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. i believe my husband. i believe my husband. >> melania trump breaking her silence. calling sexual accusations against her lied. and to declassify an e-mail sent to hillary clinton. newly released documents have donald trump calling for a top state department official to be fired. the battle to recapture mosul from isis ahead of schedule. military officials cautioning. we will tell you in a live report from iraq.
good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> nice to see you. i'm john berman. it is tuesday, october 18th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. this morning, melania trump with the first statements of accusing her husband of groping and sexual assault. in an interview with anderson cooper, she rejects the claims stating they are an orchestrated conspiracy. she was asked about the comments on the 2005 "access hollywood" tape where he bragged about grabbing women's genitals because he was famous. she dismissed that as boy talk and he was egged on by billy bush. this is some of the interview. >> it was ten days ago.
what did you think when you first saw it? >> i -- i said to my husband, you know, the language is inappropriate. it is not acceptable. and, i was, surprised because that is not the man that i know. and as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on. it was only a mic. i wonder if they even knew that the mic was on because it was kind of boy talk. he was egged on like -- egged on from the host to say dirty and bad stuff. >> you feel the host billy bush was egging him on? >> yes. >> bringing much more of anderson's interview later in the broadcast. donald trump is calling for
a top state department official to be fired over the classification of an e-mail on the private server. newly released documents show under secretary patrick kennedy to convince officials to declassify the e-mail while offering to look into the request for more personnel overseas. that has trump calling for kennedy's removal. >> newly released fbi documents made public today reveal just how deep this corruption goes. so the under secretary of the state patrick kennedy illegally pressured the fbi to unclassify e-mails from hillary's illegal server. that's a lot of illegality. in other words, the state department was trying to cover
up hillary's crimes. >> listen to the response to calls for kennedy to be removed from his post. >> well, that's their prerogative. i can say pat kennedy will remain at his job. he has the full confidence of the secretary of state. >> trump claims it reveals a criminal act. donald trump forces to go around and watch polling places as part of the crusade arguing without evidence of large scale election fraud in the united states. donald trump claims the national polls are rigged. hillary clinton leading in the latest poll. nine points from cbs. double digits from nbc news and monmouth university. let's get the latest from cnn's sara murray. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine, trump and his campaign were set on refocusing on hillary clinton. focusing on e-mails and casting her as a corrupt politician.
the problem is donald trump cannot stay on that message. he once again went after the election calling it a rigged system. >> they want to try to rig the election at the polling booths. you ever hear of these people they say nothing's going on. people who died ten years ago are still voting. illegal immigrants are voting. where are the street smarts of the politicians? >> reporter: it wasn't just trump's claims of a rigged election. he came out and said the allegations of sexual misconduct are false and made up. that comes after melania trump spoke to anderson cooper and said she believes her husband. the fact they keep talking about it day after day means the story is tougher for donald trump and his family to move beyond. he will be back on the campaign trail today trying to do that in colorado just a day before the
third and final presidential debate. back to you. >> sara, thank you. at his wisconsin rally, trump called for a series of ethics reforms to tackle washington. a five-year ban on all officials from lobbying after leaving office. and five year ban on congress and lifetime ban on senior officials from ever lobbying on behalf of foreign governments. hillary clinton is off the trial for another day as she prepares for the final debate. there is news of a surrogate surge in a battleground. bernie sanders and chelsea clinton and michelle obama heading to arizona to campaign. the new york times reports that the clinton campaign is making a play there, including a $2 million investment.
president obama and vice president joe biden will campaign in different states this week. hillary clinton and donald trump face-off one last time. the final debate. debate number three. this time it's personal in las vegas on wednesday. cnn's coverage begins all day long. beginning right here. forget that 4:00 p.m. it starts at 4:00 a.m. here on "early start." donald trump's tax plan would create jobs in the short-term, but have a negative effect on the economy. that is according to analysis by wharton school. it would add 1% to gdp. by 2027, his plan would shrink the economy. by 2040, it would cut growth by 7%. the labor market would see similar effect. nine years later, the tax plan would cost the economy about
692,000 job. by 2040, the labor market would hit 11.2 million jobs. researchers main issue is the tax cuts cost money. without anything to replace the lost revenue, the government has to borrow more money. the trump campaign rejects the findings because they don't factor in the other policies. we will tell you what the forecasting models predict for hillary clinton's plan later this hour. >> peter navarro claims whatever trade reforms they institute will bring in trillions of revenue. most analysts say that is unlikely. melania trump insists her husband was engaging in boy talk on "access hollywood." melania trump said she accepted his apology. what was the conversation like when trump said he was sorry to his wife? more of anderson's one-on-one
melania trump breaking her silence. she says she has forgiven her husband for what he said on the leaked "access hollywood" tape. she said trump was egged on by host billy bush. here is more of her one-on-one interview with anderson cooper. >> is that language you heard him use before? >> no. no, that's why i was surprised. i said i don't know that person that would talk that way. and he would say that kind of stuff in private. i heard many different stuff. boy talk. the boys, the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other this and that and talking about the girls. but yeah, i was surprised, of course. but i was not surprised about
the tape coming out. >> why? >> as i said, these many people from the opposite side that they want to damage the campaign and why now? why after so many years? why three weeks before the election? >> your husband said that he apologized to you after the tape and you accepted the apology. what was that conversation like? >> we keep it private. he apologized. i accept his apology. i hope the american people will accept it as well. it was many, many years ago. he's not the man that i know and he said it many times as well. it is hard, especially for him,
when he decided to run for presidency because he did so much stuff in his life. he was on so many tapes and so many shows. we knew that. you know, tapes will come out and people will want to go against him. my husband is real. he's raw. he tells it as it is. he's kind. he's a gentleman. he supports everybody. he supports women. he encourages them to go to the highest level to achieve the dreams. he employs many, many women. and as you can see, also i see now, a lot of backlash of the media the way they treated him. >> he described it as locker room talk. to you. you alluded to that as well. is that what it is to you? locker room talk?
>> yeah. it is like two teenage boys. actually behaved better. >> he was 59. >> correct. sometimes i said i have two boys at home. i have my young son and i have my husband. i know how some men talk. that's how i saw it, yes. >> as for the women accusing trump of sexual misconduct. melania says she believes her husband. she insists the allegations were orchestrated by the clinton campaign. word this morning that billy bush is officially out at nbc. you heard melania trump saying he egged trump on. the host reached a settlement with nbc. no terms were released. bush never appeared on air again
after the "access hollywood" video was released. he apologized for his conduct on that tape. he is looking forward to what lies ahead. the fight to retake mosul from isis off to a promising start. u.s. military officials are sounding a cautionary note. we will go there next. med th a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, they could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. call today to request a free decision guide. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networks, and virtually no referrals needed. join the millions who have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans
the mission to clear the city of militants could take time. despite what they call significant progress on day one. i want to go to irbil to nearby mosul and bring in michael holmes. michael, what is the latest in the fighting? >> reporter: john, i can tell you in the last couple hours, the iraqi military told us a number of suicide car bombs, major weapon of isis, were directed at their forces. they say they repelled the attack, but in the process of doing so, they lost one soldier and two others were wounded. they say ten isis members were killed in the exchange. showing how often this tool is used. the suicide car bomb and likely continue to be used increasingly as the forces get ever closer to mosul. now you mentioned iraqi forces feel they are doing well. kurdish forces say they are ahead of schedule too.
methodically taking 200 square kilometers of land. that is sparsely populated. many or most of the villages they are taking are empty, but it is a process that they are going through. they say they know what they're doing and they will get to mosul soon enough and the real fighting will begin. we are being told that the river that runs through mosul, the g tigres. many feel they will not defend. they will pull back to the west and side of the river. that is where the old city is. narrow streets and hard f for armored vehicles to hide. the feeling is that is where isis to make their stand in the western part of the city and that is a ferocious battle. john. >> tough days ahead. michael holmes, thank you.
the former vice chairman of the joint chiefs retired. james cartwright admitting he leaked classified information. the federal charge carries a five-year maximum sentence. he could get no more than six months behind bars with his plea deal. and the obamas host a state dinner with the menu crafted by italian-american chef mario batli. singers from a kids theater group supported by a trump favorite rosie o'donnell. >> they are having italian food for the italian prime minister.
the cleveland indians are one win away from going to the world series. the only team to comeback from 3-0 in the american league championship series. the boston red sox in 2004. mike napli hit home runs for the tribe. the story was the bull pen. they worked eight innings. why? trevor bauer had a cut on his finger and he had to leave the game in the first inning. the bull pen had to pitch eight innings. that is astounding. game four is tonight? some time soon. we'll see if the indians win. >> stitch it up to close it up? >> if you are gushing blood, you can't pitch. all right. the obligatory boston red sox
lies. was there a deal between the fbi and state department to declassify an e-mail on hillary clinton's server? trump calling for a top state department official to be fired. the battle to recapture mosul from isis. ahead of schedule according to some pentagon officials, but military officials caution against too much optimism. we have a live report from iraq coming up. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 31 minutes past the hour. melania breaking her silence on her husband. the potential first lady has been laying low since the embarrassing plaj speech at the republican national convention. she said this is nothing more than a conspiracy against her
husband with the media. she is claiming the "access hollywood" tape is nothing more than boy talk. here is the interview with anderson cooper. >> ten days ago the "access hollywood" tape was released. what did you think of it when you first heard it? >> i said to my husband, the language is inappropriate. it's not acceptable. and i was surprised because that is not the man that i know. and as you can see from the tape the cameras were not on. it was only a mic. and i wonder if they even knew that the mic was on because it was kind of boy talk and he was egged on from the host to say
dirty and bad stuff. >> you feel the host billy bush was egging him on? >> yes. yes. >> we will bring you more of anderson's interview with melania later in the program. trump is calling for a top state official to be fired for a quid pro quo of an e-mail from hillary clinton's private service. newly released documents show under secretary patrick kennedy trying to convince fbi officials to declassify the e-mail. there is the issue of whether or not he offered to look into the request for more personnel which has trump calling for kennedy's removal. >> new documents reveal just how deep this corruption goes. you saw it. the undersecretary of state patrick kennedy illegally
pressured the fbi to unclassify e-mails from hillary's illegal server. that's a lot of illegality in that one statement. that's one after another. in other words, the state department was trying to cover up hillary's crimes. >> listen to the state department response to the trump request to have kennedy removed from his post. >> well, that's their prerogative. i can say pat kennedy will remain at his job. he has the full confidence of the secretary of state. >> trump claims the documents reveal a criminal act. clinton's campaign manager says it is well known of the dispute with the agencies and what should be classified and not. as to the e-mail itself and whether there was a quid pro quo, it was the state department that made the offer of foreign posting overseas.
another fbi official said in the same document dump, it was the fbi who actually requested it. trump is calling for supporters to go around and watch polling places to make sure nobody cheats. part of the crusade arguing without evidence there is large scale election fraud in the u.s. trump claims the national polls are rigged. hillary clinton is ahead in the latest washington post poll. and double digits in the nbc poll. let's get more this morning from sara murray. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. last night as donald trump was campaigning in wisconsin, he and his campaign were set on refocusing on hillary clinton. focusing on e-mails and casting her as a corrupt politician. the problem is trump cannot stay on the message. instead, he went after the american election calling it a rigged system. >> they want to try to rig the
election at the polling booths. there is a lot going on. there's nothing going on. people have died ten years ago are still voting. illegal immigrants are voting. where are the street smarts of some of these politicians? they don't have any is right. >> reporter: it wasn't just donald trump's claims of a rigged election. he came out and claimed that all of the allegations of sexual misconduct are false and made up. that comes after melania trump spoke to anderson cooper saying she believes her husband. the fact they talk about it day after day means this will be tougher for donald trump and his family to move beyond. he will be back on the campaign trail today trying to do that in colorado just a day before the third and final presidential debate. back to you. >> sara, thank you. donald trump had new ethics reform proposals at his stop in wisconsin. he said they are needed to
tackle corruption in washington. a five-year ban on executive branch officials from lobbying the government after they leave office. a five-year ban on congress and staffers after they leave office and a lifetime ban from senior executive branch officials from lobbying. and hillary clinton preparing for the third debate tomorrow night, bernie sanders and chelsea clinton and michelle obama heading to arizona to campaign. arizona has voted republican in every presidential race since 1996. hillary clinton has been off the trail with debate prep. she flies to las vegas tonight. president obama and vice president biden are expected to campaign this week. >> the thing about arizona is interesting, going back a million years except for 1996. they will make a $2 million investment. they are making a play for arizona with dollars and people. a joke that fell flat from
the press secretary. josh earnest was asked about the trump demand that the candidates take drug tests ahead of tomorrow's debate in las vegas. >> tell me the candidate who snorted his way through the first two debates is accusing the other candidate of taking drugs? a curious development in the campaign. these my response. >> are you saying that you think the sniffling or snorting may have been related to -- >> not at all. >> what were you saying? what were you trying to get across? >> trying to have a little fun. >> no one laughed in the briefing room. the reporters did not think it was funny when josh earnest made that joke. tomorrow night is the third and final debate. hillary clinton and donald trump face-off one last time. cnn's coverage starts at 4:00 on "early start." fun, fun, fun.
hillary clinton's tax plan would slightly add to the economic growth and job creation in the short-term, but reduce debt and spur steady growth. that's according to analysis of the wharton school. economic growth would slow to 0.2% in 2018. by 2027, it would grow and by 2040, gdp would rise 1.19%. same with the labor market with the tax plan. job creation would fall by 2018 and would rise by 2027. clinton's tax plan would raise more revenue for the government to curb the national debt. the clinton campaign says the results don't show how her policies would help the economy. i can tell you the scorers or
gurus have been looking at the plans. plans are just that. plans. blueprints. what you would like to do, but are never enacted. >> the issue with congress. >> the little thing called congress. melania trump insists her husband was engaged in boy talk on the "access hollywood" video. she accepted eed his apology. so what was that conversation like? anderson cooper's interview with melania trump next.
here is more with her interview with anderson cooper. >> is that language you heard him use before? >> no, no. that's why i was surprised because i said i don't know that person that would talk that way. that he would say that stuff in private. i heard many stuff. boy talk. the boys, the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other this and that and talking about the girls. yeah. i was surprised, of course. but i was not surprised that the tape came out. i was not surprised about that. >> why? >> because many people from the opposite side that they want to damage the campaign. and why now? why after so many years?
why three weeks before the election? >> your husband said he apologized to you after the tape and that you accepted the apology. what was that conversation like? can you talk about that? >> we talked in private. i'll keep it private. he apologized. i accept his apology. i hope the american people will accept it as well. and it was many, many years ago. he's not the man that i know. i heard many times said and he said it as well. it is very hard especially for him when he decided to run for presidency because he did so much stuff in his life. he was on so many tapes and so many shows. and we knew that. that, you know, tapes will come out.
people will want to go against him. my husband is real. he's raw. he tells it as it is. he's kind. he's a gentleman. he supports everybody. he supports women. he encourages them to go to the highest level to achieve the dreams. he employs many, many women. and as you can see, also i see now a lot of backlash in the media the way they treated him. >> he described it as locker room talk. you alluded to that as well. is that what it is to you? locker room talk? >> it is like two teenage boys. actually behaved better. >> he was 59. >> correct. sometimes i said i have two boys at home. i have my young son and i have my husband.
i know how some men talk and that's how i saw it, yes. >> as for the women accusing trump of sexual misconduct, melania says the women came forward after the second debate when anderson asked donald trump if he acted on it. it is 48 minutes past the hour on the eve of the really important debate. the stock market is looking to rebound this morning. one stock set to pop 20%. you can thank pablo escobar. >> i want to thank luke gage instead.
start." the pentagon saying the iraqi forces are ahead of schedule to retake mosul. the u.s. military officials insisting the mission to clear the city of militants to take time despite significant progress on day one. let's go live now to irbil, iraq. i want to bring in cnn's michael holmes. a cautionary note, but still the first day was better than they expected. >> reporter: it has. in fact, the kurdish fighters are doing pretty well, they say. they cleared, they say, 200 square kilometers of geography yesterday. moving forward. in fact, we're hearing they say they have done so well in the last day or so, they are pausing a little bit today to allow the iraqi military, iraqi security forces to almost catch up to the
same perimeter as they approach from the east and from the south. isis attacking the iraqi military with more suicide car bombs. the military says they repelled that attack although they did lose one soldier and two wounded. they said they killed ten isis fighters in the exchange. one other thing, we were talking earlier in the hour, christine. we talked about the humanitarian side of this. we are getting word from kurdish media that the first signs of people getting out of some outer reaches of mosul is starting to emerge. there's a village south of the city that was liberated yesterday. today, they had a few people come from another village closer in to mosul. that is the first sign of people getting out. civilians getting out ahead of the assault on the very
important second biggest city in iraq. some positive move there. christine. >> certainly 1.5 million people still living in mosul. clearly humanitarian needs will be extreme. we know you will watch for us. nasa successfully launched a rocket into space last night. the rocket visible for much of the east coast. although i managed to be sleeping. i sleep for 30 minutes every night. i missed the launch. go figure. this is the first launch after the first one failed. it is carrying supplies for the crew on the international space station. >> there is a debate online whether or not you are human. we plug you into a closet for 30 minutes a day and recharge your battery and we throw you out there. >> like a tesla? record-breaking october heat
is making its way east. how long is summer going to stick around? here is meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning, john and christine. look at the highs in detroit back up in the 70s. new york, boston, enjoy it. if i were a betting man, i would bet this is one of the last days if not the final such day as temperatures for the northeast. especially for boston making it to the 70s. next time we see that into april and may of next year at the earliest. here is what is happening. high pressure sets up shop across the southeastern part of the country. to the north, little change in the temperature department for chicago that manage to make it to the 80s. eventually see the cooling trend with the overnight hours this week in the 40s. the low this morning in the mid-70s across chicago. over 40 record will be set across the country.
philly, birmingham and dallas, temperatures you expect in august and september. certainly not a few days before halloween and across the south with records in jeopardy this afternoon. back to you. >> 101 in kansas. let's get a check on cnn money stream. stock futures set to rebound after a drop yesterday. u.s. stocks have been up and down. stocks in europe and asia are rising. oil is higher. the federal reserve may not raise rates in december. a weak reading on manufacturing in the northeast yesterday has some thinking the economy is not ready. we will get a reddiading on consumer prices. outlook for economic growth is poor. all of us should be concerned, he said. he says low interest rates are partly to blame. hasbro is enjoying the wonderful world of disney and cashing in big time. the company says sales in the toys for girls segment surged, john, 57% in the third quarter from a year ago. >> i do what i can. >> let it go.
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john berman can follow the topics that matter to him most. powerful. "early start" continues right now. >> i believe my husband. i believe my husband. all originganized from the oppositi opposition. >> melania trump calls the allegations against her husband lies. was there a deal between the fbi and state department to declassify a private server e-mail? the battle to recapture mosul from isis ahead of schedule, but officials are cautioni cautioning. we will tell you why. we have a live report coming up. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, october 18th. 5:00 a.m. in the east.
three weeks to go until we cast our ballots. we start with melania trump emerging from the shadows in defense of her husband. the potential first lady has been out of the public eye since the speech at the republican national convention. she is talking to cnn's anderson cooper. rejecting claims her husband sexually abused him. she says it is nothing more than an orchestrated conspiracy. here is more of anderson's coopcoo interview. >> it was ten days ago that "access hollywood" tape was released. what did you think when you first saw it? >> i said to my husband that the language is inappropriate. it's not acceptable and i was surprised because that is not the