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split broadcast from orlando today. shannon, you can probably hear the sound of recovery in the background. the city workers have been out all night and they're out again today. this place will be cleaned up in a hurry. i give them two days to be back in good shape. good morning in new york. >> shannon: good to see you, bill. you have the sunshine on your side and the workers' side as that recovery begins. it is just getting started in florida. six million people remain without power. the heat index in south florida will be in the triple digits in the next few days but parts of the florida keys that remains the big question mark. communication and access completely cut off. emergency crews saying some areas could be uninhabitable for weeks or even months, they say. >> bill: the big story. look at this. "new york post" cover says this. the skeleton keys and look at that image on your screen. that is what so many have
experienced from the other day and so many are trying to recover from as we come to you live today here in florida. senior correspondent adam housley has moved locations but is still live in the keys in key largo. people are being allowed to return today. i don't know how easy that process will be, adam. what have you and your crew seen so far today? >> about 7:20 this morning i'll show you something right now. here comes some of the convoys we're starting to see. a great sight last night. the live one first, fuel trucks coming in right now. i can tell you somebody needs fuel, which a lot of us do down here, that's an amazing sight to see. fuel trucks and ice are probably the two most important things. the rescue crews honk as they come in. they come in, 800 number, i don't know where they came in. some residents coming in, too. there hasn't been traffic on this roadway since friday. this is the man one that runs through the keys. you see cars out here for the
first time. a great sight to see. video of when the bridge opened at 7:20 this morning. we were up there 15 miles from where we are now. watch as those first cars came across. you could see the smiles on a lot of peoples' faces wanting to get back and find out what happened to their home or business. we saw a lot of also convoys of relief efforts coming in at the same time. in fact, i got another video i shot before sundown last night of the first convoy we saw come in. this one came from california but you'll see a bunch of rental semis filled with supplies. we saw them bringing in generators, backhoes. an amazing sight to see and the helicopters above as well. shannon mentioned the heat index. it is very hot down here. yesterday it was 99 not counting the humidity and all the other aspects added to it. one more thing. here comes another convoy of cars in. these are residents coming in for the first time. a lot left on thursday and wednesday. people honking as they see us.
a lot of american flags. people happy to be home and proud to start the rebuilding process and proud to be citizens of this country. a long rebuilding process in the keys. if you come back to the keys you'll need a lot of things. ice, water, you'll need maybe a satellite phone. cell service is spotty as you move south of the middle keys. understand you won't have air conditioning. we saw a couple of small quadrants come on with power last night and we were begging for ours to come on. that didn't happen. if you come back to the keys you'll have to be self-contained and do that for a couple of weeks, bill. >> bill: i'm assuming you're on u.s. 1 that runs from key largo to key west. a stretch of 90 miles or so. how far can those people get today given the bridges and condition of the roadways down there? >> unofficially to near marathon. i don't know.
we haven't been able to get an answer if they can go further south. one agency said 8:00 a.m. and we got there at 6:30. more cars coming in. we believe near marathon. right around halfway. we don't know the condition of the roads south of there. we'll try to get down there today and see. we didn't get that far. >> bill: how far are you from marathon, adam? >> right now maybe 17 miles from marathon roughly? give or take, 17 miles from where we are now. probably another 12 miles from the bridge maybe, 10 miles from the bridge. roughly 30 miles down and maybe 35 miles down we believe will be open today. i'm not sure if you can go further. once we know that, we'll let you know. >> bill: good deal. thank you, as we've been reporting now help is on the way and you can see that from the images from housley's
camera. the u.s.s. abraham lincoln rushing to the keys to aid in search and rescue and joined by two other amphibious ships that can provide medical and logistic help. admiral schiltz, good morning. give us an idea of what the abraham lincoln can do and others now starting today. >> i'm with the united states coast guard. the navy and national guard have flown a tremendous amount of capability to the region. the abraham lincoln off the east coast of florida here has tremendous support from logistics on the ground, search and rescue. the coast guard has been latched with them for days as terrific partners. they'll bring a stable, visible presence to the keys. i was with the governor and the national guard is fully engaged.
we've reconstituted our coast guard forces still responding to rescues, 120 rescues working along other in jacksonville with the flooding. our helicopters and planes are back in florida and today we're focused in on reopening florida's seaports. petroleum fuel ports and that will be very important to the state. tremendous level partnership with all the agencies. >> bill: you just described something here that is extraordinary. you are working a story in the keys in southern florida and you are working a story in jacksonville, florida, the far eastern northeastern corner of the state. that's the stretch of 500, 600, 700 miles. what do you need today and how great is the need this morning? >> first and foremost i think folks need to listen to their local response agencies. there is still potentially risky scenarios with wires.
i know everybody is to get back in florida. i see the keys are open for residents. exercise safety. what we need is some continued patience by those waiting for assistance. there is a tremendous level of response being mounted from the federal, state and local municipal governments. i think an unprecedented level of cooperation and everybody is trying to get out there and help the citizens of florida. >> bill: what is your message from the coast guard, admiral? >> the coast guard as part of homeland security is here supporting the recovery operations if florida, virgin islands and a tremendous level of support. the abraham lincoln and other navy ships and national guard. everyone is here to help get through this challenging situation. irma is a very challenging storm as you are hearing covering the entire state of florida. >> bill: good luck to you, okay? >> thank you, bill.
>> bill: carl schultz, admiral with the u.s. coast guard. does he have a big job cut out for him. jacksonville, the keys, u.s. virgin islands and on and on and on it goes. back to you now in new york. >> shannon: thanks, bill. in washington president trump bringing senators from both sides of the aisle together tonight. they will talk about tax reform. we understand over dinner at the white house. chief white house correspondent john roberts is live on the north lawn. good morning, john. i understand this is part of a bigger push. they'll roll everything out when it comes to tax reform. >> the president will be doing a lot of traveling as well fox news has confirmed over the next couple of months hitting 13 states in the next seven weeks to get an idea of where he is going to go, all you have to do is look at the electoral map for 2018 particularly on the senate side where there are 13 democratic senators in florida, indiana, maine,
michigan, missouri, montgomery, wisconsin and west virginia. the president won all but three of those states. he already traveled to north dakota and missouri to sell tax reform. to demonstrate the intensity of the sales campaign he may take some time away from the united nations general assembly to travel to either new jersey or pennsylvania and putting on the sales pitch tonight over dinner with senators. let's put them up again. john donley, democrat of indiana. democrat of north dakota who accompanied the president to north dakota last week. joe manchin. orrin hatch, pat toomey and john thune. he is prepared to twist a lot of arms to get what he wants. >> shannon: steve bannon newly released and having departed the white house saying jim comey's firing was a huge political mistake. any reaction from the white house?
>> but perhaps the biggest mistake in modern political history. it provoked a response from the press secretary yesterday who said the president was justified in firing comey. >> we've learned new information about his conduct that only provided further justification for that firing including giving false testimony, leaking privileged information to journalists. he went outside the chain of command and politicized an investigation into a presidential candidate. >> she said the words providing false testimony which prompted me to drill down just a little bit on that yesterday with the press secretary. listen here. >> you said that he was responsible for giving false testimony. do you believe that comey either perjured himself before congress or at the least misled congress in his testimony >> that's doj to look at, not
me. i'm not an attorney. >> the department of justice might be looking into that. no confirmation or no indication that the department of justice is looking into that. one other piece of business before we go. fox news has confirmed that back in early june a group of people inside and outside the white house had discussions about asking jared kushner to leave his position. he thought his involvement in the russia investigation was perhaps going to be a bit of a drag on the president and might hinder his ability to do his job. i was told by a supporter of the president that it was, quote, b.s. what they were trying to do to jared kushner. don't want to mention names yet. if the names i received were correct, none of those people are working for the president anymore, shannon. >> shannon: that would make sense. john roberts live at the white house. thank you so much. bill. >> bill: shannon, the president is coming to florida. we don't know when.
in orlando our lead story today and for very big reasons. florida starting to recover from the effects of irma. the looting that has emerged overnight is another big problem over the past couple of days. we'll talk to the attorney general pam bondi and ask her how the state plans to handle that issue. florida keys bearing the brunt of the devastation. marco rubio went there late last night and talk about the path forward with us live today as the search and rescue efforts continue this morning. >> i hate to say it. it could have been a lot worse, could have been catastrophic. clearly there is a lot of work ahead. it will be a long time before life is back to normal in the keys.
>> shannon: this is a fox news alert. the supreme court has temporarily lifted restrictions on part of the president's immigration order after a request from the justice department. justice kennedy ruling that refugees with formal assurances from resettlement agencies can be blocked from answering the u.s. blocking six majority muslim countries for entering the united states for 90 days. the supreme court seat to here -- >> bill: back to hurricane irma. the storm sending floodwaters to record levels in parts of florida. folks being urged to get to higher ground yesterday and since then the water levels have gone down.
on the phone the mayor of jacksonville beach, florida. good morning to you. i know you're on the ocean east of the city of jacksonville. how was the surge yesterday and last night and what are you dealing with today, mayor? >> good morning, thanks for having me on. it was an unparalleled storm to anything i've seen in 50 years. 24 hours before irma hit we had a nor'easter that soaked our ground and filled the drainage ponds and neighborhood lakes. and irma sustainable winds gusting to 70 to 80 miles an hour for over 12 hours. we had an unparalleled amount of flooding. approximately 90% of our customers, electrical customers lost power. that's about 32,000 people. the massive flooding was attributed to the rain inland. we had city wide all our lakes and drainage ponds flooded and many of our streets and
intersections were flooded and impassable but from the ocean side last year you recall hurricane matthew we lost all our dune. we had just really restored all our dunes a couple of weeks before irma hit and we had breaches in two locations flooding past a1a and it was pretty amazing to see. our employees worked very hard -- >> bill: i'm certain it was and the way you are telling us that, too, it gives us an idea about what you went through over the past 36 hours. did anybody predict that? >> we all knew it was -- as irma approached, we knew that flooding and wind would be the biggest issue. most of our flooding came from rain. we had unbelievable amounts of rain. estimates of 27 inches in 24 hours. so it was unparalleled to any flooding i have seen before. >> bill: you've been in touch
with the mayor in jacksonville, what is he telling you about their situation now? >> mayor curry has this on a much larger scale. he has been a great support to us in the process and right now they've got quite a battle on their own. still a lot of flooding and restorations. they're working hard to get electricity back. >> bill: good luck to you, you'll need it. thank you, sir, the mayor in jacksonville beach dealing with yet another storm that they might have been waiting for but what they got was something that nobody really expected. mayor, thank you for your time. good luck. 800,000 without power in central florida. that stretches over half a dozen counties. they're working on it again today here. >> shannon: we can hear them as they are doing that cleaning up where you are, bill, in orlando. another big story this morning. the u.s. urging the strongest possible measures against once again north korea.
>> we're done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing. we are now acting to stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing. >> shannon: the u.n. unanimously approved another round of sanctions. will they be enough to stop the regime from testing more powerful nuclear missiles and weapons? john bolton joins us next. the moment a small plane crashes into a parking lot is caught on camera. more on what happened just ahead. i didn't know where i was from ethnically. so we sent that sample off to ancestry. my ancestry dna results are that i am 26% nigerian. i am just trying to learn as much as i can about my culture. i put the gele on my head and i looked into the mirror and i was trying not to cry. because it's a hat, but it's like the most
we must stop its march toward a nuclear arsenal with the ability to deliver it anywhere in the world. if north korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with further pressure. the choice is theirs. >> shannon: that is nikki haley approving of touch new measures against north korea after the u.n. unanimously approved a fresh round of sanctions targeting the oil and textile imports. it comes after the sixth and largest nuclear test. here is john bolton. there are a lot of things in this new run of sanctions but a lot of things didn't make it in. tougher oil restrictions. some of the sanctions on kim jong-un and will they make any difference as those in the previous rounds of votes haven't really done? >> the first security council sanctions were imposed on north
korea in 2006. i was there when we did it. so after 11 years you have to ask yourself, what is the cumulative effect of these sanctions? have they slowed north korea down? the answer appears to be no. the current set and certainly they are less strong than were first proposed but even these are -- their effect will be questionable. for example, instead of cutting off all foreign oil exports into north korea, oil exports are capped at present levels. now, well over 90% of north korea's oil comes from china and we don't know how much oil china exports into north korea. they haven't published statistics on that since 2013 according to press reports. so the chinese say that their annual exports are twice what they actually are and cap at that level. what effect does it have? another provision in this resolution prohibits new contracts for north koreans as foreign guest workers but it
allows existing contracts to play out, which the state department operations center this morning reports could take three years to happen. so i think that we're well past the point when the notion of economic sanctions could really have any effect on north korea. >> shannon: the watering down of the sanctions package seems like it was a nod to china and russia to get them to sign on so it would be a unanimous vote but we're dependent on them actually enforcing these sanctions as they have been passed. it is critical that other countries not just us, not just our vote but they actually comply with cracking down. how confident are you they will? >> well, they won't. the "washington post", which we all know is never wrong, reports that even as some chinese banks are refusing new deposits from north korean sources, russian black-market efforts at trade and financial dealings with north korea have increased. and that really goes to the basic point here.
if you aren't changing north korea's behavior you're simply allowing them more time to continue to advance their nuclear and ballistic missile programs becoming more threatening. i think that's something that is going to confront the administration much sooner rather than later with a very hard choice about whether to use military force. >> shannon: we know that it's not just about north korea's developments and programs. it's about their willingness to share with other bad actors. here is what mike pompeo told bret baier. >> they have a long history of being profile rateors and sharing their technology and capacities around the world. as north korea continues to improve its ability to do longer-range missiles and to put nuclear weapons on those missiles, it is very unlikely that if they get that capability they wouldn't share it with lots of folks. iran would be someone willing to pay them for it. >> shannon: what are your fears
on that front? >> i think north korea and iran to name the two current most dire threats have been working together for a long time. north korea sold iran its first scud missiles 25 years ago and they've worked together on ballistic missile technology since then. it is quite likely they've worked together on nuclear technology, too. for example, in september of 2007 israel destroyed a nuclear reactor being constructed in the desert in syria. being constructed by north koreans who didn't get there by accident. by exploring these connections is something our intelligence community needs to do a lot more of. we've had too much over decades of people saying you have the iran problem over here and we'll solve it this way and you have the north korea problem over here and we'll solve it that way when the two are really two sides of the same coin. >> shannon: all right, ambassador. thank you for your time. always good to see you, sir. >> glad to be with you. >> bill: back in florida across
the state they're picking up the pieces at this hour again today. this sunshine state is seeing some sun today. the recovery process underway. there is one town, one major city dealing with another issue and that's looting. we'll talk with pam bondi for what's being done on that and fuel is a big deal. we'll talk about that in a moment. jacksonville inundated with record breaking flooding after irma first made landfall. we're live from the flood scene there as well coming up next in "america's newsroom." >> our public safety workers, firemen, policemen have stepped up. this is what they sign up for and they're doing their jobs and i'm really proud of them. there is a lot of work to be done yet. this is a financial transaction secure from hacks and threats others can't see. this is a skyscraper whose elevators use iot data
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is so far. alabama, georgia, south carolina pounded overnight. irma's storm surge inundating charleston, south carolina and the storm surge from a swollen river in jacksonville causing flooding if record levels that they haven't seen since 1964. the streets were rivers yesterday. hundreds of people rescued from their homes. peter doocy was there to see it all live and he is live this morning in jacksonville. how many were rescued there, peter? let's start there. >> 356 were rescued just in the jacksonville area. local authorities teamed up with coast guard from kentucky, west virginia and tennessee to help people needing rescuing from the rapidly rising water from the st. john. its worst flooding yesterday since 1846. authorities are still waiting by the phone to answer calls for help from anybody that may
need it. >> first responders just did their jobs. they just did their jobs. i'm so proud of them. the work continues. if anybody is on a second floor or somewhere on a road that continues to be flooded and they thought they would wait this out, call 630-city. >> mayor curry said it's a category 3 storm surge. the water was worse than the wind here. a lot of people in this area may not have realized there was such a flood threat and nobody was talking about jacksonville taking a direct hit from irma. he said a lot of folks here in jacksonville area may not know that they live in an evacuation zone. they know it now and a lot of people that stayed behind are now without power. we got this update from the county. they say 73% of the nasa county
no electricity now. and 32% of duvall county still waiting for the power company to restore service. that means no lights and no air conditioning on what is a very hot day here. >> bill: hot and steamy. what are they focused on today, peter, in that city? >> bill, about half an hour from now they'll start distributing water to anybody who needs it and officials are also going around surveying damage but they're begging people not to drive through this water because they don't know what's in it. if it's safe for cars. it may be here about a week. something we've started to see as well, people coming back to neighborhoods like this one that are completely flooded and they hear rumors from neighbors that houses down at the end of the street are really badly damaged but they cannot get back down there. there are a lot of people who are very upset and bill, it will be several days before it is safe for people to return home to see what's left.
>> bill: very frustrating. peter doocy in jacksonville. authorities in the stricken areas have another problem to worry about. looting. we have these images from a foot locker in a neighborhood near miami. a number of people leaving that store with arms full of stuff. unfortunately it's happened in different areas of florida. want to talk about that with attorney general pam bondi live in tampa. good morning to you. we spoke on saturday. i heard from you on sunday. thank you for your time today. i'm reading that dozens were arrested as a result of looting. how bad or how extensive did that become? >> well, you know, bill, you saw their arms full of tennis shoes, sneakers stealing from storms. where did we end up seeing their arms? in handcuffs. those idiots make our whole state look bad and they aren't representative of flower. we have our national guard deployed, sheriffs. you'll end up in handcuffs if you do that.
that's the last pictures i've seen of those jerks in south florida. they aren't representative of our state. people need to know what peter said about the standing water everywhere. so you see that and you are scared and you think you need to go back in your home to protect your items but you can't. you have to listen to what your local authorities are telling you because it's different. you were here with me. it's different in every single county so depending on where you live you have to listen to law enforcement. >> bill: those looters i want to stress are the exception, not the rule. >> yes by far. >> bill: overwhelmingly the people throughout the state of florida have been patience. i don't know how long that will last. frustrating days ahead. with regard to gas and fuel it was one of the governor's biggest messages last night especially in south florida. because you essentially had all these people on the move and very soon they will get on the move yet again if they have not already. what is the status of whether or not they have the fuel here in florida?
>> fuel trucks are coming in. everyone has been listening to governor scott. he has been amazing and working with the fuel companies. i've been working with law enforcement to coordinate with the power companies getting some trucks across the canadian border down here with tampa electric. it has been amazing to work with down here. it is incredible. everyone working together. this morning we are about to see a convoy of i think over 80 trucks escorted by highway patrol bringing down fuel, all these -- food and about 80 -- i think today we have over 50 home depot trucks coming down with waters at $2.97 a case. power cords, generators, plywood. coming down to our state in a couple of hours and leaving georgia in less than half an hour. i was on the phone with them during the break. thrilled about the good in our state but we still have a price
gouging hotline, too. bill. >> bill: if they can get to jacksonville they can get to orlando and naples. can they get as far south as the keys or will that be left to the u.s. navy? >> the governor as our fuel ready to come in through the ports as well. he has been incredible. these trucks are going to go to south florida because you saw jacksonville right now. they aren't prepared yet. so south florida has had a chance to recover a bit. so these trucks will all head to south florida and then central florida and then to jacksonville as soon as they are able to take the goods and they can get the standing water down. i hope everybody listens to mayor curry in jacksonville as well. if you hear somebody price gouging. 1-866-no scam and we'll go after them and say their name all over national television. >> bill: i know you're on it. thanks, pam, for your time today. the attorney general pam bondi
in the state of florida. >> shannon: is a top democrat suggesting devout catholics can't serve as federal judges? >> the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. and that is of concern. >> the backlash senator dianne feinstein and other democrats are facing of questioning whether people of faith can serve on the bench. mitch mcconnell said the bipartisan spending deal may not have been so great after all for democrats. we'll talk about that with utah senator mike lee coming up.
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deal with democrats that had democrats celebrating. but senate majority leader mitch mcconnell saying chuck schumer's celebration was premature saying it wasn't as good as he thought it was. mike lee from the senate judiciary committee. do you think they'll make progress with the dinner tonight? where do you see tax reform going? >> i don't know. what i do know is the american people are expecting and demanding tax reform. we have a tax code that punishes people for getting married and having children. i brought forward a proposal i've worked on with senator marco rubio and ivanka trump that would end the parent tax penalty. i hope it's included in any package. >> shannon: you voted no on the aid package tied to the debt ceiling and other things. you say the american people deserve better. what we're hearing today from mitch mcconnell saying the way it's structured, the way it's
written there may be a little more time in the debt ceiling and may not be tied to these hard and fast deadlines in december. so you voted no on the deal. how do you think it plays out now? >> i don't know. i know it's bad policy to tie debt ceiling increases with hurricane relief bills with spending bills. when you look, all these decisions into one the lines of accountability from each elected official back to his or her constituents gets blurred. that's why i think it would be much better if we broke them into digestible pieces and allow them to be debated and discussed separately so the american people can have a say of what goes on in their government. >> shannon: does it become difficult for republicans in a mid-term election year? >> i think any time we get accustomed to lumping everything into one it will be more difficult the next time to decouple them and one of the reasons we shouldn't get into this practice in the first place and one of the reasons why i hope we'll do it differently next time. >> shannon: i want to ask you a
hearing you were part of, a number of judicial nominees are now flooding their way through the senate as president trump tries to fill a number of vacancies across the federal system. one of them was notre dame law professor amy barrett and i want to play what senator feinstein had to say to her about her catholic faith. >> when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. and that's of concern. >> shannon: she wasn't the only one. we heard similar questions and intimations from senator dick durban another democrat and made me think back to when senator sanders was asking a christian nominee to be a deputy director at the omb about his faith and hinting he may be islamophobic. what's going on up there? >> this is a disturbing trend
that any of these comments might reflect in coastal he laoets in secular dogma. that is disturbing. our constitution prohibits the use of a religious test to serve in a federal office. it's unconstitutional. it also has no place in our society. as a religious minority myself i'm sentive to any suggestion that someone out to be disqualified for made less eligible for a federal office by virtue of the fact their religious beliefs live strongly within them. >> shannon: what we saw in the hearing last week and the earlier one with senator sanders there is a skepticism about the catholic faith, protestants or christian. can you imagine if one of these senators would ask muslim or hindu whether that would impact their ability to be a good and
fair judge? >> its if such a question were raised and people would be outraged and understandably so. we ought to be equally outraged when someone asks this question of a devout catholic or evangelical christian as has happened in the last few days in professor barrett or with an evangelical christian. >> shannon: senator lee, let us know how it's going. >> bill: just getting word out of tallahassee up north awaiting the governor, rick scott will brief on the hurricane irma recovery happening in 30 minutes. we expect him in jacksonville, florida. a lot of concern in the northeastern corner of the state. a lot of concern in the keys. the governor was down there yesterday and his description of what he saw by air was very interesting. the west coast of the state, he
said, not as bad as he thought it would be or expected it to be. but he said the keys were a different story entirely devastating. rick scott is up in a couple of minutes and we'll carry that live from florida to bring you the very latest when our coverage continues in just a moment. gentle dependable relief. suppositories for relief in minutes. and dulcoease for comfortable relief of hard stools. dulcolax. designed for dependable relief. ito become dangerous.d for an everyday item new tide pods child guard pack. helps keep your laundry pacs safe and your child safer. align, press and unzip.
>> bill: did you see this heart stopping moment? this is a plane crashing into a tree. flipping and hitting the pavement of a parking lot. the 80-year-old survivor pilot lived and walked away with only minor injuries. 80 years old. officials say he was trying to land at an airport in connecticut. the cause of the crash is still under investigation but man, oh
man, shannon, saved by a tree. >> shannon: wow, that is amazing. in alabama the race is on to fill attorney general jeff session's old senate seat. a poll shows that roy moore, former chief justice of the alabama supreme court has a double digit lead over the man who held the seat, luther strange. strange has been endorsed by president trump. what to expect in the election in two weeks. >> in this political year which -- none may be as quirky in the special seat in alabama to fill the seat of jeff sessions. that feet has been tem temporarily by attorney general strange. in the gop primary strange got an unwelcome surprise. he was bested by former chief justice of the alabama supreme court roy moore who garnered 39% of the vote to strange's
33%. they will face off in a runoff election later this run. judge roy moore was unseated from the state supreme court for refusing to remove a plaque of the 10 commandments and moore is running in large part on his record of defiance. >> i'm running to make a difference in washington and those in washington are scared. they have been scared from the very beginning. mitch mcconnell on july 2 said he didn't want a conservative rebel in the gop that would be difficult to manage. evidently he wants one he can manage. >> luther strange is running with the enforcement of mcconnell and president trump. he said recently i've done everything you can possibly do to support the president's agenda and believe me, he said, that's what the people of
alabama want to see done. adding to the weirdness of this race moore has the endorsement and financial support of a group traditionally aligned with democrats, the trial lawyers who contributed almost 20% of his total haul when he last ran for state supreme court in 2012. he spoken against ash ration. a poll has moore up considerably over strange from 40% to 26% for the runoff slated for september 26. >> shannon: if you love politics this is one of the most interesting races to watch. thanks for breaking it down for us, doug. thank you. bill. >> bill: shannon, we're awaiting an update from governor rick scott. he has been a great source of information. that state beginning to recover from the effects of hurricane irma. we'll see what he has to say about jacksonville and dealing with major flooding as the
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down south. a -- in addition to the 35 plus in the caribbean before irma arrived. 180,000 people still in shelters statewide in florida. you have millions without power, up to 800,000 just in central florida alone and many, many more further south. the florida keys and jacksonville two far reaching corners of this state separated by some 500 miles are the chief concern on this tuesday morning. jacksonville with the flooding and again the governor will address that in a matter of moments and you'll see it live in the keys. that's a different situation down there. residents trying to get back home. the road or at least part of it has been open today. it won't be easy as we see
continued devastation from the aerial images and from our reporting on the ground there. adam housley, bill keating and so many others working that story in the southern florida keys. shannon, that's where we are now as we still work to recover from irma at this hour. 10:00 east coast time, shannon. >> shannon: we hear the sounds of work and recovery, the chain saws. the cleanup continues. hillary clinton is finished as a presidential candidate but not done talking about what she thinks went wrong. one of the main people she is blaming the russia president vladimir putin. there certainly was communication between the trump campaign and russia. there was an understanding of some sort. steve hayes editor in chief of the weekly standard joins us now. good morning, steve. she goes beyond that and talks about the fact she believes that putin had a personal vendetta against her dating back to things that happened under her husband's presidency.
and she -- he is the top of her list. >> very interesting interview with susan paige of usa today. at times hillary clinton seems to try to be restrained saying i don't want to go beyond the evidence. i don't know what happened here but things are suggeststive. at one point she is talking about 160 mentions that donald trump made of wikileaks and attributeing some great import to the numbers and the fact he said wikileaks 160 times in october. she seems to be having a tough time figuring out if she should make the accusations and make the partisan arguments that would be exculpatory or more balanced and restrained and wait for the facts to come out. >> shannon: in addition to saying there were mistakes she made and she takes responsibility for those she also notes sexism, misogyny, we talked about putin, the
mainstream media, she talks about senator bernie sanders and says he is not even a democrat. most of her fury seems to be aimed at former f.b.i. director james comey seems to say she thinks him being fired by president trump was a wrong decision but made him a hero to some people. she clearly doesn't categorize him that way. she says this. when he came forward to say we have more that we need to go through days before the election, she says my first instinct was my campaign should hit back hard and explain to the public that comey overstepped his bounds. my team raised concerns with that approach. we decided it would be better to let it go and move on. looking back that was a mistake, steve. >> i don't think there is any doubt that what james comey did at the end of the campaign had some effect on the election. coming out with that kind of a statement suggesting there were new emails when it turned out there weren't you can look at
the polling. nate silver suggested it had an effect on the polling and may have stalled whatever momentum she had and helped donald trump. to say that is one thing as a discrete fact i think is one argument. unfortunately for her what she has done is gone beyond that at least in the excerpts that we've seen thus far. i haven't read the entire book. but if you look at what hillary clinton is saying in effect, it's not at all clear if she had come back harder against james comey in those final days that that would have had any effect. i don't understand why she believes that and she doesn't make that case in the interview. >> shannon: well, it's interesting to note that she really in that interview goes after this russia connection over and over again saying she is convinced there is a tangle of finances that involve the president and russian interests. in the interview she goes farther than she possibly goes in the book. but at the same time we still have a number of democrats on the hill saying we have yet to see the evidence that links.
we haven't. this is senator feinstein, members of congress, maxine waters, not trump fans but people who have said the evidence isn't there yet. those investigations continue. in the meantime interesting ruling from a judge in maryland who has said that he is telling the state bar there are three people connected to hillary clinton he believes should be investigated. now complaint came in. he is saying yes, i have think it's enough to investigate and directing the state bar to look into cheryl mills, heather samuelson and david kendall saying there is something that they wiped out evidence wiping out hillary clinton emails. that ruling said those three people need to be investigated. are you okay? do you need water? if you're prepared to answer on the maryland judge. what do you make of that? >> i am. i think it's an interesting development. i don't expect it is likely to go anywhere on the legal path. i don't think there is any
question there are serious questions remaining unanswered about the activities of in particular cheryl mills and what she did with respect to the emails and what she did with respect to the benghazi investigation. she played a central role in making sure the public didn't have an opportunity to see everything the public was entitled to see. i think those are questions that are best answered in a political way but we didn't get those answers through our political debates and i don't expect that this will yield many answers, but interesting that at least this judge seems to think it's a worthwhile question to ask. >> shannon: all right. thank you very much, steve hayes, good to see you this morning. bill. >> bill: thank you, shannon. it is one of the bigger stories we're watching again this hour, the recovery from irma and the efforts that continue. crews this morning starting to allow some of the residents and business owners to go back into the keys. this will not be easy.
imagine the anxiety they have watching this storm from far away as it approaches and now they wonder what is left of their homes when they return? now, most of the keys facing devastating damage in the wake of irma. we're hearing about fuel and water and power, medical supplies, all limited. the u.s. navy dispatching the u.s.s. abraham lincoln to help in the search and rescue operations there and that happens with reports of 10,000 people that may need evacuation. senator marco rubio was tweeting about that last night. he will join me in about 20 minutes. we'll talk to him about all that then. now on the phone roman is a monroe county florida administrator that oversees south florida and the keys. if you can hear me good morning to you. it's been a very trying time. a 24/7 operation. what can you tell us about how many people may need rescue in the florida keys at this hour? >> thank you for having me this
morning and thanks for your coverage. i don't know what you mean by rescue. we got hit by a really big, powerful storm. things that we prepare for, things that can be expected when you live in the tropics and in paradise and we're simply in the recovery process now cleaning up, clearing the streets and getting as much access to the keys as possible. as a matter of fact we opened up the upper keys for residents and for business owners this morning. so things are starting to look better and better every day. as time goes on. >> bill: that's great to hear. a better word is evacuation. do you know if people need evacuating or not in the lower keys? >> absolutely not. i don't know where that rumor started. i need to quash that immediately. i think it started in a press release from the department of defense that it was a consideration. it was never any of our consideration. the evacuation was before the
storm which most people did. a few people that stayed behind hunkered down and they're fine. now the recovery process starts. i'm confident the florida keys can handle this challenge and we'll rebuild. >> bill: that is great information, sir. and to our viewers here in orlando that clarification is much appreciated. you are saying, then, no one is in need of evacuation from the florida keys at this hour, correct? >> some folks will check on their homes, see the condition of their homes and maybe go back out because it will take a while to get contractors and folks down here to repair their homes. if that's an evacuation it's an evacuation but as far as the 10,000 people evacuation that's not under consideration. i even question that 10,000 number. as a county administrator i was up and down the keys until the last minute and a lot of people
were smart enough to leave and they left. a few people stayed that had homes that were fortified and that kind of thing, wanted to stay and they knew what they were doing and it's a personal decision, that's fine. i doubt it's 10,000 people. it is hard to tell but i really do doubt that number. >> bill: wow. this is very good information, sir. thank you for bringing that to us. can you -- i have not heard of a single report of an injury from the florida keys. have you? >> very few. there was an accident right before during the evacuation and a couple of folks that died from natural causes during the storm. but that's about it for now. we will report anything that we find out immediately. again, we live down here in paradise. this is the cost of paradise and we are used to this. south florida have been hit with hurricanes and we bounce back. it's what we know. i know things look bleak right
now but things are going to get better. this shall pass, like they say. >> bill: an awesome message. thank you, sir. really good to have you on. the administrator for the county of monroe. we'll stay in contact with you. thank you. he is painting, shannon, a much different picture than we've been told so far. the recovery will be difficult and you'll have to rebuild but they are tough people and they chose to live there for a reason. the building codes are very strict, too. while that picture is encouraging i think to hear that message a moment ago. >> shannon: the people of the keys are a different breed. it is one of my favorite parts of my home state. a lot of fun down there and they are hardy, tough folks and it sounds like that will serve them well this time around. >> bill: i like to hear that. you bet. talk again in a moment. >> shannon: as we await the news conference he talked about with the governor out of jacksonville, back to washington the white house standing by its
decision to fire jim comey. >> i think we've been pretty clear what our position is and i certainly think it has been shown in the days that followed that the president was right in firing director comey. >> shannon: that's not all the white house is saying. why there is a growing call for the former f.b.i. director to go back to congress and testify again. our panel will debate that coming up.
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>> i think it has been shown in the days that followed that the president was right in firing director comey, since the director's firing we've lerpd have -- learned information about his conduct that was justification for the firing. giving false testimony. leaking privileged information to journalist. >> shannon: suggesting that maybe the justice department should investigate the former f.b.i. director for possible perjury comes as comey faces pressure to go back before congress and testify again. we're talking about it with emily sussman and guy benson. welcome to you both. all right. guy, i'll start with you. sarah said listen, i'm not a lawyer, i don't know, maybe the doj should look into it. what do you think? >> i think james comey is a
very cautious man. i would be surprised if he intentionally perjured himself. but whether there is a doj investigation into this i'm not sure if that's necessary but i'm totally on board for comey going back to congress and testifying again because there are new unanswered questions based on this revelation that comey was drafting a memo that was exonerating hillary clinton before that investigation was even remotely concluded before she had even been interviewed in that process. how can you start drawing those conclusions before crucial interviews are complete or even attempted? i think those are questions that he needs to answer and she, sarah huckabee sanders, is right to draw attention to this. >> shannon: senator lindsey graham questioned the former f.b.i. director in the past and he points to that, whether a conclusion was reached. here is what he said about getting him back to the hill, though. >> he needs to come back before
the committee for a couple of reasons. had you pre-determined the result before the interview contrary to your testimony, i want to inform the public as much as possible because this doesn't add up and i smell a rat here. >> shannon: what do you smell, emily? >> first of all nobody has any idea what huckabee sanders is talking about that he may have lied in testimony. she wouldn't answer follow-up questions which further demonstrates this white house has a casual relationship with the truth. particularly when it's coming from the press secretary. no matter who that press secretary is. comey has been very consistent in every one of his testimonies and everything that's come out. if it takes going to the hill to clarify anything that he may have been saying, sure, that actually would make sense. now if there is new information coming out that he would testify again. that's how investigations work. you get more information and then you find out more information. the thing that he had been testifying about was the trump
campaign relationship with russia meddling in the election. so i think that is the thing we need to be focused on and that's the thing that has angered trump and his reason for firing comey in the first place. he may not like it if comey goes back to the hill and ends up testifying again. >> shannon: you mentioned this issue about evidence has come forward apparently from the senate judiciary committee. senator grassley said we have evidence that looks like from these transcripts and interviews he was drafting something months in advance of talking to 17 different key witnesses, including mrs. clinton herself. do you think that he will be willing to go back to the hill short of a subpoena and answer some questions about that? >> he should be. if he is unwilling they should subpoena him and bring him up there. i think senator graham is exactly right and the potential inconsistency here to address emily's point would be the explanation of when this whole timeline unfolded in terms of making decisions in the investigation and sharing them with the american people.
so emily, if this were -- i know you want to focus only on the russia thing. i think we can focus on multiple things at the same time. if this were a situation where the shoe were on the other foot in terms of partisan politics, i think people like you, just respectfully would be clamoring for more testimony from james comey to explain how could you have drawn a conclusion in this case before there was key evidence gathered. >> shannon: thank you both very much. we have to cut this off. more irma news coming. >> bill: this is governor rick scott in jacksonville touring the area with the mayor and there with members of the national guard and so this is brand-new video coming in. mayor lenny curry and major general michael calhoun. this is the second major stop for the governor in two days. yesterday he took a coast guard helicopter down to the keys and today he is in jacksonville so we expect a briefing in a matter of moments. we'll bring that to you live. before it happens, squeeze in a
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>> bill: as expected the florida governor, rick scott, now speaking in jacksonville. let's drop in here now. >> department of transportation down the keys to inspect all the bridges because even though you can see that people are traveling, you aren't sure that on the bridges they can take any significant weight. and so our department of transportation is working on that and we have to get people their power back down there. we have to get the sewage system back working. we're doing all these things. so today i had the opportunity with the mayor to tour the
flood damage here and there are so many areas you never would have thought would have flooded have flooded. so i talked to people -- we talked to the shelter with tim tebow and people are very appreciative. pensacola and here, people are appreciative but they're shocked how the flood came in. what it teaches you is that when we have a disaster like this, you really need to watch the weather and you need to listen to your local officials. follow the weather. you can do national or local weather but follow it and on top of that if they say to evacuate, you need to evacuate. i tell everybody i've said this for the last week is that we can rebuild your house, you can get your possessions again. but you don't lose a family member. don't lose your life. you don't have a chance to do all the things you want to do with your family going forward. so as far as i can tell we were
shocked yesterday when the flooding started happening here. what i immediately did was i know the mayor was focused on this and the sheriff was focused on this but i sent fish and wildlife officers, over 60 officers right here to help with rescue. the mayor will talk about what they did. i think with everybody here i think they rescued over 300 individuals and thank god that everybody helped everybody here. that was important. fish and wildlife brought boats with them and we've got -- search and rescue efforts continue around the state. i'm praying that when people get to see the damage in the keys we don't lose anybody else down there. so my primary job is to keep people safe and that's what i want to do full-time. as you know, the storm moved and so we tried to be as aggressive as we can to open up
shelters. we opened up 400 shelters around the state. the red cross, national guard, salvation army, churches and everybody came together. when you go to these shelters people are so appreciative. they are so -- the people are so nice to them and we have pet shelters and special needs shelters and people show up. we need more nurses for our special needs shelters. early on we started seeing a big increase in the number of people in special needs going to the shelters which is all positive. we have a lot of power out in the state. every day i've been having calls with the utility companies. i've talked to the big utility companies this morning. about how to get power back as fast as we can. i think the latest numbers i saw we might have -- i was up in the helicopter was about 60% out still i think it is. are out of power and we have gotten a lot restored. we have over a million restored already. so hopefully the number will
come down. i think what you'll see today around the state is more resources. the reason that is if you think about it. this impacted the whole state. it is hard to pre-position all the assets you would want to position if the storm just came from one coast to the other. i think we're having over 30,000 individuals from out of state are helping us get our power back on. fuel i've been talking to the ports this morning. i talked to the -- to make sure we're getting the fuel out. we have some fuel in our tanks. we already have the carriers out getting that fuel today with escorts to get it back to the gas station. i talked to the coast guard. i called the army corps of engineers, tankers ready to come into tampa bay and the everglades. some comes even here at jacksonville. we're doing that. so we'll be doing what we would have done after last disasters,
we'll be doing probably two days of call with our utility companies saying how can we help you? people want their power back. i've gotten a lot of phone calls from nursing homes and assisted living they're having issues with their generators and so we're doing everything we can to help them get either generators, fuel, power back on. that's one of the issues we're dealing with aggressively to help them. we are trying to get ahold of them constantly. a lot of them are calling me and we're working hard with that. i want to thank everybody. our national guard. i think it's over 8,000 members of our national guard have shown up and doing everything from helping with shelters to debris removal to clearing roads. they show up and do everything. people show up when their family might be in harm's way. i want to thank the national guard for showing up and thank highway patrol. 1700 officers keeping our roads open. we had some traffic but the truth is it never stopped.
we had to open up shelters in places in the state. so they've already -- d.o.t. has opened up all the highways and turnpikes. we'll get the fuel trucks out. i want to thank the federal government starting with president trump. i talked to him pretty much every day. david frisk i talked to him in the middle of the disaster. he will make sure we get all the federal resources we can. i've talked to vice president pence and every cabinet member has called me and brock long from fema. they've been a partner all along with this. i want to thank the president for the pre-landfall declaration and the major declaration afterwards. that doesn't happen all the time. this president and administration is focused, like i am, on one, the safety of everybody but getting people back to a normal life as fast as possible. so we have a lot of work to do. but everybody will come together and we'll get this
state rebuilt and this state has strong, resilient people and get jobs back, build our companies and get it all cleaned up and get more tourists back and get everybody back. i'll turn it over to the mayor. >> i want to thank the governor for always being on site and the opportunity to show him areas impacted yesterday where there is damage in areas we'll need to rebuild and clean up. we knew this was going to be a major weather event even when it shifted west. you all covered it. you heard us say it. it was going to be serious. what does serious mean what mother nature brings whether it's tornadoes, wind, flooding, this time we woke up yesterday to category 3 hurricane storm surge and tropical storm. the governor provided assets. we secured assets with his help and federal government as well and our local first responders
and those rescues happened. so now the recovery and rebuilding begins. >> here from mike calhoun of the florida national guard. >> good morning and thank you very much. i would like to add as the governor mentioned before we have 8,000 guardsmen on ground and increased to around 9,000. we're in half of the 500 shelters around the state and 32 points of distribution that have been opened up currently. we have search and rescue on the ground down in the keys. aircraft that we were just on -- doing a recon of the area to do a damage assessment. 16 aircraft in the air doing the same and down in the keys and across the state. and our aircraft will grow another six so we have 22 aircraft in the air available. they will be doing operations that are needed and we have engineer assets on the ground continuing to do search and rescue, debris removal as the
governor said and other tasks requested of us. >> also like to thank the governor for his tireless efforts in the hurricane and also all the major roadways are open. we ask for your patience as we begin this recovery process. thank you. >> the highway patrol has 1700 people working working 12-hour shifts and doing everything we can to keep the roads open. the most important thing for everybody we want people to be safe. they're trying to do that every day. everything we did on the evacuation now with people coming back how do we do it in a manner that they're safe? let me say something about fema. they've been a great partner. we have -- they have assets that they are deploying around the state and we're doing it with them and do everything we can to get water, food, any resource we can out to people as fast as possible. the -- what the president gave us with the major declaration will help our fam laoels get back into a normal life as fast
as possible. so i'll be glad to answer any questions. >> what kind of damage are you and the mayor seeing that stands out to you? >> the amount of flooding. you heard about it in people's faces last night when you go to the shelter. you saw it on tv yesterday. but then you can see it when you see it bird's eye view, areas that you would never think of being flooded and you can't imagine what those families are going through when they -- maybe they followed the weather. they probably thought well, gosh, this is going to be a typical hurricane event. a lot of wind and when you get the flooding it has to have scared the living daylights out of people. but fortunately the mayor and everybody here showed up and brought in fish and wildlife. everybody has shown up and there is -- i think mayor you said there are over 300 individuals rescued. mayor, you want to add anything? >> we're in recovery and rebuild mode but i'm so grateful for what occurred
yesterday, you know, it would have been nice if there weren't people in areas that were affected by the surge. but the first responders just stepped up and did their jobs and neighbors helped each other. what i saw on the ground yesterday was nothing short of what the definition of it should be all about. >> i pick up a little frustration. >> bill: 60,000 without power is the headline. fuel coming into the ports by way of ship. fuel and supplies coming by road from the north and the border of ga. the story of a state coming back to life. senator marco rubio by telephone. thank you for your time. i know you went to key west late last night. what did you see on your visit down there? >> well, a lot of damage, obviously. no power. it will be a while. a lot of components we have to think through. the florida keys i'm familiar with it as a place of a lot of small businesses from the local
bait shop to the lobster, to the charter captains, to the small little inns. it will be a long time before some of these are up and running again. the access, the keys are hard enough to get to now with a single road basically runs down up and down the keys. so you can -- it is also difficult especially if traffic starts to pile up and you have to get the crews in there. a lot of challenges in the florida keys and different parts of the state. we're still focused on ensuring that some of the acute needs are being met whether it's ongoing rescue up in the northeast part and then kind of thinking long term how to get power back, what do you do with the folks displaced? fema has a program to help people with temporary housing. ensuring that's online is the next phase of this. >> bill: i understand you are going to jacksonville today and you'll canvas the entire state within 12 hours. how do you think florida did,
senator? >> well, obviously different places you get different reports. surprising amount of damage in the southeast part of the state even though it didn't take the brunt of it. the flooding in the northeast, the devastation in key west and we got a chance from overhead to see some of the damage in southwest florida, flooding. you know, things people don't think about. the agriculture community. our citrus industry. one of the big things florida was known for was already struggling. we get a damage assessment how bad it's been for them and the people that work there as well. you aren't getting some of the images you may have gotten from some of the bigger storms over the last few years but some of the underlying long-term damage is the kinds of things we don't have a full assessment on. i think we have a lot to be grateful for in terms of our first responders, firefighters, police officers and others, national guard and coast guard, the navy, air force, so many people chipped in here and
really, i think saved a lot of lives on the front end by moving people and yesterday by responding no northeast florida to numerous rescues. >> bill: you'll need money to get back on your feet, you know that. that fight is coming up ahead. do you have a sense yet of what this storm will cost, frankly? >> no, i'm not sure yet that people know what that cost is. in the billions and it is a lot of components to it. people won't be able to go back to their homes for a while. temporary housing will cost money. a lot of cities and counties have expended significant amounts of funds not in their normal budgets for cleanup, debris removal and overtime operations, so that's where you will see some of the fema reimbursements kick in. there is a lot of assessment yet to be done. the difference between this and other storms, this is a state-wide event. usually you have a community impacted by a storm. in this case virtually every part of the state got some damage and then, of course, we
have a lot of department of defense facilities. key west is a coast guard station down there. it has a naval facility. naval air station. we also have to keep in mind the cost of the department of defense and some of these facilities that will also require some rebuilding. they play a key role in our national security. there is still some work to be done. i think the first priority is life safety and then comes the rebuilding part and i think we're still involved in the first angle of it especially in some of these shelters and then of course the second part is now underway. >> bill: 180,000 in shelters as we speak now. senator, thank you for your time. i know you have another busy day today. we'll see how things go. this is a several day if not week event depending where you live in the state and the way you characterize it is so accurate. it is so large and never has the entire state of florida been affected by the same storm. it is that large. want to move down to phil
keating in the midway in the florida keys. where are you, phil? and what do you see this morning? >> well, i'll know more for keys residents up to key largo. they're allowed to return home after being evacuated to see what there is to see not only around but also at their properties. as you can tell, a whole lot of storm surge and debris, tons of it everywhere you look. at 7:00 a.m. hundreds of cars, which had lined up pre-sunrise in the dark anxious after a week in a hotel or at friend's house on the mainland finally convoyed all the way down into the keys to make it to their home. we hooked up with clay crockett as he arrived at his house. >> i can tell the surge came up to at least here which means i'll be flooded inside there. i can tell i have flooding inside already. oh my god.
>> bill: crockett had just paid off his house, he tells me. he has a business. he has an event party supply business and he was really concerned about the damage to that because that's his lifeblood and he says just looking at walking through this debris-laden property is very draining both emotionally and economically. >> start from scratch, it's not far from. if it had been in the off season. now we're starting to get into the busy part of the season. that season for the events and weddings and -- has all been now it's been highly jeopardized. that whole revenue stream just went down the tubes. >> he also owns the key west hot sauce company. the hottest one in this case the cat 5 hot sauce. >> bill: wow.
phil keating. they took a hit. you could drive eight hours down there and it would take you that long to get there and drive a couple hours to jacksonville, florida and you can see the damage there. i'm getting information from atlanta, georgia where trees are down and power is out today. you could get in a car and drive eight hours to atlanta. it is that extensive and that far reaching for so many right now. >> shannon: irma, a giant storm. we'll check back with you on coverage there. in the meantime israel's prime minister headed here to the u.n. in new york to the threats to the nation are growing in that region. are efforts to jump start peace talks going anywhere. the deputy foreign minister in israel joins us to talk about what is now at stake.
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israeli and palestinian offices. tzipi hotovely joins us live fresh off meetings in washington, d.c., good to see you. >> great to be here. >> shannon: let me ask you about jared kushner and the other trying to jump start peace talks to get things moving again. what do you feel about your confidence moving forward? >> what's good about how this administration is thinking about the region. the biggest issue is the iranian issue. we have closer relations with the moderate arab countries such as egypt and jordan and saudi arabia and today i think that many people understand that israeli policy in order to move forward the palestinians need to go through a major change in the way they educate their children. we were just talking about the fact that their textbooks unfortunately are still full of hate and denial of the right of israel to exist as a jewish state. this is, i think, the key to
get forward in the peace process. >> shannon: we were talking about the u.n. relief works agency which provides a great deal of refugee relief to the palestinians. it has come under fire because of some of these educational materials and other things that people feel are very biased. i know that you are working towards having that stripped away, some of that. i know that was part of your meeting in washington talking about the u.s. provides $300 million to this agency and you have questions about how that money is being spent. >> exactly. i met yesterday with john sullivan and i met with ted cruz, the senator. both of the meetings were very fruitful. we were discussing the u.n. bias against israel is going through a certain agencies that are just doing certain things that i think america as the main donor of those organizations such as unra that is creating a myth of the fact that palestinians are supposed to be refugees when they
actually are not. they are speaking about one generation of refugees and afterwards they need to be resettled and the palestinians were speaking about five generations after the 1948 war, the war that they started. they were attacking israel. they were trying to make sure that israel wouldn't exist on the middle east map and they lost the war and not accepting this fact and they are educating their grandchildren they are refugees from israel. it must stop. the way the u.n. in general is dealing with the refugees problem they have agency called uncr and they want to make sure of fewer refugees every year. palestinians are the refugees growing up. think about it. you are giving your money in order to make sure that not anymore will be refugees and eventually what this agency is doing is creating more and more refugees. this is ridiculous and it is
american taxpayers' money. there is no transparency. some people don't even know where the money is going to. the only thing we know is in the last gaza operation that israel was involved, some of those schools were a part of hamas actions against israeli ideas and israeli children in the south side of israel. >> shannon: there has been a lot of criticism about the settlements and things we could discuss for an hour. we know you are busy doing that ahead of the prime minister's visit here as well. thank you for your time today. the u.s. and south korea holding joint military drills as the united nations takes actions again north korea. we'll take you live to south korea coming up.
and south korea holding joint military drills happening today as the u.n. takes unanimous action against kim jong un imposing new sanctions on north korea. greg palkot watching all that he is live in seoul, south korea. what's been the reaction now in the region to these sanctions, greg? >> bill, there has been quick reaction as you can imagine and as you can imagine pretty predictable coming from north korea. and an official of the regime of kim jong un calling them evil, stay saying north korea would fire up yet another confrontation against the united states. u.s. allies south korea and japan positive. china and russia calling for talks. analysts say this are not too sure saying it could be the same. it diplomacy does fail the u.s. and allies of south korea are getting prepared, at least, for the military option. take a look what we saw and heard today. >> this is about as close as feel as can you get to war
on the korean peninsula at least for now anyway. south korean and u.s. marines in a live fire exercise, machine guns, mortars, grenades, artillery, all aiming down that valley at an armor position -- koreans. >> conventional war with the north according to all analysts would not be pretty. casualties figures easily in the hundreds of thousands over tough terrain like we saw today. now a war in the korean peninsula is considered remote. the possibility exists. that's why these folks train. take a listen to this fellow. >> sure, a lot of people are focused on the peninsula. for us it's business as usual. >> business as usual but tough business. >> yeah marine corps is the nation's 911 force. we're ready to answer the call. >> again, bill, everyone we spoke today said these exercises are purely defensive. they also say they do not pay attention to the politics. the rhetoric coming from
north korea. but other people do. and that's why they are there. back to you. >> bill: wow, good to have you there in south korea. thank you, greg palkot. the 911 force. like it. shannon? >> shannon: all right, bill, as you know folks across florida are returning home to assess the damage. continuing coverage with live updates from some of the worst hit areas. we will take you there. ♪
for the strength and energy, to get back to doing what you love. ensure, always be you. >> bill: as we close out this hour, shannon, i think, you know, over the past couple of hours one of the most interesting things we did was the monroe county administrator in south florida. when i asked him about these reports about evacuations he said not true. for the florida keys. when i asked about a number of 10,000 people needing evacuating. he said not true. he emphasized we are a hearty people. we are tough. we know what we are in for down here and so that was really good piece of news coming out of south florida. we hope it stays that way
certainly you, shannon. hope to see you back in new york. as cove coverage continues. >> shannon: be safe. others states effected. in the meantime "happening now" starts right now. >> we continue with a fox news alert on the irma recovery efforts as folks in some of florida's harvardest hit places get their first look at what is left of their homes and businesses. good morning to you i'm jon scott. >> >> melissa: i'm mel francis. staggering debris and water everywhere. water has been restored to more than a million people across the state. governor scott admits that recovery is going to be a long road, especially for the keys. where hemmer first made landfall. but it's not the only area the monster storm ravaged as jacksonville now struggles to recover from the first flooding it has ever seen, more than 300