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your homes tonight. the next newscast is at 6:00 p.m. >> bye bye. tonight, breaking developments as we come on the air. president trump's twitter fire storm. the personal attack against a female tv host. the harsh backlash against the president, even from republican senators. all in the middle of trying to strike a deal on health care. and the big meeting just announced. president trump and vladimir putin face to face. this as abc news first reported one of the president's closest aides now facing questions in the russian investigation. also tonight, deadly collision. tennis star venus williams blamed for the crash killing a 78-year-old man. why police say she was at fault. what williams just said. tornado outbreak. more than two dozen twisters reported across four states. homes ripped apart. millions more in the path tonight.
and pushed too far? the pregnant mother catching an alleged thief stealing her purse, and then using her own suv to run the man down. tonight, why they are both charged. and good evening. i'm tom llamas in for david, and we begin with president trump facing the collapse of health care negotiations and the north korean nuclear threat. instead tonight, sparking condemnation with a pair of venomous tweets about a host of a cable tv news show. the president's target, "morning joe" co-host, mika brzezinski, the tweets a string of insults and a graphic reference to a facelift. tonight, the white house staff defending the tweet, saying, the american people lek elected a president who fights fire with fire. here's abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump being presidential,
welcoming the president of south korea to the white house. but earlier today, donald trump being anything but presidential. launching a harsh personal attack on msnbc television host mika brzezinski, calling her "low iq crazy mika." saying that she and co-host and fiancé joe scarborough came to visit him in mar-a-lago in december and quote, she was bleeding badly from a facelift. i said, no. the twitter outburst came after brzezinski criticized the president on her show this morning. >> nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself, lying every day and destroying the country. >> reporter: the president's tweets touched off an avalanche of bipartisan condemnation. >> i think it's so blatantly sexist, i don't think there is any question about it. >> what we're trying to do around here is improve the tone, and civility of the debate, and this obviously doesn't help do that. >> reporter: among the republicans condemning the president, the two senators who were seated right next to him on a meeting on health care this week, because he needs their
votes. susan collins. >> it clearly was inappropriate, and not something that he should have done. it is beneath the dignity of the office. >> reporter: and fellow republican lisa murkowski, who tweeted, stop it. the presidential platform should be used for more than bringing people down. the white house press briefing was almost entirely consumed with questions about the president's tweets. >> the president has been attacked mercilessly on personal accounts by members on that program. i don't think that it's a surprise to anybody that he fights fire with fire. >> reporter: the episode which seemed to put first lady melania trump in an awkward position. before the election, she had said she would make combatting cyberbullying a cause as first lady. >> have you thought more about what you would like to do as first lady? >> i will focus on helping children and women and also about helping social media in this 21st century.
what is going on, it's very hurtful to children. to some adults as well. >> melania trump before the election. jon karl joins us tonight from the white house, and any response from the first lady to the president's tweets? >> reporter: we asked the first lady directly about this shortly after the tweets went out. what we got from her office was this statement. as the first lady has stated publicly, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back ten times harder. so no indication she considers this an example of cyberbullying. >> jon, the timing of all this couldn't be worse. the fire storm comes with republicans struggling to cut a deal on health care. >> reporter: and the republicans had hoped to have a deal by tomorrow. the vice president was on capitol hill today meeting with republican senators, but tom, as of this moment, there is no indication whatsoever of any further progress that they are any closer to getting a health care bill that will pass the senate. >> jonathan karl for us. jonathan, thank you.
in the meantime, the russia investigation is closing in on the president's inner circle. a congressional committee wanting to question a man who served at trump tower for more than a decade. you may recognize him. he is always by the president's side, one of his closest aides. and tonight, we have learned that the date is set for president trump to meet face to face with vladimir putin himself. here's abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega. >> reporter: tonight, abc news has learned the house intelligence committee wants to interview a key member of the president's inner circle, his former body guard, keith schiller. sources say investigators told schi schi schiller and at least one other aide close to the president, they are potential witnesses in the probe into possible ties between team trump and the russians. schiller did not respond the requests for comment. a key reason investigators want
to talk to him, he has known trump for years, and is just about always by the president's side. a former new york city police officer after the election, the president gave schiller the title, director of oval office operations. among his jobs, hand-delivering the letter that told james comey he has been fired. he was there for that visit to the vatican, and he accompanied jared kushner to iraq. schiller there seated at the table with top military leaders. >> excuse me. sit down. you weren't called. sit down. sit down. sit down. >> reporter: but it is his time on the campaign trail that garnered the most attention. >> i have the right to ask the question. >> go back to univision. >> reporter: after this look from his boss, it was schiller who ushered jorge ramos out of that now infamous news conference. >> don't touch me, sir. you cannot touch me. >> reporter: it was schiller who was seen outside of trump tower punching a protester in the face. >> and cecilia vega joins us from the white house. cecilia, as the russia investigation continues, today, the white house announced president trump will soon meet face to face with vladimir putin. >> reporter: it will happen next week in germany, tom, during
that g-20 summit, but the big question right now though, will president trump raise the issue of russian interference in the election? so far, we are told by the white house the agenda for that meeting has not yet been set, tom. >> cecilia, thank you. next tonight, the white house taking action against north korea by pressuring china. the administration blacklisting a small chinese bank that it accuses of laundering money to north korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile systems, cutting off accethe bank's acceo u.s. financial programs. and president trump's scaled back version of the travel ban taking effect tonight. it applies to the same six predominantly muslim countries. people with visas are allowed to come in, but to get a new visa from these country, people must have a link to a school or a business here, or prove a close family relationship. the trump administration sparking controversy with how they define close family like parents and siblings, but grandparents are
next tonight, the shootout in a busy american city. two police officers on patrol stopping two men when bullets started to fly. the two officers critically injured. abc's matt gutman "details coming if from san antonio. >> reporter: a gunfight and chaos erupting in downtown san antonio tonight. the pair of officers were on routine patrol, when police say, they tried to stop two men. one of them began blasting away at the officers. >> as soon as they stepped out of the vehicle, the one suspect opened fire. striking one officer in the head, the facial area. >> reporter: the other officer reportedly returning fire and risking his own life to save his partner's. >> he was pulling his partner out of the line of fire once he was hit. >> reporter: one gunman shot by police. the other taken into custody. tom, the sheriff saying that gunfight lasted just seconds, but it left both of those officers in critical condition. tonight, the governor of texas tweeting out his thoughts and prayers for both of those officers, tom. >> just like ours.
all right, matt. thanks so much. next tonight, the investigation of a deadly traffic accident involving tennis star venus williams. williams and another driver colliding in an intersection near her florida home. tonight, the newly released police report finding that she was at fault. abc's gio benitez with the details. >> reporter: tonight, venus williams under the spotlight, but not for the usual reason. according to police, the 37-year-old tennis star is being blamed for a traffic accident where a passenger in the other car ultimately died. here's the map from the police report. at this intersection in palm beach gardens, florida, three weeks ago, the report says williams cut across in front of a car. that car, t-boning williams. the 78-year-old passenger was rushed to the hospital for head trauma and died two weeks later. his wife, who was driving, survived. the police report saying williams advised she did not see the other car, and says she is at fault for the accident. williams' spokesperson saying
she entered the intersection on a green light. this is an unfortunate accident and venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one. and tom, in the report, police do not believe venus williams was distracted or even under the influence of alcohol, so tonight, no citations and no charges for williams, but police are still investigating. tom? >> gio, thank you. next to the severe weather watch at this hour. thunderstorms on the move tonight. 15 million people in their path. it comes after a night of violent storms. more than two dozen reported tornadoes. this one, in prairieburg, iowa. abc's alex perez is in wisconsin. >> reporter: tonight, millions watching the skies. severe weather on the move after a wild 24 hours. overnight, a tornado outbreak spanning four states. spawning at least 27 reported tornados. in iowa, the funnel clouds started touching down around dinner time. including a powerful ef-2 captured at the linn county fair. >> get over here!
>> reporter: heavy rain and snapped trees in the twister's wake. >> it was like it just hovering, it was just slow motion and it was really dark. >> reporter: some of the worst damage west of eau claire, wisconsin. the walls of this garage ripped off. the family truck thrown into the yard. >> you're looking around and trying to figure out how this happened that quickly. just unimaginable. >> reporter: in all, more than 120 severe reports from this system, including up to baseball-sized hail in parts of iowa. and tom, we now know the tornado that ripped this home apart was 700 yards wide. ef-1 churning through at 105 miles per hour, tom? >> a massive twister. alex, thank you. we are tracking more tornado warnings, and abc's senior meteorologist, rob marciano is here. >> not as much spin in the atmosphere as last night, but a tremendous amount of instability, and these are getting big. we have severe thunderstorm watches out for parts of colorado, kansas, nebraska, and in omaha, huge hail, and tornado warnings out there.
also heavy rain across the gulf coast, and mobile, alabama. flooding there. in atlanta, you're getting it now. these storms will kind of expand as we go through the overnights. more rain for the southeast. wichita, kansas city, st. louis. you will get some thunderstorms and some can be severe. tomorrow, they will stretch around the front. from oklahoma city, to buffalo and syracuse, you could see damaging wind and possibly a few tornadoes. a rough day for the folks there trying to travel for the holiday weekend, tom. >> we'll track it. rob, thanks so much. firefighters across the west battling several new fires. this breaking out overnight in san clemente, california. 200 firefighters rushing to the scene saving every home of the coast in calabasas. a new wildfire erupting this afternoon, burning quickly through the hills. tonight, more than two dozen major fires are burning from washington to texas. red flag warnings are still in effect there. here in new york city tonight, the governor declaring a state of emergency for the city's transportation system. the announcement after the accident on a subway earlier this week. dozens of people injured in the
rush hour derailment. the emergency declaration there will help provide money for upgrades and repairs to the system. and another major headline we're following tonight. one of the pope's closest advisers charged with sex abuse tonight. cardinal george pell, the vatican finance star is facing multiple counts in his native australia. he is the highest ranking member of the clergy ever accused. in the worldwide scandal that has gripped the catholic church for decades. abc's james longman reports. >> reporter: it's the bombshell scandal hitting the very heart of the vatican. this man, cardinal george pell, the church's third highest ranking official accused of sex assault. >> cardinal pell is facing multiple charges of sexual offenses. >> reporter: the claims go back to his time as a young priest in australia. claims he denies. >> the whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me. >> reporter: the pope granting pell leave to face an australian court next month. pell has faced questions before.
last year, accused of mishandling child abuse cases against priests. the cardinal admitting mistakes. pell was hand-picked by pope francis to head vatican finances, a huge responsibility which made him part of the pope's inner circle. tom, the pope has said he's committed to tackling the whole issue of child abuse just last month, promising a, quote, "zero tolerance" policy to these sorts of crimes. critics say he is not doing enough. tom? >> james longman for us tonight. james, thank you. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the pregnant mom fighting back against an alleged thief. caught on camera, the victim taking on the suspect in the parking lot. running him down with her suv. tonight, why both are facing charges. plus, the dramatic police chase across state lines. the robbery suspect trying to outrun officers. speeding across a corn field. and rescue at sea off the american coast. five people clinging to their
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and officer norman sending kaden this message. >> people all over the world came together to make sure this this is one birthday you will never forget. >> reporter: kaden sending this message right back. >> i had an amazing birthday. it was a blast. >> reporter: and for that mom who started this process in tears worried about her son -- >> he feels loved and so do i. i mean, it has been awesome. i want to tell everybody thank you so much. >> reporter: happy birthday, kaden. thank you for watching on a thursday night. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night. right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night. trying to stop a wall of fire with just guarden hoses. the terrifying moments for a san
jose neighborhood, just hours ago. the president's new travel ban just took effect. and there's already another legal challenge. what this means now for air travelers. this weekend while you're partying, your credit score could change. i'm michael finney with all the details coming up on "7 on your side." live where you live, this is abc 7 news. with hearts pounding in their chests and hoses in their hands, they helped firefighters save these homes from burning. but not everything was spared. >> several fires sparked this afternoon in san jose. some burning only grass, but others damaging property. >> flames came closest to homes just off north capital avenue, a few blocks from mayberry road. katy marzullo joins us there live after speaking with homeowners. katy? >> reporter: matt, ama, i'm standing near the homes behind me so you can feel how close
this fire was to all these homes. my photographer is going to turn around here and show you just how close the flames burned in this direction towards the homes. you can see crews still here on the scene, going around putting out hot spots. we've been watching them in the last few minutes, break down larger branches of the trees that are smoldering at the base. the fire department said this fire is not contained, but crews have been able to stop the forward progression of the fire. and they're not calling out any more crews. at this point, they don't have an estimate on the acreage, and that's in part due to the fact that the area is densely populated. but despite that, they tell me no homes had to be evacuated. although we do know from watching sky 7 hd and from me talking with homeowners here on the ground, that people grabbed their garden hoses and did everything they could to help before fire crews first arrived on the scene. so they grabbed those garden hoses, ran across the street, alerted all their neigh