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president trump tweeted after the incident saying thoughts and prayers are with our u.s. navy sailors aboard the u.s.s. john s. mccain where search and rescue efforts are under way. this incident is the time something has happened in that region since february, and many people are beginning to understand just how dangerous the job is for navy vessels and for the united states knifey even though they might be training or even though they might be selling to dangerous places to pretext and defend the united states of america's interest. it's the incident involving u.s. navy ships in the pacific. in february, a u.s. navy cruise i are, the u.s.s. anantietem ran aground dumping oil into the bay.
then a cruiser hit a shipping vessel. then the u.s.s. fitzgerald hit a cargo ship killing 7 navy sailors when they drowned when their compartment flood. just days ago the u.s. navy second fleet issued a statement that its command had been restleefd because of that incident. now -- we leaved because of that incident. the u.s.s. john s. mccain colliding with that ship near singapore. senator john mccain and his wife cindy issuing a tweet mentioning cindy and i are keeping american sailors on board the u.s.s. john s. mccain in our prayers tonight. appreciate the work and search and rescue crews.
the family members on board the u.s.s. john mccain are also praying for those sailors. we'll bring you updates as they become available to us. this vessel. this ship is named after the grandfather and father of senator john mccain. of course, he is watching the developments much all of this. i's the head of the senate armed services committee. the president the commander-in-chief. they are awaiting word to find out what happened here. the president of the united states will be delivering a major speech later tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. we'll have that live on fox news. he will be talking about afghanistan. one can only won dire if he will make a mention of this situation going on with the navy. the loss of the u.s.s. john s. mccain is a devastating blow to the u.s. navy's missile defense
fleet in japan. this comes at a time when the u.s. military is on heightened alert dealing with north korea and smarting from another loss, the u.s.s. john fitzgerald, another ballistic missile defense. bmd ship lost off the coast of japan killing 7 sailors there. the president will continue to follow this and all of us are asking you to keep an eye on this and the families reaching out to the u.s. navy. we'll continue to follow this still developing story and bring you updates as we get them. a massive rescue and search operation is under way including the singaporean navy. the u.s. air force and the u.s.s. america is involved. we have helicopters in the air,
osprey in the air, all looking for 10 missing all jurors. i'm kelly wright and you can ray up to date upon foxnews.com. matter of fact, th reason that paul ryan and mitch mcconnell are the leaders are because of the issues that president trump won on. >> with regard to that, bannon said the following -- >> i agree that the house and senate leadership has not bought into the president's agenda fully. and i think the record of the last seven months bears that out. we need to have house and senate leaders come to the white house and work with the president on his agenda. tax reform, our economy is ready
to roll. the president has added one million new jobs, no one else. the president with an agenda and belief that every american can have an opportunity in their future and their children's future. that we have the lowest unemployment rate, 4.3%, in over 16 years. the dow is at an all-time high. if we can get meaningful tax reform and tax relief for the american people, this economy is going to be growing at 2%, 3%, 4%. last quarter was at 2.6%. that's the president bringing jobs home, getting corporations to want to hire again, stability. getting rid of the ridiculous, overburdensome regulatory issues that the obama administration burdened business with. >> and republicans in congress may suggest that the white house has not given the leadership
what's necessary to push the issues over the finish line. what bannon argued is that the effort on obamacare is half hearted. what is the responsibility of the white house to lead on these issues. >> no one is saying that the president is not leading. there's a lack of leadership on one side of pennsylvania avenue. and so, look, we want everybody to work together. i do. i want the white house and the senate to work together to get the issues on the table and legislative accomplishments through the house and senate that the president can be proud of and sign. >> he also referred to west wing democrats. as you sit here today, there are supporters all across the country. maybe in pennsylvania, ohio, michigan, is wiwisconsin. and they sit in long lines and turn blue counties to red in support of donald trump.
how much assurance can you give them today that what they worked for will not be thrown away? >> oh, well, that's easy. the president of the united states is 100% committed to the agenda that he ran on and won on. the agenda of better education, better jobs, better job opportunities and repeal and replace obamacare. to give the american people that hope, growth and opportunity that he promised during the campaign that we have to get done over the next year. >> candidate trump said he was going to come to washington, d.c. and he was going to drain the swamp. did the swamp win this week, david? >> no, no, no. the president is fully committed to draining the swamp. he is in the throes of that fight right now. the swamp, as you drain the water, those creatures come out and that's what this is really about. the president is fighting every
day that broken status quo on both sides of the aisle. the broken status quo that has a $20 trillion debt that we will increase the debt ceiling again next month. this is where we need to have meaningful reforms that the president ran on and won on and i'm fully committed to helping him get there. >> thank you for being here today. david bossie, thank you for your time and more to come. in a moment, we'll bring in our sunday group and how steve bannon's departure will reflect his you know what's awesome?
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i can tell you that. he's a good person. he actually gets very unfair press in that regard. we'll see what happens with mr. bannon. he's a good person and i think the press treats him, frankly, very unfairly. >> president trump on tuesday defending steve bannon, but stopping short of full confidence. juan wi williams and our panel, including bob woodward. president trump said, "i want to thank steve bannon for his service. he came to the campaign during
my run against hillary clinton." >> he was a chief strategist and it failed because there is no strategy. you have to be a word person and you have to be somebody that comes out and said, okay, we're going from here to here. it's going take time and this is the plan. and that's not the way that bannon thought. somebody who would make some very loud declarations, serve his purpose. it's very interesting and important. general kelly, as a former four star, is a strategic thinker. you have to be that in the military and you have to have a plan. whether it will work, we'll see, but that's the idea. >> charlie, there's been a lot of reaction. steve king, republican from iowa, conservative side said, "would is going to defend the conservative republican agenda. we're seeing democrats and leftists team up with the nev -
never-trumpers." is he right? >> i think he is right. in terms of steve bannon leaving, and i think that bob is exactly right in a lot of ways, bannon is a disrupter. he's not an insider. he's an outsider. he is good at charging the gates from the outside. and i think he will return to doing just that. that's why he was valuable to donald trump in the election. he certainly helped to get donald trump elected. it's not to say that he is somehow trump's brain or anything like that. donald trump and steve bannon arrived at the -- in agreement on so many issues independent of one another. and they both believed them. and i think in that respect, the trump agenda is in good hands. the question is, will republicans on capitol hill
defe defend. >> to his base, did they lose this week? >> no, i don't think they did. because trump is still in the white house. trump still believes everything that he did when he ran in the campaign. we have seen him holdfast on things like the environment, illegal immigration, international trade. he's not wavered on any of those things. so, no, i don't think they lost and i think if anything they may have gained a very loud, powerful voice on the outside, who is now unrestrained from white house considerations. >> you wonder if he was ever restrained and steve bannon would argue that no one will restrain him. i thought it was interesting -- newt gingrich with me on friday morning, in a bigger picture, bigger sense for the white house when he said this mr. president trump. >> he's in a position right now where he's more isolated than he realizes. on the hill, he has for more people willing to sit to one
side and not help him right now. but he needs to think about what has not worked. and you don't get down to 35% approval and have people in your own party shooting at you and conclude that everything is going fine. >> newt gingrich came on our program to deliver a message, juan. was that message received? >> i don't know. i think that newt is pretty close to the president and i think the president may be watching. this is an important message because there are people who are enablers, if you will, bill, for the president that tell him everything is going okay. you are still president trump, you have the energy, the agenda, but if you look at trade, immigration -- bannon said, we should have higher taxes on the rich. that's not in keeping with so much of the agenda that's in the white house and it certainly hasn't been satisfied in terms of legislative accomplishment on the part of this white house.
that's why newt said, you are isolated on the hill. you are fighting mitch mcconnell. you are having fights with jeff flake. you have bob corker, who had been a loyal trump supporter saying, this president doesn't look stable or has competence necessary going into the fall, going into fights over the size of the debt limit and the budget. these are troubling signs inside the republican party for president trump at this juncture. >> there are very interesting pieces out today about that i have topic. how do you think this goes from here? >> well, i think speaker gingrich hit the nail on the head this week when he told you that if the president wants this stability for his administration that juan is talking about, meaning, he's not hemorrhaging key advisors every week, what he needs to do is institute some message discipline. that was the first key thing the other key thing is that if somehow the president can get the republican congress to rally around him, to get in line
behind him, everything going forward will be smooth sailing, unicorns and rainbows and things like that. but to me the key thing is, first, to get the white house to get on board with his message. with steve bannon out, the president has a shot at that maybe for the first time during his presidency. to me, the hallmark, calling card of steve bannon, has been a weaponization of leaked information. that is something that is not the first person to bring to the white house, but he was able to bring it in a destructive way. people felt that the threat was enough to deter them and steer them offcourse. i think the president has a real shot of reigning in the administration. >> you were with president bush during one of the lowest points of his presidency, and i'm not suggesting that this is a low point for donald trump, but you
wrote "bush's war." that was heavy times during the iraq war. when you talk about the approval rating, legitimate or not, how do presidents turn it around? >> first of all, you have to have something that's a win, as trump frequently talks about. the way you get the win is not executive orders. you have to do something with congress. and you didn't work and get things done if you have a war between trump and the republican leaders. somebody has got to heal that breach. if you don't, you will not move forward and that's where the strategic thinking, sorry, you have to plan. and if they're going to say, you know, you don't get everything you want. so you will have to pick one or two of these things and try to get them. >> which one? >> and it will be -- >> which one do they pick? >> tax reform, infrastructure,
nominally popular. we'll see. but trump is going to have to also restrain himself in these tweets and statements. he needs to be friendly with the republicans. [laughter] >> i thought you were about to say presidential. you used a different word this time. >> no, no. this is about human relations. >> you're not going to take away the twitter feed. >> and that won't solve everything either. and the president deserves some bit of the blame, but to listen to juan run through the list of things that people have said on the hill, it's shocking to think about. tack about throwing rocks at a glass house. these are people who for seven years campaigned on repealing obamacare and then when they finally got an opportunity to do it, they have no plan, no ability to do it whatsoever.
so while they're criticizing donald trump, why aren't they taking care of their own business? they have a lot of problems -- >> steve bannon said this in "the washington post," "the republican party in capitol hill gets behind the president on his plans and not theirs, it will be sweetness and light and one big, happy family. no administration in history has been so divided amongst itself about the direction it should go." that's a loaded quote. >> that's why steve bannon said that this presidency is over. that's a shocking thing to say, coming from steve bannon and the idea that bannon goes on the outside, and i think that he will have a large megaphone, not only breitbart, but he will have allies in the conservative media echoing the idea that we have to keep the pressure up on donald trump. right wing talk radiradio.
some people are getting antsy about what is going on. look at drudge. the key for bannon, does he join with the mercers, philanthropic conservative family trying to create a bigger megaphone to force donald trump to his agenda again? >> the other thing that speaker gingrich said is the second book that donald trump wrote was "the art of the comeback." and he suggested that he should re-read it. panel, hang on. we'll see you later in our broadcast. after another deadly terror attack in europe, questions about if this kind of an act can be prevented. be prevented. senator ben kardon will join us
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van mowed down many in barcel a barcelona's most popular district. that left 13 dead, one american, and 120 injuries. are we getting better at detecting these attacks before it happens? the top democrat on foreign relations committee, senator ben cardin. senator, welcome back to "fox news sunday." >> good to be with you, bill. thank you. >> i have a number of things that i want to go through in the next 10 minutes. first on spain, it's clear there was a well-established network operating around barcelona. what can you tell our viewers about your level of confidence about being able to stop the networks before they kill, whether it's abroad or here at home? >> first, our prayers go out to the families, the victims, and you hope those that are injured will make a full recovery. what the trump administration needs to do is articulate a strategy that uses the tools
working with our allies to not just shrink isis and related groups, but stop the exporting of terrorism in europe and beyond. i think we need to have an articulated strategy that is well understood that uses the means, our intelligence community, our military, our diplomacy, working with our allies, so that we can share information. what happened in spain looks like it was well coordinated. we need to be better at tracking these things down. >> reports suggest that the c.i.a. told authorities in barcelona to be on the lookout and nothing changed. a house blew up on wednesday night and still no action taken. what is the level of confidence again, whether in europe or at home, that we are making any progress on this, senator? >> when we stop terrorist activities from taking place, these are victories that we
don't always report about. when we're not successful, the tragedies that occur, we see them on the news. clearly something was missed here. and we have to find out how that was missed. the united states working with our allies need to make sure that we follow up on the information that we have. it's unacceptable to see the signs that we saw on spain and still the tragedies that took place. >> it's still a developing story and there will are developments throughout the day and week come. let's move to north korea. 12 days ago the president got the world's attention when he said this. >> north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. >> and then a week later, in fact this past tuesday, the north korean regime, said it would not take aim at guam. "kim jong-un of north korea made
a wise, well-reasoned decision the alternative would have been catastrophic and unacceptable." did the president win this round? >> not at all. i think he accelerated the point. we want to stop north korea from accelerating their nuclear weapons program. if they take any aggressive action, we will respond and protect our allies and our country. what we want to do is have a diplomatic solution that will pull back north korea's nuclear program. we have seen no sign of that by what the president has done. we need the unity of the international community. what the president did, i think, jeopardizes our relationship with china and trying to get china to put more pressure on north korea. >> back to the question. the white house gets no credit for keeping this where it is right now?
>> the white house needs to articulate a north korean strategy that we work with the international community with the objective of ending the nuclear weapons program in north korea. that's what our objective needs to be. >> steve bannon said, "there's no military solution. north korea's nuclear threats. forget it. until the equation is solved showing me that 10 million people in seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons. i don't know what you are talking about. there is no military solution here. they got us." do we have to accept a nuclear north korea? >> no, i don't think we have to accept a nuclear north korea. i do think -- and i rarely agree with mr. bannon -- but talking about their military, i agree. china can turn the screws on
north korea to the point that they have no choice to negotiate a changed path. north korea wants to protect its regime. china can provide that type of protection without north korea having a nuclear weapon. there are ways for this to move forward. admittedly, it's extremely difficult, but requires us to use diplomacy in a way that strengthens our ties with china. >> in 1995, bill clinton tried diplomacy and we also offered north korea $400 million in aid. in 2005, president bush traded more aid to try to get a deal. we're 22 years later. can't we admit that diplomacy, senator, has failed? >> well, we certainly have not been successful in a north korean strategy. that's factually correct.
but we have a common agenda with china. china does not want a unified korean peninsula under south korea. what china and north korea have in common is is protection of the north korean regime. our objective is not to eliminate the regime, but its nuclear weapon program. if we focus on that, there's a way forward. it's difficult. what are the options? what are the other options? do we allow north korea to become a nuclear weapons state, unclear as to how they will use that to go against american values and interests? it's not acceptable. do we use a military solution where hundreds of thousands of people could be killed? that's not a feasible solution. so we have to go down the path that gives us the best chance of
a positive outcome. >> on afghanistan, we may get a decision on this this week. we know that vice president pence and a.j. mcmaster favor more troops on the ground in afghanistan. you have been in favor of fewer troops. i wonder if you have more in common with the president on that idea that you thought, because he appears to be reluctant. there is an idea about putting a private security company in to monitor the terrorists. $700 billion spent, is it time to be open to new ideas? >> well, i don't know if i'm in agreement with the president because i haven't heard what the president's plan is in in afghanistan. we've invested a great deal in afghanistan. our objective needs to be that we have a regime in afghanistan that can maintain a semblance of security so we don't see growing terrorist organizations within afghanistan. that's our objective.
should we use private contract troops? absolutely not. there is no accountability there. that is not the purpose for private contractors. should we put more military in? it's not the u.s.'s fight. i don't believe putting more american soldiers in afghanistan is the answer. we need to work to fill the void, so voids are created, so there's opportunity for afghanistan to have a stable, central government. >> let's talk about this monuments debate. it hit close to your home state of maryland. the president asked the following question about it. >> this week it's robert e. lee. i notice that stonewall jackson is coming down. is it george washington next week? is it thomas jefferson the week after? you have to ask yourself, where does it stop? >> the state of maryland removed statues in annapolis and baltimore in the middle of the night this past week.
do you think this is the best way to handle history? >> well, first of all, i think the president's gotten this all wrong as to what we're trying to do. we're not changing history. we want to learn from history. no question about that. it's an important aspect. you don't need a monument to learn history. monuments are put up for different purposes. monuments should represent the contemporary needs of our society. what baltimore did and maryland is doing is appropriate. we want to learn from history. >> there's a prominent democratic lawmaker in maryland. he was arguing in a letter to your governor that the addition of a statue is the appropriate way to go and he suggested the late justice thurgood marshall. "a public compromise recognizing that our state and our country
have a flawed history." what is wrong with that argument when you consider learning about all of our complex american history, senator? >> i want our young people to learn from all parts of our history. in maryland, we have a battlefield that i hope that people will go and learn and visit and learn from the tragic history of our civil war. we have the harriet tubman national park where people can learn about the underground railroad. we have places in maryland that are critical to learn the good, bad and ugly about america's history and path towards our democratic society. you don't need to have a monument that is offensive to certain parts of our history to fully appreciate that. >> and mike mill is making the case that we need more monuments. >> we have lots of monuments that people rarely visit the important point, let's find effective ways so people can
understand the struggles of america and i point out the harriet tubman national park. it's a wonderful place to visit. i will be there later today. >> enjoy your visit there. senator, appreciate your time today. thank you. ben cardin, democrat from maryland. >> thank you. >> in a moment, we'll bring back our panel to talk about the president after virginia. what does he say now? did he miss a chance to bring the country together? we'll get to all that in a moment. what would you like to talk to the panel about. go to facebook or twitter and we go to facebook or twitter and we just might use your question on
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and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything that we hold dear as americans. i think there's blame on both sides and i have no doubt about it and you don't have any doubt about it either. >> that was president trump the past week, two different days, first on monday and then on tuesday, explaining his point of view on the attacks in charlottesville. charlie, bob, jillian, juan, happy sunday. there are those in this town that said it was the worst week yet for this president. i remember the debate over john mccain and the gold star families and "access hollywood." is this week any different? juan? >> it seems like this presidency has been around for more than 8 months, wouldn't you say? [laughter] i'm getting tired of the winning. the winning is driving me nuts. you're right. it's a weak most, if you look at the poll numbers. i say it's astonishingly low.
>> historical low, is it not? >> it depends on -- not compared to all presidents, but in terms of a man who has been in office for just 7 plus months. we've never seen that. you're right. it seems to be one thing after another. i feel like a fire hydrant is hitting me. you say it's a great newsmaker, quote-giver, it's nonstop. talking about chief of staff john kelly getting control, will he get control? >> we'll see how the issue moves forward. i think it's the normal for washington now and we'll see if that changes. bob is shaking his head in disagreement. >> i think this is different. i think president trump's remarks post-charlottesville show and suggest that he does not understand what it's like to
be black, hispanic or a minority in america. >> that's a strong statement. >> yes, but that's -- from the words, it's provable. now, people that know him best and work with him say it's not trump. this is not really what he believes. okay. the president having reported on these things, controversies, scandals, for 45 years, this is something that doesn't go away. it needs to be clarified. he needs to say in a very straightforward way -- this is what i believe and this is why. there is a role and we all know this for idealism in the american presidency. he needs to tap into that. his nature is to be a fighter, a combatant. this is something where he can -- at least knows that know him
best will say, and he's said himself, he's not a racist. he's not an anti-semite. okay. those words are really shocking. when i heard those, i thought, this is the president of the united states talking? there's a way to clarify and tap into that idealism. to walk away from it -- >> let me come back to that. charlie from facebook, "how on earth can he be expected to unite the media when the media pound away and what he says and doesn't say." that's what his supporters say. >> and it's not like we had a president for the last eight years that united the country well after unfortunate incidents like this.
the president has made clear that he's denounced the evil groups in no uncertain terms. the idea that he hasn't done that is strange to me. i grew up down in virginia not far from charlottesville. my entire life we've argued about these statues. i can tell you that never in -- i cannot remember a single time when it became violent. tempers flare. people are passionate about it, but there are not racists and they're not -- the people that came from the outside to create this mayhem in charlottesville, they're the only ones winning right now. and it's very, very bad for our country. and this notion -- and we have an entire party built on the notion that america is a racist place and it's not and it's a very damaging thing to perpetuate. i covered detroit public schools for five years. and when i think of a black kid in detroit public schools being
told, given the message from day one, this is a racist country. and you will never survive because of the color of your skin, you are sentencing that child to a very bleak future. the truth is, we have problems, disagreements, but we -- this is the freest, best country on earth with unlimited opportunities and to tell a kid anything other than that, i think, is about as bad as racism. >> very well stated. juan, we talk about race a lot, you and i personally, and we have for a decade now. the democrats and the left have offered a lot of criticism this past week. where is the message of unity from democrats coming now other than throwing more daggers and more critiques on what they perceive is happening now? >> it has to be when you stand up. when you see something that is morally wrong, and the
president's words when he said, both sides have some blame here, suggests that many people don't buy into. yesterday in boston, you saw an incredible turnout of people saying we stand against the message coming from the alt right, the white supremacists and neo-nazis. when you see the ceo's of major companies pull away from the president, despite the arguments over tax reform that's coming, that's a big sign. when you see the heads of u.s. military units say, we're unified. don't confuse what the president said with what we're saying, that's a pretty strong message that they feel that if you look back to 9/11 and president bush or after the challenge disaster, ronald reagan, that this moral moment was a failure for president trump. 7 did not represent what bob woodward was calling our nation's ideals.
that that common bond was a failure. for democrats to call it out, is energizing their base. >> jillian, i want you to respond to this. fall, 2015, candidate trump. >> i'm going to unify. this country is divided. barack obama has divided this country unbelievably and it's all hatred. what can i tell you? i've never seen anything like it. now, i'm going to unify the country. i will be a unifier. i think i will bring people together. and that includes blacks and whites and everything. i think people will come together. >> so that was october/november, 2015. "our great country has been divided for decades. sometimes you need protests to heal and we will heal and be stronger than ever before." and i went on. " i want to applaud the protesters in boston speaking out against bigotry and hate. our country will soon come
together as one." >> the media largely accused the president of dithering in his response to what happened in charlotte. i disagree with that analysis. i think president trump made a calculated, strategic decision about how he would approach what had happened and what his response would be like. it was misguided. it was a miscalculation. if you are the president of the united states and you are facing a nation that's internally divided, warring among itself, there are two options in front of you. one, you can try to bring unity -- and this is appropriate in certain situations -- everybody shares a burden here, everybody factors into the blame. there is no one that gets out of this scot-free without blood on their hands or culpability. the other approach you can take here is to try to bring unity by standing firmly with one side. and president trump, this week, chose the former and i think it
was a huge strategic mistake. i don't think that analysts do a service to what happened by accusing him of not thinking through this, of dithering and equivocating. i think it was a miscalculated move. >> with the comments earlier with where the monument goes, cindy writes, "why not sit in the oval office and speak from the heart about this issue." that goes back to your point. >> exactly. but it's not about monuments. it's about not just the words of the president, but his fundamental attitude. and you're absolutely right. it's a miscalculation and it's more than a miscalculation. now the danger in this for critics of the president, people in the media, democrats, and as is pointed out, many, many republicans are not standing
with the president on this. and some of his most severe critics are republican. but the tone cannot be self-righteousness. "we get it. you don't get it." there can't be and there often is, a smugness. oh, i've got it right. i think we all need to step back from that and the president needs to seize that opportunity, whether you call it a mistake or a miscalculation. >> we'll leave it there. thank you, thanks to all of you for being here on this sunday. in a moment, our power player of the week. washington saying goodbye to we always were told we were german. we were in a german dance group. i wore lederhosen. so i just started poking around on ancestry. then, i decided to have my dna tested through ancestry dna. it turns out i'm scottish. so, i traded in my lederhosen for a kilt.
>> 12 years ago the national zoo welcomed its miracle baby panda bao bao. now she's all grown up. here's chris wallace with our power player of the week. >> here she comes. we got some behind-the-scenes time with bao bao, as the national zoo made final preparations to send her to a new life in china. first off, a scale. >> the weight is a little bit of
honey water and that way she will stand still and we can get a weight on her. >> brandy smith took us through bao bao's faces. she put her paw out for a blood test. >> that's where the vein is. >> they trained her to cooperate. >> can you lay down? >> one keeper is always keeping her head busy and now shelley is training her for an ultrasound. >> that's why thousand of people are coming to the zoo and millions more watching on panda cam, to say good-bye to bao bao. since she was born, the arrangement has always been she would return to china before she turned 4 to reproduce. so these days, it's a celebration of her life here. her miracle birth, after her mom
failed to produce a cub for almost a decade. early training. playing in the snow. and other adventures. and exploring the world around her. >> that's the only reaction you can have. >> she's sleepy this morning. >> we go back a long way with her, well, three years anyway, when baby bao bao was 6 months old. she weighed 25 pounds then, not 200. i was one of the first outsiders that got to feed her. >> do you want some? >> she likes that a little bit. >> she looks very grown up when she does this. >> i, for one, am very proud of her. >> don't put your hands too close. >> i got that. [laughter] >> not a problem. >> feeding bao bao now is a different proposition. >> three years ago, remember, bao bao? here we go. do you like that?
wow. >> bao bao, you've grown up. >> you made a panda very happy. >> bao bao's main crate is to get used to her crate that will be her home, for the 16-hour flight. why do you think her farewell is a big deal? >> sometimes people say that pandas get too much attention, but it's what it takes to save an endangered species. >> bao bao is part of that. the population has increased 17% over a decade. it is still emotional for her to leave. >> she's my girl. i think of it like a child going off to college. she's going to have cubs of her own and i'm so happy for her, it's hard for me to be sad. >> bao bao's trip to china went safely and smoothly and we're