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tonight, president trump and his radical departure. the major speech to the muslim world and a major shift in tone. >> i stand before you to deliver a message of friendship. >> backing off the tough talk from the campaign trail. >> i think islam hates us. >> our team coverage from saudi arabia tonight. ready to testify. former fbi director james comey set to tell his side of the story in front of congress. and the republican senators breaking with the president on his claim that it's all a witch hunt. advancing threat. north korea firing off a new missile despite international warnings. are leader kim jong-un's weapons getting better? firefighter trapped. the gas station in flames collapsing on a fireman. all caught on camera. the race to save him. plus, animal instinct.
the sea lion grabbing this girl right off the dock. and the lightning-fast response that may have made all the difference. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with president trump's speech to the muslim world, rallying leaders from 50 muslim countries against terror. but it was what the president didn't say that spoke volumes. no mention of the phrase, radical islamic terrorism. the move, marking a reset of the harsher tones of the presidential campaign. and the president, clearly enjoying certain moments of his trip. president trump helping the saudis launch a new global center to combat extreme ideology. jonathan karl, traveling with the president and starting us off tonight.
>> reporter: donald trump and the muslim world. an image that not long ago would have been impossible to imagine. here in the birthplace of islam, the man who had portrayed muslims as the problem, offering a message of unity against terrorism. >> this is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. this is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate decent people and human life. this is a battle between good and evil. >> reporter: in the audience, the leaders of more than 50 muslim countries. virtually the entire islamic world. a remarkable moment for the man who just a year ago said -- >> i think islam hates us. there's something -- there's
something there. there's a tremendous hatred there. >> reporter: and for the candidate who had proposed a total and complete shutdown of all muslims entering the u.s. a prohibition that would have applied to everyone in this audience. but today -- >> i stand before you as a representative of the american pemessage of friendship and hope and love. >> reporter: but he did issue a challenge. >> a better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. drive them out. drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your holy land. and drive them out of this earth. >> reporter: the president's call to action notably left out a signature phrase, which he had long ago insisted was crucially important. >> radical islamic terrorism. >> reporter: it wasn't just semantics. trump had hammered both barack obama and hillary clinton for failing to say radical islamic terrorism. now, he portrayed the enemy of a godless enemy of all religions, including islam.
>> religious leaders must make this absolutely clear. barbarism will deliver you no glory. piety to evil will bring you no dignity. >> jonathan karl join us now. the administration is touting the speech as a step in the right direction, and hoping to build on that momentum for the next leg of the trip? >> reporter: they're not predicting an outbreak of peace, as the president goes to israel and meets with the israelis and palestinians, but they do believe this will give momentum to restarting peace talks. the arab nations that were here see two main enemies. iran and isis. neither of which are israel, and in fact those are the same enemies israel sees. so, the administration hopes they will see more support in the middle east peace process
than they have in the past. >> jonathan, thank you. the events in the mideast unfolding against the drum beat of controversy at home. especially the upcoming testimony in front of congress from fbi director james comey who president trump fired. this, as some republicans are breaking with the trump administration and looking into a possible connection between the russians and the trump campaign. here's gloria riviera. >> reporter: tonight, as james comey prepares to testify publicly, a new glimpse inside that meeting between the president and the russian foreign minister. president trump's inner circle acknowledging that the subject of the fbi director's firing came up. >> the firing had been in the news. but i didn't know in advance that the president was gonna raise it. >> reporter: that controversial meeting taking place just one day after james comey was fired. "i just fired the head of the fbi. he was crazy. a real nutjob," trump boasted according to an official summary of the meeting read to "the new york times" by an american official. "i faced great pressure because of russia. that's taken off." speaking today from saudi
arabia, secretary of state rex tillerson, who was also in the room that day, pushed back against that account. >> that's not my, my interpretation, certainly, of the conversation. and i think what the president was trying to convey to the russians is, look, i'm not going to be distracted by this, all these issues that are here at home, they -- that affect us domestically. >> reporter: president trump has acknowledged the russia investigation was on his mind when he fired the man in charge of it, and has called the probe into possible collusion with campaign associates a "witch hunt." but lawmakers from the president's own party disagree. >> well, i wouldn't use the term witch hunt. >> there's also a lot that we don't know yet. and i want to underscore how good it is for america that bob mueller has this position. >> reporter: the house oversight committee chairman, jason chaffetz, says he expects to speak directly to james comey tomorrow. he says he wants to see the memos comey wrote for himself. >> gloria, thank you. as the president tries to build bridges in the middle
east, north korea is building up and launching a new missile. the latest provocation in that advancing threat. here's bob woodruff. >> reporter: north korea acting in defiance of international warnings. today's test an apparent attempt to make their launches faster and harder to detect. the medium range missile traveling 310 miles before plunging into the sea between north korea and japan. a shorter distance than last week's long range rocket that came within just 70 miles of russia. >> we can expect a greater frequency of testing of these missiles as they try to make >> reporter: this was the eighth missile test since president trump took office and came just hours before his address on terror in riyadh. north korea's leader kim jung-un has made no secret of his nuclear ambitions. just this week holding a lavish parade honoring the creators of
his latest weapons. >> at some point they're going to develop a capability that will be able to reach the continental united states. >> reporter: now, the white house acknowledged the test. and the south korean president held an emergency meeting in response to the latest provocation. tom? >> bob, thank you. now to the extraordinary images coming in here at home. firefighters tackling a potentially deadly blaze when part of the building collapsed, trapping a firefighter. setting off a frantic rescue. all unfolding as cameras were rolling. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> oh, my god! oh, my god! >> reporter: it happened in one heart-stopping moment. this convenience store, engulfed in flames. the front of the building collapses, crushing a firefighter at this michigan gas station. >> there's a fireman down! get him out. get him out. get him out. >> reporter: cameras rolling as flames rage around him. burning dangerously close to gas pumps. >> 10-4, we've got this building pretty much fully involved. >> reporter: the firefighter trapped under the debris. more than half a dozen first responders, frantic.
adrenaline pumping, lifting the metal frame, desperately trying to pull him out. some with their bare hands. another dousing flame with a fire hose. >> my last caller was a passerby and advised it looks like that there's still people in the building. >> reporter: witnesses calling for help. shocked by what's unfolding in front of them. just 2 1/2 minutes later -- applause as the man is pulled out. amazingly, seen up and walking around. >> he's standing. so, okay. thank god. >> reporter: that firefighter pulled from the flames was treated for second degree burns and bruising. a second firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation. both already released from the hospital. that department thankful tonight. tom? >> incredible that firefighter was able to walk away. all right, thank you. an update on the man accused of mowing down people in times square. he's speaking out tonight. one person was killed and 20 others injured thursday when he
plowed into the sidewalk. speaking from behind bars, he says he wanted to kill them off. turning now to some of the rough weather threat. rain sweeping across the gulf coast. flash flooding possible tonight. following that dangerous high water in the midwest, sparking major cleanups such as this one in se lem, indiana. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano with more. >> reporter: drenching rain spawning floods from alabama to indiana this weekend. >> i've never in my 39 years have seen it this bad. >> reporter: in salem, indiana, rushing flood water carrying this massive structure downstream, slamming into this bridge. other large containers piled up against the bridge. that road now closed. houses submerged. businesses under water. this stuck truck being pulled to
higher ground. >> that's supposed to be a parking lot. >> reporter: just north in clinton county, a tornado tearing the side off this building. this, just one of three reported twisters in the area late saturday. and flash flooding washing out highways in birmingham, alabama, stranding this woman and her three children in their car. firefighters carrying them to safety. >> once you enter the water, it's too late to turn around and you're inundated before you know it. >> we're tracking the flood you threats tonight. here's rob. >> hey, tom. the rain is going to binge system. it has two parts to it. rains in the north. rain tonight from western new york to the appalachians. that will push around the mountains. and several rounds, houston will see rain. they had a funnel cloud, a tornado just to the west of there. i-10, through new orleans. heavy rain. it looks like over five inches locally in spots. and flood watches up for much of the gulf coast through at least wednesday morning. >> all right, a lot of severe weather there for the south.
rob, thanks so much. and to notre dame commencement ceremonies and more than 100 members of the class walking out in silent protest vice president pence began his remarks. protesting the policies they say infringe on human rights. and women's rights a focus for many watching the visit overseas. career roadblocks on society. ivanka trump, stepping in for her father at a conference. pushing retirement themes. more on all of this from cecilia vega. >> reporter: two days in saudi arabia, and president trump never once publicly mentioned human rights. and women's rights? just a passing mention in his speech on extremism. >> it means standing together against the murder of innocent
muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of jews, and the slaughter of christians. >> reporter: aides say he did address human rights behind the scenes. but publicly, his message was clear. >> we are not here to lecture. we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. >> reporter: ivanka trump did meet with saudi women leaders, telling them their country's progress is encouraging. but there's still a lot of work to be done. and the first lady visited an all-women business center where she was asked about work/life balance. her response, "you need to balance and find the time." one of the basic rights that women in saudi arabia still don't have, they're not legally allowed to drive. most women rely on a driver or even uber. on the streets of riyadh, women and men living in segregated worlds. and even though the president didn't publicly address it, it did come up. this photo of a sea of men at a technology conference he
attended, raising eyebrows online. a saudi official fired back with a photo of his own. saying, "the center does have women, here on the second floor." and during the president's visit, country star toby keith held a free concert. american flags lined the stage. but in the audience, men only. women not allowed. there is one law that did recently change here. women couldn't go to work or school or even a hospital to get basic services without the permission of a male relative. that is no longer the case. but they still, tom, cannot travel abroad without the permission of a man in their family. >> cecilia vega, thank you. twravling with the president tonight. and we'll have much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. including the new device you wear to stop shark attacks. the creators of the band say it can ward off sharks. but skeptics say they're not so sure. the technology behind it.
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finally tonight, a finally tonight, a frightening video of a sea lion dragging a little girl into the water, and how she was rescued. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, the shocking moment. a sea lion jumps out of the water, grabbing a little girl, pulling her in. a man jumping in after her. amazingly, able to rescue her in a matter of seconds. bystanders help pull them both out. the little girl, shaken but alive. moments before, the animal was wooing the crowd. some of the visitors feeding it. at one point, it lunges up. the little girl laughs. but moments after she sat down,
the sea lion sat down, this time pulling her in. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: michael was there as it all unfolded in british columbia. >> i've never seen anything like that. everyone was gasping, screaming, oh, my god, it was crazy. >> reporter: authorities, grateful no one was hurt. but say it serves as a warning, to everyone, do not feed wild animals. the video, going viral. in what was the scare of a lifetime. luckily, everyone here walking away. eva pilgrim, abc news. >> we're so glad she's doing okay. thanks so much for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. have a great evening. good night.
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