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[14:00:12] FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. Thanks so much for joining us for a special split edition of the CNN NEWSROOM this Sunday. I'm Fredricka Whitfield in Atlanta and John Berman is in Singapore for our coverage of President Trump's historic summit with Kim Jong-un -- John.
JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Thanks so much. We do start with breaking news. At this moment President Trump and Kim Jong-un both here in Singapore less than half a mile apart in their respective hotels preparing for their highly anticipated sit-down. But this comes as the White House is in the middle of a huge international shoving match with its closest allies.
The president's advisers hitting hard this morning, using extremely combative language about Canada. The president backed out of signing the joint G7 statement and personally slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just hours after insisting all of his relationships were a 10 out of 10.
White House's advisers blamed what they called Trudeau's betrayal right before the president's high stakes meetings here with North Korea in Singapore. And the president's advisers warned that the U.S. cannot appear weak to Kim Jong-un.
There is a lot going on. Standing by, CNN senior White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny, chief National Security correspondent Jim Sciutto and CNN correspondent Paula Newton.
Want to go straight away to Jeff Zeleny covering the president.
Jeff, a remarkable journey from Canada to Singapore.
JEFF ZELENY, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: John, good day. No question. President Trump clearly trying to put the G7 and Canada behind him as he gets into a new frame of mind, if you will. Flying here overnight to Singapore, he is currently getting a little bit of down time, but boy, what a remarkable turn of events. Really old U.S. allies, longstanding U.S. allies, the president essentially thumbing his nose at them as he tries to get ready to make friends, make a new relationship with Kim Jong-un, of course, one of the biggest enemies of the United States.
Such a striking moment here. As you said, the two leaders staying only about a half mile apart here in Singapore. Their historic summit is about 36 hours or so away. But the frame -- the mindset of the administration was made clear by the president's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow. He said this about the president at the G7.
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LARRY KUDLOW, TRUMP'S CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER: POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around, push him, POTUS, around, President Trump, on the eve of this. He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: So this was about North Korea?
KUDLOW: Of course it was in large part.
TRUMP: So because Trudeau said that as Trump was going to Singapore --
KUDLOW: One thing leads to another, Jake.
TAPPER: I see. OK.
KUDLOW: They are all related. Kim must not see American weakness.
TAPPER: I see.
PETER NAVARRO, TRUMP'S TRADE ADVISER: Chris, there is a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ZELENY: So certainly some strong language there. They're talking about the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, of course a longstanding, loyal U.S. ally. So that is the mindset of the White House, of the president as he enters this historic summit here with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
But, John, other White House officials are not linking the behaviors quite as much. We know the president clearly angry at Canada over tariffs and other matters. But as he was flying here, that long flight, stopping for just an hour or so to refuel in Greece, he was briefed by his advisers, trying to get in the frame of mind, and indeed preparing, something he said he wouldn't necessarily do for that meeting with Kim Jong-un that happens in about a day or so.
But he'll be waking up here on Monday. He'll be meeting with the Singapore leader but will be spending most of his time privately, making preparations for his meeting with Kim Jong-un.
John, the question here is this. The president said it's the start of a relationship, a new relationship, but what concessions will the U.S. make, if any, in that meeting? Of course, if it's simply a photo op, certainly a fascinating day to come here -- John.
BERMAN: Indeed. Reaching out to North Korea. Pushing away Canada. All at the same time.
Jeff Zeleny just down the street from where I am in Singapore.
So the language you heard, the betrayal, a stab in the back, a special place in hell. Listen to more of what the president's economic adviser Larry Kudlow had to say about the Canadian prime minister's comments after the G7.
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KUDLOW: It's a betrayal, OK? Essentially double crossing. Not just double crossing President Trump, but the other members of the G7 who were working together and pulling together this communique.
[14:05:04] You know, you never get everything you want. There are compromises along the way. President Trump played that process in good faith.
So I ask you, he gets up in the airplane and leaves and then Trudeau starts blasting him in a domestic news conference? I'm sorry. It is a betrayal. That is a double cross.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BERMAN: All right. I'm joined now by CNN chief national correspondent Jim Sciutto.
Jim, I have to say the language that we heard just a few hours ago by Larry Kudlow, also Peter Navarro, it's remarkable. Stab in the back.
JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Yes.
BERMAN: A special place in hell. That's the type of language you hear from presidential advisers, diplomats, on the eve of serious conflict with enemies.
SCIUTTO: Yes. Well, it's difficult to understand what it's based on. Look back at what the Canadian prime minister said in that press conference. He referenced specifically the fact that Trump is using what's called a national security exemption. He's basically accusing Canada and other U.S. allies of being a national security threat to the U.S. to justify these tariffs under the rules of the WTO, which is a treaty that the U.S. helped create, right, and, you know, has a lot of leadership in.
The only way to impose tariffs under that is to call one of your trading partners a national security threat. And you saw the Canadian prime minister there saying, in his press conference, and his exact language was, it's kind of insulting, to say, here we are, Canada. We fought along the U.S. -- alongside the U.S. in World War II, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in the Vietnam War, the Korean War. Relevant, of course. We lost our own soldiers and young men and women.
It's kind of insulting to be called a national security threat, which is not a, you know, crazy thing for a Canadian prime minister to say as the American president and the U.S. allies imposing these sanctions, which is going to be costly to Canadian citizens that he represents.
BERMAN: It was remarkable to hear the linkage. Larry Kudlow linked what the president is saying and doing vis-a-vis Canada to what's going on here, their prospective meeting with Kim Jong-un. He said the president cannot appear weak before meeting with Kim Jong-un.
SCIUTTO: Well, it's somewhat of an odd argument. I mean, this is a very Trump thing, right? I mean, it's always all about showing strength with friends, allies, with colleagues, with the press, you name it. He wants to show strength. Really, it seems whatever the consequences. But it's a strange argument to make that you show strength with an adversary here, a nuclear-armed North Korea, by having division with your closest allies.
I mean, you could make a very reasonable argument that you want to show unity with your allies. The West united against a nuclear-armed North Korea before you go into sensitive negotiations with North Korea. But remember, you know, that's been flipped on its head because we are in Trump's world now, and in Trump's world, a win is a win if it shows him to be individually strong in his view regardless of who the person on the receiving end of this, right? Whether it's a North Korean leader or America's neighbor and ally, Canada.
BERMAN: It's a remarkable scene, what will happen here over the next few days. You can almost say with friends like these, he needs enemies.
BERMAN: He needs this summit with Kim Jong-un to work out after what happened in the G7.
Jim Sciutto, we have a lot more to discuss over the coming hours and days. I'm so glad you're here.
Fred, I want to go back to you for more on what really has been a remarkable 24 hours.
WHITFIELD: Right. And it's provoking so many questions at the heart, you know. Is Trump sending a message to Kim ahead of this meeting, or is it direct messaging to one of our closest neighbors -- our closest neighbor, Canada and Trudeau?
All right. So how is all of this going over in Canada? I want to bring in CNN's Paula Newton in Ottawa.
So, Paula, what reaction are we hearing following Larry Kudlow's comments?
PAULA NEWTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, just incredible times. I can tell you with Trudeau's officials following this minute by minute, they are reeling and quite shocked on so many levels because every hour has seemed to be a new episode, a new page in the saga.
I have to tell you, Fred, the natural reflect of Trudeau and the people around him is to de-escalate. Deescalate whenever you can. That's what they tried to do at that G7 summit, so they thought they had it at hand. Then to hear these comments and the reason they're kind of confused is that they asked Larry Kudlow last night, look, what happened on Air Force One? Larry Kudlow apparently found out, and how, that the president was absolutely fuming.
Now to that end, our Foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, spoke a little while ago about the comments not just from Larry Kudlow but from Peter Navarro. Take a listen.
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CHRYSTIA FREELAND, CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or a useful way to conduct our relations with other countries.
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NEWTON: OK. Trying to stay diplomatic there, I'm not sure it's going to work. I mean, some of the language there, as we were just talking about, a special place in hell, taking shots at our president.
[14:10:08] Really heavy stuff there. And the issue here from the Canadian perspective is saying, look, in that press conference, the prime minister didn't say anything that he hadn't said in both public and private to the president, for which I remind everyone exactly what the prime minister said that so angered the president.
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JUSTIN TRUDEAU, CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER: 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're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
NEWTON: And there it is, the insult, the pushback, which so apparently offended, insulted apparently the president. He was absolutely fuming aboard Air Force One, and the news went out to his advisers as far as the Canadians understand it that, look, I want to make it known exactly how angry I am with Canada, and again that linkage to the summit that's going on in Singapore and the fact that he just expected more from his so-called friends.
But the issue here, Fred, is where this go from here. One thing both sides agree on, both Canada and the United States is that they had progress, Fred. They had -- were coming to terms with NAFTA or some type of an outline of even a bilateral agreement. They were going to agree to talk about it in the coming days. Not sure where any of this stands right now, Fred. I mean, I'm
supposed -- I'm surprised you can't feel the cold air emanating through the camera from here at this point.
WHITFIELD: I don't know, I'm feeling it. It's a little chilly.
NEWTON: There is an incredible chill here on these relations and those relations going to dark unprecedented places, Fred.
WHITFIELD: And it's perplexing, too, because it sounds as though Trudeau was using similar language that we've heard from the president as it pertains to not being pushed around, but somehow, and we'll learn more, how this did ruffle feathers.
All right. Paula Newton, thank you so much.
So President Trump on the eve of that historic meeting with North Korean president Kim Jong-un. Both leaders now less than a mile away, in fact a half mile as we heard our John describe it, within each other's scope there in Singapore. They're staying a half mile away from each other in Singapore. How they are preparing for this high stakes summit being watched around the world, next.
[14:16:28] BERMAN: All right. Welcome back. I'm John Berman in Singapore.
President Trump is on the ground here as is Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea. They both touched down just a few hours ago and they are presumably asleep right now, less than half a mile away from each other in separate hotels.
After all the ups and downs, the diplomatic drama, this historic sit- down is finally just one day away.
Let's check in with our senior international correspondent Ivan Watson also here in Singapore.
Ivan, what have we seen so far today from these two leaders?
IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the North Korean leader, he arrived in the afternoon on Sunday here in Singapore on a borrowed plane from China, an Air China flight, and there were onlookers in the city snapping photos as his motorcade snaked through the city. We saw his security guards jogging alongside his limo, which was a scene we've seen before as he went to meet with the Singaporean prime minister.
Singapore, of course, the host of this potentially historic summit. And he thanked the Singaporeans for hosting this, saying that it was being treated like a family affair and going on to say, quote, "If the summit produces positive outcomes then the Singaporean government's effort will be recorded in history forever." So sounding quite optimistic there.
President Trump arrived several hours later and was whisked off to his hotel in town. We know that an ambassador will be headed -- that's Ambassador Sun King, will be leading a U.S. working group to meet with the North Koreans on Monday at a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, presumably to do some more kind of work-up to the big meeting between the two leaders on Tuesday.
But again, an historic moment when you've got the leaders of two countries that have been adversaries for nearly 70 years poised to meet each other now face to face here in Singapore -- John.
BERMAN: Ivan, the transformation of Kim Jong-un over the last six months has truly been remarkable. Just take the fact that he's here in Singapore. This is his -- the farthest he's ever gone since taking over the leadership of that country. He's met with world leaders for the first time over the last six months, something we've just never seen before.
WATSON: Yes. And it doesn't -- it's a good idea to remind ourselves of how much has changed in his image in just a short period of time. And it was just last September that North Korea was conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
November, he was firing ballistic missiles, and February of last year when his half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, was killed in the airport in Kuala Lumpur, a neighboring country to Singapore, with VX nerve agent. And of course, North Korea was accused of that. It has denied that. But then since March really, so less than four months, he has made his first overseas trips as leader, two trips to China to meet with Xi Jinping.
He's been visited with Mike Pompeo, now secretary of State. He just had a meeting with the Singaporean prime minister and is now poised to meet with President Trump himself, going from an international outsider, isolated, to now being embraced by everybody, including Russian Vladimir Putin who has invited him to visit Moscow -- John.
BERMAN: As you said, a remarkable transformation, worth taking note of.
Ivan Watson, thank you very much.
[14:20:01] I want to bring back CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto here with me.
And Jim, as we approach this summit, what, 24 hours from now or roughly when the two leaders sit down, the big question is what comes out of it? Denuclearization. How much and does that word mean the same thing to both leaders?
SCIUTTO: Well, on that point, at least to our knowledge, no, it doesn't. You know, look at the CIA's assessment. The CIA's assessment which the president presumably been briefed on is that North Korea does not intend to give up all its nuclear weapons. I have spoken to many current and former U.S. intelligence officials
who say that from North Korea's perspective this is survival. So where is the -- you know, the middle ground there if there is a middle ground, if President Trump is willing to accept the middle ground? Does that mean keeping a -- something that can be described as a civilian nuclear program, but hide some other offensive capabilities? We don't know.
But as far as the president's definition and Secretary Mike Pompeo's definition, it is no nukes whatsoever on the peninsula. Can you bring North Korea closer to your position? Is the U.S. willing to give up some ground there? Are there other things that the U.S. is willing to give up to give North Korea that sense of security.
We talked about this earlier. U.S. troops on the Korean peninsula, there are a few tens of thousands of them there.
BERMAN: Twenty-eight thousand.
SCIUTTO: Is that a step that the U.S. would be willing to give? Which would be an enormous concession not just for the Korean peninsula, but also because that show of force is as much a signal to China as it is to North Korea.
BERMAN: Along those lines, one thing I think we have to look at very carefully here and listen for very closely is the idea of a formal peace agreement to the end of the Korean War.
BERMAN: Explain I think, you know, again some people don't realize there was never any peace treaty after the Korean War.
BERMAN: But why would that be significant and what would it mean?
SCIUTTO: Well, it would be an achievable gain in these talks. And would it mean a lot? Listen, the war -- no one has fired a shot in that war, well, at least, I mean, people have been killed on both sides of the border.
SCIUTTO: But officially the U.S. and North Korea have not been at war, mobilized, et cetera, since 1953. But there was an armistice, there was not really a proper end-of-war peace agreement. The president himself, others have raised this idea that maybe we leave these talks, not with a nuclear plan, but let's officially end that war to lay the ground work for nuclear negotiations. That is largely symbolic, but smarter people like myself, including Joseph Yun, who we're going to speak to later, has made the comment that that in itself is something of a security guarantee to North Korea because it's harder for the U.S. to strike to North Korea militarily if that war is officially over. BERMAN: So listen to how they talk about peace agreement. Listen to
how they use the word denuclearization, but no matter how they talk about that and say those things, the fact of this meeting is a remarkable moment. And in and of itself an achievement.
SCIUTTO: It is. And remember where we were a few months ago. And not just the rhetoric, little rocket man, fire and fury, et cetera, but it was our own reporting earlier this year that the president was closer to ordering military action than many realized. That this was -- it was not just a symbolic option for him but that he was willing to go there. So we've stepped back from the precipice of war. That is significant in itself.
BERMAN: Again, it may be that Kim Jong-un is getting more out of the fact that they're just meeting. Nevertheless, you know, it keeps them from fighting or it keeps them from arguing.
BERMAN: Or using those words.
Jim Sciutto, great to have you here with us.
SCIUTTO: Good to be with you.
BERMAN: We'll talk more again in just a little bit.
Coming up next, the president says that Kim Jong-un has a one-time shot to get this historic summit right. Could President Trump be on the verge of some kind of diplomatic breakthrough? It is history in the making here in Singapore. We'll discuss much more next.
BERMAN: All right. Welcome back. I'm John Berman live in Singapore. We're mere hours away from a meeting many never thought would happen, even could happen. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sitting down face-to-face for the very first time. The summit comes just months after both parties lobbed insults and threats at each other. But could we now be on the doorstep of some kind of diplomatic breakthrough?
Here now, CNN global affairs analyst and former U.S. representative for North Korea policy, Joseph Yun. And also joining me CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer.
Joe, I want to start with you, Ambassador, here. One of the things that people are talking about is what should the expectations of this meeting be. What should we all be hoping for? What if it just is a getting-to-know-you meeting? Is that enough?
JOSEPH YUN, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS ANALYST: John, I don't think it's so bad to have a getting-to-know-you session. Remember where we were last November and December. Talk about bloody nose, military action. Another war on the Korean peninsula would have been disaster, almost unthinkable. So now military option is virtually off the table, not quite virtually off, and that's not a bad place to be.
BERMAN: One of the things the president has said is that he will know within the first minute.
BERMAN: Whether or not this will work out. He'll have a touch, he'll have a feel, he will just know. I'm not sure whether that's the case or not. However, from your perspective, what would be the first tell from Kim Jong-un that this would be going well or not well?
YUN: John, I think key issue for us is denuclearization. And so if we hear that there is a communique agreement, that North Korea has agreed to complete denuclearization with a timeline, that's going well. OK? If we hear just empty words, saying eventually when everything is well, we might denuclearize, not so well.
BERMAN: The squishier the language, the less well it's going in other words.
BERMAN: I want to go to you, Professor Zelizer. You've written something about the four steps that the United States needs to take to have a successful summit here with North Korea. We will go through all four of them, but one of them, and I believe it was the first, \was patience. What do you mean there?
JULIAN ZELIZER, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, if you look at some of the historic summits that have worked, such as Reagan and Gorbachev or the assault agreement under Richard Nixon, they don't often happen off the bat. They often take long meetings in the first instance and then several follow-up meeting before any kind of agreement is going to be reached.
And so, we need a U.S. President who can see that, who can play long ball, so to speak, and have that ability to wait through the difficult times and to hear through the various proposals before blowing things up diplomatically. I think that's essential.
BERMAN: And one other thing you say is essential is know your goals. What do you mean by that, and how does that play here?
ZELIZER: Well, this is really important. I looked back at President Carter who brokered a historic agreement between Egypt and the Israelis at Camp David. And he really had a clear vision for the parameters of what an agreement would look like, what the difference sides could give and probably wouldn't give. And I think with North Korea, this trade-off between denuclearization versus the security of the regime and the relief of economic sanctions, President Trump has to have a pretty good sense of where this is going, what would be acceptable for the U.S. And if he doesn't, if it's totally improvised, I don't think he will reach the end point that many people are hoping he can reach. BERMAN: Ambassador, let me ask you, because you know, really, better
than anybody how the North Koreans operate. Can President Trump go in there -- I don't know if wing it is the right word, but just feel and do it by touch? Is it that simple with Kim Jong-un?
YUN: No, it's not that simple. I think he has to be prepared. And right now we are seeing some working level negotiations. And so, he has to be prepared. And he has to know what it means to denuclearize. And I think he has to get across to them that this is important. And also, I mean, experts are there for a reason and so we need to listen to them.
BERMAN: Another thing you said over the last few days is he has been studying for this all his life. What do you make of that? I mean, how firm, and again, this is something you worked with the administration on. And how solid do you believe his grasp to be of the complexities on the peninsula?
YUN: John, one thing I'm a little bit concerned is that leaders, both Kim Jong-un and President Trump, are quite ahead of their experts, you know. And so they want it badly. I think a lot of it has to do with personal reasons, making history certainly one of them. It is great to make history, but let's try to make it in the right way.
So my main concern would be you get carried away with your own agenda, and so not balanced issue. As the professor stated, patience is very, very important. I think it's practically impossible to tell after one minute whether you are going to be successful or not. I'm reminded -- I don't know whether you remember 2001, George Bush and Putin summit, where George Bush came out and said, I saw the soul of this man and he is a trustworthy guy. He is straightforward. I mean, let's not have that again.
BERMAN: Yes. George W. Bush I looked in his eyes and I saw -- John McCain afterwards said, I looked in his eyes and I saw KGB. That's John McCain respond to that.
Professor Zelizer, historically speaking, you know, just over the last 24 hours, we have heard this language as the President is coming here not just distancing himself from America's closest allies, but demeaning America's closest allies. I'm talking about Canada, saying Canada stabbed the United States in the back. There is a special place in hell. Peter Navarro, one of his economic advisers has said is there any precedent talking to your allies that way?
ZELIZER: No, it's not simply demeaning them. I mean, this is almost you would [we were at war. So it is shocking and this is one of those moments that is hard to look back on and find some kind of comparison.
And I think by doing it, the President actually started this summit exactly the opposite way his advisers are saying. It's not a show of strength to go in with tensions revolving around your allies. It's actually a show of weakness. And I think he really sent the wrong signal. And this is the kind of behavior, the kind of speech, the kind of rhetoric he won't be able to afford to do in Singapore because I think that would be totally destructive. But this is an unprecedented way to go into a summit with an adversary by insulting and demeaning your ally.
[14:35:22] BERMAN: Well, we will see how he behaves tomorrow. He will be meeting with the prime minister of Singapore. That's our next chance to lay eyes on the President and see what his mood is, see what his attitude is. This city has really been taken over by the spirit of this meeting. North Korea and Singapore flags everywhere you look. Again, very interesting and in some cases exciting time.
Ambassador Yun, Professor Zelizer, thanks so much for being with us. We do appreciate it.
Fred, let's back to you.
WHITFIELD: All right. John, and everybody, thank you so much.
All right. Still to come, authorities arrest a man delivering a pizza to an army base because of his immigration status. Now one governor is offering to pay his legal fees. Details straight ahead.
[14:40:40] WHITFIELD: Welcome back. I'm Fredricka Whitfield.
A federal court has temporarily blocked a pizza deliveryman's deportation. The decision comes one week after Pablo Villavicencio was turned over to immigration officials while trying to drop off food at a military base in New York.
The arrest of the 35-year-old father and undocumented immigrant from Ecuador sparked protest and now a court battle over his planned deportation.
CNN's Polo Sandoval is following this story for us and joins us live with the latest.
So Polo, what is the latest on this man's status?
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Fred, let's start with the facts of this case, or at least what we have been able to gather at this point. Pablo Villavicencio, a 35-year-old pizza deliveryman in New York area who is undocumented, on June 1st, he went to that army base in Brooklyn as you mentioned. He tried to get access there to make his delivery because, of course, he doesn't have a department of defense ID, he was subjected to in on-site background check which then revealed that he had an active foreign forced deportation.
ICE was called. ICE detained him. ICE then prepared him for eventual deportation. That was until this weekend when this emergency stay was granted by this federal judge.
This is where accounts, however, vary here. We heard from his wife (INAUDIBLE) who tells us that he had filed for his green card in February, was in the process of getting it, or at least was waiting for a response from the U.S. government when he was detained. Also adding, at least the attorney that is representing this man told us this morning that his client does not have any sort of criminal background. In fact, that original warrant had -- that did not come about as a result of any sort of encounter with law enforcement. It was simply an administrative process. And also most importantly that this was not the first time that he made a delivery, or at least attempted to make a delivery at that military base, which means he had absolutely no reason to believe that even though he lived with that constant threat of deportation, that that would be the day.
ICE, however, said he signed off on a waiver to make that background check happen. And that those military police officers were simply doing what they were supposed to do when they saw that active word that is contact the appropriate federal authority, in this case ICE. The next step here, Fred, will be in about a month and a week when both parties will head back to court to see if Mr. Villavicencio stays or he goes back to his native, Ecuador.
WHITFIELD: But status for hi right now is he is still being detained, however, right?
SANDOVAL: That's correct. He remains in detention right now as both sides basically try to gather evidence to show a judge exactly what the outcome in this case should be.
WHITFIELD: All right. Polo Sandoval, thank you so much for the update.
Six months ago, CNN introduced you to an Albuquerque police officer who adopted the drug-addicted baby of a homeless woman named Crystal Champ. The last time we saw Crystal, she was melting down and refusing treatment. But because of Officer Ryan Holets, and him going beyond the call, she is now clean for nearly six months now.
Here's CNN's Ed Lavandera.
ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The last time we saw Crystal Champ, she could not break that ripple addiction to heroine and crystal meth.
CRYSTAL CHAMP, RECOVERING ADDICT: I don't want to this. I'm happy. I'm fine being a freaking heroin addict on the street.
LAVANDERA: She refused to board a plane to a drug treatment facility. But a few days after this, Crystal and her partner, Tom, did get on that plane.
This is Crystal Champ now, nearly six months sober.
A lot has changed since the last time we saw you.
CHAMP: Yes. A lot has changed.
LAVANDERA: In a good way.
CHAMP: Yes. In a very good way. LAVANDERA: The moment that was so painful to watch was outside the
airport there and you saying you were perfectly happy being a homeless heroin addict.
CHAMP: That was true. I was comfortable in my misery and I didn't know how to not be miserable in life at that point in time.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not going to lie to you, it looks like you guys are getting ready to shoot up here.
LAVANDERA: Years of addiction left her homeless on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was eight months pregnant when Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets found her shooting up heroin with her partner.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She's waking up now.
LAVANDERA: Holets and his wife Rebecca adopted the baby, named her Hope. But that wasn't enough. The goal was to get Crystal sober and off the streets. It all seems so long ago. Crystal found Hope in this Florida treatment center called mending fences where patient therapy revolves around caring for injured horses.
[14:45:18] CHAMP: My therapist, when I got here, she said, Crystal, this is life or death.
LAVANDERA: The center saw the original CNN story on Ryan and Crystal and offered to help.
CHAMP: I have worked really hard to get where I am, really hard. There is no burning desire for me to even, like, romanticize about going back to that place, because I know I'm powerless over my addiction.
LAVANDERA: Crystal graduated from the drug treatment center and is rebuilding her life, looking for work and mentoring others out of addiction. She keeps a picture of baby Hope and the Holets family by her bed. She is always describe them as her guardian angels.
DET. RYAN HOLETS, ALBUQUERQUE POLICE: We have felt close to her for a long time now. And we celebrate every victory that she achieves.
LAVANDERA: Baby Hope is growing and doing well.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. Very healthy, very strong baby.
CHAMP: She is in a great place, I know she is. And I trust and have faith that she is going to have a beautiful life. And the fact that I can look at Ryan and Rebecca and be like, that's the father and the mother of my child, like, it's just beautiful.
LAVANDERA: Crystal and the Holets family talk weekly and hope to see each other again soon. They consider each other family and will share the details of this journey with baby Hope when she's older.
HOLETS: I deep down kind of wished upon a star and hoped that something like this could happen. But this is the kind of stuff that only happens in movies and, you know, books with happy endings, and usually in real life you don't see stuff like this.
LAVANDERA: They all hope it's a dream that never ends.
Ed Lavandera, CNN, Ocala, Florida.
WHITFIELD: And next, we continue to celebrate the life and legacy of our friend, Anthony Bourdain.
[14:502:08] WHITFIELD: The world continues to mourn CNN's Anthony Bourdain, after the legendary chef took owned a few days ago. The 61- year-old was found in his hotel room in France on Friday where he was working on an upcoming episode of "PARTS UNKNOWN."
As a world traveler and journalist, Bourdain brought a diversity of various cultures right into our homes. And there was no one like Anthony Bourdain and there was no show like "PARTS UNKNOWN." And tonight CNN pays tribute to Anthony Bourdain with a special night of episodes.
One of the pioneering shows of "PARTS UNKNOWN" involved a rare visit to Iran where he measured culture and cuisine in a country that is normally off limits to many tourists. And during that episode, Bourdain spoke to Iranian-American journalist Jacob Rezaian and his wife, where he talked about adjusting to life in Iran.
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ANTHONY BOURDAIN, CNN HOST, PARTS UNKNOWN: Are you happy here?
JACOB REZAIAN, JOURNALIST: Look. I'm at a point now after five years where I miss certain things about home. I miss my buddies. I miss burritos. I miss having certain beverages with my buddies and burritos in certain types of establishments. But I love it. I love it and I hate it, you know? But it is home. It's become home.
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WHITFIELD: Risain was arrested just a few weeks after filming that episode and was in prison for 18 months before being released in January of 2016.
Earlier today on CNN's "RELIABLE SOURCES," Risain spoke to Brian Stelter about the impact Bourdain had on his life and on his eventual freedom.
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REZAIAN: Throughout any imprisonment, I was always wondering if that conversation we had with him would make it to air. And I'm so happy that it did. When I was released in 2016, and up until, you know, right now, every time that somebody recognizes me in public, I would say nine out of ten times it's because of our appearance on that show.
More than the support that he gave and advocacy that he did while we were in prison continued to be a good friend to us after our release, counseling us privately in our interactions with him, professionally but also how to get through what was really a tough reintegration.
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WHITFIELD: CNN will pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain with a special about his life and legacy. And that's starts tonight at 9:00 p.m. right here on CNN.
Still so much more ahead in the NEWSROOM at the top of the house.
But first, here's this week's "Staying Well."
JESSICA SMITHGAIL, DEFINE ATLANTA: Rebounding is the fitness term for bouncing on a trampoline. Rebounding works out your entire abdominal core, your glutes, your hand strings, all the muscles in your legs. The basic bound is the main position. We also do jogs on the trampoline, pulling the knees to your chest. We do jumping jacks.
[14:55:13] LAURA FRYER, PUBLIC RELATIONS EMPLOYEE: I always had me issues. I did cross country in high school and had to stop that because I had a lot of joint pain. With rebounding, you get the great cardio workout, the great calorie burning, but you don't have the impact on your joints.
SMITHGAIL: We try to keep the movements very small and controlled. Anyone who has a recent injury, check with your doctor.
RINETTE ROBERSON, PHYSICAL THERAPIST: Rebounding is great for circulation. It's great for balance. It's great for improving flexibility. Try to minimize the big wobbles in the physical therapy world, it's a great way to retrain the muscles and joints, because as the trampoline is constantly changing and moving, the body has to respond to what the trampoline is doing. They could be doing jumping exercises, weight shifting exercises. They could be doing strengthening exercises.
FRYER: I did jump on a trampoline as a kid. It has brought back that nostalgic feeling for me and it's a really fun way to work out.