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follow the show on social media. at fncspecialists on twitter and facebook. 5:00 will never be the same because these two are on "the specialists." keep it here. >> bret: president trump plays or cools today during a speech in reno, nevada, after last night's blistering attack on the media and two sitting republican senators. new intelligence about north korea and new missiles. and what's in a name? espn bombs a football announcer. this is "special report" ." welcome to washington. i am bret baier. president trump called for unity, patriotism, more changes to the veterans administration in a speech to the american legion. night and day away from the tone and tenor from the "take no prisoners" attack on the media in phoenix.
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president trump made no mention of that speech this afternoon. the echoes of tuesday night are reverberating around political washington and much of the nation. chief white house correspondent john roberts starts us off tonight. >> good evening. might be a tuesday thing. and we could go yesterday the president got into a serious argument with the media at trump tower over charlottesville. last night, the argument was slightly more one-sided. today a much more tempered environment. in reno, it was a much different president trump than the one who commanded the podium in phoenix last night. signing new protections for america's veterans, preaching healing and unity in the wake of the charlottesville violence. >> it is time to heal the wounds that divide us and to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us. we are one people with one home and one great flag. >> in phoenix, it was the
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president unbound by any restriction of protocol or policy. unloading on a number of topics, including a 30 minute rant against the media. >> for the most part, honestly, these are really, really dishonest people. and they are bad people. and i really think they don't like our country. i really believe that. the only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself and the fake news. >> president trump also swung back against criticism his response to charlottesville was not enough. >> i said everything. i hit them with neo-nazi. i hit them with everything. i got there white supremacists, neo-nazi, i got them all. let's say. kkk. we have kkk. i got them all. >> he warned democrats against standing in the way of a border wall. >> let me be very clear to democrats in congress. who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border
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security. if you are putting all of america's safety at risk. >> he predicted talks to renegotiate nafta would likely fail. >> i think we will end up probably terminating nafta at some point, okay. probably. >> against the protests of phoenix's mayor, hinted at a pardon for former sheriff joe arpaio. >> he should about a jury, but you know what? i will make a prediction. i think is going to be just fine, okay? but i won't do it tonight because i don't want to cause any controversy. >> the rally was as strident and boisterous as anything in the heat of the election campaign. the crowd ate it up. phoenix mayor greg stanton give it two thumbs down for he never wanted the president, the first place. >> it wasn't the right time for a speech like that, and unfortunately last night, the president gave a speech that did continue to divide this country. he did nothing to unite this
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country and did indicate he will be pardoning sheriff joe. >> trent frank who the president brought on stage last night, disagreed. >> well, i thought the mayor was posturing in a really tragic way. i thought it was unfortunate that he somehow prejudged the president's speech. the president's speech was externally unifying. >> sharpest criticism came from the former director of national intelligence who mused maybe he was trying to find a way out of the job. >> i question his ability, his fitness to be in this office. this behavior and this divisiveness and the complete intellectual, moral, ethical void that the president of the united states exhibits. >> the white house said this afternoon that there's no timing or decision yet on a pardon of sheriff joe arpaio, former
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sheriff of maricopa county. fox news has been told that the paper necessary for the pardon the talking points to handle surrogates to sell and are prepared and ready to go. >> bret: republican leaders in congress have warily avoided triggering a shutdown of the federal government since 2013 when the last shot down -- shutdown was blamed on the g.o.p. president trump vowing to use that tactic if his border wall is not funded. as james rosen reports, it's the latest sign of friction between the chief executive and those who should be his natural allies on capitol hill. >> house speaker paul ryan rejected president trump's pledge to shutdown the federal government if congressional democrats block funding for the border wall the chief executive has vowed to build. >> i don't take a government shutdown is necessary and vital think most people want to see a
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government shutdown, ourselves included. >> tuesday in phoenix, the president said immigration control was "one of the reasons i'm here." >> believe me, we have to close down our government. we're building that wall. >> the president urged a drastic change to parliamentary protocol one that g.o.p. leaders have termed unnecessary. >> we have to get rid of what's called the filibuster rule. we have to. and if we don't, the republicans will never get anything past. you're wasting your time. >> such comments stand only to deepen tensions between a nonideological president and party stalwarts anxiously eyeing the 2018 midterm elections. "the new york times" reports that majority leader mitch mcconnell believing the trump presidency effectively doomed, has not spoken to mr. trump said in august 9 phone call in which both men vented frustrations they've also aired and more measured tones publicly. >> our new president has not been in this line of work befor
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before. and i think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen. >> 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. for a thing like that to happen is a disgrace. >> wednesday, mcconnell issued a statement saying he and the president share an agenda focused on tax reform and infrastructure, adding with respect to the times report, anyone who suggests otherwise is clearly not part of the conversation. ryan maguire served mcconnell for a decade, including 20 years as chief of staff. >> no one is better at being pragmatic about this kind of thing than leader mcconnell, and he will do everything he can to make sure this is a strong and productive relationship. >> white house officials said the president, leader mcconnell, and other lawmakers will sit down for a strategy session when congress returns from recess. right now, no figure stands for precariously between the two
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titans then senator mcconnell's wife, elaine chao, also president trump's transportation secretary. she told "the new york times" "i stand by my man, both of them." >> bret: thanks. who is right, the president or congress? let me know on twitter at @bretbaier. use the hashtag #specialreport. or on facebook at facebook.com/bretbaiersr. all this week, we have been previewing the battle for control of congress and the next year's midterm elections. tonight peter doocy reports from minnesota, a once deep blue state where democrats surprisingly are on defense. >> beneath minnesota's eighth congressional district lay the mines that produce 75% of the ts country's iron ore. a congressional contest is unfolding. one g.o.p. hopeful, pete
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stauber, thinks president trump would help him win here. >> president trump won our district by almost 16% because he said he was going to protect middle-class jobs in the iron range and support mining. i am a candidate that's going to help do that. stick with the democratic incumbent rick nolan, who struggled to win by one while trump sailed to victory, plans to beef up his support with the backing of the parties most progressive voices. >> bernie sanders has been up here and campaign for me. i -- >> nolan doesn't seem to be in a hurry to invite hillary clinton. >> if we can educate her and bring her to a better place, more in keeping with where we want to see this country going. >> nolan has his work cut out
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for him. the president's pro-mining stat state. >> i'm not going to follow the party brand. i don't know this party anymore. >> health care is a hot topic. nolan's plan. >> countries with single-payer do better for significantly less money. they do better in terms of life expectancy and it's the way we have to go. >> not clear single-payer is going to fly in a district that's fairly blue. >> if you want to break the bank, if you want to break this country, you got to single-payer health care. and i don't support that at all. >> there were only 12 districts in november where a democratic member of congress won and three of them, like this one, are in minnesota. it's the most of any state. if there's anywhere in america
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that republicans like their chances to add seats and next year's midterm election, it's the land of 10,000 lakes. it's doing peter doocy in north branch, minnesota. breaking news, federal judge has thrown out texas' voter i.d. requirements. this judge previously compared it to a poll tax on minorities. the judge rejected a weakened version of the law signed by republican governor greg abbott of texas earlier this year. the new version did not expand the list of acceptable photo identifications. republican attorney general ken paxton call surveys ruling outrageous and says an appeals court should void the decision. speaking of hillary clinton moments ago, she said she almost called donald trump a creep during their presidential debate in st. louis last october. she said her skin crawled as
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mr. trump paste near her on the stage. she makes that claim in the new book. >> he was literally breathing down my neck. my skin crawled. was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, well, what would you do? do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space? or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, "back up, you creep." >> bret: asked about the debate moment after it happened, then candidate trump insisted clinton "came into my territory and all of all of a sudden from nowhere she walks right in front of me." clinton's book "what happened" arrives in stores next month. a spokeswoman for illinois governor bruce rauner says he will sign a plan to limit cooperation between authorities in illinois and federal immigration officials. i asked about that in a recent trip to chicago.
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the measure would prohibit state and local police from surging, resting, or detaining someone solely because of immigration status or federal immigration dictators. local authorities will be able to hold someone if federal officials had a valid criminal warrant. congress has scheduled a hearing of top navy brass for early september following two deadly collisions at sea. the seventh fleet is now under new management tonight. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has details from the pentagon. >> he is the highest-ranking officer to face discipline just days after the latest deadly collision of u.s. navy warship etsy. the commander of the u.s. pacific fleet relieved the head of the japan-based 7th fleet, vice admiral joseph aucoin due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." >> i think what you are seeing is a culmination of years of the navy senior leadership back here
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in washington, d.c., who have failed to properly man, train, equip the fleet. >> there are 60 to 70 warships, 200 to 300 aircraft and 40,000 more to come navy and marine corps personnel assigned to the 7th fleet in the pacific. uss john s mccain's collision comes days after the navy announced it would punish a dozen sailors from another 7th fleet ship, the uss fitzgerald, after seven sailors were killed during a collision in june. a government accountability office study in 2015 warned shorter maintenance and training. for forward deployed warships were taking a toll as resources shrunk but operational tempo and deployments remained the same. navy officials say more diverse and heavy equipment are needed to open up the mccain's flooded compartments to gain access to the bodies of some of the ten missing sailors. the pacific fleet commander visited the crew of the mccain after the crash. >> i didn't see exhaustion.
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i didn't see a crew that was taking a knee, so to speak. speak of the navy is down to codestroyers. >> bret: jennifer griffin at the pentagon. a down day on wall street. dow lost 88. s&p 500 down 8. nasdaq dropped 19. the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports has a tricky political situation on its hands tonight. fox news media analyst and host of fox's "media buzz" howard kurtz tells us about espn's latest acquiescence to political correctness. >> this is robert e. lee, confederate general. a divisive historical figure whose statures have become the focus of a racially charged debate like the deadly protest in charlottesville. this is robert lee, asian american, a college football announcer for espn. he, not the general who died in 1870, was scheduled to call a
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university of virginia football game in early september, but do sports network yanked him and assigned him to a game in pittsburgh to avoid offending any uva cavaliers fans. the blog which broke the story called it pathetic. espn statement said "in the wake of the charlottesville tragedy, -- tragedy, the decision was made." many news outlets have been kicking around espn. >> i thought it was an onion story because it went so far. stickley asked on twitter, what do you think of espn's decision to remove robert lee. 96% disagree. >> it is like pulling al michaels because there was a shooting at a michaels. >> makes no sense. >> wasn't political correctness
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run amok? jim brady has said the network is alienating viewers and employees with its liberal culture. espn moved its celebrity golf classic from a donald trump golf course during the campaign and fired curt schilling for comments on transgender bathroom laws. the networks has someone leaked the reassignment to embarrass espn and it was being supportive of a young guy trying to avoid the zoo. robert e. lee isn't doing so well. charlottesville workers cover of his -- covered up his statue. very few people had heard of rob lee. call your agent. >> bret: last night, the president, we heard him unload. >> truly dishonest people in the media and the fake media. they have no sources in many cases. they say "a source says," and there is no such thing. they don't report the facts. >> bret: he went on to blame
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the social and political upheaval in the country on the media. what about that? speak with the president's base loves these attacks and some of the media commentary questionins mental health is way over the line but i thought it was a missed opportunity. the president was wrong in saying some of his comments after charlottesville just hadn't been reported. more important, he spent half an hour relitigating his handling of the violence there when the fallout was starting to fade. he left off the radar his speech about afghanistan which drew some positive coverage from the media establishment he loves to bash. >> bret: thank you. amid his barrage against the dishonest media in phoenix last night, president trump singled out certain shows on fox news channel for praise. and then spoke more broadly about how he is covered here. >> fox has treated me fairly. fox. treated me fairly. they have treated me fairly.
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hey, i will let you know. you know what? someday they might not treat me fairly and i will tell you about it. i don't mean all good. i get plenty of bad on fox but at least it's within reason. >> bret: on the news side of fox, we try very hard to provide balanced coverage of this administration. back in may, looking at the first 100 days of the trump administration and using "special report" as the program analyzed in the study, harvard university's study looked at the tone of media coverage, positive and negative. harvard found "special report" was 52% negative 248% positive about the administration. in other words, balanced. in stark contrast to other network coverage. it's why the next number might be surprising. as of tonight it's been 300 days since donald trump appeared on
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"special report" for an interview. that session in october took place with candidate trump in trump tower 11 days before the election. despite weekly requests from us since then, now president trump still has not appeared on the show. 300 days ago at the end of that interview, i asked mr. trump was the biggest difference between the campaign and running his businesses. >> i used to get great publicity. now i get record-setting, i get record-setting publicity but most of it is bad. to me, that's the biggest difference. the amount and the ferocity. and it's also the dishonesty. >> bret: president trump, i assume you know you will be treated fairly here and of course, asked tough but fair questions. i look forward to getting you back on the number one news show on the number one news channel very soon. "special report" will be live at the white house again tuesday. we will be right back.
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>> bret: state department advising americans to avoid traveling to certain locations in mexico. the warning applies to several popular tourist destinations. the state says american citizens have increasingly been victims of violent crime, including murder, kidnapping, and robbery. north korea apparently wants the u.s. and the rest of the world to believe it is working on new missiles. reporter kitty logan tells us how the messages getting out. >> these images from north korean state media appeared to show kim jong un on a routine visit to a chemical plant, but it is what is revealed behind him which has
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sparked concern. diagrams show designs for new missiles which may be more advanced. here kim ordered the production of more rocket engines and warheads. the aggressive rhetoric directed towards the u.s. has been toned down. that was welcomed by the president. >> i respect the fact that i believe he is starting to respect us. and maybe, probably not, but maybe something positive can come about. >> the u.s. and south korea are participating in joint military drills. today thousands of people on the streets of the capital seoul went underground shelters during an imaginary air raid. it's a drill which residents hope will never be put into practice. the exercise has riled the north korean government, calling it a rehearsal for war. the u.s. believes relations with pyongyang could improve. stickley hope it's the beginning
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of a signal we been looking for that they are ready to restrain their provocative acts and perhaps we are seeing our pathway to having some dialogue. >> so far, nothing has deterred north korea from developing its missile program. the regime has conducted a series of tests this year, the most recent at the end of last month, indicated that the u.s. mainland could be within range. the war of words between the u.s. and north korea have cooled, but these new missile designs indicate pyongyang has no intention of scaling back its missile development. >> bret: thank you. presidential son-in-law and advisor jared kushner meets with israeli and palestinian leaders tomorrow in his effort to restart peace talks. at today's session with egyptian officials got off to a shaky start. conor powell shows us. good evening. >> egypt's foreign minister
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canceled a meeting with jared kushner today, marring what was an otherwise productive start to the trip. the snob was in protest after the white house announced it was withholding some $300 million worth of american aid to cairo. the trump administration stopped the payment because of egypt's failure to make progress improving human rights and democratic institutions. this move came as a surprise because president donald trump has praised egypt's strongman president abdel fattah el-sisi for his fight against terrorism. a short while ago, the u.s. delegation did meet with president el-sisi and the foreign minister. there seems to be some diplomatic theater at play. earlier, kirchner visited saudi arabia and jordan where his diplomatic team discussed efforts to combat terrorism and restart the middle east peace process. a topic tomorrow as well when he
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meets with israeli and palestinian leaders in the holy land. president trump has called it the ultimate deal but both israeli and palestinian leaders have said privately there really isn't much in the way of a plan to back up this diplomatic effort. and expectations are extremely low. this is a tough time to try for an agreement. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is facing several corruption investigations, making him all the more reliant on his conservative base which opposes any deal. while palestinian president mahmoud abbas remains unpopular and continues to share power with hamas, he controls the gaza strip. the reality on the ground is neither netanyahu or abbas have much of a reason to strike a deal. it doesn't appear the trump administration is willing to pressure them to force them into an agreement. >> bret: thank you. up next, the man behind the much-maligned trump dossier.
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here is what some of our fox affiliates are covering. fox 5 in las vegas. federal jury refuses to convict four accused gunman in the 2014 standoff with federal authorities near the nevada ranch but antigovernment activist. prosecutors say the men conspired with the family of clive and bundy to threaten the lives of federal agents. bundy went up against the government after refusing to pay grazing fees for his cattle. fox 54 in augustine georgia, longtime augusta national chairman billy payne announces his retirement. he took the job in 2006, and oversaw the admittance of the club's first female members. he will be replaced by former usga president fred ridley. he will be the first chairman to have played in the masters tournament. this is a live look at new york from fox 5. the big story there, and throughout the nation, drawing in the powerball jackpot.
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if it's severe stop taking linzess and call your doctor right away. other side effects include gas, stomach-area pain and swelling. talk to your doctor about managing your symptoms proactively with linzess. >> bret: the man behind the dossier on president trump talk to the senate judiciary committee this week. the file originally at the center of serious allegations also was come under serious scrutiny since then. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is here with what lawmakers are learning. >> glenn simpson met with investigators behind closed doors. their focus, the sources for the unverified dossier and who paid ford. -- paid for it. senate investigators complained simpson provided worthless records, including press
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clippings. simpson's company fusion gps provided a copy of the same unverified dossier that's been publicly available things january. in july, the senate committee issued a subpoena to secure public testimony. fox news found him at a colorado security conference, his lawyer reported he was on vacation and not available. fox news asked for further clarification today and received no response. last month, charles grassley pressed for answers about simpson's work, including undermining a russian whistle-blower and advocating for the repeal of u.s. sanctions, punishing senior russian officials. >> can you explain how mr. simpson manipulated the media to smear you? >> the story he was pitching was that magitsky wasn't murdered.
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>> the russian ambassador to washington was asked about a 2016 meeting with mike flynn and the president's son-in-law. >> did you discuss opening secret channels at the kremlin with jared kushner? >> many things we do not discus discuss. >> kushner told congress there were no secret back channels. >> bret: thank you. interior secretary ryan zinke under investigation by the department's inspector general after reports he tried to pressure alaska's republican senators to vote for a bill to repeal and replace obamacare. much of the focus on the no vote of republican senator lisa murkowski. immigration enforcement along the border is one of the many
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uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. the government stepping up the effort to test and evaluate drones. that's where jonathan serrie is. >> small drones like this are expected to play an increasing role with the department of homeland security. >> we are going to make our borders safer. >> dhs acting under secretary of science and technology visited camp shelby in mississippi which will serve as a testing ground to evaluate different types of drones for a variety of activities. >> border security is a big part of drones. search and rescue another big area where they play a role. and disaster recovery. >> in this drone video, operators are using a simulated village to search for actors in vehicles posing as high-value targets. dhs is partnering with mississippi state university which has invested heavily in drone research. >> huge economic opportunities for our nation and in my home state of mississippi, we have
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already got major manufacturing unmanned aerial systems in our state. those companies were incubated on our campus. >> the idea of government drones overhead raises privacy concerns for some americans. brian says dhs officials are working closely with experts on privacy and civil liberties. >> to ensure that the testing we do are in alignment with protecting human rights. >> commercial drone technology rapidly evolving. dhs officials say the new partnership in mississippi will help them stay ahead of the curve. >> bret: jonathan, thank you. a tale of three speeches. last night in phoenix, president trump went nuclear on the media and two republican senators. we will discuss the fallout with the panel when we come back. ercs to homes than anyone else in the country, ercs we never forget... that your business is our business the united states postal service.
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to heal, and to remain one nation under god. we cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other. it's time to expose the crooked media deceptions. we have to speak to mitch, and we have to speak to everybody. you've got to go to 51 votes. if they don't do that, they are just wasting time. nobody wants me to talk about your other senator who is weak on borders, weak on crime. we are not defined by the color of our skin. the figure on our paycheck or the party of our politics. we are defined by our shared humanity. >> bret: those three speeches happening within 48 hours. three different speeches. some analysts saying perhaps two different presidents making two different messages. there is some pushback and some battles between the republican
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party. the president tweeting out about senator jeff flake. "phoenix crowd last night was amazing - a packed house. i love the great state of arizona. not a fan of jeff flake, weak on crime and border!" he is the sitting incumbent senator there. politico has a piece saying before taking the stage in phoenix, the president huddled backstage with state treasurer jeff dewitt and former g.o.p. chairman robert graham. both considering running against flake. we have a picture. that obviously showing some different takes on the situation on the reelection. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell backing jeff flake. let's bring in the panel. guy benson, political editor at townhall.com. susan page, washington bureau chief at "usa today." byron york, chief political correspondent at the "washington examiner." what do you make of the speeches and the messages and the interpretations?
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>> after the very presidential afghanistan address on monday, primetime address, commander-in-chief, matters of war and peace. i think his staff and a lot of people are worried he would go rogue in phoenix. and that's exactly what he did. i have to say if you've watched a lot of trump speeches, especially campaign speeches, this was very characteristic. it was a classic trump sandwich. he starts off on message, talking about unity and other stuff. then he just goes offer 45 minutes and goes all over the place. he relitigate's charlottesville. he attacks mccain. he does all sorts of stuff, and then at some point he remembers oh, i've got to talk about jobs again. he gets back on script. that's classic trump. i didn't actually see that much other than the news without threatening to shut down the government if he doesn't get funding for the border wall. i didn't see that much new. >> bret: it did raise some eyebrows.
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>> now the obstructionist democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me, we have to close down our government. we are building that wall. >> i don't think anyone is interested in having a shutdown. i don't think it's in our interests to do so. while we work on doing what we said we would do and what we've done already and what we need to do which includes our border. >> bret: as predicted, when congress, the leadership comes back, they are going to go to the white house, including senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and the house speaker and talk about the way forward on these items. >> perhaps trying to get a vote from senator flake on some of the issues. i love the phrase "trump sandwich." to go back to that of a item. we saw that the previous week. the initial comments about charlottesville took one tone, and then he came out and read a more statesmanlike conciliatory words. then on tuesday he did the press
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conference totally off message. which is the trump people should believe is the real trump? i would say it is the filling in the sandwich, not the bread. those are the moments when president trump seems to be speaking what he means, what he really thinks. that will be the president trump i assume negotiating with mitch mcconnell. >> bret: three republican lawmakers with the same analysis. >> we saw two different presidents. i thought the president did an exceptional job on afghanistan. i think we would be better served if that's the president weighs more often. >> i wish he would go after vladimir putin and kim jong un as much as he is the republicans. >> the republican feels that the strategy that works for him. i would say it's important to stay unified as republicans to complete our agenda. >> bret: how many times have we heard this is going to change or this is the guy we wish was
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in the oval office. these are republicans were trying to figure out how to deal with the guy they saw in phoenix. >> he's not going to change. this is who he is. this is the man who was elected president. i really struck me watching the media response to the speech in phoenix. people shocked, people fainting. can you believe it? yes, i can believe it. where have you been? if you are orbiting the earth and a satellite somewhere with no access to any information and you parachuted into phoenix last night, yes. that would have been a very bizarre political performance. if you have been a sentient human being for two years, it's exactly what we've come to expect. because that is donald trump. that is the president, and whether you like it or not, people elected him knowing that is precisely who he is. >> there were legitimate points in the off script. >> sure. >> talking about republicans who couldn't get their act together after seven years of promising to repeal obamacare. he was absolutely right on that. his attacks on the press, same
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old thing. some people in the press afterwards came out as if prompted by the president and went way over the top in their commentary and suggested he was suffering from dementia or was psychologically demented. >> bret: part of that coverage included the former national intelligence director who said this. >> i just find this extremely disturbing. >> are you questioning his fitness? >> yes, i do. i really question his ability, his fitness to be in this office, and i also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. maybe he is looking for a way out. i worry about, frankly, you kno know, access to the nuclear codes. >> bret: that's quite something, susan. for a guy who was called up by congress for lying and testimony
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but, you know, respected in his field to say what he said there. it's really something. >> pretty provocative, although it's only one step further than senator corker took a few days ago, the republican chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. he wasn't sure if president trump had the, what was the word, stability, that was necessary for the job. clapper went far but that is the debate you here among democrats but also among some republicans these days. >> bret: guy, leftward. >> i am so pathetic to the question or people who asked the question, is donald trump fit to be president. i had my doubts about that which is why i was vociferously opposed to him during the primary. we have litigated that question in a primary, a general, and that he was elected. this is not new news. >> bret: hillary clinton talks about her skin crawling at a debate while democrats urge for
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>> talk about this allegation you're a spymaster. did you attempt to recruit any members of the trump administration? >> cnn is the company that keeps up this allegation. >> u.s. security officials, intelligence officials have made it. >> i have heard the statement by them, also by former head of the fbi. >> bret: former russian ambassador kislyak at the center of the russian investigation, or at least part of it, back with the panel. cnn tracked it down. didn't get much out of them but
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heard his voice. >> it's the first we've heard from him i think. it does suggest right now that the russian investigation may be a little bit under the surface. as we all get excited about what is happening on this day or that day. it is still going on, and we hear reports a little conflicting about how far along mueller is. is he getting close? is this going to last for the next couple years? i think we will see something from the senate intelligence committee not that long from now. >> bret: do you think a lot of russian officials in russia have a camera crew from cnn putting a microphone in their face? that was kind of fun. in the united states, yes, it's part of the job. the investor who is quite skilled politically did not seem nonplussed by this. >> bret: we talked about the hillary clinton sound bite from her new book where she reads out that her skin crawled when donald trump was walking near
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her, she said. almost turned and said "you creep," in her words. here was donald trump responding. >> she came into my territory. i was standing at my lectern and all of a sudden from nowhere she walked right in front of me. i never walked near her. she stands right in front of me. the next day it was, i was in her space. i was standing in my chair, my lectern. this is typical hillary clinton. she's a phony person. stay on there you go. all a prelude to this book coming out. >> i had a text message today from a liberal friend who made an interesting observation. what she writes in this book is she says, in that moment she wishes she could've pressed pause and asked america, what would you do. she wanted a focus group, wanted to pull the american people to figure out how she should conduct yourself. that's the problem with hillary clinton. and >> bret: sounds like you are excited about this book.
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>> the one woman in america who doesn't understand why she lost. explaining to us in 400 pages why she lost. >> bret: democrats are on a hunt for leadership. >> usually the party out of the white house doesn't really have a leader. it's not unusual that they don't have one but they still are divided. i think the whole bernie-hillary problem is not completely healed over. the dnc it has taken on water as far as fund-raising is concerned. remember the middle-class agenda they announced? that has really caught fire, hasn't it? they do not have their act together right now. the on the is, can they mount a midterm takeover? >> they have a tough landscape, tough map for senate races. they have something going for them which is democrats who are united on almost nothing else are united in opposition to donald trump. does that provide enough energy to help them in the midterms? i assume they will not have a
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leader until they get a presidential candidate. it's hard to unite behind a leader until you have someone you're ready to dominate. >> bret: we have more online after this. when we come back, the start of the terrible twos for a washington celebrity. aleve pm is the only one to combine a safe sleep aid plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. i'm back. aleve pm for a better am. it's our back to school beeone cent evente. at office depot office max. 10 pack pens, one cent. composition notebooks,scissors, and plastic folders all one cent each! hurry to office depot office max. ♪taking care of business.
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♪ ♪ >> bret: finally tonight, a very happy birthday to giant panda pepe. he celebrated his second birthday yesterday at the national zoo here in washington. birthday party complete with a cake made from various fruits and vegetables that apparently bei bei likes. he seemed to enjoy the box more than the toys. there is bei bei. i don't know just because we wanted to show him. he is 2 years old. okay. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. can you always end with
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pandas. the story hosted by martha maccallum starts right now. "special report" online begins in five seconds. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> martha: hello, everybody, i'm martha maccallum and this is the story live from the kentucky state fair in louisville. this week the president is taking his message back to the places where it resonates the most. the military in virginia, a rally in arizona last night. and an audience in nevada today. and here in louisville, home of the kentucky derby, land of mitch mcconnell and rand paul, the people that we spoke with have a far different take than those inside the beltway and in much of the media. the blue grass state went 62% for donald t

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