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i'm stephanie rhule. i'll see you tomorrow. coming up now, more news in rio with chris jansing. thank you, stephanie. good morning, i'm chris jansing in rio de janeiro. we begin in milwaukee, where at least one person was shot and a police officer injured during a second straight night of violent protests over a fatal police shooting. police say protesters threw rocks, bricks and glass bottles at them overnight after they tried to break up an unlawful assembly in the city, sherman park neighborhood. police tweeted out several reports of shots fired, as well as these pictures of one of the police cars damaged by project isles. at one point a car set on fire. the violence erupted saturday night in the wake of a police shooting of an african-american of a police traffic stop. police say 23-year-old smith posed a, quote, credible threat to a pursuing officer but the body cam video has not been released yet. kerry sanders is in milwaukee
for us. kerry, good morning. what are police doing today, and are they concerned about another round of protests tonight? >> reporter: well, they are prepared. i think they believe that there may be some exhaustion that sets in after two nights of this. last night was not as bad, but, of course, for the person who was shot and had to be rescued by the police in an armored vehicle, it was a horrible night. that man was taken to the hospital, and we do not have a condition update, but we do know he did survive the gunshot. meantime, one police officer was also taken to the hospital after getting a windshield smashed in his cruiser, causing some injury to him. the authorities last night did have the national guard activated, but not deployed, because the milwaukee police department has a specially trained unit of 150 officers who have not only special training, but also riot gear. they finally moved in last night to try to unleash or unblock an intersection that was being held
up by some protesters. they called it an unlawful gathering, and they asked those people to move, and that's when things started getting ugly, rocks and bottles being thrown at the police. and then throughout the night, there was sporadic fun gunfire. if you go into saturday night, the police department says there were at least 48 shots fired and several of them at the police, including two right into the windshield of one of their armored vehicles. so there's a lot of tension and a lot of guns and a lot of gunfire. as of our understanding right now, the police have not discharged any weapons, but the real question that keeps circling backis, folks want to see that dash cam or that body cam video, and they want to know if other officers had cameras on, as well. the police chief says it won't be released immediately. and, of course, folks say they don't believe it until they see it. they want to know what happened when that officer, a black officer, approached the black
suspect and says that the black suspect turned and had a gun that he was raising, and the officer shot. and, according to police chief, they're trained not only to protect the public, but protect themselves. chris? >> nbc's kerry sanders, thank you so much for that. we will keep our eye on it to see when and if that dash cam video, body cam video, gets released. meantime, let's talk about this state of emergency under way in louisiana. historic floodwaters have killed at least five people, and louisiana's governor says more than 20,000 people have been rescued from their homes. upwards of 10,000 are now living in shelters, forced to flee. nbc's gabe gutierrez joins me now from the flood zone in baton rouge, and what's the forecast for today and what about those floodwaters? are they still rising? >> reporter: hi there, chris, good morning. of thankfully, the floodwaters behind me are receding. the water is on the way down. still, a very active scene. you can see baton rouge police here with boats on hand, in case any more water rescues are
needed. and also some other residents waiting to see if they can get back in their homes. the water rose so quickly yesterday, the residents said they had never seen anything like this. with another round of rain in the forecast, this morning the nightmare in waterlogged louisiana is far from over. >> our neighborhood is getting water pretty good. >> reporter: communities cut off. >> it's devastating. you have no idea. >> reporter: the coast guard plucking some from rooftops. others escaping by boat. >> it's so scary. i'm still waiting for my husband is and daughter. >> reporter: this remarkable video from baton rouge station wafb. >> i'm drowning. >> reporter: shows rescuers finding a woman trapped inside a submerged car. >> get my dog. get my dog. >> reporter: reaching her and her dog just in time. >> i've got your dog. >> ooh! >> reporter: other good smar
tans racing to the rescue. >> god awful. makes me want to cry the whole time. >> reporter: state police bringing supplies to drivers stranded. >> reporter: the scope of the destruction sinking in. >> we lost everything. all the businesses are all lost. all the way down. the whole thing. >> reporter: as we take a look at some live i have imagines from this drone, you can see this neighborhood in east baton rouge is still inundated. but again, chris, thankfully some waters starting to recede. the governor, however, says this is an unprecedented disaster in parts of the state. we see baton rouge fire engine go by right now. the governor says this is unprecedented for parts of the state. places like watson, more than 31 inches over a 48-hour period. they will be assessing the damage there for quite a while. as you mentioned, more than 20,000 people rescued over the weekend. some 10,000 or so are still in shelters. at least five people confirmed dead, and residents here are
still trying to figure out if anything is left of their homes, if they're homes have been completely flooded. also, police on hand if any more water rescues are needed. chris, back to you. >> boy, some pictures so reminiscent of the horrors of kate katrina. thank you for that update. >> reporter: it could have been the excitement of the olympics that started off the pandemonium at new york's jfk airport last night, prompting mass evacuations and grounded flights. tammy leitner joins me from jfk. what exactly happened there? >> reporter: chris, it's back to business as usual right now here at jfk. last night it was chaotic. around 9:30 somebody reported hearing gunfire at the airport and everybody took cover. we have some video of people crouching behind chairs, other people lying on the ground. people running out of the terminal. other people running across the tarmac. one person, zach young, described this as the most
insane thing i have ever seen. he shot some video. let's go ahead and take a look at that. >> ladies and gentlemen, start walking, hands up in the air. everybody proceed to gate number 542. >> reporter: the faa diverted some flights. there was a ground stop for a while. everybody in terminal 8 was evacuated for about three hours. the fire department port authority, police department, came in, searched, didn't find anything. as you mentioned, they're still trying to figure out what happened. was it the cheering and clapping for the olympics, people watching it inside here, or was there an argument at the ticket counter? that's the theories out there right now, chris. >> nbc's tammy leitner at jfk. what a mess there. thank you so much. a big day sunday in rio for some of the world's top athletes that some of the folks at jfk were watching. fresh off our gold medal win, u.s. gymnast, simone biles, dominated the competition yet begin, winning her third gold
medal at thes games. she wants to go for five gold later today. her fourth gold competition she'll compete in the balance beam final. and then there is usain bolt, still the fastest man in the world. the jamaican sprinter ran in the final last night, capturing his seventh olympic gold medal, his third consecutive gold in that event. and let's take a look at your olympic aww moment of the day. moments after clinching the seth meyers in the three meter spring board yesterday, this chinese diver was surprised with a marriage proposal from a teammate and her answer, thank goodness, an enthusiastic yes. also an olympic holdup. team usa swimmer, ryan lochte and teammates robbed at gunpoint sunday morning. billy bush spoke with lochte exclusively following the incident. he'll join with us that interview after the break. you don't know this yet
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directly from 12-time olympic medali medalist, ryan lochte after his frightening run-in rio with robbers, held at gunpoint by men pretending to be police officers as leaving a party. billy bush spoke to lochte in an exclusive interview. i know you have known ryan for many years, and you ran into him at usa house is that right? >> reporter: yeah, we took the morning and went up to christ the redeemer, with a couple friends, and on -- and all the while, we had been hearing a story that something had
happened to ryan lochte. he was held at gunpoint and then a story came out from the ioc, the international olympic committee, saying no, that was not the case. so, okay, story is gone. and after we came down from this beautiful sight-seeing adventure, we go to usa house, did some shopping, and on the way out, one of my old co hosts from "access hollywood live," kit, said is that lochte? and i said, looks like it, yeah. and went over and said, "hey, lochte?" and he says, "yes." and said, "did it happen?" and we spoke on the street for a little bit, and i realized, well, it's going to take too long to get a camera crew and we walked across the street, went new-school, took out the phone and began the interview and did an hour -- a minute and forty five seconds to get as many details. and here's what lochte told me had happened. >> we got pulled over in our taxi, and these guys came out
with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing. just a police badge. they pulled us over, they pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground. they got down on the ground. i was, like, we didn't do anything wrong. so i'm not getting down on the ground. and the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead, and he's like, get down, and i was like -- i put my hands up, and i was like whatever. he took our money, he took my wallet. >> reporter: gather chris what happens here sometimes is people -- lochte told me the car sideswiped their car, unmarked, no sirens on top, so likely some hoods with badges instead of maybe an undercover cop that's corrupt. what happens sometimes, you get hit with a car, then you stop to do the insurance exchange and hey, what happened. and as soon as you stop, they rob you. and that's what happened to lochte.
what lochte -- you know, did not do is get the ground. someone has a loaded gun, put it to your head, dock the gun and say get on the ground. that's what you do. it was late at night, coming back from a brazilian swimming party. not the vice i would give someone if i were pulled over. >> yeah, and a lot of things struck me about that interview. first, the demeanor. i thought to myself, if he had a gun put to his forehead, he must be in shock, because he seemed very calm. his mother in a separate interview had said that he was very shaken up. i mean, what was your impression of how he was handling this? >> reporter: he seemed very relaxed, and one of the other guys was with him, not far away. so he was with his boys and his buddies, and i think -- i don't know. i mean, i can only guess -- venture to guess he might have been on a high from surviving something so awful. i would probably be in fetal
position after going through something like that. but he seemed like they were -- they were having fun. i could tell they were having fun, and i don't think it held him back. he was probably out last night. >> well, was it -- i mean, this obviously is something that both rio and ioc and usoc officials had been worried about from long before these games started, the security issue, you and i see it every day. there is 85,000 people on the streets providing security. we often see groupsf armed military. but was it your sense when you saw this that this was something obviously that was trying to be squashed, and was it a usoc official, as i had had heard, who stopped this interview in mid interview? >> reporter: yeah. i was a minute and forty seconds in, and usoc came over and said, "ryan, we discussed this, what's going on. i didn't know that." and we were putting on a press release, please, can you come with me.
so they kind of took him away. but we already had confirmation. i'm sure what they would have done is given us the real story, as we got it. but we are all -- we have all been briefed on security here by nbc up and is down and all around -- everybody knows the protocol. and i don't know if the swimmers are getting the same advice, but this is happening late, late, early in the morning after a party, and they're in a taxicab. so we -- thankfully have -- we have official vehicles and they're taking us around and all of us are on the media side certainly being safer. >> yeah, that's obviously one thing that nbc does very well. what's your sense of it, billy? i mean, again, you've known him for a while. but suddenly there's like this lockdown. we haven't heard from any of the other guys, we haven't heard anything else from ryan. what's your expectation? because there is a lot of questions that are still out there about what happened, how it happened, was this a setup between the cabby and the
robbers? when do you think we might hear more or is this just going to stay lockdown? >> reporter: i don't think we'll hear much more about that at all. of i mean, the media will keep asking questions, but lochte has finished competition and so are the swimmers. there is not another swimming event. ryan was going to leave on tuesday, that's tomorrow. i'm sure they'll make sure he makes his flight and off they go. the ioc doesn't want any of this, because it shines a terrible light on the rio games, which have been fantastic. you look at what rio has done. i mean, look at the world cup years ago. the economy -- when they got world cup and the olympics, the economy was strong as can be. and then the bottom falls out, they somehow manage to pull off the world cup and they're towing a great job pulling off the olympics. you can't control everything. if you're out in the outer limits of the city and in a taxicab coming back from a party in the wee hours of the morning, these things can happen in any city. >> billy bush, always great to see you, my friend. thank you so much. and by the way, hats off to kit. did she shoot that interview?
>> reporter: she did. we're like bern -- we're like woodward and bernstein. we're renegade journalists on the move. >> yeah, i'm not going to ask you which is which, but that was really terrific work by both of you. thank you so much, billy. >> reporter: thank you. in the meantime, ryan lochte says he doesn't believe him, but his legendary rival, michael phelps, says there is no chance he will change his mind and compete in another olympics. phelps capped off his final rio competition with, what else, another gold medal. this one in the 400-meter medley relay, his fifth gold just these games alone. the 23rd in historic 16-year career. this morning on "today," phelps talked to matt lauer about his retirement and about his plans for life after the olympics. >> four years ago, almost to the day, we sat in london, and you said to me when i asked you if you were going to keep swimming, you said done, done, done. >> you're going to get the same response here. done, done, done. and this time, i mean.
i think like we talked earlier in the year, i wanted to come back and finish my career how i wanted. and this was a cherry on top of the cake that i wanted. this is the part of my life where i get to start this whole new chapter, and it's continuing to build a family with nicole, and continue to travel, continue to change the sport of swimming in some way that i can. i -- i really want to try to not only in the u.s., but also change, you know, the drowning rate that we have. that's something that is a big goal of mine. we have been able to teach thousands of kids. but i want the numbers higher. so we have a full plate and a full schedule of things. and i still have goals. >> reporter: phelps isn't going to disappear. i thought one of the most interesting answers he was asked at a press conference after his final race, where do you keep all those medals? and he said only two or three people in the world know that and i'm not telling you. still to come from rio, republicans turning up the
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get back to great. this week sharpie twelve-packs just three dollars. office depot officemax. gear up for school. gear up for great. welcome back, i'm chris jansing here in rio. more on the olympics later in the show. let's take a deep dive into the u.s. presidential race. we start with donald trump's campaign. trump preparing for a major speech on terrorism later today in youngstown, ohio. pressure is mounting on all sides for him to pivot or get out. the latest comes in the form of a brutal editorial in today's "wall street journal." it concludes if supporters can't get trump to change his act by labor day, they will have no choice but to write him off as hopeless. over the week, however, trump laid the blame for his flagging campaign on the media. >> i'm not running against
crooked hillary clinton. i'm running against the crooked immediate where a. i put down failing at "new york times". the newspaper is going to hell. they've got a couple of reporters in that newspaper who are so bad with -- i mean, lack of talent. but it's going to hell. so i think maybe what we'll do, maybe we'll start thinking about taking their press credentials away from them. >> but new online polls from cbs and u-gov show his struggle in battleground states. florida, new hampshire. hillary's lead exceeds the margin of error. the battle ground map has clinton at 288 votes, more than enough to win the white house. we'll have more on the clinton campaign later in the show. but we start with nbc's hallie jackson, who is in washington.
covering the trump campaign. hallie, always good to see you. the "wall street journal" says he needs to become more presidential or turn over to mike pence. is this part of what his campaign sees as a pivot or is there just continuing chaos in the campaign? >> reporter: listen, i don't think that the campaign sees his foreign policy speech today as part of a -- i don't even want to see the "p" word, pivot. it is not going to happen. donald trump says it's not going to happen. he tweeted this weekend to reiterate he is who he is and he is not going to change. here is what today's speech will do potentially. it could have the impact on republicans to show that trump can focus on what they want to be focusing on. many republicans close to and is around the trump campaign want to see him talking about the economy as he did last week and about national security, an area where they see vulnerabilities for hillary clinton and the democrats. so that trump is taking his big spotlight and turn it on this
could be a positive. what will he talk about today? watch him go after hillary clinton, tying her to obviously the obama years, going after her on her policies on iraq, on syria, on libya. trump will also elaborate on three main points, clarifying his temporary proposed muslim ban, talking about what he has been for a few weeks now, which is the idea of not allowing people into this country who are may be difficult to screen, for example. he'll elaborate on that, talk about the battle against isis being an why logical one, drawing comparisons to the cold war and the turn away from nation-building under a potential trump administration. and two, working with allies in the middle east on how to defeat terrorism, basically. so his speech will be focusing on foreign policy what republicans want to see from him. as for change, you've got to listen to the candidate himself, chris, and he's telling us he's not going to. >> he also has told us time and
time again the newspaper he loves to hate, "new york times," and paul manafort, the "times" reporting on a ledger used in a corrupt off the books looting of ukrainian assets and claim millions of cash was designated for manafort. he is denying those allegations. what can you tell us? >> yeah, the campaign pushing back very hard against that report this morning, chris. and i think we have a statement from paul manafort we can pull up that we got right around 6:30, 6:45, essentially saying any suggestion that he accepted cash payments off the books cash payments is silly, nonsense california and unfounded. as his team tries to hit back over links to russia, this is a statement, i have never seen an off the books payment. and there again, you see the campaign going after not just the story but the company behind the story. the "times." interestingly, this is a team we saw from trump over the last 48
hours, really starting with his rally in connecticut, where he took aim at a arrival, the media. he attacked the press yet again. this is a strategy we have seen from trump throughout the primaries and it worked for him then when he received about $2 billion worth of free media, according to some calculations. but now we are seeing him up the ante as trump is on the ropes in part due to those polls you were just showing, trump struggling to gain ground in some of these key battleground states, lashing out at unfavorable stories, coverage he considers unfair. >> nbc's hallie jackson, thank you so much for that update. ron reagan is an author, radio host and msnbc political analyst. ron, good morning. >> good morning, chris. >> let the me play you something that republican vice presidential candidates said about republican criticisms of trump when it comes to foreign policy. take a listen. >> you know, i'm old enough to remember a president that you covered a few years back who when he was running for president in 1979 and '80, they
were saying about the same thing. >> there was never that kind of mass defection from republicans. >> just as much criticism of ronald reagan's broad shouldered approach to foreign policy. >> so what do you make, ron, of mike pence's comparison there? >>. >> well, one thing he left out, i suppose, my father wasn't pathological. my father would have been humiliated, embarrassed, by what has happened to his party, the republican party and would be humiliated they have nominated somebody like donald trump to be president of the united states. we can talk about his foreign policy address coming up, we can talk about anything you want to about the trump campaign. but the fact of the matter is, trump should not be in this race. he's an absurdity. he is a travesty. and that is the reality here. i know it's difficult for journalists, television journalists and print journalists to deal with this.
we grant credibility to both sides. that is not the case this time. we have a candidate on one side, hillary clinton, who, whatever you may think of her, whatever you may think of her policy prescriptions, is a credible candidate. donald trump is not. i had the dubious pleasure of reading the transcript of his speech today. it's full of the usual empty jargon. this say man who knows nothing about the world and cannot be president of the united states. that amounts to a national emergency. >> well, when you talk about an emergency, there's a lot of republicans who think they have one within the party, and i want to read to you some of the polls just out on millennial voting from "usa today." hillary clinton leading donald trump by 36 points. trump's 20%, the worst showing since they started taking this poll. even worse than richard nixon's 36% in 1972. that was the previous low. if this pattern holds, it would
be the third election in a row where democrats win the youth vote. not just win it, but win by double digits. i wonder about this editorial in the "wall street journal" which was i think pretty shocking in just how strong it is. what do you expect to see? you've been around politics your whole life. do you think that you're going to see a lot more republicans, particularly running for those down ballot races, who just separate themselves completely from donald trump? >> yes. and i wouldn't be surprised at all. we have already heard reports at the rnc planning to pull funding from the trump campaign and funnel towards the congressional races. and i would look for that to happen. yes. i mean, again, this is an untenable candidate. the tragedy here for the republican party and for -- i guess you could say the political system as a whole, we have a two-party system in our country. you could argue that maybe we should have a multiparty system, and maybe that's what will happen in the end now.
but the two-party system as we have known it for a long, long time now, is effectively dead. the republican party does not exist. will not exist going forward as it has in decades' past. trump -- the problem is not donald trump. he's just a symptom. the problem for the republican party is the trump voter. the trump voter, which is nearly half the party, they're not going to go for paul ryan or somebody like that next time. they're going to want another donald trump. so the republican party, as i said, has virtually ceaseded to exist. >> ron reagan, always good to see you. thanks so much. >> nice being with you, chris. thanks. ahead, a return to cold war ideology? donald trump expected, as we said, to outline his plan to fight terror this afternoon. but will his speech sound more like a throwback to the '80s struggle between the u.s. and former soviet union than a natural plan to fight isis? stay with us.
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donald trump turns his attention to the fight against terrorism this afternoon. in a major foreign policy speech, a senior adviser tells nbc news that trump will paint the fight against isis as a cold war era ideological struggle. here's some of what we expect. he'll call for the need to explicitly target and use the phrase "radical islamic terrorism," tighten visa stweeng and what he calls a failed regime change in the middle east and launch cyber warfare efforts. we are joininged by chairman of the foundation for defense of democracies. thanks so much for joining us. i just want to ask you big picture. what do you think can be accomplish accomplished with a speech like this. do you think that trump, from what you've heard, will be able to pull it off? >> i don't know whether trump will be able to pull it off or not. it seems to me, it's hard to
tell whether it's there or not. the best overall tone is the one reagan struck. which was firm, but cordial. and his actions in the '80s that led up to the fall of the berlin wall and then after that, the george h.w. bush approach of continuing the easy-going and friendly attitude toward the russians, but firm. still firm. that transition from the cold war to a cordial relationship with the russians under was well continued. the russians have given a kgb state, all leadership of russia. and that is a lot harder to deal with than the governments we were dealing with back in the '80s.
>> critics of donald trump have said he's been very short on policy, question his knowledge of what's going on in the world. but he has been very tough about the use of the phrase "radical islamic terrorism." he brings it up time and again, that president obama won't use it. that hillary clinton has not used it very often. do you think that that's a diversion from what the big picture is, or do you think there is some significance there? >> i think it's close to ridiculous not to call things by their accurate names. these folks call themselves jihadis. we may as well call them jihadis. they are radical islamists, no reason not to say that. and it's not saying it sort of as a triumph of political correctness that i find really ki of silly. of course, they're radical islamists. so say so. >> we do know that donald trump is expected today -- to lay out
an argument that hillary clinton inaccurately predicted isis, to criticize some very specific policies, including libya. having said that, do you think in his case that what the question really is, in terms of the politics of it, and winning over voters, it's about those specific policies and the details of those policies, or is it more at this point people just being comfortable with the idea of donald trump having his finger on the button, so to speak? >> i have a hard time getting inside the heads of american politicians. i find terrorists and dictators a lot easier to understand. i think that there's no reason that this can't be well-handled, this relationship with russia and isis and this characterization of isis. i see no reason why that should be that hard to handle.
we have a terrible adversary in isis. theocratic totalitarian imperialists, and each word is absolutely accurate, not just expletiv expletives. they are at war with us, they want to be at war with us. it's the essence of their existence. and our problem is the one trots key said, you may not be interested in war, but war may be interested in you. this war is interested in us. isis is at war with us. it's just that we haven't quite decided what we're doing. and can't even talk about it very well. and that makes it a lot harder for us to organize ourselves sensibly to fight it. >> former cia director, james woolsey. thank you. vice president biden heads to his town of scranton, p.a. stay with us. you don't know this yet but in fifteen hundred miles,
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hillary clinton will be teaming up with joe biden in his hometown of scranton, pennsylvania, in just a couple hours. let's go to skran tan with nbc's kristen welker. what's going on? >> reporter: secretary clinton has deep ties in scranton, as well, where her father was born and raised, spent a lot of time here as a child. they are going to be talking about the economy. they're also going to be prebutting donald trump's speech on fighting isis. vice president biden saying no history has been less prepared to deal with our national security than donald trump. why is this area so critical strategically, there are a lot of white working class voters here. this is the region donald trump would need to win in order to win a state like pennsylvania. so they want to hold their ground here and also in neighboring ohio. also a critical battleground state. chris? >> kristen welker, thank you so much. i want to bring in from philadelphia conservative talk
show host, chris stagal. good to see you. >> hi, chris. >> we just saw hillary clinton. our polls show clinton now has an 11-point lead over trump in pennsylvania. our new nbc battleground map has moved pennsylvania from a tossup. does that surprise you? >> traditionally, no. what amazes me is that at this hour we are still talking about pennsylvania in terms of it being a swing state. remember, it's been since the '80s that a republican has won the presidency here. yet we're still discussing them as a real swing state possibility. now, those polls certainly look pretty bad for trump. what we know is that not penny one has been spent yet by the trump campaign on television or anything related in media markets, whereas mrs. clinton has spent approximately $13 million. i'm not sure what trump is waiting on. >> let me get your reaction from the "wall street journal" where
it says republicans should give up on him, focusing on the house and the down ballot races. what do you make of that and how does that play out in pennsylvania, the idea of every man or woman for him or herself? >> it is certainly the case right now with the re-election bid of senator toomey, for instance, on the ballot here in pennsylvania. they seem to be running distinctly different campaigns, he and donald trump. senator toomey hasn't gone to the extent of embracing and endorsing donald trump formally yet. i asked him just last week, did he think mrs. clinton or donald trump posed a greater danger to the security of the country going forward. he said certainly he felt it was hillary clinton. so he won't go as far as endorsing mrs. clinton, but seems content to run his own race and the numbers certainly dictate he's having a better go running his own race, he being senator toomey, than donald trump is right now. >> chris igall, thank you so much for coming on. >> thank you, chris. she's the olympic swimmer who won the hearts of fans here in rio with her heroic story of
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. back live in rio. away from the podiums, one of the big stories of these olympic games has been the first-ever refugee olympic team. ten athletes representing not just their war-torn countries, but the world. joining me, yusra mardini, a syrian swimmer, with the refugee olympic team. and there were just fans of yours who were yelling, encouragement, excitement. what has this experience been like for you? >> well, it is really amazing until now. and i really am having fun. a lot of people are turning up, a lot of people are watching us. this is really amazing. >> let's go back a year. you're crossing a dangerous crossing with your sister in the
sea. there is problems. the boat -- you go overboard, the only people who can get the boat back are strong enough swimmers, are you and your sister. take us back there a year ago. >> well, it was really hard for us. like we say three hours and a half pushing the boat to greece. and this was not easy, but it was after that -- i was really proud what we did. and, yeah, after one year, here i am in the olympics. this is amazing. >> did you ever imagine -- i mean, i have to believe that during that time, you wondered if you were going to live, let alone the idea that you could be an olympian. >> yeah, i never thought about that. i traveled to continue swimming okay, but i never thought i'm going to do all of that, and i'm going to be in the olympics, meeting all of my idols, all of the champions and the -- my heroes. yeah, this is incredible. >> tell me about that. because you're one of the celebrities of these games.
who have you met? tell me about some of your experiences. >> well, yesterday i met missy franklin, mohamed and connor -- i won the 1500. >> not a bad lineup there. >> yeah. and i am -- i didn't meet michael phelps yet, but i will. >> but you're hoping? >> i hope, yeah. and yeah, i met a lot of people, actually. this is really incredible here. like, it's crazy meeting people and having fun, doing media. >> and you're going to be able to stay and march in the closing ceremony. >> yeah. >> what's next for you? >> well, after the closing ceremony, i'm going to go back to berlin. i'm going to see what i'm going to study, and i'm going to continue swimming, of course. and i don't know. i'm going to start some projects for refugees. >> but 2020 tokyo? >> will be my time. >> yes? well, we are going to continue to follow you.
you've been such an inspiration. and really, you should have been here just before we came on the air. people yelling for you. congratulations on all you have accomplished. >> thank you. >> we'll see you in four years. >> yeah. >> if not before. yusra, thank you. just a short time ago, i spoke with two bronze medal winning americans, sara robust, asking how it felt to complete what looked like a perfect performance. >> i couldn't have planned it better. i mean, i went out there and did the best routine of my career, the highest i have scored. i knew hi to achieve that number and i needed a 15.7 before it started and to go out and do that at the olympic games, it was just undescribable. >> and an upset, as well. you were pretty teary afterwa s afterwards, you were very emotional. tell me what was going through your head. >> just thinking about my family, everything they sacrificed for me, and my wife, my newborn daughter.
and just, you know, everything that they did for me to be in that position and my coaches and family. just to have it all come through right then and there, it was just -- it was amazing. of it's just a feeling that very few people, i think, will be able to experience, and i was beyond happy to have that. >> sara, the look on your face after you did that final lift was priceless, as well. tell me what you were thinking. >> well, i had a perfect day and i was very happy and very excited. those are lifts i had been wanting to do and capable of doing for a long time. long time overdue for me to hit those lifts and to come back from my last performance where i didn't total at all, to come back and have the best meet of my entire life was a great feeling. i felt very american that day. i felt very proud to be me. i was happy to be there with my coach and have my mom there, and, you know, i just wanted to
be happy and have my day. and i did. i finally had my time, and i was glad i was able to do it on the olympic platform. >> i have to say that you have ended a 16-year medals route for american female weight lifters. you have been called the strongest woman in america. what does it feel like to do what you do? >> i feel awesome. the feeling of doing something seemingly impossible is really, really neat. you know, just like he does, he's flipping in the air and twirling around and doing all this stuff -- twirling around, right? terrible describing that. but you do these things, people can't even possibly conceive doing. my great -- i talked to my grandma on the phone last night, and she's like, there's no way anybody could pick that off the ground. how, how, how? and i'm able to throw it over my head. so doing seemingly impossible is a lot of fun to me, and defying the laws of gravity is a fun activity for me. >> sara and alex, both with
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