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tonight the world watching president trump. the president declares syria has crossed more than a red line that assad has crossed several lines. on the world stage, the president said his position on assad, on syria, has changed after seeing the images of the victims of the chemical attack. will the u.s. take action? also tonight, the shakeup. the president's top strategist steve bannon removed from his post on president trump's national security council. at this hour, we're also watching the severe storms, the tornado watches and warnings across several states. 60 million americans in the path. the flood watches right into the northeast. the f-16 crash, how the pilot barely avoided a suburban america. and tonight, four dozen
advertisers have pulled their ads from the o'reilly factor. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a wednesday night. we begin tonight with president trump in there front of the world on syria, on bashar al assad. on the apparent chemical attack that killed dozens in syria. calling it quote, a affront to humanity. saying his attitude toward syria has changed very much. more than 80 men, women and children dying. those who did survive gasps for air. what the world was waiting for next, word from president trump. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: welcoming the king of jordan to the white house, the president firmly condemned the chemical weapons attack in
syria, placing the blaming squarely on the syrian government. >> it is a terrible affront to humanity, i can tell you, terrible. >> reporter: and later at a joint press conference in the rose garden, he suggested there should be retaliation. >> these heinous actions by the assad regime cannot be tolerated. >> reporter: in the past, again and again, donald trump said the u.s. should not get involved. tweeting "syria is not our problem" when president obama proposed protecting civilians. and after assad's massive chemical weapons attack in 2013, he tweeted "do not attack syria, fix u.s.a." adding, "if you do many bad things will happen & from that fight the u.s. gets nothing!" but now, the president says these horrific images have changed his mind about the assad regime. innocent civilians suffering from this week's attack, more than 80 dead. here a father clutches his twin 9-month-old babies, both
killed -- >> i do change. and i am flexible. and i'm proud of that flexibility. and i will tell you, that attack on children yesterday, had a big impact on me. big impact. and it's very, very possible, and i will tell you, it's already happened, that my attitude towards syria and assad has changed very much. >> reporter: trump blames president obama for the humanitarian crisis but acknowledges it's now his challenge to solve. >> i now have responsibility and i will have that responsibility and carry it very proudly, i will tell you that. it is now my responsibility. >> i could just quickly ask you if the chemical attacks crosses a red line for you? >> it crossed a lot of lines for me. when you kill innocent children, innocent babies -- babies, little babies -- with a chemical gas that is so lethal.
people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line. many, many lines. >> reporter: but he gave no indication of what he may do. >> well, one of the things i think you've noticed about me is militarily, i don't like to say where i'm going and what i'm doing. i'm not saying i'm doing anything one way or the other. but i'm certainly not going to be telling you. >> reporter: today, king abdullah made it clear, the world is looking to president trump. >> i believe under your leadership we will be able to unravel this very complicated situation. >> reporter: and the president, while again blaming his predecessor, is promising to take action. >> the world is a mess. i inherited a mess. we're going to fix it. we're going to fix it. jon karl with us live at the white house. the president made it clear he won't say what he's going to do. any kind of time line for possible action here sf. >> white house officials say this is very high on the agenda.
in fact, the president himself chaired a meeting of his national security council today here at the white house on the chemical weapons attack. no time line yet for a response. we just heard president trump say that syria crossed a red line, but several lines. nikki haley holding up pictures today if the u.n. doesn't act the u.s. may have to. >> how many children have to die before russia cares? the united states sees yesterday's attack as a disgrace at the highest level. assurance that humanity means nothing to the syrian government. when the united nations fails to act consistently, there are times where we are compelled to take our own action. i want to bring in martha raddatz with us tonight.
you heard the president saying his attitude toward syria has changed. we heard ambassador haley say, at times we're compelled to take our own action. for americans at home wondering what's going happen, what's next. >> what's the goal here? do they want to prevent further attacks? do they want to punish or get rid of bashar al we don't know. most of those chemical weapons, the stock piles are gone so the chemical weapons used here were hidden. this is much more difficult. >> as we heard, they met with the nation mall security team today all of this playing out amid a shakeup on the president's national security council. steve bannon has now been removed from the national security council.
what's behind the move? here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: at the white house today, a staff shakeup. president trump, reversing his controversial decision to put his chief strategist, steve bannon, on the national security council. bannon's presence on the council drew harsh criticism, a lightning rod, his right-wing views on nationalism and islam no secret. >> it's pretty dark here in europe right now, but there's something actually much darker and that is islam. >> reporter: when trump added bannon to the committee, he also excluded key military and intelligence officials and was accused of favoring politics over national security experience. today's restructuring largely due to the growing influence of national security adviser general hr mcmaster, who took on the job after michael flynn was fired after just 24 days. the military and intelligence leaders initially excluded, now restored to their permanent seats on the council. vice president mike pence saying today, "this is just a natural evolution to ensure the national
security council is organized in a way that best serves the president in resolving and making those difficult decisions." white house officials say mcmaster and bannon, white house officials say, share the same philosophy and vision and there was no longer a need for bannon on the council. they say bannon has not been demoted. as this news was breaking, the president in the oval office with "the new york times," talking about what he called "one of the big stories of our time." it involves president obama's national security adviser susan rice and her acknowledgement that she asked to know the identities of americans picked up by surveillance, a process known as unmasking. sources telling abc news that in some cases they were the names of trump campaign and transition officials, caught up in surveillance as the intelligence community investigated russia's election meddling. rice denied leaking any names. >> i leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would. >> and rice says she simply needed to know those names in order to understand the significance of the intelligence
reports she was reading. >> we can't be passive consumers of this information and not and do our jobs effectively to protect the american people. >> reporter: but today asked by "the new york times" if rice committed a crime, president trump said quote "do i think? yes, i think." so far, there is no evidence of a crime and democrats say this is all a distraction from the investigation into whether team trump colluded with the russians. >> my impression is, i wouldn't be surprised after all of this is said and done, that some people end up in jail. >> cecilia vega with us live from the white house. president trump has now accused president obama of wiretapping him. as you just reported there, he just said that susan rice may have committed a crime. what she's said tonight. >> she said i'm not going to dignify it with a comment. they have questions for rice and
they'd like her to testify before their panels. we turn now to another fire storm this one involving fox news host bill o'reillo'reilly. tonight, president trump is defending him. here's abc's linsey davis. >> caution, you're about to enter the no-spin zone. >> reporter: in an interview with the "the new york times" said -- i think he's a good person. nearly 50 companies have pulled their ads from the show. oreilly paid five women almost 13 million dollars. in seattlements over claims. the president now says "personally i think he shouldn't
have settled. because you should have taken it all the way. i don't think bill did anything wrong." it's not the first time he's defended a fox titan. last summer when former ceo roger ailes faced multiple allegations candidate trump defended his friend. >> it's very sad. because he's a very good person. >> reporter: but just a month before the election it was trump under fire for that infamous "access hollywood" tape where he talked about groping women. >> i'm not going to play too much of it because it is crude guy talk. >> reporter: president trump then gave o'reilly the first interview in the wake of that explosive tape. >> well, first of all, locker room talk, and most people have heard it before. >> reporter: candidate trump apologized for the remarks but more than a dozen women then came forward accusing him of inappropriate sexual advances and groping. allegations the president denies. o'reilly hasn't mentioned the allegations against him on the show. many a statement over the weekend, he said his fame makes him a target. he has to put to rest any controversies to spare his
children. president trump's defense of o'reilly comes days after the president declared april national sexual awareness month. americans bracing for possible twisters and large hail and flood watches right up into the northeast. a confirmed tornado on the ground for about 20 minutes. the entire system pushing its way east. abc's steve osunsami is in atlanta where they're bracing for dangerous weather tonight. >> reporter: families in the deep south tonight are facing an emergency, from swift water rescues at flooded streets in atlanta, to this tornado in weston, georgia. farms were torn apart, mobile homes destroyed. >> the top of the house started peeling off, so we knew it was a very serious storm. >> reporter: at the masters golf tournament in augusta, it wasn't safe to stay out on the greens.
>> we are asking you to evacuate the grounds. >> reporter: in neighborhoods across the region, tornado sirens are blaring, the flash floods and rising, it's going to be long night for nearly 60 million americans. north of atlanta, lightning struck several homes and set them on fire. >> the homeowner said it sounded like a stick of dynamite going off. >> reporter: this family won't be able stay here tonight. >> i've seen a lot of lightning strikes but i've never seen them hit this close. >> reporter: this same storm hurled an ef-2 tornado at the kind people of goodman, missouri. winds as high as 120 miles and hour hit a fire station and tore apart the elementary school. luckily, no one was seriously hurt. >> stunning images of that school. steve live with us. this isn't over yet. a brand-new tornado watch just issued for the metro area there. >> reporter: yes, david. brand-new tornado watch for the
entire atlanta metro area until 9:00 p.m. tonight. this is my neighborhood. the street is blocked. power crews are out here trying to clear the road that leads to my house and restore power to this entire neighborhood. >> we're certainly you're okay. we're thinking of your neighbors, steve. rob with us tracking this now. this is moving eastward as we speak. >> such a large, dynamic system, a huge area under the gun. alabama, georgia, carolinas, particularly dangerous situation in that spot there. that's a rare issuance. mid-atlantic, tomorrow, where the storms will be. snow on the backside of this. big-time rain across the northeast. >> tracking it through tomorrow for us, rob. there's still much more ahead on within wouldn't tonight -- the f-16 crash.
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>> we are developing news, a desperate search for a four month old beariaby is now over. madelein was reunited with her mother after being taken by her father. good afternoon, thanks for joining us. i'm larry beil. >> an amber alert as they searched for the four month old and her father. it is a case that began in money tan view last night and expanded to the central valley town of patterson before the baby was finally reunited with her mom in livermore. that's where abc 7 news reporter laura anthony is and police are still looking for the baby's father? >> reporter: that's right, alma. the suspect is still not in custody as we speak. his mother, madelein's grandmother told us she heard from him overnight. that she got him to drop the baby off at her home in patterson. then she arranged to meet the baby's mother at this wal-mart in livermore. it's a meeting that happened under the watchful eye of police from two cities.
18 hours after her father allegedly kidnapped her, four month old madelein was safe in her mother's arms and on her way home to mountain view. the baby's ordeal began last night at this residence inn. police say an argument between madelein's estranged parents prompted the father to drive off with her in his lap. he dropped the baby off with his mother in patterson who drove the child to livermore. the stepfather did not want his face shown. >> his mama took the baby back to the baby's mama so there ain't a big dispute. >> did he drop her off last night? >> no, this morning we made it happen. we made everything happen. >> reporter: baby madelein is safe, but police say they're still looking for michael. >> everything is all a misunderstanding, a family drama with two adults. >> reporter: where is your son? >> oh, he should be at work at