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tim: welcome to our viewers on public television and around the globe. with the landmark 100 days deadline looming, the white house has been a hive of activity, including 2 diary items that could have ramifications. on the international front the president called the entire u.s. senate to the white house for a classified security briefing about north korea. jon sopel reports. this is not real, but it looks terrifyingly like it. exercise conducted by u.s. and south korean troops miles from the north korean border at a time of tension. a show will force and unity.
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a military exercise with an unmistakable message to the north. we want peace, but we are ready for all eventuality. the head of the u.s. pacific command put it like this. >> as president trump and secretary matters have made clear, all options are on the table and we want to bring kim jong un to his senses, not to his knees. jon: taking the north koreans at their word. >> we have to look at north korea as if kim jong un will do what he says. when he threatens the united states, that is one level. when he threatens the united states with the capability of realizing that threat, that is a different place. jon: from the capital, an exceptional event. the whole senate decamping to the white house to be given a classified briefing from the
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president and his key national security staff. tour buses taking the senators on their day trip. symbolism of going to the white house, where the commander-in-chief lives, to hear from the commander-in-chief and his team about what we need to be prepared to do is an appropriate sense of austerity. jon: after the briefing, this reaction. >> it was sobering. it was clear how much thought and planning is going into preparing military options if called for, and a diplomatic strategy that strikes me as clear-eyed and well proportioned to the threat. the u.s. moved in a missile defense system that will be operational in the next few days. something that has caused unease in the north and in china.
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a grandstand was built so the south koreans could watch for the military exercises. this woman says kim jong-il and will see how strong we are and never dare to attack us. this man comments, "i'm more worried than before. the kind ofis not person to be pulleshed around." nervousness is the one thing shared on both sides of the border and the region as a whole. tim: i caught up with jon at the white house. what did the senators learn? jon: they learned it is a complicated and dangerous situation. the one thing that donald trump not prepared to accept any longer is the status quo. there has been a policy of strategic patience. you quietly and diplomatically tried to lure north korea away
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from the nuclear path. with that, all sorts of things are up for grabs. you have the pressure hopefully being put on, in donald trump's view, by the chinese. the possibility of restating that north korea is a state sponsor of terror allowing a tighter sanction here you have the possibility, if donald trump that there was enough optimism, talks.-face you can look at the joint statement, the united states seeks stability in the deed nuclear's asian of the korean peninsula. options, butn to we are prepared to defend ourselves and our options. tim: china is key. china is pretty upset by the thad deployment.
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that is a difficult game diplomatically for america to handle with them? it is a complicated situation. i think the senators at the briefing today have come away with a sobering sense of how unstable the situation is. in a fightingp match with unpredictable consequences. on what measures need to be keep everyone on board, how you keep the chinese on board. the admiral said the chinese should not worry about our missile shield, they should be more worried about the defensive actions being taken by north korea. it would nice in american eyes if they saw it like that, but china has their own interests. they will be watching carefully what america does next. tim: for more on the meeting at
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the white house, i spoke with the president of a global security foundation. the statement issued after the extraordinary meeting at the senate -- of the senate stresses the need to impose more sanctions for the denuclearization. will work most, do you think? >> there is question this has to be solved politically. part of the reason is, like the senator said, the military option is sobering. this is not syria or afghanistan. you fire a missile into north korea, and they will fire back. eoul is within range for missiles to devastate the city. worriedan is incredibly
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. japan already practicing evacuations. stepping up defenses in hawaii. will that be done imminently? >> thad can shoot down missiles under ideal conditions, but it does not protect seoul. it is for show rather than an actual defense of 25 million .outh koreans qc 2 relatively inexperienced and compulsive presidents with massive military capabilities, pushing and trying to get the other two back down. a miscalculation, a misunderstanding, a false move to trigger a war we have not seen the likes of since the end of the korean war. tim: is china still the key to
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this? what leverage that they had over kim jong un's father and grandfather that they don't have over this one? unchina is key, but kim jong china.a puppet of he made a practice of killing pro-chinese officials and his government, starting with his uncle and ending with his brother, who was under chinese protection. you can tell what the relationships are. china has leverage and economic pressure, even military threats . what they want from the u.s. is to meet them halfway. increase the pressure, but reach a negotiated solution. tim: what about the banking system? would that dry up a lot of the threats from north korea? >> we could do targeted
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sanctions on the north korean leader's bank accounts. we have done that in the past. it would be dangerous to do secondary sanctions, putting sanctions on chinese banks. that could drive china further away. they would look they were caving into u.s. pressure if they started to cooperate. it is a delicate game. is trump up for it? tim: that is what the trump team has been focusing on internationally, what about in the united states? a massive overhaul of the tax system. donald trump is planning to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%. there will be tax breaks for expenses, and cutting tax rates for individuals. it is not clear how the white house plans to pay for the cuts,
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which could add $2 trillion to the national deficit. the u.s. treasury secretary that economic growth is the goal and the solution. >> we believe we can get back to 3% or higher gdp that is sustainable in this country. the overall economic plan consists of massive tax cuts and reform. regulatory relief, and deals.iating trade we will unlock the economic growth that has been held back for too long. tim: my colleague katty kay and christian fraser talked to the taxel-erian about plan. he was appearing on "100 days." tty: one reason that financial iddy is thee been getti
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promise of a cut of a corporate tax rate to 15%. do you think it is important the white house lays out how it will pay for the tax cut? important. is very there are 2 elements to the tax plan. wine is tax reform. some -- one is tax reform. simplifying the system, making it easier, more transparent, less captive by special interest. another element is aggressive tax cuts, the other element the trump administration is pursuing here, people need details. it is a race between economic growth and debt. if economic growth wins it is fine, but if debt wins, the economy will be worse off.
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people will be watching closely how much growth will this promote, and will it be enough to upset what will likely be a higher deficit? , the opposition labor party said we are shoving our corporate tax rate higher. in america, they have the opposite attitude. is there any evidence that cutting corporate tax rates so low actually does what it is supposed to do? mohamed: the evidence is not sufficient. if you just do that and nothing but, profits will go up, the rest of the economy won't feel it. .hat is a concern you may end up simply altering the distribution between corporations. it is not sufficient. to make it sufficient to have to move in other areas.
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is important to put the tax plan in context with what else will happen to enhance willctivity of labor, what happen on education reform, and infrastructure building. mohamed el-erian. turkey has arrested supporters of a preacher associated with the failed coup attempt. .upporters of fethullah gulen he lives in the united states. thousands of venezuelans taking part in a protest against the government of nicholas maduro. the march on the office of the ombudsman in central caracas. into areas police have fired tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. you are watching bbc "world news america." still to come, sure the
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president wants a wall, but what kind will it be? we look at some possibilities. she was banned from tennis 15 months ago for doping. hera sharapova is back for first match after being suspended last year. she will take on an italian at the open. it has divided opinion on her fellow players and has some of the biggest tournaments on the calendar. back in, butowed not to the fanfare that has greeted her for much of her career. maria sharapova makes an anticipated return to competitive tennis after a 15 month suspension. until yesterday she was banned, and without the necessary
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ranking to qualify, the decision in stuttgart to hand her a wildcard has been questioned by some. i she is a great player, but butk she can return to play without any white card. the worldshe shocked when she tested positive for a banned drug at the australian open. >> i received a letter that i had failed a drug test at the australian open. the five-time grand slam champion remains a star attraction on and off the court. >> there are many moments in a professional' es career -- reporter: as one of the richest sportswomen in th on the planet.
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with two of the biggest grand slams month away, one of the mumbled and where she made her title as a 17-year-old, they will have to decide if they will her a hand back to the top. a deadline is looming over how to fund the u.s. government with a possible shutdown in the balance. a key sticking point has been federal funding for the border wall. the president signaled he may not require the funds this time, but the project is moving .orward landowners and texas received letters ordering them to sell their land to the government. 200 firms have submitted bids. as james cook reports, at
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least one has been getting death threats. james: a bizarre beauty contest is about to begin. 200 companies have submitted bids to make donald trump's wall. they include eye-catching designs. there is a medieval style. another that doubles as a nuclear waste store. this one is made of solar panels. one with a barrier adorned with glittering gems. some are less outlandish. >> 30 feet high and six feet below. james: michael evangelista said he had to search his soul before bidding. buildatino that wants to the wall, his voicemail is not pleasant. >> i know you are trying to build the wall, and it is disgusting.
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you are a traitor. you better watch your back. there are people out here like me that would love to hurt. james: why did he get involved? >> members of my own family were initially upset. when i explained the reason we are entering the conversation is because we don't want lethal options like electric fences and razor wire. if it is going to be done, it needs to be done right. james: a treaty with mexico for bids building on the rio grande. the proposed route slices through private property. >> this is where they want to build a wall. the sectionpart of they want, 60 feet wide by over one mile long. it would be no man's land. who would want that property? james: he received a government
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letter saying that his land will be cut into 2. >> we need access to the water. we have 150 feet of access that we are not using, but in the future we probably will. wallhas never were -- a has never worked. ,f you have a 20 foot wall someone will build a 21 foot ladder. james: all along the border there is skepticism. in texas, opposition to strengthening the barrier comes not just from democratic opponents, not just for mexico, but from quite a few republicans. .mong them is this congressman he used to be a cia spy. now he is battling his own president on the home front. building a wall from sea to shining sea is the least effective way to do border
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security. we should use technology, people, increasing intelligence on the bad guys and stop them before they reach the border. these are better uses of american taxpayer dollars. the white house continues to claim the cost will be met by mexico. trump still insists that his wall will be built. james cook, bbc news, el paso, texas. tim: spring is truly here. for many an english gardener, it is the most important time of year. climate change could force new techniques. david: the spectacular arrival of spring. the signs are that it is happening earlier as the climate changes. es is one of the few to
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track the exact timing of spring here to has been keeping track .f this oak for 50 years she has been honored for her records. it is happening 3 weeks earlier than it used to. >> i wait until i see the first green and that is the date. it is magical. we?ll appreciate it, don't david: that moment is shifting according to a report that says extremes in our weather will change our gardens. at harlow carr, gardeners have noticed there is a longer growing season, but more violent rain. >> huge weather events do damage in the garden. improving conditions will allow us to grow more plants and have
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a wide range of people enjoy the garden. david: a major challenge is erratic weather. >> you get several very wet days, then you get one sunny day , then back to rain again. david: that makes things quite difficult? >> it does. david: in the north in the u.k. conditions will be wetter, mi lder, storm here, with more with more- stormier, extremes. a different projection down south. in essex, the worry is a lack of water. parts can be drier than the middle east. more arid conditions are likely. they are already growing plants that come from dry lands, like mexico. is less rain each you put different plants in to
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compensate. >> we noticed it with the lawn. we are almost cutting the lawn until christmas, then the second week of march. david: our gardens are revealing patterns of change in different parts of the country. if the predictions are right they won't look the same in the decades ahead. go fromt before we english gardens to the deserts of california and beyond, an erslosion of wildflow have bloomed thanks to a rainy winter. a carpet of color. you can see it from space, obviously with the right equipment. a satellite imagery firm has captured this spectacular shot of the color, showing california
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in a this last time the area so super bloom was 2005. check out pictures on the website. i will see you same time tomorrow. bye-bey. -- i like. bye-bye. >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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island with warm sunny days, cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at >> bbc world news was presented by kcet los angeles.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: >> we're trying to drive the economic benefit here to the taxpayers in the middle. >> woodruff: white house budget director mick mulvaney joins me to explain the administration's tax reform proposal and president trump's plan to get a spending bill passed. also ahead, a look at president trump's first 100 days in office-- the progress and setbacks on the domestic front for the new administration. then, a wall keeping people and wildlife out. how a political divide could endanger animals living along the u.s.-mexico border. >> long-term, this cld


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