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Obama "Don't Send Your Children"; The Bear Is Loose But Lonely; Feds Can Be "Boneheaded"; Isaiah Austin Honored During NBA Draft; Big Shakeup On "The View"

Aired June 27, 2014 - 07:30   ET


JOHN KING, CNN HOST, "INSIDE POLITICS": Let's start with the president of the United States did an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. He's been criticized by some Republicans saying the reason more than 50,000 young kids have come to the border and tried to get into the United States illegally, sent by their parents from Guatemala and Honduras, some Republicans have suggested there's an open border policy and the president hasn't been tough enough.

Listen to these tough words here.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Our message is absolutely don't send your children unaccompanied on trains or through a bunch of smugglers. We don't even know how many of these kids don't make it and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train. We have no way of tracking them, so that is our direct message to the families in Central America. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they will get sent back, more importantly they may not make it.


KING: What's the president trying to accomplish here?

JACKIE KUCINICH, "THE WASHINGTON POST": They are trying to stem this influx, and I think this took them by surprise, and you've seen them try to tighten other parts of their immigration policy. They have also postponed some plans to loosen the policies a little bit. They are really scrambling to deal with this, and this is just the latest example of trying to stem this flow into the country.

KING: And the president says they will be sent back, but there's a process they have to follow. U.S. law requires them to take care of their health issues and make sure you can reunite them with their families, from Honduras or Guatemala, that can take a long time.

OLIVIER KNOX, "YAHOO NEWS": By the time you try to find responsible grownups to who they can be shipped and deported to, they have spent a lot of time in the United States, a lot of questions about some of these kids not showing up for court date and not showing up for the process and not going back. KING: Now there's a broader conversation in Washington. Some who are saying forget about it. Immigration reform, many think big, including a debate and another vote about a path to citizenship for the undocumented or even path to legal status. Forget about that. Some are saying until we have a new president. We've got 30 months left of the Barack Obama presidency, is it really dead, or will Republicans come in in 2015 and try to get it done before the 2016 presidential election?

KUCINICH: No way. I think it's dead. Louie Gutierrez, one of the biggest proponents, Democrat, saying it's dead for the year. Republicans could try to make an attempt, but it would be focused on border security and you wouldn't have the larger reforms because they are just not there yet, despite the fact they need it for 2016 don't seem to be there yet.

KING: Have they decided, Olivier? Have the congressional leaders decided we'll be a congressional party. We'll keep our majority in the House and hope to get a majority in the Senate this year, but they do not have a prayer of winning the presidency if they do not begin to change their problem with non-white voters.

KNOX: There's definitely tension between the national Republicans and the congressional Republicans on this issue, as you pointed out. I think there's a credible path for the Republicans, whoever they nominate in 2016 and come out and make a year-long rhetorical push on immigration reform and that might help to inoculate them a little bit, but they are definitely focused as a party more on 2014 than on 2016.

KUCINICH: Wouldn't it have to happen after the primaries, if someone tried to go into some of these early states and talks about immigration reform, best of luck to you, it probably won't.

KING: Even though the establishment is winning most of these races, they are still afraid to take these votes. Even though, they are willing and we'll see if Lamar Alexander has a primary still coming in Tennessee. His opponent has a new add up on the amnesty issue.

The president is making up in Minneapolis. I think this is a great thing for all presidents. They often complain about the bubble, being trapped in Washington and all the security. He is in Minneapolis, out there for a fund-raiser and doing a lot of real people events. Listen to the president at a town hall yesterday saying these are the trips the Secret Service loves.


PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right, our agenda is still a little loose, you know. I might pop in for some ice cream or visit a small business, I don't know. I'm just going to make it up as I go along. With Secret Service I always tease them. I'm like a caged bear and every once in a while I break loose.


KING: One thing we're watching here, most of the presidents' folks is on middle class economic issues. He is in the bluish of blue states. Missing yesterday were both Democratic senators, Al Fraken and Amy Klobachur. They are supposed to be on Air Force One with the president. They both dropped off, but they said so they could stay in Washington to cast a Senate vote.

Senator Klobachur made it out for a fundraiser last night. Senator Franken will be in Minnesota to, quote, "spend some time," unquote, with the president, today his staff says. Is the president that toxic? Are they that worried about Minnesota that we're trying to over manage it?

KUCINICH: First do not harm when you're up for re-election and that's what you have with Senator Franken. He doesn't want to cozy up with the president and pay for it later.

KING: In Minnesota, standing next to President Obama?

KNOX: Absolutely, and what we're seeing is the blueprint for how the president -- how the White House is going to tackle this whole campaign season. They said he can be most effective raising money, most effective making the case for middle class values, for a minimum wage, for women voters which is probably the biggest takeaway from yesterday's event, but, yes, absolutely in Minnesota.

KING: Going to watch that picture to see if we see them together in public. If Al Franken will not stand next to President Obama in this election year, tells you everything you need to know about Arkansas and Alaska and Louisiana and we could go on. During one of the town halls yesterday in Minnesota the president was trying to make the case you see Republicans hammering right now, they say incompetence and corruption at the IRS, incompetence at the VA. The president is saying no this just happens in any presidency.


PRESIDENT OBAMA: Are there some federal workers who do boneheaded things? Absolutely. I remember the first week I was on the job I talked to my Defense Secretary Bob Gates who is older and had been there a long time. I said do you have any advice for me Bob? He said one thing you should know, Mr. President, is that any given moment on any given day somebody in the federal government is screwing up.


KING: I don't think the Republicans are going to buy that one, although it's probably factual.

KUCINICH: Yes, and that's one of the things he was going to fix, and it may be one of those things that once you're there it's a lot harder to do than when you promised, but there's been some inconsistency. You know, you have on the IRS. You have him saying this is a problem, no it's a phony scandal. No, it's a problem and when you have those openings you're -- Republicans are going to jump. Now, it's up to the Republicans not to overplay their hand, and they have been doing quite a bit of that. KING: Let's move on to how you go from dead broke to truly well off, borrowing some words from Hillary Clinton. From 2001 to 2013 the Clintons made $105 million, Bill Clinton making that in speaking fees and 56.3 million from speeches overseas. She's tried to fix her comments about, you know, a lot of people saying she's detached and out of touch, Olivier. Will voters process that and say that's the market. People are willing to pay them that count of money and that doesn't count any money from the state department when she's made 5 million more.

KNOX: A little in column "A" and column "B" coming from the Republicans is she's out of touch and she's helped them a bit with the stumbling answers about how they accumulated all this money, saying she was dead broke coming out of the White House. Well, everyone knew they would go out and make a lot of money on the speaking circuit. That's a fumble and ties back to Democratic criticism of the Clinton that they are too close to Wall Street, a real problem.

KING: We'll see how that one goes forward, but they are trying to clean it up. Olivia, Jackie, thanks for coming in. As we end, David Letterman, about to give up his show, maybe he's auditioning to fill in for me on "Inside Politics." listen to this.


DAVID LETTERMAN: Guess what, Dick Cheney even now to this very minute believes there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, even though we've looked, we've scoured it and all over the place, up and down everywhere of we've made known calls and done everything we can possibly do. He still believes there are weapons of mass destruction. And I still believe I'm going to get "The Tonight Show."


KING: I'm going to miss him.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I am, too. I am, too. And it's those moments that he just - he's just so funny.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: He is very talented guy. Talented enough to take over for John King. I think that's a bit of a stretch.

KING: He can have this any morning he wants.


CUOMO: That was unseemly.

BOLDUAN: Proper use.

CUOMO: Thank you very much. Unseemly.

BOLDUAN: Unseemly.

CUOMO: Have a good weekend. KING: Have a very seemly weekend.

BOLDUAN: I hope you have a weekend, John. I can't modify it other than that.

CUOMO: He's made me upset. I think I'll go to Brazil.

BODLUAN: And I'm going to go to break. Coming up next on NEW DAY" an emotional moment between the 15th and 16th pick in the NBA draft. The league makes Isaiah Austin's dream come true naming him during the draft as a player who just found out a genetic defect will keep him from playing in the league. We'll to him and his mom ahead.


BOLDUAN: That is your song, quite a song it is, and this is quite a story. Welcome back. On draft night the NBA, got it right. That's about all you can see. Isaiah Austin, a former star basketball player, we're going to say still a star basketball player from Baylor University, was expecting to be picked during an early round of the draft. He found out just days before that he's no longer able to play basketball because of a genetic disorder. The commissioner Adam Silver found a way to make his dreams come true and brought down the house.


UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: It gives me great pleasure to say and with the next pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the NBA selects Isaiah Austin from Baylor University. It gets you, that's for sure.


BALDWIN: Joining us now Isaiah Austin and his mother, Lisa Green. Thank you so much. It's so great to meet you. This is one of those stories when you talk about it, it breaks your heart and it also warms your soul in how you handled it. What was that moment like? Let talk about that moment at the draft and you heard Adam Silver call your name. Did you know he was going to call you up?

ISAIAH AUSTIN, FORMER BAYLOR BASKETBALL STAR: I didn't know he would honor me, but I didn't know he'd make me a draft pick.

BOLDUAN: I can tell, not a man who wants to talk about his emotions much, but what was that moment like for you?

AUSTIN: It was really unbelievable, just for him to invite me and my family to the draft after everything that happened and shows how classy a man he is and I'm thankful for god to putting me in the situation for saving my life.

BOLDUAN: Even now thanking God.

CLIPPER: And your faith is going to be a big part of this journey just it's just starting for you. Please, mom, tell us. What is the syndrome and what does it mean and who does it mean for your son and your family?

LISA GREEN, MOTHER OF ISAIAH AUSTIN: I found out Friday evening when the doctor actually called me personally and told me that the tests came back, the genetic testing came back positive and what that meant is he told me we're so lucky he's even alive at this point because of the fact that he's been playing competitive sports at the most elite level, collegiate level, for a couple years, and one sharp blow to the chest could have ended his life.

MICHEALA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: You got in your car and you wanted to tell him personally.

GREEN: I had to.

PEREIRA: You didn't want your son to find this out any other way.

GREEN: I got home and told my husband and we packed up the car and our younger two kid and we drove nine hours straight to Dallas.

CUOMO: What did you say?

AUSTIN: You know, we gathered friend and family and we -- we had a great support system. Coach Drew, I said, Coach, if you can bring a couple of the staff members down as well, we gathered his pastor and Coach Drew called back and said, everybody wants to come. I said, OK. So I think, you know, the support system it was fantastic and he came in the room and our eyes locked and I knew he knew.

CUOMO: You didn't need to say anything. Because you remember taking the test. You just hadn't gotten the results, right?

AUSTIN: Yes, as soon as I walked in the room I remember seeing her face and it was just tears and it's a moment that I'll never forget. It's one of those memory capsules that are just locked in your mind forever, but, you know, I just had to hold it together for my family, especially for my little brother and sister because I knew that they were in the room and them looking up to me, I want them to see me as a strong person so I want to be a great role model for them so I held it together as best as I could and I told them that we're going to get through this together.

BOLDUAN: Isaiah, how do you make sense of it, because in that moment you realized the path that you thought was yours, playing in the NBA, that's no more. But you also have to realize in the same moment that you are lucky to be alive. This condition is so often we're talking about it before, so often we hear about the syndrome when it's too late, when someone has died from it. How do you make sense of it?

AUSTIN: It's tough, but my family, we've all grown up on a great faith, and it's one thing to have faith, but it's another thing to trust in god's word, and I know that he heel never forsake me and I know that no matter what he's going to guide my life. He always has a plan so I know maybe he close that had one door but he's opened many more for me.

PEREIRA: I'm interested in finding out what led you to the genetic testing, first of all, because we were talking beforehand. People may have heard of the syndrome but I don't think it's that many of us know a whole lot about. Did you feel like there was something wrong? Was there a red flag? What led you to doctors?

AUSTIN: No, not at all. I felt fine. I never had any problems like discomfort with my breathing or anything or passing out.

PEREIRA: You look strong and healthy. That's the scariest part about it.

AUSTIN: Yes, or passing out from a workout, but when I was in Chicago they said that my EKG was irregular, and that triggered --

AUSTIN: It's a physical you had to have before the draft. And that triggered all the doctors to -- to really take their professionalism and look at what's been going on with me, and they had an MRA done with my heart and they still couldn't figure out what it was that made my EKG irregular so that's when they told me to get the blood test done.

CUOMO: So the decision is what do I do now?

PEREIRA: What now?

CUOMO: You have your family and you have your faith. You have your future.

PEREIRA: You're 20 years old.

CUOMO: That takes us to your mom' shirt. What does it mean, dream again? What are we talking about now?

GREEN: Go ahead, honey.

CUOMO: Make the pitch.

AUSTIN: It basically means, you know, I'm going to dream again. Life for me is not over, it's just beginning, one chapter is over and another is starting up, so we have these shirts courtesy of the Marfan Foundation. All the proceeds are going to them, and we've really thanked them for being a support system for us. They are actually making me a new spokesman for them so I'm going to go around and I'm going to spread the awareness for Marfan syndrome and we'll do our best to help and inspire and touch people around the world.

PEREIRA: You're going to be a support for so many other people, and beyond his brother and sister.

BOLDUAN: You're not leaving basketball, right?

AUSTIN: No, not at all. Commissioner Silver has offered me a job with the NBA somewhere.


AUSTIN: And then also coach drew has offered me a coaching job at Baylor.

PEREIRA: To be around the game you love.

AUSTIN: Yes, indeed.

CUOMO: And you're still learning like what restrictions there are and how you have to manage the condition going forwarding right, so you take your longevity into consideration?

AUSTIN: Definitely. Right now I'm going to go in for yearly heart checks to see if my aorta artery is enlarging each year, and if so I'll have to undergo open heart surgery, but right now they are saying that my health is steady.

BOLDUAN: Take this moment and just appreciate that you're here.


BOLDUAN: Thank you so much. It's so great to meet you guys. Thank you for the message that you have.

CUOMO: You got the best medicine you have going, a family that loves you and a faith you're going to be OK.

GREEN: Thank you.

CUOMO: As big as he is, he's still a little baby.

GREEN: Exactly.

BOLDUAN: A seven-foot baby.

CUOMO: I look forward to the next chapter and hopefully tell about it here on NEW DAY.

BOLDUAN: Thank you.

CUOMO: Coming up on the show, a major shakeup overnight at "The View." who is in, who is out? The longest running talk show is making changes. What's going happen?


PEREIRA: That's one way to put it, another one bites the dust. Huge shakeup on the ABC daytime talk show "The View." A string of host departures could leave Whoopi Goldberg the only current cast member on the couch in July. Sherri Shepherd and Jennie McCarthy announced their departure of the show.

Earlier this year, Barbara Walters retired. She is going to stay on as executive producer for the show. Meanwhile, moving on, Sherri Shepherd joined the cast permanently in 2007. She tweeted this out "The number seven is God's number of completion and after seven seasons my time at The View is now complete. So grateful to everyone for their love and support." Not to be outdone, apparently, Jennie McCarthy whose year-long stint at the show hasn't been without controversy followed out saying "If Sherri goes, I go, #sisters." She followed up "My View will be changing, too. Thanks to your dedication and an amazing year." So Kate, Chris, big shakeup on daytime TV with a big change at the desk. The ladies changing a little bit.

BOLDUAN: Huge surprise. Thanks.

CUOMO: The McCarthy one is, throws you a curveball. The question is why? I'm sure there will be another chapter. Good folks over there at "The View." I can attest to that.

BOLDUAN: Yes, you can.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, the bizarre story of the missing boy found alive and well in his family's basement. We're going to talk with Nancy Grace who broke the story to the boy's father on her show.

CUOMO: Plus he's being called the Berlin Wall. Team USA goalkeeper, Tim Howard, feel like we talked to him already, but stay with us and we'll tell you about the conversation.