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ROBYN CURNOW, CNN HOST (voice-over): Ahead at the INTERNATIONAL DESK -- Hillary Clinton shatters the glass ceiling of U.S. politics. But her
rival, Bernie Sanders, isn't accepting defeat.
And India's top leader pays a visit to the U.S. Congress.
CURNOW: Hi, there, everyone. Welcome. I'm Robyn Curnow at the CNN Center.
This day brings Hillary Clinton another step closer to being the first female American president. And she is embracing her place in history as
the first woman to lead the presidential ticket for a major U.S. party.
With primary victories in four states Tuesday, her nomination is assured. But Clinton's fight for the White House is not nearly over. Jeff Zeleny
reports on Hillary Clinton's path ahead.
JEFF ZELENY, CNN SR. WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Hillary Clinton's history-making moment:
HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's
ZELENY (voice-over): Savoring a triumph in her long Democratic primary fight, exactly eight years after extinguishing her first trail-blazing
CLINTON: Tonight's victory is not about one person; it belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this
ZELENY (voice-over): Extending her hand to Bernie Sanders after finishing strong in the final round of primaries, wins in New Jersey and California.
CLINTON: And let there be no mistake: Senator Sanders, his campaign and the vigorous debate that we've had have been very good for the Democratic
Party and for America.
ZELENY (voice-over): Sanders winning in two states and vowing to fight on. But his argument is fading fast.
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), VT., PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight. But we will continue to
fight for every vote and every delegate we can get.
ZELENY (voice-over): This as Sanders' campaign tells CNN they plan to cut half their staff.
SANDERS: The struggle continues.
ZELENY (voice-over): After a bitter primary duel, early signs of peacemaking. CNN has learned campaign managers for Sanders and Clinton,
Jeff Weaver and Robby Mook, are talking behind the scenes.
The beginning of the end could be near with Sanders heading to the White House tomorrow to meet with President Obama in hopes of bringing the party
together, which Clinton says she knows can be difficult.
CLINTON: Now I know it never feels good to put your heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in and to come up short. I know that feeling well.
CLINTON: As we look ahead to the battle that awaits, let's remember all that unites us.
ZELENY (voice-over): The biggest point of unity for Democrats may well be defeating Donald Trump.
CLINTON: We believe that we are stronger together and the stakes in this election are high and the choice is clear. Donald Trump is temperamentally
unfit to be president and commander in chief.
ZELENY (voice-over): She's making a full pivot to Trump, inviting voters who are skeptical of him to rally behind her.
CLINTON: We won't let this happen in America. And if you agree, whether you're a Democrat, Republican or independent, I hope you will join us.
CURNOW: Jeff Zeleny reporting there.
Let's talk more about the Republican side. Donald Trump swept five states uncontested. The presumptive nominee celebrated with a distinctive, quite
Now it may mark a new tack for Trump heading into the general election and it may help pull back top Republicans. Here's our Jim Acosta with this
DONALD TRUMP, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: To those who voted for someone else in either party, I'll work hard to earn your support.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN SR. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Donald Trump tried to change the subject and his delivery, using a teleprompter in his
victory lap speech at the official end of the Republican primary season.
TRUMP: But if I'm forced to fight for something I really care about, I will never, ever back down. And our country will never, ever back down.
ACOSTA (voice-over): The speech, with only a couple of Trump ad libs, had some Republicans cheering, the chairman of the RNC tweeting, "Exactly the
right approach and perfectly delivered."
NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER: If he can stay on this path and stay this disciplined, he's going to be very formidable.
ACOSTA (voice-over): Trump did respond to the growing outcry over his attacks on federal --
ACOSTA (voice-over): -- judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican American heritage.
TRUMP: I will tell you, it's a little disappointing, some of the Republicans.
ACOSTA (voice-over): He told his Republican critics to move on.
TRUMP: There's a lot of anger, I guess, anger. They just can't come back, they can't get over it. So they have to get over it, ideally.
As to whether or not they endorse me, it's OK if they don't. But they have to get over it. They shouldn't be so angry for so long.
ACOSTA (voice-over): Too late, says Illinois Republican senator Mark Kirk, who's in a tough re-election battle and rescinded his endorsement of Trump.
SEN. MARK KIRK (R), ILL.: Cannot support him because of what he said about the judge, that was too racist and bigoted for me.
ACOSTA (voice-over): That coming just hours after stinging comments from the nation's two top Republicans.
REP. PAUL RYAN (R), HOUSE SPEAKER: Claiming a person can't do the job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist
comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed.
SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R), MAJORITY LEADER: It's time to quit attacking various people that you competed with or various minority groups in the
ACOSTA (voice-over): Trump attempted to put the controversy to rest with a statement that said his comments about Judge Curiel were misconstrued. He
did have a few supporters coming to his defense.
GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R), N.J.: I've known him for 14 years and Donald Trump is not a racist.
ACOSTA (voice-over): But Trump is hearing warnings from top Republicans who are demanding their presumptive nominee start acting presidential
before the GOP mutiny gets any worse.
SEN. BOB CORKER (R), TENN.: He has got to demonstrate a different level of professionalism.
ACOSTA (voice-over): The real estate tycoon insists he got the message and is ready to turn his attention to Hillary Clinton.
TRUMP: The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves.
ACOSTA: Up next for Donald Trump, a speech set for early next week on the Clintons' personal financial dealings. No word on whether a teleprompter
will be used again -- Jim Acosta, CNN, New York.
CURNOW: Teleprompter or no teleprompter, this is certainly a big day in U.S. politics. A woman holds the White House in her sights.
Well, let's bring in John Avlon, he joins us from New York.
Hey, there, John.
For Americans, I mean this has been a messy election. It will continue to be a messy election.
But can the country take a second and enjoy this, reflect on the meaning of what Hillary Clinton's achieved?
JOHN AVLON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'd hope so. Politics is, you know, politics doesn't have a lot of perspective these days. It's been more of a
surreal circus here in the United States.
But even though this moment had been a long time coming with regards to Hillary Clinton being seen as a likely nominee for, really since 2008,
that, you know, that the assumption was that the Democratic Party, despite a strong challenge from Bernie Sanders, that Hillary would be the nominee.
We shouldn't let that detract from our ability to appreciate the historic nature.
This is a fight that goes back to the suffragettes before in Seneca Falls, early pioneers like, you know, the first female governor in 1924, the first
female senator, Republican from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith, all coming to this, Hillary Clinton.
A woman will lead a major party's ticket for president going into the race as the favorite.
It is an extraordinary moment that, no matter what your politics are, if you can't appreciate this, you should probably give yourself a gut check.
Your sense of perspective is probably off.
CURNOW: I think so.
With that in mind, though, this next six months is going to be a popularity contest between two of the most unpopular candidates in living memory.
AVLON: Yes. It will. And, you know, for a few hours, we appreciate and then we return to our previously scheduled bout. This will be a brutal
campaign between two unpopular candidates, as you say.
And, yes, I suppose democracy can be reduced to a popularity contest. But already we've seen very strong contrasts between these two candidates.
And Donald Trump last night, sort of putting on a rhetorical straitjacket at the bequest of his Republican comrades-in-arms, hoping that he could
sound more presidential because he keeps straying into territory which is not only deeply divisive, it's electorally destructive for Republican hopes
to hold on to the Senate, let alone win the presidency.
And Hillary Clinton, you know, certainly I think found her groove last week with a very good speech in San Diego ostensibly about foreign policy but
which really, for the first time, did a clear, surgical contrast with Donald Trump.
It was humorous, it was measured in terms of its tone and, most importantly, used his own words against him.
So, you know, Republicans have been feeling very confident during the late innings of these Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton fight, now find themselves
on the defense and we know who our two nominees are going to be, barring some unprecedented X factor, Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.
It's a surreal spectacle but here we are.
CURNOW: Indeed. We can call it a political contest; we can call it a reality show. Either way, this is an incredibly powerful job.
And we heard eight years ago the question --
CURNOW: -- over and over again, is America ready for a black president?
When voters go to choose now, is Hillary Clinton's womanhood, the fact that she's a female, how much will that play in to voters' minds?
You know, pulling the woman's card, as Donald Trump accused her of doing, you know.
Will it be as much of a factor or less of a factor as President Obama's blackness was?
AVLON: Well, I think if you look at American history -- and certainly the original sin of slavery -- the presence of our first black president, who
had not been on the national radar for many years before he ran, was revolutionary.
Obviously, in England, for example, we have the precedent of Margaret Thatcher, beloved by conservatives a generation ago.
But I do think the contrast between Donald Trump and his apparent difficulty with America's fundamental diversity and the prospect of the
first woman president will create some additional wind at Hillary Clinton's back.
For most folks, it will be an asset. But what's so interesting about this election today is that, for all the talk about identity politics,
particularly on the Left in America, Millennial women supported Bernie Sanders almost 2:1 against Hillary Clinton at times during this campaign.
Her status as the potential first woman president did not motivate Millennial women more than politics or policy or ideology.
So that's a hopeful sign for America to some extent, to the extent we're always working to form a more perfect union and we transcend differences.
But I think that Hillary Clinton's status as a historically first female president is likely to be an asset in this campaign with most voters,
probably not the hardcore Donald Trumps, I'm willing to say some of those are probably harboring some sexist gripes inside their voting booth
CURNOW: John Avlon, as always, thank you so much for joining us.
You're watching CNN. Of course, we have much more on Hillary Clinton's historic moment. We'll look at the women who have set their sights on the
White House before Clinton. John mentioned some of them.
And also importantly, get historical perspective from a top U.S. presidential biographer. Lots more after the break.
CURNOW: Hillary Clinton may be the first woman to reach the top of a major U.S. party's presidential ticket but she's not the only one who's tried.
You may not have heard of Margaret Chase Smith but she helped blaze the trail.
Smith is the first of several women who made a major push to become President of the United States. Our Randi Kaye looks back at the road up
to this point.
CLINTON: Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it.
RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Hillary Clinton, conceding the Democratic race for the White House --
KAYE (voice-over): -- to then-senator Barack Obama. It was June 2008.
Eight years later, Ms. Clinton is closer than ever to returning to the White House, this time as president.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: She is the first woman to become the presumptive nominee of a major party in our nation's 240-year history.
KAYE (voice-over): Hillary Clinton found her political inspiration as a young girl, after she reportedly discovered Congresswoman Margaret Chase
Smith in "Life" magazine. Smith went on to be the first woman to run for president on a major party ticket. It was 1964.
MARGARET CHASE SMITH, 1964 U.S. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: There are those who make the contention that no woman should ever dare to aspire
to the White House, that this is a man's world and that it should be kept that way.
Margaret Chase Smith, in the end, removed herself from the ballot at the Republican National Convention.
Years later in 1972, Democrat Shirley Anita Chisholm became the first African American woman to run for president. She only received about 150
KAYE: Democrat Carol Moseley Braun ran for president in 2004; Bill Clinton had appointed her U.S. ambassador to New Zealand back in 1999. She was
also an attorney and one-term U.S. senator. But her bid for the White House failed, having been among 10 Democrats vying for the nomination that
REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R), MINN.: God bless you.
KAYE (voice-over): Republican Michelle Bachmann from Minnesota threw her hat into the race in 2012, only to withdraw after a poor showing in the
Iowa caucuses. Bachmann was the first Republican woman from Minnesota elected to Congress.
In 2016, it was Carly Fiorina's turn. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO often sparred with opponent Donald Trump.
CARLY FIORINA (R), FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: You ran up mountains of debt as well as losses.
KAYE (voice-over): Then candidate Ted Cruz named Fiorina as his running mate. But vice president wasn't in the cards for her, either.
Nor was it for Geraldine Ferraro back in 1984, even though she stood her ground against then-vice president George H.W. Bush.
GERALDINE FERRARO (D), FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I almost resent, Vice President Bush, your patronizing attitude.
KAYE (voice-over): Sarah Palin's vice presidential run was memorable.
SARAH PALIN, FORMER GOVERNOR OF ALASKA: Nice to meet you.
JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: It's a pleasure.
PALIN: Hey, can I call you Joe?
KAYE (voice-over): But in the end, Palin went down in flames, in part because she couldn't answer a question about what newspaper she read.
PALIN: All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can you name a few?
PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news.
Alaska isn't a foreign country.
KAYE (voice-over): For so many before Hillary Clinton, the Oval Office was out of reach. But as she predicted eight years ago.
CLINTON: . that the path will be a little easier next time.
KAYE (voice-over): -- this could be her year -- Randi Kaye, CNN, New York.
CURNOW: Clinton may have made it further than those presidential hopefuls but she was thinking about the next generation of women looking towards the
Clinton tweeted Tuesday, "To every little girl who dreams big, yes, you can be anything you want, even president. Tonight is for you."
Well, we're joined by Doris Kearns Goodwin, who has seen the power of the Oval Office first-hand as a presidential biographer, historian and
professor. She's in Cleveland, Ohio.
Thanks for joining us. You've worked with, knew, written about John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Abraham Lincoln.
What do you think they would have said about the possibility of a woman in the Oval Office?
DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, PRESIDENTIAL BIOGRAPHER: I don't think that Abraham Lincoln or even FDR would have imagined it as easily as it's happening
today. It's taken a long time when you think about it. I mean, almost 100 years since women were even given the right to vote.
But it is an historic moment. Sometimes history comes in a way where you don't realize it's going to become history. And archduke is killed and
World War I ends up on a chain of events.
But I think this moment, people are feeling it. I was coming through the airport today and people are always, knowing I'm an historian, asking me,
"What about Trump?
"Tell us about Trump."
Instead, they were saying, "Hey, what about our first girl?" making the first time that a major party has nominated her for the presidency.
So I think we're aware and there's an emotional feeling that some barrier has finally been breached.
CURNOW: Yes, and much is also being said about how different this election is. Clinton, Trump, Sanders and of course let's not forget those 16
Republicans who are at home knitting right now.
How different is this?
Is there a comparable historical example in terms of this election and what Secretary Clinton is up against?
GOODWIN: Well, there's not an easy comparison to Mr. Trump himself. I mean there is a comparison in the atmosphere in America right as the one
that was at the Gilded Age at the turn of the 20th century.
There was a lot of anxiety at that time with the Industrial Revolution, there was a lot of populist fervor, lots of immigration, a lot of fear
about the country changing.
And it produced demogogues and populists --
GOODWIN: -- at that time. And the technological revolution and globalization is producing the same mixture that's pretty potent, that has
produced Mr. Trump.
But there's never been a candidate who really had no military, no political experience, coming as far as he has.
And then on the other side, of course, we have now a woman breaking the barrier. So it's a pretty exciting, curious election for us Americans.
CURNOW: Taking the fact that Hillary Clinton is a woman out of the agenda, historically who would you equate her with?
GOODWIN: Well, there's no question, when you look at her experience, that she comes into the presidency with as much experience as almost any man
has. When you get the combination of having been first lady -- so there's nobody else that has that -- and then went on to run for office after being
first lady, being senator from New York, being secretary of state.
And then having run one other time before and now having run again, so that you have to look at other presidents who've come with tons of experience to
equate her to. But then, because she's a woman, that makes those equations all different.
CURNOW: It does. And being a woman, of course, John Avlon was saying, will help her in many ways. Some might see it not as a help, depending on
your attitude, but Clinton herself very much building on this issue that she's, of course, walking on the shoulders of whose who went before her.
She talks specifically about her mother. I just want to play that sound bite and get your response on the other side.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
CLINTON: I learned this a long time ago from the biggest influence in my life, my mother. She was my rock from the day I was born until the day she
left us. She overcame a childhood marked by abandonment and mistreatment and somehow managed not to become bitter or broken.
My mother believed that life is about serving others. And she taught me never to back down from a bully, which, it turns out, was pretty good
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CURNOW: That's some good mommy advice, isn't it?
But what do you think and how important is that kind of narrative here, particularly because she calls on the sacrifices of our mothers and the
lessons our daughters will learn by what she's doing right now?
GOODWIN: Well, I think by aligning herself with a woman's movement over a period of time, she's speaking especially to older women who were part of
her mother's struggle. Those older women have been rock-solid supporters for her and they come out in the elections in larger numbers than most
other people do.
At the same time, then, she's going to have to hope to appeal to the younger women by that idea that your little sister, your daughter can now
become something you might not have thought so before.
And I think there's a confidence level now that she's got this nomination that might allow her to become more personal, as she was talking about her
mother, to tell her narrative story but especially to enmesh it in the larger woman's story.
Because it is a big story. And it's a long time waiting for a woman to be in this position. And I think a lot of women, even regardless of their
feelings for her, must be feeling a sense of pride today that finally this is happening.
CURNOW: You've written about Lincoln's team of rivals.
How do you think Clinton will or should navigate touchy relationships going forward, particularly with Bernie Sanders and his supporters?
His -- the young women who supporter him?
GOODWIN: Well, you know, the mark of a good leader is the ability to bring people around you, not simply who are your rivals but, as Lincoln did,
people who can question your assumptions, who can fight with you, who can argue with you. And that will depend upon that interior confidence that
And she would be very smart to do it because, if you allow those people to have a voice in the inner circle, you're hearing the people that they're
responding to as well. It might be hard to do something quickly with Bernie Sanders. He, obviously, feels his need for time to just absorb the
fact that this incredible revolution hasn't gone as far as he wanted it to.
But hopefully, at the point when he makes unity with her, as she made with Barack Obama, there's no question that her unity with Barack Obama helped
him to win that race in '08 and it's helped her in 2016 because his coalition is now behind her.
So she would be well pressed to make a similar unity with some of her people, who might have questions about her and she can bring them around
her. I think that's always a strong thing for a leader to do.
CURNOW: Thank you so much, Doris Kearns Goodwin, who actually taught the course on American history and American presidents at Harvard.
So great to have your historical perspective. Thank you very much.
GOODWIN: Glad to be with you. Thank you.
CURNOW: Still ahead, Hillary Clinton may have clinched the Democratic nomination but Bernie Sanders isn't going anywhere anytime soon. We'll go
to the White House to learn why Barack Obama is taking a meeting with Sanders.
Plus: President Obama's also turning to world affairs, meeting with India's prime minister. Now Narendra Modi is about to speak to the U.S.
Congress. More on all of this just ahead.
CURNOW: Hi, there. Welcome to the INTERNATIONAL DESK. I'm Robyn Curnow.
We have some breaking news on Brexit. I want to go to our diplomatic editor, Nic Robertson; he joins me now from London.
This referendum is just around the corner and I understand there's been a slight change of plans?
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Yes. There was a hiccup. What happened last night was the deadline for the registration for
people to vote, people got online after a debate on TV last night, they were registering to vote, 214,000 an hour at its peak, we're told.
That is three times the number of people at the peak registration time during the general election last year.
The computer crashed. People couldn't register. There was real concern that there were people out there at the deadline who hadn't registered, who
were trying to, in all good effort, to register on the time.
So the government has been under a lot of pressure today, cross-party support on this there, to remedy the situation. And what they have
announced now is a 48-hour extension on the deadline.
The deadline will now be midnight U.K. time, the 9th of June, tomorrow, for people to vote.
Now the reason -- one of the reasons it appears that there was such a spike that caused the servers running the system to crash was because there was a
debate on television between David Cameron and one of the leading figures in the Leave campaign, the U.K. Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage.
They were having a debate on television.
After the debate, so many people went online to register. And this gives you a flavor of, perhaps, why they were persuaded that they should
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ROBERTSON (voice-over): Almost face to face in their first Brexit debate - - but not quite: PM David Cameron, championing the Remain campaign, keep Britain in the E.U.
Opposing him in the same studio, same audience, U.K. Independence leader Nigel Farage, self-anointed Brexiteer-in-chief, up first and under fire.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How can you have the audacity to use such blatant scaremongering tactics for the Leave campaign?
ROBERTSON (voice-over): His outspoken views on immigration, livening the debate.
NIGEL FARAGE, INDEPENDENCE PARTY LEADER: I'm used to being demonized because I've taken on the establishment.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you demonizing my --
FARAGE: -- and I have -- just let me -- just let me finish.
What's happened is a very large number of young, single males have settled in Germany and in Sweden, who come from cultures where attitudes towards
women are different. I haven't --
FARAGE: -- scaremongered in any way at all.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Now David Cameron.
ROBERTSON (voice-over): A canny call by Cameron, a one-time communications director, coming on second.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Cameron --
ROBERTSON (voice-over): The crowd more circumspect of his office. Cameron's answers aiming to crush Farage's arguments.
DAVID CAMERON, PRIME MINISTER, GREAT BRITAIN: Nigel Farage said it. He said -- kept on talking about GDP isn't all that matters. GDP is the size
of our economy. He's so keen to get us out of Europe that he's prepared to sacrifice jobs and growth (INAUDIBLE) -- we mustn't do that.
ROBERTSON: Back-to-back, they faced one another, drew their sharpest wit and sought to slay one another. No killer strikes struck; the tone,
however, is sharpening, symptomatic of how much is at stake and how tight this race is becoming.
ROBERTSON (voice-over): While Farage is not of Cameron's Conservative Party, his rhetoric is attractive to many who are.
FARAGE: I'm sorry; we're British. We're better than that. We're not going to be bullied by anybody.
ROBERTSON (voice-over): Five of Cameron's cabinet are Brexiteers, too, more from his back benches. So the more Cameron trashes Farage.
CAMERON: The British thing to do is fight for a Great Britain inside a European Union and don't take the Nigel Farage Little England option.
ROBERTSON (voice-over): -- the more he alienates his own Tory rebels, meaning even if he wins the vote, uniting his ruling Conservative Party in
the days after, potentially a far stiffer challenge.
ROBERTSON: So what's really interesting in the surge in this registration in the past two days, three-quarters of a million people have registered
online, more than half of them, about 60 percent of all those are under 34, the under 34s are more likely to vote to remain in the European Union.
That is something that's going to please David Cameron.
The flip side of that, of course, is that that age group is generally one of the worst groups to get out and vote. So this really is too close to
call. And we could certainly see that in the debate last night -- Robyn.
CURNOW: Yes. It will be interesting to see how this extending of the deadline perhaps plays or doesn't play into how people vote. Thanks so
much, Nic Robertson there in London.
Well, returning now to the race for the White House, Hillary Clinton now the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for U.S. president.
But her rival, Bernie Sanders, is not backing down and now President Obama has booked a meeting with Sanders at the White House. Well, let's go to
the White House. Michelle Kosinski joins us now from Washington.
How much pressure is the U.S. president putting on Sanders to pull out and endorse Clinton?
MICHELLE KOSINSKI, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Robyn. Yes, well, we've heard from the president months ago on this. It was at a private
event so it wasn't on the record.
But people who attended the fundraiser back in March said that the president said, you know, it's about time for Democrats to unify behind a
It's well-known that that is how the president has felt for some time. That was really the first time we kind of heard him vocalize it. So it's
really been this odd waiting game, almost the worst kept secret in Washington, if you can even call it a secret. It's just kind of something
that everybody knows about that you can't report.
But the White House itself doesn't feel pressure to make an endorsement of Hillary Clinton just yet.
I mean two big things have happened. We've known that the president has been ready to go, to throw his full backing behind Hillary Clinton.
But, first of all, you heard Bernie Sanders say he's not leaving the race just yet. And then we have this meeting at the White House tomorrow
between Sanders and President Obama that Sanders requested.
So we know the president isn't going to jump the gun now and endorse Hillary Clinton before that meeting tomorrow. I mean that's not a long
time to wait.
The question is, how are they going to arrange this, if Bernie Sanders does, indeed, stay in the race for, say, another week or two or, even as he
mentioned last night in his speech, possibly up to the convention?
I don't think that will prevent the White House from really having the president go out on the trail full bore for Hillary Clinton.
So the meeting tomorrow is really going to be pivotal. What we're hearing from insiders is that the president has agreed to essentially hear Sanders
out -- but it depends.
The White House first needs to hear what exactly is Sanders' plan. And then the White House needs to decide what it wants to do in terms of having
the maximum political impact of an event in which the president would throw his support behind Clinton publicly.
And then, you know, there are other events to line up, too, like the vice president's endorsement, even the first lady's endorsement.
So it really is -- it's something, obviously, the White House is still working on. But everybody knows that that pressure is there. If it's not
overt pressure on Sanders just yet, the president is absolutely going to make his case that the Democratic Party needs to be unified --
KOSINSKI: -- in order to counter Donald Trump -- Robyn.
CURNOW: You make a good point there.
At the White House, Michelle Kosinski, thank you.
Well, in the midst of all of this, Mr. Obama is still going about his day job, he's meeting with India's prime minister at the White House. And next
hour, Narendra Modi will address the U.S. Congress.
CNN's Sumnima Udas joins us now from New Delhi.
This is an important visit.
SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Robyn. He'll be addressing the U.S. Congress in about 30 minutes from now. And as he enters Capitol
Hill, he will no longer be the pariah that he once was.
Blacklisted from the U.S. until he became the prime minister because of his alleged complicity in some anti-Muslim riots in the state of Gujarat, where
he was chief minister back in 2002, that's when some U.S. lawmakers lobbied very hard to revoke Prime Minister Modi's visa to the United States.
Now the fact that he is actually addressing U.S. lawmakers, that sends a very strong signal to a lot of Indians here. Of course, the Indians in the
United States and also to the world, that the U.S. has finally accepted him in complete totality in what he represents as well -- Robyn.
CURNOW: Sumnima there in New Delhi, thank you so much.
And the world's biggest democracy is poised for a technological boom. Join Fareed Zakaria as he speaks to some of India's key figures, from the
country's richest man to Bollywood's number one star. That's India's big chance, Saturday at 2:30 pm in London, 9:30 pm in Hong Kong.
And we'll be back after this short break. Stay with us.
CURNOW: Witnesses are describing a terrifying scene in Papua New Guinea's capital. They say police opened fire on student protesters at a university
there. At least nine people were injured.
The students were calling on Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to resign over corruption allegations.
Anti-corruption activist Joel Anjo (ph) told CNN it was supposed to be a peaceful protest.
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JOEL ANJO (PH), ANTI-CORRUPTION ACTIVIST: They were surprised by the police with about over 20, I mean, 15 to 20 police vehicles, all in
military -- armed gear like foreign military posts, like going to war. But there was no war at the university. There was not anything happening.
CURNOW (voice-over): Anjo (ph) went on to describe the frightening moments after police fired on students.
ANJO (PH): We thought they were fighting, you know, one had shot to the hair (ph) but two were surprised, you know, there were frightened citizens.
A few students were badly injured. Policemen were firing from all directions.
This is unbelievable.
CURNOW (voice-over): Prime Minister O'Neill blamed what he called agitators for instigating the violence.
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CURNOW: Moving on, Iraqi forces say they have entered the ISIS-held city of Fallujah and recaptured a neighborhood in the south. The military says
the Iraqi flag was raised over a government building as ISIS fighters fled. Iraqi troops and militia began pushing towards Fallujah last month.
Now for two terror attacks in Paris, another in Brussels, there's been deepening anxiety about security in Europe. So now there's an app to warn
people about terror threats, launched just ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament in France.
The app will flash an alert on mobile phones in French or English, reporting the location of an attack or suspicious activity. It will be
tested throughout the tournament and could expand to warn users about disasters like earthquakes and floods as well.
And on a lighter note, the movie adaptation of the popular "World of Warcraft" video game just made its debut in China, despite some pretty bad
reviews. Chinese fans seem eager to see it. Alexandra Field has more.
ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Chinese movie fans line up for one of this summer's hottest tickets, "Warcraft," a movie based on
the video game, "World of Warcraft." The film is opening here two days before the United States, tapping into a hardcore fan base of Chinese
Analyst Tet Numura (ph) estimates "Warcraft" will bring between $150 million and $300 million in China, which could put it on track to be the
country's second highest grossing film of the year. That would far surpass "Star Wars," a franchise that hasn't resonated with Chinese fans.
"Warcraft" tells the story of two worlds colliding in an epic battle.
Director Duncan Jones is shaking off terrible reviews from critics.
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DUNCAN JONES, DIRECTOR: You know what?
I think I would be devastated if the fans didn't like it. But the facts are, the fans do love it. So I kind of feel like maybe I'm ahead of the
game a little bit.
FIELD (voice-over): The movie has had a push from some powerful Chinese backers. Co-producer Legendary Entertainment is owned by Dalian Wanda, a
Chinese media giant which runs the country's largest cinema chain.
Tencent, China's biggest social network, also took a stake in the film.
Leading "Warcraft" cast, Chinese-American heartthrob Daniel Wu, he told Chinese "Warcraft" fans his wife is with them.
DANIEL WU, ACTOR (through translator): My wife complained.
"You have promised me to rest for a year with our baby."
But when I told her it was "Warcraft," she said, "Do it, do it."
FIELD (voice-over): The movie is one of a growing number of collaborations between Hollywood and China, where the box office take grew nearly 50
percent last year -- Alexandra Field, CNN, Hong Kong.
CURNOW: Well, that does it for us here at the INTERNATIONAL DESK. Thanks for watching. I'm Robyn Curnow. I will be back in a little more than an
hour with more on Hillary Clinton's history-making moment. But "WORLD SPORT" is first.