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[17:00:00] WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST: Happening now, separation anxiety as top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin splits from her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner who is caught up in another sex thing scandal. Donald Trump jumps in saying Hillary Clinton was negligent. Can he turn this into a campaign issue?
Dukes, a hazard ex-Klan leader and current senate candidate David Duke calls on voters to vote for him and Donald Trump. Will Trump break free of the embrace of white supremacist?
Doctor's notes after Donald Trump's doctor say he took just five minutes to write a brief endorsement of the candidate's health. Trump says he and Hillary Clinton should both release detailed records, but Clinton has already met that accepted standard, will Trump now follow?
And secret talks as Kim Jong-un hail his latest missile launch and warn the USS now within range of his weapons. U.S. experts and former officials have reportedly been meeting secretly with North Korean diplomats. Could they restart talks on North Korea's arsenal?
I'm Wolf Blitzer and you're in "The Situation Room."
A new sexting scandal involving former Congressman Anthony Weiner is causing a steer (ph) in the 2016 presidential race. Weiner's wife is Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's closest aide. Abedin says she's separating now from her husband.
But Donald Trump is weighing in saying Hillary Clinton was, "careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information." As if that's not enough drama, Weiner sexting partner is reportedly a Donald Trump supporter.
As the candidate's battle of -- for immigration, race and a health records, a new national poll shows Hillary Clinton still leading Donald by seven points, but it also shows both candidates are very unpopular. Only one third of voters have the favorable view of Hillary Clinton and just the quarter of the favorable view of Donald.
And even as Kim Jong-un celebrates the firing of the ballistic missile from a submarine and warns that his missiles can now reach the United States, U.S. experts and former officials have reportedly been meeting secretly with North Korean diplomats discussing a possible restart of nuclear talks. I'll speak with the Republican Congressman Sean Duffy. He's a Trump supporter. And our correspondents, analysts and guests, they will have full coverage of today's top stories.
Let's begin with the latest, Anthony Weiner sexting scandal and its possible impact on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. CNN's Miguel Marquez is joining us with details. Miguel, Donald Trump already is using the story to question Hillary Clinton's judgment.
MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: He is indeed as hard as it is to believe Anthony Weiner has been caught sexting, again, this time it is grabbing the spotlights in presidential politics.
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MARQUEZ: Weiner caught in yet another sexting scandal. The disgraced former Congressman, husband to longtime and powerful Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, humiliated once again, this time on the front page of "The New York Post."
And this time, it's not just a lurid photo of Weiner on the front page. The selfie he sent to a woman not his wife shows him in his underwear, this time with his child beside him. "The Post" reporting the picture was sent by a 40-something divorcee out West in the midst of a sexual conversation, with the caption, "Someone just climbed into my bed." According to "The Post," Weiner and the woman exchanged messages going back to January of last year.
The disturbing image seized upon by Donald Trump, who used it to continue questioning Hillary Clinton's judgment saying, "I only worry for the country, in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. Who knows what he learned and who he told. It's just another example of Hillary Clinton's bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this."
For some, the story about the husband of the current vice chair of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and previously her chief of staff at the State Department is a potential question of national security, for others, just a cheap tabloid story.
But for Huma Abedin, it was apparently the last straw. In a statement, Abedin said, "I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life." She also asked for privacy.
In 2013, during a comeback effort as he ran for mayor, Weiner was caught for a second time sexting with women under the alias Carlos Danger. Abedin defended him before the cameras.
HUMA ABEDIN, WIFE OF ANTHONY WEINER: So, really, what I want to say is, I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.
[17:05:06] MARQUEZ: But, today, separated, their marriage dissolving, even before the public announcement, a close friend telling CNN that the couple has been separated for months and recently she hadn't even been wearing her wedding ring.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thanks guys.
MARQUEZ: Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after accidentally tweeting to the entire world a sexually explicit photo intended to be a direct message to a 21-year-old woman. After days of denials and mounting pressure to resign, he finally fess-up.
ANTHONY WEINER (D), FORMER U.S. CONGRESSMAN: To be clear, the picture was of me and I sent it.
MARQUEZ: This morning, after another humiliating round of sexting went public, Weiner finally deleted his Twitter account.
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MARQUEZ: Now to be clear, there is no indication that there were any security breach or any security concerns connected to this. We have reached out to Anthony Weiner, himself, he has not gotten back to us. We haven't heard from him.
He did speak to "The Post" before they publish the story saying that he knew this woman for sometime. They had a relationship and that nothing that he sent to her was inappropriate. Wolf?
BLITZER: Miguel Marquez thanks very much.
Huma Abedin apparently was blind-sided by these new revelations about her husband. Let's bring in our Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny. Jeff, you've been working with your sources getting more information. What else are you learning?
JEFF ZELENY, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: Wolf, I'm told that Huma Abedin was furious and sickened. Those are precise words here when she learned about this photograph of her husband, Anthony Weiner with their young son, Jordan.
She knew that there had been some instances of recent sexting. "The New York Post" actually reported something a couple weeks ago, but when she saw that photograph, specifically that was flashed on the tabloid this morning. She saw it over the weekend, Wolf. I'm told she was furious and sickened.
In fact, Anthony Weiner was here on the Hamptons for a weekend with Huma Abedin and their son in a big fundraising swing that Hillary Clinton was having and that she is still having when all of this went down. He left today, I'm told and she is still here.
But, Wolf, I'm also told by friends of the couple that they indeed had been somewhat a estrange for months as Miguel said and they had been drifting apart, but she did not want to cause a distraction to this presidential campaign by taking the step further and, of course, she's traveling so much with Hillary Clinton. They were still living together in their apartment. He was caring for their son, but their relationship obviously had been estranged, Wolf.
BLITZER: Do you know, Jeff, if Huma Abedin was with Hillary Clinton today?
ZELENY: We do not believe she is with her at fund-raisers today. She was yesterday out on the fundraising circuit here across the Hamptons heading to some four events where she raised some $11 million.
Huma Abedin is always at Hillary Clinton's side at policy meetings, at fund-raisers, at other events. But, today, we are told she is not with her and, in fact, our reporters who are at this fund-raisers or other is taking out this fund-raisers have not seen her on the campaign trail. Wolf, understandably she is lay-low today.
BLITZER: Understandably indeed. All right, Jeff Zeleny, thank you.
Donald Trump and his campaign aides have been going through some contortions to try to explain where exactly he stands on deporting undocumented immigrants. Let's go to our International Correspondent Jason Carroll is following the story for us.
Jason, Trump is now planning to explain his immigration policy in a comprehensive speech later this week, right?
JASON CARROLL, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's correct and I can tell you, Wolf, that a number Trump supporters that I spoken to was certainly looking for some clarification on this.
I mean, will there be a deportation force in and anyway is Trump softening his position? These were some of the questions that they have. They're hoping finally they're going get some answers when delivers that speech on Wednesday.
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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: There is another civil rights issue we need to talk about and that's the issue of immigration enforcement.
CARROLL: As Donald Trump prepares to unveil his immigration plan, he's sticking to one of his signature proposals.
TRUMP: We're going to build a great wall on the border.
CARROLL: A senior campaign adviser tells CNN that GOP nominees still supports building an actual wall along the southern border saying it will be an impenetrable physical barrier, but what's less clear is what Trump intents to do about the undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S.
TRUMP: Day one, I'm going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country.
CARROLL: But his adviser suggests any decisions on deportation of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. should come after securing the border. TRUMP: All the media wants to talk about is the 11 million people or more or less. They have no idea what the number is because we have no control over our country. They have no idea what it is.
[17:10:02] CARROLL: Last week, Trump created confusion about his position after saying there might be a "softening" in his pledge to deport the undocumented immigrants only to reverse course two days later.
TRUMP: Well, I don't think it's a softening. I think it's ...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But 11 million people are no longer going to be deported.
TRUMP: I've had people say it's a hardening, actually.
CARROLL: Mike Pence insisted on CNN State of Union that there has been at no change in his running mates principles and policy on immigration suggesting Trump shifting responses are a selling point.
MIKE PENCE, (D) VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, it's very refreshing, because it's the Donald Trump that I see every day, is you see a CEO at work. You see someone who is engaging the American people, listening to the American people. He's hearing from all sides. But I promise you, he is a decisive leader.
CARROLL: Trump is also making approach for minority voters planning a trip to Detroit this weekend and he highlighted several shootings in Chicago over the weekend as evidence people who live in communities of color should vote for him.
TRUMP: More than 6,000 African-Americans are the victims of murder, of murder every single year.
CARROLL: Trump taking to Twitter to make his case, "How much more crime? How many more shootings will it take for African-Americans and Latinos to vote Trump equals safe."
And blaming Hillary Clinton for the problems tweeting, "Now that African-Americans are seeing what a bad job Hillary type policy and management has done to the inner cities they want Trump."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In Hillary Clinton's America, the middle class gets crashed.
CARROLL: Trump today also trying to play up what he sees as one of the strengths, launching a new T.V. ad focus on the economy.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In Donald Trump's America, working families get tax relief.
CARROLL: The campaign says it plans to spend upwards of $10 million on the ad in just over a week in nine key states.
(END VIDEO CLIP) CARROLL: And, Wolf, a little bit more about that visit to Detroit, Donald Trump will be visiting a Black church. Once, again, the Trump campaign feels' though they could really make in roads into -- not only the African-American, but the Latino community as well. Wolf?
BLITZER: Jason Carroll, outside Trump Tower in New York. All right, Jason, thank you.
Joining us now, Republican Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin. He's a Donald Trump supporter. Congressman, thanks very much for joining us.
CONG. SEAN DUFFY, (R) WISCONSIN: It's good to be here, Wolf. Thanks for having me on and welcome back.
BLITZER: Thank you. Donald Trump issue the statement as you know saying there's a national security component the marital issues involving Anthony Weiner, the former Congressman and Huma Abedin. Why is that? Why is there a national security issue? Do you agree with him?
DUFFY: First of all, I don't agree. I think this is a sad story. Anthony Weiner is a bit of weirdo and Hillary Clinton didn't marry him and she didn't hire him. He -- she hired Huma Abedin and so to make the lead that Anthony Weiner is a security threat, I disagree with.
I think there are so many other issues out there to discuss in regards to security breaches with regard to Hillary Clinton and with Huma to take the lead to Anthony Weiner I think is a mistake.
And listen, Wolf, I've got eight kids. This is a family. This is a young boy whose parents are splitting up. This is a sad day for that family and that little boy and I think we should leave the politics out of that separation. I would disagree with Mr. Trump on his assessment.
BLITZER: Yeah, a lot of people agree with you on that, Congressman. And I know you believe they should -- these two candidates should be arguing over substance of policy issues, but today Donald Trump release another tweet hitting Hillary Clinton get this going back to the '70s.
He wrote this, he said, "Does anyone know that crooked Hillary who tried so hard was unable to pass the bar exams in Washington, D.C. She was forced to go elsewhere." Is that relevant right now to be talking about whether she pass the bar exam on her first attempt out of Yale Law School?
DUFFY: Listen, again, I don't think that's relevant. I mean, folks have gone back to divorce of Bannon who's an adviser of Mr. Trump from 20 years ago. I mean, I think reaching back into the past on the candidates, I think is a distraction from the main issues that Americans are focus on.
This -- we're in serious times. I mean, we have security issues overseas. We have security issues on our border. We have economic issues in our inner cities all across our middle class. Those are the issues that I think most Americans care about and we get distracted and we're talking about other issues from, whether it's 10 or 20 or 40 years ago, I think we're not talking about the serious issues.
And, again, I think it's a mistake on both sides and both sides are doing this, Wolf. Hillary is doing it and Trump is doing it. Here's the bottom line, Hillary Clinton is a smart lady and Donald Trump was a smart guy, there is no question about that for both of them. Let's get down of a policy differences on how we move America forward and I think that's the debate the most Americans want to have.
[17:15:06] BLITZER: All right, so let's speak about some of the major policy issues, on critically important issues, one of those issues the immigration. They clearly disagree strongly on illegal immigration what's going on here on the United States.
Donald Trump's campaign manager said he is not talking about a deportation force any longer. He use to talk about a deportation force, but do you see this is a major shift from his initial support of a formal deportation force to get rid of all 11 million undocumented immigrants of the United States?
DUFFY: Well, the issue is kind of query (ph). There's not a lot of certainty around where Mr. Trump is in regard to the deportation force or is there some modification on that. He's going to clarified in a couple of days. I think the right approach is to say secure the border, whether it's a wall or you're using technology or boots on the ground to secure the border. That's job number one.
And then you have to deport the really bad actors in the country, those who are committing crimes and violent crimes and I think you want to look at those who aren't actually trying to leave the American dream, those who are pulling off the entitlement system, let send those ones back, too. But there was a huge group of people who are here just to work to make their families better off than they were in their home country.
And so, listen -- and by the way, a deportation force, Wolf, isn't going to work. You're not going to be able to deport whether it's 11 million or 15 or 20 million people. You're not going to be able to do that.
And I know we're all interested in what's Hillary's position and I think she's more of an open border person. You know, Trump has been strong in immigration by making a mistake, the Congress is going to have a real say in what happens with regard to immigration reform. You're going to have to come to the House and the Senate and we are going to engage in this debate and have our fingers on whatever is crafted with our next president.
BLITZER: So do you see Donald Trump now and we'll get his speech in a couple of day moving towards the same kind of immigration stands, let say that Marco Rubio put forward or Jeb Bush put forward during the Republican primaries?
DUFFY: I don't know if that's where he is going. Again, it's been a little bit confusing on where he is on the issue. I think he should go in that direction because, again, where his ban, especially in the Republican primary, it's not practical.
I don't think it's going to work and frankly it will have a devastated impact on our economy. The folks who have come here and they're actually working that are undocumented do wonderful things, most of them for our communities, whether it's in Maine in Wausau, Wisconsin.
But, whether you're going to my wife's hometown on Phoenix, Arizona and across this country, there are an important element of our economy and our workforce and to take them all out and ship them home is impractical, but it will also be devastating economically.
And so I think Marco was more on the right approach, secure the border and once the border secure, Wolf, I think most Americans, whether you're a conservative or a liberal, this issue will dissipate and you can more fairly deal with those who are here.
I think the real burning issue that gets people excited and energized is the fact that there is an open border and we don't know who is coming across, whether they're selling drugs or (inaudible) people or terrorist or guns, I mean, we want as Americans to decide who comes in and out of our country. You resolve that and I think the other issues fall into place and are much easier to handle in the political environment in which we set today.
BLITZER: As you know, Congressman, Donald Trump has been campaigning now for 15months. He did an incredibly well among the Republicans, but now he's going to come out with a formal detail position on immigration. Why is it taken so long?
DUFFY: Well, again, he's not a real politician. This is been a business guy who, you know, has build buildings and projects and golf courses and created a lot of jobs for a lot of people and he's made a lot of money.
This is the first time he has dip his toe into the political arena. He is new to it and I think he's had some evolving positions as he become more up to speed on, you know, what the consequences are of some of these issues that he's taken early in the campaign. And I think it's appropriate that upon reflection, upon more information, you're able to modify and change your position in a way that is more sound and more relevant and more workable and I think that's what he's actually doing right now.
But, again, whether you're, you know, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz or John Kasich, these guys have been in politics most of their lives. Donald Trump at 70 years old, this is the first time he's running and you would expect that you would have some kind of shifting and molding of policy as he gets closer to election day.
BLITZER: So, I got to take a break, but very quickly. So you think you're still even at this late data trying to figure it up?
DUFFY: Well, it's obvious from the campaign. He's still trying to figure it out. We're going to get a speech on Wednesday to clarify where he's going to go on immigration.
[17:20:02] And, frankly, I think that's going to be a good thing for his campaign for the base, but also I think for a lot of minorities, a lot of Hispanics who are in his country that are looking for economic opportunity, but want a tone from Mr. Trump that is far more appealing to them in conjunction with his economic positions and trade positions. I think they can vote for him, but he has to get this issue on immigration right, first.
BLITZER: Congressman, I need you to stand by. We have more to discuss. We'll take a quick break. We'll resume the questioning right after this.
BLITZER: We're back with the Republican Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin. He's a Donald Trump supporter.
[17:24:57] Congressman, David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard is running for the senate in Louisiana. He just put on a robocall urging voters of Louisiana to support both him and Donald Trump. Listen to this.
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DAVID DUKE, FORMER KU KLAX KLAN GRAND WIZARD: Unless massive immigration is stopped now, we'll be outnumbered and outvoted in our own nation. It's happening. We're losing our gun rights, our free speech. We're taxed to death. We're losing our jobs and businesses to unfair trade. We're losing our country. Look at the Super Bowl salute to the Black Panther cop killers. It's time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me David Duke for the U.S. Senate.
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BLITZER: All right, the Trump campaign just issued a statement. Let me read it. "Mr. Trump has continued to denounce David Duke and any group or individual associated with a message of hate. There is no place for this in the Republican Party or our country. We have no knowledge of these calls or any related activities, but strongly condemn and disavow." Should he go further and ask David Duke to take down that robocall referring to him?
DUFFY: Well, I would argue that the robocall having done those myself, it's already going out. But I would just note that David Duke is discussing and he's a racist and Donald Trump is right, he has no place in our party.
And as he said David -- that David Duke is trying to tie himself to Donald Trump because, listen, Donald Trump is believer on opportunity for all no matter what your gender, race or religion you should be able to make in America and to have David Duke step on that message, I think is really too bad.
What I think as a problem now, Wolf, is when you'll have Democrats keeps going out the race card and even Republicans will say, "Well, hey, we had a terrorist that the shooter in Orlando who's father endorsed Hillary Clinton stood behind stage and, you know, was place there by the campaign." Both of this candidates, they're good people.
I think Hillary is misguided, but I think they're good people. Neither of them are racists and I think we have to get beyond this name calling because there are racist out there like David Duke. And I think to call others racist in this campaign diminishes those who truly are racist and have racist tendencies.
And so let's put this stuff aside. Let's stop (inaudible) about it and let's talk about, especially for the inner city, African-American communities, how do you lift them up? How do you offer more opportunity, more jobs, a better education to make their lives and their family is stronger and better? That's the conversation that we need to have.
But, listen, Hillary doesn't support terrorism and Donald Trump is not a racist. Let's get that off the plate.
BLITZER: Sean Duffy of Wisconsin thanks very much for joining us.
BLITZER: Up next, I'll speak to a long time Clinton ally. That's actually coming up later in "The Situation Room," the former White House special council, Lanny Davis. He's got strong views on what's going on.
Also, Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin now separates from her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner who's caught up in yet another sexting scandal. Why do Donald Trump getting involve with this controversy? Our experts are standing by. Stay with us. You're in "The Situation Room."
[17:32:44] BLITZER: Our top story this hour. Top Clinton aide Huma Abedin is now split from her husband, former Anthony Weiner after his latest sexting scandal. But Donald Trump is accusing Hillary Clinton of allowing Weiner to have, "close proximity to highly classified information."
Joining us now, our Chief Political Correspondent, Dana Bash, our Senior Political Reporter, Nia-Malika Henderson, CNN Political Analyst Jackie Kucinich, she's the Washington Bureau Chief for "The Daily Beast," and our CNN Political Director David Chalian.
David, Trump put out that statement saying impart that it's just another example of Hillary Clinton's bad judgment going out to say it is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this. Why do you think he chose this line of attack?
DAVID CHALIAN, CNN POLITICAL DIRECTOR: Well, it's actually not a new line of attack for Donald Trump on this issue. He actually has been going after Anthony Weiner for months throughout this campaign and trying to tie Anthony Weiner to Hillary Clinton through Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, of course.
But listen, in light of Huma Abedin's name being back front and center in the stories about the Clinton Foundation and the proximity of relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department, Donald Trump is trying to sees an opportunity here.
I can't imagine, Wolf, that there's a single voter out there who thinks Donald Trump weighing in on Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin separating and dissolving their marriage is actually going to impact a single vote. I find that very hard to believe.
BLITZER: Nia, because there are some who suggest Donald Trump going on the offensive, going on the attack on the specific issue, the issue of sexting and this marital relationship that is sort of opens himself up potentially to criticism. He's had some failed marriages over the years.
NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER: He has. He's on his third marriage now and he was unfaithful at least to his first wife and you do imagine that in some ways these could bring that up, bring that into the conversation because his argument seems to be you can't trust Hillary Clinton because she hired someone or she was married to someone who cheated on her.
So in some ways he has been unfaithful, too, so does that raise questions about his own trustworthiness? You can imagine that it would.
Again, I agree with David. You feel like couple of weeks from now in a debate for instance that this probably wouldn't necessarily come up.
[17:35:02] It seems like it's one of those things where Trump has been -- in some ways clever enough to wedge himself into the conversation about someone is really sad end (ph) of a marriage.
BLITZER: Jackie, Donald Trump as you know had debate preparation over the week and do you believe we will see Donald Trump bring up the issue of Bill Clinton's infidelity in the upcoming presidential debates.
JACKIE KUCINICH, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, Donald Trump is not someone that really has a wealth of self-awareness. So the fact that that might come back in him with his infidelities, I don't think would really stop him from doing that.
Look at the people who he surrounding himself with during this debate prep, Roger Ailes, Roger Stone. There are a lot of people that there have been dwelling in Clinton land and really going after the Clintons for many, many years.
So there is no reason to believe why Bill Clinton's infidelities wouldn't be a part of this debate, but this will be very unpredictable. That's what we've seen. This hasn't been traditional debate, perhaps, so she's going to have to be ready just about anything. BLITZER: I'm sure that they are both getting ready for just about anything. Dana, as you know a brand new Monmouth University poll just came out, it shows Secretary Clinton's lead in the polls narrowing right now.
She's polling at 43 percent among registered voters with Trump down at 36 percent. What is Donald Trump need to do to accomplish in that first debate to further close the gap, because the gap -- at least in this Monmouth University poll has narrowed a bit.
DANA BASH, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER: Boy, where do we start with that? It has narrowed, but it is still pretty significant given where we are. It's hard to imagine things changing significantly before the debate, so you're right. The first debate at least is going to be such a huge really important forum, you know.
But I think at this point, the question is, what is Hillary Clinton need to do to freeze that in place? And the answer is something that her campaign is grappling with, but it's obviously primarily continue to paint the picture of Donald Trump as somebody who doesn't have the temperament or readiness or character to be commander-in-chief and try to come across as somebody who is likable and more trustworthy than polls show that she is right now.
The way I perceive it and the way I look at it is sort of from that perspective as it's on her to keep things the way they are and that I think is probably how they're -- my understanding is how they're looking at it inside Brooklyn headquarters and her campaign.
BLITZER: David as you known on recent days, there's been some confusion about whether or not Donald Trump's immigration policy includes what he ones called a deportation force to remove all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the United States. That was what he ran on, on the Republican primaries as you know. He's not going to be delivering a major immigration speech on Wednesday in Arizona. What he's going say about the specific issue is base on everything we're hearing?
CHALIAN: Right. That's speech on Wednesday, Wolf, obviously focusing in on deportation to something I think every reporter covering it will be doing.
If you heard his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway over the weekend, she made sure to know that he hasn't use the term deportation force since last November. So she was trying to say that that was language of the past, not the present.
And I also think if you look at how he's been positioning himself, he has going to hammer a way at the things he believes that can be done right now, E-verify (ph) other tactics that he believes he can use to help reign in illegal immigration, no legal status, no citizenship. I think you're not going to hear an actual plan on what to do with the 11 million estimated undocumented here. He is going to focus on border security, first.
BLITZER: All right, guys. Everyone stand by. There's a lot more to assess. Coming up, the drip of revelations about Hillary Clinton's e- mails appears to be hurting her in the latest polling. So how much closer will the raise actually get? We'll be right back.
[17:43:46] BLITZER: A new national poll shows Hillary Clinton holding on to her lead over Donald Trump, but the race is getting tighter amid the continuing revelations and questions about Hillary Clinton's e- mails.
CNN's Pamela Brown is keeping a closer eye in the Democrats right now for us. Pamela, Hillary Clinton is busy raising money for her campaigns final push. What else is going on?
PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, that's right, Wolf. The Clinton camp is aiming to widen its fundraising lead over Donald Trump with Clinton on track to have her biggest fundraising month yet.
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BROWN: Today, Hillary Clinton keeping up her frenetic pace to raise money as she aims to make August her biggest month yet for fundraising. Clinton headline three even Sunday in the Hamptons where she raise over $11 million. This month alone, CNN estimates the campaign will have raise more than $58 million from Clinton headline events.
The fundraising push comes after Trump narrow the money gap in July, only being out raise by 10 million. Clinton remains the leading candidate. But what was a double digit lead has narrowed in the latest Monmouth poll release today showing her up seven points nationally, 43 percent to 37 percent. As the race, he's up with just 10 weeks ago, Clinton and Trump continue to trade jobs over health.
[17:45:04] HILLARY CLINTON, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health.
BROWN: The Clinton campaign releasing this statement mocking Trump's doctor saying his hyperbolic language giving Trump a clean bell (ph) of help sounds a lot like Trump, himself. Dr. Harold Bornstein told NBC news he wrote the note in five minutes.
HAROLD BORNSTEIN, TRUMP'S DOCTOR: His health is excellent, particularly his mental health (inaudible).
PAMELA: Now Trump is challenging Clinton to release more about her health tweeting, "I think that both candidates should release detailed medical records." The Clinton campaign says she is already met the standard and provided a detailed medical record showing she is, "excellent health."
This, as Clinton faces more questions about State Department access given to Clinton Foundation donors. Newly release State Department e- mails obtained by ABC news show multiple foundation donors were invited to State Department lunch with the Chinese president. In one exchange, the foundation's top official asks top Clinton aide Huma Abedin if one of the donors can sit next to Vice President Biden. Abedin response, "I'll ask." It's unclear if the request was granted. The foundations communications director defended Clinton and the foundation.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When she was secretary of state there was a mechanism in place to make sure there weren't conflicts on interest. You know, people think back to that time and they know that there is an agreement with the Obama administration and many people refer to it as a ban on donations where it was in fact was a recognition that the work was helping people and they wanted to make sure we could continue doing it.
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BROWN: And Hillary Clinton has several fundraising events this week. The campaign focus on stock piloting for the final stretch after Labor Day and ahead of the busy debate schedule starting in September. Wolf?
BLITZER: Pamela Brown reporting. Thank you. Coming up, a new report reveal secret talks between North Korea and the United States as Kim Jong-un willing to negotiate over his new missiles and his nuclear weapons.
[17:51:47] BLITZER: Despite a series of aggressive and deeply troubling military moves, North Korea reportedly has been holding secret talks this year with the experts and former officials of the United States. According to "The Washington Post," some of the participants think the North Koreans maybe willing to restart talks about their nuclear program.
CNN Political Analyst, "The Washington Post" Columnist, Josh Rogin is joining us now. He reported all of this in "The Washington Post." Josh, tell us more about what you've learned. Are there indications the North Koreans are actually serious about this?
JOSH ROGIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Thanks Wolf. Yes, despite that the U.S. and North Korea don't have any official dialogue, there have been a series of meetings that are held all over the world between top former officials from both the Clinton and the Bush administration, Korean expert, nuclear experts, they take place in Berlin, Singapore. Some have taken place in China and what some of these officials and expert say is that the North Koreans are looking for new talks.
Now, this is disputed. Other official say that, "No, there is no chance for new talks considering the fact that Korea has been launching missiles, testing nuclear bombs and doing lots of other belligerent things." But if new talks were to come about, there would be with the new leader Kim Jong-un and a new regime that is looking for a broad peace treaty with the United States. In that context, it seems they want to talk about getting nuclear weapons off the Korean Peninsula. BLITZER: But do any serious U.S. officials believe the North Koreans would ever be willing to denuclearize?
ROGIN: Right. Well, this is also a source of dispute inside the Obama administration and inside the intelligence community. On the one hand, there is a lot of skepticism that the North Koreans would ever denuclearize, unless, of course, the U.S. and South Korea also agree to denuclearize, which probably will never happen.
On the other hand, as the time goes on, North Korea is building and building. They only get more nuclear weapons, more ballistic missiles and their position only increases. So the longer we wait at North Koreans, the worse the situation becomes on the ground, the more dangerous it gets and the more -- the less is the chance that they'll ever fully denuclearize.
BLITZER: Are your sources expect all of this to go forward, especially in the midst of the latest provocations coming from North Korea?
ROGIN: Well, there's no expectation that the North Koreans and the Obama administration will have enough time to do anything real in terms of dialogue. So what everyone is looking to is what happens after the election.
Hillary Clinton aides evolve -- already said very clearly that they want to raise the pressure on North Korea, increase sanctions. They're not looking to talk. But, there's a big question about whether or not those sanctions will actually work.
North Korea has already have release sanctions. The sanctions don't seem to get them to the table, so they're maybe an opportunity after the election and a new administration come and sit down to see if the North Koreans are serious. The bottom line is, we just don't know right now.
BLITZER: Josh Rogin reporting for us. Josh thanks very, very much.
Coming up, Hillary Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin splits from her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner who's caught up in a new sexting scandal. But Donald Trump is jumping in. He's saying Hillary Clinton was negligent. Can he turn this into a campaign issue?
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