What is the difference?Jim Acosta BLOWS UP at Trump for Treating Puerto Rico and Florida Differently


>>>HAPPENING NOW, BREAKING NEWS. STRENGTHENING STORM. HURRICANE DORIAN IS HEADING TOWARD FLORIDA, WHERE IT’S EXPECTED TO SLAM INTO THE FORCE AS A POWERFUL CATEGORY 4, PUTTING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AT RISK, AS GEORGIA NOW JOINS ITS NEIGHBOR DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. THE LATEST FORECAST IS JUST IN. >>>CHANGE OF TONE. AFTER ATTACKING PUERTO RICO AS DORIAN APPROACHED, THE PRESIDENT IS NOW OPENLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE THREAT TO FLORIDA AND SAYS HE’S SKIPPING A TRIP TO POLAND SO THAT ALL FEDERAL RESOURCES ARE FOCUSING IN ON THE STORM. >>>ABANDONING AN ALLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CONSIDERING A PLAN TO BLOCK A QUARTER BILLION IN MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE, A MOVE THAT WOULD FURTHER INGRATIATE HIM WITH RUSSIA’S PRESIDENT PUTIN. >>>KIM JONG-UN CHANGES NORTH KOREA’S CONSTITUTION SO HE’S NOW THE OFFICIAL HEAD OF STATE. AFTER NAMING HIMSELF SUPREME COMMANDER AND RESPECTED COMRADE, IS HE JUST COLLECTING MORE TITLES, OR LOOKING TO LEGITIMIZE HIMSELF TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE UNITED STATES.>>>I’M WOLF BLITZER, YOU’RE IN “THE SITUATION ROOM.”>>Announcer: THIS IS CNN BREAKING NEWS. >>>BREAKING NEWS, THE NEW FORECAST IS JUST IN, AND DORIAN IS EXPECT TO DO SLAM INTO FLORIDA AS A MAJOR HURRICANE ON LABOR DAY, BRINGING LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGES ALONG THE COAST. ASP LASHING THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, LEADING PUERTO RICO LATERALLY UNSCATHED, DORIAN IS NOW A CATEGORY 1, EXPECTING TO INTENSIFY AS IT MOVES NORTH IN THE WARM ATLANTIC WATERS. IT COULD MAKE LANDFALL ON LABOR DAY ANYWHERE FROM THE FLORIDA KEYS TO SOUTHEAST GEORGIA. FLORIDA’S GOVERNOR HAS DECLARED AN EMERGENCY FOR THE ENTIRE STATE, AND THERE’S ALREADY BEEN A BIG RUN ON WATER, FOOD, GAS AND BUILDING SUPPLIES. A DOZEN GEORGIA COUNTIES HAVE JUST BEEN PLACED UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER TREATING PUERTO RICO WITH CONTEMPT WHEN IT WAS IN THE PATH OF THE STORM, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NOW TURNED VERY, VERY SERIOUS NOW THAT FLORIDA AND GEORGIA ARE LIKELY TARGETS. HE JUST CANCELED A TRIP TO POLAND, SAYING HE WANTS TO FOCUS IN ON THE HURRICANE. I’LL SPEAK WITH CONGRESSMAN DON BIER AND OUR CORRESPONDENTS AND ANALYSTLESS HAVE FULL COVERAGE. FLORIDA’S GOVERNOR HAS DECLARED AN EMERGENCY IN ALL OF THE STATE’S COUNTIES, AND PREPARATIONS ARE UNDER WAY. WHAT’S THE LATEST THERE?>>Reporter: WOLF, AUTHORITIES ARE ALREADY WARNING RESIDENTS HERE TO GET PREPARED. TOMORROW THEY ARE BRINGING IN TWO TRUCKLOADS OF SAND SO RESIDENTS CAN MAKE SANDBAGS. WHEN I HAVE ASKED PEOPLE WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CONCERN, EVERY SINGLE PERSON HAS SAID A DIRECT HIT.>>WE’LL GET IT FOR YOU. >>Reporter: TONIGHT HURRICANE DORIAN IS BARRELING TOWARD FLORIDA, EXPECTED TO BE A CATEGORY 4 STORM, IT’S ALREADY CAUSING HURRICANE-FORCE ISSUES FOR THE SUNSHINE STATE.>>IT’S A MONDAY, BUT WE HAD TO MAKE SOME SUDDEN CHANGES. >>WHY?>>BECAUSE OF THE HURRICANE. >>Reporter: AS FLORIDIANS PREPARE TO HUNKER DOWN OR GET OUT, THE COMING STORM IS FORCING OTHERS TO STAY AWAY FROM THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, USUALLY A SEASON MONEY MAKER FOR HOTELS AND CRUISESHIPS. >>HOW MUCH WILL YOU LOSE HERE?>>IN EXCESS OF $120,000. >>Reporter: DEBRA GREEN SAYS SHE’S HAD A STEADY STREAM OF CANCELLATIONS ON WHAT WAS TO BE A SOLD-OUT HOLIDAY WEEKEND, BUT TONIGHT FLORIDA OFFICIALS SAY BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. >>THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. IF YOU HAVEN’T ACTED, ACT TO MAKE PREPARATIONS. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE.>>Reporter: DORN ARE DORIAN HAS PUMMELED THE BRITISH AND U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND LASHED PUERTO RICO WITH RAIN, BUT SINCE IT’S MOVED OUT INTO OPEN WATERS IT’S PICKING UP STEAMS, AND COULD NOT PACK WINDS AS HIGH AS 115 MILES AN HOUR BY THE TIME IT SOUNDS — PROMPTING FLORIDIANS TO TAKE ACTION.>>JUST GETTING READY FOR THE HURRICANE. >>JUST GETTING PREPARED FOR THE STORM COMES. JUST WANT TO PROTECT WHAT’S COMING POTENTIALLY.>>Reporter: TONIGHT THE RUSH TO FILL UP THE GAS PUMP IS UNDER WAY.>>THE PRAYING HAS ALREADY BEGUN. >>AND IN DAYTONA BEACH THEY’RE ALREADY FILLING UP WITH SAND. LINING UP AT HARDWARE STORES SO THEY CAN BOARD UP AT HOME. >>WHAT YOU DON’T WANT IS TO HAVE A SITUATION WHERE YOU CAN’T KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SAFE BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T TAKE TIME TO PREPARED.>>Reporter: FLORIDIANS ARE WARNED TO HAVE SEVEN DAYS OF FOOD, WATER AND MEDICINE. >>I HAVE A 1-YEAR-OLD AT HOME, IT’S NOT THE FIRST HURRICANE I’VE BEEN THROUGH.>>Reporter: MEANTIME, EVEN NASA SAYS IT’S NOT TAKING ANY CHANCES EITHER, MOVING THE MOBILE LAUNCH PLATFORM BACK INSIDE. >>OBVIOUSLY BECAUSE IT’S SO TALL, IT WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE WIND. >>Reporter: A FEAT THAT WILL TAKE AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS USES A 6 MILLION POUND VEHICLE TO SLOWLY PULL THE PLATFORM 3 1/2 MILES TO SAFETY. WOLF, YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE RIGHT NOW IN MIAMI, WHERE GAS LINES ARE FORMING — HAVE BEEN FORMING FOR QUITE SOME TIME AS PEOPLE TRYING TO GET FUEL FOR THEIR CARS AS WELL AS GENERATORS SHOULD DORIAN CAUSE POWER OUTAGES. BACK HERE LIVE INPORT IN PORT CANAVERAL, THIS IS THE PUTS JEST FOR CREW SHIPS, THEY EXPECT A FEW TOMORROW, BUT AFTER THAT WE COULD SEE A IMPACT IN THE ITINERARIES. >>THANK YOU LEYLA.>>>I WANT TO TURN TO ALISON CHINCHAR. I UNDERSTAND A NEW FORECAST HAS BEEN RELEASED. >>YES, AND PROBABLY THE BIGGEST CHANGE WE’RE NOTICING A DELAY IN THE LANDFALL TIMELINING. MOST OF THE BANK STATISTICS HAVE REMAINED RELATIVELY THE SAME. MOVING TO THE NORTHWEST AT 13 MILES PER HOUR. IT’S TRYING TO FORM AN EYE, BUT WHAT’S INTERESTING IS THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE STORM HAS STARTED TO ENHANCE. PUERTO RICO IS PROBABLY GET MORE RAIN NOW THAT IS WHEN THE ANY OF THE STORM WAS ON THIS PARTICULAR AREA. VERY HEAVY RAIN BANDS PUSHING IN TO NOT ONLY PUERTO RICO, BUT ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AS WELL, BUT WE TALKED TO THE CHANGES ON THE TRACK. HERE IS THE CURRENT POSITION. IT’S EXPECTED TO INTEND FIT, JUST ABOUT THE NEXT 24 HOURS, DUE IN PART BECAUSE THE WATER IS INCREDIBLY WARM. ANOTHER PART, THERE’S NOT IN ITS WAY TO WEAKEN IT, BUT WE EXPECT IT TO STILL GET UP TO A CATEGORY 4, BUT THE LANDFALL TIME IS LATER, MAYBE MONDAY MORNING INTO EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON. IT GIVES PEOPLE MORE TIME TO PREPARE, BUT YOU DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO BECOME COMPLACENT.>>ANY BETTER SENSE, YET, ALISON WHERE IT MIGHT HIT LAND?>>SO MORE OF THE MODELLES ARE TRYING TO TREND SOUTH, ESPECIALLY THE EUROPEAN MODEL, BUT AGAIN THAT’S JUST ONE MODEL. IT COULD ALL GO BACK FOR THE NEXT MODEL RUN. THE KEY THING TO KNOW, IT’S GOT TO GO NORTH AFTER THAT, SO REALLY THE ENTIRE STATE WILL HAVE IN IMPACT FROM THE STORM, WHETHER IT’S DIRECT LANDFALL OR THE AFTEREFFECTS AS IT CONTINUES TO MOVE ON. ALISON CHINCHAR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>>AFTER TREATING PUERTO RICO WITH SCORN WHEN THE STORM WAS BEARING DOWN ON THAT U.S. TERRITORY, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TAKING A DIFFERENT TONE AS FAR AS FLORIDA IS CONCERNED. FLORIDA NOW VERY MUCH AS YOU HEARD, IN HARM’S WAY. LET’S GO TO OUR CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT JIM ACOSTA. WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT SAYING NOW, JIM?>>Reporter: HE JUST ANNOUNCED A FEW MOMENTS AGO THAT HE WON’T BE GOING TO POLAND FOR A TRIP, SO HE CAN STAY IN WASHINGTON AND KEEP TABS ON HURRICANE DORNIAN. MIKE PENCE WILL GO IN HIS PLACE, AND HE INSISTS THE ADMINISTRATION IS READY FOR THE STORM, BUT NO MISTAKING THE DIFFERENCE IN HOW THE PRESIDENT IS RESPONDING NOW AND HOW HE’S BEEN BEHAVING IN THE LAST 48 HOURS WHEN THE SAME HURRICANE WAS TARGETING PUERTO RICO. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SOUNDING ALL BUSINESS ABOUT THE STORM PREPARATION EFFORTS, ANNOUNCING IN THE ROSE GARDEN HE IS POSTPONING HIS TRIP TO POLAND AS HURRICANE DORIAN IS EXPECT TO DO CRASH INTO THE STATE OF FLORIDA OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND. >>OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THE HURRICANES, AND I WILL BE RESCHEDULING MY TRIP TO POLAND IN THE NEAR FUTURE. >>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT IS WARNINGS FLORIDIANS THAT DORIAN COULD BE DEVASTATED, TWEETING — IT WILL BE A VERY BIG HURRICANE, PERHAPS ONE OF THE BIGGEST. BUT CONTRAST THE PRESIDENT’S NO-NONSENSE WARNINGS WITH HIS COMMENTS ON PUERTO RICO, WHEN THE HURRICANE WAS ON ITS WAY TO THE ISLAND. THE PRESIDENT TWEETED — PUERTO RICO IS ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT PLACES ON EARTH. NAIR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND THEIR POLITICIANS ARE EITHER INCOMPETENT OR CORRUPT AND BY THE WAY, I’M THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO PUERTO RICO. BUT CRITICS SAY THAT’S NOT TRUE, POINTED AT THE PRESIDENT’S PAPER TOWEL TOSSING PERFORMANCE.>>Reporter: BETWEEN 1 AND 10, HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE RESPONSE?>>I WOULD SAY A 10. >>Reporter: HE’S MAKING OTHER WAVES, AS IS THE ES ADMINISTRATION IS PULLING BACK ON ASSIST TONS TO UKRAINE. CUTTING THAT AID WOULD BE WELCOME BY RUSSIA’S PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN.>>I BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES HAS AN ETHICAL COMMITMENT TO HELP THE UKRAINIANS DEFEND THEMSELVES. IT’S HARD NOT TO JUXTAPOSE THIS WITH THE PUSH BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BRING RUSSIA BACK GOO THE G7.>>Reporter: HE’S — >>CHINA PLAYS A VICIOUS GAME. THEY TARGETED OUR FARMERS. THAT’S HOW VICIOUS THEY PLAY THE GAME. THEY KNOW THE FARMERS LOVES TRUMP AND TRUMP LOVES THE FARMERS. THEY’RE INCREDIBLE. THEY DON’T WANT ANY SUBSIDIES. HE ‘ALSO UNHAPPY WITH FOX NEWS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CERTAINLY PERSONALITIES. >>I’M NOT HAPPY WITH FOX. PEOPLE SAY FOX IS FOR ME, FOX, LOOK, SEAN AND LAURA AND TUCKER HAS REALLY BEEN VERY GOOD — SOMEWHAT TRICK ABOUT, BUT THAT’S OKAY, BUT HE’S BEEN VERY GOOD. YOU GUYS IN THE MORNING, AINSLEY AND STEVE, YOU’VE BECOME — I USED TO SAY YOU WERE A SOLID 6 OR 7, BUT YOU’RE GETTING MUCH BETTER. >>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT SAID HE’S PLANNING TO DRAW DOWN THE NUMBER OF TROOPS? AFGHANISTAN. HE’S LONG ADVOCATED FOR A TOTAL WITHDRAWAL, BUT IT APPEARS ADVISERS WARN AGAINST THAT KIND OF MOVE HAVE WON THE DAY FOR NOW. AS FOR THE PRESIDENT’S TRIP TO POLAND, IT’S WORTH NOTING HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE WHILE IN WARSAW. NO WORD WHETHER THE VICE PRESIDENT WILL HAVE THAT MEETING. THAT’S A KEY MEETING, AS YOU KNOW, AS THE ADMINISTRATION IS CONSIDERING WHETHER TO HOLD UP MILITARY AID FOR UKRAINE, SOMETHING THE PENTAGON DOESN’T WANT TO SEE HAPPEN, BUT OF COURSE THE FINAL CALL BELONGS WITH THE PRESIDENT. >>JIM ACOSTA AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR US.>>>JOINING US IS DON BIER, FROM VIRGINIA. THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. DID THE PRESIDENT DO THE RIGHT THING BY CANCELLING, OR AT LEAST POSTPONING HIS TRIP?>>YES, HE DID. I’M GLAD HE’S FOGS CAN ON THE HURRICANE, BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE AWAY FROM THE FACT THAT HE SO BLEW IT FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN THE STORMS HIT PUERTO RICO, AND HOPEFULLY HE WON’T ATTACK THE LEADERS IN THE SOUTHERN STATES LIKE HE DID WITH PUERTO RICO. WHEN THEY NEEDED HIM THE MOST, HE’S BEEN TEARING HIM DOWN. >>HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE, OBVIOUSLY THAT’S NOT NOW GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THESE REPORTS THAT HE’S THINKING OF ELIMINATING $250 MILLION IN MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE. >>I THINK THERE WILL BE STRONG BACKLASH. JOHN BOLTON WAS JUST THERE YESTERDAY MEETING WITH THE UKRAINE LEADERS E. PLEDGING U.S. SUPPORT FOR THEIR INDEPENDENCE, THEIR SOVEREIGNTY,IST HARD NOT TO SEE THIS IN THE G7 CONTEXT. THEY HAVE NOT PAID A PRICE FOR STEALING CRIMEA, AND FOR KINNING TO REALLY TRY TO DISRUPT DEMOCRACIES THROUGHOUT WESTERN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES. >>THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF OPPOSITION IF THAT DECISION GOES FORWARD. YOU HEARD A VERY DIFFERENT TONE. YOU POINTED IT OUT YOURSELF WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS TALKING ABOUT PUERTO RICO AND THE THREAT TO PUERTO RICO, AS OPPOSED TO THE THREAT TO FLORIDA, AND MAYBE GEORGIA AS WELL. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?>>WELL, PART OF IT IS FLORIDA COULD BE A SWING STATE IN 2020. PART OF IT IS FLORIDA IS NOT AN I’D FULL OF PEOPLE OF COLOR. WE HAVE SEEN HIM AGAIN AND AGAIN PICK ON ANY WHERE COLOR IS INVOLVED. BUT I DON’T REALLY CRITICIZE HIS STICKING UP AND TRYING TO MODIFY THE IMPACTS OF THE HURRICANE ON FLORIDA. I JUST HE WAS EVENHANDED WHEN IT COMES TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OR PUERTO RICO. >>BUT DOES HE REALIZE THE 3 MILLION PEOPLE IN PUERTO RICO ARE U.S. CITIZENS?>>I DON’T THINK HE’S EVER REALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT. AT LEAST HE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT DROPPING A NUCLEAR BOMB IN THE MIDDLE OF A HURRICANE AS HE’S REPORTED CONSIDERING IT.>>HE’S DENIED THAT, BUT AXIOS IS CONFIRMING THAT MULTIPLE TIMES. THE PRESIDENT SAYS FEMA IS PREPARED FOR THIS NEW HURRICANE, THIS CATEGORY 4 POTENTIALLY WHEN IT HITS FLORIDA, MAYBE GEORGIA, ABOUT YOU AS YOU KNOW, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS NOW DIVERTING ABOUT 271 MILLION FROM FEMA IN ORDER TO BEEF UP IMMIGRATION PROTECTION, AS THE PRESIDENT WOULD CALL IT. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?>>I THINK IT’S CRAZY. HE HAS THIS OBSESSION ON A WALL, NOW BLACK WALL, WHEN WE KNOW THAT THE THINGS WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT WITH THE BORDER, DRUGS, FENTANYL ARE COMING THROUGH THE PORTS OF ENTRY. SO IT’S A DISASTER. FEMA GETS BETTER AND BETTER, UNFORTUNATELY WITH CLIMATE CHANGE WE HAVE BECOME MORE PRACTICED AT DEALING WITH THIS. >>BUT SINCE CONGRESS APPROPRIATED THOSE FUNDS FOR FEMA, DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SIMPLY SIGN SOME SORT OF DOCUMENT AND MOVE MORE THAN $270 MILLION FROM FEMA TO SOME OTHER PURPOSES?>>WE DON’T THINK HE DOES, BUT HE’S GOING TO ASSERT IEPA AUTHORITY, BUT IT’S DIFFERENT TO MAKE THE CASE THERE’S AN EMERGENCY ON THE BORDER. THE EMERGENCY IS TAKING CARE OF THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN THAT TURNED THEMSELVES IN VOLUNTARY. WILL YOU CHALLENGE THAT DECISION?>>YES, WITH HE ABSOLUTELY WILL. WE HAD THIS FIGHT OVER THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS WHERE HE WAS GOING TO DIVERT SOME FOREIGN AID, AGAIN THE SAME IDEA, CITING IEPA AND HE RELENTED, THANK GOODNESS BECAUSE THERE WAS BIPARTISAN PUSH BACK. I THINK THERE WILL BE AGAIN. >>>THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. >>>EMERGENCY STEVEN PREPARED NECESSARY AS PEOPLE SCRAMBLE TO GET READY FOR HURRICANE DORIAN.>>>BREAKING NEWS WITH HURRICANE DORIAN, TAKING DIRECT AIM AT FLORIDA, PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST ANNOUNCED THAT HE’S CANCELLING A TRIP TO POLAND THIS WEEKEND SO HE CAN DAY AND MONITOR THE STORM RESPONSE. HE SOUNDED MUCH MORE CONCERNS ABOUT THE HURRICANE’S IMPACT THAN HE DID WHEN THE SAME STORM WAS HEADING TOWARD PUERTO RICO. WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE ABRUPT CHANGE IN TONE. BY ALL ACCOUNTS HE DID THE RIGHT THING IN DECIDING THIS WAS NOT A GOOD WEEKEND FOR HIM TO BE AWAY AS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE PO PINCHALLY IN FLORIDA AND GEORGIA PLAY BE IN DANGER. OBVIOUSLY THE PRESIDENT CAN BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES LITERALLY EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD, BUT TYPICALLY WHEN THE U.S. IS THREATENED, THEY STAY NEARBY. WHEN THE HURRICANE WENT TO PUERTO RICO, IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT WAS AT HIS GOLF COURSE IN NEW JERSEY. THAT WAS A POINT OF CONCERN, BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO CONVENE MEETINGS FROM UP THERE. IT LOOK LIKE HE WASN’T ENTIRELY FOCUSED ON THAT STORM, BUT THIS IS ALREADY A TRIP THAT’S BEEN CUT SHORT. HE WAS GOING TO GO TO COPENHAGEN, SO IT WAS A LOT EASIER TO CANCEL THE WHOLE THING AND SEND THE VICE PRESIDENT. TODAY IT’S ACTUALLY 14 YEARS SINCE HURRICANE KATRINA MADE LANDFALL IN LOUISIANA. CHAIRMAN GOT A LOT OF CRITICISM AT THE TIME FOR NOT NECESSARILY BEING ON TOP OF IT. >>THE DEFINING PHOTO OR IMAGE OF THE BUSH PRESIDENCY IS HIM LOOKING DOWN AT ALL OF THE FLOODING, FLYING OVER IT. >>IF YOU LOOK AT GEORGE W. BUSH’S PRESIDENCY, THE WAR IN IRAQ IS NOT WHEN THE PUBLIC LOSING FULL CONFIDENT, BUT HURRICANE KATRINA THE CHALLENGING THING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS 24 HOURS AGO HE WAS MOCKING PUERTO RICO FOR CORRUPTION OR THE MAYOR OF SAN JUAN. TOTALLY DIFFERENT TONALLY, IT’S HARD NOT TO NOTICE WHY. YOU CAN FEEL THAT WAY, BUT WHEN A MAJOR HURRICANE IS SEEMINGLY BEARING DOWN ON THAT — NOT THE BEST FOR THE PRESIDENT. >>WHY DO YOU THINK THERE’S A DIFFERENT TONE WITH THE DANGERS FACING PUERTO RICO, ‘OPPOSED TO THE DANGERS FACING FLORIDA?>>I THINK IT’S OBVIOUS. IT PERIODS TO RACE AND PERIODS TO POLITICS. IN INSTANCES OF ANY HURRICANE OR A NATIONAL DISASTER YOU HAVE TO BE OUT THERE FOR THE PEOPLE AND ALL THE PEOPLE. BUT WHEN YOU YOU DON’T NEED TO RETERM THE ACCOUNTS OF HOW HE’S REFERENCED PEOPLE, BUT ON THE ISSUE OF POLITICS, HOW MANY ELECTORAL VOTES DOES PUERTO RICO HAVE? ZERO. HOW MUCH PARTICIPATION DO THEY HAVE IN THE ELECTION OR CONGRESS? ZERO. FLORIDA IS ALWAYS A STATE OF CONTENTION, TIED WITH NEW YORK, YOU’VE GOT TO GET IT. YOU LOOK AT THE PAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, PRESIDENT OBAMA WENT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ‘089, 3%, TRUMP WINS FLORIDA, AND HE WINS IT AGAINST BY JUST MORE THAN A LITTLE BUILT. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO PANDER TO? THE PEOPLE YOU NEED TO ELECT YOU. SIMPLE QUESTION, SIMPLE ANSWER, THAT IS RACE IN POLITICS.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>I THINK JOEY IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE PRESIDENT REALLY DOES NOT VIEW HIMSELF AS BEING THE PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE — AND ALSO WANT — AS IF HE WANTS TO COMMUNICATE THAT NOT ONLY DOES HE NOT FEEL LIKE THE PRESIDENT, SHE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THEM OR THEIR SUFFERING. HE DOESN’T WANT TO GO OUT THERE AND MAKE A GRATUITOUS OR CRUEL STATEMENTS. THERE IS SOME DEGREE OF IRONY IN THIS CASE, RIGHT? AS HE WAS SAYING JUST THE OTHER AS IF IT WAS PUERTO RICO’S FAULT, MOTHER NATURE SHIFTING IT INTO FLORIDA FLORIDA, AND REMARK LE A MET KALE IMPORTANT STATE. IT SPEAKS TO THE SITUATION OF PUERTO PUERTO RICOANS, AND WHY AREN’T DEMOCRATS OUT THERE TRYING TO REGISTERED THE PUERTO RICOAN DISPLAYED FOLLOWING HURRICANE MARIA AND NOW THERE ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN WHY AREN’T THE DEMOCRATS FOCUSED ON REGISTERING THOSE PEOPLE TOO VOTE? IT SEEMS LIKE THEY WOULD BE A POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. . >>>WE’RE BACK WITH OUR ANALYSTS. THE YOU WANT CANCELED A TRIP FOR UNDERSTANDABLE REASONS, THE HURRICANE THAT’S THREATENING FLORIDA, BUT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET IN WARSAW, AND HE’S NOT THREATENING TO CUT MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE. WHAT MESSAGE WILL THAT SEND?>>THIS IS YET ANOTHER GIFT FROM TRUMP TO PUTIN. CERTAINLY WELCOME NEWS FOR THE KREMLIN, CURRYING FAVORS WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS BEEN THE BIZARRE HALLMARK THROUGHOUT HIS PRESIDENCY. THIS IS A MOVE THAT WOULD DRAW BIPARTISAN CONDEMNATION FROM CONGRESS. ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHERE HE’S OUT OF STEP WITH NOT JUST DEMOCRATS, BUT MENTION OF HIS — IT SIMPLY DOESN’T SHARE THAT VIEW. AND TRYING TO ENSURE ON THE INSTRUMENTAL — A COEQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. THE CONGRESS GETS TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS. THEY HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE. THEY GET TO DECIDE HOW MONEY IS SPENT. CONGRESS HAS SET THIS $250 MILL KWON FOR ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE. FOR THE PRESIDENT TO REFUSE TO SPEND IT IS UNDERMINING AN IMPORTANCE FUNCTION, THIS ALSO COMES AS RUDY GIULIANI CONTINUES TO MOUTH THIS BIZARRE AND FRANKLY DISGRACEFUL — UKRAINE HAS FAILED TO PLAY BALL. SO AS WE SEE TRUMP’S RELUCTANCE IN THIS AREA, TO DO SOMETHING THAT’S COMMON SENSE, IT COMES AS THE BACKTROOP OF HIS SUPPORTERS PRESSURING UKRAINE TO DO WHAT AMOUNTS TO CORRUPT POLITICAL FAVORITISM. >>>>E SAYS THE UKRAINE HAS DAMAGES INFORMATION ABOUT JOE BIDEN AND HIS FAMILY. THAT’S NOT EMERGED, AT LEAST NOT YET. HE WAS THREATENING TO CUT ABOUT VARIOUS. OF AID, BUT HAD TO RELENT IN THE FACE OF PRESSURE FROM REPUBLICANS AS WELL. >>IN THIS, THE PRESIDENT IS BASICALLY DARING CONGRESS TO PUSH BACK, AND IN SOME CASES, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO CERTAIN TYPES OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ISSUES, REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE WILLING TO USE WHATEVER POWER, INFLUENCE THEY HAVE OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SWAY HIM. THEY TYPICALLY DO IT PRIVATELY, THROUGH BACK CHANNELS, THROUGH THE VICE PRESIDENT, FOR EXAMPLE, THROUGH MIKE POMPEO, THE SECRETARY OF STATE. SO THEY TRY TO DO IT QUIETLY WITHOUT MAKING IT SEEM LIKE THEY’RE REPRIMANDING PRESIDENT, BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT REPUBLICANS THINK IS EVEN A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR THE PRESIDENT. >>THE PRESIDENT DID A RATHER LENGTHY INTERVIEW, ABOUT 22 MINUTES OR SO. YOU LISTENED TO IT, I LISTENED TO IT, ON FOX NEWS RADIO. HE SPOKE ABOUT SOME OF THE CRITICISM THAT HE’S LEVELED. HE WAS ASKED ABOUT SOME OF THE CRITICISM HE’S LEVELED LATELY AGAINST FOX NEWS. LISTEN TO THIS.>>I’M NOT HAPPY WITH FOX. I THINK — PEOPLE THINK FOX IS FOR ME. FOX IS GOOD. LOOK, SEAN, AND LAURA, AND TUCKER HAS BEEN VERY GOOD TUCKER’S A LITTLE TRUCKY, BUT THAT’S OKAY. BUT HE’S BEEN VERY GOOD. AND, YOU KNOW — I USED TO SAY YOU WERE A SOLID 6, MAYBE A 7, BUT YOU’RE GETTING MUCH BETTER. >>WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>I MEAN, SO HE CLEARLY IS A BELIEVER IN STATE-ONE TELEVISION AND VIEWS FOX AT THAT, THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE EFFECTIVELY PROPAGANDA FOR DONALD TRUMP. WHEN HE SAYS YOU WERE GOOD, REMEMBER HE DOESN’T GAUGE NEWS ON FACTUAL, INTERESTING CONTEXT, ET CETERA. HE GAUGES IT SOLELY, IS THIS GOOD FOR ME? OR IS THIS BOOED FOR ME? I DON’T MEAN THE PRESIDENCY, BUT DONALD TRUMP PERSONALLY. THE FIRST NAME STUFF, YOU KNOW, SEAN AND LAURA, THEY’RE GREAT, YOU KNOW, IT AFFIRMS EVERYTHING WE KNOW. HE WATCHES A TON OF CABLE TELEVISION. VIRTUALLY ALL THE TIME, THE LENS THROUGH WHICH HE SEES THE WORLDS. HE HAS EXPECTATIONS OF FOX THAT’S WHOLLY UNREASONABLE FOR SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS HOW A FREE PRESS WORKS. >>I WATCH A LOT OF CABLE TELEVISION. WE ALL WATCH A LOT. >>WE WOULD NEVER BAD MOUTH CABLE TELEVISION. >>GO AHEAD, JOEY. >>WHERE DO YOU FIND THE TIME? YOU’RE THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, DEALING WITH DOMESTIC POLICIES, ALL TYPES OF ISSUES, HURRICANES COMING OUR WAY, ECONOMY, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT RECESSION, DON’T WANT TO MENTION THAT “R” WORD YET YOU’RE NAMING MY FIRST NAME THE MORNING SHOW, THE NIGHT SHOW, A RATING, A SOLID 6, 7, BUT YOU’RE GETTING BETTER. I IF INDEPENDENCE IT AMAZING HIS FASCINATES, BUT IT LEADS TO POLICIES, WHICH LEADS TO TWEETS, WHICH LEADS TO THE GOVERNMENT GOING IN A DIRECTION BASED ON WHAT YOU LEARNED ON CABLE NEWS. >>JOEY, IT’S CALLED EXECUTIVE TIME. THAT’S WHAT IT’S CULLED.>>BUT THE PRESIDENT IS DOING SOMETHING THAT MAKES EVEN FOX UNCOMFORTABLE. THEY LIKE TO MAKE A DISTINCTION BETWEEN WHAT GOES ON DURING THE DAY AND AT NIGHT, THE ENTERTAINMENT TIME. THE PRESIDENT SEES THAT AND WHY CAN’T ALL OF FOX BE LIKE THE PEOPLE I LIKE. THESE ARE FOX NEWS HOSTS HE TALKS TO ON THE HOME THAT ARE IN SOME WAYS INFORMAL ADVISERS, AND HE’S PUSHING THE NETWORK TO DO MORE. I DON’T THINK HE’S WORRIED ABOUT THE THREAT OF ABANDONING FOX, BUT HE CERTAIN — >>JUST ONE POINT TO THE EXECUTIVE TIME, JOEY, YOU KNOW HOW MANY PUBLIC EVENTS HE HAD TODAY? ONE, THIS AFTERNOON, ABOUT SPACE COM. IT WAS ABOUT TEN MINUTES LONG. THERE’S A LOT OF TIME IN THAT TO WATCH A LOT OF CABLE TV, WHICH JUDGING FROM HIS TWITTER FEET, HE DOES. >>>GUYS, STICK AROUND. THERE’S MORE NEWS WE’RE FOLLOWING, INCLUDING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S INSPECTOR GENERAL LEVELING NEW CRITICISM AT JAMES COMEY, THIS TIME OVER HOW HE HANDLED HIS MEETINGS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. STAND BY. WE HAVE DETAILS. WE ALSO WILL GET REACTION.>>>LATER WHAT’S BEHIND . >>>WE’RE FOLLOWING THE BREAKING NEWS AS HURRICANE DORIAN HEADS TOWARD FLORIDA, WHERE IT’S EXPECTED TO HIT AS A VERY POWERFUL STORM. WE’LL HAVE MUCH MORE JUST AHEAD.>>>ALSO TONIGHT, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S INSPECTOR GENERAL HAS RELEASE ADD REPORT ON FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY AND HOW HE HANDLED MEMOS WITH HIS MEETINGS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. SARA MURRAY HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH THE DOCUMENTS, LENGTHY DOCUMENTS. WHAT DID YOU DISCOVER?>>THE INSPECTOR GENERAL TOOK A PRETTY DIM VIEW OF HOW COMEY HANDLED THESE MEMOS. THEY SAID HE VIOLATED FBI RULES, AND HE SET A DANGEROUS PRESS ACCIDENT FOR CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FBI IN HANDLING THIS SENSITIVE INFORMATION, THOUGH THEY DID CONCEDE THAT NUMB OF THE INFORMATION HE ULTIMATELY SHARED WITH A COLLEAGUE TO THE “NEW YORK TIMES” WAS NOT CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. HE WAS EXPLAINING WHY HE WANTED TO GET THESE MEMOS OUT HERE.>>I ASKED A FRIEND OF MINE TO SHARE THE CONTENT OF THE MEMO WITH A REPORTER. I DIDN’T DO IT MYSELF FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, BUT I ASKED HIM TOO, I THOUGHT THAT MIGHT PROMPT THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL COUNSEL. SO I ASKED A CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE TO DO IT. >>THE REPORT SAYS COMEY HAD CHEVROLET OTHER LAWFUL OPTIONS TO HIM WHICH HI TOLD US WAS HI GOAL. WHAT WAS NOT PERMITTED WAS THE DISCLOSURES OF SENSITIVE INVESTIGATIVE INFORMATION OBTAINED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A PERSONALLY DESIRABLE OUTKIM. >>AFTER RUE VICE THE MATTER, THE DEPARTMENT DECLINED PROSECUTION, BUT THEN WENT ON TO SAY, AS DESCRIBED IN THIS REPORT, WE CONCLUDE THAT COMEY’S RETENTION HANDLING AND DISSEMINATION OF CERTAIN MEMOS VIOLATED POLICIES, AND HIS FBI EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT. SO THERE’S A LOT OF MATERIAL. >>THERE IS, AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS, AND I THINK YOU HAVE SEEN THIS TODAY, THAT YOU TAKE AWAY WHAT YOU WANT TO TAKE AWAY. IF YOU’RE A REPUBLICAN, AN ALLY OF THE PRESIDENT, WHO BELIEVES THE FBI WAYS BIASED AND ACTING INAPPROPRIATELY THOSE ARE THE TAKEAWAYS YOU’RE GETTING. JAMES COMEY VIOLATED THE RILES, ACTED IN HIS OWN INTEREST, WANTED THE MEM OWESES OUT TO HURT TRUMP. >>OTHERS WOULD SAY HE WAS A PATRIOT, AND WAS CONCERNED, AND COMEY FOR HIS OWN PART TOOK TO TWITTER AND POINTED TO THE LINE SAYING NO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION WAS SHARED WITH JOURNALISTS TO SAY, LOOK, I’M NOT A LEAKER, I’M NOT A LIAR.>>THE PRESIDENT OBVIOUSLY WITH A DIFFERENT INTERPRETATION. PERHAPS NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY HAS SOMEONE BEEN MORE THOROUGHLY DISGRACED AND EXCORIATED. HE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF.>>ALL OF THIS IS BEFORE WE GET THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ON THE ORIGINS OF THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, SO MORE TO COME. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>>STAY WITH US, WE’LL HAVE MUCH MORE ON THE BREAKING NEWS, NEARLY UPDATED FORECAST FOR HURRICANE DORIAN.>>>AND WHAT’S THE REAL MESSAGE BEHIND THE NORTH KOREAN PARLIAMENT’S DECISION TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION>>>NORTH KOREA HAS JUST GIVEN MORE AUTHORITY ON KIM JONG-UN.>>WE’RE TOLD THIS CAN BE KIM STANDING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THEIR ONGOING NUCLEAR TALKS BECAUSE, FRANKLY, THE CLOCK IS TICKING FAST. THIS IS SEEN AS A MOVE KIM WANTED TO TAKE FOR INTERNAL CONSUMPTION IN NORTH KOREA, TO REMIND HIS PEOPLE THAT THE KIM DYNASTY IS UNSHAKE AABLE. >>Translator: HIS THIRST FOR ABSOLUTE POWER HAS NEVER BEEN IN QUESTION. HE HAS SOLIDIFIED THE STRONG MAN’S RULE JUST IN CASE ANYONE MIGHT BE QUESTIONING IT. THE SUPREME PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY HAS FORMALLY MADE HIM THE, QUOTE, SUPREME LEADER OF THE PARTY, STATE, AND ARMED FORCES OF THE DPRK.>>INTERNALLY THE COUNTRY’S HITTING A LITTLE BUMPY AIR. ECONOMY’S NOT DOING TOO WELL. HE DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO SHOW FOR HIS DIPLOMACY WITH WASHINGTON. IT IS TO REAFFIRM THAT HE IS IN CONTROL IF ANYBODY HAS ANY DOUBTS. >>A STATEMENT IS THAT THE PARLIAMENT’S MOVE ESTABLISHES THE, QUOTE, MONOLITHIC GUIDANCE OF THE SUPREME LEADER. IT’S NOT CLEAR IF HE GETS A FORMAL NEW TITLE BUT HE HAS GIVEN HIMSELF ENOUGH TO TUMBLE OFF THE SIDE OF ANY BUSINESS CARD. AMONG HIS DESIGNATIONS IS DEAR RESPECTED PARTY, CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE AFFAIRS AND CHAIRMAN OF THE KOREAN PEOPLE’S ARMY, TITLES OF A MAN WHO WAS ANOINTED AS A THIRD GENERATION DICTATOR WHEN HE WAS A CHILD. >>AT HIS EIGHTH BIRTHDAY PARTY HE WAS PRESENTED WITH THIS LITTLE GENERAL’S UNIFORM, AN OLIVE GREEN UNIFORM WITH EPILETS AND BRASS BUTTONS. REAL GENERALS CAME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY AND SALUTED HIM, BOWED TO HIM. >>Reporter: ANALYSTS SAY HIS NEWLY BOLSTERED AUTHORITY FOLLOWS THE STRUCTURE OF HIS GRANDFATHER, THE FOUNDER OF NORTH KOREA, WHO MANY BELIEVE KIM JONG-UN TRIES TO EMULATE. OPINIONS VARY AS TO WHETHER KIM IS NOW MORE POWERFUL THAN HIS GRANDFATHER WAS OR NOT, BUT EXPERTS BELIEVE THIS LATEST MOVE COULD BOOST THE 35-YEAR-OLD IN HIS DEALINGS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP.>>THIS COULD BE SEEN INTERNALLY AS REAFFIRMING HIS PRIMACY AND DOMINANCE AND GIVING HIM KIND OF EXTRA STATUS FOR ANY NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES.>>Reporter: TRUMP AND KIM HAVE MET THREE TIMES. THE FIRST IN SINGAPORE ENDED WITH PROMISES BUT NO ACTIONS. AT THE SECOND THE FAILED SUMMIT IN HANOI TRUMP WALKED OUT. THIS SUMMER THEY HAD A HANDSHAKE AND BRIEF CHAT AT THE DMZ WHERE THEY PROMISED TO KEEP TALKING. EXPERTS SAY KIM LIKE TRUMP IS UNDER SERIOUS PRESSURE IT STRIKE A NUCLEAR DEAL. >>TREMENDOUS PRESSURE. IN HAN KOI, KIM JONG-UN WENT BA VERY ANGRY. HE CHANGED HIS TEAM. IT WAS AN ABJECT FAILURE FOR KIM JONG-UN. BY THE WAY, NORTH KOREAN LEADERS DON’T DO FAILURES.>>Reporter: COULD THIS LATEST ADJUSTMENT TO KIM JONG-UN’S AUTHORITY BE DESIGNED TO HEAD OFF ANY THREAT FROM INSIDE NORTH KOREA? ANALYSTS SAY IT’S NOT LIKELY HE’S FACING ANY INTERNAL THREATS AT THE MOMENT BUT THEY SAY THAT COULD CHANGE IF THE NORTH KOREAN ECONOMY SPIRALS FURTHER OR IF KIM LEADS NORTH KOREA INTO SOME MILITARY CONFLICT WHICH MIGHT LEAD HIS GENERALS TO TURN AGAINST HIM. >>ON THE SECURITY FRONT, KIM MIGHT HAVE AN ADVANTAGE NOW BECAUSE SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN, THEY ARE SQUABBLING. >>THAT’S RIGHT, WOLF. SOUTH KOREA DID PULL OUT OF ITS INTELLIGENCE SHARING AGREEMENT WITH JAPAN. U.S. OFFICIALS ARE VERY UPSET ABOUT THAT. THEY’RE SAYING SOUTH KOREA’S MOVE IS INCREASING THE RISK TO U.S. FORCES. >>BRIAN TODD REPORTING. THANK YOU. COMING UP, THE BREAKING NEWS. STATE OF EMERGENCIES IN FLORIDA, PARTS OF GEORGIA AS HURRICANE DORIAN I>>>HAPPENING NOW. BREAKING NEWS. CATEGORY 4. THAT’S THE FORECAST FOR HURRICANE DORIAN’S POWER AND FURY WHEN IT’S EXPECTED TO CRASH INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN COAST. TONIGHT MORE THAN 20 MILLION PEOPLE IN FLORIDA AND GEORGIA, THEY ARE BRACING FOR A POTENTIAL LABOR DAY DISASTER. FAVORING FLORIDA. THE PRESIDENT NOW SAYS HE’S SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE THREAT TO FLORIDA THAT HE’S CANCELING A TRIP OVERSEAS. IS IT A NOD TO THE SUNSHINE STATE’S CLOUT IN THE 2020 ELECTION.>>>BLOCKING AID. MR. TRUMP IS SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING DENYING U.S. MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE, A MOVE THAT WOULD MAKE VLADIMIR PUTIN HAPPY. EVEN SOME REPUBLICANS ARE WARNING HIM NOT TO COZY UP TO THE KREMLIN AGAIN. >>>AND COLLEGE MURDER PLOT? A NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE STUDENT IS IN CUSTODY AFTER REPORTEDLY PLANNING TO HAVE A MASS SHOOTING ON CAMPUS. HE ALREADY HAD A STASH OF POWERFUL WEAPONS AND WAS STUDYING HOW TO KILL. WE WANT TO WELCOME OUR VIEWERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD. I’M WOLF BLITZER. YOU’RE IN “THE SITUATION ROOM.”>>>THIS IS CNN BREAKING NEWS.>>>WE’RE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS ON THE HURRICANE EMERGENCY NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA. A JUST-RELEASED FORECAST SHOWS DORIAN IS INTENSIFYING AND IS EXPECTED TO BE A MAJOR HURRICANE TOMORROW AS IT PLOUGHS CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE SOUTHEASTERN COAST. IT’S LIKELY TO STRIKE SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA ON MONDAY DURING THE UNUSUALLY BUSY LABOR DAY HOLIDAY. IT’S A FINAL PATH THAT IS RIGHT NOW UNCERTAIN. IN SOUTHEAST GEORGIA ALSO IS AT SERIOUS RISK TONIGHT. MORE THAN 20 MILLION PEOPLE IN BOTH STATES ARE BEING WARNED TO STOCK UP AND STAY ALERT FOR POTENTIAL EVACUATION ORDERS. TONIGHT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ACKNOWLEDGING THE THREAT OF A HUGE DISASTER ON HIS WATCH. HE JUST ANNOUNCED HE’S CANCELING A TRIP TO POLAND THIS WEEKEND SO HE CAN STAY IN THE UNITED STATES TO MONITOR THE STORM. THIS HOUR I’LL TALK WITH REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM BANKS. HE’S A KEY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND OUR CORRESPONDENTS ANDABLE ABNALYST STANDING BY. NICK VALENCIA IS ON THE EAST COAST. NICK, THE ENTIRE STATE IS ON ALERT AS DORIAN GETS CLOSER AND STRONGER.>>Reporter: WOLF, THESE ARE NERVOUS TIMES AND IN SOME CASES UNUSUAL TIMES AS WELL. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ADVERTISED THIS LOCATION AS A PLACE WHERE RESIDENTS CAN COME AND GET FREE SAND BAGS. BECAUSE INMATES WERE HELPING OUT, THEY HAD TO PAUSE IT AS KIDS SHOWED UP FOR PRACTICE. THEY’RE RESTARTING THIS PROGRAM AND RESIDENTS ARE CONTINUING TO SHOW UP HERE, SOME OF THEM FRUSTRATED NOT SEEING THE SAND BAGS BUT IT JUST GOES TO INDICATE JUST HOW NERVOUS PEOPLE ARE FOUR DAYS AHEAD OF THIS STORM. CITIES ALL ALONG THE FLORIDA COAST BRACING FOR HURRICANE DORIAN. >>IF YOU HAVEN’T ACTED, ACT TO MAKE PREPARATIONS. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE.>>Reporter: AND FLORIDIANS ARE HEEDING THE WARNING STRIPPING SHELVES OF THE ESSENTIALS. THIS COSTCO HAS DOZENS OF PEOPLE LINED UP TO BUY SUPPLIES. AT GAS STATIONS LIKE THIS ONE NEAR MIAMI BEACH, LINES REACH BACK INTO THE MAIN STREET. THE GOVERNOR SIGNING AN EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR EVERY COUNTY IN THE STATE.>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY ALLOWS US TO DO IS TO GET MORE FUEL INTO THE GAS STATIONS. I KNOW PEOPLE ARE GOING AND LOOKING. WE’VE HEARD REPORTS OF THERE BEING FUEL SHORTAGES ALREADY. >>Reporter: BUT FOUR DAYS OUT THE PATH OF THE STORM IS STILL IN FLUX. >>IF WE GET INTO EVACUATION SITUATION, WE DON’T KNOW IF IT’S GOING TO BE THE FLOODING, THE WIND, THE DOWNED POWER LINES, BUT YOU DO KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE. >>Reporter: A MILLION GALLONS OF DRINKING WATER AND OVER A MILLION MEALS WILL BE AVAILABLE ACROSS THE STATE BUT RESIDENTS SHOULD PLAN TO HAVE THEIR OWN FOOD AND WATER FOR SEVEN DAYS, THE GOVERNOR SAYS. OFFICIALS SAY THEY LEARNED LESSONS FROM IRMA WHICH HIT THE AREA HARD TWO YEARS AGO. THE MAYOR OF WEST PALM BEACH SAYS THEY’RE ALREADY SENDING OUT TEAMS TO NURSING HOMES TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE SUPPLIES AND GENERATORS. >>WE DON’T WANT A REPEAT OF SOME OF THE HORROR STORIES, I’M SURE YOU HEARD FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES IN 2017 WHERE FOLKS LITERALLY DIED FROM HEAT EXPOSURE. >>Reporter: LABOR DAY WEEKEND IS BIG BUSINESS FOR THESE COMMUNITIES. IN DAYTONA BEACH, A TOURIST HOT SPOT, THIS RESTAURANT OWNER ISN’T TAKING ANY CHANCES. >>I PLAN TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE SAFE HERE AND THEN LISTEN. IF THEY SAY TO EVACUATE, I’M GOING TO EVACUATE. >>Reporter: IN NEARBY COCO BEACH, THERE ARE REPORTS OF HOTEL CANCELLATIONS AND CRUISE SHIPS AND FLIGHTS ARE BEING REROUTED FROM THE COAST. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS THEY’RE CONFIDENT THEY CAN BOUNCE BACK QUICKLY, BUT DORIAN CAN BRING MASSIVE RAIN AND FLOODING. >>A LOT OF TIMES THE REAL DIFFICULTIES OF THESE STORMS IS NOT DURING THE STORM, IT’S THE AFTERMATH.>>Reporter: WHEN DORIAN DOES MAKE LANDFALL, IT WILL BE THE FIFTH MAJOR HURRICANE TO IMPACT THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN JUST THE LAST FOUR YEARS. WOLF. >>NICK VALENCIA ON THE SCENE FOR US. THANK YOU. >>>LET’S GET THE VERY LATEST FORECAST ON DORIAN’S POWER AND PATH. ALLISON CHIN CCHARA IS AT THE C WEATHER STATION FOR US. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN THE COMING DAYS AND HOURS?>>THE KEY WORD IS STRENGTHENING. THAT’S WHAT WE EXPECT IT TO DO IN THE SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM. IT’S GOING TO BE ENTERING THE OPENING WATER. IT HAS NOTHING IN THE WAY OF LAND TO WEAKEN THE STORM AND REALLY JUST OPEN WATERS WITH A LOT OF WARM TEMPERATURES. REMEMBER, THAT IS FUEL FOR STORMS LIKE THESE. RIGHT NOW WINDS STILL 85 MILES PER HOUR. IT’S MOVING FORWARD AT 13 MILES PER HOUR. THERE ARE HUNTER INVESTIGATIONS MOVING FORWARD. THEY’RE DETERMINING IS THE STORM STRENGTHENING, SHIFTING ANY? ALL OF THAT WILL FACTOR INTO WHERE DOES IT GO FROM HERE? DOES IT END UP IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF FLORIDA, THE SOUTHERN HALF OF FLORIDA? DOES IT DO IT ON SUNDAY? DOES IT DO IT ON MONDAY? ALL OF THOSE FACTORS COME INTO PLAY. AS OF RIGHT NOW THE TRACK STILL EXPECTS IT TO BE A CATEGORY 3 AND EVENTUALLY A CATEGORY 4 STORM AS IT CONTINUES OVER THE OPEN ATLANTIC LIKELY GETTING TO THAT MAJOR CATEGORY STATUS POTENTIALLY IN JUST THE NEXT 24 HOURS. THEN IT WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE EVEN THOUGH IT’S GOING TO GO OVER THE BAHAMAS. KEY THING TO NOTE, THE BAHAMAS ARE EQUAL. THE BAHAMAS RELATIVELY FLAT. IT DOES NOTHING TO WEAKEN THIS STORM. IT WILL EVENTUALLY THEN CONTINUE TO MAKE LANDFALL INTO PORTIONS OF FLORIDA. HERE’S A LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE THOUGH. THIS IS THE AMERICAN MODEL. AGAIN, FOCUSING MORE ON THE CENTRAL PORTION OF FLORIDA AND AN EARLIER TIME. THE EUROPEAN MODEL, MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANTLY SOUTH. MUCH MORE OF AN IMPACT, MIAMI AND FT. LAUDERDALE. THIS IS THE LOCATION MONDAY AT 8 P.M. A MUCH LATER TIME BUT IT GOES TO SHOW THERE IS STILL A LOT MUCH GUESSING INVOLVED WITH THIS, AT LEAST IN THE LONG TERM OF EXACTLY WHEN THIS STORM MAKES LANDFALL. >>IT WAS EXACTLY 14 YEARS AGO TODAY THAT HURRICANE KATRINA MADE LANDFALL IN LOUISIANA. A CATEGORY 3, 127 MILES PER HOUR. WE KNOW THE DESTRUCTION, THE DAMAGE, THE DEATH THAT THAT CREATED. ALLISON, WE’LL GET BACK TO YOU. YOU’RE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. >>>ALSO TONIGHT, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TRYING TO SHOW THAT HE’S TAKING THE HURRICANE THREAT TO FLORIDA VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. IT’S IN STARK CONTRAST WITH REACTION TO PUERTO RICO WAS POTENTIALLY IN SERIOUS DANGER FROM DORIAN. LET’S GO TO JIM ACOSTA. JIM, YOU WERE THERE IN THE ROSE GARDEN A LITTLE WHILE AGO WHEN THE PRESIDENT SPOKE.>>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT, WOLF. PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED IN THE ROSE GARDEN THAT HE’S NOT GOING TO POLAND, A TRIP HE PLANNED IN THE COMING DAYS, SO HE CAN STAY IN WASHINGTON AND KEEP TABS ON DORIAN. VICE PRESIDENT PENCE WILL BE GOING IN HIS STEAD. THE UNITED STATES IS READY BUT THERE’S NO MISTAKING THE BIG DIFFERENCE NOW AND HOW THE PRESIDENT WAS BEHAVING 24 TO 48 HOURS AGO WHEN THE HURRICANE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT NOW WAS TARGETING PUERTO RICO.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SOUNDING ALL BUSINESS ABOUT HIS ADMINISTRATION’S STORM PREPARATION EFFORTS ANNOUNCING IN THE ROSE GARDEN HE IS POSTPONING HIS TRIP TO POLAND AS HURRICANE DORIAN IS EXPECTED TO CRASH INTO THE STATE OF FLORIDA OVER THE WEEKEND. >>OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THE HURRICANE, AND I WILL BE RESCHEDULING MY TRIP TO POLAND IN THE NEAR FUTURE. >>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT IS WARNING FLORIDIANS DORIAN CAN BE DEVASTATING. BE PREPARED AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. IT WILL BE A BIG HURRICANE, PERHAPS ONE OF THE BIGGEST. CONTRAST THE PRESIDENT’S NO NONSENSE WARNINGS FROM FLORIDA WITH HIS COMMENTS ON PUERTO RICO WHEN THE HURRICANE WAS ON ITS WAY TO THE ISLAND. THE PRESIDENT TWEETED, PUERTO RICO IS ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT PLACES ON EARTH. THEIR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS BROKEN. BY THE WAY, I’M THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO PUERTO RICO. BUT CRITICS IN PUERTO RICO SAY THAT’S NOT TRUE POINTING AT THE PAPER TOWEL TOSSING PERFORMANCE ON THE ISLAND TWO YEARS AGO AFTER HURRICANE MARIA. >>BETWEEN ONE AND TEN HOW WOULD YOU GRADE THE WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE?>>I WOULD SAY IT WAS A TEN.>>Reporter: AWAY FROM THE STORM, THE PRESIDENT IS MAKING OTHER WAVES. HE’S PULLING BACK ON MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE EVEN AS THE COUNTRY IS DEALING WITH RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. CUTTING THAT AID WOULD BE WELCOME BY RUSSIA’S VLADIMIR PUTIN. >>THE UNITED STATES HAS A STRONG MORAL AND I BELIEVE ETHICAL COMMITMENT TO HELP THE UKRAINES DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST THE RUSSIAN INCURSION. EASTERN UKRAINE, IT’S HARD NOT TO JUXTAPOSE THIS WITH THE PUSH BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BRING RUSSIA BACK INTO THE G7. >>Reporter: BUT THE PRESIDENT IS AGAIN RAMPING UP HIS RHETORIC IN THE TRADE WAR WITH CHINA ACCUSING BEIJING OF RETALIATING WITH TARIFFS AIMED AT AMERICAN FARMERS TO PUNISH CHINA IN 2020.>>CHINA PLAYS A VICIOUS GAME. THEY’VE TARGETED OUR FARMERS. THEY ACTUALLY TARGET BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THE FARMERS LIKE TRUMP AND TRUMP LOVES THE FARMERS, ACTUALLY. I LOVE WHAT THEY DO. THEY’RE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE. THEY DON’T WANT ANY SUBSIDS DIS.>>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT SOUNDS JUST AS MAD AT FOX NEWS TELLING THEM HE’S UNHAPPY WITH THE CONSERVATIVE’S COVERAGE OF THE PRESIDENT. >>I’M NOT HAPPY WITH FOX. PEOPLE THINK FOX IS FOR ME. FOX IS GOOD — LOOK, SEAN AND LAURA AND TUCK ER HAS REALLY BEN GOOD — TUCKER’S A LITTLE TRICKY, THAT’S OKAY. HE’S BEEN VERY GOOD. MANY OF THEM. YOU GUYS IN THE MORNING, LAURA AINSLEY, STEVE, I USED TO SAY YOU WERE A SOLID 6, MAYBE A 7 BUT YOU’RE GETTING MUCH BETTER.>>Reporter: NOW IN ANOTHER MAJOR FOREIGN POLICY MOVE, THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO DRAW DOWN TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN. MR. TRUMP WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE WHILE HE WAS IN WARSAW. NO WORD WHETHER THE VICE PRESIDENT WILL HAVE THAT MEETING. THAT’S A VERY KEY MEETING, AS YOU KNOW, WOLFF. THE ADMINISTRATION IS WONDERING WHETHER TO HOLD UP AID. SOMETHING THE PENTAGON DOESN’T WANT BE TO SEE HAPPEN. SOMETHING THE KREMLIN DOES. THE FINAL CALL IS UP TO THE PRESIDENT. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>>JOINING US NOW, REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN, JIM BANKS. HE’S A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US.>>GREAT TO BE WITH YOU, WOLF. >>YOU SERVED IN AFGHANISTAN. THE REACTION WE JUST HEARD FROM JIM ACOSTA TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT THAT HE’S GOING TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE U.S. TROOPS THERE TO LESS THAN 9,000.>>WELL, THE DEAL IS STILL YET TO BE FINALIZED, WOLF, BUT I AM ONE WHO BELIEVES THAT A SUSTAINED PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN IS IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE TALIBAN, FIGHT FUTURE THREATS THAT COME FROM THAT PART OF THE GLOBE. IT APPEARS THAT THE DEAL THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS STRIKESING WITH THE TALIBAN WOULD LEAVE A RESIDUAL FORCE THERE. IT WOULD BE MORE FOCUSED ON COUNTER TERRORISM. IF THAT IS WHERE THE PRESIDENT AND THE ADMINISTRATION ARRIVES, THEN I THINK I CAN SUPPORT WHERE THEY’RE HEADING. >>RIGHT NOW THERE’S 14 OR 15,000 U.S. TROOPS, A LOT MORE AMERICAN CONTRACTORS THERE. THAT WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION. LET’S GET BACK TO HURRICANE DORIAN RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS THE BREAKING NEWS WE’RE FOLLOWING. SERIOUS THREAT TO FLORIDA, MAYBE GEORGIA AS WELL. FIRST OF ALL, ARE YOU PLEASED THAT THE PRESIDENT DECIDED TO AT LEAST POSTPONE HIS VISIT THIS WEEKEND TO POLAND IN ORDER TO STAY IN THE UNITED STATES AND MONITOR THE STORM?>>IT’S A WISE DECISION BY THE PRESIDENT, FOR HIM TO BE THAT FOCUSED ON THE STORM. I ALSO KNOW THAT GOVERNOR DeSANTIS, I KNOW THE GOVERNOR VERY WELL. SERVED WITH HIM IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I KNOW HE’S PREPARING AS WELL AS HE CAN IN HIS POSITION AS GOVERNOR WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO PREPARE AS WELL. SO I’M PLEASED THAT THE PRESIDENT MADE THAT DECISION. I’M SURE HE WILL BE FOCUSED ON THE STORM AND WHAT WE CAN DO AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO HELP OUR PARTNERS AT THE STATE LEVEL TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE IN FLORIDA. >>YOU HEARD IN JIM ACOSTA’S REPORT THAT THE PRESIDENT’S LEVEL OF REALLY A LOT OF SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA NOW AND GEORGIA, VERY DIFFERENT TO THE KIND OF IMAGE HE WAS PROJECTING WHEN THIS STORM WAS THREATENING PUERTO RICO. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT?>>WELL, I’VE BEEN IN CONGRESS, WOLF, FOR 2 1/2 YEARS. WE’VE HAD A NUMBER OF STORMS THAT HAVE WREAKED HAVOC ON BOTH COASTS AND THAT CONGRESS HAS APPROPRIATED A LOT OF MONEY AND SUPPLEMENTAL AID TO DIFFERENT REGIONS TO HELP FROM TIME TO TIME. THE PRESIDENT IN EACH AND EVERY CASE, INCLUDING WITH PUERTO RICO, HAS SUPPORTED THOSE LARGE AID PACKAGES. AT THE SAME TIME, WE SHOULD HOLD THOSE ACCOUNTABLE WHO SPEND THOSE FUNDS, AND I THINK THAT’S WHERE THE PRESIDENT’S FRUSTRATION HAS COME, TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE FUNDS ARE SPENT ON WHAT THEY’RE MEANT FOR, WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE APPROPRIATING THOSE DOLLARS TO DO. SO I DON’T THINK EVERYTHING HAS TO BE ABOUT POLITICS AND IN THIS CASE THE PRESIDENT IS SHOWING WISE LEADERSHIP IN NOT GOING TO POLAND, STAYING ON THE GROUND TO FOCUS OUR FEDERAL RESOURCES IN HOW WE CAN HELP ALL WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THIS STORM. >>THE CANCELED TRIP TO POLE LAND THIS WEEKEND MEANS THE PRESIDENT WON’T HAVE THE SCHEDULED MEETING WITH THE NEW UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT AT THE SAME TIME THE PRESIDENT IS NOW THINKING VERY SERIOUSLY OF BLOCKING $250 MILLION IN U.S. MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE. SHOULD THE ADMINISTRATION BE DOING MORE TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION?>>WELL, WOLF, THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD KEEP DOING WHAT THEY’VE BEEN DOING SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE AND THAT’S HELPING UKRAINE FIGHT AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. >>BUT SHOULD THE U.S. BLOCK $250 MILLION IN APPROPRIATED FUNDS, MILITARY AID FOR UKRAINE AS THE PRESIDENT IS NOW SUGGESTING?>>THE PRESIDENT ISN’T SUGGESTING HE’S DOING THAT. HE IS A CALLING FOR A REVIEW. THE FACT OF THE MATTER, WOLF, IS THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS PROVIDED LETHAL AID TO OUR UKRAINIAN PARTNERS TO FIGHT AGAINST THE RUSSIANS. I’VE BEEN IN UKRAINE ON THE EASTERN FRONT. JUST RECENTLY SINCE I’VE BEEN IN CONGRESS TO SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT OUR AMERICAN TROOPS DO TO TRAIN THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE RUSSIANS AS WELL. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS IN OFFICE AND UKRAINIANS ASKED FOR HELP WE SENT THEM BLACK KETS. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SENT THEM LETHAL AID TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE RUSSIANS. THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN TOUGH IN THIS REGARD IN GIVING THE UKRAINIANS WHAT THEY NEED TO BATTLE BACK AGAINST RUSSIAN A KB GREGS. IF HE CUTS FOREIGN AID, I DON’T THINK HE WILL DO THAT, HAVE ME BACK ON THE SHOW AND I WILL CRITICIZE THAT. THAT IS NOT WHAT HE HAS DECIDED TO DO. >>YOU’RE RIGHT. HE HASN’T MADE A FINAL DECISION ON THIS, BUT IF HE WERE TO MAKE A FINAL DECISION AND ELIMINATE THAT $250 MILLION IN AID TO UKRAINE, YOU WOULD BE OPPOSED TO THAT?>>I WOULD BE OPPOSED TO THAT, BUT I’M NOT OPPOSED TO THE PRESIDENT CALLING FOR A REVIEW OF THE SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY WE SPEND IN FOREIGN AID TO SUPPORT THE UKRAIIUKRAINIANS. THAT IS ALL HE HAS DONE. I IMAGINE THAT REVIEW WILL COME BACK WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK OF HOW OUR AID DOLLARS ARE SPENT WITH VERY IMPORTANT PARTNER THAT WE HAVE IN UKRAINE IN A VERY IMPORTANT REGION OF THE WORLD. >>CONGRESSMAN JIM BANKS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.>>GREAT TO BE WITH YOU. >>>WE’VE GOT>>>THE BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT. PRESIDENT TRUMP CANCELING A TRIP TO POLAND THIS WEEKEND IN ORDER TO MONITOR HURRICANE DORIAN NOW FORECAST TO SLAM INTO FLORIDA’S EAST COAST OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AS A MAJOR CATEGORY 4 STORM. LET’S DIG DEEPER WITH OUR EXPERTS AND OUR ANALYSTS. FEMA IS WARNING IT COULD WREAK, DAVID, ALL SORTS OF HAVOC ON ROADS, POWER, ALL SORTS OF INFRAS INFRASTRUCTURE. I ASSUME IT WAS THE RIGHT CALL TO POSTPONE THE VISIT TO POLAND.>>IT WAS THE RIGHT CALL. GOOD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO POSTPONE THIS DISASTER. IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY, AS HE’S HAD MANY OF THEM, WOLF, TO DEMONSTRATE THAT HE CAN MAKE A SITUATION, ESPECIALLY AN EMERGENCY, ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE, AMERICANS IN DISTRESS, AND NOT IN HIMSELF. THAT’S NOT WHAT HE ALWAYS DID IN PRIOR DISASTERS. LET’S SEE IF HE CAN RISE TO THE OCCASION. >>BECAUSE HIS — THERE’S A HUGE CONTRAST WITH THE WAY HE WAS REACTING TO POTENTIAL DISASTER FORTUNATELY DIDN’T HAPPEN TO PUERTO RICO 24 HOURS AGO. WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO FLORIDA?>>THIS IS AS CLOSE TO A SCIENTIFIC CASE AS YOU CAN GET BETWEEN HOW THE PRESIDENT REACTS TO A HURRICANE BEARING DOWN ON A PLACE HE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT AND ONE THAT HE CARES ABOUT VERY MUCH POLITICALLY. I MEAN, WE SAW IT IN REAL TIME UNFOLD WHEN THIS HURRICANE WAS ON A DIRECT PATH TOWARDS PUERTO RICO, HE WAS ESSENTIALLY AS CRAZY AS IT SOUNDS BLAMING THE PUERTO RICANS FOR THIS.>>RIGHT. >>NOW IT’S GOING TO HIT FLORIDA, HE’S CANCELING A FOREIGN TRIP AND HE’S PRIORITIZING THIS. SO I THINK THIS TELLS US A LOT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS PRIORITIES AND HOW HE SEES THESE TWO VERY DIFFERENT GROUPS OF AMERICANS. >>ONE HAS A LOT OF ELECTORAL VOTES AND THE OTHER HAS ZERO. >>BY CANCELING THE TRIP TO POLE LAND, WARSAW, HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET THERE WITH THE NEW UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT. VLADIMIR ZELENSKY. THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS TALK THAT HE’S THINKING OF CANCELING 250 3$250 MILLION IN U.S. MILIT AID. >>I’M GOING TO STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH DAVID. I DON’T THINK ANYONE CAN ARGUE THAT THE PRESIDENT STAYING HOME MEANS HE’S ACTUALLY GOING TO DO MORE WORK. HE’S BEEN HOME THE LAST FEW DAYS. HE’S BEEN INSULTING PUERTO RICO. IT IS REALLY UNCLEAR WHAT HIS PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO DO OTHER THAN, AS RYAN JUST SAID, SHOW THAT HE IS PRIORITIZING THE RESPONSE TO FLORIDA AND INSULTING THE PUERTO RICANS. I THINK HIM GOING TO POLAND WOULD HAVE BEEN SMART, PARTICULARLY BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE SEEN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND SHOWN A SIGNAL OF SOLIDARITY WITH RESPECT TO UKRAINIAN SOLIDARITY. THIS NEWS OF HIM ORDERING A FREEZE OF $250 MILLION IN ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE REALLY ISN’T A SURPRISE. I’VE BEEN PART OF BUDGET REVIEWS. FUNDS ARE ALLOCATED BASED ON THE PRESIDENT’S PRIORITY. THE PRESIDENT’S PRIORITY IS PLACATING PUTIN. THIS WOULD HAVE BOLSTERED UKRAINE AND UPSET PUTIN. THAT IS PROBABLY WHY HE’S PUT A FREEZE ON IT. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID THIS IS PART OF A FOREIGN ASSISTANCE REVIEW. I’M WONDERING WHEN WE’VE SEEN A FOREIGN ASSISTANCE REVIEW. HE ONLY DOES REVIEWS OF THINGS THAT DON’T JIVE WITH WHEN HE’S TRYING TO PLACATE PEOPLE LIKE PUTIN OR KIM JONG-UN OR HIS CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES. >>DO YOU WANT TO RESPOND TO THAT, DAVID?>>NO. I AGREE WITH THE BULK OF SAM’S ANALYSIS. I WILL SAY THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE, ONE, THE PRESIDENT — HE MAY NOT DO THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IF HE’S IN POLAND AND YOU HAVE A SITUATION WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO SEE THEIR PRESIDENT IN TIMES OF DISTRESS. THERE IS CERTAINLY THE POSSIBILITY THAT THIS PRESIDENT WILL SCREW IT UP AS HE HAS IN PAST DISASTERS, BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO AT LEAST SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS SITUATION. >>BECAUSE THE CRITICISM, SABRINA, THAT THE PRESIDENT IS GETTING BY PUTTING A FREEZE POTENTIALLY ON U.S. MILITARY AID IS THAT IT WILL PLEASE PUTIN. PEOPLE ARE WONDERING WHY WOULD HE DO THAT?>>WELL, HE’S SHOWN A PATTERN OF WANTING TO INGRATIATE HIMSELF WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN FIRST AS A CANDIDATE AND THEN AS PRESIDENT, AND WE DON’T HAVE A DEFINITIVE ANSWER AS TO WHAT IS MOTIVATING HIM. DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH HIS BUSINESS INTERESTS IN RUSSIA? WAS THERE SOME KIND OF QUIT PRO QUO WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND MOSCOW. THOSE WERE QUESTIONS THAT ROBERT MUELLER’S REPORT AND INVESTIGATION SOUGHT TO ANSWER, BUT IN THE END THEY COULDN’T ESTABLISH A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY BETWEEN THE RUSSIANS AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE, BUT IT DOES SEND A SIGNAL THAT HE IS WILLING TO COZY UP TO PEOPLE LIKE PUTIN DESPITE GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND HE’S ALSO DONE THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT HIS ATTEMPTS TO FLATTER KIM JONG-UN. IT’S NOT CLEAR EXACTLY WHAT HE’S GETTING OUT OF THAT OTHER THAN REALIGNING, I THINK, U.S. RELATIONSHIPS ON THE GLOBAL STAGE AND INCREASINGLY ISOLATING TRADITIONAL U.S. ALLIES IN FAVOR OF THE LIKES OF RUSSIA, CHINA, NORTH KOREA AND THAT HAS VERY REAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE U.S. IN TERMS OF ITS STANDING ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE FOR YEARS AND POTENTIALLY FOR MORE TIME. >>WHAT DO YOU THINK, RYAN?>>LOOK, WHEN REPUBLICANS HAVE SPENT SO MUCH TIME DEFENDING TRUMP ON HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH PUTIN AS THE — REPUBLICAN MEMBER YOU HAD ON PREVIOUSLY AND TALKING ABOUT HOW AT THE CONVENTION IN THE 2016 CONVENTION THERE WAS A CHANGE OF THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM AND TRUMP, YOU KNOW, SORT OF MAKES A MOCKERY OF THOSE DEFENSES AT EVERY TURN. HE HAS A WEIRD OBSESSION ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE OF DEFENDING AND PROMOTING THE INTERESTS OF VLADIMIR PUTIN AND WHEN THEY VERY OFTEN DO NOT COMPORT WITH AMERICAN INTERESTS. SO, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE REASONS? ONE, HE LIKES TO DO EVERYTHING THAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF OBAMA. >>HE DID SOMETHING WHICH WAS THE OPPOSITE OF OBAMA. HE GAVE LETHAL AID TO UKRAINE. HE HAS FLIP FLOPPED ON HIS OWN POLICY BY PUTTING A FREEZE ON THESE FUNDS. JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER FOREIGN POLICY ISSUED, THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT UKRAINE POLICIES. WE HAVE TO SEE THE PENTAGON AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT PROVIDING LETHAL AID TO UKRAINE WORKING TO BOLSTER ZELENSKY AND AS RYAN WAS SAYING, WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PLACATING PUTIN AND CONDONING HIS ACTIONS IN EASTERN UKRAINE. SO BY PUTTING A FREEZE ON THESE FUNDS THE PRESIDENT IS FLIP SLO FLOPPING ON HIMSELF. >>YOU’VE WORKED ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. WHY DID PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT PROVIDE LETHAL — YOU HEARD CONGRESSMAN BANKS TELL US HE WAS WILLING TO GIVE THEM BLANKETS. >>SAYING THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA GAVE THEM BLANKETS IS RIDICULOUS. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SINCE 2014 BOTH UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA AND UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP, THERE HAS BEEN THE PROVISION OVER $1 BILLION IN ASSISTANCE TO THE UKRAINIANS. AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT PROVIDING MILITARY A SIS TANSZ AND FOREIGN ASSISTANCE TO THE UKRAINE HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. THERE AREN’T A LOT OF THOSE THESE DAYS. SO PRESIDENT TRUMP BY PUTTING A FREEZE ON THE FUNDS IS LIKELY GOING TO EXPERIENCE STRONG PUSHBACK FROM NOT JUST DEMOCRATS BUT ALSO FROM MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY. REPRESENTATIVE KINZINGER HAS BEEN OUT FRONT CRITICIZING THIS DISCUSSION. I WOULD EXPECT TO SEE REPUBLICAN SENATORS DOING THE SAME WHICH COULD LEAD THE PRESIDENT TO BACK DOWN. WHEN HE FEELS UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE REPUBLICANS, HE SOMETIMES CHANGES HIS MIND. >>WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE THIS CONVERSATION. WEOT>>>WE’RE BACK. YOU’VE SEEN THIS LETTER FROM ELIJAH CUMMINGS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND SECRETARY KEVIN McA LEAN THAN COMPLAINING THAT THEY’RE REFUSING TO ALLOW MEMBERS FROM THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO ENGAGE IN THE SECOND ROUND OF VISITS TO SEVERAL DETENTION FACILITIES. IN THE FIRST ROUND HE’S DOCUMENTED WHAT’S SEEN AS EXTREMELY TROUBLING CONDITIONS. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?>>I MAKE OF IT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION DOESN’T WANT CONGRESS, A, TO PERFORM ITS OVER SIGHT FUNCTION, WHICH IS A PART OF CONGRESS’S OVERSIGHT FUNCTION, AND THEY DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT PRESUMABLY WOULD BE STILL SUBSTANDARD CONDITIONS AT SOME OF THESE FACILITIES IF THE FACILITIES WERE RUNNING PERFECTLY, I CAN’T IMAGINE THEY WOULDN’T WANT DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OR DEMOCRATIC STAFF TO COME TO THE FACILITIES. LOOK, WE HAVE A SITUATION HERE, WOLF, WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR MONTHS, WHERE THIS SHOULDN’T BE HARD. IT’S A HARD THING TO DECIDE, IMMIGRATION POLICY. IT’S NOT HARD TO DECIDE THAT KIDS SHOULD HAVE CLEAN SCHEETZ, TOOTHPASTE, BOOKS, SOCCER BALLS, BATHROOMS, SHOWERS, EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED, AND TEDDY BEARS, EVEN. IT’S PREPOSTEROUS THEY HAVEN’T FIGURED OUT A SOLUTION. >>IT COMES AT A TIME, RYAN, WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO MOVE FUNDS IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS. >>YEAH. L LOOK, IT’S NOT NECESSARILY A BAD THING THAT THEY WANT TO PUT MORE RESOURCES INTO THE BORDER. THERE IS DH MONEY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS A LEGAL RIGHT TO — IT IS SOMEWHAT FUNDED. THE REPORTS ARE THAT THEY WANT TO USE THIS MONEY FOR DETENTION CENTERS FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS. THERE WAS A POLICY THAT A LOT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS, AS THEIR REQUEST FOR ASYLUM WAS BEING PROCESSED, THEY WERE FREE TO GO TO BE IN THE UNITED STATES FREELY. A LOT OF THEM HAD ANKLE BRACELETS WHERE THEY WERE MONITORED AND THE ADMINISTRATION WANTS SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE TO BE IN DETENTION CENTERS INSTEAD. SO THERE ARE SOME REPORTS THAT THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH THIS MONEY. I THINK A LOT OF DEMOCRATS WILL SAY, THAT’S NOT A GREAT USE OF THOSE RESOURCES, THAT THERE IS OBVIOUSLY A SERIOUS ISSUE WITH THE SYSTEM BEING OVERWHELMED BY ASYLUM SEEKERS. USING THAT MONEY FOR THAT SPECIFIC PURPOSE IS NOT WISE. LIKE DAVID SAID, LOOK, CONGRESS, BOTH SIDES AGREE IN A SENSE THAT THERE IS A CRISIS NOW WITH THE SYSTEM, BUT THEY’RE SO FAR APART AND SO LOCKED INTO WHAT TO DO ON IT. >>LET ME GET SAMANTHA TO WEIGH IN ON THIS. IT’S CAUSING CONFUSION. THAT CERTAIN AMERICAN DIPLOMATS STATIONED ABROAD, U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL STATIONED ABROAD, A VERY SMALL NUMBER MAY HAVE SOME NEW QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT THEIR KIDS, WHETHER THEY’RE AUTOMATICALLY U.S. CITIZENS. YOU’VE GONE THROUGH, SAMANTHA, AND LOOKED AT THIS. IT’S CAUSING A LOT OF HEARTBURN FOR AMERICAN MILITARY, DIPLOMATIC PERSONNEL ABROAD. WHAT ABOUT THEIR KIDS?>>THAT’S RIGHT, WOLF. PART OF THE PROBLEM IS HOW INEPT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS. THE TEXT ITSELF IS COMPLEX. I’M NOT A LAWYER. IT WAS QUITE CONFUSING. THE ADMINISTRATION DIDN’T DO A GOOD JOB OF EXPLAINING WHO THIS WOULD AFFECT WHEN IT GOES INTO AFFECT ON OCTOBER 29th. THIS COULD IMPACT RELATIVELY SPEAKING A SMALL NUMBER OF CHILDREN. IT’S STILL A SERIOUS DEVELOPMENT BUT IT IS LIKELY NOT GOING TO BE A MASS IMPACT KIND OF EVENT. WE DO HAVE TO CONSIDER THIS THOUGH WITHIN THE BROADER CONTEXT OF THE PRESIDENT’S WAR ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION AS WELL AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND ITS CONTINUED EFFORTS TO PUT ADDED STRAIN ON THOSE WHO ACTUALLY SERVE OUR COUNTRY. ON THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION FRONT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CITED THE NEED TO STREAMLINE BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES, HAS INTRODUCED VISA DELAYS AND NOW HE’S MADE CERTAIN SERVICE MEMBERS AND FEDERAL EMPLOYEES REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP FOR THEIR CHILDREN. AT THE SAME TIME, HE HAS REALLY DENIGRATED THE SERVICE OF AMERICANS OVERSEAS AT EVERY JUNCTURE. HE’S CALLED U.S. MILITARY EXERCISES RIDICULOUS AND HE’S, AGAIN, INTRODUCED MORE HURDLES FOR DOING THEIR JOB. FOR THAT REASON I THINK THIS NEW CITIZENSHIP PROCESS IS VERY CONCERNING AND IT’S LIKELY NOT GOING TO BE THE LAST MOVE THAT HE MAKES. >>U.S. NAVY OFFICER HAS TOLD CNN, SABRINA, MILITARY SPOUSES ARE REALLY STRESSED OUT ABOUT THIS. IF YOU GO ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGES, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY’RE NERVOUS, THEY’RE CONFUSED. >>THERE’S BEEN VERY LITTLE CLARITY ON WHAT EXACTLY THIS MEANS AND WHO IT IMPACTS. THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOW ENGAGING IN SOME DEGREE OF DAMAGE CONTROL. THEY TOLD REPORTERS IN A BACKGROUND CONFERENCE CALL THAT THIS WILL ONLY AFFECT ABOUT 25 SERVICE MEMBERS PER YEAR, SO THEY’RE REALLY EMPHASIZING THAT IT’S A SMALL AMOUNT OF INDIVIDUALS BUT IT DOES SEEM TO DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT THE CHILDREN OF NON-U.S. CITIZENS. AND IT FITS INTO THE PRESIDENT’S ATTEMPTS TO CRACK DOWN NOT JUST ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BUT CREATING OBSTACLES FOR LEGAL IMMIGRATION. >>>THERE’S MUCH MORE COMING UP INCLUDING A WATCHDOG’S NEW REPORT CRITICIZING JAMES COMEY BUT FINDS NO REASON FOR THE FORMER FBI DIRECTOR TO BE >>>TONIGHT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS IT WON’T PROSECUTE JAMES COMEY OVER HIS MEMOS OF HIS MEETINGS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. A LENGTHY REPORT, THE WATCHDOG AGENCY THERE FOUND NO EVIDENCE THAT ANY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION WAS RELEASED TO THE NEWS MEDIA, BUT IT DOES SAY FBI RULES WERE BROKEN. LET’S BRING IN OUR JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT JESSICA SNIDER. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT IS VERY CRITICAL OF COMEY. >>IT IS. IT CALLS OUT COMEY’S ACTIONS AND IT SAYS IT CREATED A DANGEROUS EXAMPLE. IT POINTED OUT THAT THE FORMER FBI’S DIRECTOR’S MISHANDLING OF THE MEMOS, HE CRITICIZED HOW THEY WERE DISTRIBUTED AND STORED. >>Reporter: TONIGHT THE FORMER FBI DIRECTOR FOUND BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL TO HAVE VIOLATED THE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WATCHDOG IN AN 83 PAGE REPORT DUG INTO SEVEN MEMOS. THEY DETERMINED THAT COMEY’S RELEASE OF PORTIONS OF ONE MEMO THROUGH HIS FRIEND AND THE STORAGE OF A SAFE INSIDE COMEY’S HOME SET A DANGEROUS EXAMPLE FOR FBI EMPLOYEES ALL IN AN ATTEMPT TO ACHIEVE A PERSONALLY DESIRED OUTCOME. COMEY HAS SAID HE HAD SPECIFIC REASONS FOR GETTING THE CONTENT OF HIS MEMOS OUT TO THE PUBLIC. >>I ASKED A FRIEND OF MINE TO SHARE THE CONTENT OF THE MEMO WITH A REPORTER. DIDN’T DO IT MYSELF FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, BUT I ASKED HIM TO BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT MIGHT PROMPT THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL COUNSEL. SO I ASKED A CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE TO DO IT. >>Reporter: THE I.G. DETERMINED THAT HE NEVER PROVIDED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO THE MEDIA BUT DID DETERMINE THAT HIS RECORDS WERE OFFICIAL RECORDS AND SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE FBI. IT SAID ONE OF THE MEMOS COMEY SHARED WITH THE ATTORNEYS WAS LATER FOUND TO CONTAIN INFORMATION CLASSIFIED AS CONFIDENTIAL, THE LOWEST LEVEL OF SECRECY. COMEY CONTENDED BEFORE CONGRESS IN JUNE 2017 THAT EVERYTHING HE WROTE DOWN WAS UNCLASSIFIED. >>I THINK YOU SAID YOU HAD USED CLASSIFIED — CLASSIFIED — >>OH, YES. NOT THE CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS. UNCLASSIFIED. MY VIEW WAS THAT THE CONTENT OF THOSE UNCLASSIFIED — THE MEMORIALIZATION OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS WAS MY RECOLLECTION RECORDED. >>Reporter: COMEY SWIFTLY TOOK TO TWITTER TO RESPOND TO THE REPORT AND TAKE A NOT SO VEILED SHOT AT PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO HAS LABELED HIM A LEAKER AND TO ALL OF THOSE WHO SPENT TWO YEARS TALKING ABOUT ME GOING TO JAIL AND BEING A LIAR AND LEAKER, ASK YOURSELF WHY YOU TRUST PEOPLE WHO GAVE YOU BAD INFO FOR SO LONG, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DECIDED NOT TO PROSECUTE COMEY AFTER REVIEWING THE FINDINGS, IN PART BECAUSE PROSECUTORS DIDN’T BELIEVE THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT COMEY KNEW AND INTENDED TO VIEW OWE LATE THE LAWS DEALING WITH CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. REPUBLICANS ARE SIZING ON THE I.G.’S INFORMATION THAT HE MISHANDLED THE MEMOS. THEY’RE COMPARING IT INTO THE INFORMATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON’S EMAIL SERVERS. COMEY DIDN’T PROSECUTE CLINTON. THE D.O.J. I.G. FAULTED COMEY FOR GOING ROGUE ON THAT ANNOUNCEMENT. NOW JIM JORDAN HAS EQUIPPED IN A STATEMENT THAT AFTER COMEY CLEARED CLINTON, COMEY DECIDED TO MISHANDLE SENSITIVE INFORMATION.