tv Americas Newsroom With Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith FOX News September 20, 2019 6:00am-9:00am PDT
>> see you. love you all. love you all. >> bill: this is a fox news alert. you are south port where the president and first lady are welcoming scott more son and his wife, jenny. >> bill: 9:00 in new york city. president trump about to welcome to australian prime minister. the administration locks horns with democrats over its refusal to share a whistleblower complaint. we'll take you to the story and let you know what we think we know at the moment. i'm bill hemmer. big welcome to you, julie. >> three hours. i'm julie banderas in for sandra smith. lots going on today. new reports claiming the phone call at the center of the controversy appears to involve the ukraine. president trump calling the whole thing fake news but house democrats are already threatening legal action. >> bill: this is clear. both sides are locked in
another battle with one another. >> this is a clear example of someone that is part of the deep state, somebody part of the deep state in the intelligence community, taking advantage of this whistleblower procedure and trying to create this firestorm. >> the whole point of the whistleblower statute is to encourage those to report but have a legal mechanism to do so the director of national intelligence has made the decision not to share the complaint with congress. >> we've seen this before. the democrats, adam schiff get all spun up and say the president did something wrong. when the facts come out it is the opposite. the president didn't do anything wrong and they were spinning this whole thing up. >> john roberts tops the hour for us and live from the north lawn this morning. >> we're on the south lawn of the white house where the ceremony welcoming for the state visit will happen any minute here as soon as hail to the chief and it's time for us
to go. but first of all the president in addition to the preparing for the state visit thinking about this whistleblower story himself tweeting the radical left democrats and fake news media partners headed up by adam schiff and batting 0 are at it again. they think i may have had -- strange with so many other people knowing of the respectful conversation they would not have also come forward. do you know the reason why they did not? there was nothing said wrong. it was pitch perfect. according to a report in the "washington post", ukraine was the issue here. it was the subject of a whistleblower's complaint to the intelligence community inspector general and something about president trump making a promise to a foreign leader in a phone call to a foreign leader. that complaint was lodged august 12. july 25th president trump had a phone call with the new
ukrainian president. we do not know what was said in that phone call. democrats have been investigating it to find out whether the president and rudy giuliani had inappropriately been reaching out to ukraine for help with the reelection campaign. giuliani said he was looking for help from the ukrainians but to beat back false charges against the president and also involve joe biden. >> in the course of investigating that i found out this incredible story about joe biden, that he bribed the president of the ukraine in order to fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son. that is an astounding scandal of major proportions which all of you have covered up for about five or six months. >> you did ask ukraine to look into joe biden. >> of course i did. >> the inspector general would
not disclose the contents of the complaint. adam schiff adamant that he wants to see it. listen here. >> if it comes down that we have to go to court to get this, that we will have a very good case to seek a temporary restraining order or some urgent form of release. the inspector general said this cannot wait. >> the president and prime minister morrison have a press conference in a little while at the white house. we expect the president will be asked about that. we're waiting for the official arrival ceremonies. this first state visit of an australian prime minister since turnbull back in 2006. a lot to talk about in the bilateral meetings. security and economics, china, cleaning up the oceans. a very busy day at the white house. >> what day is not busy for you at the white house? thank you very much. >> bill: want to bring in dan henninger, wall street junior
deputy editor. john points out there will be a lot of news at the white house. first your take on the whistleblower story? >> whistleblower seems to be chapter 4 or 5 in the continuing democratic effort to basically take down the president. it rolls all the way back to the russian collusion story which they ran with for about 18 months. that didn't go anywhere. they quickly pivoted after the mueller report to obstruction. then they were subpoenaing the president's taxes and resurrecting the stormy daniels story and now we're into the whistleblower strategy. you know, bill, i think there is an interesting -- this smash face between the president and house democrats involves the democrats themselves. a lot of moderate democrats in the house have begun to meet with nancy pelosi saying all of
this emphasis on impeachment, investigating the president is beginning to damage our prospects back in districts where we took those districts away from the republicans. these moderates want to talk about things like healthcare, infrastructure, want to start achieving some things they can take back to their constituents and they think this constant obsessive attention on the president and impeachment and now this whistleblower thing is beginning to damage their prospects of holding the house. so a more interesting story is the building tension among the democrats. but people like adam schiff and jerry nadler seem to be simply blowing past all that. >> bill: in the meantime it's a beautiful day in washington, d.c. with the first lady and the president now out. prime minister scott morrison and his wife jenny will be only the second state visit. the other one was macron from france to the white house as we see the reception there on the south lawn.
there are issues in common here such as president more son's election that was a shocker to a lot of people in australia. president trump will tell you that he predicted it and saw it coming. but there are other issues, too, like china trade, it appears australia is on the same side in this administration pushing back with china and the longstanding alliance in the war on terror going back to september of 2000 16789 >> i think scott morrison and the president will hit it off. only the second state dinner the president would have held for a national leader. scott morrison as you were suggesting. it was a remarkable victory. he did go straight at the greens in australia who thought they were carrying the day down there. scott morrison very famously when he was in parliament walked in with a big chunk of coal and said to people don't
be afraid of this. this is just coal. and as you know the president is a big defender of coal miners in the united states. and so he won. he defeated the greens and in addition to that, scott morrison has pursued a fairly stringent policy on immigration in australia. that is a change in direction. so he is in sync with the president on that as well. >> bill: let me come back to that idea. later today he is with pompeo and mike pence for lunch. over the weekend they traveled together to ohio and they will visit an australian-owned paper factory. what's that message, do you think, trade? >> it really is trade. china is australia's biggest trading partner. obviously prime minister morrison is interested in the president trump getting a trade deal with china.
as well, bill, there is another aspect to all this and that is brexit. as we know, president trump has promised if they can do brexit, he is interested in pursuing a free trade deal with the u.k. but that free trade deal generally includes pulling in the other anglo countries, that would be australia into a free trade deal. i don't have any doubt that prime minister morrison will be raising that possibility with president trump and just trying to find out where his thinking is on the possibility of a post brexit free trade deal involving those countries. >> bill: mulvaney, pence and others. let's listen to these world leaders. the state dinner tonight is scheduled to be held in the rose garden. which will be a stunning night in washington, d.c. let's listen from the white house. >> followed by the national
>> bill: picked the right day in september, didn't they? a glorious day on the south lawn. want to share a lot of pageantry that goes along with this with the marine band and the national anthem from both countries, 19 gun salute in a moment and watching the inspection of the troops nou. we'll get remarks from prime minister morrison and donald trump. there is an oval office meeting in the 10:00 a.m. eastern hour. we'll get joint remarks then. in the 11:00 a.m. eastern hour we'll carry that for you as well. you made an interesting point. climate change is hotly debated in this democratic primary. the campaign season already as you well know. how -- think about australia and the great outdoors and outback and the great barrier reef. how was he able to sell the
idea of coal, which environmentalists would consider unclean energy. >> the fact he was able to sell it has fascinating political indications. aussies are ultimately a very practical-minded people and i should also note that after this iranian oil incident and what the iranians have been doing in the straits of hormuz the australians are helping guard the strait of hormuz. they're aware of the importance of keeping the world's oil supply up and running and the near term future will be dependent on fossil fuels. that is kind of the key issue here. the democrats are proposing to back out fossil fuels by 2025 or 2035 and go to alternatives like sun and wind.
and i think the message of the scott morrison victory in australia is if you present the realities of that to an electorate weather in australia or the united states a lot of people are discome fitted by the act of going off fossil fuels, including coal, in such a short period of time because they're concerned about the reliability of their electricity system and the power grid. so i don't doubt that president trump is going to ask scott morrison exactly how he prosecuted that campaign in australia because for sure mr. trump is going to do the same thing here in the united states. he is going to go straight after the democrats' plans to eliminate fossil fuels within the next 9 or 10 years. >> bill: the past week there was an emphasis on the american southwest and west, a rally in
new mexico, fundraisers in california and the border visit two days ago. there was intent on this visit, to emphasize some of the issues he considers to be significant to his reelection campaign. it was clear this past week, dan. >> well, i think the biggest issue is the economy and jobs. remarkable american jobs machine. the numbers, when you get into the data, showing what has happened to, say, lower income women, black women, hispanic women, their employment rates are at all-time lows, the president is traveling into states like new mexico were thought not to be reachable for a republican presidential candidate and he is making the case that his policies have led to simply creating economic opportunities for people at the lower end of the income scale and most of the labor department and census bureau
data indicates it has happened. you can expect this president to simply drive that issue, that achievement over and over again. it should have some resonance. it is especially notable, bill, the democratic candidates will not talk about the jobs picture in the united states. they're trying to pretend it doesn't exist. >> bill: dan henninger with me. we get the 21 gun salute and comments by both world leaders. the state dinner tonight falls to melania trump, the first lady. i expect it will be quite exquisite at the white house this evening. you touched on the issues in the strait of hormuz and with iran. critical decision that needs to be made at some point within the next week or 10 days. that's this, how does saudi arabia respond to an attack on its own country? iran denies it. just yesterday their foreign minister said you attack us we'll consider it an act of war. how then do you build the
alliance and the support here in new york next week during the united nations general assembly to get the support you need to take what appropriate action against iran? >> well, that's going to be a challenge. secretary of state pompeo is on his way back from the middle east. he was in abu dhabi yesterday. it is our understanding there will be a meeting at the white house today of the president and his national security advisors and national security team. bear in mind, bill, this is probably the first time since the attack that the entire national security team has sat down to discuss alternatives. that would include the new national security advisor robert o'brien. so they've been collecting options. they say everything is on the table. the president has been making remarks about this as he will. he said at one point he wants a
coalition of nations under the auspices of the united nations. he doesn't want to go to war. we're capable of doing anything. to this point it's been a little confusing what direction the united states is going to take. i suspect after this meeting today there will probably proceed first of all with more sanctions against some of the iranians. iran presumably wants to come to the united nations next week. something i would throw out as a possibility u.s. suspending visas for those iranians trying to visit the u.n. keep them out of the country. that would be a pretty striking thing to do. >> bill: there was a suggestion yesterday that might be the case. we'll stand by for more on that, dan, whether or not it happens. want to drop back in here and just share the moment with our viewers as we watch together. >> president trump: thank you.
prime minister morrison, mrs. morrison, members of the australian delegation, and distinguished guests, today we celebrate the long cherished and unwavering friendship between the united states and australia. the first lady and i are honored to welcome you and jennifer to the white house and we look forward to hosting you for a state dinner tonight in the rose garden. it will be quite something. the unbreakable bond between america and australia is rooted in eternal ties of history, culture, and tradition. last year our nations commemorated 100 years of mateship since our galant service members fought together in world war i. today we vow the carry on the righteous legacy of our
exceptional alliance. the close relationship between our two countries dates back to the earliest days of the american republic. in 1792 during george washington's first term, the american ship philadelphia became the first foreign trading vessel to enter an australian port. in the coming decades american prospectors, whalers and merchants traveled to australia for opportunity and adventure. they found in your people a kindred spirit, americans and aussies are loyal, bold, independent, and very, very resilient. with incredible optimism and grit, our forefathers built homes and nations in lands of endless beauty and possibility. together we share common customs, common values, common dreams, and common heroes.
in the first world war, our bond was sealed in blood at the battle in france. in the words of an australian general the events that took place there live forever in the anals of our respective nations. the general led the operation and began the offensive on the fourth of july, 1918 to honor the americans under his command. on that independence day, the mighty aussie and american forces charged uphill to push the enemy from the high ground and retake strategically vital towns. in just 93 minutes they liberated the village and helped turn the tide on the western front. it went very, very quickly. as the general later wrote, the
americans were ever after received by the australians as blood brothers. since that day australians and americans have fought together side-by-side in every major conflict. in world war ii, the aussies held the line against rommel for eight harrowing months. they sacrificed our sailors. during the battle of corral sea and 75 years ago aussie pilots pat rolled the skies on d-day as we battled together to defeat the nazis and rescue civilization. the united states and australia formalized security alliance in 1951 and in 2001 right here at the white house our nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of that treaty.
the next morning, september 11th, america was attacked and australia invoked the treaty's mutual defense commitment for the first time ever. in the weeks that followed, as our beloved sons and daughters deployed to defend our freedom, we took comfort in knowing they would have australian warriors right by their side. today on national prisoner of war, missing in action recognition day we pledge to forever honor our service members captured or still missing from battle throughout our history. we work and pray for the day when all of our heroes return home. on behalf of every american i extend my profound thanks to the people of australia for sacrificing with us in our shared fights against the menace of fascism, communism,
and radical islamic terrorism. in the past century, the friendship between our nations has not only with stood the test of time and war here on earth, but also led our nations into the stars. this year the united states commemorated the 50th anniversary of the apollo 11 moon landing. today we give thanks to the nation of australia for its vital contributions to the extraordinary achievement. on july 20th, 1969, when neil armstrong planted our great american flag on the face of the moon, the ground station broadcasting this iconic image to the world was australian. together our people have laid down their lives to protect our civilization from tyranny, we're pioneering some of the most remarkable advances in
human history, and every shared endeavor we have shown the world what it truly means to be friends, mates, and allies. as we begin the next century of our truly extraordinary partnership, i know that america and australia will remain forever united in defense of our liberty, our sovereignty, and our most treasured values. thank you, god bless you, god bless australia, and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. [applause] >> as i said to the president,
thanks, mate. mr. president, mrs. trump, honored guests, distinguished guests and friends one and all here in this land of liberty, thank you, mr. president and mrs. trump for the honor you have bestowed on my country here today with this extraordinary welcome. what jenny and i bring with us and our delegation, we bring the thanks and respect of 25 million australians. for this great country of these united states of america. 50 years ago, another australian prime minister visited the white house and he said there are too many bonds between our two countries for any australian prime minister to feel that he is a stranger. so once again, as another prime minister returns as a friend to celebrate with you, mr.
president, one of our oldest and dearest friendships, it is wonderful to be here. australians and americans understand each other like few other peoples. and it is true that you and i have established a very early understanding for which i'm grateful. native peoples in the world, -- you are respect for australia, mr. president, your personal encouragement, and the example afforded by your passion for what makes america great makes ours a very easy connection. for a century as you have recounted, we have done what true friends do, stick by each other. ronald reagan spoke of the truths and traditions that define the united states. australians share these truths and traditions. we see the world through the
same lens. from the corn fields and the jungles of southeast asia and the pacific, and now even the waters of the straits of hormuz, australians and americans continue to stand together. i'm reminded of the story of a young american soldier in the first world war calling out to australian sold years to help attend the wounded. an australian soldier replied. sure, yank, i'll go. we're in this thing together. mr. president, australia -- he is a new yorker. mr. president, australia often looks to the united states but we've never been a country that
has been prepared to leave it to the united states. we don't. that's not our way. we bought our way. like you, our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor are found in our willingness to stand for what we believe. we believe as teddy roosevelt declared that national strength is found in the ability of citizens to live out their lives with self-restraint, self-mastery, common sense, the power of accepting individual responsibility, and the ability to act in conjunction with others and with courage and resolution. we believe in the capacity of enterprise and free markets to create wealth and to lift all and for free and fair trade to bring nations closer together. we believe that governments derive their power from the consent of the governed and that the ballot box and democracy is the surest
foundation for peace and security. and we believe in the rule of law and freedom of association. these beliefs spurred this country to build a mighty canal, to stand up to fascism and militarism, to rebuild the modern world after winning. inspired the fascination, wonder, and joy of the world's children through a little mouse who could whistle a tune. who took humanity to the moon and indeed we're going back again. tore down a wall that separated liberty from oppression, and imagined, engineered and built a digital world that has connected humanity in a way we now can't imagine living without. america reminds the world that it can be done. how great is america? the world is a better place because of this country living
out its moral purpose, a world not just more secure but more prosperous as well. the new economies of the world lifting hundreds of millions from poverty do so because they first saw the united states do that first and invited and supported them to follow. mr. president, i know that the leaders of more powerful nations will indeed visit this home throughout the world and will be welcomed as friends. but you won't find a more sure and steadfast friend, a better mate, than us a -- australia. on the very day pearl hor bore was attacked -- 60 years later the president has remarked on september 11 another australian prime minister, john howard, was here in washington at our embassy and invoked our treaty with you and pledged our country to stand with you against the architects of terror as we do to this day.
when president reagan welcomed another australian prime minister on this lawn he reminded us liberty is not an inevitable state and no law which guarantees that once achieved it will survive. so we pledge ourselves here at this dawn of a second century of mateship between our nations to renew and modernize our alliance for a new century. to continue to be vigilant and strong and to build the economic strength that our world needs that contributes to the peace and prosperity of all. whatever lies ahead in this century, i know that australia and the united states will go on to meet it with the same courage, the same daring, the same unbreakable bond that has defined the first century of mateship. mr. president and mrs. trump, thank you again for welcoming jen and me here, and here as true friends. my god bless you, may god bless
the good peoples of the commonwealth of australia, and these united states of america. [applause] >> mr. president, this concludes today's ceremony. >> bill: some critical lines there from the australian prime minister including this one. we have never been a country to leave it to the united states, something that president trump would very much enjoy hearing and especially when you consider how he has taken on our nato allies in terms of their fair share and contribution. we believe in enterprise and free markets and gave a nod to the moon, mickey mouse and technology developed by the united states in the digital age.
i think these guys will get along very well. >> julie: a big turn around between australia and the united states. after the president took office it didn't start off so smoothly with the former prime minister turnbull. he had to abruptly hang up on him. now this will be in fact a formal state dinner which is only the second of the president trump's presidency and things seem to be going in a much better and smoother direction. >> bill: they picked a great day in september, did they not? the two will head inside and we'll see them again in a moment in the oval office and get some comments from them. in the 11:00 a.m. eastern hour there will be a press conference by the two men and we'll cover that four. a lot of news this week. including the news of this whistleblower breaking from overnight. want to bring in matthew whitaker former acting attorney general. i just want to read some of the
headlines. "washington post" whistleblower complaint about president trump involves ukraine according to two people familiar with the matter. "new york times." what is this about, matt, as you see it right now? >> what i see is a very clear example of a deep state intelligence member who is trying to get a disagreement of policy disagreement out on this issue and now we learn overnight it involves ukraine and again by monday we'll probably know the whole story but the bottom line is that the -- another attempt by people that disagree with this president's foreign policy to undermine him. as the president of the united states he has broad discretion in foreign policy arena and there are people that have been long-time intelligence community members and diplomats that just disagree with both his style and substance. i think it's a shame that there are people like this that won't just put their name on it and
won't say why they believe they disagree on issues with the president. this is what you end up with. >> bill: can you think of another time when this has happened? >> i can't think of another administration where there has been such a willingness of the career bureaucratic state that leaks the way this does. i know i was very frustrated both as chief of staff and acting attorney general with the number of leaks coming out of this administration on disagreements involving policy. it is cowards that won't put their name on things and say who they are and what they believe. >> bill: there are two things here i want to play for you. adam schiff has the president back in his crosshairs. he apparently met with the inspector general that overseas all the intelligence agencies and there was not a lot of new information according to some of the read-outs we get. here is schiff and i'll get you to respond here. >> i believe that there is an
effort to prevent this information getting to congress and if the assertion is accurate that the department of justice has made and the dni has affirmed that this involves a potentially privileged communication, then at one level or another, it likely involves either the president or people around him. >> bill: go ahead and analyze that. matthew. >> there is a very specific mechanism for the inspector general at the dni to receive something like this and be obligated under law to provide it to the congress. the department of justice and the dni, the head of the intelligence community, has determined that this law doesn't apply to this complaint. and i trust the lawyers of doj. especially the ones in ols that are so smart and gave an opinion whether or not the law applied to provide it to congress. adam schiff is upset about that because he doesn't want to get to the bought many of anything.
he just wants to go in front of a camera and share it with the people to do political damage to this president. adam schiff in my mind has no credibility in this arena and he should read the law that he probably passed and has to serve under that this is not the kind of thing that will go to him or congress because it is not proper under the law. >> bill: rudy giuliani was on tv last night. here is what he said on twitter last night. the dem-owned media is going crazy over ukraine. first let them report on the vp biden bribe to fire the prosecutor investigating collusion with hillary and biden's son taking millions from a corrupt oligarch after billions from china. here is ari fleischer's take. >> the only thing that gives me any ounce of credibility they didn't leak it.
a whistleblower that went through the process. you don't leak. the other side of it. those phone calls are widely circulated. if there was something so wrong so many would have seen it why is there only one? doesn't make sense. >> bill: one last comment on that, matt. >> i think ari is right. we have a situation here where one person disagreed probably with the policy that was articulated or the strategy that the president employed and made a complaint. again, to their credit they did go through the proper channels but now, you know, adam schiff and members of congress are trying to pull this out in order to do political damage to the president. it is -- there are sick people involved in this situation. >> bill: i know you have a train for catch. thank you for delaying that. do we find the truth eventually on this? >> it will all come out, yes, no doubt. >> bill: have a good weekend. julie back to you. >> julie: there is other breaking news coming. massive flooding overwhelming
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>> they're testing people in the region. they're testing the president. i think they do so at their own peril. i'm glad we're going to impose more sanctions. there is no substitute in my view for some kind of military response to restore deterrents. restoring deterrents is going to require a military response
that will create some amount of pain so that they will be less likely to do this again. >> julie: senator lindsey graham weighing in on iran as the pentagon is thinking about sending more military to the region. this coming after iran threatened the u.s. with an all-out war. house foreign affairs committee member adam kinzinger joins us this morning. first of all when iran threatens the u.s. meaning an all-out war. only come if there were an attack by the u.s. an iran. does the pentagon with those words have any choice to send more troops to the middle east? >> no. i think you have to send more deterrents. not just for numbers. we don't need to send more to send more. if they have functionality. base security, air defense. things along that line. i think bottom line is this. iran is going to keep pushing
this line until they provoke a u.s. response and this by the way hasn't just been the last few months. it has been since 1979 and then you think about the number of american troops that died in iraq directly responsible from iran and you look at their malign activity everywhere. a response is warranted. this is never the last thing they're going to do. they'll keep pushing this until it does result in a response bigger than we necessarily want to do now. >> julie: secretary of state mike pompeo has responded to iran's warnings. how is peace achievable with the continued threats from iran? >> i don't know. it's ultimately going to be achieved by iran coming to the table and negotiating a new nuclear deal that includes behavior in the region and icbms. let's get that on the table. right now the sanctions have
pain. iran is reacting in attacks. if we respond, for instance, an oil attack with an oil attack on iran or we respond to hitting the assets that did that attack or iranian assets in syria, there are plenty. that's a proportional response. any escalation is not -- there is a blame america first crowd that puts it on us. that would be a decision by iran to escalate because we're simply finally reacting to what they've done to us. >> julie: iranian foreign minister zarif denies tehran was involved in the attack. once again they pull this, there seems to be no question that they were involved, iran says they were not. now it becomes an argument of who is right. i believe that iran first of all does not want military confrontation nor does the u.s. that's the one thing it seems that our two nations are in agreement with. what kind of further pressure on iran will get them to finally come to the table? >> i think it will be the
continued sanctions will be what ultimately does it. the rest of the world joining us and not sending split messages. then on these kin etic attacks that iran is doing will take an reaction. everybody knows a bully will pick on you. once you punch him in the face he stops. this is the case with iran now. we don't want to escalator go to war or anybody talk about endless wars, that's not it. the united states has many options to react equally to what they've done. >> julie: all right, thank you very much. we appreciate you coming on this morning to talk. >> bill: so we're 11 minutes before the hour. a strange dream that became too real. a woman who swallowed her engagement ring during her sleep. she will explain that bizarre story and we'll share it with you together. i do.
♪ >> julie: you are probably wondering what? a weird dream became a real life nightmare. jenna evans had a dream one night about swallowing her engagement room. when she woke up it turns out she did, swallowed it whole. the x-ray. jenna joins us in studio. i'll admit i have had those panic attacks in the middle of the night when you're not wearing the ring, where did i leave it? what is your dream and what did you do? >> i'm a vivid dreamer, i have a history of sleepwalking. nothing dangerous ever i guess
until now. i was dreaming i was on a train and it was a very action-packed dangerous situation and in my dream my fiance told me to swallow the ring i guess to protect it. i trust him without question so i took the ring off, put it in my mouth and down the hatch. >> julie: oh my goodness. when you wake up now a lot of times when we wake up from dreams we don't remember our dreams fully. you might have remembered the train. the fact that you remembered you swallowed the ring is unique because a lot of times i don't remember my dreams. at what point did you realize i really did that? >> when i did it. i remember doing it but it made sense at the moment when i did it. >> julie: you were asleep when you did it. >> yes, then i sat up. i took it off. i grabbed a glass of water. i was lucid. it was just it made sense at that time. >> julie: at that point do you wake up from this nightmare?
>> sort of it. truly he i didn't actually do that. i just went back to sleep. >> julie: hold up the ring for us. the ring on your finger. we have been showing these pictures of the x-rays. did you wake up your husband? was it an immediate reaction like i just ate my ring. >> no, i couldn't imagine i actually did that. i went back to sleep. >> julie: then the next morning you look madly. >> the moment i woke up and i thought that was a funny dream i felt that my finger had no ring. so i kind of looked around for it. but i looked around for it and it wasn't there and so then i knew pretty quickly that this is about to be a very exciting day. >> julie: your doctor's reaction when you said i think i swallowed my wedding ring. >> i don't think she believed me right away. she saw the x-ray and we had a good laugh. >> julie: you'll laugh about this for a long time.
how many years have you been married? >> we aren't married yet. >> julie: you haven't been married. he is not running for the hills. >> i'm really excited. i trust him. >> julie: you have to stick with him. i am glad that he recovered it. thank you for sharing your story. >> bill: i thought it was fake news, jenna. the white house digging in for battle with democrats. our headliner is trey gowdy and addresses it coming up. more on the man accused of sabotaging a miami passenger plane. does he have connections to isis? what you need to know in a moment at the top of the hour.
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>> bill: 10:00. fox news alert. a plane mechanic working for american airlines with possible ties to isis facing a judge in miami at this hour charged with sabotaging a jetliner with more than 150 people on board. new hour that's where we start. new york on a friday morning. bill hemmer, how are you doing? >> julie: how are you doing at home? i'm julie banderas in for sandra smith this morning. the former american airlines mechanic told investigators it was part of a plan to collect overtime. the f.b.i. found possible signs of terrorist intent including isis videos on his cell phone. >> bill: phil keating is on this story and live in downtown miami u.s. courthouse. what will happen? good morning. >> good morning, bill.
arraignment now just getting underway behind me at the u.s. courthouse in downtown miami. we expect to hear more details about the government case against the mechanic. likely testimony from witnesses, possibly an f.b.i. agent or mechanic co-worker. we should get more details on u.s. prosecutors' suggestion that terrorism may have played the if not part of the motive even though there is no terrorism-related crime alleged at this point. on wednesday the federal magistrate ordered alani to continue to be held behind bars after prosecutors revealed f.b.i. agents found isis videos on his phone showing graphic killings and he forwarded one of them and for allah told -- his brother was in iraq and a member of isis, islamic state
and flew to baghdad in march to visit him which the f.b.i. said he lied about. the miami to nassau flight turned back from the runway after an error light with the navigation system appeared in the cockpit. his attorneys said a second navigation still worked on the plane and the government is blowing the case out of proportion. his family flew into miami for the bond hearing saying nothing for reporters. we have yet to see them today. 60-year-old alani was born in irrelevant rack and naturalized as a u.s. citizen in 1991 and charged with one count willfully damaging, destroying, or disabling an aircraft. he says he was going to force that plane back to the hangar for a mechanical problem and he would get more work and more overtime, more money. which, in fact, actually did happen. if he is convicted on this one charge he could face up to 20 years in prison. he is in the courtroom shackled
at the hands as well as the feet and he has now a private defense attorney incidentally. >> bill: thank you. phil keating on that and we'll see what happens before the judge. >> julie: there is breaking news on another terror arrest. new jersey man has been arrested and charged with scouting u.s. targets for terror attacks by hezbollah. rick leventhal is following the story live from time square. >> in announcing the arrest the new york f.b.i. special agent reminded us in the city that never sleeps, neither do the agents and analysts working on the joint terrorism task force looking for clues to stop potential attacks before they happen and in this case they say time square was once again in the crosshairs as a possible target. according to the indictment, a man, 42 of morristown, new jersey, naturalized u.s. citizen was working as an agent
for hezbollah. iranian funded shia islamic terror organization facing nine counts related to terrorism, citizenship and marriage fraud. feds say he received weapons and bomb making training and surveilled numerous landmarks for possible attacks. those targets allegedly included the statue of liberty, united nations, stock exchange, rockefeller center, time square, bridges, tunnels, train stations and other locations in washington, d.c. including the white house and the u.s. capitol and fenway park in boston. sabb took photos and reported back to hezbollah and had materials used to construct the targets. how close one could get and soft spots that might be exploited. the charges include providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, receiving military-type training, unlawful procurement of citizenship and marriage fraud. the manhattan u.s. attorney says even though he was a naturalized american citizen
his true allegiance was to hezbollah responsible for terrorist attacks that killed hundreds including u.s. citizens and military personnel. saab was arrested in july and is in federal custody waiting on arraignment. he faces of dozens of years in prison if convicted. >> julie: thank you. >> i think we have a situation here where one person disagreed probably with the policy that was articulated or the strategy that the president employed and made a complaint and to their credit they did go through the proper channels but now, you know, adam schiff and the members of congress are trying to pull it out to do political damage to the president. >> bill: the former acting a.g. matt whitaker. the showdown between the white house and democrats over the whistleblower. the a-team is ready. juan in a williams, juan
williams co-host. five. ed henry and jenna ellis rives trump advisory board member and constitutional law attorney. we've been waiting three months to get these two guys back together and they chose today to do it. welcome back. >> you put me right in the middle. >> bill: a rose between two thorns. you are both very sharp. whistleblower story, here is how limbaugh characterizes it. >> and in the midst of that we get this story some intelligence person overheard the president say something that he didn't think was proper and so he called somebody and he reported the inspector general and reported the president said something. it is not against the law for the president -- the president can say what he wants to anybody. >> bill: okay.
that will frame our discussion now. the rose. >> thank you. and you know i completely agree with rush that we don't know anything that is going on here. have the democrats not learned from the russia, russia, russia that led to nothing, from the mueller report that they were just completely adamant that we are not going to see this. there is some vast conspiracy going on and somebody says something and all of a sudden democrats are going this is the smoking gun we're now going to take down president trump oh my gosh. the reality is rush is right. this is a matter potentially of national security and for the director of national intelligence to kick it to the d.o.j. and say let's look at this first. there may be sensitive information is the right way to go. my prediction on this story it will lead to nothing like nothing ever has with mr. trump. >> i hope it leads to nothing. i hope the president didn't
violate any law. what we know, some would be in the intelligence community on repeated occasions felt the president had made a deal or said something that indicated he was interested in gaining intelligence potentially on one of his democratic opponents i think specifically joe biden and joe biden's son. and the "washington post" has reported that that nation was the ukraine and that he was pushing the ukraine. last night rudy giuliani on cnn seemed to indicate there is no problem. sure i went over there and there may have been conversations like that. giuliani was back and forth. i'm not sure we should pin anything there. it seemed he was indicating something was going on. finally we do know that it was of such substance that the director of national intelligence felt it necessary to go to the department of justice. we know the department of justice said we don't think it's urgent so you don't need to communicate this to the congress. >> bill: so much of this is operating in the shadows because we don't know the story.
whitaker says it will come out at some point. >> it will. i think if the administration tries to bury this, it will leak one way or another because whether adam schiff or one of the democrats who is investigating this we'll get some info out there. we know nothing about the whistleblower. an obama hold over and heard something they're twisting in a bad way or did something bad happen? we don't know the facts and we should wait for them. jenna made an important point at the top. how many times before have we heard adam schiff. he said for two years there was evidence of collusion. he and others never found that. so when adam schiff is out front i would be very skeptical. on the other hand as a journalist when rush limbaugh and allies of the president say even if it happened it's not against the law, something not being against the law is not the only standard you should be concerned about as president or anything else. you do what's right. >> bill: trump on the
whistleblower story. fake news story out there. it never ends. virtually any time i speak on the phone to a foreign leader i understand there are people listening from various u.s. agencies and from the other country itself. no problem. knowing all this. is anybody dumb enough to say something to a foreign leader on a heavily populated call? i would only do what is right anyway and only do good for the usa. >> julie: first of all it's by the law if a whistleblower comes forward. the fact this whistle-blower didn't leak lends some credibility to the claim. laws are in place allow for whistleblowers to come forward with information. therefore they need to turn that information over to congress. that's what these laws are in place for. of course the administration is going to tamper down any speculation but does congress get this information? i know it will all come out eventually but does congress deserve to see everything? >> that's the law.
>> julie: exactly. why are we debating it and why is the delay? >> because of the d.o.j. saying in their opinion there is no need to communicate this to congress. >> julie: the inspector general has deemed it as credible. >> not only that the dni thought it was of substance and that it would be for him improper not to communicate and get a legal opinion. the issue has become, among the left in the country, is bill barr as the attorney general someone who is clearly in the trump camp defending and protecting the president from having this information released. >> let's also remember the law protects whistleblowers there is a process. the entire reason the attorney general had to vet the mueller report to make sure that nothing came out is he has to make sure he is following the law as well. there is this balance between the need to know the information right away and making sure we're protecting national security and that's exactly what bill barr is doing. let's remember he followed the law to the letter here.
>> bill: let's put it on the back burner for now. fox polling came out this week. i want to run number six first of all. we show that donald trump loses to the top four leading candidates. we also show when asked whether or not trump wins reelection in 2020 46% say yes, 40% say no. doug schoen says, if democrats will take back the white house in 2020 a prospect far from guaranteed they'll need a positive and pro-active agenda to heal a nation in crisis, not inflame the tensions that led to trump, end quote. your witness. >> come back to me in six months when we're closer to knowing who the democrat nominee is and they focus on the idea that doug shown is saying that are out of stream with far left policies. the raising of the hands for healthcare for illegal immigrants that we saw in the first debate. the socialist policies across
the board whether it's healthcare, the green new deal, all of that. my point being that in a vacuum right now donald trump is seen as unpopular against generic democrats and democrats who may possibly be the nominee. when there is a nominee and say it's elizabeth warren and focusing on the hard left policy. break up the banks and donald trump has a chance to make his case to the american people and have an actual opponent and say she is going to wreck the economy, those numbers will be a lot different and more positive. >> bill: elizabeth warren is tweeting she will meet the goals of the green new deal. >> the way to beat donald trump we're seeing a lot of it from joe biden. to a degree from elizabeth warren. let's get back to normal. the daily stress of tweets, the bullying, it's not a good example for us or our children. but i think on another level it's the sense that you know,
when we -- when democrats look across the country they see this as a show. the donald trump has been so entertaining, so fabulous. he is just the rallies and the like. at some point you say the show has run its course and americans want to get back to the notion that you have government you can trust. just this week with all the talk about what is going on with iran i think the whole issue of credibility has risen. do we know that or donald trump spinning it? people have to have faith in government. you have to go to that message hard. >> julie: voters need to have faith in your own party. you look at the democratic party you see it as a split party between the progressives and moderates. how do you unite this party in order to convince your voters that yeah, we're on the same table? a lot of them aren't. >> that's a really important point. to one point about america getting back to normal. that's really what president has said. we look at the economy, the low unemployment. this is historically the best america that we've had in eight
years and actually getting back to normal. so when you look at the democratic field everyone on that stage to ed's point was going so far left all they had to do was say we want to have someone who is possibly moderate and try to juxtapose. when you are looking at going so far socialist and taking down capitalism and tax so much out of the american people that is not a strong message when america recognizes we're stronger than ever under president trump. >> julie: the economy didn't come up in the debate. one of the sticking points that the democrats need to come together. >> not talking about anything important. >> bill: if joe biden is not the nominee this is the debate during the campaign yes or no. >> yes. i'm worried elizabeth warren will raise taxes on juan because he makes so much money and he is talking for her. >> bill: come back in 30 minutes. we aren't done yet.
thank you, jenna, juan and ed. >> julie: charles barkley unleashing on democrats. what he is saying today. we'll take that up. >> bill: also trouble mounting for a high profile democratic donor ed buck. we'll tell you the charges he is now facing in a moment. >> the federal case against mr. buck is part of a joint law enforcement effort targeting those who provide lethal quantities of narcotics to individuals who die after ingesting those drugs. oh! oh! oh!
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out. >> julie: what is his strongest defense or does he have one? >> that's just it. i don't want to say it's a joke for his defense attorneys, they have a job to do i get it. to say that he was just a disgruntled employee and part of the defense is what he did wasn't really going to result in death because he knew the pilots would figure it out and the plane wouldn't take out. that's bunk. that does not fly. >> julie: the cell phone videos, isis cell phone videos. it doesn't necessarily directly tie him to this particular incident. it shows he has interest in isis, not that he had the intent of doing this. they need more information it seems like. >> which i agree with. let's look at the totality of the circumstances. you sabotage a plane packed with people on the runway.
that's criminal in itself. but then -- and then on top of that you have isis videos on your phone. then you have a statement that his evil side came out. you can't take these piece by piece and cherry pick. you have to take it all and err on the side of caution. i don't envy his defense attorneys. >> bill: one of the biggest fears since 9/11 you would have an inside job with a plane. what is the ties to hezbollah and the new york case how strong is the case? >> we see more and more of this. when you are tying people to possible terrorist activity, right, we should not require evidence up here, but down here. when you start scanning for possible places to commit an act of terror, that is enough. look, it doesn't take much. everybody is on camera. everybody has cell phones. it is not hard to connect somebody to connect these dots.
so again he is looking at some time. >> bill: ed buck is before a judge today. >> julie: he could face 20 years in prison. >> or more. >> julie: is that a strong, harsh sentence do you believe? >> here is the thing. i think factually these types of cases are a little difficult. they require that a prosecution proves that you provided drugs that resulted in death. all right. let's define what is provide? is it the definition of is? if you put drugs on the table at a party. did you provide drugs? as opposed to sticking a needle in somebody's arm, that's easier to prove, right? easier to connect those dots. so here -- >> bill: you are right about that. his defense will be that they are willing participants. will that fly before a judge? >> i think that's going to be the rub. when you take somebody who has an addiction and you give them
some drugs and they voluntarily ingest them, is it on you or is it on that person? and legally that's what is going to have to be parsed. >> julie: we want to move on to the woman in prison who encouraged her boyfriend to commit suicide. is that free speech? she encouraged somebody but not the one that took his life. >> let me say i followed that case closely. it is horrible this young man took his life. what she did was morally reprehensible. she was miles away texting him while he was clearly not in his right state of mind. he could have put the phone done and done a number of things. the judge in this case was sending a message. she did not have a jury. she only got 15 months so if you convict her of assisting with the person's suicide she only got 15 months. if she gets out eight months early okay. if she doesn't, okay. but i want to know where do we draw the line on this, julie?
if you're texting a friend who is having a bad day and you said your boyfriend sucks, this stinks and they kill themselves, is it your fault because you weren't compassionate enough? it is really hard to say where you draw the line. >> bill: thank you for your time. keen interest in what comes out of the story in miami with this american airlines mechanic. >> julie: the pentagon is now considering sending more troops to the middle east. listen. >> we certainly believe we have the forces in the region that we need to protect our forces and to deter potential future threats from iran. >> julie: this coming as iran says an attack by the u.s. would be an all-out war. the latest on the escalating tensions. >> bill: the whistleblower showdown. the white house pushing back hard against demands from democrats. trey gowdy is our headliner and he reacts next. 300 miles an hour,
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>> julie: as the white house weighs its option into last week's attack on saudi oil facilities. iran's foreign minister said a military by the u.s. or saudi kingdom could start an all-out war. rich edson is monitoring developments and live at the state department. >> president trump will meet with members of his national security team for how and if to respond. secretary of state mike pompeo returned to d.c. late last night from the region. a couple days of meetings with top officials from saudi arabia, the united arab emirates. pompeo says while he was meeting with allies and coalition building iran was threatening all-out war. now iranian minister said iran has no desire for war but we will always defend our people and our nation. at the site of the attacks in saudi arabia the pentagon says
there is a u.s. forensics team examining evidence. the united nations also has investigators there. the pentagon says the u.s. is working with the saudis to coordinate more protection for the northern part of saudi arabia and defense officials say the pentagon is considering sending more troops, air defense units and f-22 fighter jets to the middle east. it appears iran's president rohany will be in the united states next week when world leaders gather in new york for the united nations general assembly. he was considering skipping the trip because the u.s. was refusing to issue him a visa. state department official said yesterday the department granted him a visa. the iranian mission says he will be there monday. senior administration official says the iranian delegation had requested 120 visas for the united nations general assembly. the state department denied 44.
>> bill: house democrats demanding the release of material behind a whistleblower complaint involving president trump and his communication with a foreign leader. the president firing back calling the story fake news. want to bring in trey gowdy. welcome to our program. i want you to know that the president is holding what they call a spray inside the oval office. we'll get a play-out in the moment. we might get interrupted. he has been asked about the whistleblower story and calls it fake news and suggests it was a partisan whistleblower. we'll wait for that in a moment. andrew mccabe says this whistleblower shows in his words great courage. he said this on cnn. >> this is someone who essentially did what we hope all people serving in the
government will do. stepped forward, used the appropriate process, in a classified and confidential manner to bring their concerns to the appropriate officials. that takes incredible courage. it is hard to stand up to an administration, stand up particularly to this administration and this president. >> bill: we just wanted to roll that out and get you to respond. trey, go ahead. >> i doubt any andy mccabe has any idea what the content of the phone call was or how courageous the whistleblower. i warned people weeks ago if adam schiff continued to be the chairperson of the house intelligence committee who is one of the most deeply partisan members of the house, eventually people would stop sharing information with the intelligence committee and apparently that's what's happened. so if nancy pelosi wants this information given to congress
she should pick a less partisan person to be the chairperson of that committee. >> bill: what do you think is going on with this story? >> a couple of things. i think congress has lots of tools to get information from the executive branch. didn't they just pass a budget resolution this week? they didn't have to do that. they could have said you won't get the money until we get the whistleblower complaint. congress has plenty of tools but when you put someone who is wrong as often as adam schiff is wrong and deeply partisan as he is in charge of the intelligence committee, no, you aren't going to share confidential information because adam leaks like a sieve. that's the consequence of putting someone that partisan as the head of that committee. >> julie: bill just mentioned the pool spray we're about to receive. we have some rough notes of what the president said when he was asked about the whistleblower and i'll quote. he says it's a ridiculous
story, partisan whistleblower, conversations with leaders always appropriate. highest level. i fight so strongly for the country. another political hack job talking about how there is nothing wrong with the leader of the free world talking to other leaders of other countries. the question is was there a promise made? we don't know. everybody is speculating a promise was made. there was a whistleblower. we don't know the facts yet. what do you believe the facts to be here? >> no idea, julie. i would be doing you a disservice if i guessed. i think we have to get to the point in our political culture where we don't speculate. there is a transcript so we don't have to wonder what was said. i think what does frustrate people is i seem to recall a president who said i'll have more flexibility in a second term. we don't have to wonder about that. that's on tape. i don't think there was a similar level of outrage when president obama promised that to the russian president as there is now. we don't have any idea what
president trump said. >> bill: let's talk about james comey now. the question as to whether or not he will face the possibility of prosecution. mark meadows from our show just yesterday on comey. >> the only thing that has been consistent about director james comey is his willingness to go after this president. one of the irregularities is that james comey actually said that nothing that happened actually affected the investigation and we see in the report we saw that conversations he had changed the action he took trying to leak things to get the special prosecutor installed and called into action. >> bill: that leads to the obvious question here once we get the i.g.'s report, which is still we believe a few weeks away. do you believe james comey will face prosecution, yes or no? >> no, i don't.
and i think again we are setting the wrong standard in our culture when we say everything is fine unless you are indicted. comey has been dinged in two i.g. reports and found to violate his employment agreement, he leaked classified information to his attorney. why is all of that not enough for him to be judged poorly by history? why does it take an indictment? he won't be indicted. if that's what people expect they'll be disappointed. i would rather set reasonable expectations. he will go down in history the mete out whatever punishment they want. >> bill: a stain on some leading members of the administration. is that where we are in the end? >> i think it is and at some level that will have to be enough. again, we cannot live in a culture where everything is fine if you narrowly avoid indictment. i think people have higher expectations for their public
servants and their elected officials than for them to go around tweeting i wasn't indicted. i just think we ought to have higher expectations. i don't think he will be indicted. what did we find out from the greg craig case? it's hard to get a conviction even if you are indicted. so there has to be a different standard other than prison or nothing. >> julie: the inspector general says he will assess republican's allegations. you say you don't think he will be indicted. anything not being done that should be done? what more needs to be done here? >> my fellow citizens need to have other ways of assigning a consequence other than indictment. michael horowitz can't indict anyone. let's be clear. he can't indict anyone. all he can do is refer the case to the department of justice. the same department of justice that said president trump did not commit a crime, refused to prosecute jim comey. at a minimum we have to be consistent.
if bill barr was right in his analysis of the obstruction of justice, he is not also right when he failed to prosecute or declined the prosecute jim comey? we can't like them if they go after our enemies but not like them if they go after our friends. that's relativism and it's not a good thing. >> "wall street journal." mr. horowitz speak. democrats talk about their dedication to oversight and truth and the media say they won't let democracy die in darkness. the difference between horowitz's hearing and corey lewandowski. i hope you come back soon and we'll have more time. trey gowdy, thank you. we're watching what we call the pool notes inside the oval office. here is what we're hearing based on the questions and the president's responses. making a lot of progress with china, he says, tariffs coming into the u.s. not costing us anything.
he said that repeatedly. getting a lot of money into the economy. taking in billions. lost million else of jobs and problems in china. we'll see what happens. on iran there is a military option. that's the question. is there a military option on iran? he says always prepared. is it going to happen? he says i've spent a trillion dollars rebuilding the military and purchased great stuff and equipment, greatest missiles, rockets, planes, ships. does not appear to be an answer on that. he continues on isis we want countries to take back the captured isis fighters. if they don't take them back at the border capture them again. then he moves down to other matters like national security with a meeting today that they will be talking about iran and other topics. >> julie: he has been talking about saudi arabia as well and called saudi arabia very generous. always works out. seeing certain things happening. factor what we did. talking highest sanctions iran going poorly, broke.
he is obviously reiterating the fact the sanctions are working and iran is desperate and that's much to do about the threats that we've been hearing from iran. >> bill: we mentioned this whistle-blower, too. he calls it a ridiculous story. conversations leaders always have are appropriate, highest level. i fight so strongly for the country. just another political hack job. much more on that as well and we'll roll it out for you as soon as we get it loaded into our system and play it. quick time-out here and charles payne is on the other side. come on back. we called and got 55,856 dollars. i called and got 63,400 dollars. we called and we got 58,800 dollars. to get more from your va mortgage benefits, call newday usa.
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was that, whose idea was this? >> i think kids can have their own opinions. my little brother has been very politically active and has been a consumer of the news since he was probably 12. so we can't say that kids are always just informed by adults but it is a valid question to say whose idea was it on school time? this is also something if you're going to make a political move here, is this something that is being led by the school administration? is it compelled or something -- all these questions are very important. when we talk about something like climate change. this is something if you look at the democratic left and look at everyone on stage they had a seven hour debate over this. who even watched that? >> bill: ed watched all of it. he got it on his beta max, right? >> i have a walkman, too. >> i'm so sorry for you. >> my daughter is 15, she is serious on climate change and talking to me about it and
following it. it is awesome. young people being active and engaged, caring about these big issues. we like to joke around here, i think it's great and shouldn't dismiss it. when they start walking out of class. or about gun control. it is great for kids, young people really, not kids anymore. young adults to be active on this issues and educated about them, know the actual facts but to just say you don't have to go to class. they should be in school doing what they're doing to learn. it's great they're learning about all these things. >> bill: the west virginia governor. watch here. >> it is absolutely a crying shame as to what people are doing and preying on the uninformed. we do want clean coal. we do want clean gas. we do want clean alternatives. we want an all-in approach but
we're smart enough to know that you have to have a seat at the table in the energy sector today. >> bill: juan. >> the governor is right. you need a seat. if you lessen employment in the coal industry declining on its own do you help retrain people and put them back to work. when hillary clinton raised that prospect she was condemned. >> she didn't say retrain. she was all about this is dying anyway, move on. she said you'll lose your job. >> america needs to help people move on to new sectors. a judge has ruled in california in favor of the trump administration challenging the law that will allow a candidate to apply for the primary without having to show five years of tax returns. a victory for the white house. explain. >> a victory for all americans and the u.s. constitution. the u.s. constitution lays out
all criteria for candidates for president and states do not have the authority to supersede that. i wrote a piece saying gavin newsom thinks he is king and the trump administration will prevail. it is not about politics but making sure we have the supreme rule of law in the country. >> i was out in california. the president got mixed up -- jumping into all these issues. california homeless problem, you have the emissions issue and the president has been jumping in and you have folks like newsom on the ground who don't want him to get involved. these are problems the state can't seem to handle. >> bill: i told juan to keep it short and ed jump in twice. >> i have no rights, just --
straight forward terms. it is puzzling when everybody knows the answer to that question of whether her plan and sander's plan will raise middle class taxes is yes why not say so and explain why you think it's the better way forward. >> bill: extremely evasive. medicare for all sparking division on the trail. buttigieg taking a swipe at warren. want to bring in charles payne host of "making money with charles payne". the president is still talking in the oval office. this is going on for 30 minutes now. you'll see it at the top of the hour whenever the tape becomes available. >> it's always a tight squeeze. kamala harris, buttigieg going after warren. with warren's camp say i've arrived. maybe they're auditioning for v.p. slot if biden wins. one of the most compelling news items in germany. they passed a climate accord.
$55 billion. what i thought was most intriguing, a poll on public television. 63% thought protecting the climate was more important than economic growth. i think the message with the climate change and all this other stuff, i think elizabeth warren could be in a position where voters will say we don't care what the cost is. politicians focus how to pay for it she is on the right track by bringing up this topic. they may be falling into a trap within their own party which i don't know their party cares as much about how they actually pay for it and the fact this is the most important thing now. >> julie: how does middle america not pay attention when you are being told that if you get these lower healthcare costs it has to come somewhere out of your pocket. your taxes will go up. you are okay with that? >> i know what you're saying it is resonating. that's the most important thing from i think from her point of
view. is that at least in the primary, the democratic primary medicare for all and other things are very popular and people think whatever the cost is, however we get it, let's get that money. i do believe these sort of far-left things were considered far-left a few years ago are sweeping into the mainstream. >> bill: you did well. the president has wrapped. we'll see it in a moment. >> julie: we'll bring the tape to you. president trump making news this hour in the oval office. new developments on iran, weighing in on the whistleblower controversy, we'll bring you that. he spoke for 30 minutes and you get to watch it all right after this break. at voice asking me, "is your daughter ok?" that's where i felt relief. we're the rivera family and we plan to be with usaa for life. see how much you can save with usaa insurance. see how much you can save you wanna see something thatamazing?ing. go to hilton instead of a travel site and you'll experience a whole new range of emotions like...
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>> bill: so we do know the oval office meeting has wrapped and apparently it went on for some time. 30 minutes in length. we expect to get the play-out in a moment. as soon as we get it you'll see it right here. president trump taking the opportunity back at democrats calling the controversy over the whistleblower complaint a political hack job. new hour starts now. i'm bill hemmer. >> julie: we got a lot coming up in the tape 30 minutes of that. you'll watch it roll out in a second. until then i'm julie banderas in for sandra smith. president trump making those remarks moments ago as he welcomed to australian prime minister to the white house for
a state visit coming at adam schiff threatens legal action over a whistleblower complaint involving ukraine and some kind of promise. former acting a.g. matt whitaker joined us earlier. >> there are people that have been long time intelligence community members and diplomats that disagree with his style and substance. it is a shame that there are people like this that won't just put their name on it and won't say why they believe they disagree on issues with the president but this is what you end up with. >> bill: we're within the two-minute warning. we are going to bring you up to speed on a lot of topics, julie. they went over iran, they talked about china, talked about saudi arabia and talked about this whistleblower as well. there is a state visit that is now currently underway. the australian prime minister scott morrison who won a surprising election victory in australia. the president said it was no surprise to him.
is there with his wife, jenny. an official state visit. a dinner in the rose garden at what looks to be a spectacular day in our nation's capital. one minute away. >> julie: second state visit in this president's term. they did talk a lot. the whistleblower came up as you mentioned. a lot of other questions as well. which is why it went on as long as it did. they talked about iran, china, saudi arabia, they talked about national security as well. there was a national security meeting today. the president said that there is great new nsa, talking about how his new pick will be outstanding. so a lot of positive notes it seems so far from what we've been reading. >> bill: the first frame is in the monitor. you see melania and then the prime minister's wife, jenny. the prime minister said on our program two hours ago we've never been a country, meaning australia, to leave it to the united states. these two men see eye-to-eye on
a lot of things. roll it, 30 minutes. >> it's a great honor to have prime minister of australia and congratulations and thank you very much, mrs. morrison and thank you very much for being here. we appreciate it. this is a lovely ceremony. i hope you liked it. it was in honor of you and australia. thank you very much. so we have a lot of things to talk about. we're talking trade, we're talking military and we've been great allies for a long time. there is no better partnership and we've developed on a personal basis a tremendous friendship and that helps a lot. but we'll be meeting after this and having some very serious discussions about many things. i do want to if i may intercede for just a second. we have just sanctioned the iranian national bank, that is their central banking system, and it is going to be at the highest level of sanctions. so that just took place.
a couple of other things. we have our secretary of the treasury here, steve mnuchin if you want to say a word. >> as you instructed we're continuing the maximum pressure campaign. the last remaining source of funds for both the central bank of iran as well as the national development funds which is their sovereign wealth fund will be cut off from our banking system. so this will mean no more funds going to the rogc to fund terror on top of our oil sanctions and our financial institution sanctions. thank you, mr. president. this is very big. we've cut off all source of funds to iran. >> goes all the way up to the top. >> president trump: right to the top. right to the top. yes, right to the top. thank you very much. appreciate it. so we're dealing with many nations. we're dealing with some of the neighbors to saudi arabia and,
of course, we're dealing with saudi arabia. saudi arabia is very much involved from the standpoint of what we're doing and what they're doing and we're working together with others. we're also working on the cost of this whole endeavor and saudi arabia has been very generous. we want to see if it works out. if it works out, that's great. if it doesn't work out, that's great. in the end it always works out. that's the way it is. it always works out. you will be seeing certain things happening but a very major factor is what we did. the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country. we've never done it to this level. and it is too bad what's happening with iran. it is going to hell. doing poorly. they are practically broke. they are broke. and they could solve the problem very easily. all they have to do is stop with the terror. they have been the number one as you know, scott, very well,
number one country worldwide of terror between sponsoring it and doing it themselves. and we can't have it. they have a tremendous potential. incredible potential. i can speak on behalf of australia, too, in the sense we would like to see them do very well. we were discussing it before, the prime minister and myself. we want to see them do well. it looks to me like with what's happening maybe they want to keep going at it. and when they go at it with us there is no way they win in any way or in any capacity. so we wanted to let you know about that and that's the way it is. thank you all very much. we'll spend a lot of time with australia today. today is our -- a very special day for the united states. we're honoring a great ally and a great friend. thank you. scott, would you like to say something? >> it is a tremendous honor for australians for jen and i to be here with in the and mrs. trump.
a gracious invitation but it recognizes not just the great relationship the president and i have been able to forge so early but it goes back a long way this relationship. as the president often says we've been in a lot of battles. battles is what happens in the fields of conflict but we are battling continuously for a prosperous and free world. >> president trump: we've never lost. >> we'll keep doing great. we have to keep this partnership together. a partnership where we both carry on. we look to america but we don't leave it to america. [inaudible question] >> he was saying we both would like to see a prosperous iran and see the people of iran. people across the world to be able to benefit from prosperous economies doing well. that's what we want. this is why australia and the united states have always worked so closely together. that's what we want for our own people and that's what we want
for everyone. >> president trump: we've been speaking a lot about this subject. i think we have similar views on the subject. [inaudible question] >> do you want to address this whistleblower story, sir? >> president trump: what story? >> the whistleblower? >> president trump: it's a partisan whistleblower. they shouldn't even have information. i've had conversations with many leaders. they are always appropriate. i think scott can tell you that. always appropriate at the highest level always appropriate. everything i do i fight for this country. i fight so strongly for this country. it is just another political hack job. that's all it is. >> on that point did you discuss joe biden and his son and his family? >> president trump: it doesn't matter what i discussed. somebody ought to look into joe biden's statement. it was disgraceful where he talked about billions of dollars that he is not giving to a certain country unless a
certain prosecutor is taken off the case. so somebody ought to look into that. you wouldn't because he is a democrat. and the fake news doesn't look into things like that. it is a disgrace. but i had a great conversation with numerous people. i don't know exactly who you are talking about. i had a great conversation with numerous people, numerous leaders and i always look for the conversation that is going to help the united states the most. that's very important. [inaudible question] >> president trump: i don't know the identity of the whistleblower. i hear it's a partisan person. it comes out from another party. i don't have any idea. but i can say it was a totally appropriate conversation. it was actually a beautiful conversation and this is no different than the press has had a very bad week with justice kavanaugh and all of those ridiculous charges and all of the mistakes made at the "new york times" and other places. you have had a very bad week.
this will be better than all of them. this is another one. so keep -- so keep playing it up. you will look really bad when it falls. i guess i'm about 22-0 and i'll keep it that way. i don't want to talk about any conversation other than to say -- other than to say great conversation, totally appropriate conversation. couldn't have been better. and keep asking questions and build it up as big as possible so you can have a bigger downfall. [inaudible question] >> will you be asking australia to do more when it comes to china? >> president trump: we're talking about china all the time and scott has very strong opinions on china. i would let him maybe express those opinions. you won't get a better audience than this. >> we have a comprehensive partnership with china and we work well with china but as we have spoken many times we need to insure that as countries
develop and realize their potential they come onto a whole new level. there can't be special rules around that. we have a great relationship with china. china's growth has been great for australia but we need to make sure we play on the same playing field. something the united states and australia have been very consistent on. we need to move into this new world where economies are changing, china is a big economy. not as big as the united states but oats a big economy. we have to get on the same page with how the rules work and that's what we're working on. [inaudible question]. >> president trump: i will say this we're making a lot of progress with china. they're having a bad year, the worst year in 57 years. the tariffs are coming into us and we're taking in billions of dollars of tariffs. they are devaluing their currency, the tariffs aren't costing us probably anything but certainly not very much. they are also adding a lot of money into their economy. they are pouring money into their economy.
we're taking in many billions of dollars. in the not too distant future it will be $100 billion. it was always the other way around. they've lost over 3 million jobs there. supply chain is crashing. and they have a lot of problems. and i can tell you they want to make a deal. that i can tell you. they want to make a deal. we'll see what happens. [inaudible question] >> president trump: always prepared. never been a country more prepared. there has never been a country more prepared. i spent -- i spent 1 1/2 trillion and we're spending another 738 billion now but i've spent 1 1/2 trillion dollars rebuilding our militaries. we have the finest ships, planes and everything and scott and australia purchased a lot of great stuff from the united states. some of the best military equipment that you have, we have the greatest missiles in the world. rockets in the world. jet fighters in the world.
planes in the world. ships. and we have under construction a number of the most powerful submarines ever built and they're getting close to completion. we have the largest ship in the world right now the president gerald ford, aircraft carrier, the largest ship ever built and just flew over it yesterday. it is massive and beautiful. we have the greatest -- i have to say this. when i got here, scott, it was a different world. it was a different world. we were very depleted. and i actually saw one of the related networks today saying how strong and good and how well we've done with isis. i defeated the caliphate. when i came it was all over the place. i defeated the caliphate, isis. now we have thousands of prisoners of war, isis fighters that are prisoners of war and we're asking the countries from
which they came, scott, from europe, we're asking them to take back these prisoners of war and they can try them, do what they want. so far they've refused. at some point i'll have to say i'm sorry, you either take them back or we'll let them go at your border. they came out from germany and france. we've taken over the caliphate 100%. i was thinking about getting out when it was at 96 or 97% but they were all over the place and we did it in record time. it was a total caliphate victory and now i want the countries to take back the captured isis fighters. if they don't take them back we'll probably put them at the border and they'll have to capture them again. because the united states is not going to have thousands and thousands of people that we've captured stationed at guantanamo bay for the next 50
years and us spending billions of dollars. we've done europe a tremendous favor. they mostly come out of europe. we've done them a tremendous favor and the united states is not going to pay the cost of thousands and thousands of isis fighter prisoners in guantanamo bay or someplace else. we won't do it. they have to make their decision otherwise we will release them at the border. go ahead, next. >> national security team on iran today and what do you expect to hear from them? >> i have a great new person. robert o'brien. a lot of people wanted robert badly. i had 10 or 12 people i thought were fantastic for the job and i think robert -- he is a great friend of australia. scott was telling me he was very happy with the choice. robert is going to be outstanding. he just picked a deputy who was in the administration. you all know him. you know who the deputy is. he is fantastic. and essentially he is already on the job.
but he did a tremendous job as hostage negotiator. we are -- we have a tremendous record. nobody comes close to our record with hostages. >> will you discuss options with iran with your team? >> sure. also secretary of defense and secretary of state. we're discussing with everybody. the early move today was the central bank of iran. [inaudible question] >> president trump: it's always possible. >> would you expect australia to join any military action? >> president trump: we haven't discussed that yet. we'll be discussing it later. [inaudible question]. >> president trump: right now china is paying 30% on $250 billion. that starts in another couple of weeks. as you know, president xi called through his top people
and they have a 70th anniversary. important day for them and it happens to be october 1st, the exact date of the increase in the tariff. and they asked us out of respect would i delay the tariff a little bit. i said how about if i move it forward? let me move it forward a little bit. they didn't want it to fall on the same day. i said let me move it up a couple of weeks. out of respect for president xi who i have great respect for i moved it back two weeks. right now it is 25%. it goes up to 30% on october 15th. [inaudible question] >> president trump: no, i haven't. i just tell you it is dr -- everybody has read it. they laugh at it. it is another media disaster. the media has lost so much credibility in this country. our media has become the laughingstock of the world. when you look at what they did
to justice kavanaugh and so many other things last week. i think this is one of the worst weeks in the history of the fake news media. you have been wrong on so many things and this one will be -- i wouldn't say it will top the list. you can't do worse than some of the stories you missed over the last week or two but the media of our country is laughed at all over the world now. you are a joke. what else? [inaudible question] >> when you talk about the conversation -- >> president trump: which conversation? figure it out. you are supposed to be the media, figure it out. which conversation? >> july 25th. >> president trump: i really don't know. [inaudible question] >> president trump: we're doing a great program. we have vice president pence is very much involved and we have a tremendous space program. if you look at our facilities they were virtually closed up and crabgrass growing on the
runways. now they're vital and we're going to mars. we're stopping at the moon. the moon is actually a launching pad. that's why we're stopping at the moon. we've already done the moon. that's not so exciting. they said it's a launching pad for mars. we'll be doing the moon but we'll really be doing mars and we'll be making tremendous progress. in addition rich people like to send up rocket ships so between bezos and musk and others, we're leasing them our launch facilities. there are no launch facilities like us. this is big stuff. in texas and florida we're leasing them our facilities so they can send up whatever they want to send up. it's okay with us. they've actually done very well. they've had great success. but rich people in this country, i don't know about your country, they like building rocket ships and sending them up and it's okay
with us. [inaudible question] >> president trump: i think scott and i would rather take a pass. would you like to be on that? i'm not sure. i think he and i will take a pass. a lot of people want to go up and i have great respect for the astronauts. it's incredible. [inaudible question] >> president trump: well, australia's mineral industry is massive. far bigger than that. very few countries have anything approaching what australia has in terms of mineral wealth. you've really taken advantage of it and done it in an environmentally sensitive way. it is important to scott. we talk about it a lot. because that business can get out of control a little bit from the standpoint of environment. you have really approached it in an environmentally sensitive way. coal as an example.
you are the leader of safety in coal digging and we've actually studied it. we're doing a lot of coal and you have very -- you almost have no -- you used to have black lung disease and you almost don't have it anymore. you have all of the dust down and they become wet mines. >> very technologically advanced industries. they're from the robotics involved in the production and all the way through. but that critical mineral space, these are things we'll be talking about. australia has a wonderful partnership with the united states not just strategically and militarily but also economically. that will be a big part of this conversation we have today. >> president trump: environmentally, the things that they've done with digging. digging is a -- when you talk minerals it's about digging. what you've been able to do with the environment having to do with taking minerals out of
the ground, including i would say even especially because you are leading on coal. i sent a whole crew over because your record is so good in terms of illnesses from digging. better than anybody in the world. we'll catch you on that, okay? [inaudible question] >> we'll talk about that over dinner tonight. no, we have talked about if we take the president's cup. a tremendous tournament. the president knows about golf more than i development he has a busy year coming up. if he has the opportunity if mrs. trump has the opportunity it will be a great spectacle in australia to see. >> president trump: the pga tour invited me to go. i would love to do it. we'll see what the schedule is.
exciting tournament. having it in australia where you have so many great golfers, greg norman is a friend of mine and great friend of yours i know. i think he will be here tonight. the first lady has done an incredible job tonight. we'll have either for the first time or one of the few times in the rose garden and it is going to be -- i watched the rehearsal yesterday and she was out there. it will be incredible. tonight will be a beautiful night. the only thing that can dampen it will be rain and we aren't expecting it. if it rains we'll head to the state room and be just fine. i hope you'll be able to see it tonight for a little while. probably you will. we'll make sure you do. it's beautiful. >> how critical is it to have a coalition to address iran and does that start today? >> president trump: i always like a coalition. sometimes you find that people have made a lot of money with
iran. when president obama made that deal not only was it a bad deal but the united states didn't partake in a business sense and other countries germany, france, russia, many other countries made a lot of money with iran. we didn't make money with iran, which that was just one of the many bad parts about the deal. everyone else is making money and we're not. we'll see what happens. look, the united states is in a class by itself. we have the most powerful military in the world by far. nobody close. as you know, we've spent tremendous and hopefully -- we pray to god we never have to use it. but we've totally renovated and bought new nuclear and the rest of our military is all brand-new. the nuclear now is at a level it has never been before. and i can only tell you because i know the problems of nuclear. i know the damages -- i know what happens and i want to tell
you, we all hope and scott hopes, we all pray we never have to use nuclear. but there is nobody that has anywhere close to what we have. [inaudible question] >> president trump: unger is very exciting. we'll be there. you'll be there. and for you it's a much longer trip but we look forward to it. we have a big message. and we have -- i very much -- haven't been back to new york in a long time. i see our part-time mayor will be going back to new york so they'll be able to work a little harder. he dropped out of the presidential race a little while ago. too bad. he had tremendous potential. he only had one real asset. it was height. other than that he had nothing going. okay, what else? [inaudible question] >> i think the united states
has taken a very measured and calibrated approach to date. the thing about our partnership is we always listen to whatever requests are made and australia always considers them in our national interests and we have good conversations about these things. we never get ahead of ourselves on these things. you take it one step at a time. we keep talking to each other. that's what we've always done. and we'll keep doing that. we have such an open line of communication. i appreciate the fact the president and i talk about these things when we're not together. we'll keep doing that and we'll take these things one step at a time. >> president trump: the easiest thing for me to do and maybe it's a natural instinct, maybe i have to hold myself back. i remember during the debates when i was running against hillary and the democrats and the media, i view them all the same. i view that partnership very much the same. but when i was running everybody said oh, he is going to get into war, he is going to
get into war and blow everybody up and get into war. well, the easiest thing i could do -- i could do it while you're here would say go do it, fellows, and that would be a very bad day for iran. that's the easiest a guy could do. so easy. for all of those that say they should do it, it shows weakness, it shows -- actually, in my opinion it shows strength because the easiest thing i could do -- okay, go ahead, knock out 15 different major things in iran. i could do that. all set to go. it's all set to go. but i'm not looking to do that if i can. i think i've changed a lot of minds. people are very surprised that -- many people are extremely happy. many people are thrilled and many people are saying i wish you would hit the hell out of them. let's see what happens. but it will take place in one minute i could do it right here in front of you and that would
be it and then you would have a nice big story to report. and i think it shows far more strength to do it the way we're doing it. and again whether it's next week or two weeks or three weeks doesn't make any difference. whether it's now for three weeks doesn't make any difference. i think the strong person's approach and the thing that does show strength would be showing a little bit of restraint. much easier to do it the other way. much easier. and iran knows if they misbehave they are on borrowed time. they are not doing well. i would love to see them do great. they're doing very poorly. far worse than they've ever done before. they are having riots in their streets. they are having a lot of problems in iran right now. they could solve it very quickly. the easiest thing for me to say let's go. it is interesting because when i was campaigning, everybody
here thought i was going to be -- it would be one day but what i have done is defeated isis, i've rebuilt our military to a level it's never been before. spent a lot of money. the budgets are not so hard to fix for me but when you are spending 1 1/2 trillion so far, now another $738 billion on the military. think of it 1 1/2 trillion dollars and we have the greatest in the world. but i think restraint is a good thing. [inaudible question] >> president trump: we were thinking about having a meeting. i didn't like the idea they couldn't produce a cease fiefrment i wasn't in favor of that. i said if they can't produce a cease-fire why are we bother. they thought it was a sign of
strength to kill 12 peoples and badly wound others. one of those 12 people was a young man, a young solder from puerto rico from our country. and when i heard that i said i don't want to deal with them anymore. we have hit in afghanistan the taliban harder than they've ever been hit in the entire 19 years of war. they have been hit harder. it's come back to me through impeccable sources that they're saying wow, we made a mistake with this guy. they made a mistake. i was totally willing to have a meeting. i'll meet with anybody. i think meetings are good. i think meetings are good. there is no such thing -- i really believe meetings are good. if it doesn't work out, that's okay. even then you get to know your opposition. i'm looking at them like they're looking at me. you get to know your opposition. you can see if they're real. sometimes you develop a relationship like we do. sometimes you develop -- many times you won't. but you get to know your
opposition. i think the best thing that has happened to this country is the fact that at least for three years the fact that i have a very good relationship with kim jong-un. i think that's a positive. his country has tremendous potential. he knows that. our country has been playing around for 50 years and getting nothing. we have a relationship. there has never been a relationship with them. we'll see what happens. it might or might not work out. i'm not saying it will. in the meantime he hasn't been testing nuclear. you haven't had nuclear tests for a long time and he has been doing some short range missiles but so does every other country do short range missiles. they're standard fare. no, i will tell you that we've never had a country so strong. we're just a couple of points away from a new stock market all-time high. and i think we've done it over 112 times. there is a certain number whatever it may be. i don't want to be specific. if i give you the wrong number
it will be breaking news. it was 112 and it was 111 and it will be breaking news. they'll give me a pinocchio. let me say the country has never been in this position. we have the strongest military we've ever had and rebuilt it after the $738 billion we have a rebuilt military. a great thing. and some of our friends are doing the same thing. i can tell you australia's military is unbelievable. i saw the order they put in for some of our most sophisticated equipment and i said that's really great what you are doing. they've really upped it. i want to congratulate you. you have done a job on your military. >> we're in the middle of doing an upgrade. the biggest increase in our defense since the second world war. [inaudible question]
>> president trump: that's a question i haven't heard in a long time. i'll leave that for you to determine. [inaudible question] >> do you see china as a strategic threat to the united states? >> president trump: obviously china is a threat to the world in a sense because they are building a military faster than anybody. and frankly they are using u.s. money. presidents before me have allowed china to take out $500 billion a year and it is really more than that. they've allowed china to steal our intellectual property and property rights. and i'm not doing that. we actually are very close to having a deal. we were very close. we had intellectual property. all the tough things were negotiated. at the last moment, scott, they said we cannot agree to this. i said that's all right we're charging you 25% tariffs and
it's going up and it will continue to go up. frankly, we're making so many -- the numbers that we're taking in to our treasury. you see it. sometimes you'll see look at the good reports, the great reports that came out two days ago on retailing, on consumers, numbers that nobody believes. well, i think a lot of it we're taking hundreds of millions potentially over a short period of time. hundreds of billions of dollars worth of money is coming in from china that never came in before. so china wants to make a deal. i think we want to make a deal. we'll see what happens. i view china in many different ways. right now i'm thinking about trade. you know trade equals military because if we allow china to take $500 billion out of the hide of the united states that money goes into military and other things. >> president trump: i was hoping i wouldn't be asked that question. had to be you that asked me.
you had to ask me that question, right, justin. i'm surprised and i was more surprise evidence -- surprised when i saw the number of times. i always had a good relationship with justin. i was surprised by it actually. [inaudible question] >> president trump: i would say a man of titanium. that is much tougher than steel. you might think he is a nice guy, okay? he is a man of real strength and a great guy and his wife is lovely and i want to thank you and i want to thank melania. i hope you'll be able to see. melania has -- she has worked very hard for australia. and you've done a fantastic -- so beautiful and so different. we look up to the skies and we hope it will not rain.
if it is that's okay, too. that will work out also. it always works out. thank you all very much. thank you. [inaudible question] >> president trump: there is nothing, there is nothing. [inaudible question] >> an honor to be here. >> president trump: thank you very much, everybody. >> bill: 33 minutes in length there listening to that playback from the oval office with julie banderas and bill hemmer back in new york. a few things here to get to the headlines. iran, i'll frame it this way. discussions today on possible military strikes. strongest sanctions ever imposed on tehran. if they misbehave they know
they're on borrowed time. with regard to the whistleblower reports. all another political hack job, a partisan person, don't know who that person is. i'm joined by republican missouri senator josh hawley served on the judiciary and armed services committee. listening along with us. i'll start with the whistleblower and get to other issues after that. what do you think is going on here we don't understand yet knowing the story is not complete? >> i'm not sure, bill, what the actual facts are. maybe we'll find out over time. it looks like another deep state attack. another bureaucrat attack, bureaucratic attack on the president. we've seen it over and over and over in this administration from anonymous sources inside the bureaucracy. and attempt to resist the policies of the president of the united states. we'll see what the facts are on this over time. so far i have to say i'm not
impressed. >> bill: does the fact that the i.g. is involved give it more credence? >> well, i hope it means we'll get to the bottom of it. there will be some real facts produced here and not anonymous allegations again from bureaucrat i can sources and what we've had to endure at the justice department and the f.b.i. with these same sorts of attacks. frankly unprecedented resistance measures by bureaucrats to try and stop an elected president from carrying out the policies the people voted for. >> bill: matthew whitaker was with us, former acting attorney general. he believes we'll hear the entire truth. do you? >> i hope so, bill. i hope so. i have to say it again. what we've lived through with the f.b.i. and from d.o.j., the f.b.i. let's review, starting a counter intelligence -- that's a spy investigation of the
president of the united states and why? because some unelected bureaucrats didn't like his foreign policy. so they launched a spy investigation of him and still awaiting the full report on that. so this is again a pattern. let's see what the facts are here. let's get the facts. i have to say i don't like the pattern of this at all from the deep state. >> bill: two more minutes. you are meeting with mark zuckerberg. you met with him yesterday. here is senator kennedy from louisiana good for always saying something clever. watch here and listen. >> mr. zuckerberg came up here, he is very smart. it's clear to me from his hearing he is also fluent in b.s. and we told him pretty straight up. come back with a plan on how to address these concerns. all we heard is nothing, zero, zilch. >> bill: with facebook on the hill roaming around washington there are a lot of issues here.
whether it's election security, whether it's privacy or issues thinking that facebook has a built-in bias, what did you tell the ceo yesterday? >> i told zuckerberg that if he wants to get serious about censorship and proving that facebook isn't biased he needs to submit to an independent third party audit. he said to me they made a mistake, facebook was wrong. there was bias in sensoring pro-life groups. he said -- i called them out of that and said i was right and they struggle with bias. i said prove you will do something different. open your books to third party auditors and i said they ought to sell whatsapp and instagram. sell them and show that they're not afraid to compete. >> bill: what did he say to you on that point? >> first i think he was stunned
and secondly he said well, we're not going to do that. they also don't want to do a third party audit. every time they get caught. >> bill: kennedy was clearly not satisfied. how would you characterize your feeling about the meeting? >> well, i asked him for two things, challenged him on those two things and he said no to both. until facebook shows it is willing to take real action it is
just talk. >> bill: josh hawley, thank you for hanging around for us today. appreciate it. the republican from missouri. more to come. thank you in washington here is julie. >> julie: we're awaiting a news conference at the white house. there is more. we'll bring that to you as soon as it begins. plus a war of words between the trump administration and tehran after the attack on saudi oil facilities. could we see military action soon? we discuss next. >> president trump: always prepared. never been a country more prepared. never been a country more prepared.
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>> president trump: when i was running everybody said he will get into war, he will get into war. he will blow everybody up. he will get into war. well, the easiest thing i could do, i could do it while you're here would say go ahead, fellows, go do it and that would be a very bad day for iran. >> julie: president trump there earlier this morning responding to questions about the possibility of military action against iran. let's bring in brett velicovich u.s. army special operations and strategic advisor. thank you for talking to us. i said this earlier in the show. we'll say it again and the president just reiterated this. when talking military options, showing restraint actually shows strength. adding that the easiest thing for him to do would be to strike iran. he won't do that yet. he would like to form a
coalition with iran. those are his words. what does iran take away from the president's comments today? >> i think they're having some difficulty trying to assess what he is doing. today they're having a conversation about potential military action. the truth is the saudi oil attack was a very well executed operation and proof the iranian regime has changed their tactics both drones and cruise missiles were used that the weapons may have been fired from multiple locations. when you look at the bigger picture the fact that our own country's citizens and some foreign allies still don't believe our government indicating that iran is clearly to blame for these attacks is proof that the iranians have yet again gotten away with this. they continue to get away with it. the recent activities on behalf of the iranian regime continue to go unchecked. they feel more bold. i predicted on your network a few months ago as we did
nothing after they shot down our drone, it was only going to lead to an increase in attacks and more and more attacks. we're starting to see that. our inaction makes us look weak on behalf of the iranian regime. people don't understand there will have tactical military attacks don't understand i ran. >> julie: they're doing it since 1979. this president has met them with strong words and actions when it comes to sanctions. the president just a moment ago actually announced that they have sanctioned iranian national bank at the highest level and he brought in steve mnuchin and asked him how big and he replied very big. how effective are these sanctions? >> look, these increased sanctions are they working? absolutely. i commend the president for doing that. he as has imposed some of the harshest sanctions in history. that isn't good enough.
what the iranians want, they want to prove to the world they are in control of global economic satisfaction. that the global energy supply is basically can be sustained on behalf of what they are doing. their own country's economic stability is at play here. these sanctions won't work. so i think we have to have some sort of tactical military response. we have a special operations community that are experts in this designed, trained and equipped to do this to send a message to iran covertly. we can do it better than they can. on top of that when it comes to the saudis and houthis we can't let the saudis fail in that -- in their operations against the houthis. the same irgc officers responsible according to a recent pentagon study for over 600 american solder deaths in
irrelevant -- we have to do something about it before it's too late. >> julie: brett, thank you very much for talking. sorry we're short on time today. a lot going on and we appreciate you hanging in there. >> bill: preview of "outnumbered." what are you working on? >> we're awaiting remarks from the president along with australia's prime minister. more of those. we'll bring it to you live. canada's prime minister justin trudeau blaming his explosive black face scandal on his privilege. will that defense hold up? plus accounts piling up that are challenging joe biden's inconsistent -- that he -- his insistence he believed anita hill's harassment claims about clarence thomas. should biden respond?
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>> bill: here we go. an alert in texas now. torrential rains flooding homes. it prompted hundreds of rescues there. >> i have two feet of water in my house. i didn't want to leave but i had no choice, i had to. >> water coming from everywhere. >> how glad are you to see these guys? >> i'm so grateful. thank you. >> bill: casey stiegel.
tough times there live in houston. how are they doing? >> things are looking a lot better today, i have to say. remarkable rain. parts of this region got two feet of it in two days. but the sun is shining now and it is drying things out like the road back here that the water level we've watched as we've been here this morning starts to recede. this is right near a bayou that spilled out of its banks and we're on the outskirts of bush intercontinental airport that was closed yesterday because the bayou spilled out of its banks and all of these roads were under water. you couldn't even access the airport. to the dramatic rescue video. harris county tells us that 2100 high water rescues played out with this event. two deaths reported. a man who drowned near this location in his car. and then a man who lost his
life drowning trying to save his horse. the national weather service says this event is the fifth wettest on record for the area and it is the wettest calendar day ever recorded in september. >> as we turned off to the side of the street the water coming from everywhere. >> i call them angels of mercy to come and save us like this. >> east of houston hit very hard. 40 inches of rain falling around the beaumont area. in fact, still at this hour interstate 10, which runs between beaumont and houston remains closed. it is a major artery east and west. because nine barges in the river broke loose and two of the barges actually struck the bridge. so structural engineers are on
site trying to see if there has been any structural damage or compromises to that. so both lanes of that very busy thoroughfare closed. the good news intermittent rain today but blue skies now, sun is shining. awfully humid but they're drying out and they need it. >> bill: more to come on that. thank you, casey stiegel in houston, texas. >> julie: we heard from president trump earlier from the white house as we all watched that. moments from now president trump and the australian prime minister will hold a news conference, a joint one. we'll keep an eye on that and take you there live as soon as it happens. i have i'm embarrassed to even say i felt like i was going to spend my whole adult life paying this off thanks to sofi, i can see the light at the end of the tunnel as of 12pm today, i am debt free ♪ not owing anyone anything is the best feeling in the world,
a picture-perfect day for mid-september in our nation's capital. >> bill: say to them, the president said he wants people m tonight's dinner in the rose garden. it should be nice. >> bill: i hope the weather is clear you are. under the beacon. >> julie: i will see you on monday. the 25 starts now. >> harris: fox news alert, we are waiting president trump's joint news conference with australia's prime minister. the president is expected to address a range of issues. again, we might say. including the white house's standoff with democrats over a whistle-blower complaint. it is reportedly over president trump's communications with a foreign leader. he is likely to address iran and those attacks on saudi arabia's oil refinery, as well. we are going to bring the presidents remarks live when they begin. in the meantime, another fox news alert. a critical moment in the showdown with iran. president trump to meet where military officials are today, waiting a response to the