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to find out what's happening in the election in virginia, you can follow the platforms at fox news, facebook, twitter, facebook fox news.com. >> greetings from washington. i am james rosen joining you from the washington bureau. we are expected to see bret baier life from seoul, south korea. a short time ago we heard his report from the dnc. the president is expected to address the threat from north korea before leaving for china which will be the next leg on his asia tour. he's going to be hitting that topic at the forefront of his trip. we will give you a behind-the-scenes tour of the demilitarized zone between the two countries that puts this dangerous stand out and center. bret will speak to the head of u.s. pacific command about how ready the u.s. is to face nuclear threat and we will have the days' news here.
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we begin with the president's trip. john roberts is also following him around in seoul and joins us live. good evening. >> good evening. going into this trip, there were questions as to whether or not the president would moderate his strident language on north korea, and it appears he has. very diplomatic terms last night saying it makes sense for north korea to come to the table and make a deal. after months of apocalyptic stance against north korea, president trump finished a day of talks on an optimistic note. >> i think we are making a lot of progress. i do see certain movement, yes. but let's see what happens. >> whether the shift in language was to appease regional allies never said the presidents photo nata war or the start of some real movement is unclear. moon jae-in let it be known how he expects it to go.
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>> translator: we agreed to work towards resolving north korea nuclear issues in a peaceful manner and bringing permanent peace to the korean peninsula. >> the u.s. and south korea, moon said, are prepared to offer north korea a bright future if it does the right thing. while president trump refrained from threats he would turn north korea into a nash heap, he reminded kim jong un what lies ahead if he doesn't do the right thing. >> as we work together to resolve this problem using all available tools short of military action, the united states stands prepared to defend itself and its allies using the full range of our unmatched military capabilities if need be. >> to back it up, president trump pointed out the united states has three carrier strike groups. the roosevelt, reagan, and nimitz in addition to the 20,500 american troops in south korea. some of whom the president launched with. in their talks, president trump
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and moon agreed to bolster south korea's defense, increasing the rotation of u.s. forces to the region, allowing bigger words and south korea missiles and new purchases of u.s. military hardware. steve mnuchin we have the greatest military equipment and the world and south korea will be ordering billions of dollars of equipment. frankly, for them it makes a lot of sense. it means jobs, reducing the trade deficit. >> in 2016, the u.s. trade deficit was $27 billion. during the campaign, the president threaten to rip up the korea-u.s. free trade agreement. while he's since dropped such talk, president trump is looking for some significant changes. >> i feel confident that we will be able to reach a free, fair, and reciprocal trade deal as we renegotiate our current 5-year-old trade document. [applause] >> it's going to be another big day for the president, speaking
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to south korea's national assembly this morning with north korea as the centerpiece of that address, and then he heads to what will probably be the most important stop on this five nation trip, beijing, china, for talks with xi jinping about how to enlist more chinese help in reining in north korea. >> james: thank you. >> now to the story dominating headlines in the u.s. he once escaped from a mental institution. the news is just one of the latest troubling things we are learning about the suspect behind sunday's deadly shooting at a small texas church that killed 26 people. matt finn has the story from sutherland springs. >> in el paso police report states that the church shooter escaped from a mental health facility in 2012. police responded to a stop or a witness said that shooter was a
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danger to himself and planned to take a bus. authorities confirmed they have the shooter's cell phone but can't get into it. it is being sent to quantico. the fbi also confirmed the shooter was not flagged in databases. while police say they're shooting stemmed from bad blood in the family, the shooter's estranged wife and her mother were not in the church on sunda sunday. members of congress outraged that the church shooter was able to buy guns after being discharged from the air force for beating his wife and cracking his stepsons skull. >> we have lost that say if you are a domestic abuser, you are not supposed to own a gun. that's why we have these questions with the air force right now. how did it slip through the cracks? >> president trump dismissed the idea of stricter vetting. >> there would have been no three days ago. you might not of had that very brief person who happen to have
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a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him and hit him and neutralize him. i can only say this. if he didn't have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would've had hundreds more dead. >> 26 people including a mother and her unborn child gunned down in this picturesque white church. the neighbor being hailed as a hero for grabbing a rifle and running to the church and shooting the suspect. >> people in that church are friends of mine. every time i heard a shot, i knew that probably represented a life. >> pentagon official tells fox news the church shooter was in pretrial confinement for beating his wife and stepchild when he did something to land
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himself in the mental health center. he was only there for a few days before he escaped. tonight there are still four people being treated in serious or critical condition and two of them are minors. >> bret: matt finn covering the horrific story from texas. thank you. house republicans meantime on capitol hill are under pressure and under deadline to get their tax reform bill to the house floor by the end of the week. correspondent doug mckelway joins us live from capitol hill with a look at how day two of the markup is coming along. >> good evening. we have just learned president trump phoned into a meeting of democratic senators who were discussing their input in tax reform. this was a meeting that was organized by senator joe manchin and the white house legislative affairs director by insured. we are told the meeting lasted about 15 mins. the president phoning information. one democratic senator told the president "if you want to do this in a bipartisan manner, you will get to 50 votes."
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aside from that, we learned the g.o.p. suffered a keyed defection on tax form. congressman darrell i said announced he cannot support the hospital because of the provision, a cap on local and state tax deductions. democrats are salivating at the prospect of more g.o.p. defections. >> if you don't get this done, you might as well give up the majority because you ain't coming back in the majority. >> that's a taste of the acrimony at the ways and means committee markup. lasted eight hours on monday, the same expected today and tomorrow before it is reported out of committee thursday. that salt provision raising the ire of democrats in high-tech states. >> early this year, treasury secretary steven mnuchin suggested that we need to repeal salt to stop subsidizing states. mr. chairman, i have never heard anything as stupid from any treasury secretary in my life.
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>> speaker paul ryan was saying there's a limit to republican tolerance for democratic obstructionism. >> we don't want to have amendments designed to try to stop the process. >> on the senate side, majority leader mcconnell was saying republicans are moving quickly to pastor version. -- pass their version. speak of the committee will be rolling out their proposal. >> separately flanked by treasury secretary secretary mnuchin, kellyanne conway, and other senate conservatives, ted cruz of texas urged his colleagues to include a repeal of obamacare's individual mandate in any tax form bill. the leadership of both houses are wary, having been burned by republican moderates whose opposition help to sink obamacare repeal. >> bret: doug mckelway on the the hill.
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the dow gained 9. s&p 500 lost a fraction. nasdaq off nearly 19. at the top of the hour, polls close in virginia and we will find out whether democratic challenger ralph northam can hold off an upset bid from republican ed gillespie in a closely watched race. peter doocy is life enrichment. -- live in richmond. >> good evening. republican backers of the republican candidate for governor in this race finally called on the republican in the white house for help. president trump recorded a robo call with a message that he thinks ed gillespie will help make america great again. it's been dialing phones across the commonwealth since last night. this kind of close coronation was unexpected because gillespie never had trump on the trail and hasn't embraced everything the administration has pursued. gillespie thinks he's gained enough ground to end and he doesn't think election day rain
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dampens his chances. >> our voters are enthusiastic and i think the intensity of his on our side. people are pumped up. i have felt it over the past couple days. i've been feeling it for sometime now and i think we are going to end because i put for these plans and ideas to get virginia growing again. people are hungry for that. >> polls put the democrat ralph northam slightly ahead of gillespie. he is the lieutenant governor and he is pitching himself as the pick for virginians who want the commonwealth to become more diverse. >> most importantly, to a lot of millenniums we talked to, we they want to know we live in a inclusive virginia. that is something i stand for. >> just in, brand-new fox news voter analysis finds that the two biggest issues in order for voters today are health care and the economy. on health care, voters are favoring northam the democrat.
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on the economy, they are favoring gillespie. that split makes it very difficult to tell who has the inside track for the governor's mansion less than an hour until polls close here in virginia. still on peter doocy lives in richmond. fox news channel is following the virginia governor's race as well as other races including the governor's race in new jersey. stay with us on fox news channel throughout the night for ongoing coverage and stay with us because later i will speak with the democratic national committee chair tom perez about what's at stake into knight's elections, about the latest controversies around the dnc and also the state of the current democratic party. stay with us here on "special report." we just returned from the demilitarized zone. we will take you there. the geographic tip of the spirit between the north and the south in korea. >> this is quite an open area.
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there's nothing physically keeping somebody from just walking across it. >> bret: if you did. >> you would probably get shot.
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>> no dictator, no regime, no nation should underestimate ever american resolve. >> translator: the united states, the ringleader of the division of our people and prime up structure to the reunification should stop anti-north korea sanctions. >> bret: for all the tension, all the intense rhetoric and provocative actions. >> they will be met with fire
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and fury like the world has never seen. rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. >> translator: whatever trump expected, he will see a response about that. we will control the mentally deranged u.s. dotard with fire. >> bret: there is one place where the u.s. and north korea ci or at least face-to-face. the demilitarized zone, marking the border between north and south korea. in the armistice agreement struck to pause the korean war. >> we operate at a higher level of tension than the rest of the peninsula just because it's a pretty strategically important area. based on what's going on outside
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of our area of operations, nothing really changes for us. we are always ready to follow the commanders intent of what the chain of command above us has is due. everyone wants to avoid the worst possible scenario. the propaganda, i would say, has been pretty minimal. it hasn't been overly tense. >> bret: a few feet from here, north korea. this is the dmz, the demilitarized zone. on this outcome is a -- the south koreans. they had a phone they would pick up and answer on the north korean side. they stopped answering in 2013. so now south korean troops come out every day. they stand here on points, and if there's a message to deliver, they go right to the line, the concrete barrier. that is the line with north korea. they yell they message to the
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north koreans. at which point they are videotaped. that's the only communication back and forth. >> from that building, we have a hotline. you can kind of see the wire. it is a ring down phone. it works, and we test it four times a day. >> bret: you pick it up and it rings there. >> yes, sir. they are not answering right now. >> we nicknamed it the bat phone. i was talking to a delegation of the state department. i said bat phone. she went back to washington, d.c., and sent us the batman sticker. we are going to do the midday check right now. [line ringing]
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>> bret: no answer. >> i was hoping they would answer for you, although my mom would never let me live it down. when they don't answer, we have to come down to the border here. we put toes on the border and we shelved messages at them. more times than not they will come down video record the message. it makes sense to somebody in north korea. >> bret: it's kind of a strange process. >> it is, yes, sir. some of the stuff, after six and a half decades, we've reduced it to very elementary level. that is just assisting this place is a place that's open for communication and dialogue. there haven't been talks up here since 2009. there haven't been staff officer level talks since 2013. >> you see the borders represented by these white steaks. the military demarcation line. you notice there is no fences. there are no fences on this de facto border. across the entire peninsula. the only fences around the southern boundary, northern boundary of the dmz which we passed through coming up here. really this is quite an open area. there is nothing physically
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keeping somebody from just walking across. >> bret: if you did. >> you would probably get shot. >> bret: it's estimated there are still some 2 million landmines along the border on the north korean side. in the u.s. commanders say some 70% of the north's militaries positioned along its southern border along the dmz. as we look out, 180 degrees, this is all north korea. >> absolutely. the way we are located right now, we are essentially surrounded on three sides by north korea. the joint security area juts out kind of like a finger into north korea. we are under pretty strict observation at all times. >> he hasn't stopped looking at us. >> i don't think he will, sir.
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>> that is north korean propaganda coming from the propaganda village. you may have seen the flagpoles. >> bret: it's a song we are supposed to like north korea after we hear it? >> absolutely. oddly enough they boastfully had propaganda broadcasts from either side. it stopped in 2004. in 2015, there was a provocative land mine incident up here, and it blew off two infantry division soldiers' legs. ever since then, both sides have been pumping the propaganda again. it can be lovely music like this or it can be speeches. north korea plays at about 20 hours a day. on our side, we do two or three hours a day. anything from news broadcasts to k-pop. they were playing radio free america.
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bon jovi. >> bret: if you need a fox news alert, just let me know. >> right on. you've got it. >> bret: the sound you hear is south korean music, propaganda essentially being blasted into north korea. north korea right over my shoulder. the mountains in the distance, it's estimated north korea has about 1500 artillery pieces positioned in the mountains hidden. if the u.s. were to attack north korea, in seconds, those artillery pieces will be rolled out and they would fire. their target: 25 miles this way, seoul. video of north korean artillery tests tells the story. those 1500 artillery pieces aimed at seoul are the main considerations and limitations to even small targeted u.s. military action in north korea. which brings us back to the time-honored tension in the dmz.
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the arcane maneuvers, the spectacle of both sides bringing tour groups to stare at the opposing country. they have a tour going on right now, and they're waving at us. and so what is that? >> there's a commercial tour. it's very likely made up of, i can see some westerners. i can see some asian folks, a lot of chinese visitors. they will often have north koreans come. a lot of times there are party officials and party members. even american visitors not associated with the government in the military prior to september 1 travel ban. american visitors would go there. my counterpart over there is called major moon. the kid speaks better english than i do. >> bret: is it right? >> yeah. >> bret: the blue buildings built to straddle the border for
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negotiations that haven't been used for that purpose in more than four years. >> in february of 2013, north korea did their third nuclear test. there was a whole bunch of sanctions laid on them. sort of in protest to the sanctions really, they were very verbose about ripping up the armistice and the agreements that came after. >> bret: when was the last time the north koreans were in here? >> for this meeting, may of 2009. the north koreans are in here every day, five or six days a week with tours. much like we have in here right now, we lock the north side door and we bring visitors in. >> bret: if they come down, they lock the south side door. and then a third deal. >> yes, sir. >> bret: technically the line right here is at the table. >> that's it. yes, sir. you follow-up out the windows, the concrete block your mentioning outside.
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that's divided the joint security area. since right around 1976. >> i really believe that it makes sense for north korea to come to the table and to make a deal that's good for the people of north korea and the people of the world. >> bret: the threat from north korea obviously hangs over president trump's entire trip to asia. standing in north korea, will be right back with "special report" after the break.
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♪ >> bret: welcome back to seoul, south korea, where we've been following president trump's trip to asia closely. one of the big topics obviously is the president's agenda about north korea. and how things stand. you just saw our trip to the dm
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dmz. the first line of defense against, the dprk, u.s. pacific command. pacific command covers china to australia and everywhere in between. i spoke with the manage charge of it all, admiral harry harris. i asked him about the current environment in the pacific giving the rhetoric from north korea. >> i view north korea as our most eminent threat, and i think that we should view -- we should move in that direction. our policy is one seeking complete verifiable and permanent denuclearization of the peninsula. i believe that diplomacy has to be the main battery, but that is diplomacy backed by a credible military power.
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>> bret: admiral, north korea hasn't testfired a ballistic missile since september 15. are you seeing indication that they are preparing to do something during president trump's trip? >> i am not going to talk about intelligence issues, nor talk about our capabilities or speculating what could happen. my job is simply to be prepared for all outcomes. >> bret: admiral, you are sending three aircraft carrier battle groups to the korean peninsula. why do that? >> well, let me be precise here. there are three carrier strike groups operating in the western pacific. the specific area they are operating in or going to be operating in, whether it's the sea of japan, the east china sea or south china sea or the philippine sea. that specific body of water
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remains classified. i am not going to talk about precisely where they are operating other than to say they are operating in the western pacific and that it will be the first time in a decade that we've had three carriers operate together. but what they do is they demonstrate a capability that only the united states can put together. that is that we have three carrier strike groups with all of the striking power operating in the western pacific. but of interest to you, i think, and everyone else is the fact that today the united states navy has seven carrier carriers operating at the same time. there are three in the western pacific, two on the west coast of the united states, and their two on the east coast. i think that's an indication of the capability that the united states can bring to bear if the requirement demands it. >> bret: in three years, china is expected to have a navy
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larger than yours. is that a concern for you? >> well, i think it's natural for countries to have a lot of economic power to build a military. that can match that power. i am not so worried about china's military as i'm concerned about what they do with that military. i think that's even more important, or more important than ever, rather, that the united states and china work together on the high seas to avoid a misunderstanding and potential crises that derive from navy's operating together. i think also that when you are talking quality and quantity, i think the quality of the american military capability and
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the sailors that man-hour ships is second-to-none in the world. i think that matters when you're talking about things like this. >> bret: you've had the investigations and collisions. is it wrapped up? are you confident that it doesn't send the signal that the u.s. is not ready in some way based on what transpired over recent months. >> let me start my answer by just acknowledging that the loss of 17 sailors is a giant loss to the joint force. my thoughts and prayers go out to their families and the shipmates that were killed in those collisions. having said that, i believe that the navy is a resilient service and the navy will continue to meet its obligations in meeting
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the commanders requirements. we have seven bm de capable ships forward deployed in the western pacific. that includes the john s. mccain and the fitzgerald, the two involved in the collisions. the navy is sending another ship out. in the spring, they will send another one. we will be back up to the number we had before and that's a good thing. meanwhile, we have the five remaining bmd capable ships. we also have the thaad missile defense system. i am confident we can meet our obligations. i have testified before congress that i do not have the number i need. >> bret: you also testified to
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congress about the fact that the u.s. doesn't have the right kind of intermediate missiles and that's because of a treaty we have signed on with russia. no one else has signed on. can you briefly explain it and how it factors in? >> you are referring to the intermediate nuclear force treaty which was signed in 1988. the height of the cold war. i think anything that is 30 years old, including yours truly, or at least 30 years old, should be reassessed from time to time. i have advocated that we should look at the efficacy of the inf treaty. that said, as the army reported to congress just this march, introducing the capability, intermediate range missile capability in the ground force, would be helpful.
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i agree with the army in that case. so i've suggested that we take a hard look at the inf treaty. that's an area of expertise that well exceeds my capabilities. the experts hopefully will take a look at this and we'll see where it goes. >> bret: admiral harris, we appreciate your time. thanks for your service. >> mr. baier, thanks for your time. >> bret: up next, my interview with the head of the dnc about party unity in the wake of the donna brazile revelations. also the funding of the dossier and what his party looks like going ahead. that's next from seoul, south korea, .
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♪ >> bret: welcome back to seoul, south korea.
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we are following president trump's foreign trip. back home, democrats are dealing with a number of different issues. election night in virginia, hoping for a win, hoping the commonwealth will be a boost for the party facing internal strife after the former head of the democratic national committee wrote a tell-all book attacking the former chair and the 2016 presidential candidate hillary clinton and her campaign. i spoke with tom perez, today's dnc chair, and began by asking about the fallout from donna brazile's new book. >> thank you for the time. >> pleasure to be with you. >> bret: we obviously have a couple big elections tonight. i want to talk to you about the future of your party but obviously also deal with the controversy that's been in the news. donna brazile, they former interim head of the dnc, writing this book in which she says essentially the hillary clinton
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campaign controlled the purse strings and rigged the election. what is the fallout from that and your reaction. >> bret, i have been out on the stump in virginia over the last few days, i put about 700 miles on my car. haven't gotten one question about donna brazile. what i've gotten from voters is unity. they want to move forward. they are concerned about their access to health care. they want to see medicaid expanded. as for me at the dnc, i'm all about making sure we do everything every day to earn the trust of our voters, to make sure we are leading with values and to make sure we are building in america that works for everyone. we are organizing, modernizing. and we are talking and communicating to voters and living our values and personal day. >> bret: mr. chairman, there are some questions about that trust, that you may have lost some with especially that wing of the party, the bernie sanders wing. here is elizabeth warren. >> this the real problem. but what we've got to do as democrats now is we've got to
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hold this party accountable. >> do you agree with the notion it was rigged? stickley asked. >> a senator sanders angry? >> i can tell you i am angry. the rank and file of the democratic party should choose the nominee of the party. not party elites. >> you cannot have a political party in a hotly contest presidential primary being controlled by one of the candidates. >> bret: what do you tell those people who are really angry? >> again, i tell them what i said from the moment i got into this race which is i'm working hard to make sure we build a party that works for everyone, that unites everyone. we've seen the party coming together in places like virginia where we did have a spirited primary and many in the media talked about how that was going to be a bernie-hillary redo. what happened was two great candidates were ran a high road
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campaign. record turnout. the unity has continued. all the way up to election day today. meanwhile on the republican sid side, ed gillespie won by one point. >> bret: we will cover this race and the others very closely tonight. let me ask you about the other controversy that's been stirred up and has also raised questions in that the, the russian investigation continues, part of this is the funding of the dossier and how it started. now we know the clinton campaign and the dnc paid to have this dossier, paid this company fusion gps, who then funds the guy who creates the dossier about trump. no one seems to know how that funding happened. i mean, you say you don't know. debbie wasserman schultz didn't know. robbie mook didn't know. john podesta didn't know. is there anybody tied to the dnc or the hillary campaign who knows? >> i have talked about this issue quite a bit. i wasn't there but as i understand it, you are doing
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opposition research in the course of a presidential campaign. we had a law firm during that research. we were, as i understand, the dnc and the clinton campaign were paying for the research, and as part of the research, they obtained this information. you know, bret, if you are not doing opposition research in a presidential campaign, you are committing malpractice, especially when you're talking about donald trump who had a lot of very, very irregular ties in russia. because he wouldn't release his tax returns or business -- >> bret: why does nobody know? >> we had to do what we had to do. >> bret: it is strange nobody knows how it was funded, how it came to be. seems like there's a big question mark. >> there is no question mark. there was research done. the law firm did the research. we trusted them to do the research. they subcontracted for some of the work. that's the answer to that question. that's what happened. as you know, the initial work
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was done by a conservative organization. the free beacon as i understand it. >> bret: before the christopher steele was hired for the dossier. >> when christopher steele was hired -- >> bret: you see the books. >> i did not see the books in 2016 because i wasn't the chairman. the thing that really would've been strange and wrong is if the democrats didn't do opposition research on donald trump. the republicans did opposition research on donald trump during the primary. >> bret: final thing, a big democratic backer for president obama and hillary clinton, george clooney says the dnc does not have anybody yet who can be donald trump in 2020. can democrats remain competitive in midterms without a clear leader who's going to be developing a base for 2020
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elections? >> we are going to have a bumper crop of candidates in 2020, just as we've had a bumper crop of candidates in 2017 not only for the governorships but up and down the ballots in all the states across the country that have elections. my job is to make sure the process is fair for everybody and that when whoever emerges wins, they have an infrastructure, technology infrastructure, organizing infrastructure that enables them to win. >> bret: mr. chairman, we appreciate your time. we will follow which way your party chooses to go. thanks a lot. >> thank you. >> bret: will have all the coverage of the elections tonight. it could be a close one in virginia. next up, north korea, gun control, and a surprise. the all-star panel from washington reacts with the president is saying on his trip to asia. but you can feel confident in our investment experience around the world.
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♪ >> we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> war must not break out again on the korean peninsula. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself, and for his regime. they will be met with fire and fury. it makes sense for north korea to come to the table and to make a deal. i do see certain movement. >> bret: the president's trip continues and japan, here in south korea and then on to beijing, china, and then you have vietnam in the philippines. obviously north korea and the threat from north korea hanging over this entire trip.
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use our trip to the dmz earlier in the show. let's bring in our panel back in washington. tom bevan, catherine lucy, white house reporter for the associated press, and olivier knox, yahoo! news chief washington correspondent. your thoughts on this trip so far, and beasley the specter of north korea that hangs in the background? >> you've seen one foreign leader who is really managing a relationship trump really well, japanese prime minister shinzo abe. it's notable that he has modulated his message on north korea while in south korea. that of course could change bac back. it's donald trump, he's nothing if not unpredictable. but let's look at the rhetoric, he's gone from talk about fire and fury to maybe there's a possibility of a deal. when he was asked whether he still viewed direct talks is a waste of time, he declined to repeat that set of opinions. he's hinting at prospects for a deal, let's stay tuned. >> bret: catherine.
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>> i think that's right. the comments in south korea were notable, as much for what donald trump didn't say, as whatever he did say. he did not repeat the little rocket man characterization, he did not talk about fire and fur fury. he suggested there was dealmaking to be done. he also obviously talked a lot and both of his first two stops about trade, about wanting to make trade deals, trying to convince, quite publicly, these leaders that they should be buying american goods, buying american military equipment. >> bret: tom, one of the things the president often does is he speaks in sort of a tease, what is coming up next. he did that in his last stop, in which he said his next stop in china, there will be a surprise. sort of like tune into the next episode. we don't know what the surprise is going to be, but clearly this trip is consequential. >> it's consequential, i think it's going well so far.
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if they haven't been any major gaffes. he's done i think a reasonably good job of doing what he set out to do on the trip, which is built support for sanctions. i think that's one of the things you reported, there is some skittishness in the region, particularly in south korea, and i think that's what trump was doing, bringing out the carrot as opposed to the stick, trying to shore up and reassure south korea and get them on board for his future sanctions and bringing them together do something about north korea. he's trying to get people interested and engaged, hence the tease about the big news tomorrow. >> bret: meantime, olivier, you have this other issue, the horrific shooting in texas, and the killings in that church and obviously the issue about gun control, take a listen. >> i wonder if you would consider extreme bedding for people trying to buy a gun. >> if you did what you are suggesting, there would have
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been no difference three days ago. >> how was it that this person who was convicted of domestic abuse by the air force, how do they get through the system and get a gun? >> in this case it should have been reported and put in the database, and that's why we launched at this complete full-scale review. >> bret: olivier? >> i think you are seeing some proposals in congress to tighten the background check procedure. we were seeing some pledges from people close to the pentagon saying we're going to add the information we have to these national databases to prevent people, notably someone like this, spousal and child abuser, from getting firearms. still no dramatic pushing congress for sweeping reversals of gun rights, but still some potentially important movement on background checks. >> bret: i only have a few seconds left and i'm going to go tom, catherine, than olivier. predictions on the governor's race in virginia tonight. putting them on the spot.
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>> it's going to be close. i will say that. that's a copout a little bit, but this is going to be a very, very close, probably one or two points either way and right now it's a toss-up. >> i think the polls have been tight, and if we know anything from last year, if that we shouldn't put too much credence in the polls. i think we will have to stay tuned. >> it's going to make for a really interesting dissection the day after the election to see what pulled which candidate over the top. of some folks are talking about down ballot democrats helping on north and buried them as a last push by donald trump, robo call, some sweets, we will see whether those sway the outcome of the contest. >> bret: i tried to pin you down from seoul, i figured you would help me out, but no-go. panel, thank you very much. we will watch this race very closely and it probably will be tight. some final thoughts from seoul, break. ♪
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>> bret: officially a wrap in south korea, tomorrow we are live in beijing, china. two live shows there. if you want to see the dmz piece we did, just posted it online. full coverage of the elections here on fox news channel, that's it for this special report, fair, balanced and unafraid. here's martha with the rest of the day's coverage. >> martha: amazing show tonight, thank you so much. we pick up "the story" from here. breaking tonight, it is 7:00 p.m. in virginia, where the polls have just closed in a closely watched a gubernatorial race republican ed gillespie and democrat ralph northam. too early at this stage, as we like to say on election night, to predict a winner. fox news voter analysis, which is great stuff that we have put together for you tonight, shows a very close race right now. also in new jersey, democrat phil murphy and republican kim, their race has developed essentially into a referendum on

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