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>> president trump taking aim right at the nfl sparking controversy and a response in the league's player's union this weekend. now the commissioner has also weighed in. welcome. i'm eric shawn. this is america's news headquarters. >> hello everyone. i'm arthel neville. with the president railing against nfl players who take a knee during the national anthem, former san francisco 49ers quarterback capkaepernick start the tradition last season. mr. trump sayi ining nfl owners should fire players who refuse to stand during the star spangled banner and referring to those players with a word we won't repeat here. the union defending the right of those athletes to demonstrate. the president also throwing down
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a gauntlet to the nba and all of this as the future of the g.o.p.'s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace obama care is now hanging by a thread. kristen fisher is live covering it all from the gridiron to gridlock. hey, kristen. >> i like that, arthel. a lot to talk about today. president trump taking aim at players in both the nfl and the nba, first to football, president trump during the big rally last night saying any player who refuses to take a knee during the national anthem should be fired. >> you know what's herding the game more than that -- you know what's hurting the game more than that? when people like yourselves turn on the television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem. wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners when someone
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disrespects our flag to get him off the field right now, out, he's fired. he's fired! [cheers and applause] >> now, typically the nfl commissioner doesn't weigh in on these kinds of issues but today he did. roger goodell in a statement that reads in part quote divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the nfl and our great players and the failure to understand the overwhelming force -- >> this issue has been blowing up on twitter all day long. golden state warriors guard steph curry said yesterday that he wasn't sure that he wanted to go to the white house after being invited to go to the white house for winning the nba championship. so this morning president trump said, quote, going to the white house is considered a great honor for a championship team. steph curry is hesitating,
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therefore, invitation is withdrawn. and now the entire team has issued a statement saying that the entire team will not be going to the white house as well. so from sports to politics, this morning, president trump was very active on twitter, also taking aim at the three republican senators that are considered to be really the make-or-break votes when it comes to passing the latest republican effort to repeal and replace obama care. i'm talking about senators rand paul, senator lisa murkowski and john mccain. here's one of the tweets, john mccain never had any intention of voting for this bill. let arizona down. so president trump accusing senator mccain of letting his state down, letting his party down, and letting his party down really twice in two months. remember, senator mccain cast the deciding vote or one of the deciding votes back in july. now, this time as well.
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so senator mccain says that he's simply is voting his conscience. he believes that he should not be voting for a bill that does not have at least some bipartisan support. arthel? arthel: thank you very much. talk to you later. eric: fox news alert, did you hear what north korea's foreign minister called president trump today? did you hear what he threatened? the fiery rhetoric intensifying between washington and pyongyang. the top diplomat delivered a blistering speech at the united nations general assembly today. the minister calling president trump, quote, a mentally deranged person. this comes after the president said at his speech at the united nations on tuesday that the u.s. would totally destroy north korea if washington is forced to defend itself or allies against a north korean attack. we are live at the united nations headquarters here in new york where the diplomat made his remarks earlier today.
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there's a lot of fallout. hi, brian. >> hi, eric. clear escalation in this war of words that continues with the united states and president and north korea. north korea came out swinging from the beginning. the foreign minister speaking on behalf of his boss, kim jong-un today, beginning the speech, going after president trump's speech given at the united nations general assembly on tuesday, particularly the part in which president trump mockingly referred to the leader of north korea, kim jong-un as rocket man who was quote on a suicide mission. well, today, the diplomat said he thought it was only fair that north korea had a chance to respond in kind with the same kind of quote corresponding tone. listen. >> translator: try to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring it to a rocket. by doing so, however, he
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>> jonathan hunt is live in mexico city with the very latest. jonathan? >> arthel, hope and optimism are fading with every passing minute here, but determination certainly is not. the search for anybody who may have survived that earthquake and be buried under the rubble continues here at what was an office building. you can see the dozens of rescue workers on top of that building. they are peeling away the layers of rubble piece by piece.
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it is a delicate job. it is a difficult job. it is one they are determined to continue to do. the u.s. team, the l.a. county fire department, urban search and rescue team are among those engaged in this work. i spoke to the team leader chief dennis cross earlier. he said they are not giving up. listen here. >> there is a time frame. what it is it always varies. we will never stop searching. we don't give up hope until we have gone through that time frame and we feel there's no more survivability. we're not there yet. >> we all had a rude awakening -- awakening this morning when at 7:55 here in mexico city, the earthquake alarms went off. a lot of panicked residents rushed into the streets. our hotel was among the high-rise buildings which were evacuated. ultimately no damage here in mexico city. that earthquake this morning was centered a long way south.
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there are reports of damage there. still coming in. this is obviously a very very difficult time for people all across mexico. three earthquakes, three major earthquakes in as many weeks, going through a great deal here, but their determination to get through it is quite extraordinary, i have to say, arthel? arthel: that is. of course they have the support of everyone from around the world. jonathan hunt, thank you very much. eric: meanwhile, there's a show of defiance again from iran. that is the country that's test fired a new medium range missile. the revolutionary guard unveiling that yesterday during a military parade. they claim the missile is capable of traveling 1,000 miles and reaching much of the middle east including israel. the move a direct challenge to president trump and his words at the united nations this week. last month he signed a bill imposing mandatory penalties in those involved in the missile program and anyone doing
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business with them. the president also indicated this week he may want to renegotiate the controversial nuclear deal with iran to include ballistic missiles, an o nation that critics have long cited as a huge issue. arthel: the punishment a jury gave a man for a brutal murder, also a top republican senator possibly dealing a fatal blow to the latest republican attempt to dismantle obama care. a panel joins us next to discuss where the g.o.p. health bill stands. you always pay your insurance on time. tap one little bumper and up go your rates. what good is having insurance if you get punished for using it? for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise your rates due to your first accident. liberty mutual insurance. are made with smarttrack®igners material
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eric: life in prison without the possibility of parole for the man who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a tennessee nursing student. zachary adams was sentenced earlier today after an 11 day trial that found him guilty. he faced the death penalty but he got out of that thanks to a deal between his attorneys and the prosecutors. prosecutors said they made that deal reluctantly, but it will keep adams behind bars for the rest of his life. she was 20 years old when she was killed in the woods behind her home back in 2011.
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her remains were found three years later. holly's mother karen saying she was the sweetest soul i ever knew. president trump taking center stage in a bitter republican senate run off in alabama. the president giving a ringing endorsement to incumbent senator luther strange last night at a rousing campaign rally, that just days before the voters there go to the polls this coming week. peter doocy has been covering the race in alabama and joins us now with more on the president's rally. what's happening today. hi, peter. >> hi, eric. a big part of president trump's pitch last night was to invoke the name of the long-time alabama senator who left his seat open to go and become the attorney general and who remains very very popular here, jeff sessions. >> luther is going to be taking over for a man that you all love, what's his name?
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huh? senator jeff sessions, you love jeff sessions. he's doing a good job. [cheers] >> he is doing a good job. we have been very busy, watching the borders, a lot of things are happening, but luther's taking over for jeff, hopefully. >> the other candidate in this race judge roy moore will get a boost from steve bannon on monday, the president's former chief strategist, who is breaking with his old boss and backing moore, who is going to speak at a rally for the so-called 10 commandments judge on monday night. he's famous for of course refusing to take down a 10 commandments statue at the state supreme court, then getting removed from the bench. a source close to bannon tells me he is not trying to hurt president trump he's trying to help him by backing a candidate who he thinks would be better for the president's agenda. the president says no matter who
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wins, he's still going to play in this race. >> if his opponent wins, i'm going to be here campaigning for him. [cheers] >> but i have to say this, and you understand this and just look at the polls, luther will definitely win. [cheers] >> you know what i'm saying. roy has a very good chance of not winning in the general election. >> last night was one of president trump's longer rallies, in recent memory. he spoke in huntsville for about an hour and a half, but just about the entire crowd of thousands stayed the entire time. nobody really started to trickle out until the president was done. we're about three days away from knowing how much that helped. eric? eric: there's been a real split. it will be fascinating to see what happens on tuesday. peter doocy, thank you very
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much. arthel: meanwhile republican senate leaders working to round up support on the party's latest obama care repeal bill as they try to schedule a vote on the legislation by september 30th. that is the g.o.p.'s last chance to pass it with a simple majority, rather than a filibuster proof 60 votes. but the bill could be in jeopardy after arizona senator john mccain announced he would oppose it. ellison barber is in washington with the latest. ellison? >> last week, a spokesperson for majority leader mitch mcconnell told fox news mcconnell intended to consider the graham cassidy bill on the floor this week, but that was before senator john mccain said he wouldn't be supporting the graham cassidy bill. here's secretary tom price. >> the promise of the majority in congress in the house and senate was to repeal and replace. the reason it isn't dead is because it is not finished. the bill hasn't been completed. we continue to work with the authors on it through this
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weekend, and the bill will be likely rolled out early next week. >> republicans can't afford to lose more than two republicans and mccain is the second to publicly say he will not support this bill. kentucky senator rand paul is not on board. and maine senator susan collins is very much on the fence. the white house is trying to get her off of it. >> this is our last best chance before the september 30th deadline to get this bill done. it comes down to four senators. as you mentioned right now, senator paul, senator mccain, senator murkowski and senator collins are the ones we're trying to convince to get two of the final four votes in order to repeal obama care. >> we haven't written off any vote, in fact we haven't written off any votes on the other side as well. >> democrats are praising senator mccain some say yet another time of courage for a man who spent decades in the navy and years as a prisoner of war. >> thank you john mccain.
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mccain has a conscience that i wish very much that the rest of the republican leadership had that conscience as well. >> republicans hope to pass healthcare legislation by the end of september. in part because with special budget rules they can pass the bill with a simple majority. 50 yeses instead of 60. arthel? arthel: thank you very much, ellison. for more on this, we will go to kelly jane torrance, deputy managing editor for the weekly standard. here's the question, is it still possible to see repeal and replace under the trump administration? >> it is possible, but it's looking more and more unlikely, arthel. of course that's whether you consider this is repeal and replace. it's really kind of kicking it back down to the states and letting them decide, and, you know, there's some argument over whether that's actually repealing obama care because some states of course will keep obama care exactly as it is, while other states will seek waivers and do things very differently. arthel: so with no cob score or
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bipartisan support, a graham cassidy bill was one that senator mccain couldn't sanction, was the bill proposed just as a race against the clock? >> a little bit, but not quite. i mean, this bill actually was in the works before the skinny repeal bill, so called, actually failed in the senate. they were already working on this bill as an idea of a way to get rid of obama care in a way that, you know, some democrats might support. and i have to say, you know, people are saying that john mccain is being very courageous and brave with his stand against the this bill, i personally don't think so. it is very easy to complain about process rather than policy. you are not sticking your neck out in risking votes in your district by saying what you like about a certain bill or what you don't like about a certain bill. you know, his comments on this bill have absolutely nothing to do with what's in the bill or what it will do for the healthcare of millions of americans. he simply says that there's not enough hearings, amendments and debate over this. well, there are going to be some
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hearings next week. let's face it, we have had seven years of debate over what we should do about obama care. and i think it is kind of wimpy to john mccain to say, he said i would happy to support it it were the product of extensive hearings and debates. he's saying he's unhappy it didn't go through the typical senate committees that a lot of bills do go through. arthel: the president had something to tweet about regarding mccain's decision. he also is tweeting to senator rand paul. let's take a look at that right now. and the tweet from the president to rand paul says i know rand paul, and i think he may find a way to get there for the good of the party. so back to you, kelly jane torrance, can senators paul -- murkowski and collins save it? talking about the political impact, how would that affect their political lives either way based on their decision?
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>> senators murkowski and collins are leaning against this bill for completely different reasons than rand paul. paul thinks it doesn't go far enough. he wants a straight repeal. whereas collins is a little concerned because the bill would leave their states with less money. that's one of the interesting things we're seeing with this bill. we're finding out what matters most to certain senators, whether it's money or policy. because a lot of senators have said they are against this or leaning against it, a few of them, because their states will see less money coming in from the federal government. well, is that a good enough reason to oppose the bill? i mean, let's have a debate on it. let's talk about it. but i don't think money should be the underlying factor in what's going on here, and we are seeing a situation where it looks like maybe two republican senators could sound the death-knell for what republicans have been promising for seven years which is to get rid of obama care. it is kind of incredible that it's taken this long and it still doesn't look like it is going to happen. they have till the end of the
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month, needing the votes, it is right down to the wire here. we are seeing a lot of politics being played. i'm not sure -- even the bill's sponsors aren't doing a good job of explaining to the american people or other senators why they should vote for it. the details of the bill have not been explained very well. and i think that's partly the problem of its sponsors. they are sort of hoping this is our last chance to repeal obama care. let's just do it. it doesn't matter how we do it. some senators aren't happy about that. >> kelly jane, kef to leave it there. -- we have to leave it there. thank you very much. >> thank you. eric: another round of unbelievable rhetoric from north korea today as their foreign minister address the assembly. man did he unleash on our president. more on what this may mean on the rising nuclear tensions between our two nations, when fox news channel continues for this saturday afternoon. with ben and constipation, and you're overwhelmed by everything you've tried--
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arthel: a magnitude 3.1 quake detected in north korea today. sparking fears the country may have conducted another nuclear test. but the south korean government says it appears this was a natural earthquake. greg palkot has the latest now from seoul, south korea. greg? >> arthel, we expected strong words coming from the north korean foreign minister at the u.n. general assembly today. guess what? we got them. speaking before the body of the u.n. general assembly, there was a direct rebuke to president trump and his calling kim jong-un a rocket man. he said that only made inevitable a visit by north korean rockets to the mainland of the united states. he went on to say that if innocent american lives are lost, then president trump would be held totally responsible, asserting that he was the one on a suicide mission. now, amid another orchestrated
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anti-u.s. rally in pyongyang, the capital of north korea, that foreign minister made the assertion that north korea was only steps away from the completion of a nuclear force including h-bombs and icbms and they would not stop in the face of what he called illegal sanctions. all this comes with more sabre rattling by the united states, b 1 bombers u.s. jet fighters flew to the east of north korea, to the north of the dmz and the general area in the path of the north korean missile launch last week. the military spokesman says this shows the resolve of the united states and it shows that it has many military options. finally, yes, there was a bit of a nuke scare on the korean peninsula today. late, saturday korean time, the reports of an earthquake in northeastern north korea. not far from where the regime has its nuclear test site. now, the initial report coming from china was in fact it was triggered by an explosion. but south korean officials and
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then u.s. officials weighed in and they said it was naturally based, but could have been related to geological shifts from the nuclear test there earlier this month. one final note, about the north korean foreign minister's address, this only ups the ante in the global spat between north korea and the united states. now back to president trump. arthel? arthel: greg palkot in seoul, south korea. thanks, greg. eric? eric: north korea rockets hitting the u.s. mainland as you heard is quote unevident bl so claimed the kim jong-un's foreign minister today. -- is quote inevitable claimed kim jong-un's foreign minister today.
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>> translator: none other than trump himself is on a suicide mission. in case innocent lives of the u.s. are harmed because of this suicide attack, trump will be held totally responsible. eric: what can we take from this response? former spokesperson for ambassador nikki haley, former director communications at the u.s. mission to the u.n., also the former fox news united nations bureau chief and producer. jonathan, the foreign minister wouldn't even call president trump by his name. he even said he's someone called the president. he said the president used reckless and violent words. is this more bluster, or is it really a preview of their planned strategy, in what we can expect? >> it's become deeply deeply personal now for them. the rhetoric has been increasing. it's not stopping. we're seeing actions that they are doing that are showing that they want anything but defiance. they had an opportunity today to try to have a more conciliatory tone if they really wanted to do
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it. obviously, the foreign minister decided not to do that. he went to the podium and started punching right away. so you know, this is what they want. eric: what does that mean in terms of playing out in terms of their type of actions? obviously they will probably test another bomb and may have another missile test soon. >> they are doing everything they can to show strength. that's what their campaign is. that's what they are going to do. any sign of weakness they feel is a sign of vulnerability. so they are going to do everything they can to try to instill fear. they think they are instilling fear within the american people by doing that. i mean we all as americans know how we feel about this, and there's a level of anxiety that we feel because let's face it, nuclear weapons are not -- you know, they are a very dangerous thing indeed. but having said that, this has become really personal, and the scary thing about that is that it's one thing that president trump represents the american people. he's a president who was brought into power by election.
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kim jong-un is a man who inherited power from his dictator father and before that the dictator before that. this is the king dynasty. they answer to themselves -- they answer to themselves. they don't even answer to their own people. in fact they oppress their own people, so they can't have wherewithal for their own lives to build this nuclear program. this is a little terrifying in the fact you could see some sort of miscalculation which we obviously need to avoid at all costs. eric: they see the attacks against kim as an attack against the state because they equalize kim with the state. here's what else the foreign minister said. let's get a taste. >> translator: the absurd reality that trump a mentally deranged person full of complacence, the person who is chastised even by american people as commander in grief, president evil, is holding the
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seat of the u.s. president and the dangerous reality that who grew old to use all other schemes to acquire a land holds the nuclear button. these are what constitute the gravest threat to the international peace and security today. >> when he uses the terms like mentally deranged, how does the u.s. answer back? >> look, you can decide to engage with that type of rhetoric, or you can just let it sit. so this is the decision that our president has to take is he going to play this game of back and forth yelling at each other and calling each other terrible names and cursing each other and telling each other that you are on suicide missions? what are we going to do? what are we going to do as a nation? you know, this has obviously gone too far already. it really has gone too far. so how far is it going to go beyond too far before this turns into something that neither of
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us want? eric: we're focusing on the name and the name calling and over the top rhetoric that they use, that he used in that speech today, but also there's some glimpses of their strategy in that he said he wanted to have a balance of power with the u.s., that the nuclear weapons are defensive, and he totally said that the international community does not have any legal international standing, he's referring to the u.n. resolutions. let's listen to what he said about that. >> translator: the united nations unjustifiable resolutions which illegalize justice as injustice are randomly adopted due to the high handedness of the u.s. >> he rejects the legitimacy of the security council. >> he not only does that, he essentially said to his friends out there, he does have friends, he named them in the speech, he said thank you syria, iran, venezuela and cue -- cuba. let's face it they are not
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friendly nations to the united states. if there's any utility he sees in the united nations, it is from the small group, the very same group that president trump mentioned in his speech of this rogue group of countries that are creating all the havoc in the world. he adores those countries. those are his support. >> it is interesting when he talks about the security council, he's obviously lumping china into that. is that very significant that we heard actually hostile words from the foreign minister basically about china even if he doesn't mention beijing by name? >> it is significant. eric, when we used to cover the united nations years ago, we used to see that china was constantly propping up the regime. never voting against it, always very careful -- >> 2006 first time. >> absolutely. we are in new territory. that's caused jong-un to a level that wasn't there before. he's obviously quite angered at what beijing is doing. it is isolating to have this happen. we have to be honest here, the new sanctions which are strong, they haven't had a chance to
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really kick in yet. it is going to take time to see if they actually do kick in. it is going to take time to see whether china and russia and other countries follow through with the sanctions and actually tighten the screws on pyongyang. we have a lot to see play out here. >> yes. meanwhile china is saying it will stop a lot of oil, cut off the financial trading with their banks. we will see if they follow through with that. jonathan, with whom i covered the united nations for many years and you went often in government service, thank you to the service for our country and thank you for your analysis. >> pleasure being here. humanitarian crisis growing in puerto rico after hurricane maria devastated the island. a report from hard-hit san juan, just ahead. and my friend mentioned a tip a pro gave her. did it help? it completely ruined my game. that advice was never meant for you. i like you. you want to show me your swing? it's too soon. get advice that's right for you
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eric: there is a new potential crisis in puerto rico as it
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tries to recover from the devastation of hurricane maria. tens of thousands of people who live downstream of a failing dam are now under evacuation orders. officials say that dam is on the verge of collapse under the weight of all the heavy flooding that it suffered. steve harrigan is in san juan, puerto rico now, with the very latest. >> in the far northwest of puerto rico, a very bad situation could get much worse, soon. there are real concerns that a major dam could break. there is already 15 to 20 feet of flooding. they have evacuated 70,000 people in fears that this could be a catastrophe. this part is so flooded, you have to guess what is where. there's actually houses underneath these satellite dishes. the water is over the houses. right now we're passing over four vehicles. to my left, over here, is the main street. it is completely under water. and up ahead is the police station.
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you can't see that either. it is just guess work where things are. we are talking about 10 or 15 feet of floodwater. they have had to evacuate people here by school buses, and there is fear that more could be coming. they've already evacuated more than 70,000 people from two towns here, many by school bus in a race to find higher ground. eric, back to you. eric: thank you, steve. that's just so devastating. arthel? arthel: for more on this, we will bring in dr. manny alvarez, senator editor for fox news health.com. dr. manny, how can doctors treat the residents under the circumstances that we just saw in steve's story? what are the health issues that they are facing in the wake of the devastation? >> let me tell you, for the last three days or so, i've been in contact with a lot of -- tried to be in contact with a lot of folks down there. when people write the modern history of puerto rico, they will always refer to post maria. puerto rico will never be the same after this hurricane. you can take that to the bank. from communities being totally
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destroyed, but now, let's talk about the healthcare system. most of the hospitals have been affected. many hospitals, as a matter of fact, i was reading reports this morning, there's a major medical center that is running out of diesel because all of these hospitals are running in electrical generated power of their own. many hospitals have lost their generating capacity, and therefore patients have to be moved out. we don't know because we don't have eyes and ears there. you can only imagine moving hospitals that are intubated that are on dialysis machines that are out of the icu's out of medical centers to other medical centers that may not be well equipped. people are going to succumbed to this disaster in hospitals and there's nothing doctors and nurses that are working very hard around the clock there can do. this is why, you know, when i wrote the piece in foxnews.com, i talked about the angels in our military because right now this is a military operation. none of us can get there. i mean, i have a whole bunch of people that we want to go down
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there, bring resources, bring physical help, you know, those doctors are exhausted. those nurses are exhausted. so right now it's a military operation. and it's not going to stop yet because the island has no electrical power. so right now it's the infrastructure are completely decimated. i can only imagine that people are going to succumb to this, you know, in hospitals because they can't keep people alive. now, once you finish all of that, then you have the medical crisis. right now, you know, 3 1/2 million people in puerto rico, maybe 50% of the island, type 2 diabetics, many of them are on insulin. no refrigeration, no insulin. so the diabetics are -- you know, you can imagine. people take heart medications. well, again, you know, when you don't have the capacity to go to a pharmacy and get your prescription refilled because most of the pharmacies are not open, you are not going to get your medication. this is not only a catastrophe
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of, you know, infrastructure and society as you know it, but it's a human catastrophe that is in the making, and, you know, we don't get the news because we don't have enough resources to see what's going on. but once we do, you will see the devastation. arthel: how can we help? wait, wait, let me finish my question. >> yeah. arthel: you pointed out how the medical military personnel will service the medical needs, do we have enough military personnel to handle that because as you said doctors like yourself can't get there at the moment. >> right. arthel: that's the first part. in terms of supplies, how can we get, you know, are there, you know, cold packs or something that we can get to them for those who need insulin and medicine that needs to be refrigerated? >> right now, there's a rescue -- the medical personnel, whether it's the coast guard and u.s. military is sending, you know, medical personnel and trained nurses to deal with the rescue missions and sort of fix the problems acutely.
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once the airports open, i'm thinking maybe by monday or tuesday, there's already sufficient movement of a lot of parts in this country, you know, if you want to support, there's a lot of agencies that you can donate to, the red cross, and things of this sort because, you know, supplies need to be sent to the island. for instance, tomorrow, september -- september 30th, i'm sorry, here in new york, a lot of the civic leaders of new york are sending containers of stuff down to puerto rico, in ships, through mexico perhaps. so that they can get the supplies that they need. help is evolving, but it is going to be at least a week before it begins to flow in. arthel: you mentioned the red cross also the first lady of puerto rico is spearheading a website there on our screen. it is united for puerto rico.com. you can go there as well to help out the people who are in desperate need there in puerto
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rico. dr. manny alvarez, thank you very much for, you know, laying out the unfortunate and horrible picture that lies before them, but i like -- i'm happy that you also pointed out that help is definitely on the way. unfortunately may not be in time for everyone, but not everyone -- >> the angels of our military. arthel: very good. dr. manny, thank you very much. manny alvarez. eric: first lady melania trump is making a special stop. she is honoring some very special and heroic athletes and it happens to be her first solo trip as the u.s. first lady. look at who she met. ( ♪ ) ( ♪ ) the capital one venture card.
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eric: first lady melania trump is visiting canada today. it's for the annual games which are held for wounded veteran athletes. really special. the first lady leading the u.s. delegation there in support of the 90 americans who are competing in these very inspiring games. we have more now on the trip and what's expected and what she's doing from los angeles. hi mary ann. >> the president tweeting his praise of the first lady in her first solo international trip. she just wrapped up a meeting
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with team usa. posed for pictures with the 90 member u.s. team and also spoke to them about what it means to be part of the third annual games. an event created by prince harry, a veteran himself, to reach out to injured and sick service men and women around the world. the first lady thanking the team of veteran athletes for their service. >> you have given so much for your country. you truly are heroes. >> earlier today, the first lady greeted prince harry and thanked him for having her. mrs. trump is representing the u.s. delegation at the games, the brain child of prince harry founded as a way of connecting with those wounded soldiers many of whom are dealing with life altering injuries or illnesses like ptsd. the veterans who compete say the games are about much more than winning. >> once you are out there in your event, you forget about everything, it just comes down to that event. the friends next to you. and you don't see any
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limitations. >> 550 athletes from 17 countries are competing in the games, hoping to win the gold, but all the competitors will go home with a medal. later today, the first lady will meet with canadian prime minister trudeau before participating in the opening ceremony for the games. eric: really inspiring and special. thanks. arthel? arthel: the war of words escalating between the u.s. and north korea with pyongyang's foreign minister now weighing in. what he's saying about president trump. plus the g.o.p.'s latest effort to dismantle obama care suffers a setback as senator mccain says he will not support the proposal. ♪ one look at you and i can't disguise ♪ ♪ i've got hungry eyes ♪ applebee's 2 for $20. now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood.
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arthel: president trump tackling the issue of protesting nfl players at a rally in alabama for senator luther strange last night. mr. trump saying the nfl shouldn't stand for players who kneel during the national anthem. hello, everyone. i'm arthel neville. welcome to a brand new hour of inside america's news headquarters. eric: arthel, good to be with you. thank you for staying with us, i'm eric shawn. colin kaepernick started this practice last season when he took a knee during a game playing of the star spangled banner. he says he was protesting what he called police brutality and
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social injustice. the president last night used a word we're not going to say right now saying that nfl players who do that, well, they should be fired because the players show a, quote, total disrespect of our heritage by refusing to stand during our national anthem. he also took on another sport too, the nba, all this as the republican last ditch bill to try and repeal obama care stands on shakier ground tonight than ever. kristen fisher is live in new jersey where the president has been with more. hi, kristen. >> hey, eric. from north korea threatening to conduct another nuclear test to iran conducting a ballistic missile test, there's so much happening in the world today, and yet, the number one thing that americans are talking about on twitter is this growing feud between president trump and some of the top players in both the nfl and the nba. and president trump this afternoon really only added fuel to this growing controversy with another tweet that came out just
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a few hours ago. i want to share it with you. it reads, quote, if a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the nfl, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our great american flag or country and should stand for the national anthem. if not, you're fired. find something else to do. now, the commissioner of the nfl has come out and called president trump's comments divisive. the head of the players' union has also put out a statement saying, quote, the comments were a slap in the face to the civil rights heroes of the past. so we have this growing feud with the nfl and now to the nba where president trump on the same day has disinvited curry from the golden state warriors from visiting the white house after winning the nba championship. curry had said he didn't want to go because some of the things president trump has said, specifically some of the comments he made after charlottesville and the
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president said today fine and rescinded the invitation. >> we have never seen anything quite like this. we have never had a president like president trump. we also live in an age of social media and everybody has a voice and these players who have been quiet for a number of years and have been told just to stick to sports don't want to stick to sports. they want to have their feelings heard and they have a social conscience and they want to have social change. >> president trump continuing with this war with some of the biggest players in the nfl and the nba, but he's also continuing to go to war with members of his own party, who are standing in the way of the latest bill to repeal and replace obama care. now, there are three senators in particular that are really considered to be make-or-break votes and president trump today called out all three of them, senator rand paul, lisa murkowski and john mccain, but he saved his sharpest criticism for senator mccain. he said quote john mccain never had any intention of voting for this bill, which his governor loves, he campaigned on repeal
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and replace, let arizona down. and no matter what you say, a no vote from mccain which was announced yesterday would be a major major setback for this bill, if not a death blow outright. and of course, eric, he did this just two months ago back in july with the last republican attempt to repeal and replace obama care. eric? eric: yeah, remember him walking on the senate well torpedoing that. >> the thumb down. eric: exactly. in a few minutes we will be talking to a senator from south dakota on his view on what mccain did and on the bill's future. thank you. arthel? arthel: this is a fox news alert. the fiery rhetoric intense fe fiing between -- intensifying between washington and pyongyang as north korea's foreign minister delivers a speech to the united nations general assembly. he calls president trump quote a mentally deranged person. this comes after the president said in his u.n. speech on
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tuesday that the u.s. will quote totally destroy north korea, if washington is forced to defend itself or its allies. we are live at the united nations headquarters here in new york with more. brian? >> good evening, arthel. well, north korea wasted no time today in its 21 minute address to the united nations general assembly, the foreign minister making his own threat to the united states and to president trump saying that president trump's rhetoric makes it, quote, inevitable for that a rocket launch will be launched toward the u.s. mainland. that coming from the foreign minister today. now he is speaking on behalf of north korea's president kim jong-un. he also went on to say that president trump is a mentally deranged person. he referred to u.s. allies south korea and japan as, quote, stooges. remember, trump mockingly called kim rocket man and on a suicide mission. well, today the foreign minister speaking on behalf of his boss said president trump, not un is
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the man on a suicide mission. >> translator: during his eight months in power, he has turned the white house into a noisy marketing place full of sounds of [inaudible] and now he has tried to turn the u.n. arena into a gangsters nest where money is respected and bloodshed is the order of the day. >> now, this week the war of words has continued between both leaders. kim jong-un releasing an unprecedented statement yesterday calling trump mentally deranged yesterday. and the president tweeting back in kind that kim is a, quote, mad man who will be tested like never before. but today north korea's foreign minister blasted u.n. security council sanctions, those recent sanctions include going after north korea's textiles and natural gas industries as well as foreign workers. the foreign minister also defended the nation's nuclear program as necessary to defend
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itself from the united states. >> translator: the u.s. claims that the position of h bomb and icbm constitutes a global threat, even at the u.n. arena, but such claim is a big lie, which it's just tantamount to the notorious big lie, by the u.s., in 03, about the existence in iraq of weapons of mass destruction in order to invade that country. >> now also happening today, in an effort to halt north korea's nuclear program, china announcing that it will limit energy supplies to north korea and it will stop buying textiles as well. arthel? arthel: brian, thank you very much. eric: there was quite a scare today in mexico, another earthquake that forced rescue workers to suspend some searches for the survivors of tuesday's larger quake. this as the number of dead now
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in that quake in central mexico has risen to 305 people. jonathan hunt right now live in mexico city with the desperate race against time. good evening, jonathan. >> good evening, eric. that earthquake this morning was centered some 300 miles south of mexico city. there are reports coming in of several people being killed in that quake and considerable damage. it did not do any further damage here in mexico city, but it certainly rattled nerves when the earthquake alarms were heard at 7:55 this morning. a lot of people obviously already on edge, rushed in to the streets, many buildings including our hotel were evacuated and the search-and-rescue missions underway here in mexico city were forced to pause for a while. they are now back under way. one of them right behind me here, rescue workers, you can see there, dozens of them, on the top of the rubble of what
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was once aban office building -- an office building. among the rescue workers there still hoping to find survivors is a u.s. team from the los angeles county fire department. they are a famed urban search and rescue team. they are part of what is a slew of u.s. aid coming into mexico, and the u.s. ambassador to mexico told me today that the united states remains committed to mexico's long-term recovery. listen here. >> initial response, food, water, that sort of thing, is actually overflowing in the city of mexico. the question is, how are you going to rebuild? and how are you going to do long-term? we will take our cue from our mexican counterparts and we will see what's needed and what we're able to help provide. >> veteran rescue workers will tell you that the outside limit generally speaking for how long a person can survive in these conditions, no food, no water, the heat, that we've been
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experiencing here in mexico city is four days, 96 hours. eric, we are now well past that mark. but these rescue workers are not giving up, and of course all of mexico is still hoping for a miracle. eric? eric: as we all are. you can always pray for miracles. jonathan, thank you. arthel? arthel: indeed. consumer advocacy groups now warning of a new scam that could victimize those hit hard by hurricane harvey for a second time. we will tell you how. plus, the g.o.p. effort to repeal and replace obama care looking uncertain after arizona senator john mccain says he won't back the latest proposal. but health and human services secretary tom price says this fight is far from over. >> it's not dead. it is because it is not finished. the bill hasn't been completed. we continue to work with the authors on it through this weekend and the bill will be likely rolled out early next week.
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eric: the big question mark this weekend hanging over the country, the g.o.p.'s senate effort to repeal and replace obama care. you know, it kind of seemed to go down the tubes a bit after arizona senator mccain announced that he planned to vote no on
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the latest proposal from republican senators lindsey graham and bill cassidy. the veteran republican lawmaker saying he wants a bipartisan approach to fixing healthcare. in response, president trump tweeted his displeasure with senator mccain, while he's pressing other republican lawmakers to try to get on board the bill, saying quote mccain never had any intention of voting for this bill, which his governor loves, he campaigned on repeal and replace, let arizona down. and another republican senator who has expressed objections to graham cassidy as well as the earlier bill quote i know rand paul and i think he may find a way to get there, for the good of the party, will he? joining us now is republican south dakota senator, he supports the bill, and he is tonight in south dakota. thank you for joining us, senator. we're told the president is lobbying senators today. do you think this will actually come to a vote in the coming week? >> well, i know the majority wants it come to a vote.
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i think the message out there is we should do everything we can to at least try and fix this broken healthcare system that we have today. prices have gone up 124% in south dakota since 2014. they are expected to go up between -- well, about 20% next year and that's if we're able to continue the csr's and right now president trump has made it very clear that that 7 billion dollars a year for this year and 10 billion for next year are in jeopardy and the courts have already indicated that we're going to have to do something about it. eric: it may help south dakota, but what about the estimates that people could lose their healthcare that premiums would go up for older people and those with preexisting conditions. how do you reassure them that in this bill or another type of bill that they can feel some sense of safety? >> you have to take a look at what our alternatives are. continued obama care, which will mean continuing increases, similar to what they have been
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in past. second of all, they don't necessarily have to go up. we have to find a better way to get more people actively and voluntarily participating in the healthcare process today. right now individuals are being priced out of it, and then we're finding that because they are priced out of the individual market. remember we're talking about individuals on what we call the individual market, not individuals that are in the group market. it's about 6% of our total population. but the individuals who have no place else to go, they apply for individual health insurance. if they are sick, then -- and they cost money to take care of their healthcare needs, then that drives up the price for everybody else. but it's the individual market that ends up paying that entire bill. what we have to do is spread the cost for those individuals or a larger base. we can do that if we allow the states to create their own reinsurance programs. this is not designed to hurt americans. this is actually designed to help people be able to afford
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their healthcare again in the future and to allow the states to find out what works the best for them. if it means allowing for a higher price for someone who is a little bit older, but in doing so, a lower price for somebody who is younger, thus bringing more young people in, you can actually net out at a lower overall average price. those are the types of things that the states have been very good at in the past. we know right now as compared to obama care, obama care is still going up every single year and we're finding fewer healthcare organizations are participating in it. that's not -- eric: how do you make that argument to senator mccain or to murkowski or susan collins in maine who has a lot of rural hospitals if medicaid is a block grant and it goes down for her, especially in the northern tier, they would be in a world of hurt. >> yeah, look, senator collins was a former insurance commissioner. she's going to look at all the facts on it. i think there are a number of issues within the bill itself
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that senator may have concerns with. and they will have to be addressed individually if we want senator collins back on the bill. senator murkowski will have to take a look at what it actually does for the folks in alaska. senator mccain has made the point that he doesn't like the process. i understand that. but you know, every single year, it seems like -- at least as an example -- as example, the appropriations process has been broken, nonetheless we still fund or defense and the non-defense discretionary all of those items in some cases they don't go through regular order. eric: is he standing on principle or do you think there's something else going on with him? >> i try not to put motive in the middle of it. i understand and respect that every single senator has to make up their own mind. what they use for their reasoning process is really up to them. we will try to do our best to give him the opportunity to make a decision that he feels comfortable with and hopefully he has all the facts and data. eric: it is a working weekend on
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the healthcare for the senators. we will see what happens over the next 48, 72 hours, indeed. senator of south dakota, thank you for joining us tonight. >> thank you, sir. eric: of course. arthel? arthel: eric, consumer advocacy groups warning americans of scams in the wake of hurricane harvey. casey steagall is in houston, texas, with the details. >> the recovery here in southeast texas is coming along, but it's an arduous task, cleaning up all of the vehicles and homes and personal property lost in the floods. you know, as you drive around houston, and the surrounding communities, you see piles of debris on the curbs in front of people's water-damaged homes and businesses, folks working around the clock to try and get back on track. officials here estimate more than a half million cars, trucks, and vehicles were totalled by the floodwaters, a number that could reach 1 million. many of them abandoned on the
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streets have been towed to giant lots where they await disposition. some will be crushed. others salvaged for parts. but law enforcement officials also warn some could be cleaned up and sold to unsuspecting buyers, with documents altered showing no signs of flood damage, then shipped out across the u.s., which is why consumers are advised to have used cars thoroughly inspected before buying. >> you will see that there's some corrosion that's been left over in some of the interior parts under the dash, in the vehicle carriage here, the springs have already started corroded and in the seat belt there area, pulling out some of the seat belts sometimes will show some mildew. >> a ford dealership south of houston not taking any chances, more than 1100 vehicles on this lot and in their service department went under water.
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nearly all of its inventory about 35 million dollars. but the owner tells us they will be crushed so they can't be sold. mitchell dale also has a pretty positive way of putting this disaster in perspective. >> people's homes are destroyed. their memories are destroyed. us, you know, our cars can be replaced. our new facility here, certainly we had to -- it's a business interruption, but we'll -- we're working hard to get back. >> dale estimates that his car business has been up about 200% since the storm, but the vast majority of customers walking on to this lot have nothing to trade in. that's the latest from dickinson, texas, casey steagall, fox news. eric: the devastation from hurricane maria and the total loss of power in puerto rico, well, that's bad enough, but now there's a new threat for tens of thousands of people there. we will have the details straight ahead. plus, you know we're used to
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over the top rhetoric by north korea but today's speech at the united nations by kim jong-un's foreign minister, what he said about our president trump and our country. dennis ross coming up on the undiplomatic language and if there is any hope for diplomacy in all this at all. americans, 83% try to eat healthy, yet up to 90% fall short on getting key nutrients. let's do more. one-a-day 50 plus. complete with 100% daily value of more than 15 key nutrients. one-a-day 50 plus.
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washington. >> last week a spokesperson for majority leader mcconnell told fox news mcconnell intended to consider the graham cassidy bill on the floor this week, but that was before senator john mccain said he wouldn't be supporting the graham cassidy bill. here's hhs secretary tom price. >> the promise of majority in congress in the house and senate was to repeal and replace. the reason it is not dead is because it is not finished. the bill hasn't been completed. we continue to work with the authors on it through this weekend and the bill will be likely rolled out early next week. >> republicans can't afford to lose more than two republicans and mccain is the second to publicly say he will not support this bill. kentucky senator rand paul is not on board. and maine senator susan collins is very much on the fence. the white house is trying to get her off of it. >> this is our last best chance before the september 30th deadline to get this bill done. it comes down to four senators as you mentioned right now
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senator paul, senator mccain, senator murkowski and senator collins are the ones we're trying to convince to get two of the final four votes in order to repeal obama care. >> we haven't written off any vote. in fact we haven't written off any votes on the other side as well. >> democrats are praising senator mccain. some say it is yet another moment of courage for a man who spent decades in the navy and years as a prisoner of war in vietnam. >> thank you, john mccain. and john mccain has a conscience that i wish very much that the rest of the republican leadership had that conscience as well. >> republicans hope to pass healthcare legislation by the end of september, in part, because with special budget rules, they can pass the bill with a simple majority, meaning 50 yeses instead of 60, which is what they will need if they don't pass it by the end of this month. eric? eric: all right, thank you very much, ellison. arthel: the war of words continues between president
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trump and north korea's dictator. as the regime's foreign affairs minister today spoke on behalf of kim jong-un at the united nations general assembly responding to a string of threats from president trump throughout the week. >> translator: none other than trump himself is on a suicide mission. in case innocent lives of the u.s. are harmed because of this suicide attack, trump will be held totally responsible. arthel: and joining us now ambassador dennis ross, former special middle east coordinator, fox news foreign affairs analyst and author of the book "doomed to succeed, the u.s. israeli relationship from truman to obama". ambassador, nice to have you here. >> nice to be with you. arthel: thank you. in the scope of your decades of studying and analyzing foreign affairs and policy, have you ever witnessed such public and
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some might say petty verbal exchange and is it helpful or effective in any way and should americans and the world watching be worried that this war of words between president trump and kim jong-un might lead to a war involving nuclear weapons? >> you know, i think in answer to your question, the only thing that is close to this was when a shoe was taken off and put on the table at the u.n. and said we will bury you. the fact is then you had a bipolar world. you had two nuclear weapon states. that's probably the closest that we have come to anything like this. if we want to find a way out of it, it is actually in our interest, to dial down the rhetoric. the fact of the matter is, the president has made his point. when you continue to raise the level of the rhetoric, regardless, you know, of what the north koreans are saying, we can assume that they are going
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to continue to say things that are outrageous or outlandish, but i think it's not really in our interest to do the same, because the more we do that, the more we make it more difficult for kim jong-un to back down. one of the things you are trying to do with dip -- with diplomacy is build the pressure on, create greater coalescence around the world against him. so we have an interest in having the chinese do more. the chinese have done more, but the reality is, if the rhetoric gets heated up more, i think it makes the achievement of a diplomatic outcome, meaning avoidance of having to use force, that much harder. arthel: meanwhile, you have u.s. b 1 b bombers flying close to the international waters, flying
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the farthest north of the demilitarized zone, the dmz, any u.s. fighter or bomber aircraft has flown the coast in the 21st century. it's been added that this sends a clear message the president has many military options. here's more from north korean foreign minister. let's take a listen and we will talk after this. >> translator: what else could be a bigger threat than the violent remarks such as pouring fire and fury total destruction coming from the authority of the world's biggest nuclear power? the very reason having to possess nuclear weapons is because the u.s. arthel: that's what all the people there north korea believes because that's what
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their dictator tells them. is there a diplomatic play still left? if so, what is that, ambassador ross? >> i think there is simply because the fact at this point is that you see the north koreans moving ahead, but this issue isn't finalized. it is not settled. so i think the key thing for us at this point is to continue to try to ratchet up the pressure, but at the same time, work with the chinese on the following basis, the chinese don't want the regime to collapse because they fear if it collapses, they will have over 20 million refugees coming into china. they fear south korea will then dominate the peninsula. they fear the u.s. will have troops up on their borders. so they don't want the regime to collapse. we don't want the regime to have icbm's that can be armed with nuclear war heads that can reach the united states. so at a minimum, i think what we want to do is talk to the chinese and say, here's what you can't tolerate. here's what we can't tolerate.
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we share an interest in north korea over the long run not having nuclear weapons but in the near term, let's focus on getting them to stop all nuclear weapons tests, getting them to stop all missile tests, getting commitments that none of the technology they have developed will be transferred to third countries like iran. here's an area where there's a strong commonality of interest between the united states and china and where china can see that what we're trying to do now is put pressure on north korea to take a step back without us at the same time putting all the pressure on them in a way that might collapse the regime. arthel: right because as you said, no one wants a collapsed north korea. meanwhile, you have got the new sanctions imposed by the white house on foreign banks and businesses conducting trade with north korea. we reported earlier how china is limiting oil exports to north korea cutting back on imports from north korea. >> correct. arthel: such moves can choke kim
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jong-un's revenue but he's still getting money from somewhere. where is that? what can the u.s. do about it? >> up until now, one of the ways they have actually worked -- they have worked through those chinese banks not the central bank but small chinese banks that provide some means and the russians at times have also again through kind of indirect means helped with some of the sanctions busting. i think here you start with the chinese, if they close all the loopholes, the fact is you have the chinese central bank saying they are not going to deal with north korea and they are sending a message to their own banks to contain what they are doing. i think we have put those chinese banks that have been helping the north koreans under a microscope. i think we want to put a spotlight on them. i think given where the chinese are right now, the potential of them taking further steps will go up. but again, i would reinforce the point it's now time for us to lower the decibel of what we're saying.
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president trump has made his point. to continue to make these points at this point, as i said, probably makes a diplomatic outcome harder. it is find and good to say we have military options. at the end of the day, none of the military options are very good. you have the capital of south korea within range of artillery. you have a population of up to 25 million that is close to that border. you would be looking at catastrophic losses, if in fact there were war. arthel: ambassador dennis ross, we leave it there. thank you very much for your analysis, sir. >> my pleasure. arthel: eric? eric: meanwhile there's a new potential crisis this one unfolding in puerto rico. tens of thousands of people living downstream from a failing dam are now under evacuation orders. emergency officials say the dam is on the verge of collapse under the weight of all the heavy flooding that's occurred from both hurricanes maria and irma. steve harrigan has been in san juan with the very latest. >> here in the far northwest of
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puerto rico, a very bad situation could get much worse soon. there are real concerns that a major dam could break -- that a major dam could break. there's already 15 to 20 feet of flooding. they have evacuated 70,000 people in fears that this could be a catastrophe. this part is so flooded you just have to guess what is where. there's actually houses underneath these satellite dishes but water is over the houses. right now we're passing over four vehicles. to my left over here is the main street, it is completely under water. and up ahead is the police station. you can't see that either. it is just guess work where things are. we're talking about 10 or 15 feet of floodwater. they have had to evacuate people here by school buses, and there is fear that more could be coming. they have already evacuated more than 70,000 people from two towns here, many by school bus, in a race to find higher ground. eric, back to you. eric: steve, thank you very
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much. arthel: eric, an e-mail exchange reportedly shows president trump's former campaign manager paul manafort offered to provide private briefings to a wealthy russian close to president putin. could an indictment of manafort be next? the latest on the russia investigation, coming up. we are the tv doctors of america, and we may not know much about medicine, but we know a lot about drama. we also know that you can avoid drama by getting an annual check-up. so go, know, and take control of your health. it could save your life.
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presidential race to a russian billionaire who has close ties to the kremlin. that's according to a july 2016 e-mail exchange. reports also have claimed that manafort was under surveillance apparently for his foreign lobbying work and was wiretapped by the fbi in counterintelligence investigation. special counsel mueller is said to have been investigating all this and those e-mails as well as potentially the financial trail and all that means. how does this fit into the russian e-mail investigation? adjunct fellow at the manhattan institute for policy research and author and journalist and fox news contributor is joinings us now. -- is joining us now. always good to see you. it sounds like they are trying to squeeze manafort. the reports is they pick the lock, bust in his apartment door, like ransacked the place, took pictures of his suits, grab all his stuff, it sounds like mueller is trying to force him to flip. >> it certainly does.
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and eric, with your background in covering the mob, you understand countermob techniques. and this is definitely one of them. we don't know what, if any, political relationship there was in terms of paul manafort's connections to the russians on behalf of trump. we don't know whether or not president trump ordered or asked paul manafort to contact russians to offer them exclusive briefings, but we do know that bob mueller, the special prosecutor, has paul manafort clearly in his sights. he is not a witness. he is a target of this investigation. and the goal clearly is to get enough on paul manafort to make sure that he has a choice, either spend the rest of your life or a large part of it in jail -- of it in jail, because he's 68 years old, very close in age to donald trump or cooperate which he apparently is not doing now and give us whatever you have on the president. we don't know what he's going to
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do. we don't know what bob mueller has, but we do know this investigation is really speeding up and bob mueller is in hot pursuit of paul manafort. >> what does it mean when you say a target? i mean there's all these reports about money laundering investigation, money in banks in cypress and all of this foreign money, you had served, what, 84, 85 days in federal prison for protecting a source. so the federal prosecutors have targeted you, what is that like? what is the pressure like? how do you succumb or not succumb? >> well, it's really very very intense, and it's an experience you never quite forget, and i'm sure mr. manafort never will either, no matter how this thing comes out. but i have to tell you, eric, i've just returned from the ukraine, and there is perhaps no more unpopular man in the ukraine, in ukraine, not the
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ukraine but in ukraine than paul -- paul manafort. he got millions of dollars and that money was apparently funneled into american or swiss bank corporations we don't know yet but he's viewed as a man with blood on his hands. that's not judy miller talking. that's his daughter talking according to an e-mail exchange they had that was published on a website. his daughter who is a lawyer said to him basically father, this is blood money and your activities are legally questionable. so i think mr. manafort has just a bucket load of legal vulnerability and that should worry donald trump if the president had any untorrid dealings with him, and we don't know that yet. eric: could this end up i mean having nothing to do with any
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russian interference or this sort of thing and be merely a financial, you know, money laundering tax evasion type, you know, investigation, you know, that we see federal prosecutors prosecute all the time? >> it clearly could. it could end there. but mr. manafort was so involved with oligarchs like one of the wealthiest men in ukraine but more than that he had deep ties, political ties to the kremlin and to putin. so paul manafort was not just in this for the money, he was actually wielding influence and that means that he was a political player as well as someone who was getting paid handsomely for his work. how much donald trump knew about this before he hired him after casual conversation in an elevator when mr. trump needed someone to prevent a floor fight
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on the republican -- at the republican convention, i don't know. and we also know that since mr. manafort is not yet cooperating with mr. mueller, as far as we know, we really don't know what, if any, compromising information he's provided him about the president. the president did fire him. -- the president didn't fire him. paul manafort resigned. but basically the president took offense when paul manafort said to other people the president has really short attention span and i have to go on tv to get his attention. that didn't make the president happy. eric: that was the report. judy, we shall see. judy, good to see you. thank you. >> exactly, thank you, eric. arthel: well first lady melania trump making a very special stop on her first foreign trip. how mrs. trump is honoring an athletic competition for the
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first lady melania trump today traveling for the games for wounded servicemembers from around the world.
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a contingent of u.s. athletes among those gathering for this inspiring competition. mary ann raferty is live from los angeles with more. hi. >> hi, arthel. the president tweeting his praise of the first lady on her first solo international trip. mrs. trump meeting with team usa posing for pictures with the 90 athletes and also speaking to them about what it means to be a part of the third annual games an event created by prince harry a veteran himself to reach out to injured and sick service men and women around the world. the first lady thanking the team of veteran athletes for their service. >> on behalf of my husband and our entire country, i want to thank you and your families for all you have sacrificed to keep us safe. take that fighting spirit that i
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know you have and bring home the gold. [cheers] >> earlier today the first lady greeted prince harry and thanked him for having her. mrs. trump is representing the u.s. delegation at the games. the brain child of prince harry, founded as a way of connecting with those wounded servicemembers many of whom are dealing with life altering injuries and illnesses like ptsd. the veterans who compete say while the competition is tough, it's about a lot more than winning. >> you know, for a lot of people without any of these events, or programs around the u.s., i think we'd lose a lot more veterans than we have. a lot of my friends say without groups or sporting events, i feel lost. >> 550 athletes from 17 countries are competing in the games hoping to win the gold, but all competitors will go home with a medal. the first lady also has plans to
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