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news, what did she know? the girlfriend behind the killer of the largest massacre is returning to the united states from her native philippines. what information does she have about the deadliest shooting to strike modern america. calculated plans. months of meticulous preparation for his horrific crime including the deadly arsenal he stockpiled. the drama video of the attack and how one hotel security guard may have saved countless lives. presidential visit. president trump straefls to grief stricken las vegas meeting first responders and calls it a nation in mourning and the gunman sick and demented. exclusive new information how russia targeted swing states with facebook ads designed to interfere with the presidential election. tonight, senate
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investigators say they still can't rule out possible collusion with the trump campaign. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the "situation room." >> this is cnn breaking news. >> we're following breaking news, key new developments in the investigation of the los angeles shooting massacre. the fbi questioned the girlfriend of the gunman, stephen paddock. mary l mary -- ma mary marilou dunnly hired a lawyer and the president called it the deadliest shooting in modern u.s. history and getting new information about the
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arsenal. paddock bought 34 guns over the course of a year, most rifles, two dozen weapons in the hotel suite he used to carry out the attack and more found at his two homes including large amounts of ammunition. exclusive reporting into the investigation of russian meddling into the presidential election. sources saying facebook ads were targeted at swing states including wisconsin and michigan both of which the president narrowly won and the senate saying they still can't rule out collusion from the trump campaign. first, let's go straight to las vegas.
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there are dramatic new details emerging and dramatic new video of the attack. >> reporter: that's right. the 62-year-old girlfriend is back in las vegas speaking to fib investigators. obviously, what she says could be of critical importance to the investigation and we're getting information about how some quick thinking action may have saved hundreds of lives. tonight, the terror of the las vegas massacre shown from a police officer's perspective. newly released body cam video captures the mayhem and confusion as officers race in to help and try to term where the shots are coming from. as the chaos begins, a common attending the concert points her phone towards the open field as people begin running for their lives and in the nearby rooms they alert the hotel staff and
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hotel security quickly narrow in on paddock's floor. >> coming on the 32nd floor. >> reporter: moments later the approaches as he's firing on the crowned inside. >> that security guard was coming to the room and he was in the room when the suspect fired through the door and struck him. >> police now believe paddock is watching through a screen connected from a camera on a room service cart and run through the hallways under the door of the suite. police say another camera is at this peephole pointing the hallway and you can see another cable running below. we have the hall contained near the room the shots were fired. >> paddock fired on the guard and you can see one door riddled with bullet holes. even though the guard never saw paddock, his actions may have saved hundreds of lives. after he is first approached,
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paddock stops firing on the crowd. police say he had been firing for nine minutes on the two windows he had broken on. >> we are on 31, we are holding at the stairs that dump into 32. >> 592, we are right outside the door in the stairwell just fyi. >> reporter: a las vegas s.w.a.t. team is moving methodically in the mandalay. >> we're in the stairwell on the 300 side. are you with the s.w.a.t.? >> negative. >> stand by. on his way down the stairwell. >> reporter: they find paddock dead on the floor. inside the room they find 12 weapons and three modified with a bum stock, a device that enables a gun to fire hundreds of rounds a minute. these leaked photo shows how calculated his plan was. magazines of ammunition are
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neatly stack update. a hammer used to break the window on the floor and suitcase nearby. paddock had refused housekeeping and kept this do not disturb sign on his door for days. once again, the shooter's girlfriend is back in the united states. she is talking to fbi investigators. her attorney talked to the media a short time and says basically she is asking for her privacy and fully cooperating. >> thank you very much. let's get more on president trump's visit to las vegas. our senior white house correspondent, jim acosta on the scene. quite a contrast between the president's visit there today and trip to puerto rico yesterday. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. president and first lady back to washington after meeting with some survivors of the massacre.
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the white house took great pains to keep this more subdued and unlike that trip to puerto rico, the president stayed on script and mourned with the community in pain. >> in an effort to comfort, the president and first lady are visiting those clinging to life and searching for answers. >> we ask god to ease their suffering and to speed their healing. we pray for the recovery of the injured and those injured officers who so bravely threw themselves into danger when duty called. >> reporter: the president praised the medical staff that treated the wounded. >> the doctors, the injures, all of the people of the hospital have done a job indescribable. >> reporter: and offered his own diagnosis of the killer. >> i can tell you it's a very sick man. he was a very demented person. >> reporter: one topic the president is not taking on during this is visit is gun control. >> we're not going talk about that today. >> reporter: the white house is
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steering clear of the issue sending talking points to their surrogates, let's gather the facts before we make sweeping policy arguments for cur tailing the second amendment. let's be clear. new laws won't stop a madman committed to harming 90 people. they asked did he have -- harmi harming immocent people. and after mass shootings in san bernardino, california and orlando, he wanted to prevent more muslims from coming into the u.s. >> how many more must die? 100, 1,000, 10,000, a million? what is your blood price? how many more must die? >> now is this time to come together. be responsible.
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democrats, republicans, everyone. we must never stop fighting, fight, fight, fight. >> the president's trip to las vegas was much more controlled than his visit to puerto rico. where mr. trump tossed rolls of paper towels to storm victims and joked the hurricane damage there would be costly. >> i hate to tell you, puerto rico, but you're throwing our budget a little out of whack. >> reporter: on this one the president appeared to strike the right tone meeting with first responders going into the fire. >> you showed the world what professionals is all about. >> reporter: they didn't take a trip to the crime scene. they really didn't have to. the airport was just a short way from the casino and up and down with reminders of what took place here and billboards reading pray for vegas and vegas
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strong. >> jim acosta traveling with the president. we're joined by congresswoman dina titus of nevada whose district is las vegas. thanks for joining us. based on the briefings you had and i know your well plugged into the investigations, do you believe authorities today are any closer to determining a motive? >> they've been going through reels of video from security at the hotel and body cameras. you saw some clips of those. they hope that will tell them something. we have metro in los angeles with the fbi to talk to the girlfriend. even if she weren't directly involved we think maybe she can give us some clue as to what the motive was or what some of his actions were leading up to this horrific event. >> she's been called a person of interest by local police tlorts. as far as you know, is she fully
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cooperating with the fbi during these investigations? her lawyer says she is. >> that's what they tell us, too. she has got an lawyer but that's something she wants to protect, and supposedly cooperating from what we hear. >> looking at the crime scene, you've seen it, it's clear stephen paddock meticulously planned this massacre. is there any indication how long this had been in the works? >> we don't know. we know he checked into the hotel several days in advance and know he brought all this ammunition and weapons. he planned to knock out the windows. he chose a room selected from a corner and had windows on two angles to the field and had all these bum stocks with him. amazing how premeditated it was. >> the stocks are made for
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practical purposes and automatic weapon. you want those made illegal, start? >> i absolutely do. i'm co-sponsoring legislation with mr. cicillineny from rhode island to make those illegal. they will change a regular gun into an automatic weapon that can fire 4 to 600 times in a minute. we don't need that for recreation. >> what do you know about those reports this killer may have cased out other venues, other sites in las vegas earlier, other music festivals as potential sites of horror? we have heard that he was look at the life is beautiful site. that's also in my district. that's a big festival in downtown las vegas but there's not a lot of evidence about that. the police are reluctant to give out that information. >> where do we all go from here right now? just wade to get more
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information from the girlfriend? is that the key issue? >> that's right. our law enforcement is exhausted. they've been working around the clock. they want to be careful, want to do it right. they don't know if there's future prosecution and lawsuits. the public and family deserve it. i applaud that even if we get a little impatient. i can tell you my constituents, my personal feeling, first day we grieved, second day we wanted action and the third day we're getting mad because some people say now is not the time to talk about gun violence. when is the time? >> congresswoman, thanks for joining us, dina titus of nevada. thanks so much. when we come back, we will hear from the girlfriend's attorney. he has just spoken up, matt lombard. he represents marilou danley, the girlfriend of stephen paddock.
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just returned from the philippines and questioned today by the fbi in los angeles. her attorney, matt lombard, just speak to the news media. listen to what he had to say. >> i have a statement to read from my client, marilou danley. i am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred. and my prayers go out to the victims and their families and all those who have been hurt by these awful events. i have faith in god and i will continue to pray for everyone who has been harmed or hurt. i am a mother and a grandmother and my heartbreaks for all who have lost loved ones. i knew stephen paddock as a kind caring quiet man. i loved him and hoped for a
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quiet future together with him. he never said anything to me or took any action that i was aware of that i understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen. a little more than two weeks ago, stephen told me he found a cheap ticket for me to the philippines and that he wanted me to take a trip home to see my family. like all filipinos abroad, i was excited to go home and see family and friends. while there, he wired me money, which he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family. i was grateful but, hop nestle', i was worried, at first the
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unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me. it never occurred to me in any way whatsoever he was planning violence against anyone. i have not made statement until now because i have been cooperating with authorities and i solitairely flew back to america because i know the fbi and las vegas police department wanted to talk to me and i wanted to talk to them. i will cooperate fully with their investigation. anything i can do to help ease suffering and help in any way, i will do. please respect my privacy and my family's privacy. >> that's the statement we just heard and important statement from the attorney representing marilou danley, the girlfriend of the killer, marilou danley just returning over night from
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the philippines. according to the attorney she voluntarily flew back to the united states and cooperating. lots to unpack. first, what did you make of the statement we just heard from the gunman's girlfriend, attorney representing her? >> i believe nothing, zero. she's back in the united states for 24 hours in this midst of explaining a relationship that goes along for years the relationship with the gunman. she saw things, she heard things, she might have seen what was happening in the house in acquisition of dozens of guns and had a financial relationship with him and e-mail and phone messages. you want to tell me less than 24 hours questioned by the fbi we should have any confidence she had no knowledge in a years long relationship what's happening here? what i want to see is what the
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fbi and others are coming through that volume of information and what she says. in the days and weeks of yer interrogation that took place, that you know what she knew. >> and said the $100,000 wired to her and this statement that told her to buy a home there for her and her family. tom fuentas, what was your reaction? >> my reaction is there is no possible way in the short run the united states could compel her to be deported because she's not a citizen here and didn't fly into the united states directly. the only process is expedition. she would have to be charged with a serious crime to go to the filipino authorities and it
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could take a year or two. the fact the fbi meets with her and convinces her to meet with the police and have this discussion. i don't have any reason for discounting her. she could not risk she would be caught in a lie and lot leave the u.s. i agree with the fellow in that since. she did volunteer and not be naive or something that she was planning something violent. the mere acquisition of those guns is bad but she may not have known of every weapon he acquired. does she know any other person or group of persons we are not aware of? did she know somebody close to
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paddock nobody has come across yet and could be lead to what the relationship was with them. if they have knowledger attitude or motivation to do this. mary ella o'toole, a former phish profiler and fbi agent. you heard that statement from the attorney representing the girlfriend of the killer. >> it was a very well written statement and crafted with assistance from legal experts. i'm a sympathetic victim myself in this. god and children, the problem with this statement is it's too good, too well written and
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self-reported information and doesn't allow for cross examination bay any of us who would ask questions beyond the statement. it's too perfect, too well written and self-reported. it does require much more digging down in terms of, that's fine, let's talk about your life with student. i've seen this in the past. they're not subject at any point for examination. >> in that same she described the killer as quiet and kind. you've been reporting on the ground in las vegas and speaking to all sorts of people that knew both him and her. what are you hearing from those folks? >> reporter: right, wolf. a couple potition inial
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inconsistencies from the lawyer's statement. she new sea to fin paddock to a quiet man. according to one person, in miss skit, texas, this woman told the "los angeles times" when they would come in basically the staff of that starbucks would cringe when stephen paddock and miree lou danley came into their starbucks when gambling at that casino. they cringed because he would often berate her. they said she was even paying for him according to the starbucks in the virgin river ca sin notice in mesquite, nevada. >> what some others ror saying, she says never did anything or
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took anything or any action that would have me believe. it's the accumulation of weapons stands out. this man purchased 33 firearms over the past years. she knew nothing about that. she was his live-in girlfriend and he accumulated weapons over 23 years. and he accumulated weapons in a resident she shared with him. if she didn't know anything about it and that he would do this, i think the fbi will want to know why she wouldn't have known about this. >> this mass murderer described him as a kind, quiet man. you see the carefully laid out
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camera and huge amount of ammunition. what does that tell you about the level of planning that went into this attack? >> you hear the descriptions of this individual, he's some sort of crazed lunatic. that's not what i'm seeing you here. clearly he has a mental issue but participating in a society where he's talking to his family, having jobs over time. lives in a relatively wealthy community and has a relationship with a woman over years. not only the weapons and the life in the last years, the life he's had after being interviewed by the fbi. the chance that all that human and digital interaction including the girl for years. 95% plus chance she knows something of value to the investigation. i don't buy what we heard today. >> everybody stand by.
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there's more breaking news coming into the "situation room." we're now learning the identity of the hotel security guard at the man dele hotel. he zrukt the gunman. he distracted the gunman. we're joined by david. first, how is hjesus doing? >> he is recovering and shod in the right thigh. they didn't get it all out and go back to surgery to remove it from another date. >> you're the president of the international union for the fire professionals in the area.
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how did jesus wind up being shot by the killer? >> i'm told jesus was patrolling the halls and was sent to the area of the commotion. so he responded. the stairwells had been blocked by the shooter. so the only access to that position, the room. the shooter had placed a camera outside in "the hall and able to mon ter. as he approached the door the shooter turned and struck mr. campos. >> she shooter never opened the door, just fired through the door, is that correct what you were saying. >> he could have been injured in the thigh and it could have been
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a whole lot worse than that. they approached the area and the doors were open through explosives and they found the shooter had committed suicide. >> the shooter shot through the door because there were cameras showing the people and cameras outside where he saw jesus approach the door. >> that's right. he had a camera with a food card. >> when jesus was shot, did he have the ability to interact with other authorities and let them know what was going on? >> he did. i'm sure that's how authorities let them to know how to respond to. >> that was the first confirmation that not only was
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it the 32nd floor but this specific room where the killer was hold up. how long did it take, as far as you know, dave, for the police to arrive, the s.w.a.t. team to arrive and actually burst through that door after the jesus call to them that this is what was going on? >> i don't have a time frame from that. i can only tell you we represent over 200 officers at mandalay bay and everybody on that shift were responding situation. i don't know exactly how long it took before they reached the door. >> was jesus armed? >> i'm not sure whether he holds an armed post or he doesn't. there are a number of armed security officers on each shift at man dele bay and officers not
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armed. if he was working in the hotel or ca sib no, he may or may not have been armed. >> please thank him for all of us for saving lives at the main casino. we would love to have him join me in the "situation room" and discuss his ability by not just me but by all our viewers. >> police chief and fire professionals of america. thank you. >> thank you. we thank all our officers at mandalay bay. >> we thank them as well. >> we will take a break but more information coming into the situational room.
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investigation, they are now speaking out. what are they saying? >> that's right. the top republican and democratic senators came out today and said they are still looking into possible collusion between the trump campaign and russia and an investigation that continues to widen in scope. tonight, the republican and democratic leaders of the senate intelligence committee say possible collusion between russia and the trump campaign is still an open question. ten months after their investigation began. >> the committee continues to look into all evidence, to see if there was any hint of collusion. >> do you have any evidence to suggest or rule out the president knew any of these contacts, the associates and russians. >> i thought i was pretty clear. the issue of collusion is still open. that we continue to investigate both intelligence and witnesses, and that we're not in a position
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where we will come to any type of temporary finding on that until we have completed the process. >> reporter: one part of the investigation they say hit a snag, verifying the dossier compiled by a former british intelligence agent that refused to talk to senate investigators. >> as it relates to the steel dossier, unfortunately the committee has hit a wall. the committee cannot really decide the credibility of the dossier without understanding things like who paid for it? who were your sources and sub-sources. >> one area the investigation has gained traction, russian subversion of social media and sew discord using russian linked ads on facebook and fake twitter accounts. >> no way you can look at that and say that was to help the right side of the ideological
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chart and not the left. they were indiscriminate. >> one quarter of facebook ads were able to target specific geographic areas. acourting to 4 sources was wisconsin and michigan, two states they had never left, the so-called blue wall and donald trump narrowly won those states. >> there's no way donald trump can break the blue wall, right? we didn't break it, we shattered that sucker, we shattered. >> reporter: cnn has learned the russians targeted at least 12 states on facebook with ads aiming from immigration with second amendment and issues of race. just a total of $100,000 were spent on this ads seen by an estimated 10 million people.
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did anyone in the trump campaign assist the russians determining where the ads should be focused. >> it would be pertinent to the influence of elections. >> i warning for elections to take precautions as russians are actively looking for new ways to effect elections. >> the russian intelligence service is determined, clever and i recommend every campaign and every election official take this very seriously as we move to the november election. >> they openly invited officials to testify and both facebook and twitter have accepted. we'll be watching that. >> we certainly will. the senate intelligence
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committee chair ranking member made a point of saying they're not willing to close the book on the possibility of collusion between the kremlin and trump campaign officials. how did you interpret those comments? >> it's never a good headline to say they can't rule out collusion at this point. in september there was an interview richard burr conducted and said he hoped this investigation would be over by the end of the year. december is what he set his sights on. clearly now, that's not the case. what has transpired and what information have they been privy to that would affect the lo longevity of this investigation and mueller investigation. from the new york state also contributor of cnn, sent out a tweet where she said paul
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manafort had been advising the trump campaign to do more promoting and campaigning in michigan and wisconsin. he was no longer associated with the trump campaign now but that is interesting looking back. you can't rule out the russians were focusing on it as well. percent russiansle with do hone in on any dis-oriencation and issues within our political system. you can't rule out the russians knew what they were doing without the help of the trump campaign. the fact this is continuing doesn't bode well for the administration. >> you know and i know and everybody studied russia knows the soviet union wants to femeant and cause chaos.
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>> the collusion you touched on, impossibly ruling out collusion. doesn't say there was any. richard burr saying the investigation expanded slightly from its original mission. he didn't go into a lot of detail about that expansion but said it expanded. that's worth noting. third, they essentially completed their piece of the investigation into the memos james comey wrote. fired fbi director. i think they're essentially saying they're seeding that piece to bob mueller's investigation. >> some say they're growing very impatient with the slow annou e announce.
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how to close the open questions in this probe? >> he's clearly feeling some heat. no republican is eager to turn the calendar page the end of december to an election year where the entire third of the senate has this still hanging over their heads, every time a press conference is held, but in their own house, the hall of congress. that being said, they can clear the air and that being said if there is a definitive decision that can take the focus away from the president and the republicans. most of the pressure they're feeling is coming from the administration rather than
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fellow members of congress. >> the president continues to call this whole vehicles a hoax. we keep learning -- whole investigation a hoax. we keep learning new information about the targeted facebook ads in swing states. how is the white house preparing for these revelations. >> the concern is they are not taking it seriously enough. every time it gets brought up they refer to it as a hoax and seems to be trouble saying the russians attempted to interfere in our election and will try again. there is an indication people are trying. they're not taking it serious enough and not attempting to combat ahead of the other elections here. >> between the hurricanes,
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president trump is playing the role every other president is trying to do for the victims of disasters. how do you think he handle his visit to las vegas today? >> the bar was so low following the visit to puerto rico yesterday, one could say it was a success, he visited with victims in hospitals as well. the question is, in these types of situations, the president is looked upon as the consoler in chief. this is an issue we as a nation have known way too often any time there is a mass shooting in this country we need a consoler in chief. this was an is crisis. we need to put aside
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partisanship and come together in a moment of grief. today, i think we saw the right tone. yesterday i think stood out so poorly for this president, it's indelible, i would say, what we saw yesterday, comparing to it katrina saying, oh, thrown out to animals. those are images that are hard to write off as fake news. that's what transpired. yesterday was better. i don't think that rules out in that sort of u serps what we saw yesterday. >> i want to get to another important story. rex tillerson made a brief statement, took questions from reporters today in light of a report he called president trump over the summer a moron. during a private meeting and threatened to resign. listen to this. >> address the main headline of the story that you called the president a moron and if not, where do you think these reports
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are -- >> i'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. this is what i don't understand about washington. again, i'm not from this place. but the places i come from, we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense. >> interesting. he insisted he never threatened to resign, but it's thonotable didn't take the opportunity to deny the reports that he called the president of the united states a moron. although a state department spokeswoman made ta denial on his behalf. you're doing a lot of reporting on this very frayed relationship between the president and the secretary of state. tell what you say you're learning. >> that's right, wolf. things are definitely frayed between the president and his top diplomat. we've seen this for some time. tillerson distanced himself from the president after the very contentious remarks about the violent clashes in charlottesville and we saw the put undercut the president on twitter.
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but we're seeing it spill into the public view here with these comments. though the spokesman has denied tillerson used that language, as we saw a, he did not outright deny it and cnn has independently confirmed tillerson was so frustrated with the president over the summer that he did refer to him as moron. and we've also learned that the president was aware of this iraq before nbc first published that story today, so that's what wer seeing now. then we heard from the president just a short while ago saying he had confidence in tillerson, so it seems like his job is safe for now. in this white house. the president said he's going to stay on and that tillerson said that he had no plans to step down. but it's safe to say these tensions between these two men are at a high here. >> important reporting from kaitlyn. everybody stand by. there's more breaking news we're following. reports of u.s. military forces taking on hostile fire right now. we'll update you on that. stay with us. your insurance company
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we have break iing news fro the pentagon. u.s. military forces have now come under hostile fire in the country of nyjer. what are you learning? >> the pentagon offering new details, but issue iing a very
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terse statement a short time ago. let me read it to everybody. this is from the united states africa command. the part of the military that oversees military operations in africa. the statement reads, we can confirm report that is a joint u.s. and nigerian patrol came under hostile fire in southwest nyjitroge niger. we are working to confirm and will have more information as soon as we can confirm facts on the ground. this is a serious incident. little information being publicly offered by the u.s. military. u.s. troops are in this part of west africa and in niger to assist local forces there in their counterterrorism fight against al-qaeda elements and other insurgent elements in the area. there is also throughout west africa, including next door mully, a not insignificant military presence. the u.s. also conducts routine drone operations over parts of
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africa, surveillance and recognizance that has been acknowledged. to ensure that they have the latest intelligence about where forces may be on the ground. tonight, we are getting no details beyond this statement that u.s. forces working with niger forces have come under hostile fire in this area of southwest nigr near the worder. we'll stay on this story, bring details to everyone as soon as the military makes them publicly available. wolf. >> do we know how many u.s. troops are there providing security and training to the forces? >> well, this number is generally not discussed because it ebbs and flows over time. this is like so many military operations the u.s. does around the world. advise and assist.
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that means teams usually special forces, but not always, it could be from any part of the u.s. military, go in and work with local forces to try and help them on their counterterrorism missions. wolf. >> all right, barbara starr, we'll stay on to hap of this worrisome story. that's it from me. thanks for watching. our continues coverage from las vegas continues fwhou erin burnett "outfront." >> tonight, the las vegas shooter's girlfriend break iing her silence tonight question ed by the fbi. and also, a hero who saved dozens of lives even as he was shot in the neck. he's outfield tonight and miracle man. he was gravely wounded. a bullet pressed against his spine. doctors said he might never walk again and tonight, he took his first steps. let's go "outfront."

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