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making news in america this morning, preparing to speak to putin. we just learned when president trump will talk with the russian president. for the first time since taking office, the diplomatic standoff. the upcoming meeting between president trump and mexico's president abruptly canceled as confusion grows about who will pay for the border wall. a scary scene in an american city. flames shooting from the roof of a high-rise hotel. guests forced to evacuate. new details on what may have caused that fire. caught on camera, a swollen river eating away its bank. watch this. it eventually gives way dumping a hotel into the water. was there anyone inside? and president trump's air force one, inside the flying
oval office and what he says is different about this plane compared to his own. maybe it's the gold plated toilets aren't there. who knows. good friday morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm erielle reshef in for diane today. we begin with president trump poised to have his first direct conversation with russian president vladimir putin. still, the kremlin overnight confirmed that the two leaders will speak by phone tomorrow. president trump has said he wanted to develop a better relationship with russia and suggested lifting the latest sanctions imposed by the obama administration. in the meantime, there is this, the president is squaring off with mexico over his promised border wall. the mexican president enrique pena nieto abruptly called off a visit to the white house after refusing to pay for the wall. >> now there's talk of a possible border tax. abc's stephanie ramos has the latest from washington. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: hey, erielle and kendis, good morning. president trump already signed an order to start building the border wall, but the big
question still loom, who is really going to pay for it? president trump insists the border wall will go up with american money, that mexico will eventually pick up the tab. >> i've said many times that the american people will not pay for the wall, and i've made that clear to the government of mexico. >> reporter: white house press secretary sean spicer suggested slapping a 20% import tax on products out of mexico as payment. >> right now our country's policy is to tax exports and let imports flow freely in which is ridiculous but by doing it that way we can get $10 billion a year and easily pay for the wall just through that mechanism alone. >> reporter: mexico's government against the idea when it was a campaign promise. >> who's going to pay for the wall. [ chanting "mexico" ] >> reporter: and still against it under a trump presidency. >> exports from mexico into the u.s., that's going to be paid by the american consumer.
>> reporter: hours earlier, mexico's president, pena telling the mexican people, i said it once and i will say it again, mexico will not pay for any wall. he later tweeted his upcoming meeting to the white house was canceled and president trump telling lawmakers at a retreat in philadelphia, it was a mutual decision to cancel. >> unless mexico will treat the united states fairly with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless. >> reporter: a meeting between trump and british prime minister theresa may is still on the books for today despite their differences on torture, trade and nato. aside from today's meeting with may, mr. trump will also head to the pentagon to sign more executive orders and to attend the ceremonial swearing in of his new defense secretary, general james mattis. >> a lot going on in that city right now. >> we should mention abc plans live coverage of that joint press conference at 1:00 p.m. later today.
now, president trump as you know clashed with the media quite a bit during the campaign and after his first week in office, it doesn't look like that's going to change any time soon. >> in an interview with fox news last night, the president minced no words. sean hannity asked president trump about his relationship with the press. >> i've seen major newspapers, two cable networks that used the word liar and my question to you is does that make you want to rethink entirely how this administration will deal with the media? >> well, they're the liars. let me give you an example. when sean got up, he talked about the audience and he talked about i had the largest audience. i did. i had the largest audience if you add the television and all the sources, the largest audience in the history of inaugurations. i did. they try and demean it so much. >> the president also went after "saturday night live" saying it's a failing show. president trump's chief strategist steve bannon is launching his own salvo against the news media.
bannon said it should, quote, keep its mouth shut and listen for awhile and says he considers the media the opposition party whose members don't understand why donald trump was elected president and summed up by saying, quote, the media has zero integrity, zero intelligence and no hard work. we're learning new details about president trump's efforts to disprove media reports about the crowd size at his inauguration. according to "the washington post" the president called directly calling the acting director of the national park service the day after his swearing in. "the post" reports that he demanded more photographs of the national maul hoping to prove the media lied about the size there. the white house cut about $5 million earmarked for advertising to promote sign-ups in healthcare.gov. the department of health and human services says it needs to cut costs and has already spent $60 million on efforts to bolster enrollment. a major shake-up at the state department even before a
new seth of state is sworn in. six senior staffers have resigned. an unusually large exodus during a change in presidential administrations. the appointees were told they would not be asked to stay on during president trump's tenure. secretary of state nominee former exxon ceo rex tillerson is expected to be confirmed by the senate next week. a federal grand jury has indicted the suspect in that deadly shooting rampage at the ft. lauderdale airport. charges against esteban santiago include five counts of causing death at an international airport. five people were killed during the rampage earlier this month in the baggage claim area. santiago has a history of mental illness. powerful stores that swamped california have a bit of a silver lining. the state is almost completely drought-free and none is falling under the exceptional or worse category but state water officials warn that until reservoirs are fully replenished they'll continue to impose restrictions. on the other side of the
country, the front that brought frigid air to the midwest is moving east, which means lake-effect snow is expected over the next several days, parts of the interior northeast could accumulate between two and three feet of new snow. still ahead, how facebook just made it virtually impossible for someone to hack your account. plus, mysterious murder in paradise. one of our abc news colleagues killed in belize. what the fbi is now saying about who might be involved. and flames shooting from one of the city's largest hotels. people in all 750 rooms evacuated. the new video coming in this morning.
the flight headed from washington to nashville landed safely. crews immediately doused the smoldering engine with both foam and water. at least 75 passengers were aboard the plane and no injuries were reported. the faa is now investigating. the engineer involved in a deadly train crash in philadelphia is suing amtrak. brandon bosstian alleged that the railroad ignored reports that people were throwing objects at trains. he said he was disoriented after something hit his train. investigators say he was distracted by reports of another train being hit. a hotel fire forced hundreds of guests from their rooms in tampa. flames were seen shooting off the top of the building. firefighters had to walk up 27 flights of stairs to put out the flames on the rooftop there. now, officials say the blaze was caused by debris from construction work. after nearly an hour, the fire was out and those guests returned to their rooms. >> scary images, though, there.
facebook is offering another layer of security to better protect your accounts. this special usb stick is designed to lock out intruders looking to compromise your personal information. a lot of people share a lot on facebook. physical keys are said to be faster and more effective than verification codes that are sent to your phone. security keys were already available for google and drop box. not that she needed it but oprah winfrey is expanding her business profile. winfrey is joining forces with kraft heinz to develop new line of food products in the u.s. mealtime stories will offer a ready to eat refrigerated meal, and 10% of the profits will be donated to anti-hunger charities. no word yet on when the products will debut. when we come back, newly leaked body cam video leads to charges being dropped against a mother and her two teens. a hotel collapses into a swollen river. what happened here? what happened here?
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in this video is struck by some live power lines. the utility poles holding them came crashing down in sacramento. several people were also trapped in their vehicles by the wires. once the power was shut off they all got out safely. no one was injured. there shouldn't be problems on california roads this morning. just some mountain snow in the northern rockies, but it'll be slippery around the great lakes and into the northeast and new england. we're learning some new details about the investigation into the murder of someone in our abc family. anne swaney was strangled to death while on vacation in the caribbean country of belize. she was an executive producer at our abc station in chicago. >> investigators have new leads about who may have been involved in her death. the fbi now offering a $10,000 reward for any information to help crack this case. abc's linzie janis has more. >> reporter: murder in paradise. 39-year-old anne swaney killed while vacationing at this eco
resort and horse farm in belize. the fbi saying it now believes more than one person may be behind the mysterious murder. >> the public they believe may have information about the suspect or suspects. >> reporter: on the morning she was murdered she volunteered to stay behind from a horseback riding excursion because there weren't enough horses for everyone. when the group later returned, they reportedly found her yoga mat and other belongings on the waterfront deck but saw no sign of her. >> that's when we were alerted that her things were down at the yoga platform. >> reporter: linzie janis, abc news, new york. investigators in new hampshire say they may have solved a series of gruesome cold case murders. they've identified a drifter known as robert evans as the man responsible for the death of his then girlfriend denise bodin in 1981. they're also linking him to the murders of another woman and three children whose bodies were found in metal drums but evans won't ever stand trial.
he died in a california prison serving time for yet another murder. criminal charges against a texas woman and her two daughters who called police for help have been dropped thanks in part to the officer's body cam. this newly released image here showing what happened when police arrived. jacqueline craig says the officer argued with her, eventually throwing her and her two daughters to the ground. you can see it there. now, police did not release the video and would not comment on it but dropped all charges against craig and her daughters. >> we have to recognize when we do something that's maybe legal but may not be the right thing to do. >> we're calling the community to continue to put pressure on chief fitzgerald to fire this officer. >> the officer was disciplined for ten days and underwent more training. that video was leaked. and some incredible video as well from peru. that is what a hotel sounds and
looks like as it collapses and falling right into a flood swollen river. the building's foundation was eroded by the rushing water. luckily everyone inside had evacuated well before the collapse. no one injured there. we turn to sports. one thing we know about the australian open, women's final, is that it's going to be won by a williams. >> this is fantastic. 36-year-old venus williams is playing like she's in her prime. in her first major final since 2009 when she lost to her little sister at wimbledon. that little sister serena is trying to win her 23rd grand slam title which would be a new record. both say they're happy for each other. >> you have to control yourself and then you also have to hopefully put your opponent in the box and if this opponent is your sister, she's super awesome, so it's wonderful. >> it's the one time that i really genuinely feel like no matter what happens, i can't lose. she can't lose. it's just going to be a great situation.
>> if serena williams wins, she'll regain her world number one ranking. their match is scheduled to start at 3:30 in the morning tomorrow morning on our sister network espn. >> stay up late or wake up early. >> yeah. it's going to be tough. so, these young ladies, they first met -- they first played each other. >> met? >> 1998 and they've been doing this since then. nearly 20 years, pretty impressive there. >> two decades. >> all right. the nfl is really trying pretty hard to drum up a little interest in the pro bowl. the festivities starting with a skills showdown that included a dodgeball game. >> ooh. >> would be one of the great performances in the history of american athletics. it's off to a good start. >> that is the announcer sean mcdonough trying to get dramatic there as several nfc players in blue went up against the afc's last man, ty hilton of the colts. hilton forced an overtime period against four guys but couldn't catch a ball thrown by zeke elliott of the cowboys who
stripped off his shirt and celebrated as you can see. this is big stuff, like he was playing in the super bowl. the festivities all building up in orlando. so, it's not in hawaii this year. >> but it looked nice. nice weather. >> that's all that matters. >> shirtless weather. up next in "the pulse," inside president trump's air force one as he compares it to his own plane. and leading scientists have an actual doomsday clock and it just took another tick towards midnight when they think the world will end. >> end of days coming.
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♪ and it is time for your friday "pulse" starting with an inside look at president trump's new air force one. >> it may take a little bit of getting used to for the president. air force one is a little different than the plane than he owns himself. >> the president invited the media for a photo-op in the flying oval office after his first flight on air force one to philadelphia. the president was sitting behind his desk, his new air force jacket, you see there hanging on the chair. lots of snacks nearby and the tv blaring. >> the president's own plane, actually his plane is smaller than air force one which is a 747 of course but trump's jet has two bedrooms and a full bathroom with a 24 karat gold plated sink. who doesn't need one? the seat belts are gold plated in case you wanted to know and asked to compare the two planes. here he goes.
>> well, that's a good one too but this is a very special plane for a lot of reasons. outside of just being -- >> and some people noticed the president broke protocol when boarding by not turning around and waving. but when he did arrive in philadelphia, he did do a real stern salute before getting in his car. next a movement on what's known as the doomsday clock, end of days apparently happening fairly soon. not just a movie but maintained for 70 years by some of the world's leading scientists. >> they unveiled the clock and said that the minute hand had moved from three minutes to midnight up to 2 1/2, midnight on the clock rips global catastrophe. >> the scientists say it's due to comments from president trump and a darkening global security landscape. these guys are positive. police in india say they have 5 1/2 pounds of pot they need to give away. >> they tweeted this out of the
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mountains, a massive man hunt is on for a bank robbery suspect who shot at police and also broke into a woman's home last night. and in dublin, a big rig fire was so intense, crews had to wait hours to move in. the truck was filled with dhl mail and packages. >> crews have been racing to get this reopened before this morning's commute. elissa harrington is live in dublin. >> reporter: good morning. i wanted to show you the backup here on the westbound lanes along 580 where just up the road about half a mile is where that big rig caught fire last night around 6:30. you can see there's some slow
traffic but the good news is a chp officer told me that all lanes should reopen within minutes. we were at the scene a little bit earlier this morning, and they were clearing some of the debris. this big rig caught on fire last night at around 6:30, closing five lanes. it was an absolute nightmare. these are some pictures that show that big rig on fire. it was carrying mail. and crews worked throughout the night to try and clear the lanes and make sure it would be safe for this morning's commute. now, again, a chp officer told me that they should have this whole area clear within minutes. of course, there's still going to be some congestion as people get back into the flow of things but the good news is that they're trying to get everything back to normal as soon as possible. reporting live along 580 west, elissa harrington, abc7 news. >> thank you. alexis, it is early in the morning but we could see there was definitely a backup there. >> there sure is and really good news they are getting these lanes back open. really, the best time possible
here as the commute is ramping up. we do have about two miles of heavy traffic approaching where she is there. westbound 580, just before you get to that 680 split and we have the two right lanes open so the three left lanes are blocked and you are pretty slow, just about 8 miles per hour approaching. and if this is going to stay closed any later, we're going see significant delays but hopefully that's not the case. let's check in with meteorologist mike nicco. sounds like we have a nice day ahead. >> we really do. good morning, everybody. hi, let's take a look and show you what's going on with live doppler 7. not much going on out there. put the umbrellas away, grab the sunglasses, you will need them. breezy up in the hills this morning but hasn't moving down into the valleys. we have frosty spots inland at 7:00. low to mid 50s at noon and then mid 50s at 4:00 but mid to upper 40s so grab a coat it's going to be a chilly evening. take a look at some of those warm weekend numbers next but let's gethe