welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is lebo diseko. our top stories: a humiliating defeat for president trump as he withdraws his healthcare bill. a lone wolf or did he have help? i have been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. a lone wolf or did he have help? british police investigate what motivated the westminster attacker. marine goes to moscow — france's far—right presidential hopeful marine le pen meets vladimir putin in the kremlin. and we meet the li—year—old twins who saved their mother's life when they worked out how to open her phone to call the emergency services. can you go to your mum and shake her for me? president trump's withdrawn
his healthcare bill before congress got a chance to vote on it — after it became clear he didn't have enough support for it to pass. our north america editor jon sopel has more. mr vice president, do you have the vote? a day of truly frantic meetings and phone calls, as the vice president, mike pence, went to the hill to try to secure the votes needed to pass health care reform — trumpcare. and the usual tools deployed, a mixture of menace and flattery. but it wasn't going well. my vote is still a no. my vote has not changed. if anybody tells you for certain they know what is going to happen, they are lying. the situation is still very fluid. and if concessions are made to the right of the republican party, you lose the moderates,
and vice versa. at the white house, there were no attempts to distance themselves from the legislation. the president's spokesman saying donald trump had done everything he could. there is no question, in my mind, at least, that the president and the team have left everything in the field. we have called every member with a question and concern, taking into consideration the strength of the bill. but there was one definitive statement about how the day would unfold. obviously, later today, the house will vote on the american health care act, the current vote is scheduled for 3:30pm. except it didn't, with journalists prowling every corridor, doubts started to creep in and then the bombshell announcement after the speaker, paul ryan, went to see the president to tell him they didn't have the votes. we came close, today, but we came up short. i spoke to the president, just a little while ago, and told him the best thing to do was to pull the bill and he agreed. i will not sugar—coat this.
this is a disappointing day. doing big things is hard. and the president was defiant in defeat. i've been saying for the last year—and—a—half, that the best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. but on the campaign trail, donald trump said it would be easy. and this was his pledge at every rally. obamacare has to be replaced. we got to get rid of obamacare, which is a disaster. repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare! and the author of the art of the deal said only he could deliver it. if you can't make a good deal with a politician, then there is something wrong with you. you're certainly not very good. chanting: hey hey, ho ho, donald trump has got to go! protestors were vocal in their opposition to the reform plan, which could have seen
2a million americans lose their health insurance. west virginia was solidly behind donald trump last november. john ingram, a retired miner, articulated an uncertainty that echoes around the country. i hope to god that they realise what they are actually doing. in effect, they are dealing with life and death situations. for notjust me, but for millions of people. do you use the rapid insulin, too? at the cabin creek health center, they are watching these proposed changes with alarm. it's the disturbing to think that, you know, we have made some gains — and to take that away is especially difficult. i think that is disheartening. for patients. yesterday, donald trump clambered on board a giant truck. today, his politicaljuggernaut came to a grinding halt. make no mistake, this is a huge embarrassment and setback. jon sopel, bbc news, washington.
i'm joined now byjohn gizzi, who is chief political columnist and white house correspondent at newsmax. thank you forjoining us. how bad a defeat is this for donald trump? thank you forjoining us. how bad a defeat is this for donald trump7m certainly doesn't help the momentum, i will say that much. the president sta ked i will say that much. the president staked a locked, not only on repealing and replacing it with the affordable care act, the formal name for obamacare, but on making it clear that he alone, the great wheel of dealer, could close the deal with something new and something better. —— wheeler dealer. in the process, as shakespeare said, he was hoisted
on his own petard. members of his own party, moderates, dislike things in there such as the cutting of medicaid, and the more right—wing conservatives said it did not go far enoughin conservatives said it did not go far enough in creating a market raced alternative. i would say the president will probably return with this plan or a variation there of when obamacare begins to of its own accord. certainly be premiums people will have to pay this year is an alarming step towards its decline. so the issue is not over. not for now he has suffered a major blow. so you say he will return to this, likely when obamaca re you say he will return to this, likely when obamacare collapses, as he says he will leave it to do. what will be have to do differently to get it grew in that time? 0k, will be have to do differently to get it grew in that time? ok, let's put it on the table right now. two weeks ago, in response to a question from this reporter, house democratic
leader nancy pelosi said that none of the 187 democrats in the house of representatives would vote for an alternative to obamaca re. representatives would vote for an alternative to obamacare. the president needs to bring together his own party and wring its disparate factions and then get a solid vote in the house of red resented tears. —— bring its disparate. —— house of representatives. we did see the president meeting with members of the house, working out differences and seeing conversions. he needed 21 more votes to reach the majority 216. he fell short. more votes to reach the majority 216. he fellshort. if more votes to reach the majority 216. he fell short. if the system is indeed collapsing he will have a much easier time winning over recalcitrant republicans that he needs to pass it. paul ryan seemed almost surprised that it is harder to do thejob
almost surprised that it is harder to do the job of government than it is to oppose. why are the republicans caught on the back foot? well, once again, i think it is a case of when one is in power, it is a lost different then campaigning. as freud once said, the repression of instincts as the price we pay for civilisation. in terms of a elected officials, when one controls the majority of a legislative waddy, one must compromise with the other side to reach a majority, which means putting aside some cherished beliefs. people on the right side of the republican party wanted immediate defunding of planned parenthood, an organisation which provides, among other things, abortions. more moderate republicans said this should not be involved as
pa rt said this should not be involved as part of the health—care package, and they would prefer an up or down boat separately on it. —— provoked. it is little things like that which become big things and eventually thwart major legislation. john, it really seems like you know the art of the deal. thank you for your insights. here in the uk, counter—terrorism police have released all but 2 of the 11 people arrested since wednesday's attack in central london. detectives are still trying to establish whether the attacker, khalid masood, was acting alone when he drove into pedestrians, before stabbing a police officer to death outside parliament. here's our special correspondent lucy manning. the face of khalid masood. the face that confronted police officers at parliament. the face that looked out of the car at pedestrians, as he knocked them over. the 52—year—old was known by a number of names. born adrian elms in kent, by the time he was at huntleys secondary school for boys
in tunbridge wells, he was called adrian ajao, after his mother got married. school friends remembered him as a sporty pupil, who liked to party. adrian was a nice lad, a fun guy, always laughing, always joking. worked reasonably hard. good at sport. played rugby very well. just an unassuming guy. but masood was soon developing a reputation for violence. in the sleepy sussex village of northiam, where he lived in his 20s, at the local pub he slashed a man in the face with a knife and was sent to jail. he didn't have a very good reputation, definitely. i remember he was a bit of a troubled character, i think is probably the way to describe it. a family friend said this wasn't the only time aidy, as he was known in the village, turned violent. a chap was looking at aidy. his mother now lives in a remote
farmhouse in carmarthenshire, which detect searched yesterday. they have not been any contact with their son for well over 20 years. at the end of today, when it comes to terrorism, unfortunately nobody can be responsible for the actions their children. masood, we now know, launched his terror attack after staying overnight at a hotel in brighton. he stayed in room 228. detectives have searched the hotel and there have been more raids and more arrests. in manchester, a car was taken away by police in timsbury, and two arrest is described by a police as significant we re described by a police as significant were made there and in the west midlands. police are still trying to build a picture of the man who came here to attack westminster. they say their main aim now was to try to work out if he was acting alone, inspired by terrorist propaganda. 0r
if there are others still out there doing courage tim, supported, or even directed this attack. —— encouraged him. but it is clear they are still gaps in police knowledge. what we're appealing to today is to the public, to say, if, even in hindsight now, you realise something about khalid masood, something about his associates, something about his movements, something about planning, now is the time to come forward and speak to our officers. a bright student, turned violent man, turned terrorist. no one is still sure how, or why. lucy manning, bbc news, westminster. the russian president, vladimir putin, has met the french far—right presidential hopeful marine le pen in moscow. president putin denied trying to influence the french election next month, but says he reserves the right to communicate with all political forces. the immediate arrests are rover. seven people caught in that first sweep have now been released. that leaves just four people in custody,
who detectives are concentrating on as potential accomplices. i am told more arrests are possible. now the ha rd more arrests are possible. now the hard miles of the investigation begins, as detect yourself to sift through the evidence and try to work out whether khalid masood was working alone. i understand they simply do not know the answer to that question at this stage. as ever, with modern terrorism investigations, they will have to sift through a mountain of computer evidence and mobile phone evidence, including, intriguingly, the fact that the litmus sued's mobile phone sent a message to the encrypted messaging app whatsapp just two minutes before crossing that bridge. if that is true, the question is, who did he send that message to? detectives are hoping that varied in that mountain of evidence they have seized is the answer to that critical question, who, if anybody, help khalid masood kill four people and wreak havoc and terror here in the heart of westminster? stay with us on bbc news. still to
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the white hot wreckage from mir drew gasps from onlookers in fiji. this is bbc news. on the verdun sector. 0ur this is bbc news. on the verdun sector. our main story: —— i'm lebo diseko. donald trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill, after it became clear he didn't have enough support from his own party to win a vote in congress. all right. let's stay with that story. jay wolfson joins me on skype from tampa in florida. he's a professor of public health and medicine at the university of south florida. thank you forjoining us. you would have thought that the republicans, this was the day that they had been
waiting for. why was it so hard for them to agree to donald trump's plan? your previous speaker said republicans themselves were very divided about this. some wanted more, some wanted less. and when it got down to the bottom line, many of them began to hearfrom got down to the bottom line, many of them began to hear from their constituents, from their own governors of states that were affected, even if they had voted with the president, because too many people were going to be a person affected. while the things that were unpleasant for most people, that did not like the 0bamaca re unpleasant for most people, that did not like the 0bamacare programme, the mandate that require them to get benefits, the subsidies provided people with money to buy premiums, the higher taxes for some of the elderly, for some of the wealthy, all those things would be cut out. but in place of that, medicaid was then to be cut back, care for the poon then to be cut back, care for the poor. the tax rebates were not there to be enough to take care of the elderly. those days which had
medicaid felt that they were going to be assuming a tremendous burden. lust within the republican party, many of the conservative members felt that the bill did not go far enough. —— plus. and the moderate and the sultan was going too far. the other part of this i think is that americans are schizophrenic about the role of government in their lives on in their culture. —— and the moderates felt that. thomas jefferson said you should never trust governed in the first place, and every 20 years, you need to shakeit and every 20 years, you need to shake it up a bit. it does seem from the outside, certainly, sometimes difficult to understand why this is such a divisive issue in america. difficult to understand why this is such a divisive issue in americam is really cultural. in europe and in canada, and much of the rest of the world, the idea of healthcare as being a right has been well—established. here, it has not been. a lot of it has to do with the fa ct been. a lot of it has to do with the fact that we think that government should play a limited role, but we are also very selfish and schizophrenic. we feel that government should stay out of our lives until we need something in our
lives, and then we should be entitled to receive it. and the entitlement culture that has been dominating much of the literature, and discussions behind the scenes, and discussions behind the scenes, an american healthcare, prosise elvis -- an american healthcare, prosise elvis —— rose to the service in all this. if you listen to the republicans are they, they were impassioned. who deserves what, what role the government should play at and what role personal responsibility should play. there is a divide right in the middle on healthcare in emre can population. some people believe that the gunmen has an obligation and should step in to help people, and others believe it is gone too far, and as a consequence, we spend more money and healthier than anybody else in the world, and get less bang for the buck. we have the sickest population, we spend more money on pharmaceuticals, and hospital stays, and we really get poor outcomes from it. and i think please and many americans feel the system is broken.
and many democrats and republicans agree with that. briefly, outers donald trump comeback from this? identity has to worry about coming back from this. —— how does he. it is donald trump's job to mr laws. this was unsuccessful. he has other work to do with taxes in immigration that he is to work on. congress has two correct the mistakes from seven yea rs two correct the mistakes from seven years ago. the republicans thought they could use the same technique as they could use the same technique as the democrat user 0bamaca re. they could use the same technique as the democrat user 0bamacare. it does not work. the republicans and democrats have been up to —— have to get together and work out how we're going to pay for healthcare and if we wa nt going to pay for healthcare and if we want to really pay for everybody. and that is cultural issue. we want to really pay for everybody. and that is cultural issuelj imagine this will not be the last time that we will be speaking about this issue. we appreciate your time. thank you. my pleasure. the russian president, vladimir putin, has met the french far—right presidential hopeful marine le pen in moscow. ms le pen said that if elected
she would do what she could to get eu sanctions against russia lifted. greg dawson reports. this was a rare but symbolic show of hospitality from vladimir putin. it is not often the russian president invites candidates from foreign election campaigns. in the pen is an exception. translation: we in no way want to influence events, but retained for ourselves the right to meet with all representatives of all political powers, just as our partners in europe and the us did. the kremlin likes what it is hearing from france's national front leader. marine le pen has called for at eu sections on russia to be scrapped. she claims that crimea, the ukrainian peninsular controversially annexed by moscow, has ordered in russian. translation: -- has always been russian. in my positions have been known. i really change them, which
makes me an exception. you know that iam for makes me an exception. you know that i am for development of relations with russia and the context of this long relationship that defines our two countries. the national front leader might have won widespread support in france, but her populist views have deterred most foreign leaders. v putin, however, says she represents a fast growing element of european politics. russia may already be accused of meddling in the us to help donald trump when the white house, but the kremlin denies us white house, but the kremlin denies us claims and says it will not try to influence next month's election. recent opinion polls put marine le pen alongside emmanuel macron. this meeting showed a not so subtle hint that russia would be happy to deal with her as a president. you may remember last month when the hollywood star harrison ford made an unusual landing at an airport in southern california. he came down on a taxi—way instead of a runway, flying directly over
a waiting passengferjet. now, audio tape has emerged of him explaining what happened. tim allman reports. as han solo, he was the pilot who made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. but in real life, harrison ford's recent exploits in aviation have been a little more perilous. he had a near—miss last month atjohn wayne airport, his single, small—engine plane coming down in the wrong place. so, what happened? well, this is the conversation the actor had, once he touched down: this wasn't the first mishap he'd had in recent years — in 2015, he suffered injuries after crashing a vintage plane on a golf course in santa monica. that time, it was down to engine problems. fortunately, there were no injuries in this latest incident — other than, perhaps, a little damage to harrison ford's pride. to another couple of
four—year—olds now, a set of twins from london who helped to save their mother's life. when she collapsed at their home, one of them managed to get into her mobile phone and call the emergency services. duncan kennedy has been speaking to the twins and their mum. when it comes to ingenuity, this boisterous pair don't do things by halves. four—year—old twins roman and samuel sharma saw their mum, claudia, faint onto the floor. but what did they do? panic? cry? oh, no... first, samuel picked up his mum's hand to place her thumb on her iphone to unlock it. and then, they did this... hey, siri, call daddy. they used siri, the phone's voice—recognition system, to call not dad, but 999... the boys knew about siri
by watching their mum and dad. isaid, "siri, 999." and what happened? the police and the doctor came. eventually, mum was taken to hospital. as a parent, you tell them things and hope they sink in, but you never, a — expect it to happen, or b — for them to remember anything you said. the boys say using smartphones is, well, smart. clearly a life—changing piece of four—year—old philosophy.
ido i do hope that they got a treat so that. do remember that you can get in touch with us on twitter. i would love to know what you thought of our stories. i'm @lebo?diseko. thank you for watching bbc news. hello. there will be some chilly nights this weekend. there will be frost for some of us as the weekend begins, but by day, this weekend, it is sun, sun, sun. what a glorious weekend if you're a fan of blue skies. high pressure right across the uk. the weather ingredients this weekend, because of high pressure, as you might imagine, it's going to be settled. there will be some warm spring sunshine around, but for some others there will be a noticeable breeze. we will need to shelter from that to enjoy the warm sunshine. some chilly nights with frost around.
looking at the temperatures as the weekend begins, these are the urban readings, but away from the towns and cities in the countryside we will see those lower readings on the thermometer. in parts of northern england, northern ireland and scotland we'll see frost. many of us will have widespread frost on ground and grass. a few patches of fog in parts of yorkshire, lincolnshire, the midlands and parts of wales. that shouldn't last too long into the morning. an exception to the settled weather will be in the northern isles. more cloud around on saturday, especially in the shetlands. outbreaks of rain at times, mostly on the light side. as day breaks you can see the extent of the sunshine to begin with, but hints of either mist fog patches, or low cloud, to begin with, through parts of yorkshire, lincolnshire, the midlands and into wales. it should not last too long. by mid—morning that should be gone. look at the strength of the wind in east anglia, south—east england and along the south coast. if anything that may be a notch up compared to what we had on friday. quite a windy picture for some of us. you will need to shelter from the easterly wind to get the best of the warmth from the sunshine. the blue sky continues
for the majority of the afternoon. that warmth will be felt, especially where the wind is right down the western side of the uk, 15 or 16 celsius. saturday, a fine evening, but a chilly night. a touch of frost, especially in the north. remember, on saturday night the clocks go forward an hour, the beginning of british summer time. nothing to do with the weather, though it sounds good. great for night workers, and great if you want your light longer into the evening. here are the sunset times on sunday. there will be some sunshine around again on sunday for the vast majority. maybe just a bit of cloud to some eastern parts of the uk later in the day. still that breeze to the south and still sheltering from that to make the most of the sunshine. for the vast majority, the weekend will have a blue sky note. whatever you are doing this weekend, enjoy that, and enjoy your weekend. the latest headlines from bbc news. i'm lebo diseko. donald trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill.
he was forced to abandon his plans after being told he simply didn't have enough republican support to win a vote in congress. some republicans opposed his alternative to obamaca re, which will now remain in force across the us. british police have appealed for the public to help uncover the motivation of the man who killed four people in wednesday's attack in westminster. detectives are still trying to establish whether he acted alone when he drove into pedestrians, before stabbing a police officer to death. the french presidential hopeful marine le pen says she would consider lifting sanctions on russia, if she was elected. the national front leader met vladimir putin in moscow. she said he was ‘not trying to influence events'. in about ten minutes on bbc news we'll have this week's edition of newswatch but first it's time for click.