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President Trump Enroute to Singapore to Meet with Chairman Kim; Remembering Anthony Bourdain; President Trump Managed To Get In Some Tariff Talk Before Leaving The G-7 Summit Early For Singapore; Some American Workers Meanwhile Appear To Be Benefitting From The President's Controversial New Trade Policies; A State Where Land Is Disappearing Into The Water At The Rate Of A Football Field Every 100 Minutes. Aired 6-7p ET

Aired June 9, 2018 - 18:00   ET



ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: You're in the "CNN newsroom." Thank you for being with us on this Saturday. I'm Ana Cabrera in New York. President Trump right now flying towards Singapore, a possible history-making moment with the leader of North Korea just a few moments ago firing offer several messages the way he likes to do it best on Twitter.

He writes this, "Just left the G7 summit in beautiful Canada. Great meetings and relationships with the six country leaders, especially since they know I cannot allow them to apply large tariffs and strong barriers to USA trade. They fully understand where I'm coming from. After many decades, fair and reciprocal trade will happen. The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive tariffs and trade barriers on its farmers, workers and companies while sending their product into our country tax-free.

We have put up with trade abuse for many decades and that is long enough. I'm on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the world. It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before, create peace and great prosperity for his land. I look forward to meeting him and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted."

Joining us now, CNN's Ryan Nobles, also CNN's, senior international correspondent Ivan Watson in Singapore. Ryan, that's the president's side of how this G7 summit went. Great meetings, everyone understands. Not quite the same view, though, from the other leaders there.

RYAN NOBLES, CNN REPORTER: You know, Ana, I spent the last hour watching all the press conferences from these foreign leaders at the end of the G7 summit and it's interesting to get their perspective on how things went.

They're very careful to not be overtly critical of President Trump, and they really made an attempt to try to convince reporters that's there was broad agreement on a number of big issues, but when reporters pressed them on these big divides between President Trump and some of these other countries, they were hard-pressed to come up with any examples of where these barriers have been broken down, specifically on that issue of tariffs and trade. Take a listen to what the country of the -- the host country Prime Minister Justin Tudeau had to say about his meetings with President Trump. Take a listen.


PRESIDENT JUSTIN TRUDEAU: "It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1st, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us. I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do, because Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.


NOBLES: Polite and reasonable but they will not be pushed around, Ana. And that was very similar to what you heard from some of the other foreign leaders as well. Emmanuel Macron echoing a similar sentiment as did Theresa May, the British prime minister.

But what is very important to point out here is that there was some concern heading into the summit that President Trump would not sign on to the joint communique with all of these countries that is issued at the end of this summit. He decided he would sign on to that statement that hasn't officially been released yet but all the world leaders say it did involve trade and tariffs part of the discussion, particularly some reforms to the world trade organization.

So this shows that they're still talking even if there is with divide between these two countries. One other thing I'll point out, Ana, there was some criticism of President Trump for leaving the summit early and British Prime Minister Theresa may was asked about that specifically and she defended President Trump.

She said that he was heading to Singapore with some serious work to do, working towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. This isn't something that just impacts the United States and the Korean people, it affects the whole world. She defended President Trump's decision to leave the summit early. Ana?

CABRERA: So let's talk more about this upcoming visit in Singapore, this meeting between the president and Kim Jong-un. He's tweeting about this, saying he is predicting even how Kim Jong-un may feel about it. He's been very positive so far, Ivan.


WATSON: That's right and even kind of complimentary about the North Korean's saying that the -- in the kind of lower level meetings leading up to this summit scheduled for June 12, that there's been good cooperation. That he appreciates it. He's described his own trip here to Singapore, where he's due to

arrive in a matter of hours, as a mission of peace, while also framing it as a one-time opportunity for the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, to try to have some kind of prosperity in the future if he makes a deal with the U.S.

But then there is a new question that President Trump has raised in his press conference in Canada before getting on the plane to fly out here, he seemed to be lowering expectations for this meeting. Take a listen to an exert from that press conference.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, I think the minimum would be relationship. You'd start at least a dialogue, because a deal person I've done very well with deals. What you want to do is start that.

Now, I'd like to accomplish more than that, but at a minimum I do believe at least we will have met each other, we will have seen each other, hopefully we will have liked each other and we'll start that process.


WATSON: Pretty interesting there that President Trump is signaling that at least if the two leaders can start talking that that's a minimum that perhaps could be acceptable.

And that's interesting because the Trump Administration, it's position in the past has been demanding complete, verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization from North Korea, scrapping all of it's nuclear weapons and here on the eve of the summit, practically, he's saying, hey if we just sit down and talk it could be the start of moving in that direction.

And we have to also remember that the Trump Administration has been very derisive in the past about the kind of longer, drawn out negotiations that past U.S. administrations have been involved in with Pyongyang, long drawn out negotiations that have fallen apart in the end or as some U.S. leaders have accused North Korea of doing, have they've just backed out or gone back on promises and pledges that have been made in the past. Ana?

CABRERA: That's right. Ivan Watson, Ryan Noble. Thank you both. President Trump giving his relationships with the allies a 10 today. Listen.


TRUMP: The relationship that I've had with the people, the leaders of these countries has been -- I would really rate it on a scale of 0 to 10, I would rate it a 10. That doesn't mean I agree with what they're doing and they know very well that I don't.

(END VIDEO CLIP) CABRERA: Joining us now, CNN's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Michelle Kosinski and CNN Global Affairs Analyst and Online News Director for "The New Yorker," David Rohde.


So Michelle, does there seem to be a little daylight between President Trump and these other world leaders?

MICHELLE KOSINSKI, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIR ANALYST: Well you wondered based on the President's press conference earlier, just how much ground was covered. Maybe there was some good agreement that went on behind the scenes when he talked about things going so well, but now that you're seeing the press conferences from the other world leaders as you just talked about a few minutes ago, you really see the gaps there.

I mean the Canadian Prime Minister saying he's not going to be pushed around and that it's kind of insulting for the U.S. to call their tariffs a matter of national security. For the French president to say, well signing the Joint Communique is just the beginning. There's a lot of work that needs to be done here and they're also weighting in the President's comments on wanting Russia to now be a part of what then would be the G8

So, the differences are still there and they still seem to be quite wide. Of course, this is something that they're going to be working on going forward. Of course, those meetings in which the teams will work on them could be cordial and sure everybody can get along, but that doesn't mean that real progress is being made. It seemed like the President was saying because he can have friendly meetings with other world leaders that everything's just find and dandy or as he put, a perfect 10 on a ...

CABRERA: Well, British Prime Minister Theresa May was asked about Trudeau's remark that Canada is not going to be pushed around and whether the U.K. shared similar sentiments. Here's her response.


THERESA MAY, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: What we want to ensure, as I referred to in my statement, the fact that the E.U. got, the operator is a member of the E.U., as we currently are, the European Union will impose counter measures to the United States.


CABRERA: David, this comes minutes after President Trump is tweeting that they're all on the same page and that they understand where he's coming from.


DAVID ROHDE, JOURNALIST: So I would -- maybe there was progress in private, but based on all the public signals, I would say the G7 summit was a failure for Donald Trump. The trade war that is in the offering is still coming forward; Canada, as Trudeau said is going to impose sanctions on July 1st in response to American sanctions. Theresa May said Europe is going to do the same thing so nothing has changed and I don't see how this can be a success. Whatever happened in private, publically these politicians are pushing back at Donald Trump.

CABRERA: Well it's so interesting that they're now talking about their own tariffs when at his press conference, Michelle, he was talking about free trade for all between these allies. It's - - is there progress that was made at all on this or any kind of agreement?

MICHELLE KOSINSKI: Yes I mean that was one the most amazing and confusing parts of this press conference and there were several parts that either didn't quite make sense or were surprising so he's just been talking about imposing tariffs on the U.S.'s best friends in the world; just like he was talking about sanctioning U.S. allies over the Iran Nuclear Deal, which also was a cause of a great rift. But then almost in the same breath, less than a day later, he's talking about let's have completely free trade. So sure wouldn't everybody love to see - - I mean if you believe in truly free trade, wouldn't you love to see that happen? But in the meantime he's making these threats and there are many who would say that's just not productive.

And I'll say just this past week in a conversation with a former CEO of a U.S. multi-national, he was saying he would love to see an even playing field. Wouldn't it be great for U.S. business, especially big U.S. business, to really have that even playing field that past presidents have aspired to? And he even accepts trying new ways of doing it, but he felt that this way of threatening and then fully imposing tariffs on U.S. allies is actually a defensive move, it's weak and it's counter-productive, Ana.

CABRERA: And then he throws this curve ball in calling for Russia to be invited back into this group. Of course, they were kicked out because of annexing Crimea. Here's what he said.


DONALD TRUMP: Some people like the idea of bringing Russia back in, this used to be the G8, not the G7 and something happened a while ago where Russia is no longer in - - I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in. I think it would be good for the world, I think it would be good Russia, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7.


CABRERA: David, do you agree?

ROHDE: I don't. Again I don't understand this, he's opening up a Pandora's Box for himself politically as we've talked about for months. Russia intervened in the U.S. election to help Donald Trump win. All our intelligence agencies agree with this.


ROHDE: So now he's offering Russia back into G8 and blaming Obama for Russia invading a neighboring country. It's all sort of astonishing and I just - - I don't think this is working, I don't think the bullying is working, all politics is local so Justin Trudeau has to stand up to Donald Trump if he wants support from Canadian voters. Theresa May has to do that in the U.K.; Angela Merkel - - so this bullying approach I don't think it worked, again I think this G7 Summit was a failure for Donald Trump.

CABRERA: So Michelle, Trump says having Russia back in would actually benefit the U.S. How so?

KOSINSKI: Well he also said it would benefit Russia. It's hard to find any reason that any of these countries gather here would love to help Russia out. I mean Italy did say that they agree that it could be productive for Russia to come in. So the argument on that side would be it's more constructive to have dialogue then to have a long period of punishment, but it wasn't very long ago that Russia full-on took over, illegally, a part of its neighbor. The U.S. punished Russia for that and many have criticized the past administration for not doing enough to punish Russia.

I mean President Trump's own National Security Advisor, H. R. McMaster, as he was on his way out the door said, the U.S. has not done enough to impose costs on Russia. So now you have Donald Trump on the one hand criticizing President Obama for as he put it, allowing Russia to take Crimea and implying that he himself would have been much tougher and then at the same time saying well, let's let Russia back into the G8; let's just bring them back to the table because that would help everybody, it would even help Russia. It just doesn't make a lot of sense, I'm not a 100 percent sure what he felt the point would be in that, but you can see - - and now the statements that are coming out from U.S. allies, how deeply they disagree with that idea.

CABRERA: Michelle Kosinski and David Rohde thank you both. Coming up remembering the legacy of Anthony Bourdain. A look at some of our favorite moments with him live in the CNN News Room.


CABRERA: As you most likely know we lost a member of our CNN family this week. Anthony Bourdain. Every weekend he took us with him to a new part of the world, to parts unknown. Having had the pleasure to sit down with him a number of times it was so striking to me what a magnetic personality he had. I would describe him friends and family as he's just a cool cat. His talent as a chef, as a story teller and a journalist was obvious. And his show you saw not just his passion and curiosity for food and cooking but for people as well. And he truly believed we should walk in others shoes. He had a way of helping us all do that, of making the world feel small. A way of shaken up what's familiar and comfortable to help us consider someone else's experience and perspective.


He once said a willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice, they open to you in ways that somebody visiting, who is driven by a story may not get. And one thing that really stands out about these conversations I had with Tony is he never talked about himself or the impact he had on people; it was always the impact a place and people had on him. Here are few a times that came through - - beginning with the behind-the-scenes moment before one of our interviews.


CABRERA: How long have you guys known each other?

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: Since we started work on the project.


CABRERA: Yes does that...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I do love him of course, but...

CABRERA: Yes because I know - - I wish - - I don't want to talk too much before we get going, but I would have thought that you guys go way back or something.

BOURDAIN: No I never moved in the same circles or at the same level frankly.


BOURDAIN: Yes. Dennis (ph) is this man.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No he's the number one...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE:... cool guy, I was never that cool.

CABRERA: Not at all.


CABRERA: OK so shotgun style, here we go, eight episodes. Well you start this episode right here at home, we're so used to seeing you in far flung, exotic places, but this extended episode to kick off the season is in West Virginia. Why West Virginia and why now?

BOURDAIN: You know I've - - I'm a New Yorker with a lot of the sort of prejudices and expected political beliefs of a born and bred New Yorker, more and more I find myself excited and inspired and in many ways comforted and definitely fascinated by those parts of the country that are just very, very different than the country I grew up in. I can't say enough how kind people were to me for a New York leftie, I was really greeted and welcomed and inspired by some really, really great people who may be they're coming from a very different place than me, but I really felt really moved by this experience.

CABRERA: Let's talk about Queens, you ate Chinese dumplings, Korean food in Flushing; you had Tibetan food in Jackson Heights, Spanish food in the Rockaways, Jamaican beef patties at the Aqueduct, I mean this is all within Queens, which neighborhood has the best food?

BOURDAIN: Look at Sunnyside, I love the Chinese and Korean neighborhoods, it's so much better than Manhattan's Chinatown.

CABRERA: Really?

BOURDAIN: It's just spectacular out there.

CABRERA: So for somebody who's never had Korean food, what's the one thing they have to try?

BOURDAIN: Well start putting your toe in the water with Korean barbeque because that's pretty accessible, but where you want to be is you want to get to the point that you love Kimchi as much as I do.

CABRERA: San Sebastian is actually one of my favorite places I have ever been to.

BOURDAIN: Me too. Pound for pound, that region, in my experience might have the best - - or the highest concentration of great food of anywhere on earth. It's absolutely - - they're food crazy, they demand absolutely the best ingredients and it's one of the most exciting places to eat in the world and it's one of those shows I did because I could.


CABRERA: Yes it was an excuse to go back and visit.

BOURDAIN: Because I knew it would be fun. Any excuse to go to San Sebastian or Basque Territory, is a good one.

CABRERA: Antarctica, it's not exactly a place that has all the staples you typically visit.


CABRERA: Culture, people, restaurants so why did you choose Antarctica?

BOURDAIN: Well first I wanted to see the last unspoiled continent on Earth. The South Pole was pretty amazing, like living in outer space in a lot of ways, maybe colder, one of the most incredible experiences in my life.

CABRERA: Bhutan.


CABRERA: A remote kingdom in the Himalayas?

BOURDAIN: Bhutan is sort of the storybook enchanted kingdom in the Himalayas that not many people have been to and few people know much about it. They statistically claim to be very, very happy.

CABRERA: What makes them so happy? BOURDAIN: Maybe that they've been protected from the outside world.

CABRERA: And as a father, I know this takes away a lot of the time that you could be spending with your family. Why do you do it? Why do you do these shows?

BOURDAIN: You know, I came back from a long trip a year ago - - about a year ago and I went to my daughter and I said "Honey, I'm tired and it really bothered me that I'm not spending more time with you. I'm really thinking maybe after this year, I'm really thinking about giving it up." She burst into tears, she said "No daddy, your job is so interesting. What do I tell my friends?"


CABRERA: Every season with you is an adventure. It never gets old. Thank you so much, tony.

BOURDAIN: My pleasure, it was fun.

CABRERA: Tony was just 61 years old when he took his own life. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm, please call this number on your screen. It is the suicide prevention hotline and there are people that want to talk with you there.

Do not think this world will be a better place without you. It is certainly not better without Tony. Suicide has touched countless families across the United States. Just ahead, we'll talk with a mother who lost her son to suicide, her advice. Plus why suicide is on the rise, what you should look for and how best to help.



ANA CABRERA, ANCHOR, CNN: Here at CNN, we are mourning the loss of a colleague and friend. Anthony Bourdain's suicide this week stunned people all around the world.

He was a world renowned chef, author and journalist. Touched so many lives and so many nations. Our hearts go out to Bourdain's family, especially his 11-year-old daughter.

The impact of suicide on loved ones left behind can linger for years. Emotional scars and questions may haunt friends and family members forever.

I want to bring back Kay Warren, she and her husband Pastor Rick Warren lost a son to suicide. Kay now sits on the Executive Board of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and also with us is Jeff Gardere, a psychologist and professor of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College.

Jeff, let me start with you. Anthony Bourdain, fashion designer Kate Spade, both gone in the same week. Both very successful professionally. Both have young children. How do you make sense of this?

JEFF GARDERE, PSYCHOLOGIST, TURO COLLEGE: Well, I think what we're seeing in many of these cases, of course, when we go back and we do that psychological postmortem, both Kate and Anthony, as well as many of the people who have committed suicide have a pre-existing mental health condition. In this case, depression and anxiety.

If you're not getting the consistent care, whether that be the psychotherapy and/or the medication, the support of family and so on, you can actually still be at risk in a much more severe manner for suicidal ideations and actual suicide, even if everyone else thinks that you have everything in the world going for you.

The picture looks great on the outside, but what's going on in the inside is a whole different story.

CABRERA: Kay, you have lost a son to suicide. This week we got some really sobering numbers. The CDC put out a new report that found suicide rates increased 25% in the US from 1999 to 2016.

In fact, 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016 alone. Why do you think this is an issue that's not getting better?

KAY WARREN, MEMBER, EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE NATIONAL ACTION ALLIANCE FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION: It's complicated. There is no one reason. There is no single cause for people to take their own lives. It's complicated. I think we, as human beings are complicated.

As the doctor just mentioned, sometimes there are underlying mental health conditions. Matthew certainly had a host of mental health illnesses. But other people, it's not that apparent. You know, there could be some precipitating life events, economic crisis. We don't really know.

I think that's one of the things, is that we just don't really know all of the reasons that people take their lives. But I think what we can surmise is that people are in pain. People are in deep and profound pain, and sometimes we know it and sometimes we don't, but it's there. It's there.

CABRERA: Jeff, in that same report, more than half of those who died by suicide in 2016 had been not been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Does that surprise you?

GARDERE: Not at all. Because what we're talking about here is the stigma of mental illness or mental health challenges. It's not always the illness. It can be the challenge itself. Exactly what Kay talked about. Being in very difficult circumstances.

It just really does appear to me that quite often, individuals who are not diagnosed, who are not getting the support feel that it's a place that they can turn to. But I think it's just so important that we be able to give that family support, be able to give the support from friends and sometimes even that's not enough.

But, again, it's that stigma. People too often think they're viewed adds being weak, but we know it's not about weakness, we know it's about the human condition.

CABRERA: No doubt about it, and here we are. We want to break down that stigma. That's one of the reasons we're talking about this right now, but, Kay, it is hard to talk about, in part because you don't want to give anybody any ideas. You don't want to provide this idea that suicide is acceptable for - as an acceptable answer. How do you think we should be talking about suicide?

WARREN: Well, one thing I would like to say is that it's a myth that talking about suicide actually will bring someone - like they've never thought about it and we suddenly ask that question and now we've planted that idea.

I think studies have shown that talking about suicide is actually a very healthy thing, especially when it's done in a compassionate way, when it's done in a caring way, when it's done with someone who genuinely is interested in seeing someone get their help.


WARREN: But with that said, there is a perception in our society that to ask for help means your weak, just as the doctor said, and I think if one of the things that we can begin to do as parents and as educators and particularly those who are working with kids is to build a sense of resilience.

Teach them how to cope with life's problems. Teach them how to rebound from things. Because life is hard and we all experience hard times, but as we can help with resilience then it becomes less a stigma to talk about it because we're working on the end of helping people see that they really can with some help get through their problems.

CABRERA: That is such incredible advice. I think you hit the nail on the head. I think about that with my own children as well, how do you build them into people who can deal with the complexities of life?

Jeff, you know, one of the things I think we hear over and over again is that people just didn't see it coming. Are there signs to look for or questions we should be asking?

GARDERE: Yes. Certainly having the difficult conversation may be able to alert us as to some of the things that are going on and some of the things that we can observe. Individuals who may be dysphoric or may be extremely lethargic or they're not participating in events or hobbies that they once did. I think all of those things are very clear signs that something is going on.

If they're not future oriented, if they're not planning for tomorrow. I think one of the major things we need to look at is when someone feels absolutely helpless and hopeless. And, again, looking at that lethargy, there might be issues with their sleep, there might be issues in getting involved in social media, and screaming out for help or being bullied.

All of those things are signs that you need to have that difficult - Kay is so right on. You have to have the difficult conversation. You have to talk about it.

CABRERA: All right. Got to leave it there. Thank you very much, Jeff Gardere and Kay Warren. Really grateful for you being here with us. We'll be right back.


CABRERA: President Trump managed to get in some tariff talk before leaving the G-7 Summit early for Singapore after imposing tough duties on steel and aluminum. The President floated this idea, eliminate all tariffs across the board between the US and the G-7 countries.

Some American workers meanwhile appear to be benefitting from the President's controversial new trade policies - the new taxes, the new tariffs, our Martin Savidge takes us to Granite City, Illinois, where they're celebrating the re-opening of a steel plant. Martin?

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Ana, there were a lot of people in this town, including the mayor and union leaders that were afraid this plant was never coming back.

In Granite City, Illinois, this sign says it all. The US Steel plant is back in business and folks couldn't be happier.

How does it feel to be back at work?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Feels good. Real good.

SAVIDGE: What's it like to be back at work?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's absolutely awesome.

SAVIDGE: In President Trump's growing trade war, Granite City is a winner, but it wasn't always. In 2015, US Steel shut down the mill, blaming depressed steel prices and unfairly traded imports. Almost overnight, close to 2,000 people lost their jobs.

ED HAGNAUER, MAYOR, GRANITE CITY, ILLINOIS: It was devastating. Every store you went in, every restaurant you went in, people were saying, "Have you heard anything? Are they doing anything?"

CRAIG MCKEY, PRESIDENT USW LOCAL 50: Daily somebody was coming in and reaching out for some type of help to either try to save, you know, a house, a car, pay some bills.

SAVIDGE: Many believe that's why in 2016 Granite City in Madison County, traditionally Democratic-leaning, voted 54% for Donald Trump. A vote that paid off this past March when Trump ordered a 25% tariff on imported steel.


SAVIDGE: That same month, US Steel announced it was firing Granite City back up, praising Trump. "The President's strong leadership is needed to begin to level the playing field so companies like ours can compete." And just Tuesday, US Steel announced it was adding more capacity and jobs in Granite City.

By October, the plant should be fully operational, providing 1,500 jobs paying on average $55,000.00 a year.

When I asked if Trump gets all the credit, things get a bit awkward.

The President of the United States certainly would say he gets the credit. Is Donald Trump wrong?

MCKEY: I would say that he gets some of the credit, but I am not going to look past all the hard work that our International United Steel Workers has done.

SAVIDGE: If I were to ask you who gets the credit for this turnaround, what do you say?

HAGNAUER: I would say that it's a combination of people.

SAVIDGE: It's not the only debate. Industry experts say Trump's actions are making steel more expensive. Steel prices are up almost 38% this year and more than 13% since March. That hurts US automakers and heavy equipment manufacturers.

An angry Europe is threatening retaliatory tariffs on US products like Harley-Davidson motor bikes, bourbon, even Levi's jeans, which could bring economic hardship to other towns in Wisconsin, Tennessee and California.


SAVIDGE: Your community benefits. Does it ever cross your mind that there could be others that don't?

HAGNAUER: Yes, and I hope they don't have to go through what we did

SAVIDGE: The return of the steel mill really is good news here, and just about everyone is grateful for anybody who had a hand in it. However, it should be pointed out, all that talk about a trade war and the possible negative impacts elsewhere, people here really don't think it's going to be that bad, they think all of that is overblown.

Finally, when it comes to the increased cost of steel, union officials here say they expect it will only add about $100.00 per new car and that they don't think is too much to pay for solid middle-class wages that not only will support a family, but a whole town. Ana?

CABRERA: Martin Savidge reporting from Illinois. Thank you. Still ahead in the "Newsroom," we'll take you to a state where land is disappearing into the water at the rate of a football field every 100 minutes. You're live in the "CNN Newsroom."


CABRERA: President Trump skipped out on the part of the G-7 summit before the talk turned to climate change. But this topic is of urgent concern among some who make up Trump's Republican base. Here's CNN's Jennifer Gray.

JENNIFER GRAY, CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Ana, Trump may be refusing to meet on climate at the G-7 summit but if you ask the people in coastal Louisiana, there's no meeting more important. Their coastlines are rapidly shrinking. Homes and livelihoods are being lost, the sad reality, it could be too late to save.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cajun culture is something that you do with your heart. You're born with it

GRAY: Phil and Dawn Richard are doing their part through music, to help the Cajun culture of coastal Louisiana thrive. A culture that's under massive threat due to rapid land loss.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When you lose some more, you lose it from the inside out.

GRAY: More than a football field size of land disappears here every 100 minutes.

PHIL RICHARD, CAJUN MUSICIAN: The water keeps coming up. It look like it's worse every year.

DON RICH: It wipes out a lot of the marsh. You know, it just eats away at it. It's like a bad cavity.

GRAY: more than 10,000 miles of canals have been dredged through Louisiana's bayous to support the oil and gas industry barges and pipelines, bringing millions of jobs to the area. But not without a price.

GARY LAFLEUR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY, NICHOLS STATE UNIVERSITY: There's a whole lot of oil and gas infrastructure in this area, and especially in this area here is right where the most accelerated coastal land loss on earth is happening.

GRAY: Biology professor Gary Lafleur says as more natural barriers disappear, salt water from the gulf floods in, eroding the terrain and changing the nature of this fresh marshland.

LAFLEUR: That's the evidence that there used to be enough fresh water here. All these oak trees were alive.

GRAY: Once the lush barrier island and marshes are gone, biologist Ron Boustany says the region has little defense against increasingly powerful gulf storms caused by rising sea levels and climate change.


GRAY: And without the marshes, the Cajun life along the bayou vanishes along with the coastline.

The loss of industry is something that Dean Blanchard knows well. At the height of his career, Blanchard says he was pulling in between 80 and 100 full shrimp boats a day. Now he's lucky if he gets four.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I probably had more erosions in the last 15 years than what we'd seen in the first 50 years of our lives. There was nothing but land and trees when you looked back there. Now all this is water. They let it all go. Makes you want to cry really.

GRAY: It's also been threatening entire communities who call the bayou home. One of those communities is Isle de Jean Charles, an area once the size of Manhattan, now one-third of the size of Central Park and shrinking fast.

The Federal government has stepped in and is spending almost $50 million to relocate residents to higher ground as early as next year. But some residents like Johnny Tamplet say they aren't leaving their homes.

JOHNNY TAMPLET, RESIDENT, ISLE DE JEAN CHARLE: I didn't buy it to live here. I bought it to die here because this is my paradise.

GRAY: A paradise likely to be lost to the sea in his lifetime. Tamplet says there's plenty of blame to go around.

TAMPLET: The biggest factor that brought on what's happening here is greed. The corps of engineers, the oil company. It's also the people. They don't want to claim responsibility for what they did. It's killing southeast Louisiana.

BOUSTANY: This rock bank is an effort to just re-establish the banks ofthe bayou

GRAY: Boustany and his team are doing what they can to rebuild the marsh.

BOUSTANY: They will lay the pipe and they will pump the mud from the bottom of the lake intohere and literally create overnight instant marsh.

GRAY: A project like this costs tens of millions of dollars and restores between 300 to 600 acres. But a lot more has to be done to save the land and culture destroyed unabated for decades.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We invited industry because we needed industry. But we probably did not care as much as we should have about our homeland. There's something that we have to pay back from the past, and there's something that we have to do to make sure it gets better in the future.

GRAY: At least six Louisiana parishes are knew suing energy companies that have operated along the coast.


GRAY: CNN asked multiple representatives from the energy industry to be part of the story and received no response. In a recent op-ed, the outgoing President of Louisiana's Oil and Gas Association said, "These oil and gas producers who have lawfully fulfilled their state issued permits are now being sued for as far as 80 years prior. These are not welcoming arms to business and industry of any sort," adding that the litigation is turning job creators away from the area. Ana?

CABRERA: Jennifer gray, thank you. Injured police are suing a gun maker saying the weapon goes off on its own. The gun maker denies there's any problem, but a CNN investigation uncovers issues that may have been known before these incidents. You're live in the "Cnn Newsroom."