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tonight, the growing firestorm. president trump versus the nfl. growing backlash to the president's angry words about athletes who protest during the national anthem. >> get that son of a [ bleep ] off the field. >> from patriots owner bob kraft, quarterback tom brady to lebron james, on live tv today. players locking arms across the country. tensions boiling over among fans. and tonight, the white house is asked, with north korea, with health care, with the emergency in puerto rico, why this? why now? all of this as the governor of puerto rico says they are dealing with a humanitarian disaster, that they need help. hurricane maria. tropical storm warnings along parts of the east coast right now. chaos and arrests on the hill tonight. protesters worried about losing their health insurance hauled off. republicans can only afford to lose one more vote.
and a key senator on the fence tonight. is she about to reveal her decision? and smoke suddenly filling the cabin today. passengers making a quick escape. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with president trump, his words about some players and the nfl, and the backlash, dividing fans. and leading to players and team owners, some of whom supported the president, to now break ranks with him on this issue. teams across the country this weekend showing solidarity, so many locked arm in arm. patriots quarterback tom brady, a friend of president trump, speaking out today, calling the president's remarks divisive. the steelers player who stood alone, his team in the locker room. but a short time ago, now apologizing, he says, for inadvertently making his team look bad. and as i mentioned, with so much at stake already, why did the president target this? abc's senior white house
correspondent cecilia vega leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, president trump defiant and unapologetic about sparking a national firestorm with these words. >> wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, get that son of a [ bleep ] off the field right now, out. he's fired. he's fired. >> reporter: an administration source tells abc news the president had every intention of mentioning the nfl before a packed house in alabama, but he also went way beyond what was written in that speech, attacking players like former san francisco 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem, a silence protest against police brutality and racial injustice. >> if you see it, even if it's one player, leave the stadium. >> reporter: the reaction instant. ♪ o say can you see >> reporter: on football fields around the country, players united in protest, many kneeling, others linking arms,
their owners and coaches joining them, too. from the raiders to the saints, players sat in silence. in nashville, empty benches. both teams, the titans and seahawks, staying the locker room when the anthem played. but this image of steelers lineman alejandro villanueva going viral, too. the army vet who served three tours in afghanistan emerging from the tunnel to place his hand over his heart, while his teammates stayed behind. tonight, his jersey selling more than any other player in the nfl. the president says, this is not about race. >> this has nothing to do with race or anything else. this has to do with respect for our country. >> reporter: but tonight, even some of his own friends joining in the chorus of critics. patriots quarterback tom brady among those linking arms, and now he is speaking out. >> i certainly disagree with, you know, what he said, and thought it was just divisive. >> reporter: president trump's close friend, patriots owner bob
kraft, says he is deeply disappointed with the president's tone. and former nfl coach rex ryan, a trump supporter, says he's furious. >> i'm pissed off, i'll be honest with you. you know, because i supported donald trump. but i'm reading these comments and it's appalling to me. >> reporter: it all comes on the heels of those protests in shar vots charlottesville -- white supremacists marching with torches, the president saying there were "very fine people" on both sides. does the president believe that there are very fine people who kneeled yesterday watching those games, or are they all s.o.bs? >> i think you're trying to conflate different things here. look, we certainly respect the rights that people have, but i think we also need to focus. this is about the president being for something, this is about the president being for respect intrhr o symbols like the american flag. >> cecilia vega with us live tonight at the white house. and cecilia, the president tweeting about sports, about 20
times from our count, since saturday. and today, the white house was asked, you know, with north korea, health care, the humanitarian crisis in puerto rico, why did the president choose to do this? >> reporter: well, david, the white house says the president is standing up for patriotism, plain and simple. i have to tell you, sources here are standing behind him. they say they believe most americans will side with him on this one. david, the president is tweeting right now, again, saying that there has been tremendous backlash against the nfl. >> we've seen the division among fans and some players, as well, cecilia. you told us about the steelers player, the army vet who came out to the field for the anthem. the rest of his team was inside. the locker room. tonight, he seems to be apologizing to his team for just inadvertently making them feel bad? >> reporter: yeah, david, he's basically saying this was a mixu drahetedtid from his team out n the field. he is apologizing to the players, to the coach. he says he actually supports the protesters who are exercising their first amendment rights. we are hearing from that team's quarterback, david, he's speaki saying the anthem
is never a time to protest. >> cecilia vega, thank you. today was supposed to be the day when nba players were asked about the season ahead. it's media day. instead, they were asked about the president. and among them, lebron james. tonight, what he said, and now, the fans in these stadiums, suddenly at odds with one another, taking sides. abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman tonight in glendale, where the cowboys play the cardinals. >> reporter: tonight, basketball's icon lebron james knew the questions would not be about the season ahead, but about president trump -- and he was ready. >> the people run this country. not one individual, damn sure not him. >> reporter: it was lebron james who this weekend said president trump is now using sports as the platform to try to divide us. >> he doesn't understand how many kids, no matter their race, look up to the president of the united states. that's what makes me more sick than anything. >> reporter: and responding to the president's criticism that those who kneel lack respect for
they flag. >> it is about equality people having the option and the freedom to speak upon things that they feel that's not just. >> reporter: and in addition to football and basketball, the president drawing in nascar. >> we ask you that please rise and remove your hats. >> reporter: after theud pre osd its supporters and fans, they won't put up with disrespecting our country or flag," nascar royalty, dale earnhardt jr., not buying it, tweeting a quote by john k. kennedy. other sports icons weighing in, like terry brow shadshaw. >> fpeople died for that freedo. i'm not sure if our president understands those rights. >> reporter: the typical friction between players, owners and league brass melting away. owners linking arms with players. but the president's words and olloethwed are
also igniting new tensions between fans. >> i hate you! >> boo! >> reporter: new england patriots fans booing the team including tom brady, as members linked arms. after most of the steelers stayed in the locker room during the national anthem, jim heeney burned a mound of steelers fan. >> i'm a lifelong steelers fan. not anymore. >> reporter: during the campaign, the president made this prediction. >> the thing that will surprise people, i'll be a unifying. i'm bring people together. that including blacks and whites and everything. >> reporter: but tonight, as fans head into the stadium, no matter what side they are, people telling us the president's most recent words are not drawing opposing sides any closer. >> i feel like it's going to turn into, like, more like white versus black. >> matt gutman with us live tonight, outside the cardinals/cowboys game. the nfl commissioner watching all of this closely. and now responding to he t
>> reporter: and responding strongly, david. writing, "the way we reacted this weekend made me proud. now, oddly enough, it took a controversy of this magnitude, after years of friction, to finally unite the league. david? >> matt gutman with us live tonight. matt, thank you. we are also following breaking news right now from capitol hill in the senate's latest effort to kill obamacare. republicans could only afford to lose one m appeorears they've . all of this as hundreds of protesters worried about losing their healthnsd the hallways of the call tpitol. there are many mary bruce tonight back on the hill. >> reporter: with protests mounting tonight, the republican health care bill appears doomed to fail. late word tonight maine senator susan collins says she is a no, making her the third senator to come out against the bill. the republicans tonight do not have the votes. the dramatic move comes after opposition to the republican
health care bill came roaring through the halls of capitol hill. anger and frustration boiling over. today's hearing had just begun when the cries rang out. >> if you want a hearing, you better shut up. >> reporter: and outside, chaos. >> move against the wall! right now! move against the wall! right now! >> reporter: protester after protester hauled off and arrested, many in wheelchairs. this man physically dragged out. people have been lining up here for hours. check this out. this is just the beginning. it goes on as far as you can e. pam willis came all the way from wyoming. she says this bill is a matter of life or death for her daughter. what's the message that you want lawmakers to hear from you and from everybody else in this line? >> be human. care. care about insurance for everyone. not just yourselves. or your relatives. care about everyone. even for the poor. >> reporter: opponents of the bill, like senator john mccain, have called for an open and
bipartisan process, but this is the one and only public hearing on the latest plan. the witness list, mostly government officials, not average americans. >> it's a fraud. it's a fake. it's just a facade. they don't want us to testify. they don't want us to be here. >> reporter: earlier today, even the president seemed to acknowledge defeat. >> we have 52 votes, so, we can't lose any votes. i me, prakt tickly. so, we're going to lose two or three votes and that's the end of that. >> bottom line, mary bruce live on the hill. mary fishgs of all, does this appear to be dead, this effort tonight? they've been senry tin years, t party does. they wanted to do this with a simple majority, now that's no longer an option? >> reporter: david, right now, this bill ail peers to be going nowhe nowhere. republicans will likely have no choice but to work with democrats, even after all this time, republicans still can not agree on a path forward. tonight, the divisions between the republican party seem simply too deep for them t fulfill
their promise to the american people. david? >> all right, now it becomes a test for both parties. mary, thank you. we turn now to the growing emergency unfolding in puerto rico. the governor begging for help after hurricane maria, calling this a humanitarian disaster. 3.4 million u.s. citizens live there. and look at this satellite image of the island, lit up in july. and now this image from the middle of the night, just in the days after maria struck. most of the island in darkness. abc's eva pilgrim tonight taking us flying over puerto rico in a helicopter, and you will see where the eye of the hurricane hit. >> reporter: tonight, new pictures of the devastation in puerto rico, as the island's governor pleads for more federal help, calling hurricane maria's destruction a "humanitarian disaster" for its 3.4 million u.s. citizens. we are many days removed from hurricane maria making landfall, and you can see, there are still several neighborhoods that are flooded. ho ripped to shreds.
mudslides leaving homes teetering on the edge. the ground they were built on gone. on the ground, fear of a catastrophic failure at the guajataca dam. 8,000 residents told to get out now. >> the crew that's behind us, they walked about two miles to gain access to a person who we knew needed help. >> reporter: a struggle for basic necessities in the swelteriswelter ing heat. we met jose vidal standing in the sun, trying to get a day's worth of generator fuel. cult off from family. you haven't talked to your family to let them know you're act yet? >> no, no. my mom, i haven't spoken to her. >> reporter: we let him borrow our phone. >> hey, ma. how you doing? i'm okay. i'm all right. doing okay. doing the best we can. >> reporter: a moment of contact amid all this isolation. >> so powerful to watch those phone calls.
families connecting. eva with us live tonight. and eva, there's been some progress involving commercial flights in and out of puerto rico? >> reporter: that's right, david. the faa says there are about a dozen flights in and out of san juan each day, and ridesi. dest critical navigational systems. they are having to use chain saws toet to one of the main radar sites to repair it. david? >> eva pilgrim, the work months and years to come. week after hurricane maria first hit those caribbean islands, tropical storm warnings are up along parts of the east coast of the u.s. tonight. mandatory evacuations for parts of north carolina at this hour. so, let's get to chief meteorologist ginger zee, still talking about marimaria. >> reporter: onto moving north at 7 miles per hour. going to take its time here. but the rip currents and the high surf could be possible from florida to massachusetts, david. but you kind of zoom in, you can see who maria is going to effect the most. that would be the outer banks of north carolina, coastal north carolina. two to four feet of storm surge. gusts up to 60 miles an hour,
before this storm turns into the atlantic thursday and friday, and quickly, the other big headline everyone is talking about, that intense heat. that ridge has been built in. cleveland, detroit, chicago have .usplrelief, looks like ays of green on the map is coming. >> in some cases, schools closed. >> reporter: absolutely. >> ginger, thank you. next, to that new threat from north korea tonight. its top dip lope mat saying that president trump's verbal attacks are a declaration of war and his country now has the right to respond. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: tonight, north korea calling the escalating public threats from president trump a "declaration of war." >> rocket man should've been handled a long time ago. little rocket man. we're going to do it. because we really have no choice. >> reporter: after those words, a tweet. the president threatening the leaders of north korea, saying that if they keep up provocations, they "won't be around much longer."
while u.s. bombers pushing further off the coast of north korea, the farthest north they've been in nearly two decades. north korea now threatening to shoot those bombers down. and at the white house today -- >> we've not declared war on north korea, and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd. >> wow. a lot going on and let's get to martha now. sobering words from the president's national security adviser tonight, h.r. mcmaster. >> reporter: yeah, david, he said what we hope to do is to avoid war, but we cannot discount that possibility. as you said, sobering. >> martha raddatz, good to have you here tonight. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the deadly church shooting. also, the plane and the scare, just today. smoke filling the cabin. passengers rushing to escape this flight. we have news tonight about aspirin and your heart and the possible risk to patients who stop taking that daily dose on their own. and then the deadly crash. the mother and two children
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they're shaken up. anybody would be, if you have a gun brandished and pointing in your direction and someone demanding cash. >> two toll takers robbed at gunpoint, california highway patrol are looking for two men. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. robberies happened sunday at coke even as bridge at 4:00 and bay bridge at 2:00 p.m. >> live at bay bridge with the latest, melanie. >> reporter: there is surveillance video of both robberies and chp are investigating whether the two suspects could be linked to others. two robberies at two bridge toll towers within hours. >> brazen. >> reporter: getting away with
money from karr evenes bridge and bay bridge. >> two black male adults wearing black hoodies and blue latex gloves. brandished a weapon. >> reporter: surveillance video captured this image of them and vehicle. >> black mercedes sedan, paper plates that said car max on them. >> reporter: 14 bridge toll robberies in 2015 with arrests connected to 11 of them. number dropped to five following year. this year, four. as to whether the two suspects could be linked to others? >> something the investigators will look at. >> reporter: the bridge toll operators not physically injured. but danger extends beyond them. >> plead