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Wild Finish For Team USA; Team USA Faces Germany In Critical Match-up; Secretary Kerry Arrives in Baghdad; Interview with President Barack Obama

Aired June 23, 2014 - 06:00   ET


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning and welcome to NEW DAY. It's Monday, June 23rd, 6:00 in the east. There is clearly a lot going on today including some of the big news. Team USA is still in it at the World Cup. Chris is down in Brazil in the middle of it all. Good morning, Chris.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Kate, we are live in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most exciting cities in the world. It lived up to its reputation last night as the fans are going crazy during the U.S.-Portugal match. Now the major moment, the final seconds, the U.S. just takes from victory when Portugal ties the game at 2-all. What? The big news, though, the American side is still alive, earning a much needed point in the standings and even more importantly, much needed confidence.


CUOMO (voice-over): From the beginning, U.S.-Portugal was bigger than a game.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were supposed to be in Spain. Go to the World Cup. We went to the game a couple nights ago. There was a bunch of Honduran fans and Ecuadorian fans. They wanted a picture with the U.S.

CUOMO: There's a mantra surrounding U.S. soccer and bold predictions for Portugal match. Bravado put to the test before 40,000 in a stadium in Manaus, Brazil, 20,000 more packed in a rock concert atmosphere in Rio that dozens of nations colors you see reflecting the millions and millions more around the world, bearing World Cup witness.

But the most daunting audience, 11 men from Portugal, the old world masters. Among them, the king of soccer, Ronaldo. It only takes minutes for reality to strike the American side.

But now, it becomes a fairy tale, American drama. The atmosphere in the stadium, red hot, literally. The heat index above 90 degrees forcing the first official World Cup water break. The Americans rally soon after finding their opportunities. Defense led by goalie Tim Howard denying Portugal again and again. A second half brings a second wind. The crowd stirs as the ball begins to bounce between the white shirts and then -- Jermaine Jones finishes for a score heard from Manaus to Manhattan shaking the rocky cliffs. Once this spell is broken, the U.S. shows it is more than a one goal wonder.

Clint Dempsey, broken nose and all displays why he is the captain. As the minutes tick down, it looks like a fairy tale ending, U.S. supporters are everywhere.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We believe that we can win.

CUOMO: Could they really avoid the venomous feet of the great Ronaldo? The answer, yes, until less than a minute to go when another last second goal would marked a U.S. match. But this time, the U.S. falls victim.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ronaldo. A great cross. It is an equalizer.

CUOMO: A tie isn't a win, but it awards the U.S. another valuable point making the chances of moving on that much better. And showing the U.S. can go toe-to-toe with the best.


CUOMO: It's infectious, we believe that we will win. So what do we know? The U.S. has to keep doing it the hard way. They are going to need a strong showing against Germany. They don't have to win, but they believe they can and that's what Jermaine Jones tells me in our interview this morning. He scored that strong first goal for the U.S. Here is what he had to say about the big match.


JERMAINE JONES, TEAM USA: I think the whole team, after the game was upset where we know that we have like 30 seconds to go. We will be like one of the 16 teams in the next round and -- yes, we give them a chance to come back and score a goal. But I think you make two mistakes and they score.

CUOMO: It was odd that two mistakes as you say, one, just a few minutes into the game and one just a few seconds left. Does that make it easier or harder to deal with?

JONES: Mistakes happen and we have to learn that we step on. We have to try to take something from the German game. We still can go to the next round so we don't try to make us so much crazy about what happened. We have to step on and hope that we get points against Germany.

CUOMO: Let's talk about your goal. It was so important because after Portugal scored early like that, everybody started to think, no, is tonight not the American's night. How did your goal happen?

JONES: Say that we have to shoot more and some players come to me and say we shoot in training. I try to shoot and he said yes, I shoot. We celebrate.

CUOMO: You did celebrate and rightly so. So, we were hearing about the heat. There was the first water break called in the tournament because of the heat. What was it like, the conditions on the field?

JONES: The conditions were really hot, but the team show face and yes, we are 100 percent lucky that we finished the group. We are done for the next round. We have to go still against Germany.

CUOMO: Did you feel the heat was affecting your play? Did it make guys feel a little bit slower or more tired?

JONES: No, what I'm saying before, it's not easy to play out there, but the team was fighting and everybody run for each other. You can see it after the first goal from Portugal. We try to push and try to come back to the game. Yes, we were 2-1 in front, close to 30 seconds for end of the game, so, I think the team -- the team makes a good job and a good work out there.

CUOMO: It's true, anybody can do it when it's easy, right. You guys show that you can come back when it was hard, even when it was very hot and go toe-to-toe with the best. Does that give you confidence into the Germany game?

JONES: I think the important stuff is that we always trust in ourselves and a lot of people were saying that this is the group of death and we have no chance to come to the next round. So, today, we were close to be one of the teams from this group to be maybe in the next round. So, we give it up with our own hands. But, yes, we have to -- what I'm saying before, we have to go and Germany is a tough team, but we have a lot of respect for this team. But we are not scared.

CUOMO: At least you know what they are saying on the pitch, right? Like a spy out there.

JONES: Yes. If they talk German, yes, we have a lot of players that will understand what they are saying on the pitch, but I think it's not so important what their talk on the pitch. We have to stop them. They don't play the game that they want and if we do that like a team, we have a good chance to win.

CUOMO: One more thing, the big chance that Americans have right now is all your fans were screaming "I believe that we can win, I believe that we can win." How do you feel? Do you believe that you can win when you go in the next match?

JONES: I believe the whole time. Before the World Cup starts we know we have a tough group and everybody was talking about this group. But I think the team -- the team is not important with the people outside talking. We 100 percent believe that we can make to it the next round. This is what we try on Thursday.

CUOMO: You looked great last night. You battled back. As you were saying, anybody can play from ahead. You guys showed you can do it when it's hard. Hopefully you carry to it the next match. I don't know if you can see me, I got the same jersey on that you guys wore last night. I don't look as good, but I feel as good for you guys this morning. Congratulations. Good luck in next match.

JONES: OK. Thank you.


CUOMO: They're obviously tired. What a long night doing interviews after all of it. Can you imagine that? So what happens next? What are the chances that the U.S. advances to the round of 16? These are all important questions. It takes savvy, knowledge and an Italian last name to know the answers.

Luckily we have all three in the form of CNN's Lara Baldesarra. It's very good to be with you. You were tutoring me all night as you watched the match. Big surprises to you in terms of how they showed themselves on the pitch?

LARA BALDESARRA, CNN SPORTS: I was a little surprised that the USA didn't start a true striker. We knew that Jozy Altidore was injured, so they'd have to fill somebody. They have to bring on somebody. I thought it was going to be Chris Wondolowski because he has been a critical finisher for the USA. They didn't.

They instead the one change that they made to their starting 11 was Graham Zusi who played in his first ever World Cup game. He was a hugely impactful player. You saw him. He was running up and down that far lane, the entire game making some great crosses in. This is a guy, I'll tell you.

His pre-game routine used to be him watching videos on YouTube in order to get himself pumped up. I don't know if he did the same thing ahead of the game. Whatever he did, it certainly work because he was a big part.

CUOMO: All right, so we have this big twist at the end. It goes from a victory to a tie. Take us through the different permutations here as we go into the Germany match, what has to happen? How do they wind up losers and what's the minimum they need to achieve to move on?

BALDESARRA: This is a great situation. It's not the ideal situation meaning they haven't already secured progression. All the USA needs now is a draw against Germany. Hear me out on this one. They are playing Germany. The USA's coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, German legend, won the World Cup with Germany, was the manager, the head coach of the German national team back in 2006.

CUOMO: Baldesarra is about to get controversial here.

BALDESARRA: I am. I wouldn't be surprised he said, fellow German buddies, all we both need is a draw. You guys finish on top of the group and we'll go through as well and I know that that's not a common thing to say.

CUOMO: Suggesting collusion between two teams in the World Cup? BALDESARRA: I am suggesting that Jurgen Klinsmann was asked about it. He said absolutely not. We are not going to do that. We are not friends right now, me and my fellow Germans. We are going out there and the USA is going to win. To me the USA is in the top spot. If I was Portugal and Germany, I would not be too happy about this right now.

CUOMO: Even though there's no substance to the allegation, you insist maybe the two teams will take it easy on each other.

BALDESARRA: Absolutely. I'm putting that one up.

CUOMO: With confidence?

BALDESARRA: One hundred percent confidence. I will be shocked if the USA comes out and wins, I'm wrong. Then you can replay this. I know you will.

CUOMO: But Lara has been great to me here. We'll be back with you this morning. It's so helpful, Kate and Mickey, to have somebody to explain what's going on. The World Cup is complicated, but one thing is for sure, the environment last night, the atmosphere so electric to us. We'll tell you more about it later this morning. Back to you.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Certainly kept me up past my bedtime last night.

BOLDUAN: Absolutely. It looks like you had the appropriate amount of fun watching game. We're very impressed with Chris.

PEREIRA: Let's take a look at the rest of your headlines. Breaking this morning, despite an international outcry, three journalists from Al Jazeera have been sentenced to seven years in an Egyptian prison. The trio was arrested last year on charges of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, endangering national security and aiding terrorists. Al Jazeera issued a statement criticizing this decision. There are currently 167 journalists in prison around the world.

Developing overnight, Israeli jets targeted nine Syrian military targets. This comes hours after an Israeli teen was killed by an attack from the Syrian border. This is the first death on the Israeli side since the civil war erupted in Syria more than three years ago. Israel continues the search for three teens abducted more than a week ago. Those are your headlines right now, a quick look at them. Kate, over to you.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Michaela. Breaking overnight, Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Baghdad for key meetings with the Iraqi government. We're going to take you live to Baghdad in just a moment.

Also we're going to have my one-on-one interview with President Obama. His warning to Iraqi leaders. What they have to prove in order to keep U.S. assistance in the fight against ISIS. That's ahead.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back.

This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry is on the ground in Iraq. He's just finished a key meeting with the embattled Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki and he's hinting at the need for more leadership in Iraq. This comes as ISIS continues to gain more ground in the war- torn country, seizing two critical border crossings.

Jim Sciutto is joining us from Baghdad, traveling with the secretary of state, with the latest developments.

Jim, what are you hearing?

JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): What I can tell you, the secretary arriving in Iraq, in an atmosphere of extreme anxiety. That's the way it's described to me by U.S. officials from the Iraqi side. There is real fear. Many of the most senior officials, they have lost friends in the fighting in North. They lost their homes.

Secretary Kerry's message here is twofold, one that the U.S. stands with Iraq. It is ready to help, but also that Iraq has to get its political house in order, has to build a government in which all the parties, Sunni, Shia, Kurd feel that they have a voice, which is not been the case up to this point.

I'm told Iraqi officials, they want U.S. help, but their expectations are very high. One U.S. official saying the Iraqis feel like the U.S. can wave a magic wand and the problems would be solved. But it's not that simple, because even within these various groups, Sunni, Shia and Kurd, there were divisions. They have to work those divisions out to move forward.

The trouble is and that political process plays out, ISIS continuing to make gains. They gathered more towns along the border of Iraq, neighboring Jordan, neighboring Saudi Arabia. And that speaks to Secretary Kerry's point which he was making in Egypt, and again, in Jordan, and again here in Iraq, this is not just an Iraqi problem. It's a regional problem. In fact, it's a global problem.

In Kerry's words, no country is safe when ISIS has a safe haven here in Iraq. That's the situation here today. Frankly, the U.S. has a very tall mountain to climb here both on the political side and the military side in terms of pushing back ISIS gains.

BOLDUAN: Not entirely clear exactly just how far the U.S. is willing to go, what needs to be proved before the United States continues to offer their assistance.

Jim Sciutto on the ground for us in Iraq. Thank you so much, Jim. We'll check back in with you.

Secretary Kerry continues those key meetings in Baghdad.

Now, let's turn down to my sit-down with President Obama offering some of the same warnings that Jim was talking about Secretary Kerry saying. Specifically, we talked about the president's response to the Iraq.

Some lawmakers have said that the United States is not doing enough to help as military analysts say ISIS may be just too much for the Iraqi army to hold off.

For anything sustainable, successful to be accomplished in that country, the president is insisting on an Iraqi government that takes everyone into account.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We gave Iraq the chance to have an inclusive democracy, to work across sectarian lines, to provide a better future for their children. And, unfortunately, what we've seen is a breakdown of trust. There's no doubt that there has been a suspicion for quite some time now among Sunnis that they have no access to using the political process to deal with their grievances.

So, part of the task now is to see whether Iraqi leaders are prepared to rise above sectarian motivations, to come together and compromise. If they can't, there's not going to be a military solution to this problem. You know, there's no amount of American firepower that's going to be able to hold the country together. I made that very clear to Mr. Maliki and all the other leadership inside of Iraq.

BOLDUAN: But by going into the country, to support this Iraqi government, to support Iraqi forces now, there's a real risk that you will very likely be seen as supporting the Shiite side. Isn't that inflaming the tension further and thus doing exactly what ISIS wants?

OBAMA: Yes, actually not, because the terms in which we're willing to go in as advisers initially is to do an assessment of, do they still have a functioning chain of command, and is their military still capable? But what we've also said is that if we don't see Sunni, Shia and Kurd representation in the military command structure, if we don't see Sunni, Shia and Kurd political support for what we're doing, then we won't do it.

BOLDUAN: Finally, do you really believe in your gut that this change can happen, that they can unify in Iraq?

OBAMA: I think we'll know from soon enough. They don't have a lot of time. There's a timetable that is in place under their constitution. The good news is that so far at least all the parties have said that we want to abide by the constitution.

So, they had the chance, but, you know, ultimately what I think the vast majority of Americans understand is that we can't do it for them, and we certainly can't redeploy tens of thousands of U.S. troops to try to keep a lid on a problem if the people themselves don't want to solve it.


BOLDUAN: And that is the question that they don't have an answer to yet. Can they bring about political reconciliation and hold off the terrorists and that ISIS threat at the same time. We're gong to have much more with the president, also on his thoughts on family leave. He says that it's not just good policy. It is personal for the president. He's trying to push the issue with the summit today. We're going to have much more on that, coming up.


CUOMO: All right. That's an important conversation you had there, Kate. Good to hear it all the way from Brazil.

Also coming up on NEW DAY, you've never seen anything like the football culture in Brazil and the World Cup being here has made this a soccer city. We're going to take you inside (INAUDIBLE) football. Stay with us.


PEREIRA: Almost half past the hour here. Let's take a look at your headlines.

In a wild heart stopping finish, Team USA's World Cup match up against Portugal ended up in a draw. Cristiano Ronaldo on the assist. Silvestre Varela scoring the equalizer, diving header in the 95th minute of the match. The draw sets up a crucial game for Team USA against Germany. They'll advance to the round of 16 with a win or a tie.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been moved to outpatient treatment at an Army base in Texas. Officials say his reintegration process is on going with more exposure to people and social interactions. He'll continue to get counseling. Bergdahl has faced criticism since a deal was brokered to free him from the Taliban despite allegations he deserted his base.

Officials say a test of a crucial and critical missile defense system has succeeded. The long range interceptor was launched from an air force base in California and intercepted a simulated ballistic threat from the Marshall Islands. The impact was over the Pacific Ocean. Pentagon says the test meant key objectives, including a long flight time and high velocity closing speed.

Soccer star Hope Solo set to appear in court today to face domestic violence and assault charges. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is accused of assaulting her sister and nephew during a partner at her home near Seattle. Police say Solo was intoxicated and upset when they arrived on scene. Solo spent the weekend locked up after the alleged incident early Saturday morning.

Renown Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami has died. Ajami was a frequent contributor right here at CNN where he shared his expertise in foreign affairs. The Lebanese born Ajami was an award winning author of several books in the Mideast and senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He died Sunday at the age of 68 following a long battle with cancer.

All right. Those are your headlines.

BOLDUAN: Fouad, I mean, just a moment on Fouad. He was such an important voice. We leaned on him a lot here at CNN. A huge loss for everyone and such sad news to hear.

Thanks, Michaela, for pointing that out.

All right. Let's turn to Alison Kosik now who's got our money headlines.

Alison, what's going on?


We are watching the Dow march closer to 17,000 for the first time ever. The average is just about 50 points away from that milestone at the moment. Hitting 17,000 does look possible because we're seeing futures higher at the moment. Last week was a strong one when we saw the Dow and S&P 500 reach record highs.

Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling 3 million vehicles worldwide. The recall is related to defective air bags manufactured by a supplier Takata. Toyota already recalled 2 million vehicles for the same issue.