.

WALKER: That's right. The governor's race that pits Trump-backed David Perdue against incumbent Brian Kemp there on the right. The former president has targeted Kemp for not contesting the 2020 elections. CNN's Michael Warren is in Atlanta. Good morning to you, Michael. You know, the latest poll has Kemp leading Perdue by high double digits. I mean, that could be bad for former President Trump.

MICHAEL WARREN, CNN REPORTER: Well, that's right, Amara. And Republicans here in Georgia say that it's not a matter of whether Kemp wins the primary against David Perdue, but by how much? And whether he can beat that 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff after Tuesday's election. But despite all of that, Kemp is really not letting off the gas at all. He's been campaigning and has had some help from some current and former Republican governors.

He's had Governor Chris Christie; the former governor of New Jersey, Doug Ducey of Arizona, and in just a few hours, Kemp will be attending an event near his hometown of Athens with Pete Ricketts; the governor of Nebraska. And of course, on Monday, former Vice President Mike Pence also with former governor of Indiana will be headlining the final rally for Kemp before election day. Now, on the other side, the Perdue campaign has let their foot off the gas just a bit here in these final weeks --

SANCHEZ: Warren?

WARREN: In fact, the campaign --

JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Even more importantly, we've gotten the chance to get to know one another personally. We shared a lot of stories from our early beginnings, and I think maybe we told each other too much, I don't know. But --


BIDEN: The idea you would quote William Butler Yeats, I appreciate very much.


That wouldn't happen in London.


BIDEN: Revitalizing this alliance was one of my key foreign policy priorities when I took office last year.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE) BIDEN: Mr. President, your country's democracy shows the power to be

able to deliver for its people.


BIDEN: We're proud to say the generals with me today can say as well that our armed forces stand side-by-side, standing solidly(ph) on a peninsula for seven decades to preserve the peace and make possible that shared prosperity.


BIDEN: So I'd like to raise a glass, may the alliance between our two great nations continue to flourish through all the decades ahead, and as our combined forces say, we go together. So, here.



SANCHEZ: Let's bring back in CNN's Kaitlan Collins who is live for us in Seoul. Kaitlan, President Biden during that toast saying that, one of his top foreign policy priorities was revitalizing the alliance between South Korea and the United States. Yoon Seok-youl was inaugurated some 10 days ago or so. He won partly because he vowed to strengthen the alliance with the U.S. once more, and to challenge North Korea as well.


Talk to us about the significance of this moment, and their conversation, the rapport that both of them talking about friendship and each other in glowing terms.

KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: You know, it's such a different perspective than what you're seeing from the last administration and South Korea and in the United States because obviously, when President Moon was in office, he's the last South Korean president, and President Trump was in office, they worked diligently together to try to broker some kind of agreement with North Korea.

There was a lot of outreach, a lot of summits obviously between the two leaders. It was brokered by the president of South Korea. And now, you are seeing something very different because this new president, President Yoon ran on a much harder line against North Korea, saying he was going to take a much tougher stance against them than President Moon did, he argued.

And President Biden himself is someone who has not had the same level of outreach in contact with President -- or with Kim Jong-un that President Trump had. And he has expressed a much different approach towards North Korea than what you've seen from President Trump who thought he could get Kim Jong-un to come to the negotiating table, he thought he could get him to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. And obviously, that is not something that has happened yet. And so, it

is notable, and something that has really been a lot of emphasis on is just the South Korea and U.S. relationship that obviously took its toll during the Trump era, and that is something that President Biden has said he's working to restore.

And you're right, this new South Korean leader has only been in office for a matter of days. This is one of his first major events, welcoming the president of the United States to Asia on his first trip, hosting the state dinner tonight.

And so, the big questions will be going forward, what does it look like when they talk about their economic perspective, economic security is something that they've really focused on during this summit. And so, those are all priorities for them, of course, this will be the state dinner, this is a much more casual part of it. You're seeing President Biden there joined by his top aides.

One other thing we should note, Boris, is that while President Biden was here today, off camera, he has now signed that $40 billion aid package to Ukraine. That's the package that he had called on Congress to pass. They actually added several billion more dollars to it. And the Senate passed it after he'd already left Washington last week, and so the bill actually had to be flown here to South Korea for President Biden's signature. We are told by an official he signed it into law earlier today. Boris.

WALKER: Yes, I guess highlighting the fact that the president can deal with both issues, the war in Ukraine, and also focusing on Asia. To Paula Hancocks now, also in Seoul. You know, what I found interesting was that, you have both leaders, President Biden and President Yoon really emphasizing that they want this alliance to go beyond the security issues that are focused mostly on North Korea.

They want to strengthen the economic partnership, their technology partnership, and of course, Biden's trip started out at that Samsung semiconductor plant. Tell us more about how they plan to, I guess, expand this relationship. I guess COVID really highlighted the supply chain crisis, and how there's such a heavy reliance on China.

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, that was one of the main things that the President Biden spoke about first, when he was at the Samsung semiconductor plant, talking about the supply chains. The fact that the disruption to that supply chain really brought into focus what needed to be done. Now, of course, it was partly to do with the COVID-19 pandemic as China shut down some of its factories.

Then there was a severe shortage in America for certain of the critical elements that they needed for manufacturing. So, what they're doing with this Samsung plant, which will be built in Texas, bringing some 3,000 jobs according to the White House, they are making sure that they can control supply chains. They can make sure as President Biden said, that they have these deals with like-minded countries, that they're not dealing with autocratic countries, they're not dealing with leaders who do not share their own values. And although, he never mentioned China in that particular context, I

think we all know what he meant. So certainly, this was a very big part of this trip, and is continuing to be a very big part of the trip. But you can't ignore North Korea, we all know that. Every time you think you can, then they will come back and make sure that they inject themselves to the top of the agenda, as they have this time around as well. Boris and Amara?

WALKER: All right, Paula Hancocks and Kaitlan Collins, thanks to you both, we'll be right back.



WALKER: Tiger Woods battles back to make the cut at the PGA Championship, golf's second major of the year. .

SANCHEZ: Let's bring in Coy Wire, he's got your morning's "BLEACHER REPORT", good morning Coy.

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: And Amara. Tiger thinks that he can win this PGA Championship, but he's going to have an uphill battle if he wants to lift that one and make a trophy. Struggling in the first round, Tiger bouncing back in round 2, making the cut, firing off a 1 under par, 69 yesterday, finishing 3 over at the halfway mark. Tiger's 12 shots off the lead right now, but he says he's still in it to win it.


TIGER WOODS, GOLFER: There's a reason why if you fight hard and you're able to give yourself a chance on a weekend, you just never know, you might get hot, and hopefully that's the case. If that's the case, I can put a post, a good round, at least, move up the board, I mean, get myself within striking distance on Sunday, and I'm pretty far back. But you just never know.


WIRE: All right, here is your leader board. Will Zalatoris at the top at 9 under heading into today's round 3. Now to difference makers. The Buffalo Bills, it was the players' idea to visit the site of the deadly mass shooting this week, bringing prayers, food, and a vow to help get the city back on its feet. I played six seasons in Buffalo, and it didn't take long to figure out why it's called the city of good neighbors. The people welcome everyone like family.

It's why players from all across the country will rally for the people when they're in need. Team owners, Terry and Kim Pegula on hand. The Bills Foundation donating $200,000, the NFL matching that. I caught up with star safety Micah Hyde who considered cancelling his charity softball game last weekend, but instead used it as a vehicle to spread love, and thousands showed up.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) MICAH HYDE, SAFETY, BUFFALO BILLS: You know, it was just a devastating

situation that happened on Saturday. We kind of turned it -- you know, get some smiles on people's faces on Sunday. So, we did just that, you know, we feel like it was -- it was a successful game, a successful event that we put on. You know, obviously, before the game and after the game, you're just kind of, you know, right back to reality and understand what happened in the community.

But you know, we're able to raise over $100,000 for the victims, you know, for the community that, that happened.

WIRE: What has the city of Buffalo meant to you and your family?

HYDE: My wife and I, we were talking the other day, Buffalo just feels like -- it just feels like a thanksgiving dinner. Like you just feel warm. It just feels like, you know, you just relax, you're in your sweats, you're in your sweatshirt, and you just -- you know, it just feels like home. Other than my hometown, it's the city I've lived in the most. So, you know, just the people there, the community, and so, I'm just extremely sad to go through that.

And you know, the city is going to be mourning for a while, and, you know, like I said, we're doing everything we can through the foundation to kind of, you know, do our part and try to help out in any way possible.