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but they have made a truly remarkable historical journey. the future of romania and romania's relationship with the united states is very, very ripe. i thank you for your leadership. i thank you again for being here today. i look forward to strengthening our alliance with your country and the bonds with your people. the relationship has been good but now it's stronger than ever. thank you very much. >> president trump, thank you so much for the words you found for romania, for the romanian people and for me. thank you very much for the invitation to be here today with you and thank you so much for
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arranging this nice weather in this place. mr. president, i'm very glad that we had such a good meeting. and this is due to your strong loadership and this is due to our strong partnership. obviously the fact that we celebrate 20 years of strategic partnership this year is important for both our nations and it is important to know, and this is what i want to underline, that this partnership with the united states of america shaped romania as it is today. romania, a solid democracy with a solid sustainable economic
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growth. romania, which stands together with the u.s. troops in afghanistan, we stand together in iraq. mr. president, this partnership contributed greatly to watch romania today. this partnership was and is very important. i think this partnership not only has to continue, this partnership has to become stronger. this partnership has to define our bilateral relation and this partnership has to contribute to solve so many problems. president trump, you mentioned terrorism. i'm very glad that due to your strong leadership, nato decided to go against terrorism.
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your involvement makes so many nations aware of the fact that we have to share the burden in nato. this is why romania also decided and, if i'm right, this is the first country in -- during your mandate to step up to 2% of gdp for defense spending. significant part of this defense spending is going into strategic acquisitions. and i hope president trump, that we find good ways together to use to -- to make good use of this money. romania is very conscious of the fact that we stand on the eastern flank, and we heavily rely on your partnership,
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president trump, because we cannot stand there without the u.s., we cannot stand there alone. on the other hand, our partnership has huge opportunity to step up not only in security matters, but also in commercial and economic matters. this is very important. romania is a member of the european union. i think it's the best interest of you, mr. president, to have a strong european union as a partner. this is vital for all of us. our relationship, the trans atlantic link is vital trans atlantic link is not about diplomacy, it's about the basis of our western civilization.
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together we will make it stronger. nato and the european union don't have to compete against each other. they have to work together. they have to work in such a manner as to produce effect to make us all stronger. and this is what we decided, president trump, what we decide to make our partnership stronger, better, more enduring. this will lead very soon to an enhanced economic exchange. to better commerce. this is what we all decide and what we wish because we are responsible, president trump and i, not only for the security, we are responsible for the well-being of our citizens.
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this is what we are deciding to do. thank you so much, president trump. >> thank you. dave bowyer, "washington times." come on, dave. >> thank you, mr. president. >> apologies. >> it's all right. >> this morning on twitter you were referring to the testimony of james comey vindicating you. but i wondered if you could tell us in person, sir, why you feel that his testimony vindicated you when it's really boils down to his word against your word and if you could also tell us, sir, do tapes of interest of your conversations with him. >> i'll tell you about that in the near future. meantime, no collusion, no obstruction. he's a leaker. we want to get back to running
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our great country. jobs, trade deficits. we want them to disappear fast. north korea, big problem. middle east, a big problem. so that's what i'm focused on. that's what i have been focused on. yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction. we are doing really well. that was an excuse by the democrats that lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost. it's almost possible for the democrats to lose the electoral college as you know. you have to run up the whole east coast and win everything as a republican. that's what we did. it was an excuse. we were very, very happy. frankly james comey confirmed a lot of what i said and some of the things that he said weren't true. thank you very much.
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do you have a question? >> mr. president, if you could tell us a couple weeks ago, president trump was in brussels at the nato meeting. not only was he encouraging nato members to pay up the 2% required of gdp for national defense, but he also was saying that countries, including yours, who had not paid 2% in the past should make up for that difference. do you thinkfair? >> i was in brussels. i met president trump. i listened to his speech. i liked it. because you see, nato is based on values. it is ultimately military alliance. you know, military spendings are
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complicated. you need a lot of money. because nato is the strongest alliance the earth ever saw. we want to keep it that way. so we have to spend money for defense purposes. spending money means if you're in an alliance, everybody has to spend money. this is called burden sharing. and i fully agree, mr. president, to that. so of course some people like this better. some didn't like it so much. but it's a simple fact that we have to do this. not as a purpose in itself. we have to do there to stay strong, to be strong and to defend our nations. >> 100% correct. you know, one of the things i was referring to during that
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speech was the fact that yes, they haven't paid what they should be paying now for many years they haven't been paying. i said do we ever go back and say how about paying the money from many, many years past. now, i know no president has ever asked that question but i do. we're going to make nato very strong. you need the money to make it strong. you can't just do what we've been doing in the past. yes, i did say yes you haven't said but the past years, the many past years you've paid. perhaps you should pay some or all of that money back. you have a question? >> thank you. a question for president trump. on the matter of security, sir, you -- many of the countries on
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the eastern flank of nato, including romania, see russia as a threat to the security and the peace in the region. do you share this vision and do you think that the united states should act under article 5 if any of this country will be under military aggression? thank you very much. >> well, i'm committing the united states and have committed, but i'm committing the united states to article 5. certainly we are there to protect. that's one of the reasons that i want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force by paying the kinds of money necessary to have that force. yes, i would be committed to article 5. >> thank you, mr. president. were there any discussion about the visa waiver program for
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romania? is there a time frame for our country in this program? thank you. >> we didn't discuss it but it would be something we will discuss. mr. president? >> i mentioned this issue. i also mentioned it during other meetings. this is important for us, important for romanians who want to come to the united states. you see, more and more people come, president trump, from romania to the united states. some come as tourist, some come for business. those that come as business should be encouraged. so the matter of visa waiver would probably be important to discuss. we all hope that we will advance on this. >> good. look at those hands up there, president. do you have this in romania,
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too? >> i have the microphone. >> if i could only sell that. if i could only sell it. who -- shall i take one of the killer networks that treat me so basically as fake news? should i do that? huh? go ahead, john. be fair, john. >> absolutely. >> remember how nice you used to be before i ran? a nice man. >> always fair. mr. president, i want to get back to james comey's testimony. you suggested he didn't tell the truth in everything he said. he did say under oath that you told him to let the flynn -- you said you hoped the flynn investigation -- >> i didn't say that. >> so he lied about that? >> i didn't say that. i will tell you, i didn't say that. >> did he ask you to pledge -- >> and there would be nothing wrong if i did say it according to everybody i read today. i didn't say that. >> did he ask you for a pledge
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of loyalty? >> no, he did not. >> so he said those things under oath. would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version -- >> 100%. i didn't say under oath. i hardly know the man. i'm not going to say i want you to pledge allegiance. who would do that? who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? i hardly know the man. >> so if robert mueller -- >> i would be glad to tell him exact will what i just told you. >> you seem to be hinting -- >> i'm not hinting about anything. i'll tell you about it over a short period of time. >> when will you -- >> over a firely short period of time. >> are there tapes, sir? >> you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. john, you have a question for the president? >> thank you. president lohannis, you are no stranger to russian aggression. vladimir putin recently
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suggested that romania could be in russia's crosshairs. how concerned should we be here in the united states about russia tried to do in our election, sir? >> everybody is concerned. you see, being concerned should lead you to being prepared. so in my opinion, we have to be very clear, very simple, very straightforward if we talk about russia and with russia. in my opinion, we need dialogue. but on the other hand, we need what we all together decided in nato, a strong deterrence. so this combination, strong
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deterrence and dialogue should lead to words, a solution which is feasible for every part. >> hello, mr. president trump. you mentioned earlier the anti-corruption fight in romania. it is a matter of high importance in our country. but we see the anti-corruption fight and the rule of law is sometimes undermined by some politicians. part of what you call the bucharest swamp. is you're administration going to support the anti-corruption fight in romania and how can you do it? thank you. >> we support very strongly romania. and therefore obviously we do support that fight on anti-corruption.
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we will always support that. we support your president. we think he's done an outstanding job. very popular, very solid. working very hard. we know everything that's going on. yeah, he's going to win that fight. he's going to win that battle. he has our support. >> -- romania as a part for the u.s. partnership as trade. we still have corruption in romania despite the anti-corruption fight. >> you do. but right now, there's many american investors going to romania and investing. i was given a chart before our meeting. we have people going over to romania and investing. they weren't doing that a number of years ago. that shows very, very big progress. there's a lot of congratulations in store. a lot of people are investing from our country to yours. and people love from romania the
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united states. they come here a lot and we're proud of them. thank you all very much. thank you very much. >> shepard: president trump, the romania president there, making a lot of news for an event of this kind. four items that came to my mind on the matter of james comey's testimony yesterday. the president says that his testimony shows no collusion, no obstruction. he says comey is a leaker. on tapes, he has made the suggestion in the past, he said he wasn't hinting on the matter but he made suggestion there might be tapes of conversations at the white house. he said i'll tell you about that in the near future. he said you'll be disappointed in the answer. the president said he's committed to article 5 of the nato charter meaning one will support all. in essence with the eastern flank nation there's, including romania, they see themselves as
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under threat from the russians and president trump adding his support to article 5, which he didn't do in a recent overseas trip. and the president is willing to speak under oath with counsel regarding the pledge of loyalty which james comey said he requested and the investigation into michael flynn. john roberts is live for us there. he was at the president's news conference there. john, some items of great note in today's world. >> there was, shep. first of all, i think the president called out qatar that no other american president has before saying that he was encouraged by saudi arabia to have some very frank talks with the emir of cutter saying that we can't tolerate this and he had the full support of many of those arab states. that was a surprise there. secretary tillerson talked about the impact that the blockade of qatar has been having on our
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military operations in the region. the president with no apology there saying qatar has to step up here and end terrorist financing. that was one of the biggest things that i think the president was talking about this afternoon. and he said he would be happy to go speak with robert mueller about everything he said with james comey during those conversations in the oval office and the private dinner and over the telephone. we have not heard him say that before, shep. on the existence of the tapes, now he has everybody guessing when he may or may not confirm the existence of such tapes. i don't know of any taping system in the oval office. there might be when he make phones calls. i don't know that there would be a taping system in the blue room or the green room where he had the dinner with james comey. the president giving us a tease there to say that he will tell us very soon, answering questions about the tape, shep. >> shepard: he said we wouldn't
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like the answer. so maybe we can figure out, do we want there to be tapes or not? that way we'll know which it is. >> perhaps. again, we're guessing here, shooting in the dark. the president clearly says that he was very happy with james comey's testimony yesterday. you would think its difficult for somebody in an elected office to be happy about someone with whom he has an adversarial relationship testifying before a senate committee. the president said he was as happy as he could be about this. he feels vindicated, exonerated. the fact that james comey said he was not under investigation, was not trying to stifle the russia investigation. the president is taking this as a win, shep. >> shepard: john roberts on the north lawn there at the white house with a bit of b moment. we have blake burman and john roberts all in the same picture. quite a thing. and chris wallace is in washington. a lot to chew on there. which is the headline for you? >> i think clearly the fact that
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he said he would be happy to testify 100%, he said, to tough under oath about all of this. rebutting comey and that he would be happy to talk to a special counsel, robert mueller. there had been some discussion among democrats after the comey testimony, since this is a he said he said and comey testified that the president might at some point face a deposition from robert mueller as part of the investigation. and the president jumped up to it and said, yeah, let's go. >> 100% willing to speak under oath. is that the sort of thing that might be facilitated given that? >> i don't know. you know, he has a very smart and tough lawyer, marc kasowitz. i thought it was interesting. his first answer was very restrained. i thought this is no fun. the new trump under kasowitz.
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he said no collusion, no obstruction of justice. he's a leaker. i had the sense maybe that was it. then john carl from abc got a chance to ask questions. it was almost as if trump was challenging saying one of these networks that treats me unfair, fake news. go ahead. it was a dialogue between the two of them. he said he's willing to testify under oath before the special counsel. my guess is before that happens -- and may happen eventually -- that mr. kasowitz will step in and try to make that something that happens at the end, not at the beginning. >> shepard: we have sound here of the president speaking regarding james comey. listen. >> that's what i have been focused on. but yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction. we are doing really well. that was an excuse by the
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democrats that lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost. >> shepard: that's what we've been hearing from the president's men and the president's supporters since late yesterday. >> as i suggested after the testimony, i do think some of comey's testimony was damaging in a political sense. repeatedly calling him a lawyer. i would have been curious to hear his reaction to that. specifically talking about the pledge of loyalty, which the president denied today, the request that he stop the flynn investigation, which the president denied today. in a legal sense, it was a good day for the president. comey said as of the time that he was fired last month, the president is not a target of any investigation. he certainly didn't accuse him of obstruction of justice. he suggested robert mueller might want to look into that. i suspected that that marc
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kasowitz, his attorney, would declare attorney. while it's not entirely true, that he was vindicated, exonerated by the former fbi director. >> shepard: he called former director comey a leaker. he's talking about the sharing of the contends with his friend from columbia law -- >> columbia law. >> shepard: and that being shared with "the new york times." is it a leak? this is from our brain room, that provides us with information like that. it's not a leak. first, comey shared memos when he was no longer a employee and the information in his memos is not classified. so it's not a leak. so his counsel suggested there could be a legal matter here. >> i have to say respectfully and i hesitate to go against you and especially even more so about the brain room. a leak is a leak.
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if you given information to somebody, if you and i had a conversation and i proceed to leak it to a newspaper, doesn't have to be classified, i can be a private citizen, but i'm still leaking what went on and what was supposedly a confidential if not classified conversation. yes, the lawyer, mr. kasowitz, has suggested that he's going to file a complain with the justice department and senate intelligence committee. apparently there's some regulations that say that any kind of information that you get in your position at the fbi you're not allowed to share with authorized sources. but the sanction against it is, he can't get that job back again and i don't think that mr. comey is going to be the fbi director any time soon. >> shepard: we'll see how that plays out. plenty of time to watch it. on this of article 5, it's not resonating here in the united states in the way that i bet in europe it is. >> this is so interesting.
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president went to europe, he spoke at nato headquarters and everybody expected that he was going to endorse article 5, which he had never explicitly endorsed that says an attack against one is an attack against all. it's a defense mechanism. so if for example romania were attacked, there's a commitment by all of the countries, including united states, they would come to romania's defense. so the president, while he lectured the need to spend 2% on their gdp, he did not endorse article 5, which was a surprise. it was like this is a do-over. with one of his nato allies, the president of romania there, he explicitly endorsed article 5.
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that is a big deal. none a couple weeks late. >> chris wallace, good to see you on "fox news sunday." we'll talk with one of the senators that questioned james comey, jack reid of rhode island will be chris' guest. and ronna mcdaniel this sunday on "fox news sunday." many of are watching on fox television stations. if you're on fox news channel, it will be played here as well for those of you watching across the nation, return you to your regular programming. analysis will continue on satellite and cable. i'm shepard smith, fox news new york. and jared kushner could meet with staffers from the senate intelligence committee as soon as next week. that is what sources are telling fox news. i'll speak with a journalist who says the president's son-in-law and senior adviser could clear
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up the mysteries about the trump team's ties to russia. that's next as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news.
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otezla. show more of you. >> shepard: the republican majority in congress is still trying to repeal and replace obamacare and pass tax reform legislation. some republicans say the russia investigation is making it tougher to push ahead with jebb agenda. the other priority is raising the debt limit ceiling. steve mnuchin has said that he wants a plan in place before that august recess. if lawmakers delay the raising of the debt ceiling much longer, analysts say they run a risk of a government shut down. mike emanuel is on capitol hill with more. nancy pelosi talked about this. >> that's correct, shep. nancy pelosi says he wants it done in july. pelosi is perfectly in sync with
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treasury secretary steve mnuchin on this particular issue. mnuchin has been here a lot in recent weeks urging lawmakers to extend the government's borrowing authority without drama sooner or later. i asked pelosi if she's expecting problems. >> we're not going down that path. if we do, i doubt they could pass it in the senate. so let's be efficient. let's remove all doubt. let's save our debate for another subject. this is the credit of the united states of america. >> her take on it is critical. no matter what is expected, democrat votes will be needed to raise the debt ceiling. >> shepard: what is speaker ryan saying about this? >> he's saying his and his team are working closely with the treasury secretary on this issue. ryan says they'll get it done. >> we're going to address the debt ceiling before we hit the
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debt ceiling. yeah, before it hits. so naturally the treasury secretary should be in charge of the debt limit. it's the treasury secretary that runs the numbers, runs the levers that control the flow of us paying our debts. >> one lawmaker joked with me today, they should have voted on it yesterday when everyone else in america was watching something else. only a joke, shep. >> shepard: within the republican party, there's the moderates and the conservatives. the conservatives are saying it's not enough to raise the debt ceiling. they want balancing. >> with the republican white house, the majority here on capitol hill, they'd like to see negotiation especially with the debt at $20 trillion and growing. >> nobody ever likes to raise the debt ceiling, especially conservatives. hope to get reforms in there if you can and something big like simplifying the tax code.
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that will be a big win. we'll see how this plays out. it's going to be messy. always is. >> it's unclear when the slow down will come. if it's after the august recess and if the treasury can squeeze more time. >> shepard: mike emanuel, thanks very much. let's go to michael crowley now from politco. good to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> shepard: republicans are in two different places on this, right? >> yeah, they are. i think everything on capitol hill right now is in a state of flux and chaos. and overshadowed by the fact that it's hard to get your plan together when there's so many distractions from the agenda and you don't have a white house that is -- has a firm hand on the reins because there's so much turmoil at 1600
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pennsylvania. >> shepard: where are the republicans on the legislative agenda? if they think there's something they can get done, what is it? >> they are probably most hopeful to do something with taxes. that is always the top of the republican legislative agenda. the highest priority for republicans. but again, shep, when you're trying big legislation through congress, through this town, one of the most important things is message. feeding your talking points to the american people, selling a piece of legislation is like a product to sell with a mass advertising campaign. it's been very frustrating for republicans. they've had -- they're competing with so many distractions at the white house. from the president's tweets. of course, to james comey's investigation especially. >> shepard: in the house there's
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independence cases from comey's side, the republicans are hopelessly split. there's the freedom caucus and the tuesday group, the moderates and conservatives. they're attempting to reach across the aisle to get numbers up. is there any sense that that might help? >> you know, they can try. democrats are feeling emboldened right now. there's parts of the country it's profitable for democrats to be seen as taking a bipartisan posture and being willing to work with republicans. the president approval ratings are low. there's a sense of confusion and turmoil around the white house right now. i think the democrats smell sort amount of blood in the water so when trump first came in, the democrats were shell shocked by trump's victory, feeling like they were missing something in the country and they had to recalibrate their assumptions
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and work in a bipartisan way. i think now they're feeling more secure in circling the wagons in their corner and resisting cooperation, feeling like trump is weakened and the republican party might be weakened right now. >> shepard: robert crowley. thanks. >> thanks, shep. >> shepard: ahead, the jared kushner questions. the reports that the first son-in-law could take about the russian investigation. with his status as son-in-law and a presidential adviser, he could help clear up the biggest issues when it comes to trump team's possible ties to moscow. that's next.
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according to "the washington pos post"'s only reporting, he's the only person that the fbi is reportedly investigating. the feds are looking into multiple angles related to jared kushner. one, his relationship with his former national security adviser, michael flynn. he's meets with the russian ambassador and known spy. the accusation that he tried to establish a back channel with the russian president vladimir putin and his meetings with the chairman of russian's state-owned bank. kushner's lawyer had said that her client volunteered to shared information with congress about that other meeting and others. joining us now, aaron zitner from the "wall street journal." so if there's things to clear up, he has enough information to do some clearing. >> oh yeah, this is someone right in the center of the trump orb orbit. we think this will be a closed-door hearing what we learn has to come from the
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senators in the room afterwards. we don't know the date or the terms. he's center of the trump orbit. they're sure to ask him about what he knows about contacts with russian operatives during the course of the campaign. now we're likely to learn about these two mysterious meetings in december between jared kushner and defense officials. we're talking about comey and who lied to who. what happened between jared kushner and the russian ambassador and the other meeting with jared kushner and russian bank are pretty important. >> the russian bank is of great interest. this isn't like a russian bank like bank of america or choice. it's run by a tie to the government is really not a bank like we know it, aaron?
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>> that's right. this is a bank that as i understand it has loaned money to russian oligarks and got into financial trouble. it's known as putin's bank. a couple things here. there's such a tangle of interest about these individuals that investigators are sure to want to talk about it. you have russia, which is under u.s. sanctions for its annexation of crimea. this bank is subject to sanctions since 2014. they want to get rid of them. we have a president coming into office who said he wants to improve relations with russia. so it makes sense that they might talk as long as they keep in mind that president trump at that point is still president-elect. obama is the president. we have one president at the time. well and good but it's not common for a new administration to reach out.
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the sensitive parts here are the intelligence community, remember, has said that russia intervened in the election to the benefit of donald trump. so it intervened and it wants something. second, there's the sensitive issue of the kushner family and its private interests. at the time of the meeting with the bank, the kushner family is looking for financing for a building in new york. we're not saying anything wrong has happened. you have a personal business interest held by kushner's family. this is a bank under sanction. it's illegal to conduct certain business transactions with this bank because of the sanctions in place. >> shepard: outside of jared kushner himself and the kushner family and their business interests, the questions regarding the communications with the russians seem to be more than just a question. for instance, initially jeff sessions, for instance, did not tell the truth about the
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meetings having happened. upon reflection, did not tell the truth on a second time. now there may have been a third conversation about which there's been no truth to this point. it's the lack of openness and transparency about these meetings. not the meeting so much that seems to be questioners, well, pause. >> that's right. some of these contacts with russian operatives and officials were not disclosed on official paperwork or disclosed in amended paperwork, again, the first meeting under scrutiny here was about setting up a private secret back channel to avoid monitoring by intelligence agencies between the trump transition team. the senate investigators are sure to ask, what was the goal there? what were they trying to accomplish and why would they avoid monitoring? >> shepard: aaron zitner. thanks for being here.
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>> thanks. >> shepard: this afternoon, the secretary of state the trouble that qatar is having with neighbors is interfering with u.s. military action against the fight against isis. we're getting new details and they're coming up. hey katy, i'm going to go ahead and invade your personal space to run some things by you. it's going to look like i'm listening but i'm actually just paying attention to nugget. cool. i'll pretend you're answering the questions i have. i'll scroll through my feed and avoid making eye contact. i'm just going to keep hovering. wouldn't it be great if everyone said what they meant? hovering away. boo boo boo [making noise at nugget] the citi® double cash card does. it lets you earn double cash back with 1% when you buy, and 1% as you pay. the citi® double cash card double means double. ♪ dynamic performance, so you can own the road. track-tuned handling, so you can conquer corners.
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military base there. central command it onced used as the headquarters in the region for the fight against the islamic state and 10,000 troops are stationed there permanently. tillerson called on the countries to sit down and discuss their differences. >> we call on the kingdom of saudi arabia, the united arab emirates, bahrain and egypt to ease the blockade against qatar. the blockade is hindering u.s. military actions and the campaign against isis. >> secretary tillerson said the situation is not impacting current operations there. rich edson has more. the president said qatar needs to stop financing terror. >> right. a short while after the secretary of state said both sides need to prevent an escalation, that the united states stands ready to work with the kuwaitis to figure out how they can make concessions and move past this, president trump
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called on qatar to address their terrorist financing. >> i decided along with secretary of state rex tillerson, our great generals and military people, the time had come to call on qatar to end its funding. they have to end that funding and its extremist ideology in terms of funding. >> shortly before that, the secretary of state said that qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorist elements from the country but they must do more and must do more more quickly. we spoke to the qatari ambassador to the united states. he said he appreciates the secretary's remarks, but he says they have done a lot of work in
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their country to fight terrorism funding, shep? what other effects is this blockade having? >> shepard: the blockade are being called to be relaxed because it's creating international business decisions and should be the first step to ease off. >> shepard: rich edson, thanks. the news continues after this. new bike? yeah, 'cause i got allstate. if you total your new bike, they replace it with a brand new one. that's cool. i got a new helmet. we know steve. it's good to be in (good hands).
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>> shepard: breaking news now. look at the scene of a standoff in arlington, texas. outside dallas. police tell our local fox station there, kdf 4, a woman may have stolen a 18 wheeler. she crashed. right now the woman is barricaded inside this truck,
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according to police. there's a complete standoff. this is tape. our chopper had to get some fuel. but the standoff is underway. police in their riot gear and heavy armored vehicles are there on scene. it's caused a disaster of a traffic situation there in dallas. we're quickly approaching 3:00 p.m. updates on this throughout the day on fox news channel. and on this day in 1943, congress passed a bill to make a lot more americans pay income tax. historians say before then, 4% of americans paid the federal income tax at all. world war ii was expensive. congress came up with a system to take taxes right out of worker's paychecks. critics called it confusing and unfair. the basic structure remains to
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this day. should news break outs, we'll break in. breaking news changes everything on fox news channel. the dow took a dive there in the last hour but recovered nicely. tech stocks are doing terribly. apple down more than 4% today alone. >> neil: welcome. i'm neil cavuto. you're watching "your world." did you think the president of the united states would pass up an opportunity to respond to james comey? remember when the former fbi director was telling senate questioners this? >> he asked specifically of loyalty in the context of asking me to stay. you've seen the picture of me walking across the blue room. and what the president whispered in my ear was, i really look forward to working with you. >> the president responded about an hour ago. >> he did say under oath that