tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News July 4, 2017 3:00pm-4:01pm PDT
>> bret: this is a fox news alert. i am bret baier in washington on this fourth of july. it's a ballistic missile, not holiday fireworks, that has the attention of americans and others around the world. north korea says it has successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. u.s. officials concede that the north koreans may have changed the entire dynamic with this launch. while the u.s. intelligence community is not sure how far the communist north is in its effort to put a nuclear weapon on a missile, they say that missile test fire last night might have been able to reach alaska. reports for whom the region suggest it was launched from a
mobile launcher, providing yet another challenge for the u.s. kevin corke has that breaking details and reaction from the white house. >> happy independence day and a dramatic day at the white house. trump admitted officials, whenu consider that administration has talked about what it might do should north korea finally be able to reach u.s. soil. of course now they're looking for a true response to the latest missile provocation from pyongyang. it was a historic first for the rogue regime. for little more than a half an hour, and intercontinental ballistic missile fired from north korea blasted across the asian sky before coming down in the sea of japan. a 568-mile long journey that could go much further in shaping future u.s. policy in the region. the launch, tracked by u.s. pacific command, took to the sky at 2:40:00 p.m. hawaii time july 3.
it was deemed not to pose a threat to north america but analysis suggests that with the possible range of 4,000 miles a similar lodge could potentially strike alaska. also for the first time, the north used a mobile launcher making it more difficult for the u.s. to track future test. >> i have seen no signs they're willing to come to the table. look what they did to otto warmbier. this is the regime that reacts in a way that wouldn't lead to diplomacy. >> the president writing "north korea has just launched another missile. does this guy have anything better to do with his life? hard to believe that south korea and japan will put up with this much longer. perhaps china will put a heavy move on north korea and end this nonsense once and for all!" the tweets, the latest iteration of the president's threadbare tolerance of kim jong-un's
dangerous chicanery which poses not only a threat to u.s. interests abroad but now apparently even here on the homeland. >> the era of strategic patience is -- has failed. many years and it's failed. frankly, that patients is over. >> despite the emphasis, the reliance on china has produced precious little. >> i do like president xi. i wish we would have more help with respect to north korea but it doesn't seem to be working out. >> that hasn't stopped beijing and moscow from working to de-escalate tensions between washington and pyongyang. the foreign ministries issued a statement saying russia and china will work in close coordination to advance a solution to the complex problem of the korean peninsula in every possible way. as a majority of americans
surveyed believe president trump hasn't been tough enough on north korea. 56% in the survey. this also in, u.s. ambassador nikki haley has requested an emergency meeting at the u.n. to discuss the situation. sources telling us the meeting will likely take place sometime wednesday. >> bret: kevin corke on the north lawn. thank you. they trump white house is just the latest no long line of administrations that has tried to deal with north korea. chief washington correspondent james rosen tells us how we got here. >> korea. >> the armistice that ended the korean war brought an uneasy truce but established an implacable enemy to the united states in north korea. a stalinist dictatorship ruled by the corrupt and brutal kim dynasty. president clinton launched negotiations that climaxed in
1994's agreed framework. the north agreed to freeze its plutonium program in exchange for fuel and economic aid and the construction of two light water reactors. >> the agreement is good for the united states, our allies. >> and time u.s. intelligence would discover that pakistani nuclear scientists running a nuclear bazaar for rogue states. >> the bush-cheney administration confronted north korea. the regime admitted it. >> when the negotiators were confronted on the reality and the absurdity of giving north korea light water reactors, the argument was they believed the north korean regime would collapse before they got to nuclear weapons. >> in the six party talks that followed with russia and china participating, secretary of state condoleezza rice and chris hill believed they had secured the dismantlement of north korea's entire nuclear apparatus.
again in exchange for aid. >> they are going to get out of the business of producing nuclear weapons. >> the demo -- demolition of a tower. its nuclear program accelerated with the first nuclear device detonated in 2006 followed by four more over the obama you're a. >> threat is more immediate and so it's clear we can't repeat the same approach, field approach. >> rather than pressing our strategy to the point of some kind of miscalculation on the part of the north koreans or others, for that matter, the important thing would be to keep the pressure on the chinese to try and see if we can't get north korea to the negotiating table. >> president trump has effectively written off the chinese as a useful intermediary
with the north koreans. the commander-in-chief tweeting "it hasn't worked out. at least i know china tried." >> bret: thank you. more analysis in a moment. president trump leaves tomorrow for the g20 summit in hamburg, germany, where he will meet with his counterparts from china and russia. kristin fisher has a preview from warsaw, poland. >> president trump lands of the polish capital wednesday where he will find an audience that's open to his brand of politics. >> poland is a country with government like minded with trump. conservative that has favored restrictive immigration policies. >> also a country that exists in the shadow of russian aggression and has been concerned that the trump administration isn't fully committed to helping nato. >> if nato countries made their contributions, then nato would be even stronger than it is today. >> the president admonished nato
allies that don't spend 2% of their gdp. poland barely meets the minimum. one of the five nations that do. the alliance has pledged an additional $12 billion this year after president trump challenged them. there are at least 1,000 u.s. troops here in poland, a fourth of the total number dedicated to nato's operations atlantic resolved. show of force ramped up in 2014. also a u.s. backed missile defense system set to go online sometime next year but the polish government is still going to want president trump to take a very hard line when he meets face to face the very first time with russian resident vladimir putin on friday. >> have to choose whether he's going to prioritize the nato alliance, transatlantic security, standing with european countries to deter russia or prioritized improved relations
with russia. >> the president may look to improve relations with european allies, specifically germany. >> translator: the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over. >> the president and merkel clashed in the last meetings. administration officials have signaled that the president is open to renegotiating the climate agreement or starting work on a new one. but it will be the meeting with putin amid allegations russian influence the 2016 u.s. election that will put the presidents diplomacy to the test. >> the extent it looks like trump is too eager to smooth things over with putin and cooperate with russia despite russia's bad behavior, he will be subject to domestic criticism. >> once again balancing his brand of politics with criticism abroad. in warsaw, kristin fisher, fox news. >> bret: wild north korea
remains the most pressing issue, the middle east is far from calm. qatar remains defiant in the face of arab neighbors. john huddy has the latest. speak at the clock is ticking and qatar still hasn't accepted a list of demands from four major arab countries accusing the energy-rich nation of supporting terrorism. today qatar announced its producing more liquefied natural gas. 30% more of the coming years. perhaps the message that qatar is preparing for more energy independence if the fight with saudi arabia, the united arab emirates, bahrain and egypt continues. asked if it means shutting off natural gas to the uae, the head of qatar state aum petroleum said. >> translator: it's a decision that would not only be made by qatar petroleum but also the
government and of course depends on the situation in the country. >> the gulf states and egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with qatar june 5, accused it of supporting islamic militant associations. providing asylum to their leaders. on june 22nd, the countries gave qatar ten days to comply with the demands, including closing a turkish army base, shutting down al jazeera, cutting back on ties with iran. the deadline was extended 48 hours early monday. if an agreement isn't reached, the gulf states and egypt could impose financial sanctions on or forced qatar out of the corporation counsel. the foreign minister delivered a handwritten letter to kuwait. it is unclear what it said. if today's announcement is any indication, it may not necessarily have been good. qatar's petroleum company president of the 1 million-barrel per day increase of natural gas will come from the country's massive
underwater field in the persian gulf, a field shared with iran. the foreign minister said earlier that his country has shown "goodwill" initiative for a constructive solution." he didn't elaborate. the foreign ministers of bahrain, egypt, saudi arabia and the uae will meet in cairo wednesday to discuss the next step in the ongoing disputes. >> bret: john huddy in in the middle eastern newsroom. another foreign headlines, u.s. backed forces in syria have breached the wall around raqqa's old city. pentagon officials tell us that the major advance in the weeks will battle to drive isis militants from their self-declared capital. in iraq, that countries forces with u.s. backing are continuing their steady advance against the last isis stronghold in mosul. the prime minister says the civilians have rejected terrorists. the remaining militants trapped in the old city are now in a fight to the death. in caracas, venezuela, the supreme court has taken another step in undermining the
country's chief prosecutor. the panel has named a prosecutor one sanctioned by the u.s. to be the nation's number two law enforcement official. venezuelan president nicolas maduro's government has stripped congress of its powers. massive demonstrations against the government continue. a lot to cover across the world by let's talk about the president's foreign policy challenges, the most pressing of course north korea. elliott and grams his senior fellow for middle eastern studies at the council on foreign relations. michael hanlon at the brookings institution. gentlemen, standby. william received a statement -- we received a statement from rex tillerson, in part it reads. "united states strongly condemns north koreans launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. testing an icbm represents a new escalation of the threat to the united states. our allies and partners, the
region, and the world. global action is required to stop a global threat. any country that hosts north korean guestworkers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement u.n. security council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime. all nations should publicly demonstrate to north korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons. we intend to bring north korea's provocative action before the u.n. security council and enact stronger measures to hold the d prk accountable. the united states seeks only a peaceful denuclearization of the korean peninsula and the end of threatening actions by north korea. as we, along with others have made clear we will never accept a nuclear armed north korea. the president and his national security team are continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our allies and
partners." statement moments ago, as i was introducing you, from secretary of state rex tillerson. michael. >> well, my first thought is this sounds like an intensification of the economic pressure. if one listens to mr. tillerson's comments, he reminds other countries they have obligations about north korean workers, presumably about the kind of business they do with north korea. it suggests that secretary tillerson is aware that there probably are no good military options. we can try to shoot down missiles before they are launched but that risks escalation and might not be possible. we don't know where the missile is launched from. the economic instruments, however unsuccessful they have been so far, may still be our best recourse. if the whole world gets behind it. >> bret: in conjunction with the statement, at the same time, we are getting news from south korea that the u.s., along with south korea, holding joint
ballistic missile drills. south korea media reporting. >> are going to find out if there is the u.n. security council session nikki haley wants. where are the russians and chinese? are they going to be willing to have additional sanctions on north korea or do they want more talk and we have to do this alone? flying over north korea is a good thing to do but the question really is are we going to get serious about financial and economic sanctions? we work for a while, ten years ago in the bush administration. we let up on them. what i -- if you are a bank doing business with north korea, you are out. that is significant sanctions but that would affect china, chinese banks. are we going to do that? that's the kind of tough measure we should be willing to take. >> bret: is that what you hear in the statement? >> unclear. tough talk but are we willing to go forward with that?
is going to interfere with u.s.-chinese commercial and financial relationships. that's the question were going to find out in a day or two. are we willing to do it? >> bret: to your point about the mobile launch if, in fact, that's true, experts in the region say that's what they see in the photographs. it adds another dynamic to the challenge, not only with the icbm that can reach alaska, a two-stage missile, but also the fact that they can move them around and we wouldn't be able to stop them before they are launched. >> with the threat so far, some of those missiles might not have made it but we would have seen them prepared for launch. you can see the preparation and preempt. would've had the option at least in war, even if not in peacetim peacetime. secretary carter, secretary
perry wrote an op-ed in 2006 saying we should consider that even in peacetime. so we have those kind of options with a fixed launch site. you don't have that option nearly as easily with a mobile missile. you may be able to try to shoot it down in the ascent phase but you may not see it as it's prepared. >> bret: president trump is getting ready to go to the g20. he is going to have the first official bilateral with president putin. it comes as putin meets with chinese president xi talking in part about north korea. >> translator: as a part of mutual bilateral priorities, with a goal to guarantee peace and stability in northeast asia, we agreed to actively develop our mutual initiative.
freezing the nuclear capabilities of dprk and large-scale military exercise by the u.s. and the republic of korea. >> bret: he says no more exercises. the u.s. obviously is doing something tonight with south korea. >> this is an important meeting. the first kennedy-khrushchev meeting, khrushchev decided kennedy was a wimp and that led to a crisis in relations. the critical thing here is that we say no to putin on that because they have been trying for decades to get us to stop doing military exercises with south korea. they want us out of there. if we agree to that, it's a terrible beginning of the relationship between putin and trump. i hope he rejects it. >> bret: this has changed the dynamic. this is a different level we are at right now. true? >> i think so. i agree with elliott. if we could get a freeze on nuclear production that we can verify or that the chinese and russians and other third parties could verify, i would consider a freeze for freeze but the one
thing offer now is not favorable to america. >> bret: elliott, on this other topic not getting a lot of coverage, the battle between qatar and the other gulf states. about what's going to happen and for qatar possibly supporting extremism and terrorism. >> the qatari's need to come halfway. they need to stop doing what they are doing. if this results in the end of the gulf cooperation council, it is a gift to iran and we should be working hard to avoid dates. it would help if we had a state department full of diplomats and one of the problems is secretary tillerson is a kind of a one-man band. makes it hard to do all this diplomacy. >> bret: fortuitous fourth of july to have you in. happy independence day. up next, the tragic story of a terribly ill british child and now president trump and the pope are trying to help. tburn.
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>> bret: president trump and pope francis attempted to help a british child. the story is in the international spotlight and with that, all of the international politics around it. benjamin hall has the story from london. >> 11-month-old charlie gard born with a rare genetic diseas disease. his brain is damaged and he is currently on life support. doctors and lawyers, against the wishes of his parents, who want to spend as much time with them as possible, have said it's time to switch it off and let him die. >> the reality is charlie can't see, can't hear, can't move,
can't cry, he can't swallow. >> his parents fought to the european court of human rights after british courts ruled against them. >> mission to appeal. >> his parents who have raised $1.7 million towards his case, lost another bid, this time to take them to the u.s. for experimental therapy after judges ruled continued treatment would cause significant harm to charlie. their lawyer responded. >> they are facing every parent's worst nightmare. struggling to understand why the court has not given the chance of treatment in america. the medical evidence is complex and the treatment offered potentially groundbreaking. >> president trump has weighed in. yesterday he tweeted: if we can help little charlie gard, we would be delighted to do so."
the vatican intervened with pope francis praying. the case has reminded many of a right to die legal case in florida. her brother released a statement saying "charlie gard's life is more valuable than british or european bureaucrats realized her" this pits medical institutions and courts against charlie gard's parents. it's a topic which divides all nations. >> bret: thank you. millions of americans are spending the fourth of july away from home. one of the reasons, cheap gasoline prices. the federal rate has not been changed in decades. state governments are making moves on their own.
allison barber shows us. >> a big chunk of travelers this weekend are griping out of town, according to aaa. 2.9% more drivers than last fourth of july. experts say it's partly because gas across the country is cheaper, roughly $0.04 cheaper. how long will it last? in a may interview, president trump said he would consider increasing the federal gas tax. the white house seemed to backtrack. >> there was no endorsement of eight or support of it. he was relaying what another industry group has shared with him. >> the american petroleum institute says americans pay a little more than $0.49 in state and federal taxes on every gallon of gas. with diesel, it is $0.55 per gallon. >> the gas tax essentially finances the highway trust fund.
it's the most significant source of funding for building and improving federal highways with some help from the states. >> the last time lawmakers raised the federal gas taxes 1993. it hasn't been adjusted for inflation. the congressional budget office says the highway trust fund will not have enough money to fulfill its obligations. republicans like speaker of the house paul ryan, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, and wyoming senator john roscoe say they are against increasing the federal gas tax. democrats like chris murphy are for it. in a "new york times" op-ed, chicago mayor rahm emanuel called on president trump to increase it by $0.10. not a cut and dry issue. tom rice, a republican, supported a significant increase in the federal gas tax and introduced legislation to do it in 2015. >> congress doesn't want to raise it because it's unpopular with motorists.
deservedly so because so much of the gas tax is squandered on nonhighly needs. >> states have their own gas tax as well. as of july 1, 10 states have increased the gas tax. >> bret: allison barber live here in d.c. tonight on this fourth of july, some stories about america's heroes. the man who risked his life to save others and the effort to get him recognition many believe is long overdue. here is lucas tomlinson at the pentagon. >> that's where i was at. >> donald stratton is 1 of 5 uss arizona survivors from the pearl harbor attack still livin living. >> we got hit and it exploded like a million pounds of ammunition. the explosion could have taken us away but it didn't.
>> trapped aboard a sinking battleship, he and five others managed to escape which killed more than 1,000 shipmates. a fellow sailor threw them a lifeline. with burns over 60% of his body, he had to escape the burning warship. >> we went across the line, 60, 70 feet. he kept saying come on, you can make it great >> the man who rescued him, joe george. in his book, stratton described joe as the strongest man in the harbor. he disobeyed orders and throughw stratton the line. >> we have for generations here because of that man, 14 people in our family who wouldn't necessarily be here without joe
george joe george. >> stratton didn't know who saved his life until later when his family asked the navy to investigate. that's when they discovered their hero's name, joe george. more than 75 years later, stratton watson recognized. >> here he was. he saved six people's lives and didn't get anything. somebody in washington should take care of it. >> he feels so strongly that joe george deserves a medal that he and another survivor are coming to washington this month to press lawmakers to act. they hope president trump will intervene. >> bret: thank you. north korea pushes president trump's buttons again and now and official u.s. response. we will get reaction from the panel when we come back.
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freezing the nuclear capabilities of dp rk and large-scale military exercises by the united states and republic of korea. >> the era of strategic patience with the north korean regime has failed. many years and it's failed. >> frankly the patients is over. the united states, and other regional powers and all responsible nations to join us in implementing sanctions and demanding that the north korean regime choose a better path and do it quickly and a different future for its long-suffering people. >> bret: that was president trump friday. this happened last night. firing of an icbm, intercontinental ballistic missile. secretary of state released a statement saying "global actions to solve a global threat.
aiding and abetting a dangerous regime. all nations should publicly demonstrate to north korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons and we attempt to bring north korea's provocative actions before the u.n. security council." take a look at where the icbm traveled. it was a splash down about 480 miles away but believed that the missile, two-stage midsole, reach alaska. that's the big question, about whether north korea has been able to miniaturize its nuclear weapons to put it on the tip of one of these missiles and this has changed the dynamic because this icbm could reach the united states. in the past hour, in this show, the u.s. announced their joint
exercises ongoing with the south koreans. test what they are calling the army tactical missile system. this is ongoing. we expect to have video from the military momentarily of this u.s.-south korean test. kim jong-un obviously celebrating what he is seeing is a major, major change in the dynamic here. let's bring in the panel. tim farley, daniel helper, michael needham, syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. charles, read between the lines. secretary tillerson's statement and the actions u.s. is taking. >> i think the juxtaposition of the two clips illustrates the issue and the reason why the
tillerson statement comes out ineffective. putin is talking about using this crisis as a way to detach the united states from south korea. in other words, china and russia together want to see an end to the u.s.-south korean alliance. they want to use the issue as a kind of exchange in order to do that. we see this and we should see this as a direct threat to the security of the united states. it is an icbm that can hit u.s. territory and that would be catastrophic. we have completely different understandings of what the threat is and tillerson's statement simply says it's not a u.s. problem. it's a global problem. it's not. it's a u.s. problem. the global partners we talk about are not that interested in solving it. that's why all the sanctions, all the u.n. security council resolutions aren't going to do a
thing. as the president has said, were going to have to solve the problem ourselves if we can. >> bret: you don't think south korea and japan have a vested interest in china preventing north korea from having a nuclear weapon? to go they do but they don't have the means. only we do. that's why they are clinging to the u.s. alliance and that's why the chinese and the russians want to break it up. it leaves them naked and exposed. the japanese have no alternativ alternative. the south koreans have no alternative because we provide the nuclear umbrella and their security. but we are being exposed as being impotent in doing this because we don't have the means to do it. talk about a military option, i think it sounds fairly empty. >> i think it depends how you are talking about the means. ten years ago, we impounded
$23 million from a chinese bank and for about two years, the north koreans were squirming under the pressure. what it requires is not necessarily focus on the means or tactics but a complete strategic mindset shift. we have tried to bring the north koreans to the negotiating table. with the goal of getting them to accept denuclearization. we need a policy of active regime intolerance. use appropriate military pressure to make it clear there is no path forward for the kim regime and force them to come forward. last 25 years of thinking we can negotiate away nuclear weapons is an abject failure. >> bret: the fact that you have kim jong-un who is launch more missiles on his father or grandfather combined and he's doing so increasingly with success. i mean, it seems like this has changed the dynamic, daniel.
what do you see as a possible military response, considering the challenges of also possibly a mobile launcher? >> there could be cyber responses. we have done some in the past, at least they have been rumored and there are other ways to do it that perhaps more subversive than overt military tax. we've had 25 years of failed north korean policy. when it's failed in the past, the presidents gotten away with it because our military hasn't been advanced enough to inflict pain on the united states. it's different. there's a new leader with new capabilities. if we fail now, the possibility -- i i don't want o sound too grim but there are life and death implications. it's incumbent on the president to use those means to force north korea to do something different, and it requires i think different thinking that we've had in the past. >> bret: the only time we
heard from the president today it was about military families on the fourth of july. we saw it on the south lawn. secretary tillerson taking point on the statement. between early from the presiden president. "north korea has just launched another missile. does this guy have anything better to do with his life? hard to believe that south korea and japan will put up with this much longer. perhaps china will put a heavy move on north korea and end this nonsense once and for all!" >> that sort of gets to the question charles mentioned. japan and south korea really can't do anything. i ask these questions. i don't know what the answer is but i go back to something richard haas said a long time ago. there is no self-correcting mechanism in international relations. in case of policy, strategic patience is over. has it been replaced with inpatients? or is it just twitter taunts from the president? the point that china was not
going to be able to do anything, i'm a little concerned with the fact that we have our inspections closed off to our nuclear safety and security measures. you wonder what we can do, that's proportional, cyber attacks or whatever. what will get a response because it's a u.s. problem. this is something the united states is going to have to respond to it i don't know if you can build a coalition, especially if china is in charge of the security council meeting meetings. >> bret: supposedly a meeting in the works tomorrow to deal with it. the prospects of getting something significant through with china and russia there as well. >> i don't think it would make a difference if we were in charge of the security council. if we had the president, it would make no difference whatsoever. for the russians, it's in balance, asymmetry of interest. our interests are radically different from the chinese and russians.
for 25 years, we have refused to accept that. the fact is, the others don't care. the missiles launched by pyongyang are never headed west. they are always headed east, always headed our way. everybody understands what the target is. either we are going to act on our own which is what the president says he will do or, and we are approaching the point, were going to have to accept a nuclear north korea the same way that under mao tse-tung who was a fairly radical anti-american communist and we accept the fact that china went nuclear as well. a certain point, you you bow to reality and try to live in deterrence. it's not easy, it's uncomfortable but i think were going to reach that point where either it's going to be a binary choice for you go to war or you accept a nuclear north korea. >> bret: a nuclear north korea that clearly is trying to test missiles that get to the u.s.
>> absolutely unacceptable. during the cold war we didn't just come to terms with a soviet union that had nuclear weapons. we engage in a policy that said were going to figure out what is the most aggressive, appropriate response. >> bret: let's remind everybody the 2018 olympics, the winter games, are in south korea. all of those countries that are going to send athletes to south korea are going to do so potentially under this umbrella of uncertainty. >> it's a fantastic point and we need to make it clear that a nuclear armed north korea with weapons capable of reaching the united states under the kim regime is absolutely intolerable to the united states and that's where president trump comments on friday where exactly spot on. it's time for a different mindset in approaching north korea. >> bret: we have more on this. we are awaiting video from the u.s. military on this testing they are doing in response.
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>> bret: this is a fox news alert. just released images of a antimissile drill. in response to north korea's ballistic missile test. let's get the latest. national security correspondent jennifer griffin. >> we have just received his video from the u.s. eighth army. they have conducted a joint drill with the south koreans. ballistic missile drill, took place at a base outside south korea. if you look at the video, you can see these are short range surface to surface missiles pray they have a range of up to
200 miles. that is significant because remember seoul is 35 miles from the border with north korea. they are a far cry from -- if you compare them to the intercontinental ballistic missile with the 4,000-mile range the north korea tested. this is clearly a show of force, the u.s. and south korea are prepared north korea has about tens of thousands of artillery pointed toward seoul which has a population of about 10 million. that artillery is what some say is one of the reasons the u.s.-south korea and others are so concerned that it would be difficult to militarily counter north korea. that's one of the reasons they've been able to get away with these missile tests. that was the 11th this year.
this new missile north korea has could potentially reach alaska. this video we are seeing now from the u.s. eighth army and the south koreans is designed to send a signal to pyongyang that their military options but again none of those options are very good. >> bret: jennifer griffin, breaking news at the pentagon. thank you. following this all night. back with the panel. effective, getting the video and statement out? >> what is kim jong-un see he doesn't know. what does china see it doesn't know. the more tangible the action, the better. it's a good show but whatever specific actions they take at this point to get a response from north korea, i don't know you can even think he is a rational player. what's it going to make for north korea to respond? it's going to have to come comm china. >> bret: this is not the optimism panel. not a lot of optimism about
changing the situation but somebody's got to do something, right? eventually the dynamic has to change. either we are going to war and we are going to drop missiles or some of the country -- some other country is going to have an impact on north korea. >> the most extreme step, the one thing china is afraid of is a nuclear japan. that is their nightmare. japan is their historic enemy for centuries. nukes in the hands of the japanese would really scare them. the chinese are the only ones who can shutdown the regime in north korea. you really want to pull out all the stops short of war, i think we should go to the japanese and say we should make an announcement that we are going to go nuclear as a way to deter pyongyang. that would get the chinese attention and perhaps it would offer a way out. >> wasn't that donald trump's suggestion? give the nukes to south korea and japan? >> he has suggested a lot of
stuff then a lot of different ways. it's the only way other than acquiescence or war. >> this video is nice and it's great optics but you could be shooting down their own icbm tests and we could be more aggressive in that regard. stuff like that would be more defiant and show more aggressio aggression. after the fact, a video of us. >> to put the video in context, it's pretty routine after these types of things to do flyover's. the target of the video is korea and japan to show our allies we are present and strong. we will be the g20 summit when president trump does not give in to demands from putin. the video is what it is and nobody thinks it's the answer.
>> bret: let's take a second to notice that president xi and president putin met today, talking about north korea. president trump meets with president putin on the sidelines at the g20 in hamburg. >> i'm sure putin will toss this joint russian-chinese plan, the de-escalation plan. we stopped our exercises with seoul. they stopped they are testing their missile testing and nuclear testing. it's a complete nonstarter. i think it has to be rejected with contempt. i don't know if trump will do it. that will be test number one. that will be a way of seeing whether he can stand up to putin. that will be the sweetener. it's not worth the paper it's written on. >> angela merkel will be yelling about climate change. >> bret: thank you. when we come back, final thoughts on this fourth of july.
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>> bret: americans celebrated independence day in different ways. we wait for fireworks displays across the country. vice president pence and mrs. pence marched in the parade. gettysburg, pennsylvania, hundreds gathered for the 154th annual gettysburg civil war battle reenactment. the fourth of july is about freedom, independence, something north korea does not have. if you want to do something tonight with your family, take a moment and read the declaration of independence. that more than anything else will get you in the mood. it's great to be in this country bread happy fourth of july. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight pray that's it for
this "special report." fair, balanced, and still unafraid. "the story" starts in a moment. ♪ >> martha: welcome, tonight on independence day, we are grading the president. we are going to bring you more than 20 voters from across the political spectrum to get their thoughts on the trump presidency so far. we find ourselves roughly halfway through the presidents first year. six months packed with his legislative goals, a few misses. we know repealing and replacing obamacare has been delayed yet again until after the fourth of july holiday and the president is hinting the congress not reaching a deal is a distinct