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us. good night from nbc news headquarters in new york. . it's been more than a week since hurricane maria. the trump administration has brought in recoverile effoy left growing frustration on the island. plus health secretary tom price feeling the heat. he claims to have the confidence of the president after a private jet scandal. so far. president trump is staying quiet. big promises on tax reform. new questions this morning about whether the final product will be able to live up to the president's word.
good morning, everyone. it's friday, september 29. i'm ayman mohyeldin. alongside jasmine and lewis b g burgdo burgdorf. the u.s. has announced it's sending a three star general to the island to help direct the recovery efforts. the white house was asked why it took so long to make that move. >> why has it taken eight days to get a three star general on the ground to start organizing this. we know the island's situation et cetera, why eight days. >> because it didn't require a three star general eight days ago. >> president trump has also weight of the evidence the jones act which restricts foreign ships from carrying cargo between u.s. ports. only lasts for ten days. senators mike lee and john mccain areal pushing a measure to permanently exempt puerto rico from the jones act. meanwhile president trump continues to defend the
government's response. tweeting fema and first responders are doing a great job in puerto rico. massive food and water delivered. electrical grid dead. many have lost homes. military is on site. i will be there tuesday. wish press would treat fairly. also wrote. puerto rico is devastated. phone system, electric grid, many roads gone. fema and first responders are amazing. on the island, locals say help scarce. >> reporter: thousands of shipping containers, many filled with supplies sit at san juan's main port. distribution bottle neck stifling the relief effort. >> it's heart breaking.
>> shipping company says it doesn't make a difference that the trump administration temporarily weight of the evidence the jones act. nearly century old federal law that requires only american ships carry goods between u.s. ports. >> the supply chain from the domestic carrier hasn't been the problem. we deliver. the problem is the distribution on the island. >> with little phone service, communication is crippled. private truckers aren't showing up for delivery. general in charge of coordinating relief efforts after hurricane katrina is blasting the trump administration. people are looking at the watch skpm dam government is working off a calendar and that has to be fixed. >> but the homeland secretary is defending the response. >> the relief effort is under control. proceeding very well considering the devastation that took place. >> the defense department dispatched a three star general to puerto rico. the white house saying there are now enough resources on the ground, including ten thousand federal relief workers and 7200
troops. >> president trump put people first and paperwork second. had call out and pull out all the stops. >> but as the cruise port, mounting frustration. thousands of evacuees standing in sweltering heat. to board a caribbean cruise ship en route to virgin islands and then florida. >> we don't have water. nothing. >> anxious to get on the ship after a harrowing week and several canceled flights. >> you literally can't get out. it's desperation. people get antsy and crazy. you cannot get off the island. >> you don't realize how essential phone service is. how difficult it is to communicate with local officials. spoken with power cruise who say at one point just clearing debris. not even fixing the lines. they couldn't communicate with headquarters. there are plenty of supplies here. until phone services improve,
until people can communicate, this recovery is at a virtual stand still. ayman. the revelations about expensive noncommercial travel keep coming from tom price. latest report, price accompanied by wife and top aide, toork militatook military jets around the cities and world. a flight to geneva that cost $16,000. in context, kathleen told us she never took a military jet and always flew commercially overseas. noncommercial air travel tops $1 million since may. in white house officials with the nbc news that trips aboard military jets were approved because price had no deputy to handle matters while overseas and needed access to secure communications. >> he will take no more private
charter flights, no exceptions. price avoided an outright apology and said all my political career i fought for the taxpayer. it is clear to me in this case i was not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer. price promised to write a personal check to the u.s. treasury for the expenses of his private travel, quote, the taxpayers won't pay a dime for my seat on those planes and price appears to have literally meant seat. paying back just a fraction of the actual cost. price was asked about that last night. >> you say in a statement the taxpayers won't pay a dime for my seat on those planes, but you're writing a check for $51,000. the total cost is estimated at more than $400,000 for the 26 flights since may. is that okay? >> well, as i said, there's an ongoing review being done by the inspector general and i think it's important that we wait for
that review. all of the trips as i mentioned had been approved. been approved by the legal department. been approved by the administration department. been deemed to be appropriate official travel. and so we need to let the inspector general go ahead and act. >> after president trump's comments on wednesday, the question of whether tom price can keep his cabinet position remained up in the air with the trump administration. >> i am going to see. i'm looking at that very closely. i'm not happy with it. i will tell you, i'm not happy with it. >> could you possibly fire him? would your fire him sir? >> we'll see. >> do you think you still have the president's confidence. >> i think so, yeah. we're going to work through this and i think we've still got the confidence of the president and continue to work on important issues. >> secretary price expect to keep his job in this
administrati administration. >> i think the president addressed this yesterday. we're going flu the process. we're going to conduct a full review and see what happens. >> he's talking about it and as he has said publically, he wasn't happy. he expressed that to me very clearly. >> how so. >> just that way. i won't divulge any personal conversations i've had with the president, but he wasn't happy. >> now fourth senior member of the trump cabinet is acknowledging flights on expensive private and military planes. interior secretary ryan zinke has taken several flights. including to hometown of montana. flights to two caribbean islands. the trips were precleared by the ethics office. battle on capitol hill to overhaul the tax code has begun. $2.2 trillion price tag raises questions how it will be paid
for. little noise from the deficit hawks that railroad against the deficit that grew under president obama. it's a great talking point when you have an administration that's democratic led. it's a little different now that republicans have both houses and the administration. treasury secretary steve mnuchin said yesterday it would more than offset cost. not only will this tax plan pay for itself, it will pay down debt. with details scarce, there are doubts whether the final bill will live up to the administration promises. even officials like national director gary cohen, take a listen. if i'm hearing you correctly, you can't guarantee no middle class family will get an increase. there will be middle class families get a tax increase under your plan. correct. >> george, there's an exception to every rule. >> that's a yes. >> i can't guarantee anything. you can always find a unique family somewhere.
>> our tax plan is aimed at making sure we give middle class americans a tax cut. that's what we're going to do. >> you guarantee all of them will see a tax cut. >> as i said this morning and i'll say it again, i could read my statement from this morning. i liked it so much. i cannot guarantee that. you can find me someone in the country that their taxes may not go down. >> federal agents say they've arrested nearly 500 people after a nationwide operation targeting so-called sanctuary cities. immigration called the four day long sweep operation safe city. the airs arrests reflect the trump administration crackdown on illegal immigration. according to "washington post," ice agents made 43% more arrests since trump took office, but at the same time, deportation statistics are low compared to last year. deported just over 211,000 immigrants during the same time last year, the agency removed over 240,000.
house majority steve scalice is back to work after returning to the halls of congress after nearly losing his life after being shot at a practice for charity baseball game back in june. made surprise return yesterday tweeting out this photo of he and his wife there gazing out at washington. from the capitol with the simple caption i'm back. received a applause an he walked on the floor. being met with thundering applause, standing ovation, as well as hugs. thanked fellow leaders for nevernever ending support on his road to recovery. >> you have no idea how great this feels to be back here at work in the people's house. as you can imagine, these last three and a half months have been pretty challenging times for me and my family, but if you look at the outpouring of love
of warmth, of prayer, my gosh. jennifer and i have been overwhelmed with all of that outpouring. >> something else i saul firsthand wasn't a surprise to me, but it was the outpouring of love from you, my colleagues. both republican and democratic. it really does show the warm side of congress that very few people get to see so i want to thank each and every one of you for that. you don't know how much it meant to me. >> incredible to see him back and doing well. also took time to thank two capitol police officers for saving his life and preventing the gunman from harming more people at the game. >> that was a touching moment when he thanked the police officers that were there. thanks for that. still ahead, following new reports that the u.s. is planning a major withdraw of personal and family in cuba after mysterious attacks targeting diplomats there. takes aim at twitter saying
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>> secretary rex tillerson's state will be a short one. right comes as china will announce to close voint ventures of ties to the north korean regime. things like restaurants, one hotel and other businesses. in compliance with the latest u.n. security council sanctions. take effect within 120 days. also curb fuel shipments to north korea, but it's thought the regime has been stockpiling for months. china is trying to telegraph the message it's on board with sanctions. wants diplomacy to prevail.
only going to push the regime so far. they don't want outright collapse. this is also schism bollic visit on the part of cemetery tillerson. coming to set the stage for trump that will happen in november. they need some sort of calm reason to revail in the situation with north korea. meanwhile secretary tillerson is dealing with the crisis in korea across the globe, closer to home facing the situation involving the u.s. embassy in cuba. at least 21 personnel have been wounded following strange incidents at the embassy since late last year. multiple reports announce the u.s. will withdraw staff and families in havana. only essential personal will remain. this after foreign minister met
with tillerson vowing his country is not behind the attack. nor did it permit a third-party to conduct such an operation. cuba's president told the u.s. diplomat in a rare face-to-face meeting he is equally confused and concerned by the situation. even taking the unprecedented move into havana to investigate. however while the white house reportedly doesn't believe the cuban government is behind the attacks, officials don't think the cuban government is doing enough to protect american workers there in the country. let's get a check on the weather with bill karins. despite a tropical depression that's forming near florida, looks like the rest of the country is gearing up for nice fall weekend. >> most states are going to have one gorgeous day, some will have two, florida is the exception. still locked in the possibly of the tropical depression. in other words, it's either going to form in the next two
days or won't at all. system is located near the keys. not well organized. computers don't think it's going to become a big deal. if we start tracking it officially or not. it's going to be the same. development zone is bahamas and east coast of florida. east coast of florida is going to have rip currents this weekend. large waves. not going to want to be at the beaches anyway. here's how we go throughout the day today, most of the rain in south florida as we start the day. bring that north wards throughout the sunshine state. not going to pour all day long. periods of rain. a lot of moisture. kind of humid. cold front stalled out to the front. didn't make it to florida. usually have to wait a couple weeks for that to happen. rainfall totals are nothing crazy. heaviest rain in west palm where we could get two to three inches of rainfall over the coming weekend. i mentioned oklahoma city, st. louis, chicago, indianapolis, beautiful weather.
northern new england, close to peak of leaves. watch out on saturday morning. southern new england. rain coming through and get better in the afternoon. be a chilly rain too. there's your reward on the east coast for your sunday. little bit of everything over the weekend. nothing damaging, like we've been saying for the last five weeks we've been talking about. the weekends have been some of the roughest time. still ahead. edges closer to it will history books of sports is next. i no longer live with the uncertainties of hep c. wondering, what if? i let go of all those feelings. because i am cured with harvoni. harvoni is a revolutionary treatment for the most common type of chronic hepatitis c. it's been prescribed to more than a quarter million people. and is proven to cure up to 99% of patients who have had no prior treatment with 12 weeks. certain patients can be cured
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welcome back. time for sport. at dam silver is weighing in on the nfl controversy. he hopes the players will continue to use the moment of the anthem as a moment of uni unity. locking arms which many teams have done in the past is also allowed. turning now to thursday night football. the green bay packers hosting bit of rivals the chicago bears at lambo field. on very first snap. stripped of the ball on a sack. it's matthews 75th career sack. making him the packers all time sack leader. gb aaron rodgers found cob for the two yard score. set the tone for this one. the packers built up 21-0 lead
before the game was delayed for 45 minutes due to lightning. rogers finished with four td passes and converted three turnovers into scores going on to win 35-14 in that one. great game there. over on the diamond, the miami marlins beat the braves 7-1. the big story was marlins slugger giancarlo stanton put on a show smacking 58 and 59 homers on the season. first player to hit 59 home runs in a season since 2001. also only the sixth player joining babe ruth, mark mcgwire and barry bonds to hit 59 or more home runs in a year. that's pretty good company. also one away from reaches the 60 home run miles stone with three games remaining. a lot of people out there rooting for him. and how about this for an epic selfie. snagged this with presidents at
the presidents cup tournament at liberty national golf club in new jersey. very first time three presidents have attended the tournament since it launched back in 1994. and introduced by none other than our very own willie geist. quite the honor there. airs on the golf channel today and nbc this saturday and sunday. looks like an unreal event there. >> imagine being with three presidents. >> that would be so cool. he cut his face off in that selfie. >> long as he can prove the three presidents were there in the shot. interesting to see if they played a few rounds. still ahead, new reporting that iran will abandon the nuclear deal if the united states decides to withdraw. live report in just a few minutes. jared kushner already under the microscope for failing to disclose meetings with foreign contact. could he have forgotten to disclose something else to the senate committee. we'll be right back. kevin, meet your father.
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act. waiver only lasts for ten days. look at a remote village. >> report a major withdraw of sta embassy in havana. according to several reports, only essential personnel will remain. this comes after cuban foreign minister met with rex tillerson vowing his country is not behind the attack. arrested nearly 500 people after a nationwide operation. reflects the trump administrations push to crack down on the illegal immigration. ice agents have made 43% more arrest since trump took office. at the same time, deportation statistics are low compared to last year. >> uproar over revelations tom price's expensive travel on the
taxpayer expense keeps mounting. price is working to try to make the situation right. the president is expressing dismay with the news secretary. holly jackson has details on price's new promise. health and human services secretary promising to pay back taxpayers for pricey plane travel. the president not pleased with tom price moments after getting a flu shot looking for booster from boss. >> we're going to work through this. the with the when nbc asked. >> tom price says he has your confidence. is that true. >> silence. now promising to write a check for his seats. at times mixed government businesses and personal. he'll only fly commercial from now on and will cooperate with two reviews into the travel
acknowledging he was not sensitive enough to tangs payers and regrets the concerns, including some from president trump himself. >> i am not happy about it. i let him know it. >> price's coming into question about his flight with the future of the white house whether price would keep his job. >> going through this process. we're going to conduct a full review. we'll see what happens. >> thanks to holly jackson for that report. president trump said as recently as this week that his tax cut plan would not benefit him and will in fact hurt his bottom line. take a listen. >> hour framework includes our explicit commitment that tax reform will protect low income and middle income households, not the wealthy and well connected. they can call me all they want. it's not going to help. i'm doing the right thing and it's not good for me, believe
me. the president could say $1.1 billion under new tax plan. white house officials down played the significance of the president's claim. >> how can you say this is not a plan. >> american people are concerned about their financial condition. >> don't you think it would be a good idea if the president proved that by releasing tax returns. >> what we're trying to do and all working on the white house is to increase the lifestyle of american citizens. >> this as it stantds now appears it will benefit the president and his family. why not just be candid about that. >> look, i told you it will benefit the middle class.
the advisers include it will president's daughter. it, national economic council director gary cohen. former chief of staff reince priebus, steve bannon. russia buying political ads on social media site, twitter revealed it shutdown 200 accounts tied to same operatives. made the announcement yesterday. of the 450 accounts released by facebook as part of investigation, twitter was able to match 2 of them to its own site. saying the accounts were immediately suspended and that it found another 179 counties linked to or associated with the original 22 that had no ties to
anyone facebook had found. intel committees yesterday. following that meeting the top democratic on the senate committee mark warner slammed twitter for presentation. presentation that the twitter team made to the senate intel staff today was deeply disappointing. >> the work it was derivative and based upon accounts that facebook had identified showed up enormous lack of understanding from the twitter team of how serious this issue is, the threat it poses to democratic institutions, and, again, begs many more questions
thafr theo than they offer. their response was frankly inadequate on any level and why their need to come forward on a public presentation and explain to the senate and the american public becomes all that more important. it is clear that twitter has forensic work to do to understand the depth andbreds of russian activity to the campaign. how russian use platform as part of active measures campaign. the group leader reportedly killed earlier this year. flash point say the voice appears to be baghdadi, but when the recording was made was
unclear. references the nuclear threats against the u.s. and japan although those threats have been ongoing for months and also mentions international summit in s kazakhstan which took place in june. the british bay syrian observatory for human rights says it's confirmed his death although u.s. officials were skeptical of reports. last month townsend said we're looking for him every day. in the middle east, it too has the option to abandon nuclear agreement if the united states pulls out. president trump who has called the deal a quote, embarrassment, end quote.
worst deal ever negotiated has vowed to withdraw in the past. although so far his administration has recertified it multiple times. also comes after trump criticized iranian missile launch on twitter. although multiple reports question if that launch took place. iran is included in the the latest travel ban. let's go to london where lucy is joining us with more. besides the united states, five other world powers have signed on to iran nuclear agreement. how are they reacting to sort of this latest development coming from the foreign ministers. >> good morning. look, the iranian foreign minister apparently said in an interview that if washington pulls out of this deal, iran then has the option of withdraw among other options. this does come at a time of a lot of uncertainty over the deal and tough rhetoric as you described from both sides, including the u.s. side president trump has repeatedly condemned the deal as dangers
copitchlation to iran, but has not abandon it yet. we have not heard any specific reaction from the white house or state department to the iranian foreign minister's comments. that is something the u.s. has been pushing for. russia has been pushing back. we saw nikki haley the ambassador slam russia for shielding iran from additional inspections. we are likely to keep hearing the escalated rhetoric ahead of the recertification of the deal. if the white house does not recertify by october 16, congress does have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions suspended under that accord. at this stage, a lot of tough
talk. >> thank you. asking for the inspection at military sights wasn't part of the original deal. this is consistent with what iran has been saying. if the u.s. pulls out, we have the option to pull out. >> that's the keyword. they're describing this as an international agreement. backed by u.n. security counsel resolutions. not just up to the u.s. to pull out of it. keep siting the fact the nuclear watch arm of the united nations continues to certify iran is in compliance on one nuclear issue. there are still other problems across the region involving iran and that's why they say they may be technically following the agreement, but the spirit of what they're doing in the region remains trouble as masometroubl >> and, in fact, that could further isolate the u.s. in the situation. we're going to have to wait and see what happens. still ahead, a string of
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imagine seeing that climber there and knowing you eventually had to repel down that. >> terrifying moment there. just over a week since hurricane maria slammed puerto rico leaving a path of devastation. many rural parts have been left in ruins. remote areas cut off keeping aide from getting in and residents from getting out. we got to one of those villages with a look at the increasingly dire situation. >> in puerto rico, looking for things that survived hurricane maria. she finds vinegar and wd 40. >> the windows were shaking. the water was going through the door. >> she's the type of woman that holds your hand where she shows you where she once slept. she and her son julian still haven't seen any aide. >> it was our little paradise loft. >> down the road, others holding on to each other as they make the long trek for gasoline.
>> every day you walk seven miles. >> just to get gas. >> in these rural areas, gas cans are the first steps in getting back to work. this man waited near a washed out bridge. government welfare worker. wants to get back to giving aide to pregnant women. >> an engineer who lost everything. >> even though she lost her house, the reason she's here is she loves her country. she loves puerto rico and this is what she can do to help. >> even more remote areas, black hawk flying in water and food to veronica and her son. points to another chopper ahead while her mother worries about the future. >> back in the black hawk. soldiers anxious for more orders to help as they fly over unimaginable devastation like the ruins of the home. nbc news, puerto rico. >> absolutely heart breaking to sea the images.
especially in the remote areas that don't get the supplies that the bigger cities are getting. >> takes longer for things to get to them. really hoping for the best there. want to get a check on the weather with bill karins sitting by. you see pictures like that. six months to get power back on. i think they will be lucky. trying to get food and water at this point. let alone rebuild stuff. just heart breaking and the amount of people who need food and water. unimaginable. it will go on for months. we don't have any problems whatsoever. that's going to cause any destruction this weekend. finally mother nature settling down as we go into fall weather pattern across the country. very seasonal. no complaints. not going to be too hot or cold. today green bay is perfect. kansas city looks nice. warm in areas of the southeast and florida as you expect. cold front cooled you off. notice when you wake up this morning it's chilly in areas of
the northeast. colder than yesterday. saturday little period of rain and clouds. first half of the day not going to be a pretty early saturday. areas of the northeast. southern new england. see beautiful weather returning. mild conditions going to return. get a quick cool down. next week is going to be well above average. mid 80s in chicago by monday and tuesday. new york city back up in the 70s. atlanta in the 70s. pretty perfect weather pattern. only issue we have to watch. i'm not concerned with this. possibly of a little tropical development there near florida. 40% chance. mostly going to be a rain maker and wave maker for the beaches on the east coast. not concerned with it becoming a hurricane by any means. it would be lucky to become a low end tropical storm. just a nuisance type system in florida. nice to hear good weather news, thanks, bill. one day after julia lewis
julia lewis dreyfus tweeted she had breast cancer. she ended her post. let's all fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality. country, including from her costar former vice president joe biden. he tweeted, we veeps stick together. jill and i are and all the bidens are with you. dreyfus has won eight emmys in all and most of the emmy wins for her performance in a single role. she did not divulge the severity of her case. >> our hearts go out to her through this time. she can obviously be a very powerful example of bringing everyone together when it comes to this particular issue. this one's also -- you're probably going to think it's straight out of a sci-fi hollywood movie, it's not. elon musk is offering up new details on his plan to colonize mars, true story. details on the spacex ceo's vision for getting us to the red planet. wrong car... oh, i'm so sorry about that.
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business, a revision from the commerce department show the u.s. economy you even faster in the second quarter than previously thought. the fcc tells apple to flip the switch on its iphones. cnbc's jemma act ton joins from us london. let's start with the revised gdp figure. >> 3.1%, up from a previous estimate of 3%. there's a warning from
economists. due to the impact of hurricanes, third quarter gdp may be around .6% lower. some upside though. because in the fourth quarter, we're expecting some rebuilding to help boost that growth figure. for now, though, the third quarter looks like it may have been affected in terms of retail sales, home production, house building and home sales due to the hurricanes. apple have come up with a good excuse for denying the fcc request to switch on the fm radio chips in iphones saying, our phones don't have any. they haven't had any since the iphone 6. the fcc says it's necessarily because it is a safety requirement that people can dial emergency services. apple says, we've built and engineered our own more modern safety solutions into our iph e iphones and people can still dial emergency services from the screen. here's a story you might have to go google yourselves. it's too exciting for me to recap in 30 seconds. it's elon musk speaking at a recent space industry conference. he had a raft of revolutionary
ideas as he always does. a couple that stand out is one that he wants to land two cargo ships on mars by 2022 in a bid to scope out what the potential hazards are and whether there are sufficient water resources. he's hoping to expand there by 2024. but a little closer to home he wants to use that same technology to power people around planet earth. he foresees that people will be able to get from shanghai to new york in 30 minutes and from any point a to any point b on earth within one hour. lewis, back to you. >> now that is something i could get behind. getting to hawaii in about 15, 20 minutes. go up in a rocket, land in hawaii. that's pretty good. all right, jemma acton live from london, thanks very much. >> beam me up, scotty, literally. beam me up, elon. comie ing up next more on t recovery efforts in puerto rico,
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welcome back, everybody. before we toss to it "morning joe," a check on the stories you'll be hearing about in the day ahead. >> president trump is set to speak before the national association of manufacturers. the president is expected to discuss the republicans' tax reform plan and efforts to boost economic growth. meanwhile the acting secretary of homeland security, elane duke, will travel to heerk with other trump administration officials tasked with the federal response to the aftermath of hurricane maria. duke's visit comes as a u.s. military hospital ship is scheduled to depart for the island with help and for the relief efforts. the former government contractor accused of leaking classified information from the nsa is due in court today. attorneys for 25-year-old reality winner are expected to argue for her release from jail pending her trial. that does it for us on this
friday money. have a fantastic weekend, everybody. "morning joe" starts right now. what were you thinking at those moments? some of these flights clearly were to places that had commercial air possibilities. there's one flight to philadelphia. that you 4545 minutes to dull let's, you get on a private flight to philadelphia for $25,000. you take amtrak, you could be there in an hour and a half for 100 bucks. >> yeah, that particular trip we had a meeting that morning on the hurricanes that i needed to be at. and then we had a meeting in the afternoon at the white house. and again, these trips were approved through the normal process. so it was deemed appropriate. and that that was the necessary way to be able to make my other obligations within the department. >> health secretary tom price's job is up in the air. he claims to have the confidence of the president after a private jet scandal. so far president trump is staying quiet. now the number of cabinet members who use