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done. in that way he said he could best honor the people who he >> bret: rules of engagement, the battle over authorizing war. what limits could congress try to impose? the sanctions bill against russia, north korea, and iran, its law and moscow is fighting back. this is "special report" ." welcome to washington. i am bret baier. russian prime minister calling it a declaration of all-out trade war against russia. new u.s. sanctions bill against russia, north korea, and iran. they are in effect and after president trump signed the bill into law today.
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the president did so reluctantly, writing he believed certain parts of the bill limiting his tower to negotiate with other countries were unconstitutional. the president did not take issue with the clear statement in the bill that russia interfered in the 2016 election, codifying into u.s. law the determination of the u.s. intelligence agencies that vladimir putin ordered and influenced campaign in 2016. the main legislative push for the white house today, controversial one, a new one. merit-based legal immigration system. john roberts starts us off. good evening. >> top legislative priority repeal and replacement of obamacare stalled, president trump opened up another legislative can of worms, urging congress to take a swing at immigration reform. with little appetite in congress
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for wholesale immigration reform, president trump took a bite sized approach, throwing support behind a plan to reform the system for awarding green cards. >> as a candidate, i campaigned on a merit-based immigration system that protects u.s. workers and taxpayers and that's why we're here today. merit-based. >> the proposal put forward by tom cotton and david purdue would put ultra high skilled workers at at the head of the e for immigration status. >> it's imperative we focus on highly skilled permanent workers who can add value to our economy. >> the bill for reforming american immigration for a strong economy modeled on the merit-based systems of canada and australia. critics charge it unfairly targets latinos.
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the plan faces long odds in a congress wrestling over health care, tax reform, the debt ceiling at a budget battle. arkansas senator tom cotton remains optimistic. >> in bangor past and failed efforts, democrats have suggested they can support. i would suggest if we can succeed on this kind of incremental reform to immigration and might give the american people more confidence. >> president trump took on the issue of new sanctions against russia, reluctantly signing a bill he complains is seriously flawed and improperly encroaches on executive power because it limits the president's authority to conduct diplomacy and lifts sanctions -- and lift sanctions against russia. vice president mike pence had the president signed the measure for the sake of national unity. >> president trump believes whatever frustration we feel for
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congress limiting his authority to conduct foreign affairs. this legislation reaffirms the president's strong commitment to ongoing sanctions with russia to make it clear their behaviors are not acceptable. >> these sanctions also target north korea and iran. at the u.n. security council, ambassador nikki haley called out iran's bad behavior and the security council for allowing it to continue. >> as long as we allow the iranian regime to violate positions with impunity, it will be a source of weapons to terrorist groups. >> president trump couldn't resist calling out congress for handing him a bill he believes will limit his ability to make deals. in a statement complaining, "i built a truly great company with many billions of dollars. that's a big part of the reason i was elected. as president, i can make far better deals with foreign countries than congress." what appeared to be a day of
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calling people out, russia's prime minister called out president trump saying his signing of the bill shows the administration is "utterly powerless." he called this tantamount to a full-scale trade war with russi russia. >> bret: and a lot of changes at the white house recently. hearing about another staff shakeup. >> this is a pretty big one. behind the scenes, senior director of intelligence at the national security council. he has been removed from his position. h.r. mcmaster said they were looking for a different set of experiences going forward. ezra cohen-watnick famous being at the center of the controversy surrounding devin nunes' visit to the white house looking at intelligence reports that he said let him to believe many members of the trump administration were being unmasked. it's due on john, thank you. justice department is slamming "the new york times" over a report implying the
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administration would go after universities that were engaging in discrimination against white people in admissions. senior officials say the times referred to a memo that was a personnel posting looking for volunteers to investigate a case brought by asian americans. white house press secretary pushed back as well. >> "the new york times" article based entirely on uncorroborated inferences from a leaked posting in violation of policy. while the white house does not confirm or deny the existence of potential investigation, the department of justice will review credible allegations of discrimination based on race. a >> bret: the complaint was filed in 2015 and left unresolved by the obama administration. fbi has new director, christopher wray sworn in today by attorney general jeff sessions. wray replaces the fired james comey.
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wray says he's excited, humble, and grateful. state department officials say the president has authority he needs to wage war on isis. many in congress do not agree and they want a new authorization for the use of military force. what about that? rich edson is that the state department. >> on september 18, 2001, president george w. bush signed an authorization allowing the administration to use the u.s. military against those responsible for the terrorist attacks a week earlier. over the last 16 years, the white house is still using that broadly written authorization as the legal basis to fight the islamic state in syria and iraq. the trump administration has informed congress its seeking new changes to the 2001 resolution. in a closed hearing, secretary of state rex tillerson and defense secretary james mattis offer the administration perspective on the military authorization before the senate foreign relations committee, expanding on their earlier public statements.
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>> our mission and purpose and reason for being in syria is unchanged. we are there to defeat isis. all of our efforts are focused on defeating isis, denying them their caliphate. >> in a letter to bob corker, the state department's bureau of legislative affairs wrote "the united states has sufficient legal authority to prosecute campaign against al qaeda and associated forces, including against the islamic state of iraq and syria. the administration is not seeking revisions to the 2001 au mf or additional authorizations to use force." >> we never intended it be used against isis. if in syria. it was meant to deal with the threat to the country on 9/11. the organization's existing today were not the organizations involved in the attack against our country on 9/11. >> critics question its expansion to justify attacks against the syrian government.
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in june, the u.s. shot down a syrian fighter jet. the state department argues "the united states does not seek to flag -- fight the syrian government but does not hesitate to use force engaged in the campaign against isis." secretary matus says a new -- statement of resolve. >> attempt with what general mattis was talking about, assurance to the troops. >> the administration willing to work with congress and their efforts on capitol hill to do so. how to define the fight, or what powers to grant the president are issues that can bog it down. >> bret: u.s. air force has tested the icbm. the air force thing it was not a direct response to north korea and had been planned for a long time. anyone of these tests directly
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deals with possible u.s. response to north korea. at the same time, we are hearing about more u.s. pressure on china. what about that? >> the state department talking about it's pressure campaign, wants china to do more to corral its ally, north korea. china needs to do much more. the united states wants china to enforce existing sanctions, added additional sanctions to north korea. this is on top of the trump administration, according to reports, that it's going to enforce or look to enforce certain retaliatory trade mechanisms for what the chinese have done as far as intellectual property theft. state department official says that's been an issue between the united states and china and china's response remains insufficient. as u.s. officials tell fox news, intelligence officials tracked a
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chinese missile drill over the weekend that used a marked up version of u.s. artillery and u.s. stealth planes. the official said basically it was a message the chinese were sending. >> bret: rich edson live at the state department. overseas, the taliban claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing a troop convoy in southern afghanistan that killed two american soldiers. >> two u.s. service members killed today as afghanistan's deadly summary violence continues. the taliban and attacked nato convoy outside the city of kandahar. a car packed with explosives. >> the area was covered with dust and smoke. i saw a tank of foreigners had caught fire. >> isis claimed responsibility for an attack on a shia mosque
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hours earlier. killing more than 30 people, including children. since the u.s.-led coalition drastically reduced its presence in afghanistan in 2014, afghan security forces have struggled to maintain control of the country. losing several key districts to insurgents in recent months. >> we are not winning in afghanistan right now. and we will correct this as soon as possible. >> the trump administration promise to provide a new winning strategy for afghanistan by the middle of july. but so far, internal disagreements between the pentagon and white house civilian staff have prevented the administration from delivering a new strategy. secretary mattis and national security advisor h.r. mcmaster appear to support a plan lantus and 3900 u.s. troops to afghanistan to train and support afghan forces.
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according to a "wall street journal" report, president trump has expressed reservations about sending u.s. troops back to afghanistan. instead, the president has pushed the staff to come up with different options. >> the problem is during the last 17 years, almost every option is been tried and afghanistan remains a mess. while the administration debates what to do, the situation they are only continues to deteriorate. >> bret: connor, thank you. former director of the the washington va medical center has been fired. the veterans affairs department says brian hawkins was terminated because he failed to provide effective leadership. hawkins had been removed from his post in april after an inspector general report cited what he called the highest level of chaos at that hospital. thousands of people could have new jobs at this hour after amazon is going on a hiring spree. the company holding a jobs fair across the country, nearly a dozen warehouse facilities.
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plans on making thousands of hires on the spot. part of amazon's previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year. some observers say most of the people will lose their jobs in other stores because of amazon's expansion, then get new jobs at those warehouses. the dow eclipsed the 22,000 mark for the first time in its history this morning. industrial average ended up 52, another record close. s&p 500 gained 1, nasdaq lost fraction. the stock market surge is one indication of an improving economy. today, yesterday, at recent days, the president has taken a lot of credit for it. does he deserve the praise? peter doocy takes a look at the numbers. >> ever since president trump won 394 electoral college votes, stocks have added more than 3600 points. closing above 22,000 today for the first time ever.
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>> it's going to go higher. >> president trump takes credit and experts say he deserves some for cutting regulations while he waits for congress to fix health care and the tax code. >> i talk to business people. they tell me more than any tax cut if you lay off them in terms of the environmental and other regulations, the bottom line. >> the company adding the most points has been boeing. >> the economy seems to be gaining momentum. the strength in the economy which was narrowly based now seems to be broadening. >> the dow is high, unemployment is low, and gdp continues to grow slowly, right now at 2.6%. >> we have a growth rate which has been much higher than, as you know, anybody anticipated.
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>> when president obama was gdp failed to crack 3%, candidate trump was critical. >> obama is the first president in modern history not to have a single year of 3% growth. >> 2.6% growth is an improvement over last quarter. >> we had a surge in equipment personages. one of the reasons why businesses are buying more equipment is they feel more confident about the current economic environment. >> the economy is strong enough that wall street bankers and blue-collar workers alike could cash in. >> in which people make more money, quite frankly they spend it. they spend it on a lot of stuff that trickles down to poor people. >> during the first six months of their terms, president george h.w. bush and obama's greater gains on the s&p 500 than trump. but the 8.8% growth therefore president trump does put him ahead of clinton and reagan. >> bret: thank you. still ahead, a horrible crime and how it could affect the
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sanctuary city policy in one pacific northwest town. up next, with the administration talking about cutting legal immigration, we will look at one industry that cannot get enough help.
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seen better years. >> you don't have change without pain and i think we are seeing the pain. >> in the form of an extreme labor shortage. more than 56% of single-family builders across the country say they are in the same boat. 4 out of 5 companies reported a serious shortage according to the national association of homebuilders. so bad nearly 70% say they've had to decline new projects. >> we have to turn work down which we are doing routinely. >> analysts say factors are to blame. mexico's economy is doing well. fewer people are crossing the border for work. president trump's stance on illegal immigration which many believe is the real root behind the shallow pool of migrant labor. >> their expectations. >> he says with a scarcity like
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this, get ready to wait longer and pay more. >> we have seen construction costs climb by over 30%. instead of 12 guys coming out, you get four guys. >> texas has been hit hard. behind california, more illegal immigrants called texas home than any other state. here in the dallas area, the local homebuilders association estimates there are roughly 50,000 fewer construction workers this season compared to last. >> bret: casey stegall in dallas, thank you. portland, oregon, man who's been deported from the u.s. at least 20 times is accused of sexually assaulting a 65-year-old woman. sergio martinez taken into custody monday. charged with attacking another woman who fought him off. local authorities released martinez from custody last year despite a request from federal authorities to notify them
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beforehand. portland a sanctuary city. residents of one washington town are pushing for a vote on their sanctuary city policy. this comes as a 23-year-old illegal immigrant sits in jail they are accused of a heinous crime. dan springer tells us. >> on the night of june 25, a 19-year-old woman was beaten and raped. she had a bloody head, missing teeth, ear was torn, was only wearing her tank top. four days later police arrested their suspect at the apartment complex next door. 23-year-old salvador diaz garcia, an illegal immigrant. i.c.e. confirmed he passed a background check in 2013 and was given daca status.
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renewed twice, most recently january 21st. now there's an effort to repeal the law. led by craig keller who says the victim was not helped by immigrants willingness to come forward. >> she was beaten unconscious in her apartments physical fitness room and then raped. >> the city council is divided. supporters, they say the attack is not an indictment of the policy. >> if it were the case that all people undocumented work committing these crimes, we would have a higher number but we don't. we should look at the facts. >> opponents argue giving sanctuary to illegals makes citizens less safe. >> you want to lean toward having this welcoming, we want everybody here to be happy and feel safe, how can we guarantee it we don't know anything about people living in our midst?
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>> salvador garcia being held on a $350,000 bail. his dream or status was revoked. november, the voters could be the first in the nation here to repeal by referendum a sanctuary city law. >> bret: thank you. up next, how politicians came together to literally bridge the gap between two states. first, here's what some of our fox affiliates are covering. fox 9 in the twin cities, a school receptionist is dead and one other person unaccounted for after an explosion and collapse at a christian school in minneapolis. crews are searching through the rubble, it's believed the blast was caused by a ruptured gas line. no students were among the injured. fox 43 in york, pennsylvania. at least 32 railcars derailed from a freight train carrying hazardous materials. the accident happened 100 miles southeast of pittsburgh, forced the evacuation of the entire town. no injuries have been reported. the cause of the derailment is
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>> bret: we continue our look at america's crumbling infrastructure and a rare bipartisan effort to do something about it. douglas kennedy on a bridge between two states that could serve as a bridge between two parties. >> this morning, a ribbon-cutting.
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you've heard of a bridge to nowhere. this was the bridge that was going nowhere. they were trying to build this bridge for almost 50 years. >> lack of funding was a big problem. lack of cooperation between federal agencies and even in some cases state and local agencies. the inability to sometimes get along. >> the st. croix economic development corporation which had advocated for the completion of the st. croix crossing, bridge that connects eastern minnesota with western wisconsin. experts on infrastructure say it's a miracle the bridge was even built at all. infrastructure is very difficult to get funded at this point and in particular, bridges. >> yes, it's a really difficult time right now. we've got a lot of needs throughout the country, a lot of functionally obsolete bridges. >> wasn't just the $650 million price tag. the bridge had been opposed by major political stalwarts like
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former vice president walter mondale. environmental groups staged protests and filed lawsuits but two women from opposite ends of the aisle came together. in 2012, minnesota senator amy klobuchar, democrat, joined forces with representative michele bachmann, republican. this was an unlikely coupling that created the energy to change people's minds. >> democrats, republicans, locals, state, federal, at one point, they decided to come together and the project occurred. >> when people come together, they can make happen some pretty amazing things. like this bridge. that's it from here. back to you. >> bret: in stillwater, minnesota. thank you. north carolina's largest health insurance company says it does not need 522.9% increase in premiums after all.
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instead, blue cross blue shield will request a 14.1% raise. the company credits new information for the change. blue cross and blue shield is the only insurer offering obamacare policies in 95 of that states 100 counties. they don't call them the dog days of summer for nothing. historic heat in the pacific northwest causing major problems as august begins. further south, they are used to the high temperatures. adam housley has the sweltering details. >> portland, oregon, police were handing out bottled water. locals sweating it out with temperatures 20 degrees above the average august day and expected to reach 107 in a city where many homes are without air conditioning. >> it's hotter than i preferred, in oregon, especially but we are -- >> don't forget the animals. at the zoo, water cannons, icecaps, missed makers have been
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installed. >> we open up their houses and give them the option to go in. they get into a cooler area. >> the record heat has doctors warning parents, firefighters, summer camps to be on alert for heat related health risks. >> body temperatures climbing, with heatstroke and the difference is you start to have neurological changes. you might be dizzy, have difficulty walking, difficulty concentrating. in severe cases, people can present comatose. >> in the south, it is the leftovers of tropical storm emily. hammering parts of the florida coast with wind and flooding. half a foot of rain in miami. >> we had floods, it was like a river. running through the front. >> from phoenix to southern california, another hot and muggy day. major thunderstorms,
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lightning-caused fires. triple digit is expected in southern california where beachgoers will find little relief. each hazard in the the -- any . >> bret: the panel next and what the president calls historic immigration reform. we will analyze it after the we will analyze it after the
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>> not only restore our competitive edge but it will restore the sacred bonds of trust between america and its citizens. this legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling american families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and that puts america first. >> it's a historic moment. the biggest proposed change that would take place in 50 years.
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proposing to limit family-based migration to spouses and minor children. additionally we are establishing a new entry system that's points based. >> if we can succeed on this incremental reform, and might give the american people more confidence to tackle more challenging issues. >> bret: changed immigration. the green cards that go outputting high skilled, ultra high skilled workers in front of the line for the legal immigration. a change that the president's advisor on this, telling reporters will be welcomed and pushed from the outside in. >> as far as a real push for change, that begins in earnest aggressively starting today. i do think, i work on the policy side but i do think voters across the country are going to demand these kinds of changes. the effects it has on their lives and their communities, and
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this is overwhelmingly popular. >> bret: if you look at the latest poll out today by quinnipiac about the president's handling of immigration, upside down in this particular poll. will this turn all of that around? let's bring in the panel, michael crowley. mollie hemingway, senior editor at "the federalist." syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. >> having a targeted, skilled, coherent immigration policy should not be controversial. the change that deals with merit-based allocation of spots is wise. the only thing that's controversial is decreasing the number of people allowed entry into the country. there are two main problems. with our legal immigration system. not focused on skills enough and the portion that does focus on skills is poorly designed. 30% of people coming into the country have anything to do with
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an economic case. half of those are merit-based. 6.5% or something. having an immigration system that matches more with what canada or australia does, it's long overdue. >> bret: new green card recipients, you look at, no stats for 2016 yet. 2015, about 1,051,000 new green card recipients. you look at how many green card holders are here in the u.s., this goes back to 2014, 13,200,000. charles, big issue and won the white house thinks they can have a win on. >> long overdue. if you make the case, it's an easy one to make and it would prevail. it would take time but you have to make the case. i love the hypocrisy of the liberals so shocked by this.
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people who swoon over canada's progressivism with its national health care and matinee star liberal prime minister. when the u.s. proposes essentially the canadian system, merit-based system, shocked at how mean and racist it is. this is a no-brainer. the united states is the place everybody wants to go, every immigrant. you find somebody on a raft on the south china sea, they are going to the united states, they want to go to the united states. we choose to pick people randomly out of the phonebook. this does not make sense. we should be doing what canada and australia are doing and cashing in on the fact that the world wants to come in. it's amazing we haven't done this. that's the core of the issue. >> bret: >> bret: senator tom c, also at the white house, georgia
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senator david perdue. >> health care, tax, a lot of things we're working on. we are starting the process. we're going to work with both sides. with the popularity of the system in canada and australia we think it should be a bipartisan effort. >> it is going to be a tough sell legislatively. there aren't going to be any democrats on board. already seen some republicans complain, lindsey graham is one example. you have business groups and economists saying this may not be the right solution for the economy. we can argue about that. i do think it's interesting to see come at a time when donald trump has had some setbacks. he's had to swallow this bill on russia sanctions. and of course we saw that fiasco health care reform turned into. we've seen that transgender military ban, done by tweet,
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might not happen. college affirmative action that "the new york times" reported. i think you're seeing trump taking some steps that are going to be popular with his base, particularly the part of the coalition people referred to as populist, nationalist. the idea of americans will been left behind, gotten a raw deal in the economy. workers in the rust belt in some states he snatched from hillary clinton feeling like no one's looking out for them. i think this kind of proposal plays to that audience. i am struck, i see this like steve miller, who saw talking about the legislation, and steve bannon, who are proponents of this vision and the white house. i hear their voices when trump says in the sound bite that this legislation will not only restore our competitive edge but the sacred bonds of trust between america and its citizens, touching on a larger theme of national identity that
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i think is going to be good with his base. >> bret: i want to point out "the new york times" story, there is pushback by the justice department that this was not anything they are doing on the college thing but the rest of the list, they haven't had any big successes legislatively. can they get one with this? what democrats are going to sign on to the effort? >> you are right that the problem is that the two groups coming out most hard against this will be big businesses and corporations that benefit the most from low skilled importation of low-wage workers. low skilled and low-wage worker workers. politically on the left, they benefit the most from the current policy. many corporations, i assume, will push their republican members. having said that, most of what our current system does is benefit elites, people who are
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well-connected. they sever the least from the immigration policy. the rest of the country, interacting with some problems that come with not having a solid immigration policy, these are the people crying out shut down for decades. >> bret: speaking of interaction, i want to play some of the interaction from the white house briefing room with stephen miller. interesting. >> this notion of, they have to learn english before they get into the united states, are we just going to bring in people from great britain and australia? >> i'm shocked that your statement that you think that only people from great britain and australia would know english. it reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree. >> trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into the country. >> one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, foolish things you've ever said.
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>> i asked you first is -- for statistics. >> this is a reality happening in our country. to be it's time we had compassion for american workers. >> bret: stephen miller was bringing the heat. >> i think he won that round. it's kind of weird to believe that the only people who speak english are englishmen and australians. a high level of unskilled immigrants, some legal, some illegal, are going to depress wages. that's not a complicated economic theory. the irony is that the pushback is going to come from the chamber of commerce. and then the limousine liberals on the left who gain by having low skilled people doing their
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lawns and looking after their children. the people who suffer from illegal immigration, depression of wages are those who are the less educated. it isn't only white rust belt workers. its african-americans, hispanic immigrants, legal hispanic immigrants. i think we should face up to the fact that if you want to help though wage stagnation, one way to do it is not have a flood of low-wage workers, unskilled workers who compete with americans. that's kind of uncomplicated. >> bret: this is not the last time we will talk about this. next up, new war authorization bill in the works. and the president signed the sanctions bill.
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..nctions bill. >> the president favors tough measures the punishment of rogue regimes in north korea. he also sending signals that we won't tolerate interference in our democratic process on russi russia. the power of the presidency, and he signed it in the interest of unity. it is very clear that we support tough sanctions, and we continue to do so. that has not changed, and i think that is reflected in the statements today. >> north korea, and iran, already moscow is pushing back hard. he did so with a signing statement, limiting his authority and powers were unconstitutional. michael, it happened, it was delayed. it came with a signing statement. what about it? >> it he had no choice but to n
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it. passed overwhelmingly. so, no choice but to sign the bill, there were things about the signing statement that were interesting to me, and i think actually underplayed. he was grouchy about it. he thinks that congress is stepping into his executive authority to conduct foreign policy. i would point out, barack obama, who frequently complained that congress was passing tougher sanctions on iran that he wanted, threatening to derail his diplomacy with iran and the nuclear deal. later taking credit, but this is not unique to complain about congress stepping on a presidents part prerogative. you do have to give trump his due on this. the language in the signing statement, although there was grumbling, some of the strongest language i have seen trump use about russia and political interference in meddling,
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america will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and we will side with our allies and friends against russia supporters and destabilization. from the perspective of someone who thinks trump needs to stand up more to vladimir putin to acknowledge what happened in the 2016 election i think that is progress. >> in the bill hidden self , and the bill itself, he did not wobble. let me putin did order in 2016 and in the united states presidential election. it is in the bill the bill. >> this focus on election meddling and the entire media coverage on whether this is good to sign or not has been flawed. no one is talking about whether or not it's constitutional. it's not pure no one is talking about whether or not it's a good idea, it's -- >> well, he did. >> there was no option here. there should be an option. we should talk about whether or not it's best to have sanctions negotiated by congress, or if
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it's good to do as the consultation states, let the president have that as a negotiating tool. those are very important right now, because we have, with russia, they are making an alliance with china, something we should find threatening. we need their help in syria, we need to help with iran, with venezuela, we have a lot of interest guiding us there, and to hamstring this and make it more difficult to have worked with this very serious adversary, it is a bad idea, and no one is talking about that. >> you don't think they should be punished at all for what they did in the 2016 election? >> this will punish them, not the good thing, but this will also punish american companies, which is not good. and it's also not good to not have some negotiating wiggle room with this country. >> i think in this case, hamstringing is an excellent idea. i think the policy is exactly right. michael is right, there is nothing new here. the president always objects when congress stepped in and puts restrictions, particularly when it comes to opposing sanctions. it happened with obama, you have
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with trump, it's going to happen with the annex and administration. but the policy is a good one, the russians have to be punished. the idea that we are restricting and holding trump back from negotiating so cleverly and astutely with russia on other things, we haven't gotten anything from russia, particularly on syria for example. where we negotiated so-called cease and fire. where the russians were going to be the ones imposing it, that astute negotiation -- i do agree that the president has gotten it right. although, i love that sarah huckabee sanders said we did this in the name of national unity. he did this in the name of not being humiliated and overridden by a congress that, when i think of the senate, 97-2, he had no choice, he had to do it. he ended up in the right place. the president wants to relax sanctions in the deal, to go to congress and negotiated, there is nothing wrong with that. >> again, this is a country that
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is making moves in ways we should find threatening, and to have less flexibility with them is not a great idea. >> we did not get time for you today, but it is still happening. we are going to take that up again this week. the authorization of the use of military force is a big deal. when we come back, a 9-year-old boy takes on whitney houston's song and w constipated? trust #1 doctor recommended dulcolax. use dulcolax tablets for gentle dependable relief. ..
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massive recognition for his singing skills. dane miller, singing along to whitney houston's hit, "i have nothing" went viral. ♪ >> i want him to keep going. that's awesome. that's it for the special report. fair, balanced, unafraid. >> good morning.unafraid. it is thursday, august 3rd, donald trump taking a step toward keeping his campaign promise unveiling a brand-new
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immigration plan. >> the reforms in the raise extra help ensure newcomers to our wonderful country will succeed and will achieve the american dream. heather: new reaction overnight. >> the fbi director said receiving and sending classified information in a nonsecure way subject to prosecution. >> smash them,. the man tried to make them disappear but the secret and hillary clinton's private server coming back to haunt her, shocking information just revealed. >> the deadly school explosion, when investigators are saying as another body is pulled from the rubble. "fox and friends" first starts right now. ♪ ♪ i want you to know
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♪ you and me ♪ i want you to know ♪ rob: good morning, you are watching "fox and friends" first on thursday morning. heather: thank you for starting your day with us, great to have you with us as always. it is the biggest change in 50 years, donald trump unveiling his new plan to cut legal immigration in half. todd: aiming to raise american wages and protect jobs. >> reporter: a merit-based immigration system called the most significant reform in half a century senators cotten and perdue, reform american immigration system for the economy or raise back in february. donald trump gave it


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