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Aired June 9, 2018 - 19:00   ET



[19:00:27] ANA CABRERA, CNN HOST: You are in the CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Ana Cabrera in New York. So glad to have you with me on this weekend.

President Trump on his way right now to the place where he may become part of the most powerful diplomatic moment in recent American history. The plan is still a go for him to meet face to face with the leader of North Korea on Tuesday in Singapore. The President earlier boarding air force one in Canada where he cut short his participation at the G7 summit. How will he go into this meeting with the North Korean leader, and how will he, the self-described great negotiator know he's not being played? The President telling reporters he'll know almost instantly.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I think within the first minute, I will know.


TRUMP: Just my touch, my feel. That's what I do. How long will it take to figure out whether or not they are serious? I said maybe in the first minute. You know, the way they say that you know if you are going to like somebody in the first five seconds. You ever hear that one? Well, I think that very quickly I will know whether or not something good is going to happen.


CABRERA: This is just in. A few minutes ago the vice President, Mike Pence, speaking at an event in Washington says his boss has zero reservations about meeting the North Korean leader.


MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Now comes a historic summit between the President of the United States and chairman Kim of North Korea. As President Trump said this week, he approaches this summit with confidence. The truth is he has been preparing for this his whole life. The President truly believes that Kim Jong-un, in the President's words, wants to do something great for his people. But as the President often says, we will see what happens. (END VIDEO CLIP)

CABRERA: With us now live our CNN senior diplomatic correspondent Michelle Kosinski and in Singapore senior international correspondent Ivan Watson.

Ivan, in just a few hours, President Trump arrives in Singapore. If this plan holds, this historic meeting will happen between him and Kim Jong-un on Tuesday. Does anybody involved expect real tangible results, or is this meeting alone enough of a major moment?

IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's certainly a major moment because it would be the first ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a U.S. President. So that's already quite a big milestone.

As far as expectations go, well, for more than a week now President Trump's been kind of downplaying expectations, really since he met with a top North Korean official, Kim Yong-Chol, who had met with secretary of state Mike Pompeo in New York and then traveled down to Washington and hand-delivered a letter from Kim Jong-un to President Trump at the White House. And they spoke for some time then.

And since then, the Trump administration has not been talking about immediately getting a deal for North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons or, as the Trump administration has put it, complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization. Instead President Trump has started talking about a process. And in Canada before getting on his flight to come here to Singapore, he again repeated that, you know, at a minimum it would be a relationship. He would start a dialogue between the two leaders. Of course he would like much more.

But we are no longer talking about a first historic meeting of the U.S. President and a North Korean leader and hammering out a deal for North Korea to give up the nuclear weapons that it has spent decades and millions of dollars trying to develop. Instead, it does appear they are trying to lower expectations. Could something else like perhaps finally peace on the Korean peninsula between North and South, something that has not been in place since the Korean war -- could that perhaps be on the table or, as Mike Pompeo has suggested, could there simply be a statement between the two leaders, a bilateral statement which would then lead to more discussions between top officials down the road -- Ana.

CABRERA: Which sounds like that could be the more likely scenario.

Michelle, President Trump cut short his visit at the G7 summit in Canada to take off for Singapore. The other world leaders there have some mixed reviews of the message Trump brought to Quebec.

MICHELLE KOSINSKI, CNN SENIOR DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT: Yes. In his presser today, President Trump tried to make it sound like there was progress. That everybody understands. He sent out tweets afterwards saying, you know, he just made it seem like everybody's on the same page and things are great. Went real well. I think he called at one point the summit a tremendous success. So now that we are starting to hear in press conferences from the

other world leaders that were there, not so much. I mean they are pushing back on his goals of this, you know, tariff back and forth. It's just not going to work. They're pushing back on his goal of having Russia rejoin so that it's the G8. Here's some of what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just said. Listen.


[19:05:28] JUSTIN TRUDEAU, CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER: It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1st, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us. I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians, we are polite, we are reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.


KOSINSKI: Remember, French President Emanuel Macron called Trump's tariffs illegal at one point. He's especially been pushing back hard on what has happened and what this has come to. So today you hear President Trump talking about wanting not tariffs at all but wants completely free trade ultimately with tariffs lifted. I'm sure there are many that would agree wouldn't that be great if we do reach that goal.

But the President seems to feel like if he uses this tactic of threats and tariffs and bullying in the view of many, that he will end up getting what he really wants. And he might have some success with this plan. However, the argument against it is, is this really necessary to have -- to put the footing of these relationships with the U.S.'s closest allies on this tense plane when you might get the same result through dialogue or otherwise. And also a plan like this that is -- you know, he's already applied tariffs, continued with the threats. Could that just bite him in the end where if you are going to get less cooperation, less respect, and less influence on other issues that you need help on, especially when it comes to putting pressure on other countries where you really do need a coordinated effort, Ana.

CABRERA: Well, it sounds like the President wants to apply more pressure, Michelle, because as you were speaking, the President just tweeted this.

Quote "based on Justin, referring to Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, based on his fault statements at his news conference and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers, and companies, I have instructed our U.S. reps not to endorse the communique as we look at tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. market."

So the result of this summit, we were all waiting to see what was going to come. Were they going to sign this communique, a statement that has all hands on deck approach? And it sounds like the President is now saying, U.S. isn't in it, Michelle?

KOSINSKI: This is amazing to me because he was so big on maintaining, even if it was the semblance of good relationships. At his press conference, he was asked by a CNN reporter about, you know, isn't there some tension there and other leaders are angry or frustrated, especially by the tariffs. I mean he couldn't handle that question. He started attacking the press, attacking CNN specifically, saying that the relationships were a perfect ten, that everything was great and, you know, calling these world leaders by their first names.

So it seemed like he so wanted there to be some kind of unity, and then we had word that he was going to sign this communique, that the U.S. would be a part of it. But now that he's heard what was said in the statements, in the press conferences and the tweets afterwards, he doesn't like it. He's angry again at the tone that this has taken, and now he's not going to sign the communique.

So now it turns out it is as these other leaders predicted. Remember Emanuel Macron had this twitter back and forth that if the President is willing to be isolated, then we are fine with having this be the G6 plus one and having our own communique. And after all this bluster and all these statements, that seems to be what it's turned out to be.

CABRERA: All right, Michelle Kosinski, Ivan Watson, I guess the relationship is no longer a ten between Trump and those allies. I appreciate you guys.

Let's discuss more now. CNN global affairs analyst Kimberly Dozier, Ron Brownstein.

First, Ron, to you. Your reaction to this new tweet from President Trump.

RON BROWNSTEIN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: These are unprecedented moments. I mean, I was thinking back even at the height of the tension with many of the allies in the Iraq war with George W. Bush, I don't think we have ever reach a point such isolation for the U.S. and such a rupture with our traditional allies.

And I think it is reflective of the way the President approaches global affairs and that he does not believe that there is a value in the U.S. being the leader of an international rules-based order. He views each interaction essentially as a zero-sum game and kind of on a blank piece of paper where he's as willing to give comfort to traditional adversaries as he is willing to, you know, kind of conflict with traditional allies -- every U.S. President from Franklin Roosevelt through Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats alike, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan as much as Harry Truman and John Kennedy, believed it was in our own self-interest to organize the leading democracies of the world in a rules-based international order, and the President simply is in the process of tearing that down.

[19:10:47] CABRERA: Kimberly, let me read another tweet from the President. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings, only to give a news conference after I left saying that quote "U.S. tariffs were kind of insulting and he will not be pushed around. Very dishonest and weak. Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 percent on dairy." Sounds like he's back to personal insults.

KIMBERLY DOZIER, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS ANALYST: Well, think about this. From the point of view of his base, this is music to their ears. He is standing up to the Europeans. He is standing up to the Canadians and doing it in a very public way about a subject that is so complex that frankly most voters don't get down into those details. So this can now be resolved in the coming weeks and months behind closed doors and might not work out so well for the U.S. but this is what's got the headline just like the way he shamed NATO leaders at his first NATO summit meeting, with them standing right next to him.

He is doing this sort of theatrical throwing everything out that was the old way of doing things and throwing a bit of a tantrum and then leaving it up to them to come back to see how much they will offer him to back down from this maximalist position.

BROWNSTEIN: Can I just add two thoughts there? I mean, one, we have seen the pattern repeatedly starting with the Transpacific Partnership Trade agreement to the Paris climate agreement to the Iran agreement where the President says, you know, I want to throw out what we have, but I'm going to negotiate something better.

How is that going on all those fronts? How is the U.S./Japan bilateral trade agreement to replace the TPP going? In fact, when you isolate yourself from all the nations in the world, it turns out they are not necessarily willing -- your additional allies are not necessarily willing to do back flips to accommodate your demands as we are seeing again on NAFTA, with the potential of, you know, what -- that ultimately foundering as well.

So I think there is a kind of, you know, an unreality at some level of saying, well, yes, we are now in this escalating trade conflict with, you know, with all of these traditional allies. But we are going to supersede this and leap over into some grand new bargain that's going to be, you know, vastly superior as he has argued in Iran, as he argued on TPP, as he argued on Paris. None of that is happening, and I would think we have pretty limited prospects for this as well.

CABRERA: Kim, you mentioned this is red meat for his base, these new tweets. And yet he made a real point to talk up his relationship with all of the allies when he was making his remarks at his presser just today. He talked about the relationship being on a ten. Afterwards he was tweeting about how everybody understood where he was coming from. What do you think changed in the last few hours?

DOZIER: Absolutely. I don't think he realizes what he is doing is encouraging both European countries and Canada to cooperate in a new way against him. And I don't think he saw some of this coming. It's going to get more uncomfortable from some European officials I have spoken to. They said, look, we're not always great at working together. But in the face of his insults, especially with our people watching, we have to make a stand and stand up to this bully.

So think down the line when the United States has to ask for something really tough, for instance assistance in counterterrorism, assistance in perhaps providing more troops for Africa where the U.S. wants to draw down its troop presence. I think they're going to find some no's coming this summer at the summit in Brussels with NATO.

BROWNSTEIN: And, Ana, in terms of the politics and the base, you know, I think it's more complicated. This pushes directly at the most important fault line in American politics under Trump. I mean, what we have seen in general under Trump is an acceleration of kind of what I have called the class inversion where Republicans are stronger and stronger with blue collar white voters, but Trump is underperforming any Republican President ever among college-educated white collar white voters. And that is exactly the fault line on which American public opinion divides over our relationships with our allies.

I agree there's a big part of that blue collar, non-urban, evangelical base that thrills to this kind of confrontation. But historically white collar Republicans have been much more open to the idea that we can advance -- that we magnify our power by working in concert with allies.

And I do think in the same way there are a lot of Republican elected officials who get heartburn at the idea of the President isolating us from traditional allies and calling for Putin, for example, to be reinstated to the G7, this does push at what is already happening, which is the decline -- the challenge with Republicans are facing with those white collar voters which we are going to see play out in many of these white collar suburban seats in the House this fall which are the best opportunity for Democrats to regain a majority.

[19:15:49] CABRERA: Ron and Kim, please stay with me. I want to talk to you back on the other side. We will have much more on the President's war of words with the Canadian prime minister and more breaking news out of the sports world. A horse named justify was just crowned the Triple Crown winner. We will be live from the Belmont stakes in moments.



[19:20:12] TRUMP: The relationship that I've had with the people, the leaders of these countries, has been -- I would really rate it on a scale of zero to ten, I would rate it a ten. That doesn't mean I agree with what they are doing, and they know very well that I don't.


CABRERA: So that was the President just before he got on air force one to go to Singapore. And before he gets off that plane, this is him now. This is his latest tweet.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that U.S. tariffs were kind of insulting and he will not be pushed around. Very dishonest and weak.

Let me bring back our panel, Ron Brownstein, Kimberly Dozier, and Michelle Kosinski.

Ron, is this just Trump being upset because he can't take criticism?

BROWNSTEIN: Well, I think there are several things that run through my mind when you see his tweet. The first is that it is a broader pattern of the Trump presidency that he always needs a conflict with an -- I mean these twitter wars kind of fall on each other one after the other. And sometimes, you know, most often the targets are domestic, and sometimes they are international. But they are always there. There's always something, someone with whom he is engaged in a feud. It is part of the way he defines himself to his base. As we talked about before, as someone who is willing to kind of break the crockery in order to defend their interests and also frankly he tries to lead the media by the nose and kind of force us each time to follow whatever feud he has cooked up for the week.

But I also do agree that, you know, especially with the Republicans in Congress having moved from a posture of more independence at the outset of his presidency toward one of essentially circling the wagons and defending him and refusing to challenge him, he doesn't get effectively challenged that often in the American political system at this point, except occasionally by a judge, who he usually then attacks on twitter as well.

So this is an unusual circumstance for him to have these international leaders standing up to him in this way. And I think you are seeing the reaction that you get.

CABRERA: Again, Michelle, this other tweet where he talks about now not being part of this communique. He says based on Justin's false statements at his news conference and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. reps not to endorse the communique as we look at tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. market.

So help me understand what that means if the U.S. doesn't sign this communique.

KOSINSKI: Well, it doesn't really have a lot of bearing. It's just the U.S., again, isolated from its allies in this way. I mean Trump feels that this is completely justified. But he is really fulfilling the prophecy of Emanuel Macron who said a day ago that, well, he might not mind being isolated, but so don't we mind together signing our own communique on things that we agree upon.

Because, remember, from the beginning European leaders knew and people within the White House acknowledged that Trump didn't want to go to the G7. He knew that he would feel like the odd man out. He knew he was in for more difficult conversations, which were only continuing on from the very difficult conversations he has been having with the U.S.'s closest allies over the last several weeks, over Iran, and over trade and tariffs, over sanctions.

So he didn't want to be there. He cut his trip way short. He conspicuously wasn't going to attend these climate events. And remember, we're talking sort of the most dramatic elements of this trade. But one of the key components of the G7 agenda this year was climate change.

So there was always going to be this question of whether Trump would sign on. But what ends up breaking it for him? It was a few things that the Canadian prime minister said after the whole thing had -- you know, after Trump was gone and the thing was over that Trump didn't like and rubbed him the wrong way.

And by the way, earlier in the day when Trump was insisting and becoming angry with the press, you know, insisting that these relationships with the U.S.'s allies were good and a perfect ten and everything's fine, and you are fake news, what you are saying about these relationships is fake news, and there's not tension there. Well, now the drama is back, and that news doesn't quite seem so fake anymore.

CABRERA: I mean that's just it, Kimberly. He went into this summit insulting Macron and Trudeau on twitter, and then he today, in his own speech, accuses our allies of robbing the U.S. Trudeau says Canada will not be pushed around, and this is the response from Trump?

[19:25:00] DOZIER: Well, the other thing that he did, of course, was say that Russia needed to be there. Russia was expelled from the G8 for invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea. He seemed to have completely forgotten that his own intelligence community blamed Russia for the recent attack on the former Russian spy in Britain. And there he is telling the head of Britain, I think that Russia should be here.

So he is getting a dose of reality from these leaders on a number of different fronts and then expressing it publicly. I think he is not -- as Ron was saying, he is just not used to having people stand up to him. He is not used to things getting uncomfortable. Yes, that is part of negotiations, but I think he thinks that part of negotiations stays behind closed doors when it's uncomfortable for him.

CABRERA: Kim, what kind of message do you think this sends going into the summit with Kim Jong-un?

DOZIER: It sends a message that he has got a thin skin, and it's easy to rattle him. But I think from the Korean -- the North Korean point of view, this is going to be a carefully choreographed, made for photos event. You are not going to see any sort of disagreement publicly. We are going to hear about the disagreements later.

CABRERA: All of you stick around. We have more to discuss after a quick break.


[19:31:00] CABRERA: President Trump on the attack on Twitter. Specifically going after Canada and its prime minister, Justin Trudeau, after leaving the summit, the G7 summit with the allies in which he said the relationship was at a ten. Now saying, not so fast. In fact, he is not even going to sign the communique that he had initially agreed to be a part of, a deal among the G7 allies.

Let's take a look at some of the pictures that may also help tell the story of exactly what kind of relationship the U.S. President has with the other members of the G7.

Here's a picture taken by the U.S. This was tweeted out by a White House aide Dan Scavino. You can see Trump seated, all the world leaders gathered around him. Well, here's how Germany framed the exact say moment. This was tweeted by Chancellor Angela Merkel's press secretary. And in this one you can see Merkel leaning across the table. Here's how Canada spun it. Again, the same moment, different angle. Different country. In this one, it is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not Trump, who looks like he is overseeing discussions.

Let's bring back our panel. I want to get your take, Ron Brownstein, on what you see when you look at those pictures.

BROWNSTEIN: I'm going with Merkel. I think that is the more accurate reflection of kind of where we are in the world right now where, you know, there was a report this week that Germany -- the German government for the first time feels that it has to develop a kind of a strategy for dealing with a fundamentally hostile U.S.

You know, one thing that happened around the edges of this was the President celebrating the new Italian government, which is a populist, nativist, right-wing, anti-migrant government. You have had the new German ambassador from the Trump administration talking about promoting kind of populist, nativist parties across Europe.

I mean this is an inflection point, you know. And it is likely to get worse before it gets better. I mean if you go down the list, as we said, you start with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris climate accord, the Iran agreement. NAFTA after this weekend, you know, the idea of a swift renegotiation of the North American free trade agreement seems pretty unlikely.

And you do wonder, what is the breaking point for congressional Republicans? I mean they have generally, as we have talked about over these 18 months become more deferential to the President. But one area where you are seeing more probably geysers of discontent than any other is trade because so many key constituencies in the Republican coalition are uneasy with the prospect of trade wars. Not only kind of the chamber of commerce, but also the farmer and the rural interest, you know, the absolute back stab of the firewall from Republicans in the midterm election.

So whether that gets more intense, Bob Corker is trying to overturn some of this. Mitch McConnell says, no, we don't want to challenge the President. Can they hold that line? I don't know.

CABRERA: Can it be the U.S. against the world, Michelle?

KOSINSKI: I mean how to answer that. It's a place that generally a nation would not want to be, especially when there are so many crises either in effect or looming. You need cooperation on a lot of things, and the U.S. has found this in the past. The U.S. needed a lot of cooperation to get the Iran nuclear deal. Remember?

Obama needed that. He needed a lot of cooperation to fight is, which is now becoming a success. The U.S. will need continued cooperation on that. The U.S. needed cooperation and continues to need cooperation in putting pressure on North Korea. That's another particularly difficult one. The U.S. will need cooperation in fighting the influence of China and the aggressive tendencies of Russia.

But in this case even today, we saw Trump seemingly carrying water for Vladimir Putin. So I feel like, you know, we all know Trump's strategy, to break down the old sort of structures of how things are done, to think outside the box and do things that are daring and bold and America first. And there's a possibility that he will get some successes on that. I mean maybe he is about to get the biggest success, which will be ultimately denuclearizing North Korea. We just don't know what the outcome is.

But when you look at the economy and in the near term getting into these potential trade wars with close U.S. allies and alienating them when you might well need their cooperation down the road, and to get a good deal yourself, you are likely going to need cooperation on that. That's why there's a lot of worry, and that's why you are getting pushback from Republicans and from the U.S. chamber of commerce and groups that are seriously worried that, you know, even though he is trying things out and he is talking big and he is putting threats out there that might not all come true, there is still a real risk of having it come back and bite you, maybe in ways you don't necessarily expect.

[19:35:57] CABRERA: Kimberly, quickly if you will, I just think about the U.S. credibility going into this negotiation in Singapore with the leader of North Korea. And in one day, the President says the relationships are fantastic after he had been on the attack on twitter before going to the summit. And then he is back on the attack, throwing insults out to American allies.

Does America and the President's credibility and the ability to trust he is going to do what he says he is going to do matter in this -- going into in the North Korean negotiation?

DOZIER: Well, for the North Korea negotiations to succeed, he is going to need other nations at the other end of that to help back up whatever he is able to secure. He is going to need other nations for increasing sanctions on a number of bad actors, including Iran, and what he is unfortunately encouraging in the international order is for other relationships to form between European nations, between other western nations, and also even some nations reaching out to China and even Russia as alternates to the United States. Those new relationships may well remain even when the U.S. gets friendlier.

CABRERA: Another important relationship, of course, is the relationship with our allies in the region when we're talking about the North Korea summit. How is South Korea going to take this latest move by the President as he attacks on twitter American allies? We will discuss when we come back.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) [19:41:57] CABRERA: President Trump is in the air right now, heading to Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. The two men will finally meet face to face. The President today casting the summit as a once in a lifetime opportunity for Kim. Watch.


TRUMP: He has got an opportunity the likes of which I think almost, if you look into history, very few people have ever had. He can take that nation with those great people and truly make it great. So it's a one-time -- it's a one-time shot.


CABRERA: Of course Kim will be paying attention to how President Trump just dealt with his counterparts in the G7. In person he said they had a great relationship, and then on the plane ride after he left, he just tweeted that the Canadian prime minister is dishonest and weak.

Let's go to CNN international correspondent Anna Coren live in Seoul, South Korea.

Ana, Tuesday's summit is especially critical for South Korea. How are they to interpret the President's actions today?

ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Look, Ana, I think it's fair to say that the South Koreans will have their blinkers on. The reason I say that is they don't want anything to derail the upcoming summit. So, yes, obviously they are hearing what President Trump is tweeting. They are reading it. But they will not want to engage in that. They want this summit to happen, and they don't want anything to jeopardize it, Ana.

After the inter-Korean summit, there was a poll taken here, and three- quarters of South Koreans polled found Kim Jong-un to be trustworthy. Now, this was a man who not so long ago was being described as a murderous dictator and nuclear lunatic. He had been developing his nuclear program and threatening war on the South Koreans. So this is such an incredible turnaround, and the reason being South Koreans want this to happen. They want change here on the Korean peninsula. And at the very least for there to be a peace treaty.

We have to remember, Ana, that South Korea has been at war with the North Koreans since the Korean War in 1950. At the end of that, three years, later, 1953, an armistice was signed but there was no peace treaty. So at the very least, they are hoping for this treaty to be agreed upon in Singapore.

And there is so much good will here in South Korea. Take South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Ever since he came into power just over a year ago, he has been pushing for a detente with the North Koreans. We then had the winter Olympics, which was such a -- there was such unifying spirit. And then, you know, behind the scenes, the President has been working furiously to keep preparations for the Trump/Kim summit very much on track.

Now, I should say too that there are people here in South Korea who are not convinced. They feel that this is deja vu, that we have seen this before under the Clinton administration, under the Bush administration with the six-party talks and that both times Kim -- well, I should say the North Koreans, they lied. They cheated. They were still developing their nuclear weapons program, and the talks failed. But for now, Ana, I think it's fair to say that every South Korean is hoping for there to be a very positive outcome in Singapore.

[19:45:20] CABRERA: All right, Anna Coren in Seoul for us. Thank you.

Some breaking news. A rare feat in horse racing. A horse named justify has just won the Triple Crown. We are live from the Belmont stakes in moments.



[19:49:57] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Like when is the gig going to be up? I mean, you have been saying that, maintain that lines from the beginning.

[19:50:03] ANTHONY BOURDAIN, CNN HOST, PARTS UNKNOWN: It is like, you know, I feel like I stole this car, robbed a bank or a liquor store and I keep looking in the rearview mirror waiting, you know, for the red lights. And so far, so good.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wait, how many days a year are you spending on the road?

BOURDAIN: I spend about 250 days a year on the road.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just mind blowing for everybody in the world.

BOURDAIN: Yes. Well, you know when you have the best job in the world, its hard getting off the pony.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And this is true. I mean, everybody says it, right? Bourdain has the best job.

BOURDAIN: I do have the best job in the world.


BOURDAIN: Who am I going to complain to? The boss, that's me. But you know, with that, comes other stuff. I mean you know, my first wife recognized television as an existential threat immediately. Was super hostile to the idea to going out making more television because she understood. This is bad for relationship. You will turn into, you know, a monster of self-regard. That's true also.

(END VIDEOTAPE) CABRERA: What a guy. As the world mourns the loss of Anthony Bourdain, one particular spot has become a focal point for people wanting to pay their respects.

This memorial has popped out outside the Park Avenue restaurant in New York where Bourdain started his career.

Meanwhile, across the ocean in France, CNN's Jim Bittermann met a chef grieving in his own way after realizing he may have served Bourdain one of his last meal.


JIM BITTERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Chef Julien Schroeder never met Anthony Bourdain until four days before he died. Bourdain visited Schroeder's restaurant on a side street in the (INAUDIBLE), town on Colmar. It was where Bourdain had been told he could find a nice sauerkraut, sour crop (ph), and (INAUDIBLE) specialty. Schroeder now proudly, sadly displays what he think was one of Bourdain's last postings on Instagram, a shot of the (INAUDIBLE) he served him.

JULIEN SCHROEDER, CHEF, LA PETITE VENISE (through translator): He was always very cool and very agreeable. You wouldn't have seen a problem. We had a chance to do a photo with them. There was no problem. They were very down to earth, no fuss. We were very surprised when we heard the news.

BITTERMANN: Schroeder runs the kind of place Bourdain a loved to find, a small out of the way restaurant with simple but flammable food. And while Schroeder may not have known much about Bourdain beforehand, he realized the day he came to his restaurant that he was in the presence of a culinary super star.

SCHROEDER (through translator): For example, when they were shooting their segment, there was a table with two Americans. They didn't even look at their menu. They said we are going to eat the same thing as Mr. Bourdain.

BITTERMANN: Schroeder has since found out a great deal with the American chef and how much he did to awaken tastes and encourage culinary exploration around the world. Said Schroder, he was a defender of everyone in the kitchen.

Jim Bittermann, CNN, Colmar, France.


CABRERA: There was nobody like Anthony Bourdain and there was no show like "PARTS UNKNOWN." CNN pays tribute to him with a special night of his favorite episode, starting at the top of the hour here on CNN. We will be right back.


[19:57:42] CABRERA: We have breaking news in the world of horse racing, Justify has just won the Triple Crown after finishing first at the Belmont stakes.

Let's go live to CNN's Andy Scholls joining us from the track.

Andy, this horse got out very early in front, never let go of the lead.

ANDY SCHOLLS, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Hi, Ana. It was just an incredible performance, Justify leading wire to wire etching his name into the history books at the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown. He also join Seattle's (INAUDIBLE). This is just the second horse ever to do it undefeated.

And I tell you what, the atmosphere in Belmont Park was just electric. I mean, 90,000 fans on hand all rooting on Justify. And they went nuts when he crossed the finished line. For the trainer, Bob Baffert, this is now his second Triple Crown in the past four years. He also trained "American Pharaoh" who broke the 37-year Triple Crown draught (ph) just three years ago. Baffert now just one of two trainers to win two triple crowns in their career.

And I actually spoke to Baffert yesterday. And he wanted to win this race so badly for Justify because he said he was just an incredible horse. He compared him to Lebron James. And Baffert also told me the first 25 seconds of this race, Ana, were going to be very important because they were in post one. They needed to get out clean and get in front of the other horses. And the race went, as you can see, exactly according to their plan. And Baffert of raising the 52-year- old jockey Mike Smith after the race for the jockey did. And also very happy for him that he was able to win a Triple Crown this late in his career. Triple Crown

And you know what, Ana? We might be entering the golden age of horse racing, you know. These triple crowns come in waves. We saw 4-1 in the 40's, three the 70 's and now we have two in the past four years. So who knows? We may get a couple more before the decade is over.

CABRERA: Bob Baffert, wow. He can justify a nice cold beer after that race today.

SCHOLLS: Absolutely.

CABRERA: Andy Scholls, thank you for joining me, sir. Good to see you as always.

And that's going to do it for me tonight.

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