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this is cnn breaking news. >> hello, welcome to "newsroom," i'm alisyn camerota. >> and i'm victor blackwell. the white house flag will soon be at half staff after the passing of general colin powell. a short time ago president biden released a statement grieving for quote a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity. the nation's first black secretary of state died this morning from complications from covid and cnn learned that he suffered from a blood cancer and parkinson's disease and was
about to receive a booster shot when he fell ill. powell was 84 years old. >> before becoming the top diplomat under george w. bush, he was national security adviser to president reagan and chairman to h.w. bush and president clinton. today president george w. bush said he was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the presidential medal of freedom twice. in his entertstatement, preside biden called him a friend and talks about what the nation lost today. >> he would want to be remembered as someone who cared about america more than life itself. and god love him, we're going to miss him terribly, terribly. terribly. >> the nation's first black defense secretary lloyd austin also paid tribute today. >> the world lost one of the
greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed. alma lost a husband and the family lost a tremendous father and i lost a tremendous personal friend and mentor. he's been my mentor for a number of years. he always made time for me and i could always go to him with tough issues. he always had great counsel. we will certainly miss him. i feel as if i have a hole in my heart. >> cnn special correspondent jamie gangel is here with us now. jamie, we're getting reactions from so many across party lines. political responses, military as well. how does that reflect on general powell's life of service. >> i think it just goes to show you there is a hole in the heart
of a lot of people today. we've seen a lot of dignitaries, presidents pass, but i have to say this news was so stunning. people from both parties have been texting and calling me all day. you know, i covered general powell, i still call him general powell even though he's secretary of state from the time he was in the reagan white house as national security adviser. and i will tell you, i remember the first time that i met him. he truly was larger than life. had a lot of charisma. always that smile. and i think even if you didn't agree with him on policy, he had a personal connection with people. i want to tell you one quick story, in 2019 he was on his way to walter reed for a doctor's appointment and he had a flat tire. and he was changing the tire and a veteran stopped who was also on his way to walter reed and
helped him. and afterwards colin powell posted, thanking him on social media and said, quote, let's just take care of each other. and i think that's at the core of colin powell. >> that is really beautiful to hear. i have forgotten that he was voted the most popular public figure in 1993. he so many incarnations as a public figure. but he was so popular. and of course he had that flirtation with running for president but ultimately i guess decided it wasn't for him? >> reporter: that is correct. i think that there are two things. one is we were always told that his wife alma did not want him to go into politics. i think he also thought as bill smollen who you just showed, colonel smollen who worked with him so slowly said at the end of the day he struggled with the decision but didn't think he
had, quote, the fire in the belly to run. he also was a soldier's soldier. i interviewed him a couple of years ago for a documentary on former president george w. bush. george h.w. bush. and this is what he said when he was talking about desert storm and the young soldiers. >> i'll never forget the day i got the call, the marines are through. what do you mean they're through? some private cut the wire and it went through and they were pouring through. the kinds of kids we have. >> gets you emotional? >> always. >> reporter: that is what he cared about, the soldiers on the ground. he often called himself a reluctant general. he was always hoping diplomacy would win out. but as we saw in desert storm and then when he worked for president george w. bush, when
there was a mission, he was intent on doing it according to the powell doctrine with overwhelming force. >> reluctant general. jamie gangel, thank you so much. as jamie mentioned there, general powell is survived by his wife and three children. and as we mentioned, he was suffering from parkinson's and the blood cancer that he had was multiple mia loma. >> so let's bring in leana wen, an e.r. doctor. great to have you here. that is just the latest information that victor just read. so multiple mia loma and parkinson's and he was immunocompromised and he got his second shot in february and it is so sad to hear that he was scheduled for his booster shot this week when he got ill and had to go to the hospital. but given how complicated we now know his medical history was,
would the booster shot have saved his life for somebody with that profile? >> well, it might have helped. but let's take a step back and look at his respecters. the first is that he is already medically fragile. meaning because of age being 84 and also we note that risk is additive so having parkinson's, multiple mia loma and that for somebody else they could have had a mild breakthrough infection but for someone medically vulnerable that could have led to a severe outcome. this results in people not mounting the same type of immune response as someone who is healthy so there was a study published in july that found that patients with multiple mioloma, other 45% will mount a immune response after vaccination. so this is the group that is extremely vulnerable. they are recommended to get a booster shot but even with a
bo booster, they might not prevent severe outcomes and this is the reason why we have to be vaccinated. this is about all of us. it does protect you, but it protects you even better if everybody around you is vaccinated and we get vaccinated as healthy people in part to protect the most vulnerable among us. >> it is really important that the people around someone who has those health challenges should make sure that we're protecting that person with the immunodeficiency. dr. wen, my question is if we know that the general fell ill when he was supposed to get the booster. is there a period of time in which your health prevented or prohibits something from getting that additional shot that is counter productive to give someone a booster? >> that is a very good question. so if somebody actively have covid, it is too late for that person to get a vaccine. whether it is to get the covid vaccine or the booster dose if
they were previously vaccinated. so that actually is a contraindication meaning that the person has to recover to be able to get the vaccine. and just one more word about this as well, as before, the vaccine to a very good raincoat, meaning that it is t protects you really well if there is a drizzle. but unfortunately if there is a lot of virus around you, so to speak, if there are thunderstorms or hurricanes all around you, then the vaccine is not going to protect you as well. and so the issue in this case is not so much that he's missing a vaccine or a booster, but rather that there are so much virus around us that that is why the risk for people who are the most vulnerable is particularly elevated. >> that is really helpful context. dr. leana wen, thank you very much. joining us now to talk more about colin powell is jeffrey matthews, a biographer. also with us, tim naft ollie and professor at nyu and former
director of the nixon presidential library. it is great to have you. professor, i want to start with you. you say that colin powell was not just secretary of state, he was a titan and say that he si single-handedly changed. >>s he was a tower in modern american history. he is someone on the same level in his era as george marshall. he helped reshape the way in which we use power, military force after vietnam. he was a key adviser to casper weinberger, secretary of defense under reagan. >> was he shock and awe? >> no, shock and awe was rumsfeld. and rumsfeld, sorry secretary of defense rumsfeld and powell disagreed. they disagreed because powell believed in using overwhelming force and doing it sparingly. don't do it all of the time. powell is the one who pushed
something called the powell doctrine which limited the number of times the united states should use multi force for diplomatic reasons. he thought one of the lessons of vietnam was you don't send boys into war unless the country is behind it and the mission is clear and if you send them in to war you send them in to win. so he tried to zis courage the use of military force. he restored honor. one of his jobs was to clean out the mess after iran contra. he was the national security adviser and given the responsibility to look at covert action and figure out if all of it was legal and anything that wasn't legal to get rid of it. he was devoted to service and brought to the mission a philosophy that i think most americans if they thought about it would embrace. don't use the military unless you have to and keep casualties low and increasing the number of people and go in and come out and one of the things he said to
the miller center at uva when he was asked about why the gulf war ended when it did. he said, listen, we'd won. the presidents had achieved the mission. and everybody was seeing death that didn't have to happen. and you know, more of those dying, but they have mothers too. >> jeff, i wonder, we've been talking since this new broke of the general's death about the first, first black secretary of state, first black national security adviser, first black chairman of the joint chiefs. what did that list of firsts mean to him? >> um, i think he thought about it as being a role model. he had been the beneficiary of many role models in her own life and mentors in his own life and i really thought he was someone who wanted his actions to speak for themselves. he wanted to be doing the right thing, to get out in front of issues, to take an active role. but he wanted to see, not
himself as a black military officer, but he wanted to see himself as a highly effective officer was black and who had commitment to give back to his community. but it was leading by example that was the key. >> tim, one of the things that general powell did not want to be remembered for but it is part of his epithet is where he legitimized the argument to go into iraq. and i had just read this morning which i didn't know about how much he sort of not agonized over it but he went to the cia to make sure everything was buttoned up and he understood the intelligence that they have of the case that he was going to make to the world. >> yes. and it is a terrifically sad story and a story he knew would be part of his obituary. but it is also a story that tells you a lot about colin
powell the man an the leader. when he realized that the material was wrong, which unfortunately he did not. >> at the time. afterwards. >> at the time. he raised hell. he asked questions, he talked to the president, he talked to the head of the cia, george tenant, he was bitterly disappointed when he found out that the information about the biological weapons van came from curveball who turned out to be a complete fabricator. the german intelligence service provided that man to the united states. he was upset. and then he did the right thing which is to say to americans, to anyone who asked him, i made a mistake. i was wrong. he wasn't in alone in being wrong. most of congress believed all of that information, too. here is the deal. in our society, at this moment, we don't have enough people to say they were wrong. people of responsibility, people who have duties. he did repeatedly. so yes, he made a mistake. who doesn't. but i think his greatness comes
in the fact that he was -- his ability and willingness and se self-confidence to say i messed up. >> and after serving in the bush administration, the general then or secretary at that point started to get back into politics in 2008 specifically by endorsing then senator barack obama for president, jeffrey. that, of the endorsements over the last several years, was most potent. why did he do that and what did -- why did he get back into politics after serving as secretary of state. >> by that time in his life and in retirement, he did see himself as an elder spokesperson. but powell would see himself as an elder spokesperson for the entire country not for one political party. so when obama announced he would
rub, and powell did some soul research and by then powell has decided he was more of an independent in that he knew this would would be a historical transformation to have the first black president. he probably could have been president in 1996 but decided not to run. so i think he was seizing the opportunity and in his private life in retirement, he really was not that political overtly. >> i have to interrupt. this is vice president harris speaking about the late general. >> -- at the residence and secretary powell and i had a chance to catch up. you know, what an incredible american. he obviously served with dignity, he served with grace. he was the epitome of what is means to be strong but at the same time so modest in terms of everything that he did and said
and the way that it was never about him. it was about the country and it was about the people who served with him. we talked a bit about the challenges of this moment and as you all know he's very supportive of the president and the work that we needed to get done. but i just want to say that also, you know, he is the first black person, black man to be joint chiefs, chairman of the joint chiefs, to be national security adviser, to be secretary of state, every step of the way when he filled those roles, he was by everything that he did and the way he did it, inspiring so many people and there has been a lot of conversation about that. how young service members and others not only in the military, but in our nation and around the globe, took notice of what his
accomplishments meant as a reflection of who we are as a nation. and i think that is one of the most important things to take away. which is that he wrote so many barriers -- broke so many barriers and they were not easy to break by any stretch but he did it with dignity and grace and because of what he was able to accomplish, it really did elevate our nation in so many ways. so -- may he rest in peace. >> what is your message for americans who know that he was fully vaccinated with covid who now remain skeptical -- >> there vice president harris, they're speaking about the late secretary of state. general colin powell. and a line from the president's statement where he said that general powell embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. it is the years, the decades as
a wear in the army that gave him context to his time as a diplomat. >> a reluctant warrior, as he's been called an that is an important context. >> thank you to jeffrey and tim for that conversation as well. as we said, vice president kamala harris there spoke about the death of former secretary of state general colin powell. we'll bring you more remarks if we hear from the president as well. we see here that the flag above the white house at half-staff in honor of general powell. flags at the capitol being lowered to half-staff in his honor. we'll be right back. with quality that's guaranteed for life, bath fitter doesn't just fit your bath, it fits your high standards. why have over two million people welcomed bath fitter into their homes? it just fits. call now or visit bathfitter.com to book your free consultation.
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the white house confirming that president biden has been briefed on the situation in haiti. where 16 u.s. missionaries an one canadian were kidnapped. the group has abduct the by gang members traveling north of port-au-prince after visiting an orphanage. the state department and fbi do not know the current location of the kidnapped americans. >> and joining us now cnn national security correspondent kyl kylie atwood and matt who is in port-au-prince. what do you know about the gangs and what they're after. >> reporter: we know this gang called 3400 mawozo, which is the gang responsible for this kidnapping. they are one of, if not the most powerful, most destructive gang in haiti and that is saying something because this is a
country that has absolutely plagued by gang violence and especially kidnappings, specifically in this year. and they're doing it for money. there is no question about that. not one person that we spoken to said this is a ideological kidnapping that they will be asking for a ransom and one thing that is consistent is that this gang will know about the international media attention, they're going to know that these people are americans and canadians, they're going to know that these are people who are high value targets in their mindset and i've spoken to several analysts who expect the ransom request to be quite high. we know that this gang has complete control where the state can't go. police can't go in a suburb just east of port-au-prince called [ inaudible ], that is an area that this gang completely controls. there are dozens of members of this gang according to the security source that we spoke to. and they have been known to kidnap groups before. in a way that we haven't seen
other gangs do. so this is very much within their motives and something that we have seen them do all year long and i think we should make the point, not just foreigners, the vast majority of people they kidnap, ordinary haitian citizens. >> as matt just alluded, kidnaps in haiti has risen 300% this year alone and what could the u.s. do about that and do to find these americans. >> this is something that the u.s. has been following for some time now. more than a year ago the state department updated its travel advisory telling americans do not travel to haiti specifically because of the rise in -- in kidnapping. 16 americans kidnapped, the white house confirming today that president biden has been updated on the situation. he is receiving regular updates and we know that fbi is involved and in investigating and trying to figure out what happened and where the americans are right now and how to get them home
safely. now, the state department not giving us a whole lot more today. but we will watch and see. if they have been able to learn anything more about where these americans are, what these gangs actually want, obviously a complicated situation, because the u.s. doesn't traditionally pay ransom. so they'll have to figure out how to secure their release and this interer agency involvement is consistently worked on around the clock, fbi and state department officials are trying to get these americans home. >> kylie atwood, mad rivers, thank you both into let's turn now to the fight against coronavirus. two-thirds of eligible americans are now fully vaccinated. cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all trending down. dr. fauci warns that more americans have to be vaccinated to prevent a future spike. >> meanwhile some police
departments are bracing for potential staffing shortages as some unions refuse to comply with city vaccine protocols. alexandria field has the latest. >> reporter: the battle over life saving vaccine mandates now pitting cities across country against their own police departments. >> this notion that individual officers get to be insubordinate as they choose and pick and choose, we're not having that. >> reporter: chicago limiting time off for all officers as a vaccine mandate takes effect, while warning officers who fail to share their vaccine status could ultimately be fired. baltimore's police union telling officers not to reveal their vaccine status. citing a lack of communication between city officials and the bargaining unite, according to the baltimore sun. >> this is not a good thing, to mix up a public health crisis and a vaccine that can save lives amongst things like bargaining power. this is the wrong hill to die on. >> concerns over staffing shortages in the face of mandates are mounting. the seattle police department
had an 82% vaccination rate last friday. three days before the deadline. the city's public schools canceled about 140 bus routes fearing too few vaccinated drivers. massachusetts moved preemptively to offset possible staffing shortages among state troopers by calling up the national guard to assist in prisons if feeds and to administer covid tests to kids in schools. as of today, deadline day, the governor said 90 per of state police have submitted their vaccine records. >> i'm not comfortable with telling people what they should do under normal circumstances. but we are not in normal circumstances right now. take the police, we know now the statistics, more police officers die of covid than they do in other causes of death. so it doesn't make any sense. >> reporter: the rush of mandates targeting the 66 million americans choosing not to get the shot. just as the country marks a vaccine milestone.
two-thirds of all eligible people are now fully vaccinated. covid related deaths are trending down. cases and hospitalizations are falling to nearly three month lows. but health officials are expressing concerns about the failure to vaccinate more people. >> there is the zadanger that y could have a stalling of the diminishing of the number of cases and when that happens as we've seen in the past with other waves that we've been through, there is the danger of resurgence. >> as new signs emerge of a different version of the delta variant seen in the u.k. >> reporter: doctor scott gottlieb is calling for urgent research. >> and now a little bit more on the new version of the variant. according to dr. gottlieb, it is graining prevalence slowly in the u.k. there is no evidence that it is more transmissable but he's trying attention to this because we have the tools in place to
characterize these new variants, there needs to be a global robust effort to do just that, to do it quickly so that we could try and keep up with this virus that is throwing so many cu curveballs. >> and this does get a new variant every time. >> yes. >> thank you. donald trump is being questioned on camera today in new york. this is part of a 2015 assault case at trump tower. new details on his deposition, next. and there is a lot going on today. here is what to watch. as a dj, i know all about customization.
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today former president trump is facing questions under oath in a video deposition. this stems from an alleged assault of assault outside of trump tower. one of the protester was hit. >> this is not the first time donald trump has been deposed. in december of 2015 as part of a lawsuit over trump university, he claimed he did not recall 35 times. and he had this exchange with
the attorney questioning him. >> you've stated that [ inaudible ]. >> did i use that expression? >> yes. >> where could i see. >> i could play you a video of -- >> did i say i have a great memory or one of the best in the world. >> that is what we quoted for you. >> i don't remember that. as good as a memory is, i don't remember that. >> so you don't remember saying that -- >> i don't remember that. >> elie honig is here from the southern district of new york. and great to see you. donald trump has a well documented history of obfuscation and lying. as a prescrosecutor, how would cut through all of the i don't remembers though i have a fantastic memory? >> yeah, so first of all, you want to remind someone in that situation that you could lie to the public, you could lie on
twitter, you could lie at rallies, that is not good. but that is also not a crime. however, when your under oath, even in a deposition, even in a civil case, that is potentially a crime. so so the stakes are different. you need to use is use other evidence and documents and recording and emails like you saw the lawyer doing to discipline the wit. so say i will show through other piece of evidence and keep the wit in line. the last thing you could do is shape your questions, one fact per question. very specific questions f. you get a nonresponse ask it again. but you're fnot going to get someone that is untruthful to say i'm a liar and i'm liaring now. all you could do is move them toward the truth. >> let's turn toward the january 6 committee, they're going to vote on whether or not to hold steve bannon in contempt for defying the subpoena. he didn't hand over the documents or show for a deposition. what are the consequences potentially for bannon, what could he actually face? >> yeah, so bottom line here is
if the justice department choose tooz charge him with contempt of congress, that is a big if, it is a misdemeanor and could be punished with jail but there is a minimum of one month behind bars. you couldn't see that with a misdemeanor. if he's convicted. but the big question is what will merrick garland do. it is unusual for a.g.'s to bring this charge but we've seen something interesting over the last several days which is high-profile politicians and the president saying they believe merrick garland ought to charge. they pushed back and they said they will make their own decision but i think he understands the gravity of the decision coming up. >> as i'm here you heard this weekend congressman adam schiff reity ear ated that no one is off the table in terms who have they might subpoena so it is realistic they could subpoena former president trump? >> i don't think that is
realistic. i don't see that happening. first of all, as another member, adam kinzinger said, it is going to be a circus and i think the committee wanted to avoid that. should they subpoena trump? of course. the main thrust is what did donald trump know and do leading up to january 6. but they're going for people around trump that would have had access and that is why they chose meadow and cash patel and others for a subpoena. and the committee understands if they do that, they are in for a long dragged out battle in the courts. >> so let's talk about christopher steele. the former british intelligence officer, the man behind the steele dossier claims that russian officials held compromising information on former trump. he defended that claim and the claims he made in the dossier with his interview with abc news. let's watch. >> so you stand by the dossier. >> i stand by the work we did.
the sources that we had and the professionalism which we applied to it. >> and today do you still believe that that tape exists? >> i think it probably does. but i wouldn't put 100% certainty on it. >> so how do you explain if that tape does indeed exist, it hant been released. >> it hasn't needed to be released? >> why not? >> because i think the russian felt they got good value out of donald trump when he was president of the u.s. >> well first, what do you make of the decision to speak out now? >> yeah, it is interesting, the timing is interesting. the steele dossier itself has become a lightning rod politically. for both sides. but i think the most important thing to remember is we have already seen thorough investigations by three different entities, all of which concluded that there was ample basis for the fbi to open its investigation of russian interference. robert mueller concluded and the inspector general concluded that and most importantly the senate intelligence committee last term
when it was under republican control, concluded that as well. so i think that is really the most important thing here. >> okay, elie honig, thank you. >> thank you both. so the justice department is now asking the supreme court to block that new texas abortion ban. which, as you know, bans most abortions in the state at the first sign of a heartbeat, at around six weeks and before many women even know they are pregnant. >> legal challenge pending but the doj is asking the supreme court to step in immediately saying that allowing the law to remain in effect would perpetuate the ongoing irreparable injury to the thousands of texas women being denied their constitutional rights. the supreme court has given texas until thursday to respond. okay, meanwhile an urge manhunt for a gunman in texas after three officers were ambushed outside of a bar in houston. one of them was killed.
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a manhunt is underway right now for gunman who ambushed three texas deputies, killing one and wounding the other two. the deputies were attempting to d detain a suspect outside of a bar in houston when a man with an ar-15 came out of nowhere and shot them. >> the deputy atkins who will just returned from pattern leave was kill and deputy garrett was shot in the back. he's in the icu. rosa flores is joining us now. what latest on the search? >> reporter: you know, i talked to the houston police department which is the investigating agency in this case and they tell me that the search is ongoing. no arrests have been made.
here is what we know. at about 2:15 a.m. three deputies were working at an extra job in their uniforms, to of the deputies were outside of the establishment addressing a possible robbery where out of nowhere someone with an ar-15 started shooting. the third deputy heard the shot and ran out as wand shot as well. here is what we know. 30-year-old kareem atkins died. he's survived by his wife and 2-month-old. he worked at the precinct since 2019. 26-year-old joaquin bargean was injured and darrell garrett was shot in the back. he's been a deputy there since 2018. his fiance telling cnn that the three men were very good friends. take a listen. >> they're really close. everybody called them the three amigos. they are -- they call each other brothers.
they're best friends. the love that they have for each other, would you think that they grew up from kids even though they just met when they all got on the force. but they love each other so much. it hurts me to see that now their friendship has to be broken and that they have lost a friend. >> the precinct constable tells me that they've set up gofundme pages for all three deputies. now authorities believe that the suspect in this case is a man in his 20s and victor and alisyn, this search is still ongoing. no arrests have been made. >> thank you. okay. now to washington and the ongoing impasse over president biden's infrastructure and social safety net agenda. so this battle between senators bernie sanders and joe manchin has burst into view and we have the details next. ♪i try so hard, i can't rise above it♪
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on climate change provisions. cnn chief congressional correspondent, manu raju here. is manchin willing to compromise? has he dug in? >> it's unclear if they can resolve his concerns and do as quickly as the democratic leaders want. joe biden and nancy pelosi discussed what they both share here. they want the talks to end. what is less clear is exactly how they will end. there is significant differences between progressives who want a massive expansion of the social safety net, they're willing to come down on the $3.5 million price tag, and keep the number of programs and limit the years they can offer the benefits. manchin and kyrsten sinema, and manchin has pushed back on the climate change emissions, reducing global greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. he hails from a coal producing states. he does not support the program
to do that. also other things manchin has resisted, including expanding medicare, tuition free community college, paid family and medical leave, as well as he's raised concerns about the rate in which they want to increase corporate taxes, all of which is uncertain how they will be resolved, which is one reason why democrats who are getting very anxious are saying they want joe biden to make it clear what he is and is not willing to accept at this stage of the talks. he is having democrats over at the white house over the next day or so. we'll see if anything can be resoe resolved. dick durbin said it's quote high anxiety among senate democrats right now. >> we know senator manchin does not like when party leaders come in, and local media tries to influence it. he didn't like it when vice president harris did it through local interviews and didn't like it when senator sanders
published the op-ed in a local paper. how is senator manchin responding. >> he pushed back in a statement saying no op-ed from a self-declared democratic socialist is going to change his opposition to supporting quote reckless spending. when i caught up with joe manchin earlier toaday i asked him about bernie sanders calling him out. >> what we've done and what we continue to do for this country. and i want to make sure i respect it properly. >> he said you're holding up the biden agenda. >> there's 52 senators who don't agree, and there's two who want to work something out if possible, in a rational, reasonable way. >> the only thing they want us to do is pay $150 billion for what's already happening and to give utility clients $150 billion for what's already transitioning. we've trarnsitioned. >> reporter: what he's referring
to is the provision that would provide $150 billion to electric utilities and power plants that force them to transition away from using fossil fuels. he says it is not necessary because they are transitioning away from fossil fuels, and he is drawing a red line in the central client components of the plan. how does this get resolved, it's still a question months after negotiation havine been going o >> thank you for the status report. this is just in to cnn, the web site for former president donald trump appears to have been hacked. a section of the web site has been replaced with a religious slogan and a speech from turkish president erdogan. alex mar court is tracking this for us. >> like you said, it is a section of the donald j. trump.com web site. this is his main web site, the site he uses to communicate from because of course he has been kicked off of twitter and facebook. this is part of the action section of this site which is where there are calls to action,
petitions on there. there are ways for people to reach out to the trump office and people first started noticing this morning that it had been replaced with this page. it's a black page in which there is a lone figure holding an islamic flag, and some wording in turkish which reads in part, do not be like those who forgot allah so allah made them forget themselves. a link to the turkish president giving a speech in which he quotes from the quran. now, the person, the hacker who has claimed responsibility for this is root iyeldies, a name we have heard before who are claims to have defaced the campaign site for president joe biden several weeks after biden officially won the election in november. and the intelligence community actually referenced that defacement of the biden site
back in a report in march saying that it was part of a handful of unsuccessful attempts to interfere in the 2020 elections. this is part of the rise of hacktivism, who feel strongly about a cause will take down and deface various web sites. >> alex marquardt, thank you. this is cnn breaking news. >> the start of a new hour, i'm victor blackwell. >> and i'm alisyn camerota. the white house flags are at half staff for general colin powell, the son of jamaican immigrants who rose to the highest levels of government, the nation's first black secretary of state died this morning from complications around covid. cnn has learned he suffered from a blood cancer and parkinson's disease. he was about to receive a booster shot of the covid vaccine this week when he got sick. colin powell not only brok