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White House Releases Speechwriter Accused of Domestic Abuse; President Trump Comments on Departure of Rob Porter; President Trump Does Not Elect to Release Democratic Memo on FBI Investigation; North Korea Leader Invites South Korea President to Meet in Pyongyang; Vulnerability of U.S. Elections to Hacking Examined; Toronto Police Discover Bodies Possibly Linked to Serial Killer; African-American Hockey Player Breaks Color Barrier on U.S. Men's Hockey Team. Aired 10-11a ET

Aired February 10, 2018 - 10:00   ET


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: We're always so grateful to spend the weekend with you. Good morning, I'm Christi Paul.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Victor Blackwell. Good to be with you this morning.

A new round of resignations has left the Trump administration now trying out to figure out how to fill some of those positions.

PAUL: Yes, and this is just the 24 hours in fact. A second White House official accused of domestic abuse is out. The Deputy chief of staff out. The third in line at the Justice Department, out. And the chief of staff is now apparently willing to leave as well.

BLACKWELL: And just a few minutes ago the president defended his decision to not release the Democrat's memo on the Russia investigation, or rather the FBI, not the Russia investigation, despite saying it would be released soon. Let's get straight CNN's Abby Phillips live at the White House. Abby, President Trump just made his first statement since his decision to block the memo's release.

ABBY PHILLIP, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right. The president was expected to make that decision yesterday and was expected according to our sources to release it but decided not to despite saying in a letter that he was inclined to. He tweeted this morning that the reason is because he believes that there were aspects of the memo that needed to be redacted. He said the Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew because of sources and methods and more would have to be heavily redacted whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to redo and send back in proper form.

The president here also saying that he is listening to his intelligence community, listening to the FBI and national security advisers who say that there were aspects of the memo that needed to be redacted despite not doing that apparently for the Republican memo. Listen to what Adam Schiff, the Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said about what he thinks is going on with President Trump and this Democratic memo.


REP. ADAM SCHIFF, (D) RANKING MEMBER, HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNICATIONS: Last week, over the objections of the FBI and the Department of Justice who said don't release this, it's extraordinarily reckless, it's misleading and omits material facts, he said, I don't care, it's going out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's the Nunes memo.

SCHIFF: That was the Nunes memo. This week, though, the White House apparently has a newfound admiration for the FBI.


SCHIFF: We wouldn't want to release anything that the FBI might be concerned about.


PHILLIP: Well, two quick points on that. The Democratic memo is quite a bit longer than the Republican one. It is 10 pages long. The Republican one was about three-and-a-half pages. And there may very well be things that are of a sensitive nature in that document. But it is also true that the FBI made a very public statement directed at the White House and President Trump saying they believe that the Republican memo was misleading and should not be released.

BLACKWELL: All right, Abby Phillip for us at the White House. Abby, thank you so much.

PAUL: CNN political reporter Rebecca Berg is with us now as well as Katie Ray-Jones, the president and CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Rebecca, do us a favor. Walk us through this latest development here about David Sorensen, the speechwriter who has now been accused of do domestic violence and is now out at the White House.

REBECCA BERG, CNN POLITICAL REPORTER: Right, Christi. So the White House announced yesterday that he was resigning the position, that he had left the White House or was on the cusp of leaving the White House. And they noted in their statement, deputy press secretary Raj Shah, that they made this decision before they received any press questions, any press interests in his case. They wanted to make the point, of course, that they take these allegations very seriously, that they weren't waiting to act, trying to rebut some of the criticism they received in light of the way they handled Rob Porter and the allegations against him.

Of course the White House knew about the allegations against Rob Porter for months and didn't act on them even as they were getting press questions. Some people in the White House at senior level urged him to stay including chief of staff John Kelly. So clearly with this the latest departure due to these abuse allegations the White House is trying to show that they do take these very seriously, but a very different story from what we saw with Rob Porter who was working at a much more senior level in this White House.

PAUL: Katie Ray-Jones with the National Domestic Abuse Hotline. And Katie, I know that your hotline does some pretty incredible work, and the things that you all hear and deal with and the way you try to help people, it is grueling. And it is heartbreaking, I know. What are your thoughts that we hear that yet another White House official has been let go because of domestic violence accusations, we should point out, no convictions here, but help people understand why this is so hard for people to watch.

KATIE RAY-JONES, PRESIDENT AND CEO, NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE: Yes, I mean, I really wish I could say I was surprised to hear, unfortunately, working in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault we're all too familiar with the statistics of one in four women and one in seven men will suffer severe physical violence in their lifetime. So we know it's highly prevalent. We hear oftentimes from people who reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline that they're feeling very much alone. They maybe reached out to family and friends who didn't believe them, and they're turning to confidential resource to be able to check out, am I at fault here? Should I be doing something different? How do I get help and how do I get out of this abusive relationship?

PAUL: So, I want to listen the president, what he said yesterday when he finally addressed, as people were waiting for him to address the Rob Porter situation.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Certainly wish him well. It's obviously a tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him. But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he's also very sad now. He also, as you probably know, he says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that.


PAUL: You have to remember that he's innocent, he says. He's taken a lot of criticism for that because he never mentioned the women, Rebecca. Where do you think this is going? Is the immediate resignation of Sorensen, is it a reaction to this?

BERG: I would have to conclude, yes. The timing is clearly related. Potentially these allegations against Sorensen came to light as a result of the Rob Porter situation. But you can see the contrast in the way the White House is addressing this issue and talking about this issue versus the way they talked about and handled the Rob Porter situation.

But the statement you played from the president, Christi, really I think complicates any cleanup that the White House is trying to do at this moment because the White House is trying to send a message that they do take these allegations seriously, that they have a zero tolerance policy for this sort of behavior among their staff. And at the same time, the president himself is saying that he feels bad for Rob Porter, that he's very sad about him leaving, focusing on his talents instead of the abuse he was alleged to have can committed, and not expressing any sort of sympathy for the women who were the victims of this abuse and of this violence. So it really sends mixed messages at a time when the White House needs to focused on cleaning up this mess.

PAUL: So Katie, let's listen, because former vice president Joe Biden had a reaction to the president as well.


JOE BIDEN, FORMER U.S. VICE PRESIDENT: He walked on stage, a statement from the president saying he wishes him luck, he has so much talent. That's like saying that ax murderer out there, he is a great painter. Translate this into everyday terms. Is there any other crime, and it is a crime, where there would be an explanation, the reason we shouldn't pay attention to the transgression is because they're good at something?


PAUL: The reason that we don't pay attention to transgression is because they're good at something. We've had a lot of people, Katie, come out and say we never would have expected this of Rob Porter. But we know that there is a true Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality out there, and even his ex-wife, Porter's ex-wife talked about the secrecy of this, how he was a different person behind closed doors. Help people understand why it's so important to listen to women or men who have been abused when they try to get help or try to at least voice what's happened to them.

RAY-JONES: Absolutely. And I think the conversation we've been hearing across media and social media the last few days really illustrates the difficulty that bystanders have when they're hearing stories of domestic violence and trying to rationalize that perhaps two people they know personally are going through something. And that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that you described, Christi, is spot on. We know that what women will often tell us, and men as well who are survivors, that their partner was this great person on the outside. They go to church, they're respected in the community, they do great at their job. But behind closed doors they're someone different.

And the victim in that situation often internalizes that and blames themselves for what is happening behind closed doors because if they can be this great person on the outside to the public, what must I be doing to create that situation where they're becoming someone different in private?

So I think we all need to understand the complexities of domestic violence and the terror and the fear that people are living in, their homes, at the hands of someone who said that they love them, and we have a real opportunity to engage in conversation and help someone visualize and realize a different life.

PAUL: And remember, people who say, oh, you should just leave. But we know that anybody who's been abused by somebody, the most dangerous time for them is when they try to leave because that's when the abuser has realized they've lost control and things can escalate very quickly. Rebecca Berg, and Katie Ray-Jones, thank you both so much. We appreciate it.

BERG: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: An olive branch from North Korea. Kim Jong-un's sister is inviting the South Korean president to visit North Korea on behalf of the Korean leader. What's her role in the secretive North Korean hierarchy?

PAUL: Toronto police are looking for answers after the remains of six men they say targeted from the gay men were found in gruesome crime scenes. What police know about the suspected serial killer now.

BLACKWELL: Also a man was pulled over for a suspended license, he was shot and killed by deputies. You're going to hear the order the sheriff gave. It was caught on body camera recorders.


ODDIE SHOUPE, WHITE COUNTY, TENNESSEE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: I told him, I said take him out. I don't give a --


PAUL: So history is being made at this year's Winter Olympics not just on the of ice but off. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited the South Korean president now to visit Pyongyang. He extended this historic visit through that woman you see there, his sister, Kim Yo-jong.

BLACKWELL: She's visiting South Korea for the games and had lunch with the South Korean president earlier. CNN's Will Ripley is live from Pyeongchang. And Will, you broke this story about this historic invitation. Tell us more about this potential meeting in Pyongyang.

WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So Kim Yo-jong was clearly sent here on a diplomatic mission to deliver a letter and an invitation from Kim Jong-un to President Moon Jae-in of South Korea to visit North Korea at some point later this year for a historic summit between the two leaders. This is the biggest diplomatic breakthrough in the Kim Jong- un era but it doesn't come without considerable obstacles. From the North Korean side, the biggest obstacle that could kill the summit is the joint military drills that are due to kick off after the Olympics. Those joint drills if they happen and they're full scale, that could put the brakes on everything.

So South Korea may try to push the United States to reduce the size of the drills or perhaps postpone them even further beyond the start date which is believed to be sometime after the Paralympics and late next month.

From the South Korean side and the U.S. side the biggest obstacle is denuclearization. If North Korea doesn't indicate some willingness to talk about bringing their nuclear weapons program under control then that could also put the breaks on this before it even begins, so there are still many obstacles in place. The United States has called on South Korea to disengage completely and maximize pressure, but clearly President Moon Jae-in, and he has had a lot of public photo ops with Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader's sister, and Kim Yong-nam, their ceremonial head of state, smiling shaking hands. They attended a hockey game, the unified Korean women's ice hockey this evening which, by the way, Korea lost eight to nothing against Switzerland.

So we'll have to see how this all unfolds. But this is certainly something that the two countries have been -- that they're going to have to work out a lot of details before they can actually make this happen.

PAUL: Will, give us some indication of how the North and the South are receiving Vice President Pence there?

RIPLEY: Well, Vice President Pence had a tricky job because he came here, he met with North Korean defectors, he spoke out very angrily about the North Korean regime, and some people have criticized him for spoiling the spirit of the Olympics. Certainly the North Korean state media has really been attacking the vice president. But there are also a number of protesters who are on the ground here who are very loud in their support of the United States who are actually holding up American flags and Korean flags. They have accused North Korea of hijacking these Olympics, of making them all about North Korea and not about South Korea which has worked so hard to put on these games, trying to put on a peaceful Olympics celebration. So this country here on the south side of the peninsula really is divided. Some people that unification is a goal that they should work for but others feel that the alliance with the United States needs to remain priority number one and they don't feel that current administration by engaging so much with the North is really doing what they need to do to bring about true peace and security for the Korean peninsula.

PAUL: All right, Will Ripley, we appreciate it so much. Thank you.

And listen, new in morning, the Israeli military says an Israeli fighter jet has crashed after coming under, quote, massive antiaircraft fire from Syrian forces. I want to show you here some of the video we've gotten. And that's one of the pilots bailing out. And in this latest video, you're going to see him arriving at an Israeli hospital.

Here's what we know led to the crash. An Israeli combat helicopter successfully shot down an Iranian drone that had entered Israeli Targeted airspace. Israel aircraft then targeted the area in Syria that this drone was launched from, and that is when the Israeli jet came under antiaircraft fire. Israel also responded, by the way, with a wave of strikes on Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria.

BLACKWELL: The U.S. has not won gold in men's hockey since 1980, the miracle on ice, but can they do it this year? You'll hear from one athlete who will try to help that make that happen. He's already, though, making history on his own. PAUL: Also, meddling in the midterms. Our next guest says if America

doesn't quickly update its voting systems, he's 100 percent sure it will be hacked again. Computer security expert Alex Halderman and former KGB agent Jack Barsky with us next.


PAUL: So glad to have you with us here. I'm Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good morning to you.

PAUL: So President Trump is defending his decision to deny the release of a Democratic memo on the FBI in connection to the Russia probe. He says the Democrats knew that he had too much sensitive information and would have to be redacted. Keep in mind, the Republicans were able to get their memo released just last week against the wishes of the FBI.

BLACKWELL: The president is also having to deal with more departures from his White House today. Let's start at the Justice Department, though. The third person in line from the top is jumping -- she's leaving the Justice Department for a job at Wal-Mart. And at the White House, the second staffer in just three days has been accused of domestic abuse. That person is now gone. Chief of Staff John Kelly says that he would be willing to follow them if the president wants that from him. But there has been no according to CNN reporting, no official offer to resign.

PAUL: So the Senate Armed Service Committee is talking election cybersecurity this week, the meeting is going to come days after a Homeland security official said hackers were able to break into the voter registration rolls of several states back in 2016.


JEANETTE MANFRA, ASSISTANT SECRETARY, OFFICE OF CYBERSECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS: I can't talk about classified information publicly. We saw targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of that 21 were actually successfully penetrated.


BLACKWELL: Here to discuss what steps federal and local election officials should be taking to protect elections are Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, and Jack Barsky, a former KGB agent and the author of "Deep Undercover," who has also had a 30 year career in information technology. Gentlemen, good morning to both of you.

So Alex, let me start with you, and senators will be hearing about what role Defense Department should have in protecting elections. The defense, is that the right department to handle this? What can Homeland Security do, what can Defense do that Homeland Security doesn't do is a better question? That's for Alex first.

ALEX HALDERMAN, DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CENTER FOR COMPUTER SECURITY AND SOCIETY: This is a problem for everyone. It's not just a defense problem or a homeland security problem. It's one that really spans the federal departments, the states, everyone has a share in responsibility for protecting the foundations of our democracy.

BLACKWELL: And Jack, you wanted to respond?

JACK BARSKY, FORMER UNDERCOVER KGB AGENT: I agree 100 percent. I don't really care who is helping to defend the country. As a matter of fact there is as we speak, right now there's a war going on. You can call it cold war 2.0. We're right in the middle of it. It's constantly happening. So yes I think the Defense Department as well as intelligence agencies as well as the public have a role to play here.

PAUL: Jack, you have said in the past that you do believe, obviously, that Russia was involved in this way. Do you believe that Russia has changed any tactics now that the U.S. seems to have more information about what happened in 2016?

BARSKY: No, the pattern has always been the historically that the Russians will probe, they will look for weak spots, and unfortunately there are plenty of weak spots. This topic is so rich we could spend the next day talking about this, so I don't even know where to start. But the tactics haven't changed, no.

BLACKWELL: Alex, does the federal government have a handle on their opponent here, the enemy in this, what Jack calls cold war 2.0. They have come out with some guidelines here, prevents unauthorized access to or manipulation of configuration data, cast vote records, transmitted data, audit records. Are they approaching this holistically?

HALDERMAN: We're just starting to see the beginnings of serious efforts that could prevent foreign hacking of voting machines. And talking about cold war 2.0, it might not be Russia next time. There are plenty of very sophisticated cyberattackers from Russia, China, even North Korea. And the problem is our election infrastructure is so reliant on computers that are now obsolete, 43 States are using voting machines are more than 10 years old, many of them running with versions of Windows and other software that aren't even getting security patches anymore. We need action on the federal level, on the state level in order to make these machines are upgraded in order to make sure that we have paper records of every vote. Paper is something that doesn't really seem high-tech but, it's a record of the vote that as President Trump himself said before the election, can't be changed in a cyberattack.

PAUL: Jack, everybody -- many people have said, look, we know that this happened in 2016, but we don't know if there was a true impact to the election from this meddling. As we head into the midterms, what are your thoughts in that regard?

BARSKY: Correct, and I agree with the professor. He is 100 percent right. I checked out his website. His thoughts are right on the money. I used to operate in the same space. We need to secure our devices, our electronic devices. But there's another side of the coin that is important and possibly I believe more important is behavior. We are not a cybersecure country, far from it. I think the government is going in the right direction. Are we really at risk to, you know, to be turned upside-down by election hacking? I don't believe so, but we need to look at the long term to make sure that this will not happen.

PAUL: But when you say behavior, what specifically do you mean.

BARSKY: Behavior, I give you just one thing, I don't know if you guys can see this. This is a potential cyberweapon. Almost every child six years and older has something like this. People don't know how to operate these things. That is what I mean by behavior, and that includes people like at the highest level in politics and government, remember the famous hack of John Podesta, his password was "password." Enough said.

BLACKWELL: Alex, finally to you to kind of bring it to what we're seeing this weekend with the denial from the White House to release the Democrats' memo, I wonder what you see when you know the work that has to be done to protect the 2018, 2020 elections, and the role that the House Intel Committee could have in that, and the back and forth just these two memos with all that's on their to-do list.

HALDERMAN: What we need badly is resources to the states in order to apply cybersecurity best practices, implement voting machines that have paper records, and implement audits of those paper records. And there's a bill now being considered in the Senate, the Secure Elections Act, that has been co-sponsored by three Republicans and three Democrats. So that's just in an early stage, but I think it has a lot of potential.

And the fact that we have Democrats and Republicans coming together to support it really highlights that this is not a political issue, this is an issue that is going to the core of our security and our democracy. And I think if there's anything that Congress can get its act together this year to move on and really make a big impact in our national security, it's going to be securing our elections in time for 2018 and 2020.

BLACKWELL: All right, let's see if they do it. Alex Halderman, Jack Barsky, thank you both.

HALDERMAN: Thank you.

PAUL: Thank you, gentlemen.

Listen to these words, "Don't ram him, just shoot him." Those orders coming from a sheriff to his deputies when pulling over an unarmed suspect. The details of what happened next coming up.

BLACKWELL: Plus, they were buried in potted plants. We'll have more on the Toronto serial killer's modus operandi and how police are unearthing the victims' remains.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) BLACKWELL: All right, the president now weighing in after the resignation from Rob Porter and now David Sorensen, the second White House official, as it relates to domestic abuse allegations. The president here has tweeted, "People's lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused -- life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as due process?"

PAUL: And the argument could be made that due process was made in regards to Rob Porter. The FBI talked to both of the ex-wives, one of the ex-wives Jennifer Willoughby, had filed a criminal complaint with police. The FBI told the White House these were credible sources, that there was credible information that this had happened. The White House chose to keep Rob Porter on board.

BLACKWELL: That's the point is this is the process.

PAUL: This is the process, this is due process. And the fact that is, again in this tweet this morning, no mention of the women.

BLACKWELL: No mention of the women.

PAUL: You want to talk about somebody's life who is ruined, you can talk to a lot of women who are strong enough and open enough to talk about it, like Jennifer Willoughby did.

BLACKWELL: Right now this is the pattern, obviously of the alleged assaulters and abusers that the White House has defended most recently with Rob Porter, Roy Moore in Alabama and those allegations of child molestation, allegations against Steve Bannon of domestic violence. And of course the allegations of Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News of sexual improprieties and advances.

And of course the largest picture in the center is the president himself who has been accused of sexual advances, unwanted advances to more than a dozen women. Again, this is the response from the president weighing in now, saying is there no such thing any longer as due process? No mention of the alleged victims, the women in these allegations of domestic abuse.

PAUL: And of course coming right after speech writer David Sorensen left in the last 12 hours because of similar allegations.

We'll keep on this of course, but we want to talk about something you might not have heard about yet. Toronto police have discovered the remains of six men buried around various home owners yards and it's all linked to a suspected serial killer.

BLACKWELL: Police believe that Bruce McArthur, a landscaper, buried his victims' remains in multiple clients' potted plants. CNN's Polo Sandoval has the story for us.


POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This weekend, Toronto police are digging for answers at a home once landscaped by a suspected serial killer. It was here that investigators say that Bruce McArthur used large planters to store his murdered victims, all of them, men. Among them, Andrew Kinsman missing since June. Investigators confirms Kinsman was among six sets of remains found in planters this week. The rest are still unidentified. Though police won't elaborate, they say homicide detectives had sufficient evidence to charge McArthur with the murders of Kinsman and four other missing men.

SGT. HANK IDSINGA, TORONTO POLICE: There is an extensive digital investigation going on. We're going through computers. We're going to through cell phones. We're going through online applications.

SANDOVAL: There could be more victims yet to be discovered. Additional potentially crime scenes have been identified, and the soil at the primary location is slowly thawing, allowing forensic teams a chance to dig. As one retired Toronto homicide detective puts it, the work is just getting started for investigators.

DAVID PERRY, FORMER HOMICIDE DETECTIVE: Once they've got evidence that clearly he was responsible for at least number of the murders, that's the beginning of the investigation, and now you have a case that involves at least 30 potential crime scenes that involves missing persons' cases that could go back decade.

SANDOVAL: It's an unprecedented case for the Toronto police says David Perry, one that has left a community and a city shaken to its core.

PERRY: There's a community that's been harmed significantly by what's happen, and it happens to be a gate community in particular. And we all need to throw our support behind that entire community, behind the entire city who this has impacted.


PAUL: So Polo Sandoval joining us now. Polo, what have you learned about what police know about the suspected killer?

SANDOVAL: Christi, we know that he was a 66-year-old landscaper there in Toronto. He had access to the property where these planters were found or these human remains found. In exchange for storing some of his property there he would be able to take care of the grounds there. That's why police fear there could be potentially more victims out there. They want anybody who has had their lawn serviced by their suspect to call in in fearing that they could have a potentially crime scene in their backyard.

And lastly, what we know about what all of his alleged victims have in common, police saying that McArthur had, quote, some sort relationship with these men in some cases that was sexual, and that's why investigators are now turning so some of these dating apps, hoping to find some more clues, trying to identify more of these potential victims.

PAUL: Polo Sandoval, appreciate it, thank you.

The Las Vegas gunman who carried out the deadliest shooting in modern history had antianxiety drugs in his system.

BLACKWELL: Stephen Paddock's autopsy also showed that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after he started shooting on a crowd of thousands during this country music concert last year. And 58 people were killed, almost 500 people were injured. Police found Paddock dead in his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino. Authorities have not released a motive for the massacre, but Paddock was known as a gambler who visited Las Vegas casinos frequently.

PAUL: A Tennessee sheriff is caught on tape ordering deputies to, quote, take out a suspect they were chasing. They were chasing him because of a suspended license. And when deputies tried to ram Michael Dial's truck off the road with their police cars, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe ordered for the suspect to be taken out by any means necessary.

BLACKWELL: Dial was shot in the head, killed by a deputy. When the sheriff arrived there on the scene his conversation was picked up by a body camera. Listen to it.


ODDIE SHOUPE, WHITE COUNTY, TENNESSEE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: I told him, I said, take him out. I don't give a -- Don't ram him, shoot him. You don't tear my cars up. I got two cars tore up again.


BLACKWELL: The suspect, Michael Dial, was unarmed at the time of his death. His wife is suing the Sheriff's department after the release of that recording.

Well, we are two days now into the Winter Olympic games. You're going to hear from the first African-American hockey player to ever take the ice for team USA. We'll tell you how this is affecting him. He is pretty chill about it. But his friends and family are really excited. Look.


SHANNON SULLIVAN, JORDAN GREENWAY'S MOTHER: I can't believe that this is my son going to the Olympics and breaking the color barrier. He's making history, and I'm so proud of him.


BLACKWELL: For the first time in decades, Boston University has sent a men's hockey player to the Winter Olympics. Now even before he starts competing Jordan Greenway, that player, is already making history.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Greenway trying to get him started in the right way. Back hander. Gets his own rebound and he scores! Just like that. BLACKWELL: Pro hockey scouts say Boston University junior Jordan

Greenway is good enough to play in the NHL. He's six-foot-five, 230 pounds, strong, fast, and smart. But regardless of a professional sport's future, he's already making history. Twenty years old, he has some big skates to fill. The last BU terriers on team USA played in 1980 and pulled off the storied miracle on ice victory over the then Soviet Union. It's also the last time the U.S. men's hockey team won gold.

JORDAN GREENWAY, TEAM USA HOCKEY PLAYER: I just hope I can go over there with the guys and build on their legacy.

BLACKWELL: And as the only African-American player on this year's U.S. men's hockey team, Jordan is building a legacy of his own. His two biggest fans could not be prouder, BU head coach David Quinn and his mom, Shannon Sullivan.

What do you see and what do you feel when you see him on the ice?

SHANNON SULLIVAN, JORDAN GREENWAY'S MOTHER: It's something that I never dreamed for him growing up and coming from a small town where we are.

BLACKWELL: Jordan has come a long way from Canton, New York.

GREENWAY: I put on skates at a young age, probably two or three years old. Lot of family members played hockey. My uncles, my cousins, they all played. There was a rink every two miles, so I was kind of next in line, and I continued to play.

BLACKWELL: He continued through youth leagues and prep school in Minnesota, he even won gold twice at the world championships.

GREENWAY: Every time you come out with a win and you hear your national anthem and you see your flag going up, that's a pretty cool experience, you know, one that doesn't get old.

BLACKWELL: Win or lose in Pyeongchang, Jordan is singlehandedly changing the face of hockey. More than being the only African- American hockey player on this year's U.S. team, he's breaking a nearly century old color barrier as the first African-American to represent U.S. Hockey at the Olympics ever.

GREENWAY: To be honest, I didn't know I was breaking that color barrier. I didn't find out for a while. I think it's great.

SULLIVAN: I can't believe this is my son that is, one, going to the Olympics and breaking the color barrier. He's making history. I'm so proud of him.

GREENWAY: I'm the first African-American to be able to play hockey for the United States at the Olympics. But hopefully I'm the first of many. Hopefully these kids go out and try something different.

BLACKWELL: But that's a responsibility, will he live up to him? DAVID QUINN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY HEAD HOCKEY COACH: I think Jordan's

personality and his likability and his smile and he's six-foot-five, and he's got Hollywood good looks he's a heck of a hockey player, you add all that up, someone of his stature, not only going to be a great hockey player, but just a casual sports fan, will be interested to listen to what he has to say. And I think the significance of that will be impactful to the sport of the hockey for a long time.

BLACKWELL: Is there any additional pressure with being the first?

GREENWAY: I don't think so. I think just going to the Olympics you're representing a pretty big, you know, you're representing the whole the United States. And for me, I know that I'm going to go over there and continue to work hard, put in all the efforts that I have to get me this far, and I think that's really all anyone can ask.


BLACKWELL: All right, next Wednesday is the day that Jordan and the men's hockey team take the ice. And of course you can until then go to for more on Jordan's story.

PAUL: Meanwhile, the Korean women's hockey team laced up their skates and hit the ice this morning. Coy Wire is in Pyeongchang. All right, Coy, how was it?

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Christi. Powerful story, Victor, I have to say that. Listen, the power of sport, it has the ability to bring people together from different socioeconomic statuses, belief systems. And we're going to show you it did exactly that here in Pyeongchang at the Olympic Games. That's coming up in just a bit.


PAUL: Opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Olympics, it was a show of unity, and it continued on the ice.

BLACKWELL: Coy Wire is in South Korea with more on the unified Korean women's hockey team. Coy?

WIRE: Good morning, Victor, Christi, good morning to you. It was an historic moment at the opening ceremony, right. The athletes from North and South Korea marched side by side carrying the Korean unification flag. Then another impactful moment not long ago at these so called peace games. The United Korean women's hockey team taking the ice, athletes from both countries on the same team.

And despite their defeat to Switzerland, perhaps a small victory in working towards better relations between the two nations. One player on the Korean team, Marissa Brandt, actually grew up in America with her parents Robin and Greg who adopted when she was just four months old. And if becoming an Olympian weren't magical enough, she's experiencing all of this with her sister, Hannah, who is also here competing for the U.S. hockey team. Marissa, though, she's reconnecting with her roots. Listen. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MARISSA BRANDT, TEAM KOREA HOCKEY PLAYER: Growing up, I really shied away from it. I didn't really want to embrace being Korean. I just wanted to fit in and look like my sister and not be different in any way. So for me this experience has been just really eye-opening and important for me to be able to embrace my heritage. Now I can say I'm very proud to be Korean.


WIRE: And allow us to introduce the positive vibing, Maame Biney, always-smiling. She's 18-year-old. She loves chemistry. She'll graduate high school after the Olympics. She doesn't even have her driver's license yet. Here in Pyeongchang she and teammate Erin Jackson have become the First female African-American speed skaters in Olympic history. Maame has this positive attitude that is absolutely infectious. Listen.


MAAME BINEY, TEAM USA SPEED SKATER: I love having people smile and laugh because if you're smiling and laughing then that means you're happy, and being happy especially in this world with everything that's going on, I think it's the best present you can ever give to anyone every single day.