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veteran ralph nadally says he would do can. he says america should not refuse his offer. "america's news headquarters" starts right now. ♪ arthel: and we begin with a fox news alert. three u.s. army rangers are killed and one wound inside an attack in eastern afghanistan. the taliban claiming credit after an afghan soldier reportedly targeted the u.s. service members in the shooting. john huddy is live from our mideast bureau with more. john? >> reporter: yeah. and, arthel, this is just another attack in which u.s. troops were targeted. in this case, an afghan soldier that turned his gun on the troops that he was training with, and so far we haven't heard anything from president trump about it, but we know that he has been briefed about this situation. now, it happened as we take a look at a map during a joint afghan/u.s. military operation in the achin district in eastern
afghanistan, that's east of kabul. it's close to the pakistan border. and afghan officials say the shooter was a member of the a afghan army's commando forces, and he was subsequently killed in return fire. this, by the way, is an area that's significant in another respect. i'll get to that in a moment. but we're told that the u.s. military is investigating whether this was, indeed, an insider attack; that is, a so-called green on blue attack. green being those affiliated with afghanistan's army or security forces, blue meaning those affiliated with the u.s., nato or coalition forces. if so, it wouldn't be the first time. back in march, an a afghan soldier opened fire at u.s. troops at a base in kandahar, wounding three soldiers in that incident, that shooter was also killed. but if this was an inside attack as the u.s. mill a tear's investigating, it would be the
first fatal one of 2017. and it comes as president trump is weighing the option of deploying 5,000 more troops to join the 8,400 roughly already on the ground in afghanistan. but the u.s. has already, arthel, increased its firepower in afghanistan, dropping more bombs in april than any month since 2012 including the moab, the mother of all bombs, on an isis cave complex in eastern afghanistan, the same region where the three army rangers were killed today. arthel? arthel: john huddy, thank you very much, john. eric? eric: arthel, as john just reported, the white house says that president trump is following this troubling situation in afghanistan. the president is at his golf club estate in bed minister, new jersey, where he's spending the weekend, and our kristin fisher is nearby be with the very latest. this is reaction from the administration. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. you know, there were no public
events from president trump today, or he didn't attend any public events, but the vice president did. he spoke a few hours ago in wisconsin where he addressed what just happened in afghanistan. >> the president and i have been briefed, the details of this attack will be forthcoming. but suffice it to say when heroes fall, americans grieve. and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these american heroes. >> reporter: and the white house says that those briefings are continuing to take place today, they're being briefed by the national security council. meanwhile, you still have all of washington, all of president trump's legal team fixated on what was said in the rose garden press conference just yesterday and, of course, the big, outstanding question is still are there tapes, are there recordings of president trump's private conversations with his then-fbi director james comey? here's what he said about it yesterday.
>> well, i'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future. >> you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those -- >> i'm not hinting anything. i'll tell you about it over a very short period of time, okay? okay. do you have a question here? >> when will you tell us about the -- >> over a fairly short period of time -- [inaudible conversations] >> are there tapes, sir? >> oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. >> reporter: not -- now, at that press conference president trump said he would 100% be willing to testify under oath to counter what comey said, so the president's surrogates outside the white house are continuing to make pointed attacks against comey, calling him a liar and a leaker. >> the question that these republicans should be asking, demand of jim comey under oath is how many times did you leak information? we know publicly now he said he didn't have the courage to leak it directly, so he leaked it to to a law professor. how many other times did he leak
information when he was the director of the fbi? >> reporter: the other big news that's really emerged since president trump touched down here in new jersey is that he'll be traveling to miami next friday to unveil his administration's cuba policy. he's expected to roll back some of the changes that former president obama put in place, so this white house continuing to push ahead with only new policy initiatives as this shadow of the russia investigation and what comey said on thursday continues to linger over it. eric? eric: all right, kristin. we'll have more on that in 20 minutes there now, thanks. meanwhile, more reaction from the mixed messages by the administration on qatar where some 10,000 u.s. military members are based. secretary of state rex tillerson calling on several arab nations to ease their just-announced blockade and sanctions against qatar for what they say is support for militant groups. this as president trump has spoken out against the middle east country over its alleged connections to extremist. allison barber has more from
washington. >> when it comes to qatar, there are two fairly different messages coming from the administration; one, trying to ease tensions in the region, the other from the president himself singling out one side and arguably emboldening the other. >> 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. >> reporter: president trump's comments came an hour after his secretary of state made this plea -- >> we call for calm and thoughtful dialogue with clear expectations and accountability among the parties in order to strengthen relationships. >> reporter: the blockade started last week. six arab countries -- saudi arabia, egypt, bahrain, libya, the united arab emirates and yemen -- cut ties with qatar,
stopping flights and closing borders because of qatar's alleged support of terrorism. the qatari ambassador told fox news he welcomes tillerson's comments and is willing to work with the secretary to resolve these issues. the issues here aren't new, but this is the most significant diplomatic conflict the area has seen in years. secretary tillerson called on qatar to do more when it comes to preventing the financing of terrorism. more than anything, called for de-escalation. the u.s. has roughly 10,000 military personnel stationed in qatar. tillerson says the blockade is hurting their operation and the broader fight against isis. eric. eric: eric allison, thank you so much. arthel: rallies against islamic sharia law drawing large crowds of those in favor of protecting it or at least protesting what they call anti-muslim hatred. a group called act for america organizing demonstrations across
the country today to protest sharia law, but marches in places like new york and washington state meeting with counter-demonstrations. bryan llenas tracking it all from our new york city newsroom. hi, brian. >> reporter: we were out there in that new york city protest earlier today. the act for america nonprofit organization planned march against shoo roadway ya la -- sharia law protests in some 19 states including here in new york city. this organization believes islamic law is a political ideology that's hell bent on destroying western civilization and its values. when word got out of these marches, anti-fascist groups with radical-left elements and pro-immigrant rights advocates, they planned counter-protests. inevitably, things got a little heated here in new york city. at least one person was arrested. the scene was similar around the country. there were clashes in michigan and in austin, texas. police dividing dueling protesters, hundreds of counter-protesters marched in
seattle to confront a few dozen anti-sharia law protesters. we spoke to a local new york organizer for the anti-sharia law march who defended the movement. >> we see a problem to occurring, we see what's happening in europe, we see what's happening in britain. it's unimaginable. and we're looking at what's happening with them, and they are hamstrung. they can't speak out against it and say, no, sharia is the problem. >> reporter: organizers say they are not anti-muslim, they are standing for human rights. dozens of protesters showed up, most trump supporters, saying sharia law is the motivation for extremist radical islamists. now, they point out that it's intolerant of freedoms for all people, especially women -- female mutilation, stoning and no voting rights. the counter-protesters in new york believe the movement is simply anti-muslim. they point out that the southern poverty law center which tracks hate groups has labeled the act for america group the largest
anti-muslim organization in the country. >> muslims are an extreme minority in the united states. no one believes that sharia law is on the horizon, and it's simply a way to mobilize racists and mobilize people who are anti-immigrants, anti-refuge in a way that provides them cover. >> reporter: and as most protests these days, arthel, this protest morphed quickly into an anti-trump versus pro-trump. it's just what we've been seeing lately. aver them? arthel: bryan llenas, thank you very much. eric: well, a u.s. navy combat ship gets a commission today in honor of gabrielle giffords, the former arizona congresswoman who survived that assassination attempt in 2011. we will show you the emotional ceremony and her inspiring words. arthel: also, flames ripping through a chemical company in los angeles. investors are still trying to figure out what caused this
difference five-alarm fire. eric: and you know james comey's claims that russia is still trying to influence our government, and more hearings are ahead next week. we will discuss that, what it means and what's coming next. it's the phillips' lady! anyone ever have occasional constipation,diarrhea, gas or bloating? she does. she does. help defend against those digestive issues. take phillips' colon health probiotic caps daily with three types of good bacteria. 400 likes? wow! try phillips' colon health. wise man, i'm nervous about affecting my good credit score. i see you've planted an uncertainty tree. chop that thing down. the clarity you seek... lies within the creditwise app from capital one. creditwise helps you protect your credit. and it's completely free for everyone. it's free for everyone? do hawks use the stars to navigate? i don't know. aw, i thought you did. i don't know either. either way it's free for everyone. cool.
♪ muck. ♪ ♪ eric: time for a quick check of the headlines for you. the uss gabrielle giffords was commissioned today in galveston, texas, honoring the former arizona congresswoman you see there who survived that assassination attempt in 2011. it's a $475 million vessel, has a crew of 70, and ms. giffords told them, quote: i thought of you in my darkest days. you make me proud, you make america proud. a five-alarm fire gutting a chemical company in los angeles. only 17 employees in the building when those flames erupted. two firefighters and one employer did suffer minor injuries. and former florida congresswoman corrine waters is seeking -- her attorneys say
that her chief aide was the one who was really behind that scheme. >> there should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. the russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. they did it with purpose, they did it with sophistication, they did it with overwhelming technical efforts, and it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government. there is no fuzz on that. arthel: blockbuster testimony from james comey making no bones about the question of russia meddling in the presidential election last year. but the former fbi director also suggesting the kremlin is still interfering in our political system and that we need a special counsel to get to the bottom of it. take a listen. >> the special counsel's investigation is very important to understanding what efforts there were or are by the russian government to influence our government. it's a critical part of the fbi's mission, so -- and you've
got the right person in bob mueller to lead it. arthel: joining me now is the former deputy assistant director of the counterterrorism division at the fbi, also spent 20 years working counterintelligence for the bureau. terry, good to see you. >> thank you, arthel. arthel: let's start here, what was your takeaway from mr. comey's suggestion that the russians continue to influence our government? and from where you sit, what are the most pressing and thus far unanswered questions concerning the russia investigation? >> well, first of all, this was a rather historic moment, arthel, because i think as americans we very seldom have any discussion about intelligence services and what they've done in the united states. and the russian intelligence services are highly effective, they've been doing this kind of thing for decades, and he's right, they'll keep doing it forever, essentially, especially with a fellow like vladimir putin who we should remind people of was in the kgb long
before he ever became the president of russia. so the director was right. and i think what we need to understand as well is that when we talk about things and we hear the director talk about active measures, for example, this is really something that's very, very dangerous because it's so subversive by nature. and, again, as americans we don't really even like that word a whole lot. but active measures mean things like misinformation and placing fake stories in the news media. it means penetrating organizations with recruitments and trying to use agents of influence to kind of take and influence american opinion so that you think very kindly of something that russia is doing when, in fact, you ought to be realizing what they're doing is very dangerous. so they try to literally change public opinion x. it's not farfetched because they've actually had some moments in our history and theirs where they've made a huge difference in these kinds of operations. and that's exactly what he was speaking of. >> so what information might a
special counsel be able to discover or uncover that a senate or house intelligence committee can't, and then, you know, tie together -- if you could -- how the discovery could impact national security. >> i think we should be going through many doors. and so that's a great question. let me start at the top of this. i was really saddened during this hearing to see director comey talk about the february 14th article in "the new york times" which essentially outlined the russian collusion between some of his staff and russian intelligence. he termed that article to be in the main. not true. that's really disturbing. there you have right off the bat an article in the newspaper that is deemed to be by director of the fbi not true. we need to know answers about that. we need to know how that article came about and why it was that he said it's not, it's not accurate, it's not true. the other thing that's disturbing about that and then we'll move on is that i'm really bothered -- and it was one of my
saddest days in all the decades of being involved with the fbi as an agent and now as a retired agent -- and that is to think that after he knew that he then turned around and used a third party cutout, another former fbi agent, to, in effect, give "the new york times" information from his notes. because what that ended up doing is almost kind of furthering that narrative when the fbi knew that narrative was false. that's really troublesome to me, and i think we can come back to that if you'd like -- arthel: well, yeah. clearly, you know, to your point, terry, you have some concerns, of course. when the special counsel gets to the bottom of this, what could possibly be lurking at the end of this, this investigation? and how long might it take to get there? >> an information into what the russians are doing here using their political branch people could take years. it honestly could take years. i don't even know if a special counsel is going to be able to
even scratch the surface of this. they might be able to deal with the issues that brought us here. is president trump or any of his people, do they have any connections with anybody. but they have to go way beyond that. they have to actually look, for example, we haven't talked about this much, but another major area here. as americans, we still don't know why was the democratic party, the democratic national committee, why -- hillary clinton's e-mails, why were they such a significant victim here? why were they defenseless? that suggests to me that not only did we have some significant hackers that may or may not have been working on behalf of russian intelligence, but if it was russian intelligence, they don't do in a vacuum. they may already have had insiders inside the democratic party. we need to know that. we need to know why the democratic party didn't want the fbi to independently examine their computers. that's a separate question, but it will give us as many answers as the way this all began, which was the focus on donald trump.
the final point i want to make which kind of illustrates how all this comes together, cuba. cuba is the issue here. for years the russians through their foreign policy have wanted cuba to have sanctioned lifted and have wanted to kind of reinstate that relationship they had with cuba back many years ago, and they used that relationship to spy in the united states. our president, president obama was down there with one of the key point people in cuba all these decades who have dealt with the kgb and now the fsb or the sbr. that is something in and of itself that we ought to be asking questions about. we ought to be -- arthel: what are you implying there, terry? >> i'm implying that if you're on capitol hill, you have to look at the connection between american government policy and what the russians want. and in that case, we have a direct american government policy of lifting sanctions following the trip and following all kinds of, obviously, meetings. and that is what russian intelligence strives for, especially the kind of people
we've been talking about with this election campaign. arthel: terry, so many questions swirling around this russia investigation. i do have to leave it there. we'll have you on again, of course. thank you so much. >> thank you, arthel. eric: what a week it's been in washington. they're still hashing over former fbi director's james comey's testimony as we now have word that attorney general jeff sessions will be next. he's going to testify on tuesday before the intelligence committee. what will he say? what will they ask? we'll have that straight ahead.
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recordings. garrett tenney has details. hi, garrett. >> reporter: hey, arthel. among the records that the committee has requested from the white house are any recordings of conversations between president trump and james comey the if they exist. now, as for the memos the committee has also reached out to comey directly to request copies, but comey did say that he has already given his memos to special counsel robert mueller's team for their investigation. the senate judiciary committee is also trying to track down the memos, and it has reached out to comey's friend, law professor dan richmond who received at least one memo that comey wanted leaked to the press. we've also learned that both the senate judiciary and intelligence committees have been in touch with special counsel robert mueller, and in a statement the judiciary committee says in part: staff for special counsel mueller and the committee are also in discussions about that request and others in preparation for a meeting between mueller and committee leadership. and when we spoke to richmond earlier today, he said his
understanding is that that meeting will take place on monday. at the same time though, a number of lawmakers have expressed their concerns about comey leaking this memo to the press instead of turning it over to congressional investigators. some legal experts say he may have even broken a law by doing so. >> to leak it to the press, i think, is professionally and ethically problematic. there's even a federal law that makes some forms of theft of documents to be a crime. i don't think he would be prosecuted under that, but when i heard him say that, i was floored. >> reporter: in a source close to president trump's legal team has told fox news they expect to file complaints about comey's leak with both the inspector general of the justice department and the senate judiciary committee sometime early next week. arthel? arthel: garrett tenney, thank you so much. >> reporter: you got it. >> this is nowhere near the end of our investigation.
and i think it's safe to say today that next week we hope to work with special counsel mueller to work out clear pathways for both investigations, his and ours, to continue. >> the one message that i hope all americans will take home is recognizing how significant the russian interference in our electoral process was, how it goes to the core of our democracy. eric: those, of course, are the two top lawmakers on the senate intelligence committee reacting after the testimony from james comey. and next week it'll be attorney general jeff sessions' turn. reports say the president's son-in-law, jared kushner, is also set to meet with senate investigators in the coming weeks. bob cusack joins us, editor-in-chief of "the hill." bob, first of all, the attorney general bailed out of another committee, the commerce subcommittee, to talk about budget to testify about what the senators heard from comey last week.
he's going to do that on tuesday. what do you expect him to push back on what comey said? >> he wants to say this in an open session, so i think that -- just speculating here -- that the account that james comey gave, he has a bit of an issue with. remember, comey claimed that he went to sessions and said, hey, i don't want to be alone in a room with the president. finish so, now also comey kind of left a cloud over sessions' head, because in his testimony and in the q&a he said there were certain things he couldn't answer about sessions in an open session. so that raised a lot of questions. so i think we're going to see some more riveting testimony but this time from the attorney general who has recused himself from the russian investigation -- eric: you said recused yourself, but you were supposedly in the room when you left the oval office to leave the president and comey alone. did you meet with sergey kislyak as reports say a third time and
not make that public? why'd you not tell anybody about russians? do you think this will come out and he will defend himself openly and fully before the american public? >> yes, i think all those questions will come up. and also i think democrats probably ask him, well, if you recuse yourself from the russia investigation and the president said he got rid of comey in part because of the russia investigation, why were you involved in the firing of comey? so there are a lot of questions, but it's clear from that letter that sessions sent today that he's got a story to tell, and he's going to tell it. eric, what does that mean? can he get himself in trouble. >> >> he could. eric: what do you think? >> i mean, anytime you're testifying under oath, and this is something that got bill clinton in trouble with the monica lewinsky scandal, you've got to tell the truth. now, this could be a he said/he said kind of thing. that's been the story, it seems with comey and the president, calling each other liars, basically. but you have to be careful. you have to tell truth or thatgn
the actual thing you might have done in the first place. eric: meanwhile, senator angus king saying jared kushner is expected to talk to senate investigators at some point. where do you think that will go, and do you think we will see, you know, jared in front of the television cameras in public? the reports say he's supposed to talk to staffers first. >> yeah. i think there's going to be a combination. definitely behind closed doors and in all these investigations it's like how much will the public get to see. there have been some reports of kushner and his financial ties to russia and banks, but we have seen from whether it's sessions or kushner that there's a cooperation here. and that was a big question of, well, will the white house and people in the white house and in the administration cooperate. eric: his lawyers say -- yeah, his lawyers say he will. he's going to be asked about the veb banker whom he met, and how does he square the stories? the white house says that kushner met as a transition
official, but the russian bank says they were talking about business, and, you know, he's a big real estate mogul here in new york. >> yeah, yeah. and honestly, i don't know the answer to that. that's what kushner's going to have to answer, and all the media accounts -- and there have been some leaks to "the washington post" and other media outlets that presented kushner in a bad light. eric: you've got the russians supposedly suggesting or maybe it was kislyak who suggested -- depending on who you believe -- to have that secret russian back channel in the embassy, getting on the phone -- >> yes. eric, that's a big question. why did you propose or why did he propose setting that up and have it at the ambassador's place? those are all unanswered questions here, and that's why these investigations -- remember, there are a lot of them, not just the special counsel, house and senate intelligence committee, judiciary committee, and these probes could last at least a year, probably 18 months to two years. eric: that's not what corey lewandowski said this morning on "fox & friends." he says there's nothing here and
it should end. >> this confirms the narrative of what the president has said was that there was no reason for a special investigator. jim comey has now testified under oath that the president was never a target, that there was really no collusion with russia in any way, shape or form at this point. so what is this person going to continue to investigate? the answer is nothing. in my opinion, the investigation should be halted immediately based on jim comey's testimony, and republicans and democrats agree russia had nothing to do with it. eric: what do you think the chances are of that? [laughter] >> i don't think the chances are hot. and it is true that colmmy -- comey did tell president he was not a target of the investigation more than once, and he said that in open testimony this week. do we know the answer to collusion? it's not whether russia was involved in the election, they tried to meddle. that's clearly the case. but was there collusion between the trump campaign and russia. now, the president to james comey said if there are any of my associates that were doing
stuff that was not right then, yeah, you should go after them. kind of mixed messaging, i think, because trump has not said -- trump has the power to fire the special counsel. he's not indicated he's going to do that. eric: yeah. and comey made it clear the president said if anyone did anything wrong, go ahead -- used the word satellites. we'll see what the attorney general has to say for himself on tuesday. bob cusack of "the hill," thank you for joining us on this saturday afternoon. always good to see you, thanks, bob. arthel? arthel: we all loved him as batman. adam west, the actor who played the superhere reon tv, has died. we'll have details on the passing of this beloved caped crusader. plus, a wave of deadly attacks by isis, what is fueling the bloodshed this month by the radical terrorists? that's still ahead. 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...
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eric: that, of course, was the unforgettable theme song from the batman tv series. remember that? beloved by generations of fans and, sadly, adam west has passed away. his family says the actor lost his battle with leukemia last night in los angeles. he appeared in movies like the young philadelphians with paul newman, but he's west known for for -- best known for playing the caped crusader. it became a cult classic. perhaps, this picture says it all, batman and robin racing off to protect gotham city! arthel: love it. eric: adam west, thank you. he was 88 years old. arthel: so many great memories. arthel: ramadan is considered a holy month for muslims, but it has already seen 16 deadly attacks claimed by isis
worldwide in 13 days like last week's london terror attacks. there was also the massive may 26th attack on a bus in cairo packed with coptic christians which killed 29 people, then on may 30th over a dozen people were killed in a bombing at an ice cream shop in baghdad. on june 5th in melbourne, australia, one man was shot and killed after a woman was held hostage for hours before escaping. lieutenant colonel mitch utterback is here, he's a former special forces officer joining us now to to talk about this. and, you know, colonel utterback, this is all happening as isis is promising a, quote, month of terror. how much more terror could isis inflict, and how and where might they carry it out? >> hello, arthel. two more weeks at least of ramadan, and isis has directed its fighters all around the world to conduct attacks. one thing that's not often
discussed is ramadan, even for non-extremists, is a month where extra benefits are accrued in paradise if you pass away during the month of ramadan. there is also the belief that you have greater military success against your enemies. so for isis to tell their suicide bombers that you're going to be successful and your rewards will be doubled in paradise, it's the easiest way for them to to get more attackers to go out in the world. certainly, we can expect more, mostly in the middle east, more attacks just a few hours ago in baghdad and, certainly, in europe. but the u.s. also a possible. arthel: how formidable is isis right now in terms of the nucleus of the terror group and its satellite reach in its ability to inspire people, to act individually or in smaller groups to carry out this promise of this month of terror? >> well, they have an outstanding capability for outreach for information operations as we called it in the military through the internet, a very, very
sophisticated, as we know, outreach campaign. and they attract followers that are sitting in our own country and sitting throughout europe. but the caliphate being crushed. raqqa's going to fall soon, mosul will be recaptured back by iraqi forces within the next few weeks, so their ground is being taken away, and now they're going to send out their lonely lions, as they call them, to continue to keep the isis brand alive. and literally, it's a brand, it's a terror brand, and they're sending fighters out to conduct these individual attacks to keep isis in the news. arthel: and in understanding that the military strategy has to remain flexible, you know, what is the military answer to isis moving forward? >> well, thanks to recent visits by our president to saudi arabia with other gulf states and a reengagement with our sunni-arab allies, we can look forward to more sunni nations contributing troops and taking care of business within their own countries and surrounding countries, although with u.s.
equipment, with u.s. advisers. but isis are like rats, and that's what the iraqi guys that i was with in january called them. they're like rats, they have to be exterminated. they have to be killed, hunted down throughout i the world in places like libya and other places. arthel: yeah. and with the foremost military in the world, what to you say the americans who mighting ask why can't the u.s -- might ask why can't the u.s. military intensify efforts to just wipe out isis? you've already touched on how much that answer is tied to those countries that continue to support the terror group. >> well, countries are contributing. many countries that are fighting isis are much less forthcoming in the, you know, the open media than we are. but we probably need to prepare for more troops doing advised partner -- advise and assist missions with our allies around the world so that our allies around the world can take the
fight to isis, but with an american adviser standing there shoulder to shoulder with them. because we've seen with our own eyes that our allies fight best when there's an american standing next to them saying, hey, man, you can do this. arthel: colonel mitch utterback, thank you for you analysis. unfortunately, this really of a conundrum of a topic here. thank you so much, sir. >> thanks, arthel. eric: coming up, a former mob boss has a message for terrorists. he says he knows exactly what to do to stop them. >> i would kill 'em all. >> you would kill -- >> yes! i still, yes, i will. >> you would kill the terrorists? >> i would kill themos immediately. n motion. boost® high protein it's intelligent nutrition with 15 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. boost® the number one high protein complete nutritional drink.
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militants. government officials calling this their largest single-day loss since isis launched a siege three weeks ago. eric: our country's fight against terrorism has a newseumingly unlikely ally -- new seemingly unlikely ally. ralph natale says the greatest threat facing our nation today is terrorism, but when it comes to dealing with the terrorists, he says he knows exactly what to do, and he told me he is more than willing to do it himself. we sat down with him for our exclusive fox news interview. >> any man that didn't want to be a boss of a family had no, no manhood in him. >> reporter: he was the first american mafia boss to flip and testify for the government. now former mobster ralph natale has written the story of his life in the mob called "last don
standing: the secret life of mob boss ralph natale." >> i never heard a man that was innocent, hard worker, i never touched a woman, never touched 'em, they never -- >> reporter: they tally became head of the philadelphia mafia in the late 1990s brought in by angelo bruno who ended up getting shot to death in his car in 980. natale survived and thrived in the city of brotherly love before the feds finally caught up with him in 2005. he was sentenced to 13 years in prison on racketeering, drug and biblely charges. but today he worries about another threat, terrorism, and fears the nation has not done enough to defeat it. do you think we've been too easy -- >> oh, we're pussycats. >> reporter: on terrorism. pussycats. >> pussycats. >> reporter: what should we do? >> kill 'em. >> reporter: natale was astounded that the manchester
bomber was known to authorities and says just like in the mob, he would take care of the problem himself. >> i wish i could get, i could get four more and me. the government would have to pay, but they would be glad. soon as they would point out a crew, they're going to go kill people, their own kind, white, black, they'll kill anybody. give me their names, i'll take care of the business. >> reporter: you would -- >> i would kill 'em all. >> you would -- >> yes! >> reporter: i said, yes, i -- you would kill the terrorists? >> i would kill them immediately, and then i would hang them this front of their houses and then call the newspaper. listen, come see what happened to those people. that's how you stop -- you can't -- you can't stop them. that's what i would do. i said, boy, i could make a nice living, and i could enjoy it.
i would be able to do it. my wife says, you know, that's crazy. it's not crazy. >> reporter: his offer is one the government would likely refuse, but natale worries terrorism will remain with us. >> i have ten grandchildren, and i have eleven great grandchildren. so long after i'm in the dirt, they're going to have to put up with this here. it's got to be done. it's got to be done now. there's an old italian saying if you don't listen to the first note, you'll never hear the rest of the song. that's what's happening today. they call me a killer, cold-hearted. i never hurt anybody that didn't deserve dying. i never did. and when it comes my time, i just want to get off a shot if i got something with me. eric: natale's book, "last don
standing," does detail his decades of life in the mob. and about those terrorists? a veteran correspondent who's covered natale for years, he said, quote: the wise guys like to say the feds should spend their time and resources tracking the terrorist, not to mobsters, but he says they better keep an eye on both. natale insists he is retired, but as you heard, he told me if need be, he's ready to protect our country his way and, boy, is he blunt. arthel: that was fascinating. eric, thank you. and we thank him. arthel: yes. meanwhile, we'll talk about this, a tragic day for u.s. forces in afghanistan after another possible insider attack. that's coming up. eric: and an escalating feud dominating the capitol. we'll have more coming up. luckily there's powerful, 24-hour, non-drowsy claritin. it provides relief of symptoms that can be triggered by over 200 different allergens. live claritin clear.
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we begin with a fox news alert. three american soldiers are dead and one is wounded in an attack possibly orchestrated by a terror group. this is a brand new inside america's newsroom. i'm arthel neville. >> i'm eric shawn. today's attack happened in eastern afghanistan. officials say an afghan soldier targeted u.s. soldiers intentionally shooting them before he was killed himself. you know it's happened so many times before and yet again the taliban is claiming credit for this attack. >> we are live from our middle east bureau with more. hi, john.
>> yeah, arthel we're told that three army rangers were killed one was wounded in this vicious attack in which according to afghan officials an afghan military commando turned his weapon on the same men that he was training with. now, it happened as we take another look at the map, during a joint afghan u.s. military operation we're told at least that's how afghan officials referred to it. we don't know if this was some kind of mission they were on or training exercise, but anyway, it happened in the district of the province in eastern afghanistan. that's east of kabul, close to the pakistan border. and again, that's where afghan officials say that this commando turned his weapon and sprayed our troops, u.s. forces and those army rangers with bullets killing three, wounding one. now, we're told that the u.s. military is investigating whether this was an inside attack, that is a so called green on blue attack. green being those affiliated with afghan forces, security
forces, police, blue, those affiliated with u.s. military forces, nato, other coalition forces, even private security contractor and those affiliated again with coalition forces. if that's the case, it wouldn't be the first time. back in march, an afghan soldier opened fire on u.s. troops at a base in kandahar, wounding three soldiers there. none were killed. so if this was indeed an inside attack, it would be the first fatal attack of that kind in 2017. clearly significant and as i've said earlier it comes at a time when president trump is considering deploying 5,000 more troops to afghanistan to join the roughly 8,400 already on the ground there, but the u.s. as we've seen has increased its fire power in afghanistan significantly. in fact dropping more bombs in april than any month since 2012.
including and i talked about this earlier the moab, the mother of all bombs of an isis cave complex in eastern afghanistan in the same region where those three army rangers were killed, a violent region, in a country beset by war. arthel? >> john, thanks, john. meantime, the white house spokesman says that president trump is keeping an eye on this disturbing attack in afghanistan. he is at his new jersey golf estate where he is spending the weekend. kristen fisher is live now near the president's home in new jersey with reaction from the administration. hello. >> hey, eric. well both the vice president and president trump have been briefed by the national security council about what just happened in afghanistan. we haven't heard from president trump directly today, but the vice president spoke about it just a few hours ago at an event in wisconsin. >> on my way here i was informed that u.s. servicemembers were killed and wounded in an attack
in afghanistan. the president and i have been briefed. the details of this attack will be forthcoming. but suffice it to say, when heroes fall, americans grieve. and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these american heroes. >> meanwhile, back in washington, most of washington is still fixated on president trump's rose garden press conference just yesterday. there were really two big questions heading into that press conference, and we got answers to both of them, though not everyone is going to be satisfied by those answers. and the first question was, you know, are there tapes? are there private recordings of president trump's conversations with his then fbi director? all he would say that to that is i will tell you about that in the near future and you will be very disappointed when you hear the answer. read into that what you will. the second question, would president trump be willing to testify under oath?
his answer, 100% he would be willing to testify, if asked, because in his words, comey's the liar. >> no collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker. but we want to get back to running our great country, jobs, trade deficits. we want them to disappear fast. north korea, a big problem. middle east, a big problem. so that's what i'm focused on. that's what i have been focused on. >> but the focus next week on capitol hill will again be on russian interference in the u.s. election. over the last hour, we've learned that attorney general jeff sessions will be testifying on tuesday before the senate intelligence committee, so eric, it is shaping up to be another huge week on capitol hill. eric: all eyes will be on jeff sessions as he basically will defend himself and counter we assume what mr. comey said. thank you very much.
arthel: meanwhile, there are mixed messages by the trump administration on the diplomatic crisis over qatar where some 10,000 u.s. military members are based. secretary of state rex tillerson calling on several arab nations to ease their just announced blockade and sanctions against qatar over its alleged support for iran and terror groups. but at the same time, president trump speaking out against the middle eastern country over those same claims. ellison barber has more now from washington. reporter: when it comes to qatar, there are two fairly different messages coming from the the administration, one trying to ease tensions in the region, the other from the president himself, singling out one side and arguably em boldening the other. -- emboldening the other. >> 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. >> president trump's comments came an hour after his secretary of state made this plea. >> we call for calm and thoughtful dialogue with clear expectations and accountability among the parties, in order to strengthen relationships. >> the blockade started last week, six arab countries, saudi arabia, egypt, bahrain, libya, the united arab emirates and yemen cut ties with qatar, stopping flights and closing borders, because of qatar's alleged support of terrorism. the qatar ambassador told fox news he welcomes tillerson's comments and is willing to work with the secretary to resolve these issues. the issues here aren't new, but this is the most significant diplomatic conflict the area has seen in years. secretary tillerson called on qatar to do more when it comes
to preventing the financing of terrorism, more than anything called for deescalation. the u.s. has roughly 10,000 military personnel stationed in qatar. tillerson says the blockade is hurting their operations as well as the broader fight against isis. arthel? arthel: ellison barber, thank you very much. eric: they were on the streets this saturday protesting against sharia law. demonstrations were held in cities across the country today. organizers say islamic law poses a threat to american freedoms. critics say that's not true and they claim the protests are antimuslim and some of them have organized countermarches. we have been following this live in our new york city newsroom. reporter: we were at one of those duelling protests here in new york city. they have been happening throughout the country today. the nonprofit organization act for america holding antisharia law marches in at least 28 cities in 19 states today. including in new york city where these antisharia marches were
met with counterprotests, elements of the left, antifascist pro immigrant radical groups. march organizers view islamic law as an affront on western civilization and democracy. at least one person was arrested in new york city today. the scene was similar in seattle where hundreds of counterprotesters marched to con front a few dozen antisharia law protesters. there were clashes in michigan and in austin, texas. police having to divide these duelling protesters. we spoke to a local new york organizer for the antisharia law marches who defended the march. >> we're just here to say look, we're just americans. we represent all kinds of people here. and we see a problem, and we're not going to be afraid to talk about it. >> the majority of those attending the antisharia law protests are pro trump. they claim they are not antimuslim. they are for what they call moderate muslims who do not follow strict sharia law which they believe is an affront on
human rights particularly for women. but the counterprotesters on the left aren't buying it. they believe the antisharia law movement is a veil for just being anti-muslim and they point out that the southern poverty law center characterizes act for america as the largest anti-muslim extremist group in the country. >> we don't believe that fascists and white supremacists should be allowed to have a platform in the first place, and we think it's dangerous for all of these communities that they really want to destroy. >> as for other arrests, minnesota state police made seven arrests as fights broke out during demonstrations today at the state capital in st. paul. eric: it is a contentious issue. thank you. the navy's newest combat ship set for action after it was formally commissioned earlier today ahead the emotional story of a dedication to a former u.s. congresswoman. >> and those fiery words between president trump and his former fbi director, both of them calling each other liars. how does the fbi rank and file
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>> time now for a quick check of the headlines. the uss gabrielle giffords a navy combat ship commissioned today in galveston texas honoring the former arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011. the 475 million dollars vessel has a crew of about 70. giffords told the crew, quote, i thought of you in my darkest days. the soldiers, sailors airmen and marines of the united states of america. you make me proud. you make america proud. >> a five alarm fire gutting a chemical company in los angeles. at least 17 employees in the building when the flames erupted. two firefighters and one employee suffering minor injuries. and former florida congresswoman brown is seeking a new trial after a federal jury found her guilty of using a purported charity for poor children to
fund lavish parties and other personal expenses. her attorney argue brown's chief aid was the one really behind the scheme. the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the fbi by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. those were lies, plain and simple. >> that of course is former fbi director james comey on president trump's accusation against the fbi. the president cited those his reasons for firing comey. well now for fingers are pointing following that stunning testimony, the president of course accusing comey of lying under oath, while comey claims the president is a liar about the bureau's mood and morale and what you just heard. so how does all this affect the rank and file now on the streets protecting us from criminals and terrorists? danny colson knows first-hand. he's a former deputy assistant director of the fbi and former
commander of the fbi's hostage rescue team. danny, those were harsh words and a harsh assessment from the president of the united states, but he got a blunt pushback by comey. >> he did. and i think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. the fbi doesn't need the director of the fbi to solve cases. when director sessions was going through his difficulties, i met with him almost every day, and he was there one day and the next day he was fired and we still went out and solved cases. i think the issue with the fbi agents is we need a director, they need a director that will stand between them and the political influence that comes through the department of justice. i think that's where comey fell down. i don't think he ever put on his fbi hat. he kept his doj hat on his head and i think if there's any disconnect between the agents and director comey was that he allowed an investigation and proceeded without a grand jury. he acquiesced to the idea that they would not investigate the clinton foundation. and that really sticks --
>> do they -- >> -- and they weren't allowed to do it >> sorry to interrupt you. you just cited the clinton administration foundation, lack of investigation, really delving into it even more. >> that's exactly right. and there was plenty of cause here to do that investigation. and for the attorney general to tell the director of the fbi, you can't do that, that is infuriating to people with my background. we want to find out what happened. we look at ourselves as kind of beacons in the night sky with regard to liberty and doing our job and finding out what happened. all the fbi wants to do is find out what happened. they don't really care who gets prosecuted. they don't care if their investigation exonerates somebody or convicts them. they want to do their job, and when they are not allowed to do their jobs, there's unbelievable frustration. you can't even imagine how when you dedicate your life to
finding the truth and doing it within the confines of the law, and somebody for a political reason says no you can't do your job, that does cause disarray. the agents were furious about that. did they like james comey? they like him a lot. i liked him. but i think that james never put on his fbi hat. he didn't have that burning desire to do what we all are trained to do, from the day we walk into the academy until the day we retire. and he never had that in him. and i think that was his undoing, very frankly. eric: you talk about the clinton administration and his announcement, remember that? i mean what was your reaction? the critics said as the fbi director it wasn't his role. it was up to the attorney general to decide whether or not to proceed as you say the fbi just, get the facts, do the investigation and take it to the prosecutors. that's a prosecutor's job and not that of the fbi director. >> very very well known fbi commander made the right
comment, he said, director comey colored outside the lines. if he wants to make prosecuted decisions stay across the street and be in the department of justice. that's why i say he never had an fbi hat on. that was infuriating to most of us, not our job. it would be in the worst interest of judgment to allow an investigative agency to decide on prosecution. i can't think of a greater nightmare we could ever have in our country than allow that to happen. it happens in some parts of the world, not here. >> we also heard loretta lynch's testimony calling the clinton investigation, hiding that word, calling it a matter, you know, do you have any matters when you investigated? was it matters? were you an fbi matterer? did you use that word, really? >> no, never. you know what? i never arrested a matter. i never prosecuted a matter. i never saw a matter get the death penalty in a case i ever did. that was outrageous.
you know what? i think that jim comey situational outrage, he was not outraged over that. he was not outraged over the fact he couldn't investigate the clinton foundation or he couldn't have a grand jury, so i think his outrage is sort of misplaced here. and i think that takes away from his credibility, at least in my eyes. i don't think that matters a lot to them, but it certainly hurts his image. >> you have a new turning of the page, nominee christopher wray. he served alongside comey, former prosecutor, do you think he has the fbi vision to lead the agency, lead the bureau? >> i hope he does. i hope he understands that the culture at the department of justice is not the culture of the fbi. they are almost competing, even though the fbi works for doj and they are responsible to them, but we have a different way of looking at the world, and i hope he jumps in with both feet. his job is not to solve cases or tell him how to do it, it is his
job to keep the wolves away. let the agents do their job. if he does that, he will be a great success. >> if mr. wray is listening or watching, there's career advice to be a successful fbi director, from danny coulson. good to see you. >> thank you. always great. >> thanks for your service all those years. >> thank you, sir, always a pleasure. arthel: eric and danny, theresa may vowing to stay on as british prime minister after her party's stunning election loss this week. but may is losing some of her key aides. plus after the damaging testimony delivered by former fbi director james comey, what is next in the russia investigation?
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called. many conservatives blaming the aides for the party's lackluster campaign. >> protesters have been clashing with police again in venezuela. that as those antigovernment demonstrations have continued in the country. so far nearly 70 people have been killed since those violent demonstrations began earlier this year. >> richard hammond host of amazon's car themed tv show the grand tour escaping serious injury in a fiery crash in switzerland. he was airlifted to a hospital with a fractured knee. >> it turns out that james comey's testimony was just a warm up for next week. next week attorney general jeff sessions will follow the former fbi director as the next star witness to testify in front of the senate intelligence committee. that will happen on tuesday. now lawmakers say they also want to see the comey memos that he says he wrote after that meeting with the president. and they are seeking some information from the white house too. garrett tenney is live in washington with more details in
what they are investigating and what they want. hey, garrett. reporter: well, eric, these memos are now a central part of two legal questions, did the president try to interfere in the fbi's investigation of michael flynn? and did james comey break the law by leaking his personal memo? regarding the latter, former fbi agents point out that the fbi's employment agreement bars the disclosure of records gathered on the job and applies to every employee. here's law professor jonathan turley this morning on fox and friends. >> there are rules in the fbi that clearly state that you cannot disseminate fbi information. i believe this was fbi information. he signs a form as all federal employees do that states clearly that material like this generated as part of an investigation is presumed to be fbi information. you can't just hand to it the media. >> lawmakers from both parties are growing frustrated that they still have not had a chance to see the memos for themselves,
and there is now a full court press effort to get their hands on them. on friday the heads of the senate judiciary committee reached out to comey's friend, law professor dan richmond who received at least one leaked memo to share with a reporter. their letter reads in part, mr. comey's memoranda are relevant to the judiciary committee's on going investigative efforts. mr. comey himself has encouraged you to release them. accordingly we ask that you provide the committee copies of all memoranda you received from mr. comey by no later than june 9th, 2017. leaders of the house intelligence committee have also sent letters to comey requesting copies of his memos as well as to white house counsel for any records the white house has of those meetings including any recordings of the conversations, if they exist. eric? eric: the investigation is heating up. arthel: meanwhile, some lawmakers some of them are wondering where the russian investigations will go from here. one senate intelligence committee member speaking to fox
news yesterday and suggesting the committee would still like to interview several members of the president's campaign team. >> the president was not under investigation by the fbi. that's a valuable fact that we learned yesterday, for the first time. that doesn't mean that some of his associates are not under investigation, and it doesn't answer the question of whether or not there was collaboration between the russians and members of president trump's campaign team. >> joining me now is david hawking, senior editor for roll call. we will start here. the president saying that he is willing, 100% willing to testify before the special counsel, a, how likely is that to happen? and b, when would that happen? >> i would think as the second question it would only happen after mr. mueller had talked to probably everybody else in his investigation.
it's a basic reporting technique in journalism and it is a basic law enforcement technique that you talk to the most important person at the very end, after you've got as much other information from everybody else as possible. then you go to the principal, your most important figure in your story or in your investigation and you ask him or her to tell their version of events. will it happen? you know, i think it's certainly sounds like the president wants to. he's the president. so we should take him at his word about what he wants to do, but he's also got a very good lawyer, and that lawyer i'm going to guess is going to urge some caution here. it is a little bit of a surprise to me to see the president in the rose garden being quite so forceful, that would suggest to me that he didn't probably clear it with his lawyer first. >> meanwhile as you know, the president also tweeting that mr. comey better hope that there are no tapes of their private conversations so the house committee has asked the white
house for those tapes, if they exist, as well as mr. comey's memos of that private conversation and house investigators say they want it and they want it by june 23rd. hold on for me david meanwhile we're learning an hour ago that jeff sessions is set to appear before the senate intelligence committee on tuesday. what questions do you expect will be asked of mr. sessions? will he be under oath when providing his answers? and then ultimately will it be possible to connect so many various dots? >> yes, i'm guessing he will be under oath. i think that the senate intelligence committee, they put mr. comey under oath. my guess is they will do the same with senator sessions, with attorney general sessions. what will they ask? gosh, i'm sure they will have tons of questions. the most cinematic or the most dramatic perhaps the one that connects to the comey testimony from last week that i'm sure some senators will be interested in is describe, please, for us, attorney general sessions your
recollection of the meeting of your participation in that meeting where you were asked to leave the room right before mr. comey was asked to stay behind. mr. comey describes attorney general sessions trying to linger for as long as possible and being ushered out. what is your recollection of that, mr. sessions, and why do you think that happened? and in hindsight, what do you think should have happened there? probably also will be asked something else about what comey said, which was didn't want to be left alone, tried hard after that meeting to not be left alone with the president, said mr. comey. mr. comey said he wanted sessions who is his boss essentially to be an intermediary. what's your view of that? there are plenty of other questions too. those are just two that come to mind that would be certainly in terms of creating a record for the public. let's remember, that this investigation unlike what mr. mueller is doing, mr. mueller is trying to make a potential criminal case. the senate intelligence committee is trying to make a point to the country. they are trying to lay out a
narrative for the country to understand what happened, so part of what they are going to do is try and i think connect what mr. sessions says to what mr. comey says said last week. >> i want to play a little sound from mr. comey's testimony last thursday. >> the russians interfered in our election during 2016 cycle. they did it with purpose. they did it with sophistication. they did it with overwhelming technical efforts, and it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government. >> now, david, the president saying that he will testify to clear his name. are you reporting on president trump's equal conviction to make sure that russia does not continue to interfere with future elections and thus jeopardize our democratic process? >> you know, i think the president has said that, and i think it's important -- i'm glad you played that clip -- because of course what the senate intelligence committee -- what their stated purpose is and same with the house intelligence
committee, is to get to the bottom of exactly what did russia do to interfere with the election and what can be done to ward off such interference in the future. that in and of itself is a front page story and should be and could be every day, whether or not the president himself is involved in this or is trying to slow it down or is trying to argue with mr. comey. the underlying challenge of russian interference in our election still a huge huge story and one that, yes, we're trying to report on independent of the story of the moment with james comey and donald trump. >> david hawkings, i have to leave it there. senior editor of roll call. thank you. we will see you again soon i'm sure. thanks, david. >> thank you. eric: british police have arrested two more suspects in connection to the deadly london bridge attack. this as investigators are rev l revealing some startling new
details that it could have been worse had the attackers had more money. they say they wanted to rent a larger truck to plow into those people instead of the smaller van they were able to rent. mike tobin has more from our london bureau. reporter: eric, one thing is clear, these attackers had their sights set on greater bloodshed. one of the attackers attempted to rent a bigger truck, 7 1/2 tons. now that truck was similar to the one used in the attack in nice one year ago. that attack killed 86 people. his credit was declined and the attackers had to go with a smaller van. in that van investigators found more than a dozen molotov cocktails made from wine bottles and rags. there was also gravel inside the van, investigators speculate that may have been for traction and office chairs, those may have been a diversion so the attackers could claim they were renting the van for a move. although all three attackers are dead, investigators continue to conduct raids, believing the attackers had help. two more people were arrested last night in east london. we have seen 18 people arrested.
-- >> we have seen 18 people arrested of course various parts of london. that's all to understand whether anybody had knowledge, whether they assisted or supported these attackers. i expect more searches and arrests to continue. >> the red cross working with local businesses has set up a fund-raiser in which proceeds will go to the victims of the attack one week ago. the mayor says that shows the world how londoners respond. don't give into terrorists, continue about your business. eric back to you. eric: that was a fortunate credit card decline. arthel? arthel: you can say that again. just days after the u.n. security council imposed yet more sanctions on north korea, the communist nation testing yet another missile system, a new one. how should the trump administration handle the kim
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eric: wouldn't you know it? north korea did it again. conducting yet another missile test this week. this time they tested a new type of anti-ship missile at least they claim that. this came days after the aircraft carriers left the region. following those joint exercises with the south korean military. well the north claim those ship missiles were fired, that they successfully they say hit some floating targets at sea. those targets, yep, intended to represent our ships. so will kim jong-un ever stop and what will take him to stop if anything? the author of a terrific book home front to battlefront an ohio teenager in world war ii about his father. also the ceo of export now and former u.s. ambassador to singapore under president george w. bush. he has a lot of experience in
the region. welcome back. >> thanks, sir. >> welcome back here. you live in singapore. welcome back. >> good to be here. he enjoys being provocative and assertive and it is a deliberate jab at the u.s. because as you observed that's where the u.s. warships were. the warships were there in response to his previous test. he is now pushing back and saying that doesn't mean anything to me. i'm not stopping or slowing down. so it is what it is. >> does it mean anything that they didn't fire the ship missile while or aircraft carriers were there? >> it sure does. look, they have got to be careful. it is one thing to be symbolically active and showing strength. it is another thing to be reckless. if they accidentally hit a u.s. target or hit something in japan, the u.s. would have to respond or japan would have to respond. they need to be a little bit prudent despite some of their bravado or rhetoric. >> they had another nuclear test as was expected >> correct.
well my suspicion is china has delivered some kind of message. now whether it's adequate or will have lasting power, yet to be seen, but the u.s. has made very strong words to china. i think china has made some kind of signal to north korea, but we just don't know yet the lasting impact of that. >> do you think we actually have made progress on this issue? got more sanctions at the u.n. security council some say that wasn't enough, didn't target enough or wasn't broad enough. do you have any good news on this front that we actually are making some progress? >> we can only evaluate if there's good news after the fact. we only know sort of after the fact that say we have done enough. look, the trump administration has taken up the rhetoric which i think is important. it has been effective in the u.n. which is important. it has sent the right messages to china. those are building blocks. whether that's adequate or not, we only know weeks or months after the fact. i think there's a prospect of more actions from the administration vis-a-vis china, for example targeting firms in china that do business,
sanctioning firms in china that do business with north korea, putting global sanctions on these firms. >> would they do that? that would anger beijing? >> i think we would. i think it is important the administration undertake signals first. undertake a warning process first and let beijing know, look, we're going to start this in 30 days or 60 days unless you shut it down, we're going to work to shut it down. >> we have been talking about beijing and the coal exports that they say have been basically stopped and the trade, now you have russia, putin to worry about believe it or not. they are moving in. >> yeah, well, putin enjoys taking advantage of any opportunity to wrong the u.s. he enjoys that. there's no doubt in my mind that if there's an opportunity to support north korea and send them a quiet message, he's going to do that. >> here's what usa today said about this basically saying that the russians can kind of backfill, if china does cooperate, a larger russian trade relationship with north korea could negate some of that what china may do.
an oil ship tanker between russia and north korea who knew and the rail line being repaired are evidence that russia could replace some chinese oil supplies. russia could cause mischief in north korea for the u.s., south korea, and japan could cause, it's been moving in now, putin already is. >> oh, yeah, i think there's no doubt that look it would mitigate at least some of what the u.s. is doing, some of the chinese moves and putin enjoys wrong footing the u.s. there's no doubt in my mind that's part of his motivation. >> kim jong-un strategy, he continues to be provocative and get right up to the line. >> yeah. >> do you see a day when and if how is this resolved? can it be in any true manner? >> look, he's got a number of structural problems in his economy. i mean we know this regime can survive even significant economic downturn, but i do think it inhibits him and constrains to some extent. a lot of what he is doing is bravado i think that he doesn't step and directly threaten south korea, japan or the u.s. militarily, but he always wants
to be assertive. he always wants to step on our toes. and it's important that we find the right ways to push back. i think sending the two carriers in after the last test was the right way. i think you have to sort of match shove for shove so to speak and not let him think that he is setting the pace or setting the course. >> so finally you are saying the trump administration is basically handling this correctly? >> i think so far so good. you have to show strength. you have to show resolve. you have to work with your allies. you have to send the right message to china. i think so far so good. >> all right. former ambassador to singapore from our great nation who lives in that region. thank you for coming to the studio. >> thank you. >> good to see you. arthel: a fox news alert -- the 149th running of the belmont stakes. no triple crown contenders in this year's race. in fact the winners of the preakness and kentucky derby weren't even racing today. the 2017 belmont stakes. when we come back, after president trump's decision to withdraw from the paris climate
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this is in the wake of president trump announcing the u.s. is pulling out of the paris climate accord. governor brown saying the u.s. retreat from a leadership role on climate change is temporary. anita vogel is live in los angeles with the latest. tell us more. reporter: well, hi there. governor brown called the president's decision to withdraw from the paris agreement tragic and insane, some strong words there. he's looking to other nations to form new alliances, when it comes to climate change. last week he traveled to china to meet with the president there to talk about clean energy. he also signed green energy agreements in three southern chinese cities. >> it wasn't too many years ago that climate change could barely make it in the newspaper. with president trump taking such an outlandish position, he's actually heightened the focus on climate change.
reporter: governor brown also went to san francisco to meet with germany's minister of the environment to announce a joint goal to cut emissions by at least 80%, below 1990 levels by the year 2050. the german minister speaking through a translator says california is with 11 other states committing to the paris agreement, even after the president pulled the u.s. out last week. >> translator: a clear signal this alliance shows that the withdrawal of the paris agreement was a decision of the administration trump and not of the whole american society. reporter: in the meantime, 12 states, you see them here on the map, and puerto rico have become members of something new, the u.s. climate alliance, and they remain committed to achieving existing co2 emission reduction goals. for his part president trump insists the paris climate accord put the u.s. at a major disadvantage and would have cost the country thousands of badly needed jobs.
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folks in switzerland fighting climate change however they can, check this out, an electric vehicle, wave for short. >> the goal is to promote the use of plug-in cars over our traditional gas powered vehicles. it turned out they had about 112 trucks, cars, motorbikes and even three wheeled contraptions all participated in that week-long rally. well, they can do most anything that the regular car can do. >> yeah -- >> would you drive that? >> i would give it a whirl. >> like one of those old french cars. >> cool looking. you have to admit the styles are pretty varied considering they are all plug-ins. that is it for us.
i'm arthel neville. >> i'm eric shawn. we are back with you tomorrow at 12:00 noon also through the afternoon. arthel: 4:00 and 6:00 tomorrow afternoon as well. but stick around right now because julie banderas is up next with the fox sport. eric: dropped my pen. arthel: dropped your pen. pick it up. see you tomorrow. haven't mike pence taking the mic just minutes from now. -- vice president mike pence taking the mic just minutes from now when he gives a keynote speech at a gala dinner in washington, d.c. the dinner wraps up a three day conference aimed at mobilizing religious conservatives. president trump meantime spoke at the very same conference on thursday while fired fbi director james comey was testifying on capitol hill. we will bring you all the news from the vice president's comments as it breaks. he will be speaking any minute now. stay tuned. a fox news alert, attorney general jeff sessions, it is in, agreeingo