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Government Reveals Plan To Reunite Migrant Families; Trump Embraces Immigration As Key Issue For Midterms; "United Shades of America" Episode Seven; South Carolina Congressional Candidate To Undergo Second Surgery After Car Wreck; 200 Demonstrators Protest Shooting Of Antwon Rose; Disaster Robots For Search And Rescue; Immigrant Mom Speaks out on Child Separation; White House Press Secretary Booted From Restaurant; Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Women Drivers; Hackers Likely Scanned All 50 States During The 2016 Election; U.S. Intel: Election Security Still Needed; U.S. Prepares For Return of Troop Remains From North Korea; Germany Stuns Sweden In World Cup; Mexico Defeats South Korea 2-1; "Game of Thrones" Stars Tie The Knot. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired June 24, 2018 - 06:00   ET

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She put her little hand on the window and, you know, I saw a baby. Like a little toddler there.

TRUMP: If they see any weakness they will come by the millions.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is the response of an ignorant, uninformed president of the United States.

REP. JIM HIMES (D), CONNECTICUT: This president calls those little girls, calls them MS-13, calls them criminals, wants Americans to believe that the hundreds of people that we saw in this facility behind us are a danger.

TRUMP: It's brutal dealing with the Democrats. They want to do nothing. I don't think being weak on the border, being pathetically weak on the border, I don't think that is a good issue.

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ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY WEEKEND with Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul.

CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning. We're always so glad to have us with us here.

There is a sign of progress in the immigration battle this morning and raising new questions for the thousands of families separated at the border though.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: OK. So here's the good news is for the parents and for the first time, the government has detailed -- they will be reunited with their children but these reunions will not happen immediately, maybe not even quickly. In fact, there is no detailed time line.

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CROWD (shouting): Shame you on. Shame you on. Shame you on. Shame you on. Shame on you.

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PAUL: You're seeing there some of the emotions and anger that was boiling over at the U.S./Mexico border. Protesters shouting at (ph) border patrol officers there. And physically even blocked the bus from leaving a migrant detention center.

BLACKWELL: President Trump rallied Republicans in Nevada and claims immigration will be a good issue for them to help them win in November.

CNN's Lauren Fox joins us live from Washington. Lauren, we will talk more about what the president said in Nevada in a moment but, first, explain the guidance, what we are learning about how the families will be reunited.

LAUREN FOX, CNN POLITICS REPORTER: Well, as you noted, there is no exact time line for how these families will be reunited. There are still about 2,000 children in custody and one thing that we should keep in mind is the fact that these families won't be reunited right away. In fact, these individuals, the parents will still have to go through their criminal deportation proceedings before the reunifications happen and I think something to keep in mind.

We still have a lot of questions about how about these reunifications will happen but President Donald Trump last night in Nevada trying to rally support for Dean Heller, one of the Republican Party's most vulnerable senators. The president thinks that immigration is still a winning issue for the party even in a state like Nevada where the Hispanic population is nearly 30 percent.

Here is what the president said last night about remaining tough in the Republican Party about immigration.

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TRUMP: But if we did that, everybody come. If we did that, you would have -- you're right, the word is overrun. We will have millions and millions of people pouring through our country with all of the problems that would cause with crime and schools and you would have millions -- all I have to do say is, yes, we want to take care of everybody, we want everybody to come, do what you want to do even if they saw weakness, if they see any weakness, they will come by the millions.

(END VIDEO CLIP) FOX: And this is what we hear from the president a lot. We can't just soften our position on immigration because if we do, as you heard him say there, they will come by the millions, the president said. So one thing that we have to remember is that in the Republican Party right now, House Republicans are trying to put together some kind of plan to create more certainty on this family separation issue on the border, as well as a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, and money for President Donald Trump's border wall. But the president has been very uncertain on whether or not he supports that plan.

On Friday the president said Republican in the House were -- quote -- "wasting their time" as they try to move forward with their plan on immigration and that is because he said the Senate is not going to take it up so what is sort of the point of bringing it up now?

House Republicans are still working over the weekend to try to strengthen that plan, try to get more votes but it's not looking like that plan will get much support next week on the House floor. Still a lot of questions about whether it passes. It's not looking good at this point despite the president talking all over about immigration even in the state of Nevada yesterday.

PAUL: Well -- and really still a lot of questions about the time line and what some of these -- some of these elements of this plan really mean for people.

Lauren Fox, we appreciate it. Thank you.

FOX: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: All right. Joining me is CNN political commentator Errol Louis and CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer. Gentlemen, welcome back.

ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Good morning.

JULIAN ZELIZER, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Good morning.

BLACKWELL: All right. So let's just start here, Julian. There is a plan.

ZELIZER: Well, there is a bit of an unplanned plan and it's still going to take a lot of time to reunite the families but the president, in many ways, has accomplished what he wants.

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So now he will slowly put together something to take care of the problem. He demonstrated a hard line toward immigration. He created scenes that will, in his mind, appeal to his supporters and now there is this very loose plan which is not going to be satisfactory to many people who are worried about the situation.

BLACKWELL: All right. So, Errol, you know, this plan was released on a Saturday night late in the evening. We have some of the details we can put up on the screen for people about what will happen and when the children will be reunited with their parents.

But there are no administration officials coming out on this Sunday show selling this. Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, not out there, Stephen Miller, the architect of the zero-tolerance police, we are not seeing from the commissioner of CBP or Secretary Azar (ph). If they had this plan and they were confident in it, wouldn't they be out selling it?

LOUIS: Well, yes, for sure. Stephen Miller won't be selling out the plan under any circumstances. He seems to enrage the opposition and really cause more problems politically for the administration.

But look. This is the beginnings of a potential plan, a potential plan. It has got to clear some legal hurdles I think before we can figure out whether or not it's operationally going to even have a chance of succeeding.

Because the fundamental, the underlying problem remains which is that by law you cannot detain kids for more than 20 days and you're expedited path to getting them reunited with their parents, getting a deportation procedure done in record time, handling asylum claims, and physically making all of this happen after thousands of kids have been spread all over the country, very unlikely.

I mean, there is a path to getting it done but I can't quite imagine that all of his is going to happen and meet those legal deadlines that have not been changed, despite the executive order.

BLACKWELL: So let's talk about that executive order because, Julian, it calmed some of the immediate frustration about the consequences of the zero tolerance plan from Republicans on the Hill now that there is this plan that is out, as many questions as there are still unanswered.

What does this mean for legislation that could reach the floor this week?

ZELIZER: Well, right now, the legislation is in doubt. The president's tweet suggested to Republicans to leave this alone and I think many Republicans are still worried in the House about trying to move forward with something that doesn't have the president's full support and where the status in the Senate is very ambiguous.

So ideally calming this through the executive order might help bring together the Republicans around a bill but I think that tweet that the president sent is pretty powerful. They remember repeal and replace and they don't want to enter into another chaotic debate with no outcome going into the midterms.

BLACKWELL: And Speaker Ryan has said on this and several other that he's not going to bring legislation to the floor that the president will not sign so that may be the end of the House effort on legislation as it relates to immigration.

Errol, let's listen to the president last night a little more in Nevada. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

TRUMP: Being weak on the border, which is, therefore, allowing tremendous crime to come into our country, they think that that is a good issue for them. I don't think being weak on the border, being pathetically weak on the border I don't think is a good issue.

I may be wrong. I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border. I really believe that.

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BLACKWELL: So, Errol, two questions here. First, I mean, is that really why Donald Trump is now the president because of his border policies?

And, second, is this what Republicans, at this point, want to run on in November?

LOUIS: Well, they are both very good questions. On the first part of your question, Victor, it's unclear whether or not this was a one issue. I will note, though, that it plays well, his immigration stance, is in communities and in states that he did win, like West Virginia, that have almost no immigration problem, have almost -- have very few immigrants frankly. It plays out in places you wouldn't necessarily think.

Now, how does this play out in Nevada? The president has tremendously high negative ratings in Nevada and so does the man, the senator, the number one endangered Republican in the whole U.S. Senate that he was stumping for.

Dean Heller has been underwater for months. His negatives far exceed his positive rating. The Democrats are energized and are trying to get that seat back.

So it could play well in a lot of places but unclear whether Nevada is going to be receptive to the president's message.

BLACKWELL: Yes. There certainly has a lot to happen between now and November.

Errol Louis and Julian Zelizer, thank you both.

ZELIZER: Thank you.

LOUIS: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: All right. Next hour, a guest from the immigration policy institute will tell us if he thinks this is a plan that is workable from the administration to reunite families separated at the border.

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And later this morning, Republican senator Ron Johnson and Democratic senator Bernie Sanders join Jake Tapper on "STATE OF THE UNION" that's at 9:00 a.m. eastern.

PAUL: Well, the owner of a Virginia restaurant says she has a policy of keeping politics off the menu so when President Trump's press secretary showed up for dinner, she asked her to leave. Then Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted something afterwards that could be an even bigger problem.

BLACKWELL: Plus, demonstrators on the streets of Pittsburgh for a fourth night after the police shooting death of Antwon Rose. Their list of demands for the city, we're going to talk about that next.

PAUL: And Germany with an incredible comeback win in the World Cap -- Andy Scholes.

ANDY SCHOLES, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Christi, this was one of the best endings to a World Cup games that you will ever see. We're going to show you how Germany rallied to keep their tournament dreams alive.

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W. KAMAU BELL, CNN HOST, "UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA": What is the biggest difference between Canada and United States of America?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In Canada, no matter where I go people are really informed on what's going on in Canada, what's going on in the world. And some of the places I go in the U.S. really don't know a whole lot. And I'm sorry, I really have to be cautious what I say.

BELL: No. I can't act like that is not true.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not like what is happening in the U.S. it's a lot more understanding --

BELL: Let's talk about this. What do you mean about this? What does that -- what do you mean by what is happening in the --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: South of the border type situation.

BELL: I don't think about this being south of the border, but in this case, I do.

From your perspective, what is going on south of the border?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, people are staying in their section whether it's white, black, Asian. I think that in Canada, there is a lot more of that understanding. You know, there's a lot of Americans that do come up here. They don't, oh.

BELL: It's really like that up here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can walk safely. I can do this.

BELL: It's always that way?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. This is Canada.

BELL: Yes, yes.

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BLACKWELL: South Carolina congressional candidate Katie Arrington will undergo another surgery this morning. She was involved in a fatal car accident where a car traveling in the wrong direction hit the car she and a friend were in. The driver of the other vehicle died.

PAUL: President Trump expressed his condolences via Twitter. The vice president Mike Pence said a few words in South Carolina ahead of the governor's GOP primary there.

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MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I express our deepest condolences to the family that lost a loved one in this accident. And I now I speak for everyone all across South Carolina and really people all across America when I say that their family and Katie and Jackie (ph) are in our prayers.

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PAUL: Arrington's campaign put out a statement saying she remained humbled and couraged and deeply moved by the outpouring of support.

More than 200 demonstrators marched through the streets of Pittsburgh. This is for the fourth straight night last night. They were protesting against the police shooting of Antwon Rose.

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CROWD (shouting): Three shots to the back, how do you justify that? Three shots to the back, how do you justify that?

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PAUL: Do you decipher there what they're saying? They are shouting three shots in the back, how do you justify that? A reference to how the teenager was shot and killed earlier this week as he was running away from officer Michael Rosfeld.

BLACKWELL: Meanwhile, the protest organizers have made a list of demands and issued a warning to city officials that if they are not met, CNN correspondent Ryan Nobles has details for us.

RYAN NOBLES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: For the fourth straight night, demonstrators took to the streets of Pittsburgh to protest the death of Antwon Rose Jr. A teenager who was shot by a police officer in a neighboring suburb of East Pittsburg.

These protests were peaceful for the most part. There was some tension at certain points but the protests were making it very clear that they want to see swift action in this case. In particular they would like to see the officer involved in the shooting arrested and taken off the streets right away.

They would also like to see the district attorney of Allegheny County step down and recuse himself from the case and hand it over to the state's attorney general. Now they came to the south side of Pittsburgh, a popular entertainment district and shut down the main thoroughfare. Organizers told me it was to make sure that their message was had you heard.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If Stephen Zappala is watching I'm looking in your eyes and I speak for the city of Pittsburgh. And everybody I speak for -- Antwon Rose's family. You need to step down and remove yourself. So if you don't, this is what will happen all night.

And for our local and elected officials who standby and support this man you will also be put on notice.

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NOBLES: At this point the demands of the protesters are not going to be met. The Pennsylvania attorney general has said that that he has no jurisdiction in this case unless it is handed over to him by the district attorney. And the Allegheny district attorney has said that they can handle the case in a unbiased fashion.

Meanwhile, Antwon Rose Jr. is scheduled to be laid to rest on Monday -- Christi and Victor.

BLACKWELL: All right. Thank you so much, Ryan.

Coming up White house press secretary Sarah Sanders gets kicked out of a restaurant in Virginia. The owner said she would do it again but did Sanders reaction violate ethics laws?

PAUL: And guess what? Women are making history in Saudi Arabia today all with a Sunday drive. I know it sounds so simple to us, doesn't it? But this is a land mark moment for them.

We're going to take you live to Saudi Arabia.

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BLACKWELL: When a natural disasters strikes Robin Murphy and her army of robots they come to the rescue. She is one of the leading pioneers in using robots to help communities during search and rescue operations.

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ROBIN MURPHY, COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PROFESSOR, TEXAS A&M: The most important thing to know, if you only know one thing, that disaster robots make the disaster go away faster. Robots can go into these places to get to where there might have been survivors. If I can see what I need to see, I can make good decisions to keep the responders safe.

My name is Robin Murphy. I'm a professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M and I work with disaster robots.

Disaster city is one of the emergency management complexes that Texas A&M has. It's designed to test and to train search and rescue teams on how to conduct search and rescue missions.

We have supplied robots for 28 disasters. Earthquakes, hurricane Harvey, we assisted with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

When we go, we bring robots and people that we've tested and practiced with in our training exercises. One of the biggest challenges to doing work in rescue robotics is not the robotics. It's the everything else.

You're going to a different world. It's really challenging to be at a disaster. There is a physiological and psychological impact of that.

It really takes quite a toll. So you have to be really good at what you're doing.

But my job is so incredibly fulfilling. It's about the size and the technology and the way it could be used for societal good. That's a big deal to me.

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PAUL: Twenty-five minutes past the hour on this Sunday. Good to have you here. I'm Christi Paul.

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

The governor has now detailed how it will unite immigrant reunite parents and children. This is almost four days after President Trump ended the family separation policy at the border but these reunions will not happen fast. In fact, there's no real time line.

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CROWD (shouting): Let the children free. Let the children free. Let the children free.

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PAUL: What you're seeing there are the emotions and the anger that boiled over at the U.S./Mexico board yesterday. Protesters shouting at border patrol officers. They actually physically -- protesters blocked a bus from leaving a migrant detention center.

BLACKWELL: And workers of the Department of Homeland Security have been warned about threats to their personal safety because of the backlash to current immigration policies.

Attorney general Jeff Sessions says, the Department of Justice will prosecute anyone who targets DHS staff.

PAUL: A Salvadorian asylum seeker telling her story for the first time after she was separated from her daughter for nearly two months this was after she arrived in the United States. No, this was not this year. We should point that out.

BLACKWELL: Yes. Let's be clear about this. It happened in April 2016.

This was during the Obama administration. She has only decided to speak out now because she wants people to know what it's like to be separated from a child and locked up.

PAUL: Scott McLean has her story.

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SCOTT MCLEAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's hard to think of being locked up and separated from your child. But for this woman, it's a nightmare she doesn't have to imagine.

SALVADORIAN MOM, IMMIGRANT (through translator): It's very painful. Not only for us as mothers but also for our kids.

MCLEAN: She shared her story on conditioned of anonymity. Her case is still pending in court.

It begins in early 2016 in her native El Salvador when a death threat from a local gang sent her running for her life. After traveling for almost a month she reached the Texas border looking for asylum instead she ended up losing her daughter. She was locked up in detention while the girl who was then just five years old was taken to a separate shelter for unaccompanied minors.

SALVADORIAN MOM (through translator): I told them that they couldn't do that. We have to be together. And then she told me if I didn't let them take her they were immediately going to deport us both.

MCLEAN (on camera): What was going through your mind at that point when you realized that you -- your daughter was being taken away from you?

SALVADORIAN MOM (through translator): The truth is I thought that I wasn't going to see her again.

MCLEAN (voice-over): She says it took two weeks to locate the child and it was almost three weeks before they connected by phone.

(on camera): What was that conversation like, that first conversation with your daughter?

SALVADORIAN MOM (through translator): I would say my daughter, are you OK? And she would say, yes.

I would say, with God first, we are going to see each other again and she would just say yes.

MCLEAN (voice-over): After a month, the five-year-old girl was turned over to a relative in the U.S. her mother was released a few weeks later.

Under the Obama administration, family separations were not widespread but not unheard of either.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Immigration laws --

MCLEAN: Former Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson said separations were for health and safety concerns. The woman here had been deported alone once before and her lawyer won't say why, but says the fourth separation was unjustified.

ASHLEY HARRINGTON, IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY: At that time it was absolutely not the policy. It was against policy.

MCLEAN (on camera): Not everyone in this country probably has sympathy for you. What would you say to those people?

SALVADORIAN MOM (through translator): I can only say that this should no longer happen, that no kid is taken from their parents because it's a trauma the kids go through and it affects them and is impossible to forget.

MCLEAN (voice-over): Mother and daughter are now living together in Western Colorado. But they will still have to convince a judge that they are in genuine need of protection and there are no guarantees.

(on camera): Does that scare you?

SALVADORIAN MOM (through translator): Yes. For my life and my daughter's life.

MCLEAN: Scott McLean, CNN, Las Vegas.

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BLACKWELL: White house press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was kicked out of a restaurant in Virginia because they works for President Trump.

Here is what she tweeted yesterday.

"Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia (ph) to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her action say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so." [06:30:06]

PAUL: The owner of the Red Hen says she would do this again.

Stephanie Wilkinson told "The Washington Post" -- quote -- "I'm not a huge fan of confrontation. I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals."

BLACKWELL: But the fact that Sanders tweeted about all of this from her official White House account, that could be a bigger problem. Our senior media correspondent Brian Stelter joins us now.

Good morning to you.

BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Good morning.

BLACKWELL: There are questions about the violation potentially to ethics laws, we'll talk about that in a minute.

But first just detail what happened at the Red Hen.

STELTER: Yes. According to "The Washington Post" the owner -- the co-owner of the restaurant received a phone call from the chef on Friday night. The chef said Sarah Sanders just sat down here at the restaurant. Some of the employees are uncomfortable. What do you want to do?

Well, the owner came down to drove over, took a few minutes. She walked in. She realized it really was the White House press secretary along with seven or eight other people at a big table and she talked to the staff briefly about what to do.

The point here is some of the staff members are gay, some of the staff members had very serious concerns about various Trump administration policies. They had concerns about what Sanders had been defending from the White House podium for the past year and a half.

So the co-owner said tell me what you want to do and I'll do. They agreed that they would ask Sanders to leave and that is what happened.

Now this "Post" story goes into details about how the owners, you know, they aren't interested necessarily and being a political symbol they know that this area of Virginia voted 2-1 in favor of President Trump so this is not some sort of blue enclave in the middle of Virginia. This is a red part of the country and, yet, because the staffers were uncomfortable with Sanders being there, and, more importantly, uncomfortable of Trump administration policies, they asked her to leave.

PAUL: So walk us through what is problematic now for Sarah Sanders based on her reaction.

STELTER: Yes, I think the story is a Rorschach test, you know, depending on how you feel about Trump administration policies. You either think this restaurant did the right thing and Trump administration officials should be shamed in public. Or if you're on the other side you look at this and say this is exactly what is wrong with our country.

This is the great divide and it's getting worse. You might worry that we are going end up with two kinds of restaurants, Trump restaurants and non-Trump restaurants. I mean, it is of course sparking a lot of debate.

But Walter Schwab who was the Obama administration ethics boss he has put out a tweet suggesting that Sanders may have run afoul ethics laws based on her reaction to what happened. OK?

So initially the story about her being removed from the restaurant it bubbled up on Facebook and once the restaurant was getting calls about it Sarah Sanders confirmed it on Twitter. Walter Schwab here is saying in his tweet that by having Sarah Sanders call out the restaurant by name she is violating part of the ethics rules that government employees agreed to work by. He says it's the same as if an ATF agent pulled out his badge when a restaurant tried to throw him or her out.

Now this will be debated as well. I don't know how likely it is that we are actually going to see an ethics violation on something like this but it is worth keep in mind, you know, when you're the press secretary or some other public official and you use your public government Twitter account to call out a restaurant or to speak out about something, there certainly are ethics laws or ethics policy that could come into play.

BLACKWELL: Yes. We have seen in the past when there have been violations of ethics laws.

STELTER: Kellyanne Conway, for example. Yes.

BLACKWELL: Yes, yes. The maximum consequence has been counseling from the president.

STELTER: Right, right.

BLACKWELL: So we will see if that happens here.

All right. Thank you so much, Stelter.

STELTER: Thanks.

PAUL: Thanks, Brian.

BLACKWELL: And stay tuned for this morning. He'll be back at 11:00 for "RELIABLE SOURCES" right here on CNN.

PAUL: So you know for decades, women in Saudi Arabia could not get behind the wheel of a car without fear of prosecution or even going to jail. Today could be day one of a new era. We're going to take you there live.

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PAUL: Well, listen, Saudi women can do something today that they could never do before now without fear of prosecution in jail. We're talking about something we probably take for granted driving legally.

The kingdom lifted its ban on women drivers today.

BLACKWELL: Now this is part of reform pushed by Saudi Arabia's crown prince, but although Saudi women can now get behind the wheels several Saudi activists who championed the change are still in jail after a crackdown on women's rights.

PAUL: Jomana Karadsheh spoke with several Saudi women about this historic change.

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JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: As the clock struck midnight here in Saudi Arabia and the ban on women driving officially ended, some who waited their entire lives for this moment couldn't wait any longer. One of these women is Dr. Mona al-Fares.

You were one of the first women in Jeddah to drive tonight and you invited CNN to come along. How does it feel?

MONA AL-FARES, SAUDI ARABIAN DRIVER: Great. Awesome. You know, unbelievable. It's like history. So I feel like I'm making history in this country so it's really good.

And, actually, like, I really enjoyed it, you know? Having the freedom in my own country.

KARADSHEH: Did you ever think this would happen?

AL-FARES: No. Actually, never. I never thought of this.

I thought of anything else, except this. Like, I didn't even have a dream of it.

KARADSHEH: And also tonight, the Dr. Mona al-Fares' friends showed up. They wanted to witness this moment. They told us.

And here they are. Ladies, I wanted to ask you.

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You've been with us the past couple of hours witnessing the doctor driving. How do he will you feel?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have been waiting for this moment, for such a long time. And finally it's here.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's history in the making.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm so optimistic for the future of Saudi women.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Congratulations, Saudi Arabia. (INAUDIBLE). The sky is the limit.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I can't believe that I'm just part of this great change on so many levels, it's amazing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Tomorrow is a different day.

CROWD: Woo!

KARADSHEH: But some of the women who, for years fought hard for their right to drive, are absent on this day. Detained recently as part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights activist.

We probably won't see a very large number of women drivers on the roads in Saudi Arabia just yet. Some of the women that we have spoken to say they are going to wait and see what kind of reaction the first wave of female drivers are going to get from the society. And a lot of the women that we have spoken to say this is a big step for women's rights in the kingdom but they acknowledge that there is still a long road ahead to equality.

Jomana Karadsheh, CNN Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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BLACKWELL: All right. Thank you, Jomana.

Former President Barack Obama cyber czar says every state was likely hacked during the 2016 election. Every state.

Now with no plan in place to stop this from happening again, could the midterms be the next target? What the experts are saying about the potential threat against the upcoming election.

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PAUL: Well, cyber security experts say Russian hackers likely probed all 50 states during the 2016 presidential election. That's more than double the number of previously confirmed by Homeland Security officials last year.

An expert revealed the scope of Russian interference at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing earlier this week, and the committee also learned Russian hackers will more than likely try this again.

CNN military analyst Lieutenant General Mark Hertling is with us now. So, General, thank you so much for with us. How vulnerable is the U.S. to another threat particularly when you look at the fact that midterms are just five months away?

LT. GEN. MARK HERTLING (RET.), CNN MILITARY ANALYST: Christi, based on what we know, what the intelligence communities have told us, we are extremely vulnerable. Not only because of the scanning of instruments, the election machines as was reported this week in Congress, but also just the fact that we are incredibly vulnerable beyond just the hacking or scanning of machines.

It is more than just an electronic hack. It is also an information attack. So when we talk cyber, the U.S. has a great deal of cyber defenses for our military.

We don't have similar defenses for our industry, for our organizations, for our people. But you add to that the fact that we are extremely vulnerable. The United States, more than any other country in the world, uses the internet in the extreme.

So it's not just, again, the machines, it's individual people. So you can talk about what might happen on the Election Day in 2017. You also have to be worried about how people are influenced leading up to the election and there are active measures being conducted by many of our enemies to influence our institution of democracy.

PAUL: Well -- and we know that there is this potential meeting between President Trump and President Putin coming up next month, we understand, is being discussed. I want to listen with you to secretary of state Mike Pompeo, was he said when he was asked about that yesterday.

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MIKE POMPEO, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: You know? I don't know what the president's schedule is going to be. I know ambassador Bolton is planning to travel to Moscow on Sunday or Monday. He'll be meeting with his counterpart.

And I think it's likely that President Trump will be meeting with his counterpart in the not too distant future following that meeting.

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PAUL: A lot of criticism for the president up to this point because it's not something he likes to discuss with President Putin, at least historically, that is what -- that is what it tells us. But what is at stake for the president if he does not assert himself and this argument with Putin?

HERTLING: Well, those comments by Secretary Pompeo concern me more than anything else. If the secretary of state and the former CIA director does not know what the national security adviser and the president are going to talk to our major foe about next week, that is very concerning, don't you think, Christi?

I mean, he may be leading us astray and he may be nuancing --

PAUL: Sure.

HERTLING: -- and he actually does know, but certainly we have multiple things that we should be talking to Russia about that influence our institutions and our Democratic values. And so far the president has not been very active in addressing those issues, at least openly.

PAUL: One of the things the president is happy to talk about is what is happening in the DMZ. We know that they are returning troop remains from North Korea to the U.S. and the U.S. is preparing for that right now. This is something the president said he was talking to Kim Jong-un about.

Kim Jong-un apparently complied. We see that happening. But with that said how significant is this really and what does it tell you about moving forward with the U.S. and North Korea?

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HERTLING: Well, certainly it's a good thing, Christi, but over the last several decades, we have had organizations that have been looking for remains of U.S. service members. Not just in Korea but all over the world. And in fact there's an estimated 5,000 plus remains of U.S. service members in North Korea.

It was reported last night that the U.S. sent, on a transport plane, about 200 carriers, caskets, basically, with flags to a base in South Korea. So that is an early indicator of a good thing. But, truthfully, this is the easiest of all agreements that the North Koreans can actually conduct.

Five thousand missing troops and these 200 that we are talking about today were identified between 1994 and 2005 when we still had relatively good diplomatic agreements and could talk about these things with North Korea. There are many more. This is a thing Kim is doing as a show, in my opinion, just to prove that he is giving good faith to our president.

But, again, 200 out of about 5,000 and none of them have been recovered yet. And in the past, many of the recoveries made in North Korea that have been sent back to the United States have not just had the bones of U.S. service members, but, in many cases, they have had animal bones, bones of unidentifiable people. So it's still a little bit disconcerting and I wouldn't get that excited.

I know relatives of those who are anticipating their remains are very excited about this, but this is the least of the negotiations we have had with North Korea.

PAUL: And some authentication, obviously, is going to be needed there.

HERTLING: Yes. That will take decades.

PAUL: Yes. Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, always appreciate your insight. Thank you for r sharing this morning.

HERTLING: Thank you very much, Christi.

PAUL: Sure.

BLACKWELL: Still ahead. "Game of Throne" fans. All the details on the two stars who got married yesterday.

And Germany pulls off a dramatic last-minute win at the World Cup. Andy Scholes is here.

SCHOLES: Victor, it's one of those moments you were watching and you were just like wow, wow, wow. And all-time great goal gives Germany the win. We're going to show you how the fans back home reacted up next.

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PAUL: All right. Did you see the Germany goal yesterday? Because apparently it was incredible.

BLACKWELL: Andy Scholes is here with more in this morning's "Bleacher Report."

SCHOLES: Hey, guys. This World Cup has been to good.

PAUL: Yes.

SCHOLES: If you watched yesterday you were saying, oh, my goodness, what just happened? Because, you know, Germany is one of the defending champion, one of the favorites to win the game but yesterday they were minutes away from being eliminated in this World Cup. It was full on panic time for German fans there, taking on Sweden.

The is the 32nd minute. Toni Kroos, for Germany, gives the ball away right there and Sweden is going to capitalize, they're going to take it down and get a nifty goal and chip it in here over the goalie and they take a 1-0 lead.

We're going to fast forward to the 95th minute. The game tied. Germany on the free kick (INAUDIBLE) and that's when they run a play to perfection.

Kroos bending it in in the 95th minute for the game winning goal. Just an incredible kick. And it was redemption for Kroos after giving that ball away earlier in the game and check out the scene in Germany when he made that goal.

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SCHOLES: I mean, just incredible. That's as good as it gets. Germany reviving their request to defend their World Cup title. They went from being out and now having a great chance of advancing out of the group stage.

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RAFAEL MARQUEZ, MEXICAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER: We ask you to let us get some rest with all our heart.

(END VIDEO CLIP) SCHOLES: All right. So that was Mexican player Rafael Marquez telling the fans outside their hotel in Russia Friday night to, hey, can you call it a night and let us get some rest, because the fans were out there just chanting for the team for hours, even had a Mariachi band out there playing some classics.

But the team -- they needed to get some sleep and it looks like they got enough rest. Chicharito -- another goal in their game against South Korea. They were able to win this one 2-1. Just a second time in Mexico's history they've opened a World Cup with back-to-back win.

They're now in control of their group and are guaranteed to advance for the win or tie against Sweden in their next game.

All right. You know, baseball teams all around the country they've been coming up with new creative ballpark food for fans to, you know, go out there and try and eat. Well, the Erie SeaWolves in Pennsylvania is kind of taking it to another level.

Let me introduce you to the cotton candy hot dog.

PAUL: No, no.

SCHOLES: Hot dog with cotton candy as the bun. Nerds as the topping. This is a special item as part of their sugar rush night at the ballpark

And here is actually some evidence of someone trying to eat it. It was one of the players on the team.

Now get this. They are going to cut away from the video before he gives his reaction.

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SCHOLES: And I'm wondering if they did it on purpose because they wanted to sell a few of those that night. But neither of you are in for the cotton candy hot dog?

PAUL: No, no.

BLACKWELL: That must smell like hell.

SCHOLES: (INAUDIBLE) trying pretty much (INAUDIBLE) buy (ph) it (ph).

PAUL: You would buy it?

SCHOLES: I would take a bite but I don't know if I'd finish it.

PAUL: No.

SCHOLES: That's sugar rush in the ballpark. How many parents went home not very happy about the choices of that?

PAUL: Oh my gosh. I know. I was going to say, let me know how that goes that one bit you're taking (ph). Thank you, Andy. BLACKWELL: Thanks, Andy.

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PAUL: So guess what? It was almost like a royal wedding apparently the way people are reacting to this. "Game of Thrones" actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie tied the knot.

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The couple got married in Scotland yesterday. They met on a set of the HBO series which is set to air its final season next year.