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courts are holding up. thanks to our specialists mike baker and aaron cohen. follow us on social media, specialistsfnc on twitter and facebook. 5:00 will never be the same. "special report" coming up now. >> bret: this is a fox news alert. welcome to washington. i am bret baier. the show that it seems everyone in washington wants to see will go on. today, white house spokesperson said president trump will not stop fired fbi director james comey from testifying before congress this week. thursday, comey is scheduled to testify before the senate intelligence committee about whether president trump pressured him to drop the investigation into former national security advisor michael flynn's possible ties to russia. after all the leaks and the chatter, comey will finally answer questions. catherine herridge reports on what the senators want to hear.
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>> president trump decided against blocking testimony thursday. mr. trump weighed options over the weekend. >> the president's power to exert executive privilege is very well established. in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the senate intelligence committee, president trump will not assert executive privilege regarding james comey's test money. >> senior republican said on sunday he's not sure what to expect from comey about his meetings with president trump regarding the russia case and memos where comey documented the conversations. >> i haven't frankly understood much of what comey has done since about a year ago. >> senior democrat on the senate intelligence committee said he wants to ask comey as well as top intelligence officials will
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be testifying in advance of thursday about whether there is evidence of coordination between the russians and from aids. >> there's a lot of smoke. we have no smoking gun but there is a lot of smoke. >> republicans see the hearing on surveillance differently. >> the hearings are going to be so informative. they may find things the obama administration has done, that candidate clinton did break >> the russian president said he had no knowledge of meetings between his ambassador to washington, sergey kislyak, and the trump team. >> i have no idea. >> putin claimed no personal relationship with mike flynn. even though the two men were together at this moscow dinner. >> translator: when i came to the event, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting alongside. i made my speech, then we talked about some other stuff and i left. i didn't even really talk to hi him.
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stick a fox news confirms senate intelligence community leadership hopes to talk with a special counsel robert mueller before thursday's hearing to better understand what comey can discuss. they have talked with the acting fbi director. it's unlikely the committee will see the comey memos before thursday. >> bret: we receive some reporting in the last hour about leaking of the top-secret nsa report detailing russian hacking efforts before their 2016 election. >> the nsa document first reported by the intercept website is from may and based on recently acquired data that suggests russian military intelligence executed a cyber attack on the u.s. voting software supplier in august 2016. a government official told fox tonight that the new data does not change the intelligence committee's conclusion that the russian effort did not alter any votes but it conflicts with what the russian president has told nbc news. >> bret: thank you. now toy story with significant
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geopolitical applications. u.s. partner in the middle east official weaving isolated by by several gulf states. over its relationship with iran, meddling with other countries, an alleged funding of terrorist terrorists. a growing list is joining together in cutting diplomatic ties with qatar. they called the allegations fabrication. rich edson reports on what led to this move. the u.s. has two major military bases operating inside qatar. >> arab nations cutting ties and isolating their neighbor qatar. saudi arabia, united arab emirates, egypt, and others are suspending diplomatic and economic relations with qatar. >> we would encourage the
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parties to sit down and address the differences, and if there is any role we can play in terms of helping them. >> as the u.s. pushes greater coordination to combat extremism, the diplomatic campaign against qatar potentially complicates the fight against isis. coalition forces launched attacks from a qatari air brace. -- air base. the air force as the combined air operations center provides command-and-control operation throughout iraq, syria, 17 other nations. qatar is the forward headquarters of u.s. central command. nearby bahrain hosts the u.s. fifth fleet. also cut ties with qatar. >> qatar has long charted an independent foreign policy compared to the other gulf monarchies. for the last two decades, it tried to be somewhat independent of saudi arabia. part of that has been building
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cozy relationships with extremist or even terrorist groups throughout the region. >> qatar says allegations it supports extremists are baseless and unfounded. during the arab spring, qatar expressed support for popular movements against authoritarian governments at odds with regional autocracies. in 2014, saudi arabia, the uae, and bahrain withdrew their investors from qatar for eight months. in late may, the news agency reported pro-iran sentiment. qatar says that was the work of hackers. no major national airlines are canceling flights, and with locked borders, grocery stores are running out of basic supplies. secretary tillerson and secretary of defense james mattis david diplomatic rift will have no impact or no effect on the fight against isis, though there are potential consequences for u.s. coalition building and the broader
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middle east. >> bret: more with the panel. rich edson at the state department. president trump is doubling down on his call for a travel ban following the weekend terror attack in london and left seven people dead. in a flurry of mourning tweets, the president called for an expedited hearing on his executive order banning citizens from six majority muslim countries from entering the united states and calling it what his administration has been denying for months. a travel ban. chief white house correspondent john roberts has been following the developments. good evening, john. >> good evening. the president raised a lot of eyebrows this morning, even among some of his most staunch supporters, with the flurry of tweets. the content had some white house insiders saying there's a difference but the president has on social media and what unofficial white house policy i is. in his public appearances today, president trump was all about his plans to reform america's air traffic control system. but the political twitter verse
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was consumed with his morning tweet storm about his executive order on extreme vetting. the president writing: "the justice department should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down travel ban before the supreme court and seek much tougher version!" calling it a travel ban contradicted what his aides have been saying when they downplayed a notion that the executive order was a ban. >> it's not a travel ban. it's a vetting system. plain and simple. >> the president doubled down in the language, tweeting this morning: "people, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but i am calling it what we need and what it is, a travel ban!" some people saw the tweets as potentially undermining the defense of the executive order. kellyanne conway's husband george, who last week turned down a position in the doj's civil section, took issue with the tweets, writing "these tweets may make some people feel better but they certainly want
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to help the office of the solicitor general get five votes in the supreme court. which is what actually matters. sad." the white house seemed unconcerned that the president could jeopardize the court case. >> not at all. the president is very focused on exactly what the order spells out, and that is protecting americans, protecting national security, and he has every constitutional authority to do that. stick with the president's tweets were in response to the weekend attacks in london. his point that america needs to take stronger measures to defend against terror. >> we renew our resolve strongly than ever before to protect the united states and its allies from a vial enemy that has waged war on innocent life that's gone on too long. this bloodshed must end. this bloodshed will end. >> president trump ignited a firestorm of criticism when he took aim at the statement from
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london's mayor, sadiq khan. >> london is going to see an increased police presence today and over the course the next few days. no reason to be alarmed. >> the president, was been critical of khan, portrayed him as soft on terror, tweeting: the mayor's office called the statement. the president fired back "pathetic excuse by london mayor sadiq khan who had to think fast on is no reason to be alarmed statement. mainstream media is working hard to sell it. >> theresa may didn't take kindly to the tweets, saying she thought it was wrong to be criticizing the mayor of london. acting u.s. ambassador to the u.k. seemed to contradict the
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president when he tweeted's support of khan as a strong leader. >> bret: john roberts, thank you. what do you think that presidents tweets about his call for a travel ban will affect case? let me know on twitter at @bretbaier. use the hashtag #specialreport. or on facebook at investigators have identified the three attackers in saturday nights massacre in london that killed seven and injured dozens more. mike tobin is following the developments. >> the united kingdom still reeling from the attack saturday night that three attackers all dead killed by police gunfire. all three have been identified, two identities released by police. rachid redouane and khurum shazad butt. known to police and m mi5 searching for a larger
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network. 12 picked up in barking. british investigators plead for more help from the public and muslim community. >> you have three people in concert, there must've been some discussion around it and some people must've known something. the newsom community -- muslim community has a duty to report >> the attack became quickly politicized. >> you cannot protect the public on the cheap. the police and security services must get the resources they need, not 20,000 police cuts. >> what we have done is insured police have the powers they need to deal with the terrorists. the anti-terror legislation had
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been imposed throughout his career by jeremy corbin. >> officials have released the identities of some killed by the attackers. christine archibald portably died after being struck by the van. james mcmullen. last seen outside a pub. >> it's important for us to carry on. >> in the spirit of opposition, 50,000 50,000 fans crowded together for a concert. grande told the crowd this was the medicine the world needs. >> all 12 of the people picked up in barking have been released without charges. >> bret: mike, thank you. for more on president trump's
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response to the terror attack in london and his call for the travel ban plus the upcoming comey testimony, we turn to senior political analyst brit hume. let's start with the comey testimony. obviously it's being ballyhooed from every corner here in washington that it's going to be a big moment. >> it will be a media extravaganza with live coverage across the cable news channels and possibly the broadcast channels as well. my senses, like so many hearings before it, it probably won't live up to its billing because there are number of constraints on comey what he can say. some of the information is dealing with in this case, or dealt with when he was running the investigation is classified, so that can't be discussed. some of its now in the midst of being investigated by special counsel who basically took his place, and that probably can't be discussed to any great extent. we are left with what he can discuss, which may include the conversation he had in the white house with president trum
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president trump, which the administration has allowed to go forward. i would be surprised if he said what the president said to him about the flynn case and his suggestion that he let it go. that it amounted to any obstruction of justice. i don't think it will get there. if it did, comey will have to explain why he didn't do something a lot of the time. >> bret: we never got the answer from the white house whether our tapes. >> we don't know. >> bret: let's turn to the tweets from this morning. defense of the travel ban. >> the president wants a stern and tough response to international terrorism. events in london over the weekend would seem, standing on their own, to buttress the claim, to support his position. then he turns around and attacks the mayor of london for remarks i'm sorry to say but his interpretation of what the mayor said was totally out of context.
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the mayor was talking about people not being alarmed at the increased police presence on the street, not about the terrorist attack itself. any fair-minded person would be repelled to some extent fight and he's being criticized by allies like theresa may. on top of that is he is using the term travel ban, which the lawyers who were trying to win this case for him in the supreme court have been avoiding for some period of time. one of the world possessed him to do that? i can't imagine. i guess he thinks this defiance is somehow appealing but when you get down to it, he's got to operate within the town come within the constraints imposed by the powers. >> bret: i know you hear this on twitter and elsewhere that his supporters say we like it. we like the blunt talk, the forward leaning, not traditional communication, and we like president trump on twitter. what do you say to that? >> i would say the blunt talk is
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fine but in all that for campaigns. but he's president now. he has to operate within the institutions in washington. they are not going away. he can't override them. he can't override the supreme court. he can't dictate to congress with a loss when to be. he needs to work within the constraints imposed by those institutions and be skillful about it. these kinds of crude tweets and crude comments are simply not skillful and the president, he doesn't have to become the greatest master of tweets. he could just stop tweeting. i think a lot of his supporters will like the blunt talk might not mind it if he quit tweeting. >> bret: fact is european trip when he did not do a lot of it. >> he basically put his twitter feed to bed at the end of the campaign. not bad thing to think about. >> bret: up next,
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president trump promises faster, cheaper, safer air travel. here's what our affiliates are covering. orlando, five people are dead after sheriff deputies say a coworker -- 45-year-old john newman had been fired from the florida awning manufacturer in april. in minneapolis a ball, opening statement began today in a manslaughter trial of a minnesota officer who fatally shot a black man. prosecutors say he was shot during traffic stop. you may remember castile's girlfriend and daughter were in the car and streamed the aftermath of the shooting on facebook. this is a live look inside the norristown pennsylvania court house from our affiliate fox 29. the big story they are, the first day of bill cosby's sexual assault trial. cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a temple
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university employee. dozens of women have made similar accusations against the actor and comedian but this is the first case to go to trial the actress who played cosby's daughter, there is cosby live right now at the court room and norristown pennsylvania. rudy on "the cosby show" was in the court room show support. that is tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we will be right back. ♪
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>> bret: president trump
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promising cheaper, faster air travel after what he calls "a total failure" to do so. the pledge to reform air traffic control and the system is one of many items congress is taking up as they come back into session. mike emanuel takes a look at some of the big ticket items on the to-do list. >> launching a week focusing on improving info structure, president trump started with updating air traffic control. wants to create a self funding organization to modernize tracking aviation. >> americans can look forward to cheaper, faster, safer travel. funny% of a ticket price won't go to the governments and you don't have to say it on a tarmac or circle over in airports. >> republican bill schuster wrote the bill last year that set the stage for the plan.
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schuster noted the american air traffic control system is incredibly out of date. >> this is a technology. if you go to other countries, toronto, heathrow, hong kong, it's all done electronically. they are modern systems. >> senate democratic leader blast of the proposal. >> if air traffic control is privatized, where are the protections for consumers? what will prevent costs of flying from going way up? under a private system, what stops airlines from raising fees and taxes on consumers? >> congress is returning with big ticket items on the agenda. treasury secretary steven mnuchin has pushed for congress to raise the debt ceiling before august. the house is in session for 31 days. the senate is due to be here for 35 days. funding for the government runs out of the end of september. the houses scheduled to be in session for 43 days between now
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and then. the senate has 52 days on its calendar. there's also pressure for the senate to pass a bill to repeal and replace obamacare. majority whip john cornyn set this deadline for his fellow senators. >> we will get it done by the end of july. >> republican senator richard burr told north carolina tv station "i think it's unlikely we will get a health care deal. i don't see a comprehensive health care plan year." passing a budget is critical to doing tax form. republican sources tell fox g.o.p. senators are expected to discuss a variety of options at their luncheon tomorrow, including a longer phaseout of medicaid expansion and steps that could be taken to shore up the individual markets. the idea of discussing possible areas of consensus for there's been some talk of trying to send
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us senate health care bill to the congressional budget office before the end of the week. >> bret: mike emanuel 11 the helper. plans are underway to modernize the va departments i.t. system, a move that veterans affairs secretary david shulkin will improve veterans care and reduce wait times. secretary made the announcement today saying the va will adopt an i.t. product used by the pentagon. and they can share the data easily. he did not indicate how much the new system would cost or the time frame for implementation. markets began the week with losses. dow down 22. s&p 500 s&p 500 off 3. nasdaq finished ten points lower. it is the media versus the meat in a trial that could cost abc's network billions of dollars. it stems from the news organizations investigation over so-called pink slime. a once common ingredient in
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ground beef. a south dakota company is suing saying the reporting cost them money and jobs. alicia acuna reports. >> opening statement that the union county courthouse in south dakota in a long-awaited defamation trial against abc and senior national correspondent jamal villa with $5.7 billion in potential damages on the line. it a whistleblower has come forward to tell consumers about the ground beef a lot of us by. in 2012, heated a series of reports interviewing former scientists about a product called lean finely textured bee beef. >> beef trimmings that were once used only in dog food and cooking oil, now sprayed with ammonia to make them safe to eat. >> why didn't you consider it beef? >> it was a salvaged product very >> one of the scientists called it pink slime into
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thousand two, and the name stuck. beef products incorporated claimed it lost 80% of its revenue, closed 3 out of 4 plans and laid off 700 workers. charging that in its reporting, abc was clearly implying that their product was not before meat. >> the burden is on the plaintiff to prove that this phrase, pink slime, was untrue. i don't know how they can do that given that we all know what the definition of it is. and given that they meet in this case fit that definition. >> in opening statements, the attorney told the jury about the family-owned business that took about 30 years to succeed and it took abc less than 30 days to damage of the company. abc stands by its reporting. the network's attorney told the jury prior to the report that the dam had burst and major customers mcdonald's, taco bell, burger king had already dropped the company. abc news was not the referrers to report on pink slime.
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others, including "the new york times," dental years prior. the judge in the case as the dryer should last eight weeks. >> alicia acuna. another comedian apologized after using the n-word on his tv show. fox news media analyst and host of fox's "media buzz" howard kurtz reports in the latest in what's becoming a long line of offenders. >> comedians are known for pushing the edge but these days some are apologizing for going way over the line. belmar is the latest offender, using the n-word on his hbo show. >> we would love to have you work in the field. >> work in the field? >> senator, i am a house [bleep]. >> he said he was sorry for using the racial epithet. hbo called it inexcusable and tasteless. this came days after kathy griffin faced an intense
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backlash. >> i went too far. >> after cnn and some sponsors dropped griffin, she held a tearful news conference blaming the president, who tweeted she should be ashamed of herself. >> a sitting president of the united states and his grown children and the first lady are personally i feel personally trying to ruin my life forever. >> other antidrug comics making crude attacks have watched their ratings rise pay >> the only thing your mouth is good for is being vladimir putin's [bleep] holster holster. >> the president is the target of other commentators.
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the apology said only he shouldn't have used profanity. cnn taking no action, saying that such discourse is never appropriate. msnbc anchor thomas roberts actually suggested trump may be in fighting terrorism on u.s. soil. >> the president trying to provoke a domestic terrorist attack? with the twitter rant? only to prove himself right. >> does he have a job? that's over the job. >> daily mail columnist katie hopkins suggested muslims should be rounded up. >> hun behalf of the network, we find that reprehensible. >> these episodes are becoming frequent. it seems bloodied images, crude jokes, obscene language, and extreme rhetoric are almost becoming normalized. >> bret: okay, thank you. president trump takes a twitter to deliver his feelings about his travel ban order, the former fbi director jim comey gets the
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>> scheduled to testify thursday. there's a question asked whether or not you will invoke executive privilege or allow them to testify. >> the president's power to exert executive privilege is very well established. however, in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts side by the senate intelligence committee, president trump will not assert executive privilege regarding james comey's testimony. >> bret: white house saying it's going to happen. jim comey will testify in front of the senate intelligence committee on thursday 32 of the members on that committee weighed in on the investigation. >> there's a lot of smoke. we have no smoking gun but there's a lot of smoke. >> i think the president is better served by getting the
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information out sooner rather than later. let's bring it to a conclusion. >> bret: we will start there. mollie hemingway, senior editor at "the federalist," tom rogan, staff writer for the "washington examiner" ." white house reporter jennifer jacobs and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. mollie, it's happening. >> i think people are anxious to have comey actually answer a question. he's got a good track record of answer questions publicly in a way that's favorable to him, declining to answer questions that might actually shed light on exactly was going on at the fbi. i think it will be important for republicans and democrats asked for the good question. senate intelligence committee to just ask a series of questions about his memos, web access, who he transmitted information to. he declined to answer. that is par for the course. hoping on thursday we get good answers. >> bret: sometimes, and you heard brit hume earlier, these moments in washington never
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really live up to everything and everybody thought they were going to be. here you have this questioning and you wonder how much jim comey can answer about an ongoing investigation, how much she will talk about what he said to president trump or didn't say. >> it could be a turning point in his presidency. i know the white house raring for this. they are also trying to prepare for other things. part of the reason why reince priebus flew back early was to get the house in order to work on domestic agenda. next week they told us it's going to be workforce derailment week. they are trying to stand message and try to keep reporters, feeding us talking points. they are doing their best to keep us focused on the topics they would like to be talking about but they are preparing. >> bret: that is the shiny thing, thursday. >> the interesting thing here is that if you look at james comey the man, his professional career up until rush of course, was quite quiet. behind the scenes. since he's left, he's been
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behind the scenes, not craved publicity. i would think this might not be as exciting as some people are gearing up for. the man's personal character but also because the context of the ongoing investigation. >> bret: there will have to be some answers whether what he said, didn't say, all of this leakage about the memos and what he's going to say, there will have to be some substance. >> he has a history and a talent for navigating, what he says, his remarks, his status in a way that minimizes its impact. you can interpret everything the last year as a way for the director of the fbi caught in a unique situation with the candidate who's under investigation, a unique situation that put him in the
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spotlight as a way to avoid determining the election. i think you failed but i think that was his motive. here there is one question, did the president obstruct justice? that's what everyone's waiting for. think there's anything of great interest other than that. i think his answer going to gabby's grading will navigate to a point where he says there might've been some pressure but it's not obstruction. because if it were obstruction, then he's indicting himself. not making a statement, not bringing it out in the open. can't say it's obstruction which is what everybody wants to see trump destroyed is waiting to hear. but we will hear is something navigating between and saying well, it wasn't really pressure. he was speaking on behalf of an associate. it could be interpreted in various ways. that's what i think is going to happen and that's why think it's going to be a bust. >> bret: but tune in anyway.
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we will have full coverage all morning. such a great promo. thank you, charles. i want to go through the tweets quickly. chronologically on the travel ban. in the wake of the london attac attack. saturday. we need to be smart, vigilant and tough. we need to travel ban as an extra level of safety." in the morning. "people, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but i am calling it what we need and what it is, a travel ban!" the justice department should have stayed with the original travel ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to s.c. "the justice department should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down travel ban before the supreme court and seek much tougher version!" in any event we are extreme vetting people coming into the u.s. in order to help keep our country safe. the courts are slow and political! in reaction to this, george conway, the husband of
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kellyanne conway, said "these tweets make some people feel better but they certainly won't help osd get -- get five votes " solicitor general's office making the case stew on the same warning you on kellyanne conway talking about how to press abscesses over everything that the president says on twitter. you got her husband saying this gives ammunition to the other side, to critics to make it more difficult for the solicitor general to make their case. i think the interesting conclusion from today was you can add donald trump to the list of people who are frustrated with the actions of donald trump and his administration where you have trump saying he didn't like the water down travel band that he water down himself. you have them talking about how he is the -- it's taking forever to get ambassadors. using executive privilege to try to keep his former fbi director
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from testifying. it's difficult when you fire someone. it's easier to keep a government official -- you have trump expressing frustration with what members of his administration are saying. he went on twitter today to speak for himself. >> i agree the most problematic tweet was the one where he said the justice department shouldn't have issued the watered-down travel down there and he signed it pretty veiled problem with it, he didn't have to sign it. and there are many areas where the bureaucracy in the admin tribes that are kind to any source of authority. this is not one of them. this is something where he could've had over it. i think this little bit too much reaction going on. he's been calling in a travel ban for really long time. people act like it just happened now verity did after sean spicer said it wasn't a troubled vantage and repeated it a few days after that. and also there's a larger issue which is a bigger discussion about whether countries have the right to have conversations
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about immigration who's allowed in and not. in the context of what's happening in london, this is something to donald trump's advantage that he's willing to talk about immigration, how immigration affects national security and economic policy and other people aren't. it's not as out there is people are making it. >> bret: even some of the muslim or arab countries, when i was traveling overseas, they were synthetic to the whole who can come in and who can't. saudi arabia has its own issue. there is the substance. this is a process question about whether tweets speak to a white house policy or it's the president on social media. i think that line, when they try to draw the distinction that the tweets somehow are less important. >> it muddies the waters.
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when this gift of the supreme court, i think this president will be successful. the idea of the politics, i think president trump holds the cards. if you look what happened in london and you look at the reporting of european passport holders, behind the scenes lot of issues. >> though one tweet among all of these that i think is the most astonishing as cottonelle least amount of coverage is the one where he says we are already doing extreme vetting. the point of the travel ban was to give 90 days during which the administration could redo the vetting procedure. if we are already doing that, then the bad disappears, the rationale evaporates and what is it all about?
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this undermines the case the administration has before the supreme court. more than anything else and it's sitting out there in broad daylight. and by the way, if you watch the hearings, you must watch it on fox. [laughter] it's going to be a bust, but boy, it's going to be exciting. >> bret: next up, the fallout from several arab nations severing ties with qatar. we have two bases inside qatar. now what?
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♪ >> every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil. >> i think what we are
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witnessing is a growing list of some arrogance in the region that have been there for some time and obviously, they have not bubbled up to a level that countries decided they needed to take action. >> if we say we want this guy out, they'll put that guy out. but i don't know of instances in which they take the initiative, in which they aggressively go after these networks, do the investigative work themselves, identify people on their own. >> bret: this is big news. geopolitical shift, as you have several arab countries, part of the gcc, severing ties with their neighbor, qatar, claiming that they support terrorist like al qaeda al qaeda, isis, hamas, as well as being close to iran. they suggest they are meddling inside other countries and this is affecting us because as you look, we have a big air base there.
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we also have an army base that deploys material for central command. so, there are basically two u.s. bases there. now, the question is, what happens? they put a statement today, saying, qatar has been exposed to an instigation campaign based on allegations that amounted to absolute fabrication, proving that they are premeditated intentions to cause damage to the state. qatar is an active member of the gcc, committed to its charter, does not in interact -- we are back with the panel. jennifer, it is sticky for the administration. >> it was just two weeks ago in riyadh, i was one of the reporters in that room and president trump had the bilateral meeting with the amir of qatar. warm, friendly meeting. remember, trump called him a long time friend, so the nations have been longtime friends. they talked about selling our beautiful military equipment to qatar. very warm.
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i am told that, yes, trump was aware of tensions with qatar between saudi arabia and some of these golf countries with qatar and the reports about qatar being too friendly with iran at the time of the meeting. they were not aware at this particular -- that these new documents came out, which of course qatar is denying. i was told by a couple of officials that, yes, trump would like to see the arab states united. he would. but this is also, they said, demonstrative of these countries taking president trump seriously when he said you need to isolate iran. that is how they are seeing it as the silver lining. >> bret: these countries would probably not be doing this action hadn't been president obama and not president trump because obviously president trump went over there and said, i have your back when it comes to standing up to iran. >> i think you're absolutely right. they absolutely wouldn't have. what you see here is them trying to show president trump, especially on the part of the saudis, look, you are dealing with us now and our concerns
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about iran. here is our pay back to you and reciprocity. i think the interesting thing is about threatening the potential relationship going forward with qatar, in that sense, in this development, there is a multilateral diplomatic success here for president trump because it can be sure that nations in europe, for example, the nato defense spending, will also pay attention if the united states is saying, everything is -- we are shaking the board here but in a way that might not be so good for the superpowers. >> bret: it had been talked about that the u.s. may even threaten to move the bases out of qatar and move to someplace else in the region. bob gates, former defense secretary, was asked about that prospect at a conference at the end of may. >> qatar is the only country in the region that allows us to land b-52s. we have run operations out of there for a dozen years. so, transitioning away from there would be expensive and it
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would be very complicated operationally. and you run the risk, if you say, okay, we are going to shut down part of it, you run the risk of the qatar government saying, okay, then why don't you just get the hill out altogether. >> bret: charles? >> that is a possibility. but right now, i think what we are seeing out of the gulf states, deciding that they double game the dirty game that the qataris have been playing for 30 years, which is to play the iranian side and the arab side. also, within the sunni world to play the terrorists, they support the muslim brotherhood. they have given in direct to al qaeda, to isis, they support hamas. the egyptian government is in a war against the brotherhood, hamas, and it's got al qaeda and the sinai, all of which are supported indirectly or directly by the qataris. i think this is saudi arabia acting together, soon, we have an umbrella of american production, a president who supports us, we have to end this
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game. the way to end it is to say to the qataris, you are not free agents. we control the borders, we control your intake of food, we control the sea, we control the airways. we are not going to invade, like north korea and china, but this is a serious step. this is not just withdrawing. ambassadors, you got to shape up or not. i think this is a result of the trump visit. i think it is a combination of a situation which was intangible. qatar was playing both sides and it has to declare itself. this is a statement, you have to declare yourself. >> bret: talking to people in the region, mollie, they said this was a long time coming. it wasn't just overnight. this it didn't just happen because of us. but it probably did happen because the trump administration is where it is. >> sure. but it is a long-standing conflict that goes back for hundreds of years. in fact, some of these tensions, just three years ago, there were cuts of diplomatic ties between
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some of these countries. qatar is one of the countries that has very good reason to be playing different sides of the field, as well. they share a large natural gas field with iran, that does make it a little more delicate. as president trump has wisely decided to move away from president obama's policy favoring iran to the sunni regions, that it's going to naturally cause a conflict with those countries that do have good relations with iran. it is really in america's interest that is all be worked out peacefully. i think you heard that with what rex tillerson was saying. please, just work this out. they did it three years ago when i got some commitments from qatar in terms of not finding the muslim brotherhood so much. they need to do more. >> bret: last word. >> that's exactly right. this is saudi arabia emboldened by its ties with donald trump. that recent trim has emboldened them to take action. >> bret: when we come back, getting the to-do list done, no matter what. ♪ it's ok that everybody ignores me when i drive.
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♪ >> bret: finally, the ninth, the saying goes that a picture is worth 1,000 words. tonight, an image may be worth more. at a men man really wanted a freshly cut lawn, regardless of the giant looking tornado in the background. cecelia wessel snapped this picture of her husband, in order to show her parents the wild weather. she says the tornado was not as close as it appears in the image and the confident landscapers that he had it under control, "i was keeping an eye on it." no one was injured. "special report" advises a much more cautious approach to tornadoes in the future. honestly, the grass can be cut later. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is our picture of the day. that is it for the "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid.
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"the story" hosted by martha maccallum starts right now. ♪ ♪ >> martha: breaking tonight, as we have all heard so often, if you see something, say something. but what if you did and no one did anything? now, with seven dead and 48 injured, on the london bridge case, consider this. british documentary from last year called the jihadist next door, many outlets including the times and the sky news or including that this is -- metropolitan police have not confirmed that this is indeed one of the london terror suspects. but look at this picture. this is him lying on the ground dead, wrapped in fake explosives. and what about this quote from one of his friends? "he used to listen to a lot of