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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. president trump doubling down his new warning just a short time ago. saying, let's see what north korea does with guam. >> if he does something in guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before. >> our team standing by in the region tonight. also severe storms hitting at this hour from chicago to oklahoma city and moving east. and the new tropical systems developing right now in the atlantic. all eyes tonight on the u.s. coastline. the college student and the fraternity members who waited nearly 12 hours to call for help. he did not survive, and tonight here, the new development. the hit and run. the witness who saw it and then the driver leaving the scene. you will see what happens when he follows. and the very personal news tonight from jimmy kimmel about
his baby son. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and we begin with president trump and his message for north korea, telling reporters today that his first warning of fire and fury perhaps was not tough enough. the president saying today, let's see what north korea does with guam, and said, if they take any action, the response will be, quote, an event the likes of which nobody has seen before. abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega, leading us off. >> reporter: president trump tonight with a new warning for north korea if they follow through on that threat against guam. >> let's see what he does with guam. if he does something in guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before, what will happen in north korea. >> is that a dare? >> he will see. it's not a dare. it's a statement. he's not going to go around threatening guam and he's not going to threaten the
united states and he's not going to threaten japan, and he's not going to threaten south korea. >> reporter: the president delivering those tough words at his bedminster golf club. and on the front steps of the club house, with the vice president by his side, he didn't hesitate to also take on pyongyang calling his fire and fury statement "nonsense." >> well, i don't think they mean that, and i think it's the first time they've heard it like they heard it. and frankly, the people that were questioning that statement -- was it too tough? maybe it wasn't tough enough. it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. so if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough. >> reporter: he's not backing down, but he's also not telegraphing what comes next. as for a pre-emptive strike? >> we don't talk about that. i never do. >> reporter: as for negotiations? >> sure, we'll always consider negotiations. >> reporter: this is president trump's first real test over nuclear weapons.
and in his first interview after the inauguration, the president told david he was confident he would do the right thing. >> let me ask you, right after the oath of office, they gave you the nuclear codes -- the biscuit. >> right. >> how somber? >> very somber. >> sobering moment? >> when they explained what it represents and the kind of destruction you're taking about, it is a very sobering moment -- yes. very, very, very scary in a sense. >> does it keep you up at night? >> no, but it's confidence that i'll do the right thing, the right job, but it's a very, very scary thing. >> reporter: in north korea, marching in the street. the country rallying as it issued that threat to strike the u.s. territory of guam. the president lobbed one more shot before walking off. >> i will tell you this, north korea better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations have
ever been in trouble in this world, okay? >> and cecilia vega with us live tonight from bedminster, amid all these escalating war of words over north korea, cecilia. the president also weighed in with something else about nuclear weapons late today. >> reporter: yeah, david. late today he was asked about his priorities in terms of nuclear weapons and he said, quote, i would like to de-nuke the world in that nuclear weapons are our greatest threat worldwide. he also said among the first order of business that he gave his generals when he took office was to make america's nuclear arsenal, quote, the biggest and the finest in the world. >> cecilia, leading us off. cecilia, thank you. you heard cecilia report on the specific threat north korea has now made to strike near guam by the middle of this month. the homeland security chief for guam saying they would have 14 minutes of warning before missiles would land. abc's jim avila is in seoul, south korea for us tonight. >> reporter: all eyes on guam tonight, after that highly
specific threat, the north koreans claiming in days they'll have a plan to launch four missiles into the ocean just 20 miles from the island. a launch that would put those missiles on american soil in 14 minutes. >> they would fly this over guam, but over japan. over highly populated parts of japan. which will be very, very provocative. >> reporter: the island, home to 160,000 american civilians and 7,000 u.s. forces on two u.s. military bases, making it a key launching point for any potential military strike. b-1 bombers regularly take off on practice runs. >> i'm pretty sure we're safe. >> reporter: tonight, u.s. officials say there's no visible military escalation on either side in response to the heated rhetoric. but for the u.s. and allies, there are several lines of defense at the ready. here in neighboring south korea, nearly 30,000 u.s. troops. these patriot missiles ready to shoot down any short-range missiles.
the u.s. could try to stop a longer-range missile -- like the kind north korea could launch toward guam -- from one of several u.s. navy ships in the region. the last line of defense, the thaad anti-missile defense system. in tests, it has a 100% success rate, but it has never been tested with four missiles at once. a pre-emptive strike could be on the table in the next 6 to 12 months if sanctions do not work, and if kim jong-un continues to make process on a nuclear tipped missile, a senior official tells abc news. but any military retaliation from north korea could be catastrophic. millions of civilians in seoul, just 35 miles from the border, could be targeted by north korea's artillery, and more than 80,000 u.s. troops in the region could also be in the crosshairs. >> a pre-emptive attack would no doubt lead to broader war which will have to be a last resort because the human toll will be horrific. >> and jim avila joins us from seoul, south korea, and they warned today of strong and resolute retaliation for any
attack against them or the u.s. the people of south korea watching this war of words closely? >> reporter: david, they certainly are. the people here say they are immune really from the things they hear from the north because they hear it so often, the flamboyant language, but what's bothering them this time, which makes it more risky is they are hearing it from the united states. almost everyone you talk to can recite donald trump's words, fire and fury, and it worries them. david. >> jim avila tonight, reporting from seoul. hank you. tin the mm,iddljie of the tensions with north korea, president trump is now lashing out at one of the most powerful republicans in washington. senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell. it comes after what mcconnell said after the failure to repeal and replace obamacare. mcconnell said the president was new to this line of work and his expectations were excessive. the president did not like that, and abc's mary bruce tonight. >> reporter: the blame game started when mitch mcconnell said this about the president -- >> our new president has not
been in the line of work before, and i think had excessive expectations. >> reporter: for more than 24 hours, the president has been firing back, delivering this salvo today. >> i have been hearing repeal and replace now for seven years. all i hear is repeal and replace. and then i get there and i said, where's the bill, i want to sign it, first day. and they don't have it. >> reporter: with republicans in control of congress and the white house, there's nothing holding them back, except themselves. frustrated and fuming, the president with a single demand. >> mitch, get to work and let's get it done. they should have had this last one done. they lost by one vote. for a thing like that to happen is a disgrace. and, frankly, it shouldn't have happened. >> reporter: the president is in the midst of what he calls a 17-day working vacation. >> everyone having a good time? >> reporter: spotted chatting here with wedding guests at his new jersey golf club. but, even amid escalating tensions with north korea, he's
been firing shots at the senate republican leader, going after mcconnell is a risky political gamble, and tonight many top republicans are siding with him, saying the president must take responsibility too. >> i think the president can't disassociate himself from this. he is part of the leadership team. he is not an observer sitting up in the stands. he is on the field. it was a collective failure. >> reporter: but the president was asked today if he thinks mcconnell should step down. >> well, i'll tell you what, if he doesn't get repeal and replace done and if he doesn't get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn't get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure, if he doesn't get them done, then you can ask me that question. >> and mary bruce joins us now from capitol hill, and mary, the president was also asked about what you reported on last night here, the fbi raid in the early morning hours, late july. the home of his former campaign chair, paul manafort, and here's what the president said. >> i thought it was a very, very
strong signal or whatever. i know mr. manafort, haven't spoken to him in a long time, but i know him. he was with the campaign as you know, a very short period of time. relatively short period of time, but i have always known him to be a good man. i thought it was a very, you know, they do that very seldom, so i was surprised to see it. i was very, very surprised to see it. we haven't really been involved. >> mary, the president saying he was surprised to see it. the fbi had to obtain a warrant to carry out that search? >> reporter: to obtain that warrant, you have to show probable cause to believe a crime was committed. a judge has to sign off on this. does this mean a crime was committed? no. but it shows that investigators believed there is more evidence here and that they needed this raid to get it. david. >> mary bruce with us from capitol hill again tonight. mary, thank you. we have one more note on president trump. he made a lot of news while taking questions late today. one answer involving vladimir putin. the president offered his thanks
to vladimir putin after russia's decision to throw out u.s. diplomats in moscow, slashing personnel by 755 people. it was putin's response to sanctions supported by republicans and democrats in congress after russian meddling in the u.s. election. they sent that bill to the president's desk. president trump now saying, i want to thank him because we're trying to cut down on payroll as far as i'm concerned and we're thankful, adding there's no real reason for them to go back. we'll save a lot of money. we turn next here tonight to a mystery involving several u.s. officials in cuba. several suffering symptoms that the state department has not elaborated on, but those symptoms being blamed on a secret, sonic device. cuba denying any involvement, and the fbi on the case, and abc's victor oquendo from miami. >> reporter: tonight, a mystery unfolding in cuba -- american officials in cuba suddenly falling ill. >> our americans were not safe, they were not secure. >> reporter: the state department and fbi not revealing
what made them sick, or their symptoms, but sources tell abc news that starting in the fall of 2016 it appears some officials were exposed to a "sonic device" that caused hearing problems and other physical symptoms. this all unfolding just a few months after president obama made that historic visit to cuba re-establishing diplomatic relations. >> so why now? >> the time is right. obviously, our intention has always been to get a ball rolling knowing that change wasn't gonna happen overnight. >> reporter: but this latest incident, triggering retaliation. the u.s. expelling two cuban diplomats despite not knowing exactly who is to blame. >> we can't blame any one individual or country at this point yet. >> so let's bring in victor oquendo in with us live from miami tonight, and victor, what are cuban officials saying tonight? >> reporter: david, the cuban government is denying any involvement here, but just today, canada's government saying their personnel in havana
are showing very similar symptoms. david? >> victor, thank you. in the meantime, next to a bombshell accusation at a hearing today from members of a penn state fraternity. they are accused in the death of tim piazza during an alcohol-fueled party at the fraternity house. in court today, detective testifying that one of the accused deleted security camera footage that might have provided crucial evidence in this case, and again tonight, abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: those 16 fraternity brothers filed into a pennsylvania court today, a prosecutor arguing they should all stand trial for the alcohol-fueled death of 19-year-old pledge, tim piazza. >> we have a friend who's unconscious, hasn't moved. probably going to need an ambulance. >> reporter: that 911 call not made until 12 hours after piazza fell head-first down a flight stairs, after taking part in an alleged hazing ritual called "the gauntlet" -- >> they had to go from station to station and chug alcohol. >> reporter: but today a courtroom bombshell. a detective testifying that footage of piazza during "the gauntlet" was purposely deleted two days after his death. >> that makes us really wonder
what could have possibly been on this tape that's worse than what was left behind. >> reporter: defense attorneys arguing the tragedy is not a crime. david, no word yet if that missing footage can be recovered by investigators, but the family attorney saying this could lead to more indictments and more charges. david? >> gio benitez on this case from the start. thank you. we turn next here to the first hurricane of the season downgraded. franklin making landfall near vera cruise with 85 mile-an-hour winds and moving across mexico. we are watching tonight, two tropical systems. they could affect the u.s. coastline. in this country right now, severe storms in the plains moving east, hail in wisconsin, and in kansas, wind shields damaged. it's all moving east ward, and rob marciano is tracking it all beginning with the systems in the tropics and the u.s. coastline. it could be in the crosshairs. >> we have one off the coast of florida there. a 10% chance of developing, but it's worrisome, and we have one rolling to the bahamas, but at a better chance of developing, and
to our next tropical cyclone, but at the moment, our computer models keep this offshore. you mentioned that midwest and chicago and milwaukee. we have had 70 mile-an-hour winds and softball sized hail across kansas. four severe thunderstorm watches across the midwest. it will be a tough go there tonight, david. >> rob, thanks as always. to the economy tonight, and those tensions with north korea snapping wall street's winning streak. the dow with its third day of losses now. closing at 21,844, down 204 points, and that's the biggest drop in nearly three months on the market. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the police officer shot four times and surviving and new video tonight. the officer's camera. glasses recording the dangerous confrontation. there is news about the gunman this evening. also the hit and run. the witness who recorded it all, and then watch the driver leave the scene. you will see what happens when he then follows to try to catch the driver. and late word coming in today. jimmy kimmel with some very personal news about his family tonight. we'll be right back.
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was right about the starting point of a devastating fire. and the concerns neighbors had long before it started. his music has been cut short as has his life. after he tried to get back what thieves took from him. my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed. >> that's the secretary of defense, and while he's in the bay area, he's telling us how he'll keep america safe from the rising nuclear threat from north korea. now, from abc 7, live breaking news. and our sky7 is over that breaking news now. you see this truck that's straddling the center divider blocking lanes on both sides of 280. >> here's a picture of the scene as you look live from sky7. the highway patrol has issued a sigalert alerting drivers to avoid both northbound and southbound interchange.
you can clearly see why. this is a big mess. >> yeah. so far, we haven't heard about anyone being hurt in this crash. there are reports that the truck, though, is leaking fuel. the chp hasn't said how long it's going to take to clear the roadway. it's almost unbelievable seeing how it is on the divide there. how did that happen. >> hard to imagine exactly how it got into that position. and that there were not a lot of other cars involved. as we have reported to you a moment ago, to our knowledge, we don't know of any injuries at this point. we don't know about the driver of that truck. look at the damage. it ended up on the center divide there in such a strange position. >> there at 280. we apologize, the shot is breaking up a little bit from sky7. we'll keep a close watch on this and the traffic and the situation. a couple of lanes still getting by. we'll get our shot a little bit better. there's a still picture of it. but we will keep tabs on this and bring you