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when i was a kid. i'm depressed now. that's all the time we have. thank you for watching. make sure to follow us on social media. fncspecialists on twitter and facebook. remember, 5:00 will never be the same. "special report" starts now. >> bret: the first indication of an american preemptive attack, the army of north korea will turn the u.s. mainland into the theater of a nuclear war. that from the north korean state run television after president trump's warning of fire and fury if the north keeps threatening the u.s. welcome to washington. i am bret baier. as the rhetoric gets hotter, the president's top diplomat trying to tone it down. rex tillerson in guam, a u.s. territory and potential north korean target, trying to be the voice of calm. suggesting north korea should engage in a dialogue with the u.s.
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president trump tweeted about a stronger and more powerful u.s. nuclear arsenal. his defense secretary shored him up, warning the north to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people." fox team coverage. kevin corke, doug mckelway. rich edson starts us off from the state department with a war of words. >> good evening. secretary of state rex tillerson returning from several days in southeast asia where he tried to convince adversaries and allies to pressure north korea to get it to give up its weapons program. secretary of state says that campaign is beginning to show signs that it's working. as he does so, he's trying to also calm the rhetoric between north korea and the united states.
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as two nuclear armed countries trade threats, secretary of state rex tillerson offers calm. >> americans should sleep well at night. no concerns about this particular rhetoric over the last few days. i think the president as commander-in-chief, he felt it necessary to issue a strong statement directly to north korea. >> tillerson returning from several days of diplomacy. he spoke to reporters. traveling to guam, an island north korea warned it was "carefully examining" as a missile target. >> they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. >> that true bipartisan -- drew bipartisan criticism. >> the leaders i've seen don't threaten unless they are ready to act. i am not sure president trump is ready to act. it sort of the classic trump in that he overstates thing.
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>> chuck schumer says "we need to be firm and deliberate with north korea but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep america safe." secretary tillerson explained the president's comments as a translation. >> the president is sending a strong message to north korea in language that kim jong-un would understand because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language. >> the president issued his warning during an event on opioid addiction. "the weekly standard" reports the white house and the national security council were unaware of the president would offer such a warning. sarah huckabee standridge responded "general kelly and others were well aware of the tone of the statement. the words were his own. the tone and strength were discussed beforehand" secretary tillerson pressing international counterparts. he claims kim jong-un's regime is responding. >> the pressure is starting to show.
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i think that's why they rhetoric out of pyongyang is becoming louder. >> president trump boasted about the u.s. nuclear arsenal that "it's far stronger and more powerful than ever before." in a statement secretary of defense james mattis adds "while our state department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed, robust defensive and offensive capabilities on earth." while in asia, the secretary said he spoke with officials from china and russia, noting that those countries have open lines of communication with north korea. he says he's helping those countries use the discussions to try to get north korea to halt its weapons development. >> bret: rich edson of the state department. thank you. one of the pieces of advice president obama gave his successor going out the door, refurbish the country's aging nuclear arsenal. president trump, as confirmed by his defense secretary, issue that order.
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this morning, the president suggested that's been done. how realistic is that? kevin corke takes a look. >> mr. trump said it was his first order as president, to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. technically it was his eighth order but first national security presidential memoranda, coming on january 27 when he wrote his defense secretary shall "initiate a new nuclear posture review to ensure the united states nuclear deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st century threats and reassure our allies." currently, america's nuclear arsenals and second only to russia in overall inventory with 6800 warheads. 1950 of which are deployed. by comparison, north korea according to latest estimates have has approximately ten to 20 more. the u.s. arsenal which includes 400 long-range icbms, more
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than a dozen nuclear substantive fleet of b-52 and b-2 bombers is aging, a problem the pentagon planted to shore up with a $108 billion investment. if fixed announced by the obama administration last september. >> significant modernization plan for the next decade to upgrade the american nuclear arsenal. frankly, we've seen him make extremist statements and false statements about all manner of things. it's more concerning when you're talking about nuclear weapons. >> do you want to do in five years? do you want to do something now? >> mr. trump of austria's 1999 interview with tim russert seems to mirror the urgency with which the curtain administration views the north korean threat. today defense secretary james mattis magnified the prevailing mood writing "dd prk regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours."
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context, the president's 2018 budget calls for a significant increase in u.s. defense spending, an additional $54 billion. the white house as that would not only go a long way toward modernizing the american nuclear arsenal but also go a long way toward maintaining it. something that obviously we certainly need. >> bret: thank you. now to the other side of the nuclear football, if you will, americans missile defense. how effective is it? doug mckelway looked where the program stand. >> in the reagan era, it was called the strategic defense initiative. >> we could intercept and intergraph destroy strategic ballistic missiles before they reached our soil. >> and reagan launched the program in 1983, opponents ridiculed him as technologically unattainable, "star wars" fantasy. seven years later in the first gulf war, u.s.-made patriot missile batteries used two intercept scud missiles aimed at israel. critics have a mostly failed
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with a few successful hits but manufacture raytheon claimed a hit rate of 60%. today thaad has successfully intercepted medium-range missiles. two other defense arrays have intercepted ballistic missiles at a 55% and 83% rate. none is good enough. >> the problem arises that if you have to engage more than one, more than three, ten, simultaneously you are a problem becomes much more complicated. >> the problem gets worse if, as expected, north korea expands its arsenal. stick with the threat we're going to face is anywhere from 50 to 75 north korean icbms. that's the problem. let's say we do very well and we get 65 out of 70. that's not good enough. >> it may explain
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president trump's aggressive language on tuesday. >> they will be met with fire and fury. >> the tough talk was not reflected in the president's defense budget. he cut $300 million per missile defense while the house armed services committee added $2.5 billion, the defense authorization remains bottled up in congress. from their august recess, congressional critics slashed out of the president's aggressive words, most noting it was an alarming departure from two decades of more measured presidential responses. >> look at what it's gotten us. there's no more room for this president to kick the can down the road. >> in the cold war, many believed peace was kept through the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, the belief that neither side wants to commit suicide by starting a nuclear attack. many defense hawks doubt kim jong-un thinks that way. in which case, the best defense a be a good offense. >> bret: thank you. a major development tonight in the investigation of the special
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counsel's investigation into russian interference in the election. the home of president trump's former campaign manager has been raided. what does that tell us and what's next? allison barber has the story. >> further signs special counsel robert mueller's wide-ranging probe is heating up. fbi agents executed a search warrant on the home of trump's former care manager -- campaign manager paul manafort. "mr. manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well." agents went to manafort's home on july 26, the day he was supposed to testify before the senate judiciary committee. manafort made a deal with the committee to interview behind closed doors regarding a june 2016 meeting that includes
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manafort, jared kushner, donald trump, jr., and a russian lawyer. the next day, manafort met with staff on the senate intelligence committee, the judiciary committee reached to deal with manafort and dropped its subpoena. july 26, the fbi raided manafort's home and president trump tweeted about the idea of replacing then acting fbi director andrew mccabe. the post cited sources familiar with the special counsel investigation save the search warrant was wide-ranging and agents left with "various records." some legal experts say the raid was unnecessary and the timing suspicious. >> a search warrant is something you do when you have someone who you think is going to destroy evidence or flee the jurisdiction. >> there's been no evidence produced that that's the case. >> others say it makes sense. >> i'm sure they looked at it and decided they were missing documents, things that didn't fit. holes they wanted to fill. that's why they conducted the
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search. they didn't feel they could trust manafort to voluntarily give them all they needed. >> donald trump, jr. reportedly give the senate judiciary committee 250 pages of documents. the campaign says they gave the committee 20,000. >> a federal investigation into manafort began around the time he was forced to resign from the trump campaign amid reports of his dealings with foreign governments, specifically ukraine. mueller has reportedly taken over that investigation. >> bret: thank you. we were keeping our eyes on the skies in washington. a russian spy plane was in the d.c. area today. it's not a prelude to an invasion. it's part of the open skies treaty that allows the u.s. and russia to conduct surveillance flights in each other's countries. such missions are usually focused on military targets but this time, russia was said to be flying over washington today, new york and new jersey in coming days.
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here in washington, there's new battles during, and intraparty dustup between senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and president trump. as we told you last night, my candle jabbed -- mcconnell jabbed at the president. tonight peter doocy shows us it did not take long for the president to fire back. weeks ahead of an important fall congressional season. >> the president is mad at the majority leader and wants to know what's the holdup, tweetin tweeting: "senator mitch mcconnell said i had "excessive expectations," but i don't think so. after 7 years of hearing repeal and replace, why not done?" this tweet follows a comment earlier this week where a where long-time senator mcconnell complained "brand-new president trump doesn't get it." >> has not been in this line of work before.
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had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen. >> mccollum may be the reason the president has certain expectations. in january, he said obamacare will be repealed that month. >> the first several be taken in the senate by the end of this week and it will go to the house. >> mcconnell said he expected health care reform and tax reform done within the first 200 days of trump. >> what the speaker has done which i concur with and the administration is on board with is to lay out a game plan through the august recess. for myself, i intend to stick to the plan. >> another deadline that came and went. despite the rhetoric, the president did the majority leader a favor with a strange endorsement, as in he endorsed luther strange, facing a g.o.p. primary tweeting: "senator luther strange has done a great job representing the people of alabama.
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he has my complete and total endorsement." analysts say the president's endorsement is one way to try to keep the agenda on track. >> mitch mcconnell may not be on president trump's good side right now but what he needs our votes and he needs things to happen. while the president may be frustrated with mcconnell, in the end, mcconnell offers production in the best path available to try to get the president's key legislation through. stick with the president thinks he was sold a bill of goods because majority leader mcconnell could not repeal and replace obamacare in 200 days, as promised. now the president is trying to turn the 62 million people who voted for him against the lawmaker who couldn't get one more republican vote to repeal. >> bret: thank you. coming up next, a spiritual advisor ways in about world issues that president trump is dealing with.
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>> bret: intimates focus on faith, throwing some fire and brimstone into the furor over north korea. an evangelical advisors says god has given him the authority, president trump. lauren green tells us not everyone agrees. >> they will be met with fire and fury. >> president trump, a reaction to the nations capabilities and threats. a pastor from first baptist dallas is trump not only has god's blessing but a biblical mandate to take out the testy tyrant.
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>> the bible gives president trump the moral authority to use whatever force necessary, including assassination or even war, to take out an evil door like kim jong-un. i think most christians understand that. >> citing the book of romans 13, referencing government rulers which says in part "for he is the servant of god, an avenger who carries out god's wrath on the wrongdoer." a pastor and theologian who was built a career starting prophecy does not agree. >> if we use romans 13, for the context or the authority to do that, it's evil on society. a ruler who is not good. by that logic, he should have been taken out a long time ago. >> he is one of several evangelicals who recently prayed for and with president trump at the white house. it's this kind of mingling of
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politics and the pulpit is made pope francis fear the growing alliance. johnny moore, the head of trump's evangelical panel sent a letter to the pope asking for a meeting. >> the question is, whether the bridge building pope, if his bridges extend all the way the conservatives, catholics, and others that disagree with the premise of this article or if that bridge isn't long enough for us. >> jeffers says he respects the pope and would welcome a meeting. on this issue of biblical interpretation he believes the holy father is wrong. >> bret: thank you. state department officials say the department is expelled two cuban taking -- cuban diplomats. a series of american diplomats left in cuba with physical
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symptoms. potential only permanent hearing loss. ap says cuba may have placed sonic devices that produce nonaudible sound inside or outside of the residences of several embassy staffers with the intent of deafening them. the americans eventually came home. president trump as he to begin construction on the southern border wall but an invisible wall is currently being built as we speak. tonight national correspondent william la jeunesse tells us deportations are up and rulings allowing immigrants to this day are down. >> a rally in denver protesting president trump. >> we have neighbors in our midst that are afraid of. >> based on the latest federal data, they have reason to be, something immigration officials predicted. >> what a federal judge makes a decision, in order to remove them from the country, the decision needs to mean something very >> figures show the total
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number of illegal immigrants court ordered to leave the u.s. increased 31% over the same period last year. at the same time, those allowed to stay in the u.s. declined. 21%. >> they are going to look at these numbers and proclaim donald trump to be the deporter in chief, when this is a return to the way immigration law was enforced for decades. >> president obama granted sanctuary to some 2400 men, women, and children per month. not so with president trump, who deported to high school students back to el salvador. >> this administration has shut the door and opportunity for so many people. and decided they are going to detain them and deport them. >> fixing the policies. people still get deceived due process, they get to see a judge. once the decision has been made,
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we need to stand by it. >> president trump's rhetoric deterred many central americans from coming to the u.s. but that's changing. apprehensions in the rio grande valley arising from 100 to 400 a day. july arrests jumped to 18,000, up 2,000 from june. officials attribute the uptick to do things. human smugglers are challenging the administration's enforcement strategy. court decisions and a lack of bed space for women and children have effectively led to return of catch and release. >> bret: stocks down. dow lost 37. sb 500 off 1. nasdaq dropped 18. up next, the va is forced to take back a top executive it's trying to fire. here's what some of our affiliates around the country are covering. fox 6 in milwaukee. wisconsin state legislators preparing for a first vote on a proposal for a $10 billion
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planted by a taiwanese electronics company. state is providing $3 billion in incentives. scott walker calls the deal transformational. nonpartisan budget analysis as taxpayers may not see benefits until 2043. fox 4 in kansas city. law enforcement escorts the body of a slain calling to his hometown. 37-year-old clinton, missouri officer killed during a traffic stop sunday. a vigil will be held tonight and the funeral saturday. the suspected shooter is in custody. live look at san francisco from our affiliate fox 2. one of the big stories there tonight, huge crane crashes to the ground, damaging a house, two sheds, , and offense in campbell, near san jose. the crane was extended its full 190 feet before toppling over. witness said the company is blaming an equipment malfunction. no injuries were reported. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from
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>> bret: not so fast, that's the message from one federal agency to one another. achieve national correspondent ed henry outside the veterans affairs building in washington with details. good evening. >> that's right. secretary david shulkin has been trying to finally bring some accountability to this agency by firing employees who do not take care of our nation's veterans. and yet today we learned the merit systems protection board which handles appeals ordered shulkin allow brian hawkins back to work even though hawkins was fired last month as the head of the va medical center here in washington, d.c., after officials discovered the hospital was putting patients at
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risk. a report by the va inspector general found dirty conditions and supply shortages dating all the way back to 2014, a second report found hawkins had broken va policy by sending sensitive information to private email accounts. after hawkins was initially demoted in april, the following month you'll remember you interviewed secretary shulkin and he held up this case as an example of how the trump administration wanted to finally clean things up. >> you just fire the head of the d.c. va hospital. is it easy to fire people when you find out egregious things happening? >> it's too hard to make sure when our leadership loses its way we are able to remove them. we need legislation to help me do the job the american people want me to do. >> in june, president trump
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signed a bill into law and it was aimed at stopping the merit systems protection board from reversing the va's moves to fire employees. tonight the va is saying it's trying to quickly assess the development see whether the new powers the president got in june will allow them to fire hawkins. we are told hawkins has a desk job in washington. he's not being sent back to the hospital. >> bret: thank you. u.s. imposing new sanctions on venezuela. it's in response to president nicolas maduro's creation of a new legislative body we told you about on "special report." the u.s. is calling it an illegitimate assembly to further his dictatorship. the targets of the sanctions are mostly members of that assembly. the new penalties freeze any assets the individuals may have in the u.s. and prevents americans from doing business with them. a motorist slammed his car into a group of french soldiers today in a paris suburb. six of them were hurt.
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none of the injuries are life-threatening. the driver is in custody after a shoot-out with police. officials suspect terrorism. syrian opposition activists say air strikes against isis controlled areas of raqqa are intensifying. speculation the effort may intensify yet again. one advocacy group says 29 civilians including nine women and 12 children killed yesterday. spokeswoman says the group needs more detailed information. speaking of the fight, it has been three years since the u.s. began military action against isis. >> since january, 80 isis leaders have been killed in syria's euphrates river valley. all part of defense secretary jim mattis' plan to annihilate
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the terror group. about half the isis capital has been recaptured by u.s. bacteria and fighters. officials say most devices leadership has fled the cities southeast of raqqa. since the fall of mosul, the majority of air strikes takes place in syria. >> you look at where we are today, it's a huge accomplishment. >> three years ago, with isis fighters approaching the u.s. consulate in northern iraq, the white house decided to act. super hornets launched from the uss george h.w. bush in the persian gulf and raced north to drop the first bombs on isis. since then, u.s.-led coalition has executed more than 13,000 air strikes in iraq and nearly . u.s. military carries out roughly 80% of the strikes on a daily basis. at its peak in 2014, isis controlled an area the size of ohio. 5 million people suffering under
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its rule. today over 70% of isis territory in iraq has been taken back. another 50% in syria. early on in the war, u.s. pilots complained about strict rules of engagement and a slow process to get those drugs approved. the process gradually sped up over three years as u.s. troops moved closer to the fight. the top u.s. envoy to the counter isis coalitions of the process has accelerated even more under president trump. >> the president made a number of decisions early on. he delegated authorities to the lowest level in the field, allowing us to take advantage of isis as we see opportunities. since then about a third ball games with me against isis in iraq and syria have come in the last six months. >> isis has spread beyond the middle east to places like asia, but the pentagon is rolling out drone strikes against them in the philippines. >> bret: lucas tomlinson at the pentagon. thank you. president trump says america's nuclear arsenal is stronger than ever. hours after threatening north korea with fire and fury,
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the north rhetorically fires back. we will get reaction to all of it from the panel when we come back.
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whoa! gross! >> they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. >> i do not believe there is any imminent threat. the president is sending a strong message to north korea in language kim jong-un would understand because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language. the american people should sleep well tonight. >> during the cuban missile crisis, we stood behind jfk. this is analogous to the cuban missile crisis. >> bret: messages out of the trump administration today. state department saying it's all one voice, but the north korean issue. defense secretary mattis putting a statement today. "the united states and our
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allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack. dd prk should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people." state department making every effort to resolve the global threats, must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise first and robust defensive and offense of capabilities on earth. the dprk's resume actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by hours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates. the only time we heard from the presence they were through twitter where he tweeted "my first order of president -- "my first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. it is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!" with that, we bring in the panel. eli lake, charles lane, bill
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bennett. thanks for being here. eli. is it a mixed message? seems like secretary tillerson is trying to dial back the tone, the rhetoric, but the defense secretary kind of shoring up with the president had to say. >> i think it goes hand-in-hand. what secretary tillerson is doing is opening a door and saying regime change is not our policy. we want to try to resolve this. i think having the threat very articulated by the president and by mattis. i think mattis is more precise in his words because he didn't talk about threats. we are always going to get the rest were afraid. he spoke about their actions. we will if we must. i think that's probably the best message this point to send. most people believe kim jong-un is a rational actor. wants to preserve his resume, that's why he's pursuing this capability to hit us. >> i kind of agree with eli.
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there's discernible, good cop, bad cop routine. if you want to talk to rex, he's available. if you don't want to talk to rex, you deal with jim mattis. i think people were taken aback at the precise language the president used in part because it was so aggressive. there have been a lot of stories comparing it to past statements by presidents about what would await north korea if they got involved in a war with the united states. this is over the respect to those i think people are concerned. the president has never been through one of these and does he know how to modulate his words? one thing i'm going to be very curious about is how much this continues. will the high threat level posture persist? or is there some kind of standdown awaiting us depending
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on how north korea acts. if you huckabee standards -- sarah huckabee sanders. general kelly and others were well aware of the tone and the statement of the president. the words were his own. the tone and strength were discussed before in. they were clear, and the president was going to respond to north korea's threat. so basically the words were his choice. bigamy said i'm going to be strong and they said sure, you are. i think they are consistent. literally he is speaking in the subjunctive. if they do this, this is what they will get. the tweet you just read supports that. we hope we will never use this but if we have to, we will. and then mattis backs it up. i think they are consistent. one of the reasons a lot of us put donald trump in office and voted for him is that he doesn't do things in the usual way. and he said in '99 99 in an
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interview, too much kicking the can down the road when it comes to north korea. >> bret: i've got 1999 talking to tim russert. >> you say you, as president, would be willing to launch a preemptive strike against north korea's nuclear capability. >> first i would negotiate. i would negotiate like crazy and i would make sure we trying to get the best deal possible. look, tim, if a man walks up to you in washington and puts a gun deer head and says give me your money, wouldn't you rather know where he's coming from before he had the gun in his hand? these people are going to have nuclear weapons, they are going to be pointed all over the world. wouldn't you be better off solving -- the biggest problem, we can the economy, the biggest problem in this world has is nuclear proliferation. we have a country out there in
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north korea which is sort of wacko which is not a dumb, not a bunch of domains. they are going out and developing nuclear weapons. they are not doing it because they are having fun doing it. they are doing it for a reason. wouldn't it be good to sit down and renegotiate something. if that negotiation doesn't work, you better solve the problem now than later. >> bret: there you have it. he wants to get to it. >> i think his patience has run out. he said when he was criticizing barack obama for this, they strategic patient student work. the problem is, we would like to go after them. if they married it and they do, but they have a hostage called south korea and 25 million people. it's tough to figure out. mattis' statement "we will destroy your people" is somewhat stronger than trump. your people will go. but how to do this with the hostage being held is another question.
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>> bret: talking about the nuclear arsenal, there are improvements being made. look at the budget, the national nuclear security administration. funding out by 11%. missile-defense just so crucial and being talked about, is down in the trump budget 4%. >> inexpressible -- and explicable thing. if anything has proven to be well worth it, missile-defense. particularly in israel, the ability to intercept rockets and know which one to go after. hopefully that kind of technology can be used in the north korea crisis where you have i think 6,000 or 8,000 big guns pointed at seoul. if you can disarm them before they hit and minimize damage, it opens up more military options. >> bret: when you look back at these past administrations, the bush administration, obama,
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clinton. none of them were able to move the ball on north korea. in fact, many people could say there was a failure on that front. >> all of them went through a similar cycle where they began with confrontation. right off the bat, bill clinton and the north koreans had a confrontation which gave way to talks which gave way to a suppose a deal which eventually bred disappointment which caused george bush to be more confrontational which gave way to talks. all makes you think this drama might be the prelude to another de-escalation just like we've had in the past. one reason to think that is obviously the big reason, nobody in the world wants this war. china, the south koreans, japan. i hope we don't want it. the cost of it would be so tremendous that american administrations all through recent history have in the end chosen it's better not to fight.
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>> if there were a good way to do it, and effective way to do it, way where we wouldn't kill 30 million or 20 million. then i think it would be good to have it done and over with. this is a different kind of president. we will see. >> bret: we will see. next up, the sometimes tense relationship between president trump and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and what that means for the administration's agenda.
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>> how are you doing, mitch? mitch, are we going to be okay? everything good? health care looking good? thanks, mitch.
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>> the motion is not agreed to. >> disappointing moment. >> they have been working on that for seven years. can you believe that? the swamp. >> our new president has not been in this line of work befor before. and i think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen. >> bret: how quickly the twitter feed lit up. the president tweeting: "senator mitch mcconnell said i had "excessive expectations," but i don't think so. after 7 years of hearing repeal and replace, why not done?" then "more excuses. senate majority leader must have needed another four years in addition to seven to repeal and replace obamacare." bill, thoughts. >> i endorsed mcconnell. many of my conservative friends were appalled at that but i think he knows what he's doing
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and that's good. as i said, it's tough talking millennials into liking mitch mcconnell. sometimes they just don't connect. trump has a point. didn't mcconnell promise? he said we would get this done. arguably, not even arguable, the president hasn't had much experience in washington. he is new to the game. at the same time you could argue mitch mcconnell has had too much experience in washington. there is an argument about seven years. running a radio show and saying to tom price, do you have a plan? didn't have a plan. they should have. >> bret: eli, what about poking the bear before you got this calendar that includes a debt ceiling, a budget, tax reform, all these things you want to get through with senate leadership, house leadership in the administration. >> you could argue one tangible achievement for conservatives and republicans was gorsuch.
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do they need him as much now as it looks like obamacare is in limbo. during the whole health care process, one day it was a great bill, the next day it was too mean. it was very difficult to follow his lead. normally a president is leading the charge and coordinating the campaign to get a massive piece of legislation like that. in that particular case, trump was oftentimes m.i.a. and left it to mcconnell and mcconnell didn't know a lot of times where he stood. at the same time, the president is endorsing luther strange in the alabama race and that's a guy that senator mcconnell stands behind. "senator luther strange has done a great job. he has my complete and total endorsement." mo brooks is the other guy. >> mold brooks is the one who agrees with donald trump of
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there, they ought to abolish the filibuster. that's his whole campaign in alabama. it's hard to understand that's politics. there's always a little bit of theater, always a little bit of stage management of these conflicts. i must say donald trump is not a millennial but he seems to have trouble understanding and connecting with mitch mcconnell too. i think that's about the different worlds of a lawmaker from way back from kentucky, and real estate developer from queens. these guys are not connected. in fact the president didn't just sit out the health care thing, he meddled in ways that made it more difficult at times for mitch mcconnell to get it done. there are some people, there's an article in "politico" that has just come out, they would argue when i think possibly mitch mcconnell pulled off half a miracle getting as close as he
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did to repealing it. only be to be -- surprised when john mccain pulled out. but i think this is not the last chapter. the tension is going to be there. >> i don't think this near miracle will go down in the books as a near miracle for mcconnell. i agree with what eli said and what chuck said. the president is a good persuader, may be a great persuader. he needs to be outselling it and he needs to do it on the tax plan coming up. he's got to get out. >> bret: can they mend their ways? trump and mcconnell. >> no, they can't stop being who they are. both of these guys have the gift of being themselves. >> bret: only come back, a surprise you're never too old for.
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>> talk about reaching out to millennials. lady gaga is attracting fans to her tour. this is helene oberhoff, 77 years old. she's been a fan of hers since watching her on an awards show. her grand daughters surprised her to a lady gaga concert. helene's other daughter put her priceless reaction to the tickets on twitter. >> somebody we know is here performing tonight. and we got you tickets. >> oh, gosh. >> we're going to go sit and watch her. >> oh! >> you know >> >> who? >> who? >> lady gaga! >> yeah! >> i always wanted to see her. >> i know! >> there you go. 77. still -- cross-generation.
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