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banking aroundou -- your plans, your goals, your dreams. your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial. >> and now, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. president trump says a fantastic job was done in puerto rico following hurricane maria, but the mayor of san juan tells the bbc neglt led to countless deaths. primary results show americans are going to extremes. the florida governor's race picksa republican who embrace president trump against a progressive democrat. and who knew a fight over scallops could get so heated? french and british fishermen are in a bitter battle over seafood.
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to our viewers public television in america and around the globe. hunearly a year afteicane maria ravaged the island of puerto rico, the death toll has been revised to 2975 people, almost 50 times higher than the previous official count of 64. local authorities blamed slow rescue efforts and insent resources. in a moment, we will hear from the mayor of san juan. but president trump this afternoon gave his administration high marks for their response. pres. trump: ihink we did a fantastic job in puerto rico. we are still helping puerto rico. the governor is an excellent guy, and he is very happy with the job we have done. laura: perhaps no one has been or outspoken against the issue thann this carmen yulin cruz, the mayor of san juan. she called the response a stain
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on the trump presidency, and she spoke to my colleagues katty kay and christian fraser. katty: mayor cruz, how did the vernment get the estimates so wrong? mayor cruz: first of all, they were denyier the truth. ody could see what was happening, the despair we were in. we all knew, all the mayors and alnethe politicians and ever in public service knew that there weredieople without ysis. to this day there are people in sithe island without a dia center, because there is no electricity in that particular area. we all knew what was hapning. there was a humanitarian crisis, and you had to make a decision. you either spoke up and spoke truth to power like i did. i stood before president trump and i said this is not about politics, this is about saving or, for whatever reason, you in
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shut up and in a way become an accomplice to the disaster that ensued not only from the natural disaster, but from the botched efforts of t trump administration, and their ridiculous obsession of making the puerto rican story a good news story. this was not a good news story from the beginning. christian: mayor, there were lots of recommendations in the fiport, but from what you told us do you have cnce there is money or appetite to put the recommendations in place? mayor cruz: well, there is an appetite to put the recommendations in place because is a lot of sorrow, a lot is at of pain, a lot of shame and the -- in the political class and in the governmental class. but the to happen is this commission that the governor crted yesterday -- one of the members of the commission, a person that this morning was still saying
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and emphasizing that is an average. we may know and we may not know how many people died. foedheaven's sake, accehe -- accept the truth -- neglect made it possible for p puerto rico to die because of situations that had to do with the recovery, or the lack of covery, in an appropriate time frame. jane: the mayor of san juan talking to the bbc earlier. today donald trump announced the white house top lawyer don mchn will be leaving in th fall. mr. mcgahn has been in the headlines for his cooperation with special counsel robert mueller and the information he might have about any obstruction of justice. it comes as the president continues to rail against his attorney general jeff sessions, arguing that he is not doing his job and should be more aggressive in investigating democrats. a brief time ago i discussed both issues with albwhto
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gonzales, served as white house counsel and attorney general for geoe w. bush. thank you very much indeed for mpining me. whatt do you think don mcgahn's departure will have on his role as a witness to the mueller investigation? mr. gonzales: i'm wit sure it have much of any impact, quite frankly. it appears that don mcgahn has cooperated fully to this point, and i'm assuming -- well, i know he will have been truthful and complete as possible in sitting with the special counsel and the special counsel's team finding information. i don't anticipate that will change. i suspect he may not be calledsp back by thial counsel simply because of the fact that he has left his current position. there is no attorney-client privilege between the white house counsel and the president. the reason for that is the presidt of the united states is not the client of the white house counsel. the white house counsel serves the institutn of the presidency and not the individual person.
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there is no attorney-client privilege, which would have prevented don mcgahn from being totally honest and complete in the testimony he has provided to the special counsel. jane: president trumhas praised mr. mcgahn, but he has gone after his attorney general jeff sessions time and time again, very publicly. should mr. sessions resign?at mr. gonzales: eally is up to the president. i have commented before that i worry that the continuing t criticism attorney general, quite honestly, i don't think benefits the president for several reasons. one, the attorney r neral works e president, and if the president isn't happy with the performance of the attorney general, the president has the authority to remove the attorney general. the attorney general serves the president. by continuing to remd the public that the attorney general is not doing a good job, in the makesent's opinion, it
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the president appear weak and indecisive. if the president isn't happy, he needs to make a change. the other thing i worry about is that the continued criticism of the attorney general hurts the stature of the attorney gener vis-à-vis other cabinet officials. there is often interagthcy battles wiabinet officials and you want to the attorney general to be strong in those. finally, the continued criticism of the attorney general i think demoralizes the rank-and-file of the department of justice. the continued criticism of the attorney general, from my perspective, probably has a negative effect on the people ithat go to work there daand day out serving the american people. ja: you have done this job could you imagine how difficult it must ve been for mr. -- it must be for mr. sessions to do it under these circumstances? mr. gonzales: no, i can't imagine. first of all, president bush would have catmunicated pry with me his concerns. we would've had a good discussion about it. idand if 't agree or wasn't
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willing or was unable to do what the president wanted to assuming it was lawful, ofourse, i would resign. the notion that this kind of public discussion, this dialogue between the president and the attorney general, is really remarkablego jane: albertales, thank you very much indeed for joining me. mr. gonzales: thanks for having me. ja.: when it comes to the u political landscape, last night's primary election gave us a preview of the fight we might expect in november. in the floda governor's race, the republican who embraced donald trump will square off with a progressiveemocrat who supports many of the same ideals as bernie sanders. for more on the parties going tx tremes, i spoke a brief time ago with the bbc's anthony zurcher. thank you for joining me. what does this tell us about the usrection of both parties? anthony: it telln florida at least we will get a clear-cut choice between two different views of where the country should go.
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past primaries we have seen moderates win the democratic extremists win in the republican party, moderates in the republican party. you nnot really cast a broad interpretation on this one election in florida. but what it is going to do is create a very dramatu race where ve a democrat who is talking about $15 minimum wage, health care for all, education spending, and a republican who wants to cut immigration and have mortrade security. it is going to be dramatic. jane: where does this leave moderates? anthony: where does this leave moderates? in florida at least, they will have a difficult time picking betwn these candidates. florida is a swing state, swingbig -- the big state in presidential electires. you have tmber, just because it is a swing state doesn't mean it doesn't have extremes on either side. whoever turns out the most is ing to win. jane: arizona, an establishment
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favori did get the endorsement from president trump. t w influential is he? anthony: i thinkde all the difference, donald trump, when he endorsed martha mcsally. kelli ward and joe arpaio -- sheriffoe arpaio was a big supporter of president trump -- didn't get the nod. they really didn't come close. you saw president trump endorse ron desantisn orida and pushed him a pass to the establishment pick. -- past the establishment pick. bithat is pickup for republicans because mcsally has the best chance of holding onto the seat. jane: is donald trump the big issue here? anthony: in florida it seems to be. you saw andrew gillum talk about impeaching donald trump nine months ago as part of his donald trump is going to be the n,sue in that state. time and time ag think that is going to be peat is turninle out to the polls. democrats are enthused and want to get out there and make up for two years ago when they lost the presidency.s thiseir first chance. donald trump is trying to get
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his base engaged and he wants them to turn out. i think he benefits from having his baseupport him in the polls. jane: anthony zurcher, thanks for joining me. anthony: my pleasure. jane: yes, it will be interesting to see where moderates go when confronted with such a contrast in their candidates. quick look of the day's other news. argentina's government has unexpectedly asked for the early release of a $50 billion loan from the international monetary fund. an economic crisis has led to rampant inflation, and the argentine peso has lost 40% ofth its valu year. in a televised address, president macri said quicker access to the funds would eliminate uncertainty and restore market confidence. thinbody of senator john mc has arrived at the arizona state capitol, where he will lie in state. thousands of people are expected to pay their respects. five days of memorl tributes in phoenix and washington have been organized for senator mccain, who died saturday at the age of 81.
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reign minister has met with trump administration officials to discuss the north americ after the u.s. and mexico agreed on a new trade deal president trumpth gave an ultimatum t canadian government, saying that too should get on board by friday, or else. retirement age is an issue which sparks debate in most countries arou president putin was trying to soften the blow of draft too shy friday, legislation which stirred controversy and protest. he said heas cutting the proposed age for women from 62 to 60, but for men, it is still a jump from 60 to 65, which happens to be average life expectancy in russia. steve rosenberg has this report. steve: vladimir pun really -- rarely does this -- a half-hour televised address to. the nati
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it was an attempt toth convince russian people to accept that pension reform isav dable. pres. putin: it is impossible to postpone any longer. it could lead to ser consequences for the economy and the social sphere, and affect the destinies of millions of people. steve: in recent weeks, government proposalstio raise the ment age for men from 60 to 65, and for women from 55 to 63, have sparked protests across russia and dented the president's in tv address, vladimir putin argued that an aging population makes change avoidable. but he softened some aspects of the reform. pres. putin: we have a special caring attitude towards women in our country. we understand that they do not
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only work their jobho but the wholehold is reliant on them. the retirement age for women should not be increased more thanor men. i feel it necessary to decrease the retirement age for women suggested by the draft law from eight to five years. steve: until today, vladimir putin had stanced himself from pension reform. it was the russian government that announced the reform, it has been the russian parliament that has been debating it. lf-hourladimir putin's address to the nation, president putin has become the face of the unpopular reform, and it will be ining to see how it affects his popularity in the weeks that wilnd on whether the kremlin leader, in his address to the nation, has done enough ersuade russians to acce a painful reform. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. jane: of course, pensions are pressing problem not just in
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russia but across the develope world. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's e ogram, evangelical voters turned out in forcr president trump but have recent stories caused them to waiver? we find out. th the seven months to go before brexit, the u.k.'s negotiating team is struggling to come to a detailed agreement with brussels. today they denied there were tensions with the eu chief negotiator. but the clock is ticking, the prospect of a no deal seems ever more realistic. marriage britain's with europe was never quite a union of heartand minds, unlike in this happy couple. either way, it is nearly or -- just the divorce to sort out. the government warning an agreent on britain's terms or no deal at all. didit never stops, nor
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government attempts to sound out. british plans for us in the market in goods and farm produce, but not services, could be the basis for agreement. >> i am confident that a deal is within ourriites. we areing ambition, pragmatism, energy. if it is matched, we get a deal. reporter: under the brexit timetable, what happens next? in september, negotiations intensify and eu leaders including theresa may need in salzburg. in october, the eu summit tol, agree to a dnless that slips. then a crucial vote in parliament on the divorce deal and future relationship. the following march, the uk's leads the eu. 12 brussels agreed -- will brussels agreed and british terms? it did not mean letting the u.k. pick andrm choose of trade.
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carte will be no à la mode for britain. plans for the future after brexit are still a work in mprogress. juths before britain peels off and goes its own way. bbc news, westminster. we are probably getting ssed to the idea of war by now, but a fight over scallops is getting physical, with dramatic clashes between enfrench and british fishe they confronted each other off the coast of normandy, because although the british say they are legally entitled to fish in thhearea, the french accuse of pillaging stocks and not sticking to agreements. reporter: watch the blue boat. a 200-ton troller.
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a this footage ffrench boat shows it colliding with v smaller frenchsels. british fishermen say french boats like this surrounded , them and started attackid clashes off the coast of normandy in the early hours of tuesday morning. >> it was about 50, 60 boats. reporter: do you think our navy ships go with you? >> the onlyayo deal with it now is to get our navy involved. but the frencgo fishermen whinvolved are they are banned from fishingov the summer to preserve stocks. normally a deal is done, and larger british boats also stay away. t this year negotiations broke down. the british trawlers moved in. tiench skippers have had to watch them harve these scallop-rich waters without being able to join in.
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>> they have no hours, no quotas. they just fill their boats. they come, scrape, and leave. they sta working in month before us, and they leave us th crumbs. reporter: this is one of a handful of british sca arllopriving in britain after ing across the channel. some boats were damaged, but no one was injured. they were not breaking any eu laws. they have stayed 12 miles from lee french coast. >> they are fishinlly and they have every right to be in those waters, and we are talking ncto the fh authorities at the moment to ensure that there is neno repeat of the sces we saw. highly dredging is a controversial method of fishing. conservationists say it destroys the seabed. scallops reproduce in the summer, and this is why french fishermen argue they should not be harvested until october. it is a quesbion of sustaity.
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on this side of the channel, the view is that there is more than enough to go around. >> we believe the scallops are in good condition from the middle of august through the rest of thyear. british fishermen will continue to fish if we don't do a deal with france. reporter: brian and the other skippers caught up in th clashes have lost thousands of clashes have lost thousands of pounds. so what are you going to do? tt the only thing to do next is let the dust a little bit. the rest of the together.ll go in the only thing youtoo, just sticther. reporter: you are going to go back out? yeah. >> we will fight back. we won't let them do it. i'm ready to go back there. not to risk my life, of course, but i'm ready to return. but i'm ready to return. reporter: the french aolice say th sending more boats to patrol the area. it is now down to international negotiators to cool tempers. jane: in a closed-door meeting
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with evangelical leaders, president trump warned that if republicans lose con iol of congrethe midterm elections, democrats will overturn everything the gop has accomplished quickly andtl viol m thsage was delivered to a group which has stood by the president throsth a number of ies about porn stars and playboy models. martin bashir takes a closer look at their support. martin: at over seven feet tall, this former basketball pro is a prominent player in washington. he leads a bible study in the white house. >> i like to influence the leaders of the institutions of state. martin: ralph drollinger is one of 82% of white evangelicals who voted for donald trump. in return, he is granted a weekly gatheri american power.f who attends, the vice president? >>
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>> yes, the vice president, secretary of state, attorney genera the head of nasa which is across the street, just started coming. martin: for many christians, the vote for donald trump was a crisis of conscience. family values voters invited to support a thrice-married businessman who was caught on tape bragging about sexual >> i havs a minister give people a lot of grace, and hope they are going to grow from things that are definitely biblical sinful. i have those hopes for the president. martin: but as president, donald trump is accused of thological lying, paying off a porn star , and encouraging a draconian immigration policy with hundreds of parents separated from their ildren. >> hallelujah! martin: greenleaf christian center, a black evangelical church in north carolina. the reverend dr. william barbert says many chns have dumped
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their principles in return for access to power. the leadership of evangelicalism, people like franklin graham and others, say that god put donald trump in the whitgrhouse. do you? >> they can say anything. slave masters said god ordained slavery. wasn't true. great nation is -- grationists said god ordained segregation. the greatest critique of donald trump is not h personal vices. what is worst is his political vices, his political agenda. martin: members of hisre cotion agree. >> i think it is disgraceful, the way he is treating people of color. >>'s ideas don't match up with any of what the bible is saying. martin: ralph drollinger says donald trump needs tim grow. >> any person that is young in christ is going to have issues
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with their demeanor, especially if your whole life is on camera. whmartin: but peter wehner worked for three republican worked for three republican presidents, says donald trump is less a christian and more a hypocrit d >> i think tage donald trump is doing to christianity and the damage to christians war trump supporters is catastrophic, and a very harsh indictment of the people who stood by him, who were his sword and his shield. martin: thehristians? >> the christians. martin: wi some questioning umtheir support, donald trp planted seeds of fear during a dinner with evangelical leaders, warning that if they don't vote republican in the midterm , ections in november, there will be civil unreen violence. martin bashir, bbc news, washington.
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jane: evangelicals one of the many voting blocs with influence in november. i am jane o'brien. watching "br world news america." >> with the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designed too workd your lifestyle, so you can swipe your way through the news of the day and stay up-to-date with the latest headlines you can wnload now from selected app stores. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and purepoint financial. >> how do we shape our tomorrow? it starts with a vion. we see its ideal form in our mind, and then we begi to chisel. we strip away everything that stands in the way to reveal new possibilities.
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