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>> all right. good morning, everyone. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm poppy harlow in the chair today for carol costello. we have a lot of breaking news to get to. let's begin out of the mediterranean island of malta. where we know at this hour two hijackers with grenades have taken over a passenger plane. they are, at this moment, threatening to blow it up on the tarmac. the maltese police conducting negotiations with the hijackers by phone, obviously this has been intense feig, going on for a few hours now. it is 3:00 in the afternoon there. in malta. we know that at least some of the passengers we know have been released. potentially all of them. we are staying on top of this story. ian lee joins us now with more, this is an airbus 320. this is a plane that left from the libyan city headed for tripoli, obviously diverted to malta. what else do we know about the
passengers on that plane, ian? >> well, there was 111 passengers on that plane and we're hearing from the prime minister's office that 109 passengers have been released. leaving two presumably those are both of the hijackers, we're hearing this from maltese foreign ministry saying that the two hijackers claim they have grenades. we do not know their demands yet. we're expecting to get that shortly. but they have been as we've been watching this over the course of the hours, they've been allowing people to leave. first they allowed the women and children to leave, and then the elderly, we're hearing from the prime minister's office that they're going to allow the crew to leave, too. but when you're looking at these pictures, the crew doesn't look like they've left the plane yet. >> ian, obviously we don't know motivation here. we don't know the identity of
the hijackers. we do know the context and that is that libya has been in the midst of a very -- very complex, to say the least, civil conflict with them. number of armed groups, obviously, in the wake of the gadhafi government there. what else can you tell us about what could have sparked this? >> there's a lot of factions in libya right now. isis is also operating there. we don't know who these two people are. i think the important thing to look at is that this -- they allowed this plane to land. so it looks like that they have demands. what those demands are, we don't know. but, we did see a man who left the plane a little while ago. he waved' green flag. the green flag was the flag of the former leader moammar gadhafi who was killed in that civil war. so it could be supporters of the former leader who hijacked this plane. but we're still waiting from the maltese government right now the armed forces of malta are conducting the negotiations.
>> ian lee we'll stay on top of this. also i want to get to this manhunt, obviously, that swept across europe. now ending in an explosion of bullets. berlin truck suspect anis amri is killed in an overnight shoot-out with police just outside of milan, italy. it began with frankly a chance encounter just after 3:00 a.m. local time that ended after the fugitive pulled out a handgun out of his back pack, and just started opening fire on police are in italy. amri's death leaves many, many questions still unanswered. where has he been since the attack on monday? and did he have help in crossing at least two borders in europe before arriving on the outskirts of milan. we have a lot to cover. ben wedeman is live for us in rome. cnn's terrorism analyst paul cruickshank is in london. ben, this is someone who since he carried out this horrific attack, killing twelve people, injuring 48 more, was able to
make it across international borders, you know, all the way to the outskirts of milan. the question is, where was he going? was he headed to north africa? did he have help from people he knew in italy when he used to live there? what what do we know at this hour? >> a lot of questions. what we know at this point, poppy, is that well first of all, keep in mind that when he's crossing from germany to france to italy these are borders with very little in the way of controls. in fact anybody has done it. you just drive across these borders without any identity to be shown whatsoever. what happened was that at 3:00 in the morning outside the train station in san giovanni, which is a suburb, a working-class suburb of milan, a police patrol stopped a man they said was acting suspiciously outside that train station. they asked him for identification, a sort of thing that's not unusual in italy. instead of pulling out a passport or i.d. he pulled out a
22 caliber pistol, shouted, police bastards, and he opened fire. he hit one of the police in the shoulder. that policeman's currently in hospital. he then ran behind a car to take cover, and one of the other policemen was able to go behind that car, firing twice hitting him fatally in the chest. now they found on his body afterwards in addition to his 22 caliber pistol train stub ticket stubs indicating that he came from germany via france, first stopping in turin, and then finally in the milan central train station before going to this working class suburb. they also found a small knife on his body and several hundred euros. they said the police chief of milan stressed, however, that when he was stopped by the police patrol he was by himself, he was not with anybody else. but obviously the initial phases
of this investigation will be focusing on this suburb of milan. why specifically did he go there? poppy? >> absolutely. was there a broader network there helping to harbor him? stay with us, ben, thank you for the reporting. paul i want to go to you now with new information just coming in. we know that a video was uploaded today on an isis affiliated website. basically their media wing. and this shows the 24-year-old tunisian now dead, suspected terrorist anis amri pledging allegiance to al baghdadi. obviously the head of isis. it's not clear when this was filmed and there was no direct mention of the christmas market attack. what does this tell you at this point? now you have this video where this attacker is saying i am basically a soldier of isis? >> yeah, this video was put out
just a few minutes ago by the news agency affiliated with isis. they put it out on their official telegram page. and a video in which the attacker pledges allegiance to abu bakr al baghdadi the head of isis. the strong presumption is this was nymph filmed before the att because on the video he makes no mention of the attack. he may not have known whether he would survive the attack. and, so everything points at this point to this being prerecorded. and then uploaded to isis in syria, at some point. and it may well be that isis actually have this for quite a few hours, even though, because, the timing of this release was right after there was a confirmation by the italians that he had been killed in a shoot-out in milan. so it may well be that isis was
waiting for that to happen for another attack or for him to be killed before putting out this video pledge of allegiance to isis. and he's doing this because he wants isis to be able to take ownership of this attack. in his advice for one of the jihadis in the west in launching truck attacks, isis in a recent communique said that it was absolutely vital for them in it some way to say that they were doing this on behalf of isis. and he's done exactly this. now, this poses all sorts of questions about his link back to isis. because to be able to upload a video to the group you need a few contacts at the least in syria, and iraq. and of course we know that he was part of an isis recruitment network in germany whose senior
members were in touch with german isis operatives in syria. and some of whom were in touch, we understand, from u.s. sources with members of the external attack network of isis in syria. what remains to be seen is whether isis was giving instructions before the attack and had any advance knowledge before the attack. if he sent this to them before going and launching, i guess it would have some advanced knowledge that something was on the way. >> let's also bring in to the conversation cnn national security analyst and department of homeland security juliette kayyem, paul brings up a very good point. just because this one terrorist is dead does not answer so many questions about the broader network, how big was it, what were they plotting. you know, obviously europe on high alert right now. given all of this, this was the most wanted man in europe.
and it is clear this morning that it was not intelligence that led authorities to him. on the outskirts of milan. it is clear that this was happenstance, that he looked suspicious to the authorities, they asked him for his identity, he pulled out a gun, a gun fight ensued, he's dead. the most wanted man in europe and this is how he is caught. how concerned should the authorities be right now? >> well, they should be concerned because he's not only touched germany with the attack but obviously went through france and then italy. italy's not that surprising given his background there and the years that he spent in italy. but the question is, who -- who was he coordinating with in either france or italy and was he on his way to essentially a safe house? in the history of counterterrorism this is not that surprising that he's captured because of some, you know, just a sort of random patrol. remember, new york, new jersey, just a few weeks or few months ago, he was caught outside of a bar. there was a seattle attack in 1999, tim mcveigh in 1995. sometimes these things do
happen. i think now that he is captured and killed, the bigger question is, is why did this a continue remember? this itinerary is bizarre for a variety of reasons. and so they have to figure out what was motivating him in all of those countries, and who was there to help him. >> of course, you know, the voices across europe speaking out right now. we are expecting to hear from german chancellor angela merkel, the french foreign leader blasting this calling it a security disaster talking about the open and porous borders because of the schengen agreement which has been in place for decades but allowing him to travel without the checkpoints through multiple countries. paul this -- you've also got these two overnight arrests in germany. police looking at if these other people were planning another attack in a mall at a christmas market. could this all be part of the same network? >> yes. i think in fact in a presser german officials held a few moments ago they said they
weren't sure whether there was a connection or not yet between those arrests linked to a possible plot against a large shopping mall in northwestern germany at a christmas market and the abu walaa network, the network of the truck attacker. this very interesting sort of development in germany, very concerning development, because the abu walaa network were actually very operational in exactly that same area that overnight we saw arrests. and one more piece of information just coming in to me from two german intelligence officials, and this is actually quite stunning information, that they say that the attacker, truck attacker was put on a list of the most dangerous islamists in germany, all the way back to this spring. that list has 549 names on it, the people considered to be the
greatest threat, the greatest islamist terrorist threat inside germany. and so for months and months and months he has been very much at the top of that list of concerns in terms of the 500 or so most dangerous radicals inside the country. >> and very quickly, then how could this happen? how could he not have been stopped -- >> that's a great question and that's going to be the second part of this review. look there are people that touch law enforcement intelligence agencies throughout the world that are on lists. but amri was not just on the list that paul is describing, the most wanted. he was on our, you know, essentially some of our, the united states, lists, meaning he would never be able to touch u.s. soil. this wasn't some random sort of pickup, some guy who was maybe toying or flirting with isis. the amount of information they had about him beforehand, and the concern that they had beforehand, is relatively unique in these cases. i mean, a lot of these isis cases, the guy sort of known but doesn't have a lot of details behind him. and so, makes me think that
there is a bigger network behind him helping. he wasn't just some random player. >> juliette kayyem, appreciate the analysis. paul cruickshank, thank you both. russian president vladimir putin tamping down talks of a nuclear arms race saying nothing to see here, folks. but do the president-elect just ramp up the rhetoric? we'll discuss next.
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russian president vladimir putin downplaying fears of a new nuclear arms race with the united states one day after president-elect donald trump tweeted that the u.s. needs to expand its nuclear capability. putin shrugging that off today in this news conference saying there's nothing new about that and that any arms race would not
be russia's fault. >> translator: the tactical nuclear arms of the united states are updated, are modernized. so if someone accelerates and speeds up the arms race, it's not us. >> our cnn senior international correspondent matthew chance is following the story live from moscow for us. matthew, the president, vladimir putin, also went as far as to say u.s. relations with russia can't be any worse than they already are. >> yes. i mean a lot of the stuff he said during this press conference is stuff that he's stated before, and just a couple of days ago vladimir putin's spokesman told the media that the basically all dialogue with the current u.s. administration and president obama had been effectively frozen except for the bare minimum. that the u.s. officials pushed back on that and said that john kerry had been in contact with his counterpart at the pentagon
with the russian military over syria to avoid clashes in the air. but yeah, look, it's a comment about which we already know the details. the past couple of years it's no secret that russia and the united states have been at odds over a range of issues not least the syrian conflict but also the expansion of nato and russia's annexation of crimea in 2014. so vladimir putin there really stating, really obvious. >> what has the reaction been if there has been significant reaction in moscow just among the russian people to donald trump's tweets that basically we need to escalate, improve our nuclear capabilities? i think there's been reaction to that specific tweet. and in fact the russian president spoke about putin spoke about the contents of that tweet a few hours ago during this annual press conference that he gives. he basically played it down
saying that the contents of that tweet from donald trump is nothing new. trump has spoken in his campaign about renewing the u.s. nuclear arsenal. what putin said is one of the reasons is because the russians have new missiles online as well. the united states understands they're very effective and understandably feels very threatened by that. the area of nuclear weapons control, arms control, is one of the areas where traditionally russia and the united states have done deals. it's the area, as well where russia feels it still has parity with the united states. this is one area where i see an actual deal being done between putin and trump in the future. >> right. and any agreement between the two nations as recently as 2011 on this front. matthew chance thank you very much. we appreciate it and this morning the president-elect appearing to ramp up his rhetoric saying just an hour or so ago, let it be an arms race. we will outmatch them at every
pass and outlast them. well, speaking on nbc trump was asked to clarify a tweet yesterday where he called on the u.s. to quote greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability. this following 24 hours on social media where the president-elect jumped into the fray in a way that is pretty unprecedented for a president-elect still in transition. our boris sanchez joins us now right here in mar-a-lago resort in palm beach, florida, where the president-elect is. boris, good morning. >> good morning, poppy. you said it unprecedented. we watched donald trump change the playbook during the campaign with his use of social media, often bypassing the traditional media altogether to get his message directly to the public via twitter. if anyone thought that some of the more controversial rhetoric that he espoused on twitter would slow down after the election yesterday proved them wrong. donald trump tweeting out some eyebrow raising remarks about foreign policy.
president-elect donald trump shaking up international relations weeks before taking the oath of office. on twitter, trump tweeting that the u.s. must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until the world comes to its senses regarding nukes. bucking almost 50 years of historical precedent against nuclear proliferation. this pledge coming hours after vladimir putin spoke about strengthening russia's arsenal, prompting concerns about the possibility of a re-ignited nuclear arms race. >> it's difficult to know what to make of it all. we're committed to our new start obligations with russia and to again maintaining a strong, modernized nuclear deterrent here in the united states. >> reporter: trump's team attempting to clarify the president-elect's tweet hours later. saying he actually meant he wants to prevent the threat of nuclear proliferation, the opposite of what he initially tweeted. trump also openly undermining
president obama and signaling a major shift in diplomatic policy in another unprecedented move via social media. calling for the obama administration to veto a u.n. security council resolution condemning israeli settlement activity just hours before the scheduled vote. a senior israeli official telling cnn the israeli government reached out to trump directly asking him to intervene. egyptian president abdel al sisi putting the vote on hold after taking a call from the president-elect. >> nobody here felt boxed in by a tweet from the president-elect. he's perfectly entitled to express his views on these kind of things. >> trump then using twitter to take aim at a major american company. defense contractor lockheed martin. threatening to replace the pentagon's costly new f-35 fighter, made by lockheed, with a less expensive plane made by boeing. are costing lockheed martin and its shareholders millions in market value.
despite back lash trump's team signaling that the president-elect will continue his use of twitter. >> he has a direct pipeline to the american people to talk to them in a way that no one's done before. i think it's fascinating. >> i should tell you we found a few moments ago donald trump is actually about a mile away from here at trump international golf course golfing with tiger woods who apparently woods' request that the president-elect go out for a round of golf. that's where he is right now. later this afternoon he's exing expected to return to mar-a-lago and the transition team says that he has a slate of high level meetings ahead for the rest of the day, poppy. >> a busy time. appreciate the reporting. let's talk about all of this. there is a lot to get to. i'm joined by cnn political commentator errol louis, national correspondent for the hill, reed wilson and former u.s. undersecretary for political affairs and former nato am bass door nicolas burns. thank you all for being here. nicolas, let me begin with you because the president-elect this morning spoke on the phone with
a tv host and he told her when she asked for clarification on that tweet about nuclear weapons, he clarified it by saying, let it be an arms race, we will outmatch them, russia, at every pass, and outlast them all. our alisyn camerota on "new day" asked sean spicer about that. >> he said to her, let it be an arms race in terms of building up our nuclear capabilities with, i guess, against russia, let it be an arms race, because we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all. what does let it be an arms race -- >> i think it goes back to what i just said with respect to the tweet he put out. he is going to do what it takes to protect this country and if another country or countries want to threaten our safety or sovereignty he's going to do what it takeses. >> sure but he -- >> nicolas, this is a first aggressive posture we've heard from this president-elect at all
really towards russia or towards vladimir putin. but the context of it is a world where for decades since the reagan administration the focus has been on the part of the united states to reduce the number of nuclear weapons globally. what's your read on all of this? >> well, it's an odd statement in an odd situation. you're right that since president carter actually we've been all of our presidents, republican and democrat, have wanted to reduce and limit nuclear weapons in the world. we have achieved strategic stability with both russia and china. there's really no reason to set out an arms race. there is the issue of nuclear modernization of our existing nuclear weapons. that's a major issue in washington. president-elect trump will need to deal with that in january. but here's the important part of it. nuclear weapons is arguably the most dangerous global issue. you want a serious, sober, and careful president on this. you want that president to have consulted all of his advisers, listened to the joint chiefs of staff. that doesn't appear to have happened here.
you also have one president at a time, and president-elect trump is not yet president so the world is hearing different american presidential voices. it's unfortunate, it's a crisis that he doesn't need to have at the start of his presidency. >> errol we're also hearing something different from the trump team than what this tweet says. his communications team coming out shortly after that tweet yesterday trying to clarify what the president-elect meant saying look he was referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation, the critical need to prevent it. that is not how this tweet read. should there be concern that different things are being tweeted that the world sees and then sort of back tracking, and clarify by the team after? >> well this is a perfect example, poppy, of the kind of confusion we're going to get until this administration decides how it's going to proceed. what you're saying is exactly right. the tweet said expand. expand nuclear weapons. and then you know, good luck to jason miller, sean spicer, great
guys, they're going to have their hands full trying to dial back and clarify over and over and over again as long as the president-elect decides on a whim in the middle of doing something else to sort of pop off a statement here or there without consulting anyone. and ambassador burns is exactly right. we all grew up or many of us of a certain age under the shadow and threat of what was called mutually assured destruction. donald trump was part of that generation, as well. one of the great achievements of the last generation was to move away from that. and one would think that the lessons of history would have taught that you don't do this recklessly. you don't do it on a whim. you don't do it in such a way that your staff has to run behind you and clean up and clarify what you meant because this is not speaking to a political rally. the campaign is over. this is not just trying to energize your voertz. this is speaking to the entire world. this is the president being the leader of the free world. and what we've seen so far i think doesn't bode well for how that's going to look over the next four years. >> in fact during the campaign
the president-elect did have seemingly different position on nuclear weapons at one point saying to our anderson cooper in a town hall essentially you know perhaps it would be better if japan and perhaps saudi arabia, perhaps south korea, had nuclear weapons themselves, but at other points saying i don't want to see more nuclear weapons. he's not the sitting president yet. there is a sitting president. and you essentially now have two different people talking at the same time about nuclear policy, you've got obviously sitting president, and the president-elect. isn't that confusing to foreign allies and adversaries? >> it should be. donald trump has talked about how he wants to be more unpredictable as he takes office. unpredictability is not necessarily a good thing on the world stage in global diplomacy as ambassador burns knows. every single word is parsed and examined for every tiny little
bit of meaning. and this is not necessarily a good thing if the united states of america is offering two different takes at the same time. we've seen a foreign power now, israel, intervene and ask the president-elect to essentially pressure the sitting president over a u.n. security council resolution. you know, president obama, when he was president-elect obama, was very careful to note that america has only one president at a time. then-president-elect george bush back in 2000 treaded the very careful line until he took over from bill clinton. so there are traditions that a president-elect trump or a president trump is certainly going to break and maybe that's a good thing in the longer sense. there are other traditions though that are not good to break and this is one of them. >> it's clear that he is not guided by tradition. this is going to be an unprecedented, and rather unorthodox presidency. but you bring up an interesting point, nick, that is sort of the 24 hours it was, yesterday, of
really social media diplomacy. here he is tweeting about the setment vote at the united nations, and you know, intervening in that right now. we've got the tweet about nuclear weapons and then later in the day you've got the tweet about lockheed martin and boeing sort of pitting those two companies against each other when it comes to fight jets, sending lockheed stocks down after hours trading and this is having a real impact. >> i think there's a need for discipline obviously. transitions can be useful to president-elects. it's a time to dig into the intelligence, get briefed on issues. form your team. get a sense of the strategy of the team and hit the ground running at noon on january 20th. our tradition, but also i think reason would dictate that that's the best way to do it. and this issue with nuclear weapons is so important, existential issue for the united states for russia, for china. you don't want to slip up. you don't want to say things that can be misunderstood.
you want to have nuclear stability. this is not a race that anyone's going to win or lose. we don't want to have to use nuclear weapons but deter our adversaries and that's a serious business that every president from harry truman on has done successfully. listen to general mattis. listen to the chairman of the joints chief of staff. listen to the career foreign service on these issues before you tweet out in 140 characters, it's not mature. it's not reasonable. >> ambassador nicolas burns thank you, errol louis, we appreciate it. thank you all. still to come the suspect in the berlin market attack shot and killed overnight. we have the latest on all of that how it went down. also the syrian government says it now has control of aleppo after more than four years of civil war there. so what happens now? take one.
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break news on the main suspect in the berlin truck attack just hours after anis amri was killed in a police shoot-out last night just outside of milan isis has released a new video. this video appears to show the 24-year-old tunisian man pledging allegiance to isis' leader. there is no mention in the video of the attack on monday. it's not clear when this pledge of allegiance to isis in this video when this was all shot. let's go to journalist chris burns from berlin with more on the investigation. and obviously the shoot-out that led to amri's death. walk us through what happened. i know you have some breaking news on frankly how much german intelligence knew about what a threat amri was before the attack.
>> right. let's just go quickly to what happened here. after crashing that truck, 25-ton truck into this market back on monday, anis amri left his fingerprints on that truck and fled. he hid out in berlin for awhile. he went to france, he took a train from eastern france to milan. arrived there this morning about 1:00 a.m. took a train to a suburban part of -- outside of milan, where police confronted him just for a regular i.d. check. instead of pulling out an i.d., he pulled out a .22 caliber pistol and started firing. he shot in the shoulder one of the italian policemen. another policeman opened fire and shot him in the chest and killed anis amri. now where does that go from here? angela merkel saying just moments ago the german chancellor that she's welcoming, of course, the news but saying this is not over. we will stay on this case. there could be many, many others. her interior ministry said
they're going to have hundreds of people, police continuing to investigate trying to track down those who were linked and provided support to anis amri. and keep in mind, anis amri was on a terror threat list among about 500 other people like that in germany. so they do have a lot to do over the holidays to keep an eye on. poppy? >> chris burns reporting for us in berlin. thank you very much, chris. also the syrian government saying that the battle for aleppo has come to an end. you're looking at pro-regime celebrations breaking out in the streets after the government, the assad regime, took full control, they say, of the last rebel stronghold in syria, that is aleppo. this as the final 35,000 civilians were evacuated from eastern aleppo on thursday. syrian president bashar al assad calling the takeover a, quote,
liberation from terrorists. that's his take. what happens next? muhammad lila has all the details. mohammed? >> well, good morning, poppy. you know, we got to be careful when we talk about what happens next. i know we've been covering this conflict. just when you think you know what's going to happen, someone throws a wrench into the game and the goalposts change. but at least for now we can confirm both syrian side and armed opposition said saying that eastern aleppo is now fully in control of government forces. therefore a victory, a liberation showing the people celebrating in the streets, and dancing, and calling this a major turning point. which, in fact, it may turn out to be. now here's the question, what happens next? well, we know that the rebels are now regrouping in the countryside of aleppo. but the problem with that is there's been a lot of infighting amongst these rebel groups for years and they now happen to be in an area where there's a heavy isis presence and al qaeda presence and all of those groups in a weird way the syrian conflict has unraveled they're all fighting each other.
the question is will they somehow be able to unite and continue to fight the assad regime. now, as far as the assad regime goes, some people are saying they're almost putting out an olive branch but another way of interpreting it as an almost taunting the rebels. syrian military commander basically pointing out to the rebels, look, all of you should drop your weapons and figure out how to rejoin the rest of syrian society because you've already lost aleppo and there isn't a whole lot left you can do. so that's kind of where things are on the ground right now. and of course those people that might want to go back to eastern aleppo and live there, well it's been bombed almost relentlessly daily now for several months, if not years. there's very little for them to go back to. >> muhammad lila reporting for us in istanbul. thank you very much. still to come, outrage is growing today over this viral video out of fort worth, texas, how a woman and her daughter were arrested after she called police to tell them that her son had been choked by an adult neighbor.
outrage is growing over several arrests in ft. worth, texas. a woman calls police to tell them her adult neighbor has choked her young son. then she and her daughter end up in custody when an officer responds. this is the video of the confrontation. it's video that has gone viral. that officer in ft. worth, texas, now on restricted duty stat status. and the man she said choked her son, the latest from polo sandoval. walk us through this video. it is a six-minute video.
what does it show us and what has the response been from the police? >> at this point there's a growing call for the officer to be held accountable. investigators saying be patient, aallowing the investigation to run its course. as we set up the video, this north texas woman reached out to police, called them claiming that apparently one of her neighbors had choked her son. a police officer did show up, not what jackie craig expected. >> you don't have the right to grab him, to tell him -- >> reporter: jacqueline craig heard stating her case to a police officer she called to her community in ft. worth alleging this man, a neighbor, choked her young son for supposedly littering on his lawn. the officer's response, was not what she expected. >> -- not to litter. >> it doesn't matter if he did or didn't.
it doesn't give him the right to put his hands on him. >> why not? >> because he don't. why does this man not have -- >> if you don't know what i teach him. and whatever you teach your kid s -- >> reporter: at that moment craig's daughter steps in facing her mother. the officer then grabbing craig's daughter from behind. the next thing you see is craig on the ground, being arrested. the officer pointing what looks like a taser at witnesses. another jump in the video, and the officer is wrestling craig's daughter to the ground, arresting her, too. the community is outraged. crowds gathering outside the
ft. worth courthouse thursday night. craig's attorney telling cnn he and his client believe race played a role in the incident. >> the officer came to that scene and he saw a white man and a black woman and he made up his mind before really asking any real questions that the white man was not going to be guilty of any -- anything and that he was going to find a reason to be upset with the complaining witness, the black mother. >> reporter: ft. worth police department saying to the statements we acknowledge that the initial appearance of the video may raise serious questions. we ask that our investigators are given the time, and opportunity, to thur roarly examine this incident and to submit their findings. the officers now on restricted duty as the department's internal affairs unit investigates the case. back to that initial assault claim that started everything. ft. worth police telling cnn that a report was taken, witnesses were interviewed. they said at this point no charges have been filed, nobody has been arrested regarding that
case. back to this particular incident here, between that still unidentified officer, and jacqueline craig, poppy, investigators are still going over some of that -- some of the witnesses say and also some of t the footage that could potentially answer some of the questions that police officers, investigators, and the public have at this hour. >> polo thank you for the reporting very much. next hour i will be speaking with the mother jacqueline craig who was arrested and her attorney. we'll have that straight ahead. quick break. we're back in a moment. your insurance company won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™, you won't have to worry about replacing your car because you'll get the full value back
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less than i month until president-elect donald trump is inaugurated. perhaps not with the star power some of his predecessors had at their inaugurations but the president-elect this morning tweeting he doesn't want them. he just wants the people. cnn's stephanie elam has more on who else we can expect to hit the stage come january.
>> reporter: beyonce. james taylor. brad paisley. those are just a few of the a-list entertainers who sang at president obama's last inauguration. over the years, presidential inaugurations have become celeb-studded celebrations. hollywood heavyweights deeming it an honor to be asked to perform for the new president. but now less than a month away from the president-elect's inauguration, sources tell cnn that donald trump's transition team is having a hard time booking talent. >> this was an incredibly divisive campaign. there's a lot of hurt feelings out there and even if you supported donald trump, you may have some hesitation over what kind of response you are going to get from your fan base that did not vote for him. >> reporter: the vice-chair for trump's inaugural committee said elton john was selt t to perforn the national mall.
'john's spokesman said he would not be performing at trump's inauguration. it would be a change for john who headlined a hillary clinton fund-raiser during the campaign. >> the view among many in the music industry is donald trump is not an ordinary republican in his rhetoric, and they are very put off by that. and it follows through with the inauguration that they don't want to touch it, i guess, with a ten-foot pole. >> reporter: entertainment website the wrap says garth brooks will not perform. no doubt trump will have performances, just perhaps with a lot less pop. >> i actually don't doubt there will be people there at the inauguration. i don't think, though, that they are going to get people who are out there on the campaign trail for hillary clinton. i also don't think they are going to get the level of celebrity star power that you saw for barack obama's first inauguration. hollywood leans left. and donald trump has to work against that.
>> reporter: the trump team is downplaying any difficulties getting a-listers, confirming to cnn they booked the mormon tabernacle choir. also saying yes, jackie ivancho of "america's got talent" fame will sing the national anthem at his swearing-in. other possible performers, musicians who stumped for trump like ted nugent and kid rock. stephanie elam, cnn, los angeles. the next hour of "newsroom" begins after a quick break. i'm about to show you some of my must-see spots in l.a. welcome to amir's garden. in 1971, a massive brush fire kind of wiped out all of the trees, vegetation and amir
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good morning. i'm poppy harlow in for carol costello. i want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. we begin this hour with breaking news on that hijacked plane. the libyan plane that did land in malta. officials now saying the two hijackers who threatened to blow up the plane with more than 100 people on board have handed themselves over to authorities. they are now in custody. ian lee joins us with more. what do we know? >> reporter: well, these were some very tense hours on the