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Love Conquers All Barriers; President Trump Goes Off Script; Kenyatta's Inauguration Attended by World Dignitaries; Pope To Meet With Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi; Prince Harry And Meghan Markle To Marry Next Spring; Agung Erupts; Time To Heal; Trump Apologize For Access Hollywood Video; Attacks On Journalism. Aired 3-4a ET

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[03:00:00] ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: The pope's balancing act as he meets Myanmar's leaders amid sensitive religious, diplomatic, and humanitarian issues.

Plus, the U.S. president goes off script and lands in controversy using a term offensive to Native Americans at an event mean to honor Navajo war veterans.

And a royal engagement. Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle open up about their lives together and their plans for the future.

Hello and welcome to our viewers joining us from all around the world. I'm Rosemary Church, and this is CNN Newsroom.

Well, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar's capital this hour for a meeting with de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He is hoping he can persuade her to stop the crackdown against Rohingya Muslims. The violence has driven more than 600,000 people into Bangladesh.

Now this visit is a diplomatic test for Pope Francis. Advisers have warned him not to mention the word Rohingya because it could aggravate an already tense situation. But he could face criticism for not using the word.

CNN Vatican correspondent Delia Gallagher is traveling with the pope and joins us now on the line. So, Delia, as we say this is a delicate diplomatic tour for the pope. How has he been handling the difficult balance between highlighting the plight of the Rohingya people while at the same time avoiding offending his host.

And if he can't push the boundaries too far, then how much can he actually achieve on this visit?

DELIA GALLAGHER, CNN VATICAN CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's right, Rosemary. It's a diplomatically delicate situation for the pope. He has spoken out before from the Vatican on behalf of the Rohingya, calling them our brothers and sisters, people in Myanmar and certainly the government is well aware of where he stands. The pressure on him particularly today because this is his first

public speech in front of Aung San Suu Kyi and the government of Myanmar, there are those who would like to see him use very strong language with them including the term "Rohingya," which the government does not accept.

You know, the pope's objective here is also long-term, helping to build democracy, helping to ensure human rights for ethnic minorities and the people of Myanmar. So his approach, in the past we've seen it and the Vatican's diplomatic approach is generally not to come in too strong, not to offend the people that are hosting them, in hopes of opening up a longer term dialogue.

So the expectation is that the pope will follow the advice of his own cardinal from Myanmar who advised him not to use the word "Rohingya," but at the same time of course, make very clear his support for ethnic minorities full of right in Myanmar. Rosemary?

CHURCH: Yes. And of course, you know, as we mentioned, he will meet with Aung San Suu Kyi. This is going to be delicate because if he's trying to talk to the de facto leader of Myanmar about the crackdown on the Rohingya people, but can't mention the word "Rohingya, that makes the whole conversation very difficult. Does this represent a gamble of sorts for Aung San Suu Kyi?

GALLAGHER: Well, you know, if he doesn't say the name "Rohingya," it is understood anyway what he is talking about. He's got one private meeting with her. He adds about her before at the Vatican. They have a certain relationship, which is what the pope wants. He wants to try to support her. Although, she has come under fierce criticism internationally for not speaking out against the atrocities of the military. The pope is surely aware of that.

But I think the calculus here is do you support somebody who even in this very rocky road to democracy, is essentially the only hope for that? Or, you know, the risk of the military gaining even more power in this country. So I think the pope is really focused on that task to democracy and trying to use whoever is already in place to further that agenda. Rosemary?

CHURCH: Indeed. And whatever is achieved on this meeting and this trip to Myanmar, of course it has put the plight of the Rohingya people in the spotlight.

Delia Gallagher reporting there, covering the pope's visit to Myanmar. Many thanks.

[03:04:59] Well, the highly anticipated announcement is now official. Britain's Prince Harry is engaged to his American girlfriend Meghan Markle. The two met on a blind date about a year and a half ago. Prince Harry proposed as they roasted a chicken earlier this month. He said his family has known for a while and they are all supportive.


HENRY CHARLES ALBERT DAVID, PRINCE OF WALES: The family together have been absolutely their solid support and grandparents as well have been -- have been wonderful throughout this whole process, and they've known for quite some time. So how they, how they haven't told anybody is, again, a miracle in itself. But, now that the whole family have come together and been a huge amount of support.

MEGHAN MARKLE, ACTRESS: They've been amazing.


CHURCH: The prince gave Markle a ring with center stone from Botswana where they took their first trip together. The other diamonds come from his mother Princess Diana's collection.

In an interview with the BBC, Markle talked about the importance of that ring.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What does that mean to you, Meghan, to have those stones on your finger that once belonged to Princess Diana?

MARKLE: I think everything about Harry's thoughtfulness and the inclusion of that and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it's so important to me to know that she's a part of this with us. And I think in being able to meet his aunts and also Julia, and just different people who were so important to his mom, I'm able to, in some way know a part of her through, and of course through him.

And it's incredibly special, you know, to be able to have this, which sort of link where you come from and lot which is important to us. It's perfect.


CHURCH: And joining us now from London is royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. Thanks so much for being with us. Always great to talk with you. Now this was indeed, a compelling interview of two charming people. Clearly, very much in love. How is Britain reacting to the news? And what has been the response to some of the more vicious critics of this union?

RICHARD FITZWILLIAMS, ROYAL COMMENTATOR: Well, firstly, the buzz yesterday was almost tangible. I mean, this is a royal romance, and there is some absolutely no doubt, if you look at the papers today there's joy everywhere, marvelous photographs.

And if you looked at that interview, you could see two people as you say, very much in love and also intending to do great things in the future. And Princess Diana and the inspiration that she gives Harry, obviously very, very significantly mentioned.

As far as I know, the critics were banished a long time ago last November when Harry attacked harassment by the press. There are practically none. I think that this is so ground breaking for the royal family. It's one of the reasons I'm especially delighted because Meghan, of course American divorcee, (Inaudible) who is a mixed race, actress and an activist, all of those things will play so brilliantly to the global brand that Harry and Meghan will be creating together along with William and Kate in their foundation for charitable work.

And that came through very strongly in the interview. There's so much, as Harry said, to do.

CHURCH: Yes, indeed. And I want to ask you that. You know, what does Meghan Markle bring to the royal family and will Harry and Meghan become the new darlings of the royal family do you think?

FITZWILLIAMS: I think, undoubtedly. Now firstly, what she brings, Harry occasionally said in the past who would take me on and look at the avalanche of publicity, look at the manna from heaven this is for the international press? As we know his previous girlfriends couldn't.

We've seen in Meghan someone who's built a career herself as an actress and also as an activist who can cope with the intense media speculation that will follow them pretty well permanently. I mean, there is no question at all, she brings experience, but she also brings very, very deep commitment to the charitable causes so dear to Harry's heart and that especially links him to his mother's memory.

CHURCH: Of course, it has to be said, Meghan Markle has had to adjust to seeing her life come under a great deal of scrutiny, and some of that has focused on her ethnicity. She was asked about what she thought about that, and this was her response. Let's just take a quick listen.


MERKLE: Of course it's disheartening. You know, it's a shame that that is the climate in this world to focus that much on that, or that that would be discriminatory in that sense.

[03:10:00] But I think at the end of the day I'm really just proud of who I am and where I come from. And we have never put any focus on that. We've just focused on who we are as a couple.


CHURCH: Richard, overall, does Britain care anymore about the racial element, or the fact that Meghan was divorced? It would have cared of course two decades ago, but has Britain moved beyond worrying about things like that? Has it progressed?

FITZWILLIAMS: Britain has progressed a great deal. The monarchy also has progressed, no question about that. I mean, divorce as we remember with Edward the VIII and Mrs. Simpson, would have been an appalling king and really did for comment. But with Princess Margaret and with Captain Peter Thompson and the band there in 1950s, is no doubt the monarchy has moved seismically.

A matter of race, yes, the country has also, and thankfully pretty well without exception publicly what reservations people or may or may not have privately is a totally different matter, but what we see and I think this is so significant with Meghan being mixed race, is that a great number of people who possibly (Inaudible) the monarchy while the remote will be able to identify far more with it.

And the commonwealth was mentioned twice in the interview and very many people throughout the commonwealth I think will identify more with the royal family because Meghan is mixed race and also because there such a dynamic duo.

CHURCH: They look great together. Richard Fitzwilllms, thank you so much for joining us. Always a pleasure to chat with you.

We'll take a short break here. But coming up, U.S. President Donald Trump goes off script and turns a ceremony to honor Native Americans into a racially charged controversy.

Plus, after a violently contested election, the Kenyan president will soon be inaugurated. And there have been new clashes with police while others celebrate.

We'll have that and more when we come back.


CHURCH: Welcome back, everyone. Well, the White House is defending U.S. President Donald Trump after he used an Oval Office ceremony to make what many are calling a racially charged comment. At an event to honor Native American veterans of World War II, President Trump unexpectedly went off script and took a dig at democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, calling her Pocahontas.

Adding to the situation, the ceremony took place in front of a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, he signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which allowed the U.S. government to forcibly remove Native Americans from their land. Thousands died on the so-called Trail of Tears.

Now all this as President Trump gears up for a critical week on Capitol Hill with tax reform taking center stage.

More now from CNN's senior White House correspondent, Jeff Zeleny.

[03:15:03] JEFF ZELENY, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: President Trump is dusting off his salesman hat tonight, trying to salvage the republican tax plan facing a vote in the Senate. It's a critical week for the Trump presidency with his own major legislative victory hanging in the balance.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How's the tax bill going, sir?

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I think the tax bill is going very well. We had a meeting on it today. It's going to be a tremendous tax cut.


ZELENY: And a critical month ahead for republicans with a year-end spending bill looming to keep the government open.


TRUMP: I think the tax bill is doing very well and I think the republicans are going to be very proud of it.


ZELENY: But the White House and republican leaders are still scrambling to make changes to the $1.5 trillion tax package in hopes of winning over at least six Senate republicans who aren't sold on the bill.

Senator Ron Johnson has said he'll vote "no." Senator Steve Daines is opposed to the bill as it currently stands. Susan Collins, Bob Corker, and Jeff Flake also are voicing concerns, with Senator John McCain perhaps the biggest wild card of all.


TRUMP: If we win, we'll get some democratic senators joining us. If we don't...


ZELENY: So far, that seems unlikely. But in the Oval Office today, while honoring Navajo Indians who fought in World War II, Mr. Trump made a crack at one of his democratic foes, Senator Elizabeth Warren who he has been branded Pocahontas.


TRUMP: You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago, they call her Pocahontas.


ZELENY: That culturally insensitive remark may have been lost in those in the Oval Office but not on Warren.


ELIZABETH WARREN, (D) UNITED STATES SENATOR: It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur.


ZELENY: Later at the White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Sanders defended the president and said it wasn't a racial slur. She took aim at Warren who face controversy during her Senate race over claiming Native American heritage.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SARAH HUCKABEE-SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I think that Senator Warren was very offensive when she lied about something specifically to advance her career. I don't understand why no one is asking about that question and why that isn't constantly covered.


ZELENY: All this, as the Alabama Senate race still hangs over Washington. The president would not say whether he would campaign in the state.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. President, will you go to Alabama?


ZELENY: Sanders said the president would not go to Alabama despite embracing Moore's candidacy last week. The controversy has re-opened the debate from when the Access Hollywood tape surfaced before the election with Mr. Trump bragging about the assault of women.


TRUMP: And when you're a star, they let you do it.


ZELENY: While briefly apologize for it at the time.


TRUMP: I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.


ZELENY: Trump has been telling people the tape was a fake the New York Times reported, as he explains why he believes Moore's denials from women accusers in Alabama. Sanders pushed back on that today.


SANDERS: Look, I said that he'd already addressed it, and that we didn't have any updates to that. I said what he didn't like and what he found troubling were the accounts that are being reported now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What accounts are being reported now that weren't reported last year? What accounts are you talking about?

SANDERS: The ones that are current that he's questioned.


CHURCH: ... there. It has been quite the day for Mr. Trump, so let's bring CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers. Great to see you. KIRSTEN POWERS, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Good to be here.

CHURCH: All right. Let's start with that racial slur President Trump used during an event meant to honor Native American war heroes, a comment many here in the U.S. found shocking. I want you to give our international viewers a sense of why this remark is seen as so offensive, and also explain to us how a U.S. president gets away with using such comments.

POWERS: Right. So this is a nickname, Pocahontas that the president has given to Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is one of his main rivals, because she has talked about the fact that she, her family lure has that she has Native American blood in her family, and so the president thinks that this funny I guess to talk about this.

And I have to say, I am kind of at the point where nothing surprises me anymore with the president. But when he said this today, I really was actually shocked. Because here he is sitting with this, you know, elderly war heroes, Native Americans who fought for the American in World War II, they've come to meet with the president, and to be honored.

And instead, he says something that is a racial slur, and something that Native American has said repeatedly when he has called Senator Warren Pocahontas that they consider a racial slur. And that he chose to say it in front of these war heroes is just astonishing.

CHURCH: Yes, and the Navajo nation released a statement after all this happened. They're saying above the politics of Mr. Trump's feud with Senator Warren, but they did say this.

[03:19:59] I just want to read this put. "In this day and age, all tribal nations still battle insensitive references to our people. The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate, historical legacy."

And the White House spokeswoman said the president's comment was not intended to be a slur. Do you think they might think this through again and perhaps suggest he should apologize? Will we see an apology? We rarely do from Mr. Trump.

POWERS: The president doesn't apologize. So, you know, I think the chances of him apologizing, very unlikely. And this is something that he has done over and over, and Native American groups have complained about it repeatedly and asked him to stop doing it.

And so, it's bad for him to do it, but to do it in this context shows that he just has absolutely no regard for how Native Americans feel and how offensive, not just Native Americans but I think a lot of Americans find this kind of behavior.

CHURCH: And of course, all of this is coming at a time when republicans on Capitol Hill are scrambling to lock down support for the tax reform bill. Senate republicans plan to vote on this week, but a number of them have voiced their concern, haven't they? How likely is it that this tax reform bill will pass? And is the president doing what he can to help his party get this done?

POWERS: Well, I mean, with everything with the president that the problem that he has is that he has such narrow margin in the Senate where if you lose two votes, you can't pass anything.

And so I think every bill that comes up is precarious out of the starting gate. Then you add in the fact that this president isn't very good at negotiating or bringing around senators, you know, in particular, Senator McCain who we saw vote against, you know, the healthcare bill, has expressed reservations about this.

And so, you know, even if he loses two people, then it's very unlikely. So I'm very hesitant to ever predict in these situations what's going to happen because it's always going to come down to such a narrow, narrow margin.

CHURCH: And really, who are the likely winners with this tax reform bill? When you look at the numbers, it looks like lower income, even middle income are going to do well.


CHURCH: So, who is going to benefit from this?

POWERS: The people that will benefit from the most are the wealthy. So, it's definitely structured in a way that it sort of endorses the republican view of so-called trickle-down economics which is you give the tax cuts to the very rich and then it will trickle down to the rest of Americans.

And in the early stages, there are tax cuts for middle class but then as you go -- when you go longer really you see that the benefits are going mostly to the very wealthy.

CHURCH: And of course, there is also the showdown playing out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The director resigned on Friday and named his deputy, Leandra English to take over, but Mr. Trump instead appointed his guy, Mick Mulvaney.

Now, Ms. English is suing to halt Mulvaney's appointment. They both turned out for the same job Monday. And now those working at the bureau of course don't know which one is boss. What does the law tell us about who should lead this consumer watchdog? And what is the political outcome likely to be?

POWERS: The law is unclear. So, you know, this is something that is going to have to be sorted out. You have the different sides sort of arguing that Dodd-Frank, which created this agency made it clear that, you know, when the director leaves, that then the acting director would be his deputy.

And then you have other people claiming that there's a Vacancies Act that says now the president can appoint somebody to fill that vacancy. So I think this has to be sorted out. I think it's legitimately unclear which way should it go. The problem here is that his agency was set up to protect Americans,

to protect consumers after they were harmed when the -- when we had the, you know, market crash. And the Trump administration basically, and the republicans have made it very clear that they want to destroy this agency.

And so, once the president is able to put someone in charge of it that's one of his people, it's basically were going to spell the end for this.

CHURCH: We will be watching to see what happens with this of course. Kirsten Powers, always great to have you on, and for your analysis.


POWERS: Thanks for having me.

CHURCH: I appreciate it.

Well, right now in Kenya, the inauguration ceremony for President Uhuru Kenyatta is taking place after a violent and contested election. Police reportedly fired tear gas on crowds trying to force their way into the ceremony.

President Kenyatta will start his second term in office after the country's Supreme Court validated his electoral victory. The opposition does not recognize the result.

And CNN's Farai Sevenzo is in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, joining us now live.

So, Farai, it is a very controversial inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as he is sworn in for a disputed second term. What's happening there right now how much security is out in force?

[03:25:11] FARAI SEVENZO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Rosemary, security is the order of the day. As I'm speaking to you now, the police choppers are up above. Today has been declared a public holiday so the streets are empty of course, for the president of a great deal of security agents.

I'm talking about police, I'm talking about soldiers, even members of the national youth league. They are all sort of trying to protect up to about 40 foreign dignities who are coming to attend this ceremony. And of course, amongst them is Benjamin Netanyahu, also the Rwandan president, the Ugandan president, the Somalia president. Everybody is here confirm Mr. Kenyatta's inauguration as for to march him into his second term as Kenya's president.

But I have to say to you that the opposition, right, Odinga's people are still unhappy with the process, despite the fact that Supreme Court judges said there was no case to answer, even though they boycotted those elections on October 26th, that yes, Uhuru Kenyatta became the president even though he was the only viable candidate.

And they grip -- the gripe really, Rosemary, is about the number of deaths that have occurred at the hands of Kenya's police. I mean, already we can see even as we're watching Mr. Kenyatta's own tweet feed as he goes to the ceremony, that there was a bit of a tear gas incident at Kasarani where the inauguration is taking place, as well.

The opposition are trying to hold a day of prayer at the right of venue, the Jacaranda Gardens to remember what they say up to 24 people who have died at the hands of the police.

So the divisions are so very real here in Kenyan politics. And it is up to Mr. Kenyatta, who is now going to the nation's president, to try and heal these rifts that are so deeply engraved in political life here.

CHURCH: And of course, as you've been speaking we've been watching leaders from around the world and dignitaries arrive there, including the president of Rwanda. You talked there about the opposition leader Raila Odinga, of course, he's insisting Mr. Kenyatta was not elected legitimately. Is it possible to assess how many of Mr. Odinga's supporters are out on the streets today? And what does he plan to do going forward?

SEVENZO: Well, the information we're getting, Rosemary, is that the Jacaranda Gardens the site of the opposition prayer rally is pretty empty at the moment. It's surrounded by police, and of course with the presence of so many dignitaries the police presence is inevitable. It's going to be there. And they're trying to stop people from gathering at all in this place.

Now what is he going to do? Mr. Odinga has played many, many cards in this fight including calling out his demonstrators and supporters to protest against the unfair electoral system.

We can only guess that if he carries on this this path, then we can see more demonstrations in Mr. Kenyatta's first few days of his second term. But the president himself has tried to reach out and say, look, the responsibility of every politician now is to try and do their best for Kenya as a whole.

And I can tell you from the Kenyan perspective of the ordinary people they are fairly sick and tired of this electoral process. It's been going on for months. Their businesses are shut, schools are disrupted, exams can't be sat. And it is a question of moving the country forward by attempting to unite these two very, very bitter foes, Rosemary.

CHURCH: All right, Farai Sevenzo covering Kenya's inauguration day there. Many thanks for your live report. I appreciate that.

Well, after days of intensifying excitement the moment many royal observers were waiting for. We will have more on Prince Harry's announcement at Kensington Palace.

And watching Bali's Mount Agung, authorities say 100,000 people near the volcano need to leave for their own safety now if they haven't already. We'll have more on that when we come back.

[03:30:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK) CHURCH: Welcome back to our viewers joining us from all around the

world. I'm Rosemary Church. An update on the main stories were following this hour, Pope Francis is set to meet with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday to discuss the Rohingya crisis. He started his trip by meeting with countries military chief who told the pope, there is no religious discrimination in Myanmar. Violence has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighboring Bangladesh since late August.

U.S. President Donald Trump took a swipe at a favorite campaign target while honoring Native Americans who fought in World War II. He again called Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas. Warren responded swiftly saying, the President could not even make it through a ceremony without using a racial slur.

The White House denies Mr. Trump's used of the nickname was racially motivated. Fans of the British royal family can now look forward to a spring wedding. Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle had announced their engagement. They met on what the prince calls a blind date year and a half ago. Markle is best known for staring in a show "Soups." Erin McLaughlin is following the developments and she joins us now live from London. So Erin, what has been the reaction across Britain to this news and what more are you learning about the details of this spring wedding?

ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning Rosemary. People across the U.K. could not be happier for this couple. And that excitement really is reflected in the morning headlines. Let me just show you some of them. Here you have the sign with a headline "she is the one," and a photo from that photo-op yesterday at Kensington palace. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, staring at each other, adoringly. They could not look happier. And then you have "the Daily Mail" with the headline, the stars were all aligned, this beautiful woman just fell into my life. Really romantic but a good reflection of just how people here are feeling. And yesterday, the couple gave their first interview and answered all sorts of questions about their plans for children, Harry answering, not yet, one step at a time. As well as how they met. They met through mutual. They've set up. They were also ask questions about the proposal. Involve a roasted chicken. Take listen to what they had to say in terms of how Prince Harry proposed to Meghan.


PRINCE HARRY, OF WALES: It happened a few weeks ago, early this month here in our cottage. Just a typical night for us.

MEGHAN MARCKLE, PRINCE HARRY'S FIANCEE: A cozy night. Just roasting chicken --

PRINCE HARRY: Trying to roast a chicken.

MARKLE: Trying to roast a chicken. And it was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.

PRINCE HARRY: Of course.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was it an instant yes from you?

MARKLE: Yes. As a matter of fact I could barely let him finish proposing. Said, can I say "yes" now?


MCLAUGHLIN: You really can sense their excitement there. And now all eyes to the wedding. We don't have much in terms of details about where the wedding will take place. We do know, it will happen sometime spring 2018. Rosemary.

CHURCH: They are delightful. Hard to take our eyes off them. So compelling. Meghan Markle is going to have to transition, right, from being a working actress to this new role now within the royal family. What is she saying about how she is going to do that? Of course plans for the future?

[03:35:07] MCLAUGHLIN: Yeah, well, they talked about that together in that interview, and they said it will be challenging. That transition will not be easy. Not only is she going to be moving to a new country, but also adapting to royal life as well. But she says that was a she will be leaving her acting career behind, but she is really excited to start sort of a new chapter focusing on philanthropy, focusing on charity work, humanitarian work, strange of. She is a U.N. ambassador for women. So we can expect to see more of that work. That will really become her focus and people here are really excited to see what she does about it as well.

CHURCH: Erin McLaughlin joining us live from London with a wonderful story on a very sunny day there. Many thanks.

Well, the royal engagement is of course, a bright spot for a nation struggling with Brexit negotiations. The economic news is less optimistic, with businesses packing up and moving out of London. And France is ready to take advantage of the opportunities. Melissa Bell reports.


MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Paris, the city of love, but could it soon be the city of business? To the northwest of the French capital, its business district that fast grows by the day, because space is being found for the 10,000 jobs the French authorities are hoping to lure here from London by 2019. Partly through aggressive advertising, Brits are being urged to ditch the fog in favor of the frog. And even locals are making their way home. (Inaudible) and her digital marketing move to Paris to London a month ago, because as it grows, she says it's going to need to hire.

Before you didn't have any sort of issue to recruit people to come to London.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No not a stake, people ask for the price before moving to London, the issue is that because they don't feel it that much. It's not as attractive as it used to.

BELL: Big business and banking are also bullish about Paris. The CEO of Goldman Sachs tweeted that he was struck by the positive energy of the city, saying strong government, business leaders are committed to economic reform and are well through the first steps, he said, not to mention the food. Good news for Emmanuel Macron who has been trying for months now to change France's image. The European banking authority has denounce its moving from London to Paris. The French President wants banks and business to follow.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's something happening in France. The momentum. What is this thing? There are men and women in this country who want to act to invent, innovate, men and women who want to be proud of their country. They want their country to succeed.

BELL: French business dealers are encouraged. Pierre runs a company that makes aeronautical parts on the out skirts of Paris. Labor law reform has made it easier to adapt to market cycles. Business confidence is close to a ten-year high, but Pierre says there's still a long way to go.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 35 years of stupid economic decisions cannot be reversed in five years. Heavy bag in the back to race of the competition.

BELL: Business leaders here point out that while attracting start-ups might prove relatively easy, drawing big business to France could prove harder simply because the tax burden remains as great as it is. Changing that, they suggest, would take a kind of cultural shift here in France towards things like money and success, and a cultural shift that world take far longer than the five years of the presidential term. Melissa Bell, CNN, in Paris.


CHURCH: We move to Indonesia now. Clouds of volcanic smoke and ash continue to belch from Mt. Agung in Bali, triggering more evacuations and stranding thousands of travelers. The eruption started Saturday, sending ash more than 9,000 meters into the sky and there could be more to come. Official had issued a level four alert, the highest possible. The main airport on the resort island has been closed until at least Wednesday that leaving 50,000 tourist stranded. Authorities say, up to 100,000 people living on the danger zone need to get out now. Only about 30,000 have left so far. And our meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has been keeping a very close watch on this volcano and he joins us now with the very latest. Pedram tens of thousands of people needing still to evacuate. So what more are we learning about when this volcano is going to erupt?

PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Yeah, you know, it almost seems imminent at this point. You think about back in September, we saw activity with this volcano really begin to peak as far as seismic activity is concerned.

[03:40:05] Keep in mind, for 54 years, until this September, all had been quiet with Agung. In the last couple of days we see three eruptions have taken place. That is why level four, the highest level had been issued. Take a look at this volcano. We know inside this mountain, this inner chambers of this magma has begun escalating to the top. There's a crater at the top, has been built up. That is a bad sign in that we know an option could occur. But it all depends on how this played out. Is it going to be an explosive eruption or a passive one where you have just small eruptions take place over the next several weeks or months? We know that 180-plus flights were canceled on Monday out of Bali's international airport, 1100 flights from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur to Singapore had all been disrupted and delayed, because of the volcano on the vicinity.

They want to talk about that as well, it is not just the engine component that causes major disruption when it comes to aircraft and of course volcanoes. The abrasive nature of the volcanic ash essentially volcanic glass and minerals that make up all of this this, put into the engine itself is an issue as well, but the abrasive nature also damages the body of the aircraft, but you get this into turbines of an engine, because of very rapid essential liquification of this and this all solidify on the back side of the turbine as it solidifies it hardened of course you are talking about the engine having catastrophic failure.

When you talk about Indonesia, 127 active volcanoes. No other place on earth has that many active volcanos about 108 in place. That is not the only elements of concern right now. Look to the south that is a tropical system across the region, one of two tropical disturbances. This could not only shift the winds here Rosemary for the next couple days, when you missed in a lot of rainfall with the lahar, the volcanic material and debris, you create a cement-like liquid in motion and it can cause catastrophic damage or anything in its path. So a lot of elements at work right now and we know an eruption upon significant order there is possible inside the next few days or few hours. Rosemary?

CHURCH: Yes, this is going to be very difficult few days for the people of Bali and the sister island Lombok. So we'll keep a close eye on that. Many thanks, Pedram for that report. Well Egypt is trying to heal after Friday's massacre at a mosque in the Sinai. Coming up eyewitnesses tell their story and we will bring you an update on the hunt for those responsible. We're back in a moment.


[03:45:00] CHURCH: Welcome back everyone. Well, Egypt is mourning, the more than 300 people killed in Friday's attack on a Sufi mosque. It is believe to be the deadliest terror attack in the country's modern history. Mourners held a candle light vigil in Egypt's foreign minister spoke to Christiane Amanpour and said the government is doing all it can to keep the public safe.


SAMEH SHOUKRY, EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: The numbers of casualties, 305, including 27 children, I think, has left a very deep impact, not only in Egypt, but worldwide.


CHURCH: And CNN has obtained exclusive new images and eyewitness accounts from the scene of that attack. Senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman has our repot which some viewers may find graphic and disturbing.


BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Blood and gore soaked the mosque's carpet splashed on the walls, and stained the pavement of the entrance. The authorities had banned the media from going to the site of the worst terrorist attack in Egyptian history, but CNN has obtain, exclusive video and accounts from eyewitnesses.

This young man's father was killed in the massacre. He recalls men in military uniform with long hair, firing indiscriminately the mosque. Off-camera, another eyewitness says he heard the attacker shout they will kill all infidels. He said the militants threaten the Sufi-built mosque five times in the past. The ISIS affiliate here, at the province of Sinai, has yet to claim responsivity, but at a statement from the public prosecutor said the attackers, numbering between 25 and 30, wave ISIS's black banner. For years, the Sinai has been a battleground between militants and the Egyptian state.

In the chaos of 2011 uprising that toped of the regime of Hosni Mubarak, thousands escaped from prison, many going to the Sinai. Shortly afterwards, one group (inaudible) emerge, pledging its allegiance to ISIS in 2014, renaming itself (inaudible) Seena. They waged a relentless guerrilla war against the army and the policed hiding amongst a population resentful of the heavy hand of the government in far-off Cairo. By some estimates, they killed more than 1,000 soldiers and policeman.

Will Wyatt Seena claimed responsibility for the 2015 downing of metro jet flight 9268, killing all 224 passengers and crew. And it carried out a series of attacks in the Nile valley, in December against a Coptic cathedral in Cairo and this year, boasted of attacking churches on Palm Sunday. Friday's mass massacre is the first time they target a Muslim house of worship, and that is new and dramatic change in targets, warns analyst Hisham Hellyar.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With the Christian attacks, it seemed to be creating some sort of divide within society to take advantage of. They failed. And now they are just going after anybody that doesn't support what they want to do. And I this that is really the message that people have to take away from this, that there is no type of target anymore, when it comes to groups like this, everybody' a target unless they are on their side.

WEDEMAN: Hours after Friday's attack, President Assisi vowed to respond to the terrorist with brute force. He came to visit the wounded in hospital. His prescription for the terrorists, no mercy. Killing them would be best, he says. To end the bloodshed in Sinai, more bloodshed. Ben Wedeman CNN, Cairo. (END VIDEOCLIP)

CHURCH: We'll take a short break here, but still to come, Donald Trump hits the media again especially this network, and we will separate the facts from his fiction. Back in a moment.


[03:50:59] CHURCH: Welcome back. Well, the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that played a big part in last year's presidential campaign is back in the news. "The New York Times" reports that President Donald Trump has told several people he doesn't believe the audio is actually him. The paper says Trump suggested to a Senator earlier this year that it was not authentic and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently. Listen to it once more and Judge for yourself.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: A when you're a star, they let you do it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whatever you want.

TRUMP: Grab them by the (BEEP). You can do anything.


CHURCH: OK. So that is the same tape that prompted Mr. Trump to make a rare apology.


TRUMP: I've never said I'm a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I'm not. I've said and done things I regret. And the words released today on this more than a decade-old video, are one of them. Anyone who knows me, knows this word don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.


CHURCH: And that takes us to Monday when reporters asked the White House press secretary whether Mr. Trump has changed his mind about the tape.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Does the president still accept the authenticity of the "Access Hollywood" tape that he apologized for during the campaign?

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: The President addressed this. He is made his position on that clear. At the time, as have the American people in their support him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So the apology would seem to acknowledge its authenticity and that position hasn't changed?

HUCKABEE SANDERS: No, like I said, the president hasn't changed his potion.


CHURCH: Meanwhile, President Trump has been on twitter attacking his favorite target, the media specifically CNN. Here is part of his twitter rants. Which of the network, plus CNN and not including Fox is the most dishonor, corrupt and distorted in its political coverage of who he calls your favorite President? He said the winner would receive the fake news trophy. And this comes one day after taking aim at CNN international. So we wanted to show you and possibly Mr. Trump, how our journalists risk their lives in some of the most dangerous places to bring you the facts.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ISIS is less than a kilometer away firing at the Special Forces position. This is a constant, day in and day out.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're leaving in area, there's gunfire all around us.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've never been this far inside rural North Korea.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have to wrap it up right now, because our escorts are understandably quite anxious about spending too much time on scene.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The panicked family, trapped in their room, smashed the window and screamed for help. We managed to get the mother across to safety using a foam mattress and it immediately became clear the cause of her panic. Her daughter severely disabled.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They and we accordingly open. Were seemingly taking a potshot at something in the distance. A lot of the fight has then opened up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Minutes into our flight now, Sabina stopped breathing. This young woman is going into cardiac arrest. It is aggressive, but I just delivered a cardiac thump. A quick strong hit to the chest. Whether it work or not, I can't say for sure, but she came back.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is basically what is left of rebel-held Aleppo. The streets are largely deserted, the buildings have been destroyed, and the people who once lived here have been pushed out.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We know there's a Taliban stronghold about a few meters from here, in these mountains.

[03:55:00] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Across the world, people watching this broadcast is that Zimbabweans are celebrating. How do you feel?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nothing, around the compound and are attacking all sides.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Grab it and be ready!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: These are locals handing out whatever they have. Families running to collect. International aid are trying to be organized approach.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's really not a matter of if, but probably when, when it comes to North Korea.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have little Aziza here, she is not happy, because she says her father got left behind.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The gunners are opening fire targets below. They're protecting the helicopter, but it's terrifying these little kids who are traumatized after there for a week trapped on that mountains the problem is, we're flying over ISIS front lines. This is the only protection we have right now, to protect the aircraft and its precious cargo.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All of a sudden, this area filled with smoke. Be another bomb or another attack coming. They've asked for all the lights to be turned off. They don't want to be a target themselves.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They are not welcome on this shore, the coast guard waves them further on.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How many hours have you been on the boat? Since early in the morning? Do you know how to swim?

No one does.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The last few hours just to receive word as to whether the auction has started. I'm speechless. I don't know how to put this into words. There were human beings auctioning off other human beings.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We realize we're trapped. Vehicles, wreckage, everywhere. Our enrapt takes a direct hit. (BEEP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Even FEMA hasn't set foot in some parts of Puerto Rico. This woman doesn't even know who I am. But I'm the first person he sees land here since hurricane Maria battered the island. (END VIDEO CLIP)

CHURCH: Reporting the facts on CNN. Thank for your company this hour, the news continues next with our Max Foster in London.