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we're going to begin with the deemening conflict in the korean peninsula and the tengs there set to dominate day two of a high stakes forum in manila leader today. secretary of state rex tillerson attending, along with 26 other foreign ministers, including representatives from china, russia, and north korea. it will be the first time secretary tillerson and his north korean counterpart there in the same room together. the meetings come just days after the united nations security council unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on north korea over their continued icbm tests and nuclear program. the 15-0 vote included russia and china. two nations that are normally hesitant to go along with the council regarding north korea. the new sanctions include a ban on exports, including coal, which accounted for one-third. just over $1 billion of pyongyang's total export revenue last year. in a statement to the press secretary president trump praised the resolution adding his appreciation to china and russia for their "cooperation."
trump also spoke with south korean president last night and trump tweets that president moon is very happy and impressed with the vote. this is the seventh round of sanctions imposed by the security council against pyongyang. all of which have failed to curtail north korea's nuclear and missile ambitions. after voting u.n. ambassador nikki haley said that although the sanctions are a positive step, there is more to be done. >> today the full security council has come together to put the north korean dictator on notice. this resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever levelled against the north korean regime. this is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation. the threat of an outlaw nuclearized north korea dictatorship remains. the step we take together today is an important one, but we should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem.
not even close. >> joining us live for more on this from beijing, china, janice. janice, it's nice to talk to you this morning. ambassador haley, as you just heard, she has also personally thanked china for their role in the resolution, and china's foreign minister said yesterday that he has urged pyongyang not to violate those terms. what are the odds here that china is going to follow through? >> well, china will follow through to the extent that it wants to or that it can, and there are a few things that we need to consider here. first, it relying on china to stop north korea has never worked. china is admitting it itself. it's saying they can be a go-between for talks between the north and the u.s., but that it's up to the u.s. and south korea to dial down the tension. freeze for freeze has long been china's position. there was an editorial today in the people's daily on the front page. this is the official newspaper of the communist party saying that the icbm tests last month
by north korea needed to be punished, but the sanctions need to be targeted, and it also blamed u.s. arrogance for the current situation, saying that in order for talks to go ahead, the u.s. and south korea have to back down. the other thing to consider here is what china is looking for. china is staunchly opposed to the if anti-missile defense system that the u.s. was deploying in south korea. south korea then suspended it. now south korea is going ahead. at the same time that china is condemning north korea and upholding the sanctions, there are also lashing out at south korea for going through with missile defense. a complicated situation here. >> yeah, certainly it. joining us now from washington. janice, thank you so much for joining us. appreciate it. joining us from washington defense reporter for politico, jacquelin. it's good to talk to you once again. former u.n. -- united states ambassador to russia, michael mcfaul, he tweeted that the vote is a genuine foreign policy achievement for the president. how big is this for the
administration? >> i think especially given trump's repeated criticism of china, getting them on board for this package of sanctions is definitely a big win. what remains to be seen and what would make this an even bigger win is how well it's going to be enforced. there have, of course, been sanctions in the past. yet, north korea has continued to work on an icbm and a militaryized nuclear warhead. the key here is going to be in the enforcement and in how well and how long china continues to abide by them. >> you heard janice there talking about the fact that china says that they want the u.s. and south korea to back down as well. they sort of blame u.s. arrogance for sort of north korea taking the steps that it's taken so far and it's the reason why we haven't gone further with regards to diplomatic talks. what's the pocket that the south koreans would back down? >> i mean, i think this is definitely a turbulent issue. we'll have to wait and see what happens. we've seen a lot of ramping up in terms of north korea, in terms of doing more tests. it's just a time we're going to
have to wait and see. >> what about the thad anti-missile system there they were talking about with south korea continuing their test there as well? >> to the pentagon it has been in talks to potentially add more to the south korean peninsula. the defense department is certainly open to that. it's all a matter of what north korea wants to ask the u.s. for help to do. >> all right. jacquelin, i'm going to talk to you again in a little bit. thank you. >> thank you. the trump administration says it will take the same approach to journalists who publish leaks as the obama administration. on friday attorney general jeff sessions joined by director of national intelligence dan coates claim that the trump justice department had triple the obama administration's criminal investigations into leaks and created a new fbi counter intelligence unit to pursue those cases. >> i strongly agree with the president and condemn it in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ain't of our government to protect this country.
we are taking a stand. this culture of leaking must stop. i have this warning for would-be leakers. don't do it. we will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country. >> if you improperly disclose classified information, we will find you. we will investigate you. we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law, and you will not be happy with the result. >> one of the things we are doing is reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas. we respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited. they cannot place lives at risk with impunity. we must balance the press's role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in the intelligence
community, the armed forces, and allah-abiding americans. >> sessions won praise from his biggest critic of late with president trump tweeting on saturday night "after many years of leaks going on in washington, it is great to see the a.g. taking action. for national security, the tougher the better." with sessions' announcement that added pressure will be placed on journalists who publish leaked information led the attorney general to clarify the department's position. >> the attorney general has been very clear, and we're after the leakers. not the journalist. we're after people committing crimes. >> you say you're after the leaningers, not the reporters. president trump has reportedly suggested at one point prosecuting the reporters if they leak -- if they publish classified information. are you ruling that out? >> chris, we have the same position on that, i think, as attorney general holder. that is that we don't prosecute journalists for doing their jobs. we look at the facts and circumstances of each case, and we determine whether somebody has committed a crime, whether it's appropriate to hold them
accountable. >> and special counsel robert mueller's investigation continues to cross new boundaries. the "new york times" reports that mueller asked the white house for documents related to former national security advisor michael flynn. the times sources people close to the investigation. not the subpoena. it was the first known instance of mueller's team asking the white house to hand over records. reports that the investigation is using grand juries in virginia and washington has led some to ask whether the scope has broadened. yesterday a deputy attorney general rod rosenstein said that he and mueller would evaluate any potential crime that the special counsel uncovers. >> the special counsel is subject to the rules and regulation of the department of justice, and we don't engage in phishing expeditions where. >> in the course of the issues that he is looking at, if he finds evidence of a crime, can he look at that? >> well, chris, if he finds evidence of a crime that's within the scope of what director mueller and i have agreed is the appropriate scope of this investigation, then he
can. if it's something outside that scope, he needs to come to the acting attorney general for permission to expand his investigation. >> and the senate is currently in pro-forma sessions gafelling in every three days for about a minute, blocking the president's ability to make recess appointments seen by many as a awayway to stop the president from upending the investigation into russia. yesterday white house counsel kellyanne conway said the president is not having discussions about firing mueller, but a bipartisan group of senators is pushing forward with adding safeguards, including republican tom tillis of north carolina. take a listen to this. >> what would it mean, senator tillis, if the president fired robert mueller? what would the consequences be in your view? >> it's another example. to me the reputation of the department of justice has suffered from hits in the past. our effort here is just to take that offer the table, any sort of removal, but we don't have any specific evidence to suggest the president is going to do that. this is policy that lives beyond
this administration incidentally. moving away from washington, federal officials are investigatoring an explosion at a minnesota mosque. it happened in bloomington just outside of minneapolis. officials there say a bomb was thrown inside the imam's office early saturday morning just as worshippers were praying. no one was hurt, but minnesota's governor is calling it an act of terrorism. he visited the site yesterday along with other elected officials, including congressman keith ellison who is calling on president trump to speak out and condemn the attack. >> unfortunately, an uptick in intolerance if preceded the president, but the president has not helped. i can tell you that after -- that others, including president bush have spoken up for tolerance. we're hoping for a word from president trump to say that we want a tolerant community and we will condemn all hate crimes by anyone. >> but council on american-islamic relations says
anti-muslim incidents have risen sharply over the last year. a 10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this weekend's bomber. people in tulsa, oklahoma, are cleaning up after a rare august tornado struck early yesterday morning. the national weather service says an ef-2 tornado touched down around 1:30 a.m., tearing up shopping centers and toppling utility polls. authorities say at least 30 people were taken to the hospital. most with minor injuries. >> i'm in awe that we're alive. i thank the lord. this is just -- i have never seen this in real person. you see it on the manufactures. you see it on the news, but in real life, it's really bad. >> eight people inside this tgi friday's restaurant were taken to the hospital after they were trapped inside. the city acknowledged that the warning sirens did not go off before the tornado struck. a local emergency management official says the fast-moving storm left little time for any
warning. >> injuries there, that is for sure. those are some stunning photos. still ahead, feuding within the white house. allies of steve bannon are intensifying their battle against national security advisor h.r. mcmaster, and later after sean spicer and anthony sca scaramucci's recent departure, there is new reporting about who may be stepping in. those stories and a check on your weather when we come back.
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>> does he have a understanding of the nature of his counterpart in region and the nature of the regime? >> the nature of the russian regime? >> yep. >> i think everybody is pretty clear on that. the nature of the russian regime is one person, isn't it? i think you have -- you have an auto accuratic regime and an individual who has done an
extraordinarily effective job at consolidating power. we're talking obviously about the annexation of crima. >> the attack our election. >> also the attack on our election, the attack, very sophisticated campaign of subversion and disinformation and propaganda that is ongoing every day. >> welcome back, everybody. that was part of hugh hewitt's exclusive interview with national security advisor h.r. mcmaster and the latest questions about the future of a high profile trump administration official centered around the three star general. mcmaster, he was hired to replace michael flynn, and since then he has ruffled feathers by cleaning house of some of the top flynn lieutenants, the national security counsel.
aleengs for securing democracy said it was the top hash tag in use by 600 twitter accounts linked to russian influence operations. two top aides say that chief of staff john kelly assured him of his future in the role as national security advisor and the president issued a statement saying, "general mcmaster and i are working very well together. he is a good man and a very pro-israel. i am grateful for the work he continues to do serbing our country. he also received cover from a top intel house democrat who called him a straight shooter and a good man." >> i think it's indicative of the idea that the russians don't particularly like general mcmaster. they may not like his policied, what he is advocating to the administration, or they may be seeking to sew further discord among trump administration officials, feeling that that would weaken the administration.
>> all right. let's get a check on your weather now with nbc meteorologist steve salsa. steve, it's a rain yin monday morning in the northeast. people are going to be battling the rain for their commute, and it doesn't look good. >> treat yourself to an extra cup of coffee here this morning. you'll be glad you did so because we have a mess on the way. not too bad as you step out the door right now in new york city and philadelphia, but later on today you see this green shading here. that's a flash flood watch. now, remember, last summer we had a drought going on here. not this summer. grounds are saturated and expecting some heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding. be extra careful for the evening commute. i think it's the evening commute here tonight. if that wasn't bad enough, we have severe weather going on here this afternoon, and that will be impacting over five million people. anywhere from -- if you are at the beaches here today, keep a close eye to the zie as severe weather, the threat will be damaging wind gusts. i even think a few isolated tornadoes are possible here, and then, again, there's locally drenching downpours. the big theme here the next
couple of days, when it rains, it pours. you see what i mean here. look at the rainfall maps here. we are looking at anywhere between one and three inches of rain. again, a lot of this can fall on a very fast amount of time, which doesn't allow the ground to digest it. it causes a good deal of flooding. now, if you are looking for some good news, it can't be all bad on a monday. that's the upper midwest. 81 in minneapolis for today. the west coast looking very nice as well. again, it's the travel hubs i'm worried about today. atlanta, new york, washington d.c., up through boston. we'll see a lot of rough weather. coming up in the next half hour, we'll talk about our sixth tropical storm of the season. more news on that coming up. >> you know, steve, sometimes it can be all bad on a monday. >> coffee, i'm telling you. it's what gets you through anything, right? >> still ahead, the nfl is back and a rocky start to the season for last year's nfc champs. plus, a former quarterback is out of the broadcast boost and back to the field. sports is next. disease is out there. and the alzheimer's association is going to make it happen
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was demoted to the third team to start training camp this kbreer, and while he still is eligible to participate in the team's preseason, it's unclear whether collins will play in the falcons' game in miami on thursday, and while we're in miami, the dolphins have brought jay cutler out of retirement. that's right. you're not hearing me incorrectly. reportedly, taking the former quarterback to a one-year deal worth $so million. cutler, who was hired as a fox sports analyst in may, makes his return to the field as miami starter ryan tannehill will reportedly undergo surgery after a left knee injury during practice last week. we'll see what jay does out of retirement. turning now to major league baseball. fans in pittsburgh enjoying -- >> it's deep, and sean rodriguez, welcome back. you just won it for the buck
yoez. >> pittsburgh, sean rodriguez with a solo shot. in the bottom of the 12th. good for a 5-4 walk-off win there. in houston the astros enter yesterday's final frame against the blue jays. trailing by four runs before carlos beltran grounds it to a fielder's choice. houston wins it 7-6 there. in kmi the nationals matt waders breaks up a 4-4 tie with the cubs with a one-out grand slam, and the top of the eighth hitting yesterday. washington would add another one. >> we'll have to wait and see what happens.
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minnesota mosque just outside of minneapolis. officials say a bomb was thrown inside the imam's office just as worshippers were praying. nobody was hurt, but minnesota's governor is calling it an act of terrorism. also, people in tulsa, oklahoma, are cleaning you up after a rare august tornado. the national weather service says an ef-2 tornado touched down around 1:30 yesterday morning. at least 30 people were injured. the city ak knowledging that warning sirens defendant's exhibit -- did not go off before the tornado struck. the fast-moving storm left little time for warning. rex tillerson is opening the door for possible talks with north korea and that the escalating tensions with pyongyang over its recent ballistic missile tests. tillerson made those comments at asean summit in manila. the remarks come after the security council unanimously voted saturday to impose new sanctions on north korea over its continued nuclear and missile programs. joining us now once again live from washington, defense reporter for politico,
jacquelin. good to talk to you once again this morning. secretary tillerson and his north korean counterpart, they are set to be in the same room together for the first time later today. what are the chances of anything coming out of that encounter? >> i'm not expecting to see anything major. it's unclear if the two men will even speak to each other, even though they are going to be in the same room. if they do, i expect tillerson to kind of reup what he told press that the u.s. is potentially open to talks if north korea stops these provocative actions. he didn't give a timeline for how long these would have to stop to be open to those talks. just said we'll know it when we see it. i would sort of expect him if the two men talk to reiterate that message. >> how much of a player do you think secretary tillerson is in resolving this north korean conflict? >> i mean, as secretary of state he has a huge piece of this. you know, he is the one over there in the room with all these people making some of these deals. his background, obviously, he doesn't have a ton of experience with this, but i definitely
think he has a big role to play in trying to end this conflict. >> president trump kind of ramped up his talk when it came to china, sort of more tough talking in regards to china. we had some tweets from a couple of weeks ago where president trump was saying china needs to step it up. they're not doing what they promised to do. how much of a factor do you think this is playing to getting where we are now on north korea? >> i think it's hard to tell how much of an impact the president's rhetoric had as opposed to just sort of the escalating threat. we've seen north korea hold a number of recent tests, both greater range and greater number. it's unclear if china is responding to that or if they're responding to the president's rhetoric and the president's view telling them to step up. >> administrations before president trump, they haven't been able to get very far when it comes to north korea. what's the likelihood that the trump administration is going to get any further down the road than administrations prior? >> it's a really complicated
problem. experts i talked to said there's really no magic 8 ball here that's going to fick the problem. when you look at potential new solutions that the trump administration could try if they wanted to try something new, there aren't really a ton of options that are good. military options aren't really great, so it's just sort of more of the same and more of these sanctions, and right now it's unclear if this latest round of sakes is going to work. >> yeah. well, we'll continue to watch the situation there. jacquelin, thank you. >> thank you. today marks day 200 of the trump administration and the vice president is blasting a report that claims he is positioning himself to run for president in 2020 with a shadow campaign to cultivate allies as other republican leaders make early trips to iowa and new hampshire. the "new york times" oh' story contends that pence has made himself the conduit between major republican donors and the administration. at least eight fundraisers for outside groups and hosting private gatherings at his
residence. any question to remove a long-time aide as chief of staff to replace him with nick ayers, someone with no day to day it experience in government. nearly 24 hours after the story was posted on-line, it reads, in part, "today's article in the "new york times" is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team. the allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration. my entire team will continue to focus all of our efforts to advance the president's agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd." white house counsellor kellyanne conway dismissed the report. take a listen. >> it is absolutely true that the vice president is getting ready for 2020 for re-election as vice president. >> no concern he is setting up a shadow campaign? >> zero concern.
that is complete fiction. >> the report also highlighted the travel of other rrnlz to states with early presidential contests. senator tom cotton has visited iowa. governor john kasich spent time in new hampshire. senator ben sass made trips to both iowa and new hampshire. democrats aus getting in on the game after the shock of the 2016 election. democrats have turned focus to the 2018 midterm elections. as the washington post puts it, it is the 2018 gubernatorial races that could be the first sign of a comeback for democrats with justice switching parties. republicans now hold 34 of the 50 governorships over the next 15 months. there will be 38 gubernatorial races. according to the post gop strategists they believe they must prepare for a political climate like that of 2006 when republicans lost the house and surrendered their majority among governors. meanwhile, in an interview yesterday, a former dnc chair howard dean discussed the friction within the democratic party identifying at least one
problem for democrats. >> there has always been a section of the left which i call as the whiney party, the party that doesn't really want to win. they just want to be pure. if they go down swinging purely, then that's fine. well, the problem with that is it leaves behind the people who really need their help. people who sit out or crank on some candidate because they did this or that and it wasn't to their purity test are basically turning their back on the very people they pretend to represent. i don't have a lot of patience with this wing of the progressive party. white house senior policy advisor steven miller could soon be expanding his job description. the washington post robert costa reports that while the conversations there are still ongoing, miller is in the running to take on the responsibilities of communications director. a post that has remained open since the firing of anthony scaramucci last week. miller currently serves as both the president's chief speechwriter and policy advisor.
he is thought to have a close bond with trump as well as senior advisor jared kushner and chief strategist steve bannon. however, according to the report, critics of miller feel that he has a tendency to be dismissive to reporters, which was evidenced last wednesday during a heated exchange with a reporter amid a briefing on trump's immigration plan. miller would be this administration's fourth communications director just in the last six months. stay tuned as the washington post robert costa joins morning joe later this morning with more details on that story. >> all right. let's turn to business where markets are reacting to news of the sanctions on north korea. cnbc's villa marks joins us live. stock users are up this morning. what else can you tell us about how this is impacting the markets? >> well, you know, you're right. you're seeing the futures up in the u.s. very slightly, but across asia where trading has now finished, we're seeing both the nikkei in japan and the hang seng in china both closing in positive territory. here in europe we're seeing the ftse 100 here in the u.k. up slightly. it's more mixed across europe. if we look at currency markets
right now, the dollar has been trading in negative territory. slightly weaker this morning against both the pound and the euro. it's been up very slightly stronger against the yen in japan. the other thing we look at all the time is the oil price. although that's been steadily climbing most of the last month, we've seen that dip more than 1% over the course of this morning. another story we've been looking at over the course of the last 24 hours or so and something that may make some wall street traders sit up and pay attention, the "wall street journal" has run some analysis of the numbers, and they found that over the first six months of donald trump's presidency, wall street regulators have been a little more lenient when it comes to imposing penalties for financial irregularities. defense lawyers that tend to defend financial climbs when it comes to these kind of cases have told the newspaper, the "wall street journal", that they have expected this much more to be done to more leniency amongst the agencies of the trump administration. >> let's also talk about a company that's been in the news recently last month. fox con announced it would be
opening a multimillion-dollar facility in wisconsin wes. now it's being reported that the electronics manufacturer is set to open another plant in michigan. this would be seen as a huge political victory for president trump. what can you tell us about this? >> well, you're right. last week we heard about this $10 billion investment into lcd panel plant in wisconsin. now overnight it's been reported that they are hearing about a multibillion dollar investment in michigan that will be focused primarily on research and development technologies around self-driving cars. that is a huge growth business in detroit right now. >> all right. thanks so much. still ahead, everybody, chicago prepares to face off against the justice department over its crackdown on sanctuary cities. plus, more on the path of destruction left behind from that tornado that ripped through tulsa, oklahoma. we're going to see if more severe weather is on tap for today. plus, a check on your forecast when we come back.
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we're following breaking news that is just coming in. australian defense forces have located the u.s. military aircraft that crashed off the east coast saturday. 23 marines on board. they were rescued. three service members remain missing. australia has suspended search efforts there. the operation has now shifted to a recovery mission. the city of chicago says it's -- chicago is expecting more than $3 million for public safety this year, but the justice department is threatening to withhold that if the city doesn't comply with orders cracking down on undocumented immigrants. take a listen. >> it is a false choice and a wrong choice. chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate. chicago let our residents have the fundamental rights isolated
and violated. chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city. >> the new policies include giving the department of homeland security access to detention facilities and notifying dhs before releasing anyone accused of immigration violations. no word yet if other sanctuary cities being targeted by the administration plan to follow suit. earlier this summer the trump administration sent federal agents to chicago to help with the crime crisis there. there are also new details about what may have led to that deadly accident at the ohio state fair last month. in a statement on its website, the manufacturer behind the ride that malfunctioned says that excessive corrosion on a support beam led to a catastrophic failure. it says the corrosion dangerously reduced the thickness on the wall of the beam holding a passenger gondola on the swinging and spinning ride, which it says was 18 years old. in the wake of the accident, the company has ordered similar rides shut down worldwide. the tulsa area is recovering
after a sunday tornado. power crews continue to strain to bring power back to thousands. officials say the ef-2 tornado severely damaged an area and homes and businesses initially leaving at least 17,000 people in the dark as of last night. power has been restored to more than 13,000 customers. authorities say at least 30 people were taken to the hospital following the twister. most with minor injuries. very lucky, though. let's get a check on your weather now with nbc meteorologist steve. steve, it's going to be a rainy afternoon for all the people here in the northeast. >> yeah. this comes after such a beautiful day yesterday. if you were outside, just delightful. hard to believe that it's going to rain today, but it will be heavy rain. 40 million people under the gun here for some flash flooding. here's that area of rain that i'm tracking right now across eastern pennsylvania. i think by this afternoon, the rain will really start ramping up here. areas like new york city and philadelphia. to add to the threat here, severe weather definitely a
concern of mine, and i think by later on this afternoon and this evening, especially for all you beach bound folks, i know this is a popular time of year to be at ocean city. severe weather a real threat here. we have to keep our eye on the potential for damaging winds and downpours. i think that threat coming in here after 2:00 or 3:00 this afternoon. here's future tracker right now. you can see the heavy rain that blossoms since 2:00 this afternoon. if you have a flight coming in or out of new york city, philadelphia, or washington, you may want to either rearrange it or try to get an alternative transportation means because i think there will be significant airport delays here later on today. if not just bring a good book and a cell phone charger. we're looking at severe storms and damaging winds possible here. again, that's later on this afternoon. this whole system pushes out here later on tonight. there is a reward, and that reward is tomorrow. sunshine. temperatures around 80, and lower humidity. storms will be a big problem here across the south. last but not least, we have
tropical storm frank. remember, it is hurricane season. the sixth storm of the season. it will be making landfall early tomorrow morning south of cancun and cozumel, and then reemerging back into the bay of campeche. a big concern to areas in mexico. try to get through this rainy day. it's going to be a tough one. >> yeah, it will be. thanks, steve. still ahead, the u.s. and russia flexing military might. up next, swreel a live report on what a series of war games this weekend could mean for efforts to calm the ongoing tensions, and improve souring relations between the two nations. i love you, basement guest bathroom. your privacy makes you my number 1 place to go number 2. i love you, but sometimes you stink. febreze air effects doesn't just mask, it cleans away odors. because the things you love the most can stink. and try febreze small spaces to clean away odors for up to 30 days. breathe happy with febreze.
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>> has not made any decisions on how to respond to russias order to the trump administration to cut its embassy and consulate staff in moscow by 755 people. tillerson made the comments at a regional security summit in manila yesterday. he spoke with sergei laugh love and that he asked "several clarifying questions." early last week russian president vladimir putin ordered the reduction of the diplomatic staff in the wake of newly approved sanctions against moscow over its alleged role in the election, all of this coming of courses at the u.s. and russian military flex their military might over the weekend. for more matt bradley is standing for us live in london. good to talk to you this morning. both countries took part in a series of war games in recent days.
what kind of concern is that raising amid the ongoing tensions there? >> thanks, these war games and exercises are indeed very startling, they're happening at the same time and on the same continent and officers from the american and in a coside told nbc these exercises were planned long in advance and a apparent relationship or reaction is just a coincidence but coming as relations between moscow and washington really reached their worst point. we went aboard the "uss george h.w. bush" yesterday to take a closer look. this is the sound of sabers rattling, dueling russian and nato war games just as tension between russia and american allies reaches its worst point since the cold war. >> it's a deterrence to adversaries, because what this is, is credible, serious capability. >> reporter: on board the "uss george h.w. bush" off the
scottish coast for a military exercise called saxon warrior. on the other side of europe, russia is hosting its annual international army games, showing off its military prowess. it's a prelude to russia's massive naval drills planned for september, and belarus and china have been invited. nato officers say both drills were planned long in advance. >> it's been at least three years in the planning. it is indeed a coincidence. >> they come during uneasy times between moscow and nato as russia spars over ukraine and syria and its close encounters between naval and russian pilots rising. >> that promotes the potential for miscalculation. >> reporter: these joint u.s./british exercises aren't just a show of force to moscow,
they're also a display of unit why i to america's nato allies, some of whom have been having doubts about president trump's commitment. president donald trump has chastised nato countries saying they don't spend enough on their militaries and was slow to explicitly endorse america's commitment to nato's collective defense but these closely timed drills offer a glimpse of how a cold war past could make for a risky future. those russia military games include some 18 different countries, iran, china, venezuela and zimbabwe. one of its most watched features is the battletank component. both sides the u.s. and its nato allies and russia and its allies seem to be girding for the kind of industrialized mass conventional war that the world hasn't seen in generations. >> matt bradley for us, thank you. also turning to afghanistan, president trump weighs his
options to bring an end to the 16-year-old war there. iran is gaining stronger influence in that country, according to the "new york times" iran has been quietly supporting the taliban as it carries out a covert intervention in the war. tehran has been providing weapon, supplies, money and even training for its fighters. the move would mark iran's biggest push into neighboring afghanistan in decades. the report claims the goal of iran's alleged campaign is to keep the country destabilized in an effort to raise the costs of the intervention by the u.s. and nato, and the appearance in afghanistan of islamic state forces which carried out a terrorist attack on iran's parliament this year has also reportedly motivated iran to work with the taliban. president trump is touting gains made under his administration against isis after brett mcguirk said on friday that things are "draumt
cli dramatically accelerating." almost a third of the territory reclaimed from isis in iraq and syria since 2014 has been done in the past six months mainly due to "key changes in policy" including granting commanders more decision-making authority and a "campaign of annihilation which works to prevent terror militants from fleeing prior to offense offense offense s. "he said 40% of raqqah is liberated and now under control of the u.s.-backed syrian democratic forces. officials in venezuela stopped a military rebeblon as the political crisis continues to spin out of control. speaking on state tv just yesterday president nicolas maduro claimed a small group of anti-government fighters snuck into an army base in valencia with a goal of starting an uprising. government troops killed two members of the group and seven others were reportedly arrested, it comes days after maduro formed a legislative superbody
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testify. >> that does it for us on this monday. "morning joe" starts right now. good morning and welcome to "morning joe" it is monday, august the 7th. president trump he's on a working vacation, though he says he's not really vacation. congress is in recess, but we still have a lot going on. yesterday the president tweeted out "fake the this news refuses to report the success of the first six months. supreme court, surging economy and jobs, border and military security, isis and ms-13, et cetera." seems to be kind of upset the media isn't covering those stories, so he must have missed this broadcast. >> thank you for joining us, as we provide you the news of the week from trump tower here in new york. more great economic news on friday, the july jobs report added a better than expected 209,000 jobs overall since the pr