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-- fierce opponent on the court. one that's about player undertook the challenge to where the heaijab while playing hoops. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. it has been a tumultuous 118 days in the white house with donald trump. he is facing the most serious allegation yet. even some members of the president's own party are calling for an outside investigation. mr. trump is accused of trying to get the former leader of the fbi to drop an investigation into links between his former national security adviser and his party. for more on the maelstrom, here is jon sopel. was en routerump
to the national coast guard academy as his own administration seem to be listing at a precarious angle. >> our commander-in-chief, donald trump. jon: this has been the most torrid week of the young presidency. though he did not address each setback, there was a clear message. president trump: no politician in history, and i say this with great charity, has been treated worse or more unfairly. you can't let them get you down. i did not get elected to serve the washington media or special interest. serve theted to forgotten men and women of our country. that is what i am doing. forget the media. his biggest problem comes from this man. fbi director james comey. the disclosure he kept detailed
notes of all his meetings with the president, including over and michael flynn, is super serious. donald trump is reported to have said to call me "i hope you can see your way here to letting this go, to letting flynn go. he is a good guy. i hope you can let this go." to have replied, "agreed, he is a good guy." houseight the white denied any wrongdoing, saying the president had not told the fbi director to stop his work. the democratic leader on the floor of the senate -- >> the president says would come he said was wrong. prove it. it is easy to prove. as long as there are tapes were transcripts of what happened. if the president is right, he will have no problem releasing that, tapes, transcripts collaborate his story. jon: other democrats have started using the i-word.
the speaker to call for the impeachment of the president of the united states of america. for obstruction of justice. >> this is not good for america. jon: highly influential presidents are growing restive with comparisons being made to the dog days of nixon. before. seen this it is reaching the point of watergate size and scale, and a couple of other scandals that you and i have seen. jon: it has been a calamitous week. tuesday came the shock firing of james comey with of the white house giving muddled explanations of why. then the president seemed to threaten his former fbi director with the tweet saying, "james comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press." then the accusation that the president of old tightly class
ified information to the russians at the white house. that is what gets elected, not what keeps you in power. this administration cannot afford any more weeks like the one that has just gone. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. laura: a day of dueling press conferences on capitol hill. speaking to senators from both parties. first, susan collins, a republican on the intelligence committee. collins: we in congress and the intelligence committee in particular have a special obligation to follow the evidence wherever it leads, and to make sure that we have the facts here that means we need all of the memos that director comey wrote after any meetings that he had with the president. it means that we need his direct
testimony. after all, there's a big difference if the president said to him, "look, i fired mike flynn yesterday, i think he suffered enough" versus the president saying "i'm ordering you to end that investigation." we just don't know yet. laura: on the democratic the best is on to a point intial counsel that will not be subject presidenton from the of the united states. the president has already been alleged to interfere with the investigation, fired the director. >> are you saying you have lost confidence in the fbi's ability to carry out an investigation?
>> if there was any investigation, there would be a challenge if it is fully independent of the white house. i have full confidence in the fbi and the professionals that work there doing their work in a professional manner. we saw it in the firing of the f ei director, and -- fbi director, and the conversations, it would be a chilling effect. laura: speaking to jane o'brien. we heard the terms impeachment and obstruction of justice being raised. we turn to an expert. a law professor. if what is being reported rises to the level of obstruction if it is true? not really. the problem is that we are experiencing what in virginia they call buck fever. people are shooting at whatever moves. to say this is an obstruction crime on these facts is ignoring crime elements. the elements are not here. for obstruction of justice usually have a judicial
proceeding you're trying to interfere with. we don't actually have that at that time. corruptly tryto to influence those proceedings. it isn't clear we have evidence of that. it doesn't mean this would not have been wildly inappropriate if the president had this conversation. he denies it. call me says he did raise the issue. it also says -- call me says -- raise says he did no the issue. it also falls short of the impeachment standard. >> the president is in trouble en his party deserts him. president clinton was impeached, but it did not make it through the senate because his party did not desert him.
>> the greatest damage is due the political environment. there was a conspicuous absence of members coming forward to defend the president. only so many self-inflicted wounds you can commit without having people eventually walk away. he is in a very precarious position. his administration has been floundering from scandal to scandal. you have a scandal du jour every morning. there is exhaustion in washington. people need to be careful when they say "this clearly shows a crime." it is like when you take your kids across the country and they start saying, are we there yet?" .e're not there this is not evidence of a compelling crime of obstruction, and it is not an impeachable offense. >> 117 days. isn't it incredible?
>> it is incredible. speaking to my colleagues on "100 days." we've heard from washington insiders, but how did trump supporters feel? tennessee to find out. reporter: and nashville, it is the guitar that moves this music city. unlike washington, politics is bars.e topic in the in the capital of country music, the tunes belt out the concerns of the every day and american: paying rent, finding love. those who voted for donald trump brush off the image of the white house in crisis. they view the headlines as simply noise. >> you cannot tell me all of these leaks that come through almost daily, almost hourly, is
because people are not trying to subvert this president. reporter: the near daily revelations, including how the president has possibly interfered into the investigation of his associates ties with russia, do not raise red flags with his voters. isobviously we care if he trying to affect the election, in those matters. if hard evidence comes out we will have to reassess. in terms of trump, trump is doing exactly what he has done for the last year. people love him for that. you speak ton donald trump's supporters, his views on the man they elected have not changed. and effort toof undermine his presidency. bill valentine hosts a aimedvative talkshow
at those who do not trust the mainstream media. >> if he doesn't cut taxes, if he doesn't do that things he said he was going to do during the campaign, then there will be trouble. reporter: what has these fans on pins and needles is whether nashville's team will reach the stanley cup. conservatives have no fears about president trump. >> all of the media is left wing years and democrats. they don't want to see him do well. they just want to give america a way. >> the things they are saying about him are lies. >> they blow things out of proportion. reporter: there's no doubt the president's approval rating is taking a hit, but there is no sign of an erosion of trust from his base. they feel empowered by his presidency and defiance. bbc news, nashville. laura: trump supporters standing behind their man.
in other news, the french president emmanuel macron unveiled a cabinet from across the political spectrum. and you cool number of men and women. he has appointed a pro-european conservative as the economy minister. a liberal member of the european parliament gets the defense portfolio, making her the highest ranked woman. the king of the netherlands has revealed he has been flying commercial passenger aircraft in secret twice a month for the last 21 years. the king tells a dutch newspaper that he found flying fantastic. the king said he never used his name when welcoming passengers on board and was rarely recognized while in uniform. of cholerad outbreak has killed 200 people. a spokesperson for unicef describes the increase in death alarming.
he says 3000 new suspected cholera cases are reported every day. the charity calls for urgent international funding to hold the spread of the epidemic. japan's foreign minister -- iran's wine minister says the president will travel to saudi arabia to a summit, at which president trump will make a speech. r is wanted for crimes in conflict. a former u.s. soldier, chelsea manning, who was behind one of the biggest intelligence leaks history has been released from prison. he was due to remain in jail until 2045, but president obama commuted her sentence in january. our correspondent reports from kansas. reporter: chelsea manning, seen here in her final days behind bars.
held in an all-male prison, she won her fight to have surgery turn transition to life as a woman. she shared photos of the everyday things she has missed, like pizza. in a statement she said she was looking forward to so much. chelsea manning left fort leavenworth in the early hours of the morning under darkness. her supporters say she is a whistleblower and a hero, but donald trump has called her an ungrateful traitor. many near the basis believe her actions put many lies that risk. it was while she was living as bradley manning that she was convicted of one of the largest leaks of information in government history. hacked databases and released hundreds of thousands of classified .ocuments to wikileaks it included this video of a u.s. apache helicopter strike a night
in iraq, which killed citizens and journalists. and diplomatic cables which revealed the private thoughts of u.s. officials. wikileaks had significant impacts in certain countries were variety of reasons. it did not necessarily have the global impact that we kno initially feared, but chelsea manning put real american interests and real lives at risk. reporter: supporters have been campaigning for her release for years. they say she faced discrimination in prison because of her transgender identity, which she revealed shortly after her sentencing. with herarned to live situation as it was because she thought she would be there for a long time. now she is ready to get out and finally be able to live as the woman she is.
reporter: chelsea manning will remain a member of the u.s. military without pay as she appeals her conviction. reporting on chelsea manning's release. you are watching bbc "world news america." come, child migrants traveling alone reaches record numbers as the u.n. warns many are at risk of being exploited. we have a report from greece. both: is it possible to be obese and healthy? according to a large scientific study, the answer is no. british researchers looked at the records of three point 5 million people over 20 years. they determined of obese people were at greater risk of heart disease later in life. it contradicts previous studies. here's our health correspondent with more on the story. >> put your hands on your hips. reporter: the idea that you can be obese and healthy has been
debated for years. previous studies suggested one third of very overweight people are healthy with normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, despite being classified as obese according to their body mass index. a new analysis of the medical records of 3.5 million u.k. residence suggests the idea of healthy obesity is a myth. compared to those of a normal weight, it suggests even outwardly healthy obese people have a 49% greater risk of developing coronary heart disease. the risk of heart failure increases by 96%, heart failure, 7%.- i 6%, heart failure by that are overweight are at risk of heart disease even know they might be healthy otherwise. blood pressure and
cholesterol that put you at increased risk of heart attack or stroke. reporter: rugby players are often used as examples of people who might be classified as obese but healthy. their body mass index would mean they are technically overweight, but for the vast majority this suggests being obese will eventually catch up to you. laura: a number of child migrants and refugees traveling alone around the world has reached record numbers. the united nations is warning that many are at risk of being exploited by smugglers and traffickers. our correspondent has been to greece talking to children who fled war and poverty.
reporter: they had to cross five different countries to get here, three afghan orphans living at the shelter in athens. he is 15, his brother is 13, their cousin is 11. their parents were killed by .aliban bomb the boys arrived in march after a month-long journey, partly on foot, in the hands of smugglers. hamid says they now want to join their 18-year-old brother in sweden. reporter: how difficult was the journey? what was the hardest part? >
reporter: with so many migrants stuck in greece, there is not space in proper shelters for all of the unaccompanied children. there are stories of teenagers being forced to work for no pay or prostituting themselves for pocket money. one in 10 of the children who arrived in greece traveled alone. these syrian brothers said their parents sent them to europe to avoid being conscripted. init is dangerous to stay syria, because they are taking children like us from the age of 15 to the war for fighting. reporter: in the shelter they live in, 21 teenagers are learning how to play again. himself.ran as a child he is now a psychologist. >> all of these kids have psychological difficulties. they have aggressiveness, self not wanting to be around
other people. some of them will be scarred for life. reporter: the u.n. says record numbers of children are on the move around the world without their, fleeting from countries of conflict and desperation. much more must be done to protect them. bbc news, athens. laura: the harrowing stories of children escaping war. the sports international corporation stopped her from while playing. the restriction against headwear has been revised. the bbc spoke to her about what this victory means to her, the sport, and future players. gooden you are having a game, you can't put that feeling into words.
you are pretty much in the zone. you don't see anything but the ball and the basket. basketball is a huge part of my identity. i began playing basketball when i was four. playing on the court, being covered, i never worried about what people would say because i was a basketball player. unfortunately, others did not seem me as a basketball player first. when i found that i couldn't play, i felt heartbroken. questioning whether or not i wanted to take my scarf off and play, or if islam was my true religion, did i really want to practice it? it was devastating. i did essentially have to choose
between my faith and the sport that i love. it is bigger than basketball. destroynge is going to stereotypes, especially negative ones. i hope it brings positive light on my faith, who i am, muslim women, whether they play a sport, a doctor, in the courtroom, letting people know that we belong in these spaces as well. >> she inspired me. she made a way for all of us to be able to play. i do hope to become a professional player in basketball or soccer. when i play i can express myself through sport. i don't want people to judge me for what is on my head versus what i can do. >> the symbol of the change is that it took unity. it took people to come together, people who are not muslim or christian, white, asian, what
ever, the fact that they supported me and others in the fight is watchmen the most to me. -- is what meant the most to me. .aura: i am laura trevelyan thank you for watching world news america. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. >> 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
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