tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC July 7, 2017 3:30pm-4:00pm PDT
tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump and vladimir putin, face to face. the handshakes, the president telling putin it's an honor to meet you. then he brings up russian meddling in the election first. how putin responds. and then, melania sitting next to putin at a dinner. also breaking, the growing protests. nearly 200 officers injured. here at home tonight, the hostage standoff inside a bank. employees trapped. the suspect calling our abc station in atlanta. you will hear the audio, and how authorities moved in. the apartment building up in flames.
walls collapsing. a crane out of control. and the flight from the u.s., and the fight that breaks out in the front of the plane. the pilot declaring an emergency. tonight, the new images coming in now, as he hear from passengers describing the chaos. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a friday night. it was president who did not ignore the elephant in the room, russian meddling in the u.s. election. putin's response to the president when he brought up russian meddling was far different. and all of it played out as protests played out in the streets. images coming in at this hour. but first, putin saying he did not hack the u.s. election, and president trump appearing ready now to move on.
cecilia vega, traveling with the president. >> reporter: it was only supposed about last 35 minutes but president trump and vladimir putin had so much to say, their meeting went on and on, for a full two hours and 16 minutes. the cameras allowed in briefly to witness that high-stakes face to face. president trump reaching out to shake the hand of the man accused of meddling in america's election. there was smiling and small talk. before they got down to business, there was even a back pat. but even before president trump brought up russian meddling, he said this. >> president putin and i have been discussing various things and i think it's going very well. we've had some very, very good talks. we look forward to a lot of positive things happening for russia, for the united states. it's an honor to be with you. >> reporter: and vladimir putin returned the compliment, saying he was pleased to meet president
trump, hoping their first meeting would have positive results. just 24 hours earlier, the president said election meddling could have been russia, it could have been others. but today, when the doors closed, the white house says it was president trump who raised the issue right out of the gate. but what happened next, each side tells a different story. secretary of state rex tillerson was in the room. he says the president repeatedly pressed the issue and that putin denied russia's involvement. >> the president at this point, he pressed him and felt like at this point let's talk about how do we go forward. >> reporter: so the president stopped pressing. >> there was not a lot of relitigating of the past. >> reporter: tillerson's russian counterpart, foreign minister sergei lavrov was also in the room. he says president trump heard putin's denial and accepted it. the white house tonight says that is not the case. the two moving on from the election meddling, which the
president's own intelligence community blames squarely on russia. they say vladimir putin ordering it, motivated by animosity towards hillary clinton. secretary tillerson saying today the issue may remain unresolved. and the senate's top democrat today called that disgraceful. the marathon meeting went on so long, at one point, first lady melania trump entered the room trying to get them to wrap up. they went on for another hour after that. but the two men, not the only ones who seemed to hit it off. just hours later, cameras capturing these images of the first lady and putin chatting and smiling, and seated together for dinner. >> and cecilia vega with us live from germany tonight. democrats outraged the president appears ready to move on. the russians saying he accepted the response that he didn't do it. did they reach common ground on syria? >> reporter: exactly.
a cease fire, previous deals like this haven't lasted very long. it remains to be seen whether this will stick. >> and president trump was also asked on the world stage with mexico's president right beside him, whether he still expects mexico to pay for the wall? >> reporter: his first meeting with him since takining office. and his answer, absolutely he expects mexico to pay for the wall. behind closed doors, mexico's president says it never even came up. and the frightening scene, battles in the streets, protesters setting fires in germany. james longman on the scene in germany. >> reporter: tonight in hamburg, rage against world powers. protesters lighting flares, to set vehicles on fire.
breaking windows, thick smoke filling the streets as police douse the crowds with water cannons. protesters and police have been out for hours. the call to protest goes on social media. people assemble like here near the port. but the police are here because they know this is a city on edge. they are here with a range of grievances. >> i don't think three fascists who arrived yesterday have the right to be in my city. namely trump, putin and erdogan. >> reporter: and some are here to provoke. people are expecting things to get much, much more tense. as you can see, police pushing through and running up towards the protesters as they run away. rows of police lining up protesters linking arms as the two sides face off. protesters arrested, some dragged away.
the first lady forced to stay in for part of the day, missing a boat tour, hemmed in by the chaos. as night falls, the scene intensifying. things have gotten a lot worse on the streets. the protesters continue to throw things at the police. more skirmishes, as thousands fill the streets. a second night of fire and turmoil. >> let's get to james longman with us from germany tonight. you have quite a scene behind you. about 200 officers have now been injured, and they're bracing for a long night ahead? >> reporter: yes, you can see, the atmosphere is still very tense. a standoff between police and protesters. remember, there's still a day to go of this summit. >> james, thank you. back here to other news at home, and the hostage situation near atlanta. the suspect calling our abc station wsb with demands.
and you will hear him, before s.w.a.t. teams moved in. here's steve osunsami now. >> reporter: this was the terrifying scene at a wells fargo bank in the suburbs north of atlanta. inside, a man claiming he had an explosive in his backpack was holding hostages. outside, a small army of snipers and s.w.a.t. team members had their guns aimed at the bank. >> a lone male subject went into the bank and advised that he had a quantity of explosives on his person. >> reporter: we're learning tonight the suspect has a history of mental health issues and called our partners at atlanta station wsb tv, with a list of demands. he told them he was brian easley, and was a former marine who served two tours in iraq, that he was about to become homeless and had a disagreement with his local v.a. >> i'm going to be out on the street. >> reporter: a bank employee, was also on the phone. >> anything you can tell us -- >> he's been very kind, very
respectful. >> reporter: police negotiators tried to get the man to come out. three hours later, the bank employees inside ran out. the s.w.a.t. team ran in, and the man was shot and killed. investigators say it's not clear if he had explosives at all. david? >> steve, thank you. the pilots declaring an emergency, a passenger accused of punching a flight attendant. here's david kerley now. >> reporter: tonight, the trashed jet cabin, and federal charges after the violence that broke out 45 minutes into the delta flight to beijing. >> it's going down in here. they're taking some guy off with security, everybody's filming. they getting wild. >> reporter: in court today, 23-year-old joseph hudek of tampa, allegedly tried to open an exit door in first class. a flight attendant stepping in and the man, allegedly punching her twice. >> the real hero, i think, was the flight attendant.
>> he was quite violent. >> reporter: other passengers step in to help. two wine bottles grabbed by the flight attendant to hit the suspect in the head. >> the amount of bruising and blood on the, on the passengers who helped and the poor flight attendant. it was a pretty serious incident. >> reporter: the flight attendant and passenger sent to the hospital with severe injuries. and the severe weather moving in this weekend. wind gusts nearly 92 miles an hour blamed for killing a homeowner. here's gio benitez now. >> reporter: tonight, powerful
storms racing east. intense rain snarling new york's morning commute. roadways flooded from new jersey to massachusetts. some shut down. this is a major street here in new york city, going right through central park. but today nothing is going through here. subway stations turned into waterfalls. this after more than 200 severe weather reports in the last 24 hours. powerful winds slamming the great lakes region as the squall line moved through. >> it sounded like a jet engine, a jet plane was just parked on my deck. it was so loud. >> reporter: gusts above 90 miles per hour in parts of west michigan. a security camera catching a flying trampoline landing on a car. in grand haven, a 72-year-old man killed when a tree crashed onto a home. those storms knocking out power for a 140,000. and david those storms brought torrential rain falling at over an inch an hour to new york city they're firing up again from pennsylvania to kentucky, it's
going to be a rough night. david? >> thank you. let's get right to rob marciano, tracking the storms. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. finally in a dry spot in new york, but it's not going to last very long. over 4 1/2 inches of rain in less than two hours through cape cod. it should weaken after midnight. but tomorrow morning, just some leftover storms across the east. in the west, 122, we'll see more of those numbers, more records falling tomorrow. >> thank you. in the meantime, new developments involving baby charlie, and his parents, at the center of an international tug of war. should his parents be able to take him out of the hospital where he is? here's linsey davis tonight.
>> reporter: renewed hope tonight for baby charlie. his parents locked in a fierce legal battle to keep their son on life support, and alive. >> he's our own flesh and blood and we don't have a say in his life whatsoever. >> reporter: 11-month-old charlie gard's parents making that emotional plea on british television today. their son can't move or breathe on his own because of a genetic disease. british doctors and multiple courts agreed treatment would only prolong charlie's suffering. but his parents aren't ready to give up. >> as you can probably see on our t-shirts, if he's still fighting we're still fighting. and he's still fighting over there. >> reporter: president trump, even the pope lending support. but now tonight charlie's doctors, asking for a new hearing, after two hospitals offered experimental treatment. one of them, new york presbyterian, which would admit charlie or send the experimental medicine to his doctors in london. >> we're hopeful and confident that charlie may get his chance now. >> reporter: that new hearing expected monday.
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