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to dana. >> dana: if you put those four people in one photograph? three people and a dog. at this my last show but i will be back on monday at 5:00. never miss an episode of "hanni >> bret: tightening the screws on north korea, increasing pressure over obamacare and the high-pressure sales tactics for all those abandoned used cars after hurricane harvey. this is "special report" ." good evening. welcome to washington. i am bret baier. this is our number two of our extended "special report" all this week. china and the u.s. are double teaming north korea, hitting kim jong un in the wallet over his continued nuclear defiance. president trump is widening sanctions, north korea's banker china is buckling to u.s. pressure and curtailing its
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services to kim's government. john roberts starts us off. good evening, john. >> the president has been looking for a sea change in the world's approached north korea which is why he described in such stark terms the consequences of letting kim jong un's nuclear program go unchecked. today it appeared the president was getting the cooperation he had been pushing for. >> north korea's nuclear weapons and missile developments is a grave threat to peace and security in our world. >> with the stroke of his executive pen, president trump gave his treasury department sweeping new powers to put a choke hold on north korea's economy. >> today i'm announcing a new executive order i just signed that significantly expands our authorities to target individuals, companies, financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with north korea. >> the president made the announcement at a trilateral working lunch with the leaders of south korea and japan.
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the action significantly broadens the administration's ability to dry up the flow of money, technology, goods and services into north korea. >> for too long, north korea has evaded sanctions and use the international financial system to facilitate funding for its weapons and mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. >> after weeks of cajoling, president trump announced china has finally stepped up to the plate. china's central bank ordering all chinese banks to stop doing business with north korea. >> i want to just thank president xi. the strategy has been to build international support against kim jong un's regime. the european union announced they would implement new sanctions against eight north korean individuals. on a less serious note, president trump joked when moon jae-in's translator use the word
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"deplorable." >> i promised i did not tell them to use that word. >> for all the solidarity between the u.s., japan and south korea against the north, president trump still has a burr under his saddle on trade. tweaking moon over the u.s.-korea free trade pact. >> our trade deal is so bad for the united states and so good for south korea. were going to try to straighten out the trade deal and make it fair for everybody. >> the president met with five leaders today, also the president of afghanistan, ukraine, and turkey's authoritarian recheck erdogan -- recep ergogan. >> i think we are as close as we've ever been. a lot of that has to do with the personal relationships. >> the president has sought to defuse tensions between the u.s. and turkey over america support
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for kurdish rebels in syria and a washington brawl where erdogan's security detail attacked protesters outside the turkish embassy. >> the next thing on the president's plate is his travel ban, a supreme court declared a 90 day review period despite expire sunday. the president has to decide whether to make changes to the travel ban, leave it the same and fight it out in court or ask for a delay while he thinks on it a little more. >> bret: obviously the iran nuclear deal decision lies ahead as well. john roberts live in new york. thank you. new information on the unmasking activities by former obama administration officials and where that investigation is heading. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is here. >> source tells fox news former national security advisor susan rice requested the unmasking of an overseas meeting that took place in the seychelles in january set up by that united arab emirates crown prince and betsy devos' brother as well
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as the russian businessman with alleged ties to the kremlin. the timing matters because earlier rice confirmed that she unmasked trump transitional officials at a december 2016 trump tower meeting with the president son-in-law, former campaign strategist steve bannon, incoming national security advisor mike flynn, and the crown prince. during her interview, the source said rice justify the unmasking stating there can only be one government at a time and she says she reached out to the trump team on the issue. rice was pressed repeatedly on how the information she received about american citizens was named surface in foreign intelligence reports got to the media. the first reference is an april "washington post" story that details both meetings. rice took the same position she has in public. >> the allegation is that somehow obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political persons. that's absolutely false.
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i leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would. >> earlier this year, prince said he had no rule on the transition team. he questioned whether the intelligence community was spying on americans. another obama administration official, samantha power, made unmasking requests at such a rapid pace she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016. this figure of more than 260 requests dwarfed previous appointees. when we brought you the story wednesday, spokeswoman for power had no comment on the allegations. provided a statement later, calling them false without being more specific. adding that power looks forward to meeting to the -- meeting next month. >> bret: let's get an in-depth look at the center of the story. jennifer griffin lifts the veil on samantha power. >> samantha power made a name.
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for herself taking president bill clinton to task for which he argued was his role in the rwanda genocide. she won a pulitzer for her first book. harvard trained academic and former journalist, power was appointed ambassador to the united nations in 2013 after being exiled following undiplomatic remarks about hillary clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign when she worked for then candidate barack obama. "she's a monster. she is stooping to anything. the amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive." the next day, power resigned from the obama campaign. her remarks cost for the job she wanted most, secretary of state. she served on the national security council and played a key role in convincing the president to use the military in libya to overthrow it more mark duffy. as u.n. ambassador, she served a dual role as not just ambassador and point person taking on russia each day but also as a
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member of president obama's national security council. giving her assessment of threats to united states. in her remarks, she laid out the danger russia poses to the worl world. >> we know the russian government sought to interfere in our presidential election with the goal of undermining public faith and the u.s. democratic process, denigrating one candidate, and helping the other candidate. russia not only try to influence our elections but to access the very systems by which we vote. >> a spokesman for power pushback on allegations she initiated an unusual number of unmaskings. "the end unanimously sourced reports about ambassador powers intelligence requests are false. ambassador power looks forward to engaging the bipartisan committee in the appropriate classified forum." former national security officials tell me in order to do her job and understand the intelligence reports she was
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receiving, names would have to be unmasked to understand the significance of those intelligence intercepts. the u.n. about one oh official told me, is like lisbon during world war ii, full of phis and foreign agents. >> bret: senate republicans are going to be moving forward to see if they can get any answers on all of this as well as house republicans in the intelligence community. the investigation into what russia may have done on social media is continuing as well. facebook says the company will provide two congressional investigators the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a russian agency. the move comes after the company faces growing pressure from members of congress to release the content of those ads. facebook had already released the ads to federal authorities investigating the russian interference in the presidential election, namely bob mueller. the leaders of the senate intelligence community have been seeking to bring facebook executives before committee since the company revealed the
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existence of the ads two weeks ago. senate republicans are counting heads and doing math tonight as they prepare for a possible vote on a last-ditch effort to repeal obamacare. she congressional correspondent mike emanuel's on capitol hill. >> the senate is bracing for a showdown at the white house campaigns for the 50 votes needed to push the graham-cassidy health care reform across the finish line. >> this may well be our last best chance to stop and turn around and head america back in the direction of the kind of health care reform that's based on individual choice, state-based innovation. >> there are number of undeclared or undecided republican senators. the three who voted no in july. collins, mccain, murkowski. cruz and lee and moderates. sources suggest it could come down to mccain and murkowski.
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one senator urged his colleagues to get on board. >> there is no free lunch and you are not going to get one with this bill. there are trade-offs. is it better than the affordable care act? clearly the answer is yes. >> president trump is defending bill cassidy writing: "senator bill cassidy is a class act who really cares about people and their health care, he doesn't lie. just wants to help people!" cassidy defended the bill today. >> president trump tweeted last night he will not sign legislation unless it protects those with pre-existing conditions. >> there is also the ongoing war of words between cassidy and jimmy kimmel. >> i get it. i don't understand because i am a talk show host. help me out. which part? cutting $243 billion from federal health care assistance. >> jimmy doesn't understand not because he's a talk show host but because we've never spoken.
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>> bob menendez is on trial in new jersey facing corruption charges. he hasn't said if he will return next week for votes but did take this swipe at the g.o.p. >> they took the congressional budget office and threw it out the window with a sixth of our economy at stake and millions of people to health care. >> mcconnell has asked a committee to hold a hearing next week. we'll see if it's enough to get mccain to support the bill. >> bret: employees at the environmental protection agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week about leaking government information. president trump has as threats threats -- expressed.
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on the market, stocks down. doll lost 53. s&p 500 dropped 8. nasdaq fell 33. u.s. treasury advising banks and other financial institutions to be on the lookout for shady deals involving corrupt venezuelan officials. venezuela's president is accusing the u.s. of trying to impose a financial blockade against his country which is experiencing an economic and political crisis. tonight doug mckelway on how socialism in venezuela has affected a once prosperous nation. >> and one of his many famous quotes, winston churchill said the inherent virtue of socialism is that equal sharing of misery. that may have been in the minds of president trump's speechwriters when he trained his rhetorical guns on the socialist government of venezuela. >> the problem in venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented. it's that socialism has been faithfully implemented. >> venezuela has the world's largest oil reserves, yet shortages of basic necessities like toilet paper and medicine abound. citizens queue up for food at
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their shelved grocery stores. others pick through trash. president maduro blames the opposition party and the united states. in 2016, he bizarrely accuse the obama administration of hoarding venezuela 100 notes to cause inflation. observers note the real reason is different. >> they kept printing currency and that devalues the currency. they tried to impose price controls. >> many venezuelan industries went out of business because mandated prices were lower than the cost of producing the goods. socialism was not the sole cause of venezuela's crisis. >> venezuela's long-standing dependence on oil. >> in oil prices dropped, sorted venezuela's income. another factor communist cuba's heavy hand. >> they have a tremendous influence basically exporting
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their brand of repression. >> o'grady says cubans run education, medicine, government propaganda. venezuelan generals have cuban minors. she says cuba also runs the colombian cocaine trade. venezuela appears to be following the path of many of history's failed socialist states. chronic shortages, corrupt strongmen. >> digging out from an earthquake and trying to turn the power on after a hurricane. we will go live t
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>> bret: a large shipment of emergency supplies has arrived in mexico air force cargo jet. american church and rescue personnel are also in mexico city trying to help find survivors. she correspondent jonathan hunt is in mexico city tonight. >> good evening, bret. the search for survivors becomes more desperate by the minute. nowhere more so than here at the school that collapsed when the earthquake hit. we just returned from a look at that search. here's what it's like up close. this is the heart of what is obviously a very tense and very difficult search and rescue operation. the rescue workers inching their way across the rubble, the remains of what was the school. they are looking for any signs of life. in the past 24 hours, they have seen some signs of life through heat seeking cameras.
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they are not saying whether they believe those survivors are adults or children. they are simply looking for anybody who may have survived what is obviously a devastating crash of rubble here. they say they will not give up until they can be absolutely certain that there are no more survivors. and other search and rescue operations are ongoing across the city. there have been miracles. two women and a man pulled from a collapsed office building earlier today. president pena nieto says this rescue operation will go on until they are certain there can be no more survivors. then of course it will become nothing more than a recovery operation. bret. >> bret: sad scene. thank you. rescue workers are fanning out across puerto rico tonight after hurricane maria ravitch that island, knocking out power, triggering landslides and floods.
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correspondent steve harrigan is in san juan. good evening again, steve. >> bret, good evening. help is on the way for puerto rico. the coast guard is bringing in millions of liters of water. fema has positioned more than 3,000 personnel across the island. that's of tomorrow, the airport should be up and running. there needs here are widespread and severe. there is practically no electric power across the entire island. the u.s. territory, a 3.5 million people. there are shortages of gasoline, long lines just about everywhere at any store that has reopened. shortages of water. we have seen people today taking babs in fire hydrants, bathing children and fire hydrants. we saw women today breaking open packing crates with machetes and hammers, doing their cooking outside. they used downed satellite dishes to try to break the wind. there has been peace.
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i'm few minor incidents of looting. some grocery stores lost all their products. they have been patient but they are going to need help very soon. >> bret: steve harrigan live in san juan. we told you earlier allstate says about half of its estimated $600 million in august losses from hurricane harvey are because of vehicle damage. people in the houston area are struggling to handle a half-million stranded vehicles. some folks are trying to advantage of that situation. casey stegall is in texas. >> the real sad part is how many people, how many people's lives were impacted. >> this family opened this ford dealership 70 years ago. hurricane harvey's relentless rains destroyed practically all of their inventory.
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1100 cars valued at roughly $35 million. >> the new vehicles are being crushed. >> you can see -- >> adrian cortez is with the national insurance crime bureau. he says while most will properly dispose of their losses, others view it as a way to make a quick buck. >> they will try to clean them out. and get them ready for sale. >> cortez the sheer volume makes the situation ripe for fraud considering more than half a million vehicles were totaled in southeast texas alone. many were towed to vacant lots, nares and bring -- resembling car graveyards. some will be sold at auction and shipped off with dr. paperwork. cortez stresses consumers must be diligent. >> they take time to have a reputable mechanic take a look at it. >> water damaged cars from super storm sandy want appear in texa texas.
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further proof that just because you don't live near disaster zone doesn't make you immune. >> bret: thank you. two former prosecutors say ten deaths at a florida nursing on that also air-conditioning during hurricane irma may not result in criminal charges. the government now be able to prove the staff knew their actions would result in death or great bodily injury. the facilities operator say they tried to keep the patients comfortable using fans and coolers and ice. former u.s. attorney kendall coffey disagrees, saying charges are warranted given the magnitude of the tragedy. up next, we'll talk with the coauthor of the senate's last ditch effort to repeal obamacare. senator lindsey graham. here is what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering. fox 11 in los angeles, investigators tried to determine what caused an explosion that destroyed a garage in west hills and damaged five other homes.
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police say a drug production has been ruled out. no one was injured. fox 5 in new york. the father of a young girl injured by a foul ball at yankee stadium yesterday says she's doing all right. the ball off the bat of yankees player todd frazier was traveling an estimated 105 miles an hour. players and officials are renewing their call for netting or screens are on the field to be extended. baseball's commissioner says he will will redouble his efforts to get teams at more netting. live look at chicago. new training regimen for chicago police officers. all department members will be required to take 40 hours of continuing education every year. topics covered will include forced mitigation, mental health awareness, human rights, community policing. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right
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>> bret: senate republicans are fighting the clock and each other to get an obamacare repeal bill before the end of next week. joining us in south carolina republican senator lindsey graham. thanks for being here. first i want to go into some of the details of this plan. you're getting attacked from democrats, from some governors, some from your own party about concerns over pre-existing conditions and whether this is going to somehow open this up to states saying you can't cover these people. >> right, well, the answer is absolutely not. there is a mandate in this bill that goes with the block grant that every state in the nation must cover people with pre-existing conditions so not one person is going to be denied coverage in any of the 50 states because they have a pre-existing condition. when it comes time to enjoy them, it has to be affordable
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and credible care. >> bret: who makes that determination? >> it run through the chips program which is a children's health program that's been around for 20 years bill clinton created created for low income children. it will allow affordable and credible to be flexible. california may have a view of affordable and credible. south carolina may have a different view but no one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing illness or kicked out of the insurance. affordable and credible within the lines of the trip criteria. in 20 years, no one has ever complained about insurance coverage under chip. that's a lie by the left. they are worried about the power leaving washington going to the states. if you are a bernie believer, this is your worst nightmare because it takes the money and power out of washington and that's states decide this but you do have to guarantee pre-existing conditions coverage
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as a mandate under the bill. the real concern from the left is taking money and power out of washington. >> bret: we had senator coons on last hour and here's what he said. he said graham-cassidy will end medicaid as we know it, eliminate all consumer protections in the aca by giving states the opportunity to repeal them. it will lead to a less healthy america. >> well, i like senator chris coons. a less healthy america is obamacare. 70% of the counties in this country have one insurer, one person left in the exchange and many have no options. premiums have gone up. deductibles have gone up. it's been a nightmare for the american people and how do we replace it. we take the same amount of money. we eliminate the individual mandate, the employer mandate. you can reimpose them at the state level if you'd like. you don't have to but you can. we take what's left over, the same amount of money and give it to states.
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they have to cover sick people. they have the flexibility to decide how to cover sick people. they have to do it in an affordable, credible way. medicaid in 2027 will cost more to the federal government than the defense department. it's growing at twice the level of inflation in the private sector. if you get a headache under medicare, you run to the emergency room. we pay the bill and nobody asks questions. what we will do eight years from now, start lowering the inflation rate to meet with the private sector level of inflation rate is to save hundreds of billions of dollars. we also achieve flexibility. we allow states to do what mike pence dude in indiana, offer different ways of delivering medicaid. obamacare is the biggest threat to the american health care system. not state controlled health care. we block grant money in '96 to deliver better welfare services. the welfare rolls went down.
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the cost of the government did not go up. obamacare is a disaster. i'm going to get the money and power out of washington and put it in the hands of people you go to church with. under my plan, if you don't like what you get, you can call the governor, collier state house member. under obamacare, who do you call? i asked people today, do you know your representative and governor? who runs obamacare in south carolina? nobody could raise their hands. senator chris coons, you are a good man but you are wrong. >> bret: there are some states they get more money, some states get less money than they are currently getting. oregon, vermont, massachusetts, new york, delaware. they all get less. how do you convince us taking less money than they are not that this summer better for them? >> what i am trying to do is be fair. under obamacare, four states get 40% of the money. new york, california, massachusetts, maryland. 20% of the population and take 40% of the money because they are blue states that have very
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generous health care benefits under medicaid. they are gobbling up most of the money. they get twice over their population. what i would do, it would take them down over a 10-year period. we have a soft landing for those dates and in 2026, here's what i would tell chris. every patient in every state will get the same contribution from the federal government to deal with health care as every other state. there will be four states getting 40% of the money. representing 20% of the population. south carolina goes up. some states say the same -- stay the same and some come down. ten years from now we will have every patient in every state getting the same contribution. if you find that a problem, then the problem is with you. >> bret: quickly, the politics here and where you are. you are basically the same spot the skinny bill was, looking for one or two votes to get it over the finish line.
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>> the difference between this bill and the skinny bill is who the hell knows what the skinny bill is. everybody knows when federalism is. if you are a conservative republican, you believe the states should have as much power and authority as possible. the tenth amendment is real. this is a different concept. i will be honest. i have never been more excited than i am right now. we need 50 votes to get this over the finish line. the president has been working like a tiger. the vice president, mitch mcconnell is going to give us a vote. we are getting numbers and i can tell you if you want money and power out of washington, you want to end the march to single-payer health care, this is your last, best chance. this is the biggest change in health care in my lifetime. federalism versus socialism. i make a prediction a couple democrats are going to come on
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board because their state does so well. i like new york, california, massachusetts and maryland but i don't want to give them all the money. >> bret: thanks for the time. president trump turns up the heat on north korea as the u.n. brings its collective hands. we will talk about those developments with the panel when we
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>> today i am announcing a new executive order that significantly expands our authorities to target individuals, companies, financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with north korea. >> foreign financial institutions are now on notice that going forward, they can choose to do business with the united states or with
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north korea but not both. >> this action is directed at everyone. it's in no way specifically directed at china. when we look forward to working very closely with them. >> bret: right, but china is getting the message and the chinese central bank is the one doing the most business with north korea and now says it won't. this, moments ago we have our first reaction from the north korean leader kim jong un who says in a long rambling statement "i am now thinking hard about what response he, president trump, could've expected when he allowed such eccentric words to strip off his tongue." whatever trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectations. i will surely and definitely tame them mentally deranged u.s. daughter did -- with fire." let's bring in the panel.
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stephen hayes, a.b. stoddard, charles hurt, opinion editor for "the washington times" ." steve. >> i think it's potentially big moment. we have to wait and see the details, we have to wait and see where it goes but it's no small thing that donald trump's pressure on china has resulted in china at least going through the motions of saying they don't want to do business with the north koreans. it wasn't just that the central bank said it wouldn't do business with that the north koreans. it suggests to other chinese banks that they also not do business with the north koreans. that's it for just a big step if they follow through. the problem is it's a huge lack of transparency. we are not going to necessarily know this. >> bret: i asked about that and he said the dollars go through new york and we would with a lot more scrutiny be able to see whether it has stopped or not. >> i think we can take steps to see more. i don't think we'll have a complete picture but i defer to gordon chang.
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he knows more about this than i do. this is a result of donald trump's consistent pressure on the chinese not just asking the chinese to do our bidding with the north koreans but telling them there's going to be prices to pay if you don't work with us. i think the speech may have helped but i think it has more to do with a consistent argument that trump has been making both in public and private with the chinese. >> bret: to go back to last week where we have the treasury secretary on and he foreshadowed this moments. >> i worked on an executive order that's ready if the president wants to use it. we can stop trade with any country that does business with north korea. we are going to be careful using these tools but the president is committed. we will use economic sanctions to bring north korea to the table. >> bret: you are saying stopping trade with china? >> stopping trade with anybody.
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>> i think steve is right. it's a very significant concession by the chinese that the central bank would halt activity with the north koreans. it's the question, hopefully it's transparent and everything can be monitored but it's a question of how enforceable it is and whether they are doing some rogue, secretive, supportive measures for the koreans which they have done all along. so far the chinese have never halted the north koreans. that has to be kind of a spinal test -- final test. kim is undeterred by president trump. it's on the chinese. i think president trump, whatever he's done, i agree behind-the-scenes and publicly, seems to have brought us to this moment with china and it's the best hope and it's the only hope. it needs to be sustainable pressure. >> bret: for years, every official has been saying the chinese need to step up. we need to pressure the chinese. whatever has happened has
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obviously pressured the chinese. >> i don't think you can overstate how much credit donald trump deserves for this. from the beginning, obviously president trump is an incredibly disruptive figure. he's not exactly a diplomatic -- doesn't have a lot of regard for the diplomatic norms at the u.n. he's been a shock to the system. but i thought his speech that he gave this week was, it sort of laid out the trump doctrine. he started with hard power, started by saying we are investing. we have the greatest military unearth and it's about to be even stronger. we're going to invest more money and he goes on to collared people. i do think that kind of blunt talk that makes a lot of people around here very uncomfortable has gone a long way towards making it very clear. another thing is he's a businessman. i think that's probably a healthy thing. this america first thing is a
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healthy thing where everybody knows where he stands, where america stands and i think particularly in places like china his experience and reputation as a businessman is very, very respected, far more than i think accomplishments in the political realm. >> bret: kim jong un in the statement "frightened dog barks louder. the mentally deranged behavior of the u.s. president openly expressing on the u.n. arena the unethical weld to destroy sovereign state." "makes even those with the normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure." kim jong un killed his own family member within antiaircraft gun in front of others. discretion and composure. >> are you sure that's not a nancy pelosi tweet? >> a reasonable amount of projection in that statement from kim jong un. the main difference in the diplomacy for the past 24 years
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and what we've seen over the last nine months is dispensing with the idea that china and the united states share exactly the same interests in the korean peninsula. we don't. we never have. it was true of the clinton administration, bush, obama administration. outsourced the diplomacy to china. it was never the case that china was going to do our bidding. we had to put some pressure on them. charlie is right. donald trump is a very blunt. what secretary mnuchin said, i don't like the idea of threatening to cut off trade with china. that's a pretty big card on the table. so far in this instance, it seems to be working. >> bret: i guess the question is what the responses to this statement. what tweet may be coming. >> that's why talked about what is sustainable. the smashing of diplomatic norms come into play. the chinese preserve saving face as a priority. kim is undeterred by trump.
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he is scared of the chinese. they have to act. whatever trump says at the u.n. doesn't matter to kim jong un. his focus is on the chinese government and the help he needs from them. if the sanctions are enforced, if the banking and the activities in the economic help, the trade is down, the oil is down. this really starts to squeeze them. that might make him calm down. more provocative tweets from donald trump is not going to help. >> bret: do you think general kelly is saying -- >> playing hide the blackberry. >> bret: panel, standby. next up, what socialism has done to venezuela
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♪ >> the problem in venezuela law is an aunt that socialism has been poorly implemented. but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. from the soviet union to cuba to venezuela, where ever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. >> bret: the president at the united nations talking about venezuela and how socialism is not working there. nicolas maduro with a statement after the speech saying "with the aggression of the new hitler of international politics, if mr. donald trump against the people of venezuela. racial supremacy, imperials pharmacy was expressed today, the mega things he wants the world. but nobody threatens venezuela and nobody wants venezuela. only the sovereign people of this historical mind, this heroic homeland." he's getting pointed statements from two of these leaders. >> i think those two lines from
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donald trump's speech yesterday, my favorite two sentences he's uttered as president of the united states. >> bret: do you want to rewind it? >> two panels in a row. he's exactly right. the way you tease this segment is the way this story is not being covered by so many in the media. google what went wrong with venezuela and you will get all the stories that talk about the plummeting oil prices in 2014. ignore the fact that venezuela has been run by socialists since 1999. the stage was set for this kind of economic calamity long before oil prices collapsed. it hastened the problems and made them worse from 2014 on. the problems where they are. you have price controls. you have basically chavez redistributing income, providing
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income to the poor. oil income to the poor. it stunted exports. they basically paid for imports and distributed them to the poor. this is a problem with the system. it's a problem with socialism. >> bret: we have covered the story a lot on "special report." we had the congresswoman ross lehtinen on. >> over 100 people have been killed by maduro's thugs. hundreds and hundreds are in jail. venezuela, you've got to remember, you viewers, one of the richest most productive, most powerful countries, free its countries and all of latin america. it was the bread basket for latin america. now they don't even have wheat. they don't have milk. they don't have diapers. they don't have medicine. it's a basket case. >> bret: it's a bad scene down there. >> everything the congresswoman and president trump and steve has said is true. they are literally starving.
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they've lost an average 19 pounds each. >> bret: i want to interrupt. there is a story that some people in venezuela that's believed to be accurate have gone into zoos and stolen zoo animals to cook them to eat. >> and disease is spreading rapidly and they are -- prices are sky high. it cannot be turned around. it's a disaster. because of the geographic location, the spread of this tumult can affect us. that's what makes it different from other dictatorships around the world. like president erdogan's thugs beating up protesters in new york. i listened to donald trump talk about it and everything he said was true. we focus on it timewise, as long as he did north korea, iran, and syria. he's not going to use a military option like he suggested in july
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when maduro dissolved his parliament. he cannot call upon the world to do anything more than a few sanctions. >> bret: but he may with that language. >> it's a smart tactic, it's a threat and it's good. the foreign minister of venezuela, said i don't over its 1982 with ronald reagan. he was trying to attack trump but clearly it was a compliment. it's important, as horrible as all of us is, it's an important reminder and it's wonderful to showcase the horrors of socialism and communism. the fact that people still today are using it to destroy entire populations. it's an important reminder. >> bret: panel, thank you.
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>> bret: finally, tonight, another family is reunited. we love these. a soldier getting back together with his wife and kids after serving a year in kuwait. and master sergeant in the army, and his son is a football player at connecticut high school. he was chosen for the coin toss, the middle of the field, referees show up, other players in the middle of the field, and then... [cheers and applause] he is the honorary referee. he is dressed as referee. that is master sergeant joe dressed as one of the officials. his sister is a cheerleader, and she ran to join her dad and her brother. >> we are happy to announce that
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joe has returned home... >> bret: don't need love that? i could see these all day. i could string them together and do a show of military unions. more good news, he and his teammates won that football game. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for tonight "special report." another new show, 11:00 p.m. eastern time, starting at the end of next month, hosted by our good friend and colleague shannon bream. congratulations, shannon. plenty of news to cover. "special report" will start at 6:00 p.m. starting monday, 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, and >> order will cut off sources of revenue that fund north korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to human kind. it? >> is friday, september 22nd. president trump hitting north korea where it hurts.
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their wallet. now a furious kim jong un is threatening to go nuclear and we are live. >> martha: capsized at sea a mother and her son pulled from the raging waters. this happened off the coast of hurricane irma as it ravaged puerto rico as maria continues her march unleashing fury in the caribbean. janice dean is tracking the new path. >♪ i want to dedicate this song to tonight rob rock also this morning how jay-z is taking his support to collin kaepernick to the next level. "fox & friends first" starts right now. ♪ ♪
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♪ heather: good morning to you. that's an appropriate song because it is friday, in case you forgot no. way to forget that right? you are watching "fox & friends first." good morning i'm heather childers. rob: and i'm rob schmitt. thanks for waking with us up early. kim jong un threatening to test hydrogen bomb over the pacific ocean after president trump announces strong new sanctions to strangle that country. heather: doug is live in washington, d.c. with the latest details. good morning, doug. >> china may be playing along. wheeling see. the rhetoric is heating up between trump and kim. kim called trump deranged. trump is calling kim rocket man. the president is backing this up now with a new round of saxes. >> a newxeti

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