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only thing that matters are votes, fundraising. there is something else that matters in politics and that is giving people hope that america can be a better place. that matters, too. the message matters very, very much to people. many of whom have lost hope and when they leave our town halls saying thank you for what you have done for me and what you have had to say today for our children. that's extremely valuable in the united states of america, i believe. >> there you go. perfect way to end our show. that's it for "new day." we appreciate you being on. >> always good to be with you. >> thanks for watching. time for newsroom. >> thanks. have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now. >> it is wonderful to be here. >> history in havana.
president obama promising change before sitting down with raul castro. the outsider meets with insiders, donald trump hours away from trying to make nice with top republicans. what about the protesters. >> does this man sucker punched at a trump rally buy it? i will ask him. a hunt for a new terror suspect in connection with the paris terrorist attacks. where is this man? good morning on carol costello. history is made but the past is not easily ignored. president obama faces a busy morning in cuba as he works to bridge the cold war.
dozens arrested under scoring the vow. they will meet in a couple hours. president obama on abc this morning says it's the first step in a long journey. >> our intention has always been to get a ball rolling knowing that change wasn't going to happen overnight. what we have already seen is the reopening of the embassy and although we still have significant differences around human rights and individual liberties inside of cuba we felt that coming now would maximize our ability to prompt more change. >> i want to bring in senior white house correspondent jim acosta traveling with the president. he is live in havana. hi, jim. >> good morning. president obama has a diplomatic dance to pull off over the next couple of days. he is going to meet with cuban
president raul castro after he lays a wreath at the memorial. the big question today is this. does president raul castro take questions from the american press when he meets with president obama later today. they will make statements. cuban state tv is carrying much of the president's visit live. does cuban president raul castro take questions from the u.s. press? it's all part of what president obama is trying to accomplish here. he is bringing u.s. businesses here. he has major ceos with him, president of marriott, pay pal and so on. he is trying to bring in u.s. businesses to show the cubans this is what you can get. all of these american dollars are going to come in. and at the same time the castro government here is being tested.
will they expand human rights? will they expand freedoms of speech. president obama will be pushing issues not only with president castro directly but in an address to the cuban people tomorrow. a lot of words to parse here on the ground here in cuba. we'll start to do that later on this morning. >> reporting live from havana this morning. hours from now cnn goes one-on-one with the final five presidential hopefuls. and just hours from now donald trump will try to make his case to a powerful pro israel lobbying group. not before mr. trump meets with nearly two dozen republicans in washington, d.c. those gop-ers may have extra company.
an anti-trump superpac will send a tracker to stake out the meeting to get video of who is coming and going to potentially use the pictures against attendees at some point in the future. a lot of political intrigue. dana bash joins us by phone. what will donald trump be saying later today? >> this will be a moment making a policy speech to come off and potentially rise above campaign trail rhetoric. we expect him to try to californiai clarify comments. this is something opponents on the trail have been hitting him on and we expect to see senator cruz to really hammer down on this issue and bring that to the
forefront of this speech. certainly trump's speech is not without controversy. we know a group of rabbis will protest this speech. many say they anticipate to walk out. this will be interesting moment. >> he will talk to a group of republican insiders that include lawmakers and political operatives. nobody knows who will attend but some others want to know because they want to use the information against those attendees and donald trump. dana bash has the skinny on that. tell us more. >> reporter: good morning. just when you thought that it was possible for the republican party to think long term about coming together forget about it.
this is a tactic that campaigns usually use and parties usually use against opposing parties meaning you send a young person with a phone at this point or a camera to try to trip up an opposing politician on the campaign trail or what have you and then hold on to the video to use at a later date. this is being done by republican groups, people who simply do not want donald trump to be their nominee. they are going to send somebody to this event that is happening this afternoon. donald trump is going to meet with some washington insiders and members of congress. it is particularly for the members of congress they will try to nail and hold on to the video to use at a later date. i was talking to a source who said remember there are a lot of money people, people who have
very deep pockets who are into this anti-trump movement who might be so angry that they might use their money to try to fund a primary opponent on some of these republican lawmakers. it is really -- it is a typical political war going on and it shows absolutely no sign of healing within the republican party right now. >> i'm not sure it's so typical. the irony here is trump is meeting with washington insiders to bring the republican party together when he may be tearing the republican party apart even further. >> yes. certainly he started to talk more and more about getting people together. he has to try if he wants to be the nominee, if he wants to be the head of the republican party which is what he would be if he
is the republican nominee. it is not going to be easy and this is case in point of that and the fact that they are going to stake him out. you have eric erickson, an influential conservative tearing apart any conservative who would dare to meet with trump. basically for anybody who supports donald trump, who is going to meet with donald trump they have basically a political bounty on their head from these very well funded anti-trump forces. >> interesting. i want to bring in cnn's breanna keilar inside the verizon center. not only will donald trump speak there but democrats will speak, too. hillary clinton in particular but not bernie sanders.
why? >> bernie sanders is out west campaigning and he is not going to be coming back to the east coast clearly prioritizing campaigning on the west coast. it is interesting. he is the only jewish candidate in the race but today he will be giving a foreign policy speech in utah. i want to tell you something, one of the leaders came out and spoke to the crowd and said the group invited candidates that they don't necessarily agree with on substance or tone. he implored the audience not really to make any sort of signs of disapproval. he said if you like what you hear, clap. if you don't, don't clap. clearly there will be a mixed response when donald trump is here. we are expecting hillary clinton to be speaking this hour. and we are learning some very
significant information about what she is going to say. we expect it is going to be a bit of a prebuttal of donald trump and she is going to make the case that the next commander in chief must have a steady hand and very pointed words for donald trump. one campaign official telling us she will say that the u.s. must never be neutral when it comes to the conflict or consider the relationship negotiable. this is a direct response to comments donald trump made in february where he said he would like to remain neutral in the conflict later clarifying saying he could remain somewhat neutral so he can negotiate a deal. i think this is going to be comments certainly from hillary clinton that you want to listen to as she tries to make a case that donald trump is unfit on substance and on tone on this issue. >> interesting. i want to go back to what you said about donald trump's speech and how the audience is expected
to react. i talk to a rabbi who will walk out in protest. i think they will make a ruckus. he was very passionate why. he said it is because of donald trump's hate speech, those were his words. >> reporter: and this is something that certainly when you heard what donald trump said back in february where he said he would like to make a deal and so he is going to try to remain neutral so that he can negotiate. that is not something that certainly the crowd who is here for this conference agrees with. they are opposed to it and that is part of the reason why you heard a leader come out at the beginning of this and saying we don't need this to be disrupted and trying to say that will look badly when it comes to the folks here watching. we are going to see if they heed his warning, if it is just a silent walkout or if it is
something raucous. >> reporting live from the conference. by the way, we expect hillary clinton to begin her speech in 25 to 30 minutes. donald trump won't speak until later this afternoon. donald trump reaches out to republicans to try to unify but there are signs this morning it ain't working. we'll talk about that next. oh, look... ...another anti-wrinkle cream in no hurry to make anything happen. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair works... ...in one week. with the... fastest retinol formula available. it's clinically proven to work on fine lines and... ...even deep wrinkles. "one week? that definitely works!" rapid wrinkle repair. and for dark spots, rapid tone repair.
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in a few hours donald trump will try to make nice with a group of sitting republican lawmakers. we know nearly two dozen will sit down with mr. trump later this afternoon. i wish i could give you a list of names. senators tom caught skpn jeff sessions. sessions has endorsed trump. cotton has not. trump hopes the meeting will repair relations with establishment republicans and perhaps pave the way to a more
peaceful republican convention. an anti-trump gop group will try to infiltrate this meaning to take names. with me associate editor for the hill. angela rye and tara set mire, a former republican communications director on capitol hill. welcome to all of you. >> thank you. >> this is like heavy duty intrigue. a source telling cnn's dana bash that this anti-trump superpac group will send a tracker in the hopes of getting rid to potentially use that video against those attendees at some point in the future. how does that bode for a gop reconciliation? >> that doesn't sound very great. it doesn't sound like it is something smooth sailing. i was just in washington for a couple of days.
i was back on the hill and talking to some of my folks and people are really perplexed about donald trump and what he would mean for the republican party and what it would mean for our general election prospects. folks in washington are unhappy with the direction things are going in, very concerned about the rhetoric coming out of his mouth. so i can understand why trump's folks would start to reach out to some establishment people. if he has hope of unifying he has demonstrated nothing up to this point to indicate that he can tone this down and act presidential. if there is any hope of that he will have to get people who know how things work in his corner to try to guide him, get him, advise him on how to tone this down and get people to believe what he is going to do. i'm skeptical of that and i think this is just another game that he has to make it look like
he is cooperating. >> donald trump is getting nervous? >> well, i don't know that he gets nervous. i think people have told him if you want to come around and unify like he said a few times in his victory press conferences after elections recently, if you want to convince republicans that you will be unifying force you have to act like it. so people are advising him of this. i think he is doing it because people are say tg is the right thing to do. what the people who are going there today and people have not -- members don't want to admit that they are going -- but they are not there to tell donald trump how to be presidential or how to prepare for the serious national security threats that we face and he would face as commander in chief. they want to hear what is his plan to get to a convention to
be the nominee and unite the party. it will be an interesting meeting because it is really his move and they are not seeing a candidate who is taking this sort of nominee to be role seriously enough. they are worried that he is not changing his rhetoric about what is happening at the rallies. he has said he doesn't condone violence but what is happening with his campaign manager and security detail in the crowds is happening and obviously makes them very nervous not to mention everything he has done to isolate different groups, muslims, mexicans, women. i think the onus is on him to show a different donald trump. >> maybe he will show a different donald trump before the powerful group of jewish lobbiests. and what is interesting about that is according to politico
mr. trump will use prepared remarks. he won't talk off the cuff as he usually does. i don't know if he will use a teleprompter but he will have a piece of paper and a script and supposedly he will stick to that. what do you make of that? >> they are trying to demonstrate the importance of being disciplined and on message. donald trump has demonstrated he can't stay on one message. i think that they want to ensure that he does not use the wrong buzz phrase with his comments today. it is a very powerful pro-israel lobby and being anything but relatively sound and clear on your support of israel won't get you very far. i think it is very important that he is on message. i would be interested to see if he would be disciplined enough to do that.
this is the same guy who said i don't need foreign policy advisers. i have a brain. it is interesting to see what he does. >> his son, donald jr., gave an interview saying there really are two mr. trumps and that we will see a different mr. trump going forward and that mr. trump will be more presidential. >> how many times have we heard this? we heard ben carson say that and his son say that. he is quite measured when he is off camera. that should bother people. will the real donald trump please stand up? he is a character and has been playing one for 20, 30 years on television. we don't need a reality show character in the white house which is what conservatives like me and many other americans are very concerned about and object to. this is about the presidency of the united states cht this isn't scandal. so the fact that he is going
into this very powerful group, foreign policy is not his forte. he is all over the place which is really the main role of the president of the united states. if he is going to give a decent speech and try to demonstrate half of what is going on here. >> i have to leave it there. thanks to all of you. be sure to watch tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern as five remaining candidates sit down for interviews only on cnn. still to come sucker punched at a trump event. trump says this protester shares the blame. what is the protester's message for mr. trump? i'll ask him next. (vo) when i first took jake home
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i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. in just a little bit democratic front runner hillary clinton will take this stage for the 2016 apac conference. we are monitoring this event and will bring you the latest. donald trump will speak at apac later this afternoon. dozens of rabbis vowed to walk out to protest what they call trump's hate speech. they are not alone in protesting. brian sanders suffered a bruised jaw and bruised rib cage after a trump supporter landed a series of blows over the weekend. he is wearing the american flag shirt and being escorted out by security. you see his alleged attacker, tony petway, throw brutal punches to sanders jaw and begins kicking him in the ribs.
petway appears to be stomping on sanders eventually. you will see it in just a minute. this is in slow motion. petway is charged with assault. the attack on sanders was the culmination of a very tense day filled with protests against mr. trump. he joins me now live. welcome. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm good. >> how are you doing, though? >> the media circus has been intense. the physical pain has been kind of annoying consistently but other than that i'm just here to talk to you about what i see as donald trump's attempts to divide us. >> if security had not pulled off your attacker what coo you
think would have happened? >> probably not for me to speculate. i think anyone can see that the level of violence that occurred that day could have gotten much worse real quickly. if you look at the video and obviously there is four or five versions of the video out there, they all show the same thing. they show me walking up the stairs being escorted by donald trump security. i'm holding my protest sign in my right hand. in my left hand i am holding a peace sign. when i get up to the top of the stairs i look to my left, someone from the right steps forward a couple of paces real quick, grabs the sign and then sucker punches me with his left hand and then everything kind of devolved from there. i will note that it could have gotten really ugly only because it is a vertical stairway and it
is dangerous by its nature. there is metal and concrete everywhere and people. it is extremely volatile moment. >> and did anybody in the trump rally that wasn't security try to get this guy off you? >> you know, when something like this happens the adrenaline rush that kicks in makes it really difficult to comprehend what is going on around you. when i did look up after he stopped pommelling me i did notice that there was a guy that kind of stepped in. i think on the video you can see that this guy steps in and is trying to sort the situation out because there was only the one security guard dealing with me and all of the people around me. after it all got kind of settled down that is when the tucson
police department rushed in and actually put the man in handcuffs and really controlled the situation. i want to tip my hat and thank them for their professionalism. >> donald trump is blaming p protestors. was it a confederate flag with donald trump's face on it? >> yes. the sign had donald trump's face. it had the infamous confederate flag superimposed on donald trump's face. and it had the words "bad for america". i was at the rally to protest what i see as donald trump's use of violent rhetoric looking to divide us on ethnic, religious
and social lines. i think donald trump is trying to create a million little americas, all of us fighting each other. i don't want that. i like america as one big crazy melting pot place. >> mr. trump said because you were displaying the confederate flag that you guys insighted this african-american gentleman to attack you. >> i have absolutely nothing against the gentleman that attacked me. i don't personally hold him responsible for the level of violent rhetoric that donald trump and his campaign manager have created at their events. i do think that it's completely unacceptable to respond to peaceful first amendment protests with intense violent
attacks. i also disagree completely with the notion that somehow there is an incitement level when the simple fact is that everyone who protested at that rally did so of their own accord. many people made their way to protest because they were upset at what they see as donald trump trying to divide this country into a million tiny little pieces all fighting each other. >> why not hold your protest outside? why take it inside the rally when you know there could be trouble? >> well, i do reject the premise of that question. i did protest outside along with a lot of other people. i came into the rally so that i can see the atmosphere and i can see what was actually going on inside, what was being said, what was being done, how were
other protestors going to be treated? and the simple fact is that a first amendment protected peaceful protest cannot be met with the level of violence that happened to me at donald trump's rally. >> thanks for sharing your story. i appreciate it. >> thank you. have a great day. with me now former secret service agent. so you heard what he said. >> how are you? >> i'm good. i want to talk to you about security at these events. donald trump blames these protesters in part for creating an atmosphere where violence can occur. what do you say? >> i think we have to separate this into two separate maybe parallel but never intersecting lines of debate. one being donald trump's political rhetoric, political
ideology. i have supported ted cruz. i'm not a donald trump supporter. i disagree with a lot of the words he has chosen to use. the atmosphere at his events, i thought you asked very fair questions. you have the right to protest. that is clear. you have the freedom of assembly. you don't have the right to do -- and i think what the prior guest wasn't understanding -- these are private events. the trump campaign pays to rent these arenas like the sanders campaign and clinton campaign does. you don't have the right to disrupt a private event. i don't get why they don't understand that. you should go outside, hold up your sign and scream and yell as loud as you want and everyone's interest is in protecting that. i'm not sanctioning the violence
against this man. that was disgusting. >> let me run this by you. it is nothing new to have protesters inside anyone's political rally. i have seen it at democrats rallies and inside the supreme court and inside the halls of congress. it is sort of an american thing to do. why all of a sudden isn't it? >> well, it's not an american thing to do to disrupt free speech. >> it is, too. have you ever heard of code pink? >> the point i'm trying to make here is this naut not a left right phenomenon. protesting is an american thing. disrupting events and looking to stop free speech of a candidate is exclusively a far left
phenomenon. tell me one event on the far right where they attempted to storm the stage. you can't because it hasn't happened. in 12 years in the secret service i have never seen it one time. this is exclusively a far left phenomenon and your audience knows it. >> so as a security person, as a person who provides security, what is the answer? do you check everyone for secret signs coming into the rallies and try to keep them out? do you arrest all the protesters with any signs from the get go and -- what do you do? >> that's a good question. as a secret service agent we were told over and over again and made this abundantly clear it is never the secret service's role as united states law enforcement entity to stop legal protesting. the only time the secret service in their security role will ever
get involved is if protesters make movements towards the stage or if those protests involve threats or if they say we are going to punch donald trump in the face. protests within the crowd are handled by the staff and local law enforcement because remember these are private events. it would be like someone protesting in your house. you can call the cops and have them thrown out. that is why you are seeing local law enforcement getting involved and not the secret service. we don't stop protests. that is not what they do. >> mr. trump is going to provide increased security at events in the future to try to stop this kind of thing from happening again. thank you for your insight. i appreciate it. >> very welcome. still to come president obama is in cuba making history and angering critics.
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just minutes from now president obama begins the first full day of his historic trip to cuba. he will face more recent history as he meets with president raul castro and tries to bridge the divide, a half century of cold war hostilities. cnn presidential historian and mike gonzalez, also a native cuban. welcome to both of you. douglas, the next hour the president will sit down with raul castro but not his brother. tell us the historic significance of this. >> it's very important historically. we had a cold war with cuba. john f. kennedy was thinking of going right before he was shot, to cuba.
nobody has gotten better press than calvin coolidge because he went there in 1928. he famously shook raul castro's hand at nelson mandela's funeral. they talked on the phone a lot. it is a calibrated friendship. the president has to do a diplomatic dance not meeting fidell castro. he doesn't come off looking like a patsy to the cuban regime on this journey. >> interesting. and i say interesting because fidell castro released a picture with venezuela's president. what is he trying to say? >> all the signals have been very clear. first of all, yesterday about 60
dissidents were beaten up, taken away to prison. i talked to one of them today kept in prison for eight hours. he was beaten up. his wife was beaten up. we don't care what you do, we don't care if you arrive here. we will continue to repress the population. only minor functionaries to receive the obama family. that was a direct snub. let's not forget the third castro. what is happening right now on the island is the transfer of power from raul to his son who is in charge of military security, military intelligence. what president obama is doing, he is helping the family perpetuate its rule over the island. >> and there are a lot of human rights abuses taking place. douglas, i want you to listen to
this. allen gross who spent five years in a cuban jail. he is in favor of the president's trip. keep in mind he was threatened with torture, lost 100 pounds and lost his mother while in captivity. here is what he had to say. >> our congress really needs to grow a pair and decide to get out of the way. the embargo can only be lifted by congress. congress is going to need to step up to the plate. president obama is showing he is a leader, that he is courageous. and i take my hat off to him, i really do. >> i don't think a lot of people realize that congress has to vote to lift the embargo. what do you make of what he is trying to say? >> well, there is change in the air. i write a lot about the early cold war period. europeans forced to allow
germany into nato. look at richard nixon in 1972 to china. had many critics. capitalism, some form of it is now in china. bill clinton had to normalize relations with vietnam and many people were not happy about that. the point is that president obama is trying to embrace a ju younger generation of cubans. i don't think this is about cozying up with the castro regime. president obama brought ceos with it too soon
should we be waiting? is it premature? this is the move president obama wants to move. it's classic obama diplomacy. >> i have to leave it there. thank you to both of you. still to come as belgian officials say the paptured paris suspect, he may have been planning new attacks. if your family outing is magical for all the wrong reasons. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin®. because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. try zyrtec®. muddle no more®.
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and good morning. i'm carol costello. i want to take you directly to the apek conference, a powerful jewish lobbying group. you see hillary clinton addressing the crowd. she's talking about israeli security. let's listen. >> all of you understand what's at stake in this election. our next president will walk in to the oval office next january
and immediately face a world of both perils we must meet with strength and skill and opportunities we must seize and build on. the next president will sit down at that desk and start making decisions that will affect both the lives and livelihoods of every american and the security of our friends around the world. so we have to get this right. as apec members you understand that while the turmoil to the middle east presents challenge a and complexity, walking away is not an option. candidates for president who think the united states can outsource middle east security
to dictators or that america no longer has vital national interests at stake in this region are dangerously wrong. it would be a serious mistake for the united states to abandon our responsibilities or seed the mantle of leadership for global peace and security to anyone else. [ applause ] as we gather here, three evolving threats, iran's continued aggression, a rising tide of extremism across a wide arc of instability, and the growing effort to delegitimize israel on the world stage are
making the alliance more indispensable than ever. we have to combat all these trends with even more intense, security, and diplomatic cooperation. the united states and israel must be closer than ever, stronger than ever, and more determined than ever to prevail against our common adversaries and to advance our shared values. this is especially true at a time when israel faces brutal terrorist stabbings, shootings, and vehicle attacks at home. parents worry about letting their children walk down the street. families live in fear. just a few weeks ago a young
american veteran and west point graduate named taylor force was murdered by a palestinian terrorist near the jafa port. these attacks must end immediately, and palestinian leaders need so stop inciting violence, stop celebrating terrorists as martyrs and stop paying rewards to their families. [ applause ] >> because we understand the threats israel faces. we know we can never take for
granted the strength of our alliance or the success of our efforts. today americans and israelis face momentous choices that will shape the future of our relationship and of both our nations. the first choice is this. are we prepared to take the u.s. israel alliance to the next level? this relationship has always been stronger and deeper than the headlines might lead you to believe. our work together to develop the iron dome saved many israeli lives when hamas rockets began to fly. [ applause ] >> i saw its effectiveness firsthand in 2012 when i worked with prime minister netanyahu to negotiate a cease fire in gaza,
and if i'm fortunate enough to be elected president, the united states will reaffirm we have a strong and enduring national interest in israel's security. [ applause ] >> and we will never allow israel's adversaries to think a wedge can be driven between us. when we have differences as any friends do, we will work to resolve them quickly and respectfully. we will also be clear that thenitthe united states has an enduring interest in and commitment to a more peaceful, more stable, more secure middle east, and we will step up our efforts to achieve that outcome.
indeed, at a time of unprecedented chaos and conflict in the region, america, america needs an israel strong enough to deter and defend against its enemies, strong enough to work with us to tackle shared challenges and strong enough to take bold steps in the pursuit of peace. [ applause ] >> that's why i believe we must take our alliance to the next level. i hope a new ten-year defense memorandum of understanding is concluded as soon as possible to meet israel's security needs far into the future. that will also send a clear message to israel's enemies that
the united states and israel stand together united. it's also why as president i will make a firm commitment to ensure israel maintains its qualitative military edge. [ applause ] >> the united states should provide israel with the most sophisticated defense technology so it can deter and stop any threats. that includes bolstering israeli missile defenses with new systems like the arrow three and david sling, and we should work together to develop better tunnel detection technology to prevent arms smuggling, kidn kidnapping, and terrorist attacks.
one of the first things i'll do in office is invite the israeli prime minister to visit the white house. [ applause ] >> and i will send a delegation from the pentagon and the joint chiefs to israel for early consultations. let's also expand our collaboration beyond security. together we can build an even more vibrant culture of innovation that tightens the links between silicon valley and israeli tech companies and
entrepreneurs. there is much americans can learn from israel from cyber security to energy security to water security and just on an every day people to people level. and it's especially important to continue fostering relationships between american and israeli young people who may not always remember our shared past. they are the future of our relationship, and we have to do more to promote that. many of the young people here today are on the front lines of the battle to oppose the alarming boycott divestment and sanctions movement known as bds. particularly at a time when anti semitism is on the rise across the world, especially in europe,
we must repudiate all efforts to malign, isolate, and undermine israel and the jewish people. i've been sounding the alarm for a while now. as i wrote last year in a letter to the heads of major american jewish organizations, we have to be united in fighting back against bds. many of its proponents have demonized israeli scientists and intellectuals, even students. to all the college students who may have encountered this on campus, i hope you stay strong. keep speaking out. don't let anyone silence you, bully you, or try to shut down debates, especially in places of learning like colleges and universities. [ applause ]
anti--semitism has no place in any civilized society, not no america, not in europe, not anywhere. now, all of this work defending israel's legitimacy, expanding security and economic ties, taking our alliance to the next level depends on electing a president with a deep personal commitment to israel's future as a secure democratic jewish state and to america's responsibilities as a global leader. tonight you'll hear from candidates with very different visions of american leadership
in the region and around the world. you'll get a glimpse of a potential u.s. foreign policy that would insult our allies, not engage them, and embolden our adversaries, not defeat them. for the security of israel and the world, we need america to remain a respected global leader committed to defending and advancing the international order, an america able to block efforts to isolate or attack israel. the alternative is unthinkable. [ applause ] . >> yes, we need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on monday, pro israel on tuesday, and who knows what on wednesday because everything's
negotiable. [ applause ] >> well, my friends, israel's security is nonnegotiable. [ applause ] i have sat in israeli hospital rooms holding the hands of men and women whose bodies and lives were torn apart by terrorist bombs. i've listened to doctors describe the shrapnel left in a leg, an arm, or even a head. that's why i feel to strongly
that america can't ever be neutral when it comes to israel's security or survival. we can't be neutral when rockets rain down on residential neighborhoods. when civilians are stabbed in the street, when decide bombers are target the innocent. some things aren't negotiable, and anyone who doesn't understand that has no business being our president. [ applause ] >> the second choice we face is whether we will have the strength and commitment to confront the adversaries in a threaten us, especially iran. for many years we've all been rightly focussed on the existential danger of iran
acquiring a nuclear weapon. after all, this remains an extremist regime that threatens to annihilate israel. that's why i led the diplomacy to impose crippling sanctions and force iran to the negotiating table and why i ultimately supported the agreement that has put a lid on its nuclear program. today iran's enriched uranium, and it's all but gone, thousands of centrifuges have stopped spinning. iran's social breakout time has increased and new verification measures are in place to help us deter and detect any cheating. i really believe the united states states, israel, and the world are safer as a result, but still, as i laid out at a speech
last year, it's not good enough to trust and verify. our approach must be distrust and verify. this deal must come with vigorous enforcement, strong monitoring, clear consequences for any violations and a broader strategy to confront iran's aggression across the region. we cannot forget that tehran's fingerprints are on nearly every conflict across the middle east from syria to lebanon to yemen. the iranian revolutionary guard core and its proxies are attempting to establish a position from which to threaten israel, and they continue to fund palestinian terrorists.
lebanon, hezbollah is amassing an arsenal of increasingly sophisticated rockets and ar artillery that well may be able to hit every city in israel. tonight you'll here a lot of rhetoric from the other candidates about iran, but there's a big difference about talking about holding tehran accountable and actually doing it. our next president has to be able to hold together our global coalition and impose real consequences for even the smallest violations of this agreement. [ applause ] we must maintain the legal and diplomatic architecture to turn all the sanctions back on if needed. if i'm elected, the leaders of iran will have no doubt that if we see any indication that they are violating their commitments not to seek, develop, or acquire
nuclear weapons, the united states will act to stop it and that we will do so with force if necessary. iranian provocations like the recent ballistic missile tests also are unacceptable and should be answered firmly and quickly including with more sanctions. those missiles were stamped with words declaring, and i quote, israel should be wiped from the pages of history. we know they could reach israel or hit the tens of thousands of american troops stationed in the middle east. this is a serious danger, and it demands a serious response. the united states -- [ applause ]
-- must also continue to enforce existing sanctions and impose additional sanctions as needed on iran and the revolutionary guard for their sponsorship of terrorism, illegal arms transfers, human rights violations and other illicit behaviors like cyber attacks. we should continue to demand the safe return of robert levinson and all american citizens unjustly held in iranian prisons. and we must work closely with israel and other partners to cut off the flow of money and arms from iran to hezbollah. if the arab league can designate all of hezbollah as a terrorist organization, surely it is time for our friends in europe and the rest of the international
community to do so as well and to do that now. [ applause ] >> at the same time america should always stand with those voices inside iran, calling for more openness. now, look, we know the supreme leader still calls the shots, and that the hard liners are intent on keeping their grip on power, but the iranian people themselves deserve a better future, and they are trying to make their voices heard. they should know that america is not their enemy. they should know we will support their efforts to bring positive change to iran. now, of course, iran is not the
only threat we and israel face. the united states and israel also have to stand together against the threat from isis and other radical jihadists. an isis affiliate in the sinai is reportedly stepping up attempts to make inroads in gaza and partner with hamas. on saturday a number of israelis and other foreigners were injured or killed in a bombing in istanbul that may well be linked to isis. two of the dead are u.s. israeli dual nationals. this is a threat that knows no borders. that's why i've laid out a plan to take the fight to isis from the air, on the ground with local forces, and online where they recruit and inspire. our goal cannot be to contain isis. we must defeat isis.
and here is a third choice. will we keep working toward a negotiated peace or lose forever the goal of two states were two peoples? despite many setbacks, i remain convinced that peace with security is possible, and that it is the conditional way to guarantee israel's long-term survival as a strong jewish and democratic state. it may be difficult to imagine progress in this current climate when many israelis doubt that a willing and capable partner for peace even exists, but inaction cannot be an option. israelis conserve a secure homeland for the jewish people.
palestinians should be able to govern themselves in their own state in peace and dignity, and only a negotiated two-state agreement can provide those outcomes. if we look at the broader regional context, converging interests between israel and key arab states could make it possible to promote progress on the israeli/palestinian issue. israelis and palestinians could contribute toward greater cooperation between israel and arabs. i know how hard all of this is. i remember what it took just to convene prime minister netanyahu and president abbas for the three sessions of direct face to face peace talks in 2010 that i
presided over, but israelis and palestinians cannot give up on the hope of peace. that will only make it harder later. all of us need to look for opportunities to create the conditions for progress including by taking positive actions that can rebuild trust like the recent constructive meetings between the israeli and palestinian finance ministers aiming to help bolster the palestinian economy or the daily on the ground security cooperation between israel and the palestinian authority. but at the same time all of us must condemn actions that set back the cause of peace. terrorism should never be encouraged or celebrated, and children should not be taught to hate in schools. that poisons the future. [ applause ] >> everyone has to do their part by avoiding damaging actions
including with respect to settlements. now, america has an important role to play in supporting peace efforts, and as president, i would continue the pursuit of direct negotiations, and let me be clear, i would vigorously oppose any attempt by outside parties to impose a solution including by the u.n. security council. [ applause ] . . >> there is one more choice that we face together, and in come ways it may be the most important of all. will we as americns and as israelis stay true to the shared
democratic values that have always been at the heart of our relationship? we are both nations built by immigrants and exiles, seeking to live and worship in freedom. nations built on principles of equality, tolerance, and pluralism. at our best, both israel and america are seen as a light unto the nations because of those values. this is the real foundation of our alliance, and i think it's why so many americans feel such a deep emotional connection with israel. i know that i do, and it's why we cannot be neutral about israel and israel's future, because in israel's story, we see our own, and the story of all people who struggle for freedom and self-determination.
there's so many examples. you know, we look at the pride parade in tel aviv, one of the biggest and most prominent in the world. [ applause ] and we marvel that such liberty exists in a region so plagued by intolerance. we see the vigorous debate in israeli politics and feel right at home. and, of course, some of us remember a woman leading israel's government decades ago and wonder what's taking us so long here in america? [ applause ] >> but we cannot rest on what previous generations have
accomplished. every generation has to renew our values, and, yes, even fight for them. today americans and israelis face currents of intolerance and extremism that threaten the moral foundations of our societies. now, in a democracy we're going to have differences. but what americans are hearing on the campaign trail this year is something else entirely, encouraging violence, playing coy with white supremists, calling for 12 million immigrants to be rounded up and deported. demanding we turn away refugees because of their religion and proposing a ban on all muslims entering the united states. now, we've had dark chapters in our history before. we remember the nearly 1,000 jews aboard the st. louis who
were refused entry in 1939 and sent back to europe. but america should be better than this, and i believe it's our responsibility as citizens to say so. if you see bigotry, oppose it. if you see violence, condemn it. if you see a bully, stand up to him. on wednesday evening jews around the world will celebrate the festival of purem, and children will learn the story of esther who refused to stay silent in the face of evil. it wasn't easy. she had a good life, and by speaking out she risked
everything. but as she was reminded, we all have an obligation to do our part when danger gathers, and those of us with power or influence have a special responsibility to do what's right. as it was once said when accepting the noble piece priel, neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. silence encourages the or the meaor the meanter, never the or the meanted. let us never be sigh lenlensile. let's defend the things that make america and israel great. let us do the hard work necessary to keep building our friendship and reach out to the next generation of americans and israelis so the bonds between our nations grow even deeper and
stronger. we are stronger together. and if we face the future side by side, i know for both israel and america, our best days are still ahead. thank you so much. >> all right. you just heard hillary clinton addressing the aipac convention in washington d.c. this is a powerful jewish lobbying group filled with people who just may vote for hillary clinton or get out there and get others to vote for her. all the presidential candidates will be speaking before aipac except bernie sanders. he wanted to do it via video, but aipac wasn't into that. so bernie sanders will continue to campaign out west. of course, the next biggest guest to take the stage is
donald trump. he'll talk around 4:00 this afternoon. that's eastern time, and there's expected to be a little protest there as the number of rabbis will stand up and leave the room when donald trump begins speaking. you heard hillary clinton talk about the strong relationship between israel and the united states, and she did take more than one shot at donald trump, although she never mentioned him by name. brianna keeler was in the hall and listening to the speech. what was your take? >> reporter: hi, carol. there were a number of times where she was hitting donald trump for some of his really, he's had a number of stumbles when it comes to u.s. israeli relations. certainly one of the things that she said as she was talking about -- she was talking about how there will be different visions tonight. she said there should not be a foreign policy that would insult allies and would emboldened adversarie adversaries. she also hit donald trump not by name but certainly for his tone,
and also for his opposition to muslims coming in to the united states which is a ban, there was a proposed ban on muslims that even the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu spoke out against which led to the cancellation of donald trump's trip to israel. here's some of what hillary clinton said. >> yes, we need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on monday, pro-israel on tuesday and who knows what on wednesday, because everything's negotiable. [ applause ] >> reporter: you can see the applause there. that was a direct hit on donald trump who had said in february that he would like to remain neutral when it comes to the israeli/palestinian conflict. he said he would like to remain
somewhat neutral so that he could negotiate with the palestinians. that was something that certainly this crowd here at this aipac conference is not in favor of to the point where, carol, at the beginning of this conference, aipac leadership came out and said we have some candidates who we may not adplee with in tone and substance and urged folks here in the crowd to clap if they agree, not to clap if they don't, but try asking them really to be polite and not to protest what they hear. i also thought it was interesting. hillary clinton invoking one and saying we in the u.s. look at the idea of a woman leading the country and we ask what's taking us so long here. she got a lot of applause for that as well. >> she also got a number of standing ovations. one of the loudest applause lines was when she said on one of her first days in offito shee elected president, that she
would invite the prime minister to the united states. we know relations are strained between barack obama and benjamin netanyahu. >> reporter: yes. that's been a frosty relationship at times, and especially of late. she did get a standing ovation for that. she also talked about donald trump, again, without naming by name, saying there shouldn't be a candidate or the president shouldn't -- the potential president shouldn't be someone who is encouraging violence, who is playing coy with white supremists and would turn away refugees because of their religion, talking about a ship of jewish refugees coming back in 1939 anding wi being turned from the u.s. invoking history of some of the struggles of some of the jews who came over during world war ii. a lot of applause. even as she explained her support for the iran deal, which
many people in this crowd are opposed to, but they listened to her. overall, a warm reception. we're expecting it's not going to be shared, something that donald trump will enjoy when he comes and speaks later this evening. >> all right. reporting live in washington d.c. thanks so much. i want to bring in some more people to talk about this. scottie nels hughes, and james evans. thanks so all of you for being with me. scottie, i'll start with you. donald trump is expected to take the stage at the verizon center later this morning. is it safe to say he won't get exactly a warm reception? >> we don't know what kind of reception he's going to get. honestly, after listening to hillary clinton and the standing ovations she got on points, i'm puzzled right now why they would give her standing ovations
considering israel doesn't allow muslims across their porders freely, and hillary clinton was a supporter of the iran deal which israel stood strongly against. i have to wonder if these folks were being polite, or else -- >> come on, scottie. she got a number of standing ovations, and very loud applause. i don't think they were just merely being polite. >> so they have to understand, why are you going to sit there and praise this woman who has crafted together the worst deal ever possible for israel in this iran rian deal. and these people are the same ones, they're not going to sit there and hold us in contempt for wanting our borders to be secure when israel has strong borders and knows who goes in and out of their borders. i'm a little confused right now as to what this crowd is looking for in their candidates. >> so, heather, what might mr. trump say, these things that
scottie is say right now, would that be a safe bet? >> i think donald trump is going to talk about his strong support for israel. i think he's going to talk tough about the position that he would take as president. but his base of support is really not on foreign policy. it's really on what is concerning working class americans, and i think it's important for us to look really deeply at what exactly he would do for working class americans. we know he says that wages are too high. when donald trump says that wages are too high here at home, he's not talking about the wealthy people who are getting large paychecks. he's talking about working class folks. we need to start looking a little bit past the bluster and the rhetoric to what he would do for our economy here at home. >> heather, just in listening to hillary clinton's speech, what was your impression of it? >> you know, i think that
secretary clinton is really in her comfort zone, very much, when she's talking about foreign policy now, when she's bringing the experience that she's had meeting with world leaders over the past administration. and so you sort of really got the sense of that confidence. you got the sense that she was very comfortable from being a senator from new york with the crowd at aipac. you got a sense of confidence, which i think is important for her. i think she's still in a tough contest, not necessarily in terms of delegates at this moment, but in terms of the hearts and minds of the democratic base, bernie sanders outraised her by quite a bit last month. >> and james, mr. trump is going to speak later this afternoon. we understand that he will have prepared premarks. we won't be speaking off the cuff as he normally does, and his speech will be policy rich. so surely he realizes that he has to give a credible speech because he knows this is hillary clinton's strong point? >> yes. i agree with that.
but i think most importantly, as someone who is a chair of a political party, in this case, the utah republican party, one of my observations has been there's a trust deficit between voters period, whether you're a republican or a democratic, and those who run for office, consistently, for instance, hillary clinton, she gives phenomenal speeches, but when you measure that against what she's done in office, that's why i think she's having difficulties even getting her own nomination at least in terms of the level of admirable support. she has the delegate count, but i don't think democrats particularly care for hillary clinton, and we're suffering the same problem on the republican side where if we don't as political parties have our elected officials and those running for high office actually deliver on what they promise, then we're going to see a revolution politically speaking that like we've never seen
before. and so that's when i would advise all those running for high offices, what you say must be what you deliver. otherwise, the cynicalness of the voter is foigoing to grow a grow, and you're seeing that in this presidential election. >> i agree with you there, james. stick around. i have to take a break. we'll talk more on the other side.
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eventually he was exiled from cuba. he spent some time in new york city among other places, and then he went back to cuba where he died. you can see the president honoring him in cuba. in just about 15 minutes the president will make history again. he'll sit down with the cuban president raul castro. let's talk more american politics here at home. today donald trump is expected to meet with nearly two dozen influential republicans to try to convince them he could unify the party. it could get a little crowded. the source telling cnn an anti-trump super pac is sending a tracker to steak out the meeting in hopes of getting video of exactly who is coming and going. the guest list is sort of secret, and that anti-trump gop pac, they want to use the pictures of whoever is participating in this unity meeting in the future against
donald trump. we are covering that this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this day in this particular moment is a big one for donald trump. he's here in washington to try to smooth over relations with the republican party. and his speech at aipac is such an important test for him as a candidate, really, a chance for him to potentially come off as presidential, depending on the tone he makes, and potentially even rise above the campaign trail rhetoric that he is known for. but this also is his first real foreign policy speech, a formal address where potentially he will release more policy specifics about his middle east policy, and he, of course, has gotten himself into some trouble as you've been discussing on air, the statement he made on the campaign trail that he would remain neutral, be a neutral guy in terms of the israeli, palestinian conflict, something we just heard the secretary of state slam him for. he said israeli security is
nonnegotiable. anyone who doesn't believe that has no business being president. we also know that ted cruz, aids, tell me he is expected in his same speech later tonight at a same conference will slam donald trump over this comment. it will be interesting to see if donald trump clarifies further. there will be controversy potentially, of course, some groups have really slammed his het ri rhetoric. a group of rabbis plans to walk out in the middle of his speech potentially. certainly dramatic moments could unfold. >> thank you so much. i appreciate it. all right. back with me now, heather mcgee, james evans, and scottie nel hughes. welcome back to all of you. scottie, i want to start with
you. you know, there's this meeting that's going to take place in washington d.c. between mr. trump and a group of republican lawmakers and operatives and lobbyists, and they're all going to talk to try to unify the party. but then there's going to be, like, an anti-trump pac who's going to take pictures of people going into that meeting so they can use it against mr. trump politically in the future. what do you make of that? >> how horrible does that sound? i'm disappointed to hear that report, to be honest. when you think about that, it's a scare tactic. and folks that might be attending this meeting, elected officials, might not necessarily be in agreement with mr. trump. they might be going just to discuss or maybe to actually talk to him. he is the front-runner by far, and so sit here and try to use the tactics, it really actually makes me sad for members of our party. the folks that are supporting them. that is -- does not sound like freedom of speech of an idea of solutions. i've always said as long as
we're talking we can find solutions. it's when people feel they're bullied into silence that we should become scared as to whether or not the political system is working for us. >> i want to pose this question to you, james. that meeting is going to go on with the gop, i don't know, trackers who are going to take pictures and then trump is going to speak for aipac, and supposedly a group of rabbis are walking out in protest. what does utah think of all this? they vote tomorrow? >> they're pretty pragmatic. we see all of this as nonsense. it's background noise. the question is, one of the things in utah that we value is integrity, and we want to know what you say is that what you're going to do, and not only that, but as a leader, are you going to look out for america's interests first, like the american people, or are you going to use the power of america to advance other interests in i think that's what we are as a nation.
there's a feeling throughout this country, be it on the political right or left, that our political leaders have left the american people out of the equation, and i think that's a fight you're seeing take place on the presidential stage. all of this nonsense about who is tracking who or who is going to what meeting, we're beyond that as voters. we're just now wanting to just focus in on what are you going to do as a leader of the free world? >> let me interrupt you for a second, james. we have a fascinating picture out of cuba right now. this is president obama. he's walking with a contingent. he's going to go meet with the cuban president, raul castro. this will be history making because not many people -- in fact, i don't think anyone alive remembers an american president sitting down with the cuban leader. the president is not going to meet with fa deidel castro. that's off the table. but he's going to meet with his brother and talk trade, the
zb take a look at these pictures out of cuba. this is inside the presidential building in cuba. the president will soon, you'll soon see the president walking by the ceremonial army, i would suppose. he's going to meet with the cuban president. you see the forevers surroundinsurroun -- photographs surrounding. he's about to meet with the president of cuba. history in the making here. i want to bring in douglas brinkley. he's a history professor and
lasandra perez. lasandra, what's going through your mind right now? >> this is unprecedented. it's kind of an interesting juxtaposition to see him lay the wreath at the memorial, and then have this meeting. jose lived in this country in new york. he symbolizes a lot of the due alty that the cubans have toward the night. ed a admiration, but a lot of cautions. marte always maintained the importance of cuban sovereignty. the cubans have been cautious on this visit. i have been surprised that there haven't been that many images of the visit transmitted over television. i was surprised raul castro didn't meet the president at the
airport. they want relations with the u.s., but there's a caution about what u.s. relations could bring for cuba. >> douglas, we have a complicated relationship with cuba. on one hands americans understand that fidel castro was a cruel dictator responsible for human rights violations. on the other hand, younger americans, younger cubans think why is there an embargo on cuba. why can't we go there for vacations? we have this weird relationship between the two countries. >> history is marking this as the great cuban fall. since december of 2014 and throughout '15 you had president obama trying to just get this moment that you're seeing right now. heing caught a lot of flak when he shock raul castro's hand at nelson mandela's hand. i know for a fact president obama has been talking regularly
to raul castro, but this is the moment they've been waiting for. it's an olive branch of some kind, a healing from all the cold war drama. i was born in 1906 -- 1960. i teach history. it's about two scorpions in a bottle, bay of pigs and cuban missile crisis on down, and now we're seeing a complicated diplomatic initiative by president obama, but one that i think is historic and significant. it's a well-planned out trip. i think it needed to be done on a president's last year, because there's still some resentment, particularly in the president party, about obama's visit here. i certainly don't think you could do it in your first term or first years of your second term, but it's an ideal trip for the president in his last year of office. >> what do you suppose will
happen? the embargo can't be lifted without congress, right? congress is controlled by republicans, and they appear to show no interest in doing that. so what happens now? >> well, i think what the president wants to do with this visit is, in fact, move the needle. he's done almost everything he can with the executive orders and changes in regulations to try to change the policy with cuba and greater openness. and the fact is that the em bbao cannot be lifted unless congress acts. he has nine months in office. he's interested in -- >> let's listen in to the end of our show. ♪