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This is the news and brief from the United Nations. The preliminary results of the Democratic Republic of Congo's loan delayed. Presidential election are in with Congo's electoral commission, declaring opposition candidate Felix Sheikha Sadie as the winner of the poll. However, the outcome has been disputed by poll observers, which include the powerful Catholic church and rival presidential candidate Martin Fiala, who's reported to have a media rejected the result. In a statement UN chief Antonio Gutierrez has appealed for all parties in the country to refrain from violence and cold for them as well as the electoral commission and civil society to each live up to their responsibility in preserving stability and upholding democratic practices. Meanwhile, in Somalia, the UN has congratulated those responsible for overseeing elections in the semi autonomous region of Puntland Risa don's. And then deputy special Representative in the country said that the Somali electoral commission had organized and conducted a transparent, peaceful free and fair electoral process. Mr. Zongo, also congratulated the newly elected president of Puntland and commended the outgoing leader of the region for overseeing a peaceful transition of power. Tens of thousands of civilians in northeast Nigeria continue to flee their homes as armed conflict in the region. Worsens clashes between Nigerian government forces and armed groups in late December lettuce civilians fleeing their homes in ever-greater numbers heading to already congested camps or sites for internally displaced people in recent weeks, more than thirty thousand internally displaced people have arrived in the state capital. Mighty gory. Often after jeering arduous journeys with young children Conor Lennon, U N news.
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Will the New NAFTA Deliver?
Podcast is brought to you by knowledge award. President Trump claiming victory in a new deal, reached with candidate, revise the North American tree, fragrant tree, fray, three, see me free trade agreement. Mexico had already signed onto this new trade pact similar to NAFTA, but rebranded US MCA for United States, Mexico Canada agreement. So what does this new deal include in? What does it mean for the continuing trade disputes with China Mackel joins us on the phone. He's and adjunct professor at Fordham university and they former deputy assistant US trade Representative for North America, and also joining us is Andrea Bjorklund who is chair in international arbitration and international commercial law at McGill faculty of law in Montreal. Andrea also formerly worked on the State Department's NAFTA arbitration team in the office of the legal adviser and worked for Commissioner Thelma Ascii on the US international. Trade commission, Matt Andrey. Great, avid with us today. Thank you both. Thanks for having an thank you. Great to be here. Thank you. So looking at the agreement mad, how do you, how do you view what was actually put down on paper? What we expect to be put down on paper in the next couple of weeks. It's a large series of updates. You know, I, it's best to talk about what it isn't. It's not going to bring back manufacturing jobs from Mexico, and it's not going to eliminate or even meaningfully reduce our trade deficit with Mexico. But it's, it also doesn't include almost any of series of things that President Trump was demanding that involve actual concessions from Mexico and Canada, but what it is, what it does have is a very large number of updates improvements. Things that we've seen in other free trade agreements of the United States has negotiated and an intern into since we entered into NAFTA twenty five years ago and things that were in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that that Mexico, Canada and the United States were all part of along with nine other countries with President Trump pulled us out of. So it was a lot of catchup all getting back with Mexico and Canada. A lot of more modern free trade agreement terms that we put into the TPP agreement and that we were going to have a Mexican candidate through the TPP greement. But that President Trump gave up when he was drew from the TPP. So now we got back in NAFTA Andrew, what's been your reaction? Yeah, I agree. I agree with that. It's not a, it's not a sea change except perhaps in the area of investor dispute settlement. The chapter eleven of NAFTA which under the this new agreement would be well would be eliminated as such. There'd be a three year legacy legacy period. These are for claims brought by foreign investors against ho states. So chapter eleven, as we know it would end there would be a a remnant of that as between the United States and Mexico only so Canadian investors in the US and US investors in Canada after three or immplementation period would not be able to submit those claims. So that's a difference. What. It's been the reaction in Canada to this because part of this in the last few weeks has been the comments by prime minister Trudeau of, you know, we wanna make sure that we get a good deal for Canada. Well, I'm in Quebec, and of course the dairy industry here is not at all pleased that there work concessions made on supply management and some really quite modest in aggregate terms opening of the market to US dairy products. But I think any opening here is not viewed favourably. So at least on a on a local level, I don't think the new agreement has been welcomed. One of the key components in that part of Canada. Yes. Bad. How do you, how do you think that we need to move forward with this? Because obviously, a lot of the talker that we've had with you in the past has been, you know, what is going to change with the auto industry. You know, part of this with Mexico was the upping of of wages for people working on vehicles down there in Mexico, and also the part of of the automobile sector where the percentage of the vehicle actually needed to be made here in the United States. Yeah, the two of you just touched on the probably the only two things that are in this agreement that are are truly new, indifferent, and very interesting that are more than just updates per recent agreements. United States negotiate with other countries, but in fact, are actually updates. Our new one of them is, are the changes with that. We just heard about investor state. The US has put these investor state chapters in these investor state provision in all. Our recent free trade agreements. This is the first time we're scaling back on that and going the other direction, which I think is a bad thing. I think it's being driven by the fact that people don't understand how the investor state rules work, but I'll skip that and go go to your question and for the rules of origin. That's the other thing previously, if a car sampled in Mexico and it, we're, we're come to the United States, Canada. Duty-free would have to have had sixty two and a half percent of its content would have to come from North America meeting parts from one of the three North American countries, the value of those parts plus the value of the Mexican assembly that's been increased on paper. The increases from sixty two and a half percent to seventy five percent. In reality, it's more of an increase from sixty two and a half to seventy and the reasons because they're are have to study this a little bit more. But from what we've, we understand that there's certain content that's allowed that they're allowed to count in those numbers that they weren't allowed to count before. Right. But it isn't increase. North American content, and there's a groundbreaking rule that we've never seen before, which certain portion of the content has to come from a labor that was paid sixteen dollars an hour or more, and that's very interesting and that and that may very well have an impact on what happens with the production of vehicles down in Mexico, correct? Yeah. I mean, it will probably have a small impact on supply chain, but we're not sure how much because we're not sure what for show these vehicles or ready have labor that's sixteen dollars an hour or more to begin with these people's always had Canadian American parts whose labors is paid more than sixteen dollars an hour. And now they're allowed to account to count into this design content and the engineers who do the design for cars also get paid more than that. So we're not sure the content of cars already have is going to make up all or most of this requirement, but they might need some additional parts that are sixteen dollars an hour more. And that would mean sourcing. More parts in Mexico in the United States or Canada, or in mean raising labor rates for some of the Mexican workers. We're not sure how much they're going to have to change if at all, and we're not sure how the change is going to manifest or Mexican workers going to get paid more or they're going to buy more parts from the United States, Canada. Andhra. Yeah, I agree. I guess I just add to that. The other difference which is robotic threat is mechanize labor. And to what extent already cars are using, our manufacturers are using a mechanize labor to to do some of the kind of repetitive work that tends to be lower paid. That's probably going to increase, you know is has been increasing and is going to increase anyway. So the actual impact of this sixteen dollar an hour requirement is I agree, somewhat, somewhat uncertain. It's a selling point, but whether it really has a significant impact is I think still unclear, joined all the. The phone by MAC, old of Fordham university, Andrea Bjorklund of McGill faculty of lie in macho, Canada, eight, four, four, nine, four, two, seven, eight, six, six. Or if you'd like to comment on Twitter at is radio one, thirty, two or my Twitter account, which is at Dan looney Twenty-one, Matt. How do you think that than the farming community here in the United States? I've seen comments that that they say that they are happy with this deal. How should they be reacting because they were in the midst and probably still are in the midst of this concern because of tariffs that they were going to be losing a significant amount of their revenue, the government was going to be supporting them for the time being. How should farmers feel two inches one for agriculture. Generally the other dairy for agriculture. Generally, it's a huge cyber leaf for them. You know, I've been saying for two years and you're an Andrew two hundred times. United States not pulling out of NAFTA. The threat was a bluff. Most people weren't confident the way I was and the uncertainty of the threat of. Out of NAFTA was very, very worrisome to agriculture. US are not to mention the fact that President Trump's w to WTO illegal tariffs on Canadian Mexican steel and aluminum brought retaliation from Mexico and Canada. Some of which was on US agriculture agriculture. A little bit had lost a little bit of their markets in Mexico and Canada, and they were worried about losing more plus. They're worried about losing markets in China. So there was a lot of nervous and this is a great five relief for the US airy sector. You know, the US sector really. Cut very little in Canada loft very little. The two problems were solved. One was the tra- Filton milk problem without explaining what that is. Just simply say that it's a problem that was created in two thousand sixteen because of President Trump because of what he was saying on the campaign trail is literally a problem to Canada created so that they could then let Trump solve it two years later and declare victory on dairy. The other issue was the special Canadian tariffs on other US dairy products that are not ultra filter mil. Those have been around for decades and decades and decades, and we wanted more access to the Canadian market. A little bit of our dairy gets into Canada without having to pay those those prohibitively high tariffs. And they opened up the market to a little bit more, but they open it up to pretty much what we got into the TPP and President Trump kind of threw that away when he threw out of TV p. So again, it's catchup all with the TV Andrew. Yeah, I agree. I mean, it's hard not to say that it would have been in much more efficient simply to for the United States to state. Teepee and we would have avoided all of the Sturman drawing of the last, you know, thirteen months on renegotiating NAFTA. But after all, what would what would we talk about? Well, what about the lumber sector up up in Canada? Andrew, because that's also been a concern over the last several months. Well, that has to be counted as victory for Canada. They what Canada managed with keep what went in. NAFTA was chapter nineteen, which permits binational panel review of administrative decisions on anti-dumping countervailing duties. This was actually part of the candidate US free trade agreements brainchild of Brian Mulroney and was a way to, I guess, have legalists, legal resolution of the perennial lumber suffered lumber problem between the US and Canada town of got to keep this. It's very important for Canada, whether in practice it makes an enormous amount of differences. Perhaps. A into question, but this permits Canada have non US courts decide kind of review the decisions of American administrative agencies about imposing countervailing duties on on softwood lumber and for Canada. That's politically extremely important. Any surprise that in the process of doing all this, that we still are still have the steel tariffs in place. Great question. The field tariffs are completely illegal, but they're illegal under the World Trade Organization agreements, but NAFTA is sort of integrated with the WTO grievance. They worked together other also illegal under NAFTA as well. I mean, they violate both of green. It is really surprising. Actually, a one would have thought that Canada Mexico would not have agreed to anything unless elimination still loom terrace on Canadian and Mexican stealing aluminum what's part of the deal, but they tolerated not doing that. And I think they reach the conclusion that resolving NAFTA would would pants down the animosity and all three sides and maybe open the door to resolve seal aluminum. They might also have had a signal that President Trump would be much more flexible in that after the US midterm elections, right? Still aluminum or just. A staggering negative for the United States in every way, except for President Trump's personal politics so they might be able to to get they might have thought they were. They would be to their advantage. Just put off that issue, telephony Mitchell. Yeah, I agree. That seems entirely entirely plausible. They're certainly history of using spilled Harrison particular in a in a in a political way we had in prior to, oh gosh, that was the two thousand elections or now losing the numbers, but doesn't elections. You had tariffs imposed on steel and they were removed. They were found illegal by the WTO and removed immediately without a squawk after the elections were terminated. So I think that's entirely plausible. Bring up an inch input Indra through this is that in terms of the timeframe we, we all knew that that part of this wanting to get this deal done by President Trump now was to be a benefit politically, going into the midterm elections. It something that you know he could use as see what I got done and especially concerning of the people in middle America. The farmers. A lot of people who were who voted for President Trump in two thousand sixteen. Yeah, you know, it's hard to. I don't know politics in the US right now are hard to hard to figure out, but. The, you know, I would say that a majority of the farmers middle America were probably going to vote Republican anyway, you know, the the districts in which we're seeing perhaps a Blue Wave in which the Democrats might overtake are not in in the heartland or not largely in the heartland. So I, I'm not sure that that's going to be a huge, a huge difference. Make a huge difference in the elections. Yeah, I just grea-. I think that it was critical for one thing. President from, of course, made a lot of promises in campaign trail, but I think the promise to bring back a lost manufacturing jobs through an overhaul of NAFTA. It was probably the one promise more than any other single promise that he was elected for and he needed to show some kind of success. He's also got a lot of criticism from people like me for for his trade policy, and he wanted to show that that is, you know, bullying and noxious. The global stage actually works out in translates to America, having more leverage and trade negotiations which doesn't, but he wanted to make it look like a, did you know, failing and then declaring victory is what he did with the renegotiation of Korean US trade agreement. It's what he did with the Europeans and John club. You came over here to to shake hands and declare victory in the trade negotiations with Europe. Both those cases he got literally zero concessions, declare victory in. He got, you know, we've got a lot of changes that are mutually benefit all three countries, but the real concessions. He got very, very few though. So it is politics. It is critical for the midterms. In my opinion, there are a lot of purple states that swing back and forth to have agriculture. So yeah, I think I think it's almost all politics. What what I met. One of the things we talked about before was also ecommerce and I believe that is also something that was was dressed in this as well. Yeah, that's true. It's a classic example of things that are mutually beneficial. All three countries, you know, agreeing not to impede cross border data flows agreeing not to have hustles duties on software agreeing, you know not to have a local data storage requirements. So if you're a Canadian business, like Canadian Bank doing business in the United States, United states require you to store your data locally except when we need for national security purposes, those kinds of agreements are mutually beneficial. All three countries. It's also. The three countries agreeing to do things that none of them were doing green to not do things that none of them were doing another. None of them planned to do. But you know, these are still part of the update of NAFTA things that we see other agreements and these are these are part of the update while Android that that seemingly is something that is long overdue and and I think it's one of the things we've talked about in terms of kind of updating. A lot of things is making sure that we are in line with what we need to be because e commerce is so big right now and seemingly his only gonna get bigger in the years to come. Yep. Yeah. No, I think you know, I agree with this is an update. It's an important update and might be beneficial. I mean to US merchants who are certainly further ahead in terms of their their e retailing. But again, not a not a huge sea change, but an important in different. There was another piece to the that I saw in looking at some of the articles and I wanted to bring it up to you. Andrea is, is the fact that it also mentioned about drug companies, and one of the things it mentioned was that that drug companies in the US will get two more years of protection against generic drugs from Canada. How big of an industry is generic drugs in Canada? Right now, it's, it's really it's a really huge industry, and I think that is something you know, glad you brought that up. I think that is something of a victory for the United States and maybe a little bit surprising that Canada was willing to to give up on that or to give the the two further years of. Section which affects, I mean not just the generic industry here, but also healthcare policy, which is you know, much more centralized than it is in the United States. Well, I just to be clear those biologic drug shifts drugs and biologic, but it's important to remember the battle over the over the period of of what is sensually like a patent for biological drugs was a big battle teepee negotiations as well. It's important to remember that you don't have one country one side of this issue in another country. Other side, you don't even have polka parties opposite sides. You don't have demographics and opposite sides. Literally every person in the United States and every person in Canada, Mexico is on both sides of that issue. The the longer you you provide protection for for a new drug for a drug company, the greater incentive. They have to to invest money and research and development of new drugs. The downside of course, is that drugs remain more expensive for a longer period of time before become generic. So. Every person's on both sides that everybody wants their brand drugs go generic sooner and get cheaper faster. But everyone also wants drug companies develop new drugs that have fewer side effects better efficacy so and so forth. Every single person's on both sides that issue. And it's really not as sort of a trade battle or demographic battle or political battle in any of these countries. It's really a policy discussion about what's best overall, any concern that congress might do something to this agreement, Matt? No, no, everyone else's concerns. I'm I guess I'm a maverick more than one thing, but no, not at all. The congress is going to approve this, and there will be a very different congress starting January first. So when it comes time to approve this, we're going to see the president's neighbors no longer controlling the house of representatives. And it's at least possible. They'll no longer be controlling the Senate. They will still approve this agreement. Why? Because it's a net positive for the United States is a better more modern agreement. You could argue as I would that. President Trump managing the way that it's so much more damage than necessary. And ultimately, the damage he did is not worth the gains that we got, but the damage is behind us. It's already done. And if you just look at at the own after versus the new after there's literally no reason not to approve it, it's it's an improvement. So now the conversation turns to, it sounds like turns to China, correct? That's correct. The conversation turns to China things or much uglier for President Trump strategy with China, you know, with with with South Korea, Europe and North America, he really didn't -ccomplish hardly anything, but he was able to declare victory and end at least once things got resolved. He was no longer doing damage, but with China, my view and I've done a lot of analysis on this list of the public statements and a lot of other things, and I think China's and made it decision that they were going to wait for the next American president. So the United States in China have gone into a downward spiral down in the basement. We impose retaliatory. Tariffs on them, they retaliated against retaliation back and forth and back and forth. And now there we have retaliatory tariffs on two hundred and fifty billion dollars of Chinese because it's half of everything imported the United States, and they've got retaliatory tariffs on a hundred, ten billion of American goods in place or or about to be put in place, which is which is almost all the thing goods that were exporting their and everyone's stuck. Now, a no one has a way out. No one has an exit ramp. President Trump isn't gonna pull out because he, he won't admit that this was an incredible blunder and the Chinese understand that no American president from either side of the aisle, no Republican, American president or democrat would ever do this and would ever maintain this after coming to office other than President Trump's, they're gonna wait. They're gonna. They see him losing parter all the congress, and they're gonna wait two thousand twenty and see. See if if they can resolve this with the new president, Andrew, I think that's various student, and I think that's absolutely right. I, you know, the China does not respond to public opinion in public. Nick pressures in the way that the United States does. Even even President Trump might depending on his perceptions about what is beneficial for him and what isn't and so is completely capable of of digging in and playing the long game. And I don't think they should be underestimated. So then they address this question. I think to a lot of the consumers out there right now with all of these terrorists between the United States in China, how much of an impact or when will consumer start to see some of the impacts from these terrorist? Because I don't think they've seen him up to this point very much at all. Correct. I think the best, yeah. I think the best guesses that they're gonna start to see them possibly as early as the Christmas season. And then into the new year, there was a lot of stockpiling of merchandise in the last several months to I mean in to try to get in before the tariffs actually kicked in. So you have some inventories on hah. Hand, but that will end query whether that it re- incites another round of tariffs because the trade deficit is almost certainly going to go up for the United States because all of these these purchases, which will not make President Trump happy. And. But of course, the other thing that we see with consumer prices is that they are spread out that the damage if you will is real, but is very dispersed and it's often difficult to draw the causal link for a consumer to draw the causal link from. I don't know the terrorists to the way that the TV now costs, you know, forty or fifty dollars more than it would otherwise thoughts. I think President Trump, yeah, I agree with what Andrew just said, but I want to add that. I think President Trump is now gonna point where he realizes that is of moves when national security Taras in retaliatory towers blunders, he still loom tariff. You thought he was going to get a other countries to respond in a positive way and give us concessions instead. All they did was retaliate. Then he threatened to do automotive national security tariffs just like the feeling aluminum, but he backed off of those threats. The pretend deal with the Europeans, they, we could back off of that threat and the NAFTA deal get some face as we can back off the the, the threat of national security tariffs on automotive Canada, Mexico. He's backing off of the next step of national security tariffs, and and I think if I had to get guess that he might back off of the next round of China, we've gone three rounds retaliation against retaliation. US acting three times China acting three times and. The the next round would be another two hundred fifty tariff on hundred fifty billion dollars more of China's Chinese goods. So go from a total to fifty billion to five hundred billion, which all Chinese exports the United States. I suspect he's not gonna take that last step because at this point he now knows that he's simply not getting no response that he wanted. He's getting the exact opposite, which is exactly the response. You don't want great having you both of his. Thank you. Thank you, Andrea all the best today. Thank you. Thank you Mak old from Fordham university, Andrew Bjorklund from McGill faculty of law in Montreal. For more insight from knowledge Warton. Please visit knowledge dot Morton, dot u. Penn dot EDU.
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Trump return to white house for Kavanaugh ceremony, calls allegations "a hoax" by democrats and "people that are evil"; Standing by for Trump taking reporters' questions; New forecast: Hurricane Michael strengthening,, will bring life-threatening conditio
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Fight people that are evil. This comes even as a new CNN poll chose. The confirmation fight has sharply damaged. The public's view of capital strengthening storm just weeks after the death and destruction caused by hurricane Florence. A powerful storm is taking aim at the US Gulf Coast will other this forecast from the National Hurricane Center. That's breaking right now. Worth face inspection, Kim Jong Il just met with secretary of state, Mike Pompeo agreeing to allow international inspections of a nuclear test site. One appeared to destroy in front of reporters months ago. Is it real progress? Whereas the US getting played by North Korea's, brutal dictator. I'm wolf Blitzer. You're in the situation room. Tonight. President Trump is defending two of his most controversial appointees heaping praise on the new supreme court Justice, Brad, Kavanagh, and labeling the sexual assault allegations against him a hoax. By Democrats, at the same time, the president says he has no plans to fire deputy attorney. General rod Rosenstein despite the recent New York Times report that Rosenstein disgust invoking the twenty fifth amendment to remove the president office. I'll get reaction from democratic congressman, John candy, and our correspondents analysts have specialists. They will have full coverage of all the day's top stories. I let's go right to our chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Jim, the cavenaugh confirmation fight remains a very short topic for the president. That's right. Well, even though his supreme court pick has been confirmed by the Senate President Trump is still waging a war of words over Brad Kavanagh. Today, he labeled Democrats and other unnamed forces who oppose Kavanagh's nomination as quote evil president. Season opening in the upcoming midterm elections to use cavenaugh to fire up the conservative base. With his nominee Brett Kavanagh heading to the high court. President Trump is still delivering some low blows false charges, false accusations. Horrible statements that were totally untrue that he knew nothing about was a disgraceful situation. Brought about by people that are evil. Any toughed it out at a speech to law enforcement officials in Orlando. Mr. Trump did not make it clear whether he considered Kavanagh's accuser, Christine Blasi Ford as being evil as well. But before he left for Florida, the president signal, he could already see the battle in political terms predicting that many Democrats are suddenly going to abandon their hopes for a Blue Wave in the upcoming midterms, a man that was caught up in a hope that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats lawyers, and now they want to beat them. I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican because I have many friends that are Democrats. The main base of the Democrats have shifted so far left that will end up being Venezuela, presidents Cavanaugh playbook was on display at a rally over the weekend in Kansas. We're Mr. Trump accused Democrats using mob tactics. Pointing to the protesters shouting senators up on Capitol Hill unthinkable. In their quest for power. The radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob. The president navy forgetting. He too has repeatedly encouraged unruly behavior as a candidate like the punch him in the face. I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were the place like this, they'd be carried out at a stretcher folks. I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters. Okay. Still the anger flowing through both parties after the circus is palpable GOP Senator. Lindsey Graham's emotional defensive cavenaugh. I've never been more pissed in my life voted for soda. Marin Kagan our never done this to. Then this is character assassination, this warning power too much to the democratic outrage directed at Republican Senator. Susan Collins now says she does not believe Cavanaugh assaulted Ford. I do believe that she was the salted. I don't know by home. And I'm not certain when, but I do not believe that he was even Senate majority leader. Mitch McConnell, got testy over the weekend when he left open the possibility. He could support filling a supreme court vacancy. During the next presidential election, something he would not do when Barack Obama selected Merrick, garland in two thousand sixteen. If you can't answer that question, are you saying that it well. The answer to a question as we'll see whether there's a vacancy in two thousand twenty. The president wasn't completely focused on Kavanagh's. He invited deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein to ride on Air Force. One Rosenstein no longer appears to be on thin ice after he wants, talked secretly recording the president and even having him removed from office using the twenty fifth amendment. But we had a very good talk. I will say. Eh, became a very big story. Actually, we had a good talk. Now as for that meeting, the president had with rod Rosenstein. The White House told reporters, the two men discussed what they called general Justice department business over on Air Force One. But there weren't many other details. Besides those details obviously could be eliminating as Rosenstein is the Justice department official overseeing the rush investigation. Right now, the president says, he's not going to fire Rosenstein and as breath tavern on the new supreme court. Justice will appear with the president later on tonight at an event here in the East Room of the White House. You hear the president, perhaps just arriving here at the White House from his event earlier today on Marine One wolf. One key thing to watch later on tonight is whether or not the president after all of this hot talk the last forty eight hours whether he tries to turn down the temperature in the city wolf. It is a city where the temperature definitely needs to be turned out this evening. We'll have been turned down earlier. Let's see what happens later tonight. Jim Acosta. Thank you. Let's dig deeper right now on the fate of the deputy attorney. General rod Rosenstein, even though President Trump says they had a very good talk today aboard, air. Air Force One Rosenstein still overseas, Robert Muller's Russia investigation, which is always a very sore point for the president. Let's bring in our political correspondent. Sara Murray, Sarah. So how'd you Rosenstein go from expecting to be fired to being kept on in spite of what he reportedly said about the president, fetching awkward position at Rosenstein has been, and you know there was that the New York Times broke this story initially that rod Rosenstein had brought up the of wearing a wire that he had talked about. You know, the twenty fifth amendment process of removing the president from office. And in the wake of this Rosenstein of course, assume the president would be furious. He expected that he would be fired. And I think a couple things transpired after that. I mean, I, it became very clear that the cavenaugh confirmation process was going to be a lot Messier than the president and his allies initially expected. I also think they got a a sense the president did, you know, from watching Fox News from talking to some of his allies that he wasn't really sure that it was true. This notion that Rosenstein raise these the idea of wearing a wire, that kind of thing. Rosenstein of course, denied it. And so I. This pushed all of this into the back burner. The two were originally supposed to meet sooner that got delayed because of the cavenaugh fight. And so now they seem to be at least for now on pretty solid ground. It might be a little bit tenuous, but at least they seem to have reached agreement. The president says, he doesn't want to fire rod Rosenstein and Rosenstein seems willing to sit pretty at least for now, but he's not necessarily completely out of the woods yet. Is anyone ever completely out of the woods? So wolf when it comes the Trump administration for Stein. It's especially sticky because look this week. There are a number of House Republicans who have been very critical of him who've looked for essentially any opportunity to get rid of rod Rosenstein. He's agreed to go talk to them. You know, you can bet that he will be asked about the the notion of the twenty fifth amendment about wearing a wire. So we'll see what comes out of that. It's supposed to be behind closed doors, but you know, it's Washington things tend to leak. So that is still a big question. And I think the other big question is, what happens after the midterms, the president may not want to deal with getting rid of Jeff Sessions getting rid of rod Rosenstein right now with this election coming. But I think after the midterms, he's made it pretty clear the president that he wants to see some changes at the department of Justice that could include Jeff Sessions. It could include rod Rosenstein and that, of course, raises the big question of what happens to Robert Muller and his Russia investigation. Right now we just don't know. Low between now the election. We'll see what happens after the election are. Thank you very much. Sara Murray reporting joining us. Now, California, Democratic Representative, John Garam Mendis a member of the Armed Services Committee. Congressman, thanks for joining us. Good to be with you. Do you believe rod Rosenstein job over at the Justice department is secure. Well, what I do believe is that the president wants to stop the Muller investigation that's spent at least eighteen nineteen months in process. He's done everything. He can to try to stop it and Rosenstein is in the way. So if I were Rosenstein I'd be very concerned about what Jim Costa's just said about thin ice and the previous story about global climate change and the Arctic ice melting. It's not a good situation for gobin Rosenstein and the Muller investigation is at the heart of the matter. And the president has been very, very clear about what he wants to do about that. And that is terminated, or why do you think he's kept Rosenstein so far? He must have been furious at that New York Times report. Well, of course, but there is something just ahead of us. It's called the midterm elections, and if nothing else the president is calculating, he is a very calculated person. He's looking out there. He wants to make sure that the congress does not flip. And by the way he I'll tell you what's going on outside of the beltway outside of the beltway there is deep, deep determination really building off the million women March the day after the inaugural. We had an event here in California plan for more than a month and a half to raise money for the red to blue candidates. We expected a good turn out. We got twice the number of people, people that have never written a political check before in their life wilt political checks. They are determined men and women alike, particularly the women determined to see change and they're out to change congress. We're going to talk about the midterm is, but let's get back to Rosenstein for a moment. Ordinarily the president holding a lengthy meeting with his deputy attorney general wooden rates. Any eyebrows given Rosenstein oversight of the Russia investigation. Do you think it was appropriate for him to travel with the president today? Aboard, Air Force One. Well, these are the kind of questions that will uncowed undoubtedly come out if there's ever an open investigation of collusion or conspiracy or efforts to try to shut down an investigation. We really don't know. Do I expect Rosenstein to say what actually curtain that conversation? No, certainly not in the near term perhaps later that will come out. But right now I cannot imagine a situation which the president was not assessing how he could get rid of Rosenstein and then get rid of molar d. Do you think it's comparable at all to former President Bill Clinton's boarding, the plane of the attorney, then attorney general Loretta Lynch while his wife, Hillary Clinton was under investigation by the FBI and the Justice department. Well is there are some similarities. We know that what both the attorney general and Bill Clinton said, took place in that conversation, we can assume that they were accurate and truthful. And we could assume that the president is truthful in his comments about the discussion that he had with Rosenstein. In either case, it raises a lot of questions that have been asked certainly about Clinton and the and the attorney general at that time and swell this the questions that are now being asked by you to me, I don't know. But in both cases it was not a good thing to do. I will note that HOGAN Gidley the deputy White House, press secretary, beta point of saying, yes, they met aboard Air Force. One of the president's private cabin for about thirty minutes, but other aides were present, meaning other people were witnessing what was going on. It was just a one on one meeting between the president and the deputy attorney. General Rosenstein is, you know he's scheduled to testify. Behind closed doors later this week, what do you anticipate will emerge anything. Well, I suspect very little that will be useful going forward. The president is undoubtedly being very coy about what he intends to do. But once again, his intention has been for more than a year and a half to stop the Muller investigation. Rosenstein is a key player in that effort that he has been very persistent about. Can he terminate that investigation with Rosenstein in place? Don't know, probably not. And therefore, Rosenstein were to go either voluntarily or being dismissed fired. Would he be able to appoint somebody in that position that could then take over the control terminate or simply redirect, or slowdown and misdirect the Mola investigation don't know the answer to that, but I'm quite sure that president is thinking through. And perhaps with his sisters thinking through how he can maneuver to stop the Muller investigation. And that means Rosenstein is right there with the stop sign. What did you think of President Trump's remarks earlier today regarding the newest US supreme court Justice? Brett cavenaugh the president says Cavanaugh was caught up in a hoax. That was all setup by Democrats who want to see Don wanna see Cava impeached. Is there any truth to the accusation that Democrats including you in the house of representatives wanna start some sort of impeachment process against this newest supreme court associate Justice? Well, you said you meaning me? No, no. Your colleagues. Well, in all the discussions I've had, which have been shoveled with key people in the party, not with the democratic leadership in the house, but others, no, and impeachment does not make any sense in the near term or off into the future. Those Stein's going to be there. The chances of an impeachment ever coming to pass both in the house as well in the Senate is nil. Not going to happen. So why waste our time on that there are critical issues that we need to turn to. We know that the Republicans want to do away with the protections in the Affordable Care Act on pre existing conditions. We want to turn our attention to that. We want to turn our attention to jobs and good wages, and we want to turn our attention to the other corruption that is existing in Washington in the president's cabinet in fundraising. All of those issues are key issues that we want to turn our attention to. So if we are to take back the house, we're going to focus on things that are meaningful to the families of America and the. I can assure you that the impeachment of cabin has no meaning to the people. I've been talking to out here in California in this red purple district that I get to represent congressman. Darren, Mendy. Thanks so much for joining us. Good to be with you. Thank you up. Next we'll have more on the political aftershocks from supreme court Justice, Grete, Kavanagh's confirmation fight. Now we have breaking news, the National Hurricane Center, just updated the forecast for hurricane Michael and Warren's. It will bring life threatening conditions to the US Gulf Coast. Hey, Howard Beck, and I've got your who's Chris Mannix on Bleacher reports, the full forty eight LA's. What think differently do what they believe that playmakers around the problem is going to work because the weight of on. You're going to have known the brawn James a lot of time. He'll one time in LeBron's. I'm not exactly sure either. Forty eight is now available on Spotify and of course you can always listen, subscribe on the Bleacher report app, apple podcasts over ever you listen to podcasts. The breaking news President Trump is now back at the White House for tonight's formal swearing in ceremony for the newest supreme court Justice, bread, Cavin. He's taking questions from reporters right now. We're about to get the tape will have that for you in a couple of moments standby. He speaking about some issues president. Now, also calling the allegations that nearly derailed Kavanagh's domination hoax committed by Democrats during a speech in Florida this afternoon, the president said, cavenaugh face what he called. A disgraceful situation brought on, and I'm quoting now people that are evil get reaction from our political experts and Caitlyn Collins. Once again, we're waiting to hear from the president. He's chatting with reporters right now, but a listen to what he said earlier in the day about the the process that led to the confirmation of judge Cavill. Amanda was caught up in a hope that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats lawyers, and now they want to beach him, full charges, full accusations. Horrible statements that were totally untrue that he knew nothing about frankly terms. He probably never heard in his life. He was this. He was that it ever even heard of these terms was a disgraceful situation brought about by people that are evil, any toughed it out. Now that was earlier in the day. Now he's been speaking with reporters. Again, we'll have that tape in a moment, but the president sort of spiking in the football right now today we're seeing something we haven't seen President Trump do yet in the wake of this drama surrounding Brett Cavanaugh and that is he is completely saying that these allegations are entirely fabricated. That first he said that he, he casts doubt on them over. She said, he believed her. Then we saw him cast doubt on Christine, Blasi Ford. And now we are seeing him say, they're completely manufactured by Democrats, and that he's citing saying those House. Democrats want to impeach Calvin. Although I don't think very many people have said that publicly maybe privately. They're saying that on Capitol Hill. But as you just heard congressman Germany, say that's not what he's going to be concerned about. If democrat. It's do win back the house in the midterm elections, but that's what President Trump is focused on. And we're seeing his language change because he feels like he's one in this situation. He thinks his language, his advice to break Cavanaugh to push back into push back hard and to be forceful and not only to denies allegations, but denied him. So forcefully. He feels that he's one and we're seeing him take a victory lap, not just at the White House tonight, but clearly in his remarks as well. Get the now, here's the president. Watch this. I think it'd be very interesting. I su- most of you will be there for the official swearing in. Judge cavenaugh, and I think it'll be something very, very special. I've always been told it's the biggest thing president can do. I can understand that. So it'll be very special. We just had a very nice talk. We actually get along and really good. Yeah, I'm not doing it. So I'm not. I don't want to do anything about that that I think it. I think we'll be treated very fairly. Everybody understands it was no collusion. There's no Russia. It was all made up by the Democrats. They're the ones that colluded with Russia. The Democrats colluded with Russia, and frankly, the previous administration didn't do anything about Russia when they knew that they should have. Yeah. Get big up. Look. I said that I was going there was I'm not making any changes. You'd be the first thing. I'm not making any changes. I am concerned about it. I don't like hearing about it and hopefully that will sort itself out right now. Nobody knows anything about it, but this pretty bad stores go, I do not like it. Thank you. See you see you at seven o'clock. You'll have a Taylor swift other politics. Click jump into politics. And what did you say. The government not Mark the Blackley. You know, Marsha Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee. She's leading now substantially which you should. She's a tremendous woman. I'm sure Taylor swift has nothing or does it not anything about her? And let's say that like Taylor's music about twenty five percent less now. Okay. Like. Parts of the president stopping off on his way back to the White House to answer a few questions from reporters to says over at the White House Jin once again, making it clear, he has no intention of firing the deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein. That's right. We'll have any. I thought it was interesting. There is almost I don't want to call it a bromance between the president rod Rosenstein that might be taking things too far, but he was certainly giving them the Air Force One treatment. He was there in front of the cameras today, traveling down on Air Force, One with the president and the president, making it clear, he's not going to. He's not going to fire the deputy attorney general. He may be including wolf that he just might be better off in terms of this Russia investigation by, you know, showing Rosenstein some respect more respected. He's shown to the attorney general Jeff Sessions, and and that may be just the strategy at this point. Moving forward, the the Russia investigation has been sort of on a on a slow, burn on the back Gerner through this mid-term election cycle, and we haven't heard a whole lot of that super happy. That is that is the thinking there on the president's part now. I thought it was interesting. He weighed in on of all things Taylor swift who has come down and supportive. Phil Bredesen's democrat renting running against Marsha Blackburn and that hotly contested Senate. Is down in Tennessee. The president saying there that he thinks he likes Taylor swift about twenty five percent less just goes to the constant surreal, nature of covering the Trump presidency when he weighs in and all this. And of course we have to fact check things to some extent here, wolf. That's part of what we do here. And when the president says that the Democrats colluded with the Russians in two thousand sixteen that's obviously not true, and he's just making things up there that did not happen during the two thousand sixteen election cycle as far as anybody knows. And of course, there's ample evidence that perhaps things were happening inappropriately inside the Trump campaign with respect to the Russians. And that's what's being investigated by the rod Rosenstein supervise Russia investigation as we speak. And I was also pleased that he finally spoke out about this missing very prominent Saudi journalist who writes for the Washington Post a US resident who's gone missing out of the Saudi consulate. In this Bill Turkey, our president saying, I'd concerned about it. I do not like it. There's been a lot of criticism of the Trump. Ministration over the past few days that there's been a thunderous silence from the sun that that's right. The case of Jamal, cashew ski. If I'm pronouncing his name, Crowder show kashogi. He is an as an op Ed columnist that has apparently has appeared from time to time in the Washington Post, went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and vanished. And there are concerns and their concerns inside the Turkish government that this, this columnist this journalist was murdered. And yes, you're right. We'll for several days. There's been sort of a deafening silence over here and it has raised concerns as to whether or not this administration shows enough concern for what happens to journalists around the world. And I, it's not just this case of Jamal Khashoggi, but other journalists around the world, they, they're journalists who are putting their lives on the line just like this ban and it is it's it's very abundantly clear that we need to get to the bottom of what happened on. Certainly do. All right, Jim Acosta at the White House. Thanks. Very much David chalian. What do you think the president basically making clear, you know, the the deputy attorney, general of the United States is here to say no doubt about that for now, meaning I think rod Rosenstein is safe, perhaps until the Mueller investigation is wrapped up and then and then we'll see what happens with the replacement of Jeff Sessions and and how the line DOJ sorts itself out will. But I think what you saw there and what you can see in the president is somebody who's really excited to get this victory lap going tonight in the White House with Justice Cavanaugh. I mean, he said it's going to be this great celebration. He was eager to make sure all the reporters are going to be there to cover it. This is a real feather in his cap, and I would. I would also take a guess that perhaps Marsha Blackburn would rather have the victory with Justice Cavanaugh to energize, her Republican base troops rather than worry about the Taylor swift endorsement for Phil Bredesen's. So that to, I think, is playing into. Into the Republicans hands here right now, as we're four weeks out from this election, they were desperate for an energy boost and Kavanagh's giving them one right now, Mark Preston, harder you soon. We'll call things. One is he was trying to be cutesy with the Bredesen's comment regarding tell us with you could've said, I'm just gonna, shake it off. He could have seen. You get a laugh on down there. Good Lord come on. We have a little bit of fun in politics looking shoots a situation right now. He's in a very good mood. We saw that this morning. We've seen that right now. We don't know what mood is going to be in an hour, let alone at twenty four hours, and that is the biggest problem with his presidency right now is that we are basically at the whim of whether he's angry at you or whether he's happy with you in right now. Rod Rosenstein appears to be in good graces with him. So as Dave noted, he is still employed for now. You're heard the Sabrina. The president, say, the Democrats. They already want to start impeaching Justice, Kevin, I and you heard I haven't heard any Democrats say impeach impeach peach. Maybe they say impeach the president, but not necessarily this new supreme court Justice. In fact, Nancy Pelosi rejected the prospects of an impeach Cavanaugh campaign. She said she has her hands full with the calls to impeach Trump. And I think this is sort of like the abolished ice line with respect to immigrations and customs enforcement where the president. Publican's are talking more about Democrats suggesting that ice be abolished, and Democrats are actually calling for it to be abolished. And similar. You haven't really heard Democrats as they move past the Cavanaugh confirmation process. Talk about impeachment, but what is speaks to his the president, recognizing that this is a moment to try and galvanize his base ahead of the midterms. This was certainly an issue that energize voters on both sides of the island. I think the question is whether or not the fact that Cavanaugh was confirmed sorta neutralizes some of the momentum on the Republican side because from their point of view voters, the fight may well be over. So I think the president wants to try and at least prolong this line of attack on Democrats. And that's why you saw him really go more forcefully. As Caitlyn said for the first time releasing that he's allegations aren't simply false in his view that the entire controversy was a hoax to be energized. Right now, a lot of Republicans, certainly you cover the White House officials over the White House not only because of the confirmation of the new supreme court Justice, but the incredibly good economic numbers, three point, seven percent unemployment in September the Lois. Almost fifty years, a new US, Mexico, Canada, trade agreement, just signed all that very significant. And all of those big things going on a lot of people inside the White House saying that last week was one of their best weeks that they've been here that is really extrordinary given the circumstances that were unfolding last week with Brad Kavanagh and the New York Times report about the president's finances. But those other things did happen. The US Mexico US CA trade deal this with the job numbers as well. But the question is, how does the president maintain this energy boost for the next month? Can he hold onto that because this administration can change in twenty four hours or less? So can he hold onto something like that and that energy for the next four weeks? That's what we're going to see because the president is making several campaign stops any. We have seen him since his cavenaugh stuff started unfolding start to focus more on the midterms at these rallies in less just on his greatest hits. He really does try to plug the candidate and the midterms by saying, he's the one on the ballot. He's got four stops this week, so he's starting in Iowa tomorrow. It's ending in Kentucky. Saturday, he's got a lot coming up on his plate and he is going to make bread cavenaugh front and center. At those rally, I was gonna say they say four weeks is a lifetime in politics, but with early voting coming up, four weeks is going to move very quickly and some very big critical states this week are beginning their early voting. Some states began in the previous couple of weeks we'll. But when we're talking about the boost that Republicans Republicans are getting just wanted to emphasize. Also, the Democratic Party has been so supercharged this election cycle, we've seen it in their primary turnout numbers. We've seen it in these special elections Democrats are ready to walk on broken glass to get to the voting booth and cast a vote against the president. Every Republican strategist in this town has been concerned for the last year about Republican complacency, so they've got a boost what we don't know ease is that really going to be enough to last them all the way through. And it is doing nothing to diminish that democratic enthusiasm, which is super charged. So I. I don't think all of a sudden the midterm election landscape has been completely upended, but I think Republicans got a much needed jolt of energy that they were lacking. They certainly needed it right now because the polls, at least over the past several weeks, we're showing the Democrats were in a good position, a very good position to take the majority in the house. And we talked to strategists the former all the time, and there was this big cya relief that came out of out of the Republican strategists mouth when they realized that Brad Kavanagh is going to get through that Donald Trump wasn't going to scuttle the nomination caused more problems within his party. But again, I go back to the problem with Donald Trump is that he's being a good guy today, but you want to go back to Saturday night and he had some really strong things to say including could argue, racist comments about Massachusetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren in discussing high cheekbones in her being native American. So you know, he's okay today. Let's see where he is tomorrow. And one idea also is that the president hasn't fired rod Rosenstein to go back to him because he didn't want to create even more. Out of the midterms because they felt that can really affect Republicans even more than they believe they're going to be affected. And it was really interesting to hear. President Trump said there. It is stunning that these two men flew on Air Force. One today and President Trump gets off the plane, and he says they had a great talk. A nice talk today have a good relationship. Two weeks ago, rod Rosenstein offered his resignation to the chief of staff John Kelly because he thought he was going to be fired because that report that he had privately discussed recording the president and forcibly removing him from office two weeks later here we are President Trump hinting at the end of the Russia investigation. They're saying, I think we're going to be treated fairly. This is a president who's railed against rod Rosenstein. His family tweeted about him and said to the Russia investigation is a witch hunt. And right there was a very different tone from President Trump. He invited the deputy attorney general to fly down for this, this this speech that he was delivering in Orlando, Florida. Everybody stick around. There's a lot more news coming up North Korea's, Kim. Jon moon, grease let inspectors into a nuclear weapon site, but allegedly was destroyed months ago. Is it really progress toward denuclearization and we'll have the latest forecast on the rapidly strengthening hurricane. It's hurricane, Michael. It's headed for the eastern Gulf Coast. I'm Eddie cats and UCLA. Chris Wilkes is on March Vannes three sixty five. Hopefully though some of those fans, everybody coming out the Suva Brian come check out some UCLA games right out today to see to see the up and coming subtracted March madness three sixty five now at apple podcasts and spot upon. Breaking news, National Hurricane Center has just issued an updated forecast for a very dangerous new storm that has now threatening the US Gulf Coast. Let's go to our meteorologist Jennifer, gray. So Jennifer, where is the hurricane hurricane Michael heading? Well, it's headed straight for the Florida panhandle of right now, and it has strengthened with that five o'clock advisory now with winds of eighty miles per hour. Gust of one hundred miles per hour. Now, the hurricane force winds extend about thirty miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds extend about one hundred seventy five miles from the center right now interacting with the western side of Cuba. But once it gets into that warm, Gulf water in the next six to twelve hours, it's really going to be a favorable environment to intensify, and it's going to intensify rapidly by this time tomorrow evening. This could be a major storm category three and expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon, possibly around one pm around the Florida panhandle as a major. Storm before racing off to the north and east. So with the current wind projections, we could get more than one hundred mile per hour winds right around the Panama City area. Of course, there's still time for this to jog a little bit to the east or west, but this is going to bring quite a bit of win to the area. This isn't going to be a fast mover very different from Florence that just sat over the Carolinas. This one's going to move very quickly. So the flooding threat isn't going to be as big as it wasn't Florence, but the difference is going to be the wind. The wind threat is going to be huge with this one. We already have rain across Cuba. Also the Florida Keys, west coast of Florida. The models are agreeing for the most part right now. This is going to make landfall just in the west side of Panama City. So the dirty side, the most intent side of that storm is going to be from, say, Panama City through Appalachia cola and the big bend to Florida. That's where most of the storm surge is going to be as well. We now have hurricane warnings in place from Saint Pensacola all the way through cedar. Key, an eight to twelve feet of storm surge possible across the big bend that includes Appalachia, coal, all the way down to cedar key. We could see a twelve feet of water, push inland wolf. This is going to be huge for Florida. Again, a very fast mover, but it is going to pack a very powerful punch with major hurricane force winds while let's you would have after it hits the Gulf Coast as well. Jennifer gray. Thank you very much. We'll stay in close touch. Also tonight rolling four weeks away from the midterm elections. That means the twenty twenty presidential election is close enough for potential democratic candidates, like Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey to be testing the political waters in Ireland in as Rebecca Berg is devoid for us right now. So how's the Senator being received Rebecca. We'll get evening wolf, very enthusiastic reception so far for Senator Cory Booker. He says he is here in Iowa to support democratic candidates to get out the vote ahead of the midterm elections, but he has been doing all of the things you need to do to lay the groundwork here to run for president, potentially. He's thinking about it on Saturday evening. He spoke to a big fundraiser for Democrats here with roughly a thousand activists and Democratic Party donors, very influential Democrats there. And today he's been out on the campaign trail for democratic candidates, including for JD Scholten. The congressional candidate in I was fourth district running against Steve king. They're Cory Booker really revved up the crowd. It was a crowd of farmers packed to the rafters to see him. And when he mentioned running for president, they were extremely enthusiastic. He got a standing ovation at that event. An earlier today, we were on an RV with Booker and Scholten driving to that event. We ask Cory Booker about this trip. Out being in Iowa, and I want you to listen to what he had to say. Energi the site help support. Ever ride in winnebago. Cartridge. Country again and help my family start the poverty class decided any back here in Iowa land of my grandmother and down. So playing up his family connections to clearly laying the groundwork. As I said to potentially run for president, he told us that he doesn't plan to sit down and make a decision until after the midterm elections until after November for now, he says he is focused on getting out the vote and getting up democratic energy for that big election day. We'll credit presidential hopefuls WHYY New Hampshire, South Carolina, right after the midterm elections, Rebecca. Thank you very much. Coming up the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo. He's on his way home right now from North Korea and his latest meeting with Kim. Jon did his trip convinced with North Korean dictator to move quickly on getting rid of nuclear weapons. It is football season and the SIMS left go podcast with me. Adam love go and me, Chris. Have your NFL needs covered. We've got guests. We got Phil breakdowns picks and predictions. We've got you covered and for college football fence, then you need to check fell on that note from stick to football and heath Mello Colorado's cover the draft, the Heisman race and the road to the championship every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And if your fantasy team needs help, that's where I come in. I'm Matt camp, host the fantasy camp, all get your lineup duck and into the win column. So subscribed to Simpson left combs stick to football and fantasy camp today. Secretaries. They'd Mike Pompeo. He's now on his way home after what appears to be a successful visit to North Korea. Unlike his last visit, their pump heya was able this time to get together with North Korean leader. Kim Jong Hoon c. n. n.'s Brian Todd has been following the secretaries progress worse. Brian seems to be pretty satisfied with this visit right? Wolf. Mike Pompeo as always couching his visit with Kim Jong Hoon in very positive terms. But tonight there are some serious questions being raised, especially about Kim's promise to let inspectors look at a key nuclear test site. President Trump's top diplomat fresh off a critical meeting with Kim Jong UN in Pyongyang. North Korea is expressing characteristic optimism about the US's relationship with the brutal dictator. This is I think a good outcome. Mike Pompeo says, Kim Jong Hoon is ready to allow international inspectors to look at what once was a key nuclear testing site. Peng re. This is where Kim's regime conducted at least six nuclear bomb tests including its most powerful blast in September of last year, a test of a hydrogen bomb, many times stronger than the one the US dropped on hero Shema. But in may of this year, the North Koreans put on a show for journalists. Appearing to destroy at least three tunnels at pong. Three days later, US intelligence officials told CNN that's all it appeared to be a show intelligence and arms control officials said those blasts may have been too small to really collapse any tunnels. That portions of the tunnel complex could have remained usable. No weapons inspectors were allowed there at the time to witness the event. Now months later analysts wonder why the reclusive dictator, who has never allowed inspectors into his country since taking control from his father would suddenly change course, they could have other tests sites prepared. The important thing to remember is that this is not one of the core facilities that produced North Korean fissile material, the missiles that deliver nuclear weapons Pompeo says, he's also hopeful that Kim will also allow inspectors to look at a missile engine test site. But analysts say, there's a lot that the regime is still hiding. North Korea has succeeded in resisting administration attempts to dismantle. The facilities that produce fissile materials for or the missiles to deliver nuclear warheads. So so far, this is a relatively cosmetic step still Pompeo emerging from his fourth trip to Pyongyang, says a second summit between President Trump and Kim is quote pretty close tonight. Veteran Korea-watchers are torn. Some believe continuing the dialogue between two men who say they've developed a personal friendship is positive, and we fell in love others, say, Kim Jong. Hoon got a lot and didn't give up much at the last summit in Singapore. Granted, Kim Jong on a lot of legitimacy in the international community. I mean, people saw him taking fees with the prime minister of Singapore, walking around a long marina bay sands. It has the effect of sanitizing image in a way that he he's not deserving of. Tonight. What analysts are also worried about is that Kim Jong Hoon is going to keep up this pattern of dodging weaving meeting with President Trump and having dialogue, but never really offering a verifiable inventory of the nuclear weapons that he has or the phil- material that he's producing. And they think he may keep this up indefinitely now that President Trump and his team have taken away any hard timelines for Kim to really denuclearize wolf as you've reported. He may have as many as sixty nuclear warheads right now, we've got another indications that Kim's regime Brian could have been hiding something even when they blew up part of that nuclear testing facility back in May's that, right. That's right now before the regime blew up those tunnels at Peng gay that we showed in that piece that was back in may according to US officials who spoke to CNN the North Koreans actually removed some technical equipment from the tunnel complex. That was a sign. The North Koreans were preserving some equipment for future use. We can get ready for more, you know, dodge and weave games like that in the months ahead. All right, Brian. Thank you, Brian, Todd reporting, coming up. That's President. Trump prepares to welcome Justice Brett Cavanaugh to the White House tonight. He still lashing out over the bruising confirmation fight. But the president also appears to have mended fences with rod Rosenstein is the deputy attorney general's job really say.
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