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news from the campaign trail where donald trump is keeping the focus on the east coast today as he tries to close the gap with rival hillary clinton. hello and welcome to another hour of america's election headquarters. mr. trump spending part of his day in virginia, a state where he trails mrs. clinton by double digits. trying to seek more support from minority communities that have remained reluctant to pack him. polls show he still has work to do to get their votes and within the past hour in new york city the. nominee has been meeting with hispanic leaders, making it clear he wants their support. let's get the latest now from
peter doocy standing by live from fredricericksburgfrederick where mr. trump plans another rally today. >> uma, something we're seeing here is a very long line to get into this trump event. more than four hours before he is even said to be here. this is something that we've seen wherever trump goes. even when the headlines about his campaign are not so good. but the scene was not so good last night. outside of a trump fund-raiser in minneapolis where folks that went to this event, closed door event because they wanted to donate money to donald trump were harassed. they were spit on. some of them we've seen social media images were even punched and kicked by protesters on their way out. so obviously donors have a right to donate. protesters have a right to protest. but it seemed like last night if minnesota things escalate todd an unruly level when some of the trump supporters were, in fact, abused in some way. looking for more information on
that. in the meantime, this is what trump has to look forward to later on today. big crowd in a swing state. right now trump is up in manhattan still, not far away from where you are. he is sitting down with hispanic leaders from 12 states that make up the national hispanic advisory council for trump. that a joint campaign, rnc effort. a whole idea according to a press release this morning is to, quote, discuss strategies foreign suring the hispanic community understands mr. trump's proposals to turn around an anemic economy, revive a shrinking middle class and end the international terrorism. and hispanic voters are not the only ones trump is courting right now. he is asking african-americans, especially those in the inner cities, which have recently favored democratic candidates to give him a chance because trump is arguing their support of liberals hasn't left them with much. he thinks he can do a lot better. and at the very least they should try something different. >> what do you have to lose? you are living in poverty. your schools are no good.
you have no jobs. 58% of your youth is unemployed. what the hell do you have to lose? >> and the republican nominee isn't just trying to figure out new people to promote. his agenda to. he's trying to find out new ways to diminish the democratic opponent hillary clinton. last night, #whereshillary? sleeping. this is what he's been trying to question whether or not hillary clinton has the mental stamina and the physical stamina to serve as president. he says that he does not think she does. whether or not we hear more about that from trump tonight for his big saturday night event remains to be seen. but if it continues the way things have been going the last few days it will be scripted and on message, whatever the message is tonight, what the new brain trust in charge of his campaign wants out now that paul manafort is out of the picture.
>> peter doocy on the ground there in virginia. thank you very much. it's never been about me. it's been about all the people in this country who don't have a voice. i am running to be your voice. i am running to be the voice to every forgotten part of this country, that has been waiting and hoping for a better future. >> well, that's republican nominee donald trump. many political observers are saying this has been a much better week for him with a pivot on the campaign trail delivering a more effective speeches as more disciplined and focused candidate. his scripted speech rest a departure from his controversial free wheeling remarks although still maintaining a popular spirit from everything from "law and order" to jobs. i had a chance to catch up with newt gingrich who said you can expect to see more of this donald trump out on the stump. >> well, i think he's laid out
this week a rhythm and pattern that could carry him to victory in november. he gave a great speech, historic speech on monday about the whole problem of islamic radicalism. he gave an amazing speech on tuesday night about the inner city, crime, but also poverty, education, the challenge for african-americans trapped in places by liberal institutions and liberal policies. really was truly a historic speech. as you point out he did a great job in north carolina. thursday night people have said may have been his best speech of the whole campaign so far. and frankly, he and mike pence going to louisiana was exactly the right touch. you have president obama off golfing, not willing to break into his vacation. for some reason hillary clinton is taking a couple of days off to rest. and the one team that wanted to go down and look at what has been called the worst disaster in the last few years was, in fact, trump and pence. i think it's sending the exactly the right signal of concern and
compassion and willingness to go to where problems are and to have the energy and drive to do it. >> well, that leads me to my next question with you because i know that you've been a big advocate of having donald trump go directly to places to connect with americans where there are real problems in our country. as you pointed out we saw him meeting with law enforcement in milwaukee, traveling to louisiana to get a first-hand look at the devastation from the floods and talk with folks who are really hurting right now. so you point out the president is staying on vacation. do you think that this is going to put the democrats now on defense because trump is right there where things are happening and he's meeting directly with people who are going to have a direct impact on the that he's going beyond the rallies on the road right now? >> well, i think there are two contrasts that are striking. one is that trump care wes enough to show up and become doesn't and stays playing golf. the other is that trump has the
sheer energy and drive to get on the airplane and go to louisiana. i can't imagine why hillary clinton would choose resting for two days over going to louisiana. but she did. so you may see a growing contrast in energy level as the trump people think this is the significant subliminal issue in the campaign that he has the drive, he has the energy, he has the htoughness. he tcan take it on. he believes she does not. >> again, i want to ask you though, did you have a direct hand in getting him to focus on taking his message beyond the rallies, to actually go to some of the hot spots in our country where people would like to see how he reacts to those situations? >> oh, these decisions are made by a very small number of people around trump in the airplane and at trump towers. they know where i stand. we are good friends with virtually all of them. and they know first of all because they watch me on your show and they get lots of e-mails from me. and occasional phone calls. but they're running the campaign.
they're making the day-to-day decisions. for example, when he was in milwaukee, in a moment that had been a real crisis for people in milwaukee he had two great advisers. sheriff clark, who is a national leader on crime, and he had major giuliani, probably the best major in the last 50 years at defeating crime and lowering the murder rate. what a team to put together to give this speech tuesday night? >> i want to get your reaction to the departure of trump's campaign chairman paul manafort just days after team trump announced the expansion of the leadership team to include kellyanne conway and steve bannon. >> i do think trump wanted a very aggressive fall campaign and steve bannon who has been the head of breitbart and kellyanne conway who is a terrific pollster and really very knowledgeable political operative, he's got a team that will, i think, accelerate the speed and the tempo in the direction that trump wants to go in. >> i wanted to get your reaction to the news also that if hillary
clinton wins the election, the clinton foundation will no longer accept foreign and corporate donations and bill clinton would resign from the board in an effort to head off any conflicts of interest. some might ask why didn't this happen when she was secretary of state? >> look, they're now in an impossible situation. you've had democratic former governor ed rendell, former democratic national chairman come out flatly and say they ought to close the foundation. you had the boston globe say they should close the foundation. this half step is an absurdity and raises all the questions the four years she was secretary of state bill clinton running around the planet making millions of dollars out of dictatorship, russian banks, out of variety of investments and you have to say to yourself that the scandal of the clinton foundation on top of the scandal of the e-mails may be enough to sink her candidacy. >> and on the subject of those e-mails, she's now saying that
it was colin powell who gave her advice to have a separate server. >> well, you have to ask yourself, you have colin powell one of the most respected members of the american military, secretary of state, national security adviser, chairman of the joint chiefs shs and you have hillary clinton who has lied about everything else. now, if they take two different positions, what don't you met she's the one that's wrong? 90-1. >> overall the fall out for you you think this is continue to be drip, drip, drip as we head to the fall in terms of the revelations that will come forward from the e-mails? >> i had a chance yesterday to take a two-hour briefing on an overview of clinton world. and it was so staggering. there's so much stuff coming out in september, i don't think she'll ever get out from under it. just corruption after corruption after corruption. almost none has yet seen the surface. when it does i think her candidacy will drown. >> wow, that's a sobering prediction indeed from you, mr.
speaker. i know you've been on the record saying you still really believe that donald trump can win this. >> look, if she drowns she wins. if all of this stuff crashes in on her and she gets beat, the person who going to win is donald trump. we do not pay ransom. we didn't hear and we don't in the future. >> make no apologies in the fact at the end game and in the final hours reused the lef ranlg of having that money to make sure the iranians didn't reneg on the lengthy month's long negotiations that it took to get our americans out of there. it was the smart thing to do. it was the prudent thing to do. >> the controversy and fallout continues this week over that $400 million payment to iran following the release of four american hostages set free back in january. in a major retraction from its earlier position state department now admits that the money shipment to iran was directly released and tied to the hostages being set free. critics are crying foul saying this news confirms what the
white house has been denying, that the u.s. paid a ransom and that this sets a dangerous course for the future. joining us now with reaction, general jack keen, former vice chief of staff for the u.s. army and the chairman of the institute for the study of war, along with being a fox news military analyst. welcome, general. great to have you on the show today. >> good to be here. >> i know you're very concerned about what has happened despite those repeated denials, what message is this sending to rogue nations like iran after all it was iran that first announced and boasted that the $400 million was a ransom payment instead of our government giving the american people the full story? >> well, you put your finger on really the issue. we're arguing in this country was it ransom, was it not? and it's sort of irrelevant at the end of the day because the iranians abs lo s absolutely be was ransom. the media said the same. every middle eastern country picked up that story that this was ransom for the release of
the hostages. and the telling truth of that is, it has already effected iran's behavior because they have three more american hostages in their jailhouse. so it is stunning that we're sitting over here trying to argue about it when, in fact, it has impacted iran's behavior. they had a windfall propaganda story as a result of this and we look like we executed something that was bone headed and amateurish. it's really quite embarrassing for our government. >> let's talk about that situation that's developed now with the other americans being held hostage in iran since that payment was made. the administration promised that there will be better cooperation with iran after the nuke deal yet it appears of course that once again iran can't be trusted for the promises it makes. >> oh, is that the truth? after the nuke deal ended last july the iranians took their gloves off, sent unequivocal messages to the middle east that they are the dominant power in the middle east.
that they've been involved in negotiations for 18 months. they fired off three now. medium range ballistic missiles looking for at tefbts to humiliate the united states and setting a clear unequivocal message to all the nations in the middle east, that their objectives to eventually dominate and control the middle east is what they're about. put your finger right on it. they are going to continue to do that and the idea that in 10 or 15 years during that time frame of the nuclear deal that iran will join the international community of nations is the height of naivity. >> i want to switch now to news that's developed out of syria. with the pentagon warning the syrian government against carrying out air strikes near the u.s. and allied personnel because that did happen on friday. one day after this attacks causing the u.s. to scramble jets to protect its special operation forces there. what do you make of this? >> well, the complicated
airspace certainly over syria is an issue for us and has been there some time, particularly with the introduction of the russians. what took place here is a syrians are going to run some air strikes against isis. we are on the ground there with special ops, assisting what's called the syrian democratic force and mostly kurds but also some syrian arabs and the bombs they were dropping came dangerously close to our people. we have got to get this straight with the syrians and particularly with the russians in terms of what they're doing there. the russians should have been sent unequivocal messages a long time ago when they started last september with their bombing campaigns, the first group that they bombed were the syrian moderates that the united states was assisting. and after that, we should have sent them a clear message by cratering a runway saying never again. and i believe in my whole heart that that would have stopped them because putin backs away
from a fight when somebody calls his bluff. this is a dangerous situation. yeah. this is a dangerous situation here. but we have the mechanisms to take charge of it. the syrian pilots do not want to get engaged in any kind of a fight with the united states. they cannot match our technology and mostly don't come anywhere close to the skills of our pilots. >> general, great to see you. thank you so much for joining us with your insights. really appreciate it. >> great talking to you today. and back in this country, turning now to a story that continues to take a heavy toll with louisiana. with search teams there going door to door looking for survivors trapped by historic floods. at least 13 people have been killed with thousands of residents still in shelters at this hour. state officials are saying at least 40,000 homes have been damaged so far but business leaders are saying that number could go much high we're the
possible cost of more than $20 billion. the white house says that president obama will be traveling to louisiana to survey the damage on tuesday. this half donald trump and his running mate mike pence paid a visit to that region yesterday. we're going to talk to the major of one town hit hard by the devastation from those floods a bit later on in in newscast. stay with us for that. and there are new developments concerning hillary clinton and those e-mails. under pressure again over that scandal. a federal judge now ordering her to answer more questions about her private server under oath. how long she has to respond. plus, donald trump doubling down on his plans to fight terrorism. will this promise of extreme vetting win him points with voters on foreign policy? >> the improved refugee screening standards i have proposed will save countless billions of dollars. it's called extreme vetting. extreme vetting.
ush shus right now. federal judge is recommending criminal attempt charges against a long time metro phoenix sheriff for ignoring a court order in a racial profiling case. the sheriff could be forced from office if convicted of a felony. though the case could almost be pursued as a misdemeanor. 84-year-old arpaio speaking a seventh term this year. the time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. i call it extreme vetting. i call it extreme, extreme vetting. our country has enough problems. we don't need more. and these are problems like we've never had before. >> that's donald trump in ohio earlier this week laying out his plans to fight terrorism. the republican presidential nominee vowing to significantly overhaul the country's immigrant screening process. his remarks come as the pentagon
sends 15 high risk gitmo detainees to the united arab emirates this week making this the largest single release so far during the obama white house. brid jit ga bridget gabrielle is the author of "they must be stopped." it's good to have you on the program today. i know that, you know, mr. trump's remarks are causing some controversy and some circles by saying that this extreme vetting is still very ambiguous. that it may be unfairly targeting people, specifically muslims, here in this country. how do you respond to this? >> well, we have to protect the country. you know, and any patriotic american who loves this country, whether they are muslim, christiaan, jews, anything else should not have a problem with what trump is saying because we all love this country and we want to protect this country. and if anybody has a problem with seriously vetting people
coming into the country, especially at a time of war like now, they should be scrutinized because obviously there is something that they are hiding. >> this cannot happen though effectively, many people are saying without the support of the muslim community in this country. to make sure that this goes along in a way without creating alarm and fear. how do you respond to that and what can be done to bridge that gap, to get more people coming together, to look at this in a very realistic way without generating more concerns that this may be racially biased? >> uma, it's about time we see more patriotism on the part of the muslim community and less terrorism. let's face it, we are a nation right now in a state of alarm. we are a nation at a state of fear. when we have san bernardino, when we have orlando, when we have ft. hood, when we are worried walking down our streets that a jihadist is going to walk
with a machete and start killing people, we are concerned as a nation. this is a time to throw political correctness. we have a problem and we need to identify the problem. and right now the terrorism is not coming from the buddhist community. it's not coming from the christiaan community. it's not coming from the jewish community. it is coming from the islamic community because regardless of who perpetrated the attack or what country they came from, the thing they have all in chon is they all adhere to the islamic ideology and that ideology is what trump is talking about and why we must address it as a nation. >> let's focus for just a moment on the other part of the story that we're also focusing on about the concerns over the release of the gitmo detainees. these -- this latest release signals the largest group that's been released so far with president obama promising to make good on his assurances that he wants to close gitmo. these folks sent to the united arab emirates. what do you think about the way
this is being handled, particularly with the fact that we are seeing and hearing more reports that a number of those who have been released return back to the battleground? >> exactly. and it's ironic that this week in particular the former bodyguard osama bin laden which we had released in 2012 and he of course immediately joined al qaeda, arabian peninsula in 2014. this week wrote an article and issued the warning to the united states saying we are going to attack you. we're going to have jihadists who are english speaking, who have western names, who are not on the cia, on the fbi list, who are going to attack you. and he continued saying that these people may have even zefd in your own army. they may have drank alcohol. they may have eaten pork in the past but they will be attacking you and coming for you. this is happening this week on the heel of obama saying we're going to release more people, sending them to the gulf. we have seen already the writing
on the wall. this is not opinion. we already know that a lot of them have gone back to the field. they are recruiting. they are training. and by the way, when they go back they are treated as a heroes because they are the example of what a true jihadist should be all about and the youth looks up to them. the youth look up to them. they follow them. they are even more dangerous than just some jihadist who decides to make a name for himself. >> it is a big concern because we are seeing and hearing as i mentioned, reports of several of these individuals going back and joining the fight in -- fight in getting involved with terrorists groups even after years of being detained here, at gi ttmo bay. thank you for joining us with your insights. >> thank you. well, donald trump making a new push for african-american voters. how he's trying to woo that critical voting bloc from hillary clinton. dr. ben carson plans to join us
with his thoughts just ahead. plus, hillary clinton facing some new legal problems over her use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state. the new details and what this could mean for her campaign going forward. >> well, it's an issue of personal, right? we're going to get her nailed down in writing on all of the basic questions that the public needs to know, wants to know. then we will see down the road what else pops out. that's why you drink ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. for the strength and energy to get back to doing... ...what you love. ensure. always be you. at ally bank, no branches equals great rates. it's a fact. kind of like grandkids equals free tech support. oh, look at you, so great to see you! none of this works. come on in.
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in washington, d.c. ordered that hillary clinton must answer written questions about her private e-mail server under oath within 30 days of receiving them and the conservative watchdog organization judicial watch which filed the information act lawsuit has until october 14th to submit these questions. and the group tells fox they're disappointed that the judge denied the request to have her answer questions in person but they will submit written questions in the coming days to ensure she has to answer them before election day. >> the important thing is that we will now have her on the record under oath something no one else has ever done. and it was ordered by a court, ordered by a judge who is actually imported by her husband. how did he do it? how did she set it up? who did she order and how did they go about doing that? it's all the unanswered questions, frankly. but the american public is really do at this point. >> of course he's talking about the private e-mail server and in response the clinton campaign
responded, quote, judicial watch is a right ring organization that has been attacking the clintons since the 1990s p this is just another lawsuit intended to try to hurt hillary clinton's campaign and so we are glad that the judge has accepted our offer to answer these questions in writing rather than grant judicial watch's request. clinton can request a delay and if granted she could push off having to answer these written questions until after election day. uma? >> and so where is mrs. clinton this weekend? is she out campaigning? >> she's actually fund-raising. she's in nantucket, massachusetts, today for two fund-raising events. she will have another event in massachusetts tomorrow. meantime, the clinton camp has released this new ad in response to donald trump who recently said he regretted some of the things he has said by showing trump's history over refusing to apologize. the campaign you're making the point that trump's apology thursday night is, well, simply a well written phrase created by his speech writer on a teleprompter and not really him.
uma? >> the clinton campaign firing back. brian, thank you very much. >> no problem. well, as we mentioned donald trump is making a new push for support from african-american voters. this as a recent nbc "wall street journal" poll shows hillary clinton leading him among african-americans, a. whopping 91% to just 1%. >> look how much african-american communities have suffered under democratic control. to those, i say the following, what do you have to lose by trying something new like trump? what do you have to lose? >> and joining us now with more former republican presidential candidate dr. ben carson. welcome, sir. great to have you on this show. >> thank you. good to be with you. >> you know, a lot of folks are giving credit to donald trump to try to make this big public
outreach, to minority communities. and those remarks were made this week, but critics pounced on him saying that those were remarks made before a largely white audience. >> well, you know, really doesn't matter what he does. he's going to be criticized. but the important thing is he's starting to reach out. you know, traditionally the republican party has not reached out to the african-american community, to the hispanic communities, because they've conceded those to the democrats. and donald trump recognizes that if our country is to succeed, everybody has to succeed. we're on the same boat. if part of the boat sinks the rest of it is going down, too. so he's going to be offering real programs, not things that keep people in a state of dependency but things that allow people to move out. for instance, just as one example, we've got $2.1 trillion overseas. bringing that back, repatriating
that money without a tax burden, but with a requirement that 10% of it be used in enterprise sevens and to create jobs for people who are underemployed, unemployed, or on welfare. that would be the biggest stimulus since fdr and that you can use that for intrastructure programs, too. that's low hanging fruit. doesn't cost the taxpayers one penny. and as far as the school systems are concerned you have so many people who are stuck in failing school systems. and that has is a tremendous impact on what happens in the rest of their lives. he's going to be dealing with that, with school choice, with voucher programs and also looking at the prison systems. we've got high recidivism rate. people go in with no skills. they go in with no education. they come out with no skills and no education. what are they going to do? go back to the same thing that got them there in the first place. we have to change that so we don't have so many people going into the prison. these are things that need to be
looked at that have not been dealt with by the progressive movements that been in charge particularly of our inner cities for a very long period of time. they don't like it when people like me talk about it. you know, they call us all kinds of names. the fact of the matter is, they want to maintain control. they want to cultivate votes. but we need to be looking at something more than that, and druch recognizes that he's not going to get a lot of those vote the first time around but if he gets into office and these r programs, he will. >> how do you translate that message to folks in the inner cities who really believe that many politicians only show up in their neighborhoods when it's voting time? that so often they feel disengaged from the process and believe that there are so many broken promises in the past, why should they believe someone like donald trump right now, do you expect him to go directly into the inner cities as this falls to try to take that message and drive it home about, you know, the fact that he wants to create
better urban environments and that he wants to bring jobs and create better schools where people have seen those schools failing over the last several years? >> without question, he will be going into the inner cities and talking to some of these groups. no question about that. because, again, you know, he's not like your traditional politician. all they do is they pander and they promise. but i hope you really makes the point to people, you know, the progressives are saying, let's take this pie and, you know, these people have a bigger share of it than you do. so let's redivide this and redistribute that so that we make everything fair. it sounds great. it sounds wonderful. and then nothing changes. and what he is talking about is making a lot of pies, so rather than you taking from this person and giving to this person, let's make a lot of pies, a lot of
opportunities for everybody. that's how america got to be such a power house. and a very short period of time. and we can easily do that. by taking a i way some of the incredible restrictions. you look at a small employer, less than 50 employees in a manufacturing segment. the average cost per employee to comply with all the regulations is $34,000 a year. now, how in the world is he going to be competitive with another country? you know, these are the kinds of things that trump understands that hillary clinton doesn't have a clue about. >> dr. ben carson telling us that we're going to see more of donald trump hitting the urban centers of the country, trying to make that pitch and hope that he can woo more african-american and latino voters to his catch. thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you, uma. well, firefighters working to control a dangerous wildfire in southern california that continues to burn at this hour.
and today there are signs of progress as crews battle those flames. and heading south. louisiana residents cleaning up after those devastating floods. the worst since super storm sandy now a battle under way to prevent the water from doing even more damage. >> oh, it's devastation. i mean, it's absolute devastation. these homes, there's areas that have not flooded, they never flood, and they flooded. the right things working together
total loss. total loss. total chaos. soaking wet. books every. flooding. half of it floated out of the house. none of the kids' comfort things either. they just -- everything is uncertain. >> this week so many of us have witnessed those heartbreaking i'm mamgs from louisiana where tens of thousands have been devastated by flood-ravaged water, dealing with the heartbreaki ining losses and deg with clean-up and taking stock as rescue teams are going door to door in some parts of that state. looking for survivors and victims. officials are saying a t least 13 people have died in those floods and crews are now using pumps and sandbags to help the fragile levees hold back the water. in walker, louisiana, it has seen flooding estimates of three
to six feet. 60 to 80% of the homes there in that town have been ravaged by those floods. eight residential developments are coping with extremely tough flooding. even caskets are break ag way from cemeteries. joining us now with a first-hand view of what they're coping with we have the major of walker, louisiana, rick ramsey, who is joining us today. majjo mayor, thank you for taking time out for us. you're involved with the operation there's, trying to help folk on the ground. what can you tell us right now about how folks are coping? >> well, considering the situation i think people are coping as best they can. it's a little bit different than the flood from katrina, new orleans, years ago and that these residents never really left the area. they went to friends and family and when the water went down two days later, they're back into their homes. they're gutting their drywall out, they're piling debris and
trash on the side of the roads. they're trying to get back to life. >> and that effort of course being hampered by the operations that are on the ground right now as people really try to sift through the debris and try to take stock of what they have left. >> yeah, it's heartbreaking when you have people that legitimately built their house either in no flood zone or built them one to two feet above established flood zones and still take three of five feet of water in their houses. it's basically impossible to happen without some type of outside force and these people didn't get their cars out, they didn't get their clothes out. i mean, personally i was lucky i got my clothes out but i had 5 1/2 feet of water in my house -- excuse my, i had my cars out but i had 5, 5 1/2 feet of water in my house so everything was loss. >> oh, boy, our hearts go out to you and your family as well. you're there in the middle of this dealing with your own
heartbreaking loss and trying to reach out and help others in need. we heard stories of first responders in similar situations where they've lost everything but they have to do their job and be there for the people on the ground who are trying to put their lives back together. this is true -- the true spirit of what america is all about. neighbor helping neighbor. >> and you'll see that in livingston parish. i peemean, they work in the neighboring larger cities but they live in livingston parish because of the school system and the public safety system and the country way of life. they're all neighbors and they're friends and they're all pitching in. for the first three days our shelters were makeshift in churches and schools and they were overwhelmed with people cooking for them. our local restaurants, we had two in particular sombreros that boated their family in to cook at their restaurant because the restaurant was above water. boated cooked food out and fed
people in walker, fed 6 or 8,000 meals in two days out of their pockets. that's what we've seen across the board until red cross and fema and some of the know a lot want to help. if there are folks out there who would like to continue to lend a helping hand to your community, what are you asking people to do? >> well, obviously, pray for everybody there. but the biggest thing is that we need to get the state and the federal government to realize that in walker's case and this is walker, that the majority of their flood was not just because of the rainfall. we expected that. it was because of the modification of the interstate highway system that raised our flood levels by five feet in the area. >> mayor, our heart goes out to you and our prayer are with you. if there's anything you need, just ask us. >> do you have time for a picture? >> please put it up real quick.
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in southern california this week. will joining us now for the latest. >> reporter: this has been a relentless fire season so far. many wildfires fueled by the drought conditions we have out here in the western united states. including the blue cut fire, 60 miles east of los angeles. the good news is that fire is now 40% contained. but it's burned almost 100 homes, scorched 60 square miles and it forced more than 80,000 people to evacuate the area. slowly returning. listen to one woman who just went back and found out what she has left. >> we're back at square one. we don't know where to start. this is 20 years of memories in this piece of land. you know, just ashes. >> they're also dealing with looters, three people arrested for trying to steal a truck out of driveway. more trouble to the north. a man recently arrested charged with 17 counts of arson.
the good news, that fire is 75% contained but only after it destroyed nearly 300 structures. 2016 so far has had more fires than we saw last year which is not good news because last year was the most expensive wildfire season on record. >> wow. all right. thank you very much for that update. and that's going to be a wrap for us here in studio j. i hope you make this a great day and weekend. thank you so much for joining us. see you next time.
welcome to the journal editorial report. another shakeup in the trump campaign with the presidential nominee promoting veteran gop poles for kellyanne conway for have manager. in cleveland wednesday democratic rival hillary clinton said changes really don't change a thing. >> i think it's fair to say that donald trump has shown us who he is. he can hire and fire anybody he wants from his campaign. they could make him read new words from a teleprompter.