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>> bret: this is a fox news alert. i am bret baier. what's being handled by the fbi, an act of terrorism. in our homeland. a police officer was stabbed in the neck this morning at an airport in flint, michigan. witnesses say the attacker shouted allahu akbar, arabic for god is the greatest. a canadian resident, who entered the country legally. look at the correspondence latest. >> confirming just minutes ago, investigating this incident as an act of terrorism. the fbi identify the suspect as
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50-year-old canadian man -- he entered the united states from canada through lake champlain, new york on june 15th, legally. he at some point traveled to the bishop international airport in flint, michigan. they obtained him and question tenant and have have determined that the attack was motivated by his hatred of the united states. >> he continued to exclaim allahu akbar, something to the effect of you kill people in syria, iraq, and afghanistan and we are all going to die. >> it happened at approximately 945 this morning outside of the tsa security screening area. police say he spent a little time on the first level of the airport, went to a restaurant, the rest room, came out of the restroom, dropped his bags and
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attacked 55 rolled international airport supervisor, jeff neville, in the neck. they describe the used as a blade. neville was in critical condition but was updated to stable moments ago. she is resting comfortably. the fbi says lieutenant neville got the man to stop stabbing him. if i am to the end. he never stopped fighting until they handcuffed him. witnesses described that lieutenant neville was bleeding from his neck, on his hands and his knees. while a knife blade nearby on the ground. >> a police officer approached me and said i was trying to get to a flight. i saw a cop. there is a whole bunch of blood, everywhere. blood was everywhere. it was crazy. >> there is a man in handcuffs, down the other side.
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his face was totally blank. >> he is being charged with violence in an international airport which can be up to 20 years in prison. bret. >> bret: thank you. house majority whip steve scalise has been upgraded to fair condition at a washington hospital. officials say scalise is making good progress. also today, the fbi has determined gunman james hodgkinson acted alone and had no ties to organized terrorism. now to politics. the messaging from the two parties could not be more different tonight. following a huge republican win back in georgia's special election. president trump is crowing about gop's undefeated streak in a series of congressional elections since his inauguration. democrats are struggling to find a message and a strategy to engage their base and reach out to moderates and their party ahead of next year's midterm
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ballot. winds last night in georgia, it was supposed to be razor-thin but was not. south carolina, it was supposed to not be close but actually was. it did not change the republican numbers in the house but added to previous g.o.p. victories in kansas and montana. >> it is that fighting spirit, tenacity that i will take to washington. >> it's time to get things done. it's time to work. >> montana sent a strong message tonight, that we want a congressman that will work with president trump to make america and montana great again. >> we sent a message across the country, we are still republican. we still want change in washington. we're going to continue to work to do that. >> from last night to before, he takes his agenda pitch back to the heartland.
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in iowa. >> bret: we have fox news coverage tonight. dealing with the republican success, allison barber with the democrats dilemma, we start with john roberts. claiming victory tonight. >> cedar rapids, iowa, leaves on june 26th to take up his new duties as the u.s. ambassador to china. it's also a campaign event in the afterglow of some big congressional winds. president trump taking off for iowa this afternoon with my left under his political wings after republican karen handel's big win in george's six congressional district. >> a a big thanks to the presit of the united states of america. >> president trump tweeted back his thanks to handel. tweeting... democrats had tried to make the
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race a referendum on president trump. hoping it could be the first ripple in 2018 wave. it's because that's one of the reasons republicans and as president continue to win time and time again. >> hopefully it will give new momentum to his legislative agenda. democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with republicans on health care, tax cuts, obstruction doesn't work. the president's trip to iowa is in part to reassure nervous voters, independents in particular that despite distractions like the russian investigation, the travel ban and other needs, the president is focused on jobs, the economy, and health care. >> i want to get into the republican secret meeting. >> sharply criticizing the secrecy of the senate project to draft a plan.
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>> i've never seen a more radical or reckless legislative process in my time in politics. write the bill in secret, discuss it in secret, send it to the cbo secret. and then rush it to the floor with no committee hearings, no amendments. in just ten hours of debate. >> mitch mcconnell is expected to release the discussion draft tomorrow but even some republicans worried about the secrecy. we are congressman voicing his concern on the radio. >> it's too secretive. it will put a cloud over the whole final product. >> this one, with people from rural america. at the risk of losing coverage. it was clear that there is still a lot of blanks left to fill in. >> they didn't offer any plans. any inside advice about what's going to happen in the future. it did feel like people were listening. that feels goes a long way wit.
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>> one reason is that the senate bill is expected to be substantially different than the one the past the house and that the president recently referred to as "mean." a shouting match with halt conservatives until they at least get the framework of the bill in place. bret. >> bret: john roberts. democrats were supposed to be able to take advantage of the president they consider unpopular, overmatched, and unders beached but it has not worked out that way. allison barber on democrats seemingly lost in the political wilderness. >> some democrats say this is actually a bit of a win for their side because they got closed in districts that lean red. >> we are not crying in our sou soup. we are actually encouraged in many ways. >> all of the special elections thus far, we have seen dramatic shifts in the percentage --
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we've really turned around dramatically. >> five special elections happened this year. four are discussed as potentially competitive. republicans won all of them. >> the house special election so far, and three of the four a district where trump did a lot better than george's six, the democrats did way better than hillary clinton did but they did not win any of them. >> they have had the same leadership team that they took over without those representatives. yeah, they went back in 2006 but would subsequently not only lose the house but would fail in thre successive attempts. nancy pelosi needs to be asking, how long is it appropriate to remain at the helm at the top democrat in the country when they are not able to execute and turnaround even winnable races? >> good evening, everybody.
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>> a somewhat somber john also took the stage. >> when politics has been dominated by fear and hatred and scapegoating and division, this community stood up. >> whatever they did did not work. almost as soon as the results came down, seth moulton tweeted... ossoff race better be a wake-up call for democrats. it's time to stop rehashing 2016. it's time to look at the future. >> i don't think a strategy to be successful is to fight with donald trump every single day. there are a lot of sideshows going on in washington, d.c. when i walk the aisles of the grocery store, and i am hearing from mothers and grandmothers, they don't want us to be in fights all the time. make things happen. bring home results. >> as a whole from the governors
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mansion, democrats are some of their lowest levels in years. they own a little less than 4200 seats. according to national congress of state legislator, they haven't had that many since the 1920s. >> bret: something to watch. the media has been prepared all year, to reinforce a narrative of a failing president trump. instead, they have had to adjust to a very different electoral reality. that adjustment has been interesting to watch and read at times. here is fox news media analyst, howard kurtz. >> the media narrative, four how special elections was clear. the democrats could capitalize trump's difficulties beginning april with kansas. >> there trying to turn their grassroots opposition trump --
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but, the national republican congressional committee seems a bit spooked and kansas is not the only red state where republicans are sweating. >> after the g.o.p. won the kansas seat, the media said montana candidate was in trouble for body slamming a reporter. he won anyway. the media drumbeat drew louder. especially for georgia democrat jon ossoff. taking on republican karen handel. headline... >> the democrats have been seeing these races as a best shot for a pickup. republicans are absolutely desperate to keep that seat read. >> president trump woke up to this today. the approval rating is down to 36%. he knows he will be blamed if lose. >> pulling polling guru tweete.
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when ossoff lost, some liberal commentators quickly played down its significance. >> the republican win in georgia, it should be breaking news. >> they should have one this. i don't think any republican is comfortable right now. >> within minutes, msnbc switched back to other news. there was this telling prediction from charles krauthammer. >> if the democrats win, there will be a referendum on trump. if he loses, the headlines will be "in a race that doesn't mean anything." turn out problematic, et cetera. >> that's not entirely true. some describe it as a moralizing setback. but it was nonstop coverage and perhaps some wishful thinking that made it seem this ruby red district might turn blue. bret. >> bret: one of the major
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obstacles to the president's agenda has been investigations into his campaign's alleged collusion with the russians and now allegations of obstruction of justice. two more hearings and new insight on what went down and when. catherine herridge is on the hill tonight with a recap. catherine. >> thank you, bret. witnesses testified that russian hackers hurt databases across the country. >> 21 states that were targeted. >> but in no case or actual vote tallies altered in any way, shape or form. >> that correct. >> registration data was stolen from states to see what it was consisting of and how it might be manipulated. >> to possibly influence future elections or particular individuals. >> what is the dangers of manipulation of voter
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registration databases, if voters are removed from the database? >> if they show up on election day, that's going to cause problems. they wanted these stories to be out there. that someone pinged into these systems. that somehow the election was invalid. >> i have no interest in trying to embarrass any state. we've seen this for too long. people simply try to sweep this under the rug. and assumed to go along the way. >> frustration at a house panel where the secretariat was pressed on the obama administration's response. >> widened the president of the united states say a foreign power is interfering in our affairs? >> we were very concerned that we not be perceived as taking sides in the election. >> more than six months after the federal election, frustrations still linger at the
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state and local level. jay johnson repeatedly told my colleagues that no specific or credible threats existed in 2016. it's unclear why our intelligence agencies would withhold information from elected officials. >> 2015 is only the beginning. >> we want to ensure we have better protections going forward. >> the public debate comes on the same day special counsel robert miller met with senior senators behind closed doors to ensure separate probes do not conflict. >> robert mueller called their meeting productive and said that both parties have committed to an ongoing dialogue. bret. >> bret: catherine herridge life on capitol hill. is china not getting north korea to behave? what will president trump do?
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♪ >> bret: iraq's defenseman's saying muscles great mosque, as terrorists needed explosives inside the mosque. isis claims u.s. air strike those structures. most of the residents formed a human chain to try to protect it. it's on the southern edge, the last isis stronghold and most oh, iraq. new pressure on china to push north korea to change. this comes just today after a president trump tried to rein in
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the unpredictable kim jong un. james rosen reports tonight. >> following the first session of a military dialogue with china, held mostly behind closed doors, secretary of state rex tillerson said... >> they can put much more economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime. >> the session followed the death of otto warmbier, held hostage and returned to u.s. oil last week in an unresponsive state. >> this goes beyond any law of d order or humility. >> president trump tweeted out...
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>> we have to read this connection to his april 11th tweet. now, if he still believes that, he believes there's going to be american action on north korea. presumably, that would be soon. >> the chinese foreign ministry defended the service as a mediator and pledged to redouble its efforts. even john mccain who rushed to proclaim otto warmbier's death a murder, said a calibrated response by president trump. >> within rocket range of the dmz, the boundary between north and south korea is a whole bunch of rockets that could hit a city of 26 million people. i.e., seoul, south korea. >> three americans being held in north korea are being held there unlawfully.
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a background conference call, the state department doesn't regard those three americans as the pivotal issue. bret. >> bret: james rosen, thank you. presidential son-in-law jared kushner is in the region to try to jumpstart peace talks there. kushner met with ives israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. west bank city, president trump has passed kushner the ambitious goals of laying down the ultimate deal. there is a new future king in saudi arabia. a major shakeup in the line of success in their has allies such as the u.s. wondering what other changes may be in store for the oil-rich kingdom. the story from our middle east newsroom. >> study of saudi arabia, shocs
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through the middle east when he reversed decades of tradition and appointed his son, mohammed bin solomon as crown prince. the former air to the throne, mohammed bin solomon pledging his loyalty to the future king. addressing his loyalty should be smooth. 31-year-old crown prince has some internal divisions among saudis ruling families and the conservative sunni arab nation done several controversial paths. bin salman, instigated the move to diplomatically isolate the oil-rich nation of qatar. he is also a hawk on iran. like president donald trump, he opposes dialogue with saudi arabia's shiite neighbor. >> somebody who has cultivated,
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the american's seem to like what he is proposing. >> president trump called to congratulate the crown prince and the white house said that the two leaders discussed the priority of cutting off all support for terrorists and extremists. saudi arabia has long had ties with extremists. 16 of the 19 hijackers on september 11th hailed from the conservative muslim nation. still, on the heels of president trump's visit to riyadh, saudi arabia, it's clear the white house has embraced saudi arabia's claim of leader b world and is going all in with the young crown prince. >> in a sign of a seismic shift this announcement was, it was publicly welcomed by israel's communication minister. bret. >> bret: conor powell. thank you. the dow lost 57. the s&p was down one.
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louisiana governor john bel edwards has declared a state of emergency. in response to the flash flooding and severe weather caused by tropical storm cindy. we will continue to update you on the system as it moves along with millions of residents in various states in its path. the heat is on tonight in the southwest. in phoenix, residents are experiencing the worst heat wave in years. >> the valley of the son living up to its name on the first day of summer. >> really important, how hot it is in arizona. people continue to drink water and stay hydrated. >> a crippling heat wave driving animals, humans, and air-conditioners to the breaking point. >> they will pay anything for these were units. >> las vegas 117, phoenix, 119. palm springs, 121. >> it's physically impossible
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for those individuals to carry enough water. >> utilities warned of blackout blackouts. crews battled wildfires in utah and california. in arizona, it was literally too hot to fly. >> the plane literally cannot take off. of course we don't want to be on it. >> american airlines canceled 45 flights. specifically the small jets that can't take off in the thin air. >> each make and model aircraft have performance criteria. if any variable exceeds that, it's essentially grounding to the airplane. >> while you can fry an and egd melt crayons, the biggest concern is health. >> people are trying to find a place to get cool. >> in about half the cases, victims lacked air conditioning and heat stroke death cases.
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>> doctors say that holds true for people as well. bodies overheat around 108 degrees. the current heat wave expected to break and will return to normal. 105. bret. >> bret: drink lots of water. you can add missouri to the list of states suing the pharmaceutical injury over the deadly opioid epidemic. what has led to the outbreak of lawsuits? >> the scale of the epidemic we face is startling. >> a scathing new lawsuit against three popular drug manufacturers. arguing committing fraud about how addictive and deadly their prescription drugs can be. >> every parent disabled by drug abuse. every child lost of this
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epidemic is irreplaceable. >> the pharmaceuticals in the lawsuit, one of the largest in state history. it says the company created the worse drug abuse epidemic missouri had ever seen. contributing to roughly 500 opioid deaths in 2015 alone. >> at something no parent should ever have to do. they are their own. >> their high school aged daughter died from an opioid addiction. >> we never got to see her graduate from high school, he never got to walk her down the aisle. it sounds like a nightmare. it is definitely been a nightmare for our family. >> fox news reached out to each drug company named in the lawsuit. an email responded saying jansen has acted appropriately, responsibly, and in the best interest of patients regarding our opioid pain medications. but there is not the first to take action. it joins a list of states,
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counties, and cities investigating or suing drug companies among a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse. new government data shows that were 1.3 million opioid-related e.r. visits in 2014 alone. a99% increase compared to 2005. >> president trump has repeatedly pledged to bolster efforts to combat the opioid crisis. leaders have insisted their plan to repeal and replace obamacare will not pull out the rod from americans rely on it for their substance abuse treatment. bret. >> bret: catch our live 11:00 p.m. special report tonight after president trump's iowa speech. an exclusive interview with josh holly, who just filed this lawsuit. up next, the panel. democrats search for a message. president trump declares victory is to more republican wins in special congressional elections
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♪ >> the results of last night's election, we are all a bit disappointed this morning. it's a tough day. democrats, the losses we have sustained. >> i think all the elections last night, they were going to be a referendum on this president. he proved never underestimate him. the american people put him and other republicans in place for a reason. >> people think because someone or something is unpopular among these, the thought somehow applies in georgia or south carolina were many places in florida. it's just not true. that disconnect was brought to light in the presidential race in 2016 and it was brought to light again last night. >> bret: the fallout from the special congressional elections last night, take a look at georgia, the race for it here. this is karen handel with a big
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win. bigger than expected, over jon ossoff. a little tighter race in south carolina with republican ralph norman winning. not by as big a margin as one thought. the president tweeting out late last night... and this morning... as we pointed out last night on the show, four congressional special elections were wins for the republicans. the one in california -- two democrats were running. joining us now, laura ingraham. tom bevan and
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charles krauthammer. okay, steve, what are the implications? >> the discussion of these races certainly fell off the radar today. this will be the kind of result that defined the politics in this country through the midterm elections and somehow people are talking about it as much as you might have thought. this was clearly a good night for donald trump. he has every right to crow about it. i think republicans would be wise not to say too much comfort in these results. these are specific races. marco rubio's point about the chatter in classism, not liking donald trump, i think that's shortsighted. his approval rating is still 36%. that's not something republicans want to take going into midterm elections.
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there's a lot that needs to happen. >> one of the things i was that nancy pelosi and in some of these districts, she is less popular than president trump. she came out moments ago with a letter to democratic colleagues saying as we take inventory in the special election results, it's important to note that we made important progress. the house was in play before the georgia race. it remains in play now. there are 70 republican held seats. the president's numbers -- we must put forth our message. >> san francisco doesn't sell in most of the country. i love it. it's a great place but san francisco values, it seems
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like last night, even though the margin of victory could have been bigger for karen handel if she embraced trump a little more, i have a counter conventional wisdom -- i think she should have campaigned with him. i think the margin would have been five points. there is a resistance in the country to the resistance. i think people want to see points on the board. they want to see some legislation that make their lives better. republicans need happy voters. democrats need an agenda that connects with those middle-of-the-road independent voters who turned away from obama and hillary last time and turned towards donald trump. i do not think they have put forth that agenda. i think they are good at resisting and blocking into russia, russia. i don't think georgia, south carolina, certainly montana didn't care about russi russia. i think democrats have challenges. i don't think they really saw what they losses last election cycle.
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>> the fact that we have spent so much time talking about russia has been a distraction for what should be the clear contrast between democrats and the trump agenda. economics. >> as much as i think washington tends to focus on the issues of russia, and the republicans inability to get much of anything accomplished -- that's what gets democrats elected. >> bret: tom, that's a different message than we have been hearing from democrats on the hill. >> it's been totally disconnected from what's been going on in the district but democrats have this issue. some democrats say the reason jon ossoff lost was because he wasn't strong or progressive enough. that necessarily isn't the best lesson for democrats to take away from this. the other part is too, you can carpet bag in senate races but you have to have someone in the district. tap 82% of your money coming in from hollywood and new york,
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that doesn't go over well with people in congressional districts. especially ones in the south. >> bret: .debate question, and karen says who are you going to vote for? just silence from ossoff, he couldn't vote. he didn't live in the district. >> a very lone street at turned out to be. i think the key here is what was in pelosi's message. she says we have to get our message out. they don't have a message. it's the same reason that hillary lost. the left among the democrats has a message. sanders has a message. nationalized health care. raised taxes and increased regulation. income inequality. it's a minority. that's not going to win for the them. the old clinton left that
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dominated the party, it is dead. it's mute. it has nothing to say. having nothing to say, they have fixated on trump. it's all on the resistance. what they learned last night is that it's not enough. it's not enough to energize people. think of the big picture. not tax reform, not jobs, they want to win so they can start impeaching the president. undoing the election of 2016. that's the biggest mistake, political mistake, and political strategy i have ever seen. i think people understand that's not a worthy cause. >> bret: let's talk about how democrats at this health care rally. take a listen. >> we have a very simple messag message. no hearing, no vote. no hearing, no vote.
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together, we are going to keep the pressure up here on republicans. to bring trump care out of the shadows, into the light. >> the number one priority from now until next week when we vote is to be loud. we don't know what the bill looks like. because it has been written by 13 male republicans behind closed doors. >> bret: that's not true anymore. there were different inputs to this health care bill that is informing. it is behind closed doors. we expect to see the g.o.p. senate version of something tomorrow. democrats are still dealing with these issues like anthem pulling out of these different states.
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their focus obviously on the transparency issue. >> democrats are lucky they won't be judged on rallying crowds like this. i think republicans are in a tough spot. many of the same arguments they made on obamacare can be made today. democrats are making those arguments and somewhat effectively. with republicans, its numbers. when you look at what's happening in the senate, you have them asking for things. >> bret: at this moment, president trump is arriving in iowa. air force one has touched down, wheeling in. a big campaign style rally tonight. we expect to hear a lot about this special congressional election and a little bit more about health care. what about this debate? >> i think the president is smart to take this message on the road. getting back to economic renewa
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renewal. tax cuts. tax reform. probably won't be able to happen this year but this is where he is really good. he's really good at rallying the people to his agenda. make america great again. let's clean up washington. the swamp monsters in both the democrat and republican party that would prefer to gobble him up but he's putting up the good fight. he's rallying the people in a way against congress. a little risky but i think that's a sweet spot for him. he likes these guys. but my goodness, seven years, bring a piece of legislation to my desk. mitch mcconnell has to know how many votes they have for something. at this point, they've got the past that. it's ugly but that's what he's got to start doing. >> bret: tom, what if president trump isn't that much of an albatross to republicans across the country? what if it's totally misread here in washington as 2016 is? >> certainly the white houses
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open for residual benefits. it's a dicey situation and trump amplified that on his own by calling the republican bill "mean" in this meeting. mitch mcconnell, i think they are going to put it to a vote. that's one of the things they learned from last time. they don't know whether they're going to have the votes. whether they will get 43 votes were 50 votes but they are going put senators feet to the fire. do you want to keep obamacare and place cost mike to want to bear that burden? that's what's going to happen. >> bret: last, as we wait for the president to exit air force one. charles. >> we tell the democrats strategy on health care, our task is to be loud. loud is not a program.
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they are obsessed with the process. secrecy. americans don't care one way or the other if this plan was hatched. in a winery or pulled out of a refrigerator. all they want is something that works. the president's problem is he stepped on the message. he will have to get the 51 in the senate. as long as they talk about substance and not process, they are already ahead of the game. >> bret: the steps on the ground, it may take some time there. we have 11:00 p.m. live show tonight. we will break down all of the fallout on the campaign style of this event. next up, the presidents foreign policy challenges. had tonight- four weeks without the car. okay, yup. good night.
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>> bret: president trump arriving in cedar rapids. when you know it, during the commercial, he just walked down there. there in the limousine. the presidential limo, the beast. it's raining in cedar rapids. he's got a big campaign event as they take off. likely to be pretty fired up, and this particular effort. especially after those two go congressional wins. and some would say there's some wind behind the sales. we will see that event live on fox. it starts at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. we will be back at 11:00 p.m. eastern time. we are back with the panel, foreign policy, the focus -- the president tweeted, yesterday, steve, and it cut a lot of
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people by surprise. he said while i greatly appreciate the efforts of china to help with north korea, it has not worked out. at least i know china tried. that raised a little eyebrows. is it over? >> there have been reports, some ultimatum or time frame. that eventually made their way here. we still don't know for certain but it seems like -- it's time for a change in our policy towards north korea. what we have done has been outsourced our north korea policy to china. president trump at the very least is recognized that very basics fact. it's time for an american president to put pressure on the chinese to get them to act and if they don't, we will have to
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have an entirely different approach. >> bret: laura. >> the speech president trump gave at the candidate about his trade policies, it's interesting to look back on. he talked about how trade had been used historically by american presidents as leverage in foreign policy. it always has been. from roosevelt on down. why isn't he pushing that issue? maybe it is behind closed doors. we have an enormous amount of leverage with china. i think if this really is the biggest threat to united states security, we need to hear from president trump in the same vein as we heard from him during the campaign. it's an important tool and arsenal. china needs us. we need china in this circumstance. if they are not helping us, maybe they will. >> >> bret: what about the secretary and secretary defense
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speaking out on this today? >> we reiterate to china that they have a diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further explanation ! >> i would point out to you that china's and it stayed on the korean peninsula in terms of nuclear weapons is the same as ours. >> bret: a new level dialogue with china. open and frank, you know things are little tense at times. >> it's a tough situation. i agree with what he said. putting economic sanctions on china and trying to pressure them to do things with
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north korea? maybe that would be effective. what has happened in the past, it hasn't really borne any frui fruit. the relationship with china is so complex and important to the united states. do we really want to start a trade war with them over putting pressure on north korea? it's not totally clear what they can do or what they are willing to do. again, china does not want a failed estate. they don't want to push north korea so far. that would be a bad situation for everybody involved. >> bret: i want to turn regions on you. the announcement in saudi arabia, the succession for the royals has changed and that the new crown prince will be mohammed bin salman, the mbs who is now the young -- he is the son and he will be in line to be the next king. he's also the one who met with president trump in the white house. talk about the implications of
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that. >> they just put an official stamp on de facto, mohammed bin salman is in charge of saudi arabia. the father is old. this is a very young man. he's riding the war in yemen. he's orchestrating the embargo on qatar. he's basically throwing in with united states. all that happened today is that he is now the official air. there won't be succession price prices. he is in charge and the fact that the other guy, who supposed to be the crown prince, he pledged allegiances away from his family. something we have done here while for 200 years. they are learning how to do it. >> bret: panel, thank you. when we come back, some great news for a tough little boy.
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>> bret: finally, it took two attempts for a heart transplant before the new hard work. after almost 190 days in the hospital, after the heart transplant, he finally found out the great news at the end of the week, he is going home. >> remember how you got your new heart? do you know how you have been getting better now? >> yeah. >> remember when we talked about going home someday? i think something changed. >> what changed? >> i think it is just going to be days now. as a matter of fact, what day is today? >> i don't know. >> wednesday. do you want to go home on friday? >> yeah.
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two days! >> yeah! >> bret: how awesome is that? that's great news. plus, the boston red sox boston red sox invited him to a game. that is it for the "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid. "special report" online starts right now. >> martha: we are awaiting president trump right now at a rally in iowa, where we expect his remarks since republicans won two critical elections last night. as democrats enter a bit of a period of soul-searching after losing all four of the seats in congress that were vacated by president trump's cabinet picks. good evening, everybody, i am martha maccallum and here is "the story" for tonight. republican karen handel defeated young up-and-comer democrat jon ossoff in a race for george's six congressional district last night. today, some are done playing it, the record shows that in terms of perception, plenty was writing on these four races.