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[00:00:09] CYRIL VANIER, CNN ANCHOR: A historic moment for France as voters reject the establishment parties and send two outsiders to a runoff.
NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Plus U.S. President Trump calls China's Xi Jinping and Japan's Shinzo Abe as North Korea threatens to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier.
VANIER: A big week ahead for Mr. Trump but new poll numbers could spell trouble.
ALLEN: It's all ahead here. Thank you for joining us. I'm Natalie Allen.
VANIER: And I'm Cyril Vanier. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM.
VANIER: So French voters have turned their backs on establishment politicians. The first round of the presidential election on Sunday narrowed down the field to Emmanuel Macron Marine Le Pen -- a relative political newcomer and a far right populist.
It's a stunning victory for Macron, for an independent who has never held elected office. He's just 39 years old. He supports globalization, the euro, and the European Union.
VANIER: And he is the complete opposite of his challenger Marine Le Pen. The far-right leader promises to cut immigration and hold a referendum on leaving the E.U. if she's elected.
Le Pen's second place finish suggests the populist trend that brought shock results in Britain and the U.S. may not be sweeping over France. They've got two weeks of campaigning before the final round of voting of May 7th.
And here's a look at the results so far with 97 percent of the vote counted. One French journalist called the rejection of the mainstream parties, center right and center left a political earthquake. Macron echoed that assessment.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) EMMANUEL MACRON, FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (through translator): In one year, we have changed the face of French politics -- the love of country and drive for the greater good beyond what divides us as one tonight.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
VANIER: Protesters unhappy with both Macron and Le Pen clashed with police in Paris. They fired tear gas to disburse the demonstrators.
Jim Bittermann has more on the challenges facing Le Pen heading into the next round.
JIM BITTERMANN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Marine Le Pen may have come in second, but here at her campaign headquarters up in the northeast of France people are not taking it as a second rank victory at all. In fact, they are celebrating it as a total victory.
There was some expectation especially at the end of the campaign that perhaps her support was weakening but it is now obviously not the case and they are now going to be into the second round of the election, which is all that's important for these people who are singing and dancing into the wee hours of the night up here.
But Marine Le Pen has really got her work cut out for her in the next few weeks. She's got exactly two weeks in which to convince enough French voters to bring her over the 50 percent mark that she's got the right plan to lead the country and frankly, right at the moment given the spate of play of the political parties, she's got a long uphill battle. So we'll see if she can pull it off.
We talked to her foreign policy advisor tonight. He said the issues, as far as he was concerned, are going to revolve around Europe and globalization, immigration and unemployment.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
MARINE LE PEN, FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (through translator): The French people must seize this opportunity because the enormous challenge of this election is the wild globalization which puts our civilization at risk. Either we continue to disintegrate without any borders, without any controls, delocalization, unfair international competition, mass immigration and the free circulation of terrorists.
Or you choose France with borders which are protected, industries, our people and international security.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BITTERMANN: And those are certainly issues which appeal to the people up here in this part of France. Jim Bittermann, CNN -- Henin- Beaumont, France.
ALLEN: Well, no matter what the challenges are, Le Pen's supporters are ready to work for her victory in the next round. Listen. MARINE LE PEN SUPPORTER (through translator): Since January we haven't stopped, posters, leafletting, posting things -- we haven't stopped. So this victory, it's a victory for all the campaigners and we will continue our advance into the second round and we'll get there. Frankly, it's a relief, euphoria and relief.
MARINE LE PEN SUPPORTER (through translator): She won't be blocked. It's the French people who will decide. And we will come together because we have several ideas to give the people their voice back again, to make France great again and to make it stronger.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
VANIER: Let's speak to Paris correspondent Melissa Bell who joins us now. Melissa -- good to have you with us. Very long day for you yesterday. Thanks for being on the show.
Melissa -- Emmanuel Macron has never run a campaign before. How did he get to where he is now?
[00:05:00] MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's the question really because everybody said as he launched this improbably political adventure that it simply couldn't be done. I think he was enormously helped, of course, by the fact that the mainstream left chose such a radical candidate in their primary and that the main stream right's candidate, Francois Fillon, was bedeviled by a judicial inquiry throughout the campaign.
Those two things certainly seemed to align to help his political fortunes. But perhaps more profoundly, Cyril, he's managed to answer a riddle that I think hadn't been answered in many months. We've seen in western democracies the crisis facing really the traditional left and the traditional right.
We've been talking about it for months, that old divide being something that seems -- we seem to have gone beyond with populists providing one answer. And perhaps what we saw last night in France is that for the first time a progressive answer has been found to that problem -- a way of looking forward to something that is perhaps more like what has been before but it also seeks to answer the problems of the moment.
I think that is perhaps what Emmanuel Macron represents.
VANIER: The campaign is becoming a very different beast now with just two candidates left. So it's a duel. How do you think this is going to play out?
BELL: Well, what is so interesting is that Emmanuel Macron despite those odds that I talked about has managed to score what he managed to score in the first round. You know, you and I were talking yesterday morning about the fact that here in France with the luxury of a two- round system, the French tend to vote with their hearts in the first round and with their heads in the second.
So you had such a fractured political landscape going into yesterday's first round. It's remarkable that he scored as well as he did. Of course, there are those party political people who will have voted almost in a tribal sense for their political family -- the main stream right and the mainstream left. Many people did.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, the independent far left candidate also took many votes in last night's poll. And in that fractured scene that someone like Emmanuel Macron, who had a completely untested electorate who was not likely to be the candidate that many people voted for with hearts because they never had the opportunity of voting for him before.
I think it suggests that people did go even into the first round thinking strategically about who the best candidate to beat Le Pen might be.
It seems almost impossible that he might head into the second round as the under dog. I mean really, already we've seen the mainstream right and the mainstream left candidates call for their supporters to vote for him. He really goes into the second round looking like an extremely strong candidate.
Of course, Marine Le Pen will mount an important challenge. You heard her already, the tone of her acceptance speech last night in (inaudible). She's going to try and really build this race -- this two-dog race going into the second round as one between capitalism, banking which is of course Emmanuel Macron is a former banker, trying to play into people's fears that they are going to be sort of eaten up by a system that has forgotten them.
But I think that it is extremely unlikely to imagine that he will face serious competition now in the second round.
VANIER: And she's going to try and portray him as the establishment candidate, which has always been her line of attack against her rivals -- be they center left or center right. And during her speech yesterday, she was already saying he has -- he is the heir to the Francois Hollande, the socialist president. Does that line of attack work against an independent?
BELL: I think it works. You've heard it all throughout this campaign and not just from Marine Le Pen supporters. I heard it an awful from lot Fillonis (ph). Emmanuel Macron did serve as economy minister and he was for a while a member of the Socialist Party, although he is no longer and hasn't been for some years.
But the fact that he has that association, that he worked for Francois Hollande at the Elysees palace before being made economy minister I think was used by many of his opponents to say look, he may be presenting himself as an independent but really you're looking at the continuation of Francois Hollande's government.
And he did get the support of many socialists, although many wouldn't have said it out loud. Benoit Hamon, their chosen candidate was far too radical fro many of them.
In fact, to the more center wing of the Socialist Party, he definitely managed to gather behind him and yet, that is to forget I think the fact that he did stand down as economy minister, that he did launch this improbable political adventure. And that at the time he really did so against all odds and in fact was the subject of some ridicule.
No one imagined that he could do it. No one could understand why he was trying to do it. I think the fact that he has proven them wrong says something about the state of not just France's political system because he did bring that message of wanting to get rid of France's old political elites but perhaps again, more importantly, about the political crisis faced by western democracies generally.
Here he is saying I am something new that can provide a positive solution going forward that still seeks to fix the issues with our political system. And here in France -- and this is something that Francois Fillon's troubles reminded some (inaudible) during the campaign -- we have a political elite that has been tended to recycle itself not over years, Cyril, but over decades. And I think that came with the idea of renewal and that is one that resonated with the French electorate.
[00:10:07] VANIER: Melissa Bell, live from Paris -- the start of another long day for you. Thank you.
ALLEN: He is a young fellow compared to --
ALLEN: Yes -- absolutely. It will be an interesting two weeks.
And let's see how reaction is going from the French results in Asian markets -- it's seems like it's mixed. The Nikkei is up 1.27, the Hang Seng down just barely 0.11 percent, Shanghai composite down as well 1.56.
VANIER: And elsewhere investors seem relieved. The euro jumped against the dollar reaching its highest level since November. Future's markets also indicated gains of more than 0.5 percent on the Dow Jones and the S&P indexes.
Tensions with North Korea are rising again. U.S. President Donald Trump had separate phone conversations with the Japanese prime minister and the Chinese president.
ALLEN: Meantime, Pyongyang is threatening to take out the U.S. aircraft carrier making its way to the Korean Peninsula.
CNN is following this story from across the region. Our Paula Hancocks is in Seoul, South Korea but let's start with David McKenzie in Beijing about the conversations perhaps taking place right now among these leaders -- David.
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's right -- Natalie.
You know, these are crucial phone calls that have taken place between President Trump and the prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and now according to state media as well with Xi Jin Ping, the president of China.
Very little info coming yet about that discussion with Xi Jinping. Trump has several times in recent days said that China is the answer to the North Korea problem, in his words. We can confirm, of course, that that conversation was predominantly about North Korea, no more details at this stage.
But some intriguing things coming out of the conversation with the Japanese Prime Minister. Shinzo Abe telling reporters that he said he appreciated that Donald Trump at this stage has quote, "kept all options on the table". Presumably that includes a possible military intervention in the rising tensions in the North Korea theater.
Now, Abe also said that this is an international issue but it's also an issue particularly dangerous for Japan and its people. He said that he'll keep in constant contact with the U.S. President in the coming days as this tension continues.
Now the U.S. carrier strike group is heading now towards that region and two Japanese destroyer have joined that strike group. So you have this large increase in military assets in the region continually. Japan has stood steadfast, of course, with the U.S. And China appears to be calling as it usually does for calm in the situation and for diplomacy but really no hint at all that there could be any talks on the horizon. It's just too tense right now for sure -- Natalie.
ALLEN: It certainly is. It's a serious crisis facing the world. And Paula Hancocks is watching this unfold from Seoul, South Korea. And certainly Seoul, Paula, used to the North's threats but this time it just seems like this is just going on and on and now they are threatening to attack a U.S. warship.
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Natalie.
This was an article in the "Rodong Sinmun", the main newspaper in North Korea saying that they could strike the USS Carl Vinson that they just mentioned. That this aircraft carrier strike group that will by the end of the month, according to Trump administration officials, be in the area of the Korean Peninsula. It was expected earlier but there were some miscommunication when it was coming.
So at this point, we know that it is in western Pacific waters just off the Philippines with two Japanese destroyers. The South Korean defense ministry said that there are on going talks to see if they can actually do some military drills with the USS Carl Vinson as well.
It was here in just a matter of weeks ago as part of these massive military drills the U.S. and South Korea hold every year, these drills that infuriate Pyongyang every year. But Pyongyang had said in this article that they will use military force if necessary to try and strike this USS Carl Vinson and they will destroy it in one strike.
It's the kind of rhetoric we have consistently heard from the North Korean regime but of course, it is just another increase in rhetoric that we're seeing over recent weeks.
ALLEN: That's true.
And on another front, Paula, North Korea has now retained or detained a U.S. professor who was there teaching. What do we know about that?
HANCOCKS: Yes, this is a man who's known as Tony Kim; his Korean name Kim Sung-Do (ph). He was teaching at PUST, this is the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
[00:15:01] According to that university they've issued a statement saying that he was detained and saying that it was nothing to do with the teaching he was doing at that university although they haven't given any kind of indication about what kind of investigation was going on into Tony Kim.
We heard from the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang which acts for the United States as the U.S. has no diplomatic ties with North Korea. And they said that in fact Tony Kim was trying to board a plane in Pyongyang when he was detained.
Now it's unclear at this point what allegations have been laid against Tony Kim, why he has been detained. We've heard nothing officially from North Korea beyond that university at this point but of course, he's now number three of Americans that have been detained in North Korea.
There is also a 21-year-old student who has been sentenced to 15 years hard labor for taking a banner off a hotel wall. And also, there is another Korean man who was naturalized in the U.S. He has been accused and found guilty of espionage. He has been sentenced to ten years hard labor.
So this is number three now. The U.S. State Department says they're looking into this very closely and they recommend Americans do not go to North Korea -- a long-standing recommendation there -- Natalie.
Paula Hancocks in Seoul and David McKenzie there in Beijing for us -- thank you both.
VANIER: And here is the U.S. response to the latest North Korean threats. The Pentagon released a statement saying quote, "We call on North Korea to refrain from provocative destabilizing actions and rhetoric and to make the strategic choice to fulfill its international obligations and commitments and return to serious talks."
Well, coming up here on CNN NEWSROOM, a government shut down looms over a major milestone for President Trump. Can U.S. lawmakers put together a spending bill that both parties approve?
VANIER: Plus, a CNN anchor talks about the toxic culture at Fox News and describes some of the sexual harassment that she experienced while she was there.
Stay with us.
[00:16:57] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
VANIER: Welcome back.
Donald Trump is coming up on 100 days as U.S. president but there is a cloud hanging over that milestone -- a possible government shut down.
ALLEN: Congress has until midnight Friday to pass a spending bill to continue funding the government but Republicans and Democrats can't agree on what should be included in that bill.
Here is more from White House correspondent Athena Jones.
ATHENA JONES, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: A big week ahead here in Washington, a lot on the agenda, and a big deadline looming on Friday. That of course, is the deadline for congress to pass a must-pass spending bill in order to avert a government shutdown.
Now, the White House here -- folks here insist they are not going to allow the government to shut down but they also point out that they've made their priorities very clear to the folks on Capitol Hill. They've told them what they want to see included in this spending bill. Among those priorities: more money to hire immigration agents, also money for the border wall.
Now Democrats have already said that that is a non-starter. They do not want to see money for a border wall included in this spending bill. They also don't want to see money for additional immigration agents included in this bill.
So the big question is will the President insist on border wall funding and will he sign a bill that doesn't include it? Several administration officials spoke about the importance of border security and this border wall in recent interviews.
Take a look at what Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, budget director Mick Mulvaney, and chief of staff Reince Priebus had to say about this issue.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Will the President go to the mat and insist on funding his border wall as part of the stop-gap government funding measure?
JOHN KELLY, U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: Dana, I think it goes without saying that the President has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall. So I suspect he'll do the right thing for sure but I also suspect he will be insistent on the funding.
MICK MULVANEY, WHITE HOUSE BUDGET DIRECTOR: We want our priorities funded and one of the biggest priorities during the campaign was border security -- keeping Americans safe -- and part of that was a border wall.
REINCE PRIEBUS, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: We expect a massive increase in military spending. We expect money for border security in this bill. It -- and it ought to be because, the President won overwhelmingly.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
JONES: So there you heard a lot of talk about the importance of border security but what is interesting here is that we're getting a little bit of a mixed message depending on which administration official is doing the talking.
You heard Secretary Kelly say that he believes the President will insist on that border wall funding but in their interviews, Mick Mulvaney from the Budget Office and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus did not say the President would refuse to sign a bill that doesn't include border wall funding. And the President himself in an interview recently with the Associated Press was asked if he would sign a bill without that funding, he simply said I don't know.
So that is a big question mark that's going to be hovering over all of this week.
ALLEN: Athena Jones reporting there.
Mr. Trump is approaching that 100-day mark with the lowest level of support of any modern U.S. president. In a new ABC/Washington Post poll, 53 percent of Americans say they disapprove of his performance; just 42 percent approve. And a poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal is similar with 54 percent disapproval.
VANIER: Not surprisingly, Mr. Trump is dismissing those polls on Twitter. He wrote "New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is fake and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in popular vote. ABC News/ Washington post poll wrong big on election said almost all stand by their vote on me and 53 percent said strong leader."
ALLEN: He is keeping it positive anyway he can.
A brazen stabbing attack in Tel Aviv has wounded four Israelis. Officials say they have arrested an 80-year-old Palestinian in Sunday's incident and that it's considered terror-related. Security video purportedly shows some of the stabbings in a hotel near the city's boardwalk.
[00:25:06] VANIER: And in the Israeli city of Beer-Sheva, six Israelis have been charged in a month's-long hate crime investigation. They are suspected of carrying out a series of attacks against Palestinian citizens of Israel.
France snubs its political establishment in the country's Presidential election. We'll look at the candidates who are going to a May run off. That's coming up.
VANIER: Hello everyone. Welcome back. We're live from the CNN NEWSROOM.
I'm Cyril Vanier.
ALLEN: And I'm Natalie Allen.
Here are our top stories this hour.
Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron faces far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Frances presidential runoff May 7th. Macron is vowing to boost the economy and improve security. Le Pen has campaigned on a pledge to temporarily stop immigration and to take France out of the European Union.
VANIER: Tensions with North Korea keep rising and U.S. President Donald Trump had a phone conversation with the Chinese president about it. Mr. Trump also spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who said he appreciates the U.S. has all options on the table. The two leaders agreed to remain in close contact regarding North Korea.
ALLEN: Meantime, North Korea is threatening to take out the U.S. aircraft carrier making its way toward the Korean Peninsula. State media says the North is ready to sink the warship with a single strike. The carrier is now doing training drills with two Japanese destroyers in the western Pacific.
[00:29:57] VANIER: And the U.S. is investigating why North Korea detained an American professor. Tony Kim was arrested at the Pyongyang airport on Saturday as he was trying to leave the country. He had been teaching there for several weeks. He's the third American currently being held by Pyongyang.
ALLEN: to our top story and the news that French voters are sending centrist newcomer Emanuel Macron, a far right populist Marine Le Pen to the country's presidential run-off.
VANIER: With 97% of the vote counted, Macron is leading Le Pen by just over two percentage points, pretty remarkable for a candidate who's never been elected to any kind of office and doesn't have a formal political party.
ALLEN: The vote is also a success for Le Pen. She has tried to clean up her father's toxic legacy in the National Front Party for many years. She called on voters to support her as the people's candidate on May 7.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
MARINE LE PEN, FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (via translator): The French people must seize this opportunity because the enormous challenge of this election is the wild globalization, which puts our civilization at risk.
Either we continue to disintegrate without any orders, without any controls, delocalization, unfair international competition, mass immigration and the free circulation over terrorists, or you choose France with borders which protect our industries, our people and international security.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
VANIER: And here's a closer look at the policies. Marine Le Pen wants to pull France out of NATO and promises a referendum on EU membership as soon as she takes office.
ALLEN: She has also made immigration central to her platform, vowing to slash immigration to 10,000 entries per year and Le Pen is big on fighting radical Islamism, a position that has earned her support in the wake of terror attacks in France.
Emanuel Macron is a centrist and also pro-Europe. Unlike the other candidates in the first round, he has committed to keeping France inside the EU.
VANIER: His economic policies are central to his campaign, saying that he would cut corporation tax, as well as increasing public investment. Security is also important to him and he's promised to hire an extra 10,000 police officers.
The US president has a flurry of executive orders in the works this week ahead of his 100th day in office.
ALLEN: Donald Trump has signed dozens of executive actions during his time already in the White House. So, what have they actually accomplished? Randi Kaye reports for us.
DONALD J. TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Should I sign it?
TRUMP: So, we're going to sign. And this is a very important signing.
REINCE PRIEBUS, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Next is an executive order minimizing the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, pending repeal.
RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): On day one, President Donald Trump got down to business, signing an executive order to ease the burden of Obamacare. Viewers got the message that Donald Trump was a man of action, but was it and the other executive actions just a photo op?
JOHN HUDAK, SENIOR FELLOW AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR EFFECTIVE PUBLIC MANAGEMENT, THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION: Donald Trump just assumed, like as a business leader, he would say, do this, and it gets done. But in the government, a president doesn't have that power.
KAYE (voice-over): In fact, of the more than 70 executive actions President Trump has signed since taking office January 20, a CNN investigation shows only a handful of them really have any teeth.
Take the Affordable Care Act, the President's executive order back in January was aimed at the individual mandate, which requires Americans to have insurance. But for this year, contracts were already signed with insurance companies. While it looks good on paper, the executive order had little impact on the law itself.
HUDAK: This was done sloppily and it was done as a result that was an executive action that looked meaningful, that connected well with President Trump's base, but ultimately fell flat.
KAYE: And what about the president's travel ban for which he issued two executive orders?
TRUMP: The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear.
KAYE: Both travel bans were blocked by federal judges. So, in the end, neither executive order accomplished anything.
KAYE (on camera): Also tied up in court, the president's executive action stripping federal funding from sanctuary cities for refusing to turn over undocumented immigrants. Various cities have filed lawsuits.
KAYE (voice-over): Another executive action that went nowhere, the presidential memorandum Trump signed to freeze the hiring of federal workers. Sure, that sounded good, but the action was nullified after being blamed for worsening backlogs at veterans' hospitals and Social Security offices.
Still, optics matter.
HUDAK: The presidential show and tell in the Oval Office where he signs his name almost hyperbolically and then shows it off to the class, and that is Donald Trump, the entertainer, doing what is very important for a president to do, and that's communicate and entertain.
KAYE (voice-over): Some of those executive actions that do have teeth? Trump's presidential memorandum to withdraw the US from the Trans- Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade pact.
TRUMP: We're ready.
[00:35:08] KAYE: Also, his executive order promoting energy independence, which curbs carbon dioxide emissions.
HUDAK: President Trump, through that executive action, is seriously challenging the Obama administration legacy on the environment.
TRUMP: With today's executive action, I am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy.
KAYE (voice-over): Still, it's unlikely to restore the coal industry and more likely to be caught up in court for years.
KAYE (voice-over): And remember this?
TRUMP: It's going to be a big, beautiful wall.
KAYE (voice-over): Once in office, President Trump issued an executive order instructing his Department of Homeland Security to immediately begin construction of the wall along the southern border with Mexico. While preliminary planning has begun, there has been no wall construction of any kind.
KAYE (on camera): Nor has there been any change to regulations on Wall Street. President Trump's executive order regarding that simply directs the Treasury secretary to review existing regulations on the financial system and report back to the president in about four months.
KAYE (voice-over): Same goes for the order to shake up the executive branch. That too will undergo a 180-day review. Then a plan will be proposed to eliminate redundant federal agencies.
HUDAK: What we've seen so far with many of his executive actions is not really shock-and-awe policymaking, but slow, bureaucratic policymaking.
KAYE (voice-over): In a move to capitalize on his executive actions to continue building the Keystone and Dakota Pipelines and another action to buy American, Trump recently announced this.
TRUMP: I've also directed that new pipelines must be constructed with American steel.
KAYE: That may not be so easy. In fact, the Trump administration had already given Keystone XL a pass on buying American steel since the developer, TransCanada, has already bought much of its pipe from Canada.
HUDAK: If there is not enough steel being made into pipe, then contractors can ask for waivers to buy foreign steel. I think if the details of that get out, it could be something that is politically devastating to the president.
KAYE: That could mean not a single US pipeline ends up being built with US steel. The Commerce Department has been given six months to come up with, yes, another plan to put the buy-American requirement into effect.
Seems that no matter how many executive actions the president signs, much to his chagrin, it often takes a lot more to get things done.
Randi Kaye, CNN, New York.
ALLEN: We'll see what happens this week when he's got a budget to get approved. Well, coming up here, a CNN anchor said she was sexually harassed at
"Fox News." We'll hear how she describes working for the network's former CEO Roger Ailes.
[00:40:09] ALLEN: The departure of program host Bill O'Reilly is revealing some of the work culture at "Fox News." O'Reilly was dismissed from the network due to multiple allegations of sexual harassment, just like his former boss Roger Ailes.
VANIER: Our Alisyn Camerota, who used to work at Fox before moving to CNN, says Ailes sexually harassed her. Here's how she explained it to Brian Stelter on CNN's "Reliable Sources."
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BRIAN STELTER, CNN HOST, "RELIABLE SOURCES": Did Roger Ailes ever sexually harass you?
ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN ANCHOR: Yes. Roger Ailes did sexually harass me.
Let me be clear. Roger Ailes could be charming, he could be quite charismatic, he could be uproariously funny. He could also be a bit of a bully and mean. And he also was often kind of grossly inappropriate with things that he would say. And I think that many of us experienced that.
He would talk about body parts. He would say give me a spin. He would want to be greeted with a hug.
But the time that I remember most was when I was first starting out at Fox and I was single. And I remember Roger - being in Roger's office and I was saying that I wanted more opportunity and he said, well, I would have to work with you.
STELTER: Work with you?
CAMEROTA: I would have to work with you on that case. I would have to work with you really closely and it may require us getting to know each other better, and that might have to happen away from here and it might have to happen at a hotel. Do you know what I'm saying?
And I said I think I do know what you're saying. And I just want to say that I knew, in my head, at that moment, I'm never going to that hotel under any circumstances. But I didn't know what that meant for me and for my career.
And I remember vividly that I had sort of an out-of-body experience hovering over us in the office and thinking, is this it, is this the end of my time here, will I be fired if I don't do this? And I just want everybody to understand that when it happens, there is a visceral reaction that you have where you recognize, my career and everything that I've worked for is under threat and I don't know what's going to happen next. VANIER: An attorney for Roger Ailes has issued a statement saying, these are unsubstantiated and false allegations. Mr. Ailes never engaged in the inappropriate conversations that she now claims occurred and he vigorously denies this fictional account of her interactions with him and of Fox News editorial policy.
In just a few hours, this CNN Freedom Project will release a three- part investigation into labor trafficking on cattle ranches in Brazil's rainforest.
In this clip from part one of her report, CNN's Shasta Darlington takes us into the Amazon to meet the people combating the problem.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (via translator): Today, we are leaving to inspect a complaint we received 15 days ago. It's very recent, so there's a very high chance that we will still find the conditions described in the complaint.
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In fact, the task force finds something that shocks even veteran inspectors, a family of seven workers who say they haven't received any money for two years, living literally like animals.
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ALLEN: Just a clip from her report. All this week, see how workers get caught up in these situations and what happens when they are rescued on the CNN Freedom Project labor trafficking in the Amazon.
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