Trump Visits California’s Fire-Ravaged Communities; Gillum Concedes to DeSantis in Florida Governor Race; Trump Says It’s a Good
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<Date: November 18, 2018>
<Head: Trump Visits California’s Fire-Ravaged Communities; Gillum
Concedes to DeSantis in Florida Governor Race; Trump Says It’s a Good
Time for a Government Shutdown; Full Report on Khashoggi Death
Tuesday; Britain’s Messy Divorce; Netanyahu Faces Calls for Early
Election; “SNL” Spotlights Steve Carell as Jeff Bezos. Aired 5-6a ET - Part 2>
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This is a selloff; not radical but it goes to show you that they’re listening very carefully at what’s being discussed in Washington and what’s coming out of the president’s mouth.
HOWELL: Well, that is important to point out, because these sanctions certainly complicate things for the president’s desire to continue that relationship.
It’s so good to have you on, John, to talk about this, because, with regards to Saudi Arabia, there are many lanes in play, certainly the investigation around Jamal Khashoggi but also the issue of oil production.
Mr. Trump has been challenging Saudi in the last week not to cut oil production. His view is that lower oil prices are a good thing. The Saudis, though, they disagree about that.
DEFTERIOS: This is a dispute, George, that goes back to April, when the president was suggesting that Saudi Arabia and the other players within this OPEC -- or not OPEC apparatus, notably, Russia -- keep the markets supplied. They were expecting sanctions to knock out the exports of Iran. That was the pledge from the president to take the Iranian exports down to zero.
So Saudi Arabia, Russia obliged putting better than --
DEFTERIOS: -- 1 million barrels onto the market and, lo and behold, the president gave aid exemptions or waivers to Iran, allowing exports last temporarily to 1.4 million to 1.5 million barrels a day. So it went from $86 a barrel in early October, down to $66. This is the international benchmark. So a bear market.
So Donald Trump saying lower oil prices are good for United States economy. In Saudi Arabia, the minister told me at a panel here in Abu Dhabi last week, no, we need to take about 1 million barrels a day off the market to rebalance prices because they don’t want them to spiral lower.
They also think for it’s good for the United States to have this price around $60-$70 a barrel because it protects jobs in the energy belt, where there’s 10 million jobs related to it. It’s not something that the White House and Riyadh see eye to eye at this point but President Trump with his Khashoggi investigation taking place, kind of thinks he has leverage over the Saudis to do what he asks at this point and oil is one of those issues.
HOWELL: John Defterios, following this story for us in Abu Dhabi, John, thank you.
Now we’re following the latest on Brexit for you. Labour Party opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn saying if Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal on Brexit comes before Parliament in its present form, Labour will vote against it. Mr. Corbyn saying he does not believe it will serve the interests of the country.
Corbyn also said holding a second referendum is an option for the future. For her part, the prime minister says Britain will leave the European Union as scheduled. She adds, so far, there are not enough letters of no confidence to trigger a Conservative Party vote on her leadership.
And in an interview a few moments ago, she was asked a very interesting question. Listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Have you ever thought at any stage about just giving up, what’s the point of this?
THERESA MAY, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: No, I haven’t. And of course, it’s been a tough week. Actually, these negotiations have been tough right from the start but they were always going to get even more difficult right towards the end, when we’re coming to that conclusion.
But what I think is, this isn’t about me. It’s actually what’s right for the people of this country. It’s about what’s in the national interest. That’s what drives me.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HOWELL: Again, we see prime minister Theresa May, making the rounds, a media blitz, selling and getting support for this Brexit deal.
The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a challenge to his leadership. What to expect from a snap election in a live report from Jerusalem as CNN NEWSROOM continues.
HOWELL: Time could be running outside for the government of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His coalition is collapsing, following the latest Gaza cease-fire. The defense minister there has resigned and there are calls now for an early election. A source telling CNN a date for the snap vote could soon be decided.
We’re also expecting to hear shortly from prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is supposed to meet with his finance minister in a last-ditch effort to save government. CNN’s Oren Liebermann following the story live in Jerusalem.
Oren, what is the likelihood of the prime minister saving his coalition?
OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It seems very unlikely at the moment, but you can’t rule it out; Netanyahu still has a bit of time here, he’s meeting with his finance minister later tonight.
So there are about six hours until that meeting. And you can’t rule it out just yet. He has some room to maneuver here. But there are a lot of demands on his government. Following the resignation of the defense minister last week, the hardline education minister has demanded the defense portfolio or said he’ll withdraw from the government.
That would topple Netanyahu’s government. Meanwhile, the finance minister and the interior minister have called for early elections so the pressure is there and in this weakened position, other parties in Netanyahu’s coalition can make demands of him. And that’s what we’re seeing now.
Can Netanyahu manage those demands?
That’s about what we’re going to find out, George.
HOWELL: Good question, Oren, can Netanyahu continue on as prime minister?
LIEBERMANN: All the polls in recent months have shown his Likud Party not only holding onto its power, which is 30 out of 120 seats, a quarter of Israel’s parliament, but also growing that number of seats in the next election, even as the prime minister is under criminal investigation.
That seems to have only made him more popular with his base and strengthened his support. In fact, two members of the coalition just a couple of days ago said that Benjamin Netanyahu is the next prime minister.
The question, what will his coalition be and who will be in it?
Will is be another right wing coalition?
It could end up being the exact same parties if it does go to re- election, just a reshuffling of cabinets positions and a calming of the coalition.
Or Netanyahu could choose a unity government; he could move the coalition more towards the center. As of right now, it’s basically up to Netanyahu what he chooses to do.
George, there are possibilities and wildcards I would call them that could change the outcome of the election, whether it’s the investigations against him, which are expected to come that soon, or a couple of other parties that are expected to enter the race, how they shift things here.
But the smart money now is on Netanyahu because of how strongly his party has been polling.
HOWELL: Oren, one other question here, with regards to Hamas, where does that factor into this pressure on the prime minister?
LIEBERMANN: Hamas is known to be a factor in the next election. Hamas claimed victory when the defense minister resigned, saying it was their pressure that forced him to resign.
And if the government collapses in the next couple of days, Hamas will claim victory for that as well. Suddenly Hamas becomes a factor; Gaza becomes a factor in the elections, which it really wasn’t in the last elections in late 2014 and early 2015.
Because this is a right-wing government there will be sort of a race to the Right in terms of harsh language against Hamas. And if we see another escalation like we did last week, it could be the response against Hamas, delivering a tougher blow to Hamas. So they will very much be a factor in this election.
And I have no doubt, George, they will claim victory if this government collapses.
HOWELL: Oren Liebermann, live for us, thank you.
“Saturday Night Live’s” special message from Amazon’s CEO. The comedy show’s thinly veiled mockery of the U.S. president and his feud with Jeff Bezos. We’ll have that story. Stay with us.
HOWELL: The American sketch comedy show, “Saturday Night Live,” took on President Trump’s long-standing feud with the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. This week’s host, Steve Carell, played Bezos and in the parody, he trolled Donald Trump with the introduction of a new Amazon delivery option and explained why Amazon chose Arlington, Virginia, and Queens, New York, as the locations for the company’s next HQ2.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) STEVE CARELL, ACTOR, “JEFF BEZOS”: I’m here to announce a brand new delivery option that doesn’t involve the post office at all. Amazon Caravan. Any package going to any Trump building will get delivered by hundreds of Honduran and Mexican immigrants.
And I want to make sure to give back to the new communities who are joining. That’s why I’m purchasing a building in Queens that used to be the crown Jewel of Fred Trump’s real estate empire and converting it into public urinals.
In Virginia, we’ll be very close to Arlington National Cemetery, so we can pay our respects to fallen veterans, even when it’s raining outside.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HOWELL: The former vice president Joe Biden is welcoming a new addition to his family. Take a look here at Major. Mr. Biden and his wife adopted the German shepherd this weekend from a Delaware animal shelter. Major came from a litter of surrendered puppies and wasn’t expected to make it.
But the Bidens fostered him to good health and decided that they just couldn’t let him go.
We end the show this hour with a very happy birthday to one iconic mouse, Mickey mouse, now 90 years old. The beloved cartoon character dreamed up by Walt Disney made his debut --
HOWELL: -- on November 18th, 1928. He became a symbol of global entertainment empires.
The TV show in the United States, “The Mickey Mouse Club,” was a big hit in the 1950s. You can find Mickey Mouse images on everything from T-shirts to lunch boxes, watches and those mouse ears on kids, that kids always wear at the Disney theme parks.
Walt Disney reportedly wanted to call him Mortimer Mouse until his wife said she preferred the name Mickey better. And a missing cartoon which predates Mickey Mouse turned up in Japan, a short from 1928 features the character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
A Japanese anime researcher realized he had a copy of the film when he read a book about it. He contacted Disney to say that he purchased the film when he was in high school 70 years ago. Wow.
Thank you for being with us for CNN NEWSROOM. I’m George Howell at the CNN news center in Atlanta. For viewers in the United States, “NEW DAY” is next. For viewers around the world, “ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT” is ahead. Thank you for watching CNN, the world’s news leader.
(Byline: George Howell; Jomana Karadsheh; Tom Foreman; Dan Merica; John Defterios; Oren Liebermann)
(Guest: James Davis)
(High: As the death toll from the California wildfires continues to increase, U.S. president Donald Trump visits the disaster areas, refusing to address the question of climate change; Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum conceded his Republican race to Ron DeSantis, ending what was a bid to become the first African American governor of the state of Florida. Gillum, while conceding this race, said the race became more than just winning the governor’s mansion but became a fight for voting rights; In the leadup to the midterms, Trump does not run on anything like an agenda for the future for the next two years but, rather, he kept trying to stoke the fears of the Republican base, now mentioning everything from the possibility of a government shutdown, saying it could be a good time for that, and to the border wall that he wants to build; The U.S. government still hasn’t made a final determination as to who is responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even though the CIA has; U.K. Labour Party opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says if Theresa May’s deal on Brexit comes before it, they will not vote on it, saying it is an option for the future. For her part, the prime minister says Britain will leave the European Union as scheduled; Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambles to save his government. A meeting in the next few hours with his finance minister could decide his political future; The American sketch comedy show, “Saturday Night Live” took on a long- standing feud between Trump and the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos)
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