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this has been on twitter for a few days, three days. 6 million views. >> he's got to get the oscar for the most dramatic actor, best actor in a drama. set your dvrs, never miss an episode of "the five." hey, brett. >> bret: hey, that was a good one. president trump announces peace talks with the taliban dead and afghans prepare for renewed violence. congress returns from vacation with impeachment and gun control at the top of the agenda and an update on the devastation in the bahamas from hurricane dorian. this is "special report." ♪ good evening, welcome to washington, i'm bret baier. tonight president trump says he is through talking peace with the taliban, for now. the president is blaming the terror groups continue targeting back in civilians and u.s. troops in violent attacks for the cancellation of a secret meeting this weekend at camp david. meanwhile, there are many people
unhappy with the president for even considering having terror leaders at the camp david retreat just days before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. chief white house correspondent john robert starts us off tonight on the north lawn. good evening. >> good evening to you. if the president had hoped that a meeting with the taliban at camp david could have dragged peace talks across the finish line and finally the united stas to bring u.s. forces home from afghanistan after being there for 18 years. instead, the president says, peace talks are done. >> their dad. if they're dead. as far as i'm concerned, they're dead. >> on his way to a campaign rally in north carolina president trump today saying the taliban threw away any transfer peace with last thursday's car bomb attack. >> when they do that, killed 12 people, one happened to be a great american soldier. a wonderful young man from puerto rico, family is from puerto rico. and you can't do that. you can't do that with me. >> the president canceled the
plan sunday meeting with the taliban and afghan president at camp david. president trump today defending the location and the timing of my just four days before the anniversary of 9/11. >> there have been plenty of so-called "bad people" brought up to camp david for meetings in the alternative was the white house and you wouldn't have been happy with that eithe either. >> there was a split in the administration about bringing the taliban to camp david. sources familiar with the conversation say national security advisor john bolton opposed the idea. some of the president's republican colleagues also questioned it. wyoming congressman liz cheney tweeting "camp david is where america's leaders met to plan our response after al qaeda, supported by the taliban, killed 3,000 americans on 9/11. no member of the taliban should set foot there ever." where the idea of peace with the taliban goes now is unclear, as is the fate of a trump administration immigration policy. today a federal judge reinstated
a nationwide ban on the practice of denying asylum applications from people who traveled through a third country to get to the united states. the policy would have mostly affected people from central america. customs and border protection today announced a dramatic drop in the number of people entering the country illegally in the month of august. 51,000, down 60% from the may high of 144,000. the administration today praising mexico for taking action, but warning things could get worse again. >> even though mexico has stepped up unprecedented, they have joined the united states, we need them to do more. >> acting commissioner mark morgan and president trump both insisting congress needs to act to keep the numbers down. >> we now have much better legal protection and we have total protection if the democrats would get rid of the loopholes and fix asylum. >> and president trump weighing in today on military crewmembers staying at his golf resorts
overseas while on refueling stops. the president insisting he does not need the revenue and will soon issue financial reports to back that up. the president also dismissed as insignificant the vice president's recent stay at his resort in ireland saying mike pence has got family there and has state of the resort in the past before the president bought it. bret. >> bret: john, thank you. we will talk about the taliban negotiations and other matters with house g.o.p. conference chair liz cheney in just a few minutes. 48 state attorneys general plus the district of columbia and puerto rico are teaming up for an investigation into what they are calling "google's potential monopolistic behavior." the announcement follows one from a separate group of states writing about a probe into facebook's market dominance. google has long argued that although its businesses are large, they are useful and beneficial to consumers. stocks were mixed today, the dow was up 38, the s&p 500 lost a
fraction, the nasdaq was down 16. congress is back here in washington tonight. for the house, that means democrats firming up their positions on impeachment, and in the senate, the republican leadership moving forward with confirmation of more federal judges, but also facing increasing pressure for action on some kind of gun control. correspondent kristin fisher and tells where things stand tonigh tonight. >> day one, back from august break in the house judiciary committee is considering formalizing its impeachment probe. chairman jerry nadler announced a vote for thursday to set the rules for future hearings including opening the door to more aggressive questioning of witnesses like corey lewandowski, who is testifying next week. nadler calls the resolution the next step in determining whether to recommend articles of impeachment but republicans accused the chairman of trying to pull a fast one on the american people. >> they know they don't have the votes to go for a full formal impeachment inquiry, which is what the house rules require, so they're doing is trying to change our rules.
>> the efforts hinge on house speaker nancy pelosi. but she's been reluctant to take on impeachment without more public support. instead, she is focused on something the majority of americans do support, background checks for gun purchases. pelosi wants the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell to put the house-passed bill up for a vote. >> we will make this issue too hot for him to handle. >> mcconnell says he won't allow a vote until he knows what the president is prepared to sign. and mcconnell never even mentioned guns in his remarks today on the senate floor. >> i'd like to welcome our colleagues back to the senate. >> but many of his republican colleagues in the house are not coming back after the 2020 election. 13 house republicans are not seeking reelection and it's troubling president trump, who tweeted this advice today. "house republicans should allow chairs of committees to remain for longer than six years. the dems have unlimited terms. while that is exit its own problem, it is a better way to go." but house minority leader kevin mccarthy tried to spin the
republican revolving door as a positive. >> we have a transformation that's happening in the republican party with new blood coming in it's only going to make the team stronger and i know that that's what's going to carry us to the new majority. >> on top of these impeachment investigations and gun control, congress also needs to pass spending bills to fund the government, and they only have about three weeks left to do it before the government shuts down once again. >> bret: kristin fisher up on capitol hill, thank you. ♪ and america's election headquarters tonight, president trump says the three men challenging him for the republican nomination next year are a "laughingstock and a joke." he's taken particular interest in the latest candidate to announce a run. if peter doocy has that story for us tonight. >> the democratic primary field has been shrinking. the republican primary field is growing as mark sanford joins bill weld and joe walsh as a republican trying to wrestle the
nomination away from the president. >> i'm saying you never know. >> but it's tough to announce a primary challenge when her home the primary. the house republican party announced their -- president trump's record of results, the decision was made to save south carolina taxpayers over $1.2 million and forgo an unnecessary primary. president trump piled on with at least alluding to sanford's affair with a "flaming dancer friend," and then this. >> at the tallahassee trail or appalachian trail. he's the appalachian trail, right? the tallahassee trail is nice too but i think it was the appalachian trail. but he wasn't on the appalachian trail. he was in argentina. >> at this point sanford doesn't believe the attention on his infamous extramarital affair is fair game. >> in contrast to the president where he says there's not a single thing that he sort of regrets or apologizes for, i profoundly apologize for that. >> kamala harris is apologizing
too for not quickly condemning the supporter's use of the r word. >> what are going to do in the next one year to diminish the mentally -- >> well said. >> she clarifies with the tweet. "i didn't hear the words that the man used in the moment but if i had i would have stopped and corrected him. i'm sorry." 1 of 8 democratic candidates appearing new at promoting the hashtag gun safety. >> it is time for action. >> in a bold way. >> save thousands of lives. >> the campaign believes gun control is a way to win with young democrats but his campaign continues to focus more on electability and he's undeterre undeterred. >> donald trump is reelected -- freudian slip. >> slips have indented his solid lead and there's another one tonight, because he -- for a time he defended his vote for
the iraq war but last week told npr he was opposed to the war as soon as shock and awe started. trying to clean it up telling "the washington post" he misspoke about his immediate opposition. bret. >> bret: peter, thank you. i will be in houston for the debate this thursday hosting the 6:00 p.m. hour and then back at 11:00 p.m. eastern. all the reaction after that latest debate. in a few minutes the president will host a campaign rally for the republican candidate for one of two open house seats in north carolina. if the special there is tomorrow and one of the races may have implications for beyond the tar heel state. correspondent jonathan serrie tells us why tonight. >> on tuesday, voters in north carolina's ninth district may finally get representation in congress. if state officials ordered the new election after allegations of fraud emerge in the 2018 contest in which democrat dan mccready lost to republican mark harris by 905 votes.
in a district that president trump won by 12 point points, mccready's no republican challenger, dan bishop, faces a tight race. >> there was a previous campaign my opponent has been running for 27 months they have flooded the zone with hard left money. >> dan mccready, supported by liberal democrats pushing free health care for illegals. >> bishop is trying to tie mccready to national democrats opposed to president trump's agenda. >> good luck to them trying to call a capitalist who's built a business from scratch a socialist. >> a marine veteran and business owner, mccready has made health care and other kitchen table issues the center of his campaign. >> i work across the aisle to cut taxes for the middle class and strengthen our public schools. >> both republicans and democrats are using this race to test their messaging for 2020. mccready got the endorsement of former vice president joe biden. today, vice president pence and president trump are campaigning for bishop buried >> i got involved about two weeks ago and the numbers have gone way up. i think it's a very good chance
of winning the election. >> showing solidarity with the president's agenda is important for many district nonvoters. >> i received a questionnaire from trump's campaign group. everything on there i agree with. i just hope that bishop supports it. >> others are ready for a new direction which they see in mccready. >> i think that's what we need. we need young people with good, young ideas. >> this being a special election in september, voter turnout is expected to be low, so who shows up at the polls is going to be key. president trump is hoping tonight's rally in fayetteville will shore up enough support fa republican victory. >> bret: jonathan, thanks. you can see that rally here on fox news channel tonight buried let's talk about the issues with a number of republican house. congresswoman liz cheney. thanks for being here varied
>> thanks for having me. >> bret: i want to start with something you rode about and are concerned about and that is the taliban peace talks. how do you think it got to the point where they were actually going to come to camp david, and how concerned are you that it got that far? >> well, i think the important things to look at what actually transpired and what is transpired now is the president had done exactly the right thing. this president has shown that he's willing consistently to walk away from bad deals. he walked away from the nuclear deal with iran, the inf treaty. this is a president who has demonstrated his willingness and his ability and determination not to be let the united states be taken advantage of. and i think what you see now with the announcement that the talks are dead, the announcement that they've been canceled, is the president demonstrating that he fully understands the taliban cannot be a partner for peace and that the united states should not be in a position where we are putting our security in their hands. >> bret: he also said that they should never be at camp david, ever. >> that's right.
i would not have them at camp david. i would not have them in united states. i think it's crucially important that we recognize what is at stake in afghanistan. and what the president has done is he has that i'm not going to make a situation where the united states have to put our counterterrorism responsibilities and obligations in the hands of the taliban. we have to prevent safe havens. it's very important that we recognize the importance of that, particularly as we get here again, close to the anniversary of 9/11. there are over 20 foreign terrorist organizations operating in afghanistan and pakistan today. it's the highest concentration of terrorist organizations anywhere in the world and our responsibility and the president's response to billy, fully knows, is to make sure they cannot form safe havens to launch attacks against us. >> bret: but yet he also was very adamant that u.s. troops are coming home and he would like to see eventually all u.s. troops come home and he is drawing down to 8600. >> i think with the president has been adamant about and what you've seen both with the
strategy that he laid out in 2017 as well as with his determination to end these talks now, he's not going to repeat the mistakes we saw barack obama made. he's not going to withdraw. the taliban has not ever separated itself from al qaeda. they fight hand-in-hand with al qaeda, they hauled worked on al qaeda. we shouldn't be, and that's why i'm very glad the president said these talks are dead, we're not going to be negotiating with them. you can't trust the taliban. we've been talking to the taliban for years. the notion that we think somehow -- -- >> bret: summit he thought it buried >> it's wrong, we shouldn't be doing it. and i'm very glad to see the president took the comportment t courageous steps that each of. >> bret: you're back in session. what is possible in the republican side? you're in the minority. what, working with the senate
leadership, can get done? >> we are going to fight very hard every single day to make sure people across this nation understand how important it is that we fight against socialism. when you look at the agenda that the democrats have put forward while nancy pelosi has been speaker, across the board, you've seen, whether it's green new deal, whether it's medicare for all, whether it's all the efforts that they've made to fundamentally violate american constitutional rights, whether at their embrace of anti-semitism, this is a very radical congress. any candidate that is out there, you just did a piece on north carolina, any candidate in the democratic party that's out there saying they're going to work across the aisle and work in a bipartisan fashion, i would earn their constituents not to believe that. instead to look at what's actually happening here in washington, which is a democratic party in the house that is totally captured, totally held hostage by the addenda of the most radical numbers of the house. >> bret: they do have an agenda. the poll on gun issues, required background checks, support, 89%.
red flag laws, 86%. you see the ticking down there and here is the house speaker talking about what she's going to do. >> we are not taking no for an answer. we are not going away. if this bill is not passed, mitch mcconnell and the republicans in the senate and the president will have hell to pay. >> bret: your response to that, do you think senate republicans are going to act? >> i think we are doing everything possible to keep this nation safe. as a mother, certainly i'm very concerned about safety of kids in schools, but i watch the democrats time and time again play political games with these issues. use these horrific tragedies that we see for their own political purposes with no regard at all to america's constitutional rights. the second amendment is an individual right and i can absolutely assure you that the president -- that mr. mcconnell, leader mcconnell, leader mccarthy, all of us in the house and the republican party will not do
anything that's going to violate america's constitutional right. >> bret: a few more quick things, the congressional budget just came out, the deficit has topped a trillion dollars in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2019, that's 168 billion more than last time this time. october 1st is the new fiscal year. has the republican party lost all of its fiscal concern about deficit and debt? >> we are very concerned about it. i think it's a huge issue. there are two huge issues really that face this nation, one is the national security set of thoughts and one is the data. and i think in order for us to deal with the debt we have to recognize 72%, 73% of the spending every year is mandatory spending. it's on autopilot and because of this thing called the budget control act, which is misnamed, democrats demanded increased domestic spending whatever we want to do anything like the president has done and committed to do, increased defense spending. i think we need to appeal that anything we need to have a very firm focus on, in a bipartisan manner, with leadership from the white house, how we are going to deal with the deficit.
if these are ticking time bombs for the nation. >> bret: congresswoman, thanks for being here. up next, the latest and the devastation in the bahamas from hurricane dorian. here's what some of the fox affiliates around the country are covering. fox 5 in atlanta, as rescuers have plucked all four south korean crewmembers from an overturned cargo ship, the ship capsized early morning off the coast. they lifted 20 people into helicopters before rescuers determined the smoke and flames and unstable cargo made it too risky to venture inside further. fox 32 in chicago with another violent weekend in that city. at least 34 people were shot, six of them fatally. among the victims, a 17-year-old girl that was shot three times in the head and multiple times in the body. sunday on the southside of chicago. and this is a live look at los angeles from our affiliate, fox 11. the big story there tonight, authorities are now conducting a criminal probe into the fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people off the california coast. search warrants were served
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>> bret: the death toll in the bahamas from hurricane dorothy is living to 45 but it's expected to climb much higher. correspondent steve harrigan infrequent looks at some of the horrors left behind for the living after that storm. >> trying to escape from the devastated islands of the northern bahamas by ferry can mean days in line, price gouging, and the demand for documents that for many were destroyed in the storm. >> at the last minute, like this, it was kind of disappointing. watching my daughters cry. >> i think it's terrible. i think they should allow everyone to come in and now they're taking that back. that's really ridiculous. >> u.s. officials deny changing the visa entry roles and blame the ferry operator for not properly coordinating evacuation efforts with the u.s. embassy. but the president also said caution is warranted on accepting bahamian refugees. >> we have to be very careful.
everybody needs totally proper documentation. i don't want to allow people that weren't supposed to be in the bahamas to come into the united states, including some very bad people. >> for those too weak to leave, help arrived by air ambulance. stroke victims, pregnancies, this woman needs a cardiac procedure. an old chevy, the driver paid by barter, three gas cans and a generator for his service. in this house, an 11-year-old girl sent a text or help to paramedics at the height of the storm. it reads in part, "this is the little girl who spoke with you earlier. the water is 4 feet from the roof. we need help urgently. please hurry before nightfall, there are six of us, we have life vests on, we need help, please hurry." because of the intensity of the storm, first responders were not able to come.
the girl's body was discovered five days later buried alongside the body of her father. for other family members are still missing. bret. >> bret: steve harrigan in freeport, thank you. up next, we will go live to london where the clock is ticking and lawmakers are bellowing over brexit. first, beyond our borders tonight. british airways says it has had to cancel almost all flights as a result of a pilot's 48 hour strike over pay. if the company says its offered pilots a pay raise of 11.5% over three years, but the union says its members want a bigger share of the company's profits. the united nations atomic watchdog is confirming iran is moving ahead with preparations to start using more advanced centrifuges. it is the latest breach of the limitation set in the unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. iran had announced the move as it tries to pressure europe to find a way to sell crude oil abroad despite u.s. sanctions. an elephant taking part in a
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>> bret: new battles on the floor of parliament, lawmakers in the british caller meant once again debating the prime minister's latest effort to call for a new election over the brexit controversy. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot is live tonight in london. good evening, greg. >> hey, bret. it is a late night at ukraine's parliament with the future of the country hanging in the balance. if the house of commons is shortly set to be suspended for some five weeks, and battled conservative minister boris johnson vending of parliamentary rules to give him more room to get britain out. before that tonight, however, johnson will be trying again to get an early election. the debate is happening right now. here is a bit of what johnson and labor leader, opposition leader jeremy corbyn had to say today. >> of course we must get brexit
done because the u.k. must come out on october the 31st. by october the 31st, or else i fear that permanent damage will be done in the u.k. >> i think we have to make it very, very clear that we will expect the prime minister to abide by the details and the specifics of the law that has been passed. >> in fact, earlier today, the queen gave her royal assent to a bill that requires johnson to request an extension of three months beyond the october 31st deadline if a deal is not reached. johnson today -- tonight is saying he really wants a deal, but he's also saying he won't ask for that delay. the emphasis, the possibility of a no deal, a hard brexit, is the reason given by another top conservative politician, amber rudd, took with the government, this after 2,000 so-called rebels were stripped of their party affiliation last week.
>> order. order. >> also deciding to quit today, speaker of the house john burke out. he's announced he's stepping down for family reasons. his comments, as we all know, have been alive in the sessions, his final words, respect the government process. "we degrade this parliament at our own peril. it's not over yet. >> bret: greg palkot live in london. thank you. continue to watch that. meantime, officials in hong kong aligned with the ruling chinese government say it is time to restore order in the troubled territory. the statement comes as pro-democracy demonstrators continue to stage large protests, prompting china to warn the u.s. to stay out of it. chief correspondent jonathan hunt is in hong kong again tonight. >> week 15 of the hong kong protests began with schoolchildren across the city joining hands to show support for the pro-democracy movement.
it showed its strength sunday with a huge march to the u.s. consulate as protesters appeal to president trump to "liberate hong kong," and pleaded with united states congress to pass a bipartisan hong kong human rights and democracy act, which would protect the region's autonomy. even as the hong kong authorities warned the u.s. not to meddle in its affairs. after the peaceful consulate march, several hundred protesters broke off and began attacking subway stations and other hong kong infrastructure. an exercise in futility, according to some pro-beijing lawmakers. >> you have some young people who think they are taking part in the revolution, which i think is just a fantasy and i hope will bring them to understand the reality that we are part of china and that independence is not an option. >> end of the clock ticks down to the 70th anniversary of the
founding of communist china, fears grow that beijing will not allow that party to be disrupted and if the protests continue, the chinese army might yet intervene. bret. >> bret: jonathan hunt in hong kong, thank you. president trump says peace talks with the taliban are dead. we will get reaction from the panel when we come back. ♪ [dogs barking and whimpering] [dogs whimpering] ♪ the all-new 2020 ford explorer limited hybrid. can tow up to 5000 lbs and has an epa-estimated range of 500 miles per tank. it's the greatest exploration vehicle of all time. doprevagen is the number oneild mempharmacist-recommendeding? memory support brand.
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♪ >> i like the idea of meeting. i've met with a lot of bad people and a lot of good people during the course of the last almost three years. it was my idea and it was my idea to terminate it. i didn't discuss it with anybody else. their dad. as far as i'm concerned, they're dead. >> the afghan nation has already said there are no limitations from negotiations but peace is not unconditional, but now negotiations without cease-fire
are impossible. >> one trump takes over, things get messed up. for the u.s. to meet with the taliban and not of the leader of afghanistan met with the taliban is something that's doomed to failure. >> bret: while the talks with the taliban are off. there were going to be talks apparently at camp david. never materialized. the taliban putting out a statement afterward that this had been all kind of shut down saying this will harm america more than anyone else. it will damage its reputation, unmask its anti-peace policy for the world even more, increase the loss of life and present its political interactions as erratic. such reactions to -- displays lack of composure and experience. our previous 18 year resistance should have proven to america that we will accept nothing less than the complete end of occupation and allowing afghans to decide their own fate. those of the folks that we are negotiating with. let's bring in our panel. chris stirewalt, politics editor here at fox news. a.b. stoddard, associate editor
at real clear and mollie hemingway, senior editor at the outer list. that statement was almost like it was just one attack. >> just one attack. sometimes you just have some attacks and learn to live with it. the reality for the united states in afghanistan, you look at it in one of two ways but probably the best way to look at it for everybody if this is where we are careful about what countries we invade because the pottery barn rule, you break it, you bought it, and 18 years later we are still there and there isn't a clear or obvious way that we can get out that both honors the sacrifice of the americans who were there before and also is a safeguard against future attacks. so this is why we have a cautious foreign policy. if this is why it's good to have cautious clinical foreign polic policy. >> bret: here's president trump defending. >> i said i don't like the concept of having at the white house, that would be a step too far. there've been many very powerful meetings at camp david having to do with enemies, real enemies, very big enemies, war, and i thought camp david would be good, and i still do.
>> bret: combat veteran u.s. senator tammy duckworth put out a statement just a few minutes ago, president trump's failed efforts to honor the taliban with a personal invitation to camp david was a slap in the face of all americans, especially those affected by the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11. she goes on to say though that there should be negotiations with the taliban, it just shouldn't be there. >> right, people say more scandalized by the attempt to end an 18 year war with afghanistan than they are defining this from 18 years. fighting the revolutionary war, civil war and world war ii combined and then some. it is true that we have met with people at camp david who are unsavory. yasser arafat was there. i'm not sure what people think should happen with these negotiations, but generally speaking when you're negotiating an end to a war, you negotiated with the people you're at war with. >> bret: there is a war, or there was apparently, over the six decision in the white house.
john bolton, others have said vice president pence had pushed back and it was a pushback about that reporting. but i believe it was a decision that caused some angst inside the walls. >> the response to this is among most republicans, congresswoman cheney made a point of saying she's so glad that it got canceled and she never wanted them anywhere near camp david. once you move beyond the rank hypocrisy of what we sat at this table criticizing obama for, telegraphing to the enemy. all this stuff, he never had to tell people about this stunt that caused all this consternation that was going to cause a lot of controversy with his within his own party, fellow americans, fellow members of the service, everything. he then told us it was canceled and throughout the reporting we learned that once again it's not this is an unserious and dysfunctional process, because
it is, it's his disdain to process, the methodical deliberate process, most sensitive and critical missions is really reckless. it's always like this -- trump makes a last-minute decision. that's what makes it so dangerous. >> i think you're giving a good example but i was talking about. people say more upset about ending this than the fact that we are in year 18. when you go to war unit of a clear objective -- >> making a big point about how dysfunctional processes. >> you need to achieve at -- >> are not talk the afghanistan war. i'm talking about why people are upset over the weekend. >> people are scandalized by the fact that we went to war with the country. we actually achieved our objection. >> negotiating with afghanistan or the taliban. >> we want to make sure they had not the ability to attack us. we actually achieved that we have so many people that have so many reasons why we had to stay year after year, decade after decade. and that is the thing people are most upset about.
>> bret: she's talking process, you're talking war. the bottom line is where is the next step? of the united states doesn't have a way out of afghanistan. there is no way that i can see that happening in any sort of a politically practical way. we have drastically reduced the exposure of our fighting men and women who are over there and it seems like are probably stuck for the foreseeable future and it's not a war, it's a quiet occupation, quasi-partnership that we are doing. it's achy and people aren't happy with it but they would be a lot more unhappy if they got out in a disjointed way. >> bret: just to put up the numbers, there are 14,000 troops in afghanistan currently. the president wants to bring it down to 5,000 eventually, it's down to 8600 soon. total number of u.s. troops that have served there, peaked in 2011 with 110,000 troops. since 2001, 2,296 troops have
died in the two operations. of 20,543 troops have been wounded. current cost $892 billion in the future cost of the war including u.s. conflicts in the middle east, $1.8 trillion. those are facts, those are numbers. we will leave it there. there's much more to talk about. next up we will talk about who president trump is calling the three stooges. ♪ what might seem like a small cough can be a big bad problem for your grandchildren. babies too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough
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♪ >> i don't know them. i don't know them. one was a person that voted for obama. >> mr. trump with his one-word platforms, hoax, wall, he doesn't really want to conversation. >> another one got thrown out after one term in congress and he lost in a landslide. >> heaven help this country. it look, i've been very blunt. i think he's unfit to be president. >> and the third one, mr. tallahassee trail or appalachian trail, he wasn't on the appalachian trail. he was in argentina. >> in contrast to the president when he says there's not a single thing that he sort of regrets or apologizes for, i profoundly apologize for that. >> bret: that there are g.o.p. challengers. there are three of them now and that includes bill weld, former massachusetts governor. bill walsh, saw him there, formula my congressman and mark
sanford, former south corona governor. it doesn't seem with an approval rating of 80 plus percent in the republican party that these guys have much chance against the president. >> no, and they know that. i think that the goal of bill weld and walsh are to just try to get enough attention to sort of damage the president. this isn't a serious endeavor. mark sanford is really running a different playbook here were he wants to remake the republican party and have it return to its fiscal rectitude, which is completely lost so no one is listening to them about what a real republican should be buried he also indicated in the past few weeks that he would vote for the president over a democrat so i think is going to get less attention, which is the goal of bill weld and joe walsh essentially, to run out there like anthony scaramucci, getting a lot of tv interviews and i don't think it's going to work very well, but none of them believe that they are going to actually take him on. >> i think it does point to just
the failure of the never-term movement, which has for years been working towards this goal of having a credible candidate that they could run in a g.o.p. primary to weaken the president. basically the problem is that this is one of the most topical group republican presidents in his party in our day. >> bret: why then cancel the primary schematic >> well because they understand of the whole is to weaken the president and help democrats win and usually the republican party doesn't want to help democrats win elections so if they can save money, save people time and we can a tight race, that's what the party would do buried >> bret: chris. >> i do think what south carolina did today looked a little splash stick. they canceled the primary, put out a statement attacking sanford, their former governor. it was a little much. it was a little too much. i think for trump this cuts both ways. if there's an upside for it not for voters who hate people like the ones that mollie was just
recuperating, people who despise those folks, this primary challenge gives them some place engage, right? hating on mark sanford is something for those folks to do buried it's not a credible threat to trump's nomination, but it's a way that when things get boring and the democratic races were all the attention is, may be having a fight over there actually helps trump in some way but on the other hand, if i were trump, i don't think i would be engaging with these guys. i think i've just been ignoring them buried >> bret: must've left of the source. i like that. this is kamala harris in a bit of a slip up over the past couple of days. >> what is going to do in the next one year to diminish the mentally -- action of this guy? >> well said. >> it was not something that i really heard or processed or, you know, or in any way condone. >> bret: well said.
>> it's bizarre to say that something that you said was well said was something that you didn't hear. it is true that sometimes you have things that are being thrown at you, but i think really it just speaks to their are a few candidates for whom there is such a disparity between potential and actuality is kamala harris. on paper she checks all the right boxes. she should be strong, but she's having trouble connecting. >> bret: trees falling down. >> she has made more mistakes than any other candidate. joe biden is old, at times he seems way too old, he says things that aren't true or sound foolish, but she makes a mistake after mistake after mistake. she is so not ready for this and mollie is right, her fabulousness never matched what people thought was potential. never match what she really has. she's a lawyer, a very accomplished person, which is not a candidate. she didn't do serious policy work in health care, the number one issue two democrats, and she has just fallen -- i mean, it's her fault. it's not like she got bad media or other candidates were jumping on her. this is all on her.
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preventing more deaths. thank you for your service. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid, "the story," hosted by martha maccallum starts right now. hi, martha. >> martha: hey there, brad. a big election tomorrow in north carolina. so important to the president that he will be there tonight to try to pull republican dan bishop over the finish line. the vice president has taken the stage there as you can see and we are going to go take some of the slide when the president is up there and he begins speaking. he will likely talk about a number of hot stories tonight: perhaps on congress to act now that they are back from their recess on, among other things, usmca, the trade agreement with mexico and canada that is actually a far bigger piece of business in terms of trade than china is with the united states. so that will be front and center. also, guns very much in a conversation tonight after four