Trump ally Senator Sessions; ban immigration from countries like Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria
June 19th, 2016
12:05 PM ET

Trump ally Senator Sessions; ban immigration from countries like Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) joined CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash, to discuss how to implement Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, the speculation that Trump’s nomination will be blocked at the Republican convention and more.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Sessions: Trump's immigration ban 'not unreasonable'

Sen. Sessions: I haven't discussed VP with Trump
 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS
 

Sessions on how to implement Trump’s proposed Muslim ban: He simply said - and the way I understand it, and what I think is that we should slow down.  Let's have a pause and begin to analyze where the threats are coming from. We have a toxic ideology, hopefully very small, within Islam.  Certainly, most people, Muslims don't agree with this violent jihadist approach.  And we need to figure out a better way to identify that. We have written the president, Senator Cruz and I, months ago, saying give us a background of the 580 terrorists that have been convicted since 9/11... [BASH]  But... [SESSIONS]  ... and see if we can't see a pattern, so we can do a better job of blocking the entry of those.  So, slowing down, I think, is a good idea.[BASH]  What does that mean?  Are you going to look specifically at certain countries?  Are you going to look at certain religions?  How would that actually work in practical terms? [SESSIONS] Dana, I think you - first, you look at backgrounds.  Look at the countries where we have a - of this 580 terrorists, about 95 percent or so are from Islamic countries. [BASH]  So, for example, give me some names of countries that you would look at first. [SESSIONS]  Well, all I can tell you is, the public data that we have had indicate that there are quite a number of countries in that region that have sent a large number of people that have become terrorists.  And so...[BASH]  Are you talking about Saudi Arabia?  Or are you talking about.. [SESSIONS]  Well, it all depends.  A lot of it is on population.[BASH]  Iran? [SESSIONS]  Like, Pakistan has a number, people from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen. [BASH]  So, you would consider and Mr. Trump would consider banning immigration temporarily completely from those countries? [SESSIONS]  Not completely. I mean, you have got diplomats and businesspeople who have been traveling for a long time.  But tightening up that, pausing on the normal flow here until we get a good database the administration has refused to give us and protect the American people, that's not unreasonable. You don't have a constitutional right to come to America.  We respect your religion in this country.  We will defend your right to free exercise of religion, but a person with an ideology that goes beyond normal religion that believes you can kill gays, that kills people who change their view about the religion they have, that is a dangerous thing, and we do not have to admit people like that.

Sessions dismisses the idea Trump’s nomination will be blocked at the Republican convention: [BASH]  Let's talk about politics and the fact that there is a movement among some delegates to the Republican Convention to try to get Donald Trump off the ballot, to make sure that he is not the nominee. Do you know of any effort inside the Trump campaign to call these delegates and stop them?  [SESSIONS]  Well, I don't think that has any chance whatsoever. Somebody said they could have as many as 30 people.  Well, they are 2,400 delegates.  He's going to win this nomination, clearly. What I would say to my people that are seeking unity, you need also to listen to the American people.  Why don't we acknowledge that these trade deals haven't worked so well, as Donald Trump says?  Why don't we acknowledge that immigration is now in a lawless state and needs to be restored [BASH]  But is the campaign making.. [SESSIONS]  I think our leaders need to be paying attention also to the people, not just complaining about things that Donald Trump might say. [BASH]  But a fight at the convention is - is not good for anybody inside the Republican Party who is looking for the kind of unity you're talking about. Is the campaign making calls, trying to stop kind of a revolt at the convention? [SESSIONS]  Well, there's not going to be a revolt. But I would say that the administration, that the Trump campaign is definitely reaching out.  We have had a number of meetings, a number of meetings with the Republican Senate leadership, House members, Congressman Ron, Mitch McConnell, multiple phone calls and discussions. But I would just urge them to watch what happened in this election.  The American people don't want another 5,000-page trade deal.  They want an end of lawlessness and immigration.

Sessions on Senator Collins proposed gun measures:  [BASH]  So, one of your colleagues, Senator Collins, is working on a compromise, which would limit the lists to a no-fly list and a selectee list.  So, it would apply to about 109,000 people, as opposed to what you were talking about, the broader one million people or so who are on the terror watch list. Would you back that compromise legislation?  [SESSIONS]  Well, Susan is so careful about those things.  And she's worked really hard to figure out the differences in various lists and what kind of proof it takes to get on that list.  [BASH]  Exactly.[SESSIONS]  So, I would be willing to listen to what she said.  I am open to the details, Dana.  I agree that, somehow, some way, we should be able to make this work. 

Sessions is open to being Trump’s running-mate: [BASH] I can't let you go, Senator without asking you about being Donald Trump's running mate.  You are on every single list that we see. Are you being vetted? [SESSIONS] I certainly expect not. I have not been discussing that with them.  And I don't even - even know if anybody is being vetted, but I think you will be... [BASH]  Would you like to be vetted? [SESSIONS]  I - I have only said.. [BASH]  And considered?  [SESSIONS]  ... if I were asked, I would consider it.  I don't expect that to happen. [BASH]  But the vetting process hasn't started at all? [SESSIONS]  I don't know.  I have not - I have no idea what - what they're doing. I suspect that people are thinking about it.  But it will be an important decision.  He needs somebody who can really be a great president if something happens to him, somebody who can advance - help him advance an agenda that I think is the American people's agenda. 
 
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Topics: 2016 Election • Transcripts
Orlando shooting 911 call transcripts to be released Monday
June 19th, 2016
12:01 PM ET

Orlando shooting 911 call transcripts to be released Monday

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, joined CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash, to discuss, the 911 transcripts between the Orlando shooter and the police, if Disney was a potential target and more.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Orlando shooting 911 call transcripts to be released
 
CNN STORY
Lynch: Authorities to release limited transcripts of calls with Orlando shooter
 
 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Lynch on the transcripts between Mateen and the police: [BASH] First, let's start with the news that you're going to deliver tomorrow, these transcripts.  Can you give us a teaser of what exactly we're going to learn in these transcripts about the killer?  [LYNCH] Well, good morning, Dana, and thank you for having me. Yes, we are going to be releasing tomorrow more information about this investigation.  It's been our goal to get as much information into the public domain as possible, so people can understand, as we do, possibly what motivated this killer, what led him to this place, and also provide us with information. So, tomorrow, we will be releasing limited transcripts of the calls between the killer and the Orlando P.D. negotiators in the nightclub that night. [BASH]  And what will the transcripts tell us? [LYNCH]  They will talk about what he told law enforcement on the ground as the events were unfolding. [BASH]  And what did he tell them?  [LYNCH]  You know, as we have said earlier, he talked about his pledges of allegiance to a terrorist group.  He talked about his motivations for why he was claiming at that time he was committing this horrific act. He talked about American policy in some ways.  The reason why we're going to limit these transcripts is to avoid revictimizing those who went through this horror.  But it will contain the substance of his conversations.  And there were three conversations between this killer and negotiators. [BASH]  And he was, of course, in a gay nightclub.  Did he talk about his feelings about gay Americans? [LYNCH]  You know, he didn't get into that.  And so we're still exploring why he chose this particular place to attack.  We're asking people who have information to come forward.  People have.  We greatly appreciate that. We are trying to learn everything we can about this individual's motivations.  As you note, he was in a gay nightclub.  This was an act of terror and an act of hate, targeted against a community, the LGBT community, the Latino community.  And, of course, the LGBT community is so far - far too often the victim of these types of crimes. 

Lynch on if she believes Disney could have been a potential target: [BASH] OK.  Let me ask you about a place that all of America and the world is familiar with, and that's Disney. According to a law enforcement official, the Orlando killer visited Disney Springs the beginning of this month, just a couple of weeks ago, and also may have visited Disney World in April. Do you believe that the shooter had Disney in his sights as a potential target? [LYNCH]  You know, we don't know the answer to that right now.  That is, of course, one of the things that we are trying to determine.  Were there any other locations he was focused on, but, also, why did he pick this particular location?  Why did he target the LGBT community, and on - particularly on Latin night? Are there connections to that as well?  Because, of course, those are two communities that are often victimized by crimes of hate, which, of course, this - this also included.  So, we're trying to find out everything we can about his motivations. 

Lynch responds to Michael Hayden’s comments about “political correctness” influencing investigations: Is that a concern that you have seen and you have heard or that you particularly have, too much political correctness to be able to investigate? [LYNCH]  Well, I can tell you - I can tell you how we handle these investigations now. We handle these investigations by looking into anything, everything, and everyone.  But that also includes reaching out to the Muslim community for information that they may have.  In many of the investigations that we do involving individuals who have been radicalized here or individuals that we learn of overseas, a lot of the information that we gain is from the Muslim community. So, what I would say is that, certainly, we investigate these cases aggressively.  No stone is left unturned.  There is no backing away from an issue, there is no backing away from an interview because of anyone's background, because, for us, the source of information is very, very important. And what I will say, though, is that it is very important for to us maintain our contacts within the Muslim community, because, often, individuals, if they're from that community and they're being radicalized, their friends and family members will see it first.  They will see activity first.  And we want that information to come to us. Also, those communities are targeted as well.  They are often swept up in this.  And so we want to make sure that every community in the United States knows that they are under our protection. 
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Topics: 2016 Election • Transcripts
Putin to Fareed Zakaria: 'The U.S. is a great power. At the moment, it is probably the only superpower and we accept this fact'
June 19th, 2016
11:23 AM ET

Putin to Fareed Zakaria: 'The U.S. is a great power. At the moment, it is probably the only superpower and we accept this fact'

At 1:00pmET on CNN/U.S., a special edition of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a wide-ranging discussion with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the subjects of U.S.-Russian relations, the European Union, the 2016 U.S. election, the extended conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and doping allegations against Russian athletes hoping to go to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi discusses the potential 'permanent' impact on Europe for a potential 'Brexit' vote; and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev discusses the possibility of a female president in his country in the future.

This wide-ranging discussion encores today on both CNN/U.S. and CNN International.   Please check here for additional airtimes across CNN's broadcast networks: http://edition.cnn.com/tv/schedule/europe

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June 17th, 2016
01:26 PM ET

Vladimir Putin on Sunday's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – June 19

Three Heads of State Join FAREED ZAKARIA GPS

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will sit down with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev for wide-ranging discussions at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, June 17.

Topics covered in Zakaria's discussion with Mr. Putin included the sanctions imposed upon Russia by Europe and the U.S., Russia's relationship with Ukraine, the American presidential election, doping allegations against Russia's Olympic athletes, ‘Brexit,’ U.S.-Russia relations, the extended conflict in Syria, and more.

This special edition of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS was taped in St. Petersburg, Russia and will be broadcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.  Portions of the discussions will broadcast first across CNN’s television, mobile, and digital platforms on Friday and throughout the weekend.

AIRTIMES FOR FAREED ZAKARIA GPS  

In the United States (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

Sunday, June 19

  • CNN International: 7:00a.m., encore at 3:00p.m.
  • CNN/U.S.: 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.

In Hong Kong (all times HKT):

Sunday, June 19 – CNN: 7:00p.m.

Monday, June 20 –  CNN: 10:00a.m.

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Topics: CNN • CNN International • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Italy • Russia
CNN Wins Golden Nymph Award for News Coverage of Baltimore
CNN's Miguel Marquez accepts the Golden Nymph Award for CNN's coverage of Baltimore at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
June 17th, 2016
11:42 AM ET

CNN Wins Golden Nymph Award for News Coverage of Baltimore

CNN was awarded the prestigious Golden Nymph Award from the Monte Carlo Television Festival for its news coverage of Baltimore in 2015. CNN’s coverage encompassed the unrest in the city after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. Gray’s death ignited protests as debate surged nationwide over whether police use excessive force, particularly against African-Americans. CNN correspondent Miguel Marquez, who led CNN’s coverage from Baltimore, accepted the award last night in Monte Carlo.


Topics: Awards • CNN
CNN Worldwide Named PromaxBDA Global Excellence Marketing Team of the Year
CNN SVP Rick Lewchuk accepts the PromaxBDA Global Marketing Team Award Photo Credit: IGLA
June 17th, 2016
10:35 AM ET

CNN Worldwide Named PromaxBDA Global Excellence Marketing Team of the Year

For the second year in a row, CNN Worldwide received The Global Marketing Team Award at PromaxBDA Awards last night in New York. The CNN Creative Marketing team received a total of 84 awards: 29 gold, 29 silver, 25 bronze and the Global Marketing Team of the Year. PromaxBDA’s annual awards honor outstanding achievement in entertainment marketing, and said of CNN, “CNN Worldwide’s employees demonstrate marketing expertise that runs the gamut from awkwardly hilarious to breathtakingly beautiful, earning it the PromaxBDA Award for global Excellence Marketing Team of the Year.”

CNN Worldwide Named PromaxBDA Global Excellence Marketing Team of the Year

Topics: Awards • CNN
CNN to Host Town Hall with Libertarian Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates on June 22
June 15th, 2016
03:07 PM ET

CNN to Host Town Hall with Libertarian Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates on June 22

CNN TO HOST TOWN HALL WITH LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL AND
VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

PRIMETIME EVENT WILL BE HOSTED BY
CNN ANCHOR CHRIS CUOMO LIVE FROM NEW YORK CITY

CNN announced today that Chris Cuomo will moderate a Town Hall with Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and vice presidential candidate William Weld at 9pmET on Wednesday, June 22.

Both Johnson and Weld will field questions from voters live from the Time Warner Center in New York City. This will serve as CNN’s eleventh town hall during the 2016 election season.

The event will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol, and will be live-streamed online and across mobile devices via CNNgo.

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Topics: 2016 Election • Chris Cuomo
CNN SPECIAL: INDIA’S BIG CHANCE
June 10th, 2016
04:22 PM ET

CNN SPECIAL: INDIA’S BIG CHANCE

India is the fastest growing economy in the world. In the past two years, the country even managed to benefit from the global crude oil price crash. The largest democracy on earth has a young and vibrant population and is poised for a technological boom. As it opens up to a globalised world, India still has a depth of history and intensity of culture that awes and fascinates tourists from all parts of the world.

During the half-hour special, CNN’s Indian-born Fareed Zakaria speaks with some of India’s key figures including:

  • India's Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley, on what's ahead for India in the global economy;
  • Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, the country’s second most profitable company;
  • Bollywood’s #1 superstar Shah Rukh Khan; and,
  • Kunal Bahl, founder and CEO of SnapDeal, India’s leading e-commerce platform

Coming from different professional branches, the portrayed personalities try to find out if now is India’s big chance.  Viewers can join the conversation about the show's topics during the broadcast via Twitter by using the hashtag, #FZGPS.

Airtimes (New Delhi/Mumbai)                   Airtimes (North America)

Saturday June 11 at 1900 IST                               Saturday June 11 at 0930 EDT

Sunday June 12 at 1100 IST                                 Sunday June 12 at 0130 EDT

Monday June 13  at 0000 IST                              Sunday June 12 at 1430 EDT

Tuesday June 14 at 2200 IST                               Tuesday June 14 at 1230 EDT

Wednesday June 15 at 1400 IST                          Wednesday June 15 at 0430 EDT

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CNN TO HOST THE LETTER & THE LAW:  THE STANFORD RAPE CASE TOWN HALL
June 10th, 2016
02:47 PM ET

CNN TO HOST THE LETTER & THE LAW: THE STANFORD RAPE CASE TOWN HALL

Moderated by Ashleigh Banfield and Alisyn Camerota 

The one-hour town hall will air Tuesday, June 14th at 9pm ET

The decision by a California judge to sentence a former Stanford University swimmer to six-months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has sparked national conversation and outrage.  CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield and Alisyn Camerota will lead a Town Hall discussion on the topic that has gripped the country –and sparked a dialogue about campus sexual assault, college culture, and fairness and justice.  The Town Hall audience will include victims, experts, lawmakers, and the families of assault victims.

The Letter & The Law:  The Stanford Rape Case will air on Tuesday June 14th at 9pm ETon CNN and CNNgo.com.

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CNN Heroes teams up with CrowdRise for online donations
June 10th, 2016
11:06 AM ET

CNN Heroes teams up with CrowdRise for online donations

Supporters can now contribute to the CNN Heroes’ designated causes through CrowdRise

CNN has partnered with CrowdRise, the world’s largest and fastest-growing fundraising platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising, enabling people to make donations to this year’s CNN Heroes and their causes.

Beginning today, supporters can make online donations to the CNN Heroes' designated charities and causes directly from their stories on CNN.com, as well as by clicking the ‘Donate to this Fundraiser’ button on the individual CrowdRise pages which can be accessed here.

Now in its tenth year, the Peabody Award-winning, Emmy-nominated CNN Heroes campaign has profiled more than 250 heroes and has received over 50,000 nominations from more than 100 countries. Social media users are encouraged to “like” CNN Heroes on Facebook, follow @CNNHeroes on Twitter, and use hashtag #CNNHeroes. Behind-the-scenes images can be viewed on the CNN Heroes Instagram account.

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