tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News September 19, 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm PDT
>> bret: this is a fox news alert. i am bret baier the white house. we are covering natural disasters happening now. on the left side of the screen, scenes from mexico following today's 7.1 magnitude earthquake. at least 44 people are dead. the number is changing by the minute. buildings collapsed in central mexico. thousands fled into the streets in panic, some remembering 32 years ago. a huge quake on this date in 1985 that killed thousands. on the right side of the screen, hurricane maria, now a category 5 storm with 165-mile-an-hour winds battering some of the same parts of the very being hit days ago by hurricane irma.
puerto rico is bracing for a major hit likely to marketable go live shortly. we are at the white house for our two of our expanded edition of "special report" ." north of here at the united nations, president trump threatened to in his words "totally destroy north korea" if it continues to threaten north america and its allies. he singled out iran, saying its biggest exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. john roberts starts us off this hour from the u.n. good evening. >> good evening to you. president trump came to washington to be a disruptor, to shake things up. today here at the u.n., it was true form. >> his ambassador to the united nations had president trump would slap the right people in his speech. boy, did he ever. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself. >> i north korea, the president left no room for interpretation
or ambiguity, demanding kim jong un give up his nuclear program or else. >> the united states has great strength and patience but if it's forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> the north korean delegation who had a front row seat, walked out before the speech, leaving only a low note taker. there was no reaction from the iranian delegation as president trump ripped tehran for seeking to destabilize an entire region. >> the iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. it has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economic depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. it's because the president criticized the obama administration for the iran nuclear deal, insisting it's an
embarrassment to the united states. >> we cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles and we cannot abide by any agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. >> not surprisingly, it iran didn't like that one bit. the foreign minister tweeting "trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times, not the 21st century. unworthy advisor apply." the address brought a sharp reaction from democratic senator dianne feinstein was that "the bombastic threat to destroy north korea and the refusal to present positive pathways forward are severe disappointments." israel's prime minister loved it. >> i have listened to countless speeches in this hall.
i can say this. none were bolder. none were more courageous and forthright that the one delivered by president trump today. president trump rightly called the nuclear deal with iran, he called it an embarrassment. i couldn't agree more. >> sharp reaction from venezuela's maduro regime which didn't like being called out for imposing a brutal dictatorship. >> the problem in venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. >> this return to the cold war, for a moment we didn't know if we were listening to president reagan in 1982 or two president trump in 2017. >> president trump laid out his vision for the world, urging every nation to follow his america first policy. >> as president of the
united states, i will always put america first. just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first. >> president trump says it's not his intent to nation build or impose democracy through military regimes but rather to create global stability by partnering with nation split the well-being of their citizens first. a note to the venezuelan foreign minister, try to insult the president by likening him to ronald reagan, not exactly an insult. >> bret: not in the g.o.p. john roberts live outside the u.n. u.s. and south korea making sure north korea is aware of the kind of firepower they possess. there has been another demonstration miles from northern soil. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot has some amazing images tonight from
seoul, south korea. >> due to the asian time difference, most in seoul, south korea, probably missed president trump's strong pledge at the u.n. to destroy north korea if it threatens its nukes. one south korean analyst in dallas they were strong words, and that trump was playing a game of diplomatic chicken. in the north korean capital of pyongyang, the lights were no doubt burning late. here's how one analyst imagines kim jong un's take on the rhetoric. >> i bet as we speak in north korea they are sitting around pouring over donald trump's statements trying to analyze is he nuts or is he going to do it? >> there is a lot of talk about possible war. in south korea they are practicing at it just in case. the u.s. and south korean forces taking over a mock town but this is an exercise with the difference. 12 miles away, the heavily
fortified dmz. beyond that, north korea. these troops are some of the most forward deployed in the region. if north korea invaded or vice versa, these u.s. and south korean forces would be at the tip of the spear. they are already doing maneuvers with north korean artillery positioned dangerously nearby. the aim of the mission is to make sure u.s. and south korean military can work and fight together and the yanks can get used to the south korean terrai terrain. the u.s. military. >> all training is for a possible war but it gives it a different flavor when the pressures are heightened and there's a different bit of intensity. >> no one on the ground here thinks the military option will be an easy or preferable one. they are hoping even a rough form of diplomacy will come
through in the end. bret. spewing greg palkot in seoul, south korea. thanks for joining us now from our washington bureau, gillian turner, former national scaredy council staffer under presidents george w. bush and barack obama. she is here with some perspective on president trump's u.n. speech. you've seen a lot of these things. >> a lot of u.n. speeches that we get these days are sort of stock and they have stock elements to them. i think president trump included just the right amount of those but also made it his own this morning. when i talk about stock elements, i'm talking about things like expressions about universal feelings and desires and yearnings for freedom and democracy. your earnings to not live under dictatorships and despots. the president included some of that but he also veered off track, not necessarily in a pejorative sense, but he veered off track from other presidents
like president bush. he took a sort of muffled jab at him when he talked about how the united states doesn't want to impose democracy around the world. that was a direct reference to things president bush included in his own u.n. addresses eight years ago. he was a little bit like president obama and that he wasn't afraid to name and shame. he called out north korea and iran and russia and china. he also named our allies, taking special care to think countries like jordan and lebanon for helping to ease the crisis resulting from syria's civil war. >> bret: it was direct and bold. you're getting reaction from both sides of the aisle differently. a couple tweets. representative marked econo "shockingly reckless. the whole human cost of north korea." barbara lee "dangerous rhetoric, abdication of values at the u.n.
congress must stand by the iran deal and work to de-escalate tensions." mitt romney. is this the new trump doctrine or the evolution of the trump doctrine we've seen through these speeches? america first but also each country's sovereignty able to handle big problems together but also their own problems inside their country. >> that is the trump doctrine and something he took care to say in this speech that i hadn't really heard him annunciate so clearly and directly before is that to him, america first isn't just ironically about the united states. it's actually a model for the entire world by which he means every single nation state around
the world and every national leader by extension should put its own interests and the interests of its citizens first. that this is ultimately the way we see progress. this is ultimately how countries become the best possible versions of themselves. he really flesh that out a little bit today and i think that was something that's going to resonate with people when they stop and think about it. that america first is not just for the united states but in ideology and model for everybod everybody. stu and i will ask secretary tillerson about that coming up. thank you. what do you think will happen between the u.s. and north korea and what was your take on the president's speech today? let me know on twitter @bretbaier. use the hashtag #specialreport or on facebook at facebook.com/bretbaiersr. some new developments tonight in the investigation of russia's efforts to interfere in last year's u.s. election. we have fox team coverage.
james rosen with new information about surveillance directed at the trump team. we start on capitol hill with catherine herridge. the big change of plans. good evening. >> that's right, the senate intelligence committee will hold a public hearing with the president's personal attorney michael cohen. in the last hour, offering the date october 25 after they say: violated rules by issuing a prepared statement to the media. the republican chairman richard burr mark warner said we were disappointed mr. cohen decided to preempt the interview by releasing a public statement. in spite of the request that he refrain from public comment. he arrived on capitol hill expecting the session to last much of the day.
alleged contacts with russian officials in the summer of 2016 to a moscow real estate project that fell through. in his prepared statement, cohen said "let me be clear that i am innocent of the allegations raised against me. given my proximity to the president of the united states as a candidate, let me say i never saw anything or a hint of anything that demonstrated his involvement in russian interference in our election or any form of russian collusion." asked by fox news who made the call, cohen told reporters that was the committee. was at your request to postpone? >> what were you doing here today? >> i look forward -- i will be back. >> any separate development, reports say paul manafort was the subject of a surveillance order before and after the election. when agents raided his home, prosecutors warned him he would
be indicted. within the last hour, a spokesman for manafort said if it's true, it's a felony to reveal the existence of a fee is a warrant. mr. manafort request that department that department of justice release intercepts involving him and non-americans. manafort spokesman said he's asking the department of justice, to launch an internal investigation. >> bret: follow the elements. thanks. for almost a year, there been questions and allegations involving obama administration surveillance of trump campaign and transition personnel. even donald trump himself. as you heard, we are learning new information concerning one of candidate trump's key advisors. here's james rosen. stick it was the mother of all tweets when president trump declared early on march 4 "just found out obama has my wires
tapped in trump tower just before the victory." former and current officials appeared to refute the claim. >> there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaigns. >> the answer is the same for the department of justice and its components. >> many pronounce the president mistaken or worse. >> it's a falsity. >> it's an administration that is lost all credibility at this point. stick with the president promised additional disclosures. >> think you are going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. >> several months would pass before obama era national security advisor susan rice confirmed to house investigators she unmasked the names of trump campaign associates from classified intercept data. a form of surveillance in which the investigators believe other obama aides participated.
>> now cnn reports trump campaign chief paul manafort was under federal wiretap from sometime in 2016 into early this year. a period when cnn states, manafort was known to talk to president trump. the justice department isn't commenting. doj reaffirmed it has no records to support the trump tweets but doj also set a can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records relating to wiretaps of campaign associates. >> if mr. trump was in touch with mr. manafort, he could have been picked up. that's a far cry from mr. trump's tweets saying president obama was tapping his phone. stick with the president has argued his tweet shouldn't be so narrowly construed. >> wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff but that cover surveillance and many other things. >> it's possible the president while he was now the target of a wiretap by his predecessor was
wiretapped by the obama administration through telephonic surveillance of his associated which would place mr. trump closer to a measure of indication that he was last wee week. stay one more with the panel. thank you. an earthquake in mexico. another massive hurricane in the caribbean. we will go live to the scene of both next. endless shrimp is back at red lobster. and we went all out to bring you even more incredible shrimp and new flavors. like new nashville hot shrimp, drizzled with sweet amber honey, and new grilled mediterranean shrimp finished with a savory blend of green onions, tomatoes, and herbs. feeling hungry yet? good, 'cause there's plenty more where these came from. like garlic shrimp scampi, and other classics you love. as much as you want, however you want them. but hurry, endless shrimp won't be here long.
>> bret: welcome back to "special report" at the white house. we've been getting the first reports of fatalities from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that collapsed buildings at an heavily populated portions of mexico. at least 61 people confirmed dead. the number is rising and has been throughout the show.
the u.s. geological survey says that quake was centered about 7f mexico city. this is also the 32nd anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed thousands and left parts of mexico city in ruins. let's go live to the phone, a reporter that's a few miles from mexico city. james, paint a picture for us. >> what happened is about 1:20 local time it struck. i was in a taxi near mexico city. the ground while bold. it was like a wave, like being on top of jelly. it lasted for a long time, about one minute, 45 seconds. then chaos. thousands of people fled out of buildings. structural damage in mexico city was far worse to the south about 50, 60 miles to the south of
mexico city. even more damage in morelos state. the sort of capital of that place. this is the 32nd anniversary of a massive earthquake that killed 10,000 people. couldn't believe on the 19th of september we are getting another one. on september 7, we had a huge 8.1 earthquake which killed all hundred or more people. we seem to be getting quake after quake after quake. >> bret: mexico city is located on soft foundation apparently. dried out lakebed. it amplifies, we are told, the motion of those quakes. as you say, this is two in a row. we don't know the extent of the damage through the country, right? >> mexico city, buildings have been damage but the main damages to the south of us in morelos
state. the death toll is going to arise and it was a powerful quake. sometimes you think 8.1 is more powerful but sometimes it's the duration. this one lasted a long time. chaos in mexico city. people won't go back into buildings. from where i was which is about 10 miles outside where my offices, it took me 15 minutes to get there this morning and three hours to get back this evening. people are very scared, frightened. the president of mexico has told people to get off the streets and let emergency services get through. >> bret: james blears live on the phone. thank you. meantime, another potential natural disaster the making. hurricane maria bearing down on the caribbean tonight. category five storm. winds of 100 sick to my mouth and r it's a path similar to another historic storm that just made its destructive way through that region. tonight the people of puerto rico are bracing
themselves for another gut punch from nature. steve harrigan is live in san juan. >> the conditions here just beginning to pick up. we are seeing costs of wind and the outer bands of rain coming. the mood on the street in san juan is a mixture of tension and fear. people know something bad is coming. the time to get out has pretty much passed. the main airports shutting down in less than an hour. the governor has warned about what could happen. an major hurricane has not hit this island of 3.5 million people, a u.s. territory, in 85 years. what's coming could be absolutely devastating. he has warned people in wooden houses, low-lying areas, their lives could be threatened. we could see wind throughout the day anywhere from 120 to 160 miles per hour. we could see a 10-foot storm surge. the government is trying to do
with the can to move people out of the worst areas. they've been going door-to-door trying to warn them of what's coming. they've been trying to make moves. they have open 500 shelters across the country trying to get people into shelters. they've been rationing baby food and water. this island is really in bankruptcy right now. it's still hurting from hurricane irma. irma just glanced the island. if this is a direct hit tomorrow, we could see devastation especially when it comes to a weak electricity grid and getting people enough water. fema has bound to come in and help and that help may be desperately needed. >> bret: steve harrigan on puerto rico. bracing for maria. steve is on his third hair hure in as many weeks. s&p 500 up three. nasdaq or 7.
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♪ >> we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. >> translator: the exiting of the united states from such an agreement would carry a high cost. no one will trust america again. >> the socialist dictatorship of nicolas maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering. the situation is completely unacceptable. we cannot stand by and watch. >> he pretends to rule the world and he doesn't even rule his own government. >> bret: president trump making waves of the united nations today with a big
speech. let's bring in the panel. mara liasson, national political or spotted of national public radio. tom rogan, commentary writer for the "washington examiner." and laura ingraham, who by the way has a new show here on fox. debuts october 30. congratulations. >> thanks. >> bret: i want to start with mara. >> this is what the white house wanted. i thought the speech had something for everyone. people who wanted tough nationalist populist rhetoric, it was in there. i thought it was a step back from the u.n. bashing trump had done during the campaign where he famously said the u.n. was the enemy of freedom and democracy. i thought the speech was pretty mainstream for donald trump. he even said that the dues we pay which are disproportionate would be worth it if the united nations lives up to its potential. he talked about the marshall plan. that was about the most nonnationals program you can think of.
he i think stayed within the mainstream of foreign policy. the big takeaways were what sounded like laying the predicate to get out of the iran nuclear deal. >> bret: laura. >> i think people who last week were concerned donald trump was straying from his conservative populist nationalist stance on issues would hear this speech today and think wow. he invoked sovereignty and the nation-state so many times in this speech while he also continued to remind the world that a weekend america would not be helpful on the world stage. at the same time, the u.n. question, he slammed the u.n. human rights commission and how it had become a laughingstock not living up to the ideals of the u.n. saying we want to work with everyone, especially our allies but we want to work for a better world, a more peaceful world. his responsibility first and foremost is to the american people. he stood firm with the america
first agenda while also showing a lot of strength on the international stage as well vis-a-vis north korea and iran. >> bret: tom, he didn't use the words of axis of evil but you had north korea, iran, and venezuela. i thought the part about venezuela was interesting. we cover venezuela a lot here on "special report." take a listen. >> this corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. the problem in venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented. but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. >> this return to the cold war. for a moment we didn't know if we were listening to president reagan in 1982. >> bret: i think that would be a badge of honor here at the white house. >> i think what you see in
president trump on venezuela is a striking representation that the president, as much as he has these nationalist impulses, also has some kind of moral code when it comes to sensing human suffering abroad. in venezuela, there's a real sense of anger on the part of the president. i think also you see potentially the beginning of the narrative we might see in 20 to zero if someone like bernie sanders or elizabeth warren is coming along articulating socialism. we saw senator sanders' health care bill this week. they articulating the notion of socialism as something positive, i think president trump wants to bind up his idea. look at venezuela and children starving to death and come back and say that the country with the world's largest oil reserves is doing a good job. it's a clever strategy. >> bret: let's take a listen to the iran part. >> we cannot let a murderous
regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. >> bret: the prime minister of israel said i couldn't agree more. the question is what that means policy wise. by october 15, there has to be a decision. >> it's the next big deadline on foreign policy. it will be significant if he pulls out because we have european allies part of that agreement who don't want him to pull out. he said the deal, if it provides cover for an eventual world nuclear program. so far, all the agencies who were supposed to evaluate whether iran is abiding say it is. it does those horrible things which he mentioned. it -- iran does. in terms of its responsibilities under the nuclear deal, so far has no one found them out of
compliance. >> bret: reaction to this overall is that u.n. speech is sometimes have the nuance. this was not bad. this was clear, direct. >> i have to tell you i was on air this morning on radio. i was taking the pulse of the listeners. person after person after person called in and said this is what we've been waiting to hear from a president at the united nations. bold, strong, unabashedly pro-american. a few years ago, president obama addressed the trave on martin -- trayvon martin case at the united nations. dick cheney said going to the discussing america's problems is not what we expect from a president. that's not what you heard from donald trump.
he said we have been a force for good and we will continue to be. my responsibility and duty is to the people of america. he hit the soviet union and cuba and the death struggle over communism and what it's done the people. i think mara is right for there was a little bit for everybody in this speech. could've been the best speech of the presidency so far. >> bret: i've talked about this earlier. the joint address, saudi arabia, warsaw, the outlier of afghan policy. in the the -- you saw the outlf a trump doctrine. >> i think the doctrine comes down to a hardheaded realism but as a realism in the sense of articulate what kind of government identifying the flaws of government, for example. iran and venezuela. standing up and articulating specific challenges in terms of american interests, why you have
to address particular issues. i do think on the iran issue, unless president macron is willing to play good cop-bad cop with the president, it's going to be tough to do that in a way that keeps the europeans happy. perhaps president trump doesn't care about that. we will see. >> bret: standby, we are getting word secretary of state rex tillerson is on his way. just met with the russians. we are at the white house. he is at the united nations. we hope to talk to him next, or you may see the panel next.
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let's talk with the country's
top diplomat, secretary of state rex tillerson joins us from new york. mr. secretary, thanks for being here. >> my pleasure. >> bret: i want to start with what you wrapped up with, the meeting with the russians. how is it going, that relationship. what is the fallout from the meeting? >> i think we have established many points of contact with the russians had various levels. obviously we've been dealing with a few differences over our embassies. i think we've got that stabilized. importantly, we know what the big issues are. we continue to find areas of mutual interests, cooperation in syria. we are both focused on defeating isis in syria, stabilizing the country so the civil war does not re-erupt and moving to the -- geneva talks and the security council resolution.
we have common objectives. sometimes we have different tactics and certainly we have different interests. in a lot of serious work underway in syria to see if we can find a solution. we discussed the situation in ukraine where we have an engagement underway to see if we can't move that process forward. it's been stuck, as you know, for several years. we are still committed to the delivery of the court objectives and we have active dialogue. we have an active strategic issues dialogue and we have begun starting early talks around a new treaty and inf as well. >> bret: i want to ask you about the president's speech to the general assembly today. and lot of reaction pretty much along party lines, some say it was bold, direct, needed to be said of the world. the criticism from top democrats like dianne feinstein "president trump's bombastic
threat to destroy north korea, his refusal to present positive pathways on the many global challenges we face are severe disappointments. he aims to unify the world through tactics of intimidation put in reality he only further isolates the united states." your reaction. >> i thought the president's speech was extraordinary. i think if you go back to the speech itself, he opened in the early part of the speech with making the case for the responsibility of sovereign nations, the accountability of sovereign nations that it's through sovereignty and responsibility to their people and keeping their people first. that's very much in line with his theme of america first. he is saying america's people come first. he was making the case to other countries around the world to the extent they can adopt that same approach to governing that that leads to peace and stability. that's what many of our allies and friends adopt, and i think he was making a compelling case
for that being the approach for successful governance. he closed the speech with a strong challenge and called everyone to join together, that he sees great potential in the united nations and does not feel it's lived up to its potential. this is where many of the world's most challenging and vexing problems can be solved working collectively. in the middle of the speech, he was directly describing the threats to democracy, the threats to governments throughout the world over from north korea's threatening behavior to iran's destabilizing activities. to the decaying democracy in venezuela we are to witnessing and the sad human tragedy unfolding before our eyes and what was once more in the most thriving democracies in our hemisphere. i think the president did a good job laying out the themes at the beginning, coming back to them at the end, and in the middle hitting head on the real challenges, not shying away in
any way. >> bret: despite the words that have been said since the first -- the provocation since the first u.n. sanctions against north korea, you have three short-range missiles, one intermediate range missile launch, another intermediate missile launched september 14 and a nuclear test. clearly whatever is happening, it's not getting through to kim jong un. >> it's disturbing, bret, very concerning not just us but to the entire world. we are watching kim jong un advance his technologies, advances capabilities. i do think the president has done a good job uniting the international community and its voice to kim jong un that we do not believe this is in the global interests but not in his interest longer term. the path he's on is a path of
further isolationism. we have the strictest sanctions ever put in place. we do believe there are early signs of those having an effect. ultimately we are going to need the assistance of the neighbors in the region. we have strong support in our security arrangements with japan and south korea. we are in very, very constant dialogue with china and russia because they have a very important role they can play to carry the message of the international community that this program really has to be halted and we have to have an opportunity to talk about the future of north korea and a denuclearized korean peninsula. >> bret: secretary tillerson, there was a tease in the speech about iran and the possibility that iran deal might not be renewed or somehow might be changed. october 15 is your deadline. can you shed some light on it? >> we are familiar with the flaws of the iranian nuclear deal and the most glaring flaw is the sunset provision.
we all know this is merely a kick the can down the road agreement. we spoke about north korea and unfortunately this is what governments in the past did with north korea. they simply entered into agreements that were short-lived or easily cheated on. i think that's the president's assessment of the iranian nuclear agreement. it's not a stiff enough agreement. it doesn't slow their program enough. holding them accountable is difficult under the agreement. most importantly the agreement come to an end. we can almost start the countdown clock as to when they will resume their nuclear weapons capability. the presidents wants to redo it, renegotiate it. we need the support of our allies, the european allies and others to make the case to iran that this deal has to be revisited. >> bret: you know that messages from those countries are that they are not interested in renegotiating.
the message from iran is that if there's any effort to renegotiate or change it, they are going to tear it up and there's no deal. >> if the iranians tear it up and walk away, than under the terms of the agreement, all the sanctions, american and european, snap back into place. we will see what they choose to do. i think the other thing that president was highlighting today and we've talked about it as well in the past. the iranian threat to the region is much broader than defined by the nuclear talks. our relationship with iran from a security standpoint and threat standpoint is broader than that as is the entire region. we've got to begin to deal with iran's destabilizing activities in yemen and syria. the president highlighted that today that under the agreement, the spirit of the agreement, if you want to use that word, even the words of the preamble in the agreement there was an expectation i think on the part
of all the parties that by signing this nuclear agreement, iran would begin to move to a place where it wanted to reintegrate itself with its neighbors. that clearly did not happen. in fact, iran has stepped up its destabilizing of the region. >> bret: to make sure i'm clear, you said at the end, is the goal tonight, is it a renegotiation of the iran deal? >> well, if we are going to stick with the iran deal, there has to be changes made to it. the sunset provision simply is not a sensible way forward. it's kicking the can down the road again, for someone in the future to deal with. the president takes responsibility seriously. he takes his responsibilities seriously and that's why he's giving. very careful consideration as to what's the best way to address the issue.
>> bret: mr. secretary, we appreciate your time tonight on a busy
day in new york. we welcome you back any time. >> thank you, bret. >> bret: next up, final thoughts from the panel. mom, i just saved a lot of money on my car insurance by switching to geico. i should take a closer look at geico... you know, geico can help you save money on your homeowners insurance too? great! geico can help insure our mountain chalet! how long have we been sawing this log? um, one hundred and fourteen years.
♪ >> bret: a look at the west wing here at the white house. breaking news, death toll from the earthquake, 94 and rising. back with the panel, thoughts about what we heard from the secretary of state. >> i think the first thing is that it seems clear that the administration is going to make a major push to change the deal in some significant form. i think as secretary tillerson mentioned, trying to lobby the europeans. france will be the pivot with
president macron. the germans will be uncomfortable with any kind of changes. we will have to see what happens in the next few weeks. >> i was hoping he would reveal a little bit more about what happened at the meeting with the russians. tensions are pretty heavy. especially since we have winnowed down the staff and -- in mocks -- in moscow. it'll be interesting to see if we can be put on a slightly more normal relationship with a country we have still a very adversarial relationship with. it doesn't look like they're close the door to trying to improve it. >> bret: he suggested some of the embassy stuff was being worked out. mara, i took away the iran deal was the news. >> that was the news and he seemed to offer a path to stay in if they can do something about the sunset provision. that seems to be one of their biggest problems. >> bret: iran is not going to be okay with that.
>> that's right. he is offering, it sounds like it could be like nafta. we could terminate or renegotiate. >> bret: or the paris climate deal. >> or leave. the europeans don't want to leave. they want to sell stuff to iran. we punish every european country for doing that? iran races to its breakout point of getting a nuclear weapon. i don't see what the u.s. leverages if the president pulls out. >> bret: we will see. thanks. laura, we expect you to come back here on the panel even though you have this 10:00 show. >> anything for you. of course. >> bret: when we come back, the best kind of surprises.
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touching. we love those here, especially caught on video. 7-year-old valon was out at lunch when her mom, who she had not seen in 10 months just appeared at the table. >> mommy. >> mother's day for 10 months now. and i can't believe it's finally here. >> you see that doll there? her mom is almost always by her side she has been for 10 months. she carried a doll resembling her mother wherever she goes. one father made a surprise appearance at the daughter's school. the principal gathered the students in the gym for canned food drive. the mascot ended up being vun very special to the sisters there. fantastic. we love those. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report," fair balanced and you afraid. we are following the news out of mexico. the death toll up to 104 after earthquake near mexico
city 75 miles southeast of the city. martha has you covered from here. the story hosted by martha maccallum up in new york starts right now. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> martha: good evening, everybody, i'm martha maccallum. and tonight the story begins here in new york city at the united nations. we expect the president and other members to assemble momentarily for one of those photo opportunities. we are watching for that moment. earlier today president trump gave what some are calling the strongest speech of his presidency so far. by any measure it was bold and, perhaps, the most consequential and provocative speech ever given there by a u.s. president. >> in america, the people govern. the people rule and the people are sovereign. i was elected not to take power but to give power to the american people where it belongs.