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appreciate your time. look at the little snow flurries coming down now tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump now saying about the deadly school shooting, he would have run in, even if he didn't have a weapon. and one governor standing up and asking the president today to take arming teachers off the table. the storm system. at least eight dead. a dozen twisters in four states. communities under water tonight. and now the new storm brewing in the east. the midair scare. flames shooting from the engine today. a passenger jet on its way to l.a. forced to turn around. we have new reporting tonight on the deaths of four american soldiers in that deadly ambush in niger. and the new video from just days before. martha raddatz standing by. the young med student viciously attacked and killed at the library. and the mysterious disappearance of a cdc employee not seen since he left work two weeks ago.
what police are now saying. good evening. and it's great to have you with us to start another week here. and we do begin tonight with president trump's own words today about the deadly school shooting. the president hosting the nation's governors at the white house, criticizing the response and then telling the governors he would have run into the school, even without a weapon. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: president trump said today he likely would have showed courage under fire and run into stoneman douglas high school himself to confront the killer. >> you know, i really believe -- you don't know until you're tested, but i think i -- i really believe i'd run in there, even if i didn't have a weapon. and i think most of the people in this room would have done that, too. >> reporter: speaking to a large bipartisan group of governors, the president revealed he had lunch sunday with wayne lapierre, leader of the nra, which is now under intense pressure. at least 16 corporations, including delta airlines,
metlife, and several major rental car companies, have severed their ties with the nra since the parkland shooting. the president called nra leaders patriots, but he insisted he's not afraid to oppose them. >> and i want to tell you, they want to do something. i said, fellas, we have to do something. it's too long now. we got to do something. don't worry about the nra, they're on our side. you guys, half of you are so afraid of the n r a there's nothing be afraid of. and you know what, if they're not with you, we have to fight them every once in a while. that's okay. >> reporter: and one idea the president has embraced would require a fight. a plan to raise the minimum age for buying a rifle from 18 to 21. the nra opposes the idea, and since their lunch with the president, he hasn't mentioned it, either. >> in concept, the president still supports it, but in terms of legislation, we'd need to see what that looks like before we weigh in further. >> reporter: the idea the president seems most enthusiastic about remains allowing qualified teachers and school officials to carry
concealed weapons to school. >> i want highly trained people that have a natural talent, like hitting a baseball, or hitting a golf ball, or putting. >> reporter: but the governor of washington state, democrat jay inslee, rose to confront the president. >> i've listened to the first grade teachers that don't want to be pistol-packing first grade teachers. we need to listen that educators should educate and they should not be foisted upon this responsibility of packing heat in first grade classes. so, i just suggest we need a little less tweeting here, a little more listening. >> reporter: the president immediately turned to republican greg abbott, governor of texas, one of a handful of states that allows qualified teachers to carry concealed weapons. abbott said some schools actually have warning signs, like this one, out front. >> warning anybody coming on there that if they attempt to cause any harm, they're going to be in trouble. >> well, i think that's great. >> jon karl with us live tonight at the white house. and jon, as the president was addressing the governors, we
know first lady melania trump was speaking to their spouses. and she praised those high school students who have spoken out about gun control. take a listen. >> i have been heartened to see children across this country using their voices to speak out and try to create change. they are our future and they deserve a voice. >> jon, as you know, the students the first lady now praising have been taking on the nra. president trump today revealing, as you reported there, that he had lunch with the head of the nra over the weekend? >> reporter: and you heard him say that he's willing to take on the nra, to fight the nra, but david, he has not supported a single piece of legislation, a single bill, that the nra opposes, and this much is clear. unless the president leads, congress is not going to act on any gun measures. he is going to have to push the republican leadership to do it or they will not act. >> all right, jon karl leading us off on a monday night. jon, thank you. meantime, for the first time, the deputy branded a coward by some is now responding
tonight. he's accused of being outside the school building, but failing to go inside to confront the shooter as it was all under way. abc's victor oquendo with the new statement tonight. >> reporter: tonight, as teachers and students begin returning to the scene of that horrific school shooting, that school resource officer, accused of waiting outside of the building while the rampage unfolded, defending himself, saying in a letter through his lawyer, "the allegations that mr. peterson was a coward and failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue." former deputy scot peterson claims he initially received a call of firecrackers, and that once he arrived at the building, he heard gunshots, but believed that those gunshots were originating from outside of any of the buildings. peterson calling the sheriff's strong statements about him -- >> devastated. sick to my stomach. >> reporter: -- quote, uncalled for attacks upon his character. this, as sheriff scott israel is on the defensive himself. >> i've given amazing leadership to this agency. >> amazing leadership? >> reporter: israel now investigating reports from
nearby coral springs police officers who also responded to the school that several other broward county deputies waited instead of rushing into the school during the shooting, but israel says the tapes he's reviewed don't back up this claim. and now, calls from 74 florida republicans for the sheriff, a democrat who has spoken out against arming teachers, to be suspended for his department's "ignoring repeated warning signs" about suspected shooter nikolas cruz. the sheriff's office responded to 18 calls related to cruz, two of those calls now under review, including one call in november saying cruz could be a school shooter in the making. >> the caller, as you know, came from massachusetts. she told the deputy that the subject, the eventual killer, was somewhere in palm beach county. >> reporter: the sheriff then asked, did the person who received that call follow up? >> indication at this point is that he did not. >> victor oquendo live with us tonight from outside the school. and victor, florida governor rick scott, a republican, who has already backed raising the
minimum age to buy firearms to 21 now, also now says he disagrees with the president's plan to arm some teachers? >> reporter: david, the governor rarely disagrees with the president, but here he is, on the record, saying he'd rather see teachers teach and focus on making sure that law enforcement, with the proper training, is in place to protect the students. david? >> victor oquendo tonight. victor, thank you. in the meantime, we turn now to the deadly storm system. at least eight people killed. a dozen confirmed tornadoes hitting fourstates, including kentucky, the pictures right there. many communities under water tonight, as we now track a new system moving into the east. abc's marcus moore from the storm zone tonight. >> reporter: tonight, millions reeling from a weekend tornado outbreak and severe flooding. residents frantically digging through debris of this clarksville, tennessee, home. >> they just rescued that dog from the rubble. >> reporter: a family pet surviving an ef-2 twister, winds up to 125 miles per hour. cladjour way and his wife huddling in their bathtub. >> my wife was terrified, she's
crying, i'm terrified, because i didn't know what to do, i didn't know if it was coming back again. >> reporter: this, as at least 70 rivers across the heartland are at or above flood stage, with more rain on the way. here in paducah, kentucky, they are fighting, installing these floodgates for the first time in seven years, as the ohio river continues to rise. saturated ground in the northeast causing this massive rockslide outside huntington, west virginia. and in pittsburgh, a landslide ripping this home apart after the wettest february on record there. and here in kentucky tonight, they are keeping a very close eye on the ohio river, which is about a mile from where i'm standing right now. one of the many roads left impassable because of high water. david? >> wow, marcus, a mile away from the ohio river. we're all watching that. rob's tracking it all for us. >> reporter: you saw it's sunny there now, but there's more rain coming, david. and so much water to drain through the mississippi and ohio rivers. by this time tomorrow night, another batch of rain emerges over dallas and moves northeast across the storm zone. and we'll have a pulse of severe weather on wednesday night into thursday.
the heavy rain right over the ohio valley in the flood zone. this could potentially become a nor'easter on friday. but our main concern is certainly for the rain that's coming over the flood zone in the next two days. >> all right, tracking it through the end of the week. rob, thank you. to the supreme court tonight. today, rejecting the trump administration's request to make take immediate action on daca. the court declining the petition from the government to review a federal judge's ruling, keeping the program in place for now. the decision means the government must continue renewing permits for now, allowing 700,000 dreamers to stay in the country. the deadline for the program had been march 5th. there is also news tonight on the russia investigation, and after the memo written by republicans in the house, now the democratic response released. the president responding by calling into a cable show saturday night. and tonight here, the new fallout. here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, house democrats say they've soundly refuted a republican memo claiming anti-trump bias at the heart of the russia investigation. >> this is not some effort, as
the republicans wanted to portray it, of the deep state opposing donald trump. that's nonsense. >> reporter: but president trump says the democrat's memo only reinforces what republicans had already found. >> certainly the memo was a nothing. a lot of bad things happened on the other side. not on this side, but on the other side. >> reporter: the republican memo drafted by the staff of house intelligence committee chairman devin nunes, a close trump ally, concluded the justice department acted improperly in obtaining a secret surveillance warrant against former trump campaign adviser carter page. nunes claimed the fbi relied largely on information in a dossier written by former british spy christopher steele. he insisted the surveillance court was never told steele's work was politically motivated and paid for in part by the democratic national committee and the clinton campaign. >> to have a secret court that gets abused like this is totally unacceptable. >> reporter: but in their rebuttal memo, the democrats say the fbi made only narrow use of steele's information, obtaining the warrant against page after information obtained through multiple independent sources
corroborated steele's reporting about him. those sources, seemingly redacted here for security reasons. democrats also find that justice department officials repeatedly informed the court about steele's background, credibility and potential bias against trump. >> all right, so, pierre thomas with us live tonight from capitol hill. and pierre, republicans argue the steele dossier is at the heart of the russia investigation, but in this memo, democrats try to make it clear that the fbi started investigating well before the fbi even saw the dossier. >> reporter: that's right, david. the democrats say the fbi launched their investigation a full seven weeks before they were even made aware of the steele dossier. david? >> pierre thomas tonight. thank you. overseas tonight, reports of a deadly chemical attack in syria. victims in eastern ghouta, a damascus suburb, treated for alleged exposure to chlorine gas. the area under intense attack by the assad regime for more than a week now. russian president vladimir putin, who is backing the syrian government, has ordered a daily five-hour, quote, humanitarian pause, in that fighting.
and we have new reporting tonight, new images here in the investigation into a deadly ambush in niger and the deaths of four american soldiers. national geographic tonight with never before seen images prior to that fatal mission. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: this is 25-year-old ladavid johnson, just weeks before he and three other americans would be ambushed and killed. the tattoo across his chest, myeshia, his wife. and here he is with nigerian soldiers his unit was tasked to train. johnson was the mechanic and the self-appointed unit barber. >> is there something you haven't been able to fix or do that you've been asked to do on this trip? >> negative, sir. >> not yet? >> not yet. >> okay. >> not yet. >> well, you figure out what that is, let us know and we'll make sure you get trained on it. or you can just watch youtube like you did with haircutting. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: and this is staff sergeant dustin wright, an explosives expert.
>> anybody can shoot a gun, you know? demo is something else. it's a lot more fun. >> reporter: the special forces unit had never come under fire, but it is clear from this nat geo video, this was hostile territory. >> in this area is isis, and then in this area, we have boko haram. >> reporter: on october 3rd, wright, johnson and nine others from the unit, as well as nigerian soldiers, headed out to meet local leaders, but on their way back, without air cover, heavy weapons or heavy armor, were sent to a far more dangerous mission. to try to capture or kill a local terrorist. 24 hours later, they were ambushed. >> there's never a doubt in my mind how he fought, and what he would do for any member of that team. and i am proud. >> those soldiers just days before that mission. martha raddatz with us tonight. and martha, we do know that the pentagon is expected to release its findings in the coming days? >> reporter: that's exactly right, david. it's been an exhaustive investigation as to why that mission dramatically changed.
but the families of the fallen will be briefed before it's made public. david? >> martha raddatz, who has been following this from the start, thank you. and the series "chain of command" airs on the national geographic channel tonight, 9:00 p.m. eastern on nat geo. next tonight, ivanka trump defending her father against allegations of sexual misconduct. the president's daughter and white house adviser was asked about the 16 accusers who have come forward. ivanka trump telling nbc she believes her father over the women. >> i think it's a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father, when he's affirmatively stated that there's no truth to it. i don't think that's a question you would ask many other daughters. i believe my father. i know my father. >> the president has denied all the allegations. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the midair scare today. flames seen shooting from the engine. the passenger jet to los
angeles forced to turn back. also tonight, the young med student viciously attacked, killed inside a public library. there is news on this tonight. and the mysterious disappearance of a cdc employee, not seen since he left work two weeks ago. what authorities are now saying tonight. a lot more news ahead.
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>> reporter: the pilot of the salt lake to l.a. fight burned off fuel and turned around for an emergency landing. >> but i don't have any cockpit indications of fire, so, it might just be in the engine. but certainly when we land we're going to need a crash crew. >> reporter: fire crews greeted the jet on the ground. what's actually happening here is called a surge, or compressor stall. think of it like a car backfiring. while surges like today's in salt lake city can be frightening, especially for those sitting next to the engine, they rarely threaten an aircraft or cause damage to the engine. david? >> all right, david, thank you. when we come back here tonight, authorities say a murder streamed on facebook live today, and this evening, the photo of the suspect. they have just now put out. also, the young med student viciously attacked and killed inside a public library. there is news on that case tonight. and i mentioned that mysterious disappearance of a cdc employee. hasn't been seen since he left work sick two weeks ago. what authorities are now saying. he left work sick two weeks ago. what authorities are now saying. re now saying.
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finally tonight here, america strong. the hockey players from parkland, florida, 17 of them, who fought so hard for the 17 friends they lost. taking the ice for their state championship, the marjory stoneman douglas hockey team united in their mission. >> we're not playing for ourselves, we're playing for the 17 victims that lost their lives that day. >> reporter: the eagles were the underdogs, but they were determined. >> we were motivated to come here and win nationals. >> reporter: their community cheering them on. >> it's been a tough week. we all just came together. >> reporter: after losing their opening round games, they knew they had to win those two final games on sunday. and they did it. winning the state championship. >> this wasn't for us. this was for the 17 victims. we played for them. so passionate, so emotional. it's all for them. >> let's go! >> reporter: and those hockey players had one more mission in mind.
>> we plan to bring all our medals to the school when we get home. >> reporter: there were 17 players on the ice, 17 medals for every victim. they placed them on each name at the memorial. >> being together and seeing the community come together, it's really nice, and the world's even coming together for us. >> state champions who will never forget their friends. thanks for watching here on a monday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. can you believe this is the bay area.
snow, hail, and wind and rain and the day isn't over yet. >> i will show you where the wind, sleet, snow coming up. >> every day i have to make difficult discussions as the mayor of oakland. i believe it was the right thing to do. >> she says she is doing the right thing and she is not budging even in the face of personal threats. >> >> announcer: this is abc7 news news. >> showing you right now where the storm is hitting. only ranking one on the impact scale. but brought a wild mix for wintry weather. i am dan ashley. >> and i am i am i am i am i amm daetz. >> snow, rain, hail, all across
northern california. >> you can really hear the rat-tat of the hail coming down in walnut creek and you can hear it it in larkspurr as well. >> and they can this out. those are snowflakes falling on mount volmer. we captured this just about 30 minutes ago. >> let's bring in the expert. weather anchor spencer christian. >> we have had lightning strikes and thunderstorms as well as the hail and wind. active weather especially in the east bay. just south of tracy along