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the dictator he calls rocket man and he delivered. more accurately, south korea's national security advisor gave out the news. he had the invitation to sit down with kim jong-un, and president trump accepted. here's the statement in full. >> today i had the pleasure of telling president trump of my visit to north korea. i would like to thank president, the vice president, and his wonderful national security team, including my friend h.r. mcmaster. i explained to president trump that his leadership and maximum pressure policy together with international solidarity brought us to this juncture. i expressed president moon jae-in's personal gratitude for president trump's leadership. i told president trump that in our meeting north korean leader
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kim jong-un said he's committed to denuclearization. kim pledged that north korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. he understands that the routine joint military exercise between the republic of korea and the united states must continue. and he expressed his eagerness to meet president trump as soon as possible. president trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet kim jong-un by may to achieve denuclearization. the republic of korea along with the united states, japan and our many partners around the world remain fully and resolutely committed to the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula, along with president
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trump, we are optimistic about continuing a diplomatic process to test for possibility of a peaceful resolution. the republic of korea, the united states and our partners stand together in insisting that we not repeat the mistakes of the past and that the pressure will continue until north korea matches its words with actions. >> it was an extraordinary statement there's a lot to cover tonight. starting with jim acosta at the white house. >> what are you learning about how the announcement came about because it seems a lot of people were surprised. >> reporter: a lot of people were taken by surprise. i can tell you by talking to a senior administration official this unfolded in about an hour, the south korea envoy you were just showing met with hr
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mcmaster to say that kim jong-un was extending this olive branch and within an hour the south korean envoy then went to meet with the president trump, mentioned this to the president, described it to the president and the president within that same hour poked his head into the briefing room and said, hey, guys have i got a story for you. part of the reality tv momentum and pacing of the white house. i can tell you one thing we had a question about after the envoy made that statement was whether or not this was indeed actually happening and we can tell you that the white house is confirming this. sarah sanders put out a statement i can rae read it to you, it saying president trump appreciate it is nice words of the south korean delegation and president moon he will meet with kim jong-un at a place and time to be determined. we look forward to the denuclearization of north korea.
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in the meantime all the sanctions and maximum pressure must remain. at the moment they're briefing reporters on the details of this. i spoke to a senior official who said at this point what we're focussed on is planning for this meeting. my sense is this is not going to take place in washington, not going to take place in south korea, but it very well may take in south korea where the talks have been going on on the border of north and south korea. it would be an extraordinary moment to have the president fly over to south korea for a meeting of this nature. it's unprecedented and i would have to imagine that administration officials while not saying publically are privately concerned about whether or not the north koreas can behave themselves between now and this meeting so it can take place. >> it's incredible when you consider the relationship between the two leaders over the past year it's been nothing if not contentious. >> reporter: that's right.
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it was around seven months ep ago when the president described kim jong-un as rocket man. and kim jong-un returned the favor with insults lobbed at the president. and over the summer it was an extraordinary moment when the president warned the north korean dictator that he would meet fire and fury like he's never seen before. we had the scary moments over the summer where people in qualm we -- guam were concerned about their safety. it's remarkable that things have developed to the point where these two leaders might get together and meet. it goes to show you -- we were hering about this before they came out to speak, we were hearing from senior administration officials that they were cautioning the president against this, this was not going to be the recommendation. but trump being trump, it's not unusual for him to defy his
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advisers and go with a bold manu raju mo-- move like this. of course, the potential ramifications of this we cannot overstate. this is not reality television. when the president of the united states decides to meet with kim jong-un about denuclearizing north korea, it's deadly serious we have to see if it happens over the next month and a half. >> it's mid-morning in seoul, south korea where the story matters most to the thousands of people and troops on the korean peninsula. will ripley joins us from there what do we know about what's behind this offer? >> reporter: my sources tell me that kim jong-un has been studying president trump and finding a way out here despite the fact sanctions have been crippling for his economy. there used to be 100 trucks going in and out, and now it's
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down to 10. and president trump has said he's considering military action, an attack on north korea if they finalize that missile that could reach the mainland u.s. kim jong-un wants to stay in power for decades to come long after president trump is out of office and president moon is out of office so his strategy is clear. he needed to do something bold, dramatic, straight out of the trump play book and that's what he delivered. after delivering on the momentum from the olympics, getting president moon jae-in to the agree to the summit in april, he decided to write the invitation and betting on the fact that president trump would accept, that's what happened. >> the time line set out with the president agreeing to meet before may or in may, what can you tell us about that. >> reporter: i think the significance is kim jong-un and moon jae-in are going to be meeting in april. so on the heels of that meeting, president trump wanted to take
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the next step and have his meeting at some point in may to keep this momentum going to build on this diplomatic path that the north koreans appear intent on making now because they calculated it's their best strategy. >> we have a lot ahead tonight. i want to bring more expertise to hear on this. joining us is general mark hurtling, bill richardson, gloria borger and jen sakie. did anyone see this coming? >> no. >> he talked about sitting down at the table a long time ago and the white house seemed to have backed away from that. >> the president actually tweeted that rex tillerson is waste his time when he was talking about talking to north korea. and just today, as you were mentioning, tillerson said we're a long way from negotiations we have to be clear eyed and reallistic. i think the first step is to
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have talks about talks, i've said this before. so it seems the president has decided that he wants to meet with north korea and perhaps then have the talks afterwards. i don't see how you can negotiate that quickly before you have these two people get together. if it's going to happen in may. >> ambassador richardson do you give the president credit for, a, there's been a lot of rhetoric over the last year is this maybe what brought them to the table? >> my view this is an extraordinary development. i'm speechless. because this potential summit could lessen tensions in the korean peninsula. especially for south korea and the troops. so this is a development. it seems like kim jong-un and president trump have been taking diplomacy pills. i think that's very good. the big risk here is kim jong-un
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has not delivered on anything. he's talking good, he's got from a bomb thrower to being a thinker. he's setting the agenda in the peninsula, but we should take advantage of this. i agree the president should accept the invitation, and he has. but he has to be prepared, a lot of ground work. i don't think the north koreans are going to denuclearization, but a deal that deals with nuclear activity, artillery, south korea deserves a lot of credit and they want some kind of lessening of tensions in south korea because there's 25 million people in south korea that are vulnerable. our troops in south korea and japan. so i tip my hat to both of them, although i'm worried we don't fall into a trap. >> the president just tweeted. kim jong-un talked about denuclearization with the south korean representatives, not just
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a freeze. also no missile testing by north korea during this period of time. great progress being made but sanctions remain until an agreement is reached. meeting being planned. >> their key strategy has been regime survival, number two unification on their terms, not other people's terms and that consistents of subversion, coercion, deception and the use of forth and the third one has
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been their strategy to split the republic of korea, the south korea/u.s. alliance. those things are in place and as recently as two days ago, the north korean newspaper demonstrated again their reliance on nuclear weapons for regime survival. that's something blessed by the kim family. i'm very happy for this development. it's very good. there could be some possibilities there. but again, i'd like to see what the talking points are going to be, what the ongoing strategy not only of the united states but of north korea. they are going to want to eliminate any kind of sanctions because it's really hurting them. all indicators from the intelligence community says that's what's hurting. but will they also ask for u.s. forces off the peninsula should they also ask for no more. they knew the combined force operations will continue, will they ask eventually for that to stop? will they ask for forces to be
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delayed and what are our questions going to be other than denuclearization. are we going to ask for north korean forces to move back from the dmz to keep seoul under pressure. there's more to this. i think a lot of people even though they were caught by surprise we should have had better strategy. >> can you explain, as someone who worked in the obama white house, how extraordinary the idea of an american president sitting down with a member of the dictatorship with north korea, it's never happened. it's the complete reversal of what the goals of u.s. policy have been. >> that's right. vice president pence ap statement about how we would meet when we have credible, verifiable proof they are taking steps is what our policy has been for some time. but the agreement that president clint clinton signed is now 24 years ago, this is unprecedented,
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historic, no question a photo op. what got me, as i watched the last hour of coverage, secretary tillerson said today we were far from negotiations. and the white house said we were looking forward to denuclearization. and in our experience, as general hertling said is there's components that need to be ag e agreed to. how will we know they've denuk sized, will we have access to their sites? how will that be verified? what will congress be required to do with sanctions, these are all significant questions. >> will there be verifiable inspections, for example. >> to the president's critics when he started calling kim jong-un little rocket man, who said he knows nothing about
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foreign policy this is not the way you interact with north korean, a will the of the president's supporters can say he's doing something which is revolutionary and maybe it worked. >> and it really may be. it may be. this is a historic moment if this meeting actually occurs. it is a historic moment. you can look at it and say they're unprepared for it or look at it and say they had to do something. so i think you -- but i think, you know, as ronald reagan once said trust but verify, you have to make sure. and they all know this, if somebody is promising to denucle denuclearize you have to make sure that occurs. and because this is happening so quickly has the ground work been laid properly or could he go there and set himself up for failure. >> governor richardson, everyone we talked to says how important
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it is to have a framework for discussion, set the ground work ahead of time. obviously time is short if this meeting is going to take place in may and there's a lot happening in the region. how important is it that there's this one on one communication between the president of the united states and kim jong-un and if there is some sort of detente between them or a lessening of the, you know, h hostility on the part of the north korean regime does that make further negotiations that much easier? >> the first point i want to make is any kind of framework, agreement is going to take a long time with the north koreans. it's not going to happen on a presidential visit. now what i think i do agree with is the fact that the two presidents meet, a lot of preparation on our side needs to happen. we have to know what we want to come out of the meeting, but it's not going to be total
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denuclearization. if it's just a path to negotiations between our envoys and secretary of state, their secretary of state, that's good. and then we have to include south korea and japan. the six party countries, possibly. so that framework preparation is very important. now, i don't mind if this ises just a photo op that leads to serious negotiations, because the fact that the two presidents are meeting, despite their histories of hating each other and both countries hating each other, the significant lessening of tensions in the peninsula, i think is worth this potential -- i hope it isn't a photo op, but it could be. it probably would be in south korea, but let's think why north korea did this. i believe sanctions are biting. i believe eventually north korea wants to -- they have an end game. i think we've underestimated kim
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jong-un. you know, everyone said he's a pompadoor, unpredictable. i think he wants something in return. if there is going to be a deal, the agreed framework president clinton did i think was good until the north koreans evaded it, there's going to be a high price but first north and south korea meet, that will be in late april, i think, and then before may the two presidents meet, you're lessening tensions, your path to diplomacy, i don't believe you were ever going to have a policy that worked that was military, that was a military option. it can't work here. >> governor richardson, thanks very much. everyone on the panel thanks ahead p. an update from the pentagon where they were just as surprised as the announce. and later stormy daniels,
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♪ what a difference a few months make. back in october here was the president tweeting about the north korean crisis. quote, i told rex tillerson, our wonderful secretary of state, that he's wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man.
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now this. not only did tonight's news on north korea and a trump/kim meeting in may take the press corp. by surprise, it took the pentagon by surprise. so you've been in touch with pentagon officials, were they surprised? >> reporter: well, at least some of the pentagon officials were surprised by the very nature of this announcement. some of them weren't even aware that an announcement was in bounds. when we initially spoke to them, and many officials were off-site, not in the building today, preparing for this. that was definitely of note. one of the things, particularly from the pentagon's perspective is the announcement from the south koreans saying that kim jong-un understands that joint military exercises between the u.s. and south korea would be ongoing, that's always been a big issue. in the past north korea and china have offered a freeze for freeze stopping nuclear and missile testing in exchange for
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stopping these joint military exercises. but the souther koreans saying that kim jong-un understands these will continue. and they are scheduled for next month part of an exercise known as "full eagle." that's expected to continue and proceed and given that the south koreans said this meeting will happen by may, it's interesting to see how north korea reacts once those exercises begin. in the past, north korea has used these exercises as justification for missile or nuclear tests. it will be interesting to watch as these developments unfold. >> ryan brown, appreciate it tonight. thanks. >> i want to get reaction from leon panetta. how surprised were you, both by this invitation from kim jong un and the fact that the president seems to have accepted it? >> well, there was no question that the south koreans and north
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koreans made a great deal of progress with regards to the possibility of setting up negotiations, so that wasn't much of a surprise. i am obviously surprised that kim jong un issued an invitation to the president to meet with him, and probably more surprised that the president agreed to meet with him in may. >> this is really a complete reversal of what u.s. policy has been weather democratic of republican presidents. there's always been the desire to have group discussions from multiple countries with the north koreans, not necessarily allowing one on one meetings between the president of the united states and north korea. would kim jong un view this as a major victory? as a major boost to his legitimacy? >> i don't think there's any question that kim jong un has added diplomacy to his arsenal
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of weapons in trying to deal with the united states. and i think, at least from, from my sense of how he's looking at this, that he has the attitude that he's kind of figured out donald trump and what makes him tick. whether or not that's true or not, who knows. but i think for donald trump, who probably enjoys the attention here of this kind of meeting, i think his -- his primary problem is sticking to talking points and really laying the kind of ground work that has to be laid for the kind of serious negotiations that are going to take place. so, while i think, look, i think this is a positive step. i think the world is breathing a sigh of relief as a result of having these negotiations, even having this kind of meeting. i think all of that is good news.
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but, in order for, for the united states not to repeat the mistakes of the past in terms of how we deal with north korea, i think a lot of preparation has to be done. a lot of issues have to be looked at, and a lot of caution has to be exercised here in order to make sure that what is achieved here does not fail the way past efforts have failed. >> how important just in general, in foreign policy, particularly in a dangerous region like this, is the meeting of two leaders and the personal, the chemistry between them, the personal understanding that may or may not be developed. how important is that in terms of of -- you talk about a bottoms-up framework, which certainly makes sense. but how important is the top-down setop top-down chemistry that then,
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you know, sort of filters into the seriousness of negotiations? >> well, there, look, there's no question that, look, these are human beings. this is a human process. i saw that happen with bill clinton in his meeting with leaders across the world. if they got along, if there was a certain chemistry there, then we made tremendous progress. if that chemistry is not there, it can lead in the other direction. and so, in order to make sure that this kind of meeting really is productive, it just is very important to establish what is the frame work for what we want to achieve in a set of negotiations that could perhaps take a long time? what does that framework look like? what do we want to achieve, and if that's in place, i think there's a better chance that a meeting between kim jong un and donald trump could actually be successful. >> secretary panetta, appreciate your time tonight, thank you. there's more breaking news tonight.
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practically every senior republican is against it, but president trump went ahead signing proclamations today imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. the concern is it could set off a trade war. we'll talk to david axlerod next. each year sarah climbs 58,007 steps.
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are against it, the european union is against it, but president trump went ahead and signed proclamations for tariffs on steel and aluminum. there will be some exemptions, but up until the last minute it wasn't clear that the announcement would be made. i'm joined now by caitlyn collins, cnn white house correspondent. what exactly is the president proposing, and when is this supposed to happen? >> reporter: these are going to go into effect in 15 days, anderson. the president signed these very sweeping, very stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum. a 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on alum numb. they will go into effect in 15 days. but the most notable thing the president did say today is the countries of canada and mexico will be exempt while nafta is being negotiated. he did say others could be exempt in the future. those two things are surprising, especially after the trade adviser, who was the chief architect of these was saying on sunday that a firm line in
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the sand had been drawn and that no countries would be excluded. as the president signed these at the white house he made the case that he believed he was doing this as a campaign promise he was fulfilling and on the grounds of national security here, anderson. >> there were a lot of differing opinions inside the white house about the tariff announcement. what have you learned about what went on behind the scenes there? >> reporter: it's very fascinating. this is something that could trigger a global trade sidebar likely to kill jobs. the president treated it like a reality show today with drama and cliff-hangers, the president was teasing it this morning even when senior white house officials weren't exactly sure what the president would be signing today, whether it would be the formal signing of the tariffs or something symbolic, because the president was so desperate to get these signed. so there was a lot of confusion. there was a lot of late-night phone calls. a lot of people trying to persuade the president not to do this. not just the advisers in the white house. not just gary cohn who quit but
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republican lawmakers on capitol hill and u.s. allies. instead, the president went for he signed these. just another episode at the trump white house. >> with me now, somebody who knows his way around the white house. former senior adviser to president obama. david axelrod. are you surprised, david, at all by this tariff announcement was dialed back? a more flexible version of what the president originally promised? >> you know, i think the president got what he wanted, and this was that picture with the steel and aluminum workers around him. the headline that says that he's implementing these sanctions. you know, i think caitlyn said something very important, and it's been demonstrated several times today, he does view these things from the standpoint of someone who's producing a reality show. he got this picture. he changed the story. from, from the porn star and from guns, which he got off of
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after he got painted into a corner, and he's looking forward, saturday, to going to the pittsburgh area to campaign for a congressional candidate who supports him, who is in some trouble over there, in the steel belt. so this is a great bit of ammunition for him there. the details i don't think, matter that much. >> don't matter to him? >> he's just interested in how it plays in that time. it doesn't matter to him. it matters to the world, american businesses and other countries. and in just the same way, to agree to a summit with the first-ever summit between a president of the united states and a dictator of north korea, within an hour of being presented with a proposal, without consulting with your national security team in a significant way, you know, i think he thinks about these things in terms of how it's going to play. >> yeah. >> and everything else is secondary. >> in another story, cnn is reporting today that general
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kelly, his chief of staff, has warned president trump to be careful about talking to mueller, mueller witnesses about the investigation, which is, you know, the "new york times" reported last night that he's done on at least two occasions, one less serious than the other. it does seem that there are fewer and fewer people in the white house who can sort of keep the president from his own impulses. >> well, there's no question about it. you look at these tariffs, and obviously, his national economic adviser is leaving as a result of this. and it seemed to be almost a declaration of independence. that he was tired of being bridled and was going to act on his own instincts. the same may be true here. of course, it's dangerous in this respect because there are real potential legal consequences for the president in disregarding that advise. but he seems to be wanting to chart his own course here. >> it's interesting in terms of stormy daniels, we learned that the president is upset with sarah sanders over how she answered a question about her
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yesterday, and about the arbitration. you tweeted about it and saying how do you react when your boss gives you indirect rebukes. you think that's one of the reasons we see so much turnover in the white house? >> i do. i do. i think it's a very difficult thing -- how often have we had this discussion where we said sarah sanders was being rebuked by the president for being too forthcoming? not very often. in this case she was forthcoming, but it created a little trouble for him. there's no handbook about how to discuss the president's relationship with a porn star or payoffs or, you know, she was, i had some sympathy for her there. this is, i guess you won't want to say virgin territory, but difficult terrain for a white house press secretary to handle. nonetheless, you know, it is really something when the president -- when the president lets word out almost immediately that you are -- that you have run afoul of him.
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and there's a reason it shouldn't be on his radar or ours. whatever happened, if it happened was between two consenting adults. marital infidelity is certainly nothing new in washington or elsewhere. and if that were it, there would be no reason to go further. it's not just about marital relations and infidelity. it's about paying to hush it up in a deal that was struck just days before the election, using shell cooperations, phony names, and suspicions that banking laws were being violated, and many more questions about the money itself, not the least of which is where did it actually come from. sarah sanders yesterday, without any answer about what the president knew about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels, facilitated by michael cohen. >> when did the president address the cash payment that was made in october -- >> the president has denied the allegation against him, and, again, this case has already been won in arbitration. anything beyond that, i would refer you to outside counsel. >> did he know about that payment at the time, though? >> i have addressed those as far as i can go. >> did he know about the payment? >> not that i'm aware of.
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and anything beyond what i've already given you, i would refer to you the president's outside counsel. >> has he talked to michael cohen about that? >> i'm sorry? >> has he talked to michael cohen about that this week since this has become news? >> i'm not sure, i don't know. >> that's not good enough to many, including republicans. governor mark sanford who had an affair, had this to say about the non-disclosure agreement. it's nefarious, awkward, unseemly, not something people feel that comfortable talking about, but frankly, it's something we ought to talk about because it is a big deal. watchdog groups agree, they've filed cases alleging the amount is a campaign expenditure. >> you know, if this fec does not investigate, and that's all we're asking for, does not open an investigation into this matter, this fec hopeless.
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>> michael cohen said he paid stormy daniels out of his own pocket. something cnn legal analyst paul cowen doubts highly. >> he didn't know that his own lawyer paid a porn star $130,000? boy, that's some lawyer. remember, michael cohen, the lawyer, says he paid it out of his own money. have you ever met a lawyer who reached into his pocket for $130,000 to help out a client? i don't think so. >> we should note as a backdrop to all of this today is international women's day. so that's a thing, the money is a thing, and the other thing is named in the daniels non-disclosure agreement. tonight cnn drew griffin has uncovered the true identity of one of the people named, angel ryan. drew joins us now. i understand one of the people turned out to be another adult actress. >> reporter: that's right. we discoveried this in the non-disclosure agreement that
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stormy daniels and michael cohen signed. stormy daniels said she told four people about this alleged affair with donald trump in 2006. one is angel ryan, a porn actress herself. her stage name is jessica drake. now in october of 2016, jessica drake came forward in a news conference of her own, to describe an unwanted sexual advance by donald trump that she says took place at the very same golf tournament in 2006 where donald trump allegedly began his affair with porn actress stormy daniels. drake says trump invited her and others to his hotel room, and then this took place. >> in the penthouse suite i met donald again. when we entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission. he asked me to return to his suite and have dinner with him. he also invited me to a party. i declined. i received another call from either donald or a male calling
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on his behalf offering me $10,000. >> same weekend, same event. anderson, shortly after jessica drake maid those statements now, that was just before the election, the trump campaign said this, mr. trump doesn't know this person, does not remember this person, and would have no interest in ever knowing her. in public event belittled her as a porn actress. now we know, six days later, that person was named in this non-disclosure agreement being written by donald trump's attorney, michael cohen. >> if it came to a legal fight, angel ryan could be a corroborating witness between stormy daniels and the president? >> angel ryan worked for the same company as stormy daniels, was at the same golf tournament as stormy daniels, and according to her was propositioned in much the same way that stormy daniels claims. so yes, i think if it came to it, angel ryan and potentially these other three people who knew about it could be witnesses. >> coming up, a bizarre story, straight out of a cold war spy
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if you want a spy novel played welcome back. if you want a spy novel played out in realtime, there's within taking place in rural england. a former spy and his daughter was found poisoned by a nerve agent. they were discovered slumped on a park bench. a policeman went to help them was also affected. >> reporter: this is sergei at a shop in england days before he and his daughter were found unconscious on a shopping center bench. victims of a toxic nerve agent. this footage is believed to show them on the day of the attack hours before they were subjected to the poison.
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>> our role is to establish who is behind this. >> reporter: skripal is a former spy. he was arrested for acting as a double agent selling state secrets to the british. he was convicted of treason in 2006 and sent to prison. the case was so high profile that russia's intelligence service made a film about the arrest and the betrayal he committed. in 2010 skripal was released as part of a high level spy swap for ten russians arrested in the u.s. he was granted asylum and lived a seemingly quiet life with his family. in recent years his wife and son passed away. his 33-year-old daughter is the only one left in his family. they are both in critical condition and suspicion now lies on the kremlin. >> i say to governments around the world, that no attempt to
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take innocent life on uk soil will go either unsanctioned or unpunished. >> reporter: this is not first time russia has been accused of using poison. in 2006 former russian pie alexander litvinenko was in bar and drank a cup of tea laced with a highly radioactive agent. they slipped the poison into his tea. he slowly wasted away in a hospital bed and blamed vladmir putin before he died. during the cold car a bulgarian disdent defected to the uk and was waiting for a bus and felt a sting in his leg. he felt a stranger fumbling with an umbrella. the tip shot out the dead lie poison ricin.
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four days later he was dead. the kremlin has denied no involvement in all attacks. >> fred, what else have the russians said in response to this poisoning? >> it's interesting because it seems as though they going on the offensive. they we got some information from the fsb, the russian fie -- spy service. that agent is retired and lives in the same town that skripal lives in and where he was poisoned. the brits are saying there will be a robust response if it turns out that were.
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