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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): A U.S. Navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship off the Japanese coast and seven crew members are missing.
GEORGE HOWELL, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): On the queen's official birthday, outrage and mourning in London as protesters demand answers in the tower fire that killed at least 30 people.
ALLEN (voice-over): U.S. President Trump is beefing up his legal team, adding a high-powered lawyer to his defense amid the expanding Russia investigation.
HOWELL (voice-over): Live from CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta, welcome to our viewers here in the United States and around the world. I'm George Howell.
ALLEN (voice-over): And I'm Natalie Allen. NEWSROOM starts right now.
HOWELL: Good day to you, 5:00 am on the U.S. East Coast and we begin with developing news in Japan. These live images you see there outside of Yokosuka, Japan, 6:00 pm there and what you see, the warship, the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, arriving back at its base after an early morning collision with a Philippine merchant vessel. The U.S. Navy says seven sailors are still missing after this incident. The search and rescue efforts are still underway.
ALLEN: But as you can see, the ship has come back; at least three sailors were medically evacuated from the ship while they were at sea. We're told they're all in stable condition now. They include the destroyer's commanding officer.
The merchant vessel seen here has been identified as the Philippine ACX Crystal. Reports say none of its crew members were injured in the collision.
For more, we're joined from Tokyo by journalist Kaori Enjoji. Any updates on the sailors who went missing?
And also what do we expect to learn once that ship is back?
KAORI ENJOJI, JOURNALIST: Natalie, 15 hours since the collision and the U.S.S. Fitzgerald has finally made its way back to its home port in Yokosuka, which is the home for the U.S.' 7th Fleet. And although we do not know the whereabouts of the seven crewmen who have gone missing as a result of this collision, I think there will be a lot going on into what exactly happened during this collision.
It happened at 2:30 in the middle of the night local time. Especially because we understand that most of the serious damage to this ship has occurred beneath the water's surface. So although you see major damage on the right-hand side of the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, the understanding is that the major damage occurred under the water.
And that's the reason why there was a lot of flooding into the vessel. It is 6:00 pm here, which means that there's probably only about an hour's left of daylight here. The sun will be setting soon, which could complication the search efforts that are being conducted, both by the U.S. military, the self-defense forces here in Japan, as well as the search continues for these seven missing crew members.
I think there are also a lot of questions being asked as to how this kind of accident could have happened in the first place, given that the U.S.S. Fitzgerald is one of the most advanced of the ships that the U.S. has in this area.
And how it could have happened with a container vessel that is huge in size, three times the size of the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, even if it was in the middle of the night.
Having said that, the area where this collision took place, just 20 kilometers off the coast of Izu Peninsula, is a very, very crowded area. A lot of traffic in that area, according to the Japanese Coast Guard because it is basically the main port or the course of entry into Tokyo and Yokohama ports, which are the two busiest ports in Japan.
So It has been a notorious area for a crew going through this area and there have been many incidents in the past involving collision of various container ships.
But as I say, this was a collision that happened in the middle of the night. There seems to have been much far less damage to the Philippine ship, which is being used by Japanese shipping company, although we do see a little bit of damage to that vessel as well.
That vessel should have docked fairly soon, if it hasn't already, to another port in Japan. There will be an investigation surely into that vessel as well. So at this point, no new updates on the seven missing members of the U.S.S. Fitzgerald.
ALLEN: And we also haven't heard from anyone officially on either vessel about how this perhaps could have happened. Such a tragedy, especially for those missing sailors. Kaori Enjoji for us there in Tokyo, thank you.
HOWELL: So the big question now is how was it possible, how could this have happened, that a sophisticated warship would collide with a container ship?
For more on that, I spoke earlier with CNN military analyst, Lt. Col. Rick Francona.
LT. COL. RICK FRANCONA (RET.), CNN MILITARY ANALYST: This is a United States Navy combat ship of the line, traveling through international waters. Of course it's going to have all of its electronics on.
FRANCONA: It's going to have deck watches. Even though it was the middle of the night, this is a combat ship ready for action at any time.
To be approached by a ship of this size, it's really puzzling to everyone. It has two surface search radars, state-of-the-art equipment.
So how could this have possibly happened and to cause that much damage?
It's just boggling right now. And everybody is asking these same questions. We'll know more. I happened to look on the automated ship tracking and it was following the route of this container ship and it was on an erratic path.
But the U.S.S. Fitzgerald should have seen that and been on guard.
HOWELL: You spoke about the timing. Again, this happened right around 2:30 in the morning, local time there.
What would the staffing have been like?
What would the situation have been like on that U.S. destroyer at the time this happened?
FRANCONA: Well, as I said, this is a U.S. Navy warship. They might have been scaled back a little bit but they still would have a full complement on board. The combat information center would be manned. All the weapons systems would be manned.
It might be down to minimum manning but there would still be an officer of the deck, everybody on the bridge, watching what's going on. It's the officer of the deck's job to know what's going on in the area. So for a container ship to be able to approach a U.S. Navy destroyer is very, very puzzling.
HOWELL: Rick, so let's just take a look at the ship itself just to get a sense of the damage to understand what happened here. And you see they took quite a rescue operation, you know, to get the members off that ship. Talk to us about that, how that all came together.
FRANCONA: Well, if you look at those pictures, it's very telling. You see the damage above the water line. But what's more important and what's more damaging is the impact under the water line.
These container ships, most of them -- and this one does, I checked -- have what's called a bulbous bow. It's under the waterline. It's a huge projection in front of the ship.
So when the vessel struck the destroyer, it didn't just hit above. It put a huge hole under the water line. And that's why you have those three flooded compartments. That was the initial problem. They had to seal off those three compartments because it took on water. It was listing.
I understand now they're trying to pump that water out of there. But this is a very, very big operation. At the same time, they have got to address the crew and the rescue.
So there are other Navy ships en route. There are Navy aircraft in the air and the Japanese Coast Guard is helping as well. Big, big rescue operation underway. We've got to resolve what happened to these seven crew.
HOWELL: Lieutenant Colonel Rick Francona, thank you so much for your expertise and insight. We'll stay in touch with you.
ALLEN: U.S. Justice Department officials tell CNN of growing friction at the top levels of the agency all related to the sudden dismissal this month of the FBI director. President Trump confirms he is now under investigation for firing James Comey.
HOWELL: Much of the president's frustration seems to be aimed at Rod Rosenstein. He's the number two man at the Justice Department, who appointed the special counsel, Robert Mueller, to take over the Russia probe after Comey was fired. CNN's Jeff Zeleny has more on that.
JEFF ZELENY, CNN SR. WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): President Trump saying publicly for the first time today that he is under investigation as the probe of Russia's influence in the 2016 election expands.
He also assailed the integrity of the Justice Department official overseeing the investigation.
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director," the president said. "Witch hunt."
That man is deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who made the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Only a month ago, Rosenstein, a veteran of the Justice Department, received the president's praise. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: He's highly respected. Very good guy. Very smart guy. The Democrats like him. The Republicans like him. He made a recommendation but regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ZELENY (voice-over): But it's the firing of FBI director James Comey that investigators are now exploring to determine whether the president was trying to obstruct justice.
In the Oval Office today, the president huddling with his aides before traveling to Miami to announce new restrictions on travel and business with Cuba.
TRUMP: We will enforce the embargo.
ZELENY (voice-over): But the president's agenda overshadowed by the Russia investigation, as he's lashing out on Twitter.
"After seven months of investigations and committee hearings about my collusion with the Russians, nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad."
A White House official told CNN the tweets were less spontaneous than a strategy by the president of taking matters into his own hands.
"This is a political fight and he's going to fight it," the official said.
But the Russia cloud threatening to engulf the president is far more than political. CNN has learned members of the Trump transition team received a memo, urging all volunteers and aides to preserve any records relating to Russia, Ukraine or investigations into --
ZELENY (voice-over): -- top Trump campaign officials in the inquiry.
All this comes two years to the day after Mr. Trump jumped into the Republican primary.
As he returned to the White House tonight, now six months into his term, questions not even imagined back then weigh on his presidency.
ZELENY: President Trump also adding a new high-powered lawyer to his legal team. John Dowd, who led the Major League Baseball investigation into Pete Rose, also defended Senator John McCain in the Keating Five scandal so many years ago. He'll be joining the president's own legal team.
But so many of those lawyers have been advising the president not to tweet, not to talk about this investigation.
So why is he doing it?
A person close to him told me, he's simply trying to discredit the investigation -- Jeff Zeleny, CNN, the White House.
HOWELL: Jeff Zeleny, thank you. That will be the first point we talk about with a writer and columnist, political analyst Ellis Henican, joining us now from New York.
It's good to have you with us, Ellis.
ELLIS HENICAN, COLUMNIST, METRO PAPERS: Good morning. Good morning.
HOWELL: So we just heard Jeff Zeleny's report. The president continuing to tweet. This is his way, apparently, quote, "to discredit the investigation." Let's talk about that. He says he is under investigation, keeping up that aggressive stance on Twitter.
How can this help or hurt the president?
Could these tweets be taken as evidence?
HENICAN: Well, first of all, it's classic Trump. So I think he's going to do it and he is highly likely to keep doing it. It's a very risky approach.
Boiled down to its simplest terms, if you are angering the people whose job it is to investigate you, doesn't it make them more likely to be rougher in that investigation?
His lawyers and any other lawyer would tell you, boy, that's not a really good strategy but, boy, it's awfully Trumpian, isn't it?
HOWELL: Trumpian, sure, but, Ellis, again, the things that the president says, they are record, even if it's put out on the Twitter machine.
So the question is could those be used in a court of law?
HENICAN: It does seem to be so. In fact, the case is made a little bit stronger when the press secretary the other day referred to those tweets as official White House documents. This really is the way the president communicates, so, sure.
I would certainly expect to see those comments in a court record as we have seen them, by the way, in the court case over the travel ban, which -- where the judges, appellate judges repeatedly quoted things the president has said.
HOWELL: Now to talk about the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, the president even sent out a tweet about him, framing the investigation as a witch hunt. And now there's the possibility that Rosenstein himself may have to step aside, may have to recuse himself. HENICAN: That's right, though not because of the president's claim that it's a witch hunt. The issue here involves Rosenstein's role in writing a memo that suggested the firing of FBI director James Comey.
He could conceivably be a witness in this case, so you wouldn't want to have a guy who was a witness also being involved in supervising the investigation. That's where the potential conflict will come in, assuming the investigation really does go in that direction. But, yes, I think it's pretty likely that he will not be in that position for too long.
HOWELL: There's been that talk of whether the president would fire Robert Mueller. But obviously, as we turn the focus now to the attorney generals (sic) and the possibly that another, the deputy attorney general may have to recuse himself, where do we go from here?
HENICAN: That's a good question. Everyone in the White House and outside advisers urging the president to not fire Bob Mueller. That is going to look terrible, even if you have the legal right to do it. But it's just going to stay wild. His job, I would say, is still not secure. Trump really may fire him.
Rosenstein's position is unclear. The chain of command and what would happen depending on who leaves, who gets recused, who gets fired, who gets forced out, it just -- one piece of advice, pay close attention because it's going to keep changing really quickly.
HOWELL: Ellis Henican, thank you very much. We'll continue to keep up with it. We appreciate it.
HENICAN: Great seeing you guys. Thank you.
HOWELL: Hundreds of people were out on the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday. They were protesting the verdict in the Philando Castile case. Demonstrations followed a jury's decision to acquit Officer Jeronimo Yanez of second degree manslaughter in the 2016 shooting death of Castile.
ALLEN: Yanez said he fired because he said Castile reached for his gun, despite being warned not to. Castile's girlfriend said he was just reaching for his identification. Shortly after the verdict was announced, Castile's mother called the verdict incomprehensible.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
VALERIE CASTILE, PHILANDO CASTILE'S MOTHER: My son loved this city and this city killed my son --
CASTILE: -- and the murderer gets away.
Are you kidding me right now?
We're not evolving as a civilization. We're devolving. We have taken steps forward. People have died for us to have these rights. And now we're devolving. We're going back down to 1969.
Damn! What is it going to take?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ALLEN: Angry and understandably grieving mother there. Castile's death gained widespread attention and led to nationwide protests, partly because his girlfriend, you may remember, broadcast his shooting on Facebook Live.
HOWELL: Still ahead here on NEWSROOM, anger in London. People there are demanding answers after a deadly tower fire.
We'll have more on the growing tensions, straight ahead.
ALLEN: Also, it's Queen Elizabeth's official birthday, at least the official one. The annual Trooping the Color celebration is set to begin in London and she also talked with the fire victims. We'll have more about this, coming up.
HOWELL: And the U.S. president says he's making good on a key campaign promise. What that could mean for the U.S. and Cuba. Their relations as NEWSROOM continues.
ALLEN: The mood in London has shifted from shock to anger as people demand answers after the deadly tower fire.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
HOWELL (voice-over): That's the scene there, people marching in the streets. Residents are angry, asking how the fire destroyed their apartment building as quickly as it did. Many are wondering who's to blame.
ALLEN (voice-over): Police have examined the apartment where the fire started. They say there is no evidence it was started deliberately; however, there is a criminal investigation underway into the circumstances. At least 30 people were killed. That number is expected to rise.
HOWELL (voice-over): In the meantime, an effort to help the survivors there continues. The British prime minister Theresa May announced on Friday that a $6.5 million fund has been set up to help victims of the fire. Following this story, CNN's Oren Liebermann is live on the streets of London this hour.
Oren, we've seen a great deal of anger there in London, West London, but slightly different scene today, if you could set the scene for us.
[05:20:00] OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is, George. I would say the mood has shifted once again. It feels more a mood of determination, of resolution to do everything it takes to help those in need. That after so much anger that we saw yesterday.
Let he me show you here what's behind me. This is one of many memorials in the site here, so close to the tower fire. That is, of course, growing; flowers, messages and candles, some lit since last night, messages like, "I pray for justice," "Peace, love and joy" and "God will take care of you."
What else has grown here is the number of faces of the missing. We saw just a few early yesterday and now there are more of these missing posters as families still seek the answers they're looking for. And that is part of what drove the anger, so much of that anger that we saw on the streets.
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): Anger boils over as the city grieves. Residents, friends and family protesting over how they say their concerns were ignored, over how they say they are being treated after this tragedy. Near Grenfell Tower, the feeling is similar.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So this is classic. This is profit over people.
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): Pictures of the missing, each one an unanswered question the lack of answers fueling the frustration.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The people at the top floor, elderly, have no chance, not 1 percent chance of surviving.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's to make you look pretty --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- surrounding people and areas (INAUDIBLE) --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- and let's not focus on the human lives inside the building.
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): The fire has become far bigger than one community. It's resonated around the city, echoes of grief and anger growing louder.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why wasn't enough done to prevent this?
You know, gentrification, you know, in terms of making this building look pretty so that all the other sort of new builds and those that invest in the capital can feel happier but at the cost of human life, it's unacceptable and someone needs to be held accountable.
LIEBERMANN: This is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in London. We're just a short distance away from multimillion-dollar homes and porches, residents of the Grenfell Tower a short distance behind me, say they live in a different world, ignored, invisible, they say, to the officials who are supposed to represent them. They say that fire would never have happened right here.
JOE DELANEY, NEIGHBOR: I'd love to know how much of that $10 million actually went on making the outside look nice.
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): Joe Delaney lives next to Grenfell Tower. He watched from the very beginning. In many ways, he speaks for the community.
DELANEY: I tell you what, it may have been an eyesore but it certainly wouldn't have killed anyone.
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): There is a tremendous amount of gratitude here. But it's for the volunteers, who have packed supply vans with donations, and for the firefighters.
The government has ordered a public inquiry and a criminal investigation has been launched. Still, the anger evident and residents are shouting for accountability.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We want justice! We want justice!
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): Those cries growing louder with each passing hour.
LIEBERMANN: As for that help, that determination, we're seeing that here this morning at the Notting Hill Methodist Church. It looks like they've taken a brief break here but they're bringing out so many of the supplies that have been stored here over the last couple of days, packing up different vehicles and making sure those that need the help are getting it -- George.
HOWELL: Well, they're coming together. Oren Liebermann, live in West London, thank you.
ALLEN: And the queen has issued her official birthday message because this is her official birthday and it's mainly a tribute to those caught up in the disasters which have hit the U.K. in recent weeks.
HOWELL: She visited the victims of the London tower fire Friday as well as the first responders and community leaders there.
Just a short time ago, she released this message, reading in part, quote, "Today is traditionally a day of celebration.
"This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very somber national mood. Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. United in our sadness, we are equally determined without fear or favor to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss." ALLEN: As that fire occurring just days before her official birthday celebration, because it will involve the annual Trooping the Color ceremony. On this day the queen actual birthday is in April. She is 91 but the celebration always happens in June.
HOWELL: That's right. The parade is set to get underway soon. After that, the queen will appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the royal family for the classic photo op.
ALLEN: Joining us now, royal commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams.
Richard, thank you for being with us. We look forward to this celebration and we know it's official on this day in June for the weather to be better. But certainly as her official statement indicated, there is a cloud over this year's birthday for her.
RICHARD FITZWILLIAMS, ROYALTY COMMENTATOR: Yes, unquestionably.
FITZWILLIAMS: I think it's a very significant statement by the queen. She talked of the somber mood and also the terrible tragedies that have affected Britain in recent weeks and also paid tribute to those who'd offered comfort and support.
I mean, she and the Duke of Cambridge were at Grenfell Tower and I think their visit was tremendously appreciated because this has been the most ghastly fire. And this is something that, with a message like this, the queen is very much reaching out on a day, which is normally celebratory, as a figure of national unity to those who have suffered.
And I think it is very, very important that this is the case. Britain is on the verge of Brexit negotiations. The country is deeply divided in many ways. And three terrorist attacks plus this absolutely dreadful fire have clearly darkened the national mood.
ALLEN: Yes, absolutely. It just seems surreal to turn on the television this week and see this fire in London. Just couldn't believe yet another thing that the country and the people have to go through.
Certainly, that is why this queen is beloved. Right after this fire, she is there, comforting people, talking to people, regardless of the fact that her birthday is officially right around the corner.
FITZWILLIAMS: Absolutely. As you mentioned, she has two. Since 1748, this has been characteristic, rather quirky that the British monarch has one when they're actually born and another, which is supposedly timed for good weather.
And we do have the traditional Trooping the Color parade at Horse Guards today, which, of course, is linked with medieval times, when the color was representative of your knowledge that you were with friends and where your particular regiment was distinguishing friend from foe in what could be a very confusing situation in a battle. It's the 1st Battalion, the Irish Guards, who are trooping the colors
today. That is one of the regiments of five regiments of foot and their colonel is the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William. And I think that this will be a parade which will be done with very, very considerable color, precision.
It's always a magnificent show. The queen has attended every one since 1947, save one in 1955 which was canceled by a rail strike. She is very much the expert on the way the parade is conducted.
ALLEN: I would think so.
And at age 91, isn't it amazing how she looks so great and gets around so well?
FITZWILLIAMS: Oh, it's absolutely extraordinary. I mean, there's no doubt at all that, physically, the queen is in amazing shape. Parliament will open next Wednesday. She reportedly will make Royal Ascot that afternoon because as you know, how enthusiastic she is about the races.
So her stamina is absolutely extraordinary. I would mention that as we admire the pomp and pageantry of Trooping the Color, I saw a clip a few moments ago, I'm to bear in mind at a time of defense cuts that Britain's soldiers do such a great job in protecting Britain and also their contribution to wider world peace.
And these soldiers, whom you see with all the precision of the color and the ceremony, are all serving troops.
ALLEN: A very good note to end on. We thank you so much. We look forward to seeing it and the beautiful, colorful flyby that always occurs. Thanks so much, royal commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams. Thanks.
And coming up here, why it could soon become much more difficult for Americans to go to Cuba or do business in that country after a move by Donald Trump. And we'll hear from Havana, what they think about that.
HOWELL: Also one of Germany's longest serving leaders has died. We have a look back at Helmut Kohl's lengthy political career. Stay with us.
ALLEN (voice-over): Welcome back to our viewers here in the U.S. and around the world. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM live. I'm Natalie Allen.
HOWELL (voice-over): And I'm George Howell with the headlines we're following for you this hour.
ALLEN: Cuba is denouncing Donald Trump's decision to impose tighter restrictions on tourism and business dealings with Havana and says he is resorting to coercive methods that are doomed to fail.
Mr. Trump announced Friday he is rolling back key parts of the deal that his predecessor, Barack Obama, made with Cuba. We get more now from CNN's Patrick Oppmann in Havana.
PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Before an audience of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami's Little Havana, Donald Trump didn't hold back.
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Now that I am your president, America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime.
OPPMANN (voice-over): Undoing Barack Obama's Cuba policy that opened the Communist-run island to more U.S. visitors and investment was a Trump --
OPPMANN (voice-over): -- campaign promise. Soon most Americans won't be able to book their own trip to Cuba but will have to join a guided tour to make sure their dollars don't go to the Cuban military, which controls large parts of the economy, including hotels.
Increased restrictions that worry Americans already visiting Cuba.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Coming to Cuba is not only wonderful for Americans to find out the other side but it's a very interesting place with wonderful people. And I just think that it's a horrible idea.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I love it here. The people are amazing. The culture is rich. Every day has been a beautiful experience and I think something like that would dampen our relationship.
OPPMANN (voice-over): U.S.-Cuban relations will likely be hurt but it won't be a full rollback. The American flag will continue to fly over the newly opened U.S. embassy in Havana. U.S. cruise ships and airlines will continue to service the island that restarted in 2016.
But in an exclusive interview with CNN, Cuban officials that coordinate anti-drug smuggling efforts with the U.S. are afraid the increased cooperation will suffer under President Trump.
"The biggest impact will be felt in the U.S., he says, because Cuba is not a country that the drugs are coming to. Fundamentally, the drugs go north. If there's a step backward in the cooperation, the impact will be felt in the U.S."
The Trump policy is designed to target the Cuban government for human rights abuses, not the Cuban people. But they could be caught in the crossfire.
The Trump administration says that too much of the money generated by the Cuba opening has gone directly to the pockets of the Cuban government. But a lot of that money has also to the Cuban people.
Airbnb says, in the last two years, it has sent over $40 million to Cubans who rent out their homes, money that is helping to fix up scenic streets like this one in Old Havana.
OPPMANN (voice-over): Private entrepreneurs like this company that rents classic cars to tourists were banking on more Americans coming to the island.
"Already in this garage, we have 14 employees," she says. "Before, we rented all out of my house. So we have grown a lot and it's all been thanks to the increasing tourism."
Much of the emerging private sector in Cuba is banking on the hope for better relations with her neighbor, the United States, a future that is increasingly in doubt -- Patrick Oppmann, CNN, Havana.
HOWELL: Patrick, thank you.
The Cuban government says it remains open to, quote, "respectful dialogue" with the Trump administration.
ALLEN: The president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council spoke with CNN's Richard Quest about the impact of these new restrictions on tourism and business once they take effect.
JOHN KAVULICH, PRESIDENT, U.S.- CUBA TRADE AND ECONOMIC COUNCIL: The question, though, the U.S. companies are going to have to grapple with is how the Trump administration is going to define certain terms. Today, the Treasury Department came out with a guidance and they said, anything that is already in place will be permitted.
And so, what companies are going to try to do is try to get as much done in the next 90 days in Cuba. But now this puts pressure on Cuba because basically Donald Trump said in classic Trump fashion, OK, I am giving you an opportunity, you have got 90 days to use it or you lose it.
And we are going to see what the Cubans do.
RICHARD QUEST, CNNMONEY EDITOR AT LARGE: This is basically, there is a grandfather clause as it is, if you already have your contract, you can carry on.
KAVULICH: That's correct. Starwood manages one property in Cuba, the Four Points Sheraton Havana, they can continue. Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, they can continue. All of the airlines, they can continue. The question is going to be in the details in terms of how the Trump
administration defines an entity that is controlled by the Cuban military.
QUEST: Within this area and bearing in mind you're talking about U.S.- Cuba business, how much has the Obama relaxing of the restrictions, how much has it been a real bonanza for U.S. business?
I know many of the initial flights have now been canceled, there has not been as many visitors, there are not as many passengers. But if you take the bigger business, obviously, banking is still covered by sanctions, but if you take bigger business, telecos, the things that were relaxed.
Has there been much new business?
KAVULICH: There are approximately 49 U.S. companies that have a presence in Cuba whether they are telephone companies with roaming agreements, one hotel company, almost all of them are focused on hospitality.
The Cuban government during the final two years of the Obama administration basically said, if it is going to bring us money, we will welcome it. If it is going to cost us money or cost us control, then we are going to take it under advisement.
There is an irony here and a tragedy at the same time and that is to President Trump went to Miami today and the only two reasons he just didn't go there to play golf was the weather and this Cuba speech.
And had the Obama administration and the Cuban government during the last two years focused on an election outcome last November that did not include President-Elect Hillary Clinton, then much of all of this, the Trump administration would not have been able to do anything because the U.S. businesses would've had such a landscape, such roots in Cuba.
But neither the Cuban government nor the Obama administration did everything they could and that is why we are in this position.
HOWELL: And that was John Kavulich, the president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council. He was speaking with CNN's Richard Quest about the rollback, the key parts of Obama's administration --
HOWELL: -- Cuba policy.
ALLEN: The business world had a few major shake-ups Friday. E- commerce Amazon bought Whole Foods for a whopping $13.7 billion. A whole paycheck for Amazon. It's the company's biggest venture yet into conventional stores after a series of smaller experiments.
HOWELL: A whole paycheck, that's a name they definitely want to shake, you know. Not to be outdone, though, one of Amazon's biggest brick-and-mortar competitors, supermarket chain Walmart expanded its Web presence, they picked up Bonobos, an online men's apparel company.
ALLEN: And a giant of the dotcom boom is gone. Yahoo! is no more after Verizon closed the deal for the company's core business a few days ago. What's left is now just a holding company called Altaba.
HOWELL: Still ahead, no decision yet on the future of American actor Bill Cosby but he is speaking out. We'll tell you what he's saying, thanking the jury.
HOWELL: The U.S. congressman who was shot at a baseball practice on Wednesday has improved but remains in critical condition. Doctors say Steve Scalise will need further operations after undergoing a second surgery for internal injuries and a broken leg.
Scalise was one of four people shot when a gunman opened fire as Republicans practiced for a charity baseball game.
ALLEN: That game went ahead of schedule. The Democrats won but gave the trophy to their opponents. It will be kept in Scalise's office.
HOWELL: In just a few hours' time, the jury in the Bill Cosby trial will go back to deliberating. Earlier this week, they told the court they just couldn't decide but the judge sent them back to work. And, on Friday, Bill Cosby himself spoke to reporters.
BILL COSBY, COMEDIAN: I just want to wish all of the fathers a Happy Father's Day and I want to thank the jury for their long days, their honest work, individually. I also want to thank the supporters who have been here and, please, to the supporters, stay calm. Do not argue with people. Just keep up the great support. Thank you all.
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ALLEN: Cosby has pleaded not guilty to three criminal charges of aggravated indecent assault. Our Jean Casarez explains how the case has come this far.
JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is the woman who is going head-to-head against Bill Cosby in a Pennsylvania criminal courtroom, testifying that the television star drugged and assaulted her at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
Andrea Constand came forward a year later, alleging the man she once called her mentor sexually assaulted her while she was the director of basketball operations at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby's alma mater.
Cosby, decades her senior, admitted sexual relations with Constand but said at all times it was consensual. Criminal charges were never filed because the district attorney said he couldn't prove the accusations. Constand filed a civil suit that was ultimately settled for an undisclosed sum. The criminal case was forgotten until this:
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are here to announce today charges that have just been filed against William Henry Cosby.
CASAREZ (voice-over): Over a decade later, Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations allowed prosecutors to file three criminal charges of aggravated criminal assault against Cosby, after they were provided with new evidence from the unsealing of his 2005 civil deposition.
Cosby admitted in that sworn testimony to giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with but quickly changed that answer to only one woman, who he said consented to the drug, claiming he had misunderstood the question.
That civil deposition has come before this jury as well as a firsthand account from one of Cosby's nearly 50 other accusers attempting to establish a pattern of conduct.
Kelly Johnson testified she was drugged and assaulted by Cosby in 1996.
KELLY JOHNSON, ALLEGED COSBY VICTIM: He said, "Would I give you anything that would hurt you?
CASAREZ (voice-over): But Cosby continues to maintain his innocence and his defense argued this in court.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: After -- and I stress after this so-called incident, the complainant continued to contact Mr. Cosby. The campaign accepted a dinner invitation from Mr. Cosby.
The complainant returned to Mr. Cosby's home and, ultimately, after returning to Canada, the complainant asked for tickets to a concert that he was performing at, went to the concert and presented him with a gift.
CASAREZ (voice-over): Jean Casarez, CNN, Norristown, Pennsylvania.
ALLEN: Again, the jury convening yet again today.
After the Cold War gripped Europe for decades, he helped heal the bitter divisions it created. When we come back, the life and legacy of Helmut Kohl.
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ALLEN: Germany and world leaders are mourning the man remembered as the father of German reunification.
HOWELL: Helmut Kohl, the former long-time chancellor of the nation, died at home in Western Germany. He was 87 years old. CNN's Fred Pleitgen looks back at his life and his legacy.
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice- over): November 1989: the fall of the Berlin Wall. the beginning of the end of the Cold War. West German chancellor Helmut Kohl basks in the limelight.
But behind the scenes, there was suspense.
HELMUT KOHL, FORMER WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR (through translator): The night after the fall of the war was the most decisive moment.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): It was a make-or-break moment.
How would the Soviets react?
Helmut Kohl says he and then U.S. president George H.W. Bush assured Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that Soviet forces based in the east would not be attacked.
KOHL (through translator): Gorbachev trusted our words and decided not to send in the tanks.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): Conservative chancellor Helmut Kohl peacefully shepherded the two Germanys to unity and was hailed as the father of reunification. But the excitement of the moment wore off. The economy in the former Communist East was in disarray. Many former Communist companies were shut down; there was mass unemployment and mass discontent.
Kohl had promised the East would flourish but after 16 years and three terms in office, the German public was no longer convinced of his efforts on the economy and he was finally voted out.
His tenure was full of other hard-fought and often controversial accomplishments. When he came to power in 1982, he supported the stationing of U.S. medium-range nuclear missiles in Germany, a response to Soviet SS-20 missiles in Eastern Europe.
Kohl faced down fierce protest over the policy, which supporters say helped win the Cold War. Others say German's so-called Aus Politik (ph), which sought to ensure closer ties with Moscow, did more to tear down the Iron Curtain.
KOHL (through translator): My strategy was to do everything possible to keep the idea of a unified Germany alive.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): His political thinking from the start was defined by the horrors of World War II. He had lost his brother on the battlefields of France and was determined it must never happen again.
KOHL (through translator): When Gorbachev visited, we sat along the Rhine River one evening and talked about our personal experiences in World War II. His father was seriously injured. His brother was shot. I lived through --
KOHL (voice-over): -- more than 100 raids in my hometown. We both knew what we were talking about when it came to war.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): In 1984, he and then French president Francois Mitterrand agreed to meet on the First World War's bloodiest battlefield, Verdun. Their handshake, the most powerful image of Franco-German reconciliation.
KOHL (voice-over): We held hands as an example. We wanted never again to go back.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): After the wall came down, the two leaders joined hands once again as the driving force behind a growing European Union with a single currency, architects of the Maastricht Treaty, which critics today say they rushed into.
But after Kohl left office in 1998, his image was seriously damaged. His party was involved in a campaign donations fraud scandal and the former chancellor admitted he had known about it.
Still, Kohl refused to say where the illegal money came from, a move many Germans viewed as a disgrace.
And there were personal tragedies. In 2001, Kohl's wife, Hannelore, took her own life. She had been suffering from a rare allergy to light.
Then in 2008, Kohl remarried, the 44-year-old economist Maike Richter. Not long after, a bad fall confined him to a wheelchair, difficult years in which he withdrew further and further from the public light.
Now that the world looks back on the life of Helmut Kohl, he will be remembered as the father of German reunification and the country's longest serving post-war chancellor.
ALLEN: And that is CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Natalie Allen.
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