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[10:00:13] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Well, the summit is on, and the big question right now is will President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin take questions after their meeting. Thank you for being here. I'm Christi Paul.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I am Victor Blackwell. The White House now confirms there will be what they call press availability at the summit, but it is not clear what that means. What is clear this morning is that President Trump is golfing in Scotland, and he's not speaking out against the 12 Russian agents indicted for meddling in our 2016 election. President Trump's response so far is it's President Obama's fault. I'm still the victim of a rigged witch hunt, and I'm still hoping for a good relationship with Vladimir Putin.
PAUL: It is also clear that a lot of people in Scotland don't want the president there. Showing you live pictures from the region right now, or will be having some more live pictures for you. Here is what's been happening just in the last few minutes right there in Edinburgh, Scotland. CNN's Abby Phillip is in Glasgow. CNN's Phil Black in Edinburgh where those protests are underway, and CNN's Nic Robertson is live in Helsinki, Finland.
BLACKWELL: Let's start in Scotland with Abby. What's the president saying this morning?
ABBY PHILLIP, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Victor and Christi. The president is not too far away from here at his golf course at Turnberry. And he has been talking this morning about his summit with Putin. First of all, as you mention, the White House did confirm that there would be some kind of press availability in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin. As you pointed out, we don't know what that means. The White House often is reticent to confirm that the president is actually going to take questions.
But sometimes he does. And as we've seen over the last several days he did on several occasions, but that will be a critical moment for reporters to potentially ask him some questions. But he is already starting to frame the conversation about the meeting with Putin by talking about these 12 indictments passed down by the Mueller investigation this past week, and he is blaming Obama, saying the stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama administration, not the Trump administration. Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September before the election.
But we do know that President Obama did do something about it. The FBI launched a counterintelligence investigation that they did not disclose for quite a while until after the election, and that was ongoing during the 2016 probe. And President Trump's White House in the last day has not been willing to do the one thing that everyone hoped that he would, which is say that this is unacceptable, that Vladimir Putin is responsible for this attack, and that the United States should condemn it.
The White House is saying this summit is going to happen. The president is not backing away from it. The question is, how will he confront Putin when he gets there, and what exactly is he going to say?
In the meantime, he is here in Scotland golfing. He tweeted this morning that he might fit in a little golf which he called his only form of exercise. But there's been footage, some video and photos of him on the golf course this morning, so we know that he's already out there. It is a beautiful day in Scotland, so we can see why, Victor and Christi.
BLACKWELL: Certainly, Abby, thank you so much.
And there were others out there. And there was this stunning security breach. Secret Service now says it is working with Scotland police to track down the paraglider who flew into unauthorized airspace near President Trump. Look at this video. It shows just how close he got, was able to get to the president what he was in Turnberry, the golf resort. This was last night.
PAUL: We're told Greenpeace protester was flying a banner that read Trump well below par, #resist. Phil Black is in the city of Edinburgh where protests are happening there right now. Phil, what are people there saying to you about their reasoning for being there?
PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Christi, I am standing in this park in the middle of the Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, surrounded by thousands of people who repeatedly say that Donald Trump is not welcome here. The main reason is they simply don't like his policies. They disagree with what he has to say on things like immigration, climate change. They disagree, they say, with what they believe to be his attitudes towards women.
So thousands of people here. And of course the unmissable thing behind me over my shoulder is the baby Trump balloon. It is also here. After flying over London during those protests yesterday, it was deflated, loaded aboard an overnight train, transported up here and it has now been brought here for these protests as well. Its tour of the U.K. has also continued.
The crowds here have been marching through the streets of Edinburgh today. The atmosphere is very much like London and Glasgow yesterday. It's festival like. It's pretty happy, even some of the chants, some of the messages and banners and things that have been carried here are pretty blunt and to the point. And as I say, the overall message is there are many people here in Scotland who don't want Donald Trump to be here and to be honored in the U.K. in the way that he has been.
[10:05:12] You mentioned that daring airborne protestor at Turnberry at the Trump golf resort there. On the ground today around the security perimeter, there are smaller protest groups trying to make themselves heard, trying to shout out to the president as he's making his way around the course there today. Victor, Christi, back to you.
PAUL: Phil Black, thank you so much.
President Trump is not planning to cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. That's despite many lawmakers asking or demanding that he do so after the Mueller team indicted 12 Russians for meddling in the election in 2016.
BLACKWELL: It is not unusual for a U.S. president to cancel a summit with Russia. In 2013, President Obama cancelled his meeting with Putin after Russia granted asylum to Edward Snowden. CNN international diplomatic editor Nic Robertson is live in Helsinki this morning. Nic, the first question to you is about the interference after this indictment. We know the president will talk about it with him, and he has framed it he will ask him firmly. What are we hearing so far from the Russians?
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Well, the Russians, perhaps unsurprisingly in this situation, are just pushing back completely right across the board. They're saying there's no evidence for this. This is a recycling of fake news. It is shameful that this criminal case is made up with a political agenda. Indeed, they're saying that this has been done intentionally to spoil the atmosphere coming into the summit.
The issue has come up before when President Putin and President Trump met last year, a year ago, 7th of July back at the G-20 in Hamburg in Germany and they spoke there for a couple of hours. We heard from secretary of state Rex Tillerson and from the Russian foreign minister exactly how President Trump then framed this issue with Vladimir Putin, this meddling. And of course back then there hadn't been the indictments, they're hadn't been this body of evidence that's now presented that the Russians say doesn't exist. Listen to how Sergey Lavrov dismissed this issue a year ago.
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SERGEY LAVROV, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER (through translator): President Trump said, and I'm sure either he or Rex Tillerson himself will say that this campaign of alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections is of a strange nature because there hasn't been a single fact in all these months of allegations which was recognized by those in Congress who are leading this movement at a certain point and brought various administration members on the carpet. President Trump said he's heard Putin's very clear statements that this is not true and that the Russian government didn't interfere in elections and that he accepts these statements. That's all.
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ROBERTSON: So this brings us to two issues here, Victor and Christi. One is how President Trump frames it. And we heard from Sergey Lavrov there and we later learned more that President Trump sort of framed this in the terms of there isn't evidence. The Russians are now pushing back because they say there's no evidence now. So President Trump actually has this body of evidence in the form of the indictment.
So the question has to be now, will he then prevent some form of this to Putin and say, look, here it is, here's what we have? We know as recently as the past couple days, President Trump has said all I can do is say did you do it, don't do it again, and he'll probably deny it. So I think the moment, for a lot of people the questions are being raised, how firmly is President Trump going to push it even though he has the evidence now, because we know exactly what the Russians are going to do. They're already just trying to push it off and say no, it's not true, it is just a political scheme.
BLACKWELL: Nic Robertson for us there in Helsinki, thank you.
PAUL: President Trump is blaming President Obama for the Russian meddling. Director of national intelligence, however, Dan Coats, says the threat of cyber meddling from Russia isn't over.
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DAN COATS, DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: It was in months prior to September, 2001, when according to then CIA director George Tenet the system was blinking red. Here we are two decades, nearly two decades later, and I'm here to say the warning lights of blinking red again.
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PAUL: Samantha Vinograd, CNN national security analyst and former senior adviser to national security adviser under President Obama with us here. Sam, thank you so much. Is it a fair point to make this started long before President Trump took office?
SAMANTHA VINOGRAD, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: It is a fair point, but we are conflating two related issues. The first is, did Russia attack during the 2016 election. There's incontrovertible evidence that they did, that it's directed by Vladimir Putin. And that's looking backwards.
Let's look forward. We are still under live attack by the government of Russia, and President Trump has failed to deter the Russians from continuing those attacks. So we can Monday morning quarterback. We can look back and say why did we miss these attacks when they first started, what did Obama do or not do correctly after he got evidence, the intelligence that was available at the time about these attacks?
But that doesn't change the fact, to Director Coats' point, that we're still being attacked. Everybody in the intelligence community agrees about that, DHS agrees on that, Congress agrees on that. And we have not figured a way to stop that attack. So this meeting that's happening in Helsinki, Christi, is not a meeting between two heads of state. At this point it is a meeting between an attacker, Vladimir Putin, and a witting victim at this point, Donald Trump.
PAUL: And it's a meeting that a lot of Democrats are watching. We're getting word right now that a letter was sent to the president just this morning by senior Senate Democrats. It was signed by minority leader Chuck Schumer, and they are asking the president not to go to this meeting alone. They want him to have somebody with him. Your thoughts on that? Who would he take, first of all?
VINOGRAD: Typically he would take the national security adviser, and I staffed President Obama on a lot of meetings, including meetings with Vladimir Putin, and there's typically a notetaker from each side in the room, and one other person largely because you want one other account of what happened in that room so if the message comes out differently from the other side, you have someone else that can say that's not what happened.
And you have to ask the question why wouldn't President Trump want someone else in the room? What is he going to say in front of Vladimir Putin that he is not comfortable saying in front of his national security adviser? So at a minimum, he should take Ambassador John Bolton into the meeting with him.
PAUL: And also I want to point out in this letter, these senior Democrats are asking that when he does take this meeting with Putin that he presses him to make sure that there is extradition of the 12 Russian intelligence officials that have been indicted by Mueller. And we need to remember back in February there were 13 others also that were also indicted. And as I understand it, Russia has not even acknowledged that at all. What would be different this time around? Is there anything you could say to Putin that would prompt him to extradite these men?
PAUL: I think that's a hard no. There's no chance that Vladimir Putin is going to extradite these individuals to the United States. I don't even think we have an extradition treaty with Russia. And Vladimir Putin took Edward Snowden into Russia. He's not giving him back. He's not giving these Russians back.
But there is something else that we can do, and that is levy financial sanctions on these individuals like we did with the previous Russians that were indicted by the Department of Justice, and frankly try to push other countries to put similar sanctions on members of the Russian government that are involved in this election meddling to really make their lives more difficult, to restrict their travel, and to restrict their access to the international financial system. That is one step we could take.
PAUL: President Trump of course has blamed President Obama, but President Trump is now president so the onus falls on him to make that happen. We don't know of a plan that's being put in place to address hacking that we have been seeing. But how confident are you that anything could be put in place in the four months time we have before midterms hit in addition, and then looking even further than that to 2020?
VINOGRAD: I think we are way behind the eight-ball. I think that we've heard various officials from different executive branch agencies as well as members of Congress say that we are woefully underprepared when it comes to state level infrastructure and cyber hacks. So at this point I think we're behind the curve.
And then again we have a president when he is going to meet with the president of Russia who just undermines any deterrent strategy that we have to tell Putin that he can't do this or there will be costs. Remember, national security you need strong defense to shoring up our infrastructure, but you also need deterrence to lay out the costs for continuing this behavior. It needs to be that dual track approach.
PAUL: Real quickly, I have 10 seconds. What can the president do to make this meeting a success with Putin?
VINOGRAD: I think he can tell him that he knows what's going on and lay out strong financial costs and diplomatic costs if it continues.
PAUL: Samantha Vinograd, we appreciate your insight as always. Thank you.
BLACKWELL: A prominent administration official who supported immigration is no longer working at the White House. Jennifer Arangio is the latest senior official to leave the national security council since John Bolton took over. Her departure follows months of fighting with administration officials over the admission of refugees into the country. The president has slashed the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. to 45,000 a year, the lowest number in decades.
PAUL: Still ahead, the 12 boys and soccer coach rescued from that cave in Thailand. They're recovering well, and they're actually sending messages to their rescuers from the hospital. We're going to hear what they have to say.
[10:15:01] BLACKWELL: Plus President Trump's visit with Queen Elizabeth picked apart on social media. A royal commentator weighs in on the gaffes and faux pas.
PAUL: And Serena Williams on center court today looking for her eight win at Wimbledon. Coming up the historic significance of today's match.
PAUL: It's 19 minutes past the hour right now. And the 12 boys and the coach who were rescued from the Thailand cave are recovering in a hospital. They're expected to be released now next week. And health officials say they are all healthy both physically and psychologically.
BLACKWELL: The boys were setting up in beds and even sent messages to their rescuers. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ADUN, RESCUED FROM THAI CAVE: UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello, now I am very fine. I very thank you heavy, thank you so much.
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BLACKWELL: Doctors advised parents not to allow the media to interview the boys for at least a month as they acclimate back to their normal lives. They're still worried about the impact this may have after they are discharged.
[10:20:06] PAUL: President Trump's visit with Queen Elizabeth getting some very different reviews here in the U.S. and in Britain, let's say.
BLACKWELL: Just moments ago first lady Melania Trump tweeted her thanks to the monarch for yesterday's visit, calling it an honor. There are some who criticized the president for what they saw as missteps. And earlier we spoke with a royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliam who said any slights to the queen, they were most likely unintentional.
RICHARD FITZWILLIAM, ROYAL COMMENTATOR: Obviously it was an important moment. The queen meeting the president, and then inspecting the Coldstream Guards, which is the oldest regiment in the British Army. If you actually looked at the way that was handled, it appeared the president was inadvertently no doubt blocking out the queen. It was something that could so easily have been rectified if Donald Trump had been prepared to do a rehearsal, which I suspect that he hadn't. He suddenly wandered down the lines of guardsmen looking I thought as though he was about to play a round of golf. But that was just my impression.
All I can say is of course his mother is Scottish, we know he wanted to meet the queen. Unquestionably it was an important moment for him, but it certainly could have been handled better. And there's no doubt you want a moment like that to go smoothly. You don't want it all over Twitter.
PAUL: So one of the things that people caught on that ruffled some feathers, let's say, the president and first lady greeted the queen with a handshake rather than the customary courtesy or bow. How significant is that?
FITZWILLIAM: Well, I understood from what I saw, and I have read this elsewhere, that as the president got out of his car, he bowed. So the bow was early. Again, this comes back to a matter of rehearsal, of knowing precisely what you're going to do. And I think he does a certain amount, as we know very well that he does, that he feels like doing.
It's very difficult, this area, because it brings back memories of 1981 and Nancy Reagan when she met the queen, she didn't curtsy. Now there's no reason that she should have. Melania Trump didn't curtsy yesterday. But the press were absolutely ruthless, dubbed her Queen Nancy, and more or less stalked her throughout her visit which was to coincide with marriage of the prince and princess of Wales. So the point is anything you get wrong, the press will highlight.
There was so much that was bizarre yesterday that I can recall the moments, the 48 minutes that the president and first lady spent with the queen, as one of the more restful parts of the day. We've never seen anything like this before going back to all of the presidents who visited London. There have been rather extraordinary episodes from time to time. President Reagan and President Obama got on extremely well as did their wives with the queen and duke of Edinburgh. On the other hand, there was apparently a certain free for all in the private the visit of the Kennedys in 1961. But this was mayhem yesterday. No wonder everyone is talking about it. They'll continue to talk about it for a very long time.
PAUL: All right. And the big question that a lot of people are asking right now is how will President Trump confront Vladimir Putin about election interference at the summit in two days on Monday? Former undercover KGB agent Jack Barsky has a few things to say about that as well as talking about sophisticated tactics Russian hackers used to meddle in the presidential election.
[10:28:37] BLACKWELL: This morning, President Trump is facing growing pressure to forcefully confront Vladimir Putin or cancel their Monday summit. This is after 12 Russian agents were charged with trying to influence the 2016 election.
PAUL: The indictment says there's no evidence their actions actually changed votes in the election, but it explicitly details how these agents hacked into the Clinton campaign system. Quote, "on or about July 27th, 2016, the conspirators attempted after hours to spearfish for the first email accounts at a domain hosted by a third party provider and used by Clinton's personal off. At or around the same time, they also targeted 76 e-mail addresses at the domain for the Clinton campaign."
No Americans were charged or even named in this most recent indictment yesterday we want to point out, and there's no proof in documents that the Trump campaign was involved. But it is interesting to note what else happened on that very day they sited, on July 27th, 2016.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I will tell you this, Russia, if you are listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 e- mails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let's see if that happens. That will be next.
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PAUL: So former undercover KGB agent Jack Barsky is with us now. He's also the author of "Deep Undercover."
[10:30:01] And I have to ask you this, based on what we just saw, how plausible is it what then candidate Trump called for could have actually prompted the Russians to act that day?
JACK BARSKY, FORMER UNDERCOVER KGB AGENT: I think he made a stupid joke, that's all. I don't know how else to answer that question. He says a lot of things that you scratch your head and say, what did he just say? This is Donald Trump at his worst and best, however you look at it.
PAUL: But nothing he said, we want to -- because we're pointing out the coincidence that this specific date that things were found to be -- they were trying to look for something.
BLACKWELL: So it is not so far after, therefore because of?
BARSKY: I don't think so.
BLACKWELL: Let's talk specifically about spear phishing, which is a term a lot of people probably hadn't heard before they read this indictment or saw the coverage of it. How common is it?
BARSKY: In the cyber security world to which I have a lot of connections because I spend my corporate career in information technology, that's a very common term. Phishing, and it's p-h-i-s-h, phishing is fundamentally when you get an e-mail that says hey, click on this, or we found something, and you pretty much know this is nonsense, you don't want to click. Bots.
Spear phishing, that goes to another level, and that is very dangerous. What people do who are engaged in spear phishing, they find e-mail addresses from people that you know. And the most dangerous one would be your boss. And they spoof. It looks like you get an e-mail from your boss, and it says something like, based on what we just discussed recently, take a look at this. The success rate of that is phenomenal. There have been studies done in corporate, people who are supposed to know not to just click on things. The success rate is about 60 percent.
So this is how they got for people to click on stuff. This is how their computers got infected and on and on it goes. From there on, you can get more e-mail addresses. It's a common methodology, and I have said this since I first was here last year in March, that we need to pay more attention to cyber security in this country.
PAUL: How prepared is the U.S. to fight these kinds of attacks?
BARSKY: As a population, we are very ill-prepared, extremely ill- prepared. I think if there's something in that realm to be done, I think it needs to be some kind of federal initiative. I brought this with me on purpose. This is a potential cyber weapon. It can be hacked into. It can be marshalled as a bot net, and used to do cyberattacks. Every child 10 years and older has one of those. None of those kids have any training in cybersecurity and basic cyber hygiene. That's a big problem. We are so naive we're using technology and we're not aware how it can be abused or misused. As a country, we're not well prepared. I think our intelligence services are.
BLACKWELL: Let me ask you about the summit that's coming. President Trump is spending the weekend golfing.
BLACKWELL: Laughable. How would you expect that president Putin is preparing for the summit Monday?
BARSKY: Oh, a lot better than that, absolutely. There's one thing can be said about Putin, never mind his intelligence background which is overplayed, but he is arguably the most capable politician of my generation. Look at where he came from. He had real humble beginnings. He was in sort of small job at a KGB agent in east Germany, and then he played a role in local government in St. Petersburg, and all of a sudden he is one of the most powerful people on the planet. He is playing -- first of all, he is playing his country, his population to a phenomenal degree. He has got 70 percent of folks voting for him. This is not a rigged election, right. And he is playing his cards very, very well.
BLACKWELL: You don't think that's overstating it, one of the most powerful people on the planet?
BARSKY: If you command half the nuclear arsenal on the planet, I think you have a lot of power. I don't think I am overstating that.
[10:35:03] And what he is doing well, he has been playing the European community and the European countries very well against the United States and against each other and so forth. I spent six weeks in Europe, and literally when it comes to when you talk to Germans whether they like Russia or the United States, it is at best a tie.
PAUL: With your background, former KGB, do you ever fear for yourself, your safety when you're traveling and talking about this, with your book?
BARSKY: I give you the best non-answer I can give you. Have you ever been to the beach for a lengthy vacation?
PAUL: Of course.
BARSKY: You remember when you come back and years later you still find sand in your luggage? I still have sand in that luggage.
PAUL: Interesting. Wow. Jeff Barsky, we appreciate you talking to us.
BARSKY: Thank you.
PAUL: Thank you for taking the time.
BARSKY: No problem.
PAUL: And his book, again, "Deep Undercover" by Jack Barsky.
A historic return for one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Right now we're waiting for Serena Williams to get on center court at Wimbledon.
BLACKWELL: Come on, Serena.
[10:40:52] BLACKWELL: This morning, Democrats are calling on President Trump to cancel his visit with Vladimir Putin. But the White House says it is moving ahead as scheduled. We are learning more this morning from the White House that there will be press availability at the summit, although Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to call it a news conference or say if the president will take questions.
Joining me to take questions, Democratic Representative Mike Quigley of Illinois. He's on the House Intelligence Committee. Congressman, good morning to you.
REP. MIKE QUIGLEY, (D) ILLINOIS: Good morning. Thanks for having me on.
BLACKWELL: Good to have you. First, let's start here with a letter from several top Senate Democrats to the president just this morning in which they say "Mr. Putin is a trained KGB intelligence veteran who will come to this meeting well prepared. As the kremlin said last week, a one on one meeting with you absolutely suits him. There must be other Americans in the room," advising the president not to meet with Mr. Putin alone. What's your take on that?
QUIGLEY: I think that makes sense. I think probably the best course of action is to cancel the meeting, given the revelation of all of the information we now know publicly about how the Russians attacked our democratic process.
I would say this. If the president insists on meeting with Mr. Putin, he has to not ask him about Russian interference in the election process. He has to confront him with the detail, the extraordinary detail that we knew in January of last year from the intel community, a bipartisan Senate panel revealed a couple of weeks ago, and of course special counsel detail beyond measure that came out just yesterday. So he has to confront him with this information, and tell him as President Obama was willing to do, to cut this out.
BLACKWELL: You reference Barack Obama and so has President Trump this morning, asking why didn't the Obama administration do something. He did something. He told President Putin to cut it out, as you say, the hacking, but also there were sanctions that were implemented at the very end of 2016. Are you satisfied with the Obama administration's efforts to thwart the interference campaign by Putin?
QUIGLEY: Looking back in hindsight I wish we had done more earlier. I think what we saw was candidate Trump was saying this entire election process is rigged. I think what you saw is President Obama bending over backwards to try to not interfere with an upcoming election by talking about this issue. I think it was when they absolutely felt that they had to that they confronted him, they talked about it publicly, and issued sanctions.
President Trump's reaction has been just the opposite. He enforced watered down sanctions passed by Congress. Only when he was forced to. And he delayed that measure at the same time. And oh, by the way, he's called it a hoax and witch hunt, which has to be great news for President Putin.
BLACKWELL: You talked about looking backward. Lets' look forward now. We're about four months out from the midterm election. And the president says he is not worried about Russian meddling because the country will counteract whatever potentially Russia does. What's your degree of concern?
QUIGLEY: Yes, he's doing absolutely nothing toward that end, beginning with the fact that he is in denial about the process as a whole. After the Bush-Gore fiasco, this country spent $3.5 billion on new election equipment. Why? Because that process is so important to our democracy. Last year I was able to secure about $380 million on the House side to provide election security grants. I have been sounding the alarm on this for two years.
This year my Republican colleagues have zeroed out that money, so we have no new additional money to buy what Russians prove to be was outdated election infrastructure. That equipment is over 10 years old now. It can't even handle anti-cyber hacking software.
[10:45:07] BLACKWELL: There is one thing maybe you could agree with the president on, let's see if you do here. The president said he planned to discuss nuclear arms with President Putin. You wrote in the past that NATO's nuclear strategy is outdated, it's expensive. Would you support, if President Trump and President Putin even on the off chance could get to some discussion to reduce arms for both parties, would you be on board with that?
QUIGLEY: Of course. But the president is not doing that. The president from the campaign on has talked about dramatically increasing our nuclear arsenal. He is going in the opposite direction. President Putin, because the world is upside down, President Putin had suggested beginning negotiations on extending the START treaty, and President Trump's reaction was to refute that and say this is just another bad deal from President Obama.
He's also talking about using low threshold nuclear weapons on our submarines, which blurs the conventional and nuclear war possibilities. He is moving us in a very scary direction. It has been a long time since this country was worried about nuclear confrontation. Under this president we need to start worrying again.
BLACKWELL: Representative Mike Quigley of Illinois, thanks so much. We'll see what comes out of the meeting on Monday.
QUIGLEY: Thank you.
PAUL: It took some maneuvering, but matches are back underway at Wimbledon. Kristina?
KRISTINA FITZPATRICK, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Christi, that's right, a marathon match on Friday forced some delays today. But we've got a look at all of the action from center court coming up in sports.
[10:51:10] PAUL: Wimbledon is back in action. The main even is finally about to start here.
BLACKWELL: I am so excited.
BLACKWELL: Kristina Fitzpatrick is here with this morning's Bleacher Report.
FITZPATRICK: Does Serena make you smile like that?
BLACKWELL: I smile all the time.
FITZPATRICK: So with the longest matches in Wimbledon history the last couple of days, we've got a little bit of a waiting game for tennis fans, fans of all sports. But Serena is about to hit the court for the women's final. The tennis star is looking for her eight Wimbledon singles title facing Germany's Angelique Kerber in a rematch of the 2016 Wimbledon final. If Serena pulls out the win, it would also be her 24th grand slam title overall, tying the all-time record. This is basically the completion of an unexpectedly short journey back to the top of the sport. Just 10 months ago, Serena gave birth to daughter Olympia and had severe complications after delivering that she's had to recover from and has done a remarkable job doing so.
Of course, the delay this morning on center court was because of a marathon match that took place Friday in the men's semifinals. American John Isner and South African Kevin Anderson played a five-set match that lasted six hours and 36 minutes when it was all said and done. The highlight came when it was 24-24 all in the fifth. Some six hours in the match when Anderson pulled off a miraculous left- handed shot after falling to the ground. He would win the point, the game, and eventually the match. Isner saying afterward there is more victory in a loss like this. Definitely a tough one.
The Isner-Anderson fiasco pushed the other semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal into this morning. Rafael captured the fourth set, rebounding after going down two sets to one last night before play was suspending, but he couldn't come back all the way. Novak Djokovic holds on in the fifth, winning the set 10 games to eight. No rest for the weary, though. Djokovic plays Anderson in the men's final tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. eastern.
And it was a duchess day out at Wimbledon. The duchess of Cambridge and the duchess of Sussex Kate and Meghan are there for the ladies' single finals. Meghan and Serena are friends. Serena just recently attended Meghan's wedding back in May. Kate will be back in the royal box tomorrow with her husband Prince William to watch the men's final. I want to know where their hats are.
PAUL: That's true.
BLACKWELL: How dare you come out without a hat?
PAUL: Kristina, thank you.
FITZPATRICK: Thank you, guys.
BLACKWELL: More than a week after her car plunged off a cliff, an Oregon woman is found alive and alert. We'll tell you how she was spotted and rescued.
[10:58:00] BLACKWELL: Chef Bruno Serato owns a successful high end restaurant, his favorites customers are the hungry kids he gives free pasta dinners to every night.
PAUL: Seven years ago Bruno was recognized as a CNN hero. Last year, tragedy struck, and he responded in heroic fashion.
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BRUNO SERATO, CNN HERO: It is my mission, feeding children that are hungry. But February 4th, 2017, I get the phone call. My restaurant was on fire. You see a restaurant which you love for 30 years in flames and ashes. I have no more kitchen. I cannot feed the kids any more. But the miracle happened.
How many kids love pasta?
I didn't stop feeding the kids. Fifteen months later, we doubled the kids.
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BLACKWELL: Wow. For the full story, go to CNNheroes.com and nominate someone you know to be CNN hero.
This is a great one, too. This missing Oregon woman, she was found alive after her car went off a cliff. This was more than a week ago. The Monterey, California sheriff's office says two people on a walk spotted Angela Hernandez last night nearly 200 feet down the cliff.
PAUL: Her crashed jeep partially in the water. Police started searching for her last week when she suddenly stopped responding to text messages from family and friends. The woman's sister thanked authorities for their persistence. OK.
BLACKWELL: Trust us, she did. We don't have the sound right now.
PAUL: She was crying. She just was so overwhelmed with the fact that so many days had gone by and they were able to find her. And here's the thing, Angela was taken to the hospital with just a hurt shoulder. So happy for that family.
All right, we hope you make some great memories today. There is so much more in the next hour of CNN Newsroom.
BLACKWELL: And we'll turn it over now to our colleague Jim Sciutto. Jim?
JIM SCIUTTO, CNN ANCHOR: Christi and Victor, it is a big news day with a lot of news coming in the coming days, particularly that summit in Russia, Trump and Putin.