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grows stronger and more determined even in the midst of the attack, the world witnessed the awesome power of american defiance. 40 passengers and crew on flight 93 rose up, fought back, and thwarted the enemy's wicked plans in their final moments, these american heroes, thunderously declared that we alone decide our fate. we saw american perseverance in the valiant new york firefighters, police officers, first responders, military and every day citizens who raced into the crashing towers to rescue innocent people. one such american was retired army colonel rick rescoraler who
gave his life on 9/11. rick earned the silver star and purple heart for his service in vietnam. he later become the vice president for security at morgan stanley in the world trade center. on the day of the attack, rick died while leading countless others to safety. his selfless actions saved approximately 2,700 lives. today, i'm honored to announce that we will soon be awarding the late rick rescorala, the presidential citizens medal for his extraordinary sacrifice. though rick has left this earth, we will ensure that the memory of his deeds will never, ever be forgotten. his memory will forever endure. thank you. thank you, rick. [ applause ]
>> thank you, rick. thank you, rick. here in the western side of the pentagon, we saw brave men and women rush into the fire and race into the scorching flames to rescue their colleagues. when evil seeks to do us harm, the incredible men and women of the united states military answer one yielding valor and unstoppable resolve. navy admiral david toms crawled through live wires and helped lift a wall of debris to save the life of a colleague. as admiral thomas remembers, it was the worst day of my life. but the heroism and selfless disregard i saw that horrible morning is forever burned in my heart. admiral thomas, america salutes
you and every patriot who defied evil that day. thank you very much, admiral, thank you. thank you, very much. [ applause ] >> thank you, very much. army ranger chris bramen repeatedly went inside the burning building rescuing one injured person after another. before he entered, he said a prayer and asked god to give him strength and then he dove into the suffocating smoke and fumes and flames. at the same time, sheila mooney had just prayed that someone would find her. then she heard chris' voice as sheila says, god sent chris as her guardian angel. to sheila and chris, america is strengthened by your goodness
and your grace and your bravery. thank you very much, thank you. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> to fulfill our unbreakable promise to every survivor and family of 9/11, earlier this year, we fully reauthorize the victims compensation fund to the tune of billions and becomes of dollars. since september 11th, nearly 6 million young men and women have joined the united states armed forces. they have crossed seas, climbed mountains, trekked through deserts, and rushed into enemy compounds to face down the threat of radical islamic terrorism. nearly 7,000 service members have laid down their lives to protect our home, our flag, and our american way of life. american freedom survives only because there are patriots willing to sacrifice everything
in its defense. no tribute is sufficient to convey the infinite death of our nation's gratitude. on this solemn day of remembrance, our thoughts also turn to the 200,000 valued soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and marines who are now at this very moment stationed overseas. we do not seek conflict. but if anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of american power and the iron will of the american spirit and that spirit is unbreakable. we had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. i called them off when i learned that they had killed a great american soldier from puerto rico and 11 other innocent
people. they thought they would use this attack to show strength. but actually, what they showed is unrelenting weakness. the last four days we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue. [ applause ] >> and if for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the united states has never used before and i'm not even talking about nuclear power. they will never have seen anything like what will happen to them. no enemy on earth can match the overwhelming strength, skill and might of the american armed forces. and we have rebuilt and strengthened in the last
two-an-a-half years, spending $700 billion, $716 billion and now just approved $738 billion more money, by far, than ever spent on our armed forces. you are the fearless sentinels who stand watch over all that we cherish and everything we hold sacred, priceless and dear. this morning, we also give thanks to the dedicated men and women at the department of homeland security. their department was created after 9/11 to help secure our immigration system and ensure that those who threaten our people are denied entry to our shores. we're indebted to every law enforcement official, state, local and federal, who devotes their life to keeping america
safe. as we gather at this moment, and at this incredible memorial, we are reminded that there is no greater testament to our fallen heroes than the presence of their families who knew and love them so much. among the family members, here today is stephanie dunn. her husband navy commander patrick dunn was one of the patriots who gave his life right here 18 years ago. before he left that morning, patrick gave stephanie a big beautiful kiss. then for the first time he leaned down and kissed her pregnant stomach. stephanie was just two months along with their first child. earlier this year, their
daughter ali celebrated her 17ing birthday. ali grew up into a strong, truly remarkable young woman. she mentors the children of our nation's wounded warriors and recently i was honored to give ali the president's volunteer service award for her hundreds of hours of community service. we are blessed to have ali here with us at today's ceremony. thank you, ali. thank you. . [ applause ] >> thank you. research and ali, i know your dad is watching over you. he's right up there. he's watching from heaven, looking down right now with love and pride. he is so proud of you. thank you very much. incredib incredible. also joining us is the vigiano
family. for generations, the vigiano family served in our military and new york fire and police departments. these are two great departments. i grew up with them. i know. on september 11th, nypd detective joseph vigiano rushed into the world trade center and died rescuing his fellow citizens. his brother john was a new york fire fighter. he also gave his life that day at ground zero. at the time joseph's three sons were just young boys ages 8, 6 and 3 months old. this morning, that i are with us. the -- they are with us. the youngest john just finished his freshman year of college at sunni maritime college and he plans to join the military. joseph, jr., is a marine reservist and just like his father, he is a proud member of
the nypd. and james is a corporeal in the marines. on his last deployment, james was stationed on the uss new york, a ship made using 24 tons of steel from the world trade center. every time he left the mess hall on his way to his bunk, he passed a picture of his dad to john, joseph and james and to the vigiano family, you have sacrificed beyond measure and you will never, ever stop giving back to this country and thank you very much for being here. thank you very much. thank you. . [ applause ] >> thank you. very proud of you. thank you. thank you very much. the heroes present today remind us of an immortal truth. the future of our nation is
secured through the vigilance of our people. the brave men and women who tore through the gates of hell to save the hurt and the wounded. the service members who honor the friends who parierished by continuing their exceptional life of service. the mom and dads who continue the loss of their soulmates and fill their children's lives with all of the adoration in the world. the sons and daughters who suffered grave loss and yet, through it all, persevered to care for our neighbors, defend our homeland and safeguard our nation. each of your lives tells the story of courage and character, virtue and valor, resilience and resolve, loyalty and love. this morning, we make a sacred vow to carry on this noble legacy. today and every day we pledge,
to honor our history, to treasure our liberty, to up to our valu heroes and above al stronger than ever, to never, ever forget we are now and will forever be one american family, united by patriotism, bound by destiny and sustained by the faith of almighty god. thank you, god bless you, good bless our military. and god bless the united states of mortgage. thank you all. thank you very much. . [ applause ] >> thank you. >> there have you the president's remarks on this 18-year mark since the 9/11 terrorist attacks to this nation speaking there by the first lady at the pentagon, again, where
184 people perished when american airlines flight 77 crashed into the figure. we are, of course, waiting for that final moment of silence 10:28 a.m. when the north tower fell. >> the wreaths are being laid there at the pentagon. a great military celebration. the president is offering the taliban to come and the taliban never condemned the 9/11 attacks. we have news breaks, police in tallahassee, florida, we have an innocent where there are multiple stabbing victims. >> nick valencia, this has crossed. they are in the middle of figure out what happened. police believe they have a suspect in custody, is that right? >> reporter: i just got off the phone with the tallahassee police department, they say multiple people were stabbed outside of dyke industries. they say it happened in between the coca-cola plant and i asked
about the extent of the injuries of those that were stabbed this morning. the police officer i spoke to declined to comment only to say that those victims had been transferred to the hospital. i did ask about this suspect. as you mentioned, the suspect is currently in custody. i asked if i could get any other details, if this person was an employee of dyke or coca-cola, they declined to say only that more details would be released in the coming hours. to repeat here, tallahassee police department telling cnn multiple people were stabbed this morning outside of dyke industries in between the coca-cola plant. we will get more details. >> nick, thank you for that reporting. get back to us when you have more. all right, we have a lot ahead this hour. republicans waiting for the president to say what he will and won't sign when it comes to gun legislation, many say they're in the dak over what the president wants to do we'll discuss that next. >> plus, the american lung association issuing an alarming warning, do not use ecigarettes,
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to act following more mass shootings from el paso to dayton to odessa, the house judiciary committee voted yesterday to approve a series of gun measure, they include red flag legislation and a ban on high capacity magazines. republican mitch mcconnell are waiting on the president, for a sign on what he would support. the white house has not made that clear yet. with me now to talk about that and a lot more senator chris van holland, democrat of maryland. good morning, sir, thanks for being with me. >> good morning, poppy. >> let's begin on what today is. it's the 18-year mark after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. it feels like yesterday. it's a similar september morning, clear blue sky, crisp morning. we have learned a lot. we have grown a lot as a country since then. what do you think about when you think about today? >> well, poppy, like you, it feels like it was just yesterday. i remember being at home when
the planes flew into the towers and then shortly after the hit at the pentagon and i represented at that time a congressional district in maryland. a lot of employees work at the pentagon lived in our district. montgomery county, maryland rescue operations were sent to support the operations at the pentagon. so, look, this was a moment where the country came together at a terrible hour. but we were united and again even today, at this moment, the country stand united. we are going to have a moment of silence in the united states senate within the next few hours. >> well, we'll all remember that moment when president bush walked up on ground zero with that bullhorn and really worked to unite the country and on that point of uniting the country around something, so many americans, senator, democrats,
republicans, independents are calling on congress to do something on guns. the president says that he's reviewing options. we don't know specifically what he supports and what he does not. but what we're hearing from sources is improving the national background check system, looking at strong man purchase, funding mental health programs, implementing capital punishment for mass murderers. overhauling terrorism law, something adam schiff proposed. any of those things you are backing that you think make a difference? >> poppy, there are a whole range of options we need to take action on. we really should have taken action long ago on many of these issues. as you indicated on this question of doing something on gun safety and gun reform, the country is united. there was a national poll showing 90% of the american public all political parties and backgrounds support a common sense universal background check. right. let's close the gun show
loophole. the west texas shooter had originally been denied access to firearms. >> yeah. >> because of the normal rules. then used the loophole, the private sale loophole. we have a bill in the senate right now that was passed by the house well over 100 days ago that would close that loophole. the country's overwhelmingly in support of it. mitch mcconnell should not be contracting the senate's decisions out to the white house. we're a separate branch of government. let's take this up. let's vote. if mcconnell wants to vote no, that's his choice. don't bar the senate from acting. >> senator, jim and i had two republican members of the house on yesterday, kensinger and tom reed. i want you to listen to what they both said on areas where they see compromise, where they might be willing to give on background checks and red flag laws. here they were. >> i've seen some universal background check bills that are bad. i think we can make some good
ones which doesn't overburden the american people, especially in private transfers still goes through a background check system and it won't stop all these mass shootings, but i think if we can mitigate this problem as defenders of the 2nd maemd amendment we have to put forward that. >> i am supportive of psychopathic individuals being adjudicated losing their 2nd amendment right. >> except without red flag laws, don't you lose some of the ability to identify some of those people? >> that's where we are potentially opened to a conversation on that poppy, to be sincerely honest with you. if we engage on the who, you bring more people together. that's where i think there is maybe some common ground. >> those are two republicans in the house who were not on that page a matter of weeks ago, so they are shifting. do you feel like enough republicans in the senate are moving where this could actually happen? something could actually be different this time? >> well, poppy, i do believe sentiment is shifting in the
senate because the american public is demanding action on this. so, for example, on the universal background check law that passed the house, there is a small exception for transfers among immediate family members. that's what congressman kissinger is referring to, then that's something we can work out. but if you expand that private sale loophole broadly, you are going to have a situation like we had with the west texas shooter. so, again, the president, you know, right after these awful mass shootings, says publicly that he wants to do something. he says things like universe am background checks are common sense. then he gets that call from the gun lobby, he gets that call from the nra and he retreats and then mitch mcconnell and republicans in the senate, you know, they want to advocate their problem and point to the president. let's just act. next week, senate democrats will again calm for unanimous consent
asking the senate to bring up the house bill and pass it. >> senator, we have one minute left. my question to you finally is on john bolton. you just spoke with the counsel on foreign relations in may, you know talking against any military action in iran without congressional approval. we know where john bolton stood on iran. are you flood to see him out of the white house? >> poppy, yes, i am. good riddance to john bolton. him having that close access to the president definitely increased the risk of unnecessary war with iran. he had called for the destruction of iran and bomb iran. but let's be really clear, the problem with the chaos in our foreign policy starts at the top. john bolton was the third national security adviser to president trump. right now, our allies and friends are wondering what is going on, our adversaries have a big smile on their face. so president trump has only
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all right, so search and rescue crews still cannot reach, can you believe that? some of the most remote parts of the bahamas, this is all following the devastation in the destruction of hurricane dorian. >> so many people are crying out for help. in the areas they can reach, rescuers are going house by house, searching for survivors, our paula newton traveled to great ghana key and -- guana kay and you have -- guana cay. tell us how bad it is where you have been today. >> reporter: again when you go through these islands, i can't tell you people getting over the
shock of having survived it. but now they need to understand what it will take to rebuild and to be honest, it's been quite terrifying for them. when they see anybody official, keep in mind, another island we have gone to, we haven't seen anyone from the bahamian government yet, to see u.s. aid on the ground there trying to help them out came as a great relief. take a listen. it's tough but crucial to reach every corner and crevice of these battered islands. we touched down in the now scarred great gu that na cay with u.s. aid. they tapped fairfax county v. search and rescue to help out. local residents give them some bearings. >> that's amean really really good news. >> reporter: they get any assessment. incredibly, no one has died here. >> for far? we talked about?
>> reporter: they helped stock food in the church, now a make-shift shelter, offer medical assessments and then move on to a house-to-house search gathering intel for the bahamian government as they try and get a handle on the magnitude of what happened here. >> we have walked around the building to make sure no one is calling out. nobody is in there, so i mark it clear. >> reporter: the truth is dorian's cuts through these islands and cays are menacing. the storm path was in read it slashed right through the abacos. you can see great guana cay north of the path. the darker the dots the nor damage. the first sweep of all the islands and cays is complete. >> lately a lot of reconnaissance, a lot of building structures, from there getting a pulse on the locals and on what they need. >> reporter: getting to isolated local residents has been a challenge and because of money and need e means, there has been
an island divide. places like guana cay are getting official help. it's been the wealthy golf club that helped evacuating the injured and vulnerable residents. a star quarterback for the new england patriots posted his family had been traveling to the abacos for many years adding it is now our responsibility to help them. >> i am not the biggest fan of bakers bay. i have not been. i fought them ten years in court. i did not want that golf course built. they have been a help. this will take a lot of money and time and dedication. i said in a meeting last night crying, we can't do it alone. we need help, lots of help. >> reporter: usa will continue to help with recovery efforts taking its queue from the bahamian government. the truth is some locals have lost everything and have no insurance. it was just too expensive in
recent years. the cruelty of this storm did not distinguish between rich and poor. but already, the recovery has. you know you see the raw emotion there. right? jim and poppy, this is more than a week afterwards and everyone is still so close to falling apart every time you see them and who wouldn't be, right? jerry simon and i have been on these islands, every time we have gone, every time we have gone, we have seen people and their spirit to rebuild. even when things have been completely flattened, taken right down to their own foundation. they scavenge through their own belongs, a pair of socks, to find anything to wear. yet the message they want everyone to know is they want to rebuild. >> paula, that last line of your piece was so haunting. the storm did not distinguish between rich and poor, but the recovery has. >> that is just not how it should be.
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joining the cdc and medical association, flat out telling people not to use ecigarettes, it's a huge deal, the warning comes after a sixth person died from lung disease related to vaping. >> tom foreman has been covering the story. this is a definitive warning. they are clearly trying to get ahead of us. >> the vaping business has been absolutely exploding for years now, particularly among younger people. now you see the warnings coming out, you look at the different agencies saying there is something we should be considering about this this does not look good, the cdc, american lung association all say something is going on and we're worried. this is the reason why. look at this map, the cdc has looked at the prevalence of this and these problems, these mysterious lung illnesses showing up in people who have been vaping. all those states reported these
things, more than 450 possible indications, one u.s. territory. now we have a half dozen deaths. that's why these agencies are like something is going on with young people who vape, all that is making particularly them get very ill and in some cases die. that's what's got this so heated up now. >> of course and all the flavors that used to be allowed for all these like bubble gum, got a lot of these kids hooked on it. can i ask you tonight, friends, who have quit smoking, they used them in my house before. i said to one this weekend, don't do that, they said, no, it's fine, it was a few cases like the vitamin e that can line the lungs or used improperly. do we know if it's the actual vaping that is causing the deaths? >> well, your friend is right in the sense that there are a lot of questions still about what is exactly happening here in the question is, is it sa basic
additive or unique combination of that in certain users? we don't know. >> right. >> what we do know is there appears to be some kind of problem, yeah, you'd be hard pressed to find a medical professional who would say it's a good idea to go forward with this. i know people like it, some people think it's fine. the evidence is cuttinging it is certainly not a good thing for you and until some of these questions are cleared up, it could be a very bad thing for yo you. >> we'll stay on this, thank you very, very much. other news, eight people have been injured after a tornado ripped through sioux falls, north dakota, trees and power lines are doumpblt swoou falls hospital sustained major damage. patients were evacuated after the windows and the lobby were broken out. the walls of this auto parts store peeled away by those winds. >> wow. >> that is one powerful storm
everything to keep america safe since that day. more than 2400 u.s. service members have been killed if afghanistan since 2001, of course, 16 of them this year. >> yes, of course, many others in iraq. a new article in "esquire requests" magazine titled the next generation of soldiers. inside one recruit's pursuit of the forever war. it focuses on the first recruiting class after 9/11. joining me is matt capital ger, author of that article. >> i appreciate you having me on. >> it's remarkable, 18 years later. >> it's a measure of the lengths of the war, have you people old enough who weren't alive that day when the towers came down. it's also a personal story about the kind of young men and women drawn into service today. i wonder, as you speak to them, what's drawing them in? what's their sense of the mention? >> you know, i think the young people are joining for the same reasons all previous generations
have joined. for social pride, for cultural pride, to be a part of something bigger than themself, for economic mobile. you know, the focus of the esquire piece all those reasons were a part of his answer why he wants to be in the united states army. i was sign spyder by that that we as a country are producing people like jan. at the same time when i thought about it more, i was taken aback realizing we were sending this man very likely to the same war i fought in over a decade ago. what does that mean for us as a countries, as republic? >> you write beautifully. i encourage everyone to read the piece and you talk about how carefully jan made this decision. how he thought about it over time and spoke to those close to him. you write a country that still produces young people such as this is inspiring. i believe that, a country that sends young people into the same war i fought in more than a decade ago is not. how have you wrestled with that
and how does someone like jan or does jan wrestle with that yet? >> you know, i think i wrestle with it the way a lot of veterans in my generation do. you know vacillate between being angry and frustrated and finding outlets that are constructive for us as a country, as a collective. you know, for jan, as sincere and idealistic he s. he is still 17. for me it was spending time with him and his family and his friends, it was a stark reminder of how young these people go abroad to protect and defend all of us, you know, they're given their youths to this. the least we can do as a country and a people is ask why and demand from our elected leaders a concrete, clear answers as to why. >> it's always struck me, guy, i spent a lot of time in iraq and afghanistan embedded with u.s.
forces that we as a country depend on a time fraction of this country of this population to fight these wars, that's led to multiple deployments, asking things of these soldiers, men and women that this country has never asked before over a length o time. you were in jan's shoes in effect 18 years ago, a college kid, certainly didn't expect to be going to a war. what's your view of that? do you look and say now is the time to end these wars? >> i leaned that way personally. >> that you know if we haven't accomplished something in 18 years, what can be accomplished by 18 more, i am not top secret clearance, i'm not privy to all the details those in the national security apparatus are. i think the citizenry needs to engage their elected leaderships about the authorized use of military force that aumf that potentially will send jan to afghanistan in a year or so is older than he is. right. congress has continually since
2001 failed to do their duty of declaring war. that's why they're there. so i just encourage anybody listening who feels strongly about this stuff, how do they feel about it? demand your elected leadership as to weigh in on this as is in the constitution for them to do. >> that they need to fulfill their constitutional responsibility and us as voters as people need to be dock that to protect our service members the same way they're protecting us. >> get involved. >> yep. >> soldiers leak yourself, commanding forces in iraq, in combat, you've done your part. it's on all of us. >> more than your part. >> listen, matt gallagher the piece in "esquire" very worth reading. >> thank you for your service and to all who serve. >> thanks so much to all of you for joining us today on this 9/11 anniversary. >> we will see you back here tomorrow at this hour. kate baldwin starts next.
. hello, everyone, i'm kate baldwin. thank you so much for joining me. president trump is making some kind of history yet again. as another help wanted sign hangs outside the white house, the president is now searching for his fourth national security adviser in three years. this morning, the president and john bolton, they are still sparring basically not over policy but