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california. >> 4 to 6 feet, amazing stuff. >> it is amazing. >> "nbc nightly news" is next. more local news at 6:00. >> we'll see you then. on a saturday night, millions march. the huge rallies led by women in washington, around the country and around the world. most demanding president trump respect their rights and human rights. cia admission. the president visits the spy agency with nothing but praise for the intelligence community he once open criticized. plus his executive order on obamacare and what it means. no way out. the tornado ripped through mississippi in the middle of the night killing at least four people and causing widespread destruction. one of the several tornadoes tearing through the south. and let's dance. the glitter and glamour of the first couple and those who came before them as they take the presidential stage. "nightly news" begins now.
>> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz-balart reporting tonight from washington, d.c. good evening. just 24 hours after donald trump's presidential inauguration, people filled the streets of america's cities and capitals around the world. their objective, to send the new administration a powerful message that women's rights are human rights. here in washington, d.c., the main march, the national mall became a sea of pink hats and signs, celebrities, lawmakers and activists spoke to the crowd about the importance of standing up to an administration many of them see as threatening the core values of the progressive movement. jacob rascon reports on the rallies around the country and the world. >> reporter: they descended on the capitol and cities around the world by the hundreds of thousands. far more people marching for women's rights on president trump's first full day in office than attended his
inauguration. >> thank you for understanding that sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are. >> we're not going to take this lying down. >> reporter: their message to the new administration amplified by star power. driven by grassroots demonstrators from across the country. the ruiz family packed up on wednesday in longmont, colorado. her daughters and friends missed work to drive the 1700 miles to washington, d.c. >> this is what democracy looks like. >> reporter: why did you make this journey? >> to show my daughters this, that there's unity in america and it's not divisive like donald trump says it is. >> reporter: hundreds of solidarity marches happening across the country. >> i'm katie beck in los angeles. while event organizers predicted a large crowd, they never could have predicted this.
hundreds of thousands of people flooding the streets from every direction. tammy leitner in naples, florida, where thousands turned out to march. we also found plenty of people who are optimistic about the next four years. >> we have no choice. he's our president and i think we have to be positive looking forward. >> i'm morgan radford in new york where you can hear chants of my body, my choice. thousands filling the streets in protest, generations of women who feel under a trump presidency their rights are being threatened. >> tens of thousands more marching in chicago. boston and seattle. and overseas in england, italy, germany and paris. crowds of mostly women all protesting president trump. >> even though the circumstances are unfortunate, the fact that it's brought all these people together to fight for justice is beautiful. >> chandra hopes the change won't come easily. her husband voted for
president trump. >> pay attention, donald trump, because we're speaking to you. >> the demonstrations have been peaceful and crowd sizes exceeded organizers' expectations. as you talk to those who made the journey here, they all have a different reason for coming. but they say they're inspired by what they see as a movement they hope is only just beginning. jose? >> jacob rascon. president trump made this a working saturday on his first full day in office. today's agenda trying to repair strained relations with the country's intelligence agencies. he traveled to the cia bringing with him nothing but praise for the agency while, once again, taking aim at the media. kelly o'donnell has more. >> reporter: on day one, president trump's motorcade headed from the white house south
lawn briefly passing the march protesters to america's spy headquarters with mike pompeo and the vice president. trump came to deliver reassurance in very personal terms. >> i love you, i respect you. there's no nobody i respect more. >> reporter: a stark departure from a withering insult he leveled to the intelligence community over a political opposition research memo that claimed russia had compromising information against trump. but the memo is unverified. >> i think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake and that's something that nazi germany would have done and did do. >> reporter: no mention of that today. instead, the president pledged his full support. >> there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the cia than donald trump. >> reporter: and boasted to the 400 or so cia officers who could not be shown on camera about their new director. >> you will be getting a total star. you're going to be
getting a total gem. >> reporter: with the stars that marked cia officers killed in action behind him, trump waged his own war against the media, disputing before the nation's information experts, the size of trump's inaugural crowds. >> it looked honestly, like a million and a half people. whatever it was, it was. it went all the way back to the washington monument. by mistake, i get this network. it showed an empty field. it said we drew 250,000 people. >> late today, the first official white house statement by secretary sean spicer, accused the media of deliberately under reporting the crowd count. >> these attempts are shameful and wrong. >> reporter: after making it clear the trump administration intends to hold the media accountable, the
press secretary said the president will host first meetings with foreign leaders, naming the united kingdom and mexico. it would normally be big news. but it could be overshadowed in the dispute about media coverage. we attempted to ask sean spicer about the women's march protest and he declined to take any questions. jose? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house. one of the new first actions in the oval office was to sign an executive order related to the eventual repeal of obamacare. a process that is already under way. for more on what it means, let's bring in white house correspondent hallie jackson. >> good evening to you. you're talking about one of the very first executive orders signed by president trump. it gives more flexibility to states and federal agencies to roll back certain regulations put in place by the affordable care act. so what does this actually do? well, it could affect the penalty for people who are uninsured. but at this point, it appears mostly symbolic. it lets the president point to action on day one to make good on a fundamental campaign pledge to kill obamacare.
the bigger question here is what doesn't this do? and the answer is pretty simple. this does not repeal and replace the affordable care act because that is up to congress as you know, not the president. we expect a lot more activity on monday on executive orders. both president trump putting new ones in place, possibly for example on trade or immigration and ending one that is former president obama enacted. jose? >> hallie jackson, thank you very much. chuck todd will have much more on the new president and the challenges ahead tomorrow morning on "meet the press." while many here voiced displeasure are donald trump as president, there was nothing of the kind today in another country that seems to be embracing the new american president. bill neely is in moscow with the view from russia. ♪ >> russian celebrations for donald trump. a u.s. president welcomed here as never before. >> so help me god. >> they heard him talk of new alliances.
and believe trump will mean better relations. >> it will be good for both america and for russia. >> in russia, i know that they respect him. >> this relationship will be more friendly. >> putin is ready to meet trump said his spokesman tonight. though it may take months. many see trump as a gift to russia. >> it looks like christmas gift. was very beautiful package and we don't know what's inside. >> the kremlin has not got what it wanted trump as president. but in here, they don't want to make america great again. they want to make russia great again. putin is ambitious. he denies accusations russia hacked the u.s. election to help trump. he's expected to test the mettle of his fourth u.s. president. >> he'll test trump. they test each other, of course.
>> trump is a american and he will be for american. it doesn't mean he should be anti-russian. >> putin will call trump in the coming days to congratulate him and to send a message. >> what's russia's message to america? >> we want to cooperate he says in fighting terrorism, on syria and trump is different. russian dolls depicting trump and his whole family are selling out here. less clear is how long the trump feel good will last. bill neely, nbc news, moscow. back in this country, cleanup and recovery after a series of tornadoes hit the region this morning. one in southern mississippi was deadly killing four people, injuring dozens more. the governor has declared a state of emergency. gabe gutierrez is in hattiesburg, mississippi and has our report. >> tonight the destruction in
mississippi is overwhelming. >> you can hear like glass shattering. you can hear the roof caving. i feel like i'm blessed to be alive. >> donna thompson says the terrifying tornado was over in seconds. >> it was dark, people were everywhere. i didn't know who was still alive, who wasn't. i was scared. >> at least four people are dead, more than 20 others injured. >> hello? >> search and rescue teams are looking for more. >> i know what the families go through when they say tornado and it's devastating. it really is. >> near downtown hattiesburg, william carry university is shut down. students evacuated, cars tossed. dorms damaged. >> we got everybody into the bathrooms. it got pretty bad out there.
wind, lightning striking all around us. >> look at that. >> overnight, howling winds knocked out power to thousands. the fast-moving storm system spawning more than a dozen tornadoes leaving a trail of damage across three states. and flooding communities in alabama and georgia. in mississippi, the governor has declared a state of emergency. >> all of a sudden, the windows come in and the house gets to flowing. i'm going through the rooms trying to dive on my daughters. >> darryl pulled his fiancee and two daughters to safety. >> all that came crashing down on me. i had -- i got strength from somewhere. i said god wasn't ready for me to go. >> the national weather service says the tornado that shredded this neighborhood was at least an ef-3 packing winds of 135 miles an hour. >> the system that caused all this damage is moving off the east coast. but adding insult to injury, they're bracing for another line of storms. a new tornado watch is in effect and they're worried about more damage tomorrow and
the potential of more severe weather across several southern states tonight and tomorrow. jose? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. still ahead, searching for more survivors after that avalanche in italy and some signs of hope. also, the first dance. we'll catch up with the first couple at last night's inaugural balls and take a look at presidential parties of the past.
an intense rescue mission in the mountains of central italy three days after an avalanche buried a hotel and all but cut off access to it. authorities say four more people were rescued from the snow and the rubble. we get the latest from nbc's lucy kafanov. >> just as hopes faded, this incredible moment. a 6-year-old emerges from the ruins of a mountainside hotel, cold after being buried for nearly three days. but well enough to ask for her favorite cookies. rescue teams say pockets of air formed in the snow and that's what kept nine people pulled from the rubble alive. they were taken by a helicopter to a nearby hospital. but the mission isn't
over. at least 20 people are still missing and time is running out. for families desperate for word of loved ones, there's anger. this man's son has yet to be found. he says, you need to ask them why they didn't get people out the day before the tragedy. they left them trapped in this hotel. prosecutors have opened an investigation. five bodies have been recovered so far. emergency crews say they'll continue working day and night until everyone is accounted for. lucy kafanov, nbc news, london. and in case you missed it, the mexican drug lord joaquin "el chapo" guzman was arraigned in federal court in brooklyn yesterday. he pled not guilty that he oversaw a huge drug empire worth billions of dollars, $14 billion in profits and moved at least 200 tons of cocaine into this country. guzman extradited from mexico two days ago after u.s. prosecutors promised they would not seek the death penalty. when we come back, finding the words. how technology is giving a new voice to the voiceless.
but now dr. john torres reports on how technology is helping people speak with something closer to their own voices. >> why did the cookie go to the doctor? he felt crummy. >> that's hilarious. >> leo is only 8 years old. but his voice sounds like a 40-year-old man. yes. >> leo has cerebral palsy and can't articulate words. so he speaks through a computer. >> we've had to try to make him comfortable using that in public and not being ashamed about it. >> thousands of people are like leo, they talk through a computer. but their voices all sound the same. like a robot. >> when you lose your voice and you forever have to communicate through, let's say, a gps-sounding voice, you're losing part of your identity. >> speech scientists hope to give leo his own voice. any sounds he makes combined with a donor voice from another person. >> donors like these
california 7th graders who have recorded 3,000 sentences. >> every 100 words takes about 20 minutes. >> everyone should be able to have their own voice and i want to do my part to help other people. >> their recordings end up in a human voice bank. a collection of voices from around the world. >> each contribution, a vocal fingerprint of the donor's individual sounds. one of them gets matched with leo. >> this is leo's voice. >> that gives him the voice that's unique to leo. >> yes. no one else will have this voice. >> the idea to use this device, we're used to having a more anonymous sound to it, come out with something that we know in some way came from inside his vocal cords and his diaphragm. it's mind blowing. >> guess what? i have a new voice today. >> today leo is getting the first hint of what his new voice will sound like.
his message says it all. >> thank you. >> giving the voiceless a sound of their own so they can speak their mind. dr. john torres, nbc news, syracuse. an update on former president george h.w. bush recovering in a hospital in houston. a family spokesman says he continues to improve and will remain in the intensive care unit for observation for a couple more days. his wife was hospitalized for bronchitis. she could be discharged from the hospital tomorrow. up next, new president and the first lady having a ball last night.
we're getting some early candid images of the new first family in the white house. the president's son donald trump jr. sent out a tweet of his wife at the white house bowling alley. he said his wife was doing pretty well considering she's wearing heels. we would agree. finally tonight, to the sounds of my way, donald and melania trump took to the stage as president and first lady for their first dance. it was all about style and drew immediate comparisons to other first couples through the years. kristen welker has more tonight. >> a time honored tradition. the inaugural balls. president trump and first lady melania all smiles after their historic day. >> this evening is so special. >> mr. trump expressing his gratitude at his first of three balls.
>> i want to thank all of our supporters. my number one supporter, melania, what she puts up with. >> melania trump stepping into her new role on the stage in a gown she helped design. an ivory off the shoulder dress with a thigh-high split. she collaborated with a designer who previously worked with carolina herrera. and became a citizen last fall. >> there was a hint of the kind of '60s of jackie kennedy whose inaugural gown was also white. it called to mind michelle obama's gown which was white. both of those were interpreted as sort of being about hope and optimism and a new beginning. >> the inaugural balls date back to james madison in 1809. in 2009, barack and michelle obama were serenaded by beyonce singing at last by etta james. george w. bush danced with his wife and danced with his daughters as well.
>> now the president and first lady of the united states will take their first dance. >> the new first couple song, my way. by frank sinatra, one of mr. trump's favorite capturing his untraditional path to the white house. their family also joining them on stage. at the second ball of the night, president trump promising to get right to work. >> now the work begins. we have to get it done. we'll get it done. >> the trumps ended their evening at a ball honoring america's service members. >> you're amazing people. i like you for a lot of reasons, also i like the fact that you all voted for me. right? you all voted for me. >> a night of dancing and celebration as the 45th president prepares to do things his way. kristen welker, nbc news. washington. that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm jose diaz-balart reporting from washington. thank you for the privilege of your time. good night. when the worst of this third
women marching across the country, the message of unity from the bay area to washington. the news at six starts right now. thank you for joining us. >> it is president trump first full day in office and women across the country or sending him a powerful message. >> reporter: good evening. we are here in the nation's capital all the talked to not necessarily about donald trump at all but, in fact, about the women around the country and around the world tuning in to see what's happening here. so many people energized now. but first, perhaps it's going across the country now. let's check in at san francisco. our nbc chopper over the scene in san francisco, people gathering on this cold and rainy saturday night. unlike the marches around the country, the one