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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban; Court: Travel Ban Within President's Powers; White House: Travel Ban Is Not A Muslim Ban; Sudan Commutes Death Sentence For Teen Bride; Trump Predicts Backlash Against Harley-Davidson; Trump Defends Tariffs as Positive Measure; Trade Groups Raise Concerns Over Trump's Tariffs; No Injuries After Child Fires Gun Found At IKEA; The Biggest Sigh Of Relief For Argentina in the World Cup; Maradona's Roller Coaster Of Emotions; Peru Ends World Cup With 2-0 Win Over Australia. Aired 12-1a ET

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Ahead this hour, third time lucky for the Trump administration and its controversial travel ban. While the U.S. president spikes the football critic critics say this ruling will go down in history as one of the worst ever made by the Supreme Court.

Plus, spared from death by an international outcry. A Sudanese teen who murdered her rapist husband will not be hanged but the court rules she must still pay blood money to her former in-laws.

And Trumpnomics meet reality. How the U.S. president's economic policies have very little to do with actual facts.

Hello and thanks for joining us. I'm John Vause. You're watching NEWSROOM L.A.

Donald Trump is taking an America first victory lap after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his travel ban a policy his critics denounce as xenophobic and racist. The ruling comes as the president is escalating his rhetoric and implementing hard line policies against undocumented immigrants.

CNN's Jim Acosta begins our coverage.


JIM ACOSTA, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): For President Trump it was supreme vindication.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A tremendous success, a tremendous victory for the American people and for our Constitution. This is a great victory for our Constitution. ACOSTA: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the president's travel ban on mostly Muslim majority countries. Writing for a conservative majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said the ban is squarely within the scope of presidential authority.

But in a blistering dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, wrote, "The majority here completely sets aside the president's charged statements about Muslims as irrelevant. That holding arose a foundation of principle of religious tolerance that the court elsewhere has so emphatically protected.

And it tells members of minority religions in our country that they are outsiders not full members of the political community. That was in reference to Mr. Trump's original call for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. from the campaign.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.

ACOSTA: Taking a victory lap Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who blocked Barack Obama's pick of Merrick Garland for the high court tweeted out a photo of Mr. Trump's justice, Neil Gorsuch. The president's one-word reaction in a tweet, "wow."

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The ruling shows that all of the attacks from the media and the Democrat politicians are wrong and they turned out to be very wrong.

I want to thank Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his years of work to make this day very special.

ACOSTA: The president used the occasion to tout the hardline stance on migrants coming across the border, an influx the president said has prompted calls for thousands of new immigration judges, but that's false. There are no serious calls of Washington for thousands of judges.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: They want to us choose 5,000 judges. Can you imagine the corruption? Go to the barbershop, grab somebody, make him a request judge. Everybody is being made a judge.

ACOSTA: At a rally in South Carolina, the president defended his administration's practice of jailing children who cross the border with their parents.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: And what I learned is one thing, our facilities are cleaner better kept and better run that's the one thing I learn, OK. I saw them, but what we have is two extremes and I liked it.

ACOSTA: On the same day, the White House was calling for civility, the president attacked late night talk show hosts.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Jimmy Fallon calls me up. He is like a nice guy. He is lost looks like a lost soul.

ACOSTA: And he mocks speculation about the first lady's more private schedule in recent weeks.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: They said she got a face lift. No, I would let you know. They couldn't hide that one for long, right?

ACOSTA: While railing against the press, the White House is turning to conservative media outlets like Sinclair Broadcasting for sympathetic coverage.

BORIS EPSHTEYN, SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP: What's something people at home they may not know about you that they are not seeing when you are sparring with the media or representing the president.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Maybe that I'm a little nicer than sometimes they want to make me out to be. Again, I'm a pretty -- I think happy person. I love life and I'm a lot nicer I think than they make me out to be in the press.


ACOSTA: And CNN has learned the first lady is planning on visiting another immigration facility later this week, you'll recall she did that last week down on the border. No confirmation, though, this time of where exactly that visit will take place. Jim Acosta, CNN, the White House.

Joining me now for more civil rights attorney and vice president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Omar Noureldin, and California Republican National Committeeman, Shawn Steel. Good to see you both. Thanks for coming in.

[00:05:04] OK, Shawn, let's start with you a big win for the president. This took more than a year. So, will Donald Trump now feel empowered? Will he be emboldened and if so, who's next, which country, which religion, which group will be the target?

SHAWN STEEL, CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEEMAN: It's never been religion. It's never been that and you know that. The travel ban dealt with the countries that Obama himself designated as terrorist dysfunctional societies. That were producing a lot of really violent young men that would be a danger to wherever they would go to if -- particularly if they are unvetted.

That's a fundamental part. So, this wasn't like a creation that came out of Donald Trump's head. It's something the State Department, security experts have been working on for a long time.

Now, remember there were three iterations that went through the so- called travel ban, but it's something that we did in World War II. You know, we had a travel ban against Japanese that were coming to the United States and Germans -- other parts of the world -- pardon?

VAUSE: One of the worst histories, you know, the Japanese internment is what you are referring to when the Japanese --

No, no those were American citizens and that was a Democrat plan by Earl Warren and FDR. They're the ones that sets up the internment camps. Let's not forget it was the Democrat Party that actually did that.

And that was certainly bad and evil, but I'm taking talking about Japanese citizens we're not coming to California and the United States because we're fighting a war with them. We have a war against radical Islam. That's something that's worldwide costing a lot of lives every single day in the central --

VAUSE: It is a religious ban.

STEEL: No, of course, not. It's the people that are perpetrating that kind of -- not against Muslims per se, but against radical Muslims, absolutely -- and they're the ones that are doing the damage.

VAUSE: What do you expecting in the coming months from this administration and you know, feel free to reply to Shawn.

OMAR NOURELDIN, VICE PRESIDENT, MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL: Yes, well, I think this does embolden the president. I think this decision tells the president go full force, carry on your agenda. It's not just against Muslims. Part of the president's agenda is to minimize legal immigration into this country, close our borders to both legal immigrants and people seeking asylum.

That's what we have seen in the last few weeks on our southern border. That's what this Muslim travel ban does, and this gives the president a green light to continue on that agenda. I think this is -- this was about Muslims. You know, the president made that clear.

And the Chief Justice John Roberts majority opinion says, you know, it's not our job to denounce the president's statements. Well, that may be true. It's not their job to denounce them, but it's to actually vet the president's intentions.

That's what religious discrimination law and the First Amendment law calls on the court to do. And today the opinion by Chief Justice Roberts abdicated that authority.

VAUSE: I want to read part of an op-ed from Yale Law Professor Peter Shuck (ph), who he actually claims the Supreme Court got it right, but he goes on to say the fact that the court ruled correctly, however, does not mean that the status quo is acceptable.

The most fearful aspect of the court's decision is already evident and Mr. Trump's immediate triumphalist response to. The decision will certainly embolden him in his claims of vast presidential power and indifference to the law whether on immigration or other policy areas.

So, Shawn even those who, you know, see this ruling is being correct in law have fears about what it now means for a president who actually doesn't have at least in many instances a lot of respect for the rule of law and the Constitution.

STEEL: Actually, that's not true. He has great deal of respect for the rule of law. He is the one that appointed the Supreme Court justice. He is appointing a lot of judges, it's not him. It's an administration. There is a lot of people involved in the decision making.

It's not Trump. It's taken Trump a long time to kind of learn that because he has never done the presidential or political agenda before. But the fact that he actually changed the travel ban three times, went through a lot of (inaudible), a lot of thought, people and became a much more reasonable approach in my view.

The stuff that a candidate says on the campaign stump you look at any of the presidents in the past and you put it in practical policy it's absurd. Some of the things that you have right now it's fire power.

The thing is that Trump understands the limits of power. He understands that he has to go through a lot of people just to get anything done. It's frustrating. He gets on Twitter but even his Twitter account has gotten a lot better in the last 12 months.

JONES: OK, well, I'll keep on the ruling for the Supreme Court dealt with the statements the president made during the campaign as a candidate. Here is CNN's Chief Legal Analyst, Jeffrey Toobin.


JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN CHIEF LEGAL ANALYST: What the Supreme Court is saying here is that you know, president -- or Candidate Trump may have said things that it is easy to denounce, but this order itself is within the core powers of the presidency, not just Donald Trump's presidency but all presidencies.


VAUSE: So, in other words, stuff like this that we're about to hear from Donald Trump had no relevance.


PRESIDENT TRUMP (via telephone): We're having problem was Muslims coming into the country. We have to look at the Muslims and we have do something.

We must find out what is going on. We have to do it.


[00:10:05] VAUSE: And all this seems kind of odd Omar because you touched on this. And the example I want to use is just a few weeks ago in deciding, you know, the wedding cake case, which was gay rights versus religious freedom.

The Supreme Court warned that when there is even slight suspicion with animosity to religion underlying government action. All public officials must pause to remember their own high duty to the Constitution and to the rights it secures. So, is there a different standard in the U.S. for Christian intolerance as opposed to Muslim intolerance.

NOURELDIN: I think that's right and the masterpiece cake shop case, the court went out of its way scoured the record to find a smidgen of religious animus towards the baker. And there were one or two commissioners on a seven-commission panel that said some things along the lines of religion has been used historically to do horrible things.

And the court found there that that was intolerable and reversed the commission's findings. But here where we had ample evidence from the president of his religious animus, the court backtracked.

And this is -- you know, I agree with the professor in terms of the implications of it. I think that the case was wrong wrongly decided and dissent got it right is that this gives the president and the executive a national security flag.

They just put up the flag and it's game over. It puts things beyond judicial review and that's not the way our democracy is supposed to work.

VAUSE: This was a 5-4 decision Shawn, which begs the question, what would the decision have been if the Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican, had not denied President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court instead handing it out to Neil Gorsuch.

And it seems McConnell with his tweet that he put out today shaking hands with Neil Gorsuch, the justice that Trump appointed. It seems so much like, you know, McConnell is trolling those who were opposed --

STEEL: He is quite pleased with the result. Look, saying that this is the worst decision ever made by the U.S. Supreme Court overlooks some of the bad decisions in the past, a lot of bad economic ones particularly the great one that dread Scott decision, it's silly, it's embarrassing.

And I love the way the luck keeps jumping off the ledge. And I want them to get more hysterics hysterical attacking public officials shouting and screaming calling everybody that disagree with them a racist.

And you know what Republicans are going to continue to win and it's a great thing. Most Americans aren't buying this nonsense. What Trump, the candidate, said is not what he is saying today and --

VAUSE: Well, there are actions within the administration. I'll give you an example. Words matter, and this may not seem like a big deal, but here's part of the old mission statement from the Citizen and Immigration Service

"USCIS secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants. Back in February that was changed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation's lawful immigration system."

You know the words promise of a nation of immigrants were specifically removed from the mission statement. And Omar, you know, it may have been a myth, but this is what people believed in. It's sort of a bedrock principle that, you know, this country was founded on. There is a very specific decision to remove that from a government department.

NOURELDIN: Yes, and this is part of a larger narrative and theme that the administration is painting is that you're not welcome. Muslims you are not welcome. Islam it a foreign religion when in fact that's not true. Islam and Muslims have been here since before the nation's foundings or vital contributors to this country.

Both Muslims that were born here and Muslims that emigrated here. So, this is furthering the Trump administration -- this decision emboldens and furthers the Trump administration's policy, which is to change the narrative of America.

VAUSE: Shawn, why make that change why was the change necessary to the U.S. citizenship --

STEEL: I believe that we are a nation of immigrants. We need a lot more immigrants. We need to have a totally different standard. Chain migration is not very good. Allowing people to walk through the borders --

VAUSE: But this seems changing the very nature of the country.

STEEL: My wife has relatives waiting for years to come here and they passed all the tests, paid the dues. And we need immigration to keep the country healthy young and vital. So, there's no problem with that.

I want to say something perfectly clear here and I hope Omar agrees with me. There is no nation on God's green earth that has been more tolerant.

NOURELDIN: Absolutely.

STEEL: For Muslims than in any other place in the universe other than a Muslim dominated society would you agree with that?

NOURELDIN: I actually think America is a better place to be a Muslim than most Muslim majority countries and I want to keep it that way.

STEEL: That is profound. That is profound I have not heard that.

VAUSE: That's why this country doesn't have the same problems that Europe is having right now. But I want to get on with Attorney Jeff Sessions who is in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He spoke out against those who oppose the administrations policy of separating families at the border.


JEFF SESSIONS, ATTORNEY GENERAL: So, the rhetoric we hear from the other side on this issue as on many others has become radicalized. We hear views on television today that are on the lunatic fringe frankly and what is perhaps more galling is the hypocrisy.

These same people live in gated communities, many of them, and are featured at events where you have to have an id to even come in and hear them speak.

[00:15:11] They like the little security around them and if you try to scale the fence believe me they'll be even too happy to have you arrested and separated from your children. They would like to see that.


VAUSE: Now, it seems kind of beyond inappropriate for the highest law officers in the land to be making joke about kids taken away from their parents.

NOURELDIN: Well, you know, he gets if from his boss. This isn't something the president has joked about very serious matters and has change the entire decorum of the oval office. So, it's not surprising to see Jeff Sessions, who actually the president hasn't been happy with of late trying to get in good favor by following the president's leads. That's a sad state of affairs for our executive branch.

STEEL: I was trying to find something that was terrible about that feed because most -- most -- most -- look, this is something -- let's get to the truth of the matter. We can talk about the rhetoric and the fake "Time" magazine story having -- having the girl separated from her mother. It's a hoax -- much of this is hoax.

VAUSE: It's not a hoax these are numbers from the government from the U.S. government.

STEEL: Hear me just for one second. This idea of separation from children is very emotional and it's something properly revoltive to I think most people. Obama started it eight years ago.

And the same type of activities that were taken according to Jay Johnson just 36 hours ago, he's the former director of Homeland Security said we did the same thing. We did more of it and we didn't have a choice.

They had no regrets of that. This is Obama's number one pick if you are picking on Trump. He consistent -- honest go after Obama.

VAUSE: Shawn, you are muddying the waters. It's not apples to apples. You are comparing apples and orange. We are going to leave it there. Shawn, Omar, thank you.

OK. Well, it was one of President Trump's favorite companies, but now Harley-Davidson has been labeled un-American. And we'll explain why after the break.

Also, ahead, a Sudanese teen bride has escaped execution. I'll speak to the lawyer with the "Justice for Noura" campaign about this decision as well as forced child marriage in Sudan.


VAUSE: In Sudan, a teenager who murdered her husband after he raped her will be spared the death penalty. After an international, outcry a court commuted her sentence. But instead ordered her to spend five years in jail and pay about $19,000 in blood money to her husband's family.

[00:20:11] Mo Seifeldein is a lawyer for the "Justice For Noura" campaign joins us now from Washington via Skype. Mo, thank you for staying up. Obviously, there is good news here, but Noura's family has been ordered to pay about $19,000 to (inaudible) family. This is what the relatives did to her according to Noura.


NOURA HUSSEIN, SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL (voice-over): We arrived at the honey moon flat. I locked myself inside one of the rooms. I refused to eat. I refused to leave my room. On the ninth day, his relatives came. His uncle told me to go to the bedroom. I said no.

So, he dragged me by my arm into the bedroom. All of them tore at my clothing. His uncle held me down by my legs. And each of the other two held down my arm. He stripped and had me while I wept and screamed.


VAUSE: Mo, does she have to pay this money to the same relatives who held her down while she was raped by her husband?

MO SEIFELDEIN, ATTORNEY, "JUSTICE FOR NOURA": Yes, it's a very tragic situation and the complexity of the case and the culture makes it difficult for outsiders to understand. That's why the "Justice for Noura" campaign has been very careful in framing this issue.

What the lawyers and her family are doing now at least they are celebrating the moment that she is going to be spared the death penalty. But I think the issue remain that she defended herself and will have to face a potential five years in jail with that fine.

So, it is a tragic situation and definitely no one wins here at all. But where it leaves satisfied for the moment that she will be spared the death penalty.

VAUSE: If there is a decision to appeal the five-year sentence and obviously, this blood money, what are the chances of success? And does that open her up to maybe, you know, the possibility of the sentence being increased again?

SEIFELDEIN: Well, we spoke with Noura's lawyers earlier today and we are expecting to get some more information, information from them tomorrow. But from speaking with them they don't seem to think that there is going to be a likelihood of an appeal even if there is one it's -- it probably won't be a strong one.

But it's still a possibility. So, while we celebrate today for Noura and the international community involvement, I think we are a long way from done. And I think deceased family may have something to say about that. So, we do expect an appeal. VAUSE: You know, this was a case which sparked a lot of international attention. There are a lot of demands from around the world for Noura to be set free, though. Petitions and hundreds of thousands of people sign those petitions.

You know, the government of Sudan was put under a lot of pressure. Would she have been -- had the sentence commuted to the five years in jail if there had not been that spotlight or would she just have been hanged and that was it?

SEIFELDEIN: Yes, you know, I think that the Sudanese lawyers did a great job in her appeal, but I think the international community and the outrage and people speaking about the issue has definitely dealt with the matter and it helped we think a lot.

Her lawyers definitely think it has something to do with it given that the decision on that deal came faster than what they expected. So, I think this is a testament to the international community, and what can be achieved if people go after an objective.

So, that end, we do think that the international media and international organizations jumping on with the "Justice for Noura" campaign here in D.C. and (inaudible) that helped a lot. And we are thankful for that.

But I think there is a lot of work to be done within the country itself changing the laws. Definitely, without that intervention, we definitely think she would not have been in this situation that she is in right now.

VAUSE: So, very quickly, Mo, we're always out of time. You touched on the issue of laws in Sudan, the legal age limit for getting married for women in Sudan is 10. Marital rape is not a crime. It's obviously very difficult to change attitudes. Laws cane change. How difficult though will it being to get any kind of meaningful change through the government there?

SEIFELDEIN: Well, I think the Sudanese government is trying to come forward and be part of the international community and they have -- pardon me -- made some efforts to do so. It looks like we lost the connection there. Can you hear me?

VAUSE: Yes, we can still hear you. But I think we might wrap it up there, Mo, but we appreciate you being with us. Mo Seifeldein there with the "Justice for Noura" campaign giving us the good news and the bad news that Noura has been spared the death penalty, but still he's facing this five years in jail and paying thousands of dollars in blood money. Mo, sorry we lost the connection but thank you.

We'll take a short break. When we come back, President Trump says he is leveling the playing field, but there is a new warning about the outcome of a global trade war, fallout from the tariffs. That's up next.


VAUSE: Welcome, everybody. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM live from Los Angeles. I'm John Vause with the headlines this hour.

Donald Trump is claiming a tremendous victory for the American people and the Constitution after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday to uphold his controversial travel ban. It restricts people from seven countries from entering the United States. Critics call it bigoted and xenophobic.

The U.N. says the Syrian government offensive has forced more than 45,000 people to flee their homes in the rebel-held southern province of Daraa (ph). (Inaudible) say regime forces backed Russia have launched missile and airstrikes.

A Sudanese teenager convicted of killing her husband as he raped her for a second time has had her death sentence commuted. Noura Hussein will spend five years in jail and her family will pay a hefty. Her lawyers say they plan to appeal the jail sentence and the payment. Noura's story brought worldwide attention to the issue of marital rape in Sudan a crime which is not a crime in Sudan.

President Trump once praised Harley-Davidson as a model American brand. Now he says the iconic motorcycle company will end up paying higher taxes and he predicts a public backlash. It comes after Harley announced it would move the production of motorcycles shipped to the European Union to international facilities to avoid the E.U.'s new 25 percent tariff on imported bikes taking the total tariff to 31 percent. Mr. Trump says Harley is surrendering in the trade battle with Europe.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: Harley-Davidson is using that as an excuse and I don't like that because I've been very good to Harley-Davidson. And they used it as an excuse. I think the people that ride Harleys are not happy with Harley-Davidson. And I wouldn't be either.


VAUSE: For more on this, we are joined by Ryan (inaudible), global business executive, and Eric Schiffer, CEO of Reputation Management Consultants and The Patriot Group. Good to see you. Ryan is here the last week and Eric, it's been a while so welcome back. OK, hell hath no fury, than a President's scorned, actually, that President is Donald Trump.

Earlier on the day on Tuesday, he warned Harley Davidson as he went ahead with the move. It would be the end of the company. So Ryan, first, you've given how closely Harley was with this U.S. President. Is this a warning to corporate America? You know, don't be surprised. You know, if you kiss a rattlesnake, it will bite you in the face.

RYAN PATEL, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, here's the thing, when you get -- singled out Harley, right? This is why -- and this why they had to make a decision right away. Other companies, right now, are kind of in the wait and see move. And when you are on the flipside of support and administration, that you attack to here, and I think this is where they had to make a move, either it went into play. There was only one choice, at least, Harley could've made to, kind of, stay profitable and still be able to sell to E.U. which is number two, I think, in the top sales.

VAUSE: Ok. Eric, isn't all of this basically the spirit of free enterprise, you know, the American spirit, and take your company away and make money? You know, just like Ivanka Trump, whose fashion line is source from factories all around the world, watching the face reported last year, in China, assembly line workers produce Ivanka Trump woven blouses, shoes and handbags.

Laborers in Indonesia stitch together her dresses and knit tops, suit jackets are assembled in Vietnam, cotton tops in India, denim pants in Bangladesh. If Harley Davidson is being an-American which is essentially what the President is applying here, so true as Ivanka Trump.

ERIC SCHIFFER, CEO, THE PATRIARCH GROUP: Well, I think it's an interesting point. You know, we don't know at the end of the day why they're really doing it, but certainly, there are benefits in producing overseas. I mean, there's no question about it, but whether it's really because of these taxes. That's to be determined. I think that Harley Davidson is making a move in their best interest.

I think it ultimately may hurt the brand in the U.S. for many reasons, notwithstanding the fact that it's been tied to America for so long and they're leaving American workers. But, this is going to be one of many different companies that gets affected like this. There was no question there will be casualties in the short run, but in the long run, it's good for America to be tough at this point and cut deals in my opinion.

VAUSE: Ryan, you seem to disagree?

PATEL: Yes, I mean, I understand you got -- I mean, there's a whole heart of the trade tariff, is to protect I.P. This is where -- this is where it, kind of, stemmed from the degree. You know, at the end of this, you still going to do business, globally. And in the short term, these companies are going to suffer how long and the trade deal that we need to get to the end of this. When is it going to come and how much better is it, currently?


VAUSE: Yes. It was somewhat overshadowed on Tuesday because of the Supreme Court's decision on the travel ban, but the President did reveal a lot about -- on his thoughts about how the economy actually works. So, here he is, talking about his view of a trade deficit.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We can't allow the European Union to take out $151 billion out of the United States. We can't allow Mexico to have a NAFTA deal that gives them over $100 billion. And I call it profit.

(END VIDEO CLIP) VAUSE: You know, Ryan, it's interesting to you, because, you know, trade deficits, they're basically about how much you spend, if I go to the pub on the corner, certainly a lot of money and leave it there, don't make a lot of money back from the pub. That doesn't imply on being exploited in any way.

PATEL: Yes. I mean, I think -- you want to have a trade deficit where we're going to get to trillion dollars, but to have a trade deficit doesn't mean the economy is bad or you're doing something wrong. Obviously, the economy is doing really well, where just people are selling more stuff here and exporting an American consumer is the one that's benefited for the time being.

And I think at the end of the day, again, I think he's using it to tie to his rhetoric a little bit. I just want to make it clear, just having a trade deficit doesn't mean that you are, you know --

VAUSE: There's a problem.

PATEL: There's a problem.

VAUSE: Again, the President also talked about the impact to steel tariffs, have had only U.S. steel industry.


TRUMP: Our steel industry is going through the roof. U.S. steel just announced they're expanding or building six new facilities. Last night, in South Carolina, right, go ahead, Georgetown Steel. The factory's been closed, the plant's been closed how long, Lindsey?

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), SOUTH CAROLINA: About three years. But what's interesting, there's a British copy. A steel manufacture in Britain, bought Georgetown Steel to make steel here.


VAUSE: It was Senator Lindsey Graham at the end. But, you know -- so, OK, steel industry doing alright in the U.S., but in Missouri, the impact of those steel tariffs have already cost 60 jobs at one factory. Mid Continent Nail blames the layoffs on Trump's tariffs, and the company says all 500 employees could lose their jobs by Labor Day. The next round of cuts could come in a matter of days.

[00:35:00] We also have the Tax Foundation which adds, all these tariffs which should be announced so far, actually implemented a U.S. GDP would fall by half a percent, wages would fall as well. And the big number in all of these, it could end up causing more than 300,000 jobs. So, Eric, yes, isolated the tariffs are helping the steel industry, but overall, the bigger picture is having -- is having a must bigger detrimental effect on the economy or at least, potentially.

SCHIFFER: Well, it has the potential to, in the short run.

VAUSE: Oh, you mean, he's having? Yes. SCHIFFER: Well, I think that's true. But, what's been the impact the last 20 years? And America is definitely been affected. It's been an uneven playing field. China has been taking advantage in a significant way. And there are these, you know, isolated tariffs by many countries that there's no question, has been unfair. I think many people would agree with that.

The question is, how is he going about doing it and is this the smartest way? This is his style. This is the way he operates. It's also the mandate he got, politically. People wanted to see someone take the reins where 20 years, it wasn't really happening. And, you know, you have a country like China that if we don't get our things in line, and don't get into a situation where at some level, a parody. They're only going to get more powerful. Now is the time to try to negotiate a deal.

VAUSE: OK. Well, with that in mind, the President believes that now is the time because the economy in the U.S. is strong and it can easily survive the trade war.


TRUMP: We're still high up. We picked up 40. If you look at the kind of numbers we've picked up, it's up almost 40 percent, the market, and that's that. The real market is the overall. And the overall is up much more than that. But, we picked up about $8 trillion in value, doing what we're doing. Now, we got a little bit of uncertainty because of trade. To me, there's no uncertainty. And other people that happened to be smart, there's no uncertainty.


VAUSE: I mean, Ryan, I think he was talking about the stock market of $8 trillion (INAUDIBLE) what the two have to do with each other. But, 51 trade groups upon the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups and big corporations urging Congress, pass legislation to limit the President's ability to oppose tariffs (INAUDIBLE) it is now also increasingly clear, that's the way the steel and aluminum tariffs have been used will result in retaliatory tariffs from our largest trading partners and closest allies, and the retaliation will have serious negative economic impacts on the Unites States.

This letter has been timed by multi-national corporations like Amazon, MGM and Wal-Mart, and they're worried. They're extremely concerned about the effect this will all have in the economy.

PATEL: I would, if I'm Wal-Mart and Amazon. They're spending a lot of money in, specifically, in China Wal-Mart, sold their business at the E.U. to get into -- to put more money into China, specifically. So, these things will hamper some of the comparable growth sales. They're looking at other places, specifically there, and not only that, I think the -- at the end of the day, the businesses and corporations want certainty.

I think, this ability to -- I don't think anyone thought this would (INAUDIBLE) this long, I mean, maybe there is. But, to be in multiple trade wars, that's where I -- the company has the most issue, each one to go after China, and be able to create one deal, great. But now, you're craving multiple trade wars that, kind of, hurts the value of each of these companies.

VAUSE: And before you respond to all of these, Eric, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Britain, among many officials around the world, warning of a global financial disaster.


HON. PHILIP HAMMOND, CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER, BRITAIN: We live in uncertain times because the old certainty for many decades has been that the United States was completely wedded to open markets and free trade. And now, the United States is questioning the value, the fairness, of some of our arrangements. I very much hope that we can avoid a full-scale trade war. That would be a disaster for everyone, not least for the United States.


VAUSE: So, Eric, I guess what is still unsettling for so many around the world is that, you know, this is a policy, not just of the U.S. government, but of the Republic and administration, you know, which tradition, being champions of open markets and free trade.

SCHIFFER: Yes. The Republican Party has changed. And I think that President Trump views this time as one of which he's had this long- standing policy for years, decades, in his own, you know, thoughts and mind, about what he thought was fair to United States. And there are many people that agree with him, obviously, put him in the office. There are a lot of projections about what these all would do, and a disaster, and there's going to be massive layoffs, et cetera.

But no one really knows, OK, especially if we get a deal on the short term. And what I think you have to look at are, what are the underlying forces? The underlying forces are, Trump cannot continue to stay in office if there's a bad economy.

That is what's keeping his numbers, there's gallop full, you know, record numbers for him. It's largely because of the economy. He's acutely aware of this. At the same time, the politics are driving some of his moves with these isolated tariffs because it feeds into the benefit of many of his -- the base.

[00:40:05] VAUSE: Can I ask Ryan, I'll give you 15 seconds.

PATEL: Well, I think, at the end of the day, I think it's going to be very important to -- for Trump to pick an ally and get a deal done. You can't -- you cannot keep doing this with --

VAUSE: Of course, our tariffs are the best way of going about these negotiations. It's a blunt instrument (INAUDIBLE) but, great to have you guys. We absolutely appreciate the discussion. Thank you. Next stop on Newsroom L.A., is not uncommon to lose some loose change in the couch. An IKEA customer let out a gun, and be discovered later on. Yes, 5, 6-year old, what could possibly go wrong? (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

VAUSE: Check out the Web site of IKEA, it says, the company works to create a safer home. Well, how about a safest store, especially after a child fired a gun at an IKEA in the U.S. State of Indiana? No one was hurt but police say the 6-year old actually found the loaded firearm. It was left on a sofa, apparently by a customer.


SGT. TOM WEGER, OFFICER, INDIANA POLICE DEPARTMENT: We need to make sure that if you're going to carry a firearm, that you keep it under your control at all times. We also want to take the opportunity to express upon kids how important it is to have a certain plan in place in case they should ever find a gun. You know, we don't want them to touch it.


VAUSE: Well, IKEA has apologized to its customers. Safety is the top priority and it actually has a no weapons policy, which apparently does not actually work. Thanks for watching CNN Newsroom, live from Los Angeles. I'm John Vause. World Sport with Patrick Snell, starts after the break.


[00:45:18] PATRICK SNELL, CNN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ANCHOR: Hi, there. Thanks for joining us. Welcome to CNN WORLD SPORT, today. I'm Patrick Snell.

In a moment we look ahead to a potentially tense nervy day ahead for both Brazil and reigning world champion's Germany at this year's World Cup in Russia. But we start with surely the biggest sigh of relief for Argentina, and their fans for two-time winners led, of course, by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, just four minutes away from elimination until the most dramatic of finishes against Nigeria in St. Petersburg.

You know, he carries the weight of an expects on football-mad nation on his shoulders, but Messi responded with a wonderfully taken early goal to put his team ahead. The first touch exquisite, the second just sublime, before a ruthlessly accurate right-footed finished for the opening goal of the game.

And look at this, Argentina's captain was front and center again. This is with own pep talk to the team just before the second half. Resumed Messi has never won anything with the national team. He knew just what was at stake here, but Nigeria clearly hadn't read the scoop. Victor Moses rolling over a penalty to make it 1-1.

And so, with Argentina on the verge of a humiliating exit from the tournament, with 86 minutes God, it was -- it wasn't in Higuain, nor Aguero, nor even Messi with the winner, it was Man United defender Marcos Rojo with a superbly composed volley finish send his team into absolute rapture. There you can see the emotion now on Angel Di Maria, and of course, we just saw the Argentine head coach -- the league of head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, amid reports disappearing quickly down the tunnel there. Really rare sight at this World Cup, a smile of joy from Messi, as well. The relief and the emotion all too apparent on every single Argentina plan.


LIONEL MESSI, FORWARD, ARGENTINE NATIONAL TEAM (through translator): We have suffered a lot, it was a difficult situation. There was a lot at stake, and of course, it was a huge relief for all of us. It was a difficult match because of the results we had before the game and many other things that have been said.

We knew it was going to be a difficult night but fortunately, we have achieved our aim. We didn't think we were going to suffer as much as we have. We were quite confident, we would have gone through.


SNELL: Now, Argentina's fans put through the emotional rollercoaster. This supporter, look at a so overcome by the occasion clearly struggling to take in what he had just witnessed.

And how about this guy with players celebrating right in front of it. What does he do? He didn't know what to do, so he just poured his drink all over his head and then, back home. And whether Saturday's we're a nation have been holding its collective breath, the most deafening of roars at the national team do indeed survive to fight another day.

We'll spare a thought for the Nigerians, they were just minutes away, four minutes away, in fact, from advancing to the second round but instead, they suffered a fifth straight loss to Argentina at a World Cup.

Senegal remaining the only African side now that could survive the group stages, but there's no question the Nigerians can leave with their heads held high.


GERNOT ROHR, MANAGER, SUPER EAGLES, NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION: I am proud of my players because they played well in the second part. A good football like we can do, we are missing a bit of experience. We have a young team and I think this kind of matches are building the character of the team. And in four years, they will be very strong.


SNELL: Now, watching every moment of Argentina's dramatic victory from the stands was the legendary Diego Maradona. He led the Albiceleste to the World Cup title at the Mexico, 1986 tournament. He certainly proved to be a larger-than-life presence to the game there in St. Petersburg. From the very moment, he was spotted dancing with a Nigerian fan. In fact, he took us through a whole range of exhibitions including his own unique way of celebrating Messi's goal he appeared agitated and on edge at times watching the national team. Was even spotted making a rather disdainful gesture which was plain in the end for everyone to see.

Well, Maradona was been seen appearing to need help to walk up a flight of steps, though he said afterwards, he was fine. But even though, he was checked by a doctor for neck pain. He added he was not hospitalized.

Other groups are the match of Iceland's first-ever World Cups over and sadly for them, it ended in another defeat. They actually could have spoiled the party for Argentina if they got a big enough win against Croatia and having got back on level terms they switched off very near the end and it's inter Milan's even Paris if he grabs the all- important winning goal in that one.

It means that Croatia topped the group, then on nine points, they've been impressive, three wins from three the Croatians face Denmark for a place in the last eight. And so, after all that Argentina finished second with four points. They'll play France in the first knockout game on Saturday.


[00:50:33] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're just having it. We are the most happy people in the world. So, let us pray with it.


SNELL: Asking in the Moscow, some with a beer in hand. What a great way to celebrate for these Denmark fans. You know, Tuesday at the World Cup, bought within a tournament first after 36 previous games, we finally had a goalless draw and it came between France and Denmark in Group C. The French had already qualified for the last 16 but the point was priceless for the Danes, and it assured them of progress, as well.

Now, also in Group C, it really has been quite the journey for Peru's national team. They have thrilled many along the way with their style of play. And on Tuesday, they signed off with an impressive victory against Australia, despite knowing they could no longer advance to the next stage of the tournament.

La Blanquirroja fans have really done their country proud, as well. Just look at this their devotion to their countries course has been all too apparent. Remember Peruvians have been competing in their first World Cup since Spain, 1982. And they have much to be proud of, as well, after completing a 2-0 victory with the Socceroos in Sochi.

Andre Carrillo, giving them the lead for 1-0 there for the South American country. And it would get even better for them and their fans when their talisman and all-time leading golfer, Paolo Guerrero, adding another this, by the way, Peru's first World Cup victory since 1978.

And just look how it was received back in the South American country, as well. This really is terrific video capturing the moments and historic occasion 40 years in the making. Those kids will be talking about that for some time to come.

Special day then, for all concern with Peruvian football so, Les Bleus, the French national team ending up top in the group with seven points. And Denmark, go through with five. France, with world champions twenty years ago when they hosted the tournament on home soil. Next up, they did they show merits, Argentina on Saturday in the last 16.

So, speaking of the last 16, at this year's World Cup in Russia is will slowly starting to take shape now. And there's one or two rather intriguing scenarios, as well. We could even be having France against Portugal in the quarterfinals. Maybe a rematch of the Euro 2016 final won by the Portuguese or it might even be Portugal against Argentina. You know that means, Ronaldo coming face to face with you, guessed it, Messi. Croatia will play Denmark in the next round, while the Spanish take on the host nation, Russia.

Plenty more drama, I'm quite sure later on today as groups E & F take center stage. Germany, were just seconds away from a potentially disastrous draw against Sweden over the weekend. Then, came that wonderful goal from Toni Kroos, I will tell you why the world champions can't relax just yet though.


[00:55:34] SNELL: We're back with a tense, potentially nervy day ahead for the reigning world champions, Germany, who needed that dramatic Toni Kroos goal in the 95th minute against Sweden on Saturday to keep their hopes of reaching the last 16 very much alive.

In Group F, all four teams can still in theory advance even technically, South Korea, if the Germans is to be sure of qualification though, they need a better result in their game against Korea than the Swedes against with Mexico. Quite simply a match Germany have to win and win well.

Now, that the global game superpower is Brazil, later on, today they simply must avoid defeat to Serbia in order to advance to the last 16. Our Amanda Davies has been keeping a close eye on the South Americans at their latest trading session in Moscow.

AMANDA DAVIES, CNN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: All the best efforts of (INAUDIBLE) and Brazil to shift the focus away, there's no doubt. It's all eyes on one man, Neymar. The last time we saw him on the pitch, he was on his knees head in hands in floods of tears after scoring that late, late goal to help Brazil beat Costa Rica.

But for all the obvious concerns in the media about his emotional state, he looked in pretty good spirits with the side knowing that just a point against Serbia will see them through.


JOAO MIRANDA, DEFENDER, BRAZILIAN NATIONAL TEAM (through translator): We know how to deal with the pressure. We are a national team, we are used to this kind of pressure. Well, it's all set of conditions, I think the emotional side, as well as the technical and physical aspects, are going to prevail in this game. And practically, all of the aspects have been worked on, we're very well prepared for a great match.

TITE, MANAGER, BRAZIL NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM (through translator): We have to be able to assess, heart, head, reasons, feeling, you know without losing your essence.


DAVIES: Despite the fact, Brazil haven't been at their best so far. There's no doubt the five-time world champions are big business. The pressroom here at the Spartak Stadium is choke-full.

But remember, this is just for a group stage match against Serbia. It all goes to plan they could be facing Germany in the next round, and that is something to get excited about. Amanda Davies, CNN, Moscow.

SNELL: Thanks, Amanda. Stay with us for all the very latest right through the day from Russia. Stay with CNN. Thanks for watching.