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sleep and we thank you for watching. make sure to follow us on social media at fncspecialists on twitter and facebook. remember, 5:00 will never be the same. >> bret: this is a fox news alert. president trump says he would like to "denuke" the world. good evening. i am bret baier. we are coming to live tonight from chicago, city dealing with the crime wave and more than 400 murders already this year. we will have to report about that, and i will talk with chicago's former police superintendent. first, will promote working vacation in bedminster new jersey after meeting with his vice president that afternoon, president trump took ample of questions from reporters and made some news. the president was not finished. after meeting with his national security team, the president essentially held a wide-ranging
impromptu news conference, answer questions from the traveling press pool for more than 20 minutes on everything from north korea to the expelled u.s. diplomats in russia. from the future of special counsel bob mueller and how he feels about his national security advisor, to his rhetorical battle and vocal discipline with senator mitch mcconnell. to even his policy tweet about banning transgender's in the u.s. military. those are some of the highlights from the free-flowing q&a session. >> mr. president, you have considered leading to the dismissal of the special counsel. is anything bob mueller could do to send you in that direction? do you have full conference in edition international security advisor. >> general mcmaster is our friend, our friend, a very talented man. >> and the response president dispelling 755 workers. >> no, i want to thank him
because we are trying to cut down on payroll. as far as i'm concerned, i'm very thankful that he let go of a large number of people. it's not a dare. it's a statement. it is nothing to do with dare. it's a statement. he's not going borrow threatening guam and is not going to threaten the united states. >> senate leader mcconnell, you talked about him a little earlier. if he reached out to him since your phone call yesterday? >> no, i'm very disappointed in mitch. but if he gets these bills passed, i will very happy with him. i'll be the first to admit it. >> why did you decide to announce the transgender ban a couple weeks ago? are you betraying a community pledged to support? >> no, i have great respect for the community. it's been a very complicated issue for the military. spend it very the military. i think i'm doing the military a great favor. >> bret: before that session, president trump issued an ultimatum to north korea.
period get your act together or experience trouble like few nations have ever seen. north korea's regime insists it's about to finalize a plan to shoot missiles toward the u.s. territory of guam. moments ago, more bellicose language from the north. we begin a busy newsnight with rich edson at the state department. >> good evening. secretary of state rex tillerson just landed in the united states after a week in asia trying to rein in north korea's weapons program. as he returns to the u.s., rhetoric between the administration and north korea has never been more aggressive. >> thank you very much. stick up for those without data administration was trying to moderate president trump fire and fury, storage north korea, the commander-in-chief removed all doubts. >> he does something in guam, it will be an event the likes of which no one has seen before, what will happen in north korea. >> what do you mean? >> you will see. you will see and he will see.
he will see. it's not a dare. it's a statement. >> rex tillerson returning from asia offered a more measured assessment that americans should sleep well as there is no imminent threat. before the secretary landed, the president escalated. >> frankly, the people that were questioning that statement, was it too tough? maybe it wasn't tough enough. think of the administration has spent the day claiming the president, secretary of state and the administration are offering a unified message. sebastian gorka spoke to the bbc. >> you should listen to the president. the idea that secretary tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical. >> is the fourth in line to the presidency. he carries a big stick. >> and then gorka explained. >> i said for reporters to force our chief diplomat, the amazing rex tillerson, to give details
of military options is nonsensical. >> north korea broadcasted a defiant, grand demonstration. could not be verified, a typical show from the regime in response to international condemnation. the korean people's army has responded to president trump's threatening fire and fairy, calling the comments nonsense. north korea says it's examining a plan to envelop guam with missiles around the island. the defiance and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, the state department contends it's a pressure campaign to isolate north korea and its working. it will take time. china is essential and accounts for 90% of north korea's trade. when asked whether china is doing enough to pressure north korea, the state department says china's efforts sometimes lose momentum, though it's made some progress and the
u.s. would like to see it make more. >> bret: at rich edson at the state department. more on this with the panel. a sitting president openly feuding with the senate majority leader of his own party is rare, very rare. tonight, president trump is escalating his criticism of senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. going so far is to envision the kentucky republican stepping down if he can't get key legislation across the finish line. all of this ahead of what promises to be a very busy legislative calendar this fall. chief washington correspondent james rosen has the story. >> responding to reporters at his golf club, president trump suggested if the white house legislative agenda remained stalled, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell should step down from his leadership post. >> if he doesn't get repeal and replace done and if he doesn't get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn't get a
very easy one to get done, infrastructure, he doesn't get them done, then you can ask me that question. >> comments followed what's worse is described a tense phone call. in which mr. trump is said to have conveyed his anger over criticism mcconnell aired. >> i said mitch, get to work and let's get it done. they should've had this last one done. they lost by one vote. poor thing like that to happen is a disgrace. frankly it shouldn't have happened. >> comments that irked the president came from the leader on monday. >> our new president has not been in this line of work befor before. and i think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process. >> the president's remarks followed a pair of tweets. including one at 6:54:00 a.m.: "can you believe that mitch mcconnell, who has screamed repeal and replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done.
newt gingrich appeared on fox this morning to say the president wants to his share of the collapse of obamacare. >> he is part of the leadership team. he is not an observer in the stands. >> analysts saw the schism potentially damaging g.o.p. prospects in 2018. >> working with congress is extraordinarily difficult even when you're working with a majority, the majority of your party that holds both chambers. that he will run against them in the midterms. >> senator mcconnell declared to comment -- declined to comment. they say they like the prospects for meaningful congressional action this fall on tax reform and infrastructure. >> bret: james, thank you. as you heard earlier, president trump said he has no plans at this time to fire special counsel bob mueller, who is heading up the russia
investigation. the president added he thought the predawn raid on the former chairman of the trump presidential campaign was "surprising." today the lawyer for paul manafort is comparing the special counsel's tactics to those used in russia. the issue is the raid on manafort's home for information in the investigation. kevin corke tells us where we stand tonight from washington. >> the president's former campaign manager tip-top authorities to the infamous meeting between donald trump tuner and a russian lawyer promising damaging information about then democratic candidate hillary clinton. manafort spokesman telling fox news his client told "lawmakers weeks ago" as part of his cooperation with their inquiries. a scathing rebuke of the special counsel's office by manafort's attorney john dowd. dowd blasted that july raid of his clients home, saying fbi
agents "seized privileged and confidential materials." it appeared the search warrant was obtained by "gross abuse of the judicial process." and that the raid was an invasive tool meant for shock value and to intimidate mr. manafort, adding these methods are normally found and employed in russia, not america. legal experts say the warrant means special counsel robert mueller thinks there is probable cause to believe that a crime may have been committed. >> it's a bad thing for the president. this means the fbi agents have told a federal judge there is something there. we don't know what it is. a federal judge would not authorize this extraordinary tool without something there. >> sources familiar with the matter suggest agents sent banking and tax records, scrutinizing mr. manafort for possible violations of lobbying and money laundering laws. this afternoon the president said this. >> i know mr. manafort, haven't spoken time in a long time but i know he was with the campaign for a very short >> president trump: of time but i've always known them to be a good man.
i thought it was very, they do that seldom. i was surprised as he is. i was very surprised to see it. >> legal analyst tell us the fbi and special counsel maybe hoping to hook small fish like a paul manafort in the hopes they can turn him into state's witness and help them land a much bigger fish down the line. >> bret: kevin corke in washington. thank you. president trump says opioid abuse in the u.s. warrants the declaration of a national emergency. expanding on comments he made wednesday on the issue. >> the opioid crisis is an emergency, and i'm saying officially right now it's an emergency. it's a national emergency. we're going to spend a lot of time, effort, a lot of money on the opioid crisis. stay when the president says his administration is drawing up documents to make the emergency declaration official.
senate armed services committee chairman john mccain says america is adrift in afghanistan and needs a new strategy for success. mccain says he will seek a vote in the senate next month on a proposal calling for a long-term open-ended u.s. afghan partnership that includes what he calls an enduring u.s. counterterrorism presence. president trump asked about that in in the long q&a session this afternoon. said a new afghan policy is coming soon but added it's been a tough decision because he was "handed a mess." we are still trying to learn why a terrorist plot to bring down an airline with a sophisticated explosive device was called off last month. not prevented but aborted by the terrorists. several men detained in australia and were getting new information about the bomb. benjamin hall has details. >> the most sophisticated terror
plot ever tried on australian soil, the attempt to bring down an airliner in sydney airport last month is known to have been planned, directed, even supplied directly by isis. investigators say isis commanders in syria instructed the attack. sending military grade explosives from turkey to australia in a commercial aircraft. >> components of this ied were sent through international air cargo by the operatives to the accused men in australia. >> the suspects, arrested and charged, our brothers. officials believe they were recruited by another brother, a senior isis commander in syria. officials say the men received the bomb making materials in sydney with instructions from an isis commander to put the device together. the brothers reportedly took the bomb to the airport but for reasons unknown abandoned the plan before passing through security. they were arrested by australian
security services on the 29th of july following a tip-off. this serious breach of aviation security raises many issues not least the fact that isis is still able to plot and direct attacks from inside its territory. something u.s. officials denied. >> there are no safe havens in syria with a complot attack safely. >> also a major concern is the role of turkey where the explosives came from. experts say that since the coup last year, president erdogan has focused heavily on arresting plotters rather than terrorists. >> even if they want to, they are not going to be able to do enough. >> as isis loses on the battlefield, this plot could be a glimpse of the future. a virtual caliphate driven by ideology and global connections. officials say this was a sophisticated terrorist supply chain and worry that if isis was
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are used to hearing about. phil keating fills us in. >> the doctor isn't your nose and throat specialist. she says scientific sonic waven cause deafness. >> sonic sounds good's progressive hearing loss. >> the state department believes that's exactly what happened to u.s. personnel stationed in havana. beginning late last year, the diplomats started suffering physical ailments, severe hearing loss and symptoms similar to those of a concussion. u.s. officials investigating whether cuba has been harassing american diplomats using a covert sonic device operated outside the range of audible sound and that it's been deployed inside or outside the u.s. diplomat homes.
>> we are still trying to work, determine the cause of their situation. they have had a variety of physical symptoms as far as i can go in describing that. we don't have the definitive answers. >> in may, the u.s. retaliated by ordering two cuban diplomats of their embassy in washington to leave the country and go back to cuba. last night's cuba state newscast called the expulsion unjustified, adding the ministry categorically emphasizes cuba has never nor would it ever allow that cuban territory be used for any action against accredited diplomatic agents of the families without exception. this matter is the subject of an active investigation. reuters reported several of the u.s. diplomats now have to wear hearing aids. as for a third country possibly involved, note that north korea, iran, and russia all have very
large diplomatic missions in havana. it's all very reminiscent of the communist versus capitalist intrigue of the cold war years. >> bret: strange story. phil keating in miami. thank you. big losses on wall street. experts saying it could be about north korea jitters. the dow plunging 205. s&p 500 off 36. nasdaq cratered 135. a federal judge ordering the state department to search its server for emails from key hillary clinton aids related to the benghazi attack. that ruling as part of a freedom of information lawsuit. the judge says the state department has an obligation to search its own records for emails sent or received by huma abedin, cheryl mills, and jake sullivan. they have until september 22. up next, chicago, a city in
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>> bret: welcome back to chicago. we are here to give you a first-hand look at what's tearing apart one of america's great cities. this is supposed to be a good time in chicago. the cubs broke a 100 year world series drought. there is more than $20 billion of major construction planned. but chicago is in the grip of historic gun violence. more than 400 people killed and almost 2,000 shootings this year already. it's only august. chicago is also in the throes of political upheaval. we begin to look with our senior correspondent. >> someone is shot in chicago
every 2:19, a significant factor in the violence is the heroin trade. >> the kids, young kids, everything. ain't going to never stop. >> people using. supplier around here somewhere. >> hair and eyes the weapons, pays the gunman and motivates turf battles for the rights to sell drugs. the battles melt down into the endless cycles of gangland vendettas. >> chicago gangs get their power and funding from narcotics sale sales. 100% of their narcotics are supplied by the mexican cartels. >> realigns, interstates, airports to come together to form a transportation hub. on burdened by high taxes, drug distributors use chicago to get narcotics to the middle of the nation. >> chicago has the second largest mexican american community in the united states.
just like organized crime used family ties, the cartels exploit family ties. >> the dea says the capture of walking guzman has hurt that cartel but the new generation cartel have stepped up to lead to the heroi. seizures, arrests are up. new investigations if the price of heroin is down. >> our assessment is that other cartels have increased their share of the market for heroin distribution. >> ain't going to never slow down. >> drug agents are seeing fentanyl show up in chicago, a synthetic heroin or opioid. oftentimes it's mixed with heroin to increased potency. people are saying it mixed with synthetic marijuana, party drug drugs. get the buyer hooked and you have a customer for life.
>> bret: mike tobin, thanks. tomorrow a judge will hold another hearing in the case of the first chicago police officer to be charged with first-degree murder of a civilian while on duty and nearly 35 years. that case and many others have led to the formation of a new group and it rebuilding trust between the people and the police. matt finn has that story. >> turmoil and civic unrest in chicago just before thanksgiving 2015. a judge ruled this video be released showing a chicago police officer fatally shooting a teenager. >> protesters storm the streets. alleging officers profile people of color. outraged increased as did demands for mayor emanuel to
resign. out of fear of being labeled racist and facing lawsuits, police stop in for risk dropped by nearly 90%. in response, the police commissioned a panel made up of national experts, command staff, and city leaders. tasked with restoring trust between officers and citizens. >> what we are saying to the community's come join us. the table is open. >> at the start of this year, the group held town hall events. took recommendations from the department of justice, faith-based leaders and organizational stakeholders. citizens complained that residents have no opportunity to develop relationships with officers in their neighborhoods because i never got out of their cars unless they are responding to calls. a series of recommendations for restoration of respect and suggested be done through relationships, not programs.
they report does not dive into the most serious issues, illegal guns, drugs, how to curb the crime stats. >> i think we are going to pay attention to those figures but how many relationships are we creating? how many problems are we solving? those are metrics we need to look at. it's not just crime rate. >> the officer involved in the mcdonald's shooting has been charged with murder and is awaiting trial. three other officers have been charged with conspiracy to cover it up. as for the fight own crime, the police department is in the process of adding 1,000 new officers to the force. a new bill passed here in illinois that will crack down repeat gun offenders. >> bret: matt finn, thank you. garry mccarthy was chicago's police superintendent for four and a half years he was fired by mayor rahm emanuel in late 2015 in the wake of the mcdonnell case. earlier today, i talked with
mccarthy about what's going on and going on in the city. since you were police superintendent, you've seen a skyrocket of crime and specifically murderers. >> last year we had almost 800 murders. the thing that i take away is i hearken back to my time in new york city. city three times the size of chicago in its worst year had less murders per capita. right now chicago's murder rate in comparison to the 1990 murder rate in new york city, the worst we ever had, it's about three or 400 people higher than what it was back then. that's just unacceptable. we are talking about it 27 years later. we know how to do it, were not doing it. >> bret: the average police officer on the street, is there a fear they're going to be somehow swept up in lawsuits or they're going to be called
racist or satisfactory in? they go absolutely. the department of justice in the last administration completely was politicized with the way they did these investigations. i am on record, i came out with a ten-point retort to the department of justice. if they take the wrong steps, purposeful or not, officers could be subject to prosecution for civil rights violations. at the same time, we've got video of cops getting punched in the face on michigan avenue during protests. we can't get those individuals prosecuted. we empower criminals and hamstring the police at the same time. it's a recipe for disaster. >> bret: that's not to say there aren't bad apples. >> without a doubt. >> bret: in police department's here and around the country. >> wanted officer violates the law they need to be prosecuted. if they violate policy they need to be disciplined.
>> bret: before you left, november 2015, you had tapped into a community policing idea, program that today you have this effort coming out. your reaction to that and looking back on what you did. >> we implemented beat integrity with the same officers. they would be in the beat every day, getting to know who's who and be accountable for the crime occurring. i've had this for the last -- i just read the report that came out and it's only a summary but it looks similar to something that was coming off the shelf about the time i got terminated in november. december 1, 2015. this is complicated. sometimes the best plans are the simplest plans. >> bret: we are walking past boss. some people told me you are thrown under the political bus
november 2015. we tried to get the mayor on "special report." he said no to our invitation. is that how you look at it? >> when you take these jobs, especially big-city jobs as a police chief superintendent, there's always a danger this can happen. it's happened in minneapolis. it happened in san francisco. it happened in baltimore. seems to be the trend, but what i'd like to point out is it's not working. baltimore has just exploded. chicago has just exploded. san francisco, crime went up. we are going to see what happens in minneapolis. new york did a reverse course. here in chicago, i think the chicago politics is chicago's greatest enemy because it keeps us where we are. >> bret: we should point out we are standing here but only three, 4 miles from here it's kind of the heart of some of the worst of the murders, gang
related. >> primarily gang related. south and west side of chicago. the thing that's troubling to all chicagoans is that you can no longer say "not in my backyard." i live in river north, one of the greatest neighborhoods in the city. nicest neighborhoods. crime is up 40% but it's not shootings, robberies or murderers. there are some carjackings, cars being stolen and burglaries but overall crime is up 40% everywhere. >> bret: while we are walking, five people came up to us and said you should run for mayor. >> if i had to make a decision right now, the answer would be no. i love being a police officer. i would love to be a police officer again but i don't see that happening. might end up being something special, running city government. i don't know. i've never made these decisions. i haven't ruled it out. i'm not pursuing it. other people are pushing it really hard. >> bret: thanks for the time.
>> my pleasure. >> bret: our thanks to garry mccarthy, a democrat, possibly running for mayor. we should point out we did invite mayor rahm emanuel to appear. that door still open. speaker of the illinois house is is the longest-serving state house speaker in modern u.s. history. democrat mike madigan is in his 17th term leading the chamber. he has just broken the modern record held by south carolina lawmaker. tomorrow, we will talk to his principal foil, illinois republican governor as he joins us on special report. a news filled q&a. we will talk about it with the panel when we come back. is that the rest of our food? what? no. how come you have cheese in your beard?
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>> all i hear is repeal and replace. i get there and i say where's bill? they don't have it. i said mitch, get to work and let's get it done. they should have had this last one done. they lost by one vote. for thing like that to happen is a disgrace. i'm very disappointed in mitch. if he gets these bills passed, i will be very happy. i will be the first to admit it. >> bret: a very loquacious president trump today talking to reporters a couple times at length about a number of issues, including the dustup he has with the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell of his own party. he usually lets his fingers do the talking. today he did the talking to reporters. earlier he did tweet this: "can you believe that mitch mcconnell, who has screamed repeal and replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. must repeal and replace obamacare!" "mitch, get back to work and put repeal & replace, tax reform and cuts and a great infrastructure bill
on my desk for signing. you can do it!" we will start there in this wide-ranging q&a. in washington, david catanese, mollie hemingway, senior editor at "the federalist," and here in chicago, brunell donald and a proud chicago resident. mollie, your thoughts. what that potentially means. >> the reason why donald trump had any chance during his candidacy was a widespread republican frustration with leadership. i'm not sure if it's entirely surprising to see trump continue to embody that frustration people have. mcdonald's will be paul trump had unrealistic expectations at how much could be done in terms of repealing obamacare.
that's the responsibility of men like mitch mcconnell who, for seven years, promised republican voters if you gave them a republican president that they would repeal this legislation. i think this is something a lot of people are feeling frustration with and they would like to see congress getting stuff done. >> bret: david. >> trump is mostly right on this. this and i did have a lot of time to get their act in order and they couldn't get it done mainly because they didn't think they'd be in this position. they didn't think president trump would be president trump. i think is right and he's smart to run against congress, given his own approval rating. he wants to blame congress, run against the system. it's going to come to a head in the fall because there is a debt ceiling that's going to need to be raised and he's going to depend on mitch mcconnell to get it done. there are already republicans saying they are not going to go along with it. trump is going to want to have to do this. he's going to need the senate
majority leader on anything he wants to do. short-term gain but long-term problematic to poke at the majority leader. >> bret: brunell, what about that? we know this president is not like other presidents and how he deals with things. >> what i would say is our president, the political rock star he is, hit the ground running. got us out of tpp, the paris record, 1 million jobs in the economy, stock market booming. military stronger. we've got the illegal aliens down 78%. refugees down 50%. he is doing his job, and so what happens is he walked in there with the decision he was going to make america great again. mitch mcconnell and speaker ryan and all the republicans in the
obstructionist democrats and the obstructionist republicans need to get on board. it simply an issue of donald trump is going to make america great again. we are going to help him do that. that's what congress is therefor. they ran on the repeal and replace seven years. he's only been here six months. why hasn't it been done. he has the chips and play. he has the majority of the house, senate. he's the president. there is absolutely no reason for this not to have gotten don done. >> bret: there's a lot of news to get to in this long q&a, another big topic was north korea. adding come after the fire and fury comments, though warning to north korea kind of stepping up on that today. >> if anything, that statement may not be tough enough. you'll see. he does something in guam, it will be in event the likes of
which nobody has seen before, what will happen in north korea. he's not going to go around threatening guam and is not going to threaten the united states and he's not going to threaten japan and he's not going to threaten south korea. no, that's not a dare, as you say. that's a statement of fact. >> bret: dave, he is threatening, kim jong-un, these things. he is threatening guam. what about the rhetoric back and forth between the two leaders? >> north korea has been threatening the united states for decades, the past three or four administrations. the difference this time is president trump and his rhetoric. we've never had a president respond in this forceful way. when i think is interesting is that it's a new tack, a new approach. you have republicans backing
trump saying we've tried sort of negotiations. we've tried to play nice. it hasn't worked. this is a different president. but in talking to military analysts and foreign policy analysts all day, they now think that north korea's actions are more predictable than trump's which really makes him the x factor. the north korean attitudes have been the same. they have threatened guam in the past before. they've never pulled the trigger on their threats. the question is, will trump? stay when he was with his national security team. he said he has the confidence in his national security advisor mcmaster. your thoughts. >> i disagree with david about the rhetoric being different. it's similar to what you heard from bill clinton. it's definitely similar to senator john mccain when he was running for the presidency. the difference might be people might believe trump more than
they believe previous comments. and also north korea is further along than they were when those comments first started coming from the united states. in general, there is so much going on. the discussion after afghanistan and whether or not the u.s. is going to do this thing. decide again that we need to be involved in some protracted battle there. saying we would overthrow the taliban and replace it with democracy. apparently that still seems to be the plan. the only problem is how much money and the lack of public sentiment in favor of a long protracted battle. >> bret: rush limbaugh, others have pointed to harry truman's statements about being forceful. more on the presidents impromptu news conference, other topics,
and we are going to get a chicagoan to weigh in on the situation here. hey. pass please. i'm here to fix the elevator. nothing's wrong with the elevator. right. but you want to fix it. right. so who sent you? new guy. what new guy? watson. my analysis of sensor and maintenance data indicates elevator 3 will malfunction in 2 days. there you go. you still need a pass.
>> appropriate for the fbi to raid the home of paul manafort? >> i thought it was a very, very strong signal or whatever. i know mr. manafort, haven't spoken to him in a long time but i know he was with the campaign as you know for a very short. lack of time, relatively short period of time. i was surprised to see it. i was very, very surprised. >> bret: president trump weighing in on the predawn raid at paul manafort's house by the fbi at the direction of the
special counsel bob mueller. the president saying he has no plans to fire bob mueller. he has confidence in his attorney general. and says there's nothing to the russia investigation. we said earlier john dowd was manafort's attorney. he is one of the presidents private attorneys. we are back with the panel. brunell, what about the investigation, the comments, and where this is headed? >> as far as i'm concerned, they've been, collusion has been the big story for eight or nine months now. we've seen absolutely zero evidence of any collusion between the president and russia. what i would say is, i am one of the black russians that voted for donald j. trump, so many of my friends on twitter, facebook, who voted for donald trump. it's a big slap in the face, as far as i'm concerned. the enemy to me is the person who recommended the assistant
attorney general, in my opinion, because without that door being open, we wouldn't even have a robert mueller. it's the one we don't know what we don't know. the investigation, what's going to happen. mollie, what about the comments about not going to fire the special counsel despite all the articles back and forth that he may. >> he had previously said that if mueller went far afield from the russia investigation, if he was investigating things that had nothing to do with russia, he would see it as a line being crossed. we've had reports. the investigation has gone far afield from that. trump saying he's hanging in there with mueller, one of the bigger news items from the press conference. there are two issues. one is whether or not you accept donald trump won the election, that it was a fair election.
that's a big part underlying this discussion. the other thing is that you have a special prosecutor who has brought has brought investigatory powers and who is probably pursuing those in every way possible i might be able to pick up some lawbreaking here or there as all special prosecutors managed to do it so the speed when one situation one situation does seem sketchy because manafort's had so much involvement with people in other countries who -- it will be interesting to see where it goes. >> bret: dave, a lot of topics. i heard somebody on another channel saying that the "time" magazine cover of general kelly is the new chief of staff perhaps precipitated this long q&a with reporters by the president. what struck you about this event? >> it was not on the schedule. it was completely impromptu. i don't know if john kelly can tell the president when he wants to talk to the press.
i thought he looked comfortable. he was smiling. he seemed to want to take more questions. he took questions on a wide variety of topics. he seemed pretty comfortable. i would say we would encourage him to do more of this. he used to do this during the campaign. he did it a lot. when he became president, not doing it as much. today was refreshing and i think good for the country. >> bret: quickly, brunell. encapsulate the concern here in chicago about what's happening. >> you know what, we just want our young people to have jobs, to have investment in communities vocational programs. when people are at work, they don't have time to buy drugs. we need jobs. i believe that's the key. >> bret: we appreciate you coming in. mollie and dave, thanks from washington. when we come back, voices in
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comedy troupe's second city before heading to "saturday night live." that's it for this special record from chicago. fair, balanced and unafraid. we're back tom. "the story" with dana perino starts now. >> breaking tonight, president trump doubling down on his thread to north korea noting there's a new commander-in-chief in the oval office. >> he's disrespected our country greatly. he's said thing that horrific. and with me, he's not getting away with it. he got away with it a long time. it's a new ball game. >> that's the story tonight. i'm dana perry know in for martha maccallum. the president addressed the nation twice today and leaving the door open for preemptive strikes.