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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Happening now in the NEWSROOM, despite Republicans calling for President Trump to stop his personal attacks on Twitter, he is at it again, unleashing new insults this morning.

This as Trump gets ready for a face-to-face with Putin overseas. All amid new questions arising about the Russian investigation and of his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Then Trump voters weigh in. What they have to say about the president's leadership.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I do not support a country of the president isolating ourselves from the rest of the world. The world needs American leadership right now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's a businessman. He surrounds himself with people who are smart and intelligent and know what they're doing and he's going to let them do things.


WHITFIELD: All that straight ahead right here in the NEWSROOM. Thanks so much for being with me. I'm Fredricka Whitfield.

All right, let's start in New Jersey where President Trump is spending this weekend at his golf club and that's where we find CNN's Kaitlan Collins.

Kaitlan, the president is gearing up for a significant week ahead overseas including a meeting with President Putin, but this morning it's the tweeting that seems to be kind of stealing the show for the president.

KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: That's exactly right. Though he's here at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey and the president could be using the platform to tweet about policy or his upcoming foreign trip. His mind seems to be somewhere else.

For the third day in a row today the president tweeted about a television host saying "Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low-rated show is dominated by NBC bosses. Too bad."

Now many Republicans and Democrats have criticized the president after he personally insulted Brzezinski on Twitter Thursday saying that he should be focused on his agenda and not insulting television hosts.

Meanwhile, Brzezinski and Scarborough have alleged that several White House staffers including the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, called him to say unless they called the president and begs him to spike it, the "National Enquirer" was going to publish a negative story about them.

Although White House officials did confirm that Kushner and Scarborough spoke, they've denied that that was the nature of the conversation -- Fredricka.

WHITFIELD: All right, Kaitlan Collins, thank you so much. So earlier this week, a chorus of Republican lawmakers slammed the president over his previous tweets.


REPRESENTATIVE ADAM KINZINGER (R), ILLINOIS: That's a tweet that's not even becoming of a city councilman. I'm not going to defend his tweet. It was ugly and I personally do hold the president of the United States to a higher standard.

SENATOR PAT TOOMEY (R), PENNSYLVANIA: This is maddening. It's maddeningly frustrating because this is beneath the dignity of the president of the United States or at least it should be.


WHITFIELD: All right, let's talk about all this with Nan Hayworth, a Republican and former Congresswoman from New York. Also with us, Isaac Wright, a Democratic strategist and former executive director of the Correct The Record super PAC. Good to see both of you.

All right, so Nan, you first. Given the president's tweeting this morning, he clearly is not taking the advice of Republican leadership and according to a recent poll the majority of American voters think that Trump should stop tweeting. So what's your view as to why he feels compelled to tweet and continue?

NAN HAYWORTH (R), FORMER U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FROM NEW YORK: Well, the president definitely has, as we all know, you know, a pugnacious style and that's had a certain resonance with people who felt angry and betrayed by a lot of federal government policy and officials over the course of the past administration. But nonetheless, it's time and it's something he's perfectly capable of doing. It's time for the president to concentrate on as he does very well and does -- is at his best when he does, concentrate on policy. We've got some crucial policy issues, a whole raft of them that we talk about -- talk about just this morning.

WHITFIELD: Is his tweeting getting in the way of that kind of policymaking as you put it? We've heard from the president who says, you know, the Democrats are the ones standing in the way, that they are being obstructionist or is part of the problem the president himself?

HAYWORTH: I think it's perfectly valid to consider the Senate Democratic minority, especially, as obstructionists in terms of passing crucial legislation that we need to put Americans back to work, to revive our economy, to make sure Americans are safe and secure here and around the world.

So he's right about the obstructionism. It's also true that we need a minimum of distractions and he is right to communicate his policy thoughts directly. Sometimes that's only way he can really get them into the public domain.

Given all the coverage that's devoted to other things like Russia that actually have not born out any substance. And it is time for all of us to concentrate on the agenda that we need to pass for the American people.

WHITFIELD: OK. Isaac, what's your response to all of that? I mean, is it everybody else's fault? Is it, you know, the president, this is the best way in which he can communicate with people and so thereby he needs to tweet or, you know, does he need to show some kind of self- constraint? Is it standing in the way? All of that.

ISAAC WRIGHT, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: First of all, the things that are coming out of the president's mouth on Twitter are things that are beneath the office of the president. These are embarrassing. They're wrong.

They're shameful and as I would say to one of my own kids if they tweeted something like our president is, shame on you. You should be ashamed. That's number one.

Number two, yes, this is a distraction from the agenda and it is actually letting the Republican Congress move even further than what Donald Trump proposes. As we remembered during the campaign he promised no cuts to Medicaid in health care reform.

He promised that people would not lose their health care now over 20 million Americans will lose their health care under the GOP plan. And you see all of these policy problems that are developing that are major threats that could cost people their lives.

And number three, this is a bigger concern about the well-being of the president and what his state of mind is as he talks to foreign leaders on behalf of our country. This is the state of mind of the leader of the free world when he deals with adversary nations that have done things like the greatest cyberattack on our country in history when Putin and his regime attacked and hacked our democracy.

WHITFIELD: So a lot of people try to analyze and continue to try to analyze the president, his objective here, the method of his communication, and that includes longtime journalist and CNN political analyst, Carl Bernstein, who had this to say about overall Trump's presidency thus far.


CARL BERNSTEIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: I think something much greater is happening, and that is that we are in the midst of a malignant presidency. And that malignancy is known to the military leaders of the country, it's known to the Republican leadership in Congress who recognize it, and it's known to the intelligence community.


WHITFIELD: All right. So Nan, pretty strong characterization there, malignant presidency. Your thoughts on that?

HAYWORTH: You know, Fredricka, the president just completed a couple weeks ago an incredibly successful tour of the Middle East including I believe it was something like some 57 nations who came together to support the president moving forward on crucial policy areas.

WHITFIELD: Successful because it happened? What do you mean?

HAYWORTH: These -- he was met with enormous respect. He was met with an element of relief in a lot of ways because in terms of foreign policy, this president will in fact stand with our allies and go against our enemies. And that's something that we haven't seen in a long time.

So the president has no trouble getting the respect of world leaders. And in fact we have, as we all know, we have executive orders that he assigned that have already made progress putting Americans back to work, but we have a lot more to do.

And as long as the minority in the Senate will prevent legislation that we need to help the American people that will save lives like Kate Steinly's life. She was lost two years ago today to an illegal immigrant's gunfire who should never have been allowed to stay in this country. Those are important protections that we need to have put into law.

WHITFIELD: OK. So Isaac, ahead of the G20 Summit that the president will be on his way to Hamburg, Germany, and is he, I guess, effectively, you know, being respected, will his agenda that he has on the world stage be embraced because of the way he has demonstrated his leadership skills?

WRIGHT: No. We see foreign leaders from across the world who are poking fun at our president all of the time for this kind of stuff. But to respond to something specifically the Congresswoman mentioned about President Trump and the ornate show of affection from foreign leaders when he arrived.

Let's remember, some of that's come out on the news that the Trump administration was negotiating for his red carpet welcome for the theatrics of it with some foreign nations.

This is a president who is stuck on the visuals of reality TV when he should be focusing on foreign policy and our place as a leader in the world. This is a dangerous new absurdity that we've entered.

HAYWORTH: Fredricka, that's ridiculous. When does the White House not negotiate protocol for a presidential visit?

WHITFIELD: OK. Well, let's talk some more about this. We're going to take a short break from now. We'll pick it up from where we left it.

Still ahead, President Trump and his Russian counterpart are set to meet amid fresh allegations against the Trump campaign and its ties to the kremlin.

While Congress is on recess, the health care bill remains stalled. The issue is following members of Congress to their home state. All of that straight ahead.



WHITFIELD: If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what, folks? That's called an asset, not a liability. They say Putin likes Trump and he said nice things about me. He called me a genius. He said we're going to win. That's good.

I have nothing to do with Putin. I've never spoken to him. I don't know anything about him other than he will respect me.

I'm not a friend of Putin. I don't know Putin. I've never met Putin. I respect Putin. He's a strong leader, I can tell you that.


WHITFIELD: All right, Donald Trump spent much of his 2016 presidential campaign talking about Russian President Vladimir Putin and what their potential relationship would be like. Now their first face-to-face meeting is set for next week's G20 Summit.

But as multiple investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election ramp up, some advisers are worried about what President Trump's message will be to Mr. Putin.

I'm joined now by CNN contributor and former CNN Moscow bureau chief, Jill Dougherty. All right, so Jill, what can be expected from this meeting? JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: You know, if you talk to the Russians here in Moscow, they're saying not much. And I think here's the problem and Vladimir Putin understands this.

That the dynamics, the optics, et cetera, in all of this could backfire on Donald Trump. It's a very sensitive thing because after all, a lot of people criticize him for being, quote, "cozy with Putin."

You just heard all the quotes. Now he's going the meet him, and the Russians feel that even if there is a meeting it can backfire or kind of boomerang on Trump if he does something nice for Vladimir Putin, it will definitely backfire.

So that's the way they're looking at it. And I think, Fred, that the main thing with the Russians is you can bet that President Putin will be prepared. He has an agenda, he knows what he wants, albeit he doesn't have great expectations about really anything at this summit.

They're not going to come to -- or it's not expected that they would come to any great decisions. But just the mere fact that they're meeting is very important for President Putin because he feels, you know, Russia has been isolated and finally he's going to be meeting the American president and that even symbolically works well for Vladimir Putin.

WHITFIELD: Right. So who's going to control the moment? Who's going to leverage the moment between a Trump and a Putin?

DOUGHERTY: Wow. Well, you know, it depends on the format, because as you know, I don't think the latest way to play is they haven't said exactly what the format would be. There are many different things that they could do.

They could meet each other in a hallway and kind of shake hands and say hi, how are you doing, or they can sit down on the sidelines which is expected and it could be one-on-one. It could actually be both presidents with interpreters.

That I think for the White House would be very worrisome because then there's no predictability on what could be said or done. Because don't forget, Donald Trump is very much let me reach out, talk to this guy, I can convince him, that type of personal dynamic.

Vladimir Putin has a very different dynamic. He used to be a KGB agent. He's very skilled at analyzing the person that he's talking to directly and then reacting and really kind of maneuvering with that person depending upon what that person wants to see.

So he could be very amenable and friendly or it could be anything. So I think probably the best that they could -- the White House could have is some predictable meeting where there are staff and it's kind of scripted, not much has said, and even think about it, even a big smile on Donald Trump's face meeting Vladimir Putin could be construed very badly for him. So it's a very sensitive dynamic. WHITFIELD: All of it will be analyzed even down to the handshake. How long is that handshake? Is there going to be a handshake? All of that stuff. All right. Jill Dougherty, thanks so much in Moscow. Appreciate it.

All right. Also we are learning the House panel is set to interview former Trump adviser in Russia -- in the Russia probe, Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign communications adviser, has agreed to come before the committee next month. Caputo, who once worked in Moscow and has connections to Russia has strongly denied he was involved in any collusion with Russian officials.

All right. The GOP's to-do list. It's a very long one and the bruising battle over health care is threatening to tie the hands of lawmakers anxious to pass major legislation. That story and much more still ahead in the NEWSROOM.


WHITFIELD: All right. This July 4th holiday is going to be particularly relaxing for some congressional Republicans. Not really. They're expected to face backlash instead from constituents concerned about the future of their health care.

Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana already got a taste of that frustration during a town hall Friday.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- would not eliminate Medicaid.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Health care. Health care, health care, health care, health care, health care, health care!

SENATOR BILL CASSIDY (R), LOUISIANA: Taking questions as they come. Now, I'm not screaming, but if you wish to chant to keep others from being able to speak or be heard, that is not acceptable.


WHITFIELD: You heard the chant, health care, health care. Apparently Cassidy wanted to talk about flooding but instead the constituents there kind of took, you know, the steering wheel there.

In addition to those tense up to halls that are playing out in some parts of the country, Republicans will have a very long to-do list waiting for them when they do return to D.C. after the holiday.

It's filled with big-ticket items that could remain in limbo until a final decision is made on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Lots to discuss here.

Let's bring in again Nan Hayworth, a former Republican congresswoman from New York, who also is a member of the -- or was a member of the Trump Campaign Advisory Board, and Democratic strategist --

HAYWORTH: Still am.

WHITFIELD: You said what?

HAYWORTH: Still am.

WHITFIELD: Still. OK. Current. Sorry about that.

HAYWORTH: Former member of Congress.

WHITFIELD: OK. That's right. Get it all right. Strategist Isaac Wright, currently a strategist also. All right. Good to see both of you back.

All right, so Republicans want to get back on track. They've said it. You know, they've even told the president you have to stop tweeting. But even this morning the president continues to tweet not about health care but instead about TV -- cable TV hosts.

Nan, I know you said earlier the president is not undermining his agenda, but is it at least a distraction then for Republicans trying to move forward his agenda when he's tweeting about the television cable hosts?

HAYWORTH: He's definitely best and he's best for his agenda when he sticks to policy. Crucial issues that he has represented eloquently and forcefully for the American people.

WHITFIELD: So then is he -- is he then setting back his own agenda?

HAYWORTH: The agenda is proceeding, Fredricka. He's not setting it back. But I think he can help power forward even more by continuing to communicate very directly about the fact that the folks he's working with in D.C. on the Hill are doing their best to hear all the concerns of the American people. It would be great to have the cooperation of the Senate minority in particular.


WRIGHT: The Senate minority has invited McConnell and the Republicans to come and have a conversation about health care. So let's be clear about that. Democrats are at the table. They were at the table originally saying the problems with Obamacare they wanted to get under the hood and fix.

But here's the rock and the hard place that Republicans are stuck between. They have Donald Trump tweeting and distracting from their agenda, but did they really want him out there tweeting and bringing attention to the reality of it?

There's a reason why the House bill was done in secrecy and without transparency. It had something like 12 hours after the ink dried on the final version to a vote that the House negotiated all of it in secret.

And it was only public for a week before they tried and hoped for the first vote. The reason is because they don't want America to see what they're doing. They're throwing over 20 million working people across the country off their health care to pay for a tax cut for the rich.

WHITFIELD: So I wondered, Nan, why do you find that laughable? Why are you in disagreement? Because you've heard it from constituents across the country, heard it from fellow Republicans who say, you know, there needs to be greater transparency, people want to hear the president better articulate what is in the plan, that there is a lot of secrecy going on.

HAYWORTH: But there's really not, Fredricka. It's rich are irony when Speaker Pelosi in 2010 said, well, we have to pass the bill so that we can see what's in it. That's a quote from then Speaker Pelosi. There has been no lack of communication, of deliberation about how to get a plan that will work for an America that has been overly burdened and put in jeopardy by the existing law.

WHITFIELD: But in contrast, with all due respect, in contrast, you had President Obama, who was campaigning, essentially, who was articulating what was in that plan, what he wanted to be in that plan for a couple of years. You haven't seen it from this president.

Instead you are seeing it from some members of the Hill who are trying to convey but, you know, people have yet to hear specificity from the president of the United States about the plan that he wants to see in place.

HAYWORTH: Fredricka, the president has articulated and he's right to do that, you know, he has a leadership role so he's articulated the fundamentals about this. And they're not in dispute. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act is failing. It's failing in myriad ways and every day we --

WHITFIELD: How do you make it -- isn't that what people want to hear? Tell people how you may get six seats. That's what people want to hear. What we saw in Cassidy's town hall there.

HAYWORTH: Right. And Senator Cassidy's been a leader in working on this bill. As you know, he's a physician. I worked with the senator in and the house, both positions in the House.

What the president wants to see the relief from the mandates that have burdened the American people and caused their premiums to skyrocket. The entire Medicaid expansion needs to be retooled so that we that we can honor the goals of Medicaid.

And the president has said, we are not going to leave anyone behind in this. He has a great heart for the American people.

So we need to secure Medicaid. We need to put more Americans back to work so that they can afford to buy the insurance that they choose. One of the reasons we have such a big expansion of Medicaid is because a law like the Affordable Care Act actually put millions of Americans out of work through the employer mandate.

WHITFIELD: So then Isaac, what are Americans who are currently benefiting from ObamaCare as it stands right now, what are they to think here, interpret, when they hear the president say repeal it now, replace it later?

ISAAC WRIGHT, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Either way, the GOP plate is going to throw 20 million Americans off their health care plan.

HAYWORTH: It's not true.

WRIGHT: It's just a question of how quick that happens, number one.

HAYWORTH: Not true.

WRIGHT: Number two, going back to what the congresswoman said, I'd just like to ask for a follow-up question. She said that there was am equivalency of transparency between ObamaCare and Trump care. And one --

HAYWORTH: No, ObamaCare was less transparent Isaac.

WRIGHT: OK, then let's have that. OK, let's have that conversation. There was 25 days of debate in the U.S. Senate on ObamaCare. McConnell limited to 20 hours. What clock do you own that says 25 days is less than or equal to 20 hours? Number one --

HAYWORTH: Isaac, come on.

WRIGHT: -- ObamaCare six months available online for every American to read and it had 12 hours in the House after the ink dried before a vote. And it's been available for one week in the U.S. Senate. What calendar says six months is less than one week?

WHITFIELD: All right, so Isaac, give Nan a chance to --

HAYWORTH: OK. But I think you're getting into the weeds of that legislative procedure. The American people don't care about that. Frankly, the American people by and large could not read the original of the Affordable Care Act either. It was thousands of pages. The Senate bill is 142 pages I think as it stands now.

That's not what America's interested in. What America is interested in rightly so is going back to work. When I was in Congress, I talked with small businesses. They're the lifeblood of our economy in so many ways. They hire two-thirds of the workers in America.

They could not afford to expand because of the terms of the employer mandate. That makes no sense. Across the country, 40% of counties in this country have only one insurer to choose from. That's not even choice.

WHITFIELD: Well, you heard from Kathleen Sebelius earlier who talked about the reason why there has been that kind of shrinking of the marketplace is because there's been so much uncertainty and so insurance carriers have pulled out because they've been told that the health care plan as it stands now, now called, you know, ObamaCare, was not going to be reliable or not stick around. So, you know, there's a lot of pointing of fingers of, you know, to go around this to -- HAYWORTH: But Fredricka, that was happening before, that was

happening before the election in 2016 and the current Congress in White House. That was happening before. Nineteen of 23 cooperatives established under the Affordable Care Act collapsed because it's simply unsustainable.

WHITFIELD: OK, except an argument is being made that it's being accelerated as a result of what just transpired in the last five or six months.

HAYWORTH: It's collapsing under its own weight because --

WRIGHT: It's the fixing problem Republicans have tried to make them work.

HAYWORTH: Not true.

WHITFIELD: We're going to have you both back because we're not going to resolve this today. Nan Hayworth, Isaac Wright, thank you so much.

HAYWORTH: And happy birthday.

WRIGHT: Thank you.

WHITFIELD: And happy fourth weekend. All right, we'll be right back.



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WHITFIELD: All right. President Trump still facing backlash from Democrats and Republicans for his tweets criticizing two T.V. hosts. This is quite a new post showing 61% of Americans think President Trump should stop tweeting from his personal Twitter account.

CNN's Poppy Harlow sat down with a group of registered Republicans yesterday, most of whom voted for Trump and explained why they still want the president to keep tweeting.


POPPY HARLOW, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Tweeting. Who likes the president's tweeting? OK. Do you like all of it?

JOSH ALKENS, VOTED FOR TRUMP IN 2016, VOTED FOR OBAMA IN 2008: Not all of it. Some of it I think he gets caught in the weeds of things, but I do like it.

HARLOW (voice-over): Why?

[12:40:00] ALKENS: It's different, it's fresh. It's using the social media or any sort of technology that we have available to us to get right to the people. It's sort of like FDR when he would have fireside chats on the radio. I mean, obviously it's not to that in depth. You have a character (INAUDIBLE). But, I think it's kind of refreshing to hear directly from him on a daily -- I mean, I come out of the gym, and it's 6 o'clock, there he is tweeting right away.

HARLOW (voice-over): The White House says these tweets are direct -- you know, these are statements from the president, take them at face value. He has talked about being able to communicate directly with people through them. He is not sitting down for many interviews with journalists that are not from friendly networks if you will. Many objective journalists.

Does tweeting replace that adequately?

ALKENS: I don't think 100% that it replaces it adequately. But i think to a certain extent a lot of the folks that are younger like this. They like hearing from him. I mean, they're on their phones or they're on the computer all day long. Not many people sit and watch television. HARLOW (voice-over): Does he get in his own way with some of his tweets, especially about foreign policy when you're talking about national security issues?

ALKENS: I think there is a -- sometimes there's a lack of communication between himself and his administration. He'll tweet something and they'll come out and say something and he'll tweet completely the opposite.

BILL CORTESE JR., WROTE IN GEN. MATTIS FOR 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: And some of the tweets are just very petty. I think below the presidency and I'm always concerned about, you know, diplomacy by Twitter. I'm very concerned about that.

Someone who was very clear about not reading briefing books and didn't want to be bothered with the details. Something as detailed and important as international affairs, I want diplomats, I want the secretary of state handling that. And it concerns me that we don't know, we live in a very strange world now. We don't know what a tweet from the president that's taken the wrong way can -- where it could go.

I mean, could you imagine JFK tweeting during the Cuban missile crisis? You know, if he tweeted the wrong thing, that could have been, you know, something very different. So I think it's -- you know, I just think it's kind of below the presidency to sit here and tweet, you know, little things about past elections. Let's move on.

RICHARD ST. PAUL, VOTED FOR TRUMP IN 2016, FORMER DEMOCRAT: More Americans are getting their news from tweets, from social media. It's so important. And so here's the president using his ability to get out the message to millions of voters in an unbiased way. Here is what I have to say directly, unbiased without any spin on it. Here's what I have to communicate to the American people. And it really is effective.

SCHERIE MURRAY, VOTED FOR TRUMP IN 2016, VOTED FOR OBAMA IN 2008 AND 2012: We get to see him for him. I mean, I don't think we've ever seen a president in his own element. And like it or hate it, you get a chance to sort of see who the person is.


WHITFIELD: All right. That was CNN's Poppy Harlow sitting down with voters there. And of course you can watch more of that interview at And we'll be right back.


[12:47:06] WHITFIELD: All right, welcome back. New details on a scary moment at an Arkansas club overnight when someone started shooting during a dispute. Take a look.


(OFF-MIC) WHITFIELD: Oh my goodness. We're told 25 people were shot and three others injured as they tried to escape. One person is in serious condition and the other injuries are minor. A police say the shooting was not terror related.

A manhunt is under way in a road rage incident that killed a high school graduate in Pennsylvania. Police say 18-year-old Bianca Roberson was leaving the mall after shopping for new clothes for college. Surveillance video captured the moment the suspect in the red car pulled next to Roberson and then shot her in the head. Her car veered off the road and then crashed into a tree.

Roberson was supposed to leave for college in just a few weeks to start her freshman year. Police are searching for the man responsible and offering a $5,000 reward for any information.

A violence start the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune is now reporting that 22 people were shot since yesterday and three of those were fatal. Now, President Trump is making true on a campaign promise to drive violence out of the city. Here's what he said back in February.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: What is going on in Chicago to allow -- I mean, literally hundreds of shootings a month? It's worse than some of the places that we read about in the Middle East where you have wars going on. It's so sad. Chicago has become so sad a situation.


WHITFIELD: Trump tweeted Friday, quote, crime and killings in Chicago have reached epidemic proportions that I am sending in federal help. He's talking about the new task force between the Chicago Police Department and federal agents.

CNN's Ryan Young joining us now live from Chicago. So Ryan, what more can you tell us about this commitment?

RYAN YOUNG, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Fred, this has been a big conversation for quite some time. You think about last year, over 700 people being killed in the city, more than 4,300 shot. When you talk to people at the police department, they say they've started making overtures to the last administration to have this task force come now. Of course it's happening under Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump.

We do know 20 members of this elite task force will be in this area joining with police officers and state patrol officers as they hit the streets. They'll be targeting illegal guns and the fact that sometimes some of the same guns get used over and over again. I do want to tell you though, there has been a drop in the crime this year in the city of Chicago. A 14% drop.

[12:50:01] There's also been 237 less people shot this year, so the police department is working extremely hard hitting these streets. But when you talk to community members, they say they need more than police officers. They need resources when it comes to what's going on here. Because you think about the 700 or so families that have been affected by this, they obviously want to see changes in the streets of Chicago as well.

But when we talk to that task force yesterday, they say they will be focused on those illegal guns.


TIM JONES, COMMANDER, CHICAGO CRIME GUN STRIKE FORCE: This is a unique and new concept for (INAUDIBLE). We have had the ability to redirect resources in the past for temporary measures. Other areas that have spikes and violent crime, we can send a team of agents, they can assist with the local police department and the prosecuting agencies to make an impact.

Chicago is the first place where this will be a permanent picture.


YOUNG: So when you think about this, L.A. and New York combined don't confiscate as many guns as the city of Chicago. That is when it comes to the police department. So officers are finding the illegal guns but there's such a endless supply throughout the neighborhood. Gangs seem always to be able to get a gun in their hand and go out and do more crimes and hurt more families.

WHITFIELD: So then, Ryan, you talked about that commitment for law enforcement (INAUDIBLE) above law enforcement commitment there. But then, what about those resources that you just have eluded to, that there are number of people who are saying? Also, what the root of the problem is the lack of resources.

YOUNG: Yes. The lack of resources is big conversation's job. So if you talk about this is one of the largest communities where a lot of African-American male unemployment, you're talking about neighborhoods for years that have had the same number of crime rates over and over again. So you hear a lot about school and hear a lot about the idea that they want to see more job resources coming to their community get the hands out of their hands. Give them a chance to earn a paycheck.

When you hear people coming to you, especially ones who've lost young ones and loved ones, you can understand their frustration because they believe they cannot police their way out of that. And when you talk to the superintendent here, he agrees as well. He said, they need more resources outside of the police department.

WHITFIELD: All right, Ryan Young, in Chicago. Thanks so much.

President Trump said that he is out of patience with North Korea. But the South Korean president says the U.S. doesn't want a hostile relationship either. We'll try to sort out the message here, next.


[12:56:25] TRUMP: Europe's strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed. Many years and it's failed. And frankly, that patience is over.


WHITFIELD: All right, that was President Trump sending what seems to be a pretty clear message on North Korea. While President Trump warned that patience is running out, South Korean President Moon Jae- in struck a very different tone during his visit to Washington. Saying, quote, President Trump and I will not pursue a hostile policy against North Korea. We have no intention to attack North Korea. We do not wish to see the regime replaced or collapse.

I want to bring in now CNN's Global Affairs Analyst Elise Labott in Washington. So Elise, is this a mixed message or, you know, are they saying the same thing but just differently?

ELISE LABOTT, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: Fred, I think that the goals are the same really which is to bring North Korea back to the table. The Trump administration considers North Korea one of the greatest threats to U.S. national security and doesn't want to take any action when you think about it.

But I think President Trump wants us pursue a more coercive policy for sanctions and pressure to get North Korea to the table. While President Moon, you know, goes back to kind of old South Korean presidents like Kim Dae-jung with that sunshine policy which is to, you know, have a better relationship, have more dialogue and economic programs and try and coax North Korea back to the table with a little bit more honey as supposed to more vinegar if you will.

And so Trump and Moon apparently, you know, different positions on how to approach, you know, North Korea but could that lead to, you know, tension between the U.S. and South Korea.

LABOTT: I think that it could and I think what you see President Trump is, using this tactic of pressure on all U.S. allies in Asia. You saw that President Trump sanctions some Chinese banks that are doing business with North Korea even as he wants the Chinese to put pressure on North Korea. And you heard yesterday in his statement with President Moon, he's emphasizing the trade deal with South Korea, he wants a tougher trade deal. So it's going to be really interesting to see whether President Trump can get these Asian allies to take greater pressure against North Korea and work on them on security issues while he's taking this tactic of tough economic and trade measures.

WHITFIELD: All right, Elise Labott, in Washington. Thanks so much.

All right, the next hour of CNN NEWSROOM, starts right now.

All right, hello again everyone and thank you so much for being with me. I'm Fredricka Whitfield. In just a few days, Donald Trump will be face-to-face with the man accused of meddling in the U.S. election. The president and Russia's Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany this coming week. This as the U.S. government continues its investigation into the Kremlin's interfering.

Meanwhile, as Trump gets ready to take to the international stage, he unleashed a new vicious tweets today directed at two television hosts. This latest attack following pleas from his own party to refocus his attention. And one issue they want to focus on, the Senate health care proposal.

Just yesterday, the president suggested that if the Senate Republicans cannot come to consensus repeal ObamaCare now, replace it somewhere down the road. Something few senators have an appetite for. Let's bring in CNN Washington Correspondent Ryan Nobles. So Ryan, you know, what can be expected from the president's meeting with Vladimir Putin while all of these continues to transpire about health care and beyond?

RYAN NOBLES, CNN WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: You know, Fredricka, we're not really expecting all that much between this meeting from Vladimir Putin --